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

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7,518 comments to FORUM: General Nuclear Issues Discussion Thread — New as of April 2016

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

    Ministers act to head off revolt over membership of European nuclear regulator

    Government considering ‘associate membership’ of group that governs movement of radioactive material across Europe
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jul/10/brexit-pm-making-plans-to-replicate-membership-of-atomic-energy-group-euratom


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  • freebywill

    Pennsylvania watershed contaminated with radioactive material and endocrine-disrupting chemicals https://watchers.news/2017/07/12/pennsylvania-watershed-contaminated-with-radioactive-material-and-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals/

    Posted by TW on July 12, 2017

    Hydraulic fracturing has enabled a domestic oil and gas boom in the U.S., but its rapid growth has raised questions about what to do with the billions of gallons of wastewater that result. Researchers now report that treating the wastewater and releasing it into surface waters has led to the contamination of a Pennsylvania watershed with radioactive material and endocrine-disrupting chemicals. The study appears in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology.

    [ Article has study reference and abstract but no direct link, looks like it's behind a paywall. For those interested there are associated article below thw main article, good info. ]


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

    Trump Sparks Fight Over Nuclear Mountain
    Jul 12, 2017

    “…But this will not eliminate the federal government's role with respect to nuclear waste. No privately chartered agency can be expected have the wherewithal to take on liabilities of this magnitude–or guarantee safety in increments of geologic time. The EPA's regulations in this regard speak in terms of 10,000 years. Some of the waste, however, will remain radioactive for 100,000 years and not even governments last that long. The Macfarlane-Ewing proposals, if enacted, might go a long way in deal-ing with the current state of nuclear storage but do they go far enough to diffuse the energies of anti-nuclear activists? Probably not….”
    http://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Nuclear-Power/Trump-Sparks-Fight-Over-Nuclear-Mountain.html


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  • freebywill

    US_NPS Watts Bar 1;2 (TN) 100;0 % UNANALYZED CONDITION RELATED TO GDC-5 [GENERAL DESIGN CRITERION-5] FOR DUAL UNIT OPERATION https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20170713en.html#en52850

    "On July 12, 2017, at 1238 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Watts Bar Nuclear Plant (WBN) determined that a preliminary analysis shows adequate Essential Raw Cooling Water (ERCW) flow may not be in place during dual unit limiting design basis conditions of one unit in Hot Shutdown on Residual Heat Removal (RHR) cooling when the other unit experiences a Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA).

    Based on preliminary analysis, during a Unit 1 LOCA, Unit 1 receives adequate flow when following existing procedural guidance; however, Unit 2 may not receive adequate flow to meet cool-down requirements with design basis maximum temperatures.

    During a Unit 2 LOCA, however, current procedural guidance is not adequate to ensure the proper system alignment to establish correct ERCW Component Cooling Water (CCS) Heat Exchanger A and B flow rates for either unit's cool down requirements.

    "Unit 2 has been shutdown for an extended period of time such that the flow delivered by ERCW is adequate to serve both Unit 1 in a LOCA and Unit 2 in less than Mode 3.

    [ 40 years to design it and they couldn't get it right. ]


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  • freebywill

    PART 21 REPORT – CONTROL ROD DRIVE MECHANISMS CONTAMINATED WITH CHLORIDES https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20170713en.html#en52692

    [ EN too large to post so here's a synopsis ]

    [ Human error at the manufacturing site cause components of the control rods to be defective. One result can be control rods that are slow to insert and/or can get stuck once inserted. The other can result in separation leading to a control rod dropping into the core unexpectedly. ]

    [ These units were identified in the EN ; River Bend, LaSalle Unit 2, Hatch Unit 2, Browns Ferry Unit 2. ]

    [ Only Hatch 2 was identified as " could cause a substantial safety hazard for the 12 CRDMs " ]

    [ I checked the unit tracking sheet and all 4 units were part of the spring refueling. ]

    [ So during the refueling, old defective control rods were replaced with brand new defective control rods. ]

    [ Please don't try this kind of screw up at home, only trained, highly paid 'experts' are qualified to do this. ]


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  • freebywill

    RE: LaSalle 2 event that may be due to the Part21 notice

    In the EN it mentions a recent event at LaSalle 2

    I checked the Reactor status detail and found this event which I think may be the one referenced.

    201706_10 | 93 | 00/00/0000 | HOLDING POWER – PLANT TESTING | * |
    201706_09 | 12 | 00/00/0000 | HOLDING POWER – PREPARING TO ROLL TURBINE | * |
    201706_08 | 00 | 06/06/2017 | FORCED OUTAGE – SHUTDOWN TO TROUBLESHOOT RECIRC PUMP LUBE OIL PROBLEM | |
    201706_07 | 00 | 06/06/2017 | FORCED OUTAGE – SHUTDOWN TO TROUBLESHOOT RECIRC PUMP LUBE OIL PROBLEM | * |

    Prior to that was the RFO detail ( to large to fit here so I put it here )
    https://pastebin.com/7myX9CYc

    Not enough info to definitively say this is it tho.

    This is a doc concerning this type of valve but I don't know if it's the exact model.
    https://www.flowserve.com/sites/default/files/2016-07/ADENIM0003-01-AQ_LR.pdf


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  • freebywill

    Workers celebrate safety achievement at the @HanfordSite https://twitter.com/HanfordSite/status/885503277932072961

    [ pic of Hanford employees at some kind of luncheon ]

    [ by " safety achievement " I wonder if they mean survivors ]

    [ can't make this stuff up ]


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  • freebywill

    PART 21 – DEFECTIVE SAFETY RELATED VALVES https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20170714en.html#en52857

    "The stem for the Subject valve models was identified as being undersized based on allowable yield stress analysis of the stem while in torsion.

    The high stress condition was due to the high torque required to seat/unseat the plug when installed with a Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) sleeve material.

    High friction factor inherent with this material causes torsional stress to exceed the upper limit of yield strength of the valve which could result in fatigue/yielding of the stem, thus preventing the valve from opening and closing while in service.

    Historical research performed thus far has not identified any notifications from the customer(s) regarding stem failure of the subject valves, indicating that the valves may still be in operation with no performance related or operating issues.

    "Notifications letters have been sent to the affected plants advising them of the condition, and recommending that the sleeve material be replaced with a lower friction Polytetrafluomethylene (PTFE) material that would significantly reduce the required input operating torque, thereby reducing the risk of failure of the stem material.

    The following facilities received these safety related orders: TVA Sequoyah, Pennsylvania Power & Light Susquehanna.


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  • freebywill

    PART 21- HEX CAP SCREWS PRODUCED WITH PRE-EXISTING CRACKS https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20170714en.html#en52852

    "This Part 21 initial notification is being submitted pursuant to the requirements of 10CFR21.21(d)(3)(i).

    "Initial Notification for Hex Cap Screws produced from one heat of material – Nova Machine Products Fastener Part Numbers BPRT.008227.30, BPRT.008468.30, and BPRT.008342.30.

    "This Part 21 initial notification addresses Nova Machine Products hex cap screws which contain pre-existing cracks as a result of a manufacturing process error (Forged blanks were rapidly cooled after forging instead of air cooled).

    "The fasteners in question were all produced from one heat of material, which was used to produce one blank size, which was then used to produce the three hex cap screw part numbers stated above.

    "Fasteners were only supplied to Exelon TMI and Exelon Peach Bottom and are isolated to one heat of material and one manufacturing run.

    Containment actions are already underway with Exelon and Nova Machine.

    "Nova Machine and Exelon have been and continue to be in communication on this matter. This appears to be an isolated instance.


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

    “RGPu [Reactor Grade Plutonium] can be used in weapons. Moreover, the links between nuclear power (and civil nuclear programs more generally) and weapons proliferation go well beyond the use of RGPu in weapons. Ostensibly civil nuclear materials and facilities can be used in support of weapons programs in many ways:

    “Production of plutonium in power or research reactors followed by separation of plutonium from irradiated material in reprocessing facilities (or smaller facilities, sometimes called hot cells).

    “Production of radionuclides other than plutonium for use in weapons, e.g. tritium, which is used to initiate or boost nuclear weapons.

    “Diversion of fresh highly enriched uranium (HEU) research reactor fuel or extraction of HEU from spent fuel.

    “Nuclear weapons-related research.

    “Development of expertise for parallel or later use in a weapons program.

    “Nuclear power programs justifying the acquisition of other facilities capable of being used in support of a nuclear weapons program, such as enrichment or reprocessing facilities.

    “A nuclear power reactor (1000 MWe LWR) typically produces 250−300 kilograms of plutonium each year, sufficient for 25−30 weapons. Total global production of plutonium in power reactors is about 70 tonnes per year. Over 2,000 tonnes of plutonium have been produced in power reactors around the world, hence the importance of the debate over the use of RGPu in weapons….”
    https
    ://www.wiseinternational…


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  • freebywill

    Money runs short for nuclear energy’s survival http://climatenewsnetwork.net/nuclear-runs-out-of-money-and-steam/

    June 24, 2017, by Paul Brown

    Renewable fuels are challenging nuclear energy’s survival everywhere, and financing new reactors is growing increasingly difficult.

    LONDON, 24 June, 2017 – Anywhere you look in the world, the future of the nuclear industry looks grim as costs escalate and politicians plump for renewables, putting nuclear energy’s survival in doubt.

    The single most important fact in the industry’s demise is that its main rivals in the business of generating electricity – gas, wind and solar – are getting ever cheaper as nuclear costs only rise.

    The political tide is turning against nuclear power in previously leading countries. Newly elected governments in South Korea and France, the two democratic countries most enthusiastic about the atom, are looking to reduce the role of nuclear in their energy mix.

    A report by Bloomberg, the financial reporting service, says that more than half the US reactors currently in operation are losing money, and most of the rest are struggling to break even.

    [ more at the link ]


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  • freebywill

    Exelon's Nine Mile Point-2 in New York at reduced power for repairs https://www.platts.com/latest-news/electric-power/washington/exelons-nine-mile-point-2-in-new-york-at-reduced-21334731

    Washington (Platts)–14 Jul 2017 454 pm EDT/2054 GMT

    Power at Exelon Generation's 1,362-MW Nine Mile Point-2 nuclear reactor in Scriba, New York, was reduced late Thursday from 100% of capacity "due to an air leak in an instrumentation line," plant spokeswoman Jill Lyon said in an email Friday.

    The unit was operating at 52% early Friday, according to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission's daily reactor status report.

    Citing "competitive reasons," Lyon declined to estimate the duration of the repair work being done on the line, or when the unit would return to 100% power.

    "Troubleshooting has preliminarily identified the cause as an instrument air leak stemming from a 2-inch line failure that caused condensate booster pump valves to unexpectedly open," Sheehan said.

    [ " caused condensate booster pump valves to unexpectedly open " - meaning they still aren't sure hw things work ]


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  • freebywill

    Ka-boom — Saturday explosion to topple Hanford vent stack http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/hanford/article161534033.html

    The 200-foot-tall ventilation stack at Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant is scheduled to crash to the ground Saturday after explosives are detonated.

    It’s the next step toward getting the high-risk plant at the nuclear reservation torn down to the ground by the end of September.

    DOE officials have called it the most hazardous demolition project at the nuclear reservation.

    Workers have spent several weeks preparing for the stack to come down.

    Today was supposed to be the day they dropped the Hanford stack, wonder how it went.

    Nothing on the Hanford twitter feed about it. Just the rah, rah from the other day day about how safe they are.


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  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Several fire crews and emergency responders are on scene of a reported hazardous material incident at St. Raphael's Hospital. Crews were called to the hospital on Chapel Street shortly before 9 a.m. The New Haven fire chief told Eyewitness News that overnight someone gained access to a laboratory in the cancer center that contained nuclear isotopes, a radioactive material. Officials said when employees arrived this morning they found the lab vandalized. Officials said at least three lab technicians were exposed to the radioactive material, they are all undergoing tests at this time." http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/database/index.php?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=HZ-20170715-59037-USA


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  • freebywill

    US_NPS Oyster Creek 1 (NJ) @ 100 % LOSS OF THE TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER VENTILATION SYSTEM https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20170717en.html#en52861

    "Oyster Creek Generating Station has experienced a loss of the Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation system due to an electrical perturbation.

    "If an emergency is declared requiring TSC activation during the time TSC ventilation is non-functional, the TSC will be staffed and activated using existing emergency planning procedures unless the TSC becomes uninhabitable due to ambient temperature, radiological, or other conditions. If relocation of the TSC becomes necessary, the Emergency Director will relocate the TSC staff to an alternate location in accordance with applicable site procedures.

    "This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii) due to a loss of the TSC. An update will be provided once the TSC ventilation has been restored to normal operation.

    "The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

    * * * UPDATE AT 0537 EDT ON 07/15/17 FROM JIM RITCHIE TO S. SANDIN * * *

    TSC ventilation was restored at 0128 EDT on 07/15/17. The licensee will inform the NRC Resident Inspector.

    [ event date/time was 20170714_1724 EDT. ]


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    • freebywill

      US_NPS Fermi 2 (MI) @ 100 % INVALID SPECIFIED SYSTEM ACTUATION DURING TESTING
      https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20170717en.html#en52859

      "This telephone notification, [...] to describe an unplanned, invalid actuation of containment isolation valves in more than one system which occurred during the most recent refueling outage at Fermi 2. On 3/24/2017, at approximately 1548 EDT, when synchronizing an emergency diesel generator (EDG) to the grid during testing, an electrical perturbation occurred.

      Further investigation found that the EDG was slightly out of phase when it was attempted to be synchronized to the grid.

      The electrical perturbation resulted in an unexpected half-scram of Reactor Protection System (RPS) A and actuation (closure) of some containment isolation valves.

      The actuations were invalid as they were not initiated in response to actual plant conditions or parameters satisfying the requirements for initiation.

      Fermi 2 was shut down for a refueling outage at the time, and therefore, the half-scram of RPS A occurred after the safety function had already been completed.

      Containment isolation valves actuated (closed) in Division 1 of the Torus Water Management, Drywell Pneumatics, and Drywell Floor and Equipment Drain Sumps systems.

      All valves operated as expected.


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  • freebywill

    Update to the Alert at BMX fuel fab in Lynchburg VA NO ITEMS RELIED ON FOR SAFETY AVAILABLE / ALERT DECLARED DUE TO LOSS OF PARAMETER CONTROL TO PREVENT CRITICALITY IN THE RESEARCH TEST REACTOR AREA https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20170717en.html#en52840

    * * * UPDATE AT 1954 EDT ON 7/5/2017 FROM ROBERT JOHNSON TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

    "On July 5, 2017 at 1857 (EDT) BWXT LOG-Lynchburg downgraded form [sic - from ] an Alert status.

    Based on a conservative estimate of U-235 mass and an accurate characterization of the desiccant material involved, Nuclear Criticality Safety (NCS) has determined that a criticality is highly unlikely.

    Updated evaluations based on as-found conditions and technical information provided by the system manufacturer demonstrated the maximum amount of U-235 in system #1 and system #2.

    Current NCS controlled parameters in place are mass, moderation, spacing, and container geometry.

    NCS has determined that the worst case K-adjusted is below the normal license limit.

    Based on this information, there was no immediate risk of criticality or threat to the safety of workers or the public as a result of the event.

    Access to the area remains restricted under the control of Security and the Emergency Operations Center."


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  • freebywill

    US_NPS_Status_Report_for_Monday_July_17_2017 … NRC Region All …*=GE mark1

    Not much going on right now, all units scheduled for spring refueling have completed.

    Oyster Creek 1 (NJ) @ 100 %
    LOSS OF THE TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER VENTILATION SYSTEM
    https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20170717en.html#en52861

    Watts Bar 2 (TN) @ 0 % condenser repair – 117 days shutdown

    Fermi 2 (MI) @ 100 % [ delayed report for event during RFO ]
    INVALID SPECIFIED SYSTEM ACTUATION DURING TESTING
    https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20170717en.html#en52859

    Comanche Peak 2 (TX) @ 0 % [ finally found some info on the problem ]
    0 | 06/06/2017 | FORCED OUTAGE – SHUTDOWN TO REPAIR MAIN GENERATOR STATOR PROBLEM
    71 | 06/05/2017 | HOLDING POWER DUE TO MAIN GENERATOR STATOR OVERHEATING

    This begin CP2s sixth week down.

    Grand Gulf 1 (MS) @ 52 % began dropping power Friday – no info yet on reason for decrease


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  • freebywill

    US_NPS Waterford 3 (LA) @ 0 % UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO LOSS OF OFFSITE POWER https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20170718en.html#en52863

    During a rain and lightning storm, plant operators observed arcing from the main transformer bus duct and notified the control room.

    The decision was made to trip the main generator which resulted in an automatic reactor trip.

    The plant entered EAL SU.1 as a result of the loss of offsite power for greater than fifteen minutes.

    Plant safety busses are being supplied by both emergency diesel generators while the licensee inspects the electrical system to determine any damage prior to bringing offsite power back into the facility.

    Offsite power is available to the facility.

    No offsite assistance was requested by the licensee.

    During the trip, all rods inserted into the core.

    Decay heat is being removed via the atmospheric dump valves with emergency feedwater supplying the steam generators.

    The main steam isolation valves were manually closed to protect the main condenser.

    There were no safeties or relief valves that actuated during the plant transient.

    There is no known primary-to-secondary leakage.

    Reactor cooling is via natural circulation.

    All safety equipment is available for the safe shutdown of the plant.

    [ cont ]


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      [ cont ] UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO LOSS OF OFFSITE POWER

      * * * UPDATE ON 7/17/17 AT 2007 EDT FROM MARIA ZAMBER TO DONG PARK * * *

      This notification is also made under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D).

      "This is a non-emergency notification from Waterford 3.

      "On July 17, 2017 at 1606 CDT, the reactor automatically tripped due to a loss of Forced Circulation, which was the result of Loss of Offsite Power (LOOP) to the electrical (safety and non-safety) buses.

      Both 'A' and 'B' trains of Emergency Diesel Generators (EDGs) started as designed to reenergize the 'A' and 'B' safety buses.

      The LOOP caused a loss of feedwater pumps, resulting in an automatic actuation of the Emergency Feedwater (EFW) system.

      "Prior to the reactor trip, at 1600 CDT, personnel noticed the isophase bus duct to main transformer 'B' glowing orange due to an unknown reason.

      Due to this, the main turbine was manually tripped at 1606 CDT.

      Following the turbine trip, the electrical (safety and non-safety) buses did not transfer to the startup transformers as expected due to an unknown reason.

      "The plant entered the Emergency Operating Procedure for LOOP/Loss of Forced Circulation Recovery.

      [ not an emergency yet they entered Emergency Operation ]

      [ cont ]


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      • freebywill

        [ cont ] UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO LOSS OF OFFSITE POWER

        "At 1617 CDT, an Unusual Event was declared due to Initiating Condition (IC) SU1 – Loss of all offsite AC power to safety buses [greater than] 15 minutes.

        "All safety systems responded as expected.

        "The plant is currently in mode 3 and stable with the EDGs supplying both safety buses and with EFW feeding and maintaining both steam generators. Offsite power is in the process of being restored."

        The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the local Parish emergency management agencies.

        * * * UPDATE FROM ADAM TAMPLAIN TO HOWIE CROUCH AT 2203 EDT ON 7/17/17 * * *

        The licensee terminated the Notification of Unusual Event at 2056 CDT. The basis for terminating was that offsite power was restored to the safety busses.

        The licensee has notified Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, St. John and St. Charles Parishes, Louisiana Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness, and will be notifying the NRC Resident Inspector.

        Notified IRD (Stapleton), NRR (King), R4DO (Hipschman), DHS SWO, FEMA, DHS NICC, FEMA National Watch Center (email) and Nuclear SSA (email).

        [ so numerous gov't agencies were notified, but did those agencies notify the public to be on alert for a possible evac. ]


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  • freebywill

    US_NPS Clinton 1 (IL) @ 0 % INVALID ACTUATION OF EMERGENCY DIESEL GENERATOR https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20170718en.html#en52862

    "The following information is provided as a 60-day telephone notification to the NRC in accordance with 10 CFR 50.73(a)(1) reported under 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A) for an invalid actuation of the Division 3 emergency diesel generator (DG). The event occurred on May 18, 2017, at 1115 CDT. As allowed by 10 CFR 50.73(a)(1), the notification is being made via telephone.

    "(a) The specific train(s) and system(s) that actuated were:
    During troubleshooting of blown fuses for the Reserve Auxiliary Transformer (RAT) main feed metering and relaying circuit, the Division 3 DG automatically started as a result of a loss of power signal, the RAT feed breaker for the offsite power source opened after a 15 second time delay as a result of a degraded voltage signal, and the DG output breaker subsequently closed.

    The loss of voltage and degraded voltage signals were generated when maintenance technicians opened the wrong test switch in the Division 3 4160-Volt Switchgear 1E22S004.

    [ human error ]


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  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Pentagon Study Declares American Empire Is ‘Collapsing’
    Report demands massive expansion of military-industrial complex to maintain global ‘access to resources’ "
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47462.htm


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  • freebywill

    Areva plant in Richland to make nuclear fuel that’s better in emergencies http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/hanford/article161889383.html

    July 17, 2017 6:11 PM

    By Annette Cary
    acary@tricityherald.com

    The Areva plant in Richland will begin manufacturing newly developed advanced nuclear fuel assemblies that allow operators more time to respond in emergencies.

    The plant will start manufacturing the fuel later this year, to be loaded into one of the units at Georgia’s Vogtle Electric Generating Plant in the spring of 2019.

    Congress provided funding to develop fuels that can tolerate loss of active in cooling in the reactor core for much longer while maintaining of improving fuel perfomance during normal operations.

    The fuel pellets to be manufactured in Richland will have chromia additions, providing a higher density and helping reduce fission gases if a reactor loses cooling. Chromium coating also will be added to fuel rod cladding.

    [ wonder how the addition of chromium will add to the toxicity of spent fuel
    or what will this create in event of a melt. ]


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  • freebywill

    Canada’s Nuclear Waste Nightmare Threatens Great Lakes, Savannah River Site – Dr. Gordon Edwards, Part 2, NH #317 | http://nuclearhotseat.com/

    This Week’s Featured Interview:

    Dr. Gordon Edwards of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility [CCNR] continues his interview with Libbe HaLevy, covering the transport of highly radioactive liquid nuclear waste from Chalk River in Canada to the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. Then we shift to the ongoing push by Bruce Power and the Canadian nuclear industry to build a deep geologic waste repository for high level nuclear waste less than one mile from the shores of Lake Huron.

    [ links to CCNR and documents are n Nuclear Hotseat site ]


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  • PlowboyGrownUp

    North Korea, aha – Suspected there was a hidden agenda
    "It was revealed recently that North Korea is sitting on approximately $6 trillion worth of natural resources, which the country lacks the technology or expertise to extract. The impoverished nation is quite literally sitting on a goldmine, a significant portion of which is made up of rare earth metals.

    Rare earth metals are not – as you would expect – exceptionally rare, but are generally found in small trace quantities underground. What is rare is to find them in high concentrations, which is exactly what experts believe is present beneath the soil of North Korea."
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/ljkelly/2017/07/14/why-north-korea-is-an-untapped-goldmine-for-tech-companies-and-for-china/#1cceed60711f


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  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "In a blow to those opposed to Florida Power & Light’s license application to build two new nuclear reactors at its Turkey Point plant, a federal panel has agreed that the environmental impact of injecting treated, reclaimed wastewater into deep wells will be “small.”

    The proposal calls for millions of gallons of wastewater containing at least four contaminants from the proposed Turkey Point 6 and 7 nuclear units’ cooling system to be injected into 13 deep wells into the Boulder Zone underlying the site overlooking Biscayne Bay south of Miami."
    http://protectingyourpocket.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/07/19/nuclear-panel-fpls-plan-to-inject-wastewater-into-ground-is-okay/


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  • unincredulous unincredulous

    The White House has banned live audio and video coverage at every press briefing since June 29.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/media/342821-white-house-reporter-live-streams-audio-only-press-briefing

    I have not been drinking, so why do I feel drunk watchin this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QbEhTIMyd0

    I guess radiation monitors turned off are quickly becoming the least of our worries.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2017/07/19/record-9-million-comments-flood-fcc-net-neutrality/488042001/#


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  • freebywill

    US_NPS WAterford 3 (LA) @ 0 % Update UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO LOSS OF OFFSITE POWER https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20170720en.html#en52863

    * * * UPDATE FROM SCOTT MEIKLEJOHN TO HOWIE CROUCH AT 1724 EDT ON 7/19/17 * * *

    This update is being reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(B).

    "During the event discussed in EN# 52863, at 1642 CDT [on July 17, 2017], Condensate Storage Pool (CSP) level lowered to less than 92% resulting in entry to Technical Specification (TS) 3.7.1.3. Level in the CSP was lowered due to feeding from both Steam Generators with EFW.

    Normal makeup to the CSP was temporarily unavailable due to the LOOP. Filling the CSP commenced at 1815 CDT [on July 17, 2017], and TS 3.7.1.3 was exited on July 18, 2017 at 0039 CDT."


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  • or-well or-well

    MATSUYAMA, Japan (Kyodo) — A court on Friday rejected residents' plea to halt a reactor operating at the Ikata nuclear power plant in western Japan amid concerns about the robustness of an evacuation plan in the event of an accident.

    The Matsuyama District Court ruled against the residents' request to stop Shikoku Electric Power Co.'s No. 3 reactor at the plant in Ehime Prefecture. In March, the Hiroshima District Court also rejected calls for an injunction ordering the reactor to be halted.

    The focal points of Friday's decision were the feasibility of the evacuation plan, the effectiveness of new safety standards introduced after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis, and the likelihood of potential quakes assumed by the utility in designing the reactor's seismic resistance.

    https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170721/p2g/00m/0dm/060000c


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    US_NPS Davis Besse 1 (OH) @ 100 % POTENTIAL TORNADO MISSILE VULNERABILITIES https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20170721en.html#en52865

    [ nothing major in this ]


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  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Feds Say FPL Can Store Nuclear Waste Below Miami's Drinking Water Because It's "Not Likely" to Leak
    Florida Power & Light's Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station is already leaking dangerous salt water into the aquifers that are Miami's largest source of drinking water. Despite that alarming fact, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recently ruled that FPL can move forward with a plan to build two new nuclear reactors and store nuclear waste — including radioactive material — in an area just below those same aquifers." http://www.miaminewtimes.com/content/printView/9513910


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  • freebywill

    Amory Lovins: Nukes Not the Answer https://www.ecowatch.com/nuclear-climate-change-2462663343.html

    Lovins's analysis contrasts sharply with Secretary of Energy Rick Perry's asser­tions that nation­al security requires favoring coal and nuclear plants. Lovins shows that all 14 "magical proper­ties" claimed to merit paying more for such plants (or even mandating them) are imaginary, including "large-scale" generation, dispatchability, loadshape value, having "fuel on hand," price deflation, volatile fuel prices, jobs and supporting America's nuclear weapons capability. Lovins espe­cially debunks national-security and grid-reliability claims by showing that coal and nuclear plants actually have unique and serious vulnerabilities (as his authoritative Pentagon analysis Brittle Power: Energy Strategy for National Security first explained in 1981).

    [ the website links in the article to https://www.rmi.org doesn't display for me. ]

    [ RMI seems to be partnered with Clean Technica ]

    https://cleantechnica.com/author/rockymtn/

    [ numerous articles there ]


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    Chicago park will finally be cleansed of radioactive waste https://archpaper.com/2017/07/chicago-park-radioactive-waste/

    By Matthew Messner (@MessnerMatthew) July 20, 2017

    The radioactive element, once heavily used in the making of gas light mantels, can now be found in contaminated superfund sites across the city. One of those sites also happens to be the long-delayed and much-anticipated DuSable Park in the downtown Streeterville neighborhood.

    Thorium, a naturally occurring radioactive element, is notoriously hard to clean up, in part because of how it gets into the soil in the first place. As with many other sites around Streeterville, DuSable Park’s thorium is likely from the Lindsay Light Company, which processed the material from raw ore and manufactured gas light mantles in the area from 1904 through 1936. Some of the waste from the refining process is a sand-like material called thorium mill tailings, which was often used as infill in the low-lying Streeterville. It is likely thorium mill tailings were used as part of the fill on the DuSable site, which is reclaimed land from the lake. A second costly factor in removing thorium is that is can only be trucked to a few disposal sites in the United States. The only one that is likely to take the waste from DuSable is in Utah.

    [ The Earth is littered with nuclear polluted spots, taxpayers pay for the cleanup while the corporation criminals responsible relax in splendor. ]


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    Witnesses of the Bomb: Seven testimonies from the era of nuclear testing in French Polynesia https://litbyimagination.blogspot.jp/2017/07/witnesses-of-bomb-seven-testimonies_2.html

    by Dennis Riches Sunday, July 2, 2017

    [ excerpt from one ]

    Michel Arakino

    “From 1981 to 1996 I was a diver at Moruroa. My work consisted of taking biological samples from around the zones and in the zones where the detonations had occurred.

    At the first meeting of Moruroa e tatou[1], I came just to listen and tell my bosses what they were saying,
    [ basically he was sent there too spy on the activists ]
    but then I was especially struck by Dr. Sue Roff. I was sitting in the front row watching this woman explain the effects of radioactivity. Everything she said concerned me directly.

    I was the positive control organism in this experiment, and that’s when I realized what I was passing down to my children.

    That’s when I started asking questions to the authorities, and they quickly became hostile. What should I say? It was like we were no longer friends. The relationship was tarnished because I was asking too many questions about the state of my health.”

    [ you see members of the NPS and their henchmen don't like questions. ]

    [cont.]


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      [ cont. ] Witnesses of the Bomb
      [1] Association Moruroa E Tatou –
      https://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/wcc-mourns-the-death-of-polynesian-nuclear-fighter-john-doom
      A committed citizen, John Doom was also the co-founder and coordinator of the Nuclear Workers' Association in French Polynesia, Mururoa e Tatou.
      Being an eye witness of the first French atomic test in the Pacific, in 1966, he was also known for his strong commitment to anti-nuclear advocacy campaigns.

      [ search returned a lot of hits but most are in french. ]

      [ I translated this doc from 2002 ]
      https://www.dissident-media.org/infonucleaire/news_vet.html
      [ and posted the result here ]
      Translated_Text_about_Association_Moruroa_e_tatou https://pastebin.com/LvSaqdd6

      [ this snip exposes some truth ]

      A health survey of the Metropolitan Association revealed that 85% of veterans have health problems and 32.4% of veterans report one or more cancers, while the percentage of the annual incidence of cancer in France is 17% .

      [ cont. ]


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        Moruroa: The Story Isn't Over https://newmatilda.com/2009/05/15/moruroa-story-isnt-over/

        Raymond Taha
        After his military service in 1970, Raymond continued working as a security guard with the Atomic Energy Commission on Moruroa Atoll.
        [ the AEC, so the Us's dirty fingers are involved ]
        "We had to pick up all the dead fish and clean up all the debris that littered the roads. The staff of the Radiological Safety Service were testing the soil with their apparatus. They were all dressed in special outfits with gloves and a mask. We Maohi workers were just following on behind them, without any special gear to protect us."

        He recalls: "The bosses said: ‘It’s OK, you can go over there.’ We were scared, but if we’d refused, we would have been on the next plane back to Tahiti the following day. We would have lost our job, so we went ahead cleaning up without asking any questions."

        In 1980, Raymond’s daughter Cinya was born, the only girl of five children. She died a year later, from complications with a malformed lung. In 1994, he was diagnosed with leukaemia and sent on a stretcher to a hospital in Paris, where he underwent two years of chemotherapy.

        [ cont. ]


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          [ more info here ]
          http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/pf%7Dmorta.html

          The aim of the association is to obtain, through all available legal means, the right to be informed on the consequences on health of the contribution to the nuclear trial programs, the right of access to radiologic and medical data, and the right of pension, indemnification and healthcare.

          The association is named for the book Moruroa et nous (Moruroa and Us), published by Pieter de Vries and Han Seur in August 1997. The book is based on a sociologic survey of 737 former workers organized in summer 1995 by the Hiti Tau (New Era) NGO and the Evangelic Church of Polynesia. This was the first survey aimed at assessing the consequences of nuclear trials on human health.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_veteran

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France_and_weapons_of_mass_destruction
          As part their military alliance during the Suez Crisis in 1956 the French agreed to secretly build the Dimona nuclear reactor in Israel and soon after agreed to construct a reprocessing plant for the extraction of plutonium at the site.

          [ Here at Outpost Omega we sat in silence after reviewing some of this material. After a bite of The Kraken one of the members observed " We're gonna need a lot more rope than we thought". Nods and ayes ensued. As naturalists the group decided hemp rope was most appropriate. ]


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  • PlowboyGrownUp

    OT " Tai Chi, a branch of Qigong, has been practiced for over 2,000 years. Frequently described as meditation in motion, the activity takes you through a set of slow, gentle movements while you focus on your breath
    Tai Chi and/or Qigong may be particularly beneficial for the elderly and those struggling with chronic pain conditions, thanks to its low impact. You can even do Tai Chi if you’re confined to a wheelchair
    Some of the strongest evidence supports Qigong for conditions relating to pain and fatigue, lung and cardiovascular function, balance and coordination, stress and anxiety, and general immune function"
    http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2017/07/14/qigong-tai-chi-health-benefits.aspx?et_cid=DM152196&et_rid=2089839558


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    PART 21 NOTIFICATION – EATON/CUTLER HAMMER A200 SERIES STARTER https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20170724en.html#en52867

    [ long EN - brief synopsis ]

    [ motor contacts contaminated with a substance that can cause them to stick closed. Random assemblies affected from May 2008 to Oct 2012. ]

    [ so far the defect has only been confirmed at Susquehanna ]

    " Susquehanna has evaluated the condition and has concluded that the condition could create a substantial safety hazard."

    [ no info in the EN as to how many motors may exist with the defect nor how many and what stations may be potentially affected. ]

    "A previous Part 21 report submitted by Curtiss-Wright QualTech NP (Event Notification Number 51611) in December 2015 provided notification … "

    [ More incompetence introducing potentially defective components into nuclear power stations, and even though this is known, they keep operating. ]


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      Original EN – POTENTIAL PART 21 INVOLVING A200 SERIES STARTERS https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2015/20151221en.html#en51611

      "Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) reported to QTNP [QualTech NP] that they have had eight Cutler Hammer A200 series starter failures since September 15, 2008. The failures would remain in the operated/energized contact state with power removed for some period of time. All starters impacted with this failure were continuously energized. The concern was that if tripped, that the main contacts would not open to protect the motor.

      "Cutler Hammer has determined that the silicone mold release was first introduced into the manufacturing facility in May, 2008, due to a shortage of the Zinc Stearate Mold release that was traditionally used. The silicon based mold release was periodically used until October 2012.

      [ units identified at the time ]

      QTNP has notified North Anna, H. B. Robinson, Diablo Canyon, and Hatch.


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  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Records Show EPA Head Travels Home Excessively and on Taxpayers Dime"
    https://www.ecowatch.com/pruitt-oklahoma-travel-2464680497.html
    "The records, obtained by the Environmental Integrity Project through a Freedom of Information Act request, show a total of 48 out of 92 days in March, April and May in which Pruitt was traveling, and 43 of those travel days were spent in Oklahoma or heading to or from Pruitt's home state."


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  • Jebus Jebus

    I'm in moderation above. :(

    I posted a doe phone number.

    I wont do that anymore for a time limited edit.

    I could edit it while I'm in moderation.

    Here, I fixed it?

    What In The Hell? Whats Happening? :|

    Operation Clean Desert

    Dr. Proton? Adam the Atom?

    FUN FOR ALL AGES!

    Operation Clean Desert is a set of activities following the adventures of Dr. Proton and Adam the Atom as they learn about the NNSS. The activities are geared toward teaching children about ongoing efforts to address environmental challenges, such as contaminated groundwater and radioactive waste disposal. The set of activities include an activity book, teacher’s guide, and an interactive computer game. Parents, educators, and community groups and programs can request free copies of the activity book and teacher’s guide by going to the website link below…

    http://www.nnss.gov/pages/PublicAffairsOutreach/KidsZone/OpCleanDesert.html

    Again, it's going to get louder…


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  • DUDe

    All talk to children about hypothetical cleaning up the environment (that we cant really do ) is useless aslong as we keep expanding our polluting activities..all it does is give them a false sense of future control..well , maybe not all..i guess it increases awareness..

    But there is only so much we can do to get pollution out of the environment..imho

    We must stop polluting and help Earth clean itself..cancer does not cure the host..it must stop being cancer and the host will heal itself..if it still can..


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  • Dazy Dazy

    Maybe they'll even get a field trip to make sand castles in the restricted area. Fun…

    Probably a good idea for people to avoid sending their children through the government's public school 'education' and try an give them a real education. It's been a fairly useless and harmful institution for some time now.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    I have had a few denied too..we are now entering the twilight zone.. often found in the outer limits.


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  • or-well or-well

    "test" was supposed to appear as a Reply – indented – to DUDe above, not as an original post.
    There's a glitch in this Forum.

    (this should appear as a Reply to my comment containing "test")


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  • DUDe

    Hi or-well.. you got my attention but i don't understand..(just woke up from a nap)..:) ?


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  • DUDe

    And that was supposed to be a reply to your 7:47 post but jumped to here..maybe that glitch you mentioned..:)


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  • or-well or-well

    DUDe, it's strictly random that your post is mentioned.
    It is not about you at all.
    It is about the way posts are being positioned on this forum by the software.
    To place a comment at the end – in other words – in the newest position, I have to make my comment as a REply to the previous one.


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  • DUDe

    Ok got it..funny that my reply jumped to the end then lol
    One of the old OT forums also had its own will where posts ended up..was only fixed by starting a new one iirc..and the current one also start to have its addreslink wrong.
    This is supposed to be under your 10:09 post..


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  • or-well or-well

    Clearly, conversation on this forum will be difficult if not pointless to attempt without specific attribution such as @(date/time).


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    https://www.ft.com/content/32f14d76-f8e6-11e6-9516-2d969e0d3b65

    Kepco seen as potential buyer for Toshiba’s ailing nuclear unit

    South Korean group, in contrast to rivals, is willing to look at Westinghouse deal

    …and Nugen


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    Safety and Security Concerns about Small Modular Reactors: NuScale’s Design

    But the real news is not that DOE awarded a second grant under the program, but that it took so long to do so. NuScale, along with three other reactor vendors, originally applied for the funds in early 2012 with the expectation that two designs would receive grants. However, later that year DOE surprised many observers by only awarding a grant to one design, the Generation mPower.

    (Took the money and folded)

    Subsequently, DOE issued a second solicitation that sought “innovative” designs. But three of the four applicants applicants for the second round were the same designs—including NuScale—that had been denied funding under the first round. In the absence of additional good applicants, DOE’s move to spend the rest of the money on a design it had originally rejected smacks of desperation.

    http://allthingsnuclear.org/elyman/safety-and-security-concerns-about-small-modular-reactors-nuscales-design


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  • or-well or-well

    New reactor applications under review by the NRC.

    https://www.nrc.gov/reactors/new-reactors/col/new-reactor-map.html

    Helps to contact the right politicians.


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  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Yeah, that's what Kentucky needs! A nuclear plant to cry for subsidies! A commonwealth state for spoiled rich men. Women and children first for their cancer handouts.

    KRS 2017 SB11 makes it all possible. BE SURE to never let this get approved by the Ky House. It's been approved by the Senate four or five times now.

    "Section 5
    This Act shall be cited as the Robert J. Leeper Act." http://www.lrc.ky.gov/recorddocuments/bill/17RS/SB11/SCS1.pdf

    We are so screwed this time people. "Republicans take the Kentucky House after 95 years of Democratic control "

    Republicans have not controlled the House in Kentucky in 95 years but now they do. Thanks to corrupt democrats like HILLARY CLINTON

    http://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article113464563.html


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  • or-well or-well

    Town mayor gives nod to restart Genkai nuclear plant in Saga Pref …

    http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170307/p2g/00m/0dm/080000c


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  • unincredulous unincredulous

    update : Leeper Act to end Kentucky's nuclear moratorium passes the House
    Posted:
    Wednesday, March 15, 2017 4:00 PM EDT

    They wasted no time rushing to spit in the wind. http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/story/34880689/leeper-act-to-end-kentuckys-nuclear-moratorium-passes-the-house

    I had no idea. I bet rush out and buy some more KI pills and KY Jelly.


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  • or-well or-well

    64% of city's budget is covered by Nuclear Power related revenue. See http://www.nishinippon.co.jp/nnp/national/article/312982

    from comment under Mainichi article

    part of the English translation of above referenced article -

    "The initial fiscal budget plan for the general public account of fiscal year 2005 is about 7.7 billion yen. Approximately 64% of approximately 4,924 million yen is related to nuclear power generation such as power supply location grant."


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  • or-well or-well

    radioactive boars to greet Fuku returnees

    http://www.voanews.com/a/radioactive-boars-japan-nuclear-refugees/3756664.html

    The boars have been destroying local farms and eating plants contaminated with radiation.

    Some of the boars tested by the government showed levels of radioactive material 130 times above Japan’s safety standards.

    Five towns in Fukushima have partially reopened since the disaster so far.

    But three weeks before the evacuation order is to be lifted in Tomioka, the average radiation level is still well above Japan’s goal. Homes are still damaged or abandoned, and the streets are littered with bags of radioactive waste.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Hundreds of the boars are roaming the empty streets of exclusion zone towns

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4295826/Wild-boars-offer-challenge-homecomers-radiation-hit-Fukushima.html#ixzz4aqIuOO4H
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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Roaming wild in the radiation zone: Endangered species are THRIVING around Chernobyl 30 years after nuclear disaster forced mankind to leave

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4356306/Endangered-species-thriving-Chernobyl.html#ixzz4cczwFEZY
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.justreadonline.com/2017/03/10/dap-questions-sudden-embrace-nuclear/


    …“How is this possible? In four months, you have acquired so much knowledge? In fact it says the word here is ‘considerable base of knowledge’.

    “That means you have acquired so much of knowledge in the past four months to make the first major decisive step in order to build the power plants in Malaysia, which will cost Malaysia something like RM23 billion. This was the value in 2015,” Santiago said.

    On Tuesday, Nancy said the final report of the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) Mission Phase 1 will be tabled to the Cabinet by next week.

    Bernama reported her as saying that the three-phase assessment, initiated by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), concluded that Malaysia is thoroughly prepared and has developed a considerable base of knowledge to make an informed decision about introducing nuclear power.

    She reportedly said that Malaysia has 30 days to respond to the recommendation made by the report that evaluates interested newcomer countries’ status and state-of-readiness in developing nuclear power programme.

    Santiago today suggested that the sudden change was evidence that Putrajaya had previously kept such plans hidden from public knowledge.

    Liew said moving towards nuclear energy was a wrong step, saying the country has avenues for renewable energy that were untapped or underutilised, such as solar power.


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://linkis.com/reuters.com/Japans_Kyushu_Hokkai.html

    Japan's Kyushu Electric Power and Hokkaido Electric Power received shareholder approval on Thursday for bailouts from a state-backed bank as the utilities struggle to cope with losses from a prolonged shutdown of nuclear reactors.

    All of Japan's 48 reactors remain shut more than three years after the Fukushima catastrophe, the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

    There is no timetable for restarts and atomic regulators remain bogged down in vetting applications to reboot reactors, with Kyushu Electric's Sendai plant in southwestern Japan seen to be the closest to approval.

    Shareholders on Thursday agreed to Kyushu Electric's plan to issue 100 billion yen ($980 million) in preferred shares to state-owned Development Bank of Japan, as well as Hokkaido Electric's bid to issue 50 billion yen in preferred shares to the bank. …


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    re: http://www.justreadonline.com/2017/03/10/dap-questions-sudden-embrace-nuclear/


    …“How is this possible? In four months, you have acquired so much knowledge? In fact it says the word here is ‘considerable base of knowledge’.

    *********

    How, you ask? http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NN-Hitachi-GE-to-launch-nuclear-energy-course-in-Malaysia-0408164.html Don't worry, they come with no liability, plenty of customers profit's, unpaid tax monies and subsidies and are just here to educate you… for now…


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    Guess who…

    http://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/news/2017/03/09/178-billion-in-profits-no-taxes-paid.html

    The study show how 258 profitable Fortune 500 companies collectively“paid an effective federal income tax rate of 21.2 percent” from 2008-15, with 18 companies paying no federal income tax during that time despite earning pretax profits of nearly $178 billion over the measured period.

    Of those 18 companies, Pepco Holdings, now a subsidiary of Exelon (NYSE: EXC), had the lowest effective tax rate over that period, at -27.9 percent. It was followed by Pacific Gas & Electric (NYSE: PCG) at -14.5 percent, then Wisconsin Energy (NYSE: WEC) at -10.0 percent. By negative tax rates, that means, as ITEP put it, the companies made more after taxes than before taxes in those no-tax years.

    …Gardner added to the Times: “When the biggest companies aren’t paying their fair share, that means the rest of us are left to pick up the slack. It means small business and middle-income families are paying more.”


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.qconline.com/news/local/mccombie-s-nuclear-power-bill-approved-in-committee/article_7168ae84-8a92-56b5-8563-49899e2db8ad.html


    …"This bill lifts the moratorium on nuclear plants to empower them to improve their facilities if the construction project is deemed necessary to provide adequate, reliable and efficient service to its customers," said Rep. McCombie.

    "The bill helps the state's current six nuclear power plants, including the plant in Cordova, better serve the public," she said. "It also provides protections for customers by ensuring new construction projects are the least-cost means of satisfying the service needs of its customers." … …


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    YOU may become a nuke-refugee -

    Mardi 12, 2017

    24,000 evacuees not counted by Fukushima govt.

    https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170312_13/

    NHK has learned that the Fukushima prefectural government's estimate of the current number of evacuees from the 2011 disaster is about 24,000 less than the figure calculated by local municipalities.

    Earlier this month, officials said about 80,000 people were still living in shelters because of the tsunami and nuclear accident.

    This includes 17,781 residents of 5 municipalities around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant who were evacuated to other parts of the prefecture.

    But NHK's survey found 42,030 people had left these municipalities — about 24,249 more than the prefectural government's figure.

    Officials from the 5 municipalities say their estimate includes all the people who evacuated to other parts of the prefecture, but the Fukushima government's calculation excludes those who moved into public housing or acquired new homes in other areas of the prefecture.

    A visiting associate professor at Fukushima University, Kazuhiko Amano, says many residents still dream of returning to their hometowns even after they have found a place to live.

    He says surveys should also cover the type of housing and whether evacuees are living normal lives. He says the prefectural government's counting method may underestimate the number of people who actually need support.


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  • or-well or-well

    Let's play a game! They do – with OUR lives -

    http://www.ucsusa.org/nuclear-weapons/close-calls?gclid=CM7DxfTK09ICFQqGaQodpfgGew#.WMaf3jvyuUk

    I Wish I Didn't Know That
    REAL-LIFE TALES OF CLOSE CALLS, SCREW UPS, AND NUCLEAR NEAR MISSES

    Just click a number on the wheel!


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  • or-well or-well

    Grandkids got fingers? (Lucky) Tell 'em to cross 'em -

    Nuclear Near Misses:
    A Decade of Accident Precursors at U.S. Nuclear Plants

    http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/nuclear-near-misses-a-decade-of-accidents-at-us-nuclear-energy-power-plants-may-2016-3mb.pdf?f3025c


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  • or-well or-well

    Implosion At Los Alamos is a frightening exposé that reveals failed security, crime, mismanagement, cover-ups, and corruption at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Ground Zero for America’s strongest defense against rogue nations and terroristic entities — at least it should be.

    Former Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Glenn Walp was hired by “the lab” to investigate crime and lapsed security that plagued the lab post-9/11. Walp uncovered the theft/loss of more than three million dollars in taxpayer property, including nearly four hundred computers that potentially housed nuclear secrets.

    Certain lab leaders, concerned that public exposure of these and other administrative and criminal debacles could jeopardize the lab’s lucrative government contract, opposed his efforts at every turn. Notwithstanding, Walp and his two partners remained dauntless, exposing to the world the real and present danger to America’s nuclear secrets.

    https://www.amazon.com/Implosion-Los-Alamos-Corruption-Jeopardize/dp/0615361730


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  • or-well or-well

    Nuclear Corruption: The Very Long-Term Costs of Nukes

    Corruption legitimized serves the profit motivations of special interests; in this case, special nuclear interests.

    Will we also allow global corporations to defer the genetic and fiscal consequences of their radioactive waste to America's posterity?

    One definition of corruption is "impairment of integrity." A plan that lacks integrity has been legitimized to facilitate deferral of nuclear waste liability far enough into the future that those responsible will be long deceased.

    Now, the Department of Energy and the nuclear industry want to sell nuclear technology (which US utilities are no longer buying) to third-world countries. Part of the deal is to return the waste for 5,000 generations of Americans to handle and store.

    Corruption legitimized serves the profit motivations of special interests; in this case, special nuclear interests.

    http://www.greens.org/s-r/11/11-08.html

    American nuclear corruption


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  • or-well or-well

    Ready?

    Severe nuclear reactor accidents likely every 10 to 20 years, European study suggests

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120522134942.htm

    Probable nuclear plant failures


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  • or-well or-well

    A Fukushima Survivor's Story – Setsuko Kida

    Published on Mar 12, 2017

    Japanese activist Setsuko Kida – who lost her home, her land, and her former life to radioactive pollution from the Fukushima triple meltdown – tells how she overcame personal tragedy and trauma to become an outspoken international advocate for radiation refugee rights.

    https://youtu.be/fG5gn9ojAMo

    Subtitled.


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  • or-well or-well

    Crap parts in crap US reactors, NRC doesn't give a crap. Bugout bag ready?

    http://www.beyondnuclear.org/nuclear-reactors-whatsnew/2017/3/9/beyond-nuclear-testifies-on-at-risk-creusot-forge-components.html

    NRC still balking at inspecting and testing the US sites even at next scheduled outage.

    I went into a room filled with NRC engineers, an AREVA manager, a "K" St. lawyer and probably some Capitol Hill staffers and a slew of nuclear utility management on a telephone bridge line. I presented to a NRC Petition Review Board about bogus nuclear parts and cooked quality control documents that still have three nukes in France in cold shut down. The same Creusot Forge that did those nukes has sold 17 U.S. reactors the same bill of goods. NRC still balking at inspecting and testing the US sites even at next scheduled outage.

    from Paul Gunter


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

    Nuclear core was unarmed, but 6,000 pounds of explosives detonated
    Mar 13, 2017
    http://www.wyff4.com/article/59-years-ago-a-nuclear-bomb-was-accidentally-dropped-on-south-carolina/9127564


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  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Their fuck buddies will get upset


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://buzzsouthafrica.com/sa-nuclear-power-deal-enrich-sapolitical-hyenas/

    SA Nuclear Power Deal: Vavi Says Its Another Means To Enrich SA ‘Political Hyenas’ Post by Chika Udeh March 14, 2017


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/GE-Hitachi-Nuclear-developing-new-SMR-with-US-company

    NEW YORK — As part of its strategy to service aging nuclear plants, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) will develop a cutting-edge small modular reactor in cooperation with Advanced Reactor Concepts, the company said Monday.

    The move by GEH, owned 40% by Hitachi and 60% by General Electric, comes as nuclear plant builders push to introduce inexpensive reactors to stimulate growth in the industry. The recent crisis at Westinghouse Electric, and subsequent troubles born by its parent company Toshiba, has highlighted the cost risks of conventional reactors, which the SMRs are expected to replace.

    GEH has been targeting older plants with its own SMR currently under development, and decided to bring on board Advanced Reactor Concepts — also known as Arc Nuclear — due to its expertise with sodium-cooled reactor technology, key to producing SMRs.



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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-14/toshiba-mulls-majority-sale-of-westinghouse-nuclear-operations

    … A sale of Westinghouse to state-run Chinese companies might run into national security concerns or political challenges in the U.S. and Japan, according to George Borovas, the global head of the nuclear group at Shearman & Sterling LLP, a New York-based multinational law firm. That could leave South Korea as a better fit. Korea Electric Power Corp. said it would consider a purchase if it receives a proposal from Toshiba.

    “Nothing has been confirmed or decided. Kepco is closely watching the market/industry and is willing to review the purchase if it receives a proposal from Toshiba,” said a spokesman for the state-run company, asking not to be named because of internal policy. …


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/N/NY_XGR_ASSEMBLY_BUDGET_NYOL-?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

    Mar 14, 6:00 PM EDT
    New York Assembly budget would halt nuclear plant bailout

    … The Assembly on Monday suggested in its one-house budget a moratorium on the bailout program until officials from the Public Service Commission testify before senators and Assembly members about how and why ratepayers would be funding the bailout with their electric bills.

    … The commission came under fire at a recent hearing for not sending any representatives to answer lawmakers' questions about the subsidy program it approved in August. Energy groups said the costs and details of the proposal slid through approval with limited transparency or legislative oversight.

    "It will raise every New Yorker's energy bill, their local taxes and the price of goods and services," New Yorkers for Fair Energy Coalition wrote in a statement. "The Assembly is right to demand more information from the state, and New Yorkers stand ready to support their effort." …


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    *HaHaHa.
    http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/time-for-spore-to-say-yes-to-nuclear



    … I am convinced that floating assets unrelated to oil and gas are the new horizon and a new area to develop. In particular, floating nuclear power plants are a disruptive technology worthy of the challenge.

    What Singapore needs next is the political will to say "Yes" to nuclear.

    *• The writer is managing director of Floating Solutions LLP.


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/09/12/south-koreas-kepco-in-talks-to-join-cumbrian-10bn-nuclear-projec/

    … Kepco's reputation was badly hit in 2012 by a safety scandal over the forgery of thousands of nuclear components.

    However, Kepco's supporters point to its record in the UAE, where it has so far hit construction milestones in building reactors at Barakah under a $20bn deal awarded by Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation 2009.

    Prior to joining NuGen, Mr Samson served as ENEC's chief operating officer, working closely on the Barakah project.

    NuGen has so far insisted it will be unaffected by the outcome of EDF's Hinkley Point C project, which Theresa May's Government is currently reviewing.

    However, experts warn a decision to reject Hinkley after EDF has spent £2.4bn on the project would inevitably shake confidence in the wider nuclear new build venture. …

    Sept, 2016…


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.keia.org/sites/default/files/publications/south_koreas_nuclear_export_successes_and_challenges.pdf
    Reactor Race: South Korea’s Nuclear Export Successes and Challenges

    … Fourth, Korea should concentrate on counties that can afford nuclear energy, especially those in the Middle East that can provide the ROK with greater energy security. So far, South Korea has been targeting emerging economies that have limited financing capacity, and that have made supplier-provided project financing a key criterion; however, a more viable scheme for Korea would be to offer financing through export-import banks. In the long run, a market reform of domestic electricity tariffs in the ROK (that is ending substantial domestic subsidies to industry)52 would be helpful to support KEPCO’s financial capacity for overseas tenders and permit it to offer to take equity shares in future nuclear export tenders and thus reinforce the financial position of the Korean consortium.
    Last, while it is so far unclear whether the safety scandals South Korea experienced last year will hamper its efforts to sell nuclear technology globally, quick and decisive action will be important to ensure that it does not damage the ROK’s image as a leading nation in nuclear quality and safety. …


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://m.democratherald.com/corvallis/news/local/nuscale-hopes-to-change-the-conversation-on-nuclear-power/article_a1764b83-1de7-58b6-84fc-6657420c641b.html

    …There are a number of other American firms working on small modular reactor designs of their own. Besides Babcock & Wilcox, other contenders include Westinghouse and Holtec, but all of those projects lag well behind NuScale in the licensing pipeline.

    Internationally, Russia, South Korea and Argentina all have relatively advanced SMR development programs. China does as well, but unlike other governments working on their own SMR designs, it has shown a willingness to let foreign manufacturers into the fold.

    NuScale is counting on having the first SMR design licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission — widely considered the gold standard for excellence both at home and abroad — to give it a major advantage in the global marketplace.

    How big is the market potential? The numbers are breathtaking.

    According to feasibility study released last year by the United Kingdom’s National Nuclear Laboratory, global demand for SMR energy generation could be 55 to 75 gigawatts by 2035 (excluding Russia, which is assumed to be closed to foreign suppliers).

    That equates to between 1,100 and 1,500 NuScale power modules, the company’s chief financial officer, Jay Surina, told the audience at NuEx. Assuming a 25 percent market share and a 10-year deployment time frame… …


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    "… “In the U.S., as the market slows for traditional reactors, this is an opportunity for us to move into SMRs,” said Bob Freeman, Areva’s vice president for U.S. nuclear fuel contracts and services.

    NuScale, he added, looks like an excellent bet to become a high-volume customer.

    “We think they’re going to be very successful,” Freeman said. “We’re hopeful the marketplace will embrace them. We’re here to help push them over the finish line.” …"


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    GE
    http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/radiopharmaceutical-market/release-781476.htm

    … "Rising Incidence of Chronic Diseases Propelling Demand for Radiopharmaceuticals" …


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://thehill.com/regulation/323851-new-regs-for-wednesday-prepaid-cards-nuclear-water

    … Water: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is moving forward with new ground water guidelines at nuclear power plants.

    The NRC issued Tuesday new guidelines for measuring “abnormal discharges of radionuclides in ground water from the subsurface to the unrestricted area at commercial nuclear power plant sites.”

    The guidelines go into effect immediately.

    Nuclear: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is drafting new rules for nuclear power reactors that are being decommissioned.

    The rules will “provide for an efficient decommissioning process” and “reduce the need for exemptions from existing regulations.”

    The public has 90 days to comment.


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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    the rise in pus filled tumors from 'poison X' propels demand for pharmaceutical 'poison X'. They use the potent carcinogen to try and kill the tumor before they kill you. This extends your life expectancy from five years without to five years with the poison X treatment. GE is the largest recipient of poison X profits and north america, downwind from the blown up melted down poison X plants is the largest purchaser of poison X. The poison X is hailed as a triumph of modern medicine in its endless battle against cancers caused by poison X.


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.rappler.com/thought-leaders/146852-bnpp-trust-accountability

    … the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) filed corruption charges against Herminio Disini, whose wife is the first cousin of first lady Imelda Marcos, and whose firm brokered the BNPP project. Westinghouse later testified in a US court that they paid Disini over US$17 million to help acquire insurance, telecommunications and civil works subcontracts for the BNPP without competitive bidding. Later, Disini’s cousin, Jesus Disini, also admitted to the same court that President Marcos himself received part of this pay-off because he was co-owner of the group of companies headed by Herminio Disini. (READ: Ferdinand Marcos' economic disaster)

    In 2012, the Sandiganbayan finally ruled on the matter and held Disini accountable for approximately USD50 million and asked to reconvey such amount, which was further affirmed by the Supreme Court. But by 2014 Disini passed away, leaving the reconveyance of this amount in uncertain terms.
    … …


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    Where it stops…nobody knows… Placing my bet on this landing above "moderation".

    Grab and go… or let go.
    http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2016/jun/22/ge-power-close-chattanoogplants/372252/


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  • AirSepTech AirSepTech

    GE eliminates some competition. ;(


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  • or-well or-well

    Fukushima Prefecture evacuees in a class action suit over the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant disaster were disappointed by the 38.55 million yen in total compensation awarded on March 17 by the Maebashi District Court, as the amount was just one-fortieth what they had been seeking.

    http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170318/p2a/00m/0na/017000c

    earlier story -

    Court orders TEPCO, state to pay evacuees of nuclear disaster

    http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201703170069.html


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  • or-well or-well

    That Fuku class action award – less than 3 grand US each.

    38,530,000 = US$341,836

    (US$ 341 836) / 137 =
    2 495.15328 US$


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  • or-well or-well

    oops – sorry – lets be accurate – up it a buck twenty-five

    38550000 Japanese Yen equals
    342013.2870 US Dollar

    (342 013.2870 U.S. dollars) / 137 =
    2 496.44735 U.S. dollars


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    So clean and green…

    http://www.wise-uranium.org/edusa.html#GOREFERTIL

    Uranium Enrichment/Fuel Fabrication – Decommissioning Issues (USA)


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-03/18/c_136138616.htm

    Fury sparked in Japan as companies found duping foreign refugees into decontamination work in Fukushima

    …Moni and Deroaru were told by a so-called labor dispatch agency in Nagoya that they could do decontamination work in exchange for an extension of their visa.

    The two, knowing little Japanese and trying to seize every opportunity they could, accepted the job and worked in Fukushima for three months in 2015.

    But when they finished their work and went to the local immigration bureau to extend their stay, they were told by officers there that they knew nothing about such a policy.

    They later found out that the construction company that had hired them had changed its company name, and its Fukushima branch had closed.

    Half of the 20 workers that they had worked with in Fukushima were foreigners, many of whom had been applying for refugee status in Japan, the pair later recalled.

    Their work mainly involved clearing away contaminated soil with spades, and while they were at work might well have been affected by high levels of radiation. "The radiation detectors we brought with us kept sounding alarms, which was rather scary," they were quoted as saying. …


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  • Mafia, War Criminals And Nuclear Industry Connections In Japan, USA, Europe, Using Homeless, Disadvantaged, Plus Foreign Workers For Toxic Radiation Fallout Decontamination – 'Nuclear Ginza' Movie
    http://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2012/10/documentary-movie-nuclear-ginza.html


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  • Planetary Thermal Imbalance & Extreme UV Levels.

    Extract:

    Planetary Thermal Imbalance

    Also, a lot of krypton-85 and other radioactive isotopes are being released into the atmosphere by the ongoing Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe. This enhances air ionization, which interferes with the atmospheric-electrical system, and the water balance of the earth's atmosphere.

    This is creating a Planetary Thermal Imbalance & Extreme UV Levels. Planetary Thermal Imbalance is indicated by recent record breaking extremes in worldwide hot and cold temperatures. Where very hot and very cold air masses meet, you get severe weather events occurring. An example of this is the severe drought experienced in the Western USA, and the severe cold in the Eastern USA, over the last few years.

    http://sccc.org.au/extreme-uv-levels-in-summer


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  • or-well or-well

    Higher court backs restart of halted Takahama reactors

    http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170328/p2g/00m/0dm/063000c

    "The decision, made by the Osaka High Court, legally allows Kansai Electric to resume operating the Nos. 3 and 4 reactors at the nuclear power plant on the Sea of Japan coast in Fukui Prefecture."


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  • or-well or-well

    Nuke Info Tokyo No. 176 (Jan/Feb 2017)

    by CNIC_English · February 2, 2017

    PDF

    The post 3/11 (“three-eleven”) anti-nuke movement

    Power system accounting reforms to help no one but TEPCO

    Reference Material: Radiation exposure data (FY2015)

    News Watch Monju Decommissioning Now Official / Fukushima Prefectural Assembly Adopts Statement Demanding Decommissioning of the Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Station / Difficult-to-return Zone to Be Decontaminated at National Expense / Japanese and British Governments Sign Memorandum on Nuclear Cooperation / Japanese and Russian Governments Sign Memorandum on Nuclear Cooperation / Cooperation Agreement between NUMO and DBE / Ikata NPP Reactor Unit No. 1 Decommissioning Plan Approval Applied for / Labor Authorities Find TEPCO Employee’s Thyroid Cancer Case Eligible for Work Compensation / Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Proposes Investing in Areva’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle Business

    Group Intro: Tarachine mothers’ radiation lab


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  • DUDe

    The only thing on this planet more toxic for life then the levels of nuclear pollution in chernobyl..HUMAN PRESENCE..


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  • or-well or-well

    Just realised I forgot the link above -
    http://www.cnic.jp/english/?p=3689

    Nuke Info Tokyo No. 176 (Jan/Feb 2017)

    by CNIC_English · February 2, 2017

    PDF

    The post 3/11 (“three-eleven”) anti-nuke movement

    Power system accounting reforms to help no one but TEPCO

    Reference Material: Radiation exposure data (FY2015)


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  • or-well or-well

    Japan court denies injunction against Ikata nuclear plant

    A local district court in western Japan on Thursday denied granting an injunction against Shikoku Electric Power Co's Ikata No. 3 nuclear reactor, the operator said on Thursday, a move that backs the continued operations of the reactor that's been generating power since last August.

    The ruling by the Hiroshima District Court, which is similar to the Osaka High Court decision on Tuesday, is a relief for Japan's nuclear operators at a time when they face the risk of further delays in firing up mostly idled atomic generators if judges side with local residents worried about safety.

    (Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Randy Fabi)

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-nuclear-courts-idUSKBN1710KG


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

    Nuclear Hotseat:

    • “Activist Alex Cohen on non-violent civil disobedience actions at the West Lake Landfill and elsewhere in St. Louis intended to push awareness of the illegally buried World War II nuclear weapons waste and the underground, unstoppable fire barreling towards it from the adjacent Bridgeton Landfill.
    • “Will 2020 Tokyo Olympics food for athletes and fans contain radiation? A focus on Bequerel Awareness Day (Bqs are a measurement of radiation in food) and the impact on Japan’s food supply. Featured:
    o Kimberly Roberson, founder of Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network, and the brains behind Bequerel Awareness Day.
    o Cindy Folkers, the Radiation and Health Specialist at Beyond Nuclear
    o Nancy Foust, Communications manager & research team member at Simply Info
    http://nuclearhotseat.com/2017/04/05/west-lake-nuke-waste-protests-erupt-radiation-in-2020-olympics-food-nuclear-hotseat-302/


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://ieefa.org/editorial-cheap-solar-south-carolina/
    Two new nuclear reactors under construction in central South Carolina will cost state residents billions of dollars for years to come — even if they never get finished. Solar power, on the other hand, has gotten so cheap in the past few years that the state’s utilities could massively expand their renewable energy capacity at a long-term cost savings.

    It would not necessarily cost ratepayers any money up front to build a new solar farm, and it could actually save them money on their electric bills.

    In fact, solar is now the cheapest way to build new electricity generating capacity — even without any kind of subsidy, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance and other sources.

    It’s cheaper than coal. It’s far cheaper than nuclear. It’s even cheaper than natural gas, which itself has dropped dramatically in price as fracking has expanded.

    Compare that to the nine times SCE&G has raised electricity rates in the past eight years just to pay for the two new reactors, both of which face an uncertain future after the main contractor in charge of constructing them filed for bankruptcy earlier this month.

    MORE


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/energy-process-corp-settles-16554/

    On Monday, April 24, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Energy & Process Corp. agreed to pay $4.6 million to settle False Claims Act allegations concerning the construction of a large nuclear waste treatment facility in South Carolina. The allegations came to light as part of a whistleblower action brought by a former employee of a principal E&P subcontractor in late 2013. The federal government intervened last year.

    The U.S. Department of Energy hired Energy & Process to provide supplies for a nuclear waste treatment facility. When complete, the multibillion dollar facility will transform more than 30 metric tons of surplus weapons-grade plutonium into fuel pellets for use at nuclear power plants.

    The FCA suit alleged that Energy & Process provided faulty steel reinforcing bars, failed to conduct quality assurance, and falsely certified its products and processes adhered to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission standards. In its complaint in intervention, the federal government noted that if Energy & Process’s deficient efforts had not been discovered, the public would have be exposed “to the serious and long lasting risks associated with radiological contamination.” … …


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    https://www.npca.org/articles/1534-federal-licensing-board-hearing-to-discuss-threats-from-florida-power-and

    Federal Licensing Board Hearing to Discuss Threats from Florida Power and Light’s Proposed Nuclear Expansion at Turkey Point in Biscayne Bay

    …FPL has proposed using millions of gallons of reclaimed wastewater as the primary source of cooling water for the new reactors. After use, FPL plans to discharge the polluted wastewater into the groundwater. Although the wastewater will be treated before it is injected underground, measurements of some toxic contaminants exceed federal limits and advisory guidelines. …

    … …“The DEIS is deficient in concluding that the environmental impacts from FPL’s proposed deep injection wells will be “small.” The chemicals ethylbenzene, heptachlor, tetrachloroethylene, and toluene in the wastewater injections at concentrations listed in DEIS Table 3-5 may adversely impact the groundwater should they migrate from the Boulder Zone to the Upper Floridan Aquifer.”


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://defencenews.in/article/Nuclear-Power-Westinghouse-to-miss-deadline-to-firm-up-India-deal-251891

    India has asked Japanese company Toshiba to offer ways to resolve the issue of sale of nuclear reactors following bankruptcy of its US-based Westinghouse Electric Company. The Westinghouse-Toshiba nuclear reactors deal for making six reactors was to be negotiated by June 2017 but that deadline is sure to fall through, Indian officials told FE.

    “The US-based Westinghouse Electric Co filed for bankruptcy protection in March this year. We have to wait for the company to come up with solutions to meet the June deadline,” an official who didn’t want to be named said. According to the official:

    “Though no money has exchanged hands, and with techno-commercial negotiations of the deal at an advanced stage, any delay or even a cancellation from the US-based company will impact India’s target of tripling its nuclear generating capacity by 2024”. … …


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.akronlegalnews.com/editorial/18030

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A proposed electricity rate increase for FirstEnergy Corp. customers in Ohio to keep alive two nuclear plants along Lake Erie shouldn't be considered a bailout, the utility's president told state lawmakers.

    The plants need to keep operating to ensure Ohio has a diverse lineup of homegrown energy sources and that electricity prices aren't vulnerable to wild swings, said FirstEnergy President Chuck Jones.

    The company is trying to persuade lawmakers to approve a plan that could generate about $300 million each year for its nuclear plants by increasing residential customers' bills by as much as $5 a month. Businesses would pay much more.

    It would go on for four years and could last another 12 under the proposal designed to rescue the Davis-Besse and Perry plants that make 14 percent of the state's electricity.

    Like many nuclear plants around the nation, both plants are aging, costly to operate and face stiff competition from cheaper natural gas plants.



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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/05/02/world/asia/02reuters-toshiba-accounting-westinghouse-nuclear-insight.html?_r=0

    …The approach – building pre-fabricated sections of the plants before sending them to the construction sites for assembly – was supposed to revolutionize the industry by making it cheaper and safer to build nuclear plants.

    But Westinghouse miscalculated the time it would take, and the possible pitfalls involved, in rolling out its innovative AP1000 nuclear plants, according to a close examination by Reuters of the projects.Those problems have led to an estimated $13 billion in cost overruns and left in doubt the future of the two plants, the one in Georgia and another in South Carolina.

    …MORE


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.politico.com/states/new-york/tipsheets/politico-new-york-energy/2017/05/nuclear-questions-abound-in-assembly-007317
    …The lawmakers questioned whether the cost — about $1 billion in the first two years — is necessary, what alternatives were considered and why downstate ratepayers are footing the bill. Not all of those questions were satisfactorily answered, said Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, who chairs the Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee. Dinowitz has raised concerns about Exelon, which operates the plants, making a profit from the subsidy, as opposed to the funds being used for operational costs to keep the plants open. He said his questions about that possibility were not answered by interim Public Service Commission chair Gregg Sayre. “He didn’t have a number,” Dinowitz said. “It’s a bailout. There’s no debate about that, the question is how big the bailout is and we don’t have the answer on that. That’s what I wanted to know … How much is going directly into the pockets of the company?” …


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    The Nuclear Nightmare will never go away..another screw up! :(
    Portion of tunnel containing nuclear waste collapses at Hanford
    http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-hanford-nuclear-emergency-20170509-story.html


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  • unincredulous unincredulous

    "Town mayor gives nod to restart Genkai nuclear plant in Saga Pref …"

    loser


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Is this person delirious.."It also provides protections for customers"

    The public has no protections from Nuclear anything..planes crash all the time too.


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/06/2017-11682/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-nac-international-magnastor-cask-system-certificate-of
    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the NAC International (NAC), MAGNASTOR® Cask System listing within the “List of approved spent fuel storage casks” to include Amendment No. 7 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1031. Amendment No. 7 provides a new Passive MAGNASTOR® Transfer Cask and associated Technical Specification (TS) changes in Appendices A and B, and updates Section 4.3.1(i) in Appendix A of the TSs to include revised seismic requirements. Clarifying (non-technical) changes were also made to

    Appendices A and B.


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    Who is NAC International? So glad you asked. They're Hitachi Zosen of Japan.
    http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/C-Hitachi_Zosen_buys_NAC_International-2501137.html
    25 January 2013
    Hitachi Zosen is to buy used fuel management specialist NAC International from its current owner, USEC, in a $45 million deal that will provide the Japanese company with a platform to expand its operations in used fuel transportation and storage.
    …USEC bought NAC International in 2004 for $16 million. Welch said that the decision to sell NAC formed part of the company's strategy to focus on its core uranium business and the deployment of its American Centrifuge Technology over the next several years. The centrifuge project has been dogged by problems with both technology and finance. The $45 million sale, which has been achieved through a competitive process, will benefit the company's balance sheet.


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    https://www.hitachizosen.co.jp/english/news/2015/04/001721.html
    Hitachi Zosen Corporation has completed manufacture of the fifteenth factory-assembled contaminated water tank for Tokyo Electrical Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station under contract from Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. (Hitachi-shi, Ibaraki; President Hidetoshi Takehara) and shipped it today from the company’s Sakai Works. The tanks are designed to boost the power plant’s contaminated water storage capacity, and are flat-bottomed vertically-installed cylindrical tanks 12 m in diameter, approx. 12.5 m in height, with a storage capacity of approx. 1,220m3 and a weight of 90 t, making them the largest factory-assembled tanks (manufactured at the factory and shipped to the site) yet made. In manufacturing these tanks, we were able to draw on our high levels of manufacturing technology, backed up by years of experience in storage and transport vessels for spent fuel and process equipment and so on for industry, completing high-quality tanks for nuclear power station use in just a short period of time.

    1. Client: Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd.
    2. End user: Tokyo Electric Power Company, Incorporated (TEPCO)
    3. Equipment: Factory-assembled contaminated water storage tanks
    4. Final delivery destination: TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
    5. No. shipped: 15 tanks
    6. Final delivery: April 28, 2015
    7. Manufacturing site: Hitachi Zosen


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.4-traders.com/HITACHI-ZOSEN-CORP-6492488/news/Hitachi-Zosen-AC-International-and-AREVA-Partner-to-Support-U-S-Consolidated-Interim-Used-Fuel-St-20494925/
    06/05/2015 | 05:44am EDT
    NAC International Inc. ("NAC"), a Hitachi Zosen Corporation Group Company, and AREVA Inc. have signed an agreement of cooperation to support the licensing, design, construction and operation of a Consolidated Interim Storage Facility (CISF) project in Texas, led by Waste Control Specialists LLC ("WCS"), operation company for low level radioactive waste treatment in U.S.


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    http://www.4-traders.com/HITACHI-ZOSEN-CORP-6492488/news/Hitachi-Zosen-DOE-Concludes-Successful-Deployment-of-Dry-Storage-Casks-for-the-Safe-Storage-of-Vit-23505963/
    12/05/2016 | 09:04pm EDT
    NORCROSS, GA – NAC International Inc. (NAC), a Hitachi Zosen Corporation Group company, is pleased to announce the successful completion and safe deployment of 56 NAC-MPC cask systems at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) in West Valley, New York. A significant project milestone was achieved on November 17, 2016, with the placement of the last NAC-MPC system transferred to the newly built onsite dry storage facility. This project sets an industry record where multi-purpose canister based systems are relied upon to safely store vitrified high level waste (HLW) at a U.S. Department of Energy nuclear decommissioning project. A talented team, led by the site prime contractor, CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley, LLC (CHBWV), completed the safe loading of the 56 HLW canisters as part of the WVDP Phase I Decommissioning Project, which concluded with the successful relocation of HLW to the onsite dry storage facility.


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    USEC was the executive agent in the U.S./Russia Highly Enriched Uranium Purchase. The United States Enrichment Corporation, a subsidiary of Centrus Energy Corp. (formerly USEC Inc.), is a corporation that contracts with the United States Department of Energy to produce enriched uranium for use in nuclear power plants. The company emerged from bankruptcy at the end of September 2014 with the new name of Centrus Energy.

    http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d01148.pdf
    Implications of the U.S. Purchase of Russian Highly Enriched Uranium
    USEC. Loaded document.
    far left side note: **ALVIS technology is now a GE endeavor

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/centrus-energy-formerly-known-as-usec-emerges-from-chapter-11-bankruptcy/2014/09/30/df84fde4-48bc-11e4-891d-713f052086a0_story.html

    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/dan-poneman-centrus-116089?o=1
    Ex-energy official's $1.7 million gig draws fire. Critics in Congress question Dan Poneman’s new role as CEO of Centrus,

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/former-department-of-energy-official-named-ceo-of-centrus-energy/2015/03/06/886880ec-c410-11e4-9ec2-b418f57a4a99_story.html
    Former Department of Energy official named CEO of Centrus …

    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/04/dan-poneman-centrus-house-panel-inquiry-116573


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    http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Russian-Nuclear-Fuel-Giant-Making-A-Move-In-US-Markets.html
    …According to Bloomberg, Rosatom has been supplying low-enriched uranium to the U.S .since 1987.
    Rosatom is apparently not targeted by U.S. sanctions.
    In 1992, according to Bloomberg, an anti-dumpling investigation prompted trade controls that affected how much low-enriched uranium Rosatom could supply to the U.S.. From 2002 to 2011, Rosatom had to stop commercial supplies to the U.S. For now, the Russian giant has long-term uranium delivery contracts with Centrus Energy Corp. ,NextEra Energy Resources and Exelon Generation Company LLC.

    http://business.financialpost.com/news/mining/uranium-one-bought-by-top-russian-shareholder-armz-for-1-3-billion

    http://www.businessinsider.com/the-clintons-putin-and-uranium-2015-4

    http://m.ibtimes.com/political-capital/amid-russia-controversy-trump-white-house-major-energy-companies-lobbied-russia


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    http://www.4-traders.com/CENTRUS-ENERGY-CORP-21225363/news/Centrus-Energy-Uranium-From-the-Russian-Federation-Final-Results-of-the-Expedited-Fourth-Sunset-R-24567462/
    …On February 3, 2017, the Department published the notice of initiation of the fourth sunset review of the Suspension Agreement and suspended antidumping duty investigation on uranium from the Russian Federation, pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). /1/ Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.218(d)(1)(i), the Department received timely and complete notices of intent to participate in this sunset reviews from Louisiana Energy Services, LLC (LES), Power Resources, Inc. (PRI) and Crow Butte Resources, Inc. (Crow Butte), and Centrus Energy Corp. and United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) (collectively, Centrus) on February 21, 2017, and from ConverDyn on February 24, 2017. On March 6, 2017, the Department received complete substantive responses from LES, PRI and Crow Butte, and Centrus (collectively, the domestic interested parties) within the 30-day period specified in 19 CFR 351.218(d)(3)(i). /2/ The Department did not receive substantive responses from any respondent interested party. As a result, pursuant to section 751(c)(3)(B) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.218(e)(1)(ii)(C)(2), the Department conducted an expedited sunset review of this Suspension Agreement.

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    FOOTNOTE 2 See "Uranium from Russia: Louisiana Energy Services, LLC's Substantive Response to the Notice of Initiation" from Louisiana Energy Services dated March 6, 2017; "Uranium from the Russian Federation: Substantive Response to the Notice of Initiation" from Power Resources and Crow Butte Resources dated March 6, 2017; "Uranium from the Russian Federation: Substantive Response to Notice of Initiation of Five-Year Review" from Centrus Energy Corp. and United States Enrichment Corporation dated March 6, 2017. END FOOTNOTE

    Scope of the Agreement

    The product covered by the Suspension Agreement is natural uranium in the form of uranium ores and concentrates; natural uranium metal and natural uranium compounds; alloys, dispersions (including cermets), ceramic products, and mixtures containing natural uranium or natural uranium compounds; uranium enriched in U235 and its compounds; alloys, dispersions (including cermets), ceramic products, and mixtures containing uranium enriched in U235 or compounds of uranium enriched in U235; and any other forms of uranium within the same class or kind.

    Uranium ore from Russia that is milled into U3 O8 and/or converted into UF6 in another country prior to direct and/or indirect importation into the United States is considered uranium from Russia and is subject to the terms of this Suspension Agreement.

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    For purposes of this Suspension Agreement, uranium enriched in U235 or compounds of uranium enriched in U235 in Russia are covered by this Suspension Agreement, regardless of their subsequent modification or blending. ***Uranium enriched in U235 in another country prior to direct and/or indirect importation into the United States is not considered uranium from Russia and is not subject to the terms of this Suspension Agreement. /3/

    more…

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    http://world-nuclear-news.org/C-Centrus-Tenex-extend-cooperation-to-2026-23121501.html
    23 December 2015
    Centrus Energy Corp has reached agreement with Russian uranium enrichment company Techsnabexport (Tenex) …to extend their contractual relationship until 2026.


    …On 23 March 2011, USEC and Tenex signed a multi-year contract for the 10-year supply of low-enriched uranium (LEU). Tenex started supplying the LEU in 2013 under the contract, signed in Washington, DC, by USEC senior vice president Philip Sewell and Tenex director general Alexey Grigoriev.
    … Deliveries under the contract are expected to continue until 2022, USEC said at the time.

    The Megatons to Megawatts program to downblend weapons-grade uranium was completed in December 2013. The arrangement started in 1993, when the US and Russian governments signed an agreement for the purchase over a 20-year period of 500 tonnes of Russian 'surplus' high-enriched uranium (HEU) from nuclear disarmament and military stockpiles. These were to be bought by the USA for use as fuel in civil nuclear reactors. Under the deal, the USA transferred to Russia a similar quantity of natural uranium to that used to downblend the HEU.


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    https://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML1506/ML15061A392.pdf
    Director, Regulatory Affairs Centrus Energy Corp.
    …NRC:…We reviewed the information provided in your February 6, 2015, letter and the affidavit requesting to withhold this information in accordance with the requirements of 10 CFR 2.390. On the basis of your statements, we have determined that the submitted information sought to be withheld contains proprietary, trade secrets, and commercial or financial information and should be withheld from public disclosure.
    Therefore, the document listed above, marked as proprietary, will be withheld from public disclosure pursuant to 10 CFR 2.390(b)(4). Withholding from public inspection shall not affect the right, if any, of persons properly and directly concerned to inspect the documents.

    http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170501006322/en/Centrus-Energy-Corp.-Regains-Compliance-NYSE-MKT
    On November 17, 2015, Centrus received notice from the NYSE MKT indicating that the Company was not in compliance with continued listing standards.
    …The notification from the NYSE MKT, received on April 28, 2017, confirms that Centrus is back in compliance with the listing standard. In accordance with NYSE MKT regulations, the Company will be subject to a 12-month follow-up review period to ensure that the Company does not fall below any of the NYSE MKT’s continued listing standards.


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    https://www.usnews.com/opinion/economic-intelligence/2015/09/16/department-of-energy-finally-cuts-wasteful-american-centrifuge-project

    "Spun Out of Control"

    This week, the Department of Energy announced it would cut funding for the troubled American Centrifuge Project. In a time of acrimony and appropriations gridlock in the Capitol, a sensible decision, albeit a belated one, deserves some recognition.
    The American Centrifuge Project, which was owned by the United States Enrichment Corporation – now known as Centrus Energy, as I will explain later — was meant to develop, demonstrate and eventually commercialize new technology to enrich uranium fuel for use in nuclear power plants. From the beginning, the success of the American Centrifuge Project was predicated on significant government funding. The plan was to secure billions to construct a new enrichment facility using the centrifuge technology in Piketon, Ohio. But securing billions in government subsidies wasn't the corporation's only uphill battle. The project was also plagued with technological troubles.

    But it never could get its house in order, even with constant influxes of taxpayer support. For years, the company was helped by lucrative uranium transfers and relied on contracts, especially with the Russian-owned Tenex, that had been secured by the government.


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  • unincredulous unincredulous

    "Withholding from public inspection shall not affect the right, if any, of persons properly and directly concerned to inspect the documents."

    Mass insanity.


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    http://www.otcmarkets.com/edgar/GetFilingHtml?FilingID=11273893
    …the current supply/demand imbalance in the market for low-enriched uranium (“LEU”); uncertainty regarding our ability to commercially deploy competitive gas centrifuge enrichment technology; our dependence on deliveries of LEU from Russia under a commercial supply agreement (the “Russian Supply Agreement”) with the Russian government entity Joint Stock Company “TENEX” (“TENEX”) and other sources of supply; … risks and uncertainties regarding funding for the American Centrifuge project and our ability to enter into a new agreement with UT-Battelle, LLC, the management and operating contractor for Oak Ridge National Laboratory for continued research, development and demonstration of the American Centrifuge technology; the competitive environment for our products and services… the potential for further demobilization or termination of the American Centrifuge project;
    …We anticipate having a contract with the operator of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (“ORNL”) funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) to conduct research, development and demonstration of advanced centrifuge technology for the U.S. government. We believe that this technology will play a critical role in meeting our national and energy security needs and achieving our nation’s non-proliferation objectives.
    Evolution of Our Business
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    (con't)…In 2014, USEC Inc. filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code and on September 30, 2014, the Company emerged from that bankruptcy as Centrus Energy Corp. In 2015,
    …Historically, we produced or acquired LEU from two principal sources. We produced LEU at the Paducah gaseous diffusion plant ("Paducah GDP") in Paducah, Kentucky that we leased from DOE, and acquired LEU under a contract with Russia under the 20-year Megatons to Megawatts program. Under the Megatons to Megawatts program, we purchased the SWU component of LEU derived from dismantled nuclear weapons from the former Soviet Union for use as fuel in commercial nuclear power plants. We ceased enrichment at the Paducah GDP at the end of May 2013 and repackaged and transferred our existing inventory to off-site licensed locations under agreements with the operators of those facilities.
    …Revenue from our LEU segment is derived primarily from:
    • sales of the SWU component of LEU,
    • sales of both the SWU and uranium components of LEU, and
    • sales of natural uranium.***
    … …As described below under Advanced Technology, Manufacturing, and Engineering Capability, we performed American Centrifuge research and technology activities as a contractor with UT-Battelle, LLC (“UT-Battelle”), the management and operating contractor of ORNL for DOE.
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    (con't)…Revenue and cost of sales for work that we perform as a contractor to UT-Battelle are reported in the contract services segment. The contract services segment also includes limited services provided by Centrus to DOE and its contractors in Piketon, Ohio and previously at the Paducah GDP.
    …Revenue by Geographic Area, Major Customers and Segment Information Revenue attributed to domestic and foreign customers, including customers in a foreign country representing 10% or more of total revenue, follows (in millions): US…Japan… Belgium… other

    In 2015, our 10 largest customers represented 97% of total revenue and our three largest customers represented 53% of total revenue. Revenue from Exelon Corporation, the U.S. government and its contractors, Synatom S.A. and Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. represented approximately 25%, 15%, 13% and 10%, respectively, of total revenue in 2015. Revenue from the Tennessee Valley Authority, Entergy Corporation, and the U.S. government and its contractors represented approximately 31%, 18% and 13%, respectively, of total revenue in 2014. No other customer represented more than 10% of total revenue in 2015 or 2014. Revenue by segment follows (in millions): …

    …We now purchase SWU contained in LEU from Russia supplied to us under a 2011 agreement (the “Russian Supply Agreement”) with the Russian government entity Joint Stock Company “TENEX” (“TENEX”).
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    (con't) Unlike the Megatons to Megawatts program, in which we acted as the U.S. government’s executive agent, the LEU supplied under the Russian Supply Agreement is a commercial arrangement sourced from Russian enrichment production.
    …Under the Russian Supply Agreement, we purchase the SWU component of the LEU and deliver natural uranium to TENEX for the LEU’s uranium component.
    …The amount of SWU we must purchase from TENEX under the Russian Supply Agreement in some years exceeds our current sales order book and therefore we will need to make new sales to place all the Russian LEU we must order to meet our SWU purchase obligations to TENEX. In addition, due to quotas and other limitations, not all of our delivery obligations under our existing contracts can be met with Russian LEU. We intend to procure LEU from other sources in order to supply the customers who cannot be supplied effectively with Russian LEU or from our existing inventory.
    …In October 2015, DOE issued a report to Congress finding that the U.S. must restore its domestic uranium enrichment capability in the future. After evaluating a range of possible technologies, DOE found that the American Centrifuge is the “most technically advanced and lowest risk option” for restoring U.S. uranium enrichment capability to meet long-term national security requirements.
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    (con't) The report identified existing sources of enriched uranium fuel that may be available, subject to varying levels of risk, to meet U.S. national security needs through 2041.
    …In September 2015, DOE announced the conclusion of the federally funded demonstration effort. Effective October 1, 2015, funding for the demonstration cascade was discontinued and the program was consolidated at our engineering and testing facilities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. We anticipate that DOE, through UT-Battelle, will extend our development work in Oak Ridge with a contract through September 30, 2016.

    ….We have long been a leading supplier of LEU to Japan and TEPCO, owner of the Fukushima plant, has historically been one of our largest customers. Sales to Japanese utility customers in 2015 were $77.8 million. A


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    https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1065059/000106505916000065/def_14ax20160302.htm
    …Investor-Designated Directors
    In connection with the Company’s emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy on September 30, 2014 (the “Effective Date”), Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Company (“Toshiba”) and Babcock and Wilcox Investment Company (“B&W”) each received in exchange and on account of their shares of the Company’s Series B-1 12.75% convertible preferred stock and warrants to purchase up to 250,000 shares of the Company’s common stock: (i) 718,200 shares (1,436,400 shares in the aggregate) of the Company’s new Class B common stock; and (ii) $20.19 million in principal amount of the Company’s 8% PIK toggle notes ($40.38 million in the aggregate).

    Class B common stock and Class A common stock have the same rights, powers, preferences and restrictions and rank equally in all matters, except when voting on certain matters. Toshiba and B&W, as the holders of the Class B common stock, have the right to elect a total of two directors of the Company (the “Investor-Designated Directors”). Messrs. Sakamoto and Dalheim are currently serving as the Investor-Designated Directors.

    …Kevin Alldred has been Senior Vice President, Business Strategy since October 2015. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Alldred worked for the International Atomic Energy Agency (“IAEA”), where he was project manager for the IAEA LEU Bank from April 2012 to September 2015, and…

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    (con't) an expert assisting with ***a nuclear infrastructure project, ***research reactor projects and non-proliferation projects from February 2010 to March 2012.

    Elmer W. Dyke has been Senior Vice President, Business Operations since September 2015. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Dyke was Vice President for Sales at NAC International from January 2014 to September 2015, and Senior Vice President of NAC’s global consulting business from August 2010 to December 2013.

    …company objectives…
    …the successful positioning of the Company for a significant role in one of the government’s national security; projects that continues to allow for the Company to commercialize the American Centrifuge Project technology; and


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    Who's invested in Centrus?
    http://investors.morningstar.com/ownership/shareholders-overview.html?t=LEU
    Centrus Energy Corp

    Global X Uranium ETF Premium 663,497 0 7.61 1.40 06/08/2017
    Global X Management Company LLC Premium 334,459 334,459 3.72 0 12/31/2016
    Heights Capital Management Inc Premium 254,583 -64,690 2.83 0.08 03/31/2017
    U.S. Home Corporation Premium 234,586 -7,858 2.61 0.03 03/31/2017
    Vanguard Group Inc Premium 179,943 11,470 2.00 0 12/31/2016
    GLG Partners LP Premium 180,083 0 2.00 0.05 03/31/2017
    Renaissance Technologies Corp Premium 102,900 -3,600 1.14 0 03/31/2017
    Dupont Capital Management Premium 60,787 0 0.64 0.25 03/31/2017
    Deutsche Bank AG Premium 36,257 36,250 0.40 0 12/31/2016
    Leisure Capital Management Inc Premium 36,356 19,840 0.40 0.20 03/31/2017
    California Public Employees Retrmnt Sys

    Who owns Global X?
    http://investors.morningstar.com/ownership/shareholders-overview.html?t=LEU
    Global X Uranium ETF
    Cameco Corp 20.56 12.69 CAD 3.93
    9.88 – 17.65
    NexGen Energy Ltd 13.68 2.97 CAD 0.68
    1.42 – 4.45
    Uranium Energy Corp 7.52 1.51 USD 1.34
    0.81 – 1.92
    Uranium Participation Corp 7.32 3.85 CAD 1.05
    3.50 – 4.73
    CGN Mining Co Ltd


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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    or we could get stock and razzz on it. Looks like free market capitalism doing what it does best


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://agreements.realdealdocs.com/Requirements-Supplier-Agreement/Equipment-Supply-Agreement-2929902/
    This Requirements Supplier Agreement involves
    USEC INC | American Centrifuge Enrichment, LLC | American Centrifuge Manufacturing, LLC
    … …The Contractor has no Conflict of Interest including, but not limited to, Contractor does not perform any work for and will not undertake any work for any of ROSATOM, Joint Stock company “Techsnabexport,” [TENEX**], Areva SA, URENCO Limited or GE-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment LLC or any of their affiliates.

    Seems USEC would be an affiliate of TENEX…and Areva. Guess it doesn't count…

    http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/C-Tenex_to_supply_enriched_uranium_to_USEC-2403114.html
    http://www.theenergycollective.com/dan-yurman/55591/usec-tenex-ink-28-billion-deal
    http://us.areva.com/EN/home-308/a-clean-energy-park-for-ohio.html
    http://us.areva.com/EN/home-1355/areva-enlists-companies-in-ohio-to-supply-build-new-epr-nuclear-plants.html
    http://us.areva.com/EN/home-1277/uranium-enrichment-areva-and-usec-sign-amicable-agreement.html

    http://oakridgetoday.com/tag/american-centrifuge/

    http://www.bwxt.com/media/2a353cb2-1030-4be8-9c6a-6c15c43ea9a9/22EPgg/Documents/Literature/ps301-111-acm.pdf
    American Centrifuge Manufacturing, LLC is a joint company between BWXT Technical Services Group, Inc. and USEC Inc.
    http://www.bwxt.com/news/2011/05/03/BW-and-USEC-Inc-Complete-Formation-of-American-Centrifuge-Manufacturing-LLC


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    http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150305006544/en/Daniel-Poneman-Selected-Centrus-President-CEO
    …“I appreciate the board’s confidence and I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead Centrus. I am excited about working with the board and management team to rebuild Centrus as an industry leader that continues its record of delivering nuclear fuel on-time and in-spec to our utility customers,” Poneman said. “I believe the American Centrifuge technology can play a vital role in meeting America’s national security and non-proliferation goals, while preserving the option of commercial deployment when industry demand for nuclear fuel improves later this decade.”

    Poneman previously served as a White House Fellow and director of defense policy and arms control for the National Security Council. From 1993 through 1996, Poneman was special assistant to the President and senior director for nonproliferation and export controls at the National Security Council. He was confirmed by the Senate as deputy secretary of energy in May 2009. Prior to assuming his responsibilities as deputy secretary, he served as a principal of the Scowcroft Group for eight years, providing strategic advice to corporations in a variety of strategic industries. Earlier in his career, he practiced law in Washington, DC, advising clients on regulatory and policy matters. Poneman received A.B. and J.D. degrees with honors from Harvard University and an M.Litt. in Politics from Oxford University.


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    Not in nuclears best interest to find waste solutions or safe storage/clean-up. Their profit margins will destroy the world as we know it. Already has. The invisible reaper: nuclear AND their profit margins. "I don't see any radiation. Do you?"

    http://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/country-profiles/countries-t-z/usa-nuclear-fuel-cycle.aspx

    …A number of utilities have sued the federal government for not meeting its obligation under the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act to begin taking waste by 1998 and have been awarded damages by the courtsm. The DOE reported that a total of $6.1 billion had been paid from the taxpayer-funded Judgment Fund to 30 September 2016. Government liability for breach of contract is estimated by the DOE to be $30.8 billion, including the amounts paid, assuming the DOE starts to accept used fuel in 2021.

    …Areva TN Americas and ***NAC between them represent 62% of existing dry storage systems in the USA, including 78% of the used nuclear fuel stored at sites where there is no longer an operating reactor.


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  • Ya gotta love obewan…

    …he's the man :-)

    And joust till the jousting is done…

    https://youtu.be/h6sj89xgnl4

    HeHeHe… :-)


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    http://www.khl.com/magazines/international-construction/detail/item127825/Fluor-JV-wins-US$1,5-billion-nuclear-contract

    The US Department of Energy has awarded a US$1.5 billion nuclear deactivation contract to a joint venture (JV) including contractor Fluor Corporation.

    The ten-year project will see the Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership (FRNP) – comprising CH2M, Fluor Corporation and BWX Technologies – undertaking deactivation and remediation work at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Kentucky.

    …Stanski added, “These efforts will save taxpayers millions of dollars over the next several years, while improving safety for the workers, the general public and the environment.”

    The base term of the FRNP contract is five years, and is valued at US$750 million, which will be followed by optional periods of three and two years, respectively, combining to bring the anticipated ten-year project up to the US$1.5 billion total.

    http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2017/05/30/report-bechtel-fluor-will-bid-to-take-over.html Report: Bechtel, Fluor will bid to take over construction of Vogtle nuclear project

    http://newsroom.fluor.com/press-release/fluor/fluors-nuscale-power-small-modular-nuclear-reactor-design-certification-accepted


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    http://www.salon.com/2017/01/04/rick-perrys-texas-giveaways-theres-something-fishy-about-the-billions-he-gave-in-grants-tax-incentives_partner/

    …Most revealing of the problems associated with the Perry model of taxpayer-funded economic development, though, may have been a $30 million grant in 2004 to a lesser-known outfit called the Texas Energy Center. The center was created in 2003 to be a public-private consortium for research and innovation in so-called clean-coal technology, deep-sea drilling and other areas. Not coincidentally, it was located in the suburban Houston district of Rep. Tom DeLay, the powerful House Republican, who, it was envisioned, would steer billions in federal funding to the center, with the help of Washington lobbyists hired by the Perry administration, including DeLay’s former chief of staff, Drew Maloney.

    But the federal windfall didn’t come through, and the Enterprise Fund grant was cut to $3.6 million, which was to be used as incentives for energy firms in the area. Perry made the award official with a 2004 visit to the Sugar Land office of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council, one of the consortium’s members, housed inside the glass tower of the Fluor Corporation. In 2013, when I visited Sugar Land for an article on Perry’s economic development approach, his administration still listed the Texas Energy Center as a going concern that had nearly reached its target of 1,500 jobs and resulted in $20 million…


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    (con't) …in capital investment.

    There was just one problem: There was no Texas Energy Center to be found. Here, from the 2013 article in the New Republic, is what I discovered:

    The address listed on its tax forms is the address of the Fort Bend Economic Development Council, inside the Fluor tower. I arrived there late one Friday morning and asked for the Texas Energy Center. The secretary said: “Oh, it’s not here. It’s across the street. But there’s nothing there now. Jeff handles it here.” Jeff Wiley, the council’s president, would be out playing golf the rest of the day, she said. I went to the building across the street and asked for directions from an aide in the office of DeLay’s successor, which happened to be in the same building. She had not heard of the Texas Energy Center. But then I found its former haunt, a small vacant office space upstairs with a sign on an interior wall — the only mark of the center’s brief existence.

    Later, I got Wiley on the phone. There has never been any $20 million investment, he said. The center survives only on paper, sustained by Wiley, who, for a cut of the $3.6 million, has filed the center’s tax forms and kept a tally of the jobs that have been “created” by the state’s money at local energy companies. I asked him how this worked — how, for instance, was the Texas Energy Center responsible for the 600 jobs attributed to EMS Pipeline Services, a company spun off from the rubble of Enron?


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  • 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.

    http://m.bizjournals.com/dallas/stories/2005/05/09/daily17.html
    Fluor Corp. moving headquarters to D-FW area
    http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/news/15324/commissioners-send-letter-to-perry
    http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r13859419-Stop-Perry-s-NEW-Tax-FREEway-Tolls~start=30
    …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…


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    AND …Today, the $20 million in capital investment from the Texas Energy Center has vanished from the state’s official accounting of Enterprise Fund impact, but the 1,500 jobs remain, part of the nearly 70,000 jobs that the state claims the fund has generated.

    Drew Maloney, the former DeLay chief of staff who lobbied for federal funds for the Texas Energy Center, is now the vice president of government and external affairs at the energy giant Hess Corporation.

    http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/news/16204/piketon-funding

    …“I would have to share his (Brown) opinion about the barter program as a whole, but if it offsets that, and it sounds like it does, we should be thrilled to know that, and it should give the employees on the D&D project with Fluor and everybody else, all the subcontractors reason to rejoice,” Davis said. “It gives them stability in their jobs, which is something our friends and neighbors need up there.” Davis said, while it’s good news concerning the funding, he would like to see the project accelerated….Perry recently announced a reduction in the amount of uranium that can be sold on the market. The project is financed partially by uranium sales and partially by appropriations, and when it was announced, Fluor-BWXT spokesman Jeff Wagner told the Times the amount of uranium his company now has available to barter has dropped from 1,600 metric tons uranium (MTU) per year down to 1,200 …MORE

    Full circle: DOE awards 1.5billion to Fluor


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    http://www.wcstexas.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/WCS.Release.2.17.16-1.pdf
    …“WCS is very pleased to be part of the Fluor team that DOE has selected. We look forward to playing a vital role in the ICP and supporting Fluor’s mission to execute the project safely, effectively and on time,” said Rod Baltzer, President & CEO of WCS.
    WCS is the only privately-owned and operated facility in the United States that has been licensed to treat, store and dispose of Class A, B and C low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) at its facility in far west Texas.
    WCS will support Flour’s work focusing on key elements of the ICP-Core which include dispositioning transuranic waste (TRU), spent nuclear fuel storage, and high-level radioactive waste processing.



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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.lm.***.gov/land/sites/oh/fernald_orig/NewsUpdate/PDFs/04-28-05%20Silo%201%20and%202%20Waste%20Contract%20Award.pdf

    April 28, 2005
    Fluor Fernald Awards Silos 1 and 2 Waste Storage Contract
    CINCINNATI – Fluor Fernald, the contractor responsible for cleaning up the 1,050-acre former uranium production plant for the Department of Energy (DOE), awarded a $7.5 million contract to Waste Control Specialist (WCS) in Texas for interim storage of uranium processing residues from Fernald’s K-65 Silos at their Andrews County site. WCS is currently pursuing a license to permanently dispose of the material at the same location. Removal of the K-65 waste from Fernald represents the last major hurdle in permanently closing the 54-year-old plant.
    In March, Fluor Fernald workers safely transferred 8,900 cubic yards of K-65 waste from two aging concrete silos to four new 750,000-gallon tanks. With an interim storage and possible permanent disposal site now identified, Fluor Fernald is seeking DOE approval to startup the treatment facility. Here plant operators will blend the waste with flyash and cement to create a loose grout that will be loaded into half-inch thick cylindrical carbon steel containers for shipment to WCS.
    Specially designed flatbed trailers will securely hold two containers per shipment. The waste treatment and shipping campaign is expected to run May – December 2005.

    "***" in link denotes that special energy department that always goes to mod.


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  • Farthington MacMananus Farthington MacMananus

    Salut. Dunno how else to say it.


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  • SAN FRANCISCO – A federal appeals court says members of the U.S. Navy can pursue their lawsuit in a U.S. court alleging radiation exposure from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant.

    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled Thursday that the sailors for now don’t have to make their legal claims in Japan.

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/06/23/national/crime-legal/9th-circuit-court-navy-sailors-can-sue-u-s-fukushima-disaster-radiation-exposure/


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  • Yup, it's all connected.

    Carrier Reagan repositioned to avoid reactor fall-out

    Pacific Fleet says in a new statement released on Monday, "The USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, to include the cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), the destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), and the combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10), along with the guided-missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), USS McCampbell (DDG 85) and USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) continue operations off the east coast of Honshu. An additional destroyer, USS Mustin (DDG 89), is at sea south of the disaster site.

    http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-carrier-reagan-pilots-deliver-aid-japan-2011mar13-htmlstory.html

    File:US Navy 110318-N-8288P-246 A Japan coast guard helicopter lands aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62).jpg

    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_110318-N-8288P-246_A_Japan_coast_guard_helicopter_lands_aboard_the_Arleigh_Burke-class_guided-missile_destroyer_USS_Fitzgerald_(DDG_62).jpg


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  • Radiation Scans

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk6Sy1cNgXo

    USS Reagan Exposed to More Radiation Than Expected

    The report, "Mobilizing Nuclear Bias: The Fukushima Nuclear Crisis and the Politics of Uncertainty," says that the carrier was exposed to levels of radiation that were 30 times greater than normal as the carrier steamed for the coast to aid victims of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami

    http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/03/17/uss-reagan-exposed-to-more-radiation-than-expected.html

    Chronology of Operation Tomodachi

    March 11–April 8, 2011

    http://www.nbr.org/research/activity.aspx?id=121


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    Re: Fitzgerald…

    Perhaps the Wigner effect played a role in it's failures…

    Disclaimer: Just musing.


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  • Fukushima Daiichi: From Nuclear Power Plant to Nuclear Weapon

    “Our world is faced with a crisis that has never before been envisaged in its whole existence… The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking, and thus we drift towards unparalleled catastrophe.”

    Albert Einstein, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, May, 1946

    http://www.mydailyinformer.com/fukushima-daiichi-from-nuclear-power-plant-to-nuclear-weapon/

    Mutant Butterflies In Fukushima

    http://www.antarcticajournal.com/mutant-butterflies-in-fukushima/


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  • Further musing, in chronological order…

    Delay in reporting of deadly US destroyer collision raises questions

    The 10,000-ton USS Fitzgerald and the ACX Crystal, a 29,000-ton container ship flagged in the Philippines, collided early Saturday local time off Japan's Izu Peninsula, officials said. The area sees heavy maritime traffic, with 400 to 500 vessels crossing it daily.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/19/politics/uss-fitzgerald-crash-timing/index.html

    FBI opens probe of false 'dirty bomb' threat at South Carolina port

    The FBI on Thursday said it was investigating a false threat that a "dirty bomb" was on a container ship at a terminal at the Port of Charleston in South Carolina.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-south-carolina-terminal-threat-idUSKBN1960DN

    Little manmade particles produce reactions…


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  • Earth strikes back with pinpoint accuracy.

    Tornado damaged two U.S. Air Force E-4B 'doomsday' planes

    June 24 (UPI) — A tornado at a U.S. Air Force base in Nebraska damaged 10 aircrafts including two E-4B "doomsday" planes.

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/06/24/Tornado-damaged-two-US-Air-Force-E-4B-doomsday-planes/3991498309846/

    Hope she's on our side…


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  • Jebus Jebus

    So this is Nuclear.

    So this is Nuclear
    And what have you done
    Another spill over
    And a new leak just begun

    And so this is Nuclear
    I hope you can run
    The old and the new ones
    Unleashing the Sun

    A very costly Nuclear
    And bankruptcy fears
    Let's hope it's a good one
    Without any tears

    And so this is Nuclear
    No weak and no strong
    For rich never poor ones
    The world is so wrong

    So no more Nuclear
    For black and for white
    For yellow and red ones
    We have seen the sun light

    A very sorry Nuclear
    And a captured NRC
    Let's hope they find corium
    Remembering the sea

    So this is Chernobyl
    And what have we done
    Another spill over
    And a new leak just begun

    So this is Fukushima
    I hope you eat none
    The near and the dear one
    The old and the young

    Say no to Nuclear

    With that mess over here
    Let's hope for some cleanup
    Without any fear

    Nuke is over over
    If you see it
    Nuke is over
    Now…


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Ok, apologies to John in my post above…

    So, browsing today, this article caught my eye.

    I have no faith in the eager spin, does not matter anyways.

    No melt-troughs occurred with Fukushima Daiichi units #2 & #3!

    Virtual confirmation – No melt-troughs occurred with Fukushima Daiichi units #2 & #3!

    But, some, many, have noticed the broken containers of kak, steaming away these last six months as evidenced in the stills of the Tepscam feeds.

    Well, they are all correct in their observations…

    Tepco says that their relatively recent reduction in coolant flow to the three vessels has revealed where solidified corium might be presently located. Tepco reduced cooling water flows by 33% for units #1, 2, & 3 RPVs – from 4.5 tons per hour down to 3 tons per hour – over the first three months of this year. Unit #1 coolant flow was lowered in January, unit #2 in February, and unit #3 in March. The resulting temperature increases due to the reduced flows were used to guesstimate the current corium locations.

    http://www.hiroshimasyndrome.com/no-melt-troughs-occurred-with-fukushima-daiichi-units-2-3.html


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Not a clue is so deeply true…

    More than 30 nuclear experts inhale uranium after radiation alarms at a weapons site are switched off

    Most were not told about it until months later, and other mishaps at the Nevada nuclear test site followed

    The government scientists didn’t know they were breathing in radioactive uranium at the time it was happening. In fact, most didn’t learn about their exposure for months, long after they returned home from the nuclear weapons research center where they had inhaled it.

    The entire event was characterized by sloppiness, according to a quiet federal investigation, with multiple warnings issued and ignored in advance, and new episodes of contamination allowed to occur afterward. All of this transpired without public notice by the center.

    Here’s how it happened: In April and May 2014, an elite group of 97 nuclear researchers from as far away as the U.K. gathered in a remote corner of Nye County, Nev., at the historic site where the U.S. had exploded hundreds of its nuclear weapons. With nuclear bomb testing ended, the scientists were using a device they called Godiva at the National Criticality Experiments Research Center to test nuclear pulses on a smaller and supposedly safe scale.

    https://apps.publicintegrity.org/nuclear-negligence/inhaled-uranium/

    Karma doesn't give clues…


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Absorbed Dose Estimation with Internal Emitters

    2011 Joint AAPM/COMP Meeting
    Lawrence Williams, PhD
    For more information about the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, visit aapm.org/

    Abstract ID: 17213 Title: Absorbed Dose Estimation with Internal Emitters

    https://vimeo.com/87507761


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Looks like in meatspace, it will have to be eaten, to sink in…

    Belarus’ president pushes for farms in Chernobyl exclusion zone

    By Vladislav Vorotnikov, 29-Jun-2017

    Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko has instructed the country’s government to prepare a decree allowing agricultural activity, including the building of poultry, pig and cattle farms, in an area of the exclusion zone surrounding the Chernobyl power plant.

    http://www.globalmeatnews.com/Industry-Markets/Belarus-president-pushes-for-farms-in-Chernobyl-exclusion-zone


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Again, because I did not remember.

    With credits to uni, I'ma post this here.

    Challenging the ICRP Dose Model with Chris Busby Court Update

    Published on Feb 14, 2016, by arclight2011

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9r33pp4GnQ

    These are the one's making progress.

    Remember that…


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Well revelations…

    One Big Reason Aggressive Thyroid Cancer Is On The Rise

    “Our group has previously shown that exposures to radioactive iodine significantly increase the risk of thyroid cancer in a dose-dependent manner. The new study shows that radiation exposures are also associated with distinct clinical features that are more aggressive,” says researcher Lydia Zablotska, who teaches epidemiolgy and biostatistics at UCSF.

    Zablotska warns that the same results can be expected for people exposed to radioactive iodine fallout originating from the 2011 nuclear reactor meltdowns in Fukushima, Japan. Those malfunctions occurred after a devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

    “Those exposed as children or adolescents to the fallout are at highest risk and should probably be screened for thyroid cancer regularly, because these cancers are aggressive, and they can spread really fast,” Zablotska says. “Clinicians should be aware of the aggressiveness of radiation-associated tumors and closely monitor those at high risk.”

    https://www.informationng.com/2017/06/one-big-reason-aggressive-thyroid-cancer-rise.html


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  • Jebus Jebus

    In fact, the Trump administration may be exacerbating nuclear’s problems by proposing cuts to programs that help deploy emerging technologies, Freed said.

    The Trump administration’s proposed budget would slash Energy Department funding for nuclear energy by more than 28 percent, including support for the development of small modular reactors.

    "You’re taking a chainsaw to the innovation and loan programs that are critical for advanced nuclear and for helping finance the new large light-water reactors in the U.S.," Freed said. "Energy markets, in the end, are driven by dollars and cents. Rhetoric can’t save plants that are losing money in the face of natural gas."

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-29/trump-s-plans-for-a-nuclear-revival-will-begin-with-a-study

    House panel advances bill eliminating ARPA-E, holds DOE science steady

    http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/06/house-panel-advances-bill-eliminating-arpa-e-holds-doe-science-steady

    You gotta read it all.


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Lawmakers are forcing taxpayers to go nuclear

    Now that nuclear energy is becoming less competitive nationwide, lawmakers are responding by using Americans' hard-earned dollars to bail out floundering nuclear plants.
    But government handouts are no way to protect consumers. Rather than favor certain energy sources over others, lawmakers should let consumers benefit from a competitive, level energy playing field.
    Many nuclear companies are struggling to compete with other forms of energy. As a result, nuclear bailouts are becoming the norm.

    Bailouts are great for companies such as Exelon, whose stock has soared since December. But they are terrible for taxpayers and an open and competitive energy market. Rather than dole out taxpayer dollars to prop up failing nuclear companies, legislators should back off and allow all forms of energy to compete.

    http://www.lakecountrynow.com/story/news/local/living-sunday/2017/06/28/lawmakers-forcing-taxpayers-go-nuclear/436311001/


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Over 120 Nations At The UN Are About to Ban Nuclear Weapons

    Setsuko Thurlow was thirteen years old when the first atomic bomb ever used on people ripped through Hiroshima, including the building she was stationed inside of. She managed to escape the rubble, but she witnessed the skin melt off those who were outside. She saw people clutch their eyes from their sockets, or carry their own intestine. All but two of her classmates were burned to death. She lived to tell the tale, and now she has lived to see the majority of the UN member states unite under a new push to rid the world of nuclear weapons. The question remains, are the nine states who posses them (US, Russia, UK, France, India, Pakistan, Israel, China and North Korea) ready to give them up? (spoiler alert: Of course not).

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/over-120-nations-in-the-un-are-about-to-ban-nuclear_us_595aa2c2e4b0326c0a8d1299


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Why we're investigating Grand Canyon uranium

    "This could turn out to be the beginning of America's next Standing Rock."

    https://intercontinentalcry.org/investigating-grand-canyon-uranium/


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    More cancers are derived from radiation than national regulators now report. They may not be aware that both age-at-exposure and one’s sex determine how much harm we suffer from radiation.

    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.

    The models assume that “Reference Man” represents us all. Invented to simplify calculations, Reference Man is 25 to 30 years old, weighs 154 pounds, is 5 feet 6 inches tall, “Caucasian and has a Western European or North American” lifestyle.

    There has never been a pause as more than 2,000 atomic tests since 1945 have been spreading radioactivity worldwide and hundreds of nuclear factories have proliferated. No one asked if Reference Man is an appropriate stand-in for all of humanity and radiation harm.

    http://www.passblue.com/2017/07/05/females-exposed-to-nuclear-radiation-are-far-likelier-than-males-to-suffer-harm/


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Contamination concerns cannot be ignored

    Greens/EFA MEP Michèle Rivasi comments:

    "The Commission must put the health of citizens ahead of commercial interests. Their current proposal is reckless, allowing imports of food from areas impacted by the Fukushima disaster without putting in place stringent analysis for radioactive contamination. They would even abolish the obligation for Member States to submit quarterly results to the Commission, seriously undermining transparency and trust in the system.

    https://www.greens-efa.eu/en/article/press/contamination-concerns-cannot-be-ignored/

    A straight up PDF version…

    Contamination concerns cannot be ignored – Greens/EFA

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=66&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiIm7TFoYDVAhUQ0WMKHd4IDgE4PBAWCE4wBQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.greens-efa.eu%2Fen%2Farticle%2Fpress%2Fcontamination-concerns-cannot-be-ignored%2F%3Fpdf%3D32&usg=AFQjCNEhHxB0DCTCyCPEE0taOQcZqwnJSw


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    A preliminary investigation of radiation level and some radionuclides in imported food and food products.

    4/80

    Office of Atomic Energy for Peace

    Bangkok, Thailand

    http://www.iaea.org/inis/collection/NCLCollectionStore/_Public/14/757/14757590.pdf


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  • Jebus, I am a little worried about that report, they say they cannot detect any K-40, then they say they can't detect any CS-137
    hmmmmmmmm


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Global Meltdown? Nuclear Power’s Annus Horribilis

    This year will go down with 1979 (Three Mile Island), 1986 (Chernobyl) and 2011 (Fukushima) as one of the nuclear industry’s worst ever ‒ and there’s still another six months to go, writes Dr Jim Green.

    Two of the industry’s worst-ever years have been in the past decade and there will be many more bad years ahead as the trickle of closures of ageing reactors becomes a flood ‒ the International Energy Agency expects almost 200 reactor closures between 2014 and 2040.

    The likelihood of reactor start-ups matching closures over that time period has become vanishingly small.

    Pro-nuclear journalist Fred Pearce wrote on May 15: “Is the nuclear power industry in its death throes? Even some nuclear enthusiasts believe so. With the exception of China, most nations are moving away from nuclear ‒ existing power plants across the United States are being shut early; new reactor designs are falling foul of regulators, and public support remains in free fall. Now come the bankruptcies…. 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.”

    https://newmatilda.com/2017/07/09/global-meltdown-nuclear-powers-annus-horribilis/

    Scooped from Ton Kraanen


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  • or-well or-well

    Oh yeah, I forgot – the Forum is buggered up as well.
    MATSUYAMA, Japan (Kyodo) — A court on Friday rejected residents' plea to halt a reactor operating at the Ikata nuclear power plant in western Japan amid concerns about the robustness of an evacuation plan in the event of an accident.

    The Matsuyama District Court ruled against the residents' request to stop Shikoku Electric Power Co.'s No. 3 reactor at the plant in Ehime Prefecture. In March, the Hiroshima District Court also rejected calls for an injunction ordering the reactor to be halted.

    The focal points of Friday's decision were the feasibility of the evacuation plan, the effectiveness of new safety standards introduced after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis, and the likelihood of potential quakes assumed by the utility in designing the reactor's seismic resistance.

    https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170721/p2g/00m/0dm/060000c


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  • or-well or-well

    More
    #Japan former PM Naoto Kan considers new political party pledging exit from nuclear energy:


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  • or-well or-well

    Ikata NPP site situation shown well in this vid -
    https://youtu.be/D8PhAsv1rY4


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