May 2012
Japan Debris

Group of US students set to depart next week for Fukushima cleanup mission

With support from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Fukushima University and MTSU International Affairs, a group of 10 students and two professors from Middle Tennessee State University will leave Nashville early Monday, June…

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GE developing fiber optic gamma radiation dose rate detection and measurement system

One of the lesser-known qualities of glass is that it can serve as a sensor for detecting and measuring gamma radiation. Gamma rays are energetic enough to create color centers, or pointlike defects,…

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Diet panel and TEPCO may square off over plans to abandon Fukushima Daiichi reactors at height of nuclear disaster

A Diet panel investigating the causes of the nuclear crisis recently interviewed key politicians who responded to the early stage of the emergency, hoping to bring one important fact point to light, whether…

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Japan hoping to announce restart of Ohi nuclear power plant as soon as next week

At the time of the Fukushima crisis, former Prime Minister Naoto Kan called on Japan to move past a future with nuclear power. The government of current Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has softened Kan’s…

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FOIA Archive Release – Spent Fuel Pool LOCA – EPZ Evacuation Zones and KI – Risk Safety and Cost in Regulating Nuclear Energy

Petition to Suspend All Pending Reactor Licensing Decisions and Related Rule Making Decision Spending Investigation of Lessons Learned From Fukushima Daiichinuclear Power Station Accident Severe Accidents in Spent Fuel Poolsin Support of Generic…

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Bring-Your-Own-Device to work at the NRC

Nuclear Regulatory Commission employees will be able to use their own mobile devices for work later this year as part of a new federal digital strategy to reform federal mobility, websites and the…

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Kazakhstan to work towards launch of international fuel bank in 2013 at Ulba Metallurgic plant

An international bank of nuclear fuel capable of storing up to 60 tons is to be launched in Kazakhstan in 2013, according to Timur Zhantikin, Head of the State Agency for Nuclear Power…

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New lawsuit filed against Sendai nuclear power plant – More than 100 Namie residents died during Fukushima evacuations

A group of more than 1,000 residents filed a lawsuit Wednesday arguing that Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture violates their personal right and right to live guaranteed by the constitution and…

Tsukiji Wholesale Fish Market Opens First Auction Of The New Year

Fukushima Radiation found in Tuna caught near San Diego only 5 months after Fukushima disaster

Five months after the Fukushima disaster, Daniel J. Madigan a marine ecologist at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove (Monterey County), Nicholas Fisher, a marine scientist internationally known as a specialist in radiation…

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Japanese cell phone to be equipped with gamma radiation detector and GPS mapping software

Major Japanese phone carrier Softbank is releasing a smartphone, the Pantone 5 107SH, this summer with a built-in radiation detector.  Softbank announced the phone on Tuesday at a launch event for new products….

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Japan halts review of national nuclear policy after draft report scandal

The Japan Atomic Energy Commission has decided to suspend a review of the country’s nuclear policy guidelines currently being conducted by an expert panel after some of the panelists expressed concerns over the…

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Germany can show the world what resolve and sound governance can accomplish

Germany has remained a net exporter of electricity even after shutting down its whole nuclear fleet.  Still some critics say renewable energy is not reliable enough nor is there enough capacity to power…

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Missing the institutional point – Have nuclear regulators gone native?

By Karl Grossman The resignation last week of the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is another demonstration of the bankrupt basis of the NRC. Gregory Jaczko repeatedly called for the NRC…

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Nukes Run Wild – Momentous week in nuclear world

It has been a momentous week in the nuclear world. Last week’s announcement of the long-expected resignation of NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko seems to have set off a flurry of activity in the…

Bill Moore, Chief Executive Officer of Deepwater Wind speaks at the Reuters Global Climate and Alternative Energy Summit in Boston

Deepwater Wind – Path-breaking things from the “Johnny Appleseed of Wind”

By Karl Grossman “You have to think big in today’s world,” said William Moore, chief executive officer of Deepwater Wind. The company is poised to do “some path-breaking things” in harvesting wind power…

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Japan struggling with burden of decontamination and rehabilitation of Fukushima disaster

The Japanese government will offer around 3.3 billion dollars in reconstruction grants to communities heavily affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The move is the second round of grants to be…

Waterford Nuclear

Investigation underway after beer bottle found in protected area at Waterford 3

Wednesday May 23rd, at approximately 1700 hours, a beer bottle was discovered in a trash can inside the protected area at Waterford Nuclear Power plant.  The bottle was discovered during trash collection by housekeeping…

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May 25th, 2012 – FOIA Archive Release – Fukushima Daiichi – Cooling reactors through drywell – How much of Unit 2 core is still in RPV?

Last Updated – 9:50 AM A New Strategy for the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster The Domino Theory (the Plausible Hypothetical Worst Case) is Not Any Longer Credibly Possible – Pages From ML12122A221 IAEA Activities…

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Subsidies for new nuclear reactors are a “bet the farm” investment

The traditional business model of “build plants, sell power” and its era are over;  the rapid changes underway require a more agile, many-faceted approach to meeting energy demand in a responsible manner.  Fukushima…

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Reporters without borders blasts TEPCO and Japan over unacceptable restrictions on freelance journalists

A year after the nuclear disaster, restrictions on freelance journalists remain stricter than those that apply to journalists affiliated to a news organization. The foreign media are still largely under-represented. Only two Japanese…

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