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“The UK probably has the most expensive energy in the world.”

Posted: December 17, 2013

THE planned new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point looks set for further delay, and has been strongly criticised by an industry heavyweight.

Under rules from Brussels, state governments are not allowed to get involved in the free market in a big way, and the EU is considering whether the 35-year-deal is too long and equal to state backing of a private deal.

A decision about whether an enquiry into the deal by the EU Commission is needed was due to be made yesterday.

And Jim Ratcliffe, boss of Ineos, one of the UK’s biggest energy consumers, warned that electricity produced at the site will be too expensive.

The government agreement gives EDF the security of a fixed price of £92.50 per megawatt for the energy the power station produced.

When speaking with the BBC on Monday, Mr Ratcliffe, said: “Forget it.

“Nobody in manufacturing is going to go near that price.”

In the interview Mr Ratcliffe added: “The UK probably has the most expensive energy in the world.

“It is more expensive than Germany, it is more expensive than France, it is much, much, more expensive than America.

“It is not competitive at all, on the energy front, I am afraid.”

“Even for a massive company like EDF, Hinkley Point is a huge investrment of which makes it inherently risky.”

Hinkley Point C has the potential to create 25,000 jobs in the United Kingdom during its construction.

When operational it will employ 900 workers and will be able to supply up to seven per cent of the UK’s electricity needs, with no carbon emissions.

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Japan Ministers discuss high-level nuclear waste dump

NHK — Dec 17
Japan’s cabinet ministers held their first talks on the contentious topic of finding a site for the disposal of high-level nuclear waste.

The industry and science ministers were among the participants at Tuesday’s meeting.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants the government to take the initiative on the issue.

The government is planning to bury highly radioactive waste from nuclear power plants deep underground. But it has yet to find a municipality that’s willing to host such a repository.


News sources: NHK, FNNnewsCH

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Judge stops toxics regulators from approving demolition of former nuclear lab

A superior court judge has temporarily stopped state regulators from approving the demolition and disposal of debris from a former nuclear research lab in Ventura County out of concerns the material is radioactive.

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner ruled the Department of Toxic Substances Control must undertake an environmental review of plans to tear down the so-called Area Four site in Santa Susana currently owned by Boeing. A half century ago, the facility was home to nuclear research and rocket development and the site of a partial nuclear meltdown.

In August, environmental groups sued to stop Boeing from demolishing the facility and shipping the debris to area landfills. They later filed for a preliminary injunction to stop DTSC from approving the demolitions plans. Judge Sumner agreed to the injunction last week pending a trial on the original lawsuit.

In separate statements, DTSC and Boeing said they are reviewing the order to determine next steps

December 17, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment North American Market for Nuclear Plant Life Extension (PLEX) to Reach $21 Billion by 2025

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With global power demand forecast to rise from more than 19,100 terawatt hours (TWh) in 2012 to over 31,800 TWh by 2025, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 4%, nuclear Plant Life Management (PLIM) and Plant Life Extension (PLEX) programs are becoming an increasingly important option for nuclear power plant (NPP) operators, says a new report available at Market Research Reports, Inc.


The latest report states that North America will be the largest market for nuclear Plant Life Extension (PLEX) between 2013 and 2025, valued at almost $21 billion. Meanwhile, the major PLEX markets in Europe between 2013 and 2025 will be France, Ukraine, the UK and Russia, which are expected to achieve revenues of $5.2 billion, $3.4 billion, $2.6 billion and $2 billion, respectively.


Research Report also believes that rising power demand is one of the main factors contributing toward the increasing importance of nuclear PLIM and PLEX programs across the globe. With this ongoing demand, NPP operators are now seeking to extend the life of their plants in order to avoid the costs associated with complete new-builds.


Senior analyst of this report says: “The capital cost of building new plants is significant and involves a discouraging array of risks for investors. In comparison, the capital cost of PLIM for long-term operation is much lower, which is boosting the global trend of plant owners aspiring to increase their NPPs’ operational lives.”


However, a number of challenges will hinder the need for nuclear PLIM and PLEX investment up until 2025, such as negative public opinion and safety concerns surrounding nuclear power.


Analyst continues: “The Fukushima disaster in Japan resulted in some governments reconsidering their nuclear power policies, and this has been supported by radiation fears and anti-nuclear public opinion.


“As a result, there are now uncertain market conditions, which are deeming investment in nuclear projects increasingly risky and therefore impacting on the need for plant operators to consider nuclear PLIM and PLEX programs,” the analyst concludes.


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USA – DOE Announces Funding for Small Nuclear Reactors

December 17, 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy announced that it has selected NuScale Power as its second winner in the agency’s public-private partnership program to support the development of small modular reactors (or, SMR). The award includes a five-year cost-sharing program including up to $226 million in funding — DOE will provide 50 percent of the cost of the project and requires matching funding from the company.

DOE originally announced its decision to partner with the nuclear industry to develop SMRs in March 2012, issuing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (or, FOA) worth up to $452 million. Babcock & Wilcox (NYSE:BWC) received the first award in November 2012 and after negotiations with DOE, the two signed an agreement in April 2013 that provides B&W with $79 million in federal funding.

DOE defines SMRs as nuclear reactors that are 300 megawatts or less, about one-third the size of a conventional large-scale nuclear reactor. B&W’s MPower design will have a capacity of 180 MW, while NuScale’s Power Module will generate a much smaller 45 MW.

The decision to put public money towards developing a certified SMR design was a sign of the Obama administration’s support for nuclear power. It was also significant because the nuclear industry has stalled out. Upfront costs for a new 1,000 megawatt nuclear power plant are extraordinary. With cheap natural gas and increasingly cheap clean energy, nuclear power has become too expensive to build.

SMRs promise several yet unproven benefits over large reactors. Small reactors can be constructed in factories and shipped to site, cutting costs and avoiding construction delays. They can also be built underground, improving safety. Lower upfront costs due to their small size allow for lower financing costs, as well as the flexibility of only adding small increments of power capacity — beneficial when power demand is growing slowly.

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December 17, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

European Nuclear research programme agreed – H2020 EURATOM programme

The budget of the programme is set at 1.6 billion Euros in current prices for the years 2014 to 2018.

Council agrees H2020 EURATOM programme

The Council of the European Union has adopted the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM) programme for nuclear research and training activities.

The new programme allows for the continuity of nuclear research activities carried out under the current EURATOM programme, which expires at the end of 2013, as part of Horizon 2020.

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The programme will have the same simplified access to research projects and rules for participation as Horizon 2020. The EURATOM programme comprises indirect and direct actions.

Indirect actions will cover fusion energy research and research on nuclear fission, safety and radiation protection. Direct actions for activities of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in the field of nuclear waste management, environmental impact, safety and security. The nuclear fission research activities are in line with the objective of enhancing the safety of nuclear fission and other uses of radiation in industry and medicine.

EURATOM programmes are limited to five years in accordance with the EURATOM treaty. The budget of the programme is set at €1.6bn in current prices for the years 2014 to 2018.

The EURATOM programme will continue to contribute to the implementation of the ‘Innovation Union’ strategy by enhancing competition for scientific excellence and accelerating the deployment of key innovations in the nuclear energy field, notably in fusion and nuclear safety, and will contribute to tackling energy and climate change challenges. In this way it will underpin the creation of a European Research Area.

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Nuclear power and Civil Liberties – theme for January 2014

Japan leads the way, with its new State Secrets Law enacted to punish whistleblowers. politicians leaking secrets. anyone publishing information designated as “secret”.  It allows the government to cover up issues such as corruption in the nuclear industry. It punishes journalists who speak out, and effectively censors nuclear news in the media

It is well known that the USA encouraged Japan to adopt this law. As the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe becomes ever more of a global problem, the nuclear industry (?too big to fail) and its servant governments increase in suppression of civil liberties


With uranium mining, nuclear power, nuclear wastes, and nuclear weapons,  –  civil liberties are increasingly eroded.  They must be, even when all seems to be going smoothly. Nuclear reprocessing, with plutonium as fuel, would necessitate taking away even more civil liberties.

A police state would develop, even with “peaceful” nuclear reprocessing.  But imagine how fast we would lose civil liberties, in the event of yet another nuclear mishap – theft of plutonium, terrorist strike, accident. For a start, the public would not even be informed, (for fear of public panic). Very quickly, that police state would be turned into a martial law state.

December 17, 2013 Posted by | Christina's themes | 2 Comments

Nuclear Power and Civil Liberties in China – theme for January 2014

China is now the world’s (only) poster boy for the nuclear industry. But what about Nuclear Power and Civil Liberties in China? The world, even Greenpeace, is curiously silent on this.  No doubt because of the fate that would befall Chinese Greenpeace members, if they did get active on this.

China dumps its nuclear wastes in the lands of its ethnic minorities, such as Tibetans, and Uyghurs, with scant regard for their health. Chinese nuclear facilities are located in earthquake zones, in rural provinces. Swift repression follows any protest. There is no freedom of speech about China’s highly secretive nuclear industry.

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Shock revelations about US sailors exposed to Fukushima radiation

exclamation-5 1 Sailors from USS Ronald Reagan Suffering Thyroid Cancer, Leukemia, Brain Tumors After Participating in Fukushima Nuclear Rescue Efforts
Thursday, 12 December 2013 – Crew members in their mid-20’s from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan are coming down with all sorts of radiation-related illnesses after being deployed less than 3 years ago to assist with earthquake rescue operations off the coast of Japan in 2011.  It looks as though the onboard desalinization systems that take salt out of seawater to make it drinkable, were taking-in radioactive water from the ocean for the crew to drink, cook with and bath-in, before anyone realized there was a massive radiation spill into the ocean.

Charles Bonner, attorney representing sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan said “the crew members were not only going to the rescue by jumping into the water and rescuing people out of the water, but they were drinking desalinated sea water, bathing in it, until finally the captain of the USS Ronald Reagan alarmed people that they were encountering high levels of radiation.”

Bonner says that as a result of this exposure, the 51 sailors have come down with a host of medical problems, “They have testicular cancer, they have thyroid cancers, they have leukemias, they have rectal and gynecological bleeding, a host of problems that they did not have before … people are going blind, pilots who had perfect eyesight but now have tumors on the brain. And it’s only been 3 years since they went in.” Bonner pointed out that these service men and women are young people, ages 21, 22, 23 years old and no one in their family had ever suffered any of these kinds of illnesses before.

At present, 51 sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan are named as Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and Bonner says he anticipates adding twenty additional Sailors soon, bringing the total to 70 to 75 because “The Japanese government is in a major conspiracy with TEPCO to hide and conceal the true facts.”

In an utterly shocking admission at a meeting of the Japan Press Club on December 12, 2013, the former Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, who was in-office when the Fukushima disaster took place, told assembled journalists “[People think it was March 12th but] the first meltdown occurred 5 hours after the earthquake.” This means that the government of Japan KNEW there was horrific radiation being released, but did not tell the U.S. Navy which had deployed the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan to assist with rescue efforts. Our  story covering this new aspect of the Fukushima incident is available…..http :// 

December 17, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013, health, USA | 5 Comments

Taxpayer money for UK nuclear from French, as well as British?

text-my-money-2Areva may use French fund to help pay for UK nuclear plant –paper (Reuters) – Areva is in talks with the French flag-francegovernment to release some funds set aside for dismantling its nuclear installations in France to help the company finance a new British nuclear reactor, a newspaper reported.

flag-UKBritain signed a deal with France’s state-owned utility EDF in October to build a 16-billion pound nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in southwest Britain, the first new plant in Europe since the Fukushima disaster.d to help pay for UK nuclear plant – paper

PARIS Mon Dec 16, 2013 State-owned Areva is taking a 10 percent stake in the consortium that will build the facility, which also includes EDF’s Chinese partners China General Nuclear Corporation (CGN) and China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC).


December 17, 2013 Posted by | France, politics, UK | Leave a comment

Huffington Post, CNN pal up with Nuclear Regulatory Commission

news-nukeGov’t Report: CNN, Huffington Post listed as ‘external stakeholders’ in NRC, alongside nuclear industry and pro-nuclear blogs — Both outlets help NRC to increase online influence, as CNN produces pro-nuclear infomercial

Flag-USAIndependent Evaluation of NRC’s Use and Security of Social Media, Office of the Inspector General, Jan. 2013:

Internal Stakeholders (NRC staff) […]
External Stakeholders (Press) Energy Editor, AOL, Huffington Post — Nuclear Writer, Huffington Post — Producer, CNN News
External Stakeholders (Digital Influencers) Blogger, Atomic Power Review — Blogger, Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes — Blogger, Yes Vermont Yankee
External Stakeholders (Nuclear Industry) […] Senior Manager for Social — Media, Nuclear Energy Institute […]
External Stakeholders (US Government and US Senate Staff) US-CERT Representative, United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team — Policy Director, US Senate

Excerpts from the evaluation:

As part of the press, I have to be able to quickly communicate a lot of technical information into something our readers will grasp. But it helps if NRC had strong info graphics or a section that provided a breakdown of technical info so I can understand the translation from its source. — Huffington Post
NRC‘s materials are very basic and not very viral. Other agencies do a better job of including information graphics, photos, even clickable links. There‘s no extra. It‘s not influential. — Managing Editor, Huffington Post
One producer from Cable News Network (CNN) suggested that what was currently offered on Flickr does not compel him to return and urged NRC to provide more content that did not involve people in a conference room or of the chairperson speaking from a podium.
Read the report here (pdf)     See also: Paper: CNN’s nuclear propaganda film “is dishonest to its core” — It’s “actually an infomercial”

December 17, 2013 Posted by | media, USA | 1 Comment

Virginia Uranium dumps its Coles Hill project

burial.uranium-industryAmid fierce political opposition, US uranium miner suspends mine plans, Ana Komnenic | December 15, 2013 A uranium miner has given up on mining one of the world’s largest known uranium deposits in Virginia – for now.

Virginia Uranium has plans to develop the Coles Hill deposit in Pittsylvania County.According to the Associated Press, the site contains an estimated 119-million-pounds of uranium.

But Virginia has a decades-long ban on uranium mining and the Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe has fiercely opposed attempts to change this legislation and said he would veto any pro-uranium bills.Faced with this major political hurdle, Virginia Uranium told the Associated Press on Saturday that it would “not back the introduction of uranium mining legislation in the 2014 session of the General Assembly.”

The company cited the Governor-Elect’s opposition as a “significant challenge” to the project……

Environmental group Sierra Club has applauded McAuliffe for his opposition, publishing an article this week thanking the Governor.

Earlier this year McAuliffe stated that he was “not comfortable” enough with the science to say that he believed his community would be safe.

“I’m afraid it would get into the drinking water,” he said……

December 17, 2013 Posted by | business and costs, opposition to nuclear, Uranium, USA | 2 Comments

Dangerous new nuclear project for Karachi

the nuclear reactor site in Karachi has more people living within 30 km than any other reactor site in the world. 
It found there were eight million people living within this distance of the site in Karachi. All of the port city falls within 40 km of the reactor site.

safety-symbol-Smflag-pakistanPakistani experts raise question about nuclear power project Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad  December 16, 2013   Three leading physicists have raised key questions about the safety, design and cost of Pakistan‘s largest nuclear power plant being built with Chinese assistance in the port city of Karachi. The Karachi complex will have two nuclear reactors with a production capacity of 2,200 MW. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the project, estimated to cost USD 9.6 billion and scheduled to be completed in six years, late last month.

In an article published in the influential Dawn daily today, experts Pervez Hoodbhoy, A H Nayyar and Zia Mian said the project would use a reactor being developed by a Chinese state-run firm that currently exists only on paper.  Continue reading

December 17, 2013 Posted by | Pakistan, safety | Leave a comment

Russia placing nuclear missiles near Polish border

Baltic alarm over reports of Russian nuclear missiles in Kaliningrad   Russia has placed nuclear Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad, which borders Poland andLithuania, according to reports in Russia’s Izvestia newspaper.

Izvestia appears to be confirming German newspaper reports this weekend that missiles were visible near the Polish border on satellite imagery.

The news of the advanced placement has caused alarm in the Baltic states, wary of Russian militarism after decades of dominance by the Soviet Union.

Russia announced in 2011 that it would place missiles in Kaliningrad to counter Nato’s plans for a Western anti-missile shield.

Nato’s system of radars and missiles aims to neutralise the threat from Russian missiles by intercepting them mid-flight.

But Russia says the shield upsets the fine strategic balance, which has kept East and West locked in a nuclear stalemate since the end of the cold war.

December 17, 2013 Posted by | Russia, weapons and war | 1 Comment

Japan on the way towards totalitarianism

Abe shows totalitarian bent   The “old” Liberal Democratic Party that former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is supposed to have destroyed is making a strong resurgence as is the traditional “triangle” of the LDP, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren).

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe goes abroad, he is often accompanied by as many as 100 business leaders as he busies himself with exporting nuclear reactors and other infrastructural items through “top-level sales campaigns.”  Furthermore, defying the traditional practice of determining wage levels through labor-management negotiations, Abe has asked Keidanren Chairman Hiromasa Yonekura to raise the wages of workers and this request has been handed down to Keidanren member corporations.  His intervention in wage negotiations clearly indicates that Japan is a nation of highly controlled state capitalism, transcending a free market economy. Moreover, should a constitutional revision come to restrict freedom of speech, Japan would become a de facto totalitarian state

December 17, 2013 Posted by | Japan, politics | 1 Comment