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Nuclear news this week

Some bits of good news –  100% renewables is feasible worldwide at low cost.  

big increase in numbers of the beautiful chameleon-like  giant cuttlefish (above). The Spencer Gulf is home to the only known large breeding colony of Giant Australian Cuttlefish. The increase is due to the re-imposition of a temporary fishing ban in the area . But in 2012, the federal government subtly  changed law to enable BHP to expand its uranium mine, and to build a desalination plant that would alter the breeding area, and eliminate this species. Work of the Conservation Council of South Australia, a public outcry, and a petition, helped to prevent the extinction of this species

Covid-19 .  It’s not as if the pandemic has gone away –   does anybody care any more? How COVID-19 is affecting the globe.

Climate change hasn’t gone away either. It is here world wide. Red Cross and Red Crescent care.

 Attacking a nuclear plant ‘suicidal,’ UN chief tells journalists in Japan.

Nuclear war between two nations could spark global famine.    The Lessons We Haven’t Learned.      Connecting Toxic Memories: Hiroshima and Nuremberg.

Storage of nuclear wastes and of dead nuclear reactors is becoming a political nightmare.

Risk of death rises as climate change causes nighttime temperatures to climb



Ukraine Plant Under Fire Showcases ‘Dangerous’ Nature of Nuclear Power, Experts Say.

More shelling near Ukraine nuclear plant. Very high radiation risks amid shelling at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Ukraine calls for demilitarised zone around the shelled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. Ukraine and its Western backers should be held accountable for the ‘suicidal’ attack on Europe’s largest nuclear powerplant.  Russia summons session of UN Security Council over nuclear emergency.    Ukraine targets Russian soldiers accused of threatening nuclear plant.    70% of Western weapons sent to Ukraine don’t reach troops – CBS.

EUROPEMoldova ships in radiation pills as fighting rages near Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Climate change: Drought highlights dangers for electricity supplies from nuclear, hydro, fossil, and solar sources.

JAPAN. Nagasaki urges the elimination of nuclear weapons as city marks 77th A-bomb anniversary . Nagasaki A-bomb survivor told German foreign minister to spurn ‘nuclear umbrella‘. 

The shadows grow longer in Fukushima   More Cases of Stomach Cancer in Fukushima Prefecture .    Japan’s unilateral decision of dumping nuclear-contaminated water into ocean not responsible: Chinese ambassador for disarmament affairs .   “Legal Battles Continue over TEPCO and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Cause”    Respite for Japan as radioactive Fukushima water accumulation slows

Hisashi Ouchi Suffered an 83-day Death By Radiation Poisoning.

SOUTH KOREAFukushima water dumping plan triggers fresh anger from South Korea.



NORWAYUranium Film Festival for the first time in Norway- 24 – 25 August.


CANADA. New Liberal leader questions small nuclear reactors Nishnawbe Aski Nation opposes possible site for storage of nuclear waste. Ontario nuclear waste site selectors delay announcement until 2024.

IRANU.S. says ready to quickly conclude Iran nuclear deal based on EU text.

GERMANY. Germany continues to close down its last remaining nuclear reactors. Utility company Eon talks about possibility of delaying the closure of Germany’s last nuclear reactor.  

AUSTRALIA. Taiwan not worth a mushroom cloud.      How even small nuclear war would kill billions in apocalyptic famine.    Bob Carr puts Peter Dutton on the spot -calls for detail on Dutton’s plans for nuclear power in Australia.    Nuclear power – never a realistic option for Australia.

Nuclear bomb tests at Maralinga triggered Hedley Marston to study fallout over Australia.


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UK nuclear whinging about Brexit? Blame Boris the Buffoon!

“The UK says the bloc is unfairly excluding it from the Copernicus earth observation project, the Horizon Europe research fund and the nuclear regulator Euratom…”

So the Uk is taking legal action. These are seperate agreements to the Withdrawal Agreement that the EU is taking legal action on (because of the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill, Data and other issues).

How will this effect the the UK nuclear industry and wider nuclear co-operation and funding?

Lets see what the agreement is all about.

From EU website

“It provides for wide-ranging cooperation on safe and peaceful uses of nuclear energy, underpinned by commitments by both Euratom and the UK to comply with international non-proliferation obligations and uphold a high level of nuclear safety standards.”

Well I have not seen any reference to the non proliferation aspect of this disagreement but it would surely be an issue for EU if UK decides to go ahead with this legal challenge. The UK has been chastised for increasing the number of weapons that will increase to over a set figure set by NPT agreements for starters and you should go to CND UK for more detailed info on this thorny topic.

More generally the EU UK agreement concerning EURATOM caters for these points;

What the EU-UK Agreement for cooperation on the safe and peaceful uses of nuclear energy enables

  • the supply and transfer of nuclear material, non-nuclear material, technology and equipment;
  • trade and commercial cooperation relating to the nuclear fuel cycle;
  • cooperation in the safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste;
  • nuclear safety and radiation protection;
  • use of radioisotopes and radiation in agriculture, industry and medicine;
  • geological and geophysical exploration;
  • development, production, further processing and use of uranium resources.

Of course as we see from the Ukraine crisis the info that EU gets about 20% of its nuclear fuel from Russia and EDF are supposed to make big investments in UK nuclear builds (1 a year according to the oaf Boris Johnson).

Radioisotopes for health might be impacted though the EU has been considerate concerning medicines re Northern Ireland Protocol issues. It may be that the EU will have a light touch concerning other aspects but I do wonder how they will view an increase in nuclear weapons?

There are some legal thoughts that the UK may have a case as this issue was agreed seperate to the Withdrawal Agreement and the UK may have some sort of case.

I will keep an eye on this topic but this was just a update on this development for readers. Feel free to opine or leave links in the comments section on your thoughts.

Regards Shaun McGee aka arclight2011

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France’s government determined to expand nuclear power, oblivious to environmental, safety, and cost ill-effects

the plant’s cooling processes have increased the water’s temperature by 6 degrees C, which has triggered ripple effects throughout the food chain.

that will have a disastrous impact on the ecosystem,”

French nuclear plants break a sweat over heat wave, DW 15 Aug 22, Successive heat waves are putting French nuclear reactors under strain. But that is not pushing them into an existential crisis, as Lisa Louis reports from Paris.

Like other European countries, France has been baking in temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) for several weeks. Although that is putting French nuclear reactors under strain, this does not seem to be calling the country’s nuclear-heavy energy strategy into question.

Nuclear power plants normally generate roughly 70% of electricity in France — making nuclear’s share of the energy mix there higher than in any other country.

But more than half of the country’s 56 reactors have been closed for several months due to planned or extraordinary maintenance.

And about a fifth of them would normally need to interrupt their activity or at least reduce it to a bare minimum, as the water temperature of the rivers into which plants discharge their cooling water exceeds a certain limit.

But the government has suspended that rule until at least September 11.

‘Ripple effects throughout the food chain’

For Jean-Pierre Delfau, an environmental activist at local group FNE86, that is an exasperating decision.

“I just can’t understand how they can keep the reactors running although that will have a disastrous impact on the ecosystem,” he told DW, as he and two other environmentalists made their way through high grass on the bank of the Garonne river to take a water sample on a recent afternoon.

The Garonne supplies cooling water for the Golfech nuclear plant in southwestern France. One of the power station’s two reactors has been standing still for months, after authorities found corrosion and small cracks on pipes relevant for the plant’s safety. The second reactor is still functioning.

“Due to the heat, the Garonne’s water throughput is already down to 50 cubic meters per second, from several thousand in normal times,” Delfau said. “The Golfech plant makes that worse, as it uses 8 cubic meters for its cooling system but only discharges 6 cubic meters back, as some of the water evaporates during the process,” he pointed out.

He added that the plant’s cooling processes have increased the water’s temperature by 6 degrees C, which has triggered ripple effects throughout the food chain.

“The warmer water destroys microalgae that are food for certain small fish, which bigger fish feed on,” explained the 79-year-old, who has been an anti-nuclear protester for more than 50 years.

“Plus, warmer water contains more bacteria. In order to make it potable, we have to add a lot of chemicals, which people then drink.”

Not an existential crisis for French nuclear power

Power company EDF, which runs all of France’s nuclear power plants, declined an interview request with DW. A spokeswoman replied by email that the situation was “extraordinary” and that so far, environmental probes had not revealed any negative impact on the flora and fauna around the respective reactors.

Despite environmental concerns, current issues are not throwing French nuclear power into an existential crisis. The government is planning to soon nationalize EDF and construct additional nuclear plants.

That has Anna Creti, climate economy director at Paris University Dauphine, scratching her head.

“It’s not quite clear how this strategy is supposed to work on a technology level, especially in the short run,” she told DW.

Technology not ready

“France is banking on so-called small modular reactors (SMRs), for which there exist roughly 40 different technologies, all of them in a pilot phase,” Creti said. “Getting them ready for deployment could take up to 10 years,” she added.

“The government also plans to construct more pressurized-water, so-called EPR reactors — a model that has encountered numerous problems,” she continued.

According to current predictions, the country’s first EPR plant is to go live next year in Flamanville in the north of the country. According to developer EDF, building costs have so far at least tripled, to roughly €13 billion ($13.3 billion).

The European Court of Auditors puts that figure at €19 billion — with construction taking more than 10 years longer than planned. Other EPRs in Britain, China and Finland are reported to experience construction, conceptual or production problems.

“The government has nevertheless earmarked €150 billion for refurbishing existing nuclear plants and constructing new ones,” Creti said, adding that no such funding boon was announced for renewables, although Paris is working on new rules to cut red tape for development of renewables.

“Putting more money intorenewables would make sense, as theyhave become ever cheaper over the past few years, and their technology is sufficiently advanced for them to be deployed immediately across the country,” she emphasized.

France is the only European country not to have reached its 2020 EU renewables targets. Renewable energies make up only roughly 19% of energy production, instead of the planned 23%……………………………………..

Energy shortages expected in winter

Philippe Mante is strongly hoping for that [shift to renewables]. He’s in charge of climate affairs at EELV, France’s green party, which is opposed to constructing new nuclear plants. For the sake of energy security, the party is not in favor of immediately dismantling existing nuclear energy plants.

Neighboring countries will be watching closely. Until now, France has been Europe’s biggest net energy exporter. This year, however, the country will have to import more electricity than it’s exporting. 

That’s likely to add even more pressure to energy prices, which are already skyrocketing, due among other things to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine and reduced delivery of Russian gas.

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