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Nuclear compensation fund recovery to take decades

Japan's Board of Audit says it could take more than 30 years for the government to recover funds it has invested to help compensate victims of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.

The government has issued bonds worth 5 trillion yen, or 50 billion dollars, to help the plant's operator Tokyo Electric Power Company pay compensation. It is for people who've had to evacuate, and farmers and fishermen who've lost their livelihood.

The government plans to recover the funds through an annual pay-back by TEPCO and contributions from other nuclear power companies.
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Preparing documents for reactor safety checks to take until Dec.

Four Japanese utilities seeking to restart their nuclear reactors said Wednesday they will finish submitting key documents between late November and mid-December that are needed by the country's regulator to conduct reactor safety assessments.

The time frame indicates that the Nuclear Regulation Authority may not complete safety assessments of any of the 10 reactors currently being checked by the end of the year, a major step toward resuming their operations.

The four utilities were the first to apply for reactor safety checks after the country's new nuclear regulations, compiled in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster, took effect in July.
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US duo teams up for metal fuel development

Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Energy (B&W NE) is to work with nuclear technology company Lightbridge in developing a pilot plant for manufacturing metal fuel for light water reactors.

Lightbridge has developed an advanced metallic fuel, made from a zirconium-uranium (Zr-U) alloy, which uses a unique composition and fuel rod geometry enabling it to operate at a higher power density than uranium oxide fuels in use today. Current fuel comprises of uranium oxide pellets encased in zirconium alloy cladding which are bundled into fuel assemblies. The new fuel, the company says, can enable pressurised water reactors (PWRs) to operate at higher power outputs while also extending operating cycles, improving economics as well asproviding safety and fuel performance benefits.
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Ten years of fast-rising electric rates reveal Duke Energy Florida is not competitive

Somewhere along the way, things went terribly wrong.

Duke Energy, which last year bought Progress Energy Florida, has done a lousy job over the past decade running its power plants. This is the company that permanently closed the Crystal River 3 nuclear power plant after what should have been a routine maintenance upgrade.

This is the same company that said it would build a nuclear power plant in Levy County. It charged customers in advance to help start Levy, only to shelve the price-gone-wild project years later.

Customers were charged billions. No electricity was generated.

How did this mess happen? Where were the watchdogs? Why can't Duke Energy Florida be held accountable for squandering ratepayer money and jacking up rates?

Floridians should have answers to these questions. It's a terrible precedent in Florida that they probably won't get them, despite a weekend protest by customers outside Duke's headquarters in downtown St. Petersburg.

If the PSC accepts this settlement, Duke will not have to defend its wasting nearly $3 billion forced upon customers to pay in return for delivering zero electricity. Nor will it have to justify why it should get to keep $250 million it made on its two defunct nuclear projects.
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Report shows Tenn. nuclear safety violations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A recent congressional study shows Tennessee's nuclear plants had a total of 258 safety violations between 2000 and 2012.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the Government Accountability Office report that's awaiting release.
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Asian growth changing global energy landscape

From oil to nuclear power, via gas, coal and renewables, Asia's economic growth is increasingly steering the forward path of the global energy industry.

The geographical shift in global energy consumption is already becoming clear.

China passed the United States in September as the world's biggest net oil importer, driven by faster economic growth and strong auto sales, according to data released last week by the US Energy Information Administration.

In August, energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie predicted that China would be spending $500 billion a year on crude oil imports by 2020 to meet rising demand.

As a result, members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) would be "compelled to shift their focus" from the United States towards China, Woodmac said.

Asia also looks set to drive the nuclear power sector, despite safety concerns and significant public opposition in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan.

China and India are currently building 30 and seven reactors respectively and dozens more are in the pipeline across the region.
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EDF closes in on $22.4 billion U.K. nuclear deal

The U.K. government and Electricite de France SA are close to announcing a deal that would see the French power giant build and operate a pair of nuclear reactors costing about 14 billion pounds ($22.4 billion) on the west coast of England, people familiar with the matter said.
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US utility requests arbitration against MHI

A US utility has filed for damages of about 4 billion dollars from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, claiming it provided defective steam generators.

Southern California Edison asked the International Court of Arbitration on Wednesday to handle the case against the Japanese company.

The court is operated under the International Chamber of Commerce.

The utility says Mitsubishi Heavy supplied the replacement generators for its San Onofre nuclear plant in southern California. It says breakages and abnormal wear-and-tear in piping later forced the plant to halt operations.
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High radioactivity in Fukushima Daiichi ditch

The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has detected high levels of radioactivity in a ditch leading to the sea, after Typhoon Wipha brought heavy rain.

Workers at the plant are conducting daily radioactivity checks of water in the ditch. The measure is to examine the effects of contaminated water leaks from storage tanks.

Officials at the Tokyo Electric Power Company say they detected 1,400 becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting radioactive material at a measuring point 150 meters from the sea on Wednesday.
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TEPCO reports another tank leak

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says radioactive water has overflowed from a tank storing pumped-up groundwater.

Tokyo Electric Power Company says an employee found water spilling from the top of the tank Thursday morning.

TEPCO says it has stopped drawing up groundwater. The leakage has been contained within a barrier set up around the tank.
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U.S. Senate confirms Kennedy as ambassador to Japan

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate confirmed Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late President John F Kennedy, on Wednesday as President Barack Obama’s next U.S. ambassador to Japan, the first woman to fill the post.
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This will be an interesting one to follow... probably will go on for years... and years... and years...

U.S. utility SCE asks for arbitration with MHI

Southern California Edison on Wednesday requested the International Chamber of Commerce for arbitration over defective steam generators made by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., blaming the Japanese maker for the early retirement of its nuclear power plant earlier this year.

SCE claimed that while it sustained at least $4 billion of damage due to the early retirement of the San Onofre nuclear power plant in California, MHI has not accepted liability for all the damages, saying its liability is contractually capped at $137 million.

"We are taking this step today to ensure that Mitsubishi takes responsibility for providing defective steam generators and to recover, on behalf of our customers, all damages from Mitsubishi for its failures," SCE President Ronald Litzinger said in a statement.
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Fuel removal from undamaged Fukushima reactor

The removal of fuel from the undamaged reactor of unit 6 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant began today after workers completed operations to remove the reactor pressure vessel lid and major components.

Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) began work on 17 September to remove the concrete hatch to the reactor compartment. The reactor's containment vessel lid was removed three days later, followed on 5 October by the reactor pressure vessel lid. Since then, the steam dryer and moisture separator have been removed to allow access to the fuel.

Work to remove the fuel from within the reactor started today. All the fuel from the reactor is expected to have been transferred to the site's shared used fuel pool by the end of November.
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Japanese government unable to persuade citizens of necessity of nuclear energy says former prime minister

An opinion poll conducted by NHK of Japan, found that nearly half of those responding were against the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s plan to allow the restart of shut down nuclear reactors after safety checks. Only 19% of responders approved of the plan, 32% were undecided, and 45% were against it.

Another question asked if responders approved or disapproved of the handling of the leaks of radioactive wastewater from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex. 68% of responders said they disapproved, only 27% approved.
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Pilgrim Loss of Offsite Power

Pilgrim shut down on Monday due to a loss of offsite power. The Emergency Diesel Generators started and provided backup power.

An Entergy spokeswoman told the Patriot Ledger that an offsite power line failed at 9:21 p.m. while a second 345-kilovolt line was undergoing maintenance by Northeast Utilities subsidiary NStar. The shutdown proceeded safely, and the generators provided power to remove decay heat from the reactor while offsite electricity was being restored.

Last month, operators powered the plant down to troubleshoot a small steam leak, and they manually tripped the boiling water reactor in August when an electrical problem stopped its main feedwater pumps. The plant was refueled in May, but its full restart was delayed by a small oil-pump fire in its turbine hall.

According to the Patriot Ledger, Pilgrim had been offline 73 of 288 days in 2013, as of Tuesday, including the 46-day refueling outage.
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Lead-based underwear designed in Japan to help fight Fukushima disaster
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The company claims that the wetsuit made from stretchy rubberized kneaded carbon can stop 100 percent of beta radiation.

The swimwear - which weighs only three kilograms - is completely fused so the contaminated water cannot seep through. The suit therefore protects the person wearing it from aftermath illnesses such as cancer, according to its makers.
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Post-accident fish auctions in Fukushima

Auctions for fish caught off Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture took place on Saturday for the first time since the March 2011 nuclear accident.

The bidding was held at 4 wholesale markets in Fukushima Prefecture.

More than 100 wholesalers gathered at 6 AM at the central wholesale market in Iwaki, where 400 kilograms of marine products were put up for bid.

No radioactive materials were found in any of the samples that included octopuses and horse crabs as well as the local specialty, greeneye fish.

The fish have been put on sale with a certificate showing radiation test results.
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The show must go on...

Abe visits fishing port in Fukushima; eats locally caught seafood

FUKUSHIMA — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited a fishing port in Fukushima Prefecture on Saturday and ate locally caught seafood to showcase its safety.
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Moscow's American uranium

The state-owned Russian nuclear energy company that built Iran’s nuclear reactor in Bushehr is about to finalize a transaction that will give Russia absolute control over one of America’s largest uranium mining sites.

On Oct. 18, nuclear energy juggernaut Rosatom will complete a corporate deal giving it 100 percent control over Canada-based uranium mining company Uranium One, including the company’s U.S. operations in Wyoming, the epicenter of U.S. uranium production. Moscow’s acquisition of Uranium One will also provide Rosatom — the world’s leading builder of nuclear power plants — with uranium exploration rights in Arizona, Colorado, and Utah.
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[Kenji Araki, a nuclear engineering guest professor at the Fukushima National College of Technology] said, speculating that it’s the result of plutonium near the reactor core having melted and dropping somewhere inside the reactor. Pinpointing leaks is very difficult, Araki said. [...]

For example the half life — a measure of the rate of natural decay of radioactive materials — of the waste product Plutonium 239 is 24,000 years, and that of Neptunium 237 is two million years. When these waste products are released into the environment in an accident they are there to stay.”
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FUKUBULLSHIT!!!
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FUKUBULLSHIT!!!
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Denial is such a terrible affliction.
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TEPCO: Strontium tops safety standards in 6 spots

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says radioactive strontium in 6 barriers, around tanks storing contaminated water, exceeded the government safety limit.

Workers found on Sunday that heavy downpours caused water to flow over 11 of the barriers.

Tokyo Electric Power Company says levels of radioactive strontium in 6 of them were above the government-approved limit for releasing the substance.

The highest reading was 71 times the set standard of 10 becquerels per liter.
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Britain to build nuclear plant

British leaders have signed a deal to build a large nuclear plant despite worldwide safety concerns following Japan's 2011 Fukushima accident.

The Prime Minister's office announced on Monday it reached agreement with French firm EDF on the Hinkley Point C project in Somerset, southwest England.

French nuclear firm Areva and 2 Chinese nuclear companies will also take part in the 16-billion-pound, or 26-billion-dollar, project.
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Power plant deal leaves the UK handing £90bn to France and paying DOUBLE the going price of electricity for 35 years

President Francois Hollande will be rubbing his hands with glee this week when the British Government is expected to sign a deal on nuclear power that could funnel £90billion into French coffers.

The agreement with French state-owned EDF Energy will create a price the Government guarantees will be paid for the electricity generated. This is likely to provoke fury as it is twice the market level.

Osborne last week announced plans to allow Chinese firms to take a minority stake in Britain’s nuclear power industry. But remarkably, even after that announcement, the Department of Energy issued a terse statement saying the exact terms of the deal with EDF were ‘still being negotiated’.

The Government appeared to have made promises to the Chinese before agreeing the guaranteed price with the French, though it refused to comment on its apparent blunder.

Critics say the Government found itself ‘over a barrel’, with the French and Chinese the only bidders left offering to build two nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset – the first in the UK since 1995 – at a price of £14billion.
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More Typhoons Approaching, Landslides & Earthquakes At Fukushima Daiichi

October 22nd, 2013 | Add a Comment

This is just not a good week at the plant and not looking to get any better.

Former workers at the plant Happy & Sunny were both tweeting about a possible small landslide at Fukushima Daiichi last week. They said TEPCO refused to report it. We have not been able to obtain additional confirmation on the incident. It is not unusual for something like this to happen. The plant has a number of areas where the land was cut down but only has turf to prevent erosion. They did mention it may have blocked or partially blocked one of the roads.
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Foreign visitors to Japan hit record for September

The number of foreign visitors to Japan in September hit a record high for the month.

The Japan National Tourism Organization said on Wednesday that an estimated 867,100 people visited the country in September. The figure is up 31.7 percent from a year earlier.
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TEPCO plans a new ‘freeze’ mission in underground tunnels at Fukushima Daiichi

In early 2014, TEPCO will start work to freeze contaminated water in an underground tunnel, in the hopes that it will prevent further movement of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. Tokyo Electric has claimed that the water in the tunnel is the primary source of contamination off-site.

The utility plans to freeze the contaminated water in the tunnel into an ice wall that would block the flow of water from the turbine building into the tunnel. According to the proposed plan, TEPCO would be able to start removal of 10,000 tons of contaminated water from the underground tunnel in 2014-2015.
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Nuclear market...

As of beginning of 2013 Rosatom has orders for 80 units for the projects that include construction of nuclear plants in Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bulgaria, India, Iran, China, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation (10 units under construction , another 14 units operational by 2020), Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine, Vietnam (source: (www.rosatom.ru).

Above all, there are 154 reactors with 173 GW ordered or planned (mostly expected in operation in 8-10 years) (source: www.rosatom.ru). Additional 341 reactors with 390 GW are proposed (expected operation in 15 years) (www.rosatom.ru)

Rosatom Reactors – distribution by geographical areas (source: www.rosatom.ru):


NAFTA: USA – 4 being built, 10 planned/ordered, 32 proposed

South America: 2 being built2 planned/ordered, 9proposed

Rest of Europe: 2 being built, 5 planned/ordered, 26 proposed

Eastern Europe: 2 being built, 17 planned/ordered, 28 proposed

Middle East: 12 planned/ordered, 17 proposed

Russia& non-EE CIS: 10 being built, 17 planned/ordered, 32 proposed

East Asia(excl. China): 7 being built, 16 planned/ordered, 6 proposed

China: 27 being built, 51planned/ordered, 120proposed

SE Asia: 2 being built, 2planned/ordered, 23proposed

Indian subcontinent: 7 being built, 20 planned/ordered, 42 proposed

RSA: South Africa – 6 proposed
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