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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, France’s National Center for Scientific Research, and the Commission’s Joint Research Center, in Brussels, in August embarked on a four-year research program designed to demonstrate the...
  • First global antineutrino emission map highlights Earth's energy budget

    09/01/2015 12:56:32 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 3 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 9/1/15
    The first-ever global map of antineutrino flux, which accounts for natural and human-made sources of antineutrinos, with the latter making up less than 1 percent of the total flux. Credit: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency/AGM2015 The neutrino and its antimatter cousin, the antineutrino, are the tiniest subatomic particles known to science. These particles are byproducts of nuclear reactions within stars (including our sun), supernovae, black holes and human-made nuclear reactors. They also result from radioactive decay processes deep within the Earth, where radioactive heat and the heat left over from the planet's formation fuels plate tectonics, volcanoes and Earth's magnetic field....
  • Rohrabacher Declares San Onofre Safe, Calls For Moratorium On New [light-water]Reactors

    05/04/2012 10:29:20 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    CBS) ^ | May 4, 2012 8:13 AM | Mike Landa
    SAN CLEMENTE (CBS) — An extended shutdown at the San Onofre nuclear power generating plant has prompted calls from one Orange County lawmaker to replace the aging reactor with newer technology. KNX 1070′s Mike Landa reports the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has been out of commission since January due to safety concerns surrounding its two reactors Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) declared the plant safe after touring the facility on Thursday, but said the closure highlights the fact that the plant just south of San Clemente is outdated. “I am calling today for a moratorium on any more light-water...
  • IAEA: Iran Failed to Clarify Nuclear Activities

    01/19/2012 4:57:05 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/1/12 | Chana Yaar
    Yukiya Amano says Iran has failed to clarify its atomic development activities to the satisfaction of the United Nations nuclear watchdog body -- and now it's his job to warn the world about its possible military intentions. Amano, chief of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency, said Thursday in an interview with the German-language Financial Times Deutschland an IAEA delegation will press Iran for "full cooperation" in meetings with officials in Tehran. "What we know suggests the development of nuclear weapons," FTD quoted the IAEA chief as saying "We want to check over everything that could have a military...
  • Ugly divide at NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) pits Jaczko vs. fellow commissioners (OMG bad)

    12/09/2011 8:10:53 PM PST · by Danae · 40 replies
    Politico ^ | 12-9-2011 | Darren Goode
    A war among the five commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission broke into the open Friday night when Republican Rep. Darrell Issa released a letter in which four of the commissioners said they have “grave concerns” about NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko. In the letter — which was sent to the White House in October but not made public until Friday night — the four NRC members say Jaczko, a former aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, is a bully who is “causing serious damage” to the commission with “increasingly problematic and erratic" behavior. The letter from Democratic Commissioners William...
  • Belgium to switch off nuclear, operator sees blackout ahead

    11/06/2011 8:45:20 AM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    AFP ^ | Oct 31, 2011 | Christian Spillmann
    As Belgium becomes the latest European nation to agree to switch off nuclear power, operator Electrabel warned Monday of high costs, environmental fallout and increased dependency on foreign suppliers. ... A front-page cartoon in the Flemish daily De Standaard on Monday showed four pairs of eyes in the dark with one of the blacked out faces saying, "I think Electrabel is trying to make a message heard." ... Italy and Switzerland meanwhile have put nuclear power plans on ice, while Germany switched off several reactors in the wake of the Japanese disaster and has since passed legislation to phase out...
  • 3 nuclear reactors melted down after quake, Japan confirms

    06/06/2011 12:08:26 PM PDT · by Sprite518 · 21 replies
    CNN via Drudge ^ | 6/6/2011 | the CNN Wire Staff
    Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant experienced full meltdowns at three reactors in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami in March, the country's Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters said Monday. The nuclear group's new evaluation, released Monday, goes further than previous statements in describing the extent of the damage caused by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11. The announcement will not change plans for how to stabilize the Fukushima Daiichi plant, the agency said. Reactors 1, 2 and 3 experienced a full meltdown, it said.
  • Japan: Status of TEPCO's Facilities and its services...(Mar 29,2011)

    03/29/2011 8:12:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    TEPCO ^ | 03/29/11
    Press Release (Mar 29,2011)Status of TEPCO's Facilities and its services after the Tohoku-Taiheiyou-Oki Earthquake (as of 4:00PM) Due to the Tohoku-Taiheiyou-Oki Earthquake which occurred on March 11th 2011, TEPCO's facilities including our nuclear power stations have been severely damaged. We deeply apologize for the anxiety and inconvenience caused. Below is the status of TEPCO's major facilities. *new items are underlined[Nuclear Power Station] Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station: Units 1 to 3: shutdown due to the earthquake (Units 4 to 6: outage due to regular inspections) *The national government has instructed the public to evacuate for those local residents within...
  • Fukushima Nuclear Plant To Be Decommissioned: Govt

    03/20/2011 7:13:04 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 55 replies
    Nikkei ^ | 03/20/11
    Sunday, March 20, 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Plant To Be Decommissioned: Govt TOKYO (Kyodo)--The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is in no condition to restart and is most likely to be decommissioned as it has caused many critical problems since a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan on March 11, the top government spokesman suggested Sunday. ''Looking at the situation objectively, (the answer to the question of) whether it can be operated again is clear,'' Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said at a news conference, when asked whether the government plans to close the plant once its overheating reactors are...
  • March 18-Fukushima Reactors Live Thread

    03/18/2011 4:47:13 AM PDT · by hc87 · 56 replies
    Please post links and comments on Fukushima reactors here.
  • Live Thread for March 17, 2011- Fukushima Reactors

    03/17/2011 8:31:07 AM PDT · by hc87 · 8 replies
    Please post current Fukushima reactors news and links here.
  • The Future of Nukes, and of Japan

    03/16/2011 2:38:17 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | MARCH 15, 2011 | HOLMAN W. JENKINS, JR
    You can't beat for drama the struggle of Japanese operators to manage the emergency cool-down of nuclear reactors in the tsunami zone. For the things that matter most, though—life and safety—the nuclear battle has been a sideshow. Hundreds were feared dead when entire trains went missing. Whole villages were wiped out with the loss of thousands of inhabitants. So far one worker at one nuclear plant is known to have died in a hydrogen explosion and several others have exhibited symptoms of radiation poisoning. As for environmental degradation, video testifies to the brown murk that the tsunami waters became when...
  • US says Japan asked for equipment to cool reactors

    03/14/2011 4:15:51 PM PDT · by americanophile · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | Reuters
    Japan has asked the United States for additional equipment to help provide water and other resources to keep quake-damaged nuclear reactors cool, the head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on Monday.
  • Fukushima: Reactors and the Public

    03/14/2011 9:09:46 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 5 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 3/14/11 | Paul Gilster
    Fukushima: Reactors and the Public All weekend long, as the dreadful news and heart-wrenching images from Japan kept coming in, I wondered how press coverage of the nuclear reactor situation would be handled. The temptation seemed irresistible to play the story for drama and maximum fear, citing catastrophic meltdowns, invoking Chernobyl and even Hiroshima, along with dire predictions about the future of nuclear power. My first thought was that the Japanese reactors were going to have the opposite effect than many in the media suppose. By showing that nuclear plants can survive so massive an event, theyÂ’ll demonstrate that...
  • Nuclear energy hot topic once again

    07/01/2007 7:58:38 PM PDT · by posterchild · 8 replies · 350+ views
    Associated Press via ^ | July 1, 2007 | Jay Lindsay
    BOSTON - Thanks to global warming, nuclear energy is hot again. Its promise of abundant, carbon emissions-free power is being pushed by the president and newly considered by environmentalists. But any expansion won't come cheap or easy. The enormous obstacles facing nuclear power are the same as they were in 1996, when the nation's last new nuclear plant opened near the Watts Bar reservoir in Tennessee after 22 years of construction and $7 billion in costs. Waste disposal, safe operation and security remain major concerns, but economics may be the biggest deterrent. Huge capital costs combine into an enormous price...
  • FLASHBACK: U.S. Aid Helps N. Korea Build Nukes, Congress Told - 17 April, 2000

    10/10/2006 9:43:39 AM PDT · by PatriotEdition · 7 replies · 959+ views
    U.S. Aid Helps N. Korea Build Nukes, Congress Told By Lawrence Morahan CNS Staff Writer 17 April, 2000 ( - North Korea's nuclear production capacity will increase from a dozen nuclear bombs a year to 65 a year by 2010, thanks in large part to American taxpayer money, two renowned U.S. nuclear scientists told congressional leaders last week. North Korea observers have long suspected the communist dictatorship is using Western humanitarian aid to starving North Koreans to feed Kim Jong Il's million-man army. But an aid policy initiated by the Clinton administration in the mid-1990s to finance two light...
  • Terrorist threats against Russian reactors

    04/24/2006 1:26:55 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 321+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | April 24 2006
    Nuclear power plants in Russia have been targets of terrorist threats, and Norway has invested in security measures for their neighbors. "There have been threats against nuclear plants in Russia. There are examples but I don't want to go into details," Ole Harbitz, director of the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA), told TV 2. The NRPA is alarmed by the threats and Norwegian authorities have used nearly NOK 200 million (USD 31.5 million) in recent years to help secure various nuclear facilities in Eastern Europe. Security measures against meltdowns and other potential accidents remain far inferior here than at facilities...
  • ABC Investigation: Gaping Lapses in Security at Nuclear Reactors (NO SECURITY AT REACTORS!)

    10/12/2005 3:14:58 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 97 replies · 1,850+ views
    ABC ^ | Brian Ross
    Oct. 12, 2005 — A four-month ABC News investigation found gaping security holes at many of the little-known nuclear research reactors operating on 25 college campuses across the country. Among the findings: unmanned guard booths, a guard who appeared to be asleep, unlocked building doors and, in a number of cases, guided tours that provided easy access to control rooms and reactor pools that hold radioactive fuel. ABC News found none of the college reactors had metal detectors, and only two appear to have armed guards. Many of the schools permit vehicles in close proximity to the reactor buildings without...
  • Nuclear ‘Reactors’: Joint training exercise plans for the worst

    08/24/2005 9:30:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 243+ views
    The National Guard ^ | Aug 24, 2005 | Spc. Chris Jones
    FORT MONROE, Va. (8/23/2005) — Most local headlines in Charleston, S.C., probably won’t grab national attention: a road is closed for construction, local officials debate a proposed law, a man is shot in a small town outside Charleston. But how about this for a headline: “Run for Your Lives: Charleston will blow up this week.” A military training exercise, Sudden Response 2005, is using Charleston as the setting of a nuclear disaster to improve the United States’ readiness if such an event should occur. At Fort Monroe, Joint Task Force Civil Support, a unit composed of servicemembers from all branches...
  • India the new China?....

    07/20/2005 7:43:46 PM PDT · by The Conservative Crusader · 4 replies · 524+ views
    The Arsenal of Democracy ^ | 07/20/05 | Andrew Surprise
    " India has a developed and growing high tech sector. It also has a major service sector thanks to the growth of outsourced US call-center jobs being relocated there. It's economic growth has been high and steady for the past decade, due in large part to its highly educated, english speaking, middle-class, which now numbers about 300 million,( the entire population of the United States). While there is still great poverty in India, it is being reduced steadily and gradually, its overall GDP growth is widely expected to be about 7.2% for 2005, that is very near China's expected growth...
  • Report: North Korea resumes building nuclear reactors

    06/30/2005 7:26:41 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 306+ views
    Associated Press | June 30, 2005
    North Korea has resumed the construction of two nuclear reactors suspended under a 1994 agreement with the United States, a Japanese newspaper reported Thursday. North Korea restarted building a 50,000-kilowatt reactor in Yongbyon and a 200,000-kilowatt reactor in Thaechon _ both are plutonium-producing graphite-based _ Japanese economic daily Nihon Keizai said, quoting unidentified U.S. government and other sources. Japan's Foreign Ministry said it couldn't confirm the report. North Korea had suspended the construction of the two reactors under the 1994 deal in exchange for energy aid and two light-water reactors that are less likely to be used in nuclear...
  • Saudis say they have enough oil for globe (But Iran Needs Nuclear Reactors -- Oh Yeah)

    05/17/2005 7:07:41 PM PDT · by Cornpone · 20 replies · 433+ views
    Arab World News ^ | 17 May 2005 | AP via Arab World News
    WASHINGTON - Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi said Tuesday the kingdom has plenty of oil in the ground to meet global demand for now and would raise production if prices rose too high. "I stand here to tell you that Saudi Arabian reserves are plentiful, and we stand ready to raise output as the market dictates," al-Naimi said in a speech. He acknowledged that the perception of a tight market has contributed to higher prices. "Very high or unstable prices are not in the interest of producers," he said, adding that oil producers also suffer when the world economy slows....
  • China's nuke know-how made in Canada

    05/06/2005 7:12:54 AM PDT · by MikeEdwards · 6 replies · 558+ views
    CFP ^ | May 6, 2005 | Judi McLeod
    The western world is only now waking to the nightmarish specter of China providing nuclear technology know-how to Pakistan and North Korea. China’s nuke know-how can be stamped: "Made in Canada". CANDU manufacturer, the Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL), is among other things, the Mother of all Proliferators. Reid Morden, former president and CEO of AECL, could star in his own made-for-television spy novel. Morden’s credentials in the spy industry come from Canada’s main intelligence agency, CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service, an agency Morden headed up. "On October 13, 1995 the second phase of a Canadian deal with China...
  • Power Producers Seek Latest Models of Nuclear Reactors

    03/15/2005 5:20:29 AM PST · by Brilliant · 52 replies · 1,063+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 15, 2005 | MATTHEW L. WALD
    WASHINGTON, March 14 - Like the taxis in Havana, American nuclear power reactors are in heavy use, important to the economy and really, really old. The most modern was ordered in 1973. Now after decades, four huge electric companies are expressing strong interest in new reactors, and they would like a new plant to reflect some of what has been learned of the operation. Entergy, Exelon and Dominion have each applied for advance approval on sites where they might build reactors, although they have not committed to actually ordering one. The fourth, Duke Power, met with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission...
  • Nuclear industry shows signs of revival

    03/12/2005 10:45:18 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 13 replies · 398+ views
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | March 13, 2005 | Bill Lambrecht
    After years of dormancy, the U.S. nuclear industry is stirring again, hoping that a friendly White House and Congress will provide the tax dollars it needs for its first expansion in years to build more plants in places like Clinton, Ill. New construction likely is years away, but as part of its speeded-up permit process, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission reached an initial conclusion last week that no environmental problems stand in the way of Exelon Corp. adding new reactors at its plant in Clinton, in central Illinois. A day later, President George W. Bush delivered a strong pitch for the...
  • U.S. backing bid for China reactors-(it ok to shop at walmart help the chicoms)

    03/01/2005 3:44:41 AM PST · by Flavius · 29 replies · 653+ views
    IHT ^ | 3.1.05 | Wald
    WASHINGTON Westinghouse Electric was to present a bid to China on Monday for building four large nuclear reactors, backed by a pledge of nearly $5 billion in financial assistance from the U.S. government that Washington hopes will give the company an edge over competitors from France, Germany and other countries. .
  • China aims to quadruple nuclear power

    12/23/2004 3:55:21 PM PST · by blackeagle · 19 replies · 566+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec. 14, 2004 | Reuters
    China has big plans for nuclear power, hoping to build 27 new reactors at a cost of $1 billion each in order to quadruple capacity by 2020. That should take China to 36,000 megawatts, according to Zhang Huazhu, chairman of the China Atomic Energy Authority. “It is not easy to realize the target of 36,000 megawatts by 2020. It means we should build 27 nuclear power generators each with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts by then,” said Zhang, also vice minister of the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense. With nine nuclear power generators in operation, China...
  • How long till Israel strikes?

    11/03/2004 6:14:10 PM PST · by boris · 31 replies · 845+ views
    Boris | 11-03-2004 | Boris
    A vanity thread. I've been saying the Israelis have been restrained by Washington from taking out the Iranian reactors until 'after the elections.' Now I am willing to call (two) shots: Boris says (a) 25% probability that they will hit the Iranian sites within a week; (b) 90% chance before 2004 comes to an end. Right now I think 50/50 that it will be a joint attack with the U.S. versus going alone. Any other freepers with crystal balls welcome to participate. --Boris
  • US likely to approve exports of nuclear reactors to China

    10/19/2004 3:12:17 PM PDT · by watchout · 15 replies · 580+ views ^ | Oct 19, 2004 |
    US likely to approve exports of nuclear reactors to China: official The United States' nuclear regulator said Tuesday it is likely to approve the export of US-designed reactors to China soon, giving American companies access to a multi-billion-dollar market. Nils Diaz, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, told reporters it was reviewing export licenses for Westinghouse's recently approved "state of the art" AP-1000 reactor. He said he was unaware of any significant objections to exporting the technology to China. "The commission will actually vote on this issue hopefully in the next couple of months," Diaz told a news conference. "The...

    09/24/2004 9:46:05 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 132 replies · 3,912+ views
    The recent announcement of a deal for Israel to acquire thousands of Precision-Guided-Munitions (PGM) went largely unheralded by Elite-Media, who mostly yawned and ho-hummed the sale. One source, the Seattle Post Intelligencer did little more than the intellectually lazy approach, recycling an AP report but the numbers in the report were very telling: 3000 2000-pound laser-guided bombs, 1000 1000-pound laser-guided bombs and 500 500-pound precision-guided bombs. The most important number noted above is the huge number of 2000-pound PGM’s – these are heavy, penetrating munitions needed to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities. The PGM’s also have a satellite-targeting option allowing the...
  • Nuclear Reactor Design Info (Please Help)

    12/22/2003 4:35:57 PM PST · by sam_paine · 19 replies · 256+ views
    none | today | Self
    I need help in the wake of the earthquake today. My libby buddies in California are dizzy over the proximity of the quake to the reactor at Diablo Canyon. I was wondering if Freepers had some good suggested book resources on Reactor Design or that plant in particular about its safety elements. More importantly, I'd love to find an expose about how the anti-nuke nuts have prevented safer/stronger/more efficient reactors from being built. I haven't read much on this subject for about 10 years and could use a leg up! There might be some potential converts here!
  • Nuclear consortium suspends work on two reactors for North Korea

    11/21/2003 12:59:24 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 128+ views
    Associated Press | November 21, 2003 | PETER JAMES SPIELMANN
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The United States, South Korea, Japan and the European Union on Friday said they are halting construction work on two nuclear reactors in North Korea, which is suspected of secretly developing atomic weapons. All four are members of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO) executive board, which has been building the light-water reactors as part of a 1994 deal between the United States and North Korea. The reactors were meant to come online in 2007. The one-year work suspension will begin Dec. 1, KEDO said in a statement read by spokesman Roland Tricot at...
  • North Korea Says It Has Made Fuel for Atom Bombs (earlier story confirmed)

    07/15/2003 3:40:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 203+ views
    NYT ^ | 07/14/03 | DAVID E. SANGER
    July 15, 2003 North Korea Says It Has Made Fuel for Atom Bombs By DAVID E. SANGER WASHINGTON, July 14 ?North Korean officials told the Bush administration last week that they had finished producing enough plutonium to make a half-dozen nuclear bombs, and that they intended to move ahead quickly to turn the material into weapons, senior American officials said today. The new declaration set off a scramble in American intelligence agencies ? under fire for their assessment of Iraq's nuclear capability ?to determine if the North Korean government of Kim Jong Il was bluffing or had succeeded in producing...
  • N. Korea declared to U.S. that it finished reprocessing spent fuel rods.

    07/12/2003 11:23:43 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 304+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 07/13/03
    N. Korea informed U.S. that it finished reprocessing spent fuel rods. N. Korea told U.S. on July 8, 2003, that it finished reprocessing 8,000 spent fuel rods at Yong-byun nuclear facilities in N. Korea, according to the former (S. Korean) legislator Chang Sung-min(MDP) who was told about this from a high-level source in Washington, D.C. on July 12, 2003. He was told that, on July 8, in New York, N. Korea had unofficial working-level meeting with America. At this meeting, N. Korea informed America that the reprocessing of 8,000 spent fuel rods was complete on June 30, 2003, and that...
  • Will Putin and Bush Quarrel?

    07/31/2002 9:18:04 AM PDT · by Jasonconley · 133+ views
    PRAVDA.Ru ^ | 07/31/2002 | Vasily Bubnov
    It seems that the cooperation between Russia and Iran will continue. Moscow will not stop cooperating with Tehran just to please Washington. We recall that this story has been receiving more and more attention after the G-8 summit in the Canadian town of Kananaskis. Russia is allegedly going to receive 20 billion dollars in return to its refusal to cooperate with Iran.
  • Hijackers Qualified to Work at Nuke Plant

    03/25/2002 2:19:07 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 3 replies · 203+ views
    NEWSMAX ^ | 3/26/02 | (UPI)
    Federal regulators have no set requirements for checking backgrounds of nuclear plant security employees, and the Sept. 11 hijackers could have qualified to work as security guards, according to a report released Monday by Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass. The report also says most plants could not withstand a plane crash. Markey, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has been a critic of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for years. After the Sept. 11 terror attacks on New York and the Pentagon, he demanded that the agency explain its security requirements for plant operators, including employee screening ad...