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This news post ran from 18 Jan 2016 to 8 Feb. 2016. It is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/27/the-ongoing-saga-65-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/
It continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/09/the-ongoing-saga-67-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/
News Items Appear After Intro and Pictures. Most recent update, 8 Feb., appears first.

In the interest of shutting down the nuclear industry, we extend the deadline for shut-down to traditional Japanese, current Chinese, (lunar) New Year. Thus, you’ve until Feb 8th…still not much time!
[Feb. 8 note – Additional New Year deadlines may be found here as no progress appears made: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Year ]

There is such a thing as too late. We are standing on the threshold of too late. At any moment a nuclear disaster as big or bigger than Chernobyl or Fukushima may occur. 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. 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.

A time comes when silence is betrayal.” (Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam., quoted by Dr. Martin Luther King at Riverside church, April 4, 1967.) http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0115-13.htm

Read about Stephen Comley here: http://www.stephencomleysr.com/about/
He has refused to remain silent about the crimes of the USNRC-nuclear industry for decades. Educate people about him and his Presidential Campaign. If you are Republican or have open primaries, please support Comley for President. Although it is doubtful that he will get the nomination, it might still be possible. Perhaps he can be the VP for Sanders and put in charge of shutting down nuclear as safely as possible. Yes, Sanders is running as a Democrat, but that is part of the beauty of such a ticket.

Past Time to Shut it Down! 70 Years is Too Much 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.

Monday, 8 February 2016
Year of the Monkey
3 monkeys WWII Aus to Japan

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/dangerous-sakurajima-volcano-50-km-31-mi-from-the-sendai-nuclear-power-station-still-spewing-ash-if-wind-direction-changes-ash-may-reach-sendai-nps/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/lumber-liquidators-inc-sentenced-for-illegal-importation-of-hardwood-and-related-environmental-crimes/

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Chesapeake Energy hires restructuring lawyers – sources
Posted:Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:09:57 GMT
Feb 8 (Reuters) – Natural gas producer Chesapeake Energy has hired restructuring lawyers from Kirkland & Ellis, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/pLI3o5NsHv0/story01.htm

Sheltered from biggest risks, green fuel to ride out oil crash
Posted:Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:02:40 GMT
* Cost of renewables plummeting, mature oil extraction cost rising http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/RGH6rBfETzw/story01.htm

Diamond Offshore-GE service tie-up may prompt other such deals Posted:Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:01:10 GMT
Feb 8 (Reuters) – Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc’s service agreement with General Electric Co, which is expected to help lower idle time for rigs on hire, could prompt more such deals in an industry battered by sliding oil prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/q3nbHxH9mhA/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Noranda Aluminum hit by commodity crash, seeks bankruptcy
Posted:Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:19:06 GMT
Feb 8 (Reuters) – Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp, which smelts and refines aluminum and mines bauxite, filed for bankruptcy on Monday and joined a growing list of commodity-related businesses in Chapter 11. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/nzfe4udlweQ/story01.htm

Sunday, 7 February 2016

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/07/nuclear-terrorism-296000-radioactive-shots-per-second-bq-per-liter-of-water-34-oz-near-entergys-indian-pt-nuclear-power-station-compare-to-m134-gun-at-100-rounds-per-second/

Reuters News Feed Selection

EMBARGOED-Japan’s Tepco works hard to pull out from government control
Posted:Sun, 07 Feb 2016 12:00:01 -0500
TOKYO, Feb 8 (Reuters) – The Japanese government fund may reduce its stake in Tokyo Electric Power Co to below 50 percent in 2017 if the company achieves its goals including its first bond issuance in six years, the company’s president said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/5n4-Nl1OEWk/japan-tepco-idUSL3N15K4MA

Two workers killed in fire on Pemex platform in Gulf of Mexico-Pemex Posted:Sun, 07 Feb 2016 15:17:22 GMT
MEXICO CITY, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Two workers were killed in a fire that broke out o}n a Pemex oil processing platform in the Gulf of Mexico that is now under control, the state oil giant said in a tweet on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/AySg0p8xMJ0/story01.htm

Seven countries call for EU action to help steel industry Posted:Sat, 06 Feb 2016 14:19:38 -0500
* EU steel industry has lost over 20 percent of jobs since 2008 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/AFN6GZOIuRI/steel-europe-letter-idUSL8N15L07R

China starts investigation of Sinochem Group president Cai Xiyou Posted:Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:24:37 -0500
BEIJING, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Cai Xiyou, president of Sinochem Group, the Chinese energy and chemicals conglomerates, has been put under investigation for serious discipline violations, China’s main anti-corruption agency said on Saturday, using the usual euphemism for graft. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/xn_Su1YEpis/china-corruption-sinochem-idUSL3N15L0A8

China says EU should take steel dumping claims to WTO Posted:Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:47:43 -0500
BEIJING, Feb 6 (Reuters) – China’s Ministry of Commerce said that claims it was dumping steel in Europe should be put to the World Trade Organization (WTO), responding to reports that the European Commission (EC) was preparing to impose duties on imported Chinese steel. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/CPwFykwhh98/china-steel-eu-idUSL3N15L08Q

China faces diplomatic ‘crisis’ over missing Hong Kong booksellers Posted:Fri, 05 Feb 2016 23:23:09 -0500
* Five booksellers went missing under mysterious circumstances http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/dzSjXGQvHE8/hongkong-booksellers-diplomacy-idUSL3N15C3OV

UPDATE 2-UAE says ready to support anti-IS coalition with troops Posted:Sun, 07 Feb 2016 15:10:33 GMT
ABU DHABI, Feb 7 (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) said on Sunday it was ready to supply ground troops to help support and train an international military coalition against Islamic State in Syria provided such efforts were led by the United States. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6vmdCWz-uzs/story01.htm

UN council condemns N.Korea launch, US vows ‘serious consequences’ Posted:Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:00:33 GMT
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 7 (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council on Sunday condemned North Korea’s latest rocket launch and vowed to take “significant measures” in response to Pyongyang’s violations of U.N. resolutions, Venezuela’s U.N. ambassador said. http://reuters.us.feedsportal.com/c/35217/f/654235/s/4d6cd058/sc/11/l/0L0Sreuters0N0Carticle0Cnorthkorea0Esatellite0Eun0Estatement0EidUSL2N15M0AHD0DfeedType0FRSS0GfeedName0FindustrialsSector/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-UK and Japan agree Security Council must take strong action against N.Korea
Posted:Sun, 07 Feb 2016 17:48:37 GMT
LONDON, Feb 7 (Reuters) – British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday he had spoken with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida and both had agreed the U.N. Security Council should take strong action against North Korea for launching a long-range rocket. http://reuters.us.feedsportal.com/c/35217/f/654235/s/4d6ca69e/sc/13/l/0L0Sreuters0N0Carticle0Cnorthkorea0Esatellite0Ebritain0Ejapan0EidUSL8N15M0AP80DfeedType0FRSS0GfeedName0FindustrialsSector/story01.htm

Saturday-Sunday 6-7 Feb 2016

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/taiwan-6-4-m-earthquake-reminder-ring-of-fire-is-exceptionally-bad-location-for-nuclear-power-stations/

UPDATE 1-Canadian uranium producer Cameco reports quarterly loss
Posted:Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:50:49 -0500
Feb 5 (Reuters) – Canadian uranium producer Cameco Corp reported a quarterly loss, hurt by a higher impairment charge and weakness in the Canadian dollar and forecast a fall in uranium sales for 2016. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/_bcme548O1I/cameco-results-idUSL3N15K5RO

Swedish regulator orders tighter security at nuclear plants
Posted:Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:57:03 GMT
OSLO, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Sweden’s nuclear regulator has ordered tighter security measures including armed guards and perimeter dog patrols at its nuclear power plants because of the global security situation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9j5oBl5Wn0Q/story01.htm

Recession clouds dampen Carnival spirit in oil-reliant Trinidad
Posted:Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:56:10 GMT
SPEYSIDE, Trinidad & Tobago, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Plunging oil prices are darkening Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival party, which is ramping up as the Caribbean nation slumps deeper into the sort of unpredictable recession that is gripping energy-reliant countries globally. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9McqNnr7IJw/story01.htm

Vantage Goldfields says 87 workers rescued from collapsed S.African mine, 3 workers missing.
Posted:Fri, 05 Feb 2016 06:29:32 -0500
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Vantage Goldfields said 87 workers trapped underground at a South African mine had been rescued, but emergency teams were searching for three missing workers after the company’s Lily gold mine collapsed on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/7FnSSa7Wx-8/safrica-mining-rescue-idUSL8N15K261

UPDATE 3-ArcelorMittal to raise $3 bln after Chinese steel exports hit profits
Posted:Fri, 05 Feb 2016 06:26:59 -0500
* 2015 core profit down 28 pct, sees weaker 2016 (Adds details on EU response, analysts) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/z53DQkwe9Rw/arcelormittal-debt-idUSL8N15K0ED

UPDATE 3-South Africa mine collapse traps more than 100 people
Posted:Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:39:29 -0500
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Nearly 80 rescued miners were brought to the surface on Friday, police said, after about 115 were trapped underground following a collapse at a gold mine in northeastern South Africa earlier in the day. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/FbdSxxjsUpc/safrica-mining-collapse-idUSL8N15K1B0

South Africa union wants owners charged if mine collapse due to negligence
Posted:Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:35:15 -0500
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 5 (Reuters) – South Africa’s Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union said on Friday it wanted criminal charges to be brought against the owners and management of a collapsed mine operated by Vantage Goldfields should investigations reveal that negligence was involved. (Reporting by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo; Editing by James Macharia). http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/pYBu1-bO7KE/safrica-mining-union-idUSJ8N14Z01L

Thursday, 4 Feb. 2016

https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/us-state-dept-unclassified-email-warned-radioactive-steam-from-fukushima-blowing-toward-tokyo-foia-page-appears-missing/https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/radioactive-material-tritium-in-urine-of-people-living-near-nuclear-reactors-in-china-importance-of-wind-direction-mountains/

EDF executive in charge of Hinkley Pt. Nuclear Reactor Project in the UK quit: http://energydesk.greenpeace.org/2016/02/02/hinkley-project-director-quits/

New study commissioned by those constructing MOX facility in SC point out that collapsing salt in WIPP “could crush the drums and trigger a nuclear chain reaction” (See Reuters article below).

WIPP is in a salt bed (near Carlsbad Caverns) and has been leaking since the beginning: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/the-weeping-wipp-road-wipp-leaking-from-the-get-go/

Reuters News Selection

UPDATE 1-Toshiba sees bigger loss as restructuring costs mount Posted:Thu, 04 Feb 2016 06:41:18 -0500
* Plans to sell loss-making units, speed up restructuring (Updates with CEO comments) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/LIO0JwcYwuc/toshiba-results-idUSL3N15J38B

UPDATE 1-Veolia expands in nuclear waste clean-up with Kurion acquisition
Wed Feb 03 01:15:03 EST 2016 | Reuters
(Adds Veolia comments, details) PARIS Feb 3 French water and waste group Veolia said it bought U.S. nuclear waste clean-up company Kurion for $350 million as it chases a slice of a market seen worth $210 billion over the next 15 years. Veolia said it expects the new business to contribute annual revenue of $350-400 million by 2020, including about $250 million from waste treatment and $100-150 from decommissioning nuclear installations. Kurion, which was one of few international firms involved i.. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-kurion-m-a-veolia-idUSKCN0VC0V4

Switching plans on U.S. plutonium disposal costly, risky: study Posted:Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:36:19 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Switching the disposal of weapons-grade plutonium to New Mexico from an existing South Carolina site could cost the U.S. government more than $20 billion and raise safety concerns, according to a new study commissioned by the firms building the current site. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/_wO-OgYSDNs/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-India’s Tata Steel posts steep third quarter loss on cheap imports
Posted:Thu, 04 Feb 2016 11:59:27 -0500
* Dec qtr loss at 21.3 bln rupees vs profit of 1.57 bln year ago http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ryaWPEcP3ek/tata-steel-results-idUSL3N15J4WN

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/thousands-mobilize-in-france-against-headlong-rush-into-authoritarianism/

Réseau de Transport d’Électricité (Electricity Transmission Network), usually known as RTE, is the electricity transmission system operator of France. It is responsible for the operation, maintenance and development of the French high-voltage transmission system, which at approximately 100,000 kilometres (62,000 mi), is Europe’s largest.” RTE is a wholly owned subsidiary of French State owned Électricité de France (EdF). It functions as a limited liability corporation, known in France as a société anonyme. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Réseau_de_Transport_d%27Électricité

EDF ownership
1. French State : 84.49 %
2. Institutional: 13.62 %
3. Employees: 1.80 %
4. EDF itself (auto-control) : 0.09 %
Nuclear power dominates EDF’s world production at 54%, according to its official figures https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Électricité_de_France

Reuters News Feed Selection

French grid operator RTE to present new strategy June-July Posted:Wed, 03 Feb 2016 14:08:54 GMT
PARIS, Feb 3 (Reuters) – French grid operator RTE will present a new strategy by this summer, its chief executive said on Wednesday, seeking to head off concerns that a sale of RTE shares is only being undertaken to finance its cash-strapped parent company’s nuclear plans. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/YS7ev4X3WU8/story01.htm

European lawmakers back limited reduction in car emissions Posted:Wed, 03 Feb 2016 08:20:44 -0500
BRUSSELS, Feb 3 (Reuters) – European lawmakers on Wednesday backed a compromise deal to reduce car emissions that will still allow vehicles to exceed official pollution limits, defying calls for more radical reform following Volkswagen’s emissions-test cheating scandal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/GTTj44IajPs/volkswagen-emissions-eu-idUSL8N15H2B4

India’s KIOCL considers building iron ore plants in Iran Posted:Wed, 03 Feb 2016 07:37:38 -0500
* Also negotiating additional iron ore pellet exports to Iran http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/zm3LIC8NfWY/india-iran-ironore-idUSL3N15I3KV

CRH, Dalmia seen among bidders for India’s Jaiprakash cement business – sources
Posted:Wed, 03 Feb 2016 06:45:39 -0500
SINGAPORE/MUMBAI, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Irish building materials group CRH and India’s Dalmia Cement are likely to submit separate bids next month for the cement business of Indian infrastructure builder Jaiprakash Associates, two sources with direct knowledge said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/mHCAoDMxByI/jaiprak-asso-ma-india-idUSL3N15I204

UPDATE 8-Oil rises after Russia says open to talking to OPEC Posted:Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:15:02 GMT
* Technical bounce from $32.30, gains may be limited (Updates with comment, refreshes prices) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/T3B_W0kmmPk/story01.htm

Tuesday Feb. 2, 2016

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/02/perception-is-everything/

Reuters News Feed Selection

Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions
Posted:Mon, 01 Feb 2016 21:00:03 GMT
Feb 1 (Reuters) – The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2100 GMT on Monday: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/C55BOylumRA/story01.htm

EU mergers and takeovers (Feb 1)
Posted:Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:37:00 GMT
BRUSSELS, Feb 1 (Reuters) – The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/BClCDPcNux8/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Anadarko posts quarterly loss, expects to slash capex 50 percent
Posted:Mon, 01 Feb 2016 22:03:46 GMT
Feb 1 (Reuters) – Anadarko Petroleum Corp on Monday reported a larger quarterly loss but smaller than Wall Street expected and the U.S. oil company said it expects to slash capital spending about 50 percent this year to conserve cash. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/PtGYHDzJd3s/story01.htm

S&P downgrades Shell to A+/A-1; keeps door open to further downgrade
Posted:Mon, 01 Feb 2016 21:28:16 GMT
Feb 1 (Reuters) – Credit ratings agency Standard and Poors on Monday downgraded oil major Royal Dutch Shell Plc to A+/A-1 from AA-/A-1+ and put its long-term credit rating on creditwatch negative citing sliding oil prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/IA48QY5hMC8/story01.htm

Potash woes worsen Saskatchewan growth, debt outlook
Posted:Mon, 01 Feb 2016 20:33:47 GMT
TORONTO, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Tanking fertilizer prices have worsened the economic and budget outlook for the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, where the oil shock has already stalled growth, pushed the government into deficit and caused its bonds to underperform. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/3C7RW8vYdB0/story01.htm

Sunday, 31 Jan 2016

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/we-are-the-miners-canary-indigenous-organizations-call-for-clean-up-of-radioactive-pollution-crisis-clean-nuclear-is-a-deadly-lie/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/rigged-justice-2016-how-weak-enforcement-lets-corporate-offenders-off-easy-us-sen-elizabeth-warren-29-miners-deaths-a-misdemeanor-more/

Mt. Rushmore, NPS gov

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 2-Toyota may halt Japan car output in Feb due to steel shortage
Posted:Sat, 30 Jan 2016 02:05:11 -0500
* Explosion at Aichi Steel’s Chita plant affects steel supply http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/r1UNcb4gyao/toyota-production-idUSL3N15E055

Environmental group says reaches accord to stop offshore fracking in California Posted:Sat, 30 Jan 2016 02:13:01 GMT
Jan 29 (Reuters) – A conservation group said the federal government must stop approving offshore fracking from oil platforms in California’s Santa Barbara Channel under the settlement of a lawsuit it filed. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/xkej-P-xcLM/story01.htm

Cyclone churns towards Australia’s northwest iron ore ports
Posted:Sat, 30 Jan 2016 02:06:58 GMT
PERTH, Jan 30 (Reuters) – A tropical cyclone gathered strength as it headed for the northwest coast of Western Australia on Saturday, forcing ports to close and mining companies to evacuate. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/H1v5wNS1lJc/story01.htm

UPDATE 5-Operations being restored at New York-area ports after shutdown
Posted:Sat, 30 Jan 2016 01:31:59 GMT
NEW YORK, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Operations at New York and New Jersey’s cargo terminals were being restored on Friday night after more than a thousand longshoremen walked off the job earlier in the day, shuttering one of the United State’s busiest port networks, officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2LIi2BVApoQ/story01.htm

Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions
Posted:Thu, 28 Jan 2016 20:45:30 GMT
Jan 28 (Reuters) – The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2100 GMT on Thursday: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/0hwammDE9ps/story01.htm

Saturday, 30 Jan 2016

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/01/30/advice-of-father-of-health-physics-for-disposing-of-tritium-safely-rebuffed-by-us-nrc-dr-k-z-morgan-interview-dc-philadelphia-baltimore-treated-as-guinea-pigs/
Dr. KZ Morgan ORNL
Dr. K.Z. Morgan, “Father of Health Physics”, ORNL.gov

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 2-Germany seeks to calm Polish concerns over Nord Stream-2
Posted:Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:37:12 -0500
* Poland says plan undermines EU solidarity, support for Kiev http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/mqulSO9pRvY/germany-poland-gas-pipeline-idUSL8N15D2QO

UPDATE 2-EU sets duties on steel rebar imports from China, industry cries foul Posted:Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:46:34 -0500
BRUSSELS/LONDON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – The European Union will impose duties on imports from China of steel bar used to reinforce concrete while its investigation into dumping by Chinese producers continues, the EU’s official journal said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/_nC5Vo5NPfg/steel-eu-china-idUSL8N15D2T5

UPDATE 1-India’s JSW Steel reports Q3 loss; lowers output, sales target
Posted:Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:58:15 -0500
* Weak prices, China dumping weighing on Indian steelmakers (Recasts with outlook, adds details) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Anos3E7ZQAk/jsw-steel-results-idUSL3N15D52I

Russian finance ministry readies for fight with big oil over tax
Posted:Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:56:44 -0500
MOSCOW, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Russian oil firms would have to pay more tax on some of their fields under reforms being prepared by the finance ministry, which is seeking to get more revenue into the budget, according to three officials and a draft of the plans seen by Reuters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/AZS7_9Us20U/russia-oil-taxes-idUSL8N15C3Z1

UPDATE 2-Thyssenkrupp warns that tough steel markets cloud outlook
Posted:Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:30:10 -0500
* Confirms full-year guidance but says markets need to improve http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/_6k6Z-1p6DU/thyssenkrupp-outlook-idUSL8N15D1TO

Listing freighter drifts towards France’s Atlantic coast
Posted:Fri, 29 Jan 2016 06:03:27 -0500
PARIS, Jan 29 (Reuters) – A crippled cargo ship was drifting slowly towards the French Atlantic coast on Friday as rescue teams struggled to board the distressed vessel. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/pt2xaE7YDEY/france-freighter-idUSL8N15D25B

UPDATE 1-Takata says CEO has no plans as of now to stand down
Posted:Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:19:11 -0500
* Japan media: German report into air bag failures due soon (Releads with company statement, background, share price) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/v2sl9UH2rOM/autos-takata-ceo-idUSL3N15D1OE

Snow, rain for U.S. Farm Belt next week; cold spell to follow
Posted:Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:02:27 GMT
CHICAGO (Reuters) – A storm crossing the U.S. Plains early next week should bring heavy snow that will help insulate the region’s winter wheat from a cold spell that will follow, agricultural meteorologists said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/CY_P9F9gE3s/story01.htm

Germany considers $5,500 incentive for electric cars
Posted:Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:30:11 GMT
BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German politicians and auto executives will discuss creating incentives worth up to 5,000 euros ($5,500) to boost sales of electric and hybrid cars, a senior ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Cpo36-z20nI/story01.htm

California senators seek methane leak task force in U.S. energy bill
Posted:Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:29:39 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The two U.S. Senators representing California said on Friday they will propose a federal task force to investigate the cause and response to the massive natural gas leak near Los Angeles. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/DaN30IuEuZo/story01.htm

Little respite seen from hot, dry South African summer: weather service
Posted:Fri, 29 Jan 2016 14:40:14 GMT
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – An El Nino weather pattern which has triggered historic drought in South Africa remains on track to keep conditions hot and dry for the rest of the summer over most of the country including the maize belt, the country’s weather service said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/2QD-h3W3vTU/story01.htm

Ethiopia drought relief needs $500 million for support beyond April: WFP
Posted:Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:17:00 GMT
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – The drought relief effort in Ethiopia needs about $500 million to fund programs beyond the end of April to support 10.2 million people facing critical food shortages this year, the U.N. World Food Programme said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/qcDok-TKSDQ/story01.htm

After unusual weather, Cuba struggles to save prized tobacco crop
Posted:Fri, 29 Jan 2016 04:03:10 GMT
SAN JUAN Y MARTINEZ, Cuba (Reuters) – Highly unusual weather has damaged Cuba’s tobacco crop, raising concerns among farmers and cigar-lovers that the island’s supply of its famous cigars might suffer at a time of increased demand resulting from detente with the United States. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/3jQydEJ36aA/story01.htm

U.S. federal government in Washington to open on time Friday
Posted:Fri, 29 Jan 2016 04:00:55 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. federal government offices in the Washington area will open on time on Friday after a week of closures and delays following a weekend blizzard, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/GBNmBcQSCD4/story01.htm

Tremors in U.S. Northeast caused by sonic boom, not quake: agency
Posted:Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:49:19 GMT
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two fighter jets from a U.S. Navy base in Maryland may have caused a series of sonic booms on Thursday near the New Jersey coast that prompted hundreds of residents to report earthquake-like tremors. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/bxSpCWWWHUs/story01.htm

Billionaire Paul Allen’s yacht damaged Caribbean protected coral -media
Posted:Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:07:01 GMT
SEATTLE (Reuters) – A massive luxury yacht owned by Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen destroyed most of a protected coral reef during a visit to the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean earlier this month, media reported. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/BgBcmkoi_lk/story01.htm

Governor extends Flint water emergency as state approves funds
Posted:Thu, 28 Jan 2016 22:41:14 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Thursday extended a state of emergency in Flint until April 14, as the Michigan legislature gave final approval of $28 million to address the drinking water crisis. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/sb3sjBiBD0c/story01.htm

Mali’s desert elephants face extinction in three years
Posted:Thu, 28 Jan 2016 21:29:05 GMT
DAKAR (Reuters) – Mali’s elephants, one of just two remaining desert herds in the world, will be gone in three years unless the government does more to protect them, a conservation group said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Dts9Nh598UU/story01.htm

Hungary court acquits leaders of firm behind toxic spill
Posted:Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:52:43 GMT
KOLONTAR, Hungary (Reuters) – Fifteen people tried in connection with a toxic spill from an alumina reservoir in western Hungary that killed 10 people in 2010 were acquitted on Thursday, an outcome a local mayor said would only serve to further traumatize and anger residents. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/t-IKWLsB6DM/story01.htm

U.S. Federal government in Washington to open three hours late Thursday
Posted:Thu, 28 Jan 2016 03:02:12 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. federal government offices in the Washington area will open three hours late on Thursday as the region digs out from a blizzard over the weekend, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/zRUbB-6ZruY/story01.htm

Port Hedland evacuates vessels as tropical low approaches
Posted:Thu, 28 Jan 2016 02:34:28 GMT
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Vessels at Australia’s largest iron ore export terminal, Port Hedland, are being evacuated as a tropical low weather system approaches, Pilbara Ports Authority said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/hKHzK7fDNQU/story01.htm

California snow levels above normal for a second month
Posted:Wed, 27 Jan 2016 23:38:46 GMT
(Reuters) – Winter storms and cool weather have resulted in slightly more snow than usual accumulating in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains for a second month in a row, state data show. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/cxX5Q–3Qbc/story01.htm

Michigan governor names panel to fix Flint’s contaminated water system
Posted:Wed, 27 Jan 2016 23:02:50 GMT
(Reuters) – Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Wednesday appointed a group of government officials, health and other experts to implement long-term fixes for Flint’s lead-contaminated water system, which has become a national scandal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/6cxGwCptT-w/story01.htm

Friday, 29 Jan 2016

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French, Finnish reactor problems cast shadow over UK nuclear plan Posted:Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:40:05 -0500
PARIS, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Intractable problems at two nuclear plants under construction in France and Finland threaten more delays to EDF’s plan to build four nuclear reactors in Britain. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/cf464EBxjHU/edf-britain-idUSL8N15C22S

UPDATE 2-California narrowly upholds key policy for solar growth
Posted:Thu, 28 Jan 2016 23:14:15 GMT
Jan 28 (Reuters) – California delivered a narrow victory to the solar industry on Thursday by maintaining a policy that has underpinned rooftop solar’s dramatic growth while introducing fees that were smaller than utilities requested. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/7Zcz1FlIksM/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Areva plans 5 billion euro capital increase
Posted:Wed, 27 Jan 2016 22:09:28 GMT
PARIS, Jan 27 (Reuters) – French nuclear group Areva said it plans a 5 billion euro capital increase to restore its finances and said it expects the planned takeover of its reactor arm by fellow state-owned utility EDF to be finalised in 2017. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/-hvBhzL2Zmc/story01.htm

Breakthrough mapping of tropical forests reveals broad extent of tree loss
Posted:Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:24:08 -0500
LONDON, Jan 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – New advanced satellite maps of tropical countries reveal that more than 90 percent of recent tree cover loss took place in natural forests rather than plantations, threatening ecosystems and biodiversity, research shows. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/vfJsNfxxWag/environment-forests-mapping-idUSL8N15B45V

Brazil’s Gerdau, Japan’s Sumitomo, JSW form wind power joint venture
Posted:Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:36:12 -0500
Jan 27 (Reuters) – Brazilian steelmaker Gerdau SA will form a joint venture with Japan’s Sumitomo Corp and Japan Steel Works Ltd (JSW) to compete in the wind power sector in Brazil, Gerdau said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/TThXL68U2bg/gerdau-br-sumitomo-corp-jointventure-idUSL8N15B3TC

London Metal Exchange moves open outcry trading floor
Posted:Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:44:04 -0500
LONDON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – The 139-year-old London Metal Exchange (LME) will wrap up open outcry trading on Wednesday at its red leather “ring” before moving the trading floor to a new home elsewhere in the capital’s financial district. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/vZYAaRIGXns/lme-ring-idUSL8N15B2BE

UPDATE 3-Canada imposes further delays on two major pipeline projects
Posted:Wed, 27 Jan 2016 23:17:48 GMT
OTTAWA, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Canada announced new interim rules on Wednesday for environmental reviews that will impose delays on two projects – TransCanada Corp’s Energy East pipeline and Kinder Morgan Inc’s expansion of its Trans Mountain Pipeline. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0fIsAUH9J_I/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-IMF, World Bank discussing possible aid to oil exporter Azerbaijan
Posted:Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:27:08 GMT
Jan 27 (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund and World Bank are discussing possible financing aid for oil exporter Azerbaijan to help it cope with mounting currency and budget pressures from a steep drop in crude prices, the institutions said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Lwyjj_oSong/story01.htm

RPT-In coal-powered China, electric car surge fuels fear of worsening smog
Posted:Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:00:01 GMT
BEIJING, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Automakers’ latest projections for rapid growth of China’s green car market have added to concerns of worsening smog as the uptake of electric vehicles powered by coal-fired grids races ahead of a switch to cleaner energy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ddoqewC-Ugo/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate starts debate on broad energy bill
Posted:Wed, 27 Jan 2016 20:53:29 GMT
WASHINGTON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Wednesday began debate on the country’s first major energy bill in over eight years, featuring measures aimed at protecting the electric power grid against cyber attacks and speeding exports of liquefied natural gas. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/FiDBsDa-BqA/story01.htm

Oilfield services find little room to squeeze out further cuts
Posted:Wed, 27 Jan 2016 20:42:07 GMT
NEW YORK, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Companies that supply drilling rigs, fracking sand and other necessary tools to the U.S. oil industry are finding themselves stuck with a choice between losing customers or making further price cuts that could wipe out their profits altogether. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/hh39oCBITZk/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Canada energy regulator says oil patch woes make hiring easier
Posted:Wed, 27 Jan 2016 20:27:48 GMT
TORONTO, Jan 27 (Reuters) – A sharp downturn in Canada’s oil patch that has caused thousands of layoffs has made it easier for the country’s energy regulator to find and hire experienced staff, its chief executive said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/p41aOqUs4aM/story01.htm

UPDATE 11-Oil jumps after Russia dangles prospect of OPEC cooperation
Posted:Wed, 27 Jan 2016 20:25:14 GMT
* Russian govt, producers discuss possible coordination with OPEC http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/P7temvQyO6U/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Russians want to talk to OPEC about output, pipeline chief says
Posted:Wed, 27 Jan 2016 20:15:37 GMT
* Iraq says ready to discuss cuts if others agree (Adds details, analysts, quotes) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/UHigFpA87s0/story01.htm

Air regulator sues California utility over state’s historic methane leak
Posted:Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:48:16 GMT
LOS ANGELES, Jan 27 (Reuters) – A California utility failed to protect residents from the largest methane leak in state history at its natural gas field near Los Angeles, a regional pollution watchdog said in a lawsuit filed against the company. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/TY9XvT-uGsM/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Iran’s Rouhani in France to revive business ties after nuclear deal Posted:Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:59:58 GMT
PARIS, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told French business leaders on Wednesday that Iran was open for investment as he started a visit in France to revive business ties despite diplomatic differences. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/z3n2gj3sR4k/story01.htm

Spain’s Repsol makes 2.9 bln-euro writedown on oil reserves
Posted:Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:48:43 GMT
MADRID, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Spanish oil company Repsol wrote down the value of its oil reserves by 2.9 billion euros ($3.2 billion) on Wednesday due to a steep fall in energy prices, a move which it said would mean it would record a net loss of 1.2 billion euros for 2015. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/k4fRQM1WdHQ/story01.htm

France seeking new sanctions on Iran over missile tests -AP
Posted:Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:47:09 GMT
WASHINGTON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – France has asked the European Union to consider new sanctions on Iran over recent missile tests, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed officials. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/OaLQr49INk4/story01.htm

Trudeau’s Canadian honeymoon cut short by oil crash, economic woes
Posted:Mon, 25 Jan 2016 20:32:14 GMT
* No easy exit from economic slump for Canada’s prime minister http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/r6F2Q_1hsow/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-ArcelorMittal idles Spanish plant as EU steel crisis deepens
Posted:Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:50:49 -0500
LONDON, Jan 25 (Reuters) – ArcelorMittal has idled a steel plant in Spain due to “extremely adverse” market conditions, a company spokesman said on Monday, as the world’s biggest steelmaker becomes the latest victim of Europe’s steel sector crisis. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/U2YjHmeEydc/steel-arcelormittal-spain-idUSL8N1593G4

As oil falls, Russia choked by military, social spending
Posted:Tue, 30 Dec 2014 08:01:40 GMT
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian authorities are facing some unpalatable options as they try to keep the economy afloat – unless they can persuade President Vladimir Putin to curb massive military… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/news/economy/~3/5FvN4g6nmT0/story01.htm

Japan’s ruling coalition approves corporate tax cuts to spur growth
Posted:Tue, 30 Dec 2014 07:24:54 GMT
(Reuters) – Japan’s ruling coalition has approved a tax reform plan that will cut corporate taxes from April and pledges further reductions in coming years in a bid by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/news/economy/~3/uHa9x-87fVg/story01.htm

Help wanted: India’s ‘Make in India’ drive lacks skilled labor
Posted:Tue, 30 Dec 2014 04:14:09 GMT
MUMBAI (Reuters) – In a classroom of construction firm Larsen & Toubro’s training center outside the Indian city of Mumbai, an instructor lifts up a tool and shows it to his students: “Clawhandle,”… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/news/economy/~3/AfuyaNCwcBA/story01.htm

U.S. utilities worry about cyber cover after Ukraine grid attack
Posted:Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:08:23 -0500
Jan 28 (Reuters) – U.S. utilities are looking hard at their cyber vulnerabilities and whether they can get insurance to cover what could be a multi-billion dollar loss after hackers cut electric power to more than 80,000 Ukrainians last month. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/oo1bTAEOwM0/cyber-insurance-utilities-idUSL2N1562F9

UPDATE 1-Israel, Greece and Cyprus to explore gas pipeline to Europe
Posted:Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:32:19 -0500
NICOSIA, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Greece, Israel and Cyprus will explore the possibility of building a natural gas pipeline to Europe, tapping huge gas reserves discovered in the eastern Mediterranean in recent years, leaders of the three countries said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/6tJBbhGkOtw/mediterranean-gas-europe-idUSL8N15C3QX

UPDATE 3-Freeport loses right to export from Indonesia copper mine, talks ongoing Posted:Fri, 29 Jan 2016 06:25:44 GMT
* Freeport says “everything is normal” at massive mine (Releads, adds value of copper concentrate exports) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Dk4kAOgDjYg/story01.htm

China statistics chief sacked amid corruption probe
Posted:Fri, 29 Jan 2016 08:25:37 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – The head of China’s National Bureau of Statistics has been sacked after authorities announced an anti-corruption investigation against him this week, state media reported on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/xabFZCFl8U8/story01.htm

Forty percent of Germans say Merkel should resign over refugee policy: poll
Posted:Fri, 29 Jan 2016 08:57:06 GMT
BERLIN (Reuters) – Forty percent of Germans want Chancellor Angela Merkel to resign over her refugee policy, a poll showed on Friday, in a sign of rising dissatisfaction with her welcoming stance towards people fleeing conflict and economic hardship in the Middle East and Africa. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/BjjLEaFesYc/story01.htm

Areva says won $300 million in U.S. uranium enrichment contracts in 2015
PARIS Business, Tue Jan 19, 2016 12:09pm EST. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-areva-uranium-contracts-idUSKCN0UX26W

Thursday 28 Jan 2016

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UPDATE 1-Areva plans 5 billion euro capital increase
Posted:Wed, 27 Jan 2016 22:09:28 GMT
PARIS, Jan 27 (Reuters) – French nuclear group Areva said it plans a 5 billion euro capital increase to restore its finances and said it expects the planned takeover of its reactor arm by fellow state-owned utility EDF to be finalised in 2017. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/-hvBhzL2Zmc/story01.htm

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Monday 25 January 2016

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-As Japan’s oil, gas, power use stalls, coal imports hit new record Posted:Mon, 25 Jan 2016 01:31:57 -0500
TOKYO, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Japan’s 2015 oil imports fell to the lowest since 1988, reflecting the country’s declining population and low economic growth while at the same time its natural gas imports fell for the first time since the Fukushima nuclear disaster. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/mEtIRg694Cs/japan-energy-demand-idUSL3N15900U

UPDATE 1-Samarco sensors gave warnings well before Brazil damburst -Globo
Posted:Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:27:14 -0500
RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Brazilian iron ore miner Samarco Mineração SA received serious danger warnings from ground sensors in 2014 and 2015, months before a deadly and environmentally destructive burst of a tailings dam, Globo TV’s Fantastico newsmagazine said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/sPk_B0vFjw8/brazil-damburst-causes-idUSL2N15905N

Regulators approve health study on huge California gas leak
Posted:Sun, 24 Jan 2016 02:15:02 GMT
LOS ANGELES, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Regional air quality regulators in California voted on Saturday to require the utility responsible for a ruptured underground pipeline in the Los Angeles area to underwrite an independent study on the health effects of a huge methane leak from the site. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/iqYKPmLGBBs/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Mexico’s Pemex says controls fire on oil platform, won’t affect output Posted:Sun, 24 Jan 2016 00:47:23 GMT
MEXICO CITY, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Mexico’s state-run oil company Pemex said on Saturday that a fire broke out in a machine room on a platform located in the company’s top producing oilfield, but added that it would not affect production. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/cfnr0Ibq29g/story01.htm

Guinea opposition leader returns after presidential pardon
Posted:Sun, 24 Jan 2016 10:04:42 -0500
CONAKRY, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Opposition leader Mamadou Oury Bah returned to Guinea on Sunday from exile following a pardon over charges related to a 2011 attempt on President Alpha Conde’s life, in a sign of easing political tensions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/wvwusGJYLlY/guinea-politics-idUSL8N1580I4

RPT-China to cut crude steel production by 100-150 mln tonnes -cabinet
Posted:Sun, 24 Jan 2016 06:48:11 -0500
BEIJING, Jan 24 (Reuters) – China will cut crude steel production capacity by 100-150 million tonnes and reduce the size of the coal industry to fight a capacity glut, the government said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/9Be0eafhao4/china-economy-steel-idUSL8N1580D2

Four workers killed in fire at South Africa’s Impala Platinum
Posted:Sun, 24 Jan 2016 06:34:51 -0500
JOHANNESBURG, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Impala Platinum said on Sunday that four workers were killed in an underground fire at its Rustenburg mine in South Africa. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/KWa9H7O5dls/safrica-impala-platinum-fire-idUSL8N1580BU

New York rebounds after blizzard, Washington shuts down government
Posted:Mon, 25 Jan 2016 03:09:24 GMT
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New York City emerged on Sunday from a massive blizzard that paralyzed much of the U.S. East Coast, while snowy gridlock gripped the nation’s capital and surrounding areas, where federal, state and local offices and schools planned to remain closed on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/75rhCy6It2o/story01.htm

Major earthquake in southern Alaska felt for hundreds of miles
Posted:Mon, 25 Jan 2016 01:53:12 GMT
JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) – A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck remote southern Alaska early on Sunday, unleashing shudders felt several hundred miles (km) from the tremor’s lakefront epicenter near on the far end of Cook Inlet from Anchorage, the state’s largest city. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/vMlfM9FzQgM/story01.htm

Blizzard for record books paralyzes New York and Washington
Posted:Sun, 24 Jan 2016 07:27:43 GMT
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A blizzard that has paralyzed much of the U.S. East Coast intensified on Saturday, bringing Washington to a standstill and forcing the closure of roads, bridges and tunnels into New York until Sunday morning. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/z7cSsOY_1Pc/story01.htm

Snow shutters airport on South Korean resort island Jeju
Posted:Sun, 24 Jan 2016 02:35:08 GMT
SEOUL (Reuters) – Flights at the airport on the South Korean holiday island of Jeju were halted on Sunday for a second day due to the biggest snowfall in three decades and high winds, forcing hundreds of cancellations, officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/b7nH-LLjHyE/story01.htm

Michigan suspends workers, restores Flint mayoral powers in water crisis
Posted:Sat, 23 Jan 2016 15:29:40 GMT
FLINT, Mich/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Friday suspended two state workers in connection with water testing failures in the Flint contamination crisis and the state restored some powers to Mayor Karen Weaver. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/QiDZDT7Vf9g/story01.htm

PRESS DIGEST – Wall Street Journal – Jan 25
Posted:Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:50:28 -0500
Jan 25 (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. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/r0y4elZ89gs/press-digest-wsj-idUSL3N15925I

PRESS DIGEST- New York Times business news – Jan 25
Posted:Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:43:48 -0500
Jan 25 (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/dq_0Y2KNBwU/press-digest-nyt-idUSL3N159243

UPDATE 9-New York rebounds after blizzard, Washington shuts down government
Posted:Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:37:08 -0500
* Wall Street to open on Monday as usual (Updates with partial LIRR service expected for Monday rush; public school and state government office closings) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/Y3VjOwzEg14/usa-weather-idUSL2N15809Z

INSIGHT-A Hong Kong move unlikely to slash HSBC tax bill
Posted:Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:00:01 -0500
LONDON, Jan 25 (Reuters) – HSBC’s possible relocation to Hong Kong is unlikely to save the British bank much tax – one of its reasons for maybe moving abroad – and could actually increase its bill, a… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/fA1Pob0rYO4/hsbc-headquarters-tax-idUSL8N15638K

PRESS DIGEST- Financial Times – Jan 25
Posted:Sun, 24 Jan 2016 20:29:59 -0500
Jan 25 (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/gbjhccKAI_4/britain-press-ft-idUSL3N1590M5

PRESS DIGEST- British Business – Jan 25
Posted:Sun, 24 Jan 2016 20:03:06 -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/QnutgDvPDFU/britain-press-business-idUSL3N1590GD

Google to face grilling by UK lawmakers over tax deal
Posted:Mon, 25 Jan 2016 03:13:18 -0500
LONDON, Jan 25 (Reuters) – A UK parliamentary committee will invite Google to testify about a back tax deal under which it will pay 130 million pounds ($185.61 mln) to settle claims covering a… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/8vjh2wlAy4E/google-britain-taxation-idUSL8N1590V1

Sunday, 24 Jan 2016

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UPDATE 1-U.S. Air Force says nuclear missile damaged in 2014 -AP report
Posted:Fri, 22 Jan 2016 23:13:48 GMT
WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force has said maintenance errors by three airmen damaged a nuclear-armed missile in its silo in 2014, triggering an accident investigation, the Associated Press reported on Friday. http://reuters.us.feedsportal.com/c/35217/f/654235/s/4d11a670/sc/7/l/0L0Sreuters0N0Carticle0Cusa0Emissile0EidUSL2N1562FQ0DfeedType0FRSS0GfeedName0FindustrialsSector/story01.htm

Flood threat, not snow, concerns New York, New Jersey coastal cities
Posted:Fri, 22 Jan 2016 22:07:41 GMT
NEW YORK, Jan 22 (Reuters) – For coastal communities in New York and New Jersey, the powerful snowstorm menacing the East Coast this weekend brings an added danger beyond freezing temperatures, power outages and slippery roads. http://reuters.us.feedsportal.com/c/35217/f/654235/s/4d11640b/sc/28/l/0L0Sreuters0N0Carticle0Cusa0Eweather0Efloods0EidUSL2N15625Y0DfeedType0FRSS0GfeedName0FindustrialsSector/story01.htm

Canada’s Trudeau to DiCaprio: Your climate remarks don’t help
Posted:Fri, 22 Jan 2016 22:06:13 GMT
DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Leonardo DiCaprio to tone down his “inflammatory rhetoric” on climate change saying it was not helping those who have lost their oil-industry jobs. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/WoYjhOIxKpQ/story01.htm

Ominous U.S. blizzard brings New York to standstill
Posted:Sat, 23 Jan 2016 22:07:33 GMT
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A monster blizzard that has paralyzed much of the U.S. East Coast intensified on Saturday as it barreled into New York City, forcing the closure of all bridges and tunnels into the largest U.S. city and prompting a travel ban on area highways. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/z7cSsOY_1Pc/story01.htm

U.S. says investigating Wyoming for lax coal oversight
Posted:Sat, 23 Jan 2016 01:03:27 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The leading U.S. regulator for the coal industry on Friday said it suspects Wyoming officials have wrongly allowed mining companies to forego cleanup insurance. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/t5aMeh7Zvw0/story01.htm

COLUMN-It’s Russia’s turn to learn that stealth warplanes are hard to do
Posted:Fri, 22 Jan 2016 21:20:43 GMT
Jan 22 (Reuters) – After confronting serious technical and economic difficulties, Russia has dramatically cut back its air force program to field its first radar-evading “stealth” fighter jet. By delaying large-scale acquisition of the Sukhoi T-50 fighter, the Kremlin is tacitly acknowledging a truth that the U.S. military learned decades ago – and that China might also learn in coming years: developing stealth fighters is hard. http://reuters.us.feedsportal.com/c/35217/f/654235/s/4d11479e/sc/24/l/0L0Sreuters0N0Carticle0Caxe0Estealth0EidUSL2N15626Z0DfeedType0FRSS0GfeedName0FindustrialsSector/story01.htm

Ex-Alaska Airlines pilot charged with flying drunk on the West Coast
Posted:Fri, 22 Jan 2016 18:22:45 GMT
SEATTLE, Jan 22 (Reuters) – A former Alaska Airlines pilot has been charged with flying two passenger flights between California and Oregon in 2014 while under the influence of alcohol, federal prosecutors said. http://reuters.us.feedsportal.com/c/35217/f/654235/s/4d109e98/sc/10/l/0L0Sreuters0N0Carticle0Calaska0Eair0Egroup0Epilot0EidUSL2N1561HB0DfeedType0FRSS0GfeedName0FindustrialsSector/story01.htm

Storks spend winter eating rubbish in landfills not flying to Africa
Posted:Fri, 22 Jan 2016 19:00:01 GMT
OSLO, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Some white storks have taken to spending the winter in rubbish dumps eating garbage rather than making the usual, exhausting journey south across the Sahara, scientists said on Friday. http://reuters.us.feedsportal.com/c/35217/f/654235/s/4d10b8a7/sc/14/l/0L0Sreuters0N0Carticle0Cenvironment0Estorks0EidUSL8N15532M0DfeedType0FRSS0GfeedName0FindustrialsSector/story01.htm

Spanish junior minister resigns after link to corruption scandal
Posted:Fri, 22 Jan 2016 08:50:28 -0500
MADRID, Jan 22 (Reuters) – A corruption scandal in Spain involving state-run water contract company Acuamed claimed its first political casualty on Friday as a junior minister from Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria’s office resigned. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/QuKmbpdk81A/spain-arrests-acuamed-idUSL8N1562B1

Russian gas exports to Germany via Nord Stream rise 10 pct in 2015
Posted:Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:39:24 -0500
MOSCOW, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Russia raised its natural gas exports to Germany via the Nord Stream twin pipelines that cross the Baltic Sea by 10 percent in 2015, its operator said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/Mj-w6cqdu90/russia-gas-nordstream-idUSL8N15613F

India, France haggle over $9-bln warplane deal in run-up to Hollande visit
Posted:Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:17:58 -0500
NEW DELHI, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Indian and French negotiators were haggling on Friday over the price of 36 combat planes for the ageing Indian air force, officials of the two nations said, just days before President Francois Hollande visits New Delhi to cement commercial ties. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/zSRomm6jr7w/india-france-idUSL3N1562X1

UPDATE 1-Ukraine fines Gazprom $3.5 bln, cites abuse of gas transit monopoly Posted:Fri, 22 Jan 2016 04:54:10 -0500
KIEV, Jan 22 (Reuters) – The head of Ukraine’s competition authority said on Friday that the watchdog had decided to fine Russian gas company Gazprom 85 billion hryvnias ($3.5 billion) for abusing its monopoly on the Ukrainian gas transit market. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/N4k3jSz8_Cw/ukraine-russia-gazprom-idUSL8N1561AZ

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EPA official resigns over Flint water crisis
Posted:Fri, 22 Jan 2016 01:18:31 GMT
WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – The head of the Midwest region of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offered her resignation over the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, the agency said on Thursday, as it issued an emergency order to resolve the growing problem. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/JzuUKPPcUVI/story01.htm

Powerful snowstorm threatens U.S. East Coast; flights canceled
Posted:Fri, 22 Jan 2016 00:32:08 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington D.C., New York and other East Coast cities readied fleets of snow plows, thousands of flights were canceled or delayed and residents stocked up on groceries on Thursday ahead of a winter storm expected to dump up to 30 inches (76 cm) of snow on the region. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/eDJl95osnKY/story01.htm

U.S. appeals court declines to block Obama carbon emissions plan
Posted:Thu, 21 Jan 2016 23:45:36 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a big victory for the Obama administration, a U.S. federal court on Thursday rejected a bid by 27 states to block its Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of its strategy to combat climate change by reducing carbon emissions from power plants. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/wkzSZ5ZnZBg/story01.htm

U.S. to tackle oil and gas methane waste on public lands -sources
Posted:Thu, 21 Jan 2016 23:11:31 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is expected to propose new rules as soon as Friday to curb methane leaks from oil and natural gas production, its latest attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy production under its control, sources familiar with the plan said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/NKoYSd3KsaI/story01.htm

When snow blows, Washington, D.C., cannot seem to cope
Posted:Thu, 21 Jan 2016 22:41:30 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As they stocked up on groceries, batteries and booze ahead of the first major snowstorm to hit the U.S. East Coast this year, residents of the nation’s capital also shared in a time-honored ritual – complaining about how poorly Washington manages winter. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Vuhy0lNqA04/story01.htm

Michigan governor will be called to congressional hearing on Flint water crisis Posted:Thu, 21 Jan 2016 22:11:29 GMT
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and other officials will be called to testify next month to a congressional panel about the crisis over lead-contaminated water in the city of Flint, a congressional office said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/LQEL7w4bu5M/story01.htm

French wind industry sees deregulation driving strong growth
Posted:Thu, 21 Jan 2016 19:22:08 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – The French wind industry expects strong growth in 2016 due to deregulation but a long-awaited third tender for offshore wind turbines may not happen before year end, an industry group said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/K8l7tA_1dAk/story01.htm

What to expect when you’re expecting two feet of snow
Posted:Thu, 21 Jan 2016 18:17:45 GMT
(Reuters) – With a huge winter storm looming over the eastern United States, many of the region’s residents will stock up on canned goods, bottled water and – for some – diapers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/4JNLrqEHvBY/story01.htm

Stop ignoring costs of smaller disasters: U.N. risk chief
Posted:Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:21:42 GMT
BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Governments around the world are underestimating the costs of disasters, particularly smaller ones triggered by weather and climate extremes, which is undermining the case for efforts to reduce risk, the United Nations’ new disaster prevention chief said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/2uvfLepD7LM/story01.htm

Political fallout from Flint, Michigan water crisis spreads
Posted:Thu, 21 Jan 2016 09:45:50 GMT
WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – President Barack Obama pledged to offer support for the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan on Wednesday and environmental regulators were set to provide Congress with information about their role. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/qfHhgLDEflw/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Fix the roads, California Governor Brown tells lawmakers
Posted:Thu, 21 Jan 2016 17:42:29 -0500
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan 21 (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown urged continued fiscal restraint amid the state’s economic expansion but hinted broadly that new fees would be needed to pay for repairs of deteriorating roads, bridges and other infrastructure. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/HbCKhHWrBCo/california-jerrybrown-idUSL2N155263

UPDATE 2-Montreal mayor, local leaders oppose Energy East pipeline
Posted:Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:41:10 -0500
MONTREAL, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The influential mayor of Montreal and leaders representing 81 nearby municipalities said on Thursday they oppose TransCanada Corp’s proposed Energy East pipeline because of environmental and economic concerns. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/J8H4AsHRBME/transcanada-energyeast-mayors-idUSL2N1551GP

UPDATE 1-Nigeria says pipeline attacks costing $2.4 mln a day; ex-militants deny involvement Posted:Thu, 21 Jan 2016 13:55:41 -0500
ABUJA, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Attacks on pipelines in Nigeria over the weekend have since then cost Africa’s biggest economy around 470 million naira ($2.4 million) per day in lost gas and electricity, the government said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/5A1HwAFGcRU/nigeria-gas-idUSL8N1554NF

UPDATE 3-Brazil court orders closure of Vale’s Tubarão iron ore port
Posted:Thu, 21 Jan 2016 19:20:25 -0500
RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 21 (Reuters) – A Brazilian federal court on Thursday ordered the suspension of activities at Vale SA’s Port of Tubarão until pollution concerns are fixed, halting the world’s largest iron ore exporter’s ability to ship more than a third of its output. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/h7lx2k1gab4/vale-sa-iron-port-idUSL2N155219

UPDATE 1-Barrick expects to take up to $3 bln in impairment charges
Posted:Thu, 21 Jan 2016 18:33:08 -0500
Jan 21 (Reuters) – Barrick Gold Corp, the world’s biggest gold producer, said it expects to take charges of up to $3 billion following an annual accounting impairment review. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/T0zD-A4YQoE/barrick-gold-outlook-idUSL3N1555SO

UPDATE 1-Samarco, Brazil gov’t move closer on $4.8 bln dam-disaster accord
Posted:Thu, 21 Jan 2016 18:18:04 -0500
BRASILIA, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Brazil’s government and Samarco Mineração SA moved closer to a deal to settle a 20 billion-real ($4.8 billion) lawsuit for damages related to a deadly November dam disaster, Brazil’s attorney general said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/RbkgnXkH1Rw/brazil-damburst-negotiations-idUSL2N1552ZW

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UPDATE 2-E.ON breaks ranks to cut UK domestic gas price by 5 pct
Posted:Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:08:05 GMT
LONDON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – E.ON became the first big British energy supplier to announce household winter gas price cuts on Wednesday after a fall in wholesale prices, putting pressure on rivals to follow suit. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/tNhy2QIG1qU/story01.htm

Amidst drop in oil prices, U.S. Navy deploys “Great Green Fleet”
Posted:Wed, 20 Jan 2016 03:18:19 GMT
WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy will formally deploy its so-called “Great Green Fleet” on Wednesday, sending warships to sea on biofuels even though oil prices have dropped 70 percent since congressional Republicans first criticized the high cost of alternative fuels. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/zuXwqQBkPes/story01.htm

Indonesia to give Freeport divestment verdict in March -official
Posted:Wed, 20 Jan 2016 03:49:55 -0500
JAKARTA, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Indonesia will reach a decision on whether to accept Freeport McMoRan Inc’s $1.7 billion divestment price for its unit in the country by the end of the first quarter, a mines ministry official said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/qSkG3evwXcY/indonesia-freeport-divestment-idUSL3N1542MD

Sheffield Forgemasters to axe up to 100 British steel jobs Posted:Tue, 19 Jan 2016 19:01:01 -0500
LONDON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Sheffield Forgemasters, one of Britain’s oldest steelmakers, plans to cut up to 100 UK steel jobs, it said on Wednesday, in another blow for an industry reeling from tumbling global steel prices and cheap imports. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/3zuQbJdEs0Y/uk-steel-crisis-idUSL8N1534BL

Ex-Perella Weinberg banker loses challenge to insider trading case
Posted:Tue, 19 Jan 2016 15:25:01 -0500
NEW YORK, Jan 19 (Reuters) – A former Perella Weinberg Partners investment banker on Tuesday lost his bid to dismiss criminal charges he illegally tipped his father to trade ahead of healthcare mergers on the grounds that insider trading laws are unconstitutionally vague. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/D3d4MyS1mNQ/usa-insidertrading-perellaweinberg-idUSL2N15328B

UPDATE 1-Alcoa delays curtailment of Intalco smelter until end of Q2
Posted:Tue, 19 Jan 2016 14:50:36 -0500
Jan 19 (Reuters) – Alcoa Inc said it will delay the curtailment of its Intalco Works smelter in Ferndale, Washington until the end of the second quarter of 2016.
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Randgold signs three new joint ventures in Congo
Posted:Tue, 19 Jan 2016 14:28:01 -0500
KINSHASA, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Randgold Resources has signed three joint venture agreements with junior miners to explore potential gold deposits in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, its chief executive Mark Bristow said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/7JZA6MMAP8Q/randgold-rsrcs-congodemocratic-idUSL8N1534GL

Fresnillo says FY silver production at top end of its guidance
Posted:Wed, 20 Jan 2016 02:28:47 -0500
Jan 20 (Reuters) – Silver and gold miner Fresnillo Plc said its full-year silver production was at the top end of its guidance, and that its gold production exceeded its guidance, helped by production at its Saucito and Herradura mines. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/rxP6bTYNRAo/fresnillo-production-idUSL3N1542L1

Russia’s Gazprom warns Europe: We need clear rules to prevent gas crisis
Posted:Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:48:50 GMT
* Russian Q1 gas price in Europe seen falling to $180/1,000 cm http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9ehooofsdWk/story01.htm

German exports to Gulf surge despite oil price slump -official data
Posted:Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:27:20 GMT
BERLIN, Jan 20 (Reuters) – German exports to major oil producers are soaring despite the slump in oil prices to their lowest for more than a decade, data showed on Wednesday, countering worries that weaker demand from Gulf countries was slowing growth in Europe’s largest economy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/-To0aszAFXA/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-European mining and energy share indexes slump to 12-year lows
Posted:Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:21:37 GMT
LONDON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – European basic resources and energy share indexes slumped to their lowest levels in more than 12 years on Wednesday, with a sharp decline in oil and metals prices scaring investors away from commodities stocks. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/NvamI74ez9M/story01.htm

SE Asia Stocks-Fall on oil shares; Singapore posts biggest drop since August Posted:Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:42:01 GMT
BANGKOK, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Southeast Asian stock markets fell in line with global equities on Wednesday, with Singapore posting its worst drop in nearly five months and the Philippines sliding to a near two-year closing low, as energy shares faced pressure due to a relentless slide in oil prices. Singapore’s key Straits Times Index ended down 3 percent, its biggest single-day percentage decline since Aug. 24. The Philippine composite index lost 1.5 percent to close at its lowest level sinc http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/TdQFYaatIdg/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Eldorado Gold wins appeal over Greek mining ban
Posted:Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:06:41 -0500
ATHENS, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Greece’s top administrative court has annulled the government’s decision last year to revoke Eldorado Gold’s mining licence, according to court documents published on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/TBzYQz3o574/greece-eldorado-gold-court-idUSL8N15442O

FTSE falls into “bear market” territory, miners slump
Posted:Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:01:57 -0500
LONDON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Britain’s blue-chip equity index entered “bear market” territory on Wednesday after falling more than 20 percent from its record highs in April, with concerns about China triggering a sharp decline in commodities-related stocks. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/PbV_eLTa2tY/britain-stocks-idUSL8N15443H

Brazilian businessman Batista transfers more stakes to UAE’s Mubadala
Posted:Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:28:03 -0500
DUBAI, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista is transferring stakes in four more companies to Abu Dhabi’s state-owned investment fund Mubadala Development as he continues to unwind his business empire. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/7lEEDMSr_SQ/batista-mubadala-idUSL8N15430L

Links between slavery, environmental damage are cause for hope, author argues Posted:Wed, 20 Jan 2016 16:37:29 -0500
NEW YORK, Jan 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Human slavery and environmental destruction go hand in hand, a complex but encouraging combination that could make efforts to eradicate the global woes easier to focus and succeed, a leading expert argues in a new book. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/DaT5jdZjJSI/global-trafficking-environment-idUSL2N1541P7

U.S. South braces for snow and freezing cold ahead of winter storm
Posted:Wed, 20 Jan 2016 23:17:12 GMT
(Reuters) – Icy roads and freezing temperatures prompted school closings and emergency preparations in several states in the U.S. South on Wednesday, as snow began to fall on some areas ahead of a major storm expected to blast snow across the Northeast later this week. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/5UBIb2xtVmA/story01.htm

Political fallout from Flint, Michigan water crisis spreads
Posted:Wed, 20 Jan 2016 23:05:56 GMT
DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama pledged to offer support for the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan on Wednesday and environmental regulators were set to provide Congress with information about their role. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/qfHhgLDEflw/story01.htm

Regulators scrap plan to burn off leaking methane in California
Posted:Thu, 21 Jan 2016 03:24:59 GMT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Air quality regulators agreed on Wednesday to scrap a proposal to capture and burn off some of the methane spewing into the air from a subterranean pipeline rupture that has forced thousands of Los Angeles residents from their homes since October. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/6UDhxtoOaGQ/story01.htm

Atlantic, Caribbean storms more destructive as temperatures rise: study
Posted:Wed, 20 Jan 2016 21:06:25 GMT
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Hurricanes in the Atlantic and Caribbean oceans will grow more than twice as powerful and damaging as ocean temperatures rise from global warming, a new study says. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/gRpACwzijsI/story01.htm

Air pollution in China abates, but winter a problem: Greenpeace
Posted:Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:44:33 GMT
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Air pollution levels fell in most cities in China last year, environmental group Greenpeace said on Wednesday, but a humid and windless winter shrouded swaths of the country in choking smog, slowing improvement in the second half. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/d0gJLIpCnWM/story01.htm

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits central China, no reports of casualties
Posted:Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:37:39 GMT
(Reuters) – A magnitude 6.1 earthquake jolted central China early on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Zg_KwItzLGo/story01.htm

U.S. agencies say 2015 was hottest on record, shatters records
Posted:Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:27:39 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Last year’s global average temperature was the hottest ever by the widest margin on record, two U.S. government agencies said on Wednesday, adding to pressure for deep greenhouse gas emissions cuts scientists say are needed to arrest warming that is disrupting the global climate. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/u1vtFXHNmVM/story01.htm

Natural gas likely overtook coal as top U.S. power source in 2015
Posted:Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:19:48 GMT
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Last year looks like it was an unwelcome watershed for the embattled U.S. coal industry. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/E8PLzlHYi9Y/story01.htm

EPA says its response to Flint water crisis too slow
Posted:Wed, 20 Jan 2016 16:36:39 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it was reviewing its handling of a crisis over lead-contaminated drinking water in the Michigan city of Flint and acknowledged it did not respond fast enough. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Bh7puXjEd84/story01.htm

ExxonMobil shareholder group urge more transparency on climate risk
Posted:Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:25:36 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – A group of shareholders in ExxonMobil urged the oil giant on Tuesday to detail the resilience of its business model to climate change, a month after the Paris agreement set the world on course to transform its fossil fuel-driven economy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/JS5WRPktrMI/story01.htm

Antarctic restorers uncover century-old artifacts left by early explorers
Posted:Tue, 19 Jan 2016 14:18:29 GMT
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Conservationists in Australia’s oldest Antarctic outpost have scraped away a hundred years of snow and ice to unearth items, from bullets to a bowl of peas, that reveal the harsh conditions battled by early explorer Douglas Mawson and his team. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/UQwa2JyLxPE/story01.htm

Romania reopens Black Sea ports as weather improves
Posted:Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:42:17 GMT
BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Romania’s Black Sea ports including the main port of Constanta reopened on Tuesday after a two-day stoppage as snowfalls and winds eased, a port official said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/FesySI_311k/story01.htm

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Hinkley Point project puts EDF at risk, says managers’ union
Posted:Tue, 19 Jan 2016 15:56:33 -0500
PARIS, Jan 19 (Reuters) – The sheer scale of EDF’s 18 billion pound ($25.55 bln) project to build two nuclear reactors in Hinkley Point, Britain puts the French utility at risk, the CFE-CGC managers union warned on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/X-NtoRlSlwg/edf-britain-idUSL8N1534MY

Tuesday, 19 Jan 2016

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For the time being many fund managers are still sitting on
their hands as much still depends on whether nearly 40 billion
euros of nuclear decommissioning liabilities faced by the four
main utilities will be shared with the government.
” (See “Investors are not doing their sums on E.ON, RWE break-ups“, Reuters, below) The break ups are a clear attempt to avoid liability for nuclear waste.

Loss of agricultural land due to surface mining is one cause of famine never mentioned. Acid-leach makes it virtually impossible to use the land-water for agriculture, post-mining. Overpopulation is almost never mentioned.

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Investors are not doing their sums on E.ON, RWE break-ups – analysts
Posted:Tue, 19 Jan 2016 06:30:01 GMT
* Sum of the parts values greater than current price * Nuclear provisioning issue expected to be resolved soon * E.ON, RWE share prices have outperformed market this year By Christoph Steitz and Vera Eckert FRANKFURT, Jan 19 (Reuters) – The break-ups planned by Germany’s troubled power utilities E.ON and RWE promise a sum of the parts value that is now far greater than their current market prices, analysts say, suggesting the share prices have hit rock-bottom. The worst per http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/IeuKvhEBGRM/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Japan’s Cosmo Oil buys U.S. crude cargo
Posted:Tue, 19 Jan 2016 08:05:57 GMT
* Potentially first U.S. cargo to head to Asia after ban lifted http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/5tr3h2no95o/story01.htm

Kuwait to buy 25 pct stake in South Korea-Saudi venture
Posted:Tue, 19 Jan 2016 02:48:53 -0500
DUBAI, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Kuwait’s Petrochemicals Industries Co (PIC) has agreed to buy a 25 percent equity stake in a venture owned by South Korea’s SK Gas Co Ltd and Saudi Advanced Petrochemical Co, shareholders of the three firms said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/2a8QyFJZiAU/skadvanced-ma-pic-idUSL8N1530BE

Romania reopens Black Sea ports as weather improves
Posted:Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:42:17 GMT
BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Romania’s Black Sea ports including the main port of Constanta reopened on Tuesday after a two-day stoppage as snowfalls and winds eased, a port official said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/FesySI_311k/story01.htm

Australia says El Nino likely to end in second quarter of 2016
Posted:Tue, 19 Jan 2016 04:45:46 GMT
SYDNEY (Reuters) – A strong El Nino weather pattern will likely end in the second quarter of 2016, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/XSQw-qVKBx0/story01.htm

South Korea says to bring criminal case against VW’s local chief
Posted:Tue, 19 Jan 2016 03:55:11 GMT
SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea plans to file a criminal complaint against the head of Volkswagen AG and Audi AG’s local unit later on Tuesday, saying that a recall plan for emissions-cheating cars fell short of legal requirements. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/-CNzMRDCV2k/story01.htm

Sea turtles are released into the Gulf Stream warmer waters
Posted:Mon, 18 Jan 2016 20:43:35 GMT
After recovering from cold-stunning, or hypothermia, due to falling water temperatures, more than 130 sea turtles were released into the Gulf Stream off the North Carolina coast last week. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/f8M3m7OlxAI/story01.htm

Brazil says Vale, BHP Billiton presented plans for Rio Doce recovery
Posted:Mon, 18 Jan 2016 20:14:55 GMT
BRASILIA (Reuters) – Miners Vale SA and BHP Billiton Ltd have presented plans for recovery of the Rio Doce river after a dam burst at their iron ore venture unleashed toxic mud in November, Brazil’s Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/v9X7KE5c9Rc/story01.htm

Oceans heat fast, even with slower warming at Earth’s surface
Posted:Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:24:33 GMT
OSLO (Reuters) – The amount of heat soaked up by the oceans has surged in the past two decades in a sign of worsening global warming despite a slowdown in temperature rises at the Earth’s surface, a U.S. study showed on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/azmfHfPyZA4/story01.htm

As climate change threatens CentAm coffee, a cocoa boom is born
Posted:Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:35:57 GMT
NEW YORK / JINOTEGA, NICARAGUA (Reuters) – Brimming with shade trees and bounded by the Tuma river, the lower climes of Roger Castellon’s farm in Nicaragua’s mountainous Jinotega department were long ideal for growing coffee. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/RrRNZ0C8tSA/story01.htm

U.N. food agency says 14 million face hunger in southern Africa
Posted:Mon, 18 Jan 2016 13:26:44 GMT
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – About 14 million people face hunger in Southern Africa because of a drought that has been exacerbated by an El Nino weather pattern, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/bKa_vJDaa7A/story01.htm

IEA says oil market to remain oversupplied until late 2016
Posted:Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:11:15 GMT
Jan 19 (Reuters) – Unseasonably warm weather and rising supply will keep the crude oil market oversupplied until at least late 2016, the International Energy Agency said in its monthly report on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/5tpafrWLSgs/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Total takes oil price hit but will not cut jobs -CEO
Posted:Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:10:50 GMT
PARIS, Jan 19 (Reuters) – French energy company Total expects a drop in 2015 results but does not plan to cut jobs as peer BP has done to weather currently low oil prices, its chief executive said in a radio interview on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/D3igl7gd0wM/story01.htm

CNOOC to cut oil and gas production in 2016
Posted:Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:58:17 GMT
BEIJING, Jan 19 (Reuters) – CNOOC Ltd aims to cut oil and gas production in 2016, the Chinese state-controlled company said on Tuesday, as global oil prices plumb 12-year lows. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/fd2qAY4xFXM/story01.htm

RWE rejects fresh calls for end to coal generation
Posted:Tue, 19 Jan 2016 08:52:26 GMT
BERLIN, Jan 19 (Reuters) – RWE, Germany’s largest power producer, rejected on Tuesday fresh calls from opposition parties and environmentalists to phase out coal power generation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/i-vGf48P32Q/story01.htm

IMF cuts global growth forecast as China, falling oil prices weigh
Posted:Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:00:02 GMT
WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday cut its global growth forecasts for the third time in less than a year, citing a sharp slowdown in China trade and weak commodity prices that are hammering Brazil and other emerging markets. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/B8N0jclhHZM/story01.htm

Monday, 18 Jan. 2016, Dr. Martin Luther King Day

Most recent posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/standing-at-the-threshold-70-years-of-nuclear-is-enough-2/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/01/16/runaway-barges-endanger-nuclear-power-stations-essential-infrastructure-life-on-the-mississippi/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/01/16/lightening-scrammed-nuclear-reactor-still-at-zero-power/

World Telegram & Sun photo by Phil Stanziola, 1964 , ML King, cropped
World Telegram & Sun photo by Phil Stanziola, 1964 , ML King, cropped

Isn’t the French nuclear waste facility discussed in Reuters news, below, the one at Bure? The one in clay-mud on top of a geothermal site-hot springs?

Residents near the proposed French nuclear waste facility in Bure France have demonstrated that within 16 minutes the “argillite” clay (mudstone) proposed for storage dissolves into gravel clumps. This is because it is hard materials held together by soft materials.
Bure argillite mudstone dryBure Argillite Mudstone after 16 min is gravel
Images from video link at http://www.villesurterre.eu

Read about the French nuclear waste project in French here:
http://burestop.free.fr/spip/IMG/pdf/burestop_dec_2015-2.pdf
(Sorry no time for translations. Maybe at a future date. Google translate usually does an adequate job for French to English.)

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-EDF, Areva take extra 1 bln eur provision on nuclear waste storage project Posted:Fri, 15 Jan 2016 22:19:17 GMT
PARIS, Jan 15 (Reuters) – French power group EDF and nuclear reactor maker Areva said they would take extra provisions totaling 1.05 billion euros ($1.15 billion) after the government hiked its estimate for the cost of a nuclear waste storage project. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Ar9NsMz8Jao/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Mali replaces mines, finance ministers in cabinet reshuffle
Posted:Fri, 15 Jan 2016 15:02:54 -0500
BAMAKO, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Two ministers changed roles during a government reshuffle in Mali, but most returned to the positions they had held in the previous government. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/OdjfDCetvlA/mali-government-idUSL8N14Z46E

UPDATE 4-U.S. halts new coal leases on federal land, first review in decades Posted:Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:02:48 -0500
WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) – The Obama administration, in the first major review of the country’s coal program in three decades, on Friday ordered a pause on issuing coal-mining leases on federal land as part of new executive actions to fight climate change. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/S3dBm5TVo70/usa-coal-idUSL2N14Z0QW

DuPont layoffs before merger a credit negative for Delaware -Moody’s
Posted:Fri, 15 Jan 2016 12:22:48 -0500
NEW YORK, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Layoffs at chemical maker DuPont Co announced in late December, in preparation for its merger with Dow Chemical Co, create negative credit conditions for communities in Delaware and the state overall, a report said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/IkRdR_faf5s/delaware-ratings-dupont-idUSL2N14Z1TM

U.S. orders halt of new coal leases on federal land that could last years
Posted:Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:27:56 -0500
WASHINGTON, Jan 15 () – U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Friday ordered a pause on issuing new coal leases on federal land as the Obama administration takes another step to control climate change. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/4Mh241doW2g/usa-coal-idUSL2N14Z1GZ

UPDATE 1-Iran-India $2.5 bln steel deal totters as end of sanctions looms
Posted:Fri, 15 Jan 2016 08:05:08 -0500
* Iran has complained shipments irregular, below terms of contract http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Usr-un1m7ms/india-iran-steel-idUSL3N14Z4CE

California residents to vent frustrations over state’s biggest gas leak
Posted:Fri, 15 Jan 2016 22:54:08 GMT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California residents sickened and forced to evacuate their homes because of the biggest methane gas leak in state history will have a chance Friday to voice frustrations and demand answers from top officials at a community meeting. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/nMTFbCBUis4/story01.htm

Barge accidents rise on flood-swollen Mississippi River
Posted:Fri, 15 Jan 2016 21:55:59 GMT
CHICAGO (Reuters) – The U.S. Coast Guard temporarily halted shipping traffic on the Mississippi River in New Orleans on Friday after a tow boat struck stationary barges in a fleeting area, marking at least the fifth barge accident this week on the flood-swollen river. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/8H9R4_daGYA/story01.htm

Thirty-three hostages freed from Burkina hotel siege -govt
Posted:Sat, 16 Jan 2016 03:52:04 GMT
DAKAR, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Thirty-three hostages have been evacuated from a hotel in the capital of Burkina Faso that was attacked by suspected Islamist militants, Minister of Communications Remis Dandjinou said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/UXvbbjZcYC8/story01.htm

Explosion at Nexen Canadian oil sands facility kills one person
Posted:Sat, 16 Jan 2016 02:31:44 GMT
TORONTO, Jan 15 (Reuters) – One person was killed and a second person was in hospital after an explosion at Nexen Energy’s Long Lake oil sands facility south of Fort McMurray, Alberta, the company said in a statement. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/i8S5M7IBs4g/story01.htm

RPT-UPDATE 4-At least 20 dead in siege at Burkina Faso hotel, Islamist group claims responsibility Posted:Sat, 16 Jan 2016 01:19:09 GMT
OUAGADOUGOU, Jan 16 (Reuters) – At least 20 people died and others were taken hostage when Islamist gunmen stormed a hotel in the capital city of Burkina Faso on Friday, a hospital director told Reuters, and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for the attack. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ZUDBCx0lpGs/story01.htm

U.S. top court to examine how government agency reviews patents
Posted:Fri, 15 Jan 2016 18:27:39 -0500
NEW YORK, Jan 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether a federal agency’s procedures have made it too easy to successfully cancel patents after agreeing on Friday to decide a case… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/XbxCS6HMQEs/usa-court-patents-idUSL2N14Z31P

EU mergers and takeovers (Jan 15)
Posted:Fri, 15 Jan 2016 15:02:12 GMT
BRUSSELS, Jan 15 (Reuters) – The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/wV5wyAyJkDE/story01.htm

False emissions reporting undermines China’s pollution fight
Posted:Sun, 17 Jan 2016 18:39:20 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – Widespread misreporting of harmful gas emissions by Chinese electricity firms is threatening the country’s attempts to rein in pollution, with government policies aimed at generating cleaner power struggling to halt the practice. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/8xMElSc4tv8/story01.htm

Obama declares emergency in Michigan over bad water: White House
Posted:Sun, 17 Jan 2016 18:27:25 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Michigan on Saturday and ordered federal aid for state and local response efforts in the county where the city of Flint has been contending with lead-contaminated drinking water. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/vC6evZUC0S0/story01.htm

Snowstorm wreaks havoc in Romania and Bulgaria, ports closed
Posted:Sun, 17 Jan 2016 14:15:53 GMT
BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Heavy snowfall and strong winds closed Romania’s Black Sea ports including the main port of Constanta, and shut dozens of roads while snowstorms and torrential rains cut electricity to hundreds of towns in Bulgaria, authorities said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/R_YMzxlprCQ/story01.htm

California officials delay plans to mitigate massive gas leak
Posted:Sun, 17 Jan 2016 03:29:36 GMT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Southern California air quality officials on Saturday delayed plans to capture and burn off natural gas leaking from an underground well near an affluent Los Angeles neighborhood, citing the possible risk of a fire. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/XjEU3mZeKUE/story01.htm


‘Bei Bei’ the giant panda cub makes public debut at National Zoo

Posted:Sat, 16 Jan 2016 20:22:49 GMT
(Reuters) – A nearly five-month-old giant panda made his public debut on Saturday at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, where he mostly slept through visits by dozens of tourists eager for a first glimpse at the pudgy cub. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/otBYdarv9qE/story01.htm