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France Predict Cost of Nuclear Disaster to be Over Three Times their GDP and goodbye London UK!

By Wolf Richter | Thu, 14 March 2013 23:07

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Catastrophic nuclear accidents, like Chernobyl in 1986 or Fukushima No. 1 in 2011, are very rare, we’re incessantly told, and their probability of occurring infinitesimal. But when they do occur, they get costly. So costly that the French government, when it came up with cost estimates, kept them secret.

But now the report was leaked to the French magazine, Le Journal de Dimanche. Turns out, the upper end of the cost spectrum of an accident at a single reactor at the plant chosen for the study, the plant at Dampierre in the Department of Loiret in north-central France, would amount to over three times the country’s GDP. Financially, France would cease to exist as we know it.

Hence, the need to keep it secret. The study was done in 2007 by the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), a government agency under joint authority of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Environment, Industry, Research, and Health. With over 1,700 employees, it’s France’s “public service expert in nuclear and radiation risks.” This isn’t some overambitious, publicity-hungry think tank.

It evaluated a range of disaster scenarios that might occur at the Dampierre plant. In the best-case scenario, costs came to €760 billion—more than a third of France’s GDP. At the other end of the spectrum: €5.8 trillion! Over three times France’s GDP. A devastating amount. So large that France could not possibly deal with it.

Yet, France gets 75% of its electricity from nuclear power. The entire nuclear sector is controlled by the state, which also owns 85% of EDF, the mega-utility that operates France’s 58 active nuclear reactors spread over 20 plants. So, three weeks ago, the Institute released a more politically correct report for public consumption. It pegged the cost of an accident at €430 billion.

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EU -Ashton urges West to be determined, creative in Iran nuclear talks

TEHRAN – European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has called on Western negotiators to be “determined and creative” in their discussions with Tehran on Iran’s nuclear program, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

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Speaking on March 16 at the German Marshall Fund’s Brussels Forum, Ashton said negotiators had to do more to build a level of “communication” and “trust” with the Iranian side.
Such a move, she said, would encourage Iranian officials to engage in a “real discussion”.
“When I first started to lead these negotiations, we weren’t really discussing the subject. Now we discuss the subject in detail, we have the slideshow presentations, we have a real discussion about the issues both when the technical-level discussions take place and the political-level,” Ashton said.
The most recent round of talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on February 26 and 27, and the two sides agreed to meet again at the same venue in April.
They also agreed to meet at expert level in Istanbul on March 18.
Iran denies Western allegations that it is covertly seeking the capability to make nuclear weapons, saying its nuclear program is entirely peaceful.
In Almaty, the major powers dropped their demand that Iran shut down its underground uranium-enrichment plant at Fordo, and insisted instead that Iran suspend enrichment work there and agree to unspecified conditions that would make it hard to quickly resume production. They also said that Iran could continue to produce and keep a small amount of its uranium enriched to a purity level of 20 percent for use in a research reactor that produces medical isotopes, according to the New York Times.
If Tehran agreed to these steps, the major powers said they would suspend some sanctions against Iran, including trade in gold and petrochemicals, and would not impose new sanctions through the United Nations Security Council and the European Union. The main oil and financial sanctions that have caused Iran’s oil revenues to drop would not be loosened.
http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/106537-ashton-urges-west-to-be-determined-creative-in-iran-nuclear-talks

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Absolute liability must on be on nuclear suppliers for India

Department of Atomic Energy

06-March, 2013 16:03 IST

Liability of Nuclear Suppliers

Section 4 of the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010 channels the liability for nuclear damage to the operator of the nuclear installation. The operator of the nuclear installation after paying the compensation for nuclear damage, shall have a right of recourse against the supplier in accordance with Section 17 of the said Act. The supplier has no liability to pay compensation for nuclear damage in the first instance to the victims of a nuclear incident.

Under the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010 the liability of the operator is strict and based on the principle of no-fault liability with the underlying objective to provide prompt compensation to the victims of a nuclear incident.

There is no proposal at present .before the Government to amend this provision.

The Minister of State in the ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions and in the Prime Minister’s Office Shri V. Narayanasamy Gave this information in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha today.

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Absolute liability must on be on nuclear suppliers

New Delhi, March 17 (IANS)

The nuclear liability act, passed after the India-US civil nuclear deal, should ensure “absolute” responsibility of suppliers to pay adequate compensation to victims in the wake of accidents, experts said here Sunday.

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The round-table conference on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010, was organised by Rashtriya Jagriti Sansthan and GreenPeace India at India International Centre here.

Former chairman of India’s Atomic Energy Commission Anil Kakodkar said the legislation should be discussed in the Indian context and shoul not be “hijacked” in a “pro-American rhetoric”.

“As the demand for nuclear energy grows, there is a need for such legislation. The nuclear programme will remain in the hands of private sector for long time. The purpose is to ensure quick compensation in case of an accident without bothering much about whose fault it is,” said Kakodkar.

“The need is to fix responsibility for the compensation to the victims,” he said.

Former Chief Justice of India A.M. Ahmadi said the act should be viewed in the context of the Bhopal gas tragedy.

“I came across so many cases where very little compensation was given even to the families of dead. There should be no cap about the upper limit of liability, as no one can estimate the magnitude of nuclear disasters,” he said.

“No time-frame for compensation should be fixed, as the ramification of such disasters eventually spread the other generation as well,” he added.

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Jordan to select technology for first nuclear reactor in May 2013 but small slow solar?

Jordan, which imports about 96 percent of its energy needs annually, plans to build several nuclear reactors for power generation……

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The $300 million is the latest in a string of international assistance agreements for clean energy in Jordan, including a $112 million loan Jordan secured from the World Bank in July to support the establishment of a 100MW concentrated solar power plant.

“These funds will help Jordan develop its one true energy solution: solar and wind,” Batayneh told The Jordan Times in a recent interview…….

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AMMAN, March 16 (Xinhua) — Jordan said Saturday it will select the technology for its first planned nuclear reactor in mid-May, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

Khaled Toukan, chairman of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission, said there is a “strong competition” between two offers that Jordan has preselected recently to provide the technology for the reactor.

Russia‘s Atomstroyexport and a consortium of France‘s Areva and Japan‘s Mitsubishi were prequalified, Toukan said, adding that the winning offer will be announced in mid-May.

Regarding the location of the reactor, Toukan said studies will be completed by the end of this month on three possible sites, and the final site will be jointly determined by the cabinet, the Lower House and the local communities.

Also in May, Jordan will select the strategic partner of the project, Toukan said, adding that the final agreement to build the nuclear reactor will be signed in the second half of 2013.

Jordan, which imports about 96 percent of its energy needs annually, plans to build several nuclear reactors for power generation.

Editor: Hou Qiang
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-03/17/c_132239128.htm

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Jordan signs nuclear memo of understanding with Rio Tinto

Submitted by Sahil Nagpal on Tue, 02/24/2009

….Amman  – The Jordanian government on Monday inked a memorandum of understanding with the British-Australian Rio Tinto group for the exploration and mining of uranium and other nuclear ores in the country, according to an official statement……
http://topnews.in/jordan-signs-nuclear-memo-understanding-rio-tinto-2129583

Gulf funds to support solar, wind projects in south

by Taylor Luck | Dec 30, 2012

AMMAN — Jordan is set to receive $300 million from the Gulf states to boost investment in renewable energy, officials say, as Amman looks to solar and wind power as potential solutions to the country’s chronic energy woes.

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NHK – Fukushima Special Report: Japan Two Years After The 3/11 Triple Disaster in Minamisoma.

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Published on 16 Mar 2013

Two years after the March 11th disaster: Radiation problems in Fukushima
Slow Progress in Decontamination
The nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant has changed the lives of people who lived nearby. More than 150,000 residents have been forced away from their homes, even to this day. Decontamination of the area is essential to returning to the lives they once had. However, only 3% of the prefecture’s decontamination work has been completed. Our story investigates why the progress has been especially slow in the city of Minamisoma.

For Children’s Sake
Because of evacuations from Minamisoma, the number of students in the city’s Odaka Elementary School is one- fourth of what it was before the disaster.
Residents have been working to create an environment in which children don’t have to worry about radiation, at least while in school. For example, they check for radiation in school lunches to ensure the food is safe to eat. The residents hope their efforts will convince parents to bring their children back.

NHK Program: Japan 7 Days
Air Date 3/15/13

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Prefectures dally over nuclear evacuation plans – Japan

…..In particular, Izumida cited concerns over securing bus drivers to take people to evacuation centers, monitoring food and how to actually distribute the iodine pills in storage. On these issues, the NRA either said there wasn’t a problem or that it would be decided later on…..

New 30-km proximity standard massively expands crisis zones

by Eric Johnston

Staff Writer

OSAKA – If a disaster were to occur at one of country’s remaining 50 nuclear reactors, the most critically needed personnel in the minutes and hours immediately afterward might not be doctors, nurses or firefighters, but bus drivers.

Ready or not: Residents near Chubu Electric Power Co.'s Hamaoka nuclear power plant receive radiation checks during a disaster evacuation drill Feb. 15 in Iwata, Shizuoka Prefecture.

Ready or not: Residents near Chubu Electric Power Co.’s Hamaoka nuclear power plant receive radiation checks during a disaster evacuation drill Feb. 15 in Iwata, Shizuoka Prefecture. | KYODO

The discovery comes as localities around Japan are due to submit updated plans Monday to the central government for evacuating residents living within 30 km of atomic energy plants. The deadline is unlikely to be met by all but a handful.

Current guidelines call for evacuating those within 8 to 10 km. The new 30-km standard means those plans must be expanded to evacuate 4.8 million people living in 135 cities, towns and villages. Some local governments said they will miss Monday’s deadline and plan to release their revised guidelines this summer.

That makes the central government’s goal of restarting the nation’s 50 reactors more difficult. The independent Nuclear Regulatory Agency says having evacuation plans in place is a prerequisite for restarts. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government, as well as the nation’s major utilities and industrial groups, are pushing hard to fire up the units as soon as possible.

Concern about getting the evacuation plans right is especially high in and around Fukui Prefecture, which hosts 13 commercial reactors in addition to the experimental Monju fast-breeder reactor.

The prefecture’s total population is about 800,000. The four towns of Takahama, Mihama, Oi, and Tsuruga, which all host nuclear plants, have around 105,000 residents combined. Adding other towns in and out of Fukui within a 30 km-radius of those plants entails an evacuation of at least hundreds of thousands of people, depending on the location of a major accident.

Last June, the prefecture drew up a provisional evacuation plan to accompany the restart of two reactors at the Oi power plant.

The plan was so impractical that it drew heavy fire not only from Fukui residents, but also from officials in neighboring Kyoto and Shiga prefectures.

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Activist ‘Shocked’ At Conviction For Yelling At David Cameron

….She had wanted to read out a version of “Callum’s List” which documents the names of those who have allegedly died, through suicide or natural causes, as a result of losing their benefits……
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Published on 16 Mar 2013

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16 March, 2013Posted in: All, Featured News, Guardian

This article titled “Activist ‘shocked’ at conviction for yelling at David Cameron” was written by Mark Townsend and Tracy McVeigh, for guardian.co.uk on Saturday 16th March 2013 17.27 UTCA woman has described her shock after being found guilty of a public order offence for telling David Cameron he had “blood on his hands”.Bethan Tichborne, 28, said initially she assumed her court summons was a bureaucratic error after she was arrested for protesting against cuts to disability benefits. But she was told by a district judge that her comments must have hugely insulted the prime minister.Cameron was switching on the Christmas lights in his Witney constituency in Oxfordshire, in December, when Tichborne tried to climb a barrier with her homemade placard. The one-woman protest, she claims, was against cuts leading to the deaths of people with disabilities. She believes her conviction at Oxford magistrates court last week was politically motivated.District Judge Tim Pattinson told her: “It is difficult to think of a clearer example of disorderly behaviour than to climb or attempt to climb a barrier at a highly security-sensitive public occasion.”Judge Pattinson praised Tichborne’s previous good character but said her comments that Cameron “had blood on his hands” could “hardly be more insulting to anyone, whether a politician or not”.

The 28-year-old was convicted of using threatening words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

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Kaori Izumi: an unforgettable force and a tragic loss

March 14, 2013

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We have lost one of the precious ones. We learned today of the passing of Kaori Izumi. Kaori came to the US in September 2011 on a speaking tour.

We were with her in Washington, DC, New York City and at Indian Point. Her courage, energy and passion inspired us all. She led the campaign to Shut the Tomari nuclear plant in Hokkaido, but she did so much more.

She was determined to tell the world the truth about Fukushima and to urge the world to stop the nuclear madness right away and to shut down nuclear plants. We will miss her.

But we must carry on her work. (Pictured below: Kaori speaks at a press conference at Indian Point; gathers with Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition activists; and protests outside the UN in New York).

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Nuclear shadow over Gujarat village

….But have the farmers listened to the other side before making up their mind? Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) organised a trip of sarpanchs to the operational nuclear power plants a year ago. “We have done our best to inform farmers that nuclear power is safe,” said P M Shah, chief engineer, NPCIL. But people in villages are distrustful of the government…….
Author(s): Ankur Paliwal
Issue Date: Mar 16, 2013

People in Mithi Virdi and nearby villages talk to Ankur Paliwal about their fears over the nuclear power park proposed on their land

This woman I found plucking weeds in her vegetable patch refused to give her name thinking I represent the power plant developers and would deprive her of her only source of living (Photos by Ankur Paliwal)

This woman I found plucking weeds in her vegetable patch refused to give her name thinking I represent the power plant developers and would deprive her of her only source of living (Photos by Ankur Paliwal)

I didn’t know her name. She was busy plucking weeds from her tomato farm. She was wearing bright blue and red clothes, her shining white hair half covered with a purple shawl. “She makes for a good photograph,” I thought to myself. I started moving towards her and took out my camera. She looked at me curiously, smiled and then got back to plucking weeds. I took that as her consent. I clicked her pictures till I was satisfied that I had got the right frame.

I asked my interpreter Sukhdev Singh, a 21-year-old engineer from her village Mithi Virdi in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar district, to introduce me to the woman. He told her I am a journalist from Delhi and that I am writing about the proposed nuclear power plant in her village. Her expression suddenly changed. She got angry and started shouting, “hamara photu na paro (do not click my photograph).”

She threw her hands in the air in anger. I could not fathom the reason for her anger. It dawned on me that she was gesticulating more out of fear. Singh interpreted her words: “She thinks that you are from the company which is building the nuclear power plant and that you would misuse her photo.” She thought that I will present her as somebody who wants the plant.

Farmers in Mithi Virdi  and adjoining villages harvest up to three crops a year and earn wellFarmers in Mithi Virdi and adjoining villages harvest up to three crops a year and earn well

She said that this was the patch of land she has to feed her family. Through my interpreter, I reassured her I was a journalist and was visiting her the village to understand what people of Mithi Virdi think of the power plant. She did not believe me. By this time her son and daughter-in-law emerged from their hut. I tried to convince her but she was fearful.

I sat with her and asked if she could tell me her name. She refused. I turned to the family members and they too were reluctant to share details. The woman politely said to me, “My son, you sit, drink water, eat food and relax, but please do not misrepresent me.” I assured her that I would not misuse her photo and I was not there to take away her land. Her expression was that of disbelief. I asked her to forgive me and left her house cursing myself for having ruined her day.

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Areva boss Luc Oursel quietly bullies the UK to stop supporting the poor!! …but support nuclear!

…..Until now, it was widely assumed that EDF was leading the call for subsidies for new nuclear. But a new document reveals that last November, Areva‘s chief executive officer, Luc Oursel, lobbied the European Environment Commissioner, Connie Hedagaard, for financial help for the construction of new nuclear power stations…..

….Mr Oursel also called for the “progressive removal” of “a stack of ad hoc tariff distortions” – such as “subsidies for renewables [and] energy poverty”…..

Luc Oursel

Nuclear boss wants to cut family fuel aid

Chief of French company poised to build reactors in Britain also argues against European subsidies for renewable energy

Sunday 17 March 2013

The boss of a company set to build two nuclear reactors in Somerset has been demanding cuts to renewable energy subsidies and to help for people in fuel poverty while quietly lobbying the European Commission for financial help for new nuclear power stations.

Areva, which is part owned by the French state, has signed a contract to build nuclear reactors for EDF, another French company, at Hinkley Point. If it goes ahead, it will be the first new nuclear power plant in Britain for a generation. Areva already has hundreds of engineers working on the project.

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Until now, it was widely assumed that EDF was leading the call for subsidies for new nuclear. But a new document reveals that last November, Areva’s chief executive officer, Luc Oursel, lobbied the European Environment Commissioner, Connie Hedagaard, for financial help for the construction of new nuclear power stations. He asked the commission and European Central Bank to give “credit guarantees … to be used as a catalyst to ease the financing of low-carbon technologies“, such as nuclear. His letter was obtained by the NuclearSpin website under European Freedom of Information laws.

Mr Oursel also called for the “progressive removal” of “a stack of ad hoc tariff distortions” – such as “subsidies for renewables [and] energy poverty”. Asking for energy poverty payments to be cut is a world away from the company’s image, which was bolstered last month by news that Usain Bolt would run at the firm’s annual athletics meeting in the Stade de France this year.

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