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Last updated 24 Sept. 2016. This post ran from 13 August to 24 Sept. 2016 Most recent updates are on top, after image-intro commentary. This is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/the-ongoing-saga-72-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ It continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/the-ongoing-saga-74-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/

Nuclear Power Nuclear War Everyday JFK quote
Just As Above Ground Nuclear Testing was Stopped, So Too Must Leaking of Radionuclides from the Nuclear Fuel Chain Be Stopped. Even from a statistical point of view they keep discovering that nuclear is more deadly than initially thought. Based on a recent government funded study of nuclear workers, risk is around 15 times worse than even BEIR VII thought, maybe even higher: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/another-look-at-the-recent-low-dose-radiation-exposure-study-inworks/

Clustered DNA damage, which is impossible, or almost impossible, to properly repair, is considered a signature of ionizing radiation: “clustered DNA damage sites, which may be considered as a signature of ionising radiation, underlie the deleterious biological consequences of ionising radiation…ionising radiation creates significant levels of clustered DNA damage, including complex double-strand breaks (DSB)” See: “Biological Consequences of Radiation-induced DNA Damage: Relevance to Radiotherapy“, by M.E. Lomax et. al. Clinical Oncology 25 (2013) 578-585
The formation of clustered damage distinguishes ionising radiation-induced damage from normal endogenous damage“. https://cordis.europa.eu/pub/fp5-euratom/docs/non_dsb_lesions_projrep_en.pdf

Saturday, 24 Sept. 2016

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In the US itself, Secretary of Energy Ernst Moniz: “wants the country to consider simply diluting the plutonium with inert materials and disposing the mix deep underground, such has been done for other nuclear materials in New Mexico,” as reported in Reuters, Tue, 20 Sep 2016 (See link below).

Dilution and burial of plutonium waste didn’t work out well at all at WIPP. The radioactive waste appears to have exploded and it contaminated the WIPP facility and plutonium and americium escaped into the environment. It is still closed. All of this nuclear waste must be monitored and easily accessible for perpetuity.
WIPP 22 May 2014
However, since it was public, albeit run by private contractors, there were multiple levels of oversight. If it had been private it might have been more easily hidden.

Proposed open air interim storage of nuclear waste in West Texas.
Spent nuclear fuel conceptual drawing for WCS to NRC
Spent nuclear fuel conceptual drawing for WCS to US NRC

They can’t even bother to put a cover on the waste!

German Interim Storage at Ahaus looks like this:
Ahaus Temporary Storage Facility
Ahaus Temp Storage: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transportbehälterlager_Ahaus

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EXCLUSIVE – India seeks loan from U.S. for nuclear reactors, snags remain

Posted:Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:05:50 +0530
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is negotiating with U.S. Export-Import Bank for an $8-9 billion loan to finance six Westinghouse Electric nuclear reactors, two sources familiar with the talks said, although a lending freeze at the trade agency threatens progress http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/BPvHjUfjNXM/india-nuclear-exclusive-westinghouse-us-idINKCN11S00U

U.S. nuclear waste backlog could be eased by private disposal: Moniz
Posted:Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:38:59 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States could alleviate growing stockpiles of nuclear waste at U.S. power plants by allowing private companies to dispose of it and foster support for new nuclear projects, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/AyTSniUm9QI/us-usa-nuclear-moniz-idUSKCN11Q2TG

Philippines to suspend over ten more mines in environmental crackdown: minister

Posted:Wed, 21 Sep 2016 01:19:46 -0400
MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines will suspend more than 10 additional mines in an ongoing environmental crackdown on the sector but the announcement of who will be shut has been moved to Sept. 26, the minister in charge of mining said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/iTtBds5HS48/us-philippines-mining-idUSKCN11R0DI

UPDATE 2-U.S., Canada aboriginal tribes form alliance to stop oil pipelines
Posted:Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:19:45 -0400
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Aboriginal tribes from Canada and the northern United States signed a treaty on Thursday to jointly fight proposals to build more pipelines to carry crude from… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/LisSl1TZJak/canada-pipeline-aboriginal-idUSL2N1BY1V0

Native American tribes bring Dakota pipeline fight to U.S. Congress
Posted:Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:47:29 -0400
WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Native American tribes took their fight to Washington on Thursday to stop development of a $3.7 billion oil pipeline, as Democrats in the U.S. Congress urged the federal government to scrap construction permits and reconsider the project. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/OaWhPS8w6PY/usa-pipeline-nativeamericans-congress-idUSL2N1BY1NZ

UPDATE 1-Hinkley Point a boost to UK steel, but not a game changer
Posted:Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:50:15 -0400
* Experts say project will need at least 1 mln tonnes of steel http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/iq_OjRc37Qg/britain-nuclear-steel-idUSL8N1BY4U9

Bulgaria to pay Russia $446 mln for cancelled Belene nuclear project this year
Posted:Sat, 17 Sep 2016 14:09:23 -0400
SOFIA, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Bulgaria will pay Russian state nuclear company Rosatom 400 million euros ($446 million), the bulk of the compensation for the cancelled Belene nuclear project, by the end of the year, Economy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/u2GxHCg5U8Y/bulgaria-russia-energy-idUSL8N1BT22B

UPDATE 1-Germany nears 26.4 bln euro nuclear waste deal – Boersen-Zeitung
Posted:Sun, 11 Sep 2016 15:14:58 -0400
FRANKFURT, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Germany is close to agreeing that the government will assume the liabilities of storing private-sector nuclear waste in return for a 26.4 billion euro ($30 billion) cash payment, daily Boersen-Zeitung reported on Saturday.

Gabon court rejects opposition challenge to presidential poll result
Posted:Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:48:36 -0400
LIBREVILLE (Reuters) – Gabon’s Constitutional Court rejected on Friday an opposition challenge to the results of an Aug. 27 election won by incumbent President Ali Bongo, whose family has ruled the central African oil producer for nearly a half century. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/g3bNvQqnVyU/us-gabon-election-idUSKCN11T2Q3

Turkish cleric calls for international body to examine coup charges

Posted:Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:13:03 -0400
BERLIN (Reuters) – The U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen has called for an international commission to investigate Turkey’s charge that he orchestrated a failed coup last July, and said he would accept the findings if such a body found evidence of his guilt. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/mOdi8DMA8Ag/us-turkey-security-gulen-idUSKCN11T28O

Clashes in central Congo kill at least 13
Posted:Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:44:22 -0400
KINSHASA (Reuters) – At least 13 people have died in two days of clashes in a city in central Democratic Republic of Congo that pitted security forces against militia fighters seeking to avenge the death of their leader, witnesses and local media said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/o7hYXaAH-co/us-congo-fighting-idUSKCN11T2FG

U.S. says THAAD not negotiable, but confident on North Korea sanctions
Posted:Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:49:37 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The planned U.S. deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea is not negotiable as part of efforts to agree new U.N. sanctions on North Korea after its fifth nuclear test, but Washington is confident tougher steps will be agreed before long, the senior U.S. diplomat for Asia said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/bN7CsUiyWeE/us-usa-northkorea-china-missiles-idUSKCN11T24F

UPDATE 1-Northern Gateway pipeline project will not appeal Canadian court decision
Posted:Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:13:11 -0400
TORONTO, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Oil company Enbridge Inc’s Northern Gateway pipeline project will not appeal a recent Canadian Federal Court of Appeal decision that reversed its approval pending consultations with aboriginal groups, it said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/pt7McbRpRRo/enbridge-inc-pipeline-idUSL2N1BW1M9

CGT union calls for strike at French power grid operator RTE
Posted:Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:55:03 -0400
PARIS, Sept 20 (Reuters) – France’s CGT trade union on Tuesday called its members to down tools at power grid operator RTE on Sept. 21 to protest the planned sale of about half of the stake in the company held by state-controlled utility EDF. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/tcvVycdhE5A/france-rte-strike-idUSL8N1BW1IK

Russian firm to sell Siemens turbines which were bound for Crimea
Posted:Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:36:38 -0400
MOSCOW, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Four turbines which Reuters revealed in August were earmarked for power plants in Crimea are instead being put up for sale by the Russian company which ordered them from a joint venture of Germany’s Siemens. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/yEiJfkMungM/ukraine-crisis-crimea-power-idUSL8N1BW2SZ

Haiti’s Aristide says dehydration caused his collapse at rally
Posted:Sat, 17 Sep 2016 15:33:55 -0400
CAP HAITIEN, Haiti, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide said on Saturday that dehydration caused him to faint at an election rally for his party’s presidential candidate on Friday night. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/-FXE2iNc1jM/haiti-election-idUSL2N1BT0HZ

N.Korea’s nuclear weapons imminent threat – S.Korea’s Park
Posted:Mon, 12 Sep 2016 04:45:25 -0400
SEOUL, Sept 12 (Reuters) – North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missiles pose an imminent threat, South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye said on Monday, as tensions rose on the Korean peninsula in the wake of North Korea’s nuclear test last week. http://www.reuters.com/article/northkorea-nuclear-park-idUSS6N18V00L?feedType=RSS&feedName=industrialsSector

South Korea says new UN resolution on North should close loopholes

Posted:Mon, 12 Sep 2016 03:52:09 -0400
SEOUL, Sept 12 (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council should adopt a new resolution on North Korea after its fifth nuclear test that closes loopholes left in the last resolution adopted in March, a South Korean foreign ministry official said on Monday. http://www.reuters.com/article/northkorea-nuclear-southkorea-idUSS6N18V00K?feedType=RSS&feedName=industrialsSector

U.S. meeting on ocean conservation nets $5.3 billion in pledges
Posted:Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:53:05 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – International participants at a high-level conference on the world’s oceans pledged more than $5.3 billion for conservation and designated vast areas as protected waters, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/MTQm_mcLvEc/us-environment-oceans-pledges-idUSKCN11M24T

UPDATE 5-Pipe bombing at New Jersey race probed as possible terrorism
Posted:Sat, 17 Sep 2016 18:45:18 -0400
NEW YORK, Sept 17 (Reuters) – A pipe bomb exploded in a New Jersey beach town on Saturday along the route of a charity race to benefit military veterans, but no injuries were reported in what investigators were treating as a possible act of terrorism. http://www.reuters.com/article/new-jersey-blast-idUSL2N1BT0C4?feedType=RSS&feedName=industrialsSector

REFILE-UPDATE 1-Colonial resumes work on U.S. gasoline line, pump prices rise
Posted:Sat, 17 Sep 2016 21:48:18 -0400
Sept 17 (Reuters) – Colonial Pipeline Co said on Saturday it resumed repairing a leak on a key U.S. gasoline line on Friday afternoon, but pump prices continued to rise in the southeast as several states took emergency action to get fuel to filling stations more easily. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/1DH0k8RGh5Q/pipeline-operations-colonial-co-alabama-idUSL2N1BT0HR

Saturday, 17 September 2016

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Typhoon kills at least 11 in China and Taiwan; another on the way
Posted:Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:16:32 -0400
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The world’s strongest storm this year killed at last 10 people in China when it hit the southeast coast, the government said on Friday, as rescuers scoured flooded streets and work crews struggled to restore power to more than a million homes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/esSzR3lNMBI/us-asia-storm-china-idUSKCN11M0JO

Florida sinkhole at Mosaic fertilizer site leaks radioactive water

Posted:Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:12:35 -0400
(Reuters) – A sinkhole spanning 45 feet (13.7 meters) in diameter opened at a Mosaic Co phosphate fertilizer facility in Florida, leaking 215 million gallons of “slightly radioactive water,” a company spokesman said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/5Ah1CeGJE0U/us-mosaic-sinkhole-idUSKCN11M1QW

India loses WTO appeal in U.S. solar dispute

Posted:Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:32:20 -0400
GENEVA (Reuters) – India lost its appeal at the World Trade Organization in a dispute over solar power on Friday, failing to overturn a U.S. complaint that New Delhi had discriminated against importers in the Indian solar power sector. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Brb4gmbhJHc/us-india-usa-solar-idUSKCN11M1MQ

CEZ to re-start production at Temelin unit 2 by start of October
Posted:Wed, 14 Sep 2016 04:07:18 -0400
PRAGUE, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Czech power utility CEZ is aiming to re-start production at the second unit of its Temelin nuclear power plant by the start of October after halting it last week, the company said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/_rs-B-xKlqs/cez-temelin-idUSL8N1BQ170

UPDATE 1-Hungary expects EU clearance for Paks reactors in weeks

Posted:Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:12:59 -0400
PARIS, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Hungary expects European Union clearance to build two Russian nuclear reactors at its Paks nuclear site in the coming weeks, a senior Hungarian government official said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/63HPQHfpLNs/hungary-nuclearpower-idUSL8N1BS3XM

UPDATE 1-China to build at least 60 nuclear plants in coming decade -industry official Posted:Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:59:44 -0400
LONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – China plans to build more than 60 nuclear plants in the coming decade, a top Chinese industry official said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/2PcVeIU2HUc/china-nuclear-idUSL8N1BS3VB

EDF says UK go-ahead to Hinkley Point marks Europe nuclear relaunch
Posted:Thu, 15 Sep 2016 05:04:47 -0400
PARIS, Sept 15 (Reuters) – French utility EDF welcomed the British government’s decision to go ahead with plans to build a $24 billion nuclear plant in southern England, which it said came after the http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/5R5qzlNLlIU/britain-nuclear-hinkley-edf-idUSP6N13I01H

UPDATE 2-Britain approves nuclear plant, easing Chinese, French ties
Posted:Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:36:56 -0400
LONDON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Britain gave the go ahead on Thursday for a $24 billion nuclear power plant, ending weeks of uncertainty that strained ties with China and France and put a question mark… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/_9qWHziFIBo/britain-nuclear-hinkley-idUSL8N1BR183

Riots erupt in Congo opposition stronghold – report
Posted:Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:36:30 -0400
DAKAR, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Protesters calling for Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila to resign and hold elections burned tires on Friday in the streets of the opposition stronghold of Lubumbashi, and police fired tear gas to disperse them, U.N.-backed Radio Okapi reported. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/TaXNinMxCeY/congo-politics-idUSL8N1BS523

UPDATE 6-Sticker shock seen for U.S. motorists after key pipeline break
Posted:Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:18:52 -0400
(Adds company comment on PHMSA order) By Devika Krishna Kumar NEW YORK, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Colonial Pipeline Co aims to restart a key U.S. gasoline line by Thursday after delays to repair a leak boosted fuel prices, but analysts expect some motorists to feel the sticker shock for longer. Colonial, the largest U.S. refined products pipeline system, last Friday shut its main gasoline and distillate lines that run from the Gulf Coast refining hub to the East Coast, after the leak http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/l449VSg11DM/pipeline-operations-colonial-co-alabama-idUSL2N1BS0LG

N.Korea’s nuclear weapons imminent threat – S.Korea’s Park
Posted:Mon, 12 Sep 2016 04:45:25 -0400
SEOUL, Sept 12 (Reuters) – North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missiles pose an imminent threat, South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye said on Monday, as tensions rose on the Korean peninsula in the wake of North Korea’s nuclear test last week. http://www.reuters.com/article/northkorea-nuclear-park-idUSS6N18V00L?feedType=RSS&feedName=industrialsSector

South Korea says new UN resolution on North should close loopholes

Posted:Mon, 12 Sep 2016 03:52:09 -0400
SEOUL, Sept 12 (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council should adopt a new resolution on North Korea after its fifth nuclear test that closes loopholes left in the last resolution adopted in March, a South Korean foreign ministry official said on Monday.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Standing Rock White House visit
Standing Rock American Indian Reservation, ca 2014

Energy Transfer Partners-Dakota Access Pipeline appear to have metaphorically shot themselves in the foot with the use of attack dogs against peaceful American Indian protestors. This forced the US DOJ to take serious action. The proposed Government to Government, Nation to Nation, discussions will probably take at least one year, probably more. Thus, the Obama administration throws the situation to the next president. These are American Indian Nations. Their status is unique. Hence the government to government discussions, which are in order. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/09/09/joint-statement-from-the-dept-of-justice-dept-of-the-army-and-the-dept-of-the-interior-regarding-standing-rock-sioux-tribe-v-u-s-army-corps-of-engineers/

The head of the US DOJ, Loretta Lynch, “was born on May 21, 1959, in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her mother was a school librarian and her father a Baptist minister. As a child, she spent hours with her father, watching court proceedings in the courthouse of Durham, North Carolina. Her early interest in court proceedings was compounded by stories of her grandfather, a sharecropper and pastor, who in the 1930s helped people move to the north to escape prosecutions under the racist Jim Crow laws of the time.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loretta_Lynch She was a small child during the Civil Rights movement. The recent dog attacks by Energy Transfer-Dakota Access Pipeline against peaceful American Indian protectors-prayer warriors could not have sat well with her: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birmingham_campaign

Russia continues to bully-shakedown Bulgaria over a nuclear power plant which Bulgaria doesn’t want: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/06/17/russia-forces-bulgaria-to-pay-for-part-of-unwanted-nuclear-power-station/ Reuters discusses the current status below.

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Russia demands swift payment for canceled Bulgarian nuclear plant
Posted:Sat, 10 Sep 2016 05:52:46 -0400
SOFIA (Reuters) – Russian nuclear company Rosatom has asked Bulgaria to swiftly pay 620 million euros ($696 million) in compensation over the canceled Belene nuclear project, it said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/CHMmBxU7N-w/us-russia-bulgaria-idUSKCN11G0D7

North Korea’s fifth nuclear test prompts U.S. calls for more sanctions
Posted:Sat, 10 Sep 2016 02:18:38 -0400
SEOUL/GENEVA (Reuters) – North Korea conducted its fifth and biggest nuclear test on Friday and said it had mastered the ability to mount a warhead on a ballistic missile, ratcheting up a threat that rivals and the United Nations have been powerless to contain. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/-Khma_aDkB8/us-northkorea-nuclear-idUSKCN11F02N

UPDATE 1-Main border crossing for Congo copper exports closed as riots kill three
Posted:Fri, 09 Sep 2016 10:28:48 -0400
KINSHASA, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Three people were killed in riots on Friday near a border crossing between Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia that serves as the main export route for Congolese copper, Congo’s government said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/vaCWAkF6iEI/congo-violence-idUSL8N1BL37P

EU regulators halt Dow, DuPont merger review to gather data
Posted:Fri, 09 Sep 2016 06:38:48 -0400
BRUSSELS, Sept 9 (REUTERS) – EU antitrust regulators have halted their scrutiny of Dow Chemical Co and DuPont’s proposed merger while the companies provide more information regarding their $130 billion deal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/71-lqa9SaWc/dupont-ma-dowchemical-eu-idUSL8N1BL21T

Irrigation on rise in Africa as farmers face erratic weather
Posted:Fri, 09 Sep 2016 11:06:06 -0400
STOCKHOLM, Sept 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Sub-Saharan Africa is seeing a surge of interest in irrigation among small-scale farmers as climate change brings more erratic weather and as rising populations in countries from Nigeria to Kenya mean demand for a reliable harvest is growing, agriculture and water experts say. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/noncyclicalconsumergoodsNews/~3/WvEAlGuwkgQ/africa-irrigation-farming-idUSL8N1BL31T

Hermine lingers off U.S. East Coast, high winds and rain expected
Posted:Tue, 06 Sep 2016 13:33:24 -0400
(Reuters) – Hermine, a storm that raked Florida with hurricane-force winds last week, lingered on Tuesday off the U.S. East Coast where it was expected to produce heavy gusts and rain over the next two

Northern Lights dazzle Finland stargazers

Posted:Tue, 06 Sep 2016 15:52:21 -0400
There was another stunning display of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights over Rovaniemi in Finland on Monday (September 5) as atmospheric conditions on the sun fueled another breathtaking night sky. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/95AsNAI5qo4/us-finland-northern-lights-idUSKCN11C2DU

EPA to shut some Oklahoma wastewater wells after quake
Posted:Tue, 06 Sep 2016 17:39:41 -0400
HOUSTON, Sept 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will order wastewater disposal wells shut near the epicenter of a 5.6 magnitude earthquake that struck on Saturday around Pawnee, Oklahoma, local media reported on Tuesday.

UPDATE 2-Company agrees to temporarily halt some N. Dakota pipeline work
Posted:Tue, 06 Sep 2016 19:05:49 -0400
WASHINGTON, Sept 6 (Reuters) – A Native American tribal chairman said his people were “disappointed” that a company agreed on Tuesday to temporarily halt construction of an oil pipeline only in some but not all parts of North Dakota where the tribe says it has sacred sites. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/bObj5ZxjU1Q/usa-pipeline-nativeamericans-idUSL1N1BI1N2

UPDATE 2-Idemitsu delays Showa Shell stake purchase as regulatory review not finished
Posted:Tue, 06 Sep 2016 22:57:13 -0400
* Showa takeover already complicated by spat with Idemitsu family (Recasts with company announcement) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2QXV3tivca8/japan-refiners-ma-idUSL3N1BJ0CO

REFILE-UPDATE 1-After insult, U.S. and Clinton call for Duterte to show respect
Posted:Tue, 06 Sep 2016 23:44:28 -0400
WASHINGTON/TAMPA, Sept 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday stressed the need for ties with the Philippines to be based on mutual respect, after Manila’s new leader raised worries about the future of the key alliance by calling President Barack Obama a “son of a bitch. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/qkARwD5HHYo/laos-obama-duterte-usa-idUSL8N1BI5MI

Japan’s Kyushu Elec rebuffs governor’s call to halt nuke plant
Posted:Mon, 05 Sep 2016 01:14:49 -0400
TOKYO, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Japanese utility Kyushu Electric Power on Monday rebuffed a call by a local governor to temporarily close its Sendai nuclear plant, saying it would address any new safety concerns in a special inspection to be launched from next month . http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/Ek9Q1mv7JzQ/japan-nuclear-kyushu-elec-pwr-idUSL3N1BH1XP

Oklahoma rocked by one of its strongest earthquakes
Posted:Sat, 03 Sep 2016 15:53:47 -0400
PAWNEE, Okla. (Reuters) – One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded in Oklahoma rattled the area northwest of Pawnee on Saturday, fuelling growing concern about seismic activity linked to energy production, a federal agency said.

Philippines to suspend more mines as environmental review ends
Posted:Sun, 04 Sep 2016 22:20:04 -0400
MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines will this week announce the suspension of more of the country’s mines for violating environmental regulations, the mining minister said on Monday, as the government wrapped up a seven-week review.

Tropical storm Newton forms off Mexico Pacific coast

Posted:Sun, 04 Sep 2016 23:49:47 -0400
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Newton formed off Mexico’s Pacific coast on Sunday and it may become a hurricane as it churns north toward Baja California and the beach resorts of Los Cabos, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Climate change threatens to double malaria risk from African dams, say researchers
Posted:Sun, 04 Sep 2016 21:08:46 -0400
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The number of Africans at risk of malaria who live near dams will nearly double to 25 million by 2080 as areas where the disease is not currently present will become transmission zones due to climate change, researchers said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/X5Jh0BneoQ0/us-africa-malaria-dams-idUSKCN11B02Y

Lurking Hermine spares much of U.S. East Coast, could regain hurricane strength

Posted:Mon, 05 Sep 2016 02:25:08 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Atlantic storm Hermine, which has killed two people, lurked off the middle of the U.S. East Coast late on Sunday while threatening to regain hurricane strength, after having spared the region the brunt of its wind, rain and tidal surge.

Hunting pushes Eastern gorillas close to extinction: Red List

Posted:Sun, 04 Sep 2016 16:16:41 -0400
OSLO (Reuters) – Illegal hunting in Democratic Republic of Congo has wiped out 70 percent of Eastern gorillas in the past two decades and pushed the world’s biggest primate close to extinction, a Red List of endangered species showed on Sunday.

Indonesia environment team threatened with death investigating haze

Posted:Mon, 05 Sep 2016 02:46:42 -0400
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Dozens of Indonesian men, suspected of being hired by an oil palm plantation company, threatened to kill environmental investigators checking on fires on Sumatra island, the environment ministry said.

UK PM May charts collision course with Brexiteers over immigration
Posted:Sun, 04 Sep 2016 17:32:17 -0400
HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May cast doubt on Sunday on the effectiveness of ‘points-based’ immigration systems that screen applicants on the basis of factors like education and skills, setting up a potential conflict with some of her own ministers.

German anti-immigrant party beats Merkel in her home district

Posted:Sun, 04 Sep 2016 17:48:30 -0400

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats were beaten into third place by the anti-immigrant and anti-Islam Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in a north-eastern state election on Sunday, TV exit polls showed.

As bodies pile up in Philippines, many fear to talk about Duterte’s war
Posted:Sun, 04 Sep 2016 19:30:17 -0400
MANILA (Reuters) – The body of 22-year-old pedicab driver Eric Sison lies in a coffin in a Manila slum with a chick pacing across his casket, placed there in keeping with a local tradition to symbolically peck at the conscience of his killers.

Japan’s Kyushu Elec rebuffs governor’s call to halt nuke plant
Posted:Mon, 05 Sep 2016 01:14:49 -0400
TOKYO, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Japanese utility Kyushu Electric Power on Monday rebuffed a call by a local governor to temporarily close its Sendai nuclear plant, saying it would address any new safety concerns in a special inspection to be launched from next month . http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/Ek9Q1mv7JzQ/japan-nuclear-kyushu-elec-pwr-idUSL3N1BH1XP

UPDATE 4-After rampage through South, Hermine threatens U.S. Northeast
Posted:Sun, 04 Sep 2016 10:56:51 -0400
NEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Storm Hermine churned off the U.S. Middle Atlantic Coast on Sunday, with forecasters projecting it may regain hurricane strength as it creeps north, spoiling the Labor Day holiday weekend with high winds, soaking rains and surging seas http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/kACcTMmbEa0/storm-hermine-idUSL1N1BG06C

UPDATE 2-UK’s May to review security risks of Chinese-funded nuclear deal

Posted:Sun, 04 Sep 2016 06:47:21 -0400
HANGZHOU, China, Sept 4 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday she wanted her security advisers to help review a delayed nuclear power investment from China – a source of diplomatic tension – as she arrived for a G20 summit.

Hermine strengthens off Virginia en route to Middle Atlantic

Posted:Sun, 04 Sep 2016 00:20:54 -0400
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) – A powerful Atlantic storm strengthened on Saturday after passing over North Carolina’s Outer Banks en route to the U.S. Middle Atlantic coast, where it was expected to spoil the Labor Day holiday weekend with high winds, soaking rains and surging seas.

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Hermine churns north into Carolinas after pounding Florida
Posted:Sat, 03 Sep 2016 03:21:36 -0400
Sept 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. East Coast faces a potential mix of dangerously high winds and heavy rains over the long holiday weekend as Tropical Storm Hermine plowed up the Atlantic Coast on Saturday, leaving a path of destruction in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WWpQXoDxREk/storm-hermine-idUSL1N1BF05B

No imminent UK decision on Chinese-backed nuclear plan as PM May heads to China
Posted:Fri, 02 Sep 2016 19:01:01 -0400
LONDON, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May will not announce her keenly awaited decision on a partly-Chinese funded nuclear power project in the coming days, a British official said on Saturday as May flew to China to meet President Xi Jinping at her first G20 summit. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/pPDBLdo9tZg/g20-china-britain-idUSL8N1BE3IS

GLOBAL LNG-Prices slip as Nigeria shakes off output problems

Posted:Fri, 02 Sep 2016 10:39:54 -0400
MILAN, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices fell in a slow week as traders awaited the outcome of two tenders and Argentina turned away shipments due to mild weather curbing demand. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/mc0YpC16Q7U/global-lng-idUSL8N1BE2O5

Interim waste water report prolongs uncertainty for K+S

Posted:Fri, 02 Sep 2016 10:08:42 -0400
FRANKFURT, Sept 2 (Reuters) – The interim results of a German environmental regulator’s probe into waste water discharge by K+S will keep the potash mining company in limbo, with hundreds of thousands of tonnes of potential potash production at risk. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/tuP_fBlUXFc/ks-wastewater-idUSL8N1BE2WM

Turkey formally announces nuclear energy agreement with China

Posted:Fri, 02 Sep 2016 09:17:06 -0400
ANKARA, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Turkey published in its official gazette a deal with China for cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy on Friday, a step needed to open the way for China to potentially build Turkey’s third nuclear power plant. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/s0YYypmkBxA/turkey-china-energy-idUSI7N1A801W

EUROPE POWER-Fall in solar output lifts German spot for Monday

Posted:Fri, 02 Sep 2016 08:42:47 -0400
PARIS, Sept 2 (Reuters) – The German spot power price for early next week delivery rose on Friday on an expected decline in solar power output. The year-ahead contract was under pressure as oil futures fell. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/-QRNPK_n8TM/europe-electricity-idUSL8N1BE2M5

UPDATE 1-Latvia gas utility owners approve assets spin-off

Posted:Fri, 02 Sep 2016 08:06:16 -0400
* Latvia to liberalize gas market from April 2017 (Adds Gazprom comments, CEO quotes, details) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/2qLVwEChFzg/latvijas-gaze-restructuring-idUSL8N1BE1H0

UPDATE 2-Uniper sets $4.5 bln listing date as spin-off from E.ON nears end

Posted:Fri, 02 Sep 2016 07:39:01 -0400
* Share price to be determined at opening auction Sept. 12 (Adds projected market value, opening price) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/XHxnaboZPps/germany-e-on-ipo-idUSL8N1BE1KX

Russia’s Putin expects Turkish stream to be implemented
 Posted:Fri, 02 Sep 2016 06:22:34 -0400
MOSCOW, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said he thinks the Turkish stream gas pipeline project will be eventually implemented, the Kremlin website quoted his interview to Bloomberg news agency on Friday.

South Korea, Kenya to cooperate on nuclear energy

Posted:Fri, 02 Sep 2016 05:00:01 -0400
SEOUL, Sept 2 (Reuters) – State-run utility Korea Electric Power Corp (KEPCO) on Friday agreed a deal on developing nuclear energy in Kenya, as the African nation looks to broaden its sources of electricity. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/j7NJepoigfs/southkorea-kenya-nuclear-idUSL3N1BE25T

Thai utility EGCO expects higher operating profit on rising capacity

Posted:Fri, 02 Sep 2016 03:58:20 -0400
BANGKOK, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Thailand’s second largest private power producer, Electricity Generating Pcl, said on Friday it expected 2016 operating profit of 8 billion baht ($231 million), up from last year due to rising capacity at home and abroad. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/mDanAVxFo5E/elec-gen-outlook-idUSL3N1BE1N8

UPDATE 2-VW appeals labor board decision on UAW with federal court

Posted:Thu, 01 Sep 2016 19:01:17 -0400
DETROIT, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Volkswagen AG said on Thursday it has filed an appeal of a federal labor board decision on its dispute with the United Auto Workers union in Tennessee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/aRyDJ-ffJOQ/volkswagen-uaw-tennessee-idUSL1N1BD1XZ

UPDATE 1-Canadian Q2 labor productivity drops 0.3 pct, hit by wildfires
Posted:Fri, 02 Sep 2016 08:36:09 -0400
OTTAWA, Sept 2 (Reuters) – The labor productivity of Canadian businesses in the second quarter of 2016 fell by 0.3 percent, reflecting the damage caused by a major wildfire in Alberta, Statistics Canada said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/LOQHu3ndmZY/canada-economy-productivity-idUSL1N1BD1UY

Melania Trump sues Daily Mail, blogger over ‘defamatory’ stories
Posted:Thu, 01 Sep 2016 20:04:30 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Melania Trump, the wife of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, sued the Maryland-based publisher of the Daily Mail Online and a blogger on Thursday over stories about her past she believes were “tremendously damaging,” her attorney said in a statement. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/tz1v-9DiEpY/us-usa-election-trump-melania-idUSKCN11760T

Rocket explodes on launch pad in blow to Elon Musk’s SpaceX

Posted:Fri, 02 Sep 2016 10:30:12 -0400
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – An explosion destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket belonging to Elon Musk’s SpaceX and its cargo during preparations for a routine test firing at Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday, two days before it had been due to blast off and place a satellite in orbit. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/sTmzKqXsRRA/us-space-x-blast-idUSKCN11750U

Nine people killed in flooded Japanese old people’s home
Posted:Wed, 31 Aug 2016 08:48:53 -0400
TOKYO (Reuters) – Nine people were killed when floods inundated an old people’s home in Japan, police said on Wednesday, taking the death toll from a typhoon battering northern parts of the country to at least 11. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/E6h0Jbc2x7o/us-asia-storm-japan-idUSKCN1160HN

Typhoon Lionrock nears Japan’s tsunami-hit northeast, grounds flights
Posted:Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:13:55 -0400
TOKYO (Reuters) – More than 100 flights were canceled and evacuation warnings were issued for thousands of people as a powerful typhoon approached Japan’s northeast on Tuesday, a region devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami five years ago. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/FLpsW51nBXM/us-asia-storm-japan-idUSKCN11507P

North Carolina, Florida menaced as tropical systems churn

Posted:Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:02:47 -0400
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) – U.S. forecasters issued a tropical storm warning for coastal North Carolina on Monday, while another system churning in the Gulf of Mexico could make landfall in Florida later this week. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/viWx6ql3koI/us-storm-atlantic-idUSKCN1141SY

Mexico environmental agency defends oversight of Goldcorp mine
Posted:Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:00:02 -0400
MEXICO CITY, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Mexico’s environmental prosecutor said it had kept regular oversight of the country’s largest gold mine, days after a Reuters report on a prolonged leak of… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/Ve52IgSb4fM/goldcorp-leak-idUSL8N1B90R8

UPDATE 3-Scandal-hit Gupta family says plans to sell South African holdings
Posted:Sat, 27 Aug 2016 13:34:52 -0400
* Gupta businesses range from media to mining (Adds additional comment by Guptas, family spokesman) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/4EC-ahOm87E/safrica-guptas-idUSL8N1B80D0

EDF chief urges Britain to give go-ahead to nuclear plant
Posted:Sun, 28 Aug 2016 07:38:04 -0400
LONDON, Aug 28 (Reuters) – The head of EDF Energy has urged the British government to approve the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project, an explict appeal by the French energy giant ahead of a decision due within weeks. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Mb9267-c0OI/edf-britain-nuclearpower-idUSL8N1B9094

Iran arrests nuclear negotiator suspected of spying
Posted:Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:30:21 -0400
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran has arrested a member of the negotiating team that reached a landmark nuclear deal with world powers on suspicion of spying, a judiciary spokesman said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/JZ8K0efnicg/us-iran-nuclear-arrest-idUSKCN1130H9

Japan holds largest quake drill
Posted:Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:34:27 -0400
Over four thousand people participated in a largest-scale earthquake drill in the center of Tokyo on Friday (August 26), simulating a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hitting the nation’s capital.

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EUROPE POWER-German spot for Monday slides on high wind power output Posted:Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:27:04 -0400 PARIS, Aug 26 (Reuters) – European spot electricity prices for delivery early next week were mixed on Friday as increased wind power output weighed on German prices while expected firm demand bolstered French prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/kYAFePIpIP4/europe-electricity-idUSL8N1B72JY

Britain does not need Hinkley for future energy needs -think tank

Posted:Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:21:56 -0400
LONDON, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Britain does not need the Hinkley Point C nuclear project and could use a mixture of alternative resources to guarantee its future energy needs at a lower cost, an energy and climate think tank said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/yb6Fnh3MiZc/edf-britain-nuclear-idUSL8N1B71V2

Anti-nuclear governor in Japan asks Kyushu Electric to suspend nuke plant Posted:Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:14:35 -0400 TOKYO, Aug 26 (Reuters) – A local Japanese governor on Friday asked Kyushu Electric Power to temporarily suspend the Sendai nuclear plant, one of two operating in the nation, further clouding efforts by the government and utilities to restart more idled reactors. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/rrIy8O2VxDQ/japan-nuclear-kyushu-elec-pwr-idUSL3N1B719Z

UPDATE 1-Venezuela says signs $5.5 bln mining deals with companies
Posted:Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:53:07 -0400
CARACAS, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Venezuela has signed over $5.5 billion in mining deals with companies including Canada’s Barrick Gold Corp and China’s Shandong Gold, President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/0M5Z1nIohBg/venezuela-mining-idUSL1N1B7202

UPDATE 1-Chile’s Codelco in ‘fragile’ situation as it makes loss
Posted:Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:49:28 -0400 SANTIAGO, Aug 26 (Reuters) – World no. 1 copper miner Codelco produced more copper in the first half of 2016 than a year ago, but made a financial loss, and the chief executive said on Friday that the company position was “extremely fragile.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/DNjLoNN5R70/codelco-results-idUSL1N1B70UT

UPDATE 3-Power outage briefly halted flights to Miami, nearby airports – FAA Posted:Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:58:46 -0400 WASHINGTON, Aug 25 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration briefly halted flights at Miami International and nearby airports around 11:30 a.m. EDT (1530 GMT) on Thursday following a five-minute power outage at Miami’s Terminal Radar Approach Control, a spokeswoman said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/Iue0C7yzLX8/usa-florida-airlines-idUSL1N1B6170

Bolivian miners lift roadblock after deputy minister beaten to death
Posted:Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:49:19 -0400
LA PAZ (Reuters) – Protesting Bolivian miners on Friday abandoned a roadblock where a day earlier they kidnapped a government deputy minister, who was later found beaten to death. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/yEkAmxB1Xoc/us-bolivia-minister-idUSKCN11100X

Italy quake death toll hits 281, state funeral planned
Posted:Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:32:42 -0400
PESCARA DEL TRONTO, Italy (Reuters) – Hopes of finding more survivors from Italy’s powerful earthquake faded on Friday, with the death toll rising to 281 and the rescue operation in some of the stricken areas called off. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/NWdqsNmQcWQ/us-italy-quake-toll-idUSKCN1110FV

Bomb disposal squad deployed in central England after arrests
Posted:Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:31:04 +0530
LONDON (Reuters) – An army bomb disposal team was deployed to an area in Birmingham, central England, on Friday after police arrested five men on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/dk2QL3_llfI/britain-police-idINKCN11125N

Afghan migrant found shot dead in Serbian woods
Posted:Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:48:38 +0530
BELGRADE (Reuters) – A 20-year old Afghan migrant was shot dead in woods in Serbia near the border with Bulgaria overnight, the defence ministry said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INsouthAsiaNews/~3/3WMhuWSBxu0/europe-migrants-serbia-shooting-idINKCN10Z14B

World’s longest airship crashes in England on test flight: media reports
Posted:Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:05:25 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – The world’s longest aircraft, the Airlander 10 airship, has crashed during a test flight in Bedfordshire in central England, the Press Association reported on Wednesday http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/L1Oat9wKt_A/us-britain-crash-airlander-idUSKCN10Z1F9

India investigates damage caused by French submarine data leak
Posted:Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:32:57 -0400
SYDNEY/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is investigating the extent to which secrets about French Scorpene submarines being built in the country have been compromised, its defence ministry said on Wednesday, after a leak of documents relating to its combat capabilities. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/-Jq0LdC4pI8/us-france-submarines-india-australia-idUSKCN10Z04G

North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan

Posted:Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:27:30 -0400 
SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea fired a submarine-launched missile on Wednesday that flew about 500 km (311 miles) towards Japan, a show of improving technological capability for the isolated country that has conducted a series of launches in defiance of UN sanctions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/ARLFF84hkM0/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKCN10Y2B0

‘Voices under the rubble’ after quake hits Italy; at least 38 dead
Posted:Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:09:16 -0400
ACCUMOLI, Italy (Reuters) – A powerful earthquake devastated a string of mountainous towns in central Italy on Wednesday, trapping residents under piles of rubble, killing at least 38 people and leaving thousands homeless http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/4IFDBw51Fto/us-italy-quake-idUSKCN10Z04H

Solar power brings northern Mali much needed light
Posted:Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:03:25 -0400
Residents in Kidal in northern Mali are finding it easier to work and study into the night thanks to a solar lighting project recently introduced to the area. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/7-lLL0Y1iGc/us-mali-solar-power-idUSKCN10X1OT

Over 300 dead in India as floods force villagers into relief camps
Posted:Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:14:10 -0400
NEW DELHI/BHUBANESWAR, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – At least 300 people have died in eastern and central India and more than six million others have been affected by floods that have submerged villages, washed away crops, destroyed roads and disrupted power and phone lines, officials said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/1oiVLzV2QHU/us-india-floods-idUSKCN10Y1O7

Deaths from U.S. lightning strikes this year at highest since 2010

Posted:Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:27:39 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A pair of fatalities from lightning strikes over the weekend lifted the U.S. death toll from such accidents this year to 29, the most since 2010, the National Weather Service said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/lLpdtLSJEOo/us-usa-lightning-idUSKCN10X23R

Swiss nuclear reactor at Leibstadt extends outage to late October
Posted:Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:06:20 -0400
FRANKFURT, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Switzerland’s biggest nuclear power station at Leibstadt will extend its outage for maintenance by eight weeks until Oct. 29, its operator said on Monday, after discovering discolouration in eight cladding tubes used to encase fuel rods. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/1LrisBwtJLo/swiss-nuclear-leibstadt-idUSL8N1B33IB

U.S. Army fudged its accounts by trillions of dollars, auditor finds
Posted:Fri, 19 Aug 2016 17:34:34 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States Army’s finances are so jumbled it had to make trillions of dollars of improper accounting adjustments to create an illusion that its books are balanced. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/Rv8qSBy_aZQ/us-usa-audit-army-idUSKCN10U1IG

Louisiana residents without flood insurance face uncertainty
Posted:Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:06:44 -0400
BATON ROUGE, La. (Reuters) – Quenton Robins watched on Sunday morning as a giant metal claw clamped down on his mother’s ruined belongings, snapping wooden cabinets with an audible crack as the operator of a giant mechanized arm slowly cleared a mound of debris from her yard in Baton Rouge http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/3K24ianePuw/us-usa-weather-idUSKCN10W0UG

Promised prosperity never arrived in Russian-held Crimea, locals say
Posted:Sun, 21 Aug 2016 07:17:24 -0400
ARMYANSK, Crimea, Aug 21 (Reuters) – More than two years after Russia annexed Crimea and promised its 2 million people a better life, residents say prices have soared, wages and pensions have stagnated and tourists have fled. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/wWQFkOecHTs/ukraine-crisis-crimea-idUSL8N1AY4CS

Debris piles mark the start of long road to recovery in flooded Louisiana
Posted:Sat, 20 Aug 2016 17:43:29 -0400
BATON ROUGE, La. (Reuters) – Renee Deal still hopes to salvage the wedding photo album placed out to dry on Saturday in the carport of her flood-ravaged house in southern Louisiana. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/BhkvP4GhH-A/us-usa-weather-idUSKCN10V0RP

Saturday, 20 August 2016

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Conservatives split over U.S. land transfers to Western states
Posted:Sat, 20 Aug 2016 06:49:46 -0400
ELLIOTT STATE FOREST, Ore. (Reuters) – Every time Dean Finnerty sees the locked neon-yellow gate and “No Trespassing” sign deep in Oregon’s Elliott State Forest, he bristles at the growing movement to transfer federally owned land to U.S. states. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/JnbzWOA-NPI/us-usa-politics-landrights-idUSKCN10V09N

Nuclear developers have big plans for pint-sized power plants in UK
Posted:Thu, 18 Aug 2016 06:58:59 -0400
* Large plant costs led developers to look at smaller versions * First deployment in UK possible by late 2020s * Critics say no guarantee SMRs will be cheaper, viable * Graphic -UK nuclear sites – http://tmsnrt.rs/2b4T144 By Susanna Twidale LONDON, Aug 18 (Reuters) – A range of mini-nuclear power plants could help solve Britain’s looming power crunch, rather than the $24 billion Hinkley project snarled up in delays, companies developing the technology say. So-called smal http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/6SyUS8Hvt90/britain-nuclear-smr-idUSL8N1AR220

Lawyer accused of fraud by U.S. in BP oil spill case is acquitted
Posted:Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:40:12 -0400
(Reuters) – A prominent Texas lawyer was acquitted on Thursday of charges he made up thousands of fake clients to sue BP Plc for damages that the oil company caused in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill, court records show.

Lyondell Houston refinery knocked out of production by lightning
Posted:Thu, 18 Aug 2016 16:23:26 -0400
HOUSTON (Reuters) – LyondellBasell Industries 263,776 barrel per day (bpd) Houston refinery was knocked out of production on Thursday after a lightning strike took out steam production, according to Gulf Coast market sources. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/5P4VxJqZ_O4/us-refinery-operations-lyondell-houston-idUSKCN10T28I

VW gets German approval for tech fixes on 140,000 2.0-liter cars

Posted:Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:02:04 -0400
BERLIN (Reuters) – Volkswagen has received approval by Germany’s motor vehicle authority KBA for technical fixes on another 140,000 2.0-litre diesel cars with illegal emissions control software, a spokesman said http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/iQf_TzfVyBQ/us-volkswagen-emissions-idUSKCN10T1F1

UPDATE 1-Deutsche Bank whistleblower rebuffs $8.25 mln SEC award
Posted:Thu, 18 Aug 2016 17:24:34 -0400 Aug 18 (Reuters) – A whistleblower who helped reveal false accounting at Deutsche Bank has refused an $8.25 million award from a U.S. securities regulator because of the agency’s failure to punish…

U.S. lobbies China again on missile defense system
Posted:Tue, 16 Aug 2016 06:22:21 -0400
BEIJING (Reuters) – A decision by the United States and South Korea to deploy an advanced anti-missile defense system is aimed at defending against North Korea’s missile threat and does not threaten China, a senior U.S. officer said in Beijing on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/jQQqUhZzDAc/us-china-usa-armychief-idUSKCN10R0Y6

Turkish police raid retail chain’s offices in post-coup crackdown

Posted:Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:26:42 -0400
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish police searched the offices of a nationwide retail chain and a healthcare and technology company on Tuesday, arresting dozens of people in some of the biggest raids on private businesses since last month’s failed coup.

EUROPE POWER-Spot up on tighter nuclear, end of holiday
Posted:Mon, 15 Aug 2016 06:17:07 -0400
FRANKFURT, Aug 15 (Reuters) – European spot power rose on Monday on expectations for higher demand after the Assumption Day holiday in many parts of the region, tight wind supply and some nuclear outages.

RPT-Undermining China: towns sink after mines close
Posted:Sun, 14 Aug 2016 23:23:11 -0400
HELIN, China, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Deep in the coal heartlands of northern Shanxi province, people in Helin village are fighting a losing battle as the ground beneath them crumbles: patching up cracks, rebuilding walls and filling in sinkholes caused by decades of coal mining. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/neVIK71CKIw/china-coal-environment-idUSL3N1AW1O1

Seven injured in flash fire at Texas crude oil terminal
Posted:Sat, 13 Aug 2016 02:54:43 -0400
(Reuters) – An apparent flash fire injured seven workers working on a construction project at Sunoco Logistics crude oil terminal in Nederland, Texas on Friday, a company spokesman said on Saturday.

California firefighters make gains after 100 homes destroyed
Posted:Fri, 19 Aug 2016 23:47:31 -0400
OAK HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) – Firefighters gained ground on Friday against a wildfire burning in a Southern California mountain pass that has forced tens of thousands of residents to flee and destroyed about 100 homes, officials said.

Indonesia urges action against slash-and-burn clearing as haze season arrives

Posted:Fri, 19 Aug 2016 06:53:11 -0400
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s disaster agency urged prompt action against slash-and-burn plantation fires on Friday as the annual smoke “haze” begins to drift across the Malacca Strait to neighboring Malaysia and Singapore. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/3x_gVeBQuak/us-indonesia-haze-idUSKCN10U0VC

Trump tours flooded Louisiana, Obama to visit next week

Posted:Fri, 19 Aug 2016 21:20:42 -0400
BATON ROUGE, La. (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump toured flood-battered Louisiana on Friday, shrugging off the Democratic state governor’s plea for politicians not to stop in areas affected by deadly rains.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

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China halts work on $15 billion nuclear waste project after protests
Posted:Wed, 10 Aug 2016 02:12:07 -0400
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A Chinese city has suspended preliminary work on a proposed 100 billion yuan ($15 billion) nuclear waste processing plant following protests by local residents concerned about health risks.

Out-of-control California wildfire grows, forces schools to close

Posted:Tue, 09 Aug 2016 19:16:20 -0400
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A wildfire burning out of control in mountains and foothills east of Los Angeles mushroomed more than 50 percent overnight, forcing authorities to order three school districts to cancel classes due to heavy smoke and dangerous conditions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/289y8zxWJVY/us-california-fire-idUSKCN10K1ZV

Wildfires kill three people on Portugal’s Madeira, 1,000 evacuated

Posted:Wed, 10 Aug 2016 05:27:25 -0400
LISBON (Reuters) – At least three people died and more than a thousand were evacuated on the Portuguese island of Madeira when forest fires, raging for a third day, spread to the regional capital and tourist destination, Funchal, authorities said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/tDNcBsxhnrI/us-portugal-wildfires-idUSKCN10L0W7

S. Africa’s Eskom suspends two managers over leak of nuclear documents
Posted:Wed, 10 Aug 2016 07:46:02 -0400
JOHANNESBURG, Aug 10 (Reuters) – South Africa’s state-run power utility Eskom said on Wednesday it had suspended two senior managers as part of an investigation into the leaking of documents in a court case involving Koeberg, Africa’s only nuclear power plant. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/V9OpustT0lc/safrica-eskom-nuclear-idUSL8N1AR32R

Social costs of Flint, Michigan, water crisis total $395 million: study
Posted:Mon, 08 Aug 2016 16:03:34 -0400
(Reuters) – The social costs stemming from dangerous levels of lead in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan, such as the effect on children’s health, amount to $395 million, according to an analysis by a professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

California wildfire forces closure of scenic Highway 1
Posted:Mon, 08 Aug 2016 18:49:09 -0400
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An epic wildfire that has killed one person and blackened about 60,000 acres along the California coast, forced authorities on Monday to shut down a portion of scenic Highway 1 near Carmel-by-the-Sea

Crews make headway against volatile California wildfire
Posted:Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:56:43 -0400
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Crews battling a fierce wildfire that has already destroyed two structures and blackened more than 7,000 acres in central California gained a measure of control over the flames on Thursday but said more than 50 homes were still in danger. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/yTRH89l_CBY/us-california-fire-idUSKCN10M2EC

At least one dead, two injured as rains pound U.S. Gulf Coast
Posted:Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:13:16 -0400
BATON ROUGE, La. (Reuters) – Torrential downpours in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi caused flooding on Friday that killed at least one man, left two people injured and forced residents to evacuate homes throughout the region, officials said.

Bulgaria to revive Belene nuclear power project with private help
Posted:Fri, 12 Aug 2016 05:59:41 -0400
SOFIA, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Bulgaria wants private investors to help it restart the Belene nuclear power project after a court ruled Sofia must pay hefty compensation to Russia over equipment ordered for it, Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said on Friday.

Factbox: U.S. government’s NOAA sees stronger 2016 Atlantic hurricane season
Posted:Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:09:46 -0400
(Reuters) – The ongoing Atlantic hurricane season this year is expected to be the strongest since 2012 due in part to the expected end of the El Niño weather phenomenon, a U.S. government meteorological agency forecast on Thursday.

Iran executes nuclear scientist for spying for U.S.
Posted:Sun, 07 Aug 2016 07:54:49 -0400
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran has executed an Iranian nuclear scientist detained in 2010 when he returned home from the United States, after a court convicted him of spying for Washington, a spokesman for the judiciary said on Sunday.

Islamic State claims responsibility for machete attack in Belgium
Posted:Sun, 07 Aug 2016 14:06:16 -0400
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Islamic State claimed responsibility on Sunday for an attack by a machete-wielding man in Belgium that left two female police officers seriously injured, the group’s Amaq news agency said on Twitter.

UPDATE 3-China power plant blast kills at least 21 on eve of Tianjin anniversary
Posted:Thu, 11 Aug 2016 23:57:54 -0400
* Tianjin marks one-year anniversary of warehouse blasts on Aug 12 (Adds details of Tianjin one-year anniversary, comments from work safety administration)