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Feds say San Onofre nuclear fuel transfers can resume

May 21, 2019   SAN ONOFRE, Calif. (AP) — Federal regulators are allowing operators of a closed Southern California nuclear power plant to resume transferring nuclear waste to a storage facility….. (subscribers only) https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Feds-say-San-Onofre-nuclear-fuel-transfers-can-13869868.php

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May 23, 2019 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

In Malaysia renewables are replacing nuclear energy

Malaysia – renewables replacing nuclear, but coal still on the cards, Smart Energy, 20 May 19, Malaysia will continue to embrace and develop thermal power capacity for the next decade and beyond, which will see an increase of 5 GW of coal and gas capacity.

And renewables, particularly wind and solar, will also rise by 2.8 GW, according to a new report which explores the make-up of the country’s energy mix to 2030.

However, the study by analytics company GlobalData points out that rise of renewables will come at the expense of nuclear, which has seen new build plans stall because of strong public opposition……… https://www.smart-energy.com/industry-sectors/business-finance-regulation/malaysia-renewables-replacing-nuclear-but-coal-still-on-the-cards/

May 21, 2019 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

UK: climate change can only be constrained by systems change.

Morning Star 16th May 2019, Alan Simpson: The unthinkable is happening. Parliament, public institutions and the press are waking to the fact that climate change can only be
constrained by systems change. This recognition is still in its infancy,
but it is already unstoppable.

Since the 2017 general election, there have
been ample opportunities for MPs to show real political leadership on the
climate crisis. They never did. Instead, Parliament has preferred to play
Trivial Pursuit with Brexit absurdities. Social movements had to step into
the vacuum; addressing the big picture issues politicians had been choosing
to ignore.

Britain’s Climate Change Committee (CCC) would not have had
the political space to bring forward their own “pull your finger out”
report without the occupations that brought London streets to a halt. Nor
would they have been listened to.

The latest UN report on species extinctions now gets treated as evidence, not argument. Politicians of all shades queue up, calling for a programme to deliver the CCC rescue plan.

Few grasp the upheavals involved (or that, in itself, this will still not
be enough). Over 60 per cent of what the CCC calls for involves behaviour
change; all of which is doable. What they duck is that you won’t get
behaviour change without systems change.

How can Labour deliver climate stability if large parts of the party are still locked into airport
expansions, fossil fuel subsidies, expanding road programmes and the
illusion of a new era of global free-trade deals? Physics tells us there
are no “slow track’ survival options left.

A better starting point lies
somewhere between Extinction Rebellion and the CCC. To join in, Labour may
need to tear up whatever has been its draft manifesto for the next
election, replacing it with a new “climate emergency” one. Former
Labour leader Ed Miliband was right in telling Radio 4 that the British
economy must be “put on a war footing to tackle climate change.”

The answer isn’t to go building more runways, motorways or shopping malls.
What we need is to replant forests, green our cities, and give pollinators
places to feed, breed and shelter in. And for the public, we need a
national programme to green the nation’s habitat too; delivering warm
homes that also produce more energy than they consume.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/f/climate-jesus-versus-pharisees

May 18, 2019 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Drones find new radiation hotspots near site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster

New RADIATION HOTSPOTS Exposed Near Chernobyl Site 33 Years After Disaster Sputnik News, 12 May 19 Following the Chernobyl accident, authorities officially designated an exclusion zone around the plant where restrictions on public access and inhabitation are in place. This is where specially equipped unmanned aerial vehicles have spotted previously unknown areas with significantly greater levels of radiation.

A British research team claims to have discovered unexpected radioactive hotspots near the Chernobyl ground zero, three decades after the worst nuclear accident in history.

The hotspots were identified by a suite of drones capable of detecting radioactive gamma particles and neutrons, the University of Bristol announced……

According to UN estimates, 134 Chernobyl plant workers out of those 600 present during the accident received high doses of radiation and suffered from radiation sickness; 28 of them died in the first three months following the accident and another 19 died in the following years of various causes, not necessarily associated with radiation exposure.

Over 110,000 inhabitants of the polluted areas near Chernobyl were evacuated, coupled with another 220,000 people living in Ukraine as well as in the adjacent areas of neighbouring Belarus and Russia. Two weeks after the disaster, Soviet officials decided to confine the remains of the doomed reactor into a special steel and concrete tomb, often referred to as a sarcophagus, to prevent further radiation leaks.

It soon emerged that it would only last for about 20 years, and in November 2016, a new movable steel structure was deployed to cover the crumbling original sarcophagus. https://sputniknews.com/science/201905121074941281-chernobyl-new-radiation-hotspots/

May 14, 2019 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Nuclear industry not really prepared for climate change’s impacts on nuclear reactors

May 9, 2019 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

13 exposed to radiation at hazmat incident in Seattle 

May 4, 2019 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Prince William booed and heckled at service to mark 50 years of Royal Navy’s nuclear submarines

May 4, 2019 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

The thorium nuclear dream: 50 years later – still as far away as ever

Thorium nuclear power? go Green instead  https://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/17600300.letter-thorium-nuclear-power-go-green-instead/  By Bruce Sinclair Reporter,Western Telegraph April 17CHRISTOPHER JESSOP, F Harbud wrote: “With all the letters on green energy appearing in the press, I wonder why there is no mention of the thorium reactors under development?”

When I was reading for my Energy Studies degree at University College Swansea in the late 1970s, the consensus within the nuclear power industry was that the thorium cycle could prove of interest, but a lot of investment would be required to develop a competitive and safe reactor design.

Forty years later, the nuclear power industry appears to be still saying this.

Meanwhile, onshore wind and solar PV are the cheapest means of generating electricity, and they are available NOW.

The climate emergency is so severe, we can’t wait for the future promise of any ‘long-haul’ energy technology, and that includes fusion: when I was a student, fusion was 50 years away from commercialisation, and more than 40 years later it is still 50 years away from commercialisation!

 

April 30, 2019 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

33rd anniversary of Chernobyl, the biggest nuclear plant disaster in history

April 27, 2019 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Pennsylvania PUC Commissioner blasts state’s #nuclear bailout bill

Pennsylvania PUC Commissioner blasts state’s bailout bill via   https://www.utilitydive.com/news/pennsylvania-puc-commissioner-blasts-states-nuclear-bailout-bill/553328/, 24 Apr 19, 

April 25, 2019 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Greta Thunberg makes us realise that climate change is a human and global emergency

April 23, 2019 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Protests highlight the failure of the ‘leaders’ to lead on climate change

Tom Burke 18th April 2019 Tom Burke: What is really significant is what the protests have already
accomplished, they have changed the conversation. There is no question
about the significance of what they have accomplished by bringing attention
to this issue. I think that we have not understood the urgency of the
climate problem, and how serious the consequences of policy failure in this
area will be.

I think that there has been a real failure of the political
class to give people a good lead on what the nature of this problem is, and
what needs to be done to address it. I think it is flat failure of the
political class to offer decent leadership that has led to the level of
frustration that is being expressed by the Extinction Rebellion campaign
right now.

http://tomburke.co.uk/2019/04/18/discussing-the-impact-of-climate-change-protests-bbc-radio-london/

April 22, 2019 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

The Threat of Nuclear War Is Still With Us

The U.S. must re-engage with Russia to ensure the ultimate weapon doesn’t spread and is never used. By

George P. Shultz,
William J. Perry and
Sam Nunn

The U.S., its allies and Russia are caught in a dangerous policy paralysis that could lead—most likely by mistake or miscalculation—to a military confrontation and potentially the use of nuclear weapons for the first time in nearly 74 years. A bold policy shift is needed to support a strategic re-engagement with Russia and walk back from this perilous precipice. Otherwise, our nations may soon be entrenched in a nuclear standoff more precarious, disorienting and economically costly than the Cold War. The most difficult task facing the U.S. is also the most important—to refocus on America’s most vital interests even as….. (subscribers onlyhttps://www.wsj.com/articles/the-threat-of-nuclear-war-is-still-with-us-11554936842

April 13, 2019 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Nuclear Security in UK

David Lowry’s Blog 5th April 2019 On Friday last week (29th March) in Liverpool I attended my first meeting
as an appointed expert on the Independent Advisory Panel for the UK Chief
Nuclear Inspector of the UK nuclear regulator, the Office for Nuclear
Regulation (ONR).

IAP members have been invited to nominate issues or
themes to be considered at the next meeting in the autumn, and I came away
thinking nuclear security – and how it can be discussed meaningfully with
politicians and the public – is an important and under-addressed matter
that the IAP could engage.

No sooner had I started to think how best this
might be considered than ONR’s United States equivalent, the US Nuclear
Regulatory Commission, came under fire from another US Governmental body –
the Government Accountability Office – in a hard-hitting, and frankly
very disturbing report, on how a radioactive ‘dirty bomb’ (or as it is
more technically calleda Radiation Dispersal Device)could be made from
materials secreted out of US commercial nuclear facilities.

http://drdavidlowry.blogspot.com/2019/04/nuclear-nightmare-threat-from-dirty.html

April 8, 2019 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Spain to Shut Down Nuclear Plants And Push Forward Clean Energy Plan

South EU Summit,  Amid a Europe-wide debate over the future of nuclear power in a renewable energy future, Spain has rolled out a schedule to close its seven nuclear power plants. This move comes as the government proposes an ambitious clean energy plan to shift away from fossil fuels completely by 2050.

The deal to close the Almaraz plan is paving the way for further negotiations about the closure of Spain’s other nuclear plants. …….

April 6, 2019 Posted by | general | Leave a comment