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東日本大震災 福島第1原発事故 富岡も準備宿泊へ 議会に政府が意向 来月21日から /福島 via 毎日新聞

政府の原子力災害現地対策本部は22日、東京電力福島第1原発事故で全域が避難指示区域となっている富岡町の一部で、住民 が夜間も含めて自宅に長期滞在可能な準備宿泊を8月21日から避難指示の解除まで実施したい考えを示した。郡山市で開かれた町議会全員協議会で明らかにし た。

 対象は、居住制限区域と避難指示解除準備区域で、計9679人、3860世帯(6月14日時点)。対策本部の後藤収・副本部長は「帰還に向けての準備が 一歩一歩進んでいる」と説明。町は来年4月の一部帰還を目指しており、政府は年明けまでに解除の時期を明示する意向を示した。出席した議員からは、放射線 量に対する不安の声が上がった。

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新潟)フジロックに今年もアトミック・カフェ 6年連続 via 朝日新聞

湯沢町の苗場スキー場で開かれる国内最大級の野外音楽イベント「フジロック・フェスティバル’16」(22~24日)で、反核・反原発をトークやライブで訴えるアトミック・カフェが、今年も開催される。東京電力福島第一原発事故のあった2011年から6年連続の開催となる。

アトミック・カフェは、1980年代に国際的に広がった反核運動を起点に、音楽シーンから反核のメッセージを発信する取り組みだ。3日間ともジャーナリストの津田大介さんが参加。22日は放射線衛生学者の木村真三さん、23日は学生団体「SEALDs(シールズ)」の奥田愛基(あき)さんと国際環境NGO「FoE Japan」の吉田明子さん、24日は歌手の加藤登紀子さんとNHK連続テレビ小説「あまちゃん」に携わった音楽家の大友良英さんが登壇する。

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関連記事:「面倒臭い」を越えて 奥田愛基さん、フジロックで発言 via 朝日新聞

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Visit Maralinga Atomic Bomb Test Site via Maralinga Tours

Not Kazakhstan, not Nevada…

but South Australia’s Maralinga.

Maralinga Tours – an insight into our hidden past

Learn about a very, very dark chapter in Australia’s history. One Tree, Marcoo, Kite, Breakaway, Tadje, Biak and Taranaki: innocuous sounding names that in the 1950’s provided headlines in the British and Australian press that heralded a growing capacity for Britain to offer a nuclear deterrent to the perceived threat of the Cold War.  Maralinga Tours will give you an amazing insight into this dubious period of Australia’s History.

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福島の避難指示解除 住民追い詰めない丁寧な対応を via愛媛新聞

東京電力福島第1原発事故で福島県内に出されていた避難指示が、先月から今月にかけ南相馬市や川内村などで相次ぎ解除された。政府は来年3月末までに、帰還困難区域を除く全ての避難指示を解除する方針だ。帰還か移住かの難しい決断を迫られる住民を追い詰めないよう、きめ細かな対応を求めたい。
 南相馬市では市立病院や商業施設、鉄道が再開するなど生活インフラ整備が進んではいる。とはいえ住民が置かれた環境はさまざまだ。行政が「背中を押す」ことで、ためらっていた一歩を踏み出せる人がいるのは分かるが、それでも決断できず、望まぬ方向に進まざるを得ない人を切り捨ててはなるまい。
 仮設住宅の高齢者らの中には「先が見えない」と苦悩する人が少なくない。避難指示解除に伴い、いずれ退去を余儀なくされるためだ。「自宅に戻っても人がいない」「復興公営住宅に入れたとしても周囲との交流がなくなる」―孤立への不安は多くの人に共通する。
 新たなコミュニティーづくりに注目が集まる。ある仮設住宅は、退去後に「シェアハウス」での共同生活を模索している。市は「公営住宅として想定していない形態」と支援に否定的だが、復興には規定や前例にとらわれない柔軟な対応が求められる。行政と住民が知恵を出し合い、行き場がなく孤立する人をなくす取り組みを急ぐべきだ。
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Appellate court upholds water rights diversion for planned nuclear power plant via Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Court of Appeals said a district court judge did not err in upholding the state engineer’s decision to grant a diversion of 53,600 acre-feet of water from the Green River for a planned nuclear power plant.

In the ruling issued Thursday, the appellate court said HEAL Utah had failed to prove its case that the diversion of water rights was unlawful by being contrary to the public good, unsustainable or that the project wasn’t feasible.

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The court pointed out that claims the Green River is part of a system that is already over-appropriated are not true in the sense that Utah has only developed about a million acre-feet of a 1.4 million acre-feet per year allocation under the Colorado River Compact.

Additionally, the court said there are 574,000 acre-feet of approved but undeveloped water rights in the system, including the water owned by the conservancy districts but destined for use at the nuclear power plant.

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The court also rejected the reasoning that the project is speculative or not feasible, noting that Utah is the third fastest growing state in the United States and will require an additional 1,440 megawatts of power by the year 2025. Blue Castle’s project would produce 3,000 megawatts of power.

Matt Pacenza, executive director of HEAL Utah, said his group and other challengers to Jones’ decision are disappointed in the ruling and have not yet decided if they will appeal.

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AG files emergency action to force end to Hanford safety ‘crisis’ via K5

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Wednesday filed an emergency legal motion to force improvements in worker safety at the Hanford Site, the 586-square-mile former plutonium production facility.

Ferguson called the action “as serious as it gets.”

The motion for injunctive relief asks a federal judge intervene in the operations at the site to protect workers from continued exposure to toxic chemical vapors. It names as defendants the U.S. Department of Energy and Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), the private company that manages the nuclear waste storage tanks at Hanford.

In legal proceedings, an injunction is considered an extraordinary remedy, reserved only for the most extreme situations.

“At Hanford there’s a culture of indifference by the federal government and their contractors. Frankly, we’re not going to put up with it anymore,” said Ferguson. “So right now we’re trying to get before the judge immediately asking for immediate steps required from the federal government to protect workers. That’s the bottom line.”

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<原発事故>福島の職員 時間外増続くvia 河北新聞

 自治労福島県本部は20日、原発事故で避難区域となった県内10市町村の職員に対する意識調査をまとめた。事故後5年経過してもなお、時間外勤務の増加傾向が続いていた。半数が今後、震災前に住んでいた自治体で暮らすことを考えていることも明らかになった。
 時間外勤務が月平均31時間以上と答えたのは38.0%。震災前は7.8%だった。200時間以上の職員も2人いた。「時間外勤務なし」は震災前の31.2%から8.0%に減った。
 健康状態は、震災前の健康診断で異常がなかった職員の46.7%が、新たに「要注意・要精密検査」と判定された。糖尿病などの生活習慣病、不眠症を含む精神障害などが多く、56.1%が通院や薬の服用を行っている。
 今後の居住先は「家族と震災前の場所」「自分のみ震災前の場所」が50.1%。「家族と他の自治体」「自分のみ他自治体」は24.3%で、「判断不可」は25.7%だった。

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Focus: Why San Onofre’s nuclear waste stays on the beach via The San Diego Union Tribune

Policy stalemate leaves toxic spent fuel stranded

Some 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste at the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is all stored up with no place to go.

The plant has not produced electricity since January 2012 for the nearly 19 million people served by Southern California Edison, the majority owner of the facility, and San Diego Gas & Electric, which owns 20 percent.

Edison officials overseeing the plant’s decommissioning have set a target date of the end of 2032 to remove nearly every remnant of the generating station, which hugs the Southern California coastline at the northern tip of San Diego County in Camp Pendleton.

The operative word is “nearly” because, in all likelihood, the waste — also called spent fuel or used fuel — will stay behind for years to come, stranded until a long-term solution is reached on what to do with it.

Going back to the 1960s when the plant broke ground, anti-nuclear critics and Edison officials have not often seen eye-to-eye. But when it comes to the spent fuel, they are in complete agreement: Both sides want it off the premises as soon as possible.

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“There’s no place to move it to,” said Allison McFarlane, a former chairwoman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. “Sorry, you might want to move it tomorrow but this is not magic. You can’t wave your wand and, poof, it’s gone.”

Although the used fuel at San Onofre is Edison’s responsibility, it’s ultimately supposed to be handed over to the federal government and the U.S. Department of Energy, as per the details of the 1982 Waste Policy Act passed by Congress.

But a repository for waste from nuclear sites across the country including San Onofre does not exist.

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Million-year plan confounds feds

For decades, a site was proposed at Yucca Mountain in Nevada that was originally required to protect the environment from the release of radioactive isotopes for 10,000 years.

The limit was later increased to 1 million years, and the federal government spent $9 billion on the repository, located about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Yucca Mountain was scheduled to open in 2017.

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From pool to cask

Roughly two-thirds of the spent fuel at San Onofre is sitting in what’s called “wet storage” pools and one-third is in what’s called “dry cask storage.”

Even after fuel rods in a nuclear reactor are used up, they are still highly radioactive and can generate heat for decades.

The fuel assemblies are moved into pools of water to cool. At San Onofre, the rods in wet storage are placed in a concrete structure 40 feet deep that is lined with steel and filled with water.

Palmisano said he expects by 2019 a complete transfer of all the fuel to dry casks — concrete-encased steel canisters — on the premises.

A new installation is being built to house 73 canisters, just in front of dry-cask canisters already on site.

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The oldest fuel is packed in 17 canisters from the Unit 1 reactor that hasn’t been in operation since 1992.

But Palmisano said some of those canisters cannot be shipped out until 2029 or 2030 at the earliest because the fuel rods were encased in stainless steel, the technology of the time. That fuel needs to decay for 38 years before transportation.

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「もんじゅ」に再び点検ミス しかも2カ月間放置 via テレ朝news

ずさんな管理が相次ぎ、廃炉も含めた議論が行われている福井県の高速増殖炉「もんじゅ」でまた点検ミスが発覚しました。

もんじゅを運営する日本原子力研究開発機構などによりますと、点検ミスが見つかったのは原子炉を冷やすナトリウムを管理する補助施設です。機構はこの施 設を今年3月までに点検する計画を立てていましたが、期限が来ても点検が実施されませんでした。このため、施設のシステムが警報を発していましたが、職員 は警報に気が付きながら2カ月間、放置していたということです。

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Margaret Thatcher aides used Prince William in media war via BBC News

Margaret Thatcher’s senior aides used photos of a baby Prince William to try to distract attention from a 1983 anti-nuclear march, official papers reveal.

Ministers feared protests might be so “widespread and powerful” that they could stop US cruise missiles from being based at RAF Greenham Common.

Newly-released files also show they were prepared for clashes between armed troops and objectors outside the base.

But they feared a public backlash if a protester was shot by US military.

To prevent that, Mrs Thatcher’s ministers ordered British troops to be ready to tackle protesters as the American nuclear warheads were delivered in November 1983, documents released to the National Archives in Kew, west London, show.

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Whippet or tortoise racing’

Ahead of a massive demonstration planned for Easter Monday, Mrs Thatcher’s press secretary Bernard Ingham drew up a list of suggestions for getting media coverage and stealing some of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’s thunder, files reveal.

They included photographs of Michael Heseltine visiting the Berlin Wall, and research on the many bank holiday activities which Mr Ingham thought were likely to be more popular than going on a CND demo.

Ideas included “motoring, watching football, racing, fishing… pigeon or whippet or tortoise racing”.

There was also another suggestion which is redacted in the main copy of his memo in the file – a note says it has been “temporarily retained”.

However, an unredacted copy of the same page appears elsewhere in the folder, from which it seems Mr Ingham’s propaganda masterstroke was to release pictures of Prince William, then aged 10 months and on his first visit to Australia.

Mr Ingham’s suggestion was acted on. When Prince Charles and Princess Diana landed at Alice Springs, a rather grumpy-looking William was duly brought down the aircraft steps by his nanny to be displayed to the cameras, before being quickly taken back on board.

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