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Anti-nuclear activist Udayakumar quits AAP via The Times of India

MADURAI: Anti-nuclear activist S P Udayakumar on Saturday announced his resignation from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) because he felt that the party high command did not pay attention to the problems of the people in south Tamil Nadu.

Udayakumar said he had joined the AAP after consulting the people protesting against the nuclear plant at Kudankulam and the fishermen in the region. The people is the area had felt that the AAP would help take their protests forward. However, now realizing that this was not to be, he quit the party.

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POINT OF VIEW/ Mikiko Abe: With nuclear plant idled, townsfolk in better position to chart future course via The Asahi Shimbun

ONAGAWA, Miyagi Prefecture–As an opponent of atomic energy, I have watched this town for more than four decades–from before Tohoku Electric Power Co. began constructing the Onagawa nuclear power plant here.

It is my hope that our town can stand on its own without the massive subsidies associated with the installation of nuclear reactors and fixed asset taxes paid by the power utility. It’s not about asking if we can revert to that state of things. I believe we have to do it now.

I live in temporary housing because my home was swept away by the tsunami generated by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

I was elected to the town assembly eight months after the March 2011 disaster, which claimed the lives of some of my fellow activists. In the hope of conveying their anti-nuclear message to younger generations, I ran in the assembly election as an independent candidate.

Around 1970, when the Onagawa plant had yet to be built, local fishermen banded together to express opposition to the nuclear facility. Thousands took part in a protest rally held near the seashore. About 10 buses, each with 50 seats, arrived from a neighboring town to join it.

But Tohoku Electric began approaching nuclear opponents and secured agreement to engage in small talk from some people. They included, for example, owners of large fishing vessels that operated far from coastal waters. They had large crew and held senior positions in the local fishermen’s union.

There is no significant opposition movement in Onagawa now.
I studied at a university in Tokyo after I graduated from senior high school. I took an interest in the issue of Minamata disease (caused by mercury pollution) and joined a sit-in outside the head office of Chisso Corp., the chemical company responsible for the pollution. I thought the economy was being put ahead of humans–the same picture that applies to atomic power generation.

After I graduated in 1975 and returned home, I found my community polarized between nuclear opponents and proponents. I was told that residents living along the same seashore had been so estranged that they no longer even spoke to each other when they attended funerals of people in the other camp.

The opposition movement gradually cooled its heels after the fishermen’s union decided to accept financial compensation, and after construction of the No. 1 reactor of the Onagawa nuclear plant began in 1979.

Some people had relatives working for the nuclear plant, while others supplied food to the plant workers.

They could no longer openly state they were opposed, even if they felt differently in their hearts.
Tohoku Electric has been boasting that the Onagawa nuclear plant “withstood the quake and tsunami.” I have also been told that a gymnasium on the grounds of the plant served as an evacuation shelter for more than 300 residents for three months. Some inhabitants are thankful for that.

But I later learned that the plant grounds lay only 80 centimeters above the towering tsunami, which measured 13 meters in height, and only one of the five external power supply systems survived without damage. Perhaps it was a matter of sheer chance that a serious accident was avoided.

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Japan nuclear reactors near active volcano called unsafe via The Stars and Stripes

TOKYO — A prominent volcanologist disputed Japanese regulators’ conclusion that two nuclear reactors were safe from a volcanic eruption in the next few decades, saying Friday that such a prediction was impossible.

A cauldron eruption at one of several volcanos surrounding the Sendai nuclear power plant in southern Japan could not only hit the reactors but could cause a nationwide disaster, said Toshitsugu Fujii, University of Tokyo professor emeritus who heads a government-commissioned panel on volcanic eruption prediction.

Nuclear regulators last month said two Sendai reactors fulfilled tougher safety requirements set after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The regulators ruled out a major eruption over the next 30 years until the reactors’ reach the end of their usable lifespan.

A surprise eruption of Mount Ontake in central Japan on Sept. 27 has renewed concerns about the volcanos in the region.

“It is simply impossible to predict an eruption over the next 30 to 40 years,” Fujii said. “The level of predictability is extremely limited.”

He said at best an eruption can be predicted only a matter of hours or days.

Kyushu Electric Power Co., which operates the Sendai plant, promised taking measures to ensure access to workers in case of ash falls of up to 15 centimeters (6 inches), while installing a monitoring system to detect changes to volcanic activities. The utility also promised to transfer fuel rods to safer areas ahead of time if signs of eruptions are detected – a time-consuming process that experts say is unrealistic.

Fujii said ash falling as thick as 4 inches would make any vehicle, except for tanks, virtually inoperable. Power lines would be severed due to the weight of ash on them, causing blackouts and possibly cutting off electricity to the reactor cooling system.

Only after approving the reactors’ safety, the regulatory authority established a volcano panel to discuss the impact of eruptions and countermeasures. Fujii, a member of that panel, said experts are opposed to the regulators’ views. Even though catastrophic eruption could occur only once in as many as 10,000 years, a likelihood of one cannot be ruled out either, he said.

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Nuclear reactor heat turned down to stop boilers cracking via The Telegraph

Two nuclear plants shut amid safety fears may be restarted at just 75pc usual power output to prevent more cracks developing, EDF says

Power output at two UK nuclear plants will be curbed for up to two years in order to reduce the heat in their boilers and prevent cracks developing, EDF has announced.

The two twin-reactor plants at Heysham 1 and Hartlepool have been shut down since August amid safety fears following the discovery of cracks in one boiler structure at Heysham.

The ageing reactors are likely to be restarted in coming months at just 75pc-80pc of their usual output in order to prevent high temperatures causing further cracks, EDF said on Friday.

The move will further worsen the risk of power shortages this winter and next.


EDF said that the reactor where boiler cracks had been found would only return to service at 75pc usual power, “with the affected boilers isolated”.

The other three reactors could also be returned to service – assuming no cracks are found – but with the heat in the boilers turned down.

“As boiler spine defects can only develop into cracks at very high temperatures, two reactors at Hartlepool and one at Heysham 1 could be returned to service at c75pc-80pc power to reduce the temperature to which the boiler spines are exposed,” EDF said in a statement.

The boilers could then be modified over the next two years to enable them to get back up to full power.

EDF is thought to be about three-quarters of the way through checks on the 31 boilers and said that “no further defects have been found”.


The cracks at Heysham 1 are in a “boiler spine”. The Office for Nuclear Regulation said that the spine “supports the weight of an entire boiler and its failure could lead to water entering the reactor vessel”.

“The potential worst consequences of water entering the reactor vessel is an over-pressurisation of the reactor which could result in lifting of the reactor pressure relief valves. If this was to occur co-incidentally with fuel damage then there could be a direct path to the environment and a release of radiation,” it said.

However, it said the chances of this worst-case scenario emerging were “extremely low”.

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東日本大震災:福島第1原発事故 加美町の8000世帯に冊子 環境省、処分場の必要性説明 /宮城 via 毎日新聞


冊子はA4判、8ページで「県内で処理が進んでいない稲わらなどの安全な処理に向けて」と題している。猪股洋文町長が9月に出した候補地・田代岳 の面積や勾配などに関する10項目の質問への回答を中心に、候補地を巡るこれまでの経緯、詳細調査の概要を説明する内容。同省の指定廃棄物対策チームは 「現地詳細調査の実施段階に入り、処分場に対する町民の理解を進めるための配布」としている。


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汚染水に総力戦 新型浄化装置など初公開 福島第1原発 via 産經新聞



この日公開された新たな浄化装置は「モバイル型ストロンチウム除去装置」。汚染水の中でも特に多い放射性物質であるストロンチウム90を取り除けば大幅に放射線量が下がる。今月2日から稼働、濃度は最大千分の1まで低減できる。   汚染水の“切り札”とされる高性能な「多核種除去装置(ALPS(アルプス))」も公開された。この日に原子力規制委員会の使用前検査も行われ、今月中旬には試験運転を開始するめどが立つ。東電担当者は「これまでのALPSより廃棄物が9割軽減でき、処理量も倍になる」と期待する。   増設したアルプスや既存のものを含めると、1日当たり最大で計2千トンの汚染水処理が可能。サブドレンなどが本格稼働すれば、最大1日約400トン増え続ける汚染水も半分になる。   第1原発の小野明所長(55)は「汚染水をきれいにしようということでやっている。廃炉と汚染水は2本立てで一生懸命やっていく」と語った。(天野健作)

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関連記事;福島第1原発、汚染水浄化「ALPS」の新型が稼働 via 日本経済新聞

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Calls to Use Yucca Mountain as a Nuclear Waste Site, Now Deemed Safe via The New York Times

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday released a long-delayed report on the suitability of Yucca Mountain as a disposal spot for nuclear waste, finding that the design met the commission’s requirements, laying the groundwork to restart the project if control of the Senate changes hands in the elections next month.

Republicans have been pushing to use the site, about 100 miles from Las Vegas, to store spent reactor fuel and highly radioactive leftovers from Cold War bomb-making, but they have been blocked by President Obama and by the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada. A final ruling would have to come from the commission itself, and the State of Nevada and other opponents have promised lawsuits.

But the report released Thursday, mostly done in 2010 but frozen until a recent court decision, concluded that the design had the required multiple barriers, to assure long-term isolation of radioactive materials.


Yucca, a volcanic structure adjacent to what was formerly known as the Nevada Test Site, where the government exploded hundreds of nuclear bombs, was never described as the best place for burying nuclear waste, only an acceptable one about which a consensus could be achieved. The Energy Department selected Yucca Mountain as one of five candidate sites in 1986, under a procedure laid out by the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, which Congress passed in 1982. But in 1987, Congress amended the act to designate Yucca as the prime site, telling the department not to study anything else unless it found Yucca unsuitable.

In 1994, the Energy Department began drilling a five-mile tunnel through the mountain. By 1997, the department was burying metal containers in the rock, and heating them up to simulate nuclear waste, to study the effect on water and rock in the immediate area.

The project suffered a major setback in 2004 when the federal Court of Appeals in Washington, ruling in a case brought by Nevada, said that to use Yucca, the government would have to show that it would contain the wastes safely for hundreds of thousands of years, not just the 10,000 years that the Energy Department was planning. By that time, the department had already concluded that the period of peak releases would be in about 300,000 years.

But the real blow was the election of Barack Obama, who as a candidate for president promised to kill the project. And Mr. Reid blocked further funding for the Energy Department to design the repository and pursue a license to open it, and to the commission to evaluate that license application, as called for in the 1982 act.

In 2010, the Energy Department shut down the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, which was running the Yucca program.

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『美味しんぼ』鼻血問題の前・双葉町長が県知事選立候補! 「変人だと叩かれても言う。今の福島は脱出すべきです」via 週プレNEWS



そして、その対抗馬として最も注目を集めるのが前・双葉町長の井戸川克隆(いどがわ・かつたか)氏 (68歳)。今年4月、マンガ『美味しんぼ』のなかで、「福島には鼻血や疲労感を訴える人がたくさんいる」などと発言、この内容に対して福島県や石原伸晃 環境相(当時)が風評被害への懸念を示すなど、過剰ともいえるバッシングと物議が引き起こされ、自身も風変わりな人とのレッテルを貼られてしまった人物 だ。



井戸川 町長を辞めてすぐですね。立候補の理由をひと言でいえば、原発事故以降、県民があまりにもないがしろにされ続けているからです。


井戸川 国も県も、県民に本当のこ とを話していない。文部科学省が2011年に測定した表面汚染密度をベースに、知り合いが汚染地図を作りました。福島県内のほとんどが放射線管理区域(実 効線量が3ヵ月当たり1.3ミリシーベルトを超える恐れのある場所、原子炉建屋などがこれに該当する)に相当します。なのに、安全だから住み続けろと県は 言う。人口が減ると税収が減るとでも思っているのかもしれませんが、そのために県民の健康を犠牲にしているのです。


井戸川 でもね、こんなに被曝させ られて黙っているほうがおかしいですよ。別に変な人と思われても構いません。私が選挙で訴えたいことは、県民が国や県から教えられているのと真逆のことで す。福島は放射性物質ですっかり汚染されてしまって、真実を公表すれば、今、県が必死にアピールしているような安全な場所どころではないことがバレてしま う。社会的には混乱が起こるでしょうが、本当のことを言うしかありません。



井戸川 私の言うことは票には結び つかないでしょう。だから本当の狙いは、外国向けに発信することです。放射能に対してクレイジーな政策が進む日本にも、まともなことを言うヤツがいたと。 このままでは、福島県のイメージは海外で本当に悪くなります。県内産のものが安全だから食べてくれって言っても、外国の人は信用しませんよ。



井戸川 私が知事になったら、県独自に放射線を正確に測定して、事故前の基準に基づいた管理区域を設定します。そして管理区域になった住民に説明会を開いて事実を伝え、それでも福島に住むか聞いていきます。


井戸川 「俺は被曝してもいいから福島に住みたい」と言うなら、免責を求める確認書を取り交わす。その上で、県が健康問題を面倒見る仕組みをつくります。一方、福島から避難したい人にはそうしてもらいます。それにかかる費用は、事故原因者の東京電力へ請求するのです。



井戸川 それは逆です。自分が受けている被害を知らされずに、のみ込まされているのが現状。そうじゃなく、「こんなとこに住めるか、なんとかしろ!」と立ち上がったほうが得じゃないですか。そういう人がひとりでもふたりでも出てきてほしい。

こんなこと言うと、きっとものすごく叩(たた)かれるでしょう。でも不思議なことに、叩かれてる人にも支援者が出てくる。だから私は批判を全然恐れ ていない。とにかく県民に「今の福島は危険だ」と伝えておく。いずれそれに気がついてくれればいい。今日明日、効果があるとは思っていません。


井戸川 福島はもう汚染されてしまった土地ですから、今までに固執しない思い切った業種転換も必要です。遠く離れた土地に仮の町をつくってみんなで移転してもいい。3月14日に3号機が爆発したときには、ベトナムへの避難も考えました。町ごと移転するのです。


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不都合な原子力を救済する?河野太郎 via BLOGOS






事業者 純資産 核燃料 原子力発電設備
北海道 1467 1296 2372 億円
東北 5746 1535 2911
東京 15774 7853 5920
中部 14372 2451 1949
北陸 3248 998 1926
関西 12132 5290 3348
中国 6065 1829 747
四国 2874 1396 1048
九州 4942 2815 2112
原電 1645 1165 1640
合計 68265 26627 23972











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原発ADR:一律5割の内部文書 文科省が国会提出拒否 via 毎日新聞





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