With Assange in Diplomatic Limbo, Sweden in No Rush to Press Rape Charges , 01 February 2013 By Alissa Bohling, Truthout | News Analysis With Julian Assange remaining in diplomatic limbo in London, Sweden refuses his offer for an interview, leading some to suspect they are not anxious to pursue allegations of rape that have been lodged against him……
In an October 2012 letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder, they asked the Department of Justice to give its word that Assange will not be extradited, subject to indefinite detention or prosecution under the Espionage Act for the activities of WikiLeaks, but with no response, he and his Swedish accusers remain in legal limbo, calling into question whether Assange’s civil liberties and the women’s right to take their accusations through the criminal justice process can both be upheld. Read more »
Backup power problems put two Swedish reactors on ice – and cast an unpleasant light on age, Bellona, 18 Dec 12 Safety concerns over backup diesel power generators have forced the closure of two of the three reactors in operation at Sweden’s Oskarshamn nuclear power plant after safety tests revealed problems with one of the generators, which failed to start within specified time parameters. Charles Digges, 17/12-2012
Diesel generators are a critical failsafe against loss of coolant during a catastrophic reactor accident, as bitterly illustrated by Fukushima, where a tsunami knocked out back-up and diesel generators, resulting in a triple meltdown.
The shutdown of the reactors comes as unwelcome news to OKG, the utility that runs the plant as Sweden marshals its energy resources with the onset of the Scandinavian country’s coldest months yet to come.
Bellona general manager and nuclear physicist Nils Bøhmer said the discoveries “show that Sweden’s ageing nuclear industry is coming to a point where it can no longer reliably supply power.”….. http://www.bellona.org/articles/articles_2012/oskar_1_2
Cracks found in Swedish nuclear waste pools The Local, 12 Dec 12 The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten) has asked nuclear waste contractors at the Oskarshamn nuclear plant to review their security requirements after cracks were found in the pools where nuclear waste is temporarily stored on site. Read more »
Greenpeace Sweden exposes lax security at nuclear plants Greenpeace, by Brian Blomme – October 9, 2012 They poured onto the sites of two nuclear reactor plants in Sweden this morning with minimal problems: more than 70 Greenpeace activists, from five countries, conducted peaceful stress tests of the sites.
The goal: to show how weak security arrangements are at the two plants. Read more »
Explosives found at nuclear plant, Herald Sun, AP June 22, 2012 SWEDEN’S nuclear power plants were on alert after a truck with explosives was discovered at one plant. Sweden raised the security alert for the country’s three nuclear power plants after explosives were found on a truck at the southwestern Ringhals atomic power station. Police said they were investigating possible sabotage. Read more »
Swedish opposition to nuclear energy on the up The Local 28 Apr 12 Swedes have become more negative towards nuclear power in the year since Japan’s nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima, a new survey by the SOM institute at Gothenburg University has shown.
According to the survey, 44 percent of Swedes are in favour of phasing out nuclear power either immediately or after current nuclear power stations have completed their lifespan.
The proportion in favour of expanding nuclear power resources in Sweden or replacing existing ones amounted to 35 percent. The survey interviewed 1,500 people during the autumn of 2011 with the full results expected in June 2012. The Swedish public has long been deeply divided regarding the nuclear power issue…. http://www.thelocal.se/40532/20120428/
Political quarrel about uranium mining, Stockholm News, MATS ÖHLÉN 1 Feb 12, A rather peculiar situation has emerged in the Swedish Riksdag. Despite the fact that the Centre Party is clearly in favour of prohibiting uranium mining in Sweden, it’s about to vote down such a
proposal from the Greens. The reason is that the Centre Party is loyal with its coalition parties in the governing four-party alliance.
The Greens have earlier proposed a prohibition in the Riksdag but was voted down by among else the Centre Party. In a new attempt to get support for the proposal, the Greens have now reformulated their proposal exactly as the Centre Party does in it’s party congress decision in the issue.
After the initial preparation of the issue in the parliamentary Committee of Industry in Trade, it was clear that the Centre Party will vote against the proposal also this time. This according to the chief whip of the Centre Party group in Riksdag Anders W. Jonsson.
“If the Centre Party would vote in favour of the Green’s proposal, it would seriously damage our possibilities to convince our coalition parties in the government offices to present such a proposal”, Jonsson says to public broadcaster Sveriges Radio (SR)…..
Lise Nordin the economic spokesperson for the Greens is very critical towards the Centre Party. ”The Centre Party choose power before the environment. Now they have the chance to decide that all threatened areas finally get a closure in this issue. But when it comes to it in the RIksdag, the Centre Party doesn’t stand up for the ideas which it claims to represent”, Lise Nordin says to SR. http://www.stockholmnews.com/more.aspx?NID=8356
This website is concerned with the nuclear industry, and the proven danger of cancer-causing ionising radiation.
The story is not the same for other types of radiation. Therefore we don’t generaly cover these. However, that doesn’t prove them safe. therefore, we should not ignore information on electromagnetic radiation, which might also have its risks. - Christina Macpherson
Researchers Report Alarming Rise in Brain Cancer in Scandinavian Countries,The Investor Relations Group, 11/2/2011 Environmental Health Trust Reports Continued and Unexplained Increases in Brain Cancer Incidence in Nations With Longer-Term Cell Phone Use
New cases of brain tumors have continued to rise throughout the past three decades in some Scandinavian countries with longer-term and heavier cell phone use, according to analyses conducted by Environmental Health Trust scientists. The analyses are based on data provided by the national cancer registries of Finland and Norway to the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Read more »
Nuclear reactor stopped at NPP in Sweden due to fire, Voice of Russia, 23 Oct 11, A nuclear reactor at the nuclear power plant in the Swedish city of Oscarshamn has been temporarily shut down due to a fire, local mass media report Sunday.
The fire broke out on the night from Saturday to Sunday in machine unit of the second reactor but was quickly extinguished. According to preliminary data, the fire was caused by the leakage of lubricant.
It is not clear when the reactor will be relaunched. http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/10/23/59211079.html
Man Building Nuclear Reactor in Kitchen Arrested - William Pentland Forbes,4 Aug 11, A Swedish man was arrested after asking authorities if his efforts to split an atom in his kitchen had been legal.For several months, Richard Handl has spent hours and hours and hours on the mother of all home hobbies – setting up a nuclear reaction in his kitchen. Handl’s hobby was hardly a secret. He published highly-detailed updates about his atomic ambitions on a personal blog, including a small meltdown Handl had created on his kitchen stove.Long after launching the project, it dawned on Handl that maybe his experiments were not legal. To find out, he asked Sweden’s Radiation Authority for advice. They sent the police who arrested Handl after discovering the radioactive elements radium, americium and uranium in his apartment in southern Sweden, according to The Daily Telegraph…Man Building Nuclear Reactor in Kitchen Arrested – William Pentland – Clean Beta – Forbes
It would later include a nuclear waste accident that would force authorities to plan for evacuations and increased communication with the public…….Sweden’s parliament passed a landmark bill last June allowing the country’s nuclear reactors to be replaced at the end of their life spans instead of simply ending nuclear power when they expire.
Sweden kicks off massive nuclear accident drill, 03 February 2011 AFP / The Swedish Wire Swedish authorities on Wednesday kicked off the country’s largest-ever crisis management exercise on what to do in the event of an accident at one of its nuclear plants. Read more »
Swedish Electricity Prices Hike As Nuclear Problems Remain – WSJ.com, By Sven Grundberg, 14 Dec 10, STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)–Swedish electricity prices remain at unusually high levels due to extraordinary cold and dry weather and continued problems at two nuclear power plants… Read more »
Sweden fines activists for nuclear plant break-in The Associated Press:– 2 July 2020 , STOCKHOLM — A Swedish court has ordered 29 Greenpeace activists to pay fines of up to 17,000 kronor ($2,200) each for breaking into the grounds of a nuclear energy plant.
The Uppsala District Court on Thursday convicted the demonstrators of trespassing for climbing a fence of the Forsmark power station in central Sweden last month.The Greenpeace activists included 13 Germans and eight Poles, as well as demonstrators from Britain, France and Nordic countries.
The organization said they had been protesting Sweden’s plan to allow old reactors to be replaced with new ones.In 1980, Swedes voted to phase out the use of nuclear energy, but the current center-right coalition has overturned the decision.
the people of Sweden voted to decommission all nuclear power plants by 2010. However, only two nuclear blocks (Barsebaeck 1+2) were actually decommissioned. The decommissioning cost three times more than it did to build the reactors in the first place. That is why it is so important for the external costs of nuclear power to be included when doing a cost analysis.
NUCLEAR: Is the battle lost?, PROJECT 90, 30 June 2010, On the 17th June 2010 Sweden’s parliament passed a Bill to overturn a 30-year-old ban on new nuclear reactors. 174 parliamentarians voted yes and 172 voted no. The Swedish Parliament attached some conditions to the building of new nuclear reactors:
- Only existing plants would be replaced
- No government subsidies would be granted to the nuclear developments
- The owner and operator would be held financially responsible in the case of any accidents. Read more »
The Riksdag voted in favor of renewing nuclear power—…..by the near-divided vote of 174-172. The left-leaning opposition party has vowed to reverse the legislation if it gains power in September’s general election….Even if the overturn of the ban stands, political will alone does not new nuclear power plants make–as neighboring Finland can attest.
Sweden Goes Nuclear (maybe) TIME, by Eben Harrell , June 18, 2010, The Riksdag, Sweden’s parliament, voted on June 17 to overturn a three-decades old ban on new nuclear reactors in what many see as a test-case for the long-predicted “nuclear renaissance ” in Europe.The legislation annuls a a referendum in 1980 in which Sweden’s population voted against renewing or replacing the country’s fleet of 12 power plants…….
But yesterday’s vote is no simple victory for nuclear supporters. Read more »
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