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This post ran from March 24-April 4 2015. It is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/the-ongoing-saga-50-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ It continues here:
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/04/05/the-ongoing-saga-52-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ Order inverted. Last update is on top, after the picture. First is at bottom.
Nuclear Blasphemy, 70 Yrs is Enough Campaign
This top image or something similar will probably stay on top until the nuclear industry is shut down. Then, there is still the nuclear waste to be secured. We live on borrowed time. Let’s shut the nuclear industry down now!

Saturday, 4 April 2015

More New Posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/04/04/airbus-a320-blocked-aoa-probes-continuous-nose-down-order-germanwings-model-others-emergency-procedure-issued-in-december/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/04/04/loss-of-air-france-airbus-flight-447-system-failure-case-study-by-nasa/

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/04/04/commerzbank-admits-to-criminal-actions-which-facilitated-olympus-accounting-fraud-money-laundering-possibly-contributing-to-proliferation-of-weapons-of-mass-destruction/ Just think how many do not get caught!

The Germanwings Airbus accident investigation should have been done by an international entity with no vested interests in Airbus. It is partially owned by the French State and a major employer. What would happen, for instance, if the fault were a major computer or electronics problem, rather than the pilot?https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/airworthiness-directives-and-the-crash-of-an-old-airplane-in-the-french-alps/
63,000 European jobs at stake:
Airbus SAS … is an aircraft manufacturing division of Airbus Group (formerly European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company). It is based in Blagnac, France, a suburb of Toulouse,[2][3] with production and manufacturing facilities mainly in France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom.
[…]
Airbus employs around 63,000 people at sixteen sites in four countries: France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. Final assembly production is based at Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany; Seville, Spain; and, since 2009 as a joint-venture, Tianjin, China.[5] Airbus has subsidiaries in the United States, Japan, China and India.

The company produces and markets the first commercially viable fly-by-wire airliner, the Airbus A320,[6][7] and the world’s largest passenger airliner, the A380.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbus The one which went down is an ancient A320, known to have many potential problems which need addressing (as elaborated in our post about the Airworthiness Directives). Plus, the French prosecutor is in Marseille, well-known for its history of corruption (the city that is). Can it have been a pilot who went berzerk? You betcha.

But, if the airplane was issuing confusing orders, as it has been known to do in a crisis, then this could jeopardize many industrial jobs. It appears to be, at least in part, those industrial jobs which makes France and the UK cling on to the dangerous idea of nuclear power. Trade unions are traditionally tied to the President’s socialist party.

Who owns it?
État français (French State): 11.00 %
État allemand (German State): 10.90 %
BlackRock: 4.20 %
État espagnol (Spanish State): 4.10 %
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbus http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbus_Group
Clearly the French State should not be doing the investigation!

From CBS: “Audio recovered from Germanwings Flight 9525 black box, cause still a mystery
Last Updated Mar 25, 2015 7:14 PM EDT
SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France — French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that the case of the second black box of a German plane that smashed into a rugged Alpine mountain, killing all 150 people on board, has been found, but not its contents.

A blog which asks important questions:
Germanwings Air Disaster: What We DON’T Know“.
Posted on March 31, 2015 by austrogirl http://themonicaperezshow.com/2015/03/31/germanwings-air-disaster-what-we-dont-know/

The French President literally stated that the “envelope”, i.e. the cover (case), of the second black box had been found, but not the inside. Apparently (based on images from wikipedia and BEA) this second box was something like an older computer and the equivalent to the hard drive was just found.

While they claim that the Co-pilot sped up to plow into the mountain, what if he sped up to avoid the mountain based on misunderstanding of the computer/ computer or electronic failure. This could probably also account for the stuck door.

WHAT IF THE COMPUTER-ELECTRONICS WENT CRAZY RATHER THAN THE CO-PILOT? WE WILL NEVER KNOW BECAUSE THE INVESTIGATORS HAVE A VESTED INTEREST! FRENCH JOBS AND 11% FRENCH STATE OWNED. FRENCH STATE AREVA IS GOING DOWN THE TUBES, AS IS.

How will sandstorms impact the UAE’s planned nuclear power station? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_in_the_United_Arab_Emirates

From Reuters News Feed

Major sandstorm disrupts air traffic in UAE, Gulf region Posted:Thu, 02 Apr 2015 14:09:58 GMT
DUBAI (Reuters) – A major sandstorm across the United Arab Emirates disrupted flights at Dubai’s two international airports on Thursday and caused delays at other air transport centers in the Gulf, according to authorities. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/hp_CSuuRwtM/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Germanwings co-pilot increased speed as jet went down Posted:Fri, 03 Apr 2015 19:07:45 GMT
* May take weeks to analyse all data (Adds BEA spokeswoman comments) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/E4RDQOjdq3E/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Obama asks Congress to widen Arctic refuge protections Posted:Fri, 03 Apr 2015 23:25:56 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Friday finalized its recommendation to expand protected areas of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, calling on Congress to block about 12 million acres (5 million hectares) from oil and gas drilling. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/btLFKE5zuFM/story01.htm Reuters Ends here for today. We have saved a lot of news feeds, but no time to upload them again. Assuming no computer or human error deleting them, we will upload them soon.

Friday, 3 April 2015

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/04/03/nuclear-crucifixion-plotted-behind-closed-doors-by-japan-pm-abes-judas-gov-on-thursday-media-reports-on-good-friday/ Japan has practiced crucifixion, by the way. Like Nuclear, it was imported… Here’s evidence, via wikipedia. More at today’s post.
Japan Crucifixion redscale

EDF may take control of Areva nuclear reactor business (Deals of the Day, 1 Apr, Reuters). (Doesn’t seem to be April Fool’s – Poisson d’Avril)

Reuters News Feed Selection

Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions
Posted:Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:02:51 GMT
April 1 (Reuters) – The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Wednesday: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/q8YNClqOtFM/story01.htm

Japan’s ruling party wants 20 percent nuclear power in energy mix: media Posted:Fri, 03 Apr 2015 06:04:59 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s ruling party wants a revived nuclear power sector to eventually make up a fifth of electricity generation, local media said, a controversial move for a public opposed to nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/uQxVzDuRZEo/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Kinross Gold says Chile mine operations still down after flooding
Posted:Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:51:44 GMT
April 1 (Reuters) – Kinross Gold Corp said on Wednesday its mining and crushing operations at its Maricunga mine in northern Chile remain suspended following severe floods in the region last week. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/BlCxNWYXEt4/story01.htm

California getting ‘second-hand smog’ from Asia, researchers say Posted:Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:24:55 GMT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – California is suffering from “second-hand smog” drifting in from Asia and other places, researchers said on Tuesday, even as the state’s prolonged drought has made air quality worse. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/gfGLCA9_9Q8/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Barrick Gold must face U.S. lawsuit over mothballed mine Posted:Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:32:31 -0400
NEW YORK, April 1 (Reuters) – Barrick Gold Corp has lost its bid to dismiss a U.S. lawsuit that accuses the world’s largest gold producer of concealing problems at a troubled South American mine and of fraudulently inflating the company’s market value by billions of dollars. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/0Ao8ctzeVQ4/barrick-gold-lawsuit-idUSL2N0WY27F20150401

UPDATE 1-Finnish businessman says banned from Russia for security threat
Posted:Wed, 01 Apr 2015 11:07:45 -0400
* FSB declines comment, Kremlin says does not know him (Adds comment from businessman) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/l2b-cvaFB7A/russia-businessman-idUSL6N0WY3N020150401

IMF lends Burundi $6.9 mln to support economy before elections Posted:Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:03:54 -0400
BUJUMBURA, April 1 (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday it would lend Burundi $6.9 million to shore up the aid-dependent central African nation, months before a presidential election in June. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/i74T183txNU/burundi-imf-idUSL2N0WY0RU20150401

UPDATE 8-Oil platform fire toll in Gulf of Mexico: 4 dead, 302 evacuated
Posted:Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:30:33 GMT
MEXICO CITY, April 1 (Reuters) – At least four people died after a fire broke out on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico early on Wednesday, leading to the evacuation of 302 workers, Mexican state-run oil company Pemex said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/DtjFyAF19Js/story01.htm

EPA will require weed-resistance restrictions on glyphosate herbicide
Posted:Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:05:05 -0400
March 31 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators will put new restrictions on the world’s most widely used herbicide to help address the rapid expansion of weeds resistant to the chemical, Reuters has learned. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/EIJzc4HFlbs/monsanto-herbicide-weeds-idUSL2N0WW1S020150331

Former Xstrata CEO under pressure to make new mining deals Posted:Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:28:21 -0400
LONDON, March 31 (Reuters) – More than a year after he launched his private fund, former Xstrata boss Mick Davis is coming under pressure to build a new mining empire with the $6 billion in capital he has raised. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/mMf5HditSEg/mining-mick-davis-x-idUSL6N0WX29C20150331
Reuters Ends
(More news has been set aside, we must upload it later.)

Thursday, 2 April 2015

New Posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/i-think-this-time-im-voting-green-reclaim-the-vote/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/nuclear-groaning-or-green-renewal-death-or-resurrection/

The big news today is that 85% French State owned EDF is backing off from work on a new 2 nuclear reactor site (Hinkley Point C) in Somerset, England. This is due to the legal pressure of Austria, because the UK subsidies for nuclear violate EU rules; the skepticism of China regarding funding it, and UK elections. One should not underestimate the lively opposition to the project on the ground, either.

We have been saving Reuters news but decided to do a second post instead. So, Reuters news will post later.

April 1, 2015

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/us-sec-of-energy-moniz-volunteers-to-help-scoop-out-fukushima-melted-fuel-and-clean-up-wipp-the-japanese-people-are-not-alone-in-this-time-of-great-trial-and-sorrow/
Pro Nuclear Call up to Clean up WiPP and FUkushima

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/water-and-concrete-degradation-nuclear-facilities-seabrook-nps/

Reuters News Feed Selection

Despite deforestation, the world is getting greener: scientists Posted:Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:02:04 GMT
BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The world’s vegetation has expanded, adding nearly 4 billion tonnes of carbon to plants above ground in the decade since 2003, thanks to tree-planting in China, forest regrowth in former Soviet states and more lush savannas due to higher rainfall. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Fo8eQjTYOvM/story01.htm

Rich nations’ fossil fuel export funding dwarfs green spend: documents Posted:Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:06:46 GMT
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Rich nations provided around five times as much in export subsidies for fossil-fuel technology as for renewable energy over a decade, according to OECD data seen by Reuters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/d6ZNaeH_vRc/story01.htm

Cautious China banks could undermine Beijing’s property stimulus efforts Posted:Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:03:23 GMT
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – As stock market investors cheer Beijing’s latest bid to boost the country’s ailing housing sector, Chinese bankers are gritting their teeth over the risks they face in further relaxing lending rules to home buyers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/Je5XV4t7ZUo/story01.htm

China Baosteel vice president under investigation for corruption Posted:Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:52:45 GMT
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A senior official of China’s Baosteel Group, the parent of Baoshan Iron & Steel , is being investigated for “serious disciplinary violations”, China’s corruption watchdog said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/hz4RCYESRlw/story01.htm

North Dakota’s new oil train safety checks seen missing risks Posted:Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:00:00 -0400
WASHINGTON, March 31 (Reuters) – New regulations to cap vapor pressure of North Dakota crude fail to account for how it behaves in transit, according to industry experts, raising doubts about whether… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/mCoApaFS0dI/usa-oil-safety-idUSL2N0WT14V20150331

PRESS DIGEST- New York Times business news – March 31 Posted:Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:42:30 -0400
March 31 (Reuters) – The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/Buul2uDdS0E/press-digest-nyt-idUSL3N0WX23A20150331

PRESS DIGEST – Wall Street Journal – March 31
Posted:Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:39:28 -0400
March 31 (Reuters) – The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/Tc9HMYmtQ34/press-digest-wsj-idUSL3N0WX1WH20150331

Fischer says U.S. Fed leaning toward BoE stability approach Posted:Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:38:23 -0400
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga., March 30 (Reuters) – A top U.S. Federal Reserve official on Monday said the Bank of England has a good way of handling financial stability concerns with a separate council and… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/_mw6s-YX2nQ/usa-fed-fischer-england-idUSW1N0TL00V20150331

PRESS DIGEST- Financial Times – March 31
Posted:Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:27:06 -0400
March 31 (Reuters) – The following are the top stories in the Financial Times. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/wBWZVXRNPyY/britain-press-ft-idUSL3N0WX00B20150331

PRESS DIGEST- British Business – March 31
Posted:Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:59:10 -0400
March 31 (Reuters) – The following are the top stories on the business pages of British newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/lJthdblrMog/britain-press-business-idUSL3N0WW61G20150330

Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions
Posted:Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:03:47 GMT
March 30 (Reuters) – The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Monday: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/mqy6AAFTf6o/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Gazprom says 2014 net income under Russian rules down 70 pct
Posted:Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:37:42 -0400
MOSCOW, March 30 (Reuters) – Gazprom’s net profit, calculated under Russian Accounting Standards (RAS), fell 70 percent last year to 189 billion roubles ($3.3 billion), Russia’s top natural gas producer said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/QA6b3l5GucI/russia-gazprom-profit-idUSL6N0WW4G520150330

UPDATE 2-Germany’s Irsching gas-fired power plant set to close Posted:Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:47:13 -0400
* Operators say will take legal steps in case of opposition (Adds details on costs, comment from regulator) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/YkrRd1g–_c/e-on-irsching-idUSL6N0WW1NB20150330

Air and sea traffic disrupted as 120 km winds batter Netherlands Posted:Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:46:46 GMT
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Spring storms battered the Netherlands with gusts of up to 120 kilometers an hour on Tuesday, causing Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport to cancel flights and the closure of two container terminals at the port of Rotterdam. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/6GUV9yBm-9k/story01.htm

Ocean warming suggests 50 percent chance of El Nino-Australia Posted:Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:03:37 GMT
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Recent warming of the Pacific Ocean may signal an El Nino weather event is forming, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/dNE3agT7E-g/story01.htm

Heavy rains trigger flood fears in Kashmir; six dead Posted:Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:10:31 GMT
SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – A landslide in the Himalayan region of Kashmir killed six people and left 10 missing, police said on Monday, as unseasonal rains swept India, damaging crops and raising fears of flash floods in the mountainous north. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/i9q4KcQJtHU/story01.htm

China says 66 golf courses shut in renewed crackdown Posted:Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:50:03 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have closed 66 golf courses in a renewed crackdown on courses built in contravention of rules designed to protect arable land and save water, China’s top economic planning body said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/k-mj_ErhLjk/story01.htm

Strong quakes strike off South Pacific islands: USGS Posted:Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:09:48 GMT
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A series of strong earthquakes struck off the neighboring South Pacific Ocean states of Samoa and Tonga on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, just hours after a major tremor rattled Papua New Guinea to the west. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/kjUId0YsfuM/story01.htm

U.S. to submit plans to fight global warming; most others delay Posted:Sun, 29 Mar 2015 10:13:01 GMT
OSLO/WASHINGTON – The United States will submit plans for slowing global warming to the United Nations early this week but most governments will miss an informal March 31 deadline, complicating work on a global climate deal due in December. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/FwKBOohzLPU/story01.htm

Harsh weather cripples fishing and tourism on Cameroon’s coast Posted:Mon, 30 Mar 2015 06:48:16 GMT
KRIBI, Cameroon (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For over 15 years, Raoul Meno has been fishing the waters off the coastal town of Kribi in southern Cameroon. He has sometimes had to face down storms and high seas to bring home a catch to support his family. But now, he is scared. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/P2fgfQxXA80/story01.htm

Fortum’s Polish arm to spend 200 mln euro on new heat plant Posted:Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:47:11 GMT
WARSAW, March 31 (Reuters) – Finland’s Fortum plans to spend around 200 million euros ($215 million) to build a 220 megawatt (MW) co-generation heating plant in the south of Poland, it said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/LA7dqqC6t0I/story01.htm

RPT-UPDATE 2-Chairman of troubled S.Africa utility Eskom steps down Posted:Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:32:02 GMT
* Utility battling to keep S.Africa lit up (Adds appointment of new chairman, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2G4J3PXNrfY/story01.htm

Monday, 30 March 2015

The deadline is TODAY, 11.59 pm, Washington DC/Eastern time to demand proper inspection of the concrete and ultrasonic inspection of nuclear reactor pressure vessels, while you are at it. Comment here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NRC-2014-0257 Additional information at the three most recent posts and here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/nuclear-reactor-cracks-widespread-disease-scourge-warns-nobel-in-chemistry-nominee/

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/concrete-surprises-at-us-nuclear-power-stations/

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Vivendi trades barbs with activist investor seeking bigger payout
Posted:Sat, 28 Mar 2015 11:35:22 -0400
PARIS, March 28 (Reuters) – Vivendi has traded blows with activist investor PSAM over the fund’s bid for a larger payout from the French media group, with Vivendi warning the fund could be in breach… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/N7Vf74vK0e4/vivendi-fund-idUSL6N0WU0IQ20150328

UPDATE 1-Environmental group seeks greater protection for USDA scientists
Posted:Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:21:27 -0400
March 27 (Reuters) – An environmental activist group has filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking new rules that would enhance job protection for government scientists… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/sjb9R2R-GtI/usda-petition-idUSL2N0WU02J20150328

UPDATE 3-Greek PM Tsipras says he seeks no rift with Europe Posted:Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:37:58 GMT
ATHENS, March 28 (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday that he sought no rift with Europe after his cash-strapped country submitted a list of reforms to its lenders in a bid to secure much-needed funds. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/3TOF6kmUduY/story01.htm

Libya tells Arab summit arms embargo must be lifted to fight IS Posted:Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:43:38 GMT
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, March 28 (Reuters) – Libya told an Arab summit on Saturday that a U.N. arms embargo on the country must be lifted to help prevent the advance of Islamic State militants. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/C7ckekKLMk4/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Tripoli re-deploys troops away from oil ports to fight Islamic State
Posted:Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:24:26 GMT
TRIPOLI, March 28 – Libya’s Tripoli-based government, which leads one of two warring factions, has ordered its forces to withdraw from bases near major oil ports to fight Islamic State militants in the central city of Sirte, a Tripoli lawmaker said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/8F0CiwNFX-I/story01.htm

CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Kenyan ministers, officials leave office pending corruption probe
Posted:Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:14:15 GMT
NAIROBI, March 28 (Reuters) – Four Kenyan ministers vacated their posts on Saturday to pave the way for investigations into corruption allegations, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s office said, days after he asked those named in a confidential report to do so. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ylfXoVRGXAI/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Greek energy minister to visit Moscow, hits out at GermanyPosted:Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:32:09 GMT
ATHENS, March 28 (Reuters) – Greece’s Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis will meet his Russian counterpart and the CEO of energy giant Gazprom in Moscow on Monday, as he hit out at the EU and Germany for tightening a ‘noose’ around the Greek economy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Hh3CX7_6NTk/story01.htm

Greek energy minister to meet Russian counterpart, Gazprom CEO in Moscow
Posted:Sat, 28 Mar 2015 13:16:32 GMT
ATHENS, March 28 (Reuters) – Greek Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis will meet his Russian counterpart and the chief executive of energy giant Gazprom in Moscow on Monday, just over a week before Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visits the Russian capital. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/jBUpg1LWRzY/story01.htm

Conservatives win mandate for privatisation in Australia’s NSW state poll
Posted:Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:46:56 GMT
SYDNEY, March 28 (Reuters) – The conservative government of Australia’s New South Wales state won re-election on Saturday, clearing the way for the country’s largest privatisation, a stake in a state-owned electricity network for an expected A$17 billion ($13 billion). http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/jBhRvw65QGI/story01.htm

Egypt’s Sisi backs unified Arab force to confront regional threatsPosted:Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:12:38 GMT
CAIRO, March 28 (Reuters) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told an Arab League summit on Saturday that Cairo backed calls for a unified Arab force to confront regional security threats. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WnXRWxNC_SA/story01.htm

Kuwait emir tells Arab summit Houthi militia pose regional threat
Posted:Sat, 28 Mar 2015 09:50:49 GMT
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, March 28 (Reuters) – Kuwait’s Emir told an Arab summit in Egypt that Houthi fighters in Yemen posed a threat to the region, as Saudi Arabia led a military operation against them. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/w_24w8b5xbk/story01.htm

Lufthansa offers up to 50,000 euros per passenger in Germanwings crash
Posted:Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:35:35 -0400
BERLIN, March 27 (Reuters) – German airline Lufthansa has offered to pay up to 50,000 euros in immediate financial assistance per passenger on the crashed plane of its subsidiary Germanwings, a… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/Gh4_9zKgB3E/france-crash-lufthansa-aid-idUSL6N0WT4HJ20150327

UPDATE 1-Rio Tinto CEO says Nov plan to restart Oyu Tolgoi was “best and final offer”
Posted:Sat, 28 Mar 2015 04:01:24 -0400
* Rio in talks with Mongolia on “detail” of Oyu Tolgoi restart http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Px5EMR-YD1o/mongolia-riotinto-oyutolgoi-idUSL3N0WU04720150328

China to cut 80 mln T of steel capacity over 2015-17 – official Posted:Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:32:04 -0400
BEIJING, March 28 (Reuters) – China will aim to cut as much as 80 million tonnes of excess steel capacity in the next three years to tackle a massive supply glut that has plunged much of the sector into crisis, a government official said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/8SDAYRuc55k/china-steel-idUSL3N0WU02W20150328

UPDATE 3-Southern Copper hit by conflicting remarks on Peru mine’s future
Posted:Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:16:21 -0400
* Southern Copper CEO, Grupo Mexico say Tia Maria going ahead http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/X8lgHY-Otdw/southern-copper-peru-tiamaria-idUSL2N0WT18I20150327

UPDATE 4-Dow Chemical to sell most chlorine assets in $5 bln deal
Posted:Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:46:21 -0400
* Dow shares up 5 pct; Olin up 25 pct (Adds Breakingviews link, updates share prices) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/JOK9AjG8u58/dowchemical-ma-olin-idUSL3N0WT4MU20150327

Major Holcim shareholder wants clarity on CEO in Lafarge deal
Posted:Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:18:30 -0400
ZURICH, March 27 (Reuters) – A leading shareholder in Swiss cement group Holcim wants to know who will lead an enlarged group to be formed in a merger with France’s Lafarge before it decides whether to back the deal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/A2ry-cTptpc/lafarge-ma-holcim-idUSL6N0WT3AL20150327

UPDATE 1-Macquarie to pay U.S. SEC $15 mln over China stock salePosted:Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:11:09 -0400
March 27 (Reuters) – A unit of Australia’s Macquarie Group Ltd will pay $15 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges that it misled investors who bought shares of China’s Puda Coal Inc in an offering it underwrote. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/fqJeuqZ2V6o/sec-macquarie-charges-idUSL2N0WT12O20150327

UPDATE 1-German chemical industry agrees 2.8 pct pay rise Posted:Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:02:47 -0400
* Chemical workers deal below pay rise for engineering workers http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/FK8pAQLQ7cY/germany-chemicals-idUSL6N0WT3BN20150327

UPDATE 1-Congo Republic president says expects referendum over third term
Posted:Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:39:13 GMT
BRAZZAVILLE, March 27 (Reuters) – The President of Congo Republic, Denis Sassou Nguesso, said on Friday he expected a referendum on a change to the constitution that would allow him to stand next year for a third term at the helm of the oil-producing nation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Xl-PhoWmSZM/story01.htm

Britain’s gas storage cuts heighten risks for winter Posted:Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:35:27 GMT
MILAN/LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) – Britain’s available natural gas storage capacity will fall to its lowest level in almost a decade this summer, increasing the system’s reliance on supply from the continent and the risk of price spikes next winter. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rufRAJxT86Q/story01.htm

Kenyan minister steps down pending investigation into graft allegations Posted:Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:34:15 GMT
NAIROBI, March 28 (Reuters) – Kenyan Agriculture and Fisheries Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei said on Saturday he had vacated his post to pave the way for investigations into allegations of corruption, but said he expected to be cleared of any wrongdoing. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ETTWrV4N2HI/story01.htm

Chevron exits Caltex Australia stake for $3.7 bln Posted:Sat, 28 Mar 2015 02:35:16 GMT
PERTH, March 28 (Reuters) – U.S. energy giant Chevron sold its entire stake in refiner Caltex Australia Ltd for A$4.7 billion ($3.7 billion) in Asia’s biggest block deal this year, as falling oil prices and high costs hurt margins. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/tDxvjCVGF_A/story01.htm

WRAPUP 6-Yemen Houthi rebels advance despite Saudi-led air strikes Posted:Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:43:01 GMT
ADEN, March 27 (Reuters) – Yemen’s Houthi rebels made broad gains in the country’s south and east on Friday despite a second day of Saudi-led air strikes meant to check the Iranian-backed militia’s efforts to overthrow President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/lU763gmQ_VY/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Britain: Saudis could not accept “Iranian-backed regime in Yemen”
Posted:Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:47:07 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) – British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Friday that Saudi Arabia felt it necessary to intervene in Yemen to avoid Iranian-backed rebels taking over the country along its southern border. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/psFiUesWICk/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Nigeria president warns against bloodshed ahead of Saturday poll
Posted:Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:47:41 GMT
* Army says captured Boko Haram headquarters (Adds APC, UN Statement) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2fzQJM681Zk/story01.htm

Sunday, 29 March 2015

There is still the rest of Sunday and Monday to comment on concrete testing at US nuclear power stations, and to ask them to do ultrasonic testing of the reactor pressure vessels while they are at it! It doesn’t have to be long. A couple of sentences in your own words is fine! It can be anonymous. New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/29/part-ii-nuclear-power-stations-need-testing-for-concrete-damage-comment-deadline-monday-march-30th-11-59-et/

Reuters News Feed selection has been saved, so barring technical difficulties (crash or accidental deletion), we will post it later.

Saturday, 28 March 2015:
Three Mile Island Nuclear Disaster was on this date 36 years ago

 A clean-up crew working to remove radioactive contamination after the Three Mile Island accident
A clean-up crew working to remove radioactive contamination after the Three Mile Island accident

If you remember Three Mile Island, then you are pretty old! If you remember the meltdown of the Fermi I Fast Breeder near Detroit, in 1966, you are older still! If you recall the 1957 UK Windscale Nuclear Disaster, you are even older! Hiroshima and Nagasaki were 70 years ago this year.

New Posts: Comment Deadline Approaches: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/nuclear-power-stations-need-testing-for-concrete-damage-comment-deadline-monday-march-30th-11-59-et/
Three Mile Island: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/discussion-of-three-mile-island-radiation-plume/
More WIPP Stalactite evidence: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/wipp-halite-nacl-stalactites-from-brine-water-in-nuclear-waste-dump-no-joke/

Friday, 27 March 2015

The comment period deadline is on March 30th regarding whether or not the US NRC should use “improved identification techniques” to better detect concrete degradation at Nuclear Power Stations. “The petitioner requests that the NRC amend its regulations to improve identification techniques against ASR concrete degradation at U.S. nuclear power plants. The petitioner suggests that the reliance on a visual inspection does not ‘adequately identify Alkali-Silica Reaction (ASR), does not confirm ASR, or provide the current state of ASR damage (if present) without petrographic analysis under current existing code.http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NRC-2014-0257 Visual inspections also are inadequate to detect damage to the nuclear reactor pressure vessels, so it is important to request ultrasonic testing for the pressure vessels, while you are commenting: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/nuclear-reactor-cracks-widespread-disease-scourge-warns-nobel-in-chemistry-nominee/

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/the-weeping-wipp-road-wipp-leaking-from-the-get-go/

Reblogs: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/roll-call-of-shame-mps-who-voted-to-dump-democracy-along-with-nuclear-waste/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/roll-call-of-shame-mps-who-voted-to-dump-democracy-along-with-nuclear-waste/

Only because Friends of the Earth and others are suing, the US NRC Office of Inspector General is reportedly investigating allegations of collusion between the US NRC and PG&E, owner of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Station:
Feds probe PG&E report on California nuclear plant safety” By David R. Baker, March 25, 2015 http://www.beyondnuclear.org/home/2015/3/26/feds-probe-pge-report-on-california-nuclear-plant-safety.html

The head of the CSB one of the only parts of the US government that was doing its job – perhaps the only part- was forced to resign. Remember this https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/csb-jurisdiction-to-investigate-bp-oil-spill-accident-upheld-transocean-appeal-turned-down/

Moure-Eraso’s qualifications are clearly impecable: “Rafael Moure-Eraso (born May 2, 1946) was the Chairman and Chief Executive of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) between 2010—2015.

For over 30 years, Moure-Eraso has been involved in workplace safety issues.[1] Prior to joining the CSB Moure-Eraso served as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Health (NACOSH) for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).[2] He has also served as an industrial hygienist engineer with the national offices of the United Automobile Workers and Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union.[3]

He received his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1967 and M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University in 1970. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in Environmental Health-Industrial Hygiene in 1974 and 1982.[4]

In March of 2015, he was called to testify in front of the House Oversight Committee regarding the management of the Chemical Safety Board. Following that testimony fourteen members of the Committee issued a letter to the White House calling on the President to use his statutory authority to remove Moure-Eraso from his position as Chairman of the CSB…[5]

Moure-Eraso told the Los Angeles Times: “A lot of it is political. The mission of the organization is to produce good reports that make a difference for safety. We are doing that. I can show that we are producing the best reports ever produced in the agency. I stand by that. All of this other talk is peripheral… There have been a lot of accusations, but none of those have ever ended in any findings. The Office of Special Counsel has made no recommendations. Anybody can claim actions against whistleblowers, but there’s no evidence of this. To just say it is not enough. What I would like to be judged for is the quality of the product and the fulfillment of our mission. There will always be people complaining. But they are all rumors.”[6] He resigned his post on March 26, 2015.[7] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafael_Moure-Eraso

Who funds his Congressional accusers via campaign contributions? Here is the list of accusers: http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/2015-03-18-JEC-EEC-and-12-others-to-President-CSB.pdf

Here is one place to start: http://www.opensecrets.org Unfortunately we’ve no time to look but one can suspect BP and/or others are using campaign funding leverage over Congress to control the CSB.

Japan Earthquakes M4.5 and greater, last 7 days.
Japan Earthquakes 7 days 4.5 and greater, 27 March 2015

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Head of U.S. Chemical Safety Board resigns -White House official
Posted:Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:55:56 -0400
WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has resigned weeks after lawmakers with oversight of his agency accused him of hostility toward his staff, a White House official said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/tk_dpmOvRjc/usa-obama-chemicals-idUSL2N0WS32L20150326

Zimbabwe capital turns to solar streetlights to cut costs, crime: TRFNPosted:Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:56:00 GMT
HARARE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Big cities across the world struggle with crime, and Zimbabwe’s Harare is no exception. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/mmjV9qUdm-I/story01.htm

Wrong kitty litter led to radiation leak at New Mexico nuke waste dump Posted:Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:13:52 GMT
(Reuters) – A radiation leak at an underground nuclear waste dump in New Mexico was caused by “chemically incompatible” contents, including kitty litter, that reacted inside a barrel of waste causing it to rupture, scientists said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/qII5Ltjz9jc/story01.htm

Japan makes a start on sharing lessons from nuclear crisis
Posted:Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:06:08 GMT
SENDAI, Japan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When professional boxer and model Tomomi Takano heard that children in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture were becoming unfit and overweight as the 2011 nuclear crisis there limited the time they could play outside, she decided to use her skills to help. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/urmJwKYTE6E/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-China’s Baosteel criticises call for iron ore output cap Posted:Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:01:39 -0400
March 27 (Reuters) – China’s Baoshan Iron and Steel , the world’s No. 4 steel producer, joined global miner Rio Tinto in dismissing Fortescue Metals Group’s call for a cap on iron ore output to revive prices, saying it was “not good for fair competition.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/4ULSkwnaOGc/baosteel-fortescue-ironore-idUSL3N0WT1QX20150327

New York buildings collapse in possible gas blast, 19 hurt Posted:Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:59:12 GMT
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Four apartment buildings in New York’s East Village neighborhood caught fire from an apparent gas explosion on Thursday and three collapsed, causing 19 injuries, authorities said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/TwpArN7P8SU/story01.htm

Thursday, 26 March 2015

New Posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/boston-big-dig-leaks-corrosion-substandard-concrete/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/big-dig-concrete-fraud/

Reblogs: Two views on yesterday’s UK vote which strips local government of the right to oppose nuclear dumps. One is the view from Cumbria; one is the view from Somerset: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/today-the-government-ditched-democracy-to-dump-nuclear-waste/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/today-the-government-ditched-democracy-to-dump-nuclear-waste-2/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/corruption-of-governance-or-corruption-in-government/

The comment period deadline is on March 30th regarding whether or not the US NRC should use improved identification techniques to better detect concrete degradation at Nuclear Power Stations. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NRC-2014-0257 The request for better standards comes from an organization which is worried about the safety status at Seabrook nuclear plower station just 40 miles up the coast from Boston. Your comment can support better testing for safety in nuclear power stations all over America.
US NRC inspecting concrete cracks at Seabrook NPS
NRC Chairman Allison Macfarlane uses a flashlight to closely examine cracks in a concrete wall at the Seabrook nuclear plant in New Hampshire. The cracks are caused by a chemical reaction in the components of the concrete. The NRC is monitoring how the plant owner is dealing with the issue.” (USNRC-Flickr) Because it’s a strong oxidizer, the chloride in sea salt speeds up alkali silica reaction, as well as other types of degradation-corrosion.

Even if you believe that the recent airplane crash in the French Alps was a suicide mission, as now implied, this post is still worth your time due to the shocking state of these airplanes revealed in the EU Airworthiness Directives and the length of time given to correct potentially fatal problems, such as potential engine loss. The US has raised concerns about these airplanes, as well. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/airworthiness-directives-and-the-crash-of-an-old-airplane-in-the-french-alps/
[Not as bad as the US NRC, but bad!]

Mad as Hatters

This simple-minded idea of costs is totally out of control. First the US NRC decides that the nuclear reactor emergency vents for Fukushima type reactors should not have to be radiation filtered and now look at the US Supreme Court position on mercury, below! They are mad as hatters! There are many things wrong with this. Even economically it is wrong because it fails to take into consideration medical costs, disability costs, wage losses, etc. But, it is also more morally revolting than the UK’s refusal to help a poor widow whose husband was killed in a coal mining accident in a government owned coal mine. That is the basis of the ALARA and ALARP which sound so grand but which, in practice, are mean-spirited and evil. The UK considered it not reasonable that they should upkeep the part of the mine where the man was killed. Thus, they refused to give her any money, leaving her a penniless widow. This is the Common Law Precedent for these horrors, it seems. They are also not economically sound because the economic model is too narrow, as just outlined above.

This sounds familiar. Use of “Trade Secrets” to cover dangers: “Use of mercury in hatmaking is thought to have been adopted by the Huguenots in 17th-century France,[2][5] at a time when the dangers of mercury exposure were already known. This process was initially kept a trade secret in France, where hatmaking rapidly became a hazardous occupation. At the end of the 17th century the Huguenots carried the secret to England, following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. During the Victorian era the hatters’ malaise became proverbial, as reflected in popular expressions like “mad as a hatter” (see below) and “the hatters’ shakes”.[2][5][6]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_hatter_disease

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 3-Conservative justices press Obama administration on mercury pollution rule
Posted:Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:48:16 -0400
WASHINGTON, March 25 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Wednesday signaled hostility toward the Obama administration’s refusal to consider costs before regulating emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/D9vzGST1sHw/usa-court-pollution-idUSL2N0WR1CL20150325

Recording shows pilot locked out of crashed Airbus cockpit: NYT Posted:Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:47:41 GMT
SEYNE-LES-ALPES/PARIS (Reuters) – Voice recordings from the German jet that crashed in the Alps showed one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in before the plane went down, killing all 150 onboard, the New York Times reported. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/VyGiRBrvnL4/story01.htm

Leaked Pacific trade pact draft shows investment carve-outs sought Posted:Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:51:09 -0400
WASHINGTON, March 25 (Reuters) – Australia’s medicine subsidies, Canadian films and culture plus capital controls in Chile would be carved out from investment protection rules being negotiated in a… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/03UtFWEn0GE/usa-trade-investment-idUSL2N0WS04N20150326

UPDATE 1-GE expands job cuts at Lufkin oil unit to 575 from 330 Posted:Thu, 26 Mar 2015 01:11:08 GMT
March 25 (Reuters) – General Electric Co said it increased planned job cuts in its Lufkin oilfield equipment unit to 575, as it grapples with pressure on the unit from the drop in oil prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/zgSsnb7RQwY/story01.htm

Amec Foster Wheeler sees modest decline in 2015 trading margins Posted:Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:30:32 GMT
March 26 (Reuters) – Oilfield services firm Amec Foster Wheeler Plc said it expects like-for-like trading margins to decline modestly in 2015, as customers push for price reductions and on weakness in the global oil and gas market. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/35Kgrs5vEQc/story01.htm

Poland says four U.S. Thunderbolt planes join exercises Posted:Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:50:56 GMT
WARSAW (Reuters) – U.S. A-10 Thunderbolt II attack planes are taking part in military exercises in Poland for the first time, the Defense Ministry said, as part of U.S. attempts to reassure eastern European allies worried by Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/QMuSYfuZRBo/story01.htm

Asylum seekers in the West highest since Bosnia war: UNHCR Posted:Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:08:31 GMT
GENEVA (Reuters) – Wars in Syria and Iraq drove the number of people requesting asylum in industrialized countries to a 22-year high last year, the United Nations said on Thursday, appealing for Western nations to open their doors to more refugees. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/8jCe2_8tGoU/story01.htm

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/airworthiness-directives-and-the-crash-of-an-old-airplane-in-the-french-alps/
Just a little bit longer to tell contact your MP (2.30 pm today) if you don’t want to effectively lose local govt. in the UK: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/important-tell-your-mp/ Specifically, if you want to be able to say no to a nuclear waste dump on your doorstep.

USGS Earthquake:
M5.1 – 56km E of Shizunai, Japan
Event Time
2015-03-25 00:34:27 (UTC)

Reuters News Feed Selection

Kansai Electric to invite foreign firms to help decommission reactors – source
Posted:Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:19:16 GMT
TOKYO, March 18 (Reuters) – Kansai Electric Power Co will invite overseas companies to participate in the decommissioning of two of its oldest reactors, a source familiar with the plans said, as Japan starts closing down ageing units following the Fukushima disaster. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/V5lDECmNy_8/story01.htm

U.S. workers set to return next week to Shell Deer Park refinery Posted:Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:42:09 GMT
HOUSTON, March 24 (Reuters) – Striking workers are scheduled to return to their jobs next week at Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s joint-venture refinery in Deer Park, Texas, said an official of the United Steelworkers union (USW), ending a near two-month walkout. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/1kYTjOQIL0A/story01.htm

Iran to insist all sanctions lifted in any nuclear deal: foreign minister
Posted:Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:33:59 GMT
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran will insist that all sanctions against it are lifted as a condition for a nuclear deal, the foreign minister said on Wednesday, showing no sign of compromise on a major sticking point in its talks with world powers set to resume this week. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/RlUrT3PNrfA/story01.htm

Romania’s parliament votes to arrest former finance minister Posted:Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:31:19 GMT
BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Romania’s parliament voted to allow prosecutors to arrest former finance minister Darius Valcov on Wednesday, after Valcov was accused of running businesses illegally while minister and also taking kickbacks in his former post as a mayor. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/mrpSNhX8MVo/story01.htm

Search teams probe wreckage of jet in French Alps Posted:Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:09:36 GMT
SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (Reuters) – French investigators on Wednesday searched for the reason why a German Airbus plowed into an Alpine mountainside, killing all 150 on board including 16 teenagers returning from a school trip to Spain. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/hicSHAvNBJY/story01.htm

Police clash with opponents of $1.4 bln copper mine in Peru Posted:Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:40:27 -0400
LIMA, March 24 (Reuters) – Police in Peru fired tear gas and rubber bullets on Tuesday at opponents of Southern Copper’s $1.4 billion proposed Tia Maria mine in protests that threatened to further delay the project. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/a2cl3y4TD44/peru-copper-protests-idUSL2N0WQ27O20150324

Monsanto seeks retraction for report linking herbicide to cancer Posted:Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:26:03 -0400
March 24 (Reuters) – Monsanto Co, maker of the world’s most widely used herbicide, Roundup, wants an international health organization to retract a report linking the chief ingredient in Roundup to cancer. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/mINYb7VAbX4/monsanto-herbicide-idUSL2N0WP0UM20150324

Canada energy regulator engineers investigated by industry groupPosted:Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT
OTTAWA, March 25 (Reuters) – Senior engineers at Canada’s energy regulator are under investigation by their professional association over their probe of alleged safety code violations at TransCanada Corp, Canada’s second largest pipeline operator. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/GdLCtXYRyWU/story01.htm

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

UK Members of Parliament must be contacted today, to complain regarding imposition of nuclear waste dump against local will. See reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/whose-idea-was-it-to-scrap-democracy-in-order-to-dump-nuclear-wastes/

There is a (US) comment period coming up on March 30th re concrete degradation in nuclear reactors: “NRC-2014-0257 Improved Identification Techniques Against Alkali-Silica Reaction Concrete Degradation at Nuclear Plants (PRM-50-109) 03/30/2015 and on dry cask storage and transport of high burn-up nuclear spent fuel on the 20th of April: “NRC-2015-0047 Considerations in Licensing High Burnup Spent Fuel in Dry Storage and Transportation.” All or almost all spent nuclear fuel is now high burn-up. There is also an EPA comment deadline about ISL uranium mining soon. Since a major US nuclear disaster will impact the world, everyone should feel free to comment. Depending on the location, the US, Canada, and even Mexico could be badly hit. Looking at the currents here, you can see how big an impact a US nuclear disaster could have on the world.
World currents US mil

On the same topic of “Whose idea was it to scrap democracy in order to dump nuclear wastes”, in March 1984, Hilda Murrell wrote in response to a UK “White Paper”:
Para. 57. In this connection, the suggestion that handing the responsibility for waste-management policies to the Department of the Environment would make it “independent of the responsibilities for promoting nuclear power” sounds very hollow. It was this independence above all that the Royal Commission sought. The Nuclear Industry Radioactive Waste Executive (NIREX) recently set up, consisting entirely of “component parts of the industry” and based at Harwell, neither meets this desideratum nor inspires confidence.

On top of this, Mr. Hockway says in his evidence (DOE/P/2.Para. 7.16): “Potential land-disposal facilities for intermediate-level westes will be dealt with by NIREX in their evidence in support of CEGB”. WHY should NIREX support CEGB? Their job is to get rid of the wastes, not to promote the creation of more. This is just a first sample of the results of handing back the executive part of waste management to the sole control of the industry itself; it strengthens the suspicion of the public, that the first concern of the nuclear industry is its own perpetuation.

It also has an inbuilt tendency to dictatorship, of which there was an unpleasant instance this summer, Sir Peter Hirsch, the new director of UKAEA, said on Channel 4 early in June that local authorities must eventually agree to underground sites being used for the disposal of intermediate radioactive nuclear waste. He suspected that “there are ways of doing this by offering them something”. At this the Ordinary Citizen’s blood really does boil. Note the “must”, and the pressure to be applied. By what right does Sir Peter Hirsch dictate to local councils elected by their own people? We have heard about freedom and democracy ad nauseam during the last twelve months, we don’t need to be told, they are the British birthright; but it seems we shall have to start defending them in our backyard.https://wikispooks.com/wiki/File:An_Ordinary_View.pdf

Hilda Murrell was abducted on the 21st of March 1984. Her dead body was found 31 years ago today: on the 24th of March 1984.

IN THE END, DEMOCRACY HAS TO BE SCRAPPED TO GET RID OF THE NUCLEAR WASTE BECAUSE NO ONE WANTS THE NUCLEAR WASTE!
If people didn’t know before, they know now how well it is handled. The same nuclear players work all over the world. This is America’s most sophisticated nuclear dump, WIPP:
WIPP 22 May 2014
NUCLEAR ENERGY MUST BE SHUT DOWN! MORE AND MORE COMMUNITIES WILL HAVE A NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP IMPOSED AND MORE AND MORE WILL LONG-LIVED NUCLEAR WASTE, LIKE PLUTONIUM, BE DUMPED INTO PUBLIC LANDFILLS, AS ALLOWED IN THE UK AND THE USA. THEY DUMP IT MIXED AS SO MUCH RADIATION PER POUND OF WASTE. IF IT IS ONLY A LITTLE BIT OF RADIATION IT IS CLASSIFIED NON-RADIOACTIVE. ALSO DANGEROUS ALPHA EMITTERS, LIKE PLUTONIUM, COULD PASS THROUGH THEIR RADIATION DETECTORS UNNOTICED. The US apparently lets dump trucks pass a radiation monitor and if it reads less than a certain amount it passes through as non-radioactive. These monitors would not pick up alpha emitters, which are the most dangerous internally. This is a big danger with the dismantlement of nuclear power plants. Very unbelievable. Look in this blog, at Radiation Free Lakeland or elsewhere, if you doubt this frightening truth, as we did. Most is in the government documents. Some details regarding nuclear waste, etc., are often found on the IAEA web site. This is a start: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/the-dangerous-us-nrc-typo-making-low-level-radioactive-waste-more-radioactive-than-allowed-at-wipp/ Frightening, as well, is the attempt to turn consumers into radioactive waste dumps, by allowing high amounts of radiation in food, with the US the worst offender of all, at around 1,500 Bq/kg for food. Japan at 100 Bq/kg has the best standards, so it is easy to guess where Japan’s radioactive food will go! Australia, New Zealand, and Canada could be at risk with their Pacific Rim locations and 1,000 Bq/kg radiation allowed in food. The US is also getting nuclear waste from all over the world dumped on it, probably because of its weaker standards. Scotland also appears at risk, if it is not vigilant. Japan was already trying to dump its nuclear waste in Scotland in the 1980s, and may have done so. Some in Fukushima prefecture have complained they don’t want their nuclear waste! Watch out folks! Even highly contaminated areas in Idaho and Fukushima have this crazy idea that someone else wants their radioactive waste! No one wants their own rad waste. They certainly don’t want someone else’s.
Politicians who are dumb, bribed, or blackmailed may say they want it, but the people living there do NOT.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Turkey’s first nuclear plant delayed, ‘not ready before 2022’ Posted:Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:32:09 -0400
ANKARA/ISTANBUL, March 23 (Reuters) – Turkey’s first nuclear power plant is unlikely to be ready before 2022, energy officials said on Monday of the $20-billion project that has been beset by regulatory hurdles and complicated by Russia’s financial woes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/k8RVTTvmafg/turkey-nuclear-delay-idUSL6N0WL4GW20150323

Solar water system douses risks in Cameroon’s arid north Posted:Tue, 24 Mar 2015 06:33:03 GMT
MINDIF, Cameroon (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A pioneering solar-powered water distribution system is improving access to potable water in a region of Far North Cameroon beset by drought, water-related illness and an influx of refugees fleeing Boko Haram attacks. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/4ZnbVS_NqxE/story01.htm

RPT-China steel firms turn overseas as domestic woes mount Posted:Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:00:00 -0400
SHANGHAI, March 23 (Reuters) – Laden with debt and struggling to make money as the world’s No.2 economy loses momentum, China’s steel mills do not appear obvious candidates for overseas expansion. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Orqx4vE73RY/china-steel-investment-idUSL3N0WP44N20150323

UPDATE 1-Chile environmental court rules Barrick project did not harm glaciers
Posted:Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:24:31 -0400
March 23 (Reuters) – Chile’s Environmental Court ruled on Monday that Barrick Gold Corp’s halted Pascua-Lama gold and silver project has not damaged glaciers within its “area of influence,” the Toronto-based gold producer said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/T-1ZIIkVvjg/barrick-gold-chile-glacier-idUSL2N0WP1JK20150323

EU mergers and takeovers (March 23)
Posted:Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:05:39 GMT
BRUSSELS, March 23 (Reuters) – The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/ZrjYNyaPXTc/story01.htm

Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions
Posted:Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:02:21 GMT
March 23 (Reuters) – The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Monday:
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/Y9yrS5RlDZI/story01.htm http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/Y9yrS5RlDZI/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Yemen minister calls for Gulf Arab military interventionPosted:Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:01:48 GMT
* Yemeni foreign minister urges Gulf intervention, no-fly zone http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/vW_9I2FE9z4/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-UN watchdog says ‘progress limited’ on Iran nuclear inquiry Posted:Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:59:48 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 23 (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog has had limited progress in its inquiry into possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program, although Iran has cooperated with the agency in implementing an interim deal reached with world powers, the agency’s chief said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/TSZOtMu-Jko/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Saras shares boosted by talk Rosneft may lift stake Posted:Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:52:58 GMT
MILAN, March 23 (Reuters) – Saras shares jumped to a 42-month high on Monday on speculation Rosneft might raise its stake in the Italian refiner, lured by rising margins in the industry and after cashing in on another investment in Italy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/M4rkXmPUfN4/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Algeria temporarily evacuates Turkish workers after IS threat – sources
Posted:Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:40:38 GMT
ALGIERS, March 23 (Reuters) – Algerian authorities temporarily evacuated nearly 100 Turkish construction workers from a roadway project east of Algiers as a precaution after a threat from militants affiliated with Islamic State, security sources said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/fWikC5z0kqc/story01.htm

UN watchdog unable to conclude all nuclear material in Iran peacefulPosted:Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:36:34 GMT
March 23 (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief said on Monday the agency still was not able to conclude whether all nuclear material in Iran was being used for peaceful purposes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/m2NBdJsHYJk/story01.htm

PRESS DIGEST- New York Times business news – March 24 Posted:Tue, 24 Mar 2015 01:34:45 -0400
March 24 (Reuters) – The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/r90yBvZas1s/press-digest-nyt-idUSL3N0WQ24E20150324

UPDATE 2-U.S. fast-track trade deal unlikely until next month -Senator Hatch
Posted:Mon, 23 Mar 2015 22:10:18 -0400
WASHINGTON, March 23 (Reuters) – Bipartisan legislation to streamline the passage of trade deals through the U.S. Congress will probably not be done until next month, the Republican chairman of the… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/b4Udfbgvbsg/usa-trade-congress-idUSL2N0WP25R20150324

UPDATE 1-Zijin Mining to acquire stake in Friedland’s Ivanhoe MinesPosted:Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:24:52 GMT
TORONTO, March 23 (Reuters) – China’s Zijin Mining Group is set to buy a 9.9 percent stake in Ivanhoe Mines Ltd for about C$105 million ($83.77 million) and is in “detailed” talks on jointly… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/YKJwhMRDLos/story01.htm

Land Securities sells Times Square, London property to Blackstone Posted:Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:38:49 GMT
March 24 (Reuters) – Britain’s Land Securities Group Plc said it had struck a deal to sell its 95 percent stake in an office building in Times Square, London, to real estate funds managed by… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/WJ8Add5AH-w/story01.htm

Germany outlines plans for reserve power capacity-government paper
Posted:Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:21:15 -0400
FRANKFURT, March 23 (Reuters) – Germany wants to cover power shortfalls with around eight new power stations and without the generous payouts that utilities hoped for, according to an Economy Ministry paper seen by Reuters on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/Se_RAzNQ-Bk/germany-powerplants-idUSL6N0WP2QE20150323

UPDATE 2-Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan sign agreement on Nile dam Posted:Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:04:25 -0400
* Egypt wants assurances on water flow (Adds details of agreement) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/uh3W5a_eMRg/egypt-ethiopia-dam-idUSL6N0WP1ZA20150323

Ukraine to stop buying Russian gas from April 1 -energy minister Posted:Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:09:28 -0400
KIEV, March 23 (Reuters) – Ukraine plans to stop buying Russian gas from April 1, Ukrainian Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn said in a briefing on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/5MxKyQN5XgE/ukraine-crisis-gas-idUSL6N0WP28220150323

Saudi’s ACWA, Mitsui win $630 mln Oman power plant deal Posted:Mon, 23 Mar 2015 06:50:53 -0400
DUBAI, March 23 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power and Japan’s Mitsui & Co said on Monday they had won a contract from Oman’s government to build and operate a $630 million, 445 megawatt natural gas-fired power plant at the city of Raysut. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/UjlV3aobj_8/mitsui-co-oman-power-idUSL6N0WP1OQ20150323

Gulf Marine Services profit rises on strong demand for barges Posted:Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:21:04 GMT
March 24 (Reuters) – Gulf Marine Services Plc posted a 9 percent rise in full-year profit, helped by strong demand for its jackup barges. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/DEIl0BZ1oBQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Oil drops as Saudi output nears record, China demand worries drag
Posted:Tue, 24 Mar 2015 05:35:54 GMT
* Refinery margins to deteriorate in second half of year -FGE (Adds comment, updates prices) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2pW9jjlrYPc/story01.htm

Oil ETF investors, not just OPEC, hold sway over crude market Posted:Tue, 24 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT
NEW YORK, March 24 (Reuters) – Tumult in Libya, U.S. rig counts, production plans of the oil exporting cartel and a pact on nuclear relations with Iran can all affect crude supply and demand, but oil traders have kept an equally close watch on retail investors in recent weeks. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/1OTQmJLbcWc/story01.htm

Beijing mayor promises frugal, smog-free Winter Games Posted:Tue, 24 Mar 2015 04:25:43 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – If Beijing wins the right to hold the 2022 Winter Olympics they will be both frugal and free from the city’s notorious smog, the city’s mayor was quoted as saying in a state-run newspaper on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/e1v0-h9Gpj0/story01.htm

Russia’s Alrosa says 2014 net loss at 16.8 bln roubles Posted:Mon, 23 Mar 2015 06:39:53 -0400
MOSCOW, March 23 (Reuters) – Russian diamond mining company Alrosa said on Monday it had a net loss of 16.8 billion roubles ($283.28 million) in 2014 due to the revaluation of the dollar-denominated part of its debt portfolio caused by a weaker rouble. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/aekXOIma6_4/russia-alrosa-results-idUSR4N0WI01I20150323

DuPont to hold annual shareholder meeting on May 13 Posted:Mon, 23 Mar 2015 06:35:54 -0400
March 23 (Reuters) – DuPont, which is embroiled in a proxy war with activist investor Trian Fund Management LP for board seats, said it would hold its annual shareholder meeting on May 13. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/74TL5ZYBvZI/dupont-trian-idUSL3N0WP4HG20150323

Given new powers, Pakistanis take on illegal loggers Posted:Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:20:11 GMT
ISLAMABAD (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For decades, illegal loggers have been hacking away at the forests of Gilgit-Baltistan in northern Pakistan while facing few penalties. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/hPSXDOA5a2o/story01.htm

BP drops out of conservative ALEC policy group
Posted:Mon, 23 Mar 2015 22:09:08 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Oil company BP said on Monday it has stopped supporting conservative political group ALEC, becoming the latest corporation to end its membership in a group critics say works to deny the existence of climate change. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/hfFueXuXsXU/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Lawsuit vs anti-Iran group is dismissed over US state secrets Posted:Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:08:15 GMT
NEW YORK, March 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Monday won the dismissal of a private defamation lawsuit against an influential anti-Iran advocacy group, after claiming that the case could jeopardize U.S. national security by revealing state secrets. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/FMDo92n9uPA/story01.htm