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  • Reports: US drone shot down over Iran nuke site

    07/20/2011 5:56:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 07-20-2011 | Staff
    A U.S. drone was shot down while flying over a nuclear facility in Iran, according to reports in the Iranian media. Iran's Fars news agency reported that lawmaker Ali Aqazadeh Dafsari, a member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, had confirmed the unmanned spy plane was flying near the Fordo nuclear enrichment plant in Qom province when it was brought down by Revolutionary Guard soldiers. It did not say when the alleged incident happened. Dafsari told Fars that the drone was trying to gather information about the nuclear facility for the CIA. Fars also said Iranian military...
  • Released WSPEEDI Simulation, It Shows Very High Organ Dose of Iodine-131 for Infants in Wide Area

    05/22/2011 12:12:16 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 3 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | May 22, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    I mentioned the system called the WSPEEDI simulation system in passing when I wrote about SPEEDI data for the early period of the Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident (March 11 onward). When Professor Kosako resigned from his post as PM special advisor in protest of the 20 millisievert/year radiation limit for school children, he called for the release of WSPEEDI, which can cover much wider area ("several thousand kilometers", according to Professor Kosako). Well well. The Ministry of Education very quietly put the WSPEEDI simulation data on their webpage for SPEEDI data list on May 10, without any fanfare, without...
  • #Fukushima Blame Game: "I Didn't Say That," Says Madarame about Recriticality

    05/21/2011 8:26:00 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 2 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | May 21, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    His assessment that seawater might cause recriticality in the Reactor 1 was what supposedly prompted Prime Minister Kan to order TEPCO to halt the seawater injection on the night of March 12, as I reported in my post yesterday. Now, Madarame, the head of the Nuclear Safety Commission and ex-Tokyo University Professor, says "I didn't say that." I'm sure that's the case, Mr. Madarame. Just like the comment you say you didn't make, that the 20 millisieverts/year radiation for school children is acceptable, or your current position that you knew from the beginning that it was a core meltdown and...
  • Utility: Fukushima Cores More Damaged Than Thought

    05/17/2011 12:06:27 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 9 replies
    sciencemag.org ^ | May. 17 2011 | Dennis Normile
    OKYO—Over the last several days, evidence has emerged indicating that the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was far more dire than previously recognized. The main evidence is extensive—rather than partial—melting of the nuclear fuel in three reactors in the hours after the 11 March earthquake and tsunami. Despite that bad news, however, today plant owner Tokyo Electric Power Co. pledged it would still meet the target set 17 April to stabilize the situation by January 2012 so 100,000 residents evacuated from around the plant can return to their homes and the decade-long process of demolishing the reactors...
  • Nuclear plant cooling system manually shut down (Reactor 1)

    05/17/2011 10:39:53 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 1 replies
    3.nhk.or.jp ^ | May 17, 2011 | no byline
    The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says workers may have manually shut down the No.1 reactor's emergency cooling system in order to prevent damage to the reactor. It says pressure inside the reactor had dropped sharply after the earthquake struck the plant on March 11th. Tokyo Electric Power Company on Monday disclosed records of its operations at the plant. They show that the reactor automatically halted operations after the earthquake. The emergency cooling system was automatically activated but stopped about 10 minutes later and remained off for about 3 hours until after the tsunami arrived. TEPCO says...
  • TEPCO concealed radiation data before explosion at No. 3 reactor (FUKUSHIMA)

    05/13/2011 11:29:26 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 28 replies
    Asahi.com ^ | May 14, 2011 | no byline
    Tokyo Electric Power Co. concealed data showing spikes in radiation levels at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March, one day before a hydrogen explosion injured seven workers. The Asahi Shimbun obtained a 100-page internal TEPCO report containing minute-to-minute data on radiation levels at the plant as well as pressure and water levels inside the No. 3 reactor from March 11 to April 30. The data has never been released by the company that operates the stricken plant. The unpublished information shows that at 1:17 p.m. on March 13, 300 millisieverts of radiation per hour was detected inside...
  • Accurate data destroys optimistic TEPCO assessment, hampers cooling plan (Fukushima)

    05/13/2011 11:12:27 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 1 replies
    Asahi.com ^ | 5/14/2011 | no byline
    Accurate data shattered the overly optimistic assessment of Tokyo Electric Power Co. concerning the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and raised doubts about the company's game plan for ending the crisis. Measurements from a recently installed water gauge provided conclusive evidence that the condition of the No. 1 reactor at the plant was much more serious than TEPCO officials have acknowledged until now. TEPCO officials admitted on May 12 that a "meltdown" had occurred in the No. 1 reactor. Fuel rods had melted, and the molten fuel accumulated and caused small cracks at the bottom of the reactor...
  • Nuclear collapse looms? Fukushima No. 4 reactor 'leaning' (YOUTUBE Video)

    05/10/2011 3:10:34 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 25 replies
    Youtube.com, RT ^ | May 10, 2011 | unknown
    Youtube video at link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxbm7iJTT8U&feature=player_embedded
  • TEPCO Opened the Double Door to Reactor 1, 500 Million Becquerels of Radioactive Materials Released

    05/10/2011 2:57:54 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 17 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | May 9, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    ince the pressure inside the reactor building is lower than the outside by design, when TEPCO opened the double door the cooler outside air got sucked in, and the radioactive air that was inside the building was pushed up and out of the building through the roof that had collapsed by the explosion on March 12. And they chose to open the door at night, when the outside air was even colder. So the whole point of this exercise was to release as much radioactive air as possible out of the reactor building, it seems. They could have chosen to...
  • U.S.-Japan joint survey reveals high radiation beyond evacuation zone

    05/09/2011 5:35:33 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 3 replies
    Asahi.com ^ | 5/8/2011 | HISAE SATO
    The first map of ground surface contamination within 80 kilometers of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant shows radiation levels higher in some municipalities than those in the mandatory relocation zone around the Chernobyl plant. The map, released May 6, was compiled from data from a joint aircraft survey undertaken by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the U.S. Department of Energy. It showed that a belt of contamination, with 3 million to 14.7 million becquerels of cesium-137 per square meter, spread to the northwest of the nuclear plant. After the 1986 Chernobyl disaster,...
  • TEPCO: "Release of Radioactive Materials from Reactor 1 Building Will Be Small"

    05/07/2011 1:08:16 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 10 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | May 7, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    That's diametrically opposite of what the government officials were apparently saying on May 1, when the PM's assistant was on record saying "there will be a large amount of radioactive materials released on May 8". No estimate or simulation of how low (or high) the level may be of the radioactive materials coming out of the Reactor 1 reactor building. No official (government) word. For the rest of us, we are supposed to take TEPCO's word and feel secure and comforted that radiation will be low. This is the company that somehow forgot (didn't bother, I might say) to inform...
  • They’re gonna flood the drywell?

    05/05/2011 10:01:43 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 5 replies
    Wormme.com ^ | May 5, 2011 | Wormme
    They’re gonna flood the drywell? Posted on May 5, 2011 by wormme That’s what I get from this TEPCO proposal (http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/110505e2.pdf). Correct me if I’m wrong. Since it is unusual to flood the primary containment vessel (dry/well)… Er…yes, that’s pretty unusual. As in, “never been done before, to my knowledge”. That’s a lot of water. But they seem confident the added stress won’t be problematic. And if I’m reading it right, they expect it to decrease the amount of rad material being spread from containment. The only adverse side effect I see is that they might get overflow into a...
  • Situation Update No. 2 (Nuke plant in Tsuruga, Japan)

    05/05/2011 1:56:17 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 6 replies
    HISZ.RSOE.HU ^ | 03.05.2011 at 04:34 GMT+2 | RSOE
    Situation Update No. 2 On 03.05.2011 at 04:34 GMT+2 Leaks of radioactive substances from fuel rods are suspected to have occurred at a nuclear power plant in Tsuruga, the Fukui prefectural government said Monday, citing a rise in the level of radioactive substances in coolant water. The operator, Japan Atomic Power Co., will manually shut down the No. 2 reactor of the plant on the Sea of Japan coast and examine the primary cooling system for it. The local government denied that the levels of radioactive substances could threaten the nearby environment. According to Japan Atomic, 4.2 becquerels of iodine-133...
  • Radiation leaks from fuel rods suspected at Tsuruga plant

    05/02/2011 9:58:40 AM PDT · by ransomnote
    english.kyodonews.jp ^ | May 2, 2011 | no byline
    Leaks of radioactive substances from fuel rods are suspected to have occurred at a nuclear power plant in Tsuruga, the Fukui prefectural government said Monday, citing a rise in the level of radioactive substances in coolant water. The operator, Japan Atomic Power Co., will manually shut down the No. 2 reactor of the plant on the Sea of Japan coast and examine the primary cooling system for it. The local government denied that the levels of radioactive substances could threaten the nearby environment. According to Japan Atomic, 4.2 becquerels of iodine-133 and 3,900 becquerels of xenon gas were detected per...
  • Tokyo Electric admits fuel could be melting at Fukushima nuke plant

    04/20/2011 2:52:34 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 52 replies
    KyodoNews.jp ^ | April 21, 2011 | no byline
    An official at Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, admitted Wednesday that fuel of the plant's No. 1 reactor could be melting. To have fuller access to the Kyodo News website, it is necessary to subscribe.
  • Onagawa nuke plant suffers jolt greater than designed in aftershock

    04/13/2011 10:00:10 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 6 replies
    KyodoNews.jp ^ | April 14, 2011 (Japan dateline) | no byline
    The No. 1 reactor of the Onagawa nuclear power plant in Miyagi Prefecture on April 7 sustained a jolt greater than what it was designed to withstand during a strong aftershock from the powerful March 11 earthquake, according to nuclear safety officials. The finding raises further doubts about the viability of the assumed quake resistance at the Tohoku Electric Power Co. complex, even though it had been shut down safely after the deadly quake last month. The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has instructed the regional utility serving northeastern Japan to analyze the impact of such a jolt on key...
  • Japan Cites Radiation in Milk, Spinach Near Nuclear Plant [low levels]

    03/19/2011 3:16:22 AM PDT · by topher · 20 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 19, 2011 | AP
    ... Edano said the amount of radiation detected in the milk would as much as one CT scan if consumed continually for a year while for spinach [if consumed for a year] it would be a fifth of one CT scan. A CT scan is a compressed series of X-rays used for medical tests. Low levels of radiation have been detected well beyond Tokyo, which is 140 miles (220 kilometers) south of the plant, but hazardous levels have been limited to the plant itself.
  • FoxNews: IAEA Official says Japan Nuke Plant serious but stable

    03/17/2011 8:24:16 PM PDT · by topher · 106 replies
    FoxNews.com
    IAEA official says conditions at plant are serious but stable, as the agency faces renewed scrutiny for its record
  • AP source: Obama to announce nuke plant loan

    02/12/2010 5:08:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 153 replies · 4,219+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/12/10 | Ben Feller - ap
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama next week will announce a loan guarantee to build the first nuclear power plant in the United States in almost three decades, an administration official said Friday. The two new Southern Co. reactors to be built in Burke, Ga., are part of a White House energy plan administration officials hope will draw Republican support. Obama's direct involvement in announcing the award underscores the political weight the White House is putting behind its effort to use nuclear power and alternative energy sources to lessen American dependence on foreign oil and reduce the use of other fossil...
  • Vietnam Buys Russian Kilo Class Subs, SU-30 Fighters, Nuke Plant

    12/17/2009 9:38:33 PM PST · by myknowledge · 14 replies · 1,342+ views
    Defense Industry Daily ^ | December 17, 2009
    In April 2009, reports surfaced that Vietnam had agreed in principle to a deal with Russia for 6 of its diesel-electric Kilo/ Project 636 Class fast attack submarines. There have been rumors that Vietnam owns 2 ex-Yugoslav mini-submarines for use in commando operations, but the Vietnamese People’s Navy doesn’t own any full size submarines that can take on enemy subs and ships. That’s about to change, thanks to a December 2009 contract. In addition to submarines, the Vietnamese Navy order is said to include new heavyweight torpedoes and missiles (most likely Klub family) to arm them. China’s April 2009 display...
  • Officials: Iran has revealed existence of a second uranium enrichment plant

    09/25/2009 12:26:23 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 102 replies · 5,601+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | September 25, 2009 | N/A
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  • GAZA ROCKETS PUT ISRAEL NUKE PLANT IN BATTLE ZONE

    01/01/2009 4:05:04 PM PST · by RedhairRedhair · 31 replies · 1,793+ views
    GAZA ROCKETS PUT ISRAEL NUKE PLANT IN BATTLE ZONE
  • Two arrests in nuke plant bomb plot (Sweden)

    05/21/2008 10:35:03 AM PDT · by grandpa jones · 7 replies · 132+ views
    The Local ^ | 5/21/08 | staff
    Two people have been taken into custody on suspicions of preparing acts of sabotage at the Oskarshamn nuclear plant on Wednesday morning, according to police and plant operators, reports the Kvällsposten newspaper. A Swedish contractor was arrested on Wednesday when traces of highly explosive material were found on him as he was about to enter a nuclear power plant in southern Sweden, police and the plant said. "At 8am we received a call from the nuclear plant at Oskarshamn. They told us one worker was stopped in the control. He had explosive material in his bags," Sven-Erik Karlsson of the...
  • Drought could force nuke-plant shutdowns

    01/23/2008 10:06:45 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 108+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/23/08 | Mitch Weiss - ap
    LAKE NORMAN, N.C. - Nuclear reactors across the Southeast could be forced to throttle back or temporarily shut down later this year because drought is drying up the rivers and lakes that supply power plants with the awesome amounts of cooling water they need to operate. Utility officials say such shutdowns probably wouldn't result in blackouts. But they could lead to shockingly higher electric bills for millions of Southerners, because the region's utilities could be forced to buy expensive replacement power from other energy companies. Already, there has been one brief, drought-related shutdown, at a reactor in Alabama over the...
  • Report: Series of explosions rip through Iranian military site

    11/15/2007 12:50:57 PM PST · by dynachrome · 128 replies · 111+ views
    Haaretz.com ^ | 11-15-07 | Yossi Melman
    Report: Series of explosions rip through Iranian military site By Yossi Melman, Haaretz Correspondent tags: military, Iran A series of explosions blasted through a crucial Iranian military industrial site last Tuesday, according to a statement released by "The National Opposition Council of Iran." According to the statement, the explosions were in Parchin, about 30 km south of Tehran, and sparked a large fire which caused some injuries to personnel at the site.
  • Russia building 1st floating nuke plant

    04/15/2007 7:21:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 51 replies · 1,158+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/15/07 | AP
    MOSCOW - Russia began construction of its first floating nuclear power plant Sunday, and plans to build at least six more despite long-standing environmental concerns that they are vulnerable to accidents at sea, Russian news agencies reported. Russia justifies the program as a way of bringing power to some of the country's most remote areas, also saying some of the plants could be sold to other nations. The head of Russia's atomic energy agency, Sergei Kiriyenko, said the plants will be safe. "This plant is much safer than atomic energy stations on the ground," the RIA-Novosti news agency quoted him...
  • NRC Chief Says Future Reactors Should Include Better Protection Against Terror Attacks By Plane

    01/16/2007 5:17:18 PM PST · by kerryusama04 · 8 replies · 290+ views
    Fox News Website ^ | 1/16/07 | AP via Fox News
    WASHINGTON — Future nuclear power plants should include design improvements to better protect against a terrorist attack by large aircraft, the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday. The chairman, Dale Klein, said the commission soon will give guidance to reactor manufacturers on "what we believe the reactors should be designed to withstand," including the possibility of a terrorist crashing a plane into the reactor. -snip-The NRC is gearing up for a rush of applications for new power reactors, the first such applications since the 1970s before the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. Klein said four or five firm...
  • Government: Man Wanted Bush Assassinated

    09/20/2005 11:13:14 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 14 replies · 1,049+ views
    AP ^ | September 20, 2005 | MATTHEW BARAKAT
    A suspected terrorist accused of conspiring to assassinate President Bush said he proposed the plot but it wasn't pursued, and he was frustrated that other members of his al-Qaida cell lacked initiative, according to prosecutors. A government motion unsealed this week by a federal judge reveals new details in the case against Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, 24, who is scheduled to go on trial next month. Prosecutors say the Falls Church resident has admitted joining al- Qaida while attending college in Saudi Arabia and that he discussed numerous terrorist plots, including plans to assassinate Bush and hijack airplanes. Abu Ali...
  • Propane explosions force evacuation of about 5,000 and closure of highway

    11/09/2004 8:29:05 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 16 replies · 1,447+ views
    Canada.com ^ | November 9, 2004 | Mark Stanisz
    PORT DARLINGTON, Ont. (CP) - Explosions that sent debris into the air "like rockets" and a blaze at what was believed to be a propane company forced the evacuation of about 5,000 people late Tuesday, police said. The fire near the waterfront in the community east of Toronto could be seen for miles and the explosions rocked homes in the area. "I opened the blinds and there was this explosion, at least eight or nine storeys into the sky of light and fire," a woman named Heather reported. "Then we just started hearing the explosions of the propane tanks every...
  • Images Show Iran May Be Hiding Nuke Plants

    06/18/2004 10:14:44 AM PDT · by wmichgrad · 4 replies · 153+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 18, 2004 | Liza Porteus
    NEW YORK — Satellite photos of two locations in Iran show the nation may be continuing to pursue and hide a program to produce nuclear weapons, images obtained exclusively by Fox News show. One site at Natanz appears to show a hidden uranium enrichment plant, possibly surrounded by defense fortifications capable of thwarting an attack. The other site, Arak, is a heavy water facility used to make plutonium. The two sites together could be capable of building atomic bombs. "You have to conclude this is not part of an energy program, this is part of a weapons program," John Pike,...
  • Canadian arrests mirror 9/11 [19 Pakistani's interested in Nuke Plant]

    08/23/2003 6:19:16 AM PDT · by MalcolmS · 43 replies · 768+ views
    National Post ^ | Sat Aug 23, 2003 | Adrian Humphreys et al
    TORONTO - An anti-terrorism probe that led to the arrest of 19 Pakistani men, including one who took commercial flight training over a nuclear power plant, highlights security holes that should have been plugged after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, Ontario officials said. The Public Security and Anti-Terrorism Unit, a federal national security task force, quietly arrested the group of mostly young men last week. The men appear to have used fraudulent student visas to enter Canada or to maintain their residency here. Federal authorities documented a pattern of suspicious behaviour that shows an interest in Ontario's nuclear generators...
  • Al Qaeda Eyed Jersey Nuke Plant, Says Pol

    04/04/2002 5:59:11 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 4 replies · 124+ views
    NEWSMAX ^ | 4/4/02 | Limbacher
    A diagram of a New Jersey nuclear power plant was discovered by U.S. forces scouring al Qaeda caves in Afghanistan, a New Jersey state assemblyman says he was told by an unnamed military official this week. Assemblyman Gary Guear made the claim to the New York Daily News, which reported Thursday that the diagram included floor plans for the Lower Alloways Creek Township nuclear power plant in Salem County, N.J. However, security officials at the plant and a National Guard source familiar with the matter disputed the claim, saying no "specific plans" were found. Still, Guear insisted late Wednesday that...