Fukushima timeline - July 2011

Radioactive news 8 July 2011

  • Japan May Be Nuclear Free by May

    Japan may have no nuclear reactors running by May next year, should the round of tests announced by the government this week cause further delays to restarting units idled for maintenance, a Bloomberg survey shows.
    Source: bloomberg.com

  • Fukushima: From Bad to Worse

    (LinkAsia July 8, 2011) NHK examines who is to blame for the scope and length of the nuclear leak at the Fukushima Power Plant in Japan. Its findings show the power company, nuclear regulators, and the government, are all to blame.
    Source: linktv

  • Shikoku Electric Postponed Nuclear Plant Test Run

    TOKYO (Dow Jones)--Shikoku Electric Power Co. (9507) said Friday it has indefinitely delayed a test run of the No. 3 reactor at its Ikata nuclear power plant on the western Japanese island of Shikoku, citing a lack of consensus from local residents.
    Source: e.nikkei.com

  • Analysis - Summer to test Japan resolve over nuclear power

    By Tomasz Janowski TOKYO (Reuters) - Two months of baking heat will test Japan's resolve to wean itself off nuclear power and show whether an energy-saving drive set off by meltdowns at the Fukushima plant will bring lasting efficiency gains the way the 1970s oil crisis did.

    There are some signs that there is no going back to the pre-March 11 status quo as businesses and consumers change behaviour in ways that will last beyond the summer electricity crunch...

    A poll last month showed nearly 70 percent of Japanese opposed restarting reactors currently shut for maintenance...
    Source: af.reuters.com

  • Shikoku Electric Postpones Nuclear Plant Test Run

    TOKYO—Shikoku Electric Power Co. said Friday it has indefinitely delayed a test run of the No. 3 reactor at its Ikata nuclear power plant on the western Japanese island of Shikoku, citing a lack of consensus from local residents.
    Source: online.wsj.com

  • Breaking News #FtCalhoun Power Plant - Senator Nelson Questions Corps Ability - There is "no flexibility in the system"

    Flood of ’11: Corps Pushed to Do More, Promises Major Review Pushed for more answers regarding flood fears and Nebraska’s two nuclear power plants, the Army Corps of Engineers stands by its performance but also promises a “full-scale” review of its actions. At the same time Senator Ben Nelson (NE-D) wants the Corps to go even further.

    In a statement issued Tuesday, Nelson said the Corps must put safety at the Cooper Nuclear Station and Fort Calhoun “at the forefront of how it manages the Missouri River.” In addition Nelson questions the Corps’ ability to keep the public informed. “The Corps also must communicate with Nebraskans more clearly,” said Nelson.
    Source: news.lucaswhitefieldhixson.com

  • Kyocera starts operation of 230kW solar power generating system at Fukushima plant

    KYOTO — Kyocera Corp says it has significantly increased the size of the solar power generation system at its Tanagura manufacturing plant in Fukushima Prefecture, by 194kW to a total of 230kW — making it the largest installation at a domestic Kyocera Group facility. The full installation began operation on June 30. Kyocera has been proactively installing solar power generating systems at its headquarters, manufacturing plants and sales offices both in Japan and overseas as part of a wider policy to reduce the company’s environmental burden.
    Source: japantoday.com

  • Tepco halts cooling system at nuclear plant after sparks-Kyodo

    The operator of Japan's Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant, located near the tsunami-crippled Daiichi plant, on Thursday halted the cooling system at one of its reactors after "electrical sparks" were detected, Kyodo news agency reported.
    Source: reuters.com

  • Japan nuclear 'stress test' plans criticised

    Japan's plan to hold further safety tests on its nuclear plants has drawn widespread criticism, and heaped more pressure on Prime Minister Naoto Kan.

    The government announced the tests just weeks after declaring that the nuclear plants were safe to restart.
    Source: bbc.co.uk

  • 5.6 quake rattles Japan near Fukushima site

    NEW YORK —

    An earthquake registering 5.6 shook the Pacific off Honshu, Japan, the U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday. That is the area of northeast Japan ravaged by a March 11 quake and tsunami that knocked out power at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

    No immediate damage or casualties were reported from the quake that struck at 3:35 a.m. Friday (1835 GMT Thursday), the USGS said. No tsunami watch was immediately issued.
    Source: japantoday.com

  • Flood of ’11: Corps Pushed to Do More, Promises Major Review

    Pushed for more answers regarding flood fears and Nebraska’s two nuclear power plants, the Army Corps of Engineers stands by its performance but also promises a “full-scale” review of its actions.

    At the same time Senator Ben Nelson (NE-D) wants the Corps to go even further.

    In a statement issued Tuesday, Nelson said the Corps must put safety at the Cooper Nuclear Station and Fort Calhoun “at the forefront of how it manages the Missouri River.” In addition Nelson questions the Corps’ ability to keep the public informed. “The Corps also must communicate with Nebraskans more clearly,” said Nelson.
    Source: nebraska.watchdog.org

  • Georgia Power wants taxpayers to take profit risk for new nukes

    After already hiking rates to pay for Plant Vogtle units 3 and 4, Georgia Power now balks at taking any risk to its profit if costs go above the projected budget.

    Kristi E. Swartz wrote in the AJC today, Georgia Power trashes regulatory staff's financial proposal for Vogtle cost overruns:
    Source: lake.typepad.com

  • In #Japan Citizens Flood Kyushu Electric With Complaints After Email Scandal Revealed

    At the last update there were almost 500 E-mails and Telephone Calls, along with a flood of faxes that were too numerous to count.

    The two most reported complaints were

    1. Kyushu should reveal the full extent of the scandal and identify key leaders

    2. The nuclear power generation decision isn't left to such a company
    Source: news.lucaswhitefieldhixson.com

  • Nuclear Delusions

    A study of carbon and nuclear power by the Australian government and Sydney University, found that nuclear plants emit about 60 grams of carbon-dioxide equivalent per Kilowatt-hour of electricity 3-times the comparable emissions from wind turbines.

    The International Energy Agency’s 2006 World Energy Outlook, a pro- nuclear report, found that among the alternatives – wind, solar, hydro – nuclear power yielded the lowest emission reductions.

    webmasters comment:

    Its not that i m promoting Al Gore cult, just interesting to see how carbon industry claims crumble upon them selves.
    Source: greenpeace.org

  • 5.6 Honshu Earthquake Shakes #Fukushima TEPCO Webcam

    NEW YORK, N.Y.—An earthquake registering 5.6 shook the Pacific off Honshu, Japan, the U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday. That is the area of northeast Japan ravaged by a March 11 quake and tsunami that knocked out power at the Fukushima nuclear plant. No immediate damage or casualties were reported from the quake that struck at 3:35 a.m.
    Source: news.lucaswhitefieldhixson.com

  • Kan apologizes for confusion over restart of reactors

    Prime Minister Naoto Kan apologized Friday for causing confusion over the issue of restarting reactors by suddenly ordering additional tests, a move that exposed his government to more accusations of inconsistency in its nuclear energy policy.

    webmasters comment:

    Hum, Naoto Kan "feels responsible" and thinks that his "instructions came too late"... Not really an apology is it? It seems more like he s saying that the order for additional tests should come sooner.
    Source: english.kyodonews.jp

  • N.C. State nuclear reactor springs leak, shuts down

    N.C. State University said this afternoon it shut down its research reactor after a leak was discovered at the nuclear facility.

    The small nuclear reactor is leaking about 10 gallons an hour and poses no public health risk, the university said.
    Source: blogs.newsobserver.com via WRH

 

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