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Russia Signs Deal for Nuclear Egypt

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A nuclear power station in Egypt? Whatever could go wrong, besides the usual problems with nuclear power stations?

If nothing goes wrong, it will, of course, legally leak deadly radionuclides into the Mediterranean or waterways leading there. It will leak deadly radionuclides into the environment in rare green parts of Egypt. In the event of an accident it will leak more.

Most nuclear power stations provide the means to build a nuclear weapons.

UPDATE 1-Egypt, Russia sign deal to build a nuclear power plant Posted:Thu, 19 Nov 2015 15:53:46 GMT
CAIRO, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Moscow and Cairo signed an agreement on Thursday for Russia to build a nuclear power plant in Egypt, with Russia extending a loan to Egypt to cover the cost of construction.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/iRwXWBA39Qs/story01.htm

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November 20, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

EU Investigation into Russian Nuclear Power Station in Hungary Needs Widening

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From Greenpeace.org:
Greenpeace calls for widening of EU investigation into Hungarian nuclear plant Press release – November 19, 2015
Brussels – The European Commission has launched a formal investigation into the construction of two nuclear reactors at the Paks nuclear power station in Hungary over a suspected breach of EU rules [1]. Greenpeace has welcomed the move, but called for an expansion of the investigation.

The Commission suspects that the Hungarian government violated EU rules on public procurement when it awarded the project to Russian state owned energy company Rosatom. Greenpeace highlighted this and other concerns in April 2014 in a formal complaint [2] calling on the Commission to also investigate possible violations of EU state aid and internal energy market rules.

Commenting on the news, Greenpeace EU legal strategist Andrea Carta said: “This is a positive move by the Commission which should lead Hungary to reassess its nuclear…

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November 20 Energy News

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World:

¶ A massive solar farm the size of more than 175 football pitches is to go ahead on farmland in East Cambridgeshire, with the District council’s planning committee approval. The farm’s capacity will be nearly 39.5 MW, enough for 11,000 homes, and its energy will feed directly into the local power grid network. [Newmarket Journal]

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¶ The Clean Energy Finance Commission in Australia has reported that its recently launched solar financing program has attracted a substantial amount of interest; in fact it is enough to boost the country’s large-scale PV capacity 10-fold. The CEFC program will offer loans of AU$15 million and above, for projects over 10 MW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The world could be powered almost entirely by clean, renewable energy sources in the space of a few decades, and two US engineers say they have figured out exactly how it…

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US NRC Proposes 100% Cancer Rate; Ignores Taxpayer Funded BEIR Report; Ignores ICRP; Ignores New Study of US, UK and French Nuclear Workers: Official Deadline Tonight 11.59 PM ET (DC-NYC)

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The deadline for comment to the US NRC on the 100 mSv per year exposure proposal, also known as cancer for everyone, is tonight November 19th at 11.59 pm. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NRC-2015-0057 As outlined at the bottom of today’s blog post, these high levels will also increase risk of cardiovascular disease, cataracts, and other degenerative conditions, according to the ICRP. Thus, complaint to government officials and education needs to continue after this date. In particular, the NRC should be put under investigation for even considering this petition, which is both deadly and a waste of taxpayer money.
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According to the US taxpayer funded National Academy of Sciences BEIR VII, Phase 2 (2006) report, for each 100 mSv of radiation exposure there will be an estimated 1,000 out of a population of 100,000, i.e. 1 in 100, who will get cancer, above and beyond cancers which already occur. This would be the…

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Europe’s nuclear companies face multi $billion burden in disposing of dead nuclear reactors

Standard & Poor’s: Dismantling Europe’s old nuclear power plants will run up a €100bn bill for EDF, E.ON, RWE and others http://www.cityam.com/229161/standard-poors-dismantling-europes-old-nuclear-power-plants-will-run-up-a-eur100bn-bill-for-edf-eon-rwe-and-others 19 November 2015 by Jessica Morris Dismantling Europe’s old, uneconomic power plants will impose heavy costs on Europe’s biggest operators, something which could strain their balance sheets, and hit their credit rating.

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Nuclear liabilities of the largest eight nuclear plant operators in Europe totaled €100bn at the end of last year, representing around 22 per cent of their aggregate debt, according to credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s.

Operators are legally responsible for decommissioning nuclear power plants, a process which can take several decades to implement, meaning the associated costs are high. Europe’s main nuclear operators include France’s EDF, Germany’s E.ON and RWE. They are legally responsible for decommissioning nuclear power plants, a process which can take several decades to implement, meaning the associated costs are high.

While the analysis by S&P treats nuclear liabilities as debt-like obligations, it recognises that several features differentiate them from traditional debt. But given the size of the liabilities against a company’s debt, they can impact a company’s credit metrics, and their credit rating.

The report noted that a company’s nuclear provisions are difficult to quantify, as well as cross compare, because accounting methods vary between different countries. It also foresees many operational challenges ahead, including a reality check on costs and execution capabilities.

November 20, 2015 Posted by | decommission reactor, EUROPE | Leave a comment

17 year delay before USA govt even starts cleanup of Hanford radioactive waste

exclamation-Flag-USAU.S. government proposes 17-year delay in start of Hanford nuclear tank cleanup — until 2039 http://www.latimes.com/science/la-na-hanford-delay-20151118-story.html  Ralph VartabedianContact Reporter, 19 Nov 15 

The Energy Department has proposed a 17-year delay in building a complex waste treatment plant at its radioactively contaminated Hanford site in Washington state, pushing back the full start-up for processing nuclear bomb waste to 2039.

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The department submitted the 29-page plan in federal court as part of a suit to amend an agreement with the state that requires the plant to start operating in 2022.

A series of serious technical questions about the plant’s design have caused one delay after another. Two of the major facilities at the cleanup site, which resembles a small industrial city, are under a construction halt ordered in 2013 by then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

The plant, located on a desert plateau above the Columbia River, is designed to transform 56 million gallons of radioactive sludge, currently stored in underground tanks, into solid glass that could theoretically be stored for thousands of years.

The waste was a byproduct of plutonium production, which started with the Manhattan Project during World War II.

The 586-square-mile Hanford site is widely considered the most contaminated place in the country, requiring 8,000 workers to remediate half a century of careless industrial practices that were done under strict federal secrecy. The Energy Department filing shows the extent of the problems. Continue reading

November 20, 2015 Posted by | Reference, USA, wastes | Leave a comment

European regulators start legal action against Hungary’s Paks nuclear power project

justiceflag-EUEU starts legal action over Hungary nuclear project, Reuters,  By Barbara Lewis and Gergely Szakac BRUSSELS/BUDAPEST, Nov 19  2015 European Union regulators started legal action against Hungary on Thursday over a contract it awarded to Russia’s Rosatom to expand the Paks nuclear power plant, but Hungary said it would press ahead with its plans.

The EU’s executive Commission has been holding talks to try to resolve differences after Hungary chose Rosatom last year to build two new nuclear reactors, partly financed by a favourably priced Russian loan worth 10 billion euros ($10.7 billion).

“The Commission raised concerns about the compatibility with the EU public procurement rules,” Commission spokeswoman Lucia Caudet told reporters following the announcement of formal infringement proceedings……

Lengthy infringement procedures can lead to action in the European Union’s highest courts in Luxembourg which have the power to hand out fines……..Apart from the alleged breach of public procurement rules, the Commission also has concerns the Paks plant would be overly dependent on Russia.
Read more at Reutershttp://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/19/hungary-nuclear-eu-idUSL8N13E2NS20151119#gVWtC2IlMCXIeFxc.99

November 20, 2015 Posted by | EUROPE, Legal | Leave a comment

Report from Nuclearisation of Africa Symposium highlights harmful effects of uranium mining

Federation For a Sustainable Environment « Nuclearisation of Africa » Symposium 19. Nov 2015 There is a clear global downtrend in the civil use of nuclear power, as documented by the annual World Nuclear Industry Status Report and as discussed at the international Symposium on « Nuclearisation of Africa » concluded on the 19th of November in Johannesburg.

Testimonies by participants from Niger spoke about the heavy toll of the 40 years exploitation of Uranium in their country. An excursion by the participants of the W Rand gold mine region (Johannesburg) demonstrated the grave environmental effects of gold mining, as tailing storage facilities contain a significant amount of uranium and a host of radioactive materials.

Health problems affecting miners and their families, living near the tailings and acid mine drainage receptor dams are frequent and well understood.

The link between the mining of uranium and the spread of nuclear weapons was also discussed. In view of the globally expanding use of renewables, South Africa has the chance to become the African leader for a sustainable energy future and this at a fraction of the costs of less risks compared with a nuclear power system. Mariette Liefferink CEO FSE (Federation for a Sustainable Environment) Günter Wippel Uranium-network Germany Prof. Andreas Nidecker, MD IPPNW (Interntl Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) Switzerland

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Florida citrus fruitys show trace levels of Fukushima radioactive cesium-137

text cesiumTrace levels of radioactive cesium-137 from Fukushima now being detected in Florida citrus fruits https://glblgeopolitics.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/trace-levels-of-radioactive-cesium-137-from-fukushima-now-being-detected-in-florida-citrus-fruits/

Posted by aurelius77 on November 18, 2015 (NaturalNews) Radioactive cesium from the 2011 Fukushima disaster is still being detected in citrus and other plants as far away as Florida, according to a report sent to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

In March 2011, multiple nuclear meltdowns took place at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan. The explosions ejected massive amounts of radioactive material into the environment, most notably radioactive cesium isotopes. In the weeks after the disaster, winds carried airborne radionuclides to every corner of the globe. Most of the radioactivity, however, settled into the Pacific Ocean.

Levels consistent since 2011

The report is Duke Energy Florida’s Annual Radiological Environmental Operating Report to U.S. NRC, dated May 5. It notes that immediately following the Fukushima disaster, radioactive iodine and cesium from the plant were detected in Florida vegetation.

“The Japanese event also affected broad leaf vegetation sample media throughout the year as long-lived radionuclides (Cs-137) were released at Fukushima multiple times,” the report reads.

“The vegetation measurements in 2014 are still affected by the Fukushima event due to the long-lived radionuclides deposited. The vegetation control sample station located in Orlando, Fl. is also experiencing similar Cs-137 deposition on the broad leaf sample media.”

According to the report, levels of Cs-137 have remained relatively constant in the samples tested over the past four years. This is to be expected, because that radionuclide has an incredibly long half-life.

In 2012, 13 of 24 samples taken tested positive for Cs-137, up to 172 pCi/kg (a picocurie is a unit of radiation; approximately 27 pCi is equivalent to one Bequerel [Bq], a common unit of radioactivity). Samples taken in Orlando tested at levels up to 201 pCi/kg.

 

November 20, 2015 Posted by | environment, USA | Leave a comment

Nuclear lobby predominates at Wisconsin public hearing

nuke-spruikersSmFlag-USANuclear power hearing dominated by speakers looking to lift restrictions http://www.wisbusiness.com/index.Iml?Article=360284 11/19/2015  By Chris Thompson Not one person during a nearly three-hour public hearing testified against a bill that would lift what amounts to Wisconsin’s moratorium on nuclear power plant construction.

Beyond bill author Rep. Kevin Petersen, those speaking in favor of AB 384 yesterday included Public Service Commission member and former DOA Secretary Mike Huebsch. The Assembly’s Energy and Utilities Committee also heard from multiple construction industry representatives and students wearing t-shirts that read “Environmentalist for nuclear energy.”

Amber Meyer Smith of Clean Wisconsin said her group supports current Wisconsin law. The costs of a nuclear plant and the threats to the environment from fuel waste, Meyer Smith said, are just too much for Clean Wisconsin to support.

Her organization, along with the Citizens Utility Board and a private citizen, registered against the bill but didn’t testify. The Sierra Club-John Muir Chapter is registered with the GAB in opposition to the legislation.

“We submitted testimony,” Meyer Smith said, “and just felt that was sufficient.”

The topic isn’t new in the Capitol. It arose as a possibility during former Gov. Jim Doyle’s administration through an energy task force. And committee member Rep. Josh Zepnick, of Milwaukee, said he is among the Dems who have tried to lift the moratorium.

Petersen, R-Waupaca, said the state in 1983 enacted regulations that essentially put a stop to nuclear plant construction. Petersen, Huebsch and others argued storage and fuel recycling technology have advanced to the point that the concerns of 1983 no longer apply.

Frank Jablonski, a lobbyist for the Nuclear Energy Institute, testified he would bet his own health on the safety of storage technology.

“If you want to put a dry cask in my backyard, you absolutely could,” he said. “Just build the plant in Wisconsin.”

November 20, 2015 Posted by | marketing of nuclear, USA | Leave a comment

Obama backs community solar power as rooftop energy alternative

White House pushes community solar power as rooftop
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, USA TODAY, 19 Nov 15  WASHINGTON — About half of electric customers can’t text-community-energyinstall solar panels because they don’t own their building, don’t get enough sun or don’t have a large, south-facing roof to install solar panels, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.Those technical challenges are a particular hurdle for low- and middle-income customers — and that’s why the Obama administration is pushing a solution known as community solar.

The White House hosted a summit Tuesday to bring together major solar players to figure out ways to expand retail solar power from traditional rooftop arrays to a model in which households and businesses invest in shared solar systems. The administration announced that 68 cities, states, and businesses had signed on to a White House initiative to promote community solar, with an emphasis on low- and moderate-income households.

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Those commitments are expected to bring solar power to to more than 20,000 households in 21 states, the White House said. And, just as importantly for President Obama, it will allow the United States to expand its use of clean energy as Obama prepares to travel to Paris for an international climate summit where he’ll press other companies to make similar strides to reduce carbon pollution from fossil fuels…….

Another participant, Michelle Moore of the nonprofit Groundswell, works as a community organizer to try to create markets for community solar power in places where it doesn’t yet exist. She said the White House summit was helpful in bringing for-profit utilities, cooperatives, local governments, non-profits and financiers together to make connections.

“Our role is organizing customers so that they’re able to have more of a say in what kind of energy they want and how they want to buy it,” said Moore, a former environment policymaker at Obama’s White House Council on Environmental Quality. “It’s a way to buy into a solar project without a home construction project.” http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/11/17/white-house-pushes-community-solar-power-rooftop-alternative/75950054/

November 20, 2015 Posted by | decentralised, USA | Leave a comment

UK’s Hunterston nuclear reactor has cracks in bricks at core

Cracks in bricks at core of Hunterston nuclear reactor , BBC News 20 Nov 15  Cracks have been discovered in bricks which make up the core of one of two nuclear reactors at the Hunterston B power station in Ayrshire.

Operator EDF Energy said the cracks in three graphite bricks were found during planned maintenance on Reactor Three.

The firm insisted there were no safety implications and the finding had no impact on the operation of the reactor.

A similar issue – known as “keyway root cracking” was identified in Hunterston’s other reactor last year……….

‘Energy transition’

The core of the reactors is made up of thousands of graphite bricks.

The station began operating in 1976 and its working life has already been extended to 2023 – well beyond its planned closure date.

WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said the issue with cracks in both reactors emphasised the need “to embrace the clean energy transition”.

He said: “Despite the assurances given by the nuclear industry, with cracks now found in both reactors it’s clear the problem is spreading and that we can expect this facility to become even more unreliable in the future.

“News of more cracks in the country’s ageing fleet of nuclear power stations underscores why we’re right to be taking steps to harness cleaner, safer forms of energy.” http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-34867312

November 20, 2015 Posted by | incidents, UK | Leave a comment

Investment Bank Lazar finds wind and solar beat coal and nuclear on costs

Parkinson-Report-Wind and solar beating conventional fuels on costs – Lazard, REneweconomy, By  on 18 November 2015  The latest study by US investment bank Lazard has highlighted the extent to which wind and solar technologies are beating conventional fuels – coal, gas and nuclear – on costs of production, and also on abatement.

The study, the “Levellised Cost of Energy Analysis 9.0 notes that utility scale solar PV has fallen 25 per cent in the last year alone, since its most recent study. Since 2009, when it began the analysis, solar and wind energy have fallen by 80 per cent and 60 per cent respectively.

Lazard says that because of this, and despite big falls in the cost of natural gas in the US, wind and solar are beating conventional fuels in most situations, as revealed in their success in competitive capacity auctions.

And so, to its graphs [on original]

………It is interesting to note that compared to Lazard’s previous reports, wind, solar and gas costs have fallen, coal has remained static, while nuclear is the only technology to show a significant increase……http://reneweconomy.com.au/2015/wind-and-solar-beating-conventional-fuels-on-costs-lazard-26273

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Iran hastening process of dismantling uranium-enriching centrifuges

flag-IranIran starts dismantling nuclear equipment, SMH November 19, 2015 – Vienna: Iran has disconnected almost a quarter of its uranium-enriching centrifuges in less than a month, the UN nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday, suggesting the nation is racing to implement an agreement restricting its nuclear activities.

Under the July deal, sanctions against Iran will be lifted in exchange for measures including slashing the number of centrifuges in operation and reducing its stockpile of uranium.
Officials have been speculating about the speed at which Iran can dismantle the centrifuges, sensitive machines that spin at supersonic speeds to purify uranium to levels at which it can be used as fuel in power stations or, potentially, weapons.
Disconnecting and moving the machines is a time-consuming process if it is to be done without damaging the equipment, making it one of the steps most likely to delay implementation of the deal, and therefore the lifting of sanctions.
“They have been dismantling centrifuges that did not contain hexafluoride,” the senior diplomat said, referring to uranium hexafluoride, the feedstock for centrifuges. “Dismantling centrifuges that have or have had hexafluoride is a much more complicated thing than the clean ones.”
A confidential report by the International Atomic Energy Agency to its Board of Governors said Iran had moved around 4500 centrifuges from their positions at the Fordow and Natanz enrichment sites between October 18 and November 15.
The speed at which Iran dismantles the centrifuges is central to the question of whether Tehran can implement the deal reached in July with the US, Russia, France, Britain, Germany and China before parliamentary elections in February…….

http://www.smh.com.au/world/iran-starts-dismantling-nuclear-equipment-20151118-gl2jjw.html

 

November 20, 2015 Posted by | Iran, politics international | Leave a comment

Russia marketing nuclear reactors to Egypt, involving big debt for Egypt

Russian-BearEgypt, Russia sign deal to build a nuclear power plant Reuters, 19 Nov 15  CAIRO Moscow and Cairo signed an agreement on Thursday for Russia to build a nuclear power plant in Egypt, with Russia extending a loan to Egypt to cover the cost of construction.

A spokesman for Russia’s state-owned nuclear firm Rosatom said the plant, Egypt’s first, would be built at Dabaa in the north of the country and was expected to be completed by 2022.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, speaking on state TV, gave few details but said the project would involve the building of a ‘third-generation’ plant with four reactors.

It is not clear how much the deal is worth but Sisi said the loan from Russia would be paid off over 35 years……..http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/19/us-nuclear-russia-egypt-idUSKCN0T81YY20151119#BuK0P0P54h5xD8LD.97

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