Nuclear Hotseat notes for 1st March 2017

Sellafield: UK on track to miss key nuclear waste target

“The UK’s biggest nuclear site is failing to cut radioactive discharges into the Irish Sea in line with international commitments, according to a new report.

Sellafield, which was at the heart of the recent Copeland by-election, has been discharging more low level radioactive wastes – resulting from reprocessing spent nuclear fuel – into the North East Atlantic in recent years than it was a decade ago, the latest available data shows.

Anti-nuclear group CORE, which crunched the numbers, says that this means the UK has already violated the OSPAR convention to reduce radioactivity in the maritime environment, as was agreed nearly 20 years ago.

There have been several surges in environmental discharges from Sellafield in recent years, which may go against the spirit of OSPAR, which orders a ‘progressive’ and ‘substantial’ reduction.

It also suggests that the UK may struggle to achieve the goal of cut radioactive discharges to ‘close to zero’ by 2020.” http://energydesk.greenpeace.org/2017/02/24/copeland-sellafield-nuclear-discharge-reprocessing-ospar-target/

‘Picking losers’ – UK must not risk taxpayers’ billions on failed nuclear dream

David Toke

27th February 2017

“With the world’s leading nuclear corporations facing bankruptcy due to ever escalating costs, ‘unconstructable’ reactor designs and financing risks, there’s an easy way to finance the UK’s new nuclear power stations, writes David Toke: pin the cost onto taxpayers. As for schools, hospitals, pensions, housing, social care and other public services, who needs ’em?” http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2988695/picking_losers_uk_must_not_risk_taxpayers_billions_on_failed_nuclear_dream.html

UK nuclear power stations ‘could be forced to close’ after Brexit

“Leaving Euratom treaty will shut down nuclear industry if international safety agreements are not made in time, MPs told”

“But the Office for Nuclear Regulation argued there could even be be some positives to leaving Euratom, such as a reduction in bureaucracy. “If we relinquish Euratom there would be reduced burden from not having to comply with directives,” said David Senior, an ONR executive.” https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/feb/28/british-nuclear-power-stations-could-be-forced-to-close-after-brexit?CMP=share_btn_fb

NO Update on the situation at research reactor IFE Halden, Norway.. YET!

Published 04.11.2016

Keywords: Preparedness ??????  LOL

The Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) continues to have an elevated level of inspection at the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) due to the incident at the research reactor in Halden 24 October.

There has been progress dealing with the damaged fuel in the reactor hall, but work still remains to be done. The NRPA have also been particularly concerned about the safety of the reactor and have asked IFE to make several assessments regarding the reactor situation. IFE has assessed the situation and followed up with additional safety measures.

IFE have now initiated circulation of the reactor coolant for example. This means that contaminated air from the reactor hall is being filtered to reduce iodine levels and then released to the atmosphere. This controlled release from IFE-Halden is low level and below permitted limits stated in the operating license. The release has no environmental or health consequences.

The NRPA remain in close contact with IFE and have inspection personnel on-site at Halden most of the time, and during all operations. The NRPA are also continuously being updated about any changes in the situation.  http://www.nrpa.no/en/news/93500/update-on-the-situation-at-research-reactor-ife-halden-norway

 

Sources for this weeks European report

The Ecologist, The Guardian, Greenpeace UK and the NRPA Norway

Nuclear Hotseat notes for 22 Feb 2017 Iodine 131 in Europe, the evidence!

The media are trying to blame the Russians (Of course 🙂 ).. there has also been other reactor problems in Europe..

Norway has damaged fuel in its Halden research reactor since  Oct last year 2016  (reported) and it is releasing Iodine 131 but they said then that they are filtering the releases and none is getting out of the building.. Ukraine is straining their reactors because right wing Kiev mobs are blocking coal from the Russian eastern side.

This last week the Eurdep mapping was turned off in Ukraine, Poland and Russian monitoring was stopped for the same period and these monitoring stations are still offline today .. And in another incident, there has been a release a few days ago from Spain I think? ..

Also Irelands rad monitoring was switched off on Sunday morning, probably because of a release from Flamanville (France) that is having problems getting restarted  or maybe Sellafield (UK) .. some small evidence on the Irish EURDEP for that (I have a screenshot above ) .. A reactor in Germany is off gassing with a very high spike shown on the Eurdep monitor map from last week probably due to maintenance or refueling of the reactor.

On the widely January 2017 reported release likely from the ancient Budapest Medical Isotope Institute in Hungary

Hervé Courtois “In November 2011, for example, iodine-131 had been detected in air in several European countries and the survey4 had led to the rejection of iodine-131 from a radioisotope production institute in Budapest ( Hungary). Measurements carried out by the CRIIRAD laboratory in November 2011 confirmed a significant contamination of the vegetation with iodine-131 and iodine-125 in Budapest, several kilometers from this nuclear site.”

Criirad file on the January 2017 release in French (use Google translate); http://balises.criirad.org/pdf/CP%20%20CRIIRAD%20170214%20%20I131%20Europe.pdf

Eurdep radiation mapping mostly gets switched of when there is an unintended release. This is done by the IAEA to protect the nuclear industry and have it seem in a better light.

Link to Eurdep, Europes radiation maps http://eurdepweb.jrc.ec.europa.eu/EurdepMap/Disclaimer.aspx

An example of a switch off and peaks before from Ireland withing the last week (possibly to do with Flamanville or Sellafield nuclear sites;

In short the January release was due to the Budapest Medical Isotope Institute and the IAEA are covering it up again. A shortage of medical isotopes is causing increased releases of a number of isotopes and Iodine 131 is the easiest to measure. The pollution near the source should be made public as this area will have contaminated milk an vegetables. It is a crime that under privileged children are allowed to get cancer so that over privileged adults can be treated for cancer!

Here is the report on the Thorium reactor in Norway called Halden; : Incident in Oct and report from Nov 2016; http://www.nrpa.no/en/news/93500/update-on-the-situation-at-research-reactor-ife-halden-norway

In other news mentioned in the report .. Toshiba shares falling further;  https://nuclear-news.net/2017/02/21/toshiba-shares-fell-from-around-250-yen-apiece-to-186-yen-by-the-end-of-monday/

UK and French nuclear news

EDF France, the writings on the wall for energy!

EDF faces £1m a day bill to keep Flamanvile nuclear reactor offline

Worries over UK’s decision to quit Euro nuclear agency

Report by Shaun McGee for Nuclear Hotseat

Sources for the show;

Eurdep, nuclear-news.net, Herve Courtois, CRIIRAD, Safecast, Bellona , NRPA (Norway) , Nikkei, US9.campaign , The Guardian, Building.co.uk

European report for Nuclear Hotseat podcast 14 February 2017 – Notes

 

Links to EDF closing down the radiation monitoring system during and after the explosion at the Flamanville nuclear power station and the risk to the Channel Islands because of the wind direction (This risk was denied by UK experts on a report done for the Channel Islands communities) Exclusive to nuclear-news.net;

Flamaville – More missing radiation data, From the 7th Feb 2017 from nuclear station

Flamaville nuclear owners EDF block nuclear-news article on Google search

Flamaville in flames – Radiation report and hidden spike? Heading towards the Channel Islands

Link to the report from Bristol University on the UK Government bodies underestimating the real cost to human life in their official reports;

Breaking – U.K. nuclear safety regulations place too low a value on human life

Link to a discussion (with sources) on the UK problems using Tax payers money to bail out the UK nuclear new builds;

https://www.facebook.com/groups/radiationfreelakeland/permalink/1391036900916681/

UK Ministers “forced” to throw taxpayers cash at nuclear plants – Step 1 bail out – To get “skin in the game”!

http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2988642/keep_uk_taxpayers_off_the_hook_for_moorside_nuclear_black_hole.html

Links to the Toshiba and Westinghouse financial reports mentioned within the segment;

Westinghouse may also be forced out of nuclear plant construction business

French EDF heading down the toilet after Flamanaville nuclear near miss!

Link to the Russian nuclear reactors flaws report;

http://bellona.org/news/nuclear-issues/2017-02-russias-new-reactor-hiccups-could-change-europes-attitudes-toward-moscow

Links to Thyroid stories discussing the issues resulting from the Fukushima Diachi 2011 nuclear accident;

Fukushima Blues – Is Thyroid Cancer good for you and does it help if you smile?

Fukushima – Comparison of childhood thyroid cancer prevalence among 3 areas based on external radiation dose

more resources and background here;

https://europeannewsweekly.wordpress.com/?s=+thyroid

Attribution sources from media

nuclear-news.net

Department of Homeland Security USA media

The Times UK

Paul Dorfman

Bristol University

Kallinisenergy

EURDEP radiation mapping

Bellona.org

The Ecologist.org

Nuclear Hotseat Europe report notes 7 Feb 2017

Inspectors Find Safety Flaws Remain a Concern at French Nuclear Supplier

Letter says Areva hasn’t analyzed why a coverup went undetected and can’t guarantee it won’t happen again

Updated Feb. 6, 2017 2:45 p.m. ET

PARIS—A team of international inspectors described extensive management weaknesses at a key supplier for the global nuclear power industry, finding that safety failings are still a worry months after investigators revealed a decades long coverup of manufacturing problems at a French factory owned by the supplier.

In a letter sent to the supplier, Areva SA, late last month, the inspectors noted that the French company had neither analyzed why the coverup had gone undetected for years, nor could guarantee that similar…  [Paywall]

https://www.wsj.com/articles/inspectors-find-safety-flaws-remain-a-concern-at-french-nuclear-supplier-1486409274?mod=pls_whats_news_us_business_f

Toshiba sold all Japan Display shares after profit scandal

By TOSHIO KAWADA/ Staff Writer

February 7, 2017

Toshiba Corp. sold all of its shares in Japan Display Inc. for nearly 4 billion yen ($35 million) in December to improve its financial standing following a profit-padding scandal, the company said Feb. 6.

The company appeared to have netted between 1 billion yen and 2 billion yen from the sale.

Toshiba was desperate to raise its capital adequacy ratio, which reflects fiscal soundness, after the company was found to have engaged in years of dodgy accounting practices to inflate its profits. Its ratio had dropped to a miserable 7.5 percent as of the end of September……

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201702070029.html

 

PARIS (Reuters) – China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) has decided against taking a stake in the capital increase and restructuring of French nuclear group Areva, a source close to the discussions said on Tuesday.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/china-decides-against-taking-stake-080252294.html

“The talks did not work out with the Chinese,” the source said.

Zuma must dismantle nuke plans in South Africa

SCRAPPING the nuclear energy plan is the single most important announcement that President Jacob Zuma can make in his State of the Nation address, and anything less than its complete dismantling will be a monumental failure of the president’s duty and responsibility to South Africans.

This is the view of former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town and elder statesman Njongonkulu Ndungane, ahead of the delivery of the address in Parliament this week.

“We are very quickly and surely sliding towards a future of nuclear energy. I call on all citizens to become fully informed about the insidious process that is unfolding under our noses, and raise their voices in protest against the government’s nuclear energy plan,” the archbishop said.

One of the most fundamental problems with the nuclear energy plan, says Ndungane, is its unaffordability…..

Ndungane adds that the country is already seeing the impact of Eskom’s decision last year to sign no further agreements to purchase renewal energy from independent power producers.

“I am appalled at this glitch in our efforts to promote renewable energy, which has frequently been touted as a shining example of government’s industrialisation programme,” he said.

Ruth Coggin

http://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/opinion/zuma-must-dismantle-nuke-plans-7641449

 

The soupy grey smog shrouding Polish cities this winter is one of the most visible symptoms of the EU member’s addiction to coal, a deadly habit forcing many to stay indoors or don masks before venturing out.

Professor Anna Doboszynska, a respected specialist with more than two decades of experience treating lung disease, doesn’t minces her words when talking about the health risks it poses.

“During periods of smog, more people with respiratory and circulatory illnesses actually die,” she told AFP after examining an asthma patient wheezing heavily amid a spike in pollution in Warsaw.

“Children, pregnant women and the elderly are most at risk from smog, which damages the respiratory tract much in the same way smoking does.

“A child playing outside in the smog is smoking cigarettes, it’s the same thing,” she told AFP.

Nuclear Hotseat podcast news notes and links/sources for 31 January 2017

Mordechai Vanunu Israeli nuclear whistleblower still not freed from captivity after 31 years! As UN ignores transparency on nuke program!
Mordechai Vanunu Israeli nuclear whistleblower still not freed from captivity after 31 years! As UN ignores transparency on nuke program!

America’s 2 new nuclear projects might never be completed, as Toshiba exits nuclear construction
America’s 2 new nuclear projects might never be completed, as Toshiba exits nuclear construction

Fukushima governor rebuts minister’s 3/11 recovery claim
Fukushima governor rebuts minister’s 3/11 recovery claim
House OKs Federal Energy, Nuclear Power Rule Changes, customers to pay for it
https://europeannewsweekly.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/house-oks-federal-energy-nuclear-power-rule-changes-customers-to-pay-for-it/
Connection between soil contamination in Japan and disease frequency
Connection between soil contamination in Japan and disease frequency

Energy speech for 2017 Japan that ignores renewables but promotes defunct nuclear projects instead
Energy speech for 2017 Japan that ignores renewables but promotes defunct nuclear projects instead

Japan 2016 thermal coal imports fall from record, LNG purchases down for 2nd year
https://europeannewsweekly.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/japan-2016-thermal-coal-imports-fall-from-record-lng-purchases-down-for-2nd-year/

The UK has enough energy capacity to meet demand, says Steve Holliday ex Nat Grid CEO. He also says there is no need for large centralised nuclear or fossil generation in the future
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38791572?SThisFB

UK nuclear groups whinging like F&^K!! UK Government tries to defend itself against nuclear compensation claims regardless!
https://europeannewsweekly.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/uk-nuclear-groups-whinging-like-fk-uk-government-tries-to-defend-itself-against-nuclear-compensation-claims-regardless/

Sizewell C consultation: EDF ‘forgets’ to mention 600,000 m3 a year of mains water
https://europeannewsweekly.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/sizewell-c-consultation-edf-forgets-to-mention-600000-m3-a-year-of-mains-water/

Revealed: Cumnock to become Scotland’s first fully ‘Green Town’
Revealed: Cumnock to become Scotland’s first fully ‘Green Town’

Toshiba cancels all nuclear plant construction, chairman to quit, causing happy anti nuclear activists in Japan!
Toshiba cancels all nuclear plant construction, chairman to quit, causing happy anti nuclear activists in Japan!

Rosatom Proposes to Supply Czech Republic With Advanced Nuclear Reactor
Rosatom Proposes to Supply Czech Republic With Advanced Nuclear Reactor

Poland rejects renewables in favour of coal and will eventually use nuclear because of “investor confidence”
https://europeannewsweekly.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/poland-rejects-renewables-in-favour-of-coal-and-will-eventually-use-nuclear-because-of-investor-confidence/

Energy Wars in Europe post Trump, renewables winning despite NATO, nuclear and fossil fuel lobbying!
https://europeannewsweekly.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/energy-wars-in-europe-post-trump-renewables-winning-despite-nato-nuclear-and-fossil-fuel-lobbying/

Chris Busby – Real Doomsday clock passed midnight long ago

Chris Busby – Real Doomsday clock passed midnight long ago

Japan 2016 thermal coal imports fall from record, LNG purchases down for 2nd year

Japan’s coal imports for power generation fell in 2016 from four years of successive record highs and liquefied natural gas (LNG) purchases dropped for a second year as an energy crisis brought on by the 2011 Fukushima disaster eased, official data showed.

http://timberexec.co.uk/japan-2016-thermal-coal-imports-fall-from-record-lng-purchases-down-for-2nd-year/?lang=it

Rising supplies of homegrown renewable energy and the return of some nuclear power, amid falling demand as Japan’s population declines, mean the world’s third-largest economy has more diversity in its sources of energy.

Screenshot from 2017-01-26 01:41:36.png

Source for chart ; http://eneken.ieej.or.jp/data/7126.pdf (2017 January) Added by Arclight2011 aka Shaun

Thermal coal imports declined to just below 110 million tonnes in 2016, down from a record-high 113.84 million tonnes in 2015, the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday. Import costs fell 20 percent from a year earlier.

Shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG) dropped for a second year last year, down 2 percent to 83.34 million tons , while their value fell 40 percent.

Japan is the world’s biggest importer of LNG, gas chilled to liquid form for transportation on ships, and demand had surged to successive records after the March 2011 meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant led to the eventual shutdown of all reactors in the country.

But two reactors are now operating under new safety standards and more may be restarted this year. (Note The output from last year was minimal compared to renewables output because of outages and a late start on reactors Arclight2011 aka Shaun)

Crude oil imports slipped to 3.35 million barrels per day, o 194.828 million kilolitres for the year, the lowest since 1988, with their value falling by nearly a third.

The following tables lay out Japan’s fossil fuels imports for last month and for all of 2016, with volumes of crude, oil products and gasoline/naphtha in million kilolitres; LNG, LPG and coal in million tonnes; values in millions of yen.

Numbers are preliminary.

       December                                          
             Fuel    Volume   Yr/yr %       Value   Yr/yr %
    Mineral fuels         -         -   1,304,492      -4.8
        Crude oil    18.061       3.0     599,350       1.8
 All oil products         -         -     127,216     -11.3
 Gasoline/naphtha     2.374     -11.9      84,264     -20.9
              LNG     7.549      -6.5     323,361     -25.5
              LPG     0.963       1.0      46,251     -13.6
       Total coal    16.314       3.9     203,451      39.4
     Thermal coal     9.454      -5.5      96,880       9.8
   
        Full year                                          
             Fuel    Volume   Yr/yr %       Value   Yr/yr %
    Mineral fuels         -         -  12,044,238     -33.9
        Crude oil   194.828      -0.3   5,534,054     -32.4
 All oil products         -         -   1,073,286     -41.1
 Gasoline/Naphtha    26.295     -13.0     824,332     -38.8
              LNG    83.340      -2.0   3,283,913     -40.4
              LPG    10.900      -0.8     446,943     -31.3
       Total coal   189.732      -0.5   1,654,450     -16.2
     Thermal coal   109.931      -3.4     876,746     -20.0

Fonte : Reuters (Reporting by Aaron Sheldrick and Osamu Tsukimori; Writing by Aaron Sheldrick)

House OKs Federal Energy, Nuclear Power Rule Changes, customers to pay for it

Law360, New York (January 23, 2017, 6:13 PM EST) — The House of Representatives on Monday pushed through a series of changes to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, in bills meant to change how courts treat FERC decisions and give more flexibility to new nuclear plants.

The two bills, passed by a voice vote, are meant to help consumers in the existing power industry and to help the development of new nuclear reactor technologies. The Fair Rates Act would expand the reviewability of FERC rate change decisions and the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2017 would direct the U.S. Department and of Energy and the NRC to come up with a plan to allow for regulatory approvals of more advanced technology in nuclear reactors.

Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., the prime sponsor of the Fair Rates Act, said that the legislation would avoid the situation that power consumers in the Northeast faced. Following a rate auction, FERC deadlocked on approving the results, and they went into place automatically but consumers could not challenge them without a final FERC decision.

“With no official decision from the agency, there was no decision to appeal, leaving my constituents completely voiceless,” Kennedy said.

The bill would prevent situations in which consumers are forced to pay higher rates without the opportunity to appeal the decision either through the agency or through the courts, Kennedy said.

“Although this situation may sound completely isolated to New England, there’s not a corner of this country that’s immune from the unpredictability of the American energy market and the resulting burden they are forced to bear as a result,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy’s bill alters Section 205 of the Federal Power Act, designating that if a rate approval becomes final through action of law, it should be treated as a final agency action for purposes of agency and court appeals.

The court case that spurred the passage of the law came from Public Citizen and the state of Connecticut, which argued to overturn the approval of regional grid operator ISO New England Inc.’s 2014 auction — through which power generators offered their resource capacity for future power needs — by default.

However, in October, the D.C. Circuit ruled that it cannot review the approval of the auction without a final decision by the agency; the 2-2 deadlock kept the state and public consumers out of the courtroom.

Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Ga., said that one of the other bills the House passed on Monday, the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2017, would help bring more advanced nuclear reactor designs to market more quickly. The language mandates that the Energy Department and the NRC enter into a memorandum of agreement to “knock down those walls to innovation and provide an opportunity to develop advanced nuclear reactor designs.”

The bill specifically includes advances on existing light-water reactor technologies that are intended to be more efficient and generate less waste as well as nuclear fusion reactors — which have not yet been built on an economically feasible scale. According to press reports, research institutions in both the United States and abroad have continued work on scaling up the power and sustainability of such reactors.

The bill would require a uniform, predictable plan for approval of more advanced reactors, which is meant to be based on mathematical models of their behavior.

Rep. Diane Degette, D-Colo., said that the changes to the NRC would be “a commonsense way for the federal government to safely advance the goals of the advanced nuclear power industry” and pave the way for lowering America’s overall carbon emissions.

 

https://www.law360.com/articles/883931?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=articles_search