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Legal firm Ashurst threatening Australian nuclear/uranium critic. Ashurst replies.

Among other things, the Ashurst letter accused the anti-nuclear campaigner of imputing that Mr Walker was ‘’insensitive’’.

civil-liberty-2smIn any case, these kinds of threats to muzzle free speech are on the rise. At a time when the mainstream media is under pressure from falling revenues, lawyers are threatening and shutting down websites around the country at an alarming clip.

flag-AustraliaAnti-nuke campaigner braces for legal blast, The Age, December 19, 2012 Michael West Ashurst is at it again.
Acting on instructions from its clients, the big law firm last month was threatening a farmer who had the hide to express his opinion on electricity prices.  This month it has been instructed to threaten a 75-year old pensioner who has spoken out against the alleged exploitation of African workers by an Australian uranium miner.

Noel Christina Macpherson Wauchope, who runs the website under the name Christina Macpherson, told BusinessDay she was not in a position to hire lawyers.

“I think they must have thought AntiNuclear Australia was a big organisation, but it is just me,” she said. She was particularly worried that the letter of demand said “STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL NOT TO BE PUBLISHED” until we explained that there was no legal basis for expecting confidentiality from somebody who simply bobbed out of the blue with a bunch of threats and told you to keep quiet about it.

If you already had some kind of confidential or contractual arrangement with the other party, it might be different…… The price of Noel Wauchope’s concern for the people Karonga was a long and intimidating letter of demand from Ashurst on behalf of the uranium company Paladin Energy and its general manager of international affairs, Greg Walker. If she did not comply with these demands, warned Ashurst, she would face court action.
Curiously, big companies with more than 10 employees are not permitted to sue for defamation yet the concerns notice sent to Noel Wauchope complains about defamation of Paladin.
The Ashurst defamation partner responsible for the letter was unavailable for comment. and did not respond to questions. Neither did Ashurst’s public relations department. Paladin chief executive John Borshoff said he was unaware of the
letter. “I’m not aware about a 75-year old lady,” said Borshoff, “All I know is that these NGOs (Non-Government Organisations) and they are
absolutely maligning us, and we sent them legal letters”.
Neither was Borshoff aware that Paladin was unable to sue for defamation……
Among other things, the Ashurst letter accused the anti-nuclear campaigner of imputing that Mr Walker was ‘’insensitive’’.
In any case, these kinds of threats to muzzle free speech are on the rise. At a time when the mainstream media is under pressure from falling revenues, lawyers are threatening and shutting down websites around the country at an alarming clip.Read more:


logo-Ashurst27 August 2013

Dear Ms Wauchope

Thank you for giving me ths opportunity to respond to the article which you have posted on your websites. I trust that you will post this letter with equal prominence. Fairfax is no longer publishing it, has accepted that I and Ashurst acted ethically and competently at all times, and has withdrawn and apologised for the suggestions in the article to the contrary.

Your article contains  a number of errors and says  anumber of false and damaging things about me. In particular, when I sent you the letter on 10th December 2012, I had no way of knowing who you were, as we were sending it to you as a domain name registrant. Your site appeared to be published by an organisation. Further, I at all times acted in accordance wit proper legal practise, and my professional obligations to my client.

I hope that you will rethink your decision to continue to publish incorrect and harmful allegations about me.

Kind regards

Ashurst lawyer

Editor’s note:  I don’t understand why Fairfax  withdrew the article from their online publication, as I thought that the article was true.  I understand that the journalist who wrote that article stands by the story and has not accepted the claims made by Ashurst.  I am posting below , the article in question, published earlier on this website.


September 2, 2013 Posted by | AUSTRALIA, civil liberties | 5 Comments

TEPCO’s deliberate lies to conceal true level of Fukushima radiation

The new reading will have direct implications for radiation doses received by workers who spent several days trying to stop the leak last week

So how, exactly, did TEPCO get readings of just 100 mSv per hour until recently when they discovered readings of text-nuclear-uranium-lies1800 mSv per hour?

They were using a radiation meter that maxed out at 100 mSv. 

 This deceptive strategy to downplay the actual radiation release was clearly deliberate. It’s all part of the TEPCO cover-up / conspiracy to lie to Japan, lie to their workers and lie to the world about the true scale of the nuclear disaster that has taken place there.

water-tanks-Fukushimaflag-japanTEPCO admits deliberately using radiation detectors that give deceptively low readings; radiation leaks far worse than reported  September 01, 2013 by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger Editor of   (NaturalNews) At the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant, radiation isn’t the only thing leaking out. Each week, it seems there’s another small leak of the truth that has been deliberately hidden from the public. Yesterday, TEPCO finally admitted it has been downplaying the ongoing radiation release levels by a factor of almost twenty.

But the real story here is exactly how TEPCO arrived at the deceptively small numbers it has been reporting since the 2011 accident. Continue reading

September 2, 2013 Posted by | secrets,lies and civil liberties | 15 Comments

Massive radioactive water collection grows, Japan’s government paralysed on this issue

Tepco has yet to decide how to dispose of the contaminated water, spokeswoman Mayumi Yoshida said. But before it can act it will need approval from the government, residents and fishermen, who are already suspicious of the company’s motives.

Fukushima’s toxic water pool grows as Tepco dithers August 31, 2013  Yuriy Humber The Tokyo Electric Power Company is trying to decide what to do with the largest pool of radioactive water in the history of nuclear accidents. It can either dump it in the ocean, let it evaporate into the air, or both.

The more than 330,000 tonnes of water with varying levels of toxicity is stored in pits, basements and hundreds of tanks at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant.


The government said this week it would take a bigger role in trying to staunch the toxic outflow that has grown to 40 times the volume accumulated in the atomic disaster at Three Mile Island in the US.

Processing and disposing of the water – enough to fill a large crude oil tanker or 132 Olympic-size swimming pools – is presenting one of the most challenging engineering tasks of our generation, former nuclear engineer Michael Friedlander said. Continue reading

September 2, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013, Japan, water | Leave a comment

UK government’s dilemma as China demands more control of UK’s new nuclear plants

flag-Chinaflag-UKfearChinese seek greater say in UK nuclear plants By Guy Chazan Sept 1 13, The state-owned Chinese nuclear group that is in talks to invest in Britain’s new nuclear programme wants greater operational control of any new plants it finances, potentially creating a national security headache for the government.

China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN), is in talks with EDF of France on sharing the cost of building a new plant at Hinkley Point, Somerset, which has an estimated price tag of £14bn.

But CGN has made it clear to EDF that it will only proceed if it is given more of a say in running other plants the two companies build together in the UK, according to people familiar with the talks.

As well as Hinkley, EDF also has plans to construct two new reactors at Sizewell in Suffolk. One of the people said CGN could seek to become joint operator of the new Sizewell plant – although EDF is likely to retain overall control. The Chinese could also push for greater involvement in the plant’s construction, and might even seek to provide the design for its reactors. “CGN is using Hinkley as a stepping stone,” he said. “In the next project, they’ll want greater control.”

However, given the sensitivities surrounding nuclear power, the idea of allowing a Chinese state-backed company to take an operational role in a nuclear power station could raise a welter of national security concerns……..

Mark Pritchard, a Conservative MP and member of the national security strategy committee, said Chinese companies should only be able to take a “minor” role in sensitive sectors of the economy such as energy………

September 2, 2013 Posted by | China, politics international, UK | 1 Comment

Shutdown of nuclear reactor leaves Japan with only one functioning nuclear reactor

radiation-sign-sadflag-japanJapan shuts down nuclear reactor for inspections , channel news Asia, 2 Sept 13, 
Workers will switch off one of Japan’s two working reactors Monday, with the other set for shutdown later this month and no restarts in sight amid continued public hostility to nuclear power. TOKYO: Workers will switch off one of Japan’s two working reactors Monday, with the other set for shutdown later this month and no restarts in sight amid continued public hostility to nuclear power.

Kansai Electric Power will start reducing generating power at its Unit No 3 at the Oi plant, Fukui prefecture, western Japan, shortly before 5:00 pm (0800 GMT), a company spokesman said.

The reactor will be fully shut down by early Tuesday in readiness for inspections legally mandated within 13 months of the start of commercial operations, he said.

The reactor is one of the only two still generating power in Japan. The other one, Unit No 4 at Oi, is to be switched off on September 15.

It is not known when they will resume operations because they will be assessed under a set of guidelines recently drawn up by the nuclear watchdog, according to Kansai Electric.

The two reactors were restarted — despite public opposition — in July last year after passing safety tests, ending a brief period in which no atomic power was generated in Japan.

They were the only units to be brought back online after undergoing such tests in the aftermath of the disaster in March 2011 at Fukushima……. The company said Sunday it had found highly radioactive water dripping from a pipe connecting two coolant tanks at one of four radiation hotspots

September 2, 2013 Posted by | Japan, politics | Leave a comment

Japan could face legal action by other countries, due to Fukushima radiation

flag-japanJapan Official: Fukushima contamination “increasingly seen as international problem… lawsuits may be filed overseas” — “Gov’t should take preventive actions based on a worst-case scenario” says S. Korea newspaper
Title: Government under fire for slow response to Fukushima leak
Source: Asahi Shimbun
Date: Aug. 30, 2013
[…] In a meeting at the ruling Liberal Democratic Party headquarters on Aug. 29, party lawmaker Yasuhisa Shiozaki lashed out at the Abe administration […]
“The issue of radioactive water is increasingly seen as an international problem, and lawsuits may be filed overseas,” said Shiozaki, acting chairman of the LDP Policy Research Council and a former chief Cabinet secretary.

Shiozaki’s anger can be seen as the first explicit criticism of the government from the ruling party since the LDP returned to power in December. […]
The Chosun Ilbo newspaper said [on August 26], “The South Korean government should take preventive actions based on a worst-case scenario, without relying only on information from the Japanese government and TEPCO.” […]
See also: Korea Times: Quarter-billion liters of Fukushima contaminated water flowed into Pacific — Japan cover-up could violate international law — Hid global issue of environmental concern?

September 2, 2013 Posted by | Japan, politics international | Leave a comment

Fukushima has new radiation hot spots

text ionisingtext-Fukushima-2013-1New radiation hotspots found at Fukushima nuclear plant ABC News, North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy, wires  1 Sept 13, The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant says it has found new radiation hotspots, one with levels so high it could kill a person within a few hours. TEPCO has long struggled to deal with the growing volume of contaminated water it has used to cool reactors that went into meltdown after being struck by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

The company says workers have discovered high levels of radioactivity on three tanks and one pipe at the Fukushima plant.

It says one reading was 1,800 millisieverts per hour – a level that can kill a person in four hours.

Although no change in water level was detected in the tanks, TEPCO does believe that new leaks could be possible…….

September 2, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013 | Leave a comment

Fukushima radiation levels vastly higher than previously thought

Fukushima radiation levels 18 times higher than previously thought in Tokyo, Sunday 1 September 2013 Operator of Japanese nuclear power plant claims there has been no leak but has yet to discover cause of radiation spike Radiation levels 18 times higher than previously reported have been found near a water storage tank at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, causing fresh concern about the safety of the wrecked facility.

The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said radiation near the bottom of the tank measured 1,800 millisieverts an hour – high enough to kill an exposed person in four hours. Tepco said water levels inside the tank had not changed, indicating there had not been a leak. But the company said it had yet to discover the cause of the radiation spike.

Last month Tepco said another storage tank – of the same design as the container causing concern at the weekend – had leaked 300 tonnes of radioactive water, possibly into the sea.

Japan‘s nuclear watchdog confirmed last week it had raised the severity of that leak from level 1, an “anomaly”, to level 3, a “serious incident”, on an eight-point scale used by the International Atomic Energy Agency for radiological releases.

Earlier, the utility belatedly confirmed reports that a toxic mixture of groundwater and water being used to cool melted fuel lying deep inside the damaged reactors was seeping into the sea at a rate of about 300 tonnes a day.

Experts said those leaks, which are separate from the most recent incidents, may have started soon after the plant was struck by a powerful tsunami on 11 March 2011………

September 2, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013 | 1 Comment

Rally to close Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant September 2

protestFlag-USAPLYMOUTH, Mass. (WWLP) 1 Sept 13 – There’s a renewed push to force the closure of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth.

This is after the recent announcement that the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant will be shutting down.

Both plants are owned by the same company.

Protesters are planning a rally near the Sagamore Bridge on Cape Cod tomorrow.

They say vacationers and Cape Cod resident could be trapped if there was ever a serious nuclear accident at the plant.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted last year to relicense Pilgrim through 2032.

The plant’s operators say the facility produces 10 percent of the state’s electrical needs.

September 2, 2013 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

No great future for nuclear power in India

Nuclear: Playing a marginal role 1 Sept 13,  M. RAMESH Limping all the way, the first unit of the 2,000 MW Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamil Nadu achieved criticality on July 13, two decades after it was conceived.

With it, the country’s total nuclear power capacity has risen to 5,780 MW. Assuming that Kudankulam’s second unit will start producing electricity eventually, the number will increase by 1,000 MW.

Currently, there are five nuclear power plants coming up: Rawatbatta in Rajasthan (two units of 700 MW each), Kakrapar in Gujarat (2×700 MW), and Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu (one prototype fast breeder reactor of 500 MW). Together, these add up to 4,300 MW. When they are all on stream — scheduled to happen by 2016 — India’s nuclear power capacity will be a little over 10,000 MW.

The nuclear establishment, though, has been speaking of 20,000 MW by 2020 and 60,000 MW by 2032. However, the road beyond the first 10,000 MW is rough, for reasons, economic and human.

On paper, the plans involve the Russians, the French and the Americans. Kudankulam 3 & 4, and perhaps 5 & 6, have been offered to the Russians (Rosatom); Chhayamithi Virdi in Gujarat and Kovvada in Andhra Pradesh to the Americans (Westinghouse and GE, respectively); and Jaitapur, Maharashtra, to the French (Areva), for six units of 1,650 MW each.

The Nuclear Power Corporation of India will build these plants, with reactors supplied by the companies. NPCIL also plans a bunch of 700 MW projects in several places.

But the future looks bleak. Kudankulam 3 & 4 are estimated to cost Rs 40,000 crore. Negotiations will take years and the exchange rate of the US dollar, in which prices are denominated, is certain to be higher. The very economic viability of these projects is thus under question.

There will also be protests and litigation. India has a track record of 325 reactor years of safe operation. However, that is not going to stop protestors.


September 2, 2013 Posted by | business and costs, India | Leave a comment

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster is a Real Possibility – J Turnage

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1 September 2013

Commentary by James Turnage

While the world focuses on Syria and chemical weapons stockpiled by both sides in the conflict, other important issues are being ignored by the press.

First, although Assad is a ruler who needs to be deposed, the rebels offer a grim future for the war-torn country.  They are supported by al-Qaeda, and would create a terrorist country if they came into power.

Secondly, and possibly the most important story no one’s paying enough attention to, is the very real possibility that the Fukushima power plant could become a greater nuclear disaster than Chernobyl.

After the earthquake, and ensuing tsunami, a meltdown occurred at the plant, virtually destroying any hope of making it operational again.  The plant has been under a dismantling program since the disaster in 2011.  However, the Tokyo Electric Company, which is in charge of the removal of radioactive material, appears incompetent.

Radioactive water has been leaking from the plant at the rate of 300 gallons every day.  They have no way to contain it.  There are 3,000 pounds of extremely radioactive fuel rods which must be removed from reactor number eight.  Each rod must be removed individually and by human beings, not machines.  One minor accident with the removal of these rods would cause an unstoppable meltdown, the ramifications of which are unpredictable and inconceivable in possibility.

This weekend it was reported that even more radioactivity is leaking from the plant.

Is the extreme danger of the very real possibility of a meltdown at Fukushima being covered up by the governments of the world?  Are they suppressing the story, preventing the major news services from reporting the true conditions at the plant?

Governments around the world support nuclear power, even though Chernobyl and Fukushima prove that they have no knowledge of how to control the hazard after an accident.

The Japanese government has admitted that they have little confidence in the Tokyo Electric Company’s ability to dismantle Fukushima.  The have used makeshift tanks to control the contaminated water, which is increasing in the amount of leakage, and the level of radioactivity.

Local residents in the area of the plant will never be able to return to their homes.  They are not able to remove personal items such as family photos, etc., because they contain a dangerous level of radioactivity.

Reports say that a secondary meltdown at Fukushima would be greatly more destructive than the original in 2011.  The fact is that nuclear power remains a dangerous option.  The ‘experts’ have only been able to guess at the ‘what ifs.’

The truth about nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is that one accident is one too many.  The destructive force creates an entire area that is uninhabitable and useless for any purpose.

I recently saw some aerial photographs of Chernobyl.  It was reminiscent of the pictures of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The American public was told after Three Mile Island that nothing of a serious nature could happen again.  They told us that technology had advanced, and they knew how to control such a great force of nature.  They lied.  That was their job, and some of us believed them.

We will see the major news services report on Fukushima, but only after there is another nuclear disaster.

James Turnage


September 2, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Schneider: TEPCO not in control

Sun, 09/01/2013 – 19:42 EDT – CNN

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CNN’s Ralitsa Vassileva talkes with nuclear expert Mycle Schneider about the worsening conditions at Fukushima in Japan.

Video here..

September 2, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment