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Report: Why did neutrons levels get so high at nuclear reactor at time of typhoon? Did plant suffer a loss of ultimate heat sink, like Fukushima Daiichi? Was there adequate cooling? #Jinshan #Taiwan
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A mystery..



Emergency declared after ‘mysterious’ failure at U.S. nuke plant — Nuclear Engineer: “A serious situation”
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Panels of alarms designed to quickly warn personnel of operational failures at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station mysteriously shut down at 12:30 a.m. Monday and just as mysteriously restarted at 2:05 a.m.
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MSN publishes report on ‘freaky’ fruits and vegetables said to be from areas around Fukushima nuclear plant (PHOTOS)
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Kyodo: Worker panicking while trying “to keep water level up” in reactor during typhoon — Seawater reportedly overran cooling water intake — No mention of neutrons #Taiwan
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July 16, 2013: Human error causes Taiwan’s nuclear plant shutdown [...] Chai Fu-feng, a spokesman of Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower), told Kyodo News that the Unit 2 reactor of the Chinshan nuclear power station in New Taipei City was automatically shut down when instruments detected too much water in the reactor pressure vessel. [...] a plant worker switched off a draining valve to control the heat in the reactor [...] Panicking, he added water to the reactor to keep the water level up, but he added too much water too fast, which eventually caused the reactor to automatically scram, he said. [...]
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check yer mail bug ;)
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First of four interviews done with unedit with Christopher Noland, the next is Fairwinds ;)
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US, EU hope to resume nuclear talks with Iran

Diplomats from world powers expressed hope on Tuesday of resuming negotiations on Iran's nuclear development as soon as possible.

Senior diplomats from the 6 countries -- the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany -- met in Brussels following last month's presidential election in Iran.

The negotiations have been stalled since a failed round in April in Kazakhstan.
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LOL...

TEPCO asks for local support on reactors

Tokyo Electric Power Company officials have asked for local consent on their decision to file an application with the central government to restart 2 of its nuclear reactors at a power plant in Niigata Prefecture, on the Sea of Japan.

TEPCO President Naomi Hirose and other officials on Wednesday visited Kashiwazaki City and Kariwa Village, where the reactors are located. They explained to local assembly members the new safety measures the company has taken.

TEPCO says the extra safety measures are in line with the government's new safety standards introduced last week. The new regulations must be met before reactors can restart.
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Regulators inspect fault under Monju reactor

Japan's nuclear regulator has asked the operator of a fast-breeder reactor on the Japan Sea coast to widen a fault survey site.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority is checking the country's six nuclear power plants built over faults.

Authority Commissioner Kunihiko Shimazaki and three other experts on Wednesday launched a two-day examination of faults at the prototype Monju reactor in Fukui Prefecture.

The facility's compound is over eight faults, some of which are under the reactor. Experts say shifts could occur if an active fault about 500 meters west of the site moves in an earthquake.
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Kan sues Abe for defamation over Fukushima comments

TOKYO — Japan’s prime minister at the time of the Fukushima nuclear crisis said Tuesday he was suing the current prime minister for defamation over online comments about the way the emergency was handled.

With less than a week to go before upper house elections, the now-opposition figure Naoto Kan said on his official website he would be taking legal action against Shinzo Abe.
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TV Journalist: Officials at U.S. nuclear site browbeat me for reporting on radioactive leaks — “You will be publicly humiliated” — Said I was basically an idiot — Never treated that way before (AUDIO) #Hanford
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Susannah Frame, KING 5 TV: At the beginning, especially WRPS officials [at the Hanford nuclear site] were extremely condescending. They tried bullying me. They tried to tell me that basically I was an idiot, that I didn’t know what I was doing. I’ve never had media professionals deal with me in that way. I’ve been around for a long time. […]
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25 times as many people in Fukushima area developed thyroid cancer after disaster — Japan Expert: My heart breaks greatly that those U.S. servicemembers suffered radiation exposure
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“My heart breaks greatly that those servicemembers, who worked for Japan during Operation Tomodachi, suffered radiation exposure,” he said. [...]

Kimura said the levels were so high around the plant that his dosimeter was unable to measure the radiation — the level was off his device’s scale.

He said the winds were blowing out toward ships off the coast in the days after the disaster.
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More U.S. military reveal radiation-related illnesses after Fukushima: Arm shrunk to half its size — Immune system attacking body — Leukemia, testicular cancer, thyroid problems, rectal bleeding, brain tumor
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Other servicemembers have been diagnosed with leukemia, testicular cancer and thyroid problems or experienced rectal and gynecological bleeding, the lawsuit says. Hair said one of his friends, a fellow USS Ronald Reagan shipmate, was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
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IAEA Nuclear Safety Review 2013
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Report: Over Three Dozen U.S. Nuclear Reactors At Risk Of Early Retirement, 12 Face Greatest Shutdown Pressure

In Wake of San Onofre, Crystal River & Kewaunee Shutdowns, Cooper Outlines Next Nuclear Reactors Under the Greatest Pressure to Close Down; Reactors in AL CA, CT, FL, IL, IA, KS, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VT, and WI on "At Risk" List.

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The tough times the U.S. nuclear power industry faces today are only going to get worse.  In the wake of nine major nuclear reactor closures or uprate cancellations in recent months, a review of the remaining U.S. fleet reveals that 38 reactors in 23 states are at risk of early retirement, with 12 facing the greatest risk of being shutdown, according to a major new analysis by Mark Cooper, senior fellow for economic analysis, Institute for Energy and the Environment, Vermont Law School.

Cooper is the author of several reports on nuclear power, including "Policy Challenges of Nuclear Reactor Construction, Cost Escalation and Crowding Out Alternatives" (2009).

Available online at [link to 216.30.191.148] and titled, "Renaissance in Reverse:  Competition Pushes Aging U.S. Nuclear Reactors to the Brink of Economic Abandonment," the new Cooper report looks beyond the recent shutdown of four reactors – San Onofre (2 reactors) in California, Kewaunee in Wisconsin, and Crystal River in Florida – and the death of five large planned "uprate" expansion projects – Prairie Island in Minnesota, LaSalle (2 reactors) in Illinois, and Limerick (2 reactors) in Pennsylvania.
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Diablo Canyon reactor shuts down

The Unit 2 reactor at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant near San Luis Obispo shut down Wednesday after plant monitors sensed an electrical disturbance in equipment that moves power to the state’s electric grid, according to Pacific Gas and Electric Co. spokesman Blair Jones.

Jones said Wednesday that the plant shut down as it was designed to.

Results from a preliminary investigation indicate the electrical disturbance was a result of a flashover on a lightning arrestor located on the non-nuclear side of the plant, Jones said.
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NRC Schedules Regulatory Conference to Discuss Apparent Violation at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled a regulatory conference with the Tennessee Valley Authority to discuss the risk significance of an apparent violation related to the failure to properly implement a plant operating procedure at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant.

Browns Ferry, operated by the TVA, is located near Athens, Ala., about 32 miles west of Huntsville.

The conference is scheduled for Wednesday, July 24 at 1 p.m. EDT at the NRC's Region 2 offices, 245 Peachtree Center Ave., NE, Suite 1200, in Atlanta. The public is invited to attend, and NRC officials will answer questions from the public after the business portion of the conference is completed.

The NRC inspection report with more details on the apparent violation is available on the NRC website.
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NRC Schedules Regulatory Conference to Discuss Apparent Violation at Point Beach Nuclear Plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled a regulatory conference with officials of NextEra Energy Point Beach LLC on Monday, July 22, to discuss a preliminary inspection finding in the area of external flooding response. The two-unit plant is located in Two Rivers, Wis., about 13 miles northwest of Manitowoc.

The NRC inspection report in which the apparent violation is documented is publicly available on the NRC website.
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Expert: Which U.S. Nuclear Reactors Are At Greatest Risk Of Early Retirement?

In Wake of San Onofre, Crystal River, Kewaunee, Shearon Harris Shutdowns or Abandonments, Cooper to Detail Nuclear Reactors Under the Greatest Pressure to Close Down; Reactors in CA, CT, FL, IL, IA, KS, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VT, and WI on "Most At Risk" List.

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A groundbreaking new analysis to be released at 1:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday (July 17, 2013) by economic analyst Mark Cooper will show that more than three dozen U.S. reactors in 23 states are at the greatest risk of early retirement, including nine reactors that exhibit the largest number of risk factors. 

CAN'T PARTICIPATE?:  A streaming audio replay of this news event will be available by 6 p.m. EDT on July 17, 2013 at [link to 216.30.191.148]
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 38176253

Good news, but about that spent fuel????
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Expert: Which U.S. Nuclear Reactors Are At Greatest Risk Of Early Retirement?

In Wake of San Onofre, Crystal River, Kewaunee, Shearon Harris Shutdowns or Abandonments, Cooper to Detail Nuclear Reactors Under the Greatest Pressure to Close Down; Reactors in CA, CT, FL, IL, IA, KS, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VT, and WI on "Most At Risk" List.

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A groundbreaking new analysis to be released at 1:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday (July 17, 2013) by economic analyst Mark Cooper will show that more than three dozen U.S. reactors in 23 states are at the greatest risk of early retirement, including nine reactors that exhibit the largest number of risk factors. 

CAN'T PARTICIPATE?:  A streaming audio replay of this news event will be available by 6 p.m. EDT on July 17, 2013 at [link to 216.30.191.148]
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 38176253

Good news, but about that spent fuel????
 Quoting: Southern OR


not to worry!
they plan on finding a long term storage facility any century now ;)

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Expert: Which U.S. Nuclear Reactors Are At Greatest Risk Of Early Retirement?

In Wake of San Onofre, Crystal River, Kewaunee, Shearon Harris Shutdowns or Abandonments, Cooper to Detail Nuclear Reactors Under the Greatest Pressure to Close Down; Reactors in CA, CT, FL, IL, IA, KS, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VT, and WI on "Most At Risk" List.

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A groundbreaking new analysis to be released at 1:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday (July 17, 2013) by economic analyst Mark Cooper will show that more than three dozen U.S. reactors in 23 states are at the greatest risk of early retirement, including nine reactors that exhibit the largest number of risk factors. 

CAN'T PARTICIPATE?:  A streaming audio replay of this news event will be available by 6 p.m. EDT on July 17, 2013 at [link to 216.30.191.148]
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 38176253

Good news, but about that spent fuel????
 Quoting: Southern OR


The spent fuel is the major long-term problem.
I'd really like it if they would also realize that shutting down the
out-dated reactors should be priority one..

Many of these reactors are also flood risks, due to upstream dams.

They can't dodge Murphy indefinitely.

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more steam:
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Nuclear Event in Japan on Thursday, 18 July, 2013 at 07:58 (07:58 AM) UTC.

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Steam has been spotted in a reactor building at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, its operator said Thursday, but stressed there is no sign yet of increased radiation. The incident, which Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said was not "an emergency situation", is the latest event serving to underline how precarious the plant remains more than two years after it was wrecked by a tsunami. "Steam has been seen around the fifth floor of the Reactor 3 building," a spokesman at TEPCO said. The roof of the building was blown off in a hydrogen explosion in the days after the March 2011 meltdowns, sparked when cooling systems were flooded with seawater after a huge undersea quake. "(The steam) was drifting thinly in the air and it's not like a big column of steam is spurting up," the spokesman said. "Neither the temperature of the reactor nor readings at radiation monitoring posts have gone up. "We do not believe an emergency situation is breaking out although we are still investigating what caused this." The pool is on the fifth floor and stores devices and equipment removed from the reactor before the disaster as part of regular operations.

TEPCO said it had confirmed the reactor remained subcritical at 9.20am (0020 GMT), one hour after the steam was first spotted. Criticality is the term used for reactors in which there is a self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. Workers were continuing to pump water into the reactor and fuel pool as part of on-going cooling efforts, the company said, adding it would measure dust near the building as well as the air above it to gauge radiation levels. A 9.0 earthquake and the resulting massive tsunami in March 2011 knocked out cooling systems at Fukushima Daiichi, causing the meltdowns of reactors. Tens of thousands of people were forced from their homes by the threat of radiation in the planet's worst nuclear accident for a generation. TEPCO is struggling to manage the clean-up, which scientists say could take up to four decades to complete. The steam is the latest in a growing catalogue of mishaps that have cast doubt on the utility's ability to fix the world's worst atomic disaster in a generation. A series of leaks of water contaminated with radiation have shaken confidence, as did a blackout caused by a rat that left cooling pools without power for more than a day. The company has admitted in recent weeks that water and soil samples taken at the plant are showing high readings for potentially dangerous isotopes, including caesium-137, tritium and strontium-90. Japan's nuclear watchdog said last week the Fukushima reactors are very likely leaking highly radioactive substances into the Pacific Ocean. Members of the Nuclear Regulation Authority voiced frustration at TEPCO, which has failed to identify the source and the cause of spiking readings in groundwater. NRA officials are urging TEPCO to offer more detailed and credible data and make efforts to better explain to the public what it knows. Most of Japan's nuclear reactors remain off-line, largely due to public distrust of the industry. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party, as well as utilities, are hoping to restart them.
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Mutant vegetables apparently found near Fukushima nuclear plant [link to twitter.com (secure)] [link to www.dailymail.co.uk] …
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Mutant vegetables apparently found near Fukushima nuclear plant [link to twitter.com (secure)] [link to www.dailymail.co.uk] …

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Not looking good for the tomato plants..lol

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Want Giant Tomatoes?... without radiation or Monsanto add-ins... lol...



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Nuclear experts in 2nd day of Monju fault survey

Japan's nuclear regulators on Thursday continued their geological survey at the site of a fast-breeder reactor on the Sea of Japan coast. They are trying to find out if there are any active faults that pose safety risks.

Nuclear Regulation Authority Commissioner Kunihiko Shimazaki and 3 other experts began their 2-day survey at the prototype Monju reactor in Fukui on Wednesday.

Thursday's survey focused on a linear fissure found in an off-site area southeast of the reactor. Some experts suspect the fissure to be part of an active fault.
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U.S. utility begins legal dispute against Mitsubishi over atomic plant

Southern California Edison, an electric utility company that retired the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station last month, said Thursday it has served a notice of dispute to Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Ltd., holding the Japanese company accountable for manufacturing defective steam generators that led to the closing of the station.

The utility said in a press release MHI and Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems "seriously breached" the contract failing to deliver what it promised.

The notice is a step toward filing a damages lawsuit.
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Press release:

Southern California Edison Serves Formal Notice of Dispute to Mitsubishi over Defective Steam Generators at SONGS

Posted July 18, 2013

ROSEMEAD, Calif., July 18, 2013 — Southern California Edison (SCE) has served a formal Notice of Dispute on Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., and Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems (together, "Mitsubishi") which seeks to hold Mitsubishi accountable for designing and manufacturing defective Replacement Steam Generators (RSGs) at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).

"Our action is about making sure that Mitsubishi takes responsibility for providing the defective steam generators that led to the closing of SONGS," said Ron Litzinger, president of SCE.

Although Mitsubishi warranted the generators would operate reliably for 20 years, SCE was required to take SONGS offline in January 2012 when one of the Mitsubishi RSGs experienced a radioactive coolant leak after less than a year of operation. Although its contract with SCE required Mitsubishi to repair the RSGs "with due diligence and dispatch," SCE's Notice of Dispute alleges that Mitsubishi failed to do so.
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Did you know that the US built a floating NPP some 50 years ago?...

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