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Huge Milestone: Renewables Now Provide More Electricity Than Nuclear Power via EcoWatch

The latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information’s “Electric Power Monthly” (with data through April 30) reveals that—for the first time since the beginning of the nuclear era—renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar—inc. small-scale PV, wind) are now providing a greater share of the nation’s electrical generation than nuclear power.


While renewables and nuclear are each likely to continue to provide roughly one-fifth of the nation’s electricity generation in the near-term, the trend line clearly favors a rapidly expanding market share by renewables. Electrical output by renewables during the first third of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 has increased by 12.1 percent whereas nuclear output has dropped by 2.9 percent. In fact, nuclear capacity has declined over the last four years, a trend which is projected to continue, regardless of planned new reactor startups.

From 2013-16, six reactors permanently ceased operation (Crystal River, Kewaunee, San Onofre-2, San Onofre-3, Vermont Yankee, Fort Calhoun), totaling 4,862 MW of generation capacity. Last year, one new reactor (Watts Bar-2) was connected to the grid (after a 43-year construction period), adding 1,150 MW, for a net decline of 3,712 MW since 2013. Six more reactors are scheduled to close by 2021, totaling 5,234 MW (5.2 percent of nuclear capacity). Two more reactors totaling 2,240 MW are scheduled to close by 2025.


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These workers’ lives are endangered while contractors running nuclear weapons plants make millions via USA Today

A wrong turn of a valve at one of the country’s nuclear weapons laboratories unleashed an explosion that easily could have killed two workers.

The near catastrophe in August 2011 at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque lifted the roof of the building, separated a wall in two places and bent an exterior door 30 feet away. One worker was knocked to the floor; another narrowly missed getting hit with flying debris as a fire erupted. 

As the Department of Energy investigated over the next three years, the same lab — one of 10 nuclear weapons-related sites that contain radioactive materials in addition to the usual hazards found in industrial settings — had two more serious accidents, both blamed on insufficient safety protocols.


This wasn’t a rare outcome. Energy Department documents obtained by the Center for Public Integrity make clear that the nation’s eight nuclear weapons labs and plants and two sites that support them remain dangerous places to work but their corporate managers often face relatively slight penalties after accidents. 

Workers have inhaled radioactive particles that pose lifetime cancer threats. Others received electrical shocks or were burned by acid or in fires. They have been splashed with toxic chemicals and cut by debris from exploding metal drums.


During a yearlong investigation built on a review of thousands of pages of records and interviews with dozens of current and former government officials and contractor employees, the Center for Public Integrity found:

• Private firms running these laboratories and plants each are paid $40,000 to $160,000 a day in profits alone, a total of more than $2 billion in the past 10 years.

But during that period, the Energy Department’s enforcement arm waived or significantly reduced 19 of 21 major fines that officials had said were justified because of safety lapses and other workplace misconduct. All told, they forgave $3.3 million of $7.3 million they said could have been imposed.

► Partial meltdown: California slams feds’ Santa Susana Field Lab cleanup plan
► Medical benefits: Former nuke workers worry about health compensation

• One reason fines are reduced is that federal rules governing Energy Department contractors do not allow the contractors to be fined if their profits were docked for the same infraction.

The department argues that this arrangement is still effective. But a review of payments to 10 contractors over a decade shows they earned on average 86% of their maximum potential profits, even though that decade was marked with persistent safety lapses.


Los Alamos National Laboratory, operated by a consortium of four contractors called Los Alamos National Security LLC, was fined $57 million. The government’s cleanup bill? Around $1.5 billion. 

• The frequency of serious accidents and incidents at these facilities has not diminished — as it has at most other industrial workplaces in America — and may have risen significantly.

The number of violation notices, letters, and consent orders sent to contractors after accidents and mishaps has more than doubled since 2013.


A November 2015 Department of Energy letter cited two incidents: a badly handled 2012 lithium-ion battery fire in Building 905, a 98,000-square-foot facility where explosives, neutron generators and batteries are tested; and the unexpected ignition of a detonator in a worker’s hand at one of its explosive sites in 2013.

► Oak Ridge: 8 workers exposed to radiation during secret project
► Carlsbad: N.M. radiation leak that contaminates 13 workers raises concerns

Together, these incidents encompassed four Severity Level I violations, considered a threat of death or serious injury, and two Severity Level II violations, short of serious injury but affecting an employee’s safety or health. 

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50,000 protesters form 90km human chain to demand closure of aging Belgian nuclear reactors (VIDEO) via RT

Thousands of protestors have formed a 90-kilometer human chain around the border triangle of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands to demand the closure of the two reactors at Belgium’s Tihange and Doel nuclear power stations.

The organizers said that 50,000 people from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands joined the action Sunday.

The human chain originated from the Tihange plant, located in Huy municipality in the Wallon province of Liege in Belgium, going through Maastricht in the Netherlands to end in the German city of Aachen.

The protesters said that they were concerned with the safety of the pressure vessels at the Tihange 2 and Doel 3 reactor near Antwerp.


In mid-June, Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon confirmed that 70 new micro-cracks were discovered in the Tihange 2 high-pressure boiler since the 2015 inspection, which recorded 3,149 imperfections. New damage points were also reportedly found at Doel 3, but the authorities insist that both plants are perfectly safe.

Belgium has prolonged the lifespan of its aged reactors due to 39 percent of the country’s demand in electricity being satisfied by its seven nuclear reactors. Over 6 percent of Belgium’s electricity is generated by the two reactors in question.

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原発閉鎖へ5万人の「鎖」 独蘭ベルギー3国90キロ結ぶ via 福島民報



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Japanese government conveys regret over Moon’s Fukushima nuclear crisis remarks via The Japan Times

The government has expressed regret over recent remarks by South Korean President Moon Jae-in about the March 2011 crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, according to sources.

“The accident in 2011 at the Fukushima nuclear power plant brought the death toll to 1,368 as of March 2016,” Moon said in a speech June 19 in which he announced plans to review South Korea’s nuclear power policy comprehensively based on lessons from the Fukushima accident.

The Japanese government told a counselor at the South Korean Embassy in Tokyo that “the remark is very regrettable as it is not based on a correct understanding of the accident,” informed sources said Monday.

The regret was conveyed Thursday, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.


Also in the speech, delivered at a ceremony to mark the closure of the oldest nuclear reactor in South Korea, Moon said, “Worse yet, it is impossible to even grasp the number of deaths or cancers caused by radioactive contamination.”

In documents released Friday to explain Moon’s remarks, the South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said some Japanese media reported on March 6 last year that 1,368 people had died during protracted life in evacuation.

An interim report on health surveys on Fukushima residents that was compiled in March 2016 by the prefectural government said cases of thyroid cancer that had been detected in the prefecture since the accident are unlikely to have been caused by effects from radiation.

The report also said that external exposure suffered by Fukushima residents are not at levels that pose health hazards.

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東電、原発を社内分社 川村新体制、苦難の船出 via 日本経済新聞









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ターくんと頭ぐるぐる プルトニウム被ばく事故 via 毎日新聞











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実際、福島県が発表していたモニタリングポストの数値を見ると、十万山登山道入り口の空間線量は1.05μSv/h~1.45μSv/hと大きく変動しなかった。そのため、この数値だけを見れば山林火災による影響は小さいように見える。しかし、一方で「大気浮遊じん(ダスト)の測定結果」は浪江町の「やすらぎ荘」で5月11日に3.64mBq/㎥、大熊町の石熊公民館では5月12日に29.06mBq/㎥を計測した( 福島県放射線監視室の発表 )。
放射性微粒子の健康影響については、井戸謙一弁護士も5月24日に開かれた「子ども脱被ばく裁判」の口頭弁論( )で、「土壌に含まれる放射性微粒子が風で再浮遊し、それを空気と一緒に体内に取り込んでしまう」、「約2マイクロメートルの『セシウムボール』に約20億個のセシウム原子が含まれていると考えられている。1個のセシウムボールを取り込むだけで十分にガンの原因となり得る。空間線量だけで被曝リスクを考えるのは間違いで、土壌汚染のリスクを重視するべきだ」などと危険性を陳述している。



◇「大規模な飛散がないとの理由について、同庁は〈1〉延焼区域内や区域外などで空間放射線量に明確な差が見られない〈2〉現場周辺に設置された県の放射線監視装置(モニタリングポスト)の測定でも明確な変動が確認されていない―ことを挙げた。」 放射性物質「大規模な飛散はない」 浪江の山林火災で林野庁 via 福島民友

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Tulane: $2 Million Gift; Energy Law Expert to New Orleans via AP

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane University says a $2 million gift is bringing a European energy law scholar to New Orleans, where he will become founding director of a new Tulane Center for Energy Law and be the first to hold the James McCulloch Chair in Energy Law.

Law school Dean David Meyer says in a statement that Kim Tallus and Sirja-Leena Penttinen will be coming in January, and Penttinen will be the new center’s assistant director.

“Energy law and policy is inherently and increasingly international and has never been more important,” Meyer said. “Tulane Law School is uniquely positioned to lead in this area, given its location in the heart of America’s energy corridor and its long leadership in the closely allied fields of environmental, international, and maritime law.”

Tallus is professor of energy law at both the University of Helsinki and the University of Eastern Finland. He is a founding co-director of the University of Eastern Finland’s Center for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law, where Penttinen also has played an important role, Tulane’s news release said.




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The Trash Incinerator Industry Is Trying To Tank A Massive Renewable-Energy Effort via Huffington Post

Advocates for the trash-incineration industry are trying to sink an effort to get nearly 1,500 cities behind 100 percent renewable energy, according to an email obtained by HuffPost.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors, the largest nonpartisan coalition of city executives in the country, is set to vote Monday on a proposal to make converting to zero-emissions energy a top priority, laying out a policy framework for making the shift. If approved, the resolution would be the broadest rejection yet of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate deal to reduce planet-warming emissions. But first, the motion must clear the organization’s energy committee.

On Friday, the Energy Recovery Council ― a trade group representing companies that operate most of the country’s 77 power plants that burn solid waste ― asked its members to send letters to the committee’s 13 members and urge them to block the motion because it doesn’t include burning garbage as a source of renewable energy.


Electricity from trash incineration makes up only a tiny fraction of the U.S. output. In 2015, waste-to-energy plants produced roughly 14 billion kilowatt-hours burning about 29 million tons of garbage, according to data from the Energy Information Association. By contrast, renewable energy from sources such as hydropower, wind and solar made up nearly 15 percent of the 4.08 trillion kilowatt-hours generated last year.

At the same time, incinerators do help reduce the waste pileup. In 2014, incinerators diverted 13 percent of the nation’s 258 million tons of solid waste from landfills.

Still, incinerators are by far the most expensive source of electricity, with a projected capital cost of $8,232 per kilowatt-hour for new waste incinerator facilities, according to the EIA’s 2010 annual energy outlook report. In 2011, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, became the largest U.S. city to declare bankruptcy amid the skyrocketing cost of operating an aging incineration facility.

Detroit taxpayers have spent over $1.2 billion on debt payments from the construction and upgrading of the world’s largest trash incinerator, according to the nonprofit Zero Waste Detroit. As a result, residents have had to pay high trash disposal fees of over $150 per ton. The city could have saved over $55 million in just one year if it had never built the incinerator. Last year, amid mounting odor violations, an environmental group sued the plant.

Waste-to-energy plants have a huge environmental impact. In 2004, New York state denied incinerator facilities entry to the state’s renewable energy standard because mercury-emission measurements from such facilities four years earlier were on average six times higher than coal, according to a 2011 article in Scientific American.


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