April 27, 2014
The Hiroshima Syndrome’s Fukushima Commentary is proudly hosting the 206th Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers. This week’s edition includes articles by Gail Marcus, Meredith Angwin, Jim Conca and Rod Adams.
Here’s the Fact or Fiction (?) quiz for this week… The Fukushima was not the first Japanese nuclear accident to be given an INES (International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale) rating by the IAEA.
Now…for this week’s Blogs. To read the full articles, please click on the individual links. Blog topics for this edition include – Women take important positions in the American Nuclear Society, IBM and the State of Vermont, the safest way to transport crude oil (?), and floating nuclear power plants.
From Nuke Power Talk –
Women and Nuclear: Maybe We Have Come a Long Way!
From Yes Vermont Yankee –
IBM, Vermont Yankee, and Shumlin: A Trip Down Memory Lane
Green Mountain Power receives $17 Million in Revenue Sharing from Vermont Yankee
From Jim Conca’s Forbes Blog –
Pick Your Poison for Crude — Pipeline, Rail, Truck or Boat
From Atomic Insights – (2)
Floating off-shore nuclear power plant
Mangano and Sherman take down
From Next Big Future –
Lawrenceville Plasma Physics (LPP) should be launching their crowdsourcing effort in 2014
From Dr. Robert Bruce Hayes –
Radiation risk depends only on the dose, not on the source
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Fact or Fiction (?) answer – Fact!
The Tokaimura fuel processing plant, Ibaraki Prefecture, experienced what is called a “criticality accident” in 1999 when workers mishandled 16 kilograms of 19% enriched Uranium. The fuel was in a container and the staff proceeded to fill it with water. Criticality was reached when there was 40 liters of liquid in the mixture. The staff had previously done this with 5% enriched fuel, without incident. The accident produced significant gamma and neutron emissions, exposed 119 workers to at least 1 millisievert, and three people who were severely over-exposed. Two of them died. The IAEA rated the accident at 4 on the INES scale. http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/Safety-and-Security/Safety-of-Plants/Tokaimura-Criticality-Accident/