Cape activists arrested at nuclear plant protest rally -
http://www.wickedlocal.com/capecod/news/x1570561392/Cape-activists-arrested-at-nuclear-plant-protest-rally#axzz2U3qikh4c - Wicked Local 21 May 13, – Cape Cod PLYMOUTH —
Ten people were arrested at last Sunday’s ”Rally at the Reactor” at
the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth.
The activists were arrested for trespassing when they attempted to
deliver their message to a representative of Entergy, the corporate
owner of the plant. Arrested were Joyce Johnson of Falmouth, William
Maurer of Falmouth, Janet Azarovitz of Falmouth, Arlene Williamson of
Mashpee, Sarah Thacher of Dennis, Margaret Rice-Moir of Brewster,
Diane Turco of Harwich, Doug Long of Orleans, Femke Rosenbaum of
Wellfleet and Debbie McCullough of Truro, were arraigned in Plymouth
District Court today. They will appear in the Plymouth District Court
for a pretrial hearing July 19.
Cape Downwinders, who organized the rally, stated in its message that
it would no longer tolerate “Pilgrim’s negligence in endangering the
health and safety of the surrounding communities.”
The 41-year-old nuclear facility has exceeded its life span and the
risk of a nuclear accident increases every day, the Downwinders said.
The reactor at Pilgrim is the exact same design as the three reactors
that exploded in Fukushima, Japan in March 2011. The re-licensing of
the Pilgrim Facility took place last year to extend its life for an
additional 20 years even though it was strongly opposed by Gov.
Patrick, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Congressmen Bill Keating and
Ed Markey, state Sen. Dan Wolf as well as the National Park Service.
Gregory Jaczko, the NRC chairman at the time of the relicensing, voted
not to relicense the reactor.
The Downwinders also noted that the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station has
had valve leaks, equipment malfunctions, underground pipes leaking
tritium and in the early hours yesterday the turbine auxiliary oil
pumps failed, resulting in a fire.
“When this plant was licensed in the early 1970′s what it was licensed
as was an energy station – it was licensed as an energy station for 40
years,” Wolf said to the crowd at Sunday’s rally. “The legacy that
we’re going to be leaving our children is a 60-year-old nuclear waste
dump. The deal was never that we would keep all the spent fuel here.”
Excessive mining in AP uranium plant opposed http://www.deccanherald.com/content/333841/excessive-mining-ap-uranium-plant.html Hyderabad, May 21, 2013, DHNS:
The HRF has been opposing the proposed 4,500 TPD (tonnes per day) in comparison with the current 3,000 TPD.
The HRF, in a press release, stated that the excessive mining of uranium will make the land futile and deplete the groundwater. The scars left by increased uranium mining will be permanent. HRF’s claims are backed by the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports.
The uranium mining can eventually harm individuals. To evaluate the aftereffects of uranium mining, one has just to visit Jaduguda in Jharkhand where uranium mining takes place.
But Edison now has a more desperate theme. The spread of solar throughout southern California will bring far more jobs than San Onofre can begin to promise. A new feed-in tariff in Los Angeles has helped spread solar panels throughout the region (http://prn.fm/2013/04/08/green-power-and-wellness-040813/#axzz2TW6S1BP3 ).
San Onofre at the No Nukes Brink: It’s Time to Take Action & WIN!!! By Harvey Wasserman, editor www.nukefree.org
In January, it seemed the restart of San Onofre Unit 2 would be a corporate cake walk.
With its massive money and clout, Southern California Edison was ready to ram through a license exception for a reactor whose botched $770 million steam generator fix had kept it shut for a year.
But a funny thing has happened on the way to the restart: a No Nukes groundswell has turned this routine rubber stamping into an epic battle the grassroots just might win.
Indeed, if ever there was a time when individual activism could have a magnified impact, this is it.
To take action, go to:
http://www.nukefree.org/stop-san-onofre-re-start-call-petition-now and call, write, and help keep these dangerous, unneeded reactors permanently shut.
This comes as the nuclear industry is in nearly full retreat. Two US reactors are already down this year. Yet another proposed project has just been cancelled in North Carolina. And powerful grassroots campaigns have pushed numerous operating reactors to the brink of extinction throughout the US, Europe and Japan, where all but two reactors remain shut since Fukushima.
In California, it’s San Onofre that’s perched at the brink. Read more »
THOUSANDS IN TAIWAN RALLY AGAINST NUCLEAR POWER Yahoo 7 News, May 20, 2013, TAIPEI (AFP) – Thousands of Taiwanese marched through the capital Taipei on Sunday urging the government to halt construction of a nearly completed nuclear power plant, citing the Japanese atomic crisis.
The demonstrators chanted slogans like “No Nuke for Our Children” during the march which extended for miles as they evoked memories of the March 2011 Fukushima crisis sparked by an earthquake and tsunami. Read more »
“They would just ignore them, they would say you’re not really a shareholder,” she remembered over tea sandwiches served following Rio Tinto’s annual general shareholder meeting last month. “There was one big, black aboriginal man who got up on the stage to have his say. The company heavies came up and lifted him out bodily, by the feet. It was quite spectacular.”
This year, Rio Tinto’s 140th anniversary, the attitude toward international visitors was much different. Rio Tinto chairman Jan Du Plessis effusively thanked an Alaskan Native Yupik elder, a Mongolian woman speaking on behalf of nomadic herders and others for making the trip.
Rio Tinto, like other major mining companies, now goes to great lengths to emphasize its “partnerships” with local communities and specifically indigenous people. ……
But members of the increasingly organized international mining watchdog movement say the companies are ultimately still determined to mine wherever, whenever and however they desire, and in the least costly way.
Hence, they say, all this talk about social responsibility is largely rhetoric or “greenwashing” and that companies would have to do a lot more — including making financial sacrifices — to really change their ways………
Progress and priorities
Mine operators have battled with workers and local residents since the dawn of the large-scale mining industry in the mid-1800s; and naturally mining has been a major target of environmentalists since the birth of the environmental movement roughly a century later. In recent years these groups have increasingly worked together in monitoring and fighting mining companies……
The movement has become increasingly focused on London, which is headquarters to many of the world’s biggest mining companies along with the financial institutions that provide mines crucial capital and insurance. Toronto’s stock exchange lists more mining companies than London’s, but Canada is home to more “juniors” whereas the big-money operations are concentrated in London.
In June 2012 the International Institute for Environment and Development issued a 10th anniversary report card on the industry’s progress. It noted that “despite good intentions,” “implementation (of improved practices) across the sector has been highly variable.” It noted that competition from emerging economies, climate change and the increasing desire for governments to nationalize their mineral resources will complicate mining companies’ efforts to be more responsible…..
Now they [mining companies] rate community opposition among the top risk factors.”
Publicizing this risk is a primary reason that critics visit the shareholder meetings.
Though the most prominent investors rarely attend shareholder meetings and the important votes have already been cast ahead of time, people like Paine and peace activist Albert Beale see it as an important way to educate the public. During this year’s meeting, Beale asked why the 2012 annual report did not include the fact that Rio Tinto won the “Greenwash Gold” competition during the 2012 Olympics. Online voters chose Rio Tinto over BP and Dow as the company with the most disingenuous marketing during the Games, for which Rio Tinto provided metal for the medals…….http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/rights/activist-shareholders-mining-rio-tinto-anglo-american
Los Angeles to San Onofre: ‘Not So Fast!’ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/harvey-wasserman/los-angeles-to-san-onofre_b_3167482.html 04/29/2013 A unanimous Los Angeles City Council has demandedthe Nuclear Regulatory Commission conduct extended investigations before any restart at the San Onofre atomic power plant.
The move reflects a deep-rooted public opposition to resumed operations at reactors perched in a tsunami zone near earthquake faults that threaten all of southern California. Read more »
India has entered into nuclear deals with countries like US who are looking to revitalise their economies, while ignoring the concerns of the poor villagers who live near these plants. At Kudankulam, the agreement indemnifying the Russian supplier against accidents mocks the very absolute liability principle that deters foreign corporations from setting up nuclear plants in India.
Nuclear power is a centralised form of power supply that does not empower the local community. It makes them vulnerable to the decisions and interpretations of scientific and technological experts. All this falls through when a disaster happens. It is the locals and their future generations who bear the brunt of the accident. What India and the world needs are safe, small-scale, renewable power options.
Saying no to nuclear http://www.indianlink.com.au/headline/saying-no-to-nuclear/ The Radioactive Exposure Tour highlights the need for caution when it comes to nuclear power in India, reports?Jyoti Shankar Every time you visit India, you see the change, bigger malls, new flyovers, the lifestyle in the cities not very different to what you experience in the streets of any capital city in Australia, and, fewer power cuts. Move a bit further away from the cities and you realise that not much has changed. Dirt roads, constant blackouts, people struggling to make ends meet. And the paradox of progress hits you.
Nuclear power is just another aspect of this big picture where the pursuit of economic ?growth? at any cost seems acceptable. India is power hungry. It needs power for its burgeoning millions, as well as for industries that supply cheap goods to the consumers in the developed world. And the government is pursuing this objective setting aside all its democratic principles. Nuclear power is portrayed as a greener option, but scratch the surface, and a different story is revealed. Read more »
It is essential that appropriate environmental and human safeguards remain, and that uranium mining and milling remains within the definition of “nuclear actions” for the purposes of the EPBC Act. There is a clear need for federal oversight to ensure clear and consistent implementation of these measures
Medical Assocation for the Prevention of War (MAPW) SUBMISSION ON FEDERAL REGULATION OF URANIUM MINING, by Dr Margaret Beavis April 2013 The uranium mining industry is attempting to remove federal overview of uranium mining. MAPW Vice-President Dr Margaret Beavis has prepared this submission to the Productivity Commission arguing that federal oversight should remain, and noting that as risks to health and the environment become more apparent, radiation regulation is increasing internationally.:
It is concerning that the uranium industry has used the expression “mild radiation” to describe its radiological environmental impacts, when there is no regulatory basis or definition to use this term, potentially giving the impression that the levels of radiation in the uranium mining industry are without risk to the environment. The evidence is clear and unassailable that this is not correct. Furthermore, it is appropriate that uranium mining continue to be considered a ‘nuclear action’ as specified by the EPBC Act as the radioactivity derives specifically from nuclear decay processes. Tailings from uranium mining are radioactive for millennia, resulting in unique environmental considerations for every uranium mine.
The International Commission on Radiological Protection has determined that the dose coefficient for radon gas, one of the sources of radioactivity from uranium mining, needs to be doubled, indicating that it is actually thought to be double the previously estimated carcinogenic hazard.1. ARPANSA is currently in the process of revising dose estimates to workers. It follows that risks to others is doubled and makes it even more essential appropriate mitigation strategies are introduced. It also follows that the environmental risk is also increased. Read more »
Scrap Trident’: British police arrest 47 protesters at Faslane nuclear base RT April 15, 2013 Forty-seven people were arrested in a protest at the UK’s Faslane Naval Base in Scotland. ‘Scrap Trident’ anti-nuclear activists blocked the base’s entrances, lying on the ground in a human chain tied together with metal and plastic tubes….. The protesters called for the Trident nuclear weapons program to be scrapped, and for its £100 billion budget money spent instead on social programs. “I am taking action to stop the breach of the peace committed by the UK by owning and refusing to disarm the weapons of mass destruction,” Dominic Lindley, a 20-year-old development officer said as quoted by scraptrident.org.
“These weapons are both inhumane, illegal and their use can never be justified. In the next few years the UK has an opportunity to join the vast majority of countries in the world by disarming our pointless nuclear weapons and spend the £100 billion wasted on them on vital services for our communities like the NHS, Education and the Welfare State,” Lindley added….. http://rt.com/news/anti-trident-protest-faslane-879/
The impact of this symposium will go well beyond March 2013 because of the impression made on the participants, and because the lectures, documents and graphic illustrations are available online at Nuclear Free Planet. They will also appear as a film Cinema Forum Fukushima and in book form.
The New York lectures will continue to play an important role in keeping the nuclear danger in front of the public
Two years after Fukushima: a tale of two symposiums Independent Australia 12 April 13, With news today that Fukushima has sprung another radioactive leak, Noel Wauchope reports on two very different nuclear symposiums held last month.
Symposium One: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident JUST OVER two years ago, Independent Australia was first to break the news of the real urgency of the Fukushima nuclear accident
Governments, corporations, and mainstream media would have us believe that the Fukushima crisis is resolved — now for nuclear/uranium business as usual. It’s all over, really
But is it?
On March 11th and 12th, on the two year anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear accident, some 400 people gathered at of the New York Academy of Medicine to hear 20 prestigious speakers discuss the meaning of this event for Japan and for the world. Read more »
Protest against Uranium Processing Facility http://blogs.knoxnews.com/munger/2013/04/protest-against-uranium-proces.html 6 April 13, Peace activists gather across from the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant this afternoon to protest the government’s plans to construct the multi-billion-dollar Uranium Processing Facility at the Oak Ridge site. Newly installed barriers prevented the protesters from gathering at the Y-12 sign near the plant entrance, a traditional spot for protests, and Oak Ridge police routed the protesters — who marched to Y-12 from a city park — to the other side of Scarboro Road. Three protesters (Gyoshu Utsumi of Newport, Bill Ramsey of Asheville, N.C., and Larry Coleman of Knoxville) were reportedly arrested during the march for impeding traffic.
4-6-13 ”….Caldicott Versus The Nuclear IndustryLong time activist and medical doctor, Helen Caldicott, recently assembled some of the world’s top experts to enlighten us about the situation:
“The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident,” a two-day conference is now posted onlinehttp://www.totalwebcasting.com/view/?id=hcf#
Farmers set for bitter fight over Mithi Virdi nuclear plant Times of India 3 Mar 13, RAJKOT/GANDHINAGAR: Large number of farmers and environmentalists will gather at a mega congregation in Mithi Virdi village of Bhavnagar district on Monday to oppose tooth
and nail the 6,000 MW nuclear power plant proposed at this coastal site. Read more »
‘Cancel public hearing for Mithi Virdi nuclear project’
THE HINDU, 24 Feb 13, Environmentalists in Gujarat have claimed that
the March 5 environmental public hearing (EPH) for the 6,000-MWe
nuclear power plant in Saurashtra’s Bhavnagar district will be on the
basis of an environmental impact assessment (EIA) by Engineers India
Limited, which did not have the necessary accreditation. Read more »
Anti-nuclear protesters burn French national flag http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Anti-nuclear-protesters-burn-French-national-flag/articleshow/18508167.cms Feb 15, 2013 TIRUNELVELI: Anti-nuclear protesters in Idinthakarai burnt the French national flag on Thursday condemning the visit of France’s president Francois Hollande to India.
A large number of men and women, who are staging a prolonged protest against the nuclear plant at Kudankulam, took out a march from Idinthakarai village in Tirunelveli district and burnt the French national flag.
A statement from People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) said the French flag was burnt to condemn the visit of Hollande to India, to sign a contract pertaining to Jaitapurnuclear project at a time when hundreds of villagers were jailed for staging a protest against the project. The Jaitapur nuclear plant is being built with technological support from France.
This is the first visit of Hollande to India. His two-day visit is expected to end in signing of contracts worth several billions.
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