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Metropolis Radiation Site Emergency — Leak of Toxic Uranium Hexafluoride via NEIS


The Honeywell Metropolis Works facility in Metropolis, Illinois has reported another leak of Uranium Hexafluoride (UF6), a radioactive and toxic chemical compound, produced at the facility which converts uranium ore into uranium hexafluoride for the production of nuclear fuel for nuclear power facilities.

While company spokes people report no Uranium Hexafluoride was released outside the facility residents in the area have reported detecting an unusual odor and taste. Reports of a vapor plume over the facility were explained as water vapor from the suppression system but on a radio interview, John Paul Smith, United Steel Workers Local 7-669 Media Secretary and Health and Safety Chair, claims a vapor release of 6 minutes was observed before the suppression system’s mitigation towers were turned on.

Union workers, who are currently locked out of the facility, maintain that while an equipment malfunction may have occurred, the response would have been different had they been present. Union workers have decades of experience responding to emergencies.

“The nature of what the facility does is inherently dangerous no matter who works there,” points out Gail Snyder, Board president of Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS), an Illinois nuclear watchdog organization. “While the union person says they would have had a better response to an emergency due to their experienced work force, they cannot guarantee that union workers will be able to contain every accident either.”

The leak occurred around 7:30pm on Sunday, October 26th and the company declared an all clear around 2:30am Monday, October 27th according to Keith E. Davis with the Metropolis/Massac County Emergency Management Agency.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Region Two, based out of Atlanta Georgia, regulates the Honeywell facility and has sent an inspector who is expected to be onsite on Tuesday, October 28th. Roger Hanah, Senior Public Affairs Officer based out of the NRC Region Two office said the NRC does not have an onsite inspector stationed at the Honeywell facility because it is not a facility that processes highly enriched Uranium.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) has five monitoring stations outside the facility to detect Uranium Hexafluoride which are checked every Monday. Data collected from IEMA’s monitoring stations on Monday, October 27th will we be available in approximately four days by request through a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request. The IEMA monitoring stations purpose is mainly radiological and are set up to detect Uranium Hexafluoride. The stations do not detect Hydrofluoric Vapor, according to Kelly Horn of IEMA. Hydrofluoric Vapor can be produced when Uranium Hexafluoride is combined with water and can become Hydrofluoric Acid a toxic chemical if it comes in contact with people.

Local people have reported having a strange chemical taste in their mouth and smelling an unusual smell around the plant site.

In January of this year, Attorney General Lisa Madigan fined Honeywell $90,000 for three such dangerous releases. The Honeywell Metropolis Works facility received a notice of violation from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for failure to govern the use of and adherence to written procedures resulting in the release of uranium hexafluoride and exposure of five workers at the facility on two separate days in May of 2012. Honeywell has also been fined $11.3 million for a felony offense of illegal storage of hazardous waste as well as $119,000 fine by Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) for 17 serious safety violations.

“This incident shows that if you want nuclear power, you can’t just have nuclear power plants,” observes Dave Kraft, director of NEIS. “You have to take all the other facilities in the long chain of the nuclear fuel cycle too, or you can’t have the reactors. And, every step of the way, the question becomes not IF there will be a radioactive contamination incident, only WHEN, WHERE, and HOW BAD,” Kraft concludes.

“The Honeywell Metropolis Works (licensee) uranium conversion facility is located on a 1,100 acre site (60 acres within the fence line) near Metropolis, IL. The licensee is authorized to possess 150 million pounds of natural uranium ore and to convert this material to uranium hexafluoride (UF6). The uranium conversion process occurs in the Feed Materials Building (FMB).” Source: NRC Inspection Report
Contact: Gail Snyder, NEIS, (630)363-6417; Dave Kraft, NEIS, (773)342-7650

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原発難民“見殺し政策”が着々と進行中 原発事故も自己責任!? via LITERA

いま国が必死でやっているのは、被災者の生活や健康はそっちのけで、とにかく福島の原発事故を矮小化する作業だ。さすがに事故をなかったことにはで きないから、できるだけ影響がなかったように見せかけようとしている。そのため、ある程度除染ができた地域からどんどん避難指示の解除を始め、避難住民の 帰還を推し進めている。

その詳細をリポートしたのが『福島原発事故 被災者支援政策の欺瞞』(岩波新書)だ。著者の日野行介氏は毎日新聞の社会部記者で、原発事故後、一貫して福島の復興の闇を追い続け、政府にとっては“不 都合なスクープ”を連発してきた。同書は『福島原発事故 県民健康管理調査の闇』(岩波新書)に続く第2弾だ。





そんな実例として日野氏が追いかけたのが、「子ども・被災者生活支援法」の骨抜きだ。この法律は、民主党政権下の2012年6月に超党派の議員立法として 提出され、全会一致で成立した。最大の特徴は、政府が避難指示の基準としている「年間20ミリシーベルト」を下回るが「一定の基準以上の放射線量」が計測 される地域を「支援対象地域」と位置づけたことだった。被災者の立場に立った(逆に言うと政府に都合の悪い)法律だ。


政府は原発事故の被害をできるだけ小さく見せようと、他にもありとあらゆる姑息なことをやっている。いちばんわかりやすいのが、それまで航空機モニ タリングで測っていた「場の線量」より個人線量計(ガラスバッジなど)によって得られる「個人線量」を重視し始めたことだ。これは単純な話で、一般に場の 線量より個人線量の方が低く出る傾向があるからだという。開いた口が塞がらない。

政府はこうして子ども・被災者生活支援法を骨抜きにする一方で、避難指示の解除と避難住民の帰還の準備を着々と進めていた。避難住民にとって故郷 が元通りの姿になっていれば、それは帰還したいだろう。だが、実際には除染によって年間線量が20ミリシーベルト以下になった地域からの避難指示が解除さ れるという話なのだ。

これはどう考えてもおかしな話だ。福島以外の日本人はみんな年間の被曝限度は1ミリシーベルトとされている。それが、原発事故の被災地住民だけが 年間20ミリシーベルトまで我慢しろというのだ。住民には何の落ち度もない。たまたま先祖伝来の居住地のそばに原発がつくられてしまっただけなのに。



〈除染はほとんど進んでいない。にもかかわらず、避難している人々の首に線量計をぶら下げて、自己責任の名のもとに、汚染されている村や町に帰還さ せるシナリオが作られている。原発難民から棄民へ。生存権が脅かされている。被災者の自己責任より、東電の、国家の責任こそが深刻に問われている〉(『毎 日新聞』2013年8月31日朝刊「はじまりの土地 東北へ」)


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玄海原発、原子炉補助建屋で発煙、すぐ消火 via 朝日新聞




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Routine Releases of Radioactivity from Nuclear Reactors via Union of Concerned Scientists

Nuclear Energy Activist Toolkit #41

The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) and the Mothers Against Tennessee River Radiation (MATRR) conducted a workshop last November in Chattanooga, TN on the radioactivity monitoring they perform around the Browns Ferry and Sequoyah nuclear plants. Garry Morgan periodically goes to a variety of locations around these plants and uses a radiation detector to measure radioactivity levels.

This spring, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) sponsored a workshop in Washington, DC during which participants built radiation detectors from kits and learned how to measure radioactivity levels in their communities and upload the data into a global tracking system.

As evidenced by these workshops, there’s increased interest in routine releases of radioactivity from nuclear power plants following the March 2011 accident at Fukushima.


Bottom Line

Federal regulations require that radioactivity not be released from nuclear power plants except via controlled and monitored pathways. Federal regulations further require plant owners to track all releases and report the amounts of radioactivity released via these pathways to the NRC each year. The NRC makes these reports publicly available and has created a webpage to make it easier for the public to access them.

The reports are HITJAAC (high in technical jargon and acronym content). But they remain primary sources of information on the amounts and types of radioactivity routinely being released from U.S. nuclear power plants.

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原発の建屋カバー 強風で破れる via NHK News Web


東京電力によりますと、28日午前8時半ごろ、福島第一原発1号機の建屋カバーの解体に向けて、ク レーンでつり下げた機材をカバーの天井部分に差し込んで放射性物質の飛散を防ぐ薬剤をまく作業をしていたところ、この機材が強い風にあおられ、カバーの天 井が幅およそ1メートル、長さおよそ2メートルの三角形の形に裂けるように破れたということです。

続きは原発の建屋カバー 強風で破れる

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テレ朝「報ステ」プロデューサーら7人処分へ 川内原発報道の不適切編集 via 産経ニュース

テレビ朝日は28日、報道番組「報道ステーション」の九州電力川内(せんだい)原発(鹿児島県)での事実誤認報道に絡み、番組プロデューサーら計7 人を減給やけん責処分にすることを明らかにした。処分は29日付。また、取締役報道局長が役員報酬5%(1カ月)を自主返上する。


問題となったのは9月10日の放送。原子力規制委員会の田中俊一委員長の記者会見での発言を不適切に編集し、事実誤認もあった。規制委がテレ朝に訂正を求 め、古舘伊知郎キャスターが同月12日の番組内で謝罪。放送倫理・番組向上機構(BPO)の放送倫理検証委員会は今月10日、番組の審議入りを決めてい た。

続きはテレ朝「報ステ」プロデューサーら7人処分へ 川内原発報道の不適切編集

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Japan edges back towards nuclear power with vote to restart reactors via The Guardian

Legislators in Satsumasendai agree to restart Sendai plant, first move in country since Fukushima earthquake disaster of 2011

Japan has moved closer to a return to nuclear power, more than three years after the Fukushima disaster, after a town in the country’s south-west voted to approve two reactors coming back online.

Nineteen of 26 assembly members in Satsumasendai, located 600 miles south-west of Tokyo, voted in favour of restarting the Sendai nuclear power plant. Four voted against and three abstained.

The vote does not mean the reactors, the first to win approval to restart since the introduction of stringent new safety requirements, will go back online immediately.

The plant, operated by Kyushu Electric Power, must pass operational safety checks, and officials in Kagoshima prefecture, where the town is located, also have to give their consent. That means the plant’s two reactors are unlikely to be restarted until next year, officials said.


Greenpeace said Tuesday’s vote “starkly contradicts” the views of most people near the Sendai plant. “There are many significant unanswered or ignored safety questions – these must be addressed publicly and to the satisfaction of the people whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by a potential restart of the Sendai reactors,” said Greenpeace Japan nuclear campaigner Ai Kashiwagi.


The debate over the Sendai has split communities. The “host” town of Satsumasendai receives billions of yen in government and industry subsidies. But Ichikikushikino, which lies slightly further away from the plant, receives only a fraction of that, even though residents say they would face similar health risks from radiation leaks in the event of an accident.

Earlier this year, more than half of the 30,000 residents of Ichikikushikino signed a petition opposing the restart. The issue has been complicated by concerns over a volcano located 40 miles away that scientists say is showing signs of increased activity that could cause a small eruption.

Mount Ioyama has recently been shaken by small tremors and showed signs other signs of rising volcanic activity, including a tremor lasting seven minutes, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

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市長が再稼働同意=川内原発、知事判断へ-鹿児島 via 時事ドットコム

九州電力川内原発が立地する鹿児島県薩摩川内市の岩切秀雄市長は28日、「(再稼働を進める)政府の方針について立地自治体として理解する」と述べ、再稼 働に同意する考えを表明した。市議会が同日、臨時議会で再稼働を求める陳情を賛成多数で採択したことを踏まえ判断した。再稼働に向けた地元の手続きが前進 し、焦点は県議会と伊藤祐一郎知事の判断に移る。




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放射能検査していない日本製くず鉄 韓国・群山港に搬入 via Wow!Korea

市民団体「全北緑色連合」は13日に声明を発表。最大野党・新政治民主連合の崔敏姫(チェ・ミンヒ)国会議員が今月8日発表した資料を基に、「群山港に放 射能検査をしていない日本製のくず鉄が最も多く輸入されている」と主張した。その上で、群山港での日本製くず鉄の荷降ろし作業を直ちに中断すべきだと訴え た。

続きは放射能検査していない日本製くず鉄 韓国・群山港に搬入

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How much money do Exelon’s nukes really make? via Crain’s Chicago Business

For months, Exelon Corp. has been signaling that it will ask for state legislation next year to provide hundreds of millions of additional dollars to its fleet of Illinois nuclear plants, which the company says are struggling financially.
There’s one thing the power company isn’t saying: whether the atomic energy plants as a whole make money or not. A Crain’s analysis of Exelon’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings suggests the Illinois nukes as a group remain profitable, even as revenue has fallen sharply in the past few years. Profit clearly has eroded, however.
The analysis—coupled with Exelon’s stance that it won’t seek state bailouts for individual plants but instead a “market solution” that benefits all of its nukes in Illinois, even those making money—raises questions about whether the state effectively will be asked to compel ratepayers to subsidize a profitable enterprise.

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