Waste Transportation - Opposition grows to unprecedented shipments of liquid high-level radioactive waste. An infrared photo of a high-level radioactive waste rail shipment.
The high temperature of such shipments, however, is the least of our worries. A severe accident, or attack, involving such a shipment could breach the container, leading to disastrous releases of hazardous radioactivity. This is true for solid irradiated fuel shipments, but all the more so for unprecedented, unanalyzed liquid HLRW truck transports.Grassroots opposition is mounting against a proposal to conduct the unprecedented transportation of liquid high-level radioactive wastes (HLRWs) from Chalk River, Ontario, Canada to Savannah River Site, South Carolina, U.S.A. Although some 2,500 to 3,000 shipments of irradiated nuclear fuel in solid form have occurred in the U.S. since the 1940s, never before has liquid HLRW been shipped. The risks of a disastrous environmental release due to a severe accident would be even higher for liquid shipments than for solid shipments. Dr. In addition, please contact your U.S.
Court imposes heavy fine on nuclear waste handling plant in UK. Middle East Star Friday 14th June, 2013 • Carlisle Crown Court heard Friday how several bags containing low-level radioactive material were wrongly and unlawfully sent from Sellafield to be disposed of in a landfill • Judge Peter Hughes fined sellafield 700,000 pounds plus 76,000 pounds court costs • "Our decision to prosecute shows that this will not be tolerated," said Ian Barlow from Britain's Office for Nuclear Regulation LONDON - Nuclear waste reprocessing plant Sellafield Limited was Friday fined 700,000 pounds for dumping bags of radioactive waste, which should have sent to a specialist facility that treats and stores low level radioactive wastes, to a landfil at Lillyhall, near Workington in north-western England.
Sellafield Ltd admitted the offences at West Cumbria Magistrates' Court in Workington in February but sentencing was left to the Crown Court. "We consider that on this occasion, Sellafield Limited fell well short of the high standards which we expect from them," he added. Nuclearfreefuture. Freeze our Fukushimas - Urgent Action on unreliable Mark I and Mark II containments: Request Commissioners to support the installation of filtered vents.
Chairwoman Allison M.
Macfarlane Commissioner Kristine L. Svinicki Commissioner William D. Magwood, IV Commissioner William C. Commissioner George Apostolakis, United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission Washington, DC 20555-0001 By email: Secretary Annette Vietti-Cook NRCExecSec@nrc.gov I write to you in an appeal to promote the protection of the public health and safety in communities surrounding the thirty-one (31) General Electric Mark I and Mark II Boiling Water Reactors similar to those that exploded and melted down at Fukushima Daiichi, Japan on March 11, 2011. In the coming weeks, the Commission will be voting on whether or not to affirm the NRC staff’s professional judgment (SECY 2012-0157) to require by Order that the operators of these vulnerable reactors install on their containment structures a severe accident capable hardened vent with a high-capacity radiation filter.
I urge you to support the installation of the filtered vent on all Mark I and Mark II reactor containments. Senators Release Discussion Draft of Comprehensive Nuclear Waste Legislation - Featured Items - Newsroom - U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Washington, D.C. – Today, a bipartisan group of four senior U.S. senators released a discussion draft of comprehensive nuclear waste management legislation, aimed at re-energizing the efforts to reach a long-term solution to our country’s highly radioactive nuclear waste.
Senators Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. – the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development – and Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, collaborated on the proposal, which builds on work by the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. The members are seeking comment on the discussion draft and a number of policy and technical questions from experts and stakeholders, including utilities, conservation groups, Blue Ribbon Commission members and others, by May 24.
“Our country can’t wait any longer to find a long-term solution for disposing of nuclear waste. NUCLEAR POWER - Entergy Watch: FitzPatrick, Indian Point, Palisades, Pilgrim, Vermont Yankee. Entergy Nuclear's dirty dozen atomic reactors FitzPatrick As Reuters reports, the U.S.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has increased oversight and inspections at Entergy's upstate New York reactor (a Fukushima Daiichi twin, GE Mark I), after degrading its safety status: "At FitzPatrick, the NRC is concerned about the number of unplanned power changes per 7,000 hours of operation, the agency said. If the number exceeds six during the period, the indicator moves from 'green' to 'white' and the NRC steps up oversight. FitzPatrick's immediate neighbor nuke, Nine Mile Point Unit 1, owned by Constellation/Exelon, is likewise in hot water with NRC.
Indian Point Lowhud.com has reported that the population in the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding Indian Point's twin reactors increased by 4.3% between 2000 and 2010, and that a new report commissioned by Entergy estimates it would take 5 hours and 25 minutes to evacuate 90% of those residents during a radiological disaster. 'Rep. Palisades.
Hanford, Washington. New nuclear power plants provide clean energy. Indian Point nuclear power facility, Buchanan.
Written by Dr. Letty Goodman Lutzker Filed Under Opinion Long-lived transuranic waste from the production of nuclear weapons is stored at a deep-geologic repository in southeastern New Mexico, but there is no comparable permanent, or even temporary, repository for civilian high-level nuclear waste from electricity production. President Barack Obama directed the Department of Energy to abandon the Yucca Mountain project after $12 billion and 30 years had been spent on site preparation and mining engineering. As DOE prepares to begin its search for an ... INDEPENDENT online. Part 2 How great is the risk?
Will your children live out their natural life? Prof. Martin Hellman, Stanford University with the support of ICT Gozo Malta Project’s Ron Kelson (Synaptic Labs), Dave Pace, and Benjamin Gittins (Synaptic Labs) In September 2009, after President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to rekindle the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons, Time magazine had an online article deriding that choice. Entitled “Want Peace? Two months earlier, former US Secretary of Defence James Schlesinger expressed similar views: “We will need a strong $nuclear deterrent … that is measured at least in decades – in my judgment, in fact, more or less in perpetuity. And, just last month, Columbia Prof. People and institutions that hold such views are sometimes called “nuclear optimists,” and the resistance of the major powers to any change in the nuclear status quo shows that they all are, at heart, in that camp.
Behind Nuclear Breach, a Nun’s Bold Fervor. Plymouth coalition formed to improve safety of storing nuclear waste. Plymouth officials have embarked on an effort to unite communities with nuclear reactors across the country into a coalition that will fight for safer storage of nuclear waste at their plants.
Selectwoman Belinda Brewster, who has spent a year planning last week’s creation of the Coalition of Nuclear Communities, said the group will focus on safe handling of spent fuel, and would not get caught up in the broader debate over nuclear energy. “We’re not going out as pro-nuke or anti-nuke,” Brewster said. “We’re going out as pro-safety.
Our communities are being turned into long-term nuclear waste dump sites, with highly radioactive, crowded, spent fuel pools.” The coalition intends to lobby federal lawmakers to change fuel-storage practices and provide money for new facilities. Brewster last week launched a website,www.nuclearcommunities.com, loaded with information and statistics. “The goal is to make it easy for other officials and people to get the ball rolling,” Brewster said. Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Report: Plant Operators Tokyo Electric And Government Still Stumbling. TOKYO -- The operator of Japan's crippled nuclear power plant is still stumbling in its handling of the disaster 16 months later, by dragging its feet in investigations and trying to understate the true damage at the complex, investigators said Monday.
The report by a government-appointed panel is among several that have faulted Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the government for doing too little to protect the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant from the earthquake and tsunami that hit it in March 2011, and for mishandling the response when the damage set off three reactor meltdowns in the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. The investigators said the utility has yet to address problems within its own culture that contributed to its failings in the crisis, including employees "not fully trained to think for themselves. " "We still don't perceive much enthusiasm in the accident investigation from" the company, the report said. "We take it seriously," Noda said of the report. Nuclear Japan Uranium Energy Radiation Gov 100 Safety Fukushima Usa Koodankulam Cesium Better Run.
Mainichi: Gov’t tells university researchers to stop radiation tests on Fukushima residents — “Testing people stirs uneasiness, so we would like you to stop it” Under The 'Nuclear Shadow' Of Colorado's Rocky Flats. Kristen Iversen spent years in Europe looking for things to write about before realizing that biggest story she'd ever cover was in the backyard where she grew up.
Iversen spent her childhood in Colorado close to the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons factory, playing in fields and swimming in lakes and streams that it now appears were contaminated with plutonium. Later, as a single mother, Iversen worked at the plant but knew little of its environmental and health risks until she saw a feature about it on Nightline. Iversen's new book, Full Body Burden: Growing up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats, is in part a memoir about her troubled family, and also an investigation into the decades-long environmental scandal involving nuclear contamination in and around Rocky Flats. Weapons production ended there after FBI agents raided the plant in 1989. Its operators later pleaded guilty to criminal violations of environmental law. The fire led to safety upgrades on site at Rocky Flats. FALLOUT FORECAST & ALERT FOR UK 6.22.2012.
Fallout Guide for Canada...week of June 25, 2012. Fallout Guide for Europe...week of June 25, 2012. Vivian Norris: Interview with Akira Tokuhiro, Nuclear Engineer: Fukushima and the Mass Media. "Only the mass media can put the kind of pressure on TEPCO and the Japanese government to bring about major change.
This will cost at least 10 billion dollars if not 20-30 billion to clean up. It will take at least 10 years if not 20 and roughly 10,000 people working on the cleanup. The nuclear business is global. This needs an international effort to clean up Fukushima. " -- Nuclear Engineer Akira Tokuhiro In an email today, Japanese born, U.S. There are only a handful of Japanese nuclear engineers working and teaching in the U.S. The numbers are disturbingly higher than we have been lead to believe, the number of homes in the villages which are contaminated, the rice paddies, the fact that the "official" six to nine month cleanup is virtually impossible, no matter how much they do accomplish... all of this is what has being kept off the front pages of the mass media.
"It has now been over 60 days that this has been going on and people need information. " Why consider nuclear energy for Utah - Moab Sun News: Opinion. I am the vice president for business development at Blue Castle Holdings, the Utah company proposing the development of a nuclear generating station near Green River. This paper has graciously provided the opportunity for me to explain why I am involved in this process. In 2004, Gov. Leavitt appointed me to be one of Utah’s representatives to the Grand Canyon Visibility Transport Commission, which was a multistate entity formed to find ways to improve the deteriorating visibility in the extended Grand Canyon region.
Monthly, for almost four years, representatives of local governments, states, Indian tribes, public utilities, transportation and mining companies from Utah, Arizona and New Mexico met to find ways to preserve the tremendous scenic vistas in the Grand Canyon and nearby national and state parks, including those in the Moab area. During those years of meetings, I represented the coal-fired power generation industry as the CEO of the Intermountain Power Plant near Delta. Blue Castle Nuclear Project Says NRC License for Georgia Reactors Shows Predictability and New Jobs. IAEA, Iran begin new nuke talks - From the Wires. Finland’s brilliant plan for dealing with nuclear waste: pulling a Keyser Söze.
N.Korea Comes Closer to Triggering Nuclear Arms Race. The U.S. House Armed Services Committee on Thursday adopted an amendment that urges the Obama administration to redeploy tactical nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula. The amendment to the defense authorization bill, passed by a vote of 32-26, supports "steps to…redeploy tactical nuclear weapons to the Western Pacific region. " A tactical nuclear weapon is a small warhead with a 10-20 kiloton explosive yield that can be mounted on artillery shells or short-range missiles to be used on a battlefield, as opposed to strategic nuclear weapons that are designed to annihilate huge populations. The U.S. Forces Korea used to have around 200 tactical nuclear weapons, but all of them were withdrawn following former President Roh Tae-woo's decision in 1991 to denuclearize Korea.
But over the ensuing 20 years, North Korea has developed nuclear weapons and is gearing up to conduct its third nuclear test. 94 Organizations Urge Senate to Reject Possible Renomination of Kristine Svinicki to NRC. WASHINGTON - April 30 - Ninety-four national, regional and local organizations and small businesses today urged the Senate Environment Committee to reject the possible re-nomination of Kristine Svinicki to a second term at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
In a letter sent to Senate Environment Committee Chair Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Ranking Member James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the groups said that “…during her first term as an NRC Commissioner, Ms. Svinicki uniformly voted for nuclear industry interests at the expense of public health and safety.” For example, the letter noted that Ms. Svinicki was the only member of the Commission who voted against implementation of critical post-Fukushima safety reforms under a framework that would ensure they be considered necessary for “adequate protection” of nuclear reactors—a standard that would enhance NRC enforcement of the rules. While many of Ms. Most of the groups signing the letter rarely take a public position on NRC nominees. Regulatory Meltdown Goes Nuclear: Will Attacks on NRC's Jaczko Kill Post-Fukushima Upgrades? NRC Chmn. Jaczko testified Wednesday before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. If you like politics as blood sport, this is great stuff.
On the other hand, if you worry about people, their lives, their health, how their money is spent and how their government protects their lives, their health and how their money is spent, well, then, this sucks. If you had been waiting for the three-month follow-up to the Senate Environment and Public Works committee hearing on the Fukushima Near-Term Task Force recommendations–the one Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) promised in August at the last hearing on this issue of vital importance to US nuclear safety–well, that hearing was yesterday, Thursday, December 15. . . and whether you watched them or not, you are still waiting. Look no further than Rep. And it was hard, while watching the House and Senate hearings within the boundaries of a TV screen, not to think you were seeing some colorized clip from the McCarthy era. But now what? Obama Sides with GOP Against Reid in Battle over Nuclear Regulator. Obama makes NRC nomination over Reid opposition.
Fukushima Reactor 4 Release Would Doom Western USA - Technorati Green. Elder loses court fight over outback mining plan. Fulfill the vision: Protect Grand Canyon. Memorializing the “Non-Catastrophic” Fukushima nuclear disaster. Yucca Mountain May Get Second Life. Letters: Nuclear energy and Darrell Issa. The Worst Yet to Come? Why Nuclear Experts Are Calling Fukushima a Ticking Time-Bomb. Jaczko: No Schedule for SONGS Restart. NRC sends inspectors to Progress NC Harris reactor. Politicians urge the NRC to further prolong its review of the Pilgrim nuclear reactor’s license. Talk of restart at San Onofre 'clearly premature' Disaster Prevention and Nuclear Safety Network for Nuclear Environment/ English Top Page.
Fukushima hot particles By Marco kaltofen. Question for BRAWM team about "Americium" Fairewinds Energy Education. Fig Tree - Marco Kaltofen, WPI researcher aids nuclear clean up. Head Researcher: Boulder, Colorado a “hot spot” for Fukushima fallout — None of their other US or Canadian samples came close to Boulder’s contamination, except Portland which was even higher. Radiation from Japanese nuclear plant found in Colorado: Health dept. says no need to panic. San Francisco Bay View - National Black Newspaper of the Year.
US reduces expenses by using depleted uranium in wars. Top Japanese Officials endorse new nuclear safety standards created in less than one week. Radioactive Water Leaks from Japan’s Fukushima Plant. Nitrogen injection at Fukushima Daiichi stopped for third time in last month. Radioactive Seawater Impact Map (update: March 2012) Fukushima Reactor 4: Life On Planet Earth in the Balance. Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Weekly Review.
Tepco’s Cheapskate Tactics Put World at Risk. Cesium contamination in Japan found over 300km from Fukushima Daiichi. Fukushima, again - In The Aggregate – Arizona's political blogs. Are Fish Affected by Radioactive Kelp Off Our Coast? - Belmont Shore-Naples, CA Patch. Fukushima Radiation: Still a Threat? <h1>Dr Rima Recommends<br />Natural Solutions for a Weaponized World…</h1> Japan Fukushima Disaster: Nuclear Reactor Still Has Fatally High Radiation Levels, Little Water. Experts: Radiation at Fukushima Plant Far Worse Than Thought. Fukushima Radiation Moving Steadily Across Pacific. Open warfare: four NRC commissioners versus Chairman Jaczko. The Truth About the US Postal Service. Repeat Performance: NRC approves COL for V.C. Summer.
Eyeballing 104 Nuclear Reactors at 63 Power Plants. Clean Energy Insight - Moving Energy Forward » Blog Archive » An Inside View: US Federal Government Approves Yet Another Nuclear Energy Plant for Construction. As Fukushima Worsens, US Approves New Nukes.
Energy Fuels Gets More Time On Colorado Mill Payments. Nuclear Engineer Arnie Gundersen: Fukushima Meltdown Could Result in 1 Million Cases of Cancer.