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February 23 2014

08:00

Why Is Obama Charging You For Nuke Plant Costing Higher Energy Bills Than Solar?

beforeitsnews.com - Feb. 23 (News Analysis) - “If nuclear power is such a good idea, why does it need financial help from every U.S. taxpayer?” is a question many Americans and even the Washington Post are asking this week. Even more would ask that question and demand better if they knew the new nuke facility will cost more in energy bills than had the same money funded solar energy. This week, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced Obama’s administration would extend a $6.5 billion federal loan guarantee to cover partial cost of building two new reactors at Southern Co.’s Alvin W. Vogtle site.

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February 21 2014

08:00

More megatons to megawatts | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

thebulletin.org - By Dawn Stover - Feb. 21 (Opinion) - Some experts have argued that even if Moscow were amenable to extending the Megatons to Megawatts program under generous terms, doing so would be wrongheaded because the risks associated with transporting highly enriched uranium to and from Russian processing facilities outweigh the benefits. However, there’s no reason that the United States can’t safely turn more of its own weapons into fuel, a process that would not have to involve large, risky shipments over such long distances.

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January 15 2014

08:00

Shock Doctrine in Japan: Shinzo Abe's Rightward Shift to Militarism, Secrecy in Fukushima's Wake

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Jan. 15 (Special Report) - As head of the Liberal Democratic Party, Abe is known as a conservative hawk who has pushed nationalistic and pro-nuclear policies. In December, he visited the controversial Yasukuni war shrine, which honors Japanese soldiers who died in battle, including several war criminals who were tried by the International Military Tribunal after World War II. The visit sparked outrage from China and South Korea, who consider the shrine a symbol of Japanese militarism, and its refusal to atone for atrocities committed in the first half of the 20th century. We speak about Japan's increasingly pro-nuclear, nationalistic stance with Koichi Nakano, professor at Sophia University in Tokyo and director of the Institute of Global Concern.

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December 13 2013

08:00

Cobalt-60, and Lessons from a Mexican theft | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

thebulletin.org - By George M. Moore, Miles A. Pomper - Dec. 13 (Special Report) - However, a follow-up report from the IAEA indicated that the strength of the cobalt 60 was 3,000 curies (a unit of radiation), making it an IAEA Category 1 source—the most dangerous of the organization's five classes of radioactivity. A simple online calculator helps give an idea of the danger level the source posed if it was at the reported strength at the time of the theft. At a distance of 30.5 centimeters (1 foot) from an unshielded source with an activity level of 3,000 curies, the dose to a bystander would be about 37,000 Rem per hour (a measure of radiation exposure). This means that anyone within a foot of the source when it was out of its shield was being exposed to about 10 Rem per second, a level that would typically kill half of a population exposed to it for 30 seconds.

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December 04 2013

08:00

The Lies Behind This Transatlantic Trade Deal

readersupportednews.org - By George Monbiot - Dec. 04 (News Report) - All over Europe people are asking why this is happening; why we were not consulted; for whom it is being done. They have good reason to ask. The commission insists that its Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership should include a toxic mechanism called investor-state dispute settlement. Where this has been forced into other trade agreements, it has allowed big corporations to sue governments before secretive arbitration panels composed of corporate lawyers, which bypass domestic courts and override the will of parliaments.

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November 07 2013

08:00

VIDEO: Inside Japan's stricken reactor

BBC News - Nov. 07 (News) - As engineers prepare to extract the first of more than 1,000 nuclear fuel rods from the wrecked Fukushima plant, Rupert Wingfield-Hayes goes inside Reactor Building 4.

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October 31 2013

07:00

Japan nuclear watchdog urges 'bold' Fukushima action

phys.org - By Shingo Ito - Oct. 31 (News Report) - A series of setbacks including water leaks that have carried radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean have rocked confidence that Asia's largest utility can tame the world's worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl. Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-10-japan-nuclear-watchdog-urges-bold.html#jCp

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October 25 2013

07:00

Japan Hit By 7.3-Magnitude Earthquake Off Fukushima Prefecture Coast, Tsunami Advisory Issued

Huffington Post - By Ken Moritsugu - Oct. 25 (News Report) - An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck early Saturday morning off Japan's east coast, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Japan's emergency agencies declared a tsunami warning for the region that includes the crippled Fukushima nuclear site.

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October 22 2013

07:00

VIDEO: Will nuclear power bridge energy gap?

BBC News - Oct. 22 (News) - The first nuclear power station to be built in the UK for 20 years will be at Hinkley Point in Somerset.

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October 21 2013

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October 15 2013

07:00

Fukushima Politics - NY Times: Editorials

New York Times - By By THE EDITORIAL BOARD - Oct. 15 (Editorial) - Editorial: Fukushima Politics

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October 03 2013

07:00

Fukushima in radioactive water leak

BBC News - Oct. 03 (News Report) - Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has a new leak of radioactive water which may have entered the Pacific Ocean, its operator says.

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September 20 2013

07:00

Quake Reported Near Damaged Nuclear Plant

Huffington Post - Sep. 20 (News) - RT reports a moderate earthquake has struck near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan:

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September 15 2013

07:00

Japan halts last nuclear reactor

BBC News - Sep. 15 (News Report) - Japan faces its longest period without nuclear power for four decades, as it shuts down its last functioning reactor amid public concerns after the Fukushima accident.

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September 13 2013

07:00

TEPCO Official: Fukushima is Out of Control

Common Dreams - By Sarah Lazare - Sep. 13 (News Report) - Fukushima nuclear plant in the immediate aftermath of Japan's March 2011 tsunami (Photo: AP) "I"m sorry, but we consider the situation is not under control." Those were the words of Kazuhiko Yamashita, executive-level fellow for Fukushima plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company when he was pressed by the opposition Democratic Party of Japan. read ...

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September 05 2013

07:00

Tatsujiro Suzuki's Fukushima updates | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

thebulletin.org - By Tatsujiro Suzuki, Japan Atomic Energy Commission - Sep. 05 (Special Report) - Given the increased concern over the contaminated water leak at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, I will resume my online column to provide frequent updates of the situation at Fukushima.

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September 04 2013

07:00

Radiation spike near Fukushima tanks

BBC News - Sep. 04 (News Report) - Radiation levels around tanks storing contaminated water at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have risen again, officials say.

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07:00

Errors Cast Doubt on Japan’s Cleanup of Nuclear Accident Site

New York Times - By By MARTIN FACKLER - Sep. 04 (News Analysis) - Errors Cast Doubt on Japan’s Cleanup of Nuclear Accident Site

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August 24 2013

07:00

Thinking outside Fukushima | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

thebulletin.org - By Charles D. Ferguson, Federation of American Scientists - Aug. 24 (Special Report) - Less well known is the fact that the plant sits atop an ancient riverbed. Tepco has estimated that about 1,000 tons of groundwater move daily under the plant; 400 tons is diverted into the reactor buildings and mixed with another 400 tons of water to keep the cores cool. Currently, the company recycles about half of the pumped-out water and stores the other half. Its plan is to treat all the contaminated stored water, which, so far sits in about 1,000 tanks, which are now filled to 85 percent of their storage capacity. After it is treated, the water is then of low enough contamination to be pumped into the ocean. Local fishermen, however, have objected to this plan for fear of jeopardizing their livelihood.

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07:00

Radioactive groundwater at Fukushima nears Pacific

Washington Post - By Mari Yamaguchi - Aug. 24 (News Report) - TOKYO — Deep beneath Fukushima’s crippled nuclear power station, a massive underground reservoir of contaminated water that began spilling from the plant’s reactors after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami has been creeping toward the Pacific. ...

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