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Debris removal operations being carried out at the Unit 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are being blamed for large releases of radiation into the environment.

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 debris removal operations released 280 billion becquerels per hour

TEPCO has announced that they estimate some 1.1 trillion becquerels of radiation was released during debris cleanup operations at the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 reactor.  According to TEPCO’s estimates the removal work generated…

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Columbia generating station supervisor fails fitness for duty test

On Monday, a supervisor at the Columbia Generating Station in Washington confirmed positive for a controlled substance after a random fitness for duty test. The licensee terminated the employee’s access to the plant….

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Surry supervisor fails fitness for duty test

On Thursday, July 17th, a supervisory employee at the Surry nuclear power plant in Virginia confirmed positive for alcohol during a follow-up fitness for duty test.  A follow-up fitness for duty test is…

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EPA Wants My Opinion? Well, Here It Is…

The Environmental Protection Agency – the overseers of the suspiciously on-again/off-again RadNet monitoring system in the wake of the 2011 mass meltdown/blow-outs at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power station – has helpfully extended the public…

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Crystal River supervisor violates fitness for duty policy

On Thursday, July 10th, around 10:00 am an employee supervisor at the Crystal River nuclear power plant in Florida was found to be in violation of the Fitness for Duty policy.  The licensee…

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Y-12 extortion scheme admitted by ‘hillbilly millionaire’

On February 6th, Adam Benjamin Winters appeared in an episode of “The Millionaire Matchmaker”, where he called himself the ‘hillbilly millionaire’, claimed to be a CEO who lived in Beverly Hills, and boasted…

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Fukushima Daiichi cleanup operations blamed for contamination of rice crops

Officials from the agriculture ministry told reporters on Monday that efforts to clean up debris at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant may have been the source of cesium that contaminated rice crops…

A sample of Trinitite analyzed with gamma spectroscopy equipment.

Authenticating Trinitite nearly 70 years later

It has been almost 70 years since the first nuclear device known as “Trinity” was tested in the desert near Alamogordo, New Mexico on July 16th, 1945. At 5:30 in the morning, the…

Monticello nuclear power plant

Xcel Energy management blamed for Monticello cost overruns

A group of nuclear and financial experts hired by utility regulators in Minnesota found that management at Xcel Energy did not completely understand or adequately plan for replacing major reactor components at the…

Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant

Watts Bar supervisor tests positive for alcohol

A supervisor at the Watts Bar nuclear power plant in Tennessee tested positive for alcohol during a random fitness for duty test on Monday. The facility terminated the supervisor’s access to the plant….

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Licensed reactor operator violates fitness for duty policy

A licensed reactor operator at the Beaver Valley nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania was found to have violated the site’s fitness for duty policy. The determination was made on June 27th, 2014 around…

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Vogtle worker confirmed positive for a controlled substance

A employee at the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia confirmed positive for a controlled substance during a random fitness for duty test on Tuesday.  The licensee terminated the employee’s access to the…

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Susquehanna Unit 2 shut down for turbine repairs

Control room operators at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania began shutting down the Unit 2 reactor on Wednesday in order to inspect and replace turbine blades that are suspected to have…

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ALPS system brought back online at Fukushima Daiichi

Tokyo Electric announced that it has resumed full operation of the ALPS system used to decontaminated radioactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The ALPS system is designed to process up…

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Japanese robots working to clean debris from Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 3

Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been using heavy duty remove control decontamination robots to conduct debris removal operations at the Unit 3 reactor building. Radiation levels inside of the…

Fukushima Daiichi Ice Wall Operation

TEPCO’s ice wall operation not meeting expectations

In September 2013, Tokyo Electric announced that it planned to drill freeze wells at three feet intervals to create an ‘ice wall’ nearly a mile long  at the Unit 2 and Unit 3…

Higashidori Nuclear Power Plant Aomori Prefecture

Tohoku Electric seeks screening of Higashidori nuclear power plant

The Higashidori nuclear power plant in Japan is unlike than any other nuclear power station in the country in that two of the four reactors at the station are operated by the Tohoku…

LaSalle Nuclear Power Plant

Supervisor at Lasalle nuclear power plant fails fitness for duty test

A employee supervisor at the Lasalle nuclear power plant in Illinois failed a for-cause fitness for duty test after confirming positive for alcohol.  The licensee suspended the employee’s access to the facility. Fitness…

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Browns Ferry supervisor fails fitness for duty test

A supervisor at the Browns Ferry nuclear power plant in Alabama failed a random fitness for duty test on Wednesday after confirming positive for alcohol.  The licensee terminated the employee’s access to the…

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Vietnam pushed to use Mitsubishi reactors

Officials in Vietnam are near the final stages of selecting the nuclear technologies that will be used for multiple nuclear reactors across the country. Vietnam plans to construct 14 nuclear reactors by 2030 to supply…

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