Rising sea levels due to climate change threaten East Coast nuclear power plants
Rising sea levels due to climate change expose US nuclear facilities in the East Coast to higher risk of flooding and subsequent release of contaminating radioactive material from the nuclear plant.
Nuclear reactors are often located near the ocean because they need plenty of water to cool their reactors. The fact that many are built at low elevations further exposes them to hazards of rising sea levels due to global warming and climate change.
The nine major US nuclear plants are within two miles of the coast. . . .
"UNITED NATIONS, Jan 23 2015 (IPS) – Unchecked climate change and the nuclear arms race have propelled the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock forward two minutes closer to midnight, from its 2012 placement of five minutes to midnight." - but not 3 unchecked meltdowns in Japan and 2 possible more ones there and an unstable one in Ukraine(!!)
They don't count 3 total meltdowns in Japan and possibly 4 or 5 there as well? Tons of PU and MOX tossed into the air and missing. Unknown status of Ukraine nuke plant that tried to install the wrong shaped fuel rods.
No place to store old nuke fuel or weapons waste since WIPP is out of commission. And no solution about how to keep thousands of drums of radioactive weapons waste from bursting at the seams.
Miles and miles of drums of the most radioactive waste in the world lining the Columbia River without even a pit liner.
It is seconds from midnight ... not minutes.
Last Edit: Jan 23, 2015 5:50:09 GMT -5 by missfrill
Aussies ask: why is a royal commission investigating nuclear power?
The South Australian Labor government has called for Australia’s first royal commission into the nuclear fuel cycle, raising questions about the use of nuclear power. Royal commissions are mostly held to explore issues and events that have already taken place, so it is unusual that a royal commission has been appointed to analyse the case for nuclear power. Why a royal commission? And is that really the proper forum to investigate the potential use of nuclear power?
Why is a royal commission being used instead of a normal inquiry process?
A royal commission is a form of “public inquiry” where government-appointed bodies provide advice on or investigate an issue. Royal commissions are used to analyse issues of high importance or controversy, and they can last for several years.
Westinghouse expects contracts for 12 Chinese nuclear reactors: CEO
Westinghouse expects it and its suppliers will get contracts in the near future related to construction of a dozen nuclear reactors in China, company CEO Danny Roderick said Thursday.
China may build as many as 200 new nuclear units in the coming 15 years, and a 25-30% market share for Westinghouse is "realistic," Roderick said on the sidelines of a Nuclear Energy Institute event in New York.
Ajazeera - Algerians suffering from French atomic legacy, 55 years after nuke tests
To nomadic communities around the town of Reggane, they’re known more than half a century later as “leopard skins” — stretches of sand across Algeria’s southern Sahara that are peppered with small black clumps. People used to collect scrap metal from the charred warplanes and trucks that emerge, fossil-like, and then smelt them into jewelry and kitchen utensils.
But these Algerians were not properly warned of their danger after France’s misgoverned nuclear bomb-testing campaign of the early 1960s, which vitrified vast tracts of desert with heat and plutonium and left a legacy of uncontained radiation that is still crippling inhabitants. Estimates of the number of Algerians affected by testing range from 27,000 — cited by the French Ministry of Defense — to 60,000, the figure given by Abdul Kadhim al-Aboudi, an Algerian professor of nuclear physics.
ACTION ALERT! Mar. 9 deadline to stop NRC from implementing "their" spent fuel plan over safer methods.
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission Dates: The direct final rule is effective April 21, 2015, unless significant adverse comments are received by March 9, 2015. If the direct final rule is withdrawn as a result of such comments, timely notice of the withdrawal will be published in the Federal Register. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC staff is able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before this date. Comments received on this direct final rule will also be considered to be comments on a companion proposed rule published in the Proposed Rules section of this issue of the Federal Register.
"Amendment No. 8, Revision No. 1, changes burnup/cooling time limits for thimble plug devices; changes Metamic-HT material testing requirements; changes Metamic-HT material minimum guaranteed values; and updates fuel definitions to allow boiling water reactor fuel affected by certain corrosion mechanisms with specific guidelines to be classified as undamaged fuel."
Just stumbled upon - looking at former NRC exec and now full-time TEPCO apologist, Dale Klein's travels - we found his all expenses paid trip to an aquarium. [ Document - p. 29 ] Why would a top nuke shill scientist be treated to a Hyatt stay and a fun trip to the Georgia Aquarium? Oh. He was at a big award to-do called the Walter H. Zinn award. He won the Henry DeWolf Smyth nuclear mouthpiece award himself in 2011 so it must be like Miss America with past winners handing out prize checks to the new ones. It is something the nuke industry does for any old thing when they have money to give away - which is a LOT.
Even YOU can make up an award, have it named for yourself and pay off a nuke shill! And you get to award the thing to YOURSELF (first time offer only)!!
Here's how they do it!
The American Nuke Society says:
Establishing a New ANS Award
All new awards must conform to these basic requirements.
Sponsors should establish a formal proposal containing:
A sound financial plan to maintain the award in perpetuity:
$15,000 is necessary to endow a $500 annual monetary award component;
$20,000 is necessary to endow a $1,000 annual monetary award component; or, a $2,000 bi-annual monetary award component;
$40,000 is necessary to endow a $2,000 annual monetary award component.
A set of guidelines for the award.
A set of procedures for administration of the award.
Radioactive WWII Aircraft Carrier Found off California Coast
A mostly intact World War II-era US aircraft carrier used in atomic bomb tests and then sunk at a secret location off the Northern California coast decades ago was rediscovered by scientists earlier this week.
The Independence operated in the Pacific during the war and served as a target ship for two Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests in 1946.
Despite the damage suffered from the blasts, the Independence continued to float. The Navy used her to study nuclear decontamination.
The Independence was scuttled in 1951 out of concern the damaged ship would sink near the city.
FUKUSHIMA supervisor on verge of BREAKDOWN: "The earth around me distorting like Jell-O"
If only those people clapping and cheering in his audience (I also saw the video) would step back to get a look at the big picture, instead of trying to tug at heartstrings with his sappy little personal story. ~sigh~
"On April 13, 2015, the Agency [Texas Department of State Health Services] was notified by a landfill operator that material in a waste container set off their radiation alarms. The landfill provided a spectrum which showed the isotope as Cesium-137. An on-site investigation by this Agency confirmed the material to be dirt/mud contaminated with Cesium-137. The waste material at the landfill was isolated. The waste collection route sheet used to collect the waste was requested by the Agency. The Agency drove the route traveled by the collection vehicle using an RSI identifier in an attempt to locate the source of the contamination. The detector indicated the presence of radiation in a bar ditch along the intersection of two streets northeast of the City of Houston. Surveys conducted by the Agency identified a reading of 16 millirem on contact with the ground in one spot. Additional surveys indicated additional activity as far as 70 feet from the spot previously mentioned. . . . .
(2013) - Illinois: America’s biggest nuclear dump site The lack of a national waste disposal plan forces states to shoulder the burden of storage
Despite its dependence on nuclear power plants to generate about a fifth of the nation’s energy, the United States never decided on a coherent plan for what, exactly, it should do with its radioactive waste. As a result, Bloomberg reports, some 70,000 metric tons of spent fuel are being temporarily stashed at the plants that produced them.
That makes Illinois, which has more reactors than any other state, America’s biggest nuclear dump site. The state is currently storing 13 percent of the country’s radioactive waste. Following closely behind are Pennsylvania, South Carolina and New York. Inadvertently and without their consent . . . .
Deadly dome of gorgeous Pacific island leaking radioactive waste
A giant, concrete dome filled with radioactive waste looms above Runit Island, and it’s leaking. Locals call it “The Tomb”.
Runit (or Cactus) dome was used for Cold War nuclear testing by the US government for 10 years from 1948. There were 42 tests in total on Enewetak Atoll, including 22 explosions on platforms, barges and underwater in the space of just three months in 1958, just before a moratorium on atomic testing.
In the late 1970s, an estimated 73,000 cubic metres of contaminated topsoil was deposited in the Cactus nuclear test crater beneath the dome, according to a report commissioned by the US government.
It was only supposed to be a temporary measure — but the dome remains.
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