THOUSANDS of protesters from around the country gathered at AWE Aldermaston on Monday to voice their opposition against nuclear weapons made at the site. The protest, organised by Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and supported by recently formed group Action AWE, saw around 2,000 people gather at the gates around the AWE perimeter. Waving banners, singing songs, preaching and banging pots and pans, the protesters certainly made their voices, and opinions, clear.
Basingstoke Gazette 7th April 2013 read more »
Radioactive water from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant has seeped into the soil.
Reuters 7th April 2013 read more »
A second storage pool was leaking highly radioactive water at the crisis-stricken Fukushima Dai-chi nuclear plant today, operator Tepco said. Around 120 tons of radioactive water breached the inner lining of one underground storage pool on Friday, with concerns that some may have leaked into the soil. Tepco is moving the remaining 13,000 tons of water in that tank to other pools but said today’s leak wasn’t large enough to warrant doing the same. The company uses seven 19,000-cubic-metre pools to store the toxic waste, each with three layers of water-proof lining. The leaks will pile more pressure on Tepco, which already is already red-faced over a string of power cuts at Fukushima.
Morning Star 7th April 2013 read more »
Former Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Gregory Jaczko says that the current fleet of operating plants in the US should be phased out because regulators can’t guarantee against an accident causing widespread land contamination. In two key decisions last week Jaczko said the agency “damaged significantly” its international reputation for upholding safety and he accused the five commissioners of “just rolling the dice” in dealing with severe accidents.
Nuclear Intelligence Weekly 29th March 2013 read more »
Nuclear plants across the country are walking a perilous tightrope.
At least that’s the argument of a report released in March by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The report, written by the director of UCS’s Nuclear Safety Program, Dave Lochbaum, tallies a list of what the UCS defines as “near-misses” in 2012 — 14 to be exact.A “near-miss,” the report says, is an event that increases the likelihood of a core meltdown by at least 10, thus prompting the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to dispatch an inspection team to the plant in question. “The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is tolerating the intolerable: a ripped nuclear safety net,” Lochbaum said. “Granted, nuclear reactors do not fall into the net every day. And so far the United States has been lucky — with limited and notable exceptions — reactors that have fallen have avoided the ripped portion of the safety net.
Energy Central 7th April 2013 read more »
North Korea could be preparing to conduct a fourth nuclear test, following signs of activity at the country’s main testing site, South Korea’s unification minister, Ryoo Kihl-jae, said on Monday.
Guardian 8th April 2013 read more »
US secretary of state John Kerry said Sunday that the door remained open for a diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear ambitions but that talks could not go on forever. A day after the latest round of negotiations ended without agreement, Kerry said the White House remained hopeful of a peaceful end to the standoff. But he added that negotiations were not an “interminable process”.
Guardian 7th April 2013 read more »
Israel’s new Strategic Affairs Minister: ‘West must threaten Iran over nuclear plans’.
Independent 7th April 2013 read more »
Perhaps the most significant aspect of the Energiewende (and of the years leading up to it) is the almost complete destruction of Germany’s erstwhile power generation oligopoly. Over many years, four large firms had dominated it — E.ON, RWE, EnBW and Sweden’s Vattenfall. By 2010, these four once-mighty firms accounted for only 6.5% of electricity generated in Germany — with their role being supplanted by hundreds of local co-op, municipal and small-scale producers that have sprung into existence. This is a democratization of economic power unprecedented in the industrial world. So there is no doubting the scale of the changes unleashed by the Energiewende and their long-term impact. Within the next decade, Germany will have shifted from a coal- and nuclear-powered industrial economy with four large, centralized power producers to a thriving, decentralized system generating power from renewable sources all over the country.
Renew Economy 8th April 2013 read more »
Letter Rae Street: Two Labour MPs, John Woodstock and Angela Smith, have recently stated publicly their weak arguments for retaining the Trident nuclear armed submarines, ably standing by David Cameron and the Tory Party. Can there really be MPs in the Labour Party who support the building of weapons which threaten death and suffering to millions of innocent people? Which swallows billions of pounds of public money, desperately needed to help the most vulnerable people, and which gives no defence to people against “terrorist attacks?”
Morning Star 7th April 2013 read more »
Colonel Mark Rayner (retd): How can the threat from North Korea of yet another conflict justify the possession of a nuclear deterrent? The catalogue of British involvement in major warfare and low-intensity operations while our nuclear fleet explores the sea bed is evidence that Trident deters nothing. It is an expensive plaything, and the money is needed elsewhere in defence and wider government programmes.
Telegraph 5th April 2013 read more »