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EPA Puts Off Clean-up of Nuclear Dumpsite, As Lawsuits Pile Up and Activists Circle the Wagons
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It'll take a few billion years for 8,700 tons of radioactive waste illegally dumped in a suburban landfill in St. Louis County in the 1970s to stop emitting deadly radionuclides.

But before that happens, if this apocalyptic cocktail of Cold War-era nuclear byproducts and municipal toxic waste (just your garden-variety carcinogens and PCBs) continues to sit in an unlined, uncovered dump within the Missouri River floodplain, scientists say we should anticipate disaster, even if the federal government won't. You can bet that a flood will come along at some point and carry this dangerous radioactive material into municipal water supply.
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There is something wrong, inherently.. with a
technology which requires such protections for its workers.

Radiation shield halves equipment operator's dose
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Fukushima held 'secret meetings' on format of health surveys
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[Contamination reached far western Japan] 80 Bq/Kg of cesium from tea leaves produced in Kagoshima
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276,000 Bq/Kg from soil of Kashiwa Chiba
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Chernobyl study shows need for caution in Fukushima
[link to www.japantimes.co.jp]

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A study released Thursday by a U.S. research team links protracted exposure to low-level radiation to a higher risk of leukemia among workers engaged in the cleanup of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and points to the need to protect those involved in dealing with the Fukushima crisis.

Tepco meanwhile apparently lacks adequate procedures and discipline to minimize the radiation exposure.

Reports show workers have either misplaced dosimeters for measuring their radiation exposure or have worked without them. There was also an ethically questionable case in which dosimeters were covered by a lead sheet to suppress exposure readings, so workers could undertake operations beyond the exposure limit.

"In Japan, nobody exactly knows workers' conditions at nuclear facilities," said Masako Sawai of Citizens' Nuclear Information Center. "Even after the Fukushima crisis started, there have been moves to conceal exposure. In that sense, the latest U.S. data are very instructive and show the need for Japan to grasp what is going on."
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NRA questions nuclear operator's Ohi probe

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has raised doubts over surveys conducted by the operator of the Ohi nuclear power station on fissures beneath the plant.

The authority is currently trying to determine if the fissures below Japan's only operational nuclear plant are signs of an active fault or not.

At the regulator's meeting on Wednesday, official Kunihiko Shimazaki questioned the Kansai Electric Power Company's explanations of its recent surveys.
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Date set for fissure survey at Fukui nuclear plant

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority will examine fissures beneath the Tsuruga nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture to determine whether the cracks are active faults.

NRA officials will conduct the survey with 4 outside experts on December 1st and 2nd.

A meeting to assess the results of the investigation is scheduled for December 10th. If any of the fissures are judged to be an active fault, the NRA will prohibit the restart of the plant's No.1 and No.2 reactors.
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Interview with US nuclear watchdog chief

The head of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the job of a regulator is to ensure that nuclear facilities and power plants operate safely. She says this does not include promotion of the nuclear industry.

NRC chairperson Allison Macfarlane was speaking in an interview with NHK on Tuesday.

She was asked about Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority launched in September. The previous regulatory agency was abolished amid criticism it was located in the industry ministry, which was promoting the nuclear industry.

Macfarlane said an independent regulator is essential for the safe operation of nuclear facilities.

The surge in shale gas production in the United States is making electricity cheaper than that generated by nuclear power, forcing the closure of some nuclear plants.

Industry observers say stricter safety regulations could lead to higher operating costs for the nuclear power industry.

Macfarlane said it is not the NRC's job to ensure the nuclear industry succeeds. She urged Japan's regulatory authority to take the same stance.

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42 nations still regulate Japan food imports after nuclear crisis

A total of 42 countries and regions continue to impose import regulations on Japanese food products after last year's nuclear accident in Fukushima Prefecture, a government survey showed Wednesday.

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry also said the number of countries that have already lifted the regulations stands at just nine, including Canada and Mexico.
[link to english.kyodonews.jp]
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So you have notes. Gotcha now. Good work.
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?Thanks... chuckle
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US Nuclear Plant Status for November 14, 2012

25 Plants that are shutdown:

FitzPatrick, Ginna, Millstone 2, Oyster Creek, Salem 2, Susquehanna 2, Browns Ferry 1, Crystal River 3, McGuire 2, Oconee 1, Saint Lucie 2, Sequoyah 2, Summer, Surry 2, Turkey Point 4, Dresden 3, Duane Arnold, Fermi 2, Point Beach 2, Prairie Island 1, Cooper, Fort Calhoun, San Onofre 2, San Onofre 3, Waterford 3.
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Exelon Open to Closing Oyster Creek Reactor Pre-2019

Exelon Corp. (EXC), the largest U.S. nuclear plant operator, would consider closing its Oyster Creek station before the plant’s planned 2019 decommissioning, Chief Executive Officer Christopher Crane said.
Exelon would accelerate plans to close Oyster Creek in Forked River, New Jersey, if it faced unexpected new capital costs at a time when depressed power prices and cheap renewable energy are squeezing nuclear generation margins, Crane said in an interview yesterday.
Exelon already has deferred plans to boost capacity at its LaSalle nuclear station in northern Illinois and Limerick plant in Pennsylvania, saving $1.2 billion in the near-term, the chief executive said.
The Chicago-based company also plans to refuel its Clinton nuclear plant annually instead of every two years in a bid to boost profitability at the hardest-hit plant in Exelon’s 17- reactor system, he said.
[link to www.bloomberg.com]
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NRC postpones public discussion of San Onofre reactor restart

Federal nuclear safety regulators have postponed indefinitely a public meeting about restarting the Unit 2 reactor at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating station, originally scheduled for Friday night at Dana Point.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission confirmed the delay Tuesday in a one paragraph statement. Plant operator Southern California Edison will use the meeting, once rescheduled, to describe the technical basis for its plans to restart one of two reactors sidelined by faulty new steam generators.

Edison is proposing to restart the Unit 2 reactor at 70 percent power for a five-month stint. The Unit 3 reactor has been idled indefinitely with more significant damage.

Both reactors have shown accelerated degradation of steam generator tubes that carry radioactive water. The plant's four steam generators were replaced in 2010 and 2011 at a cost of at least $670 million.
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US technology to be used in UAE nuclear plant

Abu Dhabi: The US technical knowledge will be involved in the construction of the first-ever nuclear power plant in the UAE to be built at Baraka in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, US Ambassador to the UAE told Gulf News in an interview.

“Westinghouse’s technology will be used in the UAE nuclear project as the Korean company has a collaboration with Westinghouse,” Michael H. Corbin said on the sidelines of the ongoing Abu Dhabi Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (Adipec-2012) in the capital. Corbin did not elaborate.
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US Nuclear Plant Status for November 14, 2012

25 Plants that are shutdown:

FitzPatrick, Ginna, Millstone 2, Oyster Creek, Salem 2, Susquehanna 2, Browns Ferry 1, Crystal River 3, McGuire 2, Oconee 1, Saint Lucie 2, Sequoyah 2, Summer, Surry 2, Turkey Point 4, Dresden 3, Duane Arnold, Fermi 2, Point Beach 2, Prairie Island 1, Cooper, Fort Calhoun, San Onofre 2, San Onofre 3, Waterford 3.
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Hmm. Inordinate amount..?
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US Nuclear Plant Status for November 14, 2012

25 Plants that are shutdown:

FitzPatrick, Ginna, Millstone 2, Oyster Creek, Salem 2, Susquehanna 2, Browns Ferry 1, Crystal River 3, McGuire 2, Oconee 1, Saint Lucie 2, Sequoyah 2, Summer, Surry 2, Turkey Point 4, Dresden 3, Duane Arnold, Fermi 2, Point Beach 2, Prairie Island 1, Cooper, Fort Calhoun, San Onofre 2, San Onofre 3, Waterford 3.
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Hmm. Inordinate amount..?
 Quoting: Waterbug


It's because of watchdogs? Otherwise they would be running eh? It's a sign.
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Some of the oldest plants..
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TEPCO sees no quick restart for biggest nuclear plant in Niigata

KARIWA — Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) sees no imminent resumption of operations at the world’s biggest nuclear plant, shut down after last year’s Fukushima disaster, further raising its costs as it spends more on fossil fuels to generate electricity.

A wall to protect the 8,212-megawatt Kashiwazaki-Kariwa station’s seven reactors against tsunamis will not be finished until June next year, said Shiro Arai, deputy site manager.

“It is too premature to talk about when reactor restarts will happen,” Arai told Reuters in an interview at the plant in Niigata Prefecture.
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But they are all to get minimum 20 year life extensions, it does not matter that they were built for a 40 year maximum operating limit. Maybe they are hiding an inability to completely shut them down and the task of disposing ( safely) the nuclear rods and stuff. Just how much will that cost and what state will allow it? La la la
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Those renewals have all gone through. 23 Mark I reactors[same as Fuku] with a 40 year design lifespan here in the US. One of them might have been shut down.. So 22.

There are also issues with embrittlement of the metal caused by neutron bombardment.

But, it's all good... just don't tell the sheeples.
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AGING NUKES, PART 4 OF 4: NRC and industry rewrite nuke history

ROCKVILLE, Md. — When commercial nuclear power was getting its start in the 1960s and 1970s, industry and regulators stated unequivocally that reactors were designed only to operate for 40 years.

Now they tell another story — insisting that the units were built with no inherent life span, and can run for up to a century, an Associated Press investigation shows.

So far, 66 of 104 reactors have been granted license renewals. Most of the 20-year extensions have been granted with scant public attention.

And the NRC has yet to reject a single application to extend an original license. The process has been so routine that many in the industry are already planning for additional license extensions, which could push the plants to operate for 80 years, and then 100.

Regulators and industry now contend that the 40-year limit was chosen for economic reasons and to satisfy antitrust concerns, not for safety issues. They contend that a nuclear plant has no technical limit on its life.

But an AP review of historical records, along with interviews with engineers who helped develop nuclear power, shows just the opposite:

Reactors were made to last only 40 years. Period.

[link to www.lohud.com]


- good policy. Until it changes.
 Quoting: Waterbug


NRC Renews Prairie Island Nuclear Plant License for 20 More Years
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-an example of the extension of the 40 year life-span for reactors.
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Nuclear power plant receives operating license extension

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) renewed the operating license for the single-unit 1,216 MW boiling water reactor Hope Creek Generation Station in New Jersey for an additional 20 years. The new license will expire April 11, 2046.

The Hope Creek reactor unit represents the 71st reactor license renewed by the NRC.

[link to www.cospp.com]
 Quoting: Waterbug


NRC declines to suspend review of Pilgrim license

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission yesterday rejected a request by state Attorney General Martha Coakley that it suspend a review of whether the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth should have its operating license renewed for another 20 years in the aftermath of the Japan nuclear crisis.

[link to www.boston.com]

- If the NRC won't even heed the AG's request, we don't have a chance. Lot of people up there....
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If America waits for nuclear regulations, we'll have our own Fukushima

During hurricane Irene, emergency sirens malfunctioned at three nuclear plants: Oyster Creek (in New Jersey), Peach Bottom (in Pennsylvania), and Calvert Cliffs (in Maryland). Indian Point in New York was slapped with a permit violation when heavy rains led to an overflowing discharge canal. At Maryland’s Calvert Cliffs a large piece of aluminum siding slammed into a transformer, forcing a plant shutdown. We got off lightly, all things considered.

After the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe on March 11, the NRC told America’s nuclear operators to do a series of checks on their reactors – most of which are nearing the end of their original 40-year licensed operating lives. It followed that up by sending inspectors to evaluate the operators’ work. What the NRC inspectors found is that many aging nuclear plants are ill-prepared to cope with a serious accident – that is, one involving a total loss of power over an extended period.

[link to www.alaskadispatch.com]

- Their own inspectors are dis-regarded by the NRC. They never deny renewals. They rarely give fines, if ever.

We're screwed unless we get a nuclear regulatory org. that is unbiased and visionary.
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(snip)

Other Nuclear News

A United States federal judge has ruled that the state of Vermont cannot force the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant to close, in spite of the fact that the utility’s license to operate is expiring in March. Vermont Yankee, which is operated by Entergy, has been plagued with safety problems, including a cooling tower that collapsed because of rotting wood and leaks of radioactive tritium. Public opinion strongly opposes the plant, and Vermont’s State Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of not renewing the license. However, the judge ruled that nuclear safety is the jurisdiction of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and not that of local or state authorities. The NRC has already voted to renew Vermont Yankee’s license for an additional 20 years.
[link to www.greenpeace.org]
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Questions and Answers – Waste Confidence & Future Plans

How long is spent fuel allowed to be stored in a pool or cask?

NRC regulations do not specify a maximum time for storing spent fuel in pool or cask. The agency’s “waste confidence decision” expresses the Commission’s confidence that the fuel can be stored safely in either pool or cask for at least 60 years beyond the licensed life of any reactor without significant environmental effects. At current licensing terms (40 years of initial reactor operation plus 20 of extended operation), that would amount to at least 120 years of safe storage.

However, it is important to note that this does not mean NRC “allows” or “permits” storage for that period. Dry casks are licensed or certified for 20 years, with possible renewals of up to 40 years. This shorter licensing term means the casks are reviewed and inspected, and the NRC ensures the licensee has an adequate aging management program to maintain the facility.
[link to www.nrc.gov]

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Looks like they can do whatever they want to do.. for as long as they want to do it.

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NRC Freezes All Nuclear Reactor Construction & Operating Licenses In U.S.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) acted today to put a hold on at least 19 final reactor licensing decisions - nine construction & operating licenses (COLS), eight license renewals, one operating license, and one early site permit - in response to the landmark Waste Confidence Rule decision of June 8(th) by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

The NRC action was sought in a June 18, 2012 petition filed by 24 groups urging the NRC to respond to the court ruling by freezing final licensing decisions until it has completed a rulemaking action on the environmental impacts of highly radioactive nuclear waste in the form of spent, or 'used', reactor fuel storage and disposal.
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Legislation takes aim at overlapping nuclear plant licensing renewals
[link to www.gsnmagazine.com]
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I stated that all of the US Mark I reactors had been renewed..
Actually, 20 of the 23 have been renewed.



[link to org2.democracyinaction.org]

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Reactor . Location . Size . Year operation began
Browns Ferry 1* Decatur, AL 1065 MW 1974
Browns Ferry 2* Decatur, AL 1118 MW 1974
Browns Ferry 3* Decatur, AL 1114 MW 1976
Brunswick 1* Southport, NC 938 MW 1976
Brunswick 2* Southport, NC 900 MW 1974
Cooper* Nebraska City, NE 760 MW 1974
Dresden 2* Morris, IL 867 MW 1971
Dresden 3* Morris, IL 867 MW 1971
Duane Arnold* Cedar Rapids, IA 581 MW 1974
Hatch 1* Baxley, GA 876 MW 1974
Hatch 2* Baxley, GA 883 MW 1978
Fermi 2 Monroe, MI 1122 MW 1985
Hope Creek** Hancocks Bridge, NJ 1061 MW 1986
Fitzpatrick* Oswego, NY 852 MW 1974
Monticello* Monticello, MN 572 MW 1971
Nine Mile Point 1* Oswego, NY 621 MW 1974
Oyster Creek* Toms River, NJ 619 MW 1971
Peach Bottom 2* Lancaster, PA 1112 MW 1973
Peach Bottom 3* Lancaster, PA 1112 MW 1974
Pilgrim** Plymouth, MA 685 MW 1972
Quad Cities 1* Cordova, IL 867 MW 1972
Quad Cities 2* Cordova, IL 867 MW 1972
Vermont Yankee* Vernon, VT 620 MW 1973


*has received 20-year license extension from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

**20-year license renewal extension is under review by Nuclear Regulatory Commission
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Nuclear power, TPP will be focus of election: Maehara

TOKYO — Economy Minister Seiji Maehara said Wednesday the Dec 16 election will focus on a number of key issues, in particular, nuclear power and the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks (TPP).

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will dissolve the Diet’s lower house on Friday for a snap election next month, which is likely to cost him his job and return to power a party that has governed Japan for most of the past 50 years.
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Fukushima evacuees being forced out of shelters by economic burden

FUKUSHIMA — The number of people in evacuation shelters situated outside Fukushima Prefecture has fallen, government figures showed on Wednesday.

Prefectural officials said the number of people living in shelters built to house those displaced by the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has fallen to below 60,000 people for three months in a row, Sankei Shimbun reported.

Many of the people leaving the shelters are believed to be returning to Fukushima Prefecture. Local authorities have speculated that the tendency may be due to the economic burden of living in shelters outside the prefecture and to the emotional stress caused by being separated from family members. The news sheds light on the continuing economic struggle of the people displaced by the disaster, say analysts.
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Another complaint filed over disaster against TEPCO, nuclear body

A group of 13,000 people across Japan on Thursday filed a criminal complaint against 33 senior officials of Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the government's now-defunct Nuclear Safety Commission over the nuclear disaster at the company's Fukushima Daiichi power plant following the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
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Fukushima evacuees being forced out of shelters by economic burden

FUKUSHIMA — The number of people in evacuation shelters situated outside Fukushima Prefecture has fallen, government figures showed on Wednesday.

Prefectural officials said the number of people living in shelters built to house those displaced by the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has fallen to below 60,000 people for three months in a row, Sankei Shimbun reported.

Many of the people leaving the shelters are believed to be returning to Fukushima Prefecture. Local authorities have speculated that the tendency may be due to the economic burden of living in shelters outside the prefecture and to the emotional stress caused by being separated from family members. The news sheds light on the continuing economic struggle of the people displaced by the disaster, say analysts.
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two words... fuck off
It's life as we know it, but only just.
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Approval of UK nuclear reactor draws closer

The Office for Nuclear Regulation is close to granting approval for the reactor favoured for new nuclear plants at Hinkley Point and Sizewell.

The Office for Nuclear Regulation and Environment Agency identifed 31 issues last year to be resolved on the UK EPR reactor design that has been chosen by EDF Energy and Centrica for its new nuclear reactors in the UK.

A total of 13 issues remain unresolved before generic design assessment approval can be granted for the proposed reactor design for new nuclear plants at Hinkley Point C and Sizewell.

In total, 18 issues have been resolved, including five on Tuesday alone.

EDF Energy and Areva said the update from regulators means that the UK EPR remains on schedule to be approved in time for its final investment decision later this year.
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