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Japan's nuclear agency caved to utilities
Officials at Japan's Nuclear Safety Commission say they have found evidence that the agency bowed to pressure from energy companies when it drafted nuclear safety measures more than 20 years ago.

The nuclear watchdog set up a task force in 1991 to study the effects of long-term power loss on nuclear plants.

The Commission says archive documents show that it held closed-door meetings with utilities. The energy officials argued that there was little risk of a power loss. They opposed any concrete rules on how to deal with such an event.

The documents show that the Commission decided not to add power-loss measures to its guidelines. They also reveal that the task force based its report on a draft prepared by the utilities.
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Japan's nuclear agency caved to utilities
Officials at Japan's Nuclear Safety Commission say they have found evidence that the agency bowed to pressure from energy companies when it drafted nuclear safety measures more than 20 years ago.

The nuclear watchdog set up a task force in 1991 to study the effects of long-term power loss on nuclear plants.

The Commission says archive documents show that it held closed-door meetings with utilities. The energy officials argued that there was little risk of a power loss. They opposed any concrete rules on how to deal with such an event.

The documents show that the Commission decided not to add power-loss measures to its guidelines. They also reveal that the task force based its report on a draft prepared by the utilities.
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The same geniuses who defeated the safety factor of having multiple separate high voltage sources for redundancy by running them all to one tower at the plant.. which was knocked down by the tsunami.

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Japan's nuclear agency caved to utilities
Officials at Japan's Nuclear Safety Commission say they have found evidence that the agency bowed to pressure from energy companies when it drafted nuclear safety measures more than 20 years ago.

The nuclear watchdog set up a task force in 1991 to study the effects of long-term power loss on nuclear plants.

The Commission says archive documents show that it held closed-door meetings with utilities. The energy officials argued that there was little risk of a power loss. They opposed any concrete rules on how to deal with such an event.

The documents show that the Commission decided not to add power-loss measures to its guidelines. They also reveal that the task force based its report on a draft prepared by the utilities.
[link to www3.nhk.or.jp]
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The same geniuses who defeated the safety factor of having multiple separate high voltage sources for redundancy by running them all to one tower at the plant.. which was knocked down by the tsunami.

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and backup power in a basement lower than the waterline.....
It's life as we know it, but only just.
My Fukushima Site:
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NRC looking to validate a lucrative deal for licensees with operating extensions
[link to enformable.com]

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be holding a meeting this week to consider having nuclear power plants run 80 years—although they were never seen as running for more than 40 years because of radioactivity embrittling metal parts and otherwise causing safety problems.

“The idea of keeping these reactors going for 80 years is crazy!” declares Robert Alvarez, senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies and former senior policy advisor at the U.S, Department of Energy and a U.S. Senate senior investigator. He is also an author of the book Killing Our Own: The Disaster of America’s Experience with Atomic Radiation. “To double the design life of these plants—which operate under high-pressure, high heat conditions and are subject to radiation fatigue—is an example of out-of-control hubris, of believing your own lies.”

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Nuclear Shutdown Means Japan Must Abandon Carbon Emission Targets
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Fukui governor asks why Oi reactors should be restarted
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POGO Tells Hill Staffers to Think Outside the MOX
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The DOE justifies the MOX facility as a way to turn weapons-grade plutonium into mixed oxide fuel, a fuel used for nuclear power plants. However, the DOE has had a difficult time finding customers for the MOX fuel among nuclear reactor operators, which has gradually made the project more expensive and less justifiable over the past eight years.

As Stockton said to a room of congressional staff, “There are alternatives for getting rid of our excess plutonium without MOX,” and “unlike the MOX program, nonproliferation programs like converting highly enriched uranium into low-enriched uranium will reduce security risks, cut government spending, create jobs, and can raise $23 billion in revenue for the Treasury.” Low-enriched uranium can be used for light water reactors, which are a type of thermal reactor.

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Burnt motor of coolant system for reactor4
[link to fukushima-diary.com]

Gas covered reactor 4 on 6/4/2012
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Coolant system stopped at reactor 4 again, back-up turned on
[link to fukushima-diary.com]

4,800 Bq/Kg of Iodine 131 [Link] was measured from fly incineration ash of Ariake waste incineration plant.
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Watchdog let utilities justify omitting nuclear plant power supply safety steps
[link to www.japantimes.co.jp]

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A newly revealed document shows the Nuclear Safety Commission backed a claim by utilities in a 1992 report that no safety measures were needed to deal with a long-term complete power loss at nuclear plants, illustrating they minimized risk assessments together.

Tepco responded that "sufficient safety will be secured" as long as nuclear plants are controlled properly, touching on the reliability of emergency power sources at that time.

The commission adopted Tepco's claim in its guideline and no safety measures for a long power outage were included.
Haruki Madarame, who chaired the commission, apologized over the issue, saying it was inappropriate to have power companies play a part in creating the original guideline draft.
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rad network map shows values 50-60 on jetstream boundary now snaking across USA, I check the rad map several times a day, (sometimes it is completely unavailable), but these numbers are the highest across the map in some time (not just individual background level varying) leading me to think there is more radiation up there now then there has been for awhile, keep an eye on it and take due health precautions.
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TEPCO to deny inadequate response in final Fukushima nuclear crisis report
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In its interim report released in December, the government's investigative panel pointed out that TEPCO workers responding to the accident failed to notice that the emergency cooling system in the No. 1 reactor was not functioning as a result of its valve closing following the complete loss of external power sources. The report attributes the failure to the workers' lack of knowledge and proficiency.

Moreover, the interim report criticized workers for manually shutting down the high-pressure coolant injector in the No. 3 reactor that was powered by a battery. "Even though a substitute water injection method was unavailable, they manually stopped the high-pressure injector because they under-estimated the risk of the battery running out of power," and became unable to reduce the pressure inside the reactor, which temporarily prevented water injection into the reactor.

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Turkey aims to build 23 nuclear power units by 2023
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South Africa advances ambitious nuclear station plan
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BREAKING NEWS: FUKUSHIMA: Formation of a Bacterium Type which Absorbs the Radioactive Substance
They found plutonium and strontium in every sample
[link to www.globalresearch.ca]

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I send you additional informations about the black substance we talked about yesterday.

There are a bacterium type which likes to absorb the radioactive substance in exuberance everywhere on the paved surfaces in the residential area and at residential houses and they drifts on the side walks, on parkings and on the road.

Cesium for example is highly radioactive and yesterday i saw the result of analysis of Japan Chemical Analysis Center which contain fluid, they found plutonium and strontium in every samples.
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Radiation and Mercury in Fish: Should Americans be Concerned?
[link to www.onegreenplanet.org]

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Seven months after the accident, Japan’s Fisheries Agency reported broad-spread radioactive contamination (up to 100 percent) in fish caught both in Japanese coastal waters and hundreds of miles away.

According to James Waczewski of Florida State University, author of Legal, Political, and Scientific Response to Ocean Dumping, the United States has dumped an estimated 112,000 containers of long-lived radioactive nuclear waste into the Pacific and Atlantic oceans at 30 different sites. A U.S. Senate ruling has since imposed a moratorium on this practice, but nuclear power plants continue to discharge radioactive waste-water into the world’s oceans daily.

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Reconstruction Toll: 438 workers killed or injured
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TEPCO defends its handling of nuclear accident
Tokyo Electric Power Company is defending the way it handled the nuclear accident last year, countering criticism by a government panel.

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is due to release its final report on its in-house investigation into the accident by the end of this month. The utility has been hearing from its workers since last June.

Hydrogen explosions occurred at 3 reactor buildings after the March 11th quake and tsunami knocked out almost all of the plant's power sources.

The government panel pointed out in its interim report late last year that, due to a lack of knowledge and poor skills, workers at the No.1 reactor did not know the valves of an emergency cooling system was closed and the system wasn't functioning.
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DPJ project team advises Noda be cautious about restarting reactors
A Democratic Party of Japan project team addressing the Fukushima nuclear crisis submitted a written request on Tuesday to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, urging caution toward restarting the idled reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture.

"Most people in Japan agree that possible power shortages this summer should be overcome by saving on electricity and mutual supply among utilities," the team said in the request to the premier, signed by 117 ruling party lawmakers, or around one-third of the DPJ parliamentarians.
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Panel projects reliance on nuclear power in 2020 at 0-26%
An advisory panel to the industry minister projected Tuesday that Japan's reliance on nuclear power in proportion to all electricity generated in the country in 2020 would be between zero and 26 percent, panel members said.

Provisional calculations based on the reliance projections show that the change in Japan's carbon dioxide emissions resulting from energy use would be in a range from a 5 percent increase to a 7 percent reduction from the level in 1990.
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rad network map shows values 50-60 on jetstream boundary now snaking across USA, I check the rad map several times a day, (sometimes it is completely unavailable), but these numbers are the highest across the map in some time (not just individual background level varying) leading me to think there is more radiation up there now then there has been for awhile, keep an eye on it and take due health precautions.
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Thanks for the heads up. hf

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"Oz has to go nuclear, says Adelaide U scientist
Stop worrying, learn to love nuclear power"

Prominent University of Adelaide climate scientist Professor Barry Brook says it’s inevitable that Australia will embrace nuclear energy in the battle against greenhouse gas emissions.

The director of climate science at the university believes that by the end of the century, Australia will need at least 100 gigawatts of electricity coming from nuclear to replace coal, oil and gas sources.

Professor Brook says that given the inevitability of nuclear energy in this country, the current pro-versus-anti nuclear debate needs instead to focus on what kind of nuclear reactor will best serve our needs. His suggestion is that we should be considering IFR – integral fast reactor – technology.
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House preparing to slap Obama administration on Yucca Mountain
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The House is expected to approve an amendment as early as Tuesday aimed at forcing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to complete its review of the Department of Energy's application for a permit to use Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste storage site. The amendment will be approved with the support of both parties, going against the Obama administration's desire to close the site.
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The thing that hath been,
is That which shall be;
and that which is done is that which shall be done:and there is no new thing under the Sun.
Ecclesiastes 9:1
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Fukushima Worker on Cam,again.


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What is he thinking I wonder!?

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The thing that hath been,
is That which shall be;
and that which is done is that which shall be done:and there is no new thing under the Sun.
Ecclesiastes 9:1
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Hibakusha oppose restarting Ohi nuclear plant
Survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, commonly known as hibakusha, have adopted a resolution to oppose the restarting of the Ohi nuclear power plant on the Sea of Japan coast.

The Japan Confederation of Atomic and Hydrogen Bomb Sufferers Organizations held a regular meeting on Wednesday in Tokyo with some 150 participants.

The resolution points out that the government is yet to set up new regulatory body on safety and that it has not conducted any damage assessments of the plant in the event of a nuclear accident.
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No revolving-door appointments in new nuclear body
Japan's main political parties have agreed that appointees to the country's new nuclear regulatory body should not be allowed to return to work at their former ministry or agency.

The ruling Democratic Party is discussing a nuclear control bill with the opposition Liberal Democratic and New Komeito parties.

The parties have already agreed to set up a nuclear regulatory committee that's largely independent of the government, and a nuclear regulatory agency that acts on the committee's orders.
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TEPCO resumes cooling of Fukushima fuel pool
The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has resumed cooling of a fuel storage pool at the facility. The work had been suspended due to failure of a water cooling pump.

The pump at the Number 4 reactor building pool stopped working on Monday night after becoming burnt. The pool holds 1,535 spent and unused fuel rods, the most at the plant.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, used a backup pump, but on Tuesday, it also broke. The firm fixed the pump on Wednesday, and restarted it at around 6 PM.

TEPCO says the pool's temperature at 11 AM on Wednesday was 40 degrees Celsius, up six degrees from a day before. As of 5 PM, the temperature had risen to 42 degrees.
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Nuclear agency to allow Mihama No. 2 reactor to operate beyond 40 yrs.
The government's nuclear safety agency plans to conclude that the Mihama nuclear power plant's No. 2 reactor in Fukui Prefecture is safe enough to operate beyond 40 years, the period of operation that requires safety assessments out of concerns of aging, sources close to the matter said Wednesday.
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Reactor4 takes 3 more days to fix-Backup was stopped too
[link to fukushima-diary.com]

Reality in Fukushima 3
[link to fukushima-diary.com]

More deformed kitten around in Tokyo
[link to fukushima-diary.com]

Tellurium132 reached Chigasaki in March 2011-[OVER SCALE]
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In-Focus Japan – New regulatory body – Stronger opposition to nuclear power – Hibakusha oppose Ohi restart
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