Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Overnight secret transport of nuclear wastes through Sydney

Radioactive nuclear rods leave Sydney bound for France, ABC 30 July 18 

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July 30, 2018 Posted by | New South Wales, safety | Leave a comment

American town opposes transport and storage of nuclear wastes

City approves resolution opposing nuclear storage facility https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/City-approves-resolution-opposing-nuclear-storage-13114846.php – 29 July 18 LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces has become the latest community in New Mexico to voice opposition to building a nuclear waste storage facility in the southeast corner of the state.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the Las Cruces City Council on Monday approved a resolution opposing the transport and storage of high-level nuclear waste in the state.

Holtec International, a New Jersey-based company specializing in nuclear storage, has applied to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to construct a nuclear waste storage facility about 35 miles east of Carlsbad.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is accepting public comment on the proposal through July 30. The council voted in support of the resolution after discussing the issue for nearly two-and-a-half hours.

July 30, 2018 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Once nuclear waste casks are sealed , it’s nearly impossible to see what’s going on inside.

Sandia researchers study spent nuclear fuel storage https://www.abqjournal.com/1202154/sandians-collecting-important-spent-nuclear-fuel-data.html By Maddy Hayden / Journal Staff Writer, July 28th, 2018   

When nuclear fuel at a power plant is used up, the assemblies that hold it are placed in pools of circulating water and left to cool for years.

But the fuel remains extremely hot – several hundred degrees Fahrenheit – extremely radioactive and extremely dangerous.

After the fuel assemblies, each made up of multiple fuel rods filled with tiny pellets of uranium, cool to a required level, they are placed in a canister or cask while still underwater. The water is pumped out and helium, an inert gas, is injected.

Then the canisters are taken to a temporary storage area, either above or slightly below ground and usually near the power plant, since there’s still no permanent location to store spent nuclear fuel.

Unfortunately, once the casks are sealed, it’s nearly impossible to see what’s going on inside. Continue reading

July 30, 2018 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Heat waves – deadly for workers

Heat waves can be deadly for workers and will drain the US economy https://www.vox.com/2018/7/27/17611940/heat-wave-2018-cost-workers-deaths-health-climate-change

Extreme heat has already killed several outdoor workers this summer.

July 30, 2018 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Renewables beat fossil fuels, and are getting cheaper — RenewEconomy

Plentiful, cheap and getting cheaper. Report argues cost of wind and solar likely to be well below cost of fossil fuel generation nearly everywhere.

via Renewables beat fossil fuels, and are getting cheaper — RenewEconomy

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Bringing to the fore Indigenous voices the media ignore

Stephen Langford www.greenleft.org.au/glw-authors/stephen-langford
July 27, 2018

Driving Disunity: The Business Council Against Aboriginal Community
By Lindy Nolan
Bexley: Spirit of Eureka, 2017

‘In reviewing this important – but not self-important – book by Lindy Nolan,
I can hardly do better than start by quoting Rosalie Kunoth-Monks,
Northern Territory Australian of the Year in 2015 and Amatjere Elder,
from the backcover of the book: “Such deep and fearless truth.”

‘Award-winning journalist Jeff McMullen, meanwhile notes:
“This important study highlights destructive strategies in the neoliberal era
that undermine Aboriginal progress through the age old tactic of divide and conquer.” …

Lindy Nolan is an activist in the Stop The Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS).
This is a small but talented group of people who organise events against the NT Intervention,
now 11 years since its disastrous and fraudulent imposition
by the John Howard government. …

‘Nolan has written a book full of Indigenous voices that most people will not have heard,
because the mainstream media has been mainly accepting Murdoch’s anointed “leaders”. …

‘I hope you buy or borrow Driving Disunity – and read it. 
It is full of Indigenous voices you simply will not hear in the mainstream.’

Read much, much more of Stephen Langford‘s comprehensive & interesting review of Lindy Nolan‘s book:
www.greenleft.org.au/content/bringing-fore-indigenous-voices-media-ignore

July 30, 2018 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL | Leave a comment

Duck! Why networks want to control your solar and battery — RenewEconomy

DSO and DER – an important conversation about control of your rooftop solar and battery storage that deserves better acronyms.

via Duck! Why networks want to control your solar and battery — RenewEconomy

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500 Years of Dangerous Nuclear Waste: Fusion Reactors are NOT the Holy Grail; Solar is the Holy Grail! — Mining Awareness +

Originally posted on Mining Awareness + : 500 years of radioactive waste generated by fusion nuclear reactors is still a very long time to live with deadly radioactive waste! And, fusion waste is said to be even more radioactive than fission waste for the first 50 years. The nuclear industry has not yet found a way to…

via 500 Years of Dangerous Nuclear Waste: Fusion Reactors are NOT the Holy Grail; Solar is the Holy Grail! — Mining Awareness +

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July 29 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “Hottest Four Years Ever? 2015. 2016. 2017. 2018?” • “The impacts of climate change are no longer subtle,” the director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University told CNN. “We are seeing them play out in real time in the form of unprecedented heat waves, floods, droughts and wildfires. And […]

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Holtec Nuclear Waste Cans-Kris Singh: Apparent Bribery-Kickback And Allegation Of Attempted Bribery — Mining Awareness +

Comment By Jul 30 2018, at 11:59 PM ET, ID: NRC-2018-0052-0058 on Holtec’s proposed spent nuclear fuel facility in New Mexico: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NRC-2018-0052 Most Americans would have no idea about how to bribe someone. This gives those who know how to engage in bribery and similar activities, and who do so, an unfair advantage in business, […]

via Holtec Nuclear Waste Cans-Kris Singh: Apparent Bribery-Kickback And Allegation Of Attempted Bribery — Mining Awareness +

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Problems with Dry Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel: Comment Deadline July 30th, 11:59 pm — Mining Awareness +

Comment By Jul 30 2018, at 11:59 PM ET, ID: NRC-2018-0052-0058 on Holtec’s proposed spent nuclear fuel facility in New Mexico: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NRC-2018-0052 Documents here: https://www.nrc.gov/waste/spent-fuel-storage/cis/hi/hi-app-docs.html See too: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/07/26/facts-on-how-holtec-spent-nuclear-fuel-canisters-are-substandard-and-should-not-be-used-parked-or-buried-anywhere-comment-by-july-30th-1159-pm-et/ Holtec casks with arrows pointing to small cooling vents, Diablo Canyon, NPS, NRC gov If you think that transferring the spent nuclear fuel from spent fuel pools […]

via Problems with Dry Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel: Comment Deadline July 30th, 11:59 pm — Mining Awareness +

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July 28 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “House Republicans Deeply Confused about Why Puerto Rico Might Benefit from Wind and Solar Power” • Republicans on the Natural Resources Committee seemed befuddled as officials from the DOE, led by none other than Rick Perry, repeatedly insisted that renewable energy is an economical way to repower Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. [The […]

via July 28 Energy News — geoharvey

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Holtec Nuclear Waste Storage System Designed to Leak; Lacks Proper Leak Warning System – Comment Deadline July 30th, 11:59 PM — Mining Awareness +

Comment By Jul 30 2018, at 11:59 PM ET, ID: NRC-2018-0052-0058 on Holtec’s proposed spent nuclear fuel facility in New Mexico: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NRC-2018-0052 Documents here: https://www.nrc.gov/waste/spent-fuel-storage/cis/hi/hi-app-docs.html See too: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/07/26/facts-on-how-holtec-spent-nuclear-fuel-canisters-are-substandard-and-should-not-be-used-parked-or-buried-anywhere-comment-by-july-30th-1159-pm-et/ Welded shut Holtec (and Areva) spent nuclear fuel canisters stand in stark contrast to the much thicker German CASTOR. In the CASTOR a “pressure sensor continuously measures […]

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