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Nuclear security breach – Theft on Savannah River Site of 12,000 workers data !

A high security BLUE tape used to protect the site! 🙂
March 20, 2013 09:15 AM

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating a security breach that compromised personal information of thousands of workers at the Savannah River Site near Aiken.

The U.S. Department of Energy says no classified data was part of the information accessed. Officials say the data disclosure involved information from at least 12,000 workers at Savannah River.

The department’s Office of Inspector General is investigating.

The 310-square-mile Savannah River Site once produced plutonium and tritium for atomic bombs. Work there is now focused mostly on research and cleaning up contaminated areas.

Read more: Cherokee Tribune – Feds probing theft of Savannah River Site worker data

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March 20, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Fukushima Daichi blackout was caused by a mouse/rat or lemming

Update .. slight moustake  err meant mistake in headline! 🙂

In this photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Co., the carcass of a small animal lies inside a temporary electric switchboard at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in Okuma town, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Masayuki Ono, spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co., the utility that runs the nuclear plant, said a 15-centimeter (6-inch) rat was found dead Wednesday near the switchboard. He said the rat may be linked to this week’s power failure, but that more investigation is needed to be sure. (AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co.) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

http://www.breitbart.com/system/wire/app-471bb9fd-5dbf-44f3-b95a-f65d142633c8

Posted by Mochizuki on March 20th, 2013

The blackout was caused by a mouse in the panel board, the board has been left on the truck since 3/18/2011

According to Tepco, the power blackout of Fukushima plant was caused by a mouse that came in the terminals to have caused a short circuit.

The panel board was provisionally installed on the bed of a truck on 3/18/2011. Knowing the risk, Tepco has been leaving it there.

The panel board was for reactor 3 and 4. There are 6 more provisional panel boards for these reactors.

The terminal and the wall were burnt and the mouse was dead underneath.

2 The blackout was caused by a mouse in the panel board, the board has been left on the truck since 3/18/2011

4 The entire North hemisphere was about to be lost because of a rat.

5 The entire North hemisphere was about to be lost because of a rat.

🙂 err maybe not that last one but you can see more pics and other fukushima related stories here ; http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/03/the-blackout-was-caused-by-a-mouse-in-the-panel-board-the-board-has-been-left-on-the-truck-since-3182011/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FukushimaDiary+%28Fukushima+Diary%29

Message to TEPCO!

About humane mouse traps

“Mouse causes meltdown!”  .. future headline?  might be “Rat causes radiation”?

March 20, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

India a market for nuclear power suppliers… if the price is right

“I want to argue with them why i should pay the bribe to you but i couldn’t dare to argue with police because i was single and there were 4 other policemen staring at me.” The myth of an official’s capability to deny or delay services rules the roost in government offices. .. http://www.ipaidabribe.com/

….Sazawal said the United States could play a major role in the development of nuclear power in India….

…But Geoffrey Pyatt, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian Affairs, speaking at a nuclear expert controls seminar last November, said India’s nuclear liability law “is not in line with the international nuclear liability principles reflected in the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage.”…..

[Emphasis added]

He recommended U.S. companies invest in local Indian businesses and learn from local entrepreneurs “who deal with India’s cumbersome bureaucracy and legal system, and still make good money along the way.

New Delhi (UPI) Mar 19, 2013

Despite concerns about its nuclear liability law, India continues to be “a land of opportunity for global nuclear power suppliers,” said an adviser to the United States.

It is possibly the only nuclear market where vendors will not be asked to compete against each other to provide the lowest bid,” Vijay Sazawal, a member of the U.S Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee, told Press Trust of India.

Noting that India’s interest in purchasing U.S.-made reactors is genuine, Sazawal said the U.S. government is doing its best to work out administrative and legislative hurdles to help U.S. companies succeed in the Indian market.

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March 20, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

China Suspends Nuclear Power Plant Approval – Bad news for uranium shares!

Chai Guohan, chief engineer of nuclear safety and radiation at the MEP, said China’s nuclear power industry is running short on management personnel, and the expansion has made already-scarce human capital even thinner.

He added that legislative framework of nuclear safety practices needs to be improved, with emphasis given to updating laws, not just regulations……

Image source : More Good News For Uranium: China’s Nuclear Energy Build-Out  (oops! that didn’t work out then! 🙂 )

By staff reporter Cao Haili

03.18.2011 00:01

The decision, made during a March 16 State Council meeting, included orders to review safety-related infrastructure in all existing power plants

(Beijing) — China has suspended approvals of new nuclear power plants and plans to launch a thorough inspection on all existing nuclear facilities, in a bid to improve overall nuclear safety standards following Japan’s earthquake-triggered nuclear crisis.

The decision was made on March 16 during a meeting of the State Council presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao. As China’s top nuclear power regulatory body, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) quickly unveiled a series of guidelines advising civil nuclear power plants to take disaster stress tests on planned and existing projects.

Follow-up efforts will include additional safeguards to bolster nuclear plants against large natural disasters. Such catastrophes are considered rare, and contingency plans against them are said to be weak.

Updating existing nuclear plants to match safety features of newly-built plants are also part of the MEP’s nuclear industry regulation overhaul.

Of all the nuclear plants currently under construction in China, many will be using model reactors, which feature an advanced passive safety system that have faster shutdown systems in times of emergency compared to failed reactor in Japan.

Upgrading safety-related infrastructure is not the only challenge facing China’s nuclear industry. The country’s rapid expansion of its nuclear capacity has put an enormous strain on relevant agencies to keep up with supervision and regulatory work, according to a statement published by the MEP.

Chai Guohan, chief engineer of nuclear safety and radiation at the MEP, said China’s nuclear power industry is running short on management personnel, and the expansion has made already-scarce human capital even thinner.

He added that legislative framework of nuclear safety practices needs to be improved, with emphasis given to updating laws, not just regulations.

http://english.caixin.com/2011-03-18/100237929.html

More Good News For Uranium: China’s Nuclear Energy Build-Out

By Mike Kapsch, Investment U Research
Thursday, February 14, 2013

It’s no secret uranium prices have plummeted since the Great Recession and Japan’s Fukushima disaster. In 2007, a pound of U3O8 was worth as much as US$136. Today, the same amount sells for just US$43.88.

Yet, of all the places you could invest this year, I’d say one of the best will be the nuclear industry… Especially in miners that export uranium to China. Why?

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March 20, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Power Restored at Fukushima I Nuke Plant, TEPCO Still Don’t Know What Went Wrong

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

EXSKF
http://ex-skf.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/power-restored-at-fukushima-i-nuke.html

TEPCO still doesn’t know what caused the power failure and how, therefore does not have measures in place to prevent any future power failure. Pressure from the national government was clearly on the operator to just start cooling and not worry about minor details like what caused the failure.

Ad hoc has been the name of the game for the past two years. Why change now?

Asahi Shinbun (3/20/2013; part):

今回の停電は、東日本大震災での事故以降では最大規模。だが原因は特定できていない。東電によると、停電の発端と みられる不具合が起きた3、4号機につながる仮設の配電盤は、目で見て分かる異常は確認できなかったという。当初は原因を突き止め、対策を講じた上で復旧 させる予定だったが、復旧を優先させることにし、仮設配電盤を通さずに、別の配電盤に冷却装置を接続することで電源を確保した。

The power outage this time was the most severe since the start of the accident. However, the cause of the outage hasn’t been identified. According to TEPCO, there was no visible sign of abnormality in the temporary switchboard that is connected to Reactors 3 and 4, where a trouble that led to the power outage was thought to have started. The company had initially planned to identify the cause, install measures to prevent future problems, and then turn the power back on. However, restoring the power was given the priority, and the cooling systems were connected to a different switchboard, circumventing the temporary switchboard.

The particular temporary switchboard is “3/4 M/C (A)” (M/C stands for “metal clad”). The location (or connection) of the switchboard in the overall electrical system looks different in the two different diagrams below. Either way, I don’t quite understand why Reactor 1 should be affected by the failure of this switchboard, as the Reactor 1 cooling system does not appear to be connected to this switchboard.

As TEPCO’s spokesman Ono explained it (via Ryuichi Kino),

所内共通M/C」(2A)と(2B)にも波及

[The trouble at “3/4/ M/C (A)”] had the ripple effect on Plant-wide common M/C (2A)(2B)

(I don’t have a clue as to how that could happen.)

3/4 M/C (A) (in blue circle that I added), in the diagram provided by TEPCO in the press conference on March 19, 2013, via Ryuichi Kino:

3/4 M/C (A), in the diagram from March 2012, from then-Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA, also from Ryuichi Kino:

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The USA begins producing plutonium-238 again for the first time in 25 years!

….The U.S. Department of Energy’s plutonium reboot has not yet advanced beyond the test phase, but NASA is confident that production will eventually ramp up enough to power space probes for several decades to come….
by Mike Wall, SPACE.com Senior Writer

Date: 19 March 2013

The United States has begun producing plutonium-238 again for the first time in a quarter century, marking a key step toward averting a feared shortage of this important spacecraft fuel, NASA officials say.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s plutonium reboot has not yet advanced beyond the test phase, but NASA is confident that production will eventually ramp up enough to power space probes for several decades to come.

“That’s going to revive our supply and allow us to be able to complete a number of potential plutonium-necessary missions over this decade, and position us well into the decade after that,” Jim Green, head of NASA’s planetary science division, said Monday (March 18) at the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas.

http://www.space.com/20290-plutonium-spacecraft-nasa-fuel.html

…Plutonium-238 is not a bomb making material, unlike its isotopic cousin plutonium-239. But Pu-238 is radioactive, emitting heat that can be converted to electricity using a device called a radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG)….

http://sagansense.tumblr.com/post/45794511491/electricspacekoolaid-us-makes-first-plutonium

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US Army lieutenant colonel accused of passing nuclear secrets to Chinese mistress

 

….The defense contractor first met the 27-year-old Chinese national during a conference on international military defense issues in Hawaii. The woman had been living in the US on a student visa. The affidavit notes that the woman represented to Bishop that she did not want him to disclose classified information to her, but then “continued over time to question Bishop on matters relating to the subject of his work.” From May 2011 until December 2012, he allegedly relayed classified national defense information to her and became romantically involved with her starting June 2011…..

Image source : (not connected to article but cool picture) http://noirwhale.com/2012/08/27/femme-fatales-anna-may-wong/

Posted on March 19, 2013

Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann

A Hawaii-based US defense contractor is facing charges for giving classified defense information, including top secret information about nuclear weapons, to a 27-year-old Chinese woman that he had a romantic interest in.

Benjamin Pierce Bishop, a 59-year-old Army Reserve lieutenant colonel who works as a civilian employee of a defense contractor at the US Pacific Command, was arrested at the command’s headquarters on Friday. He is scheduled to appear in court this week where a judge will decide whether he will remain locked up throughout his case.

The US District Court in Honolulu is prosecuting the man for an email he sent to the Chinese woman, detailing America’s war plans, nuclear weapons stockpile and the country’s relations with foreign partners. The court also alleges that Bishop told the young woman about the deployment of US strategic nuclear systems and the government’s ballistic missiles detection capabilities, according to the complaint.

The transmission of this information to foreign nationals could cause “serious danger to US national security,” the complaint reads.

Bishop is being charged with one count of deliberately relaying national defense information to someone not qualified to receive it, as well as one count of unlawfully retaining national defense documents. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

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Australian government approves nuclear irradiation of tomatoes

Submitted by kim.stewart on Wed 20 Mar 2013 11:34am

http://brisbane.foe.org.au/content/australian-government-approves-nuclear-irradiation-tomatoes

The irradiation of tomatoes & capsicums (bell peppers) has been approved by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today.

In Australia, all irradiation is done with nuclear material.

Now, A1069 (the application for the irradiation of tomatoes and capsicums) only requires rubber-stamping from the Ministerial Council.  Each state has at least one STATE MP on the Council.  Let your local member know that you say NO!!!  
Media: Robin Taubenfeld 0411118737
Ministerial contact details and a sample letter is below:

RE: APPROVAL OF IRRADIATION OF TOMATOES & CAPSICUMS (A1069)

Dear Member of the Australia New Zealand Food Ministerial Council,

On March 19, Food Standards Australia New Zealand announced its approval of Application A1069, for the irradiation of tomatoes and capsicums.

As a member of the Ministerial Council you have final decision making power over this approval.   I call on you to reject this application as the irradiation of these popular foods is not in the public interest.

The irradiation of food has not been proven safe.  I am extremely concerned that FSANZ continues to ignore scientific evidence highlighting the problems with irradiation, including vitamin depletion and the production of radiolytic products – chemicals formed in food when it is exposed to radiation, such as benzene, formaldehyde and cyclobutanones.

In 2009, the irradiation of cat food was outlawed in Australia after up to 100 cats developed neurological disorders after consuming irradiated cat food.  There is no science proving this effect to be species specific, however, the irradiation of food for human consumption is still permitted in Australia and New Zealand.

Furthermore, while I applaud the government for its decision to phase out the uses of some pesticides, I vehemently oppose the promotion of irradiation as the “alternative”.  Numerous alternatives exist, including other chemical treatments, physical disinfestation, creation of pest-free zones and organic production.

I also am alarmed that FSANZ appears to function as a defacto promoter of irradiation, rather than a judicious adjudicator on the matter.  FSANZ continues to ignore scientific modelling and consumer information that challenges its pro-irradiation stance.

As a member of the Ministerial Council, you have responsibility to ensure safe and healthy food for our community and to prioritise that over food corporation interests.

The irradiation of tomatoes and capsicums poses a risk to our community and is not in the public interest. A1069 must be rejected.

I look forward to hearing your response to my concerns,

Yours faithfully,
Name

Australian Government:

Hon Tanya Plibersek MP

Minister for Health and Ageing

150 Broadway, Chippendale NSW  2008 Minister.Plibersek@health.gov.au

The Hon Catherine King, MP

Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing

PO Box 6022, House of Representatives

Parliament House Canberra  ACT 2600

Catherine.King.MP@aph.gov.au

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March 20, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Absentee voting on nuclear plant too complex: Taiwan election official

…..”Preparatory work for the implementation of transfer voting in the nuclear power plant referendum would take between one and three months,” she said. “Citizens who intend to vote in a different constituency would be required to register 30 days in advance, and it will take another 20 days or so to review the registration.”

As the government is keen for construction on the much-delayed nuclear plant to proceed, the move lends a certain degree of weight to the opposition camp’s view that the ruling Kuomintang wants the referendum to fail….

  • Staff Reporter
  • 2013-03-20
  • 09:30 (GMT+8)

Central Election Commission chairwoman Chang Po-ya, right. (Photo/Wang Yuan-mao)Central Election Commission chairwoman Chang Po-ya, right. (Photo/Wang Yuan-mao)

Lawmakers in Taiwan requested Central Election Commission chairwoman Chang Po-ya on March 18 to deliver a report on the implementation of absentee voting in national referendums and elections, a matter which has been brought under the spotlight after the Cabinet proposed a referendum to decide the future of the country’s Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.

“The estimated coast of a national referendum is about NT$780 million (US$26.2 million) and the implementation of absentee voting would cost an additional NT$80 million (US$2 million),” Chang said.

The chairwoman said that establishing absentee voting for overseas citizens, especially Taiwanese businesspeople in China, would be complex. For this reason, the Cabinet for the moment is only allowing domestic residents to take part in the ballot.

“Preparatory work for the implementation of transfer voting in the nuclear power plant referendum would take between one and three months,” she said. “Citizens who intend to vote in a different constituency would be required to register 30 days in advance, and it will take another 20 days or so to review the registration.”

As the government is keen for construction on the much-delayed nuclear plant to proceed, the move lends a certain degree of weight to the opposition camp’s view that the ruling Kuomintang wants the referendum to fail.

References:

Chang Po-ya  張博雅

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130320000039&cid=1101

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USA – Regulator Delays Nuclear-Plant Rule on filter vents

….In a written statement made public Tuesday, NRC Chairman Allison Macfarlane appeared to disagree with her colleagues’ decision to delay, saying the filters would be “a valid and important safety improvement.”…..

…Rep. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat who has been a longtime critic of the nuclear regulator, said that the agency “chose to grant the nuclear power industry’s requests for more studies and more delays, and even after the study is completed there is still no guarantee that the NRC will ever make this common-sense requirement mandatory.”….

….NRC Commissioner William Ostendorff said that the agency’s post-Fukushima review didn’t initially recommend installing the filters. “This is an important, but not urgent, matter,” he wrote…..

March 19, 2013, 5:07 p.m. ET

By RYAN TRACY

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323415304578370793871922534.html

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday delayed action on a proposed regulation that might have imposed hundreds of millions of dollars of costs on some of the country’s older nuclear power plants.

In a victory for the nuclear industry, a majority of the commission’s five-member governing body voted for more analysis of the costs and benefits of installing filters on reactor venting systems. The measure has been under consideration as one of the U.S. responses to Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in March 2011, during which significant amounts of radiation were released into the air.

The body has been debating the proposal for weeks, and the key question for the NRC commissioners was whether to make the filter requirement mandatory. The NRC’s expert staff had recommended moving forward with a mandate to install the vents, but the nuclear industry had been pushing the agency to do more research into the matter.

The commission said Tuesday that it was directing its staff to explore several options for the rule rather than issue the requirement immediately. It said that the agency would finalize a rule regarding filters by March 2017.

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Remember Fukushima – All the links to speakers at the UK House of Common

Posted : Thursday, 14 March 2013

From the meeting held on the 11 March 2013

I thought it was a very well balanced set of speakers, who between them, covered the whole up-to-date nuclear story.  From the facts and figures of how ridiculous it is to pursue nuclear power to the wonderful artwork from the children of Fukushima, who are having to deal with life within a nuclear disaster.  (Jo, “South West Against Nuclear”)
Kate Hudson, General Secretary, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
http://youtu.be/L1CXthKRTsU
http://youtu.be/mz8PXTN5pZE
John Large, Independent nuclear safety engineer, Large and Associates Ltd
http://youtu.be/e1WDhpfDptA
http://youtu.be/0eVUS0Ufk-c (Only the beginning)
Jonathon Porritt, Environmentalist, Forum for the Future
http://youtu.be/flHRDrRzUrM
Dr Paul Dorfman, Nuclear Consulting Group, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
nuclear policy research fellow and senior researcher at University of Warwick
http://youtu.be/cb_TNIrBSfk
Prof Stephen Thomas, Energy policy researcher, University of Greenwich

http://youtu.be/I6F-pBfNR78
Geoff Read, Fukushima evacuee
http://youtu.be/c4kRwUW_Vl0
Taka Honda, World Network for Saving Children from Radiation
http://youtu.be/rMfguc1zdDw
Satsuki Goto, JAN UK
http://youtu.be/nEMuebeaHNc
Camilla Berens (Kick Nuclear), Gordon Taylor, and Neil Crumpton
http://youtu.be/MKXb_efp9-w

 

h/t Mia at http://fukushimaappeal.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/remember-fukushima-all-links-to.html

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Nuclear Energy Insider: Sellafield in Major Nuclear Decommissioning Talks

…It’s one thing to keep forking out buckets of cash to clean up the wastes we already have – given how dangerous it is, the government doesn’t really have any other option. What would be utter madness would be to make any more of the stuff. Yet that’s exactly what the nuclear lobby wants us to do….  🙂 Greenpeace
The conference will be bringing together 200 decommissioning experts for two days of business critical intelligence, unrivalled networking and stimulating discussion. With senior level business leaders from across the UK and Europe, leading contractors and equipment providers and specialist service companies, this is not to be missed!….. 🙂 Pro-nukes
March 19, 2013 10:41 AM

As part of its updated business plan, the NDA currently has an annual expenditure of almost £3 billion a year. £1.3 billion of this enters the supply chain at various levels below the SLCs, delivering massive opportunities for decommissioning service providers.

(PRWEB) March 19, 2013

To advance the latest industry developments and learn from the first-hand experience of others, Sellafield’s supply chain experts will be meeting with key decommissioning organisations including the ONR, NIA, Dounreay Site Restoration, Babcock International, CH2M Hill, AMEC, AREVA, Atkins, GE Hitachi and Research Sites Restoration Ltd.

The conference is undoubtedly the best chance in 2013 for service providers to meet and network with the top decommissioning companies that are actively seeking new, innovative and practical solutions to aid their projects.

Furthermore, this will be the only nuclear decommissioning conference with exclusive industry updates from the NAO, ONR and the NIA and an exclusive key note presentation from the European Commission.

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