“Back in 2009, Mahdi Hashi was a care worker in a north London community center. It was then that he and four of his Muslim colleagues say they were approached and harassed separately by British security agents.”
Published: 31 October, 2012
A Somali-born Briton was stripped of his citizenship by the home secretary and probably taken in secret to the US for illegal detention and torture as reprisal for his refusal to become an MI5 informant, his family alleges.
Mahdi Hashi grew up in the UK from the age of five and was a British citizen. This summer the 23-year-old went missing, and his family found out that the Home Office had stripped him of his passport for allegedly being involved in Islamic “extremist activities”.
His parents are distraught. They say that Madhi is an innocent victim of a British intelligence plot and that he was punished after he refused to work for MI5.
“All I can say is that Madhi is a Muslim in belief; he is a practicing Muslim. But being a practicing Muslim does not mean an Islamist. That’s all why he is being victimized,” says Mahdi’s dad Mohamed Hashi.
Back in 2009, Mahdi Hashi was a care worker in a north London community center. It was then that he and four of his Muslim colleagues say they were approached and harassed separately by British security agents. They claimed that MI5 threatened to label them “Islamic extremists” if they refused to become informants for British intelligence and spy on their Muslim community.
October 29, 2012
First known mission with the Russian Northern Fleet’s unique “Losharik” deep diving titanium submarine was done at a depth down to 3,000 meters at the Mendeleyev ridge this September.
The submarine took part in the “Arctic-2012” expedition this autumn aimed at proving Russian ownership of the Mendeleyev ridge stretching across the East Siberia Sea towards the North Pole. Russia will use the data collected in its application to the UN Law of the Sea, that within the next few years will divide the continental shelf among the Arctic coastal states, including the North Pole itself.
Officially, and as reported by BarentsObserver last week, the expedition was headed by the two icebreakers “Dikson” and “Kapitan Dranitsyn.” Little has so far been known about what happened under water.
But a scientific adviser to environmental group Greenpeace – which opposes nuclear energy on safety grounds – said the use of nuclear technology in this way needed to be looked at carefully.
“We should neither view it as risk free and nor should we view it as the panacea to all food security issues,” said Paul Johnston of the Greenpeace Research Laboratories at Britain’s University of Exeter.
Krsko nuclear plant stopped
Work has halted at a nuclear power plant after high water levels left ‘leaves and other impurities’ in the system.
The nuclear depot in Krsko, Slovenia, stopped automatically on Sunday after the high water threatened to flood the power plant’s secondary cooling system.
This is only the second time stoppage since the plant went operational in 1981.
The last was a similar incident seven years ago.
Nuclear “birth control” helps Croatia fruit farmers fight flies
By Sasa Kavic and Fredrik Dahl OPUZEN, Croatia/VIENNA (Reuters) – At the height of the tangerine season in Croatia’s Neretva river delta, two pickup trucks scour a maze of water channels carrying an odd-looking contraption: a mortar-like pipe spraying orchards with sterilized flies.
By Sasa Kavic and Fredrik Dahl
OPUZEN, Croatia/VIENNA (Reuters) – At the height of the tangerine season in Croatia’s Neretva river delta, two pickup trucks scour a maze of water channels carrying an odd-looking contraption: a mortar-like pipe spraying orchards with sterilized flies.
“He said the growing stockpile of spent fuel stored at nuclear plants – including two that have halted operations – is like constipation blocking the progress of the industry.”
“The industry wants us to think that the reactors are safe, but they have not taken all the necessary precautions for predictable disasters,” said Bobbie Paul, the executive director of the Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions, one of seven environmental groups suing Plant Vogtle’s operating company over safety concerns. “It is irresponsible for our elected officials and for Southern Co. to pretend they have.”
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ATLANTA — Georgia and South Carolina could become the center of the nation’s nuclear industry with one federal policy change, Public Service Commission Chairman Tim Echols said Monday at an international conference at Georgia Tech.
“I am very proud that Georgia and South Carolina are leading the way in this nuclear renaissance,” he said at the third annual French-Atlanta nuclear conference. He called the area the Silicon Valley of the nuclear field, a reference to the center of computer innovation and manufacturing in California.
He pointed to Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro and the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station less than 125 miles to the northeast near Columbia, where the only commercial reactors built in 30 years are under construction. In between is Savannah River Site, run by the U.S. Department of Energy.
He said the growing stockpile of spent fuel stored at nuclear plants – including two that have halted operations – is like constipation blocking the progress of the industry.
The federal government requires nuclear power plants to seal up their spent fuel rods and keep them on site while paying for the construction of a central facility that is supposed to store all of them forever.
Echols said a better idea would be to recycle the fuel rods, as the French do, so they can be used again. Current federal policy prohibits that.
Published: 31 October, 2012, 00:35
Less than 24 hours after Hurricane Sandy ripped through eastern United States, the country’s oldest nuclear power plant – located in Forked River, New Jersey – has been has been put on alert.
You can never make nuclear power stations perfectly safe. You can’t make it impossible for these situations to occur and when they do occur, they can be pretty catastrophic, Professor Christopher Busby from the European Committee on Radiation Risks told RT. The Professor added Oyster Creek plant was a particular risk, located just 65 miles from New York City.
All of the power stations in the area were built against the express wishes of the people who lived there. They were pushed through by some kind of federal axe which overcame the opposition of the people, he said.
Busby spoke to RT about the possible dangers that could occur if waters from Hurricane Sandy flood the nuclear station’s cooling system.
RT: What are the potential dangers as you see it?
Christopher Busby: I think it’s quite unlikely that anything bad will happen. It’s not like a tsunami, it’s not some big tidal wave coming at them. The problem would be that the cooling system would become flooded. The electrical systems that back up the cooling system, so there won’t be any cooling. And in these situations, with nuclear power stations, even though there might be a very remote risk of something happening, when it does happen, it’s pretty catastrophic.
Duration: 13.48 mins
In this special edition question & answer podcast, Gundersen and Hurley discuss what effects Hurricane Sandy had on U.S. nuclear power plants, especially Oyster Creek. Gundersen explains how spent fuel pools are not configured to be cooled with diesel power in the event of a loss of offsite power. Oyster Creek and several other nuclear power plants did lose offsite power and Thomson Reuters reports that they may use fire pumps to cool the pools.
29 October 2012
The US nuclear industry is preparing for future emergencies byestablishing two regional centres that should operate from mid-2014. Vital equipment to maintain safety in an extreme event will be able to reach any of the USA’s nuclear plants within 24 hours.
All of the USA’s nuclear operators have approved a contract to establish centres at Memphis, Tennessee and Phoenix, Arizona, which will be managed by Pooled Equipment Inventory Co. Materials and equipment supplied from the centres will supplement the additional on-site portable equipment purchased at all of the country’s 64 nuclear energy facilities under an initiative announced in February 2012. Together, the equipment should enable plants to manage situations involving a loss of electrical power or supply of cooling water, or both.
All USA’s nuclear plants CAN withstand hurricane and flooding – Nuclear Regulatory Comission
“All plants have flood protection above the predicted storm surge, and key components and systems are housed in watertight buildings capable of withstanding hurricane-force winds and flooding,” the NRC said in a statement earlier today.
WITH MANY THANKS TO ENENEWS FOR CRITICAL AND UP TO DATE INFORMATION ON THIS DISASTER
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Naval Staff Today
29 October 2012
INNOVATION FOR AMERICA’S ENERGY, ECONOMIC, AND NATIONAL SECURITY
In his State of the Union address, President Obama said that America faces “our generation’s Sputnik moment” and that we need to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world to capture the jobs of the 21st century. “In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It’s how we make our living.”
By Helen Ku / Staff reporter, with CNA
Tue, Oct 30, 2012 -
The legislature’s Economics Committee yesterday passed a non-binding resolution demanding that state-run Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電) transform the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in Gongliao District (貢寮), New Taipei City (新北市), into a liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plant.
The resolution, initiated by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Ting Shou-chung (丁守中), asked the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) to change the plant into a natural gas plant.
Taking lessons from the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident in the US and last year’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear disaster in Japan, Ting said the power plant should be changed into a thermal power plant as was done to the William H. Zimmer nuclear plant in Moscow, Ohio, in 1991.
Since the plant is only 20km to 30km away from Taipei, Ting emphasized that a nuclear disaster would devastate the nation’s densely populated north.
The controversial nuclear plant has been under construction since 1997 and is a financial burden on the country, Ting said, adding that the government has already poured more than NT$100 billion (US$3.41 billion) into it.
11:42 a.m. EDT, October 29, 2012
After being labeled one of the worst-performing nuclear power plants in the country, a southwest Michigan plant is taking steps Monday morning to better prepare people in case of an emergency.
The Palisades nuclear plant is in Covert, Van Buren County. The Federal Emergency Management drills will be held at emergency operating centers in Van Buren and Berrien counties Monday.
Monday morning’s drill was scheduled to start at 8 a.m. and another is planned for Tuesday.
The plant has shut down several times in the last few months due to leaks and other safety-related issues. Since then, it’s been working to shed the bad rating from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Oct 29, 2012
Chennai: Hundreds of anti-nuclear activists and leaders of different political outfits were detained today when they attempted to lay siege to the State Assembly demanding scrapping of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.
MDMK Leader Vaiko, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi leader and MP Thol Thirumavalavan, pro-Tamil leader P Nedumaran along with hundreds of activists and fishermen were detained by a heavy posse of police when they tried to take out a march towards the Secretariat.
Strongly opposing the Indo-Russian project, Vaiko alleged that India had secretly agreed to provide power to Sri Lanka from the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project.
Thirumavalavan said not only Kudankulam, Kalpakkam and all nuclear power stations in the country should be closed. He said Chief Minister Jayalalithaa should not stand on prestige and instead make efforts to close the project.
Russia Hopes To Go Nuclear In The UK
Russia’s state-owned nuclear power companies are hoping to convince U.K. legislators to allow them to build nuclear power plants, Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said on Monday.
The U.K. has 16 nuclear reactors at nine nuclear power plants, generating about one sixth of the United Kingdom’s electricity. In October 2010, the British government gave the green light to building up to eight new nuclear power plants in the country, a year and a half after the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima power plant owned byTokyo Electric Power caused much of the world to turn on the controversial clean burning super fuel.
Last year, Russia and Bangladesh signed an to build that country’s first nuclear power plant by Russian nuclear power company Rosatam. Russia also supplies the fuel, so Bangladesh is not enriching uranium.
As of July 2012, there were 435 nuclear power plants in operation around the world. The U.S. has the most with 104. Russia is third with 33 and the U.K. has 13. Japan is number two with 50 nuclear power stations in operation.
Russia to Spend $3.2 Billion on Nuclear Arms Before 2016
A preliminary state spending plan calls for Russia to spend nearly $3.2 billion on its atomic arsenal before 2015 concludes, Russian Duma defense panel head Vladimir Komoedov said in a statement reported by Vedomosti on Thursday.
[Editorial] Time to move away from nuclear power
Posted on : Oct.29,2012 14:03 KST
Uljin Nuclear reactor 2 was shut down early on Oct. 28 due to a technical problem. This was the thirteenth nuclear power plant failure this year, and the third this month. Back on Oct. 2, there were two shutdowns in one day, at Shinkori reactor 1 and Yeonggwang reactor 5. Despite the rash of technical issues, the authorities keep telling everyone that there’s nothing to worry about. It’s deeply troubling to wonder just how long we’re going to have to keep hearing these “reassurances.” Even a very small problem could lead to a major disaster if the response is poorly executed.
According to Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power, the breakdown at Uljin had nothing to do with the reactor’s safety, and the reactor is scheduled to go back on line once the broken equipment has been replaced, following approval from the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission. This is a canned response that we’ve heard every time there has been a problem, but it is an increasingly worrying one for the public. The Shinkori and Yeonggwang reactors that broke down early this month recently went back on line after an inspection, only to suffer further problems. This clearly shows that the problem doesn’t just go away when the broken parts are replaced.
A global trend is developing in nuclear politics. At the “bottom of the heap” – indigenous peoples distrust and oppose uranium mining and nuclear power. But more privileged people, too, are realising the financial and unsafety folly of nuclear power and nuclear weapons.
Japanese public opposition to the dirty, dangerous, costly nuclear industry is being joined by public opinion in other countries.
Yet, governments in USA, UK, India, Russia, China are caught up a toxic service to the nuclear industry, rather than service to the public good. Corporations, energy and research departments from these countries join with Japanese corporations to market nuclear technology world-wide.
In the USA, home of the greatest number of commercial nuclear reactors, and of nuclear weapons-making, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission now works on plans to allow nuclear reactor licenses to last for 80 years!
They seek to pass on the too difficult problems of nuclear cleanup to future generations. Politicians seek just to stay in power now – please the big lobbyists who fund them, and let the children of tomorrow face the toxic nuclear legacy .
Today’s big boys in government, industry, and media minimise, trivialise the effects of Fukushima. But they walk a tightrope in public trust. That trust is evaporating fast – will it last until the time when – not if, but when, – the next Fukushima-type disaster happens?
p.s. Angela Merkel is depicted on the tightrope above – hardly fair, as she is one leader who has some vision on the way to the nuclear free future.