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Kansai Electric seeks to operate aging reactor beyond 40-year limit via Japan Today

Kansai Electric Power Co has applied to the nuclear regulatory body for permission to operate a reactor in western Japan beyond the government-mandated 40-year service period.

The power company asked the Nuclear Regulation Authority for approval to continue to run a unit built in 1976 at its Mihama plant in Fukui Prefecture.

“Nuclear power is very important to ensure stable power supply. We would like to continue to use it,” Kansai Electric President Makoto Yagi said at a press conference Thursday after the company lodged the application.

A regulation brought in after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster prohibits in principle the operation of nuclear reactors for more than 40 years. But they may be allowed to continue operating for up to 20 more years if they can obtain safety clearances from the nuclear regulation watchdog.


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福島高生の論文、英科学誌に掲載 外部被ばく量「県内と他地域ほぼ同じ」via 福島民報

■風評払拭の一助に スーパーサイエンス部物理放射線班


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Russia plans to build radioactive waste storage on Arctic islands of Novaya Zemlya via Tass

Until 1992, the waters off the coast of the archipelago of Novaya Zemlya had been the main area for sinking solid radioactive waste from the Soviet nuclear vessels based in the North

ARKHANGELSK, November 25. /TASS/. Russia’s Rosatom state nuclear corporation intends to build a low-and medium-level radioactive waste disposal facility in the area of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago. Rosatom’s relevant request is to be considered on Wednesday by deputies of the Arkhangelsk regional assembly.


According to experts, about 50 tonnes of radioactive waste from the operation of nuclear-powered submarines in Severodvinsk have been accumulated in the Arkhangelsk region. The construction of a waste disposal facility on Novaya Zemlya would attract additional investment to the region and create new jobs.

Until 1992, the sea off the coast of the Arctic archipelago of Novaya Zemlya had been the main area for sinking solid radioactive waste from the Soviet military and civilian nuclear vessels based in the North. A total of about 17,000 containers with solid radioactive waste, as well as 16 nuclear reactors from submarines and icebreakers were sunk in the Arctic. In 1982, the K-27 emergency nuclear submarine with unloaded reactor was sunk in Stepovoi Bay.

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ロシア、日本の原発近代化に助力を申し出る via Sputnik news

国営企業「ロスアトム」は未来の世界の原子力 と目される高速増殖炉原発の分野で日本との協力を発展させる用意がある。リア・ノーヴォスチが伝えた。これは東京で26-27日開催の「バックエンド部門 におけるロシアの核技術」セミナーで同社のキリル・コマロフ副社長が記者らに語ったことだ。このセミナーではロシア側はロシア企業および学者らの原子力部 門における最新の達成を紹介した。セミナーには同社の代表団30人と日本の原子力専門家100人が参加した。



ロシア側からは国営企業ロスアトム代表らや、様々な方面の技術的専門家数十人が参加し、プロの言語で日本の同僚らと話、ロシアに何 があるかを紹介し、我々の経験を交換した。セミナーの最大の成果は、今日日本の専門家らがこれほど集約的かつ組織的な形でいまロスアトムならびにロシアに ある可能性、福島第一原発原発事故処理にも近代化を受けない原子炉の解体にも適用可能な可能性の分析を取得できたことだ」

日本には全部で57機の原発があり、その平均「年齢」は25年である。今日、日本で完全稼動を行っているのは川内原発のみで、5機がさらなる稼動の ために検査中である。21原発が再稼動に向けて用意を進めており、検査が進行している。18原発についてはなお決定がとられていない。今年4月、5機が永 久に停止されることが発表された。東海原発1号機、浜岡原発1・2号機、ふげんの4原発ではすでに稼動廃止に関する作業が開始されている。


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Nuclear Reactors Make ISIS an Apocalyptic Threat via Reader Supported News

By Harvey Wasserman

s you read this, a terror attack has put atomic reactors in Ukraine at the brink of another Chernobyl-scale apocalypse.

Transmission lines have been blown up. Power to at least two major nuclear power stations has been “dangerously” cut. Without emergency backup, those nukes could lose coolant to their radioactive cores and spent fuel pools. They could then melt or explode, as at Fukushima.

Yet amidst endless “all-fear-all-the-time” reporting on ISIS, the corporate media has remained shockingly silent on this potential catastrophe.
Despite ISIS’s bloody warning in Paris, all commercial reactors are still at risk.

They are crumbling on their own. The shield building at Ohio’s Davis-Besse is literally disintegrating.

Diablo Canyon is surrounded by a dozen California fault lines.

Fort Calhoun in Nebraska has been flooded.

Earthquakes have damaged Ohio’s Perry and North Anna, in Virginia.

And official reports on the 9/11 attacks on New York’s World Trade Center confirm that Al Quaeda also considered targeting atomic reactors.

Had they hit Indian Point, 45 miles north of the twin towers, millions of Americans would now be dead. Trillions in property damage would have decimated the nation’s economy. Billions of acres would be contaminated, along with countless lakes, rivers and much of the Atlantic Ocean.

The screaming heads at CNN, Fox et. al. say this kind of Apocalyptic event is exactly what ISIS seeks. But they avoid the obvious connection to the world’s increasingly fragile reactors.

In Ukraine, Deputy Director Yuri Katchich of the Ukrenergo power company said the “emergency unloading” at the South Ukrainian and Zaporozhskaya nuclear sites forced by terror attacks on far-away power lines is “very dangerous.” We can only imagine the damage direct attacks on the reactors themselves might have done.


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東電福島原発、完成直後の「遮水壁」が傾いた 五輪公約「アンダーコントロール」の実態 via J-CASTニュース










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EU to exempt some Fukushima foods from radiation checks via The Japan Times

BRUSSELS – The European Union has decided to stop requiring radiation screening for some food products imported from Fukushima Prefecture, informed sources have said.

It will be the first time for the EU to exclude foods items from Fukushima from its mandatory check list since the regulation was introduced after the nuclear disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in March 2011.

Specifically, the EU plans to exempt such items as vegetables, fruits other than persimmons and livestock products from the checks, the sources said Wednesday.

The EU will also stop requiring screening certificates for all items currently bound by the rule that are imported from Aomori and Saitama prefectures. Additionally, rice and some other foods produced in other prefectures will be removed from the list, while a handful of edible wild plants will be added.

Japan hopes that the EU’s easing of restrictions will help solidify the notion that there is no scientific basis for maintaining the regulations, sources familiar with the matter said.

South Korea bans imports of certain fishery products from Japan. Taiwan has strengthened its import regulations.

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Russia offers to help Japan shut down Fukushima reactors via RT

“A new sphere of cooperation with Japan is emerging for us. We want to help our Japanese colleagues in liquidating the Fukushima meltdown consequences,” said the deputy head of Rosatom Kirill Komarov.

The cooperation could involve Russia shutting down other nuclear power plants Japan won’t use in the future.

“We are glad to offer Rosatom services, including our German subsidiary Nukem Technologies,” Komarov said adding that negotiations are in progress.
Earlier on Thursday Russian media reported that Japan was planning to ask for Russian help in shutting down Fukushima.

The Fukushima disaster is considered the second worst nuclear accident after Chernobyl.

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Trace levels of radioactive cesium-137 from Fukushima now detected in Florida citrus fruits via Natural News

(NaturalNews) Radioactive cesium from the 2011 Fukushima disaster is still being detected in citrus and other plants as far away as Florida, according to a report sent to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

In March 2011, multiple nuclear meltdowns took place at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan. The explosions ejected massive amounts of radioactive material into the environment, most notably radioactive cesium isotopes. In the weeks after the disaster, winds carried airborne radionuclides to every corner of the globe. Most of the radioactivity, however, settled into the Pacific Ocean.

Levels consistent since 2011
The report is Duke Energy Florida’s Annual Radiological Environmental Operating Report to U.S. NRC, dated May 5. It notes that immediately following the Fukushima disaster, radioactive iodine and cesium from the plant were detected in Florida vegetation.

“The Japanese event also affected broad leaf vegetation sample media throughout the year as long-lived radionuclides (Cs-137) were released at Fukushima multiple times,” the report reads.

“The vegetation measurements in 2014 are still affected by the Fukushima event due to the long-lived radionuclides deposited. The vegetation control sample station located in Orlando, Fl. is also experiencing similar Cs-137 deposition on the broad leaf sample media.”

According to the report, levels of Cs-137 have remained relatively constant in the samples tested over the past four years. This is to be expected, because that radionuclide has an incredibly long half-life.

In 2012, 13 of 24 samples taken tested positive for Cs-137, up to 172 pCi/kg (a picocurie is a unit of radiation; approximately 27 pCi is equivalent to one Bequerel [Bq], a common unit of radioactivity). Samples taken in Orlando tested at levels up to 201 pCi/kg.

In 2013, 15 of 24 samples tested positive for Cs-137, up to 147 pCi/kg, and the Orlando samples tested up to 258 pCi/kg. The most recent tests, in 2014, found Cs-137 in 16 of 24 samples, at levels up to 159 pCi/kg.

The report specifically notes that the 2014 tests also found Cs-137 in grapefruits at concentrations of 4 pCi/kg.

“It is not unusual to periodically see Cs-137 in citrus samples due to widespread deposition of Cs-137 from fallout due to past weapons testing and more recent from the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami event,” the report reads.

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2号機上部、全面解体へ=燃料取り出し、放射能放出増-福島第1 via 時事ドットコム







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