This Easter week in nuclear news

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Nuclear terrorism a possibility in Belgium – and elsewhere.  But oh no, not in Australia! Except – has everyone forgotten Willy Brigitte?  Brigitte was sent to Sydney in 2007  as part of a cell that trained terrorists in Pakistan, with a plan to bomb the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor, was convicted in France.

South Australia Nuclear Fuel Chain Royal Commission has gone a bit quiet, since announcing its enthusiasm for nuclear waste importing. It’s supposed to publish the submissions in response to its “Tentative Findings” – not happening as yet. Ultimate findings to be released on May 6th. Meanwhile a few more people have made their responses available, including an excellent one from Valdis Dunis, particularly examining issues of finance and insurance.

Roderick Campbell, in New Matilda, demolishes the Royal Commission’s economic argument for importing nuclear waste. The Australia Institute agrees with him.

South Australia’s Labor govt wants to scrap law against expenditure towards nuclear waste dumping. NO TO NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP – say women and Labor votersThe ethics of burdening future South Australians with nuclear wastes? – Conservation Council of South Australia. Uncertainty created by Australian govt’s new Clean Energy Fund.

France, (and everybody else) touting sales of nuclear submarines to Australia.

RENEWABLE ENERGY Big financial benefits in locating solar and wind power together– study. Turnbull’s new cleantech fund likely to sink without trace.    Turnbull govt “clean energy” plan designed to stall renewable energy projects? Prime Minister Turnbull suggests Port Augusta solar thermal plant for federal clean energy plan (but is he fair dinkum?)

Turnbull cuts climate research money – spends it on ‘wind farm health effects‘ Omigawd! Australia’s peak medical body is funding 3.3 $million research into ‘wind turbine sickness’.

Further revelations on the scope of cuts to CSIRO climate research.

Lithium: design and recycling– a potential new industry for Australia.

INDIGENOUS ISSUES. Movement for a treaty with Australia’s First Nations gathers momentum. Indigenous opponents of Adani’s Carmichael mine to intensify court battle.

LEGAL. Bob Brown’s High Court challenge to Tasmania’s controversial anti-protester laws.

INTERNATIONAL

Wake up World! Belgium terrorist attack shows vulnerability of nuclear facilities. And it’s not just nuclear reactors- it’s ANY nuclear or radioactive facilities.

CLIMATE. Highest in 666 million years – today’s carbon emissions. World Meteorological Organization — Dangerous Climate Future Has Arrived.

NASA and Rosatom want nuclear rockets to take astronauts to Mars.

BELGIUM. Fears that Brussels bombers were plotting to build a radiological dirty bomb. Belgium: nuclear staff refused access following news that terrorists had considered attack on nuclear plant. Military presence increased at Belgium’s nuclear power stations.

GERMANY. Danger of terror attacks on Germany’s nuclear stations

USA.

UK.   Taxpayers up for huge liabilities if Hinkley nuclear power project goes ahead? UK govt getting resigned to the likely scrapping of Hinkley Point C nuclear project?  China wants big involvement in construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear station.   Rolls Royce touts “football fields” of mini nuclear reactors for Britain. Cheaper, faster renewable energy will obliterate the prospects for “new nuclear

FRANCE. Years more delay for EDF’s Flamanville nuclear power station. AREVA’s huge loss on Finland nuclear project.

FINLANDRussia funding and building new nuclear power station in Finland.

JAPAN. Nuclear safety too costly for Japan- scraps 6th nuclear reactorToshiba investigated over Westinghouse Accounting. Toshiba to dump its nuclear business, as U.S. units probed? TEPCO refuses to reimburse ¥20.1 billion in claims from Tohoku. TEPCO says 5.3 tons of tainted water leaked at nuclear plant.    Incidences of Thyroid Cancer in Children Rising in Fukushima. FIVE YEARS AFTER: Fukushima thyroid cancer patients’ families join forces. Incineration of radioactive waste begins at Fukushima nuclear plant.

UKRAINE. Disturbing facts about Ukraine’s nuclear power stations. Chernobyl’s anti radiation sarcophagus. Nuclear dump plan for Chernobyl area.

INDIA. Kakrapar radiation leakage highlights need for investigation of All of India’s nuclear reactors. Renewable energy beating nuclear power in India.

SOUTH AFRICA. Once again, access to South Africa’s nuclear documents is denied

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