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*     NukeNews #11 - Anti-Nuclear Information Service      *
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0.  Preface
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With this 11th issue of the NukeNews we are unfortunately quite late.
Apologizes for that! However, with 30 news this is our second largest
newsletter ever. And we are close to finishing the third year of this
news tool - amazing if you imagine that the NukeNews are in operation
as a completely volunteer based and no-budget service for this long
time, and always more the less regularly was released. Before the
start of this tool in June 2011, some three months after the beginning
of the Fukushima disaster, it took the project three more years from
the first attempts to get started until the official launching.

In this release, we have news, events and campaign updates from
activists in ten countries around the world. We cover basic news on
safety issues in nuclear waste management, some recent accidents,
projects against the EU subsidies plans for nuclear power, specific
nuclear power plants like Hinkley Point and Visaginas, and some more.
If you have updates for our next newsletter, check the section at the
end of this email for information on deadlines, format and contact.


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Outline of the current NukeNews issue #11
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0.  Preface
1.  Germany: "Field detention" of Castor activists in was illegal
2.  Public health detriment from nuclear decommissioning discharges
3.  Taking Action to Ban the Bomb in Livermore
4.  Fennovoima's Image Washing, Manipulating Public Opinion & more
5.  The radioactive risks of fracking
6.  CASE PYHÄJOKI: Artist reflections on nuclear impact
7.  Talvivaara aims on keeping activists out of the area
8.  Latest developments in the Fennovoima NPP new build project
9.  Summer-Mini-Camp 2014 in the South of the Czech Republic
10. Uranium freighter collided with a sailboat in the Baltic Sea
11. Network office launched
12. Canada: Liquid high-level nuclear waste could pass through Niagara
13. UK: Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station given 5-year life extension
14. Shoddy nuclear technology and poor safety culture should not be
    exported from Russia to Finland
15. Hinkley Point NPP: "Most expensive in the world"
16. Save Santa Mountain from Mining
17. UK: Opposing the Hinkley Deal
18. Radiation Free Lakeland: NEW website
19. Nuclear Train Derailment - Barrow, Cumbria
20. Final repositories in Scandinavia: report indicates threats shown
    in seismology and palaeoseismology
21. Dumping Low Level Radioactive Waste in Landfill
22. Campaign "No to State aid for nuclear!"
23. NO Geological Dumping of High Level Nuclear Waste! The Wrong
    Answer?
24. CASE PYHÄJOKI in retrospect: With joy and love
25. China Eyes Up Sellafield - while scrapping nuclear plans at home
26. Activists block a uranium transport in the South of France
27. Say no! to an uranium mining project in Nunavut
28. Visaginas NPP fate "undecided",
    As politicians ignore the decision of the referendum
29. Update on repression against environmental groups in Russia
30. Decisions move closer in the UK
31. Upcoming events
32. About NukeNews


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1.  Germany: "Field detention" of Castor activists in was illegal
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As judged by District Court in Lüneburg in August 2013, the so-called
"field detention" of some 1,300 Castor activists by Harlingen in
November 2011 was illegal. They had left a sit-in blockade of the
WiderSetzen action on the tracks after police started to violently
evict the railway. The court stated police would first have had to
issue a sending-off to the activists with the option to leave the
area. And even after that they would have had to arrange a judge
decision immediately after arresting someone - but they did only for
21 of 1,300 people. Activists now consider requesting compensation for
the illegal arrest.

Up to 3,000 activists being arrested under those conditions in Castor
blockades in 2010 and 2011 could be concerned by this judgement.

Learn more:
http://www.widersetzen.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=164:pe-2082013-polizeikessel-nach-castor-blockade-unzulaessig&catid=106:presseerklaerung-2013&Itemid=75


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2.  Public health detriment from nuclear decommissioning discharges
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The UK Hinkley Point A nuclear site began decommissioning in 2006 by
installing vents directly into the core of the two de-fuelled Magnox
reactors which should remain sealed for the mandatory 80-year
radioactive decay period. There are also emissions from the
decommissioning work on the cooling ponds and sludge stores which are
being discharged into the atmosphere. All public health detriments
have increased since then including sudden deaths from cardiovascular
failures, excess cancer incidence and fatalities, increased infant and
perinatal mortality, increased heritable genetic mutations. Health
detriment and other details are available on the Stop Hinkley website.


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3.  Taking Action to Ban the Bomb in Livermore
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200+ activists gathered at the gates of the Lawrence Livermore
Laboratory 68 years after the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima,
Japan. Livermore Lab, located in California’s San Francisco Bay Area
is one of two locations that design every nuclear warhead in the U.S.
arsenal.  The August 6 rally featured amazing speakers, including
acclaimed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, Rev. Nobuaki Hanaoka, author
Cecile Pineda, poet Pete Yamamoto, and Tri-Valley CAREs’ Loulena
Miles. The theme this year was "Unfinished Business and Our Most
Urgent Responsibility; Banning the Bomb at the Livermore Lab and
Globally." The rally was sponsored by dozens of peace and justice
groups. Participants marched from the northwest corner of the
Livermore Lab to the West Gate where 31 people were arrested for
participating in nonviolent direct action. More information at
http://www.trivalleycares.org
 

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4.  Fennovoima's Image Washing, Manipulating Public Opinion & more
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Fennovoima signs adorn public works in Pyhäjoki, like the fence of
a sports field near the town's high school. The name of the
corporation is split in two in this sign. The colors chosen slowly
make one think of a clean sky blue and verdant earth green. The
minimalist, sans serif, ultra-clean logo contributes to the branding
narrative. These qualities together help to subtly reinforce a
deceptive and cynical picture of the false ecological story of nuclear
power: its advocates claim it is "green" because it does not produce
carbon emissions in the generation of energy. Fennovoima's waste is
far more deadly, and is a threat to the entire planet in ways that
localized carbon emissions are not. This is classic green washing part
of a broader strategy to help mask the reality of the true costs of
making energy in this way.

Read the complete story:
http://casepyhajoki.info/english-fennovoimas-image-washing-manipulating-public-opinion-normalizing-their-presence/


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5.  The radioactive risks of fracking
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Fracking is not only bad for climate as it is connected to releasing
big amounts of carbon dioxide, and a threat to health and environment
because of the toxid liquids used to flush out the shale gas, but also
a risk due to the radon gas that might be released with it. Public
Health England, formerly the Health Protection Agency, is preparing a
report identifying potential public health concerns in connection to
fracking - showing also the risks of radioactive emissions. PHE is
evaluating the potential risks of radon gas pumped into people's
houses as part of the shale gas stream.

Radon is considered the second-largest cause of lung cancer in the UK.
An US report has confirmed the concerns connected to Radon and natural
gas coming from the shale mixing and traveling together to the
customers. Additionally, the Norwegian environmental consultancy Det
Norske Veritas identified radioactive waste contamination as a problem
with fracking.

Learn more:
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/136661


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6.  CASE PYHÄJOKI: Artist reflections on nuclear impact
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A unique gathering took place August 1-11, 2013 in the village of
Pyhäjoki - the region selected by Fennovoima for a new nuclear power
plant in Finnland. Fennovoima was originally initiated by the German
atomic player EON, but they gave up the project - maybe a result of
campaigning against the new NPP locally and internationally.
Unfortunately, a new player seems to take over the field (and EON's
shares): the Russian atomic giant Rosatom. To raise awareness on the
issue, and to look at the issue from a different point of view, the
art project "CASE PYHÄJOKI - Artistic reflections on nuclear
influence" was started - a transdisciplinary artistic expedition,
production workshop and presentation events in Pyhäjoki, North
Ostrobothnia.

Great material has been produced there, many lectures and excursions
are documented in film and text. Have a look at:
http://casepyhajoki.info/en/


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7.  Talvivaara aims on keeping activists out of the area
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As reported in August, Talvivaara mining company asked the Ministry of
Interior for assistance in deporting activists visiting the area
without authorization. It is the same company responsible for several
environmental accidents in their facilities, particularly the huge
spill in November 2012 considered the biggest Finnish chemical
disaster in history. In spring the Vaasa Adminstrative Court had
annihilated permissions for exceptional operations that were illegally
granted to them by local authorities. Several breaches of rules and
laws by the mining company had been first made public by concerned
citizens and activists.

Instead of issuing serious legal consequences for an operator
permanently polluting the environment showing their irresponsibility
and criminal attitude in breaking the anyway weak regulations for
environment protection from mining activities, now those people
pointing on these issues are intended to be punished stricter. The
Ministry already indicated to help Talvivaara mine when changing the
Police Act Regulations in autumn. It seems authorities are saying:
"Don't stop pollution of huge environments, but fine those who talk
about it!"

Source:
http://www.mtv3.fi/uutiset/kotimaa.shtml/2013/08/1791177/talvivaara-pyytaa-ministeriolta-apua-aktivistien-karkottamiseksi


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8.  Latest developments in the Fennovoima NPP new build project
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Fennovoima has chosen Russian state owned company Rosatom as the
reactor provider for their nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki Hanhikivi
Cape in Finland. The negotiations to have Rosatom as one of the
biggest investors in the project have been started. Rosatom would be
the owner of 1/3 of the shares, replacing German E-On which previously
left the project. Other 1/3 of the shares are owned by small energy
companies all over Finland and the rest by Finnish industry. The
energy companies are municipality owned and the political decision
making to continue the nuclear power plant project is at hand at the
moment in different municipalities. They need to decide by the end of
October 2013 if they want to continue investing in the nuclear power
plant. 

Rosatom wasn't listed as the nuclear power plant builder and the
actual plant is different than in the original decision in principle
of the Finnish government. This is why Fennovoima needs to provide new
survey about the environmental affects and safety of the plant for the
Ministry for Employment and Economy in the coming spring 2014.

Sources:
http://www.hs.fi/talous/Fennovoima+luottaa+omistajiinsa/a1382040393873
http://www.hs.fi/talous/Fennovoima+toimitti+Stukille+voimalan+turvaselvitykset/a1381481389020


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9.  Summer-Mini-Camp 2014 in the South of the Czech Republic
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As somebody, who has participated already in several activities of
the Nuclear Heritage Network I value especially the NukeNews and know,
that it is not an easy thing to have something like this going without
big money. For some you, who would like to see this info-network still
improved (for example by doing some translations) and personal
contacts among us intensified, I´d like to offer organizing something
like a work- and get-to-know-the-country-and-each-other-camp near the
town of Kaplice in the South of the Czech Republic, very close to the
Austrian border. For around 5- max. 10 people I could offer some
simple accommodation and partly supply of nurishment. Transport to at
least Prague or Linz would have to be organized by yourself, with the
rest I´d try my best to help.

Time: about a week in July or August 2014. People interested please
write to: "b.riep AT eduhi.at" until around March 2014
(www.slunceasvoboda.eu respectively www.sonneundfreiheit.eu)

The inviting NGO has some experience and know-how in cross border 
cooperation with also interests reaching beyond anti-nuclear activism,
attempting to integrate elements of culture and renewable energy
aspects.


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10. Uranium freighter collided with a sailboat in the Baltic Sea
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Near the Rügen island (Germany) on October 18th, 2013, the Russian
freighter "Mikhail Lomonosov" collided with a sailboat. The freighter
is well-known for shipments of radioactive materials for the "Northern
Shipping Company", and it turned out it had loaded both uranium
hexafluoride and uranium dioxide according to media coverage again.
The sailboat suffered serious damages, while about the impacts on the
freighter nothing is public yet. Regarding uranium hexafluoride, it is
particularly alarming that in contact with water it forms the deadly
hydrofluoric acid. 

As far as anti-nuclear organizers found out, the material was supposed
to be transported on trucks from Hamburg to the Gronau uranium
enrichment facility. 

Updates:
http://www.mzeise.net/uran/news/aktuell.php?tsnews4=archiv&dots=169


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11. Network office launched
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Since September 2013, the long-announced International Network Office
has been in operation. For now, it has opening hours only once a week:
Wednesdays between 2 and 4 PM CET/CEST (Central European -Summer-
Time). During the opening hours, the office is available via phone
(+49 3431 5894177), email (office AT nuclear-heritage.net), Skype
(projekthaus.mannsdorf), jabber/XMPP (user: network.office, domain:
jabber.ccc.de), and in person (D-04720 Döbeln, Am Bärental 6).

The mission of the International Network Office is to support
anti-nuclear activists by connecting them to other groups, speakers
and experts on specific topics. We also want to support and coordinate
the production (and distribution) of multilingual flyers on local
anti-nuclear topics. And, we also want to help to organize networking
gatherings. Basically, the goal is to support anti-nuclear struggles
by networking and sharing information/contacts.

Three volunteers committed to office hours shifts until the end of
this year. They are not paid and they do other political work besides
this, too. So please don't expect too much when you are calling. From
January 2014 we will need volunteers again to continue the Network
Office. If you are interested to support  this anti-nuclear service,
contact us!

http://office.Nuclear-Heritage.NET


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12. Canada: Liquid high-level nuclear waste could pass through Niagara
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Liquid highly-enriched uranium from Canada’s Chalk River research
reactor could be trucked through Niagara on the way to be processed in
South Carolina, says a report bound for regional council's planning
committee in November. The waste could be coming any time between 2013
and 2018 - the period U.S. approval is in force - but the report notes
no "special notification" will be given when the waste rolls through,
due to security concerns.

The report from the Region's planning department notes this will be
the first time Canadian authorities have tried to truck highly-
enriched uranium as a liquid solution.

source:
http://www.wellandtribune.ca/2013/11/06/nuclear-waste-could-pass-through-niagara


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13. UK: Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station given 5-year life extension
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As reported by BBC on November 5th, 2013, the Hartlepool NPP is to
stay open for an extra five years. The site was due to close in 2019
but will now remain operational until 2024, owner EDF Energy
confirmed. It has also been confirmed that a new visitor centre will
open at the plant.

As far as we know this is the first British extension of nuclear power
station lifetimes since Hinkley B and Hunterston B were given 7-year
extensions (both to 2023) in 2012. Original shut-down date for
Hartlepool was 2009. Interesting that Hartlepool only given a 5-year
extension. EDF had announced in 2012 that all its AGR station would be
considered for a 7-year extension in 2016. (And that Sizewell B would
be considered for a 20-year extension - from 2034 - then...

source:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-24824816


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14. Shoddy nuclear technology and poor safety culture should not be
    exported from Russia to Finland
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The Finnish nuclear operator Fennovoima publicly announced on
September 3 the intention to buy a VVER-1200 (AES-2006) reactor from
the Russian state nuclear corporation "Rosatom". The deal may cost
around 6.4 billion Euro and include transferring 34% of Fennovoima's
ownership to Rosatom. Corruption scandals involving Rosatom over the
past several years clearly demonstrate that the Russian nuclear
industry cannot be trusted to produce quality equipment for nuclear
plants. In February 2012, for example, a Rosatom-owned company was
accused of selling shoddy equipment to nuclear plants inside and
outside Russia.

According to Russian experts, VVER technology is far from perfect: "If
an uncontainable leak breaks out in the primary circuit of a VVER-type
reactor, or other failures cause water to stop circulating in the
cooling system, core damage could occur, complete with the resulting
massive release of radiation."
"It is truly shocking that Fennovoima decided to help Rosatom in
building of Russian-designed nuclear reactors in Finland and the
European Union. This is highly risky and unacceptable, and may lead to
a repetition of the Fukushima disaster inside Europe", said Russian
Ecodefense in a press release.

Read more:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/PR:Shoddy_nuclear_technology_and_poor_safety_culture_should_not_be_exported_from_Russia_to_Finland


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15. Hinkley Point NPP: "Most expensive in the world"
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According to an analysis published by reputable equity investors
Liberium Capital, the agreement signed by the UK Government with
Electricité de France to build a new nuclear power station, Hinkley C,
in Somerset would make Hinkley C "The most expensive power station" in
the world; with the longest construction period. They go on to argue
that the the government's agreement to underwrite the £16bn Hinkley
Point nuclear power station could prove to be "economically insane"
and hugely costly to consumers, saying, "Having considered the known
terms of the deal, we are flabbergasted that the UK government has
committed future generations of consumers to the costs that will flow
from this deal."

Learn more:
http://www.nonucleartrains.org.uk


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16. Save Santa Mountain from Mining
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Finnish activists started a new online campaign against the Sokli mine
plans in Eastern Finland by the Russian border. Sokli basically is
supposed to exploit Finland's richest phosphate resource, which
contains relatively high concentrations of radioactive minerals. The
mine is located in the upper area of Nuorttijoki river system. Close
to the planned mining area lies the Törmäoja and Yli-Nuortti rivers,
and the glades of Ainijärvi, which are all part of the Natura 2000
network. Sokli is located between the Urho Kekkonen National Park and
the Värriö Nature Park near Korvatunturi, the "home of Santa Claus".
The area further includes the famous Tuntsa wilderness and three
Natura Network locations.

The Korvatunturi fell is best known as the home of Father Christmas
(or Joulupukki in Finnish). According to Finnish Folklore, this land
is the location of Father Christmas’ secret workshop, where toys,
trinkets and gifts are made and eventually wrapped by gnomes.

Responsible is the Yara International company with the Norwegian state
as the largest shareholder. The phosphorus ores in Sokli contain ten
times the amount of radioactive material in uranium, thorium, radium
of normal levels. In the niobium ores, the levels are even 200-fold.
Yara intends to mine phosphorus 4-10 tons per year and to use this
phosphorus to make fertilizers. There are concerns about the
radioactivity levels of fertilizers. The prospective Sokli mine area
will be between 4000-6000 hectares (40-60 km2).

Learn more:
http://savesantamountain.com/2013/11/08/a-natural-disaster-being-prepared-in-eastern-lapland/


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17. UK: Opposing the Hinkley Deal
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In Bridgwater (the nearest town to the site intended for Hinkley C),
South-West Against Nuclear (SWAN) organised a local demonstration
against the deal the very same day it was announced by David Cameron,
21st October. The protest involved dumping a pile of animal dung
outside the EDF shop in Bridgwater and hanging a banner over the shop
saying "NO MORE BULLSXXT - EDF TAKE OUR £££ AND DUMP WASTE ON US!"

A man in cow costume addressed shoppers while supporters emptied
shopping bags of dung onto a plastic sheet, blocking the shop's
entrance. A placard in Chinese was stuck into the pile. Two Chinese
state companies have signed letters of intent to invest in the project
and it has been reported that it is "expected" they will invest 30-40%
between them.

Protestors cleaned the pavement around the pile and at the end of the
demo removed the dung for organic recycling. Police however later
confiscated the dung and placed it in their van, saying that they
believed it might be used to commit criminal damage.

Watch the video on:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8ZyDuhaAUng


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18. Radiation Free Lakeland: NEW website
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Nuclear is a Living Nightmare! Radioactive contamination of air, sea
and groundwater. Nuclear "energy" needs chemicals and fossil fuel
power plants during and decades after any electricity production.
Radiation causes cancers and other diseases. Nuclear causes a snowball
of blight now, and for generations after us.

http://wildar4.wix.com/radiation-free-land


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19. Nuclear Train Derailment - Barrow, Cumbria
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September 18th 2013: According to the nuclear industry the flasks were
empty and on their way to Sellafield when two wheels left the track on
16th September. Flasks on their way to Sellafield are most often full
of spent fuel being sent to Sellafield to be reprocessed making the
wastes even more dangerous. These flasks had gone on a long journey
having sailed from Japan to Barrow and back again with Highly Active
Waste who knows how many times. The Highly Active Waste (a result of
reprocessing spent fuel to make MOX which nobody wants) is presumably
going to be stuffed into the containers and then trundled back along
the tracks it has already derailed from, to be shipped from Barrow
across the Pacific, through the Panama Canal and to Japan where it
will be met with huge protest.

http://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/high-level-wastes-japan-and-derailed-trains/


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20. Final repositories in Scandinavia: report indicates threats shown
    in seismology and palaeoseismology
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This summer, the Swedish scientist Nils-Axel Mörner published a report
"Patterns in seismology and palaeoseismology, and their application in
long-term hazard assessments - the Swedish case in view of nuclear
waste management" showing evidence for a massive understatement of the
tectonic threats to final repositories in Scandinavia: earthquakes,
tsunamis and other events appeared much more frequently and in higher
extend in the past than considered by the studies of the nuclear
industry. The report opens general questions about the suitability of
the Scandinavian rock formations for the long-term storage of
dangerous material. It should affect the discussion on Onkalo in
Finland and on the supposed Forsmark repository for spent fuel.

"Seismic events are recorded by instruments, historical notes and
observational criteria in geology and archaeology. Those records form
a pattern of events. From these patterns, we may assess the future
seismic hazard. (...) The nuclear industries in Sweden and Finland
claim that the high-level nuclear waste can be buried in the bedrock
under full safety for, at least, 100 000 yr. It seems hard, if on the
whole possible, to make such assessments from the short periods of
pattern recognition in seismology (< 100 yr) and palaeoseismology
(some 13 000 yr). All assessments seem to become meaningless, maybe
even misleading. In this situation, we must restrict ourselves from
making too optimistic an assessment."

Read the report:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Patterns_in_seismology_and_palaeoseismology,_and_their_application_in_long-term_hazard_assessments_-_the_Swedish_case_in_view_of_nuclear_waste_management


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21. Dumping Low Level Radioactive Waste in Landfill
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Following vigorous campaigning by Radiation Free Lakeland Tim Farron
MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale in Cumbria has said there is "Powerful
Evidence" to scrap the deregulation which allows low level radioactive
waste into landfill. The UK government has signed up to the Euratom
Treaty which describes in detail a plan to turn Lillyhall landfill
site into a Radioactive Waste Repository with a "controlled release of
radioactivity to groundwaters."

http://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/tim-farron-mp-powerful-evidence-to-pull-the-plug-on-radioactive-fly-tipping/


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22. Campaign "No to State aid for nuclear!"
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The petition against state aid for nuclear was launched in September
on the website http://www.my-voice.eu! A huge success with over 20 000
signatures - we need to continue mobilising all over Europe until
April 2014.

This decision on the new state aid regime is in the hands of the EU
Commission alone - it requires only a simple majority and is no
obliged to involve the member states (Council) or the European
Parliament to decide the state aid guidelines. It is therefore vital
to mobilise Europe's citizens. Our chances aren't too bad as trouble
with the pronuclear crusade is causing the next delay in the EU
Commission. There will be no decision taken before April 2014 - this
means, more time for more protest! Join and spread the petition NOW.

Please think about what you and your organization/network/group can
do. Join and spread the petition NOW in your personal & organization's
mailings, newsletters, facebook etc.


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23. NO Geological Dumping of High Level Nuclear Waste! The Wrong
    Answer?
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FOLLOWING Nirex and the ending of the "Managing Radioactive Wastes
Safely" process with Cumbria County Council's no vote, any new
consultation regarding geological dumping should not include Cumbria.
Instead the 84 members of the County Council have been airbrushed out
of this new "democratic" process alongside the hundreds of members of
the parish councils, the overwhelming majority of whom have said no
repeatedly. The UK government want to deal with the few patsys on the
Executive of Allerdale and Copeland Borough Councils who said yes
while airbrushing away the majority who said NO!

http://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2013/09/20/is-new-consultation-needed-the-big-debate/


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24. CASE PYHÄJOKI in retrospect: With joy and love
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"CASE PYHÄJOKI - Artistic reflections on nuclear influence" was a
trans-disciplinary expedition and production workshop in Pyhäjoki,
Northern Finland from 1.-11.8.2013. The sixth nuclear power plant
(NPP) of the country is planned to be built in Pyhäjoki Hanhikivi
cape. The participants created different types of engagements,
prototype events and experiments, reaching from a large "thank you"
sign for those who refuse to sell their land to the nuclear power
company, to the design of a "power sports day"; including a local
fairytale, a mural painting with local youth, a special karaoke
playlist, a DIY geiger counter building workshop, and more. The more
includes new and deepened friendships, collaborations and memories of
good times and meetings with local people.

People involved to the CASE PYHÄJOKI project will continue with
follow-ups more the less connected to the issue of den proposed NPP in
Pyhäjoki and to nuclear power in general. The project is documented on
their blog, announcements of new activities will be announced there
and if possible with the NukeNews, too.

Read more reflections on backgrounds on the CASE PYHÄJOKI project:
http://casepyhajoki.info/en/ilon-ja-rakkauden-kautta/


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25. China Eyes Up Sellafield - while scrapping nuclear plans at home
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Imagine a world where the repressed Chinese people are marching in the
streets opposing nuclear power - while the supposedly free British
citizens are encouraged by government to meekly submit to yet another 
nuclear consultation aiming to bury hot nuclear wastes in leaky
geology. Imagine a world where a repressive regime will take notice of
public opinion and scrap plans for a nuclear development while a
supposedly democratic government will try to bypass public opinion by
dealing only with a few unrepresentative patsys in borough councils.
Sounds mad? It is mad! And it is happening right now...

http://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/china-eyes-up-sellafield-while-scrapping-nuclear-plans-at-home/


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26. Activists block a uranium transport in the South of France
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On the 12th of September, about 30 activists from the collective Stop
Uranium blocked a truck carrying uranium tetrafluorid near Narbonne,
in the South of France. The blockade lasted for one hour.
Radioactivity measures were made: a dose about 50 times the average
radioactivity level could be measured one meter away from the truck.

The truck was coming from Comurhex Malvési, a facility owned by Areva,
where uranium is being transformed for the first time after it arrives 
in France. About one fourth of the uranium used in the world is
processed there. The aim of the action was to highlight the dangers of
the facility and the transports. 3 to 5 trucks are leaving the
facility every day, carrying uranium tetrafluorid.

See pictures of the blockade there:
http://groupes.sortirdunucleaire.org/blocage-camion-tetrafluorure


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27. Say no! to an uranium mining project in Nunavut
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Areva is coveting the underground of Nunavut, in the North of Canada,
and expect to build a uranium mining there. Opening the way to uranium
mining would threaten this territory, already made vulnerable by
climate change. The consequences would be catastrophic for the Inuit,
whose lifestyle, relying on hunting, requires a clean environment.
We launched a petition (in English and French) to French ministers to
demand them canceling this mining project:

http://groupes.sortirdunucleaire.org/Petition-nunavut-en


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28. Visaginas NPP fate "undecided",
    As politicians ignore the decision of the referendum
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Despite the results of the referendum in October 2012, where people
voted against a new nuclear power plant in Lithuania, politicians are
still trying to push for the project. The Government of Lithuania, as
announced in the media, will soon make the decision regarding the fate
of Visaginas NPP. The plans to discuss the common position of three
Baltic countries, regarding the project, have also been announced. So
far, both Latvian and Estonian politicians were reluctant towards this
project.

Read more:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Visaginas_NPP_fate_%22undecided%22,_as_politicians_ignore_the_decision_of_the_referendum


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29. Update on repression against environmental groups in Russia
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Since Western media are not reporting that much anymore on repression
against non-governmental groups in Russia (except for the case with
jailed Greenpeace activists), I will put some update on this crackdown
going on presently. Feel free to send around. Greenpeace case is
getting a lot of coverage in Russia and governmental media broadcasts
a lot of bullshit to make sure Russians hate environmental activists
of all kinds.

Ugly thing happened in the South of Russia, Krasnodar city, close to
the site of 2014 Winter Olympic Games just few days ago. Local police
together with FSB (exKGB) tryed to catch environmental activist
Rudomakha. They came to the office of local political party
threatening to storm it because they thought activist is inside. But
he left earlier. Police gave no explanations but local people think it
is because of Olympics. Rudomakha spent a lot of time criticizing the
destruction of local nature related to Olympics preparations.
Fortunately, activist is still not arrested.

Read the complete story:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Update_on_repression_against_environmental_groups_in_Russia


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30. Decisions move closer in the UK
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The announcement of a strike price despite a year of negotiations is
claimed to be on the brink of agreement, with UK media speculating on
a price of around 93 pounds per MWh more than twice the current market
price - the condemned government are determined to feather the nests
of big business by increasing fuel poverty through it's regressive
energy policy.

It looks like China general nuclear power group will be EDFs
investment partners and if they achieve the kind of stakes they're
aiming for (rumour has it they're looking for an almost equal stake)
then the coalition government will succeed in giving the worlds most
powerful authoritarian state partial control of the most dangerous
technology on British soil, with not one iota of the concern that
Thatcher expressed in her day wen she had her government block Kuwaiti
investment in the UK energy market.

Read more:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Decisions_move_closer_in_the_UK


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31. Upcoming events
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(just an extract, tell us your events for the next newsletter)
more events: http://upcoming.nuclear-heritage.net

Please feel invited to send us your local and international events for
this website and the NukeNews!


24/10/13-23/03/14: exhibition "Langzeit und Endlager" at Museum zu
                   Allerheiligen, Klosterstr. 16, in Schaffhausen (CH)
10/12/13 5.30 PM:  Celebration of 30 years of accomplishment of
                   Communities Against a Radioactive Environment and
                   will debut a short documentary film about
                   Tri-Valley CAREs at Livermore Public Library,
                   Community Rooms A&B, 1188 S. Livermore Ave., in
                   Livermore (USA)
12/12/13:          Global Action Day Against Nuclear Power 2013
12/12/13 at 12 PM: MKG Seminar: SSM and Nuclear Waste Council - in the
                   completion phase in Stockholm (S)
2014:              Probably Castor transport of high level radioactive
                   waste from Sellafield (UK) and of intermediate
                   level radioactive waste from La Hague (F) to
                   Gorleben (D) and protests
2014:              Nuclear Waste Transport to Ahaus - current status:
                   "postponed" (D)
06/02/14-07/02/14: Long-term Performance of Engineered Barrier Systems
                   (PEBS) at BGR in Hannover (D)
08/03/14:          Fukushima related actions in the Dreyeckland
                   region (CH, D, F)
08/03/14:          Fukushima rally in Jülich (D)
09/03/14 at 2 PM:  human chain Fessenheim at vallée du Rhône (F)
09/03/14 at 2 PM:  Fukushima disaster remembrance: international
                   brigde actions in the Upper Rhine area (D)
08/04/14-10/04/14: Symposium on Recycling of metals arising from
                   operation and decommissioning of nuclear facilities
                   at the Studsvik site outside Nyköping (S)
26/04/14:          ecological festival "Für eine Zukunft nach
                   Tschernobyl und Fukushima" (D)
29/04/14:          European Anti Nuclear Forum in Prague (CZ)
03/05/14-08/05/14: Atomforum of the German nuclear industry in
                   Frankfurt/Main (D)
11/05/14-15/05/14: European Nuclear Conference in Marseille (F)
summer 2014:       Walk For A Nuclear Free Future from Miami, FL to
                   the Y-12 Nuclear Facility Oakridge, TN 2014 (USA)
22/08/14-24/08/14: solar festival in Peckwitz (D)
01/01/15-30/04/15: (estimated) main hearing on the Environmental Court
                   on SKB's application to build KBS3 final nuclear
                   waste repository at District Court in Nacka (S)


http://www.allerheiligen.ch/images/PDF/Langzeit%20und%20Endlager_Flyer.pdf
http://www.trivalleycares.org/new/party%20flyer-2.jpeg
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Global_Action_Day_Against_Nuclear_Power_2013
http://www.nonuclear.se/en/kalender/mkg20131212stockholm
http://www.greenkids.de/europas-atomerbe/index.php/Gorleben_Castor_Resistance_in_Germany_2014
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Nuclear_Waste_Transport_to_Ahaus
http://www.pebs-eu.de/PEBS/EN/Pebs-Final-Conference/PEBS_final_conference_node_en.html;jsessionid=EF1A95844F8E4E013BCB14F2A5E66F59.1_cid284#link4
http://wp.chainehumaine.eu/
http://www.nonuclear.se/en/kalender/20140408-10studsvik
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/European_Anti_Nuclear_Forum_2014
http://www.euronuclear.org/events/enc/enc2014/index.htm
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Walk_For_A_Nuclear_Free_Future_2011-2015/Miami-Y12_Nuclear_Facility_Oakridge
http://ag-schacht-konrad.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=769&Itemid=189
http://www.nonuclear.se/en/kalender/kbshuvudforhandling2012


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32. About NukeNews
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and struggles of anti-nuclear activists connected through this
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