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Fukushima owner boasts $4.3 billion profit from rate hikes, government bailouts


The company that owns and is responsible for cleanup efforts at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility in Japan is reportedly raking in at least $4.3 billion in net profits annually, according to The Economic Times. Thanks to steady rate hikes and a large government bailout following the disaster, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has done quite well for itself in recent years, despite continued blunders involving radiation cleanup and containment measures at the plant.

Thyroid cancer cases rise near Fukushima as schoolchildren flee radiation


Disillusioned by the government's questionable position on radiation dangers throughout the region, many Japanese families living in and around the Fukushima prefecture where a large nuclear power station sustained three full meltdowns back in 2011 are deciding to send their children away to greener, safer pastures.

Fukushima catastrophe causing significant radiation exposure to Californians, says expert


A radioactive waste specialist has said that the high-level radioactive waste pools at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northern Japan remains at risk of further contaminating the region and the surrounding Pacific waters if another major earthquake and tsunami were to strike the area.

Class action lawsuit seeks Fukushima damages from General Electric


A corporation accused of failing to properly design and maintain the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility in eastern Japan, which experienced three meltdowns after a historic earthquake and tsunami struck it back in 2011, is facing at least two multibillion-dollar lawsuits claiming negligence, breach of contract and recklessness, among other allegations.

Scientists rely on crowdsourcing to test for Fukushima radiation in absence of government monitoring


You've probably seen them floating around the 'net recently -- "crowdsourcing" projects that are raising money to implement new ideas or technologies that otherwise would not have significant enough financial backing through traditional investment channels. Well, now a group of concerned scientists and volunteers has started one to track and measure radiation coming from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, since neither the Japanese nor U.S. governments seem all that concerned about doing this important work themselves.

Scientists sound alarm as Fukushima radiation is detected on British Columbia's coast


Canadian scientists and authorities, as well as local residents, are alarmed at the discovery of radioactive metal in the Fraser Valley that came from Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, as they voiced concerns recently about the long-term impact of radiation along British Columbia's west coast.

New highly radioactive water leak detected at Fukushima nuclear power plant


More blunders at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility in Japan, now defunct, have led to yet another major environmental disaster, indicate new reports. Workers from the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which owns the shuttered utility, apparently forgot to turn off an overflow valve at an onsite storage tank recently, causing the release of 100 metric tons of highly radioactive water into the ground.

New highly radioactive water leak detected at Fukushima nuclear power plant


More blunders at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility in Japan, now defunct, have led to yet another major environmental disaster, indicate new reports. Workers from the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which owns the shuttered utility, apparently forgot to turn off an overflow valve at an onsite storage tank recently, causing the release of 100 metric tons of highly radioactive water into the ground.

Scientists surprised by variability in radiation levels in different areas of Pacific Ocean


Research findings from an important exploratory cruise in June 2013 reveal radioactivity levels up to 1,000 times greater than pre-Fukushima breakdown readings. Spearheaded by the Wood Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), these findings show that radioactivity from the Fuskushima nuclear power plant is present in new and surprising places up to 600 kilometers off the coast of Japan.

Harvard report takes a look inside the Fukushima exclusion zone


The real and continuing effects from Fukushima still loom large closest to the radiation zone and within Tokyo where it impacts food, trade and water. Much of the population has a skewed view of the safety since the meltdown of several reactors occurred in 2011, in part due to unreliable reports and reluctant confirmations about issues.