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EU seeks design bids for storage plant for Georgia’s nuclear waste

OSLO (Reuters) – Sweden’s radiation safety authority launched a tender on Monday for the design of a nuclear storage and processing plant for Georgia’s Soviet-era radioactive waste.

The authority, SSM, is the coordinator of a European Union storage project activated after Georgia finished locating the waste. The country will receive 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.08 million) for two years for collaborating.

The tender closes on May 10, said SSM.

April 9, 2019 Posted by | EUROPE, wastes | Leave a comment

Austrians protest against the completion of Mochovce again

 Slovak Spectator, 8 Apr 19,But both the operator of the nuclear power plant and the Slovak regulator consider it scaremongering. The Austrians have objected to the third and fourth blocks of the Mochovce nuclear power plant, situated in Nitra Region, once again.

Global 2000, an Austrian environmental organisation, has claimed that the massive 1.5-metre-wide containment of the new reactor in Mochovce is not safe enough since it was drilled through and technologies were anchored in it, referring to an anonymous source. They pointed to the weakened stability of the building and damaged hermetic chambers that are expected to stop the potential leak of radioactive substances in case of an accident, the SITA newswire reported…….

The company called the statement of the Austrian organisation misleading and false. ……

April 9, 2019 Posted by | EUROPE, politics international | Leave a comment

Nuclear challenge: How Japan has boosted food exports from disaster hit Fukushima – exclusive government interview

08-Apr-2019 By Tingmin Koe, Japanese authorities have been engaging both tourists and foreign governments in a double-pronged strategy to promote food products produced in areas that were hardest hit by the nuclear disaster in 2011, according to a senior government official.


April 9, 2019 Posted by | Fukushima continuing | Leave a comment

UK’s National Grid prepares for 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025.

Renew Economy 8th April 2019 National Grid, the operator of the UK electricity system and the equivalent
to the Australian Energy Market Operator, says it is preparing to change
its systems so it can operate the electricity grid with 100 per cent
renewable energy by 2025.
Australia is often thought as a leader in the
transition to renewables, but the progress in other countries is usually
In the UK, the Tory government’s official policy is to phase
out coal completely by 2025 and the grid operator says it needs to develop
a system in which it doesn’t need coal or gas back-up. The document
identifies the areas where traditional generation has delivered services
such as inertia, frequency control and voltage, which will now have to come
from wind and solar, plus various storage technologies and other “demand
side” options. This will require a re-design of the markets to better
represent the new technologies and the passing of the old ones. It has now
set a work plan that sets various deadlines in coming years, and tenders
for providers of new technologies.

April 9, 2019 Posted by | renewable, UK | Leave a comment

SCANA ends internal investigation into failed nuclear reactor project

SCANA ends internal investigation

April 9, 2019 Posted by | Legal, secrets,lies and civil liberties, USA | Leave a comment

Jail for hospital manager who took $10 million bribe from SNC Lavalin

Former hospital manager who took $10 million bribe to favour SNC Lavalin bid sentenced to 39 months in prison 8 Apr 19,  MONTREAL — A former hospital manager who pocketed a $10-million bribe in return for helping SNC-Lavalin win a Montreal hospital-building contract has been sentenced to 39 months in prison.

Quebec court Judge Claude Leblond sentenced Yanai Elbaz today in Montreal in a case that has been described as the greatest corruption fraud in Canadian history.

The judge rejected an argument from the McGill University Health Centre, which claimed it was entitled to compensation as a victim of the fraud. He ruled the question should be dealt with through civil proceedings.

In an agreed statement of facts tied to Elbaz’s plea, the former MUHC manager admitted to giving privileged information to engineering firm SNC-Lavalin to help its submission for the contract to build a massive hospital complex in west-end Montreal.

Elbaz, who has been detained since his Nov. 26 guilty plea, also admitted to denigrating SNC’s competitors in front of the hospital’s selection committee.

Elbaz and Arthur Porter, the ex-CEO of the MUHC who died a fugitive in Panamanian custody in 2015, received a total of $22.5 million to rig the bidding process to favour SNC-Lavalin, the statement of facts said.

April 9, 2019 Posted by | Canada, secrets,lies and civil liberties | Leave a comment