Category Archives: MOX

Since the Fukushima accident, everyone understands the situation as h eperceives it to be and everyone is right, it is very serious indeed, but still we haven’t seen almost anything yet. And what we may risk to see and understand?

When sharing the galette des rois, some cookies are stuffed with a a small gold coin (a gold Napoleon). If a greedy one swallows it inadvertently, he will have to wait one to two days to recover it but his health will not be affected.

Imagine the coins gold plated and filled with actinides (highly toxic alpha radiotransmitters) such as:
They all weigh 6 grams, have a diameter of 21 mm and the same visual appearance.
A) gold plated Uranium 238
B)  gold plated Plutonium 239
C)  gold plated Plutonium 238
D)  gold plated Polonium 210

We will not see any difference in appearance and weight.
You swallow any of those and nothing happens, either immediately or later.

The the lethal dose threshold  of an inhaled monolithic dust is:
0.835gram for A
0.000 000 4 gram for B
0.000 000 001 6 gram for C
0.000 000 000 007 gram for D

This means that the lethal dose of these coins could destroy:
6 lives for A (Uranium 238, there is a lot)
13,475,000 lives for B, more than Paris Metropolis population (Plutonium 239,there is a lot)
3700000000 lives for C, more than half of mankind (Plutonium 238 is rare)
850 billion lives for D, 120 times the world’s population. (Polonium 210 is very rare)

Yet these coins A, B, C and D have not caused you any damage after being swallowed, not even long after. Because they were all covered with a tenth mm of gold , which prevented the huge flow of alpha particles to destroy even just a little of your digestive tract.

Conclusion:alpha emitters radionuclides must remain CONFINED.

Avoid that nuclear plants explode, even one, especially those using MOX,such as the ones which are many in France.

this, are you still willing to fight FOR nuclear power?

(Picture of Xavier Nast holding a 30 stems rapeseed mutant)

US Pressured Japan In Secret To Continue MOX Program

June 25th, 2013 
The Mainichi has uncovered secret government documents that prove the US and deputy DOE secretary Danial Poneman put intense pressure on Japan to continue the plutonium fuel MOX program in Japan. The documents clearly show the US is pressuring Japan to continue with the MOX fuel cycle program, something the US has failed to do themselves. The US has claimed the concern to be that the plutonium would be diverted to military use. Japan has a massive amount of spent nuclear fuel, more than they could ever realistically use through reprocessing into MOX. The US stance also ignores the prospect of vitrification, a technology that encases the material in a glass substance rendering it unusable for weapons.

The US is still struggling to create an operating vitrification plant at the Hanford nuclear site but France has two functioning vitrification plants.

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Japan made secret promise with U.S. to restart pluthermal nuclear program

A Japanese prime ministerial envoy secretly promised to the United States that Japan would resume its controversial “pluthermal” program, using light-water reactors to burn plutonium, according to documents obtained by the Mainichi.

The secret promise was made by Hiroshi Ogushi, then parliamentary secretary of the Cabinet Office, to Daniel Poneman, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, during Ogushi’s visit to the United States on behalf of then Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in September last year.

The revelation comes as Japan’s pluthermal project remains suspended in the wake of the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant disaster due to safety concerns. The fact that a Japanese official promised to the U.S. to implement such a controversial project without a prior explanation to the Japanese public is expected to stir up controversy.

According to the official documents obtained by the Mainichi, upon being pressed to reduce the amount of plutonium in Japan that could be diverted to military use, Ogushi told Poneman that Japan would burn plutonium in plutonium-thermal (pluthermal) reactors. The then ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) was in the final stages of formulating its nuclear energy policy at the time.

Under the pluthermal plan, spent nuclear fuel generated in light-water reactors is reprocessed to extract plutonium, which is then mixed with uranium to create mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel for use in power generation. However, many experts have raised questions about the program, citing its high costs and the risks posed by the fuel’s comparatively low melting point and the decreased effectiveness of control rods. The plan to burn plutonium in conventional reactors was introduced in 2009 because there were no prospects for putting the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor into practical use.

The documents that the Mainichi obtained are a compilation of cables recording the Ogushi-Poneman talks in the U.S. on Sept. 12 last year. During the meeting, Ogushi explained that Japan would inject all available policy resources to break away from nuclear power generation in the 2030s, that it would steadfastly promote the nuclear fuel cycle program in the medium and long term, and that Japan would end research on the Monju reactor after confirming its achievements. The explanation was in accordance with the government’s Innovative Strategy for Energy and the Environment, which was finalized on Sept. 14.

The promotion of a nuclear fuel cycle implies extraction of plutonium from spent nuclear fuel at the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant in Aomori Prefecture. But Japan’s “zero nuclear power” policy and the suspension of the Monju reactor could leave the nation without a facility to burn plutonium. Poneman expressed concern that this would create a situation in which plutonium could be diverted to military use. In response, Ogushi promised the continuation of the pluthermal program to burn plutonium in light-water reactors.

During an interview with the Mainichi, Ogushi declined to reveal the details of the meeting, saying, “I can’t disclose whom I met from a diplomatic standpoint.” He added that he didn’t remember the pluthermal issue.
The Innovative Strategy for Energy and the Environment states that “nuclear reactors whose safety has been confirmed will be utilized,” but contains no reference to pluthermal plans.

Yukio Edano, a House of Representatives legislator who was serving as economy, trade and industry minister at the time, defended Ogushi, saying Japan had made no distinction between pluthermal and conventional reactors that were to be operated. “There were no such micro-level talks in the Energy and Environment Council. I would have given the same answer (if I had visited the U.S.),” he said.

The current administration led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also upholds a policy to resume the pluthermal program, according to documents obtained by the Mainichi that were produced by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on March 1 and submitted to minister Toshimitsu Motegi. The documents clearly state that the government will “promote the use of MOX fuel in light-water reactors (pluthermal) after reprocessing (nuclear fuel) at the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant.” Based on the content of the documents, Motegi stated at a lower house Committee on Economy, Trade and Industry session on March 22, “We will steadily promote the pluthermal plans.”

Despite the country not knowing which nuclear reactors will be authorized to resume operations following the July implementation of the new regulatory standards, the government has been pushing ahead with its plans to restart the controversial pluthermal program.

“It is abnormal for sure,” said one official with the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy. “But it can’t be helped if the Rokkasho plant is to be put into operation.”