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Nuclear dirty tricks and the consequences of Fukushima | Greenpeace International - 0 views

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    "When it comes to nuclear power it usually takes a while for the truth to come out. And now six months after Japan's catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, sparked off the current crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the truth is finally beginning to emerge.

    The Japanese government and the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) still struggling to bring the stricken Fukushima reactors under control today, but the consequences of this crisis are set to continue for decades. As time goes on, of the long term radioactive contamination that has spread over wide areas that will take decades to dissipate; this risks of potential health problems, and ongoing contamination of food supplies. Large areas around the nuclear will remain off limits."
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Fukushima 1 (Daiichi) radiation briefing | Greenpeace International - 0 views

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    This Greenpeace briefing serves to provide analysis and advice of the risks and potential health impacts following releases of radioactivity from Japan's Fukushima 1/Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was damaged by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.
    Terminology

    Dose = total amount of radioactivity absorbed by the body over a certain period.

    Measuring units:
    − microSievert (µSv)
    − milliSievert (1 mSv = 1000 uSv)
    − Sievert (1 Sv = 1000 mSv).

    Dose rate = the amount of radioactivity absorbed per hour, expressed in
    − micro Sievert per hour (µSv/h)
    − milli Sievert per hour (mSv/h =1000 µSv/h)
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Tales of Nuclear Insanity | Greenpeace International - 0 views

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    "The subtext of this little explanation from French nuclear giants AREVA is that it is using the people of Finland as guinea pigs in an experiment:

    Yes, we have faced challenges with the construction of the first EPR™ reactor, Olkiluoto 3 in Finland. AREVA will be the first to admit that this project is behind its ambitious original schedule and has been open about the entire process … This experience means that when AREVA begins construction of its next reactor, which we hope will be a U.S. EPR™ reactor in the United States, AREVA and its project teams will have completed several others internationally, giving us the experience, insight, and workforce to put us ahead of the game.

    Poor Finland, if only they'd waited a little longer, someone else would have been the test subject. As it is, France and China are also lined up for experimentation.

    Using the project management experience and incorporating lessons learned in Finland, AREVA's EPR™ reactors in France and China are on a much tighter schedule than their respective predecessors."
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The Annotated 'Atomic' Anne Lauvergeon | Greenpeace International - 0 views

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    "The formidable Anne Lauvergeon, the CEO of French nuclear giant AREVA, has been doing interviews. She's always worth paying attention to, as much for what she doesn't say as what she does.

    Take this for example, from her interview with the UK's Financial Times…

    What is the smartest business idea you have ever had?

    Setting up Areva and creating the 'CO2-free' strategy.

    Really? Considering Anne's 'CO2-free strategy' (and it's proper that the term is in quotation marks because AREVA's 'CO2-free strategy' is anything but) is currently eating the company's profits thanks to the botched construction of the Olkiluoto-3 EPR reactor in Finland, we're not sure we'd describe it as the 'smartest' business idea.

    How about…

    What do you like most about your job?"
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Remember the Rainbow Warrior and the Marshall Islands | Greenpeace International - 0 views

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    "Tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior by the French secret service in New Zealand's Marsden Wharf. It is the day we remember our colleague Fernando Pereira who was killed in the attack. He was just 35.

    The bombing was personally authorised by then French president François Mitterrand and was intended to prevent Greenpeace from leading protests against French nuclear weapons testing on the Moruroa Atoll.

    Just three months before its sinking, the Warrior helped evacuate 300 residents of the Rongelap Atoll in the Marshall Islands as part of Operation Exodus."
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North West Evening Mail | News | Claims of 'handouts' for nuclear reactors denied - 0 views

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    "ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners have accused the government of preparing to allow multi-million pound "handouts" to firms building nuclear reactors.

    Greenpeace said the move went against assurances given by ministers that the nuclear industry would not receive any handouts to help build new nuclear power stations.

    The government has denied the accusation.

    Business leaders in Cumbria hope a new generation of reactors will cement the county's position as a key player in the global atomic energy industry.

    Three locations in West Cumbria have been put forward as potential reactor sites - in Kirksanton, Braystones and Sellafield.

    Nuclear is a cornerstone of the multi-billion pound Energy Coast Masterplan vision for the area."
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Generation III nuclear reactors: late again | Greenpeace International - 0 views

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    "Yesterday we brought you more of the continuing and farcical story of the state of the art European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) being built by AREVA at Olkiluoto in Finland. The many, many diverse delays incompetence in the project have led to it being (at the time of writing) four years behind schedule and 2.3 billion euros over-budget.

    It's not just in Finland, however, where the reactor that was supposed to relaunch the nuclear 'renaissance' is struggling. In the UK, where the EPR - along with the Westinghouse AP1000 - is being evaluated for possible construction there, the government's Health and Safety Executive has said its design assessment process will miss its June 2011 deadline.

    More information is required from the reactor vendors in a number of areas: fault studies, fuel design and electrical systems for AP1000; and mechanical engineering, environment and fuel design for the EPR. For both reactors the HSE wants more information on structural integrity as well as higher active waste and used fuel management."
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AREVA covers up extent of massive nuclear reactor cost overrun | Greenpeace International - 0 views

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    "French nuclear giant AREVA were force to issue a profit warning yesterday. It has had to find an extra 400 million euros to cover the additional costs of building its so-called flagship European Pressurised Reactor at Olkiluoto in Finland. This is on top of 2.3 billion euro provisions put aside in previous years and brings the current estimated overrun to an eye-watering 2.7 billion euros. The initial cost of the project was 3.2 billion euros.

    While the rocketing costs of the OL3 EPR have dragged down AREVA's results for years, this is the first time that they have sent the company into the red. The company's financial health has already been suffering thanks to the Olkiluoto project, as it struggles to build up its reserves for planned future investments.

    But that's not the end of it. This announcement of another enormous cost overrun will not be the last.

    This newly announced 400 million is based on the assumption that OL3 will be operational by end of 2012 and not the middle of 2012. However, it became clear last week that the end of 2012 milestone will - at best - be completion date for construction. It will then take at least another six months before the newly finished power plant can go into commercial operation. That would mean roughly another extra 400 million euros being added to the project's budget."
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Greenpeace slams Government 'handouts' for nuclear industry - Environment - The Indepen... - 0 views

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    "Environmental campaigners have accused the Government of preparing to allow a multi-million pound "handout" to firms building nuclear reactors.

    Greenpeace said the move went against assurances given by ministers that the nuclear industry would not receive handouts to help build new nuclear power stations.

    A study commissioned by the group claimed that firms would not be liable for dealing with the waste from new reactors, leaving the taxpayer with bills running into billions. The report, written by Ian Jackson, an associate fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, said dealing with waste from each new reactor will cost around £1.5bn, but under current plans being considered by the Government, energy companies would "walk away", having contributed as little as £500 million.

    Ben Ayliffe, senior energy campaigner for Greenpeace, said: "The Government has said there will be no public money for new nuclear power, but the unique financial model developed for this report shows that billions of pounds of public money could be spent to subsidise the nuclear industry, even though the Government is warning of painful cuts ahead for the country in key areas like education and health."
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Renewable energy protesters say no to nuclear in Sweden | Greenpeace International - 0 views

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    "In the most "Woody Allen esque" protest I've seen in a while, 50 activists dressed as renewable energy sources (sun, wind, water) used a fire truck to get into one of the dodgiest nuclear plants in Sweden.

    I'm going in!

    They want their govenment to follow through on a decades old national referendum to phase out nuclear power. The Swedish parliment will vote this week on whether to stick to the nuclear power phase out, or backslide and open the door to new reactors.

    Our man in Sweden says:

    "The Swedish parliament is risking the country's reputation and position as a progressive leader in clean and safe energy development. All the evidence shows that nuclear power is a dangerous, expensive and dead-end distraction from the real solutions to climate protection and energy security. Reactors are standing in the way of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs."
    -- Ludvig Tillman, energy campaigner for Greenpeace Nordic."
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Sweden arrests activists over nuclear break-in | Reuters - 0 views

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    "Police in Sweden arrested dozens of Greenpeace activists on Monday after they broke into the Forsmark nuclear power plant ahead of a planned vote this week on whether to replace the country's existing reactors.

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    The activists entered Forsmark some 115 kilometers north of Stockholm early on Monday and several gained access to a building rooftop, police said. The protestors did not enter any of the operating areas."
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AFP: Greenpeace breaks into Swedish nuclear plant - 0 views

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    "As many as 30 Greenpeace activists broke into a Swedish nuclear plant Monday, demanding that parliament this week vote against allowing new nuclear facilities to be built, the group and police said.

    "There are now Greenpeace activists on the premises" of the Forsmark nuclear power plant near Uppsala, north of Stockholm, police spokesman Christer Nordstroem told AFP.

    He said it remained unclear how many Greenpeace activists had managed to get into the plant, but the environmental group itself sent out a statement earlier saying around 30 would enter the facility to conduct a peaceful protest against nuclear power use."
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Greenpeace wants govt to review N-liability bill - National - Nagaland Post - 0 views

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    "Greenpeace is collecting signatures to force the government to review the nuclear liability bill which it says allows foreign corporations to get away by paying a meagre compensation in case of a nuclear accident.
    With already over 1.8 lakh signatures online, the petition will be forwarded to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, requesting him to stop the bill in its current form and review it.
    "The proposed nuclear liability bill appeases foreign corporations by allowing them to get away by paying a meagre compensatory amount in case of a nuclear accident, which is not fair," reads the petition.
    It alleged that the government was only considering cosmetic changes in the bill.
    Drawing a parallel with the Bhopal gas tragedy of 1984, the petition said: "The Bhopal judgment highlights the manner in which an American corporation has been so easily let off after causing the deaths of over 25,000 people and affecting thousands more."
    "India must hold a public consultation before changing the liability rules for any nuclear accidents caused by US corporations." A Bhopal court on June 07 sentenced seven former employees of Union Carbide Indian Ltd to two years imprisonment for culpability in the tragedy and quickly bailed them. The ruling has triggered a furore. "
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AFP: Six radioactive 'hotspots' detected in Delhi: Greenpeace - 0 views

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    "Greenpeace said Friday it had detected dangerously high levels of radioactivity near a New Delhi salvage yard where radiation poisoning last month killed a worker and left seven more in hospital.

    The environmental group said its experts picked up radiation 5,000 times above normal background levels at the privately owned salvage facility in the city's congested Mayapuri district and its surrounding areas.

    "We picked up six hotspots between 20 and 50 metres (65 and 165 feet) from the scrapyard, which means radiation has spread into the streets, which is very dangerous," said Greenpeace radiation expert Van Vande Putte."
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Greenpeace crashes Entergy meeting - Brattleboro Reformer - 0 views

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    "Greenpeace activists crashed Entergy's annual shareholder meeting Friday in Jackson, Miss., demanding the company halt its efforts to seek the continued operations of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

    Entergy, who owns and operates the Vernon-based nuclear facility, has rejected the Vermont Senate's Feb. 24 vote to deny the extension of a public good certificate allowing the plant to operate past its license expiration date in March 2012.

    Greenpeace party-crashers delivered a letter from Vermonters demanding the company retire the plant as scheduled in 2012 as Entergy executives delivered statements about company profits.

    "Entergy's effort to overturn the Senate's denial of a certificate of public good are in vain," said Vermont's Greenpeace organizer Jarred Cobb. "Vermont Yankee is an aging and dangerous nuclear reactor that will not be a part of this state's energy future." "
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Greenpeace vessel in St. Petersburg for anti-nuclear waste protest | Top Russian news a... - 0 views

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    "A vessel belonging to the environmental organization Greenpeace will arrive in St. Petersburg on Wednesday as part of an anti-nuclear tour in protest against the import of French spent nuclear fuel to Russia, Greenpeace Russia's press service said.

    The Esperanza will open its doors to the people of St Petersburg from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (1300-1700 GMT). Visitors can go on free excursions leading them to the deck, the captain's bridge and the cargo hold. They will also learn all about the vessel's history, expeditions and campaigns.

    On Thursday at 11:00 a news conference will be held on the boat about the import of depleted uranium to Russia.

    Environmental activists gathered on the docks in St. Petersburg on Tuesday in protest against the arrival of Russian cargo ship Kapitan Kuroptev, carrying 650 tons of depleted uranium from the French company AREVA."
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Greenpeace says Gorleben is not suitable as a nuclear waste dump | Germany | Deutsche W... - 0 views

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    "Greenpeace said it had obtained partly classified documents which prove that Gorleben should not have been used as a nuclear waste site.


    The environmental activist group Greenpeace said on Wednesday that it had obtained official documents, which prove that the salt mines in the German town of Gorleben should not have been used as a disposal site for nuclear waste.

    "There was never a scientific selection procedure that concluded the salt mines in Gorleben would be the best choice," Greenpeace nuclear expert Mathias Edler told reporters at a press conference in Berlin. "Geological criteria for a nuclear disposal site in the salt mines played a minor role."

    Greenpeace said the more than 12,000 pages of partly classified documents, which date back to the mid-1970's, are from the Lower Saxony state chancellery, environment ministry, and the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources. "
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Greenpeace urges France's Areva to stop nuclear waste exports to Russia | Top Russian n... - 0 views

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    "Greenpeace activists are calling on French company Areva to cease nuclear waste exports to Moscow ahead of another train delivery of spent nuclear fuel on Wednesday.

    Protestors rallied outside Areva's Moscow office and displayed a banner reading "Russia is not a dump".

    Contracts between Russia and European countries on the delivery of nuclear waste to Russia were signed in the mid-1990s. The deal runs until at least 2014. The uranium is subsequently enriched in Russia, which boasts superior enrichment technology to its European partners.

    "We are extremely concerned about the security requirements during the realization of these nuclear contracts. This is mainly linked to the fact that [Russia's state-controlled nuclear power corporation] Rosatom enterprises have cut down on radiation security in order to lower the net cost of nuclear production," a letter from the Greenpeace activists to Arevas's management said."
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AFP: Activists block nuclear shipment in France - 0 views

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    "Greenpeace activists said Monday they were blocking a train transporting nuclear waste to the French port of Cherbourg from where it was to be shipped to Russia.

    Four activists who had chained themselves to the railway line near the harbour were removed early Monday morning by police but more activists were blocking the line at a different location, they said.

    "We were dislodged in Cherbourg, but we are continuing our action some 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the city, where we are physically blocking the passage of the train transporting nuclear waste," Greenpeace representative Yannick Rousselet told AFP.

    Two Greenpeace activists were chained to the rails just metres from the train, which had stopped, he said."
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AFP: Greenpeace boards reactor equipment ship - 0 views

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    Six Greenpeace activists Monday boarded a ship carrying French-made steam turbines bound for a new nuclear power station in Finland, the environmental group said.

    The protestors climbed on board the Happy Ranger as it made its way through the Fehmarn Belt strait between Denmark and Germany and unfurled banners including one which read "Nuclear madness, made in France".

    Greenpeace wants construction halted on a third-generation nuclear reactor currently being built at Olkiluoto, in southwest Finland, by the French company Areva.
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    Six Greenpeace activists Monday boarded a ship carrying French-made steam turbines bound for a new nuclear power station in Finland, the environmental group said.

    The protestors climbed on board the Happy Ranger as it made its way through the Fehmarn Belt strait between Denmark and Germany and unfurled banners including one which read "Nuclear madness, made in France".

    Greenpeace wants construction halted on a third-generation nuclear reactor currently being built at Olkiluoto, in southwest Finland, by the French company Areva.
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