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Nuclear Plants Leaking Radiation in Japan, California, Russia and that’s just the one’s they tell you about.

Radiation, Arbitration, Interpretation; we ain’t getting no Satisfaction.  The rhyme doesn’t exactly jive, nor does the information about nuclear energy and the amount of radiation being released.

While Japan has stopped operating ALL 50 of it’s nuclear reactors, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved a license for the construction of two new nuclear reactors at Georgia’s Power Plant Vogtle.  The NRC voted 4-1 to allow Atlanta-based Southern Co to build and operate two new nuclear power reactors at its existing Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia. The units will cost Southern and partners about $14 billion and enter service as soon as 2016 and 2017.

Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, issued the following statement.

The approval of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle represents an enormous milestone in the effort to provide safe, reliable, and clean electricity to consumers. This important step allows full construction to begin on the first new reactors built in over 30 years and is the result of hard work by Southern Company and its partners, and the NRC. This first-ever approval of a reactor under this new licensing regime demonstrates the process works and goes a long way in reducing the risk for other new nuclear reactors to follow.

REGIME?  We have a freaking regime?

Are you kidding me?  Obama has trouble signing gas, oil, and coal licensing, but can sign up for nuclear energy?

NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko cast the lone dissenting vote on plans to build and operate the two new nuclear power reactors, citing safety concerns stemming from Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, and saying “I cannot support issuing this license as if Fukushima never happened”. There’s a vote of confidence for you, when even the chairman knows this is a bad idea.

Obama has promised $8 BILLION in loans.  The new plant will use AP1000 reactors built by Westinghouse Electric, a standardized design approved by the NRC in December that will be the foundation for several other proposed nuclear plants. Westinghouse is majority owned by Japanese multinational Toshiba Corp.

Imagine that, Toshiba isn’t building any reactors in Japan, so they can build them for America.  We suppose the only good news is that they are not using the jobs Czar from GE  and its Mark I design which exploded at Fukushima.  Nuclear power might create jobs but it can kill hundreds, if not millions of people when things go wrong, and wrong they sometimes do.  From ABC NEWS-

More than 1,300 tubes that carry radioactive water inside the San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California are so damaged that they will be taken out of service, the utility that runs the plant said Tuesday.

The figures released by Southern California Edison are the latest disclosure in a probe of equipment problems that have kept the coastal plant sidelined for more than three months.  A company statement said that as of Monday, 510 tubes had been plugged, or retired from use, in the Unit 2 reactor, and 807 tubes in its sister, Unit 3. Each of the generators has nearly 10,000 tubes, and the number retired is well within the limit allowed to continue operation.

Activists viewed the new figures as another alarming sign following a tube break in January, which prompted Edison to shut down the Unit 3 reactor as a precaution. Traces of radiation escaped at the time, but officials said there was no danger to workers or neighbors.

Traces of radiation?  How much is a trace of radiation?  We all know TEPCO was not, and probably still is not forthcoming on radiation, cesium, and Mox fuel in Japan.  What makes anyone think that the plants owners SCE, San Diego Gas & Electric and the city of Riverside will be?

There are about 7.4 million Californians live within 50 miles of San Onofre, which can power 1.4 million homes. So where are the radiation detectors?  What we the planners thinking when they know damn well that whole area is earthquake prone.  Samething in Japan.  The earth quakes! The San Andreas fault, San Jacinto Fault, and Elsinore are nearby. The Rose Canyon fault runs right through the center of San Diego.

From Forbes Magazine, March 2011-

The Environmental Protection Agency yesterday reported finding elevated levels of iodine-131, a product of nuclear fission, in rainwater in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. The levels exceed the maximum contaminant level (MCL) permitted in drinking water, but EPA continues to assure the public there is no need for alarm.

No need for alarm?  That rainwater falls into our drinking water, you buttnuts. You think you could just go online easily and keep a track of monitoring.

Good luck.

The Environmental Protection Agency launched a new open-data system where it posts laboratory results from its sampling of air, precipitation, drinking water and milk. The new system can be found here: RadNet Sampling Data.  The Environmental Protection Agency’s RadNet system is designed to detect radiation from accidents like the Fukushima disaster in Japan and from foreign nuclear tests. It displays a map of the United States with monitoring stations highlighted. Click on one for a graphic representation of its data.

Guess what? The links don’t work. How about that? A unit at UNLV is now also offline after being outed by high winds. http://www.ansatunlv.com/air_monitoring.html

Operated by the Department of Energy and the Desert Research Institute, the Community Environmental Monitoring Program only covers Nevada and Utah, but it should be of interest to states downwind.  THE LINK WORKS! Canada offers a weekly report that includes a single daily dose calculated mid week from FPS monitoring stations across Canada at http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hc-ps/ed-ud/respond/nuclea/data-donnees-eng.php#ddrl_mar2011

Here’s one from Tokyo. http://securitytokyo.com/ (live link) and more can be found at the

Online Geiger Counter Nuclear Radiation Detector Map

http://www.blackcatsystems.com/RadMap/map.html (more live links)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) had originally planned to begin accepting spent fuel and high-level nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain nuclear repository, a deep geological formation 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 31, 1998.  It still isn’t open. We have to guess at where all that nuclear waste is being stored and how much of it may be leaking.  Japan keeps hosing theirs down with water and  leaking it into the ocean.

TOKYO (AP) — The government approved on Wednesday a 1 trillion yen ($12.5 billion) public bailout for the operator of Japan’s tsunami-devastated nuclear power plant and put it under temporary state control.

In exchange, Tokyo Electric Power Co. has appointed new management and pledged to cut costs while raising utility rates as it works to stabilize the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant and compensate tens of thousands of victims of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

Chernobyl still hasn’t stopped leaking

Twenty-six years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Ukraine is launching the construction of a new protective layer to cover the section of the reactor that exploded. The disaster, caused by an explosion and fire in the nuclear power station’s main reactor, spread clouds of radiation across Europe and forced hundreds of thousands of people to be evacuated. The BBC’s David Stern says the current protective covering is leaking radiation. video http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17853134

Lastly, if you need a vote of confidence on the nuclear industry and monitoring,

To save money, EPA relies in part on trained volunteers to regularly change out air filters on theRadNet monitors and mail them to a federal lab in Alabama where the data gets a detailed analysisa few days later. Volunteers are also tasked with alerting EPA if something goes wrong with the machine.  http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-03-26-radiation-gaps_N.htm

Additional Sources-

http://ncf.uschamber.com/blog/2012/02/construction-first-new-nuclear-reactor-more-30-years-approved?utm_source=Outbrain&utm_medium=related%2Bcontent&utm_campaign=Website%2BLaunch%2B3-12

http://www.projectnoproject.com/category/project/nuclear/

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/1300-tubes-damaged-ailing-cal-reactors-16304993#.T6qK1-3UaQJ

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2011/03/28/epa-expect-more-radiation-in-rainwater/

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/09/us-usa-nuclear-nrc-idUSTRE8182J720120209

Stay tuned and have a good day, one day it will be your last.  God Bless.

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Three Mile Island Radiation Leak

Almost one month to the day that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)  released a Press release extending Three Mile Island’s license for 20 years, there has been another radiation leak at the facility.  http://taxdollars.freedomblogging.com/files/2009/11/three-mile-island-renewal.pdf  

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has renewed the operating license for the Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit 1 (TMI-1), in Middletown, Pa., for an additional 20 years. The  new license will expire on April 19, 2034.  Via Associated Press, “A small amount of radiation has been detected in a reactor building at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in central Pennsylvania. Officials say there is no public health risk.” http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jS9jFy7mB2i2XjBy3BDXHnvJG-7wD9C4M3SG0   

A partial Meltdown of Three Mile Island’s Unit 2 reactor occurred in March 1979.

The NRC http://www.nrc.gov/ must be scratching it’s a$$ this weekend as there is no official press release from the agency.  The Current Power Reactor Status Report for November 20, 2009 shows a big fat zero for producing energy at Three Mile Island at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/reactor-status/ps.html

From the NY Daily News, “Employees at the infamous plant were cutting pipes in a reactor building about 4 p.m. when a radiation alarm sounded, triggering the evacuation of 150 workers. The cause of the leak has not been found.  http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2009/11/22/2009-11-22_three_mile_island.html#ixzz0XcSYPiRL The reactor building has been shut down for weeks while workers from Exelon — an energy company that operates Three Mile Island — overhauled steam generators and other equipment.  Exelon Nuclear says that there was no contamination identified outside the reactor building.  Surveys conducted outside the reactor building indicated a slight increase in radioactivity, but levels have since returned to normal, TMI officials report. Dauphin County and state EMA officials did not learn of the exposure until Middletown Mayor Robert Reid contacted the county’s 911 Center at 9:30pm, 5 1/2 hours after the radiation release. via http://www.nucpros.com/index.php?q=node/7486#comment-672  at member of the Profession Reactor Operator Society. 

Did anyone bother to notify The White House?  Has the news yet to reach Daniel B. Poneman, Deputy Secretary of Energy? http://www.energy.gov/organization/daniel_poneman.htm 

For five and a half hours Exelon Nuclear didn’t tell anyone that there was a potential problem?   While this case seems to indicate containment, what about the what if’s, had it not been contained?  How does Excelon say that there was no contamination outside in one sentence and in the very next say that there was an increase in radioactivity outside, in the next? 

In contrast to The Three Mile Accident on March 28, 1979… when the plant experienced a failure in the secondary, non‑nuclear section of the plant. They did not know that the core had melted, but they immediately took steps to try to gain control of the reactor and ensure adequate cooling to the core. The NRC=s regional office in King of Prussia, Pa., was notified at 7:45 a.m. on March 28. By 8:00, NRC Headquarters in Washington, D.C., was alerted and the NRC Operations Center in Bethesda, Md., was activated. The regional office promptly dispatched the first team of inspectors to the site and other agencies, such as the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, also mobilized their response teams. Helicopters hired by TMI’s owner, General Public Utilities Nuclear, and the Department of Energy were sampling radioactivity in the atmosphere above the plant by midday. A team from the Brookhaven National Laboratory was also sent to assist in radiation monitoring. At 9:15 a.m., the White House was notified and at 11:00 a.m., all non‑essential personnel were ordered off the plant’s premises. http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/fact-sheets/3mile-isle.html

A dozen or so reactors are waiting for approval for new and existing Nuclear Energy Producing Facilities,at  http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/new-reactors/new-licensing-files/expected-new-rx-applications.pdf with a hat tip to http://taxdollars.freedomblogging.com/2009/11/11/three-mile-islands-license-renewed-for-20-years/42493/  Incidentally, no new nuclear facilities have been built since the Three Mile Island mishap in the U.S.

Yucca Mountain

After spending billions on Yucca Mountain, President Obama has derailed plans to open the facility to nuclear storage.  http://www.ocrwm.doe.gov/repository/index.shtml Yucca sits on the  Nellis Military Operations Area in Nevada approximately 80 miles northwest of the Las Vegas metropolitan area.  Maybe the government made a deal with the aliens of Area 51 for storage instead. 

Whatever the future of the facility, President Obama continues on the global warming train to nowhere, saying in his speech on Nuclear Weapons in Prague:

“To protect our planet, now is the time to change the way that we use energy,” he said to applause. ” Together, we must confront climate change by ending the world’s dependence on fossil fuels, by tapping the power of new sources of energy like the wind and sun, and calling upon all nations to do their part. And I pledge to you that in this global effort, the United States is now ready to lead….“We should build a new framework for civil nuclear cooperation, including an international fuel bank, so that countries can access peaceful power without increasing the risks of proliferation. That must be the right of every nation that renounces nuclear weapons, especially developing countries embarking on peaceful programs…. We must harness the power of nuclear energy on behalf of our efforts to combat climate change, and to advance peace opportunity for all people.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/05/obama-prague-speech-on-nu_n_183219.html  President Obama wants more nuclear plants, less nuclear weapons and offers no place to store the waste. He wants to close Gitmo and offers no place to store that human waste either.  

Arrrghhh.

Three Mile Island wasn’t the only nuclear facility having incidents reports this week.   http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2009/20091120en.html.  November 18, 2009, the RSO (Radiation Safety Officer) of Terracon Consulting Inc. (ARK-0820-03121) reported the theft of a Troxler 3440 Moisture Density gauge (SN#27140) from a construction site at the Two Pines landfill in Jacksonville, Arkansas. The gauge contained an 9 mCi Cesium-137 source and a 44 mCi Americium-241/Beryllium source.  The category 3 radioactive material gauge was found along a roadside. 

Did we learn nothing from Chernobyl?

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