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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Analysis: Risks too great for full Japan nuclear shutdown

Analysis: Risks too great for full Japan nuclear shutdown

U.S. Reactors Gird for the Next Fukushima By MATTHEW L. WALD

U.S. Reactors Gird for the Next Fukushima

The Economics of Nuclear Power by Daily Energy Report

The Economics of Nuclear Power

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Insolvency stares straight at Japan’s biggest utility

Insolvency stares straight at Japan’s biggest utility

Statement on Cooperation Regarding the Accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plan

Statement on Cooperation Regarding the Accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plan 

Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)—June 10, 2011. The following statement is attributed to Gregory Jaczko, Chairman, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Goshi Hosono, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Japan.
We had very productive talks about our joint interest in nuclear safety, and the support being provided to Japan by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in dealing with the on-going situation at Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. Mr. Hosono expressed his sincere gratitude for the assistance the NRC provided following the accident. Chairman Jaczko extended sympathy to the people of Japan in dealing with the difficult circumstances. The NRC and the Japanese authorities have a long record of extensive cooperation in nuclear safety.
Chairman Jaczko briefed Mr. Hosono on NRC’s ongoing review of U.S. nuclear plants, and Mr. Hosono discussed the Government of Japan’s (GoJ) continuing efforts to deal with the challenges posed by the damaged Fukushima reactors and the report the GoJ recently submitted to the IAEA.
We look forward to further discussions and cooperation as this situation progresses and additional dialogue between the two Governments at the IAEA, and emphasize the importance of learning the lessons from TEPCO’s Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident to further the common cause of nuclear safety.
Source: nrc.gov

 

Ex-adviser raps gov't for worsening local residents' radiation exposure

Ex-adviser raps gov't for worsening local residents' radiation exposure

Reactor makers look to green energy amid nuclear allergy [Japan Times, Tokyo]

Reactor makers look to green energy amid nuclear allergy [Japan Times, Tokyo]

(Japan Times Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) June 11--In the three months since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami damaged the Fukushima No. 1 atomic plant, the nation's three reactor makers have started to focus more on renewable energy sources, particularly solar, wind and geothermal power.

Michio Kaku: Power company covered up level of nuclear contamination, and there's a rabbit in Japan born without ears. Coincidence?

Michio Kaku: Power company covered up level of nuclear contamination, and there's a rabbit in Japan born without ears. Coincidence?

Government committee to review quake forecasting

Government committee to review quake forecasting

NUCLEAR CRISIS: HOW IT HAPPENED / Government, TEPCO brushed off warnings from all sides

NUCLEAR CRISIS: HOW IT HAPPENED / Government, TEPCO brushed off warnings from all sides

The Fukushima Accident—Three Months In

The Fukushima Accident—Three Months In

James M. Acton, Mark Hibbs Q&A, June 10, 2011

Party Leaders Spar Over Report on Nuclear Regulator

Party Leaders Spar Over Report on Nuclear Regulator

Partisan Split Widens Over Nuclear Regulator

Partisan Split Widens Over Nuclear Regulator

China’s GPU Supercomputing producing scientific results in solar energy research

Nuclear Material Melts Through Bottom of Fukushima plant

Nuclear Material Melts Through Bottom of Fukushima plant
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/nuclear-material-melts-through-bottom-of-fukushima-plant/

The nuclear fuel in three of the reactors at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear
plant has melted through the base of the pressure vessels and is pooling in
the outer containment vessels, according to a report by the Japanese
government.

Günther Oettinger Commissioner for Energy EU stress tests of nuclear power plants and nuclear safety in the EU neighbouring countries EP Plenary Strasbourg, 9 June 2011

Günther Oettinger Commissioner for Energy EU stress tests of nuclear power plants and nuclear safety in the EU neighbouring countries EP Plenary Strasbourg, 9 June 2011

Greenhouse gas emissions from power generation

Greenhouse gas emissions from power generation

China Leads in Cleantech, But Partnership Provides US Opportunties

China Leads in Cleantech, But Partnership Provides US Opportunties

Areva to Push Spent Fuel Recycling Plans

Areva to Push Spent Fuel Recycling Plans

CEO Jacques Besnainou sees startup of effort by 2015

 

The Carbon Price Debate As Smokescreen For Inaction

The Carbon Price Debate As Smokescreen For Inaction

Earth at Boiling Point

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 03:10 PM PDT
As long as no tipping points are crossed, many believe, there will only be insignificant rises in temperature and sea level. However, rather than tipping points, a boiling point analogy more appropriately describes the risk of Arctic methane releases.

http://theenergycollective.com/samcarana/59121/earth-boiling-point?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Report Blasts Management Style of Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman By JOHN M. BRODER and MATTHEW L. WALD

Report Blasts Management Style of Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman

Friday, June 10, 2011

Good Question: How Does China’s Energy Use Affect Us?

Good Question: How Does China’s Energy Use Affect Us?

The Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) ran at Oak Ridge National

 The father (key patent holder/inventor) of today's conventional PWR's argued that the molten salt reactor was much safer and better for civilian power ...
www.huffingtonpost.com/.../a-safe-secure-nuclear-fut_b_8731...


 Commenting on

A Safe, Secure Nuclear Future 

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-chu/a-safe-secure-nuclear-fut_b_873178.html


“The Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) ran at Oak Ridge National Laboratori
­es for 7 years. From the mid 60's to the early 70's. This is actually a concept that has been prototyped and could be commercial­ized within 5 years. Unfortunat­ely for America, China will get there long before the USA. IMO.

http://www­.thoriumen­ergyallian­ce.com/Tho­riumSite/p­ortal.html

http://wat­tsupwithth­at.com/201­1/01/30/ch­ina-announ­ces-thoriu­m-reactor-­energy-pro­gram-obama­-still-dwe­lling-on-s­putnik-mom­ents/

The Fukushima Accident—Three Months In

The Fukushima Accident—Three Months In


Q&A with James M. Acton and Mark Hibbs
Three months after Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, the extent of the country’s nuclear crisis is becoming clearer. In a new Q&A, James Acton and Mark Hibbs detail the latest information available about the Fukushima Daiichi plant at the center of Japan's nuclear emergency and analyze how the crisis will impact the use of nuclear energy around the world.

http://www.carnegieendowment.org/publications/?fa=view&id=44554

 

Commercial media, bloggers and congressmen agree – Jaczko abused his position to further patron’s agenda

Commercial media, bloggers and congressmen agree – Jaczko abused his position to further patron’s agenda

Kansai Electric secures 81% of oil, LNG needs for Jun-Sep Tokyo (Platts)-

Kansai Electric secures 81% of oil, LNG needs for Jun-Sep
Tokyo (Platts)--10Jun2011/507 am EDT/907 GMT

German Nuclear Halt May Disrupt Europe’s Power Market Balance

German Nuclear Halt May Disrupt Europe’s Power Market Balance

Germany's Phaseout Puts a Spotlight on the Cost of Its Renewables Strategy

Germany's Phaseout Puts a Spotlight on the Cost of Its Renewables Strategy

India tests nuclear-capable missile

India tests nuclear-capable missile
Bhubaneswar, India (AFP) June 9, 2011 - India tested a short-range nuclear-capable missile along its eastern coast on Thursday, an official said, as part of the nation's efforts to build up its atomic deterrent. The surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile was fired from a range in the eastern state of Orissa and hit its target in the Bay of Bengal successfully, the defence ministry official said. The Prithvi, which is domestical ... more

Greenpeace warns of radiation risk to Japan children

Greenpeace warns of radiation risk to Japan children
Tokyo (AFP) June 9, 2011 -
Greenpeace called on Japan on Thursday to evacuate children and pregnant women from a town about 60 kilometres (40 miles) from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant because of high radiation. The environmental and anti-nuclear group said its own data from Fukushima town roughly matched that of the government, but that it drew radically different conclusions, especially on the health threat fo ... more

OECD Nuclear generation 185.6 TWh in March and Japan Nuclear at 17 TWh in April

Rossi Energy Catalyzer — A Low Energy Nuclear Reactor updates

A Power Grid on a Chip


‘Artificial leaf’ moves closer to reality

‘Artificial leaf’ moves closer to reality

MIT researchers develop a device that combines a solar cell with a catalyst to split water molecules and generate energy.

# # CEOs, Local Leaders Call for 'Solar Farms' in Japan By: Christopher Johnson | The Washington Times

CEOs, Local Leaders Call for 'Solar Farms' in Japan
By: Christopher Johnson | The Washington Times
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Nuclear component companies seek alternative sales markets

Nuclear component companies seek alternative sales markets
9 June 2011
In recent weeks a shift in market focus has occurred for nuclear energy component manufacturers. This is most pronounced perhaps for nuclear component suppliers situated in or supplying to Asia. In the case of Areva’s JSW nuclear component sales could be down 40% on its pre-Fukushima forecasts. Diversity could be key to sales growth.
By Paul French, Asia Correspondent

Golden age of gas may be a call too soon

Golden age of gas may be a call too soon The natural gas market is entering a golden age on the back of increasing global demand. So proclaims the International Energy Agency, the western countries’ watchdog. But the natural gas pricing system remains, for now, largely in the dark ages. Unlike oil, the cost of natural gas varies substantially around the world. In the US natural gas prices are below $5 per millon British thermal units, but in continental Europe they are near $10 per mBtu and in Asia are more than $12 per mBtu. The IEA believes that the commodity will take steps towards becoming a truly global market …

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Investors Keen to Be Part of India's Green Growth

Investors Keen to Be Part of India's Green Growth

US solar power nears competing on price

US solar power nears competing on price

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Obama's Nuclear Politics Congress has approved plans to go ahead with the Yucca Mountain waste facility. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko has other ideas.

Obama's Nuclear Politics

Congress has approved plans to go ahead with the Yucca Mountain waste facility. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko has other ideas.

Technology To Meet The Energy Challenge

Technology To Meet The Energy Challenge

Will Utilities Thrive as Trusted Advisors or Survive as Infrastructure?

Will Utilities Thrive as Trusted Advisors or Survive as Infrastructure?

Editorial Board Opinion Radioactive politics over nuclear storage at Yucca Mountain

Editorial Board Opinion

Radioactive politics over nuclear storage at Yucca Mountain

Hitachi sticks to 2020 nuclear power ops sales target

Hitachi sticks to 2020 nuclear power ops sales target


TOKYO | Thu Jun 9, 2011 3:51am EDT
TOKYO Jun 9 (Reuters) - Japan's Hitachi Ltd said it is keeping its target for sales of 380 billion yen ($4.75 billion) from its nuclear power operations in the financial year beginning in April 2020, even as anti-nuclear sentiment strengthens at home.

Japan Expects Power Shortages Amid Growing, Unofficial Nuclear Shutdown

Japan Expects Power Shortages Amid Growing, Unofficial Nuclear Shutdown 

TOKYO—Japan's electricity shortages may be intensified over the coming months by a wide-scale unofficial shutdown of nuclear power plants across the country.
Even utilities not directly affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami have chosen not to restart reactors that happened to be undergoing regular maintenance at the time of the Fukushima Daiichi accident due to objections and concerns raised by local governments. Reactors that have since been shut for previously scheduled maintenance face similar obstacles.

Senate Panel Approves Obama Nominee For Nuclear Commission

Senate Panel Approves Obama Nominee For Nuclear Commission

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted unanimously Thursday to clear William Ostendorff for a second term on the five-member NRC panel. Ostendorff has served as a commissioner since April 2010 and his current term expires at the end of June.

Tokyo Weighing More Evacuations

Tokyo Weighing More Evacuations 

TOKYO—Japanese government officials said they are considering evacuating more towns affected by radiation, after recent monitoring data showed new "hot spots" of elevated contamination farther away from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
The areas under review include one neighborhood each in two cities, and could affect more than 180 families. The areas fall outside Japan's existing evacuation zone of 30 kilometers, but within the 80-kilometer evacuation zone initially recommended by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

NRC to set hearing on Areva's Idaho uranium project

NRC to set hearing on Areva's Idaho uranium project

U.S. Nuclear Industry: Japan Accident Won't Harm Health

U.S. Nuclear Industry: Japan Accident Won't Harm Health 

WASHINGTON—The U.S. nuclear industry said Thursday it doesn't expect any health problems among Japanese people as a result of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.
Tony Pietrangelo, chief nuclear officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute, credited what he described as the Japanese government's speedy response in evacuating a 20-kilometer zone around the stricken nuclear plant.
The 20-kilometer zone, about 12.5 miles, was set the day after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami knocked out power at the plant, causing reactors to overheat. The Japanese government later recommended that those within 30 kilometers of the plant evacuate, and it has extended the evacuation to several small zones outside the 30-kilometer perimeter based on its assessment of radiation exposure.
"They did an excellent job in the emergency response," Mr. Pietrangelo said at a Washington news conference. "That was very well-carried out."

B&W reactor project may power Bedford economy

B&W reactor project may power Bedford economy

If you want to see the future of nuclear power and the local economy, you can glimpse a part of it through the trees off U.S. 460 in New London.
A 110-foot tower stretches above a Bedford County business park. Soon, it will hold a prototype of the Babcock & Wilcox Company’s mPower reactor — a small nuclear generator that B&W believes will make nuclear power cheaper, safer and faster to build.
“It’s the first scaled test of the mPower reactor,” said Jeff Halfinger, vice president of B&W mPower Technology Development. “It gets us a really early look so we can finalize the design.
“It’s going to be the future of nuclear power.”

NUCLEAR CRISIS: HOW IT HAPPENED / Hydrogen blasts at plant surprised experts

NUCLEAR CRISIS: HOW IT HAPPENED / Hydrogen blasts at plant surprised experts

Nearly three months have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake triggered a nuclear crisis that shows little sign of ending any time soon.
This is the second installment in a series that looks into what has given rise to the unprecedented crisis, dealing a fatal blow to the myth of safety at nuclear power plants in this country.
"An explosion was heard at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant."

Purdue tests nuclear plant design at Bowen Lab

Purdue tests nuclear plant design at Bowen Lab

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University researchers are working with Westinghouse Electric Co. to ensure that a new design for nuclear power plants will stand up to strong earthquakes.
The work focuses on testing structures like those to be used in the company's AP1000 standard nuclear power plant design. Engineers will test components of an "enhanced shield building" that will contain the plant's main system components.

U.S. Nuclear Industry Unveils New Structure to Integrate Response to Fukushima Accident

U.S. Nuclear Industry Unveils New Structure to Integrate Response to Fukushima Accident

PR Newswire
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The U.S. nuclear energy industry announced today that it has created a leadership structure among major electric sector organizations to integrate and coordinate the nuclear industry's ongoing response to the Fukushima Daiichi accident that followed Japan's March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
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Unprecedented Int'l Meeting Releases Preliminary Vision for our Energy Future

Unprecedented Int'l Meeting Releases Preliminary Vision for our Energy Future
WATERLOO, Ontario, June 9, 2011/PRNewswire/ --

- Global Energy Summit in Waterloo, Canada Offers Ideas for Action on Sustainable Low-Carbon Electricity

A unique, international summit of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and future leaders from around the world has concluded with the release of the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 Communiqué. The event's preliminary report includes visionary proposals for transformative action to reduce the electricity-related emissions that drive global warming.

The full Equinox Communiqué is now available at: http://wgsi.org/files/EquinoxCommunique_June9_2011.pdf

The Communiqué identifies a group of technological approaches and implementation steps that have the potential over the coming decades to accelerate the transition of our energy systems toward electrification and, in the longer term, toward an energy future where our dependence on fossil fuels is greatly reduced.

"Given the right support, the six priority actions we have identified can catalyze change on a global scale, from the cities of the developed world, to the billions of people who live in towns and villages that lack adequate access to electricity to provide the central link to improvements in the quality of life," said summit advisor Professor Jatin Nathwani, Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy at the University of Waterloo and Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy.

Can we low-carbon power the planet in 20 years?

Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 participants came together to intensely explore, discuss and propose how science and technology can catalyze the urgent change required.

With representatives from countries including Canada, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Nigeria, the USA, and more, the Equinox Summit embodied the realities, challenges, and hopes of the enormously diverse global community - from those living in the world's 21 mega-cities of more than 10-million inhabitants, to the one-third of humanity who survive without electricity.

Grist’s Anti-Nuclear Campaign Distorts Reality (Part 1 of 3)

Grist’s Anti-Nuclear Campaign Distorts Reality (Part 1 of 3)

FEPC Update to Information Sheet Regarding the Tohoku Earthquake 6/10

Information Sheet Regarding the Tohoku Earthquake (from FEPC Washington Office)

Dear Friends,

Please find the updated information sheet below and attached that summarizes the events from Update-47 on 6/1.

For your reference, JAIF (Japan Atomic Industrial Forum) has been posting the translation of news reports on their website. http://www.jaif.or.jp/english/  

Please direct any questions regarding this document to me, Ishida@denjiren.com or Samuel Lederer, Researcher of FEPC at lederer@denjiren.com.

Update to Information Sheet Regarding the Tohoku Earthquake
The Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan (FEPC) Washington DC Office
As of June 10, 2011
All times listed below are Japan Standard Time (JST) unless otherwise noted.

  • Report of the Japanese Government to IAEA
    • On June 7, the Japanese Government announced the “Report of Japanese Government to the IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety,” a summary of the evaluation of the Fukushima Daiichi accident and the lessons learned based on the facts known about the situation so far.
    • A summary of the report is attached and the full version of the report is available at :
    • The preliminary summary report of IAEA International Fact Finding Expert Mission (May 24 - June 1) is available at :

  • Reactor Core Status of Unit 1, 2 and 3 at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
    • On June 6, Nuclear and Industry Safety Agency (NISA) announced the analysis result of the reactor core status of Unit 1, 2 and 3 at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
    • The estimated time of occurrence and the comparison with TEPCO analysis are as follows:


Approximate time after the earthquake
Exposure of fuel assemblies
Damage to fuel assemblies
Damage to Reactor Pressure Vessel
Unit 1
NISA
2 hours
3 hours
5 hours
TEPCO
3 hours
4 hours
15 hours
Unit 2
NISA
75 hours
77 hours
80 hours
TEPCO
75 hours
77 hours
109 hours
Unit 3
NISA
41 hours
44 hours
79 hours
TEPCO
40 hours
42 hours
66 hours

    • According to the NISA report, the general progression of the events was similar to TEPCO’s analysis. However, the damage of reactor pressure vessels was estimated to begin earlier. NISA explained these discrepancies arose from parameter settings of analysis.

  • Major Activities
    • On June 3, TEPCO installed a temporary reactor pressure gauge at Unit 1.
    • On June 7, preparation work to reinforce the supporting structure of spent fuel pool at Unit 4 commenced.
    • On June 8, TEPCO announced that Unit 1 and 2 lost electricity in the control room at 2:20PM due to a malfunction of a power distribution board. The power supply was restored at 5:32PM. During this time, cooling operations were not interrupted.
    • Other countermeasures such as injecting water into reactor cores, injecting Nitrogen gas into primary containment vessels, shooting water aimed at spent fuel pools, transferring accumulated water, and dispersing dust inhibitor over the ground continue to be implemented.

  • Radiation Levels
    • On June 10, TEPCO announced that two employees who worked at Fukushima Daiichi were exposed to the radiation at 678.08mSv and 643.07mSv respectively. The upper limit of radiation dosage for workers at Fukushima Daiichi had been temporarily raised from 100mSv to 250mSv as an emergency measure by the government in March. No negative health effects of the workers have been reported.
    • The concentration of radioactive nuclides from the groundwater sampled at sub-drain pits at Unit 1 to 6 of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station were as follows:


Unit 1
Unit 2
Unit 3
Unit 4
Unit 5
Unit 6
Samples taken at
6/8
11:35AM
6/8
11:30AM
6/8
12:25PM
6/8
11:42AM
6/8
11:43AM
6/8
11:47AM
Nuclides
(half-life)
Concentration (Unit : Bq/cm3)
I-131
(8 days)
5.0 x 10-1
1.3 x 100
8.4 x 10-1
1.2 x 10-2
Not Detectable
Not Detectable
Cs-134
(2 years)
1.1 x 101
1.1 x 101
4.4 x 10-1
2.9 x 10-2
6.7 x 10-3
1.2 x 10-2
Cs-137
(30 years)
1.4 x 101
1.3 x 101
4.6 x 10-1
3.5 x 10-2
Not Detectable
9.1 x 10-3

    • The concentration of radioactive nuclides from the seawater sampled at the screen device (installed to remove waste before the intake of seawater) of Unit 2 and sampled near the seawater discharge point (south side) of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Station were as follows:

Nuclides
(half-life)
Concentration (Unit : Bq/cm3)
Ratio
Sampled inside the silt  fence at the screen of Unit 2
Sampled outside the silt fence at the screen of Unit 2
Sampled at south side discharge point
Maximum Permissible Water Concentration (d)
a / d
b / d
c / d
6/9
6:45AM
  (a)
6/9
6:50AM
(b)
6/9
1:25PM
(c)
I-131
(8 days)
1.8 x 100
3.5 x 10-1
Not Detectable
4.0 x 10-2
45
8.8
-
Cs-134
(2 years)
1.7 x 100
7.0 x 10-1
2.8 x 10-2
6.0 x 10-2
28
12
0.47
Cs-137
(30 years)
1.9 x 100
7.6 x 10-1
2.8 x 10-2
9.0 x 10-2
21
8.4
0.31

    • At 2:00PM on June 10, radiation level at west gate (approximately 3,609 feet from Unit 2 reactor building) of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station: 14.0 micro Sv/hour. Other monitoring data at the site are available at:
    • Measurement results of environmental radioactivity level around Fukushima Nuclear Power Station announced at 6:00PM on June 10 are shown in the attached PDF file. Previous data are available at:    http://www.mext.go.jp/english/incident/1304082.htm

  • Plant Parameters (As of 6:00AM on June 10)

  • Plant Status (As of June 6)

Our official sources are:
  • Office of The Prime Minister of Japan
  • Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA)
  • Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Press Releases
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
  • Ministry of Defense (MOD)

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Taro Ishida
The Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan
1901 L Street, NW Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036

Bombshell Testimony Reveals Energy Secretary Ignored Technical Experts When Withdrawing Yucca Mountain Application

Bombshell Testimony Reveals Energy Secretary Ignored Technical Experts When Withdrawing Yucca Mountain Application

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Wednesday, June 08, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC – During last week’s Environment and the Economy Subcommittee hearing on “The Department of Energy’s Role in Managing Civilian Radioactive Waste,”
witnesses revealed that Energy Secretary Steven Chu simply ignored the technical components of the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository when withdrawing the project’s license application.
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