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PostSat Dec 29, 2012 9:38 pm » by I2haveseen


Fukushima an 'unprecedented challenge':
THE clean-up at Fukushima after its tsunami-sparked nuclear meltdowns is unlike anything humanity has ever tried, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says.

"The massive work toward decommissioning is an unprecedented challenge in human history," the newly elected Abe said on Saturday during a tour of the plant.

"Success in the decommissioning will lead to the reconstruction of Fukushima and Japan."

Abe was at the crippled Fukushima Dai'ichi facility just days after being sworn in following the triumph of his pro-business Liberal Democratic Party in national elections.

The prime minister's trip to the still-ruined site, on which he was accompanied by an AFP journalist, is part of a push by his administration to tackle an issue that has been a major talking point in Japan over much of the past two years.

Observers widely expect Japan to restart its nuclear program on the LDP's watch, despite public concerns that the party was partially responsible for the extent of the catastrophe because of a culture of complicity during its more than five-decade rule.
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His government announced on Thursday that it would review a pledge by the previous administration to scrap nuclear power within three decades and would give the green light to any power plants deemed safe by regulators.

Japan's entire stable of 50 reactors was shuttered for safety inspections in the aftermath of the March 2011 disaster at Fukushima, where a tsunami swamped cooling systems, sparking meltdowns.

The reactors at the plant raged out of control for months after the initial catastrophe, spewing radiation over a wide area and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.

Abe's visit comes around a year after experts said they had brought the wrecked units under control. However, melted fuel remains inside their cores and their full decommissioning and cleaning-up is expected to take decades.

Dressed in a protective suit and wearing a face mask, Abe was taken by bus to see two of the damaged reactors.

Thanking workers for their efforts at this time of year, when many people are celebrating New Year at home with their families, he said: "Decommissioning work is hard work, but it is progressing. We owe it all to you.

"We, the government, will give full support."

The disaster at Fukushima was the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986. Work to clean up at the site in Ukraine is still going on, more than a quarter of a century after a reactor exploded.

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PostTue Jan 01, 2013 11:15 pm » by I2haveseen


A LOOK BACK AT 2012: The Fukushima effect

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Despite the NRC granting Pilgrim’s 20-year license extension, more and more people and groups are now working to keep the public’s eye on Entergy and its aging nuclear power plant in Manomet.

Pilgrim Nuclear Generating Station is the only nuclear power plant operating in the United States Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
a General Electric Mark I reactor of the same type and design as the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.
It has a 690 MW production capacity.
Pilgrim Station produces about 14% of the electricity generated in Massachusetts.
Built at a cost of $231 million in (FFS: over 40 yrs old) 1972
Pilgrim's original license to operate would have expired in 2012.
In 2006, Entergy filed an application for an extended operating license (until 2032) with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
In May 2012, the NRC approved the 20-year extension: NRC chairman Gregory Jaczko was the lone dissenting vote [ https://www.google.com.au/search?q=NRC+ ... 88&bih=498 ]



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PLYMOUTH —

The tsunami that wracked the west coast of Japan in March of 2011 was still being felt in Plymouth in 2012.

While the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station finally succeeded this year in attaining official approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a 20-year extension of its license to operate – a review that lasted a record six years – that review and the disaster in Fukushima also resulted in renewed scrutiny of its operation by an assortment of established and new environmental watchdog groups.

Before Fukushima, Duxbury-based Pilgrim Watch, with its stalwart founder, Mary Lampert, was the lone local critic of the plant and its owner, Louisiana-based Entergy Corp.

Today, Pilgrim Watch is still a leader but has joined forces with what is being called the Pilgrim Coalition.

While Lampert’s organization was largely concerned over the last decade with delaying the re-licensing until and unless a variety of modifications and assurances were obtained, the Coalition is attacking the plant on all fronts.

· Cape Cod Bay Watch, a division of the Jones River Watershed Alliance, “is dedicated to stopping Entergy’s destructive once through cooling water operations,” the Coalition website summarizes.

· Cape Downwinders is focused on protecting “the lives and welfare of the residents of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket against the threat of death or injury resulting from the use of nuclear energy at Pilgrim…”

· The Freeze Pilgrim Committee strove to make sure the NRC’s post-Fukushima safety recommendations are implemented as soon as possible.

· The Toxics Action Center has joined the coalition to provide “the skills and resources needed to prevent or clean up pollution at the local level.”

· The First Parish Unitarian Universalist churches in Plymouth, Duxbury and Brewster have also joined the Coalition, through their Social Justice & Action Committees.

These and other groups produce an almost daily barrage of critical commentary on the plant.

Meanwhile, Pilgrim has begun the process – applauded by most of these groups – of building the infrastructure for dry cask storage of spent fuel rods: a nearly $200 million construction project that will reduce the number of rods now stored in what many consider an overcrowded, vulnerable spent fuel pool in the containment building at the plant.

But that applause will not be sustained if Entergy does not provide these critics – and the area’s residents – with a front row seat and an opportunity to voice their opinions when Entergy is ready to move forward and unveil its specific plans for constructing this new storage facility.



Critics are already pointing out that Entergy is not being sufficiently transparent regarding the work under way and to occur later, as this project moves forward.

They say Entergy should be going through the local permitting process and detailing its specific plans before putting shovels into the ground.

If it does not do this, Coalition members worry, these new dry cask units might be placed in areas that are susceptive to flooding and/or storm surges or might result in other changes to the coastal location of the plant that could compromise safety.

Meanwhile, the town seems about to unveil its latest PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) agreement with Entergy.

Residents are hoping to see an increase in the valuation of the plant, and a corresponding increase in the annual amount Entergy pays the town.

Plymouth residents and officials alike are now well aware that in 20 years – give or take – the plant’s significant contribution to the town’s tax revenues will begin to slowly but permanently fade away.

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PostThu Jan 03, 2013 3:20 am » by I2haveseen


More residents refuse nuclear benefits after Fukushima disaster

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The number of households declining benefits for living near nuclear plants has nearly doubled since the Fukushima disaster, reflecting growing opposition to a system long criticized as paying off citizens to promote nuclear power.

In fiscal 2011, 14 prefectures paid 7.6 billion yen ($87 million) in benefits to 1.03 million households, according to figures obtained by The Asahi Shimbun through interviews and freedom-of-information requests.

In that year, 171 households declined the benefits, an increase of 80 percent from 94 the previous year. The number ranged between 80 and 100 in preceding years.

The figures exclude Fukui Prefecture, which does not compile statistics on those people.

A 64-year-old resident of Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, said the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant caused by the tsunami in March 2011 prompted him to refuse part of the benefits.

“I have received the benefits without thinking about it, but they are nothing but bribery,” he said. “We feel indebted if we continue to receive them even though they are a small amount.”

He said he did not refuse the full amount because he wants Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, which serves the prefecture, to continue sending him payment notices so that he can voice his opposition in response.

“I want to show every year that I do not want the money” by refusing part of the benefits, he said.

The increase in refusers was particularly noticeable in Fukushima, Aomori and Ibaraki prefectures.

In Fukushima Prefecture, 46 households declined the benefits, compared with 28 in fiscal 2010. Only four municipalities in the prefecture paid benefits because seven decided against it after the triple meltdown at the Fukushima plant.

Fifty households declined in Aomori Prefecture, up nearly 80 percent from 28, while 25 refused the payments in Ibaraki Prefecture, a more than sixfold increase from four.

The benefits, funded by taxes collected as part of electricity bills, are paid by utilities on behalf of municipal governments.

The amounts are based on the power generation capacity of nuclear power plants and other factors. The annual individual amounts in fiscal 2011 ranged from 2,172 yen to 36,000 yen.

A man who lives only 9 km from a nuclear power plant in the village of Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, declined the full amount of 4,368 yen for fiscal 2011.

“I do not want to receive money collected to promote nuclear power,” he said. “I wanted to directly inform TEPCO that I do not want nuclear power plants.”

The 65-year-old said he did not pay special attention to nuclear power until after the Fukushima disaster. “The last thing I want to do is to leave the world tainted with radioactivity to our children and grandchildren.”

Yasue Ashihara, who has opposed the planned expansion of the Shimane nuclear power plant, suspects utilities use the benefit system to keep tabs on nuclear opponents.

“Only people strongly opposed to nuclear power take the trouble of refusing the benefits,” Ashihara, 59, said. “I think the system has been used as a tool to learn about who they are.”

Ashihara said the benefits are not expected to silence potential nuclear opponents because the amounts are so small.

Residents continue to receive the benefits once they specify their bank accounts or other means for receiving them. To refuse them, residents need to submit a written form to utilities.

In 2002, reports surfaced that utilities had compiled a list of refusers and their beliefs, labeling some as nuclear opponents, and provided the information to local governments. Local governments said they have changed the procedures and are no longer aware of the reasons why households decline the benefits.

A member of an anti-nuclear group in Niigata Prefecture said the benefits are paid as compensation for inconveniencing residents living near nuclear power plants.

Several people seek her advice on the benefits every year, and she tells them that there is no problem receiving the payments.

“You do not have to support nuclear power if you receive the benefits,” she said.

The system was introduced in fiscal 1981 to seek understanding and cooperation for nuclear power. It is said to derive from Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka’s suggestion in 1973 that electricity charges should be lowered in areas around nuclear power plants.

In a Diet session in 1982, a lawmaker said the benefits are nothing but favors doled out to residents and could jeopardize discussions on the safety of nuclear power plants.

A senior official at the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy told the Diet session that the government cannot promote construction of nuclear power plants unless residents receive some gains.

The agency official explained that the system was a temporary measure, although it has continued for more than 30 years.

Shuji Shimizu, a professor of regional finance at Fukushima University, said the benefits--cash directly given to individuals--are a blatant example of dispensing favors.

“I think a growing number of people in areas around nuclear power plants are saying ‘no’ to such a practice by rejecting the benefits,” Shimizu said.

(This article was compiled from reports by Satoshi Otani, Takuho Shiraki and Atsushi Otaka.)

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disast ... 1301020092

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PostSat Jan 05, 2013 12:21 am » by I2haveseen


CROOKED CLEANUP (1): Radioactive waste dumped into rivers during decontamination work in Fukushima
Cleanup crews in Fukushima Prefecture have dumped soil and leaves contaminated with radioactive fallout into rivers. Water sprayed on contaminated buildings has been allowed to drain back into the environment. And supervisors have instructed workers to ignore rules on proper collection and disposal of the radioactive waste.

Decontamination is considered a crucial process in enabling thousands of evacuees to return to their homes around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and resume their normal lives.

But the decontamination work witnessed by a team of Asahi Shimbun reporters shows that contractual rules with the Environment Ministry have been regularly and blatantly ignored, and in some cases, could violate environmental laws.

"If the reports are true, it would be extremely regrettable," Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato said at his first news conference of the year on Jan. 4. "I hope everyone involved will clearly understand how important decontamination is to the people of Fukushima."

He called on the Environment Ministry to investigate and present a clear report to the prefectural government.

The shoddy practices may also raise questions about the decontamination program itself--and the huge amounts of money pumped into the program.

The central government initially set aside 650 billion yen ($7.4 billion) to decontaminate areas hit by radioactive substances from the March 11, 2011, accident at the Fukushima plant. Since last summer, the Environment Ministry has designated 11 municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture for special decontamination work.

Work has already begun in four municipalities to remove radioactive substances from areas within 20 meters of buildings, roads and farmland.

The Environment Ministry itself does not have the know-how to decontaminate such a large area, so it has given contracts to joint ventures led by major construction companies to do the work.

A contract worth 18.8 billion yen to decontaminate the municipality of Naraha was awarded to a group that includes Maeda Corp. and Dai Nippon Construction. A 7.7-billion-yen contract for Iitate was signed with a group that includes Taisei Corp., while a 4.3-billion-yen contract for Kawauchi was given to a group led by Obayashi Corp. A consortium that includes Kajima Corp. was awarded a 3.3-billion-yen contract to clean up Tamura.

In signing the contracts, the Environment Ministry established work rules requiring the companies to place all collected soil and leaves into bags to ensure the radioactive materials would not spread further. The roofs and walls of homes must be wiped by hand or brushes. The use of pressurized sprayers is limited to gutters to avoid the spread of contaminated water. The water used in such cleaning must be properly collected under the ministry’s rules.

A special measures law for dealing with radioactive contamination of the environment prohibits the dumping of such waste materials. Violators face a maximum prison sentence of five years or a 10-million-yen fine.

From Dec. 11 to 18, four Asahi reporters spent 130 hours observing work at various locations in Fukushima Prefecture.

At 13 locations in Naraha, Iitate and Tamura, workers were seen simply dumping collected soil and leaves as well as water used for cleaning rather than securing them for proper disposal.

Photographs were taken at 11 of those locations.

The reporters also talked to about 20 workers who said they were following the instructions of employees of the contracted companies or their subcontractors in dumping the materials. A common response of the workers was that the decontamination work could never be completed if they adhered to the strict rules.

Asahi reporters obtained a recording of a supervisor at a site in Naraha instructing a worker to dump cut grass over the side of the road.

Officials of Maeda and Dai Nippon Construction have not responded to questions from The Asahi Shimbun.

Four workers at a site in Tamura said they were told to dispose of leaves and soil in a river. At another site in Tamura, reporters saw the leader of the subcontractor group kick a pile of leaves into the river.

A Kajima official said the company was investigating the incident.

Although the Environment Ministry has asked the construction companies to take radiation readings before and after decontamination work, the limits on measurement sites make it difficult to determine the extent to which decontamination is actually being conducted.

"We were told to clean up only those areas around a measurement site," one worker said.

Environment Ministry officials who work on-site said it is impossible to oversee every aspect of the decontamination effort. But they said they have begun investigating the practices revealed by The Asahi Shimbun.

The latest revelations will call into question whether taxpayer money is being properly used. Some living in Fukushima Prefecture have called for using the decontamination funds to support the lives of the evacuees instead.

The 650 billion yen for initial decontamination covers limited areas in only four municipalities. Questions will likely be raised on whether the decontamination program now being implemented is the best use of taxpayer money.

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PostMon Jan 07, 2013 3:59 am » by I2haveseen


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Bluefin Tuna Off California Coast Tainted With Fukushima Radiation (But Scientists Say It's Okay To Eat)
Scientists ran tests on bluefin tuna off the coast of California and found traces of radiation from last year's Fukushima nuclear meltdown.

Scientists examined the muscle tissue of 15 Bluefin tuna who were swimming off the shores of San Diego in August 2011 and were stunned to find traces of caesium-134, according to BBC News. That radioactive element can be directly tied to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster a few months earlier.

Scientists say these fish were likely spawned in Japanese waters and picked up the pollution before heading to feeding grounds in the eastern Pacific ocean.

"It's a lesson to us in how interconnected eco-regions can be, even when they may be separated by thousands of miles," Nicholas Fisher, a professor of marine sciences at Stony Brook University told BBC News. The study was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers told the BBC News that the California-caught tuna are safe to eat and are well below legal levels of radioactivity. Radioactive caesium was present in the tuna at levels 50 percent higher than background levels while they were in Japanese waters, according to scientists' calculations. But by the time the fish swam to the eastern Pacific, their caesium levels dropped to 3 percent higher than background radiation.

However, tuna caught in coming months will be monitored for radiation levels, since younger fish might have spent more time in Japanese waters and received higher levels of contamination.

One weird thing about the Fukushima radiation is that it has made it much easier for researchers to track the patterns of bluefin tuna with great accuracy.

http://laist.com/2013/01/05/bluefin_tun ... ainted.php

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Professor: Cesium in wild mushrooms not caused by Fukushima accident


When high levels of radioactive cesium were detected in wild mushrooms in Towada, Aomori Prefecture, a restaurant owner pointed her finger at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

The government slapped a ban on shipping wild mushrooms for 10 prefectures, including Aomori, Nagano, Shizuoka and Yamanashi.

The 70-year-old woman was forced to stop using wild mushrooms in the stew and vinegared dishes served at her restaurant in Towada, 350 kilometers from the crippled nuclear plant. She now buys screened mushrooms from a vegetable stand.

She still asks, “How can the mushrooms be contaminated when the city is so far away from the nuclear power plant?"

Gakushuin University professor Yasuyuki Muramatsu, an expert on radioecology, has an answer: The high radioactivity levels in the mushrooms were not caused by the Fukushima disaster, but by events much farther away.

If the Towada “chichitake” mushrooms had been contaminated by the Fukushima accident, then two types of radioactive cesium--cesium-134 and cesium-137--would have been detected in roughly equal amounts, he said.

Cesium-137, which has a half-life of 30 years, was detected at a level of 120 becquerels, exceeding the government-mandated safe level of 100 becquerels per kilogram. But no cesium-134, which has a half-life of two years, was found in the mushrooms.

Similarly, in “sakura shimeji” mushrooms from the city of Aomori, cesium-137 was measured in late October at 107 becquerels, while almost no cesium-134 was found.

"The fact that no cesium-134 has been detected proves that the contamination happened prior to the Fukushima nuclear accident,’’ Muramatsu, 62, said. “It is from nuclear weapons tests conducted by the Soviet Union and China from the late 1940s to the late 1960s, and from the Chernobyl accident in 1986."

In the 1990s, after the Chernobyl disaster, Muramatsu and his research team studied the effects on wild mushrooms in Japan. They found radioactive cesium exceeding 100 becquerels, mainly in northern Japan.

Some of the mushrooms topped 1,000 becquerels, and when dried, some had readings that were over 10,000 becquerels.

At that time, the Japanese government did not have any restrictions on shipping.

According to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, a study of wild mushrooms in Fukushima Prefecture following the nuclear accident found some within the safety limits, while radioactive cesium topping 10,000 becquerels was detected in others.

Muramatsu said many mushrooms in and around Fukushima Prefecture have clearly been contaminated by the nearby accident, but some had already been affected by other causes, such as nuclear weapons tests.

Mushrooms have fungal filaments called hyphae, which extend into the ground and act like roots. A hypha easily absorbs radioactive cesium in the soil of forests, making wild mushrooms more likely to build up cesium than vegetables. The absorption rate differs among mushroom types.

"The ones on the market are fine since they're being screened, but people should avoid eating too many mushrooms that they pick themselves in places at risk of contamination," Muramatsu said.

According to a statement from the health ministry’s inspection and safety division, "We need to observe changes over the long term, and we want to work with relevant organizations to study (this issue)."
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PostMon Jan 07, 2013 5:03 am » by The57ironman


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Bluefin Tuna Off California Coast Tainted With Fukushima Radiation (But Scientists Say It's Okay To Eat)


Professor: Cesium in wild mushrooms not caused by Fukushima accident





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PostThu Jan 24, 2013 1:18 am » by I2haveseen



Fukushima Radiation Fears Still Haunt Japan

Disturbing news has come from the Fukushima area of Japan, site of the devastating March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that also destroyed the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, creating the worst nuclear disaster in decades.

Scientists monitoring sea life in the region have reported that a fish caught near the now-closed plant has radiation levels more than 2,500 times the limit established for seafood by the Japanese government, according to RT.com.

The murasoi fish — similar to a rockfish — was contaminated with 254,000 becquerels (Bq) per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of radioactive cesium, according to a study released by plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co., the Daily Mail reports.

A becquerel is a unit of radioactive decay; the Japanese government has established a limit of 100 Bq per kilogram of seafood and meat.

Additionally, health researchers have found the number of people seeking treatment for seizures in the eight weeks following the Fukushima disaster was significantly higher than the numbers seeking treatment during the same eight-week period in the three years prior, according to the Daily Mail.

The seizures were not directly related to the radiation released during the plant's nuclear meltdown, but were believed connected to stress following the disaster, the Daily Mail reports.

Thirteen patients were admitted to a local hospital after the disaster; 11 of them had pre-existing neurological conditions such as epilepsy or head injuries. The study was published in the Jan. 7 issue of the journal Epilepsia.

The epilepsy report has been challenged by skeptics.

"This is interesting, but I'm not 100 percent convinced," William Theodore, senior investigator of the clinical epilepsy section at the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, Maryland, told the Daily Mail.

Theodore notes that the number of people involved in the study was so small that random variation could have explained the rise in seizures. They also could have been triggered by simple events such as a lack of sleep, an infection or forgetting to take anti-seizure medication.

And the public's fear of seafood contamination is largely overblown, an editorial in the Japan Times insists.

"In May, Fukushima fisherman caught 18 tons of bonito off Hachijo Island off Tokyo and brought them to their home port, where radiation measurements confirmed that they were safe," the editorial states.

"But when the fish were shipped to Tokyo's Tsukiji wholesale market, the market did not even put them up for bidding" simply because the catch had been unloaded in a Fukushima Prefecture port. The lack of demand for the area's seafood, the editorial states, is crippling the Japanese fishing industry.

Nonetheless, the nuclear contamination at Fukushima is far from resolved. In October, TEPCO announced that radiation leaks at the plant have not fully stopped, according to RT.com.

The radiation appears to be having an effect on wildlife in the region. Butterflies captured near Fukushima have an unusual number of genetic mutations, and the deformities appear to increase through succeeding generations.
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Offshore wind was the centre of attention in the clean energy sector last week, with an investment by a Japanese corporation in the North Sea, plans for a giant project in Japan's own waters, and the participation of Google in a US interconnection venture.

German grid operator TenneT breathed a sigh of relief last week, announcing that Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan's largest trading house by market value, would invest (EURO)576 million ($US769 million) to help connect sea-based wind farms to the power grid. The operator is under pressure to catch up with deferred grid connections in the German North Sea and seeks to prevent additional delays. Utilities including RWE and E.ON threatened to halt investment there because of interruptions.

Mitsubishi will pay (EURO)240 million for a 49 per cent stake in the BorWin1 and BorWin2 grid connection projects, and (EURO)336 million for a 49 per cent stake in HelWin2 and DolWin2, TenneT said January 16 in a statement. Total investment in all four projects will be (EURO)2.9 billion ($US3.9 billion), with an equity share of about 40 per cent, TenneT said.

Germany wants to add 25GW of sea-based wind turbines by 2030. Europe's biggest economy is investing in clean energy as it phases out nuclear power. It decided to close all of its atomic power facilities by 2022 in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan nearly two years ago.

Japan shut down its 54 nuclear reactors after a tsunami triggered a meltdown at the Daiichi plant in March 2011. Only two reactors have come back online since.

The loss of nuclear capacity has created an opening for more renewable sources in Japan. Indeed, the New Scientist reported last week that Japan is preparing to build the world's largest offshore wind farm, starting this July. The plan, as the magazine reported, would see 143 wind turbines built on platforms 16km off the coast of - out of all places - Fukushima by 2020. The farm would generate 1GW of power once completed. No information has yet emerged on financing of the project - an omission that puts a question mark over its supposed schedule.

If built, the Fukushima farm would overpower the first phase of the London Array in the Thames Estuary, where 175 turbines will generate 630MW of electricity when fully operational later this year. The London Array is due, eventually, to have a second phase - of 370MW - taking its overall capacity also to 1GW.

Over in the US, where there are currently no offshore wind farms, news emerged on a planned undersea power line to connect offshore wind farms to the US east coast.

The partners behind the Atlantic Wind Connection project, including Google, Bregal Energy, Marubeni Corporation and Elia, announced the first construction phase will begin off the New Jersey coast in 2016. The first segment will span the length of New Jersey and carry 3GW of electricity, according to a statement from the Princeton, New Jersey-based project. The offshore cable is expected to be operational in 2019.

Meanwhile, it was offshore wind financing that pushed the European Investment Bank to the top of Bloomberg New Energy Finance's 2012 league tables. The tables, published last week, reveal the leading investors and service providers in clean energy and the energy smart technologies sectors.

Europe's development bank arranged the most loans for clean-energy projects last year, as it financed some of the world's biggest offshore wind farms. The European Investment Bank loaned $US2.16 billion in 2012 with 18 deals covered by the league tables. The largest was the sole provision of $US654 million to EnBW to finance the 288MW Baltic II Offshore Wind Farm. It also contributed $US415.5 million to the 216MW Northwind Offshore Wind Farm financing.

Goldman Sachs topped public market transactions in 2012, acting as the lead manager on three deals, for $US405.6 million credit. Its largest credit comes from managing the offer of shares in Tesla Motors, which raised $US225 million via a secondary share placement. It also receives $US105.8 million credit as manager in the IPO of SolarCity, a California-based solar system design and installation services provider, on the Nasdaq GM Stock Exchange.

Following the announcement that it earned the title of top arranger for renewable-energy stock offerings last year, Goldman may have given investors in the sector some more reasons to think positively. The bank told Bloomberg News last week it is accelerating its clean energy funding efforts, as it anticipates a rebound in the industry, which has seen its sector share prices slump every year since 2009.

Goldman crystallised one of the largest ever profits from a renewables investment in 2007, when it sold Horizon Wind Energy to EDP for a $US900 million gain.

Stuart Bernstein, the Goldman partner overseeing its renewables unit, says the global shift toward renewable energy is inevitable and short-term volatility will be trumped by long-term gains. His comments came after Bloomberg New Energy Finance announced that overall new investment in clean energy dropped 11 per cent last year to $US268.7 billion, the second highest figure ever.

"It feels like the worst is behind us," Bernstein said in an interview with Bloomberg News . "I'm a contrarian, so when everyone else is capitulating, I think it's time to invest."

EU and UN carbon hit record lows

European carbon prices slumped to a new record low last week, after a German auction was cancelled due to the clearing price dipping below the reserve price. European Union allowances (EUAs) for December 2013 lost 13.7 per cent to end Friday's session on London's ICE Futures Europe at (EURO)5.11/tonne, compared with (EURO)5.92/t at the close of the previous week. EUAs were trading as high as (EURO)6.20/t on Tuesday afternoon, after EU lawmakers set 24 January as the date to debate a law to delay permit auction sales, a move designed to curb an oversupply in the market.

Benchmark EUAs plummeted to an all-time low of (EURO)5.05/t on Friday afternoon. The drop was in response to the European Energy Exchange's (EEX's) cancellation of its permit auction on behalf of Germany. The EEX failed to generate bids higher than the sale's minimum price, even after extending the auction by 15 minutes.

United Nations Certified Emission Reduction credits (CERs) for December 2013 also touched new record lows last week, losing 25.6 per cent to close at (EURO)0.32/t.
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PostTue Jan 29, 2013 10:21 pm » by Rizze


Pentagon Coverup: U.S. Yokosuka Naval Base Evacuated Following Fukushima Disaster
“U.S. military is still keeping quiet about” it — Women and children ordered to evacuate base 300 kilometers from Fukushima when radiation alarms went off after 3/11

by Hiroyoshi Itabashi and Hidefumi Nogami

Between late on March 14, 2011, and early the next morning, a top secret diplomatic cable arrived at the Foreign Ministry. [...]

“The United States has made various preparations to deal with the nuclear accident. The president is also very concerned,” the cable went on to say.

By invoking the White House, [Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff] impressed upon Japanese Embassy officials that not just the U.S. military but the entire U.S. government was worried about how the situation was developing. [...]

At 7 a.m. [on March 15], a situation arose which the U.S. military is still keeping quiet about.

At Yokosuka Naval Base, which lies about 300 kilometers from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, alarms went off indicating an increase in radiation levels. All women and children on the base were immediately ordered to evacuate. [...]

U.S. government officials who were notified became very concerned because of the possibility that the Yokosuka Naval Base, considered of major strategic importance in East Asia, would become inoperable if the situation at the Fukushima plant worsened. [...] Link
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PostSun Jul 14, 2013 7:43 pm » by The57ironman


West Coast Senators: : Investigate the ongoing danger from the Fukushima nuclear reactors

http://www.change.org/petitions/west-co ... r-reactors




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PostSun Jul 14, 2013 9:22 pm » by Svaha


I've read reports on enenews that the last days there was a spike in Cesium levels and Tepco doesn't know where it's coming from (must be a joke)
Cesium is in the groundwater now, so it will end up in the ocean.
The use of vast amounts of ocean water together with high temperatures of the molten cores is not very clever, it's very corrosive. (NaCl)

Maybe a core(s) are sinking now.
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