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Czech and USA cooperate in developing new reactors

Published: May 17, 2013

President Obama U.S.-EU Summit

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http://www.kentucky.com/2013/05/17/2643560/czech-us-cooperate-in-developing.html

The United States says it has completed a transfer of 75 kilograms (165 pounds) of salt coolant material to the Czech Republic as part of cooperation between the two countries in developing new nuclear reactors.

Neratovice, Střední Čechy, Czech Republic

The U.S. Embassy in Prague says the fluoride salt comes from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and will be used for experiments at the Czech Nuclear Research Institute in Rez near Prague.

Triple Hybrid Bus – at the service of passengers and nature

The TriHyBus is the product of a cooperation agreement between Czech nuclear research institute Rez, Skoda Electric, Linde Gas, Veolia Transport, Proton Motor (Germany) and IFE Halden (Norway). 2009

EU Investment

EUR 1 300 000

http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/projects/stories/details_new.cfm?pay=CZ&the=45&sto=1635&lan=7&region=ALL&obj=ALL&per=2&defL=CS

In Friday’s statement, it says both countries will share the results of the testing, the goal of which is to help “U.S. and Czech research and development on a new generation of more efficient, high temperature, lower cost and passively-safe reactors.”

The move follows President Barack Obama’s 2009 speech in Prague during which he called for international civil nuclear cooperation.

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May 18, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fukushima Rad News 5/18/13: 5.9 Mag Quake Strikes Fukushima;Little Progress In Radiation Cleanup

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Published on May 18, 2013

Little progress in Fukushima radiation cleanup
An NHK survey has found that little progress is being made to clean up radioactive material in areas near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Work is underway in 47 municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture. The national government is in charge of restricted areas near the plant. Municipalities take charge of outer areas.
The government has carried out cleanup in around 4 percent of the land in the restricted areas.
Municipalities have cleaned up nearly 5 percent of houses that need to be decontaminated.

US approves shale gas exports to Japan
The US Energy Department has for the first time approved exports of liquefied natural gas to Japan.
Friday’s decision defies the long-held US policy of not allowing shipments of LNG to non-free trade agreement countries.
Should the plan proceed, exports of cheap natural gas from the southern US state of Texas will begin in 2017.

US anxious to sell nuclear technology to Vietnam
The US government has dispatched a senior White House official and members of the domestic nuclear power industry to Vietnam with the aim of exporting its technology.
Under Secretary of Commerce Francisco Sanchez and representatives of the private sector took part in a nuclear power-related seminar held in Hanoi on Friday to brief participants on what the US has to offer.

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Gundersen: Breaking news… Officials say U.S. nuclear plant operator “was going to do an experiment on the people of Southern California” — “That’s their words; they said it was an experiment” (AUDIO)
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JAEA head quits over Monju ills
The president of the state-run Japan Atomic Energy Agency resigned Friday over the body’s failure to properly inspect the troubled Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, science and technology minister Hakubun Shimomura said.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013…

San Onofre at the No Nukes Brink
In January, it seemed the restart of San Onofre Unit 2 would be a corporate cake walk.
With its massive money and clout, Southern California Edison was ready to ram through a license exception for a reactor whose botched $770 million steam generator fix had kept it shut for a year.
But a funny thing has happened on the way to the restart: a No Nukes groundswell has turned this routine rubber stamping into an epic battle the grassroots just might win.
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013…

Hanford waste moved across town with parade permit
When organizers put on their annual Cool Desert Nights car show and parade in Richland, they need a permit.
When the Department of Energy and its contractors want to truck radioactive waste short distances, they need the very same permit.
http://www.king5.com/news/Hanford-was…

Bad Radioactive Waste Bill Increases Threats to Texas
Read more:The Gilmer Mirror – Bad Radioactive Waste Bill Increases Threats to Texas

How do you solve a problem like plutonium?
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No Incidents Reported at AECL Chalk River Laboratories Following Earthquake

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May 18, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Exposing the false claims of the nuclear lobby

nuke-bubblePANDORA’S FALSE PROMISES BUSTING THE PRO-NUCLEAR PROPAGANDA  A Beyond Nuclear Report ❒  (Download the full report here http://www.beyondnuclear.org/     ) TWO-PAGE SUMMARY, 18 May 13
❒ Nuclear power, no matter the reactor design, cannot address climate change in  time. In order to displace a significant amount of carbon-emitting fossil-fuel  generation, another 1,000 to 1,500 new 1,000+ Megawatt reactors would need to  come on line worldwide by 2050, a completely prohibitive proposition.
❒ So-called “Generation IV” reactor designs, including “fast” or “small modular  reactors,” are the last gasp of a failing industry. Earlier versions of the fast  breeder reactor were commercial failures and safety disasters. The ever soaring  costs make nuclear power a financial quagmire for investors, and expensive new  prototypes commercially unattractive.
❒ Proponents of the Integral Fast Reactor, such as those in Pandora’s Promise, overlook the exorbitant costs; proliferation risks; that it is decades away from  deployment; that it would not so much consume radioactive waste as  theoretically transmute it; and that its use of sodium as a coolant can lead to fires  and explosions.  Continue reading

May 18, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, spinbuster | Leave a comment

Japan’s Monju nuclear reprocessing plant not safe to restart

fast-breeder-MonjuHear-This-wayAUDIO Japan’s nuclear safety record criticised by regulator http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/connect-asia/japans-nuclear-safety-record-criticised-by-regulator/1132464 17 May 2013, Japan’s nuclear watchdog has refused to give the go-ahead to commission an experimental fast-breeder reactor due to safety concerns. The Monju reactor in the Fukui prefecture has been closed for almost two decades after a leak and a fire in 1995.

The head of the Nuclear Regulation Authority has blasted Monju’s operator for its lack of a safety culture, saying it deserved severe action.

The decision comes as dealing with Japan’s stockpile of nuclear waste becomes more urgent. Reporter: Karon Snowdon  Speakers: Professor Andrew O’Neil, Director of the Griffith University Asia Institute; Hajime Matsukubo, International relations director of Tokyo’s Citizens Nuclear Information Centre

May 18, 2013 Posted by | Japan, reprocessing, Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

USA appoints nuclear enthusiast Ernest Moniz, as Energy Secretary

Moniz,-ErnestNew US Energy Secretary confirmed, supports nuclear energy and natural gas The Verge, By Carl Franzen   May 16, 2013 T

he US Senate just voted unanimously to confirm a new Energy Secretary for the country. Ernest Moniz, a 68-year-old nuclear physicist and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will take on the role of the head of the Energy Department, reporting directly to President Obama, who nominated him for the job after the previous Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, resigned earlier this year, saying he wanted to return to academic life. The job puts Moniz in charge of everything from the development of new energy startups, to helping fund new battery research and electric vehicle companies (Tesla Motors was started by a previous Energy Department loan), to managing thesafety of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy in the US.

  The latter point is of special interest because Moniz, in contrast to his predecessor, is an advocate for more nuclear power. In the wake of the Fukushima reactor meltdown in Japan in 2011, Moniz wrote an article in The Atlantic calling for the US government to approve a type of smaller, cheaper nuclear reactor. He also supports increased usage of natural gas, which produces lower emissions than oil or coal, and he led an energy research initiative at MIT that was funded by oil and gas companies, leading other scientists to express concern that he was too close to these types of companies to be an effective Energy Secretary…… http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/16/4338118/new-us-energy-secretary-confirmed-supports-nuclear-energy-and-natural

May 18, 2013 Posted by | politics, USA | Leave a comment

Saving the irradiated animals of Fukushima

Mieko-YoshidaPROMETHEUS TRAP/ The disaster and animals (8): Woman repeatedly rescued pets in the Fukushima off-limits zoneAsahi Shimbun May 08, 2013 By MISUZU TSUKUE/ Staff Writer

Editor’s note: This is the eighth part of a new series that has run in the past under the title of The Prometheus Trap. This series deals with how pets and livestock fared in the evacuation zone around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The series will appear on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

After the government on April 22, 2011, banned entry into a 20-kilometer radius from the disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, declaring it to be an evacuation zone, many people still began to enter the area illegally to rescue pets left behind.

One of them was Mieko Yoshida, a 63-year-old cram school teacher who lived in Odaka Ward in the city of Minami-soma…….

Yoshida started a one-woman campaign for the rescue and protection of pets left behind in the no-go zone. When she stood in front of the city office, carrying a placard reading, “Give me back my family,” many pet owners approached her, saying, “The same here.”

Yoshida compiled a list of some 80 houses in the off-limits zone where pets had been left behind. She secretly went to these houses to feed and rescue the animals. Her concern for the lives of these vulnerable animals outweighed her fear of radiation.

Police kept bolstering the barricades erected to keep people from entering the zone, but that didn’t deter Yoshida from her stealth animal rescue mission…… http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/life_and_death/AJ201305080006

May 18, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013, Japan, Religion and ethics | Leave a comment

The Japan Nuclear Crowd Map reveals local radiation levels

ECS researchers at Southampton University develop new tool to provide radiation monitoring in Japan http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/news/4237  17 May 13, People living in Japan after the Fukushima nuclear disaster can find out the radiation level in their area thanks a new tool designed by a team of researchers from the ECS research group Agents, Interaction and Complexity Group (AIC)Continue reading

May 18, 2013 Posted by | radiation, technology | 1 Comment

YOUTUBE: 14,000 USA people may have died as result of Fukushima radiation

YouTubePeer reviewed study shows 14000 US deaths http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bdow_6pN6jY Dr. Janette Sherman, M.D., Internist and Toxicologist. There’s more trouble at Fukushima. Nuclear safety experts are accusing the Japanese government of lying after 230 tons of radioactive waste was found in a tunnel underneath the crippled nuclear plant – just a few days after Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko said the crisis is over.

There’s also news that Unit 4 at the plant is on the verge of collapsing – something that nuclear power expert Paul Gunter talked about on my radio show yesterday. This new information suggests that the Japanese government is still misleading the world on just how severe the Fukushima crisis still is.

But even more troubling is the impact this nuclear crisis on the other side of the world has had right here in the United States. There’s shocking new evidence out that the Fukushima disaster may have led to the deaths of as many as 14,000 people…in America! For more on this – I’m joined by Dr. Janette Sherman – Internist and Toxicologist – and co-author of a new report on the link between an increase in deaths here in America and the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis.

May 18, 2013 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

San Onofre nuclear plant at the brink: the beginning of the end?

reactor-San-Onofre-1San Onofre at the No Nukes Brink http://www.nukefree.org/editorsblog/san-onofre-no-nukes-brink By Harvey Wasserman, 18 May 13  In January, it seemed the restart of San Onofre Unit 2 would be a corporate cake walk.

With its massive money and clout, Southern California Edison was ready to ram through a license exception for a reactor whose botched $770 million steam generator fix had kept it shut for a year.

But a funny thing has happened on the way to the restart:  a No Nukes groundswell has turned this routine rubber stamping into an epic battle the grassroots just might win.

Indeed, if ever there was a time when individual activism could have a magnified impact, this is it (see www.sanonofresafety.org and www.a4nr.org).

This comes as the nuclear industry is in nearly full retreat.  Two US reactors are already down this year.  Yet another proposed project has just been cancelled in North Carolina.  And powerful grassroots campaigns have pushed numerous operating reactors to the brink of extinction throughout the US, Europe and Japan, where all but two reactors remain shut since Fukushima.

In California, it’s San Onofre that’s perched at the brink.  Continue reading

May 18, 2013 Posted by | business and costs, USA | Leave a comment

Video: Japan’s $30 billion, 20 year Rokkasho project

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the biggest shareholder this project is TEPCO, the operator of the shattered Fukushima nuclear complex.

see-this.wayVIDEO: Japan to open nuclear plant http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2013/s3761126.htm   Australian Broadcasting Corporation Broadcast: 16/05/2013 Reporter: Mark WillacyJapan is about to open a 30 billion dollar state-of- the art nuclear fuel re-processing plant.

Transcript

TONY JONES, PRESENTER: It took more than 20 years to build and cost nearly $30 billion. Now Japan’s state-of-the-art nuclear fuel reprocessing plant is about to open. The plant in the far north of the country will be capable of turning spent nuclear fuel into eight tonnes of plutonium each year. The Japanese say the weapons grade plutonium will only be used for power generation, but that hasn’t soothed American concerns about the security of the stockpile and the possible effect on a regional arms race. North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy was given an exclusive look inside the Rokkasho nuclear complex. Continue reading

May 18, 2013 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

San Onofre nuclear plant – restarting it would be an experiment on the public!

see-this.wayNRC: Lapdog or Watchdog? http://www.fairewinds.org/content/nrc-lapdog-or-watchdog

 Gundersen: Breaking news… Officials say U.S. nuclear plant operator “was going to do an experiment on the people of Southern California” — “That’s their words; they said it was an experiment” (AUDIO) http://enenews.com/gundersen-breaking-news-officials-nuclear-plant-going-experiment-people-southern-california-words-experiment-audio

:Title: NRC: Lapdog or Watchdog?
Source: Fairewinds Energy Education
Date: May 15, 2013

Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Chief Engineer: It really is breaking news. […]

[The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board is]  saying that to operate the [San Onofre nuclear power] plant going forward would be an experiment.

That’s their words; they said it was an experiment. […]

Now that word experiment is critical because what the law says is that if you do an experiment in a nuclear reactor, you have to get the public’s input through a public hearing process before you do the experiment.

So we’ve got an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board who unanimously agreed with Friends of The Earth that [plant operator Southern California] Edison was going to do an experiment on the people of Southern California, and before they’re allowed to do that experiment, they have to seek a public license.
Listen to the report here

May 18, 2013 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Britain’s government keeps public in the dark about increasing costs of new nuclear power

nuclear-costs1Ministers urged to clarify nuclear cost overruns http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/10065162/Ministers-urged-to-clarify-nuclear-cost-overruns.html

The Government has been urged to clarify who will bear the risk of any cost overruns in building new nuclear plants, after ministers appeared to flag-UKsuggest the burden could fall on consumers.  By  17 May 2013 In a memo to the energy select committee, released on Friday, ministers also admit that delays or cost overruns at EDF’s proposed £14bn nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset could jeopardise the chances of any other new UK nuclear plants being built. Continue reading

May 18, 2013 Posted by | politics, UK | Leave a comment

Concerted propaganda campaign to hide the severity of Fukushima radioactivity

secret-agentWHAT ABOUT THE ONGOING THREAT OF FUKUSHIMA FALLOUT ?,Veterans Today, 14 May 13“…….So what has the American government done to protect us? (According to the Washington Post)” It has pressured the Japanese government to re-start its nuclear program, and is allowing Fukushima seafood to be sold in the U.S. And U.S. nuclear regulators actually weakened safety standards for U.S. nuclear reactors after the Fukushima disaster. And as we noted 6 months after Fukushima melted down: Americanand Canadian authorities have virtually stopped monitoring airborne radiation, and are not testing fish for radiation. (Indeed, the EPA reacted to Fukushima by raising “acceptable” radiation levels.)”  See report ~

In other words, there is currently a concerted worldwide propaganda campaign to cover up the severity of the major nuclear fallout of Fukushima by raising acceptable levels of radiation and, in essence, saying that a little more radiation in your system is nothing to be concerned about.

The cover up regarding exposure to radiation especially applies to Japan itself. On December 20, 2012, a multi-professional symposium was held in Tokyo, and organized by Free Press Association of Japan, a non-profit organization. The symposium clearly illustrates that the issues of radioactive exposure are consideredtaboo on the Japanese media ~ as they most certainly are on the American main stream media7 minute video

In yet another example of growing corporate totalitarianism, we now have a worldwide conspiracy to suppress the radiation exposure of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear fallout. Led by Japan itself and reinforced by America’s plutocracy ~ much like the financial crisis, the gulf oil Spill, and all other major crises ~ we continue to cover up instead of address the real human problem, human cost and human consequences of these events, and that is the very definition of corporate totalitarianism.

In that regard, what did the leader of the free world, President Obama actually have to say regarding this disaster in 2011? Short true Video (with appropriate Photoshop allowance for hypocrisy)

Clearly, the situation regarding the Fukushima fallout is out of control ~ now that the fog of calculated deception is slowly lifting. As such, the US needs to be forced to lead the way in rallying international support for the crippled plant for it’s obviously more than Japan can handle itself.  A Senate investigation would be a first step in facing the reality of Fukushima fallout as well as its ongoing threat. Please continue to circulate thispetition ~

Only the united will of the people in action can block the gears of an out of control plutocracy along with the abuse of corporate totalitarianism but now, in regards to Fukushima, our very lives are at stake…..  http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/05/14/fukushima-fallout-threat-and-cover-up-continues/

May 18, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, Japan, secrets,lies and civil liberties | 6 Comments

Big stock exchange fall for French nuclear company EDF

graph-down-uraniumEDF Slumps After Nuclear Price Concerns Trigger Stock Downgrade http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-16/edf-slumps-after-nuclear-price-concerns-trigger-stock-downgrade.html By Tara Patel – May 16, 2013 
Electricite de France SA, Europe’s biggest power producer, fell the most in five months in Paris.
trading after Bank of America Corp. cut its rating on the stock on concern earnings from nuclear generation will fall short.

EDF (EDF) fell as much as 5.5 percent, the biggest intraday decline since Nov. 29, and was down 4.8 percent at 17.265 euros as of 4:39 p.m. local time. The French government, which controls Paris-based EDF, is due to set wholesale prices for the company’s atomic power by the end of the year as the utility pushes for higher rates to help finance investments and cover costs. The tariff “could disappoint investors,” Arnaud Joan, an analyst at Bank of America in London, wrote in a report published today. Continue reading

May 18, 2013 Posted by | business and costs, Greece | Leave a comment

Judge rules to keep ban on new uranium mining in grand Canyon

grand-canyonJudge Rejects Uranium Mining Industry Attempt to Repeal Ban on Grand Canyon Mining, Earth Justice Ted Zukoski Ruling again rejects attack on DOI’S authority to temporarily protect lands MAY 16, 2013  GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ  —

  U.S. District Judge David Campbell today denied a uranium industry motion to reconsider his March 20, 2013 ruling that rejected the attempt to overturn the Obama administration’s ban on new uranium mining claims on one million acres near the Grand Canyon.  The ban was adopted in January 2012 to protect the Grand Canyon’s watersheds.  The withdrawal prohibits new mining claims and development on old claims that lack “valid existing rights” to mine.“It’s another good day for the Grand Canyon, and for rivers, wildlife, and communities across the West,” Continue reading

May 18, 2013 Posted by | Legal, Uranium, USA | Leave a comment