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This post continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/the-ongoing-saga-23-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ It is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/the-ongoing-saga-21-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ This post was updated from 18 April to 25 April, 2014.
It is in inverted order. Last update is on top.

Friday, 25 April 2014

New post about the new WIPP report: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/damning-report-about-radiation-leak-at-urs-led-wipp-partner-is-babcock-wilcox-major-subcontractor-areva/
Post updated on Wednesday and today: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-viii-of-a-series/

Putin Militarizing both Arctic and Near Ukraine:
WRAPUP 8-Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels; Russia starts drill near border
Posted:Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:30:25 GMT
* Kiev Interior Ministry forces, army take rebel checkpoints
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/vhi6hv6zPrk/story01.htm

Russia’s Putin wants beefed-up presence in Arctic
Posted:Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:29:29 GMT
* Russia sees Arctic as important source of natural resources
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/sXMZQO3799g/story01.htm
Additional News Will Post Later. Probably in a new Ongoing 23.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC (NWP), which runs WIPP for the US Dept. of Energy (DOE), is a URS-led (URS Energy and Construction, Inc.) consortium with partner Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Group, Inc. (B&W) and major subcontractor AREVA Federal Services. Areva is about 90 percent French government owned (See: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Areva)
In 1978 B&W designed and built the nuclear reactor that was involved in the Three Mile Island accident“. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babcock_%26_Wilcox What an achievement! Babcock and Wilcox was at Three Mile Island and now at WIPP!
Wednesday WIPP Town Hall Meeting is online. It was live but now is a video available here: http://new.livestream.com/rrv/wipptownhall7?query=&cat=event
This Townhall Meeting started off more lively than last week’s. We didn’t hear the whole thing, yet. However, at about 12 minutes a lady challenges them regarding how WIPP can be re certified when it’s not supposed to leak for 10,000 years. They said that that’s after it is backfilled and sealed. Apparently it is allowed to leak until then?

But, when, and if, WIPP is closed, and there is no longer ventilation, or monitoring, is when the REAL trouble starts. It is difficult to say which is the more likely source of the radiation right now. Did someone cut a canister due to speed ups, which is leaking in the newest panel 7? Or, is the radiation from an explosion in the abandoned, backfilled, unventilated part? We will probably never know for certain. (Make sure you are adequately alert, if you watch the video, lest they entrance you by boring you. It is easy to drift off.)

The reported measured contamination in WIPP is 10,000 Disintegrations per minute of radiation on an area of 100 cm2. That means it is an area which is 10 x 10 cm in size or 4 inches by 4 inches. This is 10,000 dpm in a very small space.

For those coming to this post through the FlyingCuttleFish reblog http://flyingcuttlefish.wordpress.com , or through the ENE comment section, please scroll down to Tuesday, 22 April 2014 for WIPP-Hanford contractor URS information (Note that Babcock and Wilcox are also part of the BEA consortium at Idaho National Lab).

Current, 2014, Situation in Ukraine Endangers Clean-up and Containment of Chernobyl and Keeps Doctors from Helping Children with Heart Conditions Caused by Chernobyl

Notice that Ireland has undergone structural adjustment, and Ireland has impoverished people and homeless, and yet Ireland has given almost 2 euros (1.7 euros) per person to help better entomb the Chernobyl reactor. In contrast, Russia, who made the mess at Chernobyl in the first place with a faulty reactor design, has promised only 10 cents per person! (Per capita breakdown of pledges below) Ireland has no nuclear, either! By leaving the UK behind them, they opted out of the Empire, and thus did not have nuclear forced upon them. Ireland is nuclear free.

For Ongoing Construction of Safe Containment for the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant:
Ireland 4.5 million population gave 8 million euros or 1.7 euros per person
Russia 143.5 million population pledged 15 million euros
or 0.10 euros (10 cents) per person
USA 317.8 million population pledged 182 million euros
or 0.57 euros (57 cents) per person
Ukraine 45.59 million population pledged 45 million euros
or 0.98 euros (98 cents) per person
Germany 81.89 million population pledged 60 million euros,
or 0.73 euros (73 cents) per person
UK 63.23 million population pledged 53 million euros
or 0.838 euros (83 cents) per person

Escalating Ukraine-Russia hostilities raises new Chernobyl fears on 28th Anniversary Apr 23, 2014
The increasingly volatile situation in strife-torn Ukraine has raised fresh fears over a $2 billion internationally funded construction project to make the still highly unstable Chernobyl nuclear power plant safe for the next 100 years
At the heart of this latest setback for the huge engineering project is the economic crisis facing Ukraine because of the continuing destabilising tensions in the east of the country where separatist groups are seeing closer integration with the Russian Federation and uncertainty over Russia’s contribution to the globally funded clean up and containment programme.

The EU has pledged €250 million towards the cost of the Safe Confinement project; the US €182 million, Germany €60 million, the UK €53 million, Ukraine €45 million, Russia €15 million. Ireland has contributed €8 million towards the cost of building a gigantic concrete shield or ‘sarcophagus’ over the still leaking reactor.” (Emphasis added) Read the entire article here: http://www.chernobyl-international.com/news/2014/04/23/escalating-ukraine-russia-hostilities-raises-new-chernobyl-fears-on-28th-anniversary

An Irish charity has collected a lot of money to help the children of Chernobyl. This conflict in Ukraine also undermines that effort.

ESCALATING CRISIS IN UKRAINE FORCES SUSPENSION OF IRISH AID PROGRAMME” Apr 14, 2014
Excerpt: “For the past 10 years teams of surgeons from the US and Canada have travelled to Ukraine and Belarus six times a year to perform operations on children who have been diagnosed with a condition known as ‘Chernobyl Heart’.

6,000 children are born with genetic heart diseases and defects in Ukraine each year. Medical experts there say these conditions, some of which they describe as ‘Chernobyl Heart’, are linked to radiation leaks from the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident in 1986
The ‘open heart’surgery programme to save the lives of these children is a joint initiative between Ireland, Ukraine and the US. The €3 million – the programme cost so far – has been raised entirely in Ireland by CCI donors and volunteer fundraising activities.
The operations are carried out in the Regional Hospital in Kharkiv in the east of Ukraine – by some of the world’s leading heart specialists – under the direction of the renowned US cardiologist Dr William Novick, Founder of the International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF)
“. (Emphasis Added) Read entire article at: http://www.chernobyl-international.com/news/2014/04/14/escalating-crisis-in-ukraine-forces-suspension-of-irish-aid-programme

For more information: http://www.chernobyl-international.com

For information about Ireland’s Structural Adjustment and Homelessness in Ireland: http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/assistance_eu_ms/ireland/index_en.htm http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/publications/occasional_paper/2013/pdf/ocp167_en.pdf
http://www.dubsimon.ie/Homelessness/PovertyinIreland.aspx

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Oil firm Soco to begin seismic testing in Congo’s Virunga park
Posted:Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:55:43 GMT
KINSHASA, April 23 (Reuters) – British oil company Soco International will start seismic tests this weekend in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Lake Edward, an executive said on Wednesday, despite campaigners’ attempts to block exploration in a world heritage site
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/FbkQsHzpIAk/story01.htm

WRAPUP 4-Russia says it will respond if Ukraine interests attacked
Posted:Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:40:55 GMT
* Kiev says to resume operation against armed groups in east http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/1RFe40LaGYU/story01.htm

Ukraine crisis seen speeding Gazprom deal with China
Posted:Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:24:52 GMT
* Russia looks East as relations with West sour over Ukraine http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/cqhJ2-T5nTY/story01.htm

Oil firm Soco to begin seismic testing in Congo’s Virunga park
Posted:Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:11:00 GMT
KINSHASA, April 23 (Reuters) – British oil company Soco International will start seismic tests this weekend in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Lake Edward, an executive said on Wednesday, despite campaigners’ attempts to block exploration in a world heritage site. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/87QL5Ex6sV8/story01.htm

Russia offers gas talks with EU, Ukraine in Moscow on April 28
Posted:Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:36:41 GMT
MOSCOW, April 23 (Reuters) – Russia’s Energy Ministry has proposed European Union Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger to hold a three-way meeting on gas between Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission in Moscow on April 28, a ministry spokeswoman said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/KnP0PqpROik/story01.htm

India to make May-July oil payments to Iran – sources
Posted:Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:24:57 GMT
* $550 mln payments are due on May 14, June 17 and July 20 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/XrDeR4GBjjo/story01.htm

Britain’s National Trust starts selling renewable power
Posted:Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:24:27 GMT
LONDON, April 23 (Reuters) – Britain’s conservation charity the National Trust switched on its first large-scale renewable energy project on Wednesday and launched a new trading company to sell its power to the country’s national grid. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/DzGJLrc6DxU/story01.htm

EU, Ukraine, Slovakia to hold reverse-flow gas talks on Thursday
Posted:Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:54:12 GMT
BRUSSELS, April 23 (Reuters) – The European Commission said on Wednesday that Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger will meet Slovakian and Ukrainian ministers on Thursday in Bratislava to discuss the possibility of reverse flows to pump gas back to Kiev. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/igZj13TMbSs/story01.htm

RWE eyes bigger role in energy saving business
Posted:Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:33:17 GMT
ESSEN, Germany, April 23 (Reuters) – German utility RWE plans to sell more energy saving products, its head of strategy said, as it strives to offset some of the losses made by its power plants across Europe. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/PLYsAvi31jY/story01.htm

Total sees Russia as biggest source of its oil output by 2020
Posted:Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:42:14 GMT
* Total’s Russian output to almost double from 2013 to 2020 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/P2HKX_3LJRU/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Dow Chemical expects margin growth after cost control pays
Posted:Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:21:57 GMT
* Shares rise as much as 3.5 pct to $50.64 (Adds margin forecast, CEO comments) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/X-2YJR9-kws/story01.htm

UPDATE 4-Canada to phase out old railway oil tankers; won’t wait for U.S.
Posted:Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:52:19 GMT
(Recasts with official announcement and reaction from industry, U.S. government) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/fIzRz_9eTa4/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Thailand’s PTTEP buys Hess assets in $1 bln deal – CEO
Posted:Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:44:49 GMT
BANGKOK, April 23 (Reuters) – PTT Exploration and Production Pcl (PTTEP), Thailand’s top oil and gas explorer, has bought Hess Corp’s assets in Thailand in a $1 billion deal as part of its attempt to boost its gas business, the company’s CEO said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/mGJdZa7saw8/story01.htm

Oregon investigates mysterious honeybee deaths along state highway
Posted:Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:20:24 -0400
PORTLAND, Ore., April 23 (Reuters) – Oregon agriculture authorities are investigating the mysterious deaths of potentially thousands of honeybees along a highway, the second die-off of bees in the state in less than a year
. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/smkmJo498TI/usa-oregon-bees-idUSL2N0NF1XB20140423

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Chemistry of the Actinide and Transactinide Elements“, Lester R. Morss, et. al. ed. Springer, 2006, p. 1817, cites Bulman, 1980, as estimating that plutonium stays in the bone for a half-time of 65 to 130 years. They think that once it is removed from the bone, it is probably recycled to the liver and to the bone, again! We assume this means if the person is still alive! Morss works or worked for the US Dept. of Energy, which means he’s probably not anti-nuclear! When they tell you that the plutonium leaked by WIPP is not a problem, just think about how old you are and how long 130 years is! Most authors give plutonium a half-life in the body of 20 to 50 years, but that means it is still there for a life-time.

According to US Gov’s Los Alamos Lab, New Mexico, May 21, 2012: “Plutonium is the most complex element in the periodic table, yet it is also one of the most poorly understood ones. But now a well-known scientific technique, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, may turn out to be the perfect tool for uncovering some of plutonium’s mysteries… For more than 50 years, chemists and physicists have been searching for the plutonium-239 magnetic resonance signal. Only now, in an international collaboration between LANL and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, a team of chemists and physicists at Los Alamos has together determined just the right conditions for observing the signal“. https://www.lanl.gov/newsroom/news-releases/2012/May/05.21-plutonium-fingerprinted.php

While everyone is looking at Ukraine, Putin continues to look at the Arctic…

Reuters News Feed Selection

Russia’s Putin wants beefed-up presence in Arctic
Posted:Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:29:29 GMT
* Russia sees Arctic as important source of natural resources http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/sXMZQO3799g/story01.htm

Ukraine president calls for new anti-rebel offensive as crisis deal falters
Posted:Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:41:45 GMT
KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Ukraine’s acting president, Oleksander Turchinov, called on Tuesday for government forces to relaunch an offensive against pro-Russian rebels after a local politician from his own party was found dead with signs of torture. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/AjRKs9kKrtU/story01.htm

Election cash restrictions to dent India’s gold imports
Posted:Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:53:43 -0400
MUMBAI, April 22 (Reuters) – India’s gold imports in April and May could be less than half of arrivals in March, as restrictions on the movement of cash during general elections dent the buying power of consumers, jewellery industry officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/WuKPxzq3-gQ/india-gold-idUSL3N0N60WI20140422

RPT-China’s seizure of Japanese ship has pre-World War Two roots
Posted:Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:00:34 -0400
(Repeats story first published on April 22, text unchanged) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/z2hBEJVWKM4/china-japan-ship-idUSL3N0NE2V520140422

I.Coast ex-rebel profiting from banned diamond trade- U.N. experts
Posted:Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:28:37 -0400
* Embargo monitors say stones trafficked through neighbours http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/xC_nZ4lTqTY/ivorycoast-un-diamonds-idUSL6N0N94U720140422

UPDATE 4-Teck Resources to cut 5 pct of its workforce, restart zinc mine
Posted:Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:41:12 -0400
* Net profit falls 78.4 pct to C$69 mln (Adds quote from conference call, detail on unusual items) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/RM9ZsWqsXDg/teckresources-results-idUSL3N0NE2BB20140422

Anglo Asian increases gold output in Azerbaijan
Posted:Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:50:16 -0400
BAKU, April 22 (Reuters) – Azerbaijan’s main gold producer said it had increased output by 32 percent in the first quarter of 2014 and set a target of 62,000 to 67,000 ounces for the year, up as much as 28.7 percent from production in 2013. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/1Ca_1WbKD9U/azerbaijan-gold-idUSL6N0NE33120140422

UPDATE 1-Iron ore mining likely to restart in January in India’s Goa
Posted:Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:41:06 -0400
* Goa supply to add to global surplus of iron ore (Adds comments from Sesa Sterlite, details) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/V6-p5vXBN_E/goa-mining-idUSL3N0NE3AW20140422

UPDATE 2-Canada says to keep Keystone XL issue alive with U.S.
Posted:Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:17:33 GMT
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, April 22 (Reuters) – Far from giving up on the Keystone XL pipeline to the United States, Finance Minister Joe Oliver said on Tuesday Canada would keep the issue alive with the Obama administration despite a further delay of the U.S. decision on whether to approve it. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rihZtccIwVo/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Barclays joins retreat from commodities as new rules bite
Posted:Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:30:35 GMT
* Retreat means 3 of top 5 commodities banks have pulled back” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/E_gbmwp3JSs/story01.htm
From the article: “
Bank to remain in precious metals, some other areas

UK says world needs to cut dependence on Russian gas, calls for G7 action
Posted:Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:01:03 GMT
LONDON, April 22 (Reuters) – Britain said on Tuesday Russia was using it status as an energy superpower to hold other countries to ransom and that a meeting of the G7 group of countries next month had to find a way to reduce dependence on Russian gas. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/etCD0PBkLQQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Gazprom says will meet rising gas demand in Europe
Posted:Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:10:33 GMT
MOSCOW, April 22 (Reuters) – Russia’s top natural gas producer Gazprom said it would be able to meet Europe’s rising demand for gas thanks to new projects, even while the European Union is aiming to reduce its energy dependence on Moscow. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/HjfeXuOCvoI/story01.htm

Medvedev says Russia seeking to diversify gas exports
Posted:Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:59:17 GMT
MOSCOW, April 22 (Reuters) – Russia is more interested than ever in diversifying destinations for its natural gas exports and is carrying out projects in Asia, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told Russian lawmakers on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6z7EHUpRrdg/story01.htm

Enel applies to explore for oil and gas in Greece -ministry
Posted:Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:52:35 GMT
ATHENS, April 22 (Reuters) – Italy’s Enel has sought permission to explore for oil and gas in Greece, the Greek government said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/DJIbV8DaYf4/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Exxon works to reopen UK pipeline after tapping device found
Posted:Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:30:46 GMT
LONDON, April 22 (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil is working to reopen one of Britain’s main underground fuel pipelines after the discovery of a tapping device and a stash of diesel that police believe was siphoned off by thieves.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/m4N-hJIIb3c/story01.htm

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

URS – WIPP: Know Your Contractors and Be Worried, Be Very, Very Worried

We need to stop talking about WIPP or Hanford or Sellafield, etc. and start talking contractors and subcontractors and “consortium” members who are at various sites and which ones have, or have not, messed up repeatedly and dangerously; which ones harass and fire safety workers, etc.

URS claims to be the consortium lead at both WIPP and Sellafield. Majority French govt. owned Areva is also at both of these sites. Areva was recently awarded a clean-up subcontract at Hanford (See: “Areva wins $19M conract for work on Hanford spill, The Tri-City Herald, Jan. 17, 2014” http://www.hanfordchallenge.org/newsroom/ ) Areva appears to have failed at cleaning up the radioactive water at Fukushima, but this apparently doesn’t matter when it comes to spending US taxpayer monies. It is unclear if the Japanese taxpayers get reimbursed.

And, let’s be clear – every layer of contractors adds cost or leads to cost-cutting, because those companies are in it for profit, that’s it. An exception might be Battelle, which is a nonprofit. However, Battelle sometimes works in partnership, with for-profits, such as its consortium work at Idaho National Labs, which includes URS, as well as others.

Although, at Hanford, URS is a subcontractor to Bechtel, they reportedly share profits 50/50 with Bechtel, making them more like partners. URS axed, not one but TWO safety worker-whistleblowers from Hanford. These are Donna Busche and Dr. Walt Tamosaitis. We have put excerpts from March 11, 2014 hearings about this case, below the WIPP update.

Another stupid thing at WIPP: It appears that workers weren’t trained beforehand for problems at WIPP. Why are experts from Savannah River only NOW coming to train people!? Which experts are coming? Do they know what they are doing if the WIPP workers don’t? How could they not be trained to change something so basic as the HEPA filter for the facility?!!! Lack of training was discussed in the public hearings last week, too. See: http://new.livestream.com/rrv/ which has old hearings, as well as livestream of new.

Savannah River National Lab:
It is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The management and operating contract is held by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions LLC (SRNS), and the Liquid Waste Operations contract is held by Savannah River Remediation, which is a team of companies led by URS Corp.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savannah_River_Site “Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC is a partnership consisting of Fluor Corporation, Newport News Nuclear, Inc. (a subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries) and Honeywell International.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savannah_River_National_Laboratory
See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_100_Contractors_of_the_U.S._federal_government

Recall that Donna Busche was moved from WIPP to Hanford. In her lawsuit against URS and Bechtel, it is alleged:
URS and BNI management viewed Busche as a roadblock to meeting deadlines, rather than as a valuable check against noncompliance, and managers sought ways to retaliate against her and to circumvent her efficacy.” Excerpted from: “DONNA BUSCHE, an individual, Plaintiff, vs.URS ENERGY & CONSTRUCTION, INC., an Ohio corporation, and BECHTEL NATIONAL, INC. a Nevada corporation, Defendants“. http://www.hanfordchallenge.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/2013.2.12-Busche-Complaint.pdf

URS is also part of the BEA consortium at the Idaho National Lab, where workers were contaminated by plutonium due to safety failures: including apparent failures at training-safety culture and apparent failures with ventilation. See: http://flyingcuttlefish.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/how-it-feels-to-be-in-nuke-lab-accident/ The US govt. appears to have blamed the entire BEA consortium, which includes URS and many others. See: “Accident Investigation Report Plutonium Contamination in the Zero Power Physics Reactor Facility at the Idaho National Laboratory, November 8, 2011, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Health, Safety and Security, January 2012” (available online at multiple sites)

WIPP Update
April 21, 2014

Filter bank mock-up complete; HEPA filters arriving on site
Experts from the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site arrived in Carlsbad to train WIPP employees on replacing the high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters – a crucial component of the WIPP Ventilation System. New filters are required to replace those that captured material following the February 5 fire and February 14 radiation event. The Savannah River Site is utilizing their expertise in changing contaminated filters to prepare WIPP site employees for potential levels of contamination on the filters. To aid with training, WIPP constructed a mock-up of the filter bank to provide workers with hands-on experience with the process and equipment that will be used.

Shipping container maintenance
Today, waste handling employees returned to the WIPP site to remove waste packages from four containers used to ship transuranic waste. Routine surveying of shipping containers is completed periodically to allow for off-site maintenance. The containers arrived at WIPP prior to the February events. After the containers are evaluated and any maintenance work is complete, these additional containers can support the effort to remove a portion of the transuranic waste from the Los Alamos National Laboratory by the June 30 deadline.

Community Meetings Scheduled
Wednesday, April 23 – Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway and DOE will co-host a weekly town hall meeting featuring updates on WIPP recovery activities. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. Location: Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 101 N. Halagueno Street. Live streaming of the weekly meetings can be seen at
http://new.livestream.com/rrv/ http://www.wipp.energy.gov/wipprecovery/recovery.html
Notice the focus on deadlines, even in the context of this WIPP leak! While they committed to move the waste, subsequent to fires near Los Alamos, their primary focus should be WIPP, right now. See more on their obsession with deadlines, further down.

Safety Whistleblowers Fired by URS at Hanford (Congressional Hearings):

It is important to note that the GAO has found that safety and technical problems at the WTP are directly a result of mismanagement by Bechtel and URS… There are many, many dedicated employees in both Bechtel and URS. It is the upper management that is at fault due to their self-serving focus on near-term profits. But there is nothing wrong with corporations making money until the focus on money trumps safety, quality, and ethics. Then you have a problem“. (Emphasis added) Excerpt from Statement by “Dr. WALTER L. TAMOSAITIS P.E., BEFORE THE UNITED STATES SENATE HOMELAND SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL AND CONTRACTING OVERSIGHT ON “WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION AT THE HANFORD NUCLEAR SITE”, March 11, 2013 http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/download/?id=99C982C8-1583-486B-A926-602322A936F1

The pattern of reprisal at Hanford is historical, well-documented, and has gotten progressively worse. It is not just about individual employees who get wrongfully terminated. It is about a broken nuclear safety culture that, if unaddressed, risks silencing employees who might otherwise reveal a nuclear safety defect that could lead to loss of life, contamination of the environment, or lead to a nuclear catastrophe.

The people before you today, Dr. Tamosaitis and Donna Busche … are acknowledged national experts. Donna Busche is listed as a ‘key personnel’ on the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) project, one of only a few people whom the Department of Energy (DOE) reserves the right to approve the contractor’s hiring or termination… Both Ms. Busche and Dr. Tamosaitis have long and unblemished careers spanning 44 years for Dr. Tamosaitis and 26 years for Ms. Busche,… Ms. Busche and Dr. Tamosaitis were considered experts by their employers and were highly-compensated, essential employees until they took their concerns to contractor management officials and to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB). That is when the contractors began their campaigns of isolation, removal, harassment and eventually, termination. This is a textbook campaign companies wage against truth-tellers, and it should not be countenanced at a federally-funded nuclear facility – the most contaminated of its kind in the United States.

Ms. Busche and Dr. Tamosaitis are not the only ones. There are many other engineers, scientists and craft employees who have been fired, harassed and silenced at Hanford

DOE’s failure to listen to, to address the problems raised by, and to protect the highest echelon of nuclear safety experts at the WTP has put this multi-billion dollar much needed project at risk. As a result, no foreseeable treatment options exist for the high level radioactive waste that continues to leaks from Hanford nuclear waste storage tanks. Worse, there are disturbing questions about the viability of the project to meet required safety and quality regulations. This is not only bad business, as documented by the GAO and others, but threatens the welfare of the community and generations to come.” (Emphasis Added). Excerpt from: STATEMENT OF TOM CARPENTER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HANFORD CHALLENGE, BEFORE THE UNITED STATES SENATE HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE SUBCOMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL AND CONTRACTING OVERSIGHT, “Whistleblower Retaliation at the Hanford Nuclear Site”, March 11, 2014 http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/download/?id=0BFE03B3-C74A-427E-A000-52BAB3B9C5C1

Other, Non-nuclear, Concerns About Safety Involving URS

The I-35W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed in August 2007, killing 13 people and injuring 145. In 2003, URS had been retained by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to conduct a fatigue evaluation and a redundancy analysis of the bridge. Lawsuits filed in 2008 and 2009 cite the company with negligence. In 2010 these lawsuits were settled out of court without the finding of negligence or wrongdoing on the part of URS… The Martin Olav Sabo Bridge over Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis experienced failure of two if its longest support cables on February 20, 2012. URS Corporation was the design consultant for the bridge that was completed in 2007. These failures resulted in closures of Hiawatha Avenue and the adjacent light rail between Mall of America and downtown Minneapolis for safety precautions while support structures were put in place. Rail service was restored after four days while Hiawatha Avenue road traffic remained closed for staging of construction equipment.[22] This failure occurred less than 18 months after URS Corporation settled for $52.4 million in response to lawsuits brought by victims of the Minneapolis I-35W bridge collapse.[23]” (Emphasis Added) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/URS_Corporation (References and more at link)

Longer Excerpt from: “DONNA BUSCHE, an individual, Plaintiff, vs. URS ENERGY & CONSTRUCTION, INC., an Ohio corporation, and BECHTEL NATIONAL, INC. a Nevada corporation, Defendants”:
“In June 2008, the WIPP received a drum containing transuranic waste that read 270 millirem neutrons per hour on contact, which exceeded the waste acceptance criteria for that facility under the RCRA permit. After performing an unreviewed safety question determination, Busche determined that the drum was safe to leave in place. However, the drum was still a violation of the Technical Safety Requirement (“TSR”). Upon convening a meeting of the Plant Review Committee, the committee, including Busche, notified the Department of Energy of the violation. Approximately three months later, Busche was called into a meeting with the senior DOE manager, Dave Moody, and senior URS manager, Farok Sharif, and was asked to rescind the report of the TSR violation. When she refused, Busche was removed from her position and reassigned to the Hanford site of URS… Beginning in 2010, the company’s focus moved away from nuclear and environmental safety compliance and toward meeting deadlines regardless of the quality of the work. In this atmosphere, URS and BNI management viewed Busche as a roadblock to meeting deadlines, rather than as a valuable check against noncompliance, and managers sought ways to retaliate against her and to circumvent her efficacy
.” http://www.hanfordchallenge.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/2013.2.12-Busche-Complaint.pdf

Notice the focus on deadlines, even on 21 April, 2014, at WIPP

Reuters News Feed Selection

Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels show no sign of surrender
Posted:Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:19:07 GMT
KIEV/SLAVIANSK Ukraine (Reuters) – An international agreement to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering on Monday, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/MkyrO6nQ-lk/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Barrick proposal to acquire Newmont hits roadblock -sources
Posted:Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:49:04 -0400
TORONTO, April 21 (Reuters) – Talks between Barrick Gold Corp and Newmont Mining Corp about a potential merger have hit a snag, but sources close to the situation say the companies remain keen to reach a deal and discussions are likely to resume. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/R5Qw7LcgHxM/newmont-mining-offer-barrick-gold-idUSL2N0ND0BM20140421

Tokyo Steel keeps product prices unchanged for May on inventory growth
Posted:Mon, 21 Apr 2014 04:49:40 -0400
TOKYO, April 21 (Reuters) – Tokyo Steel Manufacturing Co , Japan’s top electric arc furnace steelmaker, said it will keep product prices unchanged for a fourth straight month in May as stockpiles have increased after labour shortages delayed construction projects. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/mIkaDRKcwuw/tokyosteel-prices-idUSL3N0ND1E320140421

China seen buying Westinghouse reactors for $24 billion nuclear energy projects
Posted:Mon, 21 Apr 2014 04:18:20 -0400
* Nuclear plants, with machinery and services, may cost $24 billion http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ybSUub7RnnY/china-nuclear-idUSL3N0ND1GS20140421

RPT-INSIGHT-Compensation battle rages four years after BP’s U.S. oil spill
Posted:Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:49:22 -0400
(Repeats story first published on April 18, text unchanged) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/9tPp4fn8kxs/usa-spill-aftermath-idUSL6N0ND10J20140421

Polish PM calls for EU energy union to end dependence on Russian gas
Posted:Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:52:35 GMT
BRUSSELS, April 21 (Reuters) – The European Union must create an energy union to secure its gas supply because the current dependence on Russian energy makes Europe weak, Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk wrote in an article in the Financial Times. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/FJ8q_rkocO0/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-U.S. could hit Putin with sanctions, State Dept says
Posted:Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:20:03 GMT
MOSCOW, April 21 (Reuters) – The United States could potentially impose sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin himself over the crisis in Ukraine, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday, but she suggested such a step would not be taken soon. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/UvGk5SSBEhA/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Exxon shuts UK pipeline as police investigate fuel theft
Posted:Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:22:13 GMT
LONDON, April 21 (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil shut one of Britain’s main underground fuel pipelines, it said on Monday, after police found a stash of diesel they believe was siphoned off by thieves. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/IDhNb8NUsKc/story01.htm

Hundreds of civilians killed in South Sudan ethnic massacre – UN
Posted:Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:57:32 GMT
UNITED NATIONS, April 21 (Reuters) – Rebels slaughtered hundreds of civilians when they seized the South Sudan oil hub of Bentiu, hunting down men, women and children who had sought refuge in a hospital, mosque and Catholic church, the United Nations said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/fj53vaophOY/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Biden offers Ukraine U.S. help on energy, aid allocation
Posted:Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:47:19 GMT
* Will call for urgent implementation of Geneva agreement (Updates with details from administration official) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2T5fNu91WFU/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Halliburton expects margins to rebound in N.America
Posted:Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:27:37 GMT
* Shares rise 5 pct to life-high (Adds details from conference call, analyst comments, updates shares) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/aYbU5jZu7C4/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-India’s 2013/14 fuel demand growth slowest in over a decade
Posted:Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:03:08 GMT
* India’s oil imports in FY14 up 2.6 pct vs FY13 (Adds details) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/-cJzVf6P8-k/story01.htm

Libya’s constitution-drafting body starts work
Posted:Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:44:52 GMT
BAYDA, Libya, April 21 (Reuters) – A special body to draft a new constitution for Libya convened in the volatile east on Sunday, a milestone in the bumpy transformation of the North African country since the 2011 ouster of Muammar Gaddafi. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2F5qB0S6bw4/story01.htm

Esso shuts UK fuel pipeline after theft report
Posted:Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:25:45 GMT
LONDON, April 21 (Reuters) – Exxon’s UK arm Esso has shut a pipeline running from its Fawley oil refinery near Southampton for checks, the company said on Monday, after a report that thieves tapped into the line and took thousands of litres of fuel. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ikRXwyxEeVI/story01.htm

U.S. top court declines Exxon’s appeal in water pollution case
Posted:Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:50:55 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a ruling against Exxon Mobil Corp that ordered the company to pay $105 million in damages for polluting New York City’s groundwater with a toxic gasoline additive. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/tVCDWoLceFY/story01.htm

Biden offers U.S. help on energy, aid allocation for Ukraine
Posted:Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:42:42 GMT
ABOARD AIR FORCE TWO, April 21 (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will announce a package of technical assistance focused on energy and economic aid distribution during a two day visit to Kiev, a senior administration official said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/iWUsCgTkz5s/story01.htm

Iran admits nuclear agency reshuffle to pave way for 5+1 talks
Posted:Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:36:04 GMT
DUBAI (Reuters) – President Hassan Rouhani’s government confirmed rumours on Monday it had reshuffled the leadership of Iran’s atomic agency to sideline nuclear experts opposed to talks on its atomic programme with the West. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/XFzLPzH2mhg/story01.htm

PG&E pleads not guilty to federal charges in deadly California blast
Posted:Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:30:19 GMT
SAN FRANCISCO, April 21 (Reuters) – Pacific Gas and Electric Co pleaded not guilty on Monday to federal charges stemming from a natural gas pipeline explosion in California that killed eight people and injured 58 others in 2010, according to court filings. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/EXxwfSia5YE/story01.htm

U.S. SEC wins injunction against Canadian tied to penny stock scam
Posted:Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:03:38 GMT
NEW YORK, April 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission won a preliminary injunction against a Montreal man it accused of running a penny stock fraud known as “scalping,” and who regulators say enjoyed a lifestyle of multiple homes and expensive cars before he became a fugitive. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/AawryN0ucok/story01.htm

U.S. railroads show untapped value from delay in building oil pipeline
Posted:Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:00:21 GMT
April 21 (Reuters) – U.S. railroads are obvious winners from the latest delay in the Keystone XL Pipeline approval, and some of the freight operators with the biggest growth in petroleum shipments look undervalued, according to an analysis of Thomson Reuters data. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/qk-WEASrUZo/story01.htm

Alaska lawmakers back governor on plan to export North Slope gas
Posted:Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:05:53 GMT
JUNEAU, April 21 (Reuters) – Alaska’s legislature on Monday approved Governor Sean Parnell’s plan to join four energy companies in moving ahead on plans to build infrastructure to transport and market 35 trillion cubic feet of North Slope gas to be shipped by an 800-mile pipeline to a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/5VOEpSa7WF8/story01.htm

Monday, 21 April 2014

We have a new post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/radiation-impacts-us-declassified-research-expts-1943-1949-part-iii/

What If This Were Today?
Erdbeben Basel Jauslin
The Basel earthquake of 18 October 1356 is the most significant seismological event to have occurred in Central Europe in recorded history[1] and may have had a Mw magnitude as strong as 7.1.[2] The earthquake destroyed the town of Basel, Switzerland, sited near the southern end of the Upper Rhine Graben, and caused much destruction in a vast region extending into France and Germany.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1356_Basel_earthquake (References and more info at link)

Not surprisingly, there are concerns about the Fessenheim Nuclear Power Plant and a possible earthquake. However, those concerns should include Swiss Nuclear Power Plants, as well, which, while phase-out is planned, are still operational. It doesn’t matter if there will be a phase out, if an accident happens before! Fessenheim is about 40 km or 25 miles from Basel, Switzerland.

Rhinegraben Fessenheim
Rhinegraben fessenheim
Fessenheim Nuclear Reactor number one, the oldest in France has been shutdown since the 9th of April, when a leak was found in a water supply pipe. Fessenheim reactor two was automatically shutdown after the “accidental closing of a valve controlling the steam supply to the turbine generator. (See Reuters below).

Reuters News Feed Selection

France’s oldest nuclear plant shut down after incident but no danger posed – EDF PARIS Sat Apr 19, 2014 1:43pm EDT http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/19/us-france-nuclear-reactors-idUSBREA3I0C820140419

TIMELINE-Enbridge’s Northern Gateway oil pipeline proposal
Posted:Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT
April 21 (Reuters) – Here are some key dates in Enbridge Inc’s bid to build a 525,000-barrel-per-day pipeline from the Alberta oil sands hub of Edmonton to Kitimat, British Columbia, on Canada’s Pacific Coast. The proposed C$7.9 billion ($7.17 billion) project has run into fierce opposition from aboriginal communities and environmental groups, and cost estimates have more than doubled since it was first announced. The Canadian government is expected to make its final decision on the proj http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/afo6xk8aCoo/story01.htm

FEATURE-Many Canadian aboriginals see no compromise on oil sands pipeline
Posted:Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT
KITIMAT, British Columbia, April 21 (Reuters) – Just a few miles from the spot where Enbridge Inc plans to build a massive marine terminal for its Northern Gateway oil pipeline, Gerald Amos checks crab traps and explains why no concession from the company could win his support for the project. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0A_cQyzRR38/story01.htm

Brent dips towards $109 after steep gains, Ukraine supports
Posted:Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:12:20 GMT
* Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/yYBe5EyNqKs/story01.htm

China allows gold imports via Beijing, sources say, amid reserves buying talk
Posted:Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:00:00 -0400
* Beijing is 3rd mainland gold import point, after Shenzhen & Shanghai http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/uADjIbecuGc/china-gold-idUSL3N0N911Z20140420

China’s Li says more major energy projects to start
Posted:Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:21:11 GMT
SHANGHAI, April 20 (Reuters) – China will soon start construction on a series of major energy projects, including nuclear and hydropower plants, Premier Li Keqiang said on Sunday, highlighting an infrastructure build-out that could help bolster the slowing economy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WDv8k5cxwbk/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Militants kill 11 Algerian soldiers in ambush
Posted:Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:08:17 GMT
* Biggest attack since Amenas gas assault in 2013 (Adds details on area, analyst comment) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/eUjXDBSOu7Q/story01.htm

U.S. funds warn of risks from sanctions against Russia
Posted:Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT
BOSTON, April 20 (Reuters) – U.S. fund managers warned this month of risks shareholders could face from current or future Western sanctions against Russia, underscoring the stakes for emerging-markets investors arising out of the turmoil in Ukraine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/8r7j2KDVqZ4/story01.htm

Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord
Posted:Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:00:36 GMT
SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/jkzlR2JyIR0/story01.htm

On Easter, Pope calls for end to war, condemns waste exacerbating hunger
Posted:Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:35:48 GMT
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, on Sunday denounced the “immense wastefulness” in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Africa. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/S5a8a-BZBes/story01.htm

Iran says it watered down, converted over 200 kg of enriched uranium
Posted:Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:31:07 GMT
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran said on Saturday it had completed watering down and converting more than 200 kilograms (440 lb) of enriched uranium under a deal reached in Geneva last November with world powers over its disputed nuclear program
. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/FyY_0y4ZgsY/story01.htm

Sunday, 20 April 2014
This post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-viii-of-a-series/
Important reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/1988-the-establishment-of-wildlife-monitoring-schemes-to-provide-an-early-warning-of-radionuclide-accumulation/ and https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/north-wales-nuclear-waste-burial-plan/

Sunday, 20 April 2014
Eastern Orthodox and Western Easter fall on the same day this year!

Surrender talks set with separatists in Ukraine as standoff lasts into Easter Posted:Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:40:28 GMT
DONETSK/KIEV (Reuters) – A senior mediator from Europe’s OSCE security body is due to start negotiating the surrender of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, although hopes for a rapid end to the crisis are limited.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/jkzlR2JyIR0/story01.htm

Pysanka Museum
Pysanka Museum, Ukraine. Photo by A. Martiniouk via wikimedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pysanka_Museum
Pysanky2011
Pysanky (plural of Pysanka), Ukrainian Easter Eggs. Photo by Luba Petrusha via wikimedia.
As in many ancient cultures, Ukrainians worshipped a sun god (Dazhboh). The sun was important – it warmed the earth and thus was a source of all life. Eggs decorated with nature symbols became an integral part of spring rituals, serving as benevolent talismans…
The Hutsuls––Ukrainians who live in the Carpathian Mountains of western Ukraine––believe that the fate of the world depends upon the pysanka. As long as the egg decorating custom continues, the world will exist. If, for any reason, this custom is abandoned, evil––in the shape of a horrible serpent who is forever chained to a cliff–– will overrun the world. Each year the serpent sends out his minions to see how many pysanky have been created. If the number is low the serpent’s chains are loosened and he is free to wander the earth causing havoc and destruction. If, on the other hand, the number of pysanky has increased, the chains are tightened and good triumphs over evil for yet another year… Many superstitions were attached to pysanky. Pysanky were thought to protect households from evil spirits, catastrophe, lightning and fires. Pysanky with spiral motifs were the most powerful, as the demons and other unholy creatures would be trapped within the spirals forever.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pysanka

Keep making those Pysanky and keep them handy! Bring out the solar power and do away with the nuclear power! Did folks forget their Pysanky before Chernobyl? The Chernobyl anniversary is 26 April. May this tragedy and that of Fukushima, lead to a new nuclear free world. After Good Friday, there is supposed to be Easter Morning!
Resurrection (24)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter
Belarusian Easter Eggs
Pisanka, Belarusian Easter Eggs. Photo by Viktar Pa via wikimedia
(Chernobyl, though in the Ukraine, badly impacted neighboring Belarus)

Reuters News Feed Selection

RPT-Russia writes off 90 percent of North Korea debt, eyes gas pipeline
Posted:Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:37:17 GMT
* Russia writes off almost $10 billion North Korea’s debt http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/O9QaCcNQMXQ/story01.htm

Russia says reinforced troops on Ukraine border as precaution
Posted:Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:45:43 GMT
MOSCOW, April 19 (Reuters) – The extra Russian military forces near the border with Ukraine have been deployed there in response to instability in Ukraine, a Kremlin spokesman said, in a departure from the previous explanation that they were on routine exercises http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/AWpEqxccwgg/story01.htm

Russia’s PM says government has funds to honour social spending pledges
Posted:Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:39:47 GMT
MOSCOW, April 19 (Reuters) – Russia’s government has enough resources honour all its social spending pledges although this will not be easy, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was quoted as telling the country’s president on Saturday as tensions over Crimea add to Moscow’s economic ills. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/pboEmDq9BDw/story01.htm

Japan expands army footprint for first time in 40 years, risks angering China
Posted:Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:04:32 GMT
YONAGUNI Japan (Reuters) – Japan began its first military expansion at the western end of its island chain in more than 40 years on Saturday, breaking ground on a radar station on a tropical island off Taiwan. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/NmDuHZSTx6U/story01.htm

Putin welcomes new NATO head, says better ties with West possible
Posted:Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:41:42 GMT
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed NATO’s selection of former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg as its new head, saying on Saturday the pair had “very good relations” but that it was up to the West to improve ties. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/Yl–vNDQQ2w/story01.htm

Congo province poised to start certified ‘conflict-free’ tin exports
Posted:Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:01:45 -0400
* Dodd Frank law obliges firms to ensure no conflict minerals http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/4YiP8ht-9SQ/congodemocratic-minerals-tin-idUSL6N0N248Y20140419

China Resources chairman sacked amid corruption investigation
Posted:Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:29:49 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese executive under investigation for suspected corruption has been sacked as chairman of powerful state-owned conglomerate China Resources Holdings Co. Ltd., the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/PWgy-vOZ1X4/story01.htm

East and west, Ukraine rival camps dig in
Posted:Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:34:09 GMT
KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – If armies march on their stomachs, then Ukraine’s rival protest camps could be in for a long campaign, judging by the cooks hard at work behind the barricades in Kiev and Donetsk on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/E2tJyhugIFY/story01.htm

Pope Good Friday service underscores plight of the suffering
Posted:Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:01:46 GMT
ROME (Reuters) – The plight of immigrants, the poor, the sick, the elderly, unemployed and prisoners dominated Pope Francis’ Good Friday service at Rome’s Colosseum as he led Catholics around the world in commemorating the day Jesus died.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/5NEKAnbRmo0/story01.htm

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Does a salt-dome look like a good place to store nuclear waste?
Let’s hear it now: No, no, no!

Louisiana’s still imploding salt-dome/cavern, as of Wednesday:

April 16, 2014, official Assumption Parish flyover of imploding Louisiana salt-dome cavern, known as the Louisiana sinkhole or Bayou Corne Sinkhole or Texas Brine Sinkhole.

Ex-Goldman director Rajat Gupta, who is going to jail, was an associate of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Here is a reblog of the lowdown by the Louisiana Voice: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/former-piyush-jindal-associate-guilty-of-insider-trading-both-worked-for-consulting-firm-mckinsey-co-in-1995/ Although, from what we’ve heard, Jindal doesn’t have a prayer now of becoming US President, we opted not to update our comments on the reblog.

According to Reuters:
Ex-Goldman director Gupta starts prison term on June 17
Posted:Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:34:24 GMT
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc director Rajat Gupta is expected to begin his two-year prison term on June 17 for insider trading.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/OSR-UnQ-DUw/story01.htm

Veolia says it is not responsible for the water contamination in China:

French utility says not responsible for China water contamination
Posted:Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:22:59 GMT
BEIJING, April 18 (Reuters) – A French utility blamed by China for failing to maintain water quality standards said on Friday it is not responsible for polluting tap water with a cancer-causing chemical.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/DDasXdSOes0/story01.htm

Did anyone say Veolia was responsible for polluting the water? It doesn’t appear so. Rather, it was stated that there was a lack of oversight on their part or the benzene polluted water wouldn’t have made it to the water taps. It should have been noticed and filtered ahead of time.

Furthermore, Veolia, in conjunction with Areva, appear to have failed at adequately filtering Fukushima’s radioactive water. After over a year, this task was seemingly given to Energy Solutions, who also appear incompetent for this task. The entire world risks paying a high price if this radioactive water is not filtered. It’s not fun and games and these are supposed to be specialists who should be ready for any eventuality, i.e. éventualité. Areva is majority French-state owned, as is EDF, both in the nuclear industry. If they don’t know how to deal with foreseeable events, such as occurred with the Tepco disaster at Fukushima, there is a serious problem. And, if they were not prepared, they should have let someone else try. Worse, no one is even trying to filter the tritium, whereas the technology has long existed to do so. Areva got paid to send MOX to Fukushima and then, with Veolia, was paid to (NOT) clean it up. Although Veolia is a not state owned, the French state is Veolia’s top share holder via CDC and EDF: “On December 31, 2012 shares in Veolia Environnement were held as follows: 9.3% by Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (primary shareholder), followed by Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault (6.3%), Groupama (5.42%), Velo Investissement (4.73%), Électricité de France (4.22%), Veolia Environment (2.73%). Public and other institutional investors the remaining 67.3%.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veolia_Environnement

Veolia’s Disasterous Track Record
This almost certainly incomplete. It is research we did for a still incomplete post.


Veolia fire in Tuas, Incineration Plant, Singapore 8 November 2013

Veolia factory fire, in Australia, 10 June 2013 http://news.cfa.vic.gov.au/news/veolia-factory-fire-video-update.html

Fire at Veolia Environmental Services in Omro” (photos), Sunday, April 28, 2013 http://www.wisconsinrapidstribune.com
Omro, Wisconsin, Veolia Environmental Services fire, Sunday, April 28, 2013

Fatal accident in Gatlinburg
Two workers died after a catastrophic mechanical failure in April 2011 at a waste water treatment plant in Gatlinburg, Tennessee owned by the local municipality and operated by Veolia Water. At least 1.5 million gallons of a mix of storm and sewage water were spilled into a nearby river after a sewage-holding wall collapsed
“. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veolia_Environnement#Fatal_accident_in_Gatlinburg (reference at link)

Veolia Environmental Services Flammable Vapor Explosion and Fire
FINAL REPORT: Veolia Environmental Servies
Location: West Carrollton, OH
Accident Occurred On: 05/04/2009
Final Report Released On: 07/21/2010
Accident Type: Flammable Vapor
Company Name: Veolia Environmental Services
http://www.csb.gov/veolia-environmental-services-flammable-vapor-explosion-and-fire/

West Carrollton plant explosion
On May 4, 2009, a Veolia Environmental Service’s plant in West Carrollton, Ohio exploded. The blast leveled two buildings on the property which were a laboratory and a building that had several 200,000 gallon chemical tanks. This particular plant handles fuel blending among other services. Two workers at the plant were injured in the blast.[21] The explosion caused $50 million in damage to the plant itself. More than a dozen homes up to a mile radius from the blast were also damaged due to the explosion.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veolia_Environnement#West_Carrollton_plant_explosion (references at link)

Region 5 News Release: 09-1284-CHI
Oct. 27, 2009
US Labor Department’s OSHA fines West Carrollton, Ohio, business $45,000 in 1st of 2 investigations into May 3 explosion at chemical plant

WEST CARROLLTON, OHIO — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $45,000 in fines against Veolia ES Technical Solutions in West Carrollton, alleging 11 serious violations of federal workplace health and safety standards.” Read the rest here: https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=16647

Accidents, fires, explosions and mishaps at Veolia plants are not limited to their American operations. On the 23rd March 2009, for example, the Birmingham Mail reported on a fire at Veolia facility in Small Heath…The factory was totally destroyed by the blaze which broke out at 4.50pm on Saturday…http://ukwin.org.uk/2009/05/05/veolia-explosion-causes-serious-injuries/ (emphasis added)

M6 chemical fire ‘under control’, Monday, 2 July 2007
“Drums of chemicals were exploding on the Veolia Cleanaway site on the Red Scar industrial estate in Ribbleton, in the early hours of Monday.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/lancashire/6260064.stm
Veolia Preston Red Scar Fire, July 2007, video http://youtu.be/hP417qiUaDc

Crews fight fire at waste station
23 Apr 2007 17:42 BST
Fire crews have been tackling a blaze which broke out at a large waste transfer station..The fire started …at the Veolia works… 200 tonnes of rubbish caught fire. Six crews went to the scenehttp://news.bbc.co.uk/mobile/bbc_news/england/nwyl/midlands/derby/658/65852/story6585297.shtml?av1Url!=%27%27&userimagepref=off

Ukraine
MonumentLenkom
A Monument for those who liberated the Donbass-Donets Basin region from the Nazis. Donetsk is the unofficial capital of this region. First a coal mining region, it became industrial. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donetsk See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donbass

On September 16, 1979, there was a nuclear explosion in the Yuny Communar mine. The mine was closed in 2002 and environmentalists worry that if the mine fills with water it might cause radioactive pollution of ground water. So, pumps continuously remove water from the abandoned mine. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yenakieve That means that the Ukraine has a double Soviet-Russian nuclear pollution legacy – the Chernobyl disaster in the west and this in the east. Some Chernobyl fallout landed on eastern Ukraine, too, according to the maps. Is Putin going to clean these Soviet-Russian messes up?

Eastern Ukraine militants snub Geneva deal on crisis“, 18 April 2014 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27076226

An undiscussed problem of deep-sea mining, especially in the Pacific, is the risk that it will stir up radionuclides, which settled on the ocean floor from atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons, as well as stir up radionuclides from Fukushima. And, Fukushima continues to produce radioactive water, of course. And, frequently someone “accidentally” lets some radioactive water out into the ocean from Fukushima. In some parts of the ocean there are barrels of radioactive waste, which could be damaged and spilled by deep-sea mining.

Additional Selections from Reuters News Feed:

Reliance Industries posts flat Q4 profit, meets estimates
Posted:Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:39:38 GMT
MUMBAI (Reuters) – Energy conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd posted a flat quarterly profit, in line with estimates, hurt by a slimmer margin in its oil refining business. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/myY6w1pbQIA/story01.htm

New Russia sanctions threats as Ukraine stalemate goes on
Posted:Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:00:57 GMT
SLAVIANSK/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – A day after an international deal in Geneva to defuse the East-West crisis in Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists vowed not to end their occupation of public buildings and Washington threatened further sanctions on Moscow if the stalemate continued. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/0uKBZQKaW_w/story01.htm

Ukraine separatists reject diplomatic deal to disarm
Posted:Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:04:19 GMT
SLAVIANSK/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Kiev government stepped down. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/y2J_xbuqb6Q/story01.htm

Ukraine separatists stay put despite diplomatic deal
Posted:Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:37:02 GMT
SLAVIANSK/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and were looking for more assurances about their security before leaving the public buildings they are holding. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/vDPNVUDchwU/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-U.S. court upholds cement plant emissions standards
Posted:Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:54:27 -0400
WASHINGTON, April 18 (Reuters) – In a loss for environmental groups, a U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld new air pollution emissions standards for cement plants that the industry supports. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/0Q3WgB4mozY/usa-courts-pollution-cement-idUSL2N0NA0FK20140418

UPDATE 1-Belarus signals interest in resolving row with Uralkali
Posted:Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:56:07 -0400
MINSK/MOSCOW, April 18 (Reuters) – Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko signalled to Russian potash producer Uralkali on Friday that he was interested in ending a nine-month dispute that has hurt both sides. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/gQT9U4mvlLw/russia-uralkali-idUSL6N0NA15G20140418

INSIGHT-Compensation battle rages four years after BP’s U.S. oil spill
Posted:Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:03:07 -0400
* BP pays billions in compensation but some claims still unpaid http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/PLxmXhIhX-o/usa-spill-aftermath-idUSL5N0KY2TC20140418

As opposition grows, China defends plans for petrochemical plants
Posted:Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:34:31 -0400
BEIJING, April 18 (Reuters) – China has launched an intense media campaign to defend the safety of producing a chemical used to make polyester fibre, as public opposition to new petrochemical plants threatens to disrupt expansion plans by state energy giants such as Sinopec Corp. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/keJfbz3Klak/china-petrochemicals-campaign-idUSL3N0N32LB20140418

The robot is ready – so when will deep sea mining start?
Posted:Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:30:00 -0400
NEWCASTLE, England/LONDON, April 18 (Reuters) – The world’s first deep sea mining robot sits idle on a British factory floor, waiting to claw up high grade copper and gold from the seabed off Papua New Guinea (PNG) – when a wrangle over terms is solved. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ZS2G9bXf6Vg/mining-deepsea-idUSL5N0MM2KP20140418

Landslide gains speed, threatens Wyoming resort homes
Posted:Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:46:20 GMT
(Reuters) – A slow-moving landslide threatening the affluent Wyoming community of Jackson is picking up speed, and efforts to stabilize the area were called off because of safety concerns, city officials said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/GAdyd7mHTzA/story01.htm

U.S. further delays final decision on Keystone XL pipeline
Posted:Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:01:06 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration further delayed its decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project on Friday, with no conclusion now likely until after the U.S. mid-term elections in November. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/syjOD6OjcHw/story01.htm

Brazilian tycoon Batista investigated for financial crimes -reports
Posted:Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:04:41 GMT
RIO DE JANEIRO, April 18 (Reuters) – Brazils federal police have opened an investigation into former billionaire Eike Batista for financial crimes, including insider trading, manipulation of markets and money laundering, Brazilian media reported on Friday.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/8DemzyyJnW0/story01.htm

Friday, 18 April 2014

This post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-viii-of-a-series/

New Mexico Town Hall Meeting about the WIPP Nuclear Dump“, from Thursday afternoon, currently available at: http://new.livestream.com/rrv/ Note that the man in the striped shirt is Norbert Rempe, a German, trained in Germany, as well as at the Dakota School of mines. He worked at WIPP for about 23 years and is giving them a hard time about the ventilation system.

Hilda Murrell Case Declassification of Documents

Hilda Murrell was an anti-nuclear activist, who was killed under mysterious circumstances in the UK 30 years ago. Some suspect Thatcher’s government. This year the UK government should declassify documents related to the case, if they ever intend to. From the UK parliamentary web site:
Hilda Murrell
Question
Asked by Lord Rooker
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 26 March (WA 122), what are the relevant trigger dates for consideration of any documents they may hold relating to Hilda Murrell.[HL6517]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Taylor of Holbeach) (Con): The relevant trigger date for the one file that the HO holds relating to Hilda Murrell is July 2014, when the Home Office
9 Apr 2014 : Column WA303
will make an application to that month’s Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Council to allow this file to be transferred to the National Archives. Providing this application is approved, this file will be available for perusal by members of the public by 31 December 2014.
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201314/ldhansrd/text/140409w0001.htm

Sendai Nuclear Power Plant on List for Japan Restart:

In post-Fukushima policy test, Japan town rallies for nuclear re-start” BY MARI SAITO, SATSUMASENDAI, Japan Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:07pm EDT http://www.reuters.com/…/us-japan-nuclear-restarts-idUSBREA3C0NG20140413

Japan approves energy plan reinstating nuclear power
Posted:Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:31:04 GMT
TOKYO, April 11 (Reuters) – Japan’s Cabinet on Friday approved a new energy policy, reversing the previous government’s plans to gradually mothball nuclear power plants following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/G8fuHzLxMcA/story01.htm

Video of visit to the environs of Sendai Nuclear Power Plant, http://youtu.be/YKqCTwncR6w, posted to the youtube channel “Beyond the Fence”

Sendai nuclear power plant is at Satsumasendai on the southern tip of Japan and not at Sendai, further north:
Sendai
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sendai_Nuclear_Power_Plant http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satsumasendai,_Kagoshima

ASAHI POLL: 59% oppose restart of nuclear reactors” – AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
“A majority of respondents continue to oppose bringing idle nuclear reactors back online, despite moves by the Abe administration to allow restarts as soon as this summer, according to an Asahi Shimbun poll.
” More http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201403180058

Nuclear Power Plants in Japan in relation to earthquake faultlines:
Japan Fault-lines, Nuclear Power Plants, 6.3 Quake
Red line represents Median Tectonic Line. Pink shaded region is Fossa Magna, bounded by the Itoigawa-Shizuoka Tectonic Line (western blue line)“. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_Median_Tectonic_Line The star is the 6.3 magnitude earthquake, which occurred on 13-3-2014 at 17.06 UTC. For more info and source of info on map: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/japan-nuclear-power-plants-fault-lines-and-a-6-3-earthquake-13-3-2014/

Dupont is in Reuters News for other reasons on Thursday, but we noticed that they were in the news about nuclear accidents in 1988:
Severe Accidents at Nuclear Plant Were Kept Secret Up to 31 Years
By KEITH SCHNEIDER, Special to the New York Times
Published: October 1, 1988
Physicists interviewed today called the accidents among the most severe ever documented at an American nuclear plant. The 19-page memorandum, written by a plant supervisor to his superiors at Du Pont, did not say whether there had been injuries or how many workers might have been exposed to dangerous levels of radiation. But nuclear experts said some of the accidents could have threatened public health or, had they gone uncontrolled, destroyed the reactors.” Read full article here: http://www.nytimes.com/1988/10/01/us/severe-accidents-at-nuclear-plant-were-kept-secret-up-to-31-years.html

One public comment about the Savannah River, SC, USA site says it all:
Comment number C-23, from DOE/EIS-0147 “Final Environmental Impact Statement, Continued Operation of the K-, L-, and P-Reactors, Savannah River Site, Aiken, South Carolina, Dec. 1990, US DOE, available at archive.org:
Savannah R. Public Comment, 1990
Once everyone starts to understand how we have been and are being subjected to radionuclides, in most of the world, everyone’s going to be really mad.

Currently, the US EPA is accepting public comment to the beginning of June, regarding how much of the radionuclides nuclear facilities can emit into the environment. But how many are aware? How many can fathom the questions, well enough to make comment? – The US EPA request for comment is extremely poorly written and a complex topic, as well. It regards standards, which are not available for free, except maybe at a university library. You can be almost certain that no one is sending out notifications to people, either. The radionuclides allowed in food were reviewed last year and there are almost no comments listed. That was a much clearer topic. How much is emitted impacts on food and water.

If the French government called down the EDF nuclear plants in France over safety, as reported at Reuters, we think that it must be really bad! EDF is majority French gov owned and trying to build new nuclear power plants in the UK. The new build was approved by the UK but waiting EU approval, because it will be subsidized, as all nuclear must be.

Veolia which is accused, by the Chinese gov, of lack of oversight regarding a cancer causing chemical in drinking water, in China, was partner with Areva for water purification at Fukushima. Areva-Veolia were the first to fail at filtering Fukushima radioactive water. Looks like it should be Mitsubishi-Areva-Veolia and now Toshiba-Energy Solutions, who are “embarrassed” about the ongoing leaks at Fukushima.

We would also like clarification as to if the ground water being siphoned into the sea at Fukushima is diverted and siphoned before it passes through the reactor facilities and is still uncontaminated or is sent to the sea, after contamination. As the snows melt in the mountain this is supposed to be a more and more serious topic. We find the Reuters article, below, unclear on this topic.

The Guinea mining concession corruption case should be watched with interest by anyone interested in corruption and how the world works.

According to Reuters, Gunvor was only a little bit disrupted due to US sanctions imposed on its co-founder Gennady Timchenko, reputed close to Putin. According to Gunvor, Timchenko had sold his part to his colleague, Torbjorn Tornqvist, the day before sanctions were imposed. See article below.

Reuters News Feed Selection:

UPDATE 1-Trader Gunvor upbeat on 2014 despite March turmoil
Posted:Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:41:53 GMT
* Sees 2013 EBITDA up 25 percent on flat revenues, volumes http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/eEij5QqNIMI/story01.htm

French nuclear watchdog singles out 3 plants for safety shortfalls
Posted:Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:23:17 GMT
* Watchdog says EDF’s Bugey, Chinon, Civaux have shortfalls http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/XClpJL6X8jw/story01.htm

China blames France’s Veolia for tap water pollution
Posted:Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:59:36 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – China has blamed French utility Veolia Environnement for “supervision problems” in its water quality standards after authorities said a cancer-inducing chemical had been found in tap water supplied by the firm at 20 times above national safety levels, state media said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/YICPOJ8UDPE/story01.htm

Manager at Japan’s Fukushima plant admits radioactive water ’embarrassing’
Posted:Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:05:07 GMT
OKUMA, Japan (Reuters) – The manager of the Fukushima nuclear power plant admits to embarrassment that repeated efforts have failed to bring under control the problem of radioactive water, eight months after Japan’s prime minister told the world the matter was resolved. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Gynbxcd_Zkw/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Guinea cancels BSGR, Vale iron ore mining permits
Posted:Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:57:14 -0400
* Report says BSGR obtained mining rights through corruption http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Ej0EivFihVI/guinea-mining-bsgr-idUSL6N0N93NX20140417

Four-way talks call for end to Ukraine violence
Posted:Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:26:54 GMT
GENEVA/MOSCOW (Reuters) – The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union called after crisis talks on Thursday for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/QVDuq3edaqM/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-EU agrees to Putin’s call for gas security talks
Posted:Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:10:48 GMT
* European Commission reiterates call for Russia to respect contracts http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/TRnyGws6y38/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-DuPont expects farm business to pick up after severe winter
Posted:Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:32:19 GMT
* First-qtr operating profit $1.58/share, in line with estimates http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/x9gSsTiSWmU/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Bulgarian minister makes passionate case for South Stream pipeline
Posted:Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:50:08 GMT
* South Stream is strategic, priority project for Bulgaria-minister http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/yGivIVsoFUE/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Ex-BP employee settles SEC insider-trading oil spill case
Posted:Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:18:48 GMT
(Adds details of case, background and comment from attorney) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/O6VUWU0bN5A/story01.htm

Putin, Erdogan discuss Ukraine crisis, Crimean Tatars and energy
Posted:Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:55:58 GMT
MOSCOW, April 17 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday discussed the turmoil in Ukraine and the situation in Crimea including issues involving the Muslim, Turkic-speaking Tatar minority, the Kremlin said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/TbZTVwbuLpk/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Armed mob under guise of peaceful protest attacks UN in South Sudan
Posted:Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:23:51 GMT
(Updates death toll in paragraph two, adds comment by U.S. envoy to United Nations) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/fMZLEa2OJ2E/story01.htm

REFILE-Beijing’s bid to move polluting firms watched warily in nearby regions
Posted:Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:42:36 GMT
(Fixes name of authority in paragraph 4 to Natural Resources Defense Council) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Nz6KoOMEXwY/story01.htm

UPDATE 4-Algeria’s Bouteflika camp claims election win, rival alleges fraud
Posted:Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:29:44 GMT
* Opposition frontrunner warns of ballot fraud (Adds details on victory claim, fraud charge) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/dUpBlzy9tdc/story01.htm

China govt survey shows 16 pct of its soil is polluted
Posted:Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:01:46 -0400
BEIJING, April 17 (Reuters) – A nationwide investigation has shown that as much as 16 percent of China’s soil contains higher-than-permitted levels of pollution, the environment ministry said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/TUcXe0Z2qNc/china-pollution-soil-idUSL3N0N92DX20140417

DuPont profit falls 57 pct after sale of performance coating unit
Posted:Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:14:49 -0400
April 17 (Reuters) – Chemicals maker DuPont reported a 57 percent fall in first-quarter net income due to the sale of its performance coating business, which added almost $2 billion to earnings in the year-earlier quarter. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/GxQ6ep0BzYY/dupont-results-idUSL3N0N83UZ20140417

UPDATE 9-Brent oil rises close to $110 on Ukraine tension; U.S. oil unmoved
Posted:Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:22:20 GMT
* Troop carriers enter east Ukraine bearing Russian, separatist flags
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/IPVA7F7bgkI/story01.htm

RPT-Remote, oil-rich Shetland elbows way into Scotland’s independence vote
Posted:Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:32:38 GMT
(Repeats without changes to text to include link to picture slideshow, adds additional clients) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/t9odGwZjgqU/story01.htm

Copper miners’ blind spot: Chinese collateral financing deals
Posted:Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:02:48 -0400
* “Hot money” inflows driven partly by financing deals-Goldman http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/yXEGSw97Orw/copper-financing-idUSL6N0N158020140416

UPDATE 1-LME says court refuses permission to appeal warehouse ruling
Posted:Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:46:19 -0400
LONDON, April 16 (Reuters) – The London Metal Exchange (LME) on Wednesday lost the first stage of an effort to appeal against a court ruling which halted a reform aimed at reducing logjams at its global network of warehouses. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/YVKumwuaceM/lme-warehouse-appeal-idUSL6N0N82R620140416

Tycoon on trial as Vietnam counts cost of its rogue bankers
Posted:Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:10:31 -0400
HANOI, April 16 (Reuters) – A half-dozen shell companies, piles of forged documents, tax dodges, illegal stock trades and 19 bank staff unwittingly complicit in embezzlement on a massive scale. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Hn43mxEbCA8/vietnam-banks-fraud-idUSL3N0N82GP20140416

Tanker starts loading crude at Libya’s eastern port of Hariga
Posted:Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:23:41 GMT
TRIPOLI, April 16 (Reuters) – A tanker has started loading crude at Libya’s eastern port of Hariga for the first time in nearly nine months, after a federalist group agreed to re-open it last week, a state oil company official said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6Yw5M32M_4Q/story01.htm

Three European firms win Angola deepwater deals worth $7.5 bln
Posted:Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:14:53 GMT
PARIS, April 16 (Reuters) – Three European companies have won contracts for almost half the value of Angola’s $16 billion ultra-deepwater Kaombo oil project, confirming a trend toward bigger scale and risk for the deep-sea contracting and construction sector. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/bvMbePlXghA/story01.htm

INA urges Croatia’s government to halt forced gas sale
Posted:Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:07:59 GMT
ZAGREB, April 16 (Reuters) – Croatian oil and gas firm INA urged the government on Wednesday to halt a forced sale of its gas reserves from the country’s storage facility, saying it would cause big losses and put jobs at risk. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/_H7Qxw2MQoQ/story01.htm

RPT-Remote, oil-rich Shetland elbows way into Scotland’s independence vote
Posted:Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:32:38 GMT
(Repeats without changes to text to include link to picture slideshow, adds additional clients) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/t9odGwZjgqU/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Ankara says Russia’s South Stream pipeline could run to Turkey
Posted:Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:14:47 GMT
* Line would have capacity to meet over 10 pct of European gas demand http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/_RflIshJfNc/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-RWE’s net profit to stabilise at lower level, CEO says
Posted:Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:57:25 GMT
* Enters cooperation with Google’s Nest to sell thermostats http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/-6qnJiWrXvM/story01.htm

Scottish GDP growth hampered by refinery strike in late 2013
Posted:Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:38:59 GMT
LONDON, April 16 (Reuters) – A strike at Scotland’s only oil refinery contributed to a sharp slowdown in economic growth at the end of 2013 at a time when the rest of the British economy was booming, data showed on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/yusCm6YMQtY/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Iranian negotiators reject hardline criticism of nuclear talks
Posted:Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:30:48 GMT
ABU DHABI, April 16 (Reuters) – Iranian hardliners stepped up criticism of Tehran’s negotiations with world powers over its nuclear programme on Wednesday, but negotiators defended the planned deal that could lead to an end to economic sanctions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/8kgPyN_2VJ0/story01.htm