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Saturday, June 18, 2011

eSci: Unsafe Radiation Found Near Tokyo, Vast Area of Japan Contaminated

eSci: Unsafe Radiation Found Near Tokyo, Vast Area of Japan Contaminated

5.9 quake strikes eastern Japan

5.9 quake strikes eastern Japan

IAEA calls for tsunami warning system to improve nuclear safety

IAEA calls for tsunami warning system to improve nuclear safety

History of Nuclear Plant Safety

History of Nuclear Plant Safety

Fukushima Daiichi update: Saturday, June 18, 2011

Fukushima Daiichi update: Saturday, June 18, 2011

How the Misinformation Superhighway affects Nuclear Energy

How the Misinformation Superhighway affects Nuclear Energy

Fukushima prepares extensive study of radiation health effects on residents

Fukushima prepares extensive study of radiation health effects on residents

Radiation screening in high demand in Fukushima

Radiation screening in high demand in Fukushima

Elevated radiation levels widespread in eastern Japan

Radioactive contamination data has been compiled by Japanese map publisher Zenrin.
Radioactive contamination data has been compiled by Japanese map publisher Zenrin.

Elevated radiation levels widespread in eastern Japan


Families outside planned evacuation zone get help to move

Families outside planned evacuation zone get help to move

TEPCO documents show problems encountered in venting, pumping water to damaged reactors

TEPCO documents show problems encountered in venting, pumping water to damaged reactors

Japan wants nuclear reactors to be restarted

Japan wants nuclear reactors to be restarted

Toxic truth about Japan's 'miracle': Post-tsunami harmony is a myth and the reality is startlingly different By Richard Jones

Toxic truth about Japan's 'miracle': Post-tsunami harmony is a myth and the reality is startlingly different

By Richard Jones
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Five Predictions For The Future Of Energy

Five Predictions For The Future Of Energy

BY Ariel SchwartzFri Jun 17, 2011
People love to prognosticate about how the world will power itself in the future. But only one person can be right. Here's some of the possible ways the next 50 years might turn out.

Renewable Energy Technologies as Profitable Investments

Renewable Energy Technologies as Profitable Investments

China gasps in pursuit of electricity

China gasps in pursuit of electricity

ANS Nuclear Cafe 57th Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers Posted on June 18, 2011 by ansnuclearcafe

ANS Nuclear Cafe 

57th Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers

Posted on

North Korea Tests 'Super-EMP' Nuke

North Korea Tests 'Super-EMP' Nuke


North Korea’s last round of tests, conducted in May 2009, appear to have included a “super-EMP” weapon, capable of emitting enough gamma rays to disable the electric power grid across most of the lower 48 states, says Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, a former CIA nuclear weapons analyst and president of EMPact America, a citizens lobbying group.

Read more on Newsmax.com: North Korea Tests 'Super-EMP' Nuke
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Two Nebraska Nuclear Plants Partially Submerged by Missouri Floodwaters

Two Nebraska Nuclear Plants Partially Submerged by Missouri Floodwaters

June 17, 2011
By LBG1
FAA issues 'No Fly Zones' due to 'hazards'
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Water Shortages Threatening France's Nuclear Reactor Complex

Water Shortages Threatening France's Nuclear Reactor Complex

Bad combination: Floodplains, nuclear materials and understated risk

Bad combination: Floodplains, nuclear materials and understated risk

NRC Briefing on Task Force Review of NRC Processes and Regulations Following Events in Japan - video

06/15/11 Briefing on Task Force Review of NRC Processes and Regulations Following Events in Japan

E.Solutions releases independent study on rad waste safety

E.Solutions releases independent study on rad waste safety

Fukushima was, is and will be far worse than we've been told. by workingforprogress

Fukushima was, is and will be far worse than we've been told.

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Merkel Says Germany Needs 20GW of Fossil-Fuel Power Plants Over Next 10 Years

Merkel Says Germany Needs 20GW of Fossil-Fuel Power Plants Over Next 10 Years

OPPD Dispels Nuclear Meltdown Rumors In Ft. Calhoun

OPPD Dispels Nuclear Meltdown Rumors In Ft. Calhoun

US orders news blackout over crippled Nebraska Nuclear Plant: report

US orders news blackout over crippled Nebraska Nuclear Plant: report

Misinformation About Nuclear Power Safety Offered By US Media - Author Joseph Fray Reveals The Truth

Misinformation About Nuclear Power Safety Offered By US Media - Author Joseph Fray Reveals The Truth

Physicist, engineer and author Joseph Fray believes the media has been misinforming the public about nuclear power safety. In ‘An Achievable Solution Of Our Energy Problems’, Fray states that nuclear power is not just one solution – it is instead the only solution

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Erroneous information is widespread regarding the meeting of national energy requirements and our energy problems. The media, in order to achieve sensationalism, has continued to present a totally invalid image of nuclear energy. Solar power and wind power cannot solve the energy problems. ‘An Achievable Solution Of Our Energy Problems’, by physicist, engineer and author Joseph Fray, examines the various proposed energy sources in a factual manner and outlines a totally viable solution - nuclear energy.
“Half the total electrical energy required by the USA,” stated Mr. Fray, “is derived from coal. Emissions from this energy source cause the premature deaths of thousands of people each year plus medical costs, along with substantial environmental damage.”
Some of the more surprising facts claimed by Mr. Fray include:
* In the entire history of nuclear power in the USA, no member of the public has ever been harmed by a nuclear energy source, including Three Mile Island.
* The radiation level outside any coal-fired power plant is far higher than for any nuclear power plant of equal power.* The background radiation level at Grand Central Station, New York and the Capitol Building, Washington, DC is much higher than is permitted outside a nuclear power plant.
* The Chernobyl reactor was over-moderated with a positive void coefficient of reactivity, all leading to an unstable design. Such a design would not be granted permission to be constructed in the USA and most other countries. Also, this reactor had virtually no radiation containment structure, which is a requirement for all US plants.
* The coal-fired power plants produce more waste (ash) in one day than all the nuclear plant waste produced in history. The nuclear waste, while more radioactive is totally segregated from the environment. The coal ash, containing mercury, lead, arsenic and asbestos, along with uranium and thorium, is dumped into landfills and sludge ponds.
* For obvious reasons Chernobyl is not relevant to the next statistic, however if it is included, it is still found that more people suffer premature death from the coal-fired power plant gaseous emissions in one year than have died from nuclear power plant practice in history.
In Fray's opinion, irresponsible news media reporting is a problem regarding nuclear power. For example, it was recently stated that the US has twenty three nuclear power plants in the USA similar to those at Fukushima, leaving the impression that the US had those many similar risks. It was not pointed out that only one was considered to be in a potential earthquake zone and, that none were likely to be subjected to a tsunami. While Fukushima is not covered specifically in the book, it may be noted that the tsunami was the principal cause of the Fukushima problems. Such biased coverage of nuclear power is unfortunately the norm.
The book contains detailed descriptions relating to Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and the treatment of nuclear waste, and includes a description of how a nuclear reactor functions.
“Of all energy sources examined,” Fray continued, “nuclear power alone can reliably meet the demand without harm to the populace or environment. The objective of this book is to present a factual description of those aspects of nuclear energy, which have received much ignorant and unfounded criticism from anti-nuclear advocates. By this means it is hoped the public will be able to make an accurate judgment.”
Mr. Fray is available for media interview and can be reached using the information below, or by email at zeroe@pacbell.net. 'An Achievable Solution Of Our Energy Problems' is available at his website and is available at Amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle versions.
Profile:
Joseph Fray is an electrical engineer and physicist who entered the nuclear industry in 1958 as the Works Electrical Engineer at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) Chapelcross nuclear power plant in Scotland.
Developing an interest in reactor physics the author moved to the UKAEA Industrial Power Branch and later to the General Electric (GE) Nuclear Group in San Jose, California.
The author retired in 1988 but continued as a private consultant with GE until 2001. He has over 40 years experience in the nuclear industry. He lives in California and maintains an interest in energy development.
Contact:
Joseph Fray
Web: http://www.BBOTW.com/product.aspx?ISBN=0-7414-5385-1

Indonesian President Backs Away From Nuclear Power Plant Proposal

Indonesian President Backs Away From Nuclear Power Plant Proposal

Japan suspends waste water nuclear operation

Japan suspends waste water nuclear operation

Members of government panel are seen here inspecting damaged building at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plantEnlarge

Members of government panel are seen here inspecting the damaged building housing reactor number three at the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, on June 17. Tokyo Electric Power said it stopped treating highly radioactive waste water at a crippled Japanese nuclear plant just hours after the system came online because parts needed to be replaced.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. Saturday halted an operation to clean highly contaminated waste water at a crippled Japanese nuclear plant due to higher-than-expected radiation levels.

 

Towards An Alternative Nuclear Future

Towards An Alternative Nuclear Future

Smaller and Cheaper particle accelerator prototype could enable 600-megawatts thorium-fueled reactor

Greenpeace's plan for India Barry Brook

Greenpeace's plan for India

Guest Post by Geoff RussellGeoff is a mathematician and computer programmer and is a member of Animal Liberation SA. His recently published book is CSIRO Perfidy. This article follows on from his previous: What price of Indian independence? Greenpeace under the spotlight

Upgrading the grid

Upgrading the grid

High Plains Journal
Rural America first received electricity in the 1930s as the Rural Electrification Administration set poles and strung wires to small towns and farms to provide light and power to greatly improve the standard of living of rural residents.
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Obama Administration Pushes for Smart Grid, But is Industry Ready?

Obama Administration Pushes for Smart Grid, But is Industry Ready?

Natural Gas Explosion = Lessons for Smart Grid

Natural Gas Explosion = Lessons for Smart Grid

Friday, June 17, 2011

Japan did not heed global nuclear standards, IAEA finds

Japan did not heed global nuclear standards, IAEA finds

Grist’s Anti-Nuclear Campaign Distorts Reality (Part 3 of 3) from NEI Nuclear Notes by David Bradish

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

from NEI Nuclear Notes

Great Picture of Fort Calhoun and the Missouri River from NEI Nuclear Notes by David Bradish

Great Picture of Fort Calhoun and the Missouri River

from NEI Nuclear Notes

Latest NEI Updates Used Fuel Pool at Fukushima Did Not Go Dry, NRC Staff Concludes

Latest NEI Updates

Used Fuel Pool at Fukushima Did Not Go Dry, NRC Staff ConcludesUpdated as of noon EDT, Friday, June 17

SCANA’s Analyst Day - “New nuclear continues to be the low cost alternative for customers” from NEI Nuclear Notes by David Bradish

 

NEI Nuclear Notes

SCANA’s Analyst Day - “New nuclear continues to be the low cost alternative for customers”

from NEI Nuclear Notes

INTERVIEW: Chubu Elec. Seeks Early Resumption of Hamaoka N-Plant

INTERVIEW: Chubu Elec. Seeks Early Resumption of Hamaoka N-Plant

7 prefectures unable to decide on restart of nuclear plants

7 prefectures unable to decide on restart of nuclear plants

Japan’s Energy Dependence

Japan’s Energy Dependence

Japan Strains to Fix a Reactor Damaged Before Quake By HIROKO TABUCHI

Japan Strains to Fix a Reactor Damaged Before Quake

Smaller and Cheaper particle accelerator prototype could enable 600-megawatts thorium-fueled reactor

Will Thorium Save Us All?

Will Thorium Save Us All?
Tapped (blog)
Or that's what thorium advocates say, anyway. As they explain: One ton of thorium can produce as much energy as 200 tons of uranium, or 3.5 million tons of coal, and the thorium deposits that have already been identified would meet the entire world's ...

In Hanford saga, no resolution in sight


In Hanford saga, no resolution in sight

The National Law Journal
June 20, 2011
Two decades after it began, there's no end in sight to legal wrangling over the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Is this how litigation is supposed to work?

Shutting Down U.S. Nuclear Plants Would Have Daunting Effect on Economy and Environment, Says Carnegie Mellon Expert

Shutting Down U.S. Nuclear Plants Would Have Daunting Effect on Economy and Environment, Says Carnegie Mellon Expert

Will Alternative Energy Save Us From Peak Oil

Will Alternative Energy Save Us From Peak Oil

Sprott says buy oil stocks, dump natgas and uranium

Sprott says buy oil stocks, dump natgas and uranium

Three-Month Update of Fukushima Accident and the Flood of New Information Coming Out Michio Kaku

Three-Month Update of Fukushima Accident and the Flood of New Information Coming Out

Michio Kaku


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It has been over 3 months after the tragic accident in Fukushima, Japan, and a flood of new information has been coming out.

Nuclear energy a solution for Texas?

Nuclear energy a solution for Texas?

In December of 1951, scientist Walter Zinn and his assistants realized their dreams when they managed to cause a row of light bulbs connected to a nuclear reactor to illuminate their small laboratory in Idaho. A few days later, the reactor had efficiently produced enough power for their entire industrial complex. The US government had paved the way for the research with the Atomic Energy Act of 1946 and the Price Anderson Act of 1957 that backed private companies unwilling to take on associated risks.
The US government took on the risk and seized the potential in an efficient technology where, as Sturgis explains, one ton of uranium produces as much energy as 16,000 tons of coal or 80,000 barrels of oil. Twenty percent of total US electricity now comes from nuclear sources, according to Nuclear Energy Review (“NER”).
Worth the risk?

 

Diablo Canyon Safe, Say Nuclear Regulators County Supes Express Lots of Doubt, Concern, Skepticism

Diablo Canyon Safe, Say Nuclear Regulators

County Supes Express Lots of Doubt, Concern, Skepticism

L to R Michael Harris Santa Barbara County Emergency Operations Chief; Tony Vegel, Director of Reactor Safety; Geoff Miller, Branch Chief for Diablo Canyon Power Plant: and Lara Uselding, NRC Public Affairs Officer.
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L to R Michael Harris Santa Barbara County Emergency Operations Chief; Tony Vegel, Director of Reactor Safety; Geoff Miller, Branch Chief for Diablo Canyon Power Plant: and Lara Uselding, NRC Public Affairs Officer.

Fukushima 100 days on: US in the spotlight

Fukushima 100 days on: US in the spotlight

Without nuclear where do the children play?

Without nuclear where do the children play?

A Personal Note of Thanks from the Editor

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the American Nuclear Cafe for
 highlighting my Nuclear Wire in their recent article discussing social media and
nuclear energy.  More importantly, I would like to thank you the readers for
finding my Nuclear Wire of sufficient merit that you continue to follow the news
commentary, technical analyses, studies, testimony that pertains to the nuclear
industry.  I endeavor to bring you the best of what is being written in the blogosphere,
the good, the bad, and the ugly of electricity generation.

One of the greatest inventions of the 20th Century was the invention of air conditioning,
something many of us living in the United States takes for granted, something which is
not readily available around the world, something which is extremely important to maintaining
health and standard of living, especially of the elderly and children, brought only to you through electricity.

I can't imagine living in a world without electricity.  It is a fundamental necessity of life as
we know it in the developed world. Electricity generation however comes with environmental
risk and it is necessary that we recognize there is no risk free lunch here.  Done right, we
can minimize this risk. I do believe that nuclear generation can be done safely. I marvel
that there hasn't been an accident resulting in the loss of human life in the naval nuclear
submarine program.  I equally marvel at the fact that the single largest environmental disaster
involved the collapse of a dam killing more than 250,000 people in China. Yet people rarely
concern themselves with the risks associated with hydro electric generation.

So I will continue to bring to the fore in my own little niche the relevant issues surrounding
the siting of energy facilities, transparency in the decision making process, and the safety of
nuclear power.

Shutting Down U.S. Nuclear Plants Would Have Daunting Effect on Economy and Environment, Says Carnegie Mellon Expert

Shutting Down U.S. Nuclear Plants Would Have Daunting Effect on Economy and Environment, Says Carnegie Mellon Expert

How the Misinformation Superhighway affects Nuclear Energy

How the Misinformation Superhighway affects Nuclear Energy

TEPCO Reactor 4 SFP Large Release Fukushima Daiichi June 16

TEPCO Reactor 4 SFP Large Release Fukushima Daiichi June 16

福島第一原発 昨夜(6/14)発生した煙大量噴出の瞬間! Another TEPCO Night Massive Radiation Release On June 12 - Vid

福島第一原発 昨夜(6/14)発生した煙大量噴出の瞬間! 

 Another TEPCO Night Massive Radiation Release On June 12 - Vid

Aerial View Of Destroyed Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Aerial View Of Destroyed Fukushima Nuclear Plant

TEPCO Press Releases 6/17

1. New!(Jun 17,2011)Submission of reports to NISA regarding results of earthquake response analysis using observed seismic data collected at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station during the Tohoku-Taiheiyou-Oki Earthquake, etc.
2. New!(Jun 17,2011)The Report to NISA on cause analysis on exposure of radiation workers exceeding dose limit and development of measures on recurrence prevention at emergency work in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
3. New!(Jun 17,2011)Submission of Report regarding Transfer of High Level Radioactive Water in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station to the Centralized Radiation Waste Treatment Facility
4. New!(Jun 17,2011)The result of the nuclide analysis of radioactive materials in the seawater collected in the offshore area of Ibaraki Prefecture (continued 7)
5. New!(Jun 17,2011)Status of TEPCO's Facilities and its services after the Tohoku-Chihou-Taiheiyou-Oki Earthquake (as of 3:00 PM, June 17)
6. New!(Jun 17,2011)Plant Status of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (as of 3:00 pm, June 17)
7. New!(Jun 17,2011)Plant Status of Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Station (as of 3:00 pm, June 17)
8. New!(Jun 17,2011)The results of nuclide analyses of radioactive materials in the air at the site of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (84th release)
9. New!(Jun 17,2011)Detection of Radioactive Materials from Seawater near Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (86th release)
10. New!(Jun 17,2011)The results of nuclide analyses of radioactive materials in seawater taken in areas near intake canal of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (for the data taken on June 16)
11. New!(Jun 17,2011)Status of TEPCO's Facilities and its services after the Tohoku-Chihou-Taiheiyou-Oki Earthquake (as of 9:00 AM, June 17)
12. New!(Jun 17,2011)Progress status of the "Roadmap towards Restoration from the Accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station"
13. New!(Jun 17,2011)Plant Status of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (as of 10:00 am, June 17)

TEPCO update of Roadmap

TEPCO update of Roadmap

Learning the true lesson from Fukushima

Learning the true lesson from Fukushima

Fukushima: The nuclear power industry must win the PR war

Fukushima: The nuclear power industry must win the PR war 

No amount of public relations spin can alter the fact: the disaster which struck the Fukushima Daiichi plant following an earthquake and subsequent tsunami was an absolute catastrophe for Japan and the nuclear power industry.

Reports of the death of nuclear power are greatly exaggerated


Reports of the death of nuclear power are greatly exaggerated

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Fukushima still wet 'n' wild - June 16, 2011

Fukushima still wet 'n' wild - June 16, 2011

Gov't to designate new evacuation spots near Fukushima plant

Gov't to designate new evacuation spots near Fukushima plant

The NNSA hazard map released by the U.S. federal government. The Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant is marked by a white dot at right.

 The NNSA hazard map released by the U.S. federal government. The Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant is marked by a white dot at right.

News navigator: What are radiation 'hot spots'?

News navigator: What are radiation 'hot spots'?

Fukushima's emergency power failure traced to U.S. design

Fukushima's emergency power failure traced to U.S. design

Nuclear power: What now?

Nuclear power: What now?

Alt-Energy Watch: Areva Dumps CEO as Utility Sector Preps for Big Changes (ARVCY, GE, EXC, DUK) - 24/7 Wall St.

Alt-Energy Watch: Areva Dumps CEO as Utility Sector Preps for Big Changes (ARVCY, GE, EXC, DUK) - 24/7 Wall St.

No Quick Fixes for Areva

No Quick Fixes for Areva

French Government Fires Anne Lauvergeon

French Government Fires Anne Lauvergeon

Bombshell for ‘Atomic Anne’

Bombshell for ‘Atomic Anne’

REFILE-UPDATE 2-Areva strategy under scrutiny after new CEO

REFILE-UPDATE 2-Areva strategy under scrutiny after new CEO

Yucca Mountain: A waste of a nuclear dump

Yucca Mountain: A waste of a nuclear dump

Nuclear Power Safe In U.S.

Nuclear Power Safe In U.S.

FACTBOX-U.S. proposed new nuclear power reactors

FACTBOX-U.S. proposed new nuclear power reactors

Pocket Particle Accelerators Could Bring Safer Nuclear Power to Neighborhoods

Pocket Particle Accelerators Could Bring Safer Nuclear Power to Neighborhoods

Nebraska nuclear reactor dry though surrounded by flood

Nebraska nuclear reactor dry though surrounded by flood

Full Meltdown: Fukushima Called the 'Biggest Industrial Catastrophe in the History of Mankind'

Full Meltdown: Fukushima Called the 'Biggest Industrial Catastrophe in the History of Mankind'

Scientific experts believe Japan's nuclear disaster to be far worse than governments are revealing to the public.

Obama Wants Engineering Students and 'Diversity'

Obama Wants Engineering Students and 'Diversity'

President Obama wants America's universities to graduate 10,000 more engineers annually than they're now turning out. Just one small problem.

Midwest Floods: Both Nebraska Nuke Stations Threatened from Dissident Voice by Rady Ananda

Midwest Floods: Both Nebraska Nuke Stations Threatened

from Dissident Voice

Green Jobs Are Real: German and American Solar Industry Both Employ More People Than U.S. Steel Production

Green Jobs Are Real: German and American Solar Industry Both Employ More People Than U.S. Steel Production

With roughly 93,500 direct and indirect jobs, the American solar industry now employs about 9,300 more workers than the U.S. steel production sector, according to 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics. The American steel industry has historically been a symbol of the country's industrial might and economic prosperity. But today, the solar industry has the potential to overtake that image as we build a new, clean-energy economy.
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Fukushima Water Treatment to Begin Today (With Filtration System Details)

Fukushima Water Treatment to Begin Today (With Filtration System Details)

After setbacks earlier in the week, Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to deploy a crucial water treatment system at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant today.

Rare Earth Metal Prices Go Parabolic

Rare Earth Metal Prices Go Parabolic

IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety

IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety

On Monday, 20 June 2011, the IAEA convenes a five-day Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety, following the 11 March 2011 nuclear accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Japan, caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, to learn lessons from the accident and to strengthen nuclear safety throughout the world.

Analysis: Gas is killing green energy in price war

Analysis: Gas is killing green energy in price war

Japan refuses to extend Kyoto Protocol commitments to cut carbon emissions after 2012 expiry

Japan refuses to extend Kyoto Protocol commitments to cut carbon emissions after 2012 expiry

Utilities Turn to Mergers as Demand for Power Slows By ADAM ASTON

Utilities Turn to Mergers as Demand for Power Slows

TEPCO account of first 5 days

TEPCO account of first 5 days

Youth and experience: why I’m confident in North America’s energy future

Youth and experience: why I’m confident in North America’s energy future

Are safer reactors possible?

Are safer reactors possible? 

 

My comment: This is an excellent read.

UPDATE: US Considering Intervening In Nuclear Dispute Between Entergy, Vermont


UPDATE: US Considering Intervening In Nuclear Dispute Between Entergy, Vermont

US House committee worried over MOX project costs

US House committee worried over MOX project costs

TVA signs letter of intent for Babcock & Wilcox reactors

TVA signs letter of intent for Babcock & Wilcox reactors

Japan nuke plant set to treat contaminated water

Japan nuke plant set to treat contaminated water

NRC: No flood danger at reactor

NRC: No flood danger at reactor

Top nuke regulator defends his tenure: ‘I hold people accountable’

Top nuke regulator defends his tenure: ‘I hold people accountable’

The “Untouchable”

The “Untouchable”

There is much being made of NRC Chairman Jaczko’s job performance, his political maneuverings and congressional hearings into his performance as chairman of the NRC. What is less clear is whether any of this really matters.

Today's Nuclear Misinformation Or disinformation? Maybe.

Today's Nuclear Misinformation

Or disinformation? Maybe.

Citizens Find Radiation Far From Fukushima

Science 17 June 2011:
Vol. 332 no. 6036 p. 1368
DOI: 10.1126/science.332.6036.1368
  • News & Analysis
Japan Disaster

Citizens Find Radiation Far From Fukushima

Summary

Frustrated by a dearth of information on what happened to all of the radiological isotopes released from the ravaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, civic groups and individuals have been monitoring radiation on their own. Collectively, they have produced a worrisome picture of contamination throughout eastern Japan, with some hot spots surprisingly far from the crippled reactors.

NRC Final Safety Culture Policy Statement

US NRC has issued its final safety culture policy statement

Japan's nuclear crisis: How it happened News Desk The Yomiuri Shimbun

Japan's nuclear crisis: How it happened

News Desk
The Yomiuri Shimbun

eSci: Unsafe Radiation Found Near Tokyo, Vast Area of Japan Contaminated

eSci: Unsafe Radiation Found Near Tokyo, Vast Area of Japan Contaminated

IEA Warns of Higher Carbon Emissions if Nuclear Power Cut

IEA Warns of Higher Carbon Emissions if Nuclear Power Cut

The Energy Debate Coal Versus Nuclear

The Energy Debate Coal Versus Nuclear

US Nuclear Industry Was In Serious Trouble Before Fukushima and Now Is Stalled

US Nuclear Industry Was In Serious Trouble Before Fukushima and Now Is Stalled

Growth remains nuclear's future

Growth remains nuclear's future
15 June 2011
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) sees a decade of growth for nuclear power with only a marginal impact from the Fukushima accident.

NRC updates on uprates

NRC updates on uprates

Government seeks to replace head of Areva

Government seeks to replace head of Areva

SDG&E Adds More Than 235 MW of Solar Power to Its Renewable Portfolio

SDG&E Adds More Than 235 MW of Solar Power to Its Renewable Portfolio

U.S. Solar Energy Industry Continues Record-Setting Growth in 2011

U.S. Solar Energy Industry Continues Record-Setting Growth in 2011

Rising water, falling journalism By Dawn Stover

 Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

Rising water, falling journalism

Nuclear Plant Safety Rules Inadequate, Group Says By MATTHEW L. WALD

Nuclear Plant Safety Rules Inadequate, Group Says

IAEA Fukushima-related Reports Derestricted

IAEA Fukushima-related Reports Derestricted

Two IAEA reports have been derestricted today by the IAEA Board of Governors and are now available on-line at:
 IAEA Activities in Response to the Fukushima Accident (GOV/INF/2011/8) http://www.iaea.org/Publications/Documents/Board/2011/govinf2011-8.pdf
 Technical Cooperation Project in Support of a Marine Benchmark Study on the Possible Impact of the Fukushima Radioactive Releases in the Asia-pacific Region (GOV/2011/32) http://www.iaea.org/Publications/Documents/Board/2011/gov2011-32.pdf

BraveNewClimate Anti- to Pro-Nuclear, Pro- to Anti-, who’s changed their mind?

 

BraveNewClimate

Anti- to Pro-Nuclear, Pro- to Anti-, who’s changed their mind?

Merkel Says Germany Needs 20GW of Fossil-Fuel Power Plants Over Next 10 Years

Merkel Says Germany Needs 20GW of Fossil-Fuel Power Plants Over Next 10 Years

US lawmaker questions DOE existence without national energy policy

US lawmaker questions DOE existence without national energy policy

Profligacies of Scale by John Michael Greer

Profligacies of Scale

by John Michael Greer

Where Will Our Energy Come from in 2030? By David Biello |

Where Will Our Energy Come from in 2030?

Richard Clarke: China is Planting Digital Bombs Throughout the U.S. Power Grid

Richard Clarke: China is Planting Digital Bombs Throughout the U.S. Power Grid

The U.S. government is doing little to protect American interests from cyber threats, claims Clarke in an op-ed

Financial Times Energy 6/17

FT.com - Energy
 

Powering America: The future of US energy
http://link.ft.com/r/G8OTZZ/16GEKG/KEIJMC/BMVIVV/NSEK9Z/LE/h?a1=2011&a2=6&a3=17
Cairn's Gammell passes ball but not the buck
http://link.ft.com/r/G8OTZZ/16GEKG/KEIJMC/BMVIVV/KED4IC/LE/h?a1=2011&a2=6&a3=17
Itochu beats rivals to $1.5bn mine deal
http://link.ft.com/r/G8OTZZ/16GEKG/KEIJMC/BMVIVV/LQYWEA/LE/h?a1=2011&a2=6&a3=17
Areva chief Anne Lauvergeon to quit
http://link.ft.com/r/G8OTZZ/16GEKG/KEIJMC/BMVIVV/EWM24H/LE/h?a1=2011&a2=6&a3=17
Energy Transfer / Southern Union
http://link.ft.com/r/G8OTZZ/16GEKG/KEIJMC/BMVIVV/KED4IA/LE/h?a1=2011&a2=6&a3=17

FT.com - Mining
 

Canberra carbon plan sparks coal profits fears
http://link.ft.com/r/G8OTZZ/16GEKG/KEIJMC/BMVIVV/C5ZCM8/LE/h?a1=2011&a2=6&a3=17

Citing more design mistakes and omissions, public interest groups call for nuclear regulators to halt the AP1000 reactor approval process

Citing more design mistakes and omissions, public interest groups call for nuclear regulators to halt the AP1000 reactor approval process
Watchdog groups press NRC chairman to release damning internal dissent

Thursday, June 16, 2011

TEPCO starts up water treatment system, but massive radioactive waste feared

Reactor 1 Drywell Hits Stunning 263 Sieverts Per HOUR

Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant - Amt. of radiation

B&W plans for up to six small modular nuclear reactors in letter of intent with TVA

B&W plans for up to six small modular nuclear reactors in letter of intent with TVA

TEPCO Press Releases 6/15/16

1. New!(Jun 16,2011)Status of TEPCO's Facilities and its services after the Tohoku-Chihou-Taiheiyou-Oki Earthquake (as of 3:00 PM, June 16)
2. New!(Jun 16,2011)Plant Status of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (as of 3:00 pm, June 16)
3. New!(Jun 16,2011)The results of nuclide analyses of radioactive materials in seawater taken in areas near intake canal of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (for the data taken on June 15)
4. New!(Jun 16,2011)Detection of Radioactive Materials from Seawater near Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (85th release)
5. New!(Jun 16,2011)Regarding the receipt of the order to submit reports related to Improvements to work environment inside the Reactor Building of Unit 2 at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
6. New!(Jun 16,2011)Detection of Radioactive Materials from Subsurface Water near the Turbine Buildings of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
7. New!(Jun 16,2011)The results of nuclide analyses of radioactive materials in the air at the site of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (83rd release)
8. New!(Jun 16,2011)Status of the Inspection and Restoration Works Performed after the Niigata-Chuetsu-Oki Earthquake (as of June 16)
9. New!(Jun 16,2011)Status of TEPCO's Facilities and its services after the Tohoku-Chihou-Taiheiyou-Oki Earthquake (as of 9:00 AM, June 16)
10. New!(Jun 16,2011)Plant Status of Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Station (as of 3:00 pm, June 16)
11. New!(Jun 16,2011)Plant Status of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (as of 10:00 am, June 16)