corruption, cost of Holtec casks, dangers of nuclear, earthquakes, economics of nuclear, environment, environmental impact, Eskom, Fukushima, Fukushima clean-up cost, Gupta family, Holtec, Japan, Kris Pal Singh, Kris Singh, mining, nearshore tsunami, nepotism, Nikki Haley, nuclear, nuclear accident, nuclear disaster, nuclear energy, nuclear power, nuclear trojan horse, nuclear tsunami hazard, patronage, President Zuma, risk management, Sea level rise, Seismic hazard, South Africa, Storm Surge, System Fuels, Thyspunt, Transparency, tsunami, Tsunami Hazard, tsunamis, uranium mining
“The public cost of cleaning up the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster topped ¥4.2 trillion (roughly $40 billion) as of March, and is expected to keep climbing, the Japan Times reported …” http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/08/29/public-cost-fukushima-cleanup-tops-40-billion-and-expected-climb. Japan vs. South Africa’s GDP in millions of US $ is 4,730,300 (Japan) vs. 280,367 (South Africa). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(nominal). Even Tepco-Japan are concerned about this amount of money. How would South Africa’s state-owned utility, Eskom, pay?
“Thyspunt is a rocky stretch of coast approximately 12 km WNW of Cape Saint Francis in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is just west of the beach Thysbaai and south-east of Oyster Bay. The point is near the popular surfing beach of Jeffreys Bay as well as the holiday town of St Francis Bay. It lies about 18 km SSW of the town of Humansdorp.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thyspunt,_Eastern_Cape
Maarten de Wit, director of the Africa Earth Observatory Network, and professor at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, has reportedly produced a new study on the proposed Thyspunt Nuclear Site in South Africa. He pointed out to Reuters that the site is prone to storms, sea level rise, and Tsunamis. The report indicated that currently dormant fault-lines near the site could activate, causing earthquakes and submarine landslides and that this could cause a significant localized tsunami, resulting in a Fukushima-like disaster. Read the entire article here:
“South Africa’s proposed nuclear power plant unsafe – study
Posted:Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:50:05 -0500
JOHANNESBURG, Nov 25 (Reuters) – South African power provider Eskom has proposed building a nuclear power station on a site that may be at risk of surge storms and tsunamis, a geological report suggests, but the state-owned utility disputes the findings.”
Chase Winter of Deutsche Welle, 26.11.2016, also reports:
“Study finds safety concerns over South African nuclear power plant proposal: A new study has raised safety concerns over the site of a proposed new nuclear power plant in South Africa. The study adds to controversy over transparency, economics and environmental issues.” Read the rest here: http://dw.com/p/2THh9 (Deutsche Welle notes that Eskom, the state owned utility denies the accusations. )
In the article above, Deutsche Welle informs us that “The head of Eskom and a board member resigned this month after being implicated in a report by the Public Protector over questionable coal deals between the utility and the wealthy Gupta family, who are close to Zuma.” http://dw.com/p/2THh9
Gupta Family interests include uranium mining, meaning that they would have a direct, long-term, interest in more nuclear power stations. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gupta_family
A small excerpt from report regarding the Gupta Family:
“State of Capture” A Report of the Public Protector”
14 October 2016
(ii) This report relates to an investigation into complaints of alleged improper and unethical conduct by the president and other state functionaries relating to alleged improper relationships and involvement of the Gupta family in the removal and appointment of ministers and directors of State Owned Entities (SOEs) resulting in improper and possibly corrupt award of state contracts and benefits to the Gupta family’s businesses… (x) The First Complainant, relying on media reports, requested an investigation into: …. (d) All business dealings of the Gupta family with government departments and SOEs to determine whether there were irregularities, undue enrichment, corruption and undue influence in the awarding of contracts, mining licenses, government advertising in the New Age newspaper, and any other governmental services…” The document may be found here: http://www.da.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/State-of-Capture-14-October-2016.pdf
One has to wonder if the Gupta Family is tied in with the Dr. Sanjay Gupta who is promoting Small Modular Reactors for Holtec’s Kris Singh? What about the US DOJ’s Gupta? How about Kris Pal Singh himself? While this sounds far-fetched, Kris Singh’s ties to South Carolina governor Nikki Haley seem far-fetched but are apparently true. Based on the picture, Holtec’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta is NOT CNN Dr. Sanjay Gupta. They added a picture to the Holtec site, probably due to pressure by CNN. The original Holtec description of its Sanjay Gupta, without a photo, appears to have been designed to deceive – and it did – by talking about Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s popular show.
South Africa Overcharged by Holtec for Spent Nuclear Fuel Casks?
According to Reuters, Cape Town, Aug. 12, 2015, “S.Africa’s Eskom in deal to boost nuclear waste storage“, Eskom was to pay 200 million rand ($15.6 million) for seven Holtec Spent Fuel Casks, i.e. $2.2 million per cask, which is over twice as much as the $1 million per Holtec Cask cost reported by System Fuels, Inc. for 2000 to 2009,in the United States Court of Federal Claims No.12-389C (Filed: April 15, 2015) System Fuels, Inc. and Energy Arkansas, Inc. vs. United States, Defendant.
http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/opinions-orders/15-5094.Opinion.3-31-2016.1.PDF. While prices have gone up, the US inflation calculator says that the $1 million in 2000 would be slightly under $1.4 million for 2015 and $1.4 million now. Thus the $2.2 million seems to be almost double what US utilities have been paying. The cost of steel had ups and downs in the period of 2000 to 2009 and even recently. It also depends on the source of steel.
Holtec Patronage-Nepotism in the US
Legal or not, that’s the proper name: Kris Pal Singh of Holtec gave a $55,000 donation to “the Movement Fund” (2011) which PublicIntegrity.org (22 Sept. 2014) has confirmed as being “A nonprofit affiliated with and supporting Gov. Nikki Haley“. http://stk5f277gbe2lfag44edxpbf.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/movement-form.pdf. According to Philly. com: “Holtec a tech firm with ambitions to grow”, by Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer, July 11, 2014, Holtec filed state and federal documents in 2012 for the proposed building of small modular reactors (SMRs) at the Savannah River Nuclear site. It is stated that the “proposal won support from South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, whose father’s family has roots in the same part of India as Singh’s. She called herself a family friend last fall as she attended dedication ceremonies for the $80 million Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania… Singh donated $3,500 to Haley’s gubernatorial campaign in 2011, according to South Carolina campaign finance records.” Read the article here: https://web.archive.org/web/20150914234442/http://articles.philly.com/2014-07-11/news/51307920_1_singh-center-indian-people-delaware-valley. See more: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/11/21/gov-nikki-haley-55000-from-holtec-nuclears-kris-singh-sec-of-state-interprets-treaties-possible-conflict-of-interest-in-application-of-nuclear-liability-agreement/
Greenpeace International Africa has long protested the lack of transparency surrounding South Africa’s nuclear plans:
“Greenpeace activists lock down gigantic Trojan horse at the Department of Energy headquarters in anti-nuclear protest” Press release – July 25, 2015
“Pretoria 25 August 2015: Today, Greenpeace activists confronted the Minister of Energy by locking themselves down to a four metre high wooden nuclear ‘Trojan Horse’ outside the Department of Energy headquarters in Pretoria. The activists are protesting against the Department’s lack of transparency around proposed investments in nuclear, and to remind the Minister that the nuclear plan is nothing less than a trap – a Trojan horse with a price tag South Africans cannot afford….” (Read the rest here: http://www.greenpeace.org/africa/en/Press-Centre-Hub/Greenpeace-activists-lock-down-gigantic-Trojan-horse )
Greenpeace Africa has requested:
“• Wide-ranging public hearings – specifically on the country’s planned nuclear investments and the procurement process – must be carried out before procurement may begin.
• All information related to potential costs for the nuclear programme, and all expected impacts on the price of electricity must be released into the public domain.
• The full nuclear readiness report must be released into the public domain.
• The full procurement process and all details of the ‘competitive bidding process’ must be outlined by the Department of Energy before procurement begins.
• All studies on the potential for job creation related to the nuclear build programme must be released into the public domain.
• The budget and financing/funding model must be released into the public domain, along with a financing plan approved by Treasury.
• Any technical studies completed by the Department of Energy related to new nuclear investments must be released into the public domain.
• Studies into the economic impacts of the nuclear investments must be released into the public domain.
• Studies into the economic effect of the localisation of the nuclear programme must be released into the public domain.
• The Environmental Impact Assessment for the first proposed nuclear reactor (nuclear-1) must be completed before procurement may begin.
• Any amendments to nuclear legislation must go through a rigorous public participation process before finalisation.“. Read the entire letter here: http://www.greenpeace.org/africa/Global/africa/graphics/Nuclear/Ultimatum/Letter%20to%20the%20Minister%20of%20the%20Department%20of%20Energy.pdf?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_term=no%20nuclear,corruption&utm_campaign=Climate&__surl__=Igt8y&__ots__=1480120157403&__step__=1
Greenpeace-Earthlife comments on Environmental Impact Statement: http://www.greenpeace.org/africa/Global/africa/graphics/Climate%20and%20energy/20151208%20%20Greenpeace%20Earthlife%20Africa%20RDEIA%20ver%202%20submission%20Nuclear%201_final-2.pdf
Earthlife is raising funds to pay for legal action against the proposed nuclear power stations in S. Africa: http://earthlife.org.za
Back in Japan: “The government has estimated that decontaminating the areas around the Fukushima plant, including removing radiated topsoil, buildings and trees, will cost at least 2.5 trillion yen ($24 billion). But experts have been warning that such estimates may be too optimistic… Japan’s estimate of dismantling the Fukushima nuclear plant is ballooning far beyond the utility’s estimate of 2 trillion yen ($19 billion).” https://nuclear-news.net/2016/10/26/costs-are-ballooning-for-dismantling-japans-fukushima-nuclear-plant/
Please note that we have been unable to find an original copy of the report for the Thyspunt site. Thus, our understanding of the report is based upon our understanding of the Reuters and DW articles. It’s always best to go to the originals. Maarten de Wit appears to be a geology professor who specializes in computer modeling.