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New California ad campaign targets San Onofre reactor problems

Friends of the Earth launched a new television ad campaign today targeting the utility Southern California Edison, the operator of the troubled San Onofre nuclear reactors, which are currently closed due to serious…

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Real and Present Threat to Japanese Nuclear Safety

Japan had admitted it was unprepared for a disaster on the scale of the Fukushima nuclear crisis in a June 2011 report to the UN’s atomic agency, and vowed to implement new safety…

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South Africa to consider restarting uranium enrichment program

South Africa’s nuclear weapons program was voluntarily dismantled in the early 1990s, remaining the only country ever to have dismantled a nuclear program.   Post-Fukushima, South Africa is still being pushed to develop a…

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US Scientists publish report on I-131 I-129 and Be-7 from Fukushima meltdown

To better understand iodine transport, Joshua Landis and a team drawn from Dartmouth’s Department of Earth Science and Department of Geography recently published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences related…

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Chubu Electric told 18 ft seawall not enough protection at Hamaoka nuclear

Chubu Electric had been building an 18 ft seawall at it’s Hamaoka plant in response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.  Japan’s nuclear safety agency has instructed Chubu Electric Power Company to implement comprehensive…

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Mini-Nukes for your Home

Tiger Direct has been chosen as the leading launch partner and is offering an exclusive breakthrough technology pending approval by the NRC.  It’s the one and only Kube X15 MiniNuke Super-Portable Generator. It’s not a…

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Current Business Wisdom: No Nukes

Editor’s Note Most of us are aware of the Nuclear Energy Institute [NEI] big bucks PR push for new nukes, now that the ongoing mass meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi have faded (by design)…

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Virginia Mining Wars

Virginia Uranium Inc. is pushing to lift a 30-year ban on uranium mining in Virginia so it can mine and mill the radioactive metal in Southside where the waste would remain toxic for…

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Japanese “Stress Tests” put more pressure on local municipalities than nuclear reactors

The Fukushima disaster has brought about no major shifts in Japan’s energy policy, or the absolute safety of its nuclear program.  In fact the Japanese government has repeatedly weakened its stance on nuclear…

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California kelp impact by Fukushima Iodine – May affect certain fish thyroid systems

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, damaged by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 released large amounts of radioactive iodine into the atmosphere.  In a report by the  Environmental Health News, it has been…

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First relocation plans after Fukushima disaster set to be approved by Japanese government

The Japanese government is expected to approve relocation plans from two municipal governments in northeastern Japan, who were harshly affected by the Fukushima disaster.  Such an action would mark the first approvals to…

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20 km Marine study around Fukushima Daiichi finds high concentrations of cesium in fish and shellfish

No. – Name of sampling point –  Depth ① 1km offshore of Murakami, Odaka Ward 7m ② 2km offshore of Murakami, Odaka Ward 10m ③ 1km offshore of Ukedo, Namie Town 7m ④…

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Japan to continue attempts to restart nuclear reactors prior to launching new nuclear safety agency

“I cannot believe this is how the restart of the Oi reactors is going to happen.” All of Japan’s nuclear power plants have been required to undergo two-phase stress tests following the March…

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The National Academy of Sciences submits phase 1 findings on analysis of cancer risks in populations near nuclear facilities

A pair of recent reports from the UK and Germany found a relationship between childhood leukemia and proximity to nuclear facilities.  The last major US analysis on this subject was completed in 1990 and found no correlation. That study…

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December inspection failures of standby shutdown systems leaves Oconee Nuclear under heightened NRC oversight

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s annual review states that Oconee Nuclear met all safety objectives in 2011, however the federal agency will keep the nuclear power plant under heightened NRC oversight due to a December…

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Radioactive cesium over government standards found in rainwater collection tanks in Yokohama City over 250 km from Fukushima Daiichi

NHK reports sand from underground rainwater collection tanks at elementary and junior high schools in Yokohama City have been found contaminated with radioactive cesium in excess of 16,800 becquerels per kilogram, well over…

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Japan’s Atomic Energy Commission proposes to continue reprocessing plutonium, using MOX fuel, and fast breeder reactor technology

Japan has essentially made no further progress in management and disposal plans for spent nuclear fuel from its nuclear power plants.  Japan has long held a stubborn commitment to the development of a…

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Compton Camera built with space technology makes Fukushima radiation visible

Japanese researchers from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, have developed a super-wide angle digital camera capable of depicting radiation in the environment. The camera has been developed at the request of the Tokyo…

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TEPCO battles to maintain temperature and pressure gauges at Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 1

At 11:00 am on March 29th, Tokyo Electric also known as TEPCO confirmed that the meters for measuring the water level of the reactor at fuel level B, the containment vessel, and the…

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Arkansas Nuclear One Unit 2 – Spent Fuel Handling Machine not fully qualified for a seismic event

“The following condition is being reported by Arkansas Nuclear One, Unit 2 (ANO-2) in accordance with 10CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B), ‘Unanalyzed Condition.’ Conservative engineering analysis has determined that the Spent Fuel Handling Machine (2H-3) is…

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