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REVIEW OF 2016 – RADIATION FREE LAKELAND

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Review of the year – Radiation Free Lakeland.

An observation…..while activist and NGO attention has been (deliberately?) ratcheted up and focussed on fracking the nuclear industry has been lining up its myriad ducks from the South of England to Wales to Cumbria with a view to poisoning our water, land, sea and our DNA.. People often say to me “Why bother, its too big to fight, Moorside is a done deal” but this is true only if we are so cowed and intimidated by the entrenched and violent (yes violent) nuclear industry that we let their evil ambitions be a done deal. RESIST! Here is to containing Sellafield and Stopping Moorside in order to ensure many many more New Years being seen in – here in our beautiful, vulnerable Cumbria.  Thanks to All Nuclear Resisters Everywhere!!

Review of the Year

January 7th 2016                                                                                                                                         NEW YEARS EVE NUCLEAR WASTE SITE…

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December 29 Energy News

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Opinion:

¶ “Solar is Clean, Popular and Under Attack” • Let’s start with the good news. Solar energy is growing and more popular than ever. … Now here’s the bad news. As solar power has grown, it has increasingly been attacked by entrenched energy interests who see rooftop solar as an existential threat to their bottom line. [Gotham Gazette]

Solar panel installation (SolarCity) Solar panel installation (SolarCity)

¶ “The French nuclear outages of 2016: the backstory” • While nuclear power is often presented as the only reliable and stable low-carbon alternative to fossil fuels, the technology can also be subject to long periods of uncertainty. This year, 22 French nuclear reactors were taken offline unexpectedly due to a single common safety issue. [ICIS]

Science and Technology:

¶ Momentum for the climate is building in more ways than one. Earth’s climate flashed red alert several times this year with symptoms of…

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OUT OF CONTROL…the Nuclear Industry

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*BRITAIN’S NUCLEAR INCOMPETENCE: 1,000 danger incidents reported*

*BRITAIN’S nuclear regulator has been accused of downplaying almost 1,000
dangerous incidents that have been recorded as “anomalies” at power plants
and military bases across the country. *

By Siobhan McFadyen
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Daily Express: 10:27, Tue, Dec 27, 2016 |

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/747542/Nuclear-hazard-UK-as-1000-danger-incidents-reported

The nuclear regulator has been accused of turning a blind eye to incidents

The events appear to be serious and include a torpedo accidentally being
fired by HMS Argyll when it was moored at Devonport Naval base in Plymouth.

The 9ft missile shot through the air before blowing a hole in a perimeter
fence and smashing into a storage container.

Other incidents involve workers being contaminated at a nuclear warhead
base, the discarding of uranium sludge and the radioactive element caesium
in bin bags and more than 30 power station fires.

And it appears incidents have more than doubled since 2010 and…

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2016 was a milestone year for climate change #auspol 

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2016 was a milestone year in the continued warming of the planet. From unstable agriculture to the drought in California to melting ice sheets to extreme weather events and heat waves, climate change has disrupted virtually every corner of the world.
It’s impossible to exhaustively list all the ways in which climate change was felt in 2016, but here’s a guide to understanding the year that was for the planet:
A carbon dioxide milestone
“In the centuries to come, history books will likely look back on September 2016 as a major milestone for the world’s climate,” Brian Kahn of Climate Central wrote earlier this year.
That’s because, during September, a month in which atmospheric carbon dioxide — a heat-trapping greenhouse gas —is usually at its lowest, the monthly value failed to drop below 400 parts per million. The 400 ppm mark has sad significance in the climate community, as it…

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Power & Symbolism for Putin: Russia Offers Partial Bail Out of French State Owned Areva; Atomic Energy and Political Power in Russia

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Power and Symbolism for Putin? Symbolic Power? The old Creusot Forge. There was an attempt to set up a “Le Creusot Commune”, along with the Paris Commune, which inspired Karl Marx: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Commune Lenin used the aftermath of the Paris Commune to justify harsh treatment of enemies. Rosatom answers to Putin. Putin is a product of Communist Russia and its KGB.

If you thought things couldn’t get worse: Russia State owned Rosatom wants to help bail-out French State owned Areva warns Reuters: “Rosatom says could consider equity stake in Areva“. Posted:Tue, 27 Dec 2016 11:09:48 -0500. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/yx0n95iavPQ/rosatom-areva-idUSL5N1EM211. Rosatom answers more directly to Putin, than some Russian state owned entities: “State Corporations are not obliged to submit to public authorities documents accounting for activities (except for a number of documents submitted to the Russian government) and, as a rule, are subordinate not to the government, but to the…

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December 28 Energy News

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Opinion:

¶ “The Arctic Year in Review” • Rising temperatures, dropping oil prices, and tightening ties between the United States and Canada all helped create some of the Arctic’s most noteworthy happenings in 2016. At the start of the year, the world had just gone through a record-breaking year for heat. But things just go hotter. Here’s a recap. [News Deeply]

Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories (Photo by Elaine Anselmi) Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories (Photo by Elaine Anselmi)

World:

¶ Sweden has generated more energy from wind power than
it ever has before. Nearly 5.7 million kWh of wind power was generated as the country harvested the effects of “Storm Urd” and intense weather across the southern parts of the country. It smashed through the previous record, beating it by more than half a million kWh. [The Independent]

¶ Work on 22 wind power projects is underway at Gharo-Keti Bandar and Hyderabad in Sindh, in Pakistan…

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25,000 CPM hot spot in concrete surface Japan ( Fukushima?)

Normal CPM reading should be about 30 CPM

計測日2016年12月29日 天然だろうが 珍しい

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Fukushima Trucks Spreading Unmeasurable Amount of Radiation

In Yamada, Futaba District, Fukushima, trucks carrying waste after decontamination work, go by spreading unmeasurable amount of radiation.

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The Geiger counter hits 9.99 microSv/h which is its limit!

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Recovery effort? Is n’t it better to relocate the entire residents elsewhere safe? In Japan, there are many villages and small towns where they suffer with depopulation.

What they do now is just to keep feeding big contractors, not helping affected people…..

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Source: Oz Yo

 

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Yoshinaga, Sakamoto ask for nuclear-free world in Osaka

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Actress Sayuri Yoshinaga recites a poem with piano accompaniment from musician Ryuichi Sakamoto at the Festival Hall in Osaka’s Kita Ward on Dec. 19.

OSAKA–Actress Sayuri Yoshinaga and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto teamed up to appeal for a world free of nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants at an event organized by The Asahi Shimbun here on Dec. 19.

Peace is something that we achieve together instead of just only wishing for,” said Yoshinaga as she delivered her message at the poetry recital event titled “Heiwa no Tameni–Shi to Ongaku to Hana to” (For peace–Poems, music and flowers).

An audience of around 2,500 listened intently as she read poems about the atomic bombs that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, and the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant triggered by an earthquake and tsunami.

Yoshinaga was accompanied by Sakamoto on the piano during the charity concert at the Festival Hall in Osaka’s Kita Ward.

Over the past 30 years, Yoshinaga, who was born in March 1945, has carried out voluntary work giving poetry readings about the atomic bombings, motivated by her belief that it is her mission as a person with the gift of expression who was born in the year the war ended.

The peace-seeking actress read 19 poems including: “Umashimenkana” (I will let her give birth to a baby), written by Hiroshima poet Sadako Kurihara; and “Gonen” (Five years) written by Ryoichi Wago, a high school teacher from Fukushima who is also a poet.

Yoshinaga and Sakamoto, who also held a poetry recital in Canada in May, decided to stage the latest event in Osaka with the aim of spreading the activity in Japan to promote the ideal of a peaceful nuclear-free world.

Peace will never be achieved if you just keep silent,” said Sakamoto. “I want to believe that each one of our continuous small efforts will eventually move the world.”

Sakamoto performed his famed composition, the main theme of the 1983 film “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence,” among other pieces.

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201612200059.html

 

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Dentsu unwanted for crimes against humanity

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Tadashi Ishii, president of Japan’s top advertising agency Dentsu Inc, bows during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 28, 2016. © Kyodo / Reuters
The president of Japan’s largest advertising agency has announced he will be stepping down next month, one year since an employee committed suicide due to working excessive overtime. Meanwhile, the labor bureau says it will refer his firm to prosecutors.

Tadashi Ishii, the president of Dentsu, announced late on Wednesday that he will be stepping down from his post in January, ending his almost six-year tenure at the company.

His announcement came just a day after the Tokyo Labor Bureau said it will be referring the company and one of its executives to prosecutors, on suspicion that the suicide of a worker in 2015 had resulted from their violation of Japan’s labor law.

Matsuri Takahashi, a Dentsu employee, jumped to her death from a company dormitory on Christmas Day last year. The 24-year-old had worked more than 100 hours of overtime every month since joining the company in April of 2015, according to Japanese media. Her death was blamed on overwork. More on link;

https://www.rt.com/news/372122-japan-resignation-overwork-suicide/

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Ad giant Dentsu declared Most Evil Corporation of the Year

Dentsu and information on nuclear power…..

In a book published in 2012, Honma Ryu looked into some of Dentsu’s backstage, and its tight control over the media, especially on behalf of one of its major clients: Tokyo Electric Power Company, Tepco. ……  1 June 2016

n 2012, his book Dentsu and Nuclear Coverage became a bestseller within a few months, despite almost universal media blackout.

Honma meticulously described the mechanisms by which Dentsu, the inevitable intermediary, implicitly imposes on media what can or cannot be written on nuclear power, and under what conditions. “Dentsu occupies a special position since the agency holds 80% of the market for nuclear advertising in Japan,” he reminded us during an interview in a coffee shop at Ueno Station. In 2010, in this huge advertising market, Tepco, a regional firm, indeed ranked 10th in terms of advertising expenses, next to power plant manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. That year, on the eve of the Fukushima accident, Tepco had spent more than 2 million euros on advertising. The overall advertising expenses of the 10 regional electrical power companies amounted to 7 million euros…. More on link

https://nuclear-news.net/2016/06/06/global-advertising-giant-dentsu-orchestrates-pro-nuclear-propaganda-in-japan/

Campaign to stop bad nuclear health practice in Fukushima concerning thyroid cancer epidemic

The usual suspects are trying to cover up the health effects in Fukushima aided by the Japanese Secrets Law of 2013 that makes it illegal to talk about health effects caused by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster under pain of imprisonment. thomas-geraldinehttps://europeannewsweekly.wordpress.com/2016/12/27/campaign-to-stop-bad-nuclear-health-practice-in-fukushima-concerning-thyroid-cancer-epidemic/

 

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Fund to help young people with thyroid cancer

NHK Japan; 27 Dec 2016

A private fund in Japan has begun providing financial assistance for young people diagnosed with thyroid cancer after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.

The 3.11 Fund for Children with Thyroid Cancer offers a lump sum of 100,000 yen, or 850 dollars, to help pay for treatment for patients up to the age of 25. The first payments were made to 35 people on Monday.

The fund’s name refers to March 11th, 2011, when a massive earthquake hit northeastern Japan, triggering tsunami that crippled a nuclear plant in Fukushima Prefecture.

People in Fukushima and 14 other prefectures in eastern Japan are eligible to apply.

Fund officials say that 9 of the 35 recipients are not residents of Fukushima Prefecture. They say that in at least one case, the cancer had spread to the lungs when the diagnosis was made.

They are soliciting applications for the assistance as well as donations.

An official says the fund hopes to offer support to as many people as possible, adding that the cost of treatment weighs heavily on some families.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161228_04/

Nobel laureate scholar criticizes Fukushima’s screening reduction

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“..The Fukushima child’s thyroid cancer screening “shrinking” the objection of Professor Masukawa of Nobel prize to anger…”  In Japanese;

http://lite-ra.com/2016/12/post-2804_4.html

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Tepco, investors discussing first bond sale since Fukushima anonymously shh!

With the government considering splitting Tepco’s nuclear business and forming alliances with other atomic operators, the issue of restarting the utility’s Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant, the world’s biggest, has faded.
While oil and gas prices have risen in recent weeks, they are still well below highs in the aftermath of the nuclear disaster that led to a shutdown of most of Japan’s reactors, so Tepco’s costs remain manageable.
Tepco is aiming to sell the debt through a unit in charge of its power transmission business, Tepco Power Grid Inc, to separate risks from operations dealing with the disaster.

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THE HANS INDIA |   Dec 27,2016 , 05:40 PM IST

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Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) is gauging demand for its first bond offering since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear calamity, with some market participants expecting a sale as early as February, people familiar with the plans said.
Once-sceptical investors are now more comfortable with the utility’s outlook after government moves to reassess decommissioning and compensation costs, bankers and investors who asked not to be identified told Thomson Reuters DealWatch.
Tepco is likely to have to pay investors a 1 percentage point premium above Japanese government bonds, considered a rich yield pick-up, as potential buyers see an implicit government guarantee for the basically nationalized company, the people said.
That’s about three times more yield pick-up than on other electric utility bonds, they said. While the sale’s size has not been decided, potential maturities are three-, five- and 10-years, the people said.
The company was in discussions last year with investors to sell as much as 330 billion yen ($2.8 billion) of bonds.
A Tepco spokesman said the company plans to issue bonds by the end of March but declined to comment on specific target dates or sizes.
A CHANGE IN TIMING?
The timing could be pushed back as the Japanese government wants Tepco to delay the bond sale until after April, when legal changes that let it give more financial support to the utility are enacted, said a person familiar with the government’s thinking.
But the company may have to hurry as gains in financial markets since Donald Trump‘s election as U.S. president may falter, said one investor.
“If investors switch to risk-off mode because of a waning of the Trump rally in the New Year or the market enters an adjustment phase, selling bonds may be more difficult, so an issue by the end of this year would have been ideal,” Hiroaki Hayashi, director of the investment department at Fukokushinrai Life Insurance Co. said.
Seen as unrealistic only weeks ago, Tepco has a better chance of raising debt after a government panel recently updated its estimates on what compensation the company owes and how costs for decommissioning the wrecked Fukushima plant will be shared.
Tepco was once Asia‘s biggest electricity utility and one of Japan‘s largest corporate borrowers. But the March 2011 nuclear crisis at Fukushima, sparked by an earthquake and tsunami, brought the company to its knees.
Before the calamity, Tepco was a frequent bond issuer with a credit rating as high as the government, and considered a corporate benchmark.
It has 3.45 trillion yen of bonds outstanding with 625 billion yen due in 2017 and 570 billion yen due in 2018, according to its website.
In the year starting April 2010, which ended with the meltdowns at its Fukushima Daiichi station, Tepco sold 235 billion yen of bonds, slightly less than a year earlier.
JUNK RATING
The Fukushima losses caused its credit rating to be cut to junk by most agencies and led to a bailout by the government, which took a controlling 50.1 percent stake.
With the government considering splitting Tepco’s nuclear business and forming alliances with other atomic operators, the issue of restarting the utility’s Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant, the world’s biggest, has faded.
While oil and gas prices have risen in recent weeks, they are still well below highs in the aftermath of the nuclear disaster that led to a shutdown of most of Japan’s reactors, so Tepco’s costs remain manageable.
Tepco is aiming to sell the debt through a unit in charge of its power transmission business, Tepco Power Grid Inc, to separate risks from operations dealing with the disaster.
http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/Business/2016-12-27/Tepco-investors-discussing-first-bond-sale-since-Fukushima/270618?fromNewsdog=1

 

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Ad giant Dentsu declared Most Evil Corporation of the Year

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It’s another prize . . . but maybe not one that the management at Dentsu Inc. will be proud of.

The major ad agency has been awarded this year’s Most Evil Corporation of the Year Award, also known as the Black Company Award, a corporate raspberry prize given to companies with a culture of overwork, discrimination and harassment, a group of journalists and rights activists announced Friday.

The suicide of one of its workers, Matsuri Takahashi, 24, was recognized as work-related in October. After pushing more than 100 hours of overtime per month, she committed suicide in her company dorm on Christmas Day last year.

“Dear Dentsu Inc., your 24-year-old new employee, Matsuri Takahashi, committed suicide on Dec. 25, 2015. She worked 105 hours of overtime, which is extremely long. In addition, she was suffering from power harassment from her bosses, and was mentally pressured,” said Tokachi Tsuchiya, a film director who is a member of the selection committee.

“On Twitter, she wrote, ‘I don’t want to work,’ and ‘two hours of sleep everyday is extreme.’ Several days before her death, she retweeted a post about the 2015 Black Company Award. She retweeted about this moment right now. It’s regrettable,” he said.

Before her death, Takahashi sent a message to her mother saying: “Goodbye, my lovely mother.”… More on Link ;

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/12/23/national/social-issues/ad-giant-dentsu-declared-evil-corporation-year/#.WGSDJ2ebxz0

Dentsu and information on nuclear power…..

In a book published in 2012, Honma Ryu looked into some of Dentsu’s backstage, and its tight control over the media, especially on behalf of one of its major clients: Tokyo Electric Power Company, Tepco. ……  1 June 2016

n 2012, his book Dentsu and Nuclear Coverage became a bestseller within a few months, despite almost universal media blackout.

Honma meticulously described the mechanisms by which Dentsu, the inevitable intermediary, implicitly imposes on media what can or cannot be written on nuclear power, and under what conditions. “Dentsu occupies a special position since the agency holds 80% of the market for nuclear advertising in Japan,” he reminded us during an interview in a coffee shop at Ueno Station. In 2010, in this huge advertising market, Tepco, a regional firm, indeed ranked 10th in terms of advertising expenses, next to power plant manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. That year, on the eve of the Fukushima accident, Tepco had spent more than 2 million euros on advertising. The overall advertising expenses of the 10 regional electrical power companies amounted to 7 million euros…. More on link

https://nuclear-news.net/2016/06/06/global-advertising-giant-dentsu-orchestrates-pro-nuclear-propaganda-in-japan/

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Toshiba in talks with creditor banks to receive financial support

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Toshiba Corp. is in talks with its main creditor banks in hopes it can receive financial support as the company is expected to book a huge asset impairment loss on its U.S. nuclear power business, a source close to the matter said Wednesday.

But the embattled Japanese electronics manufacturer is likely to face tough negotiations as the banks are skeptical about Toshiba management’s record that has overseen an impairment loss of up to several billion dollars, the source said.

As of the end of Sept. 30, Toshiba had shareholders’ equity of 363.2 billion yen ($3.09 billion), or just 7.5 percent of assets, far below the 30 percent required for Japanese electronics makers. The company had shareholders’ equity of around 1 trillion yen the previous year.

As the Tokyo Stock Exchange has put Toshiba shares on its watch list, the heaviest punishment besides delisting, the manufacturer effectively cannot sell its shares through a public offering to boost its capital base.

Toshiba has been focusing on nuclear energy operations as its core business but has been struggling to win orders for new power plants both at home and abroad, particularly after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The company booked an impairment loss of about 250 billion yen in the U.S. nuclear business in the last fiscal year.

Following Toshiba’s financial turmoil, Japanese rating agency Rating and Investment Information Inc. said Wednesday it has downgraded its issuer rating by two notches to BB.

“R&I’s evaluation of Toshiba’s overall business risk was adversely affected by the materialization of the risk associated with its core nuclear power systems business, as well as by a possible serious deterioration in its financial base,” the rating agency said in a report.

Toshiba marked a group net loss for the second straight year in the fiscal year through March 2016.

http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20161229/p2g/00m/0bu/002000c

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