In 2012, Michael Buhrman and Landon Brittain worked together as senior reactor operators at the Dresden nuclear power plant in Morris, Illinois.

The Saga of Michael Buhrman and Landon Brittain

Michael Buhrman, 31, began his career in the nuclear industry after being honorably discharged in from the Navy nuclear program in 2005, where he had worked as a reactor operator and nuclear electronics…

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Levels of contamination on-site at Fukushima Daiich soaring as typhoons slam Japan

Tokyo Electric has continued to conduct measurements around storage tanks which leaked some 300 tons of contaminated water in August.  The utility announced on Thursday that 140,000 becquerels per liter of beta-emitting radioactive…

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Licensed reactor operator at Oconee nuclear plant fails fitness for duty test

A licensed reactor operator at the Oconee nuclear power plant in South Carolina tested positive for alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test at 6:32 PM on Tuesday October 22nd.  The employee has had…

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Calvert Cliffs supervisor fails fitness for duty test

A supervisor at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Maryland confirmed positive for alcohol during a random fitness for duty test at 11:00 am on Tuesday.  The employee’s access to the plant…

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TEPCO plans a new ‘freeze’ mission in underground tunnels at Fukushima Daiichi

Tokyo Electric has been struggling to deal with contaminated water both above and below ground at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.  Tunnels connected to the turbine buildings have provided areas for…

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Licensed reactor operator fails for-cause fitness for duty test

A licensed reactor operator at the Surry nuclear power plant in Virginia confirmed positive for alcohol during a for-cause fitness for duty test.  The employee’s access was not revoked, but was placed on…

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Japanese government unable to persuade citizens of necessity of nuclear energy says former prime minister

An opinion poll conducted by NHK of Japan, found that nearly half of those responding were against the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s plan to allow the restart of shut down nuclear reactors after safety…

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40% of nuclear equipment exported from Japan failed to undergo safety inspections

The Mainichi Shimbun report that nearly half of Japanese nuclear power plant equipment exported over the last ten years failed to undergo safety inspections through the national government.  Instead of requiring all equipment…

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Evacuation drill in Japan has residents flee in same direction as radiation carried by the wind

After the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, there has been concern in Japan and around the world about the effectiveness of emergency evacuation guidelines around nuclear power plants.  Japan was forced had to rethink…

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Four Exelon employees arrested in the last 18 months

In 2012, two licensed senior reactor operators from the Dresden nuclear power plant – which is owned and operated by Exelon, hijacked a young woman’s car at gun point and attempted to flee…

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Chairman of Japanese nuclear regulator blames declining worker morale for Fukushima leaks and problems

On Wednesday, Shunichi Tanaka, Chairman of Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority, suggested that one of the causes of radioactive leaks and other problems at Fukushima Daiichi is due to a decline in worker moral. …

Michael Buhrman, the infamous former licensed senior nuclear reactor operator turned fugitive is still at large and is believed to have fled the country to evade capture by authorities.  Buhrman was convicted last month of aggravated vehicular hijacking and vehicular hijacking and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Fugutive reactor operator Michael Burhman reportedly arrested in Venezuela

According to reports, fugitive Michael Buhrman – the former senior reactor operator at the Dresden nuclear power plant in Illinois described by a State Attorney as “dangerous and evil”, was arrested last Tuesday…

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Japanese Prime Minister admits need for international aid at Fukushima Daiichi

Despite the fact that over the weekend, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe admitted that Japan was in need of international expertise to handle the crisis at Fukushima Daiichi, the continuous string of failures,…

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Fukushima governor distrustful of TEPCO’s promises after recent leaks

Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato is questioning the honesty of TEPCO President Naomi Hirose after the most recent leaks at Fukushima Daiichi.  Recently, Hirose had been speaking to the prefectural assembly, when he promised…

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TEPCO submits criteria to the Nuclear Regulation Authority to dump contaminated rainwater in ocean

Tokyo Electric, the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, has submitted a new plan for handling and discharging contaminated rainwater into the Pacific Ocean.  Last month, after a tropical storm…

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Supervisor at fuel fabrication facility fails for-cause fitness-for-duty test

A supervisor at the Nuclear Fuel Services Uranium Fuel Fabrication facility in Erwin, Tennessee tested positive for alcohol after a for-cause fitness for duty test.  A for-cause fitness for duty test is administered…

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Japan to accept help from France at Fukushima Daiichi

After the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster Japan thought TEPCO would be able to manage the problem, but earlier this year the government was forced to step in and play a bigger role.  Now,…

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FirstEnergy announces cracks in Davis Besse containment building expanding

During a refueling outage in the fall of 2011, workers at the Davis Besse nuclear power plant discovered 30-foot long cracks in the two-and-a-half foot thick concrete walls of the containment building which…

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TEPCO failed to deliver on promise to install fence to restrict contamination from leaking into Pacific Ocean

Both Japan and TEPCO have drawn harsh international criticism for slow responses to contaminated water leaks from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.  When Japan was lobbying to host the 2020 olympics, Prime…

On Sunday and Monday, a severe tropical storm swept over Japan and heavy rains were experienced at the Fukushima Daiichi site, which led Tokyo Electric workers to release more than 1,100 tons of contaminated rainwater, which contained some 25 becquerels per liter of radiation, onto the surrounding area to prevent more-contaminated water from leaking.

Japanese ministers miss the point at Fukushima Daiichi

Earlier this month, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires, that the “effects from the contaminated water have been perfectly blocked within the (artificial) bay” of the…

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