This post continues here: It ran from April 5 to April 17, 2015. It is a continuation of:

Important Comment Deadlines Soon. These are US NRC and EPA standards. However, Holtec is present in countries all over the world, including the UK, Switzerland, Ukraine, US and more: 1) List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks – Holtec International HI-STORM Flood/Wind Cask System, Amendment No. 1, Revision 1, deadline: 04/20/2015!docketDetail;D=NRC-2014-0275
2) April 27th deadline:
3) NRC-2009-0279 Radiation Protection 06/22/2015
4) NRC-2011-0012 Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal 07/24/2015

UK Low Level Waste Comment period ends 21 April 2015: Comment by Nuclear Free Local Authorities:

We are hereby issuing the call-up for pro-nuclear people to go clean-up the dirty nuclear waste sites at Fukushima, WIPP, Hanford, etc. Because of radiation limits they are always running short of people.
Pro Nuclear Call up to Clean up WiPP and FUkushima
Nuclear Blasphemy, 70 Yrs is Enough Campaign
These images or something similar will probably stay on top until a) pro-nuclear people volunteer to work at nuclear waste sites (WIPP, Fukushima, Hanford, etc.) in droves, and b) the nuclear industry is shut down. Then, after b), there will still be the problem of a) the nuclear waste to be secured. We live on borrowed time. Let’s shut the nuclear industry down now! Volunteer your pro-nuclear friends to go work at these facilities. If you are pro-nuclear get moving to volunteer. They even have “divers” who go into the spent fuel pools, according to wikipedia. So, pro-nuclear people can have their summer fun that way.

Saturday, 17 April 2015

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Bedlam Mental Hospital is still in existence and much of the UK government belongs in it. Lucky the UK General Election is May 7th. Deadline for UK Voter Registration is April 20th.
MP Ed Davey and Baroness Sandip Verma in Bedlam

Bethlem Royal Hospital, London hospital first to specialise in the mentally ill and origin of the word “bedlam” describing chaos or madness

The Bethlem Royal Hospital is a hospital in London, United Kingdom for the treatment of mental illness, part of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. It has moved three times from its original location, and is Europe’s first and oldest institution to specialise in mental illnesses. It has been known by various names including St Mary Bethlehem, Bethlem Hospital, Bethlehem Hospital and, informally and most notoriously, Bedlam.

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China says no fuel loading at Areva-designed reactor until safety issues cleared
Posted:Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:27:51 GMT
SHANGHAI, April 16 (Reuters) – China will not load fuel at two EPR nuclear reactors designed by France’s Areva until recent safety issues have been fully resolved, the environment ministry said, its first response to faults detected at a similar reactor in France.

Regulator says Areva nuclear reactor problems could be costly Posted:Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:04:18 -0400
PARIS, April 17 (Reuters) – Weak spots found in nuclear reactors designed by France’s Areva are “very serious” and could prove costly to rectify, the head of France’s nuclear regulator told a French newspaper.

We have been hoarding Reuters News Feeds, so barring a technical problem that deletes them, they will be added soon, probably in a new Ongoing.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

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Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith’s uncle wrote about France’s “ruinously expensive” nuclear “folly” in 1981: “France – country of the atom“, by Edward Goldsmith, Peter Bunyard , December 1, 1981, “If nuclear power seems cheap in France, it is because half the costs have been ignored. An accurate accounting of costs, direct and indirect, reveals France’s massive nuclear electricity programme as a ruinously expensive folly.” Published in The Ecologist Vol. 11 No. 6, December 1981. Read here:

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CORRECTED-Florida mayors call on residents to fight nuclear expansion project
Posted:Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:57:09 -0400
MIAMI, April 15 (Reuters) – A group of South Florida mayors are escalating their campaign against plans to expand a nuclear power plant near Miami that involves constructing 100-foot (30-meter) tall transmissions lines through some of the area’s toniest neighborhoods.

UPDATE 1-Canada, India unveil uranium supply deal, bury nuclear discord Posted:Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:47:18 -0400
OTTAWA, April 15 (Reuters) – The Canadian government on Wednesday unveiled a C$350 million ($280 million) deal to supply uranium fuel to India, formally ending a lengthy dispute that began after New Delhi used Canadian technology to develop a nuclear bomb.

Tues, 14 April-Wed., 15 April 2015

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Japan Nuclear Restart at Takahama Blocked:
Local residents had sought an injunction against the No. 3 and 4 reactors at Takahama, arguing that restart plans underestimated earthquake risks, failed to meet tougher safety standards and lacked credible evacuation measures.” (See Reuters Below)

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UPDATE 3-Japan court halts restart of two reactors in blow to nuclear sector
Posted:Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:18:09 GMT
* Ruling raises questions over Japan’s new nuclear safety regime

Poland’s nuclear project pushed back at least another 2 years: sources Posted:Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:23:55 GMT
WARSAW, April 14 (Reuters) – Plans to build Poland’s first nuclear power plant will be delayed by at least another two years, sources said, after the decision late last year by state-run utility PGE to take on site research itself and cancel a consultancy contract.

Japan set to miss hydrogen stations target for fuel-cell cars this year
Posted:Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:20:27 GMT
TOKYO, April 14 (Reuters) – Japan looks set to miss its ambitious target of having around 100 hydrogen fuelling stations for fuel-cell cars in operation by March 2016, with just 76 approved after the deadline to apply for subsidies passed last month.

UPDATE 1-Papua New Guinea in talks to raise billions to fund oil, gas plans
Posted:Tue, 14 Apr 2015 06:18:09 GMT
* Fund raising expected to kick off later this year or in 2016

“Blood-free” minerals scheme must be binding, EU lawmakers say Posted:Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:36:32 -0400
BRUSSELS, April 14 (Reuters) – European importers of minerals from conflict zones should be forced to certify their goods “blood-free”, an influential group of EU lawmakers said on Tuesday, seeking to toughen a proposal to prevent the financing of warlords in Africa.

South Africa names bidders for 1,000 MW of green power Posted:Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:42:02 -0400
JOHANNESBURG, April 14 (Reuters) – South Africa has named preferred bidders for the fourth round of a series of renewable energy projects, that will add about 1,000 megawatts (MW) of power to its ailing grid, industry insiders said on Tuesday.

UPDATE 1-Saipem in pole position to win Turkish Stream contracts – sources
Posted:Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:12:00 GMT
* Turkish Stream pipeline project still undecided (Adds detail, comments)

U.S. to become a net exporter of natgas by 2017 -EIA Posted:Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:00:00 GMT
April 14 (Reuters) – The United States will transition from a net importer of natural gas to a net exporter of the fuel by 2017 as the nation’s shale gas production continues to grow, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Tuesday in its Annual Energy Outlook.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Reblog: Unfortunately more know what bombs are than bairns:

Wee ain
Scots has a number of words for children and young people, the most well-known being bairn and wean. While bairn is traditionally associated with dialects of the north and east of Scotland, wean is more often found in the south and west, and both terms occasionally appear in northern English dialects, reminding us of the fluidity of linguistic ‘boundaries’. Wean is a good example of an entirely Scots compound, deriving from wee ain ‘little one’, unlike the term bairn, which was inherited from Old English bearn, and reinforced by Old Norse barn.

Nicola Sturgeon: vote for SNP is not vote for second independence referendum: SNP leader insists she does not regret mentioning possibility of second referendum if party wins 2016 Holyrood elections during Scottish leaders’ debate

Russian MP who opposed Crimea annexation stripped of immunity, 08 Apr 2015

Say your prayers regarding Japan. Keep your fingers crossed.
Ring of Fire earthquakes and volcanos are no place for nuclear reactors.
"This dynamic earth: the story of plate tectonics" 1996, Kious, W. Jacquelyne; Tilling, Robert I., USGS Unnumbered Series General Interest Publication

French spying probably won’t be only for Islamic extremists, but for anti-nuclear activists, as well.

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Japan court to decide on nuclear plant, crucial to atomic future
Posted:Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:00:01 -0400
TOKYO, April 14 (Reuters) – A Japanese court will rule later on Tuesday on an injunction request against reactors owned by Kansai Electric Power, in a case that could derail Japan’s slow return to nuclear power after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

UPDATE 1-Angry protests disrupt start of Turkish mine disaster trial
Posted:Mon, 13 Apr 2015 06:47:56 -0400
* Trial comes before parliamentary election (Adds protest in court, politician, rights group)

French parliament debates bill to give spies more power Posted:Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:13:14 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – French spies could get more powers to bug and track would-be Islamist attackers inside the country and require Internet companies to monitor suspicious behavior under a bill to be debated in parliament on Monday.

Striking Lyondell Houston refinery workers to weigh final offer Posted:Sun, 12 Apr 2015 14:19:16 -0400
HOUSTON, April 12 (Reuters) – More than 400 striking hourly workers represented by the United Steelworkers union (USW) at Lyondell Basell Industries’ Houston refinery are scheduled to vote on the company’s last, best and final offer on Monday and Tuesday, a local union official said on Sunday.

Chinese demands, rebels and Buddhist ruins stall Afghan copper dream Posted:Sat, 11 Apr 2015 23:09:25 -0400
MES AYNAK, Afghanistan, April 12 (Reuters) – China and Afghanistan remain deadlocked over a stalled $3 billion copper mine five months after Beijing demanded royalties be slashed by almost a half, underlining Kabul’s struggles to support itself as foreign aid dries up.

Commodity giants’ Singapore trading hubs under fire in tax probes Posted:Sat, 11 Apr 2015 22:02:08 -0400
SINGAPORE, April 12 (Reuters) – The Singapore trading hubs of the world’s largest commodity companies are coming under scrutiny from the governments of some resource-producing countries who say they suspect they are using units in the Southeast Asian financial centre to avoid tax.

Hundreds protest against pollution from south China coal plant Posted:Sun, 12 Apr 2015 10:59:30 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – Hundreds of people in China’s southern Guangdong province protested against the expansion of a coal-fired power plant on Sunday, state media reported, the latest sign of public discontent over pollution.

Clean energy investment hits lowest level for two years in first quarter
Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 08:00:02 -0400
LONDON, April 10 (Reuters) – Global clean energy investment in the first quarter of this year fell to its lowest quarterly level for two years, as large deals slowed in China, Europe and Brazil, research showed on Friday.

UPDATE 2-PG&E fined record $1.6 bln for deadly California pipeline blast
Posted:Thu, 09 Apr 2015 20:25:41 -0400
* Company cites numerous safety improvements since blast (Adds PG&E still faces trial on criminal charges, more than $1 billion in penalties if convicted; adds civil settlements; utility’s new safety measures)

Japan PM Abe’s bloc wins two key governor races, bolstering policy push
Posted:Mon, 13 Apr 2015 02:08:19 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Candidates backed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc won two key governor elections on Sunday, setting the stage for him to push on with divisive policies to boost defense and restart nuclear reactors shut after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

At least six shot in anti-government protest in Guinea Posted:Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:45:19 GMT
CONAKRY (Reuters) – At least six people were shot and wounded in Guinea’s capital on Monday, the government said, during protests against the timing of elections and what opposition figures say is targeted violence against them.

India order for Rafale jets signals end of larger deal Posted:Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:24:17 GMT
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Any future Indian purchase of Rafale jets will come through direct talks with the French government, the defense minister said on Monday, effectively killing commercial negotiations for a larger deal with Dassault Aviation.

UPDATE 1-US court allows EU money-laundering case vs RJ Reynolds Posted:Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:55:20 GMT
NEW YORK, April 13 (Reuters) – A sharply divided U.S. appeals court on Monday cleared the way for the European Union to pursue its lawsuit accusing R.J. Reynolds of running a global money-laundering…

Monday 13 April 2015

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Sunday 12 April 2015

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Baby Sea Lions by Eric Boerner NOAA
Baby Sea Lions by Eric Boerner, NOAA

Starving Sea Lion grabs fish from man. Did Fukushima, and offshore nuclear waste; nuclear subs, kill the sardines which the sea lions eat? What about anchovies? A military base and dumped nuclear waste is off the California coast where the sea lions are starving. Plus, currents bring all of the radionuclides that TEPCO is dumping at Fukushima to the California coast. We will, of course, never know because the topic is complex and the vast majority of US academics are cheap prostitutes not worthy of the name. The saying for academia was “publish or perish”. Now it’s prostitute yourself or perish – probably has always been.
NOAA Marine Debris Garbage patch currents
Marine Garbage Patch Shows Currents, NOAA

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Peru’s largest mining union approves indefinite strike in May
Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 22:51:30 -0400
LIMA, April 10 (Reuters) – Peru’s largest mining union on Friday approved an indefinite strike beginning on May 18 to demand better working conditions for workers, a union boss said.

UN wants “understanding” of Western Sahara human rights situation Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:46:09 -0400
UNITED NATIONS, April 10 (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for an “independent and impartial understanding” of human rights in the disputed North African territory of Western Sahara, according to a report seen by Reuters on Friday.

UPDATE 1-Takata air bag on Honda Civic linked to another injury Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 19:17:55 -0400
April 10 (Reuters) – Faulty air bags supplied by Takata Corp have been linked to another injury involving a Honda Motor Co car in Florida in March.

British Columbia: oil spill response shows unprepared for more tankers
Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:50:25 -0400
VANCOUVER, April 10 (Reuters) – British Columbian officials on Friday criticized the Canadian government’s response to an oil spill in the waters around Vancouver, calling into question plans for new…

Hungry sea lion pulls man holding fish off boat in California
Posted:Mon, 06 Apr 2015 11:39:53 GMT
(Reuters) – A man was injured on Sunday after he was pulled into the water by a sea lion that jumped from the water at a San Diego marina and grabbed a fish he was holding, authorities said.

Suez will fight to keep its Jakarta water contract
Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 21:44:06 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Suez Environnement will fight a court decision that annulled its Jakarta drinking water concession and has blamed water problems in the Indonesian capital on lack of investment and frozen tariffs.

UPDATE 2-Nigerians vote for powerful state governors
Posted:Sat, 11 Apr 2015 13:22:43 GMT
* Past governorship votes marred by violence, fraud (Updates with violence in several states)

New U.S. offshore oil drilling rule planned -New York Times
Posted:Sat, 11 Apr 2015 01:54:51 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) – The United States is planning to impose a major new regulation on offshore oil and gas drilling to try to prevent the kind of explosions that caused the catastrophic BP Plc oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing Obama administration officials.

British Columbia: oil spill response shows unprepared for more tankers
Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 22:50:25 GMT
VANCOUVER, April 10 (Reuters) – British Columbian officials on Friday criticized the Canadian government’s response to an oil spill in the waters around Vancouver, calling into question plans for new crude oil export pipelines in the Pacific Coast province.

UN wants “understanding” of Western Sahara human rights situation
Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 20:46:09 GMT
UNITED NATIONS, April 10 (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for an “independent and impartial understanding” of human rights in the disputed North African territory of Western Sahara, according to a report seen by Reuters on Friday.

UPDATE 1-U.S. begins formal review of Shell’s Arctic drilling plan
Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 19:10:25 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) – The U.S. Interior Department said on Friday it has received a plan by Royal Dutch Shell PLC to explore drilling opportunities in the Arctic.

UPDATE 2-Brazil police arrest 3 ex-congressmen, broaden corruption probe Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:06:51 GMT
CURITIBA, Brazil, April 10 (Reuters) – Brazilian police arrested three former congressmen on Friday, broadening their corruption investigation beyond state-run oil firm Petrobras to state lender Caixa Economica Federal and the federal health ministry.

WRAPUP 5-Pakistan declines Saudi call for armed support in Yemen fight Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:32:57 GMT
* First aid planes land in Sanaa as humanitarian concerns rise (adds Saudi reaction Pakistani move)

UPDATE 2-Next set of Ukraine, Russia gas talks postponed Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:24:03 GMT
* Only preparatory meeting next week in Brussels (Updates with talks postponed)

Middle East state spending throws lifeline to oilfield services
Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:38:43 GMT
LONDON, April 10 (Reuters) – Oil majors may have slashed capital spending but national oil companies (NOCs) in the Middle East and North Africa show no sign of cutting investment, buoying oilfield services that the stock market has beaten down.

Coup de grass in France, as blind man says he, not dog, bit dope dealer Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:22:52 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – A blind man has told a French court that it was he, not his guide dog, who bit a dope dealer selling him real grass rather than the stuff that gets you stoned.

Mother-in-law’s tombstone topples on Pennsylvania man, killing him Posted:Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:48:19 GMT
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) – A Pennsylvania man was helping decorate his mother-in-law’s tombstone on Monday ahead of the Easter holiday when it suddenly toppled over, pinning him underneath and killing him, a cemetery caretaker said.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

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When “they” start talking about acidic oceans, it’s worth thinking about how pro-nuclear hack Ken Buesseler, in 2012, seemed to suggest that something related to the cooling water sprayed on the reactors is making the water acidic near Fukushima: He doesn’t say why but apparently from splitting the water through radiolysis, and from chemical reactions (e.g. cesium (Cs)in the reactors is more reactive than the sodium (Na) in sodium chloride (NaCl) salt; chloride (Cl) is more reactive than the oxygen in H20, leaving H+, hydrochloric acid (HCl). Or, maybe he meant that the acidic ocean made things worse. One can put wonder if they are prepping an explanation for the “unusual mortality events”, as the US gov calls them, in the Pacific? The US government has now announced that the starving sea lions are due to the sardine shortage. What about the anchovies?

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Plummeting sardine numbers could prompt U.S. West coast fishing ban Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:12:44 GMT
(This version of the April 7 story has been corrected to clarify in second paragraph that council does not blame over-fishing)

Acidic oceans implicated in Earth’s worst mass extinction Posted:Thu, 09 Apr 2015 18:19:48 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It is one of science’s enduring mysteries: what caused the worst mass extinction in Earth’s history. And, no, it is not the one that wiped out the dinosaurs.

EU approves changes to Dutch renewables support scheme Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:51:17 GMT
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union competition regulators ruled on Friday that modifications to a Dutch scheme supporting energy production from renewable sources were in line with EU state aid rules.

Norway plans to drop worst greenhouse gas emitters from wealth fund Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:42:38 GMT
OSLO (Reuters) – Norway plans to drop investments in companies emitting unacceptable amounts of greenhouse gases in a sharpening of environmental rules for its $885 billion sovereign wealth fund, the Finance Ministry said on Friday.

China risks social conflict if war on pollution lags: government researchers
Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 08:21:41 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – Any failure to tackle China’s huge pollution problems in the coming years could stoke public discontent and create “social conflicts,” government researchers warned, underlining political concerns driving Beijing’s war on smog.

Fears over Roundup herbicide residues prompt private testing Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 06:17:05 GMT
(Reuters) – U.S. consumer groups, scientists and food companies are testing substances ranging from breakfast cereal to breast milk for residues of the world’s most widely used herbicide on rising concerns over its possible links to disease.

Climate change seen bringing more fires, less snow to Yellowstone Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 06:13:45 GMT
(Reuters) – Predicted climate changes bringing warmer and drier conditions to Yellowstone National Park will likely fuel catastrophic wildfires, cause declines in mountain snows and threaten the survival of animals and plants, scientists said on Thursday.

Japan forecaster: El Nino likely to emerge by summer Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 05:31:55 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s weather bureau said in its monthly outlook on Friday that the possibility of an El Nino weather pattern forming by summer remains high, but gave no probability forecast.

L.A. launches ‘Save the Drop’ campaign in face of record drought Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 02:32:53 GMT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti launched a “Save the Drop” campaign on Thursday, seeking to rally residents of California’s most populous city behind water-saving measures in the face of a devastating, multi-year drought.

Flooding, ice close highway to Alaska’s North Slope oilfields Posted:Thu, 09 Apr 2015 23:27:37 GMT
JUNEAU (Reuters) – Alaska’s lone road to North Slope oilfield operations has been shut for days while emergency crews divert flood waters from an adjacent river and oil companies fly provisions to the Arctic region, state and company officials said on Thursday.

BHP, Rio Tinto grilled over Singapore marketing hubs Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 04:08:44 -0400
MELBOURNE, April 10 (Reuters) – BHP Billiton came under fire from Australian Senators on Friday for not revealing how much profit it made or tax it paid at its Singapore marketing hub, amid a wider inquiry into profit-shifting by multinationals to avoid tax.

UPDATE 1-China large steelmakers’ daily output falls 2.2 pct in late March
Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:20:17 -0400
(Adds late-March inventories data) SHANGHAI, April 10 (Reuters) – Average daily output from China’s large steelmakers dropped 2.2 percent in the last 11 days of March from the preceding 10 days, down for the third consecutive period, data from the China Iron & Steel Association (CISA) showed on Thursday. Tougher environmental checks and subdued steel demand have forced Chinese steel mills to cut production to 1.613 million tonnes per day for March 21-31. Rebar on the Shanghai Futu

UPDATE 1-Iron ore in fresh crisis as forward prices crumble Posted:Thu, 09 Apr 2015 21:21:39 -0400
SINGAPORE, April 10 (Reuters) – Iron ore is veering to a new crisis as prices for future delivery of the commodity slide 30 percent in the space of a month, and its outlook is now more bearish than oil and more dire than ever for miners struggling to just stay in business.

Nissan, BMW recall more than 165,000 vehicles for fuel pump issue Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:55:44 -0400
DETROIT, April 10 (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co and BMW AG said on Friday they are recalling more than 165,000 vehicles globally due to potential fuel pump failures that could cause an engine to stall…

German lenders should write off half of bonds from Austria’s Heta – Bundesbank
Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:16:03 -0400
FRANKFURT, April 10 (Reuters) – German lenders should prepare to write off at least half the value of the bonds they hold in Austrian ‘bad bank’ Heta Asset Resolution AG, a Bundesbank board member…

U.S. financial regulators have process for rescinding risk tags Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:10:14 -0400
WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) – The U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council has a process to evaluate changes at companies deemed “systemically important” and to consider rescinding those…

Canadian regulators investigate CN Rail fatal accident Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:05:48 -0400
CALGARY, Alberta, April 10 (Reuters) – Canada’s Transportation Safety Board said on Friday it has launched an investigation into the death of a Canadian National Railway Ltd employee near Saskatoon,…

Bombardier stock jumps on report it’s eyeing rail unit options Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:04:37 -0400
TORONTO, April 10 (Reuters) – Bombardier Inc shares jumped after markets opened on Friday following a Reuters report that the company is seeking to raise cash from its rail unit, potentially worth…

FDA modifies partial clinical hold on Tekmira Ebola study Posted:Fri, 10 Apr 2015 09:13:45 -0400
April 10 (Reuters) – Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would allow the company to continue testing its experimental Ebola treatment at a lower dose, altering…

Friday, 10 April 2015

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UK Low Level Waste Comment period ends 21 April 2015: Comment by Nuclear Free Authorities:

Tritium “relatively harmless” says Reuters! Relative to what? Plutonium? Cesium? The fact that it makes tritiated water and is dispersed throughout the entire body makes it very high risk.

As noted in the article, evaporation is going to send it out over the ocean. Not mentioned, it will probably end up in America. Underground storage tanks will link. They must be near or at surface accessible and monitored.

Why are other options being ignored? They can separate tritiated and non-tritiated water because of difference in freezing temperature.

In 1996, according to the US Los Alamos Lab:
The Tritium Systems Test Assembly group at Los Alamos has developed a Palladium Membrane Reactor/Isotope Separation System (PMR/ISS) to treat tritiated water. A waste-free effluent is produced composed of CO and CO2 which can be directly stacked to the environment. It is simple to operate and reliable using well-established technologies (palladium permeator and catalytic reactor, and cryogenic distillation). Tritium is recovered for storage and recycle with a recovery efficiency of 99.999999%.

There are tritium processing plants, which allow the recovery of Helium 3, which is worth between $100 and 2,000$ per liter. They can’t take care of it with that price?
Helium-3 Recovery – Tritium radioactively decays to helium-3, which has become a precious commodity. One reason for the tremendous growth in demand for helium-3 is its use in neutron detection equipment that is being installed all over the world to protect our nation and its allies from terrorism. SRTE recovers, purifies, and bottles this valuable byproduct of tritium, and is the sole source of helium-3 gas in the United States.
Current US industrial consumption of helium-3 is approximately 60,000 liters (approximately 8 kg) per year;[27] cost at auction has typically been approximately $100/liter although increasing demand has raised prices to as much as $2,000/liter in recent years.

Here’s what the murderous nuclear expert, Dale Klein, said last year about dumping the radioactive water: This year he is not directly promoting dumping it into the ocean, but indirectly. He says that there is no point in evaporating or it will simply rain on the ocean (true), and that the tanks are a safety risk, thus implying by default that it should be dumped: “They really do need to make a decision,” Klein said. “Storing it in all those tanks, you are just asking for failure.” This statement is idiotic. If you put the tritium in the ocean, you know it’s going into the ocean. In the tanks, it is at least holding it back to the extent possible.

Speaking of Reuters mistakes of the day: The US “Rust Belt” does not have to do with corrosion from salt but rather with the deindustrialization of America. It refers to defunct industries with rusty equipment, not rusty cars.

How can Japan even consider operating nuclear reactors so close to an active volcanos-super-volcano

From Reuters last summer:
“‘Ring of Fire’ volcano risk the last obstacle for Japan nuclear plants” BY MARI SAITO AND KENTARO HAMADA
TOKYO Wed Jun 4, 2014 7:30am IST
Sendai, at the southern end of the island of Kyushu, is 50 km (31 miles) from Sakurajima, an active volcano. Five giant calderas, crater-like depressions formed by past eruptions, are also in the region, the closest one just 40 km (25 miles) from the Sendai plant.

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Japan nuclear regulator “very close” to end of review-commissioner Posted:Thu, 09 Apr 2015 04:40:33 -0400
TOKYO, April 9 (Reuters) – Japan’s atomic regulator is “very close” to finishing its review of two reactors in southern Japan that are slated to be the first to restart under new rules introduced since the Fukushima nuclear disaster, one of its commissioners told Reuters.

Japan considers evaporation, storage of tritium-laced Fukushima water Posted:Wed, 08 Apr 2015 10:34:45 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan is considering evaporating or storing underground tritium-laced water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant as an alternative to releasing it into the ocean, Tokyo Electric Power Co’s chief decommissioning officer told Reuters on Wednesday.

U.S. regulator warns of rust on brakes in cold-weather states Posted:Thu, 09 Apr 2015 06:00:00 -0400
DETROIT, April 9 (Reuters) – U.S. safety regulators on Thursday warned millions of owners of older model vehicles in “Rust Belt” states to get their brake systems checked for corrosion, a warning…

India’s rich temples may open gold vaults for PM Modi Posted:Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:00:29 -0400
MUMBAI/NEW DELHI, April 10 (Reuters) – The two-century-old Shree Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai devoted to the Hindu elephant-headed god Ganesha bristles with close circuit cameras and is guarded by 65 security officers

Iron ore in fresh crisis as forward prices crumble Posted:Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:00:18 -0400
SINGAPORE, April 10 (Reuters) – Iron ore is veering to a new crisis as prices for future delivery of the commodity slide 30 percent in the space of a month, and its outlook is now more bearish than oil and more dire than ever for miners struggling to just stay in business.

Proxy firm advises Barrick shareholders to reject pay plan Posted:Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:03:53 -0400
TORONTO, April 9 (Reuters) – The influential proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis is recommending that shareholders vote against Barrick Gold Corp’s executive compensation plan, while flagging “serious concerns” with the executive chairman’s pay.

UPDATE 3-Kyrgyzstan no longer wants Centerra joint venture for mine Posted:Thu, 09 Apr 2015 12:07:36 -0400 BISHKEK, April 9 (Reuters) – Kyrgyzstan’s prime minister said on Thursday that forming a joint venture with Centerra Gold to develop the Kumtor gold mine was no longer in the country’s interests following a drop in the mine’s reserves.

UPDATE 2-Lafarge, Holcim name Eric Olsen as chief of merged group Posted:Thu, 09 Apr 2015 09:21:47 -0400
ZURICH/PARIS, April 9 (Reuters) – Lafarge and Holcim have picked Lafarge insider Eric Olsen as chief executive of their combined company, potentially opening the way for the two cement groups to clinch their $40 billion merger, if shareholders back it next month.

Trian says DuPont shares could be worth more than $120 by 2017-end Posted:Thu, 09 Apr 2015 08:28:14 -0400
April 9 (Reuters) – Trian Fund Management LP, which is seeking four seats on DuPont’s board, said the chemical company’s shares could be worth more than $120 by the end of 2017.

UPDATE 1-Oil find near Gatwick airport boosts UK’s oil production hopes Posted:Thu, 09 Apr 2015 08:00:18 -0400 LONDON, April 9 (Reuters) – A small British oil producer said it had discovered a possible world class oil resource in the countryside to the south of London that could contain billions of barrels of oil.

REFILE-Sri Lanka shares ease in low-volume trade Posted:Thu, 09 Apr 2015 07:58:47 -0400
COLOMBO, April 9 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan shares fell to a more-than-one-week low on Thursday led by illiquid shares such as Ceylon Tobacco Company Plc and Commercial Leasing & Finance Plc in low-volume trade while many investors and brokers stayed away ahead of holidays, dealers said.

CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Ukraine’s cash-strapped Metinvest seeks breather from debt repayments
Posted:Thu, 09 Apr 2015 06:42:53 -0400
MOSCOW, April 8 (Reuters) – Left with barely any cash as a result of Ukraine’s economic and political turmoil, the country’s largest steel company, Metinvest, has asked creditors for a timeout on repayments.

UPDATE 1-Indian farmers trim gold purchases, threatening rebound in global prices
Posted:Thu, 09 Apr 2015 05:15:59 -0400
* Investors turn back on gold, shift to shares (Adds graphic)

UPDATE 1-Argentina says plans lawsuits against UK oil firms near Falklands
Posted:Thu, 09 Apr 2015 15:31:28 GMT
LONDON/BUENOS AIRES, April 9 (Reuters) – Argentina said it would begin legal action on Thursday against British energy firms operating near the Falkland Islands, in a growing war of words over the disputed South Atlantic territory

Russia’s Gazprom says proposes dividends of 7.2 rbls/share Posted:Thu, 09 Apr 2015 10:57:03 GMT
MOSCOW, April 9 (Reuters) – Russian energy company Gazprom said on Thursday its board had recommended the company pay dividends of 7.2 roubles for each ordinary share on its 2014 results.

Spotted owl could be designated ‘endangered’
Posted:Wed, 08 Apr 2015 23:53:35 GMT
PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – The U.S. government said on Wednesday that it is launching a review on whether to list the northern spotted owl as an “endangered” species after a decades-old fight between conservationists and loggers.

Drought-hit California tightens low-flow toilet, faucet rules Posted:Wed, 08 Apr 2015 23:45:30 GMT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – California on Wednesday moved to tighten already stringent regulations on how much water can flow through toilets and faucets, part of the state’s effort to respond to prolonged drought.

India freezes foreign funding to Greenpeace, cites violations Posted:Thu, 09 Apr 2015 10:35:10 -0400
NEW DELHI, April 9 (Reuters) – India has blocked foreign funding to the local branch of Greenpeace and restricted some activities, a government statement said on Thursday, with New Delhi accusing the environmental group of misusing funds.

UPDATE 1-Man who led Bombardier CSeries program exits in new shuffle Posted:Thu, 09 Apr 2015 15:17:29 GMT
TORONTO, April 9 (Reuters) – Canadian plane and train maker Bombardier Inc made the latest in a series of management shuffles on Thursday, saying commercial aircraft president Mike Arcamone, who has overseen the troubled CSeries jet program, will leave the company.

UPDATE 2-Conservatives say Labour ready to ‘stab Britain in back’ over nuclear deterrent
Posted:Thu, 09 Apr 2015 12:14:44 GMT
LONDON, April 9 (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives accused opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband on Thursday of preparing to stab Britain in the back by scrapping its nuclear deterrent in a deal with Scottish nationalists to win power after a May 7 election.

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India’s Modi goes shopping for nuclear power in France and Canada Posted:Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12:34:37 GMT
NEW DELHI, April 8 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi aims to advance the purchase of massive nuclear reactors and fuel from France and Canada to power a resurgent economy, overriding domestic opposition and concerns over liability laws as he embarks on a foreign tour.

UPDATE 1-TransCanada looking at oil port sites outside Quebec Posted:Wed, 08 Apr 2015 14:41:28 GMT
TORONTO, April 8 (Reuters) – TransCanada Corp will widen its search for sites for an oil-pipeline export terminal outside Quebec after scrapping plans to build one in the province due to environmental concerns, the company’s chief executive said on Wednesday.

Sanctions, higher costs considered under California drought plan Posted: Wed, 08 Apr 2015 01:28:40 GMT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – California’s cities and towns would be required to cut their water usage by up to 35 percent or face steep fines under proposed new rules released Tuesday, the state’s first-ever mandatory cutbacks in urban water use amid ongoing drought.

Shell seeks to remove Greenpeace activists from oil rig Posted:Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:54:09 GMT
(Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it has filed a complaint in federal court in Alaska seeking an order to remove Greenpeace activists who climbed aboard an oil rig in the Pacific Ocean bound for the Arctic on Monday in a protest against Arctic drilling.

Sanctions, higher costs considered under California drought plan Posted: Tue, 07 Apr 2015 19:38:34 GMT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – California may require communities that use more water to pay higher rates, and issue sanctions against those who do not conserve, in the state’s first-ever mandatory cutbacks in urban water use amid ongoing drought, regulators said Tuesday.

African Union urges UN rights monitoring role in Western Sahara Posted:Tue, 07 Apr 2015 22:32:36 GMT
UNITED NATIONS, April 7 (Reuters) – The head of the African Union has urged the United Nations to add human rights monitoring to the tasks of its peacekeeping mission in the disputed North African territory of Western Sahara.

Native American tribe sues BNSF over Washington oil train traffic Posted: Tue, 07 Apr 2015 22:12:05 GMT
SEATTLE, April 7 (Reuters) – A Native American community in Washington state filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday against BNSF Railway to prevent trains carrying crude oil from using tracks on reservation land, saying the transport violates a long-standing agreement.

TransCanada applies Keystone’s lessons to Energy East pipeline Posted:Tue, 07 Apr 2015 19:18:21 GMT
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – After six years battling bitter opposition to its Keystone XL pipeline project in the United States, TransCanada Corp has learned where and when to pick its fights, to consult early and often – and to retreat when prudent.

UPDATE 1-McEwen Mining says robbers stole 7,000 ozs of gold from Mexico mine
Posted: Tue, 07 Apr 2015 21:51:37 GMT
April 7 (Reuters) – Armed robbers on Tuesday made off with 7,000 ounces of gold contained in some 900 kilograms of gold-bearing concentrate from McEwen Mining Inc’s El Gallo 1 mine in Mexico, the Canadian-based miner said.

Russian diamond miner Alrosa sees 2015 profit at 100 bln roubles Posted: Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:49:25 -0400
MOSCOW, April 7 (Reuters) – Russian diamond mining company Alrosa expects net income of 100 billion roubles ($1.82 billion) in 2015, the company said at its investor day on Tuesday.

Actor Edward Norton pushes for fracking ban in Maryland radio ad Posted:Tue, 07 Apr 2015 18:25:23 GMT
(Reuters) – Hollywood actor Edward Norton is lending his voice to a radio advertisement in his home state of Maryland paid for by a consumer rights group calling for a moratorium on the drilling process known as fracking.

Long list of new development goals, indicators is valuable: WaterAid Posted:Tue, 07 Apr 2015 12:29:38 GMT
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – There is no need for concern over the long list of new U.N. development goals and the even longer list of indicators as they are essential for measuring progress, international charity WaterAid said.

Greenpeace activists board Shell oil rig bound for the Arctic Posted:Tue, 07 Apr 2015 07:08:57 GMT
(Reuters) – Six activists with the environmental group Greenpeace climbed aboard a Royal Dutch Shell oil rig in the Pacific Ocean bound for the Arctic on Monday, the organization said.

Imperiled Gulf of Mexico whales eyed for federal protection Posted:Tue, 07 Apr 2015 03:48:43 GMT
(Reuters) – The only resident group of whales in the Gulf of Mexico, a population numbering fewer than 50 animals off the Florida panhandle, has moved one step closer to possible federal protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

Washington state city orders environmental review of oil-by-rail terminal
Posted:Tue, 07 Apr 2015 02:03:26 GMT
(Reuters) – The City of Vancouver, Washington, on Friday said it will conduct a thorough environmental review of NuStar Energy LP’s proposal to convert a bulk terminal into a facility capable of receiving crude oil by rail.

Groups sue U.S. to halt killing of grizzlies near Yellowstone Posted:Mon, 06 Apr 2015 23:07:07 GMT
(Reuters) – Wildlife advocates are suing the Obama administration to prevent the killing of protected grizzly bears that come into conflict with sportsmen over elk they kill or wound during annual hunts in northwest Wyoming.

‘Green’ political donor vows climate agenda push in 2016 U.S. race Posted:Mon, 06 Apr 2015 22:18:08 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Environmental activist and billionaire Tom Steyer served notice on Monday that he will use his wealth to try to bring climate change into the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, vowing to target Republican hopefuls who deny the connection between burning fossil fuels and rising global temperatures.

Drought-parched California expecting welcome dose of spring rain Posted:Mon, 06 Apr 2015 20:40:22 GMT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A spring storm was expected to bring several inches of rain to some areas of drought-parched California and up to two feet of snow to mountains beginning late on Monday, just days after Governor Jerry Brown ordered sweeping cuts in water use.

Radiation from Fukushima disaster newly detected off Canada’s coast Posted:Mon, 06 Apr 2015 20:32:33 GMT
PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – Radiation from Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has for the first time been detected along a North American shoreline, though at levels too low to pose a significant threat to human or marine life, scientists said on Monday.

Modi says India to strike own path in climate battle Posted:Mon, 06 Apr 2015 10:41:50 GMT
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signaled on Monday he would not bow to foreign pressure to commit to cuts in carbon emissions, instead pledging to use more clean energy and traditional methods to lead the fight against climate change.

China to step up urbanization along Yangtze River Posted:Sun, 05 Apr 2015 12:57:11 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s government released on Sunday a framework to develop sprawling urban areas along the Yangtze River as it moves forward with a decade-long ambition to turn the Chinese heartland into a major economic belt.

A third of Republicans support Iran nuclear deal -Reuters/Ipsos poll Posted:Wed, 08 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) – Thirty-one percent of U.S. Republicans favor a new nuclear deal with Iran, creating a challenge for their party’s lawmakers who largely oppose the framework accord sealed between Tehran and world powers, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Wednesday.

UPDATE 1-Shell agrees $70 billion deal to buy BG Posted:Wed, 08 Apr 2015 06:28:36 GMT
LONDON, April 8 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell said on Wednesday it had agreed to buy BG Group for 47 billion pounds ($70 billion) in a bid to close the gap on the world’s biggest oil major, U.S. ExxonMobil.

Tuesday-Wednesday, 7-8 April 2015

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Plummeting sardine numbers could prompt U.S. West coast fishing ban Posted:Tue, 07 Apr 2015 22:53:52 GMT
PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – Plummeting sardine populations could lead to a complete ban on harvesting the small oily fish off the U.S. West Coast starting later this year, officials with the Pacific Fishery Management Council said on Tuesday.

Radiation from Fukushima disaster newly detected off Canada’s coast Posted:Tue, 07 Apr 2015 06:20:03 GMT
PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – Radiation from Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has for the first time been detected along a North American shoreline, though at levels too low to pose a significant threat to human or marine life, scientists said on Monday.

Record California sea lion strandings reach 2,250 so far this year Posted:Mon, 06 Apr 2015 23:20:22 GMT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A record 2,250 sea lions, mostly pups, have washed up starving and stranded on Southern California beaches so far this year, a worsening phenomenon blamed on warming seas in the region that have disrupted the marine mammals’ food supply.

UPDATE 2-Weak spots found in steel of Areva’s French EPR reactor PARIS, April 7 (Reuters) – Areva has found weak spots in the steel of the EPR nuclear reactor it is building for utility EDF in Flamanville, France,

Workers launch three-day strike at Areva’s Somair mine in Niger April 7, 2015, 4:12 pm
NIAMEY (Reuters) – Workers at French nuclear group Areva’s Somair mine in Niger have launched a three-day strike over what they said was the company’s failure to pay bonuses, a union spokesman said on Tuesday. “Somair does not want to pay out bonuses related to financial targets reached in 2014. They are saying they are recording losses, which isn’t true,” Moussa Moutari, spokesman for the SYNAMIN union, told Reuters.

Monday, 6 April 2015

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UPDATE 1-India’s Odisha state to renew 18 iron ore mine licences-official
Posted:Sat, 04 Apr 2015 12:21:23 -0400
BHUBANESWAR, India, April 4 (Reuters) – India’s top iron ore producing state is likely to renew the licences of 18 iron ore mines shut since last year, a state official said on Saturday, in a boost for local steel producers.

US safety regulators investigate VW sedans for electrical issue
Posted:Mon, 06 Apr 2015 09:18:07 -0400
DETROIT, April 6 (Reuters) – U.S. safety regulators said they have opened an investigation into an estimated 30,000 Volkswagen AG sedans for a potential electrical defect that could affect the…

Deals to soon yield $8 bln in investments for Mongolia copper, coal mines -PM
Posted:Mon, 06 Apr 2015 10:00:56 GMT
ULAN BATOR, April 6 (Reuters) – Mongolia will soon finalise negotiations that will free up $8 billion for expansions at the country’s largest coal and copper mines, its prime minister said in a national address on Sunday.

UPDATE 1-Russia’s Gazprom to take Vietnam refinery stake, part of energy pact
Posted:Mon, 06 Apr 2015 09:47:36 GMT
HANOI, April 6 (Reuters) – Russia’s Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of top global gas producer Gazprom, said on Monday it planned to purchase 49 percent of the operator of Vietnam’s Dung Quat refinery, the country’s sole oil processing facility.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

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Germanwings crash calls attention to Airbus safety history Unexplained descent of flight 4U9525 the latest in line of incidents involving planes made by French aviation company, including December’s AirAsia disaster

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It is important to really know the backgrounds of the candidates and their family ties. The sad irony is that sometimes strategic voting is better and sometimes not. For the UK it clearly was not. The reasons why are laid out in the book “The Prostitute State”: However, had those who voted Nader (Green) strategically voted Al Gore (Dem) in 2000, the world would be at least a little bit better. Gore remains anti-nuclear. The world would have been spared Cheney-Baby Bush. Of course, it was not only the fault of the split vote. Besides the voting problems, the Gore campaign was mostly run to lose. For instance, Gore never learned to shake hands like Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton shook hands sometimes 3 times lest missing one hand. Even those who hate shaking hands want to hold the hand, or at least see the politician up close. Bill Clinton also broke his speeches into points to remember. He is “down to earth; down home” and almost everyone loves that.

How about a Green Party-SNP landslide?
Labour fears SNP election landslide as Scottish party post clear lead in poll ITV News’s poll puts Nicola Sturgeon’s party on the brink of winning about 28 new seats and close to becoming Westminster’s third-largest party

Our abundant energy resources in Scotland have given us a fantastic opportunity to lead the way on renewable energy, which is why the SNP has set the ambitious target of generating the equivalent of 100% of electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2020 – the SNP Scottish Government is committed to tackling climate change and keeping energy bills low.

A poll for Scottish Renewables showing that 79 per cent of people in Scotland want the next Westminster Government to develop policies that support renewable energy has been welcomed today… Last week, statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate Change show that the equivalent of 49.6 per cent of electricity consumption came from renewable sources in Scotland last year – up from 44.4 per cent in 2013.

Over population, over consumption – in pictures
How do you raise awareness about population explosion? One group thought that the simplest way would be to show people
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Germanwings plane diverted to Stuttgart due to suspected oil loss
Posted:Sat, 04 Apr 2015 11:47:46 GMT
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A Germanwings flight to Venice was diverted to Stuttgart on Saturday as the Airbus A319 aircraft appeared to be losing oil, the airline said in a statement.

Argentina to Britain: spend money on the poor, not the Falklands Posted:Thu, 02 Apr 2015 19:44:32 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, April 2 (Reuters) – Britain should spend more helping its own poor than on defending the Falkland Islands, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez said on Thursday, responding to a recently-announced budget increase aimed at protecting the contested archipelago.

Iran president views nuclear deal as start of new relationship with world
Posted:Sat, 04 Apr 2015 01:13:48 GMT
BEIRUT/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Iran’s president said on Friday that a framework for a nuclear deal was just the first step toward building a new relationship with the world, after Iranians greeted the announcement of the accord with celebrations in the streets.

SEC weighs filing charges against Magnum Hunter Posted:Fri, 03 Apr 2015 22:26:11 GMT
April 3 (Reuters) – Oil and gas producer Magnum Hunter Resources Corp said it may face enforcement action by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission following investigations related to its financial reporting in 2012 and 2013.

US says would back India buying U.S. aircraft carrier technology Posted:Fri, 03 Apr 2015 22:17:05 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. government would support selling General Atomics’ electromagnetic launching system for aircraft carriers, and other key technologies, to India, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer told Reuters on Friday.

Duke Energy agrees to pay $2.5 mln in coal ash spill settlement Posted:Fri, 03 Apr 2015 21:45:40 GMT
April 3 (Reuters) – U.S. power company Duke Energy Corp agreed to a $2.5 million settlement proposed by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality relating to the 2014 coal ash spill into the Dan River in North Carolina, the DEQ said on Friday.

UPDATE 5-Fire hits part of GE’s Louisville facility, no injuries reported Posted:Fri, 03 Apr 2015 21:38:00 GMT
LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 3 (Reuters) – A huge fire ripped through a section of General Electric’s Louisville, Kentucky facility used for warehousing and offices on Friday, forcing the giant industrial park to shut down for at least the coming week, the company and union officials said.

Barrick settles cases tied to atrocities at Porgera mine Posted:Fri, 03 Apr 2015 20:00:00 GMT
TORONTO, April 3 (Reuters) – Canadian gold miner Barrick Gold said on Friday it has settled 11 claims related to atrocities committed against women over the last two decades at its Porgera gold mine in Papua New Guinea.

Latam Products Tenders Summary-Peru’s Petroperu to buy cracked naphtha, HOGBS
Posted:Fri, 03 Apr 2015 19:38:09 GMT
NEW YORK, April 3 (Reuters) – Peru’s state-run oil company Petroperu is offering to buy a 200,000 barrels cargo combining cracked naphtha and high octane gasoline blend stock (HOGBS) to be received between May 6 and 10. For spot crude tender news stories please click: CRU-O/TEND-O For tenders on oil products please click: Naphtha……NAP/TENDA Gasoline…MOG/TENDA Jet/Diesel…MDIS/TENDA Fuel Oil…FUEL/TENDA Below is a table of recent tenders: COU

Gasparino still in running to be Brazilian steelmaker’s chairman Posted:Fri, 03 Apr 2015 17:09:41 GMT
SAO PAULO, April 3 (Reuters) – Marcelo Gasparino, the sole candidate to become chairman of Brazilian steelmaker Usiminas , said on Friday he had not withdrawn his candidacy after a judge ordered the seizure of his assets amid a scandal at a state power company.

UPDATE 2-U.S. prosecutors lose bid to reverse major insider trading ruling
Posted:Fri, 03 Apr 2015 16:50:46 GMT
NEW YORK, April 3 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected a request by federal prosecutors to reconsider a major ruling that curtailed their ability to pursue insider trading cases and jeopardized several convictions.

UPDATE 1-US judge approves deferred prosecution deal with Commerzbank Posted:Fri, 03 Apr 2015 16:06:40 GMT
* Judge cites bank’s cooperation, compliance improvements (Updates with details from the hearing, background on the case)

US judge approves settlement with Commerzbank
Posted:Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:15:14 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) – A federal judge on Friday approved a settlement between the U.S. government and German bank Commerzbank AG to resolve sanctions and anti-money laundering violations.

Boeing employee pleads guilty to taking kickbacks for bid information Posted:Thu, 02 Apr 2015 23:59:03 GMT
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Boeing Co procurement official is among seven people who have pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme that involved giving confidential bidding information to suppliers to the aerospace company’s satellite division, prosecutors said on Thursday.

UPDATE 1-Employees seek damages from S.Africa’s Sasol over coal dust exposure
Posted:Fri, 03 Apr 2015 12:07:53 -0400
JOHANNESBURG, April 3 (Reuters) – Twenty two current and former employees of South African petrochemicals group Sasol have filed a civil claim against its mining unit, regarding illnesses allegedly contracted while they worked for the company.

UPDATE 1-Iran to supply China more condensate under new contract -sources Posted:Fri, 03 Apr 2015 08:00:54 GMT
* Deal to raise China’s contract volumes with Iran to 600,000 bpd

Ukraine’s Naftogaz transfers $30 mln to Gazprom for further gas supplies
Posted:Fri, 03 Apr 2015 07:47:37 GMT
KIEV, April 3 (Reuters) – Ukrainian state-run energy firm Naftogaz said on Friday it had transferred $30 million to Russia’s Gazprom for further gas supplies in line with an agreement reached this week.

UPDATE 1-Canada passed on U.S.-Mexico climate announcement -sources
Posted:Fri, 03 Apr 2015 03:12:38 GMT
WASHINGTON/OTTAWA, April 2 (Reuters) – Canada declined a U.S. invitation last week to jointly announce climate policy cooperation with Mexico, with Ottawa saying it has not yet finalized its own domestic strategy, sources from both countries familiar with the discussions said on Thursday.

UPDATE 2-U.S readies emergency oil train safety measures -source Posted:Fri, 03 Apr 2015 00:53:34 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. Transportation Department is completing work on a package of measures to control oil train dangers before the Obama administration finalizes a national safety plan expected by May, an official with knowledge of the plans said on Thursday.

Obama calls Israel’s Netanyahu about Iran deal -White House Posted:Thu, 02 Apr 2015 23:00:24 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 2 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to discuss the agreement reached with Iran to limit its nuclear program, the White House said.

Obama calls Saudi Arabia’s king on Iran nuclear deal Posted:Thu, 02 Apr 2015 21:22:19 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 2 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama called Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud on Thursday to discuss the deal the United States and international negotiators reached with Iran on its nuclear program, the White House said.

UPDATE 3-TransCanada scraps Quebec oil port, delays Energy East pipeline
Posted:Thu, 02 Apr 2015 21:19:58 GMT
CALGARY, Alberta, April 2 (Reuters) – TransCanada Corp , the company behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, is scrapping plans for a Quebec oil-export terminal because of danger to whales in the St. Lawrence River, a move that is a victory for environmentalists and which delays the company’s C$12 billion ($9.5 billion) Energy East pipeline project.

Negotiators working to ensure nuclear inspectors’ access in Iran -White House
Posted:Thu, 02 Apr 2015 20:32:05 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 2 (Reuters) – International negotiators seeking a deal over Iran’s nuclear capabilities are working on a “mechanism” that would ensure inspectors’ access to sites in Iran where there is a disagreement, senior White House officials said on Thursday.

UPDATE 12-Oil falls nearly 4 pct after tentative nuclear deal for Iran
Posted:Thu, 02 Apr 2015 20:29:29 GMT
NEW YORK, April 2 (Reuters) – Brent oil fell nearly 4 percent on Thursday after a preliminary pact between Iran and global powers on Tehran’s nuclear program, even as officials set further talks in June and analysts questioned when the OPEC member will be allowed to export more crude.

U.S. House Speaker Boehner calls Iran nuclear deal ‘alarming’ Posted:Thu, 02 Apr 2015 20:13:42 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 2 (Reuters) – A framework nuclear deal announced on Thursday between Iran and world powers is an “alarming departure” from President Barack Obama’s initial goals, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said.

NextEra’s Hawaii deal faces big concerns from solar players Posted:Thu, 02 Apr 2015 19:26:15 GMT
April 1 (Reuters) – NextEra Energy Inc’s $4.3 billion plan to buy Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc has made solar companies uneasy, worried that the deal would reverse the island state’s push to decentralize its power grid.

Azerbaijan’s biggest bank raises capital
Posted:Thu, 02 Apr 2015 19:08:06 GMT
BAKU, April 2 (Reuters) – International Bank of Azerbaijan (IBA), the largest and only state-owned bank in the oil-rich country, said on Thursday it has increased its charter capital to 890 million manats ($848 million) from 200 million manats.

U.S. Congress must have a say on final Iran nuclear deal – Sen. Corker
Posted:Thu, 02 Apr 2015 19:06:09 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 2 (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said on Thursday that it was important for Congress to review the details of any final nuclear deal with Iran and there was growing support for his legislation to allow that.

UPDATE 3-Fuel tanks on fire at storage facility in Santos, Brazil Posted:Thu, 02 Apr 2015 19:00:22 GMT
RIO DE JANEIRO, April 2 (Reuters) – Eighty firefighters were battling a fire at a fuel tank storage facility run by Ultracargo near Brazil’s port of Santos, Latin America’s largest, the local fire service said on Thursday.

Germany’s Merkel calls preliminary Iran deal “important step” Posted:Thu, 02 Apr 2015 18:41:39 GMT
BERLIN, April 2 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that a framework agreement with Iran represented an “important step” towards preventing it from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Germany calls framework deal with Iran “big, decisive step forward” Posted:Thu, 02 Apr 2015 18:33:15 GMT
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 2 (Reuters) – Germany’s foreign minister said a preliminary agreement reached on Thursday to contain Iran’s nuclear programme represented a “big, decisive step forward” that could lead to an easing of tensions across the Middle East if a final deal was clinched in over the coming months.

Farming plan takes root to help north Mali despite drought, conflict Posted:Thu, 02 Apr 2015 11:49:46 GMT
ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The Malian government and a U.N. agency plan to try to revive farming in the desert northern region, which has been badly hit by drought and conflict, and have pledged $5 million for the first phase of the scheme, U.N. officials said.

North Dakota governor declares fire emergency
Posted:Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:32:57 GMT
(Reuters) – North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple declared a fire emergency in the state on Wednesday as the second-largest U.S. oil producer grapples with incendiary conditions amid little precipitation and high winds.

EPA expands areas of approved use for Dow’s Enlist Duo herbicide Posted:Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:58:21 GMT
(Reuters) – The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday more than doubled the number of U.S. states where Dow AgroSciences’ controversial new herbicide can be used.

Here’s why Obama is approving Arctic drilling again Posted:Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:59:15 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For a leader who has made fighting climate change a priority, President Barack Obama’s decision to approve Royal Dutch Shell’s return to oil and gas exploration off Alaska was seen by many environmentalists as a contradiction.

Malaysia’s Malakoff locks in cornerstones for IPO – sources Posted:Fri, 03 Apr 2015 11:01:58 -0400
KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 (Reuters) – Corston Smith Asset Management, Eastspring Investments and Malaysia’s Pilgrims Fund Board have emerged as cornerstone investors in the 2.74 billion ringgit ($747 million) listing of Malaysia’s largest independent power firm, Malakoff Corporation Bhd, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the flotation.

Unions end strike at Mauritania state iron miner Posted:Fri, 03 Apr 2015 09:24:58 -0400
DAKAR, April 3 (Reuters) – Workers at Mauritania’s state iron ore mining company SNIM have ended a two-month strike after reaching a deal with management on salaries, a union negotiator said on Friday.

Mongolia must accept blame over Rio Tinto mine dispute – PM Posted:Fri, 03 Apr 2015 02:14:39 -0400
ULAN BATOR, April 3 (Reuters) – Mongolia must take much of the blame for a dispute with Rio Tinto that has delayed the expansion of a $6.5 billion copper mine and disrupted economic growth, the country’s prime minister said.

Guinea-Bissau declares five-year logging moratorium Posted:Thu, 02 Apr 2015 11:49:29 -0400
BISSAU, April 2 (Reuters) – Guinea-Bissau announced a five-year moratorium on logging on Thursday to try to clamp down on an illegal timber trade fuelled largely by Chinese demand and aided by complicit politicians and senior army officials.

SPECIAL REPORT-Why Brazil has a big appetite for banned pesticides Posted:Thu, 02 Apr 2015 11:07:25 -0400
LIMOEIRO DO NORTE, Brazil, April 2 (Reuters) – The farmers of Brazil have become the world’s top exporters of sugar, orange juice, coffee, beef, poultry and soybeans. They’ve also earned a more dubious distinction: In 2012, Brazil passed the United States as the largest buyer of pesticides.

Paraquat: A controversial chemical’s second act Posted:Thu, 02 Apr 2015 11:07:02 -0400
April 2 (Reuters) – One of the oldest and most widely used pesticides in the world is also one of the most toxic and controversial.

UPDATE 2-Lumber Liquidators sales beat suggests fading carcinogen concerns
Posted:Thu, 02 Apr 2015 10:38:15 -0400
* Shares rise as much as 6.5 pct (Adds analyst comment; updates shares)

Guinea finds 3 Ebola cases in the alumina hub of FriaPosted:Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:27:57 -0400
CONAKRY, March 31 (Reuters) – Guinea has detected at least three new cases of Ebola in the alumina hub of Fria, according to the national coordination of the fight against the disease, as authorities blamed popular resistance for hampering the battle against the virus.

UPDATE 2-S.Africa seeks court decision on mining black ownership rule Posted:Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:13:43 -0400
* Industry says impasse can damage investor sentiment (Recasts with industry reaction)

Sri Lankan shares recover from over 8-mth low; political woes weigh
Posted:Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:02:40 -0400
COLOMBO, March 31 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan shares rose on Tuesday, recovering from a more than eight-month closing low hit in the previous session and snapping a six-session losing streak, due to window dressing ahead of the quarter-end, though political uncertainty weighed on sentiment, brokers said.

RPT-FEATURE-Modern treaties smooth development for some Canadian aboriginals
Posted:Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:00:00 -0400
PORT ALBERNI, British Columbia, March 31 (Reuters) – In Sarita Bay, a remote cove on Canada’s Vancouver Island, aboriginal-owned land used for decades by loggers is slowly being reimagined as a multibillion-dollar export terminal to ship liquefied natural gas to Asia.

RPT-COLUMN-Thatcher’s secret weapon in miners’ strike shuts, ending an era: Kemp
Posted:Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:00:00 GMT
LONDON, March 31 (Reuters) – Littlebrook power station, which towers grimly over the lower Thames near Dartford in Kent, ceases operations today after almost 35 years, the last of Britain’s big oil-fired power plants to close.

UPDATE 1-Samson Resources says may file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Posted:Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:50:03 GMT
March 31 (Reuters) – U.S. oil and gas producer Samson Resources Corp said in a filing on Tuesday that it might file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection if the company is unable to refinance its debt obligations.

UPDATE 1-Keyera, Kinder Morgan to build 4.8 mln bbls of Alberta crude storage
Posted:Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:18:31 GMT
CALGARY, Alberta, March 31 (Reuters) – Canada’s Keyera Corp and midstream company Kinder Morgan Inc plan to build 4.8 million barrels of new crude oil storage in the marketing hub of Edmonton, Alberta, the two companies said on Tuesday.

Nigeria’s Jonathan urges peace after election defeat Posted:Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:47:32 GMT
ABUJA, March 31 (Reuters) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan urged his supporters on Tuesday to follow “due process” in channelling their frustrations at losing this weekend’s election, trying to pour cold water on any potential post-vote violence.

Exxon lodges claim at Stockholm court in Russia tax dispute-ministry Posted:Thu, 02 Apr 2015 06:44:00 GMT
MOSCOW, April 2 (Reuters) – U.S. oil and gas major ExxonMobil has lodged a claim against Russia at the Stockholm arbitrage court as part of a tax dispute over its project in Russia’s far east, a spokeswoman for Russia’s Energy Ministry said on Thursday.