News Roundup July 4, 2012

40% of the residents of Okuma near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster said they do not intend to return. This is a considerable increase over last year.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120702004694.htm

The government has agreed to a plan that would make temporary towns for the locations where residents of Futaba, Tomioka, Okuma and Namie have evacuated to. This would allow for the establishment of schools and other services for the displaced communities.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120703a4.html

NISA has carried over the meeting to discuss the possibly active fault under the Oi nuclear plant. It was also announced there may be an active fault under the Monju fast breeder reactor and Mihama 3 reactor. http://www.hokkaido-np.co.jp/news/dogai/384820.html

The Oi unit 3 reactor has yet another delay in producing power. This time a vibrating turbine was the cause. KEPCO thinks they will be generating power by July 5th.
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/west/west_economy/news/120703/wec12070319130010-n1.htm

The Japan Diet is set to release their findings on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304441404577482113658775518.html
The findings will be released July 5th
http://www.naiic.jp/en/2012/07/03/20th/ 

 

Even more protests planned:
July 6th Friday in front of the Prime Minister’s office in Tokyo
http://twitnonukes.blogspot.jp/2012/07/763.html
http://coalitionagainstnukes.jp/?p=689

July 7th Shibuya Tokyo – No Nukes All Star Demo
http://nonukesallstardemo.com/

July 8th Sunday at Omiya station
http://datugenpatusaitama.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-23.html

The US NRC is looking at the possibility of making containment vents mandatory on all BWR reactors. They are also looking at possibly requiring filters for those vents to lower the release of radiation to the environment. The US nuclear power industry is resisting these changes.
http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/03/nuclear-industry-and-venting-round-2/

California has broke 3 solar and 1 wind power generation records in the last week. New installations of equipment were cited as helping make these new landmarks.
http://www.nctimes.com/article_14cb042f-4cb1-562b-8adc-d4c9f1e7f870.html

California’s effort to increase solar power generation on businesses and residences has shown more progress as more lower income residences are able to adopt solar panel generation through a variety of programs and business innovations.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/toddwoody/2012/07/03/how-california-is-democratizing-solar-for-the-99/

GE stopped work on a new solar panel plant in Colorado due to the falling market price for solar panels. They are planning a redesign to be more competitive.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/toddwoody/2012/07/03/ge-halts-work-on-the-u-s-s-biggest-solar-factory-to-return-to-the-lab/

 

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