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

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


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9,504 comments to FORUM: General Nuclear Issues Discussion Thread — New as of April 2016

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    Bailout of 2 Ohio nuclear plants stalls in Statehouse

    …The company has said the plants might be sold even if subsidies are approved.

    …The Ohio Senate may not vote on the proposal until fall, said Sen. Bill Beagle, a Tipp City Republican who chairs the Public Utilities Committee.

    And the proposal may not be voted on by the House. Rep. Bill Seitz, who chairs the House Utilities Committee, said in May he would not hold more hearings.

    “I am not sensing a keen desire on the part of the House members to vote on this, and doubt that we will have more hearings in the near future unless something cataclysmic should happen,” the Cincinnati Republican said.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    North Korea has accused U.S. military and environmental policies of causing climate change and producing pollution around the world.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    TOKYO — Money-losing Japanese nuclear and electronics company Toshiba Corp. will pay $3.68 billion toward the construction of two reactors in Georgia by its U.S. unit Westinghouse, which has filed for bankruptcy protection.


    TOKYO (Kyodo) — Workers involved in a serious plutonium inhalation accident at a nuclear research facility in Ibaraki Prefecture earlier this week were subsequently confined inside the contaminated room for about three hours, an official of the facility's operator said Friday.

    …In the case of the worker in his 50s, 22,000 becquerels of plutonium-239 were found in his lungs. Up to 5,600 to 14,000 becquerels of the radioactive substance were found in the lungs of three other workers. The facility operator determined that the four had suffered internal radiation exposure.

    But the facility operator has since said a subsequent check by the National Institute of Radiological Sciences has found no plutonium in the lungs of the worker in his 50s. It has not ruled out the possibility that what was actually detected was radioactive substance left on the worker's body after decontamination. … …

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      HHD is keeping up the good fight. Lurking around, HHD I want to get melodramatic about this backpedaling. I'll just keep it short. Thank you

      • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

        Same here. I think I will just go behead some fish and bury them in the garden, instead. -The same way nuclear kills workers and then gives them no credence for their sacrifice and service to their deadly industry, burying them in their lies. Fukushima "no one has been harmed" rings a bell. My three sisters will thank me with their bounty later and no one will ever know what fed them- the same way nuke get's paid to bullshit the world.


      • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

        Those oceanographers should take notes. In a day or two, you can get exact internal measurements of plutonium from human lungs. Whaddayaknow… Maybe it's just easier to test humans. The fish keep flopping around whilst mouthing "Imma school you, nukie."

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog
    Dozens of new cracks discovered at Belgian nuclear reactors
    11 Jun, 2017
    The latest ultrasonic inspections have detected a substantial number of new micro cracks in nuclear reactors at the Tihange and Doel power plants in Belgium since the last study conducted three years ago, Belgian and German media report.

    At least 70 additional cracks were uncovered at the Tihange 2 nuclear reactor during an ultrasonic inspection in April of this year, Belga news agency reports. Some 300 new flaws have also allegedly been discovered at the Doel 3 reactor tank during a check last November, according to

    …The operator said the new flaws were discovered due to a “different positioning of the ultrasound device.” Engie-Electrabel maintains that as long as cracks do not expand, they do not pose a danger to the reactor’s operations.

    Branding Engie-Electrabel “irresponsible,” environmentalist group, Nucléaire Stop, has criticized the operator for still running Tihange 2 reactor despite a 2.22 percent increase in faults.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    Maintenance shutdown of IP3 scheduled

    BUCHANAN – The Indian Point Unit 3 nuclear power plant will be taken out of service on Sunday night for a planned maintenance shutdown to replace two water seals that sit between the lid of the reactor and the reactor vessel.

    Facility owner Entergy said operators have been monitoring slight water leakage past the deals during the last few weeks and are acting “conservatively and proactively to replace the seals out of an abundance of caution.”

    Officials said there was no threat of release of radiation to the environment and no threat to public or worker health or safety as a result of this issue.

    • freebywill

      Thanx HHD. RE: Indian Point 3 shutdown to replace the RPV head seals. IP3 reported 100 % power as of Friday AM. This is significant because this unit is listed as having RPV embrittlement problems. So a rapid shutdown can add additional stress.

      [ IP3 returned to full pwr on May 24 after being down for 65 days due to baffle bolt replacement. ]

      " Facility owner Entergy said operators have been monitoring slight water leakage past the deals during the last few weeks "
      [which means it's been leaking since restart which negates this statement]
      " acting conservatively and proactively to replace the seals out of an abundance of caution.”

      " Officials said there was no threat of release of radiation to the environment and no threat to public or worker health or safety as a result of this issue. "

      [ considering the unit ran at NOT/NOP for 2 1/2 weeks, rad contaminated water and/or steam was being sprayed into the containment building, notice there's no info on the quantity of water leaked. ]

      [ This isn't the first time they screwed up resealing the RPV after refueling. ]

      " September 15, 2015 – Unit 3 was shut down for a planned maintenance outage to replace the reactor-vessel O-rings, which had been leaking for weeks. "

      [ RFO was in March of 2015, so it ran all summer spewing and leaking. ]

      • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

        I was hoping you would get this one, free. (Knew you would 😉 )

        "abundance of caution"

        Oh, really? Nuclear??
        If only…

        Translation: "We have an emergency with significant exposures requiring emergency shut-down and replacement of major components of reactor integrity."

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    “We Are The Clean Energy Revolution.”

    At the Suffolk Legislature Building in Hauppauge last week, in front of a truck with a giant screw on it were the words, “The Cuomo Tax Screws Long Islanders” and below, “Stop Cuomo Tax, No Nuclear Bailout.”

    This was typical of gatherings last week of protesters of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s program of charging ratepayers, businesses, school districts, county, city, town and village governments and other entities, $7.6 billion to keep four nuclear plants upstate running.


  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog


    SAPPORO – Sapporo-based drug store chain Tsuruha Co. on Friday agreed with Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. to settle a damages suit related to the 2011 nuclear accident at the utility’s Fukushima No. 1 plant.

    In the suit, Tsuruha, a unit of Tsuruha Holdings Inc., sought damages totaling ¥1.25 billion, claiming that the nuclear accident forced the company was forced to scrap five drug store outlets within 20 km of the crippled plant after initialy halting their operations until February 2012.

    Under the settlement, reached at Sapporo High Court, Tepco agreed to pay ¥280 million to Tsuruha, according to a lawyer on the Tsuruha side.

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials requested a 20-year extension involving the storage in Idaho of reactor core debris from the partial meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.

    The U.S. Department of Energy in a document made public Friday asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to renew a license allowing storage until 2039 at an 890-square -mile site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory.

    The debris from the 1979 nuclear accident was shipped from Pennsylvania to Idaho between 1986 and 1990. Research on the material was performed to improve nuclear fuel design and reactor safety."

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Amount of nuclear waste in Parks Township could remain unknown until 2031" (and they don't know what happened to 200 pounds of enriched uranium)

  • unincredulous unincredulous


  • So far in 2017, 58 papers linking climate change to solar variations (rather than to man-made causes) have been published.

    Joe Joseph discusses these findings – and the stifling of this research – in this News Shot.

  • freebywill

    13 NRC Event Notices posted today, of that 7 are related to power reactors.

    #en52801 | Indian Point 3

    #en52800 | Clinton 1

    affecting Catawba(1;2); Laguna Verde; Palo Verde(1;2;3); South Texas Project(1;2)

    #en52797 | Susquehanna 1;2

    #en52796 | Turkey Point 3

    Operating units
    Arkansas; Brunswick; Callaway; Calvert Cliffs; Clinton; Columbia; Cooper; Davis-Besse; Diablo Canyon; Duane Arnold; Farley; Ginna; Harris; Indian Point; La Salle; Limerick; Millstone; Nine Mile Point; North Anna; Oconee; Oyster Creek; Peach Bottom; Pilgrim; Point Beach; Prairie Island ; Quad Cities; River Bend; Saint Lucie; South Texas; Summer; Turkey Point; Vogtle; Waterford

    closed units
    Fort Calhoun; Haddam Neck; Kewaunee; San Onofre; Vermont Yankee; Zion

    Bruce Nuclear Power Development; CTEAM/CRIT; FMM; Gentilly; Sizewell B; Wolsong

    Nine Mile Point 2; Callaway 1

  • Jebus Jebus

    Toshiba to pay $3.68 billion for Westinghouse reactors in U.S.

    The Nuclear Industry Is In Financial Meltdown – Ian Fairlie

    9th June, 2017

    "The industry is in crisis. It looks ever more like a 20th-Century industrial dinosaur – unloved by investors, the public, and policymakers alike. The crisis could prove terminal."

  • Jebus Jebus

    No need for nuclear.

    Come along to CND's first major conference after the general election. Hear the facts about nuclear power and renewable energy from a brilliant range of experts. They will explore a number of topics including what's wrong with nuclear power, the politics of nuclear power, energy demand & energy efficiency, and the scope of renewables in the UK.

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    Old article. "Iraq littered with high levels of nuclear and dioxin contamination, study finds "
    Adding insult to longterm injuries, Iraq was ordered to plant only seeds from American Seed Company (Monsanto owned)

  • Jebus Jebus

    Another observed current nuclear note.

    Any day now, NK is going to be adjusted.

    At the very least, DU will be used.

    Worst case scenario, nuclear fallout, again…

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    New documentary, "The American Chernobyl: Hanford Documentary"
    Filmed May 20, 2017

  • freebywill

    US_NPS Braidwood 1;2 (IL) @ 100;100 % [ Tritiated water spill ] OFFSITE NOTIFICATION FOR DISCHARGE OF CIRCULATING WATER

    "On Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 1200 CDT, a Chemistry Technician reported water from the Circulating Water Blowdown (CW B/D) valve building had been pumped onto the ground outside the CW B/D building during a maintenance activity.

    The sump in the CW B/D building has a sump pump discharge hose that had been routed outside to the ground near the outfall canal rather than to the permitted outfall path.

    Water sample analysis results confirmed the presence of tritium.

    The sump pump discharge hose was rerouted to the required outfall on June 11th, 2017 at 1500 CDT.

    The discharge flow did not leave the site boundary before reaching the permitted discharge pathway.

    [ " during maintenance activity" – human error. Note the rad levels are not specified ]

    • freebywill


      * * * UPDATE ON 6/14/17 AT 1650 EDT FROM JOHN LOGAN TO DONG PARK * * *

      "The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) were notified on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at 1206 CDT and 1213 CDT, respectively, of the preliminary results of estimated quantity of curies of tritium release (approximately 0.009 curies of tritium) and the estimated volume of the release (approximately 35,000 gallons).

      The discharge flow did not leave the site boundary before reaching the permitted discharge pathway.

      The NRC Resident Inspector was notified of the update to IEPA and IEMA."

      [ preliminary estimates = low ball cover-up values ]

  • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

    Dunno if this has been mentioned.

    "NRC issues Environmental Assessment and Finding Of No Significant Impact for shipment of radioactive waste from American Centrifuge Plant Lead Cascade to Nevada disposal site"

    "If either of the uncredited safety controls and the currently existing IROFS could be considered in an accident sequence, the likelihood of a criticality could be demonstrated to be highly unlikely. However, only IROFS documented in the ISA can be credited as preventing a criticality accident. Although the as-found condition presented no safety concern, the scenarios as documented in the ISA did not demonstrate the performance requirements of 10 CFR 70.61 were maintained. On June 8, 2017 at 10:00 am it was the determined the potential backflow of solution from the waste processing system was improperly analyzed and not documented in the ISA. As documented in the ISA, criticality was not highly unlikely. The SFF waste processing system was not in operation at the time of discovery. There was no immediate risk of a criticality or threat to the safety of workers or the public as a result of this event."

    Wait a minute, so that was inoperable for about a year. Oh and what's that bit saying "criticality was not highly unlikely"?

    • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

      "EPA's proposed rulemaking on groundwater protection standards for uranium in situ leach mining
      EPA reconsiders proposed rule on groundwater protection standards for uranium in situ leach mining considered too burdensome for industry: Federal officials withdrew a proposed requirement for companies to clean up groundwater at uranium mines across the U.S. and will reconsider a rule that congressional Republicans criticized as too harsh on industry. The plan that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency put on hold Wednesday (Jan. 4) involves in-situ mining, in which water containing chemicals is used to dissolve uranium out of underground sandstone deposits.
      Along with setting new cleanup standards, the rule would have required companies to monitor their former mines potentially for decades. The requirement was set for implementation but now will be opened up for a six-month public comment period, with several changes. Those include allowing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission or states to determine certain cleanup standards on a site-specific basis. The EPA decided to resubmit the rule and seek additional public input after reviewing earlier comments, agency spokeswoman Monica Lee said. (Boston Herald Jan. 5, 2017)"

      You got a month to bitch about it.

      • unincredulous unincredulous

        Now, you are getting with the program. Good post. It would take a month to study the issue to formulate a good comment there.

        I think "I will reconsider wiping my ass, as it is just too much trouble. " would be appropriate. But I will formulate a cost-risk analysis.

  • freebywill



    "Following the reporting of high switchyard voltage on 4/21/17, the licensee-established voltage limits were re-evaluated.

    The new high voltage limit has been established at 362.94 kV on the nominal 345 kV system, or 105.2 percent of nominal voltage, as compared to the previous maximum grid voltage of 103.3 percent.

    This new limit is above the 355.8 kV experienced on 4/21/17.

    Therefore, the equipment remained operable and no loss of safety function existed for the qualified circuits between the offsite transmission network and the onsite Class 1E AC electrical power distribution system, and the notification made per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(A-D) is being retracted.

    "An evaluation of the past three years of switchyard voltage data was also performed, and it was concluded the AC power system and its connected safety-related equipment remained capable of performing its required safety functions during the three-year evaluation period.

    [ yup, they were over-voltage so like all nuke limits they raised the limits, now they are within limits so there's no problem ]

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Toshiba said Tuesday it is had been hit with two dozen lawsuits demanding over $900 million in damages from a 2015 profit-padding scandal that badly damaged its reputation and shredded its share price…
    "Toshiba is also facing separate woes linked to massive losses and financial misconduct claims at its troubled US nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric, which is sitting in bankruptcy protection."–finance.html

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "North Korea has accused U.S. military and environmental policies of causing climate change and producing pollution around the world.

    In a scathing report cited Friday by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the state-run Institute for International Studies of the DPRK (an acronym for the country's official title: the People's Democratic Republic of Korea), asserted that the U.S.'s use of nuclear weapons, involvement in foreign conflicts and style of production had most harmed the environment since the Cold War. The study, attributed to researcher Kim Kum Hui and titled "The U.S. Is Chiefly to Blame for Global Environmental Pollution," advised the U.S. to change course and safeguard the environment."

  • freebywill


    "On April 17, 2017 at 1120 EDT, following scheduled maintenance, the Reactor Protection System (RPS) 'A' bus was returned to its normal supply, the RPS 'A' motor generator (MG) set.

    The RPS MG set had been running loaded for 1 hour when the RPS 'A' bus tripped.

    Maintenance personnel had connected probes of a grounded oscilloscope to check for proper operation of the MG set, resulting in the RPS 'A' bus trip.

    The controlling procedure did not contain a caution about using only an ungrounded oscilloscope.

    The trip of the RPS 'A' MG set resulted in a half scram and an invalid isolation signal causing primary containment isolation valves in multiple systems to isolate.

    "This event is reportable per 10 CFR 50.73 (a)(2)(iv)(A) since the containment isolation was not part of a pre-planned sequence and the event resulted in the invalid actuation of general containment isolation valves in more than one system.

    "Corrective actions include revising the governing procedure with the proper precaution and limitation to require the use of an ungrounded oscilloscope.

    A training needs analysis will also be performed to cover the lessons learned from this event.

    [ human error ]

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Organic Slant video. He uses Google Earth Pro to survey the millions of bags of nuclear contaminated doo doo stacked all over the place

  • freebywill


    At 1219 [EDT] on June 15, 2017, annulus vacuum exceeded its pressure limit. At that time, the Shield Building was declared inoperable in accordance with Technical Specification 3.6.15 Condition A and B, due to the inoperability of the Shield Building (CRE). At 1222 [EDT], annulus pressure returned to normal, Shield Building was declared operable and LCO 3.6.15, Condition A and B were exited.

    "The temporary loss of the Shield Building resulted from a loss of pressure control in the Auxiliary Building caused by a loss of Auxiliary Building General Ventilation. The Auxiliary Building Gas Treatment System was started to maintain Auxiliary Building pressure within limits and the non-safety related Annulus Vacuum system automatically restored annulus pressure.

    "The Shield Building ensures that the release of radioactive material from the containment atmosphere is restricted to those leakage paths and associated leakage rates assumed in the accident analysis during a LOCA.

    [ aka, to release nuclear poison slowly so that no taxpayers/ratepayers are lost ]

    The EGTS system [Emergency Gas Treatment System] would have automatically started and performed it's design function to maintain Annulus Vacuum within required values.

  • freebywill


    "At 0958 hours (CDT), during planned surveillance testing of the Division 3 Shutdown Service Water (SX) subsystem, the Division 3 SX pump tripped for unknown reasons.

    The Division 3 SX subsystem was declared inoperable and in accordance with Technical Specification 3.7.2, Action A.1, the High Pressure Core Spray (HPCS) system was declared inoperable.

    Since the HPCS system is a single train safety system, this event is reportable under 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(D).

    An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the SX pump trip.

    [ another problem since Clinton 1 RFO ]






  • freebywill


    "[…] Salem Unit 2, 2C Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) actuation due to an invalid signal.

    "T[…] on April 16, 2017, while performing the 2C Safeguards Equipment Controller (SEC) Mode OPS Surveillance test.

    "[…] Salem Unit 2 was in mode 5 at the time of the invalid actuation.

    "On April 16, 2017, at approximately 1053 [EDT] while performing Solid State Protection System (SSPS) testing of the 2C SEC, the 2C Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) output breaker was manually opened per the associated procedure step.

    The EDG output breaker unexpectedly reclosed and the 2C 4kV vital bus loaded onto the EDG in SEC Mode 2.

    "The cause of the 2C EDG output breaker reclosure and 2C 4kV Vital bus loading during testing was determined to be two faulty input block switches in the 2C SEC.

    When Step 5.2.27 of the test procedure was performed, the 2C SEC 'input block' switches failed to block a 'blackout' actuation signal.

    This resulted in the breaker reclosure and loading of the 2C Vital Bus onto the EDG.

    Trouble shooting identified that the two failed switches exhibited high resistance across the switch contacts which is indicative of being in a 'fail to block' (the input signal) condition.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Funny how its all connected…

    Analysis Shows U.S. Nuclear Plants Losing $2.9 Billion Annually – 06/15/2017

    Nicholas Steckler, an analyst for BNEF, in a June 14 report said nuclear operators are losing about $2.9 billion a year. Steckler said nuclear plants are being paid $20/MWh to $30/MWh for their electricity, while their generation costs an average of $35/MWh.

    The report says 34 of 61 U.S. nuclear plants are in the red. Steckler specifically cited merchant nuclear plants owned by FirstEnergy Corp., Entergy Corp., and Exelon.

    WDC fires another shot at Toshiba in flash foundry spat, whispers:
    Pick me, Tosh!

    Confused? Let us explain the tale of love and hate

    Satoshi Tsunakawa, the former head of Toshiba's medical equipment division, was named the new CEO in May 2016. He set about cleaning the Augean accounting stables and refinancing Toshiba, hoping that Pandora's box had been emptied and all the skeletons were out in the open.

    In March 2011, a tsunami struck and devastated north east coastal Japan's and three reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant were damaged and went into meltdown. This caused much stricter nuclear power station regulations, causing costs to rise.

    • Jebus Jebus

      Here, I'll be my own wingman…

      Six years ago, a tsunami and earthquake devastated parts of Japan's coastline in 2011, killing more than 18,000 people and more than a million buildings destroyed., it also hit the Fukushima nuclear power plant, triggering the worst nuclear meltdown since the 1986 Chernobyl incident. Parts of the damaged reactors are still highly contaminated with radiation.

      Tepco has admitted that its efforts to probe the site are repeatedly failing due to incredibly high levels of radiation. Robots keep getting fried on their missions, exactly from radiation damage or stranded on-site and died five times faster than expected.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Nuclear Kentucky act passed

    Signed by governor

    Republicans control the house and the senate, smells like ass over here.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Some people will believe anything.

      Got to hand it to Wheepingwillow2 for getting on the phone but really.

      Not on the table? Check under the table.

      Wheeping willow's concerned are quelled. Well whoop de doo.

      "Never been discussed for a long time, nuclear has not been allowed in the State of Kentucky. (Spoken plainly)Umm, and I know there has been legislation in (??? spoken very fast) current administration but I don't know (??? spoken fast) (where that's at?)

      Oh come on she can call but she can't look up the Paducah gaseous diffusion plant on the internet, and leaves it at that? The gasbags from Paducah are the ones that were pushing for being able to build a nuclear plant on the grounds of the diffusion plant on the basis that the land is already contaminated… Now it has never been a nuclear plant but guess what? It can be now! The law has been changed!

      Yeah, Carrol makes a call and ends up befoozled and in happy la la land.

      she has no idea how shit works.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Two months after the law changed (last month) Carrol talked to this "spokesperson" — and bought the story that the republicans finally got this passed and are not going to do anything with it.

      She don't know republicans very well do she?

      read the fast print

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      And now a nuclear plant can be built anywhere. At best we will become a nuclear waste dump. Australia doesn't want the shit. Nobody wants the shit. But we have all this fine farmland just sitting there doing nothing but growing frankenfood

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      The democrats controlled the house in Kentucky for 95 years. They never passed the nuclear giveaway legislation. Some coincidence that Owensboro Nuclear Utilities, OOPS, I mean Owensboro Municipal Utilities (OMU) just now (March 20,2017) announced that they will no longer burn coal. The fuck Kentucky act passed March 15.

      Cause and effect. Case closed. Some people never will ever learn.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      It's off the table, it was signed when it was on the table. Now the sheep will be slaughtered.

      • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog
        “We are ideally suited, if it’s research, if it’s manufacturing, if it’s actually having a nuclear reactor here, our people are used to that,” he said. “And we are primed for that and hopefully someday we will see that come to fruition.”

        Leeper, Carroll, and other industry boosters hope the aging and contaminated nuclear facility in Paducah might someday help U.S. nuclear energy and the regional economy get back some of its glow.

        “Booming” Export

        Coal has long been king in the Ohio Valley, but the region is also home to an established and globally connected nuclear industry. The area has no nuclear power plants but Paducah has long been a hub for trucking, shipping and temporarily storing fissile materials used to power a global nuclear market.

        Materials that help fuel reactors in Europe and Russia travel via Paducah.

        For example, data from the WISER Trade site, maintained by the World Institute for Strategic Economic Research, show that 66 percent of all uranium-related products the U.S. shipped to Russia’s enrichment facilities last year were exported via Kentucky.

        TAM International, a Canadian freight forwarding company, holds the U.S. export license on those materials. The company moved its U.S. headquarters to Paducah two years ago.

        • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

          “What Tam usually deals with is what we call the front end of the fuel cycle,” explained Steve Hansen, vice president of regulatory compliance for TAM. Hansen said the company is licensed to transport UF6, or uranium hexafluoride.

          “That’s basically taking it from the mine or the mill to the fuel fabricator.”

          TAM takes materials from the nearby Honeywell facility, where raw uranium is converted to nuclear fuel precursor. The material is then ready to be shipped to one of TAM’s clients, usually overseas. Hansen said while the U.S. market is stagnant, the export market is growing.

          “If you start looking at other countries, how much material China is importing, how much material India is importing,” he said, “those places are actually a boom in nuclear.”

          Uranium “Gold Mine”

          The USEC facility in Paducah, originally known as the DOE’s Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, was long an important source of employment for the area. More recently, however, it’s the source of concern about contamination and the scene of a massive and costly cleanup.

          Depleted uranium stored at the now-idled Dept. of Energy facility at Paducah.

          TAM’s decision to relocate to the region gives hope to industry boosters that the now-idled facility might once again generate jobs.

          Other companies have expressed interest in the region, including General Electric and a company Bill Gates owns called Terra Power.

          • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

            “Terra power claims that there is enough material in Paducah today to fuel this entire country for in excess of 700 years,” Carroll said.

            That material Carroll referenced is the depleted uranium now housed in special storage containers at USEC. Terra power owns technology to turn it into useful fuel. Last year the DOE announced an agreement to sell depleted uranium from the Paducah facility and a similar site in Portsmouth, Ohio, so that GE might construct a cutting edge laser enrichment facility.

            Supporters like Leeper and Carroll hope that could mean the area is sitting on a gold mine of spent uranium.


            Going to TOSS myself. Buy, Buy.

  • freebywill

    US_NPS Status spreadsheet pics for the week ending 20170616 all NRC regions

    Region 1

    Region 2

    Region 3

    Region 4

    Items to note:

    Numerous units affected by the Part21 notices, even tho they may have defective parts they aren't being shutdown.

    The spring 2017 refueling run has ended with only 2 units in region 4 still in RFO. With both Arkansas 2 and Diablo 1 way over their typical RFO runs.
    The reason for the overage is unknown to me at this time. If there is any info provided to the NRC via the daily reactor status we won't know what it is until the end of July due to the fact the NRC hides that detail for 28 days.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Ultimately, this insanity highlights the obvious problem with nuclear power that no one who profits from this sector of the energy industry will talk about: nuclear power is impossible for us to contain. And in a nation with unlimited funds for war materials and prison complexes, it’s an indictment of our values that we don’t have the resources or the will to protect our land and our people from disasters like this.

  • freebywill

    Illinois Governor Dodges Suit Over Repeated Budget Vetoes

    CHICAGO (CN) – Social service organizations that haven’t been paid in over a year due to the Illinois budget crisis cannot sue Gov. Bruce Rauner for repeatedly vetoing budget legislation, a state appeals court ruled.

    Illinois state legislators left Springfield at the end of May without passing an appropriations bill, a normally routine task that has been crippled by the difference in priorities – and enmity – between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democrat-controlled Legislature, led by House Speaker Michael Madigan.

    On July 1, Illinois will enter its third year without a budget, a crisis that has left the state with $14.5 billion in unpaid bills, ravaged its education and social service programs, and put the state on the brink of getting its bonds downgraded to junk status.

    [ no money to conduct the states business but … ]

    [ cont. ]

    • freebywill

      [ cont ] Illinois Governor Dodges Suit Over Repeated Budget Vetoes

      Rauner signs Exelon subsidy to spare 2 nuclear plants

      By John O’Connor, The Associated Press Posted Dec 7, 2016

      Gov. Bruce Rauner approved a plan Wednesday that will provide billions of dollars in subsidies to Exelon Corp. to keep two unprofitable nuclear plants from closing prematurely.

      “I was unwilling to gamble with these communities, gamble with thousands of good-paying jobs and gamble with our energy future,”

      [ so instead he gambles with the health and safety of the entire area, maybe even the nation ]

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    … On June 13, 2017, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) denied a hearing request about Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation dangers at the 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) located in the center of Hawaii island.

    …Albertini said “I have come to see the so called Nuclear Regulators much like Bank Regulators. They are insiders and rubber stamps of the industries they are suppose to be regulating. The fact is, there is little or no regulation. There has been no comprehensive study to determine the full extent of Depleted Uranium contamination and other military toxins on PTA and no comprehensive studies to determine what is coming off the base. Citizen radiation monitors, on numerous occasions, have detected radiation levels 3-4 times background levels in public areas around PTA. More needs to be done. I ask fellow citizens to view the short video by Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD explaining the health dangers of inhaling DU oxide dust particles and judge for yourself if there are health dangers. See

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    Found this reviewing the Matagorda fish kill…
    …officials are racing to find new talent, pouring millions of dollars into education programs in hopes of training new workers in an industry that produces about 12 percent of the state’s power.
    …And in 2010, President Obama promised $8.3 billion in loans for two planned Georgia reactors, further energizing nuclear advocates.
    In the mid-2000s, Texas considered adding as many as eight reactors. With big plans for expansion, the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents in 2007 approved the Nuclear Power Institute at College Station — a hub of statewide collaboration between high schools, community colleges and universities — to train the next generation of workers.
    …The company, Matagorda County’s biggest employer, is mostly looking in its backyard. In the last six years, it has spent millions of dollars designing the curriculum at local high schools and community colleges and awarding scholarships to students in the area.
    Graduates of the two-year nuclear power technology degree program at Wharton County Junior College, for instance, can expect to earn starting salaries of $65,000 to $70,000 if plant officials, who closely monitor enrollment, offer them jobs.
    “We’re trying to homegrow as much as we can,” Koehl said.

    That is because the Matagorda County programs are plugged into the state’s Nuclear Power Institute…

    • freebywill

      RE: Matagorda fish kill – There is a twin unit NPS there, South Texas Project, unit 2 exited an RFO at the end of April. During RFO the gap between the RPV top and the refueling deck is filled with water. After RFO it's pumped into tanks where they let it sit until no one is looking. Then it's released. It may have been hotter than normal. Since no independent entity has done any water tests to account for or discount the rad activity, scientists will remain baffled over the recent Matagorda fish kill.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    OSLO, June 13 (Xinhua) — Norway is very critical of Russia's floating nuclear power plant that will travel along the Norwegian coast on its way from St. Petersburg to Murmansk next year, newspaper Aftenposten reported Tuesday.

    The 144-meter-long, 30-meter-wide and 10-meter-high Akademik Lomonosov nuclear power plant has two turbine reactors and the capacity enough to supply a city with 200,000 people with power, announced Russian state-owned nuclear energy company Rosatom.


  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    Background.—On May 8, 2017, the Commission determined that the domestic interested party group response to its notice of institution (82 FR 8951, February 1, 2017) of the subject five-year review was adequate and that the respondent interested party group response was inadequate. The Commission did not find any other circumstances that would warrant conducting a full review.[1] Accordingly, the Commission determined that it would conduct an expedited review pursuant to section 751(c)(3) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1675(c)(3)).[2
    …Any person that is neither a party to the five-year review nor an interested party may submit a brief written statement (which shall not contain any new factual information) pertinent to the review by August 9, 2017.
    …Determination.—The Commission has determined this review is extraordinarily complicated and therefore has determined to exercise its authority to extend the review period by up to 90 days pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 1675(c)(5)(B).
    Footnote; 3. The Commission has found the responses submitted by Centrus Energy Corp. and United States Enrichment Corporation; Crow Butte Resources, Inc.; Energy Fuels Inc.; Louisiana Energy Services, LLC; Power Resources, Inc.; and Ur-Energy USA Inc. to be individually adequate. Comments from other interested parties will not be accepted …

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    (con't) …Wiley said he would have to check the paperwork to see what had been reported to the state. He called back and said that the man who helped launch EMS had been one of the few people originally on staff at the Texas Energy Center, which Wiley said justified claiming the 600 jobs for the barely existing center.

    In at least one instance, this charade went too far: In 2006, a Sugar Land city official protested to Wiley that, while it was one thing to quietly claim the job totals from a Bechtel venture in town, it was not “appropriate or honest” to assert in a press release that the Texas Energy Center had played a role. “There is a clear difference between qualifying jobs to meet the [Energy Center’s] contractual requirement with the state and actively seeking to create a perception of [it] as an active, successful, going concern,” wrote the official, according to Fort Bend Now, a local news website. In this case, reality prevailed, and Wiley declined to count the Bechtel jobs.
    Fluor Corp. moving headquarters to D-FW area
    …Governor Rick Perry received $30,000 from California based Fluor Corp…less than a week before they signed a 1.5 Billion state contract to build Texas I-30 (toll road).– 8/02 Houston Chronicle…

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    …DOE directs its Fernald contractor Fluor to find alternative disposal sites to the Nevada Test Site. This presumably is to give Fluor legal cover for deviating from the already improperly-changed Silos ROD – the original 1994 ROD specified vitrification of these wastes – in its efforts to meet the DOE's 2006 Fernald site closure deadline and thereby reap substantial DOE performance-based incentives (PBIs total $215 millions).

    Dirty deeds done not so cheap…
    Management and Oversight of Cleanup Activities at Fernald
    March 14,1997
    Congressional Requesters
    Over 50 articles containing allegations of mismanagement and safety violations at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Fernald site in Ohio appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer last year. Located about 18 miles from .Cincinnati, the Fernald site is undergoing the cleanup of contamination from its former uranium metal production activities. DOE has entered into an initial 5-year, $1.9 billion contract with Fluor Daniel Fernialdt to clean up the site. The contract to continue the cleanup will be up for a 1- to 3-year renewal in November 1997. DOE estimates that it will take an additional 13 years and about $2.4 billion to complete the cleanup. The seriousness of the allegations prompted both DOE and Fluor Daniel Fernald to create two ad-hoc groups to investigate the situation.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    Wait…wait.'t..leave .m..ust.. high.. light.

    …The area has no nuclear power plants but Paducah has long been a hub for trucking, shipping and temporarily storing fissile materials used to power a global nuclear market.

    Materials that help fuel reactors in Europe and Russia travel via Paducah.

    For example, data from the WISER Trade site, maintained by the World Institute for Strategic Economic Research, show that 66 percent of all uranium-related products the U.S. shipped to Russia’s enrichment facilities last year were exported via Kentucky.

    TAM International, a Canadian freight forwarding company, holds the U.S. export license on those materials. The company moved its U.S. headquarters to Paducah two years ago.

    “Terra power claims that there is enough material in Paducah today to fuel this entire country for in excess of 700 years,” Carroll said.

    That material Carroll referenced is the depleted uranium now housed in special storage containers at USEC. Terra power owns technology to turn it into useful fuel. Last year the DOE announced an agreement to sell depleted uranium from the Paducah facility and a similar site in Portsmouth, Ohio, so that GE might construct a cutting edge laser enrichment facility.

    Supporters like Leeper and Carroll hope that could mean the area is sitting on a gold mine of spent uranium.

  • freebywill

    Nuclear Imbecilic Foot in Mouth Disease/France Dancing to the Bank

    Mr Sharad Pawar (a former minister of great [dis]grace ) made a recent statement that the Tarapur Atomic Power Station (TAPS) had generated a lot of power for the state of Maharashtra and reduced the cost of electricity overall. This was reported well in the media. How much more misleading can a senior and sadly failing leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) get? His statement lacks any modicum of the working of the TAPS and indicates how little these so called political power knowers actually know or care to know about the facts and the reality of nuclear energy (or any energy generation) on the earth – forget about India or its states.

    This is the promise v/s delivery of the nuclear power projects in India. The cost of electricity is based on 100% load factors and not at half or quarter load factors as at TAPS.
    Let is look at some more startling facts and figures about TAPS and to reach a conclusion for Mr Sharad Pawar.

    [ more at the link ]

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

    House panel votes to extend tax credit for nuclear power

  • Jebus Jebus

    Bill Gates On The Wrong Path With Travelling Wave Reactors: Despite $100 Billion Invested Globally, Sodium-Cooled Reactors Plagued By Leaks, Accidents, And Low Reliability

    The "traveling wave reactor," first conceived in 1958, has been intensively investigated only since about 2006. It is a sodium-cooled "fast" reactor design in which neutrons are not slowed down and the heat created by fission is carried away by liquid sodium, which is used to boil water. In turn, the steam is used to drive a turbine-generator set to generate electricity. A TWR has never been built. However, the TWR is a type of the sodium-cooled fast reactors that have been pursued with little success over several decades in several countries.

    Titled "Traveling Wave Reactor: Sodium-cooled Gold at the End of a Nuclear Rainbow?," the report concludes:

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Need to install these giant vacuums in Seattle and test the filters for radiation

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    this article says no hot particles came from FDNPP. It says hot particles only come from nuclear bombs. Only neutron activation can make a particle hot, it says. Well, what about nuclear fuel rods blowing up? The article says hot particles can't come from a nuclear power plant. I think they are full of shit.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Flyin' like a bouncy castle…

    Nuclear Fuel Fragment from Fukushima Found In EUROPE
    Posted on May 6, 2014 by WashingtonsBlog
    The Nuclear Core Has Finally Been Found … Scattered All Over the World

    Fukushima did not just suffer meltdowns, or even melt-throughs …

    It suffered melt-OUTS … where the nuclear core of at least one reactor was spread all over Japan.

    Nuclear fuel fragments from Fukushima found in Europe 10,000+ k

    Happy Fathers Day…

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