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Beaver Valley to build dry nuclear fuel store
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Nuclear regulators inspect Michigan plant
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Some Indian Point Spent Fuel Moved Into Long-Term Storage
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Seabrook Station reactor shut down since Friday after water valve jams
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The nuclear reactor at Seabrook Station has been powered down since Friday evening, when a water intake valve was jammed closed by a computer glitch, according to an announcement by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

A report created by the NRC inspector indicates "emergency feedwater" was "actuated" because of low water levels in the steam generator.
"One of our resident inspectors verified that the shutdown was being safely and effectively carried out and did not identify any concerns," NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan wrote in an email announcement Monday.




.. Well.. if emergency feedwater system activation and an unknown computer glitch are not concerns.. what are..?
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Sizewell B: N-plant group calls for more data on radioactive emissions
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The company, owner and operator of the nuclear plant, was asked to produce data about the low level emissions which occur when the reactor is shut down for re-fuelling and routine maintenance, an event known as an “outage” and necessary in pressurised water reactors (PWRS) about every 18 months.

Some members of the group are concerned about a study in Germany which suggests there is an increased risk of childhood leukaemia around that country’s nuclear plants. The members want to know hour-by-hour emission levels and the radio-nuclides involved.

There could be a link between the high discharge spikes at outage times and the elevated levels of childhood leukaemia identified at all German nuclear power plants with similar evidence from Switzerland and France supporting this hypothesis,” the letter says.
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Iran says saboteurs cut power to nuclear plant
Power lines to Iran's most controversial nuclear enrichment plant were blown up a month ago, according to its atomic energy chief, who alleged on Monday that the U.N. nuclear watchdog may have been infiltrated by "terrorists and saboteurs".

The accusation coincides with strident Israeli warnings about the need to stem Iran's nuclear program with a threat of force, as well as new diplomatic efforts to secure better inspections and an abandonment of work that could be used to develop atomic weapons.
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FORT CALHOUN - LOSS OF EMERGENCY SIRENS
At 0858 hrs. [CDT], Corporate Communications notified the control room that there was a communication issue with the emergency siren router. Based on the report, all sirens for the Alert Notification System within the Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) were declared nonfunctional and notifications were completed. Local law enforcement has been notified in the required surrounding counties and compensatory measures are in place to ensure notification of the public in case of an actual emergency.
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Cabinet OKs new energy plan but drops reference to nuclear-free target by 2030s
TOKYO — The cabinet on Wednesday approved a new energy plan to cut the country’s reliance on nuclear power in the wake of last year’s Fukushima disaster, but dropped a reference to meet a nuclear-free target by the 2030s, ministers said on Wednesday.

Since the plan was announced on Friday, Japan’s powerful industry lobbies have urged the government rethink the nuclear-free commitment, arguing it could damage the economy and would mean spending more on pricey fuel imports.
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New energy policy under fire
Citizens' groups are criticizing the Japanese government for failing to include in its new energy policy document the goal of halting all nuclear reactors by the end of the 2030s.

Anti-nuclear groups staged a protest on Wednesday in front of the Prime Minister's Official Residence.

A participant said the failure to include the zero-nuclear proposal is tantamount to deceiving the public.
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Japan launches new nuclear regulatory body after Fukushima disaster
Japan launched an independent organization Wednesday to oversee the safety of its atomic reactors, hoping to restore shattered public confidence in nuclear regulation following the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi complex last year.
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Contamination encircled the northern hemisphere in 21 days.

But.. I digress.


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Scientific Paper: “The Fukushima Radioactive Plume Contaminated the Entire Northern Hemisphere During a Relatively Short Period
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- Evidence of the South Korea contamination with released radiocesium from Fukushima.
- Field samples and air mass analysis were utilized to elucidate the transport of those radionuclides.
- Characterization of the air mass movements at different sites at the Earth's surface.
- Verification of the uninterrupted complete revolution of the artificial radionuclides released in Fukushima.
-Quantification of the velocity of the artificial radionuclides released in Fukushima.

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“Fukushima radioactive plume contaminated entire Northern Hemisphere during a relatively short period of time” — Map: Fukushima air mass hit California after 3/11 and went north to Ore., Wash., Canada (PHOTO)
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This work clearly demonstrates how little dissipation occurred during this time due to the nature of the rapid global air circulation system, and the Fukushima radioactive plume contaminated the entire Northern Hemisphere during a relatively short period of time.
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BUMP... excellent thread!
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BUMP... excellent thread!
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Impact to US West Coast from Fukushima disaster likely larger than anticipated, several reports indicate
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The new scientific paper, which will be published in November 1 edition of the journal Science of the Total Environment says that its research “clearly demonstrates how little dissipation [of radionuclides] occurred [between March 12 and 16] due to the nature of the rapid global air circulation system.”

How will longer term radiation exposure affect the US Pacific Coast?

David Brenner, a professor of radiation biophysics and the director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University Medical Center wrote:

“A tiny extra risk to a few people is one thing. But here we have a potential tiny extra risk to millions or even billions of people,”
he wrote. “Think of buying a lottery ticket — just like the millions of other people who buy a ticket, your chances of winning are miniscule. Yet among these millions of lottery players, a few people will certainly win; we just can’t predict who they will be.”
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Interested to see where this goes..


Former Saint Lucie nuclear plant manager says he was fired for preventing meltdown
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Canada, U.A.E. sign nuclear deal
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A deal signed Tuesday between Canada and the United Arab Emirates could help boost sales of uranium in Saskatchewan, one of the world's leading uranium producers.

The two countries continued to bury old grudges by signing a civilian nuclear co-operation agreement that provides for the sale of Canadian uranium to power reactors in the Persian Gulf country.
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MAPPING AUSTRALIA'S NUCLEAR SITES PAST AND PRESENT
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Radioactive materials reach 3,200 km east of Fukushima in Pacific
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Researchers, including those from the government's Meteorological Research Institute and the Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute at the University of Tokyo, will present the findings at a meeting of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan opening today in Higashihiroshima city in Hiroshima Prefecture.

Radioactive materials originating in the Tokyo Electric Power Co. Plant on the Pacific coast started to sink below the sea surface earlier this year and are likely to move southward in the future carried by deep-water currents, the study found.
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Russia Uses Lesson of Chernobyl as a Selling Point for Its Reactor Technology
Competing with France, the U.S. and other nuclear nations, Russia offers buyers lower-cost reactor deals that tout safety features engineered with the Chernobyl disaster in mind

Russia's nuclear ambitions were on full display at "AtomExpo"—a three-day festival of international nuclear technology and conversation hosted by Rosatom, Russia's state-owned nuclear company, this past June in Moscow. Whether it was Fukushima's plant manager describing those first critical moments during the tsunami and the new thinking on "extreme" natural events or the myriad branches of the Rosatom empire showing off their wares at their slick booths, the message was clear: When it comes to nuclear, Russia is open for business.
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Exelon - LASALLE: MALFUNCTION OF THE SECONDARY CONTAINMENT DOOR INTERLOCK
This report is being made pursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(C), Event or Condition that could have prevented fulfillment of a Safety Function needed to Control the Release of Radioactive Material. An employee entered a secondary containment interlock and identified that both doors of the interlock opened simultaneously when the door on the reactor building side was opened. The employee immediately secured both doors in the interlock and notified the Main Control Room Supervisor.
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1.5M tons of material cleaned up at F Reactor
Hanford workers have finished environmental cleanup of a reactor area at Hanford, a first for the nuclear reservation, Washington Closure Hanford and the Department of Energy are scheduled to announce Wednesday.
About 1.5 million tons of contaminated material, including building rubble and soil, were removed from the area around F Reactor and away from the Columbia River. Work also included digging up the carcasses of animals used for radiation exposure research in the early years of the Cold War.
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EDF agrees £100MM for new Hinkley nuclear reactor impact deal
Somerset councils and EDF Energy have signed a landmark agreement which will deliver nearly £100 million for local communities to mitigate the impact of the proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C.

The breakthrough settlement, between EDF Energy, West Somerset, Sedgemoor District and Somerset County Councils, resolves all the Councils’ principal issues relating to the application to build and operate Britain’s first nuclear power station for more than 20 years. It follows months of detailed discussions on how best to reduce the impact of the development on the local community.
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1.5M tons of material cleaned up at F Reactor
Hanford workers have finished environmental cleanup of a reactor area at Hanford, a first for the nuclear reservation, Washington Closure Hanford and the Department of Energy are scheduled to announce Wednesday.
About 1.5 million tons of contaminated material, including building rubble and soil, were removed from the area around F Reactor and away from the Columbia River. Work also included digging up the carcasses of animals used for radiation exposure research in the early years of the Cold War.
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I find it amazing that you found this on Hanford, from Sweden, and I live in Oregon and had not seen it. Thanks for the great posts you put up! I appreciate them.
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1.5M tons of material cleaned up at F Reactor
Hanford workers have finished environmental cleanup of a reactor area at Hanford, a first for the nuclear reservation, Washington Closure Hanford and the Department of Energy are scheduled to announce Wednesday.
About 1.5 million tons of contaminated material, including building rubble and soil, were removed from the area around F Reactor and away from the Columbia River. Work also included digging up the carcasses of animals used for radiation exposure research in the early years of the Cold War.
[link to www.thenewstribune.com]
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*cough... and where prey tell are they sending it to????....
It's life as we know it, but only just.
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1.5M tons of material cleaned up at F Reactor
Hanford workers have finished environmental cleanup of a reactor area at Hanford, a first for the nuclear reservation, Washington Closure Hanford and the Department of Energy are scheduled to announce Wednesday.
About 1.5 million tons of contaminated material, including building rubble and soil, were removed from the area around F Reactor and away from the Columbia River. Work also included digging up the carcasses of animals used for radiation exposure research in the early years of the Cold War.
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I find it amazing that you found this on Hanford, from Sweden, and I live in Oregon and had not seen it. Thanks for the great posts you put up! I appreciate them.
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1.5M tons of material cleaned up at F Reactor
Hanford workers have finished environmental cleanup of a reactor area at Hanford, a first for the nuclear reservation, Washington Closure Hanford and the Department of Energy are scheduled to announce Wednesday.
About 1.5 million tons of contaminated material, including building rubble and soil, were removed from the area around F Reactor and away from the Columbia River. Work also included digging up the carcasses of animals used for radiation exposure research in the early years of the Cold War.
[link to www.thenewstribune.com]
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*cough... and where prey tell are they sending it to????....
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Shhhh... by boat to Perth!... rockon
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Shizuoka governor submits ordinance on Hamaoka restart referendum
SHIZUOKA — Shizuoka Gov Heita Kawakatsu on Wednesday submitted a draft ordinance calling for a a referendum on the restart of the idle Hamaoka nuclear power plant. The prefectural assembly will vote on the draft ordinance on Oct 11, Fuji TV reported.

The ordinance was drafted after a citizens’ group in Shizuoka Prefecture collected enough signatures to call for a referendum on the restart of the plant, operated by Chubu Electric Power Co. The group, calling itself Genpatsu Kenmin Tohyo Shizuoka (A vote on nuclear power by Shizuoka people), collected 165,127 signatures. They only required 62,000 signatures to request a referendum.
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German minister hopes for talks with Japan over nuclear phase-out
German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier expressed a desire Wednesday to begin consultations with Japan on abolishing atomic power generation, following the compilation of an energy strategy by the Japanese government that includes a plan to terminate nuclear power in the 2030s.

After the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Japan, Germany decided to end nuclear power generation by the end of 2022. Tokyo and Berlin have so far been holding working-level talks on renewable energies and other related issues.
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Here we go again...

Excessive cesium found in 9 types of fish caught near Fukushima plant
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday that excessive levels of radioactive cesium were detected in nine types of fish caught between Aug. 20 and Sept. 5 in the sea within a 20-kilometer range of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Cesium measuring as much as 1,350 becquerels per kilogram was found in greenling hauled 1 km off the coast of Minamisoma in Fukushima Prefecture on Sept. 5. The level of cesium was far higher than the 100 becquerels deemed by the Japanese government as safe for consumption.
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Town in Fukushima adopts 5-year no-return policy
The Okuma assembly in Fukushima Prefecture has voted to stop people returning to the town for 5 years. Okuma was declared a no-entry zone after last year's nuclear accident.

The policy decided by Friday's vote is part of Okuma Town's reconstruction plan drafted by a panel that included residents.

Okuma hosts the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant where a meltdown accident occurred in March last year.

The reconstruction plan says 95 percent of the town's residential areas are likely to be reclassified by the central government as unsuitable to live for a long time.
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Turkey to choose contractor for 2nd nuclear plant by year-end

Turkish energy minister Taner Yildiz unveiled a plan Thursday to pick the contractor by the year-end for its second nuclear power plant from bidders from four countries -- Japan, China, South Korea and Canada, according to local media reports.
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