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SECOND MASS COMPLAINT COMING OVER FUKUSHIMA DISASTER

By Masakazu Honda / The Asahi Shimbun / November 2, 2012 /

More than 10,000 people from across Japan are seeking criminal charges against officials of Japan’s government and the utility that operates the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, after a similar mass complaint this summer accused 33 officials of causing death and injurythrough negligence.

Prosecutors in Fukushima Prefecture are currently examining the earlier complaint, filed in June by 1,324 people who were residents of the prefecture at the time of the accident in March 2011.

Complainants behind the new case plan to file it with the Fukushima District Public Prosecutors Office on Nov. 15. The group numbers about 10,850 individuals, from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south.

The group is led by Ruiko Muto, 59, who traveled around the country seeking support.

Complainants argued that a broadly backed complaint would show that the general public is seeking criminal accountability for those who promoted nuclear power—and hold them responsible for damage from the disaster and for exposing victims to radiation.

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NHK Documentary March to Recovery Series: “Their Fate In Their Hands” -The dilemma over iodine pills in Fukushima

Published on Nov 3, 2012 by 

NHK Documentary March to Recovery

Voices from 3.11
Their Fate in Their Hands
Miharu, Fukushima Prefecture


One year has passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake. Reconstruction initiatives are underway in many places, including the disaster-stricken areas. March to Recovery shows how the nation is recovering from the unprecedented disaster.

The dilemma over iodine pill distribution to Miharu residents affected by radioactive fallout in March 2011.
Aired November 3/2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7QqKtjRsc0

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USA -Feedwater system flaw shuts down Nine Mile Point 1 nuclear plant

It’s the second time this week that Unit 1 shut down.

The first time was Monday, after high winds from Superstorm Sandy blew down a lightning pole in a National Grid switch yard that handles electricity generated by the plant. With nowhere for the plant’s power output to go, two output breakers closed and the plant shut down, Lyon said.

The plant had been restarted and was at 25 percent power when this morning’s shutdown happened. The two events are not believed to be related, Lyon said.

By John Mariani, The Post-Standard 
on November 03, 2012 at 5:45 PM, updated November 04, 2012 at 2:39 AM

Scriba, NY – The Nine Point Unit 1 nuclear plant in Scriba shut down this morning after a component failed that controls the water level in the vessel containing its nuclear fuel, the plant’s owner said.

The automatic shutdown took place at 8:23 a.m. when instruments detected too much water in the reactor pressure vessel at Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station Unit 1, said Jill Lyon, speaking for Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, the owner.

Officials believe one of the level control instruments failed in the plant’s feedwater system, which supplies water to the reactor pressure vessel, she said.

There was no release of radiation to the water or the air, Lyon said.

“When the plant gets certain indications, it shuts itself down as a safety feature,” Lyon said. “It wasn’t anything that was a potential safety concern for our employees or for the public, but obviously we designed the plant with certain parameters to ensure safety.”

Officials have returned the water level to normal and now are trouble-shooting to find why the control failed, she said. Workers then will make repairs and perform tests to make sure the fixes were successful before they restart the reactor.

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Australia -Talk of a nuclear ‘bonanza’ is just an elaborate con job

THE push to mine Queensland’s uranium is a con job and the con goes further than the LNP’s decision to take a no-uranium position to the election, only to reverse it months later on the flimsiest of pretences.

Another part of the con concerns jobs. The Australian Uranium Association says 2620 new jobswill be created by uranium mining in Queensland, a figure repeated by state MP Rob Katter among others.

But IBISWorld’s market report says there are just 650 jobs across Australia in uranium mining. The World Nuclear Association puts the figure at 1760 jobs, including exploration and regulation and even that generous figure amounts to less than 0.02 per cent of all jobs in Australia.

 

 

Does the AUA really expect us to believe uranium mining will generate more jobs in Queensland than every other state put together? They’re playing us for fools. The AUA itself has commissioned research by Deloitte Insight Economics which estimates a peak increase of 410 jobs from uranium mining in Queensland and an average increase of 155 jobs over the next 20 years.

Claims about export revenue are similarly inflated. Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche claims the known uranium resource in Queensland is valued at $18 billion. Yet earlier this month the World Nuclear Association updated its paper on Australia’s uranium oxide resources. For Queensland, the total estimate is 74,000 tonnes.

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Taiwan -Lawmaker pushes for stronger nuclear safety oversight -Blames World Association of Nuclear Operators!

Meanwhile, the state-owned Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower), which runs the country’s nuclear power plants, said it will seek a review by the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) before the under-construction fourth plant begins operations.

However, Chiau said the credibility of the association has been called into question by the nuclear disaster in Japan last year.

 

2012/11/04

(By Chen Wei-ting and Scully Hsiao)

Taipei, Nov. 4 (CNA) A ruling Kuomintang lawmaker called Sunday for the establishment of an ad hoc legislative committee to strengthen the oversight of the country’s nuclear safety.

Ting Shou-chung said at a press conference in Taipei that he will launch a signature drive in the Legislature to garner support for his proposal from legislators across party lines.

Legislator Chiau Wen-yan, also of the KMT, said on the same occasion that doubts remain over the safety of the country’s nuclear plants.

The first, second and fourth nuclear plants are close not only to Taipei and New Taipei — which are home to over 5 million people — but also to geological faults and shorelines, which makes them vulnerable to earthquakes and tsunamis, Chiau said.

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USA -Questions arise about shuttering of Kewaunee Nuclear PP -Waste storage problems!

According to that report, about 3,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel is in storage at nine sites across the country where commercial reactors have been shuttered.

“This all came as an awful surprise,” said Paplham. “That waste may be sitting there for 200 years.”

In the meantime, the residents around the Kewaunee plant are preparing for life without one of the area’s biggest employers and an indeterminate number of years living next to an impromptu nuclear waste storage facility.

“They were going to bury those rods under a mountain,” said Hardtke. “And yet now they are just going to let them sit there. I have kids here and grandkids, and we’re leaving them a mess.”

WSJ, 4 Nov 12 Residents who live near the Kewaunee Power Station with its 556-megawatt nuclear reactor still are absorbing the recent news that the plant will shut down in May, taking with it 655 jobs and leaving behind — possibly for decades — scores of concrete canisters filled with spent nuclear waste.

The loss of the jobs as well as the hundreds of thousands of dollars Dominion Resources pays locally in lieu of property taxes is unsettling enough, local officials say. More disturbing, they say, are the 42 containers of nuclear waste that will remain sitting just off the shore of Lake Michigan.

“We’ve been lied to for 35 years,” Dave Hardtke, chairman of the town of Carlton, said of the waste. “When they built that plant, the federal government said they were going to move the waste. That was 35 years ago, and look where it is sitting.”

The impending shutdown of the plant renewed attention on the national impasse over the disposal of spent nuclear fuel. And it is not just an issue at Kewaunee. More than 300 assemblies of spent nuclear fuel rods are submerged in a cooling pool on the site of the now-closed nuclear reactor at the Genoa Generating Station on the banks of the Mississippi River near La Crosse. The small reactor, adjacent to a traditional coal plant, was closed in 1987 but the fuel rods, with no central federal storage available, remain.

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Australia -Nuclear weapons are a threat to humanity, expert tells conference

  • Katrina Stokes
  • adelaidenow
  • November 04, 201210:30PM

GOVERNMENTS must work towards eliminating nuclear weapons for the sake of humanity or risk devastating effects in the future, a leading expert says.

Australian Red Cross international law expert Dr Helen Durham cited the dangers of immediate and long-term radiation damage to people and the environment, saying nuclear weapons were uniquely destructive weapons.

“They are a deadly and dangerous weapon,” she said.

“They have capacity to create immediate effects and long radiation damage to people and the environment.”

She was a speaker at nuclear discussions held at Uni SA over the weekend and organised by Flinders University and Australian Red Cross.

Dr Durham said Australia did not possess nuclear weapons and she reminded South Australians of their own experience, the nuclear testing at Maralinga in the 1950s.

She said the British tests had left parts of the community with long- term effects, including cancer and growths from the radiation.

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