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Breast Cancer Deaths Near Bradwell Nuclear Power Station, Essex, UK, 1995 to 2001

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Location of Bradwell Nuclear Power Station – identified as ‘Magnox’.
Bradwell Nuclear Power Station Essex
Bradwell has Magnox type reactors, being “decommissioned”, by Magnox Ltd (controlled by Cavendish Fluor Partnership)

Breast Cancer Mortality in Estuary Wards near Bradwell Nuclear Power Station, Essex, UK 2001-1995
by Christopher Busby 1*
1 Environmental Research SIA, 1117 Latvian Academy of Sciences, Riga LV-1050; Published: 05-12-2015


Ecological studies near point sources of risk are generally modelled by distance bands involving data from small areas fitted into convenient radial area divisions. In contradistinction, this study examines risk of dying of breast cancer between 1995 and 2001 in wards adjoining the estuary of the River Blackwater in Essex, UK where measured radionuclide contamination exists in muddy sediment and other material, derived from discharges from the Bradwell Nuclear Power station. Estuary wards are compared with inland wards using Social Class adjusted expected numbers based on national mortality rates for the…

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#StopMoorside Today in Kendal


#StopMoorside & World Anti Nuclear Day#StopMoorside in Kendal today -  Europe's biggest nuclear development - Join the Resistance!#StopMoorside - today in Kendal

#StopMoorside Giant Postcard #StopMoorside Giant Postcard

#StopMoorside today in Kendal with Radiation Free Lakeland, Cumbria CND, Kick Nuclear, Kendal Green Party, and World Anti Nuclear Alliance.  Many thanks to the wonderful musicians who came along to join the resistance to Europe’s biggest nuclear development.  People were literally queuing up to sign the petition and to pledge to #BoycottToshiba.  Resistance is Fertile!

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July 9 Energy News



¶ Four engineering students from Taiwan are heading to Iceland, Sweden and Norway to research on renewable energy this summer. The team plans to head to Iceland first, to study geothermal power, since 90% of Iceland’s energy is produced via geothermal generation. Financial help came from alumni. [China Post]

Krafla geothermal power plant in Iceland. Photo by Ásgeir Eggertsson. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Wikimedia Commons. Krafla geothermal power plant in Iceland. Photo by Ásgeir Eggertsson. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ RenewableUK, the trade association representing the wind, wave and tidal energy industries, strongly criticised the Chancellor’s budget announcement that he is retrospectively changing the rules governing the Climate Change Levy. The green-tax break was designed to promote generating clean energy. [Energy Voice]

¶ India and Kazakhstan, the world’s largest producer of uranium, reached an agreement on uranium. Kazakhstan will supply India with 5,000 metric tons of nuclear fuel in the 2015-2019 period. In 2010 through 2014…

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Cracked Nuclear Reactor Shroud Warning Toll

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Dead Bell Glasgow 1641A deid (dead) Bell from Glasgow
Never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

The Mühleberg Nuclear Reactor, near Bern Switzerland, powered down automatically (SCRAM), due to a problem with the water feed system at 11 am on Monday, July 6, 2015. The level of water in the reactor pressure vessel briefly dropped. This was caused by a problem with the water feed system. The reason for the problem is still being analyzed, according to ENSI.

Was this somehow caused by the heatwave in Switzerland? Was it caused by Mühleberg’s cracked reactor pressure vessel shroud, whose cracks have been growing since first found in 1990? A pump failure?

Whatever the cause, this incident is a reminder. It is like the banshee keening a warning sign of pending death, while washing the shroud of those about to die. It is the…

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July 8 Energy News



¶ Market Research Store says the wind turbine market is poised to grow to $96.7 billion as countries impose stricter environment controls on the use for fossil fuels and coal to generate electricity. The fact that wind energy has reached parity for the long term comparative cost of energy, bodes well for growth. [CMO]

Tauernwindpark Oberzeiring, Styria, Austria. Photo by Kwerdenker. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Wikimedia Commons.Tauernwindpark Oberzeiring, Styria, Austria. Photo by Kwerdenker. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada Inc announced that it has signed a contract with Petawawa Renewable Power Corporation to build three 600-kW ground-mount solar PV projects in Ontario under the Ontario Power Authority / IESO Feed-in Tariff programs. Construction should start this summer. []

¶ France’s Wind Energy Association said Tuesday the country has hooked 523 MW of wind parks to the grid in the first half of 2015, thus boosting its total installed wind…

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July 7 Energy News


Science and Technology:

¶ Driverless cars running on electric power can cut greenhouse gas emissions up to 90%, a study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory says. The reduction in GHG emissions from 5% of 2030 vehicles being autonomous electric taxis would be greater than from 1,000 two-MW wind turbines. [International Business Times UK]


¶ Austria formally filed a legal challenge at the European court of justice against EU-granted state subsidies for a new nuclear power plant in Britain. The announcement came only days after an alliance of 10 German and Austrian energy companies filed a separate legal challenge against Hinkley Point. [The Guardian]

Opponents see Hinkley Point C as an unnecessary show of support for nuclear energy. Photograph: EDF/PA.Opponents see Hinkley Point C as an unnecessary show of support for nuclear energy. Photograph: EDF/PA.

¶ ReNew Power announced an agreement with Hareon Solar to develop a 72-MW solar power project in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Hareon Solar will supply 234,161 crystalline…

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Nuclear Reactors and Blackouts: An Explosive Mix that caused the Fukushima Disaster

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Highly nuclear dependent France suffered blackouts last week: “Europe heatwave brings blackouts and health fears for humans but icy treats for zoo animals

Heatwave hits French power production“, Tuesday 12 August 2003 17.21 BST “France has shut down the equivalent of four nuclear power stations… With temperatures in French rivers hitting record highs, some power plants relying on river water to cool their reactors have been forced to scale back production./ The French nuclear safety authority has given others permission to return the river water at a higher temperature than is normally allowed.” Read the rest here:

During the 2003 heatwave, the Fessenheim nuclear reactor building had to be sprayed from the outside with water to avoid overheating and a subsequent shutdown (shutdown had taken place when the temperature reached 50 ° C (122 F) it reached 48.5 ° C (119 F)…

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Happy Austria Nuclear Free:  Beacon of Hope for the World

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35 Years Ago, on November 5, 1978, Austrians voted against putting an already built nuclear power plant online. In November 2012 the plant became a solar power plant. In July 2013 Austria voted to ban imported nuclear power.
Old Town Salzburg across the Salzach riverSalzburg Austria, photo by Jiuguang Wang via Wikimedia

We would update the famous saying about Habsburg Austria’s foreign policy of intermarriage to prevent war:  “BELLA GERANT ALII, TU FELIX AUSTRIA NUBE” (Let Others Wage War; You, Happy Austria, Marry) to 

These two are perhaps more related than we might realize in that Austria’s 1955 neutrality may have helped facilitate its successful blocking of nuclear energy:  “A 1951 study undertaken by the [US] AEC concluded that commercial nuclear reactors would not be economically feasible if they were used solely to produce electricity; they would be, however, if they…

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“Just as the use of nuclear energy for military purposes the use of nuclear fission for peaceful purposes in nuclear reactors is a crime against all of humanity.”

We Will NOT GO QUIETLY INTO DISASTER.  #StopMoorside  demonstration tomorrow 7th July in Kendal 

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Might You be Forced to be a Nuclear Worker? Snatched from a Cinema to Fight a Nuclear Fire?

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As we’ve recently discussed, Savannah River Nuclear Site is one of the top “welfare to work” employers for several South Carolina counties. Temporary services are also top employers, and some of those workers may be sent to the Savannah River site, as well. The unemployed from neighboring areas and even the neighboring state of Georgia were rounded up by bus after the 2008 economic crisis, as part of the “Recovery Plan”, to work cleaning up Savannah River Nuclear Site (and probably other sites, like Hanford). They technically were not “forced”. Some few opted out. But, can one speak of choice in such a context? Many who didn’t ever know before, now understand since 2008, how close they are to homelessness. Some became homeless. The homeless have been picked up off the streets of Japan to work at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster site, as well. Some have observed that there…

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July 6 Energy News



¶ “SA’s proposed $100bn Nuclear Fleet – driven by arrogance or ignorance?” – Russia is seen as the frontrunner to win the right to build 9600 MW of South African nuclear power plants that may be worth as much as $100 billion. But who is going to pay for the country’s biggest project yet remains a mystery. [BizNews]


¶ The National Trust is to invest £30 million in solar panels, woodchip boilers and innovative technology that can extract heat from a lake, in a bid to supply half of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020. The investment is an eightfold increase on what the trust has made in five pilot projects. [The Guardian]

A biomass boiler will heat the entire property at Ickworth House, a Georgian mansion, 680 feet long,  in Suffolk, UK. Photograph: David J. Green/Alamy.A biomass boiler will heat the entire property at Ickworth House, a Georgian mansion, 680 feet long, in Suffolk, UK. Photograph: David J. Green/Alamy.

¶ Twenty subnational governments, with over…

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Slow N-screenings pass just 5 reactors

gjkllTo mind that this article is from Yomiuri, a pro-government newspaper

Two years have passed since new safety standards were introduced requiring utilities to strengthen their measures to prevent serious accidents at nuclear facilities as a result of major earthquakes or tsunami, requirements put in place following the crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

Safety inspections are under way at 25 reactors at the nation’s 15 nuclear power plants. However, only five reactors at three nuclear plants, including the Nos. 1 and 2 reactors at Kyushu Electric Power. Co.’s Sendai plant, have been approved as meeting the new standards.

Given the time-consuming process of post-approval checks, all of Japan’s nuclear power plants continue to remain offline.

In September 2014, the Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture cleared the new safety standards set by the Nuclear Regulation Authority. Kyushu Electric started loading fuel into the Sendai plant’s No. 1 reactor on Tuesday, which is highly likely to be brought online as early as mid-August.

Screenings have been completed for Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Nos. 3 and 4 reactors at its Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture, but a time frame for resuming operations is not yet in sight. The Fukui District Court had issued a provisional disposition order to forbid the restart of the reactors.

Regarding Shikoku Electric Power Co.’s No. 3 reactor at its Ikata nuclear plant in Ehime Prefecture, the NRA will likely issue a screening certificate verifying that the reactor satisfies safety standards.

Safety screenings are progressing more slowly for 10 reactors at eight nuclear power plants, including TEPCO’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in Niigata Prefecture, which uses boiling water reactors like the ones at the Fukushima No. 1 plant.

Estimates of maximum seismic vibrations, which form the basis for safety measures, have yet to be finalized for these reactors.

KEPCO is aiming to extend the operational period of its aging Nos. 1 and 2 reactors at its Takahama nuclear plant, as well as the No. 3 reactor at its Mihama plant, also in Fukui Prefecture, to more than 40 years. Forty years is the maximum period generally allowed by the state.

The three reactors must pass screenings and other inspections by July next year and November next year in accordance with state regulations, raising the issue of the need to speed up the inspection process.

“The new safety standards have set considerably high standards,” NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said at a press conference on Wednesday, “so I believe utilities are having to take some time to satisfy those requirements.”

Source: Yomiuri

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EDITORIAL: Support must continue to help Fukushima evacuees rebuild their lives

11539593_828553370531258_779420270843388174_nThe government has decided to lift evacuation orders for wide areas around the disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and end blanket compensation payments to people in Fukushima Prefecture who are still suffering from the aftermath of the reactor meltdowns.

More than four years since the nuclear disaster, the uncertain future of the affected local communities and their members is causing further negative effects.

Setting clear dates for lifting evacuation orders will make it easier for evacuees to plan their futures. The move is also meaningful in terms of clarifying the government’s responsibilities to improve the environment for the evacuees’ return home through such measures as decontamination and rebuilding infrastructure related to their daily lives.

But the conditions are not the same for each disaster victim. The move to lift evacuation orders and end compensation payments should not be a simple termination of policy support. It is essential for the government to start fresh support based on careful consideration of the circumstances of individual sufferers.


The government has set clear dates for lifting the evacuation orders for two of the three categories of restricted areas—“areas to which evacuation orders are ready to be lifted” and “areas in which the residents are not permitted to live.” The levels of radiation in these areas are relatively low, and entry into these areas is permitted in the daytime.

The evacuation orders for these areas will be removed by March 2017 at the latest after accelerated decontamination efforts.

The people of Naraha, a town that has been entirely designated as “an area to which the evacuation order is ready to be lifted,” will be allowed to return home on Sept. 5.

The town will be the first among seven municipalities to have an evacuation order for all residents lifted since the meltdowns at the plant in March 2011.

For the residents to be able to start living in the town again, however, it is vital to repair or rebuild damaged houses and secure jobs for the returnees.

Major homebuilders have been reluctant to work in evacuation areas, saying they can’t carry out operations until the evacuation orders are lifted.

Since it was stuck by the disaster, Naraha has persuaded 11 companies to locate their plants in the town. All but one of these companies, however, have been waiting for the removal of the evacuation order to start building the plants.

The scheduled end of the evacuation will bolster efforts to rebuild the community. In a survey of evacuated Naraha residents conducted last autumn, 45.7 percent of the respondents said they would return to their homes in the town either “immediately” or “when necessary conditions are met” after the evacuation order ends. The figure represents an increase of 5.5 percentage points from the previous survey.

But it will be difficult to completely restore the status quo. Many evacuee families have members who are already working at places where they currently live or children who have grown accustomed to their new schools.


Evacuation orders for parts of Tamura and Kawauchi have already been lifted, but only about half of the residents of these areas have returned.

If the population of an area doesn’t recover sufficiently, it will be difficult to operate such public facilities as medical institutions and schools in the area. This further discourages residents from returning.

Farmers and self-employed people in such areas also face a tough time trying to restart their businesses.

Concerns about radioactive contamination of food grown in disaster areas will remain even though test growing of certain crops has started in some areas. Part of local farmland has been used for provisional storage of soil and plant debris from the decontamination work. Heaps of large bags filled with contaminated materials remain at many sites.

A survey by the Fukushima Federation of Societies of Commerce and Industry of members in evacuation areas found that 56.4 percent of the respondents had restarted their businesses either in or outside the prefecture by June this year.

But most of them are construction or manufacturing businesses, while only a few of the affected retailers and service providers have started doing business again. That’s because their trade areas have disappeared.

After the evacuation order for the Miyakoji district of Tamura was lifted in April last year, a temporary store to sell foodstuffs and daily necessities was opened under the government’s leadership. A convenience store was then opened along a national highway under the initiative of the government. Sales at the store have plunged to a quarter of their peak level partly because of route sales of another convenience store.

In Naraha, a local supermarket is struggling to rebuild. It is concerned about a possible blow to its operations from a new store of retail giant Aeon Co. that is expected to open within a commercial complex built by the neighboring town of Hirono along a national highway.

Amid these circumstances, compensation payments to disaster victims by the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the Fukushima No. 1 plant, will be discontinued.

Compensation for mental health damage (or consolation money of 100,000 yen per month per person) will end after the payments for March 2018. Compensation for damage to businesses paid to small and midsize companies and self-employed people that remain out of business will be terminated after the payments for March 2017.

Critics have been pointing out problems with the way such compensation has been paid to people and businesses damaged by the disaster. They say the compensation programs widen the economic disparity between the recipients and those who don’t receive the money, divide communities and hinder victims’ efforts to regain economic independence.


But rebuilding shattered lives entails formidable challenges. Consolation money is often used to cover living expenses.

If evacuees can’t find a way to earn a living in their towns, they will be unable to make ends meet when they return to their homes after the evacuation order is lifted.

The government plans to set up a new public-private organization to help self-employed people and farmers restart their businesses in the next two years. The new body will start its work by visiting 8,000 such people for counseling by the end of the year.

But there is still no plan for specific steps to be taken. It will take considerable time just to grasp what kind of situation they are in.

Fuminori Tanba, an associate professor at Fukushima University who has been involved in the development of reconstruction plans for many disaster-hit areas, points out some key factors for successful support to such businesses.

It is crucial to draw up a detailed prescription for each business to sort out the challenges it faces, he says. It is also important to take measures to coordinate the trade areas of similar businesses and retrain those who are seeking to change their businesses.

Tanba also stresses the need to pay attention to problems these people face after restarting their businesses to ensure that they will get on track.

In short, policy support should be provided through the entire process of business reconstruction.

In addition to such support, the government should consider creating a public framework to provide financial aid to cover living expenses for people struggling to rebuild their livelihoods.

These people are suffering from a disaster that happened at a nuclear power plant built under the government’s policy of promoting nuclear power generation. The government should not end financial aid to individual residents of the affected areas.

Four years since the harrowing accident, the conditions of individual residents of areas around the crippled plant remain complicated.

It is necessary for the government to make flexible responses to their needs from their own viewpoints. Now is the critical moment for work to rebuild the lives of people in Fukushima that were destroyed by the disaster.

Source; Asahi Shimbun

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24 Taiwanese firms violate bans on Japanese food imports

foodA customer selects Japanese biscuits in a store selling Japanese goods in Taipei, Taiwan.

Authorities find fault with entry documents and compliance with customs clearance procedures

Two dozen Taiwanese firms have been found to have imported food products from five Japanese prefectures in violation of a ban in effect since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the island’s health authorities said on Wednesday.

The Food and Drug Administration said that since it began strengthening inspections on Japanese food imports in March, the 24 Taiwanese companies were found to have imported 381 food product items from the five prefectures.

After the March 2011 disaster, Taiwan banned food imports from Fukushima and nearby Ibaraki, Gunma, Tochigi and Chiba. It has been conducting random radiation checks on nine categories of imported foods.

Among the 24 firms, 23 filed entry documents inconsistent with the products they imported and one failed to follow proper customs clearance procedures, the administration said.

Wang Te-yuan, deputy director of the FDA’s Northern Centre for Regional Administration, said firms that unwittingly imported food products from the five prefectures must report it to authorities or face punishment.

Offenders could be fined up to NT$3 million (HK$750,000) and will lose permission to import the products in question, according to the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation.

Authorities beefed up inspections after investigators found some Japanese food imports carrying Chinese labels different from the actual place of origin – a practice allowed in Japan but illegal in Taiwan.

A legislative committee passed a motion in late March tightening inspections on food products imported from Japan.

Under the new measure that came into effect on May 15, such items must carry prefecture-specific labels of origin, and some food products from certain prefectures must carry documents proving that they had passed radiation checks.

Source: South China Morning Post

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Atomproekt to construct demonstration tritium removal plant at Fukushima Daiichi

Fukushima-Daiichi-Contaminated-Water-Tanks-July-2015The contaminated water crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant remains very complex. Every day more and more contaminated water is generated and requires storage and processing.

The Russian company Atomproekt has announced that in 2016 it will construct a treatment plant at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to demonstrate their ability to process contaminated water and remove tritium.

The tritium processing demonstration facility will have a capacity of only 400 cubic meters per day.


The project was first announced in February 2015, when RosRAO commissioned Atomproekt to design the water treatment plant and test with 48 cubic meters of simulated solution.

RosRAO and Atomproekt are subsidiaries of Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear corporation.

RosRAO is the national manager of spent fuel and radioactive waste in Russia.

Atomproekt is formerly known as VNIPIET (All-Russia Science Research and Design Institute of Power Engineering Technology), and designs nuclear projects, processing plants, and waste facilities.

Source: Enformable

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