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Oi reactors to halt if fault found: new nuclear body chief
The government's candidate to head Japan's new nuclear regulatory authority said Wednesday he expects the two reactors at the Oi nuclear plant in western Japan to halt operations should there be any active fault found underneath them.
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Fukushima residents rip nuke power
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Unlike earlier gatherings, the government limited attendance to Fukushima residents and boosted the number of speakers from 12 to 30.

More than 20 of the 30 people allowed to express their opinion, chosen from about 150 people who signed up for a chance to speak, said Japan should abandon nuclear power as soon as possible.
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Prosecutors: criminal inquiry in nuclear accident
Japanese Prosecutors will start investigating the Fukushima nuclear accident as a criminal act by the government and Tokyo Electric Power Company.

About 1,300 people asked prosecutors in Fukushima in June to determine the criminal responsibility of government officials and TEPCO executives. Charges might include professional negligence resulting in death or injury.
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It's not just Brown's Ferry..

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Insiders Say San Onofre Failed To Fix Fire Safety Problems This Year Despite 2010 Warning From Feds
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Fires represent half of the risk of core meltdowns at nuclear power plants in the United States, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC.

The documents show that so far this year, there was one small fire that was quickly extinguished and 52 fire official notifications that fire rules were not followed, all within a period of just over one month. That's consistent with the rate of problems in 2010, when the NRC warned the plant was violating safety rules. Then there were two fires and 102 notices of violations over two months. In 2009, those notices went out 104 times. And there were five fires.
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Already reported but it deserves more attention...

Former Fukushima Daiichi chief hospitalized
The former head of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Masao Yoshida, has had surgery for a brain hemorrhage.

Tokyo Electric Power Company announced on Monday Yoshida underwent the emergency surgery on Thursday.

It says he was in public when the malady struck. Yoshida is presently conscious and his life is not at risk, though he remains in serious condition.

Yoshida led efforts by the plant workers to bring the reactors under control following the nuclear meltdown in March last year. He left his post in December to receive treatment for esophageal cancer.
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Esophageal cancer. Brain hemorrhage.
Doesn't seem to be very healthy..
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Already reported but it deserves more attention...

Former Fukushima Daiichi chief hospitalized
The former head of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Masao Yoshida, has had surgery for a brain hemorrhage.

Tokyo Electric Power Company announced on Monday Yoshida underwent the emergency surgery on Thursday.

It says he was in public when the malady struck. Yoshida is presently conscious and his life is not at risk, though he remains in serious condition.

Yoshida led efforts by the plant workers to bring the reactors under control following the nuclear meltdown in March last year. He left his post in December to receive treatment for esophageal cancer.
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Esophageal cancer. Brain hemorrhage.
Doesn't seem to be very healthy..
 Quoting: Waterbug


Standard procedure in the business... where I work 3 employees have died from cancer... all three between 50-60 years of age... fortunately I'm an office rat and not a plant engineer...
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Ozawa's party: End nuclear power in 10 years
The new party launched earlier this month by politicians who splintered off from the ruling Democratic Party is proposing to eliminate the country's nuclear power plants in 10 years.
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Good initiative but it will not work...
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MCGUIRE: NOTIFICATION OF NORTH CAROLINA WILDLIFE RESOURCES DUE TO STRIP BASS MORTALITY
Duke Energy notified the NC Wildlife Resource Commission of dead striped bass in the vicinity of the McGuire low level intake. Notification was made 7/30/12 at 1350 EDT. In addition, the NC Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources will be notified.
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Esophageal cancer. Brain hemorrhage.
Doesn't seem to be very healthy..
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Standard procedure in the business... where I work 3 employees have died from cancer... all three between 50-60 years of age... fortunately I'm an office rat and not a plant engineer...
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Glad to hear it..

Nuclear power is relatively new.. the collateral effects are not easy to define with the paucity of reliable long-term information.
I suspect that a truthful revelation of all of the issues would be too much for the average bear to assimilate.
It is a long list..
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Play recounting A-bomb effects on children to have English interpretation
TOKYO — The Setagaya Public Theater will stage a play that recounts the records and actual journals and chronicles of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and how it affected the children.

The play is titled “Konoko-tachi no Natsu” (These Children’s Summer) and is compiled & directed by Koichi Kimura. The play is staged every summer (around early to mid-August when the actual bombings occurred) and is read by six well-known actresses (Kazuko Kato, Hiro Komura, Norie Takahashi, Yoshiko Tokoshima, Mizuki Nishiyama and Hideko Hara). It premiered in 1985 and has toured over 393 cities throughout Japan for 772 performances so far.
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South Korea to restart oldest nuclear reactor
South Korea’s oldest nuclear reactor is set to restart after a four-month closure, despite strong opposition from local residents and activists. The Kori-1 reactor in Busan was shut down on 13 March, after it was revealed that the reactor and its emergency generator had temporarily lost power during routine maintenance the month before, causing the coolant temperature to rise.
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Fort Calhoun Station LER: Inoperable Equipment due to Lack of Environmental Qualifications
During the review of the current analysis of record for Main Steam Line Break (MSLB) inside containment, no analysis or evaluation could be found to address why the original Electrical Environmental Qualification (EEQ) evaluation of peak MSLB conditions remain valid. The current analysis of record establishes that containment temperatures remain above the Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA) peak temperature for substantially longer (220 seconds versus 60 seconds) but at a lower temperature (347.9 degrees Fahrenheit vs. 401 degrees Fahrenheit). The longer dwell times could result in a more adverse impact on environmentally qualified equipment.
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A lot of the plants have requested uprates in power generation. This means more stress on mechanicals and electronics.
The heat is also affecting some plants, both in cooling efficiency due to higher temp. water intakes and also over-heated discharge temperatures, as per regulations.

Can't be good in the long run.
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Multilingual UN website opened on A-bombings
The United Nations has published a series of stories about atomic-bomb survivors living in the Americas with multilingual subtitles.

The on-line project was organized after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for preserving A-Bomb survivors' testimonies for younger generations. He made the call in 2010 when he became the first UN secretary general to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

A resident of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Kaoru Ito, says on the website that only those who saw the devastation after the bombings can really understand how evil atomic weapons are. [link to www3.nhk.or.jp]
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Fukushima residents say 'no' to nuclear energy
FUKUSHIMA — Get out of nuclear power and do it fast, angry Fukushima residents told Japanese government officials on Wednesday at a public hearing on energy policy held in an area ravaged by a nuclear disaster that has whipped up opposition to atomic power.

The Fukushima hearing, the ninth out of 11 planned nationwide, sought to gather views on nuclear power’s role in the nation’s energy mix as the government struggles to cover a power shortfall by that threatens economic growth.
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Fukushima residents say 'no' to nuclear energy
FUKUSHIMA — Get out of nuclear power and do it fast, angry Fukushima residents told Japanese government officials on Wednesday at a public hearing on energy policy held in an area ravaged by a nuclear disaster that has whipped up opposition to atomic power.

The Fukushima hearing, the ninth out of 11 planned nationwide, sought to gather views on nuclear power’s role in the nation’s energy mix as the government struggles to cover a power shortfall by that threatens economic growth.
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I think it was, "HELL, No!"
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Security stand-down ordered at Y-12; all nuclear operations put on hold; enriched uranium placed in secure vaults
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In an apparently unprecedented action, the government's contractor today ordered a "security stand-down" at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant. All nuclear operations are being put on hold and all nuclear materials will go into vaults while plant workers focus solely on security.
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Closure dates for Belgian units
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Finally.. been waiting to see this for a long time.
Reported by our old friend Lucas.. fittingly.

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Prosecutors open criminal probes into Fukushima nuclear disaster
[link to enformable.com]

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The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office opened criminal probes into the Fukushima nuclear disaster, acting in response to four criminal complaints of causing deaths and injury through professional negligence against TEPCO executives and government officials.
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Japan could become second biggest solar power nation
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Fukushima heroes featured in Kyoto exhibition
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KYOTO--An exhibition of portraits of 27 workers at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is trying to put faces to the low-paid workforce employed to contain the nuclear disaster.

“Without those workers, the nuclear accident will not be contained,” Obara said. “The government and TEPCO should protect the health of workers at the plant and make facts public.
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3 Fukushima men to complete 13,000-km 'thank you' marathon from Paris
Three men from Fukushima Prefecture are scheduled to arrive at their final goal in Tokyo Thursday after a yearlong transcontinental marathon from Paris to thank people around the world for helping Japan recover from the devastating earthquake of 2011.

Reaching the goal at the Tokyo International Forum fall in Chiyoda Ward, the three are Kenichi Hatori, 71, his son Akihito, 28, and Takenobu Sugama, 50, all hailing from Sukagawa city in the prefecture.
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PM Noda to meet with antinuclear rally organizers
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will meet, possibly next week, with organizers of the antinuclear demonstrations held every Friday outside his office, drawing tens of thousands of people in recent weeks, government sources said Wednesday.

Noda had been reluctant to meet the organizers but was forced to change his stance given the growing scale of the protests.
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Tsunami-drifted Japan pier being cut up in Oregon
The US State of Oregon began work on Wednesday to cut up a floating pier that came ashore after drifting across the Pacific from Japan following last year's tsunami.

The 20-meter concrete pier went adrift from the port of Misawa in Japan's northern prefecture of Aomori, and reached the coast of Oregon in June. Its owner, Aomori, did not claim the structure.

The pier will be cut into 5 parts. Each section will be landed by crane and then broken into smaller parts. Concrete and metals from the structure will be recycled. A portion of the pier will be kept as a monument to mark last year's March 11th disaster.

The Oregon State Government will pay more than 84,000 dollars for the demolishing work.
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Ozawa to abolish all nuclear power plants within 10 years if elected
TOKYO — Former Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) leader Ichiro Ozawa laid down a political gauntlet on behalf of his new political party by announcing plans to abolish nuclear power in Japan within 10 years.

In July, Ozawa, 70, launched his new Kokumin no Seikatsu ga Daiichi (People’s Life First) party along with some 50 ruling party defectors, vowing to reduce the nation’s reliance on nuclear power.
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Fukushima seafood traded again on Tokyo's Tsukiji market
Seafood caught off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture was traded for the first time at Tokyo's major Tsukiji fish market on Thursday, following last year's nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

Auctions were held at the world's largest fish market for octopus from the prefecture deemed clear of radioactivity and safe. Fukushima fishermen resumed their activities on a trial basis in June.
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Nominee to head new nuclear regulatory body vows higher safety

TOKYO — The government’s candidate to head Japan’s new nuclear regulatory body has vowed to impose stricter safety standards on utility companies that run nuclear power plants and brushed off accusations that he has a pro-industry bias.

Shunichi Tanaka is a former executive of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, which promotes development of nuclear energy. Criticism of collusion between regulators and the nuclear industry following last year’s accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has led to the creation of a more independent regulatory body which is to be launched in September.
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Ozawa to abolish all nuclear power plants within 10 years if elected
TOKYO — Former Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) leader Ichiro Ozawa laid down a political gauntlet on behalf of his new political party by announcing plans to abolish nuclear power in Japan within 10 years.

In July, Ozawa, 70, launched his new Kokumin no Seikatsu ga Daiichi (People’s Life First) party along with some 50 ruling party defectors, vowing to reduce the nation’s reliance on nuclear power.
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Great news!
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Ozawa to abolish all nuclear power plants within 10 years if elected
TOKYO — Former Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) leader Ichiro Ozawa laid down a political gauntlet on behalf of his new political party by announcing plans to abolish nuclear power in Japan within 10 years.

In July, Ozawa, 70, launched his new Kokumin no Seikatsu ga Daiichi (People’s Life First) party along with some 50 ruling party defectors, vowing to reduce the nation’s reliance on nuclear power.
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Great news!
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Yes and no... it would destroy Japan's economy... just imagine the astronomical cost of decommissioning 54 reactors and the replacement cost for oil/solar/LNG/thermo power...
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APS cuts output at Arizona's Palo Verde 3 reactor after leak
Arizona Public Service said on Wednesday its 1,312-megawatt Palo Verde 3 nuclear power plant in Arizona was operating at reduced power so the company can conduct repairs following a feedwater leak.
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