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In Japan, two years after Fukushima nuclear accident, work resumes on new plant
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In the aftermath of March 2011 meltdowns in Fukushima that contaminated 700 square miles with radiation and forced 150,000 to flee their homes, most never to return, Japan’s utility companies paused nearly all nuclear-related projects. The accident sparked a global debate about nuclear power, but it was especially fierce in Japan, where all 50 operable reactors were taken offline and work was halted on three new plants where building had been underway.

But two of the existing reactors are back in action, and the resumption of construction at the Oma Nuclear Power Plant here — a project that broke ground in 2008 and was halted by the operator, J-Power, after the accident — marks the clearest sign yet that the stalemate is breaking.

The green light for the new plan was, at its root, a bet by the energy company that Japan will come to again support and rely on nuclear power, which provided some one-third of Japan’s electricity before the Fukushima crisis.

Analysts say that predicting the direction of Japan’s atomic future is difficult and that J-Power’s decision is a risky one — even with a ­pro-nuclear party back in power — because a majority here opposes long-term nuclear dependence.
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Fukushima disaster: Long road to nuclear clean-up
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It would be reassuring to think that the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl is contained, and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is in stable shut-down.

Unfortunately a look inside the Fukushima plant suggests otherwise.

I was part of a group taken in to the Fukushima plant last week, only the second time foreign TV journalists have been allowed in since the disaster two year ago. Very little that we saw in our brief two-hour tour was reassuring.
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Taiwan Anti-Nuclear Protests May Derail $8.9 Billion Power Plant

Taiwanese protesting against the completion of the island’s fourth nuclear power plant vowed to continue their campaign after mustering more than 68,000 people in weekend marches across major cities.
As Japan marks the second anniversary of the meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant, Taiwan’s Longmen Nuclear Power Plant, the NT$264 billion ($8.9 billion) project that state-run Taiwan Power Co. is building, has drawn new criticism. The company missed a deadline to start commercial operations at the end of 2012.
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Nuclear Industry Withers in U.S. as Wind Pummels Prices

A glut of government-subsidized wind power may help accomplish a goal some environmentalists have sought for decades: kill off U.S. nuclear power plants while reducing reliance on electricity from burning coal.

That’s the assessment of executives and utility experts after the U.S. wind-energy industry went on a $25 billion growth binge in 2012, racing to qualify for a federal tax credit that was set to expire at year’s end.
The surge added a record 13,124 megawatts of wind turbines to the nation’s power grid, up 28 percent from 2011. The new wind farms increased financial pressure on traditional generators such as Dominion Resources (D) Inc. and Exelon Corp. (EXC) in their operating regions. That’s because wind energy undercut power prices already driven to 10-year-lows by an abundance of natural gas.
“Right now, natural gas and wind power are more economic than nuclear power in the Midwestern electricity market,” Howard Learner, executive director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center, a Chicago-based advocate of cleaner energy, said in a phone interview. “It’s a matter of economic competitiveness.”
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Two years have passed since Japan nuked the rest of the world

This year, on the second anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the author would like to pose the following questions, and invite the reader to do the same.

The Fukushima Disaster is old news…right?

Nuclear power plants are not dirty bombs…right?

Fukushima is no Chernobyl…right?

Radiation from Fukushima Daiichi didn’t affect any other nations…right?

To date, all attempts to model or accurately measure the core damage and radiation releases from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the wake of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami have proved incomplete, unreliable, and admittedly unable to accurately replicate the sequence of events, largely due to the lack of information available.[1]  Two years after the onset of the nuclear disaster, all efforts put forward by the nuclear industry around the world have proved inadequate to stem the tide of public opinion and active opposition to nuclear power.
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Thoughts on nuclear power and nuclear weapons

With the second anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster this week, with North Korea having just threatened a “pre-emptive nuclear attack” against the United States and a U.S. senator saying this would result in “suicide” for North Korea, with Iran suspected of moving to build nuclear weapons, with the continuing spread of nuclear technology globally, the future looks precarious as to humankind and the atom.

Can humanity at this rate make it through the 21st Century?
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Two years..
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Two years..
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TWO YEARS...
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Two years..
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This means already ca. 5% of the planned Time for Recovery,

Good!
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Two years..
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This means already ca. 5% of the planned Time for Recovery,

Good!
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The quoted radiation diminishement is based on the half life of the less lived cesium.... has nothing to do with the fact that their are many other elements still in the environment and groundwater.... in other news, experts have agreed that the whole fukushima reserves have to be eventually leveled to quell bio-accumulation.... 5%?... how pleasing for the children......

Last Edited by Citizenperth on 03/11/2013 10:55 PM
It's life as we know it, but only just.
My Fukushima Site:
[link to citizenperth.wordpress.com]
sic ut vos es vos should exsisto , denego alius vicis facio vos change , exsisto youself , proprie

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“If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on it, I would use the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I knew the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.”
- Albert Einstein
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2nd Fuku remembrance day.......

a small pick of bloggers....

[link to fukushimaemergencywhatcanwedo.blogspot.com.au]

survey

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It's life as we know it, but only just.
My Fukushima Site:
[link to citizenperth.wordpress.com]
sic ut vos es vos should exsisto , denego alius vicis facio vos change , exsisto youself , proprie

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“If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on it, I would use the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I knew the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.”
- Albert Einstein
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Japan extracts gas from methane hydrate in seabed

Japanese researchers have claimed a world first in the field of alternative energy. They've successfully extracted natural gas from frozen methane hydrate deep under the sea.

Officials with the Natural Resources and Energy Agency say engineers mined the gas earlier Tuesday. They've been test drilling in the seabed about 50 kilometers off Japan's central coast.

The survey of the gas field's viability is being run by the quasi-governmental Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation, or JOGMEC.

Methane hydrate is a type of natural gas that occurs in a frozen state. It's formed from methane and water. The researchers are testing whether they can sustain stable extraction of the gas. They say if projected deposits pan out, they could meet Japan's natural-gas needs for 14 years.
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US checks nuclear stockpile without explosive test

The US government says it has been conducting checks of the country's stockpile of nuclear weapons through simulations involving a powerful X-ray generator.

The tests use the Z machine, which emits the world's most powerful X-rays, to re-create conditions similar to a nuclear explosion without an actual underground detonation.

The US National Nuclear Security Administration says the testing was carried out at the Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico between October and December last year.

The Z machine-assisted tests between October and December last year provided 2 opportunities to examine the reaction of plutonium inside nuclear weapons. The tests were the 7th and 8th simulations involving plutonium since November 2010.
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Activists fault WHO report on Fukushima radiation

NEW YORK — Activist physicians on Monday accused the World Health Organization of downplaying the health impact of nuclear fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

In a New York symposium marking the two-year anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown in Japan, the physicians took issue with WHO’s conclusion in a recent report that it did not expect a significant surge in cancer in Japan or elsewhere due to radiation leaks.

“It’s a report that was meant to reassure people who, almost certainly, many will develop leukemia and cancer,” said Helen Caldicott, a prominent anti-nuclear activist whose foundation, the Helen Caldicott Foundation, co-sponsored the symposium, along with Physicians for Social Responsibility.

“What is going to happen is there will be a high incidence of cancer and leukemia and genetic disease,” due to the leaks, she said.
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Germany to deepen cooperation with Japan to phase out reactors by 2022

Germany's environment minister has said his country will promote cooperation with Japan on the development of the smart grid next-generation power transmission system and fresh power storage technologies to realize its plan to phase out all of the country's nuclear reactors by the end of 2022.

In a recent telephone interview with Kyodo News, Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Minister Peter Altmaier said Germany will endeavor to save power and use renewable energy sources to achieve the target.

Altmaier said Germany will take the lead in realizing a global energy revolution by creating new industries linked with renewable energy sources, indicating that Germany's nuclear phase-out policy will never be shaken.
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World’s First Conceptual Nuclear Reactor Design of High Plutonium Breeding by Light-water Cooling

Professor Oka’s research team succeeded to develop the conceptual nuclear reactor design of high plutonium breeding by light water cooling for the first time in the world. He devised a new fuel assembly where fuel rods are closely packed for reducing reactor coolant to fuel volume fraction for high breeding. With computational analysis he succeeded high plutonium breeding with light water cooling. The study will open the way of commercialization of fast reactor and nuclear fuel cycle for peaceful use of nuclear energy based on the mature light water cooling technologies. The result of the study was published in January issue of "Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology" of Atomic Energy Society of Japan (AESJ) , entitled "Plutonium breeding of light water cooled fast reactors".
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New nuclear reactor for Maryland rejected

Plans to build a third reactor at southern Maryland’s Calvert Cliffs were halted — perhaps permanently — on Monday as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission upheld its earlier decision to reject the project.

Based primarily on the fact that the applicant’s parent company is 85 percent owned by the French government, the commission once again denied UniStar Nuclear Operating Service’s proposal to build and operate the reactor at the site near Lusby.

Built in the 1970s, Calvert Cliffs is Maryland’s lone nuclear power plant and the only one in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., area.
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Toxic management erodes safety at ‘world’s safest’ nuclear plant

Echoes of Fukushima at Exelon’s flagship Byron Station in Illinois

On Jan. 30, 2012, Byron Nuclear Generating Station lost operability to all of its safety-related equipment. At the time, Jim Hazen was the nuclear station operator responsible for the affected reactor, one of two at the Exelon-owned nuclear plant in Byron, Illinois. NSOs drive nuclear reactors like pilots fly jetliners — it’s mostly autopilot, except when something goes wrong. Hazen surveyed the control room’s instruments and advised taking actions that would trigger the plant’s diesel generators, switching the plant to backup power. According to multiple sources familiar with the incident’s details, including at least one who was directly involved, this was clearly the proper action to take.

But shift manager Ed Bendis rejected that advice. Hazen repeated it. Sources claim he repeated it several times. Bendis didn’t relent, and the reactor went without safety equipment for eight minutes, an eternity in fission time.

“For eight minutes, you’ve raised your middle finger to the meltdown gods,” one reactor operator said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “If anything else happened in that window — and it’s a safe bet one problem causes another — you’re screwed.”

“We’ve been saying it for years: ‘NRC stands for Nobody Really Cares,’ ” one reactor operator said.
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Two years..
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This means already ca. 5% of the planned Time for Recovery,

Good!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 35989962


The quoted radiation diminishement is based on the half life of the less lived cesium.... has nothing to do with the fact that their are many other elements still in the environment and groundwater.... in other news, experts have agreed that the whole fukushima reserves have to be eventually leveled to quell bio-accumulation.... 5%?... how pleasing for the children......
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You Clown, that statement was related to the Plan of Decomissioning
of Daiichi and not the decay chain of our beautiful and innocent isotopes,
everyone here, who have a slight knowledge, understood this,
but maybe not you
because Alcohol damaged your Brain (Brian) already that much
that all hope is lost!
[link to www.tepco.co.jp]

I am still waiting for your explanation of 4 Melt-Downs
and Fire-s in the Fuel Pools,
is this still coming or do you step back from your statement?
(that there are 4 Melt-Downs and Fires in the Pool by the fuel Rods)

By the Way, since 3-11 you released ca. 250 "Millisievert" (not Micro-) of radioactivity (ca. 20 Cigarettes a day),
when you have a Child (i hope you dont) you delivered him more than the People get there in Japan from the Daiichi Plant!
(not included Fukushima Prefecture)

"Smokers are Tepco"!
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Wild boars contaminated with 10 times legal limit of cesium-137 in Northern Italy.

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Additionally, fears that nuclear waste facilities could leak stored waste into the earth, as in the situation in Hanford, Wash., have recently become a major concern in the media. This past February, it was discovered that six storage tanks at the Hanford site are leaking nuclear waste into the earth at a rate of about 1,000 gallons per year, according to The Huffington Post. It is unknown how long the tanks have been leaking.

“We have been working on clean-up issues at Hanford for some time,” Markus Flury, Ph.D., professor of soil physics at Washington State University wrote in an email. “Some contamination problems have been resolved, for instance Cesium, others have not, for instance Uranium and Technitium.
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Forever Is a Long Time

Even when nuclear power plants perform as designed, they present a problem: What to do with the radioactive wastes? Some types of spent fuel will be dangerous for 240,000 years, others for more than 2 million years. Taking responsibility for these contaminants stretches the proverbial seven generations of sustainability to 11,000 human generations -- an inconceivable time span.

So far the nuclear industry has not come up with a safe solution. Engineers have considered a range of possibilities that verge on science fiction at one extreme and reckless abandon at the other. The industry has considered sending radioactive waste into outer space -- an option it considers attractive because it removes it from our environment. The risks, however, are potentially catastrophic: If the vessel carrying the waste has an accident, it could spread radioactive material into the atmosphere. Then there's the
Antarctica solution -- placing radioactive wastes on ice sheets where their own heat would bury them. But international treaties ban such activity and the notion of violating the planet's last pristine continent has put a damper on the scheme.

There have been discussions about burying nuclear waste in the sea floor. One option involves encasing spent fuel in concrete and dropping it in torpedoes designed to penetrate it into the ocean bed. Even more audacious is the proposal to deposit radioactive waste in a subduction zone, where plate tectonics would slowly carry it downward into Earth's mantle. Violating international oceanic agreements is just one of the reasons these approaches are not being seriously considered. Another is the fear of leaks and the resultant widespread contamination.

The current focus is on burying radioactive wastes underground. Finland is in the process of constructing the first of these deep geological repositories -- a 1,710-foot-deep facility called Onkalo, which means "cavity" in Finnish. Engineered to last 100,000 years, the facility is supposed to be large enough to accept boron steel canisters of spent fuel for up to 100 years, when the cavity will be backfilled and sealed. Canister burial will begin in 2020.

The United States has also been pursuing deep burial. In 2002 Congress designated Nevada's Yucca Mountain as a repository for spent fuel and other radioactive wastes. By then planners had already constructed a five-mile-long tunnel and a series of cathedral-like chambers to experiment with various storage designs. The Obama administration quashed the controversial project in 2010, leaving the country without a long-term storage site. The 65,000 tons of spent nuclear fuel from the 104 nuclear power plants in the US are currently stored onsite -- 80 percent in water-filled pools, which are considered less safe than the steel casks that store the remaining 20 percent.

In addition to the technical challenges, nuclear power presents a political dilemma. No nation has lasted for 1,000 years, much less the 240,000 years plutonium will remain dangerous. Who will oversee radioactive waste when the governments of the 31 countries now producing it have crumbled? And how will these toxic repositories be identified when current languages are obsolete and the metal warning signs have rusted away?

The nuclear power industry faces an uncertain future unless it can successfully address waste management, says Allison Macfarlane, chair of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The post-Fukushima world demands redefining a successful nuclear power program to include not only the safe production of electricity but also the secure and sustainable lifecycle of nuclear power -- from uranium mining to the disposal of spent fuel. If this cannot be achieved, Macfarlane says, "then the public in many countries will reject nuclear as an energy choice."
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U.S. Navy Sailor: Higher ups, senior chiefs now say they’re sick after Fukushima exposure — A bunch contacted us after seeing segment on national TV

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The above article does not surprise me. The military looks after hardware much more than the carbon assets on the ground.
"Well-behaved women seldom make history." —Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

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The technology was no problem at Fukushima. The earthquake released 600 millions times the energy of the Hiroshima Bomb. This was an act of God to bring Japan to salvation in Jesus Christ . Please view PBS 2012 February presentation on Fukushima. All the media has ignored the truth that 3 waves hit the plant causing a superimposed wave height of 150 feet ( 3 x 50 ). The waves were going 100 miles an hour. 100 is the number of phi in the Greek which corresponds to Jesus. The leader of Japan at the time was Naoto Kan a former Shinto Priest who led a BAAL worship. The one true living God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob will not be usurped by BAAL. Exodus 34 vs. 14 states I am a jealous God, my name is Jealous . Beware to any nation of the world who is under the umbrella of god diametric to the one true living GOD.
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US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to help Japan

The chairwoman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has offered to hold regular meetings to help Japan decommission the nuclear reactors at Fukushima.

Allison Macfarlane says the Tokyo Electric Power Company has to overcome numerous hurdles before cleaning up the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

At a news conference near Washington on Tuesday, Macfarlane expressed her respect for more than 2,000 workers who were removing debris and spent nuclear fuel when she visited the site in December.

But she says the 4 reactors have been destroyed, and much remains to be done at the site devastated by the tsunami.
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Abe says nuclear plants need tighter anti-terrorism measures

TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday that Japanese nuclear plants need to increase anti-terrorism measures, a major weak spot found in the wake of the Fukushima disasters.

Abe acknowledged at a Diet session that an investigation into the tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant revealed an overall lack of security. Abe said the government has instructed nuclear operators to upgrade security measures to match international standards, and police have since replaced private security guards to provide 24-hour watch around nuclear facilities.
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Town at center of nuclear disaster remains derelict

Two years after the Fukushima nuclear accident, Kumamachi Elementary School in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, remains deserted and is growing derelict, with no prospect of the children coming back.

When this reporter visited the school in February, everything appeared to have remained untouched over the past two years. The date on the classroom blackboards and whiteboards was March 11, 2011, the fateful day when huge tsunami waves triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake lashed the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, located in the same town as the school.
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TEPCO's false explanation over accident probe not intentional: panel

A third-party panel concluded Wednesday that Tokyo Electric Power Co. did not intentionally provide erroneous information to a Diet-appointed committee tasked to investigate the 2011 accident at the utility's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The panel was set up in February after media revealed that a TEPCO official told an investigation committee member in February last year that the fourth floor of the building housing the crippled No. 1 reactor was in "complete darkness," -- which was not true -- leading the committee to give up an on-site inspection.
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Nuclear group Areva insists public trusts sector

Two years after Japan's Fukushima nuclear crisis, the head of French group Areva, a leading company in the sector, insisted that public confidence in atomic energy has been re-established.

"We're seeing this confidence return," Luc Oursel told journalists in Warsaw on Monday.

"In Europe, there are more and more countries favouring nuclear than those opposing it," he insisted.

That position was not shared by German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier, who said in early January that his country, the biggest European economy, would never return to nuclear power after Berlin decided in the wake of the Japanese disaster to shut down reactors.
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