Friday, October 26, 2007
[[ ... The elephant in the room throughout the talks was France's reliance on nuclear power, which generates 80% of its electricity. The government said the nuclear issue was not up for discussion.
The Green party accused the government of a "blackout" and Le Monde said nuclear energy was the "ghost in the wardrobe" during the consultations. But the president (Nicolas Sarkozy) said yesterday he did not want to build more nuclear sites in France.
Nicolas Hulot, France's hugely influential and popular TV environmentalist, welcomed the proposals, saying: "Frankly we've entered the ecological era". ]]
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[[ Sarkozy said he wanted to make France a leader in renewable energy, but stuck to his support for nuclear energy. France is more reliant on nuclear power than any other country.
"The truth is that it is illusory in France to want to meet the climate challenge, our primary challenge, without nuclear energy. Today, we have no other choice, without renouncing growth," Sarkozy said.
"If the president thinks we need to develop renewable energy, we hear the message: It means that we have to stop the nuclear reactors," said Greenpeace France campaign director Yannick Jadot. ]]
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[[ (Sarkozy) said that each euro spent on nuclear research would be matched by a euro spent on research into clean technologies and preventing damage to the environment. ]]
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[[ Mr Gore said the French forum - dubbed the "Grenelle of the environment" after a Paris district - had given "a tremendous boost" to efforts to fight climate change. ]]
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Wednesday, October 24, 2007
nuclear plant threatened
Mount Palomar, San Onofre:
Fire officials at the command center in Riverside said the Mt. Palomar fire has exploded to 20,000 acres and could threaten the famed observatory at the top, which houses one of the world's largest telescopes. They also said two fires have broken out in Camp Pendleton, the Wilcox Fire at 1,200 acres and the Ammo Fire at 350 acres. The Ammo fire has raised concerns because it is at the base of San Onofre Peak and climbing up toward an array of telecommunications equipment. The San Onofre nuclear power plant is on the other side. Chief of Operations Chief Bob Green said the governor asked him to send in air tankers to lay down water between the fire and the communications equipment.
Odd that we are facing what could be a catastrophic NUCLEAR FIRE just as the NRC is attempting to LOWER SAFETY MARGINS for America's aging fleet of 104 nuclear reactors. Par for the course, the NRC is trying to put a positive spin on the situation by claiming there are no immediate risks to human health and the environment. Maybe a major news network needs to ask the NRC what the risks are going to be IF THE FIRE REACHES the reactor?
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Organizations That Support The Nuclear Rape of Our Planet
ABB-As one of the world’s leading engineering companies, we help our customers to use electrical power effectively and to increase industrial productivity in a sustainable way. Can we say INDUSTRY INSIDER?
AFL-CIO, Building & Construction Trades Department-Self serving interests, though ignoring the risks their workers are being exposed to...after all, what is a few AFL-CIO cancer deaths when Nuclear Reactors need to be built and manned?
American Boiler Manufacturers Association Thier website makes them sound so GRAND, but are they? The American Boiler Manufacturers Association (ABMA) is the national, nonprofit trade association of manufacturers of commercial/institutional, industrial and power-generating boilers, related fuel burning equipment, users of boiler and boiler-related equipment, and companies which provide products and services to the boiler industry. In short, ABMA represents the companies that design and build the systems that combust the fuels that generate the steam and hot water that powers and comforts America and the world.
American Chemical Technologies, Inc. "The American Chemical Society announced on Friday that it had reversed an earlier decision to expel its members in Iran and will allow all 36 scientists in that country to rejoin." Sure they will want to claim their actions were justified based on 9/11? They did it as a matter of National Security? They were afraid these scientists were secretly Islamic Radicals?
American Chemistry Council Believes in the old adage that what you DO NOT KNOW cannot hurt you! While promoting the chemical industry as vital to the economic health of the nation the ACC simultaneously lobbied against the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), a public right-to-know program.
American Council on Science and Health This organization makes three people VERY WEALTHY. During its first 15 years of operation, ACSH published the names of its institutional funders, but it has stopped doing this in recent years, making it harder to identify where all of its money comes from. In the latest years for which information is available, some 40 percent of ACSH's budget was supplied directly by industry, including a long list of food, drug and chemical companies that have a vested interest in supporting Whelan's message.
American Homeowners Grassroots Alliance Do we need to tell you anything more than these folks are LOBBYIST? A special interest’s lobbying activity may go up or down over time, depending on how much attention the federal government is giving their issues. Particularly active clients often retain multiple lobbying firms, each with a team of lobbyists, to press their case for them.
American Iron and Steel Institute
American Nuclear Society No vested interest here in a Nuclear Renaissance! The Society was founded on December 11, 1954. It's been a leader in the development of nuclear consensus standards since 1958. Its main objective is to promote the advancement of science and engineering relating to the atomic nucleus.
American Public Power Association Another Self Serving Industry insider! The American Public Power Association is the national service organization representing the more than 2,000 municipal and other state- and local-government owned electric utilities in the United States. The association provides legislative, regulatory and judicial monitoring and intervention services for the public power industry and performs educational and research functions.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Tallahassee Section
Applied Research Center The Applied Research Center (ARC) is the flagship research facility (adjacent to the Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) in the research park, the Jefferson Center for Research and Technology, in Newport News, Virginia. The Applied Research Center, an $18 million, seven-story, 122,000 square foot office and laboratory facility erected by the City of Newport News, serves as a nucleus for a key center in the development of new technologies in the Commonwealth.
AREVA, Inc-Have you seen their commercials on TV? Talk about a nuclear company with NO PRIDE!
Arizona Public Service NRC: Utility agrees to corrective action at nuclear plant 24 Oct 2007 04:25 GMT... PHOENIX -- Arizona Public Service Co. has agreed to revise training ... training for operators at its Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station after a falsified-record incident last ... caused the plant's computers to underreport thermal power by 0.3 percent, but it did not.
Arkansas Environmental Federation
Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce Any one want to place a bet that Entergy Arkansas is a member of this particular Chamber of Commerce?
Associated Industries of Arkansas There one singular Legislative goal tells you all you need to really know. Lead the effort to pass a sales tax exemption for energy used in industry and manufacturing. How much money you think this effort will save Entergy?
Associated Industries of Florida
Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce The corporate headquaters of Entergy is Where? Oh, while we are at it, lets not forget to include here the SHAW GROUP.
Bechtel Power Corporation Recently, the company has come under criticism for alleged mismanagement of the Big Dig project, its financial links to the bin Laden family, and the manner in which it received Iraqi rebuilding contracts after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. Politicians in the United States and in Europe have made accusations of cronyism between the George W. Bush administration and Bechtel.
Bismarck State College What possible self serving interest could little old Bismarck State College have that would make it LEAP at the chance to support CASEnergy? A top official from the U.S. Department of Energy joined U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) here Monday to formally designate Bismarck State College as a national hub for the training of power plant operators. Dorgan secured the designation for BSC in legislation he authored that has been signed into law.
BWXT/ Babcock and Wilcox Company Bigots in the workplace? 2. EEOC v. Bechtel Corp (Discrimination on the Basis of National Origin) “The Philadelphia District Office filed a Title VII lawsuit alleging that Bechtel, an international construction company, subjected charging party to a hostile work environment and discriminatory terms and conditions of employment because of his Iraqi national origin, and discharged him because of his national origin. WHAT AND OUTSTANDING CASEnergy member!
California Manufacturers and Technology Association
Cedar Rapid Area Chamber of Commerce
Cedar Rapids City Building Trades Council, IA
Chicago and Cook County Building and Construction Trades Council
Chicago Federation of Labor
Chicago Laborers District Council
Chicago Urban League
City of Little Rock, AR
City of Searcy, AR
City of St. Francisville, LA
CMS Energy How about for starters, this company SOLD PALISADES NUCLEAR PLANT to...drum roll please...ENTERGY!
Conference of Minority Transportation Officials
Constellation Energy Another one of Christine Todd Whitman's Environmental stewards in action here. In the biggest fine the state has levied on a polluter in at least seven years, Maryland slapped a $1 million penalty yesterday on Constellation Energy and the operator of its fly ash dump site in Anne Arundel County for contaminating drinking water.
Copiah-Lincoln Community College These SELF SERVING BASTARDS, and further, is CASEnergy BRIBING people to support Nuclear? Dr. Stonecypher reported on a visit from representatives of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition (CASEnergy) who were seeking support from the SBCJC. The Coalition’s goal is to increase the use of nuclear energy to ensure an environmentally clean, safe, affordable and reliable supply of electricity. Dr. Stonecypher stated that by supporting the coalition the community colleges could be in a position to establish one (1) or more new programs for nuclear power and technology. The Mission Statement and other pertinent information are attached as “Exhibit F”. Upon a motion by Mr. Henry Thomas and a second by Mr. Chip Crane, the Board unanimously voted to join the CASEngery Coalition.
Cornell University On Aug. 22, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) strengthened its commitment to advancing nuclear power by awarding $100,000 to 38 universities to enhance nuclear research and development (R&D) under President Bush’s Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP). The one-time GNEP University Readiness awards total $3.8 million in funding and will include upgrading laboratories; improving reactor facilities; purchasing state-of-the-art equipment; providing increased faculty support and further enhancing nuclear-related curricula. GNEP is part of a President Bush’s Advanced Energy Initiative and aims to close the nuclear fuel cycle by reducing proliferation risks, reducing waste and further increasing energy security around the world. GUESS WHO IS ON THE LIST OF AWARD WINNERS?
Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit
Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S.
The Dow Chemical Company
Duke Power Company
Edison Electric Institute
Electric Consumers' Alliance
The Energy Association of New York State
Entergy Corporation-Indian Point with its tritium and strontium 90 leaks, then there is Vermont Yankee with its collapsing cooling towers. Let's not forget Entergy's rape of New Orleans to the tune of almost $300 million in government grants when they used the Federal Bankrupcy courts as a means to blackmail the government.
Exelon Corporation Now here is a REAL CLASS ACT! Exelon's Braidwood nuclear power plant in Illinois has released millions of gallons of wastewater containing radioactive tritium into the groundwater around the plant since 1996.
FirstEnergy Corp. What more needs to be said about this fine example of regulatory dereliction than they brought us Davis Besse? Nice to know that CASEnergy has such quality control over their membership!
Florida Carpenters Regional Council
Florida Chamber of Commerce
Florida Medical Association
Florida Power & Light
Florida State University Center for Advanced Power Systems
Florida Utility Alliance
Guardian Industries Corp.
Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Hawkeye Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Hurst Technologies, Corp.
Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry
Idaho National Laboratory
Illinois Chamber of Commerce
Illinois Energy Association
Illinois Manufacturers Association
Illinois Pipe Trades
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
International Union of Operating Engineers
Iowa State University - Department of Industrial, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
Iron Workers District Council of St. Louis and Vicinity
Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT)
Jackson Economic Development Alliance
L-3 Communications MAPPS
Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
Lee County Labor Council AFL-CIO
Little Rock Port Authority
Longnecker & Associates, Inc.
Louisiana Association of Business and Industry
Louisiana Chemical Association
Louisiana Municipal Association
Lower Colorado River Authority
Michigan Association of Counties
Michigan Chamber of Commerce
Michigan Economic Developers Association
Michigan Electric Cooperative Association
Michigan Grocers Association
Michigan Manufacturers Association
Michigan Minority Business Developers Council
Michigan Movers Association
Michigan Retailers Association
Michigan State Medical Society
Mississippi Development Corporation
Mississippi Manufacturers Association
Mississippi Municipal League
Mississippi State Board for Community and Jr. Colleges
Mississippi Technology Alliance
Mitsubishi Power Systems, Inc.
NAACP, Tampa Branch
National Association of Manufacturers
National Electrical Contractors Association
National Energy Education Development (NEED)
National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
National Society of Professional Engineers
Nebraska Public Power District
New England Energy Alliance
New Jersey Business and Industry Association
North Carolina State University, Department of Nuclear Engineering
Nuclear Energy Institute As in NEI, as in the FUNDING GROUP for CASEnergy, as in the lobbying group for the entire NUCLEAR INDUSTRY.
Nucor Corporation Nucor - Vulcraft Group In 1962, Vulcraft was sold to Nuclear Corporation of America which would then become Nucor Corporation in 1972.
NuStart Energy Development, LLC Entergy is up to its ears in this group! NuStart Energy Development, LLC, is a limited liability company formed in 2004 with ten member companies. These members, plus two reactor vendors form the NuStart Consortium. The consortium objectives are: 1) to demonstrate the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) never-before-used licensing process for obtaining a combined Construction and Operating License (COL) for an advanced nuclear power plant; and 2) complete the design engineering for the two selected reactor technologies.
The Ohio State University - Nuclear Engineering Graduate Studies Program
The Oklahoma State Chamber
Omaha Public Power District
100 Black Men Baton Rouge BIG BURPRISE HERE, imagine my surprise that ENTERGY is a big FUNDER! In addition to Cox, major sponsors were Entergy, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Pinnacle Entertainment and ReMax de la Louiziana. Wonder what role Norris McDonald might have played?
Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico
Port of Greater Baton Rouge
Progress Energy .
Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)
Pumping Machinery, LLC
Quad City Federation of Labor
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Sandia National Laboratories
Science and Environmental Policy Project
Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce
Sheet Metal Workers' International Association
Southeast Iowa Building and Construction Trades
South Mississippi Electric Power Association
Tampa Bay Partnership
Three Rivers Community College
United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices in the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry
University of California Los Angeles - School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Cincinnati
University of Florida - Department of Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Department
University of Illinois At Champaign - Department of Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering
University of Massachusetts, Lowell - Nuclear Engineering Department
University of Missouri, Columbia - Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute
University of Rhode Island - School of Engineering
University of South Carolina - Nuclear Engineering Department
University of Tennessee - Nuclear Engineering Department
University of Wisconsin - Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics Program
Urban League of Greater Jackson
U.S. Chamber of Commerce-Look at their support of ILLEGAL ALIENS...need we say more? They EMBRACE and encourage the hiring if ILLEGAL WORKERS! Anything for cheap labor.
Utilities Service Alliance, Inc.
Vermont Chamber of Commerce-Wonder if the people of Brattleboro know that the Chamber of Commerce is SELLING THEM OUT?
Washington State University - Department of Radiochemistry
Westinghouse Electric Company
Will & Grundy Counties Building Trade Council
But there are problems:
1. The excesses aren't statistically significant, since the numbers are small (26 leukemia deaths, 368 solid cancer deaths)
2. Only deaths, not cases are examined. Workers are more likely to have access to good medical care that can help them to survive cancer. Studying cancer cases is much more revealing than deaths.
3. Workers who work less than 18 years may not have had enough exposure. I suspect they include even those who worked for a brief timeat nuclear plants.
4. The average age of workers at the end of follow up is 45 years, an age when cancer rates are still relatively low. It often takes much longer than that for cancer to manifest.
5. The healthy worker effect is a big issue. They compare actual worker deaths with expected (the entire population). That's not a fair comparison, since workers are much healthier than the general population.
This is a large study of workers at Canadian nuclear power plants. Elevated mortality rates of leukemia and solid tumors were found (although just borderline statistical significant).
This article suffers from the problems I stated before, but they should be taken with great concern. The literature has no other studies of U.S. nuclear power plant workers, other than a very small one of Calvert Cliffs in Maryland.
I hope this helps.
CONNECTICUT SUPREME COURT
TAKES ON MILLSTONE NUKE WASTE APPEAL
For Immediate Release October 16, 2007
Whether the Siting Council acted illegally in allowing Dominion Nuclear Connecticut, Inc. to build an above-ground onsite storage facility for Millstone high-level nuclear waste will be decided by the Connecticut Supreme Court, the Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone announced today.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Lets say we buy into that general argument. If companies in the nuclear industry are now effectively being rewarded finacially for spent fuel to remain AT THE NUCLEAR REACTOR SITE, should not that storage of wastes be held to the SAME STANDARDS as would be required at say YUCCA Mountain? Time to demand some answers.
Another Utility Wins Damages Over Yucca's Failure to Open10/15/2007
A federal court has awarded a Minneapolis power company $116.5 million in damages for the U.S. Energy Department's (DoE) failure to open a permanent radioactive waste repository for the nation's commercial spent nuclear fuel, as the federal government promised to do long ago.
Xcel Energy Inc. subsidiary Northern States Power Co.'s victory in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims puts the company on a growing list of nuclear utilities that have won legal redress for the costs of having to store spent fuel at their reactor sites as they await the opening of the nuclear waste dump being built in Nevada's desert.
Northern States sued DoE, arguing that the federal government just like a company or individual is obligated to follow through on its contract obligations.
I found this cartoon on Treehugger... There's a puking black planet and human viruses... Everything to sway Toxic Waste Zombie kids loving nuke culture enough again to get into the decommissioning game, save nukes from rising tidal waters, so we don't turn the oceans into a radioactive wasteland... which hundreds of nuclear submarines are already doing.
Thanks to Reza Rasoli
The adverts and analysis can be found on the website of the French ‘Alliance pour La Planete’… and I am indebted to Laurence Ledoux for drawing them to my attention and providing translations. Please everyone, keep sending me absurd and disturbing adverts.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Atomic Safety and Licensing Board established Indian Point license renewal
Washington -- A three-judge board has been established to review requests for a hearing on the license renewal application for the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan. Should a hearing regarding the application take place, the board would also conduct that proceeding.
The board is drawn from the Atomic Safety & Licensing Board Panel, which is a judicial component of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission tasked with conducting all licensing and other hearings as directed by the presidentially appointed commission that oversees the NRC.
The ASLBP operates independently of the NRC technical staff. The judges named by ASLBP Chief Administrative Judge E. Roy Hawkens to preside over the Indian Point proceeding are Lawrence McDade, who will serve as chairman; Dr. Richard Wardwell; and Dr. Kaye Lathrop.
Most boards are composed of one judge who is qualified in conducting administrative proceedings, who is a lawyer, and two judges who have technical qualifications appropriate to the issues in the proceedings, who are scientists or engineers.
Under NRC regulations, the original operating license for a nuclear power plant has a term of 40 years. The license may be renewed for up to an additional 20 years if NRC requirements are met. The current operating licenses for Indian Point Units 2 and 3 expire, respectively, on Sept. 28, 2013, and Dec. 12, 2015.
Entergy’s license renewal application for Indian Point was received by the NRC on April 30, 2007.The deadline for the receipt of requests for a hearing on the application is Nov. 30, 2007.