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Gloomy and doomy..


Utilities’ nuclear power plants threaten millions
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It’s painfully obvious that nuclear power is harmful and dangerous. France has had 12 nuclear accidents between 1969 and 2012. Japan has had 12 since 1978. There were 46 nuclear accidents in the United States between 1955 and 2011.

Greedy, uncaring corporations like Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Southern California Edison have put profit above the safety of the biosphere and humanity.
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Reconstructing Fukushima evacuation zones
The Japanese government has drawn up a roadmap for reconstructing areas in 12 municipalities near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that were previously designated as evacuation zones.

According to the plan, in areas of these municipalities where the evacuation order has been lifted, the government will finish decontaminating and restoring water supplies, sewage systems, and other lifeline infrastructure within the next 2 years. It says the decontamination and decommission of the crippled nuclear reactors should create jobs in these municipalities during this period.
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Thyroid tests extended to kids outside Fukushima
Japan will conduct thyroid tests on children outside Fukushima Prefecture, to determine whether last year's nuclear accident in the prefecture has anything to do with the discovery of lumps in the thyroid glands of one in three children in Fukushima Prefecture.

The decision has been made by the Cabinet Office's team supporting people affected by the nuclear disaster.

Fukushima Prefecture is conducting thyroid tests on all children 18 years old or younger. Radioactive iodine released from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant can accumulate in the thyroid glands of children and raise their risk of developing cancer.
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Gov't explores opinion differences on nuclear power by age, gender
The Japanese public's opinion on nuclear power varies according to age and gender, the government reported Monday following its second meeting with a panel of energy policy experts.

Among those who attended the public hearings, a larger percentage of people in their teens and 20s preferred maintaining nuclear power's share of electricity generation at 20-25 percent in 2030 than those in other age groups.
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IAEA head visits Finnish nuclear cave
Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, will on Thursday visit the world’s first permanent storage facility for nuclear waste on Finland’s west coast.

Finland’s ambitious project to bury nuclear waste in a facility meant to last 100,000 years has recently attracted a great amount of international interest.
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Skydivers jump into Navy nuclear base
ST. MARYS, Ga. -- Airport officials in southeast Georgia have decided to revoke the license of a skydiving business operating there after two skydivers missed the airfield and landed on a high-security submarine base less than three miles away.
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Aomori ordered to suspend cod shipment after excessive cesium found
The government ordered Aomori Prefecture on Monday to suspend shipment of Pacific cod hauled off Hachinohe in the northeastern prefecture as excessive levels of radioactive cesium were detected in them, implementing such a ban for the prefecture for the first time after last year's Fukushima nuclear disaster.
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TEPCO starts checking unused fuel removed from Fukushima No. 4 unit
Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Monday started checking the conditions of two unused nuclear fuel assemblies that were taken out from the badly damaged No. 4 reactor unit of its Fukushima Daiichi power plant in July, government officials involved in the issue said.

Studying whether the fuel assemblies have not become corroded or damaged after the devastating accident last year is expected to help the utility predict the conditions of the other assemblies stored inside the spent fuel pools of the crippled four units at the plant. The inspection work is scheduled through Wednesday.
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TEPCO starts checking unused fuel removed from Fukushima No. 4 unit
Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Monday started checking the conditions of two unused nuclear fuel assemblies that were taken out from the badly damaged No. 4 reactor unit of its Fukushima Daiichi power plant in July, government officials involved in the issue said.

Studying whether the fuel assemblies have not become corroded or damaged after the devastating accident last year is expected to help the utility predict the conditions of the other assemblies stored inside the spent fuel pools of the crippled four units at the plant. The inspection work is scheduled through Wednesday.
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Just now getting around to it..? lol
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Government to begin checking thyroids of children from outside Fukushima
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The Fukushima Prefectural Government says that out of 38,114 children tested through the end of March this year, 13,646 have been found with irregular thyroid lumps. But most doctors say that it is too early to know without a doubt that the cause was nuclear radiation. Some health officials say it can sometimes take four or five years for the effects of radiation exposure to be fully present.
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Government to begin checking thyroids of children from outside Fukushima
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The Fukushima Prefectural Government says that out of 38,114 children tested through the end of March this year, 13,646 have been found with irregular thyroid lumps. But most doctors say that it is too early to know without a doubt that the cause was nuclear radiation. Some health officials say it can sometimes take four or five years for the effects of radiation exposure to be fully present.
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1/3 of the children... those that were tested....


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Government to begin checking thyroids of children from outside Fukushima
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The Fukushima Prefectural Government says that out of 38,114 children tested through the end of March this year, 13,646 have been found with irregular thyroid lumps. But most doctors say that it is too early to know without a doubt that the cause was nuclear radiation. Some health officials say it can sometimes take four or five years for the effects of radiation exposure to be fully present.
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1/3 of the children... those that were tested....

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I expect that ratio will be increasing in the future fuku reports.. if they are honest.
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Civic group seeks referendum on whether to restart nuclear plant
A civic group sought a referendum Monday on the issue of whether to restart a suspended nuclear power station in central Japan, by submitting a petition to the Shizuoka prefectural government.

The group submitted a total of 165,127 signatures to the prefectural government urging it to enact an ordinance to hold a nonbinding referendum on the restart of the Hamaoka nuclear plant on the Pacific coast.
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More tanks for contaminated water at Fukushima
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it will build new tanks to store contaminated water.

Tokyo Electric Power Company says the plant is producing 400 tons of contaminated water per day. This is partly because groundwater is entering the reactor building through cracks in walls.

TEPCO says the existing tanks have a capacity of 220,000 tons and are 85 percent full. It says they are likely to be full in around 3 months if water accumulates at the current rate.

The tanks will boost capacity by 170,000 tons. The utility says that should be sufficient until November next year.
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Gamma rays from Fukushima rubble worse than radioactive cesium coming from plant, say officials

Japanese officials reporting on the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster say that gamma rays from the rubble left by the accident are now a greater concern than radioactive cesium still being emitted from the crippled nuclear plant.

A report to an International Atomic Energy Agency meeting presented Monday says that cesium being released from the plant is at approximately 0.01 becquerels per hour, well below the health-hazard level. Shinichi Kuroki, who presented the report, says the greater challenge is to reduce relatively high gamma ray radiation from the plant debris.
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Gamma rays from Fukushima rubble worse than radioactive cesium coming from plant, say officials

Japanese officials reporting on the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster say that gamma rays from the rubble left by the accident are now a greater concern than radioactive cesium still being emitted from the crippled nuclear plant.

A report to an International Atomic Energy Agency meeting presented Monday says that cesium being released from the plant is at approximately 0.01 becquerels per hour, well below the health-hazard level. Shinichi Kuroki, who presented the report, says the greater challenge is to reduce relatively high gamma ray radiation from the plant debris.
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Except that the gamma rays only affect things in the proximity of the plant, because it is radiation, which is something like light.

But the cesium will travel as far as the wind or water or environment will carry it, and last for many years, because it is not radiation. It is an isotope and is a material, like very fine dust.

A misleading apples and oranges statement in essence. It is a question of risk to whom.

The gamma rays pose a risk mostly just to people near the disaster zone.

The cesium poses a risk mostly to all other people and life on the planet.

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Japan expresses regret over Fukushima accident
The Japanese government has explained its efforts to increase safety at nuclear power plants at a 5-day conference in Vienna.

The International Atomic Energy Agency is hosting representatives from 75 countries and international organizations to discuss nuclear safety. The countries are party to the Convention of Nuclear Safety.
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Fukushima rice put on sale after radiation test
This year's first rice harvest from Fukushima Prefecture has gone on sale after clearing radiation checks.

Radioactivity levels exceeding the government standard were detected in rice harvested in the prefecture last year following the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

The prefecture is conducting mandatory tests on all rice before shipment this year.
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Majority of public favors nuclear-free society: gov't draft report
The government said Wednesday in a draft report that public consultations on the future of nuclear power in Japan show that a majority of citizens favor a nuclear-free society.
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Entergy to keep workers at Louisiana nuclear units through Isaac
Entergy Corp has implemented severe weather procedures at its Waterford nuclear station in St. Charles Parish, 30 miles west of New Orleans, as Tropical Storm Isaac moves toward the Gulf Coast, a spokesman said on Monday.

New Orleans-based Entergy plans to sequester about 100 workers at the 1,168-megawatt Waterford 3 unit and 100 workers at its 974-MW River Bend nuclear unit, located northwest of Baton Rouge, to maintain operations during and after the storm's landfall expected mid-week, said spokesman Carl Rhode.
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No major corrosion found in unused fuel from Fukushima No. 4 unit
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday that it did not find any significant corrosion or damage during a detailed examination of an unused nuclear fuel assembly removed from the badly damaged No. 4 reactor unit at its Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

Because the assembly was stored in the unit's spent fuel pool when an explosion occurred at the building in the early days of the nuclear crisis last year, a dozen pieces of rubble were found in the bundle of fuel rods, according to the utility.
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No major corrosion found in unused fuel from Fukushima No. 4 unit
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday that it did not find any significant corrosion or damage during a detailed examination of an unused nuclear fuel assembly removed from the badly damaged No. 4 reactor unit at its Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

Because the assembly was stored in the unit's spent fuel pool when an explosion occurred at the building in the early days of the nuclear crisis last year, a dozen pieces of rubble were found in the bundle of fuel rods, according to the utility.
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interesting how building 4 exploded, when its reactor was open and empty
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No major corrosion found in unused fuel from Fukushima No. 4 unit
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday that it did not find any significant corrosion or damage during a detailed examination of an unused nuclear fuel assembly removed from the badly damaged No. 4 reactor unit at its Fukushima Daiichi power plant.


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interesting how building 4 exploded, when its reactor was open and empty
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Tepco says.. hydrogen from unit three migrated to building 4 through air ducts.

Gundersen says..the No. 4 spent fuel pond got low enough on water to expose the tops of the fuel assemblies.. zircaloy cladding reacted with O2 and H2O creating hydrogen gas.

There are more theories out there, I guess.
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Government Memo Slams Bechtel for Malfeasance, Safety Violations at Hanford Nuclear Site
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Radioactive Fuel to be Emptied from San Onofre Reactor
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Diminishing reservoir levels raise nuclear plant and other concerns
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A new report from the Kansas Water Office projects a key federal reservoir used in helping cool the nuclear power plant near Burlington will be almost dry by Nov. 1, if current weather patterns persist.

“Just like with about everything at a nuclear plant, we have plans in place to deal with that type of situation,
” said Jenny Hageman, a spokeswoman with Wolf Creek.



Sure you do..
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Sellers of radioactive metal from Chernobyl Exclusion Area sentenced to eight years in prison
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That might explain some of the warming..



Russia announces enormous finds of radioactive waste and nuclear reactors in Arctic seas
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Bellona is alarmed by the extent of the dumped Soviet waste, which is far greater than was previously known – not only to Bellona, but also to the Russian authorities themselves.

The catalogue of waste dumped at sea by the Soviets, according to documents seen by Bellona, and which were today released by the Norwegian daily Aftenposten, includes some 17,000 containers of radioactive waste, 19 ships containing radioactive waste, 14 nuclear reactors, including five that still contain spent nuclear fuel; 735 other pieces of radiactively contaminated heavy machinery, and the K-27 nuclear submarine with its two reactors loaded with nuclear fuel.
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At the end of June, 15 of corporations and individuals in Miyagi claimed for compensation of Fukushima disaster. The compensation amount was up to 216,350,000 yen, but the compensation for 6 corporations and individuals were turned down, which was 127,000,000 yen. 8 corporations and individuals were required to submit sales history etc, but it is not sure if Tepco will compensate for them.

The only case Tepco paid for was the compensation of a corporation. It was for the cost of radiation measurement.

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Report: More Blackouts If Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant Is Shuttered
The operators of New York’s electric grid are warning that closing the two Indian Point nuclear power reactors in Westchester County could result in blackouts.

A draft report issued by the New York Independent System Operator said closing Indian Point would degrade New York’s electric grid.

More than 17 million people live within 50 miles of Indian Point.
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