Some Recent Nuclear Blog Posts (March 1, 2015 overview), Blog Stats, Radiation Findings, Fukushima News Links,…

Crestone, Colorado (USA) – March 1, 2015 - DISCLAIMER & all that jazz.

FYI:   I just updated my Nuclear Blog Posts Archive.

!!!–> Latest updates might be available through some of the outlets listed on my Nuclear News Links page, such as Nuclear News Net , Simply Info, Enformable, ENEnews, or Greenpeace-Nuclear.

My marathons of data crunching and independent investigating gave rise to a major uptick in blog traffic, with over 15,000 visitors in the past 3 month (some 32,000 views), from all over the world.  Wowza:

BlogStats_90days_preMarch1_2015_over250viewsEspecially in December (over 80% of the 3-month traffic from Poland, Ukraine and Russia happened in December, for instance), my reporting on the nuclear troubles in Zaporizhia, Ukraine drew in many thousands.   A return to researching apparent fallout patterns, (disturbingly) tracing back to the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan, and some reporting on other related topics, has been part of causing a couple ‘blips on the blogosphere radar’.

Some of the more worthwhile blog posts (imo) on the nuclear topic, from the past 3 months, include:

Investigations into various radiation upticks this winter rather often traced back to the still-leaking Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster site.  !-> I updated my Japan Radiation Monitors page, which lists all tools to do this yourself.

Some recent investigation highlights:

Also:

You could, of course, just click on Home, and scroll down.  That way you can balance all that nuclear stuff with pretty pictures of Southern Colorado, etc..  ;-)

!!!–> More Nuclear Industry news and Fukushima updates might be available through some of the outlets listed on my Nuclear News Links page, such as:

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Quick radiation check - Had a quick look at stuff I used to spend way too much time with.  Using Nullschool for wind data and NETC, US EPA Radnet, and Eurdep for radiation data, my quick checking gave me the impression that ‘the situation’ continues:  F1 is leaking directly into the air and that’s showing up on radiation monitors here and there along the jet stream path.  Since that is not always the case, it probably flares up off and on.

DIY:  You have to zoom-in, check wind at different altitudes, and various radiation monitors.  If you want to get more precision, then incorporating the location-specific (jet stream and lower) wind speeds and precipitation as well could help.   Composite image of some of the checked:

Nullschool_500hPaMarch1_2015_0800PST_NETC_0845PST_Composite_March1_2015_snapshotMy first impression is the jet stream patterns, of the air mass after it passed over Fukushima, still corresponds quite well with the observed radiation upticks over the North-American Pacific Northwest, as well as the US Southwest, as well as over parts of Europe, and parts of Japan.  (Note that some upticks may be caused by radioactive contamination in the jet stream after more than one rotation around the Northern Hemisphere, likely adding some ‘noise’ to the already erratic dispersion patterns.)  To document the details without special software made for that sort of thing is very time-consuming.   I’m taking a break from that.

Checking on this snowy Sunday afternoon from a lovely tea/coffee house the Colorado Rockies shows me that the upticks seen on the NETC network are likely to come down by 14:00 JST (Japan time) at the latest tomorrow, and would return (to Chiba and perhaps Tokyo) by 16:00 JST on Tuesday.   I won’t be monitoring all this closely.  I’m just passing along the tools for others to document it, if you were to feel so inspired.  If you take the time to share it in blog posts, please comment with a link.  Thanks.

Hope this is somehow helpful.  – PEACE.

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Heading North in the San Luis Valley on Highway 17 to Salida, Colorado.  Meanwhile it’s snowing again.  Some parts of Colorado are expected to get over half a meter in the next few days.

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A Rock Arch in the San Luis Valley Area? And other PHOTOS (SLV – End Feb. 2015)

Before I went camping in the snowed-over Great Sand Dunes National Park, on the way out of the tiny town of Del Norte, in Southern Colorado, this is the view of the Rio Grande (Feb 27, 2015).

DSCN1162Hm… swimming across the Rio Grande… Tempting.  ;-)

Flashback to road trip Denver-San Francisco in early October 2014, this was the view from the same location, second week of October 2014:

DSCN8107At that coffee /restaurant, I heard about a nearby area called ‘Elephant Rocks‘ and decided to go  look for it.

Along that journey, some more photos:

DSCN1169I got a little distracted by all the natural beauty and ‘Elephant Rocks’ will have to be explored another time.   Amazing how diverse this valley is.  This is a corner I had never checked out before.  I did glimpse some of the Elephants Rocks (in the foreground), though:

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Supposedly, so I heard, they were deposited there by a huge distant volcanic explosion and then eroded over the millennia.

I noticed a sign suggesting there’s an arch.   In the San Luis Valley?  A natural rock arch?  Here?  (See some photos of Arches National Park in Utah from that aforementioned road trip.)   Good I had four-wheel drive…  The winding deep-snow dirt road went on for quite a ways.  Very cool:

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Been coming to this valley for over a decade.  I had no idea about this.

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Looking the other way, from under the arch.  In the far distance on the right you can see the San Luis Valley flat and, further beyond, the Northern Sangre de Cristo mountain range:

DSCN1230 DSCN1242Tons of fresh snow is said to be on the way.

DSCN1150Drive safely, everyone.

Cheers.   

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Winter Camping in the Sand Dunes (Southern Colorado PHOTOS)

San Luis Valley, Southern Colorado (USA) – Last day of February 2015

Nice chilly winter weather.  ;-)  I heard on the car radio that more snow was on the way for this area, 3″ to 8″ of fresh snow, and it would start coming down last night.  “Hmm…, I thought,  it might be nice to wake up this weekend in a snow-blanketed Great Sand Dunes National Park…

Del Norte, Colorado

Del Norte, Colorado

It was already getting dark by the time I was done transcribing & translating a piece of Belgian TV news (re. them cracks in two Belgian and possibly many more other nuclear reactor vessels…) in a cool coffee shop in the little town of Del Norte.

By the time I got there, the Great Sand Dunes N.P. Visitor Center was already closed. Luckily, I found a Park Ranger.  Or: he found me. ;-)  As the only visitor in the park, he seemed to think I was lost.  “Can I help you find something?”  ;-)  He gladly wrote me a backcountry camping permit and off I went in the snow-reflected dim moon light.

For wilderness camping here, you have to hike past the first upper dune horizon, say, an hour or so hiking in, minimum.   Pitched my tent in a flat spot that was not too wind-swept, and slept well.   Some geometrical mandalas, but no dreams…  Some coyotes howling in the early morning.

It did snow, but less than 1″.  (1 inch is 2.54 cm)  Oh well, was still véry beautiful.

Some photos:

DSCN1302When the wind died down, that’s about a close to ‘true natural silence’ that I know.  Always good to spend time in “my backyard”. ;-) DSCN1297 DSCN1307 DSCN1308A couple days ago, my 3 months of rent-free winter living (in a foreclosed home that the bank just demanded vacated) did not come to an end, but the comfort of radiant floor heating and a bath tub that was part of that streak of lucky awesomeness did.   On the upside, however, my view got even better,  ;-) at least this morning: DSCN1255Home sweet home in the snowed-over Sand Dunes.  LOL   ;-D

DSCN1273That tent there, my current piece of “prime real estate” ;-),  is a 4-season 2-person MSR Fury.  I’ve been véry satisfied with it.   (It replaced a cheapo bullshit Jansport tent that was unable to withstand gale force winds in a 12+ inch of torrential rain storm, and subsequently got shredded to smithereens, almost killing me in a Lost Coast (California North Cast) storm in November 2012.)

DSCN1283Bonus:  This time of the year, even on weekends apparently, there’s practically no one there.   Not sure why…  It’s exceptionally pretty in winter. :-)   And in case you wondered, it’s not the accessibility.  The roads are fine, kept clear by crews working days and nights: DSCN1152 I look forward to the surprise of running into you in that 30 square mile giant dune field some future snowy day, perhaps…  ;-)

Cheers.   

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Reactor Vessel Steel with Micro-Cracks More Likely to Rupture During Reactor Shutdown. (w/ Transcript & Translation of VRT Belgian TV News Feb. 25, 2015)

Colorado Rocky Mountains (USA) – Feb. 27, 2015

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Photo: De Wereld Morgen (click for article: http://www.dewereldmorgen.be/foto/2011/04/24/kernenergie-gedaan-ermee

If the Belgian nuclear regulator, FANC, somehow fails at stopping the utility company Electrabel (a subsidiary of the French GDF Suez) from extending their very profitable gamble… and it goes terribly wrong…  then London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris, Köln, Rotterdam, Essen,  Antwerp,… (altogether over 50 million people, as well as much of the economic motor of Western Europe), would be within 400 miles of the subsequent fallout-spewing Doel nuclear disaster site…

Click for my Sept 8, 2014 blog post, “Nuclear Power Company ELECTRABEL chooses to gamble… Belgium and surroundings.”   The date the troubled plants would reopen has been shifting around.  There is a chance they’ll stay closed due to the risks after all.

This is a follow-up on my Feb. 19, 2015 blog post, “TERZAKE (Belgian TV) on Reactor Vessel Micro-Cracks. Leuven & UC Berkeley Expert Findings: Situation More Dangerous than Previously Thought, Urging UltraSound Inspections of ALL Planet’s 435+ Nuclear Reactors / Greenpeace Briefing“.   Now two weeks later, turns out, the situation is likely éven worse than thought, again.

The cracks are being measured with increasing precision, with the lengths going up each time.  As VRT reporter Luc Pauwels tweeted:

LucPauwelsTweet_Feb25_2015Note:  Those cracks aren’t so “micro” anymore;  18 cm = 7.08661 inch

FANC, the Belgian Nuclear regulator (currently headed by Jan Bens, former director of the troubled Doel nuclear site) is said to be ‘concerned‘, and demands an explanation for the apparent temperature-shifts-induced steel weakening of the cracked reactor vessel steel.  Without a good explanation, the reactors will not be allowed to be started back up.

!-> FANC has an English section on which the gist is relayed @ http://www.fanc.fgov.be/nl/news/doel-3/tihange-2-new-update/745.aspx:  (“Doel 3/Tihange 2:  new update“), from which this a quote from the Feb. 13, 2015-updated version:

“After a large number of flaw indications was discovered in the walls of the reactor pressure vessels (RPVs) of Doel 3 and Tihange 2 during a scheduled maintenance in the summer of 2012, the Belgian nuclear safety authorities (FANC and Bel V) decided that Electrabel had to submit a Safety Case to justify the restart of both reactors. Electrabel had to demonstrate specifically and convincingly in its Safety Case that the flaw indications in the walls of the RPVs do not compromise its structural integrity.

After an analysis of the safety cases of both reactors, the FANC and Bel V decided on May 17, 2013 that Doel 3 and Tihange 2 could be restarted. Linked to this agreement, however, was the condition that Electrabel had to perform a series of medium-term actions to consolidate the hypotheses of its Safety Case. These actions were divided into three major themes:

1. The ultrasonic inspection technique of the RPVs: detection and measurement of hydrogen-induced flaw indications 2. Material properties of steel containing hydrogen flakes 3. Structural integrity of a rpv containing hydrogen flakes

The results of the actions on issues 1 and 2 provide the input for theme 3.

In carrying out tests related to theme 2 during the spring of 2014, a fracture toughness test revealed unexpected results, which suggested that the mechanical properties of the material were more strongly influenced by radiation than experts had expected. As a precaution both reactors were immediately shut down again. Electrabel launched a test campaign to find an explanation for the unexpected test results.

At the same time, the licensee continued the execution of the medium termed-action plan. In the mean, this has led to the following results:

More accurate information about the flaw indications

In February 2015, Electrabel completed the actions related to the theme of the ultrasonic inspection technique.

This technique was originally designed for the control of the welding and the cladding of the RPV, but it also proved to be able to detect flaw indications in the wall of the RPV. Electrabel had to qualify the technique, i.e. prove that all hydrogen-induced flaw indications can be found and can be measured correctly using the ultrasonic inspection. By doing so, Electrabel found that the inspection procedure had to be slightly modified and that the detection threshold of the probes had to be lowered to ensure the proper detection of all flaw indications.

In 2014, a further inspection was carried out based on the improved procedure and the modified settings of the machine, resulting in the detection of a greater number of flaw indications than was measured in 2012 and 2013. This means that Electrabel now has to take into account

  • 13047 flaw indications for Doel 3 and
  • 3149 flaw indications for Tihange 2

in its calculations. These additional flaw indications are similar to those which were previously considered and are located in the same area of the RPV.

[…] In April 2015, the FANC will organize a new meeting of the international panel of experts to obtain their advice on the results of the new material tests and on the new data provided by Electrabel. […]”  Read in full at FANC.

  • Below is the transcript (in Dutch, with English Translation) of another news segment on one of Belgium’s main Flemish TV stations, VRT;  this one was aired Feb. 25, 2015, with long-time news anchor Martine Tanghe (‘MT’ in transcript) [http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martine_Tanghe] interviewing energy expert and VRT reporter Luc Pauwels (‘LP’ in transcript) [https://twitter.com/pauwelu].
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The image shows several cracks so close together they need to be regarded as one large crack. Title of newscast segment:  “Steel in Nuclear Reactors weakens during stark temperature fluctuations.”

!–> Direct link to that VRT news segment [only 3:13 long]:   http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/videozone/programmas/journaal/2.37757?playlist=7.39637&video=1.2251120

TRANSCRIPT in Dutch, followed by my approximate English translation in purple, further below.

MT:   Luc Pauwel, onze energiespecialist.  Je zat hier bijna 2 weken geleden, ‘t was vrijdag de 13de, met nieuwe gegevens over die – ja die famueze – scheurtjes.  Nu blijkt dat ze nóg groter zijn dan gedacht, en het is Electrabel zelf, een onverdachte bron, die het zegt: twee keer zo groot.  Is het probleem dan ook zóveel groter?

LP:  Wel, er zijn er méér gevonder, ook gróter, maar of dat dan het probleem ook vergroot is dan nog maar de vraag.  Eigenlijk is me nu microscopisch aan het inzoomen op de onderzoeksresultaten, en heeft men gezien: er zitten daar veel meer onzuiverheden in, en die zitten ook dicht bij mekaar.  En we hebben hier een voorbeeld van zo’n blok staal waarin die scheurtjes zitten.  Als je dan kijkt zie je daar verschillende rood-opgelicht dicht bij elkaar zitten.  En dat is nu wat er naar boven is gekomen:  Beschouw je dat als verschillende scheurtjes, pakweg 6 scheurtjes van 3 cm naast mekaar, of beschouw je dit nu als één grote scheur van 18 cm.

MT:  Ja. En wat moet je nu doen?  Hoe moet je het beschouwen?

LP:  Wel, het Federaal Agenschap Voor Nucleare Controle (FANC) is daar heel duidelijk in.  Die zeggen: Je moet dat beschouwen als één grote scheur van 18 cm, we gaan dat ook zo interpreteren, want die kunnen dan gemakkelijker doorscheuren.

MT:  Ja.  Electrabel zegt ook nu, en dat hebben ze ook in het verleden gezegd, “Ja, er is eigenlijk geen nieuw probleem, er zijn geen nieuwe gegevens, alleen blijkt nu dat we betere methodes hebben om dat te meten.”  Maar het FANC maakt zich wél zorgen, want die hebben nieuwe testen geëist.

LP:  Ja

MT:  Wat is me nu weer aan het testen?

LP:  Wel, dat is in de reportage eventjes toegelicht… M’n heeft eigenlijk verleden jaar vastgesteld dat dat staal waar dat die scheurtjes in zitten weldegelijk écht vezwakt.  Wat gebeurd daarmee?  Wanneer er grote temperatuurschokken komen, en dat is met name wanneer je een kernreaktor heel snel moet afkoelen wanneer hij in een gevaarlijke situatie terecht komt, dan breekt het staal veel sneller dan staal zonder scheurtjes.

Dus als je dan plots van 300 graden, dat is de temperatuur waarop een kernreaktor draait, plots moet gaan naar 30 graden, dat is 270 graden verschil, dan zou dat staal, dan zou… nee dan ZAL dat staal met die scheurtjes in sneller breken dan niet-aangetast staal.  Men heeft dat al drie keer onderzocht.  Men is dat nu opnieuw aan het doen.  En het FANC eist daar een verklaring voor.  Waarom is dat?  En zolang die verklaring er niet is zullen de kernreaktoren niet open gaan. MT: Nu, ze liggen al stil nu sinds eind maart vorig jaar.  Denk jij dat ze ooit nog open gaan? LP:  Wel het Federaal Agentschap voor Nucleare Controle (FANC) begint zijn geduld te verliezen.  Die zeggen, “Dit mag niet blijven aanslepen.  We kunnen geen tien keer gaan testen of dat probleem van dat scheurend staal zich opnieuw en opnieuw gaat voordoen.  Dat kan je niet onbeperkt blijven doen.  Bovendien is het ook zo: men is dus opnieuw aan het testen op een blok staal, een Duits blok staal, dat uit een Duitse kernreaktor komt, waar zo ook die blaasjes inzaten.  Die kernreaktor is afgekeurd.  Men had dat toen gezien, toen hij ging aangezet ging worden: Daar zitten onzuiverheden in. Die mocht niet draaien. MT: Door de Duitsers LP:  Door de Duitsers, ja, die hebben die afgekeurd.   En wij zitten daar nu met twee kernreaktoren, waar m’n blijkbaar die scheurtjes niet heeft gezien en die wel draaien, al 30 jaar lang.  De vraag is gaan ze nog verder mogen draaien natuurlijk. MT:  Veel vragen.  Ik denk, Luc, dat we jou nog zullen horen. Dankjewel.

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 —Translated transcript (Dutch –> English): —

MT:  Luc Pauwels, our energy specialist.  You sat here nearly two weeks ago, it was Friday the 13th, with new data on those – yes, the now famous, – cracks.   Now it appears that they are even bigger than thought, and it’s Electrabel itself, a credible source, who makes the claim:  the cracks are twice as big.   Is the problem also that much bigger?

LP: Well, they found more, and they’re even bigger, but if that also increases the problem is still in question.  Actually, basically they are now microscopically zooming in on the research results, and what they found is: there are much more impurities in it, and they’re located close to each other.  And we have an example of a steel block here in which are shown cracks.  If you look, you will see several red-lit areas close together. And that is what has arisen:  Do you see that as different cuts, roughly 6 cracks of 3 cm each next to each other, or do you consider it now as one large 18 cm-long tear?

MT:  Okay.  And what should you do now? How should you consider it?

LP: Well, the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) is very clear about this. They say:  “You have to consider that as one large tear of 18 cm, and that’s how we will interpret it, because they can easily tear further.”

MT:  Okay.  Electrabel now also says, and they have also said this in the past, “There really is not a new problem, there is no new information, we only have better methods to measure that now.”  But the FANC appears concernd:  They demanded more tests.

LP: Yes

MT: What are they testing now?

LP: Well, that’s touched upon in the report briefly…   This past year they actually determined that steel with crack truly is weaker.  What was discovered?  Well: when there’s large temperature shocks, and that is especially the case when you must quickly cool down a nuclear reactor, such as when they’re in a dangerous situation, in such a case the steel with crack breaks much faster, compared to steel without such cracks. So when you suddenly go from 300 degrees, which is the temperature [of the cooling water in the reactor’s containment vessel] at which a nuclear reactor is running, suddenly to 30 degrees, a 270 [centigrade] degrees difference, then that steel would be … no, then it WILL … break faster if the steel has cracks, compared to non-affected steel.  It has been investigated already three times.  They’re investigating it yet againFANC demands an explanation for the findings.  “Why is this? ” And as long that question is not answered, the nuclear reactors will not be turned back on.

MT: Well, they’ve been off-line since the end of March last year.  Do you think they ever be restarted?

LP: Well, the Federal Agency of Nuclear Control (FANC) is beginning to lose their patience.  They say, “This should linger on and on.  We can not ten times test whether that ripping steel problem will manifest again and again; You can not continue to do so indefinitely.”    By the way, they now are also testing on a block of steel, a German steel block, which came from a German nuclear reactor, one which also had those types of bubbles in it.  That reactor did not pass inspection.  They had noticed the impurities back then, when it was about to be turned on.  That one was never allowed to run.

MT:  The Germans noticed…

LP: Yes, the Germans noticed that and rejected that reactor vessel.  And now we sit here with two nuclear reactors with such tears which apparently were not noticed, and which have been operating for 30 years…  The question is, are they allowed to continue operation?

MT:  Many questions.   I think, Luc, we will hear from you again.   Thank You.

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SLV – Some recent Photos (End of February 2015)

San Luis Valley (SLV), Southern Colorado (USA) – end of February 2015

Some photos were taken before the recent snow (mentioned in the previous blog post).

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Been seeing a lot of Coyotes lately…DSCN1128Probably because of an abundance of  “Coyote snacks…”DSCN1070

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View from my window in the past few months, before and after some recent snow.

View from my window, past few months, before and after some recent snow.

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Venus & Mars by Moon. + Winter Returns

Crestone, Colorado – Saturday Feb. 20, 2015

  • So beautiful this evening:   Venus (bright), Mars (above Venus) and the Moon together:

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  • Via my METEO page, I check on the local weather forecast.

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Clouds moved in after midnight and if the forecast doesn’t miss the ball (like the other week when Crestone stayed dry but Salida got a foot of snow…), we’re finally in for an entire week of winter weather.  Feels like it’s been a while.  Except for the deep-freeze start in mid-November and the Christmas snow storm, it’s been a mild winter so far.   Must be because the CO2 concentration in the Earth atmosphere went from 0.03 % to 0.04 % in 150 years… [sarc.]    I’m welcoming this break from spring-like weather.  Still relatively warm, but at least will get some SNOW! ;-D    Always a good thing for our summer water situation as well.    Can’t wait to go snow-shoeing again!

  • A recent sunset. through the cottonwoods:

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TERZAKE (Belgian TV) on Reactor Vessel Micro-Cracks. Leuven & UC Berkeley Expert Findings: Situation More Dangerous than Previously Thought, Urging UltraSound Inspections of ALL Planet’s 435+ Nuclear Reactors / Greenpeace Briefing

Crestone, Colorado – February 19, 2015 – DISCLAIMER

“This may be a global problem for the entire nuclear industry.”  – Belgian Nuclear Regulator, FANC, Director General, Jan Bens, February 13, 2015.

SHORT-LINK:  http://tinyurl.com/pm8mkyk

In this blog post:   Couple photos. + New revelations about the micro-cracks in reactor vessels, as reported on Belgian TV, and organized in a pdf. by Greenpeace-Europe.

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First morning light shining through the high-elevation blowing snows… (Feb. 18, 2015)

In the Feb. 13, 2015 broadcast of TERZAKE, a Belgian TV (Dutch-language) program that delves deeper into news topics, the first quarter was spent on new findings regarding the micro cracks found at the Nuclear Power Plants of Doel and Tihange, Belgium. (The first 1 minute is the intro to the various segments:

!!!–> (In Dutch, with some English segments in it) @ http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/videozone/programmas/terzake/2.37612 

The findings are introduced by the program’s host (translated from Dutch):

“Again alarming news about our nuclear power plants.  Not only do they generate a lot of energy (at least when they’re functional…), but also lots of problems.  The small ruptures in the walls of the reactor vessels of Doel and Tihange are far more serious than previously thought.  There’s a lot more of them and they are more dangerous.   Experts are now warning:  The pressure of hydrogen gas [inside the cracks] might be able to make the walls swell, split or rupture, with all catastrophic consequences that would entail.”

The video then shows a pipeline in Manitoba, Canada that exploded.  It is explained later in the reporting that hydrogen pressure build-up inside the micro-cracks in pipelines is a well-known problem in the oil industry, but that this possibility has been largely ignored in the nuclear industry.    Top experts are extremely concerned about potential catastrophes in aging reactors.

No need to transcribe this report:  Greenpeace has already compiled an overview of the findings (in English):  NUCLEAR REACTOR PRESSURE VESSEL CRISIS – GREENPEACE BRIEFING – February 15, 2015:

!!!-> https://www.greenpeace.de/sites/www.greenpeace.de/files/publications/briefing-cracking-rpv-20150217.pdf

In the blog post (Nov. 8, 2014), “Nuclear Power Company ELECTRABEL chooses to gamble… Belgium and surroundings“, I touched on the potential consequences for Europe already.

 — May Sanity Prevail on Earth —

DSCN0939Photos at beginning and end of this blog post were taken yesterday.

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UPDATE:  Feb. 21, 2015:    Those micro cracks aren’t so micro.  Some of the cracks are as long as 6 and 9 cm (3.5 inches).  VRT (Belgian TV in Flemish/Dutch), Feb 21, 2015, @ 4:45 into http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/videozone/programmas/journaal/2.37711

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