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NRA: fuel reprocessors must meet safety standards

The head of Japan's nuclear regulatory body says all nuclear facilities, not only power plants, must meet new safety standards to begin operation.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority plans to draw up new safety standards for nuclear power plants by July and screen applications from power companies to restart such plants.

Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said on Wednesday that other nuclear facilities, such as spent-fuel reprocessing plants and test reactors, must also meet new safety standards, to be drawn up by December.
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Senior vice minister inspects decontamination work

A top official of Japan's Environment Ministry has inspected decontamination work in Fukushima Prefecture after reports of shoddy work practices.

Senior Vice Minister Shinji Inoue visited Tamura City and Naraha Town on Wednesday.

The government is in charge of efforts in the prefecture to remove soil and leaves tainted with radioactive fallout from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Two contractors have been found to have improperly disposed of water used in their decontamination work.
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Mt Fuji may erupt by 2015, says Ryukyu University professor

TOKYO — Since the Great Tohoku Earthquake of March 2011, scientists have been anxiously watching the massive volcano known as Mt Fuji for signs of activity. In September of last year, a report was released stating that Mt Fuji’s magma chamber pressure had risen to a worrisome 1.6 megapascals, which is estimated to be higher than when it last erupted.
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Nuclear regulator says checking all reactors in 3 yrs difficult

Japan's nuclear regulatory authority chief said Wednesday it would be difficult to finish safety assessments on all of the country's commercial reactors in three years, as aimed by the new government led by the Liberal Democratic Party.

Nuclear power plant operators are expected to apply for restart of their reactors once the Nuclear Regulation Authority, an organization launched in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis, compiles new safety standards by July.
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SOUTH TEXAS EVENT REPORT: UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO MAIN TRANSFORMER FIRE

An Unusual Event was declared based on EAL HU-2 - Fire or explosion in protected area or switchyard which affects normal plant operations.

At 1655 CST, South Texas Unit 2 declared an Unusual Event due to a main transformer fire. Unit 2 tripped from 100% power and is currently at 0% power in Mode 3. The transformer fire is out. In addition to the loss of the main transformer, several safety related electrical busses and non-safety electrical busses lost offsite power. The appropriate emergency diesel generators started and powered the safety related busses. Unit 2 is currently stable and on natural circulation due to the loss of power to the reactor coolant pumps. Auxiliary feedwater is functioning as required and decay heat is being removed through the steam generator atmospheric relief valves. Unit 1 was unaffected by the event.
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Ex-Connecticut Yankee Nuclear Power plant in Haddam to become wildlife refuge

HADDAM — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday that it has acquired a 38-acre piece of land owned by the operator of the former Connecticut Yankee Nuclear Power plant for $900,000.

The land will become part of the Salmon River Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. With the acquisition of a piece of the Connecticut Yankee property, the Salmon River Division now includes 416 acres of land in the state, said Andrew French, a Massachusetts-based project leader for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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China switches on new nuclear reactor, resumes building another

The 1,080 MW reactor unit 1 at China's Ningde nuclear plant in Fujian province sent power to the grid for the first time December 28, 2012.
The event marks the transition of the plant from the construction to the commissioning phase. Plant operator China Guangdong Nuclear Power Co. will conduct further tests before the reactors enters full commercial operation, including a 168-hour run at full output.
The reactor is the first of four planned CPR-1000s planned for the site, all of which are expected to be fully operational by the end of 2015. Construction on units 1 and 2 started in 2008, and on units 3 and 4 in 2010.
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Just how radioactive is that nuke fuel the feds want to bury in Nevada? Sandoval wants to know
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The Energy Department said it expects federal approval for the shipments soon.

A newspaper report says there would be 403 canisters each containing 2.6 kilograms of uranium. Each would have a high level of radiation but there would be a shield on the containers to reduce the radiation in half.

The materials would be buried at 40 feet or more at the location formerly called the Nevada Test Site about 65 miles from Las Vegas.

In September the nonprofit Institute for Policy Studies said the Department of Energy plans to waive safety requirements to dispose of uranium 233 by putting it in a landfill.

It said the federal agency has failed so far to account for all uranium and that the material "is stored in safe facilities or safely dispose of." The study said that if as little as 19 pounds of uranium 233 fell into the wrong hands, it could make an explosion that could destroy all of downtown Washington, D.C., or a similar-size city.
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Ouch..?


Customers have paid more than $1 billion for idle San Onofre plant
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Trouble in paradise..?


DOE engineer files police report alleging incident at meeting
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Transformer fire idles South Texas nuke plant unit
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Officials at a Texas Gulf Coast nuclear plant are assessing damage and trying to find a cause for a transformer fire that's shut one of the two generating units.

No injuries were reported in the Tuesday night fire at Unit 2 of the South Texas Project about 90 miles southwest of Houston.


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Fire shuts down Texas nuke plant
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Ahem... clappa.



NY court calls for public input on nuke exemptions
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The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday vacated part of a district court ruling involving an exemption to fire safety rules at the Indian Point 3 plant in the New York City suburbs.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., chief prosecuting attorney for Riverkeeper, called it "a turning point" that would "both protect and involve the public in key NRC health and safety decisions."

Brodsky, who argued the case himself, said the ruling "is the first big crack in the secret facade the NRC has placed over its decisions. ... There are literally thousands of these exemptions that have been issued in secret nationwide."

He said exemptions that might legally be implemented without public participation could include issues of plant security.
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The other side of the coin..

What I question is the eagerness to get a 20 year renewal granted, 17 years before the current one expires..
Is it in hopes of avoiding future requirements, public safety enhancements.. which could soon be imposed..?
I think so..
This seems to be a trend.
If public safety were a part of their concern, they would not do this...



Judges reject 3 groups’ requests to intervene in nuke plant relicensing
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Seabrook Station’s operating license will expire March, 15, 2030. NextEra contacted the NRC two years ago seeking to renew the license for the nuclear power plant for another 20 years, through 2050.

“I’ve increasingly had the suspicion that our justice system is sometimes lacking in common sense concern for the public interest when it comes to corporate and governmental prerogatives,” SAPL Executive Director Doug Bogen said in a prepared statement, responding to the latest court decision. “This ruling appears to confirm that suspicion. “NRC intransigence in addition to state government inaction has practically guaranteed that the public will have no voice when it comes to a key future energy policy decision — the relicensing of our local nuclear plant,” Bogen concluded.

Two other citizen groups, Friends of the Coast and the New England Coalition, are also challenging the relicensing of Seabrook Station. Hearings are still pending on the contentions they have filed.

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Ex-Connecticut Yankee Nuclear Power plant in Haddam to become wildlife refuge

HADDAM — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday that it has acquired a 38-acre piece of land owned by the operator of the former Connecticut Yankee Nuclear Power plant for $900,000.

The land will become part of the Salmon River Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. With the acquisition of a piece of the Connecticut Yankee property, the Salmon River Division now includes 416 acres of land in the state, said Andrew French, a Massachusetts-based project leader for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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$23,684.21 per acre...

Not exactly a steal for possibly contaminated land...
I think they should have gone for a better deal than that.
Must be some really good fishin'.

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Off-topic.. but I think important to disseminate..
more at link..


A Barrage Of Legal Threats Shuts Down Whistleblower Site, Science Fraud
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Regular readers of Retraction Watch, a watchdog site run by two medical reporters, got the news along with a story about the blog’s anonymous editor, who has since come forward and identified himself as Professor Paul Brookes, a researcher at the University of Rochester. Operated as a crowdsourced reference site much like Wikipedia, Science Fraud, in its six months of operation, documented egregiously suspicious research results published in over 300 peer reviewed publications. Many were subsequently retracted, including a paper by an author whose lawyer sent Science Fraud a cease and desist letter.

And if you think science fraud only impacts the scientific literature, consider the horrendous case of Dr. Scott Reuben, formerly chief of the acute pain service at Baystate Medical Center in Massachusetts. He was sentenced to prison for falsifying research data purportedly demonstrating the efficacy of analgesic medications sold by Pfizer, Merck, and Wyeth that were published in dozens of journals before his fabrications were uncovered. And while Reuben is through as a scientist the problem lingers on, as his research papers were among the most heavily cited in the field.
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Hmm..



Portable X-ray source could put medical diagnosis and terrorism prevention in the palm of the hand
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Attorney: U.S. Marine may join Fukushima lawsuit — Navy clients have bladder problems not normally seen in younger people
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Navy sailor says clumps of hair fell out after Fukushima plume exposure — “A lot of us knew people were getting sick… bad headaches, some threw up a bit”
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new removal cover for fuku 4 installation...
It's life as we know it, but only just.
My Fukushima Site:
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Professor: Cesium in wild mushrooms not caused by Fukushima accident
Cesium-137, which has a half-life of 30 years, was detected at a level of 120 becquerels, exceeding the government-mandated safe level of 100 becquerels per kilogram. But no cesium-134, which has a half-life of two years, was found in the mushrooms.

Similarly, in “sakura shimeji” mushrooms from the city of Aomori, cesium-137 was measured in late October at 107 becquerels, while almost no cesium-134 was found.

"The fact that no cesium-134 has been detected proves that the contamination happened prior to the Fukushima nuclear accident,’’ Muramatsu, 62, said. “It is from nuclear weapons tests conducted by the Soviet Union and China from the late 1940s to the late 1960s, and from the Chernobyl accident in 1986."

In the 1990s, after the Chernobyl disaster, Muramatsu and his research team studied the effects on wild mushrooms in Japan. They found radioactive cesium exceeding 100 becquerels, mainly in northern Japan.

Some of the mushrooms topped 1,000 becquerels, and when dried, some had readings that were over 10,000 becquerels.

At that time, the Japanese government did not have any restrictions on shipping.

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Professor: Cesium in wild mushrooms not caused by Fukushima accident
Cesium-137, which has a half-life of 30 years, was detected at a level of 120 becquerels, exceeding the government-mandated safe level of 100 becquerels per kilogram. But no cesium-134, which has a half-life of two years, was found in the mushrooms.

Similarly, in “sakura shimeji” mushrooms from the city of Aomori, cesium-137 was measured in late October at 107 becquerels, while almost no cesium-134 was found.

"The fact that no cesium-134 has been detected proves that the contamination happened prior to the Fukushima nuclear accident,’’ Muramatsu, 62, said. “It is from nuclear weapons tests conducted by the Soviet Union and China from the late 1940s to the late 1960s, and from the Chernobyl accident in 1986."

In the 1990s, after the Chernobyl disaster, Muramatsu and his research team studied the effects on wild mushrooms in Japan. They found radioactive cesium exceeding 100 becquerels, mainly in northern Japan.

Some of the mushrooms topped 1,000 becquerels, and when dried, some had readings that were over 10,000 becquerels.

At that time, the Japanese government did not have any restrictions on shipping.

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Saw that..
So now what..?
Eat the previously contaminated mushrooms.. or the newly contaminated..?
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@ Wb.

i was just surprised about the new Levels
because i expected much higher Amounts
but what we saw Post-F:Shima is Peanuts
compared to the first years after Chernobyl!

I remember that even the Shroomies in Western-Europe
was so highly contaminated that we didn:t eat them
since that day in April 86!

They came all above 40-50.000 Bq a Kg/ Wet!
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@ Wb.

i was just surprised about the new Levels
because i expected much higher Amounts
but what we saw Post-F:Shima is Peanuts
compared to the first years after Chernobyl!

I remember that even the Shroomies in Western-Europe
was so highly contaminated that we didn:t eat them
since that day in April 86!

They came all above 40-50.000 Bq a Kg/ Wet!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 31837896


Bad either way.

The reality is the Sword of Damocles in Japan and elsewhere.
It can't be wished away.

The wealth and position, of those who manipulate
the events leading to.. and in the aftermath of these catastrophes, will not save them.

They would be wise to look up...
The horsehair has a tenuous grip.
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TEPCO to install filtered vent at nuclear reactor

Tokyo Electric Power says it will install a filter-equipped emergency vent system to reduce levels of radioactivity released in the air in case of a meltdown at a nuclear power plant.

The company said on Thursday that it will start work to install the system at the Number 7 reactor of its Kashiwazaki plant in Niigata next week.

The system comprises a water tank 4 meters long and 8 meters high, to be installed next to the reactor.

In an emergency, contaminated steam released from a reactor vessel to lower pressure inside the structure would be filtered through water before it enters the atmosphere.

The process can reduce levels of radioactive iodine and cesium by a factor of up to 1,000.
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Rare photo of A-bomb split cloud found in Hiroshima

TOKYO — A rare photo showing the mushroom cloud from the Hiroshima atomic bombing in two distinct parts, one above the other, has been discovered in the city, a museum curator said Wednesday.

The black-and-white picture is believed to have been taken about half-an-hour after the bombing on Aug 6, 1945, around 10 kilometers east of the hypocentre.
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Gov't apologizes to Fukushima residents for sloppy decontamination work

TOKYO — Senior Vice Environment Minister Shinji Inoue visited Fukushima on Wednesday and apologized to local residents, following disclosures of sloppy decontamination work.

Inoue said the government will clamp down on contractors cleaning up radioactive material around the ruined Fukushima nuclear plant. 

The Environment Ministry hired the nation’s leading contractors to cleanse towns and villages near the tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi power plant, starting with four relatively uncontaminated areas.

But the Asahi Shimbun reported last week that dirty soil, leaves and water have been dumped directly into rivers. The paper cited workers as saying they were told to sweep only around radiation monitoring sites.
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Reprocessed nuclear waste to arrive in Japan from Britain in late Feb.

Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. said Thursday that 28 canisters of high-level radioactive waste produced through the reprocessing of spent Japanese nuclear fuel in Britain will arrive in Japan in the latter half of February.

The Pacific Grebe transport ship carrying the waste left the port of Barrow on Wednesday and will travel to Japan via the Panama Canal, Japan Nuclear Fuel said.
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TEPCO intends to accept compensation claims beyond legal time limit

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday that it intends to accept compensation claims over the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster beyond the three-year legal time limit for seeking compensation.

"We do not intend at all to say 'that's it' after three years...We hope not to create concerns among the people affected," the utility's President Naomi Hirose told Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato in Fukushima Prefecture, adding that his company is now discussing in detail the legal matters concerning the issue.
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TEPCO to install filtered vent at nuclear reactor

Tokyo Electric Power says it will install a filter-equipped emergency vent system to reduce levels of radioactivity released in the air in case of a meltdown at a nuclear power plant.

The company said on Thursday that it will start work to install the system at the Number 7 reactor of its Kashiwazaki plant in Niigata next week.

The system comprises a water tank 4 meters long and 8 meters high, to be installed next to the reactor.

In an emergency, contaminated steam released from a reactor vessel to lower pressure inside the structure would be filtered through water before it enters the atmosphere.

The process can reduce levels of radioactive iodine and cesium by a factor of up to 1,000.
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At the very least... should be a required retrofit at all plants.. immediately.
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TEPCO to install filtered vent at nuclear reactor

Tokyo Electric Power says it will install a filter-equipped emergency vent system to reduce levels of radioactivity released in the air in case of a meltdown at a nuclear power plant.

The company said on Thursday that it will start work to install the system at the Number 7 reactor of its Kashiwazaki plant in Niigata next week.

The system comprises a water tank 4 meters long and 8 meters high, to be installed next to the reactor.

In an emergency, contaminated steam released from a reactor vessel to lower pressure inside the structure would be filtered through water before it enters the atmosphere.

The process can reduce levels of radioactive iodine and cesium by a factor of up to 1,000.
[link to www3.nhk.or.jp]
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At the very least... should be a required retrofit at all plants.. immediately.
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It is... at least in Sweden...
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