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More trouble at Calif. nuke plant: Worker falls into pool of radioactive water above reactor

Title: Damage to both reactor units? Source: The Orange County Register Date: Feb 2, 2012

[...] New details also emerged about an unrelated accident on Friday, when a contract worker slipped into a pool above the unit 2 reactor, now offline for maintenance, while trying to retrieve a flashlight. 

The man, whose name Edison . . . → Read More: More trouble at Calif. nuke plant: Worker falls into pool of radioactive water above reactor

Local Paper: “News could be catastrophic for San Onofre” nuke plant in Calif. — Over 800 tubes show damage — Multiple pipes may have burst — Still can’t determine size of leak

Title: Damage to both reactor units?Source: The Orange County RegisterAuthor: PAT BRENNAN Date: Feb 2, 2012 As workers began inspecting a leaky tube in one of the San Onofre nuclear plant’s reactors Thursday, federal regulators said more than 800 tubes in a second, offline reactor showed wear and thinning, although they are less than . . . → Read More: Local Paper: “News could be catastrophic for San Onofre” nuke plant in Calif. — Over 800 tubes show damage — Multiple pipes may have burst — Still can’t determine size of leak

“Unusual” find at shutdown Calif. nuke plant: “Safety implications could be very, very severe” — “I’ve never heard of anything like that” -Retired NRC engineer

Title: Inspectors find ‘unusual’ wear on new tubes carrying radioactive water at Calif. nuclear plant – The Washington Post Source: AP Date: February 2, 2012

Unusual wear has been found on hundreds of tubes that carry radioactive water at Southern California’s San Onofre Unit 2 nuclear plant, raising questions about the integrity of equipment . . . → Read More: “Unusual” find at shutdown Calif. nuke plant: “Safety implications could be very, very severe” — “I’ve never heard of anything like that” -Retired NRC engineer

Study finds Fukushima worse than Chernobyl on bird population — “Dramatically” elevated DNA mutation rates and extinctions — Insect life significantly reduced — Shows immediate consequence of radiation

Title: Bird numbers plummet around stricken Fukushima plant Source: The Independent Author: David McNeill Date: Feb 2, 2012 Emphasis Added

Researchers working around Japan’s disabled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant say bird populations there have begun to dwindle, in what may be a chilling harbinger of the impact of radioactive fallout on local life.

The . . . → Read More: Study finds Fukushima worse than Chernobyl on bird population — “Dramatically” elevated DNA mutation rates and extinctions — Insect life significantly reduced — Shows immediate consequence of radiation

Nuclear Researcher: Mutant microorganisms thrived in melted fuel at Three Mile Island — “Sounds like something you’d see on Star Trek” says host (VIDEO)

Title: Green Time: Challenging Nuclear Power Source: KDHX Upload Date: Jan 26, 2012

[...] discussion with renowned nuclear activist Kay Drey of Beyond Nuclear. Video discusses the history and present issues associated with nuclear power and nuclear power politics in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

More about Greentime TV here

Drey: [...] . . . → Read More: Nuclear Researcher: Mutant microorganisms thrived in melted fuel at Three Mile Island — “Sounds like something you’d see on Star Trek” says host (VIDEO)

Fukushima worker on Reactor No. 4 leak: “I wonder if it was because earthquake or explosion”

Tweets by Fukushima worker @Happy20790 about the recent leak at No. 4, translated by Fukushima Diary

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and I can’t understand why the plug was taken off. I saw the picture but the pipe wasn’t cut. It’s gotten the plug taken off. The nut wasn’t loose. It must have needed a lot of . . . → Read More: Fukushima worker on Reactor No. 4 leak: “I wonder if it was because earthquake or explosion”

Gov’t estimate says radiation released after emergency at Illinois nuke plant was 1 microsievert — 3% of yearly ALARA level set by NRC

Title: NRC estimates tritium release at Illinois reactor Source: AP Date: Feb 2, 2012 at 12:00pm ET

[...] Agency spokeswoman Viktoria Mitlyng (MIT’-ling) says preliminary calculations indicate that the radiation dose from Monday’s release at the Byron Generating Station was less than 0.001 (one one-thousandth) percent of the NRC’s annual limit [100 mrem, see . . . → Read More: Gov’t estimate says radiation released after emergency at Illinois nuke plant was 1 microsievert — 3% of yearly ALARA level set by NRC

Group of women attacked while protesting nuclear plant — Pulled out of vehicle and assaulted — 10 people in custody

Title: Anti-nuclear activists intensify protests Source: The Times of India Date: Feb 2, 2012

The already stumbling efforts by the Centre to get the activists give up their protests against the Kudankulam nuclear power project has hit a roadblock as the attack on the anti-nuclear activists by Hindu Munnani workers at Tirunelveli has fuelled . . . → Read More: Group of women attacked while protesting nuclear plant — Pulled out of vehicle and assaulted — 10 people in custody

NRC: We know California nuke plant vented some radioactive gases — Paper: No ‘significant’ danger to workers or public

Title: LEAK AT NUCLEAR REACTOR MAY HAVE VENTED PLANT MAY HAVE LEAKED RADIATIONSource: San Diego Union TribuneAuthor: Morgan LeeDate: Feb 2, 2012 A steam leak within a newly replaced generator at the San Onofre nuclear plant is raising the prospect that small traces of radioactive gas may have reached the atmosphere, though without any . . . → Read More: NRC: We know California nuke plant vented some radioactive gases — Paper: No ‘significant’ danger to workers or public

Local TV: People came home to find animals with eyes burned out after TMI evacuation (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

Local TV: People came home to find animals with eyes burned out after TMI evacuation — Baby cow born with two heads (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

Title: Green Time: Challenging Nuclear Power Source: KDHX Upload Date: Jan 26, 2012

[...] discussion with renowned nuclear activist Kay Drey of Beyond Nuclear. Video discusses the history and present issues associated with nuclear power and nuclear power politics in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

More about Greentime TV here

. . . → Read More: Local TV: People came home to find animals with eyes burned out after TMI evacuation (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

Official admits decontamination only for reducing EXTERNAL exposure to radiation — We’re aware of need to prevent radiation in food, but it’s outside our jurisdiction

Title: Fukushima farmers furious over lack of consideration in decontamination subsidiesSource: The Mainichi Daily NewsDate: Feb 2, 2012 [...] The Environment Ministry, which is aiming primarily to reduce airborne radiation, insists that reducing agricultural products’ radiation levels is beyond its jurisdiction.

“Decontamination is aimed at preventing ordinary people’s external exposure to radiation. We’re aware . . . → Read More: Official admits decontamination only for reducing EXTERNAL exposure to radiation — We’re aware of need to prevent radiation in food, but it’s outside our jurisdiction

Lecturer tells parents Tokyo radiation is “not so serious” and to let kids play outside — Just gargle, wash hands, etc.

Title: Parents’ dilemma: Is letting kids play in possible contaminated areas risky?Source: AJW by The Asahi ShimbunAuthor: SATOMI SUGIHARADate: February 02, 2012Emphasis Added [...] Citizens’ groups trying to promote “playing outside” in the Tokyo metropolitan area face similar problems.

They often invite Hirofumi Harada, a member of the anti-nuclear organization No Nukes Plaza Tokyo, . . . → Read More: Lecturer tells parents Tokyo radiation is “not so serious” and to let kids play outside — Just gargle, wash hands, etc.

FORUM: General Discussion Thread for Feb. 2 – 8, 2012

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