Australia and beyond – nuclear news this week

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South Australia: Submissions for draft Terms of Reference  – Royal Commission into nuclear power – closing date March 13. We don’t know who will be on this ?”expert ” panel, headed by pro nuclear Kevin Scarce  .    March 13 leaves a very short time, especially for those who will be most affected – Aboriginal South Australians, many of whom do not speak or write English. But that’s no doubt the idea, in the time honoured tradition of putting radioactive nasties on indigenous land.  

It’s easy to do a submission – go to https://conservationsa.good.do/renewable-not-radioactive/make-your-submission-now/

 Canada to take part in this Royal Commission,  – invited by South Australian Labor Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis and Liberal federal Trade Minister Andrew Robb.  That’s despite the notoriety of Canada’s nuclear industry . Canada now dominates World Bank corruption list, thanks to its nuclear technology exporter SNC-Lavalin.

Federal Liberal MP Rowan Ramsey wants a nuclear waste dump in his electorate of Grey. Business SA chief executive Nigel McBride sees $billions in a nuclear waste import industry 

Australian-first floating solar farm due to begin construction in SA

Western Australia: Barnett Liberal government has approved Cameco’s Kintyre uranium mine, with (weak) conditions.  Govt is dismissive of environmental concerns, and is also not waiting for the outcome ofcorruption investigation.

Barnett govt also bringing in new laws to stifle protest.   Premier  planning a “review” of remote Aboriginal communities, but refuses to meet their leaders

National:  Federal govt calls for nominations, by May 5, to host radioactive waste dump .   Govt produces its “Intergenerational Report” – climate change barely mentioned, no policy beyond 2020  .Australia quietly stopped testing of food imports from JapanAbbott govt enjoys dragging on forever about the Renewable Energy Target, as investors give up on renewable energy  – which is, of course, the Govt’s  intention.

INTERNATIONAL

Fukushima 4th anniversary events planned in London and elsewhere.

Japan: Nuclear restarts  could be years away, due to legal battles  Fukushima. Slow start to removing nuclear fuel rods from reactor No 3.  Two new big solar projects.

UK and 7 other EU countries want European Commission funding to prop up their nuclear industry Lawsuit over European Commission’s approval of Hinkley will expose full costs of nuclear. Germany says absolute NO to tax-payer funded nuclear power.

The ever more expensive Sellafield nuclear clean-up – £53bn cost now 

USA: Nuclear power companies feeling financial pain – their future is dubious. Former governors to take legal action to stop nuclear wastes coming to Idaho

Medical disability for radiation accepted for airman who attended UFO site 30 years ago. I thought this was an interesting one – perhaps relating to some secret radiation or nuclear weapons project?

Russia: not much news about Russia. Always a worry, as their nuclear industry, weapons industry, waste disposal, – all very secretive – almost certainly more dangerous and incompetent than USA’s or UK’s. Giant craters appearing in Siberia– result of permafrost thawing, due to global warming?

Iran:  Theatrics by Israel’s Netanyahu highlight the need for a nuclear agreement with Iran

Climate: Murky story of the funding of climate denialist Willie Soon

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