Australian news, and some related international items

France recommends that Japan widen the Fukushima nuclear exclusion zone

Japan Nuclear Disaster Update 2 June Clean France’s Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety recommends that an additional 70,000 people be evacuated from areas outside the already established 20 km zone, which includes 10,000 children. These figures are based on radiation data collected by U.S. and Japanese radiation monitors. Presently, Japan’s emergency plans for nuclear disasters rely on an old standard of an 8-10 km evacuation zone, despite considerations to expand this to up to 30 km in 2006. The United States evacuation plans are based around a 10-mile radius standard (16 km). It is clear to many that evacuation zones need to be re-examined worldwide to determine how to best protect public health and safety. The nuclear debate here in the U.S. is becoming more intense. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has again raised concerns about the licensing of the AP1000 reactor design, pending revisions to address additional concerns about the reactor’s ability to withstand seismic activity, hurricanes, or tornadoes and potential problems with the design of the cooling system. This news comes over a month after the AP1000 Oversight Group petitioned the NRC to suspend approval of the design, citing similar concerns. Below are more resources regarding the proposed Toshiba-Westinghouse AP1000 reactor design:

  • presentation by Arnie Gundersen examining the possibility of containment leakage if an accident were to occur in the current revision of the AP1000 reactor design;
  • Press release discussing the petition to halt licensing of the AP1000 reactor design;
  • The Miami Herald examines the issue as it relates to the Turkey Point reactor, near Miami, Florida and hurricane activity;
  • The Atlanta Journal Constitution discusses the issue as it relates to the recent tornadoes that decimated Tornado Alley and the Southeast;
  • Residents near the beleaguered Crystal River plant in Florida are expressing concern, despite a history of support for the facility.

Additional concerns in the U.S. this week include the safety of spent fuel pools and reactor venting systems…….

June 2, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. Nuclear energy should be in the process of shutting down.

    How many fatal accidents do we need before we realize what we are doing to this planet.

    There are more than enough natural sources out there, if only we could get the governments to support us.

    Ron Suhagra


    Comment by Joe Filagra | September 28, 2011 | Reply

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