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13 French Associations band together to stop uranium mining abuses in Niger

This action is urgent because what is organized in the shadows, is the abandonment of the site by the operator and the transfer responsibilities and problems in the community. So that people do not have to pay the bill or suffer contamination, it is essential to apply the principle of “polluter pays” principle, to obtain the decontamination dwellings and areas affected and the continued responsibility of waste producers as long no permanent containment solution have been made.

Due to their radiotoxicity, their business and their life, these waste categories are TFA-VL and FA-VL which impose a series of requirements to prevent the transfer to the biosphere and people.
However, none of the rules are respected.

The actions taken at the local level encounter power AREVA and its relationship with the state.
In addition, lawsuits are even more difficult than the regulation was put in place to encourage operating cost of uranium deposits. It is one thing to see and pollution operations unacceptable, is quite another to be able to take legal action. This is shocking and illegal but is not necessarily illegal.

From different regions of France and Niger, associations have decided to join forces to combat the health and environmental consequences of the extraction of uranium.

15 October 2012
Read the joint statement with the list of signatories
23 and 24 August, representatives of 12 organizations met in Lavoine near Saint-Priest-Laprugne (Loire), near the site of the Bois Noirs Limouzat where CEA and Cogema, extracted and processed from
uranium ore.

This work has led to the drafting of a joint statement which was discussed this September by each association and all decided to sign.

So far, 13 French departments are
concerned (Allier, Cantal, Corrèze, Creuse Deux-Sèvres, Finistère, Haute-Vienne, Loire, Loire Atlantique, Maine Loire, Morbihan, Puy-de-Dôme and Vendée), but the first network is expected to expand.

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Petraeus mistress reveals real motive behind Benghazi attack (VIDEO) -RT

“Now I don’t know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually had taken a couple of Libya militia members prisoner,” Broadwell told a crowd at the University of Denver alumni symposium on October 26. “And they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back. So that’s still being vetted.”

Broadwell’s address was publically available on YouTube until this weekend; it has since been removed, although mirrors have surfaced.


The fallout from former CIA head David Petraeus’ resignation might be more significant than first thought: as all eyes turn to the ex-intelligence chief’s mistress, it’s apparent that she may have been privy to what really happened in Benghazi.

Two months after the storming of an US consulate in Benghazi, questions remain largely unanswered about both how and why insurgents entered the facility on September 11 and executed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The discussion became a heated issue on the campaign trail leading up to Election Day, and conflicting accounts from the White House, State Department and Congress all led to a mess of confusion that has only further spun out of control following the unexpected stepping down of Petraeus on Friday.

In the immediate aftermath of the CIA chief’s resignation, skeptics quickly suggested that there was more to the story, especially given Petraeus’ role as head of the country’s intelligence agency and the relatively unscathing extramarital affair that he rightfully admitted to in citing his departure from office. As journalists and investigators tried to dig deep for info on the alleged mistress, Petraeus biographer Paula Broadwell, as expected the story took a drastic turn by Sunday when it was revealed that she may have been briefed on the truth of the Benghazi scandal while the rest of the country claws for answers.

A speech given by Broadwell only last month at her Alma matter suggests that she was given information about the terrorist attack that never made it to the American public.

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Breaking! Imports from Tanzania grown with Uranium dust from Uranium mining for Global supermarkets? UK and India affected?

The project was recently visited by Paul Wolfowitz, President of the World Bank, whoviewed the project as an innovative approach that shows that using the country’s traditionalculture is not a barrier to economic progress and supports his point that sustainable economichealth in Africa depends on working with local customs and practices.

The first crop that the pioneer MIMs were asked to grow was baby corn. The market, obtained by Gomba, existed in Europe, and the crop is straightforward to grow, and the smallholders have been growing maize for years. It has proved a suitable trial crop, allowing systems to be ‘bedded down’ before more demanding crops, such as mange tout, sugar snap or podded peas are attempted. A future development can be to seek fair trade registration for the grower groups

Tanzania exports a relatively small volume of vegetables to the UK (Figure 8.1) concentrated on five products, although green beans represent the major export by far, with year on growth since 2003 (Figure 8.2). Tanzania does not export any significant volumes of fruit, although cashews are listed under fruit and nut exports (HTS 0802), with exports predominantly to India.

Thanks to the stable climate of the country, we are able to produce seed throughout the year enabling us to easily obviate seed shortages and to introduce new varieties quickly. In the dynamical vegetable seed market, this is of essential importance.

Cucumber, tomato, sweet pepper and melon. These are the principal crops of which we produce hybrid seed in Tanzania. However, our programme is expanding more and more with numerous other crops.

Uranium dust used as pesticide in Tanzania: urgent need to stop this

Action needed’ on uranium use in Tanzania, DW 11 Nov 12, Reports say Tanzanian farmers have used uranium dust as a pesticide. Immediate inspections are needed, says Ute Koczy, a member of the German parliament and Green Party spokeswoman on development issues.

DW: Tanzanian media have reported that local farmers have used uranium dust to protect their crops. When you found out about this, you wrote an open letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as well as the president and prime minister of Tanzania. What did you call for in the letter? for

The production of fresh produce in Africa for
export to the United Kingdom:

October 2006

Tanzania exports a relatively small volume of vegetables to the UK (Figure 8.1) concentrated
on five products, although green beans represent the major export by far, with year on growth
since 2003 (Figure 8.2). Tanzania does not export any significant volumes of fruit, although
cashews are listed under fruit and nut exports (HTS 0802), with exports predominantly to


The production base has two nuclear estates and currently 2,070 SSGs (pers. comm. Dr Alan
Legge – Gateway to Growth) supplying vegetables to the UK retails and wholesale markets
(Table 8.1). The number of dependents associated with the export sector is over 32,000 and
opportunities for expansion exist. The estimates are based on the number of smallholders and
rural labourers working on the estates and their direct dependents.

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Apples from Fukushima to Be Exported to Thailand -EXSKF

(UPDATE) I think I know why Fukushima has targeted Thailand. While China, Hong Kong, Korea, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Brunai still ban the import of Fukushima produce, Thailand only requires certificates of radiation testing. In the same category as Thailand are Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. (See the PDF from the Ministry of Agriculture, cache captured bythis blog.)


Rejoice, wealthy residents of Bangkok! In addition to peaches from Fukushima, now you can buy apples from Fukushima at an inflated price.

Fukushima Minpo (11/11/2012) just reported (I saw the headline at Kyodo News):

モモに続いてリンゴも輸出 本県産、今月にもタイへ

Following peaches, Fukushima apples to be exported to Thailand, starting this month


Fukushima Prefecture will start exporting apples grown in the prefecture to Thailand, starting later this month. Apples will be sold at a large commercial complex in the Thai capitol Bangkok. The prefectural government planned the apple export after the peaches from Fukushima were well received. Officials in charge in the prefectural government is in high spirits, saying “After our peaches, the apples will help promote the Fukushima’s produce as safe and delicious.”


Fuji apple, entering the prime harvest season, will be exported. They will be harvested by fruits farmers in the northern part of Fukushima, and exported after the safety is confirmed by the radiation testing. Just like peaches, they will be sold at a large commercial complex in Bangkok.

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US NRC panel does NOT support mandatory filters at nuclear units -Too expensive?

Requiring filtered containment vents for the reactors in question is “a no-brainer,” said Mary Lambert, head of the group Pilgrim Watch in Massachusetts. Entergy’s 728-MW Pilgrim reactor in Plymouth, Massachusetts, is one of the 31 units that the proposed order would cover.

Requiring the vents would put the US in line with most other countries operating BWRs, said Jim Riccio, a nuclear policy analyst with Greenpeace in Washington.

The new measures, if approved by the commission, would apply to certain models of General Electric-designed reactors.

Washington (Platts)–9Nov2012/447 pm EST/2147 GMT

An advisory panel to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Friday it does not support requirements that 31 nuclear units install expensive external filters, saying a more general requirement that the plants improve protection from radiation release would be a better regulatory step.

Picture Courtesy of Fairewinds Energy Education


NRC staff, at a briefing for the advisory panel last week, will formally recommend to commissioners that the external filtered vents be required for the 31 units, which are boiling water reactors similar in design to those that experienced core melting at Fukushima 1 in March 2011.



Commissioners will decide whether to require the vents, which the agency has estimated may cost $16 million each to install, or take different measures after receiving a staff paper outlining options later this month.

The Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards, a group of professors, scientists and engineers, said in a letter made public Friday that they supported tougher measures for the 31 reactors, and recommended that existing systems to ventilate the reactors’ containment structures be upgraded.

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Moscow orders closure of indigenous peoples organization

November 12, 2012

Russia’s Ministry of Justice orders close-down of RAIPON in what is another crackdown on NGOs in Russia. The organization has an official cooperation agreement with the Norwegian Barents Secretariat.

RAIPON, the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and Far East, is under increasing pressure after the federal Ministry of Justice said that statutes of the organization are not in line with federal law and that it therefore must be closed down, the RussianAgency of Social Information reports.

The organization plays a central role in international cooperation among indigenous peoples and other Arctic states. Last spring, the Norwegian Barents Secretariat signed an official cooperation agreement with RAIPON.

Reindeers and a Nenets boy on the tundra on the Kanin Peninsula in the northern part of Arkhangelsk Oblast.

Photo Christina Henrikisen

Regret closure

“We regret a closure of RAIPON, says head of the Norwegian Barents Secretariat Rune Rafaelsen to BarentsObserver.

“We have a close and good cooperation with RAIPON because indigenous peoples contact across the borders is one of the core topics mentioned in the Kirkenes declaration,” says Rune Rafaelsen. Signed in 1993, the Kirkenes declaration formalized the Barents Euro-Arctic Cooperation.

RAIPON has reportedly made several attempts to adjust its statutes in line with the requirements of the ministry. However, the steps taken have not been approved, supposedly because they were not sufficiently authorized by the member organizations. The association has twice gone to court to dispute the ministry decision, however the attempts have failed, and the organization now intends to appeal the verdicts, Deputy leader of the association, Pavel Sulyandzigi says. He also confirms that the organization is reaching out for help to its international partners.

Represents 300,000 people in Russia’s north
Over the 20 years of its existence, RAIPON has worked actively to protect indigenous peoples’ human rights and legal interests, as well as to promote their right to self governance. RAIPON represents 41 groups of Indigenous peoples, in total some 300,000. They live in 60 percent of the whole territory of the Russian Federation from Murmansk to Kamchatka.

Federal legislation passed over the last years has made it increasingly easy for Russian authorities to crunch bothersome non-governmental entities. However, RAIPON is far from an ordinary NGO operating in a specific field of interest, but an organization representing a wide range of interests and serving a significant part of Russia’s Arctic population. Furthermore, the association has been heavily engaged in a number of legislative processes involving Russian Arctic territories and represents Russian indigenous interests in a number of international fora.

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Activists urge Congress to ‘constrain’ work on uranium processing facility -Oak Ridge

John Eschenberg, the federal project director for UPF, spoke last week at the Energy, Technology and Environmental Business Association’s conference in Knoxville. He called UPF a “game-changing project” and said it will be “much more than just a bomb plant.” Eschenberg said the new production facility will be needed no matter the size of the nation’s future nuclear arsenal, noting that the same facility used to build new parts for old weapons will also be used to dismantle weapon systems and recycle or otherwise process the materials.

“The Uranium Processing Facility is a stunning example of the worst in government accountability. It is already breaking records for wasting money and it continues to struggle to meet safety and technology standards. We are pleased that the UPF is drawing the attention of so many other organizations . . . “

Posted by Frank Munger on November 11, 2012

UPF Federal Project Director John Eschenberg speaks at last week’s Energy, Technology and Environmental Business Association conference in Knoxville.

Dozens of activist groups have asked Congress to constrain funding for the Uranium Processing Facility and not authorize an accelerated construction plan for the multibillion-dollar project at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge.

The groups — including the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliiance and a number of national groups, such as the Natural Resources Defense Council and Physicians for Social Responsibility — joined together for a letter delivered last month to U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, chariman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The letter, which is signed by representatives of more than 60 groups, cites the government project’s uncertain price tag, which is currently estimated at a range of $4.2 billion to $6.5 billio, and the National Security Administration’s recent acknowledgement of “space/fit” issues that will require a redesign of the UPF building.

Activists also claim that the plans for the new facility at Y-12 have a capacity that far exceeds the needs for a downsized weapons arsenal.

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Indigenous Protestors Against Guatemala Energy Company massacred -UK Government profits!

Unión FENOSA was acquired by UK-based Actis Capital LLP, a private equity firm, when it bought a majority stake in the company in May 2011 from its Spanish owners. Actis then renamed the company Energuate, stating that it “looks forward to building upon the work of FENOSA and delivering a world class service to customers while operating to the highest environmental, safety, and governance standards.”

Actis itself has roots in the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC), a UK government entity that was created in 1948 to invest in developing economies, following the retreat of the British empire from many of its colonies. The Actis private equity arm was set up by CDC in 2004 with UK government money.It was fully privatized in May 2012 by Andrew Mitchell, the UK Secretary of State in charge of international development at the time. (The sale netted the taxpayer £8.37 million or $13.4 million plus as much as £62 million in future profits)  

Indigenous Protestors Against Guatemala Energy Company Targeted

by Jennifer Kennedy, CorpWatch Blog
November 10th, 2012

Six demonstrators were killed and dozens injured when the Guatemalan military fired into a group of indigenous Maya-K’iche’ gathered on the Inter-American highway to protest rising electricity charges from Energuate, a major national power company owned by a privateequity firm created by the UK government.

The demonstrators, who had gathered on the highway some 170 kilometers west of Guatemala City, were from Totonicapán, one of Guatemala’s most impoverished departments (provinces). Malnutrition is widespread and the price of electricity is prohibitively expensive in the region. The World Bank estimates 75 percent of Guatemalans live in poverty with 58 percent of the population living in extreme poverty.

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New York: Fire triggers shutdown at Entergy nuke plant for second time in a week


12 November 2012

SCRIBA, N.Y. — Entergy Corp.’s FitzPatrick nuclear power plant on Lake Ontario in New York has shut down for the second time in a week. The shutdown early Sunday was triggered by a fire in the plant’s main transformer.

Entergy Nuclear says the fire broke out around 5:45 a.m. and was extinguished at 6:30. The company says there was no release of radiation and no danger to employees or the public. It was reported as an “unusual event,” the lowest of four event classifications by the Nuclear regulatory Commission.

FitzPatrick shut down on Nov. 4 when its turbine stopped during routine testing. It returned to operation after personnel replaced an electrical relay.

The plant is in Oswego County about 30 miles northwest of Syracuse, N.Y.

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China’s process of change in political leadership – anything but democratic

China’s chosen few get to glimpse behind the curtain, The Age, November 12, 2012, Virginie Magin, Malcolm Moore   “… reality, the process has the thinnest veneer of democracy, since the number of places on the Politburo Standing Committee will match the number of candidates put forward..

… Overall, the proceedings at the congress have been carefully choreographed, with delegates chosen to reflect the party’s inclusiveness. In turn, they make speeches praising the party, Mr Hu’s leadership and occasionally themselves, ……

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Obama to join China and Australia, in action on global warming

Next year, Guangdong province, which abuts Hong Kong and is itself Australia’s sixth-largest trading partner, will begin a trial Emissions Trading Scheme. China plans to develop a national trading scheme by 2015,

Obama keen to tackle climate, The Age, November 12, 2012, Peter Hannam THE Australian government has wasted little time to sound out the newly re-elected Barack Obama over his administration’s climate change policies and the potential to work more closely together.
An issue excluded from the US presidential debates, the argument over global warming was revived when superstorm Sandy slammed into north-eastern US states a week before polling day, leaving a damage bill some expect to exceed $US50 billion ($A48 billion).
Mr Obama signalled his intention to tackle climate change in his second term during his acceptance speech in Chicago, where he underlined the issue as among his top priorities.
”We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt; that isn’t weakened by inequality; that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet,” he said.

Australia’s Minister for Climate Change, Greg Combet, told the Carbon Expo conference in Melbourne on Friday that he was ”very pleased” with Mr Obama’s victory, and said he held already spoken on the issue with his US counterpart since the elections.
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International anxiety over A Q Khan’s entry into Pakistan politics

AQ Khan: Father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb jumps into politics, Christian Science Monitor 11 Nov 12 AQ Khan, lauded by many Pakistanis for giving the country the bomb, has launched a political movement targeting the youth vote. He has been accused of selling nuclear secrets to North Korea and Iran. By Taha Siddiqui, Correspondent / November 11, 2012 ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN 
The father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb has launched a political party, which plans to participate in the next presidential election slated for early 2013. Abdul Qadeer Khan has started a 100-day campaign to tour Pakistan, starting with Kahuta, home to the first nuclear facility in Pakistan, established just outsideIslamabad, during the 1970s.  Continue reading

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Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu – secret plan to bomb Iran’s nuclear plant?

Nuclear hit ‘Israel’s best plan for Iran’ THE AUSTRALIAN,  from The Times November 12, 2012 “………..”Israel’s plans have been constantly evolving in recent years according to the progress Iran is making,” a senior defence source said. “A decade ago when Ariel Sharon (the former prime minister who suffered a stroke in 2006) was in charge, it was relatively easy to strike Iran as its air defences were almost non-existent. Now they’ve upgraded and our tactics have to change.”

Western sources believe a single Israeli Jericho-3 missile could carry a tactical nuclear warhead with a yield of less than one kiloton, which would be sufficient to “bury” the plant.
In a conventional attack Israel might, according to experts, lose up to 20 per cent of its planes.

Well aware of the hostile international response to even the suggestion of a nuclear attack, the option is not being debated publicly. But last week it was referred to indirectly by Shaul Mofaz, head of the Kadima party and leader of the opposition.

For some time Mr Mofaz, 64, a former defence minister and one of the few Israeli politicians privy to the country’s nuclear secrets, has believed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is playing a dangerous game.

Mr Mofaz shocked many Israelis last week when during a press conference he unveiled a poster showing a red mushroom cloud with the slogan: “Bibi will endanger Israel.”

Most Israelis assumed the poster referred to the Iranian threat. But its message may have been more subtle, hinting at an argument that Mr Mofaz cannot articulate in public: that he believes Mr Netanyahu could be considering a nuclear option. ….

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Running Oi nuclear reactor on an earthquake fault? – a silly decision

Under government guidelines atomic installations cannot be sited on a fault – the meeting place of two or more of the plates that make up the earth’s crust – if it is still classed as active, that is, one that is known to have moved within the last 130,000 years.

Mr Watanabe said a heavy burden rests on those tasked with ensuring public safety, citing the jail sentences imposed on six seismologists in Italy after a court said their underestimation of the possible effects of an earthquake had contributed to the death toll in the central city of L’Aquila.

‘Silly’ to run Japanese nuclear plant on fault line, Herald Sun, AFP November 11, 2012 JAPAN’S only working nuclear power plant sits on what may be a seismic fault in the earth’s crust, a geologist has warned.

Mitsuhisa Watanabe says the earth’s plates could move under the Oi nuclear plant in western Japan, causing a catastrophe to rival last year’s atomic disaster at Fukushima – although some of his colleagues on a nuclear advisory panel disagree. Continue reading

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Danger of Kyrgyzstan’s uranium-polluted rivers extends way beyond national borders

the more we delay the process of lands reclamation and conservation, the more risk of trans-border catastrophe we have

 the country has 92 tailing dumps with the total volume of 254.4 million cubic meters (457 billion tons) of mining wastes.

Kyrgyzstan’s uranium-polluted rivers threaten Central Asia , 30.10.2012, Pollution of Kyrgyzstan’s water resources with the wastes of uranium tailing dumps poses a threat to the whole Central Asian region, KazTAG reports.

“Regional risks of degradation and destruction of the uranium tailing dumps are related to a whole range of factors, especially since many of the dumps are located very close to water resources. Since they are located at the river heads (of the rivers that start in Kyrgyzstan),
the potential catastrophe may cause major mass and ecological disasters and have a long-term effect on health of millions of people in the lower reaches of the rivers,” first Vice-PM of Kyrgyzstan Dzhoomart Otorbayev said at the international conference called
Uranium tailing dumps in Central Asia: Join Efforts on Lowering Risks on Wednesday, October 24. Continue reading

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