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Atomic Energy of Canada languishing

The Harper government, not a great lover of AECL and its drain on revenue, has tried for a year to sell the company

The sad reality of AECL Ottawa Citizen November 17, 2010 Ontarians would love to be able to say that Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. is on the cutting edge of nuclear technology. That its reactors are heavily in demand. That companies are clamouring to purchase this valuable mass producer of clean, electrical energy. But much of that just isn’t true….. Continue reading

November 18, 2010 Posted by | Canada, politics | , , , , | Leave a comment

UN likely to support international nuclear fuel ‘bank’

some developing states are concerned that a fuel bank might limit their right to sovereign nuclear energy capabilities, even if western diplomats say the proposal makes clear that this would not be the case.

UN expected to approve nuclear fuel bank, The National  : Nov 18, 2010 The UN nuclear watchdog is expected to approve a fuel supply plan backed by the UAE next month, which is seen as a way to prevent the spread of weapons technology. Continue reading

November 18, 2010 Posted by | 2 WORLD, politics international | , , , , | Leave a comment

Radioactive waste sites all around town of Port Hope

Atomic Energy Canada Ltd. has begun a 10-year, $260-million project to dig up 1.2 million cubic metres of low-level radioactive waste buried in numerous sites around town and store it in a huge covered mound.

Sue government over toxic town, activist tells Port Hope – thestar.com, 17 Nov 10 “…………. Radium is leaking into Lake Ontario and uranium from the Cameco refineryPort Hope’s air, drinking water, fish, beach, soil — virtually everything in the town of 16,000 poses a health risk from radioactivity, anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott warned an overflow crowd Tuesday night. Continue reading

November 18, 2010 Posted by | Canada, environment | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Obama up against Republicans’ resistance to nuclear arms control deal with Russia

But Republican resistance to approving the treaty highlights the limits of the administration’s sway after heavy losses by the Democrats in this month’s midterm elections…….

Obama fights to save nuclear arms deal, FT.com By Daniel Dombey   November 17 2010 20:21  The Obama administration has mounted a bid to salvage its set piece arms control deal with Russia and shore up its authority on the world stage. Continue reading

November 18, 2010 Posted by | politics, USA | , , , | Leave a comment

Port Hope residents should sue govt over radioactive wastes

OSHAWA — The people of Port Hope should sue the federal government “to the tune of millions of dollars” for the exposure to radiation from Cameco, prominent anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott said during a public speech in Oshawa.

(Canada)  Anti-nuclear doctor advises Port Hope residents to sue over exposure northumberlandnews.com Dr. Helen Caldicott gives impassioned talk to standing-room-only crowd in Oshawa Nov 17, 2010

Jennifer O’Meara Continue reading

November 18, 2010 Posted by | Canada, wastes | , , , , | Leave a comment

Organs taken secretly from bodies of nuclear workers

scientists had long been concerned about workers’ exposure to radiation, essentially from plutonium. The analysis required a complex procedure in which organs were rendered to ash in a furnace and then dissolved in acid.

Families Shocked To Find UK Nuclear Workers’ Organs Were Removed For Secret Tests Peacefmonline.com,  17-Nov-2010 THE families of nuclear workers in the UK whose hearts, lungs and other organs were secretly tested for radiation for almost 40 years were let down by the authorities. Continue reading

November 17, 2010 Posted by | civil liberties, UK | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Stuxnet computer worm was designed to disable nuclear plant

it’s more likely that the target in Iran was a nuclear facility in Natanz…..The new information released by Symantec last week supports this speculation…..

Clues Suggest Stuxnet Virus Was Built for Subtle Nuclear Sabotage , Wired.com,  By Kim Zetter   November 15, 2010 New and important evidence found in the sophisticated “Stuxnet” malware targeting industrial control systems provides strong hints that the code was designed to sabotage nuclear plants, Continue reading

November 17, 2010 Posted by | Iran, secrets,lies and civil liberties | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vermont nuclear reactor ready to be dead and buried

“Vermonters no longer trust that Vermont Yankee can operate safely, without accident or radioactive releases to the groundwater,” ……“Entergy needs to stop putting their profits ahead of the safety of New Englanders, and shut down Vermont Yankee as scheduled.”

Nuclear Reactor in Vermont Needs to be Shut Down, Greenpeace on the Case – Planetsave.com 16 Nov 10, An old nuclear reactor in Vermont, the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station, has had a number of problems lately and Greenpeace has taken notice. “ The 38-year-old reactor has a history of contamination issues, including a recent leak of radioactive water,” Becky Striepe of our sister site Ecoscraps writes. Continue reading

November 17, 2010 Posted by | decommission reactor, USA | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

French nuclear firm stuck, unable to sell nuclear reactors in USA

EDF Puts U.S. Nuclear Expansion Plans on Hold,  BloombergBy Tara Patel – Nov 16, 2010 Electricite de France the biggest operator of nuclear reactors, put on hold a plan to develop atomic plants in the U.S…. EDF is reviewing its business in the U.S. and supply contracts for developing a reactor, Thomas Piquemal, chief financial officer, said today on a conference call. “When we have a better visibility on the regulatory environment and price evolution, we will be in a better position to see whether we go ahead with U.S. projects.”

EDF agreed last month to pay about $249 million partly to buy out Constellation Energy Group Inc. from a venture to develop EPR reactors in the U.S., including one in Maryland. Slumping power prices has cut the value of three U.S. atomic plants that the two utilities own together and forecasts of sustained low prices prompted Constellation to withdraw from talks on a government loan guarantee for the Maryland reactor…..

November 17, 2010 Posted by | business and costs, France | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

American firms keen to make big money out of selling nukes to India

GE scouting for acquisitions in India | Reuters, By Devidutta Tripathy and Anurag Kotoky NEW DELHI | Mon Nov 15, 2010 GE, which set up India’s first hydropower plant in 1902, is keen to tap a $150 billion atomic market Continue reading

November 17, 2010 Posted by | business and costs, India | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ionising radiation a danger to many workers

Radiation exposure a workplace reality for construction industry: Expert,  Daily Commercial NewsVINCE VERSACE , November 15, 2010 Exposure to radiation and radioactive materials is a reality for construction workers and not just specific to the nuclear industry, says a radiation expert. Continue reading

November 17, 2010 Posted by | 2 WORLD, health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

India joins nuclear cartels, but controlled by USA

India’s admission to the four cartels—Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), Australia Group and Wassenaar Arrangement—is expected to be a lengthy process, dependent on building consensus and the “evolution” of new “membership criteria”. More importantly, these cartels are aimed at controlling technologies, not sharing them.

Controlling technology flows – Views – livemint.com,Brahma Chellane, 15 Nov 10, “….The Obama administration actually has initiated a broader export-control review with the aim of spurring US economic growth through stepped-up technology exports to all emerging economies, not just to India. Continue reading

November 17, 2010 Posted by | India, politics international | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ionizing radiation increases risks of death from heart disease

the cardiovascular risk from ionizing radiation is not as widely publicized as its cancer risk…..those who were occupationally exposed to ionizing radiation such as employees at nuclear power stations, medical, dental, and industrial workers were more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than those  in the general population

Ionizing radiation boosts cardiovascular disease death risk, foodconsumer.org -Jimmy Downs, 15 nov 10, Exposure to low-dose ionizing radiation increases risk of cardiovascular death, a study published in 2009 in International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health suggests. Continue reading

November 15, 2010 Posted by | Canada, health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Scottish beach still radioactive after 60 years

23 drums of radioactive waste have been removed. Two years ago SEPA said particles found on the beach could give a child a potentially lethal dose of radiation and suggested partially covering the “hot spot” in concrete……Experts admit the particles could kill if they found their way inside the body.

Families allowed on Fife beach awash with radiation « Deadline Press & Picture Agency, Amanda MacMillan, 15 Nov 10, THE clean-up of a Fife beach has been halted putting families at risk of potentially lethal radiation. Continue reading

November 15, 2010 Posted by | environment, UK | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

local citizens want uranium mining company to be accountable for its water pollution

“in-situ” technology, whereby treated water is pumped underground to dissolve uranium deposits. The water is then pumped to the surface, the uranium extracted and the water returned underground.
Opponents of the mine operation say the system threatens groundwater quality over vast areas around the mine

Powertech sues over water rules; residents want mining company to be accountable By Tom HackerLoveland Reporter-Herald, 11/12/2010 Opponents of a proposed uranium mine near the Larimer and Weld county line east of Wellington are assailing a lawsuit filed by the mining company against state regulators. Continue reading

November 15, 2010 Posted by | Legal, technology, Uranium, USA | , , , , | Leave a comment