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Fukushima 100% renewable energy by 2040 – Campaign

In Fukushima the prefecture announced on 31.01.2014 that they wish to be entirely self-sufficient by using using only renewables by 2040.

Fukushima 100% RE by 2040

Tokyo, 31 January 2014 – Local governments across Japan are seeking to supply their regions with 100% renewable energy, three years after the major earthquake which resulted in a nuclear disaster. At the Community Power Conference in Fukushima, the Founding Partners of the Global 100% Renewable Energy Campaign welcome the decision of Fukushima prefecture to be entirely energy self-sufficient by 2040 using only renewable sources. Among them are the Japan-based Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP), World Future Council (WFC), World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) and the coordinating organization of the German 100% Renewable Energy region network deENet.

The Great East Japan earthquake, the subsequent tsunami and the disaster at the Fukushima-daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011 encouraged the people of Fukushima to reassess their energy system and to revitalize industry in the shattered region. “This led to a vision to transition to renewable energy as a pathway forward,” says Tetsunari IIDA, Executive Director of ISEP. Fukushima prefecture now has an official commitment to cover 100% of primary energy demand in Fukushima with renewable resources by 2040.

In the process of revitalizing Fukushima, the authorities have adopted the slogan “Future From Fukushima”. Stefan Gsänger, Secretary General of the World Wind Energy Association, says “In line with the new slogan, it is an important message that Japanese regions are sending from Fukushima when joining the global movement of cities, communities, regions and countries celebrating their recent transition to 100% renewable energy. As we see in an increasing number of places around the world, 100% renewable energy is technically and economically viable.”

“While the national government of Japan prepares for the restart of the nuclear reactors, it is very encouraging to see communities and mayors leading the way in exploring successful planning and implementation strategies towards 100% renewable energy,” says Stefan Schurig, Director Climate Energy of the World Future Council.

The implementation of feed-in tariffs in 2012 triggered the acceleration of renewable energy development in many areas in Japan. In the course of such development, the bottom up approach among local stakeholders has been one of the major driving forces. Members of the Global 100% RE Campaign now highlight the importance of mechanisms and policies that enable local stakeholders to reap the benefits of local renewable resources. “Fortunately, Japan does not have to reinvent the wheel. Case studies from around the world provide valuable experiences and tools to bring socio- economic development by transitioning towards 100% renewable energy (RE). In Germany, a network of 100% renewable energy regions includes 74 regions and municipalities that have already reached 100% renewable energy status,” says Peter Moser, Division Manager for Regional Sustainable Development of deENet.

The Global 100% RE Campaign aims to inspire change by highlighting and visualizing a 100% renewable energy future – a future that is already reality in many regions. By engaging a broad range of stakeholders in the debate, for example through the new campaign website www.go100re.net, Global 100% RE helps to steer the debate on renewable energy towards 100% RE as the new normal.

About the campaign

Global 100% RE is the first global initiative that advocates 100% renewable energy. It connects the fragmented dots of renewable energy advocates to build a global alliance, proving that being powered by 100% sustainable renewable energy is urgent and achievable. This unique campaign builds on projects that are already taking place on national, regional and local levels and steers the global discourse on renewable energy towards 100% RE as the new normal. The goal is to initiate dialogue about 100% RE, build capacity and educate policymakers about the opportunities, case studies and stories that are happening all over the world. For this purpose the campaign aims to establish a global network of 100% RE regions.

Founding partners of the campaign are the World Future Council Foundation (WFC), World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), Fraunhofer-Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP), World Bioenergy Association (WBO), International Solar Energy Society (ISES), International Geothermal Association (IGA), DeENet, World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) and Renewables 100 Policy Institute.

To learn more and to join the campaign, please visit www.go100re.net or get in touch via info@go100re.net

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Will a new lawsuit finally give some justice to the victims of Fukushima?

http://www.greenpeace.org/new-zealand/en/blog/will-a-new-lawsuit-finally-give-some-justice-/blog/48095/

I am unable to copy the text on the link??? huh??  worth a view imo – arclight2011

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EPA Abandons Major Radiation Cleanup in Florida, Despite Cancer Concerns

Jan. 28, 2014

By Douglas P. Guarino

Global Security Newswire

http://www.nti.org/gsn/article/epa-abandons-major-radiation-cleanup-florida-despite-cancer-concerns/

The Environmental Protection Agency is walking away after a decades-long battle with Florida politicians and industry officials over cleaning up phosphate-mining waste in an area that could expose more than 100,000 residents to cancer-causing radiation levels.

 

Under a decision quietly finalized two weeks ago, the federal agency will leave it to state officials to decide the fate of the sites in and around Lakeland, an approximately 10-square-mile residential area midway between Orlando and Tampa.

 

However, Florida officials have long argued that the affected area need not be cleaned up in the absence of radiation levels well above what EPA policy would normally permit. The decision not to enforce the usual federal rules could have far-reaching implications for how the United States deals with future radioactive contamination anywhere across the country — regardless of whether it is caused by conventional industrial activities or illicit radiological weapons, critics say.

 

In a joint statement to Global Security Newswire, the Florida health and environment departments say they have no plans to examine the sites further, despite prior recommendations by federal officials that an aerial radiation survey of the area is needed. The state officials say they already have enough historical data pertaining to the sites, and that additional monitoring is not necessary.

 

The statement, provided to GSN by Florida environmental protection spokeswoman Mara Burger, suggests the EPA decision not to clean up the sites under its Superfund program indicated that the federal agency did not consider the Lakeland area “problematic” from a public health standpoint.

 

Under Superfund law, the federal agency is authorized to remediate contaminated sites that pose a threat to public health and the environment.

 

Internal documents released under the Freedom of Information Act in recent years show, however, that the federal agency’s lack of action was the result of state and industry opposition, and that EPA officials did in fact believe the sites could pose a serious public health threat.

 

“It’s probably the worst site EPA could clean up from a public health standpoint, when you consider the number of potential cancers and the size of the affected population,” one source familiar with the Florida case told GSN. The source was not authorized to discuss the issue and asked not to be named in this article.

 

In response to questions about the matter, EPA spokeswoman Dawn Harris Young did not address whether the sites posed a health risk. She said only that the state had separate “regulatory and educational programs in place.”

 

“EPA believes that addressing all of the former phosphate mines under one regulatory scheme would provide regulatory consistency for the landowners, businesses and residents of Florida,” the federal agency spokeswoman said.

 

The EPA decision not to enforce its Superfund standards at the Florida sites is consistent with a controversial new guide for dealing with the aftermath of dirty bomb attacks, nuclear power-plant meltdowns and other radiological incidents that the agency published last year, Daniel Hirsch, a nuclear policy lecturer at the University of California-Santa Cruz, told GSN.

 

Documents GSN obtained in 2013 prompted concern among critics that EPA officials are looking to use the new guide — which is backed by the nuclear power industry — as a means for relaxing its radiation standards.

 

The agency’s approach to the Florida case lends further credence to the concern that it is backing away from its long-held radiological cleanup rules generally, Hirsch said.

 

“The agency is lowering the EPA flag outside the building and raising the white flag of surrender,” he quipped.

 

Three Decades of Concern

 

Although government officials have said little about the Florida situation publicly, federal involvement at the sites surrounding Lakeland began in 1979. That’s when EPA scientists first warned their superiors that the area could pose a health threat.

 

The scientists noted that past phosphate mining had created elevated concentrations of radium-226 in the area’s soil. Radium produces gamma rays that can penetrate the body and increase the risk for a variety of cancers. Inhaling or ingesting the uranium byproduct can increase the risk of leukemia, lymphoma and bone cancer, specifically.

 

In addition, the decay of radium creates radon, an odorless, radioactive gas that can increase the risk of lung cancer by seeping into homes and polluting indoor air.

 

Given these risks, the EPA scientists advised that no new homes should be built on the sites until further studies were completed, but the agency took no action and residential development continued.

 

The Environmental Protection Agency paid little attention to the Lakeland area sites until the new millennium, agency documents show. By that time, agency officials estimated that as many as 120,000 people living on 40,000 residential parcels could be exposed to unsafe radiation levels.

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EPA Mulls New Radiation Standards For Nuclear Plants

Radiation Warning

By Sean McLernon

3 February 2014

http://www.law360.com/articles/506351/epa-mulls-new-radiation-standards-for-nuclear-plants

Law360, New York (February 03, 2014, 4:01 PM ET) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering new radiation regulation for nuclear plants, issuing a call for public comment and information Monday on a potential update to the 1977 standards covering uranium fuel used for electric power.

The 35-year-old environmental radiation protection standards rule was one of the earliest pieces of radiation regulation developed by the EPA. The agency has listed six issues for public comment, including risk limits, dose methodology, radionuclide release limits, water resource protection, radioactive waste storage and new nuclear technologies.

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In some cases, EPA officials have not only suggested that a drastic event akin to the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown in Japan would necessitate more flexible guidelines, but also have made statements that critics say challenge the very science behind the agency’s everyday radiation rules.

“I think [EPA Administrator] Gina McCarthy has an out-of-control agency,” Daniel Hirsch, a nuclear-policy lecturer at the University of California-Santa Cruz, told GSN after reviewing the documents. “She has some people who are acting as nuclear cowboys, on behalf of EPA, undermining EPA’s policies and I think the public could get very badly hurt by it.”

One of the documents obtained by GSN is a presentation that Mike Boyd, an official in the agency’s radiation office, gave about the new protective-action guide during a May meeting of the Paris, France-based Nuclear Energy Agency, a division of the intergovernmental Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The presentation suggests the approach to cleanup described in the new EPA guide “recall[s] the concept of optimization,” a controversial term the Obama administration had stripped from prior, Bush-era drafts of the document, even though “the word may be going out of style.”

http://www.nti.org/gsn/article/epa-documents-raise-doubts-over-intent-new-nuclear-response-guide/

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For years, the EPA saw no need to update the regulations, because there were few changes in the industry, the agency explained.

But the EPA said it should update the rules now, “because growing concern about greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels has led to renewed interest in nuclear power,” it said.

The EPA said the new standards would develop rules for disposing of radioactive waste materials and decommissioning old nuclear plants, neither of which were included in the original rules.

The current rules also exclude any references to the transportation of any radioactive materials, the EPA noted.

The new rules may also include provisions that would protect against ground water contamination; the current standard focuses on air pollution.

“Ground water contamination has been identified at a number of nuclear power plants and nuclear fuel cycle facilities,” the EPA noted.

 

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Fukushima’s Refugees: Why Have They Been Abandoned?

31 January 2014

The real victims of the Fukushima Daiichi triple meltdown have become invisible to Japan’s power brokers. Homeless, running out of money, with the fabric of their village society and culture destroyed, they sit in under-heated makeshift dwellings unable to move forward to a new life or return to the old life destroyed by ever present and unhealthy levels of radiation. Join Fairewinds Energy Education in our ongoing effort to help the people of Fukushima, Japan. Listen to Fairewinds’ Board Member Chiho Kaneko and Arnie Gundersen as Ms. Kaneko describes her recent trip to Japan and the stories of those who have been abandoned in the wake of this tragedy.

http://vimeo.com/85537355

Fukushima’s Refugees: Why Have They Been Abandoned? from Fairewinds Energy Education on Vimeo.

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The spreading distrust of the nuclear industry’s science “experts”

nuke-spruikersSmCBS San Francisco: “Widespread distrust” of scientists over Fukushima — Official: “People are worried, people want to know what’s going on” — UC Berkeley professor admits much of his funding is from gov’t: If you don’t trust us, who is it you want to trust? Says man-made cesium-137 is “natural background radiation” (VIDEO)http://enenews.com/cbs-san-francisco-widespread-distrust-of-scientists-over-fukushima-official-people-are-worried-people-want-to-know-whats-going-on-uc-berkeley-professor-adm

CBS San Francisco,, Jan. 31, 2014: Concerns about radioactive water now stretch from the activism hotbed of Berkeley to the peaceful sands of Monterey Bay. The town of Fairfax has even appealed to the United Nations for guidance on the matter. […] For an expert opinion, KPIX 5 visited Kai Vetter, a nuclear physics professor at UC Berkeley. […] there are fears about contaminated seafood […] not everyone is convinced by Vetter’s assurance that, for now, Fukushima presents no health threats on the West Coast. There is widespread distrust of scientists that some see as too closely related to the nuclear power industry. Vetter admits he receives much of his funding from the Department of Energy, but he insists he has no reason to misrepresent his findings.

Kai Vetter, nuclear physics professor at UC Berkeley

Professor Kai Vetter, UC Berkeley: “That’s a very good question. Trust is something very precious. I certainly live in California. I’m also concerned about my family, my neighbors and my friends. If you don’t want to trust us, who is it you want to trust?”

More from Vetter: “I mean we are living in a world which is radioactive […] We still see Cesium-137 back from the atmospheric tests in the 40s & 50s. We still see that. It’s, in a way, part of our natural background now.”

John Reed, Fairfax Town Council member: “People are worried, people want to know what’s going on […] I’m not eating mahi-mahi sushi, it’s good to be careful.”

CBS San Francisco, anchor: “Chances are you have heard the dire warnings about Fukushima radiation, they seem to be everywhere these days, 3 years after the disaster.”

CBS San Francisco, reporter: “For now, testing from Hawaii to California shows radiation levels to threaten human health or marine life.” Watch the CBS broadcast here

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Japan must learn from workers of Chernobyl nuclear cleanup

Japan Gov’t Adviser on Fukushima: We have “much to learn from what’s happening at Chernobyl” — Engineer: All my co-workers at Chernobyl are now dead, and I had thyroid removed due to cancer (VIDEO) http://enenews.com/official-japan-adviser-learn-whats-happening-chernobyl-fukushima-workers-govt-health-checkups-engineer-all-scientists-worked-chernobyl

NHK Nuclear Watch, Jan. 22, 2014:

Fukushima Daiichi:Learning from Chernobyl (01/22/2014)


NHK: Decommissioning [Chernobyl] could take a century […] This edition of ‘Nuclear Watch’ is looking at how people tied to the cleanup of the Fukushima accident here in Japan are trying to learn lessons from Chernobyl […]

Professor Ryuji Okazaki, adviser to Japanese government on how to protect workers from radiation: “We really want to learn from what you’re doing here in the Ukraine.”

NHK: A government official told Okazaki, “Our practices are based on lessons from the past.” […] They periodically check for more than 200 types of illnesses including heart disease. Doctors also focus on the eyes […] they monitor balance, too. […] The situation is quite different at Fukushima Daiichi. Screening of workers is left up to the contractors […] they are not obliged to submit data to the plant’s operator or any national institution. Professor Okazaki says Japan has much to learn from what’s happening at Chernobyl.

Professor Okazaki: […] Ukraine provides an example we should follow.

NHK: Okazaki says Japanese leaders should introduce a centralized system to collect health data right away.
Watch the NHK broadcast here

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UK’s Ministry of Defence just waiting for radiation afflicted nuclear veterans to die

Other children of nuclear veterans have suffered chronic musculoskeletal disorders; deformity of the hands, feet, bladder and genitals; heart malformation; hearing defects; spina bifida, and a host of other illnesses. Many have decided not to have children, for fear of perpetuating genetic abnormalities.

Forgotten victims of Britain’s nuclear tests on Christmas Island
No compensation for British servicemen exposed to nuclear explosions around Australia and the Pacific in the 1950s and ’60sTelegraph UK  By Jake Wallis Simons  02 Feb 2014
When the bomb went off, Private John Hall had been given no protective clothing. Instead, he and his fellow RAF servicemen had been ordered to turn away from the mushroom cloud and put their hands in front of their faces.

He later said that as he did so, his hands “lit up like an X-ray”, and he saw his bones outlined through the flesh. Continue reading

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AREVA uranium miner under pressure to stop ripping off Niger

areva-medusa1Niger, Areva tussle over future of uranium mining YahooNews,2 Feb 14 By Joris Fioriti, Boureima HamaNiamey (AFP) – Niger’s government and French nuclear giant Areva are engaged in tough talks on the future of uranium mining in the west African country, whose leaders want more money from the resource to help pay for development……

The news followed weeks of shutdown in the world’s fourth-largest uranium producer which is mired in poverty and ranks last on the United Nations’ Human Development Index……
The government wanted to apply a 2006 mining law that ends tax breaks for foreign companies to Areva, which has thus far been exempt. If the 2006 law were applied, its tax rate would rise to 12 percent……
Niger is seeking greater control of its natural resources and uranium accounts for more than 70 percent of exports, according to Oxfam France. The charity is lobbying for a fairer distribution of the mining wealth….
The situation is worsened by plummeting uranium prices, which fell from 290 euros per kilo in 2008 to about 61 euros per kilo in 2013,…..
“Areva’s people take advantage of negligence by successive regimes in Niger to practise their greed,” Sanoussi Jackou, an advisor to President Mahamadou Issoufou, recently said in a televised debate.

No previous regime has sought to change the cooperation accords signed with France in the 1960s. Jackou said they gave the ex-colonial power 75 years of “advantages” when it came to uranium mining….

Ali Idrissa of Rotab, a Nigerien association, demanded the application of the 2006 tax law to Areva.

“Neither Areva’s blackmail of its personnel, nor a ban on demonstrations by Nigerien authorities, will dampen our determination to fight for a win-win contract,” he said.http://news.yahoo.com/niger-areva-tussle-over-future-uranium-mining-070522028.html

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Florida’s sorry story of ratepayers stung by upfront nuclear construction costs

text-my-money-2Nuclear power project financing option sticks ratepayers with tab, Indy Star By John Russell, john.russell@indystar.com February 1, 2014  “……..the Florida legislature passed a CWIP bill, allowing utilities to charge ratepayers up front for construction costs of nuclear power plants. Supporters said it was a way to get nuclear plants built faster and cheaper. Opponents called the bill “crony capitalism,” saying it would shift the risk of start-up costs onto ratepayers in the form of higher utility bills, while utility investors would reap the profits.

Two years later, the new Florida law got a taker. Progress Energy filed an application to build a nuclear plant in central Florida, estimating it would cost $5 billion. But over the next few years, the price tag climbed to more than $20 billion, due to delays and larger-than-expected costs.Then things got complicated. In 2010, Florida utility regulators rejected Progress’s request for $368 million in rate increases around the state. In response, Progress said it would stop spending on nuclear power plants, delaying the new plant. In response, lawmakers revised the law that guaranteed Progress could shift all construction costs onto ratepayers.

In 2012, Progress was bought by Duke Energy. A year later, Duke said it was shelving the new Florida nuclear plant, citing delays and “regulatory uncertainties.”

But Florida ratepayers are still on the hook. Over the years, Progress and Duke have collected about $1.5 billion from ratepayers — and do not have to pay it back.

“Thank, you, Tallahassee, for making us pay so much for nothing,” read a headline in the Tampa Bay Times last summer, in a sentiment aimed at state lawmakers.

Critics says CWIP is hard to stop once it gets started, regardless of the cost.

“Once you pass these things, and once these guys start spending billions of dollars, they become freight trains you just can’t stop,” said Mark Cooper, a longtime critic of nuclear power and senior fellow at the University of Vermont.

Florida isn’t alone. Around the county, other major nuclear or coal plants are being built under CWIP laws.

In Georgia, a project to build two additional reactors at Southern Co.’s Plant Vogtle was originally estimated to cost $14 billion. It is now almost two years behind schedule and nearly $1 billion over budget……….

Analyzing the track record

Some critics point to the track record and say CWIP is an open checkbook for big energy companies who can’t get funding for expensive new plants from banks or Wall Street.

“It’s simply an ATM card for utilities,” said Grant Smith, a longtime utility-consumer advocate and senior energy policy adviser at the Civil Society Institute. “It is a power plant tax.”……

“The test that nuclear can’t pass isn’t how big it is, but whether energy can be generated at much lower cost in other ways,” said Peter Bradford, a former member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and former chair of the New York and Maine utility regulatory commissions. “The answer is clearly yes.”

A looming issue is how much a new nuclear project will cost — even at the small modular reactors, which are still years away from going from the drawing board to production. It’s difficult to give a price for one, since a utility has yet to buy or build one…….http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2014/02/01/nuclear-power-project-financing-option-sticks-ratepayers-with-tab-/5092887/

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A legal precedent – UK court verdict on nuclear radiation caused fatal condition of UK nuclear veteran

atomic-bomb-lForgotten victims of Britain’s nuclear tests on Christmas Island No compensation for British servicemen exposed to nuclear explosions around Australia and the Pacific in the 1950s and ’60s Telegraph UK  By Jake Wallis Simons  02 Feb 2014 “……..In 2012, the clearest such verdict was passed by the Derby and South Derbyshire coroner, who was ruling on the death of Derek Heaps, a former Royal Engineer.

“At post mortem, it was established that Derek Frank Heaps’s underlying fatal conditions were of a type which can be caused by exposure to high levels of ionising radiation,” the verdict said.

Derek Frank Heaps both visited Malden Island [another testing site in the Pacific] the day after an atom bomb had been exploded over it, and witnessed a further testing of an atom bomb from an airborne aircraft.”

Nigel Heaps is his son and the chairman of the BNTVA. “My dad was very proud that we developed a nuclear deterrent that ensured peace,” he says. “He felt severely let down when the nation wouldn’t actually step up.

“As the son of a nuclear veteran, there’s always that pressure hanging there. Am I gradually falling apart from the inside? And what will happen to my kids?”

According to some estimates, genetic mutation can persist for as many as 20 generations. As the number of nuclear veterans decreases, their children and grandchildren bear the greater burden of the sacrifice that they made for their country.

This is a problem that is not going away. And many feel that it is high time that the Government addressed it…….http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/defence/10611985/Forgotten-victims-of-Britains-nuclear-tests-on-Christmas-Island.html

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The genuine and major environmental groups oppose nuclear power

Greens Still See Red on Nuclear Power, National Journal, Ben Geman, 2 Feb Major environmental groups are ignoring pleas from climate scientists to embrace reactors. “…….while Hansen is a hero to many within the green movement, environmental groups are nonetheless hostile to another Hansen view: that nuclear power is essential to attacking climate change as global energy demand rises.

Along with three other prominent climate scientists, Hansen penned an open letter to environmental groups in November about nuclear power, warning that “continued opposition … threatens humanity’s ability to avoid dangerous climate change” and urging them to push for “development and deployment of safer nuclear energy systems.”

No sale. Major groups such as the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and the Natural Resources Defense Council haven’t budged in their opposition to a nuclear build-out.

“The [Sierra] Club recently reviewed our entire energy policy, including nuclear, and concluded that it is not only a bad deal for public safety and the environment, but it also doesn’t work economically,” said Maggie Kao, a spokeswoman for the Sierra Club, one of the country’s biggest and most politically influential green groups..

…… there’s a long list of financial and political barriers to building new reactors in the United States.

Steve Kerekes, a spokesman for the Nuclear Energy Institute, the industry’s main trade group, said environmental opposition isn’t anywhere near the biggest hurdle to building the first new U.S. reactors in decades.

Even a major antinuclear group isn’t claiming that activists are what’s hindering the industry’s long-hoped-for but slow-to-materialize “renaissance” of new U.S. construction. “Wall Street and Main Street have both rightly abandoned nuclear power,” said Jim Riccio, a nuclear-power analyst with Greenpeace.

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Low uranium price and lawsuit shut down uranium mill

Group says Utah uranium mill is violating emission limits Nuclear power » Group tells White Mesa it may sue uranium producer to enforce Clean Air Act. By Brian Maffly The Salt Lake Tribune Feb 01 2014 Just as the nation’s last remaining uranium mill is about to win permission to process waste from a Washington state Superfund site, government documents suggest the Utah operation has been emitting radon gas in excess of federal standards and “fugitive” dust has blown off site.

Grand Canyon Trust is citing these documents, filed in recent months with Utah regulators, in a lawsuit it is preparing against Energy Fuels Resources, the Colorado-based uranium producer that operates the White Mesa Mill six miles south of Blanding…….

Citing declining uranium prices in the wake of the Fukushima reactor meltdown, Moore said Energy Fuels will suspend mineral processing in mid-2014 and resume operations next year……http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57477930-78/mill-uranium-energy-utah.html.csp

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Legal action against nuclear waste fill in South Carolina

justiceLeaks at Barnwell nuclear dump focus of court hearing, The State, S. Carolina Feb 2 2014
BY SAMMY FRETWELL BARNWELL COUNTY, SC 
— In the decade since environmentalists took legal action against a nuclear-waste landfill in South Carolina, garbage trucks have rumbled onto the site every month, carrying a continuous flow of radioactive trash.

And as heavy machinery has dumped hazardous refuse into burial pits, radioactive tritium has continued to pollute a tributary of the Savannah River just downhill from the state-owned site in rural Barnwell County.

This week, the Sierra Club goes back to court in the group’s fight for tighter controls on the dump.The S.C. Court of Appeals will hear arguments Wednesday that could force landfill operator Energy Solutions to change its burial practices, which the Sierra Club calls outdated and dangerous for the environment.

It’s a fight that has cost thousands of dollars in legal fees and many late nights of research, but environmental lawyer Amy Armstrong said the case is worth pursuing, even after all these years.

At issue is the long-standing practice of dumping nuclear waste in unlined, earthen trenches that are exposed to rainfall as they’re being filled up. Concrete vaults that contain waste are designed with holes to let water drain into the bottom of the dirt trenches, just a few feet above the shallow water table.“There is no liner, it’s just dirt, so water can flow into the ground and it is carrying radioactive materials,” Armstrong said. “Tritium shows up faster in the groundwater. We don’t know what else will be showing up in the future.”…..

Low-level waste  still is hazardous, and some of it can take tens of thousands of years to break down. The landfill accepts contaminated parts of reactors and other material from nuclear power plants.

Tritium extends into groundwater from the landfill onto adjacent property and into a small creek just uphill from a neighborhood that depends on wells. The creek also is pahttp://www.thestate.com/2014/02/02/3241773/leaks-at-barnwell-nuclear-dump.htmlrt of the drainage basin of the Savannah River, a drinking water supply for the Hilton Head Island area……landfill critics point out that tritium – one of the least dangerous radioactive materials – often is a precursor to deadly radioactive contamination that moves more slowly in groundwater. Some well samples at the landfill have in the past identified Carbon-14, Uranium-238 and Polonium-210 in groundwater……

 

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Nuclear threat letter to mayor of New York

Letter to Mayor de Blasio threatened ‘nuclear attack’ on city The letter, which was mailed to de Blasio’s home but opened at City Hall, came while mailings to former mayor, Rudy Giuliani, and hotels near MetLife Stadium were found to contain harmless powder. De Blasio’s note — which called the Super Bowl the ‘treason bowl’ — did not contain any powder, but he said he had ‘absolute faith’ in the NYPD’s ability to protect the city. BY AND / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2014, An angry letter delivered to Mayor de Blasio two days ago threatened that there would be a “nuclear attack” on the city, cops said Sunday.The missive received by the mayor Friday also called the Super Bowl the “treason bowl,” cops said. The statement wasn’t explained in the note……
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/letter-mayor-de-blasio-threatened-nuclear-attack-city-article-1.1599480#ixzz2sHwELt4M

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