April 2012
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The strange case of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the Supreme Court of Injustice

Do we ever sit back and really appreciate what has happened in Japan? Only 400 days ago, the previous more immature versions of our past selves might have scoffed and laughed at any…

Federal regulators have said it's unlikely the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant will restart before fall because of the extensive inspections and repairs needed.  OPPD Chief Nuclear Officer Dave Bannister said the utility knows there is more work to do to get Fort Calhoun ready to restart.

Fort Calhoun Supervisor tests positive for drugs during random test

Power Reactor Event Number: 47870 Facility: FORT CALHOUN Region: 4 State: NE Unit: [1] [ ] [ ] RX Type: (1) CE NRC Notified By: ROBERT KROS HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH Notification Date: 04/27/2012 Notification…

A Florida group is fighting back against a law that allows Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light Co. and other electric utilities to collect money from customers for new nuclear plants regardless of whether the plants are ever launched. FPL customers are facing additional charges for improvements at FPL's (The utility which operates Turkey Point) nuclear plants as well as costs for future upgrades.

Supervisor tested positive for drugs during random test

Power Reactor Event Number: 47869 Facility: TURKEY POINT Region: 2 State: FL Unit: [3] [4] [ ] RX Type: [3] W-3-LP,[4] W-3-LP NRC Notified By: ADRIAN GONZALEZ HQ OPS Officer: VINCE KLCO Notification Date: 04/27/2012…

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Kewaunee redundant safety equipment rendered inoperable due to through wall leak

Event Number: 47871 Kewaunee BOTH TRAINS OF RESIDUAL HEAT REMOVAL DECLARED INOPERABLE “At 1742 EDT on 04/27/2012, while in Mode 5, both trains of RHR (Residual Heat Removal) were declared inoperable due to…

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Japanese nuclear power plant constructs 3/11 memorial museum to celebrate ‘Nuclear Safety Culture Day’ with local residents

In the first year after the March 11th disaster, the Shimane Nuclear Power Plant has worked hard to ensure local residents that nuclear safety is the top priority at the plant.  Months after…

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Background Paper on BWR Reactors for non-Nuclear Engineers – Fukushima reactor schematics, containment

From: Breskovic, Clarence To: Breskovic, Clarence Subject: Background Paper on BWR Reactors for non-Nuclear Engineers – Fukushima reactor schematics, containment, etc. Date: Friday, March 11, 2011 1:05:32 PM Attachments: ANSN BWR Paperpdf I attached…

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Work to load nuclear fuel at Kudankulam to begin soon

Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Srikumar Banerjee confirmed that all possible efforts are still being made to bring both reactors at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant to operational status as soon as possible. The…

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TEPCO releases plans to restart first nuclear power plant within next 24 months

TEPCO submitted a new restructuring plan to the central Japanese government industry minister Yukio Edano on Friday. The utility is hoping to raise its power rates for households by around 10 percent, cut…

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March 11th, 2011 – No cause for alarm even though the government has declared a “nuclear emergency situation”

From:Breskovic, Clarence To:Breskovic, Clarence Subject:Japan: Fukushima 1 & 2 cooling system problems Date:Friday, March 11, 2011 6:13:22 AM According to NHK TV news (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) the Fukishima 1 & 2 reactors are experiencing…

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Atomic Energy Commission finds reprocessing spent nuclear fuel far more expensive than direct disposal

Japans Atomic Energy Commission released new estimates of the cost of reprocessing current stockpiles of spent nuclear fuel generated from the nuclear power plants this week.  As of September 2011, Japan claimed nearly…

A fire broke out at Fessenheim Unit 2 this week

Local firefighters dispatched to France’s oldest operating nuclear power station after reported fire

Fessenheim is France’s oldest operating nuclear plant, first brought online in 1977, and has long faced ongoing debates about the adequacy of the seismic safety of the plant, which only escalated after the Fukushima nuclear disaster….

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Cesium contamination found in Tone River Crucian Carp over 180 km from Fukushima Daiichi

Japanese Authorities have alerted the public of measures taken to prevent contaminated fish caught over 180 kilometers (111.8 miles) from the Fukushima Daiichi plant from being shipped and sold in public markets. Chiba prefectural…

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Fish and shellfish within 5 km radius of Fukushima Daiichi found contaminated by Cesium up to 12 times national standards

Newly released results of nuclide analysis of contamination in fish and shellfish within a 5 km radius of Fukushima Daiichi, has revealed concentrations of Cesium 134 and Cesium 137 in excess of the…

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Earthquake woes continue to obfuscate restart of nuclear reactors

On Monday, a report by three Japanese utilities said that the Tomari nuclear plant in Hokkaido and the Tsuruga plant in Fukui Prefecture are at risk of earthquakes that exceed their designed quake-resistance…

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Group of hunger strikers camped outside of Ministry of Economy in Tokyo for over a week in protest of Ohi restart

Euronews reports that a group of hunger strikers camped outside the Ministry of Economy in central Toyko for the last week are protesting against the Japanese government’s plans to restart two of the…

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TEPCO used “quake-prone” circuit breakers at Fukushima Daiichi for decades despite warnings

The total loss of power at Fukushima Daiichi after the March 11th earthquake was worsened by a receiving circuit breaker of Okuma Line which despite being deemed “quake-prone” in 1978 remained installed and…

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NextEra and NRC to continue monitoring ASR degradation at Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant

The Seacost Online reported on a meeting this week between NextEra Energy, operators of the Seabrook nuclear plant, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday in Bethesda, Md., in which the utility…

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TEPCO plans to divert 1,000 tons of contaminated water per day flooding Fukushima Daiichi reactors into the Pacific Ocean

The amounts of contaminated water at Fukushima Daiichi have been increasing tremendously from groundwater and precipitation over the last year; mixing with the highly radioactive coolant water which is accumulating in the reactor…

Locations of RadNet monitors nationwide as of April 2011

Inspector General Audit of EPA RadNet system during Fukushima disaster highlights weaknesses of key national asset

An April 19th report by the EPA Inspector General’s Office casts more doubt on an already embattled radiation monitoring system in the United States after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. This…

Osaka prefecture governor Ichiro Matsui and Osaka city mayor Toru Hashimoto have jointly submitted an 8-point proposal to the central government listing conditions that should be met before the first reactors are restarted following the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Japanese officials push for complete rewrite of national nuclear safety standards

In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japanese officials from Osaka have said that a system should be put in place so that power companies form safety agreements with prefectural governments that…

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