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NUCLEAR FREE JAPAN BY NEXT SPRING ? NUCLEAR INDUSTRY IS GOING DOWN SHOOTING.

27 Jan 2012

AND THEN THERE WAS ONE (1)…NPP IN JAPAN. Chugoku Electric Power Co.’s,  Shimane Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), in Shimane Prefecture may be THE LAST NUKE STANDING, BUT ONLY UNTIL APR 2012.  At the current attrition rate for reactors; supposedly for safety checks. That was well received by Nuclear Industry opponents still leery about the Mar 2011 Fukushima tragedy, while adding to concern about potential blackouts, factory shutdowns, and economic pandemonium.

TWO MORE REACTORS NOW CLOSED Chugoku Flectric power Co.  shut the No. 2 reactor at its Shimane NPP on 27 Jan 2012.  TEPCO No. 5 reactor unit at its Kashiwazaki Kariwa station was idled on 25 Jan 2012. That leaves only three(3) reactors in operation; and these, are due to go off-line for regular checks during the next three(3) months.

“WE CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT NUCLEAR POWER”  Said Yuji Nishiyama, an analyst with Credit Suisse Group AG. “If we experience a zero-nuclear situation, the argument that we don’t need nuclear power anymore will be stronger…But, at the moment we cannot live without nuclear power. We may not need 50 reactors, but we do need about 10 or 20…Japan’s becoming free of nuclear power within three months would have a psychological effect”.  Yeah! – worldwide,  and for good reason.  They peed in the bathwater!

DE-MOTHBALLING  OIL OR GAS THERMOELECTRIC PLANTS THE ANSWER? Yuji Nishiyama said: We do have a number of mothballed power plants, but it takes time to reactivate those generators – sometimes years…and these plants often have low-utilization rates. Some cannot be used at night.”  Companies including Toyota Motor Corp. and Panasonic Corp. escaped power cuts after they were ordered to cut consumption by 15 % in some areas during last year’s summer when demand peaked. Households were asked to regulate use of air conditioners. The restrictions were lifted as temperatures cooled.

PETROLEUM, OR LIQUEFIED (NAT) GAS are Japan’ proven fuels of choice for thermoelectric generation. However, the cost of burning oil to generate power, is almost twice that of gas. Before the Fukushima tragedy, Japan relied on about 30% NPPs for generation, and had a goal of 50%, but now, as most of its NPPs have been shut down, Utilities have been forced to rely more on oil, or gas-fired power-plants to make up the difference; That change, has added about $34 billion to the country’s import bill.  And then…there is the cost of maintaining, and staffing 50+ idled NPPs.  HMM!- They can’t win for loosing, and abhor long-range planning for their future. Frankly Japan’s Government seems politically sterile and irresolute, and its people in denial.  Wake-up Japan!, destiny waits for no one.  “Kicking the can down the road” is no solution!!.

TEPCO’S FINANCIAL HURDLES  Include three conditions set by its lenders: 1. Reactor restarts, and conditions  2 and 3: TEPCO’s acceptance of a capital injection from a State-run Fund;  However, TEPCO’s management is resisting giving up control to the State Fund even as it faces collapse under the weight of compensation claims, and cleanup costs for the Triple melt-down tragedy which may burden them for 40 years or more.  It is no wonder  TEPCO’s shares fell 1.4 % to 210 yen on 27 Jan 2012. TEPCO’s stock is down about 90 % since 10 Mar 2011 (the day before the tragedy).

TEPCO ALSO THINKS IT IS INDISPENSABLE TO JAPAN.  I have news for them – Neither their Prefecture Governors, or the Japanese people, want them back in operation.  They have said so in no uncertain terms.  TEPCO seems principally worried about loosing the remaining 10% of their financial worth.  This seems incomprehensible when one considers the huge remediation expenses facing them for their Fukushima mess.  Perhaps they are hoping for a miracle, or some of their “friends of old” in government to bail them out still.  No Way!! When you are down (TEPCO really is), no one wants to help, foreign or domestic.  After all, they never shared their profit when they were riding high, and hoping to control a sizable part of the world’s nuclear industry. Their unbridled ambition and arrogance was their undoing.

EVEN SO…JAPANESE GOVERNORS SAY: NO WAY!! Notwithstanding the higher cost to the utilities, local governments that normally had approved NPPs have balked.  Understandably, Yuhei Sato, Governor of Fukushima (where TEPCO has two(2) NPPs, including the wrecked Dai No.1 plant), has vowed to make the region a NUCLEAR-FREE ZONE.  Hirohiko Izumida,  Governor of Niigata (where TEPCO’s Kashiwazaki Kariwa plant is located), said he will “never” negotiate with TEPCO regarding Nuke restarts until all of the deficiencies exposed by the Fukushima accident are explained and corrected”.  I reckon it is going to be a cold day in hell!

AND THEN THERE WERE THREE (3)…With one exception, no reactors taken off-line since the 11 Mar 2011 tragedy have been allowed to restart.  Now they await results of so-called NPP “stress tests”;  However, with public opinion running strongly against restarting NPPs, Pro- Nuke persons in Japan are getting very nervous.. “Trade and Industry” Minister Yukio Edano said Japan may have no nuclear plants operating this summer, and the government is preparing measures (no telling what measures – they plan a lot!) to avoid power shortages.  Minister Edano added: “The safety issue is more important than power supply concerns”.  Do you think he means it?  I do not!

Thanks to Bloomberg for quotations, 27 Jan 2012

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MY TAKE:

JAPAN’S KANSAI ELECTRIC FEELS INDISPENSABLE. Kansi Electric Power Co. – Main supplier to Japan’s second-largest industrial region, expects a 9.5 % energy shortfall in Feb 2012. Kansai powers Sharp Corp. and Panasonic factories, is asking customers to voluntarily reduce consumption by more than 10 % this winter. Kyushu Electric Power Co. will also be short of capacity after it shutters its last reactor on-line for maintenance.  Nishiyama said; “In Kansai it’s a nightmare…Saving energy is not enough to save the region…We need to think about restarting nuclear power plants more seriously…I think we go to zero before we get restarts, Kansai may have a 19 %  (energy) shortfall…It’s not going to be one switch is flipped and all of them come back on…Still, if you get a certain amount back on-line(NPPs) you’re not going to have a horrible problem. If you have zero, that leads to a significant economic impact.”SEE THERE!, Industry and people can’t do without us.  We’ll see!! – Next March.

TEPCO EXPECTS THE TRADE MINISTRY TO EXTEND REACTOR LIVES, AND ALLOW NUKE RE-STARTS  They are banking on so called: Nuke “Stress-tests” which are NOT YET Industrially standardized, or their real impact on  public safety understood. TEPCO said on 15 Jan 2012 that it has submitted to the government results of its stress tests on  Reactors No. 1 and 7 at the Kashiwazaki plant. The tests set up by the “Trade and Industry Ministry” aim to show how prepared a nuclear plant is to withstand natural or man-made disasters. Kashiwazaki,  was the world’s largest  nuclear station, has yet to restart three(3) of its seven (7) NPPs units since a 2007, when a quake led to a radioactive water spill: Since then, the work to upgrade Kashiwazaki’s earthquake defenses would seem to make it one of the better stations to restart.  Penn Bowers, a utilities analyst with CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets said:  “Kashiwazaki’s units have been retrofitted to a quake prevention standard that’s probably the best out there…If it didn’t have the TEPCO name out there it would probably be on the top of the list for restart”.

KANSAI AND TEPCO HAVE WASTED TIME Looking for alternative energy generation.  It seems Nuclear generation is all they want to know.  If that is so, they will soon be as extinct as dinosaurs.  Those that fail to adapt to change, are doomed to extinction.  And still:  No one in Japan talks about nuclear waste disposal. They are up to their eyebrows in it!

gonzedo

 

January 27, 2012 at 11:29 PM Comments (3)

NUCLEAR CARTEL WIELDS THEIR “PEOPLE PERSUASION MACHINE” TO RE-START JAPAN’S 49 NUKES

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January 23, 2012 at 8:57 PM Comments (6)

MOST JAPANESE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS(NPPs) ARE DOWN NOW, BUT NOT FOR LONG

19 Jan 2012

JAPANESE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT PLANS 20 YEAR NPP LIFE EXTENSIONS Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said that while details were still under consideration, lifespan of a reactor would in principle be 40 years, as suggested by “Environment and Nuclear Accident Prevention Minister” Goshi Hosono earlier this month.  Even so, Cabinet Secretary Fujimura said on 18 Jan 2012: “The government will allow plant operators to apply for one extension of up to 20 years for each reactor, in line with U.S. standards….There will be no change in the fact that the number of reactors will decline, as will Japan’s reliance on them. But we’re not talking about the immediate future,” (clearly, Hosono and Fujimora disagree about reactor life).  Under the current system, plant operators can apply for an extension after 30 years, and are usually granted 10-year extensions, with no limit on how often they reapply, as long as the nuclear watchdog approves. (WE KNOW about NISA, AND HOW THEY BUGGED-OUT AT FUKUSHIMA!!)

TODAY ONLY FIVE (5) NPPs REMAIN ON-LINE IN JAPAN;  However, if the Central Government can have their way, that will change soon. They (sorry no names given)said on 18 JAN 2012, that they plan to allow NPPs to operate for up to 60 years in upcoming, revised regulations for power plant operators, even in the wake of the Fukushima triple melt-down tragedy of 12 Mar 2011. Such a decision would mark the first time Japan has set a limit on a reactor’s maximum lifespan, and comes while it debates an energy strategy expected to give a greater role to renewables (not much sign of that yet). At present 49 NPPs are shut-down  for “routine checks”, and only five(5) of the nation’s NPPs remain online, prompting utilities to import more fossil-fuels to replace Nuclear power;  That measure, is not without financial (and other  consequences).  Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) – (owner / operator  of the Fukushima NPPs) has announced a 17% rate increase to commercial users. Given that TEPCO is Japan’s largest provider of electricity to commercial and industrial users, they are peeved!

INCENSED CITIZENS PROTEST AGAINST NUKES AND DELAY A HEARING OF EXPERTS. In a rare protest (for Japan), a group of “citizen observers” delayed a hearing at the Trade Ministry(who naturally want all the cheap power they can get).  Protestor Wako Shichinohe, 59 said“How can you allow the restart of reactors? We should not put people in Fukui in the same situation as those in Fukushima,”. At the hearing, experts (you know – “out of town people”) were expected to approve the nuclear watchdog’s review of stress test results from Fukui Prefecture, “Ohi NPPs” ;  Later, a meeting was held without any observers, and the  Experts made final comments on the draft report for the two(2) Ohi reactors, virtually ending the assessment process. No details were immediately available. Stress tests are now being carried out on idled reactors to reassure the public and persuade local governments to allow them to be restarted.

THE FUKUSHIMA SIX (6) NPPs ARE AMONG THE OLDEST IN JAPAN.The four (4) Nuclear Power Plants at the Dai No.1, and the two(2) NPPs at the Dai No.2 (a few miles sites south of  No. 1) started operation between 1971 and 1979.  Twelve(12) other reactors date back to the 1970s – the two(2) oldest having been operating since 1970. THAT MEANS THAT THEY HAD EXCEEDED THEIR PLANNED LIFE WHEN THE TRAGEDY OCCURRED! The Japanese Central government plans to submit bills extending the life of reactors, as well as on reorganizing their Nuclear Regulators (NISA) – Japan’s now infamous counterpart to the USA-NRC) – Please see JAPAN’S “NUCLEAR INDUSTRIAL AGENCY (NISA)” BLAMED FOR FUKUSHIMA TRAGEDY at:  http://energymaters.com/?p=496:   In a parliament session starting later in Jan 2012,  the Central government appears ready to start paving the legal road to return nearly all their NPPs back on-line.  JAPAN’S NUCLEAR POWER INDUSTRY MAY BE DOWN, BUT IT IS NOT OUT – NO WAY, NO HOW!!

PUBLIC SENTIMENT IS FOR JAPAN TO END THE USE OF NUCLEAR POWER. Hiroshi Takahashi, a research fellow at the “Fujitsu Research Institute” said: “The public wants the country to move away from nuclear power as soon as possible, let alone an extension in the life of nuclear reactors…But, if backed up by safety regulations legally deemed adequate, one has to admit there would be little reason the regulation should not be implemented. What has to be considered is that, unlike Germany which is aiming to shut down all its nuclear plants by 2022, Japan is still discussing the future role of nuclear power, allowing for such logic” (THIS MAN SPEAKS WITH A “FORKED-TONGUE”). He is really saying: Public opposition does not really matter!!  He misjudges the Japanese people’s resolve not to return to Nukes.

Thanks to Reuters for quotations, Tokyo Japan, 18 Jan 2012

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MY TAKE

THE GLOBAL NUCLEAR CARTEL IS VERY POWERFUL!;  So much so, that they are able to corrupt and control many governments like Japan, France, and the USA to do what they want, and, only what they want, without any remorse, or guilty feelings regarding public feelings or safety.  BIG MONEY is clearly “wagging the dog by the tail” and has been, for at least 50 years or so.

JAPAN’S  NPPs ARE NOW OLD, AND OBSOLESCENT.  In fact they already exceed their planned life of 40 years.  Perhaps that is one reason they are “cracking-up” all over.  Long term radiation exposure has a marked deleterious effect on metal and concrete materials, that is the reason for the reactor’s planned life of 40 years.  One supposses now inspectors may go around NPPs with a small hammer checking for weakened components(if that much), then report everything is still O.K.

THE IMMEDIATE CONCERN OF JAPAN’S CENTRAL GOVERNMENT IS APPROVING NPP LIFE EXTENSIONS. Accordingly they will follow their modus-operandi(MO).

1. The USA is doing it, France is doing it, why should we not do it too?  Its what they say. 

2. Call in the “Experts” and obtain a written “report” saying the plan is fine and good. Notice this time they do not even name the “Experts”; These, are normally well known scientists who sold out long ago to the Cartel. Apparently they would rather not face public scorn and ridicule this time (already done).

3. Call in their USA-NRC equivalent the NISA.  OOPS! Problem is these folks are currently blamed for the Fukushima triple-meltdown tragedy.  Not to worry, NISA will be reorganized.

4. “Stress-tests” will be performed on the reactors, and they will check-out just fine (already in-work).

5. Next the IAEA will be summoned from Vienna once again to whitewash, and bless the plan. That is what they exist to do, and NO! – they are no part of the UN!. Given the Japanese people’s opposition, and to “guild the lily”, they may call on French and USA Nuclear experts to bless their plan (that is optional).

UPDATE NO.1  21 JAN 2012

ON 18 JAN 2012 JAPAN’S “PANEL OF EXPERTS” CONVENED AND WAS MET WITH PROTEST. The “Panel of Experts”, mostly government members and Professors, had to be escorted out of the meeting room and assembled in another building when about 20 well qualified anti-nuke protestors voiced their opposition to the Central government’s hurried initiative to “re-start the nukes”. GREENPEACE AND OTHERS DEMONSTRATED LOUDLY. Ayako Sakine, a Greenpeace member and one of the 20 demonstrators said: “They shut out the citizens…This is unforgivable”.  Another demonstrator, Greg McNevin, said police officers in riot gear were even called in.  Mc Nevin said: “People are saying very clearly what they want when it comes to the future of nuclear energy in Japan…They’re not being heard.”

DISSIDENT “PANEL OF EXPERTS” MEMBER Masahi Goto, a Professor at the Shibaura Institute of Technology, said he boycotted the 18 Jan 2012  session when he learned the public would be shut out.  Prof. Goto said: “I don’t want to join a discussion held in a secret room”

NOW WE KNOW IT WAS THE INFAMOUS NISA – Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA), Japan’s counterpart to the USA-NRC (“nuclear watchdog” -Yea! On a leash!), that had the gall to present a “draft report” (seeking approval – of course!) at the meeting. Said report sought approval for the STRESS TESTS RESULTS from “Kansai Electric Power Company” which owns reactors No. 3 and No. 4 NPPs at the “Ohi plant” in Fukui prefecture, western Japan. Predictably, Kansai Electric said the stress tests show the reactors are able to withstand an earthquake 1.8 times stronger than the maximum presumed quake for the region, as well as a tsunami wave up to 11.4 meters high. Oh my! Even Godzilla would not prevail.

ENTER A SECOND JAPANESE “WATCHDOG” Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission (NSC). Wow!- hard-sell requires more salesmen!  Now NSC must also(first) approve the input from A THIRD AGENCY: Vienna – based “International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA)”; So, IAEA will review and approve – true to form.

THE NEWS UPDATE – 21 JAN 2012: As anticipated, Japanese prime Minister Edano told reporters at a regular news conference that the IAEA-led mission will visit Japan Jan. 23-31, 2012, and use test results for Kansai Electric Power Co’s “Ohi nuclear plant” as an example in the review. The Nuclear Cartel’s MO continues true to form.  Lookout! When Minister Edano says: “As an example” he means: Ditto for all the other NPPs. See there, Bless one NPP, bless them all!  We also anticipate the USA Secretary of Energy will visit, or more likely, send a designee. THIS IS ALL A “PEOPLE PERSUASION PARODY”. It would be funny if not so clearly nefarious!!!
Comment: In the USA, when any branch of government gets in a hurry to approve “anything” it is understood they are trying to “Railroad it” Meaning: Get it approved quickly before anyone knows what the hell happenened!!

NOTICE NO ONE IS WORRIED ABOUT ACCUMULATED NUCLEAR WASTE, OR ITS DISPOSAL.

6. Of course all such governmental overtures will be given the best of beneficial Press Coverage – They own the Press too with heavy adds to launder the money.  Conspiracy theory?? No, it just the Nuclear Cartel MO.  IT IS A DAMN SHAME!!  Just look at the USA-NRC to see the MO in operation.

gonzedo

 

January 19, 2012 at 1:24 AM Comments (0)

USA NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION STILL HOG-TIED AND IMPOTENT – PART 3

13 Jan 2012

THE USA NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION (NRC) HAS SURRENDERED TO THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY, and  is now (still) weighing its rules to improve safety at 104 USA Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) to incorporate the “lessons of Fukushima” on Mar 2011(as best can) by accepting an “Industry plan” to place emergency pumps and generators at Nuclear Power Plants as an “acceptable methodology” which supposedly helped persuade the USA-NRC to speed a safety review according to an unnamed Official.  Recall that at Fukushima Dai No. 1 NPP Complex; on 11 Mar 2011, quake, and tsunami flooding destroyed emergency power supplies, preventing operation of the plant’s cooling systems, and precipitated the tragic human “comedy of errors” culminating in the “triple-meltdowns” that followed.  USA-NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko had said earlier: “all rules resulting from the Japan crisis to be in place by 2016”.   HE SURE IS IN NO HURRY FOR NEW RULES – LET ALONE IMPLEMENTING THE SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS OF THE USA NUCLEAR FLEET, OR HE KNOWS BETTER THAN TO EXPECT ACTION SOONER.

INDUSTRY -BASED GROUP IS NOW CALLING THE SHOTS. The “Nuclear Enegy insitute” (NEI), a “Washington-based industry group”, has said the agency(NRC) shouldn’t move too quickly in implementing rules, because the lessons from Fukushima aren’t fully known.  NEI  had offered a plan in Dec 2011 as a way to ensure that a plant has “back-up” electricity when power is lost;  Accordingly, NPP owners/operators would need to install portable batteries, and pumps at various locations, to ensure a plant has sufficient electricity to keep reactor cooling systems working (“FOR HOW LONG” WAS NOT STATED) during an emergency. IT IS NOT CLEAR IF THE USA NUCLEAR INDUSTRY WOULD GO ALONG WITH EVERYTHING THE NEI SAYS /WANTS EITHER !

USA- NRC DEPUTY-DOG MARTIN VIRGILIO Executive Director for “Reactor and Preparedness Programs”, on 11 Jan 2012;  at of the NRC headquarters in Rockville, Maryland: said: “The(NEI) plan has features that we believe will serve to mitigate damage from unexpected events such as earthquakes and flooding…The agency must ensure it has adequate oversight of the industry’s proposal…The plan, along with recommendations from Congress, helped the NRC staff decide to “accelerate our schedule” of its review of Fukushima-related safety improvements”

PREVENTING REACTOR CORE DAMAGE IS ESSENTIAL. Tony Pietrangelo, NEI’s Senior VP, and chief nuclear officer, said on 13 Jan 2012: “The NEI plan is really focused on the prevention of core damage…With NRC approval, reactor owners could begin to take steps to implement the plan by mid-summer…Plant modifications may take two years or more”.

NEI  SAYS FLOOD PREVENTION IS PARAMOUNT Adrian Heymer, NEI Executive Director of “Strategic Programs”, said on 11 Jan 2012: “The industry plan would focus on flood prevention …The backup power sources at Fukushima were destroyed by the tsunami… The group doesn’t have a cost estimate for the plan because specific plants would need different equipment. Mr. Heymer had said earlier: “The industry group’s (NEI’s) approach is a reasonable starting point, although more work is needed on defining these(MULTIPLE) strategies”.  Now the USA-NRC Staff is ALSO considering a requirement that plant owners evaluate “seismic, as well as flooding risks”.  POINT WELL TAKEN! – BUT BY WHOM ? The press did not raise the question, and NEI naturally did’nt bring it up either.  They have good reasons not to do so, because there are a number of US nukes located where no nukes should be because of, flooding potential, highly populated areas, and or, in now well- known quake prone areas.

Thanks to Bloomberg for their quotations,  Washington, 13 Jan 2012

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-13/nuclear-industry-safety-plan-acceptable-nrc-official-says-1-.html

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MY TAKE

This article is a sequel to : USA NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION STILL HOG-TIED AND IMPOTENT – PART 2 , dated 11 Dec 2011. http://energymaters.com/?p=458

THE USA NUCLEAR INDUSTRY (JUST LIKE FRANCE’S ) WILL DO ONLY WHAT IT WANTS TO DO.  So what is new ?…Well, that the USA-NRC has now acknowledged that they can take their horses to water, but they can’t make them drink; so, perhaps they can sip a little.  Please take note how the USA-NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko, does not even gets quoted anymore.  He seems to avoid personal embarrassment by having his “Deputy-Dogs” put up a stern face.  I imagine he fells hog-tied and impotent, and we feel sorry for him! He has tried his best !  NRC’s Mr. Virgilio seems to be saying: Well, the plan is better than nothing !

ALLOW ME AN ANECDOTE (PERHAPS A LEGEND)   In an oasis, in a desert far away, several camel keepers were watering their camels, and bragging about how their camels could go the longest without a drink.  One said: “My camel can go up to 18 days without a drink”.  Another said OH! – My male “supercharged” camels can go at least 25 days without a drink”  Oh come on! said the first,  what is this “supercharged”.  Well just you watch: when this camel is just about finished drinking its fill,  I will slam his testicles between these two(2) bricks, and you just watch his last long drink !  His eyes will get crossed, and he will inhale at least 8 more gallons of water!  DO YOU SUPPOSE OUR MERCHANT NPP OWNERS / OPERATORS SHOULD GET “SUPERCHARGED”  TOO ?  PERHAPS THEN THEY WILL TAKE PUBLIC SAFETY TO HEART.

A PATHETIC SURRENDER OF AUTHORITY BY THE USA-NRC.  And yet, the same scenario is taking place in many other Nuclear countries like France, Japan, India, and England.  Yes they all have their NRC Counterpart, for all the good they do !  It seems to me our USA-NRC just wanted to make it clear who is really “running the show”.  BIG MONEY CORRUPTS OUR POLITICAL SYSTEMS OUT OF SHAPE EVERYWHERE !  THE POWERS OF “B” DO ONLY WHAT THEY WANT, AND USE THEIR GLOBAL PROPAGANDA MACHINE  TO “UN-RUFFLE” OUR FEATHERS.

UPDATE 1.  On 06 Jul 2012, Pres. B. Obama designated Dr. Allison Mc Farlane as the 15th USA -NRC Chairperson.  Dr. Mc Farlane will serve a term ending June 2013.  Gregory B. Jaczko former Chairman of the USA Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), resigned his position 21 May 2012.

Edward  Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)

 

January 13, 2012 at 6:48 PM Comments (21)

FRANCE WANTS TO EXTEND NUKE LIFE FROM 40 TO 60 YEARS AND PLACE A BAND-AID ON NUKES

04 JAN 2012
THE CONSERVATIVE “UMP” (PARTY) ONLY WANTS A NUKE LIFE EXTENSION France is in the midst of a heated political debate over its dependence on nuclear energy ahead of the 2012 presidential elections. The ruling “Union For a Popular Movement (UMP)”- (center-right)Party is in favor of maintaining the Nuke status quo, while the opposition Socialist (center-left) party has said it wants to close the oldest 24 reactors by 2025.  Even financing the new required safety measures would prove a thorny issue for France’s budget-conscious, and progressively more anti-nuke citizenry and government.

FRANCE’S COUNTERPART TO THE USA NRC – “Nuclear Safety Authority (L’ASN)” said on 03 Jan 2012 that its main utility EDF must enhance NPPs by installing “flood-proof ” emergency diesel generators, and “bunkered remote back-up control rooms” at 19 of its plants across the country, or face having to shut down some of its reactors. The ASN presented the conclusions of its safety assessment of nuclear facilities to the French government nearly 10 months after the still unfolding Fukushima Dai No.1 NPP tragedy.  State-controlled EDF will also have to set up an “Emergency nuclear task force” to intervene on the site of an accident within 24 hours, and do so before the end of 2012.  Nuclear Watchdogs ASN President Andre-Claude Lacoste told a news conference: “We believe that facilities can only continue to operate if investments are made in the timeframe we’re setting, otherwise we may have to suspend some operations…If EDF estimates that what we are asking for is so expensive, that it does no longer make it worth to operate one facility, it can decide to shut that facility  Lacoste added, giving no detailed financial estimate of the works needed. (FIX THEM, OR SHUT THEM DOWN!)

THE EUROPEAN UNION WILL RELEASE ITS FINDINGS IN JUN 2012. The ASN has concluded that the facilities it assessed in France, the “world’s most nuclear-dependent country”,  presented a “sufficient” safety level, but that action needed to be taken to strengthen the operational management of accidents, and to ensure facilities could resist extreme natural events like flooding or quakes.

ELECTRICITE de FRANCE (EDF) WILL NOT SHUT-DOWN ANY OF ITS 58 NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS(NPPs). on 04 Jan 2012, The French state-controlled utility, published that announcement, as they face a bill for an extra  $13 billion dollars to improve their safety.  France has carried out “stress tests” on its nuclear facilities as part of a European Union-wide move to assess the resistance of European nuclear power plants to extreme cases of natural catastrophe or bad weather

MAIN ISSUE IS: FRANCE NEEDS TO EXTEND NUKES LIFE FROM 40 TO 60 YEARS.  EDF estimates that need will now reach the top end of  40-50 billion euro range over the next 30 years.  EDF Chairman and CEO Henri Proglio said: “Coming into an inheritance like that of EDF, we owe it to ourselves to improve it, and make it profitable…Our investment capacity will up to the task…EDF invests more than 11 billion euros a year across the world” When Proglio was asked if it would be better to close old reactors, and build gas plants, or increase renewable energy sources instead…He said: “Depriving ourselves of nuclear would come at a very high cost,” citing investment in new production units, and a network for renewable energy, the risk of increasing CO2 emissions, a loss of independence and higher energy bills”.  EDF shares were down 4.06 % at 18.43 euros recently, after falling as low as 18.31 euros, and is still in decline.

FRENCH INDUSTRY MINISTER ERIC BESSON TRIED TO TEMPER CONCERNS about higher electricity bills, saying nuclear energy would remain the least costly. “What the ASN wants, that’s about 10 billion euros of extra investments. That should be compared to the 4 billion euros a year that EDF invests in maintenance already…That is 10 (billion euros) over 10 years, about one billion per year;  concretely, when you have a bill of 100 in 2012, that would mean a bill of 102 in ten years,” he added.  EDF will need to dig into its pockets. Proglio said it would take on the additional investment, and that production costs would not fundamentally change, increasing to 50 from 46 euros per Mwh.  EDF announced in May 2011, that it would diversify its nuclear-dominated portfolio by building strong businesses in gas and coal, as well as hydropower and renewable sources.  It will also increase the share of its power production capacity abroad, reducing its exposure to government-set power rates on its domestic market. TALK IS CHEAP!

EDF PLANS TO EXPAND ITS WORKFORCE According to CEO Proglio, EDF plans to expand its staff by 5,000 in France (similar to last year’s increase), about equally divided between its nuclear and engineering businesses, as the company seeks to replace retiring staff.

FRENCH NPP PROVIDER TO BENEFIT FROM NEEDED CHANGES AND UPGRADES. French Energy Minister Eric Besson said in a statement he would meet up with EDF, and NPP  reactor maker “Areva” and the CEA nuclear scientific research body, on 09 Jan 2012 to elaborate an agenda for the implementation of these measures.  HOW SWEET IT IS!! – NO COMPETITION THERE.

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MY TAKE,

CHEAP, CLEAN, NUCLEAR ENERGY- OH!-REALLY? France generates nearly 75% of its electricity from nuclear reactors, and French ratepayers have come to love the relatively cheap (and “clean” ?) source of power that has protected them from the oil-driven spikes in energy prices other nations have suffered;  Indeed, the effort to make France less dependent on foreign oil led successive French governments to embrace nuclear in a big way since the early -1970s. That National policy not only made nuclear technology the main source of France’s energy, but also made it central to French National Strategic Planning vision culminating in the 2001 creation of “Areva” as a global nuclear purveyor.  It will be very hard to wean-off these “easy-money” folks.  They have “a bird-nest on the ground”, and like it that way!

AND YET – ALL OF THAT NOW SEEMS A LONG TIME AGO. Actually, most of the world came to a rude awakening to the real, near and long-term perils of uranium power generation on 12 Mar 2011, with the triple reactor melt-downs at Fukushima Dai No.1 NPP Complex in NW Japan.  While that tragedy will very likely continue to drag-down Japan for the next 30 or 40 years,  it has made the world keenly aware about the transformation that uranium fuel suffers while releasing usable energy to create steam in reactors all over the world.

REAL PROBLEM HAS BEEN, AND IS TODAY, THAT SO CALLED “SPENT-FUEL” IS NO LONGER URANIUM AT ALL, but a bevy of highly toxic, long decay rates(persistent) Isotopes, with about 90% of the original energy which must be stored (who know where) for eternity.  Please remember that accumulation of such radiological toxic substances has already been going-on globally for over 50 years; with no end in sight.

FRENCH ELECTRICITY USERS ARE NOW KEENLY AWARE OF NUKE DANGERS, and many would like to see their country in a different energy tack. Like the rest of our world, they were duped long ago about the safety and “cleanliness” of nuclear energy by its lying proponents  (Hmm – I have seen they lie to my face, and I did not like it!); For that reason, the next (upcoming) presidential election will become a referendum on the soundness of France’s Nuclear National Strategic Planning as Nuke Purveyors, and of continued reliance on now aging, old technology reactors for another 20 years. The party in power in France is now under public scrutiny for aligning with the Nuclear Cartel; Accordingly, nuclear supporters have done what they always do: Bring in their heavy Guns such as the L’ANSE (Frances nuclear “watchdogs” – YEAH! Like the USA’s NRC, to unruffled public feathers.  NEXT they will be calling on the IAEA to visit from Vienna and assuage everyone that NUCLEAR IS O.K.! – Just remember, The IAEA organization is financed and operated by Global Energy Barons. A VERITABLE DEN OF THIEVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING!

WHEN YOU HEAR “NUCLEAR WATCHDOGS” LIKE  FRANCE’S “ASN” TALK TOUGH, HOLD ON!  One is prone to think: Yeah! – that’s telling them!, but in reality all they are doing is providing a ruse(a distraction if you will) for the real plan/purpose of the Nuclear Cartel in France: to EXTEND THE OPERATIONAL LIFE OF THEIR EXISTING NUCLEAR FLEET, WITH A MINIMUM OF SECURITY ENHANCEMENTS AND UPGRADES.  I believe all countries should look to Germany for a good example of real public responsibility, and substantive planning for their future. 

BON CHANCE – MES AMI!!!

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January 4, 2012 at 10:00 PM Comments (11)

PAKISTAN FOREGOES NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS AND PLANS ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES

01 Jan 2012

SYED NAVAEED QAMAR, PAKISTAN’S MINISTER for “Water and Power” said on 30 Dec 2011, that his Ministry has completed a comprehensive plan to enhance power production, in a dramatic effort to overcome the current electricity shortage crisis. The plan includes power importation from Iran and Tajikistan, and construction of many small hydro-electrical generating plants, Solar Farms, and Wind-Farms.

SOME ELECTRICAL POWER WILL COME FROM IRAN Responding to a number of questions in the National Assembly, Naveed Qamar said 35Mw of power from Iran would be added to the system soon ; Further, Iran has agreed to give 100MW more power to Pakistan by Dec. 2012.

WIND-POWER GENERATION IS IN THE WORKS ALREADY Mr. Qamar said 10 projects of wind-power were in different stages of completion in Pakistan. A 50MW wind-energy power production project has been started in Jhampir, Pakistan;  and another eight (8) wind farms  with a total capacity of 550MW power would be initiated by June 2012.  Still another project which will produce 100MW, is expected to come on line by 2013.  More than seven(7) World-Class wind turbine manufacturers including Vestas – Denmark,  Nordex &  Seimens-Germany,  General Electric-USA,  Hyundai-Korea, plus Goldwind  and Sunec of China have offered turbines fully backed by “operation and maintenance period”.  IF THAT MEANS A “WARRANTY PERIOD”, THAT IS GOOD;  However, if that means: “EXCLUSIVE PARTS AND MAINTENANCE CONTRACTS FOR A CONTRACTUALLY SPECIFIED PERIOD OF TIME” – BEWARE!  THAT WOULD BE DISADVANTAGEOUS TO ANY COUNTRY WISHING FOR POLITICAL AND INDUSTRIAL INDEPENDENCE, LIKE PAKISTAN.  HERE IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR COMPETITIVE PROCUREMENT!

HYDRO-POWER GENERATION IN WORKS According to Mr. Qamar, Hydro-power generation projects present and future, include:

1. In Khyber, Pakhtunkhwa, a 56.2MW project is in progress

2. in Punjab, Five(5)  projects with 24.04MW (total ?) capacity.

3.  At Gilgit-Baltistanis, a 30MW project is in different stages of completion; Additionally, 10 small hydro-power production projects having a total capacity to produce 142MW power are also under way.

4. In Chitral 103 micro (small) hydro-power projects having a 15MW power output  are in progress, while 250 more such projects would be launched soon;

5. Additionally, Pakistani experts have pin-pointed 25 hydro-power sites in AJK, Punjab and KPK capable of  producing a total of 284.14MW.

SOLAR-POWER GENERATION PLANNED  Mr. Qamar said the Punjab government would  produce 5MW using solar-energy, and capable of electrifying 300 villages, while 49 villages, (3,000 houses) of Sindh, would also be provided solar-power generated electricity.  IT SHOULD BE POINTED OUT THAT SOLAR-ENERGY IS ONLY AVAILABLE “WHILE THE SUN SHINES”;  AND THAT, MAY NECESSITATE HOUSEHOLDS TO HAVE BATTERIES FOR NIGHTTIME ILLUMINATION.  So far eight(8) letters of interest (Requests for Proposal ?) have been issued to Independent Power Providers (IPPs) for producing 211MW of solar power.

ADDITIONAL ELECTRICAL POWER IMPORTED FROM ABROAD ? Feasibility study of 1,000MW power import from Iran has been completed while.  An additional 1,000MW power may also be imported from Tajikistan through Afghanistan, according to Mr. Qamar.  SORRY! – NO STATUS OF DISCUSSIONS, OR DATES FOR AVAILABILITY GIVEN.  2,000 MW would be equivalent to two (2) Nuclear Power Plants, and highly beneficial to Pakistan’s Industry and people; as soon as possible, if possible.  ONE PROBLEM IS, DEALING WITH IRAN CAN BE VERY DIFFICULT.  

SMALL ENERGY TARIFF INCREASE ANTICIPATED The net monthly increase in monthly energy price adjustment will  remain at Rs 0.14 Kwh, while an average increase in tariff for 2010-11 remained Rs1.07 Kwh in the country. The reasons cited by Minister Qamar was an international increase in oil prices,  and the appreciation of the US dollar, which bumped-up generation cost.

Thanks to: The Express Tribune, Islamabad Pakistan, 01 Jan 2012

http://tribune.com.pk/story/314481/minister-outlines-new-plan-to-tackle-energy-crisis/

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 MY TAKE:

First, let me congratulate the Pakistan Government for foregoing Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) development.  Recall that on 15 Nov 2011 we wrote an article titled: PAKISTAN PLANS TO PURCHASE TWO NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS FROM CHINA http://energymaters.com/?p=413.

WHILE WE ADMIRED PAKISTANI COMPETITIVE CONTRACTUAL APPROACH to NPP Purveyors (China in particular) we were of the opinion that all NPP Purveyors want to sell not just plans for an NPP, but rather a binding contract for its construction, plus logistical and technical support for the life of the NPP.  Apparently the Pakistani negotiators found China also  insistent on such conditions;  Even so, Something that was evidently not taken into consideration by Pakistani planners last November, was that NPPs take on average 10 years to build, and they need more energy now!

NATURAL GAS A BETTER OPTION We recommended that instead of NPP development, Pakistan consider creating and enhancing their Nat Gas infrastructure as a much cheaper, quicker approach to generating large amounts of energy all over Pakistan.  Many other countries of the world are doing so because Nat Gas burns much cleaner than Coal, and can be used as household fuel, etc.  One hopes this will give our world the time it needs to develop our “green energy” as best can.  Mexico too wanted to build seven (7) NPP, but recently changed its mind and decided to go Nat Gas for many reasons.  See http://energymaters.com/?p=397  Regarding the Mexican decision and reasoning, American economist at “WTRG Economics”- an energy research firm in Arkansas said: “This is a very good decision by the Mexican government…With a power generation project based on gas…you can build multiple plants at a much lower cost, and much faster pace, than a nuclear facility” THAT IS IT IN A NUT SHELL!…Not many countries are blessed with good Nat Gas reserves as Pakistan is;  However, we noticed its well laid out Ministerial plans for more energy does not include Nat Gas….

SYED NAVAEED QAMAR, PAKISTAN’S MINISTER for “Water and Power” said on 30 Dec 2011, that the Pakistani Government has completed a comprehensive plan to enhance power production, in a dramatic effort to overcome the current electricity shortage crisis. The plan includes power importation from Iran and Tajikistan, and construction of many small hydro-electrical generating plants, Solar Farms, and Wind-Farms.

MOST OF PAKISTAN’S PLANED INITIATIVES ARE DO-ABLE, and should be done ASAP;  Unfortunately, they loom insufficient to meet near and long term needs of Pakistan’s industry, and its people.  The bulwark of the planned-for energy (2,000 MW) would be imported from Iran and Tajikistan – both unreliable partners for logistical and political reasons.

Mr. Qamar is to be commended for his effort to date.  We hope for his diligent approach to make his plans a reality…Nor should Pakistan feel alone in their great effort to enhance their energy generation by non-nuclear means.  Several other countries are struggling with the same problem, in their own way.  May our creator bless their, and our own efforts everywhere!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE…WE LIVE IN VERY INTERESTING TIMES!!!

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gonzedo

January 1, 2012 at 1:00 AM Comments (14)

JAPAN’S “NUCLEAR INDUSTRIAL AGENCY (NISA)” BLAMED FOR FUKUSHIMA TRAGEDY

27 DEC 2011
JAPANESE COUNTERPART TO USA-NRC BLAMED FOR FUKUSHIMA TRAGEDY.  NISA has been heaped with vitriol for their part in the Fukushima Dai No.1 Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) tragedy of 12 Mar 2011. The Chief Independent Investigator, Engineering Professor Yotaro Hatamura, Ph.D – Emeritus, leveled some of his strongest criticism against Japan’s “Nuclear Industrial and Safety Agency ( NISA)”.  Prof. Hatamura’s full report is expected in the summer of 2012, when it will include interviews with former Prime Minister Naoto Kan and other Cabinet officials. Those interviews weren’t completed for the interim report due to time constraints. DO YOU REALLY THINK SO ?- I DON’T.

PROF. HATAMURA’S SIX MONTH INVESTIGATION REPORT BY A 10 MEMBER TEAM OF EXPERTS was published in a scathing 507 page report on 26 Dec 2011, and includes many damning accusations principally involving governmental cover-up, inactions, lack of foresight, and of “planning for the worst” by both NISA Staff, and the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO).  Prof. Hatamura, specializes in studies of industrial accidents caused by “design flaws and human error”, includes a slew of planning failures, breakdown in communication and operational mistakes by TEPCO NISA Staff, even before, and after the earthquake and tsunami.  Prof. Hatamura was appointed by the government in May 2011 to lead an “impartial and multifaceted” investigation into the nuclear accident. He began studying “Human Error” after finding his students were more interested in how projects can go wrong, according to the publisher of his book “Learning from Failure.”

LONG LIST OF “SAY-WHAT?!!!” ACTIONS / INACTIONS FOLLOWS:

NISA officials left the Fukushima Dai-No.1 NPP site right after the 11 Mar 2011 earthquake/ tsunami,  and when they were ordered to return by the government, provided little assistance to TEPCO Staff struggling to gain control of three(3) melting reactors.  One might compare that to “desertion in the face of the enemy” at a time when monitoring the NPP’s status was vital; yet, The Investigation Committee found “no evidence that the NISA officials provided necessary assistance or advice.”  Plainly put: NISA OFFICIALS BUGGED-OUT! – Even though NISA’s manual said to stay at the NPP, their manager gave the officials (No names given to protect the guilty) permission to evacuate.

TOTAL LOSS OF ELECTRICAL POWER AND EVEN PHONES. While TEPCO supplied the electricity that kept homes, factories and offices running in metropolitan Tokyo (the world’s biggest city), lack of preparation for power failure in the Fukushima NPP left workers reduced to flashlights at the 864-acre site.  Even batteries in cell phones at the Fukushima NPP started running out the first day, and there was no power available even to recharge them, thus preventing communication with the “on-site emergency headquarters”. TEPCO hadn’t considered a tsunami overwhelming the Fukushima NPP; so, no preparation was made for “simultaneous and multiple losses of power” causing station blackout and the failure of all personal handy-phone system units in the NPP, seriously disrupting communications among staff.

CRITICAL COMMUNICATION FAILURES.  Communications became so balky that NPP manager Masao Yoshida, stationed in the emergency bunker, didn’t know what some workers were doing. The high pressure coolant injection system at the No. 3 reactor was stopped by a worker without authority from NPP managers, according to the report. The reactor was one of the three(3) that melted down.  Meanwhile, in Tokyo, the Central Government’s response was muddled by miscommunication between two(2) teams working on different floors of the same building.

TEPCO SAYS HOTLINES DID WORK  So said Spokesman Masato Yamaguchi on 26 Dec 2011.  Between the central control room and the reactor buildings worked following the quake, while workers outside the buildings could use a total of nine(9) transceivers, . The company added 29 transceivers on March 13 and 80 more on 15 Mar (day four).

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT FAILED TO USE ITS RADIATION SPREAD MONITORING SYSTEM. That failure in calculating evacuation areas, may yet cost many truncated lives. While the monitoring tool lacked sufficient data for an accurate assessment because of communication failures, its predictive functions should have been used; Worse yet, the CENTRAL GOVERNMENT WITH-HELD INFORMATION FROM THE PUBLIC. The report states: “Information on urgent matters was delayed, press releases were withheld, and explanations were kept (intentionally) ambiguous,”

NISA FAILED TO FOLLOW ITS OWN “ON-SITE DUTIES” The report says the agency’s manual called for inspectors to remain at Dai No.1 in an emergency, while other officials head to the offsite emergency command office 5 kilometers (3 miles) away in Okuma town.  However, by 14 March 2011, all eight(8) NISA officials (not identified) in the report, had left Dai No.1.     Hiroyuki Fukano, current Director-general of NISA said: “The inspectors were in charge of gathering live information on the site…It’s a serious problem that they didn’t do their job, though it’s a matter of NISA’s system, rather than individual inspectors” (see there, “no one is to blame”).  Mr. Fukano was appointed after the former head Nobuaki Terasaka was fired in Aug. 2011.  Only last Apr. 2011, Mr. Kazuma Yokota, NISA’s chief inspector at Dai No.1 at the time of the quake, said that he was one of three(3) inspectors who left the NPP 15 minutes after the temblor for Okuma. The three(3) reached the center in 15 minutes and found it wrecked, power down, and no working communications.

EVEN ” BEST LAID OF PLANS” ARE NO GOOD IF… Prof. Hatamura told reporters on 26 Dec 2011: “People are often unaware of the functions of the organizations they belong to…If you don’t understand that function, you can’t live up to the expectations that people put on your organization. This is basically what happened at NISA after the accident.”   Prof. Hatamura committee interviewed 456 people over a total of 900 hours of hearings by 16 Dec.  When Prof. Hatamura took the job of heading the independent investigation into the Fukushima tragedy, he said he was looking for lessons rather than culprits. He doesn’t sound that way now!

TEPCO: “NO COMMENT” Jun Oshima, a spokesman for TEPCO, declined to comment on the report as the utility is checking the contents.

Thanks to Bloomberg, Tokyo 27 Dec 2011.
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MY TAKE:

There will always be enough blame to “go-around” regarding a tragedy, and the complete, and real truth will never be revealed in the interest of “protecting the guilty”- specially high level governmental figures.  There will always be those who say: “Stuff happens”, but does it have to be on my turf?  That kind of thinking is worrisome because it permeates organizations that have a “Public Trust” investiture such as the NRC; Yet, we know that our NRC is “Hog-tied, and impotent”.  It is very disquieting to think that there is an NRC equivalent in every “nuclear country”, and most of them are corrupt and answerable to the Nuclear Cartels.  The world needs profound change to attack graft and corruption in high government circles. 

Preventing any more NPPs from being built is one way to weaken The Nuclear Cartel by reducing  their huge “Money Power”.  It could  spare our world from so much  graft, corruption and “ transnucleide poisons”.  There is work to do!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

gonzedo

 

December 27, 2011 at 4:14 AM Comments (20)

JAPAN’S GOV. AND TEPCO ARE LYING AGAIN ABOUT A “COLD-SHUTDOWN” AT FUKUSHIMA NPPs

16 Dec 2011
JAPAN’S PRIME MINISTER YOSHIHIKO NODA IS LYING when he says Fukushima Dai No. 1 nuclear reactors have been brought to a state of “cold shutdown”. He said: “A stable condition has been achieved, and we can consider the accident itself contained”; This, is highly questionable from a scientific perspective; in the opinion of many experts.

SPEAKING AT HIS OFFICE IN TOKYO JAPAN, Prime Minister(PM) Noda said on 16 Dec 2011 that his government and the “Tokyo Electric Power Co.(TEPCO)” had contained the nuclear crisis that occurred after the (THREE) reactors (MELTED-THRU) at the Fukushima Dai No.1 Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in N.E. Japan last 12 Mar. 2011.  He envisions (hopes for) the potential return of some evacuees from the no-go zones.

IT DEPENDS ON WHAT THEY CALL “COLD SHUTDOWN”  P.M. Noda, and TEPCO define it as “a reactor’s cooling system operating at atmospheric pressure, and below the boiling temperature of water (93 Celsius or 200F) degrees. 

NATURALLY, THE USA NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION (NRC) AGREES. Saying that TEPCO has released data showing it meets these criteria at Fukushima (SEE THERE- IT IS JUST A MATTER OF WHAT YOU WANT TO CALL IT! – Our NRC is complicit in deceit ; However, most nuclear scientists say the term “Cold Shutdown“ DOES NOT APPLY TO MELTED REACTORS. Tadashi Narabayashi, a former reactor safety researcher at Toshiba Corp. and now a nuclear engineering professor at Hokkaido University, said: “Achieving cold shutdown does not change the condition of the reactors…It does mean the government will start reviewing evacuation zones and perhaps lifting restrictions depending on extent of contamination…Work on decommissioning is a long way off. For now, they have to focus on making robots to remove melted fuel, and developing new technologies to demolish facilities…In addition, there are about 7 kilometers of plastic pipe in the makeshift cooling system that will need to be replaced with metal versions”

WHAT JAPAN, AND THE NRC CALLS IT, MAKE NO DIFFERENCE, Problem is: huge areas of land, towns and villages in the Fukushima region are highly contaminated by radiation fallout, and are likely to be uninhabitable for 20 years or more. Radiation has already forced the evacuation of about 160,000 people, and the government has yet to say how many can return and when.

AS USUAL, HIGH RANKING JAPANESE POLITICIANS PUT A “GOOD FACE“ ON THE PROBLEM.  P.M. Noda said: We want to make a united effort for them to return home as soon as possible and rebuild their livelihoods,” PLEASE SOMEONE, TELL US WHAT THAT MEANS! – A DECREE DOES NOT REMEDIATE THE MANY HIGHLY CONTAMINATED AREAS  OF JAPAN, OR MITIGATE THE HUGE ACCUMULATED “NUCLEAR WASTE” AT THE PLANT, OR DAMAGE TO COASTAL WATERS.

TEPCO LIES AGAIN WITH A STRAIGHT FACE  They had said in Sep 2011 that they achieved stable cooling of the three reactors at the Dai-No.1 NPP,  by reducing their temperatures below 100 degrees Celsius; so, one supposes TEPCO DID IT AGAIN!  Last month, TEPCO assessed the radiation exposure at the plant’s boundaries at 0.1 millisievert a year, below its target of 1 millisievert a year. The drop in radiation was the second of two criteria imposed by the country’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency(Japan’s NRC) before they would consider the plant stable. Problem is no one believes TEPCO anymore; specially, the Japanese people.

AMERICAN OUTSPOKEN NUCLEAR ENGINEER ARNIE GUNDERSEN SAID: “It is an  achievement to have restored (reactor) cooling and gotten water temperatures to 100 C. …But I don’t know why they choose to say “cold shutdown” because that’s an affront to those in the industry who really know what the term means …(Plain fact is)those nuclear cores are still in a configuration where the center is extraordinarily hot.” AND UNPREDICTABLY SO – FOR MANY YEARS YET!  Gunderson added: “Declaring the cold shutdown at Fukushima risks further eroding people’s faith in the government’s ability to regulate the nuclear power industry. I actually think it’s going to blow up in their face…In the eyes of the Japanese public, the last thing they need to do is exaggerate; AND THIS, IS AN EXAGGERATION”.

JAPAN AND TEPCO’S HARDEST WORK IS ONLY BEGINNING Besides maintaining stable cooling of the melted-thru reactors and “spent-fuel pools” at the plant, TEPCO has to manage storage tanks holding millions of metric tons of contaminated water;  So said Najmedin Meshkati, a professor of civil engineering at the “University of Southern California” who worked as a consultant on decommissioning Chernobyl.  He added: “Now the hardest part starts, which is the cleanup”  Experiences in other countries show the scale of the task still facing TEPCO as it begins decommissioning the reactors, and cleaning contaminated waste, even without the complications posed by the damage at Fukushima.

USA ALSO HAS A HUGE “NUCLEAR WASTE” LEGACY TO REMEDIATE Daniel Poneman, the U.S. Deputy Secretary at the Department of Energy (DOE), said in Tokyo on 15 Dec 2011: “Cold War weapons production in the U.S. left the country with ‘a significant nuclear cleanup legacy, including high- level waste, contaminated soil and groundwater’….The Hanford Site in Washington State and the Savannah River Site in South Carolina have more than 90 million gallons of liquid waste in tanks that the government is working to convert into more stable forms, that do not threaten the environment”. ONE SUPPOSES PONEMAN IS TRYING TO SAY: WELL…WE HAVE A PROBLEM TOO, YOU KNOW!  THERE IS AN OLD SPANISH SAYING: “MAL DE MUCHOS – CONSUELO DE PENDEJOS” (WHAT AILS MANY – IS THE CONSOLATION OF FOOLS”) NO REAL HELP. “ Japan’s government has requested support from the USA to decommission the Fukushima Dai-No.1 NPP, as well as managing the site from an environmental perspective”.  Hell, we can’t even clean up our own act!!!

Thanks to Bloomberg 16 Dec 2011, Tokyo Japan, for quotations.
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MY TAKE: Is that the Japanese government is under intense pressure from the Japanese and the Worldwide Nuclear Cartel. They all know they are sinking by the bow, and want to do something – even lying, which is cheap, but no longer easy to sell.   JAPAN MAY JUST AS WELL FORGET THEY EVER HAD A NPP PREEMINENCE IN THE WORLD.- IT WENT UP IN THE BLACK SMOKE OF THE FUKUSHIMA EXPLOSIONS, AND RADIOACTIVE SPEWS OF 12 Mar 2011.  THEIR PROBLEM IS : IT IS DOWNGRADING THEIR HUGE INVESTMENTS WORLDWIDE.  Just look at EDF in France. It is hemorrhaging money, and they do not know how to stop it. They, and several other nuclear energy purveyors, need to diversify into Clean-energy ASAP!  THAT IS CLEAR AS DAY!

gonzedo

 

December 16, 2011 at 4:43 AM Comments (6)

USA NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION STILL HOG-TIED AND IMPOTENT – PART 2

11 Dec 2011

USA CONGRESS REP. EDWARD MARKEY (D-MASS) EXPOSES NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION(NRC) COLLUSION. Rep. Ed Markey (Congress’ leading voice for nuclear safety); As part of his on-going investigation into U.S. nuclear safety since the Fukushima incident, on 10 Dec 2011 released a damning new report that details how all four(4) NRC Commissioners have colluded to prevent, and then delay the work of the NRC “Near-Term Task-Force on Fukushima”  The NRC task-force was tasked to provide recommendations for the immediate improvement to NRC regulations and procedures incorporating the “Lessons-learned” from the Fukushima Dai No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant (NPP)triple-meltdowns on 12 Mar 2011- the worst nuclear disaster in history.

THE “NRC NEAR TERM TASK-FORCE” is composed of  Staff members with more than 135 years of collective NPP experience; Additionally, they have full access to other expert NRC staff. After they completed a methodical and comprehensive review of NRCs regulatory system, Rep. Markeys Congressional staff also reviewed thousands of pages of documents, including e-mails, correspondence, meeting minutes, and voting records.  They found a concerted effort by Commissioners William Magwood, Kristine Svinicki, William Ostendorff and George Apostolakis to undermine the efforts of the Fukushima Task Force with requests for endless additional study (Foot-dragging still) in an effort to delay the release and implementation of the Task Force’s final recommendations.

OPEN HOSTILITY TOWARD CHAIRMAN JACZKO Documents show a clear/stated hostility on the part of the four (4) Commissioners toward efforts of NRC Chairman Greg Jaczko(fifth member of the Commission) despite his efforts keep them fully informed regarding the  demonstrable need for immediate implementation of  the “Fukushima Lessons-Learned” recommendations. The “gang of four” sold-out Commissioners is now is calling for the impeachment of Chairman Jaczko. HE MUST BE MAKING IT UNCOMFORTABLE FOR THEM AND THEIR SPONSORS! – Damn corruption! That is what it is, and clear for all to see.  ANY IMPROVEMENTS TO THE USAs NUCLEAR FLEET WOULD COST THEIR SPONSORS MONEY.

REP MARKEY SAID GENERAL PUBLIC AT RISK BECAUSE OF NRC INACTION The four Commissioners would rather leave America’s nuclear fleet (about 130 NPPs), and consequently the USA general public at risk;  Instead of doing what they have been sworn to do. these four Commissioners have clearly abdicated their responsibility to the ensure the safety of the American Public, to favor the financial interests of the USAs Nuclear Industry. I call on these four Commissioners to stop their obstruction, do their jobs and quickly, move to fully implement the lessons learned from the Fukushima disaster.  THAT MY FRIENDS, IS “CALLING IT LIKE IT IS”.  LEFT- ON MARKEY!

MAJOR FINDINGS OF THE REP. MARKEY REPORT INCLUDE:

1. Four NRC Commissioners attempted to delay and otherwise impede the creation of the NRC Near-Term Task Force on Fukushima;

2. Four NRC Commissioners conspired, with each other, and with senior NRC staff, to delay the release of , and alter the NRC Near-Term Task Force report on Fukushima;

3. The other NRC Commissioners attempted to slow down or otherwise impede the adoption of the safety recommendations made by the NRC Near-Term Task Force on Fukushima;

4.  NRC Chairman Greg Jaczko kept the other four NRC Commissioners fully informed regarding the Japanese emergency, despite claims to the contrary made by these Commissioners.

5.  The consideration of the Fukushima safety upgrades is not the only safety-related issue that the other NRC Commissioners have opposed.  After the Near Term Task Force released its report in July 2011, Rep. Markey called for the rapid adoption of all recommendations, and sent letters criticizing Commissioners Svinicki, Magwood and Ostendorff to delay even their consideration.

6. Rep. Markey also introduced legislation to overhaul nuclear safety. The “NPP Safety Act of 2011” will impose a moratorium on all new nuclear reactor licenses, or license extensions until new safety requirements are in place that reflect the lessons learned from the Fukushima disaster.  WE WISH REP MARKEY LUCK WITH THE UPCOMING CONGRESS.  Today’s Republican house would probably reject any such initiative outright.  They have all the bases covered for now.  BUT WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND, AND THEIR DAY IS COMING SOON!  THEY KNOW IT TOO!

7. Rep. Markey’s office also released the report: “Fukushima Fallout“ – Regulator Loopholes.

Thanks to: States News Service, 10 Dec 2011

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MY TAKE:  Please read Part-One to this on-going political standoff :

USA NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION STILL HOG-TIED AND IMPOTENT

http://energymaters.com/?m=20110901 – things have not changed appreciably.

Dated 01 Sep 2011

THE HEIGHTENED RHETORIC AND OPEN HOSTILITY  ONLY “TIGHTEN THE HOG- KNOTS” TIGHTER,  But no help in sight for the American Public.  This is a pathetic example of a dysfunctional Democracy.  Something has got to give!  Corruption in high places is an affront to modern Democracies, and like a societal cancer, that enriches the few. at the expense of the many, but without any regard for public safety.  BIG MONEY CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY ALL THE PEOPLE INVOLVED, AND THE WORLDWIDE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY IS ONE OF THE WORST EXAMPLES.  Some day (here, or in the hereafter) such people without morals or integrity will be called to answer.  FOR NOW, ALL THAT A PERSON LIKE ME CAN DO, IS TO SYMBOLICALLY SPIT AT THEIR FEET, OR THROW A SHOE AT THEM!  JUST TO THINK THAT MOST “NUCLEAR ” COUNTRIES HAVE NRC COUNTERPARTS!   

One has to admire the courage and determination of people like NRC Chairman Jaczko, and USA Rep Ed Markey. It may seem as though they are just wasting their time, but by exposing corruption for what it is, they serve a very high purpose.

gonzedo

P.S. I sense Sweden may be in the horns of a dilemma regarding their high reliance on nuclear energy.  My next article will seek to explore their reasoning, and alternatives.

December 11, 2011 at 2:03 AM Comments (11)

INDIA RESORTS TO THE IAEA AND OTHERS TO ASSUAGE THEIR PEOPLE ABOUT NUKE SAFETY

03 Dec 2011

INDIA TO INVITE THE IAEA OPERATIONAL REVIEW TEAM TO “BLESS” INDIAN NUKES, and to assist in “safety reviews”, and audits of their existing nuclear power plants. The move is part of steps being undertaken by the Indian Central Government to the address safety concerns, relating to Nuclear Power Plants (NPP)s, in the aftermath of the triple melt-down incident at Fukushima Dai No.1 NPP, on 12 Mar 2011 in Japan.

THE INDIAN CENTRAL GOVERNMENT “Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS)” reviewed the safety of all (existing)nuclear plants, particularly the steps taken, after the crisis at Fukushima and the proposed steps to be taken thereafter. Apart from inviting the IAEA team, the Indian CCS was told (BY WHOM ?)that a technical safety review of the nuclear facilities had been completed, particularly in context of their ability to withstand large natural disasters. An official Spokesperson said:Recommendations to enhance safety, wherever required, are being implemented,”  The CCS also reviewed the action taken following the incident of radiation in Mayapuri in Delhi in 2010.  Reiterating that safety of nuclear power plants was a matter of highest priority. The Fukushima Dai No.1 NPP was reportedly not prepared for the 15 meter high tsunami that struck the plant in March 2011, reigniting safety concerns about nuclear plants in many parts of the world.

PROTESTS CONTINUE ALL OVER INDIA AGAINST NPPs. Anti-nuclear protesters have highlighted the Fukushima accident by stalling NPP  projects, particularly the Kudankulam KKNPP/ nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu. It was scheduled to be commissioned this month, but the decision had to be put on hold to address the fears of the local population.  A spokesman said: “Mechanisms for responding to nuclear and radiological emergencies are being strengthened in coordination with the “National Disaster Management Authority”(counterpart to the USAs “Emergency Response Team”) and pointing that additional emergency response centers would be set up in this context.

NO THANKS TO: Hindustan Times, New Delhi, 02 Dec 2011, for a poorly written, no names given, piece of Pro-Nuclear Propaganda that passes for news.  If you think I exaggerate, please TRY to read the article at link below.  Note that I have tried to clarify the issues as best can.
http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news…le1-777181.aspx

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MY TAKE:

“GOOD PRESS”- IS REALLY PROPAGANDA, AND A TRAIT OF PRO-NUCLEAR CORRUPTION; It is in fact, the 4th pillar of their “people persuasion machine” to “Sell” the “Un-sellable” to a now growing informed / concerned public all over the world.  They may convince “a few of the people all of the time, or some people, some of the time, but never all of the people all of the time”.  Nuclear proponents “nest is on the ground” all over the world.  PROBLEM IS, CORRUPTION AND BIG MONEY, DO NOT GIVE-UP EASILY. Too many years “ruling the roost!”

INDIA’S PRESS IS TRANSPARENTLY PRO-NUCLEAR, and no doubt controlled by Nuclear Interests.  Notice they very seldom say who “The Spokesman” is, or even who he was speaking for.  Another sure sign is: no byline.  One guesses no one wants the “credit” for the story, or is afraid of public retribution.

INDIA CALLING ON ALL HEAVY HITTERS to support their extensive NPP plans.  The IAEA, for instance, is an organization owned /financed by the Nuclear Cartel to “Bless”  Nuclear plans, and whitewash nuclear incidents. They have been to Fukushima /Tokyo twice, and have yet to offer any remediation suggestions.  They seem to be experimenting with the Japanese people – One hell of a show!  All the other organizations referenced in the article are Indian Central Government dependencies, and are questionably knowledgeable about NPPs. They just seem to follow orders.

INDIAN CENTRAL GOVERNMENT IS EVIDENTLY STILL PRO-NUCLEAR. It seem the people of Tirunelvely have already asked the Nuclear Power Plant proponents the right questions: Accordingly, they need to KEEP-UP THE PRESSURE for specific responses to their inquiry. The point is, that on the reply to those questions hinge not only the Tirunelvely KKNPP “Power Park”, but also at least five(5) more like it (10,000Mw ea.) being proposed all over India. It is the duty of the Indian Central Government to address such important concerns as soon as possible, and certainly before any permits are granted.

FIVE (5) SPECIFIC CONCERNS ASKED BY THE TIRUNELVELY  PROTEST GROUP HAVE NOT BEEN ADDRESSED by The Panel. The issues were included in the memorandum submitted by two Official Representatives of the protesting Tirunelvely region people (where the Kundankulam NPPs are) at the previous meeting on 08 Nov 2011, but have not been addressed; they are:
1. Terms of the Inter-governmental agreement between Russia / France and India
2. impact on bilateral relations between Indian and Russian / French Governments
3. Russian versus Indian liability in the event of NPP malfunction or worse.
4. Nuclear Suppliers Group-related issues.  Look out for “strings attached” – You Know they would be there.  Don’t become a foreign colony again!  Ask questions of government officials.
5. Possibility of the intention to set-up a nuclear weapon facility at the Kudankulam NPP.  Question? Are they also intended as Plutonium creators for Nukes?  God forbid!

Perhaps the most important question is: What is to be done with all that “Spent Fuel’- nuclear waste?

“JAITAPUR NUCLEAR PARK” and four (4) more like it,  is potentially a much larger problem still looming. Please read my post dated 24 Nov. 2011;  titled : INDIA’S “JAITAPUR” NUCLEAR PLANT PLACED ON-HOLD DUE TO PUBLIC OPPOSITION; And yet, the same unanswered concerns still linger and apply as well.  I seriously doubt anyone in the Central government will show the determination/courage to even try.  Too much money involved!

BRAVO! TO THE PEOPLE OF INDIA for their strong NPP opposition. May they continue to press their Central government ELECTED officials, for they have something to loose. Nicolo Machiavelly (a wise Italian socio-political philosopher (C. 1450) said words to the effect that: “Those who have something to loose will always fight harder to preserve it, than those who do not know what they have to gain”; True enough!; However, in this case the people of India are the ones who have everything to loose, though many may not realize it!

I SAY AGAIN, TODAY NPP OPERATIONAL SAFETY IS NO LONGER THE MAIN ISSUE. The real problem is the huge worldwide accumulation of “Spent Fuel”(Transuranics) – highly toxic nuclear waste with very long decay rates, and NO PLACE TO SAFELY STORE THEM FOR ETERNITY. That problem has multiplied all over the world with every new NPP to aggravate the problem.

gonzedo

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