Fukushima timeline - October 2011
- Energy CEOs Urge Court To End Nuclear Waste Fee
A Department of Energy fee that costs nuclear power utilities some $750 million a year should be suspended because a nuclear-waste program the fee is designed to pay for does not exist, opponents said in a new court filing.
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and the Nuclear Energy Institute, a policy organization for the industry, urged a Washington DC appeals court to order the DOE to stop collecting the fee for the federally mandated Nuclear Waste Fund which grows by about $1 billion a year and is expected to total $28.3 billion by the end of fiscal 2012.
100+ nuclear power plants and 0 nuclear waste program.
- 2.5 micro Sv/h from concrete
A piece of concrete panel was 2.5 micro Sv/h.
It was found at a home center in North Tochigi.
In Japan, radioactive sewage sludge or disposal waste ash are treated as normal garbage when it’s under 8,000 Bq/Kg.
- Fallout forensics hike radiation toll
Global data on Fukushima challenge Japanese estimates
The disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March released far more radiation than the Japanese government has claimed. So concludes a study1 that combines radioactivity data from across the globe to estimate the scale and fate of emissions from the shattered plant.
I believe the latest Nilu numbers are also a manipulation and that CS 137 emissions are underreported. Do a short comparison with Chernobyl emissions available here:
What is also important is the ratios among other nuclides. Xe 133 basically just tells you how much of other nuclides were emitted. Keep in mind that there was 180 tons of fuel at Chernobyl at 870 tons of fuel in reactors at Fukushima. Also Chernobyl got entombed while Fukushima is still spewing.
- More than half of the students turned out to be internally exposed by Cesium 137
In the town in the 20km evacuation area, Minami soma shi, more than half of the students of elementary school and junior high school students turned out to be internally exposed.
- Nuclear fuel recycling costs
Japan's Atomic Energy Commission says it may cost twice as much to recycle nuclear fuel for power generation as it would to discard the spent fuel as waste.
At a meeting on Tuesday, the commission calculated the cost of recycling spent nuclear fuel and extracting plutonium. The cost was estimated at 1.98 to 2.14 yen per kilowatt-hour of electricity generated.
The cost of discarding the spent fuel as waste was about 1 to 1.35 yen per kilowatt-hour.
- Nuclear plant accidents threaten relations between food producers and consumers
Nuclear accidents could threaten not only the livelihoods and health of people living nearby but also relations between food producers and consumers.
Disquisting... Divide the people, make them blame each other and continue to rule with lies and deceit. Divide et impera first hand.
- “Just the tip of the iceberg”: Van emitting 110 uSv/hr — Ended up 370 miles from Fukushima in Kobe — “Dangerously radioactive” vehicles must be resold within Japan
Oct. 26 — The only flaw with these vehicles? They are “dangerously radioactive”, writes Richard Lloyd Parry for Australia’s The Times.
Though barred from export, used car dealers have resorted to re-registering vehicles to disguise the origin, and selling them to customers “who have no idea of the risk to which they are being exposed”.
- Fukushima's stir-fried noodle now available nationwide
Nissin Food Products Co. introduced the stir-fried noodle specialty of Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, nationwide on Oct. 24. Many townspeople say they have mixed feelings about the release of Namie Yakisoba after they have evacuated the town due to the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
mad & sad
- Fuel Cells Recommended by US DOD for Defense Facilities
Washington D.C. and Vancouver, BC - Two leading North American clean energy associations, the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) of the United States, and the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA), today applaud the release of a groundbreaking U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) study, "Beyond Demonstration: A White Paper on the Role of Fuel Cells in the Department of Defense's Energy Strategy" which supports deployment of fuel cell-based power solutions. The DOD assessment validates technological and commercial progress made to date by developers of fuel cell technology, recommending that the U.S. Department of Defense proactively evaluate and acquire fuel cell systems for distributed power generation, backup power, material handling equipment, ground support equipment and unmanned vehicles.
- High levels of radiation detected at 2 schools in Chiba Prefecture
ABIKO, Chiba -- High levels of radiation have been detected on the premises of two elementary schools here, local education authorities have revealed.
According to the Abiko Municipal Board of Education, 11.3 microsieverts of radiation per hour was detected just above the surface of the ground near a ditch in the compounds of the Abiko Municipal Daiichi Elementary School on Sept. 15. The amount was 1.7 microsieverts in the air 50 centimeters above the ground.
Soil had piled up in the ditch, which had been damaged by growing tree roots, a situation similar to a residential area of the Chiba Prefecture city of Kashiwa where 57.5 microsieverts per hour was detected.
Radioactive cesium amounting to 60,768 becquerels per 1 kilogram of soil was found in the ditch.
So 60.000 bcq/kg gives 11.3 uSv/h above the surface and 1.7uSv/h 50cm above ground. Easy to see why jap gov shills have set the measurments at 1m above ground.
- Fukushima Japan Crisis part 1
When I heard that the local board of education in Minamisoma City, one of the cities in the 20-30 km zone had decided to re-open the schools, I decided to travel to this zone with my cameraman, Colin, to document the story of these children.
"In the Radiation Zone: the Children of Minamisoma," a three-part behind- the-scenes look at what we filmed was published by Discovery News in May. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
- Fukushima Japan Crisis part 2
In part two, we visit the local train station, interview people that have recently moved from evacuation centers into temporary housing, and head for the 20 km exclusion zone:
- Fukushima Japan Crisis part 3
In Part 3, on the way to the 20 km exclusion zone, we drive through the wasteland where the debris from the earthquake and tsunami is being sorted and stored. At the exclusion zone we talk with some of the people we meet there. Finally, we approach the 20 km border:
- Tokai No. 2 plant reports radioactive water leakage
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Water containing radioactive substances has leaked from a reactor pressure vessel at the Tokai No. 2 power plant in Ibaraki Prefecture, although there was no release of toxic substances into the outside environment, the government's nuclear safety agency said Wednesday.
Some 64 tons of water may have escaped from the pressure vessel to the outer primary container of the plant's boiling water reactor, which is undergoing regular checkups, the agency said.
- A Map Of The Geothermal Riches In The U.S.
Geothermal energy is clean and plentiful, but up until now, it has mostly been restricted in the U.S. to the western part of the country because of the unique geologic qualities of the region. Namely, the ground is a lot hotter there. But advances in geothermal drilling techniques mean that the country is no longer beholden to old ideas about the temperature thresholds of geothermal; we can now make heat from areas where the drills reach temperatures as low 212 degrees Fahrenheit, which opens up areas across the U.S.
This Google Earth map from SMU’s Geothermal Laboratory, funded by a Google.org grant, details the country's geothermal resources based on the availability of advanced drilling techniques. The conclusion: The U.S. can produce over three million megawatts of geothermal energy, or 10 times the capacity of currently installed coal power plants.
- Fukushima Update - 2011/10/25 (Video)
In today's Fukushima Update we examine the effects of the Fukushima disaster on children, find out more about the Kashiwa hotspot, learn about TEPCO's un-redacted documents, ponder the lessons of old Kurosawa films and watch some children-friendly pro-nuke programming.
Source: corbettreport / fukushimaupdate.com
- Quake hits Japan's Fukushima prefecture
NEW YORK (AP) – A moderate earthquake has shaken the northeastern Japanese prefecture where the much more massive earthquake and tsunami touched off the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl earlier this year.
- Warplane and nuclear plant data were at risk in Mitsubishi Heavy attack
Now, however, it has been revealed that the company found evidence that suggested information on fighter jets and helicopters designed for Japan's Ministry of Defence and nuclear power plant and anti-earthquake data was pilfered by the hackers.
The aircraft information could be used to find vulnerabilities in Japan's air force or air defences, while the nuclear power plant data could be employed to design a Stuxnet style attack similar to the one launched against Iran's nuclear fuel enrichment systems.
- Unedited Fukushima accident manual released, loss of power sources not envisioned
The government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) released part of an unedited severe accident manual for the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant on Oct. 24, revealing that Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) had not envisioned the possibility of all power sources at the nuclear complex being lost.
- Prospects Dim for India's Nuclear Power Expansion as Grassroots Uprising Spreads
A rare and powerful grassroots movement of fishermen, farmers, former judges, scientists and bureaucrats is threatening to scuttle nuclear megaprojects.
- Explaining the Nuclear Power Plant in the Backyard to Children
In the words of renowned nuclear expert Dr. Theodore Rockwell, “now kids can learn the basic facts about nuclear energy without first being scared witless.” Nutcracker Publishing Company announced today it is getting ready to “radiate brilliance” with the release of a children’s picture book that explains the inner workings of a nuclear power plant.
- NATO Prepares Global War – Russian and Chinese Military on Highest Alert.
At the International Security Conference (ISC) in Munich, 2007, Vladimir Putin warned western leaders, that the unprecedented aggressive expansion of NATO has brought the world more close to a third world war than it has ever been before. This stern warning came years before NATO´s aggression against Libya and it´s undeclared war in Syria and Pakistan. Following the recent deployment of US troops to Uganda, and military threats directed against Pakistan, the armed forces of NATO, Russia and China have never been as close to open and all out conflict as today. A recent and sobering report of the Russian Intelligence Service FSB, details the fact that the USA and NATO are currently planning and actively preparing for all out war on all continents. After the recent meeting between Russian P.M. Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Huan Jintao, both Russian and Chinese military forces have been placed on highest alert.
By Dr. Christof Lehmann
Source: poorrichards-blog.blogspot.com via WRH
- Czech-Russian Arako in Deal With Enel's Slovak Nuclear Power Plant
Arako spol. sro, a Czech-based unit of Russian machinery division OJSC Atomenergomash of state-owned nuclear engineering company Rosatom, said Tuesday it had secured a contract to supply components to the Slovak Mochovce nuclear power plant of Italy's Enel SpA (ENEL.MI).
"The total value of goods that we're supplying to Mochovce exceeds EUR20 million," said Rovsan Abbasov, Arako's general director.
Enel is currently expanding the Mochovce nuclear plant, operated by its Slovak unit Slovenske Elektrarny AS.
Russians are very aggressive in NPP expansions lately. But so are french, and japanese... Basically it is the whole industry pushing nukes around as used car salesmen. For them it's just business. If it blows up, it's MORE business.
- New study on xenon-133 and caesium-137 releases from Fukushima
Xenon-133 and caesium-137 releases into the atmosphere from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant: determination of the source term, atmospheric dispersion, and deposition
- Yuzhnoukrainsk Nuclear Power Plant shuts down third reactor for repairs
Yuzhnoukrainsk Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) disconnected its third reactor from the country's power grid at 06.52 on Oct. 25 to repair the failure, the press service of the national nuclear energy generating company Energoatom reported on Tuesday.
- Japan to donate food from Fukushima region to global south countries
NHK [Japan National Broadcasting] reported that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is proposing to purchase industrial and canned fish products from disaster hit areas, Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate as “a means to tackle harmful rumor against their products”. The Ministry applied for a budget $65 million for this purpose under overseas development aid[ODA]. These products have a high risk of being contaminated yet the Japanese government are intending to send them to countries in the global south! Not done with killing their own people they now want to spread their nuclear death under the disguise of aid – in other words kill and make even more people really sick!
- Biggest US nuclear bomb dismantled in Texas
Hallways in one building had pictures of nuclear blasts from tests hanging on the walls. Riding in a bus one could see areas in the 16,000-acre (6,500-hectare) facility, one of the nation's most secure sites, where plutonium pits and other weapons materials are stored.
Just a reminder that nuclear power plants are just a cover for producing nuclear weapons. And guys running that show don't really care for public opinion. It's about which bang makes a better photo.
- Up to 20 millions tons of tsunami debris headed for U.S. shores
Prepare for a garbage deluge.
An estimated 5 million tons to 20 million tons of debris sucked into the ocean during Japan's massive tsunami is due to hit U.S. shores, University of Hawaii scientists say. The wall of water struck in March, so that means the garbage should be here -- sometime in 2014.
Source: latimesblogs.latimes.com via WRH
- FPL rates headed up to pay for possible nuclear plants
TALLAHASSEE - State utility regulators decided Monday that Florida Power & Light customers must pay $196 million next year for new nuclear projects, including two reactors yet to be approved.
The Florida Public Service Commission unanimously approved its staff recommendations for the increased rate, rejecting objections of the state's consumer advocate that the Juno Beach-based utility misled regulators and that the true costs of the projects are still unknown.
Starting Jan. 1, FPL's typical 1,000 kilowatt-hour residential customer will pay $1.87 more per month to cover the costs of improvements and increased capacity at its St. Lucie plant on Hutchinson Island and its Turkey Point plant in Miami-Dade County.
Hang the taxpayers with the bill, collect the profits... You know, they are not lying when they say the nuclear power is cheap. It really is. FOR THEM.
- Smart electric grid yields jobs, report says
The effort to develop a smarter electricity grid has created more than 12,560 jobs in the Bay Area and could produce many more, according to a report to be released today.
- Military Becomes Big Promoter of Alternative Energy
A friend of mine is the key alternative energy promoter for one of the largest states in the U.S. He told me that he is working with the top military brass for the region to promote alternative energy, and that the military commander is extremely interested in transitioning towards more alternative energy usage.
As Dr. Kent Moors notes today, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus himself is aggressively pushing alternative energy, as are other branches of the military:
During a biofuels conference at Mississippi State University last week, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced that his branch would be leading the charge to lessen the Defense Department’s (DOD) dependence on fossil fuels.
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