Monday, February 8, 2016

'No other water' — Navajo drinking from uranium-contaminated wells

WASHINGTON – Longtime Sanders resident Wayne Lynch was told in July that the water on his ranch contained dangerously high amounts of uranium, yet he is still using it.
“There’s no other water source we have,” Lynch said this week. “There’s no other well that they could tap in to.”
Lynch said the problem extends to the Sanders community, including nearby schools, which have no choice but to use contaminated wells.
“People are always getting cancer,” he said, naming his mother, an aunt and a grandmother among those who have been diagnosed with the disease.
Lynch’s case was just one of the stories brought to Washington last week by Clean Up the Mines, a group that highlights the detrimental effects of abandoned uranium mines, especially those on and near reservations.
According to government data, there are about 15,000 uranium mines in the West, with 75 percent of those on federal or tribal lands.
Clean Up the Mines was in the capital for a week, working to spread awareness of what it calls an environmental crisis, even as the nation is focused on the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint, Mich.
Their trip included a Thursday protest outside the Environmental Protection Agency building...

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Belgium's ageing nuclear plants worry neighbours - BBC News

Belgium's neighbours have expressed alarm at its plans to extend the life of 40-year-old nuclear reactors, seen by critics as dangerous.
Just across the border, the German city of Aachen and the Dutch city of Maastricht have announced they are considering taking legal action. They want to force Belgium to shut the reactors down.
Belgium has two nuclear plants at Doel, near the port of Antwerp, and at Tihange near Liege. They have a total of seven reactors, which produce around 60% of the country's energy needs...

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

311脱原発。~祈りと一歩~ 311 [ map of actions in Japan ] ::


Zenkoku no akushon (datsu genpatsu ibento demo) o mappu shite arimasu. Donata demo tōroku dekimasunode zehi go katsuyō kudasai. Tōroku fōmu wa kochira. Fōmu kara shusai-sha ga tōroku shite ibento kokuchi dekimasu. Suruto, saito ni kita hito ga chikaku no ibento ya demo o sagashite mitsuke raremasu.

Yes to map the whole country of action (from nuclear event demo).
Please use all means because anyone can register. Registration form is here.
You can event announcement by registered organizer from the form.
Then, the person who came to the site will find looking for a nearby events and demonstrations.


06.03.16: Demo zum Atomkraftwerk Neckarwestheim – Anti-Atom-Blog

Tschernobyl und Fukushima mahnen – Atomkraft gefährdet uns alle!

Atomausstieg sofort! Regenerative, dezentrale Energiewende jetzt!

06.03.16: Demo zum Atomkraftwerk Neckarwestheim – Anti-Atom-Blog

As memory of Chernobyl, Fukushima fades, activists renew nuclear warning

2011 disaster survivors urge UK to ditch atomic plans:  “Don’t consider Fukushima as something that could never never happen to you. It could.”

READ: As memory of Chernobyl, Fukushima fades, activists renew nuclear warning

Nuclear renaissance? Failing industry is running flat out to stand still - The Ecologist

Despite the endless rhetoric about a 'nuclear renaissance', there are fewer power reactors today than there were a decade ago, writes Jim Green. The one country with a really big nuclear build program is China, but no one expects it to meet its targets. And with over 200 reactor shut-downs due by 2040, the industry will have to run very hard indeed just to stay put.

Over the next 10-20 years, global nuclear capacity may increase marginally, with strong growth in China more than masking patterns of stagnation and decline elsewhere. Beyond that, the aging of the global fleet of power reactors will be sharply felt.
Ten new power reactors began supplying electricity last year (eight of them in China), and eight reactors were permanently shut down.
Nuclear power's 20-year pattern of stagnation continues. In 1995 there were 434 'operable' reactors - operating plus temporarily shut down reactors. In 2005 there were 441, and now there are 439.
Thus there are fewer reactors today than there were a decade ago. Moreover the 439 figure includes 41 reactors in Japan that have been shut down for several years, and not all of them will be restarted.
The nuclear power industry's malaise was all too evident at the COP21 UN climate change conference in Paris in December. Former World Nuclear Association executive Steve Kidd noted:
"It was entirely predictable that the nuclear industry achieved precisely nothing at the recent Paris COP21 talks and in the subsequent international agreement. ... 
"Analysis of the submissions of the 196 governments that signed up to the Paris agreement, demonstrating their own individual schemes on how to reduce national carbon emissions, show that nearly all of them exclude nuclear power. 
"The future is likely to repeat the experience of 2015 when 10 new reactors came into operation worldwide but 8 shut down. So as things stand, the industry is essentially running to stand still."
According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, only seven out of 196 countries mentioned nuclear power in their climate change mitigation plans prepared for the COP21 conference: China, India, Japan, Argentina, Turkey, Jordan and Niger.

Now it's getting nasty...

more: Nuclear renaissance? Failing industry is running flat out to stand still - The Ecologist

Monday, February 1, 2016

Wise International / Is nuclear power the answer to climate change?

The nuclear power industry and its governmental allies are spending huge amounts of money to promote atomic power as an “emissions-free” energy source. Their goal is to encourage the construction of new nuclear reactors worldwide and prevent the shutdown of dangerous old reactors that cannot compete economically with clean energy sources like wind and solar power.

Nuclear power is very ineffective at addressing climate change. When the entire fuel chain is examined nuclear power is a net producer of greenhouse gases. Yes, it emits less CO2 than electricity from coal, but adding enough nuclear power to make a meaningful reduction in greenhouse gas emissions would cost trillions of dollars, create tens of thousands of tons of lethal high-level radioactive waste, contribute to further proliferation of nuclear weapons materials, result in a Chernobyl or Fukushima-scale accident once every decade or so, and, perhaps most significantly, squander the resources necessary to implement meaningful climate change policies.

Dirty, dangerous and unnecessary...

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