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Did radioactive iodine in Florida's atmosphere originate at troubled Japan nuclear plant? listen

03/28/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Power company officials say plutonium has been detected in the soil outside of the stricken Japanese nuclear complex.

Tokyo Electric Power Company says in a statement that the plutonium was discovered today in five locations around the plant, which has been leaking radiation for nearly two weeks. They say the amounts were very small and were not a risk to public health. But the U.S. EPA says “[internal exposure to plutonium is an extremely serious health hazard](http://www.epa.gov/rpdweb...

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Radiation in Tokyo water too much for infants listen

03/23/11 wire reports including AP
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Japan's police agency says more than 9,500 people are dead after an earthquake and tsunami, and 16,000 are missing, although those tallies are likely to overlap.

The country’s government says the economic costs of the catastrophic March 11th earthquake and tsunami could reach $309 billion.

Tokyo's utility company says black smoke has been seen emerging from Unit 3 of the crippled nuclear plant in northeastern Japan, prompting a new evacuation of the complex. Workers have been temporar...

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Officials try to deflect new fears of radiation from Japan's damaged nuclear plant listen

03/21/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The director of operations of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Bill Borchardt, says there is no current breach in containment at 3 reactors in Japan's crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex.

"All 3 units appear to be in a stable condition, the seawater injection being used to keep the reactors cool. Containment integrity for all 3 units is currently maintained. We do not expect the releases of radioactive material that have occurred in Japan to have any effect on the health an...

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Spent fuel rods exposed at Fukushima though power could soon be restored listen

03/16/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The operator of Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear plant says it has almost completed a new power line that could restore electricity to the complex and solve the crisis that has threatened a meltdown.

Meanwhile, Japan has more than doubled the maximum radiation dose allowed for nuclear workers.

Despite the increase, surging radiation levels forced emergency workers to temporarily withdraw from the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant today, losing time in their struggle to cool over...

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Fukushima nuclear crisis continues as radioactivity released from fire listen

03/15/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A U.S. nuclear industry official says there is evidence that the primary containment structure at one of the stricken Japanese reactors has been breached, raising the risk of further release of radioactive material.

That’s because of rising radiation levels near the suppression pool at the Number 2 reactor at Fukushima Dai-ichi.

At another reactor, Number 4, a fire in a storage pond for spent fuel released radioactivity "directly into the atmosphere." The fire was extinguished and ra...

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Crisis continues at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan listen

03/14/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The crisis continues at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.

"The water level did start to fall and the fuel rods were exposed above the water. This situation did continue for a while."

A drop in water levels left uranium rods completely exposed today. And although the water was restored, the rods are again exposed after a second episode. That increases the risk that radiation will spread, and that there may eventually be a meltdown.

Through an interpreter on Japan’s NHK TV, chi...

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Japanese earthquake causes radiation concerns at nuclear reactor listen

03/11/11 Seán Kinane
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Authorities in Japanese are releasing slightly radioactive vapor in order to ease pressure at a nuclear reactor whose cooling system failed following today’s earthquake.

Japan’s nuclear safety agency says the massive 8.9 earthquake caused a power outage. That increased pressure to one-and-a-half times normal inside one of six boiling water reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant

Japanese Cabinet Minister Yukio Edano was translated on Al Jazeera English.

"So the emergency shut do...

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