2011/05/07

(58)菅直人が男をあげた日/止まらない円高/福島第一原発2号機から白煙

そろそろ本当にマズそうな気配。




菅直人首相は6日、東海地震の震源域である静岡県御前崎市にある中部電力の浜岡原子力発電所について、定期検査中の3号機のほか現在稼働中の4、5号機も含めてすべての原子炉を停止するよう要請したと発表した。期限は、津波対策などで中電が検討している新たな防波壁が完成するまでとした。これらの要請は海江田万里経済産業相を通じて中電に伝えた。
首相は同日夜に首相官邸で記者会見して明らかにした。会見では「浜岡原発で重大な事故が発生した場合、日本社会全体におよぶ甚大な影響を併せて考慮した結果だ」と強調。停止要請を出した理由について、浜岡原発が東海地震の想定震源域上にあるとして、「この30年以内にマグニチュード(M)8程度の地震が発生する可能性が87%という数字も示されている」と説明。特有の事情があるとの認識を示し、浜岡以外の原発への対応については言及しなかった。
原発停止の期間については「防波壁の設置など中長期の対策が完成するまでの間、すべての原子炉を停止すべきだと判断した」と説明した。中電は海岸沿いの高さ10メートル以上の砂丘と原発の間に、高さ15メートル以上の防波壁を2~3年後をめどに新設する予定だ。
停止要請までの経緯については「先の震災とそれに伴う原子力事故に直面し、私自身、浜岡原発の安全性について様々な意見を聞いてきた。熟慮を重ねた上で内閣総理大臣として本日の決定をした」と語った。今後の中電管内の電力需給については「需給バランスに大きな支障が生じないよう政府として最大限の対策を講じていく」と強調した。
ただ、首相には法律上、原発の運転停止を指示する権限がなく、首相も「指示とか命令という形は現在の法律制度では決まっていない」と認めた。中電側が要請を断った場合の対応については「十分にご理解いただけるように説得して参りたい」と述べるにとどめた。首相に続き会見した海江田経産相は「(中電の)社長は最終的な回答は保留したいとのことだった」と述べた。
政権が原発停止要請に踏み切った背景には、浜岡原発から20キロ圏に東海道新幹線や東名高速などが走っていることや、東京電力福島第一原発の事故を契機に国民世論に浜岡原発への危惧が高まっていることがある。川勝平太静岡県知事ら地元自治体の首長も、新たな安全基準を満たさない段階での浜岡原発の稼働に難色を示していることがある。
首相は4月下旬から側近らと意見交換を重ね、具体的な調整を進めてきた。首相は6日、海江田氏や枝野幸男官房長官、仙谷由人官房副長官、細野豪志首相補佐官らと会談し、停止要請を決断して発表した。
中部電力の水野明久社長は「経済産業大臣より、本日午後7時に、浜岡原発の運転停止に関する要請を受けた。当社としては要請内容について迅速に検討する」とのコメントを出した。

「福島第1原発、依然非常に深刻」 IAEA事務次長

際原子力機関(IAEA)のフローリー事務次長(原子力安全・保安局担当)は5日の記者会見で「福島第1原子力発電所の状況は依然として非常に深刻」と語り、IAEAの判断を変更するほど事態は改善していないとの認識を示した。状況判断の変更には「原子炉の冷却機能の回復が必要」と説明した。
東京電力が工程表通りに事態を収束できるかは「東電が今後直面する困難に左右される」と指摘。工程表の中身に関しては「これまでに発生した問題を解決できるものだ」と評価した。
IAEAは日本政府との調整がつけば、ただちに福島第1原発の状況分析や事故原因の究明のために調査団を派遣する方針。調査団は6月下旬に開かれるIAEAの閣僚会合までに報告書を作成する見通しだ。


■円、上げ幅縮小 NY市場で80円前後 
ロンドンでは一時79円50銭台



Commodities sell-off continues for third session
The sharp sell-off on commodities markets continued for a third session on Thursday, led by crude oil and precious metals, as worries about faltering demand prompted more profit taking.........

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'My life hung by a thread, all for the want of a £10 cable': Decorated bomb disposal officer speaks of the terror of confronting a roadside IED
※ハートロッカー見たので、その余韻を


Captain Kevin Ivison was awarded the George Medal for the incredible bravery he showed while defusing a roadside bomb in Iraq after an earlier blast killed two soldiers.
Now, in the first part from his extraordinary new book, he describes the mission that started with him knowing he would die  -  and ended with him becoming a hero . . .
A telephone call from the Ops Room: 'Contact IED  -  two fatalities, one secondary. Not many details, but it happened around Red One in the centre of town.' A 'secondary' was an improvised explosive device designed to kill troops sent to the scene to help victims of the first blast.
There was only one man within hundreds of miles who could defuse the secondary, make it safe to recover our friends' bodies and work out how to stop this happening again. That was me, the Ammunition Technical Officer (ATO)  -  or bomb disposal operator.............

■JNN 福島第一原発 情報カメラ (Live)

※福島第一原発2号機から白煙(5/5晩に灰煙→5/6朝から白煙)



Radioactive threat looms in Kakadu

THE operator of the Ranger uranium mine expects to take drastic action to prevent radioactive water spilling into an Aboriginal community and Kakadu's World Heritage-listed wetlands.
More than 10 billion litres of highly contaminated water is trapped on the mine site 230 kilometres south-east of Darwin after near-record rainfalls.

Energy Resources of Australia, which is controlled by Rio Tinto, will be forced to pump water from the almost over-flowing dam into its operating open-cut mine known as Pit 3 if the Kakadu area receives about 100 millimetres more rain. With three weeks of the Top End's wet season remaining, more rain is likely.


This would delay for months, possibly years, the resumption of high-grade ore extraction in the pit that ERA relies on to supply 10 per cent of the world's uranium.
The company conceded this week it would be unable to resume production in the pit until the end of July at the earliest and that its ''ultimate contingency'' to protect the environment was to transfer water from the tailings dam.
But Pit 3, the only place available to put the water, already contains 3.6 billion litres of water that is sitting above high-grade ore deposits.
If forced to pump water containing heavy metals and radioactive material from the tailings dam into the pit, ERA would have to treat all of the water there as highly contaminated.
But sources at the mine said the treatment plants did not have the capacity to solve existing water management problems, despite recent upgrading of equipment.
For 30 years about 100,000 litres of contaminated water a day has been leaking from the tailings dam into fissures beneath Kakadu but an 18-month review completed last year failed to establish where the water had gone or whether it would damage the environment in the future.
Geoff Kyle, an industrial chemist and science officer working for the Mirarr Aboriginal traditional owners of Kakadu, said pumping water from the tailings dam was a last resort for ERA, which the company is trying to avoid by asking the mine's regulators to relax environmental standards.
Mr Kyle said the company had proposed ''deliberately allowing seepage into a local aquifer and has submitted detailed plans for remediating the damage it believes will be caused''.
''The height limit of the water in the tailings dam is 53 metres - it was 52.9 metres last Friday and there has been more rain since then so we believe the company will have to start pumping if we receive about 100 millimetres more rain.''
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast showers and storms in the area over the next couple of days and unpredictable wet season weather for several weeks. Since ERA announced an initial three-month suspension of production at Ranger in January, the company's shares have fallen 45 per cent to $6.58 a share, a loss in value of $1 billion.
The crisis has thrown into doubt ERA's plans to expand its operation to include an underground mine and the use of a controversial acid heap leach processing technique to process low-grade ore.
The Ranger mine has had more than 150 leaks, spills and mishaps since it opened despite opposition from Kakadu's traditional owners in 1981.
Yvonne Margarula, a Mirarr senior traditional leader, said last week that her people were ''deeply saddened'' that uranium from their land at Ranger had been exported to Japanese nuclear power companies, including the one operating the stricken Fukushima plant.
This week the ERA chairman, David Klingner, publicly ruled out his company agreeing to give up the Jabiluka mineral lease, which contains known high-grade reserves of uranium worth more than $18 billion.


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