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Demonstration in Oulu against new NPPs and Uranium mining in Finland
Oulu Demonstration: Lectures after the demonstration...
Oulu Demonstration: Protest against EONs' new NPP plans in Finland
Oulu Demonstration: Protest Against Areva's Uranium mining plans in Finland
Bure Meeting: Shaft of the mine
Bure Meeting: Traffic sign with critical slogan
Bure Meeting: Workshop in the resistance house
Final Disposal Symposium: Balloons with anti-nuclear symbols and ironical posters
Final Disposal Symposium: A scaffold symbolizing the missing security attributes of final disposal sites
The schedule of the network meeting becomes larger and larger...
Stock Exchange action against nuclear investments in Frankfurt/Main (Germany)
Stock Exchange action: Banner against Nuclear €nvestments
Stock Exchange action: The bomb next to the Stock Exchange sign
Stock Exchange action: Later it was placed in front of the entrance of the stock exchange
Stock Exchange action: The doors of the Stock Exchange were closed for a while due to the protest - nobody could enter during this time
Stock Exchange action: Nuclear time bomb beside the Stock Exchange monitor
Stock Exchange action: The police were already at the place with many cars and officers before the action started
Stock Exchange action: At the end the 'Bomb' was handed over to a representative of the Stock Exchange
Castor: A tank on its way to the next barricade!
Castor: Police officers give a push to their van, stuck in the Wendland mud
Castor: The police changed their minds!
Castor: A view of the front of the Students' march
Castor: Clown with camera
Aldermaston: Participants locked on at Tadley Gate. Tadley Gate was successfully blocked for around 3 hours.
Aldermaston Big Blockade: Police use a small camera to see whether and how participants are locked on.
Aldermaston: Participants blockade the Atomic Weapons Establishment Main Gate. Here a paricipant is taken away by police.
Aldermaston Big Blockade: Participants were here locked on using a concrete lock-on mechanism. Here police prepare to remove the concrete.
Aldermaston Big Blockade: Tripod used to blockade a road used to get to Home Gate.
A pedal-powered soundsystem closes a day of non-violent direct action at the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston.

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Biketour headed from Turku to Mariehamn for the start of the Baltic Sea Info Tour

On Tuesday June 22 the Nuclear Baltic Sea Info Tour starts in Mariehamn in Finland. On Saturday June 19 an anti-nuclear bike tour started from Turku (Finland) biking through the archipelago heading to Mariehamn. The purpose was to slowly start the bigger Baltic Sea Info Tour that will travel around the sea for two month until middle of August. The bike activists also wanted to tell locals on their way about the harms of nuclear power which directly affect the area where they were biking. They also wanted to show that traveling can be fueled by our own power.

The biketour started on Saturday 19th of June from the Turku market square, a central place with a lot of commerce, where there was a short info happening. People were handing out flyers and there was a banner announcing the purpose of the bikers gathering there: Stop Nuclear Power! - bike tour. In general people showed interest and several people stopped to talk longer. The basic feeling was nice and exciting, even though there had been rain promised for the whole weekend. There were 12 people taking part between ages 3 to 53. The people taking part were coming from different parts of Finland and there was also a Belgian activist.

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Accidents in Nuclear Power Plants - Increasing Number With Raising Age

A recently published statistical report of the German radiation protection authority BfS showed an increasing amount of accidents and incidents in German nuclear reactors: In certain Pressurized Water Reactors the number of those incidents is raising since 1994. This tendency is connected to the age of the reactors and shows the necessity to close down these risky facilities immediately. The upgrading measures aiming to improve the safety have even worsened the risk as the statistics show. At the same time when more incidents happen, the probability of a serious nuclear accident is increasing.

Another publication of the Austrian environmental NGO Global 2000 shows the operating and decommissioned European nuclear power plants and makes some of their accidents examplarily visible. A map of Europe shows these nuclear facilities. In Germany on average every three days an incidents occurs and in French NPPs there another incident takes place on average every two days.


148,000 Protested Against Nuclear Power in Germany

On Saturday 24 April, a few days before Chernobyl Day, some 120,000 demonstrators formed a 120 kilometer human chain between the Northern German NPPs Brunsbüttel and Krümmel - both reactors have been offline for years due to accidents. A convoy of tractors and other vehicles traveled from the Gorleben region for several days and joint the activists at the NPP Krümmel. Some additional 10,000 to 20,000 protesters encricled the NPP Biblis in the federal state of Hesse, which is the oldest German NPP in operation and which already accumulated about 800 accidents and incidents since its operation start. At the waste repository for spent fuel elements in Ahaus some 6,000 to 8,000 people protested against the planned waste transports to Ahaus and against the governments plans to extend the lifetimes of the German reactors.

Finnish Governments Proposal for Two New Reactors: Crazy and Irresponsible

On Wednesday the Finnish government announced that they will put a proposal to build two new nuclear reactors in Finland to the Finnish parliament: an additional plant at Olkiluoto in the Eurajoki region and a NPP for "Fennovoima", the German joint venture with several Finnish companies to establish a third nuclear site in Finland in addition to Olkiluoto and Loviisa. No-one but the nuclear industry needs more nuclear power plants in Finland. It's a shame that the Finnish authorities seem to be in bed with the nuclear companies.

The Finnish government's incomprehensible decision to support further new reactors has met with harsh criticism from anti-nuclear activists across Europe and beyond. The government is obviously willing to sacrifice people's health and the environment to the nuclear industry's profits. Anti-nuclear groups around the Baltic Sea plan an information tour in the summer, to educate about the impacts of nuclear facilities on the environment and people living in the region and to raise the awareness of the dangers associated with nuclear power.

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No uranium mining in Alentejo - Portugal's radioactive legacy

Sheep and goats graze under the cork trees, the sun glitters silver on the leaves in the olive groves; gardens full of orange and mandarin trees; the streams gurgle sweetly as they flow; the aroma of ham, smoked sausage and the famous Nisa cheese is in the air: all around the little mediaeval city of Nisa, in Portugal, there is a wealth of tradition and good flavours. And that' s something that the people there, in the northern part of the Alentejo, don't want to give up for anything - least of all for uranium mining.

Portugal has been exploiting its uranium reserves as long as anywhere. The first license for mining this yellow, radioactive heavy-metal was issued a hundred years ago in 1909. After the Second World War Portuguese uranium oxide was used by both the Americans and the British for their nuclear industry and atomic bombs. By 1991, 62 mines, most of them in the central region orf Portugal, were already producing the mineral, but since then production has slowed, mainly because the price of uranium on world markets collapsed. Now, however, demand for this nuclear fuel has risen again, and since 1998, with higher prices, the prospect of mining has hung over the 3,600 residents of Nisa like a radioactive sword of Damocles as in 1959, about two kilometers from the edge of town, they discovered the biggest unexploited reserves of uranium anywhere in Portugal. Sixty percent of all uranium ore in the Alto Alentejo lies here, more than six million tonnes, of which about 650 tonnes of uranium oxide can be extracted.

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More Wind Power in Germany

Munich (dpa) - The consolidation of German wind power has reached a new record according to information of the "Süddeutsche Zeitung". After two years of stagnation the number of new wind power stations that started operation rose again in 2009, the newspaper reported on Wednesday (January 27th, 2010). According to a study of the "Deutsches Windenergie-Institut (DEWI)" the major renewable power generation branch has been clearly growing faster than expected. Therefore during the last year, nearly 950 wind power stations have been connected to the grid with a total capacity of 1917 megawatt - an increase of 15 percent compared with the previous year. This corresponds to the capacity of two nuclear power plants. Worldwide only the USA has a larger number of wind power stations. According to the report Germany reached a total capacity of 25,800 megawatt. The latest surge was surprising. At the beginning of the year, the branch had expected a deficit because of the worst economic crisis since decades.

Source: Greenpeace Magazin (German)

Almost 50% of Albertans 'conflicted' about nuclear power, report says

More than a quarter of Albertans oppose allowing nuclear power plants to be built in the province, while almost half remain "conflicted" about the energy source, according to a new government report released Monday (Dec 14, 2009).

And people north of Edmonton - were several nuclear plants have been proposed - were more likely to oppose building the plants, by around 32 per cent, compared to the Calgary region, at 24 per cent, was the least opposed.

"Only those Albertans who hold consistently positive views of science and the nuclear industry - and are less concerned by the potential for negative consequences - actually want to see the government encourage nuclear proposals," said the report by Alberta Energy.

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German Energy Giant RWE Withdraws from Bulgarian Nuclear Power Plant

In a letter to the Bulgarian Energy holding, the German company RWE announced on October 28th its withdrawal from the controversial Belene nuclear power plant (NPP) in northern Bulgaria. RWE cites doubts about the project´s profitability as the major reason for the company´s retreat.

"For the past 18 months, we´ve been pointing out to RWE that Belene is a high-risk project in terms of safety, economics, environment and corruption," says Heffa Schücking from the German environment NGO Urgewald. "It sure took the company a long time to face up to the facts," she comments.

RWE´s decision comes in the wake of a broad grass-roots campaign of German environment organizations against RWE´s investment plans in Belene. Some 30,000 German citizens sent letters and petitions to RWE´s CEO asking him to withdraw from the project. Several of the company´s major investors also spoke out against the plan to invest into a NPP in an area of high seismicity in a country with low nuclear standards and high corruption.

"This is the beginning of the end of Belene," says Petko Kovachev from the Bulgarian Green Policy Institute. "After 12 international banks decided to decline financing for the project in 2006 and 2007, RWE was Belene´s last hope," explains Kovachev. RWE was slated to provide 49% of the project´s equity and its decision to withdraw sends out a clear signal to investors and banks regarding the project´s questionable economics.

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Belarus: Hearings on Environmental Impact Assessment falsified

Today, on the 9th of October, public hearings took place on the question of construction of a nuclear power plant. All the entrances to the cinema where the hearings were held got blocked by riot police and streets were filled with cops in civil. Documents and leaflets containing criticism of the EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) were illegally confiscated because of their 'doubtful' contents. Employees of state institutions were brought to the hearings by buses. The forcedly assembled audience was registered in advance, in violation of regulations. Many registered participants were not let inside.

Advocating was allowed only to the state employees in favour of nuclear power plant construction, others were denied to speak. The denial was justified by the fact that they supposedly had registered late. Thus, the procedure of hearings didn't meet the standards and the results can't be recognized as independent.

The Russian expert in nuclear physics Andrey Ozharovskiy was arrested in the morning on a charge of disorderly conduct. At the moment he is facing the court. Only 4 people were let into the courtroom, 2 of which are the witnesses. Anonymous men in civil are blocking the entrance to the court-house and refuse to identify themselves.

Thus, the authorities showed their true face again - they are not going to let the dissidents speak openly on the important matters to those in power.

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Belarus Anti-Nuclear Resistance

Activities - Aktivitäten

"Europe's Nuclear Heritage" is a (research) project that is concerned with the usage of nuclear power and especially the debates on final repositories in Europe. Regarding these topics it works on networking between groups in different countries. Within this framework or associated to it the following activities took place:

"Europas Atomerbe" ist ein (Forschungs)-Projekt, das sich mit der Atomenergienutzung und speziell den Endlagerdebatten in Europa beschäftigt und hierzu auch eine Vernetzung verschiedener Gruppen in verschiedenen Ländern anstrebt. In diesem oder assoziertem Rahmen gab es bisher folgende Aktivitäten:

France - Frankreich

The current idea for the next possible project would be to visit the French exploration site in Bure combined with a meeting of local activists to also get a critical viewpoint.

Die derzeitige Idee für das nächste mögliche Projekt wäre eine Besichtigung des französischen 'Felslabors' in Bure (Wikipedia Artikel, Französischer Wikipedia Artikel) kombiniert mit einem Treffen mit dortigen Aktivisten um auch einen kritischen Standpunkt mitzubekommen.

Finland - Finnland

An excursion during February 2007 to visit the finnish nuclear power plant in Olkiluoto at whose site the final repository for highly radioactive waste is being planned.

Bei einer Exkursion im Februar 2007 ging es zur Besichtigung des finnischen Atomkraftwerks (AKW) Olkiluoto, an dessen Standort das dortige Endlager für hochradioaktiven Atommüll geplant ist. Beteiligt euch unter den untenstehenden Punkten an der Auswertung der Fahrt!

Germany - Deutschland

Gorleben - Gorleben

In November 2006 a visit of the mine for final repository exploration at Gorleben was organised by the project. This included a visit of the underground facilities.

After this visit of the underground facilities and a lecture from the operating enterprise of the plant, we met Lilo Wollny, an old lady from the Gorleben resistance. She talked about the beginning of the protests and gave an overview of the security problems at the Gorleben nuclear waste disposal site.

Im November 2006 wurde im Rahmen des Projektes eine Besichtigung des Endlager-"Erkundungsbergwerks" im Gorlebener Salzstock organisiert. Diese enthielt auch eine Besichtigung unter Tage.

Nach der Führung durch den Gorlebener Salzstock und einem Vortrag der Betreiberfirma DBE trafen wir uns mit Lilo Wollny, einer alten Dame aus dem Gorlebener Widerstand. Sie erzählte uns von den Anfängen der Proteste und gab einen kleinen Einblick in die Sicherheitsbedenken gegen den Gorlebener Endlagerstandort.

Morsleben - Morsleben

An exhibition on the history of Germany's final repository for low and medium level radioactive waste at Morsleben, which is also available in english, is en route in different towns.

Eine Ausstellung zur Geschichte des deutschen Endlagers für niedrig- und mittelradioaktiven Atommüll Morsleben, die auch auf Englisch verfügbar ist, ist unterwegs in verschiedenen Städten.

In the past, a visit of the underground repository in Morsleben has also taken place.

There were several lobby meetings with different politicians to sensitize them for the problems of the Morsleben final repository and to exert pressure on the Federal Office for Radiation Protection to end their reluctance to give out information. These meetings are being continued throughout the year. Additionally, different actions and workshops took place on several occasions, including congresses and other events.

Auch in Morsleben wurde in der Vergangenheit eine Besichtigung im Endlager unter Tage organisiert.

Mit verschiedenen Politikern gab es 2006 Lobbygespräche, um für die Problematik um das Endlager Morsleben zu sensibilieren und um Druck auszuüben, damit die Informationsverweigerung des Bundesamtes für Strahlenschutzes ein Ende hat. Auch in diesem Jahr werden diese Gespräche fortgesetzt. Darüberhinaus fanden immer wieder Informationsveranstaltungen und Workshops in verschiedenen Orten und bei Kongressen und anderen Veranstaltungen statt.

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