In this presentation, Part Two: Economics of Nuclear Power, Mycle Schneider, an independent international energy and nuclear policy consultant and lead author of the annual World Nuclear Industry Status Report, provides an economic analysis of the cost of nuclear power including data using charts and graphs.
People today who are familiar with social media think that TMI means “Too Much Information”. But to me, and anyone listening to the news in 1979, TMI will always represent the disaster at Three Mile Island, when the public received too little information, not too much.
Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen used the five minutes allotted to him by the NRC to distill 42-years of nuclear power expertise down to one main conclusion: the decommissioning and dismantlement of Vermont Yankee cannot wait.
Strontium-90 was detected in a well on Vermont Yankee's site today. The spread of strontium-90 into the groundwater was foreseen by Fairewinds in its report to the Vermont Legislature in July 2010. Fairewinds noted potential impacts on decommissioning, and made recommendations.
More than 50 years ago the Advisory Committee ignored its minority members and pushed ahead without rigorous failure-proof containment structures and systems. The Nuclear Regulatory Committee made the decision not to require stronger containments. Japan followed the American lead.
Did you know that embrittled nuclear reactors could shatter like glass? Watch Fairewinds Energy Education’s Nuclear Science Guy Arnie Gundersen demonstrate reactor embrittlement and imagine the shattering glass as a shattering nuclear reactor vessel.
When we think of earthquake damage we think of buildings shaking and crumbling, pipes bursting and breaking. Diablo Canyon would suffer not only these traditional earthquake disasters, but also severe, dangerous mechanical threats. Arnie explains something engineers call "relay chatter". In three short video segments, he shows us what relays are and how a seismic event would wreak havoc at Diablo Canyon causing "relay chatter".
What oversight exists at the nuclear plant nearest you? On today's podcast Arnie, Lucas and Nat discuss the NRC's Fitness for Duty program for nuclear reactor operators, in which workers are periodically tested for mental health issues and on-the-job usage of drugs and alcohol. Fairewinds recently authored a report on the many industry-wide instances of nuclear plant operators coming to work under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Listen to our podcast and read our report to find out what areas of the country are experiencing the most violations, what is the nuclear plant operator’s drug of choice, and whether rates of drug and alcohol abuse have gone up or down in the past five years (hint: they’ve gone up).
Beginning in 1989, United States Nuclear Power Plants (NPP) licensees have been required to implement a Fitness For Duty program that satisfies safety requirements created in the Federal Code of Regulations 10 CFR Part 26.
Watch Arnie Gundersen's presentation at the symposium entitled "Fukushima Daiichi Accident: Lessons for California" on June 4, 2013, and view his slides below. The other keynote speakers of the event are; Naoto Kan, former Prime Minister of Japan, Dr. Gregory Jaczko, former Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Peter Bradford, former commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission during the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in 1979
On behalf of Beyond Nuclear and other intervenors, Arnie Gundersen provides expert testimony that the Quality Assurance activities of Detroit Electic Co. do not satisfy the requirement of the Atomic Energy Act and its regulations.
Expert witness report examining the licensing basis for First Energy's proposed Replacement Once Through Steam Generator modification to its Davis-Besse nuclear reactor. Fairewinds concludes that First Energy is attempting to avoid the more rigorous, full license amendment process, as Edison did at San Onofre with disastrous results.
Detroit Edison implemented an approach to quality assurance which deviated from the template, and ignored its obligation to notify the NRC that portions of the Quality Assurance portion of the Fermi 3 COLA had to be modified.
This Fairewinds Associates Report on the root cause of Quality Assurance problems identified on the Fermi 3 COL application includes an explanation of why there are two Reports: one based on publicly available information and the other on “propietary” material.
A Safety Review Of The Continued Operation of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station (NGS) and Proposed Measures to Mitigate or Reduce These Risks.
Fairewinds Associates, in this presentation on behalf of Friends of the Earth, shows that San Onofre was operating outside of its design basis and the NRC had done nothing to address this major violation. The tube failures at San Onofre are the worst nuclear equipment failures since the near miss at Davis Bessie in 2002.
Fairewinds analysis of the triple meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi determined that other Japanese reactor sites were also in jeopardy because their cooling water systems were destroyed by the same tsunami. In this film, Fairewinds provides evidence that cooling systems for 24 out of 37 diesel generators were shut down by the tsunami and that 14 additional nuclear reactors were impacted. Finally, Fairewinds also recommends that the criteria of the international nuclear accident scale have a Level 8 added. The addition of a Level 8 would reflect the nuclear accident scenario at a multi-reactor site that significantly changes the risk factors to the general public and emergency evacuation procedures.
Using NRC and Edison data, Fairewinds analysis determines that San Onofre had 3.7 times the number of plugged tubes than all the replacement steam generators in the US combined, and that 4,000 tubes show significant wear.
Why did replacement steam generators fail after two years, when the original generators worked for 28 years? This Fairewinds Associates Report for Friends of the Earth determines that a strategic decision by Edison to avoid a more thorough NRC licensing review process contributed to the resulting crisis.
Imprudent Design and Fabrication Decisions Caused Leaks in 2012. Cramming 377 more tubes into each replacement generator than were in the original generators held affected reliability and safety.
The Need for a Thorough Root Cause Analysis Requires No Early Restart. Fairewinds recommends that Units 2 and 3 remain shut down until a thorough Root Cause Analysis determines the cause of rapid tube failures are understood and repaired, reliability is assured, and radioactive releases are prevented.
The key causes lie in the institutional failures of political influence and industry-led regulation. The report concludes that this nuclear accident marks the end of the ‘nuclear safety’ paradigm, and exposes the deep and systemic failure of the very institutions that are supposed to control and protect people from accidents.
Prefiled Rebuttal Testimony of Arnold Gundersen on Radiological Materials at Indian Point, October 4, 2011, Arnold Gundersen
Profiled Direct Testimony of Arnold Gundersen on Radiological Materials at Indian Point, July 22, 2011, Arnold Gundersen
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) held a special ACRS meeting Thursday May 26, 2011 on the current status of Fukushima. Arnie Gundersen was invited to speak for 5 minutes concerning the lessons learned from the Fukushima accident as it pertains to the 23 Mark 1 Boiling Water Reactors (BWR's) in the US and containment integrity.
Fairewinds Associates recommend that a new decommissioning study by a new contractor should be required. The decommissioning trust fund should be analyzed for risk, and the Texas compact should be reviewed.
The report details about why the 2007 Decommissioning Report by TLG is economically and technically outdated, and why a new study is needed by a new, independent contractor. It also covers the lack of a cash flow analysis in TLG's report; decommissioning trust funds and whether that trust can be used to cover spent fuel storage costs; and concerns about the viability of the Texas compact.
This report combines the oral testimony of Arnie Gundersen to the NRC ACRS with previous Fairewinds reports on AP 1000 containment, adds new evidence and consequences of that evidence, addresses erroneous information provided to ACRS by the NRC staff in October 2010, and addresses additional misconceptions.
The first requested report by Fairewinds Associates to the VT Legislative Joint Fiscal Committee. This report covers nine issues including leaks and the monitoring of leaks, missed identifying inspection problems, the lack of follow through by the state and ENVY to Public Oversight Panel recommendations, degraded reliability in 2010, and cooperation between the state nuclear engineer and Fairewinds.
A review of progress made by Entergy Nuclear VT Yankee towards addressing challenges identified by Act 189, and to present information and analysis regarding reliability issues at the reactor.