Japan Gov’t-funded Report: MOX fuel particles found over 100 km from Fukushima — Plutonium-239 levels ‘significantly enhanced’ after Reactor 3 explosion — Nuclear fuel material transported in atmosphere across long distances (MAP)

Published: December 5th, 2014 at 10:09 am ET


American Chemical Society (2014), Excerpts from Airborne Plutonium and Non-Natural Uranium from the Fukushima DNPP Found at 120 km Distance a Few Days after Reactor Hydrogen Explosions (emphasis added):

  • Plutonium release from the damaged FDNPP was confirmed… the release of Pu [plutonium] and U [uranium] from the FDNPP to the atmosphere is still not well-known. We analyzed the isotopic compositions of Pu and U… 120km south−southwest of the FDNPP.
  • Uranium in Aerosol Samples… In the weeks immediately after the reactor hydrogen explosion, a higher n(236U)/n(238U) than before was observed… we conclude that the U on the filter with increased n(236U)/n(238U) are affected by the FDNPP.
  • Plutonium in Aerosol SamplesFive samples show a significantly enhanced count rate of 239Pu of more than 0.07 cps… The content of 239Pu in sample 5… was [8,900,000] atoms… n(240Pu)/n(239Pu) and n(241Pu)/n(239Pu) in five Pu-rich samples… correspond to the ratio observed in the litter sample near the FDNPP.
  • Most probably the Pu and the nonnatural U found in this study were transported… with the plume of the hydrogen explosion in the Unit 3 reactor, which was equipped with a mixed core of uranium fuel, and mixed uranium and plutonium oxides (MOX). Gamma-ray dose rate… began to increase on March 15… This observation together with the wind direction allow us to assume that the unusual Pu and U were transported with this plume from the FDNPP over 120 km distance on March 15… Pu and U detected in this study were presumably small particles from the fuel removed by some process and transported over long distance by wind. To our knowledge, this is the first verification using the analytical data of Pu and non-natural U that the fuel materials from the FDNPP were transported in the atmosphere over a distance of 120 km.
  • This research was funded by Helmholtz Zentrum München, Universität Wien, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie and Japan Atomic Energy Agency.

Previous report based solely on study’s abstract here: [intlink id=”scientists-release-of-plutonium-from-fukushima-is-of-radiological-concern-reactor-must-have-been-source-not-spent-fuel-pool-study-plutonium-found-120-km-from-plant-plutonium-and-non-n” type=”post”]Plutonium found 120 km from plant; Pu and non-natural uranium certainly increased in environment[/intlink]

Published: December 5th, 2014 at 10:09 am ET


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150 comments to Japan Gov’t-funded Report: MOX fuel particles found over 100 km from Fukushima — Plutonium-239 levels ‘significantly enhanced’ after Reactor 3 explosion — Nuclear fuel material transported in atmosphere across long distances (MAP)

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    Pilgrim Nuclear's flawed FLEX plan

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    To address the lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in 2011, a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Task Force recommended that nuclear facilities augment their emergency response plans in order to keep reactor cores and spent fuel pools from melting down due to extended loss of electrical power, called a “station blackout.”

    Soon afterward, the nuclear industry rolled out its own response plan, dubbed Diverse and Flexible Coping Strategies, or FLEX…

    In February 2013, Entergy Corp., the Louisiana-based company that owns Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, submitted its FLEX plan to the NRC. The NRC approved Entergy’s plan in December 2013.

    Without presenting the comprehensive FLEX plan to local and state regulators, Entergy made piecemeal applications for permitting and licensure.

    Sound familiar? This is the same strategy Entergy took when it started building the dry cask storage nuclear waste dump two years ago at Pilgrim. Entergy failed to apply for local zoning approval until concerned citizens asked questions. So here we go again with Entergy’s FLEX plan.

    On November 18, 2014, at the request of concerned citizens, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) held a hearing at Plymouth Town Hall, where citizens exposed obvious weaknesses in Entergy’s FLEX plan…

    • rogerthat

      One of the most glaring deficiencies is the anticipated year-round and all-weather functionality of a manual outhaul pulley system with moorings to be deployed on public lands in Cape Cod Bay.

      This type of outhaul system is traditionally used during the summer boating season to moor light watercraft in water deep enough to prevent grounding during low tide.

      Entergy proposes to use this outhaul system to access and then pump seawater to the reactor to prevent a nuclear meltdown during a station blackout.

      Past station blackouts at Pilgrim occurred during extreme weather events (i.e., high wind events including Nor’easters, hurricanes, snow and ice storms, etc.).

      Entergy’s proposal for such a manual outhaul system whose performance ability will also be limited, diminished or even rendered useless during severe weather events is simply a ridiculous emergency plan proposition.

      Additionally, Entergy’s license application for the moorings and outhaul system becomes a license to pollute Cape Cod Bay during a Pilgrim nuclear emergency.

      This is because Entergy has no plan to capture the seawater dumped on the reactor to prevent a meltdown from flowing back into Cape Cod Bay, now contaminated with radionuclides and other pollutants.

      Did the U.S nuclear industry and the NRC really learn any lessons from Fukushima? The smart money, the bankers and insurers, still find commercial nuclear reactors too risky to finance and insure …

  • rogerthat


    …“Every gallon of waste produced costs $84 to be stored, evaporated, qualified, and for sludge, run through the melter to produce glass,” said Wyatt Clark, the SRNS senior vice president of environmental management operations.

    • And where does the power to do all of this come from?

      What does the POWER cost to run this whole waste operation each year?

      How much power does it use in MW yearly?

      Is that cost and power included in the cost of nuclear power?

      No? Why not?

      • AirSepTech AirSepTech

        From a power plant. Nuke, fossil, hydro, wind, more and more solar.
        Cost? Less than you and I pay.
        Amount–A lot, possibly as much as Nuke power produces, maybe more.
        Included, ya sure, in the cost of everything.

        How much does it cost to work up a Mine? Process Plant? Transportation? Fuel manufacturing. Transportation again. Install into a reactor. Removal. Transportation again. Reprocess or storage.
        All the f-ing payroll, benefits, retirements, insurance, business meetings, investments, mishap mitigation, lawyer fees, government programs, oversight, control, ad campaigns, the alphabet groups, DOE, MSHA, DOL, EPA, NRC, DOD, DOZENS, all the State involvement,,,,,all the OVERHEAD COSTS.

        Don't forget Wall St., banksters, your 401k and 1000's of other foolish pigs bellied up to the trough. And the Weapons side of it

        Should be clear as a bell—it is a money maker, better than gold.

        Problem is, it is mostly TAX money to support it, and we are worse than broke.

        Over $18,000,000,000,000 past broke.

  • rogerthat


    Bill Whalen
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    Watchdogs Urge Reduced Contractor Fees at the Los Alamos Lab

    Washington, DC and Santa Fe, NM – Today, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) and Nuclear Watch New Mexico sent the Secretary of the Department of Energy a letter urging that the contractor award fee for the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) be slashed.

    The total possible fee that can be earned for FY 2014, which ended September 30, is $17.1 million in fixed fee and up to $40 million in incentive fee.

    The watchdog organizations argue that the incentive fee award should be cut at least in half because of grossly substandard contractor performance.

    The Los Alamos Lab is run by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), whose two main partners are the University of California (UC) and the privately held Bechtel Corporation.

    UC ran the Lab as a nonprofit until June 2006, and received approximately $8 million in annual compensation.

    In contrast, the for-profit LANS was awarded $51.9 million in FY 2013, or more than six times the old nonprofit fee, for no apparent improvement in contract management.

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    • rogerthat

      methods to prepare plutonium-contaminated radioactive wastes for disposal at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

      A waste drum subsequently ruptured, contaminating 21 workers and closing WIPP, with estimated reopening costs of a half-billion dollars (which watchdogs say will no doubt increase). …

      Less well known, the Lab is the nation’s only so-called “Plutonium Center of Excellence,” but has been unable to conduct major operations at its plutonium facility since the end of June 2013 because of nuclear criticality safety issues.

      The two watchdog organizations do not support plutonium operations at LANL, much of which is geared towards what they consider the unnecessary production of plutonium pits, the fissile cores of nuclear weapons. However, at the same time, contractors should not be paid for work they don’t do, according to the groups.

      Peter Stockton, POGO’s senior investigator, commented, “It’s time for some tough love! LANS screws up the WIPP facility, costing the government at least $500 million, and had to stop operations at its plutonium facility for over a year because of nuclear safety concerns. In the face of these debacles, DOE should be seeking restitution, not providing a performance bonus.”

      Bechtel has had a particularly troubling contracting history with DOE. Under its…

      • rogerthat

        Under its management estimated costs for the Waste Treatment Plant at the Hanford nuclear reservation soared from $3.5 billion to $13 billion, with numerous whistleblower complaints.

        Similarly, under LANS’ management of the Los Alamos Lab, estimated costs for the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Project mushroomed from around $600 million to $6.5 billion, leading to cancellation of the proposed “Nuclear Facility.”

        Now, in effect, Bechtel has awarded itself the construction contract to build the Uranium Processing Facility at the Y-12 production plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

        Under a previous contractor estimated costs for the UPF exploded from around $600 million to as high as $19 billion. To help fix that, the UPF’s mission has been recently narrowed to nuclear weapons components production only (eliminating dismantlements) in order to hold to a budget cap of $6.5 billion.

        That means the American taxpayer is paying more for less, and arguably for the wrong priorities. Lockheed Martin and Bechtel run the new Y-12 management contract.

        Jay Coghlan, Nuclear Watch director, commented, “The Department of Energy’s cozy relationships with its contractors must end, given their repeated failures and massive cost overruns.

        ''Substandard performance by the Los Alamos Lab contractor is costing the taxpayer dearly, and therefore DOE should slash its incentive performance fee award at least in half. From there, DOE should consider booting Los Alamos…

  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    Fukushima Plutonium, and ALL transuranics are now spread completely across the northern hemisphere. Dispersed into the worlds oceans and seas. Blanketing all land.

  • rogerthat


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    Jewell was meeting with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and other state leaders who object to listing the sage grouse, arguing it would lock up hundreds of thousands of acres and harm the mining, ranching and cattle industries while changing the way of life in the Silver State.

    The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife and other agencies have been working with environmentalists and local authorities in 11 Western states to find a way to protect sage grouse habitat and preserve the species without a formal listing, Jewell said, speaking at a news conference.

    She said there’s a September 2015 deadline for Fish and Wildlife to make a decision on whether to list the bird as an endangered species and set aside protected habitat for it.

    “We want to create an environment where a listing is not warranted,” Jewell said. “So we’re all working with that common objective. … It truly is epic collaboration. It’s not just the sage grouse that’s at stake. It’s the Western way of life that’s at stake.” …

  • rogerthat


    State monitor warns on Ga. nuclear plant costs
    Associated Press December 7

    – a billion here, a billion there … these guys talk in big numbers.

  • rogerthat


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    The unidentified algae was Iron-oxidizing bacterium, Tepco announced in the report published on 11/27/2014.

    Iron-oxidizing bacteria are bacteria that derive the energy they need to live and multiply by oxidizing dissolved ferrous iron. [Wikipedia]

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    Chromium speciation and mobility in a high level nuclear waste vadose zone plume

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    Lies of Our Times – High Level Omissions

    by Anna Mayo
    Posted on February 4, 2014

    This is an article from the 1994 issue of Lies of Our Times – the nuclear lies have continued and are accelerating …. this article exposes the same old lies told in 1994. The lies are being retold and beefed up in 2014 “radiation is good for you” “real environmentalists love nuclear” and so on again and again. Meanwhile the only wholly government sponsored industry pollutes us all…

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    … ''Secretary Moniz also reaffirmed to Governor Sandoval that the position of the Department under this Administration has been unwavering — Yucca Mountain is not a workable solution,” the joint statement said. “That has not, and will not change. The Department firmly believes in a consent-based process as a prerequisite for long-term success.” …

    • rogerthat


      Las Vegas Review-Journal
      Heller hits nerve on energy nomination
      Dec 7

      … The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Joseph Hezir to be the department’s chief financial officer. The vote was 89-3, with Heller one of the three.

      Heller, R-Nev., pointed out that Hezir was a consultant and former lobbyist whose firm, the EOP Group, did lobbying throughout the 2000s for the Nuclear Energy Institute. Hezir’s lobbyist filings show he worked on Yucca Mountain and other nuclear waste issues.

      Hezir halted lobbying in 2011, records show. The Washington Times reported he signed an ethics agreement saying he would resign as EOP Group vice president and director upon confirmation.

      Heller said the connection between the nominee and the controversial Nevada nuclear waste site was too close for his comfort. … the chief financial officer’s job description includes “strategic planning,” with budget administration, program analysis and evaluation, finance and accounting, internal controls and corporate financial systems.

      “Today I am standing up for Nevada,” Heller said after the vote. “Our delegation has fought for years to defund studies and processes leading to the approval of Yucca Mountain. Now we have someone who specifically lobbied the administration and Congress in favor of Yucca Mountain, as recently as two years ago, to oversee finances and implement departmentwide programs.” …

  • rogerthat


    Depleted Uranium: The New Agent Orange

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    … DU ammunitions appear to be correlated with increased health risks. The various discordant claims and the politicization of the issue however impede the formulation of a conclusive and definitive statement.

    As Doug Rokke, a former Pentagon DU expert, eloquently puts it: “[DU] is the Agent Orange of the 1990s.”[28] More research is certainly needed to understand clearly DU’s impacts on health.

    Yet, the US army is still using DU despite the controversy that surrounds it and the fact that its efficiency has remained unaccounted for. Why? Too much is at stake.

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