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*     NukeNews #15 - Anti-Nuclear Information Service      *
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0.  Preface
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Outline of the current NukeNews issue #15
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0.  Preface
1.  Join the campaign Bure365!
2.  Ukraine: Updates on Khmelnitsky NPP new reactor construction plans
3.  Photo Exhibition "Faces of Uranium" in Polná
4.  March against uranium in Brzkov 
5.  Campaigning for independent radiation monitoring in the North West
6.  UK: Stop Moorside – Petition
7.  UK: Not So Brief Encounter - Nuclear Trains at Carnforth
8.  Estonian energy company about investing in Visaginas NPP:
    "No, thanks"
9.  Russia: International campaign to support Russian
    Anti-Nuke-Movement
10. Czech Republic-Slowakia-Hungary: New developments
11. Europe: Japanese expert in Europe informing about Fukushima
12. New World Nuclear Industries Status Report online
13. Updates on Polish NPP construction
XX. Upcoming events
YY. About NukeNews


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1.  Join the campaign Bure365!
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The campaign Bure365 was launched in June 2014 in order to oppose
"Cigéo", this highly radioactive waste deposit project supposed to be
built in the small village of Bure (East of France). Antinuclear
groups from France and all over Europe are invited to join this
campaign over and to organize as many actions as possible. All kinds
of solidarity actions are welcome: civil disobedience, actions in
public, direct actions, legal actions...

Read the call:
http://nocigeo.noblogs.org/post/category/translation-en/


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2.  Ukraine: Updates on Khmelnitsky NPP new reactor construction plans
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Good news: Officials say that the Ukraine is no longer going to
cooperate with Russia in construction of new units at Khmelnitskiy
NPP.

Bad news: They are still considering options for construction of new
reactors, but with involvement of another partner. Moreover, in early
September a Ukrainian PM said the government should decide about the
possible site and partner till the end of the year. There are also
talks about partial (up to 40%) privatization of Energoatom, which is
completely new, because previously they were talking mostly about
corporation (first step to privatization). They think privatization
will help to involve private investments in projects. Another way of
fund involvement, they say, is an agreement of electricity export to
EU. Among possible technical partners so far they mentioned Czech
companies. But here are still big uncertainty and a lack of
information. Anyway, they say that the existing infrastructure at
Khmelnitskiy NPP site is not possible to be used.


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3.  Photo Exhibition "Faces of Uranium" in Polná
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From 24 September to 31 October 2014 there is going to be installed a
photo exhibition "Faces of Uranium" of photographs by Václav Vašků in
the passageway of a bookstore "Kuba and Pařízek" in Husovo náměstí 44,
Polná. The photo exhibition runs concurrently with the processing of a
feasibility study for opening Brzkov and Horní Věžnice uranium
deposits (the government commissioned the state enterprise DIAMO to
finish this study by 30 September 2014). The opening of the photo
exhibition will take place on Wednesday 24 September at 3pm and Václav
Vašků is going to be present, too.

Read the complete article:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Photo_Exhibition_%22Faces_of_Uranium%22_in_Poln%C3%A1


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4.  March against uranium in Brzkov
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The march against planned uranium mining on September 7, 2014 was
attended by approximately 200 people with children, mostly locals, but
some participants also arrived from surrounding villages and towns.
The march was organized by the association "Our Future Without
Uranium", which expresses disapproval of the Brzkov population with
the government’s intention to restore the local mining uranium in the
future, which would be contrary to The Raw Material Policy of the
Czech Republic from 1999. During the day citizens could sign the
petition by the civic association called "NO to Uranium Mining in the
Highlands" (about 1200 signatures since July), which is addressed to
the Prime Minister Sobotka.

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


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5.  Campaigning for independent radiation monitoring in the North West
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Radiation Free Lakeland are lobbying for independent radiation
monitoring in the North West. This used to be carried out by Radiation
Monitoring in Lancashire – RADMIL - which was disbanded a few years
ago due to council cuts.

http://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2014/09/07/independent-radiation-monitoring-in-nw-what/


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6.  UK: Stop Moorside – Petition
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A petition has been set up to STOP MOORSIDE, described by the industry
as "the biggest nuclear development in Europe". Despite having no
solution to the problem of nuclear waste our government is hell bent
on trashing a large swathe of Cumbria in order to build new nuclear
reactors. To quote Michael Meacher MP: "We need new nuclear like we
need a hole in the head!"... Please sign the petition and share
widely.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-moorside-biggest-nuclear-development-in-europe


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7.  UK: Not So Brief Encounter - Nuclear Trains at Carnforth
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Trains pulling containers of highly-radioactive nuclear fuel rods
("Nuclear Trains") regularly go through Carnforth. These waste trains
carrying spent fuel are operated by DRS, [Direct Rail Services owned
by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority) which transports this highly
radioactive waste through some of most highly populated area in the
UK.

http://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/not-so-brief-encounter-nuclear-trains-at-carnforth/


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8.  Estonian energy company about investing in Visaginas NPP:
    "No, thanks"
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Lithuania and "Hitachi, Ltd." are preparing a plan to establish an
interim project company to move forward Visaginas NPP project.
However, it seems the project does not have many chances, since it
cannot be implemented without regional partners – Estonia and Latvia.
Estonia is especially reluctant towards investing in the new power
plant. Sandor Liive from "Eesti Energia" said that cheap nuclear
energy does not exist anymore, and if Lithuanians would approach
Estonia with the offer to invest in Visaginas NPP now (quote from
August 2014), the answer will be "No".

Read more:
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Estonian_energy_company_about_investing_in_Visaginas_NPP:_%22No,_thanks%22


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9.  Russia: International campaign to support Russian
    Anti-Nuke-Movement
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That Russia has a specific understanding of what is in the national
interest and what not, is nothing new. But discriminating against
Anti-nuke-activists especially from the NGO Ecodefense reached a
level, which demands an international outcry.

Below you find a broad platform to do so - in many languages. Please
support our friends in Russia, it will help the Anti-Nuke-Movement as
a whole:
http://www.dianuke.org/international-appeal-in-solidarity-with-russian-anti-nuke-group-ecodefense-declared-foreign-agent/


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10. Czech Republic-Slowakia-Hungary: New developments
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On the on hand the plans to build two more units in the Southern Czech
Temelín NPP were cancelled - due to economical arguments. But there
are still attempts to extend Temelín NPP - and also at Dukovany NPP,
the second atomic power station in the Czech Republic - for at least
one more block each. On the other hand the Czech state dominated
power-utility CEZ seems to be planning taking over large parts of the
Slovak SE utility currently owned by the Italian company ENEL, which
is trying to get rid of some possibly not so profitable investments
outside Italy. The result could be a new push in Slovakia as well as
in the Czech Republic to invest in further NPPs with own resources.

Or maybe also with Russian help, which seems the case especially in
Hungary, where the whole foreign political strategy of former
dissident Viktor Orban seems to increasingly become a simple copy of
Vladimir Putin's Russian drive for new land, no matter where and of
course with a strong interest in more Russian nuclear technology and
generally a still greater energy-dependency of other countries on
Russia. But there were also already rumours about Chinese support in
the respective countries, which is definitively the case with Romania.

See more:
http://spravy.pravda.sk/ekonomika/clanok/328081-stratove-mochovce-zavisi-to-aj-od-kupca/ 
http://hungarianwatch.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/rosatom/


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11. Europe: Japanese expert in Europe informing about Fukushima
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Mr. Kazuhiuko Kobayashi from Japan, who spent many years in Germany,
is known to be a fierce critic of the nuclear lobby. This autumn he is
again visiting Europe to talk about the current situation around
Fukushima and the plans of the Japanese Nuclear Lobby. He is visiting
Germany, Poland, Austria, Turkey and Slovenia and besides informing
the public he also supports, with the donations received, a children's
project in Japan.

See also:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyfbEPCNgnY
http://nuclear-news.net/2012/12/04/fukushima-medical-university-hospital-cover-up-an-interview-with-kazihiko-kobayashi/


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12. New World Nuclear Industries Status Report online
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One of the best addresses with information concerning the worldwide
developments around the nuclear industry has been released again with
the WISR 2014 edition - thanks to the work of mainly Mycle Schneider
and Antony P. Froggatt.

You find this current and also older copies here:
http://www.worldnuclearreport.org


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13. Updates on Polish NPP construction
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Drilling works of the dunes in Lubiatowo - one of the NPPs candidate
siting at Weherowo, Pomerania - by Worley Parsons under the complex
siting and environmental studies have been - thanks to local opponents
supported by GP - successfully postponed for past week and months.
There are some chances for the consortium to miss the deadline with
finishing of the EIA report by January 2015. This should be submitted
to public consultations soon after that, maybe during Spring 2015. The
so called environmental decision has been expected by them for late
2016. The final siting decision is scheduled at the moment for the
turn of 2017 and 2018.

The biggest problem remains - of course - still the "model of
financing". PGE has managed to gain four "partner-shareholders" among
Polish state-owned companies (energy and copper mining): ENEA, KGHM
Polska Miedź and TAURON Polska Energia. The adequate agreement among
them should still be approved by the UOKiK, the state public watchdog
for consumers.


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XX. Upcoming events
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(just an extract, tell us your events for the next newsletter)
more events: http://upcoming.nuclear-heritage.net

Please feel free to send us your local and international events for
this website and the NukeNews!


03/08/14 1.30 PM:  Hiroshima and Nagasaki remembrance rally at uranium
                   enrichment facility in Gronau (D)
04/08/14-08/08/14: Nuclear Heritage Network gathering near Kiel (D)
09/08/14:          Actions against nuclear weapons at AWE Aldermaston
                   & AWE Burghfield (UK)
09/08/14-16/08/14: International Anti-nuclear Camp near Kiel (D)
16/08/14-24/08/14: Lausitzcamp on energy topics & against open pit
                   coal mining in the Lausitz region (D)
20/08/14-24/08/14: Anti-nuclear mini camp near Kaplice (CZ)
22/08/14-24/08/14: solar festival in Peckwitz (D)
30/08/14:          anti nuke bloc NATO SUMMIT in Newport (UK)
30/08/14 at 11 AM: nuclear waste conference at Volkshochschule,
                   Wilhelmshöher Allee 19-21, in Kassel (D)
04/09/14-17/09/14: Energiewende Festival in Rubigen near Bern (CH)
08/09/14:          nuclear waste commission meeting at Bundestag in
                   Berlin (D
13/09/14-17/09/14: "AFRIRPA 04" - The Fourth Regional African Congress
                   of International Radiation Protection Association
                   in Rabat (MA)
14/09/14-18/09/14: 2014 conference of American Nuclear Society's
                   Radiation Protection & Shielding Division in
                   Knoxville, TN (USA)
15/09/14-17/09/14: OECD/NEA: Constructing Memory - An International
                   Conference and Debate on the Preservation of
                   Records, Knowledge and Memory of Radioactive Waste
                   across Generations in Verdun (F) 
21/09/14-25/09/14: Uranium Mining and Hydrogeology 2014 International
                   Conference in Freiberg (D)
22/09/14-28/09/14: next working meeting of the Atomic Baltic project
                   in Döbeln (D)
28/09/14-01/10/14: International Radon Symposium in Charleston, South
                   Carolina (USA)
29/09/14-03/10/14: International Uranium Film Festival in Berlin (D)
23/10/14-26/10/14: "Remembering for a common future" international
                   partnership conference in Krzyzowa (PL)
27/10/14-31/10/14: Radiobioassay & Radiochemical Measurements
                   Conference in Knoxville, TN (USA)
29/11/14-30/11/14: uranium symposium in Niamey (RN)
01/12/14-05/12/14: International Conference on Occupational Radiation
                   Protection: Enhancing the Protection of Workers -
                   Gaps, Challenges and Developments in Vienna (A)
01/02/15-04/02/15: Health Physics Society 48th Midyear Topical Meeting
                   in Norfolk/Virginia Beach, VA (USA)
2015:              Probably Castor transport of high level radioactive
                   waste from Sellafield (UK) and of intermediate
                   level radioactive waste from La Hague (F) to
                   Gorleben (D) and protests
01/09/15-30/11/15: (estimated) main hearing on the Environmental Court
                   on SKB's application to build KBS3 final nuclear
                   waste repository at District Court in Nacka (S)


http://castor.de/php/termine/termine.php
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Nuclear_Heritage_Network_gathering_2014
http://www.cnduk.org/get-involved/events/item/1815-wool-against-weapons
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/International_Anti-nuclear_Camp_near_Kiel
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Anti-nuclear_mini_camp_in_the_Czech_Republic
https://www.facebook.com/events/535370296568820/
http://ag-schacht-konrad.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=769&Itemid=189
http://www.energiewendefestival.ch
http://ag-schacht-konrad.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=769&Itemid=189
http://afrirpa04.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/AFRIRPA04-First-Announcement1.pdf
http://www.rpsd2014.org
http://www.nonuclear.se/en/kalender/oecd-nea20140915-17verdun
http://tu-freiberg.de/umh-vii-2014
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Atomic_Threats_In_The_Baltic_Sea_Region/Working_meetings/Fifth_meeting
http://internationalradonsymposium.org
http://www.uraniumfilmfestival.org
http://www.rrmc.co
http://ag-schacht-konrad.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=769&Itemid=189
http://www-pub.iaea.org/iaeameetings/46139/orpconf2014
http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Gorleben_Castor_Resistance_in_Germany_2014
http://www.nonuclear.se/en/kalender/kbshuvudforhandling-md


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YY. About NukeNews
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to reflect the activities, topics and struggles of anti-nuclear
activists. The articles are written and translated by activists,
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