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UK MOX Facility Becomes A Mega Money Pit, Japan Shares Losses

The UK government announced in August it would close the Sellafield MOX plant. The troubled plant to date has not produced any usable MOX fuel. Japan so far has been the only customer and the 1999 shipment to Takahama was returned after it was found to be defective. With TEPCO and CHUBU electric being the only customers lined up. TEPCO obviously isn’t in a position to attempt any further MOX programs. CHUBU owns Hamaoka nuclear power plant that has been shut down and a restart there is unlikely. Japan contributed a considerable amount of money to the plant in the UK, with the plant closure that money is lost. One of the major issues surrounding Sellafield is that the plutonium stockpile has been promoted as an asset. Without a reprocessing plant and … Read entire article »

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Tomari Nuclear Plant To End Mox Program

Hokkaido Electric, owner of the Tomari Nuclear plant has announced they will end their pursuit to run MOX (Mixed Oxide plutonium fuel) in reactor #3. Hokkaido was caught up in the country-wide scandal where power companies were caught faking public support for MOX fuel programs. Our records show that no MOX fuel has been delivered to Tomari to date. There was a planned May 2011 shipment to Japan that may have been going to carry Tomari’s MOX assemblies. That shipment was cancelled after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Executives involved in the scandal received temporary pay cuts, none were fired for their involvement in the scandal. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from … Read entire article »

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Notes On Corium And Containment

My notes (Nancy’s) on the Reactor Safety Training Course (R-800) from the NRC http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML0210/ML021080117.pdf The notes are an abbreviated gathering of parts that may be relateable to Fukushima from sections 3 and 4. Suppression Chamber: Steam can be sent from the RPV via a safety valve and piping into the suppression chamber (torus). If the pressure in the suppression chamber (wetwell/torus) is higher than that in the drywell vacuum breakers equalize the pressure. There is a cooling spray system for the drywell portion of containment and also cooling system in the suppression chamber that runs through a heat exchanger to cool the water in the suppression chamber. Mark 1 reactors also have a direct vent system to the outside in the suppression chamber to relieve pressure. (There were attempts to open these at Fukushima) Containment: Mark 1 containments were not specifically … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Construction Images

These are stills taken from the Fukushima Movie on YouTube. If you want larger copies, contact Nancy. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Intended To Increase MOX Use In Unit 3

Editors note: Documentation TEPCO #1 Documentation TEPCO #2 Preliminary Analysis of Tepco Documentation 3-2 “Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Unit 3 According to the results confirm the soundness of the new MOX fuel in the long-term storage” July 31, 2010 Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency Introduction: Analysis of this document began under the premise that MOX fuel could in no possible terms be viable and intact after spending a period of 10-11 years in the spent fuel pool.  Documents show that 32 Mixed Oxide Fuel Assemblies were manufactured and sent to Fukushima-I in 1999.  These fuel assemblies were then stored in the Spent Fuel Pool of Reactor 3 pending local government approval.  This approval did not come until late summer of 2010, at which point arrangements were made and the fuel … Read entire article »

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English Translation of Fukushima Study

(From Fukushima prefecture’s website) Translation from Japanese into English Health Check-up for Fukusima residents (Documents as of July 24) by Fukushima prefecture and Fukushima Medical University (Note, Dr. Yamashita, the ‘Mr. 100mSv’ [no health harm up to 100mSv], is now the vice-president of the univ. He used to be a professor of Nagasaki University, and also the director of Nagasaki Univ International Hibakusha Center. This is a reason Fukushima residents and other JP citizens believed what he said during the early stage of the incident.) Purpose of the project: To reduce fear and worry among residents about effects of radiation. To follow health status of residents for the long time. Target population: All Fukushima residents who live in Fukushima at the March 11. This project includes: 1) Radiation exposure estimation: Based on self-reported activity report between March 11 … Read entire article »

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Radiation Research Data Collection

This page is for categorization of reports and data related to radiation exposure through all sources, studies on radiation exposure and outcomes and any other related data. Please leave your notes in the comments. Anyone with editing access can then grab out of comments and organize into groupings as needed. General info on radiation levels and exposures:   Estacion saves the day! Thanks for the conversions. 0.10 Gy = 0.10 Sv = 100 mSv = 1000 uSv, for X-ray, Gamma ray or beta radiaton 0.10 Gy = 2.00 Sv, for alpha particles ——– Radiation absorbed dose (rad) Under exposure a given material has an ability to absorb radiation. This differs with certain materials (think lead versus water) and some will absorb more or less as radiation passes through. Conventional units: A dose of 1 rad means the absorption of … Read entire article »

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Birds Research

This is the ongoing collection of data related to birds, migration and impacts of radiation on bird populations. Please add to the post if you have posting access, if not please leave new information in the comments section. Radioactive Robbins and other birds at Chernobyl .Key habitats of birds Japan Hi, I will do my best to help with bird questions. I am a trainee bird ringer, but my husband is very knowledgable and I also have a lot of other ringers in my friendslist, so will be able to ask them for help too by jilly_uk 2:04 PM i Jilly, I think various people had questions related to birds, migration and radiation. One I saw asked about was migration patterns, how we understand those. Is … Read entire article »

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US BWR Documentation

Papers and Info on BWR upgrades and problems: Hardened vents letter NRC and Union Con. Sci. info on vents NRC letter Reactors Historical Based Information: NukeWorker – BWR units listed by age Evolution of the BWR – paper BWR Containment: Atominfo.ru paper on containment structures BWR containment failures – paper by Oak Ridge Labs BWR Ageing: IAEA paper on metal ageing in BWR Fuel Handling: BRC.gov Fuel handling presentation COOPER STATION: Cooper Station Paper – containment info page 52 Cooper fire system failure (pdf) Cooper leakage paths (pdf) Cooper licensing methodology (pdf) Cooper Radiation Fluids Schematic (pdf) Cooper Safety Report (also containment details) (pdf) DRESDEN NPP: NRC overview of NPP for inspection (includes containment details) This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights … Read entire article »

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Cooper Station Documentation Photos

  This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Plutonium Management in Japan (2007)

The Current Situation of Plutonium Management in Japan (PDF) This is a report to the Atomic Energy Commission on the current situation of plutonium management in Japan. Actually, the report is current as of the 2006 numbers, but this was the official stance as of  September 2007.   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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MOX Shipments To Japan

MOX shipments to Japan as of 6.8.2011 Questions arose about the total MOX inventory at Fukushima. With that concern we have attempted to document all shipments of MOX to Japan along with the location and use of all assemblies. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Japanese Waste and MOX Shipments From Europe

This is a detailed article on the title subject from The World Nuclear Association. From 1969-90 there were more than 160 shipments of used nuclear reactor fuel from Japan to Europe. Reprocessing of the Japanese used fuel has been undertaken in UK and France under contract with Japanese utilities. Recovered fissile materials are returned to Japan as reactor fuel, notably as mixed oxide (MOX) fuel. The first shipment to Japan of immobilised high-level waste from reprocessing took place in 1995 and the 12th and last one from France was in 2007. Fact Sheets on the site include: MOX Fuel Shipments from Europe to Japan (PDF) From BNFL Media Brief 4 December 1996, “Shipments of Nuclear Materials Between Europe and Japan” This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content … Read entire article »

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CNIC on MOX in Japan 2002-2009

CNIC Statements and Articles MOX Fuel Ships Arrive in Japan Amidst Citizen Protest (NIT 130 May/June 2009) Citizens Protest Japanese MOX Shipment: Joint Statement by CNIC, Green Action and Greenpeace Japan (Genkai: 23 May 2009) Citizens Protest Japanese MOX Shipment: Joint Statement by CNIC, Green Action and Greenpeace Japan (Hamaoka:18 May 2009) Japan’s MOX Program and Nuclear Proliferation (Background Paper Prepared for Press Conference at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, 15 May 2009) MOX Shipment and Japan’s Failed Nuclear Fuel Cycle (Slide Presentations Prepared for Press Conference at The Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan 15 May 2009) Stop MOX Shipments! (NIT 129 March/April 2009) Stop MOX Shipment Appeal (5 March 2009) Press Release —– Text of appeal. MOX and nuclear weapons: Open Letter to Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency 2 March 2009 (Green Action, Greenpeace, CNIC joint letter) MOX … Read entire article »

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