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How Exelon lost its spark

With its stock down 60 percent since a July 2008 peak and its nukes looking increasingly like albatrosses, Chicago power giant Exelon is at a crossroads.

The company's fate matters greatly to Chicago. The parent of Commonwealth Edison Co., Exelon has 26,000 employees, 12,500 of whom work in Illinois, including 6,700 in the Chicago area.
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Survey finds employees at contaminated nuclear site wary of challenging managers

SPOKANE, Wash. - Few of the U.S. Department of Energy workers who are helping build a plant to treat the most dangerous radioactive wastes at a nuclear site in Washington state feel they can openly challenge decisions made by management, according to a report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

Two people who recently raised concerns about the design and safety of the unfinished Waste Treatment Plant at Hanford lost their jobs. Donna Busche was fired earlier this year, while Walter Tamosaitis, a 40-year Hanford employee, was laid off last year.

Hanford was created during the Manhattan Project in World War II to make nuclear weapons, and continued making plutonium for the next four decades of the Cold War. The site now stores some 56 million gallons of radioactive wastes in 177 giant underground tanks. Many of those tanks have exceeded their design lifespans and are leaking.
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Hanford has some bad juju. Man should not have messed with things he was not prepared for.
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Regulators concerned over delay in TEPCO's plan to freeze toxic water

Nuclear regulators expressed strong concern Monday about a delay in Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s plan to freeze highly toxic water building up in underground trenches at its crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear site, amid fears it could flow into the ocean and spread pollution.

According to the utility, a total of some 11,000 tons of highly radioactive water has flowed into the trenches through the Nos. 2 and 3 reactor turbine buildings.
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Ten nations petition Brussels for nuclear

The Czech government has expressed the common view of ten European countries in favour of nuclear power in a letter to the European Commission.

"Dear Commisioner,
On behalf of the Ministers of Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United Kingdom responsible for energy policy, I take the liberty to address you on our common view of nuclear power within the EU energy market and its role in ensuring energy security and decarbonisation.
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Yours sincerely

Jan Mládek
Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic"
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No prospect to resume cooling No.5 fuel pool

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has no idea when it can resume the cooling system for one of the spent fuel pools.

Tokyo Electric Power Company halted the cooling system at the No.5 reactor on Sunday after workers found seawater leaking from a pipe. Seawater is used to lower the temperature of coolant water in the storage pools for spent nuclear fuel.
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Fukushima has 9 days to prevent ‘unsafe’ overheating

Fukushima operator TEPCO has been forced to switch off the cooling system at mothballed Reactor Unit 5, after it was discovered that it had been leaking water. In nine days, if the system is not repaired, temperatures will exceed dangerous levels.

If no new cold water is pumped in at such rate it will reach the dangerous threshold of 65C by the midpoint of the month in roughly 9 days.
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The Final Countdown???


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WIPPSH!T... Hanford ver 2.0... alpha, beta and gamma release... lol...

Radiation Releases Continue from Nuclear Waste Isolation Project

Environmental radiation releases spiked again in mid-June around the surface site of the only U.S. underground nuclear weapons waste storage facility near Carlsbad, New Mexico. The facility, the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP), has been shut down since February 14, when its isolation technology failed, releasing unsafe levels of Plutonium, Americium, and other radio-nuclides into the environment around the site.
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Officials say 6 barrels of waste in Texas tied to nuke dump leak

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Scientists investigating a mysterious radiation leak at the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump have identified five other potentially explosive containers of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory that are being stored at a site in West Texas, New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn told a legislative panel Tuesday.
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LANL waste contractor denies cat litter role in WIPP radiation leak

SANTA FE – An operations manager for EnergySolutions, which packages waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory, says his company believes nothing it added to waste drums caused a radioactive leak that shut down the nation’s main nuclear waste disposal plant.

“We followed the procedures that were provided to us, and I think LANL did their due diligence,” said Miles Smith, EnergySolutions’ vice president of Southwest operations.

Theories about the leak have focused on whether absorbent cat litter or neutralizers added to Los Alamos drums caused a hot chemical reaction that cracked the lid on at least one container at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.
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Why do we still not know what’s wrong with WIPP?

More than four months after a radiation leak was detected late at night on Valentine’s Day at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), most of the important things about what happened and future options are still unknown. Why is that? And is part of what’s wrong that the people and corporations that were in charge when the radiation leak occurred are still running things and being financially rewarded?

All of the major questions posed in the March 5 La Jicarita story are still unanswered:

* What caused the leak?

* How much leaked into the underground salt mine?

* How much leaked into the environment?

* Where are those radioactive and toxic wastes now?

* To what amount of radiation were the workers exposed?

* What are the health effects for those workers?

* What decontamination is necessary in the underground mine?

* What decontamination is necessary on the WIPP site and surrounding area?

* If WIPP reopens, what changes in the operation, monitoring, and safety culture will be implemented?
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Authenticating Trinitite nearly 70 years later

It has been almost 70 years since the first nuclear device known as “Trinity” was tested in the desert near Alamogordo, New Mexico on July 16th, 1945.

At 5:30 in the morning, the Plutonium implosion device, also known as “The Gadget” produced a blast powerful enough to send a mushroom cloud nearly 40,000 feet in the air.

The heat generated by the device was 10,000 times hotter than the surface of our sun, and could be felt by observers over 10 miles away.

Around the blast site a massive crater some 800 yards in diameter was formed, covered with a light olive green substance that would later be called “Trinitite”. Trinitite, also known as Alamogordo glass, is actually radioactive sand that melted and fused into glass because of the extreme temperatures generated by the explosion.

In 1945, Trinitite was marketed for use in jewelry, but it was later found to cause radiation burns if worn for extended periods of time. In 1952, the Atomic Energy Commission had the test site bulldozed over, but not before collectors scavenged the site for these pieces of atomic history.

If you have a sample of Trinitite you would like analyzed, contact us.
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Oyster Creek shuts down after restart

LACEY – The Oyster Creek nuclear reactor shut down early Friday morning as operators were powering up the plant after a recent inspection of safety pressure relief valves, the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission and plant operator Exelon said Friday.

Operators manually shut down the reactor at 3:12 a.m. after observing a reduction in vacuum conditions in the plant’s condenser. That unit cools down and condenses steam produced by the reactor after it has passed through the power plant turbine, which spins to convert the energy to electricity.
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BROWNS FERRY - TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION REQUIRED SHUTDOWN

At 0445 [CDT] on July 10, 2014, Browns Ferry Unit 2 initiated actions to commence a reactor shutdown to comply with TS LCO 3.0.3. TS LCO 3.0.3 was entered at 0355 [CDT] and was required due to the 'C' Emergency Diesel Generator becoming inoperable after isolating a leak on the Emergency Equipment Cooling Water System.
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185,000 gallons of water fill the nuclear reactor vessel at TVA's Watts Bar 2

Time lapse video:
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(It's just a test)
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TEPCO to build more storage tanks at Fukushima

The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will build additional tanks on the site to store 100,000 tons of radioactive water.

TEPCO had planned to build tanks to store a total of 830,000 tons of water by the end of fiscal 2014, which ends on March 31st next year.

Now the firm says additional storage should be ready in case the planned tanks are not enough to store all tainted water at the site.
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Regulators unveil draft report for restart of Kyushu nuclear plant

Finalization of the Nuclear Regulation Agency report after a monthlong public consultation period would effectively give the green light for restarting Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s two-reactor Sendai plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, making the nuclear complex the first to meet a new set of safety standards introduced in July last year.
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Yep, let's revive his thread...
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Gov. to lift evacuation order on Fukushima village Oct. 1

The Japanese government decided Friday to lift an evacuation order on Oct. 1 for part of a Fukushima Prefecture village within 20 kilometers of the disaster-struck Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
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Japan nuclear watchdog backs restart of two reactors

Japan's nuclear watchdog Wednesday gave a green light to plans to restart two reactors, more than three years after the Fukushima disaster.

However, hurdles still remain, including getting the consent of local communities in a country still scarred by the catastrophe where all 48 viable reactors are offline.
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Workers drop refueling crane console into Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 3 spent fuel pool

At the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, workers accidentally dropped a large piece of debris into the Unit 3 spent fuel pool on Friday, a little after noon.

The workers were carrying out operations to remove debris with a large remote controlled crane. At the time of the accident, workers were manipulating the control console for the refueling machine, a piece of equipment that weighs almost a thousand pounds.
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EDF says to re-start UK nuclear reactors by end-2014

EDF Energy said on Thursday that four of its nuclear reactors, closed in northern England last month after the discovery of a crack, should resume operations by the end of the year.

The group, the British unit of French giant EDF, had decided on August 11 to shut down two reactors at each of the Heysham and Hartlepool nuclear plants as a precaution after a "defect" at Heysham 1 Reactor 1 was found during regular maintenance in June.
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First floating nuclear power station to be scrapped

The USS Sturgis, better known as the first ship converted to carry a nuclear reactor, is set to be towed from its current berth at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in the James River of Virginia to Galveston, Texas in order to be scrapped.

The Sturgis is expected to arrive in Galveston by the end of the month where additional radioactive waste materials will be removed, before the remaining portions of the barge will be transported to Brownsville, Texas for disposal or recycling as scrap.
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NORTH ANNA: FITNESS FOR DUTY - PROGRAMMATIC FAILURE

On September 11, 2014, at 1400 hours, it was determined that four (4) personnel in the Emergency Response Organization (ERO) were not subject to random testing requirements of the Fitness for Duty (FFD) Program. The personnel involved do not have unescorted access to the Protected Area, but they do respond and perform duties as a member of the ERO. The affected individuals are now included in the random FFD testing pool.
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Miss you Bug
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So nice to see this thread active again and with familiar people! Hope everyone is doing well. hf
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Video Showing #Fukushima I NPP Reactor 3 Operating Floor's Heavily Damaged Northwest Section


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The structural integrity, not of the northwest section per se, but of the Spent Fuel Pool itself, may be the issue that concerns TEPCO.
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IRID Admits Fukushima Unit 1 Fuel May Be Outside Of Containment

September 15th, 2014 | Add a Comment

The head of IRID made this interesting admission during the fall meeting of Atomic Energy Society of Japan last week. He admitted that the melted fuel for unit 1 is outside the pedestal and could possibly be outside of containment.
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+1 : (
Yep, let's revive his thread...
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bump
between this, cp's threads/blog, chugiakians updates, et al, glp must have the best recorded collation
pity rockhuffs original thread isnt available for reference : /

bit off topic, but relevant-

"The Endocannabinoid System and How THC Cures Cancer"
@ before its news dot com (wont link)

"...One of the most incredible findings of the endocannabinoid system it that it appears to be conserved at least in all vertebrate phyla, and present in the structure of receptors and in their function, also in invertebrates, thus implying its participation in vital functions in almost all organisms.."
rp : )
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^^ here's a link : )
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^^research on ability to repair damaged dna
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(and still dont know what the other 100+ cannabinoids properties do)
the most bio-complex plant on Earth -as we are the most complex being..
rp : )
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Thread: IS terrorist worked in now sabotaged Belgian nuclear plant!!
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Thread: Subsoil under Fukushima nuclear plants – highest level ever, following typhoon
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