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San Onofre Operator Requests to Restart Reactor

The operator of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, Southern California Edison, has submitted a draft request for a license amendment to restart the plant at 70 percent power this summer. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission meets this week to consider the request.

It’s the next step in the long-running saga of whether to restart the San Onofre nuclear power plant, which has been shut down for more than a year since a small radiation leak was detected in one of its new steam generators.

Rochelle Becker of the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility said ratepayers should oppose the idea of restarting at 70 percent power.

“When Edison originally applied to the new steam generators in 2004, their statements said the plant would only be cost effective if both units ran at 88 percent power,” she said, “so granting them a license to run at 70 percent power is not cost effective.”
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Speechless! I pay over $500 a month to Edison. How crazy is it that they want to start faulty reactors and put ratepayers in danger to pay for their pieces of shit! I'm going solar this year and I can't wait!
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More bad news CP...

Australia gives environmental approval to new uranium mine

Australia on Tuesday gave environmental approval for a new uranium mine in its resource-rich west, with 36 conditions to guard against negative impacts from radiation and other factors.

Environment Minister Tony Burke said he was giving the go-ahead for Toro Energy's Aus$269 million (US$281 million) Wiluna uranium project of two open pits and a processing plant, after a "rigorous environmental assessment".
[link to www.nuclearpowerdaily.com]
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guess that puts end to the myth of mothballing the entire idea of nuke plants......
It's life as we know it, but only just.
My Fukushima Site:
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This looks interesting.. Gamma absorption patent

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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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BP to withdraw from wind power business in US

Major British energy company BP plans to pull out of the wind power business in the United States to streamline its operations.

BP officials said on Wednesday that the firm will withdraw from wind power generation in 9 states including California and Texas, and sell its relevant facilities. The company says it wants to focus on its core oil and natural gas business.

The officials did not say what the firm will make from the sale. But media estimate the amount at about 1.5 billion dollars.

BP has invested 55 billion dollars in its energy operations in the US over the past 5 years.
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WTF?...

Nuclear Regulation Authority changes 'safety standards' to 'guidelines'

TOKYO — The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has announced that it is to relabel its new nuclear safety standards.

The NRA announced Wednesday that it is to change the name of the guidelines it is drawing up for the operators of nuclear power plants. A regulatory committee member voiced the concern that calling the guidelines the “New Safety Standards” may lead members of the public to the misunderstanding that following the guidelines ensures the safety of nuclear power plants. As a result the new rules have been renamed “Regulatory Guidelines,” TBS reported.

“Following the guidelines does not ensure safety. Rather, adhering to the guidelines is a sign that the operator is attempting to mitigate potential dangers,” said NRA chairman Shunichi Tanaka.

The NRA also announced that nuclear reactors more than 40 years old will be subject to special inspections before they will be allowed to go back online.

In principle, reactors more than 40 years old are supposed to be decommissioned, but 20-year extensions will be allowed if the reactors pass strict safety checks.
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Pakistan-China negotiate on 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed Thursday the atomic energy commission is negotiating the purchase of a 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant from China.

"We have an ongoing cooperation with China regarding civilian nuclear technology under IAEA safeguards," spokesman Aizaz Chaudri told a weekly briefing when asked to comment on reports claiming construction of a third nuclear power plant in Chashma in southern Punjab would soon start.

Pakistan is operating two Chinese-supported 300-megawatt nuclear plants in Chashma and working on two additional 300-megawatt plants.
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N. Korea seen beginning to reopen nuclear facility: U.S. institute

North Korea has apparently begun constructing a plutonium production reactor at its Yongbyon nuclear complex in an attempt to restart the facility which was shut down under a 2007 six-party agreement, a U.S. think tank said Wednesday, citing commercial satellite imagery of the site.

The U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said on its website 38 North that the reactor at the nuclear complex could be restarted in "weeks rather than months."

"A key step in that process will be to restore the disabled secondary cooling system," according to the institute.
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Further contraband found hidden in Braidwood Nuclear Power Plant ceilings

Yesterday, we reported that while remodeling a bathroom in the protected area on the third floor of the Administrative Building, workers found a bottle of gin while removing the ceiling tiles.  Today, officials from Exelon reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that two additional old bottles of blackberry brandy were found after removing more ceiling tiles.  These are the third and fourth bottles of contraband found hidden in the ceilings at the Braidwood Nuclear Power Plant.
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Nuclear board warns of Washington tank explosion risk

YAKIMA, Wash. – Underground tanks that hold a stew of toxic, radioactive waste at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site pose a possible risk of explosion, a nuclear safety board said in advance of confirmation hearings for the next leader of the Energy Department.

State and federal officials have long known that hydrogen gas could build up inside the tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, leading to an explosion that would release radioactive material. The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board recommended additional monitoring and ventilation of the tanks last fall, and federal officials were working to develop a plan to implement the recommendation.

Federal officials have said six underground tanks at the site are leaking into the soil, threatening the groundwater, and technical problems have delayed construction of a plant to treat the waste for long-term safe disposal.

In addition to the leaks, the board noted concerns about the potential for hydrogen gas buildup within a tank, in particular those with a double wall, which contain deadly waste that was previously pumped out of the leaking single-shell tanks.

"All the double-shell tanks contain waste that continuously generates some flammable gas," the board said. "This gas will eventually reach flammable conditions if adequate ventilation is not provided."

All of the tanks are actively ventilated, which means they have blowers and fans to prevent a buildup of hydrogen gas, and those systems are monitored to ensure they are operating as intended, Energy Department spokeswoman Carrie Meyer said.

For even greater safety, she said, the agency implemented an improved monitoring system in February.

"DOE is absolutely committed to ensuring the safety of Hanford's underground tanks," Meyer said.

The problems identified by the board show that the plant schedule will be delayed further and the cost will keep rising, Wyden said, adding: "There is a real question as to whether the plant, as currently designed, will work at all."
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MHI, Areva to Win $22 Bln Turkish Nuclear Deal, Nikkei Says

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (7011) of Japan and Areva SA (AREVA) of France are set to win a $22 billion project to build an atomic power plant in Turkey, the Nikkei newspaper said.

The group will build four reactors with combined capacity of about 4,500 megawatts in Sinop on the Black Sea coast, the Nikkei said, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter. The first unit is scheduled to begin operations by 2023 following the start of construction in 2017, the Nikkei said.

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz, speaking in an interview with CNBC-e television today from Ankara, said Turkey had not yet reached the final phase of talks. South Korea and Canada were dropped from competition, leaving China and Japan in contention, he said.
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WTF?...

Nuclear Regulation Authority changes 'safety standards' to 'guidelines'

TOKYO — The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has announced that it is to relabel its new nuclear safety standards.

The NRA announced Wednesday that it is to change the name of the guidelines it is drawing up for the operators of nuclear power plants. A regulatory committee member voiced the concern that calling the guidelines the “New Safety Standards” may lead members of the public to the misunderstanding that following the guidelines ensures the safety of nuclear power plants. As a result the new rules have been renamed “Regulatory Guidelines,” TBS reported.

“Following the guidelines does not ensure safety. Rather, adhering to the guidelines is a sign that the operator is attempting to mitigate potential dangers,” said NRA chairman Shunichi Tanaka.

The NRA also announced that nuclear reactors more than 40 years old will be subject to special inspections before they will be allowed to go back online.

In principle, reactors more than 40 years old are supposed to be decommissioned, but 20-year extensions will be allowed if the reactors pass strict safety checks.
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may lead members of the public to the misunderstanding that following the guidelines ensures the safety of nuclear power plants


Well... we don't want the public thinking that...


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More bad news CP...

Australia gives environmental approval to new uranium mine

Australia on Tuesday gave environmental approval for a new uranium mine in its resource-rich west, with 36 conditions to guard against negative impacts from radiation and other factors.

Environment Minister Tony Burke said he was giving the go-ahead for Toro Energy's Aus$269 million (US$281 million) Wiluna uranium project of two open pits and a processing plant, after a "rigorous environmental assessment".
[link to www.nuclearpowerdaily.com]
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guess that puts end to the myth of mothballing the entire idea of nuke plants......
 Quoting: Citizenperth


More to come...

Australia approves uranium mining project

The Australian government has granted environmental approval for Toro Energy Ltd.'s $280 million Wiluna uranium mining project in Western Australia.

The approval comes with 36 conditions to guard against negative effects from radiation and other factors.

Wiluna would become Australia's sixth uranium project but the first in Western Australia. While Australia's uranium output represents just more than 10 percent of global production, the country has the world's largest uranium inventory with one-third of known recoverable resources.
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More bad news CP...

Australia gives environmental approval to new uranium mine

Australia on Tuesday gave environmental approval for a new uranium mine in its resource-rich west, with 36 conditions to guard against negative impacts from radiation and other factors.

Environment Minister Tony Burke said he was giving the go-ahead for Toro Energy's Aus$269 million (US$281 million) Wiluna uranium project of two open pits and a processing plant, after a "rigorous environmental assessment".
[link to www.nuclearpowerdaily.com]
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guess that puts end to the myth of mothballing the entire idea of nuke plants......
 Quoting: Citizenperth


More to come...

Australia approves uranium mining project

The Australian government has granted environmental approval for Toro Energy Ltd.'s $280 million Wiluna uranium mining project in Western Australia.

The approval comes with 36 conditions to guard against negative effects from radiation and other factors.

Wiluna would become Australia's sixth uranium project but the first in Western Australia. While Australia's uranium output represents just more than 10 percent of global production, the country has the world's largest uranium inventory with one-third of known recoverable resources.
[link to www.nuclearpowerdaily.com]
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< quitely weeps......
It's life as we know it, but only just.
My Fukushima Site:
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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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Edison Seeks June 1 Nuke Plant Restart, NRC Says Not so Fast
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Edison officials told the NRC they would make the decision on whether to submit their license amendment within a week. No official decisions were made at the meeting.

Opponents of the restart urged NRC officials to reject a license amendment and criticized the hearing process.
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Unexpected gas releases from Hanford tank
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Confidential sources say it began on March 16 and lasted for several days, much longer than usual, and they worry a single spark could have set off an explosive release of radioactivity.

This comes two days after a report by a government panel expressing concerns about the release of flammable gasses at Hanford and the government's inability to respond to them.

Workers who toil above the buried Hanford tank farms constantly monitor the tanks for gas build-ups and will conduct controlled releases to reduce pressure. We're told this was a spontaenous release, not controlled.
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Broken Arrow Nuclear Weapon Accidents
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Accidents involving nuclear weapons have occurred almost since such devices were first developed, and these events were a common occurrence during the Cold War. However, the US and other countries possessing nuclear arms developed various safety systems to prevent accidental thermonuclear reactions within these weapons even under the most extreme circumstances in order to avoid potential catastrophes.

Even so, non-thermonuclear detonations of the conventional high explosives carried within nuclear weapons still pose a serious threat since they can spread dangerous radioactive contamination much like a so-called "dirty bomb." This scenario has occurred several times during aircraft accidents when high speed impacts or burning fuel caused the high explosive charges on nuclear weapons to ignite.

At least three dozen serious accidents and incidents involving atomic or nuclear weapons have occurred since 1950.
Many of these cases cost the lives of military personnel, led to the release of radioactive material, or resulted in the loss of the weapon itself. Most of these weapons fell into the ocean where the nuclear material could not be recovered given the limits of current technology. It is estimated that over 50 nuclear warheads have been lost in the world's oceans following aircraft or naval accidents. Another 26 nuclear reactors from ships and submarines have also been lost or deliberately dumped at sea.
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Podcast.

Nuclear Power and Earthquakes
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Rat Chase Again Bedevils Fukushima Nuclear Plant
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The debris-strewn plant still relies on makeshift cooling systems, some of which were hastily put together in the accident’s frantic aftermath. The spent fuel pools, which hold far more radioactive material than the reactor cores, have been a particular source of concern.

A blackout disabled cooling at four fuel pools last month, an incident the company blamed on a rat that may have gnawed on power cables and triggered a short circuit. The rat died, and engineers later found its scorched body in a damaged switchboard.

But Friday afternoon, four workers using wire meshing to seal a space around electric cables triggered a ground fault, or the accidental flow of current to the ground. None of the workers were injured, but the ground fault shut off electricity to the cooling system at the No. 3 reactor fuel pool.
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TVA Applies For License Renewal of Sequoyah Nuclear Plant
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Monster copperhead at ORNL
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They grow 'em big at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In the photograph above, ORNL Wildlife Coordinator Neil Giffen holds a 45-inch copperhead that was killed earlier this week just outside the lab's East Portal on Bethel Valley Road. (Near the station where deer hunters bring their deer to be checked for radioactivity.)
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Iran nuclear talks start in Kazakhstan

Representatives of 6 world powers and Iran have begun talks in Kazakhstan on the Iranian nuclear program. The world powers are urging Iran to respond positively to their compromise proposal.

Negotiators from the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany are meeting with their Iranian counterparts on Friday and Saturday in the city of Almaty.

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and top Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili are also participating in the meeting.

Western nations are demanding that Iran halt its program to enrich uranium to 20-percent purity. Experts say uranium at this level can easily be converted to nuclear weapons.
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Cooling of Fukushima plant's No. 3 spent fuel pool stops for 3 hours

The cooling system for one of the spent fuel pools at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant halted temporarily Friday while workers were taking steps to protect related electricity equipment, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.

TEPCO confirmed that the cooling system for the pool at the top of the No. 3 reactor building stopped at 2:27 p.m. With no signs of water leaks or other irregularities, the utility resumed cooling the water inside the pool at 5:20 p.m.
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Fukushima reactor cooling system restarted

Tokyo Electric Power Company says it has restarted a fuel pool cooling system at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after several hours of suspension.

TEPCO says an alarm went off at around 2:30 PM on Friday, signaling electric trouble at the plant's Number 3 reactor fuel pool. Officials confirmed the failure.

The pool contains 514 units of spent fuel rods and 52 units of unused rods.

The utility says the pool's temperature was 15 degrees Celsius at 2 PM and that it would take about 2 weeks to reach the in-house safety threshold of 65 degrees.

The utility says radiation levels at monitoring posts near the plant did not changed during the suspension.
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Spent fuel cooling system back up at Fukushima No. 3 reactor

TOKYO — One of the systems keeping spent nuclear fuel cool at the Fukushima nuclear plant temporarily failed on Friday, the second outage in a matter of weeks, underlining the precarious fix at the plant.

Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said an alarm sounded at the facility at 2:27 p.m., and technicians soon confirmed that the cooling system for the pool attached to the No. 3 reactor was not working.

Nuclear fuel, even after use, has to be kept cool to prevent it from overheating and beginning a self-sustaining atomic reaction that could lead to meltdown.

The problem, which was fixed in about three hours, occurred as work crew placed a metal mesh around a switchboard in a bid to prevent small animals from touching it, a TEPCO spokesman told a press conference.

The TEPCO spokesman said a wire or the mesh might have touched the ground while crews put the mesh in place, unintentionally grounding the equipment and knocking it offline.

TEPCO apologized for the problem, but stressed that it had not posed any immediate danger.
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Yeah... we need more drunks at nuclear plants...

Nine Mile Point nuclear supervisor fails random alcohol check
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More contraband discovered concealed above ceilings at Braidwood nuclear power plant
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Do they sponsor AA meetings....?


Inspector General Report Presents Results of the NRC 2012 Safety Culture and Climate Survey
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The results of the survey of the agency workforce were significantly more favorable than comparable national and industry norms.
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TV: Hanford nuclear waste tanks could explode — Continuously generating flammable gas (VIDEO)
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Underground tanks that hold a stew of toxic, radioactive waste at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site pose a possible risk of explosion, [the congressionally appointed Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB)] said [...] State and federal officials have long known that hydrogen gas could build up inside the tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, leading to an explosion that would release radioactive material. [...] In addition to the leaks, the board noted concerns about the potential for hydrogen gas buildup within a tank, in particular those with a double wall, which contain deadly waste that was previously pumped out of the leaking single-shell tanks. [...]
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Secret nuclear cargo shipped around Norway

The small vessel “Mikhail Dudin” set sail Wednesday evening on her return voyage from Murmansk after the vessel over the last 48 hours has unloaded the potentially deadly cargo at Atomflot. 
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US helped Czech Republic remove nuclear material

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has helped the Czech Republic become the 10th country to remove stocks of highly enriched uranium.

National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden says the United States and international partners removed 68 kilograms of highly enriched uranium, enough for two nuclear weapons, from the Czech Republic.
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