Monday News Roundup

An no nukes protest took place Sunday in Chiba. The protest took place in Noda’s home town.

Oi has been plagued with a number of glitches and alarms as they attempt to restart units 3 and 4. Previously they had an alarm on a tank but didn’t inform the public in a timely manner. There were 32 alarms at transmission facilities between Oi and the individual facilities. These were caused by “unstable atmosphere” and didn’t indicate a danger at the plant. There were also a number of these alarms at Takahama nuclear plant. The reporting of these alarms may be a side effect of the government’s effort to be proactive during the restart at Oi. This reporting of every minor incident may add to the anxiety over the restart. It also is no promise that a more dangerous failure at the plant will be reported to the public.

Now KEPCO is stating they will have unit 3 at Oi back online by July 1st, weeks earlier than initially planned.

The Shimane nuclear plant in Japan was told by NISA that their earthquake prediction for the plant was too low. Tsuruga NPP already was told the same thing by NISA recently.
At a NISA meeting of experts, the utility revealed the possibility of three active faults on the western side of the nuclear plant in Matsue moving together along a stretch of 51.5 kilometers. That event could trigger a short-period earthquake of a strength for which the utility is not prepared, leading to possible damage to key equipment at the plant.”

California looks at the possibility of a future without nuclear power. The ongoing outage at San Onofre, caused by faulty steam dryers could potentially lead the plant permanently closing, though that is not currently being officially planned. The agencies overseeing power capacity in California think they can do fine without the nuclear plant but high heat or another outage could put the region at serious risk of black outs. One expert cited that the current problem was due to an over-dependence on nuclear power. The city of Berkeley recently asked the state of California to end the use of nuclear power when the licenses expire on the two plants in the state.

Fukushima seafood has gone back on sale in Japan. Octopus and whelk were selected as they have shown with lower or no contamination among most testing. The product was priced considerably below going prices as a trial run to see what public demand may be.

The worker lock out by Entergy drags on at the Pilgrim nuclear plant in the US. Temporary workers previously cited poor working conditions and concerns about plant safety. Now a safety drill has been canceled because there was not enough staff to conduct the drill.

Former Prime Minister Kan has suggested Japan’s national Diet take a vote on banning nuclear power in Japan. This would force all members of the diet to be on the record as for or against nuclear power. Kan also suggested the concept of forming a green party in Japan.

Avaaz has an online petition to the Japanese government to take action to move children in Fukushima out of contaminated areas to somewhere safe to live.  anyone can sign the petition.

Some more video of last Friday’s protest in Tokyo. A larger one is planned for this coming Friday in Tokyo.

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