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US Nuclear Regulator Refuses To Fix Evacuation Zone Flaws

US Nuclear Regulator Refuses To Fix Evacuation Zone Flaws

While Japan is implementing larger evacuation zones and comprehensive evacuation zone plans after the Fukushima disaster, the US has decided to change nothing. A petition asking them to review the 10 mile evacuation zone plan by the US NRC was rejected. Japan is working on detailed evacuation plans including local evacuation drills where locals participate. The US scales back their protective actions. Read more here: http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140410/NEWS/404100337 This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo … Read entire article »

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NRC Hid Information On Fukushima From Public

NRC Hid Information On Fukushima From Public

An NBC investigation found that the NRC coordinated an effort to hide information they knew from the public during the early days of the Fukushima Disaster. These included agreeing to lie to the press about the existence of Japanese nuclear experts stationed at the NRC offices in DC. Two sets of talking points were created, one for the public that insisted on total safety in US reactors while in private the NRC worried about the … Read entire article »

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Japan Nuclear Evacuations Would Take 12+ Hours To More Than 6 Days

Japan Nuclear Evacuations Would Take 12+ Hours To More Than 6 Days

An independent study in Japan showed it would take at least 12 or more hours to evacuate a 30km zone around nuclear power plants studied. From the initial disaster at Fukushima Daiichi, residents of nearby Futaba were still trying to evacuate more than 24 hours after the initial alert at the plant. They were still trying to get patients out of the hospital days later. Various sources estimate the unit 1 meltdown was already underway … Read entire article »

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US Nuclear Regulator Shuts Doors Today Due To Govt. Shutdown

The US NRC has sent home 90% of their staff. Only resident inspectors and a handful of core staff remain. All licensing and safety reviews are on hold. The NRC insists they can call back critical staff if there is an accident or disaster. Those people are currently sitting home unpaid. 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, … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Knew Of Need For Groundwater Bypass In May 2011

TEPCO Knew Of Need For Groundwater Bypass In May 2011

According to a new article by Reuters, TEPCO knew of the need to install a ground water bypass system back in May of 2011 yet chose to not undertake the project. The US NRC’s hydrology experts told TEPCO in May of 2011 that they should install a groundwater bypass type system uphill of the reactors. TEPCO never acted on this until early 2013. The NRC suggestion seems to indicate the bypass system should have been … Read entire article »

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GAO Find NRC Is Ignoring Nuclear Evacuation Impact

The GAO has released a report showing the NRC has downplayed and ignored significant risks in the event of a nuclear evacuation. The NRC’s new standard that was quietly ushered in over the winter holidays in 2011 scaled back the evacuation zone scope to 10 miles around a nuclear plant. In a separate action the EPA and DHS are in the process of confirming a change to how their agencies handle a nuclear power disaster that would declare many areas “safe” and deny people an official evacuation, denying them assistance and potentially forcing them to continue to reside in unsafe areas. The inclusion of nuclear disasters in the DHS report that was initially only to look at a terrorist “dirty bomb” incident was added late in the process and within … Read entire article »

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US Nuclear Waste Plan May Be Illegal

The GAO has determined that aspects of the planned nuclear waste disposal program are likely illegal. The GAO says the Dept. of Energy lacks the authority to create new interim storage facilities. Any authority they did have was tied to milestones or timelines not achieved. There is some suspicion the entire idea of interim storage facilities is just a stalling tactic to fend off lawsuits and delay the entire issue in the hopes of better technology being developed. The Forbes article that outlines the problems also mentions the logistics with moving all of the spent fuel twice and that a transportation plan could take a decade to get that alone approved. They also note that much of the cask stored fuel at nuclear plants is currently “too hot” to transport. The GAO review also … Read entire article »

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Omaha Power Company Charges $5000 To Answer Question

The Omaha Public Power District is demanding $5000 to answer a question from their customers. OPPD owns and runs the Ft. Calhoun nuclear plant made famous after it sat surrounded by flood waters in the spring of 2011. The plant is still out of operation as a mountain of failures found by the NRC are being worked through. OPPD claims they can repair all of the problem including a structural failure found inside the reactor containment structure. OPPD recently requested a rate increase from consumers to pay for a $143 million dollar contract with Exelon to help them try to fix the plant. A slew of new problems have been found since the last OPPD request for more money including the containment failure. These new costs caused some concerned consumers to ask … Read entire article »

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US Petition To Revoke BWR Reactor Licenses

Beyond Nuclear filed a petition in March 2013 requesting the NRC revoke the operating licenses of the GE BWR reactors in the US, these are the Fukushima type reactors. With the NRC voting to delay pretty much forever any meaningful regulatory action on the post Fukushima safety upgrades recommended by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Fukushima, it is clear the NRC has no intention of doing anything to deal with the safety risks posed by these units. Beyond Nuclear’s official petition to the NRC explains in detail the grounds for their case. You can read it and sign on to the petition filed with the NRC here. The former head of the NRC, Gregory Jaczko has admitted the US reactor fleet including these BWR reactors are too dangerous to continue operating. He … Read entire article »

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Nuclear Workers Union Paid Members With Costco Gift Cards To Attend San Onofre Meeting

The union that covers nuclear workers was caught busing in workers and paying them with Costco gift cards to attend a public meeting with the NRC on San Onofre. This is just the latest event in a string of strange confrontations between the public, the NRC, workers and whistleblowers at the plant. The idea of stacking public meetings with paid advocates is nothing new. The union that arranged the workers to show up at the meeting would not say who paid for the Costco gift cards, how much they were for or any other details about this incident. 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 … Read entire article »

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Citizen Uses SimplyInfo Research To Take On Omaha Power Board

Local resident LaVerne Thraen cited a report by fukuleaks.org/web when he confronted the Omaha Public Power District regarding multiple failures at Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Station. Our report, based off of a December 2012 NRC Investigation found multiple new problems at the plant. Many of these issues pointed back to management and the upper management at OPPD. Some of these ongoing failures and mismanagement went back decades. The response by OPPD board members to Mr. Thraen’s questions is worth watching! Mr. Thraen has been attending and documenting OPPD board meetings and NRC meetings throughout the issues with Ft. Calhoun after the massive 2011 flood. All of his documented videos can be found here.   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 … Read entire article »

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Ft. Calhoun Geo-Testing Shows A Dangerous Potential

Public records requests by Clean Nebraska were able to obtain portions of the initial geologic testing report for Ft. Calhoun. The report itself was large, what it contained has mostly not been part of the public discussion about Ft. Calhoun from either OPPD or the NRC. The review here is quite long but it has been broken into sections to facilitate reading. The short of this is there are problems or potential problems, some of them with the ability to be major and they reside under the containment, spent fuel pool, auxiliary building and turbine building. Erosion issues Ft. Calhoun was “significantly challenged” by the 2011 record flood according to plant owner OPPD. The post flood reviews initiated by the NRC included a request for geologic testing at the site. OPPD has … Read entire article »

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What Really Happened At Oyster Creek, Report Released

The US NRC has finally issued an inspection report on Oyster Creek and the events during hurricane Sandy. During the storm the public was left with many unanswered questions and a considerable lack of information about what was going on at Oyster Creek nuclear plant. On October 31st Reuters reported a 6.8 feet water level. The NRC official event report is more vague, only citing “over 6 feet“. A few reports admitted the full 7.4 feet of flooding but this didn’t get widely distributed via the press or the NRC’s public website. The full flooding height at Oyster Creek was 7.4 feet. The concrete deck at the intake structure sits at 6 feet. Existing documents at the plant stated that the bottom of needed intake pumping equipment was 7 feet. Water … Read entire article »

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TEPCO To Install Filtered Vents Next Week, US Power Co’s Refuse To

TEPCO announced they will begin installation of a filtered emergency vent system at the number seven unit at Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant. Concerns were raised after the Fukushima meltdowns as venting needed to prevent a catastrophic containment failure released large amounts of radiation into the atmosphere. The system TEPCO plans to use involves an 8 meter by 4 meter water tank to filter any venting releases. The current venting systems assume the suppression chamber (torus) will filter venting gasses by being partially filled with water. What was found during the Fukushima meltdowns was that the suppression chamber can be drained of water through a number of processes leaving no water to filter the venting. Venting the drywell directly, releases radiation directly to the environment. Units 1 and 2 at Fukushima Daiichi … Read entire article »

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NRA Has More Bad News For Japan’s Nuclear Industry

The NRA announced that they considered it “difficult” to complete checks on all of Japan’s nuclear plants within 3 years. The 3 year time frame is the goal of the current government to determine their nuclear energy policy. The process would include any needed construction to bring a plant up to the new standards that still need to be written, adding to delays. The NRA also announced that all reprocessing facilities would be subject to the same safety standards as nuclear power plants. This would require facilities such as Rokkasho to have to meet these standards in order to be allowed to operate. There have been concerns that the area the Rokkasho reprocessing facility sits on is near some major faults. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of … Read entire article »

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New Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Plant Report Shows More Safety Violations

The NRC has issued yet another report on Ft. Calhoun’s ongoing safety failures. The December 31st report outlines a number of critical violations at the plant. December31stReport_ML12366A158 The violations include failures to keep important design basis documents. These are used to prove and also understand the systems of the plant. These documents confirm that the plant matches the approved conditions of the license and are also used as reference documents for any work or emergency situations at the plant. These have been wrong since the plant’s construction & approval. This was discovered in the 1980′s and a full reconstitution of the design documents was started in 1987. As of December 2012 this work has still not been completed even though there are repeated references to the deficiency and need to complete this … Read entire article »

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Fire Risk At Older Japan Reactors Shows Potential Worldwide Problem

The NRA announced recently that reactors built before 1975 likely have sub standard fire protection designs. This includes having important cables coated in fire resistant insulation, isolating and protecting cables and creating barriers to prevent fires from spreading to other areas of critical equipment. NRA announced that about 10 reactors in Japan likely have these outdated unsafe systems. The 1975 changes in Japan were only mandatory on new reactors being built, any retrofit of old units was voluntary by the reactor owners. Mainichi found that 13 nuclear plants in Japan have these unsafe cables. Some operators coated these vinyl or polyethylene cables with a resin to give them some fire resistance. NRA claims the resin doesn’t prevent the coating underneath from melting and the resin will degrade with age. Mainichi also … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo Work Used As Evidence In Sierra Club Federal Petition

A recent report by fukuleaks.org/web on the problems at Ft. Calhoun nuclear station involving the containment building were added as evidence in an expanding legal petition brought by the Sierra Club. We reported on December 13th, findings from an NRC meeting held between OPPD, NRC and multiple engineering firms hired by OPPD. What we found in that NRC meeting was quite concerning as they outlined multiple failed concrete beams in their containment structure. OPPD also admitted there were multiple omissions and errors in the building design documents. Our report has been added to the federal communication on the case with the NRC. http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1235/ML12352A240.pdf 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 … Read entire article »

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US Nuclear “Expert” Suggests Japan’s Failed Regulatory Habits As Solution

US nuclear advocate Richard Meserve, who also happens to be a nuclear power company executive is advising Japan’s new nuclear regulatory agency. In a recent NHK report Meserve gives advice on how he thinks the new Japanese agency should operate. “staff members must have technical expertise if they are to effectively enforce regulations. He said it is necessary to continuously assess their levels of expertise, and hire foreign staff if necessary.” Meserve’s slightly vague labeling doesn’t invalidate the intention of his nicely worded statement. In short, more nuclear insiders should be added to the new NRA, just like how the predecessor NISA used to be. French advisor Andre-Claude Lacoste contributes the other quote. “He said it is important to establish a system under which plant operators are encouraged to voluntarily enhance safety.” Just like NISA used to … Read entire article »

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Ft. Calhoun Containment Structure Failures Admitted

Representatives from Ft. Calhoun’s operator OPPD, hired engineering firms, and the NRC held a meeting Wesnesday to discuss details of what has been described as issues with containment structures. The portion of the containment structure that is being investigated was described as a portion that supports plant equipment including air handling, steam generators and class 1 piping. A number of concrete beams within this structure were found to be “failed” as part of a plan to obtain a power uprate for the plant. Babcock & Wilcox were to begin engineering work for the uprate during the spring 2011 refueling outage that turned into the massive spring 2011 flood. Calculation work for the uprate was stopped after the first 6 beams investigated were considered failed. The problems go back to the original design … Read entire article »

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Oyster Creek Under Special Inspection By The NRC

The NRC announced they are doing a special inspection of Oyster Creek today, after incidents that arose during Hurricane Sandy. The NRC didn’t elaborate about specifics but gave a somewhat vague statement via email. “The team of three NRC inspectors is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the company’s event declaration activities related to water level increases at the plant’s water intake structure during the storm” “Nevertheless, there are certain observations involving procedures and on-site activities that surfaced during the event warranting a closer look. This Special Inspection will focus on those areas to gain a better understanding of how the intake water level information was monitored and communicated during the event.” It is unclear exactly what the NRC is referring to but will issue a report within 45 days. Hopefully this tells the public what the problems actually were. … Read entire article »

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NRC Provides Some Answers On Sandy Aftermath

Communications staff over at the NRC blog have provided a bit more information on what happened at two plants after and during hurricane Sandy. The NRC posted this in the comments: “Here is updated information on what happened to the circulating-water pumps at the Salem Unit 1 nuclear power plant during Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29: The Salem Unit 1 plant is equipped with six circulating-water pumps, which supply cooling water to the plant’s condenser from the Delaware River. At the plant’s water intake structure, there are screens to strain out debris and keep such extraneous material from entering the plant. After the storm passed, the screens had to be inspected. Damage was identified to two of six screens. Divers recovered grating that was displaced by wave action and fell into the water … Read entire article »

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Another Media Outlet Confirms Salem Intake Pumps Damaged

Local media outlet NewJerseyNewsroom cites additiional information about what transpired at Salem nuclear plant though they do not cite where they obtained this detailed information from. “But just after 4 a.m. Tuesday morning, while Sandy’s eye was barreling down on the Jersey Shore, the high waves in the river swamped four of the six massive pumps in a building along the river’s edge which pull in the water through a 40-foot wide conduit jutting into the river. The loss of these pumps caused a chain reaction of events: The loss of river water meant the steam in the secondary loop was no longer being condensed, sending hot steam back into the carefully calibrated system. The added work load, coupled with accumulating junk clogging Salem’s underwater intake pipe, caused the two remaining pumps to … Read entire article »

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The Media Takes On The Nuclear Industry After Sandy Failures

A long list of media outlets are criticizing the nuclear industry and the safety lapses exposed by hurricane Sandy. While the nuclear industry talking heads have bragged up Sandy as a “success” because there were no major nuclear disasters, it has been pointed out everywhere that this is a public relations deception. Multiple plants lost grid power, had to shutdown, lower power or had failures that challenged critical reactor systems. Questions remain about Oyster Creek’s specific systems through the alert and information on the intake pump damage at Salem has been slim. United Press International said nuclear plant safety was questioned by Sandy. Washington Post highlighted how little is known about the real natural risks in the US and how dangerously close these plants are to major population centers. The New York Times points out … Read entire article »

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NRC Corruption Mounts As New Documents Released

Greenpeace recently released an unedited copy of an NRC flood report that showed the NRC had been routinely lying to the public. While the NRC has been telling the public that nuclear plants in the US are completely safe they knew of credible catastrophic flood risks at four US nuclear plants. In 2009 the NRC privately told Duke Energy that a dam failure caused catastrophic flood was a credible event. The NRC’s own calculations showed a catastrophic dam failure at the Oconee nuclear plant was more likely to happen than the quake-tsunami induced disaster at Fukushima Daiichi. This credible flood risk was also known for the Ft. Calhoun nuclear plant. For years the only flood plan at the plant was to purchase sand and sandbags. In October of 2010 the NRC … Read entire article »

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NRC Public Meeting On Economic Consequences Of Reactor Accidents

The NRC is holding a public meeting September 11th at 9am to discuss the economic consequences of reactor accidents. The topic is curious as is their timing for a meeting during the typical US observance of the 9-11 terror attack anniversary. Anyone who wishes to watch the meeting can do so via the link below. http://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/public-meetings/webcast-live.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 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 … Read entire article »

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NRC Suspends All Final Licensing Of Nuclear Reactors

In case you have not already heard, yesterday the NRC suspended all final licensing actions for nuclear reactors in the US. This will also impact any construction permits from being approved during the suspension.  They will continue to do process work for licenses in the system but no actual license can be issued right now. The license renewal of Indian Point near New York City will be the first reactor renewal to be prevented by this suspension with expiration of the current ones in 2013 and 2015. The NRC apparently failed to conduct an environmental impact statement before considering the fuel storage long term in wet pools and dry casks to be safe. The NRC issued a statement of finding “no significant environmental impact” without doing the proper work. A DC court … Read entire article »

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US Nuclear Industry History Of Safety Failures & NRC Apathy

This 2001 Time.com article fell into our inbox over the weekend. What it shows was going on in the late 1990′s is not only disturbing, it seems to still be going on today, even after Fukushima. The Millstone nuclear plant had been for 20 years violating their reactor license and operating outside the design basis of the plant. So were 14 other reactors in the US. These are the ones that just happened to be caught due to a very persistent whistleblower. Reactor outages cost money, large sums of money. Some in the millions of dollars. This causes many reactor owners to cut corners on safety and procedure. We saw this brought to fruition at Fukushima where corner cutting,ignoring safety issues and a culture that did not allow employees to raise issues … Read entire article »

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Anonymous Leaks 40gb of Nuclear Power Inside Information

None of this information is classified data but it does give some big insights into what is really going on in agencies vs. what they are telling the public. This is a teaser of a few articles in PDF. We have scanned for viruses and put them here for download. The larger 40gb is forthcoming. We are still in the process of analyzing these. Takashi_Imai_As_March_11_nears NSC_Organization_of_Nuclear_Safety_Commission NRC_Staff_Assessment_and_Prioritization_of_additional_issues_in_SECY-11-0137 NRC_Six-Month_Status_Update_on_Other_Charter_Activities NRC_Request_for_Information_Fukushima_Daiichi NRC_Order_modifying_licenses_for_hardened_containment_vents NRC_Order_modifying_licenses_for_Fuel_Pool_Instrumentation NRC_Lessons_Learned_From_Japans_March_11_2011_SECY-11-0137 NRC_ACRS_Recommendations IAEA_Handbook_on_Nuclear_Law IAEA_Draft_Ministerial_Conference_on_Nuclear_Safety IAEA_Draft_Environmental_Issues_in_New_Nuclear Power_Programmes 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 … Read entire article »

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NRC Whistleblowers Show Conflicts In Agency, Ft. Calhoun

A letter sent by NRC employees in the Arlington, TX office blasting Troy Pruett, a regional deputy director at NRC is raising more worries about reactor safety. Employees at the regional offices in Texas claimed that Pruett undermined their efforts to report safety issues at plants and retaliated if employees would not downplay found issues. The whistle blowing employees are asking for an independent non-governmental company to come in an investigate, claiming the inspector general defers back to NRC management for problem resolution.  One incident specifically cited in the fire last year at Ft. Calhoun station. Pruett pressured employees to downplay the issue and to not give a “red” finding. The revelations at the NRC’s regional offices raise even more questions about the true nature of Ft. Calhoun’s damage and safety oversight … Read entire article »

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NRC May Have Not Disclosed Massive Damage At Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Plant

A set of correspondence from the nonukes’yall email list (copied at end of the article)  cites much larger and more devastating flood damage at the Ft. Calhoun nuclear plant in Nebraska. According to the emails NRC officials admitted after the meeting that there were leaks into the power plant and reactor building from the flooding that surrounded it for months. Underground leaks occurred into the plant itself and “ the water coming in could have risen to the level where it would have started to short electrical panels” This alone could have turned the flooding into a full blown disaster where the cooling systems at the plant would be inoperable and could have knocked out monitoring capability. The plant already had a fire that knocked out both the primary and back up system for cooling the spent fuel … Read entire article »

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US Nuclear Protesters Rally In VT While 2 US Reactors Could Be Scrapped

On Thursday 1000 protesters in Vermont marched to the offices of Entergy in Brattleburo demanding the shut down of the aging reactor. A large number of protesters were arrested at the Entergy office near the plant. A federal judge ruled that the state’s nuclear waste permit for Vermont Yankee that expired Wednesday could not be enforced. So the reactor continues to operate, generating nuclear waste that it does not have a permit to store in Vermont. It is not clear if the waste storage issue will become part of the ongoing appeals by the state to exert state rights to decide if they want an aging reactor to run in their state. In New Jersey opponents of the Oyster Creek nuclear plant have pointed out that the NRC timeline for post Fukushima upgrades requires these … Read entire article »

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NRC Addresses Post Fukushima Issues At Specific Reactors

The NRC has been busy sending out letters related to their post-Fukushima safety changes. What was interesting is that not all nuclear plants received a letter and certain letters only went out to a select group of plants. Spent fuel pool instrumentation letters only went out to a select group of GE Mark 1 BWR reactors. and ONE GE Mark III reactor (Perry). Why Perry is singled out is not clear. Hardened venting letters only went out to a small list of GE Mark 1 BWR reactors and ONE GE Mark III reactor (Perry). Why Perry is singled out is not clear. Broader letters about design basis, seismic and flooding risk went out to a similar list of BWR Mark 1  units (and Perry) plus a group of PWR units that were constructed in … Read entire article »

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US Regulators Admit Dam Failure Risk At Nebraska Nuclear Plants

The NRC has announced they will now investigate the risk of a dam failure on nuclear plants in the US. Last year Ft. Calhoun sat surrounded by flood waters with only sandbags and a rubber dam protecting it. Calhoun sits at river level and has no permanent or formal flood protection. Before the Fukushima disaster Calhoun didn’t even have a source lined up for sand to make sandbags. Now the NRC is adding dam failure to the list of risks that must be looked at and intends to tie this into the Fukushima safety upgrades program. What makes all of this more worrying is that the NRC saw no risk from dam failure and only began taking it seriously after public criticism and Arnie Gundersen pointing it out on national TV. People … Read entire article »

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NRC Assisted German Private Sector Nuclear Industry In Fighting German Government Shutdowns

Enformable has been working on an ongoing investigation of the NRC’s actions in response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. In part of this research they pointed out the NRC’s actions related to Germany’s decision to phase out their nuclear power program. The German nuclear industry group GRS went to both the NRC and the NEA (a US nuclear industry group) and asked them for help in lobbying to combat the German governments plan to phase out nuclear power. This action by the NRC to try to manipulate and work against the plans of another countries government appears to not just be way outside of their jurisdiction but completely outside of their mandate. The NRC is quick to try to remind people that their mission is to assure public safety and to regulate nuclear power in … Read entire article »

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The Nuclear Industry Quietly Pulls Out Of The Nuclear Business

Jim Riccio of Greenpeace makes the claim that economics, not Fukushima has already put the last nail in the coffin of the commercial nuclear power industry.  He cites the ballooning cost of the Progress Energy new reactor Levy 1 & 2 complex that went from $2.5 billion to $22.5 billion dollars in construction costs over a few short years. Similar problems plague nuclear power construction in other countries as Areva saw the costs for their EPR reactor builds in France and Finland increase similarly. Progress Energy has since moved to cancel the 2 reactor project. Entergy also suspended the reactor projects at River Bend and Grand Gulf in 2011 UniStar suspended the new reactor project at Nine Mile Point in 2009 Exelon withdrew applications with the NRC for the Victoria Station nuclear plant in … Read entire article »

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Byron Nuclear Plant Loses Offsite Power, Tritium Leaks In Venting Steam

Earlier today the Byron nuclear power plant near Rockford IL lost all offsite power to unit 2. The unit scramed and diesel generators took over. Unit 1 continues to have offsite power, at this point unit 2 appears to be still on emergency diesel generators. Smoke was seen near a transformer for unit 2 but dispatched fire fighters did not find evidence of a fire. Excelon energy, the plant’s operator, vented steam from the non-nuclear side of the plant to attempt to cool the reactor down faster. This steam contained detectable tritium but an amount has not been declared. At the time of posting this Byron had been on emergency diesel generators for over 8 hours, offsite power went down at 10:18am. US reactors are currently required to have only 4 … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Exposes The US Faustian Deal On Spent Nuclear Fuel

The US currently has about 63000 tons of spent nuclear fuel, most of it still stored in unprotected cooling pools in reactors. After the Fukushima Daiichi disaster showed how dangerous spent fuel pools that are frequently outside of any hardened containment are, the issue of spent fuel in the US became a major concern. It was not only obvious that these spent fuel pools pose a major radiation risk in an accident, fuel pools in the US were even more crowded than the ones in Japan due to a process of double racking. Early on in the US nuclear power program the spent fuel issue was hoped to some day be solved by fast breeder reactors or reprocessing but even those technologies leave considerable high level nuclear waste that still must … Read entire article »

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US Nuclear Industry Skyrockets Price Last Minute For Equipment At Height Of Fukushima Crisis

Of course the nuclear industry is there to lend a helping hand when their equipment goes horribly wrong.. but it will cost dearly. On March 19th while workers in Japan were still trying to regain control of the reactors at Fukushima, US nuclear mega-corp Bechtel was busy trying to make a healthy profit. USAID was attempting to coordinate the delivery of an emergency pumping system from Australia to Japan. At the last minute Bechtel jacked the price by an ADDITIONAL $8,850,000.00 USD. USAID did not have that much money and asked the NRC to assist in figuring out the problem. The 4 train seawater system was supposed to cost $750,000 USD, Bechtel increased the price to $9,600,000. Adding to the irony, the NRC was at the same time talking about how the US … Read entire article »

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US Nuclear Industry Gaffes, Smokescreens and Crazy Demands

On Friday March 11, 2011 while the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi were melting down, nuclear industry representatives were parroting their standard industry line how everything is fine. More than 9 months later reading these statements shows how dishonest and out of touch the industry really is. These statements were made at a Washington State House energy hearing. “Working at a nuclear plant is safer than working at Toys ‘R’ Us.” –  Hanford lab director Jim Conca . “The safety systems in place at the nuclear reactors “absolutely” would come through. “It’s a conservative safety system,”   -  Nuclear Energy Institute public affairs director Jim Colgary “Now, there are some issues with cooling water systems, and they’ve brought in diesel generators on trucks to make sure that they’re able to keep the reactors cool. It’s not … Read entire article »

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