Notes from nuclear Hotseat report (to follow)
I mentioned the Campaign against Euratom concerning the health effects and new evidence to support it. This can be found here;
EU Commission challenge report here;
Meanwhile, senior figures in the European Parliament blocked attempts to shed light on the issue.
A few days after the closure of the investigation, Jávor tried to ask Oettinger about his trip during Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee meeting. But he was stopped by the chair of the committee, Polish Civic Platform MEP Jerzy Buzek.
Buzek, a former European Parliament president, is a member the European People’s Party, Oettinger’s political family.
“I am still amazed by the reactions of Jerzy Buzek, as it is more than relevant for the European Parliament to have a clear picture of the role Oettinger has played in the decision-making process for Paks II,” Javor said.
MEPs are expected to address this issue when Oettinger appears before a joint session of Budgets, Budgetary Control and Legal Affairs committees today, but only in a limited manner.
In the questionnaire submitted to Oettinger before the hearing, only one question addressed the controversial case and his trip to Budapest.
Some history from another recent report on Paks 2 in Hungary here;
The Hungarian government and certain people at the Commission argue that the Euratom Treaty creates a completely independent legal framework, and that nuclear investments are therefore exempt from EU competition and public procurement law. This is very dangerous. My complaint concerns Article 8 of the Electricity Market Directive, which states that there should be a capacity tender announced in each and every case where a government claims there is a risk of a capacity gap on the national market and therefore it seeks to actively intervene in order to solve the problem.
This is fine, but they have to open a public capacity tender that is technologically neutral, meaning that it does not require a particular technology. No such tender was ever announced in Hungary, and thus, in this case it is not the non-tendering of the project which violates EU law, but rather the non-tendering of the capacity. And with respect to this latter issue the Euratom Treaty has no bearing.
Evidence of Tourism campaign to Belarus (As we see now in Japan) here;
Call to remeber the radioligical disaster in Ukraine and Belarus here;
“This is not the end, it is only the beginning”
On 29th November 2016, a historical engineering feat took place in Chernobyl. The New Shelter finally moved into position over the crumbling sarcophagus and exploded reactor no. 4 in Chernobyl, which marked the end of phase one of this historic project.
Following the completion of phase one, the more complex phase two involves dismantling the destroyed reactor, safe disposal of the radioactive material still rumbling inside the reactor and dismantling the old sarcophagus which is perilously close to collapse.
Chernobyl Children International (CCI) cautions that the new structure will secure the reactor for 100 years, but the half-life of some of the most dangerous radioactive elements housed within the reactors core have life spans of up to 24,400 years.
Phase 2 will require international guidance and support into the future, and we must be vigilant that the safe disposal of the radioactive material inside the crumbling reactor is the highest priority.
AP reporter is still under threat from the Belarus Government for doing his legal work on contaminated milk from Cesium 137 (also from Strontium ( not mentioned in the report) short video here;
Link to the French section of the report detailing the French Government will do anything to protect the nuclear Lobby here;
“…he nuclear industry rescue also involves a cash injection for power utility EDF (EDF.PA), which operates France’s 58 nuclear reactors and will buy part of Areva’s business. But for all the domestic support, Brussels must also rule on whether the bailout complies with European Union rules on state aid.
Shareholders of two companies that will emerge from the restructured Areva are due to vote on the plan on Feb. 3. The timing of the EU decision is unknown, but an Areva spokeswoman said: “We hope for an answer from the European Commission within a timeframe that is compatible with the shareholder meetings.”…”
And the link to the UK militarising civil society using tax payers money not reported in UK nuclear finances here;
“….MoD police based at Faslane and Coulport are to expand their operations into civilian areas outside the nuclear bases on the Clyde.
The moves have prompted fears about ‘increased militarisation’ of policing.
The MoD police are not accountable to the Scottish government but instead answer to the Ministry of Defence in London. Police Scotland said there had been no discussions about the expanded civilian role of MoD officers….”
Link showing serious problems in the AWE nuclear weapons establishment in the UK that is working on Trident to support the issues brought up by the Herald Scotland here;
“…More than 30 Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) officers were either sacked or allowed to quit after bosses discovered they had not been patrolling the top-security site properly – possibly for years.
The force uncovered ‘potentially systemic and long-running failures in duty and supervision by officers’ at Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Burghfield, the 225-acre site in Berkshire where warheads for the Trident submarines are assembled….”
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4098160/Dozens-armed-police-lose-jobs-slacking-paid-guard-Britain-s-nuclear-bomb-factory.html#ixzz4VK6V5MrU
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An added link showing that the UK government is willing to put at risk the UK`s energy structure to save the nuclear lobby here;
“….Furthermore, a recent study into UK’s renewable energy sector has found that:
More than £1bn of future investment in renewable energy projects disappeared over the course of 2016.
Investment in wind, solar, biomass power and waste-to-energy projects will decline by 95% between 2017 and 2020.
Unfortunately, the work of private investments is not enough to counteract the destruction caused by the UK government. Yet as the UK walks this path, other countries are taking active steps to prepare for global warming. And ironically, one of those is a key investor in the UK’s nuclear and fracking industry….”
And finally the European Commission highlighting the need for affordable energy policies that will scrap nuclear energy as a base load capacity provider here;
“….It starts by treating energy efficiency as an infrastructure, comparing it with alternatives (e.g. adding more power capacity) and taking the best investment decisions to avoid ending up with stranded assets. It continues with empowering local actors by lifting accounting, legal and financial barriers that hinder the delivery of the ambitious Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans. It ends with holding member states accountable for how they integrate efficiency in their plans and requiring the Commission to map out what efficiency first means at EU level…..”