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*     NukeNews #19 - Anti-Nuclear Information Service      *
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0.  Preface
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Welcome to this short edition of the NukeNews newsletter on topics
relevant to activists within the Nuclear Heritage Network! This time
we have some news from France, Slovenia, Australia, Czech Republic,
India and Poland. After the summer holidays season we will probably
have more information from groups around the world in the autumn
edition which will be released in November. Your contributions are
welcome as usual!

We hope reading the NukeNews will be useful for you again, and wish
you a nice rest of summer!


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Outline of the current NukeNews issue #19
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0.  Preface
1.  Nuclear giant Areva goes to war against a citizen
2.  South Australia's uranium Royal Commission fails public interest
    test
3.  Energy Concept of Slovenia aka Nuclear Concept of Slovenia
4.  Intergovernmental commission supported long-term operation of
    Krsko NPP
5.  Czech Republic: The National Action Plan is so optimistic that it
    is unviable
6.  Independent public opinion surveys show resistance of Czech people
    against nuclear energy grows stronger
7.  26th of April appeal
8.  France: CRIIRAD stands up against the European Commission
9.  India: Safety and regulatory issues of Kudankulam NPP and the need
    for a global nuclear regulatory framework
10. Polish investor looks for CfDs for the planned NPP and denies
    possible delays
11. Nuclear power plant safety upgrades, Ukraine
12. Upcoming events
13. About NukeNews


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1.  Nuclear giant Areva goes to war against a citizen
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The French nuclear giant AREVA, partly State-owned, puts up a
libel claim against CANSE (Southeastern anti-nuclear coordination), a
French informal action group. CANSE has e-published an article that
points out AREVA as endangering the neighbours’ life and safety next
to the nuclear facilities in Marcoule, Cadarache and Tricastin, all of
them are located along the Rhone river valley as well as other ones in
Niger (uranium mine) and Fukushima (with an Areva Mox-crammed
reactor).

Whereas the whole informal action group has signed this e-item, AREVA
has not made all of them but only one among its members to be
interviewed under caution by a Paris examining magistrate (10th of
June 2015). It is obvious then that AREVA wants its opponents to shut
up when suiting them one by one at a time and quite running them short
of money (court and lawyers' fees). Next to the mass demonstrations
for free speech against the CHARLIE HEBDO’s slaughter, this claim
cannot possibly be successful. As, beyond free speech, this is the
worldwide public health which is at stake.

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


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2.  South Australia's uranium Royal Commission fails public interest
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The current terms of reference for the Royal Commission into South
Australia’s nuclear industry sadly appear to put a higher weighting on
industry promotion than public interest. There is to be no review of
SA’s atomic test legacy or flawed clean up attempts from earlier
uranium mines. Disappointingly, the impacts and experience of current
uranium mining is ignored lest it reflect poorly on industry expansion 
plans and key areas of very real public concern including health
impacts, emergency capacity, implications for SA’s precious water
resources and the potential for severe reputational and market damage
to the important food, wine, fishing and tourism industries are
missing.

http://www.acfonline.org.au/news-media/acf-opinion/south-australias-uranium-royal-commission-fails-public-interest-test


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3.  Energy Concept of Slovenia aka Nuclear Concept of Slovenia
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Slovenian Ministry of Infrastructure has published a proposal of
guidelines for new Energy Concept of Slovenia. The proposal is
currently in public consultation (until 30th September 2015). It
proposes long-term use of nuclear energy, which means life-time
extension of NPP Krško until 2043 and construction of new nuclear
reactor in Krško.

More info (only in Slovene):
http://www.energetika-portal.si/dokumenti/strateski-razvojni-dokumenti/energetski-koncept-slovenije/ 


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4.  Intergovernmental commission supported long-term operation of
    Krsko NPP
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In the second half of July the Intergovernmental Commission for
monitoring the implementation of the intergovernmental agreement
assessed the last five years operation and business of Krško Nuclear
Power Plant to be very good, supported the prolongation of operating
period and gave its consent for the construction of a dry storage for
spent nuclear fuel at the NPP site.

After completion of administrative proceedings, when the Slovenian
administration for nuclear safety approved amendments of the final
safety report and the technical specifications in connection with the
prolongation of operation period of Krško NPP from 40 to 60 years, the
Intergovernmental Commisson in accordance with the contract supported
the decision of shareholders for prolongation life-time NPP Krško
until 2043.

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


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5.  Czech Republic: The National Action Plan is so optimistic that it
    is unviable
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Three months before June when the politicians voted for approval of
the National Action Plan for the Development of Nuclear Energy (NAP
JE) in the Czech Republic, associations Calla and Friends of the Earth
Czech Republic distributed a fact sheet "Overly expensive nuclear
plans" among members of Chamber of Deputies and Senate in order to
provide them with the information needed so that they could decide
responsibly about the future national energy strategy. However,
instead of responsible decision-making that would take into account
the development of nuclear energy and renewable energy in Europe and
the world, the decision to build four new reactors (two at Dukovany
and two at Temelin) was postponed till next government in 2025 but 32
billion for the preparation of this plan have been approved already.
The following text will try to describe briefly the most important
facts to which current politicians as a whole did not respond
according to our expectations.

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


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6.  Independent public opinion surveys show resistance of Czech people
    against nuclear energy grows stronger
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Three public opinion surveys on nuclear energy were conducted this
year by these companies: Focus Marketing & Social Research (at the
request of the Friends of the Earth Czech Republic), the CVVM and the
online Centre for Analysis and Empirical Studies (SANEP). In the
following text, we will remind ourselves of their results and the
relationship the Public Opinion Research Centre (CVVM) of the Academy
of Sciences of the Czech Republic have with the National Action Plan
for the Development of Nuclear Energy which was adopted in June.

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


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7.  26th of April appeal
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It is time that individuals of our time, those that are enlightened
and conscious of the imminence of a new nuclear disaster, both a civil
and military one, have the courage to stand up !!

The year 2016 should be the year of awareness of the population. The
11th of March 2016 will be the day of commemoration, 5 years after
the beginning of the Fukushima disaster, and the 26th of April, 30
years after the beginning of the Chernobyl disaster. Everywhere in
the world, those dates will be celebrated in commemoration. It is not
acceptable that the nuclear lobby should decide what to think, what
to spread, what to say and what to write.

From today onwards, we : artists, journalists,teachers,
photographers, musicians, actors, librarians, street artists,
scientists, dancers, researchers, documentary film makers, circus
artists, poets, cinema or theatre managers, festival organisers,
politicians, activists and concerned citizens, will start working to
enable the insurrection of consciences against the contaminated
future. We will produce, come up with or welcome public readings,
seminars, academic seminars, shows, conferences, exhibitions,
screenings, dances, carnivals...!

Read more:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/26th_of_April_appeal


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8.  France: CRIIRAD stands up against the European Commission
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The European Commission is aiming at taking back the MPL (Maximum
Permitted Levels of contamination in our food in the wake of a nuclear
accident) adopted in 1987-1990 under the pressure of the French
pressure group. Those levels set up unacceptable potential risks. As
regard to the French territory proper this legal contamination could
induce tens of thousands of cancers possibly hundreds of thousands in
the worst situation (without taking into account others non cancerous
pathologies and transmitted genetic damages). The consumers will not
have any means to sort out non contaminated food from contaminated
one.

The CRIIRAD (Commission for Independent Research and Information on
Radioactivity) set up in 1986 in the aftermath of the Chernobyl
accident, stands up against the European Commission. A petition to
sign up before September 30 2015 see:
http://criirad-protegeonsnotrealimentation.wesign.it/en


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9.  India: Safety and regulatory issues of Kudankulam NPP and the need
    for a global nuclear regulatory framework
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The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) started
construction of two 1000 MWe VVER reactor at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu
in 2002. On 31 Dec 2014, 26 months after the initial fuel loading, the
NPCIL declared the commissioning of the first reactor completed,
without the consent of the regulator, as it could not clear the
mandatory tests. Two more attempts also failed and during April 2015,
the reactor's output started declining systematically for two months,
leading to a 60-day maintenance shut down on 24 June 2015. In the
midst of this chaos, on 8th July 2015, the Atomic Energy Regulatory
Board (AERB) granted the 'licence for regular operation' of the
reactor, 1008 days after the initial fuel loading (IFL). This interval
is 3 times the average for 10 other 1000 MWe reactors commissioned in
this century. During 666 days of its grid connection, the reactor
worked for 380 days only, as 16 SCRAMs and three maintenance outages
kept it off-grid for 286 days. The instability of the reactor is
attributable to (a) defective, counterfeit and underperforming
equipment such as the pressure vessel, steam generators and
turbo-generator and (b) shoddy construction practices.

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


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10. Polish investor looks for CfDs for the planned NPP and denies
    possible delays
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The nuclear circus in Poland continues, featuring next scandals with
the schedule (now perhaps 'a' schedule) for the proposed NPP. A
document recently leaked from the PGE EJ1 (a Polish state-owned energy
utility, the appointed investor) to Greenpeace showed that 2031 could
be a new proposed year of starting of the first NPP. This would mean a
6-year delay against the year set in the official nuclear programme
(PPEJ), i.e. 2025, and 11-year delay against the first officially
proposed year set in 2009. And it would happen at the stage of
planning and researches etc. only. PGE denied the revelations and said
the leaked schedule "has never been approved by the PGE's authorities"
and is "one of the versions to have been analysed for the past
months".

However, just few weeks before this leak, PSE, the national energy
grid operator, stated in its publicly consulted draft programme (which
devises plants connections until 2025) that PGE had submitted plans
for connecting of their first NPP in 2029 (thus still not according to
the official schedule. The leak also confirmed plans to use Hinkley
Point C-style subsidies (contract for difference). It should be added
that no dedicated plan for financing of the building of the planned
NPPs in Poland has been officially announced so far by either the
Polish government or PGE.

The leaked document was available for few days at Greenpeace's website
but it had to be removed. The new GP article replacing the previous
one pointed at possible delays in the Polish nuclear programme and at
the public interest to be informed about that and other risks related
to it such as increasing costs and consuming public authorities
efforts (communique and articles in Polish only):
http://www.greenpeace.org/poland/pl/wydarzenia/polska/Komunikat-Greenpeace/

The first communique was left in some media:
http://www.energetyka-jadrowa.cire.pl/st,37,233,item,114658,1,0,0,1,0,0,greenpeace-elektrownia-jadrowa-w-polsce-nie-wczesniej-niz-w-2031-r.html


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11. Nuclear power plant safety upgrades, Ukraine
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Ukraine plans to extend the lifetime of its fifteen nuclear reactors,
most of which will soon pass their expiration date. The EBRD has
agreed to finance a Safety Upgrade Programme that is a crucial
stepping stone for the reactors' prolonged use. A project coordinated
by Bankwatch Network is focusing on this issue. A fact finding
mission, part of the project, was carried out in Ukraine in the end of
April 2015.

More info:
http://bankwatch.org/our-work/projects/nuclear-power-plant-safety-upgrades-ukraine


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12. Upcoming events
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Feel free to send us your local and international events for the big
upcoming events collection on Nuclear Heritage Network website, and
for this extract in the NukeNews!
http://upcoming.nuclear-heritage.net


14/09/15-18/09/15: RADECS - Conference on Radiation Effects on
                   Components and Systems in (RUS)
19/09/15 11 AM:    nuclear waste conference at Volkshochschule,
                   Wilhelmshöher Allee 19-21, in Kassel (D)
24/09/15-30/09/15: International Uranium Film Festival at KINO
                   BROTFABRIK, Caligariplatz 1, in Berlin (D)
28/09/15:          nuclear fuel factory blockade in Lingen (D)
03/10/15 2 PM:     annual Internationales Aktionsbündnis gegen
                   Cattenom mass rally against Cattenom NPP at Place
                   Saint-Louis in Metz (F)
04/10/15 11.30 AM: Scrap Trident - National Demonstration at Tory Party
                   Conference at All Saints Park in Manchester (UK)
05/10/15-16/10/15: International Uranium Film Festival in
                   Florianopolis (BR)
10/10/15 at 12 PM: mass rally against TTIP: "Stop TTIP CETA - für einen
                   gerechten Welthandel" at main station/
                   Washingtonplatz in Berlin (D)
18/10/15:          No Trident Replacement: Strategising for success in
                   2016 at Arlington Conference Centre, 220 Arlington
                   Road, Camden, in London NW1 7HE (UK)
23/10/15 at 10 AM: nuclear waste law symposium at verdi-Höfe in
                   Hannover (D)
29/10/15-01/11/15: International planning and networking conference for
                   the European Action Weeks 2016 in Geseke-Eringerfeld
                   (D)
29/10/15:          start of RWE's trial on compensations for closing
                   Biblis NPP at district court in Essen (D)
12/12/15:          Don't Nuke the Climate: COP21 in Paris (F)
17/12/15 at 11 AM: trial against a critic of the right wing open
                   aspects of Holger Strohm's anti-nuclear film
                   "Friedlich in die Katastrophe" at district court,
                   Sievekingplatz 1, 2nd floor, room A 265, in Hamburg
                   (D)
11/03/16-26/04/16: Fukushima & Chernobyl remembrance: artistic,
                   intellectual, scientific and people's insurrection
25/04/16-01/05/16: European Action Weeks For A Future After Chernobyl
                   And Fukushima
09/05/16-13/05/16: pro-nuclear 14th Congress of the International
                   Radiation Protection Association: "Practising
                   Radiation Protection: Sharing the Experience and
                   New Challenges" at International Convention Centre,
                   in Cape Town (South Africa)
17/05/16-19/05/16: Health Effects of Chernobyl: Prediction and Actual
                   Data 30 Years after the Accident in Obninsk (RUS)
17/05/16-20/05/16: Canadian Radiation Protection Association‘s 2016
                   Conference in Toronto, Ontario (CDN)
22/05/16-26/05/16: NESTet 2016 - Nuclear Engineering Science and
                   Technology in Berlin (D)
01/09/16-30/11/16: main hearing on the Environmental Court on SKB's
                   application to build KBS3 final nuclear waste
                   repository at District Court in Nacka (S)
2017:              (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


http://www.radecs2015.org/index.php
http://ag-schacht-konrad.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=61&Itemid=273/
http://uraniumfilmfestival.org/en/programm-berlin-2015
http://ag-schacht-konrad.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=769&Itemid=189
https://www.ausgestrahlt.de/mitmachen/termine.html
http://www.cnduk.org/get-involved/events/item/2229-national-demonstration-at-tory-party-conference
http://uraniumfilmfestival.org/en/
http://ttip-demo.de/home/
http://www.cnduk.org/get-involved/events/item/2231-no-trident-replacement-strategising-for-success-in-2016
http://www.bi-luechow-dannenberg.de/?page_id=9162
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/European_Action_Weeks_For_A_Future_After_Chernobyl_And_Fukushima_2016
http://ag-schacht-konrad.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=769&Itemid=189
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Don%27t_Nuke_the_Climate:_COP21_in_Paris
http://www.projektwerkstatt.de/pwerk/saasen/termine.html
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/26th_of_April_appeal
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/European_Action_Weeks_For_A_Future_After_Chernobyl_And_Fukushima_2016
http://www.irpa2016capetown.org.za/
http://radiation-and-risk.com/index.php/en/info-letter
http://crpa-acrp.org/conference/
http://www.euronuclear.org/events/nestet/nestet2016/index.htm
http://www.nonuclear.se/en/kalender/kbshuvudforhandling-md
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Gorleben_Castor_Resistance_in_Germany_2017


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13. 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
"news AT NukeNews DOT nuclear-heritage DOT net". The text should be
very brief and in English. Please don't make it longer than one
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add a link to a webpage providing more information. Deadline for the
20th issue of the NukeNews is 8th of November, 2015.

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