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USA nuclear power generation down, other energy sources up

Natural gas-fired generation was second to coal with a 9.6percent increase, while nuclear was down a little more than 2 percent,

U.S. generation from renewables, coal up in June, nuclear drops – POWER-GEN WorldWide, 15 September 2010 Continue reading

September 16, 2010 Posted by | general | , , , | Leave a comment

Wales has natural advantage to develop 100% renewable energy

Wales ‘poised for £50 billion of renewable energy investment’,  Low Carbon Economy9/15/2010 Wales could receive significant benefits from the development of the renewable energy industry, according to the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG).Speaking at an energy summit in Tredegar, first minister Carwyn Jones, said that the government would be working closely with industry to encourage the development of low carbon energy sources.

“The next 15 years could see some £50 billion plus of investment in energy projects in Wales,” Mr Jones said……By the year 2050 at the latest, the assembly government hopes to produce all electricity, heat and transport energy needs from renewable sources, which it claims can be achieved because of “Wales’ natural advantages”. ADNFCR-1235-ID-800065706-ADNFCR Wales ‘poised for £50 billion of renewable energy investment’ – Low Carbon Economy

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Great Lakes at risk from radioactive waste shipments

“There is a huge amount at stake with the largest body of surface fresh water in the world that serves as drinking water for over 40 million people.”

Nuclear shipments draw more fire  The Sarnia Observer – Ontario, CA,  SHAWN JEFFORDS, 15 Sept 10, A group of Great Lakes city mayors oppose a plan to ship nuclear waste through the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, representing 70 municipalities, wants halted Bruce Power’s plan to ship sixteen steam generators contaminated with low levels of radiation to Sweden for recycling.  Continue reading

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UK’s Trident nuclear missiles, super expensive, and useless anyway

Many among the top brass think we cannot afford them, and not a few regard nuclear weapons as unusable and pointless anyway.

The truth is that these armaments are essentially political not military weapons…..By whom are we to be attacked? Terrorists? In that case, against whom would we retaliate? Who do we deter?.

What price the nuclear club?  Mail Online, UK, 15 Sept 10, The Defence Budget is being seen in Whitehall as an obvious candidate for stern cuts; and this has raised the question of the expensive renewal programme for Trident – and even the point of the thing….. Continue reading

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Women want their day in court to protest against nuclear plant

“We want our day in court because what is going on there is a human rights violation because they are recklessly exposing all of us to a very serious danger, which is these radionuclides and the possibility of an explosion there,” Nestel said. “We want our day in court because we want to shut it down.”…..

Yankee protesters see charges dropped Bennington Banner:  September 14, 2010 BRATTLEBORO — The Windham County State’s Attorneys Office has dropped the unlawful trespassing charges against eight women arrested Aug. 10 at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Continue reading

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Vermont Yankee nuclear plant’s lack of commitment to worker safety

In addition to NRC approval, Entergy must also receive an OK from the Vermont State Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to continue operation past 2012.In February, the state Senate voted 26-4 against the continued operation of the plant beyond its current operating license…

Report raps VY on worker safety – Brattleboro Reformer, By JOSH STILTS  September 15, 2010 BRATTLEBORO — The results from an audit by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission state that although Vermont Yankee met all safety regulations, there were problems with the nuclear plant’s implementation of regulatory commitments………….. Continue reading

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Vermont court rules for town ballot resolution on nuclear plant closure

Vt. court: Town must allow Yankee resolution vote – BusinessWeek, 15 Sept 10, NEWFANE, Vt. A Vermont Superior Court judge has ruled that the Select Board in Brattleboro acted illegally when it blocked a resolution article related to the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant from the town ballot. Continue reading

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Secret plan to betray Australian Aboriginal’s wishes after his death

Mr Lee, the sole member of the Djok clan, is not interested in the money from mining royalties and wants the land protected.

But an email between Opposition MLAs suggests making the land a reserve so it could be mined, against Mr Lee’s wishes, after his death.

CLP digs up new uranium policy | Northern Territory News | Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia | ntnews.com.au, BEN LANGFORDSeptember 16th, 2010 PLOTTING is afoot within the Territory Opposition to change its policy on uranium mining at Koongarra, a leaked email shows.

Traditional owner Jeffrey Lee has offered his land for inclusion in Kakadu National Park  [in order to save it from uranium mining]and the offer was accepted by the Federal Government.

This blocked plans by French nuclear giant Areva to mine the 14,000 tonnes of uranium at the Koongarra site, 3km south of Kakadu’s iconic Nourlangie Rock. Continue reading

September 16, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA, secrets,lies and civil liberties, Uranium | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A balanced look at the Iran nuclear dilemma

Iranian representatives would no doubt argue that legal obligations freely entered into (e.g. NPT obligations) are different in nature from legal obligations imposed on a state against its will, especially obligations imposed by an instance that Iranians may well think of as a “kangeroo court”.  Iran could also point out that it is not the only UN member state to have defied the will of the Security Council.  Some others (e.g. Israel) appear to have been able to do so with impunity.

IRAN, THE IAEA, AND NUCLEAR MYTH-MAKING | Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran, 15 Sept 10, The IAEA’s latest report sheds no new light on whether Iran intends to manufacture or acquire nuclear weapons, in contravention of the NPT. The most suggestive technical indications of a nuclear weapons intention (apart from the dual use potential of uranium enrichment, and the high plutonium-producing potential of the reactor under construction at Arak) remain Iran’s experiments with polonium 210 and uranium metal, its possession of a blueprint for uranium metal hemispheres, and what the IAEA refers to as “alleged studies” (see below).

But the experiments took place prior to the uncovering of Iran’s clandestine programme in 2003, and the blueprint has been in Iran’s possession since the late 1980s.  So these could as well be indications that Iran once had the intention of manufacturing nuclear weapons as that Iran still has that intention.  And all these pointers can as well indicate an intention to acquire a “threshold” or “break-out” nuclear capability as an intention to produce weapons.

The report indicates that the inspectors are no further forward in their investigation into allegations that Iran has undertaken research that implies an interest in manufacturing nuclear weapons (the “alleged studies”).  Iran continues to state that the evidence on which these allegations are based has been fabricated.

……..The report suggests that Iran is continuing to adopt an ultra-legalistic view of its safeguards obligations, complying with the letter but not the spirit of its agreement with the IAEA.  The wisdom of this policy is questionable, since an ultra-legalistic approach encourages the inference that Iran has something to hide.  But that inference is not necessarily correct.  In this case ultra-legalism can equally well be seen as a consequence of Iran’s belief that IAEA reporting of Iran’s pre-2003 safeguards violations to the UN Security Council was unjust (and that the subsequent reaction of the Security Council to those violations has also been unjust)—as retaliation for injustice, in other words.  And it is not in itself illegal for states under safeguards to restrict cooperation and access for inspectors to the letter of the standard NPT safeguards agreement…….

The report makes clear that Iran is continuing to defy the will of the Security Council.  That puts Iran on the wrong side of the law, since UN chapter VII resolutions are legally binding on UN member states.  Iranian representatives would no doubt argue that legal obligations freely entered into (e.g. NPT obligations) are different in nature from legal obligations imposed on a state against its will, especially obligations imposed by an instance that Iranians may well think of as a “kangeroo court”.  Iran could also point out that it is not the only UN member state to have defied the will of the Security Council.  Some others (e.g. Israel) appear to have been able to do so with impunity.

IRAN, THE IAEA, AND NUCLEAR MYTH-MAKING | Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran

September 16, 2010 Posted by | Iran, politics international | , , , | 1 Comment

Shelter in basement in the event of nuclear attack – oh yeah!

New Yorkers told to head for basements in the event of a nuclear attack – NYPOST.com, By CYNTHIA FAGEN,  September 15, 2010 People living in large cities like New York have a better chance of surviving a nuclear attack if they go underground rather than head for the hills, according to a Stanford University risk-analysis study. Taking shelter in basements or behind thick office walls for 12 to 24 hours is safer than getting caught on clogged roads while being exposed to radiation, the researchers said.

New Yorkers told to head for basements in the event of a nuclear attack – NYPOST.com

September 16, 2010 Posted by | spinbuster, USA | , , | Leave a comment

USA has no strategic plan for nuclear detection

Senators demand a better plan for nuclear detection  GovExec.com, By Norah Swanson nswanson@govexec.com September 15, 2010 Senators on Wednesday blasted a nuclear detection unit for failing to develop a strategic plan, and asked officials to produce one as soon as possible.The Homeland Security Department has spent nearly $4 billion on aspects of a system to find illicit radiological and nuclear materials, but has yet to complete a comprehensive strategy for the project, the Government Accountability Office testified during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing…….

Senators demand a better plan for nuclear detection (9/15/10) — GovExec.com

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