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Nuclear reactions are smoldering again at Chernobyl

Posted by seumasach on May 13, 2021

There are the fake panics and the real ones, the latter being generally of no interest

Richard Stone


5th May

Thirty-five years after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine exploded in the world’s worst nuclear accident, fission reactions are smoldering again in uranium fuel masses buried deep inside a mangled reactor hall. “It’s like the embers in a barbecue pit,” says Neil Hyatt, a nuclear materials chemist at the University of Sheffield. Now, Ukrainian scientists are scrambling to determine whether the reactions will wink out on their own—or require extraordinary interventions to avert another accident.

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Don’t like CO2? Advanced nuclear power is the answer

Posted by seumasach on February 10, 2020

A future free of fossil fuels and dependent on nuclear power was first put forward in a 1945 booklet entitled “The Atomic Age”. Throughout the 1950s it was scientists linked to the Manhattan Project who put forward the “global warming” thesis. Now under the pretext of “saving the planet” nuclear energy is set for a comeback. This is ironic: if there is one thing which will render planet earth permanently uninhabitable it is the pitfalls which inevitably accompany nuclear power. We have already had at least two major catastrophes and countless incidents of contamination. We would have already had the good sense to leave it behind were it not for the pseudo-problem of CO2. As this article makes quite clear green energy sources will not make up the deficit left by ending fossil fuel energy generation. The Green agenda demands a nuclear agenda as recognised in Labour’s manifesto.

Jonathan Tennebaum

Asia Times

26th January, 2020

So you don’t like CO2? What you need to know, then, is that there’s no alternative to advanced nuclear power.

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TEPCO accepts US offer to aid dangerous Fukushima cleanup

Posted by seumasach on November 4, 2013


2nd November, 2013

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has accepted Washington’s offer to help with the cleanup and decommissioning of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The move comes as TEPCO prepares for the major operation of removing fuel rods from Unit 4.

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A Statement from U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz regarding Fukushima

Posted by seumasach on November 4, 2013

US Department of Energy

1st November, 2013

“On Friday, I made my first visit to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. It is stunning that one can see firsthand the destructive force of the tsunami even more than two and a half years after the tragic events.  The words of President Obama following the incident still hold true today: ‘The Japanese people are not alone in this time of great trial and sorrow. Across the Pacific, they will find a hand of support extended from the United States as they get back on their feet.’ My colleagues from the Department of Energy and I are grateful for the cooperation and openness of our host, TEPCO President Hirose, and his dedicated staff. They face a daunting task in the cleanup and decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi, one that will take decades and is being carried out under very challenging conditions. The TEPCO workforce is facing unprecedented challenges and is clearly focused on devising and implementing solutions.

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Radiation from Japan nuclear plant arrives on Alaska coast

Posted by seumasach on November 3, 2013


2nd November, 2013

Scientists at the University of Alaska are concerned about radiation leaking from Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, and the lack of a monitoring plan.

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Fukushima 2020: Will Japan be able to keep the nuclear situation under control?

Posted by seumasach on October 21, 2013

This article at least gives some insight into the Japanese clean-up operation. I cannot on its feasibility. WHO figures concerning Chernobyl should , of course, be disregarded.

Japan Times

19th October, 2013

Thirty seconds into what may ultimately be regarded as one of the defining speeches of his career, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slowly raised his hands chest high, then spread them out sideways in a gesture of confidence.

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Japan’s nuclear crisis deepens

Posted by seumasach on August 23, 2013

China expresses ‘shock’


21st August, 2013

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s nuclear crisis escalated to its worst level since a massive earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima plant more than two years ago, with the country’s nuclear watchdog saying it feared more storage tanks were leaking contaminated water.

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Fukushima: Pump and prey

Posted by seumasach on August 10, 2013

Pump and prey: Tepco might have to pour water on Fukushima wreckage forever

Professor Chris Busby


7rth August, 2013

Fukushima is a nightmare disaster area, and no one has the slightest idea what to do. The game is to prevent the crippled nuclear plant from turning into an “open-air super reactor spectacular” which would result in a hazardous, melted catastrophe.

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Violations of the Right to Health in Fukushima

Posted by seumasach on May 29, 2013

Will WHO Listen to the UN Special Rapporteur?

Mieux Prevenir

28th May, 2013

“The initial comments made by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Mr Anand Grover, after his visit to Japan, confirm that the government has been willfully and perhaps criminally negligent in failing to protect the population from radioactive contamination.”

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Japan’s new nuclear regulator has some bite

Posted by seumasach on May 16, 2013

Japan’s Nuclear Watchdog Shows Its Bark Has Some Bite: Energy


16th May, 2

Japan’s nuclear regulator, set up to replace a predecessor that ignored warnings before the atomic disaster in Fukushima, looks set to deliver a ruling that will permanently shut at least one nuclear plant and maybe more.

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Obama approves higher radiation threshold

Posted by seumasach on April 21, 2013

Obama Approves EPA’s Higher Radiation Exposure Levels for U.S. Population

Activist Post

18th April, 2013

According to a statement by PEER (Public Employees For Environmental Responsibility) published on the organization’s website on April 8, 2013, Barack Obama has given final approval for the EPA’s attempt to raise radiation levels in soil and water following “radiological incidents.”

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