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NRA Volcano Review Of Nuclear Safety Abruptly Exposes Reality

NRA Volcano Review Of Nuclear Safety Abruptly Exposes Reality

NRA began their review of nuclear safety related to volcano’s this week. This would be considered a good thing for a country full of volcanoes. The first meeting exposed some inconvenient problems with the notion of nuclear power plants and volcanoes peacefully co-existing. “The Nuclear Regulation Authority, or NRA, guidelines require nuclear power plant operators to take specific actions if volcanic activity could affect operations. The actions include taking nuclear fuel out of the facilities.” TEPCO has been … Read entire article »

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Japan Nuclear Evacuation Plans Expose Absurdity Of Restarting Reactors

Japan Nuclear Evacuation Plans Expose Absurdity Of Restarting Reactors

Part of the plan in Japan to attempt to restart reactors including trying to establish evacuation plans based on what was learned from the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. The reality of the cost and difficulty of doing so is coming crashing down around the government plan to restart reactors. Minamata City, near the Sendai nuclear plant can not deal with what is being expected of them should an evacuation be required. The city, about 40km from Sendai … Read entire article »

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Briefcases Full Of Cash For Japan’s Pro Nuclear Politicians

Briefcases Full Of Cash For Japan’s Pro Nuclear Politicians

A former Kansai Electric (KEPCO) executive came forward to admit the nuclear company had been giving huge amounts of secret cash to prime ministers and other government officials. Prime ministers had been receiving about 20 million yen a year for about 18 years while he was involved. The secret money was delivered as cash to the government officials. This was funded ultimately by consumers who paid for the “donations” through higher utility bills. Chubu Electric had … Read entire article »

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US New Nuclear Running Into Systemic Failures

US New Nuclear Running Into Systemic Failures

The US department of Energy has granted billions in guarantees to get these projects off the ground. The promised efficiency and quality from making components offsite hasn’t happened. A new Associated Press report shows they may even be worse than the cost and quality of building plants on site. Since these factors were reasoned by the nuclear industry for why a previous generation of nuclear power plants were over budget and plagued with problems, it … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org; Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup July 27, 2014

METI considering opening some evacuation areas over Bon holiday http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuclear/20140722_01.html Iitate Residents File For Arbitration http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140722_28.html Former Tomioka mayor dies at 74 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140720/ex-fukushima-town-mayor-dies-at-74 Japan to consider not reprocessing spent nuclear fuel http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/nuclear.html A new type of drone will be used inside Fukushima Daiichi to inspect buildings http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/nuclear.html High pressure injection system at Oconee had failure due to bad welds and cracks http://www.wyff4.com/news/nrc-undetected-crack-leak-at-oconee-nuclear-plant-caused-shutdown/26997798#!bhIriT Japan’s test site for nuclear waste storage could become national nuclear waste dump http://www.sfgate.com/business/energy/article/Underground-lab-tackles-Japan-nuclear-waste-issue-5619430.php#page-1 Chubu Electric built 250 million yen slush fund to win over politicians http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201407200021 Fukushima evacuees traveled average 273 km in search for shelter http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201407130019 US House tries to prevent the Department of Energy and Defense Department from acting on climate change http://www.salon.com/2014/07/14/house_bans_the_department_of_energy_from_acknowledging_climate_change/ How a new evolution of battery storage could totally change the US power market and energy for consumers http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/featured/Storage-Is-the-New-Solar-Will-Batteries-and-PV-Create-an-Unstoppable-Hybri US Utilities get more time to gauge nuke flood risks http://www.chron.com/news/article/Utilities-get-more-time-to-gauge-nuke-flood-risks-5637911.php 1994 Study of Nuclear Workers Finds High … Read entire article »

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Abe Declares He Will Start Japan’s Nuclear Plants No Matter What

Abe Declares He Will Start Japan’s Nuclear Plants No Matter What

Japanese PM Abe made a statement over the weekend that he would restart Japan’s nuclear plants “by some means or other”. Hinting that he would ignore the rule of law or the will of the people as he already has in other unpopular political power grabs this year. He made the statement at a meeting with business executives in Fukuoka. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation … Read entire article »

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Japan Moves Closer To Nuclear Restarts, But Who Decides?

Japan Moves Closer To Nuclear Restarts, But Who Decides?

Japan’s NRA gave an initial approval towards the Sendai nuclear plant meeting government “safety standards”. There are still other aspects of safety and equipment that NRA would need to approve but there is much more that would have to happen before any reactor was to restart operations. NRA also mentioned they are close to giving an approval to the Takahama nuclear plant. Part of these safety upgrades includes construction of a radiation resistant bunker building/command center … Read entire article »

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Dr. Robert Jacobs Will Be Speaking At Event In Tokyo July 19th

Dr. Robert Jacobs Will Be Speaking At Event In Tokyo July 19th

Nuclear historian at Hiroshima University (and SimplyInfo.org member) Dr. Robert Jacobs will be speaking in Tokyo July 19th at an event at the Lucky Dragon Museum. The museum houses the Lucky Dragon fishing ship, exposed to massive amounts of radiation during the US Castle Bravo nuclear test. The crew returned to Japan sick from radiation exposure, some of the crew died. The ship eventually made it impossible for the US to deny the impact of … Read entire article »

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French Polynesia To Destroy Atomic Testing Victims Memorial

The current president of French Polynesia intends to destroy a national monument to the victims of atomic testing. France conducted 193 atomic bombings of the islands between 1966 and 1974. French President Chirac approved two more bomb tests in 1996, right before the international test ban treaty went into effect. The current president of French Polynesia wants to replace the bomb victims memorial with a site dedicated to president Chirac. The French atomic tests have left the area contaminated with some of the worst contamination located in a crumbling coral reef that could further contaminate the area. You can read more about the memorial and sign a petition here https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/To_Mr_Gaston_Flosse_president_of_French_Polynesia_Dont_destroy_the_monument_of_all_victims_of_nuclear_tests_in_FR_Polyne/?cziZUeb More on the history of atomic testing in French Polynesia can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moruroa The Guardian has more information based on newly declassified documents from … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Disaster Causes Nuclear Workers To Flee To Solar, Creates New Robotic Industry

Fukushima Disaster Causes Nuclear Workers To Flee To Solar, Creates New Robotic Industry

Workers for TEPCO have been leaving at a rapid pace. Between cuts in pay and the social stigma of working for the company, many have chosen to leave. What is more interesting is how many have left the nuclear industry all together and are now working for new solar power companies. This could become an even larger trend as other nuclear power utilities see their businesses flounder. The disaster has also caused a drastic shift in … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; July 13, 2014

Some Okuma residents have given up on the idea of returning home and are requesting compensation for their property. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140704_04.html The Sendai nuclear plant in Japan may restart without a functioning offsite emergency center. http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201407070029 A German bank invests $1 billion for solar power in Japan. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-07-07/deutsche-bank-lends-1-billion-in-japans-solar-gold-rush Residents of a district in Iitate wonder about the future of their community with the area designated “difficult to return”. Many residents have been returning to maintain their homes and even mow lawns. http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20140706-00000518-san-soci Japan’s nuclear regulator may increase safety rules for Fukushima Daiichi http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140709_28.html The governor of Niigata fears for his life over his opposition to TEPCO restarting the Kasiwazaki Kariwa http://saigaijyouhou.com/blog-entry-942.html Journalist finds secret Chinese underground nuclear power plant using Google maps and social media. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/07/08/the_untold_story_of_chinas_forgotten_underground_nuclear_reactor_yichang_827_plant TEPCO has begun surveying the collapsed corner of unit 3 http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2014/images/handouts_140711_06-j.pdf After testing air samples, official still have no clue about … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup

  TEPCO shareholders demand Fukushima interviews be released to the public, threaten to take it to court if needed. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/nuclear.html The Japanese govt. wants to establish a city for 3000 workers near Fukushima Daiichi. The town would be located in the difficult to return areas near the plant. There are also plans to locate other facilities needed to decontaminate the plant nearby. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140609_29.html Tohoku Electric applied for restart inspections on their Higashidori nuclear plant near the Rokkasho nuclear site. http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2014/06/294978.html New welded water tanks are being delivered to Fukushima Daiichi to replace the old leaking bolt together tanks. http://photo.tepco.co.jp/date/2014/201406-j/140611-01j.html Former Prime Minister Kan and his cabinet have said they have no objection to the Fukushima Daiichi investigation interviews being made public. http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201406060042 TEPCO confirmed the water level in unit 2 is about half of what they thought it was after installing … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Nuclear Regulator Ignores Scientists Warnings Again

Japan’s Nuclear Regulator Ignores Scientists Warnings Again

It truly is a Hollywood cliche, ignore the scientists until it is too late. This is the newest issue related to nuclear plant restarts in Japan, volcanos. The Sendai nuclear plant sits near a fairly large active volcano as we explained here in the report The Real Risks At Sendai. Reuters reports there are even more diverse volcano risks at Sendai than what we found. Again, scientists in Japan are raising serious concerns about these risks. … Read entire article »

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New Documents Released Admit Concerning Events During Fukushima Disaster

New Documents Released Admit Concerning Events During Fukushima Disaster

Asahi Shimbun obtained a copy of Masao Yoshida’s testimony to the government investigation into the nuclear disaster. Yoshida was the manager of Fukushima Daiichi when the disaster hit. Yoshida testified that 90% of the plant staff including managers fled the plant when told to fall back to a safe location after radiation levels began to rise. This is now raising questions about the ability of private sector workers to effectively battle a major nuclear disaster. In … Read entire article »

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Japanese Court Blocks Oi Nuclear Plant From Restarting

Japanese Court Blocks Oi Nuclear Plant From Restarting

A Japanese court has ruled that the Oi nuclear plant can not restart. A number of lawsuits have been filed since the 2011 disaster trying to block local nuclear plants from restarting. Kansai electric will appeal the ruling. The court agreed with the plaintiffs that the estimations for quake resistance given by the power company were unreliable. The NRA says they will continue their work to screen the plant for possible restart permission. This is … Read entire article »

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Fukushima; The Loss Of Homeland

Fukushima; The Loss Of Homeland

The central government has declared the towns of Futaba and Okuma to be interim storage sites for the growing piles of contaminated debris in Japan. Bags of contaminated dirt and debris remain piled up in communities all over Honshu with nowhere to go. The government has agreed to purchase land in the two towns for the storage facility but insists it isn’t permanent. The government claims the debris will eventually be move somewhere outside of … Read entire article »

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WIPP Finds Leaking Drum, More Problems Ahead

WIPP Finds Leaking Drum, More Problems Ahead

Officials at WIPP have released photos and some details about the new findings in the waste site. They have visually identified one barrel that caused damage in room 7. A black 50 gallon barrel appeared to have burst along the lid seam. The barrel did have a bag of magnesium oxide (MGO) on top of it. The bag itself was burned away. Scorch marks can be seen on nearby surfaces in a gap between pallets … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Fallout; GE Explains How They Manipulate The Media

Fukushima Fallout; GE Explains How They Manipulate The Media

An interesting admission was recently made by the top communications person at General Electric related to how the company manipulates major US media. Christoper White, the Communications Leader at GE bragged in his career bio on Linked In admitting the extent that the company can control what major US media tells the public related to them. “I have solid relationships with reporters and producers at the country’s largest media outlets like CNN, USA Today, The Wall … Read entire article »

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Taiwan New Nuclear Plants Fail Tests, Old Unit Out of Spent Fuel Space

Taiwan New Nuclear Plants Fail Tests, Old Unit Out of Spent Fuel Space

The fourth nuclear plant reactors in Taiwan have been found to have failed containment tests. This has created considerable controversy as the information had been withheld from the public. Officials at Taipower tried to explain away the problem claiming it could be fixed by adding additional sealing to the structures. The plants are currently in a suspended state awaiting a public referendum on use of the two new nuclear reactors. This came soon after officials admitted … Read entire article »

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WIPP Nuclear Site Closer But Cause Of Incident Still Unknown

WIPP Nuclear Site Closer But Cause Of Incident Still Unknown

Our research team has been following the events at WIPP since the February 14th incident at the facility. Some very slow progress has been made in the last three months in trying to understand what happened. They have determined that it was not a cave in at the underground storage portion of the facility. The search team has made it into the panel 7, room 7 area and confirmed this to be the location where the … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Reactor Water Leak Sources Admitted By TEPCO

Fukushima Reactor Water Leak Sources Admitted By TEPCO

Buried in the most recent Roadmap document is some useful information about how and where reactor water is leaking out of the buildings. Along with the contaminated water leak to the cable tunnel outside of unit 2, TEPCO has now admitted a leak location for unit 1. The north side of the turbine building is specifically identified as the leak location where there is a pipe opening.    Contaminated water migration north of unit 1 turbine building … Read entire article »

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Taiwan Protests Grow To 50,000, Govt. Halts Nuclear Plant Construction

Taiwan Protests Grow To 50,000, Govt. Halts Nuclear Plant Construction

Protests in Taiwan grew and continued on over the weekend. They have had some impact as the government at least for now has caved to protesters demands. The protesters want a referendum on nuclear power and a stop to construction of the fourth nuclear power plant on the edge of Taipei. A member of the opposition political party has been on a hunger strike over the issue. The combination of over 5 days of wide … Read entire article »

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No Nuclear Protests In Taiwan Continue With Large Events

No Nuclear Protests In Taiwan Continue With Large Events

Protesters in Taiwan have been in action all week. Today they established a sit in on the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Protesters want an end to the nuclear program in the country and to stop construction of a problem plagued 4th nuclear power plant. Stop Nukes Now NGO in Taiwan shared these 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 … Read entire article »

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Japan Finds Continuing With Nuclear Power More Than Challenging

Japan Finds Continuing With Nuclear Power More Than Challenging

Japan’s nuclear regulator took a shot at the nuclear industry response to safety after Fukushima. “He said nuclear operators have utterly failed to communicate whether they are seriously reflecting on the accident and making efforts to improve safety. He urged the institute to better instruct the utilities.” This was in a statement to the Japan Nuclear Safety Institute regarding the nuclear utilities efforts to improve safety in the hopes for restart approval for their reactors. The governor of Niigata … Read entire article »

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No Nukes Protests In Second Day In Taiwan

No Nukes Protests In Second Day In Taiwan

No nukes protests in Taiwan started yesterday on Earth Day with some public gatherings in Taipei. By evening protesters had gathered in front of the legislature building in Taipei. Police put up a series of barricades. Protesters began cutting the metal barricades apart with portable power tools. Protesters dumped something on the door step of the KMT political party headquarters during the same evening. The running theme has been that you can’t burn … Read entire article »

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US Nuclear Plagued With New Problems

(this article now available in Polish via http://www.marmas.nazwa.pl/wordpress/?p=549 we thank them for their translation efforts) The much touted SMR nuclear reactor program that has been claimed to be the next generation of nuclear plants is in trouble before it has even really started. Babcock & Wilcox, long time nuclear company located in Tennessee has scaled back their SMR reactor development. They are unable to find investors or customers for the concept reactor. The US Department of Energy has given $226 million to help B&W fund the project. The company booked a loss last year and said they would drastically cut how much money they put into the project this year. Entergy executives have been selling off large amounts of their personal company stock. There have already been hints that the company’s nuclear fleet is … Read entire article »

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Japan Govt. Orchestrates Fukushima Denial, Nuclear Restarts

Japan Govt. Orchestrates Fukushima Denial, Nuclear Restarts

The Japanese government continues to push for reactor restarts and to establish nuclear power as part of the national energy policy even though public opinion is still heavily against it. At the same time the government has pushed for politically motivated reopening of parts of the evacuation zone. The Japanese government has declared nuclear power as an “important baseload energy resource“. While the government insists that nuclear power is an important power source they did not … Read entire article »

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Two Japanese Power Companies Ask For Bailouts

Two Japanese Power Companies Ask For Bailouts

First Hokkaido Electric, now Kyushu Electric is asking for a government bank to give them money. Both are complaining about unexpected costs involved with operating without their nuclear power plants. Kyushu Electric owns quite a few reactors, Hokkaido Electric only owns two. This may sound familiar to readers in the US after Exelon Nuclear began asking for government bailouts because other sources of electricity were so cheap it is putting them out of business. In Japan … Read entire article »

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UK Reactor Shut Down 5 Months Without Informing Public

UK Reactor Shut Down 5 Months Without Informing Public

The Dungeness nuclear power plant was shut down for 5 months to deal with inadequate flood protection issues. What is more unusual is that the public was never informed by the operator or the country’s nuclear regulator. The area has been subject to severe flooding in recent years and both the operator and the regulator knew the plant was at risk. The UK nuclear regulator does not report the status of nuclear power plants as the … Read entire article »

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The Real Risks At Sendai

The Real Risks At Sendai

The Sendai nuclear power plant located in Kagoshima Japan has been selected as the one Japanese authorities would focus on attempting to approve for restart. Sendai includes two PWR type reactors. Intakes reside at: 5ft above sea level Intake pump buildings 13 feet above sea level Reactor blocks at about 35-40 ft above sea level Road routes are problematic at the plant. The plant is bordered by a large river to the north, the sea to the … Read entire article »

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German Grafenrheinfeld Nuclear Plant To Shut Down Early Over Financial Woes

German Grafenrheinfeld Nuclear Plant To Shut Down Early Over Financial Woes

The Grafenrheinfeld nuclear plant will shut down 7 months earlier than planned due to a poor economic outlook for continuing to operate the plant. This is the first premature closing of a German nuclear plant for financial reasons. A number of nuclear plants in the US have ceased operations or plan to permanently shut down in the near future due to the poor economics of operating them.   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts … Read entire article »

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Japan Power Companies Shift Focus To Non Nuclear Power

Japan Power Companies Shift Focus To Non Nuclear Power

Japan’s power companies have been quietly shifting their focus to building new or restarting thermal power generation facilities. The country has largely done without nuclear power for the last 3 years showing the reactors are not needed to keep power supplied. The shift of focus and planning shows the utilities don’t expect to restart nuclear power plants any time soon or that it is not a sure deal it will ever happen. image credit | powerplug-in.com This article … Read entire article »

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A Weekend Of Fukushima & Nuclear Protests In Japan

A Weekend Of Fukushima & Nuclear Protests In Japan

Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster site took to the streets in Tokyo to demand fair treatment and safer working conditions. About 100 workers gathered in front of TEPCO headquarters on Friday. The continued problems of contractor graft and theft of disaster pay has frustrated the process along with constant corner cutting at the plant putting the workers are unnecessary risk while they try to deal with the ongoing disaster. In Kagoshima near the Sendai nuclear … Read entire article »

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German Nuclear Industry Faces Slew Of New Problems

German Nuclear Industry Faces Slew Of New Problems

An unpublished report from experts in Germany has identified unaccounted for earthquake risk in two German nuclear reactors. Germany is in the process of phasing out their nuclear power plants, some remain online today. Two reactors in Bavaria planned to do power uprates but abruptly cancelled them. An unpublished report around the same time by GRS for the environment ministry found additional earthquake risks at the two nuclear plants. Now there are questions that the internal … Read entire article »

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Nuclear Establishment Takes Over Fukushima Medical University

Nuclear Establishment Takes Over Fukushima Medical University

More agreements have been inked between Fukushima Medical University and the international nuclear mafia. Fukushima Medical University has signed an agreement with the ICRP to join their work. ICRP is largely funded and run by various governmental nuclear regulators and the nuclear industry. (List of ICRP Commission members). Fukushima Medical University also created visiting professor positions for some IAEA staff. While the Fukushima Medical University has been busy denying the health risks from the nuclear disaster, the … Read entire article »

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WIPP Nuclear Site Leaks To The Environment, FOIA Filed By Local Press

WIPP Nuclear Site Leaks To The Environment, FOIA Filed By Local Press

The environmental center charged with monitoring around the WIPP plutonium storage facility in New Mexico has detected plutonium and americium at a monitoring post 1/2 mile from the WIPP site. They characterized the finding as being “extremely low” but declined to give any actual numbers for the finding. The center is speculating that the finding could be due to a small escape before the filtration system kicked in. They tested the filter on Tuesday that had … Read entire article »

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Radiation Leak At WIPP Considered To Be Waste Leak

Radiation Leak At WIPP Considered To Be Waste Leak

Reuters is reporting that the alarm at the WIPP nuclear storage site in New Mexico is now considered to be a credible nuclear waste leak and not a false alarm from radon. The DOE gave this slightly disturbing statement to Reuters: “But I believe it’s safe to say we’ve never seen a level like we are seeing. We just don’t know if it’s a real event, but it looks like one,” he said.” The leak was identified … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Cooling Water Leak Caused By Bad Installation

Fukushima Cooling Water Leak Caused By Bad Installation

TEPCO announced earlier this week that a pipe carrying cooling water for the reactors was leaking. The accompanying photo of the leak location gives some indication of the possible cause. The gasket and flange in the photo upon closer inspection shows damage. The flange plate it bent and a portion of the gasket is bulging out. This is an improper installation and damaged the flange plate. This may have been the cause of the leak and is … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool Debris Removal Update

Fukushima Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool Debris Removal Update

METI has reported some progress and a plan for removing debris out of the unit 3 spent fuel pool. Initial work already in progress includes removal of the steel pool cover and then any rebar than can easily be removed, this work is already underway. Then work will progress in this order: 1.(④, ⑤, ⑥, ⑦) removal mast , roof truss material 2 . Removal of FHM (fuel handling machine) (⑧) 3 . Removal of FHM west end … Read entire article »

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Nuclear Evacuation Risks Still Unsolvable In Japan

Nuclear Evacuation Risks Still Unsolvable In Japan

The NRA has issued a number of improvements for evacuation planning in the event of a nuclear disaster. They have said that more radiation monitoring posts need to be installed, there should be one in each town. They will also require each monitoring station to have a back up generator in case of a power outage. A mandatory evacuation of anyone within 5km of the plant was added along with monitoring out 30km before considering … Read entire article »

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