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US Replacing Old Nuclear Weapon Elements With New Ones via Sputnik

German Ambassador to Russia Rudiger von Fritsch said that Washington plans to replace components on existing nuclear weapons in Germany.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The United States is replacing old components on existing nuclear weapons in Germany and not deploying new arms, German Ambassador to Russia Rudiger von Fritsch said Monday.

Last week, German media claimed that Washington was planning to deploy its new guided nuclear bombs in Germany at the Buchel air force base this fall.

“There’s nothing new here, there is no new quality or expansion, we’re talking about the fact that components have been replaced where the service dates have expired. This serves the goals of upholding safety by supporting these weapons in a safe condition and I think that’s in everyone’s interests,” von Fritsch said at a press conference.The Russian Foreign Ministry warned that if Washington was to station new nuclear weapons in Germany, it would constitute a violation of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT).

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Nuclear Disaster Assessment and Recovery Summit: Lessons to be Learned from Chernobyl and Fukushima

October 30-31, 2015, Washington, D.C.
ICC Auditorium, School of Foreign Service (
Organizing committee members: Tomoko Y. Steen, GUMC; Heather Meeks DTRA; Astrid Lewis, US Department of State; Richard Love, NDU/DoD; Richard Calderone, GUMC; Evagelia Laiakis, GU

The 1986 Chernobyl and the 2011 Fukushima accidents provoked world-wide concern about the ability of current incident response programs to adequately protect the public and the environment in the event of a nuclear disaster. Limited knowledge of nuclear physics and engineering within the general populace as well as fears about possible health effects resulting from radiation exposure spurred widespread panic among impacted and potentially impacted populations, whether proximal to or far-removed from reactor sites. Lack of centralized communication among experts was a probable driver of the rampant spread of misinformation that followed the accidents.
The Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters measured Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES) according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), but most members of public are unlikely to understand the meaning of such a measure or its implications. Moreover, nearly thirty years of collective evaluation for Chernobyl have provided only limited context. We still do not fully understand the nature and extent of the accidents or the probable long-term consequences, nor are we certain what actions we should take to prepare for future such disasters.

Statement of Purpose
The Nuclear Disaster Security Summit proposes to address the following:
• Preventing nuclear accidents
• Preparing for and securing nuclear facilities in the event of catastrophic natural disasters
• Assisting survivors in impacted areas for short and long-term periods
• Addressing near-term environmental consequences
• Developing measures to facilitate environmental and economic recovery
• Implementing standardized policies for disaster preparedness and recovery
The primary objective of the Nuclear Security Summit and Workshop is to bring policy leaders, emergency preparedness and response planners, economists, scientists, and engineers together to foster interdisciplinary and multi-national discussions on nuclear physics and engineering, biology, policy, security, and health care issues associated with nuclear disasters. The Summit will instigate discussions among a diverse group of experts using the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear accidents as unique case studies, with the end goal of establishing a community of experts. Summit planners and sponsors are seeking concrete outcomes and engagements that may lead to pursuit of public-private partnerships, academic think-tank studies, scientist-scientist collaborations, and other activities necessary for sustaining dialogue within the nuclear disaster community.

See here for program schedule.

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Cs-134/137 measured from Tokyo tap-water via Fukushima Diary

According to MHLH (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare), Cs-134/137 has been detected from tap-water of Tokyo since October of 2014. The data is from October 2014 to March 2015. The newer result hasn’t been announced yet.

The sample was collected from the tap of Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Public Health in Shinjuku.


The analysis was implemented by NRA (Nuclear Regulation Authority).

All the other analyses were carried out by Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Waterworks or municipal governments and the lowest detectable amount was over 0.5 Bq/kg to show none of the actual readings.

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政府、調査受け入れ当面求めず 核ごみ最終処分地選定で via 神戸新聞



続きは政府、調査受け入れ当面求めず 核ごみ最終処分地選定で

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Researchers: More than 70% of No. 2 reactor’s fuel may have melted via The Asahi Shimbun

More than 70 percent of the fuel may have melted in one of the three reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant that suffered meltdowns in the wake of the 2011 nuclear disaster, researchers reported on Sept. 26.

The group, which includes researchers from Nagoya University, concluded that it is highly likely that 70 to 100 percent of the fuel has melted in the No. 2 reactor through inspecting the interior using a fluoroscopic device, which utilizes elementary particles called muons.

It was the second time that researchers successfully scanned the interior of the damaged reactors using a fluoroscopic device since a group led by Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the crippled plant, announced the results of its survey inside the No. 1 reactor in March.


The survey detected few signs of nuclear fuel remaining in the reactor core, in contrast to the No. 5 reactor, which was not affected by the nuclear disaster, triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

The researchers released their report at a meeting of the Physical Society of Japan in Osaka on Sept. 26.

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福島第1原発2号機、核燃料は「7割以上溶融」か 日本物理学会で発表 via J-Cast News





全文は福島第1原発2号機、核燃料は「7割以上溶融」か 日本物理学会で発表

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Semi truck carrying uranium catches fire near Honeywell via WPSD

A semi truck caught on fire at the Honeywell Plant in Metropolis, IL Sunday evening. The truck was transporting uranium at the time.

The Massac County Fire Department responded and put the fire out. They say the fire started in the engine of the cab of the truck.

Honeywell spokesman Peter Dalpe released the statement below.

“The tractor or cab part of a tractor trailer that was delivering natural uranium ore caught on fire in front of Honeywell Metropolis facility Sunday evening. Local firefighters responded and extinguished the fire. There were no reported injuries to the driver and there are no reports that the fire breached the trailer. Firefighters indicated the fire apparent started in the engine compartment of tractor.

The truck was not in the facility itself and there was no danger to the operations. The plant initially declared a plant alert and notified the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission as per plant procedures. However, that alert status was later downgrade to plant emergency, which is the lowest alert status at the plant.”

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Tepco rejected requests for anti-tsunami steps before 2011 nuclear crisis via The Japan Times

Tokyo Electric Power Co. turned down requests in 2009 by the nuclear safety agency to consider concrete steps against tsunami waves at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, which suffered a tsunami-triggered disaster two years later, government documents showed Friday.

“Do you think you can stop the reactors?” a Tepco official was quoted as telling Shigeki Nagura of the now-defunct Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, who was then assigned to review the plant’s safety, in response to one of his requests.

The detailed exchanges between the plant operator and the regulator came to light through the latest disclosure of government records on its investigation into the nuclear crisis, adding to evidence that Tepco failed to take proper safety steps ahead of the world’s worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

According to records of Nagura’s accounts, Nagura heard Tepco’s explanations of its tsunami estimates at the agency’s office in Tokyo in August and September 2009 as it was becoming clear that coastal areas of Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures were hit by massive tsunami following an earthquake in 869.

Tepco said the height of waves was estimated to be around 8 meters above sea level and will not reach the plant site, which was located at a height of 10 meters, they show.

But Nagura said he remembered thinking pumps with key cooling functions, which were located on the ground at a height of 4 meters, “will not make it” and told Tepco, “If this is the outcome, you better consider concrete responses.”

In refusing to immediately act, Tepco said it would wait for related studies to be carried out by the academic society of civil engineers, which it had requested to be done by March 2012.

Nagura also proposed placing the pumps inside buildings to protect them from being exposed to water, but a Tepco official told him, “Our company cannot make a decision without seeing the results of the (studies by the) society of civil engineers.”

Then another Tepco official told Nagura, “Do you think you can stop the reactors?” according to the government documents.

Nagura recalled in the documents, “I wondered why I had to be told such a thing.” But he also admitted that, after all, he only encouraged Tepco to “consider” tsunami countermeasures and did not request that it “take” specific measures.

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「原爆・原発」シンポ:戦後70年記念 高校生が幸福や平和考える 安城 /愛知 via 毎日新聞


安城市小堤町の安城学園高で26日、学園祭が開催され、戦後70年記念のシンポジウム「『原爆・原発』未来の2つの顔〜今伝え なければいけないこと」が行われた。被爆者と原発事故被災者の体験談を聞きながら、高校生の視点で原子力利用の在り方を考え、人間の幸福や平和とは何かを 話し合った。


東京電力福島第1原発事故で被災し、三重県四日市市の親戚宅に避難した福島県南相馬市の尾子(おおじ)富夫さん(65)は「放 射性物質が今も漏れ続けている大事故なのに、地元民へは秘密主義を貫き、大した事故でないように伝えられた。『無知は罪』を痛感した。旧ソ連のチェルノブ イリ原発事故では、発生数年後からがんなどの発症が急増したといい、福島の今後が心配だ」と述べた。


続きは「原爆・原発」シンポ:戦後70年記念 高校生が幸福や平和考える 安城 /愛知

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