Monday, November 18, 2013

Nuke News

Highly Dangerous Fukushima 4 Fuel Removal Begins Monday
18 November 2013
The highly dangerous and unprecedented removal of the highly radioactive nuclear fuel rods in Fukushima Unit 4 will begin on Monday, November 18.
The Unit 4 fuel rod removal is like to trying to pull cigarettes from a crushed pack.The Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) had previously said the process would begin in mid-November but kept the exact date secret ‘for security reasons.’ TEPCO has now confirmed that the operation will begin Monday.
The NRA said that it will provide ‘enhanced oversight’ to TEPCO as the company begins the hugely delicate process of removing 1,331 spent fuel assemblies and 202 unused assemblies. The fuel rods are brittle, potentially damaged, and still located high above the ground in a badly damaged building that has buckled and tilted and could collapse if another quake strikes.
The fuel assemblies are in a 32 x 40 feet concrete pool, the base of which is on the fourth story of the damaged reactor building. The assemblies – which contain plutonium, one of the most toxic substances known – are under 23 feet of water.
If the fuel rods – there are 50-70 in each of the assemblies, which weigh around 661 pounds and are 15 feet long – are exposed to air or if they break, catastrophic amounts of radioactive gases could be released into the atmosphere.

4MIN News November 17, 2013: SURFACE Quake at Hanford Nuclear site

Published on 17 Nov 2013
Nov. 17, 2013 : A 3.2 magnitude earthquake struck directly at the Hanford Nuclear Reactor sites / Waste disposal area / LIGO Gravity Wave Observatory – Interferometer .
Here are the earthquake statistics for this particular 3.2M event:…
46.411°N 119.268°W depth=0.0km (0.0mi)
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Give People of Fukushima a Voice -Threshold: Whispers of Fukushima

Friday, 15 November 2013
Posted by Mia

Hello! I’m Toko, a photographer/documentary filmmaker/ visual artist/musician. On March 11, 2011, I was shocked by news of multiple disasters occurring in my native country of Japan. Since then,  I’ve been trying to find ways to be supportive of the children who survived the disasters. I’ve been hearing many kids who live close to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster area say something like, “There is much radiation in Fukushima. But we are NOT the radiation, and not contagious. Please don’t discriminate against us. Please know much about us in Fukushima!”  Their voices inspired me to make a documentary about the many fascinating people who still live there! So my artist friends and I started this project together!
To complete this film, we need to make 2 more trips to Japan (The end of November 2013 and April / May 2014), and need financial support to continue.  We received a fiscal sponsorship from a non-profit organization called From the Heart Productions. With their support, I decided to do this campaign.
The donations are all tax deductible
. Thanks to our sponsor!
We actually need more than $20,000 to complete this film, but we decided to set our goal at a more humble amount – $10,000. 
Help dispel ignorance about the situation in Fukushima that has made kids suffer discrimination
—  I’m hearing about many mental difficulties among kids in Fukushima, resulting from bullying (and cyber-bullying). This is sad and irrational, but ignorance and fear are powerful motivators. I think that knowing more about the actual people in Fukushima might awaken healthy thoughts, truth, and empathy inside each one of us, and help to connect people. Perhaps it might also encourage us to ask ourselves some fundamental questions about our own humanity.
Help make a better change for the future, for people in Fukushima and also for all of us on this planet
—  Their stories have made me re-think the situation in Fukushima, its people, and life happiness. They want you to know their stories and think about them for yourself – what we can do to nurture a healthier future?
You can help make this change together!
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The lessons of Fukushima

Management of the post-meltdown crisis has made the situation worse than it needs to be
The earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in March 2011 and killed tens of thousands of people resulted in partial core meltdowns at three of the six reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Although the reactors shut down properly, off-site electricity was lost and backup generators failed. With the loss of battery-supplied cooling, fuel heated up and produced hydrogen explosions that exposed spent fuel pools and released radiation. The Japanese government evacuated residents within a 12-mile zone and temporarily banned foodstuffs from the Fukushima region.
More than two and a half years after the disaster, Japan's national nightmare continues. Ongoing radioactive leaks, allegations of corruption in contracting and managerial ineptitude by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO, the utility that operated the plant and is responsible for the cleanup) have made the situation worse than it needs to be. 

Too big to fail

For the past two years, TEPCO has sought to control the damage by cooling the three reactors that experienced partial meltdown and building facilities for moving hot nuclear fuel and for treating radioactive water, which is being stored in tanks on the site. But some critics claim that TEPCO is not moving fast enough.
Although there are 3,000 workers within the 12-mile exclusion zone around the plant, TEPCO has not hired any foreign workers; doing so could speed up operations. When U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz visited recently, he offered U.S. technology to remove tritium from the water making its way into the Pacific Ocean from the site. This is one technology that Japan does not have, even though releases of radioactive tritium have been a global concern. Clearly, the technology transfer could have been negotiated a lot earlier.