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This post continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/08/the-ongoing-saga-17-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ It is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/the-ongoing-saga-15-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/

This post ran from 25 Feb. to 7 March with the last update on top:

Friday, 7 March 2014

We have a new post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/cwip-nuclear-corporate-welfare/ Please note that the Radioactive Reindeer Part VI WILL update by Sunday. We simply had forgotten to change the day yesterday.
Video on the US MOX Plant which has been shelved, at least temporarily (see news below on March 5 for more details).

The original link on the Friends of the Earth Channel is here: http://youtu.be/d2PTwods3Y4 The MOX Plant was being built by AREVA, which is almost totally French gov owned.

We are saving Reuters News Feeds but will need to open them in a new post. Nothing earth-shattering is being reported in Reuters Basic Mats, Energy or Environment which cannot wait, as of this posting. There was a town hall meeting on the WIPP leak in New Mexico. A video clip may be found online. Here are some links about US Senator Mary Landrieu’s, new Chair of the US Senate Energy Committee and member of the powerful Senate Appropriations (Spending Committee). Some of her funding: http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/pacs.php?cycle=2014&cid=N00005395&sector=E&seclong=Energy+%26+Natural+Resources&cat=E07&induslong=Misc+Energy&newMem=N http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cycle=Career&cid=n00005395&type=I
More than one of these companies is tied into the nuclear industry. CBI, Southern, Shaw, are tied into the construction of the new Vogtle reactors in Georgia, which just received an over $6 billion US gov loan. The citizens of Georgia are also taxed up front for Vogtle in their electric bills via CWIP.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

We have updated this post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-vi-of-a-series/
We have two new posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/uk-energy-secretarys-nuclear-conflict-of-interest-a-commoners-view/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/for-a-nuclear-free-scotland/

The last one inspired by the second and by these two news titles:

Shell wants Scotland to remain in UK for investment stability
Posted:Thu, 06 Mar 2014 08:31:27 GMT
LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc has become the second oil heavyweight to urge Scotland to stay in the United Kingdom, a new setback for the campaign for Scottish independence. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/QRvlRcXxRx0/story01.htm

Keen to keep Scotland, UK unveils boost to oil and gas sector
Posted:Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:01:00 GMT
LONDON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – The British government said on Monday it would enact sweeping measures to make it easier to unlock hard-to-extract North Sea gas and billions of barrels of oil as it tries to persuade Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom.

Stirling Bridge and Wallace Monument
(Stirling Bridge and Wallace Monument)
Run Quickly Scotland, Don’t Trust the Pro-Nuclear UK Government with its Legacy of Betrayal!
Unfortunately, we are certain that London would never allow Scotland to leave, even if Scotland votes to do so in September! Similarly, it has been speculated that if the Province of Quebec did vote to leave Canada, neither the US nor Canada would allow it to do so!

Only independence guarantees nuclear free Scotland
23 February 2014
SNP MSP Bill Kidd will travel to Washington DC this week, to take part in an international assembly of parliamentarians working to end the proliferation of nuclear weapons
“. http://www.snpcnd.org

Ireland is nuclear free BECAUSE they liberated themselves from the yoke of London’s oppression.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Temporary No Nuke Victory: Stay Vigilant

Obama has temporarily shelved the 30 billion dollar MOX facility in South Carolina, USA. Now if he will only revoke the loan (believed to be zero interest) for the late, over-cost, thus far screw-up of a new nuclear build in Georgia, USA! We had wanted to reblog this but reblog is not working for some reason. Here’s the link: http://safeenergy.org/2014/03/04/obama-administration-calls-for-suspension-of-mox-program/

Is this why the nuclear trolls are cross and prowling here for the first time? We’ve gone from zero to a dozen trolls! Are they cross that MOX could be cancelled? Do they fear that Obama’s going to decide to do the right thing, after all, as a lame duck president? What about US “Dem” Senator “Nuclear Mary” Landrieu head of the Senate Energy Committee? Will she temporarily bite the nuclear hand which feeds her campaign coffers in order to curry the favor of the voting public only to double cross them once re-elected? Is “Dem” for Democrat or Demonic Nuclear Mary in her case? For a short version of our response to the pro-nuclear trolls who should get off internet and be cleaning up Fukushima, see our comment: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/the-only-safe-nuclear-power-is-the-sun/ We’ve a long version which we may or may not post.

We supposedly just lost a nuclear troll subscriber called “Steven Brown” who is silly enough to fear the sun becoming a red giant in billions of years instead of the current dangers of nuclear! And, that it has anything to do with physics! Of course, as a good pro-nuclear advocate, he thinks he is god and will be alive in billions of years! This is the problem we are facing! This is an educational forum on the dangers of nuclear and we will not post stupidity or rudeness! We are to a life and death crossroads because of nuclear. We can censor because we actually CAN edit any e-mail, but we have not. We have opted for at times replying without posting. We answered it as part of a global answer in case there were true concerns and it is a fascinating topic! But, unwilling to learn anything new, tied fast to a dangerous, failed technology, “Steve” refused to read our response because we decided not to post his stupidities! All nuclear is stupidity. The nuclear lobby has increasingly fast hold of the internet and over our dead bodies will we let them obstruct our hard efforts at education on this blog. Whatever was he doing here in the first place?

Be sure and pass by and do your fair time stint cleaning up Fukushima, while you go Steve! Everybody, send your pro-nuclear people to clean up Fukushima! Contact TEPCO for the names of subcontractors! They need labour! Who better than the pro-nuclear advocates, like Steve, who think they are immortal gods who are ionizing radiation-proof and immortal!
They all need to go to their maker the devil! What better home than a melted nuclear core.

By the way, we do not look in spam and it is possible to lose good comments in there. We may make this a no-comment blog, but then people do not have a way to contact us. We still may do it at least temporarily. It’s a shame because all comments which have cleared spam have always been answered in some way.

We remain mesmerized that some people think that they have the “right” to post whatever they please on someone else’s blog!
No one has a “right’ to someone else’s blog. Some choose to let everyone “talk” some don’t. Even tax funded public broadcasting doesn’t put everything on TV. They select what is worthwhile.

Jim Bob Moffett Got His Salary Cut, Poor Thing!

Poor ol’ Jim Bob Moffett of Freeport McMoRan, he’s having his base salary cut from $2.5 million to $1.25 million. Poor, poor thing! But, don’t worry “Freeport set an overall target compensation of $7.5 million each for Moffet and Flores, including any performance based benefits” (See Reuters below).

Reuters News Feed Selection

Accused of fraud against Chevron, lawyer is defiant in defeat
Posted:Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:12:48 GMT
NEW YORK, March 4 (Reuters) – Steven Donziger, the Harvard-educated lawyer who has waged a two-decade battle against Chevron Corp over pollution in the Amazonian jungle in Ecuador, is not one to accept defeat quietly. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/1zASYcMrX2k/story01.htm

POSTED:TUE, 04 MAR 2014 01:25:03 GMT
March 3 (Reuters) – A divided U.S. appeals court on Monday rejected BP Plc’s bid to block businesses from recovering money over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, even if they could not trace their economic losses to the disaster. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/E7wc-_sgFVE/story01.htm

POSTED:TUE, 04 MAR 2014 01:02:40 GMT
March 3 (Reuters) – Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc halved the base salaries of two members of the Office of the Chairman as of Feb. 27, according to a filing by the company on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/bQO9fpmAHAk/story01.htm

POSTED:TUE, 04 MAR 2014 00:04:21 GMT
* US LNG could work for Western Europe, not Central Europe http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/5nN3rUj3la0/story01.htm

POSTED:MON, 03 MAR 2014 22:48:25 GMT
* Russia strengthens control over Crimea, calls U.N. meeting * Investors sell risky assets, buy oil * U.S. manufacturing growth rebounds from 8-month low (Updates with settlement prices, analysts commentary) By Elizabeth Dilts NEW YORK, March 3 (Reuters) – Crude prices rose more than $2 a barrel on Monday to the highest level since September as tensions over Russian military intervention on the Crimean peninsula rattled oil markets. President Vladimir Putin’s forces tighten http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/C_n4TkGjHok/story01.htm

POSTED:MON, 03 MAR 2014 20:20:11 GMT
March 3 (Reuters) – A federal grand jury is probing Citigroup Inc, including its Banamex USA affiliate, over compliance with the U.S. Bank Secrecy Act and regulations on money laundering, the company said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/l4OLLv56W4s/story01.htm

POSTED:TUE, 04 MAR 2014 03:19:21 -0500
LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) – Glencore Xstrata said that Minmetals is the preferred bidder for its Peruvian copper mine Las Bambas, an asset it agreed to sell to secure approval from China’s competition authorities for its takeover of miner Xstrata. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/4NQOZT6jsy8/glencore-lasbambas-idUSL6N0M10ZW20140304

POSTED:TUE, 04 MAR 2014 02:11:09 -0500
MUMBAI, March 4 (Reuters) – Shipments of silver to India are set to fall from last year’s record level as investors anticipate an easing of curbs on gold imports, and as a looming election draws off “black money” that may have been invested in the precious metal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/R2TAy1L_dZs/india-silver-imports-idUSL3N0LV1SR20140304

POSTED:TUE, 04 MAR 2014 01:00:55 -0500
MEXICO CITY, March 3 (Reuters) – Mexico seized more than 119,000 tonnes of minerals suspected of being part of illegal export operations in a port where a powerful drug gang allegedly has been shipping iron to China, the government said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/dsRg6KFHr_0/mexico-drugs-mining-idUSL1N0M10JW20140304

POSTED:TUE, 04 MAR 2014 01:00:00 -0500
RELAVE, Peru, March 4 (Reuters) – Tucked between two desert ridges in southern Peru, Relave looks like any of the hundreds of ramshackle mining towns that blight the landscape in the world’s sixth-largest gold exporter. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/iTqKhlxFvnU/peru-gold-ethical-idUSL1N0LW2EW20140304

POSTED:TUE, 04 MAR 2014 02:27:51 -0500
March 4 (Reuters) – Rotork Plc, which makes valve controls and actuators for oil and gas, water, power and nuclear plants, said full-year adjusted operating profit rose 8.5 percent due mainly to acquisitions
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/BlNZpVTpHL4/rotork-results-idUSL3N0M04Z120140304

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Our post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-vi-of-a-series/

Monday, 3 March 2014

We have two new, short, posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/the-only-safe-nuclear-power-is-the-sun/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/take-all-your-atomic-poison-power-away/

French gov owned Areva’s screw-ups, lateness, and cost overruns at Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant in Finland and at Flammanville, France, raise many serious questions. These projects are late and at least some cost overruns have to do with the patching or fixing of screw-ups caught by the Finnish and French authorities. Are patches sufficient for nuclear power plants? We think not. Finland appears to have built a second concrete foundation on top of the faulty one, whereas the French opted for patching the cracked foundation. Is the Finnish solution sufficient? The French solution means that it is clearly weaker than the specifications. It is clear that in Finland some troubles came from a French company operating in Finland with workers from a third country. Hence, the probable lingua franca was English. So, it is clear that things could be lost in translation. And, the attitude of the cement mix subcontractor was apparently akin to those who believe that you should make bread without following a recipe. If it’s too thick add a bit of water, if it’s too thin add some more flour-concrete. This makes bread which is different each time and when you are making concrete for a nuclear reactor the mix matters. But, what happened in Flammanville? Did they also take workers from other European companies and have language issues? Both were reportedly characterized by problems with the concrete foundation, rebar, and welding, including of containment. But, Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant is being constructed by Japanese Toshiba (Westinghouse) and has been characterized by issues of concrete, rebar, and welding too! The similarities in problems for these three are simply astounding since they involve multiple companies and countries. Did Vogtle hire cheap immigrant labour and have communication problems too? Or, is something else wrong in these cases, like cutting corners? Why didn’t the authorities watch them like hawks so that no screw-ups occurred? From here we must wonder why the Chinese Nuclear Power Plants being built by Areva are reportedly on time and on cost? Did the Chinese government watch closely so that no screw ups were made? Did the Chinese government not catch the screw ups that were made? Did the Chinese workers do a better job, perhaps helped by the fact that they all spoke Chinese? We do not know, but people had better find out. We are dissatisfied with the patching of construction errors and worried about when and if these new nuclear plants go online. Very very worried. If we survive Fukushima, we may not survive an accident at these. Both are on the waterfront and, like Fukushima, become international problems in the event of an accident.

Here is the Wiki article on Olkiluoto: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olkiluoto_Nuclear_Power_Plant

The World Bank doesn’t do nuclear power. It is bad economics.

We note, as well, in the news, that there are constantly issues with “Safety Culture”. See Japan’s latest problem and other instances below.

Reuters News Feed Selections

UPDATE 1-Finnish nuclear plant delayed again as Areva, TVO bicker
Posted:Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:06:38 GMT
* Media cites sources that now delayed until at least 2018 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/gszwP7D0tXg/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-TonenGeneral Kawasaki cracker on fire, refining normal elsewhere
Posted:Sat, 01 Mar 2014 15:45:24 GMT
TOKYO, March 1 (Reuters) – Japanese oil refiner TonenGeneral Sekiyu KK said several workers were injured when a fire broke out on Saturday in the residue hydrocracking unit of its Kawasaki plant near Tokyo, but that other refining units were operating normally. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ls7K5YxZWvw/story01.htm

Elderly, young to leave area near Australian mine fire burning for 3 weeks
Posted:Fri, 28 Feb 2014 07:39:55 GMT
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Children, the elderly and pregnant women have been urged to leave a small Australian town because of health concerns from a fire that has been burning at a nearby coal mine for almost three weeks. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/VfE1QeDQSW4/story01.htm

FEATURE-Liquefied natural gas foes go to the mat in Maryland
Posted:Sun, 02 Mar 2014 15:00:00 GMT
LUSBY, Md., March 2 (Reuters) – Maps of Indian and Japanese ports paper the walls of a Dominion Resources Inc conference room in a small Maryland town, population 1,835, known more for crabbing and bird watching than global trade and the U.S. natural gas revolution. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/89O2zMyGeRc/story01.htm

Russia sees no reason to extend gas discount to Ukraine -agency cites energy ministry
Posted:Sat, 01 Mar 2014 11:41:37 GMT
MOSCOW, March 1 (Reuters) – Russia’s energy ministry said on Saturday it saw no reason to extend an earlier agreed gas discount to Ukraine for the second quarter due to unpaid debt for deliveries, the Interfax news agency cited a representative at the ministry as saying. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0VOGEUqjO3A/story01.htm

Bangladesh to receive $600 mln World Bank loan for rural power
Posted:Sat, 01 Mar 2014 11:22:41 GMT
DHAKA, March 1 (Reuters) – Bangladesh will receive a $600-million loan from the World Bank in order to improve electricity supplies to rural areas, in order to reduce poverty and create jobs, the mulitlateral lender said in a statement on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/_qhfZWXs3FA/story01.htm

North Carolina cites Duke Energy in coal ash spill
Posted:Sat, 01 Mar 2014 07:59:17 GMT
Feb 28 (Reuters) – State regulators in North Carolina on Friday said Duke Energy Corp violated environmental laws and could face quotidian fines after a massive spill of toxic coal ash this month contaminated water and wildlife in the Dan River. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/_uPGAoo8f3Q/story01.htm

NY starts inspecting rail yards handling Bakken crude -Gov
Posted:Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:30:43 GMT
WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (Reuters) – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Friday officials have launched inspections at state rail yards to protect people from potential accidents involving shipments of volatile crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/tUGII_Y1yLA/story01.htm

Son of Ukraine’s ex-president says Swiss bank freeze will hit coal exports
Posted:Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:38:20 GMT
KIEV, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Switzerland’s freezing of bank accounts linked to the family of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich could reduce coal exports from Ukraine, a company owned by his son warned on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/GEh0qJ_JmT0/story01.htm

CERAWEEK-Oil producers undaunted as Colorado mulls fracking restrictions
Posted:Sun, 02 Mar 2014 10:00:00 GMT
March 2 (Reuters) – While Colorado environmental groups work to put a ballot measure before voters this fall that could severely hobble the U.S. energy industry, Whiting Petroleum Corp is busy figuring out where in the state it can spend $10 billion over the next decade. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WEeVW62m-DA/story01.htm

Group offers plan to meet new EPA power plant emission rules
Posted:Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:17:05 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Swapping power generated from the dirtiest coal plants with that from under-used natural gas plants would help U.S. states meet new regulations for greenhouse gas emissions, according to a plan released by an environmental group on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/QGKpWLwcv-c/story01.htm

Indonesian province declares emergency due to haze
Posted:Thu, 27 Feb 2014 06:52:41 GMT
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s Riau province declared a state of emergency on Thursday as haze from raging forest fires, often deliberately set, disrupted flights and marine navigation and authorities reported a sharp rise in respiratory problems.

Crimea: There was a Crimean War from 1853 to 1856, for those who forgot….

The Great Game was a term for the strategic rivalry and conflict between the British Empire and the Russian Empire for supremacy in Central Asia.[1] The classic Great Game period is generally regarded as running approximately from the Russo-Persian Treaty of 1813 to the Anglo-Russian Convention of 1907“. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Game

Sunday, 2 March 2014:
Ukraine: what will happen now?
Events in Crimea have the potential to turn Ukraine into Europe’s worst security nightmare since the revolutions of 1989
“. By Ian Traynor, Europe editor
The Guardian, Sunday 2 March 2014 15.43 GMT
Ukraine was the Soviet Union’s arms manufacturing base; it remains in the top league of global arms exporters.http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/02/ukraine-what-will-happen-crimea-europe-west
Crimea (/kraɪˈmiːə/) is a peninsula of Ukraine located on the northern coast of the Black Sea. This region is currently under occupation by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. The Autonomous Republic of Crimea occupies most of the peninsula,[6][7][8] while the City of Sevastopol (a city with special status within Ukraine) occupies the rest.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimea

The Crimean War : October 1853 – February 1856 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimean_War

The Crimean War
In Britain, the Crimean War is principally remembered for three reasons: the Charge of the Light Brigade, maladministration in the British army, and Florence Nightingale. However, this war, fought by an alliance of Britain, France, Turkey and Sardinia against Russia, is far more complex.

Many wars have been fought on the grounds of the strategic importance of a region; many wars have been fought over religious differences. The Crimean War was the result of both factors”. Read the rest here: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/battles/crimea/

Sunday, 2 March 2014

This post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-vi-of-a-series/

Regarding WIPP:
The radiological protection program is being expanded to include whole body and bioassay testing. Both federal and contractor employees potentially affected will be directed to participate in whole body and bioassay testing. Other workers will be provided testing on request. Numerous experts from the DOE and Nuclear Waste Partnership’s parent company have arrived to provide technical expertise and assistance.” Additional info (blah blah) is here: http://www.wipp.energy.gov/special.htm

Saturday, 1 March 2014

We added a new post for the 10 year anniversary of the second Coup d’Etat against Haiti’s democratically elected president: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/haiti-anti-democratic-coup-to-coup/

Saturday, 1 March 2014

We forgot to mention this post when it was new: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/plutonium-in-fish-and-seafood/

We have two new blogs and one reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/plutonium-is-forever/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/media-blackout-on-lillyhalls-radioactive-waste-landfill-decision-why/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/haiti-one-step-forward-in-getting-duvalier-and-the-martellys/

It’s good if they block the Pebble Mine in Alaska (see below). However, the US better get with it and help stop Fukushima’s leaks or the Pacific Salmon will die anyway.

Selected Reuters News Feeds:

UPDATE 1-U.S. regulator seeks to block Alaskan mine to protect salmon
Posted:Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:49:00 -0500
VANCOUVER, Feb 28 (Reuters) – U.S. environmental regulators moved on Friday to block development of the Pebble mine in Alaska, which could be one of the largest copper projects in the world, citing potential “irreversible harm” to the state’s salmon fishery. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/C4yy1LWjBDo/usa-epa-bristolbay-idUSL1N0LX2GH20140228

UPDATE 2-Norway’s $840 bln oil fund to review mining investments
Posted:Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:01:42 -0500
OSLO, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Norway’s $840 billion sovereign fund, the world’s biggest equity investor, has cut its investments in gold and coal miners due to environmental concerns and will review the entire mining sector this year, it said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/tubJRsa-tcg/norway-oilfund-idUSL6N0LW4CA20140228

UPDATE 7-Citigroup reports fraud in Mexico unit, lowers 2013 results
Posted:Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:46:22 GMT
(Adds FBI monitoring situation in paragraphs 9-10) By David Henry and Elinor Comlay NEW YORK/MEXICO CITY, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Citigroup Inc said on Friday that it has discovered at least $400 million in fraudulent loans in its Mexico subsidiary and said employees may have been in on the crime. The bank wrote down bogus loans to a company whose assets Mexican law enforcement officials have now seized. Citigroup’s 2013 profit fell by $235 million to $13.67 billion after the write-down”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9uYoGNAkjYY/story01.htm

Friday, 28 February 2014

Our post was updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-vi-of-a-series/

There was a press conference on Thursday afternoon about the WIPP facility in New Mexico, USA. However, it did not translate into much news: http://enenews.com/tv-disturbing-new-development-in-the-wipp-radiation-leak-surprising-words-today-what-went-wrong-and-why-those-are-some-of-the-questions-swirling-around-county-official-calls-it-a Some of the comments are very interesting, however.

There is more WIPP info below and on the previous post, number 15. We recommend that you do a search in page for WIPP, if you are a non-daily reader.

While the Spanish billionairess Esther Koplowitz with her majority owned FCC environment is going to poison a UK municipal landfill, at Lillyhall, Cumbria, with radioactive waste of up to 400,000 Bq/Kg and even plutonium will be in there, billionairess Gina Rinehart, her Australian competitor in greed, is trying to destroy the Australian Great Barrier Reef with a mining operation. The goal for Gina seems obviously the money, or perhaps throwing her weight around to get what she wants, and not the destruction per se, but it amounts to the same thing! You think we are kidding? Competition to be the world’s richest woman and then richest person is probably the idea that drives Gina and Esther to destroy the world. Speak of the devil: 6% of FCC was recently bought by Bill Gates and 3% by George Soros. So, they too are involved in the poisoning of Lillyhall and Cumbria. BOYCOTT MICROSOFT! Energy Solutions is also involved in the poisoning of Lillyhall with rad waste. The sad thing is that if the citizens of Lillyhall had not worked so hard to recycle then there would be no room for the rad waste. But, because they were environmentally friendly and recycled they are getting rad waste.

Ol’ Jim Bob Moffett and Freeport are in their generally greedy mode…already notorious for plundering and destroying the environment, they don’t want to pay export taxes in Indonesia. We probably need to dig up our unfinished article on Freeport-McMoRan but probably no one cares to hear about them so close to Fukushima, and with WIPP and Lillyhall going on, but we may anyway. Freeport wanted to dump radioactive gypsum in the Mississippi River above New Orleans which would have poisoned the drinking water. Some allege they did. So, actually it IS relevant.

General comment on much of the news: There’s no accounting for stupidity or greed or are they on drugs or what?

What’s the deal with the South Korean reactors? This keeps happening. China is getting two Toshiba-Westinghouse reactors…HELP!

Reuters News Feed Selection:

UPDATE 1-South Korean nuclear reactor shut due to technical glitch
Posted:Fri, 28 Feb 2014 03:02:59 GMT
* 950 MW Hanbit No.2 reactor shut; exact cause under probe http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ZDOQh0LmDJg/story01.htm

China environment ministry approves two Westinghouse reactors
Posted:Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:40:59 -0500
BEIJING, Feb 28 (Reuters) – China’s environment ministry has given the initial go-ahead for the construction of two new AP1000 nuclear reactors designed by U.S.-based Westinghouse in the eastern coastal province of Shandong, it said late on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/PRbpV9EKl0w/china-nuclear-idUSL3N0LX14N20140228

UPDATE 2-Freeport says Indonesian unit may need to declare force majeure
Posted:Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:56:44 -0500
JAKARTA, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold said its Indonesian unit may need to declare force majeure on copper concentrate sales if a dispute with the government over export taxes drags on for a prolonged period. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/icgHAqDsWVA/freeport-indonesia-copper-idUSL3N0LX0RP20140228

In metal warehouse overhaul, pressure shifts from LME to regulators
Posted:Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:00:10 -0500
NEW YORK, Feb 28 (Reuters) – A series of public and private meetings between the London Metal Exchange and its staunchest critics in the United States has revealed a small but significant shift in a years-long crisis over the exchange’s warehousing policy, sources said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/1Wn06Ay6qwU/lme-warehouses-cftc-idUSL1N0LV1SO20140228

UPDATE 1-U.S. Navy eyes greater presence in Arctic
Posted:Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:34:17 -0500
WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy is mapping out how to expand its presence in the Arctic beginning about 2020, given signs that the region’s once permanent ice cover is melting faster than expected, which is likely to trigger more traffic, fishing and resource mining. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/NrX1n1n8yIg/usa-arctic-navy-idUSL1N0LX0IQ20140228

UPDATE 3-Vale vows spending austerity as metals price outlook improves
Posted:Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:36:01 -0500
RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO Feb 27 (Reuters) – Vale SA , the world’s largest iron ore producer, will continue reining in costs this year even as the outlook for prices and sales volumes is improving, its chief executive officer said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/VIfZ89ExO1g/vale-earnings-discipline-idUSL1N0LX00Q20140228

UPDATE 2-State Department acted properly on Keystone -U.S. report
Posted:Thu, 27 Feb 2014 00:56:33 GMT
WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – The State Department acted properly in its choice of an outside contractor to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a U.S. report said on Wednesday, raising calls by the project’s supporters for President Barack Obama to approve it. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/K7vWMnO1qhs/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Canada again blocks Taseko copper-gold mine development
Posted:Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:55:01 -0500
* Ottawa leaves door open for Taseko to submit new development proposal http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/660buYUlcRE/canada-mine-idUSL1N0LW0FQ20140227

UPDATE 1-Green group fights sand dump permit near Australia’s Barrier Reef
Posted:Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:33:02 -0500
* Storms, crown of thorns starfish damage reef most – report (Adds conservation council, port operator comments) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ZMZwGjJlpfk/australia-reef-challenge-idUSL3N0LW10C20140227

Protesters ransack government buildings in Guinea smelting town
Posted:Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:57:48 -0500
CONAKRY, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Protesters angered by the death of a young man in police custody ransacked a police station and government buildings in Guinea’s main aluminium smelting town on Wednesday, local residents said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/4SY3IET8pvs/guinea-protest-idUSL6N0LV50B20140226

UPDATE 1-BP loses bid to block seafood fund payments
Posted:Thu, 27 Feb 2014 02:11:05 GMT
Feb 26 (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge on Wednesday denied BP Plc’s request to halt payments from the $2.3 billion fund it created to compensate commercial fishermen for financial losses after the British company’s 2010 offshore oil spill, according to court records. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/IPdd_qPr-9Q/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Oil-by-rail shippers must account for dangerous gas, official says
Posted:Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:59:14 GMT
WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Oil companies handling volatile fuel out of North Dakota’s energy patch must consider the dangers of flammable gas carried in the kind of oil-by-rail shipments involved in a string of fiery derailments, a U.S. regulator said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/y38cVpqYP6c/story01.htm

Exxon Mobil CEO welcomes fracking, but not water tower in his backyard
Posted:Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:36:12 GMT
DALLAS, Feb 26 (Reuters) – It’s not every day that the chief executive of the largest U.S. energy company joins a lawsuit opposing a new water tower planned in his neighborhood that could support fracking. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/uWm1ykgGtOc/story01.htm

Cape Wind says secures $600 mln in financing from Danish agency
Posted:Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:45:55 GMT
BOSTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Cape Wind said on Wednesday it has secured $600 million in financing for its proposed $2.5 billion wind power farm off the Massachusetts coast, and expects to have the rest locked up by the end of the third quarter. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/q-RWv9EMjRo/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Oil services must take on more risk, Petrofac CEO warns
Posted:Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:48:27 GMT
LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Oil service companies will have to assume more risk in the coming years as investor pressure and a flat crude price make oil company clients push harder to avoid delays on megaprojects, the chief executive of FTSE 100 contractor Petrofac said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/FQEXv8KG_ug/story01.htm

RPT-West Virginia senator pushes coal bill as counterweight to EPA
Posted:Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:50:14 GMT
(Repeats to additional subscribers with no change in text) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/bwtISq4wNFg/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Williams Partners to buy Williams Co’s Canadian gas assets for $1.2 bln
Posted:Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:15:55 GMT
Feb 26 (Reuters) – Pipeline company Williams Partners LP said it would buy certain Canadian gas assets from Williams Cos Inc for about $1.2 billion to boost its natural gas liquid treating and processing business. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/b7QxWS2f_-A/story01.htm

Industry-funded report calls for changes to German energy policy
Posted:Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:01:00 GMT
* Says staying on current track risks Germany falling behind http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/pBvOcdjxKmo/story01.htm

U.S. report finds no conflict of interest on Keystone XL
Posted:Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:55:37 GMT
WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department’s inspector general said on Wednesday the department had acted properly in choosing a contractor to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline, clearing it of charges there was undue influence. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/OeADvGbo8d4/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-US review opens door to assessing oil reserves in Atlantic
Posted:Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:49:52 GMT
(Adds details from proposal, background, comments from agency) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/-6LKrl58nME/story01.htm

Transocean estimates 18-24 months before rig demand recovers
Posted:Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:04:20 GMT
Feb 27 (Reuters) – Transocean Ltd, owner of the world’s largest offshore drilling fleet, said it could take up to 18 to 24 months for demand to recover as customers delay drilling programs. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/t0-sNtE2A8o/story01.htm

Thursday, 27 February 2014

While 13 WIPP Workers Test Positive For Radiation Exposure, US Energy Secretary Moniz Tells New Clean Energy Innovators That They Are On Their Own! (All while the Vogtle Nuclear Reactor Gets 6 to 8 billion in Loan Subsidies)

Notice that Moniz has been hiding out at an innovation conference instead of being in New Mexico, talking to the community about WIPP, like a decent person would! Guess he got his yearly radiation dose at Fukushima? But if WIPP’s leaks are so minor then he could go speak with the community. If it’s so minor, how come yesterday’s DOE letter says that the contaminated workers were working above ground at time of their contamination? Or, at least it seems to say that. This WIPP situation reminds us of Bush ignoring Katrina. Obama should be in New Mexico too. Obama, Moniz and Mary Landrieu are leaving others holding the radioactive waste-disaster bag…all while they continue to toss billions to the nuclear industry! Senator Landrieu is looking after her corporate campaign donors and state employment but what’s the deal with Obama-Moniz?
From US DOE:
Clean energy technologies are essential to the global transition to a low-carbon future — as Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz highlighted in his keynote address. This transformation will rely on driving down the costs of technologies, and as he told those at the Summit,‘it’s your responsibility to do it.’

But as many Summit participants indicated, they can’t do it alone. Whether from academia, the financial industry, or business, Summit speakers pointed to the invaluable role that the Energy Department — and ARPA-E in particular — plays in furthering innovation. ARPA-E provides relatively small grants to researchers and companies with transformational ideas for energy technology, and to help move the technologies to market, ARPA-E facilitates relationship building across the sectors. This building of viable collaborations is a major focus of the annual Innovation Summit.http://energy.gov/articles/day-3-2014-arpa-e-innovation-summit With one 1.6 billion dollar loan exception of Ivanpah, the clean energy loan-subsidies are millions of dollars: http://energy.gov/articles/celebrating-completion-worlds-largest-concentrating-solar-power-plant Compare to the 6 to 8 billion dollars for Vogtle Nuclear Plant, and who knows how much for the Mox Facility, plus the half a billion proposed in “Taxpayer Subsidies for Small Modular Reactors“, September 2013 (Taxpayers for Common Sense, article opposing this subsidy). Furthermore, “During times of economic stress, the nuclear industry has a tradition of rushing forth to proclaim a new technology just around the corner that will sweep current problems aside. Unfortunately, these visions have an equally long tradition of expensive failure, most often at taxpayers’ expense. The Department of Energy’s efforts to spend taxpayer dollars on small modular reactors will simply continue this legacy of failure and must be rejected.” http://www.taxpayer.net/images/uploads/downloads/SMR_Fact_Sheet_-_Sept_2013_-_UPDATE_final.pdf Nuclear has had its chance and endless subsidies for well over half a century and failed. Time to move them out of the way and not prop them up with billions of dollars!

Thirteen workers test positive for radiation at New Mexico waste site
Posted:Thu, 27 Feb 2014 04:27:59 GMT
REUTERS – Thirteen workers have tested positive for radiation exposure tied to an accidental release earlier this month of high levels of radiation in an underground nuclear waste repository in New Mexico, the U.S. Department of Energy said on Wednesday
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/30HTkexO06g/story01.htm

Jose R. Franco, Manager U.S. Department of Energy – Carlsbad Field Office wrote a letter to residents on Wednesday, trying to sound reassuring on WIPP, but comparing the problem to smoke detectors! While Americium is a gamma emitter, it is also an alpha emitter. This means that it is very dangerous, upon eating it, breathing it, absorbing through skin or wounds. According to the University of Cincinnati, Americium 241 has a physical Half-Life of 432.7 years, a Biological Half-Life of 50 years (bone), Effective Half-Life: 45 years (bone).
Furthermore for Americium 241:
RADIOLOGICAL DATA • Radiological Toxicity Rating: Group 1 (very high) • Critical Organ: Bone • Routes of Intake: Ingestion, Inhalation, Puncture, Wound, Skin Absorption” This and additional information available here: researchcompliance.uc.edu/Libraries/Isotopes/Am-241.sflb.ashx

WE DON’T EAT SMOKE DETECTORS! However, maybe we should be concerned that they are dumped into regular waste dumps, according to the US EPA link below, because they can crack open.

From Jose Franco:
February 26, 2014

To Eddy and Lea County Residents:

This morning (February 26), the 13 Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) employees that were on site the evening of February 14 were notified that they have tested positive for radiological contamination. Employees were notified within about 12 hours of the receipt of preliminary sample results.

At the time of the event, these employees were performing above ground operations, and federal oversight duties at the WIPP facility. Nuclear Waste Partnership, LLC, the site contractor, requested that all workers on site the night of the event submit follow-up bioassay samples as they were considered more likely to have indications of potential exposure. Additional samples will be collected from these employees in the weeks ahead in order to perform complete analyses.

It is premature to speculate on the health effects of these preliminary results, or any treatment that may be needed. However, on-site sampling and surveys and environmental monitoring, to date, continue to support National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center (NARAC) modeling, which indicates that airborne contamination was likely at very low levels.

The material for this release event is transuranic radionuclides. The release material was predominantly americium-241, material which is consistent with the waste disposed of at the WIPP. This is a radionuclide used in consumer smoke detectors and a contaminant in nuclear weapons manufacturing.

Determining employee dose typically involves multiple sample analyses to determine employee’s radionuclide excretion rate over time. This allows the lab to estimate the employee’s accumulated internal dose. The time this process takes depends largely on the solubility of the inhaled particulate, with less water-soluble radioactive materials requiring more samples and time to accurately estimate the dose. Follow-up urine samples may require about three or more weeks to accurately predict dose.” (Bold added) The entire letter is here: http://www.wipp.energy.gov/Special/CBFO_Mgr_Letter.pdf

Americium 241 comes from Plutonium 241:
241Pu has a half-life of 14 years, corresponding to a decay of about 5% of Pu-241 nuclei over a one-year period. The longer spent nuclear fuel waits before reprocessing, the more 241Pu decays to americium-241, which is nonfissile (although fissionable by fast neutrons) and an alpha emitter with a halflife of 432 years which is a major contributor to the radioactivity of nuclear waste on a scale of hundreds or thousands of years.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plutonium-241

According to the US EPA (WIPP uses this link):
Americium-241 is an unstable (radioactive) isotope with a half-life of 432.7 years. As it decays, it releases alpha and gamma radiation and changes into neptunium-237, which is also radioactive. The americium-241 decay chain ends with bismuth-209, a stable (non-radioactive) element.

How do people come in contact with americium-241?
…People may be directly exposed to gamma radiation from americium-241 by walking on contaminated land. They may also be exposed to both alpha and gamma radiation by breathing in americium contaminated dust, or drinking contaminated water. Because americium-241 was widely dispersed globally during the testing of nuclear weapons, only very minute amounts of it are found in the soil, plants, and water. Living near a weapons testing or production facility may increase your chance of exposure to americium-241….

How does americium-241 get into the body?
People who live or work near a contaminated site, such as a former weapons production facility, may ingest americium-241 with food and water, or may inhale it as part of resuspended dust.

What does americium-241 do once it gets into the body?
Once in the body, americium-241 tends to concentrate in the bone, liver, and muscle. It can stay in the body for decades and continue to expose the surrounding tissues to radiation, and increase your risk of developing cancer.

When inhaled, some Am-241 remains in the lungs, depending upon the particle size and the chemical form of the americium compound. The chemical forms that dissolve easily may pass into the bloodstream from the lungs. The chemical forms that dissolve less easily tend to remain in the lungs, or are coughed up through the lung’s natural defense system, and swallowed. From the stomach swallowed americium may dissolve and pass into the bloodstream. However, undissolved material passes from the body through the feces.” (bold added) http://www.epa.gov/radiation/radionuclides/americium.html

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

US Dept. of Energy Secretary Moniz’ Magic Fairy
Alfred Smedberg's The seven wishes , artist John Bauer, Public Domain
There are 7 wishes — let’s see, Moniz seems to think that the WIPP problem has gone away and so gave an over 6 billion dollar loan for construction of a new nuclear power plant (Vogtle) which has been fraught with problems; he seems to think Fukushima’s gone away too; now there’s a hint that he may be giving a government loan for oil and gas pipelines; looks like he’s hoping the US Debt will magically go away too? How many wishes is that? There is the Louisiana Salt Dome storage facility continuing to collapse too! Our wish and prayer is that nuclear is stopped and that Fukushima and WIPP are properly addressed and that the US would subsidize new technology and not give handouts to old, dangerous, technology like nuclear and petroleum. We would like to see more lawsuits over Fukushima, to force disclosure and to move solutions along.

For Immediate Release WIPP Reports New Environmental Monitoring Data
CARLSBAD, N.M., February 24, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today reported
new environmental monitoring data from samples collected at numerous locations on and around the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). Results indicate slightly elevated levels of airborne radioactive concentrations, which are consistent with the waste disposed of at WIPP. The samples taken demonstrate these concentrations remain well below a level of public or environmental hazard. The samples were collected by WIPP radiological and environmental monitoring personnel February 17-18 and sent to site laboratories for additional analyses
http://www.wipp.energy. gov/pr/2014/WIPP_radiological_monitoring_results_2-24-14.pdf
(Complete document is at web site)

See also: http://cumbriatrust.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/new-tests-reveal-radiation-in-air-after-recent-u-s-nuclear-disposal-site-leak/

See our reblog from Cumbria Trust: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/with-waste-from-nuclear-new-build-now-to-be-taken-into-consideration-the-capacity-of-any-disposal-facilities-wherever-they-are-located-will-need-to-be-vastly-increased/ UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey is also acting like nuclear waste can be magically disappeared.

We had forgotten to post this:
Mississippi river closed at New Orleans after barge crash prompts oil spill: Officials report light sheen following accident but river traffic halted to avoid contaminating passing vesselhttp://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/24/mississippi-river-new-orleans-oil-spill

We wonder if Prime Minister Abe can be brought to justice for his grandfather, over the Chinese forced labour issue? These two lawsuits are good, but there need to be more Fukushima lawsuits to find out what’s going on and get things fixed! Look how the US continues to push dangerous outdated petroleum and nuclear. Last week Moniz throws an over 6 billion $ government loan to the nuclear industry and now he sounds like they may throw money to the oil pipeline industry! Did the magic fairy godmother suddenly wave away the US debt? What happened to alternative energies? Government loans and subsidies are to move forward not backwards.

Reuters News Feeds Selection:

Chinese wartime forced labourers sue Japanese firms
Posted:Tue, 25 Feb 2014 23:54:23 -0500
BEIJING, Feb 26 (Reuters) – A Beijing court accepted a lawsuit on Wednesday demanding compensation for Chinese citizens made by the Japanese to work as forced labourers during World War Two, state media reported. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/BtRSMKgD5ko/china-japan-lawsuit-idUSL3N0LV17Y20140226

Chinese man becomes first to sue government over severe smog
Posted:Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:25:22 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – A man in a smog-ridden northern city has become the first person in China to sue the government for failing to curb air pollution, a state-run newspaper reported on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/MgCW4wtvX8U/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Hebei Iron & Steel says new project ban to help relieve oversupply
Posted:Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:24:02 -0500
BEIJING, Feb 26 (Reuters) – A vow by China to ban new steel projects until 2017 will help to relieve oversupply in the bloated sector but the policy will take time to have an effect, China’s top steel maker said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/eOhTEkx7JQM/hebei-steel-idUSL3N0LV0VX20140226

Australia’s Rinehart nears $7.8 bln mine finance deal – sources
Posted:Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:42:57 -0500
* 14 banks join export credit agencies in finance deal – sources http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/w2pf-ACJqh8/australia-royhill-funding-idUSL3N0LV0YJ20140226

Chinese, U.S. rail firms eye Mexico as reforms loom -lawmaker
Posted:Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:26:36 -0500
MEXICO CITY, Feb 25 (Reuters) – U.S. and Chinese rail companies have expressed interest in the Mexican rail freight market if a bill that seeks to open up the sector to more companies is approved, the head of the lower house of Congress’ transport commission said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/8Ow_9WSMpww/mexico-reforms-rail-idUSL1N0LV00F20140226

Canada’s Oliver to decide on Northern Gateway pipeline by mid-June
Posted:Tue, 25 Feb 2014 18:58:39 GMT
OTTAWA, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Canada’s Natural Resources Minister, Joe Oliver, said on Tuesday he intends to meet the mid-June deadline on deciding whether to approve Enbridge Inc’s Northern Gateway oil pipeline to the Pacific coast. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9LVHNM_wL38/story01.htm

U.S. lawmakers to question oil-by-rail safety; tank cars a concern
Posted:Wed, 26 Feb 2014 06:00:00 GMT
WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers are expected to question regulators and rail industry officials on Wednesday about several recent fiery derailments, focusing on whether shipments from energy producing regions such as North Dakota’s Bakken area are being handled safely. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/mSp4YbOD_lI/story01.htm

U.S. government looks for ways to boost energy infrastructure
Posted:Tue, 25 Feb 2014 23:29:36 GMT
WASHINGTON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – The Obama administration will look for ways the federal government could spur investment to improve infrastructure for transporting oil and natural gas supplies around the country, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9i5tdVqJnZg/story01.htm

In Japan, Goldman, Fortress scout for runway, solar, infrastructure deals
Posted:Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:00:06 GMT
TOKYO, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc is considering putting money into a major Japanese airport, the latest foreign investor to eye infrastructure projects as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to open up the market. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/XTwCczxh9Bw/story01.htm

RPT-B&A pulls out of talks to buy BHP stake in Guinea iron project
Posted:Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:39:28 GMT
* Initially valued at $500-600 mln, but the value has fallen http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ZasJwWbuCoQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Accidents spur U.S. to mandate tests of oil moving by train
Posted:Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:57:12 GMT
WASHINGTON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators issued an emergency order on Tuesday requiring oil from North Dakota being loaded onto trains to be tested and properly labeled to reflect its volatile nature after a series of explosive train derailments over the past year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/k9zcMLqmYxc/story01.htm

Japan to see average weather this summer, reiterates El Nino warning
Posted:Tue, 25 Feb 2014 09:11:20 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan is likely to see average weather this summer, the official forecaster said on Tuesday, reducing the risk of a potential spike in demand for electricity from customers cranking up their air conditioning. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/CFekiExmmBo/story01.htm

Japan sees possible emergence of the El Nino weather pattern this summer
Posted:Tue, 25 Feb 2014 07:49:25 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s weather bureau said on Tuesday that there was a possible emergence of the El Nino weather pattern, which is often linked to heavy rainfall and droughts, this summer. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/t94YcT1aVQg/story01.htm

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Louisiana sinkhole related news of concern: http://lasinkhole.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/bubbling/

Japan to lift part of Fukushima evacuation order, allowing Tamura city residents to return home
North Asia correspondent Matthew Carney and staff http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-25/an-evacuated-fukushima-residents-to-be-allowed-to-return-home/5281628

Residents are being “allowed” to return or are they being made to return home, if the radiation dose is measured at 20 millisieverts per year? In pro-nuclear Canada, while 20 millisieverts is technically allowed for those working in the nuclear industry or with xrays, in reality “average yearly radiation exposure of a monitored worker is about 0.3 mSv.http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/environ/expos-eng.php

From Health Canada:
Ionizing radiation is the type of radiation to which people who work in the nuclear industry or around x-ray equipment in medical institutions or laboratories are exposed. The maximum amount of radiation people are allowed to receive in the workplace is regulated. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission sets a limit of 50 mSv in a single year and 100 mSv over 5 years (a 20 mSv per year average). The limit for a pregnant worker, once pregnancy has been declared, is 4 mSv for the remainder of the pregnancy. Provinces also have workplace radiation protection regulations, which vary from province to province. Radiation exposure limits are also set under the Canada Labour Code.

These various regulations and safe practices ensure that most people who are exposed to workplace radiation receive far below 20 mSv per year. While exposure levels vary by job, the average yearly radiation exposure of a monitored worker is about 0.3 mSv“. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/environ/expos-eng.php

This hypothesis appears to have some merit:
Why the Obama Administration Will Not Admit that Fukushima Radiation is Poisoning Americans
Why isn’t GE being held accountable?

Excerpts from the article:
Why wouldn’t GE be held accountable? Here’s one possibility: Jeffery Immelt is the head of GE. He is also the head of the United States Economic Advisory Board. He was invited to join the board personally by President Obama in 2009 and took over as head in 2011 when Paul Volcker stepped down in February 2011, just a month before the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Fukushima…
The New York Times reported:
In 1972, Stephen H. Hanauer, then a safety official with the Atomic Energy Commission, recommended that the Mark 1 system be discontinued because it presented unacceptable safety risks. Among the concerns cited was the smaller containment design, which was more susceptible to explosion and rupture from a buildup in hydrogen — a situation that may have unfolded at the Fukushima Daiichi plant….
Then, three years later in 1975, Dale Bridenbaugh and two colleagues were asked to review the GE Mark 1 Boiling Water Reactor (BWR). They were convinced that the reactor was inherently unsafe and so flawed in its design that it could catastrophically fail under certain circumstances. There were two main issues. First was the possible failure of the Mark 1 to deal with the huge pressures created if the unit lost cooling power. Secondly, the spent fuel ponds were situated 100 feet in the air near the top of the reactor…

Read the entire article here: http://www.globalresearch.ca/why-the-obama-administration-will-not-admit-that-fukushima-radiation-is-poisoning-americans/5365626

Related video here:

(We’ve thrown in a few Reuters medical titles since radiation can cause genetic mutations and disease. So, money is made on both ends.)
Reuters News Feed Title Selections

UPDATE 3-Former Evercore director charged with insider trading
Posted:Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:00:01 -0500
NEW YORK, Feb 21 (Reuters) – U.S. authorities on Friday accused a former investment banker at Evercore Group of engaging in insider trading, and a federal regulator said he used the money to pay a former mistress to support their child. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/VdkC2q-A21c/evercore-hixon-insidertrading-idUSL2N0LQ1DU20140221

Indonesian copper smelters at risk as mining policy misfires
Posted:Sun, 23 Feb 2014 16:00:01 -0500
* Mining law aims to force miners to process minerals at home http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/oojSEfRy0Wc/indonesia-smelters-idUSL3N0LH33D20140223

Brussels sues Britain over dirty-air breach
Posted:Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:16:03 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – The European Commission is taking legal action accusing Britain of exceeding limits on air pollution from traffic, forcing the UK to introduce tougher curbs or face fines over what is known to cause tens of thousands of premature deaths each year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/jgF5VY0vdoI/story01.htm

Earth’s green canopy gets an online protector
Posted:Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:22:02 GMT
SAO PAULO (Reuters) – A new online monitoring system will make it possible to quickly check the condition of tropical forests around the globe that were previously under no surveillance, potentially increasing pressure on governments to stop deforestation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/4mWbZOnYw9Y/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Isis shares rise on promising spinal disorder drug data
Posted:Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:01:41 -0500
Feb 21 (Reuters) – Shares of Isis Pharmaceuticals reached a new high on Friday after the company said early trials of its experimental treatment for a rare spinal disorder showed that it increased muscle function in children and kept infants with the most severe form of the disease alive and off ventilators. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/tvXfSkJPMXA/isis-antisensedrug-idUSL2N0LQ2GR20140221

In women with BRCA mutation, early ovary removal may save lives – Canadian study
Posted:Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:09:26 GMT
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Women with genetic mutations that increase their risk of ovarian cancer have fewer years than physicians thought to make the difficult choice of having their ovaries removed to prevent the often-fatal disease, according to a study published on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/jgqKIayUiDs/story01.htm

Mali finds five more bodies in graves near ex-junta base
Posted:Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:48:59 GMT
BAMAKO (Reuters) – Malian authorities have found five corpses in army uniforms in two graves near the headquarter of a former military junta during part of an investigation into officers who briefly seized power in a coup in 2012. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/eBsIP4rnoqw/story01.htm

Russian police detain protesters outside trial over anti-Putin rally
Posted:Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:41:13 GMT
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian riot police detained over a hundred protesters on Monday at a Moscow courthouse where seven opponents of President Vladimir Putin were jailed from two and a half to four years over a demonstration that turned violent. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/_sHABQxVMoM/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Russian state conglomerate head may join Uralkali board – sources
Posted:Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:47:52 -0500
* Uralkali shareholders to elect new board on March 24 (Adds details, context) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/tVoWuSq3A4o/russia-uralkali-idUSL6N0LT2YA20140224

Excerpt from the article:
Feb 24 (Reuters) – Sergei Chemezov, the head of Russian state conglomerate Rostec and a powerful ally of President Vladimir Putin, may join the board of world No.1 potash producer Uralkali and could become its chairman…

Chemezov, Putin’s colleague during his posting with the KGB security service in East Germany in the 1980s, has built up a state-owned empire that includes the world’s biggest titanium maker, Russia’s largest carmaker, and one of the world’s biggest arms exporters“.

RPT-UPDATE 1-Producers seek record aluminium premium in Japan-sources
Posted:Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:53:07 -0500
TOKYO, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Some big aluminium producers have pushed up their proposed premiums on primary metal to Japanese buyers by 45-47 percent to a record $370-$375 per tonne for April-June shipments, four sources involved in quarterly pricing talks said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/jpohAol4HYE/aluminium-japan-idUSL3N0LT4E320140224

UPDATE 1-Huge Indonesian copper project sets sights on IPO
Posted:Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:09:07 -0500
MELBOURNE/JAKARTA, Feb 25 (Reuters) – A $4 billion copper and gold project in Indonesia, snatched from an Australian company two years ago, is set to come back to the market this year in a public offering by its new owners, led by two local coal tycoons. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/lfkRKmso0Ok/indonesia-tujuhbukit-idUSL3N0LT52A20140224

Peru’s energy and mines minister Merino resigns – government sources
Posted:Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:37:55 -0500
LIMA, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Peru’s Energy and Mines Minister Jorge Merino is resigning from President Ollanta Humala’s government, a government source and another source from the energy sector said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/BYKn7eqYJJ0/peru-merino-resignation-idUSL1N0LT25R20140224

Newmont to cut additional 500-600 jobs at Ghana mine – official
Posted:Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:33:23 -0500
ACCRA, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Newmont Mining Corp plans to cut up to 600 jobs at its Ghana gold mine by June this year, its local manager said on Monday, citing an ageing facility and slumping gold prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/hd7AO28Lsec/ghana-mine-layoffs-idUSL6N0LT45K20140224

Brussels launches probe of UK state aid to Drax -FT
Posted:Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:47:58 GMT
Feb 24 (Reuters) – Brussels has initiated a preliminary probe into the possible breach of state aid rules by the UK in guaranteeing a 75 million pound-loan to Drax Group, operator of Britain’s biggest power station, the Financial Times reported late Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Yyc4yYiKHcE/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Obama says expects Keystone decision in next couple months -Oklahoma governor
Posted:Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:26:53 GMT
WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama told governors at a White House meeting on Monday he expects a decision on whether to allow the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline from Canada in the next couple of months, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin told reporters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9eKUBZRuRnk/story01.htm

U.S. justices appear divided over Obama climate change regulation
Posted:Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:10:01 GMT
WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court appeared closely divided on Monday over whether the administration of President Barack Obama exceeded its authority in trying to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/uU-QrfR4xfk/story01.htm