Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Renewables to be providing 80 per cent of electricity market by 2030

November 30, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, energy | Leave a comment

The Holtec nuclear waste storage canisters at San Onofre are lemons and must be replaced with thick-wall casks.

  NRC admits San Onofre Holtec nuclear waste canisters are all damaged San Onofre Safety, November 29, 2018 by Donna Gilmore

The Holtec nuclear waste storage canisters at San Onofre are lemons and must be replaced with thick-wall casks. Oceanside:   The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) admits in their November 28, 2018 NRC Inspection Report and Notice of Violation, ML18332A357 (page 8 and 9) every Holtec canister downloaded into the storage holes is damaged due to inadequate clearance between the canister and the divider shell in the storage hole (vault).  The NRC states canister walls are already “worn”.  This results in cracks. Once cracks start, they continue to grow through the wall.

The NRC stated Southern California Edison (and Holtec) knew about this since January 2018, but continued to load 29 canisters anyway.  Edison’s August 24, 2018 press release states they plan to finish loading mid 2019.

The NRC states Edison must stop loading canisters until this issue is resolved.  However, there is no method to inspect or repair cracking canisters and the NRC knows this.

Instead, the NRC should admit the Holtec system is a lemon — a significant defective engineering design — and revoke both San Onofre and Holtec dry storage system licenses.

The NRC should require all San Onofre thin-wall canisters be replaced with thick-wall transportable storage casks.  These are the only proven dry storage systems that can be inspected, maintained, repaired and monitored in a manner to prevent major radiological releases and explosions.

California state agencies should revoke San Onofre permits and withhold Decommissioning Trust Funds until these issues are resolved.

The Navy should consider revoking the San Onofre Camp Pendleton lease until Edison agrees to replace thin-wall canisters with proven thick-wall transportable storage casks.  This is a national security issue. If the NRC cannot do their job, maybe it’s time to bring in the Marines. The Navy has nuclear experts. Sign petition to recall and replace San Onofre defective thin-wall canisters with proven thick-wall casks     https://sanonofresafety.org/2018/11/29/11-29-2018-nrc-admits-san-onofre-holtec-nuclear-waste-canisters-are-all-damaged/

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

Native title win for Nanda people in Western Australia

Native title win for Nanda people in WA   https://www.sbs.com.au/news/native-title-win-for-nanda-people-in-wa The Nanda people have been formally recognised by the Federal Court as the native title holders of more than 17,000 square kilometres of land in WA. A 24-year legal battle has finally ended with the Nanda people recognised as the native title holders of more than 17,000 square kilometres of land and water in Western Australia’s Mid West region.The determination area covers the tourist town of Kalbarri, Kalbarri National Park, the Zuytdorp Nature Reserve and the Toolonga Nature Reserve.

Federal Court Justice Debbie Mortimer held an on-country hearing at the Kalbarri foreshore on Wednesday to deliver her judgment.

Nanda Aboriginal Corporation chairman Carrum Mourambine said the hearing was emotional because some Elders had died since the original claim.

“(They) were not here to witness this historic occasion,” he said.

“This determination means that we can continue to pass on our knowledge of culture and traditional customs to future generations.”

The Nanda people native title claim is a combination of two claims.

The first was lodged with the National Native Title Tribunal in 1994 and the second came two years later, then they were combined in 2000.

The determination was by consent, which means it was reached by agreement with other parties to the claim, including the state government.

“The court’s determination will preserve, protect and recognise in contemporary Australian law what the Nanda people already know, and have always known, about their connection by traditional law and custom to their country,” Justice Mortimer said in her judgment.

“They are to be admired for their persistence and determination, in light of the many obstacles facing Aboriginal people and their communities.”

November 30, 2018 Posted by | aboriginal issues, Western Australia | Leave a comment

Forget 50% – Australia on track to reach 78% renewables grid by 2030 — RenewEconomy

New report says Australia is heading to a 78 per cent renewables share by 2030 on current trajectories, and any smaller targets would lead to a huge slump in investment and jobs. The post Forget 50% – Australia on track to reach 78% renewables grid by 2030 appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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German renewables outpaced fossil fuels In 2017 — RenewEconomy

Renewable energy accounted for 112.5 GW of the country’s total 217.6 GW total installed generating capacity in 2017. The post German renewables outpaced fossil fuels In 2017 appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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