Fukushima

Radioactive Water Filtration
7:53 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Richland Company Helps Treat Leaking Radioactive Water In Japan

Kurion's new water filtering system has arrived in Japan. It will help filter radioactive particles out of contaminated ground water at the earthquake-struck Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant.
Credit Kurion

An environmental cleanup company with engineering headquarters in Richland, Washington, has just flown its second water treatment system to Japan with a massive plane.

It’s intended to treat thousands of gallons of radioactive water leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant.

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West Coast Radiation
6:47 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Traces Of Fukushima Radioactivity Detected In West Coast Waters

In this illustration of ocean currents, white dots indicate where no cesium-134 was detected. Blue dots indicate locations were low levels of cesium-134 were detected farther offshore.
Credit WHOI

An oceanography institute announced Monday that trace amounts of radioactivity from Fukushima have been detected off the West Coast. This stems from the 2011 nuclear plant accident in Japan. Radiation experts say the very low levels of radioactivity measured do not pose a health threat here.

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Radiation Testing
7:26 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Donors Pay To Test Seawater For Traces Of Fukushima Radiation

Swimmer Wayne Kinslow prepares to dive into Puget Sound at Alki Beach, a place he personally paid to have tested for traces of Fukushima radiation.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

It's been more than three years since the Fukushima nuclear plant accident resulted in a spill of millions of gallons of radioactive cooling water into the Pacific. Oceanographers projected that it could take until this year for highly diluted traces of that spill in Japan to reach our coast (i.e., the West Coast of North America). Radiation experts don't believe there is cause for alarm on our shores. But some coastal residents are stepping forward to pay for seawater testing just to be sure. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Radioactive Waste
6:55 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Richland-Built Technology To Treat Radioactive Water In Japan

John Raymont, founder and president of Kurion, stands inside one of his company’s containerized mobile strontium filter units. These shipping-container-like machines will be shipped from the build site in Richland to Japan’s crippled nuclear plant in July.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Japan’s crippled nuclear plant is bleeding hazardous radioactive water at a mind-staggering rate. Officials at Fukushima Daiich are filling 27-feet-tall tanks nearly every other day. Now, in southeast Washington, a company called Kurion is developing and building a mobile filter system to help deal with that troublesome radioactive wastewater.

The filtering system looks like five large shipping containers. Except, they’re awfully shiny and have a lot of high-tech whiz-bang pipes, electronics and tanks inside. Workers here are still welding, and testing the systems.

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Fukushima Radiation
8:40 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Which Has More Radiation? Albacore Tuna Or Your Basement?

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was destroyed by the earthquake that hit Japan in 2011. Radiation has made its way into the Pacific Ocean, raising concerns about exposure to Cesium-134 and 137. 

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
6:26 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Japanese Officials Visit Hanford For Nuclear Cleanup Strategies

Mark Triplett Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 7:33 am

The people overseeing the cleanup of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster are learning some valuable lessons from the long-running cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. A Japanese government delegation recently toured some of the southeast Washington site.

In Japan, workers in gloves and masks are grinding down sidewalks and roads, wiping down rooftops and bagging contaminated soil. Now, the problem is where to put all that radioactive waste from Fukushima.

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Faint Radiation In Tuna
4:48 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Minute Traces Of Radioactivity Found In Pacific Tuna

Delvan Neville, a graduate researcher with OSU's Radiation Health Physics program, marks samples of albacore being tested for radioactivity.
OSU Radiation Health Physics program

Researchers with Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say they’ve detected minute amounts of radioactivity from the Fukushima reactor meltdown in albacore tuna caught along the West Coast. It's not considered a health threat at all.

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Fukushima Recovery
6:51 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Trading Places: Pendleton To Fukushima And Reverse

Seiko Saijo moved into a temporary housing complex after the March 2011 tsunami washed away her home and fish shop in Minamisanriku.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

You might find it unsettling to move to a place where some residents routinely scan their groceries with a Geiger counter. Also in this place, automated radiation monitors stand guard outside parks and schools. The place we're talking about is Minamisoma, Japan... just down the road from the nuclear reactors that melted down last year. But a 23-year-old art instructor from Pendleton says volunteering in this shaken city is like living a dream. She's helping out in her hometown's sister city. Correspondent Tom Banse visited Japan's Fukushima Prefecture and has this report.

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