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*     NukeNews #24 - Anti-Nuclear Information Service      *
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0.  Preface
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The upcoming summer shall be an anti-nuclear action summer! We start
this newsletter with the call, followed by some invitations to
events going to happen in the middle of the year. As the newsletter is
a bit behind schedule again, the Easter March invitation now
unfortunately is only a documentation... Thus, a short addition to it:
some 250 people from Belgium, Netherlands and Germany rallied in
Gronau + 50 protested nuclear facilities in Jülich that day. Find out
more in article #7. Besides, this NukeNews reports on latest atomic
policies in the Czech Republic, France, Japan, Russia and Slovenia.
Your feedback about the NukeNews is welcome - find the contact
information at the end of this email!


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Outline of the current NukeNews issue #24
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0.  Preface
1.  Call for an international Anti-nuclear Action Summer
2.  Gorleben: Cultural Resistance Party
3.  Chain Reaction Tihange
4.  International Action Camp: "Stop the new U.S. nuclear bomb"
5.  Anti-nuclear Summer Gathering with focus on uranium & new reactors
    / lifetime extensions
6.  France: Festival Les Bure'lesques
7.  Germany: Easter March in Gronau and Jülich
8.  Slovenian Environmental Agency: No need for EIA for life time
    extension of Krško Nuclear power plant
9.  Czech state stopped geological surveys and payment of financial
    compensation in 7 sites
10. Negotiations with foreign vendors on the construction of nuclear
    reactors in the Czech Republic
11. On the road to the Antinuclear World Social Forum 2017
12. Russia: Floating nuclear power plant to cast off from Saint
    Petersburg
13. FoE Japan: National Policies Corner Victims - Six Years after the
    Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
14. Translation of nuclear critical booklet now available also in
    Hungarian
15. Upcoming events
16. About NukeNews


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1.  Call for an international Anti-nuclear Action Summer
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We are calling for an international anti-nuclear action summer 2017!
In several countries initiatives and organizations are preparing
actions, camps and gatherings in the struggle against a still powerful
atomic industry. As isolated groups won't be able to impact on ruling
governments and powerful companies alone, we aim to connect the
campaigns and actions to strengthen the anti-nuclear struggles. There
will be many events this summer addressing the cause from different
viewpoints with various means. There should be something suitable for
everyone... 

Find out more, including list of events, on the call webpage:
http://actionsummer.nuclear-heritage.net


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2.  Gorleben: Cultural Resistance Party
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On 2nd of June we invite you to join us at the "Belugadreieck" outside
the Gorleben "exploratory" (nuclear dump) mine. We invite you to the
scene of outrage to join us being colorful, cheeky and resistant.
Several groups will introduce themselves and their activities. Join
the movement! There will also be music, food, "X-BOXX - radiating
music video clips" screenings, many Bäuerliche Notgemeinschaft
tractors, and more.

Learn more:
http://www.bi-luechow-dannenberg.de/?page_id=17982


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3.  Chain Reaction Tihange
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On June 25, 2017 the human chain for the immediate shutdown of the
nuclear power plants Tihange 2 and Doel 3 will start. We, people from
three countries with different languages, are protesting together
hand-in-hand for our goal. With the human chain, we put widely visible
sign of tens of thousands, against the threat to millions of European
citizens. Every meter counts! - We need you! Only together we make this
chain reaction become reality.

Learn more:
https://www.chain-reaction-tihange.eu/en/


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4.  International Action Camp: "Stop the new U.S. nuclear bomb"
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United we can stop the planned nuclear bomb! Please join the campaign
to send the existing US nuclear weapons back home, and to organize
against the new B61-12 nuclear bomb, scheduled to be built in the US
by 2020 and deployed in five European countries - Italy, Belgium,
Holland, Turkey, and Germany.

We invite anti-nuclear, environmental and peace activists from Europe
and the U.S. to our camp at the main gate of the military base in
Büchel. The international week of actions is part of our 20 weeks of
action from March 26th to August 9th. Twenty weeks represent the 20
B61 H-bombs at Büchel. Our peace camp includes networking, vigils, and
nonviolent civil resistance. This international week is the first one
uniting with anti-nuclear resistance in the US, the country where
construction of the bomb is taking place.

Learn more:
https://buechel-atombombenfrei.jimdo.com/international/international-action-camp/


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5.  Anti-nuclear Summer Gathering with focus on uranium & new reactors
    / lifetime extensions
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As already announced, an international camp will take place from July
17-23, 2017 in Döbeln, Germany. So far, more than 40 people from 15
countries have announced their participation. We expect that some
60-100 organizers, activists and other interested people will come
together this summer to get to know each other, inform about nuclear
issues in their regions, campaigns and actions and to strengthen the
network of anti-nuclear groups and initiatives. Two focus topics have
been selected: the uranium chain, which also connects all nuclear
topics to each other, and the construction of new reactors or
extension of lifetime of aging nuclear power plants.

Particularly in these two main fields representatives of organizations
working on these topics will share knowledge about atomic facilities,
companies and politics. They will present their campaigns and projects
and are seeking for new cooperations with other groups and activists
to improve the movement's capabilities to fight the global nuclear
industry. If you want to participate, please register at
"summercamp AT nuclear-heritage DOT net". Learn more on the camp
website: 
http://camp2017.nuclear-heritage.net


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6.  France: Festival Les Bure'lesques
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An informative, festive and inventive festival open to all, families,
friends, locals and people from farther away will take place from
August 11-13, 2017 in the area of the supposed nuclear waste
repository in Bure, France. "Cigéo" is the name of the planned deep
geological storage site for nuclear waste. It is being prepared
despite unprecedented and well-known technological risks, against the
advice of thousands of opposing people including residents who never
have been consulted. This territory of life would be transformed into
an enormous radioactive waste dump undergoing an irreversible
mutation.

Learn more:
http://burestop.free.fr/spip/spip.php?article790


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7.  Germany: Easter March in Gronau and Jülich
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Several groups are calling for a supraregional Easter March on Good
Friday, April 14th in Gronau and Jülich. The rally will start in
Gronau at 1 PM at the railway station and lead to the uranium
enrichment facility. From there a shuttle bus will transport
demonstrators back to the railway station. At the research center in
Jülich, outside the uranium centrifugation company ETC, a joint
venture of Urenco and Areva, a vigil will start at 2 PM. With the
centrifuges ETC develops and constructs the knowledge on uranium
enrichment, and thus also provides an option for a military usage.

In context of the recent discussions about the supposed operation
start of a huge uranium waste repository in Gronau while at the same
time a possible closure of the uranium enrichment facility is
discussed by politicians, but also in context of international voices
for a new nuclear rearmament these actions in Gronau and Jülich are
very important.

More information:
http://www.ostermarsch-gronau.de


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8.  Slovenian Environmental Agency: No need for EIA for life time
    extension of Krško Nuclear power plant
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On 20 February 2017 the Slovenian Environmental Agency published its
conclusion of the EIA screening procedure for the life time extension
of Nuclear Power Plant Krško in which it concludes no EIA is needed.
The Agency conducted EIA screening procedure based on the information
provided by a group of environmental NGOs showing that in 2012 Nuclear
Safety Administration extended the time of Krško NPP operation from 40
to 60 years.

In the screening procedure the Agency consulted several competent
authorities which all believe 20 more years of Krško NPP operations
will not have any environmental impacts. Based on those opinions the
decision for no EIA was adopted. On 6 March 2017 a group of
environmental NGOs (Focus, PIC, Umanotera, SE-F) appealed against
negative EIA screening decision, listing, among others, breach of
Aarhus and Espoo Convention as reason.


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9.  Czech state stopped geological surveys and payment of financial
    compensation in 7 sites
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Based on the comments from communities and associations, the Ministry
of the Environment (MŽP) has decided not to extend the validity period
of exploration permits for geological work by two years in relation to
the siting process for a deep repository, as Radioactive Waste
Repository Authority (SÚRAO/RAWRA) had demanded. The reason was that
the validity of exploration permits expired on December 31, 2016 and
SÚRAO submitted its request for extension late. This means that from
1st January 2017 SÚRAO must not perform any previously accepted
geological work in the sites.

Read the complete article:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/The_state_stopped_geological_surveys_and_the_payment_of_financial_compensation_in_7_sites


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10. Negotiations with foreign vendors on the construction of nuclear
    reactors in the Czech Republic
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Between January 26 and February 10, 2017, consultations took place
with six contenders for the construction of reactors in the country.
The vendors are companies as follows: ATMEA (joint project of
Mitsubishi and AREVA NP), China General Nuclear Power Corporation,
AREVA NP / Electricité de France, Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power
(subsidiary of Korea Electric Power Corporation), Rosatom State
Atomic Energy Corporation (Russia) and Toshiba / Westinghouse Electric
Company (USA).

Negotiations proceeded to tender, without which the Czech Republic
(unlike Hungary) will not build the generation 3+ reactors, but which
has yet to be announced. Firstly, the Czech Republic wants to seek a
waiver from the European Union because it does not want to apply the
Public Procurement Act to its fullest extent.

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


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11. On the road to the Antinuclear World Social Forum 2017
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Since the first World Social Forum (WSF) held at Porto Alegre in 2001,
the anti-globalization movement has expanded and consolidated. Several
WSFs took place in Latin America, in Asia, in Africa and, in August
2016, in North America. New themes enriched this dynamic. In 2013 and
2015, nuclear issues have been the subject of several workshops and
the first Antinuclear Social Forum was held in spring 2016 in Tokyo,
where a "Call for a nuclear-free world network" was launched. In
Montréal, the second Antinuclear Forum took place within the WSF.
Since France is the most nuclearized country in the world in
proportion to the number of inhabitants, French antinuclear
organizations thought it relevant to host the next Antinuclear WSF in
France, from 2 to 4 November 2017, in Paris.

Read the complete article:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Antinuclear_World_Social_Forum_2017


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12. Russia: Floating nuclear power plant to cast off from Saint
    Petersburg
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In Saint Petersburg at the Baltic Shipyard in the center of Russia's
second biggest city the floating nuclear power plant "Academician
Lomonosov" has been constructed. It is a new experimental vessel with
two reactors supposed to be in operation at its final destination in
Pevek in Chukotka in the Russian Far East. There hasn't been a
transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment, and it is not planned
for future either. Russian authorities emphasize that the country
never ratified the ESPOO convention, and thus would not be required to
involve the neighboring countries - which will be affected by the
shipment of the floating NPP to its final destination in autumn 2017
or spring 2018. On this route is has to cross the Baltic Sea passing
the waters of the territories of several other countries. However, the
country signed the ESPOO convention (without ratifying it), and
Russian documents recommend to meet the requirements of this treaty if
applicable.

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


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13. FoE Japan: National Policies Corner Victims - Six Years after the
    Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
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Six years after March 11 2011, the accident remains unresolved and we
continue to face the consequences of a prolonged and unprecedented
nuclear disaster. The consequences are complicated and diverse. Due to
the wide spread radiation contamination, the lives of those who once
lived with blessings of nature were lost and in many areas,
dramatically altered. The countless consequences include: loss of
livelihood and purposes of life, living in cramped temporary
evacuation shelters, dividing families and communities, health risks
and growing anxieties, bullying and prejudice in the evacuation
destinations... and the list goes on. In such a situation, national
policy which encourages the evacuees to return to their home under the
name of “reconstruction” corners victims of the nuclear disaster.

Read the complete statement:
http://www.foejapan.org/en/energy/doc/170310.html


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14. Translation of nuclear critical booklet now available also in
    Hungarian
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Thanks to a cooperation of the Munich-centered NGO wecf, the Austrian-
Czech NGO "Sonne und Freiheit" and the Hungarian based team from
GeniaNet.com the so far in German, English, French and Czech published
booklet "The Critical Question" has now also been produced in a
Hungarian version. Thanks to financial support from the Upper Austrian
regional government for translation and printing the Hungarian nuclear
resistance should thus receive an important new resource and we are
looking forward to intensify our cross-border cooperation. You can
order a copy at "b DOT riepl AT eduhi DOT at".

Download the Hungarian publication for free:
http://sonneundfreiheit.eu/files/nuklearis.pdf

More information:
http://www.wecf.eu/english/publications/2011/critical-questionnuclear.php


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15. 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


probably 2017:     Castor transport Resistance in France, Germany and
                   United Kingdom
25/06/17:          Tihange human chain action via Tihange - Lüttich -
                   Maastricht - Aachen (B, D, NL)
07/07/17-08/07/17: G20 meeting and protests in Hamburg (D)
12/07/17-18/07/17: "International week" with US and other activists at
                   Büchel air base in Alflen (D)
17/07/17-23/07/17: International Anti-nuclear Summer Camp 2017 in
                   Döbeln (D)
31/07/17-06/08/17: War Starts Here Camp close by the Gefechts-Übungs-
                   Zentrum Altmark (GÜZ) in Potzehne in Colbitz-
                   Letzlinger-Heide (D)
07/08/17-16/08/17: Internationalistic Anti Nuclear Summer Camp and
                   Free Flow Festival in Gedelitz (D)
11/08/17-13/08/17: Festival Les Bure'lesques in Bure (F)
02/11/17-04/11/17: Antinuclear World Social Forum 2017 in Paris (F) 
06/11/17-17/11/17: World Climate Summit and protests in Bonn (D)


http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Castor_Resistance_in_Germany_2017
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Tihange_Humain_Chain
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/G20_-_July_7/8,_2017_in_Hamburg
https://buechel-atombombenfrei.jimdo.com/kalender/
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Anti-nuclear_summer_camp_2017
http://www.war-starts-here.camp
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Internationalistic_Anti_Nuclear_Summer_Camp_and_Free_Flow_Festival
http://burestop.free.fr/spip/spip.php?article790
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Antinuclear_World_Social_Forum_2017


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16. 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 25th issue of
the NukeNews is 18th of June, 2017.

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