Nuclear news roundup – Australia and beyond

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n.b. Australia’s top nuclear expert Jim Green on ABC Radio National “Ockham’s Razor” next Sunday 18 October at 7.45 a.m. EST (later available as podcast)

Critical scrutiny on Australia’s stance on nuclear weapons.

Secrecy on nuclear waste plans, as Fed govt delays announcing site for radioactive trash dump.

Govt to investigate ERA’s Ranger uranium mine burnoff and subsequent Kakadu fire.

Unable to sell them at home, Westinghouse trying to flog uneconomic nuclear reactors to Australia.

Labor Party to launch a managed, predictable, energy transition process.

South Australia Nuclear Fuel Chain Royal Commission -an Aboriginal group slams its processes.   Is the Small Modular Reactor (SMR) a lemon? – a critical look at the public hearing held on October 7th.   Royal Commissioner Kevin Scarce says South Australia as radioactive trash dump is our best nuclear bet.

CLIMATE CHANGE. AUSTRALIA’S SHAME: getting UN climate draft to drop action to help climate refugees.  Displacement Solutions (NGO for climate refugees) targets Australia as worst climate offender. Climate draft for Parisleaves Australia further behind in its lack of climate plan.   Climate Change Authority gets five new board members in possible reprieve.   Talking about bushfires: we should be talking about climate change too.

Trans Pacific Partnership‘s Investor-State Dispute Settlement [ISDS] provisions are bad for environment.

RENEWABLE ENERGY PM Turnbull could end the govt’s war on wind farms; but will he?  New South Wales town Uralla shows the way to 100% renewable energy.  Perth home entirely powered by solar energy shows the way. New low-cost, high efficiency solar panel launched in Australia. Study finds that storage for solar energy can replace gas in our electricity networks.

Water. Australia’s Great Artesian Basin – what will its future be?

INTERNATIONAL

Study shows there is no safe low level of ionising radiation. Astronauts to Mars would get cancer from ionising radiation in space.

Exaggerated, inaccurate, reporting about nuclear smugglers. Smugglers tried to sell radioactive material to extremists.

Cyber security danger to nuclear stations.

Wikileaks released text of Trans Pacific Partnership – worrying sections about freedom of information.

CLIMATE CHANGE. International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde says now is the time for carbon tax.

European regulators approve nuclear waste plan – all too generous to the operators.

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UK. Scotland’s Labour MPs join new labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, in supporting nuclear disarmament. Britain’s national embarrassment – the failing Hinkley nuclear white elephant. Nuclear power building – UK’s worry of China’s poor health and safety record. Serious questions about China’s involvement in Britain’s new nuclear power projects. Rating agencies warn EDF of downgrade, if they continue with Hinkley nuclear station plan.

JAPAN. Fukushima. Surge in thyroid cancers in Fukushima.  Radiation danger forces delay to inspection of Fukushima Unit 2 Containment.  Critical problem of Fukushima nuclear reactor No2 – where is molten core?  Nuclear contamination case against TEPCO is sent by police to prosecutors.  Chilling Fukushima photos by Arkadiusz Podniesinski.

RUSSIA.  The continuing scandal of Russia’s Mayak nuclear contamination – whistleblower seeks asylum in France. At least four Russian cruise missiles have crash-landed in Iran

USA.

FRANCE. France’s nuclear corporation AREVA is still there – only just. France hoping to get Japan to help save failed nuclear company AREVA.

SOUTH KOREA. Increasing public opposition to South Korean govt’s nuclear power policy.

SOUTH AFRICA. Impossible to fund South Africa’s nuclear power plan.

INDIA. A nuclear power plant project is stalled.

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