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Wednesday
Sep262012

Entergy & NRC Watchers needed at NRC meeting on Palisades' CRDM through-wall leakage

Entergy Nuclear's problem-plagued Palisades atomic reactor, located on the southeastern shoreline of Lake Michigan in Covert, MichiganThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has announced a public meeting, to be held on Monday, October 1st from 1-2 PM Central time (2-3 PM Eastern time) at its Lisle, IL Region 3 office near Chicago, regarding the through-wall leakage of radioactive and acidic primary coolant water from the Palisades atomic reactor's Control Rod Drive Mechanism (CRDM).

If you can attend the meeting in person, please do. However, NRC is making Webinar and even call-in participation possible, for those unable to attend in person. Contact NRC Region 3 Staffer Swetha Shah by Saturday, September 29th for more information on how to participate at (630) 829-9608 or Swetha.Shah@nrc.gov.

You can also "reserve a seat" at the Webinar by signing up at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/977718426. Again, do so by Sat., Sept. 29th.

NRC will then send a confirmation email, giving additional information about the option to "Use Telephone" if you prefer, rather than Webinar. Call-in numbers and access codes will be provided. More.

Tuesday
Sep252012

Atomic States of America

Atomic States of America (excerpt) from ro*co films on Vimeo.

 

Watch an excerpt. On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Japan and caused chaos at the Fukushima Power Plant. That accident sent ripples around the world and suddenly the fierce debate over the safety and viability of nuclear power was back in the public consciousness.

THE ATOMIC STATES OF AMERICA takes the viewer on a journey to reactor communities to expose the truths and myths of nuclear power in order to ask the question—can humans responsibly split the atom?

A film by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce.

Tuesday
Sep252012

Radioactivists - a fascinating film about protest in Japan

Watch the trailer!

Since the catastrophe on March 11, Japan has been experiencing socio-political tremors of historical significance. Street protests in Japan are considered a rather rare sight. Shirōto no ran (‘Amateur’s Revolt’), is a group of creative activists, who fight for more freedom in public space and an inventive Do It Yourself-culture in the alternative area of Kōenji, Tokyo. The activists involved in Shirōto no ran organized the biggest demonstration in Japan since the 1970s, which took place on April 10th, just one month after the earthquake. This protest gathered more than 15.000 people demonstrating against nuclear power. The documentary Radioactivists explores the Japanese protest culture under the effects of Fukushima.

Germany/Japan 2011, 72 min.Directed & Produced by: Julia Leser & Clarissa Seidel

Friday
Sep212012

Three Mile Island nuclear plant automatically shuts down 

A malfunctioning pump caused an automatic shutdown of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Harrisburg on Thursday, the second such event in as many months.

Plant officials and government regulators said the shutdown at the plant, where a partial meltdown of a reactor in 1979 is considered the worst commercial nuclear power plant accident in U.S history, posed no threat to public health or safety. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Monday
Sep172012

NRC "supplemental inspection" begins at Palisades

The Palisades control room panel scorched by the Sept. 25, 2011 accident of "substantial significance to safety," according to NRCAs reported by the Associated Press, an eight member "supplemental inspection team" from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) began two weeks of work today at Entergy Nuclear's problem-plagued Palisades atomic reactor in Covert, Michigan on the Lake Michigan shoreline. Last Valentine's Day, NRC lowered Palisades' safety status to among the four worst-run reactors in the U.S. This came after a September 25, 2011 near-electrocution, caused by short cuts on safety, that plunged half the control room into a power outage, instantly throwing 22 safety related plant systems into chaos. Age-degraded systems, structures, and components were strained to the breaking point, risking multiple potential pathways to loss of coolant accident in the reactor core, as control room operators took hours to bring the situation under control. NRC allowed Entergy to tell it when it was ready for this special inspection. Entergy took over seven months to prepare itself. More.