Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news December 2011

 

Workers enter faulty reactor, prepare inspection


  • Workers enter faulty reactor, prepare inspection

    According to the nuclear agency, more than a third of the wall had been worn away in two tubes, which will require them to be plugged and taken out of service.

    In another 800 tubes, the thinning was between 10 percent and 30 percent. Without repair, such thinning could lead to leaks.

    Generators in both reactors were replaced over the past two years with new equipment manufactured in Japan by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, at an overall cost of $670 million.

    Source: utsandiego.com


 

Gov't to set up radiation yardstick for shipping Fukushima stones


  • Gov't to set up radiation yardstick for shipping Fukushima stones

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese government plans to set up a radiation yardstick for shipping stones given the detection of a relatively high level of radiation in gravel, used as building materials, from near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, industry minister Yukio Edano said Tuesday.

    The government will set up a panel to create such a standard by the end of next month. The yardstick is expected to apply mainly to quarries in Fukushima Prefecture, but details will be discussed at the panel's meetings.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Utilities to adopt vent system for pressurized water reactors


  • Utilities to adopt vent system for pressurized water reactors

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Kansai Electric Power Co. and other utilities are planning to install a filter-equipped vent system for their pressurized light-water reactors to release vapor from them so as to prevent damage to reactor containment vessels in the event of an accident, sources familiar with the matter said Monday.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

TEPCO increases water injection in reactor showing temperature rise


  • TEPCO increases water injection in reactor showing temperature rise

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant on Tuesday raised the amount of water injected into the No. 2 reactor to the highest level since the plant achieved a stable state of cold shutdown in December, as concerns grew over the rising temperature recently detected at the bottom of the reactor's pressure vessel.

    Following the move, the temperature measured at the same spot on the vessel dropped to 69.0 C at 10 a.m. from 72.2 C logged at 5 a.m., Junichi Matsumoto, spokesman for plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. told a press conference, but added that the company needs more time to assess the effect of the latest step.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Pro-nuclear energy town councillor's firm had 700 million yen in nuke plant contracts


  • Pro-nuclear energy town councillor's firm had 700 million yen in nuke plant contracts

    TAKAHAMA, Fukui -- A town assembly member here calling for the continuation of nuclear power is also president of a company that has received at least 700 million yen in nuclear-related construction contracts, it has been learned.

    Akio Awano, 62, is vice-speaker of the municipal assembly of Takahama, which hosts a Kansai Electric Power Co. nuclear plant. He is also part of a local organization promoting nuclear power plants.

    According to the Fukui Prefectural Government and other sources, Awano's firm, a metal processing company, has around 15 employees and earned about 200 million yen in fiscal 2010. It has an office in the Takahama nuclear plant and has expanded its business on a diet of nuclear plant-related construction.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

India court orders Web content censoring


  • India court orders Web content censoring

    NEW DELHI, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A court in India has ordered Facebook, Google and about 19 other companies to censor their content to block objectionable material on the Web.

    The Delhi High Court has ordered the companies to present their plans for policing their services in the next 15 days, ZDNet.com reported Monday.

    webmasters comment:

    I guess this site will get censored on the basis of "blasphemous" material. The fact that India is shooting people that protest against nuclear power plants is not something that should be widely known huh? Or the fact that most controversial nuclear projects in India are financially backed by japan.

    Source: upi.com


 

Nuclear Secrecy With $8 Billion On the Line: SACE Continues Fight To Force Disclosure of U.S. Taxpayer- Backed Federal Loan Guarantees to Risky Vogtle Reactor Project


  • Nuclear Secrecy With $8 Billion On the Line: SACE Continues Fight To Force Disclosure of U.S. Taxpayer- Backed Federal Loan Guarantees to Risky Vogtle Reactor Project

    ATLANTA, Feb. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) believed to be within days of announcing the final federal approval of the controversial Vogtle nuclear project, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) has asked a court to stop more than two years of stonewalling by Southern Co. and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which are resisting any meaningful public disclosure to taxpayers of the risks to which they are exposed in the massive commitment of $8.33 billion in conditional federal loan guarantees to Southern Company and their utility partners for two proposed new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in Georgia.

    Of particular concern in the SACE Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) proceeding is the fact that the amount of taxpayer-backed obligations for the proposed Vogtle reactors is more than a dozen times greater than the failed Solyndra loan guarantee.

    Source: prnewswire.com


 

Fukushima Reactors Heating Up Again … Water Fails to Cool Them Down


  • Fukushima Reactors Heating Up Again … Water Fails to Cool Them Down

    Temperatures are soaring within the reactor 2 containment vessel. And see this.

    Tepco says that no new nuclear chain reactions are occurring … but admits that the water may no longer be able to cool the reactor. As NHK reports:

    Attempts to cool the temperature in the No. 2 reactor of the disabled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have only partially succeeded despite the injection of more cooling water.

    Source: washingtonsblog.com


 

Japan says no reactor restarts yet, report suggests April


  • Japan says no reactor restarts yet, report suggests April

    TOKYO, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Japan's trade minister said on Tuesday he had not set deadlines to resume operations at nuclear reactors after a media report said the government aimed to restart two reactors around April, the first since the Fukushima disaster almost a year ago.

    The Yomiuri newspaper, citing government sources, said the government intended to restart the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co's Ohi plant in Fukui prefecture, western Japan, before the last active reactor in Japan is due to shut by the end of April for regular maintenance.

    Source: reuters.com


 

Nuclear Plant Still Shut Down; Inspection Ongoing


  • Nuclear Plant Still Shut Down; Inspection Ongoing

    The following is the text of an email to San Clemente Patch from Southern California Edison Spokesman Gil Alexander offering updates on the continuing repairs and inspections at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

    Both San Onofre generating units are in safe shut-down mode. Unit 2 was shut down Jan. 9 for a planned two-month maintenance, technology upgrade and refueling outage. Unit 3 was shut down Jan. 31 when a small water leak was detected.

    webmasters comment:

    Note that the faulty equipment comes from Mitsubishi and was only 1 - 2 years old. Any country leadership still doing business with Japan nuclear industry must be out of their minds. Nuclear village there has complete immunity, no sound competition and a lot of capital. A recepie for destruction.

    Source: sanclemente.patch.com


   

Magnitude 5 Earthquake Strikes Near Iran’s Bushehr Nuke Plant 5.2.2012


  • Magnitude 5 Earthquake Strikes Near Iran’s Bushehr Nuke Plant 5.2.2012

    A magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck near the Bushehr nuclear power plant in south Iran, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its website on Sunday.

    The earthquake struck at 9:40 a.m. local time (06:10 GMT) on Sunday some 70 km (45 miles) southwest of Bushehr, with its epicenter registered at a depth of 10 km.

    Source: globalresearch.ca


     

Shining the Light on the Triple Meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi



 

Quantum microphone captures extremely weak sound


  • Quantum microphone captures extremely weak sound

    Scientists from Chalmers have demonstrated a new kind of detector for sound at the level of quietness of quantum mechanics. The result offers prospects of a new class of quantum hybrid circuits that mix acoustic elements with electrical ones, and may help illuminate new phenomena of quantum physics. The results have been published in Nature Physics.

    webmasters comment:

    in the age of nano wires, quantum levitation, quantum microphones we are being preached that producing radioactive waste to boil water is a good idea.

    Source: physorg.com


 

Siemens receives another major order for combined cycle power plant in Saudi Arabia


  • Siemens receives another major order for combined cycle power plant in Saudi Arabia

    Order value for Siemens over 1 billion U.S. dollars Siemens will supply key components for the IPP Qurayyah combined cycle power plant (CCPP) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With an installed capacity of 4 gigawatts (GW) it will be one of the world’s largest CCPPs, and will supply enough electrical energy to meet approximately one tenth of the country’s current power demand for its 28 million inhabitants. Commissioning of the total of six blocks is scheduled for 2014. The project consortium is led by the Saudi company ACWA Power with Samsung C&T and MENA fund as further members. Siemens received the order from Samsung C&T which also acts as EPC contractor. In addition a long-term service and maintenance agreement for the power plant was signed with Hajr Project Company (owned by SEC, ACWA, Samsung C&T). The order value for Siemens is over 1 billion U.S. dollars. The plant, which will be commissioned in 2014, will be operated by Hajr as an Independent Power Producer (IPP).

    webmasters comment:

    4Gw for $1 billion. In Slovenia, stupid nuclear shills want to build a 2nd NPP reactor building, with 1.4 Gw capacity at the price range of at least 5.5 billion euro (6.5 billion $). And all while Slovenia has no nuclear waste storage and no money to build one.

    Source: globalenergywatch.com


 

Fire at Moscow nuclear institute, Russia says no risk


  • Fire at Moscow nuclear institute, Russia says no risk

    (Reuters) - There was no risk of a radiation leak after a fire broke out at a Moscow nuclear research centre housing a non-operational 60-year-old atomic reactor on Sunday, said officials, but Greenpeace Russia expressed serious concern about the incident.

    The fire broke out early on Sunday in a part of the Alikhanov Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics in southwestern Moscow that contains a research collider, institute officials said in a statement on its website.

    Source: reuters.com


 

1.5-fold rise eyed for nuke plant operators' payments to damages fund


  • 1.5-fold rise eyed for nuke plant operators' payments to damages fund

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government has decided on a plan to require that Japan's 12 nuclear power plant operators contribute a total of 150 billion yen annually from fiscal 2012 to a state-backed facility to help Tokyo Electric Power Co. meet huge compensation payments over the crisis at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, one and a half times the initially planned amount, sources familiar with the matter said Sunday.

    The government will ask for larger contributions than previously sought because of growing calls for smooth compensation payments to victims of the crisis triggered by the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, the sources said.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

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