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Thorium nuclear reactors for military use, too, funded by USA and Chinese tax-payers

ThoriumSPECIAL REPORT-The U.S. government lab behind China’s nuclear power push Dec 20, 2013  Dec 20 (Reuters) – Scientists in Shanghai are attempting a breakthrough in nuclear energy: reactors powered by thorium, an alternative to uranium.

peaceful-nukeThe project is run by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a government body with close military ties that coordinates the country’s science-and-technology strategy. The academy has designated thorium as a priority for China’s top laboratories. The program has a budget of $350 million. And it’s being spearheaded by the influential son of a former Chinese president.

But even as China bulks up its military muscle through means ranging from espionage to heavy spending, it is pursuing this aspect of its technology game plan with the blessing – and the help – of the United States. Read more »

December 24, 2013 Posted by | China, politics international, Reference, technology, USA, weapons and war | 6 Comments

USA’s $355 billion nuclear weapons plan, to intimidate other nations

US nuclear expansion aims to bully states: Analyst A  Press TV reports. 23 Dec 13 “The United States uses nuclear technology and nuclear weapons in order to bully other countries,” said Brian Becker in an interview with Press TV.

“The new expansion by the United States, the upgrade, the new generation of nuclear weapons is an expansion and it is a clear violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) which states clearly that there is an affirmative obligation by all of the nuclear powers to begin the process of nuclear disarmament so that the other countries could be dissuaded from getting nuclear technologies themselves,” the commentator added.

Obama s plan for US nuclear weapons will cost $355bn over next decade

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said on Friday that President Obama’s plans for the US nuclear weapons complex will cost the country about $355 billion over the next decade. The CBO said the plans included the modernization of nuclear weapons, their delivery systems, and nuclear weapons production laboratories.

According to the report, the cost is nearly $150 billion more than the Obama administration’s $208.5 billion estimate last year.

The commentator lashed out at the US and Britain for announcing the major refurbishment of their nuclear weapons programs instead of acting in accordance with NPT regulations.

He said the US and Britain warn the Iranian government that the mere possession of nuclear plants, even those for civilian energy purposes, constitutes an existential threat to humanity…..

The analyst pointed to a US Senate vote to authorize the creation of two new huge secret underground plutonium production labs and said, ”Nobody can say that the United States is moving towards nuclear disarmament.”

“The United States is moving nuclear weapons into outer space that is one of the big projects. They see nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons possession as a form of creating dominance. It is not keeping the world safe,” Becker said.

He emphasized that the US possesses 5,000 nuclear weapons and is building a new generation of nuclear arsenals “for dominance” and said, “That is not a defensive operation. It is an offensive operation.”http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/12/23/341564/us-bullies-other-states-with-nexpansion/

December 24, 2013 Posted by | weapons and war | 2 Comments

USA secretly building two underground plutonium production labs

plutonium238_1US to build two secret underground plutonium production labs: Analyst Press TV, 24 Dec 13 The United States is planning to build two new underground plutonium production labs that will expand plutonium production for the next decades, an analyst says.

“The Senate two days ago voted to authorize the creation of two new huge secret underground plutonium production labs that will expand plutonium production for the next 150 years,” Brian Becker, national coordinator of the A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition, told Press TV on Saturday.

“That is a very important fact and I think the world is not yet learning about it or just learning about it,” he added.

Becker also said the location of the new labs is in Los Alamos. “This was going to be in Los Alamos, the nuclear facility in New Mexico and the US government has just announced in spite of environmental impact statements, in spite of everything, to rush forward for the creation of two new plutonium factories, modules that will be producing plutonium for as decades and decades to come,” the analyst said.

“That is to enrich and enhance nuclear weapons. The United States is moving nuclear weapons into outer space that is one of the big projects. They see nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons possession as a form of creating dominance. It is not keeping the world safe,” he explained.

Becker pointed out to President Barack Obama’s plans for the US nuclear weapons complex that will cost the country about $355 billion over the next decade….http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/12/22/341316/us-building-secret-labs-to-enhance-nukes/

December 24, 2013 Posted by | - plutonium, secrets,lies and civil liberties, weapons and war | 1 Comment

Nuclear power industry manipulates Japanese politicians

corruptionNuclear power backers picking up steam on reactor restarts THE ASAHI SHIMBUN, by Senior Staff Writer Atsushi Komori and Kaname Kakuta. 23 Dec 13 Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster triggered feverish calls among citizens and even politicians to abandon the nation’s reliance on nuclear power.

But almost three years later, pro-nuclear officials, business leaders and utilities wielding awesome economic and political clout are regaining strength and maneuvering to tighten the noose around local government leaders who have been demanding that Japan do away with nuclear power. Continue reading

December 24, 2013 Posted by | Japan, politics, secrets,lies and civil liberties | Leave a comment

New lawsuit: US sailors sue over irradiation at Fukushima

justiceUSS Ronald Reagan sailors to sue power company over alleged Fukushima radiation poisoning

http://wtkr.com/2013/12/23/uss-ronald-reagan-sailors-to-sue-power-company-over-alleged-fukushima-radiation-poisoning/
Posted on: 1:07 pm, December 23, 2013, by 

A group of sailors who served in relief efforts aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan following the deadly tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011 will file a new lawsuit against Japanese power company TEPCO.

The sailor claim they suffer from a variety of illnesses triggered by radiation poisoning from fallout they were exposed to from the meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plants, according toFox News.

The plaintiffs claim the power company delayed telling the Navy the tsunami had caused a nuclear meltdown, sending huge amounts of contaminated water into the sea and, ultimately, into the ship’s water system.

Sailors stationed aboard the USS Essex have also joined the group filing suit.

an Francisco Attorney Charles Bonner, who is representing allegedly cancer-stricken sailors, initially filed a federal suit in the Southern District of California more than a year ago on behalf of a dozen sailors. The lawsuit was initially dismissed, when the court ruled that any ruling would hinge on interpreting communication between the Japanese and U.S. governments, which could violate the separation of powers. But Bonner is amending the suit to add new allegations that would fall under the court’s jurisdiction. And the number of plaintives has more than quadrupled as more service members come forward with radiation-related illnesses, he said.

“They went in to help with rescue efforts,” said Bonner, who plans to refile the suit on Jan. 6. “They did not go in prepared to deal with radiation containment.”

The plaintiffs don’t blame the U.S. Navy, which they believe acted in good faith, Bonner said. It was the plant’s operators who sat on the meltdown information during the crucial hours following the March 11, 2011 disaster, he said.

TEPCO officials did not respond to requests for comment. But a recent admission before members of the Japanese press on Dec. 12 during a meeting at the Tokyo Press Club, former Prime Minister Naoto Jan said the first meltdown occurred five hours after the tsunami, not the next day as reported at the time.

Bonner alleges that the statement means that the Japanese government knew radiation was being leaked and did not inform the U.S. Navy.

 

December 24, 2013 Posted by | Legal | Leave a comment

Nice timing India! – Christmas test of nuclear capable missile

India test-fires nuclear-capable Agni-III missile  By PTI | 23 Dec, 2013,  BALASORE:India today successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable Agni-III ballistic missile with a strike range of more than 3,000 km as part of a user trial by the Army from Wheeler Island off Odisha coast…http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/india-test-fires-nuclear-capable-agni-iii-missile/articleshow/27799307.cms.

December 24, 2013 Posted by | India, weapons and war | Leave a comment

New agreement on decommissioning Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station

DecommissioningVermont, Entergy Announce Deal On Nuclear Power Plant Decommissioning http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/12/23/vermont-entergy-announce-deal-on-nuclear-power-plant-decommissioning/ December 23, 2013 MONTPELIER, Vt. (CBS) — The state of Vermont and Entergy have announced a deal on decommissioning the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station.

Gov. Peter Shumlin, Attorney General Bill Sorrell and Bill Mohl, president of Entergy Wholesale Commodities, announced a settlement agreement Monday between the state and the owner and operator of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station, Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee LLC and Entergy Nuclear Operations Inc., the company said in a prepared statement.

The deal brings more certainty to the plant’s operation through next year and its transition — including commitments related to economic development, timely decommissioning and site restoration, the company reported. The pact also helps set a path for a constructive and transparent working relationship between Entergy and the state as they continue to work on long-term issues related to the decommissioning of the nuclear power plant. Continue reading

December 24, 2013 Posted by | decommission reactor | Leave a comment

Paris derailment of nuclear waste freight train

safety-symbol-Smflag-franceFreight wagon with nuclear waste derails at depot near Paris, no leak http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/23/us-france-nuclear-idUSBRE9BM0QH20131223 PARIS Mon Dec 23, 2013 (Reuters) – A rail freight wagon carrying nuclear waste derailed at a depot in Drancy, 3 km (2 miles) northeast of Paris on Monday, the mayor of the town said.
There was no leakage of nuclear waste, Jean-Christophe Lagarde said by telephone.

“Today at 1605 (1505 GMT), a freight car transporting radioactive material derailed in Drancy station,” said the mayor, who is also a member of parliament for the French centrist UDI party. About 4,000 freight wagons carrying radioactive or chemical waste pass through the station each year, Lagarde said, calling the incident “intolerable”.

France’s “Europe Ecologie Les Verts” (EELV) Green party called for an end to the transportation of radioactive waste through urban areas and busy stations following the incident.

“The slightest accident can have catastrophic effects,” the EELV party said in a statement. “All (nuclear waste) transport is risky and exposes populations to unnecessary danger.”

December 24, 2013 Posted by | France, incidents | 1 Comment

New York State’s Solar Energy Initiative

Statue-of-Liberty-solarMore Solar Funding For New York State, Renewable Energy News, 24 Dec 13 Support for solar in New York State received a healthy boost last week, with an additional USD $108 million in funding announced for residential and commercial solar energy projects.

The extra cash will be provided over the next two years under the NY-Sun initiative. ”Solar power is critical to making our environment healthier and our energy system more resilient,” said New York governor, Andrew M. Cuomo. “The funding approved today will expand the use of clean, renewable power across New York State and ensure we continue to be a national leader in solar energy.”

Governor Cuomo launched the NY-Sun initiative last year and since its inception, 299 megawatts of solar photovoltaic capacity has been installed or is under development in the state. More solar has been installed in New York State since NY-Sun kicked off than had been installed in the entire prior decade.  ….

Also available is the $30 million New York Sun Competitive Photovoltaic (PV) Program for systems larger than 200kW and various other rebates and incentives; including a feed in tariff program for residents of Long Island.http://www.energymatters.com.au/index.php?main_page=news_article&article_id=4091

December 24, 2013 Posted by | renewable, USA | Leave a comment

Sharp rise in renewable energy consumption by European Union

EU reports sharp annual increase in renewable energy consumption 12.23.2013  The preliminary estimates put the renewable energy share of gross final energy consumption for the EU at 14.4% in 2012, compared to 13.1% in 2011, which is a 1.3 % increase. The Directive 2009/28 states that the EU 27 Member States should achieve an overall 20% share of renewable energy in gross final energy consumption across Europe. It has set a binding individual target for each country by 2020……

The total consumption of final energy (renewable or otherwise) continued to decrease in 2012 due to the recession. The estimated drop is 8 million ton of oil equivalent (MMtoe)―from 1 133.3 MMtoe in 2011 to 125.2 MMtoe in 2012. At the same time, the final renewable energy consumption increased by 13.4 MMtoe (from 148.8 MMtoe to 162.2 MMtoe)…..http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3292305/Latest-News/EU-increases-renewable-energy-consumption-in-2012.htm

December 24, 2013 Posted by | EUROPE, renewable | Leave a comment

Global Renewable Energy Market in Military 2014-2018

Renewable Energy Market in Military Global 2014-2018 New Research Report, News International , 23 December 2013 ReportsnReports.com adds report Global Renewable Energy Market in Military 2014-2018 to its store. Analysts forecast the Global Renewable Energy market in the Military to grow at a CAGR of 13.99 percent over the period 2014-2018. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increased adoption of de-centralized power generation……Complete report is available at http://www.reportsnreports.com/reports/271943-global-renewable-energy-market-in-military-2014-2018.html.

December 24, 2013 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

US Nuclear Air Force Troubles

Recap of AP Reporting on Troubles in Nuclear Force, abc news, December 23, 2013  A recap of Associated Press reporting this year on troubles in the country’s nuclear force:
—In April, 19 missile crew members in the 91st Missile Wing at Minot, N.D., were deemed temporarily unfit for duty and given weeks of remedial training. The wing’s deputy commander of operations complained of “rot” in the force. Later, the officer in charge of the 91st’s missile crew training and proficiency was relieved of duty.
—In August, the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom, Mont., failed a safety and security inspection. Nine days later the officer in charge of security forces there was relieved of duty. In October the unit passed a do-over test.
—On Oct. 11,…….—Also in November, the AP reported that key members of the Air Force’s nuclear missile force are feeling “burnout” from what they see as exhausting, unrewarding and stressful work. The finding, in an unpublished RAND Corp. study provided to the AP in draft form, also cited heightened levels of misconduct such as spousal abuse and said court-martial rates in the nuclear missile force in 2011 and 2012 were more than twice as high as in the overall Air Force. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/recap-ap-reporting-troubles-nuclear-force-21306790

December 24, 2013 Posted by | incidents | Leave a comment

Scientists Link Spike in Thyroid Disease to Fukushima Disaster

Monday, 23 December 2013 11:06 By Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network | Video Interview

http://truth-out.org/news/item/20810-scientists-link-spike-in-thyroid-disease-to-fukushima-disaster

 

….Unfortunately, there have really been no studies in Japan except for one, and that is one that’s being done by the Fukushima Medical University. They haven’t looked at hypothyroidism….

[…]

….They have been monitoring one of these many chemicals from Fukushima called cesium-137, and they’re finding higher levels in the waters in the Pacific Ocean in Alaska. And they estimate that in the end the levels are going to reach the same amounts as they were in the mid-1960s…..

Published on 22 Dec 2013

Nuclear expert and researcher Joseph Mangano explains his research in connecting the increase of hyperthyroidism in newborns on the West coast to the Fukushima nuclear disaster

 

December 24, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Firms quit Romania nuclear project after Chinese partner joins

MENAFN – AFP – 23/12/2013

http://www.menafn.com/1093746724/Firms-quit-Romania-nuclear-project-after-Chinese-partner-joins?src=RSS

(MENAFN – AFP) Energy giants Enel and ArcelorMittal will pull out of the construction of two nuclear reactors in Romania after a Chinese company entered the deal, Romanian officials said Monday.

Italy’s Enel and the Romanian subsidiary of ArcelorMittal “have decided to sell their stakes of respectively 9.15 and 6.2 percent in EnergoNuclear,” the project company, said Nuclearelectrica, a Romanian state-owned enterprise holding the remaining 84.65 percent.

Enel said “a change in the shareholder structure, with a company other than Nuclearelectrica set to become the majority stakeholder, is incompatible with its investment strategy,” Nuclearelectrica added.

ArcelorMittal said it was no longer interested in the project, which is estimated to cost more than 5.4 billion.

The announcement came a month after Romanian Energy Minister Constantin Nita said China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) plans to invest in the construction of two new reactors at the Cernavoda plant, in southeastern Romania, alongside Canada’s SNC-Lavalin.

“A consortium has already been set up by Lavalin and the Chinese company,” Nita said during a visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Bucharest.

Romania and China signed two nuclear cooperation agreements during Li’s visit but their content was not made public.

Romania has been looking for private investors to finance the extension of Cernavoda since four shareholders of the project company, including CEZ (Czech Republic), RWE (Germany) and GDF Suez (France), pulled out in 2011, complaining of a lack of predictability in Romanian policy.

Two reactors, using the CANDU technology, are currently operating at Cernavoda, providing about 17 percent of the country’s electricity.

December 24, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

rail freight wagon carrying nuclear waste derailed at a depot – No Health effects

Reuters, 23/12 20:51 CET

Article Source : http://www.euronews.com/newswires/2271254-freight-wagon-with-nuclear-waste-derails-at-depot-near-paris-no-leak/

Image source : http://www.france24.com/en/20131223-train-carrying-nuclear-waste-derails-near-paris/

PARIS (Reuters) – A rail freight wagon carrying nuclear waste derailed at a depot in Drancy, 3 km (2 miles) northeast of Paris on Monday, the mayor of the town said.

There was no leakage of nuclear waste, Jean-Christophe Lagarde said by telephone.

“Today at 1605 (1505 GMT), a freight car transporting radioactive material derailed in Drancy station,” said the mayor, who is also a member of parliament for the French centrist UDI party.

About 4,000 freight wagons carrying radioactive or chemical waste pass through the station each year, Lagarde said, calling the incident “intolerable”.

France’s “Europe Ecologie Les Verts” (EELV) Green party called for an end to the transportation of radioactive waste through urban areas and busy stations following the incident.

“The slightest accident can have catastrophic effects,” the EELV party said in a statement. “All (nuclear waste) transport is risky and exposes populations to unnecessary danger.”

(Reporting by Marion Douet; Writing by James Regan, editing by David Evans)

December 24, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment