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Australian news, and some related international items

Hamas Targets Israeli Oil And Nuclear Facilities With Rocket Attacks

Hamas Targets Israeli Oil And Nuclear Facilities With Rocket Attacks, Oil Price By ZeroHedge – May 14, 2021 Hamas’ militant wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, announced earlier this week that it is deliberately targeting Israel’s secretive Dimona nuclear reactor site, known as the Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear Research Center, which lies east of the the Gaza Strip far into the Negev Desert.

It was on Wednesday that Qassam Brigade spokesmen said they were “directing a rocket strike involving 15 rockets for Dimona” – and since then it appears rockets have fallen generally in the southerly area – but there’s since been no reports of direct hits anywhere on the complex, or damage to the site……….

“On Tuesday, at least one rocket appeared to score a direct hit, damaging an Ashkelon facility connected to the Trans-Israel pipeline running from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea,” Newsweek observed, and continued:

“The military wing of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas has targeted Israel’s nuclear facility, key oil facilities and other sites across the country amid a violent escalation between the two sides.”…… https://oilprice.com/Geopolitics/Middle-East/Hamas-Targets-Israeli-Oil-And-Nuclear-Facilities-With-Rocket-Attacks.html

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Chernobyl. Tons of nuclear fuel in the wrecked plant’s basement have started to react again, and it’s showing no signs of stopping.

Chernobyl’s nuclear fuel is ‘smoldering’ again and could explode,  https://www.livescience.com/chernobyl-smoldering-nuclear-reactions-again.html By Brandon Specktor – Senior Writer 14 May 21,

Tons of nuclear fuel in the wrecked plant’s basement has started to react again, and it’s showing no signs of stopping.

Nuclear reactions are smoldering again in an inaccessible basement of the wrecked Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, according to news reports.

Researchers monitoring the plant — which infamously exploded in a deadly 1986 meltdown — have detected a steady spike in the number of neutrons in an underground room called 305/2. The room is full of heavy rubble, concealing a radioactive mush of uraniumzirconium, graphite and sand that oozed into the plant’s basement like lava, before hardening into formations called fuel-containing materials (FCMs).

Rising neutron levels indicate that these FCMs are undergoing new fission reactions, as neutrons strike and split the nuclei of uranium atoms, creating energy.

For now, this radioactive waste is smoldering “like the embers in a barbecue pit,” Neil Hyatt, a nuclear materials chemist at the University of Sheffield in the U.K., told Science magazine. However, it’s possible that those embers could fully ignite if left undisturbed for too long, resulting in another explosion.

This potential explosion wouldn’t be anywhere near as devastating as the one that shattered the plant in 1986, which resulted in thousands of deaths and spewed a radioactive cloud over Europe, Maxim Saveliev, a senior researcher with the Institute for Safety Problems of Nuclear Power Plants (ISPNPP) in Kyiv, Ukraine, told Science. If the nuclear material ignites again, the blast will be largely contained within the steel and concrete cage known as the Shelter, which officials built around the plant’s ruined Unit Four reactor one year after the accident.

Still, even a contained explosion would make the long-term mission of removing the plant’s FCMs much harder, Saveliev said. The Shelter is old and could easily crumble from the force of an explosion, filling the area with heavy debris and radioactive dust. (The Shelter itself is contained in a larger steel structure called the New Safe Confinement, which was completed in 2018.)

Neutron levels have been steadily rising in room 305/2 for four years, Saveliev said, and could continue rising for several more years without incident. It’s possible these nuclear nuggets will fizzle out on their own in that time. But if neutron levels keep rising, scientists will have to intervene.

That is more easily said than done, of course; plant managers have yet to figure out how to access the tons of radioactive material buried below the room’s thick layers of concrete debris. Radiation levels are too high for humans to endure, but radiation-resistant robots might be able to drill through the rubble and install neutron-absorbing control rods into the room, according to the ISPNPP.

Ukraine hopes to present a detailed plan for the removal of Chernobyl’s still-smoldering FCMs by September, Science reported.

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Batteries in the ‘burbs, cheaper EVs and job training in Labor’s budget response — RenewEconomy

Albanese pledges $100 million for new clean energy apprenticeships in Labor’s alternative budget plan. The post Batteries in the ‘burbs, cheaper EVs and job training in Labor’s budget response appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Batteries in the ‘burbs, cheaper EVs and job training in Labor’s budget response — RenewEconomy

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Look, no gas! South Australia to build country’s first all-electric hospital — RenewEconomy

South Australia says new women’s and children’s hospital in Adelaide will not be connected to the gas network and won’t use fossil fuels. The post Look, no gas! South Australia to build country’s first all-electric hospital appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Look, no gas! South Australia to build country’s first all-electric hospital — RenewEconomy

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Plans for big solar thermal micro-grid at Mt Isa gain momentum — RenewEconomy

Plans to power to remote Queensland mining hub with a mix of concentrated solar thermal, solar PV, gas and battery storage advance with call for contractors. The post Plans for big solar thermal micro-grid at Mt Isa gain momentum appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Plans for big solar thermal micro-grid at Mt Isa gain momentum — RenewEconomy

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Taylor’s Kurri Kurri “gas” plant to run on dirty diesel first — RenewEconomy

Environmental Impact Statement for the gas plant proposed for the NSW Hunter region by Angus Taylor reveals it would run for 6 months on diesel, before switching to mostly gas. The post Taylor’s Kurri Kurri “gas” plant to run on dirty diesel first appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Taylor’s Kurri Kurri “gas” plant to run on dirty diesel first — RenewEconomy

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May 14 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “‘An 8th-Grader Could Have Hacked’ The Colonial Pipeline” • Its owners should not be surprised that the Colonial Pipeline was hacked. An outside audit of its cyberattack defenses, delivered to the company more than three years ago, described “atrocious” information management practices and “a patchwork of poorly connected and secured systems.” [CleanTechnica] Colonial […]

May 14 Energy News — geoharvey

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