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22 October 2012

Palomares bombs: Spain waits for US to finish nuclear clean-up

By Gerry HaddenPRI’s The World

Actually, just how much plutonium is still out there is hard to determine, because the US has never said how much the bombs were carrying to begin with. But Spanish investigator Carlos Sancho estimates that between 15 and 25 pounds (7 and 11kg) of the material ended up in the soil. Sancho, who runs the Palomares section of the Spanish Department of Energy, insists it does not pose health risks.

[…]”In the movie, they had all this really awesome underwater technology that got the bomb. But in real life, it was much harder to first locate, and then recover the bomb from the sea bed.”

“The earth there can’t be moved because the plutonium is latent in the soil,” he says. “If we disturb the soil the plutonium could be dispersed.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18689132

October 22, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Egyptian delegation to visit South Korea to discuss nuclear cooperation

22 Oct 2012 10:23 AM

Cairo – The Egyptian government has announced that it would send an economic delegation to South Korea in the near future to examine ways to bolster cooperation in several fields, including nuclear energy, Al-Hayat reported Sunday.
 
According to the London-based newspaper, Egypt is seeking to increase its trade with South Korea.
 
South Korean officials have said that Samsung has decided to establish its first center for development and research in Egypt, an investment worth more than US$300 million.
 
The Egyptian Tourism Ministry will also work to attract South Korean tourists back to Egypt. Around 76,000 South Korean tourists visited Egypt every year before the 25 January revolution. The Egyptian government also plans to resume direct flights between the two countries.
 
Total trade between Egypt and South Korea exceeds $3 billion a year, but Egyptian exports to South Korea remain low, with oil constituting 95 percent of them. South Korean investments in Egypt amount to $1 billion while Egyptian investments in South Korea are almost negligible, as investment in South Korea requires large amounts of capital and advanced technology.

Source:  Al-Masry Al-Youm

https://www.arabfinance.com/News/newsdetails.aspx?Id=239897

October 22, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

150 years before people can return to radiation contaminated land

It takes over 150 yrs for people to come back to Futaba machi, “Decontamination is useless.” http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/10/it-takes-over-150-yrs-for-people-to-come-back-to-futaba-machi-decontamination-is-useless/  by Mochizuki   October 20th, 2012 · On 10/16/2012, Assistant Prof. Kimura from Dokkyo medical university had a lecture in the
restration committee of Futaba machi.

In this lecture, he introduced his personal view over the situation that it takes over 150 years for all the citizens to come back to the town even though they consider the half-life and the shielding effect of the ground.

He adds this is on the assumption that they don’t decontaminate the town, but he also added it’s useless to decontaminate this highly contaminated land. In Futaba machi, the lowest atmospheric dose is 0.3μSv/h but the highest reading is over20μSv/h.

October 22, 2012 Posted by | environment, Japan | Leave a comment

Fukushima Diary reveals – Japan to restart another nuclear plant

[Express] Another nuclear plant will be restarted http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/10/express-another-nuclear-plant-will-be-restarted/  by Mochizuki  October 22, 2012 

民主党の細野豪志政調会長は21日、薩摩川内(さつませんだい)市内の街頭演説で、九州電力川内原発の再稼働を明言しました。詳しくは明日の「しんぶん赤旗」で。
― 赤旗政治記者さん (@akahataseiji) 10月 21, 2012
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On 10/21/2012, Hosono, the policy chief of Democratic Party of Japan had a soapbox oratory, then stated they are going to restart Sendai nuclear plant of Kyushu electric power. (Sendai nuclear plant is in Kagoshima prefecture, Kyushu)

October 22, 2012 Posted by | Japan, politics | Leave a comment

Independent Scotland would demand removal of Trident nuclear base

Nuclear weapons ‘outlawed’ in an independent Scotland, says Salmond, BBC News  21 Oct 12, The leader of the SNP has said that if his party won power in an independent government it would make nuclear weapons illegal.

Alex Salmond told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that Trident, which currently resides at Faslane Naval base on the Clyde, would have to go.

He also said a go-alone Scotland would remain a member of the European Union….. He said: “The UK government has two choices – they either relocate Trident to another part of the rest of the UK or alternatively they could use nuclear facilities in America or France.”

Mr Salmond made a further point that it was possible for a UK government to decide a “much better policy” and decommission its weapons system….. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-20020839

October 22, 2012 Posted by | politics, UK, weapons and war | 1 Comment

Authorities keeping quiet about Fukushima reactor 4’s dire situation

Fukushima Daiichi’s Reactor 3 and 4 are waterlogged, cracked and just one major earthquake jolt away from a catastrophe that one expert said could be “of biblical proportions.”

Fukushima’s Hot Water: Now Fallout in Our Kitchens?  On The Issue, by Kimberly Robertson, 21 Oct 12,  Information about radioactive fallout from Japan has been in very short supply since the unprecedented triple nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi on March 11, 2011.

“Nuclear meltdown” is a term for a catastrophic reaction in a nuclear reactor that has overheated. The uncontrolled heat damages the reactor itself, causing an uncontrolled release of life threatening radioactive material, also known as “radioactive fallout” into the environment.

At Fukushima this happened three times, an unprecedented catastrophe.With the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in August 2012, it was strange to realize that Japan unwittingly dropped an even deadlier bomb on itself. Fukushima contained over 100 times more cesium-137 alone than Hiroshima, and there are literally hundreds of dangerous radionuclides in the “mix.” Continue reading

October 22, 2012 Posted by | Fukushima 2012 | Leave a comment

Taxpayers still paying up for dirty energy

When It Comes to Government Subsidies, Dirty Energy Still Cleans Up http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-10-21/when-it-comes-to-government-subsidies-dirty-energy-still-cleans-up
by: Charles Kennyn October 21, 2012 The Oct. 16 presidential town hall debate featured Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama facing off on who was really Mr. Oil or Mr. Gas or Mr. Coal. Neither candidate even mentioned climate change. And while President Obama did refer to renewable production, solar got short shrift—doubtless because of the fracas over now-bankrupt thin-film solar manufacturer Solyndra, which had received loan guarantees as part of the stimulus bill.

That’s a shame, because the reason panel production has moved from such countries as America and Germany to China is because prices have dropped and production has become a commoditized, high-volume enterprise. That may be bad news for Western manufacturing jobs, but it’s great news for the global environment, consumers, and even American energy security.

In fact, if we had a level playing field, where neither fossil fuels nor renewable energy received favorable regulatory or subsidy treatment, solar would be increasingly competitive. Mr. Coal would be going home, and Mr. Sun would be coming out to play.

Global subsidies for oil, gas, and coal amounted to $409 billion in 2010 —compared with $60 billion for renewable energy that year. Cutting those subsidies would be economically efficient, reduce overall energy consumption, and level the playing field with renewable power. The International Energy Agency suggests that removing fossil fuel subsidies would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 2.6 gigatonnes a year by 2035. That’s half of what’s required to prevent the planet’s average temperature from increasing by two degrees centigrade or more per year. Continue reading

October 22, 2012 Posted by | 2 WORLD, ENERGY | Leave a comment

UK government to betray its promise on subsidising nuclear power

 The Independent : Who pays the nuclear power bill?
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/letters/letters-who-pays-the-nuclear-power-bill-8219862.html by Dr Paul Dorfman and 8 other UK University dignitaries  21 October 2012 The Government have promised that they would never, under any circumstances, subsidise nuclear power. Ed Davey, the Coalition Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, has stated that “There will be no blank cheque for nuclear – unless
they are price competitive, nuclear projects will not go ahead.”

However, the Coalition Energy Minister John Hayes, is now considering a major U-turn in energy policy by giving a blank cheque to nuclear by “underwriting” construction cost over-runs. This is despite the fact that the key to nuclear is its spiralling cost over-runs. Continue reading

October 22, 2012 Posted by | politics, UK | Leave a comment

Sinking ground under Fukushima nuclear reactor 4 brings catastrophic risk

Fukushima threatens Global Human Survival The Canadian,  21 OCTOBER 2012  : BY SUBRATA “…..is Fukushima still a threat? It seems that it is, and on a potentially devastating level. Mitsuhei Murata, who served his country as Ambassador to both Senegal and
Switzerland, explained in a recent interview that far from the situation at the Fukushima Daiitsu plant improving, it is actually worsening in an alarming way: the ground beneath the plant’s number 4 reactor is sinking.

Mr Murata implied that the whole structure is on the verge of collapse. He wrote to the Secretary General of the United Nations stating unequivocally that the fate, not only of Japan, but of the rest of the world depends on the No. 4 reactor.

The cooling pool still contains more than fifteen hundred spent fuelrods.  The collective power of these “spent” rods is 37 million curies.  By comparison, the release of nuclear material at Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania (an INES level 5 event) amounted to approximately
2.5 million curies. In other words, there are nearly 15 Three Mile Islands sitting in the severely compromised Unit 4.

The ground beneath Unit 4 has sunk by about 31.5 inches already. Further sinking, or a minor earthquake could cause the entire structure to collapse, draining the pool and causing a meltdown of potentially catastrophic proportions.  Some scientists predict that
his would mean the ruin of Japan and a serious threat to the rest of the world. http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/news/nature/2012/10/19/4621.html

October 22, 2012 Posted by | Fukushima 2012 | Leave a comment

Nuclear Regulatory Commission now discussing 80 year nuclear reactor licensing!

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.

At 27:30 in

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 22, 2012 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Tamil Nadu – not a TOTAL disaster – solar energy policy

TN Govt unveils solar energy policy http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/states/tn-govt-releases-solar-energy-policy/article4016264.ece R. BALAJI CHENNAI, OCT 20: Industrial and Commercial buildings connected to a high tension power load will have to use solar power to meet a portion of their power consumption , according to a solar energy policy announced by the Tamil Nadu Government on Saturday.

The policy offers incentives and mandates exploitation of solar energy in industrial, commercial and residential buildings. Continue reading

October 22, 2012 Posted by | India, renewable | Leave a comment

Australia jumps to obey USA, on India, uranium, and militarism

Gillard is helping to destabilise the sub-continent by fuelling a dangerous arms race involving India’s rivals, China and Pakistan.

The Labor government’s about face on uranium sales to India under Gillard was carried out on Washington’s orders. In November 2011, the US ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich, publicly called on Canberra to “sort out” its issues with India, as the US had done when it resolved the “thorny point” of uranium sales through the 2008 nuclear deal that exempted India from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)

Australian PM visit to India bolsters new “strategic partnership” WSWS, By Patrick O’Connor 20 October2012 Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s three-day trip to India this week was aimed at deepening military, diplomatic, and economic ties between the two countries.

Washington has encouraged the closer relations as part of its aggressive drive to undermine the influence of China in the Indo-Pacific region. Gillard met with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday. High on the agenda was progress towards Australian uranium sales to India, Continue reading

October 22, 2012 Posted by | AUSTRALIA, politics international | Leave a comment

“Fukushima Never Again”- film exposes cover-ups

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
Examiner, OCTOBER 17, 2012 BY: 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.

“We will get more of the stories from the Japanese people out to the United States,” said Fukushima Never Again director Steve Zeltzer about the government and industry coverup. Continue reading

October 22, 2012 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | 1 Comment

Costly to set up, but Germans think that clean energy is worth the price

Poll finds large majority of Germans favor phasing out nuclear power despite rising costs News Ser 22 Oct 12 Poll: Germans accept nuke exit despite rising bill ASSOCIATED PRESS |22 Oct 12 A new poll finds that a large majority of Germans back the government’s decision to phase out nuclear power and switch to renewable energies within a decade, despite rising electricity bills.

The poll for German news magazine Focus published Sunday found that 72 percent continue to support the country’s energy switchover. Only 24 percent were opposed to the policy.

Germany’s grid operators announced earlier this month that a surcharge on households’ electricity prices financing the expansion of renewable energies will increase by 47 percent starting in January. A typical family of four will then have to pay about (EURO)250 ($325) per year on top of their bill… http://www.newser.com/article/da21vv5g1/poll-finds-large-majority-of-germans-favor-phasing-out-nuclear-power-despite-rising-costs.html

October 22, 2012 Posted by | Germany, renewable | Leave a comment

Denmark is way ahead of its solar energy goal

Denmark Hits 200 Megawatt Solar Capacity Goal 8 Years Ahead of Schedule by , 10/15/12http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1jrNeg/inhabitat.com/denmark-hits-200-megawatt-solar-capacity-goal-8-years-ahead-of-schedule/  Lets face it – its rare we see a government goal reached on time, let alone early. Not too long ago, the Danish Government announced an ambitious goal to reach 200 megawatts of solar capacity by 2020, and as of last week, they have already met it! The country is currently installing an average of 36 megawatts of solar panels each month. At this rate, their resulting capacity by 2020 will be over five times the original goal. Denmark‘s power is currently 20% supplied by renewable sources, and the nation has set a goal of sourcing 100% of its energy from renewable sources by 2050.

October 22, 2012 Posted by | Denmark, renewable | Leave a comment