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Chernobyl: surviving nuclear liquidators meet, to remember

Liquidators at Chernobyl NPP gather in Moscow to commemorate anniversary of Chernobyl nuclear disaster https://www.tvr.by/eng/news/obshchestvo/v_moskve_v_godovshchinu_katastrofy_na_chernobylskoy_aes_sobralis_likvidatory_radiatsionnoy_avarii_/, 26 Apr 18

In Moscow, the liquidators of the nuclear accident at the Chernobyl NPP gathered together to commemorate the anniversary of the disaster.

The meeting took place in a small museum, which has been collecting archive photos and documents of those events for 10 years now. Employees of the Belarusian embassy in Moscow donated photos from the last expedition to the exclusion zone as a gift to the museum.

Over 600,000 people participated in the liquidation of the consequences of the accident. As a result of the accident, a radioactive cloud spread radioactive materials over most of Europe. The most affected territories are those of Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia.

April 27, 2018 Posted by | history, Ukraine | Leave a comment

New gigantic confinement dome over Chernobyl nuclear wreck is now almost completed

New safe confinement over Chornobyl NPP expected to start working in December, – Poroshenko https://112.international/society/new-safe-confinement-over-chornobyl-npp-expected-to-start-working-in-december-poroshenko-28001.html, 26 Apr 18

The new safe confinement at Chornobyl nuclear power plant will be put into service in December 2018. President Petro Poroshenko said this during his visit to the working ground of the NPP.

‘We’re here today to guarantee further security for Ukrainians and all Europeans to turn their attention to important projects, which we will gradually implement day by day – along with our partners. We plan to put the new safe confinement into service in December’, the president said.

The head of the state added that the mounting works on the object are almost over.

As it was reported earlier, the construction works began in Chornobyl exclusion zone in Nobvemner 2017; the nuclear waste repository will be built in the restricted area of Kyiv region. According to UNN news agency, the opening ceremony took place on November 9; Ukrainian company Energoatom will be the one supervising the construction process.

According to the Minister of Energy and Coal Production Ihor Nasalyk, by building its own nuclear waste repository, Ukraine will be able to refuse the service offered by Russia, which costs Kyiv more than 7 million dollars annually.

April 27, 2018 Posted by | safety, Ukraine, wastes | Leave a comment

Potassium pills to be distributed to residents near Enrico Fermi 2 Nuclear Generating Station

Amherstburg residents near nuclear plant to get anti-radiation pills https://windsor.ctvnews.ca/amherstburg-residents-near-nuclear-plant-to-get-anti-radiation-pills-1.3903204,  April 26, 2018 

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit and the Town of Amherstburg will be starting Potassium Iodide pill distribution in the primary zone near the nuclear generating station.

Residents in the zone, 16.1 km from Enrico Fermi 2 Nuclear Generating Station (Fermi 2), will begin getting the pills on May 7.

KI pills block the thyroid from absorbing radioactive iodine which may be released during a nuclear incident.

In the very unlikely event of a nuclear emergency, KI pills would help to prevent the long term development of thyroid cancer.

Residents that live within the primary zone and on Boblo Island will be receiving letters this week with details inviting them to pick up free KI pills for their home and ask any questions they may have.

The health unit says if you do not receive a letter inviting you to pick up KI pills, your home does not fall within the primary zone.

Residents living within the secondary zone will have an opportunity to receive pills for their home in the near future.

KI pills are only to be taken if instructed by the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario. They should be stored in a safe, dry, and accessible place along with your 72-hour emergency kit.

Health unit officials say the risk has not changed at Fermi 2, however what has changed is the regulatory framework for Canadian nuclear installations.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has mandated that all residents within the primary zone of a nuclear installation have KI pills available in their homes.

While Fermi 2 is not regulated by the CNSC, health unit and town officials want the residents living within the primary zone of Fermi 2 to be as prepared as all other Canadian residents.

For more information on KI pills and KI distribution, please visit www.wechu.org/KI or call 519-258-2146 ext.

April 27, 2018 Posted by | safety, UK | Leave a comment

Romney Marsh could become UK’s first nuclear waste site

Kent Online 23rd April 2018 , Romney Marsh could become the country’s first nuclear waste site.
Folkestone & Hythe District Council (FHDC) has asked the Government for
more information on its Geological Disposal Facility (GDF). The proposal,
to build a radioactive waste site the size of 22 Wembley Stadiums up to
1,000m underground in the UK, is currently out to consultation with
councils.  http://www.kentonline.co.uk/romney-marsh/news/kent-to-house-nuclear-waste-site-181715/

April 27, 2018 Posted by | UK, wastes | Leave a comment

Concern raised by Kilkenny County Council over proximity to Hinkley Point nuclear power plant

Kilkenny People 23rd April 2018, Kilkenny County Council’s ‘concern’ over Hinkley Point nuclear power
expansion. Local councillors last week agreed to write a ‘statement of
concern’ regarding the expansion of the nuclear power plant at Hinkley
Point in Somerset, England.

Cllr Malcolm Noonan and Tomas Breathnach raised
the matter at the monthly meeting of Kilkenny County Council. Cllr Noonan
noted that Tuesday was the cut-off for submissions, in what he described as
a ‘very limited’ consultation process.

He requested members write a statement of concern. Cllr Tomas Breathnach said that the power station is
located 250km from the south-east of Ireland, and that the consultation
process now in place was not there during the initial planning process in 2013.
https://www.kilkennypeople.ie/news/home/309266/kilkenny-county-council-s-concerns-over-hinkley-point-nuclear-power-expansion.html

April 27, 2018 Posted by | Ireland, politics international, UK | Leave a comment

Who is responsible for plutonium contamination at Washinton nuclear cleanup site?

LA Times 23rd April 2018, As crews demolished a shuttered nuclear weapons plant during 2017 in
central Washington, specks of plutonium were swept up in high gusts and
blown miles across a desert plateau above the Columbia River.

The releases at the Department of Energy cleanup site spewed unknown amounts of
plutonium dust into the environment, coated private automobiles with the
toxic heavy metal and dispensed lifetime internal radioactive doses to 42
workers.

The contamination events went on for nearly 12 months, getting
progressively worse before the project was halted in mid-December. Now,
state health and environmental regulators, Department of Energy officials
and federal safety investigators are trying to figure out what went wrong
and who is responsible.
http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2018/04/why_was_plutonium_dust_left_to.html

April 27, 2018 Posted by | - plutonium, USA | Leave a comment

Indigenous, environmental, groups warn that Canada is mismanaging nuclear wastes

Toronto Star 23rd April 2018 , Canada mishandling nuclear waste plans, Indigenous, environmental groups
warn. First Nations leaders say they have not been properly consulted about
the prospect of a nuclear waste disposal site being established northwest
of Ottawa near a prominent nuclear research centre.

Environmental groupsalso say the controversy over the site near Chalk River, Ont., illustrates
the fact that the federal government lacks suitable policies to regulate
the handling of nuclear waste. Glen Hare, deputy grand chief of the
Anishinabek Nation, says his people were not consulted about the proposed
dump site, which is located less than a kilometre away from the Ottawa
River.
https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/04/23/canada-mishandling-nuclear-waste-plans-indigenous-environmental-groups-warn.html

April 27, 2018 Posted by | Canada, indigenous issues | Leave a comment

Canada’s clean and beautiful forests, lakes and rivers threatened by nuclear waste plan at Chalk River

Ottawa Citizen 23rd April 2018 , What makes Canada stand out in the world is unlimited natural beauty: miles
of unspoiled forests, lakes, rivers, prairies and tundra. We are a green,
clean country. Or so we like to think.

So it may come as a surprise that we
plan to put 40 per cent of Canada’s radioactive waste in a gigantic dump
at Chalk River, next to the Ottawa River. The dump will hold
“low-level” waste that contains radioactive uranium, plutonium, cesium,
strontium, iodine and tritium (among others).

Rain and melting snow will leach radioactive elements from the dump. Every year, Canadian Nuclear
Laboratories estimates an average of 6.5 million litres of this water will
be treated and discharged into a nearby wetland and thence the Ottawa
River. An unforeseen event – earthquake, deluge or explosion – could
contaminate the Ottawa River and its riverbed from Chalk River to Montreal.
http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/shacherl

April 27, 2018 Posted by | Canada, water | Leave a comment

UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) flip flops in its plans for Trawsfynydd wastes

BBC 25th April 2018 , Plans to remove every scrap of radioactive waste from a former nuclear
plant are under review, it has emerged. The former Trawsfynydd site in
Gwynedd has been undergoing decommissioning since it ended generation in
1991.

Originally, the power station was due to be left in a state of “care
and repair” by 2030 and finally cleared entirely by the 2090s. But the
review could see the remaining structures continue to be removed and
low-risk waste left on site. The details were revealed in presentations to
the Snowdonia National Park Authority by the body responsible for
cleaning-up the UK’s old nuclear plants.

At the moment, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) plans to mothball the Trawsfynydd site by
about 2029, leaving any existing radioactive material there to decay
naturally over time, before clearing everything. But the park authority was
told that a case is now being developed for continuous decommissioning and
for some low-level radioactive waste to be left there permanently.

Officials said the concrete reactor buildings were decaying structurally,
and work should get underway to remove them. But a suggestion that
low-level radioactive waste might remain on site has been met with
criticism by some in the anti-nuclear lobby.

Robat Idris, from the campaign group People Against Wylfa B, told BBC Radio Cymru: “Once again, we are
seeing the nuclear industry changing what they say about this process.
“Originally, the promise was that they would clear the entire site of
radioactive material, but now it looks like they are considering keeping
some of that material there for a very long time, if indeed they will
remove it at all.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-43898737

April 27, 2018 Posted by | UK, wastes | Leave a comment

Nuclear Power Military Links

Scientists for Global Responsibility 12th April 2018 , SGR patron Prof Keith Barnham reflects on his work with Scientists Against Nuclear Arms investigating the military diversion of civilian nuclear materials – and considers the relevance for academics and activists today.   http://www.sgr.org.uk/resources/being-radical-scientist-lessons-1980s

April 27, 2018 Posted by | 2 WORLD, weapons and war | Leave a comment

USA’s Government Accountability Office slams Hanford nuclear waste plant operations

Feds bash Hanford nuclear waste plant troubles, question DOE priorities, Tri City Herald, BY ANNETTE CARY, acary@tricityherald.com 2018  

April 27, 2018 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment

Australian uranium company Paladin looks to closing its loss-making Langer Heinrich uranium mine

Paladin Energy has flagged the potential closure of its flagship Langer Heinrich uranium mine, just two months after it returned to the Australian Stock Exchange after an $800 million debt re­structuring. … (subscribers only)
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/paladin-may-shut-lossmaking-langer-heinrich-uranium-mine/news-story/53c1dda5b5b01ff36771af7b683aaafc

April 27, 2018 Posted by | business and costs, Uranium | Leave a comment