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Call to Florida residents from mayors – fight against nuclear expansion project

Florida mayors call on residents to fight nuclear expansion project MIAMI | BY DAVID ADAMS (Reuters), 15 Apr 15 – A group of South Florida mayors are escalating their campaign against plans to expand a nuclear power plant near Miami that involves constructing 100-foot (30-meter) tall transmissions lines through some of the area’s toniest neighborhoods.

Florida Power & Light Co [NEEPWR.UL] is seeking federal approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to add nuclear reactors to its Turkey Point plant in south Florida. Public hearings are scheduled for next week.

Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado urged residents to speak against the project, which was approved by the Florida legislature last year.

“This plan should not be approved,” he said, arguing that the need for extra water for cooling ponds would shrink the area’s supply of fresh water.

Also rising sea levels due to climate change put the plant at risk of being flooded by salt water…..http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/15/us-usa-florida-nuclear-idUSKBN0N62JH20150415

April 18, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Hinkley Point replacement nuclear reactors may be ruled unsafe

Hinkley Point’s replacement reactors face ‘unsafe’ ruling Adam Sage Paris, April 17 2015 David Cameron’s £16 billion plan to buy a new generation of French-made nuclear reactors is fresh turmoil following an official warning that a key component could be unsafe.

The British Office for Nuclear Regulation has been told by its French counterpart that tests have revealed a ‘serious anomaly’ with a similar reactor under construction in northern France. The French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) said the steel lid and bottom of the reactor vessel appeared to be weak, and risked cracking up …….http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/industries/utilities/article4414718.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2015_04_17

April 18, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Six months later,radiation accident in East Idaho acknowledged

Radiation accident in East Idaho acknowledged six months after it occurred BY LUKE RAMSETH (Idaho Falls) Post RegisterApril 16, 2015 An October radiation accident at a waste processing facility on the U.S. Department of Energy’s desert site west of Idaho Falls drew concern this week, largely because it took nearly six months for either the DOE or contractor to publicly disclose the incident.

The accident happened Oct. 23 at the New Waste Calcining Facility, operated by contractor CH2M-WG Idaho, or CWI. It resulted in a small internal radioactive contamination of one worker and a weeks-long work stoppage for a portion of the facility, while an investigation and decontamination effort took place.

It was not until last week that DOE disclosed what happened. DOE officials made a 14-slide PowerPoint presentation to the Idaho National Laboratory Site Environmental Management Citizens Advisory Board’s meeting in Pocatello.

“It was the first time I had heard of it,” Advisory Board Chairman Herb Bohrer said this week.

Kerry Martin, the INL oversight regional manager for Idaho’s Department of Environmental Quality, said Wednesday she also had not heard of the incident until last week, which she called “amazing.”……..http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/04/16/3754095/radiation-accident-in-eastern.html

April 18, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

China stalls nuclear development in response to safety concerns about French-supplied reactors

China says no fuel loading at Areva-designed reactor until safety issues cleared

SHANGHAI, APRIL 16 (Reuters) – China will not load fuel at two EPR nuclear reactors designed by France’s Areva until recent safety issues have been fully resolved, the environment ministry said, its first response to faults detected at a similar reactor in France.

Parts of the Taishan 1 and 2 nuclear reactors under construction in the southern province of Guangdong were made by the same manufacturer that supplied the reactor vessel for EDF’s EPR in Normandy, the site of anomalies found by France’s nuclear watchdog ASN last week………

rapid capacity expansion plan has been subject to delays, with the country’s approval process suspended after the Fukushima disaster in Japan in 2011. No new projects were given the go-ahead until earlier this year.

The construction of the world’s first AP1000 reactor, designed by the U.S.-based Westinghouse, has also been delayed as a result of design problems, and is now set to be completed next year. (Reporting By Shanghai Newsroom and David Stanway; Editing by Vincent Baby) http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/16/china-nuclear-areva-idUSL4N0XD3AU20150416

April 17, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Legal safety loopholes could allow contaminated Fukushima food into UK

Food from Fukushima could be hitting Britain’s shelves through legal safety loophole The Independent, Food produced around the Fukushima nuclear disaster site could be making its way on to British shelves because of loopholes in safety rules, The Independent can reveal.

Products contaminated by radiation, including tea, noodles and chocolate bars, have already been exported from Japan under the cover of false labelling by fraudsters. TOM BAWDEN Author Biography MONDAY 13 APRIL 2015 Experts warned that Britain’s food regulations were not strong enough to prevent these kinds of contaminated products – which are fraudulently marked as coming from radiation-free regions of Japan – from entering the UK. This raises the prospect of mildly carcinogenic ingredients entering the food system.

The alarm is being sounded after Taiwanese investigators uncovered more than 100 radioactive food products which had been produced in Fukushima but falsely packaged to give their origin as Tokyo.

There is no firm evidence that any radioactive food has entered the UK, but experts say there is a risk, and products could already have arrived…….

Any food produced for export in the “danger zone” around Fukushima, in northern Japan, must be declared as such so that it can be tested for radiation before leaving the country and again when it reaches the UK border…….http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/food-from-fukushima-could-be-hitting-britains-shelves-through-legal-safety-loophole-10174298.html

April 15, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

America’s nuclear facilities are like nuclear bombs – just waiting to go off

The Real Nuclear Threats, CounterPunch 12 Apr 15 by MIRIAM GERMAN In the dark days of March in the year 2015, four years and two weeks after the start of the worst man-made ecological disaster on Earth, a name seemingly forbidden to be spoken by anyone in the greatest malignant Corporate Media Circus, Fukushima-Daiichi melts and smolders in the land of Mordor in the constant shadow of the United States government while John Kerry and Ernest Moniz pretend to give a damn about what happens in a world far away from our Pacific shores of California, Oregon and Washington, far from the homeland of ninety-nine leaking, splitting, cracking, steaming, freezing, coughing and sputtering nuclear power plants which are killing Americans daily, to a bell tolling only to the ears of the spirits already gone from the Valley of Death.

While all eyes are on Israel and Iran, I’d like to bring the focus back home not just to where I live on the West Coast of the United States where Diablo Canyon and the Columbia Generating Station have been given free reign by the very same Ernest Moniz to continue wreaking havoc on our environment, but also to other parts of the US where nuclear plants could blow like a bomb larger than anything Iran could ever possibly dream of making, and again, these nuclear plants are sanctioned to stay alive and online, albeit on respirators and life support, by Moniz and the NRC.

Diablo Canyon. Columbia Generating Station. Davis-Besse. Pilgrim. Indian Point. Turkey Point. I could go on but I shouldn’t bore you with even more of the banalities of nuclear bombs in our own back yards in the United States. Iran is so much more exiting! But just for the hell of it, let’s take a peek.

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, MA on the Cape is just over twenty miles from Boston. There is one way in and one way out. They call it Safe. Secure. Vital. Pilgrim has a melt down. No Way Out. Pilgrim explodes. No Way Out. Is the NRC watching? Hey, DOE! IAEA! Over here! Pilgrim has thirty-two hundred fuel rods in their pool when there are supposed to be eight hundred. PR says Pilgrim is safe. Pilgrim shut down on January 27, 2015 after two transmission lines failed during Blizzard Juno around high tide. Just how safe is safe enough?

Where are the watchful American hawks waving the flag of sanity, of clarity, of transparency telling Iran that they will observe their every breath in and around their nuclear facility? Where is that same sane presence of the IAEA in the United States? Do US citizens matter at all or only crazy old Iran?

One nuke plant exploding in the US is equivalent to many nuclear bombs due to the amount of fuel rods, and the cancers and death that would ensue is comparable to that of a nuclear war. Iran has no bombs at all while we have a base load of ninety-nine nuclear plants, i.e. bombs, waiting to blow at any given moment with one power grid shut down from iced wires or one frozen pipe or one flooded basement, or one fire, or one human mistake.

Let’s look at the bomb crackling right now at Davis-Besse in Ohio. (I wish those hawkish US and IAEA eyes looking at Iran would turn this way if only for the last 40 years!) Are you ready for this?

These are just some of the facts about Davis-Besse………….. http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/04/10/the-real-nuclear-threats/

April 13, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

The reality of the earthquake threat to California’s nuclear reactors

numerous high level scientists and researchers have been speaking out about the continuation of Fukushima’s devastating effects and the need to further stabilize and shutdown nuclear plants along the fault lines throughout the United States — and California is not the only region in question

nuke-earthquakeExperts Warn Of ‘Inevitable’ Fukushima Disaster In California Natural Society, BY ANTHONY GUCCIARDI Sep3 2014 Since the catastrophic meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in March of 2011 irreparably altered the state of the planet for the known future, the incident has been shrouded in nothing but bureaucratic cover ups and government-backed disinformation. Now, within our own borders, top experts turned whistleblowers are warning of a nuclear nightmare that could surpass Fukushima and Chernobyl alike by leaps and bounds. Continue reading

April 13, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Appeal likely against court decision to permit uranium mining near Grand Canyon

Judge permits Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon: No Tribal Consult, No Environmental Update; Appeal Expected [Great Photos] Minng Awareness, 12 Apr 15 The nuclear fuel chain destroys the environment and kills from the start, with uranium mining, to the finish, with long-lived, deadly, nuclear waste. Why does the US government refuse to protect America’s National Forests and water supply? Why does it fail to uphold its obligations to the American Indians? Especially at the behest of foreign mining companies? Why must Americans fight foreign companies in court, and even fight Congressmen, to protect the land and water?……https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/04/11/judge-permits-uranium-mining-near-grand-canyon-no-tribal-consult-no-environmental-update-appeal-expected/

April 13, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Possible new device for detecting uranium and plutonium in cargo

Gamma-ray method flags up nuclear stashes Physicists investigating technique to enhance detection of uranium and plutonium in cargo. Gabriel Popkin 11 April 2015 It is a border-control agent’s nightmare: a terrorist sneaks uranium or plutonium through a seaport and into an urban centre, and uses it to set off a dirty bomb or a nuclear weapon.

On 13 April at the American Physical Society meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, physicists will present research on a cargo-screening technology that could foil such a plot. The researchers say that a device involving the approach, which would scan shipping containers with beams of precisely tuned γ-rays, would be safer and more effective than current technology. The device could be several metres tall and stationary, or a smaller, portable unit.

Although the nuclear reaction that produces these γ-rays was demonstrated as early as the 1950s, for decades, no one had tested it for use in nuclear inspection, says Richard Sheffield, a physicist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico who was not involved in the latest work. Sheffield calculates that the method could decrease the radiation needed to detect nuclear materials by more than ten times, and calls the work “a significant advance”…….. the official, who asked not to be named, noted that a practical system would require smaller accelerators than the researchers currently use. It would also need to be tested on cargo containers, and meet various criteria related to the cost and complexity of operation. The Department of Homeland Security or other sources might support such development, he said; a practical device could still be a decade away…….http://www.nature.com/news/gamma-ray-method-flags-up-nuclear-stashes-1.17300

April 13, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Governments must stop subsidising the nuclear chain that leads to slavery and death

miningawareness 11 April 15   Thank you for pointing this out to us all. It’s important for anti-nuclear activists to not use “nuke-speak”, and easy to fall in the trap just by constant reading. A circle also sounds like the circle of life, whereas the nuclear industry is the chains of slavery and death. Really we must learn to leave everything in the ground, and recycle what is needed.

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Indigenous Australians knew to leave things in the ground. They knew that sickness came from digging in the ground. There are conductive plastics already. Plastics are more and more vegetable based. If the governments would stop subsidizing the nuclear industry, the innovative potentials are out there. Universities can’t get money for algae research but the nuclear industry gets the monies.

These ideas from mining awareness sound deceptively simple. But if you go to his website, you will find very deep and complex matters explored, often  in forensic detail   miningawareness.wordpress.com 

April 11, 2015 Posted by | general | 3 Comments

According to mainstream media, Fukushima radiation is no problem at all

News corporate disinformationMedia Pushing the Idea That Fukushima Radiation Is Just Fine So Why Not Go Swim in It for Six Hours a Day Melissa Melton  The Daily Sheeple 11 Apr 15 
– The mainstream media and their experts are finally openly admitting that radiation from the crippled nuclear reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, the initial meltdown of which was equivalent to 168 of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima during World War II, has reached North American shoes, but don’t worry.

Everything, according to the system, is just fine and dandy……..

Yeah. That’s a “very low risk.” The risk is so incredibly low in fact, that the EPA collectively shrugged and went, “Eh, no big deal, who cares” as they shut off radiation monitors back in 2011 not long after the 9.0 earthquake hit Fukushima.

Also hurry up and forget the fact that the government found it within their infinite wisdom to raise the limits for radiation exposure post-Fukushima as well. Can’t be bad for you if it’s “within [continuously raised] safety limits.”

Also don’t look too deeply into the fact that a disproportionately high number of Fukushima survivors are getting cancer…….

While you’re at it, ignore that just a little bit of Fukushima radiation has been detected in this fish and a little bit in that kelp and a little bit in those vegetables and a little bit found in milk from Washington to New Jersey and a little bit in some pollen and a little bit on the trade winds and a little bit in some fruit and a little bit and a little bit and a little bit more…

Meanwhile, the crippled reactor continues to dump 400 tons of irradiated groundwater a day, every day, into that ocean, but come on guys. The power company TEPCO, which is 75% owned by the Japanese government, says that the radiation somehow is magically quarantined right in front of the plant and magically does not spread throughout the ocean in an act that defies all scientific logic whatsoever http://www.thedailysheeple.com/media-pushing-the-idea-that-fukushima-radiation-is-just-fine-so-go-swim-in-it-for-six-hours-a-day_042015#sthash.CmE9KOYX.dpuf

April 11, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) – the nuclear lobby’s desperate delusion

The cost per unit of output of SMRs is currently higher than the already expensive conventional, larger reactors. But the industry sees SMRs as a way to reduce costs and speed up construction by using large-scale standardized manufacturing that will churn out dozens, if not hundreds, of identical plants, each of which would ultimately produce cheaper kilowatt-hours than large one-off designs. But first someone needs to build a massive supply chain. Money for that would presumably come from customer orders – if there were any. The problem is it appears that no one actually wants to buy one.

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flag-UKSmall Reactor Delusion
 http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/news/comment/small-reactor-delusion/ 9 Apr 15, The Financial Times seems to think that delays at Hinkley Point C will boost the argument for building small modular reactors (SMRs) in Britain.

In reality the nuclear industry is trying to find a silver lining to the cloud which is hanging over it, and using the problems of its own making to squeeze even more funds out of the hard pressed taxpayer. The FT reports that Rolls Royce wants more money for research for instance, and the recent House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee investigation concluded that deployment of SMRs is likely to be achieved through “sharing the costs between the public and private sector”.

There is already a provisionally agreed schedule to allow one SMR design to go through a Generic Design Assessment beginning in 2017. But this could take six years. By 2023 the cost of solar is expected to fall below that of gas, and the cost of offshore wind will have fallen below £100/MWh and will almost certainly be less than nuclear.

The cost per unit of output of SMRs is currently higher than the already expensive conventional, larger reactors. But the industry sees SMRs as a way to reduce costs and speed up construction by using large-scale standardized manufacturing that will churn out dozens, if not hundreds, of identical plants, each of which would ultimately produce cheaper kilowatt-hours than large one-off designs. But first someone needs to build a massive supply chain. Money for that would presumably come from customer orders – if there were any. The problem is it appears that no one actually wants to buy one.Rather than getting on with implementing a sensible renewable energy programme and an energy efficiency strategy which can bring an end to the 25,000 excess deaths every winter, the UK Government is still sketching out scenarios for the country with up to 75GW of nuclear capacity in 2050 providing 86% of the UK’s electricity supply. This would require an eye watering 30GW of new capacity to be built between 2030 and 2040 and another 30GW between 2040 and 2050. The Government is already considering what sort of process might be needed to propose new sites for nuclear reactors shows that it is serious about its long-term nuclear strategy.What is most worrying about these future nuclear scenarios is that the UK Government is failing to develop alternative non-nuclear scenarios to replace them when they turn out to have been a delusion, which they surely will.

More information:
Small Modular Nuclear Reactors, the UK’s long-term nuclear strategy and Ireland’s future energy mix debate. NFLA March 2015http://www.nuclearpolicy.info/docs/nuclearmonitor/NFLA_New_Nuclear_Monitor_No37.pdf

New Reactor Types are all Nuclear Pie in the Sky, by Jim Green, Ecologist 2nd October 2014

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2577637/new_reactor_types_are_all_nuc

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

Debate on whether or not Britain should have its Trident nuclear programme

submarine-missileTrident debate: Should Britain have its own nuclear weapons arsenal? The Independent, ADAM WITHNALL 9 APR 15 Author Biography 09 APRIL 2015 Michael Fallon has said the future of Britain’s nuclear deterrent will be at the heart of the general election debate, accusing Labour of being willing to scrap the Trident programme as part of a deal with the SNP…….Britain maintains four nuclear submarines, with at least one on full alert at any given time – and none of the major parties have pledged to change that.

But the Greens, the SNP in Scotland and Plaid Cymru in Wales have all called for the UK to set an example of nuclear disarmament and for the savings to be diverted to other public services……..http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/generalelection/trident-debate-should-britain-have-its-own-nuclear-weapons-arsenal-10164477.html

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

Getting out of fossil fuel investment: Guardian media group takes that step

climate-changeGuardian Media Group to divest its £800m fund from fossil fuels, Guardian, , 2 Apr 15  @dpcarrington GMG becomes largest fund yet known to pull out of coal, oil and gas companies in a move chair Neil Berkett calls a ‘hard-nosed business decision’ justified on ethical and financial grounds. The Guardian Media Group (GMG) is to sell all the fossil fuel assets in its investment fund of over £800m, making it the largest yet known to pull out of coal, oil and gas companies.

The decision was justified on both financial and ethical grounds, said Neil Berkett, GMG chair: “It is a hard-nosed business decision, but it is influenced by the values of our organisation. It is a holistic decision taking into account all of those things.”

Berkett said fossil fuel assets had performed relatively poorly in recent years and were threatened by future climate change action, while an ethical fund already held by GMG had been a “stellar” performer and renewable energy was growing strongly. “This means we can adopt socially responsible investment criteria without putting at risk the core purpose of GMG’s investment funds: to generate long-term returns that guarantee the financial future and editorial independence of the Guardian in perpetuity,” he said.

A series of analyses have shown that current reserves of coal, oil and gas are several times greater than can be burned whilst limiting climate change to the internationally agreed limit of 2C. The fast-growing, UN-backed divestment campaign argues that the business models of fossil fuel companies, which continue to spend billions on searching for new reserves, are endangering the climate. The campaign also argues many fossil fuel assets could become worthless if the world’s governments act to curb global warming, a risk taken seriously by the World Bank and the Bank of England.

The Guardian’s Keep it in the Ground campaign is asking the world’s two biggest charitable funds – the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust– to divest their endowments from all fossil fuels. Over 180 groups around the world have already taken this step, including Syracuse University, which on Tuesday committed to divesting its $1.18bn (£799m) endowment. Previously, the largest fund to divest from all fossil fuels was the Rockefeller Brothers Fund ($860m (£582m)), a fortune that originated from the company that became ExxonMobil. Others, including the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, held by Norway, have divested from coal companies……..http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/01/guardian-media-group-to-divest-its-800m-fund-from-fossil-fuels

April 6, 2015 Posted by | 2 WORLD, climate change, general | Leave a comment

Enthusiastic response in Iran to new nuclear agreement with the West

Iran Nuclear Deal: Cheering Crowds Greet Foreign Minister in Tehran http://time.com/3770352/iran-javad-zarif-nuclear-deal-tehran-israel-switzerland-lausanne/ NBC News

Iran’s top diplomat was given a hero’s welcome by a jubilant crowd Friday afterreaching a framework nuclear deal that could ease crippling sanctions.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was cheered as he landed in Tehran on a flight from Switzerland, where the U.S., China and European powers announced a deal meant to block Iran from developing nuclear weapon.

In Tehran, residents took to the streets late Thursday, waving flags from cars to celebrate the outline agreement, which sets the stage for work on a final accord over the next three months

April 4, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

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