September 2012
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J-Power to finish construction of first nuclear reactor designed to run exclusively on MOX fuel

The Electric Power Development Company began construction in 2008 on the nuclear power plant in Ohma Town, but work was suspended after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.  The Ohma project is J-Powers first…

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Contraband found concealed above ceiling tiles at Braidwood nuclear power plant

A contractor working above a locker room during renovations discovered contraband material hidden above the ceiling tiles.  No further details have been provided at this time. Power Reactor Event Number: 48351 Facility: BRAIDWOOD…

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US congressmen propose legislation to delay nuclear relicensing requests

U.S. Representatives John Tierney and Edward Markey, both Massachusetts Democrats, said their proposal – the Nuclear Reactor Safety First Act – would provide “greater certainty” over the safety of older nuclear plants, according…

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Illegal immigrant employed with subcontractor conducting construction work at Palo Verde Nuclear Station

An individual employed with a construction project sub-contractor arrived at the Security Owner Controlled Area (SOCA) of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, and was detained by security officers after presenting a fake drivers…

The underground water storage tank installation at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station as seen on June 18, 2012

Japan’s government stymied by persistent resistance to disposal site selection process

Japanese officials are working to select sites for the permanent disposal of more than 50,000 tons of sewage sludge and incinerated ash contaminated by fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Currently the government…

Monju was never intended to be primarily a generator of electricity, despite the ¥960 billion or so the government has poured into it.

Japan to restart fast breeder program at Monju in order to ‘achieve something significant for humanity’

Japan hopes to restart the fast breeder in 2013, which prior to the Fukushima nuclear disaster was called the world’s most dangerous reactor. “It will depend on the results of the testing now…

The explosion at Reactor 1 did not effect the towers in the same manner

March 12th, 2011 – They may have done exactly what Mitch said – flooded the cavity and then they got a steam explosion

From: Gayrilas, Mirela To: Gibson. Kathy; Case, Michael Cc: Lee. Richard Subject: FW: Fukushima Date: Saturday, March 12, 2011 6:55:30 AM Any info that can be shared with our contractor at ANL? He…

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Hawaii employing radiation detector at debris landing sites

This last week, officials in Hawaii received a $15,000 portable radiation detection device, paid for with federal grants, which will make it quicker to test potentially dangerous marine debris. “Not only do you…

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In-Focus Japan: Tsunami debris from Fukushima quarantined in Hawaii – Tokyo exhibit showcases new nuclear decontamination tech

Radiation levels too high to allow residents to return to Okuma for at least 5 years Source: The Japan Times Japan’s tsunami debris lands in Hawaii A large plastic bin is the first…

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TEPCO releases video and photos of Unit 3 spent fuel pool after steel frame accident

Around 11:07 AM on September 22nd, while working on removing debris from atop the crippled reactor building, a heavy thousand pound steel frame was knocked into Reactor 3’s spent fuel pool. The steel…

University of Missouri requested to indefinitely postpone cleanup in building where radiation levels exceed regulations

NRC to send inspectors to check radiation monitoring at University of Missouri building

Inspectors from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be inspecting Pickard Hall at the University of Missouri next week to check how radiation levels are being monitored. Pickard Hall was built in 1892 and…

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$134 million in costs to restart Fort Calhoun to be spread out over 10 years

As the escalating costs of downtime and repairs at Fort Calhoun continue to pile up, the OPPD Board of Directors has approved a plan to spread out the cost over a period of…

The crippled TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant reactor buildings are seen in Fukushima prefecture

In-Focus Japan: 1590 microsieverts per hour detected in Futaba just before Unit 1 explosion – More utilities seeking rate increases

1590 microsieverts per hour detected in Futaba just before Unit 1 explosion on March 12th The 1590 uSv/hr measurement was observed at 15:00 on March 12th after venting to reduce the pressure levels…

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In-Focus Japan: New regulator continues proliferating promises made by predecessors – Canada still importing seafood from Japan

China intercepts 9.26 tons of contaminated scrap metal from Fukushima According to China Central Television (CCTV), metal imported by Ningbo Huanjin Recycling Metal Co. Ltd, which belongs to Japan’s Taiwa Trade Co Ltd…

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In-Focus Japan: Noda taps Tanaka as Nuclear Regulatory Commission head – New energy policy creates conflict in cabinet

Noda appoints former deputy head of Atomic Energy Commission to new post as head of Nuclear Regulatory Authority Japan’s new regulatory commission is charged with the critical work of improving transparency and public…

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Power industry and regulators join to promote America’s nuclear future

Nuclear future powered by networking between perceived adversaries State and Federal officials will join with industry heavyweights to influence the public of the vital need (and proposed need for a growing share) of…

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In-Focus Japan: Japan presents new energy policy to IAEA – Germany welcomes policy and calls

Japan reveals new energy policy to IAEA In a five-day meeting this week, Japan announced its new goal to shut down active nuclear power plants in the 2030s. Source: JiJi Press Source: JiJi…

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Supervisor at Saint Lucie fails fitness for duty test after positive alcohol test

FITNESS FOR DUTY – CONTRACT SUPERVISOR TESTED POSITIVE FOR ALCOHOL A non-licensed contract employee supervisor had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee’s access to the plant has…

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Japan already justifying exceptions to new energy policy

The recent energy policy named the “Revolutionary Energy and Environment Strategy” by its authors which was adopted in Japan this week was founded upon three principles, no reactor should operate over the 40…

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Nuclear industry takes big hit as former nuclear powers reveal plans to sharply reduce nuclear dependence

This week, Japan and France revealed plans to sharply curb reliance on nuclear energy following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster last year.  Scientists in Japan have also heavily criticized the nation’s nuclear fuel…

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