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NRC monitoring “unusual event” after Prairie Island Unit 2 reactor coolant leak

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it’s monitoring a decrease in the coolant level in 1 of the two reactors at the Prairie Island nuclear power plant in Welch Minnesota.  An “unusual event” occurred…

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Sizewell B nuclear station still offline after shutting down due to fault on Friday – Wind power to cover nuclear energy shortfall

The SIZEWELL B nuclear power station stopped generating electricity on Friday evening following an electrical fault. Turbines 1 and 2 at the site dropped offline at 8.15pm on Friday. Engineers are investigating the…

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One year after Fukushima – Defining and classifying a disaster (Part One)

This is the first in a series of articles dedicated to preserve the facts revealed about the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Disaster A disaster is a natural or man-made (or technological) hazard that has come to fruition, resulting in an event…

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Fidel Castro – “Nuclear plants should not be built, because they are very dangerous objects”

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro took part in a gathering for Japanese atomic-bomb survivors organized by the Cuban government and a Japanese NGO on Thursday in Havana, criticizing the use of nuclear weapons…

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Record 5.5 Trillion Yen Lawsuit Filed Against TEPCO

TEPCO shareholders have filed a lawsuit at the Tokyo District Court against 27 utility executives.  The plaintiffs are jointly seeking a record 5.5 trillion yen (S$85 billion) in compensation, claiming that the accident…

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New Nuclear Reactor Consequences Analyses downplays risk of “unlikely” nuclear accident in United States

            As the first anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster arrives, the cover-up involving nuclear power is more extensive than ever. The Big Lie was integral to…

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Local Japanese governments overwhelmed by contaminated waste raise risk of recontamination

Mountains of rubble piling up in some prefectures can be measured in terms of decades of waste, equivalent to 11 years of waste in Iwate prefecture, and 19 years of waste in Miyagi…

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Cesium contamination affects forests over 80 km from Fukushima Daiichi – Namie levels spike up to 4,400,000 bq/kg in leaves

New surveys released by the Forestry Agency in Japan show that leaves in Fukushima prefecture near Namie, Futaba-machi, and other areas over 30 km from Fukushima Daiichi are contaminated up to 4,400,000 bq/kg…

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San Onofre Reactor 2 forced to delay restart until further steam generator analysis complete

Southern California Edison said Friday that refueling operations at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station’s Unit 2 reactor are complete after nearly half of the reactor fuel was replaced with new fuel.  The nuclear…

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Report says Fukushima Reactor 2 containment possibly failed shortly after the earthquake

Researchers from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency have conducted simulations that show that Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 2 may have sustained damage immediately after the earthquake.   The simulations showed that a hole possibly 6…

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13 transmission lines downed as tornadoes rip through Tennessee and force Sequoyah unit to 70% power

The Tennessee Valley Authority has activated its Transmission Emergency Operations Center to assess the damage and manage the response to today’s severe storms.  Sequoyah Unit 2 is currently at about 70 percent power…

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Nuclear power plant outages in US up 60% over five-year average – Twice as high as last year

Reuters data reports show US nuclear power plants outages were twice as high as they were last year, and over 60% higher than the over the five-year average. More than 18,000 megawatts (MW) of…

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Many local Japanese officials still on TEPCO payroll – Younger generations of TEPCO workers fear stable future work environment

Tokyo Electric Power Co. is under fire for trying to raise consumers’ electricity bills before making sufficient efforts to streamline its management.  The Japanese government is set to take a majority stake in…

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What is the future of nuclear safety after Fukushima?

Fukushima alone cannot change future approaches to nuclear safety In Japan, TEPCO’s approach to safety remained lax even as the Fukushima disaster was unfolding, leading to a significant lack of trust in the…

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Scientists estimates of cesium released from Fukushima doubled previous numbers

Last summer, the Japanese government estimated that the March 11 Fukushima accident released 15,000 terabecquerels of cesium. Japanese researchers have newly released data that shows a  mind-boggling 40,000 trillion becquerels (40,000 terabecquerels, or 40…

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San Onofre Steam Generator defects identified and repaired by Mitsubishi prior to installation in 2009

Newly released documents from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission show that cracks associated with welding defects were identified in a Japanese steam generator for a nuclear reactor in California in 2009 before its…

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High levels of cesium from Fukushima found near elementary school in Yokohama Japan

High levels of radioactive cesium were found in an area near an elementary school in Yokohama and official levels have been registered over 6.85 uSv/hr.   After investigation officials believe that the radiation accumulated…

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Alarms at Japanese nuclear power plant and processing facility after magnitude 5 earthquake

At 7:30 am local time March 1st, a magnitude 5 earthquake hit 68 miles from TOKYO, Japan.  After the earthquake, alarms sounded from the nuclear fuel processing plants and Tokai 2 nuclear power plant…

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SECOND Loss of Offsite Power at the Byron Nuclear Power Plant Since January 23 – No Inclement Weather

For the second time in a month, a power interruption caused operators at Byron Generating Station to declare an “unusual event,” officials said in a news release sent around 10 p.m. Tuesday. Byron…

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The difficult task of getting information from TEPCO after Fukushima

Why is it so hard to get information from TEPCO? On February 26th, we reported on the fire at Tokyo Electric Power Companies Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant, smoke was detected in a building full of…

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