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TEPCO loses over 7 billion dollars in 2012

TEPCO announced on Tuesday that it had felt a group net loss of over $7 billion dollars in 2012, the third year running that the company has remained in the red.  Utility officials blamed thermal power fuel costs and the suspension of its nuclear power plants for the losses.

The utility is also still facing several class action lawsuits related to their preventative measures prior to the disaster and several cases over compensation.  The road ahead in 2013 and 2014 does not look much better for TEPCO, as there are no plans to restart any of the nuclear power plants, including the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata.  TEPCO will realign four of its fully owned subsidiaries into two this July in order to save some 700 million yen in costs per year.
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EPA speaks on how much radiation is too much

IMAGINE THAT the Boston bombers didn’t pack nails into pressure cookers but instead packed highly radioactive material. How would the government be responding?

Part of the answer might lie in a document the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued this month, suggesting guidelines on how state and local officials should deal with potentially toxic nuclear contamination from disasters such as dirty bombs, power plant failures and atomic bomb detonations.

Activists object that the guidelines would expose Americans to high doses of radiation instead of ensuring high levels of protection. The unsubtle subtext is that the continuing use of nuclear power is a direct danger against which the government is failing to protect people.

Actually, nuclear power has an exceptional safety record, particularly compared with the illnesses and deaths for which air pollution from coal burning is responsible. It also poses unique risks for which the government should prepare responsibly. That’s just what the EPA is doing.
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Mom, Son Charged With Stealing Copper From Nuclear Power Plant

SHIPPINGPORT, Pa. (AP) – A man who used to work as a contractor at a western Pennsylvania nuclear power plant has been charged with stealing more than 1,400 pounds of scrap copper from an outlying storage building at the plant, and having his mother sell it.
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Babcock Gets Another Shot at $22.8 Billion Nuclear Award

Babcock & Wilcox Co. (BWC) may get a chance to recover its biggest U.S. government contract after a federal agency said Bechtel Group Inc.’s new 10-year, $22.8 billion agreement was improperly awarded.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office, which arbitrates contract disputes, today sustained protests filed by Charlotte, North Carolina-based Babcock and a group that includes Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (JEC) and Fluor Inc. (FLR) The GAO recommended reopening the competition.

Babcock received $1.6 billion from the work in the 12 months ended Sept. 30, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That represented almost half its $3.3 billion in revenue last year.
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Iran to build new reactor in East Azerbaijan

Vestnik - Iran will build a new reactor for research purposes in the province of East Azerbaijan. This was announced by the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Fereydoon Abbasi. According to Abbasi, "the reactor is intended solely for research purposes" and will be built in the city of Bonab in the province of East Azerbaijan.

Fereydoon Abbasi said that Iran has achieved the level of self-sufficiency in nuclear fuel and "can even export specialized services in this area," Iranian media quote.
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Mitsubishi to build nuclear power plant in Turkey

Mitsubishi (Japan) has won the tender to build a nuclear power plant for Turkey in the Sinopa District. Canada, China and South Korea were its competitors in the tender, Trend reports.
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Unit 2 reactor shut down at Byron nuclear plant

BYRON, Ill. (AP) — Exelon Generation says it's investigating a cooling pump malfunction that forced operators to shut down the Unit 2 reactor at the company's Byron nuclear plant.

The plant is about 95 miles northwest of Chicago.
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TEPCO loses over 7 billion dollars in 2012

TEPCO announced on Tuesday that it had felt a group net loss of over $7 billion dollars in 2012, the third year running that the company has remained in the red.  Utility officials blamed thermal power fuel costs and the suspension of its nuclear power plants for the losses.

The utility is also still facing several class action lawsuits related to their preventative measures prior to the disaster and several cases over compensation.  The road ahead in 2013 and 2014 does not look much better for TEPCO, as there are no plans to restart any of the nuclear power plants, including the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata.  TEPCO will realign four of its fully owned subsidiaries into two this July in order to save some 700 million yen in costs per year.
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TEPCO reports Y685.3 bil loss due to compensation and energy import costs

Business May. 01, 2013 - 01:45PM JST ( 23 )

TOKYO —

The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Tuesday it logged a whopping 685.3 billion yen fiscal year net loss as it faces ballooning compensation and energy import costs.

The embattled utility at the center of the worst nuclear accident in a generation said its year-to-March shortfall came in smaller than a year-earlier loss of 781.6 billion yen.

But the latest figures were worse than a previous 120 billion yen loss estimate that Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) announced just two months ago.

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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

New NEI Poll Shows Americans’ Support for Nuclear Energy, New Facilities Remains Solid
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Nuclear Energy Institute
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact :
For Release : 202.739.8000
2/19/2013
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 19, 2013—A solid majority of Americans continue to hold favorable views of nuclear energy and believe that electric companies should prepare now for new nuclear energy facilities to be built.

In a national telephone survey of 1,000 U.S. adults, 68 percent said they favor nuclear energy, up from 65 percent in September 2012, while 29 percent opposed. Those strongly favoring nuclear energy outweigh those strongly opposed by more than a two-to-one ratio, 29 percent versus 13 percent.

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Dear God........
Telephone survey.....
I guess they wouldn't release a BAD one now, would they..... thanks again applied statistics......

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In 2004 a reprocessing plant was completed in Rokkasho Village (Rokkashomura) for reprocessing spent fuel from nuclear reactors into plutonium.

Leeward of the reprocessing plant, there stretches rich farmland. Ms. Keiko Kikukawa has held an annual Tulip Festival the past 12 years to protest the Nuclear Fuel Recycling Project, and has led her life as an act of protest.

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Japan, UAE sign nuclear deal

Japan has concluded a deal with the United Arab Emirates to transfer nuclear power technology - its first since the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting the Persian Gulf state on the third leg of a weeklong overseas trip.

After visiting a railway that Japanese companies helped build, Abe met UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Thursday.

Abe conveyed Japan's plan to hold ministerial-level strategic talks on a regular basis with 6 Gulf Arab states, known as the Gulf Cooperation Council. He also called for the start of working-level discussions with the UAE toward an investment agreement.
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US experts:N.Korea nuclear reactor near completion

US researchers say North Korea is nearing completion of a light-water nuclear reactor that the country claims is intended for power generation, but could add to worries over its nuclear program.

The US-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies released the analysis along with satellite imagery of the reactor in Nyongbyon.

The researchers say a satellite photo taken in 2011 shows trenches intended to accommodate pipes to carry cooling water. Those trenches are submerged in a September 2012 photo.

They also say a dome was placed over the reactor by November 2012.

They say imagery from February this year shows completed facilities and disassembly of a large construction crane.
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What a surprise...

Radioactive tritium found at Fukushima plant wells

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has detected radioactive tritium in underground water from wells.

TEPCO found the toxic substance in water from 2 of the 8 wells newly set up on the sea side of the plant.

The monitoring wells were dug to enable TEPCO to test for water that may have leaked from the plant's underground storage pools.
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Black smoke detected from Monju reactor during test operations

TOKYO — It as been reported that engineers at Japan’s fast breeder reactor plant Monju made a mistake during testing of the plant’s emergency power generator, which subsequently resulted in the release of black smoke and the ringing of the plant’s fire alarm.

On Tuesday at around 2:30 p.m., the fast breeder-reactor located in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, underwent its monthly emergency diesel generator test operations. However on this occasion, the test did not end well. According to the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAERI), before the testing process it is necessary to emit the gas that accumulates in the emergency power generator by opening and then closing the valves. It is reported that the staff working at the plant, after opening the 12 valves installed in the generator, forgot to close six of the them before resuming operations, resulting in the expulsion of the worrying black smoke.
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Don't know what to think about this one...

Anti-nuclear protesters' radioactive pizza returned eight years after it was sent to Italy

Placed in a traditional takeaway pizza box, it was marked with the nuclear waste danger sign with 'Best before 26005'

A radioactive takeaway pizza has been delivered back home eight years late - but is still 24,392 years within its sell-by date.

In 2005, anti-nuclear campaigners took the ‘Pizza Cumbriana’ as a protest to the Italian Embassy in London.

Martin Forwood, of Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment (CORE), made the pizza to highlight concerns over shipping Italian spent fuel to Sellafield for reprocessing.

Placed in a traditional takeaway pizza box, it was marked with the nuclear waste danger sign and listed its ‘traditional Italian ingredients’ as ‘Caesium, Americium and Plutonium’.

The pizza was topped with soil dug out of an estuary in Waberthwaite, Cumbria and marked as ‘Best before 26005’, a reference to Plutonium 239, which has a half-life of 24,400 years.

Tests found it contained levels of radioactivity which would be illegal in Italy, and categorised as Low Level Waste in the UK.

Scientific analysis also revealed the the presence of high levels of Caesium 137, Americium 241, and Plutonium 238, 239 and 240.
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Slower growth drives Duke Energy's decision to suspend proposed plans for Harris Nuclear Plant expansion

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) today of plans to suspend its application for two proposed new nuclear units on its Harris site near New Hill in Wake County, North Carolina.


Progress Energy Carolinas submitted the combined construction and operating license application to the NRC in February 2008.

"The Harris site is well suited for new nuclear generation and has not been eliminated from our long-term consideration as a site to expand our nuclear fleet," said Dhiaa Jamil, Duke Energy executive vice president and president of Duke Energy Nuclear.
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What a surprise...

Radioactive tritium found at Fukushima plant wells

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has detected radioactive tritium in underground water from wells.

TEPCO found the toxic substance in water from 2 of the 8 wells newly set up on the sea side of the plant.

The monitoring wells were dug to enable TEPCO to test for water that may have leaked from the plant's underground storage pools.
[link to www3.nhk.or.jp]
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The nuclides have most likely hit the ground water already. Like you said, "what a surprise".
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What a surprise...

Radioactive tritium found at Fukushima plant wells

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has detected radioactive tritium in underground water from wells.

TEPCO found the toxic substance in water from 2 of the 8 wells newly set up on the sea side of the plant.

The monitoring wells were dug to enable TEPCO to test for water that may have leaked from the plant's underground storage pools.
[link to www3.nhk.or.jp]
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The nuclides have most likely hit the ground water already. Like you said, "what a surprise".
 Quoting: Southern OR


not to worry AB says all is well.... well.. get it ;)

also they are safely splashing water all around just a few hundred meters from the ocean.. all is well...
It's life as we know it, but only just.
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What a surprise...

Radioactive tritium found at Fukushima plant wells

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has detected radioactive tritium in underground water from wells.

TEPCO found the toxic substance in water from 2 of the 8 wells newly set up on the sea side of the plant.

The monitoring wells were dug to enable TEPCO to test for water that may have leaked from the plant's underground storage pools.
[link to www3.nhk.or.jp]
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 38176253


The nuclides have most likely hit the ground water already. Like you said, "what a surprise".
 Quoting: Southern OR


not to worry AB says all is well.... well.. get it ;)

also they are safely splashing water all around just a few hundred meters from the ocean.. all is well...
 Quoting: Citizenperth


Yes, "well", this was farming country. I'm sure many farms relied on well water. We all know how this will end...
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I have been diagnosed with a malignant tumor on my pancreas.
Going in monday for more tests. Previous CT scan was unclear.
I have good doctors and they hope to remove the mass.

I went into the hospital on tuesday and they let me out yesterday.
I'm feeling pretty good since they put in a stent to open my bile duct, which was obstructed.
They also did a needle biopsy and endoscopy for a better view.

The surgeon said it was operable and that is the plan.
Unless something changes.
Just wanted y'all to know... I'm hangin' in.
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Hi my friend Bug!,

Sad to hear about this... the good news is that it's operable.

Just hang in there, think positive and all will be well.

Please keep us informed.

Good luck and best regards,
"Swede"
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EU, Iran to consult on Tehran's nuclear program

Negotiators from the European Union and Iran will meet later this month to discuss ways to move foreword on talks on Tehran's nuclear program.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili are scheduled to meet on May 15th in Istanbul, Turkey. Ashton works as a coordinator for 6 world powers -- the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.

The meeting follows a failed round of talks in Kazakhstan in April. The countries discussed a plan to ease economic sanctions against Iran in return for a halt to its enrichment of uranium to 20-percent purity.
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Japanese-French consortium to build Turkish nuclear plant

ANKARA — A Japanese-French consortium has won a $22 billion dollar contract to build a nuclear power plant on Turkey’s Black Sea coast, a senior energy ministry official said on Thursday.

“An inter-governmental agreement is expected to be signed between the prime ministers of both countries (Turkey and Japan) on Friday,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The consortium will include Japan’s Mitsubishi and power supplier Itochu, French energy company GDF-Suez and a Turkish company to be determined, according to an industrial source close to the consortium.

French energy company Areva will supply the reactor in connection with Mitsubishi, the source said.
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U.S. diplomat to visit Japan to discuss nuclear deterrence

A senior U.S. official will make a three-day visit to Japan from Monday to discuss nuclear deterrence, missile defense cooperation, and arms control and nonproliferation issues with officials of Japan's foreign and defense ministries, the State Department said Thursday.

On Tuesday, Rose Gottemoeller, acting undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, is scheduled to exchange views with experts and academics at a nuclear policy roundtable discussion hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

Following her trip to Tokyo, Gottemoeller will visit Seoul for two days from next Thursday to discuss nuclear deterrence and missile defense cooperation with South Korean officials, the department said.
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Nuclear watchdog to study impact of 2011 quake on Fukushima plant

The Nuclear Regulation Authority decided Wednesday to investigate more thoroughly whether key safety equipment for one of the nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant sustained damage before the complex was hit by a tsunami in March 2011.

The decision was reached by a panel tasked by the NRA to further study the cause of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster and how it evolved, given differences among accident investigation commissions that looked into the disaster.

A government-appointed commission expressed skepticism in its report that the magnitude 9.0 earthquake on March 11, 2011, by itself caused catastrophic damage to key facilities of the Nos. 1 to 3 reactors that suffered meltdowns.
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Danger Zone: Ageing Nuclear Reactors in the USA


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Japanese-French led group to build Turkish nuclear plant

A Japanese-French consortium has won a $22 billion dollar contract to build a nuclear power plant on Turkey's Black Sea coast, a senior energy ministry official said on Thursday.

"An inter-governmental agreement is expected to be signed between the prime ministers of both countries (Turkey and Japan) on Friday," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The consortium will include Japan's Mitsubishi and power supplier Itochu, French energy company GDF-Suez and a Turkish company to be determined, according to an industrial source close to the consortium.

French energy company Areva will supply the reactor in connection with Mitsubishi, the source said.
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Without permission to restart Unit 2 Edison may announce decision to decommission San Onofre by end of year

In 2013, Edison International has been focused on narrowing the uncertainties which surround the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station after a first-of-a-kind event shut down the nuclear reactors.  The licensee submitted a plan to return Unit 2 to 70% power for an initial 5-month period, but was unable to provide a plan which would ensure the accelerated wear which shut down both units would be arrested and admitted that the problems would lead to a shortened life expectancy of the plant without massive overhauls.  Edison is worried the process could be delayed due to the number of interveners and other groups which are filing appeals, and have admitted that it could stretch into year-end or a longer period.

In a first-quarter results conference call, Edison executives acknowledged that “there’s a general limit of how much” the company can rack up in terms of cost “without certainty of recovery” but options to limit costs are limited due to logistics of restarting the facility if a favorable decision is reached.

If denied the authority to restart the Unit 2 reactor, Edison executives have indicated that a decision to decommission one or both units would likely be made before the end of the year.
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Yet another one...

Employee supervisor at V.C. Summer nuclear power plant fails fitness for duty test

An employee supervisor at the V.C. Summer nuclear power plant in South Carolina tested positive for alcohol during a random fitness for duty test.  The individual has had site access terminated.
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@wb, sorry to hear, but yeh keep rising man, and us informed.
can recommend green juices (spinach, kale, celery, herbs etc) as a support for both gall bladder and pancreas. and keep cooked fats minimal, use coconut oil if can. -create a high alkaline envirinment and pathnogenic cells cant proliferate.
best rgds dude rphf

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