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Mystery fire at Ft. Calhoun nuke plant: Disabled ability to cool spent fuel pool — Feds sending special team of inspectors to learn more — Reactor will not restart until cause determined

Nuke plant fire gets closer look, Omaha World Herald by Nancy Gaarder, September 12, 2011:

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is sending a special team of inspectors to Nebraska to learn more about a fire at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station not long after flooding [...]

The Omaha Public Power District, which owns the plant, . . . → Read More: Mystery fire at Ft. Calhoun nuke plant: Disabled ability to cool spent fuel pool — Feds sending special team of inspectors to learn more — Reactor will not restart until cause determined

Strange: Nuclear waste being processed during explosion in France had radioactivity of 17 becquerels/kg — 30 times less contaminated than what Japan considers safe to eat

Fatal blast rocks French nuclear waste site, France24, September 12, 2011:

[...] An expert at the Institute for Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety in Paris, Olivier Isnard, said radioactive levels in the oven were only around 17 becquerels per kilo — “very, very low” — at the time of the blast. [...]

Information of Accidents . . . → Read More: Strange: Nuclear waste being processed during explosion in France had radioactivity of 17 becquerels/kg — 30 times less contaminated than what Japan considers safe to eat

Criticality? Nuclear chain reaction may have caused explosion at France MOX plant, says French nuke expert

Gard: “no risk radioactive”, Europe1.fr/AFP, September 12, 2011 . . . → Read More: Criticality? Nuclear chain reaction may have caused explosion at France MOX plant, says French nuke expert

AFP: “Risk of a radioactive leak” after explosion at French MOX plant — No radiation has made it outside “for the time being” says spokesman — Security perimeter set up

Leak risk after France nuclear site blast, AFP, September 12, 2011:

There is a risk of a radioactive leak after an explosion in an oven Monday at the Marcoule nuclear site near the city of Nimes in the south of France, emergency services said. [...]

“For the time being nothing has made it outside,” . . . → Read More: AFP: “Risk of a radioactive leak” after explosion at French MOX plant — No radiation has made it outside “for the time being” says spokesman — Security perimeter set up

Explosion at French nuclear plant — At least one dead — Produces MOX fuel

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14883521

Explosion at French nuclear plant of Marcoule One person has been killed and four have been hurt The plant produces MOX fuel, which recycles plutonium from nuclear weapons

h/t Anonymous tips

Expert: Already hearing reports of kids suffering heart attacks — Beware deadly cardiac problems in children caused by Fukushima radiation (VIDEO)

Pr Chris Busby on children’s heart attacks in Fukushima, radioactivebsr, September 11, 2011:

Summary of interview with Christopher Busby, expert on health effects of ionizing radiation

At :40 in

Yury Bandazhevsky, studied effects of cesium-137 on children in Belarus after Chernobyl He found that children with just 20-30 Bq/kg of cesium-137 suffering cardiac . . . → Read More: Expert: Already hearing reports of kids suffering heart attacks — Beware deadly cardiac problems in children caused by Fukushima radiation (VIDEO)

Japan Times: Nuclear fuel is escaping from holes and cracks — Years before leaking stops?

Plugging leaks will end crisis, not cold shutdown: analysts, Japan Times by Kazuaki Nagata, September 11, 2011:

[...] Before the Fukushima crisis can be said contained, the holes and cracks from which the water and fuel are escaping must be located and sealed. But this extremely difficult task could take years because the radiation . . . → Read More: Japan Times: Nuclear fuel is escaping from holes and cracks — Years before leaking stops?

Discussion Thread for September 12 – 18, 2011

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