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US MOX Fuel Plant May Finally Be Terminated

US MOX Fuel Plant May Finally Be Terminated

Fitnews is reporting that the US MOX plant in South Carolina may finally be ending. The project has never had any customers lined up while the building costs have increased almost 10 fold. According to the report the US Department of Energy has sent a “shutdown specialist” consultant to the facility to look at options for terminating the project. image credit | http://www.isaiahhankel.com/ This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join … Read entire article »

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Japan Receives MOX Shipment As US Ends Their MOX Program

The Takahama nuclear plant received a shipment of MOX fuel yesterday. The power company has hinted they intend to use the shipment originally produced before the March 2011 nuclear disaster. Green Action Japan points out a number of ways using this fuel is in violation of existing statutes in Japan and that the new regulator has not established standards for MOX use. While the power companies in Japan are pushing for restarts and continuation of the MOX program, the US is poised to end their MOX program. The US has dabbled with MOX fuel over the decades. In the 1970′s under an agreement with a private company the US began building a reprocessing facility at Barnwell SC to make MOX from used reactor fuel. The project was ended after government accountability … Read entire article »

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US Pressured Japan In Secret To Continue MOX Program

The Mainichi has uncovered secret government documents that prove the US and deputy DOE secretary Danial Poneman put intense pressure on Japan to continue the plutonium fuel MOX program in Japan. The documents clearly show the US is pressuring Japan to continue with the MOX fuel cycle program, something the US has failed to do themselves. The US has claimed the concern to be that the plutonium would be diverted to military use. Japan has a massive amount of spent nuclear fuel, more than they could ever realistically use through reprocessing into MOX. The US stance also ignores the prospect of vitrification, a technology that encases the material in a glass substance rendering it unusable for weapons. The US is still struggling to create an operating vitrification plant at the Hanford … Read entire article »

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Why Is KEPCO Getting A Free Pass From The NRA?

Japan’s KEPCO power company, owners of the Oi nuclear plant and also Mihama and Takahama nuclear plants seems to be getting some preferential treatment from the country’s nuclear regulator. Oi had already been the only operating nuclear plant in the country when it was allowed to restart units 3 and 4 amid massive public protests in 2012. The claim at the time was the dire need for power over the summer. KEPCO insisted there would be blackouts in Osaka if they couldn’t restart these reactors. Many studies doubted that claim. After KEPCO restarted the units at Oi, they shut down 9 thermal plants raising even more doubts about their claims. The issue appears to be more about profits at KEPCO and favors to industrial clients in the region. The NRA did their … Read entire article »

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Japan May Limit Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing

After missing a deadline to outline their future plan for Japan’s plutonium stockpile the AEC has announced a possible change in how Japan deals with their spent fuel. Japan has been pushed heavily by the US to reprocess all nuclear fuel and use the plutonium in either MOX fuel or in the experimental Monju fast breeder reactor (that still sits idle after the last big failure). Now the government committee has suggested that reprocessing should only commence once it becomes clear the plutonium will be used in power reactors. Read more at Kyodo http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2013/03/216085.html 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 … Read entire article »

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KEPCO To Take Delivery Of MOX Fuel

KEPCO will be receiving a shipment of MOX fuel from France around April. What is not clear is what they intend to do with it. They have run MOX in the past at the Takahama nuclear plant they own. Unit 4 at Takahama has used MOX in the past. NHK reports that local consent would be required but it does not say how local consent would be obtained. For the restart of Oi the mayor and local assembly gave approval rather than a vote of the public. KEPCO won’t say if the fuel will be used or not or why they decided to accept shipment now. Many public concerns linger regarding the MOX used at unit 3 Fukushima Daiichi and if it contributed to the severity of the meltdown or lingering … Read entire article »

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US MOX Plant Gets 75% Budget Cut

In a last minute deal the Department of Energy saved the US MOX program from being totally cut from the budget. The effort by Daniel Poneman left the program with a small budget and no real purpose or use. It would put the roof on the building and the remaining money they intend to spend had no specific purpose tied to it. People may remember Poneman from his nuclear cheerleading tour in Japan last year. 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, … Read entire article »

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MOX Protests In Germany

  Last week a shipment of MOX assemblies from the now closed down Sellafield nuclear fuel plant arrived in Nordenham Germany on the ship Atlantic Osprey. Owners of the remaining nuclear plants in Germany have been running MOX fuel in certain reactors against considerable public protest. These protests similar to the Castor protests we have reported on before play a role in the country’s energy future. For things to change, the public must be involved. The MOX fuel eventually made it to the Grohnde nuclear plant but not without a long, delayed and expensive trip.   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 … Read entire article »

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Congress Considers Killing $4.8 Billion US MOX Fuel Program

A little known project at Savannah River nuclear site is the construction of a US MOX (mixed oxide plutonium fuel) plant. This incredibly expensive plant would make a type of nuclear fuel that none of the power companies in the US is willing to use. As part of a pilot project nuclear power plant operators were invited to do test runs of MOX fuel in an effort to build up business for this type of fuel. One operator, Duke Energy did a test run but cut it short after abnormalities appeared while using the fuel. Duke pulled out of the deal with the Department of Energy. No other power companies wanted anything to do with this new fuel. This leaves the US with no customers at all for this expensive … Read entire article »

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UK Nuclear Reactor Construction Haulted, Large Problems With The Program

EDF has announced they will stop the planned construction of 4 reactors in the UK. They cited problems at the Flamanville EPR reactor and re-evaluating the conditions in the UK. We previously wrote about the massive technical and construction failures of the EPR reactor at Flamanville here. Citibank had warned investors back in 2009 of the economic viability of new nuclear programs in the UK, stating they were simply not profitable. Now the UK government is announcing that the UK taxpayers will be stuck with the 100 million pound cost to decommission the British Nuclear Fuels failed MOX plant. There are also some mentions that the Sheffield Forgemaster’s may be taking on some reactor building in the near future. What is not clear is exactly what they would be doing. This article mentions … Read entire article »

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Nuclear Fuel Recycling Almost Double The Cost Of Storage

Japan’s Atomic Energy Commission says it will cost twice as much to recycle nuclear fuel as it would to safely store spent fuel. Recycling in this case is the reprocessing into MOX fuel for running in reactors, a process that itself has been called into question. MOX critics have cited that the current fuel percentage and operation at reactors doesn’t effectively reduce the amount of plutonium involved and negatively impacts safety and reactor physics. On top of these higher recycling costs is the large amount of money involved in upgrading an aging reactor in order to run MOX. Millions have been spent replacing shrouds, other equipment and installing complex security systems just to possess the fuel. MOX has been implicated by some as a contributing factor in the intensity and scope … Read entire article »

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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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Investigation Finds 7 Cases Of NISA & Power Companies Faked Nuclear Support

An independent investigation of power companies and the regulatory agency NISA found a total of 7 situations where nuclear support was faked by power company employees. All of the power companies named either have MOX plutonium mix fuel running in a reactor at the area in question or were attempting to do so. There were also influence attempts related to restarts. The companies were accused of influencing public opinion back in July, the investigation agreed that this was the case. NISA colluded with the power companies to have employees pose as average people in support of the nuclear power companies plans. One power company employee went so far as to pretend to be a farmer in a meeting. The employees did not disclose their relationship with the power companies and it … Read entire article »

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Explosion At French MOX Production Site

A French nuclear complex that handles nuclear waste and is used in part by Areva to produce MOX suffered an explosion. Authorities stated the explosion happened in an industrial oven. Part of the MOX process involves super heating plutonium and uranium in an industrial oven to fire the pellets. Authorities have confirmed that the oven that exploded was in the reprocessing facility, most likely the MOX facility. One worker is dead and three wounded, firefighters said there is a risk of radioactive leakage. One media outlet described the incident happening at a “subcontractor”, likely the Areva facility. More information on the facility. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcoule UPDATE: Think tank Global Security states that the facility produces weapons grade plutonium. A forth person is being reported as injured. A perimeter has been established around the plant but officials are … 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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NISA Colluded With Seven Power Companies To Influence Public

The official count so far has risen to seven power companies that NISA colluded with to fake public support for dangerous MOX plutonium fuel programs. This collusion used these power company’s employees as shills, posing as regular citizens expressing support for approval of the otherwise unpopular MOX programs. This practice becomes even more criminal considering that Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 at  is proving to be a significantly greater threat to public safety due to the MOX fuel installed in it. Kyodo News story on the issue. 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 … Read entire article »

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Monju Fast Breeder Reactor May Be Shut Down For Good

The science ministry in Japan is considering stopping for good the Monju fast breeder reactor. The reactor has been plagued with problems and accidents for most of its 24 years of existence. This type of reactor cools with a dangerous liquid sodium system. When mixed with oxygen and moisture (even air moisture) it can burst into an extremely intense heat fire. In 1995 such a fire happened, there was a subsequent cover up and scandal. Information on the cover up along with video of the disaster can be found on Wikileaks. Adding to the high risk factors of this reactor type, it also is run on MOX fuel. MOX is a mixture of uranium and plutonium. This type of fuel added to the intensity and complexity of the disaster at Fukushima … 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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