FORUM: General Nuclear Issues Discussion Thread — New as of April 2016

Published: January 1st, 2016 at 11:06 am ET


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Published: January 1st, 2016 at 11:06 am ET


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10,591 comments to FORUM: General Nuclear Issues Discussion Thread — New as of April 2016

  • freebywill

    US_NPS_Status_Report_for_Monday_March_06_2017 … NRC Region 1 …*=GE mark1

    Calvert Cliffs 2 (MD) @ 30 % returning from RFO used 21 days of typical 26

    Limerick 2 (PA) @ 99 % coasting to refueling 04/17

    *Nine Mile Point 1 (NY) @ 78 % Coasting to refueling 03/20

    Susquehanna 2 (PA) @ 0 % RFO day 3 of typ 35 [ watch for local rad increase Wed thru Sat ]

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    EU clears Russian nuclear reactor project in Hungary
    Budapest signed a 12 billion euros deal for two new reactors with Russia in 2014, to be built by state atomic energy corporation Rosatom
    March 6, 2017

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    There’s no such thing as ‘limited’ nuclear war

    By Dianne Feinstein March 3

    "Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, represents California in the U.S. Senate."

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    Should NY lawmakers block nuclear subsidies? Debate rages at Albany hearing
    March 06, 2017

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

      Russia's Forgotten Nuclear War (On Itself)
      March 6, 2017

      “…A grotesque show of might, nothing like Tsar Bomba was ever used again. On arguably the opposite end of the testing spectrum, the Soviet Union sought to extract some peaceful use of nuclear weapons. The bluntly titled Nuclear Explosions for the National Economy program saw 124 nuclear weapons detonated for “peaceful purposes,” including prospecting for oil and gas, damming and rerouting waterways, facilitating coal mining, creating lakes and underground natural-gas storage, and even creating an underground toxic-waste repository. The program was largely a failure; unsurprisingly, radioactive contamination was a frequent problem.

      “Overall, Moscow conducted 219 atmospheric, water and space tests. Like the United States, the Soviet Union was bound by the Limited Test Ban Treaty of 1963 to restrict testing henceforth underground. Another 496 tests were conducted underground….

      “In 1992, it was estimated that approximately sixty thousand people living in Kazakhstan near the STS test site had died of radiation-induced cancers. Although much of the radiation in the area has since died away, birth defects resulting from chromosomal abnormalities continue to show up in children born three generations after radiation exposure….”

      This article skips other nuclear contamination caused by Russia, especially where plutonium weapons…

  • freebywill



    "Byron Event Notification 52952, made on March 05, 2017, reported two indications on one reactor head penetration. [2]

    "On March 06, 2017, ultrasonic examination identified two additional indications on the same penetration nozzle, (P-76).[2]

    Additionally, two indications were identified on a second penetration nozzle (P-74), [2]

    and one indication was identified on a third penetration nozzle (P-77). [1]

    The indications on these three penetrations are all of the same type and none are within the reactor vessel head pressure boundary.

    [ so far 7 defects on three nozzles penetrations " all of the same type " so it's quite possible that as the ultrasonic inspection progresses they will find more.

    But don't worry they won't restart the unit until they can
    fabricate err..
    cover-up err..
    rationalize err..
    ignore err..
    initiate corrective measures. ]

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    Regulators Inspect Nuclear Plant After Key System Failed

    Federal regulators will inspect Cooper nuclear power plant next week to determine why a key heat-removal system and its backup were both offline at the same time last month.
    1 hour ago, March 7, 2017

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    FUKUSHIMA radioactive contamination is not screwing up DNA. Noooo. It's ancient alien quantum jellyfish. Yeah, that's the ticket. Keep on building nuclear plants, and keep those uranium prices high.


  • unincredulous unincredulous

    60 million + views

    80 million + views

    No wonder the anti-nuclear videos get no traction.

    What ARE they doing right?

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    424 million + views. Someone send some enenews t-shirts

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    "Red Baby Victoria"

    ADMIN: ADD THAT PHRASE TO YOUR METATAGS… People don't care, they want more ignorance. Or maybe utube is fudging the numbers

  • freebywill


    "At 0830 [EST] on March 7, 2017, operators discovered that on March 3, 2017 at 2046 a door was blocked open creating a breach of the auxiliary building secondary containment enclosure (ABSCE) boundary that exceeded the allowed ABSCE breach margin. As a result, both Unit 1 and Unit 2 entered Technical Specification Limiting Condition of Operation (LCO) 3.7.12 Condition B for two trains of Auxiliary Building Gas Treatment System (ABGTS) inoperable due to an inoperable ABSCE boundary in MODE 1, 2, 3, or 4. The condition has been corrected and ABGTS was restored to operable as of 0949 March 7, 2017.

    "In MODES 1, 2, 3, and 4, the analysis of the loss of coolant accident (LOCA) assumes that radioactive materials leaked from the Emergency Core Cooling System are filtered and adsorbed by the ABGTS. For the fuel handling accident, the analysis assumes that the ABSCE boundary is capable of being established to ensure releases from the auxiliary and containment buildings are consistent with the dose consequence analysis.

    [ notice they use Mar 7 as the event date, this makes it seem like it only took an hour and 20 mins to close the door. But the door was actually found " blocked open " on Mar 3 so it really took them 4 days to figure out the door s/b closed. ]

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    What Has Tepco/Japan Accomplished At Fukushima After Six Years?

    1. Tepco/Japan has NOT located and mapped ANY of the 3 Missing Nuclear Reactor Cores from Units 1, 2, and 3.

    2. Tepco/Japan has NOT built a concrete dam completely around Units 1-4 to a depth of 100' to stop the underground river from flowing under the plant.

    3. Tepco/Japan has not built a Sarcophagus over Units 1-4 to stop outgassing from remaining nuclear fuel.

    4. Tepco/Japan has not removed spent fuel from Units 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6.

    5. Tepco/Japan has not built a Dry Cask Storage Yard for the estimated 240 Dry Casks required for long-term storage of spent fuel.

    6. Tepco/Japan has not built an outer harbor, and has not built locks at the mouth of the existing harbor to keep radiation from leaking into the Pacific Ocean.

    7. Tepco/Japan has not decontaminated and disposed of millions of gallons of irradiated waste water stored at the plant.

    What has Tepco/Japan actually accomplished over the past 6 years?

    1. Spent fuel has been removed from Unit 4, only.

    2. An experimental underground Frozen Wall has been put into operation around Units1-4.

    That's it. Little else, but to stall for more time.

    When you consider the damage that has been done to Earth's Biosphere, in general, and the hundreds of billions of dollars worth of damage to the Pacific Ocean Ecosystem, in particular (documented exhaustively at, the progress of Tepco/Japan has been, in a word,…

  • freebywill

    VOICES FROM JAPAN: Fukushima Nuclear Disaster turns Six

    This Week’s Feature: VOICES FROM JAPAN

    Nuclear Hotseat’s annual Fukushima Anniversary program on the ongoing nuclear disaster features

    VOICES FROM JAPAN – interviews with displaced residents from Fukushima Prefecture whose lives have been profoundly and irrevocably changed by the ongoing nuclear disaster.


    Former Tomioka resident (5 miles from Fukushima) and anti-nuclear activist Setsuko Kida.
    Photographer and former resident of Miharu Town in Fukushima, Shinshuu Hida.
    “Voluntary evacuee” Noriko Matsumoto, formerly from Koriyama.
    Attorney Yuuki Saito who is part of the legal team helping the town of Minimasoma sue the Japanese government.

    Context and Perspective for VOICES FROM JAPAN provided by Guest Producer Beverly Findlay-Kaneko.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    There is always someone to mouth the words.

    Environmental justice advocate defends nuclear energy
    March 8 2017

    “[Nuclear energy] is about the people, it’s not about the machines,” Shellenberger said. "[I] wanted people to see the why in nuclear.”

    It's about the people is it!?

    Leitrim Rose returns from emotional Chernobyl trip

    March 8 2017

  • freebywill


    "It was identified that LPSI train B was inoperable due to SI-135B, Reactor Coolant Loop 1 Shutdown Cooling Warmup Valve, being found open. At the time of discovery, LPSI train A was inoperable for pre planned maintenance, but available and awaiting operability retest. The station was in compliance with TS 3.5.2 action 'a'.

    Maintenance workers were scheduled to work Sl-135A Reactor Coolant Loop 2 Shutdown Cooling Warmup Valve, and inadvertently began work on Sl-135B and manually opened the valve which resulted in the LPSI Train B being inoperable.

    "Once identified by Operations Control Room staff, the valve [SI-135B] was placed in the closed position and stroke tested to ensure operability. TS 3.5.2 action 'c' was exited at time 1705. The station remained in compliance with TS 3.5.2 action 'a'. "

  • freebywill


    "On March 08, 2017 at 0239 hours [EST], Secondary Containment Zone 3 (Unit 1 and 2 Reactor Building) differential pressure lowered to 0 [inches] WG due to a trip of the running Zone 3 Secondary Containment fans.

    The fan trip was caused by a human performance error during a Unit 2 outage related activity.
    Required differential pressure per SR could not be maintained.

    Zone 3 differential pressure recovered to [greater than] 0.25 [inches] WG at 0255 hours after restart of Zone 3 Secondary Containment fans.

    All other Zones of Secondary Containment were unaffected by this event.

    "This event is being reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) and per the guidance of NUREG 1022 Rev. 3 section 3.2.7 as a loss of a Safety Function. There is no redundant Susquehanna Secondary Containment System."

    The licensee informed the NRC Resident Inspector.

    [ unit 2 RX Mode is refueling {the RPV head is open) this event happened on RFOD ( ReFueling Outage Day) number 5. ]

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    Wind Power Blows Through Nuclear, Coal as Costs Drop at Sea
    March 9, 2017

    “…the U.S. government’s official goal for now is to install 86 gigawatts of turbines at sea by 2050. That’s six times the 14 gigawatts of capacity now in place worldwide, according to the Global Wind Energy Council….

    “the U.S. government’s official goal for now is to install 86 gigawatts of turbines at sea by 2050. That’s six times the 14 gigawatts of capacity now in place worldwide, according to the Global Wind Energy Council….

    “Battery costs have fallen 40 percent since 2014, making them a realistic way to help balance fluctuating flows of renewable energy to the grid….”

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    “North Korea attempted to sell a form of lithium metal, a key material for developing miniaturized nuclear weapons, to unidentified international buyers last year, according to United Nations investigators tracking dictator Kim Jong Un's weapons-of-mass-destruction programs….”

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    The Heartbreaking Legacy of Fukushima Daiichi
    By Arnie Gundersen

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    Six years after Fukushima began, “normalizing” radiation exposure risks the health of women and children
    Evacuees are given few options but to return to contamination

  • freebywill


    "On March 7, 2017, Division 2 Residual Heat Removal (RHR) system was inoperable due to a scheduled maintenance system outage window. At 2258 [CST], Operations identified a Division 1 Unit Substation Switchgear relay was cycling, which is part of the Division 1 AC Power system. The specific relay could not be identified at the time. Division 1 AC Power systems were protected.

    "On March 8, 2017 at 1830 hours, Division 2 RHR was restored to operable status.

    "On March 9, 2017 at 0319 hours, Operations declared Division 1 Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) inoperable due to the [identification of the] Division 1 relay as related to properly tripping non-essential loads on a bus under-voltage condition. The relay would not have actuated to trip non-essential loads. The proper tripping of non-essential loads is a requirement for Division 1 EDG.

    [ just another example of decrepit conditions that exist at a unit owned by a multi-billion dollar corporation subsidized by taxpayers ]

  • Jebus Jebus

    Seems odd, we can do all this.

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has asked for public comment on the effects of potential transfers of its excess uranium inventory on the country's uranium mining, conversion and enrichment industries. The DOE's request was issued the day after the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) raised issues related to excess uranium transfers over the past decade including questions on the DOE's assessment of market impact studies; the valuation of depleted uranium tails; and the legality of some transfers.

    But we can not do science for the environment…

  • Jebus Jebus

    US firm supplying three nuclear reactors for plant in Cumbria is feared bankrupt

    The firm supplying three reactors for a plant in Cumbria looks set to file for bankruptcy in the US – throwing Britain's energy policy into doubt.

    That crisis appears to be deepening with the potential bankruptcy of Westinghouse.

    Sources said Westinghouse Electric Co had brought in the legal firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges as an exploratory step, and had not yet taken a decision on a bankruptcy filing.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    U.S. Army film about Camp Century, Greenland.

    4:10 "[…] strictly against regulation" haha

    17:00 Installation of portable nuclear power plant PM – 2A, built by ALCO Products, Inc. of Schenectady, New York. (17:42)

    21:42 "We took every precaution in the book, and some that WEREN'T there […]"

    21:57 loading the reactor core. Removing fuel rods from shipping barrel by hand with thin gloves. Don't get any dirt or oil on those fuel rods. Wiping dust from fuel rods with no dust mask.

    23:39 Gone Fission. Nice Fission hat.


  • freebywill

    racking Our Atomic Legacy: Now We Are All Sons of Bitches

    WEAD – Women Eco Artists Dialog [ men can read it also ]

    THROUGH TRACKING THE INVISIBLE TRACES left behind by the nuclear weapons complex and its “peaceful” doppelganger, the nuclear energy industry, my visual artwork forms an archive of our shared atomic legacy. Radioactive waste is never disposed of; it is dispositioned – placed out of sight and out of mind. By visualizing this contamination through installations, videos, images and social-sculpture interventions, I shape this content by sharing information, raising awareness, and activating community participation in remediation and nonproliferation efforts. In dozens of field trips over the past 20 years I have met with retired miners, hydrologists, geologists and remediation engineers at numerous abandoned uranium mines and mills including the Jackpile Uranium Mine, formerly the world’s largest open-pit uranium mine. I have also visited numerous atomic age historical sites and attended the 2006 International Peace Conference in Hiroshima. By accessing and utilizing public information from the Department of Energy (DOE) and other public governmental and NGO databases, I scrutinize data, maps and statistics, providing empowerment to support this work. Awareness of the spatial history of our Atomic Age legacy sharpens our ethics and politics in our behaviors and social interactions.

  • freebywill


    "At 0714 CST on March 10, 2017, with the unit in Mode 1 at approximately 17% power, a manual actuation of the reactor protection system (RPS) was initiated due to rising reactor pressure caused by the closure of the Main Turbine Control Valves (MTCV's). The cause of the closure of the MTCV's is under investigation.

    "The unit is currently stable in Mode 3.

    "All control rods inserted as expected; water level control is stable in the normal control band and reactor pressure is being maintained with steam line drains [aligned to the main condenser].

    "The NRC Senior Resident Inspector has been notified."

    [ Riverbend was attempting to exit refueling when this occurred, Riverbend used 39 days vs a typical 25 days for refueling. Operators are going thru the box of leftover parts in an effort to figure out why things didn't go as planned during restart. ]

  • freebywill


    "At 1500 CST on 3/10/17, the Safety Department notified the Zion ISFSI Shift Supervisor that a contracted employee was injured while working inside of Unit 2 containment. The individual was struck in the back by a cable. This individual required off-site medical treatment, and an ambulance responded to site at 1508 CST. At 1520 CST, It was decided that this event was to be treated as a potentially contaminated injured individual being transported to an off-site medical facility. Vista East Medical Center was notified at 1523 CST to prepare for the receipt of the potentially contaminated individual. A Radiation Protection Technician and a Radiation Protection Supervisor accompanied the injured person to the hospital in an ambulance which departed the site at 1525 CST. A preliminary radiation survey was performed inside the ambulance at 1536 CST which detected no contamination on the individual. Due to the nature of the injury, a complete body survey was unachievable at that time. The ambulance arrived at the hospital at 1552 CST. At 1554 CST, Radiation Protection Technician performed a more comprehensive contamination survey in which no contamination was detected on the individual. Again, due to the nature of the injury, a whole body survey was still unable to be completed. At 1609 CST, a survey…

  • freebywill

    US_NPS_Status_Report_for_Monday_March_13_2017 … NRC Region 1 …*=GE mark1

    Indian Point 3 (NY) @ 0 % ReFueling Outage (RFO) day 1 [ watch for local rad increase Friday thru Sunday ]
    [ shitty thing they did, no coastdown and this unit is one marked as suffering from embrittlement ]

    Limerick 2 (PA) @ 96 % coasting to RFO 04/17

    Nine Mile Point 1 (NY) @ 76 % coasting to RFO 03/20

    Susquehanna 2 (PA) @ 0 % RFO day 10 of typical 35

    • freebywill

      US_NPS_Status_Report_for_Monday_March_13_2017 … NRC Region 2 …*=GE mark1

      *Browns Ferry 2 (AL) @ 0 % RFO day 17 of typical 35

      *Brunswick 2 (NC) @ 83 % coasting to RFO 03/18

      *Hatch 1 (GA) @ 97 % [ entering its third week at reduced power, no info on why ]

      McGuire 2 (NC) @ 83 % recovering from
      [ due for RFO 03/30 ]

      Robinson 2 (SC) @ 0 % RFO day 17 of typical 30

      Saint Lucie 2 (FL) @ 0 % RFO day 22 of typical 30

      Vogtle 1 (GA) @ 0 % RFO day 1 of typical 26 [ another unit with no coastdown, not marked as having embrittlement problems but its a PWR which are more susceptible to embrittlement than BWRs }

      • freebywill

        US_NPS_Status_Report_for_Monday_March_13_2017 … NRC Region 3 …*=GE mark1

        Byron 1 (IL) @ 0 % RFO day 15 of typical 26

        *Fermi 2 (MI) @ 98 % coasting to RFO 03/18

        LaSalle 2 (IL) @ 100 % returned from RFO used 30 days vs typical 20

        Perry 1 (OH) @ 0 % RFO day 9 of typical 35

        Point Beach 2 (WI) @ 95 % coasting to RFO 03/18

        *Quad Cities 1 (IL) @ 81 % coasting to RFO 03/27

  • Jebus Jebus

    Louder, cause it's working…

    Bechtel And BWXT Quietly Terminate mPower Reactor Project – Rod Adams

    Generation mPower, one of the early leaders in the development of small modular reactors (SMR), has decided to fully terminate its partnership and put the design material that was developed onto a corporate shelf.

    Yes, it is, good news.

    Who the hell want's this same old faulty technology in their backyard?

    I'm gonna tip a beer back on that…

    • freebywill

      Outstanding development, goodbye small modular, got a laugh out of this comment in the article. One of the reasons SMR is being shelved.

      " The aggressive effort to market the Fukushima events as a nuclear catastrophe in order to suppress a growing interest in nuclear energy development. "

      Not because it IS a catastrophe but because it's being "marketed" as a catastrophe.

      I suspect the impending Toshiba/Westinghouse collapse and the Areva/La Forge problems may have made Bech and BW realize there might not be a market for something they would still have to invest huge amounts of capital in with no ROI for years, if ever.

      I join you in tipping a beer. Cheers.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    Nuclear Danger Across the Border
    Dilapidated nuclear power plants across the border in France, Switzerland and Belgium put the German population and economy at risk, argues Green Party lawmaker Sylvia Kotting-Uhl.
    13. March 2017

    The nuclear industry puts the whole world at risk. There is no safe nclear technology.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    An Atomic-Weapons Expert’s Worst-Case Scenario for What Trump Might Do With All That ‘Access to the Nuclear Codes’
    March 12, 2017

    “…there are few people better equipped to explain just how terrified we should be of global annihilation….

    “I don’t think you can be too concerned, where nuclear weapons are involved, because they’re so destructive….

    “There’s a new bill Congress is working on called the Intermediate-Range Forces Treaty Preservation Act. It’s ironic that they call it that. It would be more accurate to call it the Violation Act, because the things it recommends would all be violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty [a 1987 agreement that the U.S. and Russia would eliminate all their ground-launched missiles with a certain range capacity]. It hasn’t been voted on or anything, so maybe it will never happen. But for example, they’re calling for a dual program of a dual-capable — meaning they could be nuclear or nonnuclear — road-mobile missile-launch system, with ranges between 500 kilometers and, say, 6,000 kilometers. Obviously, if the United States did something like that, Russia and China would feel very concerned and feel they had to respond.

    “So this kind of sword-rattling could ultimately make the world a much more dangerous place….

    “But more recently, with the sword-rattling we are talking about, I’ve become more concerned.”

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    59 years ago, a nuclear bomb was accidentally dropped on South Carolina
    Nuclear core was unarmed, but 6,000 pounds of explosives detonated
    Mar 13, 2017

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    Why Our Nuclear Weapons Can Be Hacked
    MARCH 14, 2017
    1 hours ago

    “…Minuteman missiles were vulnerable to a disabling cyberattack, and no one realized it for many years. If not for a curious and persistent President Barack Obama, it might never have been discovered and rectified….

    “The Air Force quickly determined that an improperly installed circuit card in an underground computer was responsible for the lockout, and the problem was fixed.”

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    The following article by Conca about nuclear waste is extremely inaccurate and horrifying. An example of someone who lies to be paid money:

  • Jebus Jebus

    Strip ’Em To Their Skivvies And Light One Off!

    Back in the 1970's, Harold Agnew,* third director of Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (LASL), presented a Director's Colloquium to explain his congressional testimony regarding a proposed Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). He feared the world's leaders would soon forget the destructive power of nuclear weapons, so he proposed the following:

    “Every five or so years, gather the world’s leaders on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific, ‘strip ’em to their skivvies,’ and ‘Light one off!’ First they’d be blinded 10 or more seconds by the light, then it would get warm, then it would get hot, and just when they think it could get no hotter, the pressure wave would hit and knock them 10 meters on their asses. ‘Then maybe they’d think twice about using a nuclear weapon.’”

  • Jebus Jebus

    There’s a tempest going on in the nuclear engineering (NE) community’s teapot having to do with a belated admission by some recent MIT NE PhDs that they’d “sold” their startup’s (TAP’s) technology to both DOE’s decision makers and their own investors with misleading claims; i.e., that their unique reactor design could simultaneously solve the world’s long term energy supply and “spent” reactor fuel (“waste”) problems.

    It turns out that it was indeed too good to be true and therefore that their approach wouldn’t work. People weighing in on this issue seem to be evenly split among camps that pooh-pooh anything that smacks of being antinuclear and those who want to see some heads roll. In my opinion, it’s time to let bygones be bygones. I’m sure that these young folks and their mentors have learned their lesson.

    GE, I wonder why they use plutonium in tiny submarine reactors.

    I guess it's all about sustainability with nuclear too…

  • Jebus Jebus

    The people of Idaho shouldn’t be fooled by the lower initial purchase price of NuScale’s SMR. Nuclear power costs a lot of money, uses a lot of water, and produces nuclear waste. Per unit of electricity, SMRs use more water and produce more spent nuclear fuel than traditional large nuclear reactors. Even with money saved through safety shortcuts, producing electricity in an SMR will cost as much or more than in a full-sized reactor.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    re: GE

    SMR (Selling More Reactors)

  • SadieDog

    "Nevada lawmakers are being asked to commit $3.6 million per year for the next two years to fight a federal proposal to bury the nation's most radioactive waste at Yucca Mountain, about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
    State Agency for Nuclear Projects chief Robert Halstead says that's for the legal and administrative fight.
    Halstead told state Senate and Assembly members on Monday that he thinks Nuclear Regulatory Commission hearings on licensing the mothballed project to accept spent nuclear fuel could start before 2019.
    A commission spokesman, David McIntyre, said Tuesday that hearings won't be scheduled until Congress approves funding.
    Halstead says hearings will take at least four year and could cost the federal Energy Department nearly $1.7 billion, the NRC at least $300 million, and the state of Nevada about $50 million.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog
    What most mainstream media sources failed to relate, was that the treaty also assigns accident liability to the operators of the nuclear power plant, rather than the vendors which develop the technology or construct the equipment.

    To receive help, the United States essentially told Japan that they would have to incur the losses and sign a treaty which would prevent them from seeking compensation from contracted companies, like those which built and constructed the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and instead must satisfy itself only with seeking repayment from the operator, Tokyo Electric – who is facing bankruptcy and relies largely upon the Japanese government for funds to prevent a financial meltdown. In the wording of the treaty, “the operator’s liability for nuclear damage shall be absolute”, and “the right to compensation for nuclear damage may be exercised only against the operator liable.”

  • Jebus Jebus

    Novel Strategy for Dealing With Toxic Contamination: Do Nothing

    At toxic cleanup sites across the country, environmental agencies have allowed groundwater contamination to go untreated and slowly diminish over time — a strategy that saves money for polluters but could cost taxpayers dearly and jeopardize drinking water supplies.

    The strategy is called monitored natural attenuation, or MNA. With little public awareness or debate, it has come into increasing use nationally since the 1990s as a way to cope with the enormous cost of some groundwater cleanups.

    Despite the imposing bureaucratic name, it basically means keeping a watchful eye while natural processes purge groundwater of chemical pollution. According to Environmental Protection Agency guidelines, it's an acceptable approach under some circumstances. That includes when contaminants are expected to degrade in years rather than centuries, and where there is no risk of polluted water seeping into, and spoiling, fresh water supplies. MNA can be effective with contaminants such as petroleum hydrocarbons that are eaten by microbes in the soil and groundwater.

    Some would accept that filtering their water against this is normal…

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      No wonder so many people came down with and/or have some form of is/was a secret.

      Ballooning over the Pacific Ocean, this vast mushroom cloud is a breathtaking and terrifying vision of military might.
      The explosion captured in this stunning picture was taken in 1958 – at the height of the nuclear arms race, as the world’s Cold War adversaries tested and expanded their increasingly powerful atomic weapons.

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      • Jebus Jebus

        Chilling photos show how atomic bomb tests in the Nevada desert brought LA to a standstill in the 1950s

        From 1951 to 1992 the U.S. ran almost 1,000 atomic bomb tests in a test site in the Nevada Desert

        The tests were detonated 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas but people 240 miles away in LA could see them

        Incredible photos taken in the 1950s show the bomb's light in Los Angeles during atmospheric tests

        In the 1950s it wasn't uncommon for Los Angeles to have two sunrises.

        The United States government conducted 928 atomic bomb tests in the Nevada Test Site, approximately 240 miles away from the City of Angels, from 1951 until 1992.

        Those tests went off just 65 miles from the city of Las Vegas where thousands of people flocked to visit the iconic strip.

        One hundred of the tests were atmospheric, according to Amusing Planet, with enormous mush room clouds.

        The light given off by atmospheric atomic tests turned night into day for Los Angeles and Las Vegas and reporters and curious locals snapped photographs of the phenomenon.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Just an observation, but my logic tells me that as the Nork's nuclear program is targeted for removal, so are South Korea's nuclear plants…

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Kentucky RS SB11 2017 passed March first 2017 (fourth time it passed the republican-controlled Kentucky Senate) Republicans now control the house for the first time in 95 years. Rumor (a friend saw a Facebook post and then the post mysteriously disappeared, original poster baffled) has it a nuclear plant may be built near Sorgho or Stanley, Ky.

    Just a rumor? All of a sudden, Owensboro Municipal Utilities announces that it will stop burning coal by 2023. Historically this is BIG news. They say they intend to burn natural gas …

    "When all coal operation finally ends, OMU's stated intent is turn to natural gas as its primary source of electrical generation, although no decisions have been made on how that will actually happen. Options include OMU building its own natural gas generation plant, investing in a new natural gas plant scheduled to be built in Henderson County, or buying from an existing natural gas generation source. Another option would be to simply purchase power from the national electric grid."

    OK. So they are SURE they are quitting coal. And the natural gas thing is only an OPTION.

    They will attempt a nuclear grab here…

  • AirSepTech AirSepTech

    Nice, so this forum is broke/fubar. 🙁
    Page 57? Heinz 57? Whatever. 🙄

  • razzz razzz

    They think there are about 10,000 films of nuke test bomb blasts. They found 6,500 and scanned (preserved) 4,200 films so far.

    'Weapon physicist declassifies rescued nuclear test films'

    'Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory'

    'Dozens of Previously Hidden Nuclear Test Videos Declassified, Uploaded to YouTube'

  • freebywill

    No NRC Event Notices posted for Friday, March 17, 2017 on their site.

    Mar 17 not listed as a holiday for them.

    Power Reactor Status Reports posted as usual.

    Screen shot taken moments ago of the selector page.
    [ expires in seven days]

    Notice at the bottom it states:

    " Page Last Reviewed/Updated Friday, March 17, 2017 "

    Reactor Power Status history shows no sudden shutdowns or other indicators or some event.

    First time I've ever logged a missed day of NRC EN posting.
    Must be just a clerical error, most likely will be corrected on the Monday posting.

    Just noting this for the record.

  • Jebus Jebus

    What is Going On in the Pacific Ocean?

    The brilliant light shone from the heavens as the ball of fire slowly rolled in from the left, enveloping everything in sight. The massive sphere, probably hundreds if not thousands of feet in height, eventually touches the ground, pulverising everything in its way, turning it into dust while the wind of thousand tornadoes pushes it on in front of the ever growing sphere as if racing to not get caught. Eventually, although relatively quickly, all things considered, the sphere implodes upon itself, casting the dust upwards, much in the same that water being dashed against rocks at low tide attempts to flee the wrath of Poseidon.

    That's right. This week saw the US government release declassified footage of nuclear weapons testing from the 1940s to the early 1960s. And while the footage is strikingly beautiful, it is also, to quote Megadeth's song "Symphony of Destruction" proof that "you take a mortal man, put him in control, watch him become a god, and watch people's heads roll," because, that beautiful ball of flame would mean instant erasure for anyone and anything in its path.

  • Jebus Jebus

    No one is denying that we have poisoned the sea for many decades.

    No one is denying that an earthquake and tsunami happened on 3/11.

    No one is denying that huge amounts of manmade chemicals washed into the sea.

    No one is denying that three reactors escaped containment.

    No one is denying that it escaped to the sky and the sea.

    No one is denying that eighty percent went to the sea with the chemicals.

    No one is denying that it traveled the northern hemisphere.

    No one is denying that it is flowing into the sea for six years.

    No one is denying that it is at the eastern pacific shores.

    No one is denying that it is in the water and biota of the sea.

    No one is denying the hundreds of mass die offs from the sea, lately.

    No one is denying that the Pacific Ocean is having problems keeping things alive.

    No one is denying that they dont know what the results will be.

    The only thing that is being denied is that it will harm you or me.

    Human Normalcy Syndrome

    So obvious, everyone just expects it…

  • freebywill

    NRC EN report posted – Fermi posted 9 retractions for SECONDARY CONTAINMENT pressure issues going back to July 2016. They all were submitted on Mar 17.

    52076 52084 52205 52320 52380 52398 52432 52434 52437

    [ this is the retraction justification for each EN ]

    "In December 2016, DTE implemented a software design change to display a 120-second rolling average for secondary containment dP indication. A 120-second rolling average recorded every second provides the operator a more accurate report of actual secondary containment conditions, while mitigating the signal noise and wind gust effects. The conditions associated with the subject event notification were re-reviewed in light of the improved secondary containment dP indication and it was determined that the Fermi 2 secondary containment was operable during this event. Specifically, the secondary containment pressure did not exceed Technical Specification Surveillance Requirements during this event.

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