nuclear-news

The News That Matters about the Nuclear Industry

Finnish Fault at Olkiluoto: Seawater leaks into nuclear condenser

http://yle.fi/uutiset/fault_at_olkiluoto_seawater_leaks_into_nuclear_condenser/7189387?origin=rss

14.4.2014

Seawater has been leaking into the nuclear condenser at the Olkiluoto 1 nuclear power plant in Eurajoki, western Finland. The plant’s output is limited as Voima undergoes fault identification and repair.

Energy production at Eurajoki’s Olkiluoto 1 reactor has fallen due to small volumes of seawater leaking into the nuclear condenser. The plant’s owner, Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO), says that it is working to locate the fault.

The task of locating the leak and initiating subsequent troubleshooting and repair means that the plant’s output is limited to 300 megawatts. The plant is estimated to return to full production by Tuesday morning.
Not a safety risk

The leakage was found when the nuclear reactor’s electrical conductivity was measured. The leaky condenser block has already been separated from the production process. The leak is said to be quite small, letting in a trickle of some two litres per hour.

The role of the condenser is to cool the steam generated in the nuclear reactor, a process which involves the use of seawater.

It’s expected to take around 8 hours to repair the fault. According to TVO the leak does not pose a safety risk.

April 14, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sizewell: New book imagines terror attack on Suffolk’s nuclear plant

Sunday, April 13, 2014
12:10 PM

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/sizewell_new_book_imagines_terror_attack_on_suffolk_s_nuclear_plant_1_3546856

A former nuclear industry safety official has written a novel based on his fears that it would become easier for terrorists to cripple the UK if the Government gives the go-ahead to big infrastructure projects such as Sizewell C.

Author, Barrie Skelcher with his new book ' The Day England Died'.

Barrie Skelcher was head of the health physics department at Sizewell A during the 1960s and 70s and went on to become technical officer at Sizewell B.

His novel, The Day England Died, is due to be published by the Book Guild on April 24.

It tells the story of a group of terrorists planning an attack on a nuclear power complex – by blowing up the pylons connecting it to the grid and disabling emergency generators which could be used to help cool the reactors and prevent a Fukushima-scale disaster..

Although the name Sizewell is not mentioned in the novel, the terrorists base themselves in Suffolk 20 miles from a former fishing village where there is a nuclear site.

In the novel it is called Deephole and is close to a town of 7,000 inhabitants called Munchington.

Mr Skelcher, who lives in Leiston and is a sailing enthusiast, started his nuclear industry career working for the UK Atomic Energy Authority at Dounreay in Scotland in 1954 and took early retirement from Sizewell B in 1987.

Mr Skelcher, who has three children and four grandchildren, said he was opposing the construction of Sizewell C because he believed the power should be generated where it is needed – in London and the Thames Valley – and that concentrating so much generating capacity on one site would make it easier for terrorists to cripple the UK

“As power is being imported at Sizewell from offshore wind farms another power station there would be putting too much power in one place,” Mr Skelcher said.

“My guess is that terrorists will try to better the Twin Towers attack but deploy different methods.

“In this context, the power stations, whatever type they may be, could be targets.”

An EDF Energy spokeswoman said the company could not discuss security but acted on all recommendations and instructions from the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

“The Civil Nuclear Constabulary is deployed at all EDF Energy nuclear sites to further enhance the already robust security arrangements. These officers work alongside existing security teams at each station,” she added.

April 14, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Kiev crisis halts Chernobyl charity’s €3m surgery plan – Children at risk!

Alyson Henry – Published 14 April 2014 02:30 AM

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/kiev-crisis-halts-chernobyl-charitys-3m-surgery-plan-30182817.html

AN IRISH humanitarian aid agency has been forced to cut its €3m heart surgery programme for the children in Chernobyl due to increasing riots and violent demonstrations in Ukraine.

Screenshot from 2014-04-14 02:49:23

Adi Roche (right), pictured with Ali Hewson, said it broke her heart to put her charity’s heart surgery programme on hold due to violence in the Ukraine

CEO of Chernobyl Children International (CCI), Adi Roche, said the decision to put the programme on hold was “deeply distressing”, and that the impact of this may mean even longer waiting lists for vital-life saving operations.

Ahead of today’s EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Luxemburg, Ms Roche, has spoken with EU officials to see whether or not humanitarian funding can be made available to the programme at this time of crisis.

The €3m spent so far on establishing and maintaining the programme has been raised entirely in Ireland by CCI donors and volunteer fundraising activities.

All operations that had been scheduled for the next month at the “open heart” surgery programme in the Regional Hospital in Kharkiv have been suspended until the situation stabilises.

RACE

Ms Roche said the reality is that one in every four children diagnosed with the ‘Chernobyl heart’ will die before they reach the age of six. She said this means the “programmes we organise and fund each year are really a race against time”.

She stressed that the situation between Russia and Ukraine was so serious the surgery programme had no choice but to temporarily suspend all procedures, but that “teams of surgeons” are standing by in the US and Canada “waiting to travel”.

For the past 10 years, the programme has been treating a significant portion of the 6,000 Ukrainian children born with genetic heart diseases every year. Many of these conditions, known as the ‘Chernobyl heart’, have been linked to the radiation leaks from the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident in 1986.

Dr Novick, whose pioneering surgery featured in the 2003 Academy Award-winning film ‘Chernobyl Heart’, said: “It is a shame that politics is once again negatively impacting on the medical care of children to the point where lives may be lost not because of bullets but simply because nationalistic ego’s prevent these children from receiving adequate care.”

Irish Independent

April 14, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ambiguities of Japan’s Nuclear Policy

…At the same time, the government is finding it increasingly difficult to explain why Japan should maintain its fuel-cycle policy. In the wake of the Fukushima disaster in 2011, none of Japan’s 48 commercial nuclear reactors is currently in operation, and popular opinion is mounting against the idea of developing more special fast-breeder reactors…

http://www.worlddaily.co/contributing-op-ed-writer-ambiguities-of-japans-nuclear-policy/

13 April 2014

TOKYO — When Yasunari Kawabata became the first Japanese to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, he gave a speech called “Japan, the Beautiful, and Myself” that presented a benignly aesthetic portrait of the so-called Japanese spirit larded with references to classical poetry, the tea ceremony and ikebana. When Kenzaburo Oe received the prize in 1994, he titled his lecture, “Japan, the Ambiguous, and Myself,” and offered a critical take on the country’s ambiguities, starting its being part of Asia and simultaneously aligned with the West.

I was reminded of the contrast between Japan the Beautiful and Japan the Ambiguous late last month when, during the third Nuclear Security Summit in the Hague, the Japanese government announced that it would hand over to the United States more than 700 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium and a vast supply of highly enriched uranium. It struck me then that the ambiguities of Japan’s policy on nuclear weapons might be coming up against the nationalist agenda of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, also the author of “Towards a Beautiful Country: My Vision for Japan.”

Although Japan does not have nuclear weapons, it has a nuclear weapons policy. The strategy was set out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1969 in an internal document whose existence was kept secret until the daily Mainichi Shimbun published it in 1994. That paper states that “for the time being we will maintain the policy of not possessing nuclear weapons” but also “keep the economic and technical potential for the production of nuclear weapons, while seeing to it that Japan will not be interfered with in this regard.” Known as “technological deterrence,” this posture is inherently ambiguous, and has been made more so still by the ministry’s insistence that the document was a research paper rather than a statement of policy.

In a 2000 essay about the future of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, the disarmament advocate Jonathan Schell drew a distinction between capacity and intention in describing the range of positions states may adopt on nuclear weapons. At the time, Sweden had the capacity to produce such weapons but not the intention; Libya had the intention but not the capacity. Japan, by contrast, stands out as the only nation that has both the capacity and the intention to produce nuclear weapons but does not act on its intention. It has pioneered a type of nuclear deterrence that relies not on any overt threat, but on the mere suggestion of a latent possibility.

Continue reading

April 14, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The radlab on wheels: a mobile radiochemistry laboratory

[ Arclight note ; This could be used in Fukushima and Myagi prefectures ]

http://www.neimagazine.com/features/featurethe-radlab-on-wheels-a-mobile-radiochemistry-lab-4203717/

14 April 2014

UK National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and Loughborough University are setting up a demonstration mobile radiochemistry laboratory that can be driven onto a nuclear site. Field tests are expected later this year. 

Screenshot from 2014-04-14 02:33:23

Work to decommission plant, buildings and contaminated land on legacy nuclear sites relies on accurately determining the activity concentrations of specific radioisotopes in the materials, so that demolition and waste disposal can be carried out safely and in compliance with site licence conditions.

Equipment and expertise for the complex measurements needed for decommissioning samples are the province of a small number of specialist analytical laboratories. As a result, these laboratories can be over-burdened with work, leading to long turnaround times of up to several months. The laboratories are also off-site, so radioactive samples often have to negotiate a time-consuming permitting and administrative process before they can be sent off for analysis.

Screenshot from 2014-04-14 02:34:54

As measurement results lie on the critical path for decommissioning projects this can lead to long delays, with the project team waiting for the results from the analysis before work can start on demolition or disposal.

The UK National Physical Laboratory (NPL) at Teddington has joined forces with Loughborough University’s radiochemistry section to develop a solution to this problem. Thanks to support from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the EC, NPL and Loughborough are setting up a demonstration mobile radiochemistry laboratory that can be driven onto a nuclear site. Samples can be taken directly to the laboratory and the results from the analysis will be in the hands of the project manager within hours rather than weeks. If the results show that further samples are needed, they can be arranged immediately, which is far preferable to repeating a long cycle. A mobile laboratory also has the advantage that it can carry out essential measurements of routine discharges in the event that a site’s own laboratory is out of action.

Design of the mobile radiochemical laboratory

The vehicle was designed by the British Geological Society and is the property of Loughborough University. The vehicle itself is reconfigurable and has its own independent power supply and utilities. Equipment needed for a particular analysis campaign can be rapidly installed, and removed or replaced as required. Two technicians are needed to operate the installed analysis and measurement systems, with wireless data transfer to the NPL-Loughborough support team for further analysis and reporting.Screenshot from 2014-04-14 02:34:15

The mobile laboratory has two distinct areas: one for sample preparation and the other for analysis and measurement equipment. The latter may include a high-resolution gamma spectrometer, a bench-top scintillation detector, portable radon gas detectors and non-nuclear measuring equipment such as balances and x-ray fluorescence (XRF), x-ray diffraction (XRD), SEM or GC-MS.

Automated radiochemistry

The mobile laboratory has become a realistic proposition only in the last five to ten years, due to technological developments such as automated radiochemistry.

Continue reading

April 14, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sellafield’s Radioactive Pollution from The Irish Sea to The Arctic – Omnicide knows no bounds between wildlife and humans.

http://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/sellafields-radioactive-pollution-from-the-irish-sea-to-the-arctic-omnicide-knows-no-bounds-between-wildlife-and-humans/

By mariannewildart on April 9, 2014

Yesterday at Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Irish Sea Conference, Radiation Free Lakeland handed out over 100 leaflets to delegates.  The venue was the beautiful Netherwood Hotel in Grange over Sands.  The  front door looks out on to Morecambe Bay and Heysham Nuclear plant ( see photo above ). From Heysham spent fuel trundles across the train viaduct to Sellafield to be reprocessed making it even more dangerous.

The leaflets handed out yesterday by volunteers and supporters of a Radiation Free Lakeland describe just a few of the impacts of existing and proposed nuclear developments on the Irish Sea.  This is to counter the non engagement of Cumbria Wildlife Trust in nuclear impacts ( happy to engage in the impact of wind turbines!)

The ever charming Sir Martin Holdgate Trustee of CWT came over to speak to us and interestingly told us that he favours above ground storage and monitoring of nuclear waste.

We agreed and suggested that the first step to looking after existing nuclear waste must be to STOP PRODUCING ANY MORE.

He replied “there is something to be said for that point of view.”

Rather worrying the equally charming Director of Cumbria Wildlife Trust Peter Bullard appears to assume that damage from nuclear ‘only’ affects humans and that the Trust “is not about people but is concerned with wildlife.”

Humans are at the top of the food chain and as studies, including studies by Lancaster University, have shown even chronic low level radiation is damaging to all wildlife including the game changing 100% sterility of fish “Severe effect on reproduction hatching and abnormal larvae (100%).”  

These test studies are backed up by findings in the real world. Many universities worldwide have been studying evidence from nuclear accidents:

“Low-dose radiation has been known to have negative consequences for (all) living beings for almost 100 years.  Indeed, background radiation causes the death of tens of thousands of humans annually. These ‘natural’ effects may be exacerbated by the 23 nuclear accidents recorded during the last century”.

Radiation Free Lakeland know Sellafield to be the equivalent of an ongoing accident with routine releases of radiation to sea, air and groundwaters. On May 13th Cumbria Wildlife Trust are inviting families to spend hours on beautiful St Bees beach making sand sculptures.  This is the same beach where increasing numbers of radioactive particles from Sellafield’s insane reprocessing programme are being found.  Not really surprising as the headland of St Bees acts as a catchment area for Sellafield discharges.   The same particles take just 4 years to reach the Arctic and bioaccumulate in all life there.  As a result of these finds there are no warning signs on the beaches, rather the monitoring and retrieval of radioactive particles has been stepped down dramatically.  If you don’t look you don’t find?  If you don’t mention the ‘N’ word  people will be blind to the diabolic plan for ever more radioactive and chemical pollution from nuclear?

 

Leaflet handed out to delegates:

 

CUMBRIA WILDLIFE TRUST : IRISH SEA CONFERENCE 2014

 

     Do Not Mention the ‘N’ word?

Continue reading

April 14, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Lawyer Yabe, Ms.Shimotani and friends target Mari Takenouchi in a disgusting campaign of hate and sexual abuse! With no comment from the ETHOS child killers!

Err… some slight editing of this article has been done by Arclight2011 (So sue me Yabe! Grr call yourself a man? you have NO honour! ) .. And here is a picture of Ms. Shimotani

 

 

Heres is a picture of Mr Hosami

He needs a girlfriend/boyfriend I suspect (arclight2011part2)

Some days ago, a Kyoto resident, Mr. Koichi Hosomi who has been continuously harassing Mari Takenouchi sometimes in combination with the lawyer Yabe sent the following tweet.
“Fly to Okinawa (where Takenouchi lives) and go suck Takenouchi’s nipples.”

Original article is here in Japanese and English ; http://savekidsjapan.blogspot.ie/2014/04/2nd-consulation-to-kyoto-bar.html?spref=tw

12 April 2014
2nd consultation to Kyoto Bar Association of Japan

Screenshot from 2014-04-14 00:30:58

Image source courtesy of ETHOS 🙂  ; http://ethos-fukushima.blogspot.ie/

I, Mari Takenouchi-is a freelance Japanese journalist. I have been supporting ideas that are designed to save children of Fukushima.  Thus, my main targets have been UN agencies, the Japanese government and the Fukushima ETHOS group. (Though, some people have laughed at me, a single mother for challenging these organisations)..

Accordingly,  lawyer Yoshiro Yabe who has been harassing me on twitter, is not my actual target at all. However, since his harassment has been malicious and continuous, I talked today with the vice president of Kyoto Bar Association, Lawyer Kenji Akiyama. I talked to another lawyer in Kyoto Bar Association, but the situation has not been dealt with by this person at all.

I asked Mr. Akiyama to notify Mr. Yabe regarding the 6 points I informed him of. However, as I spoke, my voice became spontaneously loud with rage. I added my apologies to Mr. Akiyama who had heard my angry tone of voice.
As I write this blog, Mr. Yabe is making an excuse saying that his initial advice on my petition (to be forwarded to prosecutors not to indict me) was actuallyfor the sake of me. This was a blatant lie.

The petition is not legally binding and the format is not specified.  Yet, Mr. Yabe repeatedly tweeted that Mari Takenouchi’s petition is null and void, though I had asked him repeatedly  to stop. That was the beginning of my communication with the lawyer Yabe, and there was much more…
Please read 6 points I offered below..

1) The bar association told me the procedures to apply for the disciplinary dismissal of lawyer Yabe. However, he was slandering me for tweeting this mere fact that the dismissal procedure was given by the lawyer to Mari Takenouchi. He insisted that I was creating my own scenario in which there is a possibility for Lawyer Yabe to be dismissed using disciplinary procedure.

Meanwhile, lawyer Yabe said,

“Disciplinary dismissal is the same as criminal accusation for a lawyer!  I will resort to every means to fight back.”  in a panicked manner.
Yet, he himself has continuously harassed me, a single mother, who is suffering criminal accusations.
His deeds seem to be contrary to ethics and morals, not only as a lawyer, but also as an individual.
2 Lawyer Yabe supports ETHOS leader Ms. Ryoko Ando’s words, who said

“Why don’t we stop this extreme logic: is not life important?”
According to Lawyer Yabe, “We cannot really protect lives through a limited vision.”
I criticised Mr. Yabe,

“By saying limited vision, you imply that we should not consider radiation damages all the time.  But this is strange logic meaning, we should ignore radiation damages on children who are more vulnerable. You have been always threatening me such as you are considering suing me for defamation, but you have been always avoiding the radiation related arguments.”
Then Mr. Yabe responded to me irresponsibly,

“I have read the argument between Professor Hayano from Tokyo University and Mari Takenouchi on twitter, and that was sufficient.”

So on April 10th, I asserted damages of radiation on children (from ETHOS) using scientific arguments.
However, on the midnight of the same day, lawyer Yabe and

Nanaka Shimotani 

, a president of company called, Rafcco Co Ltd, were making fun of Mari Takenouchi, saying;

“She has translated only 3 books related to radiation.  She is insulting experts…and so on.”
Ms. Shimoya further stated;

“Ms. Takenouchi is not qualified as a translator, since her Japanese is horrible.” and;
“She is a fake journalist since she cannot identify who I am “ (I was not interested in Ms. Shimotani until then, so I didn’t check her introduction, until she tweeted that I was incapable of checking it.)

She had been continuously been harassing me for some time even before April 10th.
Finding her insulting tweets, I told her,

Continue reading

April 14, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment