Nuclear Unsafety. Meticulous research indicates much greater likelihood of another Chernobyl-scale nuclear accident. USA and Russian generals warn of danger of cyber criminals causing a nuclear disaster
France/Finland. No easy fix for France’s multi-billion dollar Evolutionary Power Reactor (EPR). Flamanville nuclear safety problem – a knockout blow for UK’s EPR reactor project? Finland’s nuclear regulator demands safety check forOlkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor’s pressure vessel
UK. Delays and yet more delays – safety issues for £24.5bn Hinkley Point nuclear power project
Japan. Court in south-west Japan rejects a residents’ injunction against restarting 2 nuclear power plants
Fukushima. As workers’ radiation exposure count rises, shortage of labour predicted at Fukushima nuclear plant. Thedemise of 2 robots inside the Fukushima nuclear disaster. ¥3.57 trillion needed in next 5 years for “rebuilding” Fukushima. Radiation has wreaked havoc with Fukushima’s birds
Russia‘s thirst for Arctic mining causes effort to retrieve sunken nuclear submarines
USA. Nuclear lobby pushing for corporate welfare and exports, through the Export-Import Bank. Obama keen to sell USA nuclear technology to China. Dozens of USA nuclear reactors at risk of closure for economic reasons.
South Korea hopes new deal with USA will forward its nuclear technology export business
Austria‘s opposition to nuclear power
Please note – dirty tricks department. If you saw the Twitter note, (by pro thorium nuclear troll “Thomas Huxley”)- saying that my posts here are contaminated by a Trojan virus – that is simply not true. It’s a lie – aimed at stopping people from reading anti nuclear material.
Pope Francis goes all out for nuclear disarmament
Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) – the nuclear lobby’s desperate delusion
Fukushima. TEPCO abandons the failed robot stuck inside Fukushima nuclear reactor. Japan mulls releasing radiation into air, instead of water – evaporation instead of Pacific ocean drainage. Highly Contaminated WaterRemains in Unit 1 Basement.
China. Wind power rising fast in China, once again producing more electricity than nuclear power is. Nuclear reprocessing not going at all well. China’s new nuclear reactors lack required modern safety features
USA. Fears of a nuclear Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) cause Pentagon to re-open Cheyenne mountain bunker. Issues of anger and violence – in commander in charge of moving nuclear bombs. Michigan lawmaker urges Congress to oppose Canada’s waste dump plan near Lake Huron. Federal Judge OKs Uranium Mining Next to Grand Canyon National Park. Steady fall in support for nuclear power among American public.
UK. Debate on whether or not Britain should have its own Trident nuclear arsenal
Taiwan‘s nuclear waste storage problem may cause early retirement of nuclear reactor
Turkey. Agressive pro nuclear propaganda in Turkey (a taste of what’s to come, globally?)
India‘s government acts to cut off funding for Greenpeace: freezes its bank accounts
Financial success for investors who dumped holdings in coal, gas and oil
Ukraine. A most interesting news item this week has been further information on the impact of Chernobyl radiation inhibiting the processes of decay of dead trees. A new study published in Oecologia, decomposers—organisms such as microbes, fungi and some types of insects that drive the process of decay—have also suffered from the contamination. Alexey Yablokov also reported effects on disease bacteria, and the necessity for studying the microbiological consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe. World’s largest moveable structure being built – the Chernobyl sarcophagus.
Iran. Landmark agreement in nuclear deal between Iran and the West
Japan. Lawsuit against Japanese government by Fukushima residents. TEPCO not paying up for radiation fallout cleanup in local municipalities. Japan forced to give USA nuclear corporations legal immunity, in order to get help with Fukushima cleanup. Radioactive waste “forgotten”in 12 provinces other than Fukushima. Deceptive push by Japan’s ruling Party to bring back dependence on nuclear power
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Officials from Tepco have admitted that there is no technology yet invented for cleaning up the molten nuclear fuel cores. Increasing percentage of radioactive cesium in water in basement of Fukushima nuclear reactor 1. Below Fukushima nuclear plant – pools of molten nuclear fuel.
UK. UK’s Hinkley nuclear plant developments stalled as financial negotiations drag on. Nuclear waste dumps can be forced on local communities – new legislation. UK plan for solar panels on every school roof
USA. If the government bails out the failing commercial spent fuel reprocessing, (MOX – Mixed Oxide Fuel – plutonium and uranium) the big beneficiary will be the French company AREVA. Nuclear corporation Exelon using several strategies to get tax-payers and rate-payers to bail it out of financial trouble. Plans to expand South Texas nuclear plant are shelved. It’s getting serious when nuclear pollution threatens the wine industry
France. State owned nuclear corporation AREVA in deep financial trouble – needs tax-payer bailout
Bulgaria pulls out of $4bn Westinghouse nuclear deal.
Switzerland‘s revised nuclear liability law makes things much more expensive for nuclear companies
36 years since Three Mile Island accident- 36 unpalatable nuclear industry facts.
USA. For the first time, Pentagon comes clean on Israel’s nuclear weapons. It’s official: wrong sort of kitty littercaused New Mexico Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) accident. USA to establish a new “independent” Nuclear Waste Administration.
Small Modular Nuclear Reactors. Obama executive order tags small modular reactors as clean energy – the only form of nuclear power to qualify. Dubious USA Bills for Small Nuclear Reactors, “education on nuclear”, and nuclear as “renewable”. St George city decides against getting electricity from NuScale’s Small Modular Nuclear Reactors. France’s AREVA nuclear company, itself in dire financial straits, is nevertheless advising NuScale on how to market SMRs. Small Nuclear Reactors turn out to have an equally Big Radioactive Waste problem. Cost of Small Nuclear Reactors is greater than cost of large ones
UK. Scotland got 50% of power from renewables in 2014.
Ukraine . Perilous risks to Ukraine’s nuclear power plants in escalating war
Asian and Pacific Green Parties unite in aim for nuclear free region
Climate. IAE finds that renewable energy and efficiency are significantlyreducing greenhouse gas emissions
Japan. Govt aims to end nuclear power ban – but legal obstacles remain. Five old nuclear reactors to bite the dust. Japanese public to bear the costsof scrapping them. As Japan has no solution to nuclear wastes, closing reactors should start the end of nuclear industry. “Nuclear village” , like USA’s “military industrial complex” allows TEPCO to go unscathed. Anothermajor leak of radioactive water at Fukushima nuclear facility. Fukushima’s bags ofradioactive trash pile up
USA. Revolving door for job between US Department of Energy and nuclear corporation. Nuclear lobby looking for tax-payer funded guinea pigsto test their new gimmicks. 100% renewable energy for Hawaii by 2040/
Canada. Nuclear reactors are not needed for medical isotopes
UK. In just one year, Sellafield nuclear clean-up bill jumps an extra £5bn
France. Nuclear company AREVA – too big to fail?
South Korea blames North Korea for nuclear power cyber attack
Fukushima 4th anniversary events planned in London and elsewhere.
UK and 7 other EU countries want European Commission funding to prop up their nuclear industry. Lawsuit over European Commission’s approval of Hinkley will expose full costs of nuclear. Germany says absolute NO to tax-payer funded nuclear power.
The ever more expensive Sellafield nuclear clean-up – £53bn cost now
Medical disability for radiation accepted for airman who attended UFO site 30 years ago. I thought this was an interesting one – perhaps relating to some secret radiation or nuclear weapons project?
Russia: not much news about Russia. Always a worry, as their nuclear industry, weapons industry, waste disposal, – all very secretive – almost certainly more dangerous and incompetent than USA’s or UK’s. Giant craters appearing in Siberia– result of permafrost thawing, due to global warming?
Iran: Theatrics by Israel’s Netanyahu highlight the need for a nuclear agreement with Iran
Climate: Murky story of the funding of climate denialist Willie Soon
Nuclear weapons. The focus has been on this issue throughout February. This weekend, experts in studying nuclear weapons and war have been gathering in New York at the Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction. It’s streaming live – and podcasts, transcripts and a book will later be available.
This week – Lots of (not very good) news on nuclear weaponry and war risks, e.g USA law-makers wanting to spend $577 billion on defense, China, Russia, India ramping up their nuclear weaponry. North Korea, too.
This month, the focus on http://www.nuclear-news.net, (and on http://www.antinuclear.net) will be on the growing movement for a clean nuclear-free planet. At the same time, a global revolution is happening at extraordinary speed – the change from “top-down” “vertically integrated” systems to “small scale or “horizontal” systems. Some business examples – Airbnb, Taskrabbit, Uber, They work through the “digital ecosystem” . Political examples – extreme religious activist groups. So it’s not all good. But most of it is good– based on trust between individuals, building “reputational capital” between strangers with a common vision.
The nuclear lobby has no grasp of this 21st Century transition.
Even the current nuclear PR for Small Modular Reactors is based on huge centrally organised, government funded, mass purchase and mass distribution – imposed from above. Compare that with the millions of homes and small businesses and institutions where individuals made the choice for solar energy – it was not imposed by government.
The clean planet movement is happening at the local level, most often led by indigenous people – and they are linking up globally. The new digital ecosytem has opened the way for millions of people to work together for a healthy nuclear-free planet.
USA. Marshall Islands loses nuclear lawsuit against USA. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joins coalition for renewable energy, and against nuclear. India nuclear deal protects USA nuclear companies from legal action after accidents. Feb 28 – March 1 New York Symposium The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction.
UK. EDF’s financial problems delay decision on proposed new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point. UK government bullying Austria over UK subsidies to the nuclear industry? Continuing trial of 2 Russians accused of the 2006 radiation murder of Alexander Litvinenko.
UKRAINE. USA Sending more nuclear weapons to Europe is the wrong move
CANADA Indigenous Canadians Are Fighting the Uranium Mining Industry,
NAMIBIA. Radiation leakage fear from fire in Rossing uranium mine
EGYPT – Russia to help Egypt build ‘a whole new nuclear power industry’ –
Climate change adds to nuclear danger, bringing Doomsday Clock closer to midnight.
Nuclear fusion – far too costly, even if they could get it to work
Marshall Islands’ case against nuclear powers unfolds at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
India:Details remain vague on nuclear deal between Obama and Narendra Modi . USA persuades India to weaken its nuclear liability law – double standards here . Nuclear risks now covered by India’s government and Weapons proliferation standards weakened .
USA: Efforts to reform its dysfunctional nuclear weapons complex are just not good enough. Conflicts of intereston Congressional Advisory Panel on the Governance of the Nuclear Security Enterprise. USA’s nuclear utilities want ratepayers to cough up for uneconomic nuclear power plants. Florida lawmaker wants repeal of laws allowing nuclear power companies to get “advance money” from customers.
Cyber warfare now the goal of USA’s National Security Agency (NSA) New Edward Snowden Files Reveal Scope of NSA Plans for Cyberwarfare
Americans embracing rooftop solar : it makes sense economically
UK: £3bn to be spent on massive Trident nuclear weapons project, without Parliament being consulted . tax-payer landed with the astronomic costs of Sellafield nuclear facility. Government secrecy about China’s involvement in the new £24bn Hinkley nuclear power plant. British tax-payers to buy into the French-led new Hinkley Pointnuclear power plant consortium
In Scotland, renewable energy beats nuclear power
France: freedom of speech threatened by AREVA
Japan: Nuclear watchdog approves release into sea of groundwater near Fukushima reactors. Fukushima radioactive water clean-up is 2 months behind schedule . Fatal accidents cause TEPCO to suspend decommissioning at Fukushima No. 1 power plant. Japanese government for now gives up its plan to begin transporting radioactive wastes tointerim storage sites
Canada’s record breaking wind energy results
Mysteriouser and mysteriouser
I can’t see this website myself – I am told by WordPress that it is suspended “due to violation of terms of service” – but they have not warned me, or told me what this supposed violation actually is!
Mystery solved – Jan 24
It seems that this website was hacked. Some attention to security , and voila – all works again!
- in 2015 Pope Francis is to be a formidable force in the battle against climate change.
- Ban Ki Moon – We are the last generation that can fight climate change.
- Only in America! : USA Senate to vote on whether or not Climate Change is real!
- USA Congress and Senate to be dominated by Anti-Science Climate Denialists. Ultra religious climate change denialist to run US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
- Climate Change statements and promises from world leaders – all smoke and mirrors
- USA’s most ambitious renewable energy target proposed by California’s Governor, Jerry Brown
Japan Nuclear policy: the big divide in Japanese society. Fukushima: Environmental problems remain after the Fukushima nuclear disaster Pacific Ocean research. Fukushima fallout has a distinctive “fingerprint”
Iran. Rouhani’s and Obama’s difficult path towards a nuclear compromise.
UK: The Sellafield mess
- Amec, Areva and URS stripped of £20bn clean-up contract.
- 80 miles from Sellafield nuclear facility, radiation is found in food.
- Sorry history and present danger of Sellafield’s ‘Legacy” radioactive wastes
USA Nuclear industry braces for an even tougher year in 2015. Entergy can’t afford, for decades, to dismantle Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant. USA’s nuclear industry’s future in doubt – as shown in the costs of Exelon’s New York reactor
I feel that I should be apologising to readers. This site is supposed to be all about nuclear news. But today I put up no less than 8 news posts about renewable energy. And, believe me, there were plenty more available..
The problem is – renewable energy is where it is all happening – Scotland, Egypt, Pakistan, USA, China – with advancing technologyy, feed-in tariffs, grid connection to decentralised solar power – etc. (Not happening in my country – Australia – but that’s because we have a complete dickhead for a Prime Minister, and he’ll soon be kicked out)
I’d love to put up more news posts about nuclear power, rather than mainly opinion posts. Especially about those silly little mini reactors they keep hyping about. But they are just not happening, the Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (SMRs) are all hype, but no action..
As Japan struggles to get the big nuclear restart happening, and as UK goes a bit silent on its very troubled Hinkley nuclear project, and USA nukes go broke – we wait for the next episode in the world’s sorry nuclear saga – and not very good prospects for the industry in 2015
However much people can achieve through individual action, in 2015 it’s a critical time for public action. In December, world leaders meet again to make a plan for climate change action.
At the same time, the failing nuclear industry is making its last, and most dangerous stand, as the nuclear lobby portrays itself as the cure for global warming. Sometimes this pitch is subtly put, touting nuclear and renewable energy as both “part of the mix”. Whether subtly or blatantly, the nuclear lobby’s agenda includes stopping the development of renewable energy and of energy efficiency.
Pope Francis has come out loud and strong for climate action. And he’s going to be there at the December Summit. (A bit awkward for that devout Australian Catholic, Tony Abbott?) Sir David Attenborough warned world leaders to stop their ignoring and/or denial of climate change
USA. The latest shutdown, of the Vermont Yankee nuclear facility, is having its impact across the whole American nuclear industry. USA is really in a mess here. Because the government is legally bound to provide a permanent nuclear waste dump, and has not done so, nuclear companies like Vermont Yankee’s Entergy Wholesale Commodities can go ahead andsue the government. As always, in matters nuclear, it’s the tax-payers who cop the bill.
At the same time, this sorry mess, plus the low costs of oil, gas, and renewables makes investors very averse to the nuclear industry.
Diplomacy. USA and Iran make a tentative agreement on advance of the next round of nuclear talks. Success in these world talks would be a great step forward for global peace. Equally important would be a renewed nuclear arms control agreement between America and Russia. India and Pakistan exchange lists of their nuclear facilities.
Renewable energy – going ahead in leaps and bounds – Germany – 25% of its electricity production in Nov 14. Big companies investing in renewables – Norway’s Statkraft and big multinational corporations
Capt D has pointed out how political leaders can become beholden to the nuclear lobby . So, indeed, can academics who are paid for pro nuclear views and research. So, of course, many writers are already benefiting financially from promoting nuclear power.
But it’s not that simple, especially in Australia. There are other motivations – such as being seen as important, as a leader, even if there is not, at present, any financial gain from promoting the nuclear industry. For example, I’m pretty sure that Barry Brook gains no financial return from the industry, for his extensive pro nuclear lobbying. But he does gain the importance of being almost certainly the only Australian climate scientist who devotes himself to the nuclear cause. Definitely a leader – of sorts!
Then there are the academic and other sheepies – who note all this pro nuclear stuff, and, without much scrutiny of the full issue, decide to go on the “nuclear fixes climate change” bandwagon. After all, the trend is for scientists to be concerned about climate change (and rightly so – plenty of evidence there). So they now seem to adopt the (much more dubious) trend that nuclear power is the cure for climate change.
Then there are the thorium nuclear wannabees – who like to enthusiastically jump on a new bandwagon – be part of the “latest” gee-whiz thing – again , that’s a motive that need not involve financial gain – but does involve some sort of glory by association with the new thorium nuclear companies.
Conferences: Vienna Conference on Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons. Lima Climate Summit drags on, with rich countries reluctant to help poor. USA delegate Adam Scheinman at Vienna used bullying tactics to oppose a nuclear weapons ban treaty
USA. Govt’s Department of Energy to give $12.5 billion Nuclear Loan Guarantee to get new nuclear power projects going. USA resists tightening international safety rules on nuclear reactors. No utility executive could propose a nuclear reactor ”in good conscience”says industry executive
UK . Radioactive waste storage ponds in a shocking state of neglect at the UK’s Sellafield nuclear facility. Anglesey Council worried about lack of information on planned Wylfa Newydd power plant plant
Japan. As election day approaches, Japan’s communities deeply divided over the plan to restart nuclear power.
France. Potential for drones to carry explosive devices over nuclear reactors – not detectable by current security monitoring.
Pacific Ocean is still the sewer for the nuclear industry’s wastes
Research. Study into effects of chronic exposure to radiation in food: Chernobyl wolves as an example
Nuclear lobbyists. One example of their dodgy statements – Wade Allison.
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