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This post updated from 27 Dec 2015 to 15 Jan 2016. It is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/11/28/the-ongoing-saga-64-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/
It continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/the-ongoing-saga-66-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/

In the interest of shutting down the nuclear industry, we extend the deadline to traditional Japanese, current Chinese, (lunar) New Year. Thus, you’ve until Feb 8th…still not much time!

Those currently involved in legal action re the crimes of the nuclear industry need to get moving and stop dragging their feet. It’s been many months now. There is such a thing as too late. If the lawyers continue to drag their feet, the technical experts need to make the information public. It can be anonymous. This is an emergency.

Past Time to Shut it Down! 70 Years is Enough Already!
70 Years is Enough Campaign:  Nuclear Energy is Nuclear War EverydayPro Nuclear Call up to Clean up WiPP and FUkushima
We live on borrowed time. Let’s shut the nuclear industry down now! Hurry Up! 70 years is enough! It’s already too much!

Just As Above Ground Nuclear Testing was Stopped, So Too Must Leaking of Radionuclides from the Nuclear Fuel Chain Be Stopped.

1963 JFK signs Atmospheric Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
1963 JFK signs Atmospheric Test Ban Treaty
The number of children and grandchildren with cancer in their bones, with leukemia in their blood, or with poison in their lungs might seem statistically small to some, in comparison with natural health hazards.

But this is not a natural health hazard—and it is not a statistical issue. The loss of even one human life, or the malformation of even one baby—who may be born long after we are gone—should be of concern to us all. Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics toward which we can be indifferent.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy, July 26th, 1963

Even from a statistical point of view they keep discovering that it is worse than initially thought. For those who missed it: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/another-look-at-the-recent-low-dose-radiation-exposure-study-inworks/ Shows that risk is around 15 times worse than BEIR VII thought, and maybe higher.

Friday, 15 Jan. 2016

USGS 4.2 Magnitude earthquake near Japan Nuclear Facilities 15 Jan 2016
Deer Mouse CDC gov

Thursday 14 Jan 2016

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/01/14/another-6-7-earthquake-warns-that-japan-is-no-place-for-nuclear/

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-EDF, Areva agree reactor business worth about 2.5 bln eur – sources
Posted:Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:06:03 -0500
PARIS, Jan 13 (Reuters) – EDF and French nuclear group Areva have agreed that Areva’s reactor business is worth slightly more than 2.5 billion euros ($2.7 billion) as part of EDF’s plan to take a controlling stake in the unit, two sources said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/lJw7nJezb80/areva-edf-idUSL8N14X4SE20160113

UPDATE 1-Magnitude 6.7 quake jolts northern Japan, no tsunami warning
Posted:Wed, 13 Jan 2016 23:19:29 -0500
TOKYO, Jan 14 (Reuters) – A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck just off Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido on Thursday, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/FoOdVgc2w7A/japan-quake-idUSL3N14Y21B20160114

Greece says Eldorado must resume mining operations before talks on investment can continue
Posted:Thu, 14 Jan 2016 04:11:13 -0500
ATHENS, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Greece has asked Canadian miner Eldorado Gold Corp to reverse its decision to halt much of its Greek mining operations and safeguard jobs as a condition for the two parties… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/qaSnI2LO4SA/eldoradogold-greece-idUSL8N14Y17G20160114

PRESS DIGEST- New York Times business news – Jan 14
Posted:Thu, 14 Jan 2016 00:58:58 -0500
Jan 14 (Reuters) – The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/4-zg86RhT70/press-digest-nyt-idUSL3N14Y2IS20160114

Freeport Indonesia offers stake to govt at $1.7 billion – energy ministry official Posted:Thu, 14 Jan 2016 00:13:57 -0500
JAKARTA, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Freeport McMoRan Inc’s Indonesian unit offered the 10.64 percent stake it must divest to the government at a price of $1.7 billion, an energy ministry official said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/tarlEGCiUMY/indonesia-freeport-idUSJ9N13C00620160114

PRESS DIGEST- British Business – Jan 14
Posted:Wed, 13 Jan 2016 20:02:17 -0500
Jan 14 – The following are the top stories on the business pages of British newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/lLpqax-j6vI/britain-press-business-idUSL2N14Y02320160114

UPDATE 3-U.S. jury finds ex-Capital One analyst liable in insider trading case Posted:Wed, 13 Jan 2016 20:01:40 -0500
PHILADELPHIA, Jan 13 (Reuters) – A former Capital One Financial Corp analyst was found liable on Wednesday on civil charges that he engaged in insider trading by using non-public sales data from the… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/6x20lKLdnZU/sec-capital-one-fin-insidertrading-idUSL2N14X20E20160114

Severe weather in Sydney kills one, disrupts flights
Posted:Thu, 14 Jan 2016 06:50:33 GMT
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Severe thunderstorms in Sydney on Thursday killed at least one person and injured another, police said, with winds of 122 kmph (76 mph) lashing Australia’s busiest airport, besides ripping down power lines and closing roads. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/citPEKOTuLw/story01.htm

Bid to mine more coal on U.S. federal lands tests Obama’s green agenda
Posted:Wed, 13 Jan 2016 22:48:53 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s State of the Union pledge to better manage fossil fuel development will face a test within days, when federal officials rule on whether to open public lands containing more than 600 million tons of coal to more mining. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/UMc6vDi5G2M/story01.htm

Global mercury emissions down 30 percent as coal use drops: USGS
Posted:Wed, 13 Jan 2016 21:57:13 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Global emissions of mercury from manmade sources fell 30 percent from 1990 to 2010, in part from decreasing use of coal, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/XW7vQlHHh-Y/story01.htm

Ancient tools show mysterious humans occupied Indonesian island
Posted:Wed, 13 Jan 2016 21:11:08 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The diminutive prehistoric human species dubbed the “Hobbit” that inhabited the isle of Flores apparently had company on other Indonesian islands long before our species, Homo sapiens, arrived on the scene. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/rh5ssho_8MY/story01.htm

NHC says subtropical storm Alex forms over the Atlantic
Posted:Wed, 13 Jan 2016 20:48:15 GMT
(Reuters) – Sub-tropical storm Alex has formed over the far eastern Atlantic, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/QVQqT1iSrow/story01.htm

13 January 2016

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/01/13/inoperable-vent-stack-radiation-monitor-north-anna-nuclear-power-station/

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-EDF sinks to all-time low as nuclear waste cost estimate soars
Posted:Tue, 12 Jan 2016 17:10:58 GMT
* Energy minister will have to decide on waste provisions (Adds EDF statement, closing price) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/kqs2NdTv7P0/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-California board rejects Volkswagen’s diesel fix plan Posted:Tue, 12 Jan 2016 17:20:17 -0500
Jan 12 (Reuters) – The California Air Resources Board said on Tuesday it rejected Volkswagen AG’s plan to fix 2.0 liter diesel cars equipped with software that allows them to emit up to 40 times… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/OySRwNnJ9d8/volkswagen-emissions-california-idUSL2N14W1RR20160112

U.S. sets paper import dumping margins for Brazil, Indonesia Posted:Mon, 11 Jan 2016 18:55:45 -0500
WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department on Monday announced anti-dumping duties of 2.05 percent to 222.46 percent on imports of uncoated paper sheets from Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia and Portugal, determining that these products were sold at less than fair value. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/affvSF91xnY/usa-trade-paper-idUSL2N14V2U020160111

Tuesday, 12 Jan 2016

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/01/12/louisiana-nuclear-reactor-scrammed-by-lightning-strike/
South Ukraine Nuclear Power Station in Europe map
South Ukraine Nuclear Power Station in relation to Europe map

Some news from Bellona. Read articles at links:
Lithuania seeks to sever ties with Russian nuclear plants Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, has said his country will absolutely refuse to buy electric power produced by two large Russian nuclear power plants under construction near his nation.http://bellona.org/news/nuclear-issues/2016-01-lithuania-seeks-to-sever-ties-with-russian-nuclear-plants

Prominent Bangladeshis ask Russia not to build nuclear power plant ROOPUR, Bangladesh – Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom and the government of Bangladesh have signed a deal to invest $12.65 billion in a project to build two 1200 MWe nuclear power units at Rooppur.http://bellona.org/news/nuclear-issues/2016-01-prominent-bangladeshis-ask-russia-not-to-build-nuclear-power-plant

Russia’s national operator for radioactive waste management has received approval from the Arkhangelsk Regional Government to allow subsurface storage of low- and medium level nuclear waste beneath the permafrost of the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago in the Russian Arctic.http://bellona.org/news/nuclear-issues/radioactive-waste-and-spent-nuclear-fuel/2016-01-arctic-waste-storage-plans-draw-divided-opinions-from-environmentalists

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Eldorado Gold suspends much of its mine construction in Greece
Posted:Mon, 11 Jan 2016 17:51:27 -0500
Jan 11 (Reuters) – Canadian miner Eldorado Gold Corp on Monday said it was suspending much of its mine construction and development in Greece after a year of confrontations with the Greek government that included permits being revoked and delayed by the state. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/5Op2MqX21U4/eldoradogold-greece-idUSL2N14V2OF20160111

UPDATE 1-Darlington, Canada, nuclear project awarded to joint venture for C$2.75 bln Posted:Mon, 11 Jan 2016 17:49:55 -0500
Jan 11 (Reuters) – A joint venture between SNC-Lavalin Inc and Aecon Group Inc was awarded a C$2.75 billion ($1.94 billion) contract to replace the main reactor components at a nuclear power plant in Darlington, Canada, SNC-Lavalin said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/NNUc1xicPbo/utilities-operations-opg-idUSL2N14V29M20160111

Chile regulator to fine Arauco for ‘green liquid’ waste spillage
Posted:Mon, 11 Jan 2016 14:17:25 -0500
SANTIAGO, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Chile’s environmental regulator said it would seek to fine wood pulp producer Celulosa Arauco y Constitucion S.A. up to $29.5 million and could revoke the permit of one of its plants for contaminating a local river with a “green liquid” spill. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/WlbM5rAiyqE/copec-violation-idUSL2N14V1QY20160111

UPDATE 2-Rubicon Minerals slashes gold estimate, considers sale
Posted:Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:46:22 -0500
Jan 11 (Reuters) – Canadian gold miner Rubicon Minerals Corp cut the gold reserve estimate for its Phoenix mine in Ontario by 86 percent and said it was considering selling itself among other options, sending its shares down 60 percent. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/e-wFsfYq7gQ/rubicon-min-sale-idUSL3N14V4PZ20160111

RPT-UPDATE 1-Alcoa posts 4th qtr loss due to charges from shuttering capacity Posted:Mon, 11 Jan 2016 17:09:16 -0500
CHICAGO, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Metals company Alcoa Inc on Monday reported a quarterly net loss after charges related to shuttering parts of its traditional smelting business. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/nMX-fb791uU/alcoa-results-idUSL2N14V2N020160111

UPDATE 2-Brazil probes 13 banks for Schahin, Petrobras operations -report
Posted:Mon, 11 Jan 2016 16:44:13 -0500
BRASILIA, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Brazil’s federal tax authority and prosecutors are investigating 13 foreign and local banks for possible financial crimes intermediating loans to Brazilian engineering… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/o2iu1pBX81U/brazil-corruption-banks-idUSL2N14V1RY20160111

UPDATE 2-British Columbia to oppose Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion
Posted:Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:51:09 -0500
Jan 11 (Reuters) – The British Columbia government said on Monday it will formally oppose the expansion of Kinder Morgan Inc’s Trans Mountain pipeline to Canada’s west coast, another blow to oil… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/J2QjWQpCOR0/kinder-morgan-de-pipeline-idUSL3N14V4RO20160111

UPDATE 2-U.S. judge names ex-FBI director to help settle Volkswagen lawsuits Posted:Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:15:50 -0500
Jan 11 (Reuters) – A federal judge in California overseeing more than 500 lawsuits filed against German automaker Volkswagen AG over its excess diesel emissions on Monday said he planned to name a… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/gbqJbIYFzv8/volkswagen-emissions-settlement-idUSL2N14V25V20160111

New Canada finance minister favors national securities regulator
Posted:Mon, 11 Jan 2016 14:21:01 -0500
OTTAWA, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Finance Minister Bill Morneau signaled on Monday that Canada’s new Liberal government would follow through on the efforts of the previous Conservative government to set up… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/1FsgdQJ85Ew/canada-regulator-idUSO8N0NF00E20160111

Russia’s Gazprom cancels tenders for trunk pipeline needed for Nord Stream II Posted:Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:22:22 -0500
MOSCOW, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Russian gas giant Gazprom has cancelled several tenders for construction of over 400 km of a gas trunk pipeline needed for the planned Nord Stream II project, according to documents posted on a government procurement website. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/z-kxX3vZ-kY/russia-gazprom-tender-idUSL8N14V42120160111

UPDATE 2-Lack of methane emission reporting poses investor risk -green group Posted:Mon, 11 Jan 2016 11:48:34 -0500
WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Fewer than one-third of oil and gas companies report their emissions of powerful greenhouse gas methane through voluntary, publicly available sources, posing a risk to their investors, said a new report released on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/-FlIojV4noY/usa-emissions-methane-idUSL2N14V0PR20160111

Hackers used malware to confuse utility in Ukraine outage -report
Posted:Sat, 09 Jan 2016 20:28:14 -0500
Jan 9 (Reuters) – Hackers likely caused a Dec. 23 electricity outage in Ukraine by remotely switching breakers to cut power, after installing malware to prevent technicians from detecting the attack, according to a report analysing how the incident unfolded. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/HtsIiaAawJY/ukraine-cybersecurity-attack-idUSL2N14U01H20160110

U.S. crude oil prices approach 20 pct fall since beginning of the year
Posted:Tue, 12 Jan 2016 00:18:12 GMT
SINGAPORE, Jan 12 (Reuters) – U.S. crude prices continued a relentless dive early on Tuesday approaching a 20 percent drop since the beginning of the year as analysts scrambled to cut their 2016 oil price forecasts and traders bet on further price falls. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ClMkh4f1GNs/story01.htm

Monday 11 Jan 2016

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/01/11/radioactive-releases-from-the-nuclear-reactors-of-the-mississippi-river-watershed-what-are-the-dangers-it-doesnt-take-an-accident-they-legally-leak-all-the-time/

Reuters News Feed Selection

Magnitude 4.5 quake hits northern Japan, no tsunami threat
Posted:Mon, 11 Jan 2016 07:04:21 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.5 hit Aomori prefecture in northern Japan, but there was no risk of a tsunami, the Japan Meteorological Agency said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/6GHP1ge1tio/story01.htm

Oklahoma earthquakes raise calls for restrictions on energy firms
Posted:Sun, 10 Jan 2016 19:52:36 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Earthquakes in Oklahoma in the past week, including one of the strongest ever recorded in the state, have led to calls for the governor to make changes to oil and gas drilling regulations and reduce seismic activity scientists link to the energy industry. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/7JsyUznMJhQ/story01.htm

LA-area residents implore officials to approve plan to mitigate gas leak
Posted:Sun, 10 Jan 2016 03:26:09 GMT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Residents of a southern California community on Saturday implored air quality officials to force a gas company to take steps to mitigate a natural gas leak that has reportedly caused health issues and damaged property since it began three months ago. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/sVPSZgX04Xo/story01.htm

Bushfire kills two in Australia’s south west; more towns evacuating
Posted:Sat, 09 Jan 2016 14:27:23 GMT
PERTH (Reuters) – Two people have been killed, at least one other remains unaccounted for and more than 121 buildings have been destroyed by a bushfire that continues to burn out of control in Western Australia, police said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/KoAquIuFld0/story01.htm

Hefner’s Playboy mansion listed for sale for $200 million
Posted:Mon, 11 Jan 2016 12:06:23 GMT
(Reuters) – The iconic Los Angeles mansion of Hugh Hefner, the founder of the Playboy empire, is being put up for sale for $200 million, Playboy Enterprises said, one of the highest asking prices for a private residence in the United States. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/A3j84fG1QZM/story01.htm

Brazil probes 13 banks for Schahin, Petrobras operations: report
Posted:Mon, 11 Jan 2016 06:49:23 -0500
BRASILIA, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Brazil’s federal tax authority and prosecutors are investigating 13 foreign and local banks for possible financial crimes intermediating loans to Brazilian engineering… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/Bs9g9iDnlmQ/brazil-corruption-banks-idUSL2N14V0EU20160111

Flood clean-up promises silver lining for UK construction firms
Posted:Sun, 10 Jan 2016 05:00:01 -0500
LONDON, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Britain’s wettest December in a century could herald brighter prospects for UK engineering and infrastructure stocks this year as companies bid for contracts to repair storm damage and boost the nation’s flood defences. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Kz6o2rVmV_s/britain-floods-stocks-idUSL8N14R3BX20160110

Saturday, 9 January 2016

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/01/09/woe-be-unto-entergy-lawyers-more-on-the-late-over-priced-unneeded-now-old-and-dangerous-grand-gulf-nuclear-reactor/

Grand Gulf Nuclear Reactor with Lakes River
Grand Gulf Nuclear Monstrosity on the Mississippi: America’s Largest Single Nuclear Reactor, in poor rural Mississippi

And [Jesus] said, Woe unto you lawyers also! for ye load men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.” Luke 11:46 ASV Bible

N. Korea v. S. Korea: Nuking a Noisy Neighbor?

Reuters News Feed Selection

North Korea says South’s propaganda broadcasts push situation to ‘brink of war’ Posted:Sat, 09 Jan 2016 09:01:10 GMT
SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s loudspeaker broadcasts aimed at North Korea push the rivals to the “brink of war,” a top North Korean official has told a propaganda rally, in the isolated country’s first official response to the sonic barrage across its border. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/-8bGSxUWfhA/story01.htm

U.S. gold jewelry imports reach 7-year high in October
Posted:Thu, 07 Jan 2016 12:29:40 -0500
NEW YORK, Jan 7 (Reuters) – U.S. imports of gold jewelry rose to a seven-year high in October while platinum jewelry imports surged by more than 60 percent after precious metal prices fell to multiyear lows, Thomson Reuters GFMS calculations showed. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/DNoB6VLUSv8/usa-precious-jewelry-idUSL1N14R1P420160107

UPDATE 1-Goldman, JPMorgan, Glencore defeat U.S. lawsuit over zinc prices
Posted:Thu, 07 Jan 2016 11:51:37 -0500
NEW YORK, Jan 7 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Thursday dismissed a private antitrust lawsuit in which zinc purchasers accused affiliates of Goldman Sachs Group Inc, JPMorgan Chase & Co and Glencore Plc of conspiring to drive up the metal’s price. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/MTuCK_Y6idE/zinc-antitrust-decision-idUSL1N14R1HB20160107

UPDATE 1-China steel company obtained hacked DuPont trade secrets -court filingPosted:Thu, 07 Jan 2016 16:32:47 -0500
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 7 (Reuters) – A Chinese steel manufacturer faces renewed U.S. criminal charges over allegations that it arranged to improperly obtain confidential trade secrets from DuPont and got access to hacked information from the U.S. company’s computers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ZFPytY0ZL6Y/pgvt-du-pont-crime-idUSL1N14R2HP20160107

French aerospace industry fears squeeze as output soars
Posted:Thu, 07 Jan 2016 11:04:09 -0500
PARIS, Jan 7 (Reuters) – French aerospace suppliers face a “difficult” 12 months as they gear up for a sharp rise in production of short-haul aircraft at the same time as the output of older, bigger…http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/LO_c233EInU/france-aerospace-idUSL8N14R17Q20160107

Internal investigation of Brazil’s Eletrobras expands – source
Posted:Thu, 07 Jan 2016 12:16:36 -0500
SAO PAULO, Jan 7 (Reuters) – An internal investigation of potential corruption at Brazil’s state-run energy utility Eletrobras has expanded to include five more Brazilian hydroelectric dams, a source… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/5kSvI4KxR1s/brazil-corruption-eletrobras-idUSL1N13W21720160107

UPDATE 2-Volkswagen CEO to hold high-level talks in Washington on emissions scandalPosted:Thu, 07 Jan 2016 14:25:32 -0500
WASHINGTON, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Volkswagen Chief Executive Matthias Mueller will meet with the top U.S. environmental regulator next week for the highest-level talks since the German automaker admitted… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/m5VHHyyhZ18/volkswagen-emissions-idUSL1N14R1IP20160107

Beijing to shut 2,500 firms this year to fight pollution
Posted:Sat, 09 Jan 2016 08:39:11 GMT
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Beijing will close 2,500 small polluting firms this year in its latest effort to combat pollution, state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday, citing the municipal government. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/0tNf9cNjIVA/story01.htm

California regulators weigh measures to curb giant methane leak
Posted:Sat, 09 Jan 2016 00:58:59 GMT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Southern California Gas Co would be required to install a system to siphon off and incinerate some of the methane spewing into the air from a subterranean pipeline rupture under a plan being weighed by local regulators to curtail the huge leak. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/YeFVGEKwo6o/story01.htm

Mississippi River seen cresting in Tennessee, Arkansas this weekend
Posted:Fri, 08 Jan 2016 19:42:55 GMT
(Reuters) – The Mississippi River, a major artery for U.S. commercial barge traffic, was expected to crest in Tennessee on Friday and Arkansas over the weekend as it pushed south toward the Gulf of Mexico, officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/8PGbxiV04LY/story01.htm

Brazil cautious on re-starting hydro dams after mining spill
Posted:Fri, 08 Jan 2016 16:04:16 GMT
SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Four hydroelectric dams along Brazil’s Rio Doce remain closed for an indefinite time after a deadly mining spill in November flooded the river with thick mud, according to water agency ANA. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/J_QoUJY3DB8/story01.htm

Activists warn smog in Poland’s top winter resort denser than in Delhi
Posted:Fri, 08 Jan 2016 14:33:48 GMT
WARSAW (Reuters) – With days to go before the Polish ski season kicks off in earnest, Poland’s most popular mountain resort, Zakopane, is choking in smog denser than in India’s capital New Delhi, one of the world’s most polluted cities, Polish activists said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/XH6yrUKvXp8/story01.htm

Rhine water levels back to normal in Germany after rain
Posted:Fri, 08 Jan 2016 12:28:55 GMT
HAMBURG (Reuters) – Water levels on the river Rhine in Germany have risen high enough to allow freight vessels to sail fully loaded after several months in which shallow water restricted shipping, traders said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/BQFfNHRRxyk/story01.htm

Bushfire destroys nearly 100 homes in Western Australia, missing people found Posted:Fri, 08 Jan 2016 08:56:16 GMT
SYDNEY (Reuters) – A bushfire destroyed nearly 100 homes in western Australia as it swept through countryside south of Perth, but there were no casualties reported after emergency officials and local media said on Friday that three missing people had been found safe. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/rDGI2D02aok/story01.htm

Beijing imposed $28 million in pollution fines last year: Xinhua
Posted:Fri, 08 Jan 2016 02:46:39 GMT
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Beijing’s environmental watchdog levied fines totaling about 183 million yuan ($27.76 million) for violations of pollution laws in the Chinese capital last year, the state news agency Xinhua said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/IZAvST74E7o/story01.htm

Cost to fix Flint water infrastructure could reach $1.5 billion: reports
Posted:Thu, 07 Jan 2016 20:56:38 GMT
(Reuters) – Fixing Flint, Michigan’s lead-contaminated drinking water infrastructure could cost as much as $1.5 billion, the city’s mayor said on Thursday after meeting with the governor to discuss the crisis, according to Detroit newspapers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/WNLsJjGtGtk/story01.htm

Officials ready to drop manatee from U.S. endangered species list
Posted:Thu, 07 Jan 2016 20:55:34 GMT
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) – The manatee, a species long considered at risk of extinction, has recovered in sufficient numbers to move from endangered to threatened status, U.S. wildlife officials said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/KWmcL_AJqlc/story01.htm

Human imprint has thrust Earth into new geological epoch : study
Posted:Thu, 07 Jan 2016 20:54:15 GMT
OSLO (Reuters) – The indelible imprint left by human beings on Earth has become so clear that it justifies naming a new geological epoch after mankind, experts said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/j_t341jThL0/story01.htm

NOAA says 2015 was U.S.’ second hottest year on record
Posted:Thu, 07 Jan 2016 18:31:02 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Last year was the second hottest on record in the contiguous United States, and included 10 major weather and climate events, such as droughts and storms, that each led to over $1 billion in damages, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Q5DgqnSxj6I/story01.htm

Johannesburg temperature hits record high as South Africa drought persists
Posted:Thu, 07 Jan 2016 15:22:12 GMT
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s financial hub Johannesburg hit a record temperature of 38 degrees Celsius on Thursday, the South African Weather Service said, as a drought persisted in Africa’s largest producer of maize. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/IMrQUC1sKJ4/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Campbell Soup becomes first major company to start GMO labeling
Posted:Fri, 08 Jan 2016 16:25:21 -0500
Jan 8 (Reuters) – Campbell Soup Co is to start disclosing the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in all its U.S. products, becoming the first major food company to respond to growing calls for more transparency about ingredients in food. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/8_9mfRWSP5o/campbell-soup-gmo-idUSL3N14S4JN20160108

Rare earth miner Molycorp to start bankruptcy sale of business
Posted:Fri, 08 Jan 2016 14:52:48 -0500
WILMINGTON, Del., Jan 8 (Reuters) – Rare earths producer Molycorp reached agreements with its junior creditors on Friday that clear the way for the bankrupt company to accept bids for the company and to ask creditors to vote on a plan to exit bankruptcy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Que_ThCWAk0/bankruptcy-molycorp-idUSL1N14S1OT20160108

Investor confidence hurt by oil producers’ weak response to falling prices-Goldman Posted:Fri, 08 Jan 2016 14:47:50 -0500
Jan 8 (Reuters) – Investor confidence deteriorated this week because shareholders felt producers were not being responsive to West Texas Intermediate (WTI) at $35 per barrel and were focusing on their agility rather than potential production cuts, Goldman Sachs analysts said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/eBCF4yAM1l0/oilproducers-goldmansachs-idUSL3N14S57U20160108

UPDATE 1-Union at BHP Billiton’s Cerro Colorado copper mine in Chile to strike Posted:Fri, 08 Jan 2016 14:31:40 -0500
SANTIAGO, Jan 8 (Reuters) – The union at global miner BHP Billiton’s Cerro Colorado copper mine in Chile said on Friday that it will go on strike on Monday over failed contract negotiations. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/yCal9pPuXWk/bhp-billiton-chile-cerro-colorado-idUSL1N14S1NU20160108

Congo opposition to hold rallies to raise pressure on Kabila
Posted:Fri, 08 Jan 2016 11:55:55 -0500
KINSHASA, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Opposition parties in Democratic Republic of Congo said on Friday they would stage rallies to put pressure on President Joseph Kabila to step down when his mandate expires at the end of the year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/suBjwdC105k/congodemocratic-politics-idUSL8N14S2T620160108

Thurs, 6 Jan 2016


Yesterday’s post was updated. This is actually an old nuclear industry argument from the early 1980s. We posted US NRC response at the time:

Notice US NRC does not expect flooding problems. Wording is important.

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California governor declares LA-area gas leak an emergency
Posted:Wed, 06 Jan 2016 16:14:27 -0500
LOS ANGELES, Jan 6 (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday declared a Los Angeles-area gas leak an emergency and vowed to protect public health and safety. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/6Rg_sg4S1tY/los-angeles-gas-leak-idUSL1N14Q2DD20160106

UK mining and energy indexes hit 11-yr lows on China concerns
Posted:Thu, 07 Jan 2016 09:08:24 GMT
LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) – UK mining and energy shares indexes slumped to their lowest level in more than 11 years on Thursday, with a sharp decline in prices of major industrial metals and crude oil on China-related concerns promoting investors to dump shares. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6lC45W5Csfk/story01.htm

UPDATE 4-TransCanada sues U.S. over Keystone XL pipeline rejection
Posted:Thu, 07 Jan 2016 00:42:58 GMT
CALGARY/WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – TransCanada Corp sued the U.S government on Wednesday to reverse President Barack Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, and also plans to seek $15 billion in damages from a trade tribunal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/e0-cDwVpFvg/story01.htm

U.S. crude edges away from 2009 lows; huge storage glut means outlook remains bleak Posted:Thu, 07 Jan 2016 00:31:06 GMT
SINGAPORE, Jan 7 (Reuters) – U.S. oil prices edged away from 2009 lows in early trading on Thursday but overall market sentiment remained extremely bearish due to huge unused amounts of petroleum sitting idle in storage tanks and as China’s economy was showing no signs of recovery. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Vp0Rmo4iYks/story01.htm

Volkswagen likely to buy back 115,000 cars in US – German report
Posted:Thu, 07 Jan 2016 00:00:01 GMT
BERLIN, Jan 7 (Reuters) – German automaker Volkswagen AG assumes it will have to buy back about 115,000 cars in the United States as a result of the emissions scandal, a newspaper reported on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/_IYF3sG98_4/story01.htm

Pioneer’s stock sale not an option for all US shale companies
Posted:Wed, 06 Jan 2016 23:51:44 GMT
Jan 6 (Reuters) – An unexpected $1.4 billion equity raising by Pioneer Natural Resources means the fittest U.S. shale oil producers can still tap capital markets even as highly indebted ones struggle to raise cash, experts said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/AffseIxpSHs/story01.htm

U.S. company’s ‘everyone does it’ defense rejected in class action
Posted:Wed, 06 Jan 2016 22:46:56 GMT
WILMINGTON, Del, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Corporate legal battles are often decided on nuanced readings of dense statutes, but one recent ruling that could expose scores of U.S. companies to shareholder lawsuits turned partly on a much simpler defense: everybody is doing it. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/AQtiHAl5TW8/story01.htm

U.S. power companies told to review defenses after Ukraine cyber attack
Posted:Wed, 06 Jan 2016 22:43:51 GMT
BOSTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – A quasi-governmental U.S. electric industry group last week advised members to review network defenses following reports that 80,000 customers of a Western Ukraine utility lost power for six hours following a cyber attack. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/dM-v8JDpc58/story01.htm

Nuclear plants along Mississippi, Missouri rivers not seen hurt by heavy rain -NRC Posted:Tue, 05 Jan 2016 22:03:26 GMT
(Reuters) – The nuclear plants along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers are not expected to be adversely affected by flooding and heavy rains, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/VAnjBigePDc/story01.htm

Wind power startup nabs $200 million for projects on homes, farms
Posted:Tue, 05 Jan 2016 16:08:22 GMT
(Reuters) – United Wind Inc, which has carved out a niche leasing wind turbines to farms and rural homes, has clinched $200 million in funding from Toronto-based Forum Equity Partners – the largest-ever single investment in small wind projects. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/3VByfqtyl9o/story01.ht

Wed. 6 January 2016

Bigger nuclear dangers than N. Korea: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/01/06/more-us-nrc-safety-related-exemptions-for-holtec-increase-risk-of-a-criticality-accident-and-are-illegal-comment-deadline-feb-5-2016/
Recent posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/degraded-emergency-management-response-at-savannah-river-nuclear-site-but-you-can-go-deer-hunting-there-and-almost-one-ton-of-japans-plutonium-may-arrive-there-soon/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/us-dnfsb-defense-nuclear-facilities-safety-bd-worries-about-wipp-fire-safety-repeat-thermal-event/

N. Korea nuclear test was underground so unless vented radiation they may not know what it really was or was not.

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North Korea says successfully conducts first H-bomb test Posted:Wed, 06 Jan 2016 09:58:08 GMT
SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea said it successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen nuclear device on Wednesday, claiming a significant advance in its strike capability and setting off alarm bells in Japan and South Korea. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/gFWLkl0MqZI/story01.htm

Lockheed, U.S. to argue stop-work bid on Army trucks on Jan. 20 Posted:Tue, 05 Jan 2016 17:34:10 -0500
WASHINGTON, Jan 5 (Reuters) – The U.S. Court of Federal Claims will hear arguments on Jan. 20 in Lockheed Martin Corp’s motion to halt Oshkosh Corp’s work on 17,000 armored Humvee truck… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/MYfO1yLVjpw/lockheed-oshkosh-idUSL1N14P1V620160105

UPDATE 1-US candidate Sanders takes aim at Wall Street, Clinton in speech
Posted:Tue, 05 Jan 2016 17:02:51 -0500
WASHINGTON, Jan 5 (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders warned on Tuesday that financial-sector greed was “destroying the fabric of our nation” and said the starting point… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/0DJXe3-gjO4/usa-election-sanders-idUSL1N14P1HN20160105

Sunday, 3 January 2015

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/01/03/nuclear-strategic-alliance-for-flex-emergency-response-safer-not-depends-on-emergency-resources-which-may-be-needed-elsewhere-unavailable/

NRC document discusses containment-hydrogen issues for Mark III Reactors, as well as two types of PWR (Pressurized Water Reactors): http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1525/ML15254A016.pdf This is large number of nuclear reactors. The meeting seems to be about these reactors. It is time to revive discussion of need for vent filtration of radiation for all nuclear reactor types.

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Malaysia seeks to suspend bauxite mining after environmental scare -cabinet source
Posted:Sat, 02 Jan 2016 05:33:32 -0500
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 2 (Reuters) – Malaysia is pushing to suspend bauxite mining due to concerns about its impact on the environment, a cabinet source said on Saturday, threatening to interrupt supply of the aluminium-making ingredient to China.

PRESS DIGEST- British Business – Jan 1
Posted:Thu, 31 Dec 2015 20:09:47 -0500
The following are the top stories on the business pages of British newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/CLSLIH6PWKI/britain-press-business-idUSL8N14L01920160101

PRESS DIGEST- Financial Times – Jan 1
Posted:Fri, 01 Jan 2016 00:55:48 GMT
Jan 1 (Reuters) – The following are the top stories in the Financial Times. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/nHMR_XVhQ5Q/story01.htm

Saturday 2 Jan 2015

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/nuclear-lobby-nei-to-dominate-nrc-public-at-meeting-on-venting-radiation-into-the-environment-and-other-fukushima-lessons-not-learned/

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COMMODITIES-Ending of China’s super-boom spells pain with no end seen yet
Posted:Thu, 31 Dec 2015 14:51:19 -0500
SINGAPORE, Dec 31 (Reuters) – A decade-old commodity boom came crashing to an end in 2015, hurting energy and mining companies and punishing prices as China’s industrial rise and appetite for raw materials slowed. The outlook for 2016 is not much better. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/G9nmo8VyFGM/markets-commodities-idUSL8N14K03I20151231

Anger at Vale over Brazil mine accident fed by cautious, slow public response Posted:Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:32:41 -0500
By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 31 (Reuters) – Within hours of a deadly mining spill in November that would become Brazil’s worst environmental disaster, BHP Chief Executive Andrew Mackenzie was in front of a camera offering his sympathies to those affected. Meanwhile, his counterpart at joint venture partner Vale SA , Murilo Ferreira, took nearly a week after the mine wastewater flood to talk to the press, setting the tone for a media strategy experts say has been slow and cl http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/lvg6V8478vU/brazil-damburst-public-relations-idUSL8N14J2LA20151231

UPDATE 8-Oil ends 2015 down 35 pct; long, painful hangover seen
Posted:Thu, 31 Dec 2015 20:42:11 GMT
* Crude up 3 pct on day, down double-digits for 2nd year in row * Outlook for 2016 remains bleak on oversupply everywhere (New throughout, adding context and updating prices to settlement) By Barani Krishnan and Ahmad Ghaddar NEW YORK/LONDON, Dec 31 (Reuters) – Oil prices rose on Thursday but fell as much as 35 percent for the year after a race to pump by Middle East crude producers and U.S. shale oil drillers created an unprecedented global glut that may take through 2016 to clear http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/4o1P9uSh0As/story01.htm

COMMODITIES-Ending of China’s super-boom spells pain with no end seen yet
Posted:Thu, 31 Dec 2015 19:51:19 GMT
SINGAPORE, Dec 31 (Reuters) – A decade-old commodity boom came crashing to an end in 2015, hurting energy and mining companies and punishing prices as China’s industrial rise and appetite for raw materials slowed. The outlook for 2016 is not much better. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/vRsMEZBiUZE/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-U.S. oil drillers cut rigs for a 6th week in 7 -Baker Hughes
Posted:Thu, 31 Dec 2015 19:00:22 GMT
(Adds details, context and crude oil prices) By Barani Krishnan Dec 31 (Reuters) – U.S. energy firms cut oil rigs for a sixth week in the last seven, data showed on Thursday, a sign drillers were still waiting for higher prices before returning to the well pad. Drillers removed 2 oil rigs in the week ended Dec. 31, bringing the total rig count down to 536, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report. That decrease brought the total rig count down http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/UGSagWAg3y8/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Bulgarian state gas firm to supply Overgas amid fears of Russian cutoff Posted:Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:53:10 GMT
SOFIA, Dec 31 (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s state-run gas supplier, Bulgargaz, has agreed to provide private firm Overgas with natural gas to meet the needs of its clients from Jan. 1 after reports Russia’s Gazprom will halt supplies to it, officials said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/kQclN0jI9aM/story01.htm

CORRECTED-U.S. oil drillers cut rigs for a 6th week in 7 -Baker Hughes
Posted:Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:05:59 GMT
(Adds dropped numbers in second paragraph, corrects total number of rigs cut since summer to 136 from 134) Dec 31 (Reuters) – U.S. energy firms cut oil rigs for a sixth week in the last seven, data showed on Thursday, a sign drillers were still waiting for higher prices before returning to the well pad. Drillers removed 2 oil rigs in the week ended Dec. 31, bringing the total rig count down to 536, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report. That dec http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/YdUEvbJvqwQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Ukraine to probe suspected Russian cyber attack on grid
Posted:Thu, 31 Dec 2015 17:26:21 GMT
KIEV, Dec 31 (Reuters) – Ukraine will investigate a suspected cyber attack on its power grid, the energy ministry said on Thursday, an incident the country’s secret service has blamed on Russia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/jUfvYSkYEB4/story01.htm

Anger at Vale over Brazil mine accident fed by cautious, slow public response Posted:Thu, 31 Dec 2015 16:32:41 GMT
By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 31 (Reuters) – Within hours of a deadly mining spill in November that would become Brazil’s worst environmental disaster, BHP Chief Executive Andrew Mackenzie was in front of a camera offering his sympathies to those affected. Meanwhile, his counterpart at joint venture partner Vale SA , Murilo Ferreira, took nearly a week after the mine wastewater flood to talk to the press, setting the tone for a media strategy experts say has been slow and cl http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/a6qWzJ5X2LM/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-North Sea storm forces oil platform evacuations, output shutdown
Posted:Thu, 31 Dec 2015 13:08:48 GMT
* Oil traders watching impact on cargoes (Updates throughout with barge miss, oil sector impact) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/CEc6AFG6rXA/story01.htm

Drifting barge has missed Valhall North Sea platform -authorities
Posted:Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:53:54 GMT
OSLO, Dec 31 (Reuters) – A drifting barge has missed BP’s Valhall platform in the North Sea by some two kilometres, a spokeswoman for the Rescue Coordination Centre for southern Norway told Reuters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/EkNTWjfZbE4/story01.htm

Drifting barge on course to hit Valhall oilfield platforms-BP
Posted:Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:14:13 GMT
OSLO, Dec 31 (Reuters) – A drifting barge was about an hour away from hitting BP’s oil installations at the Valhall oilfield in the North Sea, a spokesman said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/VpdZKZvP_MI/story01.htm

China processing graft case against security boss’s ex-mistress – paper
Posted:Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:57:54 GMT
BEIJING, Dec 31 (Reuters) – Chinese judicial authorities are processing a corruption case against a one-time mistress of the country’s disgraced top security boss, a state-run Beijing newspaper reported on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/E4_j2cGHduo/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-India’s energy muscle helps Petronet get better Qatar gas deal
Posted:Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:51:47 GMT
* Govt expects cheaper gas to halve costs for local firms (Adds details, Oil minister’s quotes) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Ub95O5qBAAE/story01.htm

Russia eyes trillion roubles from privatisation in 2016 – finance minister
Posted:Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:51:39 GMT
MOSCOW, Dec 31 (Reuters) – Russia aims to raise 1 trillion roubles ($13.53 billion) from privatisation next year, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said in an interview aired on Thursday, signalling a major acceleration of plans to sell state assets. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WqHNcDsg-bo/story01.htm

ConocoPhillips evacuates staff from Eldfisk North Sea platform, production shut downPosted:Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:35:15 GMT
OSLO, Dec 31 (Reuters) – ConocoPhillips has shut down output at its Eldfisk and Embla fields in the North Sea and was evacuating staff from its Eldfisk platform due to the threat of a drifting barge hitting its installations, it said on Thursday.

Ekofisk platform in North Sea is being evacuated -report

Posted:Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:15:37 GMT
OSLO, Dec 31 (Reuters) – ConocoPhillips’ Ekofisk platform in the North Sea is being evacuated, Norwegian broadcaster TV2 reported on Thursday, following a storm that caused a fatal accident on an oil rig on Wednesday and prompted BP to evacuate its Valhall field on Thursday.

UPDATE 1-Moody’s downgrades Noble to junk as commodity rout deepens
Posted:Tue, 29 Dec 2015 14:46:15 -0500
NEW YORK, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Moody’s Investors Service downgraded its credit rating on Noble Group Ltd on Tuesday to junk status with a negative outlook due to concerns over the Singapore-listed commodity trader’s liquidity, profitability and cash flow.

To save rare forests, farmers try a new crop: butterflies
Posted:Wed, 30 Dec 2015 07:10:26 -0500
PETE, Tanzania, Dec 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The colourful butterflies fluttering through Zanzibar’s Jozani forest are beautiful to look at, but for farmers and charcoal producers in the region, they mean something more: a paycheck.

Putin’s son-in-law boosted by $1.75 bln Russian state loan
Posted:Wed, 30 Dec 2015 06:01:46 -0500
MOSCOW, Dec 30 (Reuters) – The son-in-law of Vladimir Putin stands to benefit from $1.75 billion in cheap finance from the Russian state, a Reuters examination of public documents shows. The money will help fund a petrochemical project at a company in which Kirill Shamalov, husband of Katerina Tikhonova, the Russian president’s younger daughter, has a significant interest. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/2zedNbOgp74/russia-capitalism-sibur-idUSL3N14I38A20151230

Indonesia suffers setback in fight against haze after suit rejected
Posted:Wed, 30 Dec 2015 04:29:48 -0500
PALEMBENG, Indonesia/JAKARTA, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s efforts to penalize the companies allegedly responsible for its annual forest fires suffered a setback on Wednesday after a judge rejected a $565 million lawsuit against a pulp and paper firm.

Friday 1 January 2016

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/01/01/work-involving-nuclear-materials-often-requires-high-grade-qa-says-lockheed-martin-operated-sandia-labs-how-about-always-requires-high-grade-quality-assurance/

Japan State bails out Toshiba (i.e. Westinghouse) Nuclear… EDF Areva is French State owned and so constantly bailed out. Rosatom is Russian State owned.

From Reuters

Japan state-backed fund to support Toshiba’s restructuring – Nikkei
Posted:Thu, 31 Dec 2015 01:15:01 GMT
(Reuters) – A Japanese state-backed fund will help Toshiba rebuild its home electronics division and other operations by facilitating tie-ups with Sharp and others, the Nikkei reported. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/technologyNews/~3/F7QOVWy0seE/story01.htm

(More news will update later).

Thursday 31 December 2015

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/31/waterford-nuclear-power-station-fire-watch-logs-falsified-one-watchman-slept-supervisor-failed-to-take-action/

The cost of gold and then uranium in the Black Hills of South Dakota:
Wounded Knee dead
125 years ago, December 29, 1890: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wounded_Knee_Massacre

Wednesday 30 December 2015

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/30/japan-to-dump-730-pounds-331-kg-of-plutonium-on-america/

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UPDATE 1-DuPont cuts jobs in Delaware ahead of Dow merger
Posted:Tue, 29 Dec 2015 15:56:51 -0500
Dec 29 (Reuters) – Chemical maker DuPont Co said it would cut 1,700 jobs in Delaware, as part of a previously announced plan to reduce its workforce before combining with Dow Chemical Co in a $130 billion megamerger. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/hJzUAK6zQP8/du-pont-redundancies-idUSL3N14I3FD20151229

At least 34 killed in Christmas season storms, tornadoes hitting U.S
Posted:Sun, 27 Dec 2015 21:44:56 GMT
DALLAS (Reuters) – Storms hit southern and central U.S. states over the Christmas holiday unleashing floods and tornadoes that killed at least 34 people, toppled buildings and snarled transportation for millions during a busy travel time. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/pQETKEAXZeQ/story01.htm

California firefighters work to contain last stretch of wildfire
Posted:Sun, 27 Dec 2015 20:29:58 GMT
(Reuters) – More than 400 California firefighters battled on Sunday to contain a final stretch of wildfire that caused the temporary closure of a major highway and forced evacuations northwest of Los Angeles, officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/envn5RFTpoU/story01.htm

Wildfire burns 1,200 acres outside Los Angeles, closes highway
Posted:Sun, 27 Dec 2015 03:08:22 GMT
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) – Firefighters on Saturday gained the upper hand on a wildfire northwest of Los Angeles that burned about 1,240 acres of land, forced the closure of parts of a major highway and led to evacuations, fire officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/DFOYZYuWefU/story01.htm

In Paraguay, more flee worst floods in decades as flood defenses creak
Posted:Sun, 27 Dec 2015 19:51:25 GMT
ASUNCION/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – With further rain looming, more families abandoned their homes on Sunday in Paraguay, the country hardest hit by the worst flooding in decades in the area bordering Uruguay and Argentina, which has already forced more than 100,000 people to evacuate. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/HgnUHugdJZI/story01.htm

British soldiers aid evacuation in flood-hit northern England
Posted:Sun, 27 Dec 2015 15:50:29 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – British soldiers helped evacuate hundreds of people from rising floodwaters in the historic city of York on Sunday, after heavy rainfall inundated towns and cities across northern England. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/uxe6cqS8i_4/story01.htm

China province to probe all waste sites after landslide disaster
Posted:Sun, 27 Dec 2015 03:26:34 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s southern province of Guangdong, one of the country’s biggest industrial bases, will check all construction waste sites in the wake of a deadly landslide to ensure none are in dangerous locations or poorly managed, state media said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/TTJxe9SP4_4/story01.htm

Wildfire burns 1,200 acres outside Los Angeles, closes highway
Posted:Sun, 27 Dec 2015 03:08:22 GMT
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) – Firefighters on Saturday gained the upper hand on a wildfire northwest of Los Angeles that burned about 1,240 acres of land, forced the closure of parts of a major highway and led to evacuations, fire officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/boaTQRslzLQ/story01.htm

Torrential rain brings flooding to northern England
Posted:Sat, 26 Dec 2015 15:32:43 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Meteorological Office issued two of its most severe weather warnings on Saturday after days of torrential rain in northern England caused rivers to burst their banks and flood several villages. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/lhE4NI-g_cY/story01.htm

More than 100 homes lost in Australia’s Christmas Day bushfires
Posted:Sat, 26 Dec 2015 15:25:47 GMT
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – More than 100 homes burned down in a leading Australian tourist area in bushfires on Christmas Day and the situation remained dangerous on Saturday, as officials predicted more blazes to come later in the hot southern summer. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/GcHwdrrt9HU/story01.htm

Eastern U.S. sees warm Christmas, winter storm looms for Plains
Posted:Sat, 26 Dec 2015 02:37:09 GMT
(Reuters) – Much of the U.S. East Coast basked in unseasonable warmth on Christmas Day with record high temperatures set or tied in several cities, including New York, even as a tornado hit Alabama and a major winter storm loomed for the southern Rockies and Great Plains. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/5-C9czKcKDQ/story01.htm

Cleanup begins from Southern U.S. storms that left 14 dead
Posted:Sat, 26 Dec 2015 02:03:27 GMT
(Reuters) – Recovery crews and utility workers began cleaning up widespread damage on Thursday left by severe storms that spawned tornadoes across six states in the U.S. South and Midwest, killing at least 14 people and destroying scores of homes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/8HnVJuqWV0Q/story01.htm

UPDATE 4-Freeport-McMoRan Chairman James Moffett to step down
Posted:Mon, 28 Dec 2015 13:38:03 -0500
Dec 28 (Reuters) – Freeport-McMoRan Inc co-founder James Moffett will step down as chairman and quit its board, months after the miner added two new directors under pressure from billionaire investor Carl Icahn. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/C3Pa5XVE1zI/fcx-chairman-idUSL3N14H32Q20151228

Reuters Business News Schedule at 0930 GMT/0430 AM ET
Posted:Mon, 28 Dec 2015 04:28:38 -0500
Editor: B S Unnikrishnan +91 80 6749 6414 Global Picture Desk: +65 6870 3775 Global Graphics Desk: +65 6870 3595 (All times GMT / ET) Receive this schedule by email: http://mediaexpress.reuters.com TOP STORIES Survival of fittest for commodities shipping firms in 2016 LONDON – Shipping companies that transport commodities such as coal, iron ore and grain face a painful year ahead, with only the strong http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/YiI2r7DFDDk/business-news-schedule-at-0930-gmt-idUSL3N14H26L20151228

Uranium prices set to march higher as climate deal boosts nuclear
Posted:Mon, 28 Dec 2015 03:00:01 -0500
* Uranium prices to rise by more than half by 2018 – analysts http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/RZdsY1jUgGM/uranium-prices-idUSL8N14D0M020151228

WRAPUP 2-Saudi plans spending cuts, reforms to shrink budget deficit
Posted:Mon, 28 Dec 2015 17:36:37 GMT
* To introduce value-added tax with other Gulf countries (Adds fuel price hikes, analysis, defence spending) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/3Sl385yhak8/story01.htm

Britain needs ‘rethink’ on flood defense after swathes of England hit
Posted:Mon, 28 Dec 2015 16:23:10 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain needs a ‘complete rethink’ of its flood defenses after towns, cities and countryside across northern England were inundated when rivers broke their banks in recent days, a government agency said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/bvH3u0jDZAw/story01.htm

Storms snarl U.S travel, threaten rare winter tornadoes
Posted:Mon, 28 Dec 2015 20:17:29 GMT
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Snow, sleet and hail snarled transportation in large parts of the United States on Monday during one of the busiest travel times of the year, after dozens died in U.S. storms that were just some of the wild weather seen worldwide over the Christmas holiday period. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/fATTApwIFlM/story01.htm

Wildfires rage across northern Spain after unusual dry spell
Posted:Mon, 28 Dec 2015 17:42:34 GMT
MADRID (Reuters) – The Spanish government sent firefighting aircraft on Monday to help douse dozens of wildfires in northern Spain that erupted over the past week after an unusual dry spell. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/vgKeOIZlFc0/story01.htm

Russian sub arrives in Sevastopol after striking Syria
Posted:Fri, 25 Dec 2015 17:43:00 -0500
A new generation of Russian submarine arrives in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol after taking part in Russia’s military campaign in Syria. Rough Cut – subtitled (no reporter narration). http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USVideoWorldNews/~3/21m9MJjnnqw/russian-sub-arrives-in-sevastopol-after

Israel approves natural gas exports to Egypt
Posted:Thu, 24 Dec 2015 04:35:34 -0500
JERUSALEM, Dec 24 (Reuters) – Israel’s government has given the go ahead to begin exporting natural gas to Egypt, signalling a potential improvement in relations between two countries which have been at loggerheads over energy supplies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/kHxc_nYURzo/egypt-israel-natgas-idUSL8N14D0MZ20151224

29 December 2015

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/29/21-tons-of-japanese-plutonium-stored-in-the-uk-japans-neat-trick-for-dealing-with-nuclear-waste-make-it-someone-elses-problem/

News will update later. We have some collected but no time to post it.

27 December 2015

Iranian Official: Russia to Build 2 Nuclear Reactors in Iran, 22 December 2015 http://voanews.com/a/iranian-official-russia-to-build-2-nuclear-reactors-in-iran/3113764.html

NuGen Appoints Leading Global Financial Services Provider
MANCHESTER, England, December 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/27/mox-plutonium-fuel-facility-construction-fraud-indictment-4-million-in-undelivered-goods/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/26/water-shortages-earthquakes-pose-risks-to-bangladeshs-first-nuclear-power-station/

Japan’s Toshiba (Westinghouse) and Russia State owned Rosatom continue to export nuclear. Bees long used as radiation sentinels. Probably why they are dying.

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Bangladesh signs $12.65 bln deal with Russia for nuclear power plants
Posted:Fri, 25 Dec 2015 11:31:15 -0500
DHAKA, Dec 25 (Reuters) – Bangladesh’s state-run Atomic Energy Commission signed a deal with Russia on Friday to set up two nuclear power plants, each with 1,200 megawatt capacity, an investment totalling $12.65 billion, a government official said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/AG8rR33Ze98/bangladesh-russia-power-idUSL3N14E1XZ20151225

Australians flee bushfires, lose homes to flames on Christmas Day
Posted:Fri, 25 Dec 2015 12:22:13 GMT
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Fire crews battled into the night on Friday after raging bushfires reduced homes to ashes in a famous Australian beauty spot on Christmas Day, sending residents fleeing for their lives to the sound of blaring sirens. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/r5b6TfZ6tQQ/story01.htm

Little Christmas joy for Brazil’s jailed high and mighty
Posted:Thu, 24 Dec 2015 13:00:01 GMT
SAO PAULO/BRASILIA, Dec 24 (Reuters) – The former chief executive officer of Latin America’s largest engineering group will be allowed panettone in his jail cell this Christmas. He may even get turkey, as long as it is boneless. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/zaNI8WikkGM/story01.htm

Guinea’s Conde names mining executive as new prime minister
Posted:Sat, 26 Dec 2015 17:07:58 -0500
CONAKRY, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Guinea President Alpha Conde named mining executive Mamady Youla as prime minister on Saturday as part of a strategy to revive the West African nation’s ailing economy, the government announced. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/LH-JPpczUAo/guinea-government-primeminister-idUSL8N14F0FG20151226

Dozens feared dead after another landslide in a Myanmar jade mine
Posted:Sat, 26 Dec 2015 01:20:23 -0500
YANGON, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Dozens of people were feared dead in Myanmar after a landslide hit a jade mining region, workers at a local mining firm said, the second such incident in just over a month. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/xk2REHxKpcc/myanmar-mine-landslide-idUSL3N14F01U20151226

Russia’s Putin orders several counter-terrorism units to be set up on coasts Posted:Sat, 26 Dec 2015 12:09:35 GMT
MOSCOW, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered counter-terrorism operational headquarters to be set up in several coastal areas, the state-run RIA news agency quoted the Kremlin as saying on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6At2KVPqh5s/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-“Tens” killed in Nigeria Christmas Eve gas plant explosion – presidency Posted:Fri, 25 Dec 2015 12:58:34 GMT
ONITSHA, Nigeria, Dec 25 (Reuters) – Tens of people were killed in an explosion at a gas plant in southern Nigeria, the presidency said on Friday, with one journalist putting the death toll at 100. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rQe-KtahUhc/story01.htm

About 100 people killed by gas plant explosion in Nigeria -journalist
Posted:Fri, 25 Dec 2015 11:00:09 GMT
ONITSHA, Nigeria, Dec 25 (Reuters) – As many as 100 people were killed by an explosion at a gas plant in southeastern Nigeria, a local journalist at the scene said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/TtThhjQpmHw/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-China says “clean, green” AIIB up and running in the new year
Posted:Fri, 25 Dec 2015 10:57:58 GMT
BEIJING, Dec 25 (Reuters) – The China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has been formally established and is expected to be operational early next year, and its head reaffirmed the lender will be “lean, clean and green”, Xinhua news agency said on Friday, http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/sO64rMt20rI/story01.htm

Nepal seeks China’s support to escape energy crisis
Posted:Fri, 25 Dec 2015 09:40:37 GMT
BEIJING, Dec 25 (Reuters) – Nepal’s foreign minister asked China on Friday for help in dealing with an energy crisis that crippled the landlocked country over the past three months and China said it would look at the request favourably. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Lcd8FDIJ8Nk/story01.htm

UPDATE 7-Oil above $37 as U.S. supply tightens, still near 11-year low
Posted:Thu, 24 Dec 2015 19:18:35 GMT
* Brent reached 11-year low of $35.98 on Tuesday (Updates with settlement prices) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rRKNenhe53s/story01.htm

US STOCKS-No gift for Wall Street on Christmas Eve
Posted:Thu, 24 Dec 2015 18:29:14 GMT
* Dow ends down 0.29 pct, S&P down 0.16 pct, Nasdaq up 0.05 pct (Updates to close) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ziS9-Cpx_hg/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Gazprom awards Chinese gas pipeline contracts to Putin ally
Posted:Thu, 24 Dec 2015 17:15:13 GMT
MOSCOW, Dec 24 (Reuters) – Russia’s Gazprom has awarded Stroygazmontazh (SGM) contracts worth 197.7 billion roubles ($2.8 billion) for work on building the Power of Siberia gas pipeline to China, tender documents published on a government website http://zakupki.gov.ru/ showed. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/vn2ZS6fj3oM/story01.htm

Areva picks Mirion-Charterhouse for sale of instrumentation business
Posted:Thu, 24 Dec 2015 17:02:39 GMT
PARIS, Dec 24 (Reuters) – French nuclear group Areva said on Thursday it had chosen an offer from U.S Mirion and private equity firm Charterhouse to buy Canberra, its nuclear instrumentation and measurement business. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/372X-PeX6Yo/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-End to US oil export ban should not affect market- Russian minister Posted:Thu, 24 Dec 2015 16:02:35 GMT
* First cargo prepares to leave U.S. (Adds details, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rRbJBM30rzA/story01.htm

REFILE-U.S. says $1 bln linked to Venezuelan energy corruption scheme
Posted:Thu, 24 Dec 2015 15:29:37 GMT
Dec 21 (Reuters) – U.S. authorities have traced over $1 billion to a conspiracy involving a Venezuelan magnate who allegedly paid bribes to obtain contracts from Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, according to U.S. court papers made public on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9x_uMeB-rqo/story01.htm

RPT-Fed-up creditors seek to put US energy’s zombies into bankruptcy
Posted:Thu, 24 Dec 2015 12:00:01 GMT
WILMINGTON, Del, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Rising financial stress in the U.S. energy sector has prompted some suppliers and vendors to take unusual legal action to collect unpaid debts: forcing struggling companies with billions of dollars in debt into bankruptcy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/f5BMOG7Pkuc/story01.htm

PRESS DIGEST- New York Times business news – Dec 24
Posted:Thu, 24 Dec 2015 03:29:42 -0500
Dec 24 (Reuters) – The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/ci0xxjv6XXk/press-digest-nyt-idUSL3N14D2FW20151224

PRESS DIGEST- Financial Times – Dec 24
Posted:Wed, 23 Dec 2015 20:27:07 -0500
Dec 24 (Reuters) – The following are the top stories in the Financial Times. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/pqLkgGzduWQ/britain-press-ft-idUSL1N14D02420151224

Eastern U.S. sees warm Christmas, winter storm looms for Plains Posted:Fri, 25 Dec 2015 20:58:33 GMT
(Reuters) – Much of the U.S. East Coast could see record high temperatures on Christmas Day and through the weekend even as a major winter storm looms for the southern Great Plains, forecasters said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/hvcVlufL5c4/story01.htm

Australians flee bushfires, lose homes to flames on Christmas Day
Posted:Fri, 25 Dec 2015 12:22:13 GMT
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Fire crews battled into the night on Friday after raging bushfires reduced homes to ashes in a famous Australian beauty spot on Christmas Day, sending residents fleeing for their lives to the sound of blaring sirens. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/r5b6TfZ6tQQ/story01.htm

Japan to see average to warmer weather during January-March: forecaster
Posted:Fri, 25 Dec 2015 05:34:36 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan will see mostly average to warmer weather from January to March, the official forecaster said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/mYUjWwyuYHM/story01.htm

Cleanup begins from Southern U.S. storms that left 14 dead
Posted:Fri, 25 Dec 2015 03:54:33 GMT
(Reuters) – Recovery crews and utility workers began cleaning up widespread damage on Thursday left by severe storms that spawned tornadoes across six states in the U.S. South and Midwest, killing at least 14 people and destroying scores of homes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/jp6jKJWWV6g/story01.htm

In Canada’s far north, warm weather threatens vital ice road
Posted:Fri, 25 Dec 2015 01:32:00 GMT
YELLOWKNIFE, Northwest Territories (Reuters) – Each winter, in the far reaches of Canada’s north, a highway of ice built atop frozen lakes and tundra acts as a supply lifeline to remote diamond mines, bustling with traffic for a couple of months before melting away in the spring. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/5RBKWYqQfgs/story01.htm

China needs 10 trillion yuan green investment by 2020 – China Securities Journal Posted:Fri, 25 Dec 2015 00:53:07 GMT
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China needs at least 2 trillion yuan ($308.84 billion) of green investment annually over the next five years, which is probably a “conservative” estimate, China’s central bank chief economist Ma Jun told the China Securities Journal on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/aNxtLgau6Ik/story01.htm

New York spends Christmas Eve in T-shirts, ice-skating puddles
Posted:Thu, 24 Dec 2015 23:34:30 GMT
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Yorker Tyler Hickey usually spends Christmas Eve snowboarding on the nearest mountain. This year, he’s in a T-shirt and jeans while traversing Manhattan’s Bryant Park ice skating rink, which is melting into patchy puddles in record high temperatures. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/CkqDu4ekvh0/story01.htm

Storms in U.S. South kill 11, Mississippi declares emergency
Posted:Thu, 24 Dec 2015 23:34:16 GMT
(Reuters) – Southern U.S. states began digging out on Thursday after severe storms killed at least 11 people, and Mississippi declared a state of emergency in areas pounded by tornadoes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/V8O770p5g00/story01.htm

Smoggy Christmas eve in Italy prompts emergency measures
Posted:Thu, 24 Dec 2015 21:34:59 GMT
ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s two largest cities, Rome and Milan, adopted emergency measures on Thursday to lower air pollution levels during the Christmas season. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/dCb8ytNOfOk/story01.htm

More than money: Employees in China demand cleaner office air
Posted:Thu, 24 Dec 2015 21:04:28 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – It’s not only about salaries, promotions and career prospects – many companies in China have found they need to offer cleaner air within their offices to lure and retain staff. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/uS1adxWOer8/story01.htm

Exclusive: India closing in on Westinghouse deal to build six nuclear reactors Posted:Thu, 24 Dec 2015 01:27:12 -0500
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India expects to seal a contract with Westinghouse Electric Co LLC to build six nuclear reactors in the first half of next year, a senior government official said, in a sign its… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/news/deals/~3/mp-hkUlwv6k/us-india-nuclear-idUSKBN0U619N20151224

Wild bee populations dwindle in main U.S. crop regions: study
Posted:Tue, 22 Dec 2015 01:12:46 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Wild bees, crucial pollinators for many crops, are on the decline in some of the main agricultural regions of the United States, according to scientists who produced the first national map of bee populations and identified numerous trouble spots. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/O0uvm7CAvkE/story01.htm

Japan court clears way to restarting Kansai Electric nuclear plants
Posted:Thu, 24 Dec 2015 06:59:36 GMT
FUKUI, Japan (Reuters) – A Japanese court on Thursday cleared the way for Kansai Electric Power Co to restart four nuclear reactors, rejecting legal claims against Japan’s second-biggest utility to keep the reactors idled over safety concerns. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/gCRwg7twelY/story01.htm

SolarCity to stop sales, installations in Nevada
Posted:Wed, 23 Dec 2015 16:40:09 -0500
Dec 23 (Reuters) – SolarCity Corp said on Wednesday it will immediately cease solar sales and installations in Nevada, a day after the state’s utilities commission approved changes that would reduce credits customers receive to sell solar power back to the grid. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/0an82MFXb-Y/solarcity-nevada-idUSL3N14C41N20151223

Freeport-McMoRan to launch auction for oil and gas assets-sources
Posted:Wed, 23 Dec 2015 15:29:38 -0500
Dec 23 (Reuters) – Freeport-McMoRan Inc, the U.S. miner that was targeted by activist investor Carl Icahn earlier this year, is planning to run an auction process for its oil and gas assets in early 2016, according to people familiar with the matter. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/oJFrPd4JdFc/fcx-assets-sale-idUSL1N14B27O20151223

UPDATE 1-Anglo American to sell interest in Australian coal mine
Posted:Thu, 24 Dec 2015 05:56:35 -0500
Dec 24 (Reuters) – Global mining giant Anglo American Plc said it would sell its majority interest in Dartbrook coal mine to Australian Pacific Coal Ltd in a deal worth up to A$50 million ($36.35 million). http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/SUlqclk11xI/anglo-american-dartbrook-aqc-idUSL3N14D2RA20151224

Guinea President Conde pardons 171, including opposition figure
Posted:Thu, 24 Dec 2015 17:51:27 -0500
CONAKRY, Dec 24 (Reuters) – Guinea President Alpha Conde on Thursday pardoned 171 people convicted by the justice system, including a leading opposition figure accused of involvement in a plot to assassinate the West African leader, state-owned television said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/b4v5_uHhXMU/guinea-politics-idUSL8N14D22320151224

Dominion Diamond investors to push for boardroom shake-up -source
Posted:Thu, 24 Dec 2015 15:47:23 -0500
TORONTO, Dec 24 (Reuters) – A group of activist shareholders plans to ask for several seats on Dominion Diamond Corp’s board at a meeting with the company planned for early January and will seek to put forward its own slate of directors if it cannot oust the miner’s chairman and its chief executive, according to a source familiar with the matter. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/fZwZmhJE2ko/dominion-diamond-shareholders-idUSL1N14D04W20151224

FEATURE-In Canada’s far north, warm weather threatens vital ice road
Posted:Thu, 24 Dec 2015 14:23:41 -0500
YELLOWKNIFE, Northwest Territories, Dec 24 (Reuters) – Each winter, in the far reaches of Canada’s north, a highway of ice built atop frozen lakes and tundra acts as a supply lifeline to remote diamond mines, bustling with traffic for a couple of months before melting away in the spring. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/UzcXAa0y7Zw/canada-climatechange-mining-idUSL1N14A04N20151224

Zimbabwe gives foreign firms March deadline for empowerment plans
Posted:Thu, 24 Dec 2015 08:24:02 -0500
HARARE, Dec 24 (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s finance minister on Thursday gave foreign-owned firms operating in the country, including mines and banks, a March 2016 deadline to submit plans on how to comply with a law requiring them to sell at least 51 percent shares to locals.