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*     NukeNews #16 - Anti-Nuclear Information Service      *
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0.  Preface
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Welcome to the last NukeNews edition for 2014! With this issue we
provide two articles on accidents in nuclear power stations in Ukraine
and Belgium last months. The restart of NPPs in Japan after Fukushima
is another topic. All in all we cover topics from six European and a
few other countries with this edition.


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Outline of the current NukeNews issue #16
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0.  Preface
1.  Ecodefense: new court hearings
2.  Czech government wants to mine uranium in Brzkov from 2022
3.  EJOLT reports: Unveilling uranium and nuclear power myths
4.  Statement on accident in Zaporizhye NPP, Ukraine
5.  Gathering against uranium transports
6.  Accident at Tihange NPP in Belgium
7.  New Film from India in Austria - Nuclear Lies
8.  Austria, Home of IAEA, Says NO to Nuclear
9.  Demonstration in Lancaster Outside Talk by Professor Robin Grimes
10. 100 Boreholes would Bring Sellafield's Leaking Mess to the Surface
11. 'Nuclear Madness' Protest at Carlisle Railway Station
12. Japan: Restart of the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant
13. Support for restriction of radioactivity in production of food
14. Conference on the international law suit of the Marshall Islands
    in Vienna 
15. American-Japanese filmmaker Ian Thomas Ash - two films about
    Fukushima awarded at festival
16. Russian environmentalists demands on deep nuclear waste burial
17. Radwaste hearings in Angarsk, Russia
18. First Rosatom Nuclear Power Plant in India has serious problems
19. Upcoming events
20. About NukeNews


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1.  Ecodefense: new court hearings
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On December 5, 2014, another court hearing took place in Ecodefense's
legal action against a 6,000 EUR fine based on the "foreign agent"
law. Ecodefense argues the fine is illegal because the organization is
no foreign agent. However, obviously the government has another
opinion, and there is hardly a chance for Ecodefense to change that.
Thus, Ecodefense assumes the fine will be enforced. For this case, the
organization announced its intention to refuse to pay the money.
Representatives of the environmental group assume that the Ministry of
Justice will state this as the reason for closing the organization
down.

Additionally, the Ministry of Justice started another case against
Ecodefense on November 19, 2014 as the organization refused to
report its activities under the "foreign agent" law. Ecodefense will
probably be faced with an additional fine of 7,000-8,000 EUR. The
dates of the trial haven't been released yet, but it could happen at
any point in December. It is important to remember that Ecodefense has
been persecuted particularly because of its successful campaign
against the proposed Baltic NPP near Kaliningrad. For many years,
Ecodefense has been an important cooperation partner of the German
anti-nuclear movement in Russia. For instance, the transports of
uranium waste from the Gronau uranium enrichment facility to Russia
had been stopped together.

Learn more:
http://russlandantirep.blogsport.de/english/ecodefense-english/


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2.  Czech government wants to mine uranium in Brzkov from 2022
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Since June 2014, the association "Our Future Without Uranium" (NBBU)
of Brzkov is trying to make the Regional Authority of the Vysočina
Region and ministerial officials understand the absurdity of opening
a uranium mine in Brzkov and to persuade them to take appropriate
measures to prevent mining. According to the latest information, the
Czech government still wants to mine and the Regional Authority
continues to support this intention, too. On the other hand, the
opposition councillors support dialogue with NBBU and local
municipalities.

Members of NBBU have had a busy spring, summer and autumn. At first -
they founded their association at the beginning of June. By this they
have taken a responsible role of defender of their rights and their
home. Subsequently they held a first debate (co-organized by Calla),
where they introduced their petition "NO URANIUM MINING IN THE
VYSOČINA REGION" which was addressed to the Prime Minister Sobotka
(1,700 signatories by mid-October), they signed the "Memorandum for a
Future Without Uranium" together with four local authorities,
organized the "March Against Uranium" in September and the photo
exhibition "Faces of Uranium" (in cooperation with Calla) ongoing
till the end of October. During the October excursion in the chemical
treatment plant in Dolní Rožínka they established a direct contact
with the leadership of the division GEAM of DIAMO, state enterprise,
which was authorized by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MPO) to
produce study on the feasibility of opening uranium deposit in
Brzkov-Horní Věžnice.

Read the complete article:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Czech_government_wants_to_mine_uranium_in_Brzkov_from_2022


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3.  EJOLT reports: Unveilling uranium and nuclear power myths
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Two new reports expose various various myths used to hide the real
impacts of uranium mining and to push for a nuclear renaissance in
Europe. An international team of scientists and activists working for
the global EJOLT project on environmental justice measured real-life
impacts.

The first report discusses uranium mining, unveilling the impacts of
the nuclear industry; the second report covers expanded nuclear power
capacity in Europe, the impact of uranium mining and alternatives.

Reports available here:
http://www.ejolt.org/2014/11/unveiling-uranium-nuclear-power-myths/


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4.  Statement on accident in Zaporizhye NPP, Ukraine
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The incident at Zaporizhye nuclear power plant, where power
transformers were dysfunctional on November 28th, is considered to be
routine by the Ukrainian nuclear industry. The same unit had been
stopped by the automatic safety system in June 2014, following a pump
dysfunction. Zaporizhye is one of 15 Ukrainian reactors, 12 of which
were supposed to be closed over this decade facing the end of the
design lifetime. The Ukrainian government, however, prefers to keep
the units in operation as there is no plan for decommissioning and
ideas for the capacity replacement as nuclear produces almost half of
the country's electricity.

The current conflict with Russia has exposed problems of the nuclear
sector. Ukraine heavily relies on Russia in nuclear fuel (which is
very difficult to replace by other producer), spare parts and
technical documentation opening space for a conflict similar to the
'natural gas wars' the countries have had for years now. The recent
accident has also demonstrated another problem that nuclear causes to
the energy sector - concentration of the generating capacities. The
incident, that stopped one 1,000 MW unit, has disturbed the balance in
the energy sector leading to rolling blackouts, as the country is
hungry for gas and coal to compensate lost generating capacities.

While many experts yearn for the need to restructure the energy sector
to cut consumption and start the development of renewables as the best
way for the energy independence, the European Union through the
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Euratom loans
financially support the programme to extend the lifetime of the
Soviet-built reactors. In this way Europe will get no more but higher
risk of major nuclear accident and further a dependence of the
Ukrainian energy sector on Russia.

National Ecological Centre of Ukraine (NECU)


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5.  Gathering against uranium transports
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In early December a meeting of 50 anti-nuclear activists from France,
Russia, Netherlands and several regions in Germany met for an
international gathering on uranium transports. Focus was on an
exchange of experiences and networking across the borders to
strengthen the protests against international shipments in the
upcoming months. A detailed final statement of the gathering is
available at http://www.sofa-ms.de


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6.  Accident at Tihange NPP in Belgium
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On November 30, 2014, a transformer burned at the Belgian Tihange 3
NPP at Meuse river, 65 km west of Aachen, Germany. The reactor had to
be shut down immediately. The operator trivialized the incident
claiming it to have been completely innocuous and for industrial
plants typical. To remember: the final closure of Krümmel NPP in
Germany also started with transformer problems, and 2009 the German
Lingen NPP had to be temporarily disconnected from the grid for
transformer issues, too. Unfortunately Tihange 3 came to operation
again already... We demand the immediate closure of the whole nuclear
complex in Tihange and of Doel NPP - no experiments with our safety!


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7.  New Film from India in Austria - Nuclear Lies
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On December 7th 2014 the first screening of the film "Nuclear lies"
took place in the Austrian capital Vienna. The 60-min film was made by
the young filmmaker Praved Krishnapilla from India, who has been
living in Austria for the last 15 years. He takes the viewer around
India, his home-country and shows a wide range of tricks and lies
which are being used by the nuclear lobby (not only in his country) to
succeed in the deadly game against the interests of a public fearing
about their future, about losing income and health. The crowd-funded
film was supported to a great extent by activists with the Austrian
NGO "Waldviertler Energiestammtisch" and others.

see also: http://nuclearlies.net
 

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8.  Austria, Home of IAEA, Says NO to Nuclear
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“Austria has held a firm opinion on nuclear power for decades. In
Austria no production of nuclear energy takes place” - Just a thought,
it strikes us as odd that the International Atomic Energy Agency
which exists solely to promote nuclear power should be located in
Vienna within a country which has always and will always be free of
nuclear power. Do they know something they are not telling the rest of
us? Maybe the International Atomic Energy Agency should put their
money (sorry our money) where their mouth is and relocate to
Sellafield?

http://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/letter-from-nuclear-free-austria/


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9.  Demonstration in Lancaster Outside Talk by Professor Robin Grimes
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UK Government Advisor Robin Grimes says “Nuclear Waste is not an
ethical issue” and that “new build will not increase the footprint of
Sellafield as it will be within the fences” - Both these statements
are bald lies.

http://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/nuclear-champion-or-nuclear-conman/


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10. 100 Boreholes would Bring Sellafield's Leaking Mess to the Surface
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Where will the radioactive plutonium and caesium brought up out of the
contaminated ground next to Sellafield go? How will the use of
explosives for borehole drilling affect the nearby crumbling
Sellafield waste ponds?

http://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/100-boreholes-will-bring-sellafields-leaking-mess-to-the-surface-to-be-dumped-where/


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11. 'Nuclear Madness' Protest at Carlisle Railway Station
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We sang “Trains and boats and planes are bringing nuclear waste to our
home…” to show our solidarity with other groups throughout the UK in
Wigan, Brixton, Bristol, Warrington, Lancaster who took part in this
coordinated action to oppose nuclear trains. Nuclear trains pass
through Carlisle station often twice a week, three flasks carry
radioactivity which is the equivalent of the Hiroshima bomb.

http://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/nuclear-madness-protest-at-carlisle-railway-station/


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12. Japan: Restart of the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant
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On November 7, 2014, Kagoshima Prefectural Council approved a petition
for the restart of two reactors at the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant,
while rejecting 31 petitions opposing it in some ways (e.g. outright
opposition, calling for caution, demanding more research and the
inclusion of more local residents as stakeholders). Given the
council’s approval, Kagoshima Governor Yuichiro Ito is expected to
express his support for the restart of the nuclear reactors sometime
soon.

Learn more:
http://www.foejapan.org/en/energy/doc/141107.html


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13. Support for restriction of radioactivity in production of food
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You probably do not wish that radioactive fertilizers are used and
radioactivity spreads in production of food. The amounts of
radioactivity in phosphate ores vary considerably and no directive
exists for limiting the radioactivity accepted in fertilizers. Our
attempt is to urge the European Union to issue a directive to
restrict radioactivity in fertilizers by setting a limit to the amount
of radioactivity accepted. We hope that you can support this
initiative, below is a link to a model letter of support to be sent to
the commissioners and the letter we sent to them, with addresses. If
you send a letter of support to the commissioners, please inform us
and if you have some other ideas of supporting the case, please let us
know.

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


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14. Conference on the international law suit of the Marshall Islands
    in Vienna 
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The small pacific republic of the Marshall Islands was heavily
affected by nuclear-bomb tests after the World War II. There were
evacuations and there are still babies born with deformations. As a
member state of the UNO, the Marshall Islands, supported among others
by an international team of advocates and lawyers, filed a law suit
before the International Court of Justice in April this year. On
December 5th 2014 a high ranking meeting of supporters, among others
the Foreign minister of the Marshall Island, Mr. Tony de Brum, the
judge and winner of the Right Livelihood Award Dr. C. Weeramantry
from Sri Lanka and Dr. Peter Weish from Vienna met in the Austrian
capital to discuss the prospects of this attempt to push the nuclear
power states for the realisation of the promised progress in matters
of nuclear disarmament, which seem stuck.

See a video about the meeting in English here:
http://vimeo.com/113848724
and this text:
http://www.newsweek.com/marshall-islands-nuclear-lawsuit-reopens-old-wounds-262491


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15. American-Japanese filmmaker Ian Thomas Ash - two films about
    Fukushima awarded at festival
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At the recently held Lake Champlain International Film Festival, Ian’s
two films about Fukushima, ‘In the Grey Zone’ (2012) and ‘A2-B-C’
(2013), were awarded the “The Golden Honey Comb for Outstanding Work
in Film”. More information about the festival and the award can be
found on the Documenting Ian Blog. In October the organizers of the
Film festival in Prague showed the film A2-B-C, too, and had a
discussion organized with Japanese-German activist Katsuhiko Kobayashi
about how the nuclear lobby is treating innocent children and how a
lot of mothers in Japan have to deal with their difficult situation
after Fukushima.

See also:
http://ianthomasash.blogspot.jp/2014/11/under-bus.html
http://newbloommag.net/2014/10/06/interview-ian-thomas-ash/


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16. Russian environmentalists demands on deep nuclear waste burial
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Confusion about when or if public hearings would taking place erupted
in the middle of November during a conference that included
announcements of Russia's plans to build a laboratory to investigate
deep underground storage of radioactive waste.

http://bellona.org/news/nuclear-issues/radioactive-waste-and-spent-nuclear-fuel/2014-11-russian-environmentalists-demand-discussion-deep-nuclear-waste-burial


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17. Radwaste hearings in Angarsk, Russia
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The Russian uranium enrichment enterprise Angarsk Electrolysis
Chemical Combine (AECC) admitted at a public hearing in early December
that radioactive waste containing uranium, transuranic elements, and
uranium fission products are in storage at its "Site 310." But with no
detailed plan about what to do next with the waste, the facility and
the waste's future remains under debate.

Learn more:
http://bellona.org/news/nuclear-issues/2014-12-uranium-production-waste-angarsk-proposed-eviction-no-forwarding-address-premature


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18. First Rosatom Nuclear Power Plant in India has serious problems
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Rosatom's unit Atomstroyexport has been building the Kudankulam plant
in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu under a contract signed in
1988. The first unit of the plant (KKNPP 1) started commercial
operation on June 30th 2014, according to the IAEA. That is not true.
Commercial operation of KKNPP 1 was postponed nearly forty times. The
operator of the plant expects commercial operation in 2015. In
September 2014 the plant had to be shut down for more than seventy
days because of damaged turbine. The turbine is not the only problem.
Rosatom has used substandard and falsified components.

Detailed Kudankulam NPP backgrounds:
http://www.dianuke.org/the-koodankulam-white-elephant-a-non-functioning-reactor-after-one-year-of-grid-connection-vindicates-the-movement/
http://www.countercurrents.org/vtp221114.htm
http://vixra.org/pdf/1410.0208v1.pdf
http://www.countercurrents.org/kknp150614.pdf
http://vixra.org/pdf/1306.0062v1.pdf


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19. 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!


01/06/14-June '15: "Bure 365" - decentralized actions against nuclear
                   waste repository in Bure (F)
winter 2014:       Jülich atomic research center's high level
                   radioactive waste exports to the USA & protests (D)
27/12/14 8 PM CET: ATOMIC BALTIC network/project updating Skype
                   conference
10/01/15 at 6 PM:  anti-nuclear party at Freiraum, Walkemühle 1a, in
                   Hameln (D)
11/01/15:          "Widerstand in Concert" at Haus der Energie at
                   Fessenheim NPP (F)
24/01/15 at 1 PM:  "Wrap Up Trident!" Mass Demo in London (UK)
27/01/15 7.30 PM:  charity concert for Chernobyl victims at
                   Epiphaniaskirche, Kärntner Str. 23-25, in Münster (D)
01/02/15-04/02/15: Health Physics Society 48th Midyear Topical Meeting
                   in Norfolk/Virginia Beach, VA (USA)
02/03/15 at 7 AM:  Burghfield Lockdown mass blockade at AWE Burghfield,
                   Berkshire (UK)
08/03/15:          Fukushima rally in Neckarwestheim (D)
15/03/15:          (proposed) Fukushima anniversary rally in Tihange (B)
16/03/15-17/03/15: Annual NCRP Meeting: "Changing Regulations and
                   Radiation Guidance: What Does the Future Hold?" in
                   Bethesda, MD (USA)
21/03/15:          CND Battle of the Bands & Poster Art Competition at
                   the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury (UK)
21/03/15 at 11 AM: nuclear waste conference at Volkshochschule,
                   Wilhelmshöher Allee 19-21, in Kassel (D)
13/04/15:          Big Blockade of Faslane nuclear submarines base (UK)
14/04/15-16/04/15: World Uranium Summit in Québec City (CDN)
25/04/15-01/05/15: European Action Weeks For A Future After Chernobyl
                   And Fukushima
12/05/15-15/05/15: "Innovation in the Third Millennium" nuclear
                   conference at Delta Winnipeg hotel, 350 St Mary Ave,
                   in Winnipeg, Manitoba (CDN)
22/05/15 at 2 PM:  cultural resistance party with citizens' initiative
                   & Kulturelle Landpartie organizers at atomic
                   facilities in Gorleben (D)
summer 2015:       Walk For A Nuclear Free Future from Nuclear Facility
                   Oakridge, TN to Hiroshima 2015 (USA & J)
12/07/15-16/07/15: Health Physics Society 60th Annual Meeting in
                   Indianapolis, Indiana (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)
10/10/15 at 11 AM: nuclear waste conference at Volkshochschule,
                   Wilhelmshöher Allee 19-21, in Kassel (D)
25/04/16-01/05/16: European Action Weeks For A Future After Chernobyl
                   And Fukushima


http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Bure_365
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Nuclear_Waste_Transport_to_Ahaus
http://AtomicBaltic.nuclear-heritage.net
http://nirgendwo.info/duelmen/
http://ag-schacht-konrad.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=769&Itemid=189
http://www.fessenheimstop.org/pages/termine.php?Widerstand%20in%20Concert&month=1&year=2015&day=11&show=1&id=87&section_id=174&detail=1
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Wrap_up_TRIDENT
http://www.anti-atom-aktuell.de/aktuelles/termine.html
http://hps.org/meetings/meeting41.html
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Burghfield_Lockdown
http://ag-schacht-konrad.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=769&Itemid=189
http://www.ncrponline.org/Annual_Mtgs/2015_Ann_Mtg/Summary_12-1.pdf
http://www.cnduk.org/get-involved/events/item/2043-battle-of-the-bands-poster-art-competition
http://ag-schacht-konrad.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=61&Itemid=273/
http://www.uranium2015.com
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/European_Action_Weeks_For_A_Future_After_Chernobyl_And_Fukushima_2015
http://crpa-acrp.org/conference/
http://www.bi-luechow-dannenberg.de/?page_id=9162
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Walk_For_A_Nuclear_Free_Future_2011-2015/Y-12_Nuclear_Facility_Oakridge-Hiroshima
http://hps.org/meetings/meeting37.html
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Gorleben_Castor_Resistance_in_Germany_2015
http://www.nonuclear.se/en/kalender/kbshuvudforhandling2012
http://ag-schacht-konrad.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=61&Itemid=273/
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/European_Action_Weeks_For_A_Future_After_Chernobyl_And_Fukushima_2016


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20. About NukeNews
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NukeNews is a multilingual newsletter system of the Nuclear Heritage
Network. It reflects the activities, topics and struggles of
anti-nuclear activists connected through this international community.
The messages are written and translated by activists, additionally to
their usual anti-nuclear activities. The newsletter aims to inform and
update as well activists as the interested audience.

Your contributions to the NukeNews are welcome! Send them via email to
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