August 2011

Cooper Nuclear Power Plant Still Victim Of Flooding

TARKIO, Mo. | For close to three months now, billions of gallons of Missouri River overflow have turned vast stretches of highway into a sea so broad that long-legged egrets walk and tiny…

NRC requires new look at quake risks for reactors after criticism of official response

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission later this year will provide nuclear plants with a seismic analysis software tool and require all of the nation’s 104 reactors to assess their earthquake risks. NRC announced the…

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Simulation shows Iodine and Cesium may have reached 15 prefectures

Radioactive iodine and cesium from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant likely spread across a wide area encompassing Tohoku, Kanto and parts of Chubu, according to a simulation by the National Institute…

One Japanese Parents Fight To Keep Childrens Food Radiation Free At School

Late last week, the Japanese government lifted a ban on shipments of beef from Fukushima, Iwate and Tochigi Prefectures, bringing minor relief to farmers whose livelihoods had been threatened by the discovery in…

NRC Still Under Scrutiny After Former Commissioner Went to Work For Utility

The Project on Government Oversight notes that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Office of Inspector General found no violation of law when a former Commissioner went to work for a company that owned nuclear…

Radiation Levels of Reactor 3 and Reactor 4 Exhaust Pipes Help Put Pieces Together

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Tokyo Electric Power Co. has found evidence that the March 15 explosion at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant’s No. 4 reactor unit was caused by hydrogen that had flown…

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Despite Protest and Parents Fears Fukushima Schools To Reopen

(Reuters) – Greenpeace said on Monday that schools and surrounding areas located 60 km (38 miles) from Japan’s tsunami-hit nuclear power plant were unsafe for children, showing radiation readings as much as 70…

Nuclear power plants for settlements on the Moon and Mars

The first nuclear power plant being considered for production of electricity for manned or unmanned bases on the Moon, Mars and other planets “may really look like it came from outer space.” Plans…

NISA and TEPCO play ‘Fukushima-Blame Game’

A government nuclear watchdog has criticized the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) for not releasing an estimate it put together years ago that a tsunami over 10 meters high could hit the Fukushima…

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12 Nuclear Reactors on East Coast Brace for Possible Loss of Off-Site Power from Hurricane Irene’s Wrath

Aug. 26 (Bloomberg) — More than a dozen nuclear reactors along the U.S. East Coast are being prepared for potential loss of power and damage from high winds and storm surges as Hurricane…

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North Anna Workers Find 150 Gallon Oil Spill While Purging Carbon Dioxide from Unit 2 Generator

Power Reactor Event Number: 47198 Facility: NORTH ANNA Region: 2 State: VA Unit: [ ] [2] [ ] RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP NRC Notified By: DON TAYLOR HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN Notification Date: 08/25/2011…

Fires Near Spent Fuel Site Force Workers At Idaho National Laboratory to Evacuate

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Firefighters struggled on Thursday to control a fast-growing 28,000-acre wildfire raging within several miles of spent nuclear fuel stored at a U.S. The growth and intensity of the blaze,…

Fukushima Residents Briefly Return To Homes But Fears Rise After Decontamination Not Addressed By Government

A total of 117 people from 64 households in the Fukushima Prefecture town of Futaba made visits to their homes on Aug 26. In the town of Okuma, only residents of the rest…

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Breaking News – North Anna To Go Into Cold Shutdown – So possible containment building damage can be inspected

Both reactors at the North Anna plant will be going into a cold shutdown this week, which changes the atmospheric conditions of the coolant system to make it safe for inspectors to walk…

Fukushima radiation spread as far as Romania – Bioaccumulation of I-131 in Sheep and Goat Milk

So just how far did the radioactive plume travel? On the 27 March Romul Mărgineanu, from the Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH) in Romania, and colleagues, began to…

Fukushima Worker Worry About Effects of Critical Work – "We are all guinea pigs"

A couple who has supervised various dorms in Fukushima Prefecture for Tokyo Electric Power Co. over about two decades considered their residents like their own children. So, they are at a loss for…

Govt to limit school radiation limit to 20 mSv per Year

The government likely will dramatically tighten its current safety limit–3.8 microsieverts per hour–on the amount of radiation to which children may be exposed during outdoor activities at school facilities, government sources said. he…

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More Questions Than Answers As North Anna Restart To Take Days

Tuesday’s earthquake apparently shook small protective devices at the North Anna Power Station enough to shut down the plant’s two nuclear reactors, officials said. Dominion Virginia Power would not say exactly when it…

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New Photos Of North Anna Nuclear Power Plant Venting Steam And Inspections After Earthquake

Source: Washington Post The North Anna Nuclear Generating Station is a nuclear power plant on a 1,075-acre (4.35 km2) site in Louisa County, Virginia. The site is operated by Dominion Generation company and is jointly owned by the Dominion Virginia Power corporation…

Ocean Life Around Japan and China Carrying Cesium, Strontium, and Argentum

Biological samples taken from waters in the Western Pacific region east of Fukushima, Japan show excessive radiation levels, said a statement from China‘s State Oceanic Administration on Wednesday. According to the statement, the…

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