Monthly Archives: June 2011

Brits determined to learn nothing from Fukushima

The Guardian reported today: British government officials approached nuclear companies to draw up a co-ordinated public relations strategy to play down the Fukushima nuclear accident just two days after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and before the extent of … Continue reading

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New leaks at Fukushima

The Cleveland Leader reported Tuesday morning: On Tuesday it was discovered that tons of radioactive water had leaked into the ground from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. Today’s story was based on new information from the Japanese nuclear regulatory … Continue reading

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A wild weekend in NRC Event Report

Another busy weekend for the nation’s nuclear power plants, with a fire, flooding, three reactor scrams and a fuel melting scare. We start in Kansas: 1. On Friday afternoon, operators of the research reactor at Kansas State University declared an … Continue reading

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TEPCO hid details of 1997 accident

Reuters today released the results of an investigation into a 1997 incident at the Unit 3 reactor at Fukushima. A decade and a half before it blew apart in a hydrogen blast that punctuated the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl, … Continue reading

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TEPCO to open reactor door, release radiation today

Britain’s Sky News reported today: The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is preparing to open the door of a reactor building, which will lead to radiation being leaked. Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) has insisted the level of … Continue reading

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Radiation spike halts Fukushima cleanup

The New York Times ran an article a couple of hours ago about new problems at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant: The Tokyo Electric Power Company said Saturday that the filtration system it had struggled to put into operation … Continue reading

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Safety system fails at NY nuke

Today’s NRC Event Reports include a problem with safety-related electrical equipment at the FitzPatrick nuclear power plant in New York. On Wednesday, plant operators discovered during pre-installation testing that three of four Rosemount model 710 trip units would not turn … Continue reading

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Earlier incident at Fukushima should have been warning

Chester Dawson of the Wall Street Journal posted a piece today that suggests that design problems at Fukushima Daiichi made the plant unsafe, even before the earthquake and tsunami: Nine months before the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that precipitated … Continue reading

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“Full meltdown” occurred at Units 1, 2 & 3, says Japanese oversight agency

CNN reported earlier today: 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 … Continue reading

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Paul Gipe article on economics of nuclear power

Grist posted a piece yesterday by renewable energy expert Paul Gipe, who argues that the costs of nuclear power may stall its resurgence: The world’s beleaguered nuclear industry continues to take a battering. The “nuclear renaissance” juggernaut that once seemed … Continue reading

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