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Nuclear specialist: Corium hitting water table is “big concern” — Once fuel hits groundwater the concern is “it just blows right up” (VIDEO)

Nuclear specialist: Corium hitting water table is “big concern” — Once fuel hits groundwater the concern is “it just blows right up” (VIDEO)

Hartmann: Fukushima…Has the China Syndrome now officially begun?, Big Picture hosted by Thom Hartmann, Dec 6, 2011: Paul Gunter, director of the Reactor Oversight Project at Beyond Nuclear: Gunter specializes in reactor hazards and security of operating reactors; prevention of new reactor construction; regulatory oversight; climate change; the nuclear power-nuclear weapons connection; organizing and . . . → Read More: Nuclear specialist: Corium hitting water table is “big concern” — Once fuel hits groundwater the concern is “it just blows right up” (VIDEO)

Nuclear reactors at quake-hit Virginia nuke plant are “sitting on a fault line”

Sitting on a fault line, Free Lance-Star, March 16, 1991:

[T]he fault line that lies beneath two nuclear reactors [at the North Anna Nuclear Power Plant] remains a cause for concern [..]

That particular fault was discovered in 1970 when the plant was under contruction, but was not reported until 1973 to the Atomic . . . → Read More: Nuclear reactors at quake-hit Virginia nuke plant are “sitting on a fault line”

Report: Nuclear fuel fragments found over a mile away were “ejected from the reactor cores in those explosions” not spent fuel pools, according to NRC (VIDEO)

Report: Nuclear fuel fragments found over a mile away were “ejected from the reactor cores in those explosions”, according to NRC (VIDEO)

Hartmann – Fukushima…is this the China Syndrome?, The Big Picture, August 18, 2011:

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Paul Gunter, director of Reactor Oversight Project with Beyond Nuclear: We were involved in an Nuclear Regulatory Commission [NRC] hearing on July 28 of this year where the NRC basically admitted that fuel fragments found over one and . . . → Read More: Report: Nuclear fuel fragments found over a mile away were “ejected from the reactor cores in those explosions” not spent fuel pools, according to NRC (VIDEO)

Jacques Cousteau: Nuclear power the gravest danger to humanity — ‘No Nukes’ concert stars reunite for Sunday show near San Francisco (Crosby Stills & Nash, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Doobie Bros.)

32 years later, ‘No Nukes’ concert stars reunite for new show, Oakland Tribune by Jim Harrington, August 4, 2011:

It started over dinner one night in 1973, when Graham Nash asked Jacques Cousteau to name the issue he thought posed the gravest danger to humanity. The rock star expected to hear something oceanic, so . . . → Read More: Jacques Cousteau: Nuclear power the gravest danger to humanity — ‘No Nukes’ concert stars reunite for Sunday show near San Francisco (Crosby Stills & Nash, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Doobie Bros.)

Nuclear plant workers developed cancer despite radiation exposure below legal limit — As little as 5 millisieverts

Nuclear plant workers developed cancer despite lower radiation exposure than legal limit, Mainichi Daily News, July 27, 2011:

Of 10 nuclear power plant workers who have developed cancer and received workers’ compensation in the past, nine had been exposed to less than 100 millisieverts of radiation, it has been learned. [...]

According to Health, . . . → Read More: Nuclear plant workers developed cancer despite radiation exposure below legal limit — As little as 5 millisieverts

Japan gov’t told power company to deceive public by staging questions during nuclear forum

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Chubu Electric: NISA tried to deceive public forum, NHK, July 29, 2011:

Chubu Electric Power Company says the government’s nuclear agency asked it to make sure that questions in favor of nuclear power be asked at a government-sponsored symposium in 2007.

In a report submitted to the government on Friday, the utility said the . . . → Read More: Japan gov’t told power company to deceive public by staging questions during nuclear forum

Professor: Nuclear scientists claiming radioactivity is a healthy thing for people — An “incredible lie” (VIDEO)

Interview with Karl Grossman, July 27, 2011:

[...] “A lot of nuclear scientists … actually have the nerve to claim that radiation is good for you, and they have this theory called ‘radiation hormesis’ and they claim that radioactivity exercises the immune system and it’s a healthy thing for people. Essentially what they are . . . → Read More: Professor: Nuclear scientists claiming radioactivity is a healthy thing for people — An “incredible lie” (VIDEO)

CBS: Nuclear workers “terrified to come forward” — Whistleblower won’t appear on TV fearing retaliation by NRC (VIDEO)

Whistleblowers “terrified” at TVA nuke plants?, CBS News, July 20, 2011:

A crying Janice Overall told CBS News her husband, Curtis, “paid the ultimate price.” [...] an award-winning employee who helped run Watts Bar’s unique ice containment system, designed to prevent a nuclear meltdown.

But in 1995, after Overall discovered what he believed were . . . → Read More: CBS: Nuclear workers “terrified to come forward” — Whistleblower won’t appear on TV fearing retaliation by NRC (VIDEO)

CBS: Whistleblower says “the books are being cooked” — “You can see a Fukushima happening here in the U.S.” — “They wired my car for firebombing” (VIDEO)

“They dropped the universal joint out of my car” . . . → Read More: CBS: Whistleblower says “the books are being cooked” — “You can see a Fukushima happening here in the U.S.” — “They wired my car for firebombing” (VIDEO)

Nuclear reactor on North Carolina college campus leaking radiation since last Friday — Public not told because radioactivity was “compared to what someone might receive getting an x-ray”

Minor water leak reported at NC State’s nuclear reactor, WRAL, July 7, 2011:

North Carolina State University officials said Thursday that there is a low-level water leak in the liner that surrounds the campus nuclear reactor, but that it poses no danger to the public.

University spokesman Keith Nichols described the leak, discovered Saturday, . . . → Read More: Nuclear reactor on North Carolina college campus leaking radiation since last Friday — Public not told because radioactivity was “compared to what someone might receive getting an x-ray”

Nuclear materials expert: Los Alamos lab is potentially vulnerable to this wildfire — “Just hope to hell that the wind blows in the right direction”

Q&A: Is New Mexico’s Los Alamos National Laboratory Really Safe?, Time.com, June 29, 2011:

Interview with Peter Stockton, expert on nuclear materials and a senior investigator for the independent watchdog Project on Government Oversight (POGO)

[...] So you do think that lab is vulnerable to this wildfire?

Potentially, yeah. I hope that nothing happens . . . → Read More: Nuclear materials expert: Los Alamos lab is potentially vulnerable to this wildfire — “Just hope to hell that the wind blows in the right direction”

300 square centimeter hole in Reactor No. 2 pressure suppression pool: NISA analysis

TEPCO starts up water treatment system, but massive radioactive waste feared, Mainichi, June 16, 2011:

[...] At the No. 2 reactor, a hydrogen explosion damaged the pressure suppression pool. According to analysis by the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, there is a hole of about 300 square meters there. Therefore, in order to circulate . . . → Read More: 300 square centimeter hole in Reactor No. 2 pressure suppression pool: NISA analysis

Nebraska nuke plant totally surrounded by floodwaters: How can Omaha levees hold? Dykes designed for a few weeks of water — 3-4 months expected, with 5+ foot rise

WOWT, June 13: Nuclear plant “almost like a castle surrounded by a moat”

Journal Star, June 14: “Farther south, near Fort Calhoun, farmland and the nuclear power plant are surrounded by floodwaters, [Governor] Heineman said.”

See troubling video from June 6 at Action 3 News

No-fly zone remains over troubled nuclear plant near Omaha — “In effect for flood relief efforts”

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FDC 1/6523 ZMP FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS FORT CALHOUN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT BLAIR,NE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PURSUANT TO 14 CFR SECTION 91.137(A)(3) TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT FOR FLOOD RELIEF EFFORTS WITHIN A 2 NAUTICAL MILE RADIUS OF 413113N/0960438W OR THE OMAHA /OVR/ VORTAC 316 DEGREE RADIAL AT 26.1 . . . → Read More: No-fly zone remains over troubled nuclear plant near Omaha — “In effect for flood relief efforts”

Curium-244 detected for first time outside Fukushima plant – Requires lead shield 20 times thicker than Plutonium-238

Curium: As compared to a competing thermoelectric generator isotope such as 238Pu [Plutonium-238], 244Cm [Curium-244] emits a 500 time greater fluence of neutrons, and its higher gamma emission requires a shield that is 20 times thicker — about 2 inches of lead for a 1 kW source, as compared to 0.1 in for 238Pu.

. . . → Read More: Curium-244 detected for first time outside Fukushima plant – Requires lead shield 20 times thicker than Plutonium-238

Kyodo: Strontium detected in groundwater — Says 240 times max limit was actually found in seawater

High level of strontium found at Fukushima plant, Kyodo, June 13, 2011:

Radioactive strontium up to 240 times the legal concentration limit has been detected in seawater samples collected near an intake at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Sunday.

The utility said the substance was also found in . . . → Read More: Kyodo: Strontium detected in groundwater — Says 240 times max limit was actually found in seawater

All 54 of Japan’s nuclear reactors may be closed by next April

Japan mulls closure of N-reactors by April, Reuters, June 9, 2011:

All 54 of Japan’s nuclear reactors may be shut by next April, adding more than $30 billion a year to the country’s energy costs, if communities object to plant operating plans due to safety concerns, trade ministry officials said on Wednesday.  [...]

[C]oncern . . . → Read More: All 54 of Japan’s nuclear reactors may be closed by next April

More serious than a meltdown — Japan Gov’t now raising possibility that fuel had a “melt through” at all 3 reactors

Melted Fuel at Fukushima May Have Leaked Through, Yomiuri Says, Bloomberg by Go Onomitsu, June 7, 2011:

[...] The Japanese government will submit a report to the International Atomic Energy Agency that raises the possibility the fuel dropped through the bottom of the pressure vessels [of the Nos. 1 to 3 reactors], a situation . . . → Read More: More serious than a meltdown — Japan Gov’t now raising possibility that fuel had a “melt through” at all 3 reactors

Top Cancer Doc: Nuclear radiation is the most carcinogenic thing that exists

ITALIAN ONCOLOGISTS BACK ‘YES’ AT THE NUCLEAR REFERENDUM, AGI, June 4, 2011:

[...] From the ASCO congress in Chicago, the world’s most important oncology summit, AIOM (Italian association of medical oncology) [...]

“Nuclear radiation is the most carcinogenic thing that exists – said AIOM president Carmelo Iacono – and it cannot be kept . . . → Read More: Top Cancer Doc: Nuclear radiation is the most carcinogenic thing that exists

Nuclear engineers urging IAEA to create “Level 8″ on INES scale for Fukushima

Nuclear engineers urging IAEA to create “Level 8″ on INES scale for Fukushima

Linda Moulton Howe interviews Scott Portzline, security consultant to Three Mile Island Alert, Coast to Coast AM, May 26, 2011: At 32:45 in (Transcript Summary)

Nuclear engineers urging IAEA to create level 8 for Fukushima Multiple source terms from multiple sources 3 reactors with core melt accidents, likely meltdown through the vessels… Spent fuel . . . → Read More: Nuclear engineers urging IAEA to create “Level 8″ on INES scale for Fukushima

“We almost lost Detroit” during 1966 reactor meltdown — Gil Scott-Heron dead at 62 (VIDEO)

“We almost lost Detroit” during 1966 reactor meltdown — Gil Scott-Heron dead at 62 (VIDEO)

We Almost Lost Detroit, a 1975 Reader’s Digest book by John G. Fuller… on the 1966 partial nuclear meltdown. … Spoken word and rap pioneer Gil Scott-Heron has a song titled “We Almost Lost Detroit”, dealing with the same issue. . . . → Read More: “We almost lost Detroit” during 1966 reactor meltdown — Gil Scott-Heron dead at 62 (VIDEO)

Ozawa: We may not be able to live in Japan someday — Radiation is going to be flowing out for a long period of time

“Radiation is being leaked in order to keep the reactors from exploding. So, in this sense, it’s even worse than letting the power plant explode.” . . . → Read More: Ozawa: We may not be able to live in Japan someday — Radiation is going to be flowing out for a long period of time