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Fitch: Hazy Outlook for U.S. Nuclear Power via ECT.Coop

The math is simple—the U.S. nuclear power fleet is poised to retire more plants than build new ones.


A New Jersey plant owned by Exelon is scheduled to close by the end of the decade, with approximately eight additional merchant units totaling 6.3 gigawatts also at risk of early retirement, the rating service added.

By comparison, only five units are under construction, while 73 of the 99 units in operation already are operating beyond their original 40-year operating licenses, thanks to new 20-year permits, Fitch said.

Those are among the reasons that the Energy Information Administration has forecast a drop-off of 10,800 megawatts in the nation’s nuclear electric generation by 2020.

“In our view this number could grow if more plant operators find upgrades and local political pressure too costly to continue operations,” Fitch said.

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原発停止基準策定へ=火山噴火、専門家提言受け-規制委 via 時事ドットコム



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原発問題や復興 木村・遠藤両氏が熱く対談 via 愛媛ニュース



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福島の主婦から原発避難の体験聞く 東海村議会原特委  via 東京新聞

 鈴木議長は「貴重な意見で、審議に反映させる」と述べた。 (山下葉月)


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Third US Navy sailor dies after being exposed to Fukushima radiation via Natural News

At least three of the U.S. Navy sailors exposed to radiation from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan have now died from mysterious illnesses, according to Charles Bonner, an attorney representing approximately 250 of the sailors in a class action lawsuit against companies involved in running the Fukushima plant.

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At this time, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) was still publicly insisting that nothing untoward had happened. Based in part on these assurances, the USS Ronald Reagan did not change its location for two days.

In the four years since then, at least 500 sailors have become ill, many with still-unexplained health problems: muscle wasting, cancer, internal bleeding, thyroid dysfunction, abscesses, and birth defects in their children.

The class action lawsuit seeks damages from TEPCO along with other Fukushima builders and operators Toshiba, Hitachi, Ebasco and General Electric. Among its allegations are that TEPCO deliberately concealed the fact that the plant was in full meltdown, thereby prolonging the sailors’ exposure to dangerous radiation.

Sociologist Kyle Cleveland of the Japan campus of Temple University has investigated the government’s claims about the case through Freedom of Information Act requests.

“I was very surprised to see that there is a big difference within the United States government as they were trying to determine just how bad this was,” Cleveland said.

The documents reveal that at a time when the Japanese government was recommending only a 30-kilometer exclusion zone around the plant, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission was recommending an exclusion zone of 50 miles (80 kilometers). In contrast, the U.S. Navy Pacific Command was recommending an exclusion zone of 200 miles, which is more than 300 kilometers.

The Navy’s recommendations were based on the fact that the USS Ronald Reagan had detected the radioactive plume from Fukushima at a distance of 132 miles from the plant with readings at 30 times higher than the background radiation level. These readings indicated that a “protective action guideline” level of radiation exposure would be exceeded within ten hours.

At the same time, the George Washington aircraft carrier was stationed at a naval base 163 miles from Fukushima. It, too, detected dangerous levels of radiation.

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Nuclear Waste Taints St. Louis Suburb via The Wall Street Journal

Radioactive contamination has been discovered at three residential properties in the St. Louis area, adding fuel to a long-running controversy about how much damage was done to the environment and possibly people’s health by nuclear-weapons work performed there decades ago.


The contamination, primarily radioactive thorium, was 6 inches or more below ground in yards and isn’t considered an imminent threat, according to a Corps spokesman, who said the agency plans to remove it. The Corps is continuing to take samples in the area, including at other home sites. “We have a long way to go,” said the spokesman, Michael Petersen.

For years, the Corps has been cleaning up largely industrial and commercial sections in the St. Louis area that were contaminated as part of the weapons-program work that began during World War II. The national legacy of radioactive and chemical contamination from the atomic-weapons program, including its impact on St. Louis, was examined in a 2013 Wall Street Journal series.

The contaminated residential properties are near Coldwater Creek, which, which has been at the center of ongoing tensions over the past few years runs through suburban areas northwest of downtown St. Louis and passes an area formerly used to store weapons-program waste.

Federal officials have long acknowledged contamination got into the creek, which feeds into the Missouri River, and included it in their cleanup work. How far the taint was carried has remained a question.

Current and former residents of nearby areas have argued that contamination from the creek had spread into their neighborhoods during periods of flooding and they have pushed for extensive sampling of houses and yards. They also contend residents have suffered from an unusually large number of cancer cases and other maladies possibly linked to radioactive contamination.

The Corps’ latest discovery confirms there is reason for concern, said Jenell Wright, a citizens’ group leader. “We have proof from the federal government that thorium is in people’s backyards.”

The thorium is a leftover from uranium-processing work done for the weapons program. The contamination likely was deposited by flooding from the creek, said Mr. Petersen, the Corps spokesman.

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「国はなぜ原発事故資産を隠したか」を見た via BLOGOS





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原発再稼働、大人が学ぶ姿を子どもに見せたい via The Huffington Post



当初から、避難者の方の支援にあたっていた世田谷区の女性たちが中心となって、福島県在住の子どもたちを春休みを使って一時受けいれをしたいという企画が持ち上がりました。最初は数人の呼びかけでしたが反響の輪が広がり、「ふくしまっ子リフレッシュin世田谷」という企画が生まれ、「福島の子どもたちとともに 世田谷の会」が誕生し、世田谷区と世田谷区教育委員会も共催することになりました。社会福祉協議会、世田谷ボランティア協会も共催しています。

1回目は2012年の春休みでした。親子60人を往復のバスで送迎し、区立の宿泊施設を利用して、内外のプログラムを組みます。それから、2015年の夏までに11回が実施され、参加者の総計は800人を超えています。運営に携わるのは約30人の区民で、毎回多くの学生ボランティアも参加し、総勢100名前後で迎えています。4~5日という短い期間ではあるけれど、「冒険遊び場 プレーパーク訪問」等のプログラムを楽しみ、また膝をまじえて「2011年3月」をふりかえる機会もあります。こうした事業を推進しているのは、区民のボランティアであり、継続しているのも熱意です。









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Tepco bid to restart Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant stymied by governor via The Japan Times

Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s road back to becoming a nuclear power utility remains uncertain amid staunch local opposition to restarting the facility at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa in Niigata Prefecture.

The plant is the world’s biggest nuclear power facility.

Niigata Gov. Hirohiko Izumida said after meeting regulators on Monday that the time isn’t right to consider whether the utility can restart the facility. While not enshrined in law, local government approval is traditionally sought by utilities before they bring atomic plants online.

The role of local government officials has become even more critical to the future of nuclear power in Japan since the Fukushima disaster in March 2011 bolstered opposition to the industry nationwide.

Izumida on Monday repeated his stance that a full probe is still needed into what went wrong at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, which was also operated by Tepco.

“It’s too early to discuss the restart of Kashiwazaki-Kariwa,” Izumida told reporters in Tokyo. “The restart is not even at the stage of discussion because review of the Fukushima accident is needed.”


Izumida, a vocal critic of Tepco, has chastised the company for putting profit ahead of safety and has called repeatedly for questions about the Fukushima disaster to be answered before he agrees to approve the restart of Kashiwazaki-Kariwa.

He met with Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) Chairman Shunichi Tanaka on Monday to demand the watchdog reinstate the use of an emergency response system known as SPEEDI.

The governor wants SPEEDI, used to predict the spread of radiation, to be part of local government planning for evacuations in case of accidents.

Tanaka repeated the NRA’s opposition. The NRA stopped using SPEEDI in October 2014, ruling that its predictions did not adequately eliminate exposure risk.

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「亡国記」を書いた 北野慶(きたの・けい)さん via 北海道新聞





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