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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! There’s 4 months to the end of the year.

Daily news updates below this info on upcoming comment period
Comment period for US NRC-2015-005 proposal to expose the general American Public to 100 mSv of radiation PER YEAR, falsely named “Linear No-Threshold Model and Standards for Protection Against Radiation”, has been extended to November 19th. It close to guaranties that all women, and most men, get cancer, from this source alone. Since cancers may come from other sources, including medical exposure, and radiation builds up in the environment, everyone will have cancer, and around half will die of cancers, that have shortened their lives by 14 to 15 years. Some experts put this at double the amount, meaning all will die. In short, no need for retirement money but a huge, unbearable cost to insurance and to any living taxpayers. Once insurance runs out, the US government is supposed to pick up the health-care, after most or all assets are taken, of course. In some states down to your wedding ring, if you have one. One more reason to get eco-plastic jewelry. If you think the US gov cares for its people, take a look at the life-boat ethics of Hurricane Katrina. Those with autos and money for a hotel got out. Those who didn’t were left to die in inhuman conditions.

In the US, “18.1 million cancer survivors in 2020, 30% more than 2010. Costs of cancer care: $157 billion in 2010 dollars. More survivors or more cancer? Of course, they blame the aging and growing population. They may be on to something with the growing population, but cancer is mostly NOT a natural death, and was fairly rare 100 years ago. Surprisingly, there were good records. People died of influenza, smallpox, etc. Others lived old and healthy. Maybe by Christmas we will have time to address the shift in cancer rates in detail. The stats are there. Recall that x-rays and radium use slightly pre-date the nuclear age, if you examine the stats. Also, there is the issue of miners and immigrants from mining districts, which can account for some cancers.

The taxpayer funded BEIR report 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 (100 mSv per year proposal). And, radiation is worse because it can destroy the immune system, as well as causing cancer and other illnesses.)

Take advantage of the extension on the US NRC Comment about 100 mSv exposure to network-Organize! You have until November 19th now.!docketDetail;D=NRC-2015-0057
Complain to your government officials, as well.

Comment Deadline for Sept. 21st:

Friday, 18 Sept. 2015

Remember the polar bear deadline:

New: Someone in the UK was inspired by the plight of the polar bears to ask their member of parliament to request an inquiry:
US FWS polar bear with cubs 2
Watch your local landfills. The nuclear utilities will want to do the dismantling as cheaply as possible. This means they will probably seek the place with the lowest standard. Germany has already legally burned radioactive waste in the US, and illegally dumped nuclear reactor sludge on Italian farmlands, with mafia help. Highly Enriched Uranium spent fuel from Switzerland and Germany arrived in South Carolina one month ago, even though the US has no place to put its own spent fuel.

The French worry about BPA in their sardine cans but not the plutonium and strontium in the sardines themselves! They don’t want GMO food, but radioactive food is fine. Go figure.

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Investors shun German utilities on nuclear clean-up uncertainty Posted:Thu, 17 Sep 2015 10:21:45 -0400
FRANKFURT, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Investors are dumping shares in Germany’s utilities, worried that the struggling firms might need to raise more capital to pay for the shutdown of their nuclear reactors, a plan that some estimates say could cost up to 70 billion euros ($79 billion).

France’s highest court backs restrictions on BPA plastics chemical
Posted:Thu, 17 Sep 2015 14:55:09 -0400
PARIS, Sept 17 (Reuters) – France’s constitutional court upheld on Thursday restrictions on selling and importing bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to stiffen plastics that some studies suggest poses health risks.

Japan ruling bloc makes final push on security bills despite protests
Posted:Fri, 18 Sep 2015 01:16:52 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – The Japanese government began a final push on Friday to enact contentious defense legislation that could let its troops fight overseas for the first time since World War Two, despite public protests and delaying tactics by the opposition.

RPT-As rivals blink, Rio Tinto plans to expand Mongolia copper mine
Posted:Thu, 17 Sep 2015 18:16:18 -0400
OYU TOLGOI, Mongolia, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Rio Tinto said it is committed to expanding its Oyu Tolgoi copper mine in Mongolia based on a positive outlook for the metal and confidence that low production costs can buoy profits even as competitors cut output.

Kinross Gold cuts 2015 capex and cost forecast, trims output view
Posted:Thu, 17 Sep 2015 18:14:25 -0400
Sept 17 (Reuters) – Canadian miner Kinross Gold Corp on Thursday lowered its full-year capital spending and overhead costs forecasts and raised the lower end of its production outlook.

Chile state oil firm Enap’s Aconcagua refinery operating normally
Posted:Thu, 17 Sep 2015 12:31:32 -0400
SANTIAGO, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Chile’s state oil company ENAP said on Thursday its Aconcagua oil refinery, located in the coastal town of Concon, was operating normally and its installation had suffered no damages after a strong earthquake and tsunami the prior night.

UPDATE 1-Chile’s Codelco restarts Andina copper mine after quake
Posted:Thu, 17 Sep 2015 11:09:44 -0400
SANTIAGO, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Chile’s Codelco said on Thursday it restarted its open-pit Andina mine located in the Andes mountains, as mining operations in the world’s top copper producer appeared to be unscathed after a powerful earthquake that struck off the coast overnight.

UPDATE 2-France bolsters ban on genetically modified crops Posted:Thu, 17 Sep 2015 10:52:44 -0400
PARIS, Sept 17 (Reuters) – France is to use a new European opt-out scheme to ensure a ban on the cultivation of genetically modified crops in the country remains in place, it said on Thursday.

UPDATE 3-House panel passes bill to repeal U.S. oil export ban Posted:Thu, 17 Sep 2015 18:41:05 GMT
WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – A bill to repeal the 40-year-old ban on U.S. oil exports easily passed the energy panel in the House of Representatives on Thursday, but the measure faces an uphill battle in the Senate.

UPDATE 1-Hovensa faces bankruptcy, owes $1.86 billion to owners Posted:Thu, 17 Sep 2015 17:53:54 GMT
HOUSTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Bankruptcy proceedings over the future of the Hovensa refinery were slated to open in federal court in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Thursday, two days after it filed for protection, saying it owes $1.86 billion to owners Hess Corp and Venezuela’s PDVSA.

UPDATE 2-Turkey seeks up to 34-year jail sentence for Erdogan rival – agency
Posted:Thu, 17 Sep 2015 16:17:55 GMT
* Clampdown on Gulenists comes ahead of Nov 1 snap election (Recasts with Gulen indictment)

UPDATE 2-RWE pours water on hopes for Gulf-based shareholder
Posted:Thu, 17 Sep 2015 14:36:38 GMT
* Shares pare gains but still up 9.2 pct (Adds quotes, context on Gulf business)

UK PM Cameron rules out second Scottish independence vote Posted:Thu, 17 Sep 2015 23:09:09 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – Scotland must move on from its failed bid for independence, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday, using the first anniversary of an historic referendum to rule out holding another vote on the issue.

Thursday, 17 Sept. 2015

Polar Bear Comment Deadline is late Saturday night (11.59 ET) in the US; Sunday elsewhere
polar bears and nuclear sub

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Poland’s LNG terminal likely to hit full capacity by 2018 -operator
Posted:Wed, 16 Sep 2015 09:15:49 -0400
WARSAW, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Poland’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal should finally be ready for commercial use next May and is likely to reach full capacity by 2018, its operator said on Wednesday.

Goat-killing menace mutates to clean energy source in rural KenyaPosted:Wed, 16 Sep 2015 04:35:26 -0400
MARIGAT, Kenya, Sept 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A goat-killing toxic shrub that was the bane of this Rift Valley town now has a new starring role: a clean fuel that lights homes and can earn villagers up to $1,000 a year.

China state planner says will launch more regional pilot power reforms
Posted:Tue, 15 Sep 2015 22:48:34 -0400
BEIJING, Sept 16 (Reuters) – China is planning to extend its pilot power price reforms to more regions in the future, the vice-head of the country’s state planning agency said on Wednesday, part of its efforts to make its huge electricity sector more responsive to the market.

UK shale gas cash should pay for carbon capture projects – report
Posted:Tue, 15 Sep 2015 19:01:00 -0400
LONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Britain should use revenues from the shale gas industry to help fund the development of projects that capture carbon dioxide emissions and store them underground, a shale gas industry-funded task force said on Wednesday.

CORRECTED-EEX steps up competition with Nasdaq Commodities in the Nordics
Posted:Tue, 15 Sep 2015 13:31:00 -0400
OSLO, Sept 15 (Reuters) – The European Energy Exchange (EEX) has opened an office in Oslo, Norway, the Germany-based exchange said on Tuesday, stepping up competition with Nasdaq Commodities for trading Nordic power contracts.

Latvia says plans to split gas monopoly in 2017
Posted:Tue, 15 Sep 2015 13:08:55 -0400
RIGA, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Latvia’s government finalised on Tuesday a plan to split its natural gas monopoly Latvijas Gaze to boost competition, in line with European Union rules, and said it would be completed in 2017.

UPDATE 1-Italy to privatise post office soon, railways in 2016 – official
Posted:Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:00:33 -0400
MILAN, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Italy is pressing ahead with privatisation plans despite recent market volatility, a top treasury official said on Tuesday, with sales that could raise nearly 15 billion euros ($16.9 billion)this year and next.

Is romance dead? France seeks new image in China
Posted:Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:44:58 -0400
PARIS, Sept 15 (Reuters) – France’s finance minister will attempt this week to persuade Chinese officials to set aside their romantic image of his country and focus instead on its industrial prowess.

UPDATE 1-Ukraine expects new gas deal with Russia by end of next week
Posted:Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:19:17 -0400
KIEV, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Ukraine expects to reach a new winter gas deal with Moscow by the end of the next week, its energy minister said on Tuesday, adding that he saw $220 per 1,000 cubic metres as an acceptable price for supplies from Russia.

UPDATE 4-Berlin slams “irresponsible” report on nuclear funds Posted:Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:53:54 -0400
* Shares in utilities pare earlier sharp losses (Releads, fresh quotes, updates shares)

Wind industry says could supply 25 percent of EU electricity by 2030
Posted:Wed, 16 Sep 2015 11:07:26 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – Wind farms could supply a quarter of the European Union’s electricity needs by 2030 if member states come good on energy and climate pledges, an industry report said on Wednesday.

Ocean fish numbers on ‘brink of collapse’: WWF
Posted:Wed, 16 Sep 2015 11:54:36 GMT
OSLO (Reuters) – The amount of fish in the oceans has halved since 1970, in a plunge to the “brink of collapse” caused by over-fishing and other threats, the WWF conservation group said on Wednesday.

Firefighters gain ground on California wildfire that destroyed 585 homes
Posted:Wed, 16 Sep 2015 10:26:30 GMT
MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (Reuters) – Property losses from a deadly Northern California wildfire, the most destructive this year in the western United States, climbed on Tuesday to at least 585 homes and hundreds of other structures that have gone up in flames.

As California fire rages, volunteers search for wounded, sick animals
Posted:Wed, 16 Sep 2015 09:52:14 GMT
MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (Reuters) – Dr. John Madigan usually works as a professor at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. But since Monday, he has been driving through fire-ravaged communities in northern California searching for animals left behind by residents who fled for their lives.

Flash floods kill at least 16 in Utah
Posted:Wed, 16 Sep 2015 06:26:16 GMT
SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) – Flash floods have killed 12 people near Utah’s border with Arizona when a “large wall of water and debris” triggered by heavy rain pounding nearby canyons swept them away in their cars, officials said on Tuesday.

Ecuador asks neighbors for help as forest fires rage round Quito
Posted:Wed, 16 Sep 2015 03:31:59 GMT
QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuador called on Latin American neighbors on Tuesday to help it battle forest fires that have forced families to flee some neighborhoods of the capital Quito and its outskirts.

Exclusive: Chinese coal data cast doubt on historic stalling of world CO2
Posted:Wed, 16 Sep 2015 01:02:23 GMT
OSLO/BEIJING (Reuters) – When the International Energy Agency reported in March that global carbon emissions had stayed flat in 2014, even as the world economy grew, the news was hailed as a turning point in the struggle to curb climate change.

In warming Arctic, mosquitoes may live long and prosper
Posted:Wed, 16 Sep 2015 00:53:51 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rising temperatures at the top of the world may be bad news for Arctic denizens like polar bears, but good news for the local mosquitoes, pesky bloodsuckers that prosper with warmer weather.

California fishermen decry U.S. caps on whales, turtles snared by gillnets
Posted:Tue, 15 Sep 2015 22:23:07 GMT
(Reuters) – California fishermen on Tuesday decried plans by U.S. fisheries managers to limit the number of endangered whales and turtles that can be inadvertently captured in drift gillnets used to catch swordfish in waters off San Diego and Los Angeles.

Spread of deserts costs trillions, spurs migrants: study
Posted:Tue, 15 Sep 2015 18:53:32 GMT
OSLO (Reuters) – Land degradation, such as a spread of deserts in parts of Africa, costs the world economy trillions of dollars a year and may drive tens of millions of people from their homes, a U.N.-backed study said on Tuesday.

Southeast Asia wheezes in haze, Indonesia cracks down on land burning
Posted:Tue, 15 Sep 2015 18:22:16 GMT
JAKARTA (Reuters) – A worsening haze across northern Indonesia, neighboring Singapore and parts of Malaysia on Tuesday forced some schools to close and airlines to delay flights, while Indonesia ordered a crackdown against lighting fires to clear forested land.

Tuesday, 15 Sept. 2015

Urgent Arctic-Polar Bear Comment by this coming Saturday Night!

polar bear on dirt USFWS

Reuters News Feed Selection

German utilities defend nuclear provisions after report Posted:Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:50:32 GMT
FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) – German utilities rebutted a media report that nuclear operators could be as much as 30 billion euros ($34 billion) short in their provisioning for waste disposal.

UPDATE 3-GE to move U.S. jobs overseas in fight over export credits Posted:Tue, 15 Sep 2015 19:39:02 GMT
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Sept 15 (Reuters) – General Electric Co said on Tuesday it will move as many as 500 U.S. power turbine manufacturing jobs to Europe and China because it can no longer access U.S. Export-Import Bank financing, reigniting a congressional battle over the suspended institution’s future.

In Pakistan, solar water heaters help a town move away from wood Posted:Tue, 15 Sep 2015 05:45:06 -0400
NATHIAGALI, Pakistan, Sept 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – F or the past year, a steady stream of villagers has been visiting Muhammad Naeem’s home in this quaint mountain town in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Turkey considering WTO appeal over U.S. steel pipe duties – industry rep
Posted:Mon, 14 Sep 2015 05:46:25 -0400
LONDON, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Turkey is considering lodging an appeal with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against a U.S. move to slap anti-dumping duties on imports of Turkish steel pipes, an industry group told Reuters.

UPDATE 1-Petrobras chairman to take leave, to focus on job as Vale CEO Posted:Mon, 14 Sep 2015 11:13:06 -0400
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Murilo Ferreira will take a leave of absence as chairman of state-run oil firm Petrobras, turning his full attention to his job as chief executive of Vale SA as the mining giant grapples with a downturn in the sector.

UPDATE 2-India imposes 20 pct duty on some foreign steel products as imports surge
Posted:Mon, 14 Sep 2015 10:42:32 -0400
* Reports of duty push up shares of Indian steel companies (Adds finance minister’s comments and tweaks lead)

UPDATE 1-Alcoa to stop production at Suriname refinery Posted:Mon, 14 Sep 2015 09:45:30 -0400
Sept 14 (Reuters) – Alcoa Inc said it would stop production at its Suralco alumina refinery in Suriname due to dwindling bauxite ore supply.

RPT-“From big to strong”: China sees competitive edge in green cars Posted:Sun, 13 Sep 2015 21:12:02 GMT
BEIJING, Sept 14 (Reuters) – China’s auto sales could be heading for a rare fall this year, but one bright spot is in so-called green cars, where sales have almost quadrupled so far in 2015.

Monday, 14 Sept. 2015


USFWS polar bear family
The US Fisheries and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has a draft Polar Bear Conservation plan. While it discusses some toxins found in arctic water, it fails to discuss the impact of radionuclides on polar bears, even though radionuclides are present in the arctic, and continue to accumulate from routine and accidental releases from nuclear reactors, nuclear fuel reprocessing facilities, etc. Radionuclides are also there from historic nuclear weapons testing. The USFWS needs to include the radiological and chemical impacts of radionuclides on polar bears. Furthermore, they need to do research on the radiation and chemical impacts of radiation on the sea ice. Radionuclides emit high amounts of ionizing radiation, so they must have some impact on ice. Where is the research on this? There are also chemical impacts. Furthermore, tritiated water (radioactive water) freezes at a different temperature than non-radioactive water. These concerns need to be researched and addressed in the Polar Bear Conservation Plan. Comment on Draft Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan until 19 Sept. 2015 11.59 pm!documentDetail;D=FWS-R7-ES-2014-0060-0001 (That’s next Saturday, which is not normal, but that’s what it says.)

Sunday, 13 Sept. 2015

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Canadian and Australian uranium mining companies must be disappointed! Iran has its own uranium!

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Iran says finds unexpectedly high uranium reserve Posted:Sat, 12 Sep 2015 06:40:33 -0400
DUBAI, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Iran has discovered an unexpectedly high reserve of uranium and will soon begin extracting the radioactive element at a new mine, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation said on Saturday.

Sierra wildfire threatens famed giant sequoia grove in California Posted:Sat, 12 Sep 2015 06:40:10 GMT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A rapidly spreading wildfire spurred evacuations of thousands of mountain homes in California’s gold-rush country on Friday as flames from a larger Sierra Nevada blaze edged close to a famed grove of giant sequoia trees in Kings Canyon National Park.

Thousands evacuated as California wildfires sweep on Posted:Sun, 13 Sep 2015 17:01:42 GMT
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Sunday in Northern California areas hit by a fast-expanding wildfire that injured four firefighters and forced thousands of people to evacuate small towns near wine country.

Series of quakes hit off Mexico’s west coast, no damage reported Posted:Sun, 13 Sep 2015 10:24:22 GMT
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A series of earthquakes, including one of magnitude 6.6, struck in waters off the west coast of Mexico early on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of any damage.

Germany says ‘significant progress’ made at Ukraine meeting Posted:Sat, 12 Sep 2015 22:51:16 GMT
BERLIN, Sept 13 (Reuters) – German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said after meeting his Russian, Ukrainian and French counterparts in Berlin on Saturday that “significant progress” had been made towards a resolution of the conflict between Kiev and Moscow.

Regulatory pressure on banks could cut credit to energy firms -sources Posted:Fri, 11 Sep 2015 18:06:08 -0400
NEW YORK, Sept 11 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators are scrutinizing the impact of falling energy prices on bank loans in a move that could make it more difficult for lenders to extend extra credit to…

Tunisians protest economic amnesty bill
Posted:Sat, 12 Sep 2015 20:30:04 GMT
TUNIS (Reuters) – Hundreds of Tunisians marched in the capital Tunis on Saturday to protest a proposed law giving amnesty to businessmen accused of corruption during the rule of ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

At least 85 killed in Indian restaurant explosions Posted:Sat, 12 Sep 2015 18:45:03 GMT
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – At least 85 people were killed when a cooking gas cylinder blew up in a crowded restaurant in central India on Saturday, triggering a second blast of mining detonators stored illegally nearby, police said.

Saudi Arabia blames winds for deadly crane collapse, opens investigation
Posted:Sat, 12 Sep 2015 16:29:39 GMT
DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said on Saturday that stormy winds knocked over the crane which collapsed onto one of Islam’s holiest shrines in Mecca and killed 107 people on Friday.

Russia’s Putin welcomes Ukraine ceasefire
Posted:Sat, 12 Sep 2015 14:09:58 GMT
CHERSONEUS, Crimea (Reuters) – Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday it was welcome that fighting had stopped in eastern Ukraine, a change in rhetoric compared to his previous accusations against Ukraine for violating a ceasefire.

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-French court confirms Monsanto liable in chemical poisoning case
Posted:Fri, 11 Sep 2015 16:18:23 -0400
LYON/PARIS, France, Sept 10 (Reuters) – A French court upheld on Thursday a 2012 ruling in which Monsanto was found to be liable in the chemical poisoning of a French farmer, who says he suffered…

UPDATE 2-SEC can pursue insider trading case against brokers -judgePosted:Fri, 11 Sep 2015 16:22:56 -0400
NEW YORK, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Two New York stockbrokers must face civil insider trading charges brought by U.S. securities regulators, a U.S. judge ruled on Friday, despite a landmark appellate…

U.S. steel pipe makers hit hurdle in anti-dumping case Posted:Fri, 11 Sep 2015 17:05:02 -0400
WASHINGTON, Sept 11 (Reuters) – A U.S. court has called for a recalculation of sums underlying duties slapped last year on imports of steel pipes for the energy sector from South Korea, in a setback…

US, European gold coin sales surge in third quarter Posted:Fri, 11 Sep 2015 10:45:34 -0400
LONDON/NEW YORK, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Gold coin sales in the United States and Europe have surged in the third quarter, with sales from the U.S. Mint reaching levels not seen since the price crash of 2013, as low prices and a series of market shocks fuel retail buying.

S.Africa’s Amplats sheds troubled mines to focus on mechanisation Posted:Fri, 11 Sep 2015 09:18:04 -0400
JOHANNESBURG, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) took a big step towards its goal of becoming a low cost miner by selling its labour intensive Rustenburg mines this week, a move that should shrink its output but help to boost profits.

Saturday, 12 Sept. 2015

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Typhoon Etau Japan rainfall totals
This GPM IMERG analysis shows rainfall total estimates for Japan from Sept. 2 to 9. Totals over 750 mm (29.5 inches) were analyzed near the south-central coast of Honshu near where tropical storm Etau passed over the island. Credits: NASA/JAXA/SSAI, Hal Pierce

According to the Guardian, heavy rain from Typhoon Etau, “has also caused additional leaks of radioactive water at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant./ The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said rain had overwhelmed the site’s drainage pumps, sending hundreds of tonnes of contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean.
Kilo Storm NASA
Sep. 10, 2015, Kilo (Central Pacific)
NASA Sees Tropical Storm Kilo Affected by Wind Shear

With water shortages, how can the nuclear industry be legally allowed to continually pollute water, on a routine basis, even when there are no accidents! As seen above, in the event of an accident, land and water are even more polluted with radiation. Already, the Chernobyl disaster seriously poisoned important agricultural regions.

A drought that began in 2006, coupled with rising food prices and rural farmers migrating into cities, helped spark Syria’s civil war,… Before the war, Syria was largely self-sufficient in grain, and could export in good years, but production has dropped by more than 60 percent since fighting began in 2011,…” (See Reuters below).

In Steinbeck’s “To a God Unknown” the protagonist moved westward to California: “Joseph hears about the “dry years”, a lengthy drought that seems to be periodic, and is the bane of all the farmers in the area.” The dramatic end of the book is the only part of the book that I still recall: “Defeatedly, Joseph returns to the rock, only to find that the stream has run dry and the rock is dying. Lost in confusion, Joseph realizes that he is the heart of the land, and so sacrifices himself by cutting his wrists to water the rock with his blood. As he lies dying on the sacred rock, he feels rain begin to fall again. Drought is deadly. Shortages of clean water are deadly. Recall that most of the human body is water. Thus, the blood watered the dry land like a stream.

If injection wells for NORM are “lucrative” then they must not be doing them correctly. It is going to pollute the water supply over time with radioactive NORM and other toxins:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency figures show more than 9.5 million barrels of brine and other liquid byproducts gets pumped into some 28,000 saltwater disposal wells around the country.” (See Reuters below)

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More Japanese rivers overflow bringing further floods, 23 missing
Posted:Fri, 11 Sep 2015 10:03:13 GMT
JOSO, Japan (Reuters) – Floods that swept houses off foundations and crushed them under landslides spread across Japan on Friday as more rivers burst their banks, leaving at least 23 people missing and forcing more than 100,000 to flee.

U.S. oil producers thirsty for cash eye wastewater unit spin-offs
Posted:Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:59:50 GMT
WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) – Some U.S. oil producers are trying to sell parts of their lucrative saltwater disposal businesses in a sign that cheap crude is already forcing cash-starved companies to sell assets so oil can keep flowing.

Fears grow as Middle East food import bill set to double by 2035 – expert
Posted:Fri, 11 Sep 2015 07:49:44 -0400
TORONTO, Sept 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The cost of food imports to Arab states is expected to double over the next 20 years, potentially spurring more violence and waves of refugees, if the region’s farms do not become more efficient, an agriculture expert said.

California citrus farmers pull up trees, dig reservoirs to survive drought
Posted:Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:09:44 GMT
ARVIN, Calif. (Reuters) – At the Gless family’s sprawling citrus ranch north of Los Angeles, a massive excavator twists and bends, digging a private reservoir on drought-parched land that just a few months ago contained 400 orange trees.

Sierra wildfire spurs evacuation of thousands of California homes
Posted:Fri, 11 Sep 2015 18:16:13 GMT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Evacuation orders were expanded to thousands of homes in northern California’s Sierras on Friday as a rapidly spreading wildfire roared for a third day through drought-parched timber and brush, threatening mountain communities near Sacramento.

African nations aim to brake surging trade in illegal timber Posted:Wed, 09 Sep 2015 06:45:00 -0400
TORONTO, Sept 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Forest protection agencies in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique and Madagascar will step up joint efforts to combat the rapidly expanding trade in illegal timber under a new deal.

UPDATE 1-Turkish police raid Gulen-affiliated Koza Ipek firms again Posted:Wed, 09 Sep 2015 06:23:17 -0400
ISTANBUL, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Turkey’s Koza Ipek Holding, linked to a U.S.-based cleric accused of plotting against President Tayyip Erdogan, was raided again on Wednesday by police seeking financial documents, a company official and documents said.

Almost $20 billion in dirty money left Myanmar in five decades – researchers
Posted:Wed, 09 Sep 2015 12:59:00 -0400
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Almost $20 billion in dirty money linked to corruption, crime and tax evasion has left Myanmar in the past five decades, slashing government revenue and driving a thriving underground economy, a money-laundering watchdog said on Wednesday.

UPDATE 1-Russia’s Mechel seals debt restructuring deal with VTB Posted:Wed, 09 Sep 2015 11:25:22 -0400
MOSCOW, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Russian coal and steel producer Mechel has signed a debt restructuring deal with the country’s second-largest state bank, VTB, leaving it one step away from reaching an agreement with all three of its main lenders.

UPDATE 3-S.Africa’s Amplats sells Rustenburg mines to Sibanye for $331 mln
Posted:Wed, 09 Sep 2015 11:15:53 -0400
JOHANNESBURG, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) sold the labour-intensive South African Rustenburg mine that produces about a third of its annual output for 4.5 billion rand ($331 million) to bullion producer Sibanye Gold.

Accident at Eni chemical plant in Sicily kills two Posted:Wed, 09 Sep 2015 09:50:17 -0400
ROME, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Italian energy group Eni said two people had been killed in an accident at a Sicilian plant operated by its Versalis chemical unit, prompting trade union calls for a strike to protest over working conditions.

African nations aim to brake surging trade in illegal timber Posted:Wed, 09 Sep 2015 06:45:00 -0400
TORONTO, Sept 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Forest protection agencies in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique and Madagascar will step up joint efforts to combat the rapidly expanding trade in illegal timber under a new deal.

As fortunes fade, Glencore moguls prepare to up their bets Posted:Fri, 11 Sep 2015 07:11:01 -0400

Glencore’s Zambia unit to keep most workers despite suspension -source
Posted:Fri, 11 Sep 2015 06:44:24 -0400
LUSAKA, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Glencore’s Zambian subsidiary Mopani Copper Mines will retain most of its workers even after copper production is suspended following a drop on the metal’s price, a source close to the company said on Friday.

South Sudan’s rebels ratify fragile peace deal – spokesman Posted:Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:18:08 GMT
JUBA, Sept 11 (Reuters) – South Sudan’s rebels have ratified a peace deal signed by President Salva Kiir and their leader Riek Machar last month, in another step towards ending a 20-month civil war, the rebel spokesman said.

Canadian regulator OKs Repsol LNG export plan in New Brunswick Posted:Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:54:39 GMT
PORTLAND, Maine Sept 11 (Reuters) – Spanish energy giant Repsol has received approval from Canadian regulators to begin exporting liquefied natural gas from its under-utilized Canaport import facility in Saint John, New Brunswick.

UPDATE 1-Russia, European Commission make headway on Ukraine gas supplies
Posted:Fri, 11 Sep 2015 17:05:23 GMT
VIENNA, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Russia and the European Commission have made progress towards ensuring stable gas supplies to Ukraine and via that country to the European Union this winter, the EU executive said on Friday.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

New Posts:

Senator Huey Long died on this day, 80 years ago.

Sept. 8th deadline is over; November 19th is the extension. We’ve moved this down for the record. Complain about G. Pagano from Italy’s triangle of death supporting the poisoning of America directly here until Sept 8th:!documentDetail;D=NRC-2015-0057-0041 Complain about Calabrese and his military, DOE, and corporate funding, and non-scientific approach, etc here:!documentDetail;D=NRC-2015-0057-0016 All the info you need is in the post:
Note that commenting on the comments is different from commenting on the proposed 100 mSv per year exposure. You have until November for that.

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015


Eighty Years Ago today, in 1935, US Senator Huey Long was shot. He died two days later. Had he not been shot, you wouldn’t be reading this blog and I wouldn’t be writing this. There wouldn’t be a military industrial complex, nor the nuclear industry which sprouted from it. Since we still must fight the same, or similar, SOBs, there’s no time to write what should be written in honor of Huey Long.

Had Huey Long lived, there probably would have been no need for the Civil Rights movement, and no need for the Poor People’s movement, and thus no assassination of Dr. King. Huey wanted to give education and free textbooks to black and white children. He wanted to give black people the vote. He wanted blacks, and other poor people, to learn arithmetic so they wouldn’t get fleeced out of their wages. He helped get the first female Senator elected to the US Senate for a full term. He worked across religious divides. He fought Big Oil much of his life. He was an early opponent of Hitler, but Huey had enough sense that he would have used economic sanctions and kept Switzerland from laundering gold for Hitler and kept Switzerland from providing military equipment to Hitler. Thus, World War II would have been shortened, if it occurred at all, and most likely the US would never have entered the war. There would have been no US atomic bomb, so probably no arms race or not a nuclear one. There would be no US imperialist wars. Huey had opposed US entry into World War I.

Long believed that ending the Great Depression and staving off violent revolution required a radical restructuring of the national economy and elimination of disparities of wealth, retaining the essential features of the capitalist system. After the Senate rejected one of his wealth redistribution bills, Long told them, “[A] mob is coming to hang the other ninety-five of you damn scoundrels and I’m undecided whether to stick here with you or go out and lead them.

Senator Huey P. Long (D-LA), age 42, sustained a gunshot wound to the right upper abdomen at close range just before 9:30 pm on September 8, 1935… The anti-Long Henry McKowen, MD, was reached. He had made an off-hand comment a few days earlier—“If I ever give Huey an anesthetic, I will put him to sleep for good”—and agreed to participate only if Lorio would watch his every move as a witness. Lorio agreed…,” The Ochsner Journal, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, “Huey P. Long’s Last Operation: When Medicine and Politics Don’t Mix” Michael C. Trotter, MD, FACS, 2012

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California wildfire jumps containment line, threatens forest homes Posted:Tue, 08 Sep 2015 18:53:04 GMT
(Reuters) – A wildfire raging in California’s Kings Canyon National Park crossed a containment line over the weekend, forcing the evacuation of about 20 homes and prompting concern that the blaze will continue to spread, authorities said.

Indonesia investigates 10 firms over smog-causing forest fires Posted:Tue, 08 Sep 2015 15:14:07 GMT
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia is investigating 10 firms over worsening forest fires that have created a blanket of smog over Southeast Asia, threatening them with sanctions if they are found responsible, a government minister said on Tuesday.

Oil train risks affect many U.S. schools, group says Posted:Tue, 08 Sep 2015 11:10:06 GMT
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Thousands of U.S. schools sit along rail corridors used to carry toxic substances such as crude oil and would be at risk in the event of a derailment, an environmental group said on Tuesday as it called for a temporary halt on oil trains.

Electricity shortage, low copper prices hit Zambian mines Posted:Tue, 08 Sep 2015 10:58:18 -0400
LUSAKA, Sept 8 (Reuters) – An electricity shortage and weaker copper prices have put pressure on Zambia’s mining industry, threatening output, jobs and economic growth in Africa’s No. 2 producer of the metal.

Poland approves plan for fund to support troubled miner Posted:Tue, 08 Sep 2015 10:16:12 -0400
WARSAW, Sept 8 (Reuters) – The Polish government approved on Tuesday a plan to transfer part of its stakes in gas group PGNiG , utility PGE and insurer PZU into an investment fund that will use them as collateral to raise cash for troubled miner Kompania Weglowa.

UPDATE 1-Modi tells billionaires ‘invest,’ says China’s pain is India’s gain
Posted:Tue, 08 Sep 2015 09:09:22 -0400
* Expectations are growing for measures to lure foreign investment (Updates with comments after Modi meets bosses)

Platinum upgrade to golden reserve status seen as monetary alchemy
Posted:Tue, 08 Sep 2015 05:34:34 -0400
* Platinum market seen too small, illiquid to make “reserve grade”

BUZZ-UK miners: mild relief
Posted:Tue, 08 Sep 2015 05:16:48 -0400
** Stocks of UK mining cos up after China’s August trade data showed copper imports holding up, a relative bright spot in an otherwise sluggish set of numbers

Bavaria says Germany must curb renewable energy costs Posted:Tue, 08 Sep 2015 13:03:32 GMT
MUNICH, Sept 8 (Reuters) – The German state of Bavaria will press the federal government to reduce supports for renewable energy, a high-ranking local policymaker said on Tuesday, calling the cost of green power a threat to economic growth.

UPDATE 12-Brent settles up 4 pct, riding equities rally; U.S. crude down
Posted:Tue, 08 Sep 2015 20:40:20 GMT
* Brent rides the coattails of European and Wall St stocks rally

REFILE-Nigeria’s state oil company to receive military help to curb oil theft
Posted:Tue, 08 Sep 2015 20:15:06 GMT
ABUJA, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Nigerian troops will provide security for the state oil company’s pipelines in a bid to prevent the theft of oil, the presidency said on Tuesday.

BP wins one U.S. court ruling, loses another over 2010 Gulf spill
Posted:Tue, 08 Sep 2015 20:00:14 GMT
Sept 8 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court said BP Plc, which in July reached a $18.7 billion settlement of federal, state and local claims over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, must face one of two proposed class-action lawsuits claiming that the oil company defrauded shareholders over the disaster.

UPDATE 2-GE clears final hurdle to $14 bln Alstom deal Posted:Tue, 08 Sep 2015 18:05:28 GMT
* U.S. conglomerate wins EU approval to buy Alstom’s power unit

CORRECTED-RPT-In Canada’s prairies, crude slump puts first oil patch in reverse
Posted:Tue, 08 Sep 2015 17:38:43 GMT
LLOYDMINSTER, Canada, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Amid the corn and canola fields of western Saskatchewan, oil foreman Dwayne Roy is doing what Saudi Arabia and fellow OPEC producers are loath to do: shutting the taps on active wells.

UPDATE 1-OPEC says Indonesia to rejoin oil group after 7-year break
Posted:Tue, 08 Sep 2015 16:38:11 GMT
* Return would lift OPEC output further above 30 mbpd target (Adds context, details)

UPDATE 3-Austrian firms sign partnership deals in Iran during state visit
Posted:Tue, 08 Sep 2015 16:19:26 GMT
* Austrian president sees trade volume growing (Updates with deals signed, Fischer meets Khamenei)

EU solar panel producers seek extension to Chinese import limits
Posted:Tue, 08 Sep 2015 16:01:19 GMT
BRUSSELS, Sept 8 (Reuters) – A group of European solar panel manufacturers has asked the European Commission to extend restrictions on imports of Chinese solar power products, a move that could revive a politically charged tussle between Brussels and Beijing.

Polish power generators call for urgent steps to avoid blackouts
Posted:Tue, 08 Sep 2015 15:46:17 GMT
WARSAW, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Poland needs to take urgent steps to avoid a repeat of this summer’s power blackouts, a lobby group representing the country’s biggest electricity generators said on Tuesday.

European oil refiners’ good times are not over yet Posted:Tue, 08 Sep 2015 15:01:51 GMT
LONDON, Sept 8 (Reuters) – A rare run of strong European refining profits will extend to the end of the year and beyond due to extensive plant maintenance, strong fuel demand and low crude oil prices, beating earlier expectations, analysts said.

Disagreements over scope and ownership delay Saudi solar projects
Posted:Tue, 08 Sep 2015 13:20:40 GMT
KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s ambitious plans to become a world leader in installed solar power appear to have run into the sand amid disagreements over their scale, ownership and technology.

Regulatory worries, energy prices take shine off Shell-BG deal
Posted:Tue, 08 Sep 2015 13:08:30 GMT
LONDON, Sept 8 (Reuters) – A look at valuations illustrates how regulatory concerns and stubbornly low energy prices have stoked investor anxiety over Royal Dutch Shell’s planned takeover of British rival BG Group.

Monday, 7 Sept. 2015


US population in 2014: 318.9 million.
330,000,000 people lived in Europe in 1916.[2]
In 2010 the population of Europe was estimated to be 740 million according to the United Nations,[1] which was slightly less than 11% of world population. The precise figure depends on the exact definition of the geographic extent of Europe. The population of the EU was 499 million as of 2008. Non-EU countries situated in Europe in their entirety[3] account for another 94 million. Five transcontinental countries[4] have a total of 240 million people, of which about half reside in Europe proper.

During the first half of 2015 only, i.e. first 2 quarters, over twice as many Europeans (8.7 million) were immigrants to the United States as all of the Syrian refugees “of concern” (4 million)! Is there something wrong with this picture? Why are Europeans still migrating to America? Most European countries do not allow right of return by Americans of European origin! In particular, the UK, Ireland, and Germany do not allow right of return past grandparents, which excludes all but the most recent migrants. Strangely, Ireland is excluding the descendants of the potato famine migrants, while they allow immigration of non-Irish. Only a very few ethnic groups of Americans are allowed (or given preference) to return to Europe, despite the fact that most originated there. America has had educated, unemployed people for decades. Surprisingly Euro migrants to the US aren’t all that educated, either.

By the first half of this year, alone, the US has over 15.4 million migrants from East Asia, and about 3.7 million from the Middle East. From South Asia, 5.9 million. [Note that these seem to be total migrants and not per quarter as it appears upon first glance.] Europe is also sending nuclear waste to the US too! Most, but not all, is under the false pre-text of non-proliferation.

Once again, the Syrian refugees “of concern” are approximately 4 million!

This broad definition of Europe includes Russia. Even though Russia is one of the players contributing to the destruction of Syria, they are not taking Syrian refugees.Europe: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Azores, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Yugoslavia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, USSR, Montenegro, Cyprus, Kosovo and Europe not specified,

Why are any immigrants on welfare, unless they are refugees?Households headed by college-educated immigrants have significantly higher welfare use than households headed by college-educated natives — 26 percent vs. 13 percent.

Immigrants are 13.3 percent of the nation’s total population — the largest share in 105 years.


Wind and solar is fine for offshore for the southeast, near London, but nuclear is being forced upon the western part of the UK.

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Britain rejects four planned wind farms in Wales
Posted:Mon, 07 Sep 2015 12:29:55 -0400
LONDON, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Britain’s energy ministry has rejected four planned onshore wind farms in Wales, it said in a statement on Monday.

UPDATE 1-Poland may buy submarines with other NATO members -minister Posted:Sun, 06 Sep 2015 15:09:20 GMT
WARSAW, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Poland may join forces with other NATO members such as Norway or the Netherlands to buy submarines in a bid to cut costs, instead of buying them alone, Deputy Defence…

UPDATE 1-Israel lawmakers approve gas development deal, obstacles remain Posted:Mon, 07 Sep 2015 13:57:33 GMT
JERUSALEM, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Israel’s parliament on Monday approved a deal that would enable the development of three offshore natural gas fields, although significant regulatory hurdles remain.

EU to give go-ahead to GE, Alstom deal on Tuesday – sources
Posted:Mon, 07 Sep 2015 19:10:04 GMT
BRUSSELS, Sept 7 (Reuters) – European Union antitrust regulators will give their blessing on Tuesday to General Electric’s 12.4 billion euros ($13.9 billion) bid for French peer Alstom’s power…

UPDATE 4-Glencore reins in debt as commodity price slump persists Posted:Mon, 07 Sep 2015 10:09:06 -0400
* Glencore shares vs copper: (Adds analysts on track record of trading business)

Russian crisis prompts Polyus Gold co-owner to eye buyout offer – sources
Posted:Mon, 07 Sep 2015 09:53:47 -0400
MOSCOW, Sept 7 (Reuters) – The economic crisis in Russia has persuaded a co-owner of Polyus Gold to consider a $5.4-billion buyout, which could end the top Russian gold producer’s premium listing in London after just three years, say three sources close to the possible deal.

JP Morgan to cease open outcry trading on London Metal Exchange Posted:Mon, 07 Sep 2015 14:16:45 -0400
LONDON, Sept 7 (Reuters) – The London Metal Exchange said on Monday that JP Morgan Securities would stop open outcry trading, a move that will reduce the number of financial institutions trading in the LME “ring” to nine.

Sat-Sun. 5 -6 Sept. 2015


Evacuation order lifted completely for town of Naraha near wrecked Fukushima plant

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UPDATE 2-Brazil prosecutors charge Lula’s former chief of staff Posted:Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:19:30 -0400
SAO PAULO, Sept 4 (Reuters) – A top aide to Brazil’s former president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, was charged with corruption, money laundering and racketeering on Friday, making him one of the most senior members of Brazil’s ruling Workers’ Party to be formally accused in a massive kickback scandal.

Pensioners plead guilty over multi-million pound UK diamond heist Posted:Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:14:00 -0400
LONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Four men, three of them pensioners, pleaded guilty on Friday to being part of a daring multi-million pound raid in London’s jewellery business district earlier this year.

CORRECTED-UPDATE 3-Total Port Arthur refinery cuts production after worker killed -sources
Posted:Sat, 05 Sep 2015 20:35:26 GMT
HOUSTON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Total SA cut production at its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery on Saturday after a contract worker was killed when the bulldozer he was driving in a pit beneath a giant refining unit flipped over in petroleum coke and coarse dust, said sources familiar with plant operations.

China backs Putin’s idea of developing Russia’s Far East Posted:Sat, 05 Sep 2015 09:19:12 GMT
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang said on Saturday that Russia’s push to revamp its run-down Far East region coincided with Beijing’s strategy, backing President Vladimir Putin’s drive for new sources of growth.

Mississippi River barge backup builds at oil spill site Posted:Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:05:58 GMT
(Reuters) – Barge shipping traffic on the Mississippi River backed up further on Friday after a tow boat accident and oil spill late on Wednesday prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to close a 17-mile stretch of the river near Paducah, Kentucky.

Friday, 4 September 2015


Ex-Supreme Court chief justice raps Abe’s security reforms

… the boys’ weeping father, Abdullah Kurdi, called on countries closer to home to act. “I want Arab governments – not European countries – to see (what happened to) my children, and because of them to help people,”….” (See Reuters below)

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UPDATE 2-Top Canada court: Ecuador villagers can sue Chevron in Ontario Posted:Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:47:35 GMT OTTAWA, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Canada’s top court ruled on Friday that a group of Ecuadorean villagers could pursue a multi-billion pollution lawsuit against Chevron Corp in the Canadian province of Ontario.

Drowned refugee boys buried in Syria; crackdown crumbles in Hungary
Posted:Fri, 04 Sep 2015 18:30:31 GMT
KOBANI, Syria/ROSZKE, Hungary (Reuters) – – A Syrian father on Friday buried his wife and two little boys, drowned as they tried to flee to Europe, while hundreds of migrants fled from a detention camp and escaped a train stranded under police siege in Hungary.

Japan’s Kyushu Electric eyes first H1 profit in 5 yrs with nuclear restart
Posted:Fri, 04 Sep 2015 03:41:13 -0400
TOKYO, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Japan’s Kyushu Electric Power said on Friday it expect to report its first interim net profit in five years, helped by the restart of nuclear power production and a decline in energy input prices that cut costs at fossil fuel-fired plants.

UPDATE 2-Veolia buys Dutch firm AKG in waste recycling push Posted:Thu, 03 Sep 2015 09:28:44 -0400
PARIS, Sept 3 (Reuters) – French water and waste group Veolia Environnement has bought a majority stake in Dutch plastics recycling company AKG Kunststof as part of a strategy to grow in waste recycling.

Falling knife or screaming buy? Glencore ticks both boxes
Posted:Fri, 04 Sep 2015 09:35:22 -0400
LONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – What’s Glencore worth? Getting a straight answer to this question depends as much on risk appetite as it does a shrewd analysis of the bombed-out commodities sector.

Nigeria’s President Buhari and Vice-President Osinbajo declare assets
Posted:Fri, 04 Sep 2015 07:13:58 -0400
ABUJA, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari owns five homes, two mud huts and has $150,000 in his bank account, the presidency said late on Thursday, as the head of state and his deputy honoured a promise to declare their assets to demonstrate transparency.

As economy stutters, Putin bets on Asia pivot to lift Russia’s flagging Far East Posted:Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:14:23 GMT KHASAN, Russia, Sept 4 (Reuters) – With weeds choking the husks of many of its abandoned buildings, the tiny settlement of Khasan on the Russia-China-North Korea border is an object of curiosity for Chinese tourists and a symbol of neglect in Russia’s Far East.

BP shares at risk from M&A temptation – BAML
Posted:Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:03:20 GMT
LONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – BP will need to buy oil and gas fields to offset falling production, which could lead it to issue equity to raise funds, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) said on Friday, cutting its rating on the oil major’s shares to underperform from neutral.

UPDATE 1-Norway oil fund could sell coal-related shares worth $6.6 bln
Posted:Fri, 04 Sep 2015 10:31:13 -0400
OSLO, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Norway’s $828 billion sovereign wealth fund believes a new rule curtailing its investments in coal-dependent businesses could lead it to sell shares in companies across the world worth about 55 billion Norwegian crowns ($6.6 billion), it said on Friday.

UPDATE 1-Russia targets one third increase in oil output in 20 years – energy tsar Posted:Fri, 04 Sep 2015 10:00:07 -0400
* Russian energy firms resistant to low oil prices due to weak rouble

Egypt’s EGAS invites 10 LNG firms for workshop linked to tender
Posted:Fri, 04 Sep 2015 09:57:51 -0400
MILAN, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Ten liquefied natural gas (LNG) trading firms have been invited by state-run Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Co (EGAS) to join a technical workshop, which traders say amounts to a short-list of potential winners for a major LNG tender.

WRAPUP 2-Gazprom seals big gas deals in Europe despite Ukraine crisis
Posted:Fri, 04 Sep 2015 09:53:30 -0400
FRANKFURT/MILAN, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Russia’s Gazprom has bolstered its industrial presence in the heart of Europe with two major gas deals that were announced on Friday despite o tensions with Moscow over the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

EU mergers and takeovers (Sept 4)
Posted:Fri, 04 Sep 2015 10:06:58 -0400
BRUSSELS, Sept 4 (Reuters) – The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:

PRECIOUS-Gold falls towards 2nd weekly loss after U.S. payrolls data Posted:Fri, 04 Sep 2015 18:56:22 GMT
* GRAPHIC-Asset returns: (Adds comment, byline, NEW YORK dateline; updates prices)

Thursday, 3 September 2015


From Reuters:
UPDATE 3-EDF’s new-generation nuclear reactor delayed again, costs rise Posted:Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:40:50 GMT
* EDF shares fall 4 pct on new EPR delays, close down 2.2 pct

Wednesday 2 September 2015

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Earth has 3 trillion trees but they’re falling at alarming rate
Posted:Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:25:18 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Earth is home to just over 3 trillion trees – the redwoods of California, the olive trees of Tunisia, the cherry trees of Japan, the eucalyptus of Australia and so many more – but they are being lost at an alarming rate because of human activities.

Washington state sues U.S. over toxic vapors at nuclear waste site
Posted:Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:53:21 GMT
SEATTLE, Sept 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. government has failed to adequately protect crews involved in a decades-long cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state, leaving workers sickened by exposure to toxic vapors, the state alleged in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday.

UPDATE 2-Germany deals blow to E.ON spin-off with draft law Posted:Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:25:45 GMT
* E.ON shares fall more than 2 percent (Adds E.ON comment, details from draft)

Germany proposes changes to nuclear liability law- draft law Posted:Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:18:29 -0400
BERLIN, Sept 2 (Reuters) – The German government has proposed changes to a law to prevent German utilities from evading the payment of billions of euros needed to fund the country’s nuclear exit, according to a copy of the draft law seen by Reuters.

Native protesters seize oil wells in Peru to urge government action Posted:Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:00:24 GMT
LIMA (Reuters) – Indigenous protesters in Peru seized oil wells in an Amazonian oil block on Tuesday and said they also planned to halt output in a neighboring concession to press the government to address pollution and compensation demands.

France drops investigation into Arafat’s death
Posted:Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:38:31 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – French investigating magistrates have decided to drop an inquiry into the death in France of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, whose widow alleged he was poisoned, the prosecutors office said on Wednesday.

UPDATE 1-Dutch court: gas producer NAM must compensate homeowners in quake zone
Posted:Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:32:33 -0400
* Shell-Exxon JV NAM must compensate homeowners for quake damage

Nearly half of hotel rooms in North Dakota oil capital sit empty Posted:Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:54:31 GMT
WILLISTON, N.D., Sept 2 (Reuters) – Nearly half of the hotel rooms in the epicenter of North Dakota’s energy boom have been sitting empty this year, yet another sign that plunging oil prices have cooled the economy of the second-largest crude producing U.S. state.

Tree loss slows, but covers area twice size of Portugal in 2014: study
Posted:Wed, 02 Sep 2015 04:40:10 GMT
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Tree cover lost globally eased for a third straight year in 2014, an environmental research group said, although the three-year average rose to an all-time high, with trees covering an area twice the size of Portugal lost last year.

Largest wildfire in Washington state history claims 176 homes Posted:Wed, 02 Sep 2015 02:20:48 GMT
SEATTLE (Reuters) – Crews battling the largest array of wildfires in Washington state history gained more ground against the flames on Tuesday, as property assessors reported the deadly conflagration had destroyed more than 170 homes and dozens of other structures.

Shrinking Exit Glacier a powerful sign of warming climate: Obama Posted:Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:50:28 GMT
SEWARD, Alaska (Reuters) – President Barack Obama walked down a winding wooded path past a small brown post marked “1926,” past a glacial stream trickling over gravel that eons of ice have scraped off mountain peaks.

Water will be clean in time for Games: Rio 2016 chief Posted:Tue, 01 Sep 2015 21:48:42 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – The water quality at the Olympic sailing venue in Rio de Janeiro is a serious issue but will be resolved by the time the Games begin next year, Rio Organising Committee president Carlos Nuzman said on Tuesday.

Mongolia in for double whammy: drought now, ‘dzud’ next Posted:Tue, 01 Sep 2015 21:09:10 GMT
ULAANBAATAR (Reuters) – Balchig Baljinnyam, a small-time farmer in central Mongolia, is busy building a shelter for his dairy cows ahead of what is expected to be the most brutal winter in years. A summer drought has already cut traditional sources of fodder for his herd.

Tuesday, Sept, 1, 2015

Reblog: This reblog shows that in one UK landfill, as much as 2,000 GBq of Plutonium 241 is allowed, along with a bunch of other dangerous radionuclides. A GBq (Giga-becquerel) is 9 zeros! That’s 1,000,000,000 becquerels (radioactive emissions per second!). Thus, in one UK landfill, 2,000 GBq, i.e. 2,000,000,000,000 radioactive emissions per second of deadly Pu 241, half-life of 14 years, which becomes deadly Am 241, half life 432 years, is allowed. The half-lives in the body of Pu and Am are 20 to 50 yrs. Plutonium (Pu) 241 is a trick they love to play, calling it short-lived. Already, with a half-life of 14 years it will be around for over 100 years but Am 241 with half life of 432.6 years will be around for over 4,000 years. How many more tricks like this are in the list? Plus, others are allowed which are known not to be short-lived. The wet UK climate makes all of this move into the greater environment more quickly, especially since it’s on a river, apparently in a former marsh.

Alone, 2,000 GBq of Pu 241 would lead to an estimated 40,000 excess, additional, cancers, since Pu 241 becomes Am 241. Based on Am 241 ingestion coefficients for the general public, given in ICRP 119, 2,000 Gigabecquerels of Americium (Am) 241 (2,000,000,000,000) would result in an estimated 40,000 cancers, assuming 1 cancer per 10,000 mSv exposure(see BEIR report, available online for free). According to BEIR, approximately half of these would die. According to some German and British experts, the numbers of cancer deaths are double (and cancer numbers as well). So, an estimated 40,000 to 80,000 cancers. If they dump this amount for 30 years, then multiply by 30 or 1.2 million cancers. This is ONLY for ingestion of this 2,000 GBq of Pu 241 to Am 241, and excludes the other radionuclides, and someone (and/or some animal) will ingest it sooner or later, especially the long lived Am 241. This is spread out over more than 4,000 years so about 10 per year, which can easily be hidden, which is why they are getting by with this! If they dump for 30 years, it becomes 300 excess cancers per year, stretched over 4,000 years, which still slips by unnoticed. 2,000 GBq of Pu 241 leads to 960 excess cancers, apparently in addition to this, if it escapes before it turns into Americium 241. This works out to be around another 10 per year for 100 years and again 300 per year if they dump for 30 years. Nonetheless, the 2,000,000,000,000 radioactive emissions are each like a bullet, which theoretically can result in cancer or other genetic damage. The damage from alpha emitters, such as Am 241, is more difficult to repair. ICRP dose coefficients are at the following link. They are given in Sievert per Becquerels. Note that there are 1,000 millisieverts (mSv) per Sievert (Sv) and it must be converted, if you want it in millisieverts. There are also different lists. The one for public ingestion is the right one. There is also a worker list: The max annual dose (excluding medical and background) is supposed to be 1 mSv per year, according to the ICRP, to put it into perspective, but which over a life-time still leads to approximately 1% cancer rate, according to US BEIR (i.e. 1,000 out of a population of 100,000) and double that according to some European experts. The US EPA “standard” is 0.25 mSv. One becquerel is like a bullet, so the cancer rates seem on the low side. There is an assumption of some repair or cell death. Still, the impacts are random like shooting into a crowd.

At the reblog there is a link to a powerpoint by GDF-Suez environment: They say for instance 200 Bq/gram, but that’s 200,000 Bq per kg. And, they are speaking of metric tonnes so that’s 200,000,000 Bq per tonne. They also say upper limit at one point and average at another. Which is it? And, as point of comparison, Japan allows only 100 Bq per kg in its food. For Cesium the UK allows 1000 Bq per kg and the EU 600 Bq/kg. The US, an apparent leader in killing people, including its own, allows 1200 Bq Cesium and 1500 Bq overall (of those they measure). It’s rather amusing that Japan is seeking food in the UK, which they probably think is radiation free!

Most people don’t know that one meter cubed (m3) of water is 1,000 liters and one liter is roughly 1 kg so a m3 is roughly 1,000 kg or a metric tonne, which is why they say tonnage, although it’s not exact, depending on what is dumped and how compressed it is. This m3 comes up often when discussing radiation in the Pacific, so it’s important to know that it is 1,000 liters.

They are also able to get by with the radioactive dumping, in the case of the Clifton Marsh landfill, because it IS on a river. And, it is clearly a risk to Ireland, Norway, Scotland and the Arctic, some radionuclides in a shorter time, some in a longer time. It is clearly an Espoo, transboundary impact, violation.

Also, according to the power point, the vast majority of radioactive waste is sent to the Northwest, so poisoning the people there, but also the Irish Sea and the above countries, and the Arctic, especially the seafood. Some also works its way to the Baltic. The speeds of migration of various radionuclides from the Irish Sea can be easily found online and has been well documented because of concerns about Sellafield. Norway maintains a good web site. Who knows how many cancers the deer and other animals get? Possibly the US and UK govs. The US allows hunting at nuclear sites, and checks the animals for radiation. Bees have long been used by the US gov as sentinels. Is that why they are dying? Is this the real reason bees fare better in nuclear free Paris proper, than in the radioactive French countryside? Diesel fumes appear healthier for them than radiation.

Marshall Islands Climate Change Submission:

Tracerco, a subsidiary of British chemical company Johnson Matthey spills Cesium 137 on US university campus and doesn’t notify the university for around ONE YEAR!

Will Obama’s icebreakers be nuclear?

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University of Tulsa cleaning up small radiation spill at research campus
Posted:Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:17:53 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – The University of Tulsa is working to clean up what it is calling a minor spill of a radioactive chemical on its research campus and is having 21 people who may have been exposed to the cesium-137 undergo medical evaluations, school officials said on Tuesday.

Japan nuclear power outlook bleak despite first reactor restart Posted:Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:48:38 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – The number of Japanese nuclear reactors likely to restart in the next few years has halved, hit by legal challenges and worries about meeting tougher safety standards imposed in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, a Reuters analysis shows.

With help, small island states ditch diesel for cheaper, cleaner energy
Posted:Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:41:19 GMT
BARCELONA, Sept 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – After oil prices hit a record high in July 2008, the tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands was forced to declare an economic emergency since around 90 percent of its energy needs were met by imported petroleum products.

Australia, New Zealand defend climate plans, say face high costs Posted:Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:15:52 GMT
BONN, Germany (Reuters) – Australia and New Zealand said on Tuesday they faced unusually high costs to cut greenhouse gas emissions because of their respective dependence on coal and livestock, after criticism that they are doing too little to tackle climate change.

Eletronuclear CEO formally charged in Brazilian corruption probe
Posted:Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:38:29 -0400
SAO PAULO, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Brazilian federal prosecutors on Tuesday presented formal corruption charges against the head of nuclear power utility Eletronuclear, a division of state-run energy company Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA, known as Eletrobras.

Magnitude 4.2 quake strikes near Grand Coulee Dam in Washington Posted:Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:02:02 -0400
Sept 1 (Reuters) – A magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck near Grand Coulee Dam, the largest U.S. hydropower facility, in northeastern Washington state on Tuesday, prompting an immediate inspection of the facility but leaving no visible damage, a spokeswoman said.

Miner Antofagasta to merge Chilean units Centinela and Encuentro Posted:Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:31:02 -0400
Sept 1 (Reuters) – Copper miner Antofagasta Plc said it would merge its majority-owned unit, Minera Centinela, with its fully-owned subsidiary CCM Encuentro, which owns a sulphide project in northern Chile.

UPDATE 1-Obama pushes for more U.S. ice-breaking might in Arctic Posted:Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:37:52 -0400
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept 1 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where quickly melting sea ice has spurred more maritime traffic, and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources.

Huntington Ingalls cites interest in building new U.S. icebreakers Posted:Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:38:34 GMT
WASHINGTON, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc, which builds aircraft carriers and U.S. Navy warships, on Tuesday said it was keen to bid to build new icebreakers for the U.S. Coast Guard, after President Barack Obama pushed for quicker work on the program.

Israel’s gas prospects dimmed but not extinguished by Egypt discovery Posted:Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:47:13 GMT
JERUSALEM/TEL AVIV, Sept 1 (Reuters) – The discovery of vast deposits of natural gas off Egypt has muddied the waters for Israel’s own gas industry, though Israel’s head start in developing fields means markets’ negative reaction may be overdone.

UPDATE 1-Kazakh leader says $23 billion in economic deals agreed with China
Posted:Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:53:40 GMT
ALMATY, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan and China have signed 25 agreements worth $23 billion, aiming to move cooperation dominated by raw materials to products with greater added value, the official site of the Kazakh president and the state-run wealth fund said on Tuesday.

UPDATE 3-Turkish raids on firms close to cleric raise fears of pre-election crackdown
Posted:Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:52:00 GMT
* Shares in Koza Ipek group, other media tumble (Adds group chairman’s comments, British journalists)

OPEC magazine op-ed that fuelled oil rally baffles insiders Posted:Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:17:28 GMT
LONDON, Sept 1 (Reuters) – An OPEC publication written by the exporter group’s public relations team helped oil prices jump and prompted speculation over a possible shift in output policy – to the bafflement of some OPEC insiders.

Canadian natgas engine maker Westport to buy Fuel Systems Posted:Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:03:20 GMT
Sept 1 (Reuters) – Canada’s Westport Innovations Inc , which develops motor vehicle engines that run on natural gas, agreed to buy U.S. peer Fuel Systems Solutions Inc in an all-stock deal to diversify from engines for trucks and buses.

UPDATE 2-Penn West Petroleum lowers capex, suspends dividend, to cut jobs
Posted:Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:00:51 GMT
* Lowers 2015 production forecast (Adds details from statement, background)

Azeri court sentences Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist to jail
Posted:Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:40:16 GMT
BAKU, Sept 1 (Reuters) – An Azeri court on Tuesday sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in jail a prominent journalist known for exposing corruption among the ruling elite in a case critics say is political.

UPDATE 2-South Africa’s government pledges transparency on nuclear agreement
Posted:Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:54:37 GMT
CAPE TOWN, Sept 1 (Reuters) – South Africa’s energy minister pledged transparency in the country’s efforts to seek a nuclear agreement on Tuesday, seeking to reassure opposition parties who have accused the government of favouring a deal with Russia.

China says to look at new areas of financing with Venezuela Posted:Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:29:08 GMT
BEIJING, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping told visiting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday that China was willing to look at new areas of financial cooperation, but state media made no mention of specifics.

RPT-Big Rail’s little cousins find boon in U.S. oil-by-rail bust Posted:Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:00:00 GMT
OLEAN, New York, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Amid the rolling mountains surrounding this quiet town in southwest New York state, tucked away on miles-long stretches of underused rail tracks, hundreds of idle oil tank cars attest to the extent of fallout from oil’s rout.

UPDATE 1-Russia says oil output could decline if prices stay low Posted:Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:37:43 GMT
MOSCOW, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Russia will not deliberately cut oil production to prop up prices, however its output may decline if prices remain low, local news agencies quoted Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich as saying on Tuesday.

UPDATE 3-Dutch government to appeal against emissions ruling Posted:Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:40:06 GMT
*  Netherlands used record amounts of coal in first 5 months of 2015

Wildfire forces evacuation of boaters from Idaho’s Salmon River Posted:Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:19:50 GMT
SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Rescue teams scrambled for a fourth day to evacuate dozens of rafters and campers from a popular stretch of Idaho’s Lower Salmon River threatened by a massive wildfire on Monday, even as a cooling trend helped crews battling flames in the Pacific Northwest.

Hurricane Fred forms, flooding in South Carolina from Erika’s remnants Posted:Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:02:52 GMT
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – Hurricane Fred strengthened on Monday in the eastern Atlantic as it approached the Cape Verde islands but was forecast to weaken in the coming days, while the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika brought flooding to parts of South Carolina, according to U.S. forecasters.

Low water still hampers Rhine, Danube river shipping in Germany Posted:Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:28:54 GMT
HAMBURG (Reuters) – Low water levels on the Rhine and Danube in Germany mean cargo vessels cannot sail fully loaded on the German sections of both rivers, traders said on Monday.

XTO Energy well in North Dakota suffers blowout, leaks 550 barrels Posted:Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:29:07 GMT
(Reuters) – A North Dakota oil well owned by Exxon Mobil subsidiary XTO Energy blew out on Saturday, leaking more than 550 barrels (23,100 gallons) of crude, some of which left the wellpad and seeped into surrounding grasses.