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*     NukeNews #14 - Anti-Nuclear Information Service      *
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0.  Preface
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Welcome to the 14th edition of the NukeNews - the multilingual
newsletter system of the Nuclear Heritage Network! With this release
our anti-nuclear news service also experiences its third anniversary.
Three months after the start of the series of reactor explosions in
Fukushima, on 6th of June 2011, we started this international project.

In this edition we inform about a solidarity campaign for our Russian
friends who are faced to persecution as "foreign agents". Two recent
cases are reported in this newsletter. Please help to spread the word
and support activists in Russia in their struggles!

We also want to invite you to join the big international anti-nuclear
summer action camp in northern Germany in August - find out more
further on in this e-mail. With this release we report on nuclear
power plant and nuclear waste struggles mainly in Eastern Europe and
in the United Kingdom.


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Outline of the current NukeNews issue #14
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0.  Preface
1.  Slovakia: Further delay at Mochovce NPP
2.  New uranium mine in central Europe?
3.  CZ: Will there be a nuclear fuel plant in Bystřice nad
    Pernštejnem?
4.  Revenge for successful campaign against Baltic NPP - Ecodefense
    has been declared a "Foreign Agent"
5.  Please Look After This Bears Home!  - Demo in London
6.  Free the Sellafield Deer Demonstrations
7.  UK: Lillyhall Landfill Given the Go Ahead to Dump
8.  UK: Vigil at Heysham Nuclear Power Station
9.  UK: Colourful Demonstration Outside the Committee on Radioactive
    Waste Management meeting in Workington
10. UK: Demonstration - Beacon of Nuclear Truth?
11. Europe at Risk – Petition to Shut Dungeness B Now
12. Slovenia: Owner of Krsko NPP with plans for 2nd reactor, though
    no political + public decision has been made yet
13. 2015 Cancer Congress - An aspect of stopping nuclear power
14. Germany: Invitation for joint autumn campaign on nuclear waste
    misery
15. Russian human rights activists under pressure
16. Solidarity with the persecuted groups in Russia
17. Nuclear Heritage Network related anti-nuclear summer camps
18. Upcoming events
19. About NukeNews


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1.  Slovakia: Further delay at Mochovce NPP
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The Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico informed at the so called
European Nuclear Forum, that finishing works for block 3+4 will again
have some delay. It will not be possible to stick to the planned date
for finishing block 3, which was originally planned for December this
year. Block 3 is now expected to start the production of electricity
in the second half of 2016 or even 2017. At the time of the beginning
of the construction process in 2008, the plans for start up had been
2012 for block 3 and 2013 for block 4.

Also financial problems hamper the project, since the planned costs of
2,8 billion € had to be lifted to 3,8 billion already.

See more:
http://spravy.pravda.sk/ekonomika/clanok/321036-fico-dostavba-mochoviec-sa-neunosne-predlzuje/


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2.  New uranium mine in central Europe?
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Although the Czech taxpayers, with support of the European ones, in
case there are subsidies from Brussels, still have to pay tens of
billions of Czech crowns for remediation of uranium mining and
processing sites in the Czech Republic over the past few decades,
there are serious proposals for a new uranium mining project. Prime
Minister Sobotka and Minister of Industry Mládek launched reflections
on opening uranium deposits in Brzkov and Horní Věžnice close to Polná
in the Jihlava region, which are expected to total 3,100 tons of
uranium. In order to keep Czech uranium mining industry operating.

Read the complete story:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/New_uranium_mine_in_central_Europe%3F


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3.  CZ: Will there be a nuclear fuel plant in Bystřice nad
    Pernštejnem?
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The Institute of Nuclear Fuel in Prague (ÚJP Praha a.s.) plans to
build a nuclear fuel plant for production of nuclear fuel for VVER
reactors and alloying depleted uranium in Bystřice nad Pernštejnem.
The design capacity is 450 tons of processed uranium oxide per year
(800 fuel assemblies). So far ÚJP Praha a.s. management has not
clarified for which client a nuclear fuel plant should serve.
According to the investor ÚJP Invest, s.r.o., the EIA process for the
plan has been substantially completed since December 2013.

Learn more:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Will_there_be_a_nuclear_fuel_plant_in_Byst%C5%99ice_nad_Pern%C5%A1tejnem%3F


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4.  Revenge for successful campaign against Baltic NPP - Ecodefense
    has been declared a "Foreign Agent"
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On June 16, 2014 the Russian environmental NGO Ecodefense received an
inspection report of the Ministry of Justice declaring the
organization a "Foreign Agent". The decision was based on Ecodefense's
successful campaigning against Baltic NPP near Kaliningrad. 2013 the
construction work on site had been frozen and continuation is unclear
after intensive campaigns against the new nuclear power plant. To be
declared a "Foreign Agent" means de facto the closure of an
organization. Ecodefense interpreted the declaration a revenge for the
successful activities against Baltic NPP.

A previous inspection by the Russian authorities in spring 2013 didn't
find any indices for considering Ecodefense a "Foreign Agent". It
seems that the 2014 inspection first came to the same result but under
pressure from Moscow was changed to the final statement Ecodefense
indeed would act as a "Foreign Agent". By definition, "Foreign Agents"
are registered Russian nongovernmental organizations (NGO) undertaking
political activities with foreign support. This weak definition of the
law practically could allow to declare many critical NGOs "Foreign
Agents". The law had been criticized by Russian human rights
organizations already since 2012, when it was introduced. Ecodefense
was one of the 11 NGOs filing a complaint against the law to the
European Court of Human Rights in early 2013.

Read the complete article:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Revenge_for_successful_campaign_against_Baltic_NPP_-_Ecodefense_has_been_declared_a_%22Foreign_Agent%22


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5.  Please Look After This Bears Home!  - Demo in London
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Uranium From Peru to fuel new UK nuclear power plants? With filming
for the forthcoming Paddington Bear film in full swing, the famous
Paddington Bear statue in London has been the focus of campaigners on
January 9th, 2014. Campaigners are highlighting the threat to Peru,
the home of the Andean Bear on which Paddington is based, from uranium
mining.

http://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/please-look-after-this-bears-home/


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6.  Free the Sellafield Deer Demonstrations
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February 17th locals, Animal Rights Activists and Anti Nuclear
Activists joined together to oppose the culling of roe deer trapped by
Sellafield’s new militaristic fences.

https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/free-the-sellafield-deer-demo/


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7.  UK: Lillyhall Landfill Given the Go Ahead to Dump
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Despite Demonstrations and hundreds of letters of opposition Lillyhall
Landfill was given the go ahead on February 26th to dump High Volumes
of so called Very Low Level wastes. The media has kept this low key
with little local reporting and no national reporting.

https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/radioactive-waste-dump-is-born-without-fanfare-or-fuss-the-banality-of-evil/
https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/criminal-activity-of-landfill-operators-at-lillyhall/


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8.  UK: Vigil at Heysham Nuclear Power Station
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Radiation Free Lakeland joined with other groups in a Vigil on 8th
March for Fukushima to remember the victims of the ongoing disaster
and call for a halt to nuclear at Heysham and elsewhere. Organiser Mo
Kelly from Lancaster graphically illustrated how high a 5 metre storm
surge would be – higher that the military style fences around the
plant!

https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/heysham-fukushima-vigil/


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9.  UK: Colourful Demonstration Outside the Committee on Radioactive
    Waste Management meeting in Workington
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International Authority on Nuclear Safety says "Its always the
technology that lets us down". Quite – thats what we think about the
plan to use previously unused and scientifically impossible to predict
"engineered barriers" 1000 metres underground with geology as the last
line of defence when the barriers inevitably deteriorate. The
government is keen to show that "steady progress is being made in the
implementation of geological disposal working within the underpinning
principles of voluntarism and partnership with local communities".
WE SAID NO – AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN

https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/its-always-the-technology-that-lets-us-down-says-international-authority-on-nuclear-safety/


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10. UK: Demonstration - Beacon of Nuclear Truth?
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On May 30th, 2014 members of Radiation Free Lakeland and Save the
Sellafield Deer went along to set up their own exhibition outside the
new propaganda vehicle for Sellafield. Around 250 people stopped to
chat about the real Sellafield Story, to take leaflets and to look at
our exhibition illustrating  the vicious nuclear cycle from uranium
mining to geological dumping.

https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/the-beacon-protest-yesterday/
http://www.theecologist.org/reviews/2434605/beacon_of_nuclear_truth.html


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11. Europe at Risk – Petition to Shut Dungeness B Now
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The people of Europe assume that safety limits are there to keep
people safe. Not so in the case of Dungeness B nuclear plant (UK)
which is now run by Électricité de France. Graphite bricks in the
Dungeness B reactor are cracking and starting to lose weight due to
bombardment of radiation. The graphite is about to breach safety
levels and the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) would have had to
prosecute or even shut down the plant. But instead, the regulators are
considering a request from EDF energy, to simply airbrush away the
safety limits.

https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/europe-at-risk-shut-dungeness-b-now/


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12. Slovenia: Owner of Krsko NPP with plans for 2nd reactor, though
    no political + public decision has been made yet
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Regardles of the fact, that there has been no political and public
decision, whether we as a country want to have another nuclear
reactor, and the fact, that we don't have a coherent and comprehensive
energy strategy that would include or exclude a new power reactor (new
energy concept/strategy will be produced in the optimal scenario in no
less than 2 years), the owner of the Krsko NPP is planning their
project for the second nuclear reactor in Krsko. They have already
spent more than 10 million EUR on various researches and studies for
the second reactor, although they don't know if they will implement
the project or not.

Currently there are too many obstacles (political - preliminary
elections in July 2014, financial - rising costs of the nuclear
projects worldwide, ...) for the implementation, but they hold their
project on stand-by, ready to start with it when the time will be
right. For that reason their priority now is to prolong the life time
of Krsko NPP for 20 years (from 2023 to 2043).


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13. 2015 Cancer Congress - An aspect of stopping nuclear power
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"Life through knowledge" is the slogan of the Bavarian organization
"Krebsgesellschaft" (cancer society). Science deals with
quanta-healing and the role of different cells in the brain: is the
healing of cancer left behind or is it suppressed by big profit
interests? - The later option came back to my mind when I spoke to an
Italian friend who heard a story about a molecule with healing effects
and this was later completely decomposed in a way with no alternative
but keeping the experimental procedures going - a live and let die
mentality. In addition to this point comes the contract between the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Health
Organisation (WHO) which ties the one side leaving us uninformed if it
doesn't fit into a world of fossil energy.

Read more:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/2015_Cancer_Congress_-_An_aspect_of_stopping_nuclear_power


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14. Germany: Invitation for joint autumn campaign on nuclear waste
    misery
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Despite the general criticism of the Nuclear Waste Commission, many
people talk with and about the Commission and not about the nuclear
waste as such. We want to change that!

The joint preparation of the Nuclear Waste Inventory in the past year
has created a technically substantiated and widely acclaimed framework
for the nuclear waste discussion. We propose as the next step to
actively trigger ourselves the public discussion with a joint campaign
in autumn 2014 and invite to a 1st nationwide campaign meeting on
Saturday, July 19, 11 AM in Göttingen at DGB, Weendener Landstr. 6.

read the complete article:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Germany:_Invitation_for_joint_autumn_campaign_on_nuclear_waste_misery


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15. Russian human rights activists under pressure
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Friends of us, human rights activists from Murmansk, Russia, who are
also involved to the Nuclear Heritage Network, joined actions,
projects and contributed practically to our international anti-nuclear
work, are currently faced to pressure by authorities. Their
organization "Humanistic Youth Movement" (GDM) is accused to act as
"foreign agent" as they receive funding from abroad and their
activities are considered "political" by the prosecutor. This status
would cause the closure of the organization as it is practically
impossible to continue work with that label. The case was forced by
the Russian secret service FSB, although in an earlier inspection by
the Ministry of Justice the final reports stated there was no
indication to consider GDM a "foreign agent". On July 8, 2014 they
will have the public hearing in the Murmansk District Court.

In Germany, a solidarity campaign has been started to spread the word
about the case, and also to support other concerned NGOs in Russia
like Ecodefense which was declared a "foreign agent" in the middle of
June. We also want to collect money to support the legal costs like
lawyers, court costs and fines that these NGOs are posed to. Please
support our Russian friends with solidarity statements, articles or
financial contributions.

    bank account: Spenden & Aktionen 
    purpose: "Soli Russland"
    IBAN: DE29 5139 0000 0092 8818 06 
    BIC: VBMHDE5FXXX 
    bank: Volksbank Mittelhessen

Learn more:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Russian_human_rights_activists_under_pressure

Call-out for solidarity (German):
http://russlandantirep.blogsport.de/aufruf/


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16. Solidarity with the persecuted groups in Russia
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Two solidarity campaigns have been started to support NGOs affected by
the latest persecution under the "foreign agent" law in Russia. In
Germany a campaign informs about the repression and political
background, collects donations for the affected groups, spreads the
word about concrete cases and activates groups to express their
solidarity. Currently they focus on the persecution of "Humanistic
Youth Movement" (GDM) and the already as "foreign agent" declared
"Ecodefense. Additionally an international solidarity campaign has
been initiated by anti-nuclear activists demanding Ecodefense's
acquittal of the "foreign agent" stigmatization in a multi-lingual
appeal.          

Since some time progressive Russian groups and activists are under
oppression by the state's authorities. With the "foreign agent" and
"extremism" laws instruments have been created to suppress and
eliminate organizations and movements being critical to the state, but
also any others bothering the political powers. In this context legal
organizations de facto get prohibited if they are classified "foreign
agents", because under these circumstances the continuation of work is
almost impossible. With vague accusations of extremism even
individuals who made critical statements were threatened with
perennial imprisonment and virtually vanished into thin air.
Environmental and human rights groups as well as other progressive
organizations shall be stigmatized spies and discredited publicly.

Read the complete article:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Solidarity_with_the_persecuted_groups_in_Russia

Solidarity campaigns:
http://russlandantirep.blogsport.de
http://www.dianuke.org/international-appeal-in-solidarity-with-russian-anti-nuke-group-ecodefense-declared-foreign-agent/


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17. Nuclear Heritage Network related anti-nuclear summer camps
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You are invited to join this year's Nuclear Heritage Network related
anti-nuclear camps in August. First, the annual Nuclear Heritage
Network Gathering will take place from August 4-8 near Kiel in
northern Germany. It's aim is to develop and strengthen the
international network of anti-nuclear activists and the tools to
support activists against atomic power. In the same place afterwards
the big anti-nuclear summer camp will take place from August 9-16
inviting people of any age, families, activists and organizer to offer
and participate in workshops, lectures and actions. Main action days
will be August 10 and 14. Eventually, we will have a specific NukeNews
Mini Camp near Kaplice in Czech Republic from August 25-30 where we
will discuss the NukeNews newsletter system, challenges we had with
some language versions and perspectives to extend the languages and
topics we cover.

More information:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Nuclear_Heritage_Network_gathering_2014
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/International_Anti-nuclear_Camp_near_Kiel
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Anti-nuclear_mini_camp_in_the_Czech_Republic


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18. 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 free to send us your local and international events for
this website and the NukeNews!


03/08/14 1.30 PM:  Hiroshima and Nagasaki remembrance rally at uranium
                   enrichment facility in Gronau (D)
04/08/14-08/08/14: Nuclear Heritage Network gathering near Kiel (D)
09/08/14:          Actions against nuclear weapons at AWE Aldermaston
                   & AWE Burghfield (UK)
09/08/14-16/08/14: International Anti-nuclear Camp near Kiel (D)
16/08/14-24/08/14: Lausitzcamp on energy topics & against open pit
                   coal mining in the Lausitz region (D)
20/08/14-24/08/14: Anti-nuclear mini camp near Kaplice (CZ)
22/08/14-24/08/14: solar festival in Peckwitz (D)
30/08/14:          anti nuke bloc NATO SUMMIT in Newport (UK)
30/08/14 at 11 AM: nuclear waste conference at Volkshochschule,
                   Wilhelmshöher Allee 19-21, in Kassel (D)
04/09/14-17/09/14: Energiewende Festival in Rubigen near Bern (CH)
08/09/14:          nuclear waste commission meeting at Bundestag in
                   Berlin (D
13/09/14-17/09/14: "AFRIRPA 04" - The Fourth Regional African Congress
                   of International Radiation Protection Association
                   in Rabat (MA)
14/09/14-18/09/14: 2014 conference of American Nuclear Society's
                   Radiation Protection & Shielding Division in
                   Knoxville, TN (USA)
15/09/14-17/09/14: OECD/NEA: Constructing Memory - An International
                   Conference and Debate on the Preservation of
                   Records, Knowledge and Memory of Radioactive Waste
                   across Generations in Verdun (F) 
21/09/14-25/09/14: Uranium Mining and Hydrogeology 2014 International
                   Conference in Freiberg (D)
22/09/14-28/09/14: next working meeting of the Atomic Baltic project
                   in Döbeln (D)
28/09/14-01/10/14: International Radon Symposium in Charleston, South
                   Carolina (USA)
29/09/14-03/10/14: International Uranium Film Festival in Berlin (D)
23/10/14-26/10/14: "Remembering for a common future" international
                   partnership conference in Krzyzowa (PL)
27/10/14-31/10/14: Radiobioassay & Radiochemical Measurements
                   Conference in Knoxville, TN (USA)
29/11/14-30/11/14: uranium symposium in Niamey (RN)
01/12/14-05/12/14: International Conference on Occupational Radiation
                   Protection: Enhancing the Protection of Workers -
                   Gaps, Challenges and Developments in Vienna (A)
01/02/15-04/02/15: Health Physics Society 48th Midyear Topical Meeting
                   in Norfolk/Virginia Beach, VA (USA)
2015:              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
01/09/15-30/11/15: (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://castor.de/php/termine/termine.php
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Nuclear_Heritage_Network_gathering_2014
http://www.cnduk.org/get-involved/events/item/1815-wool-against-weapons
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/International_Anti-nuclear_Camp_near_Kiel
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Anti-nuclear_mini_camp_in_the_Czech_Republic
https://www.facebook.com/events/535370296568820/
http://ag-schacht-konrad.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=769&Itemid=189
http://www.energiewendefestival.ch
http://ag-schacht-konrad.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=769&Itemid=189
http://afrirpa04.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/AFRIRPA04-First-Announcement1.pdf
http://www.rpsd2014.org
http://www.nonuclear.se/en/kalender/oecd-nea20140915-17verdun
http://tu-freiberg.de/umh-vii-2014
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Atomic_Threats_In_The_Baltic_Sea_Region/Working_meetings/Fifth_meeting
http://internationalradonsymposium.org
http://www.uraniumfilmfestival.org
http://www.rrmc.co
http://ag-schacht-konrad.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=769&Itemid=189
http://www-pub.iaea.org/iaeameetings/46139/orpconf2014
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Gorleben_Castor_Resistance_in_Germany_2014
http://www.nonuclear.se/en/kalender/kbshuvudforhandling-md


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19. About NukeNews
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NukeNews is a multilingual newsletter of the Nuclear Heritage Network
to reflect the activities, topics and struggles of anti-nuclear
activists. The articles are written and translated by activists,
additionally to their usual anti-nuclear activities. No- one is paid
for that work, as we want to provide resources like this information
system to the anti-nuclear struggle as independent as possible.

Your contributions to the next issue of the NukeNews are welcome.
Send them via email to "news AT NukeNews.nuclear-heritage.net". It
should be brief information in English of not more than one paragraph,
including a concise headline and an optional link to a webpage
providing more information. Deadline for the 15th issue of the
NukeNews will be 14th of September, 2014.

Spread the word and learn more about the NukeNews:
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