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*     NukeNews #28 - Anti-Nuclear Information Service      *
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Outline of the current NukeNews issue #28
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0.  Preface
1.  Final repository plans in Sweden failed
2.  International Anti-nuclear Summer Camp 2018
3.  News about nuclear power in California
4.  When will the Czech Republic wake up from dreams of nuclear
    reactors?
5.  Nuclear waste: Unwanted legacy of nuclear power
6.  NEC 2018 report
7.  Polish atomic developments update
8.  Walkatjurra Walkabout against uranium mining in Australia needs
    support
9.  Japan Olympics 2020 - oppression of critics of contamination
10. UK nuclear industry has a sinking feeling
11. Upcoming events
12. About NukeNews


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1.  Final repository plans in Sweden failed
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After five weeks of reviewing the Swedish final disposal plans for
high level active waste (HAW) in the Swedish Land and Environmental
Court (MMD), the judges' conclusions were published in the end of
January 2018: They recommended the government not to issue the
operator SKB (Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company) a
license for their proposed underground repository 500 meters
underground in Forsmark, on the coast north of Stockholm. However,
the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) stated to the government
they support the application of SKB. It is unique that two
governmental bodies land on totally different opinions. 

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


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2.  International Anti-nuclear Summer Camp 2018
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From 6th-12th of August we participated in another Nuclear Heritage
Network Gathering, this time in Southern France near Narbonne. Between
100-120 participants came from 17 nations for a week of international
knowledge exchange and experience sharing. The organizing group was
composed by independent anti-nuclear activists from different
countries across the world. We wanted to organize this gathering to
provide a lot of space for international networking, share of
knowledge and experiences and extend of knowledge about anti-nuclear
topics, which was filled with more than 25 lectures or workshops, a
few small actions, an excursion to the Malvesi atomic plant area, four
music performances and two film screening evenings.

A main topic was the uranium conversion facility of the company Orano
(formerly Areva) in Narbonne-Malvési. We wanted to focus on this topic
because we think it is important to support the local groups and to
share knowledge about developments in uranium conversion processes
like the disposal of radioactive waste. Connected to that was the
issue of transportation of uranium and other radioactive materials,
and radioactive waste including safety issues.

Learn more:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/International_Anti-nuclear_Summer_Camp_2018


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3.  News about nuclear power in California
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California's Public Utilities Commission announced that the Diablo
Canyon nuclear facility, the state's last operating reactors would be
closed down at the end of its current license period in 2024-25, and
possibly sooner if the facility's finances or safety issues suggest
earlier closure.  The same agency also returned over $873 million to
ratepayers as part of the closure of San Onofre in Southern California
in 2013. Protests continued around onsite storage of spent nuclear
fuel at the former site which has many active faults close by.


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4.  When will the Czech Republic wake up from dreams of nuclear
    reactors?
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The Czech Republic's energy security requires a new energy policy with
an emphasis on the still untapped potential of energy efficiency and
the necessary continuation of the development of renewable energy
sources. The fulfillment of a number of obligations of today's rapidly
obsolete State Energy Policy has been delayed for years. The
fundamental deficiency of plans for building new reactors is the high
investment costs – direct/indirect and current/future.

Read the complete article:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/When_will_the_Czech_Republic_wake_up_from_dreams_of_nuclear_reactors%3F


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5.  Nuclear waste: Unwanted legacy of nuclear power
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Like other countries that chose to generate electricity in nuclear
reactors, the Czech Republic is facing the problem where to put the
spent nuclear fuel. The dreams of its reuse as a raw material have
gone up in smoke, so the world is burdened every year with thousands
of tonnes of this highly dangerous waste, which has to stay isolated
from the biosphere safely for hundreds of thousands of years to come.
But who would want such a "neighbor"? Various European countries have
differing attitudes to finding the solution. The objective of the
international conference NEC 2018 "Nuclear waste: Unwanted legacy of
nuclear power" was to discuss, in the presence of international and
Czech experts, the options of finding a solution to the nuclear waste
problem without restricting citizens’ rights to defend their interests
and those of future generations.

Read more:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Nuclear_Energy_Conference_2018


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6.  NEC 2018 report
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The conference was loaded with information on the management of spent
nuclear waste and its deep storage. 116 participants from 12 countries
were then able to compare the new concept of Germany and other
countries with the attitude of Czech governmental authorities. This is
a very hot topic in the Czech Republic, as the decision on the
selection of four most convenient sites for the repository out of the
nine potential ones should be made this year. Brief speeches by
participants from Eastern Europe completed the information at the end
of the conference. Browse through the presentations online or you can
contact the speakers. You can get a feeling of the conference
atmosphere in the photogallery.

Find more:
https://nec2018.eu/en/


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7.  Polish atomic developments update
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No major promise from the Polish Ministry of Energy (MoE) related to
the nuclear policy has materialized since they were constantly being
made during the FY2017 H2 period: it has not submitted the revision of
the principal nuclear program (PNEP) of 2014 to the government. Its
preparation has been further delayed, and now MoE says that it should
be announced "before mid-2018", so six months later then the ministry
had been claiming by end-2017.

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


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8.  Walkatjurra Walkabout against uranium mining in Australia needs
    support
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When this message reached us, the Walkatjurra Walkabout had survived
the first ten days of walking with Traditional Owners to protect
country, despite freezing overnight temperatures and long hot days.
This report shares an impression of the walk and finally asks for your
support.

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


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9.  Japan Olympics 2020 - oppression of critics of contamination
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On 6th of August, remembrance day of the atomic bombing on the
Japanese town of Hiroshima, activists informing about the impacts
of the bomb and the ongoing damage caused by the nuclear disaster in
Fukushima have been faced with oppression by the local Hiroshima
police, one activist being arrested on trumped-up charges.

Learn more:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Japan_Olympics_2020_-_oppression_of_critics_of_contamination


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10. UK nuclear industry has a sinking feeling
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Officially the UK nuclear industry is going ahead with building a new
generation of power stations. But it can’t find anyone to pay for
them. The future of the UK nuclear industry looks increasingly bleak,
despite the Conservative government’s continued insistence that it
wants to build up to 10 new nuclear power stations.

Read the complete article:
https://www.nuclearconsult.com/blog/uk-nuclear-industry-has-a-sinking-feeling/
 

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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


29/11/18-12/12/18: International Uranium Film Festival in the American
                   Southwest (USA)
26/04/19:          Nuclear Energy Conference with focus on NPP
                   lifetime extension in Linz (A) 
30/05/19-10/06/19: Kulturelle Landpartie in Wendland region (D)
fall 2019:         Anti-nuclear World Social Forum in Madrid (E)


http://uraniumfilmfestival.org/en/2018-uranium-film-festival-in-the-american-southwest
http://upcoming.nuclear-heritage.net
https://www.kulturelle-landpartie.de


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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
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The messages are written and translated by activists, additionally to
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