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TOKYO (Nikkei)--Johnan Shinkin Bank said Friday that it will cancel its agreement to purchase electricity from Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501) at year's end.
This is part of the Tokyo-based shinkin bank's efforts to be a nuclear-free company following the accident at the utility's Fukushima Daiichi plant.
Starting next month, Johnan Shinkin will buy power generated by newcomer Ennet Corp. from such sources as natural gas. Of its 85 branches, Johnan Shinkin will make the switch at the 77 locations free of restrictions imposed by the building.
The shinkin bank currently has an annual electricity bill of around 200 million yen, but says the move could save around 10 million yen.
(The Nikkei Dec. 3 morning edition)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Facing criticism from industry and lawmakers, the Obama administration on Friday proposed easing rules aimed at reducing toxic air pollution from industrial boilers and incinerators.
But administration officials maintained that the health benefits of the regulation wouldn't be compromised.
"We have found a way to get better protections, lower emissions and lower costs as well," said the Environmental Protection Agency's top air pollution official, Gina McCarthy. In a conference call with reporters, McCarthy said the agency had found the "sweet spot" since issuing the final rule under a court-ordered deadline in March.
That "spot is affordable, practical regulations that provide the vital and long overdue health benefits that Americans demand and deserve," she said.
The changes would require pollution controls at the 5,500 largest and most polluting boilers nationwide, such as those at refineries and chemical plants. An additional 195,000 smaller boilers would be able to meet the rule through routine tune-ups
The administration has become sensitive to costly rules that could damp economic growth.
Earlier this year, Mr. Obama ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to drop a separate proposal that would have curbed smog-forming emissions. That angered environmentalists, but they were pleased last month when the administration delayed approval of a pipeline that would carry Canadian oil through environmentally sensitive parts of Nebraska.
The latest step involves boilers, used by refiners, chemical plants and other industrial facilities to generate heat or electricity. The EPA says the revisions will achieve the same health benefits as an earlier rule issued in February.
Friday's proposal, which aims to reduce mercury, soot and other toxic emissions, will apply primarily to about 5,500 boilers that emit the majority of pollution in this area. That's less than 1% of all boilers in the U.S. The remaining 99% of boilers either comply with the standards already or require only routine maintenance to stay in compliance, the EPA said.
Originally posted by Human0815
God or Whoever, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference.
“The United States opposes the spread of enrichment and reprocessing even to South Korea, because it wants to set an absolute standard to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation,” said William Tobey, a senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. “While Seoul does not pose such a threat, a hard and fast standard will be the strongest bulwark against weapons proliferation by other states.”
But in South Korea, many believe they have lived with this American stricture too long. Now is the time, they say, for President Lee Myung-bak to use his vaunted friendship with President Barack Obama to get what his country’s economic future requires.
North Korea has built its nuclear bombs with plutonium obtained by reprocessing spent nuclear fuel. Last week, it said it had also made rapid progress in uranium enrichment. South Korea also wants to reprocess spent fuel from its 21 reactors, but for peaceful reasons, it says. Reprocessing would allow it to reduce its stored nuclear waste and create fuel for a new generation of reactors. Seoul says it is running out of time: the cooling ponds where spent fuel rods are stored are filling up fast. And in a small country, building a new, central repository for nuclear waste is a political near-impossibility, especially since the Fukushima disaster in Japan.
I think it means alot. One more nail in the earth's coffin. This gives an idea of what we face in the US, and in turn what many other nations face as we are so good at meddling in the affairs of others. I was an avid supporter of Obama's a third of the way into the primary season 2008. But I couldn't shake the fact that he never said specifics, everything generalized to sound good but.........so I did the unthinkable and actually researched his congressional actions. And what I found was a right of center Republican hawk disguised as a leftist and socialist. I couldn't believe that we were being taken for such a ride, so I tried to alert others to the fact that Obama was not who we thought he was. For that I was called all kinds of names and avoided by friends (so-called).
Originally posted by qmantoo
This may not seem much, or even related to Fukushima in japan, but as far as I can see the USA "easing" boiler restrictions refers to looser controls and less restrictions on emisions - including radioactive and other dangerous ones. This means that more toxic emissions can be let into the environment without us knowing about it.
Natural nuclear reactors occur when deposits of the radioactive element uranium build up in one spot, and eventually ignite a self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction where uranium divides, in a process called fission, producing other elements. The reaction releases a powerful punch of energy. This energy could prove beneficial and highly detrimental to developing life, depending on the circumstances.
The only known examples of natural nuclear reactors on Earth were discovered in the Oklo region of Gabon, Africa, in 1972. French miners discovered that the uranium samples they extracted were depleted in the rare isotope uranium 235, the only naturally occurring material on Earth capable of sustaining fission reactions. It was as if the material had already gone through a nuclear reaction and been used up. In fact, that's the scenario most supported by studies. Scientists think a concentration of uranium 235 there went critical around 2 billion years ago and underwent fission, just as it does inside man-made nuclear reactors. "As far as we know, we only have evidence of natural reactors forming and operating at the one site in Gabon, but that demonstrates that it's possible, and our calculations suggest it was much more probable earlier in Earth's history," said Jay Cullen of the University of Victoria in Canada.
Originally posted by qmantoo
It takes a while to do this and each time I do it, the thread moves on, so it is always out-of-date. Anyway, something is better than nothing and I guess there maybe some people who would want to refer at this stuff.
The Press Releases published by Tepco only show the more recent ones, so these links are useful if you need to refer to an old Press Releases for some reason.
Thread-referenced PDF files (page 1139)
Thread-referenced Youtube items (page 1141)
Not up-to-date thread-referenced web pages (page 1067)
Thread-referenced Domain List (page 1140)
Link to 2922 TEPCO Press Release items (5 Dec No.3)
Remember the links above from here (ATS) show the full list, but the links from other places only show a few.
Originally posted by Human0815
They give a lot to think lately, what do the huge and massive Light mean?
And why are there difference between the Cams?edit on 6-12-2011 by Human0815 because: info
We plan to establish the system injecting water into the reactor in Unit 1 to 3 using the condensate storage tank of Unit 3. In preparation of such establishment, the stored water in the tank was transferred to the basement of turbine building of Unit 3 from 10:22 am on November 21 to 9:45 am on November 24. As the calibration of water level gauge is required if all the water is transferred, approx. 200 ton was left in the tank. During the measurement of salt concentration in the left water, it turned out that concentration was high. In order to secure the space for additional water injection to decrease such concentration, at 10:00 am on December 6, the left water was transferred from the tank to the basement of the turbine building of Unit 3.