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26 mars 2015 4 26 /03 /mars /2015 18:19

 

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Sign the Peace and Planet Nuclear Weapons Abolition Petition!

This April, most of the world’s governments meet at the United Nations for the month-long Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference.  Peace Action is part of an international movement to abolish nuclear weapons and here's an opportunity to join with people all over the world calling for zero nuclear weapons!


In a demonstration of our determination to build a fair, democratic, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful future, people will gather in New York City and around the world for international days of action April 24 – 26, 2015, just before the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference at the United Nations.

We call upon the parties to the NPT to use the 2015 Review Conference to immediately, without delay, develop a timetable to ban and eliminate all nuclear weapons.

We call upon the four states outside the Treaty that have nuclear arms, India, Israel, North Korea, and Pakistan, to join this process, immediately and without delay.

We are at a crucial juncture, a time when the unresolved tensions of a deeply inequitable society, great power ambitions, and the destructive effects of an unsustainable economic system are exploding into overlapping crises.

Yes to a Nuclear-Free World!
Yes to Nonviolence!
Yes to Economic Justice and Environmental Sustainability!
Yes to Peace!!

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26 mars 2015 4 26 /03 /mars /2015 18:16

http://org.salsalabs.com/o/161/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17496

 

Sign the Peace and Planet Nuclear Weapons Abolition Petition!

This April, most of the world’s governments meet at the United Nations for the month-long Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference.  Peace Action is part of an international movement to abolish nuclear weapons and here's an opportunity to join with people all over the world calling for zero nuclear weapons!


In a demonstration of our determination to build a fair, democratic, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful future, people will gather in New York City and around the world for international days of action April 24 – 26, 2015, just before the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference at the United Nations.

We call upon the parties to the NPT to use the 2015 Review Conference to immediately, without delay, develop a timetable to ban and eliminate all nuclear weapons.

We call upon the four states outside the Treaty that have nuclear arms, India, Israel, North Korea, and Pakistan, to join this process, immediately and without delay.

We are at a crucial juncture, a time when the unresolved tensions of a deeply inequitable society, great power ambitions, and the destructive effects of an unsustainable economic system are exploding into overlapping crises.

Yes to a Nuclear-Free World!
Yes to Nonviolence!
Yes to Economic Justice and Environmental Sustainability!
Yes to Peace!!

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26 mars 2015 4 26 /03 /mars /2015 17:44

 March 26, 2015

Nuclear watchdog's decision on active faults a serious blow to reactor operators

 

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20150326p2a00m0na009000c.html

 

The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) decision to accept reports stating that active faults run directly beneath two reactors in Fukui and Aomori prefectures may prove a heavy blow to nuclear plant operators.

Japan Atomic Power Co., which operates the Tsuruga nuclear station in Fukui Prefecture, will be more seriously affected by the NRA move, as the company relies solely on its nuclear plant business. The No. 2 reactor at the Tsuruga station will likely have to be scrapped after an NRA expert committee reported that it stands right above an active fault. This reactor is 28 years old and is the newest operated by the utility.

The active fault is likely to be confirmed again during an upcoming safety inspection of the area required to restart the reactor. Japan Atomic Power decided this month to scrap the No. 1 reactor at the Tsuruga plant. It manages one more nuclear station in Ibaraki Prefecture, but restarting the Tokai No. 2 plant there faces strong local opposition.

Japan Atomic Power has continued to make profits while all its reactors remain off-line as the five utilities with capital investments in the firm are required to pay basic fees regardless of whether any electricity is flowing from the plants. It made a 1.6 billion yen net profit for the year ending March 2014.

It's not clear, however, that this business model can continue. Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), Japan Atomic Power's largest shareholder, is seeing persistent internal opposition to continuing basic fee payments while the plant operator's reactor restart plans remain up in the air. A TEPCO representative says the utility would not be able to give an acceptable explanation to consumers and shareholders if it continued paying large sums for nothing.

Japan Atomic Power announced earlier this month that it will convert into a holding company by the end of fiscal 2017 and establish affiliate firms that focus on nuclear reactor decommissioning work and overseas operations. It looks to secure future profit by helping other utilities decommission reactors, including TEPCO's Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, and introducing nuclear power abroad. As the plan to restart its own reactors has become unrealistic, reshaping its business structure is an urgent issue.

Meanwhile, Tohoku Electric Power Co., operator of Higashidori nuclear plant in Aomori Prefecture, is also facing a tough situation. While the utility plans to counter that the fault under the No. 1 reactor at the Higashidori plant is not active in a planned safety screening, a prolonged process is unavoidable.

The utility calculates that the restart of the nuclear reactor can bring down the cost of fuel by 5 billion yen a month, but there is no prospect for actually reaching that figure. It is also possible that the utility will be forced to undertake additional earthquake resistance construction if the NRA concludes that the fault under the Higashidori reactor is indeed active, saddling the company with ballooning operational costs.

March 26, 2015(Mainichi Japan)

 

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26 mars 2015 4 26 /03 /mars /2015 17:42

 March 26, 2015

More errors with Monju nuclear reactor maintenance found

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20150326p2a00m0na007000c.html

 

Several more maintenance problems have been discovered at the Monju fast-breeder reactor facility in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, which has been banned from operation following the discovery of over 10,000 cases of maintenance errors in 2013, it has been learned.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) secretariat revealed on March 25 that the newly discovered maintenance errors -- which involve the facility's piping system -- mean that Monju operator Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) may have violated safety regulations.

The NRA secretariat conducted safety inspections on pipes and other components at the troubled Monju facility between March 2 and 20. JAEA is responsible for checking the thickness and corrosion of the cooling pipes and the pipes for liquid sodium circulation, but the agency has failed to conduct the checks properly, only conducting visual inspections of the pipes, it is reported.

The NRA secretariat plans to report the matter to the NRA as early as May this year after examining details of the inspection and confirming the number of maintenance errors.

While an NRA secretariat representative said it has been confirmed at the inspection that the errors are not imminent threats to the safety of the facility, JAEA's latest failure may further delay the restart of the Monju reactor.

March 26, 2015(Mainichi Japan)

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25 mars 2015 3 25 /03 /mars /2015 17:51

 March 25, 2015

Fukushima gov't says nuclear disaster 'unlikely' cause of thyroid gland cancer

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20150325p2a00m0na006000c.html

 

FUKUSHIMA -- Prefectural authorities here have dismissed any effect of radiation from the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant disaster on 86 thyroid gland cancer patients found in the prefecture as of the end of 2014.

An interim report compiled by the Fukushima Prefectural Government, released at a meeting of experts on March 24, stated that the cancer was "hardly attributable to the effects of radiation."

The meeting was convened to evaluate thyroid gland testing of children in the prefecture.

In giving reasons for ruling out the possibility of the nuclear catastrophe having contributed to cancer development, the report noted that the radiation exposure doses were lower than those in the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. It additionally pointed out that no cancer had been found among children aged 5 or under -- the group most susceptible to radiation effects.

Thyroid gland testing covered some 370,000 residents aged 18 or younger. Of these, about 300,000 have undergone the first round of screening. The second round started in April last year and is scheduled to be completed by the end of fiscal 2015.

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25 mars 2015 3 25 /03 /mars /2015 17:47

 March 25, 2015

Panel: Faults under Higashidori plant may move

Mar. 25, 2015 - Updated 10:36 UTC+1

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150325_31.html

 

An expert panel has told Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority that 2 faults under the Higashidori nuclear power plant site in northern Japan may move.

The plant's operator, Tohoku Electric, is applying to have the regulator assess the plant's planned safety measures, a precondition for restarting the facility. But the panel's finding could affect the regulator's discussions on the measures.

The panel submitted its report on the plant in Aomori Prefecture on Wednesday. It says the 2 faults that may shift are west of a reactor building.

Tohoku Electric had claimed that deformation of land above the faults was attributed to swelling of rocks rather than movement of the faults.

But the report says the operator's claim lacks sufficient data and doesn't properly explain the area's topography.

Observers say the authority's commissioners may urge the operator to take more quake-resistance measures during the screening process, leading to longer discussions.

The report also refers to another fault under key nuclear facilities including a cooling water intake.

But it stops short of assessing the fault, leaving it a likely focus of debate among the commissioners. The experts say they could not agree on a conclusion regarding the fault.

 

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25 mars 2015 3 25 /03 /mars /2015 17:46

March 25, 2015

More flaws found with Monju plant inspections

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150325_35.html

 

Mar. 25, 2015 - Updated 10:36 UTC+1

 

Nuclear regulators have found further problems with the inspection methods of the operator of the Monju fast-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture, on the Sea of Japan coast.

The Monju plant was shut down after a sodium leak was discovered in 1995. The plant was restarted on a test basis in 2010, but was soon shut down again due to a series of problems. Further test runs were banned in May 2013 over safety inspection oversights involving key equipment.

The reactor's operator, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, submitted a report on the problems to the Nuclear Regulation Authority last December.

Nuclear regulators met on Wednesday to discuss the operator's progress.
But the regulators heard that the operator had failed to carry out ultrasonic tests every 16 months as mandated to check the condition of pipes carrying coolant water.

The operator also failed to properly inspect the pipes where they intersect the walls of the reactor building. These spots require special checks because they cannot be visually inspected.

Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka censured Japan Atomic Energy Agency for its failure to properly inspect the pipes.

He said the company is not qualified to be in the atomic power business if it cannot be relied upon to manage the plant properly and conduct thorough inspections.

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25 mars 2015 3 25 /03 /mars /2015 17:45

March 25, 2015

Pope cites Fukushima nuclear crisis as a modern-day Tower of Babel

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201503250073

By YUKIE YAMAO/ Correspondent

ROME--Pope Francis warned against the dangers of arrogance in comparing the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant crisis to the biblical Tower of Babel, in a talk held with Japanese bishops in the Vatican.

"Mankind can become arrogant and create a society convenient to them, driven by an egotistical motive," Francis told members of the Bishops of Japan on March 20, according to Takeo Okada, archbishop of Tokyo. "Acts thought to help mankind are ending up destroying themselves."

The pope also warned that the production and export of arms is the most destructive threat to civilization, stating that "the problem lies in how massive wealth is created through them."

The Japanese bishops issued a message in February to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, in which they expressed concern over groups that deny wartime atrocities and the Abe administration's efforts to alter Article 9 of Japan's pacifist Constitution to allow the nation to exercise the right to collective self-defense.

The Japanese clerics discussed this message, along with issues regarding Article 9, in a meeting with Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin.

Parolin urged the group to submit the message to the Japanese government.

"You must encourage them in order to have them resolve the issues through dialogue," Parolin told the Japanese bishops.

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25 mars 2015 3 25 /03 /mars /2015 17:42

 March 25, 2015

Tainted soil moved to intermediate storage site

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150325_37.html

 

Mar. 25, 2015 - Updated 12:31 UTC+1

Transfer of radioactive soil started

Workers have begun transferring radioactive waste to an intermediate storage facility in the town of Futaba in Fukushima Prefecture. Similar work was begun in a neighboring town earlier this month.

Workers wearing protective suits checked the tags on bags of waste at an initial storage facility in Futaba on Wednesday. The tags show the radiation levels and other information about the soil and debris tainted by nuclear fallout from the 2011 nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

The workers then transported the bags by truck to an intermediate facility about 500 meters from the defunct nuclear plant.

Facility workers unloaded the bags onto a patch of ground covered with sheets. The bags hold 12 cubic meters of waste.


The government is planning to transport 22 million cubic meters of tainted material to the 16-square-kilometer intermediate facility straddling the towns of Futaba and Okuma. The work in Okuma began on March 15th.

So far the government has only secured enough land to accommodate 20,000 cubic meters of material due to difficult negotiations with landowners. It's unclear when the work of transferring the soil and debris at initial storage facilities and homes across the prefecture will be completed.

The government must dispose of the contaminated waste somewhere outside Fukushima Prefecture within 30 years of initial storage. But it has yet to find candidate sites for final disposal.

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25 mars 2015 3 25 /03 /mars /2015 13:13

 March 24, 2015

 

Board of Audit: Billions of yen wasted in Fukushima No. 1 cleanup

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/03/24/national/board-of-audit-billions-of-yen-wasted-in-fukushima-no-1-cleanup/#.VRKC8uF1Cos

 

by Mari Yamaguchi

AP

Government auditors say Tepco has wasted more than a third of the ¥190 billion in taxpayer money allocated for cleaning up Fukushima No. 1.

A Board of Audit report describes various expensive machines and untested measures that ended in failure. It also says the cleanup work has been dominated by one group of utility, construction and electronics giants despite repeated calls for more transparency and greater access for international bidders.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. spokesman Teruaki Kobayashi said all of the equipment contributed to stabilizing the plant, even though some operated only briefly.

Some of the failures cited in the report:

French import: Among the costliest failures was a ¥32 billion machine made by French nuclear giant Areva SA to remove radioactive cesium from water leaking from the three wrecked reactors.

The trouble-plagued machine lasted just three months and treated only 77,000 tons of water, a tiny fraction of the volume leaking every day. It has since been replaced with Japanese and American machines.

Salt removal: Sea water was used early in the crisis to cool the reactors after the normal cooling systems failed.

Machines costing ¥18.4 billion from several companies, including Hitachi GE Nuclear Energy, Toshiba Corp. and Areva were supposed to remove the salt from the contaminated water at the plant.

One of the machines functioned only five days, and the longest lasted just six weeks.

Shoddy tanks: Tepco hurriedly built dozens of storage tanks for the contaminated water at a cost of ¥16 billion.

The shoddy tanks, using rubber seals and assembled by unskilled workers, began leaking and some water seeped into the ground and then into the ocean. The tanks are now being replaced with more durable welded ones.

Giant underground pools: A total of ¥2.1 billion was spent on seven huge underground pools built by Maeda Corp. to store the contaminated water. They leaked within weeks, and the water had to be transferred to steel tanks.

Unfrozen trench: A ¥100 million project to contain highly contaminated water in a maintenance tunnel by freezing it failed because the water never completely froze.

Tepco subsidiary Tokyo Power Technology even threw in chunks of ice, but eventually had to pour in cement to seal the trench.

 

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March 23, 2015

¥189 billion in public money spent on Fukushima cleanup so far

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/03/23/national/%C2%A5189-billion-in-public-money-spent-on-fukushima-cleanup-so-far/#.VRALa-F1Cos

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 March 23, 2015

TEPCO urged to probe troubled projects at plant

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150323_37.html

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