FUKUSHIMA: “…a profoundly man-made disaster – that could and should have been foreseen and prevented,” says Kiyoshi Kurokawa, chair of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission.
A scathing report released today in Japan labels the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster as “man-made” in its root causes, laying out a pattern of “errors and willful negligence” as well as collusion that exists among the government, the regulatory bodies and the nuclear industry to ignore safety concerns. If this sounds a little too familiar, it should (Are you listening, NRC?) .
It further states that the earthquake — not just the tsunami — must be considered to have done some of the damage leading to the subsequent meltdowns and explosions at the reactors. This is a MAJOR change of narrative for the causes of the Fukushima disaster.
More information and commentary to follow. Download the report here.
On January 30, 2012 the Byron nuclear power plant released steam contaminated with tritium. Below are comment and information requests from NEIS:
NEIS FOIA’S STATE FOR INFO ABOUT THE BYRON TRITIUM RELEASE
Jan. 31, 2012 5:00 p.m.
In the wake of revelations that the Byron nuclear power plant released steam contaminated with tritium on Monday, January 30th, NEIS filed a freedom of information request (FOIA) with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and its Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety (IDNS) today:
We request answers to the following questions relating to the Byron Nuclear Powerplant release(s) of tritium on January 30, 2012, and any afterward (if they occur) up to Feb. 2, 2012:
Were all IDNS radiation monitors in operation around the Byron station working on Jan. 30, 2012?
Did any of the monitors (onsite or offsite) detect radiation release from Byron on Jan. 30-31, 2012? Please provide the radiation levels measured.
Nuclear Power Plants Pose Risks to Drinking Water for Illinois
Chicago, IL – The drinking water for 652,000 people in Illinois could be at risk of radioactive contamination from a leak or accident at a local nuclear power plant, says a new study released today by the Illinois Public Interest Research Group Education Fund (Illinois PIRG).
NRC safety panel “accepts” publicly requested actions to review dangerous vents on US Fukushima-style reactors and lack of emergency power for cooling in rooftop nuclear waste pools and more.
Takoma Park, MD – A December 13, 2011 decision by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that accepts several key publicly requested actions regarding safety at US Fukushima-style reactors was publicly noticed in today’s Federal Register.
North Anna Nuclear Plant Loses Offsite Power During Emergency Power
CHICAGO—The two North Anna nuclear reactors automatically “SCRAMMED” as a result of the 5.9 magnitude earthquake experienced in Virginia today. The epi-center of the quake was near the town of Mineral, just 13 miles from the reactors.
In a surprise decision the NRC Preliminary Review Board has accepted a number of contentions in the April 2011 “2.206 Petition” filed in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster by Beyond Nuclear. The petition would result in the temporary if not permanent closure of the 23 U.S. Fukushima-type GE Mark-I containment reactors — including Dresden 2&3 and Quad Cities 1&2 in Illinois — if further review supports the petition contentions. NEIS is a co-signer of the Petition. These petitions are normally just tossed. Evidently, Fukushima is just too big to ignore. Dozens of organizations and over 5,000 individuals have signed on to this petition already. YOU CAN TOO AT:
In a surprise decision the NRC Preliminary Review Board has accepted a number of contentions in the April 2011 "2.206 Petition" filed in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster by Beyond Nuclear. The petition would result in the temporary if not permanent closure of the 23 U.S. Fukushima-type GE Mark-I containment reactors — including Dresden 2&3 and Quad Cities 1&2 in Illinois — if further review supports the petition contentions. NEIS is a co-signer of the Petition. These petitions are normally just tossed. Evidently, Fukushima is just too big to ignore. Dozens of organizations and over 5,000 individuals have signed on to this petition already. YOU CAN TOO AT: http://www.beyondnuclear.org/home/2011/6/11/support-the-beyond-nuclear-petition-to-nrc-to-suspend-operat.html
Complying with the order from President Obama to review the safety of America’s 104 operating nuclear reactors and their spent fuel pools, the NRC today finally released its findings of the preliminary lessons learned from the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station.
We are pleased that the Agency kept its word and conducted the review. At the same time we are both heartened and dismayed at their findings. Heartened, because much of what they found and recommend is exactly what many in the safe energy and environmental community have been telling them for decades. Seek, and ye shall find – finally. Dismayed, because it took what may become a $200 billion disaster just to get their attention to “find” these problems which they have voluntarily chosen to ignore previously:
Associated Press; Map shows the locations for the 65 U.S. nuclear plants and their licensing status’ for week 1. Graphic will run with the Aging Nukes package.
LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. June 20, 2011, 03:38 am ET
Federal regulators have been working closely with the nuclear power industry to keep the nation’s aging reactors operating within safety standards by repeatedly weakening those standards, or simply failing to enforce them, an investigation by The Associated Press has found.
Time after time, officials at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission have decided that original regulations were too strict, arguing that safety margins could be eased without peril, according to records and interviews.
The result? Rising fears that these accommodations by the NRC are significantly undermining safety — and inching the reactors closer to an accident that could harm the public and jeopardize the future of nuclear power in the United States.
Examples abound. When valves leaked, more leakage was allowed — up to 20 times the original limit. When rampant cracking caused radioactive leaks from steam generator tubing, an easier test of the tubes was devised, so plants could meet standards. Continue reading AP: US Nuke Regulators Weaken Safety Rules→