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UPDATE 1-U.S. energy sector braces for direct hit from Irene, Reuters, August 25, 2011:
Progress Energy (PGN.N) said it was taking safety precautions at its two-unit Brunswick nuclear plant in Southport, North Carolina, where the storm was expected to pass nearby on Saturday. The plant, 22 feet (6.7 meters) above sea level, is built to withstand winds of 128 miles per hour.
Aug 26 (Reuters) - The following table shows the operational status of Japan's nuclear power plants. Hokkaido Electric Power Co shut the 579 megawatt No.2 rector at its sole Tomari nuclear plant on Aug. 26, as scheduled, for planned maintenance. The shutdown brought the number of online reactors in Japan down to 13, with capacity of 11,320 MW, meaning only 23 percent of the nation's total nuclear power capacity are in use. Japan, the world's third-biggest nuclear power user, currently has 54 reactors for commercial use, with a total generating capacity of 48,960 megawatts. See Table and Source
#Japan govt' announces end of ban on cattle shipments from #Fukushima, Iwate & Tochigi prefectures.
Of the 14 nuclear units in the region, there were four units at the Fukushima Daiichi station that did not fare well in the attack. The primary reporter for this video is a young Japanese woman living in the UK who still has family in Japan
The ‘apocalyptic’ media frenzy post Fukushima which displaced the real disaster story and horrific loss of life wrought by the earthquake & tsunami, sickened Japanese born Mari Shibata. Along with WORLDbytes volunteers she investigates the fear factor. Why did a nuclear incident affecting only a small area fuel global meltdown stories? In an interview with the Director of the Science Media Centre we learn of news values shaped by a concern to terrify people, journalists removed from stories for being too measured and scientists accused of lying. Granted unique access to Oldbury, the oldest nuclear power station in the world we learn how seriously safety is taken and due to fears of terrorism post 9/11 its tragic shut down to visitors. Through talking to relatives in Japan we learn of the progress being made to clear up the real mess made by a natural disaster, a story neglected by the Western media.
Originally posted by Aircooled
This is like 1960's Russia. Big brother doesn't want folks talking.
The agency said it is trying to "track down inaccurate information and to provide correct ones instead."
The agency said the Internet is overrun by discussions that are often unsubstantiated. One example, it said, is a posting that recommended mouthwash containing iodine as a safeguard against possible exposure to radiation. Upon identifying erroneous information, the agency will carry at its website "correct information" in a Q&A format after consulting with experts.
The agency will not demand that the original texts and postings be deleted. It will also not ask for the posters' identity.
Censorship is the suppression of speech or other public communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient to the general body of people as determined by a government, media outlet, or other controlling body.
...Fukushima would be something that happened last winter, and we would still be awaiting the "official" report that showed what a great job Tepco did in bringing all reactors and SFPs to a speedy cold shutdown.
That is not to say the scientists feel they have the luxury of time in which to carry out their work. There is still a sense of urgency that this work needs to get done as soon as possible. Plans are already underway for submitting results analysis to the appropriate journals (a rough draft showing preliminary data is already circulating around the ship) and for a meeting of collaborating team members later this winter.
The education ministry delivered the instruction to all schools across the nation including Fukushima where high levels of radiation were released from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant crippled by the March 11 quake and tsunami. Following the accident, Japan raised the exposure limit for both adults and children from one to 20 millisieverts per year, matching the maximum exposure level for nuclear industry workers in many countries. The move prompted outrage and parents in Fukushima had been calling on the government to lower limits at school, claiming that children face a higher risk from radiation-linked cancers and other diseases than adults. Radiation experts agree that children are at greatest risk from cancers and genetic defects because they are still growing, are more prone to thyroid cancers, and because they will have more time to develop health defects. The education ministry has said children's radiation exposure at schools in Fukushima is currently estimated at 0.534 millisievert per year.
Some 100,000 people are still living as evacuees away from their homes in the wake of the severe accidents at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Kyodo News has reported that some 17,000 children in Fukushima Prefecture have changed schools or kindergartens because of radiation fears. Of these children, some 8,000 moved out of the prefecture. Given this situation, it is imperative that the central government vigorously push the work of decontaminating areas contaminated with radioactive substances released from the nuclear power reactors. The central and local governments also should provide psychological care to both children who moved to new schools or kindergartens and children who have remained at their schools and kindergartens.
The Diet is expected to soon enact a special law under which the central government will be responsible for disposing of highly radioactive rubble and sludge, and decontaminating radioactive soil. In some cases, the central and local governments will carry out decontamination work together. The cost will be shouldered by Tepco. To accelerate the decontamination work, the Kan administration has decided to set up an office to deal with radioactive contamination within the Cabinet and a decontamination team in Fukushima Prefecture.
Evacuees from cities near the crisis-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant will make their first temporary return home Friday, five months after the disaster forced them to leave. Residents of Futabamachi and Okumamachi in Fukushima Prefecture, which are located within three kilometers of the crippled power plant, are happy with the long-awaited albeit temporary return. But they fear the government will continue to forbid residents to enter some areas near the plant, with one resident saying, "We might never live in our home [again]." Mitsuko Nishiuchi, 49, of Hosoya district in Futabamachi, who evacuated to a former high school in Kazo, Saitama Prefecture, is one of several residents who plan to return home Friday. "I want to pick up student yearbooks and photos of my daughters," she said.
Nishiuchi's house, about two kilometers northwest of the nuclear power plant, was destroyed by a fire in 2007. The Nishiuchis rebuilt their house in 2008. The yearbooks and photos were given to her by teachers and parents of classmates of her two daughters. The daughters' friends felt sorry for the Nishiuchis because all photos at home had been lost in the fire. Nishiuchi is now worried about the government's decision to prolong no-entry measures for areas within three kilometers of the plant. "Considering my daughters' schooling, we might give up living in our house [in Futabamachi] sometime in the future," Nishiuchi said.
Michiko Mori, 39, a resident of Koriyama district in Futabamachi, about 2.3 kilometers from the nuclear power plant, has been staying in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, where her relatives live. Mori came to Joetsu with her three children, while her husband stayed behind because of his job. Mori also plans to temporarily return on Friday. "I'll take photos of our house and neighboring areas," she said. Mori had lived in Futabamachi since her primary school days.
Concerning the government's prolonging of no-entry measures, Mori said, "I expected that, but I was shocked." Mori is worried about the effects of radiation on her family's health. "Even if the government allows us to live there again, there is still the fear of radiation. I'm not sure whether we'll actually return home or not," Mori said. According to municipal governments of the two towns and others, 279 people from 89 households in Futabamachi and 857 people from 331 households in Okumamachi are allowed to temporarily return to their houses within three kilometers of the nuclear power plant. Residents who plan to return home on Friday include 119 people from 64 households in Futabamachi and 30 family members of residents of a nursing home, Sunlight Okuma, as well as five staff members.
NOTIFICATION TO OFFSITE AGENCY REGARDING AN ONSITE OIL SPILL "At 1610 EDT on August 25, 2011 the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality was notified of an oil spill that occurred at 1900 EDT on August 24, 2011. The spill was approximately 150 gallons to the gravel outside the North Anna Unit 2 Turbine Building. The event occurred while purging CO2 from the Unit 2 Main Generator with air. Standing oil from the gravel was pumped to barrels and oil soaks were applied to the remaining oil. Clean up of the gravel areas continued."
Originally posted by Purplechive
Macondo ain't dead...
- Purple Chive