Nuclear News Roundup – August 2, 2012

The Hamaoka nuclear plant in Japan is worse off than first assumed. Reuters is reporting that radioactive water was found in the turbine building and that massive corrosion has occurred. There are also indications fuel may be damaged.

TEPCO will be allowing certain members of the press to view parts of video conference tapes from the early days of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The rules are quite prohibitive and make gleaning useful information impossible. The coming criminal prosecutions of TEPCO officials and members of the government could have something to do with their reluctance to cooperate with sharing the videos to the public.

TEPCO also announced workers will now wear protective suits with clear pockets over dosimeters after the dose faking scandal emerged in July.

TEPCO also announced a $3.68 billion loss in the first quarter of 2012. TEPCO also recently received a $12 billion taxpayer bail out.

IPS News explains that the IAEA and nuclear power industry predictions about the future of that industry are being grossly over exaggerated as they have over previous decades where their predictions were wildly out of step with the reality.

German energy companies RWE and E.ON have both been downgraded in the financial markets. Analysts cited the failing nuclear divisions of both companies.

US nuclear reactor Millstone 2 announced using a “new kind of fuel” in 2015. Speculation is that they mean using MOX fuel.

Photographer Kazuma Obara has a new exhibit of workers at Fukushima Daiichi. He interviewed the workers and photographed them trying to give the world a look at the people that saved the plant from larger disaster.

Japan’s electricity demand falls 1.4% for July. The chart below shows Tokyo’s use vs. capacity for today.

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