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Oct. 28, 2017: Atomic Age IV Symposium

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2.2B gallons of groundwater treated at Hanford plants this year via Tri-City Herald

Hanford workers cleaned 145,000 pounds of contaminants from the groundwater beneath the nuclear reservation during the past 12 months, the Department of Energy said Thursday.

The contaminants came from 2.2 billion gallons of groundwater — an amount that would fill enough water trucks lined bumper-to-bumper to stretch from Los Angeles to New York.

The contaminated groundwater was pumped out of the ground and treated at six Hanford plants, with cleaned water reinjected into the ground.

The plants include five along the Columbia River that remove hexavalent chromium. The chemical can cause cancer in humans and is particularly poisonous to young salmon, even in small amounts that meet drinking water standards.


The sixth treatment plant, which is in central Hanford, is larger and more sophisticated. It can remove multiple contaminants from groundwater, including radioactive carbon tetrachloride and uranium.

An expansion of the plant allowed it to remove uranium from contaminated water throughout fiscal 2017.

Because there is a smaller mass of uranium in the groundwater than other contaminants, such as nitrates, contractor CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co., treated more water than in fiscal 2016, but removed less contamination by weight.


With half of Hanford’s plants at least five years old, including the central Hanford 200 West Pump and Treat facility, major maintenance has been required to keep them running efficiently.

Some of the groundwater treatment plants along the river had new pumps installed during the past year, increasing treatment capacity at those plants by up to 300 gallons per minute.

Since treatment plants began operating in the mid-’90s, almost 18 billion gallons of contaminated groundwater has been cleaned and returned to the ground, according to DOE.

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東電労組、託児所復活に協力 所有ビルを提供 via 東京新聞





<東電の経営合理化> 東京電力は福島第一原発事故への対応や電気料金値上げに伴い、コスト削減を求められてきた。従業員の給与カットや希望退職による人員減、福利厚生制度の廃止、社宅をはじめとする不動産や東電病院の売却、グループ企業の統合などを実施した。原発事故の賠償や廃炉の費用に充てる年5000億円規模の資金を確保するため、さらなる取り組みが必要となる。



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Atoms in the Alley Festival celebrates Aiken’s nuclear history via Aiken Standard

Nuclear Science week wrapped up Saturday with the Atoms in The Alley festival in Downtown Aiken.

The festival kicked off with a ribbon cutting for the fallout shelter kiosk, introducing the public to the fallout shelter as well as the exhibit that will open in the Savannah River Site Museum and Heritage Foundation.

“The fallout shelter was built in 1960 by the federal government as a demonstration of what a fallout shelter should look like,” said Walt Joseph, Executive Director of the SRS Heritage Foundation. “It was a model for any number of fallout shelters around Aiken.”


Albenesius also pointed out the historical significance of locations like the fallout shelter.

“It’s really an understanding of the Cold War and the whole idea of mutually assured destruction,” said Albenesius. “They were poised to obliterate not just each other but maybe the planet.”

According to Albenesius, Aiken would certainly be a different place without SRS and understanding the history behind where Aiken came from is important.

“Aiken is the community it is today in part because of its nuclear background,” said Joseph. “The Savannah River Site was the largest single event in Aiken’s history and has continued to exert a large influence. It’s also a future employer that will keep Aiken viable for strong for a long, long time.”

The Savannah River National Laboratory has produced a virtual tour of the fallout shelter which will be on display at the SRS museum. City officials, museum staff and children all took turns using the virtual reality headset to experience what it would be in the fallout shelter; they were even able to pick up objects and otherwise interact with the environment using two handheld sensors that acted as the user’s hands.


“This is great for the community,” Laurence said about Atoms in The Alley. “It gets people out, informs them and lets them have a little fun at the same time. This is great for everyone.”

Students from local schools also visited the festival. Eleventh-graders Trinity Kirby and Corianna Durham, from Midland Valley High School, stopped by each vendor, writing a summary about what they saw and who they spoke with.

“I feel like it’s really important because we get to learn about all of the resources in the area and how to handle them,” said Kirby as the pair stood before a table featuring animals like a box turtle, a corn snake and an eastern king snake.

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South Korea’s president says will continue phasing out nuclear power via Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday the government will continue to phase out nuclear-generated electricity, following a public opinion survey that dealt a blow to his plans to do so.

“We will completely stop all plans for the construction of new nuclear reactors like the government previously stated,” Moon said in a statement distributed to reporters by his office.

“The government will also step up usage of natural gas and renewables in order to maintain its stance of phasing out nuclear-generated power.”

Moon’s statement came after a public opinion survey on Friday found a majority of almost 60 percent in favor of resuming the stalled construction of two reactors.


Completing the two reactors could mean a reversal of a strategy to slowly reduce nuclear energy’s share of the power mix, and also significantly eat into the liquefied natural gas (LNG) demand of the world’s second-largest consumer of the fuel.

With the two reactors set to be completed in October 2021 and October 2022, according to state-run nuclear operator Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, Moon said safety standards for nuclear plants would be ramped up.

Moon also reiterated his plan to shut down the Wolsong No. 1 nuclear reactor, the nation’s second-oldest, once the government confirms stability in energy supplies.

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韓国大統領、原発2基の建設再開を表明 原発解体研究所の設立も公表 via 日本経済新聞





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「福島は危ない」にどう応じればいいのか 回答には「1冊の本」が必要だった via President Online

「福島は危ないのか」。そう聞かれたとき、どう答えるのか。毎日新聞記者として被災地を取材し、現在はBuzzFeed JAPANで記者を務める石戸諭さんは、この問いへの答えを探して、初の著書『リスクと生きる、死者と生きる』(亜紀書房)を出版しました。なぜ一冊の本が必要だったのか。書籍の担当編集者が、改めてその意図を聞きました――。













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Japan waters down text of annual anti-nuclear resolution to imply acceptable use of nukes via The Japan Times


A draft resolution recently proposed by the Abe government to the United Nations General Assembly was dramatically watered down under diplomatic pressure from the United States, government sources have revealed.


Japan’s annual diplomatic effort to demonstrate its anti-nuclear credentials and create momentum for disarmament has run into a major obstacle in the form of its most important ally, as well as an atmosphere of division between states possessing atomic weapons and those without them.

A draft resolution recently proposed by the Abe government to the United Nations General Assembly was dramatically watered down under diplomatic pressure from the United States, government sources have revealed.

Japan, the only nation to have been attacked with atomic weapons, saw the U.S. destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki with two atomic bombs 72 years ago. it has proposed a series of draft resolutions on nuclear disarmament to the General Assembly since 1994.

Last year, its proposed resolution was adopted at the assembly’s plenary session with support from 167 nations, including the United States, while China, North Korea, Russia and Syria opposed and 16 other nations abstained.

In the middle of October, Japan submitted a resolution titled “United action with renewed determination toward the total elimination of nuclear weapons.”

Close examination of the text has found a few major changes from past resolutions.

Since 2010, Japan has drafted annual resolutions that include the same common sentence, which emphasizes “deep concern at the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons.”

The phrase, “the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons,” has been a keyword used by international movements pursuing a denuclearized world in recent years.

In July, this anti-nuclear campaign culminated in the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations — the first international law that prohibits state parties from developing, testing, possessing and using nuclear weapons in any manner, including “threat of use.”

In the most recently proposed resolution, the government deleted the word “any” from the frequently used phrase, rendering it as “deep concern at the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons use.”

It seems a minor rhetorical change, but the deletion of “any” has raised concerns and sparked severe criticism from nuclear disarmament specialists in Japan.

“The omission of the word ‘any’ implies there could be a case of nuclear weapon use that would not cause inhumane consequences and therefore this type of use might be permitted,” professor Tatsujiro Suzuki, director of the Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition at Nagasaki University, pointed out.


“The Japanese draft resolution looks like one proposed by the United States or any other nuclear weapon states,” said Akira Kawasaki, an International Steering Group member of ICAN, or the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

ICAN will receive the Nobel Peace Prize at the end of this year in Oslo for its worldwide grass-roots campaign for the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

During a recent interview, Kawasaki said “the deletion of ‘any’ is so problematic” that several nations which have supported Japan’s annual resolutions in the past may not become a cosponsor of the resolution this year.

That wold pose a serious setback for Japan, which has taken a leading position in the international disarmament based on its strong credentials.

Governmental sources suggested that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump opposes including the word “any” in the draft resolution, and that Japan made the concession to get Washington’s support for the document.


Another conspicuous change in the latest Japanese resolution is that it urges only North Korea to sign and ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty without delay, rather than the eight nations it named for the previous resolutions.

Japan is a key advocate of accelerating the CTBT, which requires ratification by eight nations including North Korea, China and the United States. The U.S. Republican Party is widely known as a strong opponent of CTBT.



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原発周辺地域でごみ拾い 福島「きれいな町に」via 産経フォト





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