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Storm in Japan temporarily knocks out spent fuel cooling at Onagawa nuclear plant

Earlier today, a huge storm hit the main island in Japan, killing four people. Buried in the coverage of the storm was the impact on the Onagawa nuclear power plant. As the UK newspaper The Guardian reported: The storm temporarily … Continue reading

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Someting’s growing in the spent fuel pool at Savannah River

I love this kind of story. The Augusta Chronicle reported last month: Savannah River Site scientists are working to identify a strange growth found on racks of spent nuclear fuel collected from foreign governments. The “white, stringlike” material was found … Continue reading

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Spent fuel pools at Fukushima 5 and 6 are leaking

In the sixth paragraph of a story today, the Guardian slips in a fact I have not seen reported elsewhere. Talking about the situation with the fuel pool at Fukushima 4, the Guardian writes: “The water is pretty much gone,” … Continue reading

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A flood of bad news: Radiation levels rising, workers forced to pull back, slow going on power line, spent fuel pool confirmed dry

The Los Angeles Times reported in the last half hour: High radiation levels at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant have forced workers to abandon at least temporarily their desperate efforts to spray water from helicopters and water cannons in a … Continue reading

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Spent fuel pool may be dry, says NRC chairman

Of everything I’ve read in the last week, this may be the most horrifying. Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, told the House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday what he thought has happened to the spent fuel pool for Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4: … Continue reading

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