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DOJ memo from 1977 indicates that Dominion Withheld North Anna Fault Information

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A DOJ memo from 1977 indicates that the owner of North Anna plant concealed earthquake concerns.

The memo, from May 1977, was the conclusion of an investigation into whether criminal charges should be brought against VEPCO for concealing this info. It notes that the plant's original owner, Virginia Electric Power Company, along with engineering contractors the company hired, tried to cover up the fact that a fault had been found under the site in 1970. The company had already invested $730 million in the plant, and didn't want the plant's ability to get a license to operate compromised. From the memo:

Abandonment of the site would have been intolerable from both a financial and public relations standpoint for all persons involved. In addition, the contemporaneous notes of the VEPCO team are replete with suggestions to "overwhelm the NRC with talent" and prepare "a convincing story." It is deeply disturbing to think that the peo0ple entrusted with design and construction of nuclear power plants for the purpose of producing energy for the public actually view the public as adversaries.

But then the NRC found out about the fault in 1973, and newspapers later covered it. Still, the NRC’s Office of Reactor Regulation didn't do anything about it. The memo also states that when the Nuclear Regulatory Commission became aware of the fault under the nuclear plant, it decided it was not a threat:

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission determined that the fault discovered under the four nuclear reactors at the North Anna plant was not "capable" in terms of the NRC regulations.

The NRC did cite the company for making "material false statements" about the fault and fined it $32,500. But DOJ didn't proceed with criminal charges, largely because the NRC's actions at the time were "ill-considered and inept," and the commission had been complaint in their attempts to hide the fault, the memo concludes.


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Hundreds of Millions expected to die in USA and Canada from Japans reactor melt downs and more will see the same in other countries. And Hundreds of Millions of animals as well. This is a supplemental to RadiationAlerts.org. We are a brother site to the research for solutions to these issues at gdr.org Global Deactivation of Radiation. (pending updating) Note, the videos below are from the blog system, and are subject to old news at times.

 

 

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Did quake or tsunami cause Fukushima meltdown? - New Scientist

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The Denki Shimbun (Electric Daily News)Did quake or tsunami cause Fukushima meltdown?New ScientistThe Independent also quotes the results of a NISA visit to Fukushima nine days before the quake.

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NRC set to validate Dominion's use of unaccepted EPRI report to allow North Anna restart

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NRC: No functional damage caused by earthquake at North Anna nuclear reactor
NRC officials said they will likely issue a final recommendation next week which will allow the reactors to be restarted.

The review found cracks caused by the 5.8-magnitude quake, which was greater than what the reactors were built to withstand. But the NRC said that it found no functional damage that would prevent the plant from safely restarting.

Some residents disagreed with the findings and said they were "concerned the NRC and Dominion will put profits over safety."

However, Dominion Nuclear President and Chief Nuclear Officer David Heacock said that the energy caused by the earthquake lasted one second, which is why there was little effect on the power station.

NRC officials said they will likely issue a final recommendation next week which will allow the reactors to be restarted.

Meanwhile, Heacock said Dominion customers will likely see a rate increase since the power plant has been shut down and the company had to buy alternate energy sources to keep up with demand.


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Fukushima fallout in US: fishermen detect Cesium-137 in salmon stock

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Is it safe to eat fish from the Pacific Ocean after the Fukushima nuclear disaster? According to the US Food and Drug Administration, it is but some fish selling companies found that customers remain

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Fukushima China Syndrome 'clearly a concern': Expert

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Fukushima 'seriously out of control,' nuclear industry seriously in control of global media blackout Since Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy plant has&nb (RT @BeyondNuclear: Despite warnings from Japan experts, US media continues to black out...

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23,800,000,000 Bq/m3 of Cs-134/137 was measured from retained water in reactor2 | Fukushima Diary

23,800,000,000 Bq/m3 of Cs-134/137 was measured from retained water in reactor2 | Fukushima Diary | RadiationAlerts.org | Scoop.it

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Prof. Kodama Angry about Japanese Gov.'s Gross Negligence (Part 1)

Please click on "cc" button to show English subtitles. Part 2 is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDlEOmcALwQ Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama is the head of t...

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Studying the Fukushima Aftermath: 'People Are Suffering from Radiophobia' - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

Studying the Fukushima Aftermath: 'People Are Suffering from Radiophobia' - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International | RadiationAlerts.org | Scoop.it
Japanese scientist Shunichi Yamashita is a leading expert on the effects of nuclear radiation. In a SPIEGEL interview, he discusses his work in communicating the potential dangers of exposure to residents living near the Fukushima nuclear plant.

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Fukushima China Syndrome 'clearly a concern': Expert

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Fukushima 'seriously out of control,' nuclear industry seriously in control of global media blackout Since Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy plant has&nb (RT @BeyondNuclear: Despite warnings from Japan experts, US media continues to black out...

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Kyushu Electric Power restarts reactor operations - Utilities still using cost of keeping nuke plants shut down as main reason for reastart

Kyushu Electric Power restarts reactor operations - Utilities still using cost of keeping nuke plants shut down as main reason for reastart | RadiationAlerts.org | Scoop.it
Kyushu Electric Power Co. on Nov. 1 restarted the No. 4 reactor at its Genkai nuclear power plant in Saga Prefecture, the first resumption of reactor operations in Japan since the March 11 earthquake.

The reactor, which was automatically shut down on Oct. 4 due to equipment trouble caused by human error, is expected to reach full capacity on Nov. 4, company officials said.

Kyushu Electric Power concluded that the words of the mayor and the governor showed it has obtained the understanding of the people to resume operations--even though a company official said it wasn't needed.

"In a sense, the consent of local governments or the people is unnecessary," Naoyuki Toyoshima, a senior official of the utility, said at a news conference that started at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1.


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DOJ memo from 1977 indicates that Dominion Withheld North Anna Fault Information

DOJ memo from 1977 indicates that Dominion Withheld North Anna Fault Information | RadiationAlerts.org | Scoop.it
A DOJ memo from 1977 indicates that the owner of North Anna plant concealed earthquake concerns.

The memo, from May 1977, was the conclusion of an investigation into whether criminal charges should be brought against VEPCO for concealing this info. It notes that the plant's original owner, Virginia Electric Power Company, along with engineering contractors the company hired, tried to cover up the fact that a fault had been found under the site in 1970. The company had already invested $730 million in the plant, and didn't want the plant's ability to get a license to operate compromised. From the memo:

Abandonment of the site would have been intolerable from both a financial and public relations standpoint for all persons involved. In addition, the contemporaneous notes of the VEPCO team are replete with suggestions to "overwhelm the NRC with talent" and prepare "a convincing story." It is deeply disturbing to think that the peo0ple entrusted with design and construction of nuclear power plants for the purpose of producing energy for the public actually view the public as adversaries.

But then the NRC found out about the fault in 1973, and newspapers later covered it. Still, the NRC’s Office of Reactor Regulation didn't do anything about it. The memo also states that when the Nuclear Regulatory Commission became aware of the fault under the nuclear plant, it decided it was not a threat:

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission determined that the fault discovered under the four nuclear reactors at the North Anna plant was not "capable" in terms of the NRC regulations.

The NRC did cite the company for making "material false statements" about the fault and fined it $32,500. But DOJ didn't proceed with criminal charges, largely because the NRC's actions at the time were "ill-considered and inept," and the commission had been complaint in their attempts to hide the fault, the memo concludes.


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NRC set to validate Dominion's use of unaccepted EPRI report to allow North Anna restart

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NRC: No functional damage caused by earthquake at North Anna nuclear reactor
NRC officials said they will likely issue a final recommendation next week which will allow the reactors to be restarted.

The review found cracks caused by the 5.8-magnitude quake, which was greater than what the reactors were built to withstand. But the NRC said that it found no functional damage that would prevent the plant from safely restarting.

Some residents disagreed with the findings and said they were "concerned the NRC and Dominion will put profits over safety."

However, Dominion Nuclear President and Chief Nuclear Officer David Heacock said that the energy caused by the earthquake lasted one second, which is why there was little effect on the power station.

NRC officials said they will likely issue a final recommendation next week which will allow the reactors to be restarted.

Meanwhile, Heacock said Dominion customers will likely see a rate increase since the power plant has been shut down and the company had to buy alternate energy sources to keep up with demand.


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Japan to boost financial support for Fukushima operator - Channel News Asia

Japan to boost financial support for Fukushima operator - Channel News Asia | RadiationAlerts.org | Scoop.it
Japan to boost financial support for Fukushima operator Channel News Asia TOKYO: Japan will nearly double financial support for the operator of Fukushima to US$86 billion, as the government vowed to speed up the removal of contaminated soil and...
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Strontium absorbent to be tested in Fukushima -NHK WORLD English-

NHK WORLD is the international broadcasting service of NHK.

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Evidence to prove reactor2 also possibly exploded in 311 was found / Hole on suppression chamber | Fukushima Diary

Evidence to prove reactor2 also possibly exploded in 311 was found / Hole on suppression chamber | Fukushima Diary | RadiationAlerts.org | Scoop.it

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Japanese gov’s trying to stop citizen measuring radiation | Fukushima Diary

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石原ジュニアの馬鹿発言が日本の評価を更に落としている http://t.co/LKYVicz...

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Mysterious Moves - NRC approves former TEPCO-partnered South Texas Project ABWR reactor design

Mysterious Moves - NRC approves former TEPCO-partnered South Texas Project ABWR reactor design | RadiationAlerts.org | Scoop.it

In October 2010, the South Texas Project announced that the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, had entered into an agreement with Nuclear Innovation North America, to purchase an initial 9.2375% stake in the expansion for $125 Million, and $30 Million for an option to purchase an additional stake in the new units for $125 Million more (resulting in approximately 18% ownership by TEPCO, or 500MW of generation capacity).

NRG Energy Inc. officially ended plans to build more nuclear power reactors in Texas after the Fukushima Disaster, which their proposed project partner company, TEPCO was responsible for.

Analysts attributed the abandonment of the project to the financial situation of the plant-partner TEPCO, the inability raise other construction financing, the current low cost of electricity in Texas, and expected additional permitting delays.

NRG has written off its investment of $331 million in the project.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said Tuesday it has approved a new version of a nuclear power plant design which was to be used at the project location.

South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company, which includes U.S. power company NRG Energy , submitted an application to amend the ABWR design in June 2009.

The agreement was made conditional upon STP securing construction loan guarantees from the United States Department of Energy.

Despite the announcement of the reactor's cancellation by NRG Energy in the Spring of 2011, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission continued the COL process for the new reactors in October 2011.

It is not clear at the current time why the reactor license application is proceeding, but questions have been raised about what other projects might spring up due to the approval.


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FUKUSHIMA BIG BROTHER S' INSTALLE

FUKUSHIMA BIG BROTHER S' INSTALLE | RadiationAlerts.org | Scoop.it
Dans un article parru au Japon, en anglais, écrit par Kazuyo NAKAMURA dans le celèbre Asahi shinbun sous le titre la décision de placer internet sous surveillance provoque un tollé ce dernièr denonce un véritable scandale d'atteinte à la liberté...

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Fukushima Unit 2 Torus Ultrasound Finds Internal Water Level

Fukushima Unit 2 Torus Ultrasound Finds Internal Water Level | RadiationAlerts.org | Scoop.it
The ultrasound robot has been run inside unit 2 to attempt to determine the water level for the torus tube. It found that the torus does contain water and it sits just slightly below the water leve...

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NRC set to validate Dominion's use of unaccepted EPRI report to allow North Anna restart

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NRC: No functional damage caused by earthquake at North Anna nuclear reactor
NRC officials said they will likely issue a final recommendation next week which will allow the reactors to be restarted.

The review found cracks caused by the 5.8-magnitude quake, which was greater than what the reactors were built to withstand. But the NRC said that it found no functional damage that would prevent the plant from safely restarting.

Some residents disagreed with the findings and said they were "concerned the NRC and Dominion will put profits over safety."

However, Dominion Nuclear President and Chief Nuclear Officer David Heacock said that the energy caused by the earthquake lasted one second, which is why there was little effect on the power station.

NRC officials said they will likely issue a final recommendation next week which will allow the reactors to be restarted.

Meanwhile, Heacock said Dominion customers will likely see a rate increase since the power plant has been shut down and the company had to buy alternate energy sources to keep up with demand.


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Zone Near Fukushima Daiichi May Be Off Limits for Decades

Zone Near Fukushima Daiichi May Be Off Limits for Decades | RadiationAlerts.org | Scoop.it

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Inhumane treatment of “nuclear gypsy” Fukushima clean up workers reported

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John Vibes | International news networks are reporting that a group of Fukushima clean up workers known as the "nuclear gypsies", are facing torturous conditions including assault and threat of death.

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Contamination level in seaside of reactor2 still increasing / 2,100,000,000 → 2,400,000,000 Bq/m3 | Fukushima Diary

Contamination level in seaside of reactor2 still increasing / 2,100,000,000 → 2,400,000,000 Bq/m3 | Fukushima Diary | RadiationAlerts.org | Scoop.it

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In Belarus a Photographer Captures Potential Radioactive Future for Children Born After Nuclear Disaster

In Belarus a Photographer Captures Potential Radioactive Future for Children Born After Nuclear Disaster | RadiationAlerts.org | Scoop.it

A child born in the Chernobyl zone without legs and abandoned by his parents. Vesnova Mental Asylum, Belarus.

Photographer Jenny J. Norris’s images of Chernobyl “Liquidators” and developmentally disabled children born in Chernobyl following the nuclear meltdown 25 years ago, are part of an exhibition and event series taking place at the Ukrainian Institute in New York City through April 26, 2011, in remembrance of the anniversary of the disaster.

Norris first became interested in creating a series of images about Chernobyl through her personal work teaching art and photography to children in impoverished areas around the world.

Many of the children and young adults there were born in Chernobyl after the disaster, and though Norris says that staff at the asylum do not say explicitly that the developmental disabilities of the residents are radiation-related, there is an unspoken assumption.

While at Vesnova, Norris showed residents how to make pictures, printing out their work for them on a portable printer she brought. “They were practically tearing the photos I gave them because they were so excited,” Norris recalls.


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Secrets about Fukushima radiating California must end, Assemblyman says

Secrets about Fukushima radiating California must end, Assemblyman says | RadiationAlerts.org | Scoop.it
A California assemblyman began pushing Friday for transparency about Fukushima reactor meltdown radiation contaminating the Pacific Coast of the United States a

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Abe tries to speed up Fukushima recovery - The Japan Times

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Abe tries to speed up Fukushima recovery
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The Abe administration on Friday aired new policies for speeding up recovery from the 2011 Fukushima disaster that include more financial aid for Tokyo Electric Power Co.
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