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San Diego area nuke plant shut down after ‘potential’ leak — No ‘apparent’ release into atmosphere — No ‘imminent’ danger to public says spokewoman

Title: San Onofre nuclear power plant unit shut down after potential leakSource: Los Angeles TimesDate: Jan 31, 2012 Officials at the San Onofre nuclear power plant shut down one of the facility’s two units Tuesday evening after a sensor detected a possible leak in a steam generator tube.

More Details Potential leak was detected . . . → Read More: San Diego area nuke plant shut down after ‘potential’ leak — No ‘apparent’ release into atmosphere — No ‘imminent’ danger to public says spokewoman

Report: ‘Empty’ Reactor No. 4 was actually filled with nuclear fuel

Title: 迷いましたが、記事を再度 上げます。 「 【 原発 】 の 作業員 さん 」 の お話です。 – ぬまゆのブログ – Yahoo!ブログ Source: Numayu Date: Jan 31, 2012

Translated by Fukushima Diary:

[...] The nuclear worker is trustworthy. [...] Please read the post below as a story I heard from a Fukushima worker. [...] 

Tepco was planning to start reactor 4 . . . → Read More: Report: ‘Empty’ Reactor No. 4 was actually filled with nuclear fuel

Fukushima hit by Magnitude 4.8 quake

Title: Magnitude 4.8 – NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Source: USGS Date: Wednesday, February 01, 2012 at 04:35:24 AM at epicenter

Officials admit there was smoke at Illinois nuclear plant — NRC to start special investigation — Diesel generators still supplying power to reactor equipment

Title: NRC Starts Special Inspection At Exelon Illinois Nuclear Plant Source: Dow Jones Newswires Date: January 31, 2012

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday that it has started a special inspection of Exelon Corp.’s (EXC) Byron nuclear plant in Illinois after one of the reactors shut down.

[...] Diesel generators have been supplying electricity . . . → Read More: Officials admit there was smoke at Illinois nuclear plant — NRC to start special investigation — Diesel generators still supplying power to reactor equipment

Illinois Emergency Mgmt. Agency testing air around Byron nuke plant — It’s a public duty to verify current radioactivity levels in area, says director

Title: Air tests being done near the Byron nuclear plant Source: WREX Author: By Mike Costello Date: Jan 31, 2012

Illinois Emergency Management Agency personnel are collecting air samples [... and] testing the air for the presence of radioactive tritium, to make sure everything is safe around the plant. 

“While we don’t expect to . . . → Read More: Illinois Emergency Mgmt. Agency testing air around Byron nuke plant — It’s a public duty to verify current radioactivity levels in area, says director

Nuclear Engineer: Small leaks in pipes carrying reactor water caused radioactivity in steam releases from Illinois nuke plant

Title: Q&A: Illinois nuclear plant loses power. What got vented into the air?Source: Christian Science MonitorDate: Jan 31, 2012 [...] During the shutdown, the plant vented steam containing trace amounts of tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen. But the release represented no health threat, federal and plant officials told the Associated Press. [...]

. . . → Read More: Nuclear Engineer: Small leaks in pipes carrying reactor water caused radioactivity in steam releases from Illinois nuke plant

Reaction on Local News: “Everyone is on edge” around Illinois nuke plant — “My niece called and she told me to stay in the house, so that’s what I did” (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

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Title: Equipment Problem Suspected As Cause Of Nuclear Plant Shutdown Source: CBS Chicago Date: Jan 31, 2012

[...] While officials say everything was under control as of early Tuesday morning, the plant shutdown rattled some nerves on Monday. [...]

Officials say the situation Monday is not a huge concern. They claim it was the . . . → Read More: Reaction on Local News: “Everyone is on edge” around Illinois nuke plant — “My niece called and she told me to stay in the house, so that’s what I did” (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Member of Japan Parliament: I now believe Tepco was trying to hide radiation levels measured after quake — People in Japan deceived (VIDEO)

Title: Kono Taro on Japan’s reaction to the Fukushima nuclear disaster Source: If You Love This Planet Radio w/ Dr. Helen Caldicott Date: Jan 27, 2012

This week, Dr. Caldicott speaks with Kono Taro for an in-depth look at Japan’s reaction to the Fukushima meltdown. Kono is Director General of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party’s . . . → Read More: Member of Japan Parliament: I now believe Tepco was trying to hide radiation levels measured after quake — People in Japan deceived (VIDEO)

Watch: Scuffle at Japan nuclear hearing — Gov’t official appears to assault member of public (VIDEO)

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January 18, 2012 hearing held by Ministry of Trade, Economy and Industry had its Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency regarding the Oi nuclear power plant:

SOURCE: OPTVstaff

h/t pejorativeglut

At ~3:20 . . . → Read More: Watch: Scuffle at Japan nuclear hearing — Gov’t official appears to assault member of public (VIDEO)

AP: Why was smoke seen at Illinois nuke plant, but no fire?

Title: Officials investigating Illinois reactor shutdown Source: AP Date: Monday, 01.30.12

[...] One question is why smoke was seen from an onsite station transformer, though no evidence of a fire was found when the plant’s fire brigade responded, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokeswoman Viktoria Mitlyng said.

Exelon Nuclear officials believe a failed piece of . . . → Read More: AP: Why was smoke seen at Illinois nuke plant, but no fire?

AP: Officials don’t yet know how much radiation is being released from Illinois nuke plant — NRC inspectors in control room

Title: Illinois Nuclear Plant Shut Down Over Power Issue Source: AP Date: January 30, 2012

[...] Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokeswoman Viktoria Mitlyng said officials can’t yet calculate how much tritium is being released. They know the amounts of tritium are small because monitors around the plant aren’t showing increased levels of radiation, she said. . . . → Read More: AP: Officials don’t yet know how much radiation is being released from Illinois nuke plant — NRC inspectors in control room

Rare quake hits near troubled Illinois nuke plant releasing radioactive steam — “That’s right, she said earthquake” (VIDEO)

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Title: Magnitude 2.4 – ILLINOIS Source: USGS Date: January 30, 2012 at 09:54:43 PM Location: 42.340°N, 88.243°W

Title: Earthquake rattles northern suburbs, parts of Wis. Source: ABC 7 Date: Jan 31, 2012 at 07:50 AM CT

If you live in the north or northwest suburbs and felt the ground move Monday night, you were . . . → Read More: Rare quake hits near troubled Illinois nuke plant releasing radioactive steam — “That’s right, she said earthquake” (VIDEO)

Mainichi: Malfunction at Japan MOX plant — Mystery black particles found — Throws future of Japan’s nuclear cycle policy into doubt

Title: Furnace malfunction hobbles Aomori spent nuke fuel reprocessing plantSource: Mainichi Daily NewsDate: Jan 31, 2012 A furnace malfunction at a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant [in Aomori, Japan] has stalled a planned trial run of the facility, throwing the future of Japan’s nuclear cycle policy into doubt. [...]

The technical impasse could prompt calls . . . → Read More: Mainichi: Malfunction at Japan MOX plant — Mystery black particles found — Throws future of Japan’s nuclear cycle policy into doubt

Tepco Employee: What are they doing? Predicted that pipes would freeze causing water leakage — Now 23 points leaking — Tepco: “It’s hard to keep man power”

Title: Tepco has been ignoring the risk of frozen pipes Source: Fukushima Diary Date: Jan 31, 2012

Via Tokyo Shimbun (1, 2)

Tepco admitted that their employees suggested to cover the pipes or set heaters not to let the pipes get frozen but they kept ignoring it since last summer.

An employee sighs “The . . . → Read More: Tepco Employee: What are they doing? Predicted that pipes would freeze causing water leakage — Now 23 points leaking — Tepco: “It’s hard to keep man power”

Asahi on “unusual” Fukushima information: Reactor No. 5 had inadequate quake protection — Official to conduct thorough investigation after Tepco found no “clear” damage

Title: Piping at Fukushima reactor found insufficient to withstand quake Source: Asahi AJW Author: EISUKE SASAKI Date: January 31, 2012

Piping and support structures at the No. 5 reactor of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant did not have sufficient anti-quake strength under new government standards revised in 2006.

Some of the . . . → Read More: Asahi on “unusual” Fukushima information: Reactor No. 5 had inadequate quake protection — Official to conduct thorough investigation after Tepco found no “clear” damage

Japan journalist interviews father of newborn with heart defect: “Really frustrating I can’t prove it’s because of Fukushima” (VIDEO)

Japan journalist interviews father of newborn with heart defect: “Really frustrating I can’t prove it’s because of Fukushima” (VIDEO)

*Google Translation* Title: Notice CM IWJ verification report Source: YouTube Author: Iwakami Yasumi Date: Jan 29, 2012

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Fukushima . . . → Read More: Japan journalist interviews father of newborn with heart defect: “Really frustrating I can’t prove it’s because of Fukushima” (VIDEO)

Report: “High level radiation cloud” detected passing over New Zealand city — Peaks reached an “incredible” 1.89 microSv/h

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Title: Radiation Cloud Detection Dunedin New Zealand Source: Peter Daley Date: 29th January 2012

I have been in contact with a person In New Zealand who just sent me information of a detection of a high level radiation cloud passing over Dunedin New Zealand. You will find a copy of his email correspondence below. . . . → Read More: Report: “High level radiation cloud” detected passing over New Zealand city — Peaks reached an “incredible” 1.89 microSv/h