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Plutonium danger in Los Alamos nuclear plan

In the event of an earthquake and inadequate safety features, highly carcinogenic plutonium smoke could escape the building, rendering the land beneath the plume too contaminated for use.

“It would be like a dirty bomb,” Mello said. 

Nuclear watchdog groups slam New Mexico plan, By Zelie Pollon, Santa Fe, New Mexico | Wed Apr 27, 2011 (Reuters) – The U.S. government should rethink plans for a multi-billion dollar plutonium complex at Los Alamos after the recent nuclear catastrophe in Japan and the discovery of increased seismic risk in New Mexico, nuclear watchdog groups said. Continue reading

April 28, 2011 Posted by | safety, technology, USA | Leave a comment

Highest radiation readings now at Fukushima No 1 nuclear reactor

Radiation Readings at TEPCO Plant Rise to Highest Arirang, 28 April 11The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant says the level of radiation is the highest at the number one reactor showing readings of 1,120 milisieverts per hour.
This is the highest level detected since the March 11th earthquake and tsunami that hit the country and led to the ongoing nuclear crisis there.
That’s also more than four times the annual dose of radiation allowed for the plant’s workers. http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=115402&code=Ne2&category=2

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Latest information on Fukushima’s nuclear power plant

What’s going on at Japan’s damaged nuclear power plant?, Reuters, 27 April 11, “…… WILL THE SITE BECOME A NO-MAN’S LAND?

Most likely, yes. Even after a cold shutdown there are tonnes of nuclear waste sitting at the site of the nuclear reactors.

Entombing the reactors in concrete would make them safe to work and live a few kilometres away from the site, but is not a long-term solution for the disposal of spent fuel, which will decay and emit radiation over several thousand years.

The spent nuclear fuel in Fukushima has been damaged by sea water, so recycling it is probably not an option, while transporting it elsewhere is unlikely because of the opposition that proposal would bring.

Experts say the clean-up will take decades. (Additional reporting by Shinichi Saoshiro and Yoko Kubota; Editing by Alex Richardson)   MORE AT….http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/27/japan-plant-idUSL3E7FR2IV20110427

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Japan makes convenient new rules on “acceptable” nuclear radiation

it has the effect of legalizing illness and deaths from nuclear radiation, or at least the state’s responsibility for them…..the state’s concern appears to be less the health of employees and more the cost of caring for nuclear victims.

Dying for TEPCO? Fukushima’s Nuclear Contract Workers, The Asia Pacific Journal , Paul Jobin 28 April 11“……On March 14th, the Ministry of Health and Labor raised the maximum dose for workers to 250 mSv a year, where previously it was set at 100 mSv over 5 years (either 20 mSv a year for five years or 50 mSv for 2 years, which is in itself a strange interpretation of the recommendations of the International Commission on Radiological Protection’s guideline stipulating a maximum of 20 mSv a year. Continue reading

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USA Nuclear Regulatory Commission accused of lying on safety

“Key elements of what the NRC chief told Congress were ‘a baldfaced lie.'”…The NRC, America’s nuclear watchdog, is essentially captive to the profit-driven industry it’s charged to regulate.

America’s Nuclear Nightmare: ‘A Dozen Fukushima’s Waiting to Happen’Rolling Stone,  By JULIAN BROOKES,  27 April 11, Shortly after an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, in March, triggering the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, America’s leading nuclear regulator trekked up to Capitol Hill to assure jumpy lawmkers that, no way, it couldn’t happen here. Continue reading

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Stuxnet computer worm paralysing Iran’s nuclear program

Russian experts and officials have been warning for several months that the Bushehr power plant has become too dangerous to operate because of the Stuxnet infection

…..Iran was forced to shut down its uranium enrichment plant at Natanz last November and removed nearly 1,000 centrifuges because of malfunctions caused by Stuxnet. 

Computer Worm Wreaking Havoc on Iran’s Nuclear Capabilities, NewsMax.com,  27 Apr 2011 , By Ken Timmerman, An internal report by a special intelligence unit in Iran has concluded that the Stuxnet malware computer virus that has infected Iran’s nuclear facilities is so dangerous it could shut down the entire national power grid. Continue reading

April 28, 2011 Posted by | Iran, technology | Leave a comment

Warren Buffett sees the nuclear industry as dead

Mr. Buffett asserted to CNBC that nuclear facility construction in the U.S. will be “dead for a long, long time.”….“It would be unconscionable for Mr. Buffett’s company to swindle Iowans into investing in a project that he himself has apparently written off…

Watchdog Group Charges Buffett With Swinding Iowans Over New Nuclear Reactor, eNews Park Forest, 27 April  OMAHA, Neb  – As shareholders began arriving for Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting, Friends of the Earth placed an advertisement in the Omaha World-Herald challenging Warren Buffett to halt an attempt by one of his companies to force Iowa ratepayers to invest in a new nuclear reactor. Continue reading

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Resistance growing to Jaitapur nuclear plan in seismic area

Former nuclear safety regulator Dr A. Gopalkrishnan revealed that he had been told in 1995 by American nuclear authorities that India would be well advised to close the reactors.

Fears rise in India of Fukushima-style nuclear disaster, By Julian O’Halloran, BBC News, 27 April 2011 Jaitapur, India  A leading campaigner against a massive nuclear power plant in India has pledged that villagers are ready to sacrifice their lives in order to prevent a repeat of Japan’s nuclear disaster. Continue reading

April 28, 2011 Posted by | India, safety | Leave a comment

Fukushima’s unsolved nuclear radiation problem

Fukushima Radiation Readings at Their Highest, Japan Is Contaminated Financial Feed,  by Chris Hartley on Apr 27, 2011  Robots sent to get Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi reactor No. 1’s radiation readings reflected 1,120 millisierverts of radiation per hour, said the general manager of Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) Junichi Matsumoto. The reading is 4 times higher than the yearly dose a nuclear worker is allowed to be exposed to……..Tepco said it is not possible to push through with the planned flooding of more water to reactor No. 1 to expedite its emergency cooling efforts. Kyoto University nuclear engineering professor Hironobu Unesaki said Tepco must figure out the high radiation’s source. If it’s from contaminated water leaking from inside the reactor, Tepco’s so-called water tomb may be jeopardized because flooding the containment vessel will result in more radiation in the building, added the professor. The explosion at the plant damaged reactors 1, 2, and 3’s cores and reactor 4’s fuel rods. Tepco has used several emergency measures to cool the units, such as pouring millions of liters of water.

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USA needs to compete with China on renewable energy

“China knows that clean energy creates jobs and, in reducing its reliance on oil, makes it more secure,” “.With its vast renewable energy resources, the United States “can’t afford not to be a globally competitive leader in this important area,” 

Reid: US must compete with China to lead on energy, Google News, 28 April 11 WASHINGTON (AP) The United States must step up its efforts on renewable energy to compete with China and other countries for global leadership, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday … Continue reading

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USA worries over aging nuclear reactors

Of those granted extensions, more than half received permission to produce more electricity. And some, according to anti-nuclear groups, operate with less government oversight than decades before.

Anti-nuclear groups say the trend does not pose an immediate threat, but they question the wisdom of pumping more power from an aging fleet of reactors.

U.S. nuclear strategy worries scientists…More than half the nation’s reactors, including Virginia’s four, received license extensions, Daily Press, By Cory Nealon 26 April Continue reading

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Green Party’s victory as Germans reject nuclear power

The Green vote was helped by the argument in Germany over its 17nuclear power plants, heightened by the Fukushima disaster

German Greens hail state victory in vote overshadowed byFukushima, Helen Pidd inBerlin, guardian.co.uk,  27 March 2011  

• ‘Historic’ first ever victory in regional Landtag vote

• Chancellor suffers after U-turn on nuclear power Continue reading

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Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) ugly – but much better than nuclear

the increased demand for LNG……There is clearly a growing need and interest in natural gas around the world.

The Ugly Stepsisters, Forbes, Pamela Rosenau, 27 April 11, In the US, the energy industry is much maligned. Oil and natural gas are the ugly stepsisters of alternative energy. The BP spill in the Gulf received intense media coverage and inspired protests and outrage. We are starting to see similarly heated reports about natural gas, as journalists and activists draw attention to the potential negative environmental effects of shale drilling practices. But relative to the specter of nuclear meltdowns, these ugly stepsisters don’t look so ugly. Continue reading

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Fukushima’s contract workers exposed to radiation

What is clear is that the contract laborers are routinely exposed to the highest level of radiation….the whole system is opaque, thus complicating the procedure for workers who need to apply for occupational hazards compensation.

Dying for TEPCO? Fukushima’s Nuclear Contract Workers, The Asia Pacific Journal , Paul Jobin, 28 April 11, Liquidators recruited by ads In the titanic struggle to bring to closure the dangerous situation at Fukushima Nuclear Plant No1, there are many signs that TEPCO is facing great difficulties in finding workers. At present, there are nearly 700 people at the site. As in ordinary times, workers rotate so as to limit the cumulative dose of radiation inherent in maintenance and cleanup work at the nuclear site. But this time, the risks are greater, and the method of recruitment unusual. Continue reading

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Decentralised renewable energy – the way of the future

 small and medium scale solar power has the potential to become the Internet of distributed electricity generation – a network resilient to a single point of failure; whether caused by natural disasters or attack by hostile parties.

Centralised Vs. Decentralised Solar Power Renewable Energy News, by Energy Matters, 28 April11,  As the U.S. begins a major push to become the leading player in the global solar revolution, the topic of sprawling solar farms built away from communities vs. small and medium scale solar arrays utilising rooftops and smaller parcels of already developed or degraded land is becoming an increasingly important issue. Continue reading

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