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Radioactive leak at Pickering nuke plant was contained: OPG source via Elliot Lake Standard

TORONTO – A faulty valve leaked radioactive heavy water Friday from a nuclear reactor at the Pickering power plant, Ontario Power Generation says.

The leak was contained and no one was exposed to any radioactive material, an OPG statement Monday said.

The valve was on Unit 7 which was undergoing maintenance at the time.

The radioactive heavy water was contained by one of the back-up systems in place and no evacuation of staff was necessary, OPG said.


The company boasts that no member of the public has been harmed due to a radiation emission from its nuclear plants or waste storage facilities in the more than four decades that the nuclear industry has existed in Ontario.

Bruce Power, a private company which runs nuclear facilities on the shores of Lake Huron, generates 6,300 megawatts.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission requires that potassium iodine pills be distributed to anyone living or working within 10 kilometres of a nuclear facility to prevent thyroid damage in case of a significant release of radioactivity into the environment.

Greenpeace is calling on the province to expand its emergency plans for an area beyond 10 km.

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発送電分離後の廃炉費用、消費者から徴収 経産省検討 via 日本経済新聞






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県が美浜1、2号再開了承 【2004年11月26日】via 福井新聞

美浜原発死傷事故に伴う安全点検のため停止していた関西電力美浜1、2号機について県は二十六日、運 転再開を了承。県庁に岸田哲二関電副社長を呼んで伝えた。事故を重くみた県の要請により関電は県内すべての原発を停止して二次系配管の点検を行ってきた が、事故を起こした美浜3号機を除いて一応の区切りが付いた形となる。




岸田副社長に対して旭信昭県民生活部長は、国が高経年化研究を検討する委員会を新設することや、関電が本県に原子力事業本部を移転する点などを評価する― とした上で「品質や安全管理に万全を尽くしてほしい」と要請。岸田副社長は「高経年化したプラントでもあり、対策にあらためて取り組んでいく」と述べた。

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Nuclear power may not be needed, says top atomic advocate via The Telegraph

Sir David King, former chief scientist and champion of the nuclear newbuild, says the top priority must be to develop storage for renewable energy, reports Geoffrey Lean


The occasion was a scintillating lecture by Prof Sir David King, the former government Chief scientist, put on by Ashden, the charity that runs the eponymous energy awards. That’s not an adjective I apply often to talks, but I was riveted as David ranged over subjects from population growth to water resources, the growth of cities to commodity prices, spewing out new information and insights.

But while he said a lot about the promise of renewable energy, he said almost nothing about nuclear power – despite for long having been one of its foremost and most influential advocates in Britain, describing it, for example, as a “massive economic opportunity” for the country.

So I got up and asked him about it, expecting the same pro-nuclear response as I had heard from him many times before. Instead he amazed me by suggesting that Britain “might well” be able to do without atomic power altogether, and that the real priority should be on developing ways of storing electricity so as to be able to depend on famously intermittent sun and wind.

“We have to keep reassessing the situation”, he said. “I believe that what we need, more than anything, is a surge of activity to develop energy storage capability …. Once we can do that technologically, why would we not just keep with renewables.”


In countries like Britain and Japan, with less space and sun, he added, “it was difficult to see that we’re going to reach a position where we don’t want nuclear energy”, and in that case he favoured the small “modular nuclear reactors” recently advocated by the former environment secretary, Owen Paterson. But later he came back to the question and corrected himself: “if we can get the costs down we might well manage our future basically on renewable energy and energy storage”.

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福島市の学校プール周辺が「イチエフ免震重要棟前」より汚染されていた!via 週プレNEWS




福島市では原発事故翌年の2012年から小中学校のプール授業を再開。事前に除染を行ない空間線量は下げたものの、その後、プールサイドのコンク リート表面などが放射線管理区域並みに汚染されていることが発覚したのだ。しかし、表面汚染は文部科学省が定めた学校内の除染基準に含まれていないという ことで、福島市教育委員会は大した対策をとらないまま今夏もプール授業を行なった。


そこには「記事には事実誤認があり、風評被害を含めた大きな影響をもたらし、さらには被災地の復興を阻害する」などと書かれていた。市教委は一体、どんな抗議をしてきたのか? 一例を挙げると、


















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原発再稼働控え苦肉の策 作業員身元調査法制化見送り、運用は電力会社任せに via 産経ニュース

原子力規制庁が法制化を見送ることが明らかになった原発作業員の身元調査制度は、これまで外部からの攻撃に重点を置いてきた原発テロ対策において、 施設への出入りが自由な「内部脅威」を排除する有力な手段だ。法制化されれば実効性は強まるが、法制化にはさらなる時間がかかることも予想される。来年の 再稼働に間に合わせるためには、法制化の見送りは「苦肉の策」といえる。

内部脅威対策は、(1)施錠の多重化や監視カメラ設置など不正行 為を物理的に阻止する「物的防護」(2)IDカードでの管理や不審物持ち込み防止など「出入管理」(3)潜在的脅威者を事前に排除する「人的管理」-が柱 となる。身元調査は、このうち(3)に該当し、不正をさせない抑止力として期待されている。



電力会社幹部は「自己申告で受けた情報では裏付けがなく、制度に中身がなくなることが心配だ。何らかの形で国の関与が必要だ」と制度の実効性を懸念する。 その一方で「法制化にこだわるあまり再稼働が遅れるのも困る。自己申告制度導入でも内部脅威対策が一歩進んだことに間違いはなく、きちんとした運用で確認 を強化していきたい」と話している。

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The ultimate security blanket via The Economist

Almost three decades after the catastrophe that wrecked it, a proper tomb for reactor number four at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is nearing completion

“YOU can take photos. But stay on the road. Don’t step onto the grass.” It is 28 years since the world’s worst nuclear accident, at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine, but visitors are still told to be careful. Though much of the plant (at which, even now, 3,000 people work) has been decontaminated, and the roads cleaned up, the surrounding forest has hotspots where fragments of debris and nuclear fuel, ejected by the explosion that destroyed reactor number four on April 26th 1986, emit dangerous radiation.

At the moment, the reactor’s remains are sealed in by a concrete and steel structure known officially as the Shelter Object and colloquially as the sarcophagus. This has done its job for nearly three decades, but there are doubts it can manage a fourth. Wind, rain, rust and time have taken their toll, and the radiation level within it makes maintenance near-impossible. Many fear it may collapse.

That is why visitors to Chernobyl these days will see a huge and growing building looming in front of reactor four’s remains. This is the New Safe Confinement (NSC; it has yet to attract a nickname). It is in essence, as the picture shows, a giant double-skinned stainless-steel Nissen hut, which will have flat walls at each end. It weighs 30,000 tonnes; is taller, at 110 metres, than the Statue of Liberty; and is 165 metres long and 260 metres broad. It is being built by Novarka, a French consortium, and its cost, €1.5 billion, is met by donations from dozens of countries, administered by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. It was scheduled for completion in 2005, but political foot-dragging and wrangling over who would pay have delayed its construction by more than a decade. When it is finished, though—probably in 2017—it will protect the sarcophagus from the ravages of the weather and ensure that, even if that older container does fall down, no radiation will escape. With luck, it will be able to do this for a century.

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川内原発:再稼働問題 公開討論実現せず 県、九電、規制庁不参加 実現する会、強い疑問投げかける /鹿児島 via 毎日新聞

九州電力川内原発の 再稼働を考える「公開討論会」が20日夜、鹿児島市中央町の市勤労者交流センターであった。「公開討論会を実現する会」が求めた県と九電、原子力規制庁の 3者は参加せず、公開討論会は実現しなかった。実現する会代表世話人の伊藤周平・鹿児島大法科大学院教授は「民主主義国家といえるのか」と強い疑問を投げ かけた。





続きは川内原発:再稼働問題 公開討論実現せず 県、九電、規制庁不参加 実現する会、強い疑問投げかける /鹿児島

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(被爆国から2014秋)悲惨さ 目をそらさないで via 朝日新聞デジタル

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Why I Am in Jail via EcoWatch (Reader Supported News)

By Sandra Steingraber

I have come to believe that a successful civil disobedience campaign likewise depends on the willingness of at least some of us to gladly accept jail time over other kinds of sentences, such as paying fines.

There are four reasons for this. First, it shows respect for the law. In my case, I was arrested for trespassing on the driveway of a Texas-based energy company that has the sole intention of turning the crumbling salt mines underneath the hillside into massive gas tanks for the highly-pressurized products of fracking: methane, propane and butane. (The part of the plan involving methane storage has already been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission). Even before the infrastructure for this gas storage is built, Crestwood Midstream has polluted the lake with salt, at levels that exceed its legal limits. Crestwood’s response is to pay a fine and keep polluting. By contrast, I refuse to pay a fine to excuse my crime and so accepted the lawful consequences of my actions.

Second, extending one’s civil disobedience testimony in jail shows seriousness of intent. Four of the 17 civil disobedients who have so far been arraigned as part of the We Are Seneca Lake campaign have chosen jail instead of fines: 75-year-old Dwain Wilder, a veteran of the Navy who was incarcerated for Veteran’s Day; 86-year-old Roland Micklem, a Quaker, who is now incarcerated in the Schuyler County Jail [Roland Micklem was released yesterday due to health concern]; 58-year-old Colleen Boland, a retired Air Force sergeant who served in the White House; and me (I’m a 55-year-old biologist and author).

Colleen occupies the cell next to mine. We talk through the wall. Colleen, Roland and I are on track to find out what they serve prisoners for Thanksgiving dinner.

By our willing separation from our families, by our sacrifice and consent to suffer, by our very absence, we are saying that we object in the strongest terms to the transformation of our beloved Finger Lakes community into a hub for fracking. We object to the occupation of our lakeshore by a Houston-based corporation that seeks to further build out fossil-fuel infrastructure in a time of climate emergency, and in so doing, imperils a source of drinking water for 100,000 people.

Third, by filling the jails with mothers, elders and veterans, we peacefully provoke a crisis that cannot be ignored by media or political leaders. Of course, civil disobedience is always a method of last recourse, deployed when all other methods of addressing a grievance have been exhausted. We have turned over all stones. We have submitted comments, written letters, offered testimony, filed Freedom of Information requests for secret documents—only to see our legitimate concerns brushed aside. Our incarceration shows that the regulatory system is broken. So far, in the Seneca Lake campaign, there have been 59 arrests, and a majority of those have yet to be sentenced. There will be more of us in jail before the year is out.

And the fourth reason is this: spending time in jail is a time of personal transformation. Alone with a pencil, some inmate request forms for stationery, the Bible and your own thoughts, you discover that you are braver than you knew. You are doing time, and time offers the possibility of rededicating oneself to the necessary work ahead: dismantling the fossil fuel industry in the last 20 years left to us, before the climate crisis spins into unfixable, unending calamity.

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