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This post ran from July 1- July 10, 2014. Last update on top. It continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/07/11/the-ongoing-saga-30-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ It is a continuation of https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/the-ongoing-saga-28-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Post updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/radioactive-reindeer-nuclear-guinea-pigs-part-xi-of-a-series/
Reblog of post regarding transport of nuclear waste by rail in the UK: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/not-so-brief-encounter-nuclear-waste-trains/ Waste from Japan has even been sent to Sellafield in Cumbria, England for “reprocessing” and back again!

Germany wants to send High Level nuclear waste from both the Julich Research Facility in Germany (near Aachen) and ALSO from another old reactor near Ahaus to South Carolina USA. This would be its trajectory from Julich, near Aachen Germany: most likely up the Rhine or Meuse to Rotterdam, across the Atlantic and reportedly by train from Charleston to Aiken, SC – across almost the entire state of South Carolina by train. The Julich Research Facility has a new “master plan” for dolling up their facility and they don’t want any old nuclear waste in their way to mess up their “plan”, it seems. Additionally, the nearby coal mine could be expanding – hard to tell.
Julich to Aiken
If you think that shipping and dumping German High Level Nuclear Waste in the USA is wrong or a plain dumb idea, before 21 July 2014, please contact: Mr. Andrew Grainger, drew.grainger@srs.gov, NEPA Compliance Officer, U.S.Department of Energy

They harass people at airports, and subject them to x-rays in some airports, and then they lose nuclear material in Iraq and pretend it’s no big deal. Lost in Mexico it’s a big deal. Lost in Iraq, no biggie.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Seized nuclear material in Iraq ‘low grade’: U.N. agency
Posted:Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:29:03 GMT
VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. atomic agency said on Thursday it believed nuclear material which Iraq said had fallen into the hands of insurgents was “low grade” and did not pose a significant security risk. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/By4bhWTbABM/story01.htm

Rain batters Japan as storm makes landfall, three dead
Posted:Thu, 10 Jul 2014 03:05:30 GMT
TOKYO, July 10 (Reuters) – Heavy rain battered a wide swathe of Japan on Thursday, sending rivers over their banks and setting off a landslide as a weakened but still dangerous storm made landfall and headed east, leaving three people dead”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Vu-lCy29gMU/story01.htm

More Reuters News Feeds have been saved and will update later, if there is a later with the endless stupidities of certain governments. There’s no accounting for idiocy.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/radioactive-racism-at-radioactive-garbage-site-in-memphis-decades-after-martin-luther-kings-support-of-memphis-garbage-workers-led-to-his-assassination/

It is much more than its title. About half deals with racism but half deals with other things, such as standards and the recycling of radioactive waste into consumer goods by European Studsvik (and others). There are graphs showing radionuclides in the Baltic. In short, if you are in North America, around the Baltic, or in the UK-Ireland, there is a part of importance for you. Recall that US EPA radioactive emission standards comments are coming due shortly – beginning of August.

How about appointing someone other than nuclear experts for the top one and two positions of the US Department of Energy? It’s supposed to be Department of Energy and not Department of Nuclear. They have the NRC already. Although her position is supposed to be non-proliferation, it is doubtful it will be about non-proliferation of the US nuclear industry. More likely she will import more nuclear waste into the US due to its poor radiation standards and call it non-proliferation, as Obama’s been doing. US citizens beware – pay attention to the EPA standards coming due for it is the only hope to save the country from becoming a world nuclear dump – and we mean even into regular landfills. Read the new post and you will see what we mean. Especially read references – additional reading in the post.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Obama to nominate nuclear expert for Energy Department deputy
Posted:Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:41:25 GMT
WASHINGTON, July 8 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday will nominate a nuclear non-proliferation expert for the position of No. 2 official at the Department of Energy, a White House official said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ctDw1kEXzzY/story01.htm

Weakened typhoon leaves two dead, heads north from Okinawa to main Japan islands
Posted:Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:09:09 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Torrential rains from a weakened but still dangerous typhoon battered Japan’s Okinawa islands on Wednesday, leaving two dead and threatening widespread flooding as the storm headed for the nation’s main islands. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/bWxKIH7-Bis/story01.htm

East Coast wakes up to power cuts, clean-up after storms kill five
Posted:Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:55:27 GMT
SYRACUSE N.Y. (Reuters) – Thousands of people in U.S. East Coast states woke up to power cuts and a major clean-up operation on Wednesday after severe storms and high winds killed five people. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/j6drQMDW80E/story01.htm

Britain to destroy extra 50 tonnes of Syrian arms chemicals
Posted:Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:08:35 -0400
LONDON, July 9 (Reuters) – Britain said on Wednesday it would destroy a further 50 tonnes of material from Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, taking the total amount it has agreed to process to 200 tonnes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ANs7WaPX2xg/syria-crisis-britain-chemicalweapons-idUSL6N0PK2F320140709

Fearing graft probes, Chinese officials shun spotlight, seek retirement
Posted:Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:05:11 -0400 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/DgmvMyakSdM/china-corruption-idUSL4N0PE1PS20140708

UPDATE 1-Centamin second-quarter gold output falls 13 pct
Posted:Wed, 09 Jul 2014 04:14:10 -0400
July 9 (Reuters) – Gold miner Centamin Plc reported a 13 percent fall in second-quarter output, even as it continues to ramp-up the expansion of its only producing mine in Egypt. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/yO9SQ_fbvxs/centamin-results-idUSL4N0PK1OY20140709

UPDATE 4-Maersk plans $1.7 bln Brazil writedown; sells oilfield stake
Posted:Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:19:03 GMT
* BP, Anadarko, IBV are partners in areas hit by writedown http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/1zFJg8wyE_s/story01.htm

REFILE-KenGen expects to conclude rights issue by year-end
Posted:Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:09:45 GMT
NAIROBI, July 8 (Reuters) – Kenyan power producer KenGen said it aims to complete a 15 billion shilling ($171 million) rights issue by end-2014 and hopes to have a commitment from the government by August on the amount of financial support it will provide. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/iA54W2zzAAc/story01.htm

Oil leaks raise environmental concerns over Brazil’s Santos Basin – study
Posted:Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:43:44 GMT
RIO DE JANEIRO, July 8 (Reuters) – Brazil’s most promising offshore oil province, the Santos Basin, has 400 times the number of oil leaks as its older and more prolific neighbor, the Campos Basin, a Brazilian university study says, raising concern about the environmental sustainability of the country’s new oil wealth. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/va07DlzzUKo/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Boeing to recover remaining fuselage from derailed train -railway
Posted:Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:27:12 GMT
NEW YORK, July 8 (Reuters) – The last of six Boeing Co fuselages damaged in a train derailment were expected to be recovered on Tuesday, the railway said, clearing the way for full train service to resume. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/eaaVzyGeJn4/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Eni grapples with ailing refining business as Fitch warns on rating
Posted:Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:12:39 GMT
* Three-quarters of refineries face problems-union bosses http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/mXU3dAV8Ddk/story01.htm

U.S. officials urge Ukraine to reform natgas market
Posted:Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:06:21 GMT
WASHINGTON, July 8 (Reuters) – Ukraine must reform its historically inefficient and corrupt natural gas markets to guard against Russian aggression and supply controls, U.S. State Department officials told lawmakers on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/O0wO–WVQUY/story01.htm

U.S., China ink coal, clean energy deals in climate cooperation
Posted:Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:55:04 GMT
WASHINGTON, July 8 (Reuters) – The United States and China on Tuesday signed eight partnership agreements to cut greenhouse gases, bringing the world’s two biggest carbon emitters closer together on climate policy.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/AVhFZgespiA/story01.htm

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Typhoon Neoguri
Neoguri near Okinawa 8 July 2014
Neoguri water vapor July 8 2014 http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/PS/TROP/floaters/08W/08W_floater.html

Several nuclear power plants in its path have been shut-down, in preparation (see Reuters below).

Typhoon Neoguri lashes Japan’s Okinawa
8 July 2014 Last updated at 08:36 GMT

Excerpt: “Typhoon Neoguri was passing over the southern islands on Tuesday, bringing strong wind and torrential rain. Forecasters said it generated winds of up to 252 kilometres per hour (151 mph) and warned of high waves.” Read story here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28189409


Reuters News Feed Selection

Russia’s Gazprom says subsidiary wins South Stream tender in Serbia
Posted:Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:28:41 GMT
MOSCOW, July 8 (Reuters) – Russian gas producer Gazprom said on Tuesday its subsidiary, Tsentrgaz, had won a tender to build the Serbian stretch of the South Stream pipeline. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/bR_p31pLsaY/story01.htm

Russia’s Gazprom says Ukraine’s gas debt grows to $5.3 bln
Posted:Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:52:37 GMT
MOSCOW, July 8 (Reuters) – Russia’s top gas producer Gazprom said on Tuesday Ukraine had not met its payment deadline for June resulting in its total debt to the company rising to $5.3 billion. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/em7K6ZydjD4/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-One dead as powerful typhoon hits Japan’s Okinawa
Posted:Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:13:39 GMT
(Updates with information on one casualty, typhoon’s location) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/m_lxF9taV18/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Britain’s Drax wins 300 mln euro EU grant to trap and store CO2
Posted:Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:01:24 GMT
LONDON, July 8 (Reuters) – British utility Drax has won 300 million euros ($409 million) in EU funding to develop technology to bury carbon emissions from a new coal-fired power plant, the European Commission said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/nTsEM-U28F4/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Iran’s Supreme Leader calls for more enrichment capacity
Posted:Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:19:59 GMT
* Says economy should prepare as if no end to sanctions (Adds analysis, detail) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/8I2s2zZeu90/story01.htm

Freeport says draft MoU agreed but not signed, no export timeframe
Posted:Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:52:38 GMT
* Govt official say Freeport exports could resume within weeks http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/VgYEh9AeNTM/story01.htm

Too early to call Kurdistan an oil El Dorado -Total CEO
Posted:Tue, 08 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT
PARIS, July 8 (Reuters) – French oil major Total, which rattled Baghdad two years ago by signing a deal with Kurdistan, says it is too early to predict whether the semi-autonomous Iraqi region may turn into an important oil player. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/nO8fNcmccZM/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Russian, EU energy officials to meet for more gas talks
Posted:Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:43:27 GMT
* Three-way talks in May and June failed to get a deal (Adds Commission comment, context) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/GV6BR3MU-P8/story01.htm

Japan battens down as intense typhoon Neoguri nears
Posted:Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:49:41 GMT
TOKYO, July 8 (Reuters) – A powerful typhoon forced Japanese authorities to cancel flights and urge more than 100,000 people to evacuate their homes on Tuesday as the storm threatened to bring torrential rain and high winds to Japan’s southern islands. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Vt_6heRzMtY/story01.htm

Ukraine-EU gas pipeline to hit full capacity in Sept -Bloomberg
Posted:Mon, 07 Jul 2014 23:58:30 GMT
July 7 (Reuters) – A pipeline that will carry gas into Ukraine via the European Union will start running at full capacity in September, although the gas flow could be interrupted, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing an interview with the chairman of Slovak gas pipeline operator Eustream. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/THeEGZNIMDE/story01.htm

FEATURE-From New York heroin dealer to Afghanistan’s biggest oil man
Posted:Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:00:05 GMT
KABUL, July 8 (Reuters) – One-eyed Rateb Popal’s debut as an Afghan businessman was not promising: he was caught smuggling heroin and locked up in a New York federal prison for almost a decade. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/kJ0BxB2TuAo/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Indian power plants running out of coal, imports to surge
Posted:Tue, 08 Jul 2014 06:38:48 -0400
* 26 of 100 coal-based power plants have stocks for 4 days http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/yhHqdMfkgfs/india-powerstation-coal-idUSL4N0PJ22H20140708

Copper miners’ paths diverge over Indonesia export tax
Posted:Tue, 08 Jul 2014 05:21:46 -0400
JAKARTA/TORONTO, July 8 (Reuters) – Six months into a dispute with Indonesia’s government that has halted copper exports, two U.S. mining giants are using very different tactics in a bid to resume shipments – behind the scenes talks or raising the stakes with an arbitration claim. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/aReLtYPiik8/indonesia-mining-talks-idUSL4N0PI12320140708

UPDATE 1-German steel workers agree pay rise – union
Posted:Tue, 08 Jul 2014 03:58:45 -0400
* Apprentices to get permanent jobs till January 2018 (Adds quotes from employers and union, details, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/qjx2hbY1_1U/germany-steel-idUSL6N0PJ1ES20140708

Freeport says draft MoU agreed but not signed, no export timeframe
Posted:Tue, 08 Jul 2014 03:52:38 -0400
* Govt official say Freeport exports could resume within weeks http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/fBFyw7OZfsg/indonesia-freeport-idUSL4N0PJ1BF20140708

UPDATE 1-Kemira buys rival AkzoNobel’s paper chemical unit for $153 mln
Posted:Tue, 08 Jul 2014 02:51:39 -0400
HELSINKI, July 8 (Reuters) – Finnish chemicals company Kemira said on Tuesday it would buy rival Akzo Nobel’s paper chemical business for 153 million euros ($209 million), a move analysts welcomed as a good deal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/NiLfVESmDJQ/kemira-akzonobel-idUSL6N0PJ15720140708

SIG sees strong profit growth on UK construction market recovery
Posted:Tue, 08 Jul 2014 02:42:45 -0400
July 8 (Reuters) – Building materials supplier SIG Plc expects a strong profit growth for the first half, bolstered by a robust recovery in the UK construction sector, its second largest market. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/zkfy8h_rkbI/sig-results-idUSL4N0PJ1OG20140708

Saudi gas development plans hit hurdle as Shell shelves project
Posted:Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:00:05 GMT
DUBAI, July 7 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell is ending investments in a gas development project in Saudi Arabia, complicating the top oil exporter’s efforts to exploit its huge gas reserves. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/JjrsLE_Wgi4/story01.htm

Rescue workers end search for eight trapped Honduran gold miners
Posted:Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:38:02 -0400
SAN JUAN ARRIBA, Honduras, July 7 (Reuters) – Rescue workers on Monday gave up their search for eight missing miners trapped by a landslide at an illegal Honduran gold mine last week. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/A4EzAzk_icE/honduras-mining-idUSL2N0PI18Y20140707

Putin’s silence on Slaviansk signals desire to de-escalate Ukraine crisis
Posted:Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:05:30 GMT
MOSCOW, July 7 (Reuters) – Three weeks before Ukraine’s army forced rebel fighters out of the strategic eastern city of Slaviansk, their commander made a desperate plea for military help from Russia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/C7B3u1Zn114/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-CITIC starts court proceedings against Qingdao port operator
Posted:Tue, 08 Jul 2014 03:29:28 GMT
July 8 (Reuters) – China’s CITIC Resources Holdings Ltd has begun court proceedings against the operator of a bonded warehouse at Qingdao port as legal action ramps up following an investigation into metals financing fraud at the world’s seventh busiest port.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/4oiLNbn_AOA/story01.htm

Monday, 7 July 2014

Post updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/radioactive-reindeer-nuclear-guinea-pigs-part-xi-of-a-series/

Radioactive B-12 from Nuclear Power Plant Emissions!

It just keeps getting worse and worse! Cobalt is at the center of Vitamin B-12. According to the EPA, citing the NRC, “Radionuclides released to surface water include tritium, isotopes of cobalt, and cesium.” Tritium binds to become tritiated, radioactive, water, cesium mimics potassium and now radioactive cobalt makes radioactive B-12! These are all essential for life. Potassium and Vitamin B-12 are essential for brain and nerve functioning. This is so very evil.
B-12 public domain via wikimedia
Vitamin B12, vitamin B12 or vitamin B-12, also called cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin with a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and for the formation of blood. It is one of the eight B vitamins. It is normally involved in the metabolism of every cell of the human body, especially affecting DNA synthesis and regulation, but also fatty acid synthesis (especially odd chain fatty acids) and energy production“. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_B12 (Emphasis added)

In general, the impacts of radiological emissions are evaluated through assessing sources, pathways, and predicted doses to people and organisms. Persons may be exposed to radiation originating in a nuclear power reactor through atmospheric and aquatic pathways (see Figure 6-1). Radioactive fission products (noble gases and some of the more volatile materials like tritium, isotopes of iodine, and cesium) and activation products are released to the air under controlled conditions. Radioactive materials in the liquid effluents are processed in radioactive waste treatment systems. Radionuclides released to surface water include tritium, isotopes of cobalt, and cesium. In both cases, careful monitoring ensures compliance with permitted release limits (NRC 1996, Section Note that there are permitted release limits and yet these all stay in the environment for decades to 100s of years!
This means they accumulate!

COBALT “The radionuclide, cobalt-60, is produced for commercial use in linear accelerators. It is also produced as a by-product of nuclear reactor operations, when structural materials, such as steel, are exposed to neutron radiation.” The half-life of cobalt-60 is 5.27 years. http://www.epa.gov/rpdweb00/radionuclides/cobalt.html

The number of years to reach 0.78% of the original quantity is Half Life x 7. The number of years to reach 0.0015% of the original quantity is Half Life x 16. This means that Co 60 will be around for about 84 years. 84 years ago was 1930. Cobalt is part of the very important vitamin B12. So, radioactive cobalt would effectively produce radioactive B-12. Scary! This is legalized murder, even without an accident!
Tritium has a half-life of 12 years so contaminated water will be radioactive for 192 years!

Cesium 137 has a half life of around 30 years. Pu-239 has a half-life of 24,100 years, and Pu-240 has a half-life of 6,560 years. Americium 241 has a half-life of 432 years. (Plutonium and Americium are all alpha emitters, highly dangerous upon ingestion, inhalation or absorption. They enter the body as a mimic to iron and cause physiological disruption as well as chromosomal damage). Cesium 137 will be around for 480 years. We’ll let you do the math for the others. 480 years ago was 1534 AD (CE).

EPA NRC graphic of NPP emissions


Reuters News Feed Selection

Canadian town remembers deadly train crash one year later
Posted:Sun, 06 Jul 2014 19:26:31 GMT
LAC-MEGANTIC Quebec (Reuters) – Thousands of people gathered in the small town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec on Sunday to remember the victims of a fiery crude oil train crash that killed 47 people and destroyed dozens of buildings in the picturesque lakeside village. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/9Z5C1ikuiCA/story01.htm

Ukraine says forces will press forward after taking rebel stronghold
Posted:Sun, 06 Jul 2014 19:15:11 GMT
SLAVIANSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine’s government said it would quickly seize more territory from pro-Russian separatists after re-taking their stronghold of Slaviansk in what President Petro Poroshenko called a turning point in the fight for control of the country’s east. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/qPlsaknl4D0/story01.htm

As West, Russia talk truce, Poroshenko heeds Ukrainians’ call to arms
Posted:Sun, 06 Jul 2014 16:02:08 GMT
KIEV (Reuters) – In a country torn between Russia and western Europe, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s decision to resume an offensive against pro-Moscow rebels has carefully ignored both neighbors to show an ear acutely tuned to Ukrainian domestic politics. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/uHHK-5KNNgU/story01.htm

Arthur, no longer a hurricane, pelts Maritime Canada
Posted:Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:58:55 GMT
(Reuters) – Arthur weakened from hurricane force on Saturday and pelted parts of Canada’s eastern coast with heavy rain and strong winds, leaving 250,000 homes and businesses without power, as the storm swept away from New England. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/LbZ3J8TnahE/story01.htm

Peru says El Nino threat over, waters cooling and fish returning
Posted:Fri, 04 Jul 2014 23:23:14 GMT
LIMA (Reuters) – The worst of the potentially disastrous weather pattern El Nino is now behind Peru and cooling sea temperatures are luring back schools of anchovy, the key ingredient in fishmeal, authorities said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/QnPAoC8Mw2A/story01.htm

Weaker Hurricane Arthur heads to Nantucket, Cape Cod
Posted:Fri, 04 Jul 2014 22:31:06 GMT
NAGS HEAD N.C. (Reuters) – A weakened Hurricane Arthur was aimed at southern New England on Friday, wielding tropical storm-force winds, after an earlier landfall in North Carolina that caused only slight damage. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/-BejdUDg7Mc/story01.htm

Hurricane Arthur makes landfall on North Carolina’s Outer Banks
Posted:Fri, 04 Jul 2014 04:44:52 GMT
NAGS HEAD, N.C, (Reuters) – The first hurricane of the Atlantic season made landfall on the North Carolina coast Thursday night, a windy, wet party-pooper that forced thousands of vacationers to scrap their July Fourth holiday plans amid evacuation orders. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/w-l3HrYXnO8/story01.htm

Is volatile fuel used in racing cars a new power source for ships?
Posted:Sun, 06 Jul 2014 21:00:53 GMT
* Shipping sector under pressure to use fuels with lower emissions http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/q4rTDg3IpYw/story01.htm

MEDIA-Rosneft eyes new projects in strategic shift – the Financial Times
Posted:Sun, 06 Jul 2014 18:01:56 GMT
— Note: Reuters has not verified this story and does not vouch for its accuracy http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/W9QZgERCEPw/story01.htm

MEDIA-EDF in line for 800 mln stg windfall from UK power subsidy scheme – the Guardian
Posted:Sun, 06 Jul 2014 17:00:20 GMT
— Note: Reuters has not verified this story and does not vouch for its accuracy http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/3nD3RaplUXg/story01.htm

Tempers fray, prices rise as Egypt cuts fuel subsidies
Posted:Sun, 06 Jul 2014 14:16:31 GMT
CAIRO, July 6 (Reuters) – Cairo bus driver Mohamed Salame voted for Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the hope he would fix Egypt’s manifold problems, but now he curses the new president for making life harder by hiking the price of the state-subsidised fuel vital to his livelihood. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2EGtMAfX3T8/story01.htm

Bulgaria on brink of nuclear deal to reduce reliance on Russia
Posted:Sun, 06 Jul 2014 13:40:30 GMT
SOFIA/BRUSSELS, July 6 (Reuters) – Bulgaria, one of five EU states that depend totally on Russia for nuclear fuel, is set to take a step towards diversifying its suppliers when Westinghouse Electric Company buys a stake in a state-controlled firm building new atomic units. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/crd-nPvPlpw/story01.htm

BHP has six bidders looking at Nickel West unit – report
Posted:Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:39:55 GMT
PERTH, July 6 (Reuters) – Six potential bidders, including Dutch commodity trader Trafigura and Hong Kong-listed MMG Ltd, are looking at the books of BHP Billiton’s Australian nickel unit, the Australian Financial Review reported on Sunday, without saying where it got the information. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/PxlNiSp-6Tk/story01.htm

Italian minister delays goal of repaying commercial debts
Posted:Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:03:20 GMT
ROME, July 6 (Reuters) – Italy will settle the debt arrears it owes to private sector suppliers by the end of this year, Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said in a newspaper interview on Sunday, pushing back previous commitments.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0WSCI3S1_ys/story01.htm

Sunday, 6 July 2014

USGS Map of Pacific Currents
Circular 1198 USGS Pacific Currents

We posted the article above, not just to show that there was plutonium released at Fukushima, but mostly to show the challenges of testing for plutonium. Please do NOT buy Canberra brand, however, as it is part of nasty AREVA. It is best to buy testing equipment from a company which is not selling and promoting nuclear, if possible. Also, it is important to read the document multiple times, if you can. It is an “as is”, no derivatives Creative Commons paper, so we did not underline anything (some of you will be very relieved about this; others not). The link to the original pdf is provided so that people can do their own underlining and highlighting.

Will the Pope ask next for population control, please! It is needed to help protect nature! The Bible said to fill the earth, not to overflow it! Europe may fall into one fracking sinkhole, like much of the US may, if they go the fracking road.

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Little hope for eight trapped Honduran miners
Posted:Sat, 05 Jul 2014 17:37:13 -0400
SAN JUAN ARRIBA, Honduras, July 5 (Reuters) – Rescuers said there was little hope that eight miners trapped underground in an illegal Honduran gold mine would be found alive, as a group of local miners prepared a last-ditch attempt to save their colleagues. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/TClS5a13E2A/honduras-mining-idUSL2N0PG0IV20140705

UPDATE 5-GM suspends South African output as striking union spurns offer
Posted:Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:19:54 -0400
* Fresh strike at Impala Platinum mine (Adds news strike at Implats mine) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/J5a4eU9EzMA/safrica-strike-idUSL6N0PF2E220140704

Pope calls exploitation of nature a sin of our time
Posted:Sat, 05 Jul 2014 07:04:07 -0400
CAMPOBASSO, Italy, July 5 (Reuters) – Pope Francis called for more respect for nature on Saturday, branding the destruction of South America’s rain forests and other forms of environmental exploitation a sin of modern times. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/N58pWCsCJ_s/pope-environment-idUSL6N0PG04Y20140705

Egypt cuts natural gas subsidies to factories
Posted:Sat, 05 Jul 2014 06:28:00 -0400
CAIRO, July 5 (Reuters) – Egypt slashed its natural gas subsidies to several industries increasing gas prices by 30-75 percent, part of a broad government strategy to cut back subsidies that eat up to a fifth of its annual budget. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/s4XeNWq5-gc/egypt-natural-gas-idUSL6N0PG07P20140705

EU energy chief tells Germany to keep options open on fracking
Posted:Sat, 05 Jul 2014 12:59:48 GMT
BERLIN, July 5 (Reuters) – Europe could eventually get a tenth of its power needs via shale gas fracking, if it can overcome reservations such as those voiced in recommendations from two German cabinet ministers, the European Union’s energy commissioner was quoted as saying.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/5Do4E6fX48U/story01.htm

Saturday, 5 July 2014

This post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/radioactive-reindeer-nuclear-guinea-pigs-part-xi-of-a-series/

Stolen Radioactive Materials in Mexico for the second time in less than a year. Last missing radioactive waste was in December of 2013.

According to the US NRC: “Loss Of Offsite Power It is recognized that the availability of ac power to commercial nuclear power plants is essential for safe operations and accident recovery. A loss of offsite power (LOOP) event, therefore, is considered an important contributor to total risk at nuclear power plants.” Thus, the recent US power outages increase risk, if they impacted nuclear power plants, which they most likely did.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Mexico finds radioactive load from stolen truck
Posted:Sat, 05 Jul 2014 00:43:25 GMT
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican authorities on Friday found a load of dangerous radioactive material that was in a stolen pick-up, a top civil protection official said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/bTNfgVwqhFQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Egypt to raise fuel prices by up to 78 percent from midnight -source
Posted:Fri, 04 Jul 2014 23:13:00 GMT
(New throughout, adds minister confirmation, analyst comment, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ag20EC69KSU/story01.htm

U.S. SEC settles with Canadian man tied to penny stock scam
Posted:Fri, 04 Jul 2014 22:42:49 GMT
July 4 (Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has reached a settlement with a Montreal man it accused of fraud, barring the man from any future offerings of so-called penny stocks. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/T7nE4BR4sFE/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Italy prosecutors open probe into Eni on Nigeria oil block deal
Posted:Fri, 04 Jul 2014 16:07:55 GMT
MILAN, July 4 (Reuters) – Italian prosecutors have opened a probe into alleged corruption relating to the 2011 acquisition of a big oil field in Nigeria by Italian oil group Eni and Shell, judicial sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Cd-x4-Zia4w/story01.htm

Russia passes law to force websites onto Russian servers
Posted:Fri, 04 Jul 2014 18:38:34 GMT
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s parliament passed a law on Friday to force Internet sites that store the personal data of Russian citizens to do so inside the country, a move the Kremlin says is for data protection but which critics see an attack on social networks. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/sIPS7mO8Fsk/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Total to do test drilling for shale gas in Denmark
Posted:Fri, 04 Jul 2014 13:13:52 GMT
* Europe remains split on shale gas exploration (Adds detail) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/XShE3uuD1no/story01.htm

Storms leave power outages, flooding, flight delays in central U.S.
Posted:Thu, 03 Jul 2014 01:04:44 GMT
(Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of people were without power on Tuesday after a deadly storm that brought tornadoes, high winds, hail and heavy rain to the central United States. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/k-O9WgKV-oA/story01.htm

Shots fired as Liberia police quell ArcelorMittal mine protest
Posted:Fri, 04 Jul 2014 23:01:55 GMT
MONROVIA (Reuters) – Liberia’s security forces fired shots in the air to break up a protest at an ArcelorMittal SA iron ore plant northeast of the capital on Friday, authorities and witnesses said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/gCJ3Ne7fpKE/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Ukraine parliament gives preliminary nod to emergency energy plans
Posted:Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:02:08 GMT
* Draft law would give government tighter control over gas supplies http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/qN3HIadMzGs/story01.htm

Ukraine protests to Russia over airspace violations
Posted:Fri, 04 Jul 2014 17:27:44 GMT
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday it had protested to Russia over “gross, systematic violations” of Ukrainian airspace and demanded they stop immediately. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/VvFFbPuPg2Q/story01.htm

Greek renewables firm Anemos to launch flotation next week
Posted:Fri, 04 Jul 2014 06:25:37 GMT
ATHENS, July 4 (Reuters) – The renewable energy business of Greece’s biggest construction company Ellaktor will next week launch an initial public offering (IPO) of shares on the Athens Stock Exchange, it said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ThorVipV7vU/story01.htm

Stanford Marine postpones planned London IPO – Bloomberg
Posted:Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:50:52 GMT
July 4 (Reuters) – Stanford Marine Group has postponed a planned London listing as its majority owner Abraaj Group searches for potential buyers for the Dubai-based business, Bloomberg reported citing two people with knowledge of the matter. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/mkNB33-_qns/story01.htm

REFILE-UPDATE 1-Kurdish diplomat cool to independence advocacy by Israel
Posted:Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:00:29 GMT
JERUSALEM, July 4 (Reuters) – A Kurdish diplomat has played down the significance of Israeli advocacy of independence for her people, saying this was not coordinated with the autonomous Kurdish government in Iraq and may be intended to serve Israel’s interests. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/lR9WWFgbFRQ/story01.htm

Ukraine leader orders flag raised in rebel stronghold after army successes
Posted:Sat, 05 Jul 2014 09:09:26 GMT
KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered the army to raise the national flag over the separatist stronghold of Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine on Saturday, after hearing reports government forces were in the city, the presidential web site said. Slaviansk, seized by rebels in April, had become the separatists’ strongest redoubt in eastern Ukraine and a base for Igor Strelkov, a Muscovite declared defence minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/RNsHZhYwBhQ/story01.htm

Friday, 4 July 2014 updated re 1746 banning of the tartan and Gaelic language in Scotland by German UK King George II and deportation of those continuing to speak Gaelic or wearing the tartan.

New posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/america-fought-won-its-freedom-from-a-german-uk-monarch-will-america-now-become-a-dumping-ground-for-german-nuclear-waste/ The State of Georgia was named for George II. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_II_of_Great_Britain America revolted against his son George III, King of the UK and also King of Hanover Germany. The rest of the story is at the link. The Savannah River is the border between South Carolina and Georgia. So, the Savannah River nuclear site impacts both states. Short, concise, excellent summary by Georgia WAND about the impact of nuclear waste on the Savannah River site area: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/say-no-to-german-nuclear-waste-at-savannah-river-site-view-from-georgia-usa/

Lord Mungo Murray (Am Morair Mungo Moireach), ca 1680 by John Michael Wright
Lord Mungo Murray (Am Morair Mungo Moireach), ca 1680, by John Michael Wright

German King George II of the UK, outlawed the wearing of the Tartan, as well as speaking of the Gaelic language, subsequent to the 1745 rising against him and in favor of a Scottish King. Punishment for a second offence was deportation to the Americas (“plantations” is where they “planted” colonists; the first were in Ireland, but “beyond the seas” sounds more like the Americas). Deportees and their descendants, later fought against his son’s rule in the American Revolution:
Abolition and Proscription of the Highland Dress 19 George II, Chap. 39, Sec. 17, 1746:
That from and after the first day of August, One thousand, seven hundred and forty-six, no man or boy within that part of Britain called Scotland, other than such as shall be employed as Officers and Soldiers in His Majesty’s Forces, shall, on any pretext whatever, wear or put on the clothes commonly called Highland clothes (that is to say) the Plaid, Philabeg, or little Kilt, Trowse, Shoulder-belts, or any part whatever of what peculiarly belongs to the Highland Garb; and that no tartan or party-coloured plaid of stuff shall be used for Great Coats or upper coats, and if any such person shall presume after the said first day of August, to wear or put on the aforesaid garment or any part of them, every such person so offending … For the first offence,shall be liable to be imprisoned for 6 months, and on the second offence, to be transported to any of His Majesty’s plantations beyond the seas, there to remain for the space of seven years.

On July 1st 1782 Royal assent was given to Repeal of the Act Proscribing the Wearing of Highland Dress 22 George III, Chap. 63, 1782 and a proclamation issued in Gaelic and English announced” (Emphasis added) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dress_Act Like they would go back, after 7 years!

Friday, 4 July 2014

The American Revolution was fought against George III, King of the UK and King of Hanover Germany. He was the grandfather of Queen Victoria of England. Queen Elizabeth II of the UK is great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Elizabeth is very much a German monarch though also descended from some British Royals. Her family changed their name to “Windsor” when the UK was at war with Germany during World War I. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancestry_of_Elizabeth_II

Queen Victoria in her coronation robes, by George Hayter, 1860
Queen Victoria in her coronation robes, by George Hayter, 1860
Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. From 1 May 1876, she used the additional title of Empress of India.

Victoria was the daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, the fourth son of King George III. Both the Duke of Kent and King George III died in 1820, and Victoria was raised under close supervision by her German-born mother Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. She inherited the throne at the age of 18, after her father’s three elder brothers had all died, leaving no legitimate, surviving children…

Since 1714, Britain had shared a monarch with Hanover in Germany, but under Salic law women were excluded from the Hanoverian succession. While Victoria inherited all the British dominions, Hanover passed instead to her father’s younger brother, her unpopular uncle the Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale, who became King Ernest Augustus I of Hanover. He was her heir presumptive until she married and had a child…

The United Kingdom was already an established constitutional monarchy, in which the sovereign held relatively little direct political power. Privately, Victoria attempted to influence government policy and ministerial appointments. Publicly, she became a national icon, and was identified with strict standards of personal morality.

Victoria married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in 1840. Their nine children married into royal and noble families across the continent, tying them together and earning her the nickname ‘the grandmother of Europe’. After Albert’s death in 1861, Victoria plunged into deep mourning and avoided public appearances. As a result of her seclusion, republicanism temporarily gained strength, but in the latter half of her reign, her popularity recovered. Her Golden and Diamond Jubilees were times of public celebration.” (Emphasis our own) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Victoria Note ties to the many German Royal Houses, Denmark-Norway, Greece, Romania and Russia.

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Rare earths industry teeters as Australia’s Lynas heads to full ramp-up
Posted:Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:09:44 -0400
* Lynas, Molycorp hit by funding squeeze, delayed production ramp-ups http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/dPi68Cz0YPI/lynas-rareearths-idUSL4N0PE4R920140704

UPDATE 2-Rescuers close in on 3 trapped Honduran miners, 8 missing
Posted:Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:55:34 -0400
(Adds details on difficulties faced by trapped miners, rains, adds comments , paragraphs 5-8) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/5Soaw85wZgs/honduras-mining-idUSL2N0PE18R20140703

UPDATE 2-South African police fire rubber bullets to disperse striking workers
Posted:Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:02:30 -0400
* Nampak say 40 pct of workers in metals unit off work (Adds Nampak comment, charges of violence, Moody’s) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/J0dM1O-hNmY/safrica-strikes-idUSL6N0PE49320140703

Sogefi, Audi develop new suspension spring technology
Posted:Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:53:14 -0400
MILAN, July 3 (Reuters) – Italian auto parts maker Sogefi and Volkswagen’s Audi have jointly developed new suspension spring technology which will result in more precise driving and lighter parts, Sogefi said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Y1iCCPUKKhk/sogefi-audi-idUSL6N0PE43S20140703

Arthur strengthens to Category 2 hurricane as it nears North Carolina
Posted:Fri, 04 Jul 2014 01:28:25 GMT
MIAMI, July 3 (Reuters) – Hurricane Arthur was upgraded to a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds at 100 miles per hour (160 kilometres per hour), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Thursday evening. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/hl_Yz7wZ9Mw/story01.htm

Japan Showa Shell shuts CDU for unplanned repair work
Posted:Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:59:46 GMT
TOKYO, July 4 (Reuters) – A unit of Showa Shell Sekiyu KK said on Friday it had shut the 155,000 barrels per day (bpd) No.3 crude distillation unit (CDU) at Yokkaichi refinery at the end of June for unplanned repair work. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/LTofu90729Y/story01.htm

U.S. Ex-Im Bank weighs loan to major India coal project
Posted:Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:04:21 GMT
WASHINGTON, July 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. Export-Import Bank is considering financing a massive coal-fired power plant in India despite the fact the Obama administration has called on domestic and global public lenders to stop funding coal-plants in his climate change strategy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/8HJjBOGB01U/story01.htm

EU states look at halting EIB, EBRD funding for Russia-officials
Posted:Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:48:12 GMT
BRUSSELS/LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) – European Union governments have discussed halting or restricting funding for new projects in Russia through two multilateral lenders as they seek to raise pressure on Moscow to support a peace plan for Ukraine, officials said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9zDTWRBJHCo/story01.htm

UPDATE 8-Oil futures fall as Libya says oil crisis is over
Posted:Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:17:25 GMT
* U.S. job growth surges, unemployment near 6-yr low (Updates prices to settlement) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/wdgOOVi2uT8/story01.htm

Iraqi Kurds say will sue Baghdad if it blocks oil sales
Posted:Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:13:12 GMT
* Letter threatens suit if Baghdad continues to hamper KRG exports http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/obriFPC_vkc/story01.htm

Oklahoma earthquake surge tied to energy industry activity -study
Posted:Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:00:00 GMT
July 3 (Reuters) – A dramatic jump in the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma to a rate never seen there by scientists before, appears to be caused by a small number of wells where wastewater associated with oil and gas production is injected into the ground, a study released on Thursday said.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/XE8_BkQ93sg/story01.htm

Thursday, 3 July 2014

New Post about where these chemical weapons came from and relationship to today: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/sarin-nerve-gas-i-g-farben-and-the-nazis/

Syria chemical weapons leave Italy in US ship
3 July 2014 Last updated at 00:38 GMT
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28125684 Excerpt from article: “In Italy, the ‘most critical’ chemical agents are being loaded onto the US Maritime Administration cargo ship, MV Cape Ray, to be destroyed by hydrolysis in international waters. Less-toxic chemicals will be shipped by Norwegian and Danish vessels for disposal at commercial facilities.

It is supposed to be a closed system, but take 2 to 3 months to process.

If there were a problem:
Because sarin vapor is heavier than air, it will sink to low-lying areas and create a greater exposure hazard there.http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/sarin/basics/facts.asp

Notice that the cost of renewable energy is so cheap that non-renewables are having trouble keeping up.

If Russian government controlled Rosneft is allowed to buy an oil trading unit of Morgan Stanley, after Russia took Crimea, everyone will know that something is sorely afoul… It will impact oil pricing.

Reuters News Feed Selection

EU utilities will suffer from low power prices until 2020 – Moody’s
Posted:Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:43:00 GMT
* UK prices to be higher than average, but political risk is high
Excerpt from story: “Europe’s power generators have been squeezed by the expansion of renewable energy, which is creating overcapacity and eroding prices,…”

U.S. storm Arthur to pack hurricane winds by July 4 holiday
Posted:Thu, 03 Jul 2014 00:54:27 GMT
(Reuters) – Tropical Storm Arthur threatened to douse some July 4 holiday plans on the U.S. East Coast as officials ordered evacuations of some low-lying coastal areas, closed beaches and tourist sites and delayed fireworks shows in anticipation of heavy rain and fierce winds. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/QWn0aq_7too/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Eleven miners trapped underground in Honduran gold mine
Posted:Thu, 03 Jul 2014 01:05:56 -0400
TEGUCIGALPA, July 2 (Reuters) – A landslide at the entrance of a small gold mine in southern Honduras trapped at least 11 miners underground on Wednesday, firefighters said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/UOWfCYAa7aQ/honduras-mining-idUSL2N0PE06920140703

Petrochemicals latest China commodity to be hit by potential fraud
Posted:Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:00:33 -0400
BEIJING, July 3 (Reuters) – Chinese petrochemical imports have become the latest commodity financing tool to come under investigation for possible fraud, highlighting the risks from the widespread use of raw materials as collateral to raise loans and skirt credit restrictions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/xHmn6hkh3yU/china-financing-oil-idUSL4N0P635J20140702

Blackout hits northern Chile, unclear if copper mines affected
Posted:Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:20:09 -0400
SANTIAGO, July 2 (Reuters) – Chile’s northern regions were hit by a power outage on Wednesday, the nation’s emergency office said, though it was not immediately clear if production at some of the area’s massive copper mines was impacted. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/hHPui8pXzu4/chile-power-blackout-idUSL2N0PD1R820140702

UPDATE 2-India central bank seeks to swap gold to improve reserves quality
Posted:Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:12:01 -0400
* Gold from RBI vaults to be sold on local market – sources http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/-jSnfd3R4Sk/india-cenbank-gold-idUSL4N0PD3QY20140702

Berlin talks bring Russia and Ukraine closer to resuming ceasefire
Posted:Thu, 03 Jul 2014 01:31:13 GMT
BERLIN/KIEV (Reuters) – The foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine agreed in Berlin on Wednesday to hold three-way talks involving pro-Moscow rebels by Saturday to pave the way for a new ceasefire, despite continued fighting that Kiev says has now killed 200 of its troops. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/5Gb2LJmsrkE/story01.htm

German antitrust body probes Berlin gas grid concession
Posted:Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:02:42 GMT
FRANKFURT, July 2 (Reuters) – Germany’s federal cartel office on Wednesday said it had begun investigations into the planned award of an operating licence for the city of Berlin’s 7,000 km gas network to public sector group Berlin Energie from 2015. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/EqFPntIpI_4/story01.htm

UN green fund to seek cash in November; poor want $15 billion
Posted:Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:50:43 GMT
* After Oslo talks, pledging conference planned in November http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/iuHUDpDF3bQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Ukraine may seek state of emergency on energy market – PM
Posted:Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:12:37 GMT
* Government would have right to control supplies and price http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9WLxJmNrFDU/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Gazprom surprises with new head of exports as Medvedev steps aside
Posted:Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:52:33 GMT
* Burmistrova helped to clinch China deal – sources (Adds PM on gas crisis with Ukraine) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/hK4pwPQQz0o/story01.htm

Blackout hits northern Chile, unclear if copper mines affected
Posted:Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:20:09 GMT
SANTIAGO, July 2 (Reuters) – Chile’s northern regions were hit by a power outage on Wednesday, the nation’s emergency office said, though it was not immediately clear if production at some of the area’s massive copper mines was impacted. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/UORKflEy4f8/story01.htm

Balkans face need to increase power imports in 2014
Posted:Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:52:30 GMT
SARAJEVO, July 2 (Reuters) – An over-reliance on coal and scant progress in diversifying energy sources will force Balkan nations to increase power imports to keep the lights on this winter and drag down their struggling economies, traders and experts say. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/tI1zF1uDd48/story01.htm

UGI to buy Total’s LPG distribution business in France
Posted:Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:48:42 GMT
July 2 (Reuters) – Energy utility UGI Corp said on Wednesday it would buy French oil major Total SA’s LPG distribution business in France for about 400-450 million euros ($545-$613 million). http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/LT5qcVIx62Y/story01.htm

Rosneft submits Morgan Stanley deal for U.S. security review – WSJ
Posted:Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:36:10 GMT
July 2 (Reuters) – Russia’s Rosneft has submitted details of a deal to buy an oil trading unit of Morgan Stanley to a confidential U.S. committee that evaluates national security risks, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a source familiar with the matter. (http://on.wsj.com/1vy1eiN) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/_2-cvHfwLSs/story01.htm

U.S. EPA approves new fuels for federal biofuel mandate
Posted:Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:58:16 GMT
WASHINGTON, July 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday expanded the types of fuel that can be used to satisfy the federal biofuel mandate, a move that could play a role in the agency’s delayed targets for 2014 renewable fuel use. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/qL4jcXTkxEA/story01.htm

China M&A rulings create hot competition for antitrust lawyers
Posted:Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:00:40 GMT
SHANGHAI, July 3 (Reuters) – China’s increasing regulatory influence over international mergers and acquisitions has helped to create the hottest new commodity in its legal industry: anti-trust lawyers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/a9fb2txR6Mc/story01.htm

Commerce Dept oil export approval questioned by U.S. senators
Posted:Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:52:36 GMT
WASHINGTON, July 2 (Reuters) – Two senators on Wednesday asked the U.S. Commerce Department to explain why it approved exports of a form of super-light oil known as condensate, saying the action may have violated the decades-long ban on U.S. crude oil exports. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/71zApKJlhn4/story01.htm

France’s Sarkozy says justice twisted by politics in corruption probe
Posted:Wed, 02 Jul 2014 23:26:30 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – Former President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Wednesday France’s justice system was being used for political ends, after he was put under investigation on suspicion of using his influence to gain details of a probe into his 2007 election campaign.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/KhP6RnlalJg/story01.htm

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

To protest dumping of Germany radioactive waste on the USA please contact: Mr. Andrew Grainger, drew.grainger@srs.gov, NEPA Compliance Officer, U.S.Department of Energy BEFORE 21 July 2014 To protest Germany’s proven propensity to dump their rad waste on others, see contact info listed in yesterday’s post.

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/radiations-negative-impact-on-bird-reproduction-at-chernobyl/ This post was updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/radioactive-reindeer-nuclear-guinea-pigs-part-xi-of-a-series/

Time to start studying what’s in those US EPA Radiation Rules Before it’s too late!
US EPA comment deadline for 3 August 2014: http://www.epa.gov/radiation/laws/190/
(“Environmental Standards for Uranium Fuel Cycle Facilities: Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) Comment period extended to August 3, 2014”)
Americans and Canadians need to ask for public hearings. Probably will involve waste dumping standards along with power plant standards for legal leakage. One environmental org is asking for hearings near nuclear facilities but especially since the US gov is running around begging for foreign nuclear waste, there is likely a nuclear dump coming near you, if you live in the US or the Canadian southern rim. Mexicans should be concerned too, and demand hearings. However much radiation is legally leaked, the standard must include ALL radionuclides emitted, or potentially emitted, and not a select one or two! For instance, if they use the ICRP 1 mSV (per year) exposure standard, then this must be 1mSv of ALL radionuclides and not just 1 mSv of one isotope of radioiodine! Several countries use 1/10th of the ICRP standard for safety, i.e. 0.1mSv. This exposure is over and about “background”. That is, the legally leaked radiation standard is added together with “background”. Average world “background” now includes Fukushima and Chernobyl, along with historic fallout from nuclear bombs and bomb “tests”. Each time they create accidents, average background apparently goes up! Plus the EPA needs to have a water standard for Nuclear Power Plant Emissions. There is none. One or two environmental groups are reported to be working on providing information for people to help them comment, but it is a complex topic and requires study. The month left is really too little.

Radiation at the Beach?

Got to wonder if people at St. Bees beach don’t know that Sellafield is there?
If they do know that Sellafield is there, and put their children out on a beach on the Irish Sea, especially so close to Sellafield, they are rather dim anyway.
St. Bees Sellafield
The analysis shows that, whilst overall cumulative radioactive finds per hectare across the West Cumbrian coast have risen by 84% between 2008/09 and 2010/11, the total number of beach monitoring hectares has been reduced by 39% since 2008/09. It is evident that an increase of finds on a particular beach one year, does not result in increased beach monitoring in future years. This is not only the case at the high occupancy beaches at St Bees and Seascale, but also at Sellafield,… http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Appendix_1.pdf

Beware the Winds

Tropical Storm Arthur – maybe Hurricane Arthur will be chugging up the coast by Savannah River site. Of course, any German waste must come into port. This tropical storm popped up quickly and locally.
Tropical Storm Arthur http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCPAT1+shtml/012348.shtml

Hurricanes spin off tornadoes. Plus there have been plenty of US tornados too in the news. Tornados spun off from hurricanes are sometimes the most deadly part.

Three years ago:
US tornadoes force shutdown of two nuclear reactors in Virginia
Series of storms that hit states from Oklahoma to North Carolina left at least 45 people dead and caused widespread damage
“. By Ewen MacAskill in Washington The Guardian, Monday 18 April 2011 18.19 BST
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/apr/18/us-tornadoes-shutdown-nuclear-reactors Excerpt: “two reactors shut down automatically when a tornado cut off power to the plant. A backup diesel generator kicked in to cool the fuel. The regulator said no radiation was released and staff were working to restore electricity to the plant.

Two weeks ago:
Ontario Storm Photos Show Airport Tornado, Nuclear Plant Lightning Strike” The Huffington Post Canada | Posted: 06/17/2014 5:29 pm EDT http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/06/17/ontario-storm-photos_n_5504997.html

Russian Nuclear Facilities Even Get Tornados! Last year:
Tornado Caught on Tape Over World’s First Nuclear Plant (Video … May 24, 2013 – A tornado caused a scare outside Moscow when it passed over the decommissioned site of the world’s first civilian nuclear power plant“. http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/tornado-caught-on-tape-over-worlds-first-nuclear-plant-video/480476.html

Europe: Watch your Foehn-wind direction as Syrian Chemical Weapons are unloaded and destroyed offshore in Italy

Parts of Europe may be protected by a Bise. Not clear if this chemical weapons operation is dangerous or not. Considering that most people weren’t warned about Chernobyl or Fukushima clouds going overhead, it might be better to be prudent with a major Foehn coming. If you are in Europe, check your wind direction and what’s happening in Italy and the Med!

It took us 2 decades to realize why former Freeport McMoRan CEO Jim Bob Moffat (the Mo in McMoRan) called Louisianians dumb for not wanting radioactive gypsum dumped into the Mississippi River – source of water for New Orleans and some other towns. Nuclear power plants, and other nuclear facilities, all up and down the Mississippi and its tributaries are legally allowed to dump radiation into the rivers. So, the water was already radioactive. They just didn’t know it!

Reuters News Feed Selection

Tropical Storm Arthur stronger, expected to become hurricane: NHC
Posted:Wed, 02 Jul 2014 06:29:34 GMT
(Reuters) – Tropical Storm Arthur, the first named storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, has become stronger and is expected to become a hurricane on Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/8iyg0Lvf8oc/story01.htm

Ships begin transferring Syrian chemical agents in southern Italy
Posted:Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:37:17 GMT
ROME (Reuters) – A Danish ship carrying some of Syria’s most dangerous chemical agents began transferring them on Wednesday onto an American cargo vessel equipped with special gear to neutralize them at sea, officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/yygDk4P8UKY/story01.htm

Uganda says Seleka now its enemy as it hunts LRA in Central African Republic
Posted:Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:26:56 GMT
KAMPALA/BANGUI (Reuters) – Uganda’s army said on Tuesday the mainly Muslim Seleka group in Central African Republic was now its enemy as the fighters were “in bed” with the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels they are hunting there. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/uuk653kz0VM/story01.htm

Ukraine forces attack rebel positions, Putin growls
Posted:Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:24:08 GMT
KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces struck at pro-Russian separatist bases in eastern regions with air and artillery strikes on Tuesday after President Petro Poroshenko announced he would not renew a ceasefire but go on the offensive to rid Ukraine of “parasites”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/9xlMya30Ba4/story01.htm

Freeport still in talks with Indonesia, says no arbitration plans
Posted:Wed, 02 Jul 2014 03:41:07 -0400
JAKARTA, July 2 (Reuters) – Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc is still in talks with Indonesia over a six-month dispute that has halted copper exports, and has no plan yet to follow Newmont Mining Corp in seeking international arbitration. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/be_GYjhHt6I/indonesia-mining-freeport-idUSL4N0PD1NQ20140702

Perth Mint’s gold sales climb to 4-month high in June
Posted:Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:46:51 -0400
SINGAPORE, July 2 (Reuters) – The Perth Mint’s sales of gold coins and bars climbed to a four-month high in June, as rising tensions in Iraq and Ukraine increased the safe-haven appeal of the precious metal. June sales, however, were lower than a year ago when a sharp drop in prices prompted a rush to buy bullion. The Perth Mint runs the only gold refinery in Australia, the world’s second-biggest gold producer after China. Sales of gold coins and minted bars rose to 39,405 ounces http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/PzQnyLrEVyE/perthmint-sales-idUSL4N0PD0UA20140702

LG Chem signs MOU to build China EV battery plant
Posted:Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:30:00 -0400
SEOUL, July 2 (Reuters) – South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd on Wednesday said it had signed a memorandum of understanding to build a factory for electric vehicle batteries in China by 2015, betting on growing demand in the world’s top car market. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/8PU9lfv_oxg/lg-chem-china-idUSL4N0PD0AE20140702

Miners dredge protected Idaho river in protest of federal oversight
Posted:Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:07:29 GMT
SALMON Idaho (Reuters) – Protesters gathered to illegally dredge for gold on Tuesday in an Idaho river where such mining is banned, in an open challenge to the U.S. government’s authority to regulate public waters and lands in Western states, an organizer said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/1ujxslt1Wow/story01.htm

Evacuation plans stir fresh doubts over Japan nuclear restarts
Posted:Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:33:37 GMT
ICHIKIKUSHIKINO Japan (Reuters) – Japanese authorities, keen to restart nuclear power plants three years after the Fukushima disaster, may face an additional hurdle in securing approval – coming up with a cogent evacuation plan in the event of new accidents. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/mn1g07S2nik/story01.htm

Sewage at the beaches, piles of garbage mar Gaza’s summer
Posted:Sun, 29 Jun 2014 20:09:37 GMT
GAZA (Reuters) – When Palestinians in the Gaza Strip seek some relief from the grind of life in an enclave plagued by conflict and hardship, they usually need to look no further than their sandy beaches. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/YV_jCBJprPs/story01.htm

After wet weekend, new tornadoes, floods seen in U.S. Midwest
Posted:Tue, 01 Jul 2014 01:27:22 GMT
(Reuters) – A strong storm front that proved deadly in Iowa moved through northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin on Monday, bringing with it hurricane-force winds and thunderstorms that damaged homes and took down trees and power lines. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/1HhZADtDvGc/story01.htm

Storms leave power outages, flooding, flight delays in central U.S
Posted:Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:24:00 GMT
(Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of people were without power on Tuesday and trying to clean up damaged homes and clear roads after a deadly storm that brought tornadoes, high winds, hail and heavy rain to the central United States. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/wa7vsRj2HCM/story01.htm

Japan takes historic step from post-war pacifism, OKs fighting for allies
Posted:Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:59:04 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan took a historic step away from its post-war pacifism on Tuesday by ending a ban that has kept the military from fighting abroad since 1945, a victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe but a move that has riled China and worries many Japanese voters.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Rsk7yCB9l-g/story01.htm

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

This post was updated yesterday: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/radioactive-reindeer-nuclear-guinea-pigs-part-xi-of-a-series/

Obama Thinks He is German Chancellor? – Proposes Dumping of German Nuclear Waste on South Carolina USA
Obama Brandenburg Gate 2013
Obama Germany 2013
This sounds like a sick joke, but it’s not. The Obama administration has already recently allowed the burning of German radioactive waste in Tennessee, USA (Jan. 2013). Now he is trying to import high level nuclear waste from a failed experimental Pebble Bed, commercial reactor, from Germany. It has already contaminated the forested area in which it is safely nestled in Germany, but Obama wants to import it to further contaminate the Savannah River Site. There is no permanent commercial nuclear waste facility in the USA – all waste stays dangerously perched on site at nuclear power plants around the country; the “permanent” non-commercial facility WIPP has suffered a waste explosion and will not re-open for years. The plan at WIPP is actually unmonitored room collapse; it is in salt, and so its eventual failure is inevitable anyway. One can only hope not to live to see it!

Numerous US states have sued, are suing, or have threatened suit against the US government for either inadequate funding of nuclear clean-up of national sites or failure to remove nuclear waste from national sites, to a “safe” facility, in a timely manner. There have been suits or threats of legal action by states and/or utilities over failure to provide a promised location for commercial waste. In the midst of the ongoing WIPP failure – cause still unknown – Obama and Moniz waltz in with the idea of importing German nuclear waste! How insane is that! One intervenor at the public hearing wondered if US commercial and military waste must stand in line behind German and other foreign commercial waste?

If you think that dumping German High Level Nuclear Waste in the USA is wrong or a plain dumb idea, before 21 July 2014, please contact: Mr. Andrew Grainger, drew.grainger@srs.gov, NEPA Compliance Officer, U.S.Department of Energy http://energy.gov/nepa/ea-1977-acceptance-and-disposition-used-nuclear-fuel-containing-us-origin-highly-enriched
Complain to Germany here or anywhere else you wish:
Federal President Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert
Ursula Heinen-Esser and Michael Müller
Also: Peter Altmaier Minister in the Chancellor’s Office, former Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.
kommission.endlagerung @ bundestag.de
This may not be the “proper” email address but it seems appropriate, as it is the nuclear waste disposal committee. You may also want to contact the German Embassy or consulate. Some ideas for a few German words to give a hint at the content (most or all can be English), see here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/germanys-idea-of-technology-innovation-dump-its-nuclear-waste-on-non-germans/

Radiation Damage or Nuclear Pebbles on the Brain?

While it is mean-spirited for Germany to export its nuclear waste on the US and other countries (e.g. Russia, Italy) and, in conjunction with Merkel’s apparently cozy relationship with heavy industry, sniffs terribly of Nazi Germany, one cannot say that it is insane. It is mean-spirited, but sane, for Germany to foist its nuclear and other radioactive waste upon other countries. It is, however, abnormal to try to import nuclear waste to your country. On this grounds we suggest that Obama needs psychiatric help. A delusional US president who appears to think he is Chancellor of Germany represents a danger to the entire world, given US military capacity. Research suggests a relationship between ionizing radiation and Alzheimer’s disease: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/alzheimers-disease-and-ionizing-radiation/ We have amply documented the ability of plutonium and some other radionuclides to enter the brain, as mimics of iron. The ability of radioactive cesium to enter the brain as a potassium mimic is a no-brainer, for anyone knowing an iota of physiology. Considering nuclear fallout from nuclear bomb testing probably falling upon Hawaii; the Manhattan Project-Argonne Lab in Chicago, and the importance of nuclear reactors and the amount of radioactive waste in Illinois, perhaps Obama has gotten too much radiation on the brain and has lost his mind. Born at the peak of nuclear testing, born 2 months before the biggest nuclear test ever, Tsar Bomba, went off in Russia, he may have been damaged before or from birth and gotten radioactive strontium, radioiodine, plutonium and more in his milk, as a baby! Maybe the damage is just starting to kick-in? Or, maybe because he was not well-travelled, the European experience has gone to his head and he needs a shrink, in multiple senses! While Obama bears some resemblance to Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria, Ludwig built and loved lovely things, and accusations of insanity are now believed false. In stark contrast, nuclear is a hideous, odious, destructive, life-threatening thing, and Obama’s attempt to dump German nuclear waste on his own country, his own people, IS sheer madness. All the more, since his wife’s family is from South Carolina and likely he himself has distant family there! His mother-in-law lives with them, so it’s not an attempt to do-in a wicked mother-in-law! THAT might be sane!
Ludwig II of Bavaria
“Ludwig II of Bavaria, known as “Mad King Ludwig”
Moniz can surely return to his parental homeland of the Azores. Where will those Americans who have been in America for over 150 years and have no place to return to go? Where will the blacks and whites of South Carolina who have been in the area for hundreds of years go? Some were in Bermuda even earlier. They have got no place else to go home to! A tender hearted west Africa might take the blacks back, but the cruel UK, which deported the whites appears as cruel as ever. Those with American Indian ancestry certainly have no place to return to! It is their home! Ireland will take few of its natives back; Germany likely none. Will a free, anti-nuclear, Scotland allow right of return to its sons and daughters? Any major Savannah River disaster will fall down upon the UK-Ireland and probably Germany, anyhow. One can only hope that if there is an accident at Savannah River site that the heavens open and it pours rain down (along with the radionuclides) over MIT and certain parts of DC, as the radioactive cloud passes over. The heavens can also pour radioactive rain down upon certain people in Berlin.

This particular import of a failed Pebble Bed Reactor is probably an attempt for Moniz and his buddies at MIT to do research on the pebbles – it is said that the US knows what to do with them but listening more closely, they have only a hypothesis, and will let German and maybe US taxpayers pay for their experimentation. Most nuclear accidents appear to have been experiments gone wrong. This still could even be the case for WIPP. Not surprising, as those who do nuclear seem the same sorts that pull the legs off of living bugs as young boys: cruel and heartless, and because they can. Obama-Moniz probably also hope to get information and transfer it to their nuclear industry buddies to better foist the Pebble Bed concept, which already failed in Germany, upon an unsuspecting American and perhaps world public. There you go! Doesn’t take long to figure out the lazy, crazy, intellectual machinations of the nuclear lobby! Always trying to revive failed projects, it seems, and foist it on the public as if new. No innovation:
Researchers at MIT and Tsinghua University in Beijing will be collaborating on the development of a pebble-bed nuclear reactor, thanks to a recent international agreement between the US Department of Energy and the China Atomic Energy Authority. With its novel, small-size, modular design, the pebble-bed reactor could become a cost-competitive, meltdown- proof alternative to today’s commercial nuclear power plants.https://mitei.mit.edu/system/files/2003-12-energy-environment.pdf If it’s meltdown proof, as they allege, how is it supposedly the most strontium contaminated in the world? How did the site itself get contaminated?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AVR_reactor

Obama probably figures the winds won’t get him in Chicago and Moniz probably can return to his parent’s home of the Azores Islands. Moniz appears the mad professor, but probably just doesn’t give a damn about his adopted homeland, for any disaster from Savannah River will fall splat upon his adopted home of Massachusetts.
Obama appears sane but must be mad! Perhaps he and Moniz both think they will escape to China! But, they missed the part that while western China was little touched by Fukushima, it would have been very badly hit by Russia’s nuclear program! Have we been tricked into thinking that MIT means Massachusetts Institute of Technology? Does it really signify German MIT meaning “with”, i.e. lock-step with Germany? One cannot but wonder!
Stanford and MIT appear the root of much of the evil.
Goosestep via wikimedia
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Note that URENCO is 1/3rd owned by German corporations (the other 2/3rds being the UK and Dutch governments). URENCO is currently the ONLY company enriching uranium for fuel in the USA. URENCO has around 30% of the world market for enrichment. (A state-owned Russian co. has about 1/2 of the enrichment market). This hardly constitutes German industry leaving nuclear. On the contrary, they enrich 10% of uranium for the nuclear power industry world-wide. Let’s not confuse current German government policy – intent to leave nuclear, not yet done, with corporate policy. Additionally, intent to leave nuclear does not give a license to dump on others. Germany needs to grow up! Obama needs to find where his brain ran off to! The US and other countries should consider if those who have the right of return to their homeland should be allowed in government. How can those who can opt out and return home be committed to what is best for their adopted home? Something is wrong that some can migrate and destroy their adopted homes and then reverse migrate, leaving others abandoned in the mess made!

Officials stand by container switch after WIPP leak
June 26, 2014 – By Staci Matlock – The New Mexican

Reuters News Feed Selection

Scientists unable to recreate chemical reaction suspected in New Mexico radiation leak
Posted:Sat, 28 Jun 2014 03:51:29 GMT
(Reuters) – Government scientists have not been able to replicate a chemical reaction suspected of causing a radiation leak at a U.S. nuclear waste dump in New Mexico, complicating efforts to understand what went wrong, a U.S. Energy Department official said Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/HGsxRvZkFBs/story01.htm

Peru governor to seek re-election, fight gold project from prison
Posted:Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:58:04 -0400
LIMA, June 30 (Reuters) – The jailed governor of a mineral-rich region in Peru who helped derail Newmont’s $5 billion Conga gold project will run for re-election on an anti-mining ticket this year from prison, his party said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/JSL9CHscE88/peru-newmont-santos-idUSL2N0PB1J520140630

UPDATE 1-Ineos buys out BASF for full control of Styrolution JV
Posted:Mon, 30 Jun 2014 05:42:52 -0400
* Styrolution had EBITDA of 442 mln euros in 2013 (Adds joint venture earnings figures) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/FUDXCnvREaA/basf-ineos-idUSL6N0PB27W20140630

WRAPUP 4-As caliphate is declared, Iraqi troops battle for Tikrit
Posted:Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:45:51 GMT
BAGHDAD, June 30 (Reuters) – Iraqi troops battled to dislodge an al Qaeda splinter group from the city of Tikrit on Monday after its leader was declared caliph of a new Islamic state in lands seized this month across a swath of Iraq and Syria. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/5u-0GmfVM3s/story01.htm

Ex-BP executive can be charged with obstructing Congress -U.S. court
Posted:Sun, 29 Jun 2014 19:32:17 GMT
June 29 (Reuters) – A U.S. federal appeals court has reinstated a criminal charge of obstruction of Congress against a former BP Plc executive accused of downplaying the severity of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/eLNJ0D_JeRo/story01.htm

U.S. retailers look to limit pesticides to help honeybees
Posted:Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:19:01 GMT
(Reuters) – Home Depot and other U.S. companies are working to eliminate or limit use of a type of pesticide suspected of helping cause dramatic declines in honeybee populations needed to pollinate key American crops, officials said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/tEBTycLZi-8/story01.htm

Swimmers beware: water at some U.S. beaches may make you sick
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:29:33 GMT
(Reuters) – Every summer millions of American families head for beaches, but few stop to think of the possibility that the water they swim in may harbor enough bacteria to cause stomach flu and a host of other illnesses. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/g_5CmufTOxU/story01.htm

Floods in Alaska national park prompt emergency evacuations
Posted:Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:28:56 GMT
JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) – More than 100 tourists and workers have been airlifted out of a private lodge in Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve after floods washed out portions of a road and left them stranded, a National Park Service spokeswoman said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/iPVXqPWTjnk/story01.htm

Nose woes: air pollutants thwart flower-seeking bugs
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:26:08 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – You think your nose likes flowers? Well, certainly not as much as the tobacco hornworn moth. In fact, its life depends on it. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/LZzjk2vMz8M/story01.htm

Indonesia overtakes Brazil in forest losses despite moratorium
Posted:Sun, 29 Jun 2014 17:05:43 GMT
WASHINGTON/OSLO (Reuters) – Indonesia has for the first time surpassed Brazil in clearing tropical forests and losses are accelerating despite a 2011 moratorium meant to protect wildlife and combat climate change, scientists said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/3T0yWfzq8sQ/story01.htm

Emperor penguin population to slide due Antarctic climate change
Posted:Sun, 29 Jun 2014 17:02:54 GMT
OSLO, (Reuters) – Global warming will cut Antarctica’s 600,000-strong emperor penguin population by at least a fifth by 2100 as the sea ice on which the birds breed becomes less secure, a study said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/j2YIwGnj3eQ/story01.htm

Brazil calls up wild squad for fans at World Cup wetlands
Posted:Sun, 29 Jun 2014 14:06:18 GMT
POCONE Brazil (Reuters) – The guide known as “Little Fish” calls out to a squad that sounds just like a Brazilian soccer team with their one-name monikers: Taffarel, Dragao, Chiquinho, Rodrigo, Cicarelli. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/6Mfp_51hFow/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-South African engineering strike to go ahead on July 1 – NUMSA union
Posted:Sun, 29 Jun 2014 08:40:25 -0400
JOHANNESBURG, June 29 (Reuters) – More than 220,000 members of South Africa’s NUMSA engineering and metalworkers union will down tools on July 1 after last-ditch wage talks to avert a strike failed, its leaders said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/53DuzVLFc-E/safrica-strike-idUSL6N0PA0J620140629

INSIGHT-Sectarian genie is out of the bottle from Syria to Iraq
Posted:Sun, 29 Jun 2014 15:07:31 GMT
* Iraq war unlocks deep sectarian sentiments across the Middle East http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/jZS-mAkNeIk/story01.htm

Ukraine’s Poroshenko – bustle and brio, but is he a match for Putin?
Posted:Sun, 29 Jun 2014 13:59:05 GMT
KIEV, June 29 (Reuters) – Three weeks into his job, Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko looks like a man in a hurry. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/hNyGTntD3CA/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Murphy Oil agrees to sell UK’s Milford Haven refinery to Klesch-MP
Posted:Sun, 29 Jun 2014 11:56:00 GMT
LONDON, June 29 (Reuters) – Murphy Oil has agreed to sell its Milford Haven refinery in south west Wales to oil entrepreneur Gary Klesch, the local member of parliament told a regional newspaper. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/RsaN0uGQh9k/story01.htm