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Nuclear industry jumps on the Nuclear Security bandwagon

The big pitch to get “nuclear security” (now there’s another oxymoron) is being taken up by the nuclear lobby, with fervour. Let’s get new gee-whiz reactors that can use the old nuclear weapons fuel!

The world still ends up with even more toxic waste from these reactors. And the transport of the enriched uranium and plutonium? Still plenty of scope there for somebody to get hold of it and make a bomb. Even a “dirty bomb” will do. – our theme for April – Nuclear Power and Peace

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New York city start for the anti-nuclear renaissance

It’s also the anti-nuclear movement’s opportunity to excite the American people with a vision of what a world free of nuclear weapons looks like and how to get from here to there..

The New Anti-Nuclear Movement, THE HUFFINGTON POST, Frida Berrigan:, 16 April 2010,  “………NPT FocusAt the end of April, people will be coming to New York City from all over the world to participate in and monitor the UN Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. They will gather at the “For a Nuclear Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World” conference at Riverside Church in Manhattan on April 30 and May 1. Continue reading

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Depleted uranium causing infertlity in Israeli soldiers

Research by an Israeli doctor shows a significant drop in sperm count level and sperm motility among young Israeli soldiers in recent years.

Israel’s Declining Sperm Quality Tied to Depleted Uranium Exposure,  Atlantic Free Press, by Tim King, 16 April 2010 Israel’s population is facing a dire threat: a drastic depopulation, from the use of weapons that leave behind Depleted Uranium (DU). Depleted Uranium leads to the word Omnicidal, as DU kills everything in the food chain, everywhere the wind blows. Experts say the dramatic drop in Israel’s sperm count could eliminate their ability to reproduce. Continue reading

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USA’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission ‘in bed with nuclear industry’

Over the years, it has become apparent that the NRC is clearlyIN-BED with the nuclear industry in the push to certify the old nuclear plants for an additional 20-years of operation. The NRC is clearly engaged in a great nuclear experiment with public health and safety hanging in the balance

NRC Wants to Dig Another $10-Billion Dollar Hole in the Ground for Nuclear Waste | Before It’s News , 17 April 2010, “………..The NRC along with the nuclear industry are desperately seeking a quick solution to this dilemma because the government continues to authorize licenses for the construction of more nuclear power plants in the USA. Continue reading

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Iran holding disarmament conference, and preparing for next New York one.

the conference would serve as preparation for the next NPT review meeting in New York early next month, which Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki plans to attend.

Ahmadinejad to give opening speech at Iran nuclear summit, Google News hosting, (AFP) – 17 April 2010, TEHRAN — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will give the opening speech at a weekend nuclear disarmament conference to be attended by 24 foreign and deputy foreign ministers, official media reported….. Continue reading

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New Nuclear Summit prepared by defiant Iran

Iran News – Iran denounces Washington nuclear summit, prepares its own,  Global News Blog Headlines,  April 16th, 2010 , Iran denounces Washington nuclear summit, prepares its ownIran, not invited to the Washington nuclear security summit that opened on Monday, says it will not be bound by any agreement between the 47 nations represented. Yet Iran will be near the top of the agenda, because Washington and some other Western nations accuse Iran of having a nuclear weapons program……

Iran News – Iran denounces Washington nuclear summit, prepares its own | Global News Blog Headlines

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Areva and other uranium miners confronted by Niger’s new government

Niger government says will scrap mine deals if no benefit  Apr 16, 2010  By Abdoulaye Massalatchi NIAMEY (Reuters) – Niger’s military rulers will examine the country’s mining contracts and invalidate those that do not benefit Niger, it said on Friday.Several contracts, including those with French nuclear energy group Areva and China National Petroleum Corp., were signed under President Mamadou Tandja, who was overthrown by soldiers in the northwest African nation in February.”If a signed convention in the extractive industry is not advantageous for our country, there is no question of accepting it,” said government spokesman Mahaman Laouali Dan Dah.The military group has made anti-corruption a cornerstone of its appeal in the country, one of the world’s poorest despite its uranium mines and oil deposits….

Earlier this month, the government sacked 20 top officials working for state-owned companies, including those involved in representing the country’s uranium and oil interests.

Niger government says will scrap mine deals if no benefit | Top News | Reuters

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Regions and cities acting on Climate Change, side-stepping international agreements

Coalition of the Tired of Waiting: Fighting Climate Change at Ground Level: More Nimble Cities and Regions Eyeing First Mover Advantage,, by Ann Danylkiw – Apr 16th, 2010
A pattern is emerging in the geopolitics of climate change this year: Countries are banding together to begin to map out strategies to adapt to and mitigate climate change outside of the UNFCCC process and ahead of a final international climate agreement. Continue reading

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Rupert Murdoch aware of Climate Change dangers, despit Fox News

Murdoch said, “Climate change poses clear, catastrophic threats.”

Murdoch seems as much in the dark about Fox’s Neanderthal stance on the environment as he is about its deep complicity in far-right politics. In a painfully embarrassing public interview with Marvin Kalb last week, Murdoch claimed he had no idea that Fox News has been actively and directly promoting the tea party movement

Fox News Ignores Rupert’s Clean Little Secret, The Nation,  by Leslie Savan on 04/16/2010 Continue reading

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerned about in-situ uranium mining

The federal agency is concerned that injecting wastewater underground could pollute drinking water supplies.

Wyo. OK’ing uranium permits despite EPA concerns, THE HUFFINGTON POST,  16 April 2010, CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is proceeding with permits to allow uranium developers to inject wastewater underground despite federal regulators’ concerns. Continue reading

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Police recognise radiation risk, seek warning devices

Delhi Police to buy radiation meters, 16 April 2010, After having been caught unprepared during the radio-active Cobalt 60 exposure in the capital that affected seven people, the Delhi Police is now procuring sophisticated devices to monitor radiation…………. Continue reading

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Uranium mine contaminating water in Denver

Defunct uranium mine contaminating groundwater near reservoir, The Denver Post,By Bruce Finley, 04/16/2010 A defunct uranium mine in Jefferson County is contaminating groundwater near a reservoir, but government regulators and mine executives have yet to settle on a plan for cleanup.Uranium concentrations in groundwater 30 feet beneath the brim of the Schwartzwalder Mine exceed the human health standard for uranium by more than 1,000 times, according to state records reviewed Thursday.Unhealthy concentrations also were detected in Ralston Creek, which eventually enters Denver Water’s Ralston Reservoir. The reservoir supplies water to Denver and Arvada.

Defunct uranium mine contaminating groundwater near reservoir – The Denver Post

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U.S govt’s nuclear spending contradicts its disarmament rhetoric

the 2011 federal budget for nuclear weapons research and development is likely to be more than $7 billion. If the Obama administration has its way, it could reach $8 billion per year by the end of this decade. This steady and growing investment contradicts the White House’s promising rhetoric of disarmament.

The New Anti-Nuclear Movement, THE HUFFINGTON POST, Frida Berrigan:, 16 April 2010, “………the upcoming Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty Review Conference will take place at the United Nations next month…..According to a Pew Research survey last fall, a little more than a half of the American public believes that “an attack on the United States with a nuclear, biological or chemical weapon is a greater danger now than it was 10 years ago.” Continue reading

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Local residents in Myapuri tested for radiation contamination

Myapuri residents tested for radiation exposure, LittleAbout , 16 Apr 2010 Thirteen people underwent medical examinations at the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) in New Delhi Friday to check whether they have been exposed to harmful radiations, an INMAS official told IANS. Continue reading

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Australia’s pro-uranium govt deceiving Australian public

Labor Lied About Nuclear Waste, New Matilda, 17 Aopril 2010, By Scott Ludlam The Rudd Government is trying to force a nuclear waste dump on a remote Aboriginal community and is hoping that most voters won’t care or notice,  Continue reading

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