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EDF to repair French nuclear reactor fuel rods after corrosion found

“Mediapart said the problem would impact production levels due to the high number of reactors involved, and the corrosion could require EDF to replace the nuclear fuel more frequently”

“EDF has already estimated that some Eur55 billion ($75.0 billion) of investment is required to extend the lifespans of its entire fleet for a further 10 years, including around Eur10 billion to cover further safety demands from the ASN following the Fukushima disaster in 2011”

“EDF’s nuclear fleet produced 403.7 TWh of power in 2013, down 0.3% on the year and below the reduced 405-410 TWh target for 2013 announced by the company in early November.”

“EDF has said it also plans seven, ten-yearly outages in 2014”

“This will be more of a challenge in 2016, when six, 10-yearly outages are planned.”

London (Platts)–10Feb2014/749 am EST/1249 GMT


EDF will have to carry out maintenance to fix excess corrosion on fuel rods in 25 of its 58 French nuclear reactors, a spokeswoman for ASN, the nuclear watchdog, said Monday.

Tests have shown that “unacceptable” levels of corrosion have been found on the fuel rods, which hang into reactor pools and power the nuclear reaction, the spokeswoman said.

State-controlled EDF’s 58 nuclear power reactors provide three quarters of France’s power.

“At this stage, there is no consequence in terms of operations,” an EDF spokesman said. “Normal improvement procedures are scheduled, with notably a program for replacing certain rods from 2015.”

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February 24, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Radiation exposure – health effects – the cover-up about Fukushima

Tokyo Press Conference: “Deliberate cover-up” of public’s exposure to Fukushima radiation and the health problems they are suffering from… This is now Japan’s biggest problem — “Continual, purposeful concealment of facts” — “Media will not properly report” what’s going on (VIDEO)

NPR’s ‘Weekend Edition’, Feb. 15, 2014: The cleanup at the crippled nuclear reactor at Fukushima, Japan has been plagued by problems. Contaminated water has leaked into the ocean, radiation levels are higher than originally announced and the Japanese public is suspicious that [TEPCO] isn’t telling the whole story.  Continue reading

February 24, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Why Thorium nuclear reactors are just not what they’re cracked up to be

There’s a good reason (or many good reasons) why wind turbines and solar panels are in place all over the world, but there isn’t a single commercial thorium reactor in operation. It’s not because every government in the world is suppressing thorium. It’s most likely because thorium simply isn’t what its proponents say it is.

Why Thorium Nuclear Isn’t Featured on CleanTechnica Update: I have published a new post on this matter (thorium) that includes two rebuttals to the below reposted paper.

I had a reader email me recently asking why we don’t feature thorium nuclear technology on CleanTechnica. To many good-intentioned folks, thorium is an energy panacea that seems perfect. People I respect have asked me the same thing in the past year or so. But thorium is far from perfect. In fact, it’s pretty darn lame, as I think you will see below (if you read this with an open mind).

Now, before I get into the details of why thorium is anything but awesome, I want to say a few things about the culture that surrounds the “thorium will solve all our problems!” idea. Continue reading

February 24, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Fukushima – it can happen in America – new book

read-this-wayBOOK REVIEW ’Fukushima’ sounds warning on nuclear energy A clear-eyed overview of the nuclear industry and the Japanese disaster doesn’t split hairs over the risk: It can happen here. LA Timeds, By Michael Hiltzik February 21, 2014,   On March 18, 2011, an official from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission named Chuck Casto called together the NRC delegation on assignment with him in Tokyo.

“We’re in never-never land,” he told them. Continue reading

February 24, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Council votes against nuclear waste dump in the Great Lakes Basin.

Lake-Huron,-Bruce-County,-OMILAN: Council approves resolution opposing nuclear waste site in Canada February 22, 2014 By Lori Maranville For Heritage Media MILAN — City Council is joining many other citizen groups in the United States and Canada with its passage of a resolution opposing the construction of a nuclear waste repository in the Great Lakes Basin.

The council voted in favor of the resolution with Councilwoman Martha Churchill abstaining from the vote.
Councilman Brett Moyer, who introduced the issue, provided the council a list of other municipalities in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Canada who all have resolutions opposing the proposed radioactive waste facility expected to be built by Ontario Power Generation in Kincardine, Ont.

OPG, a publicly owned company managing the waste of the region’s nuclear facilities, plans to build the permanent underground waste site at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station, less than a mile inland from the shore of Lake Huron and 440 yards below the lake level. The Deep Geologic Repository would provide long term containment of low and intermediate level waste……

 A Canadian nonprofit organization called “Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump” has created a website to gather support for a stance against the waste site,
The group currently has nearly 47,000 signatures on an online petition opposing the site,

Currently, Michigan has regulations prohibiting the disposal of low-level radioactive waste on any site within 10 miles of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, the Saint Mary’s River, the Detroit River or St. Clair.

The Michigan State Senate adopted a resolution in May last year asking Canadian officials to review the project and take into consideration Michigan’s rules for siting, as well as international agreements between the two countries that call for reducing radiological contamination. ….

Councilman Douglas Gilson said he was in favor of the resolution and thanked Moyer for bringing the issue before Council.

“You’re talking about our children’s future and our grandchildren’s and their children’s future when you’re putting this stuff right next to a Great Lake,” Gilson said of the planned facility…….To date, the project still needs the go ahead from Canada’s Ministry of the Environment before OPG can proceed with plans. A decision is expected sometime this year, and, if the project is approved, it is expected to be in development over a period of five to seven years.

February 24, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Nuclear graveyard: To ‘light up’ our homes, some lives are falling into ‘darkness’

The main problem, Shukla believes, is the careless
transportation and disposal of the radioactive waste.


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Pictures by Photojournalist Chinky Shukla

Poulomi Banerjee , Hindustan Times  Jadugoda, February 22, 2014

By 2032, India hopes to generate 63 gigawatts of nuclear power that will reduce its dependence on energy and make it self-reliant. Jadugoda, a small township in Jharkhand, where the Uranium Corporation of India Ltd (UCIL) is mining uranium, may be paying the price for that ambition.

Photojournalist Chinky Shukla, 27, found her interest  piqued by newspaper articles on the effects of uranium mining on the Jadugoda population.

“I read reports by scientists and environmentalists who had been tracking the Jadugoda issue.

I also read about the increasing number of deaths among nuclear scientists in India.

The authorities were dismissing them as suicides,” Shukla recalls.

She decided to follow the Jadugoda story and went there in 2012.

The project that took three weeks, yielded the photofeature, ‘Jadugoda: The Nuclear Graveyard’ that won the Picture of the Year award in the National Press Photo contest of the Media Foundation of India, 2013.

It also won first prize in the All India Environmental Journalism Contest that year.

Right : Lung cancer
Mohan, 19, has six toe-fingers. His father, a miner in the uranium mines at Jadugoda, died of lung cancer

Left :  Radioactive waste
The pipe that the little girls are sitting on carries radioactive waste from the mines to the tailing pond. UCIL has erected signboards to warn people

Awards, however, didn’t allow Shukla to forget the horror. She remembers taking pictures of a toddler’s burial in Jadugoda.

“The mother kept saying that unlike other children, he had no physical or mental deformity. But sudden death is also caused by continued exposure to radioactive substances,” says Shukla.

“The government is in denial. It is citing poverty and malnutrition as reasons for the tribals’ health issues,” she says.

Shukla also got in touch with an NGO, JOAR, that has been working to build awareness about the plight of the people in Jadugoda.

“The UCIL has been smart. It has built roads, the mine-workers are paid well. They know what the uranium mine is doing to themselves and their children.

But without alternative sources of income, they choose to remain quiet,” says the photojournalist.

The houses are equipped with dosimeters to measure the level of radioactivity in the area.

But the readings are never shared with the residents.

The main problem, Shukla believes, is the careless
transportation and disposal of the radioactive waste.

“The government must wake up to the threat,” she says.

February 24, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Long drawn out litigation over radioactive thorium wastes

Newfield toxic site in limbo as litigation still drags on Courier Post Feb. 22, 2014  “……The “slag pile,” which contains uranium and thorium, has been the center of a federal dispute since 2009. That’s when the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission granted New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection regulatory authority over how Shieldalloy would dispose of its waste.

The corporation is fighting the state in federal court, arguing New Jersey’s demand that it move the waste from Newfield could bankrupt the company. Shieldalloy has appealed federal court rulings three times; its most recent appeal was filed in October.

Shieldalloy’s first proposed decommissioning plan for the federal Superfund site called for the waste to be capped on site with a protective barrier, a measure that is within the NRC’s regulations. The company estimates the cost near $14 million.

The safest solution is, and always has been, on-site capping under a suitable protective cover and long-term monitoring,” company spokesman Noah Lichtman said.

In contrast, the DEP wants the waste hauled by rail to a Utah dumping site. Shieldalloy claims the state plan would cost $30 million…..

The years of litigation have been frustrating, Carrow added, and pending appeals have silenced state and federal officials who once pledged their support in fighting Shieldalloy….

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Public excluded from St. Clair County nuclear waste talks

Lake-Huron,-Bruce-County,-OActivists object to exclusion of public from nuclear talks, February 23, 2014 By Jim BlochThe Voice Reporter  The St. Clair County Health Department has invited public officials, but not the general public, to hear representatives of a proposed underground nuclear waste dump about 90 miles north-northeast of the Blue Water Bridge, on the edge of Lake Huron.

Neither did the Health Department invite opponents of the nuclear waste dump to share the podium with the pro-dump spokesmen.

“All I can say is that I am disappointed that it will not be a balanced and open forum,” said Patty Troy, co-chair of the Binational Public Advisory Council on the St. Clair River, charged with helping to reverse the pollution that led the river to be declared an “area of concern” by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1987.

“Our intent is not to end the discussion nor to stifle debate on this important issue,” said Dr. Annette Mercatante, the county’s medical health officer. “Rather it is to collect and disseminate relevant, factual information to people who are charged with the health and safety of our community.”

The presentation is scheduled for 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the county building in Port Huron.

“Because of the high level of interest concerning Ontario Power Generation’s construction and operation of a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for the long-term management of low and intermediate level nuclear waste, the St. Clair County Health Department has invited Kevin Powers and Mark Jensen to do a presentation explaining the project,” said the health department in its invitation……

Local environmentalists and anti-nuclear activists have taken issue with the health department’s exclusion of the public and experts opposing the project
“Since the Public Health Department is charged with protecting the public’s health, why have they waited until the 11th hour to get involved?” asked Kay Cumbow, an activist with Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination. Three years ago, Cumbow discovered and publicized OPG’s plan to ship radioactive nuclear generators from Ontario, through Lake Huron and the St. Clair River, all the way to Sweden for partial recycling, a plan since shelved. “Why are they shutting out the public, who will be the guinea pigs if this dump is approved? Why did they only invite those heavily invested in building the project to speak to St. Clair County officials?”……

February 24, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Another Florida nuclear plant in safety trouble?

safety-symbol-SmFlag-USACooling tubes at FPL St. Lucie nuke plant show significant wear Yet another Florida nuclear plant may be in trouble. Tampa Bay Times, Ivan Penn 22 Feb 14, More than 3,700 tubes that help cool a nuclear reactor at Florida Power & Light’s St. Lucie facility exhibit wear. Most other similar plants have between zero and a few hundred.

Worst case: A tube bursts and spews radioactive fluid. That’s what happened at the San Onofre plant in California two years ago. The plant shut down forever because it would have cost too much to fix…….FPL is so confident in St. Lucie’s condition that it boosted the plant’s power. The utility acknowledged that will aggravate wear on the tubes, located inside steam generators.

Critics say that’s like pressing hard on the accelerator, even when you know the car has worn brakes.”The damn thing is grinding down,” said Daniel Hirsch, a University of California at Santa Cruz nuclear policy lecturer. “They must be terrified internally. They’ve got steam generators that are now just falling apart.”…….

In 2007, FPL installed two new steam generators for $140 million, intending them to last until the plant’s license expires in 2043. Each generator contained about 9,000 tubes, which are 50 to 70 feet long. In 2009, FPL shut down the reactor for routine refueling. An inspection found that the tubes were banging against the stainless steel antivibration bars, leaving dents and wear spots. More than 2,000 tubes showed some wear in 5,855 separate places. (A tube can be worn in multiple spots.)

At that time — this was three years before San Onofre — it was by far the most wear found at the 20 or so similar plants with new generators, according to filings with the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The Salem 2 plant in New Jersey had 1,567 wear indications when first inspected, but no other plant had more than a few hundred. The typical plant had fewer than 20.

Aging steam generators near the end of their useful lives can develop significant tube wear, but to sustain thousands of wear indications just a couple of years after installation is unusual……..

“I’d have to agree that every steam generator has dents,” Gundersen said. “But the magnitude of what is going on at St. Lucie is off the charts. These guys are a hundred times worse than the industry average.”…….

February 24, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Nuclear energy is NOT “renewable”

NUCLEAR ENERGY IS RENEWABLE? FEBRUARY 23, 2014 ROBERT WILSON As a sort of half-hearted Labour supporter I continue to despair about their energy policies. From Tony Blair mixing up the words electricity and energy when negotiating the 2020 renewable energy targets to Ed Milliband delusionally proposing that the UK can freeze electricity prices while simultaneously de-carbonising electricity.

And my despair continues when I read Shadow Energy Secretary Caroline Flint say the following “It’s important to recognise that when you look at the unit cost of electricity generated by nuclear it actually works out cheaper than other forms of renewable energy.”

Now, you can argue over whether nuclear is or is not cheaper than renewable energy, but since when is it renewable energy? Such slips of the tongue should not be made by a politician who has a decent handle on their brief. Hopefully Labour can make Tom Greatrix, a rather sensible and pragmatic guy as far as I can tell, their Shadow Energy Secretary to save themselves from such embarrassment.

February 24, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Japan to Lift Part of Fukushima Evacuation Order – 30,000 to return

Sunday, 23 Feb 2014

Japan will lift an exclusion order on an area around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, allowing some residents to return to live for the first time since the disaster, officials said Monday.

“The formal lifting of the evacuation order will come on April 1, affecting around 300 people” whose homes are in part of Tamura city, around 20 kilometres (12 miles) west of the wreaked plant, a Cabinet Office official told AFP.

Over the next two years, up to 30,000 people will be allowed to return to their homes in the original exclusion zone, thrown up in a bid to protect people from the harmful effects of leaking radiation, he added.

The decision comes despite sharp divisions among residents over whether or not they should return, with many still concerned over the persistent presence of low-level radiation, despite decontamination efforts.

Under government guidelines, areas are declared suitable for habitation if someone living there is exposed to a maximum of 20 millisieverts of radiation per year.

Officials have said they would like to get radiation exposure down to one millisievert a year.

The International Commission on Radiological Protection recommends a dosage limit of one millisievert per year from all sources of radiation, but says exposure to less than 100 millisieverts per year presents no statistically significant increase in cancer risk.

A single CT hospital scan delivers around 10 millisieverts, according to the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in Japan.

Once the evacuation order is lifted, people will be free to choose whether or not to return home, the official said.

“Compensation (paid by the government and Fukushima operator Tokyo Electric Power) will continue, in terms of properties and the disaster-led joblessness,” he said.

“But the monthly pay of 100,000 yen ($980) to address emotional distress caused by the accident will end if residents decide to return home,” he said.

Nearly three years after the massive tsunami slammed into Japan, killing more than 18,000 and setting off the worst nuclear accident in a generation, around 100,000 people remain displaced because of evacuation orders, according to Japan’s Reconstruction Agency.

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February 24, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Read Compelling Stories of Shameful Treatment of Fukushima Victims

Greenpeace | February 22, 2014

By Brian Blomme

When most of us think of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster we think about leaks of contaminated water, criminal gangs hiring ill-trained workers to work on cleaning up radioactive materials on the site, ice-dams to stop water flowing, or government announcements that never improve anything.


Six anti-nuclear activists from India, Korea, Poland, and Germany and the Greenpeace France executive director met victims in the Fukushima area this week. Photo credit: Greenpeace

What we often don’t think about are the victims. More than 150,000 people were made victims by this disaster, most are still victims. But these days there is little coverage of their daily lives and the problems they continue to face.

They have compelling stories to tell. To learn about the stories, and to expose the shameful neglect of victims, Greenpeace Japan brought six international witnesses to tour the Fukushima area this week and to meet five victims.

The witnesses heard about the victims’ exposure to high doses of radiation in the early days of the disaster and the government misinformation about the risks. They heard about worries over long-term effects and about children—many still play where there is too much radiation. They heard about abandoned farms, where edible food may never grow again, or the pain farmers felt when they had to kill off their dairy cows. The heard about the strong yearning for lost family life, and for communities and important traditions now lost.


Victims shared their personal stories on how the Fukushima disaster affected them. Photo credit: Greenpeace

The spin from the Japanese government these days is that the Fukushima disaster is over. This spin allows it to abandon the victims. Instead of helping people, the government is spending more time planning the Olympics for 2020 and trying to sell nuclear technology to other countries.

The victims on the tour are doing what they can to fight back. Kenichi Hasegawa, a farmer, and Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of an evacuated town, have both travelled to other countries to talk about the poor treatment of victims. All speak out.

The story of shameful treatment is about more than five people; it’s about the tens of thousands who still haven’t been able to rebuild their lives, as David McNeill writes for us.

Around 100,000 people from the Fukushima area are still living in two-room temporary living quarters. They had to flee a world they loved to live crammed together in buildings that are already falling apart.


Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of Futaba, presents his his family tree going back hundreds of years to the Greenpeace witnesses. Photo credit: Greenpeace

Fukushima: Don’t Forget—that is the goal of the witness tour. The witnesses committed to telling the stories in their home countries so this tragedy and the impact on people won’t be forgotten. They will talk about the Fukushima stories to enhance their own anti-nuclear work. People everywhere need to know that the shameful treatment of Fukushima victims is what will happen anywhere there is another nuclear disaster.

February 24, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

“I will be there for you David Cameron” love from the nuclear loving Arnold Schwarzenneger

Published on 23 Feb 2014

Arnold Schwarzenneger’s message for leadership in the field of Energy Efficiency

Meanwhile sometime before the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns;

Sunday, March 16, 2008

“I think nuclear power has a great future, and we should look at it again,” California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said, closing The Wall Street Journal’s “ECO:nomics” conference. While he understands some people might still be afraid of the nuclear option, most Three Mile Island analogies are “environmentalist scare tactics.

The technology has advanced so much ,” he said.

Cut the green crap! Cameron reveals his private view of energy taxation and orders ministers to dump the eco-charges adding £110-a-year to bills

David Cameron hails nuclear power plant deal as big day for Britain

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