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Military.com found not to be reassuring

US Considers Implications of Nuke Decline

WASHINGTON – The mighty U.S. arsenal of nuclear weapons, midwived by World War II and nurtured by the Cold War, is declining in power and purpose while the military’s competence in handling the world’s most dangerous arms has eroded. At the same time, international efforts to contain the spread of such weapons look ineffective.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, for one, wants the next president to think about what nuclear middle-age and decline means for national security.

Please… read more.

http://www.military.com/news/article/us-considers-implications-of-nuke-decline.html

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If you don’t know how to fix it, stop breaking it.

Re-inspired by Jake Shimabukuro

Happy Birthday, Michael

You would have been 40 today. Undoubtedly, i’d have had lots of fun teasing you about it… and hosted one hell of a party in your honor.

Instead, it is the 17th time i’ve celebrated your birthday without you… missing you like hell.

white rose

Happy birthday, love.

From Bob Dylan‘s Shelter From The Storm:

Suddenly I turned around and she was standin there
With silver bracelets on her wrists and flowers in her hair.
She walked up to me so gracefully and took my crown of thorns.
Come in, she said,
Ill give you shelter from the storm.

Now theres a wall between us, somethin theres been lost
I took too much for granted, got my signals crossed.
Just to think that it all began on a long-forgotten morn.
Come in, she said,
Ill give you shelter from the storm.

Leak found in pipe at Indian Point

September 7, 2007

BUCHANAN – Workers have discovered a pinhole-sized leak in a conduit used to transfer spent fuel from the reactor to the containment pool at Indian Point 2.

The leak was found Wednesday during testing for groundwater contamination from leaks of radioactive tritium and strontium 90 that were first discovered in 2005.

“It appears that there is a potential pinhole leak in the fuel transfer canal, which we believe could be a contributing source to the groundwater contamination that we’ve been talking about,” said Jim Steets, a spokesman for Entergy Nuclear Northeast, the plant’s owner.

A vacuum test like the one that turned up the leak, as well as an ultrasonic test, will be performed to confirm the size and scope of the leak, Steets said. That will take a few more days. Repairs would follow, but would not require a reactor shutdown.

Plant officials say the leak has not contributed significantly to the groundwater contamination. The origin of the leak remains unclear.

“We’ll know better about what might have caused it when we complete the testing that we’re doing,” Steets said. “You hate to speculate.”

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What’s it gonna take folks, a meltdown?

ENVY Cooling Tower Failure August 21, 2007 

ENVY Cooling Tower Failure August 21, 2007

ENVY Cooling Tower Failure August 21, 2007

ENVY Cooling Tower Failure August 21, 2007

ENVY Cooling Tower Failure August 21, 2007

Latest News:

FROM THE BOSTON GLOBE:

Congressional delegation calls investigation into Yankee mishap

MONTPELIER, Vt. —Vermont’s congressional delegation on Thursday requested a thorough investigation into the collapse of a portion of Vermont Yankee’s cooling tower. MORE >


FROM WCAX-TV CHANNEL 3 NEWS:

State Official: Closer Inspections Needed at Yankee

Vernon, Vermont – August 24, 2007Vermont’s nuclear engineer says better inspections are needed at the state’s only nuclear power plant. That statement comes after a water cooling tower collapsed at Vermont Yankee in Vernon earlier this week. The state says what happened is unacceptable, and the water cooling tower failure has raised questions about the safety of the aging facility.

Three days after a cooling tower collapsed, Yankee Nuclear is working to figure out what went wrong, causing the wooden beams to give way. MORE >


FROM BURLINGTON FREE PRESS: 

Nuclear plant damage is worse than reported

Published: Friday, August 24, 2007
By Sam Hemingway
Free Press Staff Writer

A cooling tower structure at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant that partially collapsed Tuesday underwent a full inspection as recently as this spring and was found to be in good condition, a company spokesman said Thursday. MORE >


FROM BRATTLEBORO REFORMER:

State delegates press for thorough probe

By BOB AUDETTE, Reformer Staff

Friday, August 24

BRATTLEBORO — Vermont’s congressional delegation is demanding the Nuclear Regulatory Commission conduct “a thorough and complete investigation into the collapse of a portion of a cooling tower at Vermont Yankee.”  MORE >

Photo frames the worry over VY

Reformer.com

Friday, August 24

The photo in Thursday’s Reformer of the collapsed wood structure that is one of 22 cooling cells at Vermont Yankee is unsettling, to say the least.

Entergy, owner of the Vernon nuclear reactor, continues to assert it practices impeccable maintenance protocol. If that is the case, it’s hard to understand why wooden beams and piping to the Connecticut River failed, sending water gushing to the ground.

We can’t fault the anti-nuclear activists, who must be saying, “We told you so.” We’re waiting for the NRC — and Entergy — to outline the cause of the failure and tell the truth plainly.

MORE >



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Rising & Shining in Cambridge

I am genuinely proud. Today is a full-tilt, caffienated, ready-to-face-the-world, wide-awake day here in sunny Cambridge as The Globe reports, “Cambridge sets $70m energy initiative.” That kicks ass!

C’mon kids… see what’s happening out here. Wake up. You won’t regret it.