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Postcard to promote the 2010 Baltic Sea Info Tour
Castor: Mass blockade of thousands of people with tents, tarpaulins and tractors
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 Placards
Final Disposal Symposium: A Scaffold Symbolizing The Missing Security Attributes Of Final Disposal Sites
The big 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 Stocks Exchange Were Closed For A While Because Of The Protest - Nobody Could Enter For This Time
Stock Exchange Action: Nuclear Time Bomb Beside The Stock Exchange Montitor
Stock Exchange Action: The Police Were Already At The Place With Many Police Cars And Officers Minutes 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.
Banner promoting the Festival in Finland
Anti Nuclear Festival: Small banner action near the Finnish NPP Olkiluoto
Part of the residence of the Anti Nuclear Festival

Welcome to the website of the campaign "Nuclear Heritage"! This project started in 2006 and was initiated by the German youth environmentalists group "Greenkids e.V.". Our aim is to provide most articles on this website in English and German, if possible in other languages, too. You are welcome to add your Anti-nuclear information here, too.



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News - Neuigkeiten

OL3 NPP- Building in Serious Safety Problems in Finland

The Finnish Nuclear and Radiation Safety Authority STUK says that the construction of the commercial nuclear reactor in Olkiluoto, which is to be the world’s largest, has not proceeded according to official requirements. STUK has demanded that the builder of the installation, the French company Areva correct faults with the automation that guides the plant.

A current affairs programme on YLE TV 2, the authority acquired a letter in which STUK warns Areva that the building site could be shut down if the automation is not fixed and approved.

According to STUK, the design of the automation does not meet the basic principles required for nuclear safety, and on this basis STUK does not see any possibilities to approve the automation for installation at Olkiluoto.

“Areva NP SAS was to have designed very important systems for safety, but unfortunately, the attitude or lack of professional knowledge of certain individuals who represented the organisation in question at meetings of experts prevent progress in solving the concerns”, states a letter addressed to the director-general of Areva.

There was no immediate comment from Areva.

Source: YLE

Peace Walk "Towards a Nuclear Free Future" started

The first steps of this years Footprints for Peace Walk "Towards a Nuclear Free Future" has began from the World Health Organisation, Geneva Switzerland.

Twenty five international walkers from USA, Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands, France and Italy have joined together to walk from the World Health Organisation in Geneva to the European Parliament in Brussels for over 70 days to raise awareness about alternative energy and sustainable lifestyles while exposing the deadly effects of the nuclear industry.

The walk will visit many nuclear facilities to work with local communities to raise public awareness about the suffering and coercion that local community and environment through out the world face by the nuclear industry. The nuclear process affects us all - from the mining of uranium, transportation, enrichment, reprocessing, nuclear power plants, weapons and dumping of radioactive waste.

Footprints for Peace took part in the Chernobyl International Action Day and joined with others to make a chain from the World Health Organisation (WHO) to the United Nations in a tribute to Chernobyl liquidators. In an emotional vigil many stood in white masks behind pictures of those that have passed for the independence of the WHO and for the truth about the consequences of radioactive contamination on health. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) keeps pretending no more than 50 people have died so as to protect the nuclear industry.

Footprints for Peace REFUSES to FORGET Chernobyl as it still keeps claiming lives today.

We will remember Chernobyl in Australia, deepening our commitment to a nuclear free future as the Western Australia Government is planning to start mining uranium in this State: Uranium Mining is the first step to DISASTER!!

Footprints for Peace is a global community of friends who are dedicated to creating change through peaceful action. Our aim is to educate, inspire, empower individuals and communities in building a sustainable future.

This years walk will end the series of walks that has happened in Europe since 2007 leading up to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. We will be walking in 2010 from Y12 Nuclear Facility in Tennessee to the United Nations in New York for the Nuclear Non Proliferation Review Conference.

Please pass through friends, family and contacts as we would like to one day walk with you all....

For more information see: http://www.footprintsforpeace.net

Slash renewables target to protect nuclear, says EDF

The development of new nuclear plant could be prevented if the government allows too much windpower to be built, energy giants EDF and Eon have claimed.

EDF - the world's largest nuclear operator with 58 plants - is calling on the government to lower its proposed renewable electricity target from 35% of supply in 2020 to just 20%.

The company says building the wind capacity needed to hit a 35% target is "not realistic or indeed desirable" due to the problem of intermittency.

EDF's views were revealed last week when the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) published a summary of responses to its consultation on its renewables strategy.

EDF's response says that at times of high wind, output from wind and nuclear could exceed demand. "As a result- plant will need to be curtailed i.e. instructed not to generate." In reality, only nuclear will be curtailed, it says, as wind generation is subsidised so operators will pay to continue generating. The UK will also need windfarms to operate to meet its EU renewable energy target.

If nuclear plants have to be regularly turned off, this "damages the economics of these projects, meaning that less will be built." The UK can still meet its EU target with a lower level of renewable electricity by doing more on renewable heat, it says.

EDF's views are partially supported by Eon. Its consultation response says that any curtailment of nuclear "raises the question of whether it will be possible to recover the fixed costs of plant over its operational life". Curtailment could become an issue once wind provides 20-25% of UK electricity, it says.

Gaynor Hartnell, director of policy at the Renewable Energy Association, said: "We don't have a problem with companies taking issue with the proposed split between renewable electricity and heat - it is renewables' overall contribution to energy that matters. [Renewable] heat could certainly contribute more, but that's not to say that it needs to. Our electricity network can cope with at least ten times' the amount of wind we currently have."

Source: http://www.endsreport.com

Olkiluoto 3: Nuclear Waste From The EPR 7 Times More Hazardous

International — Greenpeace has uncovered evidence that nuclear waste from the European Pressurised Reactor (EPR), the flagship of the nuclear industry, will be up to seven times more hazardous than waste produced by existing nuclear reactors, increasing costs and the danger to health and the environment.

The revelation comes soon after President Sarkozy's decision to build a second EPR in France.

The alarming evidence was buried in the environmental impact assessment report from Posiva, the company responsible for managing waste at the world's first EPR under construction at Olkiluoto in Finland, and in EU-funded research[1].

"This means that not only will spent nuclear fuel produced by the EPR be more dangerous than is acknowledged by the French nuclear industry, but also storage and disposal will be more expensive than the industry and governments proclaim, and will increase the overall cost of nuclear energy. The French nuclear companies Areva and EDF, which aggressively market the EPR as safe and cheap, have completely ignored the implications of the increased hazards," said John Large, an independent nuclear consultant.

No appropriate waste facilities exist or are being planned in Finland, France, or any of the countries considering buying the EPR, including the UK, the US, Canada and India. In Finland the plans awaiting approval for burying the nuclear waste are inadequate for preventing interim and long-term health risks and will pass on huge financial liabilities to future generations.

"Nuclear energy is fast becoming the most expensive way to produce electricity and its highly radioactive waste poses an ever-increasing problem. Despite the French government's global marketing of the EPR as cheap and safe, the evidence proves otherwise," stressed Dr. Rianne Teule, Greenpeace International Nuclear Campaigner.

The EPR is designed to extract more energy from nuclear fuel than any commercially operating reactor (high burn-up), in order to maximise electricity output. This causes the amount of readily released radioactive substances in spent fuel to increase disproportionately[2]. The storage of the hazardous waste will be more costly for a range of reasons including required greater distances between canisters increasing the repository size, more extensive and longer-term monitoring and increased security.

"Nuclear power is nothing more than an out-of-date, expensive and failed technology from the last century. Governments that are serious about tackling climate change need to invest in renewables and energy efficiency solutions as outlined in Greenpeace's Energy [R]evolution scenarios, to ensure people have a clean energy future free from the dangers of hazardous waste,"[3] concluded Rianne Teule.

Contact information:
Rianne Teule, Greenpeace International Nuclear Campaigner, +31 (0) 650 640 961
Beth Herzfeld, Greenpeace International Press Officer, +44 (0) 7717 802 891

Welcome to Big Demonstration Against New Nuclear Power Plants in Finland in Oulu 24.1.2008

As many of you know Fennovoima (34 % E.ON) is planning 1-2 new reactors in Finland alternatively at the north west-coast in Simo close to Kemi, in Pyhajoki close to Raahe or in Ruotsinpyhtaa at the east south-coast close to Loviisa.

The organizers of the event hope to see friends from all over Europe in Oulu.

Unfortunately the organizers have no possibilities to cover travel costs but they can offer home accommodation and food free of charge.

There is going to be a public meeting where all foreigners will have a possibility to bring their message to the Finnish decision makers and there will also be a press conference to which all foreign participants are invited.

Rude news from Finland...

Todays (21th November 2008) news tell that areva has started ore prospecting for uranium in Ranua without legal permissions. Areva claims that permissionprocess is too long and started to do prospecting by land owners permission. They say they have done excavation without legal permission.

Read:

http://www.yle.fi/news/left/id108181.html

Blockade of the Aldermaston Nuclear Weapons Factory successful

This is a message from the organizers of this action day.

Thank you so much for your involvement at the Big Blockade on Monday October 27th at Aldermaston Nuclear Weapons Establishment!

As most of us only saw what was happening at our own gate, here is an overview of the action:

  • Main Gate was blocked for an hour by two groups sitting in the road, one using superglue.
  • Falcon Gate was blocked to most traffic for most of the morning by demonstrators standing around and (unintentionally) by the police!
  • Tadley Gate was blocked for over two hours by angels, super glue, chains and tubes cleverly disguised as teddy bears, as well as a determined crew who simply sat on the ground.
  • Home Office Gate was blocked for about three hours by a group using a lock-on tube inside concrete, and later Aldermaston Women’s Peace Camp blocked the road between Construction Gate and Home Office gate for three more hours. A tripod was erected in the middle of the road, one woman sat at the top and three women sat around the poles at the base.
  • Construction Gate was blocked from 6:45 to 12 noon. There were nine blockaders, four were locked on and five sat in front of them, not locked on. At about 10am the police came to cut out the locked on people but made no arrests.

Altogether, around 300 people demonstrated, over 60 people engaged in nonviolent direct action, and 33 were arrested. Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) chair Kate Hudson declared: "This is the largest blockade of Aldermaston for many years and signals an increased public concern about Britain 's weapons of mass destruction." Don’t forget that post-arrest court support is available. Please ring 0845 4588 361 or email blockawe AT yahoo.co.uk[4] if you have any further questions about legal support.

Campaigns and organizations working on this topic:

Broken Control Rods at Swedish Reactor - same design as Olkiluoto!

Scary stuff from Sweden - they claim Olkiluoto is OK but it's the same design so maybe it just OK for now? They don't say if there's any control rods of that design used outside the Nordic region.

The problems are with the "control rods" - i.e. the things which control the nuclear reaction and stop it getting out of hand!

Reuters reports today ( http://tinyurl.com/6ka36m ): "Swedish power group Vattenfall [VATN.UL] said on Tuesday an inspection had revealed one broken control rod and cracks in about 30 percent of others at its Forsmark 3 reactor"
(...)
"The unit has been shut since Oct. 21 and Andersson said it would not reopen before Nov. 28 at the earliest."
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"The company said in October it would inspect Forsmark 3 after the discovery of a broken control rod at the Oskarshamn 3 reactor. The two reactors have similar designs"

"Your Industry News" reported last Wednesday (29 Oct) (http://tinyurl.com/55y4wk ):
"The problems were first discovered last week during an annual maintenance outage at OKG's Oskarshamn 3, where a fracture was discovered in a control rod shaft. Similar cracks were subsequently discovered in six more control rods, and the company is now extending its maintenance outage to enable it to carry out fuller tests and to determine the root cause of the problem."
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"In the light of the Oskarshamn discovery, Swedish radiation safety authority SSM called for immediate inspections at Swedish plants sharing similar control rod designs. Inspections at Forsmark 3 have revealed similar problems to those at Oskarshamn. No problems were found in the other two units at the site, which have a different control rod design to the affected plants."
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"SSM also notified its Finnish counterpart, Stuk, so that checks could be carried out at the Olkiluoto plant which uses similar control rods, but Stuk reports that no damage has been found there."

Renaissance of nuclear engery? - about finance crisis and comedown of nuclear in world electricity capacity

While lobbyists and politicians talk about a comeback of nuclear energy, only because some countries want to build new reactors (really: in the years before there were not so much plans of building new reactors), the amount of nuclear energy will fall down during the next years because of the decommissioning of the old reactors. The number of new reactors which had to be build to substitute the amount of those old ones can't be reached by these new building plans.

Another downdownsizing effect could come from the current finance crisis emanating from the USA: October 1st US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said said that the construction of new nuclear plants worldwide is at risk, becaus "long term projects are at risk" as a result of the crisis that brought many banks to bancrott:

Financial crisis could dent nuclear plant growth

By GREG KELLER - 2 October 2008
Source: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hfDkNKoFCorefh_8FUGI91muIeEAD93HTH7O0

PARIS (AP) Growth in the construction of new nuclear plants worldwide is at risk because of the global financial crisis, U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said Wednesday, adding that short-term projects like oil drilling are more likely to go ahead.

During a visit to Paris, Bodman said the crisis could have an impact on the "nuclear renaissance" that is sweeping the industry as countries around the globe search for alternatives to fossil fuels.

Long-term projects like nuclear plant building "are the ones that are going to be the most difficult to finance," he told reporters. While Bodman said he is hopeful the financial crisis will be resolved, "long term projects are at risk, I would think."

The U.S. has 104 commercial reactors that supply about 20 percent of the country's power. The U.S. Energy Department projects 45 percent growth in national electricity demand by 2030, meaning 35 to 50 new nuclear plants would be needed by then just to maintain nuclear's share of the energy market.

A failure of the U.S. to resolve the ongoing financial crisis would have "a significant impact" on energy demand there, Bodman said on the sidelines of an international nuclear energy conference.

"That's what the president has been saying, that's what we've all been saying," Bodman said. "That's what leads to the need to come up with a solution."

While long-term nuclear projects are at risk, short-term projects such as oil drilling shouldn't be affected, Bodman said, because the industry is less reliant on bank borrowing.

"I would guess in large measure they would proceed. But again, I don't want to forecast exactly what they do," Bodman said.

Bodman also said he expects U.S. oil refining capacity in the Gulf of Mexico to come back to pre-hurricane Ike and Gustav levels in four or five weeks.

"It's been less rapid than I hoped it might be," Bodman said. "I thought it would be two or three weeks, it's probably going to be four or five, that kind of time frame. It's not going to be 10."

Hurricanes Gustav and Ike shut down nearly 100 percent of oil and natural gas production in the Gulf for several weeks.

Asked if he was worried about Russia's expanding cooperation with the OPEC oil producing cartel, Bodman said "We don't encourage that."

"Am I worried? I don't lose a lot of sleep over it. But it's not an encouraging position," Bodman said. Russia agreed earlier this month to sign a cooperation agreement with OPEC.

Bodman said he hoped Russia would focus more on encouraging companies from around the world to invest in its oil and gas industry but that it "seems to be more interested in OPEC and making deals with OPEC. That gives me some pause."

Russia is the second-largest oil and gas producer, just behind Saudi Arabia, making closer ties to OPEC — which dominates world oil production —potentially bad news for major fossil fuel consumers, including the U.S. and Europe.

2008 world nuclear industry status report
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist

Hype over the future of nuclear power is rampant, but the facts tell a different story. The percentage of nuclear-generated electricity in the overall global energy mix is decreasing. In this three-part series Mycle Schneider, a French independent nuclear analyst, explores the difficulties facing nuclear power throughout the world and in Western Europe and Asia in particular.

2008 world nuclear industry status report: Global nuclear power

By Mycle Schneider | 16 September 2008

Last Thursday, in the midst of the world media's constant constant nuclear revival reportage, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had an embarrassing announcement to make. While it has increased its projections for nuclear generation in 2030, nuclear's share of global electricity generation dropped another percentage point in 2007. The world's nuclear electricity generation had decreased by 2 percent in 2007--in the European Union (EU) it dropped 6 percent--more than in any other year since the first fission reactor was connected to the Soviet grid in 1954. The drop by about 60 terawatt hours corresponds to the average annual generation of 10 reactors.

Major contributing factors were the seven units at Kashiwazaki, Japan, which have remained shut down since a severe earthquake shook the region in July 2007; the up to six German reactors that have been taken off the grid simultaneously for major repairs; and the numerous French reactors that have undergone inspections and maintenance after a generic problem was identified in their steam generators. The latter issue is expected to cost the French nuclear fleet another 2-3 percent of its average load factor for 2008 and through 2009. The "Big Six" nuclear powers--the United States, France, Japan, Germany, Russia, and South Korea--saw their global share of nuclear-generated electricity drop from about three-quarters in previous years to 68 percent in 2007.

At the beginning of September, there were 439 operating nuclear reactors worldwide, five less than five years ago, with a total installed capacity of 372 gigawatts in 31 countries. No new nuclear plant has come online since the beginning of the year.

The installed capacity has increased slightly through "uprating," or technical improvements at existing plants that increase electricity generation. According to the World Nuclear Association (WNA), the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved 110 uprates since 1977, a few of them "extended uprates" of up to 20 percent. An additional seven uprates are to be completed through the end of the year. As a result, close to an additional 5 gigawatts were added to the U.S. nuclear capacity through uprates alone--the equivalent of about four new plants. Europe is experiencing a similar trend of uprates and life extensions of existing reactors.

The capacity of the global fleet increased between 2000 and 2004 by about 3 gigawatts per year, much of it through uprating. That dropped to 2 gigawatts per year between 2004 and 2007 and to about 0.5 gigawatts over the first eight months of 2008. These figures should be compared to the global net increase in all electricity generating capacity of an estimated 150 gigawatts for all new power plants, from fossil-fuelled facilities to renewable energy, per year. That leaves nuclear energy with an insignificant fraction in the global power marketplace.

In 2007, nuclear power plants generated 2,600 terawatt hours, about 14 percent of the world's commercial electricity (down from 15 percent in 2006 and 16 percent in 2005) or less than 6 percent of the commercial primary energy and on the order of 2 percent of final energy. Only five countries (Armenia, Romania, Slovenia, South Africa, and Switzerland), which together operate 11 nuclear plants, increased their nuclear share in the power mix in 2007 over the previous year. Fifteen countries remained stable (less than a 1 percent change) and in 11 countries the role of nuclear power declined. (See chart PDF.)

Construction sites in the 14 countries that are currently building nuclear power plants are accumulating substantial and costly delays. At the end of August, the IAEA listed 35 reactors as "under construction," which is one more than at the end of 2007, but 18 less than at the end of the 1990s. The total capacity is just under 28,300 megawatts with an average size of 800 megawatts per unit. A closer look at the list illustrates the level of uncertainty associated with reactor building:

Eleven reactors, almost one-third of the total listed, have been under construction for more than 20 years. The U.S. Watts Bar 2 project holds the record with an original construction start in December 1972 (subsequently frozen), followed by the Iranian Bushehr plant that was started by German Siemens in May 1975 and is now to be finished by Russia.

Fifteen projects don't have an official start-up date, including all seven of the Russian projects, two Bulgarian reactors, and three of the six Chinese units under construction. In fact, one Russian plant (Balakovo-5), which had been listed since 1987 and was to go online by the end of 2010, was abandoned and pulled off the list earlier this year. It was replaced by a new project (Novovoronezh 2-1) without any indication of a planned start-up date.

Two-thirds of the under-construction units have encountered significant construction delays, pushing back officially announced start-up dates. Only 10 projects haven't indicated delays, they are three Chinese, one Pakistani, three South Korean, and three Russian units. They were all started within the last three years and haven't reached their projected start-up dates yet, which makes it difficult or impossible to assess whether they are on schedule.

The geographic distribution of nuclear power plant projects extends the trend of previous years. Between 2004 and 2007, 14 nuclear plants, the total number of units that started up during that time, were located in Asia or Eastern Europe. Similarly, 30 of the 35 reactors currently "under construction" are also located in those regions. The average global construction time for nuclear plants (more than nine years for the 14 most recent ones) isn't a useful metric because of great differences between countries. The four reactors that started up in Romania, Russia, and Ukraine took between 18 and 24 years, while the 10 units that were connected to the grid in China, India, Japan, and South Korea took only five years to complete on average. (read more)

anti nuke in america - support needed

The ongoing campaign to stop Climate Crimes and the first non-violent direct action at a nuke in "Relapse" need your support; significant fines and fees have already been awarded to the first to go before a judge. Please contribute what you are able; we are appealing these unconstitutionally harsh sentences; so need money for legal help too! If you know of legal resources in Virginia, please contact Mary Olson, 828-675-1702, nirs ÄT main.nc.us[4]. Please donate to legal support at http://www.asheville.risingtidenorthamerica.org.

The Southeast Convergence for Climate Action August 5-11, Louisa County VA - a week-long educational / training event inspired two great actions:

On Thursday August 7, people from the local community and also folks from the Climate Convergence visited the North Anna Nuclear power station in Mineral VA - and conducted a Truth Telling tour of the Visitor Center (adjacent to the reactor site). At Visitor Center closing time the protesters sat down and "occupied" the site in an effort to prevent further climate crimes by Dominion. Since nuclear energy cannot solve the climate crisis and yet costs more than any of the real solutions would - it is a climate crime to misappropriate funds - whether public or private - when funds are so desperately needed for the real climate solutions (smart use of power to stop wasting energy, sustainable non-fuel power generation such as wind and solar and overall decentralization to community-based sustainable power generation to maximize efficiency). Thirty-five minutes later 6 of them were arrested for trespass.

The second action was on Monday, August 11 in Richmond, VA. Despite a massive police presence throughout the city and our major action plan derailed by law enforcement harassment, 50 activists snaked their way through Richmond today in an un-permitted march, paying visits to several climate criminals. Carrying banners reading, "No Nukes, No Coal, No Kidding" and "Social Change not Climate Change", people marched to the headquarters of Massey Energy, Dominion, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and Bank of America.

At Massey Energy, a notorious coal company involved in mountaintop removal coal mining, activists surrounded the entrance and yelled, "Hands off our mountains!". The group then moved on to the Department of Environmental Quality which recently rubber stamped Dominion's dirty coal plant in Wise County, VA. Next the group brought the party to Dominion, who is building the aforementioned coal plant as well as proposing a new nuke plant in Louisa County, VA. Chanting "No coal, no nukes, we won't stop until you do!" the activists attempted to take over Dominion's plaza but were repelled by police on horses. In a show of interspecies solidarity one horse bucked a cop off its back.

To wrap things up for the day, the crowd moved on to the the towering Bank of America building, one of the largest funders of the coal industry. In impressive feat of stealth two activists manage to infiltrate the beefed up security at the building and locked to a sign outside of the customer entrance. Marchers supported the lockdown with a die in on the sidewalk. Police eventually cut free the two that were locked down and charged them with tresspassing.

All in all it was a great day. While the police may have foiled our original plans they couldn't stop us altogether. Pretty much every building in Richmond connected to a climate criminal had cops staked out at it and several activists cars were followed anywhere they went. Despite this we had a successful march and lockdown. Lets continue the struggle for climate justice in the southeast!

please donate to legal support at http://www.asheville.risingtidenorthamerica.org

Nuclear protesters appeal unprecedented trespass fines

All three protesters of Dominion Resources' planned new nuclear reactor in Louisa Virginia immediately appealed the unusually harsh sentences that were issued by a district judge on August 14. The protesters were among 6 arrested for the Aug 7 non-violent takeover of the North Anna Nuclear Power plant information center. The three were subjected to fines and fees of over $1300 each in an effort by the county and state to recover the costs of the large police presence at the Southeast Climate Convergence. "As peaceful protesters who have plead guilty to a misdemeanor trespassing charge I find these fines especially egregious considering these charges typically carry a $100 fine," said Darcy Georgia from WAND (Women's Action for a New Direction).

The Southeast Convergence for Climate action was a regional educational event focused on climate issues held in Louisa County on private land that was rented for the purpose. Camp leadership and the land owner met with the local authorities prior to the peaceful event, out of courtesy.

Spot Et Al, who was one of the protesters arrested, said "These fines are based on an association that the state never proved. It is charging protestors for all of the costs of the police overtime spent on watching the Southeast Climate Convergence action camp when some of the protestors had no association with this camp. Further, it is unconstitutional to base fines on the costs of errors in staffing made by the police", pointing out that the camp was completely peaceful, without even internal need for conflict resolution. Spot Et Al is part of the Charlottesville based CAGE action group.

The protesters were demanding that Dominion cease its plans to build an additional nuclear reactor at the North Anna site in central Virginia because they view it as a false solution to the Climate Crisis. "Dominion should be thanking us for pointing out the failure in their climate change policies." Said Paxus Calta, one of the protestors charged with trespass and a member of the local group Peoples Alliance for Clean Energy (PACE) which supporters renewable alternatives and conservation solutions to the energy needs of the people of the region.

The remaining 3 protestors from the August 7 action are proceeding to a hearing. A second case is pending in Richmond proceeding from the non-violent lock-down of two young Climate Crisis protestors at Bank of America in downtown Richmond on Monday August 11.


Mary Olson
NIRS Southeast Regional Coordinator
Nuclear Information & Resource Service
PO Box 7586 Asheville, NC 28802
nirs ÄT main.nc.us[4] http://www.nirs.org
828-675-1792
new cell -- 828-242-5621 (no signal at my office)

Nuclear Information & Resource Service
6930 Carroll Avenue, Suite 340,
Takoma Park, MD 20912
tel: 301-270-NIRS (301-270-6477);
fax: 301-270-4291
e-mail nirsnet ÄT nirs.org[4]

Objection to the final disposal site in Finland

This text was used to object to the plans to build a final disposal site for high level active waste in Finland. It was sent in similar kind to the Finnish Ministry of labour and the economy (diary number 820/815/2008 - important to be communicated if you do your own objection towards the Ministry, e-mail address: kuuleminen ÄT tem.fi[4]).
Safe final disposal of radioactive waste is not possible. The half-life of the radioactive elements particularly last hundredthousands or million years. Half of the material after this period of time remains. It is not possible to guarantee geological security over such long periods. The residual risk of escaping radioactivity is too dangerous.
Additional to this fundamental danger there are other special problems like the increased risk of pollution of the sea is founded by the final disposal site close to the sea. The probability of leaking from the ground to the water increases by means of this location.
The baltic sea already is the most radioactively polluted sea in the world. Responsible for this fact are the NPPs around the baltic sea such as Olkiluoto and Loviisa. A final disposal site near to the sea will increase the risk of further radioactive pollution.
For these reasons the Ministry is asked not to allow the construction of the requested final disposal site.


Einspruch gegen das Endlager in Finnland

Dieser Text wurde verwendet, um gegen die Pläne ein Endlager für hochradioaktive Abfälle in Finnland Einspruch zu erheben. Er wurde in ähnlicher Form an das finnische Ministerium für Arbeit und Wirtschaft geschickt (Diary Nummer 820/815/2008 - wichtig mitzuteilen, wenn du einen eigenen Einspruch gegenüber dem Ministerium erheben willst, E-Mail-Adresse: kuuleminen ÄT tem.fi[5]).
Die sichere Endlagerung von radioaktiven Abfällen ist unmöglich. Die Halbwertzeit radioaktiver Elemente dauert zum Teil hunderttausende oder Millionen Jahre. Die Hälfte des Materials bleibt nach dieser Zeit übrig. Es ist nicht möglich geologische Sicherheit über solch einen langen Zeitraum zu garantieren. Das Restrisiko entweichender Radioaktivität ist zu gefährlich.
Zusätzlich zu dieser grundsätzlichen Gefahr gibt es andere spezielle Probleme wie das steigende Risiko der Verschmutzung des Meeres durch das Endlager nahe dem Meer. Die Wahrscheinlichkeit von Leckagen aus dem Untergrund in das Wasser steigt durch diese Lage.
Die Ostsee ist bereits das am meisten radioaktiv verseuchte Meer der Welt. Verantwortlich für diesen Fakt sind die Atomkraftwerke rund um die Ostsee wie Olkiluoto und Loviisa. Ein Endlager nahe dem Meer wird das Risiko weiterer radioaktiver Verseuchung steigern.
Aus diesen Gründen wird von dem Ministerium gefordert die Errichtung des beantragten Endlagers nicht zu erlauben.

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Communication - Kommunikation

You can contact us via e-mail europas-atomerbe ÄTT greenkids.de[4] or telephone ( +49 391-72 72 657). A wiki-homepage is being built at http://greenkids.de/europas-atomerbe.

On the longer run, this website and the communication in general are supposed to be at least bi-lingual (German/English) and if possible realised in even more languages.

Kontakt kann zu uns per Mail an europas-atomerbe ÄTT greenkids.de[5] oder telefonisch unter +49 391-72 72 657 aufgenommen werden. Eine Wiki-Internetseite für das Projekt entsteht unter http://greenkids.de/europas-atomerbe.

Langfristig soll diese Internetseite und die Kommunikation mindestens zweisprachig (deutsch/englisch), nach Möglichkeit auch darüber hinaus gestaltet werden.



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 an Olkiluoto at whose site the final repository for highly radioactive waste ist 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: Gorleben - Deutschland: 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 enterprise operator 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.

Germany: Morsleben - Deutschland: Morsleben

An exhibition on the history of Germany's final repository for low and medium level radioactive waste at Morsleben, which will soon be available in english, is under way in different towns.

Eine Ausstellung zur Geschichte des deutschen Endlagers für niedrig- und mittelradioaktiven Atommüll Morsleben, die bald auch auf Englisch verfügbar sein wird, 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 diverse politicians to sensitize 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 any information. These meetings are being continued throughout the year. Additionally, different actions and workshops took place on several occasions, oncluding 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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Du kannst die Internetadressen http://nuclear-heritage.de.vu und http://nuclear-heritage.net verwenden, um diese Internetseite bekannter zu machen.



  1. See page 137, Posiva's Expansion of the Repository for Spent Nuclear Fuel, Environmental Impact Assessment Report (2008) http://www.posiva.fi/publications/Posiva_YVA_selostusraportti_en_lukittu.pdf
    Technical Report 04-08, Nagra (2004). http://www.nagra.ch/documents/database/dokumente/%24default/Default%20Folder/Publikationen/e_ntb04-08.pdf
  2. If the fuel is disposed of by burying it in an underground nuclear waste dump, in the long-term, the largest health hazard comes from iodine-129. The amount of iodine-129 instantly released, when the nuclear waste dump eventually leaks, is seven times as large in the case of the high burn-up waste produced by the EPR, compared to typical currently operating reactors.
  3. See Greenpeace's Energy [R]evolution at http://www.energyblueprint.info
  4. For protection against automatical email address robots searching for addresses to send spam to them this email address has been made unreadable for them. To get a correct mail address you have to displace "AT" by the @-symbol.
  5. Zum Schutz vor automatischen Mailadressen-Robots, die nach Adressen suchen und diese dann mit Spam-Mails überfluten, ist diese Mailadresse für diese Robots unleserlich formatiert. Um eine korrekte Mailadresse zu erhalten muss ÄTT durch das @-Symbol ersetzt werden.



Public Sponsorship - Förderung


This project was financed in public sponsorship by the European Union within the program YOUTH IN ACTION. The content of this project does not necessarily display the point of view wether of the European Union nor of the national agency "JUGEND für Europa" and they do not apply any liability.


Dieses Projekt wurde mit Unterstützung der Europäischen Union durch das Programm JUGEND IN AKTION finanziert. Der Inhalt dieses Projektes gibt nicht notwendigerweise den Standpunkt der Europäischen Union oder der Nationalagentur JUGEND für Europa wieder und sie übernehmen dafür keine Haftung.

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