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This post ran from August 7 to August 31, 2015. The order is inverted with the most recent updates are on top, after images, and comment info. This is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/the-ongoing-saga-58-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ It continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/the-ongoing-saga-60-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/
70 Years is Enough Campaign:  Nuclear Energy is Nuclear War EverydayPro Nuclear Call up to Clean up WiPP and FUkushima
Call-up to Clean-up Nuclear Sites
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!
Let’s hurry up people!

NRC-2015-0159 Changes to Buried and Underground Piping and Tank Recommendations 08/13/2015
NRC-2014-0044 Reactor Effluents 09/01/2015 (Extended)
NRC-2015-0057 Linear No-Threshold Model and Standards for Protection Against Radiation 09/08/2015 (Extended to November 19th): Wackos want to turn back the hands of time 100 years to say radiation is good for you. These wacko nuclear proponents appear to have never heard of immunity, inflammation, or anything else to do with the human body, though one alleges to be an MD. The US NRC, which corresponds to an “ideal-type” (i.e. perfect model) of self-perpetuating bureaucracy, and is worse than useless (i.e. dangerous), chooses to ignore the US government funded BEIR report! It is even worse than we thought. They are proposing up to 100 mSv exposure per year for the general population, pretty much guaranteeing that all women and most men get cancer, only from this source. Since cancers may come from other sources, everyone will have cancer and around half will die with cancers that have shortened their lives by 14 to 15 years.

BEIR says: “The committee concludes that the current scientific evidence is consistent with the hypothesis that there is a linear, no-threshold dose-response relationship between exposure to ionizing radiation and the development of cancer in humans.” (BEIR report, p. 323) (In other words increased exposure is increased risk).
the assumption that any stimulatory hormetic effects from low doses of ionizing radiation will have a significant health benefit to humans that exceeds potential detrimental effects from radiation exposure at the same dose is unwarranted.” (BEIR report, p. 315) (If you burn your hand on the stove this stimulates your immune system too. Do you but it back on the stove or jump in the furnace because it’s good for you? This is the “logic” of hormesis. And, radiation is worse because it can destroy the immune system, as well as causing cancer and other illnesses.)

NRC-2015-0160 “NuScale Power, LLC, Design-Specific Review Standard and Safety Review Matrix 08/31/2015” NuScale was a US government funded project which the US government dropped and somehow former DOE workers got the patent for and are still getting government funding! This is a major taxpayer con and sniffs suspiciously of fraud and corruption. Construction only (ignoring waste and fuel fabrication) makes it more costly than solar or wind: “NuScale was founded based on research funded by the Department of Energy from 2000 to 2003. After funding was cut, scientists with the program obtained related patents in 2007 and started NuScale to commercialize the technology. In 2011, the company’s largest investor had its assets frozen due to an investigation by the Securities Exchange Commission. The company experienced financial hardship, until new funding was obtained from Fluor Corporation and later from the Department of Energy… NuScale’s SMR designs are for 9′ by 65′ reactor vessels that use conventional light water cooling methods. Each module is intended to be kept in an underground pool and is expected to produce about 50 megawatts of electricity. It uses passive water circulation that can operate without powered pumps or circulatory equipment… The modules would be pre-fabricated, … and assembled on-site… The company estimates a twelve-unit NuScale plant would cost $5,000 per kilowatt“. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NuScale_Power

Links allowing comment on the above, and other things are found here.: http://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/doc-comment.html

Take advantage of the extension on the US NRC Comment about 100 mSv exposure to network-Organize! You have until November 19th now. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NRC-2015-0057
Complain about G. Pagano from Italy’s triangle of death supporting the poisoning of America directly here until Sept 8th: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NRC-2015-0057-0041 Complain about Calabrese and his military, DOE, and corporate funding, and non-scientific approach, etc here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NRC-2015-0057-0016 All the info you need is in the post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/22/us-nrc-spreading-the-italian-triangle-of-death-to-america-refuse-omerta-remember-to-comment-by-september-8th/
Note that commenting on the comments is different than commenting on the proposed 100 mSv per year exposure. You have until November for that.

Monday, 31 August 2015

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/why-does-nuscale-smr-look-like-a-1964-drawing-of-swiss-lucens-nuclear-reactor-which-suffered-a-major-meltdown-in-1969/

Katrina as disaster wasn’t about weather forecasting. Those with money got out. And, Katrina as a disaster was largely caused by Civil Engineering failures. And, a refusal by the City to evacuate its inhabitants who were too poor to get out; who lacked autos, and who could not afford hotel rooms. It should serve as a strong warning of how people will be treated in the event of a nuclear accident.

Reuters News Feed

China investigates former chairman of Wuhan Iron and Steel Posted:Sun, 30 Aug 2015 01:48:36 -0400
BEIJING, Aug 30 (Reuters) – China’s anti-corruption agency has said it has opened an investigation into the former chairman of major Chinese steelmaker Wuhan Iron and Steel. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/g3ytXa34hDc/china-corruption-wuhan-steel-idUSL4N11503920150830

UPDATE 1-ArcelorMittal South Africa to close mills, review largest plant
Posted:Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:38:28 -0400
JOHANNESBURG, Aug 31 (Reuters) – ArcelorMittal South Africa is planning to shut two mills and is reviewing operations at its largest plant, it said on Monday, as the money-losing unit of the world’s biggest steelmaker struggles with weak demand and lower prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/E-MUXuehlC4/arcelor-africa-restructuring-idUSL5N1162M120150831

Tribe in Idaho to draft recovery plan for wild reindeer Posted:Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:02:41 -0400
SALMON, Idaho, Aug 28 (Reuters) – A Native American tribe in Idaho has been assigned the task of drafting a plan for saving a tiny band of wild reindeer from extinction in a far corner of the northern Rockies straddling the U.S.-Canadian border, federal wildlife officials said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/dFbWxHx_BiY/usa-reindeer-idaho-idUSL1N1132AG20150829

As the need for power surges, are small – or big – dams the answer? Posted:Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:22:51 GMT
STOCKHOLM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – To provide more clean energy, particularly in fast-growing Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, the world needs more hydropower dams, energy experts say. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/4Nhl4zyLx9U/story01.htm

Sharper forecasts may help avert repeat of Katrina disaster Posted:Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:09:20 GMT
MIAMI (Reuters) – The science of predicting hurricanes has come a long way since Katrina caught New Orleans officials off guard 10 years ago. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/dnJrmNq3gp4/story01.htm

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Two comment deadline tomorrow – Diablo Canyon and NuScale:

NuScale, called MASLWR, when it belonged to the US DOE, who dropped it. It’s still getting taxpayer funding, making it a mega-swindle

Saturday, 29 August 2015

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/29/diablo-relicensing-us-fukushima-in-the-making-comment-deadline-monday-night-one-minute-until-midnight/
6.7 or Grter Diablo USGS
Reuters News Feed Selection

Indonesia’s leader launches mega power plant, well, sort of Posted:Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:30:01 GMT
UJUNG NEGORO, Indonesia, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s president declared with great fanfare on Friday that construction of a mega power plant is now set to start after years of delay, proof he said that the government was starting to resolve its infrastructure failings. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/FQT_OXqhpQc/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-U.S. court places hold on federal water protection rule Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:31:05 GMT
WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (Reuters) – A U.S. court on Thursday blocked a federal clean water rule from going into effect in certain states until a legal challenge has been resolved, handing a victory to states and business groups that have strongly opposed the regulation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/fyNjeOVK2cA/story01.htm

Former New Mexico governor: Halting plutonium cleanup ‘very bad idea’ Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:53:44 GMT
WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers should work with the Department of Energy to restructure a project to convert excess U.S. weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for commercial nuclear reactors instead of abandoning it, former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Rphew-S6Byo/story01.htm

Venezuela pushing OPEC members for emergency meeting with Russia – WSJ Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:12:54 GMT
Aug 27 (Reuters) – Venezuela has been contacting other members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), pushing for an emergency meeting with Russia to come up with a plan to stop the global oil price rout, the Wall Street Journal reported. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/SKcwLnriBBc/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Shell Nigeria declares force majeure on Bonny Light crude exports
Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:13:51 GMT
LONDON/BANGALORE, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Shell’s Nigerian unit, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), declared force majeure on Bonny Light crude oil exports on Thursday after shutting down two key pipelines in the country due to a leak and theft. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/-QjOT-ytRco/story01.htm

White House says Keystone XL pipeline review continues Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:32:20 GMT
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, Aug 27 (Reuters) – The White House said on Thursday that the U.S. State Department continues to review TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada’s oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/x3dGEjOk_rQ/story01.htm

Waters off second Hawaii beach fouled by partially treated sewage Posted:Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:47:49 GMT
(Reuters) – Hawaii health authorities have posted warnings of a sewage spill at a popular beach once proposed to be renamed after President Barack Obama, marking the second time this week that a well-known stretch of Oahu’s shoreline has been hit by such a mishap. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/jRLIpSU7gN0/story01.htm

Lava flows from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano
Posted:Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:29:53 GMT
(Reuters) – A thick stream of lava erupted from a volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island on Thursday and had crept into the surrounding forest, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but it did not pose a threat to surrounding communities. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/6vDqN-g7TuI/story01.htm

China says will report pollution information from Tianjin blast site
Posted:Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:03:03 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Environment Ministry has put in place a 24-hour monitoring system for pollutants from explosions this month at a port and will report accurate and timely data to the public, it said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/CGCRd7AdmIk/story01.htm

Power shortages threaten launch of Chinese-run Congo copper mine Posted:Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:48:40 -0400
KINSHASA, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Power shortages at a new Chinese-run copper mine in Democratic Republic of Congo could delay the expected October start of production or force output targets to be cut, the mine’s deputy director said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/xoD-mzj9hcU/congodemocratic-mining-idUSL5N1133MO20150828

Senate hearing on wildfires urged to help bolster firefighting capabilities
Posted:Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:27:01 GMT
SEATTLE (Reuters) – Lawmakers were urged to boost federal funding for local wildfire prevention efforts at a meeting in Seattle on Thursday during a summer that has seen scores of major blazes across the drought-parched West. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/nyUU1r3iZoA/story01.htm

Obama lauds New Orleans’ progress since Katrina, says more to be done
Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:02:57 GMT
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday heralded the progress New Orleans has made rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina battered the area 10 years ago but said more needed to be done to overcome poverty and inequality. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/CIqnIVLVDgI/story01.htm

Tropical Storm Erika soaks Caribbean, heads for U.S. East Coast Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:47:52 GMT
MIAMI (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Erika weakened slightly on Thursday as it dumped torrential rain on islands in the Eastern Caribbean and appeared to be headed for the U.S. East Coast early next week, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/ltVA-YozUJE/story01.htm

Californians cut water use 31 percent in July, beating target Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:37:37 GMT
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Drought-stricken California cut urban water use statewide by 31.3 percent during July, exceeding a government mandate to reduce consumption by 25 percent for a second consecutive month, the State Water Resources Control Board said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/k5REMghTErM/story01.htm

Scientists solve mystery of polar bear Knut’s death Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:05:35 GMT
BERLIN (Reuters) – Knut, the star polar bear who was hand-reared at Berlin zoo after his mother rejected him, had a type of auto-immune inflation of the brain that is found in humans, scientists said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/5wapYMNVHOw/story01.htm

Latvia, Greece win opt-out from Monsanto GM crop Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:31:05 GMT
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Monsanto said it would abide by Latvia’s and Greece’s requests under a new EU opt-out law to be excluded from its application to grow a genetically modified (GM) crop across the European Union, but accused them of ignoring science. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/DzdJAJZaopU/story01.htm

Friday, 28 August, 2015

New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/oil-drilling-waste-brine-includes-radioactive-materials-disposal-well-operator-indicted-on-multiple-felony-charges-in-north-dakota/

Thursday, 27 August 2015
Box Turtle USDA http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r9/plants-animals/?cid=STELPRD3801494
Civil Rights Activist and Comedian Dick Gregory: “…. And that’s the day I realized that the greatest fighters in the world are not soldiers. It’s turtles. And that’s what we’d become—hard on the outside, soft on the inside, and willing to stick your neck out. That’s all…” on DemocracyNow: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/104-year-old-us-civil-rights-activist-survivor-of-bloody-sunday-selma-alabama-1965-passed-on/

Sticking their necks out had costs:
Discussed at the above post: “In 1964 three civil rights workers were murdered on the night of June 21–22 in Neshoba County, Mississippi. They were James Earl Chaney from Meridian, Mississippi, and Andrew Goodman and Michael “Mickey” Schwerner from New York City, who were abducted, shot at close range and killed by members of the local White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the Neshoba County Sheriff’s Office, and the Philadelphia Police Department of that city in Mississippi. The three young men had been working on the “Freedom Summer” campaign, attempting to prepare and register African Americans to vote after they had been disenfranchised since 1890.
Civil Rights Workers Chaney, Goodman, Schwerner killed Freedom Summer 1964
Portraits of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Micheal Schwerner, the three civil rights workers who disappeared on June 21, 1964 in Neshoba County, Mississippi. Images were released by the FBI.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_civil_rights_workers%27_murders#

Related: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/06/give-us-the-ballot-the-struggle-continues-50-years-after-signing-of-the-1965-voting-rights-act-aug-6-1965-aug-6-2015/ Key provisions of voter protection struck down: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelby_County_v._Holder

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Minor injuries reported in Louisiana Boardwalk pipeline fire Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:47:07 GMT
Aug 27 (Reuters) – Two people suffered minor injuries after a fire at a natural gas pipeline near Marsh Island in Louisiana, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/f87wqasBI30/story01.htm

Low-lying Louisiana parish regroups behind reinforced levee system Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:38:22 GMT
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Of all the areas near New Orleans blasted by Hurricane Katrina, none was harder hit than St. Bernard Parish, a low-lying coastal stretch southeast of the city, once known for its small fishing villages and thriving seafood industry. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/3Xk4LAvzG1A/story01.htm

Tropical storm Erika enters Caribbean, headed for Bahamas and U.S. Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:10:56 GMT
MIAMI (Reuters) – Tropical storm Erika continued to strengthen as it reached the Eastern Caribbean and appeared to be headed for the U.S. East Coast early next week, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/ltVA-YozUJE/story01.htm

Honolulu’s Waikiki Beach reopened after massive sewage spill Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:35:23 GMT
(Reuters) – Hawaii authorities reopened Honolulu’s famed Waikiki Beach on Wednesday after water quality tests indicated the ocean was again safe for swimmers following a serious sewage spill earlier this week. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/C1SFTL2hYZI/story01.htm

Wildfire smoke fouls air across U.S. Northwest
Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 04:49:57 GMT
SEATTLE (Reuters) – Wildfires burning across several arid states in the U.S. Northwest on Wednesday have blanketed much of the region with unhealthy, smoky air, prompting warnings from officials. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/vRqp5NI9O1U/story01.htm

L.A. County leaders wash cars two-three times a week amid drought: report
Posted:Wed, 26 Aug 2015 22:18:34 GMT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Despite a devastating four-year drought that has forced strict water conservation measures across California, most Los Angeles County supervisors still have their cars washed two or three times a week, a local newspaper reported. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/cxwn6Gek7A0/story01.htm

EPA lacked view of pressure buildup at Colorado mine, internal report says
Posted:Wed, 26 Aug 2015 21:59:44 GMT
(Reuters) – A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency team working to address seepage at an abandoned Colorado gold mine underestimated water pressure at the site before triggering a blowout that sent toxic waste into rivers, according to an internal report released by the agency on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/xvR3_2jjpV8/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Canada’s Goldcorp, Teck team up to develop Chile mine projects
Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:16:45 GMT
TORONTO, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Goldcorp Inc and Teck Resources Ltd will form a joint venture to develop neighboring mines in Chile to cut costs as metal prices languish at multiyear lows, the Canadian miners said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/mPLX18vzVu4/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Freeport-McMoran slashes mining budget, cuts jobs Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:39:01 GMT
TORONTO, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Freeport-McMoran Inc said on Thursday it will slash its mining capital budget by 25 percent next year and cut 10 percent of its U.S. mining staff, as the diversified miner and energy producer attempts to weather an ongoing slump in copper prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/-Bgy2rGkD3E/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-UK proposes end to small-scale renewable support next year Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:24:17 GMT
* Tariffs for new installations could end in Jan 2016 (Adds comment from renewable energy association in paragraphs 10 and 11; adds bullet points) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/fzcoDGkAYGM/story01.htm

“Smart” solar palm trees power Wi-Fi, phones in Dubai Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:19:35 GMT
DUBAI, Aug 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new species of palm tree has started sprouting around Dubai. But instead of producing dates, the fronds of the Smart Palm harness the sun’s energy to allow people to look up city information, access Wi-Fi, and charge their phones, all for free. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/-ciAQ-I4wCU/story01.htm

Exporters run for high ground as China growth story unravels Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:14:01 GMT
FRANKFURT, Aug 27 (Reuters) – The alarming scale of China’s economic slowdown is pushing European exporters to accelerate a move into premium goods and services, sacrificing volumes if necessary to sustain margins. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/w6RqoefXBlA/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-PetroChina profit dives 63 percent in first half Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:07:42 GMT
BEIJING, Aug 27 (Reuters) – PetroChina , China’s biggest oil and gas producer, reported a 63 percent drop in first-half profits, with earnings upstream and in the marketing segment hit by lower prices, while earnings from natural gas jumped. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/_Lxa0Yf3MDg/story01.htm

Kremlin pivot to China slowed as projects delayed Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:20:52 GMT
* Chinese graft probes, market turmoil also complicating talks http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/eHz8FXGPQr8/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Iraqi Kurdistan says to allocate up to $100 mln for oil firms in Sept
Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:01:41 GMT
LONDON/ERBIL, Iraq, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Iraq’s Kurdistan region said on Thursday it expected to begin making regular payments to oil-exporting companies in the first half of September, sending shares in those firms up as high as 17 percent in early trade. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/t0O2pEXKCyo/story01.htm

PetroChina profit dives 63 pct in first half
Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:39:09 GMT
BEIJING, Aug 27 (Reuters) – PetroChina , China’s biggest oil and gas producer, reported a 63 percent drop in its first-half profit, with earnings upstream and in the marketing segment both taking a hit from lower prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/jJYESGgkvV0/story01.htm

China’s slowing auto market to put further pressure on oil Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:24:59 GMT
SINGAPORE, Aug 27 (Reuters) – China’s falling auto sales have been at the forefront of concerns that its economy is slowing much faster than expected, weighing on oil prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/jJYESGgkvV0/story01.htm

Latin America water security depends on curbing use by agriculture – experts
Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:08:04 GMT
STOCKHOLM, Aug 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean must rein in their thirsty agriculture sector to ensure water security, as extreme weather takes a toll on the region’s growing cities, experts said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6t-GXj789XM/story01.htm

Amec Foster Wheeler’s pretax profit falls on low oil prices Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 06:22:40 GMT
Aug 27 (Reuters) – Oil and gas services company Amec Foster Wheeler Plc reported a 12 percent fall in first-half pretax profit, hurt by the slump in oil prices and said it expected trading margins to fall further. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/yndpq-wqEzs/story01.htm

Total sells North Sea gas pipelines for $907 mln Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 06:02:27 GMT
PARIS, Aug 27 (Reuters) – French oil major Total has agreed to sell some of its gas pipeline assets in the UK’s North Sea to North Sea Midstream Partners, an affiliate of U.S.-based private equity firm ArcLight Capital, for 585 million pounds ($907 million). http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/NxtL4M1F7ow/story01.htm

Fuel firm Total Kenya say H1 pretax profit dips 5 pct Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:51:03 GMT
NAIROBI, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Oil marketer Total Kenya said its first-half pretax profit dropped by 5 percent due to inflation and volatility in international oil prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/dq8aeoLJPDM/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Vale sells another coal mine in Australia Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 03:03:41 GMT
* Buyers are Glencore, Bloomfield (Adds comment, details, SYDNEY dateline) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/lmYFoGNw9Yo/story01.htm

Exporters run for high ground as China growth story unravels Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:14:01 -0400
FRANKFURT, Aug 27 (Reuters) – The alarming scale of China’s economic slowdown is pushing European exporters to accelerate a move into premium goods and services, sacrificing volumes if necessary to sustain margins. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/xp6sFN-JkQg/global-markets-china-exporters-idUSL5N1111M820150827

UPDATE 2-Lonmin sees full-year cash costs below guidance Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 06:03:42 -0400
* To cut output by 100,000 oz per year by end-2017 (Adds analyst comment, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/tTKsXcmd0Ig/lonmin-results-idUSL4N1122MM20150827

Fleeing drought, climate migrants press Zimbabwe’s fertile east Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:57:50 -0400
MUTARE, Zimbabwe, Aug 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In the eastern highlands of Manicaland province, crudely built wood, mud, and thatch hovels cling perilously to the mountainsides. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/CE8aGnwnPs0/zimbabwe-climate-migrants-idUSL5N1122GG20150827

UPDATE 3-Russia’s Rusal delays decision on dividend, core profit jumps
Posted:Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:32:34 -0400
* Expects Chinese semis exports to fall in H2 (Adds details about board meeting on dividend) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/p7wpL9WGJX8/united-co-rusal-results-idUSL4N11208920150827

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Radiation is dangerous for bees, not just pesticides. E.ON. moves on to renewables in the US, while trying to evade responsibility for its nuclear waste in Germany. Fires and water shortages – no place for nuclear reactors, or waste. Nuclear reactors and waste guzzle and permanently pollute water. Yet, the Middle East is trying to get nuclear reactors.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Pesticides harmful to bees, says EU watchdog
Posted:Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:15:19 -0400
BRUSSELS, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Widely-used pesticides made by Bayer CropScience and Syngenta pose a risk to bees, the European Union’s food safety watchdog said on Wednesday, reinforcing previous research that led to EU restrictions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/T_NcW8HXu_k/eu-agriculture-bees-idUSL5N1112DK20150826

Tata Steel to mothball Wales plant as tough markets persist Posted:Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:29:43 -0400
LONDON, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Tata Steel, Britain’s largest steelmaker, said on Wednesday it will mothball a plant in south Wales as tough markets persist, forcing the company to focus on higher-value products. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/mRbV0VWZOo8/britain-tatasteel-closure-idUSL5N1113P920150826

Germany’s E.ON banks on U.S. in renewables expansion Posted:Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:47:34 GMT
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s E.ON plans to expand its solar and wind business in the United States, an executive said, as the utility strives to bolster its renewable energy operations ahead of a planned spin-off of its ailing fossil-fuel power plants. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/0TRvabTsReQ/story01.htm

Dry, windy conditions challenge Washington state firefighters Posted:Wed, 26 Aug 2015 02:53:51 GMT
SEATTLE (Reuters) – A return of hot, dry winds hampered ground crews fighting the largest cluster of wildfires on record in Washington state on Tuesday, one of more than five dozen major conflagrations raging across the drought-stricken American West. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/wxGgc8eJz28/story01.htm

U.S. regulator sued for withholding information on GMO crops Posted:Tue, 25 Aug 2015 23:06:42 GMT
(Reuters) – A food safety advocacy group sued an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, saying it illegally withheld public information on genetically engineered crops. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/iWHctUMAs7U/story01.htm

Haiti drought cuts harvests, lifts prices, food crisis looms-WFP Posted:Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:49:13 -0400
BOGOTA, Aug 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A severe drought in Haiti has led to acute water shortages, shrivelled harvests and raised food prices, weakening the fragile food supply and worsening hunger among the poor, the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/iY0NPqcGEUg/haiti-drought-idUSL5N11103U20150826

RPT-Thirsty Middle East faces worsening water stress – researchers Posted:Wed, 26 Aug 2015 03:19:35 -0400
BARCELONA, Aug 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Nearly half of 33 countries expected to face extremely high water stress by 2040 are in the Middle East, where surface water is limited and demand is high, said experts who ranked 167 nations. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/aJRezyB87GQ/mideast-water-politics-idUSL5N11113220150826

Tuesday 25 August 2015

Protest Against Cameco Uranium Mine in Nebraska
Demonstrators voice their opinion ahead of an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board hearing.
New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/the-freedom-to-demonstrate-against-uranium-mining-for-almost-a-decade-cameco-vs-clean-water-lakota-sioux/

Fishermen OK Tepco’s plan to dump Fukushima plant water into seahttp://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/08/25/national/fishermen-ok-tepcos-plan-dump-fukushima-plant-water-sea/

And, the Japanese Mafia, Yakuza, discovered illegally dumping toxic waste: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/08/25/national/crime-legal/yakuza-syndicate-raided-illegal-dumping-toxic-waste/
So, there’s probably radioactive waste dealings too….

Almost 3 years ago: “Fukushima fish ‘may be inedible for a decade’: Marine scientist finds levels of radioactivity in fish near stricken Fukushima nuclear plant are higher than expectedhttp://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/oct/25/fukushima-fish-inedible-decade-radioactivity Buessler referenced Tokyo Electric Power Company, “Nuclide analysis results of fish and shellfish” (August 2012); http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/ nu/fukushima-np/images/handouts_120821_01-e.pdf for 25,000 Bq/kg wet weight for two greenling fish caught offshore from Fukushima in Aug. 2012 (They claim that now it’s ok, even as they can’t find the corium… The author, Ken Buessler, is now infamous for apparently understating risk.)
Japan Typhoon 26 Aug. 2015

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UPDATE 4-Washington D.C. regulators reject Exelon-Pepco power merger
Posted:Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:56:03 -0400
WASHINGTON, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Utilities regulators for the District of Columbia on Tuesday denied Exelon Corp’s $6.8 billion bid for Pepco Holdings Inc, dealing a major blow to a deal that would have created the country’s top power distributor. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/bE7B_9AeB1s/pepco-holdings-exelon-ma-idUSL1N11019420150825

UPDATE 3-Obama aims to boost homeowner renewable energy use
Posted:Mon, 24 Aug 2015 21:04:20 -0400
LAS VEGAS, Aug 24 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday expanded his push for greater renewable energy adoption, announcing fresh financial incentives for solar power development and use. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/o2kMLfGLCPc/usa-energy-obama-idUSL1N10Z0KI20150825

UPDATE 3-Southern Co becomes No.2 U.S. utility with $8 bln AGL deal
Posted:Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:49:07 -0400
* AGL’s shares soar to $62, below Southern Co $66/share offer http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/AesKBJjAqaM/agl-resources-ma-southern-co-idUSL4N10Z47Y20150824

Typhoon lashes Japan, landslide fears prompt evacuation call Posted:Tue, 25 Aug 2015 07:37:02 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese authorities advised 280,000 people to evacuate their homes as a typhoon lashed southern Kyushu island and western Japan on Tuesday, bringing torrential rains and winds gusting over 110 miles an hour (180 kph). http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/kB2vQ4U2joc/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-South Africa’s mining industry to sign jobs pact – govt Posted:Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:27:07 -0400
* High unemployment a politically thorny issue in S.Africa (Adds unions, companies quotes, detail) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/fYTmxbiNdvc/safrica-mining-employment-idUSL5N1102R920150825

EU antitrust regulators investigate precious metals trading Posted:Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:32:22 -0400
BRUSSELS, Aug 25 (Reuters) – European Union antitrust authorities are investigating possible anti-competitive practices in precious metals trading as they joined other regulators in a crackdown on possible rigging of the markets. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/rCxuw9WGBX8/eu-metals-antitrust-idUSL5N11033L20150825

UPDATE 2-Antofagasta eyes cost cuts and lower capex as earnings slump
Posted:Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:33:46 GMT
* Shares up 8 pct, rebound from more than 6 year low (Adds details on capex, shares) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/qOYP1lGzK-4/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Exxon $225 mln pollution settlement with New Jersey is approved
Posted:Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:27:51 GMT
Aug 25 (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp’s $225 million settlement with the administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of a longstanding environmental pollution case won approval on Tuesday from a state judge, over the objections of critics who called the accord a sellout. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/UwY-uxSfLGw/story01.htm

Brazil judge says president’s ex-chief of staff may have been bribed
Posted:Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:41:39 GMT
SAO PAULO, Aug 25 (Reuters) – The federal judge in Brazil overseeing a sweeping corruption investigation said on Tuesday there were signs that President Dilma Rousseff’s former chief of staff had received bribes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/yLMtkJl1DU4/story01.htm

Court orders Russia to pay compensation for Greenpeace ship seizure
Posted:Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:34:07 GMT
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A court in the Netherlands has ordered Russia to pay compensation for seizing the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise during a protest against an offshore oil platform two years ago, a ruling which Moscow dismissed as lacking legal authority. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/RL8_Mfgw27c/story01.htm

Monday, 24 August 2015

The 100 mSV per year exposure USNRC Comment deadline was extended from Sept. 8 to November. Take time to organize!

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/cameco-uranium-mining-vs-clean-water-lakota-people/

Sunday, 23 August 2015

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/nuclear-safer-not-nuclear-emergency-backup-in-heart-of-new-madrid-quake-zone/

Saturday, 22 August 2015

No we weren’t on vacation. This is truly a saga. It is also frightening. Italian “researcher” from the Naples area triangle of death, where the mafia dumped radioactive and toxic waste and people are sick and dying from it, wrote the US NRC in support of 100 mSv PER YEAR of radiation for Americans! 100 mSv per year will pretty much assure that everyone gets cancer in the US, from this source alone, and around half will die around 15 years sooner, i.e. around retirement. What is his agenda? Who asked him to comment? Who is funding this? And, more: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/22/us-nrc-spreading-the-italian-triangle-of-death-to-america-refuse-omerta-remember-to-comment-by-september-8th/
Also new: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/22/23rd-to-25th-august-wylfa-twinning-camp/

E.ON German utility still trying to evade full responsibility for its nuclear waste, and threatening to sue Germany which wants to hold it responsible. Actually don’t they own about 15% of URENCO? URENCO is also in New Mexico, under the name LES, doing enrichment and creating lots of depleted uranium waste.

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RPT-UPDATE 2-E.ON boss says determined to spin off power plants Posted:Fri, 21 Aug 2015 06:35:00 -0400
* E.ON keeps open option to take legal action (Adds details on government role) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/b6qXOWUxi9Y/e-on-divestiture-idUSL5N10W18K20150821

UPDATE 2-Explosion at chemical plant in eastern China, 9 injured – state media
Posted:Sat, 22 Aug 2015 12:40:08 -0400
SHANGHAI, Aug 22 (Reuters) – An explosion hit a chemical plant on Saturday night in eastern China, the official Xinhua state news agency said, citing local authorities. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/VRsXYoLOZ98/china-blast-plant-idUSL3N10X07U20150822

Evacuation advisory lifted for Japan volcano near nuclear plant
Posted:Sat, 22 Aug 2015 08:35:26 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s southwestern city of Kagoshima on Saturday lifted an evacuation advisory on three areas within a 3-km (two-mile) radius of an active volcano 50 km (30 miles) from the Sendai nuclear plant that restarted operations last week. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/EZqa-cr06CA/story01.htm

U.S. probes deaths of 30 whales along southern Alaska coast Posted:Sat, 22 Aug 2015 00:35:28 GMT
SEATTLE (Reuters) – U.S. marine biologists have launched an investigation into the mass die-off of 30 whales found washed ashore along Alaska’s southern coast this summer, nearly three times the region’s average for this time of year, a federal official said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/pQzgJ2RV-HA/story01.htm

Wildfires rage in U.S. Northwest, army and foreign crews called in
Posted:Fri, 21 Aug 2015 04:17:06 GMT
SEATTLE (Reuters) – U.S. crews battling a flurry of wildfires raging unchecked across the Pacific Northwest contended with high winds on Thursday, a day after three firefighters were killed and four others were injured in Washington state. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/5Cwjt1eV1FY/story01.htm

Firefighters face high winds stoking deadly blazes in U.S. Northwest
Posted:Thu, 20 Aug 2015 21:59:35 GMT
SEATTLE (Reuters) – Crews battling a flurry of wildfires raging unchecked in the Pacific Northwest braced on Thursday for high winds forecast in the region a day after three firefighters were killed and four others were injured in Washington state. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/KTayCQLFv-Y/story01.htm

Friday, 21 August 2015

Sendai Nuclear slowing its ramp up NOT because of the volcano risk but because of a faulty pump!

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UPDATE 1-Japan’s Sendai reactor power ramp-up halted due to pump problem
Posted:Thu, 20 Aug 2015 23:00:06 -0400
TOKYO, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Japan’s Kyushu Electric Power has halted the ramp-up of power output from its Sendai No. 1 nuclear reactor due to a problem with a pump in the plant’s secondary cooling system, a spokesman said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/fJtEInhIwcY/japan-nuclear-restarts-idUSL3N10W1I820150821

In downturn, frackers turn to toilet water in drought-prone Texas Posted:Fri, 21 Aug 2015 01:00:00 -0400
HOUSTON, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Top shale oil producer Pioneer Natural Resources Co has found an unusual way to both save water and cut costs for its wells: tapping the treated runoff from toilets, sinks and showers in west Texas. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/kUk3sSk5Bok/pioneer-natl-rsc-fracking-water-idUSL1N10E2LT20150821

Thursday, 20 August 2015

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/20/nugen-told-by-asa-not-to-repeat-lie-but-this-does-not-go-far-enough/

Nuclear France may die of natural causes – solar power.

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France doubles size of solar tender after strong bidding Posted:Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:58:12 GMT
PARIS, Aug 20 (Reuters) – France will double the amount of solar power capacity it will commission to be built in a tender after high demand and competitive prices emerged during bidding, the French energy ministry said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Z9tyxjBF60E/story01.htm

Three firefighters killed battling Washington state wildfire
Posted:Thu, 20 Aug 2015 06:50:05 GMT
SEATTLE (Reuters) – Three firefighters in Washington state were killed and four injured while battling a wildfire threatening the town of Twisp, officials said on Wednesday, as more than a dozen major blazes burned in parched Western U.S. states. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/g4OkNUjR9MI/story01.htm

Ex-chemical company president pleads guilty in West Virginia spill
Posted:Wed, 19 Aug 2015 22:25:21 GMT
(Reuters) – The former president of a chemical company charged in the contamination of West Virginia’s biggest source of drinking water pleaded guilty on Wednesday to three federal pollution counts. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/a65_r4YF5FE/story01.htm

Groundwater pumping speeding subsidence in Central California: NASA
Posted:Wed, 19 Aug 2015 22:00:05 GMT
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Parts of the San Joaquin Valley in Central California are sinking faster than ever due to excessive groundwater pumping as the state deals with a devastating drought, a NASA report released on Wednesday said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/dRi7ymSMJVM/story01.htm

Regulator investigates NuVista pipeline leak in northern Alberta
Posted:Wed, 19 Aug 2015 21:48:04 GMT
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – The Alberta Energy Regulator is investigating a leak on a NuVista Energy pipeline in northern Alberta that spilled 100 cubic meters, roughly 629 barrels, of oil and water and natural gas emulsion, the regulator said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/41LJmW_Rd5o/story01.htm

China halts operations of 3 oil, gas facilities close to residences
Posted:Thu, 20 Aug 2015 06:45:47 -0400
SHANGHAI, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Three Chinese energy firms were told by local authorities in China to halt operations, after massive blasts at a warehouse in Tianjin last week raised public concerns that some facilities storing hazardous materials are too close to homes and schools. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/fVX30PYu0VM/china-blast-suspensions-idUSL5N10V1ZV20150820

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

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UPDATE 1-Fukushima operator’s mounting legal woes to fuel nuclear opposition
Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 2:52am EDT
* Judge forces Tepco to disclose internal report
* Report warned of need for precautions, went unheeded
* More than 10,000 have legal claim against Tepco, govt http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/17/japan-nuclear-tepco-legal-idUSL3N10S2GJ20150817

Glencore leads Britain’s FTSE to seven-month low Posted:Wed, 19 Aug 2015 11:59:24 -0400
* Admiral jumps on forecast-beating results (Updates with closing prices) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/RRdgveNgJxo/markets-stocks-ftse-idUSL5N10U3KX20150819

In downturn, North Dakota’s oilfield firms jostle for tiniest of jobs
Posted:Wed, 19 Aug 2015 19:23:37 GMT
WILLISTON, N.D., Aug 19 (Reuters) – Oilfield service companies eager for work amid plunging crude oil prices have until the end of Wednesday to bid for a guaranteed job: plugging a North Dakota well abandoned by a producer closing up shop in the No. 2 U.S. oil patch. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/HFpVqAEN1DY/story01.htm

Brazil builder agrees to $30 million fine in corruption probe
Posted:Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:46:53 GMT
SAO PAULO, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Brazilian engineering company Camargo Correa has agreed to pay fines of more than 104 million reais ($30 million) and admit to participating in a cartel that fixed prices on contracts with state-run oil producer Petrobras , antitrust regulator Cade said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/s_pDZebRIi8/story01.htm

China’s solar manufacturing output tops $31 bln in H1 -ministry
Posted:Wed, 19 Aug 2015 08:02:18 GMT
BEIJING, Aug 19 (Reuters) – The value of China’s total solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing output topped $31 billion in the first half of 2015, the industry ministry said on Wednesday, as the push for renewable energy continues in the world’s largest solar PV producer. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ZRSgMtRS6Wg/story01.htm

EU debate on green energy targets pitches UK against Germany
Posted:Wed, 19 Aug 2015 11:14:48 GMT
BRUSSELS, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Britain and Germany will line up on opposite sides of a European Union green energy debate starting next month on how to meet agreed renewable fuel targets for the next decade. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/hcUA_NEA_lY/story01.htm

NATO warns Russia over upsurge in violence in Ukraine
Posted:Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:48:22 GMT
BRUSSELS, Aug 19 (Reuters) – NATO warned Russia on Wednesday that any attempt by Russian-backed separatists to take more of Ukraine’s territory would be unacceptable. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/dQROqLJ4dZ0/story01.htm

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/18/sandia-us-nuclear-lab-found-quick-easy-solution-for-radiation-at-fukushima-chernobyl-other-contaminated-zones/

Early Health Physics Radiation Hazard sign ORNL

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Britain’s FTSE falters as commodity stocks crumple
Posted:Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:14:44 -0400
* Shire rises after ADRs rallied in New York (Adds news, updates prices) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/W_4TKajvr10/markets-stocks-ftse-idUSL5N10T2IU20150818

UPDATE 2-China investigates top work safety regulator after Tianjin blasts
Posted:Tue, 18 Aug 2015 08:19:31 -0400
* Company not licensed to handle hazardous chemicals before blasts http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/UBEuJ8dge54/china-blast-idUSL3N10T23O20150818

Large food firms back voluntary plan to stop land grabbing
Posted:Mon, 17 Aug 2015 16:01:00 -0400
TORONTO, Aug 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Global food giants and international NGOs have drafted a framework to prevent land grabs just as hedge funds, companies and plantation owners race to acquire new territory. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/8uXTkUCCII4/food-farming-rights-idUSL5N10S2Z620150817

Foreign firms scramble to fix Iran’s refineries once sanctions end
Posted:Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:29:19 -0400
LONDON, Aug 17 (Reuters) – International oil services companies are scrambling to win contracts worth tens of billions to repair and modernize Iran’s oil refineries once sanctions are removed, with officials even laying on bus tours for visiting foreign executives. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/iqezFN-Nt2c/iran-refineries-idUSL5N10P2XV20150817

UPDATE 2-Protesters demand compensation for China blasts amid chemical clean-up
Posted:Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:10:54 -0400
TIANJIN, China, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Hundreds of residents displaced by huge explosions last week in the Chinese port of Tianjin demanded compensation on Monday, as authorities worked to complete a sweep of the blast site for dangerous chemicals. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/H7doZ0GVFHc/china-blast-idUSL3N10S36S20150817

U.S. EPA to propose rules to curb methane emissions from oil and gas sector
Posted:Tue, 18 Aug 2015 02:42:21 GMT
WASHINGTON, Aug 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose regulations on Tuesday aimed at cutting methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by up to 45 percent over the next decade from 2012 levels, sources familiar with the issue said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/GRq6PU6E710/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Enbridge mid-month apportionment adds to Canada crude woes
Posted:Tue, 18 Aug 2015 01:05:19 GMT
Aug 17 (Reuters) – Canadian pipeline operator Enbridge Inc is rationing space for mid-month on its line 4/67 ex Kerrobert for August, according to a notice to shippers on Monday that was seen by Reuters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/F_qYmeqW070/story01.htm

Monday, 17 August 2015

Newest post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/16/insider-view-of-whats-wrong-with-us-does-contractors-in-particular-bechtel-risk-of-hydrogen-explosion-risk-of-criticality-event-at-hanford/

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Japan nuclear utility says no special precautions over volcano
Posted:Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:53:25 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese utility Kyushu Electric Power said on Monday that it was monitoring activity at a volcano near its Sendai nuclear plant, but did not need to take any special precautions after authorities warned of the risk of a larger-than-usual eruption. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/_jRpWjaTqqM/story01.htm

Fukushima operator’s mounting legal woes to fuel nuclear opposition
Posted:Mon, 17 Aug 2015 07:00:22 GMT
IWAKI, Japan (Reuters) – Four and a half years after the Fukushima disaster, and as Japan tentatively restarts nuclear power elsewhere, the legal challenges are mounting for the crippled plant’s operator. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/ALLkxkLLaPY/story01.htm

Western wildfires stretch resources thin
Posted:Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:51:17 GMT
SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Dozens of large wildfires roared largely unchecked across several Western states on Monday, stretching resources thin for agencies struggling to contain the flames amid a heat wave gripping the drought-parched region. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/QqnX5QNU8-s/story01.htm

U.S. gives Shell final nod to drill for oil in Arctic Posted:Mon, 17 Aug 2015 19:51:19 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday granted Royal Dutch Shell the final permit to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic for the first time since 2012, a move environmentalists vowed to fight. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/X72-tK72OJU/story01.htm

Saturday, 15 August 2015


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Japan raises warning level on volcano not far from nuclear plant
Posted:Sat, 15 Aug 2015 10:59:15 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan warned on Saturday that a volcano 50 km (31 miles) from a just-restarted nuclear reactor is showing signs of increased activity, and said nearby residents should prepare to evacuate. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/_SQxBY0RtZY/story01.htm

UPDATE 4-Death toll from China blasts rises to 104, Xi urges changes
Posted:Sat, 15 Aug 2015 10:42:20 -0400
* Original site of explosion on fire again (Adds new death toll and Xi’s comments) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/_si1aWpdp98/china-blast-idUSL3N10Q02420150815

China warns of change of wind spreading toxic substances at blast site
Posted:Sat, 15 Aug 2015 03:52:35 -0400
SHANGHAI, Aug 15 (Reuters) – China warned residents near the site of two huge explosions who had taken refuge in a school to evacuate on Saturday when the wind changed direction, and suggested they wear long trousers and face masks. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/iLZYHZwlfYY/china-blast-wind-idUSL3N10Q04J20150815

UPDATE 2-Brazil police raid World Cup arena, Odebrecht offices in fraud probe
Posted:Fri, 14 Aug 2015 20:20:03 -0400
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Police raided a stadium in the northeastern city of Recife and other offices around Brazil on Friday as part of an investigation into fraud in contracting for the arena, which was built for the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/f8ekfit0wNw/brazil-corruption-odebrecht-idUSL1N10P1E920150815

Friday, 14 August 2015, UTC

NREL Senior Engineer Palmer Carlin at the National Wind Technology Center, flanked by some of the massive turbines he says early wind technology pioneers only dreamed of seeing. Photo by Dennis Schroeder NREL
US National Wind Technology Center, 91 yr old Sr. Engineer, Palmer Carlin, photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL

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South African nuclear power plan stirs fears of secrecy and graft
Posted:Fri, 14 Aug 2015 06:36:14 -0400
JOHANNESBURG, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Fears are growing in South Africa that agreements to build nuclear power plants that could be the most expensive procurement in the country’s history will be made behind closed doors, without the necessary public scrutiny. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/g6n1u2q6Idg/safrica-nuclear-idUSL5N10N2FM20150814

TIMELINE-Key moments in Brazil’s Petrobras corruption probe
Posted:Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:10:39 -0400
Aug 14 (Reuters) – Prosecutors and federal police in Brazil have unearthed the country’s largest-ever corruption scandal by linking a ring of black-market money changers to a price-fixing and… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/pKFdjWP8dck/brazil-petrobras-idUSL1N10O31F20150814

New plea deals as Brazil’s Petrobras corruption probe advances
Posted:Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:37:23 -0400
SAO PAULO, Aug 14 (Reuters) – More defendants are negotiating and signing plea bargain deals in a massive bribery case focused on Brazil’s state-run oil firm Petrobras as federal prosecutors prepare… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/fJqYpimMCUQ/brazil-petrobras-deals-idUSL1N10O1QK20150814

Fifteen U.S. states seek to block EPA carbon rule
Posted:Thu, 13 Aug 2015 23:57:30 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fifteen state attorneys general petitioned a federal court in Washington on Thursday to block new U.S. rules to curb carbon emissions from power plants, in the first of several expected legal challenges to the Obama administration measure. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/kiGk-4ozzO4/story01.htm

EPA head meets with Navajo president over Colorado mine spill
Posted:Thu, 13 Aug 2015 22:42:28 GMT
FARMINGTON, N.M. (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection agency told the Navajo Nation president on Thursday that her agency would work closely with the Native American tribe in handling a toxic waste spill into river waters from a defunct Colorado gold mine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/ROOt5UzfXlI/story01.htm

Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions
Posted:Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:03:33 -0400
Aug 14 (Reuters) – The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 1330 GMT on Friday http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/C8dw-7jLRQY/deals-day-idUSL3N10P33K20150814

CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Chinese official defends fire fighters after Tianjin blasts, experts focus on response
Posted:Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:24:42 GMT
* Experts say initial use of water could have made situation worse http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/OsAUwJwKVzs/story01.htm

CORRECTED-China investigates cause of blasts at Tianjin port, firms assess damage
Posted:Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:23:29 GMT
* Many foreign firms sustain largely minor damage to facilities http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Td1SnK0nFG8/story01.htm

EU increases anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar glass imports
Posted:Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:44:29 GMT
BRUSSELS, Aug 14 (Reuters) – The European Union on Friday increased anti-dumping duties on imports from China of glass used in solar panels, saying products were still being sold at unfairly low prices that threaten European manufacturers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/LuHj6GPZ3eQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Japan environment ministry objects to 2nd coal-fired plant over targets
Posted:Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:25:59 GMT
TOKYO, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Japan’s environment minister objected on Friday to plans by Chubu Electric Power Co to build a coal-fired plant due to a lack of specific plans by the power industry to cut greenhouse gas emissions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/xuUGQVhEsHs/story01.htm

Thursday, 13 August 2015

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/13/american-inventor-of-failed-pebble-bed-nuclear-reactor-design-became-solar-expert-by-1950s/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/13/bbc-4-inside-sellafield-infomercial-complaint/

Dilution doesn’t work! Whether lead, or radionuclides, the contaminants go someplace. They may go downstream, follow the ocean currents, or sink to bottom: “Dilution has gradually diminished concentrations of contaminants such as arsenic, mercury and lead. But experts say deposits of heavy metals have settled into river sediments, where they can be churned up and unleash a new wave of pollution when storms hit or rivers run at flood stage.” (Reuters, Aug. 13, 2015)

US Trees Sent to Burn in Europe
For many nations, wood burning, or biomass, provided a fast, affordable way to meet a European Union goal to get a fifth of all energy from renewable sources by 2020.” (Reuters, Aug, 13, 2015) Not the first time. Original, never-cut, trees from the US South were sent to re-build Europe after World War I and probably after other wars.

See Forests Not Fuel: http://www.dogwoodalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Bioenergy-Fact-Sheet.pdf
and http://www.nrdc.org/energy/forestsnotfuel/

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EPA chief: Colorado river hit by mine waste back to pre-spill quality
Posted:Thu, 13 Aug 2015 02:01:28 GMT
DURANGO, Colo. (Reuters) – The water quality of a southwestern Colorado river rendered bright orange by toxic waste spewed from an abandoned gold mine one week ago has returned to pre-spill levels, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/ZdVWl7JTlg0/story01.htm

Tree loophole casts shadow over EU carbon action
Posted:Thu, 13 Aug 2015 04:22:52 -0400
BRUSSELS/LONDON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – European environment law provides more financial incentives to fell a tree than to plant one, campaigners say. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/ncyrguRARBg/eu-biomass-idUSL5N10N2B120150813

UPDATE 1-Britain changes rules to fast-track shale gas permits
Posted:Thu, 13 Aug 2015 03:06:20 -0400
* Shale gas appeals given priority (Adds comment from UK energy secretary, IGas, Labour minister and detail) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/liTeEPqpPCs/britain-shale-legislation-idUSL5N10O15X20150813

Judge approves Exxon Mobil settlement over 2013 Arkansas spill
Posted:Wed, 12 Aug 2015 20:02:19 GMT
(Reuters) – A federal judge on Wednesday approved Exxon Mobil Corp’s $5.07 million settlement of charges that it violated the federal Clean Water Act and state environmental laws in connection with a 2013 oil spill in central Arkansas. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/fECbGV3c8g4/story01.htm

Pacific island nation calls for moratorium on new coal mines
Posted:Thu, 13 Aug 2015 11:16:25 GMT
OSLO (Reuters) – The president of the low-lying Pacific island nation of Kiribati called on Thursday for a global moratorium on new coal mines to slow global warming and a creeping rise in world sea levels. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/jEVMKWDQO3g/story01.htm

Firefighters make progress against growing California blaze
Posted:Thu, 13 Aug 2015 16:56:56 GMT
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Firefighters kept battling blazes across drought-parched California on Thursday, and thousands of them made solid progress against a wildfire that has forced 150 people to evacuate homes outside of San Francisco. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/kAZppNRYPSM/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Israel reaches deal to develop Leviathan gas field
Posted:Thu, 13 Aug 2015 07:06:04 -0400
JERUSALEM, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Israel’s government said on Thursday it had reached a deal with a U.S.-Israeli consortium on the development of the huge Leviathan gas field and two other offshore wells. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/nttGoYCnx3c/israel-natgas-idUSL5N10O2HK20150813

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

New Posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/12/obamas-nuclear-climate-change-plan-proves-carters-unlimited-political-bribery-point/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/12/more-wildfires-near-chernobyl-europe-must-help-with-firefighters-prevention-fires-are-important-consideration-for-chernobyl-spent-fuel-facility-holtecs-history-of-corruption-should-exclude/

Germany says that nuclear utilities are responsible for nuclear waste by law. Germany’s E.ON. offers to “compromise” and pay for half of its nuclear waste liability.

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Germany has no plans for talks on nuclear shutdown
Posted:Wed, 12 Aug 2015 08:19:45 -0400
BERLIN, Aug 12 (Reuters) – The German government has no concrete plans to talk with industry about the costs of decommissioning nuclear power plants, a spokesman for the Economy Ministry said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/rRjJpCOV45E/germany-nuclear-idUSB4N0ZN01R20150812

California wildfire grows as crews work to protect communities
Posted:Wed, 12 Aug 2015 16:43:53 GMT
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A wildfire running rampant through drought-parched vegetation in northern California grew by several thousand acres overnight into Wednesday, as firefighters worked to stop the flames from spreading toward communities. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/bNW6tR67iW8/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-E.ON offers to work with German government on nuclear shutdown
Posted:Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:02:33 GMT
* H1 profit falls 13 pct, dragged lower by plants (Recasts, adds fresh CEO comment, details on nuclear) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Zs3NIxSmWkk/story01.ht

UPDATE 1-Freeport Indonesia halts copper exports after permit expires
Posted:Tue, 11 Aug 2015 23:44:46 -0400
JAKARTA, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Freeport-McMoRan has stopped exporting since last month from one of the world’s largest copper mines that it runs in Indonesia, a spokesman said on Wednesday, as the U.S. miner awaits approval from the trade ministry. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/BxVPLbvMW1U/indonesia-freeport-exports-idUSL3N10N1N320150812

UPDATE 1-Fire in gas pipe in northern Mexico kills 5 – Pemex
Posted:Tue, 11 Aug 2015 22:18:10 -0400
MEXICO CITY, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Five people were killed after a Pemex gas pipe burst into flames on the outskirts of the industrial city of Monterrey in northern Mexico on Tuesday, the state oil giant said on Twitter. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/IBrKZBOSALE/mexico-pemex-idUSL1N10N02N20150812

China coal mine accident in southwest China kills 10-Xinhua
Posted:Tue, 11 Aug 2015 20:45:27 -0400
SHANGHAI, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Ten people have been killed in a coal mine accident in China’s southwestern province of Guizhou, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday, the latest incident that points to the poor safety record of the world’s biggest coal producer. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/P2r_eo_M5FY/china-coal-accident-idUSL5N10N01E20150812

Mexico’s Pemex and union agree to continue contract negotiations
Posted:Wed, 12 Aug 2015 03:38:06 GMT
MEXICO CITY, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Pemex and its union have agreed to extend negotiations over contract terms for another month, the Mexican state oil giant said on Tuesday, boosting its chances of passing on part of a massive pension liability to the government. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/4d-REtVHYno/story01.htm

Alberta issues environmental order after Syncrude Canada heron deaths
Posted:Tue, 11 Aug 2015 19:35:07 GMT
(Reuters) – Alberta’s energy regulator on Tuesday ordered Syncrude Canada to develop a wildlife mitigation plan and publish more information following the death of 30 blue herons at an oil sands site in the Canadian province. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/o2GXd9EJJEo/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-BP’s main crude unit at Whiting shut for at least a month -sources
Posted:Tue, 11 Aug 2015 20:51:06 GMT
HOUSTON, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Heavy damage to the largest crude distillation unit at BP Plc’s 413,500-barrel-per-day (bpd) Whiting, Indiana, refinery will require at least a month to repair, sources familiar with the refinery’s plans said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/1K-hf8veDRY/story01.htm

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, UTC

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/technical-problems-with-japan-nuclear-power-seismic-and-volcanic-evaluations/

Many radionuclides eventually become lead. Most radionuclides act as chemical poisons, like lead, as well as radiological poisons. There is even radioactive lead! With spills, such as the one from this old gold mine, dumping large amounts of lead into the environment, will the US government declare that lead is good for you? “Lead has been listed as a pollutant of concern to EPA’s Great Waters Program due to its persistence in the environment, potential to bioaccumulate, and toxicity to humans and the environment.” http://www.epa.gov/ttnatw01/hlthef/lead.html What happens to this mine pollution? Flushing it downriver doesn’t make it disappear.

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Rivers hardest hit by Colorado mine waste spill to stay closed until Aug 17 Posted:Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:53:17 GMT (Reuters) – Two rivers in Colorado and New Mexico hardest hit by contamination from toxic wastewater spilled from a defunct gold mine will remain closed to drinking water and irrigation intakes for at least another week, U.S. environmental officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/GJh0e-j9eX8/story01.htm

U.S. Coast Guard sees added burden in Shell’s Arctic quest
Posted:Tue, 11 Aug 2015 17:32:10 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Coast Guard has been forced to divert resources – including a vessel that fights cocaine trafficking – to the Arctic this summer to ensure that Royal Dutch Shell’s exploratory oil drilling meets its environmental and safety commitments, its top officer said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Ura6a8YBNfU/story01.htm

One California wildfire grows as firefighters contain another
Posted:Tue, 11 Aug 2015 17:26:17 GMT
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A wildfire burning in northern California grew rapidly Tuesday morning, in the shadow of a larger blaze that destroyed dozens of homes before firefighters were able to largely contain it. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/S5chwkik5tg/story01.htm

Japan’s Kyushu Electric says begins restart of Sendai reactor
Posted:Mon, 10 Aug 2015 21:42:19 -0400
TOKYO, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Kyushu Electric Power began to restart its Sendai No. 1 reactor on Tuesday, the company said, the first attempt to reboot Japan’s nuclear industry in nearly two years after the sector was shut down in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/1tc5H9WBxDA/japan-nuclear-restarts-idUST9N0ZN01K20150811

Monday August 10, 2015, UTC

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/10/57-of-japanese-oppose-nuclear-power-restart-pm-abe-doesnt-care-sendai-nps-near-dangerous-decade-volcano-to-start-tuesday/
Sakurajima other side

Not enough water to cool coal power plants” (see Reuters below) in Poland means that they would be unable to cool nuclear power stations.

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BHP Billiton to cut 380 jobs at Australia’s Olympic Dam
Posted:Sun, 09 Aug 2015 07:47:36 -0400
SYDNEY, Aug 9 (Reuters) – BHP Billiton said on Sunday it would cut 380 jobs at its Olympic Dam copper and uranium mine in Australia, citing global market conditions in the resources sector and a desire to ensure the project was sustainable. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/F2abMWTPlcU/bhp-olympicdam-redundancies-idUSL3N10K08720150809

UPDATE 2-Polish heatwave cuts power supply to industry
Posted:Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:17:22 -0400
* Grid operator intervenes to purchase power abroad (Adds details, grid operator market intervention) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/B_cn4jW5ABc/poland-energy-heatwave-idUSL5N10L2QJ20150810

Chile’s Codelco denounces mine damage as talks with strikers fail
Posted:Sat, 08 Aug 2015 17:51:23 -0400
SANTIAGO, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Codelco, the world’s biggest copper producer, complained on Saturday of damage to its Salvador mine by striking workers, as talks to end a nearly three-week protest in Chile sputtered to a halt. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/fAHwTLBI8Bw/chile-mine-idUSL5N10J0GB20150808

Angolan police clash with dozens of anti-government protesters
Posted:Sat, 08 Aug 2015 12:54:24 -0400
LUANDA, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Angolan police clashed with more than 50 anti-government protesters on Saturday in the capital Luanda and detained several of them, including activist Rafael Marques de Morais. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/WPKOdLeiKzs/angola-protest-idUSL5N10J0BS20150808

Mongolian premier replaces cabinet members amid instability worries
Posted:Sat, 08 Aug 2015 00:03:21 -0400
ULAN BATOR, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Mongolian Prime Minister Chimed Saikhanbileg has replaced six members of his cabinet, a change the president said could hurt an already limping economy and further deter foreign investors worried about political stability. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/239TdGLvrS8/mongolia-cabinet-idUSL1N10I0RT20150808

Saturday, 8 August-Sunday 9 August

Today’s Posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/08/japans-nuclear-history-and-the-power-of-peace/
Paper cranes prayers for peace. Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Japan, public domain via wikipedia
Paper cranes prayers for peace. Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Japan

The Bombing of Nagasaki – August 9, 1945

Nagasaki survivor shows his scars 70 years later.

Volcanos and Nuclear Power Don’t Mix! Despite Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Fukushima, the Japanese Powers that Be have learned nothing. It appears especially evil to restart the reactors so close to the 70th anniversaries of the nuclear bombings of Japan.

Small volcanic eruption recorded from Mount Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture

Kyushu Electric eyes Tuesday restart for Sendai reactorhttp://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/08/08/national/kyushu-electric-eyes-tuesday-restart-sendai-reactor

Friday, 7 August 2015

New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/07/japanese-nobel-laureate-kenzaburo-oe-on-70th-anniv-of-us-atomic-bombings-of-hiroshima-and-nagasaki/

Hiroshima must be engraved in our memories: It’s a catastrophe even more dramatic than natural disasters, because it’s man-made. To repeat it, by showing the same disregard for human life in nuclear power stations, is the worst betrayal of the memory of the victims of Hiroshima… “(Kenzaburo Oe)
pyrophoric uranium
FEMA Heavy Rain

Atomic Bomb in the Context of World War II
I believe the fact that human beings created nuclear weapons is a crime of all humanity. However, I am also aware of the fact that it was said within the time of World War II that Nazi Germany was trying to perhaps develop nuclear weapons,… I do believe that Japan also bears responsibility for World War II. This war, which so many large powers were involved in, caused great suffering for people all over the world, including people of Japan and especially people of Asia. And it is a reality that within this immense war, nuclear weapons were created and in reality used… it is also a fact the United States did drop the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And I believe that this is something that humanity should not be proud of. However, while remembering this, we also need to, at the same time, remember what Japan and what Nazi Germany was responsible for during the war also, and when we are recording history, ensure that we record both of these realities together.” (Kenzaburo Oe) Read the entire interview here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/07/japanese-nobel-laureate-kenzaburo-oe-on-70th-anniv-of-us-atomic-bombings-of-hiroshima-and-nagasaki/

Light flash clipped from “Radiolab Munich pyrophoric uranium” video http://youtu.be/6o72Ya56SQk (Recommended video)

Wild Horses endangered by uranium mining and US government

A Wild Horse Sanctuary is endangered by the proposed Dewey Burdock uranium mine in South Dakota. But, the US government doesn’t want them on public lands either, preferring to give that land over to mining – often foreign at that – and ranchers and sell the horses for horse meat.
Pinto Wild Horse in corral up for adoption

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Property losses from northern California wildfire nearly double
Posted:Thu, 06 Aug 2015 01:59:43 GMT
(Reuters) – The tally of property losses from California’s largest and most destructive wildfire this year nearly doubled on Wednesday as the week-old blaze raged through dry scrubland north of Napa Valley wine country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/W6uWlpEQl0w/story01.htm

California wildlife managers approve ban on bobcat trapping
Posted:Thu, 06 Aug 2015 01:00:38 GMT
(Reuters) – California on Wednesday became the first U.S. state to ban commercial and sport trapping of bobcats, amid growing controversy over hunting the abundant predators whose pelts can fetch hundreds of dollars. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/eGe-C0vIN5Y/story01.htm

Conservationists file legal action to block Arizona wild horse round-up
Posted:Wed, 05 Aug 2015 23:38:47 GMT
PHOENIX (Reuters) – Conservationists in Arizona sought a federal court order on Wednesday to block the U.S. Forest Service from rounding up about 100 wild horses roaming on public land that officials said are a public safety hazard. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/czq8du4wQro/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Kloeckner speeds restructuring, scraps profit goal
Posted:Thu, 06 Aug 2015 01:32:09 -0400
FRANKFURT, Aug 6 (Reuters) – German steel distributor Kloeckner & Co said it would accelerate its restructuring programme and abandoned its goal of increasing 2015 core profit after a sharp drop in global steel prices wiped more than a third off its second-quarter earnings. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/eGrqj-Xl0CQ/kloeck-co-results-idUSL5N10H0FG20150806

Weak yen, returning carmakers throw lifeline to Japan’s steel mills
Posted:Thu, 06 Aug 2015 01:20:38 -0400
* Weak yen prompts some Japanese carmakers to manufacture at home http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/2LImmqUwjhU/japan-steel-automakers-idUSL3N10B1KJ20150806

UPDATE 1-China’s steel city feels impact of pollution regulations
Posted:Wed, 05 Aug 2015 21:40:26 -0400
TANGSHAN, China, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Struggling from weak demand and facing new rules to clean up pollution, some firms in China’s top steel producing city have scaled back production or even closed completely, lifting local steel prices off 20-year lows. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/l9R_VgknuAo/china-steel-tangshan-idUSL3N10H14N20150806

UPDATE 1-Brazil judge sentences OAS executives in Petrobras corruption case
Posted:Wed, 05 Aug 2015 20:37:34 -0400
SAO PAULO, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Federal Judge Sergio Moro handed out more prison sentences on Wednesday, this time to executives in Brazilian construction firm OAS, which was ensnared in the country’s biggest corruption scandal in history centered around state-run oil company Petrobras. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/rzGO9beAfao/brazil-petrobras-oas-idUSL1N10H01S20150806

UPDATE 2-Nearing debt target, Barrick Gold cuts dividend, eyes asset sales
Posted:Wed, 05 Aug 2015 19:07:09 -0400
Aug 5 (Reuters) – Barrick Gold Corp said on Wednesday it is making big strides toward an ambitious debt reduction target, announcing a financing deal for its Dominican mine, the planned sale of a suite of U.S. assets and a 60 percent cut to its dividend. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/T_7b-ixi6vo/barrick-gold-results-idUSL1N10G3LR20150805

Barrick Gold cuts dividend, to sell some U.S. non-core assets
Posted:Wed, 05 Aug 2015 17:32:59 -0400
Aug 5 (Reuters) – Barrick Gold Corp reported a narrower second-quarter loss on Wednesday but slashed its dividend by 60 percent, reduced production and cost targets for the year and said it would start a process to sell several of its non-core U.S. gold assets. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/8yc8qitJsxE/barrick-gold-results-idUSL1N10832R20150805

Sewage flow becomes Williston’s oil bust indicator
Posted:Thu, 06 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT
WILLISTON, N.D., Aug 6 (Reuters) – The population of a U.S. oil boomtown that became a symbol of the fracking revolution is dropping fast because of the collapse in crude oil prices , according to an unusual metric: the amount of sewage produced. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/HhKe0yBqt88/story01.htm

Plains says California oil spill could be larger than estimated
Posted:Wed, 05 Aug 2015 19:37:40 GMT
HOUSTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Plains All American Pipeline LP’s ruptured California oil pipeline may have spilled 41 percent more crude than currently estimated, the company said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/-Pz0ZGLkfcU/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-New head of Nigeria’s state oil company sacks top management
Posted:Wed, 05 Aug 2015 19:23:43 GMT
ABUJA, Aug 5 (Reuters) – The new head of Nigeria’s state oil firm dismissed senior managers after a government directive, the company said on Wednesday, barely a day after President Muhammadu Buhari appointed him as managing director. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/KRXIfw7fN6Q/story01.htm

UPDATE 8-Oil hits multi-month lows on U.S. gasoline build worries
Posted:Wed, 05 Aug 2015 19:03:43 GMT
* EIA announces 4.4 mln barrel U.S. crude draw, more than expected http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ojpDNryGSKY/story01.htm

New Caledonia mining trucks protest over nickel export ban to China
Posted:Thu, 06 Aug 2015 18:41:11 -0400
SYDNEY, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Dozens of mining trucks on Friday took to the streets of Noumea, capital of the South Pacific island of New Caledonia, to protest the government’s ban on some nickel exports to China. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/B_P3M7bkiP0/nickel-newcaledonia-idUSL3N10H15420150806

UPDATE 4-Fertilizer maker CF Industries to buy OCI assets for $6 bln
Posted:Thu, 06 Aug 2015 14:21:13 -0400
* CF will become unit of new company based in UK after the deal (Adds Breakingviews link, updates share price) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/rr76OGlG7PI/oci-ma-cf-industries-idUSL3N10H3XF20150806

INTERVIEW -Nippon Steel sees no recovery in Asia steel prices before April
Posted:Thu, 06 Aug 2015 13:00:00 -0400
* Steel pressured by cheap Chinese exports into next year -exec http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/zvJQFihgA9o/nippon-steel-prices-idUSL3N10H3GR20150806

Britain’s FTSE rises off lows after dovish BoE vote, miners weigh
Posted:Thu, 06 Aug 2015 12:10:32 -0400
* RSA falls, with focus on prospect of Zurich bid (Updates with quote, closing prices) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/SUfoPSGw6yU/markets-stocks-ftse-idUSL5N10H4HC20150806

UPDATE 1-Braskem posts strong profit, offers new Petrobras contract
Posted:Thu, 06 Aug 2015 11:51:04 -0400
SAO PAULO, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Brazilian petrochemical giant Braskem SA on Thursday reported a sharp jump in quarterly profit, and its chief executive said it had proposed a flexible new supply contract with state-run oil firm Petrobras. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/3giwaKY-lnE/braskem-results-idUSL1N10H1JQ20150806

UPDATE 1-S.Africa’s main mining union says 11,000 members could lose jobs
Posted:Thu, 06 Aug 2015 11:50:00 -0400
* Sibanye Gold CEO says government cannot “hold companies ransom” (Recasts with NUM comments on job cuts) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/0bw240UO-M4/safrica-mining-idUSL5N10H3PU20150806

Rio Tinto CEO rejects fears over China growth, demand
Posted:Thu, 06 Aug 2015 11:21:57 -0400
LONDON, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Demand for commodities is healthy on the ground in top consumer China despite worries about an economic slowdown that has weighed on prices, the head of mining group Rio Tinto said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/lZUMqYz4mhw/riotinto-china-idUSL5N10H3XB20150806

ThyssenKrupp probes suspected bribes at former marine venture – paper
Posted:Thu, 06 Aug 2015 08:50:18 -0400
FRANKFURT, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Germany’s ThyssenKrupp is investigating old cases of suspected bribery at its former submarine joint venture Marine Force International, business daily Handelsblatt reported. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/BfsHA4qj_zM/thyssenkrupp-submarines-corruption-idUSL5N10H2NO20150806

UPDATE 3-South Africa’s Sibanye Gold seeks coal assets for power
Posted:Thu, 06 Aug 2015 08:27:42 -0400
* H1 HEPS 19 cents, middle of range it had flagged to market (Updates with detail on assets sought) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/zGya94_qsws/markets-stocks-ftse-idUSL5N10H35O20150806