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Nuclear Fish From Fukushima? Don't Fret, Japan's Got A Net



FUKUSHIMA - Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant is considering erecting a giant net to prevent radioactive fish from heading out to sea.

In surveys conducted through October at the request of local fishery cooperatives, TEPCO found that the radioactivity levels of species of fish caught across in the port of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant were up to 155 times above normal.

The levels found in the port ranged from 4,200 Becquerels per kilogram to 15,500 Becquerels per kilogram for Conger eels – while the maximum "safe" level is of 100 Becquerels per kilogram.

Sources said TEPCO is considering setting up a 2- kilometer net at the mouth of the port and along the inside of the port’s levees, Japan’s Asahi Shimbun reveals.

The net might stop irradiated fish on their way out to sea – but it’s not likely to stop water contaminated by the nuclear disaster that followed the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.

“We have been asking TEPCO to close the port after receiving data showing high levels of contamination,” an official at a local fisheries cooperative told Asahi Shimbun. "There are openable nets that will allow dredgers to enter. TEPCO's response is too slow.”

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Report: Wagner Group Is Back Fighting In Ukraine For First Time Since Aborted Coup

After a sighting by a Ukrainian drone operator, details emerge of how the Russian mercenary group has been redeployed in the strategic Ukrainian city of Bakhmut it had helped conquer earlier this year. That was followed by the dramatic coup and departure from Ukraine led by Wagner's now late leader Yevgeny Prigozhin.

Photo of a Ukrainian soldier walking past a destroyed building

A Ukrainian soldier earlier this month walking in front of a damaged building


Fighters affiliated with the Wagner Group have once again been spotted on the battlefield near Bakhmut in the Russian-occupied Donetsk region, according to a Ukrainian drone operator. This confirmation supports earlier reports from Russian sources regarding the resurgence of Wagner mercenaries near the strategic city in eastern Ukraine.

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“Wagner is here,” the drone operator said, adding that the Wagnerites had “quickly changed commanders and returned.”

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