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June 26 Energy News

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World:

¶ Sweden is testing its first electric highway system for trucks. Siemens will help the country for next two years to test the eHighway system on a 1.25 miles stretch of highway on the north of Stockholm. The project may see a similar testing phase unveiled soon in California. [The TeCake]

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¶ The Chief Minister of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, addressing a seminar of Chinese companies and businesses, said the state is planning to increase its installed renewable energy capacity by five times in coming three years. The capacity is currently 2567 MW. [The Hitavada]

¶ The World Bank has approved a loan of $90 million to Vietnam. This is the first in a series of three credits that will support climate change and green growth policy actions under the Vietnamese government’s Support Program to Respond to Climate Change…

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Recycling Plutonium: How the US EPA is Disbursing Radioactive Waste From the Lowry Landfill to the Sewage System and onto Farmlands and Public Parks; More on the Ambushed Grand Jury

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[Note that there is some overlap with yesterday’s post (the previous transcript) https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/06/25/grand-jury-accuses-justice-department-of-rocky-flats-nuclear-cover-up/ But it continues with new, additional, information].
From DemocracyNow.org:
Recycling Plutonium: How the EPA is Disbursing Toxic and Radioactive Waste From the Lowry Landfill to the Sewage System and onto CO Farmlands and Public Parks
May 4, 2004

We speak with Colorado University Environmental Studies professor Adrienne Anderson about the Lowry Landfill. Citizen groups claim the landfill is widely contaminated with highly radioactive plutonium and other deadly wastes. The EPA is allowing the contaminated groundwater at the landfill to be discharged into the Denver metro sewage system, after only partial treatment. [includes rush transcript]

* Adrienne Anderson, professor of Environmental & Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 1997 Anderson filed a federal whistleblower case on a plan to mix plutonium waste with sewer sludge, process it into fertilizer and then use on…

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June 25 Energy News

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Opinion:

¶ “Overview – Brexit charts uneasy future for renewables” • The “world’s most complicated divorce” will have a huge impact on the UK’s environment and energy policies and on climate policy in the EU, the world’s largest political bloc, with a combined population of 500 million people. [SeeNews Renewables]

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World:

¶ The Australian Renewable Energy Agency says the final round of bidding for its large scale solar funding shows technology costs are still falling, and will likely continue to fall. ARENA may be in its last grant funding round before funds are stripped by the Coalition government. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Dong Energy is to go ahead with the 448-MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. The company said the project, which is expected to be fully commissioned in the first half of 2019, will consist…

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Todays’ Nuclear Citizens Jury South Australia – some snippets

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Citizens' Jury scrutinyMorning Session

Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia:
 
ON Purpose of the Citizens Jury “Its purpose is not to arrive at a decision, but to arrive at a decision that the government can make a decision”
 
On The job of the Citizens Jury:  “You are producing  a guide to the Royal Commission Report. You work out how to summarise that and how to publish it to the broad community”
“Brexit is a gold example of the ordinary people deciding, rather than having the politicians, movie stars, celebrities, telling people what they should think”
“First Jury produces  a guide to the report”  (Second jury – I couldn’t hear this)  Third Jury summarises the report for the public. Final jury – decides if the information is now good enough for the government to make a decision”
Question. “The nuclear Royal Commission said that ball of its recommendations were…

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June 26, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Grand Jury Accuses Justice Department of Rocky Flats Nuclear Cover-Up

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From DemocracyNow.org: “Grand Jury Accuses Justice Department of Rocky Flats Nuclear Cover-Up
May 4, 2004
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We speak with Wes McKinley, a Colorado rancher and the foreman of a grand jury that investigated activity at Rocky Flats about the charges he makes in his new book The Ambushed Grand Jury: How the Justice Department Covered Up Government Nuclear Crimes and How We Caught Them Red Handed. [includes rush transcript]

Wes McKinley, a Colorado rancher and the foreman of a grand jury that investigated activity at Rocky Flats. He is co-author of Ambushed Grand Jury: How the Justce Department Covered Up Government Nuclear Crimes And How We Caught Them Red Handed
TRANSCRIPT
This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.
AMY GOODMAN: So let’s talk about what’s happened. Secret midnight burning of radioactive waste, an FBI spy flight with infrared cameras. I wanted to bring Wes…

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Toxic Suburbia: Fantastic Rocky Flats Vistas, Plutonium Breezes

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From the Colorado Independent:
Toxic Suburbia: Fantastic Rocky Flats vistas, plutonium breezes
It’s an affordable, eco-subdivision. It’s located next to a nuclear waste site.
by Nicolene Durham January 03, 2014 Environment/Energy
Solar-paneled street lamps line roads for future residential development near Rocky Flats by Nicolene Durham
ARVADA, Colo. – There’s a Spielberg-like quality to the Candelas subdivision rising in the foothills here. It’s a suburban paradise that comes with wide-open views, solar panels and sustainability farm credits, but also with the radioactive vestiges of nuclear weapons manufacturing that critics say pose a lingering threat of illness and death.

It’s located between Golden and Boulder, just 15 miles from Denver. It’s also a mile south of the site of the Rocky Flats weapons plant that operated from the 1952 until 1992. Cold War government staffers working in a cluster of office and warehouse buildings made the plutonium triggers embedded in an arsenal of nuclear weapons that could have incinerated all of the Soviet Union and…

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Fukushima nuclear meltdown was covered up, plant operator admits

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Naomi Hirose, left, TEPCO president, and Takafumi Anegawa, a director, apologise at press conference in Tokyo today

The company responsible for the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant has admitted lying about the meltdown of its reactors five years ago, in a deliberate cover-up of the world’s second worst nuclear disaster.

It took two months for the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) to own up to the meltdown of three reactors after an earthquake and tsunami. A report commissioned by the company says that its president at the time ordered employees to speak of “damage” to the reactors and avoid the world, “meltdown”.

The company’s current president, Naomi Hirose, said: “It is extremely regrettable People are justified in…

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/fukushima-nuclear-meltdown-was-covered-up-plant-operator-admits-zn25kbwpr

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No accountability in nuclear industry

Following the June 16 quake in Hakodate, Hokkaido, nuclear plant operators in the area reported no damage, but even if there were problems, because of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s new anti-democratic secrecy law, they would not necessarily report them, nor would they feel any compunction to do so. The Nuclear Village Idiots can cover their backsides very nicely with this new secrecy law.

Public safety is hardly a concern of politicians or the nuclear power plant owners. Japan’s very much a totalitarian state once again. It simply uses democratic-sounding titles to cover up the true authoritarian nature of the government and senior industrial officials. It’s Tojo’s Japan with velvet gloves. Let’s hope the gloves never come off.

ROBERT MCKINNEY

OTARU, HOKKAIDO

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2016/06/25/reader-mail/no-accountability-nuclear-industry/

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Japan Could Go Nuclear ‘Virtually Overnight’ Joe Biden Tells Chinese President

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This undated picture released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 23, 2016 shows a test launch of the surface-to-surface medium long-range strategic ballistic missile Hwasong-10 at an undisclosed location in North Korea.The Musudan — also known as the Hwasong-10 — has a theoretical range of anywhere between 2,500 and 4,000 kilometres (1,550 to 2,500 miles).

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, never one for a loss of words, told Chinese President Xi Jinping that Japan has the capacity to acquire nuclear weapons “virtually overnight.”

Biden made his disclosure while giving a speech at a Public Broadcasting Service program aired on Monday. Biden said he had urged Xi to exert influence on North Korea so it will abandon its missile and nuclear weapons developments.

Referring to North Korea’s recent nuclear test and missile launches in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, Biden said that if China and the U.S. fail to take effective action against North Korea, “What happens if Japan, who could go nuclear tomorrow? They have the capacity to do it virtually overnight.” Biden did not say when his conversation with Xi took place.

Biden said that China had the single greatest ability to influence North Korea, adding that North Korea is building nuclear weapons that can strike as far away the U.S. mainland.

“And I say, so we’re going to move up our defense system,” the vice president added, referring to the U.S. plan to deploy THADD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense), an advanced missile interception system, in South Korea.

Biden quoted Xi as saying, “Wait a minute, my military thinks you’re going to try to circle us.”  Earlier this month China said that deploying THADD infringes on China’s strategic interests. 

The fact that Japan can easily develop nuclear weapons, however, isn’t the issue but the fact that Biden chose to tell Xi this is worthy of note, both in the context of North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and given Biden’s history of frequently making gaffes.

June 26, 2016 Posted by | Japan | , | Leave a comment

Tepco’s “sincere”apology!!!

With Tepco it is always the same song, they apologize for a long ago previous lie and tell the whole world how very very sorry, repenting they are, while they daily continue lying and covering-up the true happenings at Fukushima Daiichi.

FUCK TEPCO!

 

 

Press Release (Jun 21,2016)TEPCO APOLOGIZES FOR PREVIOUS LEADERSHIP’S FAILURE TO ACKNOWLEDGE MELTDOWN DURING FUKUSHIMA ACCIDENT

Responding to recent report of an investigating committee, TEPCO restates its commitment to provide comprehensive, accurate and understandable information, while making safety the utmost priority to ensure a safe and secure society

TOKYO, June 21, 2016 In its first response to the June 16 report of the committee investigating the belated acknowledgment that a meltdown had taken place at Fukushima Daiichi NPS in March 2011, TEPCO said it is clear from the report that its previous leadership gave instructions not to use the word “meltdown” in public statements.

“We deeply regret that our previous leadership failed to live up to the standards of transparency and thoroughness that we strive to meet today,” said TEPCO President Naomi Hirose (who was not the company’s leader at the time of the accident). “We sincerely apologize for it,” he said.

In more recent years, through the creation of the Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee and many other changes, TEPCO has worked to improve the timeliness, thoroughness, and clarity of its communication with the public, both inside Japan and internationally. President Hirose stressed that TEPCO has been learning this lesson and breaking from its past, as it works to build trust with the public and with government through the implantation of its Nuclear Safety Reform Plan. Improvements in communication represent an important element of that Plan, which is overseen both by the company’s Nuclear Safety Oversight Office and by an independent Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee chaired by the former head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

“We deeply regret the shortcomings of the past,” President Hirose said, “but it is important to recognize that they do not represent the TEPCO of today while making safety the utmost priority to ensure a safe and secure society.”

http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/2016/1300509_7763.html

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