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Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud Canberra opening – Jagath Dheerasekara photographer exibition

……“Nomination of their traditional lands as a domestic nuclear waste dump site in 2007, coupled with proposals for Australia to ‘lease’ uranium and take back nuclear waste from overseas, have generated justifiable fear and concern among the Aboriginal communities in and around Muckaty (Manuwangku), 120 km north of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory…….

Sunday April 7, 4:30-6pm
Photographs by Jagath Dheerasekara
Curated By Judith Crispin

Special guest speaker: Muckaty Traditional Owner Penny Phillips

“Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud” is a photographic exhibition presenting the community and country in the Northern Territory targeted to host a federal radioactive waste dump. The photos aim to break down the conception that these areas are the ‘middle of nowhere‘ and thus suitable for dumping of hazardous materials.

Sri Lankan photographer Jagath Dheerasekara received the Amnesty International Human Rights Innovation Grant 2010 and has developed the exhibition as a collaborative project with the Beyond Nuclear Initiative and Muckaty Traditional Owners.

Please support this important campaign by attending the Canberra opening and considering a donation to assist with costs for Penny Phillips to travel from Tennant Creek.

Details for contributions are at: http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/donate/

Date:Sunday April 7, 2013
Time:430pm-6pm
Entry:$15 or $10 for students/members
Venue: Manning Clark House Gallery,
11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest, ACT

Jagath Dheerasekara (Australia):

Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud

“Nomination of their traditional lands as a domestic nuclear waste dump site in 2007, coupled with proposals for Australia to ‘lease’ uranium and take back nuclear waste from overseas, have generated justifiable fear and concern among the Aboriginal communities in and around Muckaty (Manuwangku), 120 km north of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory.

Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud attempts to document the spirit, connection to land and collective voice of this community, as they protest in defence of their right to live in a clean environment, free from hazardous waste.

Photography, a boyhood passion, took on a new meaning for Jagath Dheerasekara as a university student in Sri Lanka, when he began documenting the mass political killings of the late 1980s and early 1990s. A key member of Students for Human Rights, his resulting detention as a political prisoner led to exile, when France granted him political asylum.

He returned to Sri Lanka following the regime change in the mid 1990s and settled in Australia in 2008, where his work now focuses on Aboriginal, refugee and environmental themes. He was an Amnesty International Human Rights Innovation Fund grant recipient in 2010 and a finalist in the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize in 2011, and exhibits his work internationally.

Images © Jagath Dheerasekara.

http://jagathdeerasekera.blogspot.co.uk/

March 22, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

UK – Join the anti-Trident protest at Easter April 1st 2013 – Reading – Details!

….We will point out that the UK is in no position to object to nuclear proliferation while it insists on retaining its own nuclear ‘capacity’, in breach of its treaty obligations, and propose that instead we should join the non-nuclear majority in working for a nuclear-free world…..

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Thursday, March 21, 2013
The Bath Chronicle

Like others I expect, I’ve already been thinking ahead to Easter – in particular how to use that lovely extra free day on the Monday.

But the thinking didn’t take long, because this year there’s is a must for the calendar: a demonstration at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Aldermaston, near Reading.

That’s where Britain’s nuclear bombs are made, currently for the Trident system, in which the warheads and their missiles are placed on Trident submarines.

It’s also where the research and development are being done for the proposed successor system to Trident.

That’s why, this Easter Monday, thousands will gather there from around Britain, to protest against Trident’s replacement and the vast sums of money that are being poured into costly related developments long before the 2016 date for the final decision in Parliament as to whether Trident should in fact be replaced.

The protesters will call for the halting of all such preemptive activities and the scrapping rather than replacement of Trident, which would cost more than 100 billion pounds.

The protesters (currently backed by a substantial majority in recent opinion polls) will argue that at this time of cuts to jobs, housing and public services it is madness to waste money in this way; that nuclear weapons are genocidal and morally beyond the pale; that they do nothing to increase our security; and that most countries manage perfectly well without them.

We will point out that the UK is in no position to object to nuclear proliferation while it insists on retaining its own nuclear ‘capacity’, in breach of its treaty obligations, and propose that instead we should join the non-nuclear majority in working for a nuclear-free world.

Why not come with us on the Bath coach? Contact me for details and tickets.

Diana Francis Prospect Place Beechen Cliff, Bath Tel: 01225 480782

Trident nuclear weapons system – Pointless?

British anti-nukes campaigners are pressuring the government to change course on replacing its Trident nuclear weapons system at an annual cost of £3 billion and rather spend the money on housing.

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http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/03/09/292732/trident-nuclear-weapons-system/

Time to Scrap Trident: Stop fooling with nuclear weapons

stop-fooling-logoProtest at AWE Aldermaston

 

This year on April Fools’ Day, we will be going to Aldermaston to highlight our opposition to Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons system – because that’s where the nuclear bombs are made.

We’ll be saying Scrap Trident and cancel plans to replace it.

We’ll be gathering around the base in our thousands with music, colour, and speeches.

Why are we going?

2013 is a year of continuous activity at AWE Aldermaston, prompted by the formation of grassroots campaign Action AWE, to highlight the site’s nuclear bomb-making function.

This is vital as we head towards the 2016 decision point on whether or not Trident should be replaced. Vast sums of money are being poured into developments at Aldermaston, even before any decision is taken on Trident.

The total cost of a replacement for Trident would be over £100 billion. At this time of cuts to jobs, housing and public services think what else Trident’s £100 billion could be spent on! We say it’s time to scrap Trident, and on April Fools’ Day we’ll be telling the government to ‘stop fooling with nuclear weapons’!

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March 22, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Fukushima deletes radiation data needed for exposure assessment!

“……”We were preoccupied with other tasks and were late in collecting the dosimeter. The maker told us that data couldn’t be taken from the device, and we overwrote the readings because we needed to use the dosimeter to monitor radiation levels in various parts of the prefecture,” an official of the task force said. “We’ve heard that radiation levels were normal at the time. We didn’t report the loss of the data, and we’re extremely sorry.”

However, the manufacturer denies that data cannot be extracted from the dosimeter.

“Readings are saved in the dosimeter’s memory chip and can be extracted using a special program installed on a computer,” a representative of the manufacturer said….”

Prof Yamashita – Japan Thyroid Association and ex Fukushima Medical Uni Hospital

Prof Thomas – BBC PRopagandist (UK Thyroid Association and Imperial College University London)

RW at Fukushima 2

Richard Wakeford – Statisticall Liar for UNSCEAR and the BBC (ex BNFL)

A crying child!

Photo by Ritika Mittal

March 09, 2013 (Mainichi Japan)

FUKUSHIMA — The prefectural government deleted radiation data that it gathered at an evacuation shelter near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant shortly after the disaster broke out, it has been learned.

Click here for the original Japanese story

The Fukushima Prefectural Government explained that it wrote over the data without saving it. It failed to report the case to the national government.

The move has made it impossible for the prefectural government to assess how much radiation residents near the nuclear power station were exposed to shortly after the accident — although such assessment is required under national government guidelines.

It was earlier learned that the prefectural government’s analysis of data from radiation monitoring posts was delayed until September last year, and was not reflected in final reports compiled by the government and Diet’s respective nuclear disaster investigation committees.

The latest revelations could influence discussions by a Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) panel on measures to improve methods for monitoring radiation doses in the event of an emergency at an atomic power station.

At around 3 a.m. on March 12, 2011, the day after the massive earthquake and tsunami that triggered the nuclear crisis, the Fukushima Prefectural Government instructed the nuclear plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), to dispatch employees to accompany prefectural officials for emergency monitoring of radiation, according to the prefecture and TEPCO. The order was issued during a meeting of an accident task force in the town of Okuma in accordance with the prefecture’s regional disaster-prevention plan, which was worked out within the framework of the national government’s guidelines.

At least three people clad in radiation suits, including prefectural government officials, headed to Okuma Junior High School, about five kilometers west of the tsunami-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, on a TEPCO bus carrying a portable dosimeter and dust collectors, among other equipment. They arrived at the school at around 5 a.m., and installed the devices near the school’s gymnasium, where about 100 local residents were taking shelter.

Even though power supply was cut off in the wake of the disaster, the portable dosimeter functioned properly until the afternoon of that day — when a hydrogen explosion occurred at the power plant’s No. 1 reactor building — because the device was equipped with a small power generator.

However, the prefectural government deleted the data in September 2011 after it collected all dosimeters used for radiation monitoring.

A report on emergency radiation monitoring that the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry compiled in July last year, states that monitoring was first conducted at 8:09 a.m. on March 12 in Okuma — shortly after all residents evacuated from the junior high school to other places — using another dosimeter. But the latest findings indicate that the monitoring actually commenced at least three hours earlier.

The prefectural government’s disaster task force explained that it wrote over the data because the manufacturer of the dosimeter said data could not be taken from the device.

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March 22, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Some great info concerning potential disasters and their effects..
lots of information!!

Culture of Life News

Hamakoa nuclear power plant Japan

Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant in earthquake/tsunami zone south of Fukushima

The precarious situation in Fukushima has made the news again: TEPCO partially restores power to cooling systems at Fukushima plant  and there is no excuse for this because the Fukushima plant outage reveals lack of backup power source 2 years after crisis outbreak.  Closing the nuclear power plants has caused Japan’s Feb trade deficit gets worse at $8.1B as exports lag imports.

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March 22, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Increased radiation released as Fukushima cooling systems lost power

text ionisingFukushima Spews More Radiation … Due to Tepco’s Carelessness Zero Hedge by George Washington on 03/21/2013 Power was lost to the cooling systems to virtually all of the spent fuel pools at Fukushima for more than a day.

Some of these fuel pools have lost containment, and are arguably the top short-term threat to humanity … and America’s national security.

The loss of cooling increased the radiation output from the pools.  And the loss of power was due to carelessness by the operator of the Fukushima reactors.  As nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen notes:

 Is TEPCO doing an adequate job of keeping the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power site safe?

We don’t think so. Continue reading

March 22, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013 | Leave a comment

The nuclear toll: Fallujah’s birth deformities, cancers- theme for June 19

Fallujah-babyFalluja Babies’ and Depleted Uranium — America’s Toxic Legacy in Iraq http://www.alternet.org/world/falluja-babies-and-depleted-uranium-americas-toxic-legacy-iraq Two US-led wars in Iraq have left behind hundreds of tons of depleted uranium munitions and other toxic wastes. March 18, 2013  |

 Fallujah, Iraq – Contamination from Depleted Uranium (DU) munitions and other military-related pollution is suspected of causing a sharp rises in congenital birth defects, cancer cases, and other illnesses throughout much of Iraq.

Many prominent doctors and scientists contend that DU contamination is also  connected to the recent emergence of diseases that were not previously seen in Iraq, such as new illnesses in the kidney, lungs, and liver, as well as total immune system collapse. DU contamination may also be connected to the steep rise in leukaemia, renal, and anaemia cases, especially among children, being reported throughout many Iraqi governorates.

There has also been a dramatic jump in miscarriages and premature births among Iraqi women, particularly in areas where heavy US military operations occurred, such as Fallujah.

Official Iraqi government statistics show that, prior to the outbreak of the First Gulf War in 1991, the rate of cancer cases in Iraq was 40 out of 100,000 people. By 1995, it had increased to 800 out of 100,000 people, and, by 2005, it had doubled to at least 1,600 out of 100,000 people. Current estimates show the increasing trend continuing. Continue reading

March 22, 2013 Posted by | depleted uranium, Iraq, Uranium | 5 Comments

EU rules do not permit UK to give nuclear operators fixed prices

exclamation-flag-UKBritish nuclear support plans flout EU rules: lawyers, Climate Spectator, 22 Mar 13 Britain’s plans to reward nuclear plant operators through fixed prices for low-carbon energy are illegal under existing EU  rules and efforts to adapt them are likely to draw opposition from other member states, EU and legal sources said.

Britain plans to reform its electricity market to fix a minimum price for nuclear, wind and solar-generated power, which is carbon free.

The proposals are being assessed by the British parliament but the subsidy instruments, named contracts-for-difference (CfDs), will also require approval from the European Commission, the EU executive, under state aid rules.

“Neither under the current (…) nor under possible future frameworks could the CfD scheme for nuclear generators be declared compatible with European state aid rules,” said Doerte Fouquet, a lawyer specialised in EU law at Becker Buettner Held in Brussels. Continue reading

March 22, 2013 Posted by | Legal, UK | Leave a comment

Taiwan’s Economics Committee votes to suspend nuclear plant construction

flag-TaiwanMotions passed to cease nuclear plant construction Taipei Times, By Helen Ku, Shih Hsiu-chuan and Chris Wang  /  Staff reporters 21 March 13, Motions demanding that state-owned Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台灣電力公司) suspend construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s (新北市) Gongliao District (貢寮) and rejecting the company’s budget proposal for the year were passed yesterday by the legislature’s Economics Committee.

The motions, initiated by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers, shot down Taipower’s plan to spend NT$11.7 billion (US$392.99 million) on the plant this year, including NT$10.7 billion of construction work that has already been outsourced. Continue reading

March 22, 2013 Posted by | politics, Taiwan | Leave a comment

Vermont Yankee nuclear plant not financially viable?

nuke-plant-sad“Entergy’s financial problems must not become nuclear safety problems,” Tim Judson, president of Citizens’ Awareness Network and one of the petition’s authors, said in a public statement. “Unfortunately, that may already be happening, and the NRC must act now. Entergy is in this business to make a profit, and the pressure on the company to cut costs, delay maintenance, and drive these plants to the edge is just too great.”…..

 The NRC’s inquiry into Vermont Yankee’s finances comes one month after the Swiss financial services firm UBS Securities downgraded Entergy’s stock from “neutral” to “sell.”

UBS released a report earlier this year that suggested Entergy could improve its financial outlook if it closed Vermont Yankee.

Entergy document cites drastic  fall in value of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, raising questions about its viability VT Digger, by Andrew Stein | March 21, 2013 Thursday marked the one-year anniversary that Vermont Yankee’s initial 40-year operating license expired, and the aging nuclear plant finds itself on rough financial footing.

In a November 2012 filing with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Entergy Corp. informed investors that in March of last year the company estimated that the fair value of its Vermont Yankee plant had dropped to $162 million — three times less than the carrying value of $517.5 million.

The fair value is “based on the price that Entergy would expect to receive in a hypothetical sale of the Vermont Yankee plant,” the filing says. The cash flow projections “depend on pending legal and state regulatory matters, as well as projections of future revenues and expenses.”

The news of Vermont Yankee’s devaluation was brought to light almost a year later.  Continue reading

March 22, 2013 Posted by | business and costs, USA | Leave a comment

Film-maker describes India’s repression of anti nuclear protestors

I’ve just been informed 30 people including the woman who helped me get to Idinthakarai have been arrested and detained by Tamil Nadu police. They joined another 54 activists who were arrested in September and have been refused bail, wasting away in dirty conditions in gaol after a big police operation invaded their village and beat the daylights out of anyone who could not run away fast enough.

David Bradbury on Idinthakarai’s anti-nuclear front line Independent Australia Posted by   16 March, 2013 Award winning Australian filmmaker, David Bradbury, describes in chilling detail his visit to the epicentre of the Kudankulam anti-nuclear struggle in India – the beautiful seaside town of Idinthakarai. “……  We’re talking national security and big bikkies here – $140 billion in nuclear power contracts if the Centre Government has its way. He [ Deputy Superintendent NK Stanley Jones] repeated that the area was a prohibited zone under Section 144. I didn’t bother to draw the parallel for him that this was exactly the same rationale used by the South Australian coppers two months earlier in arbitrarily arresting people at Lizards Revenge outside Olympic Dam uranium mine.

There, SA police in similarly threatening Orwellian tones repeatedly warned us over loudspeakers, ‘You are now entering a Protective Security Zone. Under the Protective Security Act of the South Australian Parliament 2007, you are subject to arbitrary arrest, strip search and detention…’

It would seem the nuclear lobby worldwide has a special dispensation for suspending people’s normal rights of assembly, freedom of speech and freedom of non-violent protest……..

The latest round of opposition to stop the opening of the Kudankulam nuclear power plants has raged for more than ten years now, with this last year seeing opposition to the Russian built nuclear power plants at Idinthakarai reach fever pitch. Continue reading

March 22, 2013 Posted by | civil liberties, India | 1 Comment

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef could be lost for uranium’s petty financial gain

The price tag of the uranium deposits in Queensland, if all extracted and sold is about $10 billion. A pretty big chunk of cash, but worth only a paltry two years of tourism dollars that the Great Barrier Reef brings in.

To anyone who has looked in wonderment at the fish on a reef, this is not an “Australian issue”,  this is an issue that speaks to how we want to leave the world to future generations. Our kids will remember visiting a reef teeming with tropical fish, turtles and fluorescent coral, but what will they remember if it isn’t there to be seen? They sure as heck won’t remember the quick buck made by uranium mining companies a few decades previous

Radioactive scuba diving a potential new Aussie destination sport http://www.vancouverobserver.com/city/outdoors/radioactive-scuba-diving-potential-new-aussie-destination-sport Kevin Grandia   Mar 19th, 2013 Okay, I am exaggerating, but only slightly, but new anti-regulation laws have recently been passed in Australia that could mean uranium will be shipped out directly over this oceanic masterpiece of nature.  Continue reading

March 22, 2013 Posted by | AUSTRALIA, environment, Uranium | Leave a comment

Fukushima casts a continuing gloom over uranium market

Japan’s Nuclear Woes Still a Key Factor in Uranium Market, By Melissa Pistilli – Uranium Investing News, March 21, 2013,  The uranium sport price remains unchanged from last week’s indicator of $42.25 per pound U3O8, according to TradeTech. “Currently, spot uranium supply and demand are relatively in balance, with neither buyers nor sellers highly motivated to conclude transactions,” the industry consulting firm reported…….

Ongoing problems at the disaster-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant aren’t helping Japanese citizens’ perception of the safety of nuclear power. A recent power outage Monday left four fuel storage pools without fresh cooling water…..

March 22, 2013 Posted by | business and costs, Uranium | Leave a comment

Small scale renewable energy storage

Small-scale energy storage project wins Australian Government backing PACE – Process and Control Engineering 22 March, 2013 Kevin Gomez Australian energy storage company Ecoulthas been awarded Australian Government funding through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

The funds will be used to conduct small/ mid-sized storage project development using Deka UltraBattery technology to deliver cost effective storage solutions for homes and businesses in Australia and around the world.

This pilot will develop a battery storage system prototype for three types of deficit charge/distributed energy applications:

  • Off-grid renewable power solutions (Remote Area Power Supply);
  • Distributed grid connected storage to support voltage and power fluctuations that arise where there is dense concentration of small roof-top solar installations in residential areas; and
  • Hybrid generation (such as diesel plus renewables) to improve fuel efficiencies.

Ecoult CEO John Wood said the ARENA grant was a strong vote of confidence in the Australian-invented technology……

The pilot project will extend the collaboration between Ecoult, its US-based parent company East Penn Manufacturing and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Research partner CSIRO, which originally invented the Deka UltraBattery technology, will also play an important role in this pilot project, developing intelligent algorithms that improve the integration of Deka Ultrabattery units with the Solar PV panels and increase the value derived from each kWh of energy storage…… http://www.pacetoday.com.au/news/small-scale-energy-storage-project-wins-australian

March 22, 2013 Posted by | AUSTRALIA, energy storage | Leave a comment