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Sat Oct 9 07:28:34 1999
Date: Sat, 9 Oct 1999 13:25:17 (lokal tid)+0900
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Hosokawk)
Subject: MagpieNews #991009 (accident-18th report)
Magpie Country Nukes Headliner
nuclear issues news brief from Japan
Criticality accident at Tokai uranium processing plant
JAPANESE MOX PROJECT TO BE HALTED;
WORKERS EXPOSURE INEVITABLE, SAID NSC;
SUMITOMO TO WIND UP ITS NUKE FUEL BUSINESS
9 October 1999
> Date: Thu, 7 Oct 1999 21:00:11 +0900
> From: email@example.com (Hosokawk)
> Subject: MagpieNews #991007b (accident-17th report)
"CNIC also released a revised and updated assessment of the amount of radiation released:
Around 0.1g of U-235 underwent fission; the amount of "0.1g of U-235"
should read "up to several tens of milligram of U-235", i.e. on the order of 10E-2 to 10E-3
Japanese Government's Nuclear Safety Commission (NSC), according to Asahi newspaper
report this morning, claims that the amount is on the order of 0.001mg (10E-6 grams).
MagpieNews considers the NSC claim is a bad underestimation.
Mayor of Kashiwazaki City in Niigata Prefecture, where 7 BWRs operated by Tokyo Electric
Power Company (TEPCO) are sited, stated that the MOX utilization at Kashiwazaki plants
should be delayed by one year.
NSC in its official report to the Government confirmed that the inadvertent criticality in the
Tokai accident continued for 17.5 hours, judging comprehensively from the neutron dose rate
monitored by different institutions.
It was also confirmed that the number of the exposed was 63.
It was also reported (yesterday's Yomiuri Newspaper) that there was a sharp difference of
opinion whether they should order the site workers to dare to go to the controversial vulve
work (see 10th Report), which resulted in the extraordinary high neutron exposure (see 16th
Report). NSC finally decided to take that measure "beyond the law". Six workers were dosed
with neutron+gamma at a level beyond the 100mSv emergency limit prescribed by IAEA.
One member of the NSC reportedly said that they should operate under an extra limit of
Sumitomo Metal Mining company, of which the JCO is 100% subsidiary, now intends to
totally withdraw from the nuclear fuel business. This means that quite a few of Japanese
nuclear reactors would have to find overseas suppliers of assembled nuclear fuel
(conventional uranium fuel). For instance, Kyushu Electric Power Company denpends 70%
of its uranium fuel on JCO, and is severely affected by the suspension (and permanent close
down, which is now likely) of JCO operations.
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Sidst opdateret 12. oktober 1999