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Anti- nuclear protest at Copenhagen

Nuclear power protested from Copenhagen to Washington FACING SOUTH 11 Dec 09 The nuclear power industry’s efforts to promote new reactors as a solution to climate change is inspiring creative protests by environmentalists.
At the U.N. Climate Summit in Copenhagen yesterday, members of environmental groups that are part of the international Don’t Nuke the Climate campaign placed a radiation-protection mask on the city’s iconic Little Mermaid statue.

The protests are leading up to tomorrow’s international “Don’t Nuke the Climate!” action day, with more than 200 actions planned in a dozen countries.

Here in the United States, the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) — a nuclear power watchdog group with offices in Asheville, N.C. — has several actions planned for today and tomorrow. Also involved are Public Citizen, Beyond Nuclear, Friends of the Earth and the Chesapeake Safe Energy Coalition……………The protesters say that new nuclear plants do not offer a real solution to climate change because it takes about 10 years to build a single reactor — longer than we can wait to start making carbon reductions — and because those reactors are enormously expensive, sucking up investments that could be spent on more efficient technologies.

In addition, the protesters point out that nuclear power does in fact produce greenhouse gases — when reactors are constructed and in the mining, transport and reprocessing of fuel. At the same time, global warming puts nuclear plants at risk, with a growing number of reactors being shut down due to summer heat waves and droughts that impact their cooling systems.

To date, more than 850 organizations worldwide have signed a statement that says, “We do not support construction of new nuclear reactors as a means of addressing the climate crisis. Available renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies are faster, cheaper, safer and cleaner strategies for reducing greenhouse emissions than nuclear power.” More than 50,000 people in 112 countries have signed a similar petition in the past two months.

ISS – Nuclear power protested from Copenhagen to Washington

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AREVA falsifies the facts on nuclear power

For Copenhagen, AREVA makes the false nuclear case Beyond Nuclear 12 Dec 09 In anticipation of the Copenhagen climate conference which began this week, Areva CEO, Anne Lauvergeon, stated during a French radio interview that nuclear power “does not release CO2″ and that it “produces very little waste.”

These remarks were immediately condemned by the leading independent French radiological laboratory -CRIIRAD -who demanded that Lauvergeon take immediate steps to clean up the company’s contaminated African uranium mine sites in Gabon and Niger.

CRIIRAD also reminded Lauvergeon that (1) nuclear releases significant amounts of greenhouse gases, (2) that every stage of the nuclear fuel chain produces large quantities of radioactive wastes for which no safe storage solution has been found and (3) Areva has left populations to live on land or in dwellings contaminated by its activities.

Any decisions made at Copenhagen should not be based on erroneous information emanating from the nuclear industry, CRIIRAD said. From uranium extraction to enrichment, reprocessing and contamination of water supplies, Areva’s nuclear activities leave a virtually permanent trail of highly radioactive waste. The CRIIRAD press release is available in French and contains details of the radioactive contamination caused by Areva’s activities in France and overseas. And see also an article in English from Agence France Presse about Areva’s radioactive contamination in Gabon.

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Senate sneaking nuclear into Climate Policy

Senate Climate Roadmap Caters to Nuclear, Offshore Drilling Proponents

December 11, 2009

Architects of Senate energy and climate legislation reiterated their support for nuclear power and offshore drilling yesterday in an effort to garner the support of moderate Democrats and Republicans………… Continue reading

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Depleted uranium -a pending disaster

Vital Truths and Information Clearing House: Excerpts from Depleted Uranium – Far Worse Than 9/11 not 12 Dec 09 Depleted Uranium Dust – Public Health Disaster For The People Of Iraq and Afghanistan, Bosnia and Serbia and the Military in the Doug Westerman and other sourcesIn 1979, depleted uranium (DU) particles escaped from the National Lead Industries factory near Albany, N.Y., Continue reading

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Uranium corruption in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan to take former uranium boss to court over thef tKazakh prosecutors have filed a criminal court case against the former uranium boss Dzhakishev over corruption, they said World Bulletin 10 December 2009.……………Charges of illegally selling uranium deposits that had previously caused concerns among foreign investors have not been included in the case and will be investigated separately, the Kazakh Prosecutor General’s office said.

Kazakhstan to take former uranium boss to court over theft [ WORLD BULLETIN- TURKEY NEWS, WORLD NEWS ]

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California doesn’t want radioactive dirt

Dispute over radioactive dirt going to Calif site Mercury News By NOAKI SCHWARTZ Associated Press Writer  12/11/2009 LOS ANGELES—Boeing Co. and NASA have applied to the state to haul tainted soil from a partial nuclear meltdown at a former rocket test lab to a San Joaquin Valley dump that’s not licensed to accept radioactive waste. Continue reading

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US firms charging India high nuclear prices

‘US, European firms quoting higher prices for nuclear equipment’ Business Standard Press Trust of India / New Delhi December  Dec 12, 2009 The government today indicated its preference for buying nuclear power equipment for the country’s atomic power projects from Russia, saying US and European companies are quoting higher prices…… Continue reading

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Flat outlook for uranium price

Half-hearted uranium price response to Olympic Dam incident

Mining Weekly By: Liezel Hill
12th December 2009

TORONTO  – The uranium spot price firmed in October, after BHP Billiton reported an accident at its Olympic Dam copper/uranium mine mine, in Australia, but has failed to find support at the higher level, Australian equity research firm Resource Capital Research (RCR) commented on Friday. Continue reading

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India’s nuclear plants will be very slow in coming

India-defers-npower-target-by.15 years to 2035

Natalie Obiko Pearson / Bloomberg 10 Dec 09

Mumbai: India has deferred by 15 years its target to build 40,000MW of nuclear power capacity amid policy delays, an official at a state-owned utility said. Continue reading

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Did the US abduct Iran’s nuclear scientist?

Iran nuclear scientist ‘abducted by US’ BBC News 8 Dec 09
Iran has accused the US of abducting one of its nuclear scientists who has been missing since June.

Shahram Amiri disappeared in Saudi Arabia while on a Muslim pilgrimage. Continue reading

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US firms push for India to cover nuke accidents

This legislation specifies that legal jurisdiction in the event of an accident will lie within India. US nuclear firms close in on Indian market  Business Standard Ajai Shukla / New Delhi December 11, 2009, Stakes in India’s nuclear power generation programme are among the highest in the world………. Continue reading

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