This Ongoing Saga post ran from Oct. 9 to Oct. 29th., 2015. Order is inverted with the most recent update on top, after images, and comment info. It continues here: It is a continuation of:
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! There’s 2 months left to do it this year.

The deadline for comment on the US NRC 100 mSv per year exposure proposal, also known as cancer for everyone, is November 19th. Network-Organize!!docketDetail;D=NRC-2015-0057

More importantly, complain to your government officials, as well. In fact, whine and complain about this potential 100 mSv per year genocide to as many people as you can.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Sunbury and Bacher Houston Cs 137

Good Reuters Health article on the new low dose radiation study, but which cannot be found at Reuters! (See below under Reuters News Selection). It raises the issue of dangers v. benefits of medical exposures, but not nuclear power! Nuclear power is dangerous for the public, with no benefits to them which could not be had with solar, wind, etc. The risks are to the public, the benefits to the utilities.

The article does have an important error. The excess cancer DEATH (mortality) risk is approximately 51 to 58% per Sv (1000 mSv) according to the new INWORKS study. The excess cancer ILLNESS rate (morbidity would be roughly double). The study makes this unclear in spots.
Table 2 Est. of Excess Relative Rate Cancer Deaths INWORKS, Richardson et. al. 2015
Richardson et. al., 2015, BMJ
Table A1 showing 5, 10, 15 yr time lag; Richardson et. al. 2015 BMJ INWORKS
Richardson et. al., 2015, BMJ.

Reuters News Selection

“Small radiation doses over long time up cancer risk as much as single, larger exposure Wed, 10/28/15 – 10:42, By Anne Harding
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People exposed to low doses of radiation for a long period of time face an increased risk of cancer similar to that of a person exposed to the same cumulative amount of radiation in a single blast, a new study shows”

Miners’ hospice in China faces struggle to survive
Posted:Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:01:27 GMT
WUYI, China (Reuters) – Yangjia Hospital in remote Wuyi County in eastern China has become a home-from-home for Hu Hushen, 78, a former miner suffering from “miner’s lung”, as the disease pneumoconiosis is often called, since 1976.

UPDATE 1-Rosneft, Exxon win licensing round in Mozambique
Posted:Thu, 29 Oct 2015 08:42:09 GMT
MOSCOW, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Rosneft and partner ExxonMobil have won the rights for three hydrocarbon blocks in Mozambique, as the African nation aims to join leading global liquefied natural gas exporters, the Russian company said on Thursday.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Holtec Comment Deadline Tonight 11.59 PM

The Reuters Title misrepresents what the US NRC press release said, though the Reuters blurb says essentially the same. From the NRC: The NRC continues to conclude U.S. reactors are safe to continue operating while they do more analysis where appropriate.

And, meanwhile, the US NRC wants to increase the public exposure level to radiation by 100 to 400 times, which means that when a nuclear disaster occurs they can declare it not a danger! Americans can already eat food which is 15 x more radioactive than the Japanese can eat, because radiation in food “standards” have been weakened since Chernobyl, rather than strengthened. The excuse? They don’t want to disrupt trade.

Reuters News Feed Selection

China steel industry expected to be forced into deeper output cuts
Posted:Wed, 28 Oct 2015 01:40:32 -0400
SHANGHAI, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Chinese steel mills are likely to be forced into making deeper cuts in output over the next few months, as shrinking demand, soaring losses and tighter credit undermine firms in the world’s biggest producer, industry officials and analysts said.

Indian state chief pushes for coal mining; critics say he’s helping wife
Posted:Wed, 28 Oct 2015 03:39:27 -0400
SUTNGA, India, Oct 28 (Reuters) – A senior Indian politician has been lobbying New Delhi to lift a ban on dangerous, small-scale coal mining operations in his state, without disclosing that his wife owns several mines there, according to documents seen by Reuters.

UPDATE 1-US House approves transportation bill with rail safety extension
Posted:Tue, 27 Oct 2015 18:13:26 GMT
WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill to keep federal funds flowing to road and bridge construction projects into late November, while also extending a key rail safety deadline to the end of 2018.

REFILE-Clinton says she would not bail out troubled banks Posted:Wed, 28 Oct 2015 08:01:20 GMT
Oct 27 (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would not bail out big banks to save them from collapse in the event of another financial crisis, she said on Tuesday.

Shell halts construction on new Alberta oil sands project Posted:Tue, 27 Oct 2015 22:18:08 GMT
CALGARY, Alberta, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc will not continue construction of its 80,000 barrel per day Carmon Creek thermal oil sands project in northern Alberta because of the lack of infrastructure to move Canadian crude to market, the company said on Tuesday.

UPDATE 2-U.S. budget deal would sell 58 mln barrels of oil from emergency reserves
Posted:Tue, 27 Oct 2015 19:42:33 GMT
WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Congressional leaders proposed to sell 58 million barrels of oil from U.S. emergency reserves over six years starting in fiscal 2018 to help pay for a budget deal that ends mandatory spending cuts, according to a copy of the bill posted to a congressional website.

UPDATE 1-U.S. judge dismisses power market manipulation case against JPMorgan
Posted:Tue, 27 Oct 2015 18:37:36 GMT
Oct 27 (Reuters) – A federal judge in California has dismissed a class action lawsuit that accused JPMorgan Chase & Co of racketeering and manipulation of the state’s electricity market.

Earthquake risk analysis shows U.S. nuclear plants safe: NRC Posted:Wed, 28 Oct 2015 01:18:17 GMT
(Reuters) – Nuclear power plants in the United States are safe to continue operating but need to conduct an in-depth analysis where appropriate, as far as earthquake hazards are concerned, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said on Tuesday.

Coal mining union says West Virginia should build new plants if EPA rules upheld
Posted:Tue, 27 Oct 2015 22:17:28 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – West Virginia can keep its coal mining alive by building “next-generation” power plants co-fired by coal and natural gas, even as the state challenges federal carbon emission rules in court, the president of the mine workers’ union said Tuesday.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015


Antinuclear news:

Canada Diamond Mine Canadian diamond mine near the Arctic.

Reuters News Feed Selection

UK utilities face shake-up as customers turn to local suppliers
Posted:Mon, 26 Oct 2015 08:47:27 -0400
LONDON, Oct 26 (Reuters) – A fast-growing group of small energy suppliers is eating away at the market share of the big six firms that dominate the business in Britain as customers, disheartened by poor service and soaring bills, seek cheaper, local supplies.

UPDATE 1-Clinton says Peabody Energy trying to ‘shirk’ duty to retirees
Posted:Mon, 26 Oct 2015 22:19:58 GMT
WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday took aim at another coal company, saying Peabody Energy Corp is trying to “shirk its responsibilities” to pay the healthcare benefits of retired mine workers.

UPDATE 1-EDF Luminus replaces IPO plan with buyout arrangement
Posted:Mon, 26 Oct 2015 17:32:01 GMT
PARIS, Oct 26 (Reuters) – EDF Luminus, whose majority shareholder is the Belgian arm of France’s EDF, has dropped the plan for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) of its shares and gone for a reorganisation of the share ownership structure instead.

FEATURE-Canada’s once-booming Arctic diamond sector loses luster
Posted:Tue, 27 Oct 2015 05:00:01 GMT
YELLOWKNIFE, Northwest Territories, Oct 27 (Reuters) – A decline in diamond prices because of lower growth in Chinese jewelry demand is dulling the appeal of Canada’s Arctic diamond industry, with the resulting drop in exploration hurting the region’s long-term prospects.

PRESS DIGEST – Wall Street Journal – Oct 27
Posted:Tue, 27 Oct 2015 04:44:45 GMT
Oct 27 (Reuters) – The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

PRESS DIGEST- New York Times business news – Oct 27
Posted:Tue, 27 Oct 2015 04:44:17 GMT
Oct 27 (Reuters) – The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

COLUMN-Investors hit snooze button on U.S. debt alarm: James Saft
Posted:Tue, 27 Oct 2015 04:01:01 GMT
Oct 27 (Reuters) – With less than a week to go before the U.S. runs out of money to pay its bills, you’d be forgiven for thinking that very few investors actually care.

Pooped out: absence of big mammals foils ecosystem fertilization
Posted:Mon, 26 Oct 2015 20:21:40 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – You can call it the fertilization cessation, and scientists say it has had a disruptive effect on ecosystems around the world.

Plankton poo clue could aid climate predictions
Posted:Mon, 26 Oct 2015 15:17:46 GMT
Scientists from the UK’s National Oceanography Center (NOC) have set their sights on unmasking the ocean’s ‘twilight zone’ – the area between 100 and 1000 meters deep where a small amount of the sun’s light can still penetrate.

3,500 year-old jewellery haul shows opulence of prehistoric Greek burials
Posted:Mon, 26 Oct 2015 14:07:58 -0400
ATHENS, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Archaeologists in southern Greece have discovered gold signet rings and a chain, gold and silver goblets, a sword and over 1,000 fragments of semi-precious stones in a tomb believed to date back to 1,500 B.C., the Greek Culture Ministry said.

Turkish mining firm close to U.S. cleric placed in receivership -CNN Turk
Posted:Mon, 26 Oct 2015 11:55:52 -0400
ISTANBUL, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Shares of Turkish mining firm Koza Altin slid more than 5 percent on Monday after CNN Turk said it had been placed in receivership, but the company said it had received no such information.

Landlocked Kazakhstan challenges sea shippers for China-EU cargo
Posted:Mon, 26 Oct 2015 11:11:24 -0400
* Landlocked Kazakhstan sees role as alternative hub for transit

UPDATE 2-Indonesia’s president cuts short U.S. trip due to haze crisis
Posted:Tue, 27 Oct 2015 02:54:10 GMT
* Indonesian ministers to meet Silicon Valley execs (Adds meeting with Obama, details about fires, paragraphs 6-18)

UPDATE 3-President says Indonesia intends to join TPP trade deal
Posted:Tue, 27 Oct 2015 01:13:20 GMT
WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo, speaking after a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday, said his Southeast Asian country intends to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the United States has forged with 11 other nations.

Eminent Australians press world leaders to ban new coal mines
Posted:Mon, 26 Oct 2015 23:06:39 GMT
MELBOURNE, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Prominent Australians, including a former central bank governor, scientists and doctors, are urging world leaders to impose a moratorium on new coal mines when they meet in Paris for a climate summit next month.

Alberta should not use savings fund to balance books -premier
Posted:Mon, 26 Oct 2015 22:22:40 GMT
CALGARY, Alberta, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Canada’s oil-producing province of Alberta, which has been hammered by falling crude prices, should not use its multibillion dollar savings fund to balance its budget, Premier Rachel Notley said on Monday.

No light at end of tunnel for Lebanon’s power crisis
Posted:Mon, 26 Oct 2015 09:16:55 -0400
BEIRUT, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Four decades ago, Lebanon used to export power to its larger neighbour Syria. Now it barely generates enough electricity to keep street lamps on at night.

Monday, 26 October 2015


Carol Marcus is Heir to Stafford Warren; 100 mSv Proposal Follows in the Footsteps of Human Plutonium Experiments

In August 1947, General Groves urged Major General Paul Hawley, the director of the medical programs of the Veterans Administration, to address medical problems related to the military’s use of atomic energy. Soon thereafter, Hawley appointed an advisory committee, manned by Stafford Warren and other medical researchers. The advisers recommended that the VA create both a “publicized” program to promote the use of radioisotopes in research and a “confidential” program to deal with potential liability claims from veterans exposed to radiation hazards. The “publicized” program soon mushroomed, with Stafford Warren, Shields Warren, and Hymer Friedell among the key advisers. By 1974, according to VA reports, more than 2,000 human radiation experiments would be performed at VA facilities, 48 many of which would work in tandem with neighboring medical schools, such as the relationship between the UCLA medical school, where Stafford Warren was now dean, and the Wadsworth (West Los Angeles)VA Hospital.” “AdvisoryCommittee onHumanRadiation Experiments, Final Report, October 1995 And, where did Carol Marcus, spear-heading the 100 mSv radiation is good for you proposal, do her residency? Wadsworth (West LA) VA Hospital! And, she is affiliated with the UCLA Med School. Stafford Warren was its first Dean:

Federal authorities cancel shipment of high level radioactive trash to Idaho

The cost of replacing Trident is really £167bn, new figures suggest The new estimate is double previous calculations” Jon Stone

Russian Ships Near Data Cables Are Too Close for U.S. Comfort” By DAVID E. SANGER and ERIC SCHMITTOCT. 25, 2015

Steal land from American Indians, ruin it will fracking, oil drilling and injection wells, and then export it abroad, just like the primeval forests of America rebuilt Europe after its wars. Then bribe people by tying oil export to Renewables.

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FEATURE-Solar panels empower indigenous people in Canada’s north
Posted:Mon, 26 Oct 2015 06:01:01 GMT
BEHCHOKO, Northwest Territories, Canada, Oct 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – D aniel T’seleie, an indigenous activist in Canada’s far north, is campaigning to help his people wean themselves from a worrying dependence on imported fuel and food, recover old traditions and win greater autonomy from the government.

REUTERS SUMMIT-Green incentives seen as key to lifting U.S. oil export ban
Posted:Sun, 25 Oct 2015 10:00:01 GMT
* For other news from Reuters Commodities Summit, click on

UPDATE 2-Tata Steel, Britain offer more aid to steel town
Posted:Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:23:31 -0400
LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Tata Steel will offer 3 million pounds ($4.62 million), to be matched by government, for job creation in Britain’s Scunthorpe where its steel plant is to restructure, the two said in a joint statement.

UPDATE 2-Japan, Uzbekistan sign deals worth more than $8.5 bln
Posted:Sun, 25 Oct 2015 09:20:06 -0400
TASHKENT, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Japan and Uzbekistan signed deals worth more than $8.5 billion on Sunday, including investment to explore new hydrocarbon reserves in the central Asian nation, Uzbek President Islam Karimov said after meeting visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

India’s gold monetisation scheme may be ready in weeks – Modi
Posted:Sun, 25 Oct 2015 03:56:36 -0400
NEW DELHI, Oct 25 (Reuters) – A programme to attract gold owned by households into a bank deposit scheme to monetise the precious metal could be ready in weeks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday, a step aimed at cutting expensive imports.

Saturday, 24 October 2015


Let’s see, who will EDF’s partner be? Didn’t read the article yet but one guess is surely the right one! Who is EDF’s UK partner?

Reuters News Feed Selection

EDF says may need partners for nuclear newbuild in France
Posted:Fri, 23 Oct 2015 15:42:46 GMT
PARIS, Oct 23 (Reuters) – EDF may need partners to finance the future replacement of its nuclear fleet in France, the chief executive of the state-controlled utility said on Friday.

Indonesia prepares warships to evacuate ‘haze’ refugees
Posted:Fri, 23 Oct 2015 11:19:56 GMT
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia is preparing warships as a last resort to evacuate children and others suffering from smoke inhalation from slash-and-burn fires, a minister said on Friday, as the country struggles to contain fires expected to continue for weeks. Southeast Asia has suffered for years from annual “haze” caused by forest and peat clearing across Indonesia, which has come under increasing political pressure to stop the problem, but so far to no avail. Fires this year have been h

UPDATE 2-EDF aims to double its assets outside Europe Posted:Fri, 23 Oct 2015 15:16:14 GMT
* No plans for major acquisitions (Adds comments about energy services, hydropower)

Brazilian panel approves report clearing Petrobras of wrongdoing
Posted:Fri, 23 Oct 2015 13:26:58 GMT
RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 23 (Reuters) – A final report approved by a Brazilian congressional panel investigating corruption at state-run oil company Petrobras has blamed suppliers and rogue employees for the graft, rather than politicians or the company.

UPDATE 1-Japan, Turkmenistan sign deals worth over $18 bln in chemicals, energy
Posted:Fri, 23 Oct 2015 12:45:13 GMT
ASHGABAT, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Japan and Turkmenistan on Friday signed deals worth over $18 billion on a package of projects in the energy-rich central Asian nation, which has become an important supplier of natural gas to China.

UPDATE 1-Russia offers gas, oil swap deals to Iran Posted:Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:51:19 GMT
MOSCOW, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday Kremlin-controlled gas producer Gazprom has offered gas supplies to Iran under a swap arrangement, and similar oil deals were also under consideration.

General Motors’ Opel denies violating EU emissions standards
Posted:Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:17:39 -0400
BERLIN, Oct 23 (Reuters) – General Motors’ Opel division has denied violating European environmental standards after researchers claimed to have found excessive nitric oxide emissions for the…

Friday, 23 Oct. 2015


Reuters News Feed Selection

Senegal turns to sewage in bid to meet renewable goals Posted:Fri, 23 Oct 2015 06:34:47 GMT
DAKAR (Reuters) – The sulfurous odor wafting from an open septic tank on a sandy street in Dakar may be stomach-churning but Senegal’s government believes such pits could contain a solution to the fast-growing capital’s sanitation and power woes.

Colorado mine wastewater spill caused by EPA was preventable: report
Posted:Fri, 23 Oct 2015 02:27:51 GMT
DENVER (Reuters) – The release of 3 million gallons (11 million liters) of toxic wastewater from a defunct southwestern Colorado gold mine that was triggered by the Environmental Protection Agency was preventable, a government review of the spill concluded on Thursday.

Gold miners sue Oregon over new rules aimed at protecting salmon
Posted:Fri, 23 Oct 2015 02:23:22 GMT
PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – A consortium of gold miners has sued Oregon to overturn new rules barring motorized devices in waterways used by migrating salmon, while environmental groups say those rules are key to protecting threatened fish.

Indonesian tofu makers help produce energy, cut pollution
Posted:Thu, 22 Oct 2015 23:04:34 GMT
KALISARI, Indonesia – Tofu makers in a small village on the island of Java are putting waste water from producing the soybean-based product to good use by generating biogas, a source of renewable energy, and reducing environmental pollution.

Oil production possibly linked to Oklahoma quakes since 1930s: USGS
Posted:Thu, 22 Oct 2015 18:04:32 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Oklahoma earthquakes may have been related to oil production activities as early as the 1930s, a study released this week by the U.S. Geological Survey said.

U.S. moves ahead with carbon rule as 25 states prepare to sue
Posted:Thu, 22 Oct 2015 14:57:24 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will formally issue carbon regulations for power plants on Friday, opening the door to a wave of lawsuits from states and industry groups.

China environment bureau says Coca-Cola bottling plant falsified pollution data
Posted:Thu, 22 Oct 2015 13:30:56 GMT
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – An environmental protection bureau in northwest China said police temporarily detained an executive at a Coca-Cola Co bottling facility in Gansu province after it found the facility had falsified pollution data.

Apple to build more solar projects in China, green its suppliers
Posted:Wed, 21 Oct 2015 21:08:59 -0400
WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Apple announced Wednesday it will build 200 megawatts of solar energy projects in China and work with local suppliers to source more renewable energy, its latest moves to green its Chinese supply chain amid criticism that its local partners are heavy polluters.

Xi says China is committed to developing capital markets
Posted:Wed, 21 Oct 2015 17:52:48 -0400
LONDON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday that he was committed to developing capital markets and improving the balance of China’s economy.

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Xi says China has reduced iron and steel capacity
Posted:Wed, 21 Oct 2015 15:55:46 -0400
LONDON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – China has reduced capacity in its steel industry by 77.8 million tonnes, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday, fending off criticism that China’s cut price steel exports had brought the British steel sector to its knees.

Sinosteel’s debt woes cast doubt on China’s SOE reform programme
Posted:Thu, 22 Oct 2015 17:00:18 -0400
SHANGHAI, Oct 23 (Reuters) – The prospect of China’s state-owned metals trader Sinosteel defaulting on its debt leaves Beijing with a dilemma: stick with its pledge to let market forces operate in its sprawling state sector or step in to save jobs and keep the steel giant afloat.

U.S. regulators, lawmakers tighten Takata recall scrutiny Posted:Thu, 22 Oct 2015 14:24:27 -0400
WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators will decide next month whether to take the unprecedented step of coordinating the Takata air bag inflator recall, saying the task of replacing nearly 24 million potentially deadly devices could be too massive to succeed without intervention.

UPDATE 3-Freeport further cuts mining output on low prices, posts loss
Posted:Thu, 22 Oct 2015 13:44:13 -0400
TORONTO, Oct 22 (Reuters) – U.S. miner and oil producer Freeport-McMoRan, under pressure from activist investor Carl Icahn and falling prices, said on Thursday it will further cut copper and molybdenum output as it posted a bigger-than-expected quarterly loss.

UPDATE 3-Dow Chemical reviews options for agri unit, restructures JVs
Posted:Thu, 22 Oct 2015 11:36:11 -0400
* Shares rise as much as 8.4 pct (Adds CEO comments, details, graphic link; updates shares)

PRESS DIGEST- Wall Street Journal – Oct 23
Posted:Fri, 23 Oct 2015 04:33:56 GMT
Oct 23 (Reuters) – The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

UPDATE 1-Poland pushes energy firms to invest in troubled mines
Posted:Thu, 22 Oct 2015 16:07:32 GMT
* Tauron to use stake in PKO bank as collateral (Adds more detail, background)

Thursday, 22 October 2015

New: More on the new low dose radiation exposure study

In the 17th and 18th centuries, the demand for Chinese goods (particularly silk, porcelain, and tea) in the European market created a trade imbalance because the market for Western goods in China was virtually non-existent; China was largely self-sufficient and Europeans were not allowed access to China’s interior. European silver flowed into China when the Canton System, instituted in the mid-17th century, confined the sea trade to Canton and to the Chinese merchants of the Thirteen Factories. The British East India Company had a matching monopoly of British trade. The British East India Company began to auction opium grown on its plantations in India to independent foreign traders in exchange for silver. The opium was then transported to the China coast and sold to Chinese middlemen who retailed the drug inside China. This reverse flow of silver and the increasing numbers of opium addicts alarmed Chinese officials.

Nuclear power First thoughts
This nuclear power deal with China is one of the maddest ever struck
“, by Polly Toynbee
The decision to allow China to build nuclear power stations in the UK is sheer folly, especially at a time when Cameron is shutting the door on renewable energy” Read more here:

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

New Study just in time to debunk Carol Marcus, Mark Miller and Mohan Doss proposal for 100 mSv per year of radiation for the US public:
Recent related study:

Doses are similar to the cumulative dose of the Fukushima worker who just got leukemia.

Carol Marcus, the Wicked Witch of the West, who has proposed the 100 mSv per year exposure for the general population, is gonna be mad! If you check out Carol’s picture online, this is her spitting image! Search Carol S. Marcus UCLA in images.
Wicked Witch of the West, 1900
She’s apparently also behind letting patients full of radio-iodine, from medical procedures, run around exposing everyone to dangerous radio-iodine, and urinating radioactive iodine into the sewage systems (the patients not her). So, she’s gotten her way before. Be sure and put in your comment that the US NRC needs to reduce exposure to radionuclides and not increase it, and certainly not to 100 mSv!

Remember to comment by November 19th!

Reuters News Feed Selection

Japan acknowledges possible radiation casualty at Fukushima nuclear plant
Posted:Tue, 20 Oct 2015 04:54:39 -0400
TOKYO, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Japan on Tuesday acknowledged the first possible casualty from radiation at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant, a worker who was diagnosed with cancer after the crisis broke out in 2011.

UPDATE 5-Welcomed with pomp and protests, China’s Xi hails ties with Britain
Posted:Tue, 20 Oct 2015 16:30:30 -0400
* Xi hails relations with Britain (Adds banquet, queen comment, Xi, speaker, Corbyn)

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Hinkley Point Check Oct. 9 2015

Russian State owned Rosatom: “runs all nuclear assets of the Russian Federation, both civil and weapons. Along with commercial activities which move forward nuclear power and nuclear fuel cycle facilities, it acts as a governmental agent, primarily in the field of national security (nuclear deterrence), nuclear and radiation safety, basic and applied science. Besides, it has the authority to fulfill on behalf of the Russian Federation the international commitments undertaken by the nation with regard to the peaceful use of atomic energy and non-proliferation. The Russian Government has set three major goals for ROSATOM: ensure sustainable development of the Nuclear Weapons Complex; increase nuclear contribution in electricity generation (to 25%-30% by 2030) with continued safety improvement; and strengthen the country’s position on the global market of nuclear technology, by expanding traditional markets and winning new ones.” It is even “the regulatory body of the Russian nuclear complex“!

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UPDATE 1-EDF hopes for UK nuclear deal with China in coming days
Posted:Sun, 18 Oct 2015 06:24:47 -0400
PARIS, Oct 18 (Reuters) – EDF hopes to announce a deal with Chinese investors to build a nuclear plant at Hinkley Point, Britain, in the coming days, the French utility’s chief executive said on Sunday.

Cameron says to raise issue of Chinese subsidised steel during Xi visit
Posted:Mon, 19 Oct 2015 10:59:44 -0400
LONDON, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday he would raise the issue of subsidised steel with China during a visit this week by President Xi Jinping to Britain.

China’s Xi to be feted on British trip despite criticism
Posted:Mon, 19 Oct 2015 14:24:18 GMT
LONDON, Oct 19 (Reuters) – President Xi Jinping will be feted by the royal family and leading politicians during a trip this week which Prime Minister David Cameron hopes will cement Britain’s lucrative place as China’s closest friend in the West.

From hearing aids to farming, solar energy powers climate innovation
Posted:Mon, 19 Oct 2015 14:06:54 GMT
LONDON, Oct 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Set against the might of climate change, can small measures like solar-powered batteries or drip irrigation make a difference?

North Dakota oil well spewing after weekend blowout
Posted:Mon, 19 Oct 2015 22:57:31 GMT
WHITE EARTH, N.D. (Reuters) – A North Dakota oil well owned by Oasis Petroleum Inc blew out over the weekend and has yet to be capped, leaking more than 67,000 gallons of crude so far and endangering a tributary of the Missouri River, state officials said.

Bolivia says China to lend $7 bln for energy, transport infrastructure
Posted:Mon, 19 Oct 2015 19:37:54 GMT
La Paz, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Bolivia’s vice president on Monday said the Andean country will receive a $7 billion credit line from China to finance investment in hydroelectric energy and road and rail infrastructure.

PRESS DIGEST – China – Oct 20
Posted:Tue, 20 Oct 2015 01:17:09 GMT
SHANGHAI, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Chinese newspapers available in Beijing and Shanghai carried the following stories on Tuesday. Reuters has not checked the stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

New database tracks large land deals in bid to boost transparency
Posted:Mon, 19 Oct 2015 18:10:09 -0400
Oct 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Large purchases of farmland can at times be cloaked in secrecy, but a new online database is aiming to shed light on such deals globally by publishing contracts between governments and investors, according to its organizers.

UPDATE 1-UK steelmaker Caparo Industries to file for administration – source
Posted:Mon, 19 Oct 2015 13:51:11 -0400
LONDON, Oct 19 (Reuters) – British steelmaker Caparo Industries is set to file for administration, according to an industry source familiar with the situation who said this could put up to 1,700 jobs at risk in a “worst-case scenario”.

REUTERS SUMMIT-UPDATE 1-India in talks to buy coking coal mines in South Africa
Posted:Mon, 19 Oct 2015 12:59:36 -0400
NEW DELHI, Oct 19 (Reuters) – India is talking to South Africa to buy coal mines there to feed its expanding steel industry, Coal Secretary Anil Swarup said, adding that New Delhi also hopes to stop imports of coal used to generate power in three years as domestic output jumps.

UK shares underperform Europe; mining companies fall after Chinese data
Posted:Mon, 19 Oct 2015 12:22:12 -0400
* Barclays rises on media report (Updates with closing prices)

REUTERS SUMMIT-New EU rules may mean Trafigura clears commodity derivatives elsewhere
Posted:Mon, 19 Oct 2015 12:08:45 -0400
* (For other news from Reuters Commodities Summit, click on

UPDATE 3-Halliburton revenue misses on weak drilling in North America
Posted:Mon, 19 Oct 2015 11:43:36 -0400
* Shares fall as much as 2.5 pct (Details from conference call; updates shares)

CORRECTED-OPEC, non-OPEC experts to talk, but unlikely to cooperate on cuts
Posted:Mon, 19 Oct 2015 14:58:29 GMT
LONDON/DUBAI, Oct 19 (Reuters) – A meeting of OPEC and non-OPEC oil market experts this week is unlikely to increase the prospect of joint co-operation on supply curbs or show much support for Venezuela’s proposed price band, OPEC delegates and analysts said.

Financing for Russia’s Yamal LNG plant stalls – sources
Posted:Mon, 19 Oct 2015 15:32:11 GMT
MOSCOW, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Efforts to secure financing for Russia’s Yamal LNG plant have stalled, with the owners baulking at costly Chinese loans and Western sanctions hampering alternatives, two Russian banking sources said, warning the search could drag into next year.

UPDATE 3-Canadian Oil Sands CEO says buyer interest extends beyond Suncor
Posted:Mon, 19 Oct 2015 19:44:49 GMT
TORONTO, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Canadian Oil Sands Ltd expects strong interest from a wide range of buyers, its chief executive said on Monday, as the company asked shareholders to reject a hostile takeover offer by Suncor Energy Inc.–unhkj8/story01.htm

Hazy new year: Southeast Asia set to suffer for months as Indonesia fails to douse fires
Posted:Mon, 19 Oct 2015 22:39:24 GMT
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian forest fires that have caused choking smoke to drift across Southeast Asia are spreading to new areas and are unlikely to be put out until next year, experts said on Monday.

Monday, 19 October 2015


Burkina Faso: New Charges in Coup

Green groups call on Malcolm Turnbull to keep tax-deductible status Environmental activists rally to end the ‘ideological attack instigated by Tony Abbott’ at Senate inquiry in Melbourne

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UPDATE 1-EDF hopes for UK nuclear deal with China in coming days
Posted:Sun, 18 Oct 2015 10:24:47 GMT
PARIS, Oct 18 (Reuters) – EDF hopes to announce a deal with Chinese investors to build a nuclear plant at Hinkley Point, Britain, in the coming days, the French utility’s chief executive said on Sunday.

Australian sailing pressures Rio over water pollution
Posted:Sun, 18 Oct 2015 01:37:23 GMT
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s Olympic sailing boss Peter Conde has called on the sport to pressure Rio Olympics organizers to clean up water pollution ahead of next year’s Games.

Wildfire in central Texas 40 percent contained
Posted:Sat, 17 Oct 2015 17:10:13 GMT
(Reuters) – A wildfire in central Texas was 40 percent contained on Saturday and fire officials said they hoped to return some evacuated residents to their homes by the end of the day.

INSIGHT-Typically Greek, delayed land register is never-ending epic
Posted:Sun, 18 Oct 2015 08:00:01 -0400
* Bureaucracy, political interference, graft obstruct project

Disgruntled Syngenta investors set up shareholder group Posted:Sat, 17 Oct 2015 06:07:15 -0400
ZURICH, Oct 17 (Reuters) – A number of disgruntled Syngenta shareholders have set up an investor group in an effort to push for change at the Swiss agricultural chemicals group.

Time is running out to save UK steel sector, warn steelmakers and unions
Posted:Fri, 16 Oct 2015 14:45:12 -0400
LONDON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Time is running out to save the British steel sector, steelmakers and unions warned on Friday following news of hundreds more possible job cuts.

Tata Steel to cut 1,200 jobs at Scunthorpe -UK union source Posted:Fri, 16 Oct 2015 12:30:28 -0400
LONDON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Tata Steel, the biggest steelmaker in Britain, is expected to cut around 1,200 jobs at its Scunthorpe plant, a union source said on Friday as the government convened a crisis summit on the sector.

Sunday, 18 October 2015


we observed an approximately 30-fold increase in the number of thyroid cancer cases among children and adolescents” This is 4 years after the Fukushima power plant accident. After Chernobyl, “excesses of thyroid cancer became more remarkable 4 or 5 years after the accident in Belarus and Ukraine, so the observed excess alerts us to prepare for more potential cases within a few years” [at Fukushima]. “Furthermore, we could infer a possibility that exposure doses for residents were higher than the official report or the dose estimation by the World Health Organization, because the number of thyroid cancer cases grew faster than predicted in the World Health Organization’s health assessment report.” “Thyroid Cancer Detection by Ultrasound Among Residents Ages 18 Years and Younger in Fukushima, Japan: 2011 to 2014“, by Tsuda, Toshihide; Tokinobu, Akiko; Yamamoto, Eiji; Suzuki, Etsuji Read the article here:

Widow Pleading with Unjust Judge
According to the Gospel of Luke 18:1-8, a judge (who is both atheistic and lacking compassion) is repeatedly approached by a poor widow, seeking justice. Initially rejecting her demands, he eventually honors her request so he will not be worn out by her persistence.

Security fears over China nuclear power deal“, 16 October 2015

French State owned EDF is in Bulgaria along with Russian State owned Rosatom. EDF also owns almost all of the UK’s nuclear power stations

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Progress made in Chinese-British nuclear deal – ambassador Posted:Thu, 15 Oct 2015 10:49:24 -0400
LONDON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Substantial progress has been made over a deal for two Chinese companies to help finance a British nuclear plant, one of a number of agreements on the table during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Britain next week, his ambassador said.

Rosatom signs $28 mln deal to modernise Bulgaria’s nuclear plant
Posted:Fri, 16 Oct 2015 12:03:30 -0400
SOFIA, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Russia’s Rosatom said on Friday it had signed a contract with Bulgaria’s sole nuclear power plant, Kozloduy, to modernise the generator equipment of one of the plant’s 1,000 megawatt reactors.

Canada’s frozen north feels financial burn of global warming Posted:Fri, 16 Oct 2015 11:00:43 -0400
YELLOWKNIFE, Northwest Territories, Canada, Oct 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – C limate change is taking a heavy economic toll on Canada’s far north, with buildings collapsing as melting permafrost destroys foundations, rivers running low and wildfires all a drain on the region’s limited finances, senior government officials said.

Friday, 16 October 2015


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Progress made in Chinese-British nuclear deal – ambassador
Posted:Thu, 15 Oct 2015 10:49:24 -0400
LONDON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Substantial progress has been made over a deal for two Chinese companies to help finance a British nuclear plant, one of a number of agreements on the table during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Britain next week, his ambassador said.

UPDATE 2-Sweden’s Ringhals to shut two reactors by 2020
Posted:Thu, 15 Oct 2015 08:55:17 -0400
* Could spell higher power prices (Adds market reaction, analyst)

German authority orders recall of 2.4 mln Volkswagen cars Posted:Thu, 15 Oct 2015 02:49:38 -0400
HAMBURG, Oct 15 (Reuters) – German automotive watchdog KBA will force Volkswagen to recall 2.4 million vehicles in the country after Europe’s biggest carmaker admitted to cheating on emissions tests for diesel vehicles.

UPDATE 5-VW says can bounce back as recalls 8.5 mln EU cars Posted:Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:47:46 -0400
* Suspends senior manager over emissions cheating scandal (Adds more Volkswagen comments)

Water a “weapon of war” in Syria’s divided Aleppo
Posted:Thu, 15 Oct 2015 07:54:04 -0400
BEIRUT, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Through intense bombardment, seeing friends killed before her eyes and living without power, Layana Darwish stuck it out in Syria’s Aleppo through four years of civil war, even completing her degree despite the devastation.

UPDATE 1-Bilfinger shrinks focus, sees 2016 as transition year
Posted:Thu, 15 Oct 2015 08:37:55 -0400
* Net loss of about 500 million euros for 2015 seen as bottom

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Bridgeton Landfill
German owned Swedish Nuclear reactors to close: “On October 14, 2015, EOn announced on the planned permanent closure of Unit 1 and 2 for economic reasons. Unit 1 is scheduled for closure between 2017 and 2019 and Unit 2 by 2020

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Japan restarts second reactor at Sendai nuclear plant
Posted:Wed, 14 Oct 2015 23:30:54 -0400
TOKYO, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Japan restarted a second reactor at the Sendai nuclear plant on the southwestern island of Kyushu on Thursday, as the government pushes ahead with an unpopular return to atomic energy in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

REFILE-UPDATE 1-Canada Liberal campaign co-chair resigns over pipeline advice
Posted:Wed, 14 Oct 2015 20:27:06 -0400
AJAX, Ontario, Oct 14 (Reuters) – A co-chair of Canada’s Liberal election campaign, Dan Gagnier, resigned his position on Wednesday after news emerged that he had advised TransCanada Corp on how to lobby the next government after the Oct. 19 election.

U.S., Alaska says will not seek additional $92 mln from Exxon for Valdez spill
Posted:Thu, 15 Oct 2015 05:53:17 GMT
Oct 14 (Reuters) – U.S. and Alaska state officials announced on Wednesday they will no longer seek an additional $92 million from Exxon Mobil Corp. to pay for environmental cleanup and restoration stemming from the massive Exxon Valdez oil spill nearly three decades ago.

UPDATE 3-Russia’s Fridman buys E.ON’s Norway oil and gas assets Posted:Wed, 14 Oct 2015 15:32:49 GMT
* British assets seen worth 300-400 mln euros (Adds analyst comment, details on price, updates shares))

Solar plane prepares for Amazon mission
Posted:Wed, 14 Oct 2015 12:37:21 GMT
Student engineers from ETH Zurich are preparing to fly their world-record breaking solar plane over the Amazon rainforest.

One dead, up to 10 injured in hammer attack in Western Canada Posted:Wed, 14 Oct 2015 23:01:02 GMT
Oct 14 (Reuters) – One man is dead and as many as 10 injured after a male walked into an Indian band office in Western Canada and began attacking people with a hammer, local media reported.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

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UPDATE 1-Entergy to close Massachusetts Pilgrim nuclear plant by 2019
Posted:Tue, 13 Oct 2015 13:43:44 GMT
Oct 13 (Reuters) – Entergy Corp said Tuesday it will close its Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Massachusetts no later than June 1, 2019, because of poor market conditions, reduced revenues and increased operational costs.

High temperatures and winds fueling wildfires in Northern Rockies
Posted:Tue, 13 Oct 2015 20:30:14 GMT
(Reuters) – High temperatures and strong winds on Tuesday fanned new life into a fierce Wyoming wildfire that has already destroyed more than a dozen homes, keeping residents who live in the path of the flames from returning home for a fourth day.

LME WEEK-Nickel pig iron producer in Indonesia to triple capacity by May
Posted:Tue, 13 Oct 2015 23:14:48 -0400
JAKARTA/MELBOURNE, Oct 14 (Reuters) – A unit of China steel producer Tsingshan Group is set to triple its capacity to produce nickel pig iron in Indonesia as soon as May, an executive said, as the Southeast Asian nation pushes to win more profit from its mineral wealth.

Rio Tinto to pay millions in royalties to mining magnate Rinehart
Posted:Tue, 13 Oct 2015 21:34:45 -0400
SYDNEY, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Rio Tinto Plc will have to pay more than A$200 million ($144 million) in royalties and court fees after losing an Australian legal battle with iron ore magnate Gina Rinehart.

UPDATE 3-Denison, Fission cancel merger as investor support falls short
Posted:Tue, 13 Oct 2015 13:51:32 -0400
Oct 13 (Reuters) – Canadian uranium companies Denison Mines Corp and Fission Uranium Corp said on Tuesday they have terminated their C$483 million ($371.71 million) merger agreement due to opposition from Fission’s shareholders.

SPECIAL REPORT-As hotel project broke budget, insiders pointed to role of CEO’s wife
Posted:Tue, 13 Oct 2015 12:43:35 -0400
MIDLAND, Michigan, Oct 13 (Reuters) – When Dow Chemical Co began renovating the hotel it owns here, the industrial giant spared little expense.

Sika managers set out opposition to Saint-Gobain takeover plans
Posted:Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:41:15 -0400
ZURICH, Oct 13 (Reuters) – More than 140 country chiefs and department heads at Swiss construction chemicals group Sika have written to Saint-Gobain Chairman and Chief Executive Pierre-Andre de Chalendar to oppose the French group’s takeover plans.

Indonesia wants more royalties from Freeport for longer contract
Posted:Tue, 13 Oct 2015 08:41:00 -0400
JAKARTA, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Freeport-McMoRan Inc should significantly increase the amount it pays in royalty payments to the Indonesian government if it wants to extend a contract to operate one of the world’s biggest copper mines, a cabinet minister said on Tuesday.

UPDATE 1-Four killed in Bosnian mine collapse
Posted:Tue, 13 Oct 2015 07:28:54 -0400
* Fatal accidents are common (Updates with details, changes dateline)

Russia’s Putin says Nord Stream II not aimed at cutting off anyone from transit
Posted:Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:50:00 -0400
MOSCOW, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the planned Nord Stream II gas pipeline was not aimed at cutting off anyone from transit.

UPDATE 2-North Dakota oil well backlog nears 1,000 amid price slide
Posted:Tue, 13 Oct 2015 21:31:41 GMT
WILLISTON, N.D., Oct 13 (Reuters) – The number of North Dakota oil wells that have been drilled but not fracked rose to an all-time high in August of almost 1,000, as producers delayed bringing them online as long as possible in hopes that crude prices would rebound.

Canadian minister rejected Arctic drilling review warning -memo
Posted:Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:55:13 GMT
CALGARY, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Canada’s Conservative government rejected advice from its bureaucrats warning it was “inappropriate” to use a sole-source contract to hire a consultant to review the country’s Arctic drilling legislation, according to a memo obtained by Reuters.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Biological Consequences of Nuclear Disasters: From Chernobyl to Fukushima, LOC-Mousseau Chernobyl Major Findings Study of Chernobyl Wildlife
From Dr. Timothy Mousseau’s presentation at the US Library of Congress in 2014.

As Cities Give Columbus the Boot, Indigenous Peoples Day Spreads Across US Published on Monday, October 12, 2015 by Common Dreams
‘Knowing the facts of Columbus’s life, it seems astonishing that he is still treated with honor in many places.’

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UPDATE 2-Saudis tell Russia its actions in Syria will have “dangerous consequences”
Posted:Mon, 12 Oct 2015 14:13:00 GMT
* Source says Saudis to continue backing anti-Assad forces (Adds Iran, quote, background)

CORRECTED-Campaign group says women pay the price of Zambia mining expansion
Posted:Mon, 12 Oct 2015 13:00:01 -0400
SHINENGENE, Zambia, Sept 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – T he women sat quietly in a village church in northwest Zambia, the sun slanting down on their colourful Sunday outfits as they told how life had changed since their chief agreed to handover a tract of land to a foreign firm for a new copper mine, leading to the resettlement of hundreds of families.

Wildfires burn homes, prompt evacuations in Wyoming, Idaho
Posted:Mon, 12 Oct 2015 21:01:59 GMT
SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Hundreds of Wyoming residents were forced to flee a wind-driven wildfire that destroyed at least 10 homes even as a separate blaze in neighboring Idaho burned several cabins to the ground and prompted dozens to evacuate, fire managers said on Monday.

Part of major highway reopens as South Carolina recovers from floods
Posted:Mon, 12 Oct 2015 16:52:36 GMT
(Reuters) – A stretch of a major East Coast highway closed for more than a week by historic rains in South Carolina began reopening on Monday, as many schools resumed classes and state crews picked up debris in several hard-hit areas.

Mitsui to shut precious metals business in London, New York-sources
Posted:Mon, 12 Oct 2015 07:15:38 -0400
* Mitsui latest to join broad retreat from some commodity markets

UPDATE 2-LafargeHolcim replaces CFO with finance chief from Philips
Posted:Mon, 12 Oct 2015 04:17:22 -0400
ZURICH, Oct 12 (Reuters) – LafargeHolcim named a new chief financial officer on Monday, recruiting Ron Wirahadiraksa from Dutch electronics group Philips as the cement giant reshapes its management under new chief executive Eric Olsen.

RPT-No more funds for Chile copper producer Codelco for now – minister
Posted:Mon, 12 Oct 2015 09:03:25 -0400
* Minister expects higher Chile copper output in 2016 (Repeats to additional subscribers)

U.S. lumber futures surge 4 pct as trade deal with Canada expires
Posted:Mon, 12 Oct 2015 17:15:58 -0400
CHICAGO, Oct 12 (Reuters) – U.S. lumber futures jumped 4 percent to their highest levels in a month on Monday as inventories of the building material ran low and a nearly decade-old trade deal with Canada expired, traders and analysts said.

VW seeks 3 bln euros in savings from suppliers -Handelsblatt
Posted:Mon, 12 Oct 2015 13:03:38 -0400
FRANKFURT, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Volkswagen wants to extract 3 billion euros ($3.41 billion) in price cuts from its suppliers to help mitigate the costs of an emissions scandal that has rocked the company, German newspaper Handelsblatt reported on Monday.

Saudi state claws back unspent money as finances tighten
Posted:Mon, 12 Oct 2015 12:58:36 GMT
RIYADH/KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s finance ministry, seeking to cut waste as state revenues shrink because of low oil prices, is telling government bodies to return unspent money which they were allocated in this year’s budget, sources familiar with the policy told Reuters.

UPDATE 1-Russia’s Gazprom resumes gas supplies to Ukraine
Posted:Mon, 12 Oct 2015 08:37:55 GMT
MOSCOW, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Russian natural gas exporter Gazprom has resumed supplies to Ukraine, Chief Executive Alexei Miller said in a statement on Monday, after deliveries were halted in July over a pricing dispute between Moscow and Kiev.

UPDATE 2-Glencore to sell copper mines in Australia, Chile Posted:Mon, 12 Oct 2015 08:06:02 GMT
* Graphic of assets map: (Adds more details, analyst comment, shares)

UPDATE 1-Key allies of disgraced China security chief jailed for graft
Posted:Mon, 12 Oct 2015 10:23:47 GMT
BEIJING, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Chinese courts sentenced two key allies of disgraced former security chief Zhou Yongkang to jail on Monday, one for 16 years and the other for 13, after finding them guilty of corruption, the latest officials felled in a sweeping anti-graft campaign.

RPT-U.S. shale firms snap up $50 oil hedges, risking rally reversal
Posted:Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:00:01 GMT
NEW YORK, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Welcome to the oil market’s new vicious cycle.

Monday, 12 October 2015, Native American Day

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104 Years Ago – 1911
American Indian Land for sale 1911
In 1989, the South Dakota legislature unanimously passed legislation proposed by Governor George S. Mickelson to proclaim 1990 as the “Year of Reconciliation” between Native Americans and whites, to change Columbus Day to Native American Day and to make Martin Luther King’s birthday into a state holiday. Since 1990, the second Monday in October has been celebrated as Native American Day in South Dakota. South Dakota is the only state to practice non-observance of the federal holiday of Columbus Day by recognizing Native American Day.

TTIP free trade deal ‘would remove people’s rights to access basic human needs like water and energy’, A new report claims TTIP and CETA deals could allow all public services to be locked into commercial deals“, Lee Williams Sunday 11 October 2015 20:06 BST

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Clariant sees biofuels boost from VW diesel affair: paper Posted:Sat, 10 Oct 2015 11:45:58 GMT
ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss specialty chemicals group Clariant expects biofuels to get a boost from the scandal surrounding Volkswagen’s manipulation of diesel motor emissions tests, Chief Executive Hariolf Kottmann told a German newspaper.

Deal approved to protect grizzly bear habitat in Montana Posted:Sat, 10 Oct 2015 03:41:45 GMT
(Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Friday approved a deal between conservationists and Montana officials to restrict road-building and logging in roughly 22,000 acres (8,900 hectares) of state forest lands that make up core habitat for federally protected grizzlies.

Shark bites surfer off Hawaii coast, leaving him in critical condition
Posted:Sat, 10 Oct 2015 02:32:39 GMT
HONOLULU (Reuters) – A 25-year-old surfer was bitten by a shark off the famed North Shore on Hawaii’s island of Oahu on Friday, and the man was rushed to a hospital where he was listed in critical condition, emergency officials said.

World took step towards greener GDP in 2014; more needed: PwC Posted:Sun, 11 Oct 2015 22:01:56 GMT
OSLO (Reuters) – Governments took a step towards greener economic growth in 2014 but will need to do far more to limit rising temperatures to a United Nations goal of two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), a study by accountancy firm PwC said on Monday.

Cushing quake follows rules to curb seismic activity tied to wells Posted:Sun, 11 Oct 2015 15:02:56 GMT
HOUSTON (Reuters) – An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.5 that struck near the U.S. crude oil hub of Cushing, Oklahoma on Saturday occurred just days after regulators imposed new rules meant to prevent temblors in the area and said more changes were possible.

UPDATE 1-Glencore flags sale of some Australia, Chile assets Posted:Mon, 12 Oct 2015 02:07:35 GMT
MELBOURNE, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Mining and trading giant Glencore Plc said on Monday it would announce the proposed sale of some assets in Australia and Chile, as it sought a trading halt for its Hong…

PRESS DIGEST- Financial Times – Oct 12
Posted:Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:08:39 GMT
Oct 12 (Reuters) – The following are the top stories in the Financial Times. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

PRESS DIGEST- British Business – Oct 12
Posted:Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:24:46 GMT
The following are the top stories on the business pages of British newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

Germany’s Merkel rules out tax rises to pay for refugees Posted:Sun, 11 Oct 2015 13:31:45 GMT
BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday ruled out tax increases to help deal with the biggest influx of refugees since World War Two.

Belarus exit polls show victory for ‘last dictator in Europe’ Posted:Sun, 11 Oct 2015 18:11:41 GMT
MINSK (Reuters) – Exit polls in Belarus showed President Alexander Lukashenko winning a fifth term by a landslide on Sunday in elections that could see an easing of relations with the West and raise questions about his ties to Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

Sub-Saharan Africa rates poorly in equal education for boys and girls: U.N.
Posted:Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:30:34 GMT
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Less than half of the world’s countries have equal numbers of girls and boys in school with not one sub-Saharan African nation achieving equality, according to a United Nations report released on Monday to mark International Day of the Girl Child.

REFILE-UPDATE 1-Ineos buys North Sea gas field from Russian billionaire
Posted:Sun, 11 Oct 2015 14:59:19 -0400
LONDON, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Swiss chemicals giant Ineos has bought its first British North Sea gas fields from Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman’s investment fund LetterOne, outlining plans to further expand its energy resources to supports its petrochemical business.

CORRECTED-Britain tells Russia’s Fridman he may still be able to invest
Posted:Sun, 11 Oct 2015 14:40:31 -0400
LONDON, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Britain has told Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman he was still welcome to invest in the country even after he was forced to divest gas assets there under pressure from the previous government.

Former Anglo Irish Bank CEO Drumm arrested in Massachusetts Posted:Sun, 11 Oct 2015 00:20:15 GMT
(Reuters) – Former Anglo Irish Bank Chief Executive Officer David Drumm, who was seen as a culprit in Ireland’s banking crisis, was arrested on Saturday in Massachusetts by U.S. marshals on an extradition warrant, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in the state.

Nine workers hurt in California freeway bridge collapse Posted:Sat, 10 Oct 2015 20:58:53 GMT
(Reuters) – Nine construction workers were injured, three of them critically, in a partial bridge collapse at a building project on a Southern California freeway, authorities said on Saturday.

UPDATE 1-South Africa’s AMCU union votes to strike in gold sector Posted:Sun, 11 Oct 2015 10:06:59 -0400
CARLETONVILLE, South Africa, Oct 11 (Reuters) – South Africa’s Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) voted on Sunday to strike at the operations of AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony Gold and Sibanye Gold.

UPDATE 3-Pre-election clash in Guinea capital kills two, wounds 33
Posted:Fri, 09 Oct 2015 17:57:14 -0400
* President suspends auction over iron ore deposit (Adds revised casualty toll, constitutional court ruling)

COMMODITIES-Raw materials post biggest weekly gain in 3 years Posted:Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:32:46 -0400
* U.S. crude posts biggest weekly gain in 6 weeks, zinc up 12 pct

Sunday, 11 October 2015

UPDATE 1-Germany says firms set aside enough nuclear decommissioning funds
Posted:Sat, 10 Oct 2015 12:08:46 GMT
* Last of Germany’s reactors due to shut in 2022 (Adds statements from operators, auditor for E.ON, RWE)

UPDATE 2-Canada environmental officers raid Vale offices in Ontario
Posted:Fri, 09 Oct 2015 18:18:12 -0400
Oct 9 (Reuters) – Environment Canada raided one of mining giant Vale SA’s Sudbury, Ontario offices on Thursday, investigating allegations that the company violated the Fisheries Act in 2012, the…

UPDATE 2-Pentagon denies Russian rocket engine waiver for Lockheed-Boeing venture
Posted:Fri, 09 Oct 2015 19:39:25 -0400
WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – The Pentagon on Friday declined to waive a U.S. law banning the use of Russian rocket engines for military and spy satellite launches, rejecting an urgent request from…

UPDATE 1-California oversight of oil well injection sites inadequate – state review
Posted:Thu, 08 Oct 2015 18:07:30 -0400
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 8 (Reuters) – California’s oversight of wells where oil companies dispose of wastewater brought to the surface is hindered by inadequate staffing and poorly organized paper records, a state review of the program said Thursday.

Some areas in flooded South Carolina facing second deluge Posted:Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:35:21 -0400
COLUMBIA, S.C., Oct 8 (Reuters) – South Carolina’s governor warned on Thursday that several coastal areas were about to be hit by a second round of major flooding, while residents inland hauled soaked furniture and appliances from homes left in ruins by unprecedented rainfall.

UPDATE 1-U.S. says CSX missed rail defect blamed for oil train derailment
Posted:Fri, 09 Oct 2015 14:47:16 GMT
WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – A fiery oil train derailment that forced the evacuation of hundreds of people in West Virginia last February was caused by a rail defect that railroad inspectors from CSX Corp missed twice in the preceding months, U.S. regulators said on Friday.

Gunmen kill three Burkina Faso gendarmes near Mali border Posted:Fri, 09 Oct 2015 22:56:07 GMT
OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – Around 50 unidentified gunmen attacked a Burkina Faso gendarmerie brigade near the country’s western border with Mali on Friday, killing three in an attack the government blamed on the leaders of a failed coup last month.

Ivory Coast leader launches re-election bid with pledge on justice Posted:Fri, 09 Oct 2015 18:54:52 GMT
ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara pledged on Friday to improve citizens’ access to justice as he launched his bid for re-election in an Oct. 25 poll he hopes will cement the country’s economic recovery following a brief civil war.

Petrobras likely lost more than $5 bln to corruption – Brazil prosecutor
Posted:Fri, 09 Oct 2015 19:01:10 GMT
RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Corruption-related losses at Brazil’s state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA will likely surpass 20 billion reais ($5.3 billion), federal prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol said on Friday.

U.S. judge approves settlement in Canadian oil-by-rail disaster
Posted:Fri, 09 Oct 2015 20:03:35 GMT
TORONTO, Oct 9 (Reuters) – A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Friday approved a settlement that clears the way for payments to victims of Canada’s Lac-Megantic crude-by-rail derailment, according to the trustee for the insolvent railway at the heart of the disaster.

Ukraine’s Naftogaz sends prepayment to Russia for gas Posted:Fri, 09 Oct 2015 11:55:44 -0400
KIEV, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Ukrainian state-run energy firm Naftogaz has transferred a prepayment to Russia for gas supplies and plans to buy 2 billion cubic metres (bcm) in October, a spokeswoman for the company said on Friday.

UPDATE 1-Russia to raise mineral extraction tax rate on Gazprom by 36.7 pct in 2016
Posted:Sat, 10 Oct 2015 10:53:31 -0400
MOSCOW, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Russia plans to increase the mineral extraction tax (MET) rate that is applied to gas company Gazprom by 36.7 percent in 2016, according to amendments to the Tax Code published on the government’s website on Saturday.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2015
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 is to be awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.
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EU regulators wave through UK nuclear waste clean-up price plan Posted:Fri, 09 Oct 2015 14:52:13 -0400
BRUSSELS, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Britain won EU regulatory approval on Friday for a pricing model to set the cost of disposing of nuclear waste that environmentalists say is too generous to nuclear power plant operators and punishing for taxpayers.

UPDATE 1-Germany expands nuclear stress tests to further Posted: Fri, 09 Oct. 2015 11:18 am EDT
BERLIN, Oct 9 – Nuclear stress tests assessing operators’ ability to provide enough funding to decommission the country’s reactors and dispose of

Pope Francis, anti-nuclear activists among Nobel Peace Prize Posted: Fri, 09 Oct. 2015 12:38 am EDT
OSLO – Pope Francis and a line-up of anti-nuclear campaigners headed lists of favorites to win the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize on the eve of Friday’s

Friday, 9 October 2015


Was Canadian Thom Mason of ORNL nervous about his testimony to the US Congress? Did he drink 2 bottles of water or only one and a half? He’s the guy who wants to stuff more plutonium into collapsing WIPP! He seems to have figured out that you can’t put more containers, as there are already no aisles and it’s being jam packed, so he’s proposing putting greater concentrations of plutonium, or changing the method of measurement. MOX is bad, but dumping more plutonium into a leaky, overpacked, salt mine is no good.
ORNL Thom Mason at Congressional Hearing Oct. 2015

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Eletrobras’ corruption probe zeroes in on Brazilian dams
Posted:Wed, 07 Oct 2015 11:10:16 -0400
SAO PAULO, Oct 7 (Reuters) – A commission hired by Brazil’s state-run energy utility Eletrobras to probe possible violations of U.S. and Brazilian anti-corruption laws involving the company is studying three Amazonian dam projects and a nuclear power plant, two sources familiar with the investigation said.

Alcoa wins $1.1 bln contract for Lockheed’s F-35 fighter jets
Posted:Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:45:28 -0400
Oct 7 (Reuters) – Alcoa Inc said it had got a contract to supply titanium to Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 Lightning II aircraft.

Germany’s Bundesbank lists all gold bars to silence sceptics Posted:Wed, 07 Oct 2015 08:59:16 -0400
* Central bank says wants to keep more of its gold in Germany

UPDATE 1-Australia’s BlueScope Steel cuts 500 jobs in cost-cutting plan
Posted:Wed, 07 Oct 2015 20:35:48 -0400
* Calls on government to buy local steel only (Amends BlueScope spelling, adds quotes and shares)

UPDATE 2-DuPont loses first trial over toxic Teflon-making chemical
Posted:Wed, 07 Oct 2015 18:31:27 -0400
NEW YORK/COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct 7 (Reuters) – A cancer patient prevailed in her lawsuit against DuPont on Wednesday, when a jury awarded her $1.6 million and found the company liable for leaking a toxic chemical used to make Teflon into the drinking water near one of its plants.

Canadian farmers follow miners, stream crops for cash Posted:Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:32:35 -0400
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Canadian canola farmers are tapping an alternative form of financing more often used by cash-hungry miners, turning a small Saskatchewan company into one of the country’s biggest suppliers of the oilseed.

UPDATE 2-Freeport shares soar as Icahn execs gain seats on miner’s board
Posted:Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:01:31 -0400
Oct 7 (Reuters) – U.S. miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc said on Wednesday it will add two new directors to its board under an agreement with billionaire Carl Icahn, bowing to pressure from the activist investor, who is the company’s largest shareholder.

UPDATE 1-China’s graft watchdog investigates former Sinopec chairman
Posted:Thu, 08 Oct 2015 05:18:30 GMT
SHANGHAI, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have placed the governor of Fujian province, who is also the former chairman of China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation, under investigation on suspicion of “serious disciplinary violations”, China’s anti-graft watchdog has said.

UPDATE 3-California’s ambitious renewable energy bill signed into law
Posted:Wed, 07 Oct 2015 21:27:44 GMT
LOS ANGELES, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed into law a bill requiring California to produce half its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, a goal he said was key to combating global climate change.

UPDATE 1-White House issues veto threat for U.S. House oil export bill
Posted:Wed, 07 Oct 2015 21:24:49 GMT
WASHINGTON, Oct 7 (Reuters) – The White House issued a veto threat on Wednesday for a U.S. House of Representatives bill that would lift a four-decade-old ban on crude oil exports, saying the legislation was “not needed at this time.”

CEO charged in West Virginia coal mine blast hid violations: prosecutor
Posted:Wed, 07 Oct 2015 21:17:45 GMT
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Reuters) – The former Massey Energy Co chief executive being tried over a 2010 coal mine explosion that killed 29 people was a hands-on boss who covered up widespread safety violations, a U.S. prosecutor said on Wednesday in the trial’s opening arguments.

Black bear wounds Idaho man in latest attack in Northern Rockies
Posted:Wed, 07 Oct 2015 22:24:44 GMT
SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – An Idaho man is recovering from cuts to his head from a black bear attack, the third in recent days in the Northern Rockies, where wildlife managers say supplies of berries and other foods favored by the animals have been reduced by drought.

Ocean heat wave harming world’s coral reefs this year: experts Posted:Thu, 08 Oct 2015 04:05:54 GMT
OSLO (Reuters) – Corals reefs are suffering a severe underwater heat wave this year for the third time on record, including a mysterious warm patch in the Pacific known as “The Blob”, scientists said on Thursday.

Massive California wildfire that killed 4 fully contained: fire officials
Posted:Thu, 08 Oct 2015 05:02:09 GMT
(Reuters) – A massive California wildfire that left four people dead and four firefighters injured was fully contained late on Wednesday, officials said, nearly a month after the destructive blaze broke out north of San Francisco.

EU heating strategy draft favors renewables and district heating
Posted:Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:10:56 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – The European Commission is working on a strategy to reduce energy wasted in heating homes and offices, prompting concern among utilities which fear it will reduce their power sales.

China raises solar installation target for 2015 Posted:Thu, 08 Oct 2015 11:58:35 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – China has raised its solar power installation target for 2015 by 30 percent from its previous goal, state media reported, potentially adding to overcapacity as insufficient grid capacity remains a hurdle for the new plants to deliver power.

Scotland widens shale moratorium to include coal gasification
Posted:Thu, 08 Oct 2015 11:13:33 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – Scotland has placed a moratorium on underground coal gasification, a form of unconventional gas extraction, adding to a ban on shale gas that it imposed in January in conflict with the pro-shale stance of Prime Minister David Cameron.