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This is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/the-ongoing-saga-35-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ It continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/the-ongoing-saga-37-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ This post ran from 27 Sept. to 7 Oct. 2014. Last update is on top.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/ebola-outbreak-ecology-meets-economy/
Reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/public-money-for-new-nuclear-write-to-the-eu-and-say-no/
New beginning deadline in Lepse’ dismantlement set for December, shipyard tells Bellona MURMANSK – Under a new schedule, the notorious Lepse nuclear service vessel will in late October finally be put into dry dock at the Nerpa Shipyard, and the hazardous process of dismantling it is to start in December, a shipyard official told Bellona in an interview. Published on October 5, 2014 by Anna Kireeva, Translated by Charles Digges” Read article here: http://bellona.org/news/nuclear-issues/radioactive-waste-and-spent-nuclear-fuel/2014-10-new-beginning-deadline-lepse-dismantlement-set-december-shipyard-tells-bellona

Russia reveals burgeoning amounts of damaged spent nuke fuel – and plans to reprocess it at faltering Mayak facility
Russian nuclear oversight officials announced in Vienna they would pursue a strategy of reprocessing the country’s damaged spent nuclear fuel at the notorious Urals Mountains-based Mayak Chemical Combine by 2030, the World Nuclear News reported, providing a disturbing glimpse of just how much flawed fuel the country possesses.” Published on September 29, 2014 by Charles Digges
Read article here: http://bellona.org/news/nuclear-issues/2014-09-russia-reveals-burgeoning-amounts-damaged-spent-nuke-fuel-plans-reprocess-faltering-mayak-facility

Ebola Help for Sierra Leone Is Nearby, but Delayed on the Docks By ADAM NOSSITEROCT. 5, 2014” Article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/06/world/africa/sierra-leone-ebola-medical-supplies-delayed-docks.html?_r=0

Two former Japanese prime ministers take anti-nuclear stance to stage at rock festival Tue 30 Sep 2014“, Article here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-30/two-former-japanese-prime-ministers-take-anti-nuclear-stance-to/5777958

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Australia construction index hits 9-year high – survey
Posted:Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:34:03 -0400
SYDNEY, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Australian construction activity expanded at the fastest pace in nine years in September led by a boom in housing and a recovery in commercial building, according to a survey out on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/GrTxh9BHxjU/australia-economy-construction-idUSS9N0M302420141006

U.S. farmers latest to sue Syngenta over GMO corn rejected by China Posted:Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:08:01 -0400
CHICAGO, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Farmers from the biggest U.S. corn-growing states have sued Syngenta AG over sales of genetically modified corn seed not approved by China, joining global exporters in pursuing damages from the Swiss-based company. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/KbITA1X5B68/syngenta-seed-farmers-idUSL2N0S12KF20141006

Bullish bets on Brazilian companies as pro-business candidate makes runoff Posted:Mon, 06 Oct 2014 14:48:05 -0400
NEW YORK, Oct 6 (Reuters) – U.S. options market bulls rushed to some of the biggest Brazilian companies on Monday, a day after pro-business Brazilian presidential candidate Aecio Neves’ surprisingly strong showing in the first-round election vote. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/FJeKEaTM8GI/brazil-election-options-idUSL2N0S11Q220141006

Glencore holds talks with Chinalco over Rio Tinto tie-up -Bloomberg Posted:Mon, 06 Oct 2014 14:01:43 -0400
LONDON, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Commodities giant Glencore has started talks with Rio Tinto’s largest shareholder, Aluminium Corp of China (Chinalco), as it seeks to pave the way for a possible merger in 2015, Bloomberg News reported on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/21wx1aKiRGQ/rio-tinto-ma-glencore-idUSL6N0S13YT20141006

Jailed foe of Newmont Mining’s Peru project headed for vote win -pollster Posted:Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:36:01 -0400
LIMA, Oct 6 (Reuters) – A jailed opponent of Newmont Mining Corp’s proposed $5 billion Conga mine in Peru’s Cajamarca region held a commanding lead in Sunday’s regional election, a quick count by pollster Ipsos showed on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/DRJIqsWuCpk/peru-election-idUSL2N0S10SJ20141006

Monday, 6 October, 2014

Typhoon Phanfone and Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
Typhoon Phanfone and Fukushima http://www.usno.navy.mil/JTWC/

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Typhoon kills at least one as it lashes Japan
Posted:Mon, 06 Oct 2014 03:29:00 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – A typhoon lashed Japan on Monday with torrential rain after killing at least one person, forcing the cancellation of flights and prompting warnings to more than 200,000 people to evacuate their homes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/M9ZrwqtGlso/story01.htm

Typhoon Phanfone churns toward Tokyo with heavy wind, rain
Posted:Sun, 05 Oct 2014 10:41:48 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – A powerful typhoon was on course to hit the Tokyo area on Monday, after barreling into southwestern Japan with heavy rain and wind that caused flights to be canceled and knocked out power. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/MNNxcA32O3M/story01.htm

BHP Billiton to squeeze more iron volume at lower cost from mines Posted:Sun, 05 Oct 2014 17:59:59 -0400
LONDON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – BHP Billiton, the world’s largest diversified miner, said it aimed to squeeze more tonnage from its iron mines at less expense per tonne as it aims to overtake rival Rio Tinto as the world’s lowest-cost producer. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/wjXywLsTvyU/bhp-billiton-iron-idUSL6N0RY3PN20141005

JX halts marine shipments at several refineries due to typhoon
Posted:Mon, 06 Oct 2014 01:14:11 GMT
TOKYO, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Japan’s top oil refiner JX Holdings has suspended marine shipments at several of its plants, as a strong typhoon hit the nation, but crude oil refining operations were unaffected, a company spokeswoman said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/qFCB5PojcOw/story01.htm

Hurricane Simon (NOAA-NHC exported to Google Earth)
Hurricane Simon

Sunday, 5 October 2014

We have three new posts. And, no we haven’t changed permanently away from nuclear. This blog, however, has its roots in Haiti and surface mining – deforestation. The Ebola outbreak is related to surface mining-deforestation.

Duvalier’s death is historic. Unfortunately Duvalier has a son, so the world probably isn’t done with the Duvaliers. In the past it was hypothesized that Duvalier wasn’t going to be put on trial because there may be things which the “powers that be” want to keep hidden. It’s difficult to see what that could be, except perhaps related to allegations of Haiti being used as a hub for drug import-export. There were claims that Haiti was to be used as a nuclear waste dump. But, why bother when you can send the nuclear waste to Tennessee, Utah, Texas, and the Scottish Highlands? Then, of course, there is the question of who the “powers that be” would be. Are they within Haiti or without? Duvalier looked old and in poor health for 63, but one cannot but wonder if his death was really natural.

Two posts on Duvalier: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/the-fight-for-justice-continues-in-haiti-after-the-death-of-the-ex-dictator-jean-claude-duvalier/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/10/04/haiti-justice-denied-by-duvaliers-death-ex-dictator-under-investigation-for-crimes-against-humanity/ The second article is a Human Rights Watch no derivatives article, or we would have merged the two together. The first is translated from a French Alterpresse article.

New post on deforestation and malaria: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/forestry-malaria-control-in-italy/ The Ebola outbreak is probably related to deforestation and habitat disruption caused by surface mining, along with population movement, some of which is related to mining.

If Ebola comes to Mali it won’t be by the road, it will come through the mining areas,” health officer cited in Reuters, below.
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Mali struggles to filter passengers from Ebola-hit Guinea
Posted:Sat, 04 Oct 2014 08:23:06 -0400
KOUREMALE, Mali, Oct 4 (Reuters) – At a Mali border post in Kouremale about 130 km (80 miles) south of the capital Bamako, five health workers stand under a thatched roof, directing passengers arriving from Guinea to wash their hands. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/bNm6-EJQdjo/health-ebola-mali-idUSL6N0RY17S20141004

Garbage barge catches fire on New York’s Hutchinson River
Posted:Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:40:00 -0400
A barge carrying crushed cars and scrap metal catches fire on the Hutchinson River in New York. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USVideoEnvironment/~3/h1qPbUMgLws/garbage-barge-catches-fire-on-new-yorks

North Korea may have shut down reactor: U.S. think-tank
Posted:Sat, 04 Oct 2014 09:50:05 GMT
VIENNA (Reuters) – North Korea may have shut down a recently restarted reactor which can yield plutonium for bombs, possibly for renovation or partial refueling, a U.S. security institute said, citing new satellite imagery. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/nxIsixPuk20/story01.htm

Serbia gets $300 million from World Bank to aid floods recovery Posted:Sat, 04 Oct 2014 19:45:52 GMT
BELGRADE (Reuters) – The World Bank has approved a $300 million 30-year loan to help Serbia recover from floods in May that killed 57 people and devastated its energy sector, the lender said in a statement on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/BbKFFTAPMDQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Gold miner Iamgold to sell Quebec niobium mine for $500 mln Posted:Fri, 03 Oct 2014 13:56:25 -0400
(Adds comments by CEOs of Magris and Iamgold; updates share price) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/CY-mu4gXbQo/iamgold-divestiture-idUSL3N0RY2DR20141003

Ebola patient in Dallas turns critical, no new U.S. cases
Posted:Sun, 05 Oct 2014 01:09:44 GMT
DALLAS (Reuters) – The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States took a turn for the worse on Saturday, slipping from serious to critical condition in a Dallas hospital, as health officials reported tracking scores of possible cases around the country that proved to be false alarms. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/c5YkuwkI_rs/story01.htm

U.S. defends Ebola response, about 50 under observation
Posted:Sat, 04 Oct 2014 01:37:33 GMT
DALLAS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. officials on Friday broadly defended the response to the country’s first case of Ebola, although one acknowledged that while the government was confident of containing the virus, it had been “rocky” in Dallas where the patient is in serious condition. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/OVbihL9nWG8/story01.htm

Ukraine says its forces killed 12 rebels at Donetsk airport
Posted:Sat, 04 Oct 2014 23:14:12 GMT
KIEV (Reuters) – Pro-Russian separatists have suffered their worst casualties since a ceasefire officially began on Sept.5, losing 12 men in attacks on buildings at Donetsk airport, Ukrainian military officials said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/x35ufrtlYQY/story01.htm

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier dies at 63
Posted:Sat, 04 Oct 2014 23:13:42 GMT
PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Deposed Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier died of a heart attack on Saturday, closing the book on a political dynasty notorious for human rights abuses and corruption in the poorest country in the Americas. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/VmFsMnOuCIY/story01.htm

Prescription for avoiding Ebola airport screening: ibuprofen
Posted:Fri, 03 Oct 2014 05:17:46 GMT
NEW YORK (Reuters) – People who contract Ebola in West Africa can get through airport screenings and onto a plane with a lie and a lot of ibuprofen, according to healthcare experts who believe more must be done to identify infected travelers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/KUF7I9B5ios/story01.htm

American cameraman for NBC News diagnosed with Ebola in Liberia Posted:Fri, 03 Oct 2014 04:53:47 GMT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An American freelance cameraman working for NBC News in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola, the network said on Thursday, making him the fifth citizen of the United States and its first journalist known to have contracted the virus in West Africa. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/pttZpX6U5BA/story01.htm

Chinese premier to attend Europe summit, sign Russia rail deal
Posted:Sat, 04 Oct 2014 11:54:09 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will attend a summit of European and Asian leaders on a trip starting next week that will also include a visit to Germany and the signing of energy and high-speed rail deals with Russia, the government said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/ORwngJGXfx0/story01.htm

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Solar Rules (Reblog): https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/nuclear-heartburn-even-iea-says-solar-could-become-worlds-dominant-energy-source/

New Post: An explanation of the relationship between deforestation and mining and bats. The World Health Organization points it out! https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/10/04/ebola-mining-and-bats-without-borders-plus-people-without-borders/

Almost one year ago, we reminded everyone of the role of deforestation in bringing new diseases out of the forests and into the rest of the world: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/10/27/yeti-yeetso-and-yakuza-monsters-deforestation-and-selling-our-birthright/

Governments and people should not be too complacent in the so-called developed world about Ebola. It seems that not everything is known about it. While the opportunity for good hygiene is present in the “developed” world, hospital hygiene is absent in many places due to lazy incompetence (or insanity). Most African villages appear pretty isolated, which is probably one thing which has restricted its spread until now. The so-called developed world is well-connected and so disease can travel more quickly. Only time will tell how many west Africans have fled Africa out of fear of Ebola. It’s a historical classic – those fleeing plagues out of fear, spread it!

Six months ago Reuters reported:
UPDATE 1-Miners in lock-down in Guinea as Ebola death toll hits 84 Posted:Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:08:22 -0400
CONAKRY/GENEVA, April 2 (Reuters) – Foreign mining firms have locked down operations in Guinea and pulled out some international staff, executives said on Wednesday, as the death toll from suspected cases of Ebola there hit 84.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/y_avo0unCwc/guinea-ebola-idUSL5N0MU54S20140402

According to Reuters: “Under EU rules, chemicals must be proved to be safe before they are used. In the United States, chemicals must be shown to be harmful to be banned.
Why doesn’t this hold for radionuclides? It has saved Europe from ridiculous, dangerous, airport scanners, which don’t even show what they are intended to show. Since they aren’t proved safe, they aren’t allowed in the EU. While the US leaves the front door open for terrorists, even at the White House, they torment and sometimes x-ray travelers. Back-scatter x-ray is still x-ray. The radio-wave scanners are safer, but are they safe? Why don’t they use passive scanners like Italian airports and country borders?

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U.S. trade deal won’t change rules on “toxic” chemicals, EU says Posted:Fri, 03 Oct 2014 07:11:37 -0400
* Europeans worry health, public safety will be sacrificed http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ZZvC0FQUy3U/eu-usa-trade-idUSL6N0RY11F20141003

Opposition builds to UK nuclear project in EU executive -sources Posted:Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:58:26 GMT
BRUSSELS, Oct 3 (Reuters) – A landmark deal to use British taxpayers’ money to build a 16 billion pound ($25.6 billion) nuclear power station has triggered opposition from a quarter of EU policy-makers, who want to overturn approval from the top European regulator, EU sources said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/cOyg6Pmnj_4/story01.htm

BP asks judge to reconsider ‘gross negligence’ ruling
Posted:Fri, 03 Oct 2014 02:25:07 GMT
HOUSTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – BP Plc on Thursday asked a U.S. court to reconsider a September ruling that found the company “grossly negligent” for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a finding that boosted its potential liabilities by about $18 billion. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Jx-XkraNdTM/story01.htm

REFILE-Japan’s Obuchi: Political “princess” could be first female PM Posted:Fri, 03 Oct 2014 01:48:50 GMT
TOKYO, Oct 3 (Reuters) – With a telegenic presence, powerful ruling party mentors and a talent for avoiding making political enemies, Japan’s new trade and industry minister, Yuko Obuchi, may have what it takes to become the country’s first female prime minister. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/G-dpSmNG2mA/story01.htm

Freeport says blockade lifted at Indonesia copper mine
Posted:Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:07:11 -0400
JAKARTA, Oct 3 (Reuters) – A two-day blockade preventing access to the giant Grasberg open-pit copper mine operated by the Indonesian unit of Freeport-McMoRan Inc has ended after a meeting with workers on safety, the company said in a statement late on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/BpIIepBO8Kk/freeport-indonesia-dispute-idUSL3N0RY0S320141003

UPDATE 2-Gold miner Iamgold to sell niobium mine for $500 mln
Posted:Fri, 03 Oct 2014 09:03:33 -0400
Oct 3 (Reuters) – Iamgold Corp said on Friday it has agreed to sell its niobium mine in Quebec to a group of companies led by investment firm Magris Resources Inc for $500 million in cash, to focus on its core gold mining business. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/CY-mu4gXbQo/iamgold-divestiture-idUSL3N0RY2DR20141003

UPDATE 1-Freeport says blockade lifted at Indonesia copper mine Posted:Fri, 03 Oct 2014 05:20:32 -0400
* Operations at Grasberg mine remain partly suspended (Adds company, union comments) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/BxUdHgx5YAQ/freeport-indonesia-dispute-idUSL3N0RY1WF20141003

Spain approves 1.4 bln euros compensation for shutting gas plant Posted:Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:07:41 GMT
MADRID, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The Spanish government approved payment of 1.4 billion euros($1.75 billion) in compensation to the owners of offshore gas facility Castor, built to store 30 percent of Spain’s daily gas consumption and shut last year after minor earthquakes in the area. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/YGVms9dPDZk/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Catalonia pushes ahead with referendum plans despite court move Posted:Fri, 03 Oct 2014 12:07:33 GMT
* Catalan businessmen call for dialogue (Adds Catalan business executive views on succession) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/s4bJRR9GIYM/story01.htm

Norway’s Statoil sells gas to Ukraine’s Naftogaz
Posted:Fri, 03 Oct 2014 15:32:43 GMT
OSLO, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Norwegian energy firm Statoil has signed a deal to sell gas to Ukraine state gas firm Naftogaz, the Nordic firm said on Friday, providing another source of gas for Ukraine after Russia cut off supplies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/szoIcki-xxs/story01.htm

Latvia plans to boost gas storage capacity to 2.8 bcm by 2025
Posted:Fri, 03 Oct 2014 15:16:42 GMT
RIGA, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Latvia plans to increase capacity at the Incukalns underground gas storage site, the only gas storage in the Baltic states, to 2.8 billion cubic metres (bcm) by 2025, gas utility Latvijas Gaze said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/C4RSu7j9u6g/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Occidental’s board approves spin-off of California unit Posted:Thu, 02 Oct 2014 21:06:50 GMT
HOUSTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Occidental Petroleum Corp said on Thursday its board of directors has approved the spin-off of its California oil and natural gas business to its shareholders. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ArTk9a4kc00/story01.htm

B.C. leader ‘confident’ Petronas LNG project in Canada to move ahead Posted:Thu, 02 Oct 2014 22:39:49 GMT
VANCOUVER, Oct 2 (Reuters) – British Columbia’s leader is “very confident” that Malaysia’s Petronas will move ahead with a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in the Canadian province, despite threats from the company that it could pull out of the roughly $11 billion project. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/QNT7kxUj814/story01.htm

Thai utility EGAT eyes LNG import project to replace Myanmar gas supply Posted:Fri, 03 Oct 2014 06:34:29 GMT
BANGKOK, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Electricity Authority of Thailand (EGAT), the country’s largest power producer, is considering importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) and building a receiving terminal to replace gas supplies from Myanmar that are slated to end, its top executive said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Bw5GhIKQEJE/story01.htm

Engineering firm Amec expects ‘modest’ underlying revenue growth Posted:Fri, 03 Oct 2014 06:31:19 GMT
Oct 3 (Reuters) – British engineering firm Amec Plc said it expected to see “modest” underlying revenue growth in 2014, but kept its full-year outlook unchanged. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/FMBi5eTTJu0/story01.htm

Friday, 3 October 2014

Reuters News Feeds exceptionally put below the maps-info about the consultation.

Post regarding Scottish EPA Consultation about 85% French govt. owned EDF’s nuclear waste. Deadline is today for comment. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/french-state-owned-scottish-epa-of-radioactive-arsings-and-aneries-sepa-edf-consultation/
It potentially impacts the places on the maps below (Europe, Tennessee, USA, and areas downriver from Tennessee (Mississippi River).
Responses to the consultation should be sent in writing to the address below no later than 3 October 2014. The Registrar Scottish Environment Protection Agency Angus Smith Building Parklands Avenue Eurocentral Holytown North Lanarkshire ML1 4WQ Or registry.angussmith@sepa.org.uk
UK sites for EDF ILW export
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Denmark says EU green energy deal best way to sanction Russia
Posted:Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:16:54 GMT
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A European Union deal to cut fuel use and increase renewable energy would be a better punishment on Moscow than more sanctions as it would clearly show the EU means to cut reliance on Russian gas, Denmark’s foreign minister said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/rJigY8htL34/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Britain increases renewable subsidy budget to 300 million pounds Posted:Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:17:32 GMT
(Adds industry figures on impact on new generation, details on solar) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/qRiN6U9XARM/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Slovakia agrees back-up gas deals as Russian supplies drop Posted:Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:18:35 GMT
PRAGUE, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Slovakia’s national gas company has concluded back-up deals for gas deliveries to help the central European country cope with supply cuts after big reductions in volumes from Russia this week. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Mz3Otf24-zM/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Russia’s Putin says will not intervene in Bashneft probe Posted:Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:08:03 GMT
MOSCOW, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he would not intervene in a legal investigation into the privatisation of an oil company in which oligarch Vladimir Yevtushenkov has been placed under house arrest. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/k_UDJSexqa0/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Britain increases renewable subsidy budget to 300 million pounds Posted:Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:17:32 GMT
(Adds industry figures on impact on new generation, details on solar) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/qRiN6U9XARM/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Dover Corp buys Accelerated Cos for $430 mln
Posted:Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:11:46 GMT
Oct 2 (Reuters) – Dover Corp, a maker of pumps and compressors, said it bought artificial lift pump maker Accelerated Cos LLC for about $430 million to strengthen its position in the fast-growing U.S. shale market for well development. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/DavykjMUuP0/story01.htm

Oil traders say OPEC may be heading for price war
Posted:Thu, 02 Oct 2014 15:27:57 GMT
LONDON/DUBAI, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s decision to slash the official selling price for its oil has sparked trader talk of an emerging OPEC price cutting war, as members of the producer group could compete to defend their market share amid ample supplies and tepid demand. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Qxlkf9-ondo/story01.htm

US STOCKS-Wall St retreats for a fourth session, dragged by energy Posted:Thu, 02 Oct 2014 15:14:13 GMT
NEW YORK, Oct 2 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks were lower in late morning trading on Thursday, putting the S&P 500 on track for a fourth session of losses, as energy shares dropped with oil prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/HtCNsTXMK7s/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Romanian officials search Russian firm Lukoil’s offices Posted:Thu, 02 Oct 2014 15:09:57 GMT
(Adds details on searches, company comment) (Adds further details, confirmation from Romanian officials) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/1PmjvHjpomM/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Occidental’s board approves spin-off of California unit Posted:Thu, 02 Oct 2014 21:06:50 GMT
HOUSTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Occidental Petroleum Corp said on Thursday its board of directors has approved the spin-off of its California oil and natural gas business to its shareholders. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ArTk9a4kc00/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-France’s Moscovici struggles to convince EU lawmakers
Posted:Thu, 02 Oct 2014 19:12:08 GMT
* Left-right rift threatens high-profile British, French nominees http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6uYAjGuFdek/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Exxon sees some disruption from Ebola outbreak -CEO
Posted:Thu, 02 Oct 2014 19:04:46 GMT
HOUSTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp has seen some of its oil and gas activities in West Africa disrupted by the Ebola outbreak, including plans to drill offshore Liberia, the company’s chief executive officer said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/GIC44jF7zzQ/story01.htm

Montana seeks to give away bison from Yellowstone to five states Posted:Thu, 02 Oct 2014 01:20:40 GMT
(Reuters) – Montana wants 145 bison that originated in Yellowstone National Park given away to six organizations in five states, including New York’s Bronx Zoo, to further the conservation of America’s last pure-bred wild buffalo, under a plan released on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/A9sGah21kAo/story01.htm

Hawaii lava flow stalls but expected to restart
Posted:Thu, 02 Oct 2014 03:19:30 GMT
(Reuters) – A stream of volcanic lava menacing communities on the Big Island of Hawaii has stalled in its tracks after creeping toward populated areas for weeks but is expected to begin moving again fairly soon, scientists and local officials said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Gqhhl0YtFAU/story01.htm

Lack of ice forces some 35,000 walruses to chill on Alaska shore Posted:Thu, 02 Oct 2014 02:16:54 GMT
JUNEAU (Reuters) – Fast-melting Arctic sea ice has forced some 35,000 Pacific walruses to retreat to the Alaska shoreline, scientists from several federal agencies said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/DESzmRTut14/story01.htm

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/madness-continues-another-government-committee-to-implement-geological-disposal/

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Savannah River Site Waste May Continue to Await for Years on the Surface at WIPP, while US Gov Tries to Bring More Nuclear Waste (from Germany) to the Savannah River Site!
WIPP
WIPP recovery will cost a lot more than Obama’s BRAIN initiative! How much would it cost to see where Obama’s brain ran off to? Did Moniz ever have one to lose? Or, does Moniz plan to move to his wife’s birthplace of Brazil, when the northern hemisphere becomes inhabitable?

Wouldn’t it be cheaper to simply use one’s brain and
a) get out of the nuclear business and then to
b) design a proper, monitored facility in hardrock or a solid above ground concrete bunker (not cheap but necessary).
3.2.7.2 Waste On-Site at WIPP
Currently, there are 144 waste containers (with a volume of 129 cubic meters) safely stored aboveground at WIPP in the Waste Handling Building, awaiting disposal. None of this aboveground waste is part of the nitrate salt waste stream. These 144 waste containers had been received from DOE sites, but had not yet been emplaced when the February 5 fire event occurred, leading to the suspension of WIPP operations. The inventory also includes non-nitrate salt wastes from Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as wastes from Idaho National Laboratory and the Savannah River Site in South Carolina
” (p. 23) (Emphasis our own). http://www.wipp.energy.gov/Special/WIPP%20Recovery%20Plan.pdf

Wylfa on Life Support? One of the World’s Oldest Reactors (1971) Given Life Extension
Wylfa NPP UK

The Wylfa Nuclear Power Station is situated just west of Cemaes Bay on the island of Anglesey, North Wales. Its location on the coast provides a cooling source for its operation. Wylfa houses two 490 MW Magnox nuclear reactors, “Reactor 1” and “Reactor 2”, which were built from 1963 and became operational in 1971.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wylfa

There’s no accounting for stupidity and we doubt that Obama’s “BRAIN” initiative is going to help (re) instill common sense.

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Leak may sideline New Mexico nuclear waste site for 5 years -official
Posted:Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:00:28 GMT
Sept 30 (Reuters) – It may be five years before a nuclear waste dump in New Mexico closed by a radiation leak is fully operational again, and the facility will need at least $240 million to pay for the initial recovery, a U.S. Energy Department official said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/36j5N_9deiU/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Magnox gets go-ahead to extend life of UK’s oldest nuclear reactor Posted:Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:49:49 GMT http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/M6LFM9jteKQ/story01.htm

Obama’s BRAIN initiative awards $46 million in grants
Posted:Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:57:02 GMT
CHICAGO, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Wearable brain scanners and lasers that can turn hundreds of cells on and off were among 58 projects awarded $46 million in federal grants as part of President Obama’s $100 million initiative to unlock the secrets of the human brain. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/i5WhdN2vOTw/story01.htm

Vivint Solar prices IPO
Posted:Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:24:13 GMT
Sept 30 (Reuters) – Residential solar panel installer Vivint Solar Inc priced its initial public offering at $16 per share, valuing the Blackstone Group LP -backed company at $1.68 billion. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WMX-MpfadK0/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Anglo American gets operating permit for Brazil iron ore project Posted:Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:19:31 -0400
(Adds additional license detail, previous license, Minas-Rio project history and investments) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/MIUNgyH3S1k/anglo-ameri-brazil-license-idUSL2N0RV2DG20140930

UPDATE 2-Greenland PM’s leave creates uncertainty for fledgling mining industry Posted:Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:32:55 -0400
(Adds PM avoids no confidence vote, parliament accepts request, analysts, background on mining) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/fWPgJSXj_Rc/greenland-primeminister-idUSL2N0RV18Q20140930

UPDATE 1-Struggling African Minerals could seek to sell stake in mine Posted:Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:14:10 -0400
* Hopes Tonkolili mine to be cash positive by year-end (Updates with details, analysts comments) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/1_hnEPDun6Q/africanminerals-results-idUSL3N0RV4SH20140930

UPDATE 2-New rules to slash Indonesian coal exports in short term at least Posted:Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:25:23 -0400
* Registration backlog could continue for a month (Adds govt comments, data) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/II99DyQcsNo/indonesia-coal-exports-idUSL3N0RV3H320140930

African Minerals first-half core earnings fall
Posted:Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:01:33 -0400
Sept 30 (Reuters) – Iron ore miner African Minerals Ltd reported a 97 percent fall in core earnings for the first half as operating costs soared. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/4pzAkZ0ySxw/africanminerals-results-idUSL3N0RU5EL20140930

UPDATE 1-Holcim and Lafarge step up plans to divest assets
Posted:Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:22:23 -0400
* Divestments needed to win approval for mega-merger (Changes slug, adds analyst, details, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/HA2kt9cLxZg/holcim-ma-lafarge-idUSL6N0RV0QQ20140930

SE Asia Stocks – Singapore falls amid selling in Noble shares; others up Posted:Tue, 30 Sep 2014 03:40:42 -0400
BANGKOK, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Most Southeast Asian stock markets edged higher on Tuesday with gains in regional large-caps and month-end buying, but Singapore underperformed amid selling in shares of Noble Group after a Chinese fund planned to sell the stock. Singapore’s key Straits Times Index was down 0.6 percent, on track for a modest quarterly gain of 0.5 percent. Shares of commodity trader Noble Group fell 7.2 percent, making it the top percentage loser and the most actively traded by tu http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/rVB9TsT0Rf0/markets-southeast-asia-stocks-idUSL3N0RV33T20140930

COMMODITIES-Oil, metals, crops drag index to biggest quarterly loss in 3 yrs Posted:Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:00:54 GMT
NEW YORK, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Commodities posted their biggest quarterly drop in three years on Tuesday as plummeting oil prices and lower markets from gold to copper to soybeans brought the third straight monthly decline to a sector pressured by a surging U.S. dollar. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/CB-SskNMt2M/story01.htm

Maple Energy shares fall 31 percent in Lima after deal fails
Posted:Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:17:07 GMT
LIMA, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Maple Energy Plc dropped 30.53 percent on Tuesday in Lima following its announcement that talks about possibly selling the company ended without a deal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/65MnBPlP-K4/story01.htm

Spain’s Enagas joins TAP pipeline to bring Azeri gas to Europe
Posted:Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:19:14 GMT
TBILISI, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Spain’s Enagas has bought out two shareholders in a pipeline project to bring Azeri gas to Europe, the Trans Adriatic Gas Pipeline (TAP) said, joining an effort to reduce the region’s dependence on Russian gas. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/PPku6-6q-Dc/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Algeria awards 4 out of 31 oil, gas blocks on offer
Posted:Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:50:44 GMT
* Security concerns after early 2013 Amenas gas plant attack http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9L_NAHe2B9k/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-First Alaskan crude in a decade heads to S.Korea as shale pressures build Posted:Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:49:15 GMT
* 1st export of Alaskan crude to South Korea in more than a decade http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/t4e7fwKp9iY/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-U.S. FERC approves Dominion’s Cove Point LNG export facility Posted:Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:55:04 GMT
WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – U.S. federal regulators late Monday approved construction of Dominion Resources’ liquefied natural gas export project in Cove Point, Maryland. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/EdbgQeMp_yw/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Afren says review shows no signs of more unauthorised payments Posted:Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:49:01 GMT
Sept 30 (Reuters) – Oil and gas producer Afren Plc said an independent review revealed no further incidents of unauthorised payments so far, two months into a probe that has led to the suspension of four executives so far. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Wsp_G5PgT2U/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Venezuela-Exxon arbitration ruling due this week -sources
Posted:Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:16:58 GMT
HOUSTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The World Bank arbitration tribunal will give its final award ruling this week on a multibillion- dollar claim by Exxon Mobil Corp against Venezuela over the 2007 nationalization of two oil projects, legal sources said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/GtwKKhMUloo/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Russia hopes for Ukraine gas deal this week
Posted:Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:53:25 GMT
* Moscow wants some debts paid before supplies resume (Adds comment by Ukraine’s energy ministry) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/70BopO9Zlmg/story01.htm

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/usa-nuclear-waste-dump-for-the-world-some-european-governments-need-to-break-a-bad-habit/
Reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/tonight-on-bbc-one-north-east-and-cumbria-the-uk-is-facing-the-dilemma-of-what-to-do-with-its-huge-stockpile-of-highly-toxic-nuclear-waste/ (Show will play all week on BBC One; discusses the unfinished US Mox facility)
Reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/nuke-free-photo-gallery-now-online/ Photos show the diversity in age, gender and ethnicity of the nuclear free movement.

Deceptively Peaceful Mt. Ontake
Mt. Ontake volcano

Clearly Japan is an especially terrible location for nuclear reactors.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Hiker in Japan films harrowing escape from volcano
Posted:Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:48:00 -0400
Hikers near the summit of Japan’s Mount Ontake filmed their own harrowing escape from Saturday’s eruption, recording the tense minutes as volcanic debris rained down on the roof of their shelter. Rob Muir reports. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USVideoWorldNews/~3/_Zpn3bstTuA/hiker-in-japan-films-harrowing-escape-fr

Toxic gas halts volcano search
Posted:Mon, 29 Sep 2014 04:26:00 -0400
Search teams are forced to abandon efforts to find more victims of the Japan volcano eruption as toxic gas levels at the summmit rise. Paul Chapman reports http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USVideoWorldNews/~3/vP86fajCb8Y/toxic-gas-halts-volcano-search

Hong Kong protesters defy police in push for democracy
Posted:Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:04:00 -0400
Despite violent clashes with police over the weekend, Hong Kong democracy protesters are standing firm in the city’s central business district, demanding full democracy independent of Beijing’s influence. Jillian Kitchener reports. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USVideoWorldNews/~3/e74xpm_VEao/hong-kong-protesters-defy-police-in-push

UPDATE 1-White House says supports aspirations of Hong Kong people Posted:Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:11:35 -0400
WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The White House is watching democracy protests in Hong Kong closely and supports the “aspirations of the Hong Kong people,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/4lTTWKbTnA4/hongkong-china-whitehouse-idUSL2N0RU1LC20140929

UPDATE 2-UAW, two German labor groups link to organize VW in Tennessee Posted:Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:31:36 -0400
* More than half of plant’s hourly-paid staff back union -UAW (Adds background and details on UAW efforts to organize plant, paragraphs 15-17) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/sh4a_UZ6wc8/volkswagen-labor-tennessee-idUSL2N0RU0S120140929

FTSE pegged back by Asia-exposed stocks on Hong Kong unrest
Posted:Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:05:09 -0400
LONDON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index ended flat on Monday as unrest in Hong Kong kept a lid on Asia-exposed stocks and concern over demand for metals hit miners. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/gdatPE_XeT0/markets-stocks-ftse-idUSL6N0RU4AG20140929

UPDATE 3-London Mining’s cash crunch warning sends shares to record low
Posted:Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:58:12 -0400
Sept 29 (Reuters) – London Mining Plc warned it did not have sufficient cash to operate its only mine, sending the iron ore miner’s shares plunging 59 percent to a record low. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/k63MjjmOV9o/london-mining-financing-idUSL3N0RU2P420140929

UPDATE 1-U.S. unit of Russia’s Evraz targets $400 mln from IPO – sources Posted:Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:08:24 -0400
MOSCOW, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Evraz North America, the U.S. unit of Russian steelmaker Evraz, wants to raise about $400 million from an initial public offering (IPO) of between 25 percent and 35 percent of its shares, two banking sources in Moscow said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/kzym3cGUFEU/evraz-usa-ipo-idUSL6N0RU2IC20140929

UPDATE 1-China to overhaul coal resource taxes -cabinet
Posted:Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:28:02 -0400
BEIJING, Sept 29 (Reuters) – China will impose a new resource tax on coal from Dec. 1 and will cancel a series of existing charges, its cabinet said on Monday, in a move to simplify the tax structure for struggling coal producers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/cbJg2XHlyKQ/china-coal-tax-idUSL3N0RU43P20140929

Monday, 29 September 2014

Reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/launch-of-campaign-to-stop-moorside-biggest-nuclear-development-in-europe-no-thanks/

Reuters News Feed Selection

Taxes, fees: the worldwide battle between utilities and solar
Posted:Sun, 28 Sep 2014 08:10:17 GMT
MADRID/SYDNEY (Reuters) – A year after Spain, the sunniest country in Europe, issued notice of a law forcing solar energy-equipped homes and offices to pay a punitive tax, architect Inaki Alonso re-installed a 250 watt solar panel on a beam over his Madrid roof terrace. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/p6HzOM8eH9o/story01.htm

At least 31 feared dead near peak of Japanese volcano
Posted:Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:50:08 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Thirty-one people were presumed dead on Sunday near the peak of a Japanese volcano that erupted a day earlier, catching hundreds of hikers unawares as it belched out clouds of rock and ash. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/5t_hw1kT8WE/story01.htm

Russia’s Gazprom warns of gas supply disruption to Europe
Posted:Sat, 27 Sep 2014 13:06:45 GMT
MOSCOW, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Alexei Miller, head of Russia’s top natural gas producer Gazprom, has warned of possible disruptions of Russian gas flows to Europe via Ukraine next winter, due to low volumes of the fuel in Ukrainian gas storage facilities. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/lOFOMD_ptdo/story01.htm

Rosneft says discovers offshore Arctic oil jointly with Exxon
Posted:Sat, 27 Sep 2014 09:13:02 GMT
* Rosneft, Exxon complete drilling of Universitetskaya-1 well http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/5Xz7Ws02xmA/story01.htm

Sunday, 28 September 2014

New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/09/28/what-makes-tennessee-so-popular-as-a-nuclear-waste-dump-not-its-great-singers/

Reuters News Feed Selection

Peru holding two loggers in murder of four native environmentalists Posted:Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:46:49 -0400
LIMA, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Peru has arrested two loggers suspected of murdering four indigenous environmental activists to keep them from opposing timber extraction on native lands near the border with Brazil, a prosecutor said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/MiLE_Vm5FIE/peru-environment-idUSL2N0RR26120140926

UPDATE 2-U.S. says unapproved genetically modified wheat found in Montana Posted:Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:24:32 -0400
Sept 26 (Reuters) – Monsanto Co’s experimental genetically engineered wheat, never approved for sale, has been found growing in a second U.S. state, and regulators said on Friday they could not explain how the plants escaped field trials that ended almost a decade ago. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Btbgt_bSJL4/usa-monsanto-wheat-idUSL2N0RR1TD20140926

Japanese volcano kills one, over 30 seriously injured
Posted:Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:12:15 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese volcano popular with hikers erupted on Saturday, killing one woman and seriously injuring more than 30 people, officials and media said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/tfpZ6-cDBRc/story01.htm

Hundreds of small earthquakes hit central California
Posted:Sat, 27 Sep 2014 09:47:59 GMT
(Reuters) – More than 500 small earthquakes struck a volcanic region in central California on Thursday and Friday, posing no immediate risk, federal environmental officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/HUVEmoJ3iNI/story01.htm

Colombia to speed environmental licenses for energy, mining projects Posted:Thu, 25 Sep 2014 19:52:54 GMT
BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia will expedite the environmental licensing process for oil, mining, energy and infrastructure projects, but maintain the same rigorous standards, the environment minister said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/2zmcr4–TCU/story01.htm

Rain helps firefighters suppress blaze in California’s Sierras
Posted:Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:43:16 GMT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rain and cooler temperatures in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada brought welcome relief on Thursday to fire crews battling flames that have destroyed a dozen homes and threatened thousands more during the past two weeks near Lake Tahoe. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Md6gOuJP548/story01.htm

27 September 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/09/26/tennessee-as-radioactive-waste-dumping-ground-fact-sheet/
Elvis Home, Graceland, in Memphis Tennessee
Graceland streetview approach
Tennessee is on the list of places that 85% French govt. owned EDF might want to send its radioactive waste from its 15 UK Nuclear Reactors, and possibly from any of its reactors (which could bring the total to around 85 – especially concerning since EDF France has 9 reactors being decommissioned with currently no place to go). The information about the consultation is here: http://www.sepa.org.uk/about_us/consultations.aspx The EDF documents on Hunterston and Torness give names of some locations, where they might send nuclear waste. “Responses to the consultation should be sent in writing no later than 3 October 2014 to either The Registrar Scottish Environment Protection Agency Angus Smith Building Parklands Avenue Eurocentral Holytown North Lanarkshire ML1 4WQ Or registry.angussmith@sepa.org.ukhttp://www.sepa.org.uk/about_us/consultations.aspx

Elvis Presley
Elvis, 21 December 1970, White House photo by Ollie Atkins, cropped.
Elvis, 21 December 1970, White House photo by Ollie Atkins, cropped

Tennessee is one of the few states that allows dumping of low-level nuclear waste in landfills and the only state that allows dumping of nuclear waste on a single-license, rather than seek government approval for each shipment of waste“. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studsvik Studsvik sold its Tennessee facilities to Energy Solutions. Nonetheless, Studsvik still has information on its web site regarding Bulk Survey Release in Tennessee. The permit which was held by Studsvik and presumably is now held by Energy Solutions allowed 90 radioisotopes. Testing appears to be done only for gamma radiation. Alpha emitters, dangerous upon ingestion, would appear not picked up by the device used. This is serious as Torness, for example, mentions 4 GBq/tonne of alpha and 12 GBq/tonne for beta-gamma in its solid waste. That would be 4 million becquerels (radioactive disintegrations per second) per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of dangerous alpha emitters (e.g. plutonium, americium), which might pass through unaccounted for, unnoticed! That is for one facility only.

Some of the items which EDF mentions a need to dispose of, which happen to be the same as Studsvik mentioned as part of its Tennessee Bulk Survey for Release permit: Paper/Plastic, Wood, Metals, Aqueous Liquids, Oils/Grease, Resins/Sludges.

In Scotland, French govt. owned (85%) “EDF has applied to allow the receipt of radioactive waste on to both stations for interim storage and onward disposal. These wastes will have arisen at other EDF Energy nuclear power stations, and the intention is to allow for the accumulation of economic loads prior to disposal.” From: “SCOTTISH ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AGENCY, RADIOACTIVE SUBSTANCES ACT 1993, Application by EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Limited for Changes to the Authorisation covering the disposal of Radioactive Wastes from Hunterston B and Torness Power Stations, CONSULTATION DOCUMENT FOR DISCRETIONARY CONSULTEES AND THE PUBLIChttp://www.sepa.org.uk/about_us/consultations.aspx

Tennessee is on the EDF list of where it may send waste “Intermediate Level Waste” off-site for treatment such that its final waste form can be “categorised as Low Level Waste and is suitable for disposal“. Sites may include Lillyhall UK; Germany; Sweden; Tennessee, USA; and other UK facilities both named (4 more) and unnamed, as well as any new UK or overseas facilities. If the waste switches from Intermediate to Low Level it should mean that the balance of the radionuclides went someplace or were diluted. Alternatively, it could mean that because the US has nothing called intermediate level waste that only the name is changed. Or is it because, in the US, the testing for radioactive waste is only done by a gamma tester, in bulk? Is this true elsewhere?

Distance from former Studsvik, now Energy Solutions, Nuclear Waste Facility on President’s Island to Elvis Home of Graceland.
Studsvik Energy Solns to Graceland
The Studsvik facility on President’s Island in Memphis is the only place in the U.S. where radioactive steam generators from pressurized water reactors are taken for processing or dismantling. These units are up to 70 feet tall and weigh as much as 800 tons. These must be taken apart, piece by piece to separate the parts that are highly radioactive. These contain a significant amount of plutonium and other dangerous radionuclides. Much of the material deemed to be “extremely low level” by Studsvik will end up in the North or South Shelby landfills“. http://www.nonukesyall.org/Tennessee_rad_waste.html

Comment related to Reuters News Feed article: It was Swedish and Swiss companies who helped re-arm Hitler and kept him going throughout most of WWII. Swedish and Swiss companies, along with Finish companies seem to be ignoring sanctions regarding Crimea. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Reuters News Feed Selection

France could extend EDF CEO Proglio’s mandate-sources
Posted:Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:04:00 -0400
PARIS, Sept 24 (Reuters) – The French government is likely to consider extending the mandate of state-owned utility EDF’s chief executive Henri Proglio until he reaches the statutory age limit in three years’ time, industry sources told Reuters on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/XAP8mt1KOqw/edf-ceo-idUSL6N0RP4CR20140924

REUTERS SUMMIT-After euphoria, Russia may face discontent in Crimea Posted:Thu, 25 Sep 2014 04:23:32 -0400
* For other news from Reuters Russia Investment Summit, click on http://www.reuters.com/summit/Russia14 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/5jNUNRwLL-4/ukraine-crisis-crimea-idUSL6N0RO50R20140925
Excerpt: “Savelyev said the sanctions have scared away some businessmen although others, from Finland, Sweden and Switzerland, had travelled to Crimea to explore opportunities.

UPDATE 2-Hungary to import more gas from Gazprom, says PM Orban Posted:Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:07:24 GMT
* Hungary to speed filling of gas storage facilities -Orban http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/5626N71VKfk/story01.htm

Secretive Russian oil giant has no fear of sanctions
Posted:Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:33:41 GMT
MOSCOW, Sept 26 (Reuters) – While most Russian oil tycoons and Kremlin energy officials are calculating billions of losses that could result from Western sanctions, one of them is counting his blessings. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rKAyZpfOOVA/story01.htm

REUTERS SUMMIT-Russian pipemakers find silver lining in standoff with West Posted:Thu, 25 Sep 2014 06:45:28 -0400
(For other news from Reuters Russia Investment Summit, click on http://www.reuters.com/summit/Russia14) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/ajCIezIi_wA/ukraine-crisis-russia-pipes-idUSL6N0RQ1SP20140925

Investors warming up to German offshore wind plants
Posted:Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:23:41 GMT
FRANKFURT, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Germany’s offshore wind parks, once seen as only for brave investors because of high costs and operational risks, are attracting fresh money after laws were passed to ensure ambitious renewables targets are met. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/XTvTE44vK-w/story01.htm

Rosneft may back out of Morgan Stanley oil unit deal: sources
Posted:Thu, 25 Sep 2014 02:28:59 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – Rosneft , Russia’s biggest crude oil producer, may back out of a deal to buy Morgan Stanley ‘s oil trading unit because Western sanctions make it virtually impossible to finance… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/news/deals/~3/XOIpGBCaIVo/us-morgan-stanley-rosneft-idUSKCN0HK0D320140925

Japan’s Mitsui sells 25 percent stake in Arizona copper mine to Grupo Mexico Posted:Thu, 25 Sep 2014 02:40:00 -0400
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co Ltd said it had sold its 25 percent stake in Silver Bell Mining to a unit of Grupo Mexico that already owns the remaining 75 percent in the… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/news/deals/~3/QgS3SXbkT9U/us-japan-mitsui-co-idUSKCN0HK0J420140925

UPDATE 1-Japan says lack of appropriate tests may have contributed to Dreamliner battery overheating Posted:Thu, 25 Sep 2014 01:31:12 -0400
TOKYO, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Japan’s transport authority said on Thursday a lack of appropriate testing may have contributed to a lithium-ion battery overheating on board a Boeing 787 Dreamliner owned… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/nOk1DVx3uc0/boeing-787-japan-idUSL3N0RQ1H220140925

UPDATE 1-UK to widen law against benchmark rigging, aims for year-end Posted:Thu, 25 Sep 2014 06:08:03 -0400
LONDON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Britain plans to extend laws criminalising the rigging of Libor interest rates to seven other financial benchmarks by the end of this year, the finance ministry said on… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/XWEWqR6Pbt8/britain-regulations-benchmarks-idUSL6N0RQ21A20140925

Taiwan company cancels Chinese ship application over security concerns Posted:Thu, 25 Sep 2014 04:09:05 GMT
TAIPEI, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Opposition lawmakers in Taiwan citing security concerns have forced a Taiwanese company to withdraw its application on Thursday to use a Chinese vessel on a renewable energy project off the island. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/yDuLSpqDfyI/story01.htm

Ex-investor relations exec pleads guilty in NY to insider trading Posted:Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:30:45 GMT
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former executive at a New York investor relations firm, whose barefoot dash from news photographers last month caught the attention of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to insider trading. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/fp1FnhULKA0/story01.htm