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  • Meltdown-Proof Nuclear Reactors Get a Safety Check in Europe

    09/05/2015 11:07:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 09/05/2015 | By Richard Martin
    For years nuclear scientists have talked about a revival of molten salt reactors, which are powered by a liquid fuel rather than solid fuel rods, that will help spark the long-awaited nuclear renaissance. Recent developments indicate that this alternative nuclear power technology is finally making progress toward commercialization. A consortium of research institutes and universities working under the aegis of the European Commission, including the Technology University of Delft (TU Delft), in the Netherlands, Frances National Center for Scientific Research, and the Commissions Joint Research Center, in Brussels, in August embarked on a four-year research program designed to demonstrate the...
  • Japan To Restart Two Nuclear Reactors

    09/14/2014 8:52:30 PM PDT · by jonatron · 8 replies
    Japans nuclear watchdog has given the green light for two reactors to restart but the operator still has to persuade local communities they are safe. sendai-plant Widespread anti-nuclear sentiment has simmered in Japan ever since an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 caused meltdowns at the Fukushima power plant, sparking the worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl. The countrys nuclear reactors were switched off after the catastrophe. Two reactors were briefly restarted last year but all of Japans nuclear plants are currently offline. The go-ahead from the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) for two reactors at the Sendai plant (pictured) in southern...
  • Institute of Applied Energy: Corium Could Be 2 Meters Deep into Concrete (Fukushima)

    11/30/2011 2:09:07 PM PST · by ransomnote · 3 replies ^ | November 30, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    TEPCO's worst-case scenario (here and here) pales in comparison with the analysis by the Institute of Applied Energy, also presented on November 30 at the workshop held by the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency. From what Yomiuri Shinbun reported (01:01AM JST 12/1/2011): The analysis done by the Institute of Applied Energy commissioned by the national government, 85% of fuel dropped to the Containment Vessel in Reactor 1, and 70% of fuel dropped to the Containment Vessels in Reactors 2 and 3. The researchers at the Institute pointed out the possibility of the damage to the stainless-steel shroud that surrounds the...
  • Nuclear Power Is Extremely Safe -- That's the Truth About What We Learned From Japan

    07/23/2011 9:59:36 PM PDT · by hamboy · 47 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 23, 2011 | Alex Epstein
    In the midst of a still struggling and fragile global economy, Germany has announced that it will shut down seven nuclear plants by the end of the year--which means that Germans will be left to run their factories, heat their homes, and power their economy with 10% less electrical generating capacity. Nine more plants will be shut down over the next decade and tens of billions of dollars in investment will be lost. The grounds for this move, and similar proposals in Switzerland, Italy, and other countries, is safety. As the Swiss energy minister put it, “Fukushima showed that the...
  • Plutonium detected in rice paddy by a food manufacturer more than 50 kms away from Fukushima

    05/16/2011 4:40:10 PM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 17 replies ^ | 2011.05.14 | Kawashima Satoshi
    Plutonium detected in rice paddy by a food manufacturer more than 50 kms away from Fukushima power plant: また、ある食品メーカーが独自に調査した結果では、福島第一原発から50キロ以上離れた水田の土から、政府 が発表している数値よりケタ違いに高い放射線が検出されたという。 Additionally, a certain food manufacturing company conducted a survey by themselves. In a rice field is more than 50kms away from the Fukushima power plant, it was found that there was very high radiation that is very different to what the government released. (heading) 原発から50キロ以上離れた田んぼの土から高濃度のプルトニウム High density plutonium is in the rice field that was mentioned previously. この食品メーカーによると、現時点でその結果を公表するのは影響が大きすぎるため発表は控えているとのこと だが、その田んぼの土からは高い濃度のプルトニウムも検出されたそうだ。 According to this food manufacturing company, they currently don't announce these results due to the large influence* that this rice...
  • America and EU Agree: Raise Radiation Levels for Food

    04/06/2011 1:23:17 PM PDT · by RobertClark · 4 replies
    Activist Post ^ | 04/05/2011 | Brandon Turbeville
    On March 28, 2011, I wrote an article entitled EPA to Help Mainstream Media Obscure The Truth About Radiation Exposure to Americans, in which I discussed the changes to the PAGs (Protective Action Guides) being proposed by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) that would raise the acceptable levels of radiation allowed in the environment, food, and even the general public themselves in the event of a nuclear emergency. Interestingly enough, an article was published on April 3, 2011, by Alexander Higgins citing Kopp Online and Xander News, stating that a similar rule change was occurring in the European Union. PAGs...
  • Forecast for Plume's Path Is a Function of Wind and Weather

    03/16/2011 8:09:16 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 41 replies
    NY Times ^ | 3-16-11 | NY Times
    The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization shows how weather patterns this week might disperse radiation from a continuous source in Fukushima, Japan. The forecast does not show actual levels of radiation, but it does allow the organization to estimate when different monitoring stations, marked with small dots, might be able to detect extremely low levels of radiation.