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£1m decommissioning saving for UK taxpayers by using second hand skips . £14,000 new

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Over £1m pounds of taxpayers’ money is being saved at Sellafield by re-using fuel skips from another site, rather than buying new skips to decommission a 60-year-old legacy plant.

http://www.govopps.co.uk/1m-decommissioning-saving-for-uk-taxpayers/

Monday November 18th, 2013

Some 42 redundant Magnox skips have been saved from being broken up at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s Chapelcross site and are instead being transported to Sellafield to be used for shipping waste out of the Pile Fuel Storage Pond (PFSP).

Sellafield Ltd has saved over £580,000 by re-using the Magnox skips from Chapelcross and Magnox Ltd has saved significant monies by avoiding dismantling, transport and disposal costs bringing the total saving to over £1,000,000.

PFSP waste manager Chris Mounsey came up with the money-saving idea.
He said: “I got talking to colleagues at Chapelcross, who used these large metal storage boxes to store nuclear fuel underwater at their Scottish nuclear station.  Earlier this year, they finished defuelling their reactors and no longer need their Magnox fuel skips, which seemed like a good opportunity for us. 

“At Sellafield, we’re working to recover 750 tonnes of radioactive metal wastes from the PFSP and need Magnox skips to firstly store and then to move the waste out of our historic fuel storage pond to downstream treatment plants.

“In the past, we’ve ordered in brand new Magnox skips which were expensive at almost £14,000 each or we’ve sourced them from elsewhere on the Sellafield site, but we couldn’t get them in the timescales needed.  So Chapelcross provided the ideal solution – they wanted to dispose of their skips and we wanted a cheaper source of skips – it’s a win-win for everyone.”

MESSAGE TO DECC (CHEAP SKIPS HERE) – http://plant.autotrader.co.uk/used-plant-machinery/category/waste-and-recycling/skips

 

 

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

Rosatom’s new ‘roadmap’ slashes number of new reactors, but leaves loose ends on shut downs

…The past few years have also seen Rosatom actively seeking contracts abroad in a bid to become a major nuclear power plant exporter…

Charles Digges, 13/11-2013
Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom announced at a major international conference that it would be slashing its ambitious plans to construct nearly three dozen nuclear reactors by 2020 in half, cutting the number to a more humble 12. The AtomEco conference late last month highlighted a number of issues facing the Russian nuclear industry, from nuclear waste and spent nuclear fuel handling, which was discussed at length by Bellona’s Alexander Nikitin, to citing permanent repositories for spent nuclear fuel.

Nikitin said the AtomEco conference was a sign that relations between Rosatom and environmental organizations were undergoing a change for the better, thanks to management system “that is enacting a policy of contact with the public on many levels.”

“Now, we have a rather advanced dialogue with Rosatom structures,” Nikitin said.

Drastic reduction in planned nuclear power plants

Among the more surprising developments was Rosatom head Sergei Kiriyeko’s announcement to the some 1,000 participants gathered from 18 different nations at the international conference that the state nuclear corporation would be abandoning its zealous 2008 “roadmap” to construct some 35 new nuclear power reactors.

Instead, Kiriyenko told the delegates that a new roadmap had been developed for 2013 to 2024 that involved building only 18 new nuclear reactors, none of them floating.

Nikitin cited Kiriyenko as saying that there simply was no need in Russia’s energy mix for such a nuclear punch.

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

Student finds way to boost conductivity 400x totally by accident

Andrew Tarantola
Gizmodo
Thu, 14 Nov 2013

http://www.sott.net/article/268836-Student-finds-way-to-boost-conductivity-400x-totally-by-accident

Like a modern Henri Becquerel, Washington State University doctoral student Marianne Tarun’s discovery came quite by accident. Her simple lab error has uncovered a new way to boost electrical conductivity of a crystal by 40,000 percent, simply by exposing it to light.

Tarun had accidentally left a sample of strontium titanate out on a counter before testing the crystal’s conductivity and discovering the phenomenon. Her team suspects that photons knock loose electrons which boost the material’s conductivity. Her follow up tests confirmed the effect and found that as little as 10 minutes of light exposure could propagate the effect for days on end.

Known as persistent photoconductivity, it’s nowhere near the level of electrical throughput of what super-conducting materials can achieve. However, it does hold a great deal of practical potential. For one, the effect works at room temperature unlike superconductors which only function at a fraction of a degree from absolute zero.

“The discovery of this effect at room temperature opens up new possibilities for practical devices,” said Matthew McCluskey, co-author of the paper and chair of WSU’s physics department, in a press statement.

“In standard computer memory, information is stored on the surface of a computer chip or hard drive. A device using persistent photoconductivity, however, could store information throughout the entire volume of a crystal.” This could eventually lead to massive increases in data capacity and, hopefully, a Krypton-style storage medium.

Source: WSU

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

Space system “Shuttle,” part of USA’s nuclear attack arsenal?

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The story of a white elephant colloquially known as the Space Shuttle is familiar to most students of the history of technology. The shuttle was originally touted as a cheap way to access space: being mostly reusable, it would have done for space travel the same what DC-3 did for air travel, i.e. open up the space for large-scale exploration and exploitation.

 

Of course, we all known how that promise fared the test of reality. Instead of envisioned 50 or so annual launches (which may actually have covered the program’s staggering cost), shuttles went up perhaps six times a year. There simply were not enough payloads looking for space access, and refurbishing the shuttle always took longer than early analysis had assumed. However, the shuttle had been sold to the Congress on a launch schedule that even its ardent supporters believed unrealistic. Therefore, the shuttle remained in the agenda for largely political reasons, possibly because of fears that if it was cancelled, there would be nothing else to loft NASA’s astronauts into orbit. In the end, the “cheap” and reusable space access turned out to be (probably) less safe and far more expensive than using expendable, throwaway boosters would have been.

 

However, the Shuttle provoked interesting reactions back in the day. Since the name of the game on both sides of the Cold War was paranoia about adversary’s intentions, every pronouncement and every program was pored over with a looking glass by unsmiling men in drab offices. When the U.S. announced the Space Shuttle, the Soviet analysts naturally went to work. However, it soon became apparent to them that the launch schedule NASA had advertised – over 50 launches per year – was hopelessly optimistic. The Soviets, being no slouches in the rocketry department, could not fathom why NASA wanted to build a complex, reusable spaceplane instead of simply using more tried and reliable expendable launch vehicles (Garber, 2002:16).

 

But there seemed to be one customer for the shuttle that would not mind the cost or the complexity.

 

Eager to sell the shuttle as the only space access the United States would need, NASA had teamed up with the U.S. Air Force. The Air Force was responsible for launching all U.S. defense and intelligence satellites, and if NASA could say to the Congress that Air Force, too, could use the shuttle, then NASA had extra political leverage to extract funds to build one. It was immaterial that the military did not really have a requirement for a shuttle: what was apparently far more important was that NASA could therefore insulate the shuttle from the political charge that it was just a step towards human exploration of Mars, or a permanent space station. Both of these were exactly what some people at NASA wanted it to be, but they also happened to be directions that President Nixon had rejected as too expensive in 1971 (Garber, 2002:9-13).

Therefore, the shuttle design requirements expanded to include political shielding. This took the form of payload bay size (designed to accommodate spy satellites of the time) and, more importantly, “cross-range capability.” The Air Force wanted to have an option of sending the shuttle on an orbit around the Earth’s poles; scientifically, this was a relatively uninteresting orbit, but for reconnaissance satellites that sweep the Earth’s surface, it’s ideal. The military also wanted to have an option of even capturing an enemy satellite and returning after just one orbit, quick enough to escape detection (Garber, 2002:12).

However, this requirement caused a major problem. Because the Earth rotates under the spacecraft, after one orbit the launch site would have moved approximately 1800 kilometers to the East. If the craft is to return to base after one orbit, instead of waiting in orbit until the base again rotates underneath it, it would have to be able to fly this “cross-range” distance “sideways” after re-entering the atmosphere (Garber, 2002:12).

 

In the end, NASA designed a spacecraft with required cross-range capability. This meant large wings, which added weight and complexity, which in turn decreased the payload, which in turn required more powerful engines, which in turn made everything more complicated… (In all fairness, for various good reasons, NASA might have designed a relatively similar shuttle even without the Air Force requirements. However, it seems that the requirement had at least some effect to the cost and complexity of the shuttle.)

 

 

Because all this was public knowledge, the analysts in the Soviet Union rejoiced. A spacecraft that could launch from the Vandenberg Air Force Base,do a single polar orbit, and then return stealthily to its base could be nothing else than a weapon in disguise. It was immaterial that few if any analysts could figure out why such an expensive craft was being built: obviously, the capitalist aggressor must have had discovered something that justified the huge expense. An analysis by Mstislav Keldysh, head of the Soviet National Academy of Sciences, suggested that the Space Shuttle existed in order to lob huge, 25-megaton nuclear bombs from space directly to Moscow and other key centers (Garber, 2002:17). The real danger was that the shuttle could do this by surprise. There would be little to no warning from early warning radars, and no defense…..

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http://jmkorhonen.net/2013/11/18/space-system-shuttle-part-of-usas-nuclear-attack-arsenal/

November 18, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

The Group of Experts for Nuclear and Radiation Safety of the Baltic Sea Council will meet in Vilnius

18 November 2013,

http://www.eu2013.lt/en/news/pressreleases/the-group-of-experts-for-nuclear-and-radiation-safety-of-the-baltic-sea-council-will-meet-in-vilnius-

The Group of Experts for Nuclear and Radiation Safety of the Baltic Sea Council will meet on November 19th in Vilnius, Lithuania to examine the issues important for the whole Baltic Sea region such as radiation protection and nuclear safety. This meeting is one of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council events.

 

The delegates will concentrate on joint projects in the field of radiation and nuclear safety, the report on Flagship Project 14.3, aimed to develop scenarios and identify gaps for all main hazards and the potential of such hazards in the Baltic Sea Region. It is planned to discuss the organizational issues of the workshop on the control of the Baltic Sea border regards to illegal nuclear and radioactive material transportation.

 

The Group of Experts for Nuclear and Radiation Safety of the Baltic Sea Council meetings usually involve 10 experts, delegated by the Baltic Sea States as well as specialists from observing countries, namely Belarus, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, Great Britain and the U.S. The meetings are aimed to discuss cooperation on ensuring radiation and nuclear safety, joint actions in preparation for nuclear and radiological incidents and responding to them. The delegates will exchange information on ongoing radiological measurements, discuss the cooperation ensuring the control of nuclear and other radioactive materials, the prevention of illegal transportation of such materials.

The participants will visit the Lithuanian Radiation Protection Centre.

Link to 2012 report here…

http://www.cbss.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/EGNRS-report-on-nuclear-radiation-monitoring-programmes-among-members-and-observers-of-the-CBSS.pdf

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

Uganda and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have signed a five-year framework for the application of nuclear technologies to solve day to day problems -from hunger, war, disease, eating disorders, mental disorders, war and poverty.

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Uganda, IAEA nuclear deal to provide solutions

18 November 2013
“This mutually agreed strategy is expected to match nuclear technology to national priorities for sustainable development,” Irene Muloni, the minister of energy and mineral development, disclosed.

“The focus of the cooperation will be feasibility studies for nuclear power projects, uranium exploration and evaluation, cancer management, food and agriculture, water resources management and strengthening the national nuclear and radiation safety infrastructure.”

Over the past years population has rapidly increased and so has the demand for food, water, energy and land for agriculture.

To solve such everyday problems, the energy ministry and mineral development intends to peacefully apply nuclear technologies to meet basic needs.

Food crops

Rapid population growth, together with climate change and resource overuse, threatens future food security.

To alleviate losses in agricultural production and to support low input farming, crop breeding has been developed to improve crop quality and to strengthen the stress resilience of plants, maintaining crop yields without the help of fertilizers.

Scientists are undergoing training to develop new plant varieties in a wide-range of crops to better crop quality and improved stress tolerance.

This advanced breeding is expected to increase farmers’ incomes and agricultural production and to improve food security.

“A pilot testing technological packages will be developed to improve crop productivity and to enhance soil quality and reliance to climate change and variability,” Sarah Nafuna, the head nuclear energy unit of the ministry of energy and mineral development, stated.

“(There has been) development of virus free sweet potatoes and cassava planting materials and the development of a new soya variety with higher nitrogen fixing capacity to increase productivity.”

Livestock

Livestock farming is an important source of animal based food products and income for famers but facing low productivity and diseases.

However the IAEA has pledged to assist Uganda to optimize livestock productivity through improving animal nutrition, animal reproductive efficiency, and the diagnosis and control of major endemic animal diseases.

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

Hanford Nuclear Site Clean-Up: The Mess Gets Worse

…”I want an environment where the foot soldiers can raise issues without fear they’re going to be put in a basement office for 16 months and then laid off,”…

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Posted: Nov 18, 2013

http://www.khq.com/story/23998779/hanford-nuclear-site-clean-up-the-mess-gets-worse

NBCNEWS.COM – The government’s multi-billion-dollar effort to clean up the nation’s largest nuclear dump has become its own dysfunctional mess.

For more than two decades, the government has worked to dispose of 56 million gallons of nuclear and chemical waste in underground, leak-prone tanks at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington State.

But progress has been slow, the project’s budget is rising by billions of dollars, and a long-running technical dispute has sown ill will between the project’s senior engineering staff, the Energy Department, and its lead contractors.

The waste is a legacy of the Cold War, when the site housed nuclear reactors churning out radioactive plutonium for thousands of atomic bombs. To clean up the mess, the Department of Energy (DOE) started building a factory 12 years ago to encase the nuclear leftovers in stable glass for long-term storage.

But today, construction of the factory is only two-thirds complete after billions of dollars in spending, leaving partially constructed buildings and heavy machinery scattered across the 65-acre site, a short distance from the Columbia River.

Technical personnel have expressed concerns about the plant’s ability to operate safely, and say the government and its contractor have tried to discredit them, and in some cases harassed and punished them. Experts also say that some of the tanks have already leaked radioactive waste into the groundwater below, and worry that the contamination is now making its way to the river, a major regional source of drinking water.

Some lawmakers say Hanford has been an early — and so far dismaying— test of whether DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz, previously an MIT physics professor, can turn the problem-plagued department around through improved scientific rigor and better management of its faltering, costly projects. They have accused his aides of standing by while a well-known whistleblower was dismissed last month.

Meanwhile, DOE officials are considering spending an extra $2 billion to $3 billion to help the plant safely process the waste. Doing so could delay the cleanup’s completion for years, the Government Accountability Office estimated in December.

In an Oct. 9 letter, Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., demanded that Moniz take new steps to ensure that the project’s technical experts are well-treated. Four organizations have reviewed their complaints, he said, and “all have agreed that the project is deeply troubled, and all have affirmed the underlying technical problems.”

On Nov. 14, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said at a confirmation hearing for DOE’s general counsel that he worries “the message is out department-wide that when you speak truth to power and come forward and lay out what your concerns are, you face these kinds of (retaliation) problems.” If that’s true, Wyden said, “I think it’s going to be very detrimental to the safety agenda.”

A troubled past

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Nuclear deal: Australia’s uranium deal with India may include weaker monitoring safeguards

….Last year, a report from the Indian auditor-general found the country’s nuclear safety regulator was weak and unable to properly monitor the industry….

By Stephanie March November 19, 2013

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/19909263/nuclear-deal-australias-uranium-deal-with-india-may-include-weaker-monitoring-safeguards/

Australia’s agreement to sell uranium to India could include weaker monitoring safeguards than the nuclear deals Australia has with other countries.

A third round of nuclear cooperation agreement talks are due to take place later this month and both governments say they want the deal settled quickly.

In the past, Australia has required countries to that it sells uranium to track the material more closely than is required by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Andrew Davies from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute says the IAEA tracks aggregate quantities of uranium but does not monitor exactly where uranium sent to India from Australia ends up.

“For example, if 100 tonnes goes into a civilian nuclear program and 90 tonnes of product comes out, they don’t know where the missing product was diverted from,” he said.

The ABC understands India says it does not have the capacity to provide additional monitoring beyond what is required by the IAEA.

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Dept. of Environment and climate change ECC Approves EnQuest’s £4 Billion Kraken Development (UK) – A cure for climate change?

…It is also evidence that our efforts to create a competitive tax regime that gets the most oil and gas out of the North Sea are working…

http://www.offshoreenergytoday.com/decc-approves-enquests-4-billion-kraken-development-uk/

Posted on Nov 15th, 2013

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According to EnQuest, the investment is set to generate billions of revenue for taxpayers and to support an estimated 20,000 jobs during the project’s construction period and an average of approximately 1,000 operational jobs a year over the course of its 25 year life.

The development has been approved by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (‘DECC’), this is the largest investment announced in the UK North Sea this year and one of the largest UK industrial investments for 2013.

EnQuest is the operator of Kraken and will develop the project on behalf of itself and its partners. The project will be EnQuest’s sixth production hub in the UK North Sea. The development has two separate heavy oil fields, both of which will benefit from heavy oil allowances, which the Government has provided support for in order to stimulate investm

ent in the UK North Sea.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne said:
“This is a big investment that will create jobs and boost the British economic plan. It is also evidence that our efforts to create a competitive tax regime that gets the most oil and gas out of the North Sea are working.”

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November 18, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Japan’s new legislation could make it a crime to reveal truth about Fukushima conditions

censorshipCensorship and Dispossession in Japan http://majiasblog.blogspot.jp/2013/11/censorship-and-dispossession-in-japan.html   Developments in Japan are concerning:  First, according to The Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) is trying to accelerate returning people to flag-japanFukushima prefecture by measuring citizen exposure levels using individual dosimeters instead of official air sampling. The Asahi notes dosimeters have much lower readings than official air sampling and that the NRA’s draft policy has no discussion of health impacts.

The proposed exposure level for returning evacuees is 20 millisieverts based on dosimeter readings alone (no inclusion of estimates of exposure from contaminated food, water, and bio-accumulation).

Second, anti-nuclear groups in Japan have been subject to denial of service attacks since September. I had heard rumors this was occurring. I’m grateful The Asahi Shimbun reported it.
I am reminded that Japan is trying to pass new whistle-blower laws that criminally prosecute any whistle-blower who reveals corporate or government secrets (seehttp://rt.com/news/japan-state-secrets-law-712/)

The new whistleblower law and the concerted attacks against anti-nuclear groups together indicate pretty clearly that elements of the Japanese state/industry are reacting fascistically to deteriorating conditions at Daiichi.

Don’t forget the recent 7.2 earthquake and typhoon convergence on October 25http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/10/alert-large-earthquake-in-north-east.html

That fascistic mindset is what is driving efforts to push evacuees back into very contaminated areas. Daiichi hasn’t been stable since March 9 2011 and cold shutdown is a myth spun by TEPCO and the global nuclear mafia. In truth, the Daiichi site is getting hotter, rather than cooling, and the NRA is trying to push people back, while new legislation could make it a crime to reveal real plant conditions, and anti-nuclear groups are being censored through denial of service attacks.

You should be worried because your nation could be next.

November 18, 2013 Posted by | civil liberties, Japan, secrets,lies and civil liberties | 3 Comments

Japan’s Designated Secrets Bill’ threatens journalists

6ceed-japan-government-officially-censors-truth-about-fukushima-nuclear-radiation-disasterForeign Correspondents’ Club calls for abolition of ‘secrets protection’ bill  November 12, 2013 http://www.japan-press.co.jp/modules/news/index.php?id=6621

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan on November 11 issued a statement under the name of President Lucy Birmingham demanding that the Diet “reject the ‘Designated Secrets Bill’ in total”.

flag-japanThe statement expresses deep concern that provisions of the bill along with ruling bloc lawmakers’ remarks in regard to the bill indicate the potential of prosecution and imprisonment of journalists.

The statement points out that to uncover secrets about hidden activities of government and politicians and informing the public of such secrets is the very essence of investigative journalism. It stresses, “Such journalism is not a crime, but rather a crucial part of the checks-and-balances that go hand-in-hand with democracy.”

Nevertheless, the bill hints that the freedom of the press is “no longer a constitutional right, but merely something for which government officials must show ‘sufficient consideration’,” the statement states.

Criticizing the bill banning news gathering with the use of “inappropriate methods”, the statement states, “Such vague language could be, in effect, a license for government officials to prosecute journalists almost as they please.”

The statement urges the government to abolish the bill, or “to redraft it so substantially that it ceases to pose a threat to both journalism and to the democratic future of the Japanese nation.” On the same day, eight well-known TV journalists at a press conference at the Nippon Press Center building said that the government should abandon the new legislation for secrets protection.

One of the eight journalists, Torigoe Shuntaro said, “I will do everything possible to get the bill scrapped.”

November 18, 2013 Posted by | civil liberties, Japan, secrets,lies and civil liberties | 1 Comment

The nuclear priesthood keeps Fukushima health facts a secret

archbishop-greenfield-1Gundersen: Health effects from Fukushima are being hidden — Japan not publishing data on stillbirths, spontaneous abortions, cancers, and more since 3/11 — Indicates they’re afraid to release it (VIDEO) http://enenews.com/gundersen-fukushima-health-effects-being-hidden-japan-publishing-data-stillbirths-spontaneous-abortions-cancers-311-indicates-theyre-afraid-release-audio

Fairewinds Podcast, Nov. 14, 2013 (at 15:45 in): If we leave it to the nuclear priesthood, they’ll circle the wagons and not tell us everything that’s going on there. I’m particularly concerned about he dose people in Fukushima prefecture are receiving and the health effects that are being presently hidden. […] Citizen oversight is the key […] The nuclear priesthood does not want information released. And I know that you appreciate this because you’re watching these videos. You can help us to continue to be that beacon in the fog in 2014. A donor stepped forward and has offered us $2 for every $1 that other people give us. That means that you’re $1 donation makes $3 when it’s matched by this donor. It’s an incredible opportunity.

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Fairewinds Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen, Coast to Coast AM with John B. Wells, Nov. 9, 2013 (at 37:15 in): Before the accident, they had excellent statistics, prefecture by prefecture, about cancers and stillbirths and spontaneous abortions, and all that kind of stuff. They haven’t published anything in 2011 and 2012. So that’s an indication that the information’s out there, and they’re just afraid to release it.   Full broadcast for subscribers here – Now available on YouTube here

November 18, 2013 Posted by | secrets,lies and civil liberties | Leave a comment

France’s dishonourable history in nuclear weapons proliferation

France’s own nuclear flaws LA Times November, Bennett Ramberg 16, 2013 France’s feisty objection to elements of the proposed Iran nuclear agreement may have merit, but Eric Edelman and Ray Takeyh are way off base writing that “France has an honorable history” in shielding the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and underlying norms. France has had a tradition of helping countries with suspect nuclear ambitions. Before the treaty, Paris provided Israel with the Dimona reactor that it knew would be used for weapons development. After the NPT went into force in 1970, France provided Saddam Hussein’s Iraq with the Osirak reactor. When questions arose, France refused to modify Osirak’s weapons-grade fuel. Paris also provided Iraq with equipment for laboratory work on nuclear enrichment.

In the early 1970s, France provided Pakistan with plutonium extraction technology. Only strong U.S. pressure in 1978 forced Paris to abandon the export of a large reprocessing plant, but this did not stop French companies from supplying other equipment that Islamabad used in the weapons program.

An early partner in India’s “peaceful” nuclear program, France also continued to assist New Delhi after it exploded its first nuclear weapon in 1974.

France has a lot of nonproliferation catching up to do if it is to be taken seriously.

The writer served in the State Department‘s Bureau ofPolitico-Military Affairs in the George H.W. Bush administration. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/la-le-1116-saturday-france-iran-nuclear-20131116,0,3444686.story#axzz2l1V1VIW6

November 18, 2013 Posted by | France, weapons and war | Leave a comment

USA nuclear missile arsenal far outweighs China’s

Admiral: China Nuclear Missile Submarine Threat is Not Credible Says U.S. nuclear-armed missile submarines remain a powerful deterrent  Washington Free Beacon, BY:    November 16, 2013  SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — China’s recent threat to use submarine-launched nuclear missiles to attack U.S. cities lacks credibility, the Navy’s top admiral said on Saturday.

“For a submarine-launched ballistic missile to be effective it has to be accurate, and you have to be stealthy, and survivable and I’ll leave it at that,” Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, said when asked about publication in China’s state-run press last month of plans for killing between 5 million and 12 million Americans in a nuclear strikes.

Greenert said U.S. nuclear-armed missile submarines remain a powerful deterrent despite an aging U.S. nuclear arsenal and the urgent need to upgrade those forces in the face of sharp defense spending cuts……http://freebeacon.com/admiral-china-nuclear-missile-submarine-threat-is-not-credible/

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Fukushima Protester Jailed for 21 days & Speaks Out

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Published on 17 Nov 2013

Suppression of Nuclear Protest in Japan – Prof. Masaki Shimoji
He was Jailed for 21 days because he was speaking out against the way the Japanese government is handling the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster – burning debris, hiding test results, etc. NOTE: I edited the video to include ONLY ENGLISH but you can watch the full video here:
http://youtu.be/YYoUimpDPAk
Published on Nov 17, 2013
An excerpt from A Town Hall Forum
Held at The Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley (UUCB) Berkeley, CA Oct. 17, 2013

http://ffan.us/ Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network
“We are alarmed at the lack of testing currently in place to meet the present-and-growing threat of Cesium 134 and 137 contamination in our food supply. The time is past-due for a comprehensive response to radiation present in our food supply from the Fukushima disaster. ” Alexis Lynn Baden-Mayer, Political Director, Organic Consumers Association

Co-Sponsors:
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Univeralists
FukushimaResponse.org
No Nukes Action Committee
Codepink
EON – the Ecological Options Network
http://youtu.be/VtHmm17AmWs

Bird nests of Fukushima 11/16/13
http://youtu.be/kS1n4LwgYdU

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