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State of Wisconsin issues statement on nuclear “incident” in Illinois — Currently monitoring conditions after plant lost power and went offline

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Follow-up to UPDATED: Emergency shutdown at Illinois reactor — Smoke was actually steam containing radioactive material — Workers evacuated — Releases will continue throughout day (PHOTO)

Emphasis Added Title: Unusual Event at Northern Illinois Nuclear Plant Source: State Of Wisconsin Division of Emergency Management Date: January 30, 2012

State of Wisconsin monitoring situation

(MADISON) . . . → Read More: State of Wisconsin issues statement on nuclear “incident” in Illinois — Currently monitoring conditions after plant lost power and went offline

Fireman Eyewitness: “It looked like a lot of smoke coming from containment building” at Byron nuclear plant — Had to be told it was steam — Original call said a building at Byron nuclear plant was filling up with smoke (VIDEO)

Follow-up to UPDATED: Emergency shutdown at Illinois reactor — Smoke was actually steam containing radioactive material — Workers evacuated — Releases will continue throughout day (PHOTO)

Title: Fire crews called to Byron nuclear plant for rare, unusual event Source: WREX Date: Jan 30, 2012

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Fireman: We received a call out to the . . . → Read More: Fireman Eyewitness: “It looked like a lot of smoke coming from containment building” at Byron nuclear plant — Had to be told it was steam — Original call said a building at Byron nuclear plant was filling up with smoke (VIDEO)

Reporter Appears Suspicious: Isn’t it unusual for fire dept. to be called to Byron nuclear plant for a release of steam? (VIDEO)

Title: Fire crews called to Byron nuclear plant for rare, unusual eventSource: WREXDate: Jan 30, 2012

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Reporter: You’ve been at the department 30 years, is it fairly unusual to be called out there for a release of steam?

Fireman: In my 30 years that was probably my third fire related call . . . → Read More: Reporter Appears Suspicious: Isn’t it unusual for fire dept. to be called to Byron nuclear plant for a release of steam? (VIDEO)

Reporters at Byron Press Conference: A lot of people are calling us about a loud noise — Was a special emergency response team on scene? (VIDEO)

Title: Fire crews called to Byron nuclear plant for rare, unusual event Source: WREX Date: Jan 30, 2012

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Spokesman: Not sure why one reactor shut down and one stayed running

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Reporter: We’re hearing a loud noise… A lot of people are calling us about a loud . . . → Read More: Reporters at Byron Press Conference: A lot of people are calling us about a loud noise — Was a special emergency response team on scene? (VIDEO)

NRC: “Not a huge concern” at nuke plant outside Chicago — Employees reported seeing smoke coming from transformer after outage, no fire found

Title: Backup generators kick in after shutdown at Exelon’s Byron plant Source: WGN RadioAuthor: Julie WernauDate: 2:40 p.m. CST, January 30, 2012 “It is not a huge concern,” [Viktoria Mitlyng, spokeswoman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Region III office] said [...]

Employees at the plant reported seeing smoke coming from a transformer on site . . . → Read More: NRC: “Not a huge concern” at nuke plant outside Chicago — Employees reported seeing smoke coming from transformer after outage, no fire found

Nuke Plant Spokeswoman: “Smoke was seen coming from an auxiliary transformer but the fire department found no fire” -Reuters

Follow-up to UPDATED: Emergency shutdown at Illinois reactor — Smoke was actually steam containing radioactive material — Workers evacuated — Releases will continue throughout day (PHOTO)

Title: Exelon shuts Byron nuclear plant unit after power loss Source: Reuters via Crain’s Chicago Business Date: Jan 30, 2:45 pm ET

[...] Exelon declared an unusual event . . . → Read More: Nuke Plant Spokeswoman: “Smoke was seen coming from an auxiliary transformer but the fire department found no fire” -Reuters

UPDATED: Emergency shutdown at Illinois reactor — Smoke was actually steam containing radioactive material — Workers evacuated — Releases will continue throughout day (PHOTO)

A loss of offsite power led to the shutdown of unit 2 at Byron's Exelon Generating Station Monday morning. Steam from a relief valve can be seen escaping the auxiliary building. (The yellow building with brown roof. The concrete building is the containment building) -- Source: Shaw News

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Title: Byron Station Declares Unusual Event Source: Exelon Press Release Date: Jan 30, 2012 Emphasis Added

[...] Operators at Byron Generating Station declared an Unusual Event at 10:18 a.m.CT, due to the loss of offsite power and Unit 2 coming offline.

The nuclear facility’s diesel generators activated as designed . . . → Read More: UPDATED: Emergency shutdown at Illinois reactor — Smoke was actually steam containing radioactive material — Workers evacuated — Releases will continue throughout day (PHOTO)

U.S. University Study: 23% higher incidence of childhood leukemia within 16 km of nuclear facilities… More

Title: Cancer Risks near Nuclear Facilities: The Importance of Research Design and Explicit Study Hypotheses Source: Environ. Health Perspect. Authors: Steve Wing, David B. Richardson, and Wolfgang Hoffmann Date: 2011 April

The possibility that radiation releases from nuclear facilities could cause cancer in surrounding populations has been of interest for more than two decades. . . . → Read More: U.S. University Study: 23% higher incidence of childhood leukemia within 16 km of nuclear facilities… More

AP: Grim gov’t estimate says Japan population to shrink by 40 million in next 50 years (VIDEO)

Title: Japan population to shrink by one-third by 2060 Source: The Associated Press Author: MARI YAMAGUCHI Date: 10:01 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2012

Japan’s population of 128 million will shrink by one-third and seniors will account for 40 percent of people by 2060, placing a greater burden on a smaller working-age population to support . . . → Read More: AP: Grim gov’t estimate says Japan population to shrink by 40 million in next 50 years (VIDEO)

Asahi: Now 7,800 liters leaked from ruptured pipes — Previous figure mentioned was 600 liters

Title: Leaks sprout at 14 spots in Fukushima nuclear power plant Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun Date: January 30, 2012 Emphasis Added

Some 7,800 liters of water leaked from a fuel rod storage pool and reactor cooling systems in the disabled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Jan. 29 [...] after . . . → Read More: Asahi: Now 7,800 liters leaked from ruptured pipes — Previous figure mentioned was 600 liters

Japan Times: More leaks found at Fukushima — Water spews from 16 points — Amount leaking at some facilities not revealed

Title: Fukushima No. 1 pipes freeze, leakSubheading: Insulated plumbing scrutinized as water spews from 16 points; cooling at reactor 4 briefly haltedSource: KyodoDate: Jan. 30, 2012Emphasis Added Two more water leaks were found at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant Monday in addition to 14 found Sunday that prompted Tokyo Electric Power Co. to . . . → Read More: Japan Times: More leaks found at Fukushima — Water spews from 16 points — Amount leaking at some facilities not revealed

Mainichi: Abnormalities in offspring of mammals to get particular attention in Fukushima study by gov’t — Shrinking brain capacity, drop in population seen in Chernobyl wildlife

Title: Gov’t starts study of radiation effects on wildlife near Fukushima plant Source: The Mainichi Daily News Date: Jan 30, 2012

The Ministry of the Environment has started a study to examine the effects of radiation from the disaster-struck Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant on nearby plant and wildlife, particularly their reproductive functions. . . . → Read More: Mainichi: Abnormalities in offspring of mammals to get particular attention in Fukushima study by gov’t — Shrinking brain capacity, drop in population seen in Chernobyl wildlife

Japan Paper: Professor now reveals “a high level of radioactive materials” detected over 1,000km from Fukushima last April

Source: Chugoku Shinbun Date: Jan 26, 2012 Emphasis Added Translated by EX-SKF

It has been revealed that the suction survey at an atmospheric observatory in Nagasaki City, about 1000 kilometers from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, showed a high level of radioactive materials one month after the nuclear accident. Toshihiro Takatsuji, associate professor at . . . → Read More: Japan Paper: Professor now reveals “a high level of radioactive materials” detected over 1,000km from Fukushima last April

Local gov’t survey: Deteriorating health reported by residents — 60% affected after fleeing radiation — Were 40km away from Fukushima plant

Title: Evacuees of Fukushima village report split families, growing frustrationSource: Mainichi Date: January 30, 2012 Frustration, deteriorating health, and a growing feeling of unfair treatment are being reported by residents who have evacuated from this village, a local government survey has found.

A survey by the Iitate village government obtained responses from some 1,743 . . . → Read More: Local gov’t survey: Deteriorating health reported by residents — 60% affected after fleeing radiation — Were 40km away from Fukushima plant