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NRC likely to extend licence for Westinghouse nuclear fuel factory, despite its history of spills and leaks

November 17, 2019 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment

Bulgaria nuclear reactor capacity reduced over generator malfunction

Bulgaria nuclear reactor capacity reduced over generator malfunction,  SOFIA (Reuters) 18 Nov 19– Bulgarian nuclear power plant Kozloduy said on Saturday that its 1,000 MW Unit 5 was running at half capacity after one of its main circulation pumps shut down, activating the safety system.

Kozloduy said in a statement equipment inspections were under way following the incident, which occurred at 0910 local time (0710 GMT). …… https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bulgaria-nuclear-kozloduy/bulgaria-nuclear-reactor-capacity-reduced-over-generator-malfunction-idUSKBN1XQ0JD

November 17, 2019 Posted by | EUROPE, safety | Leave a comment

New type of uranium nuclear fuel has safety risks

November 16, 2019 Posted by | safety, technology, UK, Uranium | Leave a comment

Nuclear tomb: The Runit Dome is chipping and cracking

November 14, 2019 Posted by | environment, safety, wastes | Leave a comment

France extends nuclear reactors outage after earthquake

France extends nuclear reactors outage after earthquake,  France 24 13 Nov 19, French utility EDF on Tuesday extended outages at three nuclear reactors at its Cruas plant until Nov. 15 following a 5.1 magnitude earthquake in southeast France that forced it to temporarily suspend electricity generation at the site.A sensor at the plant was activated during the earthquake in the region on Monday, requiring the state-controlled utility to carry out further checks for potential damage.

A spokesman for EDF said the outage extension would allow enough time for thorough visual and advanced checks across the plant, including in the nuclear buildings to ascertain that the units could function properly when they restarted.
France’s ASN nuclear safety agency on Monday said it was monitoring the situation and would decide when the reactors could restart.

The outage at the three reactors reduced French power generation by 2,700 megawatts (MW)……https://www.france24.com/en/20191112-france-extends-nuclear-reactors-outage-after-earthquake

November 14, 2019 Posted by | France, safety | Leave a comment

Leak shuts down V.C. Summer nuclear plant

November 11, 2019 Posted by | incidents, USA | Leave a comment

Decommissioning Fukushima nuclear station – cost-cutting culture is causing mistakes

Nuclear regulator says cost-cutting culture creating mistakes, delays at Fukushima plant,  https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20191107/p2a/00m/0na/025000c

November 8, 2019 (Mainichi Japan)  TOKYO –– Decommissioning efforts following the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station have been hit by delays and a series of mistakes contravening safety rules relating to the operation of nuclear facilities.

In response to the issues, the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) is carrying out a survey into whether operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has sufficient staffing numbers working on the project, and is seeking to have TEPCO’s board improve its preparations.

According to the secretariat of the NRA, this summer there were errors in the wiring of electrical cables to the No. 5 and 6 reactors, which caused problems when smoke started to emerge from equipment attached to the reactors.

Furthermore, drinking facilities are being continually installed in controlled zones with high levels of radioactivity where they are forbidden from being built, and it has emerged that workers have drunk water from those areas. In October, the NRA identified both incidents as contravening safety regulations.

Elsewhere, the continuation of work to remove spent nuclear fuel from storage pools at the No. 3 reactor has been delayed. NRA Chairman Toyoshi Fuketa said, “It appears the absolute number of such workers (who manage the work at the power station) is insufficient. If small mistakes continue, it creates the danger of leading to big mistakes.”

Ryusuke Kobayashi, head of the Fukushima Daiichi NRA Regional Office, attended a regular meeting of the NRA on Nov. 6. Regarding the situation at the power station, he said, “There’s a strong focus on cost-cutting at the site. It has an atmosphere which makes it difficult to speak out and say there are too few people working there.” At a press conference after the meeting, chairman Fuketa stressed that it was essential for more staff to be secured.

In response to the NRA, a representative at TEPCO said, “It’s believed an easing of vigilance at the site has been one reason (for the mistakes). The number of human errors has stayed at between 100 and 200 each year for the last five years. We want to proceed with a plan to resolve this considering the specific characteristics of the working environment at the site.”

(Japanese original by Yuka Saito and Suzuko Araki, Science & Environment News Department)

November 9, 2019 Posted by | Japan, safety | Leave a comment

Cybersecurity concerns complicate nuclear digital upgrades

November 9, 2019 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment

Senator Elizabeth Warren questions Holtec Exemption from Emergency Planning Requirements at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station

November 7, 2019 Posted by | election USA 2020, politics, safety | Leave a comment

U.S. Nuclear Plants Vulnerable to Terrorist Drones – NRC says “not our problem”

November 7, 2019 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to Shrink Emergency Planning Zone

November 7, 2019 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment

Australia’s bushfire risks – threat to planned 1700 km transport of nuclear wastes

Kazzi Jai    Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste In The Flinders Ranges, 4 Nov 19 In an inquiry tabled with the NSW Parliament in 2004, asserting exactly the same containers for the transport of the Nuclear Waste from Lucas Heights as proposed now….

“The Fire Brigade Union contradicted this view stating that everything burns under the right conditions and that an accident, particularly with a fuel tanker, could generate enough heat to burn concrete and steel containers and vaporise the waste. This would transform the waste into a form in which it presents the greatest risk to human health.

“Concrete burns, it spalls, it expands and it explodes. That is what happens to it if it is subject to fire for long enough. You can put it in concrete and you can have steel mesh holding the whole thing together, but when you apply heat, the granules grow and things start spalling, just throwing out bits of itself everywhere until, in the end, that concrete or the integrity of the structure that encases it is broken.
Steel burns as well. It does not surprise many firefighters but steel burns. Anything burns, distorts, warps, breaks and spalls. Maybe that is why we have a fascination with it, but in our society nothing is safe from fire. There is nothing in this world that is safe from fire” https://www.facebook.com/groups/941313402573199/

November 4, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA, safety | Leave a comment

Britain’s Dungeness nuclear reactors -extended outages, since corrosion found in pipes

November 2, 2019 Posted by | safety, UK | Leave a comment

Beware of secrecy over Russian Nuclear explosion, and of American nuclear dangers

Last Summer’s ‘Mysterious’ Nuclear Explosion in Russia  https://obrag.org/2019/11/last-summers-mysterious-nuclear-explosion-in-russia/, by MICHAEL STEINBERG  NOVEMBER 1, 2019 · Nuclear Shutdown News October 2019By Michael Steinberg / Black Rain Press

Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the nuclear power industry and highlights the efforts of those working to create a nuclear free world.

Last Summer’s “Mysterious” Nuclear Explosion

As this year winds down a nuclear weapons explosion last summer still begs for our attention.

What does this incident, half way around the world in another country, have to do with the nuclear power plants in this country?

Let’s remember though, the “Atoms For Peace” program wherein the federal government encouraged (and heavily subsidized) the development of civilian nuclear reactors to produce electricity. The idea was to try to overshadow the images of the nuclear holocaust in Hiroshima and Nagasaki caused by the US.

So it is far from ironic that the nuclear explosion in question occurred on August 8, the 74th anniversary of Nagasaki’s immolation.

Novaga Gazeta also reported that an anonymous hospital worker said that “traces of Cesium 137 (which remains dangerously radioactive for 300 years) were detected in the emergency room area an hour after the patients were brought in.” Doctors and nurses  had only face masks for protection, and nothing but soap solutions to decontaminate the ER.

The nearby city of Serevdinsk’s 183,000 residents were initially told to evacuate because of the radiation released by the explosion, but then the evac order was abruptly canceled. Instead they were told to stay inside and close their windows.
Authorities later claimed the disaster wasn’t as bad as the 1986 nuclear disaster in the Ukraine at Chernobyl in 1986, then ruled by the USSR.

More Fallout

Later in August it emerged that there may have been two nuclear explosions, and that actually seven people had died in the blasts.

The debacle supposedly happened while testing a new type of long range Russian nuclear powered cruise missile. Or, as unnamed US intelligence sources claimed, as reported by CNBC on August 28, it may have occurred while trying to recover one such missile from the bottom of the White Sea.

Post Script  Many people are not aware that US nuclear power reactors regularly release radiation into our air and water in order to operate. You may have heard about this at the Three Mile Island plant in 1979 in Pennsylvania (whose remaining reactor just  shut down) or the Millstone nuke in my home state of Connecticut.

Although this happens all the time at the nation’s 90-some nuclear plants, the public is usually not informed of these potentially carcinogenic releases. As with nuclear weapons operations, US nuclear power doings are largely carried on in secret.

After all, we wouldn’t want the enemy to find out, would we? Except, all too often, the”enemy” is us!

Sources: Fox News, foxnews.com; Moscow Times, moscowtimes.com; CNBC, cbnbc.com; Nuvaya Gazeta, nugayagazeta.ru.

November 2, 2019 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves Westinghouse atomic fuel factory despite its leaks and spills

November 2, 2019 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment