August 2012
Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 Before and After

In-Focus Japan: Japan to study genetic effects of radiation – Hokkaido working on hydrogen explosion prevention

Hokkaido University working on new technologies to prevent hydrogen explosions A research team from Hokkaido University will create 1:1000th and 1:200th scale models of reactor buildings to study the convection flow of hydrogen,…

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Former NRC Chairman Jaczko travels to Japan and urges transparency of nuclear regulators

Former United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko traveled to Japan this week, meeting Fukushima residents and stressing the importance of open dialogue and full information disclosure from the new nuclear safety…

SONGS

San Onofre Reactor 2 to be subject of cost-benefit analysis

Like the rest of the year, August 2012 has been a tumultuous rollercoaster for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.  The utility announced that Unit 3 was no closer to restart and that…

Nuclear Energy

Changing the rules – It’s not just regulatory capture, it’s a whole new game

NISA plans to ok operations at nuclear power plants built above faults Despite its conflict of interest, lack of public trust, and pending abolishment, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has released plans…

PM Noda inspects decontamination work in Fukushima

In-Focus Japan: Fukushima farmers continue decontamination of pasture grass – Japan to revise disaster food-security guidelines

Fukushima farmers continuing decontamination work Livestock farmers in Fukushima Prefecture have been working to decontaminate the land used for pasture, in an attempt to resume the use of pasture grass for cattle next…

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Japanese government to fund algae decontamination project at over 100 contaminated sites

OriginOil has announced that its research partner in Japan has received government funding approval for a program to use the company’s algae harvester to clean the radioactive waste from contaminated sites in Fukushima where the…

Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 4 ground

April 5th, 2011 – Notes From Science Experts Call on Fukushima Disaster – SFP Assessment – External Drywell Cooling

Science Experts Call/April 5, 2011 – Prepared by Doug Burs, INL I. Spent Fuel Pool Assessment 1. The option of filling a spent fuel pool with borated sand in the event of a high…

Molten Core Post Test Results

April 2nd 2011 – Questions and Data on Core-Concrete Interactions

Q: What degradation mechanism can result from interaction of molten core and concrete? A: If molten core contacts concrete, a chemical reaction will occur that generates noncondensable gases. This is a slow degradation…

Fukushima Daiichi Reactors 3 and 4

In-Focus Japan: Disease-related deaths soar in disaster affected prefecture – Experts warn Japanese government majority of citizens want to abandon nuclear power

Disease-related deaths in Miyagi Prefecture soars after March 11th disaster A study by Tohoku University lead by Professor Hiroaki Shimokawa showed that the number of cases of heart failure, stroke, pneumonia, and cardiac…

March 12th, - March 24th, 2011 - Estimated equivalent dose at thyroid to one year old infant from Fukushima plume

March 12th, – March 24th, 2011 – Estimated equivalent dose at thyroid to one year old infant from Fukushima plume

Pages From ML12096A069 – March 23rd, 2011 – A Trial Calculation Using the System for Predicting Environment…

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Exelon shuts down nuclear construction plans due to uneconomical markets

Exelon has informed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it is withdrawing its Early Site Permit application for a new nuclear construction project in Texas.  The continuing plunge of natural gas prices, economic conditions,…

March 22nd, 2011 - Source terms and doses exceeding PAGs - Drywell reading source terms

March 22nd, 2011 – Source terms and doses exceeding PAGs – Drywell reading source terms

Pages From ML12096A069 – March 22nd, 2011 – Source Terms and Doses Exceeding PAGs – Drywell Reading Source …

Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant's contaminated water storage tanks are seen in Fukushima prefecture

In-Focus Japan: Nuclear power plant may be subject to referendum – TEPCO running out of space for contaminated water storage

Japan considers budget for research of direct disposal methods for spent nuclear fuel Japan’s science ministry is considering including funds for the research and development for the direct disposal of spent nuclear fuel…

Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 4 SFP Unused Assembly Test - Fuel Assembly Investigation

TEPCO studying how to remove fuel rods from crippled Reactor 4 spent fuel pool

In July, workers at Fukushima Daiichi removed 2 unused fuel assemblies from the spent fuel pool of Reactor 4.  On Monday, TEPCO examined one of the assemblies to determine the extent of the…

SCE SONGS

Edison workers to remove nuclear fuel from San Onofre Reactor 3

Southern California Edison workers will remove the fuel rods inside the disabled Unit 3 reactor, and move them into storage in mid-September, Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspector Gregory Warnick told The Associated Press on…

March 24th, 2011 - Fukushima Daiichi Reactors Spent Fuel Pool Details - Pool Locations

March 24th, 2011 – Fukushima Daiichi Reactors Spent Fuel Pool Details – Pool Locations

Pages From ML12096A069 – March 24th, 2011 – Fukushima Daiichi Reactors Spent Fuel Pool Details – Pool Locat…

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In-Focus San Onofre – USGS systems overwhelmed by outbreak of earthquakes in California – Nuclear security officer hid DUI charges for nearly 3 months

USGS systems overwhelmed by outbreak of up to 70 earthquakes felt on Sunday in California and Arizona On Sunday, up to 70 earthquakes were felt from Orange County to San Diego County, and…

Fukushima Daiichi Cam

In-Focus Japan: Gamma rays emitting from disaster debris challenge for Fukushima workers

Japanese report to the IAEA reveals worries about gamma rays escaping from disaster debris In a report on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Shinichi Kuroki, NISA deputy director general for nuclear power told…

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Silence Deafening – A mother’s perspective on the Fukushima nuclear disaster

By Karl Grossman Amid the cover-up of the Fukushima nuclear power disaster, the title of Kimberly Roberson’s book rings so unfortunately true: Silence Deafening, Fukushima Fallout…A Mother’s Response. It’s relatively brief at 69…

Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 4 - Photos courtesy of TEPCO (6)

In-Focus Japan – Over 150 Fukushima workers cumulative exposure levels exceed 5 year limit – NISA orders investigation of fault zones under Monju and Mihama nuclear sites

NISA orders re-examination of Monju and Mihama nuclear plants in Fukui Prefecture NISA and METI have acknowledged the possibility of active fault zones directly underneath the reactor buildings of multiple nuclear power plants…

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