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2014 “Fukushima 3 Years On and Implications for UK Nuclear Power Plans” – The March to Parliament

http://www.januk.org/event.html

Monday 10th 2014

19.00 – 21.00

Meeting in Committee Room 10 in The House of Commons

Speeches and discussion about the situation in Japan three years on since Fukushima and the lessons we can learn for a nuclear-free world.
Enter Parliament by public entrance by central St. Stephen’s Tower.
Arrive half an hour early to get through security.

The vigil

11th March 2014

outside Japanese Embassy

101 Piccadilly, W1J 7JT

18.00 – 20.00pm

Candle-Lit vigil in support of families and people of all ages continuing to suffer the affects of Fukushima.
Please bring torch & wrap up warm.

15th March 2014

The March to Parliament

Hyde Park Corner – London

Assemble 12.30pm, Start 13.00

Assemble at Hyde Park Corner at 12.30 to start the march at 13.00

Route: Hyde Park Corner, Japanese Embassy, ​​TEPCO London Office, Piccadilly Circus, Japan Centre, Trafalgar Square, Parliament

Themes:. Colour yellow & sunflower Sound-making instrument, placards, fancy dress, etc welcome

Rally: starts when the march arrives approx at 15.00 in Old Palace Yard opposite the House of Lords


© JANUK.org 2012-2014arclight2011 – JANUK english website is “not working” so i am sorry about the translation from their Japanese website..

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Roe deer ‘trapped’ at Sellafield nuclear site to be shot – but company defends action as ‘last resort’

However, Marianne Birkby, for Radiation Free Lakeland, is seeking signatures for the online petition at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/FreetheSellafieldDeer

She claimed: “We understand the need for Sellafield to routinely cull animals on site in an effort to contain the spread of radiation.

“However, if as Sellafield says the deer have not entered the site and are not contaminated in any way then surely a more humane solution would be to permanently remove the new double fencing in the woodland area and instead reinforce the original fence another way.”

“As well as preventing the ‘need’ for a cull, this would be a goodwill gesture and would benefit the whole ecosystem of the woodland.”

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/NEWS/10972359.Roe_deer__trapped__at_Sellafield_nuclear_site_to_
By Ellis Butcher, Reporter

29th January 2014
ANTI-nuclear campaigners have started a petition against plans by Sellafield Limited to cull a group of roe deer ‘trapped’ at its west Cumbrian plant.

To improve security, the company erected a secondary security fence – spanning 11 miles around the site.

But campaigners say this has ‘trapped’ a number of roe deer who now face a cull by the company which has to provide a ‘sterile area’ between the two fences.

Sellafield Ltd explained around five to 12 deer are involved and the cull was a ‘last resort’ and taken on ‘expert advice’.

It plans to hire ‘professional and skilled’ marksmen to carry out the cull – working under veterinary supervision.

A Sellafield spokesman explained: “The experts advise that to attempt to tranquilise the deer would cause them great distress, and that they would be likely to injure themselves, perhaps fatally, attempting to flee in what is quite dense undergrowth.

“The advice we have been given is that to cull the deer is more humane and will cause less suffering.”

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UPDATE 4-British nuclear plant detects elevated levels of radiation

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/01/31/britain-sellafield-idUKL5N0L50WW20140131

Fri Jan 31, 2014 1:51pm GMT

Sellafield tells non-essential staff to stay at home

* Britain says no danger to the public or workers

* State nuclear body says source of radiation unclear

By Kate Holton and Costas Pitas

LONDON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Britain’s Sellafield nuclear fuel reprocessing plant ordered all non-essential staff to stay at home on Friday while it investigated an elevated radiation reading onsite, which it later concluded was caused by naturally occurring radon gas.

Sellafield, the site of Britain’s worst nuclear accident in 1957 and once the producer of plutonium for nuclear bombs, said its investigation had shown there was nothing wrong with any of its operations.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from rocks and soil.

“The number one priority for us is, at all times, safe secure stewardship of the Sellafield site, which is the most complex and challenging nuclear site in Europe,” it said.

The facility, just outside Britain’s striking Lake District national park on the coast of the Irish sea in northwest England, had continued to operate normally during the morning and both the operator and the government had said there was no risk to the public.

A higher than normal radiation reading was logged overnight via an air monitor at a perimeter fence.

“Standard weekend working operations will continue, with day staff due back in on Monday as normal,” it added.

Sellafield, a patchwork of grey buildings, industrial cylinders and cooling towers surrounded by grassland about 300 miles (480 km) northwest of London, said the decision to keep staff at home was conservative.

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Ban threat for local shellfish because of British plutonium being over 1 Bq/Kg?? what happenened next? 2004

By Andrea Thompson

http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/ban-threat-for-local-shellfish-1.464538

Screenshot from 2014-01-31 04:07:04 Image source ; http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/03/16182005/35

SHELLFISH from Cumbria, the Solway Firth and Morecambe Bay could be banned under new international food safety regulations.

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned that lobsters, cockles and scallops from the north west of England and the south west of Scotland are so contaminated with plutonium discharges from Sellafield that they will breach limits due to be introduced by the United Nations next year.

The UN’s Codex Alimentarius – which brings together the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization – is proposing a safety limit for plutonium in food of one becquerel per kilogram (1Bq/kg).

The aim is to reduce the long-term risk of getting cancer from eating these foods to below one in a million.

The proposal takes into account scientific uncertainties about the health risks of small amounts of plutonium in the body. It is in line with radiation safety limits recommended by other regulatory authorities internationally, in the US and in the UK.

Concentrations of plutonium and other radioactivity in all the shellfish sampled by the FSA between the Ribble estuary at Preston and Kirkcudbright on the north Solway coast in 2002 exceeded 1Bq/kg. Winkles from St Bees contained 66 Bq/kg.

The new limits are welcomed by radiation experts, but have angered the shellfishing industry.

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Nuclear Hotseat #136: DC Smackdown! Resnikoff on NRC/High Burn-up Fuel, NIRS’ D’Arrigo on EPA/Radiation

DOWNLOAD HERE:

http://lhalevy.audioacrobat.com/download/d1348568-1be8-081f-c27b-eea02c423ea2.mp3

 

INTERVIEWS:  First-hand reports on the recent meetings between  anti-nuclear activists and top level reps of the NRC, EPA and Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

  • Dr. Marvin Resnikoff, Senior Associate at Radioactive Waste Management Associates, has been an international consultant on radioactive waste management for decades.  He met with NRC Chair Alison Macfarlane and Commissioners Magwood and Apostolakis and really burned them up with the hard facts of what they don’t know about high burn-up nuclear fuel in their own reactors!
  • Diane D’Arrigo, Radioactive Waste Project Director for Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) explains how she took on the EPA over their inability to take radiation readings on the California coast after Fukushima — and perhaps it was something other than incompetence?

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The end of free speech and free protest in the UK

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It’s farewell to your centuries-old right to free speech today, after your Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs won their bid to get the Gagging Bill passed by the House of Lords. It won’t go back to the Commons because the Lords made no amendments.

While you, personally, will be allowed to continue complaining about anything you want, you will no longer have the ability to link up with others to protest government actions in any meaningful way as such action may breach Liberal Democrat and Tory government-imposed spending limits. Your personal complaints will be deemed unrepresentative of the people.

You will still be able to have your e-petition on the government’s website – if you win enough signatures to have it debated in Parliament – ignored by the Tories and Liberal Democrats in the House of Commons.

The Liberal Democrats and Tories have even managed to rub salt into the wound by creating a register of all the corporate lackeys who will still be able to influence their policies – freelance lobbyists employed by large companies for the specific purpose of swaying government policy. Lobbyists who are company employees will not be listed as the government says their purposes for meeting MPs should be obvious.

This means the new law will do nothing to restrict the power of corporations to write government policy or prevent lobbying scandals such as those involving former Tory MP Patrick Mercer, along with Tories Peter Cruddas and Liam Fox.

The new law protects in-house corporate lobbying operations from official scrutiny, while preventing the public from enjoying the same privileges of access to the government. That is what your Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs have fought so assiduously to obtain, over the eight months or so that this legislation, “one of the worst… any government produce[d] in a very long time”, has spent being digested by Parliament.

In a Commons debate in September, Glenda Jackson MP warned that her constituents “know that the Bill… would prevent democratic voices from being heard”.

In response, Andrew Lansley – the Conservative who gave us the hated Health and Social Care Act 2012, another incredibly poor piece of legislation – said; “I look forward to the Honourable Lady having an opportunity… to go back to her constituents, to tell them that the things they are alarmed about will not happen.”

They have happened already. Within 24 hours of the Lords agreeing the Bill in its current form, at least one parody account on Twitter, that was critical of Coalition policies, was closed down: @UKJCP – a satirical account parodying the DWP.

@UKJCP immediately resurrected itself as @DeadParrotJCP and @Director_UKJCP. We’ll see how long they last.

Let us not forget, also, that the third part of this law cracks down on trade unions, enforcing strict rules on membership records to ensure, it seems, that it is possible to ‘blacklist’ any trade unionist who finds him- or herself seeking work.

With free speech flushed away, you may still resort to public protest – but the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has that covered.

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Greenpeace protest against Hungary Paks nuclear expansion

euronews (in English)

Published on 30 Jan 2014

Greenpeace activists have transformed a Budapest roundabout into a giant atomic symbol to highlight…

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Greenpeace activists have transformed a Budapest roundabout into a giant atomic symbol to highlight a 10 billion euro nuclear cooperation agreement between Russia and Hungary.

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Canada raising liability for nuclear, offshore oil & gas operators to a paltry $1 billion

…For nuclear operators, the bill expands the range of damages that can be claimed and will triple to 30 years the length of time a person can wait to make a claim for latent illnesses.

The bill will also set up a quasi-judicial claims tribunal, if needed, to handle damage claims in the event of an accident.

Only half the billion-dollar liability coverage for nuclear operators will have to be covered using traditional insurance. Operators will be allowed to put up other forms of financial security for the remaining $500 million.

And the government of Canada will provide some of the coverage for lower-risk nuclear facilities, such as smaller research reactors…..

 

By Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press January 30, 2014

http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Government+raise+civilian+liability+billion+nuclear+operators/9447900/story.html

OTTAWA – The Conservative government has introduced legislation that would dramatically bump up the amount of liability coverage required for nuclear plants and offshore oil and gas operations.

The new $1-billion liability replaces the current $75-million minimum for nuclear operators, and liability thresholds of between $30 million and $40 million for energy companies and offshore shippers, depending on where they operate.

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver called the billion-dollar target “a very significant, robust amount which is comparable to international standards.”

And he stressed the $1 billion limit only applies to no-fault liabilities.

“But the responsibility at fault is unlimited,” said the minister. “In other words, if it’s the fault of the operator, there is no limit at all.”

Oliver also said the chosen liability figure is high enough to protect the public but not so high as to discourage investment and development.

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USA- Nuclear waste dump: Who is responsible?

http://www.ksdk.com/story/news/local/2014/01/30/west-lake-landfill-nuclear-waste-responsibility/5064891/

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Leisa Zigman, KSDK 6:57 p.m. EST January 30, 2014

Screenshot from 2014-01-31 00:16:20

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Documents obtained by 5 on Your Side show how one government agency, the Department of Energy, went to great length to avoid any responsibility for cleaning up the West Lake Landfill.

In the 1940s, Mallinckrodt Chemical Works in downtown St. Louis purified thousands of tons of uranium to make the first atomic bombs. But the process also generated enormous amounts of radioactive waste. Citing national security, the Atomic Energy Commission, now the Department of Energy, quietly ordered the material moved to north St. Louis County in 1947.

According to records, 8,000 tons of that waste was illegally dumped at West Lake by a private company. From that point forward, documents show the DOE used that dump as a “get out of responsibility” card.

In a memo dated May 1992, the Department of Energy worker wrote “The DOE does not have any liability or responsibility for the site…”

Three days later, a note from a DOE official stated: “A Missouri member’s office expressed desire to direct DOE to clean up the West Lake Landfill. I urge that DOE oppose any Congressional delegation of clean up responsibility…”

“The West Lake Landfill is likely to have significant contamination…it is not in the best interest of DOE to be the deep pocket for cleanup of sites which it has no legal responsibility…”

Clearly, the federal government knew 22 years ago how dangerous this stuff was.

The DOE official wrote: “There was some concern by the Missouri member(S) because a portion of the site is owned by a church; apparently one motivation for considering a DOE cleanup of the landfill is to avoid liability to the church.”

“I discussed several ways this could be accomplished without DOE cleaning up the site, specifically the de minimis settlement.”

Sources told 5 on your Side if West Lake became a superfund site, and EPA had responsibility, innocent owners, like the church, would be exempt from liability under de minimis.

The DOE official wrote, “I pointed out if specific legislation were appropriate, such legislation could exempt an owner rather than give the entire cleanup responsibility and liability to DOE.”

Another words, DOE would share costs with EPA and other responsible parties.

While some people have asked that the EPA step aside and let the DOE get more involved in West Lake, that doesn’t appear likely. A DOE spokesperson told us to call the EPA.

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Six studies were commissioned to help clean up Fukushima soil and environment –

…..And this is an international team of scientists that commissions these studies. It is funded by multiple nations, but based in Moscow. Tremendous science is being applied to this.

It remains to be seen whether humans, plants or animals will have much chance right there around the perimeter of the nuclear power plants in Fukushima for many years to come…

Rep. Cynthia Lummis

Rep. Cynthia Lummis, a congressman from the US State of Wyoming,

http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_01_31/Russia-an-important-relationship-for-US-nuclear-energy-sector-US-congresswoman-7436/

Recently you went to Russia. Was it your first trip? And what was the purpose of your visit?

It was my first trip to Russia. I was so impressed and pleasantly surprised with my trip to Moscow. I had never been there, but I had impressions from American movies that it was dull and drab, kind of dirty, and nothing could have been further from the truth. It was so beautiful. The buildings are lovely, it was extremely clean, the people were very nice. It seemed very cosmopolitan, and I was extremely impressed with Moscow. We did not get to meet with Mr. Putin because he was busy with Sochi, with the Olympics, with the situation in Kiev and other matters that were regionally important. So, that was one of the meetings that we had hoped to have that we did not. But we had a wonderful meeting with an international group that is based in Moscow that would help with the mediation of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima and also monitoring. And based on the repurposing of the Russian scientists after the Cold War ended to look at civilian and energy uses of the nuclear power, a tremendous amount of the Russian expertise is coming to the fore in the issues of the mediation and monitoring when it comes to nuclear power plants. So, that was fascinating. I am on the Science and Technology Committee here in the Congress and it was right up my alley. So, I would have to say that my trip to Moscow, my very first trip, was very impressive, I was pleasantly surprised and hugely convinced that this is an important relationship for the United States.

How difficult is the situation in Fukushima? Some experts, scientists say that the worst is behind us, some say that it is even getting worse and worse.

Too soon to tell. I do know that with regard to soil contamination that could affect the livability in Fukushima for both people and plants and animals there is a lot of work to be done.

Six studies were commissioned: three based on the Chernobyl experience and three more that were based outside of Ukraine that are going to be revealed in April of this year to help understand how we can monitor and remediate the soil around the Fukushima. And this is an international team of scientists that commissions these studies. It is funded by multiple nations, but based in Moscow. Tremendous science is being applied to this. It remains to be seen whether humans, plants or animals will have much chance right there around the perimeter of the nuclear power plants in Fukushima for many years to come.

Really the more consequential issue is the oceans, the currents, the concerns that the global community has about radioactive material moving around the world by way of ocean currents. So, that is the much more sticky wicket that will have to be studied and dealt with by the scientists. The good news is that it is an application of tremendous global expertise to a problem that was experienced in Japan, where science based on previous incidents such as Chernobyl can be very helpful and telling. … More on link

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