Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news December 2011

New concerns about Hanford nuclear waste plant


  • New concerns about Hanford nuclear waste plant

    RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The federal government says a one-of-a-kind plant that will convert radioactive waste into a stable and storable substance that resembles glass will cost hundreds of millions of dollars more and may take longer to build, adding to a string of delays and skyrocketing price tag for the project.

    In addition, several workers at southeast Washington's Hanford nuclear reservation have raised concerns about the safety of the plant's design — and complained they've been retaliated against for voicing their issues.

    The turmoil has some in the Pacific Northwest uneasy about the plant's long-term viability and fearful that a frustrated Congress could balk at paying more money for a project long considered the cornerstone of cleanup at the highly contaminated site.

    webmasters comment:

    Nuclear industry is robbing people everywhere. There is no solution to convert radioactive waste into "stable and storable substance" and even if so , it would still be nothing else but a deadly radioactive trap. This is bullshit, plain and simple.

    Here in Slovenia, the issue is even more absurd. The agency that was suppose to handle the waste storage has ofc spent all its money on some bs projects like new offices in a castle (not a joke) and so on, while the storage site ofc is not built. Slovenian national televison, which is nothing but presstitutes inc, even though it is publicly funded has featured some guy saying " in the future we are capable of managing the nuclear waste". And that is preety much enough for the slovenian sheeple.

    Freaking fortune tellers... imagine how this would look in any other industry, where standards actually apply. ANd for that they need billions of your hard earned moneys.

    The nucler industry is more heavily government subsidized than any alternative power source, including solar panels, simply beacuse waste storage, decomissioning, accidents and so on, all fall on taxpayers shoulders.

    Source: seattlepi.com


 

French nuclear giant Areva's shares suspended


  • French nuclear giant Areva's shares suspended

    PARIS — French nuclear giant Areva says trading in its shares has been suspended.

    The suspension "is to ensure that comprehensive, accurate and precise information is communicated to the market and to all Areva's shareholders in an equal manner," a company statement said.

    webmasters comment:

    LOL, more good news. This is a development following this announcement France nuclear giant to announce big loss - minister

    we might get lucky and the nuclear power industry will simply get abolished by the markets.

    *update

    Rhetoric question. What happens to such projects with Areva collapsing ? EDF chooses AREVA to upgrade the monitoring and control safety systems for its twenty 1,300MW reactors  I guess no safety upgrades...

    What probably comes next is that the french president, who thinks that without 10% of the worlds electricity from nukes we would be forced to use candles instead of lightbulbs will propose french government bailout of areva, meaning that the french people will again pay dearly for the screw ups of the failed nucler industry.

    Source: msnbc.msn.com


 

Nuclear Agencies Are Wholly Controlled By (and Serve) the Nuclear Industry … Just Like the Fed Is Owned By (and Serves) Its Member Banks


  • Nuclear Agencies Are Wholly Controlled By (and Serve) the Nuclear Industry … Just Like the Fed Is Owned By (and Serves) Its Member Banks

    The Federal Reserve banks are owned by private banks, and so the Fed looks out for their member banks … and not necessarily the people or the nation.

    Similarly – as documented below – the nuclear agencies are owned and controlled by the nuclear industry, and serve them … instead of public health or safety.

    Congressman: There’s Been an “Attempted Coup” at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

    I noted last week:

    New US plant designs are very near being licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission without any Fukushima modifications.

    Now we know why.

    Congressman Markey wrote yesterday:

    As part of his ongoing investigation into U.S. nuclear safety since the Fukushima meltdowns, today Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) … released a blockbuster new report that details how four Commissioners at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) colluded to prevent and then delay the work of the NRC Near-Term Task Force on Fukushima, the entity tasked with making recommendations for improvement to NRC regulations and processes after the Fukushima meltdowns

    Source: washingtonsblog.com


 

Govt compiles decontamination guidelines


  • Govt compiles decontamination guidelines

    Japan's Environment Ministry has compiled guidelines for the removal of radioactive materials discharged from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

    The 164-page document with illustrations was disclosed at a meeting of experts on Sunday. It was compiled for residents of cities and municipalities.

    The 4-part guidelines cover ways to measure radiation levels and remove radioactive substances. They also show how to collect, deliver and store radiation-tainted soil and other materials.

    webmasters comment:

    This is a print screen of the start frame of the video featured on NHK. Note that this are guidelines that SHOW how to...

    Notice the person on the roof using high pressure water cleaner, spraying TOWARDS the appartment building. 

    nhk-decon

  • *We will decontaminate your roof and contaminate your appartment!

    by JapGov Morons

    Source: nhk.or.jp


 

Gov't nuclear cleanup work has to wait at least until late March


  • Gov't nuclear cleanup work has to wait at least until late March

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Environment Ministry said Sunday that full-fledged efforts to decontaminate areas highly polluted by radioactive matter from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster cannot begin until late March or later.

    The government needs time to obtain the consent of individual landowners and to secure temporary storage sites for contaminated soil removed from irradiated areas, ministry officials told a panel of experts commissioned to discuss the issue.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


   

TEPCO to Sell Stake in CATV Operator


  • TEPCO to Sell Stake in CATV Operator

    Tokyo, Dec. 11 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Electric Power Co. is in talks to sell its 17 pct stake in cable television operator Japan Cablenet Ltd. to KDDI Corp. , people familiar with the matter said Sunday.

    Source: jen.jiji.com


 

Many warnings along the path to a broken Crystal River nuclear plant


  • Many warnings along the path to a broken Crystal River nuclear plant

    Progress Energy can't say it wasn't warned. The company was told that its strategies were flawed at nearly every step in its effort to replace old steam generators at the Crystal River nuclear plant. Progress insists that no one could have predicted or prevented the problems — mainly the cracking of the containment building that houses the nuclear reactor and the steam generators. The St. Petersburg Times' ongoing investigation, based largely on documents from Progress, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and state agencies, has detailed multiple warnings prior to the utility's critical decisions. Ivan Penn, Times Staff Writer

    The first warning

    Progress' own internal study said that the company needed to hire an experienced general contractor to manage the project....

    Source: tampabay.com


 

Siege at Kudankulam nuclear plant called off


  • Siege at Kudankulam nuclear plant called off

    The day-long siege at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) in Tirunelveli district Saturday by around 1,500 villagers has been called off on the assurance that the workers and others inside the project campus would be vacated by Dec 15, said an activist.

    "The district collector and other officials assured us that the workers and employees of Larsen and Toubro Ltd living inside the project campus would be asked to leave by Dec 15. Based on this assurance, we called off our siege," S. Sivasubramanian, coordinator of the People's Rights Movement, an organisation fighting for the plant's closure, told IANS.

    Expressing surprise at the development, a senior KNPP official said

    webmasters comment:

    see also

    Villagers lay siege to Tamil Nadu's Kudankulam nuclear plant

    Source: dnaindia.com


 

M5.4 quake jolts southern Japan


  • M5.4 quake jolts southern Japan

    FUKUOKA (Kyodo) -- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 jolted southern Japan on Sunday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, issuing no tsunami warning.

    webmasters comment:

    Shakes don't seem to be easing down

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Nobel laureate, citizens urge abolition of nuclear reactors


  • Nobel laureate, citizens urge abolition of nuclear reactors

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Nobel literature laureate Kenzaburo Oe and antinuclear activists held a rally in Tokyo on Saturday calling for the abolition of nuclear reactors in the aftermath of radiation leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

    Addressing the protesters in Hibiya Park, who numbered around 5,500, according to the organizers, Oe condemned the Diet's approval Friday of nuclear cooperation agreements with Jordan, Russia, South Korea and Vietnam to allow exports of Japanese-made reactors and technologies to the countries.

    "The levels of politicians' caution regarding nuclear reactors have returned to those before March 11" when the massive earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima plant, Oe said.

    Only citizens' movements based on a resolve to eliminate nuclear reactors are dependable when seeking to achieve that goal, now that politicians are increasingly losing a sense of danger in relying on nuclear power, the novelist said.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

France nuclear giant to announce big loss - minister


  • France nuclear giant to announce big loss - minister

    France's state-owned nuclear reactor maker Areva is set to announce large losses, the French industry minister says.

    In an interview with a radio station, Eric Besson said: "I can confirm that Areva will announce losses. In all likelihood they will be big."

    Areva's financial position was badly weakened in the aftermath of Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster in March.

    webmasters comment:

    Good news :)

    Source: bbc.co.uk

 

Permanent nuclear waste dump idea sparks unease in southern Ontario


  • Permanent nuclear waste dump idea sparks unease in southern Ontario

    TORONTO - A community on the shores of Lake Huron has cracked open the door to southern Ontario's becoming the permanent storage site for Canada's spent, but still dangerously radioactive, nuclear fuel.

    Until now, only nine communities in remote areas of northern Saskatchewan and northern Ontario were in the running to host the $24-billion project for a mammoth underground facility.

    Now, to the consternation of some, one of southern Ontario's premier tourist destinations is on the radar, although how it got there is already the subject of dispute.

    The municipality of Saugeen Shores, which includes the picturesque lakeside towns of Port Elgin and Southampton about three hours west of Toronto, is showing interest in becoming home to the waste site.

    Neighbouring Brockton is also looking to get on board as part of an initiative to involve the entire county, which is already home to the Bruce nuclear power plant in nearby Kincardine.

    "It's a radical departure from what conventional wisdom has been for years: that (the waste) would go in the Canadian Shield," said Chris Peabody, a Brockton councillor from Walkerton, Ont.

    "Councils up here are freaking out about wind energy, but they're inviting a nuclear waste dump into their town."

    The region is attractive as a waste site because 40 per cent of used nuclear fuel in Canada is already housed above ground at the Bruce generating plant.

    Source: winnipegfreepress.com


 

Small Island Powered by Coconut Oil, Sunlight


  • Small Island Powered by Coconut Oil, Sunlight

    The political head of the New Zealand islands of Tokelau recently announced a new energy policy that would seem quite outlandish to most individuals living in first world nations.

    Abandoning traditional energy sources, Tokelau will be completely powered by sunlight and coconut oil.

    Both rich in resources and looking for sustainable energy alternatives, the three small islands that make up Tokelau have decided to take advantage of their abundance of coconuts and persistently strong sunshine.

    The 1,500 residents residing in Tokelau will be among the first to experience the switch to an energy system ran entirely on renewable resources.

    Source: activistpost.com


 

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Siemens and Shanghai Electric agree on strategic wind power alliance for China


  • Siemens and Shanghai Electric agree on strategic wind power alliance for China

    Breakthrough in the world's largest wind power market

    Siemens and Shanghai Electric intend to set up two new joint ventures to form a strategic alliance for the Chinese wind power market. Corresponding agreements were signed on December 8, 2011, in Shanghai by the two companies. The aim of this alliance is to better serve China as the world's largest wind power market. In each of the two joint ventures, Siemens will have a stake of 49 percent and its Chinese partner Shanghai Electric 51 percent. One of the joint ventures will be engaged in R&D and production of wind turbine equipment for the Chinese market and for Siemens' global supply network. The second joint venture will be responsible for wind turbine equipment sales, marketing, project management and execution as well as service in China. Siemens is thus continuing with the regionalization of its wind power business in key markets, and Shanghai Electric will further improve its core competitiveness. The agreements are subject to the approval of the anti-trust authorities.

    Source: globalenergywatch.com


 

Massive signature campaign on nuclear power launched in Tokyo, Osaka


  • Massive signature campaign on nuclear power launched in Tokyo, Osaka

    A residents' advocacy group seeking support for a local referendum on the use of nuclear power launched a pro-and-con nuclear power signature campaign in Tokyo and Osaka on Dec. 10.

    Minna de kimeyo "Genpatsu" Kokumintohyo (Let everyone decide on nuclear power through local referendums) was formed in June 2011 amidst increased residents' concerns in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

    Celebrities such as actor Taro Yamamoto, "manga" (cartoon) artist Tetsuya Chiba, and movie director Shotaro Kobayashi are among the most vocal supporters and members of the group.

    According to the law, campaign organizers are legally required to collect signatures from at least one-fiftieth of registered voters in Tokyo, or about 214,200 people, within a two-month period to demand that Gov. Shintaro Ishihara take action to revise a local ordinance to introduce a referendum.

    webmasters comment:

    this is great news. With the majority  now against nuclear power this has the potential to shut down nuclear power in Japan for good.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

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EU Invades US for Energy Resource – Offshore Wind


  • EU Invades US for Energy Resource – Offshore Wind

    Not content with dominating the European off-shore renewable energy industry, European juggernauts of offshore wind have landed on the shores of Maine where they want to see if the US is good at making off-shore wind power too.

    Norway’s Statoil, maker of the Hywind floating wind turbine in Europe (last year’s story: Oil Company Begins Wind Test of Off-Shore) is heading to the coast of Maine for a test of its Hywind floating turbine on these shores. Europe makes 99% of the offshore wind power in the world and is on track to build 141 GW more!!! over the next two decades. But Europe only has so much coastal water near population centers, suitable for off-shore wind. The USA however is… um, surrounded.

    Source: cleantechnica.com


 

Tepco mulls 10% rate hike tied to '13 Niigata reactor restart


  • Tepco mulls 10% rate hike tied to '13 Niigata reactor restart

    Tokyo Electric Power Co., which has allegedly been overcharging consumers for possibly a decade, may "temporarily" raise rates 10 percent starting next fall and push for restarting reactors under inspection in Niigata Prefecture in spring 2013, sources said.

    The plans are intended to restore the utility's finances, which will be dicey even if augmented by taxpayer funds as the fuel costs for boosting thermal power generation due to the Fukushima crisis continue to climb.

    But it is uncertain if permission will be given for either goal, given public hostility toward Tepco on both the nuclear safety and information disclosure fronts.

    Source: japantimes.co.jp

 

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