Nuclear News Update – February 2nd, 2011

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TEPCO Finds 158 Errors In Stress Test Submitted to NISA for Kashiwazaki-Kariwa

Feb 01, 2012 08:07 pm | Enformable

Tepco found 158 mistakes in the stress test report sent to NISA for Kashiwazaki Kariwa units 1 to 7. The utility is claiming however, they are simple mistakes and should have any consequences on the report’s conclusions. Source: Mainichi

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NRC says low level gas might’ve escaped from San Onofre – Other damage is unusual

Feb 01, 2012 07:34 pm | Enformable

Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Victor Dricks said radioactive gas “could have” escaped the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station on the northern San Diego coast. Southern California Edison spokesman Gil Alexander told The Associated Press the amount would have been “extremely small” and possibly not detectable by monitors. The company and federal regulators say the release …

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Had Japan followed Chernobyl standards rad levels would have required 5 times more evacuees

Feb 01, 2012 07:08 pm | Enformable

It’s generally assumed that highly developed Japan would handle a catastrophic accident far more competently than callous, hierarchical, and class-polarised societies with a poor infrastructure and safety culture like India or Bangladesh.  Japan was also expected to do better than backward Ukraine, which suffered the world’s previous nuclear core meltdown at Chernobyl in 1986 — …

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Removed upper wall and truss sections from Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 4

Feb 01, 2012 06:48 pm | Enformable

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30 Collected Images of Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 3 and 4 Debris Removal Operations

Feb 01, 2012 05:54 pm | Enformable

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Fukushima – Water Leakage observed around the flowmeter of Emergency Reactor Injection Pump (C)

Feb 01, 2012 03:23 pm | Enformable

2012.2.1 <Download> [Reference]Water Leakage observed around the flowmeter of Emergency Reactor Injection Pump (C) on the Hill at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station  Drainage at the side of the reactor injection facility on the hill (1) (pictured on January 29, 2012) Drainage at the side of the reactor injection facility on the hill (2) (pictured …

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Status of Water Leakage on the 1st floor of Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 4

Feb 01, 2012 03:13 pm | Enformable

2012.2.1 <Download> [Reference] Status of Water Leakage on the 1st floor of Unit 4 Reactor Building, Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (Test line of the Piping for Jet Pump Measurement) Rack for Jet Pump Measurement (pictured on February 1, 2012) Close-up of the Leakage Point (pictured on February 1, 2012)

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TEPCO reveals new measures against freezing of water treatment facilities

Feb 01, 2012 03:04 pm | Enformable

2012.2.1 <Download> [Reference]Measures against Freeze of Water Treatment Facility / Measures against Freeze of Reactor Water Injection System at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (185KB) the Cover (emergency of reactor water injection pump on the hill) Inside of the cover Installation of the frames Installation of the cover

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Largest pending nuclear-related suit filed against Genkai Nuclear Power Plant

Feb 01, 2012 02:47 pm | Enformable

A total of 1,704 people from across Japan, the largest number of plaintiffs in a pending nuclear-related suit, sued the government and the operator of the Genkai nuclear power plant in Saga Prefecture on Tuesday, demanding that all four reactors at the plant be halted.  Another group of around 300 residents also sued Kyushu Electric …

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UK Anger – Report finds Ministers mislead parliament about nuclear need

Feb 01, 2012 02:24 pm | Enformable

Ministers misled parliament over the need to build a new fleet of nuclear power stations, distorting evidence and presenting to MPs a false summary of the analysis they had commissioned, a group of MPs and experts alleged in a report published on Tuesday. The report, called A Corruption of Governance?, was written by pressure group Unlock Democracy and the Association for …

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Photos of workers applying grounds treatment materials around Fukushima Daiichi

Feb 01, 2012 02:05 pm | Enformable

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TEPCO admits really don’t know what’s going on in Reactor 4 – Likely won’t remain intact for 30 years

Feb 01, 2012 01:20 pm | Enformable

That’s quite a assumption, it either happened within the last few days or weeks, or it happened quite a while ago.  Either way TEPCO doesn’t seem worried about it, and they don’t want anyone else to worry either. They don’t really know what is going on inside, the explosion probably wrecked lots of pipes, that …

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Japan to consider sacrificing older reactors to keep 20 year licensing extension rule

Feb 01, 2012 12:55 pm | Enformable

In addition to the establishment of a new nuclear regulatory agency under the Environment Ministry, the government is aiming to legislate the lifespan of nuclear reactors, and require plant operators to outline specific measures against severe nuclear accidents. Included in the latest bills are the designation of a 40-year lifespan for nuclear reactors and the …

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Other Recent News

NRC Approves AREVA’s application to ship reload fuel for troubled Genkai Reactor 1
Exelon postulates outage due to failed insulator falling off – Unknown restart date

MSM Nuclear News

Feb 02, 2012 02:32 pm | Enformable

The Vermont Yankee power plant has been at reduced power for the past two days because of a with a pilot valve on the main valve on the B turbine. Smith said that plant personnel were performing scheduled maintenance surveillance of the turbine valves when the problem occurred. He said the valve closed properly, but would …

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Feb 02, 2012 01:46 pm | Enformable

Major dairy companies will inspect the milk products they produce in 17 prefectures in northeastern and central Japan for radioactive contamination and disclose their findings to the public at the end of February, an industry body said Wednesday. Municipalities used to conduct radiation checks before raw milk went to factories, but only a few were …

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Feb 02, 2012 01:05 pm | Enformable

The Kansai region is Japan’s second-largest industrial area, and in normal times, its most nuclear-reliant. Before the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a band of 11 nuclear reactors — north of the major cities Osaka and Kyoto — supplied almost 50 percent of the region’s power. But as of January 2012, only one of those reactors is still …

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Feb 01, 2012 08:07 pm | Enformable

Tepco found 158 mistakes in the stress test report sent to NISA for Kashiwazaki Kariwa units 1 to 7. The utility is claiming however, they are simple mistakes and should have any consequences on the report’s conclusions. Source: Mainichi

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Feb 01, 2012 07:34 pm | Enformable

Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Victor Dricks said radioactive gas “could have” escaped the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station on the northern San Diego coast. Southern California Edison spokesman Gil Alexander told The Associated Press the amount would have been “extremely small” and possibly not detectable by monitors. The company and federal regulators say the release …

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Feb 01, 2012 07:08 pm | Enformable

It’s generally assumed that highly developed Japan would handle a catastrophic accident far more competently than callous, hierarchical, and class-polarised societies with a poor infrastructure and safety culture like India or Bangladesh.  Japan was also expected to do better than backward Ukraine, which suffered the world’s previous nuclear core meltdown at Chernobyl in 1986 — …

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Feb 01, 2012 03:23 pm | Enformable

2012.2.1 <Download> [Reference]Water Leakage observed around the flowmeter of Emergency Reactor Injection Pump (C) on the Hill at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station  Drainage at the side of the reactor injection facility on the hill (1) (pictured on January 29, 2012) Drainage at the side of the reactor injection facility on the hill (2) (pictured …

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Feb 01, 2012 03:13 pm | Enformable

2012.2.1 <Download> [Reference] Status of Water Leakage on the 1st floor of Unit 4 Reactor Building, Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (Test line of the Piping for Jet Pump Measurement) Rack for Jet Pump Measurement (pictured on February 1, 2012) Close-up of the Leakage Point (pictured on February 1, 2012)

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MSM Nuclear News

Feb 02, 2012 12:34 pm

 


WBAL Radio
Nuclear accidents pose little risk to health, NRC says
Fox News
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Print Email Share Comments Recommend Tweet The risk to public health from a severe nuclear power plant accident in the United States is “very small” because reactor operators should have time to prevent core damage and 
Entergy nuclear plant to review new seismic modelCBS News
Nuclear regulator estimates low level of tritium released at stalled northernWashington Post (blog)
Earthquake protection at Oconee Nuclear under new reviewGreenville News
Crain’s Chicago Business –ClaimsJournal.com
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Feb 02, 2012 03:59 pm

 


Haaretz
Israel Vice PM: Iranian nuclear sites vulnerable
Boston.com
By Karin Laub AP / February 2, 2012 HERZLIYA, Israel—Iran’s suspectednuclear weapons installations are vulnerable to possible military strikes, Israel’s vice premier warned Thursday, suggesting that underground bunkers don’t offer sufficient 
Israel Vice PM: Military strike can hit all of Iran’s nuclear facilitiesHaaretz
Israel says Iran has material for four A-bombsReuters

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Feb 02, 2012 03:10 pm

 


ABC News
AP Interview: Ukrainian nuclear experts say Japan residents should be able to 
Washington Post
TOKYO — Ukrainian nuclear experts say Japanese evacuated from around the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant should be able to return to their homes, unlike the Chernobyl area that remains a no-go zone 25 years after its accident.
Chernobyl experts hopeful on FukushimaThe Associated Press

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Feb 02, 2012 04:04 pm

 


LAist
Nuclear Reactor at San Onofre Remains Offline After “very, very low level” of 
LAist
Does news that a “very, very low level” of radioactivity made its way into the environment thanks to an equipment problem at nuclear reactor #3 at San Onofre worry you? Regardless, that’s what seems to have happened this week, and today that troubled 
Nuclear Reactor At San Onofre Plant Remains Shut Down Over LeakCBS Local
San Onofre nuclear power plant unit shut down as leak is repairedLos Angeles Times
Tiny radiation amount ‘could have’ escaped from Calif. nuclear plantWashington Post
ABC News (blog)
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Feb 02, 2012 02:17 pm

 


Bloomberg
S. Korea Optimistic Aid Will Bring North Back to Nuclear Talks
Bloomberg
Enlarge image Lim Sung Nam Lim Sung Nam Jung Yeon-Je/Pool/AFP/Getty Images Lim Sung Nam, South Korea’s envoy to nuclear talks. Enlarge image The Funeral Of Kim Jong Il The Funeral Of Kim Jong Il Yonhap News via Bloomberg A screen capture from the 
Think Tank Upsets Gov’t with Thoughts on Nuclear N.KoreaThe Chosun Ilbo
North Korea opens door to talks with South KoreaUSA TODAY

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Feb 02, 2012 01:09 pm

 

Japan Governor Wants Nuclear Safety Pledge in Writing
Insurance Journal
By Risa Maeda | February 2, 2012 Japanese governor Tokihiro Nakamura believes nuclear power is vital for the resource-poor land, but even he says the central government must put safety pledges in writing before he’ll agree to restart off-line reactors 

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Feb 01, 2012 08:27 pm

 


The Associated Press
UN Nuclear Monitor Agency Announces Second Visit to Iran
New York Times
The inspectors will hold further discussions about the “clarification of possible military dimensions” to Iran’s disputed nuclear program, the agency said, signaling that both sides were seeking ways to defuse rising tensions over the issue.
UN nuclear official: ‘Good trip’ to IranThe Associated Press
UN Nuclear Experts Plan Another Visit to TehranVoice of America (blog)
August surprise? Iran could have fuel for bomb before US election, study says.Christian Science Monitor

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Feb 02, 2012 05:07 am

 


Bloomberg
Fukushima reactor leaks, radiation tiny: Tepco
Reuters
| TOKYO (Reuters) – More than 8 tonnes of radioactive water leaked from a reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant but none reached outside the reactor building, Tokyo Electric Power Co said on Thursday as it strives to ensure damaged reactors are 
Japan’s Nuclear Plant Safety Tests Ignore Lessons of FukushimaBloomberg
New Leak at Japan Nuclear PlantVoice of America

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Feb 02, 2012 07:05 am

 


Globe and Mail
Nearing a decision on Iran
Chicago Tribune
Clapper said that while American sanctions are likely to have a greater impact on Iran’s nuclear program, they are not expected to lead to the demise of Iran’s leadership. Clapper said, “We assess Iran is keeping open the option to develop nuclear 
Tehran not building nuclear weapons, say US officialsNew Zealand Herald
Will Romney’s promises match national security realities?Washington Post
Iran nuclear program stokes US concernCNN (blog)

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Feb 02, 2012 02:28 pm

 


WNYC
NRC denies most exemptions for Entergy reactors
CBS News
(AP) WHITE PLAINS, NY — Federal regulators said Wednesday they have denied most of the fire-safety exemptions sought by Entergy Corp. for its Indian Point nuclear plants near New York City. The state attorney general called the rulings “a major 
New Risks for Nuclear PlantsWall Street Journal
Agency Rejects Indian Point Fire Safety PlanNew York Times
NRC Concerned About Seismic Activity Around Nuclear ReactorsWNYC
NyackNewsAndViews –The Journal News | LoHud.com –MarketWatch
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