Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news November 2011

India plans 'safer' nuclear plant powered by thorium


  • India plans 'safer' nuclear plant powered by thorium

    India has announced plans for a prototype nuclear power plant that uses an innovative "safer" fuel.

    Officials are currently selecting a site for the reactor, which would be the first of its kind, using thorium for the bulk of its fuel instead of uranium – the fuel for conventional reactors. They plan to have the plant up and running by the end of the decade.

    webmasters comment:

    Thorium is considered "abundant" (it's only 3x times of uranium in earths crust) mostly beacuse much less is needed to run a reactor than with uranium. If we are to talk of necessary evils, Thorium reactors would be the only viable option for survival of the nuclear industry.

    But it still produces nuclear waste, among it plutonium, altough in much smaller quantities.

    The main benefit of thorium reactors over uranium / Mox reactors is, that they can not blow up. While uranium powered plants need constant source of cooling for the core, with thorium reactors the chain reaction stops as soon as the outside source is turned off.

    I am not by any chance promoting any kind of nuclear technology, but with all above being said, i really don't understand any country investing moneys into building old tech uranium reactors, either they be french, japanese, american or russian, while now at least 2 countries have declared that they will have thorium reactors up and running in a very short time. (China was the first to announce building a set of thorium reactors for commercial electricity production). Is this why developed countries are ditching their old nukes, or is it the nuclear war drums beating from every corner? It just might be both.

    Source: guardian.co.uk via WRH


 

Tepco Detects Nuclear Fission at Fukushima Station


  • Tepco Detects Nuclear Fission at Fukushima Station

    Publicity Stunt

    Sonoda denied reporters' claims it was a publicity stunt. ‘‘I drank it because there shouldn't be any concerns about the water,” he said. “I didn't intend to say it's completely safe by drinking it.”

    webmasters comment:

    The article is about china syndrome occuring all over fukushima, but i just had to publish this paragraph...

    I didn't intend to say it's completely safe by drinking it.”

    No, you just exposed your self as the most stupid gov. official to hit the stage in decades.

    Or perhaps some nuke shills are holding his family hostage... beacuse honestly apart from utter stupidity and/or threats i see no other reason why someone would drink water out of pools where nuclear fission is taking place.

    Note that if he did it for moneys, that fits into stupidity category.

    Source: news.businessweek.com via WRH


 

Not gone fission: New fears at Fukushima


  • Not gone fission: New fears at Fukushima

    The nuclear fuel of the second reactor followed the fate of the first and third, melting down and burning through the contour of the reactor. Experts say that at certain conditions nuclear fission could restart and lead to a new meltdown, but the likelihood of such an event is next to zero.

    webmasters comment:

    Imagine how many trees must have been destroyed to print all these nuke "experts" Phd's, that are not even suitable to be used as toilet paper... so sad.

    Source: rt.com


 

Scientist Marco Kaltofen Presents Data Confirming Hot Particles


  • Scientist Marco Kaltofen Presents Data Confirming Hot Particles

    Scientist Marco Kaltofen Presents Data Confirming Hot Particles from Fairewinds Associates on Vimeo.

    Washington, DC - October 31, 2011 – Today Scientist Marco Kaltofen of Worchester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) presented his analysis of radioactive isotopic releases from the Fukushima accidents at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Mr. Kaltofen’s analysis confirms the detection of hot particles in the US and the extensive airborne and ground contamination in northern Japan due to the four nuclear power plant accidents at TEPCO’s Fukushima reactors. Fairewinds believes that this is a personal health issue in Japan and a public health issue in the United States and Canada.

    webmasters comment:

    I encourage the readers to visit fairewinds.com website and make a donation.
    Mr. Gundersen is the one who gave credibility to alternative media regarding the Fukushima issue and i believe its right we show him our gratitude.

    Source: fairewinds.com


 

TEPCO finds sign of fresh nuclear fission at Fukushima reactor



 

Anti-nuclear fasting continues in India


  • Anti-nuclear fasting continues in India

    CHENNAI: The protest fast against the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) continued for the 14th day Monday in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu, an activist said.

    “Around 400 people from Thomaiarpuram, Idinthakarai and Kudankulam participated in the fast,” S. Sivasubramanian, coordinator of the People’s Rights Movement, an organisation fighting for the plant’s closure, told IANS.

    Source: fukushimaupdate.com


 

Chinese nuclear forces, 2011


  • Chinese nuclear forces, 2011

    Today, China is the only one of five original nuclear weapon states that is increasing its nuclear arsenal. According to some estimates, the country could “more than double” the number of warheads on missiles that could threaten the United States by the mid-2020s. Earlier this year, China published a defense white paper, which repeated its nuclear policies of maintaining a minimum deterrent with a no-first-use pledge. Yet China has yet to define what it means by a minimum deterrent posture. This, together with the fact that it is deploying four new nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, invites concern as to the scale and intention of China’s nuclear upgrade. The authors estimate that China has a total inventory of approximately 240 nuclear warheads.

    Source: bos.sagepub.com


 

1.7 Millisievert External Radiation in One Month for 3rd Grader in Fukushima City: "Will Not Affect Health" Says City Official


  • 1.7 Millisievert External Radiation in One Month for 3rd Grader in Fukushima City: "Will Not Affect Health" Says City Official

    Japan's new normal in radiation exposure is getting ridiculous almost every day, particularly in Fukushima Prefecture.

    Fukushima City announced the result of the readings of the glass badges worn by children and pregnant women in the city for the month of September, and the highest reading was 1.7 millisievert external radiation exposure in one month for a 3rd-grader in an elementary school. Her two brothers were also found with high radiation reading off their badges.

    The city says, "That level of radiation does not affect health".

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com


 

TEPCO Confirms I-131 Still One of Three Main Nuclides Found In Seawater Near Unit 1 to 4


  • TEPCO Confirms I-131 Still One of Three Main Nuclides Found In Seawater Near Unit 1 to 4

    We reevaluated the nuclide analysis results of the samples taken during October 1 – 15 from the atmosphere in the station site, seawater / marine soil around the station, seawater around the intake of Unit 1 to 4, sub- drain water around the turbine buildings, sub-drain water around the Centralized Radiation Waste Treatment Facility and seawater offshore of Ibaraki and Miyagi [...]

    webmasters comment:

    Another article found its way on cold meltdown page.

    Source: enformable.com


 

Cesium in pollen not viewed as health risk


  • Cesium in pollen not viewed as health risk

    In June, the education and science ministry studied cedar leaves in the town of Kawamata, located about 45 km from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, and determined the cesium-134 and -137 levels ranged from 54,300 to 177,600 becquerels per kilogram...

    webmasters comment:

    Note* from 54.300bcq/kg. ok, now some facts:

    Cedar trees are rare in that they pollinate throughout the year. This means that, unlike seasonal allergies, cedar allergy symptoms can be present all year long. In fact, many people with cedar allergies in the winter months believe they have a cold because it is not the typical allergy season. www.ehow.com

    Fukushima has about 185,000 hectares of cedar forests

    If there is one tree in each 3m x 3m that means 1.111 trees in hectare or about 205 million cedar trees in Fukushima. Now the closest data i found was that a 16 year old pine tree produces 81 grams of pollen per day. Thats on average 1134 grams of pollen (> 1 liter) over a 14-day pollen shed.

    So, basically what we get is that when trees start feeling funky... there will be 205 mio liters (205.000 tons) of radioactive pollen flying out of Fukushima each 14 days.



    Source: japantimes.co.jp


 

Setagaya, Tokyo's High Radiation Supermarket: It's Radium Again, Emitting 40 Millisieverts/Hr Radiation



 

UPDATE 1-NRC approves South Texas amended ABWR reactor design


  • UPDATE 1-NRC approves South Texas amended ABWR reactor design

    NEW YORK, Nov 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Tuesday said it has approved a new version of the Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) nuclear power plant design proposed by the South Texas nuclear power project.

    Source: af.reuters.com


 

Odersun’s PV modules receive “Made in Europe” certificate, qualify for Italian solar power tariff



 

Sellafield waste plant closure could cost taxpayer £100m


  • Sellafield waste plant closure could cost taxpayer £100m

    Taxpayers will be expected to pay the full costs of closing down and decommissioning a controversial nuclear fuel plant at Sellafield in Cumbria which was built to provide plutonium-uranium mixed oxides (Mox) fuel to foreign power companies.

    Japanese customers have been told that they will not have to pay a penny towards the expected £100m costs of decommissioning the Sellafield Mox Plant, which was closed in August because of Japan’s “anticipated” cancellation of orders.

    Source: independent.co.uk


 

Anglesey farmers’ worries over new Wylfa nuclear power station



 

Fukushima and the inevitability of accidents


  • Fukushima and the inevitability of accidents

    Governments regulate risky industrial systems such as nuclear power plants in hopes of making them less risky, and a variety of formal and informal warning systems can help society avoid catastrophe. Governments, businesses, and citizens respond when disaster occurs. But recent history is rife with major disasters accompanied by failed regulation, ignored warnings, inept disaster response, and commonplace human error. Furthermore, despite the best attempts to forestall them, “normal” accidents will inevitably occur in the complex, tightly coupled systems of modern society, resulting in the kind of unpredictable, cascading disaster seen at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

    Source: bos.sagepub.com


 

Japan restarts reactor despite nuke power concerns


  • Japan restarts reactor despite nuke power concerns

    TOKYO -- Officials have restarted a reactor in southern Japan after a monthlong shutdown despite strong public opposition to nuclear power since the country's March 11 disaster. webmasters comment:

    Private nuclear company terrorizing japanese public, thats what this is.

    Source: miamiherald.com


 

International humanitarian law and nuclear weapons: Irreconcilable differences


  • International humanitarian law and nuclear weapons: Irreconcilable differences

    In 1996, the International Court of Justice issued an opinion that the use of nuclear weapons is “scarcely reconcilable” with international humanitarian law and concluded that nations have an obligation to pursue good-faith negotiations leading to disarmament. The 2010 Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty Review Conference reaffirmed the need for all states to comply with international humanitarian law, which governs the use of nuclear as well as conventional weapons. When the rules of war are applied to nuclear weapons, it becomes clear that these weapons cannot comply with international law. The effects of nuclear weapons are inherently uncontrollable and do not meet international criteria for discrimination between military and civilian targets, for proportionality, and for necessity.

    Source: bos.sagepub.com


 

New Materials Turn Heat into Electricity


  • New Materials Turn Heat into Electricity

    This Behind the Scenes article was provided to LiveScience in partnership with the National Science Foundation.

    Most of today's power plants — from some of the largest solar arrays to nuclear energy facilities — rely on the boiling and condensing of water to produce energy.

    The process of turning heated water into energy was essentially understood by James Watt all the way back in 1765. Heat from the sun or from a controlled nuclear reaction boils water, which then expands, moves a turbine and generates power.

    ..."Ni45Co5Mn40Sn10 is a remarkable alloy," said James. "The low temperature phase is nonmagnetic but the high temperature phase is a strong magnet, almost as strong as iron at the same temperature." The researchers immediately realized that such an alloy could act like the phase- transitioning water in a power plant.

    "If you surround the alloy by a small coil and heat it through the phase transformation, the suddenly changing magnetization induces a current in the coil," said James. "In the process the alloy absorbs some latent heat. It turns heat directly into electricity."

    Source: livescience.com


 

Hundreds of disaster refugees still in shelters reluctant to take temporary housing



 

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