We’ve continued to be impressed with the nuclear blogger community helping add clarity, and fact-bases assessments of the Fukushima crisis and to the issue of nuclear safety overall.
A great example is the research done by Next Big Future, on the fatality rate of various energy sources per the total Watts of power produced, and how that data influenced blogger Seth Godin to illustrate it.
AREVA’s Nuclear Measurements Business Unit (CANBERRA) quickly responded this week to the need in Japan by shipping a supply of crucial emergency support radiation measurement equipment.
The wide range of detection equipment helps emergency personnel efficiently and effectively conduct radiation measurements of people and the environment, and helps safeguard the health and well-being of citizens and workers:
medium-resolution hand-held gamma spectroscopy instruments for detecting and characterizing contamination
emergency response survey meter kits for assessing dose rate and surface contamination
personal radiation monitors to provide close-in responders with immediate dose rate information in their location
hand-held contamination monitors
laboratory high-resolution gamma spectroscopy systems for characterizing food, water and environmental samples
additional equipment as needed
Hand-held gamma spectroscopy
Along with increasing production on key products to meet demand during this time, CANBERRA is making every effort to accelerate equipment delivery. For example, with two days notice, the company delivered a whole-body counter to the U.S. Navy for deployment to Japan, a dramatically short time frame for a system of this complexity.
The company also identified nuclear measurement experts, some with specific crisis experience, who can offer support in the radiological assessment of affected areas in Japan. These experts can assist local authorities, international organizations and customers on a volunteer basis, and under full compliance with recommendations by the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) and international dosimetry rules.
AREVA will continue to explore all avenues in which it can provide expertise, equipment and assistance to Japan during this time of need.
We have been very impressed with the blogging community’s professionalism and up-to-the-minute reporting and commenting on the news from Japan. To tap this resource, use this Twitter Widget of 14 bloggers we’re following.
Following the earthquake and tsunami that struck northern Japan, AREVA is mobilizing its forces to provide support to residents of the affected area and to the rescue workers and personnel working near the Fukushima nuclear plant.
AREVA has chartered a plane that will depart for Japan as soon as possible to deliver 3,000 activated charcoal protective masks, 10,000 overalls and 20,000 gloves. The aircraft will also carry 100 tons of boric acid, a neutron absorber, made available by EDF.
French rescue workers left for Japan early this week with radioactivity detection equipment provided by AREVA’s subsidiary, Canberra, specializing in the manufacture of nuclear detection and measurement equipment. Equipment in AREVA’s Tokyo offices has already been made available to the Japanese security teams.
The Group also decided as of Monday to donate one million euros to the Japanese Red Cross.
From the NY Times on what is being called the “Fukushima 50.” Simply put: they are heroes.
A small crew of technicians, braving radiation and fire, became the only people remaining at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on Tuesday….They crawl through labyrinths of equipment in utter darkness pierced only by their flashlights, listening for periodic explosions as hydrogen gas escaping from crippled reactors ignites on contact with air….
Nuclear reactor operators say that their profession is typified by the same kind of esprit de corps found among firefighters and elite military units.
“You’re certainly worried about the health and safety of your family, but you have an obligation to stay at the facility,” he said. “There is a sense of loyalty and camaraderie when you’ve trained with guys, you’ve done shifts with them for years.”
….Tokyo Electric has refused to release the names or any other information about the 50 workers who stayed behind, nor have utility executives said anything about how they are being relieved as they become tired or ill.
Some of those battling flames and spraying water at reactors at Daiichi are members of Japan’s Self-Defense Force, police officers or firefighters.
Ricardo Byrd, Executive Director, National Association of Neighborhoods
The crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, caused by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami off the northeast coast of Japan is causing some people to ask questions about the use of nuclear energy in the United States. Can the same thing happen here? Should we rethink or even halt our own use of nuclear energy in the United States?
Such reactions are understandable – what’s happening in Japan is very serious and should raise questions. But it’s also important to rationally assess the situation so that we can learn from this crisis before considering any changes to America’s approach to nuclear energy. Nuclear energy is and should remain an important part of America’s energy portfolio and safety is always the number one priority. We know that no energy source is completely safe – every energy alternative has its dangers and drawbacks. The key is to do everything possible to make our use of all forms of energy not just safe, but super safe.
When we are in the middle of a crisis like this, it is tempting to have a knee-jerk reaction. But now is not the time for drastic or rash changes to America’s nuclear energy policy. Let’s remain calm, rational and focused so that we can learn the right lessons and use them to make the right decisions about America’s energy future.
An 9.0 magnitude earthquake, and Tsunami, has damaged nuclear power stations in Japan. ANS Nuclear Cafe began at | 0800 | 2011 03 11 | a media clip service (Web Page: http://ansnuclearcafe.wordpress.com Twitter feed @djysrv) on breaking news about the status of nuclear energy facilities in Japan. The news reports are in descending order based on time/date stamps where available or when posted.