Nuclear Hotseat notes for 22 Feb 2017 Iodine 131 in Europe, the evidence!

The media are trying to blame the Russians (Of course 🙂 ).. there has also been other reactor problems in Europe..

Norway has damaged fuel in its Halden research reactor since  Oct last year 2016  (reported) and it is releasing Iodine 131 but they said then that they are filtering the releases and none is getting out of the building.. Ukraine is straining their reactors because right wing Kiev mobs are blocking coal from the Russian eastern side.

This last week the Eurdep mapping was turned off in Ukraine, Poland and Russian monitoring was stopped for the same period and these monitoring stations are still offline today .. And in another incident, there has been a release a few days ago from Spain I think? ..

Also Irelands rad monitoring was switched off on Sunday morning, probably because of a release from Flamanville (France) that is having problems getting restarted  or maybe Sellafield (UK) .. some small evidence on the Irish EURDEP for that (I have a screenshot above ) .. A reactor in Germany is off gassing with a very high spike shown on the Eurdep monitor map from last week probably due to maintenance or refueling of the reactor.

On the widely January 2017 reported release likely from the ancient Budapest Medical Isotope Institute in Hungary

Hervé Courtois “In November 2011, for example, iodine-131 had been detected in air in several European countries and the survey4 had led to the rejection of iodine-131 from a radioisotope production institute in Budapest ( Hungary). Measurements carried out by the CRIIRAD laboratory in November 2011 confirmed a significant contamination of the vegetation with iodine-131 and iodine-125 in Budapest, several kilometers from this nuclear site.”

Criirad file on the January 2017 release in French (use Google translate); http://balises.criirad.org/pdf/CP%20%20CRIIRAD%20170214%20%20I131%20Europe.pdf

Eurdep radiation mapping mostly gets switched of when there is an unintended release. This is done by the IAEA to protect the nuclear industry and have it seem in a better light.

Link to Eurdep, Europes radiation maps http://eurdepweb.jrc.ec.europa.eu/EurdepMap/Disclaimer.aspx

An example of a switch off and peaks before from Ireland withing the last week (possibly to do with Flamanville or Sellafield nuclear sites;

In short the January release was due to the Budapest Medical Isotope Institute and the IAEA are covering it up again. A shortage of medical isotopes is causing increased releases of a number of isotopes and Iodine 131 is the easiest to measure. The pollution near the source should be made public as this area will have contaminated milk an vegetables. It is a crime that under privileged children are allowed to get cancer so that over privileged adults can be treated for cancer!

Here is the report on the Thorium reactor in Norway called Halden; : Incident in Oct and report from Nov 2016; http://www.nrpa.no/en/news/93500/update-on-the-situation-at-research-reactor-ife-halden-norway

In other news mentioned in the report .. Toshiba shares falling further;  https://nuclear-news.net/2017/02/21/toshiba-shares-fell-from-around-250-yen-apiece-to-186-yen-by-the-end-of-monday/

UK and French nuclear news

EDF France, the writings on the wall for energy!

EDF faces £1m a day bill to keep Flamanvile nuclear reactor offline

Worries over UK’s decision to quit Euro nuclear agency

Report by Shaun McGee for Nuclear Hotseat

Sources for the show;

Eurdep, nuclear-news.net, Herve Courtois, CRIIRAD, Safecast, Bellona , NRPA (Norway) , Nikkei, US9.campaign , The Guardian, Building.co.uk

European report for Nuclear Hotseat podcast 14 February 2017 – Notes

 

Links to EDF closing down the radiation monitoring system during and after the explosion at the Flamanville nuclear power station and the risk to the Channel Islands because of the wind direction (This risk was denied by UK experts on a report done for the Channel Islands communities) Exclusive to nuclear-news.net;

Flamaville – More missing radiation data, From the 7th Feb 2017 from nuclear station

Flamaville nuclear owners EDF block nuclear-news article on Google search

Flamaville in flames – Radiation report and hidden spike? Heading towards the Channel Islands

Link to the report from Bristol University on the UK Government bodies underestimating the real cost to human life in their official reports;

Breaking – U.K. nuclear safety regulations place too low a value on human life

Link to a discussion (with sources) on the UK problems using Tax payers money to bail out the UK nuclear new builds;

https://www.facebook.com/groups/radiationfreelakeland/permalink/1391036900916681/

UK Ministers “forced” to throw taxpayers cash at nuclear plants – Step 1 bail out – To get “skin in the game”!

http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2988642/keep_uk_taxpayers_off_the_hook_for_moorside_nuclear_black_hole.html

Links to the Toshiba and Westinghouse financial reports mentioned within the segment;

Westinghouse may also be forced out of nuclear plant construction business

French EDF heading down the toilet after Flamanaville nuclear near miss!

Link to the Russian nuclear reactors flaws report;

http://bellona.org/news/nuclear-issues/2017-02-russias-new-reactor-hiccups-could-change-europes-attitudes-toward-moscow

Links to Thyroid stories discussing the issues resulting from the Fukushima Diachi 2011 nuclear accident;

Fukushima Blues – Is Thyroid Cancer good for you and does it help if you smile?

Fukushima – Comparison of childhood thyroid cancer prevalence among 3 areas based on external radiation dose

more resources and background here;

https://europeannewsweekly.wordpress.com/?s=+thyroid

Attribution sources from media

nuclear-news.net

Department of Homeland Security USA media

The Times UK

Paul Dorfman

Bristol University

Kallinisenergy

EURDEP radiation mapping

Bellona.org

The Ecologist.org

Nuclear Hotseat Europe report notes 7 Feb 2017

Inspectors Find Safety Flaws Remain a Concern at French Nuclear Supplier

Letter says Areva hasn’t analyzed why a coverup went undetected and can’t guarantee it won’t happen again

Updated Feb. 6, 2017 2:45 p.m. ET

PARIS—A team of international inspectors described extensive management weaknesses at a key supplier for the global nuclear power industry, finding that safety failings are still a worry months after investigators revealed a decades long coverup of manufacturing problems at a French factory owned by the supplier.

In a letter sent to the supplier, Areva SA, late last month, the inspectors noted that the French company had neither analyzed why the coverup had gone undetected for years, nor could guarantee that similar…  [Paywall]

https://www.wsj.com/articles/inspectors-find-safety-flaws-remain-a-concern-at-french-nuclear-supplier-1486409274?mod=pls_whats_news_us_business_f

Toshiba sold all Japan Display shares after profit scandal

By TOSHIO KAWADA/ Staff Writer

February 7, 2017

Toshiba Corp. sold all of its shares in Japan Display Inc. for nearly 4 billion yen ($35 million) in December to improve its financial standing following a profit-padding scandal, the company said Feb. 6.

The company appeared to have netted between 1 billion yen and 2 billion yen from the sale.

Toshiba was desperate to raise its capital adequacy ratio, which reflects fiscal soundness, after the company was found to have engaged in years of dodgy accounting practices to inflate its profits. Its ratio had dropped to a miserable 7.5 percent as of the end of September……

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201702070029.html

 

PARIS (Reuters) – China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) has decided against taking a stake in the capital increase and restructuring of French nuclear group Areva, a source close to the discussions said on Tuesday.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/china-decides-against-taking-stake-080252294.html

“The talks did not work out with the Chinese,” the source said.

Zuma must dismantle nuke plans in South Africa

SCRAPPING the nuclear energy plan is the single most important announcement that President Jacob Zuma can make in his State of the Nation address, and anything less than its complete dismantling will be a monumental failure of the president’s duty and responsibility to South Africans.

This is the view of former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town and elder statesman Njongonkulu Ndungane, ahead of the delivery of the address in Parliament this week.

“We are very quickly and surely sliding towards a future of nuclear energy. I call on all citizens to become fully informed about the insidious process that is unfolding under our noses, and raise their voices in protest against the government’s nuclear energy plan,” the archbishop said.

One of the most fundamental problems with the nuclear energy plan, says Ndungane, is its unaffordability…..

Ndungane adds that the country is already seeing the impact of Eskom’s decision last year to sign no further agreements to purchase renewal energy from independent power producers.

“I am appalled at this glitch in our efforts to promote renewable energy, which has frequently been touted as a shining example of government’s industrialisation programme,” he said.

Ruth Coggin

http://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/opinion/zuma-must-dismantle-nuke-plans-7641449

 

The soupy grey smog shrouding Polish cities this winter is one of the most visible symptoms of the EU member’s addiction to coal, a deadly habit forcing many to stay indoors or don masks before venturing out.

Professor Anna Doboszynska, a respected specialist with more than two decades of experience treating lung disease, doesn’t minces her words when talking about the health risks it poses.

“During periods of smog, more people with respiratory and circulatory illnesses actually die,” she told AFP after examining an asthma patient wheezing heavily amid a spike in pollution in Warsaw.

“Children, pregnant women and the elderly are most at risk from smog, which damages the respiratory tract much in the same way smoking does.

“A child playing outside in the smog is smoking cigarettes, it’s the same thing,” she told AFP.

Nuclear Hotseat podcast news notes and links/sources for 31 January 2017

Mordechai Vanunu Israeli nuclear whistleblower still not freed from captivity after 31 years! As UN ignores transparency on nuke program!
Mordechai Vanunu Israeli nuclear whistleblower still not freed from captivity after 31 years! As UN ignores transparency on nuke program!

America’s 2 new nuclear projects might never be completed, as Toshiba exits nuclear construction
America’s 2 new nuclear projects might never be completed, as Toshiba exits nuclear construction

Fukushima governor rebuts minister’s 3/11 recovery claim
Fukushima governor rebuts minister’s 3/11 recovery claim
House OKs Federal Energy, Nuclear Power Rule Changes, customers to pay for it
https://europeannewsweekly.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/house-oks-federal-energy-nuclear-power-rule-changes-customers-to-pay-for-it/
Connection between soil contamination in Japan and disease frequency
Connection between soil contamination in Japan and disease frequency

Energy speech for 2017 Japan that ignores renewables but promotes defunct nuclear projects instead
Energy speech for 2017 Japan that ignores renewables but promotes defunct nuclear projects instead

Japan 2016 thermal coal imports fall from record, LNG purchases down for 2nd year
https://europeannewsweekly.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/japan-2016-thermal-coal-imports-fall-from-record-lng-purchases-down-for-2nd-year/

The UK has enough energy capacity to meet demand, says Steve Holliday ex Nat Grid CEO. He also says there is no need for large centralised nuclear or fossil generation in the future
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38791572?SThisFB

UK nuclear groups whinging like F&^K!! UK Government tries to defend itself against nuclear compensation claims regardless!
https://europeannewsweekly.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/uk-nuclear-groups-whinging-like-fk-uk-government-tries-to-defend-itself-against-nuclear-compensation-claims-regardless/

Sizewell C consultation: EDF ‘forgets’ to mention 600,000 m3 a year of mains water
https://europeannewsweekly.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/sizewell-c-consultation-edf-forgets-to-mention-600000-m3-a-year-of-mains-water/

Revealed: Cumnock to become Scotland’s first fully ‘Green Town’
Revealed: Cumnock to become Scotland’s first fully ‘Green Town’

Toshiba cancels all nuclear plant construction, chairman to quit, causing happy anti nuclear activists in Japan!
Toshiba cancels all nuclear plant construction, chairman to quit, causing happy anti nuclear activists in Japan!

Rosatom Proposes to Supply Czech Republic With Advanced Nuclear Reactor
Rosatom Proposes to Supply Czech Republic With Advanced Nuclear Reactor

Poland rejects renewables in favour of coal and will eventually use nuclear because of “investor confidence”
https://europeannewsweekly.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/poland-rejects-renewables-in-favour-of-coal-and-will-eventually-use-nuclear-because-of-investor-confidence/

Energy Wars in Europe post Trump, renewables winning despite NATO, nuclear and fossil fuel lobbying!
https://europeannewsweekly.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/energy-wars-in-europe-post-trump-renewables-winning-despite-nato-nuclear-and-fossil-fuel-lobbying/

Chris Busby – Real Doomsday clock passed midnight long ago

Chris Busby – Real Doomsday clock passed midnight long ago

Japan 2016 thermal coal imports fall from record, LNG purchases down for 2nd year

Japan’s coal imports for power generation fell in 2016 from four years of successive record highs and liquefied natural gas (LNG) purchases dropped for a second year as an energy crisis brought on by the 2011 Fukushima disaster eased, official data showed.

http://timberexec.co.uk/japan-2016-thermal-coal-imports-fall-from-record-lng-purchases-down-for-2nd-year/?lang=it

Rising supplies of homegrown renewable energy and the return of some nuclear power, amid falling demand as Japan’s population declines, mean the world’s third-largest economy has more diversity in its sources of energy.

Screenshot from 2017-01-26 01:41:36.png

Source for chart ; http://eneken.ieej.or.jp/data/7126.pdf (2017 January) Added by Arclight2011 aka Shaun

Thermal coal imports declined to just below 110 million tonnes in 2016, down from a record-high 113.84 million tonnes in 2015, the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday. Import costs fell 20 percent from a year earlier.

Shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG) dropped for a second year last year, down 2 percent to 83.34 million tons , while their value fell 40 percent.

Japan is the world’s biggest importer of LNG, gas chilled to liquid form for transportation on ships, and demand had surged to successive records after the March 2011 meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant led to the eventual shutdown of all reactors in the country.

But two reactors are now operating under new safety standards and more may be restarted this year. (Note The output from last year was minimal compared to renewables output because of outages and a late start on reactors Arclight2011 aka Shaun)

Crude oil imports slipped to 3.35 million barrels per day, o 194.828 million kilolitres for the year, the lowest since 1988, with their value falling by nearly a third.

The following tables lay out Japan’s fossil fuels imports for last month and for all of 2016, with volumes of crude, oil products and gasoline/naphtha in million kilolitres; LNG, LPG and coal in million tonnes; values in millions of yen.

Numbers are preliminary.

       December                                          
             Fuel    Volume   Yr/yr %       Value   Yr/yr %
    Mineral fuels         -         -   1,304,492      -4.8
        Crude oil    18.061       3.0     599,350       1.8
 All oil products         -         -     127,216     -11.3
 Gasoline/naphtha     2.374     -11.9      84,264     -20.9
              LNG     7.549      -6.5     323,361     -25.5
              LPG     0.963       1.0      46,251     -13.6
       Total coal    16.314       3.9     203,451      39.4
     Thermal coal     9.454      -5.5      96,880       9.8
   
        Full year                                          
             Fuel    Volume   Yr/yr %       Value   Yr/yr %
    Mineral fuels         -         -  12,044,238     -33.9
        Crude oil   194.828      -0.3   5,534,054     -32.4
 All oil products         -         -   1,073,286     -41.1
 Gasoline/Naphtha    26.295     -13.0     824,332     -38.8
              LNG    83.340      -2.0   3,283,913     -40.4
              LPG    10.900      -0.8     446,943     -31.3
       Total coal   189.732      -0.5   1,654,450     -16.2
     Thermal coal   109.931      -3.4     876,746     -20.0

Fonte : Reuters (Reporting by Aaron Sheldrick and Osamu Tsukimori; Writing by Aaron Sheldrick)

House OKs Federal Energy, Nuclear Power Rule Changes, customers to pay for it

Law360, New York (January 23, 2017, 6:13 PM EST) — The House of Representatives on Monday pushed through a series of changes to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, in bills meant to change how courts treat FERC decisions and give more flexibility to new nuclear plants.

The two bills, passed by a voice vote, are meant to help consumers in the existing power industry and to help the development of new nuclear reactor technologies. The Fair Rates Act would expand the reviewability of FERC rate change decisions and the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2017 would direct the U.S. Department and of Energy and the NRC to come up with a plan to allow for regulatory approvals of more advanced technology in nuclear reactors.

Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., the prime sponsor of the Fair Rates Act, said that the legislation would avoid the situation that power consumers in the Northeast faced. Following a rate auction, FERC deadlocked on approving the results, and they went into place automatically but consumers could not challenge them without a final FERC decision.

“With no official decision from the agency, there was no decision to appeal, leaving my constituents completely voiceless,” Kennedy said.

The bill would prevent situations in which consumers are forced to pay higher rates without the opportunity to appeal the decision either through the agency or through the courts, Kennedy said.

“Although this situation may sound completely isolated to New England, there’s not a corner of this country that’s immune from the unpredictability of the American energy market and the resulting burden they are forced to bear as a result,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy’s bill alters Section 205 of the Federal Power Act, designating that if a rate approval becomes final through action of law, it should be treated as a final agency action for purposes of agency and court appeals.

The court case that spurred the passage of the law came from Public Citizen and the state of Connecticut, which argued to overturn the approval of regional grid operator ISO New England Inc.’s 2014 auction — through which power generators offered their resource capacity for future power needs — by default.

However, in October, the D.C. Circuit ruled that it cannot review the approval of the auction without a final decision by the agency; the 2-2 deadlock kept the state and public consumers out of the courtroom.

Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Ga., said that one of the other bills the House passed on Monday, the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2017, would help bring more advanced nuclear reactor designs to market more quickly. The language mandates that the Energy Department and the NRC enter into a memorandum of agreement to “knock down those walls to innovation and provide an opportunity to develop advanced nuclear reactor designs.”

The bill specifically includes advances on existing light-water reactor technologies that are intended to be more efficient and generate less waste as well as nuclear fusion reactors — which have not yet been built on an economically feasible scale. According to press reports, research institutions in both the United States and abroad have continued work on scaling up the power and sustainability of such reactors.

The bill would require a uniform, predictable plan for approval of more advanced reactors, which is meant to be based on mathematical models of their behavior.

Rep. Diane Degette, D-Colo., said that the changes to the NRC would be “a commonsense way for the federal government to safely advance the goals of the advanced nuclear power industry” and pave the way for lowering America’s overall carbon emissions.

 

https://www.law360.com/articles/883931?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=articles_search

 

A Special Team To Secure The Bengali Republic Day Parade From Nuclear And Chemical Threats

From Google translate

New Delhi, January 4: the impregnable fortress on the occasion of the Republic Day in New Delhi l President from becoming prime minister, foreign dignitaries, including the countries that are protected, to begin preparations for the Republic Day Parade l Army during the attack of any sort is not so, for final l warn army

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Republic Day in Delhi Police has trained l Air Force aerial attacks of any kind, so that the police can handle initially, he has been training for l On the other hand, a special force for the first time can be seen in the Republic Day parade chemical hamalarodhaka l for any kind of chemical attack If the order is given up, it will be prepared for the disaster due to the force of the l mokabilakari force (NDRF) A team with more than 90 people CBRN- day stay at l

Sources, CBRN- the advanced technology of the members have more than one weapon, one of which l l hajamata weapon to prevent any kind of chemical attack is very active in the device l

Rehearsal is on the streets of Delhi ..

In addition, the venue will be in charge of the Delhi Police and the Central Security Force patrol at least 50 thousand people will be monitored by aerial drones l l l Alongside includes CCTV camera surveillance

On the occasion of the Republic Day, the Central Intelligence Agency has already issued a final warning l As a result, up to the attack of any sort can be made for the military and the police l
Source in Bengali only http://www.india.com/bengali/india/a-special-team-to-secure-the-republic-day-parade-from-nuclear-and-chemical-threats/
Published Date: January 24, 2017 8:49 AM IST

The above threat was highlighted by these articles;

We reported recently on the mostly censored story on Jihadists acquiring Highly Enriched Fissionable Uranium which was discovered by the Indian police. The reporting of this find was played down and the term “Depleted Uranium” was used instead of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) as the purity of the reported Uranium and high cost  revealed. The full article with sources can be found here;
Whilst some traction on this story happened in India it was not reported by any western or Russian outlets. In fact I did a short video showing that the story was being heavily managed here;
Instead we got a huge increase in other nuclear stories because President Trump did a “nuclear tweet” (The timing was suspicious if I were a PR guy btw) . Talk about an over reaction to a non story by the media around the world.The reality of this Indian report was overlooked and the actual fact that Jihadists  have been able to access over 4 million dollars worth (9KG)  of the fissionable HEU, means that they are now able to make a small nuclear device cheaply with low tech means with the billions from oil revenues from the Syrian and Iraq conflicts under the noses of the USA and Russia, we might assume they have bought more than just a measly 4 million dollars worth perhaps?
Highly Enriched Uranium, a Dangerous Substance that Should Be Eliminated
“….Furthermore, it is more difficult to detect by technical means. Therefore, in comparison to plutonium, HEU is much easier to divert, smuggle and hide. Moreover, a crude nuclear explosive made of HEU can be constructed in a much simpler way than one made using
plutonium. For these reasons, HEU is the material most wanted by terrorists. A few tens of kilograms are sufficient for one explosive, but the quantities existing in the world add up to hundreds of tons…..”   https://www.hsfk.de/fileadmin/HSFK/hsfk_downloads/prif124.pdf
Instead of the IAEA and associated nuclear watchdogs stepping in to stop the sale and movement of HEU and similar products we see nuclear deals are just being struck for billions of dollars to ship this material around the world without finding out who and where this black market nuclear material is being sold.
One such deal has been realised between Rosatom and TEPCO that are possibly two of the most nontransparent companies facing financial problems since the Fukushima 2011 nuclear disaster and the resulting economic collapse in nuclear investments.
The fact that this important story is being ignored should worry us all as it means we are not on our guard for a planned attack.
There are 2 main scenarios with terrorists being obviously able to get a hold of this with the huge financial resources at their disposal as they would likely have paid for more than just 9 Kg as the material was so cheap (as reported by the Indian police). It is likely they could have bought hundreds of kilos of the material at a discount rate with no problem. So is this the only HEU they have?
Scenarios;
1/  They could make small detonating devices with a low kiloton yields. This would mean some planning but they would likely try to get the materials in place and then launch a multiple attack. They would likely find it difficult to make a second such attack, by then, preparations for monitoring for radioactive materials could be put in place and transporting materials would be hard. It would be better to begin looking for these materials now.
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2/ they could grind up the metal and feed it into a food processing plant (such as baby milk powder etc) and this would likely result in hundreds of thousands of casualties but would not be discovered for possibly many years. Such an attack could be prolonged and cause great damage before it was discovered.
So what can we do about it? If the authorities and Media ignore the story and hope it goes away then, nothing could be done. As this material can be easily transported and distributed to many cities (they used 2 motorcycles to transport it and were stopped on the road to or from Mumbai) and if this is a large coordinated strategy then other packets are on route as we speak.
Solutions;
1/  The cat is out of the bag and there is no return so we should start to monitor for the movement of these materials across borders and into large cities.
2/  The security services should concentrate their resources on these terrorist networks instead of civil society activists etc.
3/  The wars should stop and we should be trying to win hearts and minds instead of dropping bombs so as to get better intelligence than the cyber warriors can or have supplied (cyber warriors have obviously already failed to stop them getting this material and many reports including testimony from Edward Snowden have proven).
4/  All nuclear waste of both high and intermediate levels needs to be secured worldwide and the failed institutions such as the IAEA need massive reforming and better transparency.
5/  we need to stop making more of this material and need to close the existing nuclear power plants down and create a safer and more sustainable energy network.
6/ The major powers need to stop playing games with politics and start working together as they quietly do in the financial and nuclear sectors.