"Nuclear Safety" tag
Contribution of human error to the occurrence of events

IAEA safety report shifts focus from human error to organizational processes and cultural values

This week the IAEA released a new report titled Managing Human Performance to Improve Nuclear Facility Operation. The publication shows the need for additional emphasis on the role of human performance in sustaining…

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Canada set to raise liability for nuclear operators from $75 million to $1 billion

Officials in Canada are preparing to introduce new legislation what would increase the liability for civilian damages for nuclear operators from $75 million to $1 billion. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver will introduce…

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TEPCO president promises utility will do its best in 2014 to “not have any problems”

Nearly three years after the onset of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, most readers may be surprised to watch Japan continue a largely unrealistic approach to mitigating the accident and decontaminating the land…

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…

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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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30,000 protestors demonstrate against nuclear power in Taiwan

On Sunday, tens of thousands of Taiwanese marched through the capital city, chanting slogans urging the government to cease the construction of the nuclear power project.  Organizers said over 30,000 people took part…

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Safe energy organizations heed former NRC chairman’s call to revoke operating licenses of nuclear reactors

At the 2013 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference in Washington, DC on April 8th and 9th, former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko called for the phase out of all 103 operating reactors…

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Japan adopts new set of nuclear safety rules

On Wednesday, officials from Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority approved a new set of nuclear safety guidelines for utilities to follow in order to prepare for emergencies and natural disasters, the new rules will…

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South Korea nuclear safety probe expanded to all of nation’s nuclear sites

South Korea recently shut down two of its nuclear reactors after having found that the safety certificates for replacement parts had been forged, but mentioned that the problem would be investigated at 5…

GeigerCam: Measuring Radioactivity with Webcams - Modified Webca

Software allows users to identify and measure Alpha, Beta, and Gamma particles with a $20 webcam

Measuring radioactivity has a long history and innumerable academic and commercial applications in nuclear safety, defense, medicine, biology, material sciences, etc.  That may soon change, now anyone can start their own virtual lab…

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Japan nominates radiation physicist to head new nuclear safety regulator

The Japanese government has been working to appoint a new nuclear regulatory body in Japan, which was supposed to be the deciding authority on restarting nuclear reactors, and is months delayed from its…

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The need to protect nuclear whistleblowers

Vis-a-vis the recent news that the San Onofre Nuclear Power Station (SONGS for short) is going to start up again with new steam generators, much attention has focused on these two reactors that…

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Prominent Japanese seismologists speak out against “severe setback in safety standards”

When Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and three other cabinet ministers agreed to restart two suspended nuclear reactors at the Oi power station in central Japan they said that the central government “had…

SONGS Key Design Changes

San Onofre may need neighborly boost to continue to keep out the ‘unwelcome mat’

At a public meeting Monday night in San Clemente, officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission blamed faulty computer modeling by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) as the most likely cause of the unacceptable amount…

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Japan admits another case of withholding reliable and important information from the public

The Japanese government released a new report this week which blasts the response to the 2011 Fukushima disaster.  It says that the tsunami estimates were well below the bounds of realistic expectation, the…

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Spy vs. Spy: Stuxnet, Good-Guys and Bad-Guys

On June 1st of this year the New York Times reported that President Obama himself participated in the “Stuxnet” cyberattack against Iran’s nuclear ambitions, beginning very shortly after he took over the executive…

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Japan’s obsession with restarting Ohi reactors lacks “scientific basis”

The explosions that destroyed the reactor buildings at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant renewed concerns for the safety of the nuclear industry that were echoed by governments around the world.  The Japanese government is…

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Japan panel investigating unanswered questions surrounding the Fukushima disaster

A Japanese Diet-appointed panel is investigating the details surrounding the Fukushima nuclear disaster to try to determine who is telling the truth about a key phase in the Fukushima nuclear disaster: politicians or…

Daiichi nuclear plant was partially flooded by the tsunami

TEPCO admits to having ignored more warnings of Fukushima Daiichi tsunami risk

Tokyo Electric Power Company admitted to JiJi Press reporters on Tuesday that it was aware a tsunami could cause a total blackout 5 years before last March’s disaster, but did not act on…

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March 16th, 2011 – Merrill Lynch VP asks former USNRC director “What do you make of the Japanese reactor situation?”

Merril-Lynch Vice President George Vassiliou is a Financial Advisor in the Washington DC Merrill Lynch office. He focuses on total wealth management and provides solutions for multidimensional personal and business finances and planning….

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