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REPORT: Will Natural Gas Fuel America in the 21st Century? David Hughes

REPORT: Will Natural Gas Fuel America in the 21st Century?

David Hughes

IAEA Daily Press Review

IAEA Daily Press Review

The objective of the DPR is to present a general overview of international, English-language, media coverage of the IAEA and nuclear issues, that does not purport to be exhaustive. The following articles are obtained from external news sources for whose content the IAEA takes no responsibility.
July 8, 2011
A review of today's news covering the IAEA and related nuclear issues. | The objective of the DPR is to present a general overview of international, English-language, media coverage of the IAEA and nuclear issues, that does not purport to be exhaustive. The following articles are obtained from external news sources for whose content the IAEA takes no responsibility.
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Fukushima Nuclear Accident Update
Please note that upcoming updates on the Fukushima nuclear accident will be posted on our website www.iaea.org and on the IAEA Facebook account.
Stress-Test Proposal Sows Confusion A surprise proposal by the Japanese government to begin stress tests of the nation’s nuclear-power plants has thrown into confusion plans to restart shut-down reactors – the first since the Fukushima Daiichi crisis erupted in March. WSJ
Radioactive water treatment facility at Fukushima misses target A key system to treat highly radioactive water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is operating below its target, threatening to delay the year-end goal for treating all the accumulated water. Asahi
Tepco halts cooling system at nuclear plant after sparks-Kyodo The operator of Japan’s Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant, located near the tsunami-crippled Daiichi plant, on Thursday halted the cooling system at one of its reactors after electrical sparks were detected, Kyodo news agency reported. Reuters
Tepco Says 3 More Workers Exposed to Radiation Exceeding Limit Tokyo Electric Power Co. said three more workers at its crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant were exposed to radiation exceeding the government’s annual limit. Bloomberg
Japan govt: nuclear safety more important than energy supply Japan’s top government spokesman said on Friday higher priority should be given to ensuring the safety of nuclear plant operations than to a stable energy supply. Reuters
Japan’s Legally Safe Reactors Still at Risk, Regulator Says Atomic reactors deemed safe by Japan’s nuclear regulator are still at risk from temblors even after safety measures taken following the worst atomic accident in 25 years, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said. Bloomberg
Genkai mayor retracts approval of reactor restarts after ’surprise’ stress tests The government plan to require all nuclear power reactors to undergo stress tests will push back the expected restart of two reactors at the Genkai nuclear power plant this summer. Asahi
President of Japan Nuclear Operator May Resign Over E-Mails The president of a nuclear plant operator said on Thursday that he may resign as a result of a scandal over faked e-mails that has added a bizarre new twist to a decision whether to allow Japan’s idled reactors to restart in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. NYT
IAEA in the News

IAEA worried over Iran plans to triple uranium production UN nuclear chief Amano to meet Iranian FM Salehi, says “further cooperation is needed to restore confidence of int’l community.” Reuters
Other Nuclear News
Pakistan denies N.Korea bribe for nuclear technology A retired Pakistani general strongly denied on Thursday a report that he took $3 million in cash in exchange for helping smuggle nuclear technology to North Korea in the late 1990s, while the nation’s foreign office called the story “preposterous.” Reuters
New NSG guidelines may affect India in the long run: officials Any move to curb transfer of enrichment and reprocessing technologies to India by NSG countries will have no impact in the near future but may create hurdles in the long run for the domestic nuclear sector. Economic Times
China moving toward establishing its first law on nuclear power Chairman Zhang Huazhu of the China Nuclear Energy Association revealed in an interview with the Denki Shimbun that the association would compile a draft of China’s first Atomic Energy Act by December. Denki Shimbun
Opinion and Analysis
Malcolm Fraser : We all share the duty to eliminate nuclear weaponsSMH

Govt must swiftly ensure safety of N-reactors for early restartYomiuri

Nuclear power plant ’stress tests’ must be transparentAsahi

Summer to test Japan resolve over nuclear powerReuters

Haste vs. Procrastination on Nuclear WasteNYT

The nuclear limitDeccan Chronicle

Can Shumlin’s Arguments Against Vermont Yankee Pass the “Sniff Test”?

Can Shumlin’s Arguments Against Vermont Yankee Pass the “Sniff Test”?

ANS Nuclear Cafe60th Carnival of Nuclear Energy Blogs

ANS Nuclear Cafe

60th Carnival of Nuclear Energy Blogs

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The 60th Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers is up at Atomic Power Review. This is the first time this blog is participating in the carnival.
If you want to hear the voice of the nuclear renaissance, the Carnival of Nuclear Energy Blogs is where to find it. Contrary to what the anti-nuclear crowd would like you to believe, the wheels have not come off the renaissance.
Past editions have been hosted at NEI Nuclear Notes, Idaho Samizdat, ANS Nuclear Cafe, NuclearGreen, and CoolHandNuke, as well as several other popular nuclear energy blogs.
If you have a pro-nuclear energy blog, and would like to host an edition of the carnival, please contact Brian Wang at Next Big Future to get on the rotation. This is a great collaborative effort that deserves your support.
Please post a Tweet, a Facebook entry, or a link on your Web site or blog to support the carnival.
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atomic power review

Fukushima Daiichi Bulletins

from atomic power review

Nuclear Disaster Like Fukushima Unlikely in U.S. By Jack Spencer

Nuclear Disaster Like Fukushima Unlikely in U.S.

Japan's Kan says nuclear clean-up could take decades

Japan's Kan says nuclear clean-up could take decades

Japan Times Chart on radiation limits in food

Japan Times Chart on radiation limits in food

What will happen with Uranium Supply

What will happen with Uranium
Supply

http://nextbigfuture.com/2011/07/what-will-happen-with-uranium-supply.html
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High levels of caesium found in Fukushima beef

High levels of caesium found in Fukushima beef

The real climate hoax: denying reality and demonising scientists

The real climate hoax: denying reality and demonising scientists

A worrying tale of Amazon's power

A worrying tale of Amazon's power

Mark Lynas's book on environmentalism appears to have been withdrawn from sale. Why?
If the mess over the "Murdoch Empire" has shown us one thing, it's that monopolies are problematic. And here's another one: Amazon.
Environmentalist, author and NS contributor Mark Lynas has spent the last few years writing and researching his new book, The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive The Age of Humans.
But look at the book's Amazon page - on its opening weekend, when reviews are published, advertising is bought and a sizeable proportion of sales are made - and the book is mysteriously listed as being "under review".
This product is not currently offered by Amazon.co.uk because a customer recently told us that the item he or she received was not as described.We are working to resolve this as quickly as possible. In the meantime, you may still find this product available from other sellers on this page.
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SPOTLIGHT: Tracking U.S. Nuclear Safety Improvements

SPOTLIGHT: Tracking U.S. Nuclear Safety Improvements

Progress can be a matter of perspective, but in the months since an extreme earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants, the U.S. nuclear industry has clearly made many significant advancements:
  • Began examining every single one of the 104 American nuclear power plants, confirming (PDF) that the ongoing safety and operational upgrades installed during the decades since the plants were built have maintained a secure level of performance and modernization … even in the case of a flooded river plain.
  • Established a Fukushima Response Steering Committee of nuclear industry executives and leaders to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated response in the event of an emergency
  • Confirmed the vision and value of advancing America’s nuclear power fleet with new, modern reactors, such as AREVA’s EPR™ reactor, built from the ground up with active and automatic safety systems and enhanced operational design efficiencies
  • Conducted personal interviews and opened their doors to host facility tours for government, media and public scrutiny of plant security, fuel management, operational processes, and contingency plans
  • Engaged in the national nuclear fuel cycle deliberations to recapture and reuse the 96% energy content that remains, evaluating centralized interim storage of used fuel, and the eventual development of a repository.
As with any advancement, progress is pegged on a continuum from past accomplishments to future goals. The U.S. nuclear industry’s intense, ingrained focus on safety is obvious with the unmatched statistic of zero deaths attributed to operating a commercial nuclear reactor beginning with President Eisenhower commissioning the first commercial nuclear power plant in 1954. No other energy industry in the U.S. comes close to matching this commitment and accomplishment.
In support of the nation’s goal of reduced carbon emissions and energy security, the nuclear power industry can play a larger role if we expand its current 20% supply of America’s electricity demand with modern, safe reactors. Additional reactors could significantly reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and replace fossil-fuel-generated carbon emissions with reliable, sustainable nuclear power. In tandem with expanding renewable energies, expanding safe nuclear energy could help us meet the expected 100% increase in electricity demand by the year 2050 with low-carbon sources.

India Finalizes Nuclear Liability Law

 
India Finalizes Nuclear Liability Law
 
In a move that could expand India’s civilian nuclear power sector by opening up access to foreign suppliers, India’s government has put the finishing touches on its long-awaited legislation for implementing the country’s nuclear liability law.

The Coming Cleantech Crash

Posted: 08 Jul 2011 10:50 AM PDT
The global clean energy industry is set for a major crash. The reason is simple. Clean energy is still much more expensive and less reliable than coal or gas, and in an era of heightened budget austerity the subsidies required to make clean energy artificially cheaper are becoming unsustainable.

Q&A: Bill Gates on the World’s Energy Crisis

Q&A: Bill Gates on the World’s Energy Crisis

International Growth of SMRs - New Report

International Growth of SMRs - New Report

Russia is poised to have a barge-mounted plant with two 35-MW PWRs in operation in 2013, leading the field in deploying SMRs.
China could be a close second because it is set to begin construction of a plant comprised
of two 105-MW high-temperature gas-cooled reactors.....
The report is at www.oecd-nea.org/ndd/reports/2011/current-status-small-reactors.pdf.
- From Platts Nucleonics Week

Why pro-nuclear environmentalism has failed when anti-nuclear has succeeded - and how to change this Barry Brook

Why pro-nuclear environmentalism has failed when anti-nuclear has succeeded - and how to change this

Barry Brook | 9 July 2011 at 9:41 PM | Categories: Emissions, Future, Nuclear | URL: http://wp.me/piCIJ-1fn

…means No Chance of halting climate change
With George Monbiot on the debating warpath against Greenpeace and in support of nuclear power as a serious mechanism for tackling climate change, and Mark Lynas' new book on planetary boundaries and techno-fixes, "The God Species", now out (despite some weird problems on the launch day), it really is time for environmentalists to get serious about starting (and sustaining) a pro-nuclear movement. Not just arguments of logic, science and engineering and not just appeals for people to 'do the numbers and figure it out' (although these are still important) -- no, we need a real 'can do, must do' movement. What do I mean, and how do we achieve this? I'll let my friend Ben Heard explain, in the brilliant guest post below (which is also up on DecarboniseSA.com).
p.S. I'm reading The God Species right now (it's excellent) -- will do a review in due course.
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Why pro-nuclear has failed when anti-nuclear has succeeded

Guest Post by Ben HeardBen is Director of Adelaide-based advisory firm ThinkClimate Consulting, a Masters graduate of Monash University in Corporate Environmental Sustainability, and a member of the TIA Environmental and Sustainability Action Committee. After several years with major consulting firms, Ben founded ThinkClimate and has since assisted a range of government, private and not-for profit organisations to measure, manage and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and move towards more sustainable operations. Ben publishes regular articles aimed at challenging thinking and perceptions related to climate change and sustainable energy at decarbonisesa.com.
There is no point denying it. The anti-nuclear movement in Australia has been remarkably effective. Combined with abundant cheap coal, Australia’s anti –nuclear movement has kept us the only one of the world’s top 16 economies not to employ nuclear power. It made people like me grow up anti-nuclear without ever really being asked to think about it. The result is some of the highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions in the world; in South Australia around 720g CO2-e/kWh (which is one of the lowest levels in the country I might add. NSW, Victoria and Queensland are all much higher), compared to a mere 90g CO2-e/kWh in nuclear dominated France.
Meanwhile, the pro-nuclear position has, to my observation, failed to ever really gain much traction, and has evidently failed to deliver change. This is said with all respect to the many smart and passionate people who have worked on the issue for much longer than I.
Why has the anti-nuclear movement succeeded? It is easy and tempting to write-off its success to dishonourable actions from the leadership of the movement which:
  • Lies
  • Distorts information
  • Grants itself the luxury of being single-issue, and ignores the rest of the world’s problems when they don’t suit them
  • Uses fear-mongering freely and to great effect
  • Never, ever feels obliged to correct the record when their fear-mongering is subsequently shown to be completely false

Um…then how are you holding the sign?
While these points and things like it are arguably true (I have certainly encountered all of the above myself), it grants the anti-nuclear movement all the power by taking the focus off the shortcomings of the pro-nuclear approach.  It’s also clear that we can challenge these things when the opportunities arise, but we can’t change them. This makes it all largely beside the point.
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Friday, July 8, 2011

Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident may not Sabotage the World Energy Needs

Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident may not Sabotage the World Energy Needs

Shikoku Electric Postpones Nuclear Plant Test Run Wall Street Journal

Shikoku Electric Postpones Nuclear Plant Test Run
Wall Street Journal

Has Time Run Out to Replace Indian Point's Nuclear Power?

Has Time Run Out to Replace Indian Point's Nuclear Power?


There are 'very limited options' for new sources of generation before Indian Point 2's operating license expires in 2013, says state offical

 

DOE to Pay $100 Million for Used Nuclear Fuel Storage Costs to Xcel Energy

DOE to Pay $100 Million for Used Nuclear Fuel Storage Costs to Xcel Energy

Xcel EnergyXcel Energy announced today it has reached a settlement with the federal government regarding costs incurred by Northern States Power Co. and its customers because of the Department of Energy’s failure to begin removing used fuel from the company’s nuclear plant sites by a 1998 deadline.
Under the settlement, the federal government will pay approximately $100 million for used fuel storage costs at Prairie Island and Monticello nuclear generating plants incurred through 2008. The federal government also will pay costs incurred from 2009 through 2013 related to the DOE’s failure to remove used fuel.

Russia puts nuclear energy in list of 27 technologies critical to Russia and Areva pushes ahead with Trekkopje uranium mine for 2013

Russia puts nuclear energy in list of 27 technologies critical to Russia and Areva pushes ahead with Trekkopje uranium mine for 2013

from Next Big Future

Fukushima cover takes shape from World Nuclear News by Jeremy Gordon

Fukushima cover takes shape

from World Nuclear News

Nuclear technology is Russian priority from World Nuclear News by Jeremy Gordon

Nuclear technology is Russian priority

from World Nuclear News

OPPD reinstalls nuke plant dam

OPPD reinstalls nuke plant dam

Japan May Be Nuclear Free by May as Tests Delay Restarts

Japan May Be Nuclear Free by May as Tests Delay Restarts

Liberals and Conservatives support new nuclear units


Liberals and Conservatives support new nuclear units

Editorial: Modular reactor a move into nuclear future * By NEWS SENTINEL EDITORIAL BOARD

Editorial: Modular reactor a move into nuclear future

Lessons Learned from Fukushima Part 3 – Political

Lessons Learned from Fukushima Part 3 – Political

The Hotspots: Reading of environmental radioactivity level

Reading of environmental radioactivity level


This PDF file shows the hot spots just for Fukushima province and a map of their location tied to the daily readings.  Many of the data suggest low levels of radioactivity which begs the question of why they are called “hot spots.”

http://tinyurl.com/Fuku-hot-spots

    Kyushu Electric executive's order behind nuke plant restart email scandal

    Kyushu Electric executive's order behind nuke plant restart email scandal

    Nuclear Power Plants and Childhood Leukaemia–End of the Debate?

    Nuclear Power Plants and Childhood Leukaemia–End of the Debate?

    The Fukushima Disaster Opens New Prospects for Cooperation in Northeast Asia

    The Fukushima Disaster Opens New Prospects for Cooperation in Northeast Asia

    Here's the latest construction update video for Plant Vogtle

    Here's the latest construction update video for Plant Vogtle

    Shale gas's role in U.S. debated

    Shale gas's role in U.S. debated

    Japan groups alarmed by radioactive soil

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    DISASTER MANAGEMENT
    Japan groups alarmed by radioactive soil

    Soil radiation in a city 60 kilometres (40 miles) from Japan's stricken nuclear plant is above levels that prompted resettlement after the Chernobyl disaster, citizens' groups said Tuesday.

    Fusion energy without radioactivity: laser ignition of solid hydrogen–boron (11) fuel

    Fusion energy without radioactivity: laser ignition of solid hydrogen–boron (11) fuel

    The NNL doesn't like Thorium

    The NNL doesn't like Thorium

    Thorium Fuel Cycle - Potential Benefits and Challenges *IAEA TECDOC-1450

    Thorium Fuel Cycle - Potential Benefits and Challenges *IAEA TECDOC-1450

    President of Japan Nuclear Operator May Resign Over E-Mails

    President of Japan Nuclear Operator May Resign Over E-Mails

    Atomic Anne’ hits at France’s lack of vision - FT

    Atomic Anne’ hits at France’s lack of vision - FT

    Cybersecurity and Nuclear Power Plants

    Cybersecurity and Nuclear Power Plants

    Moderator | July 8, 2011 at 8:55 am | Tags: nuclear | Categories: Nuclear Security | URL: http://wp.me/p1fSSY-nk
    It’s hard to read the news these days without seeing reports of one entity or another “getting hacked” or being attacked in cyberspace. We’re frequently asked how nuclear power plants are protected from those who try to break into computer systems without authorized access – often for malicious purposes.
    Perhaps the most important thing to recognize is that nuclear power plants and their computer systems were designed before the days of internet cafes and wireless connections. So there is no connection to the internet and thus no way for a hacker from the outside to get at the safety-related computer systems of the plants. Even the digital control systems installed in some plants more recently have no connection to the ‘net.
    And while nuclear power plants were designed to feed electricity to the power grid, they were also isolated in ways to protect them from any potential negative effects that could come from the grid.
    After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, cyber security quickly became a major focus of U.S. government activities. The NRC was no exception. We took immediate steps – through orders -- to ensure that computer systems used to operate nuclear power plants were not accessible even by “insiders” who could attack the cyber systems directly from within the plant.
    Later, the NRC went even further with a new regulation that required all the nuclear power plants to have a cyber security plan and a timeframe for implementing protections of those key systems related to safety, security and emergency preparedness functions.
    In addition any power company seeking to build a new nuclear power plant will need to include a cyber-security plan as part of their application to the NRC.
    The NRC has its own cyber security experts on staff and works closely with other federal experts, including U.S. Cert – the U.S. Cyber Emergency Readiness Team – to monitor what’s happening in cyber space here and around the world, and to take actions if necessary to protect the vital systems in nuclear power plants.
    Sara Mroz
    Security Specialist

    Where Do You Plug In?

    Posted: 07 Jul 2011 07:51 PM PDT
    A signal that plug-in transportation isn’t just for California any more, the Electric Power Research Institute brings its Plug-In Conference and Exposition to the East Coast on July 18, 2011. In its 4th year, the conference makes one giant leap out of its comfort zone in California and heads all the way to Raleigh, North Carolina.

    Natural Gas Taking America's Electric Power Sector by Storm

    Posted: 07 Jul 2011 06:19 PM PDT
    Many view natural gas as the key feature of the United States' new energy economy.  Whether this is true or not is still to be determined.  What is evident, though, is that natural gas is a growing energy resource for America.  According to the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), electricity produced from natural gas has increased 44% over the past ten years.

    Supporters of oldest US nuclear plant dominate hearing on early shutdown; want it to stay open

    Supporters of oldest US nuclear plant dominate hearing on early shutdown; want it to stay open

    Hypocricies exposed How the lack of equity in matters of nuclear power has led to a world divided

    Hypocricies exposed

    How the lack of equity in matters of nuclear power has led to a world divided

    IAEA: Construction of NPPs in the world will continue despite the accident in Japan

    IAEA: Construction of NPPs in the world will continue despite the accident in Japan

    Water treatment, cooling systems finally working

    Water treatment, cooling systems finally working

    Tepco able to patch leaks in 4 km of hose, for now


    Thursday, July 7, 2011

    Haste vs. Procrastination on Nuclear Waste

    Haste vs. Procrastination on Nuclear Waste

    Moving spent fuel from pools to dry casks in the absence of a long-term repository has pluses and minuses. On the plus side, the radiation will diminish during dry-cask storage, meaning that the fuel will need less space at its burial site someday.

    Kyushu Electric Power Busted for Using Shills to Promote Pro Nuke Views at Genkai Hearing

    Kyushu Electric Power Busted for Using Shills to Promote Pro Nuke Views at Genkai Hearing

    Things may be slowly changing, even in Japan.

    #Radiation in Japan: Katsuo (Skipjack Tuna) Haul Is Zero at Onahama Port in Fukushima

    #Radiation in Japan: Katsuo (Skipjack Tuna) Haul Is Zero at Onahama Port in Fukushima

    Katsuo (shipjack tuna) is in season, and in a normal year the port of Onahama, Fukushima Prefecture should be bustling with activities, with fishing boats hauling katsuo they caught into the port, noisy auctioning by the wholesalers.

    This year is anything but normal, and the amount of the haul at the Onahama port is zero. Zero.

    Where are the fishing boats loaded with katsuo going? Other ports, so that the katsuo that they catch off the coast of Fukushima and all along the Pacific North can be sold as coming anywhere but from Fukushima.

    (In other words, watch out, consumers.)

    From Yomiuri Shinbun (7/7/2011):
    福島県を代表する漁港で、東北地方有数のカツオの水揚げ港でもある福島県いわき市の小名浜漁港が、苦境に立たされている。

    The Onahama Port in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, the biggest port in Fukushima Prefecture and one of the best known port for hauling katsuo (shipjack tuna) in the Tohoku region, finds itself in difficult times.
    カツオ漁が最盛期を迎えた中、津波で被害を受けて3週間前に再開した魚市場への漁船によるカツオの水揚げはゼロ。東京電力福島第一原発事故の影響 で「福島産」とみなされるのを心配して、漁船が同港での水揚げを避けて他県に向かうためだ。「漁場は同じなのに……」。地元漁業関係者の苦悩が続く。
    It's the prime season for katsuo fishing right now, but the katsuo hauling at the port, which reopened three weeks ago for the first time since the March 11 tsunami, is zero. It's because fishing boats head for other ports in other prefectures, fearful that their catch will be considered "caught in Fukushima Prefecture", a big negative in the aftermath of the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident. The local fishery people lament, "katsuo all come from the same fishery...."
    春から夏にかけて太平洋沿岸を北上する群れを追うカツオ漁は5月から本格化し、いまが最盛期。しかし、小名浜魚市場では、魚を入れるカゴが高く積まれたまま、静まり返っている。
    Katsuo fishing, which chases katsuo as the fish migrate north along the Pacific coast from spring to summer, started in earnest in May. Now it's in the prime season. However, at the wholesale fish market at the Onahama Port, all is quiet, and fish baskets remain empty.
    「例年なら、仲買人や市場の職員でごった返し、すごい活気なんですけどね」。市場職員の中野聡さん(35)はため息をつく。
    "In a normal year, the place is chaotic with wholesalers and fish market personnel, bustling with activities," Mr. Satoshi Nakano, 35-year-old worker at the market, sighs.
    水産庁によると、同港で2009年に水揚げされたカツオ(生鮮)は、全国の漁港で5位の約2420トン。地元漁協では、約7割が地元以外の船によるものだったとしている。
    According to Japan's Fisheries Agency, 2,420 tonnes of fresh katsuo were hauled at the port in 2009, No. 5 in the whole country. The local fishing co-op says 70% of the haul was from the out-of-Fukushima fish boats.
    There have been anecdotal but credible "rumors" for about two months that there are unusual increases of unusual kind of fish in ports outside Fukushima - Tokyo's Tsukiji Port, and a port in Mie Prefecture for example. The rumors say the boats are catching fish off the coast of Fukushima and hauling them at a distant port, and the fish are being sold as "caught in the ocean near that port", which is perfectly legal.
    And what about the remaining 30% of the fishing boats that are from Fukushima Prefecture? A group of fishing boats left the Onahama Port for katsuo fishing last month, but they've given up on hauling to the Onahama Port due to the "baseless rumor" of radiation contamination, according to Tokyo Shinbun.
    The authorities seem to want to keep it "baseless rumor" by not testing. At this point, even if they start to test, no consumer will readily believe the official numbers.
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    The Vermont Attorney General Will Soon Announce Something or Other about Entergy

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    Nuclear power plants cleared of leukaemia link

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    White House blasts Energy and Water spending bill

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    Why we need nuclear power By Stanford L. Levin

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    1. New!(Jul 07,2011)Submission of a report on anti-earthquake countermeasures of the switchyard etc. with a view to securing reliability of offsite power supply for Nuclear Power Stations etc. to Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
    2. New!(Jul 07,2011)Plant Status of Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Station (as of 3:00 pm, July 7)
    3. New!(Jul 07,2011)Plant Status of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (as of 3:00 pm, July 7)
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    5. New!(Jul 07,2011)The results of nuclide analyses of radioactive materials in the ocean soil off the coast of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (continued report 5)
    6. New!(Jul 07,2011)Detection of radioactive materials in the soil in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (21st release)
    7. New!(Jul 07,2011)Detection of Radioactive Materials from Seawater near Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (106th release)
    8. New!(Jul 07,2011)Detection of Radioactive Materials from Subsurface Water near the Turbine Buildings of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
    9. New!(Jul 07,2011)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 collected on July 6)
    10. New!(Jul 07,2011)Status of Evaluation Work of TEPCO Employees' Exposure Dose at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (3rd release)
    11. New!(Jul 07,2011)The results of nuclide analyses of radioactive materials in the air at the site of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (104 release)
    12. New!(Jul 07,2011)Submission of the report to NISA regarding security of offsite power supply of Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Station
    13. New!(Jul 07,2011)Status of the Inspection and Restoration Works Performed after the Niigata-Chuetsu-Oki Earthquake (as of July 7)
    14. New!(Jul 07,2011)Plant Status of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (as of 10:00 am, July 7)
    15. New!(Jul 07,2011)Status of TEPCO's Facilities and its services after the Tohoku-Chihou-Taiheiyou-Oki Earthquake (as of 9:00 AM, July 7)