After Fukushima-Daichi, why is the European commission subsidizing nuclear plants in the UK?, Energy Digital,Tomas H. Lucero, 4 July 15 Greenpeace, a “leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future” (greenpeace.org) and nine German and Austrian utilities selling renewables announced on Thursday that they will be taking legal action against the European commission’s decision to subsidize the Hinkley Point C nuclear project in the United Kingdom.
The utilities joining Greenpeace are “Energieversorgung Filstal, municipal utilities (called Stadtwerke) of Aalen, Bietigheim-Bissingen, Bochum, Mainz, Muehlacker, Schwaebisch Hall and Tuebingen and Austria’s oekostrom,” according to Reuters.
Greenpeace, and companies’, rationale for their lawsuit is that “billions of euros of subsidies for nuclear energy would distort prices in mainland European power markets, which are linked to those in Britain via a small French interconnector,” reports Reuters.
Price guarantees for Hinkley Point C’s output, calculated over 35 years, would amount to 108 billion euros and state guarantees for construction would be upwards of 20 billion euros. Continue reading
Anyway, according to the Canadian Govt, the Maximum Acceptable Concentrations for radioactive substances in water are: Total uraniumTable a footnote10.02 mg/LTritium (3H)7000 Bq/LLead-210 (210Pb)0.2 Bq/LTable a footnote2Strontium-90 (90Sr)5 Bq/LRadium-226 (226Ra)0.5 Bq/LIodine-131 (131I)6 Bq/L Cesium-137 (137Cs)10 Bq/L.
Simply multiply each number by a thousand to get cubic meters.
It should be noted that the Ontario Drinking Water Advisory Council had released a report recommending that the maximum levels for Trithium be reduced from 7000 to 20 becquerels per litre.
With Tokyo hosting 2020 Olympics, Fukushima plant faces more scrutiny, South China Morning Post Critics blast prime minister Abe for saying problem of contaminated water under control, 11 June, 2015, Japan’s efforts to clean up its nuclear disaster face intense global scrutiny ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, observers say, but despite government promises that Fukushima is “under control”, the crisis will not be over by 2020.
Speaking to Olympic chiefs in Buenos Aires just ahead of their weekend decision to award the 2020 Games to Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said there was nothing to worry about at the plant……………
“I was flabbergasted by Abe’s speech,” said Hiroaki Koide, associate professor at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute. “The problem of contaminated water is far from being solved. This problem has been going on all the time since the reactors were destroyed. Contaminated water has been leaking into the ocean ever since.”
On Monday, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) reported spiking levels of radiation in groundwater and said it was “likely” leaks from tanks storing highly polluted water had made their way into subterranean water that flows out into the sea.
Tomoo Watanabe, director of the Research Centre for Fisheries Oceanography and Marine Ecosystems, said his understanding of the situation at Fukushima was not that it was “contained” in the way Abe explained it………….http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1307936/tokyo-hosting-2020-olympics-fukushima-plant-faces-more-scrutiny
Vatican ‘may’ consider divestment from fossil fuels, despite pope’s call to arms
Activist Naomi Klein, who is in an ‘unlikely alliance’ with Vatican on climate change, says she believes a possible divestment policy is under discussion
The Vatican may consider, but is not committed to, divesting its holdings in fossil fuels, a Catholic church official has said, despite Pope Francis’s call for bold action to fight climate change and global warming.
The statement – made at a press conference on Wednesday to discuss the pope’s recently released encyclical on the environment – is likely to disappoint climate activists, who have praised Pope Francis’s essay stressing that climate change is mostly a man-made problem…….
Naomi Klein, the Canadian climate activist and author who recentlyjoined forces with the Vatican on the issue of climate change and is in Rome for a two-day conference on the encyclical, said she believed that a possible divestment policy was under discussion.
“It is my understanding that this is an issue that is being internally debated and that a lot of issues are up for review and this is being raised,” Klein told the Guardian………
Klein told the Guardian that she did not believe that the divestment issue was a “linear market argument”, but rather a moral argument about the “immorality” of investing in fossil fuels.
“The encyclical amplifies the moral argument that is a tremendous tool for the divestment movement, no matter what happens at the Vatican,” she said.
While some critics argue that divestment policies alone have little to no impact on corporate profits of major polluters, Klein said she believed that divestment in fossil-fuel companies would “set the political stage” for regulatory actions to recapture some of their profits, though a carbon tax or increased royalty payments on extraction.
“Once you have said those profits are immoral, then the public has a right to those profits,” she said.
Klein, who is known as a fierce critic of globalisation, acknowledged in a public statement that she was entering an “unlikely alliance” with the Vatican on the climate change issue, but said that the scale of the problem required all sorts of unique pairings.
Finland queries mystery Croatian nuclear investor over links with Russia, NewsWeek, By Damien Sharkov 7/2/15 Finland is requesting more details about a mysterious Croatian company which is attempting to invest €150m into the construction of a €6bn nuclear power plant after Finnish media expressed suspicion over its links to Russia.
The construction of the plant had been put on hold as it had not met the requirement that 60% of the project’s stakeholders be EU companies when a Croatian company called Migrit Solarna Energija issued a statement on Tuesday announcing that it had invested €150m, acquiring 9% of the plant and pushing it over the threshold.
Russian state-owned Rosatom nuclear agency owns 34% of the consortium building the plant, Fennovoima, and would also provide the plant’s reactor. Rosatom retains a presence as a nuclear fuel supplier and a nuclear plant contractor in Europe, helping operate plants in Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Newsweek Europe recently reported onhow Rosatom’s international activities are playing a part in Russia’s attempts to increase its influence and leverage across the world, including in Europe…….http://europe.newsweek.com/finland-queries-mystery-croatian-nuclear-investor-over-links-russia-329690
Brazil announces massive reforestation and renewable energy plan …The Guardian, 30 June 15 Brazil will need to double its production of clean energy. … Brazil also plans to expand renewable energy sources other than hydropower to …
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US states shoot high with renewable energy targets Business Spectator 29 June 15 Hawaii’s previous RPS required 40% renewable energy by the end of 2030. The new policy, H.B. 623, includes interim requirements of 30% by …
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The wind blows hard over Adama, a range of rocky hills in Ethiopia’s highlands that provide the perfect location for one of the continent’s largest wind farms.
Nuclear Shutdown News – June 2015: Balloon Shuts Down Troubled Indian Point Plant, San Diago Free Press JUNE 30, 2015 BY AT LARGE By Michael Steinberg / Black Rain Press
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the continuing decline of the US nuclear industry, and the efforts of those who are working to bring about a nuclear free future. As US nukes increasingly approach or surpass their 40 year lives, they are becoming more qnd more dangerous and outdated. They need to be shut down and replaced with renewable energy sources—now!
1. Balloon Shuts Down Indian Point Plant
On June 16 the New York state The Journal News reported, “a balloon tangled in electrical wires led to a sequence of events resulting in the shutdown of the Indian Point nuclear plant,” which is located 35 miles up the Hudson River from New York City.
The Journal News reported that plant operators asked workers to “open an electrical circuit so they could remove a large Mylar balloon caught in wires south of the plant.”
But soon thereafter another circuit breaker also opened, “resulting in automatic shutdown of Indian Point reactor 3.”
As reported in last month’s Nuclear Shutdown News, that same reactor shut down in May after a fire and explosion. That accident resulted in the dumping of large amounts of water, firefighting foam and oil into the Hudson River.
In recent years New York state has been trying to get Indian Point owner Entergy to permanently shut it down because of increasingly unsafe conditions and its proximity to New York City. Source: The Journal News
2. The Homer Simpson Rules:Pacific Gas & Electric fails to load spent fuel at Diablo Canyon properly…….
3. South Korea’s oldest nuke may shut down…….
4. Delays at Fukushima Extended On June 10 Fukushimaupdate.com reported that removal of spent nuclear fuel from the multiple meltdown Fukushima nuclear plant has once again been pushed back.
Fukushima Updaste cited The Japan Times in reporting that the Japanese government and Fukushima owner TEPCO are now planning to delay removing the nuclear fuel from melted down reactor #1 “for up to three years.”
Actually they have to find it first!
In addition, Fukushima Update reported that removal of spent fuel from the reactor 3 spent fuel pool has been pushed back two more years. And removal of spent fuel from the pools for rectors 1 and 2 has beeb dekayed until Fiscal year 2020. The government says the complete decommissioning of Fukushima will take “30-40 years>”
The site also reported that the government is now saying that “the current plan has placed too much burden on workers at the nuclear complex.” Sources: Fukushimaupdate.com., Japan Times http://sandiegofreepress.org/2015/06/nuclear-shutdown-news-june-2015-balloon-shuts-down-troubled-indian-point-plant/
Iran nuclear talks: Major powers agree to extend deadline for historic deal to July 7 ABC News 1 July 15
Iran and six major powers have given themselves until July 7 to clinch a historic nuclear deal as a midnight deadline approached in marathon talks with no breakthrough in sight.
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, who joined the talks in Vienna on Tuesday, said he believed that, after almost two years of trying, a deal ending the 13-year standoff was “within reach”
The talks are “progressing in a positive direction”, Mr Lavrov told Russian television after meeting US secretary of state John Kerry.
“There remain questions, mostly regarding procedural issues rather than technical.
“We have all reason to believe that results are within reach.”……. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-01/iran-nuclear-talks-deadline-extended-to-july-7/6585422
Paul Vallely: The Pope’s ecological vow.
Pope Francis knows that if the consciences of ordinary Catholics can be pricked, they may begin to adjust their life choices – and that could create pressure for political action. Climate change skeptics may well find that in Francis they have met their most formidable opponent.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/29/opinion/the-popes-ecological-vow.html?_r=1 & http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-6225208999493232620
Climate change demonstrators march to the Vatican in inter-religious support of Pope Francis’ stance
Several thousand demonstrators from various faiths marched through Rome to the Vatican to demand action on climate change in light of Pope Francis’ recent call to action.
Pomerantz LLP announced that it has filed a class action lawsuit against Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE:UEC) and certain officers of the company. This follows an announcement on June 19 that the law firm was investigating claims on behalf of UEC investors.
As quoted in the press release:
The class action, filed in United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, and docketed under 15-cv-01862, is on behalf of a class consisting of all persons or entities who purchased Uranium Energy securities between October 14, 2014 and June 17, 2015 inclusive (the “Class Period”). This class action seeks to recover damages against Defendants for alleged violations of the federal securities laws under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”).
If you are a shareholder who purchased Uranium Energy securities during the Class Period, you have until August 28, 2015 to ask the Court to appoint you as Lead Plaintiff for the class. A copy of the Complaint can be obtained at www.pomerantzlaw.com. To discuss this action, contact Robert S. Willoughby at email@example.com or888.476.6529 (or 888.4-POMLAW), toll free, ext. 9980. Those who inquire by e-mail are encouraged to include their mailing address, telephone number, and number of shares purchased.
The Complaint alleges throughout the Class Period, defendants made materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company’s business, operational and compliance policies. Specifically, defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) Uranium Energy stock achieved an unsustainable valuation by using paid stock promoters, yet failed to disclose the use of such promoters in its regulatory filings pursuant to Section 17(b) of the Securities Act of 1933; and (2) as a result of the foregoing, Uranium Energy’s public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.
It seems the Pentagon can never have enough deployed nuclear warheads WP By Walter Pincus Reporter June 29 Rhetoric about nuclear weapons is heating up between Washington and Moscow, but there is no need to reinstate the foolish and wasteful arms race that dominated the Cold War period.
For one reason, the security challenges have changed. Having 1,500 or more deployed U.S. nuclear warheads on land- or sea-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, or strategic aircraft with nuclear bombs or missiles, will not help a U.S. president defeat terrorists or deal with proxy wars somewhere in the world — or even protect American assets in the new confrontational arenas of space and cyberspace.
There also are the astronomical costs for modernizing not just the current triad of delivery systems — the strategic submarines, bombers and land-based ICBMs — but also continuing the life-extension programs for the nuclear stockpile and upgrading the nuclear weapons-building complex itself.
Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work told the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday that the cost for all that modernization would average $18 billion a year from 2021 through 2035 — or $252 billion over that 14-year period…………..
I am not saying nuclear weapons are useless. I am suggesting the United States doesn’t need a nuclear force large enough to survive a decapitating first strike because there is no such threat — the idea of a Soviet first strike was a myth, but nonetheless it led to the Cold War nuclear arms race. Let’s not do it again. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/it-seems-the-pentagon-can-never-have-enough-deployed-nuclear-warheads/2015/06/29/3defafbe-1c3e-11e5-93b7-5eddc056ad8a_s
Rosatom says it offers reliable nuclear supplies to Europe June 30, 2015 Russian nuclear giant Rosatom offers its European partners reliable and efficient solutions in the field of nuclear power plant construction, as well as modernization and output, said the head of Rosatom France, Andrey Rozhdestvin.
“We are already successfully implementing the construction of nuclear power plants in Finland, Hungary and Turkey,” Rozhdestvin said at the 10th European Atomic Energy Conference that took place in Brussels.
“We are participating in the modernization of Kozloduy NPP together with French EDF; we have extensive experience and unique competence of the backend,” he added…… The main challenge the nuclear power industry is currently facing is finding optimal financing options for nuclear power plant construction, experts said. http://rt.com/business/270814-rosatom-europe-nuclear-projects/
Nuclear deal with Russians ‘not in bag’June 28 2015 The Independent (South Africa)
By Siyabonga Mkhwanazi The government has dismissed claims it has chosen the Russians to build nuclear power plants, worth between R400 billion and R1-trillion, to increase the generating capacity in the country.
The Department of Energy’s top nuclear official told Independent Media this week the intergovernmental agreements released in public recently did not suggest a decision has already been made on the preferred partner.
It has been suggested that while the co-operation agreements with other countries, including France, South Korea, China and the US lacked detail, the one with Russia was very detailed.
Zizamele Mbambo, the department’s deputy director-general for nuclear energy, said this was not true, as the bidding process has not even started.
The government will from next month start the tender process and preferred bidder or bidders would be announced by the end of the year.
“From our side as South Africa we negotiate the best agreement to get the best deal to meet our own requirements as a country,” said Mbambo…….http://www.iol.co.za/business/news/nuclear-deal-with-russians-not-in-bag-1.1877290#.VZBgwRuqpHw
Fukushima’s 4th Anniversary Brings Hope Amidst Radioactive Ruins as Renewable Energy Revolution Soars, EcoWatch Harvey Wasserman | March 11, 2015 The catastrophe that began at Fukushima four years ago today is worse than ever.
But the good news can ultimately transcend the bad—if we make it so.
An angry grassroots movement has kept shut all 54 reactors that once operated in Japan. It’s the largest on-going nuke closure in history. Big industrial windmills installed off the Fukushima coast are now thriving. Five U.S. reactors have shut since March 11, 2011. The operable fleet is under 100 for the first time in decades.
Ohio’s Davis-Besse, New York’s Ginna, five reactors in Illinois and other decrepit American nukes could shut soon without huge ratepayer bailouts.
Diablo Canyon was retrofitted—probably illegally—with $842 million in replacement partsuntested for seismic impact. Already under fire for illegal license manipulations and an avoidable gas explosion that killed eight in San Bruno in 2010, Pacific Gas & Electric hasplunged into a legal, economic and political abyss that could soon doom California’s last reactors.
Meanwhile, Germany is amping up its renewable energy generation with a goal of 80 percent or more by 2050.
France—once nuke power’s poster child—has turned away from new reactor construction and is moving strongly toward renewables.
Worldwide the Solartopian revolution is ahead of schedule and under budget. Predictions about its technological and economic potential are being everywhere exceeded.
More than twice as many Americans now work in solar as in coal mines. As the head of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund recently put it: “We are quite convinced that if John D Rockefeller were alive today, as an astute businessman looking out to the future, he would be moving out of fossil fuels and investing in clean, renewable energy.”
Even America’s Tea Party has developed a green wing promoting renewables.
Vital focus now centers on battery breakthroughs needed to escalate rooftop solar, electric cars and other post-nuke game-changers.
But there’s plenty of bad news. The State Secrets Act of Japan’s authoritarian Abe regime renders unreliable all “official” information from Fukushima. Grassroots nuclear campaigners are under serious attack……. http://ecowatch.com/2015/03/11/fukushimas-anniversary-renewable-energy-soars/
2014 a record-breaking year for renewables — except Australia of course, Independent Australia Anthony M Horton 26 June 2015 The latest REPN report shows renewable energy is now indisputably the world’s new economic powerhouse. Dr Anthony M Hortonwarns Abbott that Australia will be left behind in the wake.
The latest report from the Renewable Energy Policy Network (REPN) released 18 June 2015 has shown that 2014 was a record breaking year for renewable energy around the globe (but not in Australia).
New investment exceeded US$300 billion, and renewables now contribute nearly 28 per cent of generating capacity.
Solar PV capacity has increased 48 fold over the last decade and wind capacity has increased 8 fold. In contrast to these remarkable growth figures, Australia continues to languish with investment and jobs in the renewable sector slashed as a result of ongoing RET reviews.
Renewable energy is now regarded as the new economic powerhouse around the world and is attracting investment and providing employment. It is now increasingly likely that those countries that embrace this renewable “wave” are going to leave those that don’t in their wake…………….https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/2014-a-record-breaking-year-for-renewables–except-australia-of-course,7864
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