The News That Matters about the Nuclear Industry

Unexplained drone flights over France’s nuclear plants

France investigates unexplained drone activity over nuclear plants  Radio Australia  31 October 2014, 

France launches an investigation into unidentified drones that have been spotted over nuclear plants operated by state-owned utility EDF, says the interior minister.

France has launched an investigation into unidentified drones that have been spotted over nuclear plants operated by state-owned utility EDF, says the interior minister.

Seven nuclear plants across the country were flown over by drones between October 5 and October 20, an EDF spokeswoman said, without any impact on the plants’ safety or functioning………The drone sightings may renew concerns about the safety of nuclear plants in France, the world’s most nuclear-reliant country, with 58 reactors on 19 sites operated by EDF…….

November 1, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Unfair advantage to nuclear power as it gets privileged status at universities

miningawareness 29 Oct 14 There are many groups (e.g. FOE, Beyond Nuclear) using law suits to try to protect the public from nuclear, which we never hear about. Without them we would be in even more trouble.

But, even US public universities became majority private funded over 20 years ago, via “Grant monies”. Also, the rich literally buy positions for their kids, and perhaps selves, to be professors via endowments. Canadian universities have been corrupted by mining interests for at least as long, probably longer, and by the World Bank, etc. Think of the McGill U. prof promoting asbestos. Little room for those who are unwilling or unable to get grants.

That little non-grant room is occupied by nepotism or direct patronage. Non-public monies started making inroads in France around the same time, but to a lesser extent, probably because even many French companies are govt. owned. Also, critical minds lost their teaching positions in the UK and US during the Red Scare. So, we are very much reaping all of that corrupted ideological influence.

Now is the time for non-nuclear business people to get mad at the unfair advantage given to the nuclear industry.

I hope that you and everyone see this imminent risk of a fuel pool fire from Sellafield and spread the word:

October 29, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Tokyo doctor speaks out, warning parents about Fukushima radiation

A Tokyo doctor who has moved to western Japan urges fellow doctors to promote radiation protection: A message from Dr. Mita to his colleagues in Kodaira, Tokyo  World Network for Saving Children From Radiation  July 2014 Doctor MITA Shigeru, who recently moved to Okayama-city, Okayama prefecture, to open a new clinic there, wrote a short essay in the newsletter published by Association of Doctors in Kodaira, metropolitan Tokyo.

Although the target readers for this essay were not the general public, it has been cited in a weekly e-mail magazine published by journalist KINOSHITA Kouta, who has been organizing actions to urge people to leave radiation affected areas (including Tokyo) since 3.11, 2011.

On many occasions, public talks and gatherings, both Dr. Mita and Mr. Kinoshita have acknowledged the danger of radiation and they have called out for immediate action for radiation protection.

In November 2013, WNSCR translated an essay that Dr. Mita wrote for parents concerned about radiation: (Please read the article here). Despite the interests of many parents in Japan, there are very few doctors who show serious concern on the issues of radiation, and commenting on the issue publicly is even rarer.

It is the opinion of WNSCR that Dr. Mita’s views have significant meaning for the general public, especially for those who are interested in the health impact of radiation on the general population. We have permission to translate a new essay of Dr. Mita, through Mr. Kinoshita

Why did I leave Tokyo?

Shigeru Mita ( Mita clinic)

To my fellow doctors,…………

October 29, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

100% off-grid renewable energy for German village of Feldheim

German Village goes Off-grid with Renewable Energy  28 Oct 14 If Germany has taken a pioneering though risky role in shifting to renewable energy, then the tiny village of Feldheim – population 150 – is at its vanguard.

The hamlet near Berlin is Germany’s first to have left the national grid and switched to 100 per cent local, alternative energy, swearing off fossil fuels and nuclear power decades before the rest of the country plans to near the same goal.

Electricity now comes from a wind park towering over its gently rolling fields and reaches homes through Feldheim’s own mini smart grid.

More than 99 per cent of the wind power is sold into the national system, along with electricity from a solar park on a former Soviet military base.

As winter nears, people here will heat their homes from a biogas plant powered by local pig and cattle manure and shredded corn, while on the coldest days a woodchip plant will also burn forestry waste.

The villagers took bank loans and state subsidies to build the system, in partnership with green power company Energiequelle, but say it is paying off as electricity and heating bills have been slashed.

Feldheim no longer pays for 160,000 litres of heating oil a year, said Werner Frohwitter of the local energy co-operative.

“This money is no longer going to Arab sheiks or (Russian President) Vladimir Putin,” he said at the village 80km southwest of Berlin. “This money is now staying right here.”………

Tiny Feldheim, ever proud to be at the cutting edge, has set up an electric car power station and ordered a 10 MW lithium-ion battery from South Korea. When the giant device arrives next year, it will give the village a 48-hour emergency supply, but that is not its main purpose. For most of the year it will be rented out to a regional power company as a buffer against grid fluctuations. -………..

October 29, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Both USA and Russia keen to promote nuclear industry, rather than public safety

Flag-USAflag_RussiaWhy Are The US & Russia Blocking European Nuclear Safety Upgrades?, Simply Info October 24th, 2014  “……The core reasoning for the US and Russia to try to prevent new standards appears to be money. Better safety standards would be extremely costly for their older reactors to comply with. Currently the US has avoided mandating any substantial safety upgrades post Fukushima and has let the industry dictate changes (or the lack of) to the NRC.”…..

October 27, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest report contradicts myths about renewable energy

renewable_energyExamining the latest data from EIA and Fraunehofer ISEThe biggest news to come out of the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) report for August is that utility solar’s production of electricity is up 93.6% over last year. This is the principal reason that the renewable contribution is up 9.6%, and only half of the story. The EIA does not record production from rooftop solar (which means solar’s overall contribution is significantly higher) and production figures are down in every fossil fuel sector. This trend is also seen in the latest figures from Germany, where solar production is up 7.7%, wind 8%, and biomass 11% over last year. The latest data contradicts myths about renewable energy……….

October 27, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Japanese prosecutors delay decision on charging 3 former TEPCO executives, about Fukushima nuclear disaster

3/11 charges for Tepco execs delayed by three months, Japan Times, REUTERS, KYODO  OCT 25, 2014

Prosecutors have delayed for three months a decision on whether to charge three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, an official with a panel that requested the indictments said Friday.

October 25, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Residents protest as nuclear dump site prepared in Miyagi

wastesflag-japanWork begins on nuclear dump sites in Miyagi as residents protest, Japan Times, KYODO OCT 25, 2014 SENDAI/SAPPORO – As nuclear workers on Friday geared up to take soil samples at two locations selected to store radioactive waste, ignoring residents standing by in protest, work at a third site was stalled by demonstrations……….

October 25, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Planning for Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in 2016

safety-symbol1Stopping a Nuclear Nightmare: How We Can Secure Loose Nuclear Materials “Since the collapse of communism, there have been 664 reported incidents involving the theft or loss of nuclear and other radioactive materials…”
The National Interest, Kenneth N. Luongo

October 24, 2014 “……..The United States will host the fourth and likely final Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in 2016, and later this month, representatives from over fifty nations will start planning the agenda. They need to overcome the prevailing complacency about the strength of the current security system and its ability to prevent a nuclear nightmare. The current system suffers from three fundamental weaknesses. It mostly relies on voluntary obligations that nations can take or leave. There are no mandatory international standards that would allow for effective evaluation of security consistency and competency across borders. And, there is no requirement for peer review or even communication among countries about their security strategy and practices. The result is an opaque global patchwork, with the weakest links offering tempting targets for increasingly emboldened terrorists………

Recognizing that the clock is running out on the high-level summit process, there are five priorities that need to be achieved at the 2016 summit……..

October 25, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Allison M. Macfarlane gives up the battle of being head of Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Macfarlane, AllisonChief of Nuclear Regulatory Commission Will Leave Job That She Fought to Keep NYT By OCT. 21, 2014 The chairwoman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Tuesday that she would leave the commission and return to academia at the end of the year, a little more than a year after she survived a cliffhanger fight with a California senator to keep her job.

The chairwoman, Allison M. Macfarlane, a geologist with a strong background in nuclear waste issues, said she would become the director of the Center for International Science and Technology Policy at George Washington University………

October 23, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Fukushima: what life there is like, today

(PHOTOS)  What life is really like in Japan following the Fukushima nuclear disaster OCTOBER 20, 2014

“………“Time had stopped. In the main part of the town the buildings are still collapsed from the earthquake. It’s kind of nuts. It was weird, like a time warp, everything is all overgrown,” she said………e day of the earthquake schools were due to hold graduation ceremonies, with many of the preparations for celebrations still intact.

“They literally evacuated that day and were told they had to get out of town completely and since then they haven’t been able to go back,” she said.

“The kids themselves haven’t been back, adults have gone back on a daily pass to clear their house. Anyone that’s under 15 isn’t able to go on. So it’s pretty tough on them.”…….. 160,000 people have been forced from their homes after Japan’s environment ministry labelled 11 municipalities “no-go zones”. They’ve been forced to live in temporary housing while authorities painstakingly decontaminate the area in order for them to return home…….

Fukushima Update’s editor James Corbett, who lives 600 kilometres from the plant and started his website in an attempt to provide information on the disaster, said the situation is still a “huge problem” with no resolution in sight.

“The cores are still there and highly radioactive. The technology to approach the cores does not exist yet,” he told

“Just last week they had a typhoon and in the wake of that they found 10 times the radioactivity in the groundwater than in the week before.”

Since the disaster, Mr Corbett said clean-up operations have focused on containing groundwater that has become contaminated with radioactive material. But as more flows into the area each day from Japan’s mountains, it’s an ongoing problem that doesn’t come close to solving the real issue.

“There really isn’t the technology to even begin approaching the core of these reactors yet,’’ he said. “[They’re] the fundamental cause of the problem. That is going to go on for potentially years, potentially decades. At this stage it’s more damage control and trying to take care of things like the radioactive water.”………

There’s even a term — Genpatsu rikon — or “atomic divorce” coined to describe marriages ripped apart by the strain. Meanwhile there are plenty of tales of peoplebeing discriminated against by being banned from donating blood and asked to provide medical certificates on job applications, while farmers have had their livelihood threatened by stigma over produce.

“It’s taken a huge toll on residents of Fukushima and will probably continue for a long time to come,” Mr Corbett said.

“For generations survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had a stigma attached to them. They were often treated differently if it was known they were from that area. I know even in my area of Japan … when I was working in school system there were students that had been evacuated. [It would be] interesting to see if they were treated differently.”

Despite this, effects of the disaster are often not openly discussed, as “expressing strong opinions, especially ones not seen as conducive to general harmony, is not seen as acceptable in public” in Japan, Mr Corbett said.

There is also a view that authorities are “basically trying to keep it out of the headlines” in the lead up to the Tokyo Olympics.

“Their number one project is trying to keep the situation under control in order to successfully conduct the Tokyo Olympics 2020,” he said……….

October 21, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Niigata governor says answers on Fukushima disaster needed before any nuclear restart in Japan

More answers about Fukushima disaster needed before reactor restarts, Niigata governor says, Japan Times,  AP  OCT 16, 2014 Niigata Gov. Hirohiko Izumida said Japan should not restart any nuclear plants until the cause of the Fukushima meltdowns is fully understood and nearby communities have emergency plans that can effectively respond to another major disaster.

Izumida, whose prefecture is home to Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s seven-reactor Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant, said on Wednesday that regulators look at equipment but don’t evaluate local evacuation plans……….

October 18, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Al Gore praises companies for their renewable energy plans

Gore,-Al-climateAl Gore lauds, Google, Apple for renewable energy plans

Summary: The former vice-president president of the United States advised Dreamforce attendees about the necessities (and business opportunities) presented by the “age of renewables.” AN FRANCISCO—Former Vice President Al Gore has many choice words about the ramifications hammering the environment, stemming from corporate influences on politicians and governments worldwide.

But the climate change advocate had a few bits of praise reserved for a select group of big tech corporations — specifically for Google, Apple, and — while speaking at the close of the latter’s annual expo on Thursday.

“Everyone knows the way we got out of the Great Depression was mobilizing for World War II,” said Gore. “Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a huge project where we needed to mobilize people around the world for jobs that couldn’t be automated?”

With his talk, Gore hinted we have that major project.

Over the course of an hour, Gore fired off harrowing statistics about many recent natural disasters from China to Guatemala to Colorado over the last few years, followed up by some sobering predictions concerning ongoing droughts and continuously plummeting winter temperatures.

“We’ve got to take responsibility for consequences of our actions endangering the earth,” Gore retorted.

Nevertheless, Gore remained optimistic, insisting that many of these predictions can be curbed with immediate response and action.

“We need to recognize the age of renewables is beginning,” insisted Gore. He emphasized the business opportunities by renewable energy development and technology, asserting that “the private sector is going to finance most of renewable energy.”

Along with championing the aforementioned trio of Silicon Valley titans for their respective energy efficiency goals, Gore highlighted American business magnate and billionaire Warren Buffett as a prime example of an entrepreneur investing heavily in the renewable energy space.

“He’s not someone known for making dumb decisions,” Gore quipped. The Internet, Gore continued, is going to play a huge role in this shift as well. Projecting that the Internet will be more powerful (and influential) than television, Gore cited advertising dollars online surpassed those on the small screen last year.

As a further incentive to the keynote audience filled with sales executives and software developers, Gore observed that “we are always surprised” when technology costs drop dramatically, referencing the development of processors and Moore’s Law as examples. He theorized the same can be done with wind and solar power tech.

Gore concluded, “I’m optimistic about this, but we need to speed it up.”

October 18, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Nuclear energy deal between South Africa and France

France, S Africa sign nuclear energy deal THE AUSTRALIAN AFP OCTOBER 16, 2014 

Paris and Pretoria have signed an agreement which could open the way for French nuclear giant Areva to bid to build eight nuclear reactors in South Africa worth up to $US50 billion ($A54.10 billion). French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and South African Tina Joematt Pettersson signed an intergovernmental agreement on co-operation in nuclear energy development which is necessary for any commercial deal……..

October 18, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Dr Caldicott talks with Harvey Wasserman, about Fukushima, and meeting Ronald Reagan

Caldicott,-Helen-4Dr. Caldicott Tells of Fukushima’s Lethal Toll and Meeting Ronald Reagan  | EcoWatch  17 Oct 14 She tells us about what’s happening to the renewable industry in Australia, and why Dr. James Hansen needs to reassess his views on atomic energy. “Nuclear Power Plants are cancer factories and bomb factories … because any country that has a nuclear reactor makes 500 pounds of plutonium a year and you need 10 pounds to make an atomic bomb … so the nuclear power industry in this country in its wisdom and in Japan, Canada and elsewhere is selling nuclear reactors as fast as it can … and they will have enough plutonium to make enough atomic bombs for the next half a million years … cause that’s how long the plutonium lasts …,” said Dr. Caldicott.

Then she shared one of modern American history’s most critical episodes. In the early 1980s, during the global campaign for a nuclear freeze, Helen met Patty Davis, the daughter of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Davis figured that Dr. Caldicott might be one of the few people who might reach her father about the dangers of nuclear war.

So she brought Helen to the White House. Dr. Caldicott quickly sized up the President and determined to treat him “like a patient.” He was already showing early signs of the Alzheimer’s disease that would eventually claim him … and much of his second term in office.

For more than an hour Dr. Caldicott talked with the world’s most powerful about what atomic war might do to the human race. It was, she said, a uniquely long meeting with our oldest president.

And, apparently, it did have an impact. Hear all about it on my Solartopia Green Power & Wellness show:

October 18, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment


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