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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Nuke: High Cost to Exit

From ENENEWS Cisco June 24, 2012 at 8:47 am · Reply Free markets…BS! It's all about corporate socialism sucking up our resources and capital that could be directed to sustainable infrastructure and programs supporting green energy. The nuclear power generating cabal’s strategy to save itself from extinction is to relicense the aging plants, because exposing the cost in decommissioning one is so expensive. It will bankrupt any operating company, forcing the government (taxpayers) to assume the costs. When the government and the public discovers the true costs of decommissioning one plant, nuclear power’s economic viability will be exposed as the ponzi scam that it is. The costs to decontaminate a plant and the costs to supervise and maintain a decommissioned plant will go on for virtually, ever. Financially, it is a nightmare because it is an expensive liability whose costs continue to increase yearly as more and more maintenance is required to maintain the site’s safety. Once the government is forced to examine and admit the true life cycle costs of nuclear power generation, the economics will expose this dangerous ponzi scheme for what it really is…a financial and environmental disaster. There’s more of us, than there are of them! Nukepro comment--------------- +1000 I am thinking to post your comment on my antinuke blog, I figured out that one of the nefarious things about nuke is the high price to exit. But indeed, if they truly decommissioned a plant, any plant, and the real cost (like $2B) became well known, that would be one more nail in the coffin of nuke. They buy these old clunker plants for as little as $180M, yet the new ones cost $14B estimated, and 250% cost overruns are the median.

Japan Radiation Map-- really good one

The liquidators

Japan Radiation Reporting 4 microSievert per hour is very dangerous. Many sites in Fukushima are reporting 30 plus microSievert per hour. Most sites in Fukushima are at least 4. AND these reading are only based on non-internal exposure. Internal exposures are at least 20 times worse. Here is the same site but pointed at Kanagawa which is like 200 KM away, and the readings are much better there.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

So called expert to speak in Hawaii, runs Indian Point

Anyone in Hawaii want to "get some facts" or provide some point blank questions. If I go, this will get interesting. Impact on the US and the Future of Nuclear Energy in the US Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:00-1:30 Plaza Club 20th floor, Pioneer Plaza Building Price: $30 members, $40 non-members RSVP: Lisa Gibson via e-mail: no later than NOON on Wednesday before the meeting. No-shows may be charged. (Note: Ali’i Place and Harbor Court offer the best parking rates) Lawrence M. Coyle Lawrence M. Coyle is currently the General Manager of Plant Operations for Entergy’s Indian Point EnergyCenter in New York. Previous to joining Entergy, Mr. Coyle served as V.P. of Nuclear Operations at Exelon inIllinois. Mr. Coyle is a 30 year veteran of the nuclear industry beginning his career with Exelon at Dresden Nuclear Power Station as an engineer in 1982. He moved on to achieve the license of Senior Reactor Operator and held leadership positions of field supervisor, main control room supervisor and shift manager. He has also served as the mechanical maintenance manager and work management director at Dresden. During his tenure at Dresden, he served for one year as an operations peer evaluator for the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations from 1995 to 1996. Following his work at Dresden, Mr. Coyle served as operations director at LaSalle Nuclear Power Station. He then accepted the position of maintenance director for Braidwood Nuclear Power Station. He was subsequently promoted to plant manager in 2007 where, under his leadership, the organization realized its best safety, human performance and collective radiation exposure results. In March of 2011, Mr. Coyle was one of the first U.S. Nuclear Utility Executives, to travel to Japan and support the effort for the Fukushima event. Mr. Coyle graduated from the Nuclear Engineering Program at Universityof Illinois (Urbana Champaign) and from the Graduate School of Business at University of Chicago. Hmmmm....this guy looks like hes been to hell and back. Maybe he made a deal down there.
Toxic link: the WHO and the IAEA A 50-year-old agreement with the IAEA has effectively gagged the WHO from telling the truth about the health risks of radiation Nicely summed up here.

Lies and Coverup hat tip Cisco at ENE

Cisco June 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm · Reply Yeah, more misinformation and cover-up Following are 2 must read articles for the uninitiated, and for those in the loop, too. Do not miss these articles to stay informed. 1. AP's Jeff Donn's investigative four part series covers the nuclear power generating industry from its inception to present day. The report uncovers the dangerous and cozy relationship with the regulators, the operators, the industry and government officials and politicians. Shocking industry practices and cover-ups are all part of this remarkably revealing report. Did you know that under NRC rules unannounced and unreported radioactive releases are permissible? The report flies in the face of the industry that promotes nuclear power as green and safe with a history of outstanding operational performance…all BS. "Aging Nukes" (Introduction): A four-part investigative series by Jeff Donn "PART I: AP IMPACT: US nuke regulators weaken safety rules" "PART II: AP IMPACT: Tritium leaks found at many nuke sites" "PART III: AP IMPACT: Populations around US nuke plants soar" "PART IV: AP IMPACT: NRC and industry rewrite nuke history"

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Grass is Greener on the other side of the lie

Funny how this Iowa paper is pointing the finger at Michigan for a radioactive leak, when Iowa also has some type of MASSIVE radiation leak, spiking to 7000 CPM or higher, compared to normal 20 to 30 CPM.

The Owl reported a few days ago that several internet forum users were worried about a possible spike in radiation readings at several radiation monitoring stations. Those concerns were dismissed by some as mistaken readings from uncalibrated counters.

I see said the blind man....and so the uncalibrated counters all started detecting the same thing at the same time...LOL, I guess that means they were calibrated with each other.

Check this for the Iowa spike

 We have reanalyzed  the data from the June 6-7th, 2012 airborne radioactive detection in South Bend, Indiana.

The key findings are as follows:

  1. The termination edge of the Jet Stream was located over the radioactive detection area
  2. The high radioactive readings commenced after the 5 mph North wind dropped to zero mph.
  3. The high radioactive readings persisted for the entire 5 hours the wind was not blowing
  4. The high radioactive readings stopped when the wind picked up at 5 mph from the west. 
  5. Normal radioactive readings continued for 40 minutes after the surface wind resumption ended the event. 
  6. The bimodal "clipped" peak features and dropout shown in the 5 hour long radioactive detection are from a highly radioactive field saturating the detector's Geiger-Mueller tube.
  7. Hysteresis is evident on the saturation recovery condition side of the readings.
  8. A Weibull based radiation intensity distribution approximates both ends of the detection curve.
  9. High Beta radiation (electrons) likely tripped the reported Ground Fault Interrupt outlet.
  10. There is no simple power supply driven failure mode that can duplicate the above conditions.
  11. Higher airborne radioactive readings have been detected along the Northern Hemisphere Jet Stream.

The key steps forward are as follows:
  1. Perform sample swipes in and around the specific area Geiger counter area
  2. Identify the specific detection location within at minimum a 5 mile area.
  3. Identify the specifics of the Geiger counter and associated setup.
  4. Attempt  to replicate the 5 hour long detection via a power supply / GFI failure
Possible conclusions:
  1. The airborne fallout was from a small  but very radioactive source near the detection location
  2. A near source scenario would likely be South-East of the location, or possibly North of the location.
  3. A far source scenario would be Jet Stream born

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Near Misses at Nuke Plant are going Parabolic

In the stock trade industry they call it a "blow off top" let's hope that vernacular doesn't apply to our Home Planet

15 'Near-Misses' at U.S. Nuclear Plants in 2011
Many of these 15 "near misses" occurred because reactor owners either tolerated known safety problems or took inadequate measures to correct them.