Timeline of Chernobyl’s nuclear nightmare

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Chernobyl: Timeline of a nuclear nightmare http://www.wtsp.com/news/nation-now/chernobyl-timeline-of-a-nuclear-nightmare/138536883 Kim Hjelmgaard and USA TODAY ,  April 17, 2016  

Timeline of a disaster

February 1986:  

Ukraine’s Minister of Power and Electrification Vitali Sklyarov tells Soviet Life magazine that the odds of a meltdown at Chernobyl’s nuclear power plant are “one in 10,000 years.”

April 25, 1986:

The plant’s operators prepare to conduct a special test to see how an emergency water cooling system would fare in the event of a complete loss of power.

April 26, 1986:
The test begins at 1:23.04 a.m.

Fifty-six seconds later, pressure builds in the reactor No. 4 in the form of steam. This causes an explosion that lifts a 1,000-ton lid that covers volatile fuel elements. Radiation is immediately released into the air.

As oxygen pours into the reactor, a graphite fire begins. A chemical reaction causes a second explosion, and burning debris lands on the roof of reactor…

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Nuclear lobby’s slick salesmanship – conning us with “New Nuclear”

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Thorium reactors Some enthusiasts prefer fueling reactors with thorium – an element 3x as abundant as uranium but even more uneconomic to use. India has for decades failed to commercialize breeder reactors to exploit its thorium deposits.

But thorium can’t fuel a reactor by itself: rather, a uranium- or plutonium-fueled reactor can convert thorium-232 into fissionable (and plutonium-like, highly bomb-usable) uranium-233. Thorium’s proliferation [8], waste, safety, and cost problems differ only in detail from uranium’s: e.g., thorium ore makes less mill waste, but highly radioactive U-232 makes fabricating or reprocessing U-233 fuel hard and costly.

‘New’ nuclear reactors? Same old story, Ecologist, Amory Lovins 12th April 2016 The nuclear industry is forever reinventing itself with one brilliant ‘new’ idea after another, Amory Lovins wrote in this classic 2009 essay. But whether it’s touting the wonders of future SMRs, IFRs or LFTRs, the reality never changes: the reactors they are building right now…

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Wasting time and money: the EPR nuclear reactor

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Nuclear power and climate change Too little, too late
According to the International Energy Agency, to avert catastrophic climate change the world has only until 2017 to stop investments in fossil-fuelled power plants and start reducing global emissions of heat-trapping gases. A single new nuclear power plant takes more than a decade to go from inception to operation. Building a thousand large new reactors, as suggested by some scenarios put forward by the International Energy Agency, would take at least four decades and yet only cut global CO2 emissions by a mere 4.5%. 
This means new nuclear reactors will make zero contribution to meeting the climate change deadline, but nuclear investments would divert money and time from renewable energy and energy-saving technologies — the technologies that can deliver more solution per dollar, and do it much faster

 The EPR nuclear reactor A dangerous waste of time and money NIRS Briefing…

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USA ready to abandon dangerous Mixed Oxide Fuel (MOX) plan

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Radioactive Pork Finally on the Chopping Block Project On Government Oversight.  By: Lydia Dennett 9 Feb 16 A “Sensitive But Unclassified” document from the Secretary of Energy, obtained by the Project On Government Oversight, indicates that the Department is concerned that parochial interests in Congress may thwart their plans to kill the MOX program.

The Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX) is the result of a bilateral agreement with Russia in which both countries agreed to dispose of 34 metric tons of nuclear weapons grade plutonium. In 2002 the U.S. decided to construct the MOX facility to convert this dangerous material into fuel for commercial nuclear power reactors. But now, 14 years later, the MOX program is almost 3,000 percent over budget, lacks even a single potential customer for the fuel, and could actually be putting our nuclear material at risk.

The November 2015 memorandum from Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz…

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Maralinga atomic bomb tests have left their genetic fallout

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New generations of Australian families suffering deformities and early deaths because of ‘genetic transfer’,news.com.au MARCH 10, 2016 [EXCELLENT PHOTOS] PEOPLE who worked at Australian atomic bomb test sites claim they have produced generations of children with severe deformities and suffered a high number of stillbirths.

Documents obtained exclusively by news.com.au show hundreds of children and grandchildren of veterans exposed to radiation were born with shocking illnesses including tumours, Down syndrome, cleft palates, cerebral palsy, autism, missing bones and heart disease.

One veteran, who was posted to the Maralinga nuclear test site in South Australia in the 1950s as part of the British Nuclear Test (BNT) program, says the radiation contaminated his sperm and is to blame for the death of a child he never got to know.

But he is not alone, with the documents detailing a litany of miscarriages and stillbirths that has allegedly passed the devastation…

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June 11 Energy News

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Opinion:

¶ “US Carbon Tax ‘Close To Inevitable,’ Conservative Leader Proclaims – Moral Disgrace Of Ignoring Global Warming Too Strong” • Some Republican congresspeople have taken the time to learn about global warming. They don’t want their party’s legacy to be denial supporting corruption. [CleanTechnica]

George Shultz, Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan, has long been an outspoken supporter of a carbon tax. George Shultz, Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan, has long been an outspoken supporter of a carbon tax.

World:

¶ TenneT Holding BV presented a plan for building an island in the North Sea to connect over 30 GW of offshore wind farms and deliver power to countries in the region. The transmission system operator says the most suitable location for that island will be the Dogger Bank. [SeeNews Renewables]

The island. Image by Tennet (www.tennet.eu). The island. Image by Tennet (www.tennet.eu).

¶ Costa Rica is finishing up the largest hydroelectric power project in Central America, as the last generators come on line. The Reventazon dam…

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Three Certainties: Death, Taxes, and a Warming Planet | Climate Denial Crock of the Week

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GR:  Lost habitat and wildlife are not even included in the costs.

Take what you want and pay for it, says God. – Spanish Proverb

Peter Sinclair.–As the damages from a changing climate mount up in areas from Texas to Miami Beach, citizens of Planet Earth will be faced with greater and greater damages from coastal flooding, extreme storms, and other signals of a warming planet.While a favorite climate denier talking point is to rail against sensible taxes on fossil fuels, its an illusion to think we are not already paying the costs – in damage to infrastructure, homes, agriculture, health, and economic activity. A sober view of what we face in the real world is unfashionable in the Trumpiverse, but some communities will go ahead and face it anyway.  Continue reading:  Three Certainties: Death, Taxes, and a Warming Planet | Climate Denial Crock of the Week

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Utility to seek restart of reactor inundated with seawater in 2011 — The Asahi Shimbun

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” NAGOYA–Chubu Electric Power Co. plans to restart a nuclear reactor west of Tokyo that was swamped with “an unprecedentedly” large amount of seawater in 2011 that caused problems to hundreds of parts.

The damaging seawater flowed into the No. 5 reactor of the Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture, two months after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami destroyed coastal areas of northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011. The Nagoya-based utility believes that repairs and upgrades can make the reactor operational again.

“We will use designs to meet the new safety standards and apply (to the Nuclear Regulation Authority),” Chubu Electric Power President Satoru Katsuno said June 7. “We completed our checks and concluded that it is sufficiently possible to use the reactor if we change some parts and implement some repairs.”

The actual application to the NRA, the country’s nuclear watchdog, is expected in 2017…

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Woman breaks silence among Fukushima thyroid cancer patients — The Seattle Times

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” KORIYAMA, Japan (AP) — She’s 21, has thyroid cancer, and wants people in her prefecture in northeastern Japan to get screened for it. That statement might not seem provocative, but her prefecture is Fukushima, and of the 173 young people with confirmed or suspected cases since the 2011 nuclear meltdowns there, she is the first to speak out.

That near-silence highlights the fear Fukushima thyroid-cancer patients have about being the “nail that sticks out,” and thus gets hammered.

The thyroid-cancer rate in the northern Japanese prefecture is many times higher than what is generally found, particularly among children, but the Japanese government says more cases are popping up because of rigorous screening, not the radiation that spewed from Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant.

To be seen as challenging that view carries consequences in this rigidly harmony-oriented society. Even just having cancer that might be related to radiation carries a stigma…

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Evergreene Digest | The Global War on Terrorism: The Fight for Truth Continues

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From the attacks of September 11, 2001 to the war on Syria — how did we get to this point? Global Research offers you several important resources and encourages you to get the facts and share them with others.

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May 17, 2016 | The events of 9/11 played a pivotal role in launching the Global War on Terrorism, which has for the last 15 years brought about mass militarization on an unprecedented scale, by turns ravaging sovereign nations, creating further instability and breeding fear and hatred.


Media for the people!  Click here to help Rise Up Times continue to bring you vital analysis of and commentary about current issues you won’t find in the mainstream corporate media.


As Michel Chossudovsky wrote in 2013:

“A major transition in US counter-terrorism doctrine is unfolding. While Barack Obama, following in the footsteps of George W. Bush, remains firmly committed to waging a…

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The US Military’s Best-Kept Secret — Dozens of US Bases

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In the shadows of what was once called the “Dark Continent,” a scramble has come and gone. If you heard nothing about it, that was by design. But look hard enough and—north to south, east to west—you’ll find the fruits of that effort: a network of bases, compounds, and other sites whose sum total exceeds […]

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CIVIL LAWSUIT FILED AROUND CALIFORNIA PRIMARY ELECTION

CIVIL LAWSUIT FILED AROUND CALIFORNIA PRIMARY ELECTION from a distanceJune 11, 2016 Re: Lawsuit to be Filed re: votes In about eleven states, there has been noted a significant difference between the exit polls and the electronic vote totals presented on the morning after the primaries. These differences show votes appear to be shifted from Bernie … Continue reading CIVIL LAWSUIT FILED AROUND CALIFORNIA PRIMARY ELECTION

US Making a Deadly Mistake in Afghanistan, Says Former Diplomat

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Matthew Hoh resigned from the State Department in 2009 to protest the U.S. war in Afghanistan. He says Obama is making the same mistakes today.

By Charles Davis  telesur  June 11, 2016

A U.S. soldier from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment shields himself from the rotor wash of a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter after being dropped off for a mission with the Afghan police near Jalalabad in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan December 20, 2014.

A U.S. soldier from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment shields himself from the rotor wash of a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter after being dropped off for a mission with the Afghan police near Jalalabad in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan December 20, 2014. | Photo: Reuters

The war that Barack Obama promised to end two years ago is instead being expanded again, with reports of more airstrikes and ground combat to come, and a former top State Department official who resigned the last time the U.S. president surged in Afghanistan says all the latest escalation will achieve is a longer war with a lot more dead.

OPINION:
Afghanistan: The Forever-War We Never Question

Last year was the worst year on record for Afghan civilians, according to the United Nations:…

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Largest Cancer Study Ever Stuns Experts – They Were Wrong! Dr Mercola

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By Dr. Mercola

Is it possible that chromosomal damage is simply a marker for cancer and not the actual cause of the disease? Compelling evidence suggests this is the case, and in the featured lecture, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Gary Fettke reviews some of this evidence.

Having battled cancer himself, Fettke came to realize the influence of nutrition on cancer, and the importance of eating a diet high in healthy fats and low in net carbohydrates (total carbs minus fiber, i.e. non-fiber carbs). Fettke is not the only one promoting the metabolic model of cancer.

Earlier this year I interviewed Travis Christofferson, author of a phenomenal book called “Tripping Over the Truth: The Return of the Metabolic Theory of CancerIlluminates a New and Hopeful Path to a Cure,” on this topic.

The Metabolic Model of Cancer

The Cancer Genome Atlas project that began in 2006 set out to sequence the…

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Hawaii Blasted By HUGE Wave Of Fukushima Radiation, During President Obama’s Visit, Radioactive Tritium Found In Drinking Water, Radioactive Cesium And Iodine In Hawaii Milk

Hawaii Blasted By HUGE Wave Of Fukushima Radiation, During President Obama's Visit, Radioactive Tritium Found In Drinking Water, Radioactive Cesium And Iodine In Hawaii Milk http://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2013/09/hawaii-blasted-by-huge-wave-of.html

Ford C Max Solar Concept, Electric Vehicle Car Powered Directly By Only Solar Energy, NO PLUGGING IN Or Power Cords Needed, Off Grid Solar Power Sufficient To Recharge Electric Vehicle Batteries

Ford C Max Solar Concept, Electric Vehicle Car Powered Directly By Only Solar Energy, NO PLUGGING IN Or Power Cords Needed, Off Grid Solar Power Sufficient To Recharge Electric Vehicle Batteries http://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2016/06/ford-c-max-solar-concept-electric.html

Take Heart, Berner: The Truth is Coming

The Writing of John Laurits

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Take Heart, Berner

My warmest greetings to you, my brothers, sisters, & others — I hope that you are all in good enough spirits, though I know that the media has been hard on you, lately. You’ll be happy to know that I come bearing good news…

It’s been a few days since I’ve written to you in a full article & this is because so much has been happening that I could scarcely write about any number without that number changing. Now, with the assistance of the People’s Math Front (& even some new volunteers), I think that I’ve got my grasp on the situation, again. Let’s dig in, shall we?

I’m sure that many of you are wondering…

What the heck is going on in California?!

Well, I’m glad that you’ve asked! Because it just so happens that I’ve spent every waking hour for the last several days…

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More than half of jobs in UK solar industry lost in wake of subsidy cuts | Environment | The Guardian

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Change in government’s energy policy blamed for job losses just as solar power eclipses coal in electricity generation

Terry Macalister Energy editor:  The solar power industry says it has seen the loss of more than half its 35,000 jobs due to recent changes in government energy policy, just at a time when solar power has eclipsed coal as a major generator of Britain’s electricity.

Experts believe ministers had cut subsidies too far and too fast, praising the “seismic”, record-breaking growth of solar in recent years.

This month the Solar Cloth Company became the latest to be put into administration, following the liquidation and 170 job losses at Solarlec two weeks ago.

Source: More than half of jobs in UK solar industry lost in wake of subsidy cuts | Environment | The Guardian

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Where are the Missing California Primary Votes? More Blatant Election Fraud In California

Where are the Missing California Primary Votes? by Rick Sterling Richmond California is a refinery town in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is also where there is a diverse working class community with a strong Richmond Progressive Alliance which previously elected a Green Party Mayor. Bernie Sanders visited the city and actively supported the populist … Continue reading Where are the Missing California Primary Votes? More Blatant Election Fraud In California

Fighting Fund to Stop Moorside

Drilling rigs #StopMoorside

The time has come for a fighting fund to Stop Moorside.

We need help – expert help and we have had a lot of help freely given already from many experts – but even when that expertise is freely given there are expenses to cover.   So we have set up a JustGiving page.  Please consider giving to Stop Moorside.  Whether it is £££s or time, a letter in the press, the Stop Moorside petition signed – all is so valuable in building the ongoing nuclear resistance.

You can donate here https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/StopMoorside

Nuclear industrialisation of the internationally protected River Ehen floodplain has already begun with drilling rigs for over 300 “exploratory” boreholes. This is what a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project looks like with the OK for 300 boreholes given by one Copeland Council “designated officer.”

We do not want the “biggest nuclear development in Europe” to be plonked here next to Sellafield on…

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5.2-magnitude desert earthquake shakes Southern California

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June 2016CALIFORNIAA 5.2-magnitude earthquake centered in the desert northeast of San Diego caused shaking early Friday morning across Southern California. The earthquake occurred at 1:05 a.m. about 13.7 miles northwest of Borrego Springs in San Diego County, according to the USGS. The earthquake was initially reported with a magnitude of 5.1 before it was revised to 5.2, according to the USGS.
The 5.2-magnitude quake was followed by at least five smaller aftershocks in Borrego Springs, including a 3.5 magnitude quake at 4:14 a.m., according to the USGS. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties, fire officials said. Around 2:45 a.m., about 3,000 people reported feeling the earthquake, according to the USGS. Residents reported feeling the earthquake in northern Los Angeles County, Orange and Ventura counties, and the Inland Empire.
Borrego Springs is about 150 miles…

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The past week in nuclear news

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a-cat-CANWith 3 weeks to go until the federal election, watching the performance of our major parties is  a pretty unedifying sight.  If I hear the words “Jobs and Growth” one more time, I will do an Elvis Presley, and throw  a tomahawk at the TV set. (Did Elvis really do that?  But I digress) Today PM Turnbull mouthed a few motherhood statements about climate, but no policy there.  Labor is better, with a promising renewable energy policy.  (Of course, neither are breathing a word about Australia importing nuclear waste. Nor is Nick Xenophon, the rising star who might hold the balance of power after the election) ) The Greens have an economically  sound renewable energy plan.

I have emailed all Labor MPs, Senators and Candidates, asking each if they want to hold to Labor’s strong anti-nuclear policy, which bars importing nuclear waste, or if they would agree to change it…

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June 10 Energy News

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Opinion:

¶ “Illinois power plant closings reveal worldwide nuclear issues” • Exelon and Illinois are dancing around the issues, with the industry taking the position that government (read: the people) should subsidize the waning years of nuclear installations, or else. It is a global issue, however. [CleanTechnica]

Clinton power station, near Clinton, Illinois. Photo by Dual Freq. CC BY-SA 3.0 unported. Wikimedia Commons. Clinton power station, near Clinton, Illinois. Photo by Dual Freq.
CC BY-SA 3.0 unported. Wikimedia Commons.

Science and Technology:

¶ Researchers reported on an experiment in Iceland where they have pumped CO2 and water underground into volcanic rock. Reactions with the minerals in the deep basalts converted the carbon dioxide to a stable, immobile chalky solid. It took only months to covert 220 tonnes of CO2. [BBC]

World:

¶ Australian wind energy saw its biggest ever month in May, producing nearly a quarter more electricity than any previous month, and overtaking hydro to provide 8.5% of the country’s…

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Some even more disturbing numbers on folly of South Australia nuclear waste import plan

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Kim Mavromatis  10 June 16MORE NUMBERS – 138,000 tonnes of high level nuclear waste in 69,000 high level radioactive waste canisters equates to a permanent underground nuclear waste dump size of around 112 square kms or 5,500 Adelaide ovals, 400 metres underground – and that’s not taking into consideration the 470,000 m3 of low and intermediate level nuclear waste.

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You can’t seriously tell me they will be able to build one nuclear waste dump that big?? in ground where there is no seismic activity in SA. Say yes to one and we will have many – say yes to one and we will end up with a toxic white elephant that will do us in or an economic white elephant that will do us in.

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South Australia’s proposed nuclear waste import dump would be massively larger than Finland’s

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Kim Mavromatis, 10 June 16  THE NUMBERS TELL A STORY
At the Royal Commission NFC event at the Hawke Centre in Adelaide (Wed June 1), Kevin Scarce made reference to Finland’s permanent underground high level Nuclear Waste dump, currently being built at Onkalo, which will have a capacity of 5,000 to 10,000 tonnes. Onkalo is featured in the must see doco “Into Eternity”(https://vimeo.com/111398583). The Royal Commission NFC final report specifies a capacity of 138,000 tonnes of high level nuclear waste for the proposed Nuclear Waste dump in SA and Kevin Scarce highlighted this figure at the Hawke Centre Nuclear event.

Comparing the Nuclear Royal Commission numbers with Onkalo, it’s clear that the proposed Nuclear Waste dump in SA will be of mammoth proportions.

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Onkalo (Finland), permanent underground high level Nuclear Waste Dump :
• Capacity 5,000 to 10,000 tonnes high level nuclear waste,
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South Australia’s Labor and Liberal leaders for nuclear jaunt together to Finland

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Tweedle-NuclearWeatherill, Marshall to make bipartisan trip to permanent nuke waste dump in Finland June 9, 2016 , Daniel Wills and Luke Griffiths,The Advertiser

PREMIER Jay Weatherill and Opposition Leader Steven Marshall will make a bipartisan trip to Finland in August and visit the world’s first long-term nuclear waste storage facility……

The bipartisan delegation to Finland will also include members of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Consultation and Response Agency Advisory Board, which is overseeing statewide consultation on the proposal as the State Government considers whether to proceed.

It will visit the Onkalo nuclear waste facility in northern Finland, where the country plans to bury its own spent fuel in a labyrinth of tunnels 520m under the ground for permanent storage.  Onkalo is expected to accept fuel for 100 years before being sealed for eternity. The facility is currently under construction is expected to become operational within a decade.

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Greens move to prevent vested interests profiting from Federal nuclear waste dump

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greensSmFederal election 2016: Greens would put nuke dump on hold, THE AUSTRALIAN, JUNE 10, 2016 Jared Owens The Greens are pushing to stockpile radioactive waste in suburban Sydney, pending an independent inquiry that would expressly ­exclude evidence from anyone who might profit from a dedicated ­nuclear dump.

The party’s nuclear policy would cancel the process led by Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg that has identified farmland at Barndioota, 400km north of Adelaide, as a potential nuclear waste site, despite objections raised by some traditional owners.

Under the policy, exports of Australian nuclear medicine to overseas patients would be curbed and research would be funded to find alternatives to radiotherapy.

The proposed independent ­inquiry would be charged with recom­mending a long-term solution to storing nuclear waste — typically, used medical equipment and spent fuel rods from Sydney’s Lucas Heights reactor — without imposing a dump site on reluctant communities.

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Is this what Australia will need? Nuclear waste guards with assault rifles

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policeman i assault rifleSecurity Guards at San Onofre, 5 Other Nuclear Power Plants Now Allowed to Carry Assault Rifles, JUNE 8, 2016, BY LOS ANGELES TIMES, U.S. nuclear regulators have granted Southern California Edison permission to arm private security guards at the defunct San Onofre power plant with assault rifles and “ammunition feeding devices.”

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission granted Edison and five other nuclear power plants the special exemptions as a way to secure the facilities and the spent nuclear waste they store on-site…….http://ktla.com/2016/06/08/security-guards-at-san-onofre-5-other-nuclear-power-plants-now-allowed-to-carry-assault-rifles/

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Chernobyl radiation still causing Thyroid cancers 30 years later

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The authors conclude that it is likely that radiation exposure from Chernobyl has affected residents of countries much further afield than Belarus and Ukraine including Belgium, potentially increasing the incidence of thyroid cancer in those exposed as children over the last 30 years.

thyroid-cancer-papillaryChernobyl radiation could be linked to rising number of thyroid cancers in Belgian children https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160607080653.htm  Source:Taylor & Francis

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Exposure to radioactive fallout from the April 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident in Belgium may have increased the incidence of thyroid cancer in those exposed as children.
Exposure to radioactive fallout from the April 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident in Belgium may have increased the incidence of thyroid cancer in those exposed as children, according to new research published in the journal Acta Chirurgica Belgica.

Thyroid cancer is usually rare among children, with less than one new case per million diagnosed each year. However, after the Chernobyl accident…

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Radiation levels at Bikini Atoll have not dropped. as was expected

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Bikini-Atoll-bombBikini Atoll radiation levels remain alarmingly high https://www.sciencenews.org/article/bikini-atoll-radiation-levels-remain-alarmingly-high
New measurements made decades after Pacific island used to test nuclear bombs 
BY THOMAS SUMNER  JUNE 6, 2016

Radiation from the 23 nuclear tests conducted near Bikini Atoll in the 1940s and ’50s has lingered far longer than previously predicted.

Radioactive material such as cesium-137 currently produces, on average, 184 miLLIREMS OF RADIATION PER YEAR ON BIKINI ATOLL. AND SOME PARTS OF THE ISLAND HIT 639 MILLIREMS PER YEAR, RESEARCHERS REPORT ONLINE THE WEEK OF JUNE 6 IN THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES. THOSE MEASUREMENTS, MADE LAST YEAR, SURPASS THE 100 MILLIREMS PER YEAR SAFETY STANDARD SET BY THE UNITED STATES AND THE REPUBLIC OF THE MARSHALL ISLANDS, WHICH CONTROLS THE ISLAND.

Scientists had predicted that, by now, radiation levels would have dropped to 16 to 24 millirems per year. But those estimates came from extrapolating from…

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Over 400 American sailors made ill by Fukushima radiation

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Radiation-Warning1Flag-USASpike in number of US sailors dying after Fukushima radiation exposure — Now over 400 veterans suffering serious illnesses — Former Japan Prime Minister breaks down crying, “This can’t be ignored any longer… The number of sick people is increasing and their symptoms are worsening” (VIDEOS) http://enenews.com/spike-number-sailors-dying-after-fukushima-radiation-exposure-400-veterans-suffering-serious-illnesses-former-japan-prime-minister-breaks-down-crying-be-ignored-longer-number-sick-people-increas?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ENENews+%28Energy+News%29

Kyodo, May 19, 2016: Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has thrown his support behind a group of former U.S. sailors suing the operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant… Speaking at a news conference Tuesday in Carlsbad, California, with some of the plaintiffs, Koizumi said, “Those who gave their all to assist Japan are now suffering from serious illness… I learned that the number of sick people is still increasing, and their symptoms are worsening,” he told the news conference… According to lawyers for the group, seven of its members have died so far, including some from leukemia [Three…

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Australia’s environment must remain an issue for NATIONAL, not just STATEs’ oversight

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This week the Greens announced an ambitious policy for new national environment laws and an independent body to oversee and enforce them. The Greens’ policy on environmental democracy and its commitment to resource Environmental Defenders Officers would enable communities to hold government decision makers to account based on the merits of their decisions.

The truth is Australia’s nature protection laws are not adequately protecting our air, water, wildlife and places we love. The laws that protect nature are the foundations of a thriving Australia, but it’s clear they are not strong enough to keep the places we love safe and healthy.

The environment is not merely a matter for state governments  http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/06/08/comment-environment-not-merely-matter-state-governments Why is the federal government so keen to give up national oversight of the environment, asks James TreziseIn regional Australia, coal mining and coal seam gas have altered landscapes forever, polluted water supplies and divided communities.

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Record wind energy output last month kept electricity prices down

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wind-nuclear-Wind energy’s biggest month, and how it keeps prices down REneweconomy,  EBy Giles Parkinson on 8 June 2016 Wind energy in Australia has enjoyed its biggest every month in May, producing nearly a quarter more electricity than its previous record month, and overtaking hydro to provide 8.5 per cent of electricity demand in the country’s main grid.

The record output came, coincidentally, in the same month that the last coal fired power station in South Australia was closed (May 9). And a new analysis from energy consultants Pitt & Sherry points to how wind generation is keeping a lid on wholesale electricity prices.

The Pitt & Sherry analysis notes that four states recorded record monthly totals in May – South Australia (where wind met 49 per cent of demand), Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania. (There is only one very small wind farm in Queensland and Western Australia operates on a…

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Air pollution now major contributor to stroke, global study finds | Science | The Guardian

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GR:  Air pollution harms all species of plants and animals.  Fortunately, the most toxic concentrations are in human cities and homes where animal numbers are lower.

Ian Sample Science editor.–Scientists say finding is alarming, and shows that harm caused by air pollution to the lungs, heart and brain has been underestimated

Air pollution has become a major contributor to stroke for the first time, with unclean air now blamed for nearly one third of the years of healthy life lost to the condition worldwide.

In an unprecedented survey of global risk factors for stroke, air pollution in the form of fine particulate matter ranked seventh in terms of its impact on healthy lifespan, while household air pollution from burning solid fuels ranked eighth.

Source: Air pollution now major contributor to stroke, global study finds | Science | The Guardian

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5.2M Quake East of L.A. – Aftershocks Still Going + Other Quakes

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Southern California rocked by 5.2 earthquake

USGS Report – has map     Very Shallow – less than a mile deep.
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Magnitude 1-2s still going off by the minute …..

NEW!!! 3.5M quake – Los Angeles area near the others

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Plus multiple M6s in Nicaragua

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Three 5+M quakes on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge(near each other) ….

Where the Bode Verde and Ascension Fracture Zones clash – shown on this map.

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The Indonesia area is going off as per usual too.

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Wm. Rivers Pitt | Tuesday Night Massacre: The Looming Trump v. Clinton Debacle

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It is madness, but it is madness by design. The Republican Party and its media allies have spent several decades fomenting a sense of terror within their voting ranks … The Democrats, for their part, have been in full moral retreat over those same decades ...

By William Rivers Pitt  Truthout | Op-Ed  April 27, 2016

Hillary Clinton, a Democratic presidential hopeful, speaks to reporters outside Douglas G. Grafflin Elementary School, where she casted her ballot, in Chappaqua, N.Y., April 19, 2016. Clinton and Donald Trump are heavily favored to win Tuesday’s primaries in New York. (Eric Thayer / The New York Times)Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton speaks to reporters outside Douglas G. Grafflin Elementary School, where she cast her ballot, in Chappaqua, New York, April 19, 2016.
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The surrealist painting that is this election season came into grim focus last night as the two big-money front-runners blew the doors off their respective rivals and came many steps closer to giving the “news” media the general election race they’ve been craving. Donald Trump won everything by margins so wide you could sail an aircraft carrier through…

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Sharon Kyle | How Corporate Media Misleads Voters

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Regardless of what happens in the weeks to come, the people are demanding real change. There is a movement underway in this country that will not be quieted until the people get what they need and deserve—which is a country that lives up to its core democratic ideals. The Bernie Sanders campaign is not about Bernie Sanders — this is a grassroots movement.

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Corporate Media Misleads Voters

This couldn’t have been timed better. Hours ago, NPR reported that President Obama is prepared to endorse Hillary Clinton. The reporters emphasized the words “prepared to endorse,” adding that the President wouldn’t actually endorse her until “after” the primaries are over. Damage done. Mission accomplished.

Then, moments later, the Associated Press blasted online that “Clinton has delegates to win Democratic nomination.” The New York Times did it too. Their declarations aren’t technically true but that…

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McCain Wants Another $17 billion more for war?

$17 billion more for war. That's what's at stake in a Senate vote this week. Sen. John McCain (AZ) is planning to amend the annual military policy bill to give the Pentagon even more money above the nearly $600 billion already under consideration. Worse, our lobbyists have heard that a back-room deal is in the … Continue reading McCain Wants Another $17 billion more for war?

Wind Turbines: Birds (and other species) Best Friend

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Video above takes on some of the more common, and of course, bogus, objections to wind turbines.

LiveScience:

Wind energy is one of the cleanest, most abundant, sustainable — and increasingly cost-effective — ways to generate electricity. It is also one of the fastest growing electricity sources around the globe. In the United States alone, more than 13,000 megawatts of new capacity was installed in 2012, and by the year’s end, there were enough wind turbines to power 15 million typical American homes — without toxic pollutants or carbon emissions.

Still, wind has its detractors. One of the most prominent is Robert Bryce, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a New York City-based, pro-market, anti-government think tank backed by ExxonMobil and Charles Koch, the billionaire co-owner of the coal, oil and gas conglomerate Koch Industries. Over the last few years, Bryce has been bashing wind energy in the pages of…

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Why Coal and Nuclear Plants Kill Far More Birds than Wind Power

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

birds_v_nukes Figure 2. Avian deaths per year in the United States from various energy and non-energy
sources, 2009. Note: When a range of estimates has been given, the figure presents only data
for the lowest end of that range.

Among the big lies that windbaggers like to spread about wind energy, there are 2 that come up a lot.

One is that wind turbines kill a lot of birds, relative to other human activities.

The other is that windbaggers give a damn about birds.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority:

There are many ways to classify the impacts of electricity generation on wildlife. Effects can be direct and/or indirect; acute or chronic; individual or cumulative; and local, regional, or global. Each type of effect was explored in this study. Acidic deposition, climate change, and mercury bioaccumulation are identified as the three most significant and widespread stressors to wildlife from…

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How Austrailia’s Great Barrier Reef got polluted – from farms and fossil fuels to filthy propaganda | Graham Readfearn | Environment | The Guardian

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GR:  This is the best discussion of the cause of coral death in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef I’ve seen–it’s people.

Coral bleaching at Loomis Reef, off Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Photograph: Essential Median

Graham Readfearn:  In late November 2015, as corals across the northern section of the Great Barrier Reef started to bleach white, the game was finally up.

For years, Australians had been told the country’s jewel in the ocean’s crown was on the mend. Only months earlier the Coalition government had won a two-year fight to keep the reef off a United Nations list of world heritage sites in danger.

The stakes were high. International reputations and tourist dollars were at stake. The foreign minister, Julie Bishop, and the trade minister, Andrew Robb, had even attacked Barack Obama, who feared for the reef’s future.

The reef was not in danger, Bishop insisted. The president was…

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Cumbria Wildlife Trust Team Up with NuGen for World Environment Day

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THE REALITY ^^^ Drilling Rigs for 300+ "exploratory " boreholes in the 
area of the River Ehen and the Irish Sea - stirring up decades of
radioactive wastes from Sellafield. 

NuGen Environment Day 060616.jpg The Spin…..“Volunteers from NuGen head outdoors for World Environment Day”

The local press trumpets the headline "NuGen Lends a Hand for World Environment Day" the article goes on ...."Employees from NuGen, the company responsible for delivering Moorside, teamed up with representatives from Cumbria Wildlife Trust and The Forestry Commission to construct dams and improve natural drainage in a rare area that is home to a number of protected species. The event was organised to demonstrate the company's commitment to the environment as it continues to build a £10bn nuclear power station next to the Sellafield site. NuGen’s environmental sustainability manager, Alexandra Brennan, was delighted to be involved..." I bet she was! This is absolutely reprehensible on the part of…

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Jason Box on Greenland’s Melt Season

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Latest update on what we are looking at this year in Greenland, from Dark Snow Project Chief Scientist Jason Box. We chatted today via skype.

Below, new research underlines Dr. Box’s observations and concerns.

University of Sheffield:

Following record-high temperatures and melting records that affected northwest Greenland in summer 2015, a new study has provided the first evidence linking melting in Greenland to the anticipated effects of a phenomenon known as Arctic amplification.

Arctic amplification is the faster warming of the Arctic compared to the rest of the Northern Hemisphere as sea ice disappears.

It is fuelled by a feedback loop: rising global temperatures are melting Arctic sea ice, leaving dark open water that absorbs more solar radiation which in turn warms the Arctic even more.

Arctic amplification is well documented, but its effects on the atmosphere are more widely debated.
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One hypothesis suggests that the shrinking temperature difference between…

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FRANCE-Cell Phones Under Scrutiny

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07 June 2016 Cell Phones Under Scrutiny For Christian W. Hess, former head of the neurology service at the Ile Hospital in Bern, and former member of the executive committee of the national research program devoted to the subject, this report “definitely must be taken seriously”. The association, Doctors for the Protection of the Environment […]

via FRANCE-Cell Phones Under Scrutiny — Smart Meter News

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Saudi Arabia Blackmailed the UN For Removal From Children’s Rights Report

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Last week, we reported that the UN added a U.S.-backed Saudi-led military coalition to a list of children’s rights violators in its annual report on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) in response to a disturbing number of child casualties caused by the coalition in Yemen’s often forgotten war. Coming less than a week after the White House suspended the transfer of cluster munitions to Saudi Arabia, the new addition to the UN blacklist drew international attention and served as a grim reminder that the coalition’s use of cluster bombs – while one of its more atrocious tactics – is just the tip of the iceberg.

Predictably, Saudi officials responded ferociously. Brig. Gen. Ahmed Assiri, a spokesperson for the coalition, said “the report is imbalanced and does not rely on credible statistics.” He also said the report “misleads the public with incorrect numbers and mostly relies on information from sources…

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More Than Enough Sun to Fuel World’s Energy Consumption

Mining Awareness +

Did you know that the amount of sunlight that strikes the earth’s surface in an hour and a half is enough to handle the entire world’s energy consumption for a full year? Solar energy has amazing potential to power our daily lives thanks to constantly-improving technologies“. (USDOE, 2013)

Solar energy is the most abundant energy resource on earth — 173,000 terawatts of solar energy strikes the Earth continuously. That’s more than 10,000 times the world’s total energy use” (USDOE, 2016)

If you didn’t know this already, intuitively, then you need to get outside more, especially near the summer solstice.
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Even the nuclear power station pushers at the US DOE have to admit that there’s nothing like the sun! Nuclear power on earth is nothing but a lethal, inferior, and costly attempt to be as gods. As Robert Oppenheimer remarked…

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Over 800 citizens, A-bomb survivors sue gov’t over security laws

Over 800 citizens, A-bomb survivors sue gov't over security laws NATIONAL JUN. 09, 2016 - 06:42AM JST ( 7 )Over 800 people in Japan, including atomic bomb survivors, sued the state Wednesday seeking compensation over controversial security laws they believe threaten their right to live in peace. Similar lawsuits have already been filed nationwide in … Continue reading Over 800 citizens, A-bomb survivors sue gov’t over security laws