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UK govt’s new funding of nuclear projects contrasts with its lack of support for renewable project in Wales

NFLA 5th June 2018 , The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) is very disappointed, but not at
all surprised, with the announcement by UK Energy Minister Greg Barker to
offer £5 billion of taxpayer money to assist with the funding of the Wylfa
B new nuclear reactor in Anglesey.

Whilst going against years of previous
government policy, it also compares unfavourably with the expected lack of
Government support of an exciting new renewable energy project in Wales –
the proposed development of the Swansea tidal lagoon scheme, and future
projects planned in Cardiff Bay and off the north Wales coast.

At present this scheme looks to be on a life support machine, though the Government
delayed the expected announcement to ditch the project and the thousands of
jobs that could be created.
http://www.nuclearpolicy.info/news/wylfa-b-swansea-bay-tidal-lagoon-developing-low-carbon-energy-solutions/

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June 8, 2018 Posted by | renewable, UK | Leave a comment

Bangkok restaurants stop serving fish recently imported from Fukushima Pref

 (Mainichi Japan) 

June 8, 2018 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Call to stop the persecution of whistleblower Julian Assange

US activist Kevin Zeese calls for demonstrations against the persecution of Julian Assange https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/06/06/zees-j06.html 6 June 2018

Kevin Zeese, a prominent US activist and lawyer, issued the following statement this week endorsing action in defense of Julian Assange, including the June 17 rally in Sydney and vigils in London and around the world on June 19.

Zeese has spoken out against the escalating censorship of the Internet and the broader erosion of democratic rights. He is a co-director of the Popular Resistance organisation and is on the advisory board of the Courage Foundation which raises funds for the defence of persecuted journalists and whistleblowers.

Statement of Kevin Zeese endorsing protests and vigils in defense of Julian Assange  

Julian Assange through his work as editor of WikiLeaks has made major strides toward democratizing the media by creating a vehicle for whistleblowers to share the truth and correct the misinformation of the mass corporate media. Assange and WikiLeaks have given people a precious tool—access to the undeniable truth about what governments and big business are doing. This is a tool we can all use to educate each other about what is really going on around us.

Assange is being persecuted because a democratized media threatens the monopoly over media control of the elites. A democratized media makes it more difficult for them to misinform, mislead and propagandize.

Through WikiLeaks, Assange with whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning have exposed war crimes, the truth about the Guantanamo Bay prison, the corporate domination of US policy and the actions of governments around the world and more. This has led to popular revolts around the world that have challenged those who abuse their power.

Freedom of speech and freedom of the press is being defined by the treatment of Julian Assange. Everyone who cares about these freedoms should speak out and take action on his behalf by joining the demonstration in Sydney, Australia on June 17 and the vigils being held in London and around the world on June 19—the anniversary of when Julian sought asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy six years ago. On June 19 at 11:00 a.m. we will be holding a protest in support of Julian Assange at the White House. Please join us to call for an end to his persecution.

Kevin Zeese, co-director of Popular Resistance, member of the advisory board of the Courage Foundation

June 8, 2018 Posted by | 2 WORLD, civil liberties | Leave a comment

Opposition to shipping nuclear wastes into Idaho for “temporary” storage

Speakers oppose nuclear waste shipments  https://magicvalley.com/news/local/speakers-oppose-nuclear-waste-shipments/article_f7e16017-6629-5152-a73e-5404b61211d8.html TIMES-NEWS  TWIN FALLS. 6 June 18  — City Councilman Chris Talkington and Buhl farmer James Reed will speak Friday against the shipments of nuclear waste through Idaho.

Idaho was the nation’s nuclear waste dump until Gov. Phil Batt in 1995 negotiated an end to the practice, by limiting the time nuclear waste can stay in Idaho. But that agreement is now at risk, says the Snake River Alliance, Idaho’s nuclear watchdog. … people are expected to turn out Friday at the Twin Falls Visitor Center in opposition of the U.S. Department of Energy’s plan to ship 7,000 cubic meters of nuclear waste from Hanford, Wash., to Idaho National Laboratory, a nuclear research site near Arco on top of the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer. 

The DOE plans to ship the waste to INL for assessment before permanent disposal at nation’s waste isolation pilot project (WIPP) in New Mexico. The 1995 Nuclear Waste Settlement Agreement established a one-year in-and-out rule, limiting nuclear waste’s time in Idaho to just 12 months.
But WIPP has been disabled by two underground accidents, slowing the flow of nuclear waste materials into the waste disposal, Wendy Wilson, executive director of Snake River Alliance, said Wednesday.

“The waste from Hanford could be stranded in Idaho in violation of the nuclear waste settlement agreement,” Wilson said.

The alliance is launching its statewide Don’t Waste Idaho campaign at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Twin Falls Visitor Center. Petitions asking Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden to oppose the DOE’s plans will be available to sign.

Also, a no-host dinner is planned for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Rock Creek Restaurant in Twin Falls.

June 8, 2018 Posted by | opposition to nuclear, USA | Leave a comment

Japan High School Peace Envoys Keen to Deliver Voices of Hibakusha 

https://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2018060701223

   Tokyo,  (Jiji Press), 7 June 18, –Japanese “high school peace ambassadors” on Thursday expressed their hopes to convey the voices of hibakusha, or atomic bomb survivors, for nuclear abolition to the world, and spread peace across the globe.
The high school students, who took part in a campaign to collect signatures with the aim of abolishing nuclear weapons, have been selected as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018.
At an event in Tokyo on Thursday to report the peace ambassador activities, Konami Funai, 17, a high school third-grader from Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan, spoke about her visit to the secretariat of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in March.
“It made me even prouder of our activities,” she said, referring to the nomination as a Nobel prize candidate. But Funai added that even if they win the prize, it would not be their goal. “I’ll patiently continue to call for nuclear abolition.”
The high school peace ambassadors were nominated a Nobel Peace Prize candidate by the Norwegian committee, after Japanese lawmakers recommended them for the award with the campaign marking its 20th anniversary this year.

June 8, 2018 Posted by | Education, Japan, opposition to nuclear | Leave a comment

As costs of renewable energy continue to fall, UK’s Hinkley and Wylfa nuclear power projects look more and more financially risky

Current News 5th June 2018 The UK’s renewables lobby has scrutinised the government’s decision to
directly invest billions of pounds in Hitachi’s proposed nuclear project,
suggesting renewables to be a far cheaper and quicker way of decarbonising
the country’s power.

Yesterday energy secretary Greg Clark confirmed to
parliament that the government had entered into negotiations with
Hitachi’s nuclear unit Horizon Nuclear Power over the proposed
development of a 2.9GW nuclear facility in north Wales. But rather than
leave the development risk with third parties like it has with Hinkley
Point C and EDF, the government is discussing the prospect of directly
investing billions of pounds into the project in what constitutes a
significant U-turn in government policy.

Nina Skorupska, chief executive of the Renewable Energy Association, responded to the news by stating that the
government needed to “carefully consider” the value for money argument
before intervening. “Hitachi’s struggles to fund the project privately
represent one of the great challenges facing the nuclear industry, that it
is highly complex and costly to design, build, operate and maintain a
nuclear power station,” she said.

Furthermore, Skorupska added that as
the cost of renewables like solar and wind continues to fall, they stand to
be better suited to the wider nuances the energy transition presents.
“The costs of renewables are falling all the time whilst the clean
technology sector continues to set records for generation, it is much
quicker and cheaper to build an energy from waste, solar, wind or biomass
plant than continue to pursue nuclear investment. Research shows that in
the future the inflexible properties of nuclear will also become a
liability to the system rather than an asset as it cannot respond quickly
enough to changes in demand and supply on the system.”

https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/renewables-lobby-questions-economics-behind-wylfa-newydd-nuclear-investment

June 8, 2018 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

EDF looks to a profitable industry in decommissioning nuclear reactors


Nuclear Energy Insider 6th June 2018 , As France’s EDF expands into new decommissioning markets, learnings at the
group’s first pressurized water reactor dismantling is informing new cutting, tooling and waste strategies.

A new partnership agreement between EDF’s decommissioning subsidiary Cyclife and Sweden’s Fortum highlights
EDF’s aim to become a leader in the European nuclear decommissioning space.

Cyclife and Fortum announced May 30 they will jointly develop services in
nuclear decommissioning and waste management, focusing on the Nordic
region. European nuclear decommissioning activity is on the rise as ageing
fleets and energy policy shifts combine with stubbornly-low wholesale power
prices. By 2020, some 150 European reactors will have reached a 40-year
lifespan.
https://analysis.nuclearenergyinsider.com/edf-ramps-nuclear-decommissioning-efficiency-eyes-europe

June 8, 2018 Posted by | business and costs, France, wastes | Leave a comment

Nuclear: Finally a parliamentary debate on the safety of fuel pools

Greenpeace Belgium 5th June 2018 , Nuclear: Finally a parliamentary debate on the safety of fuel pools.
Greenpeace is pleased that the Subcommittee on Nuclear Safety has decided
to discuss the report “The safety of nuclear reactors and fuel storage
pools in France and Belgium and the related reinforcement measures” [1],
commissioned by the environmental protection association to 7 independent
international experts and sent last October to the competent authorities.

Only children close their eyes to remove a danger,” said Eloi Glorieux,
nuclear expert at Greenpeace and one of the three speakers of the
Subcommittee of the day. “That our MPs behave as adults and debate nuclear
security today, we can only rejoice.

It is now necessary for Engie-Electrabel to do the same and to take the appropriate measures to
better protect the power stations against external attacks. ” In October,
for security reasons, Greenpeace sent the full report only to the
Director-General of the Crisis Center, the director of the FANC and the
Minister of the Interior and Security, Mr. Jambon. In order to fuel the
public debate, the association had called for a parliamentary debate on the
content of the report. It will have taken months before it can be done,
after the members of the Subcommittee were able, under strict conditions,
to consult the report.
http://www.greenpeace.org/belgium/fr/presse/Nucleaire-Enfin-un-debat-parlementaire-sur-la-securite-des-piscines-de-combustibles/

June 8, 2018 Posted by | France, safety | Leave a comment

Trump’s nationalisation of the nuclear energy marketplace could cost U.S. consumers up to $17 billion a year

NIRS 6th June 2018 The controversial Trump Administration plan to nationalize the nuclear
energy marketplace could cost U.S. consumers up to $17 billion a year in
artificially high electricity bills, with the prospect of extensive
coal-fired power plant subsidies potentially doubling that figure.

Further, the bailouts of nuclear and coal could trip up America‘s renewables
industry, leaving the U.S. even further behind in the global race for clean
energy technology development and deployment, according to three experts
participating in a news conference today.

Today, the Nuclear Information & Resource Service (NIRS) updated and expanded the nuclear bailout costs
estimated in its November 2016 report that concluded that federal handouts
for nuclear alone could add up to $280 billion to electricity bills by
2030. A bailout of coal-fired power plants would leave ratepayers and
taxpayers holding the bag for even more. NIRS estimates that the current
Trump bailout scheme could cost consumers $8-$17 billion for just the
nuclear element and as much again for coal subsidies.
https://www.nirs.org/press/experts-nuclear-bailout-could-cost-up-to-17-billion-a-year-and-destroy-renewables-industry-in-u-s/

June 8, 2018 Posted by | business and costs, politics, USA | Leave a comment