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Ex-fugitive reactor operator accepts plea deal

Landon Brittain, formerly a senior reactor operator at the Dresden nuclear power plant, pled guilty to one count of Obstruction of Justice/Destruction of Evidence, which carries a three year jail sentence. Just one…

Japan Nuclear No Experts

TEPCO submits new restructuring plan to Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund

Tokyo Electric submitted a new 10 year restructuring plan to the Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund on Tuesday which eyes the creation of a special decommissioning unit to manage the work at the…

Fukushima Daiichi barrier leak

Further problems of radioactive leaks with tank farm at Fukushima Daiichi

Tokyo Electric officials announced that they found water coming from foundation joints of the barrier wall which surrounds tanks storing highly contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Some 2.6 tons…

Fukushima Daiichi Site 2013

Japan increases support to Fukushima clean up but TEPCO retains management role

Originally, Tokyo Electric was to be held liable for all costs stemming from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, but in September the Japanese government stepped in and began providing financial help.  Now the…

Hexacopter

IAEA promotes hexacopter drone to measure radiation levels around Fukushima

Levels of contamination in and around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are continuing to rise since the March 11th nuclear disaster.  In the town of Marumori, officials measured 10 fallen cedar tree…

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Third licensed reactor operator at Grand Gulf tests positive for illegal drugs this year

A licensed reactor operator at the Grand Gulf nuclear power plant in Mississippi failed a random fitness for duty test after testing positive for illegal drugs.  At this time the employee has been…

LargeByron2003

Are nuclear regulators making the industry safer?

In Japan, like the United States, utilities have a lot of influence in politics and regulations, and lobby to delay legislation which affects the bottom line of their nuclear facilities.  At Fukushima Daiichi,…

Nuclear Reactor Controls

Do nuclear safety regulations ensure that trustworthy and reliable people have unescorted access to nuclear power facilities

To work at a nuclear facility in the United States, a worker must be trustworthy and reliable in the eyes of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the licensee.  The problem is that no…

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 and Unit 2 exhaust stack

TEPCO investigates radiation levels of exhaust stack at Fukushima Daiichi

Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant used a camera attached to a long pole with a dosimeter to explore highly radioactive areas near the combined exhaust stack for Unit 1 and…

Jan Carlos Lentijo of the International Atomic Energy Agency

Regulators urge TEPCO to dump tritiated water into the Pacific Ocean

On Tuesday, Shinichi Tanaka, Chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority in Japan warned the press that low-level contaminated water stored at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant represented one of the biggest…

ALPS - Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO forced to shut down contaminated water processing system at Fukushima Daiichi again

Workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are working around the clock to cool reactors and spent fuel pools.  They are accumulating massive amounts of highly contaminated water from the cooling…

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant - NY

Fitness for Duty program under investigation at Indian Point nuclear power plant

On November 21st, 2013, NRC inspectors were performing an Access Authorization Fitness for Duty Baseline Inspection.  A portion of the Baseline Inspection program works to verify the accuracy and completeness of performance indicators…

Bob Alvarez - St Louis

Public meeting tonight in St. Louis to discuss radioactive waste at public landfill

Today I am in St. Louis, Missouri, with Bob Alvarez from the Institute for Policy Studies.  We will be presenting a study of the nuclear waste from the nuclear weapons program which was…

Unit 4 Spent Fuel Pool Cask

TEPCO begins critical work unloading Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent fuel pool

On Monday at 15:18, TEPCO workers began work removing spent fuel from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent fuel pool, which holds 1,533 assemblies.  Of the 1,533 assemblies, 1,311 are spent fuel,…

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 Suppression Chamber - November 2013

Leaks confirmed in Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 containment vessel

After two and a half years, two leaks have been found in the containment vessel of the Unit 1 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Workers used a robotic boat equipped…

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Supervisor at Harris nuclear power plant fails fitness for duty test

A supervisor at the Harris nuclear power plant in North Carolina confirmed positive during a for-cause fitness for duty test.  The licensee terminated the employee’s access to the facility. Fitness for duty tests…

VC Summer Construction Site

Failure of Fitness for Duty program identified at VC Summer nuclear site

An investigation of the Fitness for Duty program launched this week at the VC Summer nuclear power plant in South Carolina found a serious violation at the Unit 2 and Unit 3 construction…

Monju Fast Breeder Reactor - Japan

Nuclear safety body slams safety standards at Monju fast breeder reactor

According to government inspectors, Japan Atomic Energy Agency failed to meet 4 anti-terrorism requirements necessary to protect nuclear materials.  The JAEC failed to document the identification of visitors to sensitive areas, conduct background…

Water bottles used as radiation shielding

Elementary school in Japan using water bottles to shield students from radiation

An elementary school in Koriyama City, which is located in Fukushima Prefecture some 34 miles west of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, is using water bottles to shield radiation coming from the…

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US: Japan should accept liability to receive international help at Fukushima Daiichi

As reported last week, United States Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz requested that Japan join a treaty called the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damages.  This treaty collects funds from participating nations to…

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