Thursday, August 30, 2018

Nuclear News: Less Overisght and More Leakages

Nuclear narratives circulating across the news media point to less regulation and more contamination.

In particular, the highly hazardous and contested  Rokkasho "reprocessing" facility under construction in Japan has been leaking (it also has an active fault under the facilities) and US nuclear facilities are eroding transparency and accountability requirements with the support of the US Trump Administration:
Moss, Rebecca (2018 August 29). Nuclear Safety Board Slams Energy Department Plan to Weaken Oversight. ProPublica/ Santa Fe New Mexican. Available,
The Trump administration defended an order that could be used to withhold information about nuclear facilities from a federal board, but its leader says the action is not consistent with the U.S. Atomic Energy Act.

Unfinished nuclear fuel plant had water leak (2018, August 28). NHK
...Japan Nuclear Fuel says an employee spotted the leak in the pipes of a storage pool at the plant in Rokkasho Village, Aomori Prefecture. The operator found that the pipes were corroded in 20 places and one of them had a hole... The operator believes that rainwater seeped through gaps in insulation materials wrapped around the pipes.
Meanwhile, Fukushima Daiichi continues to look strange, especially from the perspective of the Unit 1 cam.

The lens has been smudged and steam has been higher than usual. Now there is a fixed smudge emerging from the vent stack and I cannot tell whether it is a smudge on the lens or a leak in the vent pipe:

August 13 2018

August 28 2018
August 30

The line emerging vertical from the vent pipe is not evident in my screenshots from the first week of August unless its an arm of a crane that has been obscured by emissions.

Any thoughts?


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    1. Remamber when fukushima happened and people reporting on dying cattle by Fukushima and in the United States with white patches on them and white noses? There was also the same phenomenin going on with horses.

  2. Well Majia, Do you think there is a coverup in progress? I sure do think with the TBS cam not coming back that there is some real important things being hidden... What about you?

    1. Bill BuffordAugust 30, 2018 at 6:05 PM
      Partially from the JPRATT27 blog

      Rght wing nationalism is highly linked to a rise in nuclearism as we see in america, sweden, japan. The Swedes wer growing rewables and cutting nuclear.

      Now since neonazis and rightwing nationalists are in power in sweden they are scrapping renewables and planning on keeping old reactors open . They are planning on opening new nuclear reactors.

      SOME OF Right-wing nationalism’s links to climate change denial are relatively new, but Environmental Sociology recently published an article where J Hultman and his research colleagues show the connections between conser