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Originally posted by UltraMind
reply to post by Procharmo
So currently the birds are finishing their winter in Northern climes before migrating south to Japan for summer breeding? If they havent already?
What you need to find are the species that wintered in Japan and are currently flying north for breeding....
Originally posted by svetlana84
rbrtj, care to name some plants which would disperse pollen this time of the year ??
I know the "sakura" cherry blossom season is here. those are not yellow to my knowledge though.
Originally posted by Destinyone
reply to post by hack2011
Add this to the oster nuclear fuel blender...whir on high...BOOM!
Japan plans to use MOX fuel in 16 to 20 reactors by 2010. A MOX fabrication plant with a capacity of around 130 tons/year is in the planning stages for the Rokkasho-Mura site. Operated by JNFL, it will benefit from an AREVA technology transfer
AREVA is the world leader in the manufacture of MOX fuel with almost 1,570 tons of heavy metal (tML) and mor than 3,000 assemblies produced since the AREVA MELOX plant was put online in 1995. In 2009, approximately 139 tons of MOX were produced worldwide, 134 tML of which at the MELOX plant, representing a market share of around 95% for AREVA.
In the United States, in partnership with the Shaw Group and on behalf of the US Department of Energy (DOE), AREVA is pursuing the construction of an MFFF plant (Mixed Fuel Fabrication Facility) to manufacture MOX using plutonium of military origin. This project is a direct result of agreements entered into by the United States and Russia for plutonium recycling, from the dismantling of excess nuclear arms, in the form of fuel for civil usage
The United States and Russia have decided to recycle their military plutonium declared in excess in civilian nuclear reactors.
The technology and expertise of AREVA, on the recycling of plutonium and MOX fuel fabrication were selected by these 2 countries.
In late 2004, AREVA has approved 140 kg of plutonium for the U.S. miliary manufacturing MOX fuel rods. Once implemented by AREVA MOX assemblies 4 are returned to the United States in 2005. After several tests, the MOX fuel are now placed in the Catawba PWR nuclear reactor operated by Duke Power since June 2005.
Given the success of this operation, the U.S. government decided April 11, 2007 the construction of a MOX fabrication plant which AREVA is a partner in the consortium AREVA-DUKE-Stone & Webster. The future plant MFFF (MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility) will be located in South Carolina on the Savannah River site.
However, after the first two days of transfer operations, the tank was filled up to its capacity, forcing TEPCO to discontinue the transfer mission from April 14.
As a result, by the morning of April 15, the level of water in the tunnel had risen back to exceed the level before the transfer operations by 1 centimeter.
apan nuke co. to pay evacuated households $12K each www.usatoday.com...
TOKYO (AP) — The operator of Japan’s tsunami-damaged nuclear plant said Friday it would pay an initial $12,000 for each household forced to evacuate because of leaking radiation — a handout some of the displaced slammed as too little.
Tens of thousands of residents unable to return to their homes near the nuclear plant are bereft of their livelihoods and possessions, unsure of when, if ever, they will be able to return home. Some have traveled hundreds of kilometers (miles) to Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s headquarters in Tokyo to press their demands for compensation.
“We have decided to pay provisional compensation to provide the slightest help for the people (who were affected),” TEPCO President Masataka Shimizu told a news conference.
At the government’s request, the utility will start paying out the roughly 50 billion yen ($600 million) in compensation April 28 to those forced to evacuate, with families getting 1 million yen (about $12,000) and single adults getting 750,000 yen (about $9,000), the government said.
Roughly 48,000 households living within about 19 miles (30 kilometers) of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant would be eligible for the payments, said Trade Ministry spokesman Hiroaki Wada. More compensation was expected later, he said.
“I’m not satisfied,” said Kazuko Suzuki, a 49-year-old single mother of two teenagers from the town of Futuba, adjacent to the plant. She has lived at a shelter at a high school north of Tokyo for the last month.
Japanese law calls for the government to pay up to 240 billion yen ($2.9 billion ) in compensation for nuclear accidents, and apart from TEPCO’s provisional payment to evacuees, billions more are likely to be paid to fisherman, farmers and others who have suffered losses.
The law exempts the operator when the accidents are “caused by a grave natural disaster of an exceptional character, or by an insurrection.” However, it would be politically untenable for TEPCO to cite the tsunami as a rationale for not paying damages, given the complex nature of the problems that have unfolded at the plant, and questions over its preparedness, among other issues.
Accumulated radiation tops 17,000 microsieverts in Fukushima's Namie
The accumulated radiation level in Namie, 30 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, in the three weeks through Friday stood at 17,010 microsieverts, according to a tally released by the science ministry Saturday
The accumulated levels during the period starting March 23 stood at 9,850 microsieverts in Iitate and 495 microsieverts in Minamisoma, both near the plant, it said. The readings compare with the level of 1,000 microsieverts that ordinary people in Japan can expect to be exposed to over one year..
EDIS Number: EQ-20110415-195240-JP Common Alerting Protocol
Mercalli scale: 4
Date-Time [UTC]: 15 April, 2011 at 12:53:03 UTC
Local Date/Time: Friday, April 15, 2011 at 12:53 in the moorning at epicenter
Location: 37° 24.600, 141° 9.000
Depth: 2 km (1.24 miles)
Distances: 12.15 km (7.55 miles) of Kumanomachi,
A secret plan to dismantle Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, is circulating within the government.
The proposal, which is associated with a faction of bureaucrats who have long supported liberalization of Japan's power industry, envisages the passing of a special measures law that would put the company under close government supervision before eventually bankrupting it and completely restructuring its remnants.
Originally posted by SFA437
reply to post by Silverlok
Just woke up and was looking at that pic too
There's gotta be 100 strikes showing or more!
Originally posted by someoneinnyc
reply to post by zorgon
No doubt they are trying to figure out how to splice us so we can survive our toxic environment!
Radioactivity rises in sea off Japan nuclear plant
MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press
Updated 08:59 a.m., Saturday, April 16, 2011
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TOKYO (AP) — Levels of radioactivity have risen sharply in seawater near a tsunami-crippled nuclear plant in northern Japan, signaling the possibility of new leaks at the facility, the government said Saturday.
The announcement came after a magnitude-5.9 earthquake jolted Japan on Saturday morning, hours after the country's nuclear safety agency ordered plant operators to beef up their quake preparedness systems to prevent a recurrence of the nuclear crisis.
But the government said Saturday that radioactivity in the seawater has risen again in recent days. The level of radioactive iodine-131 spiked to 6,500 times the legal limit, according to samples taken Friday, up from 1,100 times the limit in samples taken the day before. Levels of cesium-134 and cesium-137 rose nearly fourfold. The increased levels are still far below those recorded earlier this month before the initial leak was plugged.
The new rise in radioactivity could have been caused by the installation Friday of steel panels intended to contain radiation that may have temporarily stirred up stagnant waste in the area, Hidehiko Nishiyama of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency told reporters. However, the increase in iodine-131, which has a relatively short eight-day half life, could signal the possibility of a new leak, he said.
"We want to determine the origin and contain the leak, but I must admit that tracking it down is difficult," he said.
Read more: www.timesunion.com...
Smoke rose briefly from a control panel at a nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast Saturday, the operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.
No one was injured in the 7:45 p.m. incident that occurred during the checking of water purification equipment at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear complex, the company said, adding it has yet to determine the cause.
The utility is currently battling to bring the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant under control.
Originally posted by SFA437
Granted these are hotspots and there are some areas that are below the IAEA limit but without everyone having a permanently attached dosimeter and 24/7 monitoring of land contamination every 50 meters or so that land will be uninhabitable.
What pisses me off more than anything is that TEPCO continues to downplay the whole thing as if they spilled a glass of milk and nothing more.