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Finally you are listening, but you still aren't quite getting it.

I'm a RESEARCHER who is qualified as an energy policy analyst. I'm fortunate enough to be in a position to do what I choose to do, not what I have to do to earn money. I stopped "working" in 2001 and have since been engaged in an effort to better understand the world around me and to try, in some minor way, to contribute to its betterment.

I am beholden to no one or no thing except my own values and ethics.

"Strange, jellyfish-like creatures swarming a coastal nuclear power plant..."

California nuclear power plant to curtail operations
By Steve Chawkins / Los Angeles Times Thursday, April 26, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- Strange, jellyfish-like creatures swarming a coastal nuclear power plant: It might sound like the premise of a cult horror flick, but the invasion has prompted officials at the Diablo Canyon facility in San Luis Obispo, Calif., to curtail operations for at least a few days.

The plant’s operator, Pacific Gas & Electric, cut power generation from one of the plant’s two reactors to 25 percent of its capacity, spokesman Tom Cuddy said Wednesday. The other reactor was shut down this week for what PG&E described as routine refueling and maintenance, a procedure that could take about a month.

Workers on Monday discovered an influx of the creatures, called salp, clogging screens that are used to keep marine life out of the sea water used as a coolant, Cuddy said. Often thronging many square miles of ocean in huge, gelatinous masses, salp are tubular, transparent organisms that can be roughly the size of a human thumb. No one knows how many are at the Avila Beach plant or how long they will remain.


Jellyfish swarmed Diablo Canyon in 2008, triggering a steep, sudden decrease in power generation. Over the years, they have been a problem at nuclear plants in the U.S., Japan, Israel and Scotland. The San Onofre plant in northern San Diego County, while currently closed over several equipment issues, has not had a jellyfish problem, according to a spokeswoman for its operator, Southern California Edison.


"They’re beautiful. They look like they’re made of cut glass, but they’re soft." Research by Madin and his colleagues suggests that salps play a role in reducing greenhouse gases. They absorb carbon from plankton and drop it in heavy pellets to the sea floor, where it sits, instead of rising into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide.




Images for salp

Japanese Prime Minister during Fukushima wants to stop nukes by taking it to the people

For those not familiar with the term, the "nuclear village" refers to the corporations, academics and bureaucrats with a vested interest in promoting the use of nuclear technology. It is very similar in concept to the "military industrial complex". In this interview the Japanese Prime Minister during the Fukushima meltdowns speak out more bluntly than anyJapanese leader I've seen in my more than 3 decades of association with that country. Usually they are so indirect it is nearly maddening to decipher the actual meaning of what is being said. This is a definite exception.

I haven't provided an excerpt because the piece deserves, at the least, a quick scan.

Kan: Let public decide on nuclear power in Lower House election


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Republican House spending bill would cut DOE renewables, boost nuclear

US (Republican) House spending bill would cut DOE renewables, boost nuclear
Washington (Platts)--25Apr2012/448 pm EDT/2048 GMT

The US House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday passed on to the full chamber a Department of Energy spending bill that would cut $345 million from the agency's fiscal 2013 budget, providing it with $26.1 billion, and would shift emphasis from renewable energy and energy efficiency to fossil fuels and nuclear power.

"While the decisions involved were difficult ... I am proud that this committee will be the tip of the spear in helping to restore sustainability to the agency budgets within this bill," said Representative Hal Rogers, the committee chairman and a Kentucky Republican....


Groundwater flooding reactors to be diverted

Groundwater flooding reactors to be diverted

Kyodo - Groundwater is seeping into the damaged reactor buildings at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, and Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to build about a dozen wells to redirect and halve the flow.

Groundwater from precipitation is mixing with highly radioactive cooling water gathering in the reactor buildings, turbine buildings and basements, increasing the volume of tainted water at the complex.

The utility thus wants to use the wells to direct some of the groundwater into the Pacific Ocean — likely about 1,000 tons per day — before all of it seeps into the reactor buildings and elsewhere.

Tepco says it will check the contamination level of any groundwater before releasing it into the sea.

"By creating a groundwater bypass, the amount of water flowing (into the) reactor buildings is expected to be reduced by about 50 percent," ...

More at: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120425a3.html

Japanese ExPM frankly discusses nuclear village's manipulative tactics to keep nuclear

For those not familiar with the term, the "nuclear village" refers to the corporations, academics and bureaucrats with a vested interest in promoting the use of nuclear technology. It is very similar in concept to the "military industrial complex".

Kan: Let public decide on nuclear power in Lower House election

Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan says the ruling Democratic Party of Japan should create a road map on abandoning nuclear energy and use the plan as a plank in the next Lower House election.

Kan last year called on Japan to reduce its dependence on nuclear energy after the accident started March 11 at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. But the administration of his successor, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, is seeking to restart reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture because of concerns about a possible electricity shortage during the peak demand season of summer.

In an interview with the Shukan Asahi weekly magazine, Kan outlined what the DPJ should do and mentioned the various hurdles that exist in moving the nation away from nuclear energy.

Excerpts of the interview follow...


This is the most blunt interview with a Japanese leader I've seen in over 3 decades of association with Japan.

Widespread problem: concrete degradation at nuclear plants

NextEra and NRC to continue monitoring ASR degradation at Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plan

Degrading concrete at a New Hampshire nuclear plant has prompted the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to alert all of its facilities and applicants to the same risk elsewhere.

The Seacost Online reported on a meeting this week between NextEra Energy, operators of the Seabrook nuclear plant, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday in Bethesda, Md., in which the utility reported that the cause of concrete degradation at Seabrook Station is more pervasive than originally stated, has already brought some of the structures below licensing standards and could further delay the nuclear plant’s effort to extend its operating license to 2050.

The alkali-silica reaction (ASR, caused by the interaction of water and concrete) that has been identified as the reason for the degradation is “outside current licensing requirements, and was first noted at the plant in 2010,” according to Michael Collisions, design engineer manager for NextEra Energy.

Alkali-Silica Reaction-induced (ASR) concrete degradation, a slow chemical degradation process that occurs when alkalis—usually from cement—react with certain types of silica in the aggregate when moisture is present.

The reaction produces an alkali-silica gel that can absorb water and expand to cause micro-cracking of the concrete. Excessive expansion of the gel can lead to significant cracking....


"The Benefits of Nuclear Power" - Some in the media are starting to wake up

A letter to the NYT from Christine Todd Whitman titled "The Benefits of Nuclear Power" was filled with the normal nuclear industry talking points we've seen above Whitman's rather famous name dozens of time before. Only this time it was conspicuously followed by this disclaimer inserted by the Times:

The writer, the former Environmental Protection Agency administrator, is co-chairwoman of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition, an industry-funded coalition that promotes nuclear energy.

It's a baby step, but it's a step.

60 Minutes Report: Fukushima Now Radiating Everyone: Will Impact All Of Humanity

60 Minutes Report: Fukushima Now Radiating Everyone: Will Impact All Of Humanity

French Sour on Nuclear Power

French Sour on Nuclear Power
By Liam Moriarty ⋅ April 24, 2012

...the reality of the EPR has so far been less impressive. The Flamanville plant is four years behind schedule and nearly $4 billion over budget. And another EPR under construction in Finland has also been plagued with delays and huge cost overruns.


Graffiti on a roadside in Avranches, Normandy, opposing the EPR -- European Pressurized Reactor -- under construction in nearby Flamanville. The EPR is years behind schedule and billions over budget. (Photo: Liam Moriarty)

“Clearly, what Fukushima changed in France is that now, people know about nuclear energy,” says Greenpeace France campaigner Sophia Majnoni. Majnoni says the accident in Japan, plus the upcoming French presidential election, has triggered a national debate.

“It’s a political debate, but also a technical debate, which gave a lot of information to the people which they didn’t have before,” she says. “So I would say that the debate is now much more mature in France than it was a year ago.”

Once rock-solid support for nuclear power here has fallen dramatically. Recent polls have found that more than 80 percent of French voters now object to building new nuclear plants, and nearly two-thirds support phasing out existing plants.

Those poll numbers may have played a role in the decision by France’s opposition Socialists to support a plan...

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