Nuclear Hotseat notes for 21 March 2017

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Image courtesy of CCI celebrating World Downs Syndrome Day (UN)

Link to the French report on the Unusual practices that have EDF fined for recruitment of workers for Flamanville Nuclear Power Plant via Cyrus, Ireland and Poland. The courts have issued fines, the contractors have been going insolvent and generally prevaricating with the court process;

http://www.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2017/03/21/bouygues-condamne-en-appel-pour-travail-dissimule_5098101_3234.html

Update on the Iodine 131 story and  the Halden connection Questions being asked by CRIIRAD ;

Questions about Iodine in Europe asked by CRIIRAD France in new report 14 March 2017 #Halden

Latest information on the Belarus AP court case that has gone to the higher court. The AP reporter has been asked to ignore the government laboratory evidence and apologise to the Dairy company that is selling contaminated milk to customers both domestic and abroad. Strontium 90 is worse than Cesium 137 as it does not leave the human body once ingested and seeks bones and heart tissue as it replaces calcium.

http://www.metronews.ca/news/world/2017/03/16/ap-protests-ruling-against-reporter-over-chornobyl-story.html

More on that story with a scientific explanation of the problem here;

 

Link to Chernobyl Children International web page. They deal with a number of Chernobyl radiation damaged conditions and their web page is celebrating World Downs Syndrome Day;

http://www.chernobyl-international.com/

Link to evidence of the connection between Downs Syndrome and radiation here;

Abstract
The objective of this study is to investigate the prevalence of Down syndrome (DS) associated with Chernobyl fallout. Maternal age-adjusted DS data and corresponding live birth data from the following seven European countries or regions were analyzed: Bavaria and West Berlin in Germany, Belarus, Hungary, the Lothian Region of Scotland, North West England, and Sweden from 1981 to 1992. To assess the underlying time trends in the DS occurrence, and to investigate whether there have been significant changes in the trend functions after Chernobyl, we applied logistic regression allowing for peaks and jumps from January 1987 onward. The majority of the trisomy 21 cases of the previously reported, highly significant January 1987 clusters in Belarus and West Berlin were conceived when the radioactive clouds with significant amounts of radionuclides with short physical half-lives, especially (131)iodine, passed over these regions. Apart from this, we also observed a significant longer lasting effect in both areas. Moreover, evidence for long-term changes in the DS prevalence in several other European regions is presented and explained by exposure, especially to (137)Cs. In many areas, (137)Cs uptake reached its maximum one year after the Chernobyl accident. Thus, the highest increase in trisomy 21 should be observed in 1987/1988, which is indeed the case. Based on the fact that maternal meiosis is an error prone process, the assumption of a causal relationship between low-dose irradiation and nondisjunction is the most likely explanation for the observed increase in DS after the Chernobyl reactor accident.
  Link here

And this link as well;

Effects of the Chernobyl Catastrophe
-Literature Review-
Dr. med. Alex Rosen
Heinrich-Heine
University Clinic
Düsseldorf
, Germany
January
Here is the link to the article explaining the UK pressure to take renewables more seriously than they have been;
“….It would also prove to be a major blow to Government plans to cut carbon emissions by encouraging 16GW of new nuclear investment to power the UK grid by 2030. More than two thirds of the country’s power generation capacity is due to retire between 2010 and 2030 meaning major investment in other technologies would be needed to bridge the gap…..”

 

Also, The UK is looking for 100 billion pounds for its Small Modular Reactor business and Bechtel has decided to withdraw from the UK program which may have wider implications for the international development of this technology. Rolls Royce, who are also involved with the UK SMR program are having financial difficulties and legal problems;

https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/markets/sectors/nuclear/bechtel-pulls-out-of-mini-nuclear-development/10018348.article#.WMxkJYrB2xo.facebook

And this link shows the problems the UK is having concerning the Euratom Treaty obligations post Brexit causing further problems with the UK international agreements for things like the purchase of Fuel rods, University student academic access and nuclear waste disposal;

And finally, also to do with Euratom and the agreement within it to do with health effects that is being challenged by an number of people within the European community area, with the support of Prof Chris Busby. An update on the situation concerning European applications (watch till the end to see the Swedish Euratom representative begin to panic);

 

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