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Louisiana Nuclear Reactor Scrammed by Lightning Strike

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A nuclear reactor in Louisiana and it is not prepared for thunderstorms? If it cannot be protected why did they even open this nuclear reactor?
NASA lightening
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WORLDWIDE LIGHTNING STRIKES
Imaging Sensor (LIS) Science Team Data from space-based optical sensors reveal the uneven distribution of worldwide lightning strikes, with color variations indicating the average annual number of lightning flashes per square kilometer. The map includes data obtained from April 1995 to February 2003 from NASA’s Optical Transient Detector; and from January 1998 to February 2003 from NASA’s Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS). CREDIT: NASA MSFC Lightning

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/topstory/2004/0621lightning_prt.htm
NASA lightening Louisiana
Zoom in to Louisiana.

AUTOMATIC REACTOR SCRAM ON MAIN STEAM ISOLATION DUE TO ELECTRICAL FAULT

On 1/9/16 at 0237 [CST], River Bend Station sustained a reactor scram during a lightning storm. An electrical transient occurred resulting in a full main steam isolation [MSIV] (Group 6) and a Division II Balance of Plant isolation signal…

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January 12 Energy News

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Opinion:

What does solar have to do with the bankruptcy of the second-largest US coal miner? • There is a relationship between both solar and wind and the decline of fossil fuels. As there is no fuel cost for solar or wind, both can bid into competitive electricity systems with no marginal cost. [pv magazine]

Coal power is on its way out in the United States, and solar can benefit. Wikimedia/Flocko Coal power is on its way out in the United States,
and solar can benefit. Wikimedia/Flocko

Science and Technology:

¶ The methane and other pollutants spewing from a gas well in California is invisible to the naked eye, making it hard to comprehend just how large the leak is. Fortunately, the California Air Resources Board has been taking periodic measurements, which we can use to make some comparisons. [BBC]

World:

¶ Lloyd’s Register’s consulting business will be working with Denmark’s transmission system operator to measure underwater sound propagation for the…

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Nuclear Japan and Nuclear India vs. Nuclear Russia in the Ukraine: Toshiba and Holtec vs. Rosatom

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Since 2006 Westinghouse is majority owned by Toshiba. It is 90% Japan owned: Toshiba (87%) and IHI (3%) and 10% Kazakhstan state owned. Before that it belonged to the UK’s BNFL. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westinghouse_Electric_Company

Kris Singh’s Holtec was apparently founded in India before he even came to the US to graduate school. It still exists in India. He is supposed to have done his basic degree in what was apparently then a new university in India prior to going to America.

Both of these companies are “based” in the US or have bases there. Whether or not they are “American” depends on your definition of an American company.

For whatever reasons the US DOE appears to want to push the Westinghouse-Toshiba agenda in the Ukraine.

One must wonder if the personality and/or regulation conflicts mentioned below have to do with the Ukraine’s unwillingness to accept bribes? After all, Holtec was involved in…

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Nuclear Power Station Shenanigans Intensify in Ukraine; Defamation Case Update

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South Ukraine Nuclear Power Station
South Ukraine Nuclear Power Station in Europe map

From Bankwatch.org:
Nuclear plant shenanigans intensify in Ukraine
Bankwatch Mail, December 17, 2015

An ageing nuclear unit in the South Ukraine power plant has become the latest to have its expiry date rewritten by Ukrainian authorities, despite a number of pending safety issues and concerns over compliance with international treaties.

The board of Ukraine’s nuclear regulator SNRIU decided in early December to prolong the operation of unit 2 in the South Ukraine nuclear power plant beyond its original expiry date. Designed to work for no more than three decades, this nuclear reactor will be able to continue operations for ten more years as soon as the board decision is approved by the head of the SNRIU, even though a number of high priority safety upgrades are yet to be completed.

The nuclear regulator had ruled earlier this year that the unit had 33 safety deviations which needed to be…

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Ukraine Snubs Safety Concerns, European Donors, Transboundary Impacts: Extends Lifetime of Fourth Soviet-Era Nuclear Reactor

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South Ukraine Nuclear Power Station in Europe map
South Ukraine Nuclear Power Station

From Bankwatch.org:
Ukraine snubs safety concerns and European donors, extends lifetime of fourth Soviet-era nuclear reactor

December 8, 2015

Kiev, Prague – An ageing nuclear unit in the South Ukraine power plant is the latest to have its expiry date rewritten by overzealous Ukrainian authorities, despite a number of pending safety issues and concerns over compliance with international treaties.

The board of Ukraine’s nuclear regulator SNRIU has yesterday (Monday) given the green light to the prolonged operation of unit 2 in the South Ukraine nuclear power plant beyond its original expiry date. Designed to work for no more than three decades, this nuclear reactor will be able to continue operations for ten more years as soon as the board decision is approved by the head of the SNRIU, even though a number of high priority safety upgrades are yet to be completed.

In its meeting on April 30, 2015…

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PTS at Palisades; yes, they knew.

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bathtubcurveA couple decades ago, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) published what it called the “bathtub curve.” This curve charted the expected and observed performance of nuclear reactors from initial operation until final shutdown. The main finding of note was that when a reactor first comes online, typically there are a large number of problems as the operators learn the technology of that specific reactor, issues resulting from construction deficiencies surface, etc. After a shakedown period of a year or two, reactor operations typically settle down for quite a while, with most reactors operating relatively efficiently. But as time goes on, problems associated with reactor aging–components being exposed to extraordinarily high heat and radiation as well as the simple reality that all things mechanical break down over time–begin to materialize and safety issues begin to mount again.

As we have been seeing at reactors across the nation, especially those in…

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January 11 Energy News

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Opinion:

Nuclear power might be safe or cheap, but never safe and cheap • In spite of the problems of corrosive, hot, cancer-causing, deadly waste, the Wisconsin Legislature has been captured by industry lobbyists who love a good yarn like the one about clean, safe, cheap nuclear power. [Madison.com]

 Point Beach nuclear power plant on Lake Michigan. Point Beach nuclear power plant on Lake Michigan.

8 reasons why building new nuclear power plants is a bad idea • The South African government seems intent on pushing through its plans to build a fleet of new nuclear power stations regardless of mounting public criticism and opposition. Alas, atomic energy remains a poor option. [News24]

World:

¶ Egypt’s feed-in tariff renewable energy program is seen to provide a debt and equity investment opportunity of between $6 billion (€5.5 billion) and $7 billion through 2018, according to investment bank EFG Hermes. The country has a…

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Radioactive Releases from the Nuclear Reactors of the Mississippi River Watershed: What are the Dangers? It Doesn’t Take an Accident – They Legally Leak All the Time

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Cover RADIOACTIVE RELEASES FROM THE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER WATERSHED
Nuclear Reactor Map RADIOACTIVE RELEASES FROM THE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER WATERSHED
Images NIRS RADIOACTIVE RELEASES FROM THE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER WATERSHED
NIRS facts p. 1 RADIOACTIVE RELEASES FROM THE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER WATERSHED
NIRS p. 2 RADIOACTIVE RELEASES FROM THE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER WATERSHED
RADIOACTIVE RELEASES FROM THE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER WATERSHED by Nuclear Information and Resource Service World Information Service on Energy, 2001, Emphasis our own. Original here: https://www.nirs.org/factsheets/mississippiriverpam.pdf
NB: 1 Curie is 37 Billion Becquerels. A Becquerel is one radioactive disintegration (shot) per second!

Grand Gulf Nuclear Reactor with Lakes River
Grand Gulf Nuclear Reactor on the Mississippi
Waterford nuclear on the miss facing
Waterford Nuclear Reactor on the Mississippi

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Impact of Radiation on Wildlife of Fukushima

Biologist Timothy Mousseau’s Lecture at Fukushima on Jan 11, 2016
” Impact of Radiation on Wildlife of Fukushima”
中継の視聴をのがしてしまったので、のちほど視聴してみます。
生物学の視点から。

 

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St Louis residents have no faith in Planned Barrier Between Fire, Nuclear Waste Dump

landfill West Lake St LouisResidents Frustrated With Planned Barrier Between Fire, Nuclear Waste Dump In St. Louis http://www.ibtimes.com/residents-frustrated-planned-barrier-between-fire-nuclear-waste-dump-st-louis-2258034  BY  @ADAMLIDGETT ON 01/09/16 While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to go ahead with the building of a firebreak between an underground fire and a nuclear-waste site in suburban St. Louis, area residents indicated they are frustrated by the situation, Al Jazeera reported Saturday. A number of them said the plan to construct the wall is not enough and that there should be a more-permanent solution to the problem.

“It’s looking more and more like removal is the only way to guarantee [a safe solution],” Dawn Chapman, who lives close to the waste site, told Al Jazeera. “Life’s over for [people] in this community. They can’t live where they are. They can’t enjoy it.’”

In 2010, an underground fire was detected in a landfill near St. Louis. It posed a pretty big problem in and of itself, but it was compounded by its proximity to another landfill containing Cold War-era nuclear material. The fire at the Bridgeton Landfill is smoldering only about 1,000 feet from tons of radioactive material in the West Lake Landfill, St. Louis Public Radio reported. A firebreak was proposed in 2013, but the EPA wanted then to conduct more tests to determine the amount of radioactive material at the site.

“The only way to guarantee the radioactive content will never come in contact with the subsurface fire in the future is to remove the radioactive material,” Ed Smith, a representative of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, told Al Jazeera. “We’ve watched the EPA work on the barrier plan now for almost two years whereas they could have been planning for the removal of the radioactive waste.”

It’s unknown how much radioactive waste — dumped there in 1973 as residue of the Manhattan Project — is at the site. Some experts said the contamination could be unprecedented. “We are now working through the highly complex details of implementing our decision and the associated legal steps,” EPA Acting Regional Administrator Mark Hague said in a statement cited by St. Louis Public Radio. “Once the plan is finalized, we are committed to providing this information to the public. EPA will use all available enforcement authorities to ensure implementation of this work.”

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Experts warn of terrorist drone attacks on nuclear facilities

Terrorists could use drone bombs to attack nuclear power stations, experts warn http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/terrorists-could-use-drone-bombs-to-attack-nuclear-power-stations-experts-warn-a6805316.html, Ian Johnston 11 Jan 16 

 

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Report recommends a licensing system for drones, using lasers and radio jammers to defend potential targets Drones that can be bought in High Street shops could be used by terrorists to attack nuclear power stations, major events like the G7 summit or even the Prime Minister’s car, according to a report.

The Oxford Research Group looked at more than 200 drones and concluded they “will be used as simple, affordable and effective airborne improvised explosive devices”, the Guardian reported.

“The UK government, police, military and security services will need to introduce countermeasures to reduce or mitigate the risk of commercially available drones being used for attack,” the security think tank warned. “Islamic State [Isis] is reportedly obsessed with launching a synchronised multi-drone attack on large numbers of people in order to recreate the horrors of 9/11.”

The report recommends a licensing system for drones, using lasers and radio jammers to defend potential targets and issuing guidelines to the security forces on when to shoot down drones.

It pointed to a number of incidents where drones were used by protesters, including when a football match between Albania and Serbia was interrupted by a drone flying an Albanian flag.

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Highest alert level for US military in South Korea

Policeman USANorth Korea: US forces in South put on highest level of alert; allies discuss ‘strategic assets’ , ABC News, 11 Jan 16 

Key points:

  • Media reports say a US aircraft carrier, B-2 bombers, submarines and F-22 fighters being considered for deployment to South
  • Inter-Korean Kaesong industrial park restrictions to increase on Tuesday
  • South Korea and Japan used a military hotline for the first time after North’s test
  • North’s state media says Kim Jong-un congratulated nuclear scientists
United States forces in South Korea have been put on their highest level of alert in case of any provocation from North Korea following Pyongyang’s nuclear test last week.The commander of combined forces, Curtis Scaparrotti, made the order during a visit to the Osan Air Base which is operated jointly by the US and South Korea, a United States Forces Korea (USFK) official said.

The US and its ally South Korea are in talks to send further strategic assets to the Korean peninsula, a day after a US B-52 bomber flew over the South in response to the test…..

Under the US-South Korea military alliance, there are nearly 30,000 US troops permanently stationed in South Korea, which is also protected by the US “nuclear umbrella”. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-11/us-troops-in-south-korea-on-high-alert-after-north-nuclear-test/7081296

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China nuclear reactors – possible partnership with bankrupt AREVA

Radiation fears in Hong Kong from China’s unproven and possibly faulty nuclear reactors nearby, Post Magazine, Stuart Heaver, 10 Jan 16 “……. the only customer for the American Westinghouse AP1000 reactor is China, which is currently constructing four, in Zhejiang and Shandong provinces. The third-generation AP1000 is also untested in the real world, and the reactors being built in China are years behind schedule, too.

When, in November, Areva announced a possible minority stake sale to another major player, China National Nuclear Corp, and a partnership covering all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle, some commentators saw it as a bailout by the Chinese. Schneider finds it astounding that anyone would seek a partnership with what he calls a “bankrupt company”.

“Everybody is scared to death about losing billions of euros if these plants don’t open,” says Schneider, adding that all eyes will be on tests in France scheduled for this year and the ASN will be under enormous pressure.

“You don’t need to be an expert to imagine the huge commercial pressure in play,” says Schneider. “But what does it mean when an almost bankrupt company is operating a nuclear facility?”…..http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/article/1898583/hong-kong-fallout-chinas-reckless-nuclear-ambitions-feared

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Call to stop dangerous trucking of radioactive trash from Canada to South Carolina.

flag-canadaFlag-USAStop Canada from trucking nuclear waste through area http://www.buffalonews.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/letter-stop-canada-from-trucking-nuclear-waste-through-area-20160111 Susan Kims, 10 Jan 16

We’ve recently seen News articles highlighting the need for tighter regulations on shipping thousands of gallons of highly enriched liquid uranium from Canada to South Carolina.

radiation-truck

The approved travel route uses the Peace Bridge, south on Niagara Thruway, then west on the mainline Thruway for shipments that started Jan. 1 and run through May 31, 2018. These materials will pass dangerously close, within hundreds of yards, to densely populated residential neighborhoods, with the only barrier being a guardrail or chain-link fence.

Congressman Brian Higgins has recently expressed concern, because terrorist and militant groups are interested in using highly dangerous weapons, especially those utilizing chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear materials. I have an additional concern – the amount of contamination and carnage that could occur if a vehicular accident resulted in a spill. Such a spill in close proximity to dense populations would be devastating.

As a nation, we are concerned that a pipeline transporting oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico might produce a spill. Yet we show little concern regarding the possibility of spills of highly hazardous liquid nuclear materials along roadways that abut our neighborhoods. Do we not foresee the possibility of the same impending dangers from transport of nuclear waste on our roads?

Canadian authorities approve nuclear facilities to operate within their borders and should take responsibility for the hazardous waste produced within their borders. Our citizens should not be exposed to possible harm as a result of their decisions.

This should be stopped before tragedy occurs!

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In 2016 we hope for the defeat of the worst trade agreement – Trans Pacific Partnership

In 2016, let’s hope for better trade agreements – and the death of TPP, Guardian,  Joseph Stiglitz, 11 Jan 16  The Trans-Pacific Partnership may turn out to be the worst trade agreement in decades   “………The most controversial geo-economic decisions last year concerned trade. Almost unnoticed after years of desultory talks, the World Trade Organization’s Doha Development Round – initiated to redress imbalances in previous trade agreements that favored developed countries – was given a quiet burial. America’s hypocrisy – advocating free trade but refusing to abandon subsidies on cotton and other agricultural commodities – had posed an insurmountable obstacle to the Doha negotiations. In place of global trade talks, the US and Europe have mounted a divide-and-conquer strategy, based on overlapping trade blocs and agreements.

As a result, what was intended to be a global free trade regime has given way to a discordant managed trade regime. Trade for much of the Pacific and Atlantic regions will be governed by agreements, thousands of pages in length and replete with complex rules of origin that contradict basic principles of efficiency and the free flow of goods.

Break the Silence on TPP Canadians.org, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

The US concluded secret negotiations on what may turn out to be the worst trade agreement in decades, the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and now faces an uphill battle for ratification, as all the leading Democratic presidential candidates and many of the Republicans have weighed in against it. The problem is not so much with the agreement’s trade provisions, but with the “investment” chapter, which severely constrains environmental, health, and safety regulation, and even financial regulations with significant macroeconomic impacts.

In particular, the chapter gives foreign investors the right to sue governments in private international tribunals when they believe government regulations contravene the TPP’s terms (inscribed on more than 6,000 pages). In the past, such tribunals have interpreted the requirement that foreign investors receive “fair and equitable treatment” as grounds for striking down new government regulations – even if they are non-discriminatory and are adopted simply to protect citizens from newly discovered egregious harms.

While the language is complex – inviting costly lawsuits pitting powerful corporations against poorly financed governments – even regulations protecting the planet from greenhouse gas emissions are vulnerable. The only regulations that appear safe are those involving cigarettes (lawsuits filed against Uruguay and Australia for requiring modest labeling about health hazards had drawn too much negative attention). But there remain a host of questions about the possibility of lawsuits in myriad other areas.

Furthermore, a “most favoured nation” provision ensures that corporations can claim the best treatment offered in any of a host country’s treaties. That sets up a race to the bottom – exactly the opposite of what US President Barack Obama promised.

Even the way Obama argued for the new trade agreement showed how out of touch with the emerging global economy his administration is. He repeatedly said that the TPP would determine who – America or China – would write the twenty-first century’s trade rules. The correct approach is to arrive at such rulescollectively, with all voices heard, and in a transparent way. Obama has sought to perpetuate business as usual, whereby the rules governing global trade and investment are written by US corporations for US corporations. This should be unacceptable to anyone committed to democratic principles.

Those seeking closer economic integration have a special responsibility to be strong advocates of global governance reforms: if authority over domestic policies is ceded to supranational bodies, then the drafting, implementation, and enforcement of the rules and regulations has to be particularly sensitive to democratic concerns. Unfortunately, that was not always the case in 2015.

In 2016, we should hope for the TPP’s defeat and the beginning of a new era of trade agreements that don’t reward the powerful and punish the weak. The Paris climate agreement may be a harbinger of the spirit and mindset needed to sustain genuine global cooperation. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jan/10/in-2016-better-trade-agreements-trans-pacific-partnership

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