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Kenya Electricity board fights back to defend nuclear electricity project

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 – 00:00 — BY SUSAN MUHINDI

THE Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board now wants the court to dismiss a petition seeking to stop the government from establishing a nuclear power plant in the country.

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In a new application, the board argues the case is based on falsehood and misrepresentations and ought to be struck out. It also wants the court not to restore the petition which had already been dismissed owing to the petitioner’s absence in court.

In the case, Dr Kitur Joseph wants the court to suspend the ongoing feasibility study of the nuclear energy production pending the determination of his case. He says the project is not properly informed and the court should declare that due to the grave risk of nuclear disaster and environmental impacts of nuclear power production, Kenya should instead pursue clean, safe and renewable sources of energy. Kitur is a regional manager for the Livestock Institution in Africa.

He claims that the government is in the process of carrying out feasibility and self-assessment study for nuclear power production in the country without fully acknowledging greater risks involved in the nuclear energy. Kitur wants the court to direct the committee to publish all information regarding the project.



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Australia- Environmental protection Agency reveals where ‘low level’ nuclear waste is stored in Adelaide suburbs

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  • February 25, 2014

SOME of Adelaide’s most prominent residential suburbs are home to radioactive waste and storage, the Environment Protection Authority has revealed.

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Other than the CBD, the Adelaide Hills with 39 sites has the most number of small storages which include low and intermediate low-level radioactive waste.

The details are revealed in documents released under the Freedom of Information Act, even though this has previously been denied by the EPA.

An EPA spokeswoman said most of the sources were being stored or used in machines that required radiation, but could not say home many were waste.

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“The majority would be unsealed radioactive substances used in premises such as nuclear medicine departments and sealed radioactive sources in plant and equipment used in mining, industrial, medical and scientific applications,’’ she said.

“The majority of sealed radioactive sources and unsealed radioactive substances in premises within SA are currently being used or stored.

“Any waste would be very low level to intermediate low level waste.’’

Other Adelaide suburbs which have sites include; Thebarton 27 sites, Bedford Park 26, Mawson Lakes 23, Osborne 21, Urrbrae 19, Norwood 17, Keswick 14, Woodville 13, Black Forest 10, Wingfield 11, North Adelaide 7, Glenside 7, Export park 5, Gillman 5, Bellevue Heights 3, Cheltenham 3, Glenelg 3, two each as Camden Park, Edwardstown, Elizabeth, Ashford, Kent Town, Regency Park, and one each at Evanston Park, Blackwood, Burton, Gepps Cross, Golden Grove and Noarlunga.

In total the EPA lists 928 sites, mostly at mine sites in remove locations.

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Report: Radiation Still Present in USA Former Naval Nuclear Arms Site

February 25, 2014
Aerial view of Treasure Island.  August 27, 1986. Photo: Deanne Fitzmaurice, San Francisco Chronicle

The secrecy behind an ex-Navy nuclear arms training program in California likely contributed to the faulty environmental cleanup of the site, says a new report.

The man-made landform Treasure Island was used for nearly 50 years as a base for training military personnel in nuclear war tactics. A number of radioactive materials were used there including plutonium, radium and cesium 137. However, when the Navy decommissioned the San Francisco-area site in the 1990s and began restoring it for eventual civilian use, a significant amount of radioactive waste remained behind, unknown to some of the San Franciscans who moved into new townhouses on the island, according to a Tuesday expose by the Center for Investigative Reporting.

The Navy was aware that radioactive materials at the Treasure Island Naval Station were not always properly handled, according to the report. However, because the service did not go public with the installation’s nuclear weapons background, the environmental remediation personnel and other workers tasked with preparing the base for civilian use could have accidentally disseminated poisonous substances around Treasure Island, the report concludes.

In 2007, Robert McLean was assigned by New World Environmental — a Navy contractor — to carry out an initial study of the presence of radiation on the island. A report ordered by the Navy the year before had indicated there was a low probability that any notable radioactive sources would be found so McLean said he was not expecting much when he began his survey.


But that was not the case.

“We picked up readings from inside the truck, without even getting out of the vehicle,” he said.

“We found radiation, contaminated materials, in playgrounds and in areas that had previously been playgrounds,” McLean said. “We found it in front yards. We found it underneath sidewalks and along the roadways.”

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Japan drafts revision of arms exports ban -source

By Nobuhiro Kubo

Feb 23 (Reuters) –

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a lower house budget committee session at the parliament in Tokyo February 20, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Japan has drafted new guidelines that would reverse a decades-old ban on weapons exports, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Sunday, a move that could further strain ties with neighbours China and South Korea.

Tokyo has been reviewing the self-imposed ban under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s new security strategy, aimed at bolstering the self-reliance of the military.

Serving as prime minister for a rare second time and enjoying solid public approval, Abe says Japan needs a stronger military to cope with what he calls an increasingly threatening security environment, with a more militarily assertive China and unpredictable North Korea.

The proposed revision could draw criticism from China and South Korea, where resentment over Japan’s wartime aggression still runs deep. Beijing and Seoul also have long-running territorial disputes with Tokyo over different sets of islets.

Japan drew up the “three principles” on arms exports in 1967, banning sales to countries with communist governments or those involved in international conflicts or subject to United Nations sanctions.

But the rules over time became tantamount to a blanket ban on exports – with some exceptions – and on the development and production of weapons with countries other than the United States.

Under the new guidelines, arms exports would be approved upon “rigorous review” if they were to serve peaceful missions or if joint development of a weapon was deemed to enhance national security, the source told Reuters.

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Japan to continue its nuclear fuel recycling policy

Japan unveiled its first draft energy policy since the Fukushima meltdowns three years ago

Japan has tons of spent fuel and a stockpile of extracted plutonium, causing international concerns about nuclear proliferation. Officials have said the most realistic way to consume and reduce the plutonium is to restart the reactors to burn it.

February 25, 2014

Japan unveiled its first draft energy policy since the Fukushima meltdowns three years ago, saying nuclear power remains an important source of electricity for the country.

The draft presented Tuesday to the Cabinet for approval expected in March, said Japan’s nuclear energy dependency will be reduced as much as possible, but that reactors meeting new safety standards set after the 2011 nuclear crisis should be restarted.

Japan has 48 commercial reactors, but all are offline until and unless they pass the new safety requirements.

The draft of the Basic Energy Plan said that a mix of nuclear, renewables and fossil fuel will be the most reliable and stable source of electricity to meet Japan’s energy needs. It did not specify the exact mix, citing uncertain factors such as the number of reactor restarts and the pace of renewable energy development.

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Moderator says no to Concerned Neighbors of Pilgrim’s town meeting

by Matthew Nadler on February 25, 2014

Efforts to put restrictions on the storage of spent nuclear fuel at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station have suffered a setback.

Heather Lightner of Concerned Neighbors of Pilgrim told the Nuclear Matters Committee that Town Moderator Steve Triffletti told her he wouldn’t allow their article calling on Entergy to speed up the transfer of spent fuel at the plant from the pool inside the building into dry storage outside it. According to Lightner, Triffletti told her the town didn’t have the authority to take that action. She added that the moderator has a policy against non-binding articles like the ones her group proposed.

“We vigorously disagree with the decision,” attorney Meg Sheehan of EcoLaw said. According to her, Triffletti based his decision on the legal opinion of Kopleman and Paige attorney Elizabeth Lane, who holds that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has sole jurisdiction over atomic energy regulations. The NRC, Sheehan said, is only responsible for the safety of the plant. The town, she said, can regulate other matters there. Town meeting “should have the power to voice an opinion,” she said.

Lightner told the board her group had withdrawn article 32, which would have restricted the storage of spent nuclear fuel at Pilgrim to what was created there.

The Advisory and Finance Committee, and the Board of Selectmen, had supported both articles.

Sheehan said that Concerned Neighbors of Pilgrim is considering its options. Both articles are on the agenda for Tuesday’s selectmen’s meeting and Wednesday’s finance committee meeting. In an e-mail, Lightner said she plans on making a statement before the selectmen.

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Nuclear power in Poland will only be possible “if the funds are available”

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Preparations to build a nuclear power station in Poland may cost as much as PLN 2 billion. It is still unknown where the money will come from. The Polish Nuclear Power Programme (PPEJ) has finally been accepted by the government which officially confirms that Poland wants to build a nuclear power station. The decision mean a huge investment in the energy sector. The Nuclear Power Station 1 (EJ1) project, which is controlled by the state-owned Polish Energy Group (PGE), was given the green light to spend PLN 1.3 billion. That is the preliminary cost of giving so-called integrated permission to an external company. The funds are needed for choosing the appropriate technology, equipment and fuel supplier and deciding who will finance the most expensive construction project in history of Poland. Before any of this can happen, EJ1 will need to spend at least a PLN 250,000 assessing the environmental effects of the project and where it will be built (most probably in the vicinity of Żywiec). Considering other expenses, such as the purchase of 640 hectares of land and high corporate costs (some of which are being checked by the public prosecutor’s office), PLN 2 billion will be spent before any construction actually gets under way. Everyone involved (all of Poland’s largest electrical energy companies are participating) still cannot be sure that another ‘Żarnowiec’ will not happen again. Construction of a nuclear station in Żarnowiec came to an abrupt stop following the catastrophe in Chernobyl and a lack of money. Several weeks ago Prime Minister Donald Tusk intimated on Twitter that shale gas is the priority, coal is a must and nuclear power will only be possible if the funds are available.

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Fukushima students visit Marshall Islands

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

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Four university students from Japan are undertaking a weeklong tour of the Marshall Islands to share their experience about the nuclear disaster in Fukushima and learn about the Marshallese struggle in the aftermath of U.S. nuclear testing there 60 years ago.

“I try to establish this kind of connection among global hibakusha. Marshallese people are also hibakusha, being exposed to radiation from the U.S. nuclear testing,” said Seiichiro Takemine, a professor at Meisei University in Tokyo, who organized the trip for the university students.

Hibakusha is the Japanese term for people who were exposed to radiation from the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Guns-on-campus bill could endanger ISU’s nuclear research program

Idaho State University could lose its license to conduct nuclear research from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission if a bill to allow concealed weapons on college campuses becomes law, Gov. Butch Otter said Friday, according to the AP and the Idaho State Journal. Otter, in a meeting with about 30 ISU College Republicans, said ISU President Arthur Vailas told him Thursday that the commission has a zero-tolerance policy regarding weapons at licensed nuclear research facilities, putting the school’s nuclear research efforts at risk if the bill becomes law. “I had never heard that before,” Otter said.

Legislation to allow concealed guns on Idaho’s public college and university campuses passed the Senate 25-10 last week, over the objections of all of Idaho’s public colleges and its state Board of Education; the House State Affairs Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the bill on Thursday. Otter, who had previously said he supported the bill, said, “I think there’s going to be some additional consideration given,” and declined to say whether he would sign or veto the bill should it arrive on his desk. The measure, SB 1254, is scheduled for a House committee hearing on Thursday. Click below for a full report from the AP and State Journal.


Guns on campus could end nuke research at ISU

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Idaho State University could lose its license to conduct nuclear research from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission if a bill to allow concealed weapons on college campuses becomes law, Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said.

The Idaho State Journal reported ( that Otter made the comments Friday to about 30 people attending a meeting with ISU’s College Republicans.

Otter said ISU President Arthur Vailas told him Thursday that the commission has a zero-tolerance policy regarding weapons at licensed nuclear research facilities, putting the school’s nuclear research efforts at risk if the bill becomes law.

“I had never heard that before,” Otter said.

A bill allowing concealed weapons on Idaho’s college campuses passed the Senate 25-10 Tuesday. The House State Affairs Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the bill on Thursday.

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