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Activists at COP23 Decry Companies and Corporate Sponsors Pushing Fossil Fuel as Energy Solution

While representatives from nearly 200 nations have gathered here in Bonn, Germany, they’re not the only ones flocking to the city for this year’s U.N. climate summit. A number of fossil fuel companies and corporate sponsors have also descended on Bonn, where they are pushing their own agenda behind the scenes. On Tuesday, activists disrupted a presentation at an annual corporate conference held alongside the climate summit here in Bonn.

They were protesting the European Investment Bank for funding the construction of the Trans Adriatic gas pipeline, known as TAP. This comes as a new report by the Corporate Europe Observatory reveals how the gas industry spent more than 100 million euros and deployed over 1,000 lobbyists to push gas as an energy solution to lawmakers in Brussels and across the European Union in 2016. We speak with Pascoe Sabido, researcher and campaigner for the Corporate Europe Observatory, and Jesse Bragg, the media director for Corporate Accountability.

They also discuss Ukraine’s dirty coal and the fact that the EU Climate change minister is ex fossil fuel. Please check back later for full transcript.

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Where is TEPCOs billions? what about the victims compensation?

Meanwhile in an off shore tax dodging account owned by TEPCO we find hardly any information about this except for a brief sentence in the off shore tax dodge report from the paradise papers in recent weeks. Why do I mention this you may ask? Because of the minuscule compensation payouts to the victims of the nuclear disaster, but I digress.

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People who evacuated from Fukushima Prefecture have not only been exposed to radiation, but to prejudice and misunderstanding regarding compensation that they may or may not have received. The truth about Fukushima nuclear disaster compensation March 2017 https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170326/p2a/00m/0na/003000c
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14 November 2017

During the COP23 meetings I noticed some strong emotive arguments being used against the anti nuclear groups campaigning for renewable energy solutions in Europe. The nuclear lobby strategy is to equate anti nuclear with pro fossil fuel is a regular feature in the argument for nuclear power.

However activists have long since realised there is a swing door policy between the management positions of these energy giants. A good example is TEPCO whose business crashed in 2011, soon after the nuclear disaster in the Fukushima prefecture.

TEPCO and other utilities have holdings in both nuclear AND gas, so no rush for renewables…

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CAYCE, S.C. – Power company to discuss decision to abandon nuke project

One of the co-owners of a nuclear construction debacle in South Carolina is planning to discuss its decision to abandon the multi-billion dollar project.

CAYCE, S.C. –  One of the co-owners of a nuclear construction debacle in South Carolina is planning to discuss its decision to abandon the multi-billion dollar project.

South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. officials say President Keller Kissam is holding a news conference Thursday at the company’s headquarters in Cayce.

SCE&G and state-owned utility Santee Cooper stopped construction July 31 on two nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station. They have blamed the failure in large part on the bankruptcy of Westinghouse, the chief contractor.

The utilities had already spent more than $9 billion. Much of that came from ratepayers, who are still being billed for the project.

State, federal and financial entities are investigating the failure. Lawmakers are advancing legislation that would halt charges for ratepayers.

http://www.cetusnews.com/business/Power-company-to-discuss-decision-to-abandon-nuke-project.HkTaEZjJG.html

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Safety fears grow as UK’s nuclear bases expand

The Ministry of Defence has begun spending £1.3 billion as part of plans for 14 major new developments at the Trident nuclear bases on the Clyde in Scotland. Details released under the  Freedom of Information act show MoD plans to complete a ‘nuclear infrastructure’ project at Faslane by 2027, and at Coulport by 2030.

The total cost of replacing Trident, estimated to be at least £205 billion including maintenance costs, looks set to rise, while fears are also growing about the safety of Trident.

The body which monitors nuclear safety – the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator – has recently been censored by the Ministry of Defence. For the past 10 years the regulator has published annual reports exploring issues including staff shortages at nuclear sites and nuclear accidents. However, reports for 2015 and 2016 have been blocked by the MoD.

Retired MoD nuclear expert, Fred Dawson, was quoted in the Sunday Herald saying, “The obvious conclusion to draw is that there is something to hide.”

Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary, said, “As the MoD spends vast amounts on Trident infrastructure, the enormously wasteful expense of Trident is laid bare. Each billion represents schools and hospitals that could have been built but won’t because of the disastrous decision of the government to plough ahead with replacing an out-of-date nuclear weapons system that will not deliver real security.

“Earlier in the year, we learnt that the government covered-up a failed Trident missile test. This crucial information was held back while MPs were deciding on the future of Trident in a Parliamentary vote in 2016.

The latest MoD decision to withhold information about safety, that is likely, on past experience, to include nuclear submarines, military nuclear sites and nuclear warhead convoys, shows that this unhealthy and dangerous culture of secrecy is worsening. How can politicians identify major safety issues if this information is not available and how will the public hold them to account?The latest MoD decision to withhold information about safety, that is likely, on past experience, to include nuclear submarines, military nuclear sites and nuclear warhead convoys, shows that this unhealthy and dangerous culture of secrecy is worsening. How can politicians identify major safety issues if this information is not available and how will the public hold them to account?

 http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/safety-fears-grow-uks-nuclear-bases-expand

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Nine nuclear reactors in Japan use products manufactured by steelmaker that admitted faking quality data

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Nine reactors at five nuclear power plants in Japan, including some currently in operation, have used products manufactured by the Kobe Steel Ltd. group which has admitted fabricating product quality data, it has been learned.

According to documents shown at a meeting of the Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday, the active reactors are the No. 3 and No. 4 units at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama plant in Fukui Prefecture and the Nos. 1 and 2 units at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai plant in Kagoshima Prefecture.

The others are the Nos. 3 and 4 units at Kansai Electric’s Oi plant in Fukui, the Nos. 3 and 4 units at Kyushu Electric’s Genkai plant in Saga Prefecture, and the No. 3 unit at Shikoku Electric Power Co.’s Ikata plant in Ehime Prefecture.

Kobe Steel’s welding rods were used during assembly work at all nine reactors, and reinforcing bars and parts in some reactor containment vessels use hexagon bolts manufactured by the company.

The utilities told the NRA that the products are not among those affected by the data fabrication scandal and, thus, pose no safety problems.

The welding rods were also used for water tanks which are used to store contaminated water at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant, it was also found.

NRA Chairman Toyoshi Fuketa asked for performance examinations to be conducted on the welding rods.

http://wasabi-now.com/article/87809663a9a8ac3732faef4f496cab03

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Climate change and nuclear threats are twins

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November 16, 2017, by Alex Kirby

Climate change and nuclear threats feed off each other and should be treated in unison, an influential US think-tank says.

LONDON, 16 November, 2017 – Climate change and nuclear threats are closely linked and must be tackled together, US experts say.

The warning comes from a working group chaired by the Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a non-partisan policy institute of security and military experts (many of them high-ranking former members of the armed forces), in a report which offers a  framework for understanding and addressing the distinct problems together.

The report is published as this year’s UN climate summit draws to a close in Bonn in the aftermath of President Trump’s tour of Asia, during which nuclear weapons issues featured prominently. 

Professor Christine Parthemore, a former adviser to the US defence department,  co-chairs the working group. She told the Climate News Network:

“Simultaneous effects of climate change, tough social or economic pressures, and security challenges could increase the risk of conflict among nuclear weapon-possessing states, even if that conflict stems from miscalculation or misperception. India and Pakistan are major concerns.

“They are grappling with water stress, deadly natural disasters, terrorism, and numerous other pressures. At the same time, the types of nuclear weapons they are developing and policies on command of those weapons are raising tensions between them.

“Some countries are more actively flaunting their nuclear threats toward one another. North Korea has been the most active in that regard

“Our group believed this is a recipe for not only increasing the risk of conflict, but for raising the risk of such a conflict escalating to the nuclear realm.

“Big picture: nuclear nonproliferation regimes and international climate change cooperation help underpin the global order. They are stabilising forces, and if we don’t continue strengthening them, we may see a less predictable global security environment.   

“This is especially dangerous in times like these when some countries are more actively flaunting their nuclear threats toward one another. North Korea has been the most active in that regard.

The authors say countries such as Nigeria, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are dealing simultaneously with a range of interdependent internal pressures – including climatic, economic, security, and environmental demands – as they pursue nuclear energy.

Reactor safety

Bangladesh is coping with sea-level rise and changing Himalayan glacial patterns, and with terrorism and overpopulation. The report says these stresses could affect the security and safety of the nuclear reactors being built in the country with Russian help.

It says extreme heat, flooding, sea level rise and natural disasters are already affecting power stations and could knock out nuclear installations in countries already short of electricity and facing social or political pressure. The same dilemmas could face sites handling nuclear weapons.

Concerns about nuclear security and proliferation could help countries to rely instead on fossil fuels and maintain their high dependence on them, “making dangerous, business-as-usual climate change scenarios more likely”. And it says people forced into migration by climate change or other factors can affect security and nuclear stability. 

The report says it is important to develop technologies to help countries which seek to introduce nuclear energy, including the safest reactor designs, modern security and monitoring systems and strong climate modelling abilities.

New risks

It says this is especially critical in the potential crisis regions where combining security, climate, and nuclear risks must be addressed urgently: South Asia, the Middle East, the South China Sea and Central and North Africa.

The report also says there is mounting evidence that various security challenges, climatic trends and nuclear issues are combining in new and potentially high-risk ways. Mapping and addressing this complexity is critical for protecting US security interests not only in these crisis regions, but across the Indo-Asia-Pacific and Europe as well.

It urges the US to develop realistic planning, better communication about nuclear and climate risks, and education for policymakers about practical ways they can protect America’s capacities for coping with these challenges.

The report suggests that US leaders should encourage more robust engagement between public and policymakers on risks like nuclear conflict and climate change, and should convey risks in ways that people can relate to, for example emphasising ways to reduce threats to vulnerable infrastructure. – Climate News Network

http://climatenewsnetwork.net/climate-nuclear-threats-twins/

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Mayors of Hiroshima, Nagasaki invited to Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

The mayors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima have been invited to the ceremony where an international group that has campaigned for a treaty banning nuclear weapons will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the cities said Wednesday.

Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui is expected to attend the ceremony to be held on Dec 10 in Oslo, while Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue is considering attending, city officials said. They would be the first Hiroshima and Nagasaki mayors to attend a Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.

The efforts of 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winner, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, led to the adoption in July of a landmark U.N. treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. ICAN is seeking the attendance of atomic bomb survivors who have thrown their support behind the treaty.

Although the Japanese government has not joined the treaty, likely due to its reliance on the protection of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have backed efforts for a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons.

Speaking at a U.N. conference to negotiate a nuclear weapons ban treaty in June New York in June, Matsui said the “earnest wish” of the atomic bomb survivors, known in Japan as hibakusha, is to “witness the prohibition of nuclear weapons in their lifetime.”

Taue, meanwhile, attended the signing ceremony of the new treaty in New York in September.

Japan is the only country to have suffered atomic bomb attacks, with the United States dropping the first on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and the second on Nagasaki three days later, during the final stages of World War II.

Around 210,000 people are estimated to have died from the attacks by the end of 1945 and many survivors were left suffering from health problems in the following years.

https://japantoday.com/category/politics/a-bombed-cities’-mayors-invited-to-nobel-peace-prize-ceremony

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North Korea Says It May Give Up Nuclear Weapons If U.S. Abandons Them First!

North Korea suggested Wednesday it may be open to giving up its nuclear weapons, but only if the U.S. did so first.

Ruling Korean Workers’ Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun published a commentary Wednesday in which the country’s authoritarian leadership challenged President Donald Trump to reverse his support for a bigger, stronger U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal and adopt a non-proliferation policy. North Korea has argued its weapons of mass destruction stockpile was necessary only to prevent the U.S. from overthrowing the government of Kim Jong Un, which the U.S. has threatened to do by force if he did not abandon his nuclear weapons.

“The DPRK’s access to nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic rockets is a just choice for self-defense to counter the U.S. nuclear threat. Therefore, no one has right to fault with it,” the newspaper wrote, according to the official Korean Central News Agency, referring to North Korea’s official name: the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“The world’s denuclearization is the aspiration and desire of humankind. If the aspiration and desire come true, U.S. and other countries that have the largest number of nuclear weapons should take the lead in denuclearization,” it added.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017. North Korea has clung on to its nuclear weapons despite international pressure, but said they were only a self-defense measure in the face of the U.S.’s nuclear threat. KCNA via Reuters

The commentary went on to call it “a foolish daydream for the Trump group to dream of the DPRK’s dismantlement of nukes” and urged the U.S. to instead “recognize, respect and coexist with the DPRK as nuclear weapons state.” Since North Korea’s first nuclear test in 2006, the U.S. has led an international campaign of sanctions to pressure North Korea’s leadership into disarming.

President Donald Trump inherited this tension when he came to office in January and, in April, he hardened his stance by expanding the U.S.’s military presence in the Asia-Pacific, specifically calling on his nuclear rival not to conduct a sixth nuclear weapons test as reports suggested it would. Despite Trump’s pledge not to allow Kim to test an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), North Korea did just that in July amid an unprecedented rate of ballistic missile launches. In September, North Korea conducted a hydrogen bomb test, by far its most powerful test to date.

Trump has matched North Korea’s sweeping military advancements this year by doubling down on joint drills with Pacific allies Japan and South Korea in the tense region. The U.S. leader has also threatened to destroy North Korea, raising concerns among U.S. officials and the international community that either Trump or Kim could start a nuclear conflict.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/north-korea-says-may-nuclear-233310576.html

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Most of the UN nearly forgets Fukushima residents ongoing situation at up to 20 mSv/y Japan review (radiation version)

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Japan Review – 28th Session of Universal Periodic Review
14 Nov 2017 –  Universal Periodic Review – Japan National Reports
Another year comes around and the world gets to see the improvements in Human Rights legislation and training that is currently being developed in Japan.
Certain issues such as the Comfort Women of Korea and the abolition of the death penalty are being discussed. Other issues such as womens rights, disability rights and children’s rights were discussed. Many forms of discrimination were in the frame except one.
Reports from Japan concerning discrimination of Fukushima nuclear evacuees, Government policies that are trying to force the evacuees back to contaminated areas and little recognition of any costly health effects that are expected to happen over the coming decades and of course, placing even more stresses on evacuees.
So, to the nub of the matter. Out of 108 speakers, only a handful even mentioned the plight of Japans internally displaced nuclear refugees. The countries UN representatives that did speak up were Germany, Mexico, Portugal and Austria with Costa Rica hoping that the Atomic bomb survivors would have their rights to health care continued and Guatamala hoped that Japan would sign up to the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty.
While the statements varied as to the issues with Fukushimas residents the 2 main points are;
That Japan should continue the health checks that the government are currently deciding to stop or shrink (For the Atomic bomb survivors as well).
The evacuees should have the right of choice and be able to be part of the decision making process involving their communities and groups.
Mr Gunnar Schneider (@02.21:19 in the video)  goes much farther and calls for a return to the safety limit of radiation to 1mSv/y which would allow more people living in higher radiation areas the option to move and receive a decent compensation to evacuate the contaminated areas. He stressed that pregnant women and children need to be considered better in radiation related health decisions.
The UN representatives who should compassion to the victims of the Fukushima disaster and Atomic bomb survivors were;
Costa Rica Ms. Diana Alejandra Alfaro
Germany Mr Gunnar Schneider
Austria Mr Micheal Pfeifer
Mexico Mr Diego Ruiz Gayol
Portugal- Ms Sonia Maria Melo Castro
It should be noted that many countries called on Japan to create an independent Human Rights Council (That would also protect Fukushima residents rights as well as other stakeholder groups discussed at the meeting). but so far, No Human Rights Council in Japan.
In response the Japanese  mission made thorough replies to the council members questions except for the issue of Fukushima related questions and the suppressive Japanese Secrets Act of 2013. However they did make a reply of sorts;
Residents have yearly tests, mental health programs and education of radiation awareness in schools etc show everything is fine in Fukushima.
And in response to the concerns about the Secrets Act, The mission pointed out that no one has been charged and the Act is not suppressing the media. In the background of this hovers the recent interview with Edward Snowden who talked about spying in Japan using the Five Eyes surveillance network. So their claims about there being no “chilling effect” on the media and wider society seemed to ring a little hollow as did their response to questions on the Human Rights of the Fukushima and Miyagi residents.
What the Germans know;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC5ZWCVtC-w
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November 15 Energy News

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Opinion:

¶ “After the storms, it’s microgrid season in the Caribbean” • The destructive winds of Hurricanes Irma and Maria exposed the vulnerabilities of the islands. They also showed how renewable energy sources, such as solar panels backed  up by batteries and microgrid technology, can bring resilience to islands where they have been installed. [GreenBiz]

Solar farm powering the microgrid on St Eustatius (Stuco image)

¶ “3 ways Dynegy is trying to make Illinoisans bail out its aging coal fleet” • Dynegy, a Texas-based energy giant, is pulling out all the stops in Illinois to keep uneconomic and dirty coal plants running. After a nearly successful attempt to get subsidies from the state legislature last year, it is still trying to maintain profits. [Environmental Defense Fund]

¶ “Low-Priced Renewables Driving Change At US Utility Companies” • Renewables are finally getting the attention they deserve from US…

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UK Labour will plan for the economic impacts of climate change

Times 15th Nov 2017, John McDonnell – Labour’s shadow chancellor: As the government continues to
flounder, it is essential that Labour begins to put in place the policies needed not just to rebuild our economy but to secure sound public finances for future generations.

The biggest single future challenge for our economy is in the steadily accumulating threat of climate change and environmental degradation. Already, this is costing us dearly: the Environmental Agency now puts the annual bill from floods at £2.2 billion a year, and, with credible forecasts showing worsening weather conditions, this has been
projected to rise as high as £12 billion.

But it is not just climate change, with all the evidence pointing to a clear link between human
activity and changes in the earth’s climate. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation now forecast that we have only 60 years of farming left globally due to soil erosion. In the UK, 85 per cent of top soil has been eroded since 1850. The Committee on Climate Change has warned that once-fertile land in the east of England could be lost “within a
generation”.
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/labour-will-plan-for-fiscal-impact-of-climate-change-ksjgzwc3w

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In USA Coal and Nuclear Lobbies Joined Forces – locked together in move to get tax-payer handouts

Nuclear frets about ‘marriage of convenience’ with coalSam Mintz and Dylan Brown, E&E News reporters  Coal and nuclear power have become so synonymous lately, they are starting to sound like a pair of always-together high school lovebirds.

Like “SteveandSally,” the two energy sources are now “coalandnuclear,” as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reviews the Department of Energy’s controversial proposal to subsidize both based on the “resilience” they offer the electric grid.

But the romance does not sit well with all those involved.

“Nuclear has support on left, right and center. Coal has become so political these days. It just drives everyone to their corners,” a nuclear industry source told E&E News.

“I think there’s a widespread perception, I don’t know if it’s fair or not, but they’re going the way of the telegraph and the buggy whip. And no one wants to be associated with that,” said the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Mike McKenna, a Republican lobbyist and former Trump transition team member, called it a “marriage of convenience, not of love.”…….

Coal to nuclear: We’re not so different, you and I

Coal appears to have been the driving force behind the DOE proposal, but nuclear is not just along for the ride, National Mining Association spokesman Luke Popovich said. He argues the two have more in common than just reliability….

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19 nations pledge to phase out coal

‘Political watershed’ as 19 countries pledge to phase out coal
New alliance launched at Bonn climate talks hopes to signal the end of the dirtiest fossil fuel that kills 800,000 people a year with air pollution, Guardian, 
Damian Carrington  A new alliance of 19 nations committed to quickly phasing out coal has been launched at the UN climate summit in Bonn, Germany. It was greeted as a “political watershed”, signalling the end of the dirtiest fossil fuel that currently provides 40% of global electricity.

New pledges were made on Thursday by Mexico, New Zealand, Denmark and Angola for the Powering Past Coal Alliance, which is led by the UK and Canada.

“The case against coal is unequivocal,” said UK climate minister Claire Perry, both on environmental and health grounds – air pollution from coal kills 800,000 people a year worldwide. “The alliance will signal to the world that the time of coal has passed.” The UK was the first nation to commit to ending coal use – by 2025 – but the electricity generated by coal has already fallen from 40% to 2% since 2012.

“There is a human cost and an environmental cost but we don’t need to pay that price when the price of renewables has plummeted,” said Catherine McKenna, Canada’s environment minister. “I’m thrilled to see so much global momentum for the transition to clean energy – and this is only the beginning.” The alliance aims to have 50 members by next year.

Asked about Donald Trump’s US administration, whose only event in Bonn was to promote coal, McKenna pointed out that renewable energy already employs 250,000 people in the US, compared to 50,000 in coal, and said this is the clean growth century: “The market has moved on coal.”…….

The Australian Greens MP Adam Bandt said the nation was “posing an existential threat to many of our neighbours” and that the countries backing coal phase outs came from across the political spectrum: “A door has been opened for the Australian government here.”

But Australia’s environment minister Josh Frydenberg, said coal was expected to remain the bedrock of Asia’s power supply, providing about a third of electricity in 2040. At the moment, coal generates about 75% of Australian power…..

The alliance will work by encouraging new commitments and using financing and shared technology and best practice to encourage others to phase out “unabated coal” – plants where carbon dioxide is not captured and buried below ground. Its national members are Angola, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Fiji, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Portugal, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/16/political-watershed-as-19-countries-pledge-to-phase-out-coal

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Courier and Mersea Island Environmental Alliance (MEIA) concerned at dangers of nuclear plan for Bradwell

At the recent community event at the MICA Tuesday 10th October
representatives of the Courier and Mersea Island Environmental Alliance
(MEIA) spoke to various Magnox personnel regarding the lack of an emergency
plan to evacuate the island in case of a nuclear emergency, specifically a
terrorist act against the site.

Magnox responded with the following
statement: “As a result of the efforts Magnox has made to reduce hazards
on Bradwell site we have been able to satisfy the regulator that an
off-site plan is no longer required to protect the local community. We will
continue to maintain an appropriate level of monitoring as required by our
regulators. The local authority still maintains response plans under the
Civil Contingencies Act and these plans will cover any required response to
the site.”

MEIA commented: “Magnox is clearly referring to the
decommissioning and for that their statement is incorrect and unhelpful as
the question was specific. Our question was on the regional Bradwell
nuclear store which will be full of nuclear waste and our concern is that
if the store was targeted by terrorists the consequences could be
catastrophic.

Bradwell has already been identified by the Government as a
potential target being both close to the major army barracks at Colchester
and by its proximity to London. That risk will increase with potential
Chinese new build. Any terrorist attack on the Bradwell regional nuclear
store immediately threatens the local population, in particular those
living closest and others on Mersea under canvas and in holiday
accommodation.

Cllr Peter Banks, Green Party candidate and member of BANNG
and West Mersea Town Council remarked: “What about the fact that the
Graphite Core is classed as high level waste and represents a threat too.
The large reactor one and two buildings represent an easy target, less
chance of missing… At the last LCLC Site Closure Director Bob Nicholls
announced they were building a cover to one of the pits ‘even though
there was no radiation threat’… which begs the question why would they
do that?”

Mersea Island Courier 14th Nov 2017

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Dounreay fast nuclear reactor’s dome to be demolished

BBC 14th Nov 2017, Permission has been sought for major changes to the Dounreay nuclear power
complex, including the demolition of its landmark dome structure. A
planning application has been submitted to Highland Council for the
dismantling of the site’s reactors.

The application covers other work,
including construction of new buildings to store low level radioactive
waste. The waste is currently held in pits that are at risk of being
exposed due to coastal erosion. Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL)
has estimated that this could take from 800 to 3,000 years to happen, with
the radioactive material then being washed out into the North Atlantic.

Thebuildings to be demolished include the Dounreay Fast Reactor’s exterior
superstructure, also known as the sphere and the golf ball. It is a
landmark feature of the nuclear site on the Caithness coast, near Thurso.
The dome, like many other structures at Dounreay, was built in the 1950s.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-41982131

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