Tag Archives: Nuclear power

this day in the yesteryear: Three Mile Island nuclear power plant radiation release Accident (1979)


Three Mile Island Accident (1979)

Both mechanical failure and human error contributed to the 1979 failure of a nuclear reactor cooling system at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station in Pennsylvania, which led to overheating, partial melting of the reactor’s uranium core, and the release of radioactive gases. Though it caused no immediate deaths or injuries, the incident increased public fears about the safety of nuclear power. What nuclear accident-themed film was released just two weeks before the incident? More… Discuss

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“We Want To Fight For This Cause”: Nuclear Refugees From Fukushima Join Anti-Nuke Protests


Published on Jan 17, 2014

http://www.democracynow.org – On our final day of our special broadcast from Tokyo, we speak with a Japanese resident from the town that housed part of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant who is participating in weekly protests against the resumption of nuclear power in her country. “We couldn’t bring anything from our houses. We didn’t have a toothbrush, we didn’t have a blanket. We didn’t have towels. We had nothing. It was truly hell, and we thought it would be much better to die. But now, we are here, and we can’t really give up. We want to fight for this cause,” Yukiko Kameya said as she attended a demonstration outside Prime Minister Shinzo Abe‘s official residence. “We told the prime minister many times, every week here, that we are against the re-opening of the nuclear facilities, but it doesn’t seem that he gets it. He just does whatever he wants to do anyway.” 

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Fears over China’s nuclear safety Finally Revealed – The Guardian UK (It’s not what you know, but who you know…)


 Fears Over China's Nuclear Safety FINALLY Revealed (What, and When did the MEdia know about this?
Fears Over China‘s Nuclear Safety FINALLY Revealed (What, and When did the Mass Media know about this?)

‘The Impenetrable transparency” or “who’s your uncle?”

“A Declaration of War on the Poor”: Cornel West and Tavis Smiley on the Debt Ceiling Agreement


Hiroshima - Ngasaki - Fukushima and much more via Democracy Now

Hiroshima - Nagasaki - Fukushima and much more via Democracy Now Click here to read more)

Judge Allows Closure of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant


Judge Allows Closure of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant

Judge Allows Closure of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant (when you click...you get more goodies at DemocracyNow)

Judge Allows Closure of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant

Earlier this week, a federal judge denied a request for an injunction from owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to keep the facility online past its deadline to close down when its 40-year contract license expires next year.
(Read on at:  http://www.democracynow.org/2011/7/21/headlines#17)

New Exposé Reveals Nuclear Regulatory Commission Colluded with Industry to Weaken Safety Standards


New Exposé Reveals Nuclear Regulatory Commission Colluded with Industry to Weaken Safety Standards

New Exposé Reveals Nuclear Regulatory Commission Colluded with Industry to Weaken Safety Standards

 Three U.S. senators have called for a congressional probe on safety issues at the nation’s aging nuclear plants following a pair of new exposés. In a special series called “Aging Nukes,” the Associated Press revealed that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the nuclear power industry have been working in tandem to weaken safety standards to keep aging reactors within the rules. Just last year, the NRC weakened the safety margin for acceptable radiation damage to reactor vessels. The AP report also revealed radioactive tritium has leaked from 48 of the 65 U.S. (Source:  http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/24/new_expos_reveals_nuclear_regulatory_commission)

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Radioactive tritium leaks found at 48 US nuke sites (Associated Press via MSNBC)


Radioactive tritium leaks found at 48 US nuke sites_AP-June 21-2011

Radioactive tritium leaks found at 48 US nuke sites_AP-June 21-2011 (click here to read the entire story)

By JEFF DONN
updated 6/21/2011 5:48:09 AM ET 2011-06-21T09:48:09

BRACEVILLE, Ill. — Radioactive tritium has leaked from three-quarters of U.S. commercial nuclear power sites, often into groundwater from corroded, buried piping, an Associated Press investigation shows.

The number and severity of the leaks has been escalating, even as federal regulators extend the licenses of more and more reactors across the nation.

Tritium, which is a radioactive form of hydrogen, has leaked from at least 48 of 65 sites, according to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission records reviewed as part of the AP’s yearlong examination of safety issues at aging nuclear power plants.

Leaks from at least 37 of those facilities contained concentrations exceeding the federal drinking water standard — sometimes at hundreds of times the limit.
(Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43475479/ns/us_news-environment/)

Several levees in N. Missouri breached: Nuclear Plant surrounded by flood water: June 19, 2011


Nuclear Power Plant Surrounded By Flood water_ Several levees in N. Missouri breached_June 19 2011

Nuclear Power Plant Surrounded By Flood water_ Several levees in N. Missouri breached_June 19 2011 (Click on the picture to read the story at CBSNews)

Nuclear Power and Our Future


 

Gemany nuclear Power Decision in Energy Policy


My take on this:

‘It appear that Germany‘s government learned 100% more from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, that Japan‘s: An example of learning from others’ experiences, and acting without prejudice, enlightened, selflessly – that”s Germany of course. It goes on to show that some cannot give up their ways, no matter how destructive, even to themselves. It also shows the power of the citizen in making decisions, where decision making cannot be accomplished. I guess it helps to keep politicians accountable.
It is true that plans are just plans, that may never materialize, but al least the intension to commit to reason, to change, to search for a better, superior, civilized way, are their, for history.©’

NRC- Hell’s Gate Keeper: Snoozing While On Duty!


A good example of what we are entitled to know about the unsafe operation of unsafe nuclear plants. I wanted to write more: But why? The article is here (click the picture and read it) to find out why we need Pro-Publica, and news agencies like it, now more than ever, why we need public broadcasting. If you ask my opinion: It’s for our survival, literally: We need to find out the truth about the State Of Our Lives, from those who care.

Thanks Pro-Publica!

Chernobyl April 21, 2011, Via France 24: Read It And Think: Are you a prospective evacuee?



I have learned a lot from this courageous reporting. I wish more people would understand the fate of the Atoms for Peace, upon the very existence of our home. Can we consider ourselves prospective evacuees?
That is the selfish question that grew in my mind: could we and people we know, care for,  love, or perfect strangers, that could have become best friends, could we become evacuees? Like the tens of thousands of Japanese families, protected from returning to their radioactive homes by barbed wire, barricades and police guards.

(Leonard Cohen‘s “song of Isaac”: From his concert in Warsaw in 1985, an intense performance of Story of Isaac.)

Japan: Closer Look At The Nuclear Disaster Aftermass


It is hard to recognize how little regard was given to the possibility that the lives, and health of millions of people would be, at one time, rather earlier, that in the future, be shaken so badly by “Atoms For Peace”. Reading the article, you realize the vulnerability we have, as inhabitant of our planet. I hope you get some information from this story, I think everybody should. I think we should take things much more personally than we used to. What do you think?

Nuclear Power: UnNatural Energy


What can one say that was not said already: Nothing. 

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About Ionizing Radiation


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Ionizing radiation (or ionising radiation) consists of particles or electromagnetic waves that are energetic enough to detach electrons from atoms or molecules, thus ionizing them. Direct ionization from the effects of single particles or single photons produces free radicals, which are atoms or molecules containing unpaired electrons, that tend to be especially chemically reactive due to their electronic structure.

The degree and nature of such ionization depends on the energy of the individual particles (including photons), not on their number (intensity). In the absence of heating or multiple absorption of photons (a rare process), an intense flood of particles or particle-waves will not cause ionization if each particle or particle-wave does not carry enough individual energy to be ionizing (e.g., a high-powered radio beam). Conversely, even very low-intensity radiation will ionize, if the individual particles carry enough energy (e.g., a low-powered X-ray beam). Roughly speaking, particles or photons with energies above a few electron volts (eV) are ionizing, no matter what their intensity.

Examples of ionizing particles are alpha particles, beta particles, neutrons, and cosmic rays. The ability of an electromagnetic wave (photons) to ionize an atom or molecule depends on its frequency, which determines the energy of its associated particle, the photon. Radiation on the short-wavelength end of the electromagnetic spectrum—high-frequency ultraviolet, X-rays, and gamma rays—is ionizing, due to their composition of high-energy photons. Lower-energy radiation, such as visible light, infrared, microwaves, and radio waves, are not ionizing.[2] The latter types of low-energy non-ionizing radiation may damage molecules, but the effect is generally indistinguishable from the effects of simple heating. Such heating does not produce free radicals until higher temperatures (for example, flame temperatures or “browning” temperatures, and above) are attained. In contrast, damage done by ionizing radiation produces free radicals, even at room temperatures and below, and production of such free radicals is the reason these and other ionizing radiations produce quite different types of chemical effects from (low-temperature) heating. Free radical production is also a primary basis for the

particular danger to biological systems of relatively small amounts of ionizing radiation that are far smaller than needed to produce significant heating. Free radicals easily damage DNA, and ionizing radiation may also directly damage DNA by ionizing or breaking DNA molecules. Read more from Wikipedia, at  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ionizing_radiation

Comment: Some people don’t fear that which they cannot sence, feel, or otherwise become aware of, and others do: It is what makes the world a bit more level. Diversity does that. The caution that some have, over the daring other don’t. The faith in something, larger than the frailty innate in nature, and so much more existent in humans. When I was a little boy, my mom took me to the Black Sea  sunny beaches, where she bought for me a toy bucket and shovel, and then she assisted me in making, what I thought it was the most magnificent sand castle ever built in entire world: it was just before the high tide, and before I had time to enjoy it a more daring wave leveled it, before i could do a thing about it. Of course I cried my heart out: Wouldn’t anyone. Aren’t we made to cry over spilled milk? O, yes, more than anybody else in nature, we do people. Back to that day, though, the day of my sand castle: I learned something fundamental that day: Think of consequences, before any action, be ready for a unforseable outcome, revere that which you cannot sence, pay attention to details, as much as you pay to the large picture. Don’t build a sand castle unless you’re  ready to face its demise. I also understood that day that  Nature is bigger than me, and could care less about my sand castle. Later in life I have encountered many occasion to verify the value of that lesson: Words can be so deceiving, where a picture says a thousand words.

Q: How Safe Is safe ? A: Not Safe Enough


From the Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/: Japan earthquake: Japan warned over nuclear plants, WikiLeaks cables show Japan was warned more than two years ago by the international nuclear watchdog that its nuclear power plants were not capable of withstanding powerful earthquakes, leaked diplomatic cables reveal.
Japan earthquake: Japan warned over nuclear plants, WikiLeaks cables show
Evacuees are screened for radiation contamination at a testing center in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture Photo: AP
Read More here:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8384059/Japan-earthquake-Japan-warned-over-nuclear-plants-WikiLeaks-cables-show.html
Little boys (and big ones too) Should not play with matches….
I forgot why…Do you remember ?