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

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  • q Farthington MacMananus

    Oil/gas stock divestment.

    " Norway’s fund is the world’s largest equity investor, controlling about 1.5 percent of global stocks. If it follows through on its proposal, it would be the first to abandon the sector altogether."

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-17/norway-idea-to-exit-oil-stocks-is-shot-heard-around-the-world

    • AirSepTech AirSepTech

      Bill Gates is there with 40sq.mi. of empty space.

      Send it. He can power his junk with it.

      Smart City. Smart World. Smart people.

      It's like playing hot potato with an income stream guaranty.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Investigation: Radioactive leaks at Illinois nuclear plants
    Nov 18 2017

    https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/investigation-radioactive-leaks-at-illinois-nuclear-plants/

  • Massive Meteor Explodes Over Arctic — Lights Up The Land Brighter Than Day

    http://www.nukepro.net/2017/11/massive-meteor-explodes-over-arctic.html

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

    The Sway of the Nuclear Arms Industry Over Donald Trump and Congress Is Terrifying
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/11/devastation-very-important-nuclear-weapons-industry-donald-trump-1/

    US general says nuclear launch order can be refused
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-general-nuclear-launch-order-refused-51248992

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

    Investigation: Radioactive leaks at Illinois nuclear plants
    11/18/2017

    “The Byron (Ill.) Nuclear Generating Station leaked radioactive waste into groundwater under the plant's property in 2014. Byron is one of five nuclear plants in Illinois that reported similar leaks over the past decade. | Madison Hopkins/Better Government Association, distributed by the

    “Radioactive waste continues to pour from Exelon’s Illinois nuclear power plants more than a decade after the discovery of chronic leaks led to national outrage, a $1.2 million government settlement and a company vow to guard against future accidents, an investigation by a government watchdog group found.

    “Since 2007, there have been at least 35 reported leaks, spills or other accidental releases in Illinois of water contaminated with radioactive tritium, a byproduct of nuclear power production and a carcinogen at high levels, a Better Government Association review of federal and state records shows.

    “No fines were issued for the accidents, all of which were reported by the company.

    “The most recent leak of 35,000 gallons occurred over two weeks in May and June at Exelon’s Braidwood plant, southwest of Chicago. The same facility was the focus of a community panic in the mid-2000s after a series of accidents stirred debate over the safety of aging nuclear plants….[cont.]

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

      [cont.]
      “A 2014 incident at Exelon’s Dresden facility in Grundy County involved the release of about 500,000 gallons of highly radioactive water. Contamination was later found in the plant’s sewer lines and miles away in the Morris, Ill., sewage treatment plant.

      “Monica Mack, 55, lives near the Braidwood Nuclear Generating Station in Braceville, Ill. Radioactive waste continues to pour from Exelon’s Illinois nuclear power plants more than a decade after discovery of chronic leaks led to national outrage. The recent leaks echo the controversy in 2006 when it was revealed leaks at Braidwood spilled 6 million gallons of radioactive water, some of which found its way onto private property.

      “Another leak was discovered in 2007 at the Quad Cities plant in Cordova, along the Mississippi River. It took eight months to plug and led to groundwater radiation readings up to 375 times of that allowed under federal safe drinking

      “Exelon had threatened to close the Quad Cities plant, but relented last year after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed bailout legislation authorizing big rate hikes.

      “Representatives of Exelon and its government overseers — the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency — say the leaks posed no public danger and did not contaminate drinking water….{cont.]

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

        [cont.] "Exelon said to prevent leaks it has spent $100 million over the last decade on upgrades at all of its U.S. plants.

        “Michael Pacilio, chief operating officer of the power generating arm of Exelon, said no one in or around the plants was harmed by radioactivity from the leaks, which he described as minor compared
        with everyday exposures.

        “’We live in a radioactive world,’ Pacilio said.
        Critics say that’s little cause for relief.

        “'Best that we can tell, that’s more luck than skill,' said David Lochbaum, an analyst with the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists.

        “Leaks aren’t supposed to happen. Workers and the public could be harmed. There is a hazard there.”
        Among the 61 nuclear power plants operating in the U.S., more than half have reactors that are at or near the end of their originally expected lifespans — including the Dresden and Quad Cities plants.

        “Government regulators concede they must balance the safety needs of aging plants, which require more maintenance, versus ordering cost-prohibitive upgrades at facilities that inherently are just a slip-up away from catastrophe… [cont.]

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

          [cont.]
          “No player in the nuclear industry is bigger than Exelon, the Chicago-based energy company that last year reported $31 billion in revenue and operates 14 nuclear plants in Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

          “Five of the six Illinois plants reported leaks over the last decade, records show. Clinton, in DeWitt County, had no leaks and Byron, in Ogle County, reported only one that contained low levels of radioactivity.

          “The Braidwood Nuclear Generating Station in Braceville, Ill. Radioactive waste continues to pour from Exelon’s Illinois nuclear power plants more than a decade after discovery of chronic leaks led to national outrage, a $1.2 million government settlement and a company vow to guard against future accidents, according to federal and state record reviewed by Better Government Association. | Madison Hopkins/Better Government Association via the Associated Press

          “The accidents included in the BGA analysis are separate from government-approved releases into large bodies of water. The state allows Exelon to discharge controlled amounts of tritium into rivers and lakes, where radioactive material gets diluted.“Other releases of tritium, however, can be illegal and subject to fines and government lawsuits — though no accidents from the past decade resulted in either. …[cont.]

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

            [cont.]
            "Government officials say small amounts of tritium — a radioactive form of hydrogen and a potential marker for more dangerous nuclear contaminants — are not harmful to humans but exposure to higher levels may increase the risk of cancer.

            “At least seven of the 35 documented accidents since 2007 involved contamination of groundwater. Other contamination was found in sewers and other water systems where it isn’t supposed to be.

            “The recent leaks echo the controversy in 2006 when it was revealed that leaks at Braidwood over many years spilled 6 million gallons of radioactive water, some of which found its way onto private properties and at least one private drinking well….”
            https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/investigation-radioactive-leaks-at-illinois-nuclear-plants/

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    'robot finds melted fuel' 'gaping hole at bottom of R3' "After three days of carefully navigating through a shattered reactor building, the Manbo finally reached the heavily damaged Unit 3 reactor. There, the robot beamed back video of a gaping hole at the bottom of the reactor and, on the floor beneath it, clumps of what looked like solidified lava: the first images ever taken of the plant’s melted uranium fuel." 2 min video
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/19/science/japan-fukushima-nuclear-meltdown-fuel.html

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Faulty Areva fuel rods sent to nuclear reactors, Swiss plant closed"
    https://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFL8N1NN5IR

    • freebywill

      PARIS/ZURICH, Nov 17 (Reuters) – French nuclear group Areva delivered defective fuel rods for nuclear reactors but said on Friday that there was no safety risk.

      Swiss media, however, reported that a Swiss nuclear plant was closed due to problems with the rods.

      Areva said in a statement that following the discovery of a leaking fuel rod at its Paimboeuf, France, zirconium-tube manufacturing plant, tests had showed that some fuel rods which should have been rejected were delivered to utilities companies.

      An Areva [ spokes-weasel ] said that utilities operating the faulty tubes had been informed but declined say to [sic] which companies were involved, citing “industrial confidentiality”.

      [ no info on when they began to be used. Could leaking fuel rods in the assemblies be the source of the EU rad activity? ]

      • freebywill

        Areva supplying MOX fuel to Japan, won't release quality control data.

        http://greenaction-japan.org/en/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/160128_Areva_letter.pdf

        The MIMAS production technology used at Melox has a multiple problems, including in relation to a fundamental issue for MOX fuel, Thermal Stability.

        If the plutonium fuel pellets swell under heat alone, and as internal pressure builds up from gaseous fission products, a gas-filled pellet-cladding gap can occur.

        This has several nuclear safety consequences. Not least that in the event of a loss of coolant accident, the MOX fuel, which may already be fractious, would be further more likely to fragment and “relocate”.

        The heterogeneous fuel structure can also increase the chance that fuel rods will rupture and block coolant channels if a transient occurs, again potentially impacting cooling function of the reactor core.

        The reactor safety implications of not being able to sufficiently cool the reactor core fuel are obvious, not least from the meltdown of three reactors at Fukushima Daiichi in 2011.

        This underscores the importance of achieving the highest nuclear fuel production standards, and applying the most rigorous quality control and inspection. Neither of these are possible at the Melox plant.

        [ Areva also runs the Richland Washington fuel fab facility. I wonder if they use the same process. ]

  • freebywill

    351 mins | The Destroyer of Worlds – Dan Carlin's Hardcore History 59 | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_alstLc_NfE

    Published on Nov 10, 2017

    What happens if human beings can’t handle the power of their own weaponry?

    This show examines the dangerous early years of the Nuclear Age and humankind’s efforts to avoid self-destruction at the hands of its own creation.

    [ " the dangerous early years ", not to be confused with the dangerous present ]

  • freebywill

    PART 21 REPORT – CORRECTIVE ACTION FOR FISHER INFORMATION NOTICE 2015-01 INSUFFICIENT https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20171120en.html#en53077

    The following is a synopsis of information received via E-mail:

    Fisher Information Notice (FIN) 2015-01 was published 3/18/2015 regarding Fisher Type 461 valve plug machining. FIN 2015-01 details an issue in which a valve plug was returned to Fisher after the customer discovered a machining error was present in the plug.

    This Type 461 valve plug is intended to have a groove machined across the seating surface to provide a controlled leak rate through the valve when the plug is on the seat.

    It has been determined that the corrective action implemented in association with FIN 2015-01 was insufficient to ensure accurate machining and to prevent reoccurrence of this issue.

    This Part 21 Notification (issued as FIN 2017-05) applies to Type 461 Plugs sold or reworked since the publication date of FIN 2015-01.

    Specifically this notification applies to assembly item number 25A0413X162 that Fisher Controls International LLC (Fisher) supplied to Florida Power and Light (FPL) St. Lucie per FPL Order 2363439 (Fisher Order Number 025-X204270) and to item number 29A7841X052 that Fisher supplied to Entergy Waterford 3 per Entergy Order 10297987 (Fisher Order Number 026N-187174).

  • freebywill

    NRC Approves Power Uprate For Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/news/2017/17-046.pdf

    November 17, 2017

    The power uprate for Peach Bottom, Units 2 and 3, located in Delta, Pa., authorizes an increase of each reactor’s maximum power level from 3951 to 4016 megawatts thermal.

    In terms of gross output, the power uprate represents an increase of approximately 20 megawatts electric over the current gross output for each unit.

    Exelon plans to implement the power uprate for both units within 90 days.

  • freebywill

    Nuclear Power and the Tragedy of the Commons https://nuclear-news.net/information/environment/nuclear-power-and-the-tragedy-of-the-commons/

    The nuclear industry is the latest and most devastating example of “the tragedy of the commons”.

    The idea of the commons is an old one – that we don’t look after things that belong to us all. The idea goes back to around 300 BC. Aristotle said “that which is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it.” In 19th century England, this idea was applied to common farming ground – with the agricultural revolution’s ruthless exploitation of common land – so that the land became useless for agriculture.

    In the 20th Century the full tragedy of the commons began to unfold. Human populations increased and without care, used those parts of the world’s ecology that are shared .

    On the one hand people took resources such as fresh water, the seas, and the living things within them. On the other hand, people dumped their rubbish into shared parts of the planet – into rivers, seas, wildernesses. The air itself became a waste dump, as human activities poured dust, gases, various chemicals into the atmosphere.

  • lam335 lam335

    Scientists might have been wrong about the Chernobyl disaster
    By James Rogers November 20, 2017 | 12:10pm

    "… the researchers believe that the first explosive event noted by eyewitnesses was a jet of debris ejected to an altitude of almost 2 miles by a series of nuclear explosions within the Chernobyl reactor. Some 2.7 seconds later, they say, a steam explosion ruptured the reactor and sent yet more debris into the atmosphere at lower altitudes…."

    "… The destroyed reactor tank suggests that the first explosion caused temperatures high enough to melt a 6.6-foot bottom plate in part of the core, the researchers said, noting that this damage is consistent with a nuclear explosion….

    Additionally, seismic measurements and eyewitness reports of a blue flash above the reactor a few seconds after the first explosion could also support the new theory of a nuclear explosion followed by a steam explosion…."

    https://nypost.com/2017/11/20/scientists-might-have-been-wrong-about-the-chernobyl-disaster/

  • Jebus Jebus

    A Poisoned People: For Navajo, Uranium Contamination Is Environmental Racism

    This is Part II of A Poisoned People, a Fronteras Desk series on how the Navajo are contending with uranium contamination decades after the mining companies have left.

    Helen Nez had 10 children. Now she only has three. Seven of her children died of a disorder called Navajo neuropathy, which is linked to uranium contamination.

    “Many people died and some have liver disease, kidney disease and some suffer from cancer as a result,” Nez said through a translator.

    When she was pregnant Nez and her children drank from a spring that today has uranium levels eight times that of safe drinking water standards. Four of her children died as toddlers. Three died in early adulthood. Their stomachs became bloated and their eyes turned a cloudy gray, according to a study for Environmental Science & Technology. The three remaining children, now adults, have health issues.

    “It is worrisome and troublesome and you hope that something will be done,” Nez said.

    http://www.fronterasdesk.org/content/10894/poisoned-people-navajo-uranium-contamination-environmental-racism

    Part One

    http://fronterasdesk.org/content/10811/poisoned-people-sanders-still-contends-uranium-contamination

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    About those leaking power plants "Michael Pacilio, chief operating officer of the power generating arm of Exelon, said no one in or around the plants was harmed by radioactivity from the leaks, which he described as minor compared with everyday exposures.

    "We live in a radioactive world," Pacilio said.

    Critics say that's little cause for relief."…
    https://mobile.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/11/17/us/ap-us-better-government-association-nuclear-plant-leaks-illinois.html

  • freebywill

    US_NPS FL_Turkey_Point_3 @ 0 % unexpected shutdown, no EN. While looking for info on the shutdown I ran across this item.

    A nuclear engineer was stabbed to death after a party, and family and friends are baffled

    By Howard Cohen hcohen@miamiherald.com
    October 25, 2017 11:26 AM UPDATED October 25, 2017 04:01 PM

    A young nuclear engineer attended a house party in Southwest Miami-Dade on Saturday and wound up stabbed to death in the street.

    Alexander Restrepo, 33, who worked at Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station, was attending a party in the area of Southwest 147th Street and 157th Avenue at about 2:55 a.m. Saturday. Apparently, when he was about to leave, he was involved in a confrontation with a group of men and words were exchanged. Some 50 to 60 people were at the party.

    [ but no info on today's reported shutdown ]

  • freebywill

    Energy undersecretary wants nuclear safety reports hidden from public https://www.publicintegrity.org/2017/11/09/21261/energy-undersecretary-wants-nuclear-safety-reports-hidden-public

    By Patrick Maloneemail 6:00 am, November 9, 2017 Updated: 6:12 am, November 9, 2017

    The head of the federal agency that produces U.S. nuclear weapons has privately proposed to end public access to key safety reports from a federal watchdog group that monitors ten sites involved in weapons production.

    Klotz contended that recent media stories about safety lapses that relied partially on the board’s weekly disclosures were potentially counterproductive to the NNSA’s mission, the officials said.

    The proposal represented the second effort by federal officials in recent months to curtail public access to information about persistent safety problems in the nuclear production complex, which the Center for Public Integrity documented in articles published between June and August.

    The Center’s articles detailed a series of alarming safety problems, including the mishandling of plutonium, a radioactive explosive, at Los Alamos and a federal laboratory in Idaho; the mis-shipment of hazardous materials, including nuclear explosive materials; and the repeated contamination of work areas and scientists by radioactive particles. The articles were based in part on the board’s reports.

    [ more at the link, basically they don't want us to know how inept they are, too late. we know ]

  • freebywill

    PART-21 – AUXILIARY FEEDWATER PUMP POWER SUPPLY FAILURE https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20171122en.html#en53084

    The following report is an excerpt from a fax from Engine Systems, Inc.:

    "Engine Systems Inc. (ESI) began a 10CFR21 evaluation on October 17, 2017 upon notification of a potential issue with power supply P/N 2938604 supplied to Vogtle Nuclear Plant.

    The power supply is installed in a safety-related control panel for the Terry Turbine driven auxiliary feedwater pump.

    Analysis determined the power supply failure was due to an internal rectifier diode failure which resulted in a short circuit on the power supply output.

    "The evaluation was concluded on November 20, 2017 and it was determined that this issue is a reportable defect as defined by 10CFR Part 21.

    The power supply failure will adversely affect speed control of the turbine driven auxiliary feedwater pump and therefore may prevent safe shutdown of the nuclear reactor.

    "This issue applies to all customers that have power supply P/N 2938604 within the date code range 0648 through 0723.

    ESI has supplied power supplies within the suspect date code range to [Vogtle and Farley]."

  • freebywill

    US_NPS IL_LaSalle 1 @ 100 % INVALID SPECIFIED SYSTEM ACTUATION https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20171122en.html#en53083

    "On October 6, 2017 at 0910 CDT hours, with Unit 1 in Mode 1 (Power Operation), the 1A Diesel Generator Cooling Water Pump (DGCWP) automatically started.

    The cause was the misoperation of the 1B/C RHR [Residual Heat Removal] Room Cooler Fan (1VY03C) control switch, which was placed in the start position instead of the intended pull-to-lock position. [ human error ]

    The start of the 1VY03C fan resulted in the automatic actuation of the 1A DGCWP.

    This system actuation is reportable in accordance with 10CFR50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A).

    The invalid actuation was not part of a pre-planned sequence during testing or reactor operation.

    "The 1A DGCWP, an emergency service water system that does not normally run and that serves as an ultimate heat sink, responded satisfactorily.

    "This call is being made in accordance with 10CFR50.73(a)(1), which states that in the case of an invalid actuation reported under 10CFR50.73(a)(2)(iv), other than an actuation of the reactor protection system when the reactor is critical, the licensee may provide a telephone notification to the NRC Operations Center within 60 days after discovery of the event instead of submitting a written Licensee Event Report."

  • freebywill

    US_NPS SC_Robinson_2 @ 100 % FITNESS-FOR-DUTY REPORT https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20171122en.html#en53081

    A non-licensed contract employee had a confirmed positive for illegal drugs during a random fitness-for-duty test.

    The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

  • freebywill

    Latest performance report for Pilgrim lists 7 violations http://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20171120/latest-performance-report-for-pilgrim-lists-7-violations

    By Christine Legere
    Posted Nov 20, 2017 at 6:59 PM Updated Nov 20, 2017 at 6:59 PM

    PLYMOUTH — A quarterly performance report for the problem-plagued Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station lists seven violations found by inspectors, related to procedural shortcomings and poor equipment maintenance.

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission classified all findings as “more than minor” because of their potential to compromise essential safety systems in a radiological emergency, yet of “very low safety significance” because the shortcomings did not lead to an actual emergency at the plant.

    Despite the list of infractions, NRC [ spokesweasel ] Neil Sheehan said, “The overall inspection record continues to indicate that Entergy is making slow progress in improving performance at Pilgrim.”

    Sheehan pointed out that during refueling outages, such as the one Pilgrim underwent last spring, “it is not atypical for there to be an increased number of issues identified.”

    Entergy provided comment through [ spokesweasel ] Patrick O’Brien: “The NRC’s third-quarter inspection report represents a continuing strong focus on finding and resolving issues at Pilgrim established both by the regulator and our dedicated staff.

    [ PilGRIM is due for final shutdown in July 2019 ]

  • freebywill

    Tennessee officials keep radioactive waste details from public http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2017/11/20/tennessee-nuclear-radioactive-waste-details/839511001/

    Anita Wadhwani, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Published 7:00 a.m. CT Nov. 20, 2017

    Ten years ago, when Murfreesboro residents learned the state had approved the dumping of low-level radioactive waste at a local landfill, a fierce community backlash swiftly put an end to the practice.

    Today, Tennessee citizens have no way to find out how much low-level radioactive waste is going into other landfills.

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, or TDEC, has wiped that data from its website and said it is confidential.

    Asked why, TDEC [ spokesweasel ] Eric Ward cited a ten-year-old state law the agency has just begun referencing to deny information.

    TDEC's withholding of information which has, for years, been open to the public comes at the same time that companies in Tennessee have filed notice they plan to import up to 10,000 metric tons – or more than 22 million pounds – of low-level nuclear waste from Canada for processing.

    [ processing? ]

    There are four Tennessee landfills that are licensed to accept the waste. Two are located in Shelby County while the other two are in Anderson and Hawkins counties.

    A fifth, Middle Point landfill in Murfeesboro, ceased accepting such waste in 2008 after residents and lawmakers expressed outrage when they learned millions of pounds…

  • Jebus Jebus

    Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

    Landmark Agreement to Decommission Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Endangered by Proposed Ruling

    But all of that is now at risk. Inexplicably, an administrative law judge at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a proposed decision that puts the Joint Proposal in jeopardy. In place of a commitment to replace Diablo Canyon with zero-carbon resources, he recommends that the Commission throw up its hands, writing: “the impact of the retirement of Diablo Canyon on greenhouse gas emissions is not clear.”

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/snatching-defeat-from-the-jaws-of-victory_us_5a15066de4b0f401dfa7ebba

    Humans, always trying to divide by zero…

  • Jebus Jebus

    SC lawmakers move ahead bill after bill, all to stop SCE&G from reaching in your wallet

    The votes Tuesday indicate both chambers are serious about blocking SCE&G from continuing to collect about $37 million a month – or about $27 per power bill – from its customers for the scuttled project.

    http://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article185876798.html

  • Jebus Jebus

    Toshiba wants to wash its hands of Westinghouse by the end of March

    This week, Toshiba said it wants to get rid of all of its Westinghouse ties by the end of March. That means finding someone interested in buying Westinghouse and assuming Toshiba’s claims against Westinghouse — the money it says it is owed by the U.S. firm now caught up in bankruptcy court.

    http://www.post-gazette.com/powersource/companies/2017/11/22/Toshiba-wants-to-wash-its-hands-of-Westinghouse-by-the-end-of-March/stories/201711220089

  • Jebus Jebus

    Think you could run Hanford? $4 billion contract up for bid

    http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/hanford/article185960543.html

    This is gonna be great for the paid participants.

    Generrations will have jobs…

  • Jebus Jebus

    What about?

    GE, We Divided By Zero…

  • Jebus Jebus

    Zero is always 100% of nothing…

    The FCC's solicitation for public input also supposedly attracted broad support for Pai's plan. But most of the comments sent to the FCC appear to have been faked. According to data analytics firm Gravwell, only about 3.9 million (17.4 percent) of the more than 22 million public comments submitted to the FCC were unique; most came from bots programmed to oppose net neutrality.

    On Tuesday, New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman published an open letter to the agency lambasting it for refusing to help investigate the suspected fraud.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/11/22/fcc_net_neutrality/

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

    New nuclear power cannot rival windfarms on price, energy boss says
    Innogy Renewables chief claims future reactors will not be competitive as offshore windfarms become even cheaper
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/22/new-nuclear-power-cannot-rival-windfarms-price-energy-boss-innogy

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    " Britain made "grave strategic errors" in its handling of the Franco-Chinese Hinkley Point nuclear project, a critical parliamentary report concluded Wednesday.

    The House of Commons' Public Accounts Committee stressed that consumers will pay a high price for construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant, which was given the green light by the government in September 2016." http://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/reports/UK_made_grave_errors_over_Hinkley_nuclear_project_MPs_999.html

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    Radioactivity, blame the weather? "A new study, published in Nature, has now shown that thunderstorms can also produce radioactivity by triggering nuclear reactions in the atmosphere." https://www.yahoo.com/news/thunderstorms-create-radioactivity-scientists-discover-180137485.html

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Massive Infrastructure Projects Are Failing at Unprecedented Rates
    Big fossil-fuel, mining, hydroelectric, and other "mega projects" are struggling thanks to competition from newer, cleaner technologies and a firestorm of market and civil forces." https://relay.nationalgeographic.com/proxy/distribution/public/amp/2017/11/mega-projects-fail-infrastructure-energy-dams-nuclear

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Sellafield strike: 3,000 nuclear plant workers to walk out over pay dispute, says GMB union" https://www.yahoo.com/news/sellafield-strike-3-000-nuclear-094800103.html

  • freebywill

    Military Toxics Project Information Sheet – June 2003 http://www.dmzhawaii.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/depleted-uranium-fact-sheet.pdf

    (first version)

    "Depleted" Uranium Munitions: Nuclear Waste as a Weapon "

    [ this group may not exist anymore the addy at the end of doc

    Click here to go to MTP's Depleted Uranium page
    Web: http://www.miltoxproj.org

    took me to a Japanese looking page with Happy Wedding in the banner. ]

  • Jebus Jebus

    Fukushima Darkness

    The radiation effects of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant triple meltdowns are felt worldwide, whether lodged in sea life or in humans, it cumulates over time. The impact is now slowly grinding away only to show its true colors at some unpredictable date in the future. That’s how radiation works, slow but assuredly destructive, which serves to identify its risks, meaning, one nuke meltdown has the impact, over decades, of a 1,000 regular industrial accidents, maybe more.

    https://dissidentvoice.org/2017/11/fukushima-darkness/

    • Jebus Jebus

      Fukushima Darkness, Part Two

      At the same time as Japan passed its totalitarian secrecy act in December 2013, it passed an obstructive Cancer Registration Law, which made it illegal to share medical data or information on radiation-related issues, denying public access to medical records, with violators subject to fines of two million Yen or 5-10 years in prison, a pretty stiff penalty for peeking into medical records, giving the appearance of somebody running scared.

      Furthermore, and more egregiously yet, a confidentiality agreement to control medical information about radiation exposure was signed in January 2014 by IAEA, UNSCEAR, and Fukushima Prefecture and Fukushima Medical University. Thereafter, all info of illness from radiation is reported to a central repository run by Fukushima Medical Centre and IAEA. In turn, the Fukushima Centre for Environmental Creation was created in 2015 to communicate “accurate information on radiation to the public and dispel anxiety.” Ahem!

      https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/11/24/fukushima-darkness-part-two/

  • freebywill

    US_NPS IL_Quad_Cities_1 @ 100 % LPCI INOPERABILITY DUE TO OVERVOLTAGE RELAY ACTUATION https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20171124en.html#en53089

    "On November 22, 2017, at 2043 [CST], Unit I MCC [Motor Control Center] 18/19-5 overvoltage relay target was found actuated and would not reset. MCC 18/19-5 was powered from the normal feed, Bus 19. Bus 19 voltages were verified to be normal. The overvoltage relay actuation would result in MCC 18/19-5 being de-energized in the event of a DBA LOCA [Design Basis Accident Loss of Coolant Accident] in which the 1/2 Emergency Diesel Generator fails to energize Bus 18, therefore rendering both divisions of the Low Pressure Cooling Injection (LPCI) mode of Residual Heat Removal (RHR) system inoperable. Technical Specification 3.5.1 Condition E was entered, requiring restoration of LPCI in 72 hours.

    "The overvoltage target was subsequently able to be reset at 2114 [CST], restoring the LPCI function of RHR. Technical Specification 3.5.1 Condition E was exited at that time.

    "This event is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) as an event or condition that could have prevented fulfillment of a safety function."

    The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

  • freebywill

    US_NPS FL_Saint_Lucie_2 @ 100 % UNUSUAL EVENT DUE TO A SMOKE DETECTOR ALARM RECEIVED INSIDE CONTAINMENT https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2017/20171124en.html#en53085

    "St. Lucie Unit 2 declared an Unusual Event due to a smoke detector alarm received in the Unit 2 Containment Building that was unable to be confirmed within 15 minutes. A Containment entry is currently being planned to determine the validity of the alarm.

    "State and local officials have been notified by the licensee."

    The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

    Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Operations Center, DHS NICC, FEMA NWC (email), DHS Nuclear SSA (email), and FEMA NRCC SASC (email).

    * * * UPDATE ON 11/22/17 AT 1143 EST FROM JULIUS FLETCHER TO JEFF HERRERA * * *

    "Personnel entered Containment to determine conditions and found no evidence of smoke, fire or damage to equipment. Event terminated at 1127 EST 11/22/17."

    The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified.

    Notified R2DO (Suggs), R2 DRA (Dudes), NRR (Brock), IRD (Gott), and NRR EO (Miller), DHS SWO, FEMA Operations Center, DHS NICC, FEMA NWC (email), DHS Nuclear SSA (email), and FEMA NRCC SASC (email).

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

    Earthquake Risk Keeps Heat on Vulnerable Nuclear Reactors

    “A proposal by a California administrative law judge has given safe energy advocates new hope that two Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors will be shut before an earthquake on the San Andreas fault turns them to rubble, potentially threatening millions of people….”
    https://www.truthdig.com/articles/earthquake-risk-keeps-heat-vulnerable-nuclear-reactors/

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

    Gigaba edges towards Mahlobo’s approach on nuclear
    23 November 2017

    “Power stance: Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba says SA will pursue a nuclear build programme at a pace and scale that the government can afford. In October he had painted a bleak picture of the exorbitant cost of the nuclear build scheme.

    “Malusi Gigaba appeared to backtrack on his nuclear stance on Wednesday, saying in Parliament that SA would pursue the nuclear build programme at a pace and scale the government could afford.
    “In his maiden medium-term budget policy statement in October, Gigaba suggested SA had neither planned for spending on nuclear nor could the country afford it. It is estimated the nuclear build programme could cost R1-trillion.

    “In the medium-term budget policy statement Gigaba painted a bleak picture of the state of SA’s economy, with the projected revenue shortfall for 2017-18 a staggering R50bn, due to slow growth and poor tax collection. The consolidated budget deficit would jump to 4.3% of GDP in the next fiscal year, against a target of 3.1%….”
    https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/national/2017-11-23-malusi-gigaba-in-u-turn-on-nuclear/

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

    Surfers join Huntington Beach protest against San Onofre nuclear waste plan
    http://www.ocregister.com/2017/11/25/surfers-join-huntington-beach-protest-against-san-onofre-nuclear-waste-plan/

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    the Navarro urinalysis test for precancerous or cancer condition
    http://www.rethinkingcancer.org/resources/articles/navarro-hgc-as-cancer-diagnostic.php

    Natural health products that inhibit angiogenesis
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1891166/

    Dr Kelleys enzymatic metabolic protocol
    http://www.cancertutor.com/Cancer/Metabolic.html
    http://www.fudahospital.com/zh_asp_new/zt/english/tcm/ENZYME_therapy_1.html

    Japanese study showed that even low concentrations of DMSO had radio-protective effects through the facilitation of DNA double-strand break repair, providing protection against radiation damage at all cellular levels in the whole body.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21116101

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Today marked the fourth time Japan Atomic Power Co. filed an application with the Nuclear Regulation Authority for an extension, but the first time one was made on behalf of the plant’s boiling water reactor. As the Japan Times reported, that reactor is the same type as the one used at the Fukushima No. 1 complex, the site of a nuclear disaster in 2011."
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/japan-nuclear-reactor-behind-fukushima-180522901.html

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

    Dozens were killed in earthquakes triggered by Kim Jong-un's powerful nuclear missile test

    • North Korean test caused 6.3 magnitude earthquake injuring up to 150 children
    • Explosion triggered aftershocks in North Hamgyong Province within minutes
    • State defectors South and North Development revealed the fatalities today
    • Devastation hit farms, destroyed home and gave soldiers radiation sickness
    • Regime accused of not warning locals of the imminent nuclear missile tests
    • Pupils injured in the earthquake were in class as usual when it hit their school

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5119187/Dozens-killed-quakes-North-Korean-nuclear-test.html#ixzz4zdaZu9H9

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

    “A group of businesses and doctors from Fukushima prefecture are suing GE in US court over the negligence of their reactor design. The suit claims that GE’s reactor design used at Fukushima Daiichi was reckless and negligent and that GE knew the design could not withstand earthquakes and tsunamis. Deficiencies of the design have been known since the 1970’s.

    “JAPCO, the quasi governmental company that runs the Tokai nuclear site in Japan and ran the Monju fast breeder reactor has admitted to spending most of their decommissioning fund. This fund, required of all nuclear reactor operators in Japan was intended to assure there was money available to eventually decommission their old nuclear plants. JAPCO admitted to spending most of this fund to build reactors 3 and 4 at the Tsuruga nuclear plant. This has left the company so cash strapped they can’t afford the required upgrades to potentially restart any of their remaining reactors. This is the same company holding the unique distinction of being the only power company in Japan to so grossly neglect safety at a nuclear plant that they will never be allowed to restart that plant.

    “In another incident Japan’s nuclear regulator discovered that Japan Nuclear Fuels skipped safety checks at the Rokkasho nuclear fuel reprocessing plant for 14 years….[cont.]

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