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Call for independent Radiation Monitoring in Cumbria and Lancashire

‘Nuclear Madness’ Protest at Carlisle Railway Station  http://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/nuclear-madness-protest-at-carlisle-railway-station/

100 people also stopped to sign a letter to Cumbria and Lancashire County Council regarding the lack of independent radiation monitoring .

Radiation Free Lakeland  The letter says:

Dear Cumbria and Lancashire County Council,Dear Cumbria and Lancashire County Council,

RADIATION RELEASES TO THE ENVIRONMENT

The North West’s environment used to be independently monitored by the council run Radiation Monitoring in Lancashire, RADMIL.

RADMIL was stopped a few years ago due to council cuts.  The Environment Agency often leaves monitoring and reporting to the nuclear industry

The nuclear industry and government’s new build plan includes:

Manufacture of fuel for new reactors. This begins with uranium hexafluoride shipped to Ellesmere Port, then to Capenhurst, Near Chester. Then on to Preston’s Springfields plant. Proposed new nuclear build on greenfields in Cumbria would also mean escalating radioactive releases from fuel manufacture.

This means radioactively polluting the River Ribble and Clifton Marsh Landfill in Lancashire. And in Cumbria increasing releases to the Irish Sea, Lillyhall landfill and previously nuclear free areas!   Nuclear materials are routinely sent by train and road and even by plane.

Given this escalation in radioactive emissions we urge you to reinstate regular and frequent independent radiation monitoring in Cumbria and Lancashire 

November 26, 2014 Posted by | opposition to nuclear, UK | Leave a comment

Determined campaign by Northern Quebec Cree against uranium mining and exploration

nuke-indigenousflag-canadaNorthern Quebec Cree start 850 km trek to protest against uranium mining  By Caroline Nepton, CBC News Nov 21, 2014  “……this weekend Iserhoff, who is the chair of the Cree Nation Youth Council, will join a group of Crees walking to Montreal to hand deliver a message to the province’s environmental protection agency’s (BAPE) commission on the uranium industry in Quebec.

The group has a message for BAPE: There will be no uranium exploration and exploitation on the Cree territory of Eeyou Istchee.

“We are the stewards of the land, therefore we have this responsibility to protect for the generations to come,” Iserhoff said.

The walkers will be leaving Mistissini this Sunday to travel over 850 kilometers to reach Montreal by Dec. 15, the last day of the BAPE’s public hearings on the uranium industry in Quebec.

They want other nations and other Quebecers to join the walk. “Innu’s are coming, Algonquins are coming and maybe Atikamekw,”  Iserhoff said. ‘The Crees are only one voice and so we are seeking allies.’- Matthew Coon Come, grand chief of Cree Grand Council 

The trek is one of the many strategies used by the Crees to protest against uranium mining in their territory.

The Cree Nation government firmly opposes all uranium exploration, mining and waste storage in Eeyou Istchee, Cree territory in northern Quebec. A couple of weeks ago the Cree government launched a website and a social campaign: #StandAgainstUranium.  They are still asking people to take selfies with the Stand Against Uranium sign.

The government also sponsored The Wolverine: The Fight of the James Bay Creewhich was presented at the Uranium Festival in Germany last September.

“The Crees are only one voice and so we are seeking allies,” saidMatthew Coon Come, the grand chief of the Cree Grand Council.

One of the most advanced uranium projects in the province is the Strateco Resource Matoush project in Otish Mountain, north ofMistissini.

In 2013, Quebec became the third Canadian province, after Nova Scotia and British Columbia, to establish a moratorium on uranium development.   In light of that moratorium, Quebec’s environment minister refused to grant Strateco the permits it had requested to go ahead with the project. http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/northern-quebec-cree-start-850-km-trek-to-protest-against-uranium-mining-1.2844050

November 23, 2014 Posted by | Canada, indigenous issues, opposition to nuclear | Leave a comment

Overwhelming public opposition is ignored by Japan’s government in pushing for nuclear power

logo-NO-nuclear-Smflag-japanEnergy plan overlooked flat-out opposition to nuclear power, analysis shows Asahi Shimbun, November 12, 2014 By ATSUSHI KOMORI/ Senior Staff Writer The government’s compilation of its basic energy plan ignored an overwhelming call from the public to move away from nuclear energy, according to an analysis by The Asahi Shimbun.

More than 90 percent of the comments submitted to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in response to the government’s proposed plan were against nuclear power, the analysis showed.

Yet nuclear energy was described as an “important base-load electricity source” in the plan approved by the Abe Cabinet in April.

The Asahi received a total of 18,711 comments from the ministry after submitting an information disclosure request.

Among them, 17,665, or 94.4 percent of the total, expressed opposition to restarting operations at nuclear power plants or called for decommissioning them.

Only 213 comments, or 1.1 percent, were in favor of maintaining or further promoting nuclear energy……….

The ministry disclosed 2,109 of the comments in May, with the remainder made available to the Asahi………

In 2012, when the Democratic Party of Japan held the reins of government, it called for a national debate on what rate of power generation nuclear energy should account for in 2030.

About 89,000 public comments were received, with about 90 percent of them in favor of a move away from nuclear energy.http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201411120044

November 15, 2014 Posted by | Japan, opposition to nuclear | Leave a comment

An alliance of German activist groups wants to stop nuclear waste export to the USA

Protest-No!flag_germanyfrom Diet Simon,  13 Nov 14  An alliance of German environment activists plans to prevent the export of CASTOR containers with highly radioactive fuel pebbles to the USA from Jülich and Ahaus.

When the supervisory board of the Jülich research centre meets on 19 November to discuss what to do with the CASTORS there, activists will mount a protest outside.

The activists argue that several expertises show that the thought-about exports of highly radioactive materials to South Carolina would be illegal. They say government plans to produce legality by simply relabeling the commercially operated Jülich reactor an experimental one won’t work.

“The AVR reactor is without a doubt an output reactor and is listed that way by the Federal Agency for Radiation Protection. That brings it under the law changed last summer which bans the export of radioactive fuel elements and requires the safest possible storage in Germany,” suggests Rainer Moormann, who used to work in the power station and the research centre.

Peter Bastian of the SOFA Münster group emphasises the aspect of societal responsibility: “Though the operators of atomic facilities try to shirk their responsibility for highly radioactive waste, exporting the radiating problems abroad is no solution in our view. An out of sight, out of mind strategy that makes innocent third parties suffer is unacceptable for the disposal of our atomic waste.“

Kerstin Ciesla, of BUND, the German section of Friends of the Earth, demands that the coalition parties in the North-Rhine Westphalian state government, Social Democrats and Greens, keep to their coalition agreement. “That stipulates that the CASTORS, especially those stored in Jülich, will be transported only one more time, and that is to a final repository once a location has been found for one. We will not sit back and watch the coalition agreement being broken, we will try to stop this transport with all the means we can muster.”

The catchcry of the anti-nuclear movement, “Nothing in, nothing out!“ is the basic tenet of the new alliance, currently comprising 13 groups, with more likely to come on board.

At the end of September a tour through Germany with Tom Clements, a South Carolina environmental activist and politician, who heads the Savannah River Site Watch, kicked off the joint activism. The alliance plans to build on that success and decided on continuous cooperation.

The following organisations have joined the alliance:

November 15, 2014 Posted by | Germany, opposition to nuclear, wastes | Leave a comment

Activists hold up uranium train in Hamburg 

protestflag_germanyAnti-nuclear activists stopped a trainload of  ”yellow cake” uranium in Hamburg harbour, Germany, for more than seven hours. The train is taking 15 containers of the ore from Kazakhstan to Malvési in southern France for processing, a frequent run.

While two activists suspended themselves over the railway track, eight were temporarily arrested on the ground. Whatever route the trains take – and the Railways always try to keep that secret – all of them run through densely settled parts of Germany.

Activists usually find out the train runs and are again being alerted to mount protest actions in their areas.

After the processing in southern France, the uranium comes back to Germany as uranium hexafluoride for enrichment in Gronau and later processing into nuclear fuel in Lingen.

“That has nothing to do with getting out of nuclear power,“ activists note, alluding to 2023 when all German nukes are slated to be closed down.

If you understand German, go to Robin Wood for updates.

The activists have demanded that Mayor Olaf Scholz, a Social Democrat, close Hamburg harbour to nuclear shipments, as the city of Bremen has done.

From 28-30. November an international meeting to oppose uranium transportation will be held in Münster, hosted by SOFA Münster.

November 12, 2014 Posted by | Germany, opposition to nuclear | 2 Comments

56 prominent individuals across the globe write to oppose nuclear energy for Bolivia

Protest-No!Open Letter to Evo Morales about nuclear energy Carwil without Borders,  November 9, 2014  Re-posting from Breaking the Nuclear Chain (en) and Julio Lumbreras (es)…

Dear Evo Morales,

First of all we would like to emphasize that those who sign this letter consider themselves to be friends of the Bolivian people. We applaud what your government has done over the years for the welfare of the people of Bolivia, for the recovery of control over your natural resources as well as for social justice and the redistribution of wealth. We also support the strong stance you and your government have taken on the protection of the environment, with the institution of the Day of Mother Earth and the acts against the exploitation of food resources for purposes other than the nourishment of the people. Moreover, we have been fighting for years, in our countries and internationally, against military and civilian nuclear energy.

In this light, as friends, we have been surprised by the announcement of your government’s plans to start the process of building a nuclear plant in Bolivia.

We believe this to be a move in the wrong direction and we wish to explain why in the following few points. Continue reading

November 10, 2014 Posted by | opposition to nuclear, SOUTH AMERICA | Leave a comment

Protest in Tokyo against decision to restart 2 nuclear reactors

protestor-JapanHundreds in Tokyo protest Japan’s decision to restart nuclear plant, ABC News 7 Nov 14  By North Asia correspondent Matthew Carney Hundreds have protested near the Japanese prime minister’s office in Tokyo against the decision to restart a nuclear plant.

The decision paves the way for a revival of the stalled nuclear industry more than three years after the Fukushima disaster.

Two reactors will restart at the Sendai nuclear plant, 1,000 kilometres south-west of Tokyo.

It represented a victory for Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, who said the shutdown of the nuclear industry led to an over-reliance on imported and costly fossil fuels.

But the move sparked protests and critics said proper safety and evacuation plans were not yet in place……..http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-08/protests-as-japan-to-restart-sendai-nuclear-plant/5877040

November 10, 2014 Posted by | Japan, opposition to nuclear | Leave a comment

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists interviews Frances Crowe, 95-year-old antinuclear activist

Frances Crowe, 95-year-old antinuclear activist, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 8 Oct 14, AbstractIn this interview, legendary activist Frances Crowe looks back on 70 years of protesting against the use of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy. She describes the impact that the news of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima had on the American public in 1945—and how she and her husband, a radiologist and physician who had educated her on the effects of radiation poisoning, then decided to take a stand against its use. Among other acts of civil disobedience, she went on to spend a month in federal prison after spray-painting “Thou Shalt Not Kill” on the casings of missile tubes at a nuclear submarine base in Rhode Island. This grandmother of five has been arrested nine times for trespassing at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station and was arrested again on January 14, two months shy of her 95th birthday. On the eve of the publication of her book, Finding My Radical Soul, Crowe tells about growing up in the Midwest during an era of Progressive politics, her evolution as a protestor, the limits of civil disobedience, what drove her and her husband—and what continues to drive her today.

When asked how many times she’s been arrested, the mild-looking, Ivy League-educated, 4-foot 11-inch, 95-year-old Quaker said, “Not enough”—before conceding that she stopped counting after the number topped 50……….

Always at the core, however, was her fierce stance against nuclear weapons and nuclear power. She’s been described as an activist’s activist, extremely energetic, determined, and creative when it comes to new ways of getting her anti-nuclear weapons and anti-nuclear power message across: running a draft counseling center, disrupting the christenings of submarine launches, and helping to come up with the “BB demonstration” to illustrate the killing power of nuclear weapons. She’s been expressing her views for some 70 years—so long that the police are perplexed when arresting her for civil disobedience: “One gets a lot of mileage out of white hair,” she once observed.

Despite her strong opinions, Crowe is unfailingly polite and considerate, as even her opponents admit; she has been arrested so often at Vermont Yankee that she is on first-name terms with the chief of police—with whom she exchanges mystery novels…………..http://bos.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/10/08/0096340214555076.full

October 27, 2014 Posted by | opposition to nuclear, USA | Leave a comment

Hot debate in Japan as communities reject nuclear power plant restart

protestor-JapanAs Communities Block Nuclear Restart, Japan’s 48 Operable Reactors Idle, Forbes, 17 Oct 14,  Nothing is as hotly debated in Japan right now as the restarting of the 48 inactive nuclear plants which closed one after the other for scheduled maintenance after the Fukushima disaster three years ago. Near Kyushu Electric Power’s Sendai plant in southwest Japan, communities are thwarting revival plans despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urging on the restart plan after Sendai was found to meet the new safety guidelines set by the independent nuclear regulator.

The Sendai plant, located about 600 miles from Tokyo, is the first to receive the clearances but with the consensus process involving communities and local governments has become complex. The reactor’s restarting could be months away. Over three years have lapsed since the nuclear reactors run by the Tokyo Electric Power Co in Fukushima suffered a meltdown following an earthquake-triggered-tsunami. The accident in May 2011 was the worst disaster since Chernobyl. The contaminated towns near Fukushima are still out of bounds and could be for years while the clean-up process continues.

Since the Fukushima disaster, regulatory lapses have come to light and communities have rallied against plants and fought to keep the reactors idle as they closed for regular maintenance. The last of the reactors shut a year ago.

There is also the fact that Japan is prone to natural disasters and frequently hit by earthquakes and typhoons. After the volcanic eruption in Mount Ontake in September, fresh fears are being raised on nuclear safety during volcanic activity. Sendai, for instance, is about 30 miles from an active volcano……..http://www.forbes.com/sites/saritharai/2014/10/16/as-communities-block-nuclear-restart-japans-48-operable-reactors-idle/

October 18, 2014 Posted by | Japan, opposition to nuclear | Leave a comment

What nuclear “renaissance”? – Community not convinced about uranium industry

text-uranium-hypeFlag-USACommunity Responds to Uranium Industry ‘Renaissance Cibola BeaconOctober 10, 2014 8:52 am By Rosanne Boyet GRANTS – “We’re not seeing the predicted nuclear renaissance,” Laura Watchempino, Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE), told an audience of about 60 people. “The demand for nuclear materials has fluctuated wildly since the onset of the nationwide recession in 2008.”…….

Several people pointed out how the residents of Naturita had developed other sources of income after waiting more than five years for the promised uranium mill to begin operations. (The facility has not been built, according to the film.)

One person said, “That part of Colorado is a lot like this area. They have a strong agricultural heritage and a mining legacy.”

“And we have a lot of offer here for economic development,” emphasized one woman. “Just look at all the public lands, the Native American culture, and we have Historic Route 66. All of these could attract tourism.”……

Participants also discussed the health issues that have affected community members who have worked in the uranium mines.

“We need to know the numbers of people who have suffered from mining-related illnesses,” commented an employee of one area mining company. “That information is important so the community can make good decisions.”

“Mining companies only had to keep workers’ records for seven years,” responded a former miner…….

Boyd explained that Linda Evers, Post ’71 representative, was unable to attend because of ill health. (Editor’s note: Post ’71 members are seeking a Congressional amendment to the federal Radiation Exposure Compensation Act, known as RECA, which provides healthcare benefits for those employed in the nuclear industry through 1971.)

“I’m concerned about the proposed Roca Honda mine on Mount Taylor,” said Watchempino. “I know the industry has changed how it mines uranium. They have acknowledged that previous methods put underground miners at risk because of poor tunnel ventilation systems. But if they put in better venting that means all the hazardous airborne stuff will be vented outside into the air. We all live downwind from Mount Taylor.” http://www.cibolabeacon.com/news/community-responds-to-uranium-industry-renaissance/article_015f066c-508d-11e4-9623-2f95d6507248.html

October 11, 2014 Posted by | opposition to nuclear, USA | Leave a comment

Nuclear industry versus Scotland Independence – boycott pro nuke celebrities!

Protest-No!flag-Scotlandcomment from Peggy 10 Oct 14  This is why the “YES for Scotland Independence” was not ALLOWED to happen.

The “YES for Scotland’s Indepence” voters want Scotland to be nuclear-free.

The nuclear industry would never ALLOW Scotland to separate from the pro-nuclear UK.

—> Look into all the claims of rigged voting in Scotland.

–> Look into how the counties in Scotland that were surely “YES for Scotland’s independence” counties mysteriously had a NO majority vote.

Lastly,

BOYCOTT all of the celebrities, writers, actors, businesses who came out AGAINST Scotland’s independence such as J.K. Rowling, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, etc.

BOYCOTT them forever.

Here is a list of those who were FOR and those who were AGAINST Scotland’s independence:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_endorsements_in_the_Scottish_independence_referendum,_2014

Boycotting is one of the last freedoms you have. Use it.

Don’t enrich those who help affect policies that you do not agree with.

October 10, 2014 Posted by | opposition to nuclear | Leave a comment

UK campaigners call on European Commissioner to disallow Hinkley nuclear deal

protest-Hinkley-CCampaigners bid to block EU deal over Hinkley  By WMNA Greenwood  | October 03, 2014 Campaigners opposed to a new £16 billion nuclear plant on the Somerset coast have written to the European Commissioner for Competition in a bid to derail the project.

Last month, the country’s first new nuclear power station in a generation – at Hinkley Point – cleared a major hurdle after an agreement was reached between the European Commission and Whitehall.

But the news angered and dismayed opponents, including the Green Party, the Stop Hinkley Group and Greenpeace UK, who vowed that the fight against the EDF plant would go on.

Stop Hinkley have now written to competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia, corr who is in charge of state aid, urging him to reconsider and claiming that the subsidy deal had been “stitched up without any sort of competitive process”.

 “Surely the job of the European Competition Commissioner is to make sure taxpayers’ and electricity consumers’ money is spent on the most cost effective measures to reduce carbon emissions and provide energy security,” Valerie Davey, the group’s treasurer, wrote.

“If Hinkley Point C had been subjected to a proper competitive process it couldn’t possibly have progressed beyond the drawing board. “There are many far most cost effective ways to provide the heat and light we need in the UK at the same time as reducing carbon emissions.

“Please urgently reconsider this decision, and order the UK Government to subject the Hinkley proposals to a proper competitive process. “If you don’t you will be allowing UK consumers to be saddled with eye-wateringly high electricity bills for decades to come.”…….

EDF is still finalising its investment plans. Major backing has come from abroad with China General Nuclear Power Group and China National Nuclear Corporation investing 35-40%, EDF Energy 45-50% and Areva 10%…….http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Campaigners-bid-block-EU-deal-Hinkley/story-23039980-detail/story.html

October 6, 2014 Posted by | opposition to nuclear | Leave a comment

Not everyone in Idaho is happy about USA govt funding revival of TREAT nuclear reactor

Idaho brings nuclear test reactor back to life, Houston Chronicle,  October 5, 2014  IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s nuclear research laboratory is in the process of refurbishing a 1959 nuclear reactor to restart testing new fuel designs and power levels.

The U.S. Department of Energy is spending $75 million to restart the reactor, known as TREAT, by 2018, the Post Register (http://bit.ly/1vDGVDL) reported…………TREAT is set to be INL’s third active nuclear reactor. However, not everyone is excited about it.

Beatrice Brailsford with the Snake River Alliance questioned if the demand for transient testing has increased since 1994, when officials cited lack of customers as one of the main reasons to shut it down.

Anti-nuclear group Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free also opposes the reactor.

“An accident at the TREAT Reactor can, INL admits, have an impact on people who live and work offsite,” wrote Kit DesLauriers of Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free, “. the most careful and realistic assessment must be done, and there must be full public participation in the decision to restart.” http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/energy/article/Idaho-brings-test-reactor-back-to-life-5802387.php

October 6, 2014 Posted by | opposition to nuclear, USA | Leave a comment

Former Japanese Prime Ministers forget their differences – join in opposing nuclear power

logo-NO-nuclear-Smflag-japanTwo former Japanese prime ministers take anti-nuclear stance to stage at rock festivahttp://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-30/two-former-japanese-prime-ministers-take-anti-nuclear-stance-to/5777958  30 Sep 2014,

Two former prime ministerial foes who became anti-nuclear campaigners in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima crisis joined a rock festival event in Tokyo on Monday that brought together musicians opposed to nuclear power.

“We must create a country where nuclear power generation is zero. Let’s develop our country without nuclear power,” shouted charismatic former leader Junichiro Koizumi from the festival stage, hosted by renowned musician Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Mr Koizumi told reporters that an “unexpected event could happen anytime” at nuclear power plants in Japan, touching on the recent volcanic eruption of Mt Ontake in central Japan which occurred without warning and killed dozens of climbers.

In Japan, earthquakes, tsunami and volcanic eruptions could occur in various locations. It’s a country not allowed to have nuclear power plants,” he said.

Morihiro Hosokawa, another former prime minister, said he felt hope in his anti-nuclear campaigning as he saw the eyes of youths at the festival “twinkling”.

The former leaders from opposite sides of politics have teamed up over the past year to push for all of Japan’s 48 domestic nuclear reactors to stay offline.

The prime minister at the time of the 2011 earthquake and Fukushima meltdown, Naoto Kan, also attended an anti-nuclear protest on Sunday, rallying against the imminent restart of two reactors at the Sendai nuclear plant.

Mr Kan became an anti-nuclear activist upon stepping down as prime minister in September 2011.

The government of Shinzo Abe is pushing for the resumption of reactors that clear new safety requirements introduced in the wake of the Fukushima accident.

October 1, 2014 Posted by | Japan, opposition to nuclear | Leave a comment

British anti nuclear protest delegation heads for Japan

Nuclear protesters head for Japan to tell Hitachi to ‘stay away from Anglesey’ Wales Online, Sep 29, 2014  By 

Groups warn planned new station would be a terror target and house toxic waste for 150 years. Anti-nuclear campaigners are to fly to Japan to spell out their opposition to Hitachi’s plans to build a new £8bn atomic energy plant on Anglesey.

Activists from Greenpeace, CND Cymru, Cymdeithas yr Iaith (Welsh Language Society) and PAWB (People Against Wylfa B), will meet Japanese politicians and visit the city of Tomioka where all 160,000 people were evacuated following the 2011 explosions in Fukushima.

The delegation will meet evacuees and those involved in rehabilitation work…….. PAWB spokesman Dr Carl Clowes said the new station could be a target for terrorists and would see highly toxic waste kept on the site for 150 years.

Dr Clowes, who also warned of the cultural, linguistic and housing implications of an influx of 6,000 construction workers, added: “Tourism will be another casualty with visitors reluctant to come near to the biggest building site in Europe.

“Environmentally, the impact of the new reactors at Wylfa, some 11 times the area of the existing site will be huge, as areas designated as being of major European significance for the environment will be degraded.”

The deputation leave for London on Tuesday afternoon…….

October 1, 2014 Posted by | opposition to nuclear, UK | Leave a comment

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