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Reactor Operator: FOIA response shows US knew in March that Spent Fuel Pool No. 3 leaking — “Flooding of pool may not be possible due to damage” (VIDEO)

“I was a senior reactor operator at a CE plant and was trained on a Westinghouse plant. I also got my chops as a maintenance engineer and outage planner. In 2007, I was on the B.b.5 project for coming up with mitigation strategies for events like the Fukushima event. My BWR experience is as . . . → Read More: Reactor Operator: FOIA response shows US knew in March that Spent Fuel Pool No. 3 leaking — “Flooding of pool may not be possible due to damage” (VIDEO)

Local Japan official found with shotgun blast to chest — Lectured against nuclear power after Fukushima

Anti nuclear town councilor died in undetermined manner, Fukushima Diary, January 3, 2012:

SOURCE: http://sp.mainichi.jp/m/news.html?cid=20120104k0000m040124000c Mr.Uemura Yasuhiro (64) Town Councilor of Kowaura Minamiise Machi Mie Found dead in his car Bleeding from his chest According to police, he had his chest shot A shotgun was put outside of the car He went out for . . . → Read More: Local Japan official found with shotgun blast to chest — Lectured against nuclear power after Fukushima

‘Fantasy’ plans of doubling nuclear capacity would cut global carbon emissions by just 4 percent — Need one new plant each week for two decades

Nuclear Fantasy, Foreign Policy, Kumi Naidoo (Executive Director, Greenpeace International), Jan. 2, 2012:

For a source of electricity that contributes to about 3 percent of global energy consumption, we are having an awfully big debate. [...]

Even before the Fukushima meltdown, industry plans to double nuclear power capacity were in the realm of fantasy. . . . → Read More: ‘Fantasy’ plans of doubling nuclear capacity would cut global carbon emissions by just 4 percent — Need one new plant each week for two decades

Leak, 2nd partial shutdown raise concerns about quake damage at North Anna nuke plant

North Anna reactor leak causes partial shutdown, WTOP by Hank Silverberg, Jan. 3, 2012:

A spokesman for the Nuclear Regulator Commission says a steam line, which leads to a valve that leads to a reactor turbine, sprung a leak Monday The NRC spokesman says there was no radiation leak It is the second partial . . . → Read More: Leak, 2nd partial shutdown raise concerns about quake damage at North Anna nuke plant

New Year’s Update: Fukushima Timeline website now live — Feedback requested

Looking Forward – New Year Update, Enformable, Jan. 2, 2011:

Happy Holidays and New Year to all of our readers. We first off want to thank each of you for the support given and ideas shared, which is really the spirit of our mission.

This weekend we have pushed hard to finalize the next . . . → Read More: New Year’s Update: Fukushima Timeline website now live — Feedback requested

Fukushima Whistleblower: Container vessel melting like honeycomb — “Can you believe it is out of the container vessel”? (PHOTOS)

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SOURCE: http://shadow-city.blogzine.jp/net/2012/01/post_08a1.html

Breaking News: Whistle-blower talks, container vessel is melting like honeycomb, Fukushima Diary, Jan. 3, 2011:

A whistle-blower of Tepco leaked the actual situation of Fukushima plant.

He left his comments on a Japanese forum. Here are the messages. [...]

2011/12/20 (Tue) 01:52 [Translation]

Taking a part of the concrete slag sample. Put . . . → Read More: Fukushima Whistleblower: Container vessel melting like honeycomb — “Can you believe it is out of the container vessel”? (PHOTOS)

IEEE: Fukushima gives credence to anti-nuclear argument — Clear that nuke power will decrease in coming decades — Will not positively contribute to reducing greenhouse gases

The Biggest Energy Story of 2011, IEEE Spectrum, Jan. 2, 2012:

[Fukushima] gave credence to the anti-nuclear argument that all reactors are subject to worse-than-expected mishaps, and that sometimes, somewhere, the people responsible for operating and regulating reactors inevitably will turn out to be unfit for their jobs Decades ago, an environmental activist named . . . → Read More: IEEE: Fukushima gives credence to anti-nuclear argument — Clear that nuke power will decrease in coming decades — Will not positively contribute to reducing greenhouse gases

Japan Times: Boiling antinuclear sentiment may lead to all of nation’s reactors being idled

Fukushima meltdowns set nuclear energy debate on its ear | The Japan Times Online

The Fukushima nuclear crisis changed the national debate over energy policy almost overnight.

By shattering the government’s long-pitched safety myth about nuclear power, the crisis dramatically raised public awareness about energy use and sparked strong antinuclear sentiment. [...]

Before March . . . → Read More: Japan Times: Boiling antinuclear sentiment may lead to all of nation’s reactors being idled

Reports: Fukushima women losing their hair — Resemblance to chemotherapy? (PHOTOS)

Fukushima women are losing their hair, Fukushima Diary, December 31, 2011:

[... A] woman posted the hair of her old friend (42) from highschool. She says that she always wears a wig but once she takes it off, it looks horrible.

The blogger woman and her friend both started losing her hair from October. . . . → Read More: Reports: Fukushima women losing their hair — Resemblance to chemotherapy? (PHOTOS)

FORUM: Discussion Thread for Jan. 3 – Jan. 10, 2012

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Once a week a Discussion Thread will be posted to be used as a place for general discussion.

These weekly threads will be closed for new posts after two weeks.

Please use the thread to discuss matters that are off-topic from the news postings until work on the forum is finished.

If . . . → Read More: FORUM: Discussion Thread for Jan. 3 – Jan. 10, 2012

“It’s Leaning”: Japan nuclear engineer concerned about collapse of Reactor No. 4 — Oxidation must have weakened building material… MORE

Tweets by a former nuclear plant engineer @cmk2wl, Jan. 2, 2012:

Translation by Fukushima Diary

Tweet #1

From the picture of Tepco, they are removing the brace of reactor 4. If another earthquake hits the plant now, it can’t stand the horizontal oscillation.

Tweet #2

[Fukushima Diary: He also points out the pillar for . . . → Read More: “It’s Leaning”: Japan nuclear engineer concerned about collapse of Reactor No. 4 — Oxidation must have weakened building material… MORE