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America’s faith based doctrine on nuclear waste disposal

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The United States of America has a touching religiosity – quite heartwarming, in this cynical age.

So it is not surprising that the USA is the one country in the world that has expressed its religious faith in nuclear power in a government regulation – the Waste Confidence Rule

The  Waste Confidence Rule contains a “predictive” safety “finding” that simply stipulates spent reactor fuel can be disposed of safely at some unspecified time in the future, whenever it becomes “necessary” to dispose of it.

Warms the cockles of your heart, don’t it?

January 6, 2012 Posted by | Christina's notes | 1 Comment

UK government’s secret research on atomic test veterans

nuclear test veterans have been part of a continued experimental programme for the protection of nuclear industry.

Why Nuclear Veterans are Being Silenced, Paul Langley’s Nuclear History Blog, 6 Jan 12 ”…..the public are overdue an explanation of why successive UK governments, ministers and Prime Ministers remain silent on this issue…. Nuclear test veterans and widows believe the press and the general public deserve to know why compensation for damage to health of UK nuclear test participants is beings so fiercely contested .

Based on political and scientific information obtained by CVFI associates and by individual nuclear test veterans over several decades and passed to the legal team acting on behalf of the AVCG the following provides the explanation .

The fierce contesting of litigation by the MoD results from the 1950’s cold war Prime Ministerial policy edict of Sir Anthony Eden which decided that scientific warnings of the danger of genetic damage in nuclear test veterans from exposure to radiation could be ignored as “ a pity , but it cannot be helped.”

This policy edict has been passed down from officials within the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to all successive Prime Ministers and upheld for over fifty years .  Continue reading

January 6, 2012 Posted by | secrets,lies and civil liberties, UK | Leave a comment

Grandmothers, Mothers and More for Energy Safety (GRAMMES) not confident about nuclear wastes

GRAMMES is skeptical that the NRC has waste confidence and will start building more nuclear plants.

NRC Seeks Public Comment on Nuclear Fuel Storage Barnegat OceanAcresPatch, 6 Jan 12,  The federal agency analyzes the effects of storing spent fuel from nuclear power plants for as long as 200 years The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is seeking public comment on a report that will analyze the effects of storing spent fuel from nuclear power plants, including Oyster Creek Generation Station, for as long as 200 years.

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will serve as an update to the NRC’s Waste Confidence Decision and Rule, the agency announced in a news release on Tuesday. The report was last updated in 2010. Continue reading

January 6, 2012 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Israel’s nuclear threat to world peace

It should be emphasised that the European Jewish Congress (EJC),does not represent all Europe’s Jews, despite how it purports to do so.

Iran may be less than candid about its nuclear ambitions but it has signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Israel has not.

Forget Iran – Israel is bigger threat to world peace New Europe, by David Cronin, JANUARY 4, 2012  Is a war with Iran inevitable? I don’t have the answer to that question. But I do feel a
sense of déjà-vu when I scan the headlines. Iran is capable of assembling a bomb within a year, Leon Panetta, the US defence secretary, told CBS News recently. Though not as outlandish, his “warning” carried a chilling reminder of Tony Blair’s claim that Iraq could deploy weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes.

One especially unsavoury aspect of the debate around Iran is how it is being driven by ‘public relations’ professionals, who try to dress up their bloodlust in respectable clothing. Without exception, these “opinion-formers” are supporters of Israel, Continue reading

January 6, 2012 Posted by | Israel, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Community renewable energy projects in UK

There are now 43 communities [across UK] who are in the process of or already producing renewable energy through co-operative structures. They are set up and run by everyday people – local residents mostly – who are investing their time and money and together installing solar panels, large wind turbines or hydro-electric power for their local communities.

The communities taking renewable energy into their own hands, Ecologist, Ed Mayo, 5th January, 2012 A new report by Co-operatives UK and The Co-operative Group examines those investing time and money in installing solar panels, wind turbines or hydro-electric power for their local communities

Late last year we – Co-operatives UK and The Co-operative Group – published a new report which reveals the growing number of people who are choosing to start renewable energy co-operatives in their communities, against all the odds.

What is exciting about the report is that it is the first and most comprehensive guide to what amounts to a new movement of communities who are taking action for greener energy into their own hands. Continue reading

January 6, 2012 Posted by | renewable, UK | Leave a comment

Wind power may transform Mongolia’s energy supply

The group has six wind-power plant projects that are due to bring 1,000 megawatts online in the country by 2020. In the U.S., that would be enough to power about 800,000 homes. In Mongolia’s economy, it would stretch much further.

Mongolia’s Renewables Belittle World’s Nuclear Supply, Bloomberg, By Yuriy Humber Jan 5, 2012 Untapped mineral riches are fueling Mongolia’s ambition to compete with Australia and Brazil in Asia. The nation’s resource-based economy grew 21 percent last quarter alone.

This largesse obscures a potential aboveground treasure also awaiting investors.

The world’s most sparsely populated nation has the potential to generate 2.6 million megawatts of wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower, based on data collected by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Mongolian National Renewable Energy Center.

That’s a fantastic figure. It’s seven times the capacity of all the world’s operable nuclear reactors combined, according to world nuclear association data. In contrast, Mongolia’s current power capacity is less than that of one large coal plant, just 878 megawatts.

That’s what Newcom Group’s acting Chief Executive Office Byambasaikhan Bayanjargal recently told investors in Hong Kong. Of that, close to 40 percent of the potential is in wind, and Bayanjargal is eager to harness it….. Continue reading

January 6, 2012 Posted by | Mongolia, renewable | Leave a comment

Uranium mining in Africa on a downward spiral

The signals of a troubled uranium sector are manifest. On Tuesday Areva wrote down the performance of its African mines, including Trekkopje and suspended further development.

Fukushima still haunts uranium producers, The Southern Times, South Africa, 30 Dec 11 International prices of uranium, the major feedstock in nuclear reactors, have remained flat; averaging US$53 per pound as the market struggles to shrug off the effects of Japan’s nuclear crisis earlier this year.

Market analysts are warning that shrinking order books, a flat spot price and production cutbacks – largely attributable to the Fukushima disaster – will haunt uranium producers well into 2012.

A sluggish US economy and sovereign debt problems in advanced economies will continue to severely impact the uranium spot price. Global uranium stocks have significantly underperformed during 2011 and analysts attribute this to the diminishing appetite for nuclear energy after the horror of Fukushima.  Continue reading

January 6, 2012 Posted by | business and costs, South Africa, Uranium | Leave a comment

Iowa Public Interest Group recommends energy conservation, renewables, not nuclear power

Environmental group: Save energy, skip nuclear plant in Iowa DesMoinesRegister.com , Jan 5, 2012 | by Perry Beeman Iowa should skip construction of nuclear plants unless they produce power at a lower cost than other options, including energy conservation, the Iowa Public Interest Research Group said Thursday.

The group also contended that MidAmerican Energy, which is studying whether to build a nuclear plant, should make stockholders take the financial risk, not ratepayers.

MidAmerican has said it will continue work on legislation that would allow the utility to charge customers for the cost of a feasibility study, even if the plant isn’t built. The Legislature, which failed to act on the bill last session largely due to debate scheduling considerations, convenes Monday.

Iowa PIRG said nuclear plants across the country have been plagued by cost overruns, and half of those proposed don’t get built. The group, which held a press conference at the Statehouse, said energy conservation, wind power and solar are better options……
http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2012/01/05/environmental-group-save-energy-skip-nuclear-plant-in-iowa/

January 6, 2012 Posted by | opposition to nuclear, USA | 1 Comment

Virginia delegate will vote to keep ban on uranium mining

Virginia delegate to vote no on lifting uranium mining moratorium WDBJ7.com, Justin Ward, January 5, 2012 DANVILLE, Va.— The first Virginia lawmaker to announce his vote on the uranium mining ban says his colleagues should consider his decision.

Delegate Don Merricks says he will vote against lifting the ban on uranium mining.

The proposal is expected to be introduced during the upcoming general assembly. Merricks says he’s read the studies but wants another year to research more site specific studies.

“I can not in good conscience vote to life the ban on this when there’s so many unknowns. We still have to narrow down and get focused and we got to get serious about what’s going to happen,” said 16th District Delegate Don Merricks.

Three studies about the socioeconomic and environmental impacts have been released but Merricks says none of them give him concrete answers to support mining in Pittsylvania County. http://www.wdbj7.com/news/blogs/wdbj7-virginia-delegate-will-vote-no-on-lifting-moratorium-on-uranium-mining-20120105,0,2566980.story

January 6, 2012 Posted by | politics, Uranium, USA | Leave a comment

North Korea talking tough on nuclear weapons

N. Korea Vows to Reinforce Nuclear Program After South’s Offer , By Sangwon Yoon, Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) — North Korea responded to South Korean President Lee Myung Bak’s offer of “a window of opportunity” for inter-Korean dialog with a vow to “further reinforce” its status as a nuclear-weapons state……
“As long as the enemy is persistent in his moves for aggression, the DPRK will further reinforce the position of the nuclear-weapons state to protect its dignity and sovereignty,” it said. DPRK as an acronym of North Korea’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of
Korea.
The committee responded to Lee’s New Year message, which expressed the possibility of a “new era” in inter-Korean relations if the North shows sincerity in denuclearizing.

The committee statement was the North’s first message on the status of the North’s nuclear weapons program since Kim Jong Il died and his son Kim Jong Un was installed as leader……
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-05/n-korea-vows-to-reinforce-nuclear-program-after-south-s-offer.html

January 6, 2012 Posted by | North Korea, weapons and war | Leave a comment

China wants dialogue with Iran, not sanctions

China Criticizes “Unilateral” US Sanctions Against Iran, Voice of America, , January 4th, 2012  China on Wednesday strongly criticized the United States for imposing fresh sanctions against Iran over its controversial nuclear program. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei told reporters in Beijing that dialogue and negotiations – not sanctions – are the bestway to ease tensions and resolve the dispute.
“China is against one country putting their domestic laws above international law and placing unilateral sanctions on another country.”
Hong acknowledged that China has what he called “regular, open and transparent economic and energy interactions with Iran” that do not violate U.N. Security Council resolutions and will not impair third party interests. Therefore, he said, such interactions should not be
affected by the latest sanctions.
Last week, the United States imposed a new round of sanctions against financial institutions that deal with Iran’s central bank. The movecould affect Iran’s ability to sell oil on international markets….. http://blogs.voanews.com/breaking-news/2012/01/04/china-criticizes-unilateral-us-sanctions-against-iran/

January 6, 2012 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Anti nuclear groups challenge NRC on planned Calvert Cliffs new reactor

Calvert Cliffs reactor challenge to be aired, Atomic Licensing Board to hear from anti-nuclear groups By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun, January 5, 2012 Federal regulators plan a hearing Jan. 26 on a challenge to a French company’s bid to build a third reactor at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant, and will take public comments the day before.

The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board will air contentions by four anti-nuclear groups that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has not adequately weighed alternatives to building the facility. The hearing begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Albright Building, 205 Main St. in
Prince Frederick.

Two separate sessions for the public to comment on UniStar’s application will be held at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Calvert Marine Museum 14150 Solomons Island Road in Solomons.
Pre-registration is required to speak there. For details, see
http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/news/2012/12-002.pdf
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/breaking/bs-md-calvert-cliffs-20120105,0,236951.story

January 6, 2012 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Chemical spill at Prairie Island nuclear plant

Chlorine bleach leaks at Xcel nuclear plant, CBS News,  (AP)  ST.
PAUL, Minn, 5 Jan 12, . — A two-inch break in a pipe leading to a chlorine bleach
tank caused a chemical spill Thursday at Xcel Energy Inc.’s Prairie Island nuclear plant on the Mississippi River near Red Wing, but officials said no radiological material was released…..
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505245_162-57353122/chlorine-bleach-leaks-at-xcel-nuclear-plant/

January 6, 2012 Posted by | incidents, USA | Leave a comment