Radioactive news 28 September 2011

  • ANAS President: “Azerbaijan is concerned about the situation around the Metsamor nuclear power plant very much”

    Baku. Kamala Guliyeva – APA. “Armenia’s Metsamor nuclear power plant is very dangerous for the region.

    This plant doesn’t meet the European standards, depleted its resources and the European Union repeatedly demanded its closing. Despite it, the Armenian government strengthened the plant’s activity, as well as the passed a decision on construction of new reactor”, said president of the Azerbaijani National Academy of Sciences Mahmud Karimov, APA reports.

    Source: en.apa.az

  • TEPCO overcharged rates for a decade

    TOKYO (majirox news) — Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) may have charged higher than necessary electricity rates for at least a decade, judging by a government investigation into the utility.

    Overcharging appears to have netted TEPCO about 600 billion yen (around $8.2 billion) over the past 10 years, which the utility was able to do by reporting costs higher than they actually were.

    Source: majiroxnews.com

  • Japan Eyes Radioactive Waste Storage Facilities in 7 More Prefs

    Fukushima, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government plans to set up transitional radioactive waste storage facilities in seven prefectures in addition to Fukushima, which hosts Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s <9501>crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Vice Environment Minister Hideki Minamikawa suggested Wednesday.

    The seven prefectures are Iwate, Miyagi, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Chiba and Tokyo.
    Source: jen.jiji.com

  • Swiss parliament approves nuclear plant phase out

    GENEVA - The Swiss parliament's upper house Wednesday approved plans to phase out the country's nuclear plants over the next two decades in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan.

    It followed a June vote by the lower chamber to back an exit from nuclear energy recommended by the government, which had earlier frozen plans for a new construction programme after the Fukushima atomic plant explosion.

    Bern said it would count on the development of its already considerable hydro-electric plants and other renewable energy to make up for the loss of nuclear power, while not ruling out importing electricity.

    Source: globalenergywatch.com

  • Argentina inaugurates third nuclear power plant

    Buenos Aires - President Cristina Kirchner on Wednesday inaugurated Argentina's third nuclear power plant in a move she says helps diversify her country's energy sources.

    The German-designed Atucha II plant is expected to be fully operational in six to eight months after engineers run a series of tests.

    webmasters comment:

    Such a waste that a country with such a beatiful landscape gets littered with nuclear catastrophes waiting to happen. Argentina should advance its agricultural reach (with added promotion of permaculture principles) and that would provide much more energy output without the need for radiological and biological hazards.

    India for example has several biofuel power plants burning rice husks.

    Also its teritorial waters allow more then enough space for application of advanced and modern floating wind turbines.

    Source: globalenergywatch.com

  • Japan's PM 'isolated, out of his depth'

    A former special adviser to Japan's then prime minister Naota Kan has gone public with what he describes as 'mind-boggling' reports of the government's behaviour as the Fukushima crisis unfolded.

    Source: abc.net.au

  • Areva Sells First Bonds Since Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

    Areva SA, the world’s largest builder of nuclear plants, sold its first bonds since the Fukushima disaster in Japan made some nations rethink their reliance on atomic energy.

    The utility issued 500 million euros ($680 million) of six- year 4.625 percent notes, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The company last sold bonds in September 2010 when it issued 750 million euros of 3.5 percent notes due in 2021, the data show.

    Areva’s BBB+ rating outlook was cut to negative in August by Standard & Poor’s, which cited “increased uncertainties surrounding the nuclear industry.”

    webmasters comment:

    That is ironically the same amount that BP used to hush the media about the Gulf oil spill. Probably we ll see an increased amount of articles relating to Areva's great technology, despite the catastrophic performance of their equipment in Fukushima.

    Source: bloomberg.com

  • Nuclear first: Plant shut off by quake vibration, not power failure

    WASHINGTON — Regulators weighing whether to allow the restart of a nuclear power plant shut down by the earthquake last August in Virginia have some new information to work with: The plant was shut down not by a power outage, as first thought, but by vibration from the quake, the plant operator now says.

    Source: msnbc.msn.com

  • Iran nuclear drive heightens risk of strike: France

    “If we don’t succeed today to reach a negotiation with the Iranians, there is a strong risk of military action,” according to Araud, who did not say who would be likely to carry out such action.

    “It would be a very complicated operation. It would have disastrous consequences in the region,” said the ambassador, who has negotiated with Iran in the past.

    webmasters comment:

    An attack on Iranian working nuclear facility spells Fukushima all over again, not to mention the prospect of ww3.

    Seriously, after the world is relieved that they start it sucessfuly without blowing anything up, we get Mr. Wannabe Napoleon Junior threatening a strike that would render much of the midle east uninhabitable.

    Source: dawn.com

  • Japan needs to consider nature-based solutions in rebuilding efforts: IUCN

    Overgrazing grasslands or poor land use can expose more land to dust storms and erosion. Converting wetlands to agricultural use loses the flood control and storm protection values these habitats once provided. Clearing coastal vegetation and destroying coral reefs exposes coastal communities to greater damage from cyclones and tsunamis. In addition, climate change may further accelerate at least some of nature’s extreme events, especially storms and droughts.

    webmasters comment:

    Reality kicking in... Principles of permaculture are probably the only viable way out of the radiological desert.

    At this point, decontamination of natural landscape by removing top soil would just accelerate the destruction of flora and fauna.

    For those not familiar with the subject i recommend looking up the term Mycorrhiza.

    Nature it self is the strongest ally of Japan at this moment. The smart thing would be to boost natures defences and utilize vast spectrum of plants capable of absorbing radioactive substances in vast quantitites and boosting their ability to survive, which of course excludes soil removal.

    What we have to keep in mind is that streams and rivers are also contaminated. There was no magic bubles over them. There is no technology that could help decontaminte such vast areas (perhaps with some cesium absorbtion mats working on the basis of a wick system, but to cover m2 per m2 of these areas is unrealistic.

    Removal of top soil on the other hand is ecological suicide.

    Source: japantoday.com

  • Smart Grid to Become EUR6.8 Billion Industry in Europe by 2016

    Amsterdam - The smart grid market in Europe will experience considerable development over the next five years, as utilities across the region work to meet rigorous efficiency mandates and integrate an ongoing build-out of renewable energies into the grid. The latest report forecasts the cumulative European smart grid technology market to hit EUR3.1 billion in 2012, with that number set to increase 120% to EUR6.8 billion in 2016.

    Source: globalenergywatch.com

  • Future for Vermont’s only nuclear power plant uncertain

    Perhaps one of the most important issues surrounding the potential closing of Vermont Yankee is whether or not Vermont residents and students will be affected.

    "I don't think students will feel the effects much," Ebelt said. "Since students are only here for a few years, I don't see them being affected in the long run. Even if we have to pay a little more for electricity, what good is paying less if you're putting people in danger?"

    Source: vermontcynic.com

  • China Wind cuts net loss on rising revenue and power output

    Revenue rose 80 per cent to nearly $2.2 million from $1.2 million.

    "While pleased by our improved financial results, we are still in the early stages of our company's history," CEO Jun Liu said in a release.

    webmasters comment:

    as we could read in july...

    Over the next 40 years, $1.9 trillion (1.31 trillion euros) per year will be needed for incremental investments in green technologies," the UN Economic and Social Affairs body said in its annual survey.

    Follow the money... Does this spell the end of nuclear power?

    Source: winnipegfreepress.com

  • High cesium levels detected as far away as Gunma Prefecture

    The radioactive accumulation reached a range between 100,000 and 300,000 becquerels per square meter in a mountainous area encompassing the cities of Midori and Kiryu in the eastern part of the prefecture, about 180 km from the Fukushima nuclear plant.

    Source: asahi.com

  • Virtual lithium mine attaches to geothermal plant

    Simbol Materials today started operations at a plant in California that extracts lithium and other battery materials without having to dig new holes in the ground.

    The company has developed a way for getting valuable metals from the discharge brine of geothermal plants, a process that could help make the U.S. a much larger producer of lithium and other important metals. Its operation, which it expects to expand next year, is in the Imperial Valley of California.

    webmasters comment:

    I ve heard China has developed one that is very similar looking ;)

    Source: news.cnet.com

  • Fukushima City Hires 'Professional Cleaners' to Decontaminate All Houses - 27/09/11

    Rinsing particulate matter away just moves the contamination elsewhere. This is not decontamination. "...residents will be required to remove surface soil and weed gardens by themselves..." How convenient! Straight from the roof (handled by so-called cleaning experts with protective gear) to the earth around the property (handled by someone who picked a bad place to live).
    Source: TheFreedom2resist