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Extraction of Fukushima groundwater starts

Regulation and Safety

09 April 2014

Temporary groundwater storage tanks 48Tepco has begun pumping groundwater so that it bypasses the Fukushima Daiichi plant, reducing the volume of contaminated water that it must deal with. The water will be stored and tested before being released into the sea.

Blockage cleared for Fukushima water bypass

Regulation and Safety

26 March 2014

With the permission of local fishermen Tepco will soon let groundwater bypass the Fukushima Daiichi plant, alleviating a large part of its water management problem.

Return to Tamura in April

Regulation and Safety

11 March 2014

Tamura City map 64x48Tamura City will be the first place in Fukushima to have its evacuation order lifted, in what prime minister Shinzo Abe hopes will be a period of visible recovery. Industry welcomed the development, three years after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident.

UN reports on Fukushima radiation

Regulation and Safety

02 April 2014

The major UN report on the health impacts of the Fukushima accident concluded that any radiation-induced effects would be too small to identify. People were well protected and received "low or very low" radiation doses.

Swimming, shape-changing robots for Fukushima

Corporate

17 March 2014

Hitachi submersible robot 48Two robots have been jointly developed by Hitachi and Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy to help investigate the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. One robot is submersible while the other is shape-changing.

Novel study puts Fukushima doses into perspective

Regulation and Safety

25 February 2014

PNAS study map, February 2014 74x48A newly published study of the radiation doses received by Fukushima residents has concluded that most people in the prefecture are unlikely to receive doses significantly different to normal background radiation levels as a result of the accident.