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中間貯蔵関連法案が参院で可決 via 福島テレビ

除染廃棄物を30年以内に県外で最終処分すると明記した中間貯蔵施設の関連法案がきょう参議院で可決され、成立しました。関連法案には除染廃棄物を30年 以内に県外で最終処分することに加え廃棄物を輸送する際の安全対策など国の責務が明記されています。衆議院の解散の時期によっては今国会で可決・成立でき ずに廃案となる可能性が懸念されていましたが、きょう午前に開かれた参議院の本会議で賛成多数で可決され、成立しました。

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North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Facility: Reactor Shutdown Continues; Activity at Reprocessing Facility via 38 North

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There has been uncertainty about the reasons for the 5 MWe Reactor’s shutdown, with speculation focusing on routine maintenance, more serious problems possibly with the cooling systems, a partial unloading of fuel rods (possibly defective) or the removal of the entire core. Evidence from the most recent imagery, while still insufficient to make a firm judgment, would seem to reinforce the hypothesis of a partial unloading of fuel rods. (Those rods would be transported underground from the reactor to the spent fuel cooling pond and then moved to the reprocessing facility by trucks or vehicles.)

The activity noted to support this hypothesis includes:

  • Steam coming from a nearby large cooling tower is consistent with maintenance and testing (as well as possibly the making of chemicals related to reprocessing) and would be one of the first steps taken before commencing operations.
  • Truck activity near the vehicle door to the receiving building is consistent with the transport of spent fuel rods from the cooling pond (where they are stored after removal from the reactor via an underground trolley system) and before they are moved to the reprocessing facility.
  • Growing piles of a gray substance are visible on the east side of the  old pilot fuel fabrication plant, now believed to manufacture fuel rods for the 5 MWe Reactor, as well as at a nearby settling pond. These piles are possibly the result of chemical processes related to new fuel rod production taking place inside the facilty.[2]

New Pipeline under Construction: Masking Future Operations?

The October 28 imagery also indicates that the North Koreans may be building a new pipeline running from the pipe that carries hot water and steam from the 5MWe Reactor turbine building to the river. A new trench heads north under the bridge and seems to end across the road from the pilot fuel fabrication building. The final destination of the pipeline remains unclear. At the northern end of the trench, a crane or backhoe is visible just off the road. No further work on this pipeline appeared in imagery from November 4.

One objective of this activity may be to eliminate a key indicator of 5 MWe Reactor operations. Observing the white froth from the steam and water discharged into the river helped private analysts determine that the reactor restarted in August 2013 as well as the short period when it has been shutdown over the past year. Without this indicator, determining what is happening at the facility will become more difficult.

Masking operations at nuclear facilities may be an important priority for North Korea if past actions are any guide. Since the mid-2000s, if not earlier, Pyongyang appears to have taken steps intended to severely limit the ability of outsiders to monitor activity at the Radiochemical Laboratory. The same appears true at North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site where extensive steps have been taken to hide preparations at tunnel entrances and to prevent the leakage of particles from nuclear tests that could provide significant information of its capabilities to other countries.

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敦賀2号機、再び「活断層」=調査団が評価書案-規制委 via 時事ドットコム

日本原子力発電敦賀原発2号機(福井県)直下に活断層があるとの見解を示してきた原子力規制委員会の専門家調査団は19日、従来の見解を維持し、「将来活 動する可能性がある」と判断した評価書案を示した。同日の会合で大筋で了承された。評価書としてまとめた上で、規制委に報告する。

調査団の報告を受け、規制委は改めて活断層と認定する見通し。原発の規制基準では活断層の上に重要施設の設置を認めておらず、2号機は廃炉を迫られることになる。

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規制基準が定める活断層の定義に該当し、「将来活動する可能性のある断層等であると判断する」と結論付けた。

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Documentary on anti-nuclear activism Nov. 21 in Falmouth via the Wicked Local Falmouth

Cinema Politica Cape Cod will present “Radioactivists,” a documentary on anti-nuclear activism in Japan, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21 in the Falmouth Public Library’s Hermann Meeting Room.
Following the screening, Karen Valle of the Cape Cod Bay Watch will give a presentation on the similarities between Fukushima and the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth. Members of the Cape Downwinders, a local group dedicated to raising awareness about dangers posed by Pilgrim to Cape Cod residents, will discuss their work and answer questions from the audience.

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The screening takes place on the heels on an announcement that Japan will put two nuclear power plants back on line for the first time since the Fukushima Dai’ichi meltdown. Valle, campaign manager for Cape Cod Bay Watch, will give a presentation following the film about current and potential environmental damage from the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. Diane Turco of Harwich and Janet Azarovitz of Falmouth will discuss the actions the Cape Downwinders have taken in order to raise awareness about the lack of an evacuation plan for Cape Cod residents in the event of a disaster in Plymouth.
In October, Turco and three other Cape Cod grandmothers were given a 30-day suspended sentence in Plymouth District Court for attempting to plant flowers on Pilgrim property during a Mother’s Day protest.

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Environment: South Dakota Native Americans describe House vote on Keystone XL pipeline as an ‘act of war’ via Summit County Citizens Voice

By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Conservation groups and climate activists aren’t the only ones hopping mad about the Congressional rush to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Native Americans in South Dakota say they consider last week’s House vote to approve the pipeline “an act of war.”
The proposed project, aimed at pumping tar sands crude oil from Canada to U.S. refineries, would completely cross South Dakota. Environmentalists oppose the pipeline because it represents continued reliance on fossil fuels. Most, if not all, of the oil would be exported to other countries, so the argument that it would somehow lower fuel prices rings hollow and false.
Of course the U.S. government has hardly ever taken Native American concerns seriously, so it would be a surprise if that happened now, but Rosebud Sioux (Sicangu Lakota Oyate) Tribal President Scott said his nation has yet to be properly consulted on the project, which would cross through tribal land. Concerns brought to the Department of Interior and to the Department of State have yet to be addressed, he said in a statement.
“The House has now signed our death warrants and the death warrants of our children and grandchildren,” Scott said. “We are outraged at the lack of intergovernmental cooperation. We are a sovereign nation and we are not being treated as such. We will close our reservation borders to Keystone XL. Authorizing Keystone XL is an act of war against our people,” he said.
In February of this year, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and other members of the Great Sioux Nation adopted tribal resolutions opposing the Keystone XL project.
“The Lakota people have always been stewards of this land,” Scott said. “We feel it is imperative that we provide safe and responsible alternative energy resources not only to tribal members but to non-tribal members as well. We need to stop focusing and investing in risky fossil fuel projects like TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline. We need to start remembering that the earth is our mother and stop polluting her and start taking steps to preserve the land, water, and our grandchildren’s future.”

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伊方原発:配管から廃液漏れ via 毎日新聞

18日午後0時40分ごろ、四国電力伊方原発2号機(愛媛県伊方町)で、放射線管理区域の原子炉補助建屋内にある配管から、微量の放射性物質を含む水が漏れているのが見つかった。四電によると、外部への漏えいや作業員の被ばくはない。

原子炉冷却水や作業着の洗濯排水などが混じった低レベル放射性廃液が、ステンレス製の配管(直径34ミリ)から漏れ出し、乾燥した状態だった。放射性物質のコバルト60が8500ベクレル検出されたが、国への報告基準の約500分の1の量だという。

続きは伊方原発:配管から廃液漏れ

関連記事:伊方原発で水漏れ=微量の放射能含む-四国電 via 時事ドットコム

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第一原発地下トンネル 止水工事は失敗か (福島県)via 日テレ

第一原発の海側の地下トンネルに流れ込む汚染水をせき止める工事について、東京電力は、工事に失敗した可能性があることを明らかにした。

第一原発2号機の海側にあるトレンチと呼ばれる地下トンネルには、建屋から高濃度の汚染水が流れ込み、5,000トンほどがトレンチ内に溜まっていて、周辺の地下水を汚染し、一部は海へ流出しているとみられている。

東京電力はこの汚染水を抜き取るため、建屋から流れ込んでいる部分にセメントの注入するなどして、汚染水をせき止める工事を行った。
その効果を確かめるため、きのう、トレンチ内の汚染水200トンを抜き取り水位の変化を確認したところ、本来80センチ下がるはずの水位が20センチほどしか下がっていなかったという。

続きは第一原発地下トンネル 止水工事は失敗か (福島県)

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Dawn of Nuclear Arms, Declassified via The New York Times

[...] Waves of declassified photographs and movies from the nation’s push to make Little Boy and Fat Man — the world’s first atom bombs — are exciting not only to Mr. Coster-Mullen but a generation less familiar with the nation’s atomic past.

“They hit geek culture and go viral,” said Alex Wellerstein, a historian of science at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.

Early this year, Dr. Wellerstein posted on his blog and on Reddit, a social news site, an annotated silent movie a little more than 11 minutes long that showed scientists and soldiers preparing Fat Man and loading the weapon onto a B-29 aircraft that would soon take off for Nagasaki, Japan; the bombing instantly killed an estimated 40,000 people there.

The movie was viewed more than 100,000 times in just one day on Reddit, and received 700 comments. Among the posted questions: Did the men know what they were doing? Probably so, Dr. Wellerstein replied on his blog, “because they knew what had happened at Hiroshima.”A few years ago, the Los Alamos National Laboratory started posting historical pictures on Flickr, a photo-sharing site. The lab’s history section now has 515 images like early bombs and scientists and rapidly expanding fireballs and rising mushroom clouds. The set includes the gadget photograph from 1945 that left Mr. Coster-Mullen agog.

A recent wave of Internet photographs has featured Little Boy and Fat Man preparations; one shows a man signing the nose of the Nagasaki bomb, and another is a tail fin close-up of scrawled names and home states, including Wisconsin and New York.

Holly Reed, a photo expert at the National Archives, the source of those images, said they went public in 1997 but received much attention recently when they were widely described online as newly released.

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福島県知事、経産相に福島第2原発の廃炉要請 via 日本経済新聞

 福島県の内堀雅雄知事は17日、経済産業省を訪れて宮沢洋一経産相と会談した。内堀氏は「福島第2も含めた県内原発の全基廃炉を頭に置いて(政策 を)進めてほしい」と述べ、東京電力福島第2原発の廃炉を改めて要請した。

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内堀氏が宮沢経産相と会うのは12日の知事就任後初めて。東電は事故を起こした福島第1原発の廃炉をすでに決めているが、第2原発には明確な方針を示していない。

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さようなら原発 宇都宮で2000人パレード via 東京新聞

 脱原発を呼び掛ける「さようなら原発! 栃木アクション11・16」が十六日、宇都宮市中心部で行われ、親子連れら約二千人(主催者発表)が参加した。人々は秋空の下、「原発を未来に残すな」「再稼働反対」などと声を上げながら、市街地を力強く行進した。

 住民団体による実行委員会が主催し、今年で三回目。

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 「はだしのゲン」や、チェルノブイリ原発事故を題材に語ることもあるという神田[香織さん、福島県出身で講談師]は「一国の首相が『福島第一原発の汚染水はコントロールされている』とうそをつき、うその話をするはずの講談師が本当のことを言っている」と皮肉り、会場の笑いを誘った。

 いわむら[かずおさん、「14ひきのねずみ」シリーズで知られる益子町在住の絵本作家]は、自然の尊さを訴える自身の作風に引きつけ、「14ひきの一家も原発に反対している」と穏やかな口調で語った。

 その後、参加者たちは、仮装したり、楽器を鳴らしたりしながら、JR宇都宮駅に向かってパレード。高濃度の放射性物質を含む「指定廃棄物」の最終処分場候補地に選ばれた塩谷町からも、多数の住民が参加した。 (大野暢子)

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