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      1. From: Michael Mariotte <nirsnet@...>
      Organization: NIRS
      Subject: Worst Ever Nuclear Accident Within Japan!
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      Subject: Today! Worst Ever Nuclear Accident Within Japan!

      Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 11:06:03 -0400
      From: Michael Mariotte <nirsnet@...>
      Organization: NIRS


      There has been a significant nuclear accident at the fuel fabrication
      plant in Tokai, Japan.

      The accident apparently involved an inadvertent criticality at the
      plant, which makes fuel for atomic reactors. It's believed that this
      fuel was being fabricated for Japan's MOX program, although no plutonium
      is believed involved. The accident began about 10:30 am, local time,
      September 30, 1999.

      Radiation levels reportedly reached 10,000 times background, and are now
      said to be about 3600 times background in the area. Some 160 residents
      have been evacuated, and residents within a 10 kilometer (six mile)
      radius of the plant have been told to stay indoors. Schoolchildren in
      the area reportedly were not allowed to go home, but had to stay inside
      at school. During the afternoon, it began to rain.

      Three plant workers were sent by helicopter to a special facility
      operated by Japan's National Institute of Radiological Sciences. Two
      were reportedly in critical condition.

      We do not yet know if the criticality has been contained or stopped.

      We are posting all information we receive, as we receive it, on our
      website, http://www.nirs.org

      Michael Mariotte
      Nuclear Information and Resource Service

      ITEM #2

      Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 17:40:14 +0900
      From: "Citizen's Nuclear Information Center" <cnic-jp@...>
      Subject: Criticality Accident at Tokai, Ibaraki


      A serious nuclear accident has happened at Tokai, Ibaraki. We thought it
      necessary to inform you of this accident. Mr. Takagi has been asked to be
      interviewed by a number of radio and T.V. stations and he might be on T.V.
      news in America. We will inform you of the station and the schedule if that
      is the case. Please feel free to inquire us of any further questions.

      Following is the e-mail news sent by CNIC.


      Worst Ever Accident Within Japan at Tokai, Ibaraki
      Information Part 1
      30 September 1999


      There was a nuclear accident at a test facility in the JCO Ltd.'s uranium
      processing plant located in Tokai, Ibaraki. It happened at 10:35 am Japanese
      Standard Time (+900) on 30 September, 1999.


      Initially, an atmospheric radiation count of 0.84 mSv/hour (10,000 times of
      the
      annual dose limit) was monitored, but the local government has announced that
      the radiation count is back to normal. The Science and Technology Agency
      (STA) has announced that it was a criticality accident.


      Three workers were exposed because of the accident, and the exposed workers
      taken to a local hospital were later transferred by a helicopter to the
      National Institute of Radiological Sciences in Chiba City, east of Tokyo, in
      order to treat the acute radiation injuries. They seem to have inhaled high
      concentration uranium gas. Two of the three exposed workers are reported to
      be in a critical condition.


      The facility in which the accident occurred is a commercial plant where
      enriched UF6 gas is converted into UO2 powder for further processing. The
      pellet fabrication is done in another plant nearby.

      Police has declared the area of 200m radius of the site to be an off-limit
      zone. The local government (Tokai-mura administration) issued an evacuation
      request to the residents of the surrounding 350m radius of the site. All
      the villagers residing outside the 350m radius were asked to stay indoors.
      School children are ordered not to go home, but remain indoors at each
      school. Naka-machi, a town next to Tokai mura, also advised the residents
      to remain indoors.

      The cause and details of the accident has not yet been disclosed. CNIC will
      release a statement as soon as enough materials are collected, however, we
      will keep people post on any further details gathered.

      Tokai accident information, part 2

      According to T.V. news around 6 p.m., the head of Tokai village stressed
      three points at a press conference.

      1) The atmospheric radiation count has not decreased around the site.
      2) There is a possibility that nuclear fission is still occurring at the
      moment.
      3) The plant's structure is intact.

      end-

      Tokai accident information part 3

      The radiation count is still high and not even JCO workers can enter the
      site. No one is aware of the situation inside the plant and nothing is
      being done. Thus it is very likely that the criticality condition is still
      in progress.

      Latest news as of 9 p.m.

      1) Ibaraki prefecture has advised the residents of 10km radius of the plant
      to stay indoors.
      2) Government has set up a committee head by Obuchi prime minister to
      respond to the situation. The cabinet organization will be put off for the
      moment to fully cope with this situation.
      3) Atmospheric radiation count was 0.7milisievert per hour (mSv/h) at 3 p.m.
      Normal count is 1milisievert per year (mSv/y).
      4) Two of the three workers hospitalized are suspected to have been
      seriously exposed due to a sudden increase of white blood corpuscle
      experienced by both of them.
      5) 160 people have evacuated to a community center. The evacuees will have
      to spend the night at the center.

      end-
      _________________________________________</x-rich>

      Citizens' Nuclear Information Center
      1-58-15-3F, Higashi-nakano, Nakano-ku,Tokyo, Japan
      Phone: +81-3-5330-9520 Fax: +81-3-5330-9530
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      ITEM #3

      Subject: explosion blows hole in roof at Japan plant
      Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 12:41:21 -0400


      http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/asia-pacific/newsid_461000/461446.stm

      ITEM #4

      From: happen@...
      To: <nukenet@...>,
      "Citizens' Nuclear Information Center" <cnic-jp@...>
      Subject: Re: Criticality Accident at Tokai, Ibaraki
      Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 17:49:27 -0400


      I am suspecting confusion and an error on part of the BBC news in London.

      Their earlier report shows a hole in the roof and describes this current
      accident.
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/asia-pacific/newsid_461000/461446.stm

      But, the most recent BBC report makes no mention of an explosion or a hole.
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/asia-pacific/newsid_462000/462090.stm


      No one else has reported an explosion including news crews in Japan.

      If there is one thing we learned at Three Mile Island it is that confusion
      reigns.

      Scott Portzline
      Three Mile Island Alert

      someone will be discussing this accident on Sightings radio this evening.
      www.sightings.com

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      2. From: FoE Sydney - Nuclear Campaign <nonukes@...>
      Subject: JAPANESE NUCLEAR ACCODENT - FOE AUSTRALIA PRESS RELEASE
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      Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 13:52:49 +1000
      From: FoE Sydney - Nuclear Campaign <nonukes@...>
      Subject: JAPANESE NUCLEAR ACCODENT - FOE AUSTRALIA PRESS RELEASE


      Media Release 1st October 1999

      Attention Chiefs of Staff & Environment Reporters

      Australian Uranium likely at worst ever Japanese nuclear accident

      Environment organisation Friends of the Earth, Australia called on the
      Australian government to suspend sales of uranium to Japan until that
      country conducted a thorough safety review of all nuclear facilities.

      Japan's worst ever nuclear accident at the Tokaimura uranium enrichment
      plant underscores the fact that the nuclear industry poses a serious
      threat to public health and the environment.

      Japan is one of Australia's major uranium customers. They source uranium
      from the Ranger uranium mine in Kakadu National Park. 40% of sales by
      uranium mining company Energy Resources of Australia are to Kansai
      Kyushu Shikoku Electric Power Company.

      "It is clear that the Japanese authorities cannot guarantee the safety
      of their nuclear facilities," commented Daniel Voronoff, FoE Melbourne
      nuclear spokesperson.

      "Australia has a moral obligation to ensure that our uranium won't end
      up poisoning Japanese citizens, because of poor safety standards," added
      Mr. Voronoff.

      "We call on the Federal government to suspend uranium sales to Japan
      until a complete review of safety has taken place," stated Mr. Voronoff.

      Reports clearly point to a criticality accident.

      "A criticality accident is the worst form of nuclear accident that can
      happen," commented John Hallam, FoE Sydney nuclear spokesperson.

      "This is not just a radioactive leak or spill. The Tokaimura accident
      would arise from a fundamental technical oversight," added Mr. Hallam.

      FoE notes that there has been vigorous and wide spread opposition to the
      nuclear industry in Japan. Recent local elections and referenda all show
      community concern over the health and environmental risks associated
      with the nuclear industry.

      Tokaimura was the site of a radioactive waste fire in 1997. The waste
      processing facility caught fire because high-level wastes caused their
      encasement material to ignite. On this occasion there was a significant
      release of radioactive material into the environment.

      For further comment contact Daniel Voronoff on 0418 178 053
      Or John Hallam on 02 9517 3903


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      3. From: FoE Sydney - Nuclear Campaign <nonukes@...>
      Subject: JAPANESE NUKE ACCIDENT PRESS RELEASES
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      Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 18:20:17 +1000
      From: FoE Sydney - Nuclear Campaign <nonukes@...>
      Subject: JAPANESE NUKE ACCIDENT PRESS RELEASES


      Friends of the Earth, Australia
      Media Release 1st October 1999
      Attention Chiefs of Staff & Environment Reporters

      Watch Nuclear Industry Spin Doctors on Japanese Accident

      Environment organisation Friends of the Earth, has called on the Australian
      media to be on the look out for nuclear industry spin doctors and
      pro-industry commentators talking down the impact of the worst ever
      Japanese nuclear accident.

      Japan's worst ever nuclear accident at the Tokaimura fuel rod processing
      plant underscores the fact that the nuclear industry poses a serious threat
      to public health and the environment.

      Pro-industry "specialists" will be working overtime to distinguish the
      circumstances of the accident at Tokaimura from circumstances at other
      nuclear facilities, especially nuclear power plants.

      Professor William Castenburg, Chair of the Dept. Nuclear Engineering,
      University of California has been quoted as saying that nuclear power
      plants have "extensive safety analysis" that would make a Tokaimura-style
      accident unlikely.

      However as recently as September 28, 1999 the Northeast Nuclear Energy
      Company, owner and operator of the Millstone Nuclear Power Station in
      eastern Connecticut, pleaded guilty to charges of falsifying environmental
      records and agreed to pay a record $10 million fine.

      "It is clear that the Japanese authorities cannot guarantee the safety of
      their nuclear facilities," commented Daniel Voronoff, FoE Melbourne nuclear
      spokesperson.

      "It is also evident that the regulatory regime of the nuclear industry
      world-wide is subject to the vagaries of human sleight-of-hand and error,
      with frequent tragic results," added Mr. Voronoff.

      "We repeat our call on the Federal government to suspend uranium sales to
      Japan until a complete review of safety has taken place," stated Mr.
      Voronoff.

      FoE notes that there has been vigorous and wide spread opposition to the
      nuclear industry in Japan. Recent local elections and referenda all show
      community concern over the health and environmental risks associated with
      the nuclear industry.

      Tokaimura was the site of a radioactive waste fire in 1997. The waste
      processing facility caught fire because high-level wastes caused their
      encasement material to ignite. On this occasion there was a significant
      release of radioactive material into the environment.

      For further comment contact Daniel Voronoff on 0418 178 053
      Or John Hallam on 02 9517 3903

      Media Release 1st October 1999

      Attention Chiefs of Staff & Environment Reporters

      Australian Uranium likely at worst ever Japanese nuclear accident

      Environment organisation Friends of the Earth, Australia called on the
      Australian government to suspend sales of uranium to Japan until that
      country conducted a thorough safety review of all nuclear facilities.

      Japan's worst ever nuclear accident at the Tokaimura uranium enrichment
      plant underscores the fact that the nuclear industry poses a serious
      threat to public health and the environment.

      Japan is one of Australia's major uranium customers. They source uranium
      from the Ranger uranium mine in Kakadu National Park. 40% of sales by
      uranium mining company Energy Resources of Australia are to Kansai
      Kyushu Shikoku Electric Power Company.

      "It is clear that the Japanese authorities cannot guarantee the safety
      of their nuclear facilities," commented Daniel Voronoff, FoE Melbourne
      nuclear spokesperson.

      "Australia has a moral obligation to ensure that our uranium won't end
      up poisoning Japanese citizens, because of poor safety standards," added
      Mr. Voronoff.

      "We call on the Federal government to suspend uranium sales to Japan
      until a complete review of safety has taken place," stated Mr. Voronoff.

      Reports clearly point to a criticality accident.

      "A criticality accident is the worst form of nuclear accident that can
      happen," commented John Hallam, FoE Sydney nuclear spokesperson.

      "This is not just a radioactive leak or spill. The Tokaimura accident
      would arise from a fundamental technical oversight," added Mr. Hallam.

      FoE notes that there has been vigorous and wide spread opposition to the
      nuclear industry in Japan. Recent local elections and referenda all show
      community concern over the health and environmental risks associated
      with the nuclear industry.

      Tokaimura was the site of a radioactive waste fire in 1997. The waste
      processing facility caught fire because high-level wastes caused their
      encasement material to ignite. On this occasion there was a significant
      release of radioactive material into the environment.

      For further comment contact Daniel Voronoff on 0418 178 053
      Or John Hallam on 02 9517 3903

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