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Vested interests hold climate policy hostage, in USA and Australia

Turnbull climate 2 facedIn Australia and the US, sound climate policy is being held hostage by vested interests

We must shift away from a culture of politically motivated climate change denialism to an acceptance of the truly existential threat now facing humanity, Guardian,  and , 7 Feb 17           It’s been a bad couple of weeks for the world’s climate and environment. The inauguration of billionaire property developer and reality TV star Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States has presaged a new Dark Age of climate politics.

In an opening fortnight of controversial executive orders, President Trump has decreed the expansion of major fossil fuel developments including the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, and the neutering of long-standing environmental protections. In addition, he and his leadership team have made it plain they intend to dismantle many of the Obama administration’s climate initiatives and withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. All this runs in direct counterpoint to the rapid decarbonisation required to avoid dangerous climate change.

For Australian fossil fuel interests, President Trump’s war on climate appears particularly opportune. Just last week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his senior ministers floated the idea of government backing for new coal-fired power stations as part of the government’s response to Australia’s “energy security” and expressed reticence over the country’s Renewable Energy Target.

For a country that has nurtured world-leading innovations in solar photovoltaic and other renewable energy technologies and that is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change – be it in the form of record heat, devastating floods, more widespread drought, coastal inundation from sea level rise combined with stronger tropical storms, or the demise of the Great Barrier Reef – doubling down on the traditional fossil fuel energy path is particularly short-sighted.

Like big tobacco before them, fossil fuel advocates have attacked mainstream climate science to confuse the public and policymakers about the reality and threat of human-caused climate change. As a result, we have seen a full-scale assault on a century and half of established science. For many climate scientists this has involved attacks from conservative politicians and rightwing lobby groups, orchestrated campaigns of harassment via mainstream and social media, challenges to job security and careers, and in some cases, death threats. Indeed, as recounted in The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, one of us (Michael Mann) has been subject to all of those things……….


February 8, 2017 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Pilgrim Nuclear facility reduces power because of seawater leak

Seawater leak forces reduced power at Pilgrim nuclear power plant, Wicked Local Pembroke By 

A seawater leak at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station has prompted plant operators to sharply reduce energy output there.

Control room operators reduced power to about 50 percent on Monday afternoon, Feb. 6, after there was an indication of a leakage into the Plymouth plant’s condenser.

A power plant spokesman told the News Service on Tuesday morning that the plant is now operating at 28 percent while repair work is undertaken.

Entergy Pilgrim Station spokesman Patrick O’Brien did not have an estimate of how much seawater leaked into the plant’s condenser……..

February 8, 2017 Posted by | incidents, USA | Leave a comment

Nuclear costs weigh on Vattenfall causes a loss

thumbs-downVattenfall slides to Q4 loss as German nuclear costs weigh, Nasdaq, 7 Feb 17 
Fourth-quarter operating loss 2.8 bln crowns * 5.6 bln provision for Germany nuclear waste storage costs * Proposes no dividend for 2016 for fourth year in a row (Adds detail, background) STOCKHOLM, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Swedish utility Vattenfall [VATN.UL] slumped to an operating loss of 2.8 billion crowns ($315 million) in the fourth quarter after booking provisions for nuclear waste storage in Germany and other one-off charges. Vattenfall had already taken a $3.5 billion charge in the second quarter, mainly for German lignite mines and power plants sold in September, and it ended 2016 with a record annual loss of 21.2 billion crowns. [nFWN1C60K7]
The company, which has struggled for years due to low energy prices and financially disastrous overseas expansion, said it would not pay an annual dividend to its owner, the Swedish government, for a fourth straight year……..
Vattenfall said higher provisions for future nuclear waste storage due to new legislation in Germany, which is phasing out nuclear power, accounted for 5.6 billion crowns of the 9.9 billion of net charges in the fourth quarter.

February 8, 2017 Posted by | business and costs, Sweden | Leave a comment

New method to recycle lithium

recycle-rare-earths-2EurekAlert  7-FEB-2017 Efficient approach to leaching lithium and cobalt from recycled batteriesINDERSCIENCE PUBLISHERS Rechargeable lithium ion batteries power our phones and tablets they drive us from A to B in electric vehicles, and have many applications besides. Unfortunately, the devices that they power can fail and the batteries themselves are commonly only usable for two to three years. As such, there are millions batteries that must be recycled. Research published in the International Journal of Energy Technology and Policy describes a new way to extract the lithium and the cobalt that make up the bulk of the metal components of these batteries…..

February 8, 2017 Posted by | technology | Leave a comment

$4M South Carolina nuclear fuel scam case heads to court


  • By Meg Kinnard Associated Press
  • Feb 7, 2017

COLUMBIA — Two men accused of scamming millions of dollars from a project to turn warheads into nuclear reactor fuel are due in South Carolina federal court later this month.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for Feb. 27 in the wire fraud and conspiracy case against Phillip Thompson and Aaron Vennefron, according to court records.

Prosecutors say the men created more than $4 million in fraudulent invoices for work they claimed to have done on the mixed-oxide fuel facility at the Savannah River Site. The multibillion-dollar project is intended to turn weapons-grade plutonium into commercial nuclear reactor fuel.

Thompson ran a construction labor business that contracted with the company building the facility at the sprawling federal complex along the South Carolina-Georgia border. Vennefron worked for an Ohio hardware store and, in 2009, allegedly created fake invoices, which he then submitted to Thompson’s company.

Government records don’t detail what items were included but said the invoices “appeared to be for legitimate goods needed” for the project that were never actually provided.

A year later, according to prosecutors, Vennefron created a security company “for the sole purpose of submitting false invoices, for non-existent goods,” to Thompson’s company.

The government says the scheme went on for more than five years, until the men were indicted in December 2015. Over the course of that time, the men received more than $4 million in payments from the government, according to prosecutors.

Thompson and Vennefron have pleaded not guilty. They have not filed an official response in court, and their lawyers didn’t immediately return emails seeking comment.

The plant’s mission has been to help the U.S. hold up its end of a disarmament deal with Russia under which each country would dispose of 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium, the equivalent of about 17,000 nuclear warheads.

In October, amid increasingly strained relations between Moscow and Washington, Russian President Vladimir Putin suspended his end of the agreement, citing the “emerging threat to strategic stability as a result of U.S. unfriendly actions” but saying the deal could be restored if the U.S. pulls back forces deployed near Russia’s borders and revokes anti-Russian sanctions.

The alleged fraud scheme is just one of several legal challenges facing the project, which is years behind schedule and billions over budget.

South Carolina has sued the U.S. Energy Department, which is overseeing the project, over fines the state says it is owed because the plant isn’t completed and 1 metric ton of plutonium hasn’t been removed from South Carolina.

In a separate case, the federal government has joined a whistleblower suing a contractor she alleges failed to make sure steel rebar being used for the project met certain standards, then lied to the government about it.

Video on link;



February 8, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Nuclear waste to travel through Ontario to the U.S.

Environmentalists say they are disappointed with a U.S. court’s decision to ship radioactive waste from Northern Ontario into the United States. The nuclear waste would travel along the QEW and through Niagara. The Niagara region says it is not prepared or equipped to a handle a nuclear spill.

It would travel from the Canadian nuclear laboratories in Chalk River, Ontario, along the 401 and QEW, across the Peace Bridge to a disposal site in Savannah river, South Carolina.

About 23 000 litres of material are to be shipped back to the U.S. as part of an international agreement signed back in 2010. The nuclear material would be shipped in trucks in liquid form, which the U.S. department of energy says poses the same dangers if it were in solid form.

“We are worried about the fruit lands and the people living nearby and who is supposed to come and make sure that if there is an accident that it doesn’t go into our ground water. Can they do that?” Gracia Janes

According to Niagara region, the answer is no.

“We have never talked about a spill of radio active material and we are not prepared to deal with that in an appropriate manner to keep people safe. That is for sure.” Alan Caslin, Niagara region.

The Niagara region filed a motion in 2015 to stop the material but had no success. The regional chair says he couldn’t get a response from governments on either side of the border to his call for a risk assessment and part of his concern is that no information has been provided about the escort or what measures will be put in place to protect the shipment as it makes its way through Ontario’s communities.


February 8, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Russian Foreign Ministry commented on the U.S. decision to revise nuclear doctrine


A very worried looking Russian ex politician


A very large nuclear bomb

Moscow hopes that new US nuclear doctrine provides an opportunity dimensionless using this type of weapon. On Tuesday, February 7, reported RIA Novosti source in the Russian foreign Ministry.

According to him, the change of doctrinal settings — it is perfectly normal. “The question is in which direction the current doctrine will be revised,” — said the source.

He reminded that the current concept “envisages the possibility of using nuclear weapons in all cases, when it affects the vital interests of the United States.” “What is it? Nobody knows. It will determine for itself the US administration, no clarity on this point,” said the source.

The absence of criteria, he said, distinguishes the American from the Russian doctrine, which “clearly defines the circumstances in which it is theoretically possible to use nuclear weapons.”

Earlier, on 7 February, the chief of staff of the us air force (USAF), General David Goldfin announced that the United States intends in the spring to revise his doctrine of use of nuclear weapons. “It is time, as with any new administration, to take a fresh look at the nuclear complex, which would have led to the development of strategic policy guidance to the Ministry of defence about where we want to direct the administration”, — quotes its TASS.

The previous version of the doctrine was prepared by the government of President Democrat Barack Obama. Unclassified version of this document Washington released in April 2010. Before that, fragments of the materials were published only twice: when Democrat bill Clinton (he held the presidency from 1993 to 2001 ) and when Republican George W. Bush (2001-2009).

February 8, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Atomic bomb survivor Dr.Shuntaro Hida speaks on Fukushima and Hiroshima health effects 2016

Published on 27 Jul 2016

Atomic bomb survivor Dr.Shuntaro Hida speaks on Fukushima and Hiroshima (Narration by Tatsu Kaneko ). He discusses the largely unreported illness that could be attributed to the nuclear accident

A health survey in Fukushima covered up by the Japanese Media?

Here is a video from early 2011 after the disaster with the earliest (And only)  epideoilogical study from that year
Radiation Causing Unusual Changes: What’s Happening to Children?

(This video as well as others have been continually taken down on request of persons unknown.. you have to wonder why?) [Arclight2011]

By tokyobrowntabby
This video is from a webcast program called “ContAct,”

Radiation Causing Unusual Changes: What’s Happening to Children?

(This video as well as others have been continually taken down on request of persons unknown.. you have to wonder why?) [Arclight2011]

By tokyobrowntabby
This video is from a webcast program called “ContAct,”
webcasted on July 14, 2011 by OurPlanet-TV
( ) an independent net-based media.

Translation by EX-SKF( http// ) & tokyobrowntabby and captioning by tokyobrowntabby.

February 8, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Expert urges Japan to act responsibly over Fukishima and recommends strict testing for China imports


China on Monday urged the Japanese government to clarify how they plan to deal with the impact of the deadly levels of radioactivity that have been detected inside the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant.

A Chinese expert also warned not to eat seafood caught from waters near the site due to possible organ failure.

Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a press briefing on Monday that China had been watching closely the repercussions of the Fukushima nuclear leakage accident and the ministry had issued relevant safety alerts.

“[The Chinese side] has been asking the Japanese government to properly handle the accident and follow-up matters in a timely fashion,” Lu said, adding that “any responsible government will pay continuous and high attention to the impact of the nuclear leakage on the marine environment, food safety and people’s health.”

Lu added that it is Japanese government’s obligation to not only the Japanese people, but also to people from the rest of the world, its neighbors included.

Gui Liming, a professor at the Department of Engineering Physics with Tsinghua University, warned that seafood which was caught from the radiated waters and illegally imported still pose a threat to Chinese people’s health.

Customs authorities in Qingdao, East China’s Shandong Province, detained 14 people in August 2016 for smuggling frozen seafood from Japan, including irradiated high-end seafood from waters near Fukushima prefecture, China Central Television reported.

“We need to closely inspect every product to single out the radiated ones, which was not part of the usual routine of customs before,” Gui said.

Radiation levels from melted fuel inside the containment vessel of reactor No.2 at the crippled Fukushima No.1 power plant have reached a maximum of 530 sieverts per hour, the highest since the triple core meltdown in March 2011, The Japan Times reported Friday, citing Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc. (Tepco).

At 530 sieverts, a person could die from even brief exposure.

The Japan Times said Monday that Tepco will place a robot inside the reactor to further investigate the radiation levels. No radiation has leaked outside, Tepco said.

However, Gui pointed out that the high radiation level will affect the optical system of the robot, making it difficult for it to observe and collect data. It is also very difficult to control the robot in such an environment, Gui added.

February 8, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Gallucci says he advised N. Korea not to greet new US president with nuclear, missile tests

A former chief US nuclear negotiator with North Korea said he advised diplomats from Pyongyang to refrain from greeting a new US administration with nuclear or missile tests when he met with them in Malaysia in October.

Robert Gallucci, who negotiated a now-defunct 1994 nuclear freeze deal with the North, held meetings in Kuala Lumpur on October 21-22 with senior diplomats from North Korea, including vice Foreign minister Han Song-ryol and deputy UN Ambassador Jang Il-hun.

“When I met North Korean representatives for Track II discussions in Kuala Lumpur, I took the opportunity to advise them that they should avoid greeting a new American administration with new nuclear or ballistic missile tests, or any aggressive moves towards the US or its allies,” Gallucci said.

“I suggested that whomever the next president turned out to be, they would not appreciate such a greeting and would undoubtedly respond with appropriate vigor and certainly not with an inclination to negotiate any time soon,” he said in a statement prepared for a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing set for Tuesday.

In response, the North Korean diplomats said the communist nation “would have a similar reaction if a new American administration immediately launched new sanctions or made provocative moves in the context of joint military exercises,” Gallucci said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said in his New Year’s Day address that the country has entered the final stage of preparations to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile, an apparent threat that the North is close to developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the continental US

The North then placed two ICBMs on mobile launchers for apparent test-firing, but later put those missiles back into hiding, a sign that the regime might have opted to wait out until the administration of President Donald Trump puts together its North Korea policy.

Trump, in response to the North Korean leader’s threat, vowed to stop the North from mastering such ICBM capabilities, saying that the North’s development of a nuclear missile capable of striking the US “won’t happen,” though he didn’t elaborate on how he would stop it.

Gallucci said that the US should not seek anything short of North Korea’s complete denuclearisation, voicing concern that too many analysts are now arguing that all the US needs is to stop the North Korean nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes from growing.

Seeking such a freeze is “unrealistic and dangerous,” he said.

Entering into negotiations with the North without the US declaring its goal of a non-nuclear North Korea would “appear to have the United States legitimise the North’s nuclear weapons status, and thus increase the likelihood that before too long South Korea and then Japan would follow suit,” Gallucci said.

He also called for making improvement in the North’s human rights record a key element of negotiations.

“It may be counterintuitive to see adding human rights to the agenda as increasing the likelihood of accomplishing our security objectives, but things have changed since we did the deal with the DPRK a quarter century ago,” he said, stressing that improvement in the North’s human rights situation is crucial in improving relations between Washington and Pyongyang.

February 8, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

UK Construction industry ‘heavily dependent on nuclear plants and HS2 rail project’ Another tax bailout imminent?

The future of the construction industry is heavily dependent on three huge projects in the energy and transport industries, according to a report.

The sector is set to grow over the next five years, creating 179,000 jobs, as long as the Hinkley Point C and Wylfa Newydd nuclear power stations and High Speed 2 rail project go ahead, said the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

Its forecast for growth and jobs is “significantly” down on a year ago, although the group predicted many job opportunities for electricians, carpenters and technical workers.

Steve Radley, of the CITB, said: “We expect construction to keep defying the economic headwinds, with almost half of its growth coming from Hinkley, HS2 and Wylfa and other infrastructure projects.

“These huge projects give our industry a great chance to seize the initiative on skills and start investing in the next generation and upskilling the current one.

“So it’s vital that we don’t throw this opportunity away by allowing these projects to slip or get squeezed together and worsen the pressure on key skills.”



February 8, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

‘Fukushima catastrophe ongoing: Leakage on a daily basis’


There are many shoes still to drop at Fukushima Daiichi, said Kevin Kamps, radioactive waste monitor at Beyond Nuclear. If something goes wrong with the radioactive waste storage pools, there could be a release of high-level radioactivity into the air, he added.

Radiation at Fukushima’s nuclear power plant is at its highest level since the tsunami-triggered meltdown nearly six years ago. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)  is reporting atmospheric readings inside Daiichi’s reactor No.2 are as high as 530 sieverts an hour, while a human exposed to a single dose of 10 sieverts would die in a couple of weeks.

RT: Can you explain what is likely going on here?

Kevin Kamps: This catastrophe that is ongoing is nearly six years old at this point. The fuel, the melted cores have been missing an action. TEPCO doesn’t know where they are; the Japanese government doesn’t know where they are; nobody knows where they are. What could have happened is these probes, these cameras, these robots, these radiation monitors that are being sent in by TEPCO to try to figure out what is going on, may have encountered the closest they have come yet to these melted cores. They may even have come upon melted fuel that is not under water, and water serves as a radiation shielding. So if this is an open area and there is no water – that could explain.

But what you’ve got are melted reactor cores. Of course, human beings can’t be in operating atomic reactors. They also can’t be in this area where there is a meltdown. There is also imagery – it looks like a melt through of a metal grade. It all stands to reason that the cores melted through the reactor pressure vessels and down into the containment structures right through that metal grating.

It is not unexpected, but we still don’t know where the cores are. There are claims that “it’s all contained, don’t worry about it.” It is indisputable that there is a daily flow of radioactively contaminated groundwater into the ocean. The figures something like 80,000 gallons per day of relatively low-level radioactive waste water. Then you’ve got those storage tanks – we’re talking 800,000 tons of highly radioactive water stored in tanks. Every day they pour a hundred tons of water on each of these three melted down cores. Sometimes they lose those tanks. They leak, they overflow – it is an ongoing catastrophe. 

RT: So the contamination, in this case, could leak out, couldn’t it?

KK: There is some leakage on a daily basis. Then they try to capture as much as they can and contain it in the storage tanks, which they sometimes lose, whether during a typhoon or through human error – they have had overflows. So many shoes can still drop at Fukushima Daiichi. One of the ones is the high radioactive waste storage pools that aren’t even inside radiological containment. They don’t have all of that spent nuclear fuel transferred to a safer location in a couple of the units still. If something were to go wrong with that – those would be open air releases of very high-level radioactivity.

The prime minister at the time the catastrophe began, [Naoto] Kan, had a contingency plan to evacuate all of North-East Japan – up to 50 million people. It was predominantly because of those storage pools. We’re still in that predicament- if one of those pools were to go up in flames. As Tokyo plans to host the 2020 Olympics and bring in many millions of extra people into this already densely populated area -it is not a good idea.

RT: Going back to this specific leak: how does this complicate the cleanup efforts there? Is it possible even to get something in there right now to examine what is going on?

KK: State of the art robotic technology – Japan is a leader in robotics – can only last so long, because the electronics get fried by the gamma radiation, and probably neutron radiation that is in there. That is the situation deep in there. They are already saying it will take 40 years to so-called decommission this, but that may be optimistic.

RT: Also in December the government said it is going to take twice as much money – nearly twice as much as they originally thought – to decommission that. Does this make matters ever worse – this leak? Or is this just kind of the situation to expect at this point?

KK: It just shows how dire the situation is. The figures of $150 billion to decommission – I have seen figures from a think tank in Japan sided by Green Peace Japan up to $600 billion. If you do full cost accounting: where is this high-level radioactive waste going to go? It is going to need a deep geological depository. You have to build that and operate it. That costs a hundred billion or more. So when you do full cost accounting, this catastrophe could cost hundreds of billions of dollars to recover from. We’re just in the beginning.

February 8, 2017 Posted by | Fukushima 2017 | , , , | Leave a comment

What is Happening at Fukushima Daiichi?

The news headlines concerning Fukushima Daiichi over the last week have been rather confusing because some seem to imply that radiation levels have risen, as illustrated in this article by The Guardian:

Justin McCurry. February 3, 2017. Fukushima nuclear reactor radiation at highest level since 2011 meltdown. The Guardian,
Radiation levels inside a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station are at their highest since the plant suffered a triple meltdown almost six years ago.

I have not interpreted the latest news from TEPCO as indicating that radiation levels have risen.

Rather, I interpret the latest news as indicating that TEPCO was successful in getting a robot into an existing high-radiation area in the plant, under the reactor-pressure vessel of unit 2, as explained in this excerpt from an article published in The Japan Times:

Highest radiation reading since 3/11 detected at Fukushima No. 1 reactor. The Japan Times, Feb 3, 2017,

The radiation level in the containment vessel of reactor 2 at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant has reached a maximum of 530 sieverts per hour, the highest since the triple core meltdown in March 2011, Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc. said.

Tepco said on Thursday that the blazing radiation reading was taken near the entrance to the space just below the pressure vessel, which contains the reactor core…

Tepco also announced that, based on its analysis of images taken by a remote-controlled camera, that there is a 2-meter hole in the metal grating under the pressure vessel in the reactor’s primary containment vessel. It also thinks part of the grating is warped.

As the article observes, the hole was probably made when the fuel “escaped the pressure vessel after the mega-quake and massive tsunami triggered a station blackout.”

Simply Info, an excellent source of information and technical analysis about Fukushima, offers this summary analysis of the origins of the hole:

Fukushima Unit 2 Failure Point Found! Simply Info, Feb 2, 2017,

This large but concentrated hole appears to be the failure point for the unit 2 reactor pressure vessel (RPV). Melted fuel (corium) likely flowed through this hole and collected into the sump in the containment structure floor. The slow failure and small opening melted through the RPV likely allowed the molten fuel to burn down as it collected in the sump. This new visual evidence shows conditions that could have led to the molten fuel burning down into the reactor building concrete basemat. Without sufficient cooling, it could have potentially burned down through the basemat.

Simply Info has a follow up article where Nancy Foust offers her analysis. Here is her hypothesis concerning what happened to the fuel in reactor 2 after the earthquake 3/11:

Foust, Nancy. Feb 2, 2017. What The New Fukushima Unit 2 Inspection May Indicate. Simply Information,

What has been found seems to track with the theory of a slow failure and melt out that may have burned down into the concrete basemat rather than flowed out across the containment floor.

These reports beg the question as to where the reactor fuel from unit 2 is now located. Is it under the site? Is it in the basement? How structurally intact is the basement? TEPCO stated several years ago that water in the basement of unit 2 was encountering melted fuel and that this contaminated water was not entirely contained by the building (I have this documented in my published work on Fukushima).

And what are the conditions of reactors 1 and 3? These reactors remain too hot for robots.

There is a near continuous stream of atmospheric emissions that can be seen nightly on the webcam around unit 3. I always presumed that the MOX remains of unit 3 reactor’s fuel were responsible for that stream of visible heat/steam.

Could slumped fuel from unit 2 have ended up moving toward unit 3?

Here is a screenshot from today of the emission stream:

Well, no way to know for sure but I do feel safe concluding that Daiichi’s mysterious missing fuel is probably dispersing in ground water, ocean, earth, and atmosphere….

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February 8, 2017 Posted by | Fukushima 2017 | , , | Leave a comment

Video shows difficulty in decommissioning Fukushima nuke plant



Video footage of the inside of the No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant has proved that it is more difficult than initially believed to decommission the tsunami-ravaged plant.
The camera that was inserted into an area below the reactor’s pressure vessel shows a deposited substance near a foothold in the area. The substance is highly likely to be melted nuclear fuel.

Nearly six years have passed since the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami that triggered the nuclear crisis. The fact that the condition of the inside of the reactor has been confirmed represents a step forward. However, analysis conducted by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the operator of the crippled power station, shows that the levels of radiation in the reactor building are so high that someone would die within less than a minute if they were exposed to radiation inside the facility. The footage shows that the deposited substances are scattered around in a wide area of the structure. TEPCO had planned to introduce a robot equipped with a camera into the reactor building possibly by the end of this month to fully probe the condition inside, but the footage has forced the utility to reconsider the plan.

If the situation is left as it is, the time required to decommission and dismantle the power station, which is believed to take 30 to 40 years, could be prolonged and the estimated costs of decommissioning the plant, which has already been revised upward from the initial 2 trillion yen to 8 trillion yen, could further rise. TEPCO is required to foot the costs of decommissioning the Fukushima plant, but the expenses will be passed on to consumers who pay electric power charges.

The government and TEPCO should fundamentally review their responses to the nuclear disaster, such as the development of technologies necessary to decommission the plant and ways to reduce decommissioning costs.

Meltdowns occurred in the cores of the No. 1 to 3 reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant in the accident. According to the road map toward decommissioning the plant, drawn up by the government and TEPCO, the utility is supposed to determine a method to remove melted fuel at one of the reactors by the end of fiscal 2018 and begin work within 2021.

To do so, it is necessary to ascertain where and how deposits of melted fuel are scattered, but this remains unclear.

TEPCO hit a snag at the beginning of the recent survey on the No. 2 reactor. Still, the condition of the reactor is far better than those of the No. 1 and 3 reactors — which were badly damaged in hydrogen explosions, obstructing surveys of their interiors.

Reactor core meltdowns occurred in an accident at a nuclear plant on Three Mile Island in the United States in 1979. Work to remove melted fuel commenced six years after the outbreak of the disaster and was completed 11 years after the accident. Workers remotely controlled a device to remove melted fuel from the pressure vessel while filling the vessel with water to block radiation.

Work at the Fukushima plant is far more difficult than at the Three Mile power station because nuclear fuel has melted and leaked out of the pressure vessels of the No. 1 to 3 reactors. How and where the melted fuel will be stored has not been decided yet. The government and TEPCO should obtain knowledge both from Japan and overseas to develop technologies to store melted fuel.

In considering the road map toward decommissioning the plant, it should be kept in mind that the degree of progress in the work will affect the restoration of areas hit by the nuclear disaster and the prospects for evacuated residents to return to their homes. However, if an unreasonably tight schedule is created, it could increase the risks of worker accidents and exposure to radiation.

Although it is a difficult task, the government and TEPCO are required to ensure transparency and steadily overcome obstacles to decommission the crippled power station.


February 8, 2017 Posted by | Fukushima 2017 | , | Leave a comment

No to the Pro-Nuke Lies and No to the Sensationalism B.S.



Some pages and websites choose to publish sensationalism about Fukushima, as a mean to draw big numbers of visitors, like flies on the sh@t, hooking the adrenaline kick hungry crowd to get there their daily junk dose of B.S.

On my Fukushima 311 Watchdogs Facebook page,

On The Rainbow Warriors Facebook group,

And on the Nuclear News blog,

And on the Fukushima 311 Watchdogs blog,

I choose to stick to facts, to dig for facts.

Fukushima is a serious catastrophe, after almost 6 years it’s only at its beginning and will not be resolved after 100 years, the technology needed to clean-up 3 reactors’ meltdowns has not yet been invented.

The mainstream media are minimizing the scale of that still ongoing catastrophe, gagged by governments having their own economic and political priorities.

Those reactors are opened belly up and still spitting nonstop radioactive nanoparticles into our skies and environment, contaminating the food chain with many consequences not yet well known, being not properly studied, identified and quantified.

The nuclear lobby and their accomplices, are muzzling in many ways the scientific community, and there is no funding to be found for those studies to be made.

We have only few dedicated straight scientists, such as Tim Mousseau, Chris Busby and a few others who still believe science as being more important than their personal career and moneyed interests, who are not selling out to pressure and personal rewards. They do work hard to bring us the real facts, the hard facts, and with very little means. As an example the biologist Tim Mousseau has been the scientist making the highest number of field trips to Chernobyl and Fukushima to research the effects of radiation on the wild life there, always on a shoe string budget.

We also have many Japanese citizen-scientists on location in Fukushima, who betrayed by their government and the Japanese scientific community, are organizing themselves to measure radiation in their environment and in their food so as to protect themselves and their families.

Those are the people we must look up to, the people who dig for the facts and fight for the real facts to be known.

I refuse to deal in sensationalism, we will stick to facts, time passing by only facts can and will prevail.

February 8, 2017 Posted by | Fukushima 2017 | , , , | 2 Comments