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Will the USA again make a ridiculous nuclear “Waste Confidence” rule?

Nuclear-Waste Rule Rewritten by September 2014, NRC Staff Says http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-19/nuclear-waste-rule-rewritten-by-september-2014-nrc-staff-says.html By Kasia Klimasinska – Oct 19, 2012 The staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said new court-ordered rules on storage of spent nuclear fuel to be completed by September 2014.

NRC’s staff plans to continue reviewing license applications and holding hearings, and final action is “the only licensing milestone that the staff will be unable to complete” before the waste rule is issued, according to documents posted today on NRC website.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington  ruled on June 8 that NRC rules on storage failed to fully evaluate risks and new standards must be drafted. The agency on Aug. 7 suspended final decisions pending the reassessment.

October 20, 2012 Posted by | USA, wastes | Leave a comment

New Texas radioactive waste dump raises questions on water safety

“Our biggest concern of all is the water, and the risk of radioactivity getting into the water,” she said, adding that dumps are too close to the Ogalla Aquifer, which provides drinking water and farming water across a large band of the central-west United States

Nuclear waste dump opens offers a “Texas Solution” to nuclear waste. Courier Journal  October 19, 2012 by James Bruggers It’s not every day that one gets to stand in the bottom of a nuclear waste dump.

But yesterday I did just that, along with about a dozen other journalists one of the new low-level nuclear waste landfills operated by Waste Control Specialists  in West Texas,….At the federal dump, we went down 90 feet and were standing atop several feet of natural
and designed protective barrier, including concrete, plastic, clay and caliche, a sedimentary rock. Continue reading

October 20, 2012 Posted by | USA, wastes | Leave a comment

AUDIO: new insights into why the nuclear industry is failing

Nuclear Energy Raises More Questions  http://blogs.abc.net.au/nsw/2012/10/nuclear-energy-raises-more-questions.html  ABC Radio 702 Sydney. Tim Holt interviews Derek Abbott,  Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Adelaide, raises some very interesting practical considerations that will affect the future of this alternative source.  17/10/2012   

TRANSCRIPT  – (best I could manage – Christina Macpherson)

PROF ABBOTT  – Very hard to say how much nuclear industry is going ahead. Nuclear power –  Some countries going ahead some countries pulling back. Not all so rosy in India.They are planning 60 nuclear stations. But In Tamil district 10,000 villagers demonstrating against local nuclear reactor, going on hunger strikes. Indian forces had to put out 4,000 security forces to control this problem. Needed large security force there.

Can nuclear power supply world’s needs? Could it ever be a reality?
My view is no. Nuclear power at the most could achieve only a very small slice of global energy pie. Can’t even supply half of the world’s needs. Continue reading

October 20, 2012 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | 2 Comments

Uk Government -Write a Blank Cheque for Nuclear Construction? Huff Post

David Toke Senior Lecturer of Energy Policy at the University of Birmingham 18/10/2012 The government’s plans for new nuclear power stations are on the rocks, and it would require desperate measures to save them. Some evidence of the desperation emerged when John Hayes, the recently appointed minister for energy said, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, that he is ‘mulling over’ the possibility of underwriting plans for building new nuclear power stations. He appeared to be referring to the last remaining ‘live’ proposal by EDF’s for a 3.2 GW nuclear power plant at Hinkley C in Somerset. Mr Hayes would be well advised not to sip from the poisoned chalice (underwriting) he has been presented by nuclear supporters via the Daily Telegraph.

Underwriting means telling EDF, in effect, that the government would foot whatever bill it took to build the power plant. Nobody knows for sure how much that would be given than similar plants still being built in Finland and France are now terribly over budget and a long time behind schedule. Underwriting would blast a hole through specific Conservative pre-election commitments not to underwrite nuclear power construction, not to mention Ed Davey’s pronouncements about there being ‘no blank cheque’ for nuclear. Underwriting would make a complete nonsense of any notion of nuclear power being competitive with renewable energy sources such as wind power and solar power which certainly are not in receipt of ‘underwriting’ commitments.

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October 20, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

AUDIO on Japanese disasters and the continuing nuclear threat

Japanese Disasters (ABC RN Ockham’s Razor, 14 October 2012) Listen now  Download audio  show transcript Roger Pulvers is the Head of the Center for the Study of World Civilizations at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and talks about the history of disasters in Japan and about the big earthquake and tsunami that struck that country last year. He also looks at what can be done to prevent or at least minimise the effect of these types of disasters.

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/ockhamsrazor/japanese-disasters/4303504

(Includes discussion of the monstrous hazard posed by nuclear power plants, the potential disaster of widespread radiation contamination.)

October 20, 2012 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

2012 – USA’s hottest year on record?

US on course to notch record year of heat SMH, October 19, 2012 After a hot spring and a scorching summer, this winter is likely to continue a US warming trend that could make 2012 the hottest year since modern record-keeping began, US weather experts said Thursday.
Drought that ravaged much of the United States this year may spread in the coming months, said Mike Halpert at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center.
“The large majority of that drought we expect to persist,” Halpert said. “We even see drought expanding westward … into Montana, Idaho and part of Oregon and Washington.”
Dryer-than-usual winter weather is expected in much of the Pacific Northwest, with higher-than-normal precipitation predicted for the Gulf Coast, according to NOAA forecasts……There is enough data to predict a warm winter overall, said Deke Arndt, chief of climate monitoring at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.

The first nine months of 2012 were the warmest of any year on record in the contiguous United States, and this has been the third-hottest summer since record-keeping began.

“The main issues facing the US going into this (winter) outlook period stem from persistent heat and drought,” Arndt said at a telephone briefing. “It is likely that 2012 will be the warmest of the 118-year record for the contiguous United States.” http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/us-on-course-to-notch-record-year-of-heat-20121019-27uyc.html#ixzz29t6FaiSX

October 20, 2012 Posted by | climate change, USA | Leave a comment

Flood danger to USA nuclear plants hidden by Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Leaked Report Suggests Long-Known Flood Threat To Nuclear Plants, Safety Advocates Say HUFFINGTON POST 10/19/2012 An un-redacted version of a recently released Nuclear Regulatory Commission  report highlights the threat that flooding poses to nuclear power plants located near large dams — and suggests that the NRC has misled the public for years about the severity of the threat, according to engineers and nuclear safety advocates. Continue reading

October 20, 2012 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment

USA: X ray scanners being phased out at major airports

Horrid X-Ray Body Scanner Are Finally Being Replaced http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2012/10/horrid-x-ray-body-scanner-are-finally-being-replaced/
MARIO AGUILAR 19 Oct 12, The maybe useless and definitely invasive X-ray body scanners at major airports across the US are being replaced with new models that don’t blast you with a bomb of radiation. Coincidentally, the new scanners won’t allow the TSA to see your junk anymore, too.

 

Pro Publica reports  that backscatter machines have already been replaced at Boston Logan International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Chicago O’Hare, Orlando and JFK in New York, The new millimeter-wave scanners just give you a once over with low-energy radiation. The resulting image inspected by TSA looks like a cartoon rather than a humiliating silhouette of shower-you.

Before your get all excited that health, safety, and privacy concerns have prevailed, let us clarify: The old backscatter machines aren’t being landfilled. Instead, they’re being moved to smaller airports where they’ll see less traffic. Good news for many, bad news for the unfortunate few. [Pro Publica ]

October 20, 2012 Posted by | health, USA | Leave a comment

80 year licenses for USA’s old nuclear reactors?

AUDIO “You won’t believe this”: US nuclear regulator meets to discuss 80-year licenses for old reactors -Expert  http://enenews.com/you-wont-believe-this-us-nuclear-regulator-meets-to-discuss-80-year-licenses-for-old-reactors-not-just-rolling-the-dice-youre-practically-committing-suicide-expert-video
October 18th, 2012 Title: Interview with David Freeman
Source: IF YOU LOVE THIS PLANET with Dr. Helen Caldicott
Date: Oct. 12, 2012
h/t MsMilkytheclown

David Freeman, a senior advisor with Friends of the Earth’s nuclear campaign […] was appointed chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority by President Jimmy Carter in 1977, where he stopped the construction of eight large nuclear power plants and pioneered a massive energy conservation program. Subsequently, Freeman served for two decades as general manager of several large public power agencies including the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the New York Power Authority and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. He is a renowned expert on clean energy, efficiency and the risks of nuclear power.

David Freeman, former chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority: And now guess what? The Nuclear Regulatory Commission last Thursday, guess what they met on? You won’t believe this… The subject of the meeting was 80-year licenses for old nuclear power plants […]  If you have a plant operating for 80 years [next to an earthquake fault] you’re not just rolling the dice, you’re practically committing suicide […] everyone living within a 50 mile radius is a guinea pig.

October 20, 2012 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment

The Worst Yet to Come? Why Nuclear Experts Are Calling Fukushima aTicking Time-Bomb , 07 May 2012  By Brad Jacobson, AlterNet   Experts say acknowledging the threat would call into question the safety of dozens of identically designed nuclear power plants in the U.S. Continue reading

October 20, 2012 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Powerful new documentary film Fukushima Never Again

Fukushima dirty bomb stories leaked, 300,000 children radiated daily http://www.examiner.com/article/fukushima-dirty-bomb-stories-leaked-300-000-children-still-being-radiated?CID=examiner_alerts_article
TOP NATIONAL NEWS OCTOBER 17, 2012BY: DEBORAH DUPRE Fukushima energy refugee mothers’ and children’s stories are being leaked for the first time to Americans by a California filmmaker, who is returning to interview children, 300,00 of whom are still being radiated daily, according to an exclusive interview Sunday by Deborah Dupré when he explained it was like dirty bombs going off in Japan. Continue reading

October 20, 2012 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Falling demand, falling prices, make uranium a very dubious investment

Adding to the miners’ woes, uranium prices continue to fall, from US$73 a pound in March 2011, to around US$43 currently. That’s lower than the cash cost of production at Paladin’s Kayelekera mine in Malawi, giving the miner a decent sized headache.

Nuclear Fallout Hurts Uranium Miners , 9 News,   by Mike King, The Motley Fool, October 19, 2012 The world continues to feel the impact of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The disaster in Japan in 2011 has left 48 of Japan’s nuclear reactors sitting idle, awaiting government approval to resume operations, with just 2 restarted. In mid-September, the Japanese government approved a new energy plan which included reducing the nation’s reliance on nuclear energy substantially.
Following the Fukushima accident, Germany immediately shut 8 of its reactors, and plans to close its remaining 9 reactors by 2022.

The impact is being felt by uranium miners globally.

Paladin Energy Ltd (ASX: PDN) recently stated that annual demand for uranium has fallen, as the future of nuclear energy was cast into doubt. The world’s largest uranium producer, Canada’s Cameco, has also forecast lower sales and highlighted doubts about the take-up of nuclear power in future. Continue reading

October 20, 2012 Posted by | 2 WORLD, business and costs | Leave a comment

VIDEO – A Green New Deal for America

Video of A People’s State of the Union: A Green New Deal for America On January 25, 2012, I addressed the public with the video you see below. Immediately following my address, I took part in a livestream discussion with supporters gathered in dozens of house parties around the country. Just as I thanked them then, I thank you for taking the time to investigate our Green New Deal and what it could mean for our country and world. ~ Dr. Jill Stein

You can view the video by hitting play below, or at http://vimeo.com/jillstein/greennewdeal

or at http://vimeo.com/35605987

October 20, 2012 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Meeting in UK’s House of Commons supports Kudamkulam anti nuclear movement

Anti-nuke activists in UK express concern over Kudankulam nuclear power plants  http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/anti-nuke-activists-in-uk-express-concern-over-kudankulam-nuclear-power-plants/articleshow/16883612.cms     20 OCT, 2012,  LONDON: Voicing their opposition to atomic power as a source of energy, anti-nuclear activists in Britain have expressed their solidarity with the protests against the nuclear power plants at Kudankulam in India and Hinkley Point in the UK.

The activists, including doctors and academics, held a meeting at the House of Commons here last night and expressed their concern about the present situation in Kudankulam.

The meeting was hosted by MP Caroline Lucas and organised jointly by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and South Asia Solidarity Group.

Lucas told the meeting that she was “deeply worried about the situation in Kudankulam – both in terms of the nuclear plant and the treatment of local opponents”.

She also condemned British Prime Minister David Cameron’s policy of exporting civil nuclear technology to India.

Kate Hudson, the General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, said nuclear power was neither safe nor did it make economic sense.

“Protests against nuclear power in the UK, India, Japan and Germany – and many other countries – show the scale of global public opinion against this dangerous and expensive form of energy,” she said.

“The mass non-violent protests in Kudankulam in India and the repeated demonstrations at Hinkley Point in the UK are powerful expressions of the widespread rejection of nuclear power that governments around the world would do well to heed.”

Amrit Wilson of South Asia Solidarity Group said, “Nuclear energy is on the run in Europe with multinationals like GEC increasingly reluctant to invest in it. Unfortunately as part of the fall out of the notorious US-India Nuclear Deal of 2008, these companies have been running to India with their sub-standard and dangerous reactors. We stand in solidarity with the protesters there.”

Indian government, however, maintains that the Kudankulam nuclear power plant is completely safe and designed to withstand all kinds of natural disasters, and various apprehensions over its safety are baseless.

October 20, 2012 Posted by | opposition to nuclear, UK | Leave a comment

We teeter on the edge of the nuclear abyss

Nuclear disaster http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-letter-display.asp?xfile=data/letters/2012/October/letters_October87.xml&section=letters Farouk Araie, Johannesburg / 20 October 2012 Robert Christy, who died recently at the age of 96, was the man who helped make the Nagasaki bomb. On July 16 1945, a prototype of his creation was tested at Alamogordo in New Mexico. It was a nuclear device with a force of 21,000 tones 
of TNT.

Today, nuclear powers use their weapons as an instrument of foreign policy. We are teetering precariously on the edge of nuclear abyss. A fact that is unknown to the world till this day is that The Cuban missile crisis could have sparked a nuclear war without the knowledge of former US president Kennedy, and Soviet ex-premier Nikita Kruschev.

Russia and America possess most of the world’s nuclear weapons. In today’s world, there are not many chances of a full-scale world war, but if the superpowers play a risky game, it is only a matter of time before a crisis will arise. If neither side is willing to comprise and the bluffs will be called followed by the destruction of civilisation.

There are approximately 1,440,000 kilogrammes of highly enriched Uranium in the world today. But as little as 25kgs are needed to create a nuclear bomb.

A nuclear war between the US and Russia could result in lowering temperatures to those of the last Ice age 18,000 years ago, leading to the extinction of most or all complex life on the planet.

 

October 20, 2012 Posted by | general | Leave a comment