Category Archives: Power

Japan to Restart Nuclear Plants with Tougher Safety Guidelines

NY Times, February 28, 2013. Martin Frackler, Hiroko Tabuchi, and Matthew L. Wald. EXCERPT: All of Japan’s 50 operable nuclear reactors were shut down following the March 2011 triple meltdown, which spewed radiation across northern Japan after a huge earthquake … Continue reading

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Tribe to get hearing on Prairie Island nuclear waste concerns

From Star Tribune, December 27, 2012: Minneapolis-based Xcel, the state’s largest utility, stores spent fuel rods in 29 casks next to its power plant. Up to 64 casks ultimately may be needed. The casks likely will remain in Minnesota for … Continue reading

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Barry Commoner–Scientist and Planet Earth’s Lifeguard–Dies at 95.

From the New York Times, October 1, 2012, article by Daniel Lewis. Barry Commoner, a founder of modern ecology and one of its most provocative thinkers and mobilizers in making environmentalism a people’s political cause, died on Sunday in Manhattan. … Continue reading

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Chernobyl Fallout Maps

Chernobyl Fallout (one map in three images, right-page first): Left page (west page): Key: The Chernobyl reactor exploded on April 26, 1986. For days a nuclear fire burned as billowing smoke deposited radioactive debris over the Ukraine, Europe, and beyond. … Continue reading

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Some of the Potential Risks

Spent Fuel Pools—overcrowding Aging and Faulty Equipment GE Mark I Design Flaws Expanded Transmission Corridors–CapX2020 impact not fully assessed. Both of Minnesota’s Nuclear power plants (Monticello and Praire Island) were designed for a 40-year window of operation. There are worries that current, increased … Continue reading

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Radioactive Properties

Radioactivity, as explained by Marie Curie: “If a radioactive substance is placed in the dark in the vicinity of the closed eye or of the temple, a sensation of light fills the eye.” “Crystals of barium chloride containing radium are … Continue reading

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Issues Predicting Fallout Using Precipitation

From S.E. Palsson et al. Science of the Total Environment, Prediction of spatial variation in global fallout of 137Cs using precipitation: The relationship between precipitation and deposition density is often inadequately characterized so that it becomes difficult to compare results between different … Continue reading

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