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Moorside: Toshiba-Engie AP1000 Nuclear Power Station Endangers the UK and Europe – Comment Deadline Looms (Wednesday, 30 November)

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Moorside Sheep looking toward Sellafield StreetviewMoorside Sheep looking toward Sellafield-Streetview.
Moorside is now estimated to have a physical footprint of over 500 acres:
The ‘biggest construction project in Europe’ is expanding from Nugen’s original 200 hectare site to 552 hectares of farmland reaching right up to two villages and an 11th Century church. But with compulsory purchase on the cards, there’s nothing locals can do except keep on fighting the entire deeply flawed project.“. (Or the locals may be intimidated into silence due to compensation fears related to compulsory purchase, i.e. expropriation).

NUGEN is a consortium of Japan’s Toshiba and France’s ENGIE – formerly called GDF-Suez.

While with UK BREXIT Moorside, sitting upon the Irish Sea, may no longer be in the EU, a nuclear accident would most likely impact Europe, including Ireland, based on the distances the radioactive…

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November 27 Energy News



¶ “Science under threat in Trump’s ‘post-truth’ world” • The ‘post-truth’ world is fertile land for science sceptics from climate change deniers, anti-vaccine groups to evolution sceptics. Given the rise of fake social media news, standards of truth are even more important. Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer Prize winner, and a trained scientist. [Irish Independent]

Floody hell: Climate change is a concern,  but so is everyday regulation in the US. (Photo: Lorraine Teevan) Floody hell: Climate change is a concern, but so is
everyday regulation in the US. (Photo: Lorraine Teevan)

Science and Technology:

¶ Scientists are creating a bio­diversity map identifying thousands of aquatic species in rivers and streams in the Western United States. The map eventually will include everything from insects to salmon to river otters. It’s possible because of new technology that can identify stream ­inhabitants by analyzing DNA in water samples. [The Register-Guard]


¶ Following the removal of sanctions, Iranian energy demands are starting to increase, particularly from…

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Climate change in age of ignorance #auspol 


Science is illuminating but it can and has been used as a tool of deception by interest groups.

The good news got pretty much drowned out this month:

Yes, 2016 is on track to become the hottest year on record, but thankfully also the third year in a row to see relatively flat growth in global greenhouse gas emissions.

With global economic growth on the order of 3 per cent a year, we may well have turned a corner towards a sustainable climate economy.
The bad news, of course, is that the world’s wealthiest nation, home to many of the scholars scrambling to reverse global warming, has elected a new president with little or no interest in the topic. Or an active disinterest.

Mr Donald Trump is surrounding himself with advisers who are likely to do little to challenge his notion of climate change as a Chinese hoax. People like…

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Proposed S. Africa Nuclear Power Station Site at Risk for Fukushima-Like Nuclear Disaster: New Geological Report Discusses Hazards (Plus More)

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The public cost of cleaning up the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster topped ¥4.2 trillion (roughly $40 billion) as of March, and is expected to keep climbing, the Japan Times reported … Japan vs. South Africa’s GDP in millions of US $ is 4,730,300 (Japan) vs. 280,367 (South Africa). Even Tepco-Japan are concerned about this amount of money. How would South Africa’s state-owned utility, Eskom, pay?
Thyspunt South Africa - proposed nuclear reactor site
Thyspunt is a rocky stretch of coast approximately 12 km WNW of Cape Saint Francis in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is just west of the beach Thysbaai and south-east of Oyster Bay. The point is near the popular surfing beach of Jeffreys Bay as well as the holiday town of St Francis Bay. It lies about 18 km SSW of the town of Humansdorp.,_Eastern_Cape

Maarten de Wit, director of the Africa Earth Observatory Network…

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November 26 Energy News


Science and Technology:

¶ The people of Lusatia, an area on the eastern side of Germany scarred by years of lignite mining, have come up with a novel plan for what to do with them. Since 1990, with the reunification of Germany, 12 out of the 17 mines shut down, leaving huge open pits across the landscape. Now, many of the pits have become lakes. [BBC]

Old open-pit mine (Freya Najada) Tourists visit an old open-pit mine (Freya Najada)

¶ WWF-Canada has developed a tool to build habitat protection into the renewable-energy development process, so conflicts with wildlife can be prevented before significant investments are considered. The digital tool helps identify areas where renewable potential is high and conflict with nature is comparatively low. [WWF-Canada Blog]


¶ A collaboration between two Dutch co-operatives and four international companies has entered into a power purchase agreement to buy 350 GWh of electricity…

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Radioactive Waste from Fukushima Plant Water Piling Up with No Final Destination



FUKUSHIMA — While contaminated water continues to accumulate at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, radioactive waste retrieved from that water during purification work is becoming a serious concern for the nuclear facility.

Since there is currently no way of dealing with the waste, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has stored it onsite as a temporary measure. But there are fears in Fukushima Prefecture that it may be left there for good.

Contaminated water builds up every day at the Fukushima No. 1 plant as groundwater flows into the reactor buildings where melted fuel from the Fukushima nuclear disaster lies. Since this contaminated water could flow into the sea, TEPCO processes it with several types of purification equipment, and reuses it to cool the No. 1 to 3 reactors.

Tainted water in the reactor buildings is pumped into the U.S. cesium absorption apparatus Kurion and Toshiba Corp.’s Simplified Active Water Retrieve and Recovery System (SARRY) to remove radioactive cesium and other materials. The water is then desalinated and sent through the Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS), which can remove 62 different types of radioactive substances.

This process, however, does not eliminate the radioactive materials themselves; they are soaked up by absorbents, such as minerals. Radioactive materials build up in these absorbents, which remain as waste emitting high levels of radiation. This type of waste is stored in metal containers that isolate the radiation. As of Nov. 10, there were 178 such containers at the SARRY processing area, 758 at Kurio and 2,179 at ALPS. The size of the containers differs depending on the area, but overall, it amounts to some 11,000 cubic meters — which would fill around 30 25-meter swimming pools. These containers of waste stand in a temporary storage area on the south side of the plant’s No. 4 reactor.

Isao Yamagishi, a group leader at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, warns, “Waste produced during water purification work is highly radioactive, and so is the risk of just keeping it in storage.” This is because even if the tainted water goes through a desalination process, salt can remain in the waste. There is a risk of the waste containers exploding if the concentration of hydrogen in them — produced due to the effects of radiation on water — reaches a certain level. Such a phenomenon was seen at the No. 1 and 3 reactor buildings of the Fukushima No. 1 plant, which exploded due to an accumulation of hydrogen soon after the outbreak of the disaster.

Yamagishi says that salt content has a tendency to aid hydrogen production, and it is necessary to release a sufficient amount of hydrogen from the containers. It is also possible that salt could corrode the metal containers. There do not seem to be any problems with hydrogen concentration or corrosion at this stage, but Yamagishi says, “We need to research over the long term what’s going on inside the containers.”

There is additional nuclear waste at the plant, too. Soon after the outbreak of the nuclear disaster, a decontamination system provided by France’s Areva SA was put into operation, and approximately 597 cubic meters of radioactive waste produced during the water purification process with this system remains stored at the plant.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority says that if the Fukushima plant is hit by another major tsunami, this waste could end up outside the plant. It therefore needs to be dealt with quickly, but there is nowhere for it to go.

Contaminated water also poses a problem. The ALPS system cannot remove radioactive tritium from the water, so tritium-tainted water is stored in tanks. There are about 1,000 tanks holding this type of water, whose total weight amounts to some 900,000 metric tons. And as work to decommission the plant’s reactors increases, both the amount of nuclear waste and the amount of contaminated water will increase.

Shigeaki Tsunoyama, former president of the University of Aizu in Fukushima and head of the Fukushima Prefectural Center for Environmental Creation, who is familiar with the field of nuclear safety engineering, comments, “Locals are concerned that nuclear waste will be left there as it is.”

In the future, work will begin to remove melted fuel at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, but its destination remains undecided. Some locals fear that if no destination for waste designated as being in “temporary storage” at the plant is decided, then Fukushima will become the final disposal site for melted fuel in the future. Tsunoyama is calling on officials to provide a map for the future.

“I want them to analyze the long-term risks, and provide an outlook for the storage and disposal of waste,” he says.

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Nov 12, 2016 (5 years & 8 months after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster)
Radiation was monitored around Oguraji-Terasaka of Fukushima city, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.
Oguraji-Terasaka is a name of the place. Oguraji-Terasaka litaraly means a slope to the Oguraji temple. People of Fukushima respect the Oguraji-temple, and come there to pray for Senju Kannon statue, thousand-armed goddess who rescues all people.
Rain water from the previous night was flowing down the slope, accumulating at the slope road side, radioactive materials also accumulating there.
The air dose rate of the place was 0.5 micro Sv/h
The measuring instrument that was used in this video, is Ukraine made, ECOTEST’s MKS-05.
Fukusima city has a population of 284 000 people, it is located 94,9 km North-East from the Tepco Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

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