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Settlement reached to clean up uranium mines via The Albuquerque Journal

FARMINGTON — A settlement for more than $600 million has been reached between the United States, the Navajo Nation and two subsidiaries of Freeport-McMoRan Inc. to address the cleanup of 94 abandoned uranium mines.


“It will allow all parties to cooperatively address an environmental issue that has long been an important concern to the Navajo people and, furthermore, will provide job opportunities for members of the Navajo Nation for environmental investigation and remediation work at 94 former uranium mine sites,” Kinneberg said.


The EPA release states that under the settlement, Cyrus Amax and Western Nuclear, both Freeport-McMoRan subsidiaries, have agreed to perform removal site evaluations, engineering evaluations and cost analyses.

In return, the U.S. has agreed to place $335 million into a trust account to help fund the cleanup.

The EPA will collaborate with the tribe’s environmental agency to oversee the work, the release states.



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<東北電>計画撤回の原発用地 町に無償譲渡 via 河北新報





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横浜・原発避難いじめ 認定困難発言に抗議 via 毎日新聞





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県職員本給賠償対象の3千万円和解案提示 紛争解決センター via 産経ニュース





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Power supply failure occurred at Armenian Nuclear Power Plant due to icing via Tass

EREVAN, January 22. /TASS/. Failure occurred on Saturday night at high voltage power transmission lines (PTL) connecting the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) with the national energy system, the government of Armenia told TASS. The failure entailing partial reduction of plant load was caused by power lines icing during lengthy frost.

The fault was identified and cured and power supply was restored, the government said. “Such situation is caused by ice accumulations on wires in freezing weather that is present in Armenia during several weeks already,” Sardaryan said. “The NPP is currently functioning with full load and power is supplied in full scope,” she added.

The Armenian Nuclear Power Plant commissioned in 1979 is providing about a third of all electric power generated in Armenia.

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福島大が第1原発視察事業 新年度から学生対象、廃炉へ人材育成 via 福島民友




放射性物質の分析など廃炉に直接関わる技術者に加え、間接的に廃炉を支える人材である「廃炉支援者」を育てるのが狙いだ。そのためにはできる限り多くの学生が第1原発の現状を理解することが必要と判断した 。





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Nuclear Regulatory Crusader via Union of Concerned Scientists

To many, the acronym NRC stands for Nuclear Regulatory Commission. At times, NRC has been said to stand for Nobody Really Cares, Nuclear Rubberstamp Committee, and Nielsen Ratings Commission.

In regard to Larry Criscione, it may stand for Nuclear Regulatory Crusader.


Flooding Risk at Oconee

In June 2010—nine months before Fukushima—the NRC issued a Confirmatory Action Letter to the owner of the Oconee nuclear plant in South Carolina requiring more than a dozen measures be taken. The measures were intended to lessen the chances that the Jocassee Dam fails and to increase the chances that the three operating reactors at Oconee survive should the dam fail anyway.

An evaluation showed that if the dam—located about 21 miles upriver from Oconee—failed, the site would be inundated with about 12.5 to 16.8 feet of flood water. The site was protected by a flood wall about seven feet tall, so it mattered little whether the actual depth was 12.5, 13, 14, 15, or 16.8 feet.

The NRC estimated that if the dam failed and flooded the site, there was a 100 percent chance that all three reactors would meltdown.


Larry’s letter was obtained by a reporter and featured in a Huffington Post article dated October 19, 2012.

As Larry had requested, the NRC’s OIG investigated handling of documents about flooding hazards. But rather than investigate whether NRC had improperly withheld information as he contended, OIG investigated whether Larry had improperly released information. As detailed in our 2015 report on the NRC and nuclear power safety, OIG made Larry an offer—he could voluntarily resign from the NRC or they would turn over his case to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for prosecution.

Larry did not resign.

OIG did refer the case to DOJ.

DOJ did not prosecute.

Through FOIA, UCS obtained DOJ’s response to NRC declining to prosecute Criscione. Under the Primary Reasons for Declination section, DOJ checked one box—No Federal Offense Committed.

Fortunately for Larry, not breaking the law is not yet against the law.

Thanks to Larry’s selfless efforts, the flooding hazards at Oconee have been made public. Larry had been right about the NRC inappropriately withholding information from the public. When lawyers and investigators were all through, the information he sought to have publicly released was publicly released. The NRC lacked legal grounds to continue hiding it.

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原発・治安に不安の声 福島・富岡町、避難解除で説明会 via 日本経済新聞




続きは原発・治安に不安の声 福島・富岡町、避難解除で説明会


  • 4月1日避難解除に『賛否両論』 いわきで富岡町住民説明会 via 福島民友




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Safety fears over EDF bid to permit doubling of nuclear reactor cracks via The Herald

THE nuclear industry is secretly bidding to relax safety standards to allow the doubling of the number of cracks in the radioactive cores of Scotland’s ageing reactors

EDF Energy is asking for the safety rules to be rewritten so that it can keep running its nuclear power stations at Hunterston in North Ayrshire and Torness in East Lothian until they are at least 47 and 42 years old. They were originally designed to last 30 years.

Prolonged radiation bombardment causes the thousands of graphite bricks that make up reactor cores to crack, threatening a safe shutdown. But EDF is asking the UK government’s watchdog, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), to permit an increase in the proportion of cracked bricks from 10 to 20 per cent.


EDF’s bid to relax safety standards at Hunterston and Torness is highlighted in a new report today for the Scottish Greens. It concludes that the risks from graphite cracking are serious and argues that an international convention demands that environmental risks must be assessed, alternative energy sources considered and the public consulted.


“The Scottish Government should ask itself if it really wants ageing reactors to continue operating and producing nuclear waste for up to another thirteen years – gambling with public safety – when we know that there are plenty of ways to provide alternative sources of energy.”

Scottish Green MSP for West of Scotland, Ross Greer, warned that communities would be concerned about proposals to allow more cracking. “The lack of public consultation is just unacceptable,” he told the Sunday Herald.

“If we did this properly, the public would reject an ageing, cracking, safety hazard. The Scottish Government’s relaxed position on nuclear needs challenged. We simply don’t need to sweat these plants and add to our toxic legacy.”

John Large, a consulting nuclear engineer, pointed out that the integrity of the graphite bricks was vital to nuclear safety. If they failed, they could block channels that enable control rods to be inserted to close down reactors and prevent them from overheating.

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