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Tepco can’t even investigate why ALPS stopped purifying contaminated water / Too radioactive to study

Luc Oursel, CEO of nuclear-engineering firm Areva
“It is unclear if Areva and partner Mitsubishi are still on the ground at Fukushima or not. Apparently due to Areva’s failures, Energy Solutions of Utah, in partnership with Toshiba, has been operating its “ALPS” system, which has been characterized by repeated problems and should also be replaced.”


Following up this article.. 21 tanks and 1km of pipe must be decontaminated due to the system failure of ALPS / Not known when to reboot ALPS [URL]

Posted by Mochizuki on April 3rd, 2014

Tepco cannot even investigate what caused the system problem in multiple nuclide removing system ALPS (Advanced Liquid Processing System).

The system has shut down 3 times within 10 days. This is about the first shut down.

Tepco found that one of the 3 systems did not purify the contaminated water on 3/18/2014. Before they notice this problem, they already contaminated 21 tanks and 1km length of the pipes.

They assume the problem was in a filter of this system. However, they can’t investigate the part due to the excessively high level of radiation.

Tepco states they need to decontaminate the part but they haven’t even been able to start cleaning the filter.

Tepco’s spokes man commented they are in the process of preparation but it’s not known when they complete the investigation.


ALPS is practically considered to be one of the national projects on contaminated water issue. Tepco’s president Hirose stated to Japanese Prime Minister Abe to complete purifying all the contaminated water by the end of March in 2015.

The current contaminated water volume is approx. 450,000 m3. ALPS is required to process 1,960 m3/day of contaminated water from this summer. However ALPS hasn’t been in the full operation since early 2013. The cause of this latest trouble hasn’t even been identified either. There is a possibility that ALPS is only an imaginary technology to swerve the domestic / international criticisms for a short term.



Downplay it in the beginning, and quietly add more information so nobody notices it. All for not letting the cattle escape. This is their strategy.


Français :

Tepco ne peut pas rechercher pourquoi ALPS s’est arrêté de filtrer les eaux extrêmement radioactives : c’est trop radioactif pour l’étudier


Article lié : 21 citernes et 1 km de tuyaux doivent être décontaminés à cause de la panne de ALPS : Date de redémarrage de ALPS inconnue

Tepco ne peut même pas rechercher ce qui a posé problème au système de filtration multi-nucléide ALPS (Advanced Liquid Processing System).
Ce système a été arrêté 3 fois en 10 jours. Ceci concerne le premier arrêt.
Tepco a trouvé le 18 mars 2014 que l’un des 3 systèmes ne filtrait plus rien. Ils avaient déjà pollué 21 citernes et 1 km de tuyauteries quand ils s’en sont rendus compte.
Ils supposent que le problème se situe dans l’un des filtres de ce système. Cependant, ils ne peuvent aller explorer cet endroit à cause de sa trop grande radioactivité.
Tepco affirme qu’ils doivent décontaminer cette partie mais ils n’ont pas même été capables de commencer à nettoyer le filtre.
Le porte-parole de Tepco a déclaré qu’ils sont en train de le préparer mais on ne sait pas quand ils vont finir leurs investigations.

ALPS est quasiment considéré comme étant le premier des projets de retraitement des eaux extrêmement radioactives. M. Hirose, le président de Tepco a affirmé à M. Abe, le premier ministre japonais que la filtration des eaux extrêmement radioactives seraient terminée pour fin mars 2015.
Le volume actuel des eaux extrêmement radioactives est d’environ 450 000 m³ (=45 000 Hl). ALPS doit traiter 1 960 m³/jour (196 Hl/j) d’eau extrêmement radioactive à partir de cet été. Or ALPS n’a jamais été totalement opérationnel depuis le début de 2013. La cause du dernier problème n’a pas encore été même identifiée non plus. Il est possible que ALPS soit une technique parfaitement imaginaire pour se dérober aux critiques intérieures/ internationales à court terme.

Le minimiser au début et ajouter tranquillement de nouvelles information pour que personne ne le remarque. Tout pour que le troupeau ne s’échappe pas. C’est leur stratégie.

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3 vice presidents of Tepco’s new Fukushima company are from nuclear makers / Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Hitachi GE


Following up this article.. Tepco to make the inner company organization specialized in Fukushima decommissioning [URL]


3 vice presidents of the new inner company are from the nuclear makers.


Tepco established the inner company organization specialized in Fukushima decommissioning on 4/1/2014. As of the day, this company is to take the initiative and responsibility of Fukushima decommissioning.

According to Tepco, 3 of 6 vice presidents are invited from outside of Tepco. However, all of these 3 vice presidents were invited from the nuclear makers.

These are Mitsubishi heavy industries, Toshiba, and Hitachi GE nuclear energy.


Tepco comments they invited the professional members. They call it “All Japan tactics”.



Downplay it in the beginning, and quietly add more information so nobody notices it. All for not letting the cattle escape. This is their strategy.


Français :

3 vice-présidents de la nouvelle filiale de Tepco pour Fukushima proviennent des constructeurs de centrales : Mitsubishi, Toshiba et Hitachi GE


Article lié : Tepco va se monter une filiale spécialisée dans le démantèlement de Fukushima

3 vice-présidents de la nouvelle entreprise sortent de chez les constructeurs de centrales nucléaires.

Le 1er avril 2014, Tepco a constitué sa filiale en charge du démantèlement de Fukushima. Pour l’instant, cette entreprise est faite pour assumer l’initiative et les responsabilités du démantèlement de Fukushima.
Selon Tepco, 3 de ses 6 vice-présidents sont recrutés hors de Tepco. Néanmoins, ces 3 vice-présidents sont débauchés de chez des constructeurs de centrales.
Il s’agit de  Mitsubishi industries lourdes, Toshiba et Hitachi GE énergie nucléaire.

Tepco déclare qu’ils ont invité les membres professionnels. Ils appellent ça “la tactique du tout japonais”.

Le minimiser au début et ajouter tranquillement de nouvelles information pour que personne ne le remarque. Tout pour que le troupeau ne s’échappe pas. C’est leur stratégie.

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Adieu Free Speech in Nuclear France: Areva Rules

Luc Oursel, CEO of nuclear-engineering firm Areva
“It is unclear if Areva and partner Mitsubishi are still on the ground at Fukushima or not. Apparently due to Areva’s failures, Energy Solutions of Utah, in partnership with Toshiba, has been operating its “ALPS” system, which has been characterized by repeated problems and should also be replaced.”

31 March 2014

Almost two months ago, the French government condemned a French citizen-NGO for criticizing the almost completely French government owned nuclear company AREVA. (

How can a government sue its own citizen for raising a question of possible corruption? Shouldn’t the government provide documents proving that there was no corruption instead?

Since when do citizens have no right to criticize their own government or question its actions? This shows that France has no free speech and is no democracy.

We find AREVA a very worrisome entity. It is a majority French government owned nuclear multinational, and by all appearances, the French government seems willing to put the weight of the French military, and now French courts, behind it. What is this other than a Nuclear Empire?

And, AREVA is more widely present throughout the world than realized. It has been present at Fukushima, having provided its MOX fuel, and operating a post-nuclear disaster water purification system, which apparently failed, and other projects. (1) It is involved in the WIPP nuclear waste dump (2), which has recently leaked radiation in the USA; it is involved in the Savannah River MOX plant, which ran over cost and is being moth-balled by the USA. AREVA mines for uranium in Africa, where, by all appearances, the French military is throwing its weight around to protect its mining interests. AREVA works closely with majority French government owned EDF, as well.

The outcome of the appeal in this case, appears yet to be announced. But, the fact that AREVA sued a French citizen, running a tiny NGO-blog site, for defamation, and that a judge ruled in AREVA’s favour, shows just how out of control AREVA and the French State really are. It is hence unsurprising that AREVA has almost two hundred entries in Wise Uranium’s “Hall of Infamy”:

Below is our translation of the February 7th statement by the NGO, Observatoire du nucléaire, dealing with this topic. (French original here:

Observatoire du nucléaire
Statement of 7 février 2014

Condemned at the demand of Areva,
l’Observatoire du nucléaire, appeals this judgement which
seriously endangers the right
to denounce the misdeeds of the nuclear lobby

Friday, 7 February 2014, despite damning evidence made public by l’Observatoire du nucléaire (see, the 17th Criminal Chamber of the Court of Paris saw fit to condemn (to several thousand euros in financial penalties, details shortly) for ‘defamation’ this association, at the urging of the radioactive multinational Areva.

It is edifying to remark that it is not only the justice system, but almost the entirety of French society, the main political parties, with the majority of the ‘big’ media, at the forefront, who conscientiously turn their eyes away, in order to profit from the plunder of Niger’s uranium. So, Areva was finally just executing this dirty work.

France is too happy to be able to fuel its nuclear reactors by grabbing Niger’s uranium at a derisory price: it’s probably hundreds of billions of euros, which should be reimbursed to Niger, especially if one takes into account the serious environmental damage (contamination, drying up of groundwater) and public health (multiple cancers, displacement of the local population, etc.)

The supposedly ‘environmentalist’ party EELV, through its two ministers, and by the complicit silence of its parliamentary groups, is directly the accomplice of Areva and of the nuclear lobby. Questioned on France-Inter, the minister of ‘development’ Pascal Canfin squarely stood up for Areva (morning of 21 January 2013,” [Translation note: the audio seems no long available. However, we found a transcript here: From our understanding, Pascal Canfin said that Areva and the Niger government were partners (lit. shareholders) at the Niger mines, and hence Areva gives the Niger government money. Pascal Canfin’s argument appears to be that the government-president of Niger can do as they please with the money, including buying an airplane for the president. He seems to consider this not to be corruption. Nonetheless, Stephane Lhomme of Observatoire du nucléaire has spoken of an ethical and moral dimension in this affair, even if it is not corruption by the letter of the law(2)]

“CGT-energy [French energy union], for its part, cheerfully ridicules all union and antiglobalization values ​​by supporting the looting of Niger on behalf of the nuclear industry … and of its lucrative Works Council, carved up, by this union with more than curious methods.(3)

The mainstream media has an overwhelming responsibility, because they, in particular, keep alive the myth of the supposed ‘energy independence provided by nuclear energy’ whereas 100% of the fuel is imported (looting of Niger, deals with dictators of Central Asia, etc.)

Regarding the famous case of the ‘Areva gift’ judged in court this day, it should be recalled that nobody would have heard of this real State Scandal, without the courageous commitment of the l’Observatoire du nucléaire. This payment of 35 million euros, added in late 2012, by Areva, to the budget of Niger, in controversial circumstances, and pre-allocated to the purchase of an airplane for the President of Niger (a former executive of Areva!), perfectly illustrates the contempt of nuclear France for the people of Niger.

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The “Cuban Twitter” Scam Is a Drop in the Internet Propaganda Bucket

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Image source ; George Monbiot attacks Chris Busby who supports the British Nuclear Test Veterans and is winning the legal case for them.html (UK government health warning on this link)

(The GCHQ document also describes a practice called “credential harvesting,” which NBC described as an effort to “select journalists who could be used to spread information” that the government wants distributed.

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This week, the Associated Press exposed a secret program run by the U.S. Agency for International Development to create “a Twitter-like Cuban communications network” run through “secret shell companies” in order to create the false appearance of being a privately owned operation. Unbeknownst to the service’s Cuban users was the fact that “American contractors were gathering their private data in the hope that it might be used for political purposes”–specifically, to manipulate those users in order to foment dissent in Cuba and subvert its government. According to top-secret documents published today by The Intercept, this sort of operation is frequently discussed at western intelligence agencies, which have plotted ways to covertly use social media for ”propaganda,” “deception,” “mass messaging,” and “pushing stories.”

These ideas–discussions of how to exploit the internet, specifically social media, to surreptitiously disseminate viewpoints friendly to western interests and spread false or damaging information about targets–appear repeatedly throughout the archive of materials provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Documents prepared by NSA and its British counterpart GCHQ–and previously published by The Intercept as well as some by NBC News–detailed several of those programs, including a unit devoted in part to “discrediting” the agency’s enemies with false information spread online.

The documents in the archive show that the British are particularly aggressive and eager in this regard, and formally shared their methods with their U.S. counterparts. One previously undisclosed top-secret documentprepared by GCHQ for the 2010 annual “SIGDEV” gathering of the “Five Eyes” surveillance alliance comprising the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and the U.S.–explicitly discusses ways to exploit Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media as secret platforms for propaganda.


The document was presented by GCHQ’s Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG). The unit’s self-described purpose is “using online techniques to make something happen in the real or cyber world,” including “information ops (influence or disruption).” The British agency describes its JTRIG and Computer Network Exploitation operations as a “major part of business” at GCHQ, conducting “5% of Operations.”

The annual SIGDEV conference, according to one NSA document published today by The Intercept, “enables unprecedented visibility of SIGINT Development activities from across the Extended Enterprise, Second Party and US Intelligence communities.” The 2009 Conference, held at Fort Meade, included “eighty-six representatives from the wider US Intelligence Community, covering agencies as diverse as CIA (a record 50 participants), the Air Force Research Laboratory and the National Air and Space Intelligence Center.”

Defenders of surveillance agencies have often insinuated that such proposals are nothing more than pipe dreams and wishful thinking on the part of intelligence agents. But these documents are not merely proposals or hypothetical scenarios. As described by the NSA document published today, the purpose of SIGDEV presentations is “to synchronize discovery efforts, share breakthroughs, and swap knowledge on the art of analysis.”

For instance: One of the programs described by the newly released GCHQ document is dubbed “Royal Concierge,” under which the British agency intercepts email confirmations of hotel reservations to enable it to subject hotel guests to electronic monitoring. It also contemplates how to “influence the hotel choice” of travelers and to determine whether they stay at “SIGINT friendly” hotels. The document asks: “Can we influence the hotel choice? Can we cancel their visit?”

Previously, der Spiegel and NBC News both independently confirmed that the “Royal Concierge” program has been implemented and extensively used. The German magazine reported that “for more than three years, GCHQ has had a system to automatically monitor hotel bookings of at least 350 upscale hotels around the world in order to target, search, and analyze reservations to detect diplomats and government officials.” NBC reported that “the intelligence agency uses the information to spy on human targets through ‘close access technical operations,’ which can include listening in on telephone calls and tapping hotel computers as well as sending intelligence officers to observe the targets in person at the hotels.”

The GCHQ document we are publishing today expressly contemplates exploiting social media venues such as Twitter, as well as other communications venues including email, to seed state propaganda–GHCQ’s word, not mine–across the internet:

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Australian nuclear lobby manipulates the internet – The Liberal Party’s nuclear dreams: The strange case of Dr John White and Ignite

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Why were Ignite Energy so desparate to dissociate their director Dr John White from both the nuclear industry and the Liberal Party? Deputy editor Sandi Keane investigates.

IS THE nuclear fantasy that has taken hold in South Australia poised to slip under Victoria’s ‘no nukes‘ radar?

More to the point, is the iconic Ninety Mile Beach region of Gippsland being eyed off as a future source of thorium – uranium’s young sister – the substance hailed by nuclear proponents as the green energy source of the future?

The story begins back in August last year, when Independent Australia managing editor David Donovan received a surprising complaint from the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA):

Dear David

I bring to your attention an error in the article at

A reference is made to Dr John White from Ignite Energy as being the same person as the Dr John White formerly of the Uranium Industry Framework under the former Howard Government and indeed casting aspersions on the former John.

The John from Ignite is not the same person.

I would be grateful if you correct this error in the article.


Megan Davison

Executive Director – Victorian Division

David duly passed the complaint on to me as the co-author of the article.

I responded with some incredulity:

Dear Megan

I refer you to Ignite Energy’s own website which lists Dr. John White as former chairman of the Uranium Industry Framework.  

I’m rather surprised that you failed to check his credentials and background before writing to us. Here’s the link to Ignite Energy’s key people:

The article describes him as having Liberal party connections. No-one can dispute this. Apart from heading up John Howard’s Uranium Industry Framework, he also travelled with John Howard to Washington to help set up the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership.  I’m happy to supply full details.


Sandi Keane | deputy editor

Independent Australia

It beggars belief that the powerful peak mining industry body could screw up so spectacularly. As the investigative journalist who documented former Prime Minister John Howard’s and John White’s plans to turn Australia into a nuclear waste dump, the last organisation I’d expect a tip-off on another potential nuclear controversy is the Minerals Council, but my interest was piqued.

The first thing I noticed after the Minerals Council’s complaint was the removal of all reference to John White on Ignite Energy Resources’ website — not just the Uranium Industry Framework reference but any association with Ignite.

Enquiries to both the Sydney and Melbourne offices of Ignite confirmed that, yes, Dr White was still one of its key people — manager, government and community liaison. Less than five months ago, he was introduced as Ignite’s “executive director” in an interview with the ABC’s The World Today on 17 October 2013. Indeed, the receptionist at Ignite thought that the ‘executive director’ title was still listed on Dr White’s CV.

So, why delete it from the website and have conniptions over us publishing his connections to the Uranium Industry Framework? Also, what did Megan Davison mean by ‘casting aspersions’? Was it the reference to his being ‘a key Liberal Party adviser in the Howard-era’?

As chair of Howard’s Uranium Industry Framework and mastermind of the business plan for the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (now renamed the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Co-operation), ‘key adviser’ hardly seems to do him justice.

Is this a reaction to the claims by members of the Gippsland community that Ignite is getting favourable treatment because of John White’s special relationship with the Liberal Party?

ELA4968’s thorium prospects

Further cross-referencing of Ignite’s website with pages downloaded months earlier provided further clues.

The details of one of IER’s leases, ELA4968 – which covers the iconic Ninety Mile Beach, Maffra, Sale, Bairnsdale and Orbost – had also disappeared.

The old website listed this exploration licence as including

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Radioactive contamination of Japan by Fukushima nuclear disaster

Caldicott: All of Japan contaminated by Fukushima — “Realistic estimate is 60,000 km², occupied by 46 million people” — “Things are grim, it gets worse by the day” — Unheard of in history, 100s of tons of melted fuel may be in earth (VIDEO)

2014/03/08 【京都】未来を担う子どもたちの為に、今、私たち


Bay FM 99.9 – Byron Bay Australia, Feb. 26, 2014:

Dr. Helen Caldicott: Things are grim — it gets actually worse by the day. […] There have been 3 meltdowns, which is just unheard of in the history of nuclear age, Units 1, 2, and 3, so that means that molten cores of about 100 tons of uranium in 3 reactors have melted their way through 6 inches of steel in the reactor vessel through to the containment floors, possibly through feet of concrete and steel into the earth. >> Full broadcast hereDr. Helen Caldicott in Kyoto, Japan, Mar. 8, 2014:

Dr. Helen Caldicott: A more realistic estimate of contamination is 60,000 square kilometers, occupied by 46 million people including parts of Tokyo and surroundings. As you can see (map on right), the whole land mass is contaminated to a greater or lesser extent.Watch Dr. Caldicott’s Kyoto presentation here

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Vogtle Nuclear Plant’s huge loan guarantee, dwarfs Solyndra’s solar loan

nukes-hungryWhy You’ve Heard of Solyndra, but not Vogtle, Climate Denial Crock of the Week with Peter Sinclair January 2, 2013 The Kochtopus media machine has made sure that the misfires of a burgeoning new industry, Solar energy, have become household names. Solyndra is the best example ofnon-scandals that Fox & Friends have tried hard to pump into something substantial.

Meanwhile, backed by a loan guarantee 15 times as large as the one Solyndra got, the new Vogtle Nuclear project has been quietly plowing ahead in Georgia.  Inevitably, the same types of tiresome and monotonous glitches, snafus and gremlins so familiar to nuclear industry observers have been cropping up and bogging down the ill considered project.

Those still looking for a nuclear revival would do well to consider what those of us paying attention knew a long time ago. This stuff is just too damn complex, ponderous, and expensive to compete. But don’t expect to hear much about it on Fox & Friends.

Wall Street Journal:
The first newly licensed nuclear-power plant to be built in the U.S. in decades, the Vogtle project in Georgia, has run into construction problems and may be falling years behind schedule, according to an engineering expert advising the state.

The $14 billion plant is being closely watched by energy experts as a bellwether for the rebirth of the U.S. nuclear industry, because it involves a new type of nuclear reactor and a modular construction method that are supposed to reduce construction time and cost.

But a construction monitor warned in a report to the Georgia Public Service Commission this month that the plant, which will be operated by Southern Co. SO -1.21% on behalf of several utilities, was falling behind schedule because of what he called an unsatisfactory performance by its construction team………..

….. 4 nuclear units were planned for $660,000,000 fifteen (15) years later only 2 units were built, for $8,870,000,000. That’s more than $8 billion in cost overruns, or more than 13 times the original cost estimate. So per unit, that’s more than 26 times the original estimate, or more than $4 billion per unit.

And of course that $8,870,000,000 is in 1987 dollars. In 2012 dollars that would be about $17,976,000,000. Or about $9 billion a unit.

The stock excuse for nuclear contractors way back when was the staggering cost of constantly changing Nuclear building standards and regulations.  Of course, one of the reasons those costs became so staggering is that many of these projects were still under construction when the Three Mile Island accident shone a bright spotlight on glaring design deficiencies that citizens groups and independent scientists had been shouting about for a decade.

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Prepare for the next nuclear power plant accident

safety-symbol1World Needs to Get Ready for Next Nuclear Power Plant Accident Bloomberg business Week, By Yuriy Humber April 03, 2014 Three major atomic accidents in 35 years are forcing the world’s nuclear industry to stop imagining it can prevent more catastrophes and to focus instead on how to contain them.

Of the 176 new reactors planned across the globe, half will be in nations that had no nuclear plants when disaster crippled the U.S. Three Mile Island reactor in 1979 and the Chernobyl reactor blew up in present day Ukraine in 1986.

As countries such as China and India embrace atomic power even after the Fukushima reactor meltdowns in 2011 caused mass evacuations because of radiation fallout, scientists warn the next nuclear accident is waiting to happen and could be in a country with little experience to deal with it.

“The cold truth is that, no matter what you do on the technological improvements side, accidents will occur — somewhere, someplace,” said Joonhong Ahn, a professor at the Department of Nuclear Engineering of University of California, Berkeley. The consequences of radiation release, contamination and evacuation of people is “clear and obvious,” Ahn said. That means governments and citizens should be prepared, not just nuclear utilities, he said……..

Still, the association defends the global safety record of nuclear power, ……

The problem is that the causes of the three events followed no pattern, and the inability to immediately contain them escalated the episodes into global disasters with huge economic, environmental and political consequences. Even if no deaths have yet been officially linked to Fukushima radiation, for example, cleanup costs have soared to an estimated $196 billion and could take more than four decades to complete.

If nuclear is to remain a part of the world’s energy supply, the industry must come up with solutions to make sure contamination — and all other consequences — do not spread beyond station grounds, Gregory Jaczko, ex-chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said in an interview in Tokyo.

“We have this accident and people will say, you know, it was caused by this and that,” Jaczko said. “But the next accident is going to be something different. Nobody can tell you where or when or what exactly it is going to be. You really need to do more on the consequence side.”……..

Real Consequences

The usefulness of the math after the world’s three major civilian accidents is academic, according to Jaczko.

“Once you have an accident, a low-probability and high consequence event, you can no longer call it a low probability event,” Jaczko said. “It is an event that’s happened and you cannot ignore the consequences simply because it was never supposed to happen. The consequences are real. Probabilities are always hypothetical.”

It was not until the late 1970s that analysis and large-scale testing began of what could happen in case of an atomic accident, according to the London-based WNA. The WNA says that testing — and the Fukushima disaster in March 2011 — show that “even the worst possible accident in a conventional western nuclear power plant or its fuel would not likely cause dramatic public harm.”

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Westinghouse to go IN to lucrative nuclear decommissioning, OUT of Small Modular reactors (SMRs)

Westinghouse backs out of Small Modular Reactor market Enformable Nuclear News Lucas W Hixson Roderick, President and CEO of Westinghouse announced that the nuclear firm is backing off of research and development of their Small Modular Reactor design.  The Westinghouse design is a scaled down version of the AP1000 reactor, designed to produce 225 MWe, which could power 45,000 residential houses.

In December, the firm was passed over for a second time by the United States Department of Energy’s SMR commercialization program. Roderick clarified the issue and noted that it was not the deployment of the technology that posed the biggest problem – it was that there were no customers.  “The worst thing to do is get ahead of the market,” he added


According to Roderick, unless Westinghouse was capable of producing 30 to 50 small modular reactors, there was no way that the firm would return its investment in the development project.  In the end, given the lack of market, and the similar lack of federal funding, Westinghouse was unable to justify the economics of small modular reactors at this point.

Westinghouse was working with St. Louis-based Ameren, which had indicated its desire to build a new reactor near the State’s only existing nuclear reactor – the Calloway nuclear power plant, if a federal investment could be secured.

Westinghouse will focus its attentions on its decommissioning business, which is a $1 billion dollar per year business for the firm – which is equivalent to Westinghouse’s new reactor construction business, and rededicate its staff to the AP1000 reactor design.


Analysts are monitoring how the companies who did receive funding from the Department of Energy perform as they evolve. Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazett

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Britain getting radioactive dust from Sahara’s old French bombing?

text ionisingAlgerian desert dust infected with French bomb radioactivity  Dear Kitty , some blog By David flag-UKLowry in Britain:
Is Saharan dust radioactive?  4th April 2014

As Britain is blanketed in a layer of desert sand, DAVID LOWRY asks whether it could be contaminated by fallout from French nuclear tests in Algeria more than 50 years ago

South-easterly winds have coated Britain in a toxic Saharan dust cloud.

Combined with domestic pollution, the sand has caused air quality to plummet and engulfed many parts of the country in smog-like conditions.

But one unreported aspect of the Saharan dust is that it could be radioactive.

French nuclear testing in Algeria, conducted during the height of the independence struggle, spread radioactive fallout across southern Europe in the early 1960s – and the radioactivity that settled on the desert could have been resuspended in this natural fallout event over Britain.

It’s recently been revealed that atmospheric spread of the radioactive fallout was much larger than the French army admitted at the time.

New reports by the France 24 TV station suggest that the fallout from the tests at Reggane in central Algeria stretched across all of west Africa, across the Mediterranean and up to southern Europe.

The information came to light following appeals from military veterans who say their current ill health is linked to exposure to dangerous levels of radiation.

France‘s first nuclear device “Gerboise Bleue” (Blue Jerboa) was more than three times as powerful as the bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945.

Thirteen days after it was detonated, in February 1960, radioactive particles ranged from the Central African Republic to Sicily and southern Spain.

At the time the French military authorities said the fallout from the explosion was limited to the desert and that radiation levels were “generally low.”

But associations representing military veterans of France’s nuclear tests in the 1960s and 1970s are demanding that the government admits it knew that the fallout from Saharan tests was dangerous.

“In the 1960s the norms governing acceptable levels of radiation were much less strict than they are now,” said Bruno Barillot, an expert in nuclear tests who is representing veterans’ groups.

“And the medical evidence we have now shows clearly that exposure to this radiation can set off serious illnesses more than three decades later,” he told Le Parisien.

Barillot added that the declassified documents showed that the army at the time was aware that even the 1960s safety levels were largely surpassed and that significant quantities of airborne radioactive particles, particularly iodine 131 and caesium 137, could have been inhaled by large numbers of people in north Africa.

He also complained that the government had been extremely selective in terms of what documents to release………..

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April 5, 2014 Posted by | environment, UK | 3 Comments

Barents Sea a radiological danger, with its dead nuclear submarines

Kara-barents_seaRussia, Norway urge raising of dumped Soviet-era nuclear subs by Alexey Pavlov and Charles Digges (charles@bellona.noMURMANSK – Two derelict Soviet-era nuclear submarines lying at the bottom of the Barents Sea present a real radiological risk to surrounding waters and could have a negative impact on the delicate ecosystems of Arctic Seas, leading Russian scientists and Russia’s Ministry for Emergency Services have said. April 3, 2014 by 

MURMANSK – Two derelict Soviet-era nuclear submarines lying at the bottom of the Barents Sea present a real radiological risk to surrounding waters and could have a negative impact on the delicate ecosystems of Arctic Seas, leading Russian scientists and Russia’s Ministry for Emergency Services have said………

The long dormant conversation about raising the subs has been reanimatedbecause of the recent joint workshop held by Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom and Bellona last month in Murmansk, where the Russian side expressed its wish to see the vessels retrieved.

Yet, the subs are hardly all of the radioactive hazards languishing at the bottom of the Kara Sea.

According to the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA), other submerged radiation hazards include 19 ships containing radioactive waste; 14 nuclear reactors, including five that still contain spent nuclear fuel; 735 other pieces of radioactively contaminated heavy machinery and 17,000 containers of radioactive waste.

Bellona Murmansk director Andrei Zolotkov said an international dialogue about raising radioactive Russian military machinery 20 years ago would have been impossible.

But the overwhelming tally of international cooperative successes on radiological and nuclear hazards in Northwest Russia are, he said, immeasurable. As such, the conference has opened the door for a joint Norwegian-Russian inspection, particularly of the K-159 submarine, later this year………

The radiological archipelago

The Bellona-Rosatom workshop reinvigorated discussion about radiological research surrounding the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, were the Soviets scuttled tons of solid radioactive waste and vessels containing spent nuclear fuel.

The task of past expeditions to this Davy Jones’ locker of radioactive debris has been to inspect sunken reactor cores, ships and containers of solid radioactive waste for leaking radionuclides, as well as to search out other radiation hazards that have not been charted – something Korolyov told the international gathering.

“We have to continue searching for what is lost,” he said, and citing that previous searches for barges loaded with reactor chambers have been unsuccessful, though they are assumed to be in the waters surrounding Novaya Zemlya……..

April 5, 2014 Posted by | oceans, Russia | 2 Comments

Fukushima nuclear plant will end up an entombed ‘national sacrifice zone’

Former US Gov’t Official: Growing likelihood Fukushima reactors will be entombed — Nuclear ‘sacrifice zone’ where they can only try to reduce contamination from escaping — Unprecedented situation, it’s flowing into Pacific Ocean continually adding to plume soon to hit West Coast (AUDIO)

Fukushima at Three: Folklore vs. Facts, Institute for Policy Studies, Mar. 7, 2014:

At 22:45 in — Robert Alvarez, senior Energy Department official on nuclear issues from 1993-99: On the outer edges of the site they’re trying to block the flow of groundwater coming into the site to prevent this constant flow of contamination. What this means is that this contamination is sort of going on a continuous basis into the Pacific Ocean and it adds more and more to a plume that is predicted to reach the west coast of the United States in the near future. There are no credible disposition paths for this enormous and growing volume of stored contaminated water. This is an unprecedented situation. What are we going to do with all of this water? No technologies currently exist to remove the severely radioactive melted cores. We can’t rule out the possibility of permanent entombment of the reactors there. In other words you cannot rule out the possibility that this is going to Fukushima-Reactor-3-Cover-Dbecome a nuclear national sacrifice zone where only triage can be done to reduce the contamination.
At 48:30 in — Question: My father comes from the western part of Fukushima […] To this day we don’t know where the corium went, because no one can get close to it — and I think that’s the issue.
At 55:30 in — Alvarez: The technologies simply do not exist to handle and otherwise remove the highly radioactive cores of these reactors right now. We really don’t – this is all uncharted territory. […] I think that the likelihood of there being entombment of these reactors with their cores, it’s growing over time — and again it’s a national sacrifice zone scenario.
Full teleconference available here

April 5, 2014 Posted by | Fukushima 2014 | Leave a comment

Highly radioactive Hanford waste site at risk from earthquakes

America’s Most Contaminated Nuclear Site Is Vulnerable To Earthquakes Mark Strauss 4 April 14 Nearly 2,000 capsules containing radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation need to be relocated. That’s because the site was built in an area that’s prone to earthquakes. How could this happen?

Hanford 2011

The facility, located in in southeastern Washington State, was the world’s largest producer of plutonium during the Cold War. Today, it is America’s most contaminated nuclear site, and the focus of an ongoing cleanup that is costing taxpayers some $2 billion per year.

The 1,936 capsules contain radioactive cesium and strontium that was previously buried in underground tanks, and then later moved into “wet storage”—a 13-foot-deep pool of water that helps cool the corrosive-proof containers, which account for 32 percent of the radioactivity at Hanford.

And, now, according to this Inspector General report from the US Department of Energy, the capsules in the Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility (WESF) need to be moved yet again:

The March 2011 tsunami and subsequent events at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant in Okuma and Futaba, Japan highlighted the vulnerabilities to nuclear facilities from possible seismic and natural disasters that are more severe than the facilities’ original design, or “beyond design threats.” One possible threat is a severe earthquake that may result in loss of power and/or loss of water in the WESF pool.


Making matters worse—yes, as usual, there’s a “worse”— the report notes that the storage facility has been in service for nine years beyond its design life. The age is beginning to show: the concrete in the WESF pool cells has begun to deteriorate due to years of radiation exposure.

So, it’s now incumbent upon the Energy Department to find a new temporary storage facility. I say “temporary” because we still don’t have a permanent nuclear waste repository. But, no worries, the government has set a goal to open such a facility…in 2048.

April 5, 2014 Posted by | safety, USA, wastes | 1 Comment

Uranium mining affected by water shortage, water prices

nuke-tapUranium Miners in Namibia Face Rise in Water Price, Paladin Says By Felix Njini April 04, 2014 Uranium miners in Namibia, already coping with water shortages in the semi-arid Erongo region, face a steep rise in costs, Paladin Energy (PDN) Ltd. said.

“When we get it, sometimes we have problems with the quality of the water and the cost,” said Simon Solomons, managing director of Paladin’s Langer Heinrich mine. “At the moment there is no long-term solution to the water-supply situation.”

The mines operated by Paladin, Rio Tinto Plc and China General Nuclear Power Group rely on water from a 20 million-cubic-meter capacity desalination plant operated by Areva SA, a French reactor maker. Areva is in talks to sell a majority stake in the plant to state utility Namibia Water Corp. after shelving its Trekkopje project in 2012 as uranium prices slumped in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

Namwater has “to look for finance to buy the plant,” Solomons said yesterday during a tour of the Subiaco, Western Australia-based company’s mine. “They will pass on those charges to the uranium mines.”

Calls to Namwater weren’t immediately answered.

The three mines, which require as much as 10 million cubic meters of water a year, were previously supplied by the Omaruru Delta aquifer, which has dwindling volumes as demand from the mines and surrounding towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay rises.

Langer Heinrich, which consumes 130,000 cubic meters of water a month, has had “no long-term and no firm discussion” with Namwater over supplies, Solomons said.

Namibia is the fourth-largest uranium producer after Kazakhstan, Canada and Australia.

To contact the reporter on this story: Felix Njini in Windhoek at

April 5, 2014 Posted by | business and costs, Namibia, Uranium | Leave a comment