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Pennsylvania nuclear reactors at higher risk of earthquakes

nuke-earthquakeNuclear reactor owners asked to reassess quake resistanceApril 21, 2014 By Don Hopey / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Due to higher earthquake risk in the region, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is requiring three Pennsylvania nuclear reactors to conduct in-depth reassessments of their ability to withstand larger earth tremors.

FirstEnergy’s Beaver Valley Units 1 and 2, in Shippingport, Beaver County, and Exelon’s Three Mile Island Unit 1, south of Harrisburg in Dauphin County, are among nine commercial nuclear reactors in the eastern U.S. and two dozen nationwide that must conduct the re-evaluations and issue reports to the NRC by the end of the year.

“Based on the latest seismic data, the risk of earth movement is higher in the region, and more testing and analysis is warranted,” said Neil Sheehan, an NRC spokesman……..

Mark Petersen, USGS project chief of the 2008 National Seismic Hazard Maps in Golden, Co., said new ground motion records and additional geological studies of the New Madrid fault show higher recurrence rates than previously thought.

“Because of what happened with the New Madrid in 1811-1812,” he said, “we’re more worried about big earthquakes in those areas in the future.”


April 23, 2014 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment

UV radiation an important component of climate change

UV-radiation data to help ecological research, Eureka Alert 22April 14  Many research projects study the effects of temperature and precipitation on the global distribution of plant and animal species. However, an important component of climate research, the UV-B radiation, is often neglected. The landscape ecologists from UFZ in collaboration with their colleagues from the Universities in Olomouc (Czechia), Halle and Lüneburg have processed UV-B data from the U.S. NASA space agency in such a way that they can be used to study the influence of UV-B radiation on organisms. Continue reading

April 23, 2014 Posted by | 2 WORLD, climate change | Leave a comment

Nuclear power plants operating license fees to go up

Indian Point nuclear licenses to cost more Michael Risinit April 22, 2014  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission collects most of the money in its budget from the nation’s nuclear plants, including Indian Point. our first driver’s license at 16 will cost you $80. A resident hunting license? $22. A license to operate a nuclear reactor? Millions.

While most of your tax dollars go toward the agencies and departments involved with healthcare, defense and the national debt, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission gets most of its money from the industry it oversees. By law, the NRC must recover about 90 percent of its budget from license charges, spokesman Neil Sheehan said.

This year the fee is going up by $938,000. That means Entergy, the owner of Indian Point nuclear power plant, and the country’s other nuclear power companies must pony up $5,328,000 for each running reactor. That money will go back into the U.S. Treasury’s general fund………

April 23, 2014 Posted by | business and costs, USA | Leave a comment

Computer based tool to solve problems in burial of nuclear wastes

Nuclear waste heads into the virtual realm Physics World, Apr 16, 2014 A new computer-based tool designed to help find the best sites for nuclear-waste repositories and to win public confidence in them has been developed by researchers in Germany. The €3m VIRTUS virtual underground laboratory will allow scientists to explore the behaviour of highly radioactive materials inside specific rock formations, with the aim of making it cheaper to develop and build repositories. Critics, however, argue that the new software will do little to improve safety and might disrupt real laboratory studies of nuclear waste.

Underground disposal

Many scientists believe that the best way to dispose of spent nuclear fuel and other long-lived radioactive materials is to bury them hundreds of metres underground, with Sweden and Finland having both selected sites for national waste repositories next to existing nuclear power stations. France also plans to open its own facility in 2025, and, like Sweden, has built a major underground lab to test the geology and technologies to be used at the site.

However, there are severe technical and societal problems associated with repositories, not least that the waste they contain will remain harmful for hundreds of thousands of years. The development of a national repository in Germany, for example, has been mired in controversy. A formal site-selection process has still to be set up, even though exploratory work at the Gorleben salt mine in the north of the country began as far back as the 1970s. The nearby Asse mine, meanwhile, was set up in the 1960s as a research facility but was decommissioned in 1997 after a brine leak threatened to flood the complex and cause it to collapse.

Developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation (IFF) in Magdeburg, together with Germany’s nuclear-safety organization (GRS), the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources and the waste-repository company DBE Technology, VIRTUS will attempt to partially address this issue. The software enables detailed models of specific rock formations or mine structures to be created and then fed into a simulation to calculate how a repository would evolve physically and chemically over time. The results of these calculations can then be visualized graphically, and it is planned that members of the public will in future be able to see those graphics inside a 360° projection system…….

April 23, 2014 Posted by | Germany, wastes | 1 Comment

Renewable energy in Pacific Islands – promoted by New Zealand and European Union

New Zealand, EU push ahead with renewable energy initiatives in Pacific Apr 22,2014 WELLINGTON, (Xinhua) — A joint New Zealand-European Union (EU) mission will tour four Pacific island countries this week to assess progress on renewable energy projects, New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully announced Tuesday.

 The tour follows up on the Pacific Energy Summit in New Zealand in March last year and the launch of the European Union-New Zealand Energy Access Partnership to fund renewable energy projects in the region.   The summit’s aim was to move Pacific nations closer to achieving 50 percent of their electricity from renewable means and 635 million NZ dollars (545.02 million U.S. dollars) was secured for Pacific energy projects.

“This mission is an opportunity to see the progress being made on renewable energy initiatives in Samoa, Tuvalu, Kiribati, and the Cook Islands, and to meet with the Pacific governments and organizations to discuss opportunities for further cooperation,” McCully said in a statement. “Representatives from the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the International Renewable Energy Agency are also joining the mission to gain further insight into the potential for sustainable energy across the Pacific,” he said.

“Renewable energy is a strong focus of our support to developing countries and we are committed to working with partners like the European Union to deliver clean, safe and reliable energy projects.”

European Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, who will accompany McCully on the mission, said the EU projects included solar panels installed to renewable provide electricity in Apia, extending the availability of reliable electricity with solar panels for Tuvalu’ s outer islands, and agreeing with the Asian Development Bank to construct six photovoltaic power plants in the Cook Islands.

In Kiribati, Piebalgs would also launch a barge that would protect Tarawa’s beaches from silt build-up and open a laboratory dedicated to monitoring and responding to environmental diseases.

Both projects were necessary to mitigate the effects of climate change in Kiribati, Piebalgs said in a statement.

April 23, 2014 Posted by | New Zealand, OCEANIA, renewable | Leave a comment

New technology brings renewable energy’s challenge to the old power systems

Renewables changing the nature of power Crikey,  GUY RUNDLE | APR 22, 2014 New technology has dramatically increased the possibilities of renewable energy. But the material revolution challenges those who want to preserve the existing relations of production, consumption and energy.

Halfway through April this year, scientists at Harvard and MIT announced something extraordinary: they had found a way to create solar cells that can store accumulated energy from sunlight, and then — with no more than a burst of  afew photons, release that energy....(registered readers only)

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

The rise and rise of solar power: the fall and fall of nuclear

sun-championAs nuclear power dies, solar rises By Denis Hayes and Scott Denman  April 22, 2014 (CNN) – At long last, this Earth Day we celebrate the true dawn of the Solar Age. That sunrise is hastened, here and abroad, by the slow demise of the once-touted “too-cheap-to-meter” Atomic Age of nuclear power.

 As utilities find nuclear power less and less cost effective, new solar photovoltaic installations in the United States are springing up. New solar installations in 2013 reached a record 4.2 gigawatts, bringing the total to 10. On average, one gigawatt of solar photovoltaics powers 164,000 U.S. homes. That means power for 1.6 million homes.

Worldwide, in 2013, solar power installations grew by 38 gigawatts, from 96 to 134. According to the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013, in the preceding year, 45 gigawatts of wind and 32 gigawatts of solar power were installed worldwide, compared with a net addition of just 1.2 gigawatts of nuclear.

 Hastening this energy revolution is the nuclear industry’s Achilles heel: an aging, dangerous reactor fleet that is increasingly uncompetitive and new reactor designs that are too expensive to build.

 Last year, utilities permanently shuttered five more reactors, lowering the number of operating units in the United States to fewer than 100 for the first time in two decades. Utility owners canceled at least nine planned upgrades of existing reactors, deeming the investments no longer economically justifiable.

Additionally, nine planned new nuclear reactors were axed in 2013, an indication of how rapidly things have changed. Just five years ago, utilities applied for licenses to construct at least 27 new reactors. By the close of 2013, only four of those reactor projects were still alive…….

April 23, 2014 Posted by | renewable, USA | Leave a comment

Corporate investment in renewable energy is the goal for Business Renewables Resource Center

piggy-ban-renewablesGetting Fortune 500 To Invest Much More In Renewable Energy (VIDEO) Clean Technic a 23 April 14  Last week, RMI’s program to significantly scale the commitment by Fortune 500 companies to source renewable energy was chosen as one of six winners at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit’s Finance for Resilience (“FiRe”) event. FiRe is designed to identify the best proposals to spur increased investment in renewables and scale them as quickly as possible.

RMI’s plan is to create a Business Renewables Resource Center that will help to double clean energy cash flows by 2019 by increasing clean energy procurement by large commercial and industrial companies. While the Center will initially focus on the U.S. market, the capability will effectively travel within these large corporations to other countries….

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

Those outside Fukushima receive no help with health monitoring although contamination has spread far beyond the prefectural border 福島県外の被曝健康調査は全て自助努力となっており、国は必要性を認めていない。


This is a badly translated version of the article that was posted to Face book by

from this article in Japanese

Dated ; 2014年4月22日 07時10分

The original article in Japanese has been posted below for our Japanese speakers to disseminate fully…

Here is the rough translation in English by arclight2011part2



Concerning the TEPCO nuclear power plant nuclear disaster, the health testing in the Fukushima prefecture, this is not reproduced in other areas where high levels of radiation have been found. There are not funds made available to these other contaminated areas.

Last September a co-operative was formed and an ultrasound device was purchased for some 3 million Yen to voluntarily check in Ibaraki and Chiba prefectures supported by 3 volunteer doctors.

To support this effort a charge of 1,000 Yen is charged to individuals who undergo the tests. The testing was inundated by requests and 816 people had been examined by March 2014

A high dose of radioactivity area at the same level as Fukushima is had. I am going to inspect the fund in future in the other main prefecture including Tochigi.

In the metropolitan area, I observe 0.40 0.30 an mcSv/h ( 0.23 mcSv/h is the decontamination target of the country) even after space radiation dose comes in districts such as Yorii, Nasumachi, Tochigi or Nasu-Shiobara-shi Sekiya in this year.

The self-governing body supports the expense that inhabitants are examined on an original budget at hospitals.

 In Nasumachi, inTochigi, the total amount supports examination of thyroid gland costs for children 18 years or younger. Tsukuba-shi or Joso City supports a 3,000 yen cost in the upper limit in Ibaraki prefecture. Matsudo-shi begins the furtherance of the same amount soon, for the first time in Chiba prefecture.

As for all the inhabitants who were younger than 18 years old, it received an examination of thyroid gland at the time of a nuclear plant accident at no cost in Fukushima by the assistance of the govenment. In the other areas with no assistance, it is forced to a self fund through private enterprise and a NGO`s.

 The Government didn’t specify health investigation enforcement outside of Fukushima in a basic policy of the child / victim support method in a cabinet decision last October.

An opinion said [you should carry testing out out of the prefecture] was sent, but the government didn’t accept that opinion as there isn’t the possibility that increase is accepted because of the health advice concerning radiation by the report of the World Health Organization (WHO) of last February 2014.

 I demanded it, but the governement doesn’t accept the opinion, so that nine mayors of Chiba guarantee Fukushima and the health care of the residents such as pregnant women who had a child since last October.

Shoji Sawada / the Masaru Nagoya honorary professor points it out with [the country may be afraid that inspection costs could become enormous]. [there is the person who shows a problem with a very small amount of radiation.] It is the abandonment of the responsibility of the government and the present conditions that a self-governing body (NGO) and the volunteers that a nuclear plant accident is cannot fully test for prooblems.

The seminar that it obeyed a basic policy to leave slight possibility for examination with public funds out of Fukushima, and was installed in Ministry of the Environment……

I reexamine the ideal method of the health care and give a conclusion by the end of 2014…..  snip ends


Full article in Japanese – 日本語記事全文

東京電力福島第一原発事故を受け、福島県以外の地域で、住民団体が被ばく検査を自主的に実施したり、自治体が支援したりする動きが広がっている。背 景には、首都圏などでも局所的に空間放射線量が高い地域があるのに、福島県のように国費で被ばく検査する制度がないので自助努力せざるを得ないという、苦 渋の現実がある。 (大野暢子(まさこ)、写真も)



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April 23, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

UK campaign against Rolls Royce`s nuclear folly – Details 1st May 2014

Screenshot from 2014-04-22 23:51:31

10:30-12:00 Thursday 1st May
QEII Conference Centre
(Opposite Westminster Abbey/Central Hall)
Come and Tell Rolls Royce:
No New Nuclear Weapons!

Screenshot from 2014-04-22 23:53:18

Rolls Royce’s Annual General Meeting is on 1st May. It has a key role in designing and making the nuclear react­ors to power the ‘Successor’ nuclear-missile-carry­ing submarines. The go-ahead is not officially due until 2016, but work on them worth £3 billion is under way.

For more than 40 years Britain has agreed to negotiate the abolition of its nuclear weapons. But it has never begun to do so. 14 years ago Britain further undertook to ‘totally eliminate’ its nuclear weapons.

Yet the Defence Secretary told Parliament that the ‘Successor’ submar­ine programme would ensure that Britain’s nuclear weapons would remain effective into the 2060s – 100 years after it agreed to get rid of them!

Come and tell Rolls Royce to have nothing to do with it.

London and East Midlands CND

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Court action against Rolls Royce, over radiation safety issue

justiceRolls-Royce facing legal action over alleged radiation safety failings at Derby site  By RJohnson_dt  | February 03, 2014 ROLLS-ROYCE is being taken to court over alleged safety failings at one of its Derby sites The allegations brought by the Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency relate to the firm’s Marine Power Operations business, in Sinfin Lane. The charges centre on the management of risk of exposure to employees of ionising radiation from radioactive sources used in industrial radiography.

HSE specialist inspector David Orr, on behalf of the joint investigation team, said: “Having concluded our joint investigation with the Environment Agency into the incident we have decided there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to bring criminal proceedings in this case.

HSE and the Environment Agency will be charging Rolls-Royce Marine Power Operations Ltd under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999.”

The case is due to be heard at Derby Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Rolls-Royce Expands Nuclear Operations With US Buyout

Plant Operation

8 Jan 2013 (NucNet): Rolls-Royce Holdings is expanding its nuclear energy operations with the purchase for an undisclosed sum of US engineering company PKMJ Technical Services.

The acquisition aims to accelerate growth in nuclear services, London-based Rolls-Royce said in a statement today.

Rolls-Royce already has nuclear services facilities in Williamson, New York state, and Peterborough, in Canada, and a nuclear instrumentation and control facility based in Chattanooga, Tenessee. Last year Rolls-Royce acquired R Brooks Associates, a leading specialist civil nuclear reactor services business in the US.

The company also announced last year a collaboration with Hitachi to work on new nuclear reactors in the UK. In September 2011, Rolls-Royce signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation covering nuclear energy with Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

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April 22, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Former Official: Fukushima radiation is killing children… heart problems, leukemia, thyroid — Terrible things are going on — Authorities hiding truth from world — We need to admit many people are dying, but we’re not allowed to say that (VIDEO)

Published: April 21st, 2014 at 7:16 am ET

Interview with Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, April 21, 2014:

At 9:30 in

  • Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of Futaba in Fukushima Prefecture: There are still about 2 million people living in the prefecture, who have all sorts of medical issues. The authorities claim this has nothing to do with the radiation fallout from Fukushima. I demanded that the authorities substantiate their claim in writing, but they ignored my request. There are some terrible things going on in Fukushima. […] The biggest problem is that there is no one to help us. […] I talked to local authorities in different places in Fukushima, but no one would listen to me. They believe what the government says, while in reality radiation is still there — and it is killing children. They are dying of heart conditions, asthma, leukemia, thyroid complications. Lots of kids are extremely exhausted after school, others are simply unable to attend PE classes. But the authorities are still hiding the truth from us, and I don’t know why. Don’t they have children of their own? It hurts so much to know they can’t protect our children.

At 22:30 in

  • Sophie Shevardnadze, host: The United Nations report on the radiation fallout from Fukushima says no radiation-related deaths or acute diseases have been observed among the workers and the general public exposed. So it’s not that dangerous after all? Or is there not enough information available to make proper assessments?
  • Idogawa: This report is completely false. The report was made by a representative of Japan – Professor Hayano. Representing Japan, he lied to the whole world from the UN podium. When I was mayor, I knew many people who died from heart attacks, and then there were many people in Fukushima who died suddenly, even among young people. It’s a real shame that the authorities hide the truth from the whole world, from the UN. We need to admit that actually many people are dying, we are not allowed to say that, but TEPCO employees also are dying. But everyone is keeping mum about it.

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April 22, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Mayor in Fukushima during 3/11: Officials lied to everyone and hid the truth — It’s a violation of human rights to expose people to radiation like this, it’s terrible — Evacuees are forced to return, I’m really ashamed for my country (VIDEO)

Published: April 21st, 2014 at 4:47 pm ET

Interview with Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, April 21, 2014:

At 8:00 in

  • Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture: I’d like to show you a table with radiation levels around Chernobyl. Radiation levels [for evacuation] around Fukushima are four times higher than in Chernobyl, […] Exposing people to the current levels of radiation in Fukushima is a violation of human rights. It’s terrible. […] In many cases, evacuees are forced to return.

At 21:30 in

  • Idogawa: I’m really ashamed for my country, but I have to speak the truth for the sake of keeping our planet clean in the future. […] The same thing happened with Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The authorities lied to everyone. They said it was safe. They hid the truth. That’s the situation we are living in.

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April 22, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Nuclear Hotseat #118: Allison Katz interview

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How the World Health Organization came under the domination of the pro-nuclear International Atomic Energy Agency – the first of two exclusive Nuclear Hotseat reports on the unholy alliance that underlies our global misunderstandings of the dangers of nuclear radiation. 



INTERVIEW:  Special full-length interview with Alison Katz of Independent WHO on the history, politics and criminal negligence of the World Health Organization.  She is a sociologist and psychologist who worked for WHO for 18 years and now is a spokesperson for the organization that wants WHO to do its job regarding nuclear dangers and international public health.  Even if you think you understand this issue, you will be shocked by the specific instances where WHO has abdicated its power.  You’ll also be inspired by an international tactic Katz proposes that has the potential to turn this issue around.  


Independent WHO vigil infront of World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland - 10 hours a day, 5 days a week for 7 years.
Independent WHO Hippocratic vigil in front of World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland – 10 hours a day, 5 days a week for 7 years.


April 22, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

CALL OUT: Help Netpol’s legal challenge of secret police databases

CALL OUT: Help Netpol’s legal challenge of secret police databases.

Any UK based activists with an address can get support from this crowd of dedicated human rights supporters..  They are trying to challenge the UK slip into fascism.. well worth supporting.. A bit late for me though..

April 22, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

UK’s Drigg nuclear trash dump will be washed away by climate change’s sea level rise

nuke-&-seaLThis Huge Nuclear Waste Dump Will Be Washed Away By Rising Sea Levels    21 April 14,  Geoff Manaugh A dumping ground for nuclear waste located near the British coast is “virtually certain” to be washed away by rising sea levels, a new flag-UKreport warns. The UK Environment Agency has admitted that constructing the Drigg Low-Level Waste Repository so near the coast was a mistake, and that one million cubic meters of nuclear waste will begin leaking into the ocean “a few hundred to a few thousand years from now.”

Sounds bad? Pay no attention, then, to current plans to increase the site’s capacity by another 800,000 cubic meters over the next century, adding new waste that will include “radioactive debris from Britain’s nuclear power stations, nuclear submarines, nuclear weapons, hospitals and universities,” the Guardian reports.

It’s interesting to note that, while the site officially contains only low-level waste, there is suspicion that higher-level wastes with correspondingly higher levels of radioactivity could have been dumped there in the past. Recall the incredible tale of Sellafield nuclear power station—the site from which much of the waste now stored at Drigg originates—where records of previous dumping had been thrown away or lost. This led to the terrifying need to advertise in the local newspaper, saying: “We need your help.” Why? Because they had no idea what was buried there.

“Did you work at Sellafield in the 1960s, 1970s or 1980s?” the ad asked with false calm. “Were you by chance in the job of disposing of radioactive material? If so, the owners of Britain’s nuclear waste dump would very much like to hear from you: they want you to tell them what you dumped—and where you put it.”

In any case, the coastal tomb at Drigg is all but guaranteed to break apart in the waves and wash its mysterious and harmful contents into the sea. “A few hundred to a few thousand years from now” sounds like a long time, of course, but think of that as potentially little more than the time between us and Shakespeare (400 years), and the terrifying urgency of this becomes more clear. [Guardian]

April 22, 2014 Posted by | climate change, UK, oceans | Leave a comment


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