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Nuclear Whistleblowers: Feds Covering Security Flaws with Fukushima-Like Potential

Wed, 05th Dec 2012 – 17:30

http://www.ghatreh.org

Richard H Perkins and Larry Criscione both have a government and military experience and recently worked at the NRC, which was created to oversee reactor safety and security.
Compromising their jobs for the sake of speaking out, the men have publicized the severity of the flood risks facing a number of nuclear power plants using a number of documents obtained by the Huffington Post, RT reported.

“When you’re working with sensitive information, you just don’t talk about it, so what I’m doing I find to be both perverse and uncomfortable,” Perkins told the Huffington Post. “But I had to do it.”

After realizing that some details regarding the dangerous flood threat were withheld for years at the expense of public security, Perkins and Criscione felt the need to tell someone.

If a nuclear power plant floods past the level the facility is built to withstand, power to the plant from a grid connection or back-up diesel generator could be lost, causing an inability to circulate water to keep the reactor core or the spent fuel pool cool. If the plant cannot be kept cool, a catastrophic disaster similar to the failure at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant could occur.

“If we believe there is a security vulnerability, we need to take measures to address it and not merely withhold it from public discussion,” Criscione said.

When Perkins in 2010 was assigned to review the dam-flood threat at nuclear power plants across the US, the NRC censored his analysis to exclude certain information. When an edited version of the report was completed and shared among NRC employees in June, 2011, large parts of the document were blacked out.

NRC officials claim they sometimes withhold information to promote safety – to keep the information from falling into the hands of terrorists, for example.

“But the redactions by the NRC did not promote safety in any of these ways. The actions have, in fact, allowed a very dangerous scenario to continue unaddressed for years,” Perkins said.

Nuclear power plants are required by US law to be able to withstand all types of weather conditions that could occur in the region they are located. But many of the flood walls built to protect the plants are inadequate. The Oconee Nuclear Station in South Carolina is protected by a 5-foot wall, but the plant is located near a dam that could result in floodwaters as high as 16.8 feet and cause a meltdown similar to Fukushima.

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UN asks Israel to open its nuclear program to inspection Press TV -Video

Published on Dec 5, 2012 by 

In a vote of 174 to six with six abstentions, the United Nations general assembly has requested Israel open its nuclear program to weapons inspectors.

And this from RT (Another video on link)

Published: 05 December, 2012, 05:59
Edited: 05 December, 2012, 10:30

“…Israel has rebuffed a UN call to adhere to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and open itself to international inspectors, calling the suggestion a “meaningless mechanical vote” of a body that “lost all its credibility regarding Israel.”

In a 174-6 vote, the United Nations General Assembly demanded in a non-binding call that Tel Aviv join the NPT“without further delay,” in an effort to create a legally binding nuclear-free Middle East.

Washington, Israel’s strongest ally, surprised no one by voting against the resolution – but did approve two paragraphs that were voted on separately, which called for universal adherence to the NPT and for all non-signatory governments to join.

The UN body “has lost all its credibility regarding Israel with these types of routine votes that are ensured passage by an automatic majority and which single out Israel,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor was quoted by Jerusalem Post as saying.

The Assembly’s call on Israel comes days after a large majority of its members voted to grant Palestine statehood state status and just weeks after the an escalation of violence between Gazans and Israel’s occupation forces. Palmor stressed, however, that since the NPT vote takes place annually, the Palestinian victory is not connected.

Israel is not a signatory to the 1970 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty, the main objective of which is to is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology. Despite near-universal acknowledgement that Tel Aviv maintains a powerful nuclear arsenal, Israeli officials promote a position claiming their government will “not be the first country to introduce weapons into the Middle East.”

The Middle East’s only democracy possesses as many as 400 nuclear warheads, along with various ways to deliver them. It is also one of four countries known to have nuclear weapons that are not recognized as Nuclear Weapons States by the NPT. The others are India, North Korea and Pakistan.

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Babcock & Wilcox mini nuclear reactor control room simulator in Virginia begins operations

  • THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • First Posted: December 05, 2012

LYNCHBURG, Virginia — Two dozen engineers will soon use a simulated control room in Virginia to refine the design for a new class of mini nuclear reactors from Babcock & Wilcox Co.

The Charlotte, North Carolina-based company said Tuesday that the engineering simulator in Lynchburg is a key milestone in the mPower modular reactor development program.

Officials say the control room prototype is built to the samespecifications as one that would control the two reactors in an actual control room.

At first it will help the design team test man-machine interfaces and operating controls. As the program moves closer to deployment, the company says the control room will be used to train future reactor operators.

The mPower reactors will generate 125 megawatts. That’s about one-tenth the size of a conventional commercial nuclear reactor.

http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/68a924249ca44d328f05d2e51f90b89a/VA–Nuclear-Control-Room-Simulator/

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The End of a nuclear France? Enel pulls out from French EPR nuclear project

“Shares in EDF were the biggest losers on France’s CAC 40 index of French blue chips, closing down 2.3 percent, before Enel’s announcement.”

 

Tue Dec 4, 2012 7:44pm GMT

* Follows EDF overruns announcement for Flamanville reactor

* Enel to get 613 mln euros plus interest for prepaid expenses

* Last 24 hours have ‘killed’ French nuclear – analyst (Releads, adds details, background)

By Stephen Jewkes and Michel Rose

MILAN/PARIS, Dec 4 (Reuters) – French power group EDF received a new blow on Tuesday when Italy’s biggest utility Enel announced its has pulled out from a project to build a next-generation nuclear reactor in northern France.

The French state-owned utility said earlier this week stricter regulation in the wake of Japan‘s Fukushima disaster has forced it to revise up theconstruction cost of its European Pressurized Reactor built in Flamanville, northern France, to 8.5 billion euros ($11.12 billion).

In 2005, EDF estimated the reactor’s cost at 3.3 billion euros.

Enel said in a statement its decision reflected the uncertain timeframe for other nuclear investments in France and a sharp drop in power demand.

A spokeswoman for EDF said Enel would receive about 700 million euros, including interest, to cover expenses the Italian group had already paid in relation to its 12.5 percent stake in the Flamanville 3 project.

Shares in EDF were the biggest losers on France’s CAC 40 index of French blue chips, closing down 2.3 percent, before Enel’s announcement.

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Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions rose just 3.9% on Nuclear Shutdowns in last year

Please read the articles below. The Bloomberg article says that they need nuclear to meet the targets and the Point Carbon article says they will meet it anyway!

And Japan needs to follow Germany for further cuts. (In my opinion – Arclight)

By Chisaki Watanabe – Dec 5, 2012 10:12 AM GMT

Bloomberg

Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions for the year ended March 31 rose 3.9 percent from the prior year on the increased use of fossil fuels in power plants after the Fukushima nuclear disaster shut all but two atomic reactors.

Excluding so-called carbon credits that can be used to offset greenhouse gas output, emissions increased to 1.307 billion metric tons in the 12 months or 3.6 percent higher than 1990 levels, according to Ministry of the Environment figures released today.

Under the Kyoto Protocol targets set in 1997, Japan committed to cut greenhouse gases by 6 percent from 1990 in the term from 2008 to 2012 when the first Protocol target period expires. Japan’s announcement today came as talks among envoys from more than 190 nations in Doha, Qatar, to negotiate cuts in greenhouse gas emissions seemed headed for a stalemate.

The ministry said that taking into account the absorption of carbon dioxide by forests and credits earned for offsets outside the country, Japan cut emissions in 2008 through 2011 by an average 9.2 percent.

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South Korea uncovers new fake documents at nuclear plants -The Star

Officials in Asia’s fourth-largest economy have said they may have to resort to rolling blackouts as the grid will have less than a third of normal reserve capacity.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean officials said on Wednesday they had uncovered new instances of fake certificates being supplied for parts operating in nuclear power plants, but a source indicated that the revelations would cause no further reactor shutdowns.

Authorities shut two of the country’s 23 reactors last month after a nuclear safety commission found fake certificates supplied by eight firms. With nuclear power providing a third of electricity, that raised the prospect of winter shortages.

A third reactor was subjected to extended maintenance after microscopic cracks were found in tunnels that control fuel rods. The commission subsequently found nearly 1,000 more parts had been supplied with fake certificates by two other firms, but said remaining reactors would stay in operation.

In the latest revelations, the Board of Audit and Inspection said two unidentified firms had forged a combined 87 documents affecting parts.

It gave no further details, but a source at Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power said the documents related to parts not directly linked to the nuclear process, including pumps and cylinder heads for diesel engines. The documents served as guarantees for the quality of raw materials used to make the parts.

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R.I.P. Patti Redd – Depleted uranium poisoning

October 23, 2012

When will Americans stop, listen, and rebel against this evil?   Will we have to take it to the streets?   Is that what it will take?  I used to be proud to be an American. Today I am ashamed.

Our doctors tell us that we will most likely die of some type of cancer as a result of the uranium and tungsten poisoning that is just eating away at our organs.

What does it take for this to stop?  Or, will it ever?   This isn’t an “oops.” It’s a crime.

Thank you for trying to make a difference. We only hope that your message will get through. Take this bull by the horns and do it. You have an audience and a lot of guts.
– Patti Redd to Christopher Bollyn, September 1, 2012

I have just learned that Patti Redd, the author of these words and subject of this story, has passed away.  Patti had written to me about how she and her husband’s health had suffered as a result of uranium and tungsten poisoning.  She wanted others to understand the dangers of exposure.  Patti and Richard Redd had worked for a company that disposed of contaminated military hardware by dumping it in the Pacific Ocean.  The following is my posting of our most recent correspondence.

Patti maintained a blog entitled “Die with Dignity” at:
http://diewithdignity.wordpress.com/

About a year ago, an American woman who had worked as a civilian contractor for the U.S. military wrote to me about the severe health effects of being poisoned by uranium and tungsten contaminated hardware sent to U.S. territories in the Pacific Ocean for disposal in the ocean.  As a civilian contractor, Patti Redd is able to talk about how she and her husband have suffered, something U.S. military personnel are not able to do.  Patti’s emails to me describe the hellish suffering that thousands of Americans have gone through as a consequence of being poisoned by the military’s use of depleted uranium munitions.  Her comments have been copied below for the benefit of the public.  

September 28, 2011

DU – Civilian Contractors

FROM:  Patti Redd

Hi,

After reading this: http://www.bollyn.com/dustin-brim-how-du-kills-us-soldiers  – the light began to dawn in my heart and head.  My husband and I were in charge of rolling stock coming onto the Kwajalein Atoll 13 years ago that had been bought very cheap by the Army for either depo or re-furb from the Gulf War to use on the atolls in the Marshall Islands.  We were employees of R……n (company name removed on request for fear of retribution) – and as civilian contractors, we were thrilled to have a jobs in the Pacific — on off-days we scuba dived and enjoyed the various islands in the region.

Our jobs were – I was the custodian of all rolling stock in the region and my husband was the equipment inspector.

At work we were more exposed (my husband Richard, in particular) to this uranium and tungsten-poisoned pieces of junk left over from the Gulf War than any other employees.  The Army managed a quick and clever move with much of the equipment that was poisoning over there – – they simply put it on ships and shipped it to out of the way bases away from CONUS for either destruction, which means we just threw it in the ocean around the Marshall Islands or our mechanics worked on the equipment to make it usable for contractors and military personnel at these bases.

No notice of the dangers.  No protection in any way.  No nothing.  We were poisoned.

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