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*     NukeNews #27 - Anti-Nuclear Information Service      *
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0.  Preface
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Welcome to the last 2017 NukeNews edition! This time we are happy to
share with you information of our friends in India, United States,
Czech Republic, Sweden, Canada and Poland about their anti-nuclear
struggles and latest developments of atomic policies in their regions.

We wish you a good and successful new year 2018!


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Outline of the current NukeNews issue #27
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0.  Preface
1.  International Collaboration for a Nuclear Free World!
2.  Update on atomic power plants in California
3.  Czech Republic: Welcome in the nuclear state
4.  The Minister's decision to support RAWRA has disappointed the
    members of the Platform Against Repository
5.  India, climate change & nuclear power: denials, delusions and
    deceptions
6.  Nuclear India: Proudly Marching on the Wrong Side of History
7.  Solidarity statement with the anti-nuclear struggle in Chutka
8.  En route determining the final repository for HAW in Sweden
9.  Radioactive Colonialism - Uranium Bust in Northern Saskatchewan
10. Updates on nuclear policy in Poland
11. Upcoming events
12. About NukeNews


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1.  International Collaboration for a Nuclear Free World!
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Show your solidarity with our international collaboration for the
protection of our communities, our human rights, and our mother Earth
from nuclear destruction by making a contribution today... We are a
group of organizers and activists working together as a planning
committee to coordinate an International Anti-Nuclear Action Camp in
Europe during Summer 2018. Our planning committee members come from
India, Japan, Russia, Germany, Turkey, France, and the United States.
We are collaborating to reunite and invite others to join us to learn
about each other's struggles, discuss strategies, and plan future
campaigns.

Read more:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/International_Collaboration_for_a_Nuclear_Free_World!


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2.  Update on atomic power plants in California
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The state of California's regulatory body (CPUC) will be making its
decision to close the two Diablo Canyon reactors on December 14th. The
proposed decision by the judge that oversaw the year long review of
the plan deferred Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s plan to buy a large
amount of renewable energy for later hearings. But agreed that the
facility should be closed with the potential for it closing sooner if
information comes up that allows it to happen. Activists are unhappy
with the 2024 closure date, and are concerned about the danger of
earthquakes.

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


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3.  Czech Republic: Welcome in the nuclear state
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The Czech Republic is steadily becoming an atomic state. Although many
countries decided to reduce their nuclear programs, the Czech Republic
has plans to build new nuclear reactors - in spite of the fact that
nobody knows how and who will finance it - and to extend the operation
of the old ones. Above that the nuclear lobby - including the State
Office of the Nuclear Safety (SONS) - try to reduce the public
participation in all nuclear projects - nuclear waste deep depository,
construction of new nuclear reactors, extension of the operation of
old nuclear reactors - (PLEX) as much as possible.

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


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4.  The Minister's decision to support RAWRA has disappointed the
    members of the Platform Against Repository
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"Just as it is not possible to revive corpses, it is impossible to
extend permits that have expired", this was lawyer Doucha’s reaction
to the Minister of the Environment Brabec‘s November decision to bring
the issue of expired validity of exploration permits for geological
exploration for potential repository sites in the Czech Republic back
to life. Since March, when the Minister took a firm position against
the Radioactive Waste Repository Authority (RAWRA)’s request to extend
the validity after the expiry date, there has been a 180-degree
turnaround. Members of the Platform Against Repository are
disappointed with the new developments.

Read more:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/The_Minister%27s_decision_to_support_RAWRA_has_disappointed_the_members_of_the_Platform_Against_Repository


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5.  India, climate change & nuclear power: denials, delusions and
    deceptions
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Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, has been inconsistent at best
about climate change. Now the country has massive nuclear expansion
plans, which he claims is a solution. The apparent desire to appease
energy companies and the violent oppression of nuclear opponents are a
cause for serious concern.

Read the complete story:
https://theecologist.org/2017/sep/15/india-climate-change-and-nuclear-power-denials-delusions-and-deceptions-modi


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6.  Nuclear India: Proudly Marching on the Wrong Side of History
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The Indian nuclear ambition is huge not just in terms of aimed
capacity. The country is developing diverse and full-spectrum nuclear
capabilities – from new mines to fuel processing units and uranium
enrichment facilities, reprocessing plants, new designs of reactors
such as European Pressurised Reactors (EPRs), AP1000, VVER1200 and
indigenous PHWR-700s. Although India’s Department of Atomic Energy
remains in denial of nuclear waste problem and hence the need for a
burial facility, it has been looking for a deep geological repository
as well.

Read the complete story:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Nuclear_India:_Proudly_Marching_on_the_Wrong_Side_of_History


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7.  Solidarity statement with the anti-nuclear struggle in Chutka
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The resilient and courageous people of Chutka, India, who have been
fighting a relentless battle against the nuclear project in their
vicinity, which will displace them once again after the Bargi dam on
Narmada, and endanger their safety, organised a big rally on December
12th, 2017. This marked the culmination of the 2 month long grassroots
campaign that they started on 2nd October. You can see more details
about this campaign in the linked article.

Please feel free to circulate the statement shared with this article
in your circle, and request people to send their endorsement at
"editor AT dianuke DOT org". The petition can also be signed online on
the linked website.

Read more:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Solidarity_statement_with_the_anti-nuclear_struggle_in_Chutka


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8.  En route determining the final repository for HAW in Sweden
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Recently the until now biggest environmental case took place in
Sweden: during five weeks a jury of the Environmental Court listened
to the suggested solution (the KBS-3 method) from the nuclear industry
how to deposit highly contaminated nuclear waste totally away from
human beings and animals for 100,000 years. An impossible task! All
Swedish environmental organizations attended the trial and were
listened on in a democratic way. The jury will deliver their opinion
to the government on 20th of December 2017. And thereafter they will
probably decide after the elections in September 2018. We will keep
you informed about the procedure.


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9.  Radioactive Colonialism - Uranium Bust in Northern Saskatchewan
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Canadian uranium company Cameco, the largest employer of Aboriginal
people, announced as of January, 2018, they will be closing McArthur
River Mine and Key Lake Mill. 845 people will be laid-off. Industry
and government have fostered economic dependence pushing First Nations
and Metis communities into businesses servicing these mines.
Post-secondary education focused heavily on mining technologies. This
is leaving communities struggling with no other sustainable economy to
fall back on.


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10. Updates on nuclear policy in Poland
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The Polish Ministry of Energy (MoE) should submit the revised
Principal Nuclear Program from 2014 (PNEP) to the government. It's
preparation has been delayed, and now it is expected at the turn of
this and the next year. 

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


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11. 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


soon possible:     next Castor transports from Obrigheim NPP to
                   Neckarwestheim NPP & protests (D)
from 2018 likely:  Nuclear Waste Transport to Ahaus & protests (D)
10/01/18:          regional conference "Braunschweiger Land" in
                   Brunswick (D)
26/03/18-12/08/18: "Twenty weeks for twenty bombs" - 2018 action weeks
                   at Büchel nuclear weapons base (D)
11/07/18-12/07/18: Protest at NATO summit in Brussels (B)
06/08/18-12/08/18: Nuclear Heritage Network Gathering in Southern
                   France


http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Castor_Resistance_in_Germany_2017
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Nuclear_Waste_Transport_to_Ahaus
http://ag-schacht-konrad.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=769&Itemid=189
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/%22Twenty_weeks_for_twenty_bombs%22_-_2018_action_weeks_in_B%C3%BCchel
http://www.cnduk.org/get-involved/events/item/3561-save-the-date-protest-at-nato-summit-in-brussels


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12. 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.

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