Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


Tanks for the Memories

Seems pretty clear at this point. In the future all of our time, energy and material resources will go toward making tanks to store an ever-increasing amount of radioactive wastewater that we have dumped in desperation onto melted reactor cores and ‘spent’ nuclear fuel, and which has leaked out of some other tank or tanks. Unfortunately, though we can look forward to full employment, and lots of good times with our colleagues down at the tank factory, the Tank Game is un-winnable.

Did Kafka write this passage:

Tokyo Electric Power Co. previously said two of seven huge underground tanks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant had been leaking since Saturday if not earlier.

The latest leak involves a tank that was being used to take water from one of the two that were leaking, TEPCO spokesman Masayuki Ono said. …

TEPCO has halted the transfer of water to the third tank, diverting it to a fourth tank that remains intact. Two of the seven tanks are currently unused.

Ono said TEPCO has decided to stop using the two most damaged of the three leaking tanks as soon as they are emptied, but will use the other because of a tank shortage.

via More radioactive water leaking from storage tanks at Japanese nuclear plant damaged by tsunami – The Washington Post.



50-mile radius around Palisades nuke plant

…which is leaking, perhaps exploding, etc.

The 41-year-old plant’s license was due to expire, but in 2007 the NRC granted a 20-year extension.


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Via the Palisade license-renewal application (pdf): http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/licensing/renewal/applications/palisades/palisades_er.pdf



Fire at California’s San Onofre Nuke Plant
April 21, 2012, 11:19
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…Was extinguished before it started. That’s how good these guys are:

The fire ignited in an electrical panel in the “non-radiological side” of one of the plant’s two units, said Edison, which operates the plant and co-owns it with Sempra Energy’s (SRE) San Diego utility. The plant’s fire department put out the blaze a few minutes before 1 p.m. local time, less than an hour before it started, the company said.

via Fire at California's San Onofre Nuke Plant Extinguished | EXSKF.



The Tubes of San Onofre

Thousands of brittle tubes. Seems like a bad plan.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Thursday it was sending a special team of inspectors to try to determine why the metal tubes, which were installed in Unit 3 in 2010, have become frail enough to pose a risk of leaks.

“This is a significant issue,” said NRC spokeswoman Lara Uselding. “A tube rupture is really the concern.”

Investigators have been looking into excessive wear on tubes in Unit 3 and its twin, Unit 2, which has been off line for maintenance and refueling. In a $670 million overhaul, two huge steam generators, each containing 9,700 tubes, were replaced in Unit 2 in fall 2009 and a year later in Unit 3.

via 4 more tubes fail in tests at Calif. nuke plant – BusinessWeek.



Alarmist San Onofre Map

I swear, I just wanted to know where it is. About 50 miles from South Central LA it turns out.


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Edison already hiding truth about San Onofre incident
February 2, 2012, 06:00
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http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/oceanside/san-onofre-nrc-say-leak-may-have-caused-minor-radiation/article_c11de105-a550-5e37-b202-e2c6e14f4177.html

Take note: These utilities always say the same thing and act the same way after any sort of accident. Cagey-ness and half-truths.



Byron nuke plant loses power
January 30, 2012, 20:47
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Oh.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120130/NEWS11/120139975/exelon-shuts-byron-nuclear-plant-unit-after-power-loss




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