Saturday, October 20, 2007
17 Oct 2007
Ann Arbor plans to become the first US city to convert 100 percent of its downtown streetlights to LED technology, with the installation of more than 1000 LED fixtures.
LED maker Cree and the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan, have announced that Ann Arbor will join Raleigh, North Carolina and Toronto, Canada, in the growing LED City initiative.
In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption, Ann Arbor plans to become the first U.S. city to convert 100 percent of its downtown streetlights to LED technology.
Ann Arbor expects to install more than 1,000 LED streetlights beginning next month, after a successful trial of 25 fixtures. The City anticipates a 3.8-year payback on its initial investment. Each LED fixture draws 56 watts and is projected to last 10 years, replacing fixtures with bulbs that use more than 120 watts and last only two years.
“This decision is based on three years of extensive research on the energy and maintenance savings associated with LED lighting, citizen surveys and a very successful pilot of 25 LED lights spanning an entire city block,” said Mayor John Hieftje.
As a result, the City received a $630,000 grant from the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority to fund retrofits for the downtown lights. “This initial installation should save the City more than $100,000 per year and reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 294 tons of CO2. Our plan is to retrofit all downtown lights with LED alternatives over the next two years.”
Full implementation of LEDs is projected to cut Ann Arbor’s public lighting energy use in half and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2,425 tons of CO2 annually, the equivalent of taking 400 cars off the road for a year. Detroit Edison, Ann Arbor’s local utility provider, will meter the new LED streetlights with the intent to gather sufficient information to develop new LED-based tariffs.
The LED streetlights currently installed in Ann Arbor are based on the New Westminster Series made by Lumec, Inc., which contain LED light engines from Relume Technologies, Inc. In turn, the Relume light engines contains Cree XLamp LEDs.
The tri-state battle pits Florida's concerns about preserving endangered species of mussels and sturgeon and the effects of booming population growth in Atlanta against those of Georgia, which worries that the water needed to keep the species alive draws from dwindling sources such as Lake Lanier outside of Atlanta. Alabama, meanwhile, contends Georgia needs to loosen its hold on water from Lake Allatoona in the Atlanta metro area so that the state can replenish much-needed water supplies and continue running a nuclear power plant in the southern part of the state.
Sat, Oct. 20, 2007
SC Sierra Club Conservation Chair
First, lets face facts here...the people of Brattleboro and the surrounding area do not want the plant in their community. With the recent serious SAFETY problems at the plant, including the now infamous collapsing cooling tower incident, can any one blame them? Are we about to see the beginning of an Enron like COLLAPSE of this supposed NUCLEAR GIANT? Has Vermont's PSB finally had enough of Entergy's decreased Safety Margins and lies...let's not forget Entergy's experts doing everything in their power to have the cooling tower contention TOSSED in the License Renewal Process, and the NRC was more than happy to obliege at the time.
Indian Point is far from a shoe in for Entergy what with their failing reactor vessel heads, and so many leaks that some citizens of Westchester County refer to the Indian Point Entergy Center as the Titanic on the Hudson. If Vermont Yankee is closed, which it should be, and Entergy loses the twin monsters at Indian Point, their fleet strength will have been decimated...it may just be wishful thinking, but word on the street says to be expecting some fireworks up in Vermont in the coming days and weeks. Might be a good time to hedge your bets where Entergy stock is concerned...they lose three reactors here in America, and you will see a SERIOUS TUMBLE.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Control rod stuck in Kashiwazaki Kariwa unit
19 October 2007
Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) reported that a control rod cannot be removed from the reactor of unit 7 of its Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant. The unit shut down automatically when an earthquake struck the plant on 16 July.A control rod is moved in or out of the central core of a nuclear reactor in order to control the neutron flux - increase or decrease the number of neutrons which will split further uranium atoms. This in turn affects the thermal power of the reactor, the amount of steam generated, and hence the electricity produced. They are usually combined into control rod assemblies and inserted into guide tubes within a nuclear fuel element.
In an emergency, the control rods are quickly inserted all the way into the fuel assembly to stop the fission reaction and shut down the reactor unit. All 205 of the 4-metre-long control rods at Kashiwazaki Kariwa 7's reactor were automatically inserted into the fuel as soon as the 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit, Tepco said.
Control rods stand vertically within a reactor core. In pressurised water reactors (PWRs), they are inserted from above, the control rod drive mechanisms being mounted on the reactor pressure vessel head. However, due to the necessity of a steam dryer above the core of a boiling water reactor (BWR), such as the Kashiwazaki Kariwa units, this design requires insertion of the control rods from underneath the core. BWRs require the hydraulic insertion of control rods in the event of an emergency shutdown, using water from a special tank that is under high nitrogen pressure.
Tepco said that in order to conduct in-core inspections, it had removed the lid of the reactor's pressure vessel and has started removing fuel assemblies and control rods from the reactor core to the fuel storage pools. So far, 106 control rods have been removed from the reactor. However, the company discovered that one of the control rods was jammed in the reactor core.
Company officials said that one reason for the rod becoming stuck could be that devices intended to prevent the rod from slipping remained locked. Another possibility is that the earthquake distorted the shape of the facility, preventing the rod from moving. Checking the exact cause, however, is likely to take some time as water that fills the reactor must first be drained before its interior can be examined.
At the time of the earthquake, three of the seven reactors at Kashiwazaki Kariwa - units 3, 4 and 7 - were in operation. Those reactors shut down safely as tremors began. Unit 2 was in the process of starting operation, and shut down automatically as well. Units 1, 5 and 6 were not operating as periodic inspections were being carried out.
The earthquake resulted in water being shaken from cooling pools of all the units and some of this drained away to be discharged to sea. In addition, many barrels of solid low-level radioactive waste were knocked over and an external electrical transformer failed and caught fire.
The discovery of the jammed control rod is likely to further delay the resumption of plant operations. All seven reactors at the plant remain offline while damage from the earthquake is assessed.
Lawsuits followed, and the government only relented in 1990 (after the Cold War ended).
In 2000, DOE issued a report on a series of studies of worker health, concluding that cancer rates were higher. Congress passed a law later that year allowing workers with a variety of cancers to be compensated - although the progress has been very slow since then.
Workers at nuclear power plants are different, as they work for private companies, who are under no obligation to share health records or records of exposure (all employees wear badges measuring radiation exposure each day). As a result, there has been virtually no studies on this topic.
There was one for the Calvert Cliffs plant in Maryland years ago, but it was small and inconclusive. I know of one for Canadian workers that was in a journal a few years ago, but again, that found nothing.
Truly, I don't know of anything we can do to force the release of these records.
Radiation and Public Health Project
This review looks at the impacts that climate change will have on the coastal environment around a selection of power station sites, over the lifetime of both existing and proposed nuclear reactors, and examines the risks to which they would be exposed by rising tide levels, coastal erosion and storm surges. It also highlights the even more disastrous consequences that would ensue upon the loss of a significant area of land-based ice such as the Greenland ice shelf, which could result in a catastrophic global sea level rise.
The impacts of climate change on nuclear power station sites: full report (PDF)
The impacts of climate change on nuclear power station sites: executive summary (PDF)
Watch an animation to see how rising seas will threaten both existing and new nuclear power stations
Thanks to Chris Dudley at MDSolar for the story tip.
Mirrored from my new blog WinaFish.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Have you, your mother, your daughter, even your grandmother suffered the tragic pains of breast cancer? Has one of your children or relatives been struck down with leukemia, or gone through the painful process of being treated for thyroid cancer? If you can answer yes to any of these, you need to look UP RIVER to Indian Point each and every time you flip your light switch, or turn on a lamp...are those kilowatts of electric power worth it? Should we instead be looking at other alternatives such as conservation, wind, hydro, and as yet unknown and under funded alternatives to a power source that indiscriminately kills?
We have choices, alternatives to a radiological death knocking indiscriminately at the doors of our families, our neighbors. We can choose as a community to tell the NRC no to the Grime Reaper living among us, its strontium 90, tritium spreading cancer like some silent plague can be vanquished. Imagine a Hudson River without these two spires of death rising into the air. Go back to the future, remember the view before those towers rose into the Sky, and then demand in unison that the NRC deny Entergy's License Renewal Application.
New York's future is OURS TO DECIDE. We have the power to take back our choices by marching on Entergy, by taking back the Public Regulatory Process, by demanding accountability. A few weekends where tens of thousands of concerned citizens camped out in front of Entergy, would give the NRC pause for thought. A few hundred protesters showing up in front of Hilary Clinton and Chuck Shumer's district offices would force them to give us more than lip service and a few false promises.
Saying no to $50 Billion in loan guarantees is only a part of the answer. We need musicians, politicians and average citizens to stand up for the 67 American communities being forced to continue hosting dangerous old reactors. We as a nation need to demand that Washington ABOLISH the Price Anderson Act. We saw what happened to the citizens of New Orleans...should we see hundreds of thousands of Americans loose everything in a nuclear incident or terrorist attack on a Nuclear Reactor because our government has given the nuclear industry a FREE FROM LIABILITY CARD? Should Americans be denied the right to insure their homes for the losses that would occur as a result of one of these old reactors visiting a Chernobyl on our communities?
Please, if you live within the 50 mile circle of death that is Indian Point, if you live in New Jersey, New York or Connecticut join the fight to close these dangerous facilities. It takes a village to raise a child, it takes two aging nuclear reactors to kill thousands of those same children.
Mischief Night: A Masquerade
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
8:30PM until the witching hour
Mischief Night: A Masquerade (Masquerade Attire)
Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and dancing
Music by DJ GRANDMASTER FLASH The Turntable Legend
$250 per person
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Summer Rayne Oakes
111 Central Park North, New York City
Come visit the Ultimate Bachelor Pad created by New York's top designers:
-Campion Platt for Versace: The Living Room
-Dean Maltz for Hugo Boss: The Media Room
-Rockwell Group for St. Pauli Girl: The Ultimate Bachelor Bar
-Dean Maltz for Valcucine: The Kitchen
-Comma for Intel and Kenneth Cole: The Gaming Room
-Barclay Butera for Bally: The Library
-Christopher Maya for Louis Vuitton: The Master Bedroom
-Kristen McGinnis for ASICS: The Home Gym
-Ildiko Sragli for Lufthansa: The Home Office
-Robin Wilson for Rockport: The Lower Terrace
-Coldagh for Westin: The Upper Terrace
To purchase tickets online click here.
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Founded originally as the Hudson River Fishermen's Association
41 years ago, Riverkeeper is credited with spearheading the grassroots battle to wrest control of the Hudson from polluters. The campaign has been so successful that Riverkeeper has become the inspiration and model for a movement of 160 "waterkeeper" organizations across the globe.
Oppose 50 Billion in Nuclear Loan GuaranteesTarget:
The picture you see is a serious infrastructure crack, and radioactive leak at Entergy's Indian Point. Our children, our spouses, and our parents and relatives are dying from allowable radiological releases of strontium 90, and tritium. No United States home owner can get insurance to cover their personal losses from a nuclear incident or terrorist attack. Now, this failing industry wants to build over 200 new reactors in your neighborhoods, and use your money to pay for it.
The Congress and Senate in committee can give the nuclear industry a blank check in the form of 50 Billion in loan guarantees, or they can strip them out.
Indian Point Ground Water Contaminant Flows-Below
Study these test well results, and the print we have bolded...if this tritium is NOT characteristic of what one would expect to find in the Spent Fuel Pool, then WHERE is the tritium LEAKING FROM? In short, it is leaking from the HOT SIDE of Indian Point...more specifically, from the reactor coolant system, or the reactor itself, as in the internals. Further, the fact that the tritium is being found, means it is contaminating ground water, and in more than one way.
Well Sample Date Location Tritium
MW-34 12/13/2005 Transformer Yard 63,900 p/CI/l
MW-35 12/13/2005 Transformer Yard 42, 300 p/CI/l
MW-33 12/13/2005 Transformer Yard 142,000 p/CI/l
These results are above drinking water standards but below the levels found in MW-1 11. No other isotopes characteristic of spent fuel pool water was found in any of these sample results. These wells are test wells and are not part of any drinking water system and do not pose a threat to workers or the general public. These wells will continue to be sampled as results can vary due to environmental conditions especially rainfall, at the time the sample is drawn.
NOW, moving on in the same document...STORM DRAINS. If they are taking tritium samples from storm drains, this means, contrary to NRC and Entergy claims, that the tritium IS LEAVING THE SITE.
Storm Water Drains Now Included in Test Program In order to develop a comprehensive data set that will lead to a conceptual model of ground water movement on site, samples for tritium were taken from the storm drains in and adjacent to the transformer yard.
Test results showed detectable levels for tritium in the storm drains ranging from less than 2000 pCi/L in sample locations 17, 18 and 19 to a high of between 12,000 and 51,000 pCi/L at sample location MHI-6 nearmonitoring well MW- 11. The remaining wells tested between 2000 and 5300 pCi/L. Storm drains at Indian Point flow into the discharge canal. True...but, that STORM RUN OFF then flows INTO THE HUDSON River.
There are three NRC ADAMS documents that one should look at to start, and these are:
Lastly, under the heading, "One picture is worth 1,000 words, I give you two."
This one is rather interesting...Notice the crack running in a horizontal direction. Notice the sign hanging there warning people that the area is RADIOACTIVELY CONTAMINATED. Two schools of thought surround this photograph that was taken on the Indian Point site...one, is a picture of the crack in spent fuel pool number two. The other, that it is a picture taken along the wall of the reactor itself...either way, it is pretty damning.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Vice President – Energy Regulatory Affairs
New York City Economic Development Corporation
110 William Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10038
I am actually very disturbed about what else was included in the article about the city of New York's filing for intervener status. Tucked in, almost as an after thought was the information that NY AREA has also asked to be accepted in as an intervener...further, it states that USUALLY only those who OPPOSE relicensing are granted such status.
This is a very alarming industry move that MUST BE OPPOSED. NY AREA is a super PRO-NUCLEAR group that was actually started and funded by Entergy...if they get status, every other group that Entergy has out there who supports Nuclear and/or Entergy is going to come in through that same door.
(914) 293 7458 or 734 1955
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Volume 27, Issue 3
"I came across a campaign to shut down Indian Point, a nuclear power plant in New York State. One extremely vocal man in this fight said that he was determined to find the prettiest girl on the Internet to support his campaign, and he did, indeed, find a model to stand beside him. One of their main publicity stunts—doing a photo shoot in front of this nuclear power plant—brought lots of traffic to the campaign website. Photos from the shoot, some of which were readily hung up in the power plant’s lunchroom, depicted the model posing in heels in front of the reactor, as well as lounging on a hybrid car. How could this be attracting people who really care about the environment? It doesn’t make sense to appeal to people using a method that needs to be obliterated."