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Old post on Nuclear issues...

(Stuck in drafts folder... I just hit publish...)

Some recent articles on the nuclear industry. Seems like a simple example of "If you want folks to trust you and your products, then do it right."

FUKUSHIMA--A nuclear clean-up firm is suspected of "creating" a bamboo forest and receiving about 10 million yen (about $88,000) illegally because 10 times more money is paid for decontaminating bamboo areas than for regular woodland.

After installing short bamboo cylinders into the ground, Zerutech Tohoku submitted fabricated photographic "evidence" to the Fukushima city government, officials said May 11.

The subcontractor had been hired to decontaminate forests following the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

The city government is considering filing a criminal complaint against the company though the firm, based in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, was closed in March this year.

Excerpt from The Asahi Shimbum Check the link to see one of the fake evidence photos.

A quick search on the Internet turns up quite a few accusations against the now-closed company.

Meanwhile, back in the United States...

One of the sites used to produce fissile material for Nuclear Weapons had an incident earlier this week. The roof of a tunnel that was used to store contaminated railroad cars and equipment had a 20x20 foot hole open up in it.  No radiation was released, but a site wide alert was declared and the hole is in the process of being repaired. The tunnel is located on the south side of the closed PUREX (Plutonium Uranium Extraction) Facility (aka "Canyon") in the 200 East Area ( At the moment, it appears that USDOE and Hanford handled the incident well. KING has a story at if you want to get up to speed on it.

The problem is that tunnel has been around for quite a long time.


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