Nuclear news to 21st October

I know that it’s becoming a tedious subject, but, unfortunately, the risk of war, a nuclear war, is creeping up inexorably. The general consensus of expert opinion is that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un does not want, or intend to start, a war. His quite rational aim is the ability to deliver a nuclear weapon to the USA. and thus prevent an American attack, and ensure the survival of his regime.  Russia and China, have achieved this ability, and USA and the world have learned to live with this reality.

Expert opinion seems completely confused as to the real aims of USA’s Donald Trump, and this is making for a scary scene. – And, it is hard to dismiss the opinion of the 27 psychiatrists who warned  about Trump’s mental state.

2017 – a catastrophic year for the nuclear industry – downturn in China, USA, and globally.

AUSTRALIA

High Court found that Tasmanian anti-protest laws invalid on the basis they infringe the implied constitutional freedom of political communication, – Bob Brown’s legal win.

NUCLEAR. 

Remote seismic station in the Northern Territory plays critical role in monitoring North Korea’s nuclear testing.

South Australia.  Australian govt changing electoral boundaries, in effort to get support for radioactive waste dump in South Australia?

No more money for investigating nuclear waste importing – South Australian Parliamentary Committee report.   South Australian Labor commends Weatherill govt on acknowledging Citizens Jury outcome – no nuclear waste importing.

“The Advertiser’s” nuclear advertising article drew strong responses.

New South Wales.  New South Wales Senate debated the idea of a nuclear power station for Jervis Bay.

ENERGY and CLIMATE CHANGE

Turnbull Government’s New National Energy Plan dumps the Clean Energy Target for a National Energy Guarantee. – Tony Abbott warned Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull against supporting renewable energy.  Tony Abbott’s successful influence on Coalition energy policy. The new energy plan could be disaster for renewables, climate, prices.  Turnbull’s National Energy Guarantee works against battery energy storage. Does Western Australia need its own renewables target?

Turnbull lies – calling coal a “dispatchable”power source. (Dispatchable power can be turned on and off as needed – it’s the opposite to baseline power – on all the time, as with coal)

Adani coal mine plan .Greens leader Richard Di Natale says Adani’s Carmichael coalmine won’t go ahead.  Adani needs $2bn of loans for Abbot Point coal terminal: Westpac Bank may not refinance Adani.    Queensland government to take over agricultural land for Adani coal mine rail line. Townsville and Rockhampton councils could pay at least $31 million for Adani coalmine airstrip.  Rockhampton’s Mayor Strelow misrepresents Wanganand Jagalingou people. Traditional land owners Wangan and Jagalingou  people at forefront of opposition to Adani coal mine.

A futuristic family car at the World Solar Challenge. Lots of renewable energy news at http://reneweconomy.com.au/

INTERNATIONAL

The growing threat of cyber attacks on nuclear weapons systems.

North Korea’s belligerant response to USA-South Korea military drills.  South Korea developing missiles to destroy North Korea nuclear facilities.

European Union statement on the Iran nuclear Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Quitting Iran nuclear agreement would ruin 12yrs’ work, threaten nuclear war – says ICAN

JAPAN. Kobe Steel scandal and mismanagement is especially bad news for the nuclear industry. World Trade Organisation ruling on  Korea’s ban on Japanese seafood. Japan attempting to force contaminated food products onto the market.  Kansai Electric Power Co. to permanently close 2 nuclear reactors in Fukui Prefecture.  Japan’s solar powered smart communities.

Court rulings show Fukushima relief falls short of reality of victims. Robots are central to Fukushima’s highly dangerous nuclear radioactivity clean-up.

SOUTH KOREA. Secrecy surrounding meeting of World Association of Nuclear Operators in South Korea.

RUSSIA. Russia positions itself as mediator on North Korean nuclear crisis.

USA.

UK. UK Labour warns that nuclear safety laws post Brexit could damage Britain’s democracy. Hinkley nuclear white elephant: Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) warns UK govt against further loan guarantees.  Part of the giant Hinkley Point nuclear plant will have to be demolished and rebuilt. Britain’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) likely to create a new agency, after cancelling Cavendish Fluor Partnership.

SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa’s President Zuma now has a new (Nuclear) Energy Minister: David Mahlobo praises nuclear energy. Kickbacks, procurement irregularities, at EskomFatal flaws in Eskom’s plan for new nuclear power at Koeberg, South Africa.

FRANCE. In 20 French cities, Greenpeace activists highlight the vulnerability of nuclear spent fuel pools.     29 French nuclear reactors at risk, warns France’s Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN).     Nuclear wastes – a divisive problem for the French, that could mean the end of the industry.  Electricite de France (EDF) keen to market nuclear power to Asia. 100 employees evacuated from office of French nuclear station , due to mysterious package found.

CHINA.  Chinese slowdown may end nuclear’s last hope for growth.  China forced to close top skiing area, due to earthquake concerns about North Korea’s nuclear tests.  China looks to a second record breaking year in solar power installations.

UKRAINE. £1.3bn Chernobyl New Safe Confinement planned for completion this year.

CZECH REPUBLIC. Czech Republic breaking its legal obligations in building nuclear facility, with neighbouring countries not participating.

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