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Swedish Government Nuclear Shakedown of Germany

Sweden taking Germany to international court in what appears a frivolous lawsuit over the closure of aged Swedish government owned nuclear reactors in Germany and dumping its nuclear waste on the USA looks like an undeclared act of war by Sweden. Sweden remains a major arms exporter, by the way: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arms_industry They don’t only specialize in pork.

Sweden just announced this month that it will phase out nuclear power: http://bellona.org/news/nuclear-issues/2014-10-sweden-edging-nuclear-power-incoming-government So, why is Sweden still attacking Germany in international court over Germany’s phase-out? It’s abusive of the international tribunal system and very incongruous and hypocritical!
Swedish air force JAS 39 Gripen fighters
Swedish air force JAS 39 Gripen fighters…” [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab_JAS_39_Gripen

Vattenfall is a Swedish power company, wholly owned by the Swedish government. Beyond Sweden, the company generates power in Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, and the United Kingdom.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vattenfall It means waterfall and they need to return it to hydro.

According to Greenpeace (and many other news outlets):
October 15, 2014
Vattenfall calls for 4.7 billion euro compensation,
The Swedish energy company Vattenfall takes an action before the International Arbitration Court in Washington… Vattenfall is the third large energy company sueing the [German] federal government for damages. Unlike E.ON and RWE, Vattenfall can go as a foreign company with its application to Washington… EON and RWE demanded 380 and 235 million euros. In addition, the two companies have also filed a constitutional complaint. The corporations do not want to financially participate in the search for a repository…
” As reported by Luisa Neubauer of Greenpeace. Read more here (in German): http://www.greenpeace-magazin.de/aktuell/2014/10/15/vattenfall-fordert-47-milliarden-euro-entschaedigung/ Notice that the nuclear utilities do NOT want to be responsible for their own waste! They want to give the problem to the German taxpayer.

4.7 billion Euros is 6 billion US dollars.

This is how Swedish Government owned Vattenfall stores its low and intermediate level nuclear waste in Germany . This is from one of the reactors which they appear to be sueing over:
Feststofflager des KKW Brunsbüttel" Erscheinungsdatum:  07.03.2012  schleswig-holstein.de
Brunsbüttel Nuclear Power Plant is owned 67% by Vattenfall and 33% by E.ON. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brunsbüttel_Nuclear_Power_Plant
Around 500 barrels of low-level and intermediate-level radioactive waste from the reactor operation (filter resins, evaporator concentrates) have been found stored underground at Brunsbüttel. “Atomaufsicht stoppt Umlagerungen im Feststofflager des KKW Brunsbüttel” 07.03.2012 http://www.schleswig-holstein. de/ArchivSH/ PI/MJGI/ 2012/Reaktorsicherheit /120307mjgiAKWBrunsbuettelUmlagerungen.html At least some of the barrels were corroding. LOOKS LIKE GERMANY SHOULD BE SUING SWEDEN AND E.ON. OVER THESE BARRELS AND NOT VICE VERSA!

Case Information
Vattenfall AB and others v. Federal Republic of Germany
(ICSID Case No. ARB/12/12)
Subject of Dispute: Nuclear power plant
Date Registered: May 31, 2012
Date of Constitution of Tribunal
Constituted: December 14, 2012
Reconstituted: February 25, 2013
Composition of Tribunal
President: Albert Jan VAN DEN BERG (Dutch)
Arbitrators: Vaughan LOWE (British)
Charles N. BROWER (U.S.) (1) Charles N. BROWER (U.S.) appointed following the resignation of Daniel M. PRICE (U.S.)
Party Representatives
Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå AB, Stockholm, Sweden
Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Hamburg, Germany
Ministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie, Berlin, Germany
McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater, Frankfurt, Germany
McDermott Will & Emery, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Status of Proceeding (View Procedural Details)
Pending (the Tribunal issues Procedural Order No. 8 concerning the Respondent’s request to address the objections to jurisdiction as a preliminary question on September 7, 2014)
” Here are the procedural details, which haven’t been updated since September, so we can only go on news reports: https://icsid.worldbank.org/ICSID/FrontServlet?requestType=CasesRH&reqFrom=ListCases&caseId=C2220&actionVal=viewCaseThe World Bank: The World Bank authorizes the use of this material subject to the terms and conditions on its website, http://www.worldbank.org/terms (BY-NC)

But, the very basis of Vattenfall’s lawsuit appears false to us. The two Vattenfall reactors at Brunsbüttel, and Krümmel seem to have constantly had problems and were old. And, their licenses have expired and would need to be renewed. Reportedly, the type of reactors used in Germany (except Grundremmingen) have particularly weak containment and inspection is difficult because the bottom is inaccessible for inspection. Krümmel and Brunsbüttel were shut down in November 2007 because “the causes of events in the nuclear power plants is not completely identified and appropriate remedial measures need to be taken to prevent recurrence”. Brunsbüttel never went back online. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kernkraftwerk_Brunsbüttel
Has Vattenfall even finished cleaning up the rusty barrels of radioactive waste found at the Brunsbüttel? As for Krümmel: “The first fire in the transformer of the nuclear power plant Krümmel (part owned with E.ON) in 2007 forced a closure of the power plant for over two years, while a short circuit in July 2009 in another transformer led to another closure. Due to these incidents the Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, Peter Harry Carstensen announced that this will be letzter Versuch (their last try) before complete closure of the facility.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vattenfall
The Brunsbüttel and Krümmel reactors were old and apparently fraught with problems. Swedish Government owned Vattenfall suing the German government for closing them down looks like what lawyers call a “frivolous” lawsuit, without merit, to us. Actually, it appears a mafia-like shakedown. It is a nasty tactic being played by one government against another. With all of the problems of these reactors, it would be interesting to know how much profit the Swedish government has or has not made off of them. Whereas, the other utilities are suing within German courts, Sweden is using international courts for Vattenfall. Presumably the other German reactors are old too, and have the same containment issues noted above, with the one exception.

The Vattenfall case has become infamous:
In May 2012 the Swedish energy company Vattenfall filed a request for arbitration against Germany at the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), housed at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., because of Germany’s decision to phase out nuclear energy. Vattenfall relies on its rights under the Energy Charter Treaty, an international trade and investment agreement in the energy sector. This treaty, like many international investment agreements, grants foreign investors the right to bypass the domestic courts of the host country and to directly file a complaint to an ad hoc international tribunal to challenge proposed government regulations. Vattenfall is expected to claim well over €700 million in compensation in response to the closure of the nuclear power plants Krümmel and Brunsbüttel.” (“BRIEFING NOTE JUNE 2012 The German Nuclear Phase-Out Put to the Test in International Investment Arbitration? Background to the new dispute Vattenfall v. Germany (II), by Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder and Rhea Tamara Hoffmann The entire report may be read here: http://www.iisd.org/pdf/2012/german_nuclear_phase_out.pdf

Sweden Dumped Nuclear Waste on the USA

Swedish plutonium casks to USA. What could be a prelude to rust is visible and this is supposed to be high level waste, isn’t it! Or, at least Transuranic, like WIPP, which is still high level, though not called so.
Are these Swedish or US Workers?
US DOE Suiting up for Pu in Sweden
No one appears to know where the Swedish Plutonium went. It could be at Savannah River Site, South Carolina. It could be at the Y-12 site in Tennessee – you know the one that the elderly nun broke into and is now in jail. It could be at WIPP. Who knows if the US Gov won’t fess up! The only risk in this instance was the Swedish government irresponsibly, and, yes, evilly dumping nuclear waste on others! Say it like it is! Did Obama leave his brain in Sweden or where DID it run off to? Or, do you have to check your brain at the door when you become US President? If Sweden goes forward with experimental reactors discussed last August then they will be sending more! Which government is more evil? Notice it’s not just research reactors (like this is a reason anyway), but also from developmental activities! This actually seems to have started under Bush, but Obama seems to have continued-renewed it. Oh, this claims that it started under Clinton in 1996! But, it was renewed. Notice the date. 2012. This did not occur during either the old or new “Cold War”. There was no reason to fear leaving it in Sweden!

No mysteries about why Savannah River Site can’t clean itself up! They keep sending it more waste from around the world!

United States Removes Plutonium from Sweden
Press Release, Mar 27, 2012
SEOUL, South Korea – The United States and Sweden today announced the successful removal of plutonium from Sweden. The announcement was made during this year’s Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea where world leaders are meeting this week to renew commitments to global nuclear security. The plutonium shipment was completed by the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Global Threat Reduction Initiative and was the first shipment of plutonium to the U.S. under this program.

“Eliminating plutonium from Sweden supports President Obama’s aggressive nuclear security agenda,” said Anne Harrington, NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. “The successful completion of this mission is a true testament to our shared commitment with Sweden to improving global nuclear security.”

More than three kilograms of plutonium was removed, including Swedish, U.K., and U.S. origin material stemming from former research and development activities in Sweden. Prior to removal, the plutonium was securely stored in a special vault under International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards. In order to complete this project, NNSA and Sweden needed to develop facilities to stabilize and repackage the plutonium materials. The mission to remove plutonium from Sweden was initiated in 2009 and completed in 2012.

“The United States and Sweden have a long history of joint cooperation in the area of nuclear security. Sweden was one of the first countries to send its highly enriched uranium to the United States for disposition under the U.S. Nuclear Material Removal Program back in 1996,” said U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Mark Brzezinski in an official statement. “Today we announce together that Sweden has become the first country to send surplus plutonium to the United States for disposition. The completion of this important project is an amazing accomplishment for both Sweden and the U.S. that brings us one step closer to improving nuclear security worldwide and is a key deliverable from the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit.http://nnsa. energy. gov/mediaroom/pressreleases/swedenpu32712 (US DOE)


NNSA’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative Completes First Plutonium Shipment

The United States and Sweden announced today at the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit the successful removal of plutonium from Sweden. The plutonium shipment was completed by NNSA’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) and was the first shipment of plutonium to the United States under this program. Over 3 kilograms of plutonium was removed and included Swedish, UK, and U.S. origin material stemming from former research and development activities in Sweden. In order to complete this project and due to the sensitive nature of the material, NNSA and Sweden needed to develop facilities to stabilize and repackage the plutonium materials.http://nnsa. energy.gov /blog/nnsa’s-global-threat-reduction-initiative-completes-first-plutonium-shipment

This looks like it must be the Swedish lab
Look how OLD the US lab looks! The bag is in English, so surely this 1950s looking installation is in the US. Notice the containers are sealed with plastic tape! Think about how the US handling of Ebola! At least Spain honestly said they were unprepared. Not so, the USA. Not surprisingly, some in the US media quickly realized that Doctors without Borders had better hygiene practices in rural Africa. If you are American or live in the USA – be afraid, be very afraid. Something is sorely amiss. Can anyone be this stupid and incompetent – with taking this waste and with Ebola?

Savannah River Site Watch believes that the Swedish plutonium is probably at the Savannah River Site, but the US NNSA won’t tell them!
If plutonium was on the shipments of February 6 and March 19, it is unknown where the plutonium would be stored, but it is likely that such plutonium would be taken to SRS. The site already has around 13 metric tons of surplus weapons-grade plutonium and it appears that non-U.S-origin plutonium, including from the commercial fuel cycle has been received at SRS. A shipment in May 2012 of Swedish plutonium to the US likely went to SRS but NNSA is still refusing to reveal where the material is being stored and what its disposition pathway might be.http://www.srswatch.org/blog/-special-nuclear-materials-shipped-from-europe-to-charleston-south-carolina-in-advance-of-nuclear-security-summit

See: http://nnsa. energy.gov/mediaroom/pressreleases/07.03.08b

[1] “Swedish air force JAS 39 Gripen fighters arrive at Nellis AFB, Nev., on July 14 for Red Flag 08-3. Seven Gripens and their crews, from the 212nd Fighter Squadron at Norrbotten Wing, Sweden, are participating in their first Red Flag exercise at Nellis. Red Flag 08-3 runs July 19 – Aug. 2. Aircraft from the Brazilian and Turkish air forces will join Swedish and U.S. forces for the exercise.; Date 14 April 2008 US Air Force, Photo by Chief Master Sgt. Gary Emery (Reusing this file) public domainhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_Armed_Forces