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Fukui governor to give consent for nuclear plant restart

FUKUI —

Fukui Gov Issei Nishikawa will soon give his consent for the restart of two nuclear reactors in the prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast, sources close to the matter said Sunday, as the central government seeks to bring more reactors back online after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis.

The governor will visit the site of the Nos. 3 and 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co’s Takahama plant on Monday to check safety measures before expressing his consent, they said. The governor’s consent is necessary to restart the reactors.

Earlier in the day, industry minister Motoo Hayashi, in charge of the country’s energy policy, met with Nishikawa at the Fukui prefectural office and sought the Fukui governor’s consent for the restart of the two nuclear reactors.

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  Nuclear Event

salem 2 at right.jpgThe Salem 2 nuclear reactor, seen at right at PSEG Nuclear’s Artificial Island generating complex in Lower Alloways Creek Township, returned to service this morning.

South Jersey Times By South Jersey Times

Salem Unit 2 nuclear reactor shut down after control rod issue

on January 31, 2014 at 2:21 PM

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Nuclear Event USA State of Delaware, [Salem Nuclear Power Plant] Damage level Details

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Nuclear Event in USA on Saturday, 01 February, 2014 at 05:43 (05:43 AM) UTC.

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Salem Unit 2 was manually taken offline by control room operators at 10:01 a.m. Friday, according to Joe Delmar, spokesman for PSEG Nuclear, after an issue with one of the control rods. There was no threat to the health and safety of the public, and no issues with the manual shutdown, he added. A return to service is not available at this time. The plant had been online 430 consecutive days, Delmar said, and it produces 1175 megawatts of electricity �” enough power for a million homes. On Friday morning, Delmar said control room operators were conducting monthly testing on the control rods used to control reactor power. During the monthly testing, one of the control rods dropped out of its expected position, he said. At this time, the expected cause of the control rod mispositioning is believed to be a blown fuse with a more detailed investigation under way. In a pressurized water reactor like Salem, the control rods are inserted into the top of the fuel assemblies. There are 193 nuclear fuel assemblies inside the Salem reactor core and 53 control rods. In response to the control rod mispositioning, Delmar said control room operators took appropriate actions including adding boron to the reactor water to reduce power level and maintain shutdown margin as required by NRC technical specifications. Operators then made the subsequent conservative decision to safely shut the unit down, he said. Salem Unit 1 and the neighboring Hope Creek plant were not impacted and remain at full power. Salem 2 is one of three reactors operated by PSEG Nuclear at its generating site on Artificial Island here.

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Published time: January 01, 2014 20:15

 

AFP Photo / TEPCO

AFP Photo / TEPCO

 

Fresh plumes of most probably radioactive steam have been detected rising from the reactor 3 building at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, said the facility’s operator company.

The steam has been detected by surveillance cameras and appeared to be coming from the fifth floor of the mostly-destroyed building housing crippled reactor 3, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the plant’s operator.

The steam was first spotted on December 19 for a short period of time, then again on December 24, 25, 27, according to a report TEPCO published on its website.

The company, responsible for the cleanup of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, has not explained the source of the steam or the reason it is rising from the reactor building. High levels of radiation have complicated entry into the building and further inspection of the situation.

Three of the plant’s reactors suffered a nuclear meltdown in March 2011 after the Great East Japan Earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. The plant is comprised of six separate water boiling reactors. At the time of the earthquake, reactor number 4 had been de-fueled and reactors 5 and 6 were in cold shutdown for planned maintenance, thereby managing to avoid meltdowns.

 

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Torness Nuclear Power Station
Torness Nuclear Power Station
As viewed from a minor road near Innerwick.
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Nuclear Event United Kingdom Scotland, [Torness Nuclear Power Station] Damage level
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Nuclear Event in United Kingdom on Friday, 22 November, 2013 at 04:36 (04:36 AM) UTC.

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Seawater cooling system of Torness in East Lothian has become clogged with seaweed for the second time this year. A nuclear reactor near Edinburgh shut down on Thursday because its seawater cooling system became clogged with seaweed. This is the second time this year that reactors at Torness in East Lothian have been forced to close because of excessive seaweed. In 2011 it was closed by a swarm of jellyfish. Reactors need large amounts of water in order to keep them cool, and to prevent them from overheating. Seawater for cooling at Torness is filtered, but when the filters get clogged, reactors have to be shut down as a safety precaution. The station’s operator, EDF Energy, has said that one of the two 640-megawatt reactors at Torness was shut down in the early hours of this morning. It is expected to remain closed for the next seven days. “We took reactor 2 offline at 02:20 this morning due to increased seaweed ingress as a result of the weather conditions in the area,” said the nuclear station’s director, Paul Winkle. “We are aware that at certain times of year with particular weather conditions in this part of the Forth estuary, seaweed volumes can increase and enter the station’s cooling water intake system.” Torness staff were trained to respond to this situation by taking reactors offline if necessary, he said. “In addition, the many-layered safety systems monitor conditions like this and the plant’s inbuilt mechanisms will take the unit offline automatically.”

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Seaweed shuts down Scottish nuclear reactor

Seawater cooling system of Torness in East Lothian has become clogged with seaweed for the second time this year

Torness nuclear power plant, seen from Skateraw Bay near Dunbar in East Lothian

Torness nuclear power plant, seen from Skateraw Bay near Dunbar in East Lothian, Scotland. Photograph: Gary Doak/Alamy

A nuclear reactor near Edinburgh shut down on Thursday because its seawater cooling system became clogged with seaweed.

This is the second time this year that reactors at Torness in East Lothian have been forced to close because of excessive seaweed. In 2011 it was closed by a swarm of jellyfish.

Reactors need large amounts of water in order to keep them cool, and to prevent them from overheating. Seawater for cooling at Torness is filtered, but when the filters get clogged, reactors have to be shut down as a safety precaution.

The station’s operator, EDF Energy, has said that one of the two 640-megawatt reactors at Torness was shut down in the early hours of this morning. It is expected to remain closed for the next seven days.

“We took reactor 2 offline at 02:20 this morning due to increased seaweed ingress as a result of the weather conditions in the area,” said the nuclear station’s director, Paul Winkle.

“We are aware that at certain times of year with particular weather conditions in this part of the Forth estuary, seaweed volumes can increase and enter the station’s cooling water intake system.”

Torness staff were trained to respond to this situation by taking reactors offline if necessary, he said. “In addition, the many-layered safety systems monitor conditions like this and the plant’s inbuilt mechanisms will take the unit offline automatically.”

 

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05.07.2013 Nuclear Event South Korea Province of Gyeongsangbuk-do, [Hanul Nuclear Power Plant] Damage level Details

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Nuclear Event in South Korea on Friday, 05 July, 2013 at 14:32 (02:32 PM) UTC.

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A South Korean nuclear reactor shut down Friday after a technical malfunction, operators said, at a time when the government is already warning of serious power shortages because multiple reactors are offline. The state-run Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) said an investigation was underway to confirm the precise cause but added there was no immediate safety threat. The incident occurred at the Hanwool Nuclear Power Plant in Uljin County on South Korea’s eastern coast. At proper capacity, South Korea’s nuclear reactors supply more than 35 percent of the country’s electricity needs. But nine of 23 reactors are currently offline for multiple reasons, including a scandal involving parts provided with fake safety certificates. State prosecutors have launched an extensive probe into the fraud which forced the shutdown of two reactors in May and delayed the scheduled start of operations at two more. Last year, officials said eight suppliers were found to have faked warranties covering thousands of items used in a number of reactors. South Korea’s nuclear sector has been dogged by a series of malfunctions, forced shutdowns and corruption scandals that have undermined public confidence already shaken by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. Despite increasing public concern, the government has vowed to push ahead with its nuclear power program and plans to build an additional 16 reactors by 2030.

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CIVIL NUCLEAR

S. Korean nuclear reactor shuts down

by Staff Writers


Seoul (AFP) July 05, 2013

A South Korean nuclear reactor shut down Friday after a technical malfunction, operators said, at a time when the government is already warning of serious power shortages because multiple reactors are offline.

The state-run Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) said an investigation was underway to confirm the precise cause but added there was no immediate safety threat.

The incident occurred at the Hanwool Nuclear Power Plant in Uljin County on South Korea’s eastern coast.

At proper capacity, South Korea’s nuclear reactors supply more than 35 percent of the country’s electricity needs.

But nine of 23 reactors are currently offline for multiple reasons, including a scandal involving parts provided with fake safety certificates.

State prosecutors have launched an extensive probe into the fraud which forced the shutdown of two reactors in May and delayed the scheduled start of operations at two more.

Last year, officials said eight suppliers were found to have faked warranties covering thousands of items used in a number of reactors.

South Korea’s nuclear sector has been dogged by a series of malfunctions, forced shutdowns and corruption scandals that have undermined public confidence already shaken by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.

Despite increasing public concern, the government has vowed to push ahead with its nuclear power programme and plans to build an additional 16 reactors by 2030.

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Fire hits Swedish nuke plant near Gothenburg

Fire hits Swedish nuke plant near Gothenburg

12.06.2013 Nuclear Event Sweden Varberg Municipality, [Ringhals Nuclear Power Plant] Damage level
 
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Nuclear Event in Sweden on Wednesday, 12 June, 2013 at 10:27 (10:27 AM) UTC.

 

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A small fire broke out at the Ringhals nuclear power plant in western Sweden on Wednesday morning, less than a day after the reactor had been restarted. The blaze started shortly after 9am at Ringhals’ Reactor 1 and was extinguished less than an hour later. “The smoke came from oil inside the insulation on one or several of the pipes in the turbine hall,” emergency services spokesman Roger Banck said. However, the reactor continues to operate at half capacity and it remains unclear how long it will continue to do so. “Now we have to disassemble certain parts in order to access where the fire took place and see what the damage is and we don’t know how long that will take,” Ringshals spokesman Gosta Larsen said. Ringhals’ Reactor 1 was restarted on Tuesday after having been shut down the day before due to a broken meter. The reactor had been closed for inspection for the previous five weeks and it was undergoing a test run when the meter malfunction was discovered. Reactor 4, which also remains shuttered for a safety review, is supposed to be restarted on Sunday.

 

 

RussiaToday RussiaToday

Published on May 7, 2013

Britain’s under pressure to put tighter controls on its radioactive materials – after it’s emerged that hazardous substances have gone missing in numerous locations over the last decade. Manufacturing industries, nuclear reactors, and even schools are implicated, in a list obtained by RT from the Health and Safety authority. Some of the materials are volatile enough to be sought by terrorists – READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/r0gqyo

All Nuclear Reactors Leak All of the Time

Veterans Today

Nuclear valve leak

Treat the Nuke Boys like the Mad Dogs They Are

 

… by  Bob Nichols

Old Snake Oil ad from Science Based Pharmacy

Old Snake Oil ad from Science Based Pharmacy

(San Francisco) Reportedly Americans widely believe in God and lead the world in the percentage of citizens in prison and on parole. That is actual reality from an imaginary character in a TV show. The Gallup Poll also says it is true and has been for years.

Most Americans believe that nuke reactors are safe and quite sound, too. Wonder why they do that?

Most people at one time in their lives watched as steam escapes from a pressure cooker and accept it as real and true. A reactor is very much the same thing. The “cooks,” called “Operators,” even take the lid off from time to time too.

A nuclear reactor is just an expensive, overly complicated way to heat water to make steam. Of course all reactors leak!

All nuclear reactors also actually manufacture more than 1,946 dangerous and known radioactive metals, gases and aerosols. Many isotopes, such as radioactive hydrogen, simply cannot be contained. So, they barely even try. It is mostly just a show for the rubes.[1]

The four exploded reactors, still burning in Japan after two years, are like dropping four radioactive GBU-39 Bombs[2] down a Bunker vent guaranteeing an astonishing 100% Cancer & Heart Disease rate in surviving personnel. Except, in this case, the whole planet gets zapped.

The US reactors – embrittled, decrepit and crippled – are run about 20% harder than their nameplate capacity, thanks to an always obliging and ever-so-helpful Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC.) The “Commission” likes to act as if they monitor public health; but, the NRC never met a little nuke reactor UpRate Request they did not like.

That means the aging nukes are run hotter and harder at higher temps and pressures while the “Commission” aggressively monitors the resulting decline in public health.

Predictably, these devious snake oil salesmen are amping up to Approve the Restart of FukuUSA, the badly broken big San Onofre Nukes in San Diego, California. The San Onofre Nuke Reactors are built on land leased from Camp Pendleton.

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is the major West Coast base of the United States Marine Corps and serves as its prime amphibious training base for Assault Craft Unit 5.

About 21 million people are in the San Diego/Tijuana-Los Angeles areas. Do the Pro-Nukers care? Of course not. Attention Marines: See Sources and Notes Item No 13 below.

 

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Indian Point Nuclear Plant, New York, NRC ENR 02142013

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Published on Feb 15, 2013

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MANUAL REACTOR TRIP ON LOW STEAM GENERATOR WATER LEVEL

“At 1352 [hrs. EST], the Unit 2 CCR [Central Control Room] noted a trip of both heater drain tank pumps and entered Abnormal Operating Procedure 2-AOP-FW-1, ‘Loss of Feedwater’. Prior to the event, Instrumentation and Controls personnel were performing testing on the heater drain tank level control system. Turbine load was reduced per plant procedures, however a manual reactor trip was initiated at 1355 due to an inability to maintain steam generator water levels. The team subsequently entered E-0, ‘Reactor Trip or Safety Injection’. All control rods fully inserted. All safety systems responded as expected with the exception of source range detector N-31 and intermediate range detector N-35. N-31 and N-35 were declared inoperable. The auxiliary feedwater system actuated as expected and provided feedwater to maintain steam generator water level. Decay heat removal is via the steam generators to the main condensers. Offsite power and plant electrical lineups are normal. No primary or secondary code safety relief valves lifted. The reactor is in Mode 3 and stable. Unit 3 was unaffected and remains at 100% power. An investigation is in progress.”

Unit 2 is currently at normal operating pressure and temperature. The licensee plans to issue a press release on this event.

The licensee notified the State of New York Public Service Commission and the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission daily reports (what’s happening at nuclear plants near you):
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Union of Concerned Scientists (watchdog over NRC):
http://www.ucsusa.org/nuclear_power/

NRC ADAMS Public Documents
http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
24-Hour Center for Emergencies number 301-816-5100
Safety or security concern line 1-800-695-7403
General help or information line 1-800-397-4209
Switch Board: Toll free: 1-800-368-5642 | Local: 301-415-7000
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EPA National Response Center 1-800-424-8802
http://www.epa.gov/epahome/violations…

How close is your home to a nuclear power plant?
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http://www.ucsusa.org/nuclear_power/r…

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant Protest~ Before Hurricane Sandy!

Published on Oct 30, 2012

NOTE DATE ON THIS VIDEO First published on Oct 13, 2011 http://youtu.be/7k-MGi4T-oo

I haven’t seen this video yet, but have a peek at it if you get a moment.
HURRICANE SANDY was an INSIDEJOB (?)
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HURRICANE SANDY .. LINKS to MORE: it’s all there..no “AJ” excuse. Patents & more
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Veteran weather modification expert Ben Livingston is a former Navy Physicist who briefed President Lyndon B. Johnson on the effectiveness of weather control back in the 1960’s during the Vietnam era, when he was involved in cloud seeding programs that worked to slow down the advance of Vietnamese and Korean troops. Livingston asserts that asserts that hurricane control was a national priority of the government more than 40 years ago and that the technology was fully operational to control the weather at the time.
Livingston explains how for decades the US government has had the power to both lessen and increase the severity of adverse weather for their own purposes.
Dr. Livingston was assigned in 1966 from the Naval weapons research Laboratory to a marine fighter squadron in Vietnam. Instead of guns, the aircraft under Livingston’s control were fitted with cloud seeding equipment. “My mission was to find clouds and seed them for maximum precipitation value” he stated.

Dr. Livingston presents evidence from the Stanford research Institute, who were brought into Project Storm Fury (a weather control program) in the late sixties as a third party, which stated conclusively that knowledge of how to stop hurricanes had been uncovered and that they would be directly liable should a hurricane hit and cause extensive damage and loss of life. Four decades later and Livingston exposes how the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina could have been greatly minimized but was allowed to fully impact Gulf states for political reasons.

Having personally flown on 265 missions into the eyes of hurricanes, Livingston remarks that he was “disgusted” by the failure to lessen the impact of Katrina. Livingston’s revelations that weather control has been a decades long program in which the US government has been deeply involved are particularly alarming given the abundant modern-day evidence of how chemtrails are being used to warp our environment in a secret geoengineering plot that threatens a myriad of unknown human health and ecological consequences.

Operating  Power Plants  in the  United  States  According  to  the  Pennsylvania Sierra Club

Map of the United States Showing Power Plant Locations

Alphabetical List of Operating Nuclear Power Reactors by Name

Nuclear Tourist .com

U.S. Commercial Nuclear Power Reactors - Years of Operation

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These radioactive plumes from severe nuclear accidents were calculated by NRDC based on the actual weather patterns of March 11-12, 2011. The result on any given day will vary according to the type of reactor accident and on the prevailing weather patterns at the time.

These five nuclear power plants had emergency shutdowns in 2011:

There are 104 nuclear reactors in the United States. If one of them lost both primary and backup power for even a matter of hours, it could lead to a meltdown and an airborne radioactive plume. See what could have happened if a reactor in your area had a severe nuclear accident on March 11, 2011.info

Legend

  • Threshold for Radiation Sickness (75 rads)*
  • Maximum Radiation Dose Recommended for Emergency Responders (25 rads)*
  • Evacuation Recommended (5 rads)*
  • Sheltering Recommended (1 rad)*
  • 10-mile Evacuation Zoneinfo
  • 50-mile Potential Contamination Zoneinfo

* Acute radiation dose based on 48 hour exposure, assuming no sheltering. Sheltering can reduce radiation dose by a factor of ten or more.

Why U.S. nuclear power plants are vulnerable to severe accident with nuclear fallout

A future severe nuclear accident at a U.S. nuclear power plant is a real possibility. In 2011 five nuclear power plants in the United States lost primary power due to earthquake or extreme weather events, including tornados, hurricanes, and flooding. Fortunately backup power systems kicked in at these plants and a disaster was averted. But weather is not the only risk factor. Other risk factors include:

  • Type of reactor – There are two types of reactors operating it the United States: Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs) and Pressurized Water Reactors (PWRs). Some experts judge that the design and structure of BWRs do not protect against the release of radiation during a severe accident as effectively as PWRs. The four reactors involved in the Fukushima nuclear crisis were BWRs. On the map, NRDC experts assigned a red flag to a reactor if it is a BWR.
  • Age of reactor – Reactors were designed to operate for 40 years, yet the regulatory body that oversees nuclear safety in the United States, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has re-licensed some nuclear power plants to operate for 60 years, well beyond their originally engineered design lifetime. On the map, NRDC experts assigned a red flag to a reactor if the NRC has approved the reactor to operate for 60 years.
  • Power level of reactor – The NRC has approved many utility operators to increase the operating power of their nuclear reactors, including for Fukushima-type reactors, and in some cases multiple times and to significantly higher power levels. These so-called “power uprates” push reactors beyond what they were originally engineered to do, and could increase the radiation hazard if a nuclear accident occurred. On the map, NRDC experts assigned a red flag if the NRC has granted a reactor a power uprate.

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Today Nuclear Event USA State of Texas, Bay City [South Texas Project Electric Generating Station] Damage level
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Nuclear Event in USA on Thursday, 10 January, 2013 at 03:59 (03:59 AM) UTC.

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A fire at the South Texas Project Electric Generating Station, the nuclear power plant about 90 miles southwest of Houston, shut down one of the plant’s two reactors Tuesday afternoon. The fire broke out at 4:42 p.m. at the main transformer that feeds power from the reactor to the public power grid, and the reactor was shut down immediately, plant spokesman Buddy Eller said. The fire was extinguished within 15 minutes, Eller said. He did not know when the reactor might be restarted. Eller said the fire never threatened the reactor or other key components of the plant, no workers were hurt and the public was never endangered. Each of the South Texas Project’s reactors produces 1,280 megawatts of electricity, according to an inventory of nuclear reactors kept by the International Atomic Energy Agency. It is owned jointly by NRG Energy, Austin Energy and San Antonio’s municipal utility, CPS Energy.