“Gleeful Vultures”? England’s Sellafield plutonium (MOX) facility to close because of Fukushima — 50% of fuel was for TEPCO

Published: August 3rd, 2011 at 12:12 pm ET
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Sellafield Mox nuclear fuel plant to close, Guardian, August 3, 2011:

The Mox nuclear fuel plant at Sellafield will be closed on Wednesday afternoon [...] as a consequence of the Fukushima incident [...]

Tony Fountain, chief executive of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority:

  • “The reason for this [closure] is directly related to the tragic events in Japan [...]“
  • He admitted that the plant had suffered “many years of disappointing performance” that has been funded by the taxpayer. He said the key to attempts to save the plant in recent years had been the commitment of Japanese utilities to reusing nuclear fuel, and their support for the UK as a “centre of excellence”. But with the crisis in the Japanese nuclear industry, that route is no longer viable.
  • “Tepco [was] destined to take 50% of the plant output and they as owner of the Fukushima plants are clearly facing the most extreme challenges.”

Local MP, Jamie Reed of Labour:

  • “It is now absolutely essential that the new Mox plant is brought forward as quickly as possible. The market for Mox fuel exists and is growing, our plutonium disposition strategy relies upon such a facility and the industry requires it.”
  • He warned that “gleeful vultures” would seize upon the decision to close the plant and argue against the “critical national need for new Mox plant”.
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67 comments to “Gleeful Vultures”? England’s Sellafield plutonium (MOX) facility to close because of Fukushima — 50% of fuel was for TEPCO

  • James2

    Well, if there is anything good to come to mankind from Fukushima, this is one of them.

    My opinion is that MOX fuel is satan incarnate. Whoever came up with the idea of grinding plutonium into a nanometer fine powder ought to be showered with a vat of it.

    They obviously thought it could always be contained. Fukushima proved in less than 9 months that it can’t, and no doubt the Japanese people will suffer the MOX decision for decades.

    I wouldn’t want to live near or downwind of anywhere that stuff is made, transported or used. Heck I wouldn’t want to live on the same planet as that stuff.

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    • arclight arclight

      @james where is all the decommissioning materials going to end up? thats the biggest problem? remember onkalu, the finnish waste repository? there is doubts that it is fit for purpose! and thats the best the world has to offer? most likely the lowish level stuff will make its way to landfill and the heavier stuff will be put in a bought out state like mongolia! utter stupidity if you understand the geo-political problems of the region! and ignoring china and russia as its on thier doorstep? whats that about? if you have shares in nuclear ,,, sell sell sell!! i said it once and i will say it again..SELL!


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    • Steven Steven

      James2 I think I found one LOL


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    • Misitu

      Mercenary Hacking.


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  • maaa

    Someone start suing the makers of Mox fuel.


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    • americancommntr

      Brings up a question I wish someone who knows could answer. Could a person owning land not bring suit against Tepco, GE, and so on down the line, every company involved, for causing radioactive pollution to their soil and/or groundwater? Or livestock?

      Why not? What if ten million landowners sued at once?


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  • farawayfan farawayfan

    Jamie Reed. Total nuclear shill of the highest order.


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  • shaktasna999

    James2-you’re going to have the exact same fate as those in Japan. We all are. This is global. The only difference is time. The end result is the same.


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  • odylan

    Sellafield is not just anyplace. It’s about 10 miles from here: http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/
    which one of the most beautiful regions on the planet. To have a MOX factory there is the peak of insanity. Those responsible should be hung drawn and quartered.


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    • Misitu

      Agreed, agred, agreed, agreed.

      Went there last year first time ever, gorgeous. LD that is not SF. Mindless Mil-Ind Complex caused choice of site.


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    • ya there’s really no good place to put any of it and there is no sufficiently good reason for any nuclear power and ALL who push it should be thrown directly into one of the Fuku reactors.


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  • James Tekton James Tekton

    Totally unrelated, but the desire to share this over-ruled the pact for subject matter.

    Share it all over and make this go viral people. It is after all a truth that points more convictions to these liars and deceivers that continue to hoax the good people of the world.

    It is way long to long past time for housecleaning the corruption out of the halls of leadership!

    http://www.theonion.com/articles/drunken-ben-bernanke-tells-everyone-at-neighborhoo,21059/


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    • odylan

      Ah well, you can’t win ‘em all.


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    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      Straight from the man himself..we are posting this everywhere.


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    • arclight arclight

      can we verify this lol
      “SEWARD, NE—Claiming he wasn’t afraid to let everyone in attendance know about “the real mess we’re in,” Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke reportedly got drunk Tuesday and told everyone at Elwood’s Corner Tavern about how absolutely fucked the U.S. economy actually is.

      Bernanke, who sources confirmed was “totally sloshed,” arrived at the drinking establishment at approximately 5:30 p.m., ensconced himself upon a bar stool, and consumed several bottles of Miller High Life and a half-dozen shots of whiskey while loudly proclaiming to any patron who would listen that the economic outlook was “pretty goddamned awful if you want the God’s honest truth.”

      “Look, they don’t want anyone except for the Washington, D.C. bigwigs to know how bad shit really is,” said Bernanke, slurring his words as he spoke. “Mounting debt exacerbated—and not relieved—by unchecked consumption, spiraling interest rates, and the grim realities of an inevitable worldwide energy crisis are projected to leave our entire economy in the shitter for, like, a generation, man, I’m telling you.”

      Enlarge Image

      A drunken Bernanke attempts to find the Aerosmith song “Back In The Saddle” on the bar jukebox.
      “And hell, as long as we’re being honest, I might as well tell you that a truer estimate of the U.S. unemployment rate is actually up around 16 percent, with a 0.7 percent annual rate of economic growth if we’re lucky—if we’re lucky,” continued Bernanke, nearly knocking a full beer over while gesturing with his hands. “Of course, if everybody knew that, it would likely cripple financial markets across the entire fucking globe, even in various emerging economies with self- sustaining growth.”
      lollollol …im going to bed now.. thanks for making me happy mr tekton.. i feel pulonium proof now! lololol :) :) good find !!! LOLOL!


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    • Novamind

      Thanks, forwarded to all!


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    • M Curie M Curie

      Link sent to FOX News – Bulls & Bears


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    • Concerned

      This is a fun article, to be sure, but not real. The Onion is a comedy newspaper that writes fictional stories.


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  • Clocka

    Jamie Reed will soon receive Japan’s highest honors for the service he has done for it.

    Curtis Lemay, who ordered the firebombing of Tokyo among other things, was honored by Japan for the ‘services he had performed for Japanese Air Force’ by prime minister Sato Kosaku, who was said to be a puppet of North Koreans.

    So, Jamie, keep it up. Maybe you will be honored by Kan, who is rumoured to be a Korean as well.


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  • radegan

    The only hope for Fukushima’s people is the Yamashita Effect. As silly as it sounds, what else has a better chance? So what we need are jokes to keep the folks in Fukushima smiling. Like:

    How many Fukushimans does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    None, they don’t need them silly, they all glow in the dark.

    How do you make Fukushima beef safe for the Japanese diet? Give it to Koreans.


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  • James2

    Shak

    That possibility is not news to me – I figured it out on March 13th. I don’t think very many know it.

    However, it is not a certainty. I’ve thought from the beginning this would be disastrous for Japan, but I still don’t know about the rest of the world. We are in virgin territory disaster-wise. I have been trying to determine the probability of global effects for my own benefit since the disaster.

    I thought about whether I should move to South America or something. I’m sure I’ve thought about it as much as anybody, and my determination is this: I live near the East Coast of the United States. If the deadly radiation makes it 8,000 miles across the Pacific and another 2500 miles across the US and strikes me, then eventually it will strike all others with the same likelihood.

    I even went so far as to study weather a bit – the air between the northern and southern hemisphere, and even the air between the 3 bands of weather within each hemisphere mixes more slowly than it does within, but it does eventually all mix. The radiation does not fallout evenly, but that doesn’t seem predictable. The only place I feel differently about is the west coast of the US and Canada. I would study very carefully if I lived in BC, Washington, Oregon or California.

    If I knew 100% that this was an extinction event I certainly wouldn’t be wasting time here. I’d be out doing some other things that I enjoy.

    I do believe the misinformation campaign has caused us to lose precious time, and this lost time sure makes the recovery much harder.

    My Stepfather had a saying “Noone makes i out alive”, which was certainly true for him, and I predict will eventually be true for all of us. The only thing we can do between now and then is make the most of it.


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  • Half of Canadians Will Get Cancer

    World is learning: No nuclear is safe nuclear

    Saturday observance of Hiroshima bombing reflects on atomic weapons and atomic power
    http://www.thespec.com/opinion/columns/article/572852–world-is-learning-no-nuclear-is-safe-nuclear

    In Hamilton this Saturday, Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg, a university environmental health lecturer, will be the keynote speaker. No doubt she will caution there is no safe dose of radiation; that even the smallest dose can cause cancers and other health problems. It is already predicted that nearly half the male population in Canada and slightly less than half the female population will be diagnosed with cancer at some time in their lives. Since only 5 to 10 per cent of cancers are due to inherited genetic mutations, one needs to ask what is causing the other 90 to 95 per cent?


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    • arclight arclight

      nice article pu.. respect to desmond tutu!! im very buyllish on south africam apples now!!

      “Suddenly, old dangers become new again. As South African activist and retired Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu says: “The nuclear power crisis in Japan’s Fukushima power plant has served as a dreadful reminder that events thought unlikely can and do happen. But it must not take another Hiroshima or Nagasaki … before (some leaders) finally wake up and recognize the urgent necessity of nuclear disarmament.”

      Worldwide, many powerful movements are calling for the total abolition of nuclear weapons. But it would seem that nuclear catastrophes, through accident, miscalculation or terrorism, cannot be eliminated without recognizing that nuclear power reactors have a close connection to atomic weapons.”


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    • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno@yahoo.com

      There are more than 50,000 toxic chemicals created by man since about 1940. Most of the most toxic for pesticides, herbicides, and manufacturing plastics, paints and the like, are actually derived, as usual from military funded experiments, and are in fact derivations and concoctions from an original 8 or so NEURO-toxins developed as chemical warfare agents during the 1940′s. Pleasant species, Homo sapiens sapiens (sarc.).


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  • arclight arclight

    this is happy days for the nuke lobby.. think of the decommisioning costs,,,maybe not payable by the tax payer :( . at least its a step in the right direction,,, norway thanks you and requests you get rid of the others in scotland etc…


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  • arclight arclight

    im feeling bullish on gleeful vultures too!


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  • It costs more to demolish a Nuclear Power Plant than it does to build one nowadays.

    See Trojan Nuclear plant Oregon demolition.
    “demolition of the plant will cost at least as much as its construction”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_Nuclear_Power_Plant

    Check out the cool gif of the plant imploding. I would not have wanted to be downwind of that dust cloud.


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    • Novamind

      I watched Trojan being built for years, as it is about a 45 minute drive away. I was very Happy when they decomissioned it, even more happy when they demolished it. They dropped that cooling tower just like Building 7.
      It is now a Large Park and Lake system open to the public. I used to see people fishing there all the time when it was operating. The local word is that it had problems and contaminated the Columbia River to some degree. Glad its gone. Oregon is one of the few states with no operating Nuclear Power Plants.


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    • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno@yahoo.com

      arc:

      Me too. I’m happy to be labeled a bullish vulture by a world species mass extincting nuclear industry psychopath. Bring it on!


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  • theypoisonus

    Just checked NHK site and the 4 top stories on the home page are nuclear related. Don’t believe I have seen that before there since 3/11

    1.Scrap the Fuki plant
    2.testing rice for radiation
    3.cattle farmers want compensation for TEMPCO
    4.Ban the bomb convention in Hiroshima

    Maybe the public are finally getting fed up? I sure hope so !


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  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno@yahoo.com

    Chas:

    You bring me to a theory behind the rush to build new nuclear power plants, an ongoing rush since the 1960′s, at least. Of course, one fun part, as ever for developers, is that it’s big profits for small numbers of overpriviledged profiteering parasites at the taxpayer expense. They call this corporate welfare or welfare to billionaires. Lots of profiteering fun for cronies within the most barbaric and stupid, literally stupid, parts of the human species, those boostering for nuclear power, hallide colliders, cyclotrons, expanding Plutonium (Pu) production and the like.

    Another angle is by rushing to get as many plans in the works, it takes 10-20 years or longer to get one of these stupid nuclear facilities built, the nuclear power profiteers can deflect public monies, always public monies, AWAY from DE-commissioning and abatement of ageing and extant nuclear power facilities. Of course, ALL current ageing facilities should be DE-commissioned and their toxic products abated as quickly as possible. Leading the the next and related strategic ploy behind the perpetual drumbeat for building NEW nuclear power even in the face of obvious failure of this sort of power generation for the community in distributed ecological and toxilogical costs. That is if REAL decommissioning is ever realistically begun on ALL the plants that require such; the costs of such will inform the decisions, against the nuclear power pushers, to build new ones. The costs are all too great. It’s not rocket science. The entire industry is built on an increasingly flimsy, thanks to Fukushima (a little silver lining, unoriginally pointed out by me), premise of value to society that does not exist. It’s like trying to generate energy by hitting yourself in the head with a hammer and by converting that violent energy that will kill you into some meaningless, proportionately, energy generation outcome.


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  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno@yahoo.com

    Aside from the above, the ridiculous scurrilous reuse of MOX (mixed PLUTONIUM and Uranium oxide fuels, couldn’t be less stable as a starting fuel, unless it were pure Plutonium)fuels in AGEING reactors, is another effort to make the plant facilities that are in the most dire, extreme and immediate need of DEcommissioning seem, a confidence game entirely, functional or that, a true fantasy, that ageing badly decayed and accident inevitable OLD nuclear power plants can somehow magically function forever. There is another group in society that has similar delusions of invincibility in the face of real consequences, and that is the methamphetamine smoking or heroine using community. Thank you Amy Winehouse (RIP) for clarifying what happens when humans behave thus.


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  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno@yahoo.com

    What might the more actuarial-minded among our group estimate the world decommissioning costs–or by individual country or even reactor–to be for our extant 1000 civilian nuclear power stations? What would the extra costs of creating DRY CASK storage sufficient to finally, at least for the next several thousand years (fingers crossed, touch wood!) hide or put away all the hundreds of thousands of tons of highly radioactive waste we’ve thus far created? What about the additional cost (after forcing our militaries to their knees, which will occur, mark my words) of decomissioning NON-civilian nuclear power reactors,weapons, production/research sites and their waste, once we uncloak their filthy little secrets of actual numbers of such. The last area for decomissioning can be made more careful and routine and that is the Medical radiological and teletherapy, mostly a scam anyway for the good it does, sector of medicine. They also produce, research, decomission and abate nuclear waste. The costs for decomissioning, and the methods to do so must be realistically explored. We might as well start here. As to medical nuclear waste, there have been of late new developments where protons and not deadly photons (gamma/X-ray) are used with much better targetting accuracy to kill neoplastic tissues. But that’s another topic area entirely.


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    • arclight arclight

      @Pallas89juno@yahoo.com
      yes decommissioning costs which should also include
      the north sea silt
      the irish sea silt
      japanese coastal silt (unknown)
      possibly heavy contamination dispersed by the wind/rain
      vast tracts of ukraine bellarus
      arctic tundra and a few inland seas around russia
      south seas ie bikini
      uranium miniing contamination
      contamination due to bio-accumulation ie lichens wild boar germany norway etc
      and theres more!
      its starting to make the bp oil spill look affordable! and that was estimated to 20 billion (suspect that wont be the full cost either as there will be long term health issues and cleaning up the oil…true costs of decommisioning hmmmmmm! paid for largely by the tax payer! no where to put it?? food for thought!


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  • Mats

    Sellafield? What a mess!

    http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/search/node/sellafield

    Google translation of a german Text:
    “The pigeons of Seascale
    Were measured at the beginning of 1998 pigeons in Seascale near Sellafield radioactive contamination strong, both on the feathers of animals, as well as in the body. A total of 150 animals were examined.

    The lay of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food published measurements at up to 18,000 Bq / kg of cesium-137 in feathers, and up to 50,000 Bq / kg Cs-137 and 520 Bq / kg of strontium-90 in the breast meat. The values ​​for cesium in the flesh so far exceed the EU limit values ​​for food to nuclear disasters. Values ​​that were determined on behalf of Greenpeace, showed in one case, a contamination of the springs of 403 000 Bq / kg Cs-137 and 21 300 Bq / kg of americium-241. The plumage of the dove is also contaminated with up to 26,000 becquerels per kilogram of plutonium (the total contamination is almost certainly higher, since it is not included in this number, the metrological barely detectable isotope Pu-241).

    After the allowed exemption limits of the German Radiation Protection Ordinance would be the possession of four or more of these pigeons in the competent radiation protection authority show. The feathers must be followed even as a “nuclear fuel” classified.”

    http://home.arcor.de/girotto/Castor_Nein_Danke/sellafield.htm#Die%20Tauben%20von%20Seascale


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    • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno@yahoo.com

      Thank you very much for this post. You know that the people of the U.K. could easily stop nuclear power and have far easier to finance and insure, WAVE and TIDAL power, as well as, thanks to heavier rains due to global warming, “MICRO-hydro” (not bad for the environment) along with a panoply of other GREEN power technologies. All the technologies required to replace extant nuclear power and future projected nuclear power generation could be built and installed as infrastructural assets to the nation in under two years, and probably mostly in less than one year. The transition and retrofitting would provide jobs for a large percentage of those on the dole or otherwise out of work and not wanting to be. Recall that it was, I believe, 1985 when the UK and US nuclear consortiums and their lawyers basically KILLED wave power and other sensible and much much less expensive–in so many ways–green power generation technologies. Fight the nuke nuts.


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  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno@yahoo.com

    I want to clarify that I’m not against radiology; but I am ambivelent about the value of wholesale teletherapy to treat oncological or neoplastic changes (cancers) as often a lethal dose of gamma, usually, radiation is delivered. There are some who are more successful than others; but it’s a sloppy treatment method.


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  • arclight arclight

    and an ode from a merseyside poet seems appropriate here
    Wet City Night

    Light drunkenly reels into shadow;
    Blurs, slurs uneasily;
    Slides off the eyebally:
    The segments shatter.

    Tree-branches cut arc-light in ragged
    Fluttering wet strips.
    The cup of sky-sign is filled too full;
    It slushes wine over.

    The street-lamps dance a tarantella
    And zigzag down the street:
    They lift and fly away
    In a wind of lights.
    By A. S. J. Tessimond
    http://poet-in-residence.blogspot.com/2008/03/merseyside-poets-s-j-tessimond.html


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    • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno@yahoo.com

      Interesting, ARC:

      I’m not very poetic necessarily myself; and often too serious minded. However, this poem reminded me of the way Plutonium gone critical (blue flash) works on the integrity of metal and other apparently solid substances to twist and disintegrate them…making all current, ALL, civilian nuclear power plants utter State and billionaire terrorist follies. I like the artistic interludes very much. Sincerely.


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  • odiez1 odiez1

    Fantastic Tweets coming out of Japan!
    I’m using the translate feature to actually read what they’re saying.
    http://atmc.jp/fuku1/

    Yuuichi_IKJP smoke from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in pretty bad tonight. What that’s where the convergence towards this. Do not be fooled. TEPCO clothes Cam Aichi Http://T.co/Fbqnocm


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  • selfsovereign

    @arclight
    African apples? I was all ready to order cases of new zealand apples after fukushima.
    I soon found that nearly all out of country shipments (and some inside their borders) are irradiated with cobalt-60 for “steralization”. A half life of 5+ yrs means a dangerous to life cycle of 50 to 100yrs.
    I’m eating my LAST oregon/washington grown apples right now……no more………..EVER
    Sadly, THEY even irradiate cardboard milk cartons.
    They have to report accidents at these facilities, thats the only way I found this info out.
    I want my apples back the way they were…..


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    • arclight arclight

      irradiated food especially the apples! arghhh! they dont do that to lamb, butter etc? think it might be worth a look into!
      thanks for reminding me about this topic selfsovereign!
      peace!


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  • WindorSolarPlease

    Do you ever feel like you are standing on rail road tracks.

    There is no reactions from your screams

    A slow moving train coming closer called “economy train” .

    You then see another slow train coming closer and closer called “radiation train”

    Then a fast moving train that is pulling your benefits and what’s left in your pockets as it quickly moves by

    After all the hits by these trains you are weak and injured, there is no care.

    There is no clean up crew, to pick up the pieces


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  • pg

    As always, something tells me that there is a bunch more to this story than meets the eye…


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  • Jebus Jebus

    TOKYO | Wed Aug 3, 2011 9:48pm EDT

    (Reuters) – Japan sacked three senior bureaucrats in charge of nuclear power policy on Thursday, holding them to account for a series of scandals which have broken out in recent weeks over the government’s cozy relationship with the power industry.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/04/us-japan-nuclear-idUSTRE77212020110804

    Japanese Trade Minister Banri Kaieda, who oversees energy policy, said he plans to replace three senior officials in the ministry following the crisis at the Fukushima power plant, the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 25 years.

    The three officials are Kazuo Matsunaga, the top bureaucrat at the trade ministry, Nobuaki Terasaka, head of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, and Tetsuhiro Hosono, head of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy.

    Kaieda, who played a key role in handling the Fukushima crisis and who has said he intends to step down to take responsibility for missteps, vowed to carry out major changes in the ministry’s personnel but did not say when he will resign.

    “I’m planning to breathe fresh air into the ministry with a large-scale reshuffle,” Kaieda told a news conference.

    “This is what I’ve been thinking for about a month. I’ll have new people rebuild the ministry.”

    Prime Minister Naoto Kan has called for gradually weaning Japan off of its dependence on nuclear power and has expressed growing distrust toward the trade ministry, which has promoted atomic energy.

    The unpopular Kan, who has been fighting to stay in his post despite calls even from his own party for him to step down, was instrumental in the decision to fire the three officials, Asahi Shimbun said.

    The government also plans to form a new, more independent atomic safety regulator by separating it from the trade ministry, making tougher safety standards likely.

    The Asahi reported that after sacking the three officials, Kaieda himself intended to quit as soon as possible.

    Kaieda has previously expressed his intention to quit to take responsibility for the confusion over the restart of nuclear power reactors. Last month, he broke down in tears at a parliamentary hearing after being hounded by an opposition lawmaker about the timing of his resignation.

    (Reporting by Rie Ishiguro, Yoko Kubota; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)


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  • Cindy

    OMG !!!

    Japan is lifting evacuation orders for 20 to 30 Km, from the plant sometime in August , as there has been progress made there … OMG !!!

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/04_04.html


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  • moonkai

    and Ex SKF is down !


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I can’t help reposting this…as I get ready to send it around today.
    He has a conscience..he will suffer now for his involvement.
    http://www.theonion.com/articles/drunken-ben-bernanke-tells-everyone-at-neighborhoo,21059/


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  • jump-ball jump-ball

    Construction of the Savannah River MOX site near Aiken SC is right on schedule, except one of their 60 foot Putzmeister concrete pumping cranes sold to Tepco back in April has to be replaced:

    http://www.nnsa.energy.gov/mediaroom/factsheets/mox


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Day after Sellafield plant is shut, Government told to build another

    The plant has been a complete technological failure, managing to produce only a little fuel

    By Steve Connor, Science Editor
    Friday, 5 August 2011

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/day-after-sellafield-plant-is-shut-government-told-to-build-another-2332158.html

    The Government is being pressured to build a new nuclear-fuel plant at Sellafield in Cumbria, just a day after the decision to close a failing plant that has so far cost British taxpayers £1.34bn.

    Local politicians and trade unions want the Government to agree to a new mixed-oxide (Mox) fuel plant costing up to £6bn, in the wake of the announcement on Wednesday to close the controversial Sellafield Mox Plant just nine years after it was opened.

    The Nuclear Decomissioning Authority, which operates the Sellafield site, said it had decided to close the existing Mox plant because of a lack of orders from Japanese power companies following the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant. That facility was crippled by a tsunami after a huge earthquake struck Japan on 11 March.

    …….


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  • bigisland bigisland

    @arclight re: Bernanke rant. I doubt that such a rant could really be recorded and repeated. YET…the info seems plausable. which is really fracking scary. I gotta wonder just how reliable the info is. Not that I necessarily doubt the info provided, just, did it really emanate from Bernanke’s jowls?


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