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UK anti-nuclear groups plan to stand candidates for elections, opposing Bradwell new nuclear station

Maldon Standard 30th April 2021, ANTI-NUCLEAR campaign groups have urged political candidates standing for
the Essex County Council elections on Thursday to support their cause
against the building of a new nuclear power station Bradwell B

.TheBlackwater Against New Nuclear Group and the Bradwell Action Network hope
to get candidates on their side in time for the elections, with responses
being posted on the groups’ respective websites. Both groups are
encouraging residents opposed to the Bradwell B project to contact their
Essex County Council candidates asking them to make their views known.

https://www.maldonandburnhamstandard.co.uk/news/19269457.banng-seek-response-election-candidates-may-6/

May 3, 2021 Posted by | politics, UK | Leave a comment

Poor prospects for small nuclear reactors (SMRs) as a cure for climate change

The nuclear industry and the U. S. Department of Energy are promoting the development of SMRs, supposedly to head off the most severe impacts of climate change. But are SMRs a practical and realistic technology for this purpose?

To answer, two factors are paramount to consider – time and cost. These factors can be used to divide SMRs into two broad categories:
Light water reactors based on the same general technical and design principles as present-day power reactors in the U.S., which in theory could be certified and licensed with less complexity and difficulty.

Designs that use a range of different fuel designs, such as solid balls moving through the reactor core like sand, or molten materials flowing through the core; moderators such as graphite; and coolants such as helium, liquid sodium or molten salts.

On both counts, the prospects for SMRs are poor.

EWG 25th March 2021

https://www.ewg.org/news-insights/news/why-small-modular-nuclear-reactors-wont-help-counter-climate-crisis

May 3, 2021 Posted by | climate change, Small Modular Nuclear Reactors | Leave a comment

New Zealand nuclear veterans want apology and compensation from the government

New Zealand’s nuclear horror still not acknowledged say vets  Stuff, Janine Rankin May 02 2021 Photos on a wall, names on a board and an academic study will ensure the radiation damage to 551 men who witnessed Britain’s nuclear bomb explosions in the Pacific is never forgotten.

But what the New Zealand survivors of those blasts really want is an apology and compensation from the Government.

The stories of the nuclear veterans and the subsequent heartache and illness affecting them and the off-spring of those who had families have been retold in Palmerston North this weekend.

It was the third opening of Denise Baynham’s exhibition of the photographs and stories of navy veterans “Operation Grapple, We were There” at Te Manawa art gallery……………

……..   The men exposed to those bomb blasts, many times more powerful than the bombs that ended World War II in Japan, suffered radiation damage, and still do.

A carefully controlled sample of 50 veterans showed three times the frequency of genetic damage, technically called total chromosome translocations, than the control group.

Rowland is now the association’s patron, and he and Sefton’s close friend and successor Tere Tahu are determined to have the Government acknowledge the harm done.

They have a meeting with Veterans’ Affairs Minister Meka Whaitiri on May 10, with the goal of gaining an audience with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Veteran John Purcell said until now, they had only received “a wall of silence” from successive ministers.

“It is my belief that the Crown abrogated its duty of care by dispatching HMNZS Pukaki and Rotoiti to take part in the British nuclear testing, being fully aware that we were being sent into harm’s way.”

What he wants is a public apology, a public acceptance of the research findings, urgent research regarding the children and grandchildren of veterans, and compensation.,   https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/125002784/new-zealands-nuclear-horror-still-not-acknowledged-say-vets

May 3, 2021 Posted by | health, New Zealand, weapons and war | Leave a comment

May 2 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “Why E-Fuels In Cars Make No Economic Or Environmental Sense” • With the review of the EU CO₂ emissions standards for cars and vans scheduled for June 2021, some are advocating CO₂ credits for advanced biofuels and synthetic fuels. Transport & Environment’s analysis shows why this is neither environmentally nor economically credible. [CleanTechnica] […]

May 2 Energy News — geoharvey

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Evidence Sent to the Public Inquiry – Please Send Your Own in Before May 6th —

Originally posted on Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole: Dear Friends, below is our evidence to the public inquiry – please do use this as inspiration for your own letters to the planning inspectorate. Our evidence is not a full list by any means – for example we havn’t mentioned the re-routing of the Wainwright…

Evidence Sent to the Public Inquiry – Please Send Your Own in Before May 6th —

May 3, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment