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Scary sh!t...

Washington Governor confirms radioactive waste leaking from underground tanks at Hanford Nuclear Reservation

On Friday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee confirmed that radioactive liquids are leaking from tanks at the most contaminated nuclear site in the United States at Hanford, further heightening concerns experts have shared about the integrity of other storage facilities which have not been investigated and may also be leaking.

The U.S. Department of Energy confirmed the leak was decreasing levels in at least 1 of 177 underground tanks  and said the rate of leakage was between 150 to 300 gallons per year and is will begin work required to start assessing the other tanks.

The single-walled tanks are capable of storing some 447,000 gallons of highly radioactive nuclear waste.  They were constructed during the 1940s and are previously known to have leaked over one million gallons of waste threatening the Columbia River.
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More on Hanford...

Radioactive waste lost from Hanford nuclear site

The US government has found that the level of radioactive waste liquid in an underground tank at a decommissioned nuclear site is decreasing.

The US Energy Department announced on Friday that liquid levels are dropping in one of 177 underground tanks storing nuclear waste at the Hanford site in the western state of Washington.

A department official said only that the rate of decrease could be in the range of 570 liters to 1,140 liters per year. But he did not disclose how much liquid nuclear waste was gone as a whole nor the cause of the loss.
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nor where it was going as the design sink 'warning' tanks were not alerting.. mind you.. it's all old and decaying shit........
It's life as we know it, but only just.
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Why Japan Can't Quit Nuclear Power
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Why Japan Can't Quit Nuclear Power
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Interesting article... thank you...:-)
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The radioactive-shit is hitting the fan in Washington state..



Apparent Hanford Leak Raises New Questions About Buried Tanks
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"This one was stabilized in 1995 when all the liquids were pumped out under an agreement with the state," Phillips says. "So this is really the first single shell tank leak since all of the single shell tanks were stabilized: 200 gallons a year times 149 question marks is really the question."

That’s how many single shell waste tanks are buried at Hanford. Those tanks were pumped after it was discovered that more than a million gallons of waste had leaked. But radioactive sludge remains behind.
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North Dakota takes slow, historic step toward radioactive waste
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The need is driven by the oil and gas industry, which generates tons of potentially radioactive waste every day without state rules that track how much and where it goes, or any site in North Dakota where it can legally be landfilled.

Radioactivity is produced when saltwater from oil wells, hydraulic fracture treatment fluids and other liquids concentrate on filter socks, pipes and tank bottoms.

Consultant Howard Trussell, of Wenck Associates, estimated 75 tons of potentially radioactive filter socks are generated every day by the 500 wells where waste fluids are injected in the oil patch.

Trussell said it costs operators $20,000 a year at every site to put the socks in containers and transport them out of state. He said some waste is being put in landfills without testing and there is potential for illegal dumping when tank bottoms are drained out onto the land.

Helms said as oil wells age, they require flushing with hundreds of gallons of maintenance water to dissolve salts in the well equipment — another reason to pursue a solution now.

There are 5,000 Bakken wells now, out of a projected 50,000 or so when development is complete.

“The maintenance water will become a larger volume over time,” Helms said.
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Vermont Yankee is operating without its state permit.
Guess it's not that important..
And, they violated an agreement to close in 2012 if they didn't have one.




Entergy argues Yankee mishaps don’t count
[link to www.rutlandherald.com]

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A top executive with Entergy Nuclear tried to convince a skeptical Public Service Board on Friday that problems at the Vermont Yankee plant during the 10 years of Entergy ownership were not relevant to whether the state should allow the plant to run for another 20 years.

Twomey and his attorney Robert Juman, of the New York law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, tried to deflect a long list of problems at the Vernon reactor in the 10 years Entergy has owned the plant. Juman raised objection after objection, claiming information about the 2007 and 2008 partial collapse of Yankee’s cooling towers was not relevant, and that neither were other issues at the plant, including the company’s response to the tritium leak there in 2010.

The Department of Public Service is arguing that Entergy has been a poor partner for Vermont in the past 10 years and is not a trustworthy business, citing the numerous problems at the plant and “misleading” testimony from plant executives about the existence of underground pipes carrying radionuclides.

The misinformation, given under oath to the Public Service Board, led to the disciplining of 11 Entergy Nuclear employees at Vermont Yankee.

Twomey also got into a verbal dance with PSB member John Burke, who questioned Twomey about Entergy’s intentions in signing an agreement with the state in 2002 when it purchased the reactor promising not to challenge state authority over the plant and not to operate it beyond March 21, 2012, if it didn’t have a new state permit in hand.
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Fukushima official angrily bolts meeting when restart of nuke plants mentioned
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"I am walking out if the government plans to restart (nuclear power plants) without acting responsibly in dealing with the (Fukushima) accident," said Kenji Saito

Yoshiaki Harada, commission member and former bureaucrat with the predecessor of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry responded: "Sticking to the policy of never restarting any of the reactors would mislead the nation's future."

That comment prompted Saito to walk out of the meeting.

"All the Fukushima chapter members (of the LDP) are opposed to any restarts," he angrily told reporters afterward. "I cannot stand to be part of such a meeting."
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Fukushima official angrily bolts meeting when restart of nuke plants mentioned
[link to ajw.asahi.com]

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"I am walking out if the government plans to restart (nuclear power plants) without acting responsibly in dealing with the (Fukushima) accident," said Kenji Saito

Yoshiaki Harada, commission member and former bureaucrat with the predecessor of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry responded: "Sticking to the policy of never restarting any of the reactors would mislead the nation's future."

That comment prompted Saito to walk out of the meeting.

"All the Fukushima chapter members (of the LDP) are opposed to any restarts," he angrily told reporters afterward. "I cannot stand to be part of such a meeting."
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More from Troy Livingston (contributing editor 100% repost permissions) : Radiation lies about contamination from Fukushima

[link to fukushimaemergencywhatcanwedo.blogspot.com.au]
It's life as we know it, but only just.
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The lie of the century?...

No ill health effects seen in residents near Fukushima plant yet: researcher

TOKYO — A Japanese government-backed researcher says no health effects from radiation released by the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant have been seen in people living nearby.

The pronouncement by Kazuo Sakai of Japan’s National Institute of Radiological Sciences is the latest by authorities seeking to quell fears over the long-term effects of the disaster.
[link to www.japantoday.com]
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The lie of the century?...

No ill health effects seen in residents near Fukushima plant yet: researcher

TOKYO — A Japanese government-backed researcher says no health effects from radiation released by the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant have been seen in people living nearby.

The pronouncement by Kazuo Sakai of Japan’s National Institute of Radiological Sciences is the latest by authorities seeking to quell fears over the long-term effects of the disaster.
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I KNOW !!!! read this yesterday .....
It's life as we know it, but only just.
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The lie of the century?...

No ill health effects seen in residents near Fukushima plant yet: researcher

TOKYO — A Japanese government-backed researcher says no health effects from radiation released by the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant have been seen in people living nearby.

The pronouncement by Kazuo Sakai of Japan’s National Institute of Radiological Sciences is the latest by authorities seeking to quell fears over the long-term effects of the disaster.
[link to www.japantoday.com]
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So blatant..

'...by authorities seeking to quell fears....'

Kinda says it all.
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Nuclear agency back on federal ‘high-risk’ list
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The report highlighted the agency’s Los Alamos difficulties: NNSA’s project to design and construct a new plutonium facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory had experienced a nearly six fold increase to between $3.7 billion and $5.8 billion before being deferred for at least 5 years.

Meg Kinnard with the Associated Press in South Carolina highlighted another trouble spot found by the GAO: The price tag for a South Carolina project intended to turn weapons grade plutonium into fuel for nuclear reactors has gone up by $2 billion, according to a report released Thursday.

The assertion by the General Accountability Office means that the overall cost for the National Nuclear Security Administration project is now estimated at just under $7 billion, with still several more years to go before the facility is expected to open.
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Only 23% of homes decontaminated
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“They Know All”: Over 5,000,000 Bq/m² of Cesium-137 in Fukushima City (VIDEO)
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Over 5,000,000 Bq of Cs137-Soil Contamination. Fukushima Shinhamach 1


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Reactor2 temperature jumped up by 120 within 12 hours
[link to fukushima-diary.com]

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The temperature of reactor2 is almost reaching 265 C.

The thermometer attached on the upper part of RPV2 recorded the rapid increase of temperature from 143.4 to 262.3 when was from 23:00 of 2/15/2013 to 11:00 of 2/16/2013.




Japan's Fukushima reactor may be reheating: operator
February 13, 2012
[link to phys.org]

[snip]

Tokyo Electric Power said one of three thermometers on the number-two reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant indicated gradual heating this month and reached 82 degrees Celsius (179.6 degrees Fahrenheit) Sunday. The temperature was above the 80-degree safety standard newly employed by Japan's nuclear safety authority, prompting the utility to publicise the reading and notify public agencies.

Read more at: [link to phys.org]
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Yamaguchi-gumi member arrested for illegal employment at nuclear plant
[link to www.tokyoreporter.com]

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An organized crime member was among three suspects taken into custody by Fukui Prefectural Police for illegally dispatching workers to a nuclear power plant construction site owned by Kansai Electric Power Co., reports the Nikkei Shimbun (Feb. 14).

Officers arrested Masaharu Higashi, 57, a member of the Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza crime syndicate, and two employees at construction firm Sanyu Kogyo, Toshio Takenaka, 53, and Mieko Nakashima, 48, for allegedly sending temporary employees to the Takahama Nuclear Power Plant between March and August of last year — a violation of the Temporary Staffing Services Law.
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Radiation leak on nuclear sub off Scots coast
[link to www.express.co.uk]

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HMS Tireless was taking part in a training exercise for new officers off the west coast 10 days ago when a problem developed in its ageing 30-year-old reactor system.

The 4,800 tonne Trafalgar-class submarine was ordered to limp back to Faslane naval base on the Clyde, where engineers inspected the leak. She has now returned to her home base at Devonport and faces up to 10 months in dry dock while repair work is carried out.
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Nuclear scientists discuss new safety rules

Japanese nuclear scientists have held a symposium to discuss improved nuclear safety standards that Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority will set by July.

This is in response to the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011.

The NRA members created an outline of the safety standards last month and now are in the process of hearing from the people. The symposium was hosted on Sunday in Tokyo by the Atomic Energy Society of Japan.

NRA committee member Toyoshi Fuketa explained the outline that will oblige every power company to set appropriate measures and standards for dealing with a severe accident. In the past, each utility set its own benchmarks.
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Report: Fault at nuclear plant may be active

A panel of the Nuclear Regulation Authority says 2 faults under the Higashidori nuclear power plant in Aomori Prefecture, northeastern Japan, may be active.

The finding could keep the plant in northern Japan offline if the operator, Tohoku Electric Power Company, is required to review its anti-quake measures.

The panel debated a draft report on Monday that evaluated the results of a survey of the plant.

The report says an analysis of volcanic ash around the 2 faults under the plant suggests that they have become active on several occasions in the past.

It says they are likely to be defined as active faults that require quake resistance measures.
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Panel to look into TEPCO's alleged falsifications

The operator of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has launched a third-party committee to look into alleged false explanations by the company of conditions inside one of the reactors.

The move follows accusations by a former Diet panel member that the company's explanation was aimed at blocking an on-site probe at the plant.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, set up the committee on Monday. It is led by a former judge, Yasuhisa Tanaka.
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KEPCO to examine faults beneath Ohi nuclear plant

The operator of Japan's only nuclear power plant that is currently online says it will conduct an inspection to detect any active faults beneath the facility.

Experts from the Nuclear Regulation Authority, or NRA, have twice examined trenches at the Ohi nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture on the Sea of Japan since November.

But they remain divided over whether fissures found at the site are active faults or the result of landslides.

NRA commissioner Kunihiko Shimazaki asked Kansai Electric Power Company to dig a new trench near one of the reactors to examine the fissures.
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Japanese firms to help Kazakhstan introduce nuclear plants

Japan Atomic Power Co. and Marubeni Utility Services Ltd. signed a memorandum with the National Nuclear Center of Kazakhstan on Monday to help Kazakhstan introduce nuclear power generation, the Japanese firms said.
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Panel views faults at Tohoku Electric nuclear plant as active

A panel under Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority said in a draft report Monday that significant segments of the major geological faults running under Tohoku Electric Power Co.'s atomic power plant site in Aomori Prefecture are likely to be active.
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Underground faults at Higashidori nuclear power plant judged highly likely to be active

A panel from the Nuclear Regulation Authority in Japan released a report that says two faults underneath the Higashidori nuclear power plant in Aomori Prefecture are highly likely active.  This throws a large monkey wrench in the plans of the utilities which operate the nuclear power plant, who had thought that the Higashidory Unit 1 reactor would be able to be restarted by July 2015 prior to the finding.
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NRC: Workers' error caused shutdown of NY reactor

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Federal regulators say an error by maintenance workers caused this week's shutdown of a reactor at the Indian Point nuclear plant north of New York City.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says workers left valves open that drained water from a tank at the plant in Buchanan. That caused the shutdown of two pumps that send water to a steam generator. Control room operators then shut down the reactor Wednesday afternoon.

There was no release of radioactivity.
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University of Hartford unveils nuclear reactor simulator

- What if you could take a nuclear power plant and shrink it down to table top size? The University of Hartford unveiled a working sub-scale, see-through nuclear power plant at the university's School of Engineering.

Students use the plant to learn the inner workings of nuclear power and, with glass where metal would be, they can actually see those inner workings. Without getting too technical here, there is a difference between transition boiling, like you do on your stove, and nucleate boiling which happens in a nuclear power plant.
[link to www.necn.com]

Video at link.
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Good news for SOR...:-)... no more uranium...

Hot Work: Oregon State to test mock reactors

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — A new test facility under construction at Oregon State University could pave the way for next-generation nuclear technology that would do double duty, not only generating electricity but also producing hydrogen for fuel cells.

Work is under way on a small-scale simulator of a very high-temperature nuclear reactor, known in the industry as a VHTR. The $4.8 million research project, funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, is expected to come on line in April.

Like other reactor simulators at OSU's Radiation Center, this one will be heated by electricity rather than uranium. The only nuclear-fueled reactor on campus is a 1.1-megawatt research model, which is considered too small to pose any sort of meltdown risk.
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Troubled Trafalgar class nuclear submarine, HMS Tireless, in new reactor coolant leak

HMS Tireless was the third of the Trafalgar class hunter-killer nuclear submarines. These are not nuclear armed but nuclear powered and conventionally armed.

Tireless was launched in 1985 and, at  28 years old, was due to be decommissioned this year. However, her service was extended for another four years due to the delay in the rollout of the new Astute class submarines.

Ten days ago, Tireless was taking part in a training exercise for new officers off the west coast, when a coolant leak developed within its sealed reactor unit. The Ministry of Defence has said that no risk was involved  to the public the environment or the crew.

She is said to face up to 10 months in dry dock while repair work is carried out.

Tireless is most famous for a series of troubling incidents.
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