Plutonium-burning reactors to restart in Japan? — Gov’t forcing companies to use MOX fuel — Official: “We have no other choice”

Published: June 25th, 2013 at 2:22 pm ET
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Title: Plutonium problem lingers as mixed-oxide fuel comes to Japan
Source: Asahi
Authors: Toshio Kawada, Rintaro Sakurai, Shinya Takagi and Mari Fujisaki
Date: June 25, 2013

Plutonium problem lingers as mixed-oxide fuel comes to Japan

[...] Four utilities plan to apply for restarting 12 reactors as soon as new nuclear safety standards take effect July 8.

Three of the reactors were involved in pluthermal power generation before the nuclear disaster: the No. 3 reactor at the Takahama plant, the No. 3 reactor at Shikoku Electric Power Co.’s Ikata plant in Ehime Prefecture, and the No. 3 reactor at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Genkai plant in Saga Prefecture.

[...] Shikoku Electric and Kyushu Electric plan to resume pluthermal operations if the restarts are approved [...]

But electric power companies do not have the option of withdrawing from the government-led pluthermal program.

“We have no other choice because Japan needs to consume plutonium,” a senior official of the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan said. [...]

See also: Berkeley Nucleonics: Plutonium-239 levels were almost as high as Cesium-137 a dozen kilometers from Fukushima Daiichi (PHOTO & VIDEO)

Published: June 25th, 2013 at 2:22 pm ET
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138 comments to Plutonium-burning reactors to restart in Japan? — Gov’t forcing companies to use MOX fuel — Official: “We have no other choice”

  • jec jec

    What about those outside JAPAN? All we get is contaminated! The UN and world governments should step in and take over the nuclear efforts in Japan. ITS OBVIOUS THEY ARE ROGUE COUNTRY WITH MOX. They should be considered terrorists.


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  • norbu norbu

    No other choice? I will give you a option, SHUT THEM ALL DOWN NOW AND DON'T RESTART ANY. Simple but direct. “We have no other choice because Japan needs to consume plutonium,” a senior official of the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan said." LIAR LIAR NUCLEAR PLANT ON FIRE.
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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    “We have no other choice because Japan needs to consume plutonium.”
    Balderdash! Japan is toast. You are all dead before your time, anyway. Good luck with all of this. Restart nuclear plants if you want to. What (more) harm can be caused? 'Your children will be born with rubber tongues', as an old friend of mine liked to say. But know, if you Japanese allow your nuclear plants to restart, the human race will remember 500 years from now, just what a bunch of chumps and gutless sheeple the Japanese were. Before they all went away…


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  • combomelt combomelt

    "CONSUME" plutonium!
    Go ahead and "consume" as much as you want, but do it ONLY within the confines of the reactor after cold shutdown around a cafeteria table with the plutonium in granules a la salt size in shakers ready to sprinkle on your bluefin sashimi laid upon fresh fuku seaweed. Oishi neh? GO AND CONSUME IT BUT LEAVE THE REST OF US OUT OF IT for once. CRIMINALS!!!!!!!!!!


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  • KDM KDM

    If they need to consume it, let these officials have a MOX rod up their kester!


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  • Sol Man

    So you think that your grand children and beyond would want you to utilize this stuff? That is, if they ever make it to walk on this earth. The chances are becoming greater against their being.


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  • nedlifromvermont

    BONZAI!!! KAMAKAZI JAPAN on the loose.

    The sad irony: Nobel's TNT money in his will, left to further peace … well, it furthered the frenzied study of uranium fission with big money rewards, Hahn, Frisch, Fermi usw. and that has led us to this uranium fission sadness …

    oh weh oh weh!!!!

    Was fuer eine Welt???

    peace …


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The obvious choice is to build safe electric plants, now.


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  • We Not They Finally

    That official needs to personally EAT the plutonium that he claims that Japan has to "consume." EAT it. As in plutonium sandwich. Like what was fed to Karen Silkwood.

    Understood, MOX fuel was ILLEGAL in Japan up until a few months before Fukushima. You know why? Because of what happened! See article on agreenroadblogspot about 3,000 BILLION LETHAL DOSES OF PLUTONIUM already spread throughout the world through the atmosphere when reactor no. 4 MOX fuel blew sky high.

    Japan needs to consume plutonium? O.k. The official who said that goes FIRST. Go eat the plutonium sandwich. We'll watch. And please do it publicly. Let EVERYONE watch. Go ahead. EAT it. Yum-yum. No one will miss you and maybe the world will be a little tad safer with you gone.


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  • wagamama

    Commenters, please stop blaming the Japanese people. This is something government led that is beyond their control. There are so many Japanese against this, but what can the average citizen do, besides attend a protest that the gov't ignores?
    Honestly, should I start blaming you Americans for the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima? Or the use of depleted uranium in Fallujah? Or a hundred other crimes? America is a rogue country. What a bunch of gutless sheeple you all are!
    How does that feel?


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      must admit wagamama, you're right. The people of Japan are mostly opposed to this endless insanity. Thanks for reminding that it's the creeps who pretend to represent the people, who do the most damage to this world…


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    • eatliesndie eatliesndie

      …fair call. My apologies…


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    • Sorry Wagamama. Its your country. You vote and have free speech. You do not have North Koreas political system. If you were North Korea I would have more sympathy. If all your willing to do is roll over after a couple of protests well your not trying hard enough. America got its freedom from the English tyrants through blood sweat and tears. If they had your attitude they would still be paying the tea tax to the Brits. This is not a tea party. If you want to change things your going to have to step on a few toes.
      The Americans have let things slide as have Canadians(my country). If the majority of Japanese dont want nuclear they shouldnt have voted in a nuclear sympathiser. It is the Japanese peoples fault for letting things remain so out of control as it is the Americans fault for depleted uranium and everything else their army has done as it is all Canadians fault for whatever Canada has done wrong. I dont know about Japan or USA but in Canada slavery was abolished woman got the vote gay people have rights and get married no smoking in work place bars or restaurants and nasty pictoral warnings on cigarette packs no tobacco advertising and univerdal healthcare all came at a price. Hard work and persistance. The smoking thing especially I saw in my lifetime. Never thought I would see no smoking in bars. They said it would be the ruin of the economy to not have tobacco advertising. But through hard work things change. You decide if you want to give up.


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Mark, with all due respect, all of of human human beings are in this together.

        We're struggling in our collective, puny ways to fight a the machinery of gigantic corporations, banks, defense industries, skewed foreign policy, greed, deeply entrenched power structures.

        As world citizens we owe it to ourselves, to one another, and to future generations to try to put a stop to this madness.

        Justice is needed. may justice be served.

        Things truly aren't much better (if at all) in the U.S., Canada, England (U.K. and Commonwealth nations), and everywhere, where nuclear power is used.

        It's a filthy, life degrading, disgusting technology. But with drone planes killing citizens outside their own countries, and the level to which the police state wishes to rise (and the corporations backing it/them), what are we to do, really?

        Shall we be shot? Martyred? Killed by tear gas canisters accidentally hitting us in peaceful protests? Tasered to death? Drone killed? Or will we just not have our day of protest at all soon due to our being consigned to "free speech zones?"

        Perhaps all of the above are needed, but how many of us are actually willing to be martyred for our cause? We should all ask ourselves this telling question IMO. I'm not overly eager to be martyred, myself.


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        • HoTaters HoTaters

          In saying perhaps all of the above are needed, I meant perhaps some or many of us must die and be thrown under the wheels of the bus in order to slow its momentum (the nuclear machine).


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          • Ho Taters, there has to be a middle ground between dying a martyr and doing nothing. Wagamama said what can the average citizen do besides attend a protest that the government ignores. It sounds so hopeless. 59% of Japanese voted. http://www.idea.int/vt/countryview.cfm?CountryCode=JP
            Similar statistics can be found for Canada and USA. Nearly half the voters don't even bother.

            My point is we all live in some type of democracy and can effect change. You don't need to die for your cause, there are lots of creative things you can do. Therefore the people of any democratic western state have some responsibility be it Canadian involvement in Afghanistan, US army depleted uranium ordinance or Fukushima nuclear disaster. The drones aren't attacking citizens, we have free speech, free association and the internet. Sure the politicians get payola, the economic stake holders set the agenda but the citizens can effect change. Many citizens choose to not participate but they are still responsible.
            I'm no better then anyone else. We all like to live our comfortable lives and ignore problems we feel we can't solve. But democracy does require eternal vigilance and we all have been asleep at the wheel and we all deserve some criticism for this fact.


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            • HoTaters HoTaters

              Mark, out of fairness, I re-read your post above. It seems we are in agreement on what may need to be done. My apologies if I sounded abrasive.

              I'm all for peaceful change, and applying the right kinds of pressure to change foreign and domestic policy. And whatever else is needed.

              I do have to disagree, however, about the drone strikes. Drones have been to kill U.S. citizens abroad. Recently read Obama or others affiliated with him are seeking justification to use the drones on U.S. soil. They're already being used for lots of remote sensing and surveillance activities, domestically.

              My concern is more about things like humming bird drones, which can eavesdrop on people secretly from just outside their homes, etc. And cameras installed in newer computers which can secretly record a person's activities while using a computer, etc. All well documented. Privacy issues.

              http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/30/obama-administration-yes-we-use-drones/

              Many say why worry, if you're doing nothing wrong. Personally, have exposure to family from oppressive regimes in many countries. A case can be built against an innocent person who can be "disappeared" as it is called.

              I perceive a demise or coming demise of global free speech and the right to protest

              You're 100% correct re: eternal vigilance. It wasn't my intention to sound combative. 'Just think change is more diff to effect in Japan than some other nations.


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              • HoTaters HoTaters

                Another link re: drone use. Japan has had an active space program for decades. Shares technology w. U.S. (don't know the details but they're an "ally.") Just trying to make the point the U.S. likely isn't the only nation using drones, and in which suppression of free speech is occurring, and becoming progressively worse.

                http://www.policymic.com/articles/24983/obama-drone-memo-sets-dangerous-precedent-for-domestic-drone-use

                "America is no different. While drone technology was in its infancy during the Bush administration, it has grown under President Obama to be a staple of his foreign policy. The Pentagon now operates over 7,500 unmanned drones and have been used to bomb Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, and North Africa with horrendous collateral damage and dubious claims of legality.

                The memo claims that the president can suspend the Fifth Amendment without submitting evidence to court, without congressional oversight, and without making it's legal reasoning available to the public. In typical government-speak, the Justice Department expands on already vague and broad domestic and international laws in claiming powers that as the ACLU's Jameel Jaffer puts it, "redefines the word imminence in a way that deprives the word of its ordinary meaning.”

                Consider the implications of whether or not the TPP is put in place, and you can likely see where I'm going with all of this ….


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                • HoTaters HoTaters

                  Another quote from article above, and then I think I've reached the limit allowable under Admin's policy:

                  "Since the Obama administration has already targeted and killed two American citizens with drone strikes with only an embarrassingly minimal outrage among the American public, it is interesting that the Justice Department appears to be working hard on finding legal justification for these attacks. Perhaps the Obama administration is trying to cover its tracks. More likely, however, is that in a similar way to how Obama was scrambling to write a legal code to govern his illegal drone wars in case Republican Mitt Romney was elected in 2012, this is an attempt to codify and institutionalize the targeted assassination of American citizens.

                  Does this mean that drone missiles will be screeching through Omaha tomorrow? No, but what it does signify is another example of empires looking inward. All one has to do is take a peek back at American history to see the trend of domestic authoritarianism that results directly from war."

                  http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013

                  /06/20/snow-j20.html

                  Note: I am NOT a Socialist.

                  FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged in Congressional testimony on Wednesday that his agency has used aerial drones for surveillance purposes within the United States. The revelation came in the midst of more efforts to justify the Obama administration’s unconstitutional domestic surveillance programs under the banner of the “war on terror.”


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                  • HoTaters HoTaters

                    Continued:

                    "Though the government has previously admitted to using drones along the US-Mexico border and in isolated instances, Mueller’s admission was the first time the FBI publicly acknowledged that it uses remotely piloted aircraft. The disclosure may well have been made in order to pre-empt whistleblower Edward Snowden, who has threatened to make public further details about the government’s widespread surveillance programs.

                    During Mueller’s testimony, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley asked, 'Does the FBI own or currently use drones and if so for what purpose?' "

                    “Yes, and for surveillance,” Mueller replied.

                    “There is no probable cause,” Drake told the USA Today in an interview published last weekend, referring to justifications given by the government to access the content of communications. “There is no indication of any kind of counterterrorism investigation or operation. It’s simply: ‘give us the data.’”


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                    • HoTaters HoTaters

                      What is troublesome (to me) about this is the U.S. is unilaterally using its powers to do surveillance inside and outside the U.S. under the guise of "counterterrorism."

                      This activity could include any number of areas where the U.S. might deem it has a "national security interest" to protect. Including Japan. And in other nations.

                      Remember, it's being done secretly. But if one reviews white papers, policy statements, etc., the intent is all there in plain sight.


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                    • HoTaters HoTaters

                      I have been under surveillance for at least six years for speaking out on things I'm against, activities about which the U.S. government will not divulge information — such as the chemtrails program, being operated under the guise of "global warming research."

                      A nasty little defense contractor/Langley document was dropped on my desktop after my computer was forcibly shut down last year. That was in response to some comment I made here at Enenews. I think it was likely in connection with critiquing the NRC/DOE about wanting to keep the public from being aware of Fukushima radiation reaching the U.S., severity of the accident. Or in connection with some other comment made criticizing how the nuclear waste/industry/weaponry has been handled.


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              • HoTaters, look I'm not saying drones don't exist. Yes I could see them using one on Edward Snowden. But what I'm trying to say is don't be scared. Don't think there is a drone floating over your head waiting for you to organize a rally against nuclear power. Bubba will no doubt use the drones for target practice! God Bless America!

                Edward Snowden by the way is a hero not a criminal like Obama wants you to think. He has put his life on the line and I salute you, Mr Snowden. Your government is spying on you without the proper documentation. I believe this is against your constitution. Just remember part of the plan is to make you feel helpless. Even this conversation we are having is a step in the right direction. We are engaged and involved. We are awake.


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  • Proton

    from the story…

    “What is important is bringing nuclear reactors back online,” a senior Kansai Electric official said. “We want to avoid drawing criticism in the community now.”

    FUCK YOU you nameless fuck!

    from the story…

    'While Shikoku Electric and Kyushu Electric plan to resume pluthermal operations if the restarts are approved, Makoto Yagi, president of Kansai Electric, remains noncommittal.
    “We will make a decision based on changes in government policy and understanding of the local community,” Yagi said.'

    FUCK YOU Makoto Yagi

    from the story…

    'The import value of mixed-oxide fuel brought into the Takahama plant in June 2010 was 1.3 billion yen per ton, according to trade statistics and other sources. The figure is nearly five times as much as conventional uranium fuel due to costs to reprocess the spent fuel and transport it to and from France.'

    That makes MOX fuel nearly half the price of 24k gold
    FUCK YOU MOX burners/addicts!

    from the story…

    'Direct disposal, or burying spent fuel without reprocessing, was considered under the previous Democratic Party of Japan government. But discussions have gone nowhere after the Liberal Democratic Party took over government in December.

    (This article was compiled from reports by Toshio Kawada, Rintaro Sakurai, Shinya Takagi and Mari Fujisaki.)'

    Direct disposal, burying spent fuel??? FUCK YOU !!!


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  • Tumrgrwer Tumrgrwer

    “We have no other choice because Japan needs to consume plutonium,” a senior official of the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan said.

    The above word, consume, is a typo, it should read as follows; "We have no other choice because Japan needs to SPREAD plutonium." There is no consume when plutonium is involved.

    Your just flat out mean wagamama. The Japanese are doing this, no? Building Prius's with that power they are.


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    • combomelt combomelt

      Indeed. And untold #s of other lethally irradiated products


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    • wagamama

      Why am I mean? My point is, it's OK criticize the Japanese government and TEPCO and others in power. But, do not blame the average Japanese person. There is NOTHING effective the average citizen can do to stop this nuclear insanity.
      My second point is that it is the same in the US. The average American cannot stop the use of depleted uranium in US weapons. Should the rest of the world blame you for this?


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      • We Not They Finally

        wagamama, no, you are not "mean" and most people reading this website will relate to your frustration. The reality is that most Americans are not even EDUCATED about depleted uranium,and the deformed babies in Iraq are "someone else's kids." But at least in Fallujah, women are apparently warned outright to not produce kids. Our IMPRESSION here in the U.S. is of widespread passive submission to a national death sentence in Japan. Tens of millions of people crowded into relatively little space and their whole GENOME is being obliterated.

        And maybe there ARE more Japanese activists than we know of, and that would be a GOOD thing. It's just especially horrifying to watch Japan commit national murder/suicide on its own people and we don't hear a peep of protest. What will happen when there is NO VIABLE POPULATION in Japan? Then will it even MATTER that "the average Japanese citizen could do nothing"?

        We need to get over calling ANYONE "average" — all of us. These are real live humans and they are being slaughtered.


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      • Trawling4Trolls

        "The average American cannot stop the use of depleted uranium in US weapons. Should the rest of the world blame you for this?"

        So it should be obvious that there is "extinction" events ongoing and your job is to make sure it's not personal-level extinction.

        Are the Japanese ensuring it's not personal-level or are they supporting Northern Japan producers?


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      • voltscommissar

        Hi Wagamara,

        You said "There is NOTHING effective the average citizen can do to stop this nuclear insanity."

        …but I disagree. All anti-nuclear protesters in Japan who own a roof over their head, or a south-facing balcony, could immediately compete against the electric power monopolists with off-grid electric power. First appliance I would run on my solar panels would be an ice maker:

        Ice makers can reject heat in summer and the ice can be used for cooling or refrigeration. In winter the machine can be reconfigured to provide hot water, which if stored in sufficient quantity can provide for all washing needs _and_ heating a small living space.

        Both examples are baseload renewable energy services, nuke-free and with no direct CO2 emissions either. Just what the world needs IMO. ;-)

        But of course MARKET FAILURE rules (the big boys get what they want): you have to talk to a friendly aircon/heating engineer to custom design and fit such a system, as there are presently no domestic sized off-the-shelf heat pumps that simultaneously and separately store hot water and chilled water (or ice). Google "solar eutectic fridge" if you just want to start with a solar fridge.

        If enough Japanese (or ANY other citizenry) act in this "civil disobedience" way against TPTB, then the nuke industry collapses due to lack of funds, and the investors take the necessary punitive haircut.


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      • They want us to think we are powerless. You are so wrong Wagamama. Your comments perpetuate the falsehood that we are helpless and promote inaction. The Japanese people let this happen. They share a portion of the blame. My country probably supplied the uranium that is melted through. We are all to blame for letting the few control the many for the benefit of a very few. But please Wagamama, dont ever say there is nothing we can do. Bad for the morale. Please dont give up before even trying.


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        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          Mark, what is effective to change the practically world wide military industrial corporatist banker cartel? A peace rally? Long fought legal battles? How long do we have to fight codex alimentarius, lying presidents, pronukers… ad nauseam? Yes, if EVERYONE was against them, simply deny them food and clothing, but for now we see one thing; plea from the young generation. Nobody in power cares at all for such a plea. Voting is not effective since so many are so easily brainwashed, or perhaps even voting is corrupted. Its nice that you place the blame where it should be, yet the people have always been this way; acquiescent followers of status quo. And on the other hand fingering the blame at the victims can be an unjust guilt imposing judgement. “By mid-2010, the Obama administration had increased the presence of Special Operations forces from sixty countries to seventy-five countries." Just who should we vote for next time?


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          • CodeShutdown, look at Monsanto and Europe. Way less successful then in US or Canada. Look at Germany phasing out all nuclear power. European parliaments rarely run a majority. Its usually a coalition of several parties. Canada has three major parties. One, the NDP, is generally the most left. Even though they've never been in power they are credited with the creation of our universal healthcare which means no one up here loses their house to pay medical bills. But even Obama couldn't get his gun restrictions put in place. If enough people bother, change can happen. Thats all I'm saying. But if enough people don't bother then the people have effectively allowed it (whatever "it" is) to happen and must shoulder at least partial responsibility.


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            • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

              Mark…guilty party…Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and vice-presidential candidate Cheri Honkala were held for eight hours, handcuffed to chairs during the presidential debate at Hofstra University. Like other third-party candidates, Stein was blocked from participating in the debate by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is controlled by the Republican and Democratic parties.

              Nearly all countries including the ones you mention are corrupted and dont address the global rape and pillage doctrine they are addicted to. If the true desires and needs of the public and nature had influence as you suggest the world would be a radically different place already. Sure, keep trying as we must. Im saying blaming the Japanese public for Fukushima is misplaced because either they didnt know better, were culturally restrained, or were lied to, or their protestations fell on deaf ears


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              • CodeShutdown. I had no idea. Posting a link from a mainstream English paper

                http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/18/jill-stein-arrest-green-party-presidential-debate

                Not that I don't believe you CodeShutdown, just I wanted a mainstream link for others who might view this conversation.

                I try to deal in reality. I'm not picking on the Japanese people. We are all guilty. I personally own a low mileage ten year old Honda Civic that no doubt contains some parts manufactured in a facility powered by Japanese nuclear power, possibly from Fukushima. I'm not going to sell it as it gets good gas mileage, is fun to drive and would be hard to replace. So I keep the car knowing that while I am an indirect benefactor of the Fukushima disaster, selling the car won't change anything. We justify our own actions. Your first obligation is to you and yours. Life is hard. I'm saying the Japanese people, as the American people, as the Canadian people and any other people living in a western democracy, have in the past looked inward, concentrating on friends and family, bread and circuses and have neglected participation in politics. Yes we have been tricked and lied to by crooked politicians, scientists etc etc. they burden the greatest blame, but also we have been willing to allow this to happen. So I believe we all are somewhat responsible. Japanese, Canadian and all citizens. My country supplied the Uranium for the melt through….


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  • weeman

    Say it ain't so, just goes to show you that there is no hope for us, what a waste of DNA the human race has turned out to be.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The dream looked promising in the 40's and 50's, but the concept of safely controlling nuclear fission was too ambitious. The problem is worldwide and effects all of us.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Hamaoka nuclear plant:

    Japan nuclear safety upgrades dazzle, mask industry woes
    June 23 2013

    "A glaring example is the Hamaoka nuclear plant, once dubbed the world's most dangerous for its location near a major earthquake fault zone."

    All of them..need to remain shut down..all of them.


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  • Redpill

    Well, you would think that burning up supplies of plutonium and producing vast amounts of electricity in the process would be a good thing – but some people are never satisfied, I guess.

    Also, as an aside I read that 4 utilities will apply to restart up to 12 nuclear plants after July 8, when new guidelines written up by the NRA come into effect.

    While this is good news, but only as far as it goes. The NRA guidelines are absurdly strict, overcautious and unrealistic. There is no guarantee that all those power plants will come back on-line.

    But for the sake of the planet, they need to. Every day a nuclear plant is not being used, tonnes of CO2 and other pollutants are being released into the atmosphere by fossil plants, damaging both the environment and peoples' health.


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  • Did you know 20 billion dollars has been spent on the Rokkasho reprocessing plant? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rokkasho_Reprocessing_Plant

    Scheduled to start up in late 2013

    Looks to me the business plan is to recycle spent fuel. This is a long term plan that will benefit those who invested in this. Maybe this is the real reason Japan "must" burn this. Actually all of us must find a way to kick nuclear to the ground. Democracy requires eternal vigilance. With all due respect, Wagamama is wrong. It is up to the Japanese people to fix their problems. They are looking at the government and just giving up. Just like the American people have let their government make bad decisions. And half of the population doesn't even vote. Depleted uranium products are the fault of the American people as the American people were more interested in TV sit coms and Football then what their army was doing. If you think you can't fight government you've lost and given up before you even started. We have free speech in Japan and USA. You can fight city hall just it takes effort and sacrifice. If the majority of the Japanese don't want to eat radiated food don't want more nuclear plants started up and don't want a reprocessing plant producing MOX fuel, sitting on a fault line,with its own spent fuel pools then you better get organized and do something. Ditto for you Americans.


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    • Corium has left the building

      The Mox plant in the U.S. is proving to be a massive waste of $$ and fraught with problems, too.

      – The cost could end up being around $243,000 a pound for the fuel.

      Whereas “Disposing of extremely hazardous industrial waste, in comparison, costs thirteen cents a pound.”

      – Faulty rebar — “half of the work might have to be ripped out and redone”

      – Stainless steel piping — “susceptible to corrosion by acids found in the MOX process”

      – There are no customers for Mox fuel

      – The Catawba Nuclear Station in York County, S.C abandoned testing of Mox fuel “after part of the structure holding the fuel in the reactor core expanded more than expected”

      – The plant could end up costing $20 billion

      Read more in this extremely thorough article on the Mox plant:

      http://www.publicintegrity.org/2013/06/25/12816/nuclear-waste-1-billion-energy-department-project-overshoots-its-budget-600-percent


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      • VanneV anne

        U.S. Moves to Abandon Costly Reactor Fuel Plant
        June 25, 2013
        “The Energy Department is moving toward abandoning a half-built factory that has cost $3.7 billion so far and was intended to make reactor fuel out of plutonium from retired nuclear bombs — part of an agreement with Russia to shrink the world’s supply of nuclear bomb fuel after the cold war.

        he department’s estimate of the cost to complete the plant, at the Savannah River Site near Aiken, S.C., has jumped to $7.7 billion from $4.9 billion. The Obama administration is seeking to reduce the construction budget for the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1, and has proposed allocating no money at all in subsequent years. If the plant were to be abandoned, the government would owe its contractors a cancellation fee that is likely to run into the tens of millions of dollars, according to experts, although details are not public. …
        “Another problem arose with the Energy Department’s choice of contractors, Shaw, a Louisiana company, is also a contractor at Vogtle. Shaw has had trouble meeting nuclear quality standards. It was recently bought out by CB&I, formerly Chicago Bridge and Iron, which had been a subcontractor to Shaw on some jobs.”
        http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/us/us-moves-to-abandon-costly-reactor-fuel-plant.html?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y&_r=0


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      • Trawling4Trolls

        ".. all other threats "pale in comparison of what could be done if plutonium fell into the wrong hands.”

        .. The original agreement with Russia has been changed so significantly that it may help Russia produce more plutonium, not less."

        "Duke Energy was interested in using the fuel until 2005, when it was granted a license to burn French-made MOX in a trial run at its Catawba Nuclear Station in York County, S.C. The company abandoned the testing after part of the structure holding the fuel in the reactor core expanded more than expected."
        So the French are experiencing the same problems and have either compensated for it or have not.

        "The Government Accountability Office says DOE has disclosed its intention to sell MOX fuel at 15 to 25 percent less than the cost of conventional fuel, but still has no takers."

        What is this ^^, the Robert Stone-gargoyle has not 'received' his next "awakening" experience yet on the virtue of using MOX?? And Small Modular Reactor people have not yet decided to use MOX???

        Blasphemies!!


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  • VanneV anne

    “Probable Game-Changer”: Special issue of Bulletin of Atomic Scientists shows EXIT from nuclear power brings economic and environmental benefits — ‘Startling’ findings
    http://enenews.com/game-changer-special-issue-of-bulletin-of-atomic-scientists-shows-exiting-nuclear-power-brings-economic-and-environmental-benefits-startling-findings


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  • Comment section;

    The 160,000 or so nuclear refugees' are mostly waiting to receive their compensation payments more than two years after the nuclear disaster but they are still legally required to make mortgage payments on homes they can no longer live in and car loan payments on cars they can no longer drive. For a family of four it will cost about ¥10 million just to replace their personal belongings. Many of the nuclear refugees' won't be able to return to their former homes for decades and some will never be able to return.
    I never understand why TEPCO was allowed to remain in business let alone of dreaming a return to profit. Except for the part dealing with the nuclear disaster, TEPCO should have been sold off lock, stock and nuclear fuel rod.

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/tepco-faces-angry-shareholders-at-4-hour-meeting?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2013-06-27_AM


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  • If the above meeting had been held in an aborigine area of Africa, the natives would have more than likely showed up with pitchforks and machetes, and that would have been the end of it.

    In Japan, the loyal and brave Japanese citizens are told to shut up and sit down, and they do. It is part of their 'polite' cultural conditioning, and the corporations use it to their advantage.


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    • Trawling4Trolls

      And this 'politeness' is what they have opted for after the failed military subjugation of their neighbors. A failure that was certain.

      This is why I say they have a culture of insulting each other and is now enshrined in their fascist corporate structures. Buying 'bonds', no less, to guarantee its continuance.


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  • HoTaters HoTaters

    "Consume" plutonium. That sounds like alchemy. Can anyone explain, please, how that works?


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    • Jebus

      It doesn't, you are being lied to…

      Making MOX fuel from a mixture of uranium dioxide and plutonium consumes more of your stockpile of already created plutonium, but the net effect is that you are creating more plutonium plus many, many more nasty radionuclides. The plutonium doesn't just burn up and disappear, it spawns daughter elements. The really bad elements are called actinides. Look it up. Just more nuclear waste.

      From the world leader in the Nuclear Shill Game of Lies.

      NRC Fact Sheet on Plutonium

      Source of Plutonium

      Plutonium is created by the absorption of neutrons by uranium. Plutonium was first made in large quantities in the World War II Manhattan Project for use in atomic bombs. Because it is fissionable, it also can be used, under different circumstances, as fuel for reactors. Present day light water reactors create plutonium as the uranium fissions (splitting of atoms). Some of the neutrons released during the fissioning of uranium interact with yet other uranium atoms to form, plutonium. Some of this plutonium created in the fuel of the reactor core is itself fissioned thereby helping to sustain the chain reaction of splitting atoms. The plutonium which does not fission by the end of the core's life remains in the fuel rod.

      http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/fact-sheets/plutonium.html

      See how they use the word fission to make you believe it goes away.

      Nuclear Power is Nuclear Waste Forever.


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    • razzz razzz

      Overly simplified:

      You have to remember that uranium atom splitting is random. All those neutrons flying around from the chain reactions doesn't hit a uranium atom and split it down the middle. Different mis-hits that are not splitting the uranium atom exactly in half but causing about 200 possible combinations (of various types of protons, electrons) from one uranium atom being broken/split unevenly hence all the different daughter products produced per the Periodic Table naming the new combinations made from splitting one uranium atom (unevenly).

      Some of the 200 daughter products decay away in milliseconds or hours but about a 100 or so are left that decay in days, weeks, months, years and centuries. Measured in half life(s) so people don't freak out about the actual total decay times.

      A typical 1,000 megawatt reactor produces about 240 pounds of plutonium in a 1 year cycle as it is one of the many daughter products produced from fissioning uranium during that time, plutonium that never existed before and even that (new) plutonium gets hit by neutrons to fission inside the reactor and helps create heat during the 1 year cycle. After the 1 year cycle, 30% of the fuel rods are useless to boil water efficiently and have to be removed as waste since remaining daughter products from splitting uranium can't be fissioned for making heat.

      There is a theory about making plutonium and nuclear waste disappear is some special process, ain't gonna happen anytime soon…


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    • Trawling4Trolls

      At Rocky Flats it meant burning it at night. In incinerators.


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  • satan loves nukes satan loves nukes

    “We have no other choice because Japan needs to consume plutonium"
    Go to Hell!!!


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  • Redpill

    Perhaps the saddest thing of all is the sheer distance between the world-view of ENE news followers and the scientific consensus.

    This is especially ironic because in fact there are ACTUAL controversies in the scientific community over some aspects of radiation, which opponents of nuclear power could latch onto if they were genuinely interested in the science.

    The main division is between supporters of the LNT (linear-no-threshold) theory and followers of radiation hormesis. LNT theory is the idea that any amount of radition, no matter how small, could potentially cause cancer if enough people get a dose. There is no empirical evidence for the idea, but at least it is a genuinely scientific theory with a lot of support.

    That is why genuine estimates of the Chernobyl toll vary between about 47 and 4,000 (theoretical), and why estimates of Fukushima vary between 0 and a-few-but-statistically-undetectable.

    So if people talked about renewable energy being better, or coal-deaths being exaggerated, or about how long Fukushima shoud be evacuated, well, at least one could engage in discussion. But all this stuff about melting-to-the-centre-of-the-Earth, thousands-of-miscarriages, mutated-children…I mean, do you really honestly believe this stuff? Really?

    Doesn't it bother you just a little that a link claims a million deaths yet takes you to a Scientific American article that says nothing of the sort? Doesn't bother you? Not even a little?


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  • nedlifromvermont

    @Redpill: "scientific consensus" is bought and paid for by Big Nuke money. Nuke is a gigantic fraud. We 'newsers understand this. You are part of the Nuke conspiracy. Get a life … nke is doomed, and so, likely, are we all.

    peace …


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    • Trawling4Trolls

      Redpill, in the end, is probably merely an ex-submariner, missing that filtered air and super-controlled living spaces where the sailor is thoroughly conditioned to believe that the U.S. Fraud Economy's existential purpose is to ensure his employment.

      Hence the mindset at .. GE Capital.

      :)

      Any questions ?


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      • Jebus

        He's probably really ashamed of that time in the submarine…

        I have not seen any credentials yet!

        Just another junk science junkie pushing the nuclear junk science on our children…


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        • Redpill

          I'm not sure what the reference is here, but maybe you're thinking I'm Rod Adams? I only wish I were that good.


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          • DisasterInterpretationDissorder DisasterInterpretationDissorder

            Don't worry , you will be prosecuted equally good in the end..


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          • Trawling4Trolls

            You could be Rod, yes. You would be Rod, doubtless.

            Several other names you may possess could be Rod At'ems, or possibly Rot At'ems.


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          • Jebus

            "I only wish I were that good."

            Well you know Redpill, you are already, better than Rod Adams.
            That tiny bit of logic in your mind has allowed you to gravitate towards the light of truth that is shinning ever so bright upon the darkness that is the nuclear industry. Something Rod Adams has extinguished long ago by submitting his tortured soul to the nuclear fire.
            Sixty years of nuclear lies are being peeled back like so much weathered whitewash on an old technology by the damages that nuclear has caused. That little spark of truth instilled in your mind by the epiphany of cold hard facts presented here will allow you to think critically of the master that has enslaved you.
            I'm going to give you a thumbs up, for allowing yourself to interrogate the truth. You will see that as one compares the junk science and oxymoronic mantra of nuclear power to the cold hard facts of the net effect of nuclear power upon all life, the burden of trying to support a failed dream will lift. You will see, it is not just a human issue, it is an issue for all life. Stick around, it gets easier, as the sun rises over the ashes of the nuclear lies. It's never too late to realize that you were wrong…


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        • Trawling4Trolls

          I can tell you don't necessarily gravitate to this sort of humor, Jebus, but for me it a joy to properly ridicule the absurd. :)

          Redpill shall we say probably grew to identify with his captors his employers, the essential "intelligence" mission that submarining has become. And to the extent that his interactions with others can truly only be characterized as bilging. Where simply because he has the Righteous in him he is forever dropping or 'bilging' the moment, leaving it in his wake, and the possibility that he himself was generating bilge is, of course, .. bilged.

          Bilge is for others to deal with, as it is of course "diluted" when removed from himself. :)

          This is why he does not respond directly to me because his offerings dance upon my hand as Child's Play. Others here have a quite similar relation to him.


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  • Sickputer

    Bernard Cohen is dead. And his wacko theories of hormesis were laughed out of Dodge long ago. Hang up those feeble attempts to keep the BS idea alive. That ship sailed long ago. It sank in fact. Proponents are sad, uninformed trolls who push that line of discussion.

    Long live Enenews. Come with us if you want to live.


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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    The Mainichi has uncovered secret government documents that prove the US and deputy DOE secretary Danial Poneman put intense pressure on Japan to continue the plutonium fuel MOX program in Japan.
    http://www.simplyinfo.org/?p=10566


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