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*     NukeNews #21 - Anti-Nuclear Information Service      *
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0.  Preface
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While we are composing the messages received from activists throughout
the Nuclear Heritage Network for this newsletter, in Northern Finland
the "Reclaim the Cape" action week started in Pyhäjoki. The Rosatom
dominated Fennovoima company here already destroyed large areas of
forests and wetlands from which actually much had been under special
nature protection by Finnish and international law. During the last
weeks a number of successful small actions took place, responded with
violent police actions, like for instance this morning, April 22,
immediately attacking some activists with pepper spray on extremely
short distance, who were starting a lock-on action - just to prevent
with little efforts them from maintaining civil disobedience. A few
days before a person locked-on to a digger with a "U" bike lock had
been tortured by a police with a taser to force them to stop
blockading.

The situation in Northern Finland is also one of the topics of this
edition of NukeNews #21. Besides, we received contributions from
activists in Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, France, India, Japan,
Russia, Slovenia and the UK. Article no. 16 in this newsletter invites
everyone interested in contributing to the NukeNews to join this
year's "NukeNews Mini Camp" in Middle Saxony/Germany. We hope we
provide you here with an interesting reading.


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Outline of the current NukeNews issue #21
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0.  Preface
1.  Finland: Traffic at and to the Fennovoima-Rosatom's nuke plant
    construction site blocked - again
2.  Uranium news from Western Australia
3.  FRANCKUSHIMA: A graphic essay about Fukushima & nuclear risk in
    France
4.  Australia: Karlamilyi Walk in June
5.  Australia: International Nuclear Waste & SA Royal Commission
6.  Reflections on the Indian Nuclear Project
7.  Irati Wanti ("The Poison - Leave It")
8.  Days of Action in Russia: "Chernobyl 30 years"
9.  Close the old and dangerous Pickering Nuclear Station (Canada)
10. UK: An Open Letter to the Mayor of Copeland in West Cumbria
11. UK: Disappearing Trick: Birds and Nuclear Waste
12. UK: Pro Nuclear Propaganda Ratcheted Up on the Fifth Year of the
    Ongoing Fukushima Disaster
13. Slovenia: Commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the Chernobyl
    NPP Accident
14. Report: NEC2016 Conference: "Nuclear Energy - Expensive Gamble"
15. Brzkov (CZ): Will they stop the proceedings for extension of the
    protected deposit area?
16. NukeNews Mini Camp in Middle Saxony/Germany
17. Thematic Anti-nuclear World Social Forum
18. Upcoming events
19. About NukeNews


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1.  Finland: Traffic at and to the Fennovoima-Rosatom's nuke plant
    construction site blocked - again
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January 22nd, 2016 anti-Fennovoima-Rosatom protester's blocked the
traffic after nine o'clock this morning by first standing in front of
the vehicles and after climbing on them.

The beauty of the current situation is the vulnerability of the
construction site itself. What's been done there now is a big-scale
landfill operation - and there's only one road sturdy enough to carry
those big-ass vehicles in and out of the site. So imagine what happens
when someone by some means brings that road to a halt? Well. The whole
shit stops from rolling. And that's what we did on 22th of January.
Some concerned citizens climbed on to trucks doing the deliveries,
putting it all to a total halt. And we think we’re gonna keep on doing
this for a bit longer.

Learn more:
https://fennovoima.no.com/en/2016/01/traffic-at-and-to-the-fennovoima-rosatoms-nuke-plant-construction-site-blocked-again/


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2.  Uranium news from Western Australia
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In February submissions to Wiluna uranium mine closed - there were
well over 2,400 submissions lodged with the EPA! Now we're turning our
attention to the Mulga Rock uranium mine proposal... this proposal is
for nine open pits, 15 million litres of water a day, clearing 3,709
ha and leaving behind 30 million tonnes of radioactive tailings. The
project is headed up by Vimy Resources - a company made up of former
FMG execs, execs from the Minderoo Group, former Liberal MPs and 27%
owned by Twiggy Forrest. This is the last of the applications for
uranium mine proposals in WA... for now - but hopefully forever! This
rush of uranium assessments is very much because of the state election
coming up in March 2017. Here in WA there is no bipartisan support for
uranium mining - under a new Government we could send the end to
uranium mining in WA - so these companies are trying to secure some
approval in the hope they will be allowed to mine under a different
Government - this is a good sign that they are worried and that we are
winning.

Learn more:
http://ccwa.org.au/mulgarock


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3.  FRANCKUSHIMA: A graphic essay about Fukushima & nuclear risk in
    France
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March 2016 marked the 5th anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, a
reminder that the nuclear risk is far from being resolved. Indeed,
despite the disaster’s deplorable social and environmental
consequences, it all seems settled, commonplace and already forgotten.
March 2016 also marked the release of the first edition of
Franckushima, a graphic essay of unique journalistic and visual
approach which sheds new light on the Fukushima disaster and nuclear
risk in France. To support the book (in French), preview the work or
find out more, please visit the website :
http://franckushima.com


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4.  Australia: Karlamilyi Walk in June
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Martu elders have opened an invitation for people to join them on an 8
day walk through the Karlamilyi National park in opposition to the
proposed Kintyre uranium mine. "Come with us (Martu) we’ll walk to
stop the uranium mining on our country. We’ll walk through Karlamilyi,
not far, across Karlamilyi river. Walk through Lullapakujarra up to
Punumullara then to Puljcatja - big water, up to Desert Queen Baths
and then Kintyre.”

Registrations are now open for the Karlamilyi Walk in the Pilbara June
2016 - stay posted and get in quick there will be limited spots
available.
https://walkingforcountry.com/karlamalyi-walk/


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5.  Australia: International Nuclear Waste & SA Royal Commission
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Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has given qualified support for
the establishment of a multi-billion-dollar nuclear waste storage
repository in South Australia. The South Australian Government has not
formed a position, either for or against, a proposal for a nuclear
waste dump that would store more than 10 per cent of the world's
waste, Premier Jay Weatherill said. A nuclear dump in South Australia
could take 13 per cent of the world's waste, meeting a "global need",
and be operational by the end of next decade, an inquiry has found.
Unprecedented political support is being thrown behind South Australia
becoming the global storage facility for high-level nuclear waste in
return for a $445 billion bonanza.

The state’s peak environment body has welcomed the release of a new
report that questions grandiose claims of an economic bonanza arising
from the creation of a global nuclear industry in South Australia.
The report was prepared by leading economic think-tank The Australia
Institute. The Conservation Council of South Australia commissioned
The Australia Institute to analyse the submission of Senator Sean
Edwards to the SA Nuclear Royal Commission.

More information: http://www.foe.org.au/royal-commission


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6.  Reflections on the Indian Nuclear Project
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The village of Jaduguda is situated in the newly created state of
Jharkhand in north-east India. Low-grade uranium ore was discovered
there in the early 1950s and mining started in 1967. In the
intervening decades, approximately 1,000 tons of uranium ore has been
brought to the surface daily and processed at a mill situated adjacent
to the mine. Milled uranium concentrate is then transported some 1,400
kilometres to Hyderabad where it is further processed into uranium
oxide pellets that charge the fuel rods powering ten of India's
nuclear reactors. Approximately 25% of the uranium used by the nuclear
industry in India comes from the Jaduguda mines.

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


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7.  Irati Wanti ("The Poison - Leave It")
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A group of politicians and business-people are developing a plan to
build an international high-level nuclear waste dump in South
Australia. The plan is strongly opposed by many South Australians and
by an overwhelming majority of Aboriginal people.

The Australian Nuclear Free Alliance, representing Aboriginal people
from across Australia, calls on nuclear nations NOT to dump nuclear
waste in Australia. The nuclear industry has a track record of
Aboriginal dispossession and environmental pollution − from the atomic
bomb tests to uranium mining to nuclear waste dump proposals.

We call on nuclear nations NOT to dump nuclear waste in Australia.
Endorsed by Australian Nuclear Free Alliance at its 2015 Annual
Gathering on Nukunu Country, South Australia. 

Please add your group's endorsement to the international declaration:
http://www.anfa.org.au/sign-the-declaration/


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8.  Days of Action in Russia: "Chernobyl 30 years"
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Young Russian Socio-Ecological Union / Young Friends of the Earth
Russia, Youth Human Rights Movement and Ecodefense! are organizing
Days of Action "Chernobyl 30 years" in Russian-speaking space. On the
website you find positions of the organisers, list of supporters,
different anti-nuclear materials and a map of actions.

More information:
https://chernobyl30.wordpress.com/english/
https://www.facebook.com/chernobyl.30years/


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9.  Close the old and dangerous Pickering Nuclear Station (Canada)
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Closing the Pickering Nuclear Station when its license expires in 2018
and getting to work on dismantling the plant immediately will be
safer, create more jobs between now and 2030, and save hundreds of
millions of dollars. Please sign the petition to close Pickering when
its license expires in 2018 rather than extend its life until 2024
which is the government's plan.

Petition:
http://www.cleanairalliance.org/close-pickering/

Read our new report:
http://www.cleanairalliance.org/decommissioning-pickering/


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10. UK: An Open Letter to the Mayor of Copeland in West Cumbria
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People are understandably upset about the possible compulsory purchase
of their homes in order to clear a space for the building of temporary
accommodation for thousands of nuclear workers. "Population Mixing"
has been used as an excuse for Radiation Linked Disease such as
Childhood Leukaemia.

https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2016/04/09/nugen-and-population-mixing/


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11. UK: Disappearing Trick: Birds and Nuclear Waste
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Cumbria County Council will decide on 11th May 2016 whether to allow a
further tsunami of nuclear waste to be dumped in shipping containers
at Drigg on land that is a short distance from the shifting sands.

https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2016/03/26/disappearing-trick-birds-and-nuclear-waste-2/


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12. UK: Pro Nuclear Propaganda Ratcheted Up on the Fifth Year of the
    Ongoing Fukushima Disaster
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While ordinary people around the world were holding demonstrations in
March to mark the fifth year of the ongoing Fukushima disaster, the
pro nuke propaganda is being ratcheted up.

https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/fukushima-and-the-ratcheting-up-of-propaganda/


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13. Slovenia: Commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the Chernobyl
    NPP Accident
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As part of the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl
NPP accident, several events were organized in Slovenia, an online
exhibition about Chernobyl was published, and the film Ukranian Zombie
Reactors, which was created as part of the project Catching the train
of development, was presented.

More info about actions, campaigns ans nuclear issues in Slovenia:
http://focus.si/tag/jedrska-energija/

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


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14. Report: NEC2016 Conference: "Nuclear Energy - Expensive Gamble"
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There were three opening and eight main speeches presented at the
Nuclear Energy Conference 2016 held in Prague on April 5. The
conference website includes the presentations, profiles of the
speakers, photos and audio recordings of all three sections in three
languages.

Speakers expressed their surprise at how there is still a need to talk
about the unresolved safety problems 30 years after Chernobyl and five
years after Fukushima. It was highlighted that energy economics has
changed: today we need flexible electricity systems and small units
such as renewable energy sources. These are getting cheaper, with
almost zero operating costs and negligible costs of disposal in
comparison to nuclear power plants. A pressing need to reduce risks
associated with radioactive releases to the environment was mentioned
and how the associated risks increase with a plant lifetime extension.
In connection with this there were serious concerns raised about an
indefinite license to operate the first block of the Dukovany nuclear
power plant which was issued in March 2016.

Read the complete article:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Report:_NEC2016_Conference:_%22Nuclear_Energy_-_Expensive_Gamble%22


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15. Brzkov (CZ): Will they stop the proceedings for extension of the
    protected deposit area?
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It has been almost a year since the lawyer Luboš Kliment began to
represent the four municipalities (Brzkov, Věžnice, Přibyslav and
Polná), including owners of endangered estates and the association Our
Future Without Uranium (NBBU) from Brzkov. Since then a few
discussions with locals were held and many press releases to the media
were issued.

Learn more:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Brzkov_%E2%80%93_Will_they_stop_the_proceedings_for_extension_of_the_protected_deposit_area%3F


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16. NukeNews Mini Camp in Middle Saxony/Germany
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From 8th – 12th September, 2016 you are invited to a five days working
meeting in Döbeln, Middle Saxony. This mini camp will be a chance to
meet NukeNews activists and interested people from several regions
across Europe to discuss questions that appeared towards the work with
the newsletter system and to improve the quality and the impact of the
NukeNews. The project meeting will focus on developing the NukeNews
newsletter system further, to get to know each other and each other's
topics. Another aspect is also to have a nice time together to
strengthen our friendships and collaborations to flourish the success
of our future work.

If you want to join us, send an e-mail to
"newsletter AT nuclear-heritage DOT net". 


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17. Thematic Anti-nuclear World Social Forum
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March 23-28 the first thematic anti-nuclear World Social Forum (WSF)
took place in Tokyo. The idea arose at the 2015 WSF in Tunis.
Participants from more than ten countries on three continents called
for creating a worlwide network for exchange, mutual support and
co-ordinated actions against civil and military usage of nuclear
power. They agreed to arrange a second topical anti-nuclear World
Social Forum in Canada during the Montreal WSF in Quebec from 8th to
14th of August. A third topical WSF is supposed to take place in April
2017 in Europe during the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.

Support the call for a global network towards a world without nuclear:
https://fsm2016.org/en/appel-de-tokyo-pour-un-reseau-mondial-vers-un-monde-sans-nucleaire/


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


21/05/16-22/05/16: conference "Nuclear power in the Gulf of Bothnia?
                   Fennovoima's plans, nuclear waste and renewable
                   energy" at Medlefors in Skellefteå/Västerbotten (S)
21/05/16:          Jülich Castor autobahn action day - actions between
                   Ahaus and Jülich (D)
22/05/16 2 PM:     Stop Tihange rally at Plein 1992 in Maastricht (NL)
June 2016:         A month of protest against Trident at AWE
                   Burghfield nuclear weapons factory near Reading in
                   Berkshire (UK)
05/06/16-12/06/16: Karlalmyi Walk from Parnngurr to Karlamilyi River
                   (AUS)
05/06/16:          "200 000 pas à Bure" - action against final
                   repository in Bure (F)
19/06/16:          manifestation to close Beznau NPP: "Menschenstrom
                   gegen Atom 2016" (CH)
August 2016:       Walkatjurra Walkabout (AUS)
08/08/16-14/08/16: Second Anti-nuclear Thematic World Social Forum in
                   Montreal, Quebec (CDN)
24/09/16-25/09/16: 6th Temelín Conference 2016 at Temelín NPP (CZ)
August 2016:       Walkatjurra Walkabout (AUS)


http://karnkraftsfritt.nordansmak.se/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Engelska-INBJUDAN-MED-PROGRAM-Konferensen-Ka%CC%88rnkraft-vid-Bottenviken-27-april-2016.pdf
http://westcastor.blogsport.de/2016/04/29/juelich-autobahn-aktionstag-am-21-mai-2016/
http://www.anti-akw-ac.de/events/22/stop-tihange-demo-maastricht/
http://tridentploughshares.org/category/june-2016-month-of-protest-against-trident-at-awe-burghfield-nuclear-weapons-factory/
http://burezoneblog.over-blog.com/2016/01/200-000-pas-a-bure-le-5-juin-2016.html
http://www.menschenstrom.ch
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Second_Anti-nuclear_Thematic_World_Social_Forum
http://gruene-fichtelgebirge.de/akw-temelin/6-temelin-konferenz-2016/


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19. 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
"newsletter AT nuclear-heritage DOT net". The text should be very
brief and in English. Please don't make it longer than one paragraph.
We need a concise headline for your article, and you can add a link to
a webpage providing more information. Deadline for the 22nd issue of
the NukeNews is 17th of July, 2016.

Spread the word and learn more about the NukeNews:
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