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Atomic tests ruling is ‘too late’

radiation-warningAtomic tests ruling is ‘too late’ BBC News 6 June 09

An atomic test veteran from Manchester said a ruling by the High Court to give ex-servicemen the right to sue the British government has come too late.

Peter Gilbody, 70, of Withington, was involved in clearing up nuclear bomb debris in Australia in 1958. He has since been diagnosed with skin cancer.

About 1,000 servicemen blame their ill health on Britain’s involvement in nuclear tests in the South Pacific……………………..

He said: “I used to bury radioactive material… I had a mate who washed down our vehicles and planes and he got it terrible.

“Widows have lost husbands very early in life, children have got leukaemia.

“Compensation is a bit late now, it won’t do me any good now will it?”

In January the MoD tried to halt compensation claims, arguing that they had been made far too late to go ahead.

Many atomic veterans are terminally ill and since the original hearing seven claimants have died.

BBC NEWS | UK | England | Merseyside | Atomic tests ruling is ‘too late’

June 6, 2009 Posted by | environment, UK | , , , | Leave a comment

Court says nuclear test soldiers can sue Britain

Court says nuclear test soldiers can sue Britain

Adelaide Now CHARLES MIRANDA in London

June 06, 2009

THE British High Court has concluded thousands of Australian service men and their families were treated as nuclear ‘guinea pigs’, giving them the right to sue the British Government.

The bombshell decision found the British Ministry of Defence did have a case to answer that it unfairly exposed servicemen from Australia, Britain, New Zealand and Fiji to atomic fallout during the series of tests in South Australia, Western Australia and off the eastern coast on atolls in the Pacific during the 1950s.

The sensational ruling was greeted with cheers from many veterans in Room 73 of the London Royal Courts of Justice where for five years 1000 of them have fought to prove they and their families had suffered because of radioactive exposure.

The case paves the way for millions of dollars in compensation to now be offered to the servicemen exposed on land, air and sea who were directed into mushroom clouds to test the effects of the weaponry on the human body.

The Australian Federal Government had stalled for years on whether to pay compensation, citing it was awaiting for a ruling to be made by the British High Court since the tests were done by the British Government.

AdelaideNow… Court says nuclear test soldiers can sue Britain

June 6, 2009 Posted by | politics, UK | , , , , | Leave a comment

‘The question now is not whether nuclear energy is clean, but is it sustainable to provide power?’

‘The question now is not whether nuclear energy is clean, but is it sustainable to provide power?’ indian express.com by Neha Sinha Jun 06, 2009 – “FRANZJOSEF SCHAUFHAUSEN, Deputy Director General of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, s………………………..Germany is trying to phase out nuclear energy and we don’t support nuclear energy becoming CDM projects. We have scientific studies on the table showing that it is possible to have a future without nuclear energy. We had a very long discussion in Germany on nuclear energy.

The question now is not whether nuclear energy is clean, but is it sustainable to provide power? The position of the German government is that nuclear energy is too risky. At the moment in Europe, we don’t have the possibility to store the very dangerous nuclear waste which is produced from nuclear energy. Also uranium is limited. We have to construct an energy future working with energy efficiency and renewable energy.

‘The question now is not whether nuclear energy is clean, but is it sustainable to provide power?’

June 6, 2009 Posted by | ENERGY, Germany | , , , | 2 Comments

Rogue Radiation

Rogue Radiation abc2news.com 6 June 09 ABC2News investigates how with a lack of federal oversight, there is no way to know the scope of the problem.

Giant piles of scrap metal get melted down to form the types of products you buy everyday, but a lengthy Scripps Howard News Service investigation found that not all those products come out shiny and new. ………………….Neal Shapiro is the owner of Cambridge Iron and Metal in Baltimore.
The concern in the scrap metal business is the recycling of metals with low level radiation.

Our investigation found that in some cases, contaminated metals like medical equipment and old industrial or aeronautical gauges make their way through some scrap yards and smelters without detection.

The end results are new products; radioactive products.

Our investigation found recycled radioactive metal was used to make cheese graters, parts of lazy boy chairs and years ago, the poles of some fast food tables. …………………………..And the equipment to detect is no bargain either, truck scales costs upwards of 50 thousand dollars.  It is a financial burden yards like Shaprio’s responsibly take on, but we found that there is no federal oversight or standard requiring scrap yards to test their metals.

Rogue Radiation – Baltimore News, Weather, Breaking News | WMAR-TV

June 6, 2009 Posted by | secrets,lies and civil liberties, USA | , , , | Leave a comment

In Renewable Energy Legislation, Nuclear Power May Find Exemptions

In Renewable Energy Legislation, Nuclear Power May Find Exemptions redOrbit  5 June 2009 In a law that would mandate utility companies to generate a certain amount of electricity from renewable sources, U.S. legislators are trying to increase incentives for the use of nuclear power and energy efficiency. Nuclear power, however, is not currently considered a renewable electricity source according to the terms laid out in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee bill. If the bill becomes law, a predetermined percentage of every U.S. utility company’s total power output would have to be dedicated to renewable energy sources.

The Senate committee recently modified the bill to include an amendment authored by Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski. Under the modified legislation, any future increase in capacity at existing nuclear power plants or new nuclear power plants would be exempt from the bill’s green energy requirements.

By not including the expansion of output at nuclear power plants, the amendment would allow these power plants to increase energy production without being subject to mandatory increases in the amount of renewable power they generate.

In Renewable Energy Legislation, Nuclear Power May Find Exemptions – Science News – redOrbit

June 6, 2009 Posted by | politics, USA | , , | Leave a comment

Nuclear power consultation process blasted by Northern Alberta residents

Nuclear power consultation process blasted by Northern Alberta residents By Hanneke Brooymans, edmontonjournal.com une 5, 2009 EDMONTON — Citizens who gathered in Edmonton Friday to participate in a provincial government consultation on nuclear power blasted the process for being secretive and rushed………………………….

Citizens who don’t want nuclear power plants in Alberta say the entire consultation process on the issue has been biased, beginning with the expert report released earlier this year.

They also found the five weeks given to the public to fill out a survey workbook was too short.

Albertans were given 75 days to offer their thoughts on new licence plates and 60 days on parks consultations, said Mark Sandilands, a member of a southern Alberta environmental group called Greensence.

The group is pushing for the provincial government to also run a public consultation process on renewable energy options.

Nuclear power consultation process blasted by Northern Alberta residents

June 6, 2009 Posted by | Canada, secrets,lies and civil liberties | , , , | Leave a comment

Anti-nuclear opinions dominate uranium forum in Regina

Anti-nuclear opinions dominate uranium forum in Regina By Angela Hall, Leader-PostJune 5, 2009 REGINA — More than 400 people gathered in Regina to weigh in on the province’s nuclear options, with many in the crowd firmly opposed to the idea of building a reactor………………

During the open microphone portion of the meeting Thursday night, Regina resident Ron Bocking asked those opposed to nuclear power to raise their hand — which prompted most of the crowd to cheer and put up their arm.

“I’m strongly opposed to nuclear energy for three main reasons,” said Bocking, calling it economically unfeasible, dangerous due to the waste that has to be isolated from the environment and unnecessary. “There’s many other forms of energy.”………………………

Others called for a bigger focus on renewable energy options.

“Why isn’t there a public meeting of this size talking about solar and wind?” asked one man.

Anti-nuclear opinions dominate uranium forum in Regina

June 6, 2009 Posted by | Canada, politics | , , , | Leave a comment

Areva Offers India Stakes in African Mines, Jain Says

Areva Offers India Stakes in African Mines, Jain Says

By Archana Chaudhary

June 5 (Bloomberg) — Areva SA, the world’s biggest maker of atomic reactors, has offered India stakes in African uranium mines to ensure supplies for fuel-starved plants, the head of the nation’s monopoly nuclear generator said.

State-run Nuclear Power Corp. of India is considering investing in as many as four mines, including projects in South Africa and Nigeria, Chairman Shreyans Kumar Jain said in an interview in Mumbai. Patricia Marie, a spokeswoman for Areva in Paris, confirmed “strategic talks” with partners to develop some mines and declined to comment on specific proposals.

India would gain resources for its atomic expansion after Australia, with the world’s largest known uranium reserves, refused to sell to countries that haven’t signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Areva is building the first large- capacity reactor project in the South Asian nation, which plans a 14-fold increase in nuclear generation by 2030………………………Areva, which is building the first large-capacity atomic project in India with overseas equipment, will also supply uranium to run the reactors for 60 years, Chief Executive Officer Anne Lauvergeon said in February after signing a preliminary sales agreement………………………..

The two companies are waiting for France’s parliament to approve an inter-governmental agreement before raising 3 billion euros ($4.25 billion) for the project, he said.

A final accord may be signed next year after obtaining French parliamentary and regulatory approvals, Jain said.

Areva Offers India Stakes in African Mines, Jain Says (Update1) – Bloomberg.com

June 6, 2009 Posted by | India, politics | , , , | Leave a comment