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power loss thing is most important at the moment
It's life as we know it, but only just.
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TV: Historic number of sea lions washing up in S. California — Has reached “epidemic proportions” — Center declares state of emergency — Feds: “There’s something going on oceanographically” (VIDEO)
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BC News, March 16, 2013: Along Southern California’s pristine coastline, ailing sea lions are turning up in record numbers. “We have a lot of little pups this year,” said veterinarian Lauren Palmer [...] Usually, around this time of year, there might be a dozen sick sea lions in San Pedro, said David Bard, operations director for the San Pedro Marine Mammal Care Center. But so far, the care center has taken in nearly 200 and counting. Last week alone, there were 50 new cases. [...] Last week, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach declared their organization in a “state of emergency” as it continues to see an onslaught of California sea lion pups in need of medical attention.
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This is a big deal. I have to admit that I am more than a little concerned about the fallout to southern California.
 Quoting: Fishy


Very sad. Could be something else..
But, then again.. remember the seals, whales, dolphins.
They still haven't pinpointed the cause of those events.

At various times.. spent some great days, weeks and months in SoCal.
Nothing like it.

Are people getting it..?
It is hard to get your head around.
I fucking hate it...
I have a few actor and musician friends in LA.
Blew me off.. waddayagunado..?

Take care of yourself, Fishy.
 Quoting: Waterbug


I have a few friends that get it, but most people I know here have no clue, including my family in San Diego and LA.

I hope that the sea lions are sick for another reason. However, I suspect that it's related to the radiation in the water and marine life off of our coast. Our tuna is already testing positive for radiation. I read a report (probably a link from here) that said most of the fallout is going to settle in SoCal and Baja. It's not a matter of when anymore. It's a really powerless feeling.

We are being lied to by our government just like they lied to the sailors on the USS Reagan (home port is San Diego). It's criminal the way our sailors were put right off the coast of Japan during the fallout for 80 days!! Many of them are sick now and the US government is denying that their illnesses are from their service in Japan.

Most people on this thread know all of this already. I guess I'm just venting because it weighs very heavy on my heart. I am greatful that you are keeping this thread alive, WB
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power loss thing is most important at the moment
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Sorry to digress.
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Sorry to digress.
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all good fishy :)

well.. apart from.......
It's life as we know it, but only just.
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Fukushima plant spent fuel pool cooling system partially restored.

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You make things so clear. Thanks for tkaing the time!
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Fukushima urges TEPCO to restore cooling

Fukushima Prefecture has asked Tokyo Electric Power Company to restore the cooling system at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The cooling system was suspended after a momentary power outage on Monday evening.

Fukushima Prefecture sought an explanation of the problem from 2 TEPCO officials on Tuesday morning.

An official of Fukushima Prefecture, Shoji Furuichi, said TEPCO had not yet identified the cause of the trouble, fueling concerns among local residents.

He also asked the utility to ensure safety by installing multiple power-generation units at the plant and to step up its monitoring system so similar problems can be detected in their early stages.
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Cooling restored at 2 Fukushima reactors

Tokyo Electric Power Company says it has restored cooling systems for spent fuel pools at 2 of 3 reactors affected by a power failure at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The momentary power failure just before 7 PM on Monday suspended cooling systems for the No. 1, 3 and 4 reactors as well as a shared pool for spent fuel in the plant's compound.

TEPCO officials later found that 3 power distribution boards had stopped working. The utility repaired two of the boards, but could not fix the third and instead used an emergency power generator to restore the cooling system for the No. 4 reactor's fuel pool.

As a result, the cooling system for the No. 1 reactor's fuel pool resumed functioning around 2:20 PM on Tuesday, 19 hours after the power failure. The No. 4 reactor cooling system restarted after 4 PM.

TEPCO plans to restore the cooling systems for the No. 3 reactor by around 8 PM on Tuesday, and for the shared pool by around 8 AM on Wednesday.
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TEPCO partially restores power to cooling systems at Fukushima plant

TOKYO — Engineers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant partially succeeded Tuesday in restarting cooling systems after a power cut underlined its still-precarious state two years after a tsunami struck.

Equipment in pools used to keep used fuel cool—necessary to prevent any spontaneous nuclear reactions—lost their power supply at 6:57 p.m. on Monday, operator TEPCO said.

By late Tuesday, two of the cooling systems were back up, reports said. One other was likely to be online later in the day, the company said earlier.
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Ohi nuclear plant will stay online until Sept.

Nuclear regulators say they will allow 2 power reactors in western Japan to continue operation until September. New safety guidelines will be introduced July.

The No. 3 and 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power's Ohi plant have been the nation's only two reactors online since last August. They cleared the government's earthquake resistance safety test in 2011.

Legally, the utility can operate the reactors until the next regular inspection in September.
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Contractor refuses to provide school lunches when faced with radiation checks

TOKYO — As part of its ongoing efforts to bring peace of mind to city residents following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Tokyo’s Komae City will meticulously measure airborne radiation levels along all roadways within city limits and provide citizens with easy-to-understand information regarding the readings.

Additionally, having only inspected radiation levels of school lunch ingredients once before, the city announced on Feb 21 that it would reintroduce such checks on the foodstuffs comprising the noontime meals.

Less than a week after the announcement of the checks, Kenji Matsuyama, president of Mitaka Food Services Center, told the city his firm would not renew its contract to provide the city’s junior high schools with lunches.
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New assessment of San Onofre reactor shortens operational lifespan estimates

Today, Southern California Edison released a report conducted by Intertek APTECH that estimates it would be too risky to operate the Unit 2 reactor at full power for more than 11 months, which is 7 months shorter than previous analysis.  Intertek has never owned or operated a nuclear power plant, rather provides consultant services and litigation support for many nuclear power plants around the U.S.
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San Onofre reactor unit could safely be fired up at full power, Edison says

Southern California Edison submitted an analysis to federal regulators showing that one of the two reactor units at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant could operate safely at full power for almost a year.

The plant has been shuttered since a steam generator tube in the plant's Unit 3 sprung a small leak on Jan. 31, 2012, releasing a small amount of radioactive steam.

The incident led to the discovery that thousands of tubes in the recently replaced steam generators in both units of the nuclear plant were showing signs of wear.

Eight tubes in Unit 3 failed pressure tests, meaning they could have ruptured under some circumstances.

Unit 2 showed less wear overall and less of a particularly unusual type of wear caused by tubes banging against adjacent tubes. Officials attributed the difference between the two units to slight manufacturing differences in the support structures. 

Edison has proposed to restart that unit at 70% power for five months, saying that running at reduced power would alleviate the conditions that led to the tube wear.
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NC school offers program to meet nuclear industry

GASTONIA, N.C. The nuclear industry will need about 25,000 workers by 2015 as baby boomers retire, and a group at Gaston College could be among the potential employees who fill that work force gap.

Gaston College started its nuclear technology program in the fall of 2011 after working with Duke Energy to create a program for nuclear power plant operators.

The first students in Gaston College's nuclear technology program are set to graduate this spring.
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NASA Resumes Production Of Plutonium-238 Space Fuel After 25 Years

For the first time in more than two decades, the United States can put a "Made in the USA" stamp on non-weapons grade plutonium, Discovery News reports.
Plutonium-238 is an important fuel source for the radioisotope power systems that are used in spacecraft like the Mars Curiosity Rover and the New Horizon spacecraft that's on its way to Pluto. As plutonium-238 decays, it gives off enough heat to generate electricity and keep all the expensive parts of a spacecraft warm in the cold, dark nether regions of deep space.

Until 1988, the U.S. produced its plutonium-238 (not to be confused with plutonium-239, the isotope in nuclear weapons) as part of its Cold War nuclear shenanigans. After the Savannah River Site, a major contributor of plutonium-238, shut down because of environmental issues, we turned to Russia for our plutonium needs, but that supply has run out as well.
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You make things so clear. Thanks for tkaing the time!
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hf
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Thanks for all of your posts Sweden, Waterbug et al. Your dedication to this thread is much appreciated.
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Contractor refuses to provide school lunches when faced with radiation checks

TOKYO — As part of its ongoing efforts to bring peace of mind to city residents following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Tokyo’s Komae City will meticulously measure airborne radiation levels along all roadways within city limits and provide citizens with easy-to-understand information regarding the readings.

Additionally, having only inspected radiation levels of school lunch ingredients once before, the city announced on Feb 21 that it would reintroduce such checks on the foodstuffs comprising the noontime meals.

Less than a week after the announcement of the checks, Kenji Matsuyama, president of Mitaka Food Services Center, told the city his firm would not renew its contract to provide the city’s junior high schools with lunches.
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If they can't provide contaminated food... they won't supply at all..
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Thanks for all of your posts Sweden, Waterbug et al. Your dedication to this thread is much appreciated.
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hf

This is a tiny spot of sanity in an insane situation.
I hope that an easy source of information provides some comfort to others.
It helps me deal.

I guess some people would rather ignore the whole thing.
To each his own.
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Thanks for all of your posts Sweden, Waterbug et al. Your dedication to this thread is much appreciated.
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hf
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3 PDBs just stopped working..?



Cooling restored at 2 Fukushima reactors
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The momentary power failure just before 7 PM on Monday suspended cooling systems for the No. 1, 3 and 4 reactors as well as a shared pool for spent fuel in the plant's compound.

TEPCO officials later found that 3 power distribution boards had stopped working. The utility repaired two of the boards, but could not fix the third and instead used an emergency power generator to restore the cooling system for the No. 4 reactor's fuel pool.
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He also asked the utility to ensure safety by installing multiple power-generation units at the plant and to step up its monitoring system so similar problems can be detected in their early stages.
He also asked TEPCO to swiftly provide residents with information on any problems that arise at key facilities and explain their estimated impact and risks in an easy-to-understand way. This time, the power outage was made public 3 hours after it took place.
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It Ain’t Sustainable – Part 1
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You might argue that the ongoing disaster was caused by a huge earthquake and massive tsunami; and you would be right. Unfortunately, that does not change the fact that we have over 100 nuclear reactors that are built to the similar specifications; and 23 of them are the exact same GE-designed Mark I reactors that have melted down in Japan. Most of these reactors are outdated and in need of trillions of dollars of work to bring them up to par. Many of them are built near fault lines and on the ocean like those at Fukushima.

“U.S. reactors have generated about 65,000 metric tons of spent fuel, of which 75 percent is stored in pools ... Spent fuel rods give off about 1 million rems of radiation per hour at a distance of one foot — enough radiation to kill people in a matter of seconds. There are more than 30 million such rods in U.S. spent fuel pools. No other nation has generated this much radioactivity from either nuclear power or nuclear weapons production.”

Many reactors are storing 3 or 4 times the spent fuel they were designed to hold. Over 66 incidents of significant loss of spent fuel cooling water has occurred over the last 30 years. We generate over 2,000 metric tons of nuclear waste a year. A major “accident” or terrorist attack could render large areas of our country uninhabitable.
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The United States has spent 20 years and nearly $15 billion trying to develop a repository at Yucca Mountain. The process started with the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act, which charged the DOE with identifying and investigating three potential sites, and recommending one to the president. In 1987, Congress chose Yucca Mountain as the only site for evaluation as a potential repository, a move that was not popular with environmentalists and Nevada residents.

In 2002, the DOE recommended the site to the president, and Congress confirmed the choice. “It’s said to be the most studied piece of real estate in the world,” said Daniel Metlay of the Nuclear Waste Review Board. Six years later, the DOE submitted a license application to the NRC to construct the repository. But the next year, the state’s senior senator, Harry Reid, a long-time opponent of the Yucca Mountain project, became Senate majority leader. In 2010, the Obama administration decided to terminate funding and shut down the entire project.

The DOE and NRC now face lawsuits from utilities and states that are storing spent fuel and defense waste. Given the issue’s magnitude, the administration set up a Blue Ribbon Commission tasked with devising a plan for waste disposal. The commission’s final report, released in January 2012, advocated immediately starting work on a geological repository.

This past January, in response to the commission’s recommendations, the administration endorsed a plan including: a pilot interim storage facility estimated to begin operation in 2021 with Congressional approval; a larger interim facility that would accept waste by 2025; and finally a geological repository operating by 2048. The report also endorses a consent-based approach that gives communities a say in hosting a storage site.

Other countries have successfully employed this approach, although none has an operating repository yet. Sweden and Finland chose communities with access to suitable geological features and have given them the final say on hosting the facility. Officials explained potential issues, openly discussed concerns, and offered reassurance, compensation, and even medical treatment. In both countries, communities with nuclear power reactors have taken on the challenge. Britain and Canada are pursuing a similar process.

The international scientific community agrees that storing nuclear waste hundreds of meters below ground in a repository is the most viable, cost-effective option.
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Japan ups damage seen from feared quake to $2.3T
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A major earthquake occurs in the Nankai Trough every 100 to 150 years but one has not happened since an 8.4-magnitude quake in 1854. An earlier, 2003, estimate of damages, based on a scenario of an 8.7-magniitude quake, was 81 trillion yen ($847.3 billion).

The government expects that a worst-case Nankai quake could trigger a tsunami up to 34 meters (111 feet) high, kill some 323,000 people and displace 9.5 million. It would disable water and gas lines, roads and railroads and leave many millions of tons of debris, the report said.

A key concern is the 60 industrial and petrochemical complexes along the coast that could leak chemicals and other toxins into the environment, it said. The report did not outline potential costs from any nuclear accidents that might arise due to such a disaster.
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Expert: Report shows California nuclear plant “will progressively destroy itself” — AP: Could breakdown at full power (VIDEO)
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John Large, a London-based nuclear engineer for a group called Friends of the Earth, said the report actually shows that SONGS will progressively destroy itself. “If the Intertek analysis is correct, the plant only has a remaining total service life of one year at full power, or 16 months at 70 percent power,” Large said. “After this I doubt if any option will exist for Edison to repair the plant’s steam generators because the problem lies deep within the tube bundle, being essentially inaccessible by human or machine.” He said there are ” enormous uncertainties” with predicting degradation of the tubes.
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Fukushima urges TEPCO to restore cooling
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He also asked the utility to ensure safety by installing multiple power-generation units at the plant and to step up its monitoring system so similar problems can be detected in their early stages.
He also asked TEPCO to swiftly provide residents with information on any problems that arise at key facilities and explain their estimated impact and risks in an easy-to-understand way. This time, the power outage was made public 3 hours after it took place.
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ffs just sounds like theyre winging it
rp
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Contractor refuses to provide school lunches when faced with radiation checks

TOKYO — As part of its ongoing efforts to bring peace of mind to city residents following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Tokyo’s Komae City will meticulously measure airborne radiation levels along all roadways within city limits and provide citizens with easy-to-understand information regarding the readings.

Additionally, having only inspected radiation levels of school lunch ingredients once before, the city announced on Feb 21 that it would reintroduce such checks on the foodstuffs comprising the noontime meals.

Less than a week after the announcement of the checks, Kenji Matsuyama, president of Mitaka Food Services Center, told the city his firm would not renew its contract to provide the city’s junior high schools with lunches.
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real ccconfident restorer....
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He also asked the utility to ensure safety by installing multiple power-generation units at the plant and to step up its monitoring system so similar problems can be detected in their early stages.
He also asked TEPCO to swiftly provide residents with information on any problems that arise at key facilities and explain their estimated impact and risks in an easy-to-understand way. This time, the power outage was made public 3 hours after it took place.
 Quoting: Waterbug


another do
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