Tag Archives: nuclear power

Nation’s Oldest Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down

Courthouse News reports: The oldest nuclear power plant in the country will shut down later today, months earlier than scheduled and a decade before its license runs out. Located by the Jersey Shore, about 50 miles east of Philadelphia in Lacey Township, Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station went online on Dec. 1, 1969, and was granted the country’s first nuclear …

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JAPAN: Nuclear Plant To Dump Waste Into Ocean

Newsweek reports: Toxic waste produced by one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters will be dumped into the sea, according to the head of the Japanese company tasked with cleaning up the radioactive mess, despite protests from local fishermen. Takashi Kawamura, chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), told foreign media that nearly 777,000 tons of water tainted with tritium, …

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Reality Show Star Slams Iran Deal

“Don’t say it’s unbelievable. Of course it’s believable. This is the world we live in today under American leadership that would surrender Israel’s security and our own. Don’t say it’s unbelievable. When Barack Obama warned voters he would “fundamentally transform America” and they voted for him anyway – twice – what was once the most powerful office in the world …

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Branding Fail

The Independent reports: As sending positive brand signals go, naming your mascot Fukuppy is probably a step in the wrong direction. Indeed, it would seem this refrigerator company have had their very own fukuppy with the unfortunate christening of this cartoon egg. Social media users seized on the winged ovum’s name to ridicule Fukushima Industries’ mascot, with initial reports linking …

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CONNECTICUT: Warm Seas Force Shutdown Of Nuclear Power Plant

Connecticut’s Millstone nuclear power plant has been shut down because the ocean water used to cool the machinery is now too warm to be effective. Millstone Power Station has occasionally shut for maintenance or other issues, but in its 37-year history it has never gone down due to excessively warm water, spokesman Ken Holt said on Monday. Water from Long …

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Photo Of The Day – Chernobyl Control

Photojournalist Gerd Ludwig has documented the present state of the world’s most infamous nuclear power plant and the town that once surrounded it. Lots more fascinating (and grim) photos at the link, courtesy of the Boston Globe’s always compelling Big Picture feature.

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11:55

The doomsday clock was moved up one minute this week. The most significant contributing factors to the decision were the narrowly averted nuclear disaster at the Fukushima plant in Japan which was caused by the earthquake and tsunami on March 11. There were also concerns about the danger from Iran which has begun to enrich uranium at a secret underground …

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Fukishima Fallout

Via Think Progress: “Japan’s science ministry says 8 per cent of the country’s surface area has been contaminated by radiation from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. It says more than 30,000 square kilometers of the country has been blanketed by radioactive cesium.”

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Ammonia Leak At CA Nuclear Plant

There’s been an apparently serious ammonia leak at the oceanfront nuclear power plant near San Diego. The warning has gone from a Level One to a Level Three alert in the last hour. The leak posed no danger to the public, and no radiation was released during the emergency, said Lauren Bartlett, a spokeswoman for Southern California Edison. Under federal …

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FRANCE: Explosion At Nuclear Plant

Details are just starting to come in: At least one person has been killed and three more wounded in an explosion which rocked on Monday a nuclear power plant in Marcoule, southern France. ­According to the rescuers, there is a risk of a radioactive leak after the blast. All of the plant’s reactors have been shut down following the incident. …

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Germany To Shut All Nuclear Plants

Germany has announced plans to close all its nuclear power plants by 2022. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition endorsed a blueprint to shut its nuclear-power plants by 2022, repealing the law she pushed to extend the life of the reactors to become the biggest nation to exit atomic power. The decision in the early morning hours today by coalition leaders …

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Gov. Cuomo: Close NYC’s Nuclear Plant

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo has long been an opponent of Indian Point, the aging nuclear power plant just 20 minutes north of New York City. Yesterday he called for the plant’s permanent closure in light of the disaster in Japan. “The suggestion is that of all the [104] power plants across the country, that the Indian Point power plant is …

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U.S. Warns Japan On Radiation

Via New York Times: The chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave a significantly bleaker appraisal of the threat posed by Japan’s nuclear crisis than the Japanese government, saying on Wednesday that the damage at one crippled reactor was much more serious than Japanese officials had acknowledged and advising to Americans to evacuate a wider area around the …

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Japanese Diet Pills

Walgreens, Upper East Side, Monday 10pm Old Lady: “Where can I get some of those nuclear pills?” Clerk: “What, like, diet pills?” Old Lady: “No! No! The ones they have in Japan!” Clerk: “Japanese diet pills?”

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JAPAN: Nuclear Crisis Worsens

The New York Times reports: Industry executives said that in fact the situation had spiraled out of control and that all plant workers needed to leave the plant to avoid excessive exposure to radioactive leaks. If all workers do in fact leave the plant, the nuclear fuel in all three reactors is likely to melt down, which would lead to …

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