The News That Matters about the Nuclear Industry

Why is Bill Gates silent on St Louis radioactive scandal ?

Saul Fein 11 Oct 15 Bill Gates is the largest stockholder of Republic Svcs! He has the power to tell Republic to put out the fire and remove the nukes! But he doesn’t, he is silent on the matter! Why?

Ticking time bomb it is without a doubt! If you want to really know what we have to live with every day, for 6 years now,
just come to shop around St Charles Rock Rd near 270/70. You will smell the toxins on any given day! Residents, workers, transients have to deal with it every day yet Republic and EPA say everything’s under control and there’s no health hazard. If that is what their scientific data tells them then I say their “scientific data” is faulty and/or those interpreting the data are idiots! Besides the toxic gases, don’t forget the 150,000 tons of nuclear weapons wastes ( according to the NRC) which has already been proven to have migrated outside the landfill onto private property and into the groundwater beneath the landfill! Please go to West Lake Landfill on Facebook!

October 12, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Naomi Oreskes: Exxon’s climate concealment.

Millions of Americans once wanted to smoke. Then they came to understand how deadly tobacco products were. Tragically, that understanding was long delayed because the tobacco industry worked for decades to hide the truth, promoting a message of scientific uncertainty instead.

The same thing has happened with climate change, as Inside Climate News, a nonprofit news organization, has been reporting in a series of articles based on internal documents from Exxon Mobil dating from the 1970s and interviews with former company scientists and employees. &

October 12, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

New Nobel laureate in literature warned about nuclear power’s dangers

Nobel winning writer warned of dangers of nuclear power during Japan visit October 09, 2015 THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

The new Nobel laureate in literature warned that even a minor natural disaster could lead to a nuclear catastrophe during her visit to Japan in 2003, according to a doctor who met the writer.

Svetlana Alexievich, a journalist born in Ukraine and raised in Belarus, the nations affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, published “Voices from Chernobyl–Chronicle of the Future” in 1997 about the consequences of the calamity.

“I vividly remember that she said peaceful use of nuclear power and nuclear weapons are two sides of a coin, completely identical,” said Minoru Kamata, a medical doctor and chairman of the Japan Chernobyl Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides medical assistance to those affected by the disaster.

“She continued to say that in Japan (the danger of) nuclear power generation is covered up in the name of peaceful use, but even a minor natural disaster could lead to a serious accident,” he added.

Alexievich, 67, was named the recipient of this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature on Oct. 8 “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.”

Kamata said the award of a Nobel Prize to a critic of nuclear power should strike a chord with people in Japan who experienced the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011 and are now watching as the government begins to reactivate nuclear reactors.

During her visit to Japan, Alexievich also met traditional Japanese storyteller Kaori Kanda twice–in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, and in Nagoya.

One of Kanda’s noted tales is a story about Chernobyl based on Alexievich’s book.

Kanda, who is from Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, had long harbored doubts about the safety of nuclear power stations even before the Fukushima triple meltdown.

When Kanda performed her Chernobyl tale during Alexievich’s visit, the journalist commended it, saying, “You told a tale that exemplified exactly what I wanted to convey through my book.”

October 10, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

News about renewable energy

Thomas L. Friedman: Stuff happens to the environment, like climate change.
With both China and India having just announced major plans to curb their carbon emissions, the sound you hear is a tipping point tipping. Heading into the United Nations climate summit meeting in Paris in December, all the world’s largest industrial economies are now taking climate change more seriously. This includes the United States — except for some of the knuckleheads running to be our next president, which is not a small problem. …

If you have time to read one book on this subject, I highly recommend the new “Big World, Small Planet,” by Johan Rockstrom, director of the Stockholm Resilience Center, and Mattias Klum, whose stunning photographs of ecosystem disruptions reinforce the urgency of the moment. &

Exploring Cost-Effective, Non-Polluting Enhanced Geothermal Systems
A new fracturing fluid has been created that may increase the ability to develop geothermal energy, scientists report. This advance of tapping the natural heat of Earth may improve the cost-effectiveness and cleanliness of the process. 

Renewables could supply nearly a quarter of Africa’s energy by 2030, says report
International Renewable Energy Agency report says the continent has the potential to quadruple the proportion of its energy supplied by renewables… & 

R** Wind and solar keep getting cheaper and cheaper.
A new analysis suggests that we continue to move into a world in which it makes more economic sense to draw electricity from the sun or the winds, rather than from fossil fuels


Dirt-cheap catalyst may lower fuel costs for hydrogen-powered cars
‘Green’ process relies on sunlight

October 9, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Impossible to fund South Africa’s nuclear power plan

nuclear-costs3flag-S.AfricaGreenpeace boss says plan for nuclear power stations is impossible to fund business/energy/2015/10/08/ greenpeace-boss-says-plan-for- nuclear-power-stations-is- impossible-to-fund BY WYNDHAM HARTLEY, 08 OCTOBER 2015, SOUTH Africa’s planned nuclear build programme would never get off the ground because it would be impossible to fund, Greenpeace executive director Kumi Naidoo said on Thursday.
Mr Naidoo, on visit to the land of his birth, was a guest of the Cape Town Press Club at which he spoke on global warming and environmental matters.

Responding to questions, Mr Naidoo said the plan for nuclear power stations “is crazy because it is too expensive and too dangerous”.

“It won’t come off because no-one will be able to fund it,” he said, adding that when government first started talking about a nuclear build the price tag was R1-trillion but that was when the exchange rate was R8 to the US dollar and not the current R14.

He said that the main concern about the obsession with nuclear was that it softened the concentration on renewable energy sources like sun and wind which created more jobs than nuclear.

Chairman of the African National Congress’s (ANC) policy sub-committee Jeff Radebe is on record as saying the energy challenge is a top priority in a discussion document for its national general council.
The ANC has said that nuclear energy plan will be discussed at the council, but has also said it would go ahead unless there were affordability assessments.

Mr Naidoo expressed concern that there was no safe way of disposing of nuclear waste which could last anything between 200 and 1,000 years.

On his main topic of whether the earth could survive global warming, he said: “There is a small window of opportunity to change things, but it is closing fast.”

The CIA and the Pentagon in the US were right, he said, when they said that the threat to global peace and security was the effects of climate change which placed people in competition for water and other natural resources which they were prepared to fight for.

“There are no jobs on a dead planet”.

Mr Naidoo said however he was optimistic about the future “because we don’t have any choice”. Responding to a question about climate change sceptics, he described the view they held as denialism — “like the view in South Africa that HIV did not cause AIDS”.

October 9, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Favourites for Nobel Peace Prize – Pope Francis and International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

Pope Francis, Anti-Nuclear Activists Among Nobel Peace Prize Contenders, NewsWeek  BY REUTERS 10/8/15 Pope Francis and a line-up of anti-nuclear campaigners headed lists of favorites to win the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize on the eve of Friday’s announcement.

The Geneva-based International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was named as a leading contender for the $972,000 prize by Norway’s state broadcaster NRK and by Nobeliana, a website run by historians who specialize in tracking the award.

NRK said Pope Francis’ opposition to nuclear weapons boosted his chances, alongside his help in brokering a deal between the United States and Cuba, and his encyclical on climate change. Nobeliana mentioned his calls for social justice.

Both organizations also highlighted Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, while Nobeliana picked out Sumitero Taniguchi, a survivor of the atomic attack on Nagasaki………

October 9, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Residents and activists oppose plan to store radioactive trash at closed San Onofre nuclear station

san-onofre-deadfCoastal Commission to Discuss Storing Nuclear Waste at San Onofre Residents and activists are protesting Southern California Edison’s proposal to store nuclear waste on the Pacific Coast By Kristina Bugante, 5 Oct 15  The California Coastal Commission met Tuesday in Long Beach to discuss the possible storage of nuclear waste at the now-inoperative San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in San Diego County.

In December 2014, Southern California Edison proposed the construction of an independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI), a dry underground storage facility for San Onofre’s used nuclear waste, sparking protest from activists and residents.

Anti-nuclear activists at Tuesday’s meeting want the waste permanently moved to the desert, away from populated areas. They said there are concerns that the storage at San Onofre will turn into a permanent situation.

“They have not attempted to do anything except the path of least resistance, which results in nuclear waste being stored right on the coast in an area where no one would choose to put it,” said Ray Lutz, coordinator at Citizens’ Oversight Projects. “Construction of the ISFSI at this location will likely mean it will stay right here for hundreds of years.” The issue had not come up for discussion as of midday.

According to the Decommissioning San Onofre report, Edison has selected Holtec International to design and build the ISFSI. Nuclear waste will be stored in stainless steel modules in a concrete-filled monolith. Approximately one-third of the waste is already in storage, and Holtec plants to transfer the rest of the waste by mid-2019.

In April, Southern California taxpayers were left with paying $3.3 billion for SONGS’ closure in 2013 that followed radiation leak damage to hundreds of the plant’s tubes. State energy regulators came under fire for secretly negotiating that settlement in a foreign country.

The California Coastal Commission plans and regulates land and water use and public access in California’s coastline. It will vote on whether or not to allow expanded storage of nuclear fuel at San Onofre.

October 7, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

The TPP is in the interests of powerful business lobbies, not in free trade

Imagine what would have happened if these provisions  [investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) systems] had been in place when the lethal effects of asbestos were discovered. Rather than shutting down manufacturers and forcing them to compensate those who had been harmed, under ISDS, governments would have had to pay the manufacturers not to kill their citizens. Taxpayers would have been hit twice – first to pay for the health damage caused by asbestos, and then to compensate manufacturers for their lost profits when the government stepped in to regulate a dangerous product.

logo-anti-TPPThe Trans-Pacific Free-Trade Charade, Project Syndicate 2 Oct 15  ADAM S. HERSH, NEW YORK – As negotiators and ministers from the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries meet in Atlanta in an effort to finalize the details of the sweeping new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), some sober analysis is warranted. The biggest regional trade and investment agreement in history is not what it seems.

You will hear much about the importance of the TPP for “free trade.” The reality is that this is an agreement to manage its members’ trade and investment relations – and to do so on behalf of each country’s most powerful business lobbies. Make no mistake: It is evident from the main outstanding issues, over which negotiators are still haggling, that the TPP is not about “free” trade…….

just the tip of the iceberg in terms of how the TPP would advance an agenda that actually runs counter to free trade. Continue reading

October 7, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

South Africa’s govt told that green energy, not nuclear is the way to go

renewables-not-nukesflag-S.AfricaGreen energy, not nuclear the way to go: German official, Reuters, CAPE TOWN | BY PEROSHNI GOVENDER , 6 Oct 15 Green energy is cheap in the long run and clean compared to “dirty” coal and costly nuclear power, a senior German energy official said on the sidelines of a Cape Town conference, at a time when South Africa plans to expand atomic power generation.

President Jacob Zuma’s government is developing an energy mix that will boost power generation in Africa’s most advanced economy which has been hit by electricity shortages and reduce its reliance on mostly coal generated energy.

“If you want to have expensive electricity you buy nuclear generators, if you want dirty electricity you burn coal,” Rainer Baake, state secretary for energy in the economy ministry, told Reuters, when asked what advice he would have for South Africa which is working on increasing electricity production.

“If you want clean energy in the long run that will be cheaper, you transfer to a renewable system, but the decision has to be made by your own government,” he said on Monday on the sidelines of a renewable energy conference in Cape Town……

South Africa’s government has said that it plans to procure at least 9,600 megawatts (MW) of atomic power which analysts have estimated would cost at least $100 million, making it the nation’s most expensive procurement…..

South Africa, which is battling with power shortages, plans to build a solar park in its Northern Cape province to produce an additional 1,500 MW. The government has previously announced a series of renewable energy projects that would add over 1,000 MW of power to the constrained grid.

October 7, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Why USA’s Republicans are fighting renewable energy

promotion of renewable energy is linked in many people’s minds with attempts to limit climate change — and climate denial has become a key part of conservative identity

you need to follow the money. We used to say that the G.O.P. was the party of Big Energy, but these days it would be more accurate to say that it’s the party of Old Energy. In the 2014 election cycle the oil and gas industry gave 87 percent of its political contributions to Republicans; for coal mining the figure was 96, that’s right, 96 percent. Meanwhile,alternative energy went 56 percent for Democrats.

And Old Energy is engaged in a systematic effort to blacken the image of renewable energy, one that closely resembles the way it has supported “experts” willing to help create a cloud of doubt about climate science.

Enemies of the Sun, , NYT, OCT. 5, 2015, Wind and solar used to have a reputation as hippie-dippy stuff, not part of any serious approach to our energy future, and many people still have that perception. But it’s way out of date. The cost of wind power has dropped sharply – 30 percent in just the past five years, according to the International Energy Agency.

And solar panels are becoming cheaper and more efficient at a startling rate, reminiscent of the progress in microchips that underlies the information technology revolution. As a result, renewables account for essentially all recent growth in electricity generation capacity in advanced countries.

Furthermore, renewables have become major industries in their own right, employing several hundred thousand people in the United States. Employment in the solar industry alone now exceeds the number of coal miners, and solar is adding jobs even as coal declines.

So you might expect people like Mr. Rubio, who says he wants to “unleash our energy potential,” and Mr. Bush, who says he wants to “unleash the Energy Revolution,” to embrace wind and solar as engines of jobs and growth. But they don’t. Indeed, they’re less open-minded than Dick Cheney, which is quite an accomplishment. Why? Continue reading

October 7, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Today’s renewable energy headlines

Africa Could Boost Renewable Energy 400% By 2030
Energy Matters-5 Oct 2015
Africa Could Quadruple Renewable Energy Capacity By 2030
CleanTechnica-11 hours ago
Renewables could meet 22% of Africa’s energy needs by 2030
RenewEconomy-22 hours ago
Huge appetite for investment in renewable energy
In-Depth-Independent Online-5 Oct 2015

Solar and Wind Just Passed Another Big Turning Point

Bloomberg-15 hours ago
… according to a new analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). … That’s because once a solar or wind project is built, the marginal …

October 7, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Middle East’s economies to benefit from Iran nuclear deal – IMF

IMF: Iran Nuclear Deal To Boost Middle East Economic Growth Radio Free Europe, October 06, 2015 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers will raise economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa next year, as the lifting of sanctions brings a rebound in oil production and exports.

Under the July accord, sanctions against Iran will be gradually lifted in return for Tehran imposing curbs on nuclear activities.

The IMF said in its semiannual World Economic Outlook on October 6 that growth in the region will “pick up substantially in 2016, supported by accelerated activity” in Iran.

The Washington-based organization also predicted “a gradual improvement in the outlook for countries severely affected by conflicts,” including Iraq, Libya, and Yemen……

October 7, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Coolant leak at Millstone Nuclear Power Station

CT nuclear plant suffers minor coolant leak
The Associated PressPublished: October 4, 2015, WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a leaking relief valve has caused an “unusual event” declaration at Millstone Power Station.

The NRC says the incident occurred at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the Waterford, Connecticut plant. There were no injuries or release of radioactivity into the environment.

The incident met the criteria for the lowest of four levels of emergency classifications because the reactor coolant system leaked at a rate of greater than 25 gallons per minute. The NRC says the problem was traced to a relief valve on the shutdown cooling system.

The plant was in the process of being shut down for a planned refueling and maintenance outage. The NRC says the system has been isolated. Repairs will begin after the leak is stopped and a repair plan is developed.

October 5, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Japan to restart second nuclear reactor on Oct. 15

flag-japanJapan to restart second reactor on Oct. 15 under post-Fukushima rules, Japan Times, 2 Oct 15 

KYODO Kyushu Electric Power Co. will restart one of its nuclear reactors on Oct. 15, making it the second to return to operation after the government introduced stricter safety regulations following the 2011 meltdowns in Fukushima Prefecture, a source familiar with the restart plan said.

Kyushu Electric reported its plan to reactivate the No. 2 reactor at its Sendai complex to the Nuclear Regulation Authority on Friday……..

October 3, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

The economic case for the Nuclear Destruction of Life on Earth

nukefools-dayflag-UKReasons Why the Nuclear Destruction of Life on Earth Is Good for the British Economy, VICE 
October 2, 2015 by Sam Kriss “…….
This is a critical moment for the [Labour] party: How can they win the trust of the electorate if they’re not seen to be grunting and drooling at the prospect of instantly annihilating millions of people? Power is ultimately more important than principle, and Labour needs to be a party of government, not of opposition, even if what it ends up governing is a big mutant-strewn stick of charcoal in a sea clogged with ashes and bones. But nuclear weapons aren’t just good for Labour, they’re good for the country. Here’s why:



This was the line taken by many union delegates when they voted against any debate on the nuclear issue. For Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite, while there’s “a moral case and the huge cost of replacing Trident, especially in this era of austerity,” these concerns are outweighed by “jobs and the defense of communities.” Five hundred twenty civilian employees at the Faslane naval base in Scotland—and their families—depend directly on the continuation of Britain’s nuclear deterrent. While it’s true that, were Trident to be scrapped, the £20 billion [$30 billion] of savings would be enough to compensate each former worker with a redundancy payment of just under £38,461,538.50 [$58,310,000], their new lives of unimaginable wealth and luxury would soon start to feel like a hollow sham; without good honest work they’d soon become bored and restless, wishing for a nuclear apocalypse just to save them from the sheer ennui, and tragically impotent to bring it about.

In any case, laying off British workers just because what they do has the potential to kill every living thing on the planet is a slippery slope. The British arms industry is one of the few manufacturing concerns that this country still has, and much of its output is exported to repressive states like Israel and Saudi Arabia……..

NUCLEAR DEVASTATION HELPS THE WIDER ECONOMY TOO.….. Trident offers an effective alternative [to British workers competing with cheaper foreign labourers] . It’ll be much easier for hardworking British people to compete with workers overseas when those workers have been turned into gently drifting clouds of dust by the ungodly heat of a thermonuclear explosion.

The tourism sector is another vital component of the British economy that could be helped out by the irradiation of much of the world’s surface. As things stand, our traditional seaside resorts are in steep decline…….. It’s very likely that targeted nuclear strikes on popular holiday destinations, turning pristine beaches and charmingly rustic hotels into a silent span of black glass that bubbles underfoot as the radiation-burned survivors pathetically crawl for the sea, will be a much-needed boon for our traditional hospitality industry………

All this is assuming that Britain itself emerges unscathed from any nuclear war, which isn’t likely. But if a future Prime Minister’s decision to deploy Trident ends up being the last decision anyone ever makes, it could still be great news for our economy. The millions we’re currently spending on welfare payments to scroungers, smackheads, and the rest of the undeserving poor can finally be put to better use. Unemployment will instantly be wiped out, at the small cost of the unemployed. Admittedly, overcrowding at NHS hospitals will briefly become an extremely serious problem, but within a few days it will recede into utter insignificance. Britain’s balance of payments will be perfectly even and its debts will fall to zero. There’ll be no inflation, no credit crunches, no dropping share prices. And the Labour party will never lose another election.

October 3, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment


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