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

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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    https://antinuclear.net/2017/07/03/a-second-hanford-nuclear-waste-tunnel-at-risk-of-collapsing/

    2nd Hanford tunnel storing radioactive waste at risk of failing, federal study says Seattle Times, July 1, 2017 “This makes it clear that the second tunnel may also pose a risk to human health and the environment,” said Alex Smith, nuclear-waste program manager for the state Department of Ecology. Hal Bernton Seattle Times staff reporter. A second tunnel storing radioactive waste at the Hanford nuclear reservation has structural problems and is at risk of failing, according to a U.S. Energy Department investigation released Friday.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/07/02/national/coastal-fukushima-women-late-checking-breast-cancer-suspicions-since-311-study/

    …Women along Fukushima’s northern coastline have been waiting longer to consult doctors about breast cancer suspicions since March 2011, according to a study by a local doctor.

    Ever since the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, the ratio of women seeking consultations more than three months after noticing breast cancer symptoms rose to 29.9 percent, compared with 18.0 percent before the calamity, the study found.

    …Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Japan and around 13,000 die from it every year. The number of patients has been rising, highlighted by the death of popular TV personality Mao Kobayashi last month at the age of 34. …

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    https://www.postguam.com/news/local/lawmakers-pass-measures-resolution/article_f2862300-5d81-11e7-90cd-7fc2bef14841.html

    During the final day of their June session, the 34th Guam Legislature passed all 15 bills that made it to the voting file.


    • Resolution 45-34: Advocates for government officials and scientists to monitor coastal zones in Guam and Micronesia for possible downstream effects of the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant nuclear accident, and to establish working sessions to assess safety and risk of radiation in seafood products sourced from the Pacific Ocean.

  • freebywill

    PSA – NRC Public Meeting for Monticello and Prairie Is, July 11 and 12

    Monticello – July 11
    https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/news/2017/17-019.iii.pdf
    The open house will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the Monticello Community Center, 505 Walnut St., in Monticello.

    Prairie Is – July 12
    https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/news/2017/17-020.iii.pdf
    The open house will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Red Wing Public Library, The Foot Room, 225 East Ave., in Red Wing.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    New nuclear reactor mounts in your home window.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4660860/Smart-blinds-store-solar-energy-battery.html

    Just kidding. Actually nail for nuclear's coffin mounts in your window, saves big money. Nuclear is DEAD!!!

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.app.com/story/news/local/emergencies/2017/07/03/oyster-creek-nuclear-plant-taken-offline/448895001/

    LACEY — Operators at the Oyster Creek Generating Station shut the plant down unexpectedly at 10:15 a.m. Monday to address an equipment issue on the "non-nuclear" side of the plant, a plant spokeswoman said.

    The problem was with the vacuum system in the plant's water steam condenser, according to Neil Sheehan, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    The condenser helps cool the steam that turns the turbine in the nuclear reactor, Sheehan said. …

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/03/russia-to-put-floating-nuclear-power-plant-right-next-to-nato-countries/
    Russia will tow an experimental floating nuclear power plant by several NATO countries this summer, a Swedish newspaper reported Monday.

    Russia will tow the floating Akademik Lomonosov power plant past Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland on a trip to the Arctic Ocean. Russia says the reactors will provide power for breaking ice to help clear shipping routes.

    …Approving new nuclear reactors takes as little as two years in Russia. It took 43 years to build the newest U.S. newest nuclear reactor, which was racked by scandals, red tape and environmental concerns.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201707040050.html

    Construction costs for the long-delayed spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, are likely to rise to 2.9 trillion yen ($25.67 billion), about four times the initial estimate, Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. (JNFL) has disclosed.

    The company attributes the latest cost estimate increase of 750 billion yen, revealed July 3, to the necessity of meeting more stringent safety standards introduced after the 2011 nuclear crisis in Fukushima Prefecture.

    …The major electric power companies that jointly set up JNFL have to cover those costs, but ultimately consumers will shoulder the burden in the form of electricity rates.

    JNFL is constructing the plant in the village of Rokkasho, with the Nuclear Reprocessing Organization of Japan (NURO) contracted to handle the fuel reprocessing.

    JNFL and NURO say the additional 750 billion yen to cover the new safety measures includes budgeting for a building to serve as a command center in the event of a severe accident, and installation of tanks to store cooling water.

    The plant was initially scheduled to be completed in 1997 with construction costs of 760 billion yen, but equipment-related troubles struck the project in succession, and the completion date has been postponed 22 times to date.

    …However, a false report was found in relation to a safety rule violation that came to light in 2015, leading to the delay of the NRA’s screening.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://bellona.org/news/nuclear-issues/2017-07-rosatom-loses-hope-in-its-international-nuclear-builds-eyes-renewables

    Amid decreasing world demand for nuclear energy, Russia’s state nuclear corporation last week warned it would likely be receiving fewer requests to build nuclear power plants abroad.

    The announcement marks a sharp departure for the corporation, which until recently has posed its contracts with other countries as the bread and butter of its bottom line – as well as a potent tool for broadening Moscow’s sphere of political influence.

    … Vyacheslav Pershukov called the market for nuclear power stations abroad “exhausted.”

    …In the United States, renewable energy output eclipsed nuclear for the first time during March and April. Meanwhile, huge nuclear corporations are trying to stave off going broke. Exelon, the country’s biggest nuclear operator, has seen its share prices plummet by 60 percent since 2008.

    Westinghouse, meanwhile filed for bankruptcy in March, and Toshiba, its parent company, is trying to sell of its computer divisions to cover the debt. France’s Areva was saved from financial peril by a huge taxpayer infusion

    …South Africa to Rosatom for $76 billion, but that country’s high court torpedoed the deal before it got off the ground.
    …“This is an economic blow,” he said. “For Russia, reducing an ability to make other countries dependent on Moscow’s nuclear fuel and expertise for energy needs is a blow to its…

    MORE

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2017/07/04/the-rot-is-climbing-up-into-the-science-community/

    …what’s going on at Los Alamos is a whole pattern of negligence…

    *Interesting comments

  • freebywill

    Playing Chicken with Nuclear Annihilation https://consortiumnews.com/2017/07/03/playing-chicken-with-nuclear-annihilation/
    By Norman Solomon
    July 3, 2017

    This moment in human history is not about Trump. It’s not about Putin. It’s not about whether you despise either or neither or both. What’s at stake in the dynamics between them is life on this planet.

    “Recent scientific studies have found that a war fought with the deployed U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals would leave Earth virtually uninhabitable,” wrote Steven Starr, a senior scientist with Physicians for Social Responsibility. “In fact, NASA computer models have shown that even a ‘successful’ first strike by Washington or Moscow would inflict catastrophic environmental damage that would make agriculture impossible and cause mass starvation.”

    [ The Nuclear Psychopath Society (NPS) would rather annihilate the entire planet then learn to get along with anyone. It has been this way since they
    first set foot in the western hemisphere. ]

  • freebywill

    US_NPS Oyster Creek 1 (NJ) @ 0 % MANUAL REACTOR SCRAM ON LOW CONDENSER VACUUM https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20170705en.html#en52839

    "At 1015 [EDT] a manual reactor scram was inserted due to degrading main condenser vacuum.

    All rods inserted into the core as expected and all systems functioned as expected during the scram.

    "[…]

    "At 1033 [EDT] an automatic reactor scram occurred on low reactor water level.

    Due to the previous manual reactor scram, all rods were [already] inserted.

    "[…]"

    Decay heat is being removed using main feedwater and the turbine bypass valves.

    The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

    This event was characterized as a "configuration control event" where a valve misposition allowed the offgas line to flood.

    [ the last statement doesn't specify which of the TWO scrams " was characterized as a "configuration control event" ", aka human error ]

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

    Solar power plant lights up abandoned nuclear project
    Jul. 5th 2017

    “Since 1981, 36 years ago, the Phillips Bend Nuclear Power Plant has sat abandoned. As of today – that site finally producing carbon free electricity, but instead with a 1MW solar power plant.

    “‘Birdseye Renewable Energy recently partnered with United Renewable Energy to design and construct a solar farm bringing energy generation to Hawkins County.’…”
    https://electrek.co/2017/07/05/solar-power-plant-phillips-bend-nuclear/

  • freebywill

    Possible radioactive contamination found in St. Louis County http://www.ksdk.com/news/local/possible-radioactive-contamination-found-in-st-louis-county/455078650

    On April 30 The Missouri Department of Natural Resources tested storm water runoff near the radioactive West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton and found a level of radiation that has people living nearby concerned.

    The testing was done during heavy rains and the state's lab found levels of gross Alpha radiation in the runoff that's higher than what's allowed in drinking water. The state’s maximum contaminant level for alpha radiation in drinking water is 15 Pico Curies per liter. The tests yielded a result of 15.65 pCi/L.

    [ notice in the article how the finding is minimized, ie " The Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees the West Lake Landfill, says ingesting Alpha particles can be harmful. " – can be vs is harmful, I wonder how many of the people downplaying the tainted water would be willing to drink the water, regularly, for years. ]

    [ here's the full report ]

    Bridgeton Landfill and West Lake Landfill Analytical Results for Storm Water
    Collected April 30, 2017
    https://dnr.mo.gov/bridgeton/docs/20170430StormWaterResults.pdf

  • freebywill

    The Global Uranium Industry & Cameco's Troubled History https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/foe/pages/199/attachments/original/1493799988/Cameco-Uranium-Report-FoEA-May2017-Final.pdf?1493799988

    [ this extensive document describes a uranium mining industry that is collapsing ]

    May 2017
    Jim Green B.Med.Sci.(Hons.), PhD
    National nuclear campaigner − Friends of the Earth, Australia

    “…….. Kintyre (70% Cameco / 30% Mitsubishi) The Martu Aboriginal people have fought against this proposed uranium mine since the 1980s. The deposit sits between two branches of a creek called Yantikutji which is connected to a complex network of surface and groundwater systems. It is also in an area that was cut out of the Karlamilyi National Park, WA’s biggest National Park. Kintyre is home to 28 rare, endangered and threatened species. The project would include an open pit 1.5 km long, 1.5 km wide, it would use 3.5 million litres of water a day and leave behind 7.2 million tonnes of radioactive mine waste over the life of the project."

    " No major commodity had a worse 2016 than uranium, " Bloomberg said in January 2017. " In fact, the element used to make nuclear fuel has had a pretty dismal decade. " (6)

    Uranium mining increased worldwide 5‒10 years ago, in anticipation of the
    nuclear renaissance that never materialised. Hence the sustained low price and growing inventories that continue to keep prices low.

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

    France may close up to 17 nuclear reactors by 2025 – Hulot

    France may close as many as 17 reactors by 2025 as it seeks to reduce the share of nuclear power in its electricity mix.
    http://ewn.co.za/2017/07/10/france-may-close-up-to-17-nuclear-reactors-by-2025-hulot

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

    India speeding toward nuclear energy self-sufficiency
    http://www.atimes.com/article/india-speeding-toward-nuclear-energy-self-sufficiency/

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

    EU looks at lifting import curbs on Fukushima rice, Tohoku marine products, wild vegetables: sources
    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/07/10/national/eu-looking-lift-import-curbs-fukushima-rice-tohoku-marine-products-wild-vegetables-sources/#.WWNhrWgkruk

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

    Japanese official arrested for alleged bribery over Fukushima decontamination contracts
    March 2, 2017
    http://enformable.com/2017/03/japanese-official-arrested-for-alleged-bribery-over-fukushima-decontamination-contracts/

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

    Hanford Tunnel Failure, What You Need To Know
    May 11, 2017

    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=16292

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

    Thyroid cancer incidence greater in counties near to Three Mile Island nuclear accident
    Study Links Three Mile Island Nuclear Partial Meltdown To Thyroid Cancers In Surrounding
    https://nuclear-news.net/2017/07/10/thyroid-cancer-incidence-greater-in-counties-near-to-three-mile-island-nuclear-accident/

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

    How much ionizing radiation is produced at CERN?
    http://voisins.web.cern.ch/en/how-much-ionizing-radiation

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

    ‘Hot spot’ in nuclear waste shipment underscores Yucca Mountain concern
    http://www.beyondnuclear.org/news/2017/5/18/hot-spot-in-nuclear-waste-shipment-underscores-yucca-mountai.html

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

    Females Exposed to Nuclear Radiation Are Far Likelier Than Males to Suffer Harm
    By Mary Olson • July 5, 2017

    “…Women exposed to ionizing radiation during childhood suffer from cancer at a rate 10 times higher than predicted by traditional models used by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission….

    ” It turns out that adult males are hurt by radiation, but they are significantly more resistant than their mothers, sisters, wives or daughters. Use of Reference Man masks gendered impacts and therefore systematically underreports radiation harm….”
    http://www.passblue.com/2017/07/05/females-exposed-to-nuclear-radiation-are-far-likelier-than-males-to-suffer-harm/
    H/T https://twitter.com/fairewinds/status/883674782910238723

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

    Gamma Radiation Report: YRTW SOL 5 and 6 – MAPPED!
    https://askaboutfukushimanow.com/tag/gamma-radiation-report-yrtw-sol-5-and-6-mapped/

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

    Busby – following ICRP (set up before discovery of DNA) insteat of ECRR is a peacetime war crime.

    A Green Road – Dr. Chris Busby compares ECRR vs. ICRP radiation standards pt.1
    Published on Jun 16, 2016

    “A Green Road – Dr. Chris Busby compares ECRR vs. ICRP radiation standards. He talks about why the Japanese Government should be held criminally responsible for war crimes, just like Hitler and the Nazi's, for allowing people to be exposed to 2,000 millisieverts per year, (or more), compared to a small fraction of that before Fukushima happened.

    “Japanese Government Is Forcing People To Move Back Into Areas with Up To 10 Times Maximum Nuclear Workers Annual Radiation Exposure Limit; via @AGreenRoad
    http://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2014/03/2014-japanese-government-moving-people.html

    “Evacuation orders have been lifted in various radiation contaminated areas, and the government is urging people to move back into them. Many residents there have been forced to evacuate, and schools and hospitals are closed. The government says it will begin negotiations with local municipalities later this week and ask them to draw up reconstruction plans.

    “The measures are expected to include reopening hospitals and other public services and decontaminating schoolyards. The government says it will support each local government to help them bring residents back home.

    “*Note: Single radiation dose of 2,000 millisieverts (200,000 millirems) and above causes serious illness…

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

      [cont.] “See also exposure list below.

      “Half-life of some radioactive elements…”
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nkdKomRyIc

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

      Busby response to Rod Adams

      “(1) Some years ago I managed to join the RADSAFE group. This is a group of all the radiation scientists who work for the system and are employed by the industry. It is run from the heart of the beast, the Illinois Institute of Technology. The Chief organiser of that and also the attacks on me is for Barclay Jones. I spent about a year painstakingly responding to their every argument. Several of them became belligerent and abusive. When they lose the argument they get very nasty. They threw me off the group as the moderator said that the arguments with me had taken the whole thing over (that was when they had clearly lost the arguments). (2) After attacking me in the Guardian George Monbiot was invited by Oxford CND to debate the issue with me in Oxford Town Hall. He refused. He will never meet me in an open debate as he will lose because I am broadly correct and unlike Caldicott, I know the science. You will see that the internet is absolutely full of lies about me. e.g. my Wikipedia page. I could spend a lifetime responding to all these. That is why I set up chrisbusbyexposed.

      "I am writing scientific papers which will be published in peer review. I am winning court cases. That wouldn't happen if I were not correct, since the nuclear industry send their best men into the court to oppose what I say. …

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

      A Green Road – Dr. Chris Busby compares ECRR vs. ICRP radiation standards pt.2
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLVijqCTcI8

  • freebywill

    No NRC ENs related to reactors posted this am so we can only look at PWR history to get a sense of status.

    Region 1 – all units at 100 %

    Region 2 – all units at 100 % except Watts Bar 2, beginning the week shutdown due to condenser damage, it's been shutdown for 111 days.

    Region 3 –

    Clinton 1 (IL) @ 66 %, reported 75 % Saturday and 9 % Sunday, they may have went to complete shutdown but there is no NRC event notice, so no further explanation at this time.

    Region 4 –

    Arkansas Nuclear 2 (AR) @ 65 % finally exiting RFO after 92 days.

    Comanche Peak 2 (TX) @ 0 % beginning it's 5th week shutdown, haven't found out why yet. The unit only operated for 3 weeks after exiting RFO.

    Palo Verde 1 (AZ) @ 80 % was lowered to 80 last Monday no further info ATM.

    • freebywill

      PSA – NRC to Conduct Open House to Discuss 2016 Performance of Davis-Besse

      https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/news/2017/17-021.iii.pdf

      Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will be available to discuss the 2016 safety performance of the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant operated by FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co., during an open house planned for July 19, in Oak Harbor, Ohio, located about 21 miles east of Toledo.

      The open house will be held from 6-7:30p.m., at the Carroll Township service Complex, 11080 West Toussaint East Rd., in Oak Harbor.
      On hand to discuss the plant’s performance and the NRC’s oversight of the facility will be agency employees responsible for inspections of the plant,
      including the resident inspectors based at the site on a full-time basis.

    • freebywill

      Wrap Up: NRC Schedules Meeting on Pilgrim Plant Safety Finding http://www.exchangemonitor.com/publication/rwm/wrap-nrc-schedules-meeting-pilgrim-plant-safety-finding/

      The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled a regulatory conference for Thursday, July 13, to discuss a preliminary “Greater than Green” safety finding at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts. Plant operator Entergy requested the meeting to…

      [ it doesn't appear to be a public meeting, rest of article is for registered users ]

    • freebywill

      Info on Clinton1 (IL) shutdown – Exelon's Clinton nuclear unit in Illinois at 85% power after pump maintenance https://www.platts.com/latest-news/electric-power/washington/exelons-clinton-nuclear-unit-in-illinois-at-85-21278777

      Washington (Platts)–10 Jul 2017 540 pm EDT/2140 GMT

      Exelon Generation's 1,098-MW Clinton nuclear unit in Clinton, Illinois, was operating at 85% of capacity late Monday morning after being shut Saturday for maintenance of a reactor pump, a company spokesman said.

      The unit was operating at 66% of capacity earlier Monday morning, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in its daily reactor status report.

      Clinton was shut at 11:21 am CDT (1621 GMT) Saturday to perform maintenance on a reactor recirculation pump that circulates water through the reactor, Exelon spokesman Brett Nauman said in an email Monday.

      The unit returned to service at 9:54 am CDT (1424 GMT) Sunday and is currently "in power ascension," Nauman said. He did not say when Clinton is expected to reach 100% of capacity.

      [ Clinton reported 91 % power as of this mornings status report. ]

      [ BTW Clinton never goes to 100 % thermal, for whatever reason it stops @ 99 % thermal even tho it's at 100 electrical, it's been that way for years. I have no idea why. ]

  • freebywill

    VIDEO: In just a few days, the Plutonium Finishing Plant’s ventilation stack will be demolished. https://twitter.com/HanfordSite/status/884434373298147329

    2 mins | June 2017 291-Z Demolition Time Lapse | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV8bBmQ7v7g

    Published on Jul 10, 2017

    This time lapse video shows workers at Hanford's Plutonium Finishing Plant preparing the area around the ventilation stack for demolition by creating a gravel pad for the stack to fall onto. Crews also recently began demolishing the ventilation building, a below-ground structure that housed powerful exhaust fans for PFP. That building needed to be demolished before the stack could be demolished.

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

    Report: Renewable Energy Exceeds Nuclear Power In US
    9 hours ago

    “A report has shown that energy derived from renewable sources has exceed nuclear power production for the first time in over 30 years. When viewed in congruence with similar achievements overseas, the future of the world is looking greener….”
    https://futurism.com/report-renewable-energy-exceeds-nuclear-power-in-us/

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

    ‘Nobody has been held responsible’: Former Fukushima nuclear plant execs plead not guilty
    June 30, 2017
    http://www.news.com.au/news/nobody-has-been-held-responsible-former-fukushima-nuclear-plant-execs-plead-not-guilty/news-story/db691fbdad1ee36982e2c053a0be3cd5

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

    “…n 11–12 June 2011, Italian voters passed a referendum to cancel plans for new reactors. Over 94% of the electorate voted in favor of the construction ban, with 55% of the eligible voters participating, making the vote binding.[231]…”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-nuclear_movement

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

    Japanese nuclear plant just recorded an astronomical radiation level.
    February 8, 2017

    “…Fumiya Tanabe, a nuclear safety expert and former chief research scientist at the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, said while experts expected the radiation reading inside the Daiichi reactors to be high, it was still ‘shocking’ to learn how high it was six years on….

    “The 530 sievert reading was recorded some distance from the melted fuel, so in reality it could be 10 times higher than recorded, said Hideyuki Ban, co-director of Citizens' Nuclear Information Center….

    “’It’s unbelievable that anyone would want to restart nuclear plants when Japan hasn't learned how and why the Fukushima Daiichi accident happened, or learned lessons from it,’ he said….”
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/02/08/japanese-nuclear-plant-just-recorded-an-astronomical-radiation-level-should-we-be-worried/?utm_term=.9dd4fc805991

    • Farthington MacMananus Farthington MacMananus

      About a week after that it was over 600 sieverts.

      I would say (speculatively), the only reason it was ~500 the week earlier, is because the robot/measuring equipment was simply measuring a slightly less exposed area.

      I would say, it is quite possible the readings have been worse than that, for about 6 years now, rather than just a sudden increase.

      And that's one reactor…think about that.

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

    Japan on the wrong side of nuclear weapons ban treaty

    Many nations that previously championed their nuclear disarmament credentials have now been outed as part of the problem
    Jul 10, 2017
    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2017/07/10/commentary/japan-commentary/japan-wrong-side-nuclear-weapons-ban-treaty/#.WWR8t2gkruk

  • freebywill

    US_NPS Brunswick 1;2 (NC) @ 100;0 % CONTRACT EMPLOYEE FATALITY https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20170711en.html#en52845

    "At approximately 14:10 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), the Control Room was notified of a contract employee experiencing a non-work related medical emergency within the protected area in the service building. First responders were immediately dispatched. Off-site assistance was requested. The individual was transported to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center. No radioactive material or contamination was involved. At 16:02 EDT, hospital officials notified plant personnel that the patient was declared deceased.

    "This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi) for a situation related to the health of on-site personnel for which a notification to other government agencies is planned. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be notified.

    "The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

    [ This may have happened at unit 2, in the EN notice that there is no SCRAM code, also the RX Mode fields ( both before and after the event ) are not filled in. Unit 2 reported 100 % power in yesterdays AM report. ]

    • freebywill

      US_NPS Susquehanna 1;2 (PA) @ 100;100 % LOSS OF SECONDARY CONTAINMENT DUE TO FAILURE OF NON-SAFETY RELATED DISCHARGE DAMPER https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20170711en.html#en52844

      "On July 10th, 2017 at 0250 hrs. [EDT] a loss of secondary containment differential pressure (D/P) occurred due to failure of a non-safety related discharge damper associated with 2V205B Reactor Building Zone II Exhaust Fan. This caused a reduction in Reactor Building Zone II (Unit 2) D/P to less than the required 0.25 inches WC [Water Column].

      "2V205A Reactor Building Zone II Exhaust Fan was manually started and Reactor Building Zone II D/P was restored to greater than 0.25 inches WC by 0301 hrs.

      "Reactor Building Zone 1 (Unit 1) and Zone 3 (Units 1&2) ventilation remained in service and stable.

      "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 notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

      • freebywill

        US_NPS Grand Gulf 1 (MS) @ 100 % LOSS OF SAFETY FUNCTION – CONTROL ROOM ENVELOPE INOPERABLE https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20170711en.html#en52843

        "At 2158 [CDT] a door to the Control Room Envelope was left unsecure. GGNS [Grand Gulf Nuclear Station] identified that a loss of Safety Function occurred due to a breach in the Control Room Envelope resulting in inoperability of both divisions of Standby Fresh Air and therefore could have prevented fulfillment of its safety function.

        The Control Room Envelope was inoperable for one minute.

        This event is being reported under 10CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D), as any event or condition that, at the time of discovery, could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety function of structures or systems that are needed to mitigate the consequences of an accident."

        The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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

    Building A Community In Colorado’s Nuclear Shadow
    July 10, 2017
    http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/07/10/rocky-flats-nuclear-shadow-candelas/

  • freebywill

    UCS analysis of Turkey Point March Fire – Turkey Point: Fire and Explosion at the Nuclear Plant http://allthingsnuclear.org/dlochbaum/turkey-point-fire-and-explosion-at-the-nuclear-plant

    Dave Lochbaum, director, Nuclear Safety Project | July 11, 2017, 1:06 pm EDT

    At 11:07 am, a high energy arc flash (HEAF) in Cubicle 3AA06 of safety-related Bus 3A ignited a fire and caused an explosion. The explosion inside the small concrete-wall room (called Switchgear Room 3A) injured a worker and blew open Fire Door D070-3 into the adjacent room housing the safety-related Bus 3B (called Switchgear Room 3B.)

    A second later, the Unit 3 reactor automatically tripped when Reactor Coolant Pump 3A stopped running. This motor-driven pump received its electrical power from Bus 3A. The HEAF event damaged Bus 3A, causing the reactor coolant pump to trip on under-voltage (i.e., less than the desired voltage of 4,160 volts.) The pump’s trip triggered the insertion of all control rods into the reactor core, terminating the nuclear chain reaction.

    [ much more at the link ]

    • So basically a worker dropped a screwdriver into a live electrical enclosure, created an arc flash, blew himself out of the room, and shut down the nuke.

      The other details they provide are meant to distract from the extreme carelessness

      • Farthington MacMananus Farthington MacMananus

        "The HEAF event damaged Bus 3A, causing the reactor coolant pump to trip on under-voltage (i.e., less than the desired voltage of 4,160 volts."

        Well, I've shocked myself with like 5.5 MEGAVOLTS a few times, but the thing is, amperage. The other thing is, it kills fungi.

      • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

        Stock: "So basically a worker dropped a screwdriver into a live electrical enclosure, created an arc flash, blew himself out of the room, and shut down the nuke.
        The other details they provide are meant to distract from the extreme carelessness"

        No… Your broad definition of cause and effect distract from the inherent risk involved in operating nuclear facilities; Whether intended as a distraction or not, "screwdriver dropping" is not the same as system design and vulnerability and is not even mentioned.

        "The louvers also allow dust and small airborne debris (like pieces of carbon fiber) to enter the cubicles. The violence of the HEAF event (a.k.a. the explosion) destroyed some of the evidence at the scene, but carbon fiber pieces were found inside the cubicle where the HEAF occurred.  The carbon fiber was conductive, meaning that it could transport electrical current. Carbon fiber pieces inside the cubicle, according to the NRC, “may have played a significant factor in the resulting bus failure.”
        Further evidence inside the cubicle revealed that the bolts for the connection of the “C” phase to the bottom of the panel had been installed backwards. These backwards bolts were the spot where high-energy electrical current flashed over, or arced, to the metal cabinet.
        As odd as it seems, installing fire retardant materials intended to lessen the chances that a single fire compromises both electrical safety systems started a fire that compromised both…"

      • Jebus Jebus

        Ooops!

        The Weapon that Disabled Iraq’s Power Grid

        In the opening days of Desert Storm, modified tomahawk cruise missiles were used against Iraq. The warheads were made up of bomblets that contained spools of carbon fiber wire. The fine wire shorted out power plants and disabled 85% of Iraq’s electrical production capability.

        https://cyberarms.wordpress.com/2010/04/28/the-weapon-that-disabled-iraqs-power-grid/

  • Fart trying to be nice to most people, whilst renewing the attack on stock.

    I need to tweet that

    • Farthington MacMananus Farthington MacMananus

      Well yeah, I do try to be nice to most people and I don't like sock.

      • for those who want to review "nice Frank" I put a bunch of his niceness here

        http://www.nukepro.net/2017/06/techniques-and-sample-posts-from-modern.html

        Farthington MacMananus

        June 16, 2017 at 12:40 pm · Reply
        "I'll personally stick a foreign object in your eye."

        stock
        June 16, 2017 at 11:52 am · Reply
        Farthington MacMananus
        June 13, 2017 at 5:06 pm · Reply
        stock will be pleased to know, no doubt, that at an abusive muslim institution I'm kinda related to, some crazy africans ran in there and started destroying shit.
        Report comment
        Farthington MacMananus
        June 13, 2017 at 5:06 pm · Reply
        They even used guns.

        Farthington MacMananus
        June 16, 2017 at 12:05 pm · Reply
        Yeah, and? That actually happened.

        • Farthington MacMananus Farthington MacMananus

          That's really super awesome. Again, thanks for the advertisement. Now, if you would ask for instance, people who actually know me, children, animals, etc. you might find something surprisingly strange.

            • Farthington MacMananus Farthington MacMananus

              A guy that doesn't like abuse?

              • Thats an odd comment

                how about mutual destruction assured?

                • Farthington MacMananus Farthington MacMananus

                  Well, I did post something about that earlier.

                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3YcKJw20ow

                  And I am really insane.

                  Dou you like extinction level events?

                  • Farthington MacMananus Farthington MacMananus

                    Lyrics, just in case.
                    "Of all the religions at our grasp
                    Of the ideals that we enact
                    With all the past against our backs There's one thing we can agree on…
                    We've made this goddamned place a toilet
                    Maybe it's high time we flush it
                    Any shreds of humanity left, we crush it
                    So far up our own ass, it's bullshit
                    Turn loose the missiles, hear the sirens Since our species knows is violence
                    Mutually Assured Destruction Humanity's major malfunction
                    Completely ruinous
                    Absolutely deleterious
                    Detrimentally disastrous
                    Fundamentally preposterous
                    Categorically cancerous
                    Unquestionably gangrenous
                    Unconditionally hazardous
                    Unabashedly bastardous
                    Mutual assured destruction
                    Throughout our history and science
                    We've killed the self and self-reliance
                    We've formed a disturbing alliance
                    Our enemies become our clients With this natural non-compliance
                    Attacking earth – infectious virus
                    Since all our species knows is violence
                    Let mountains bask in utter silence
                    Mutual Assured Destruction
                    Humanity's major malfunction"

        • Farthington MacMananus Farthington MacMananus

          Foreign object:
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQNv2sY7Ge0

          Farthington MacMananus
          June 13, 2017 at 5:06 pm · Reply
          stock will be pleased to know, no doubt, that at an abusive muslim institution I'm kinda related to, some crazy africans ran in there and started destroying shit.
          Report comment
          Farthington MacMananus
          June 13, 2017 at 5:06 pm · Reply
          They even used guns.

          Farthington MacMananus
          June 16, 2017 at 12:05 pm · Reply
          Yeah, and? That actually happened.

          Yeah, that actually happened. As in, it really fucking happened. Abusive muslim institute near hear, some african guys, yada yada.

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

    All Things Nuclear

    Turkey Point: Fire and Explosion at the Nuclear Plant

    Dave Lochbaum, director, Nuclear Safety Project | July 11, 2017, 1:06 pm EDT
    http://allthingsnuclear.org/dlochbaum/turkey-point-fire-and-explosion-at-the-nuclear-plant

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

    Kewaunee dry fuel storage campaign sets records
    11 July 2017

    NAC International's completion of a dry fuel storage campaign at the Kewaunee nuclear power plant four years after the unit shut down has set a new benchmark for the transfer of used fuel to dry storage.
    http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/WR-Kewaunee-dry-fuel-storage-campaign-sets-records-1107177.html

  • freebywill

    Pilgrim seeks to skip cybersecurity rules http://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20170709/pilgrim-seeks-to-skip-cybersecurity-rules

    By Christine Legere
    Posted Jul 9, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    PLYMOUTH — Despite reports of hackers attempting to breach networks connected to U.S. nuclear power stations, one of the nation’s worst performers is looking for a pass from federal cybersecurity requirements.

    Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station hopes to skate through its final year and a half of operation without all required cybersecurity measures in place. Entergy Corp., the plant’s owner and operator, submitted a request in March to push out the December 2017 deadline for completion of federal cybersecurity requirements to December 2020.

    Operations are set to cease at Pilgrim June 1, 2019, so the requirement would never have to be met.

    Currently the plant is classified by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as one step above mandatory shutdown, based on its poor performance. Only three of the nation’s fleet of 100 commercial nuclear plants are currently in that performance category.

    The recent advisory of hacking attempts from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, coupled with Pilgrim’s request for an extension on cybersecurity requirements, has caused concern among Pilgrim watchdogs.

    [ the Nuclear Psychopath Society (NPS) playing Russian roulette . . . with your head ]

  • freebywill

    France to close up to 17 nuclear power stations http://en.rfi.fr/environment/20170710-france-close-17-nuclear-power-stations

    By RFI Issued on 10-07-2017

    France is to close up to 17 nuclear power stations to reach the government's target of 50 percent nuclear power by 2015, Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot said on Monday.

    "Everybody can understand that to reach this target we will close a certain number of reactors," Hulot told RTL radio. "Let me plan things, it may be up to 17, we'll have to see."

    Hulot presented a "climate plan" on Thursday but it was short on details on reaching the commitment to reduce the amount of electricity produced in nuclear reactors from the current 75 per cent to 50 percent.

    The transition to more diversified energy sources must be planned, Hulot said.

    "Every reactor has a very different economic, social and even security situation," he added.

    Previous president François Hollande also promised to cut nuclear power to 50 percent of electricity production.

    But he only managed to finalise a plan to close the country's oldest reactor, at Fessenheim in Alsace, just before leaving office and closure has yet to take place.

    • DUDe DUDe

      "Every reactor has a very different economic, social and even security situation," he added."

      And since we are in an extinction age..but not everybody get it already i would like to add..to all those economist involved with their out dated disconnected bussines school bubble projections and calculations of infinite growth etc..

      Every dying off species has a very different economic, social and even security situation..

      Meaning..they best be realistic and include a drop in population numbers when they project in to the future deciding what is the best compromise between our manmade "NEEDS" and the Environment "needs"..and the latter will alway's be the all overriding NEED..

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    "Hitachi intends to contribute to safer and more reliable plant operation and construction by incorporating the lessons learned from the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station into its nearly 40 years of experience in the construction of nuclear power plants so that it can supply ABWRs with even higher levels of safety, and also to consider how these lessons can be applied in existing plants" http://www.hitachi.com/rev/pdf/2013/r2013_01_112.pdf

    "even higher levels of safety" Wow, you go, Hitachi! Even HIGHER levels of safety. I don't know if my heart can take much more of this nuclear safety.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/the-world-from-berlin-german-nuclear-scandal-is-hair-raising-and-unforgivable-a-648149.html

    Yet look who is in power as Chancellor of Germany in 2017. The political nuclear liar.

    Even as Germany looks to shut down all its' nuclear plants by 2022.

    That Merkel is a miracle politician. I don't see how she survived the political fallout of her mistakes. Unless it's all rigged in Germany too.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    "Manuals have been prepared assuming severe accidents simultaneously at multiple units " page 11 http://www.genanshin.jp/english/report/lessonslearned/data/F1jiko_kyokun.pdf

    Well, it's a good thing they assume severe multiple unit nuclear disasters. Now that's good planning. Sounds like they have everything under control. We can finally relax

  • freebywill

    US_NPS Columbia 2 (WA) @ 100 % FLOW INDICATING SWITCH FOR HIGH PRESSURE CORE SPRAY UNRELIABLE INDICATION https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20170712en.html#en52848

    "This report is being made pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) as an event or condition that could have prevented fulfillment of a safety function.

    On July 11th, 2017, it was discovered that the flow indicating switch for the high pressure core spray (HPCS) minimum flow valve was providing unreliable indication.

    There was no flow through the line at the time the condition was discovered.

    This switch provides the flow signal to the HPCS minimum flow valve logic.

    "The switch was declared inoperable and the required actions of Technical Specification 3.3.5.1 were entered.

    This condition could have prevented the HPCS system, a single train safety system, from performing its specified safety function.

    Troubleshooting is underway to determine the cause of and correct the condition."

    [ must be some kind of backlit switch, ie green – it's activated. iirc there's a Part21 about switches, will research and confirm later. ]

  • freebywill

    Update PART 21 – WEDGE PIN FAILURE IN ANCHOR DARLING MOTOR OPERATED DOUBLE DISC GATE VALVES WITH THREADED STEM TO UPPER WEDGE CONNECTIONS https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20170712en.html#en48797

    * * * UPDATE AT 1537 EDT ON 7/11/17 FROM AMY OATHOUT TO JEFF HERRERA * * *

    The following is a summary of a report provided by Flowserve via email:

    This is to notify the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission that, in accordance with the provisions of 10 CFR Part 21, Flowserve has gained additional insight and information concerning the referenced previously reported issue based on a recent incident at the LaSalle County Station, Unit 2 involving a similar valve.

    Evaluation of a similar incident at LaSalle added an element not addressed in the previous evaluation regarding the limitation of a pressed-on stem collar to support the actuator thrust and maintain the stem-wedge preload.

    Valve evaluations and actions resulting from the previous notification are applicable and still apply. This notification includes additional information for maintaining the stem preload that was not addressed previously. The actuator thrust as well as the torque must be reviewed to insure the preload is maintained.

    [ cont ]

    • freebywill

      [ cont ] Update to Part 21 – A list of customers, utilities and nuclear plants which were supplied with Anchor/Darling DD Gate valves with motor actuators on contracts with Section 111 and/or 10CFR21 was provided.

      This list added a few sites not included on the list provided with the original notification.

      [ The list of added units was not published by the NRC so there's no way of knowing how many other units may be affected. ]

      [ This is the list of affected units from the initial EN ]

      ANO 1, Browns Ferry, Brunswick, Callaway, Catawba, Clinton, Columbia, Cook, Cooper, Crystal River, Dresden, Diablo Canyon, Duane Arnold, Fitzpatrick, Fort Calhoun, Grand Gulf, Hatch, Indian Point, Kewaunee, LaSalle, Limerick, Maine Yankee, Millstone, Monticello, Nine Mile, North Anna, Oconee, Oyster Creek, Peach Bottom, Perry, Pilgrim, Prairie Island, Quad Cities, River Bend, Robinson, San Onofre, St. Lucie, Surry, Three Mile Island 2, Waterford, VC Summer, Vermont Yankee, Wolf Creek.

      [ The original date of the EN is Dec 29, 2012 with the NRC posting it public
      Mar 01, 2013 – a two month lag. ]

      [ " based on a recent incident at the LaSalle County Station, Unit 2 involving a similar valve. " tells me that these units have all been operating WITHOUT this defect being thoroughly investigated and corrected ]

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