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Le réveil anti-nucléaire à Taïwan via RFI

Direction l’île des Orchidées au large de Taïwan. Une île où vivent 4000 habitants, dont plus de la moitié appartiennent à la tribu aborigène Tao, qui y vit depuis des générations. Depuis trente ans, ils luttent contre un site de stockage de déchets nucléaires construit en 1982 sans leur accord.

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Uranium workers dying after time at Namibia mine, report warns via The Guardian

Miners who dug ore to supply the military found to be dying of cancers and other illnesses at Rio Tinto’s Rössing mine

Miners who dug uranium ore that supplied the British and US military in the 1970s with the raw material for bombs and civil nuclear power are reported to be dying of cancers and unexplained illnesses after working in one of Africa‘s largest mines.

A study based on questionnaires of current and former workers at the giant Rio Tinto-owned Rössing uranium mine in Namibia says that everyone questioned was aware of people who are now suffering lung infections and unknown illnesses thought to be linked to their work.

The mine, in the Namib desert, produces around 7% of the world’s uranium but was operated with rudimentary safety when it opened in 1976. “People get sick. We are seeing it in people that have worked for Rössing for a long time. They just go back and die after working at Rössing,” one man told researchers working with Earthlife Namibia and the Labour Resource and Research Institute.


“The company keeps detailed records of the health status of its workforce from the day of employment to the day they leave the company. It therefore does not need to speculate on health issues of its employees.”

One former worker said: “Yes, I have cancer now. In the beginning they [Rio Tinto] did not want to give money for the treatment but later when they referred me to a doctor for an operation they gave me money for treatment.”

“Doctors were told not to inform us with our results or tell our illness. They only supply you with medications when you are totally finished up or about to die,” said another.

During the first years of operation, Rössing operated with a migrant labour system which the International Commission of Jurists declared illegal and said was similar to slavery. Black workers lived on the mine premises and were exposed to dust and radiation 24 hours a day and the mine became the focus for protests by anti-apartheid and anti-nuclear groups.

Shares in the mine are owned 69% by UK-based Rio Tinto, and 15% by the government of Iran. The Namibian government has denied supplying Iran with Namibian uranium which could be used for nuclear weapons.

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Nuclear fuel cycle in need of alchemy amid waste disposal problems via Mainichi

“The life span of radioactive matter could be shortened from around 10,000 years to a few hundred!”

“The final disposal site (of radioactive materials) could be reduced to one-one hundredth of its planned size.”

The above quotations were included within documents outlining the technology for dramatically shortening the longevity of nuclear power’s residual waste, which were handed out by Akito Arima, 83 — former minister of education and University of Tokyo president — during an April 3 closed-door meeting among some 20 Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmakers who support nuclear power.

The Monju fast-breeder reactor, which has served as the core of the nation’s nuclear fuel cycle, reuses plutonium as fuel after it has been extracted from spent nuclear fuel. Because this would produce more plutonium than was consumed, it was heralded as a “dream nuclear reactor.” A sodium leak, however, as well as a series of additional accidents and scandals, have meant that the actual operation of the reactor remains nowhere in sight.

“There is no such thing as impossibility when it comes to Japanese technology,” emphasized Arima — an authority in the field of nuclear physics — during the meeting.

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伊方原発「早期再稼働を」 四国の経済団体、政府・与党に要望書 via msn.産経ニュース

四国経済連合会や四国商工会議所連合会などは16日、四国電力の伊方原発(愛媛県伊方町)の早期再稼働を求める要望書をまとめ、政府や与党に提出した。 「伊方原発の全停止が2年以上に及び、電力供給は不安定な状況が続いている」と指摘。昨年9月の四国電力の料金値上げは地域経済にとって重い負担だと分析した上で、「原発停止が長引けば、料金の再値上げなど産業や生活への影響が心配される」と強調した

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東電VS社員:原発ADRが泥沼化 via 毎日新聞

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原発「やや前のめり過ぎ」 知事が政府政策に疑問 via 中日新聞



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Ohio Geologists Tie Earthquakes to Fracking via Al Jazeera America

eologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation’s strictest.

A state investigation of five small tremors last month in the Youngstown area, in the Appalachian foothills, found the injection of sand and water that accompanies hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the Utica Shale may have increased pressure on a small, unknown fault, State Oil & Gas Chief Rick Simmers told the Associated Press. He called the link “probable.”

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Japanese Govt. Orchestrates Nuclear Restarts, Fukushima Denial via SimplyInfo

The Japanese government has declared nuclear power as an “important baseload energy resource“. While the government insists that nuclear power is an important power source they did not declare a percentage of generation that should come from nuclear. At least one nuclear expert pointed out that the lack of any significant contribution from nuclear power throws the government’s claim of it being a baseload power source out the window. The government also classifies coal and hydro power as baseload power sources. The concept of baseload power has been highly disputed as being an outdated concept that was fabricated by various power industries to protect their stake.
Yomiuri Shimbun, always ready to plead the case for the nuclear industry issued this
disturbing editorial last week. It called “returning people home” to be important but doesn’t really say why. It proclaims the entire problem to be the supposed irrational fears of evacuees as the problem. Yomiuri declares the 20 mSv/year radiation level to be the official level of safety, yet this is a highly disputed level that only the government has deemed safe for political reasons. ICRP calls 1 mSv/year safe or as close to “safe” as they assume can be achieved. Yomiuri goes on to cite UNSCEAR who has been publishing erroneous and skewed data on the disaster, much of it dependent on the official government data known to be inaccurate. As usual Yomiuri falls back on blaming the evacuees for somehow not understanding things. The reality is that this is a well educated resistance to a politically motivated plan to force people to return to contaminated areas that are unsafe. Why this political tactic against the victims of nuclear disasters is so dangerous is explained here.

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Radioactive water floods Fukushima plant basements after wrong pumps switched on via The Asahi Shimbun

Tons of highly radioactive water have flooded basements at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after pumps that should not have been in use were mistakenly turned on.

Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. announced April 14 that 200 tons of contaminated water have flooded the basements of buildings on the plant site.

Although TEPCO officials said there were no channels for the contaminated water to leak out of the flooded basements, the Nuclear Regulation Authority ordered the utility to continue to monitor the situation and collect the leakage as soon as possible.

TEPCO officials said the water was highly contaminated because it was used to cool reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 plant. The water contains several tens of millions of becquerels per liter of radioactive cesium because it has yet to be purified using a system that removes radioactive materials.

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Hyogo blocks release of nuke crisis study data via The Japan Times

Hyogo officials are blocking the release of data from a simulation run last year predicting what would happen to surrounding prefectures in the event of a meltdown crisis at one of Fukui Prefecture’s four atomic plants.

Citizens’ groups said Tuesday they were told by Hyogo officials earlier this month that the data would be released before May along with data from a new simulation the prefecture is conducting.

The backtrack on the data release has raised concerns that the prefecture is trying to downplay the possibility of a worst-case scenario for disaster planning purposes.
While Hyogo released the results of what could happen inside the prefecture, it did not make public what might happen in neighboring prefectures. Concerned this would make it more difficult for localities to draw up emergency plans and for a coordinated, Kansai-wide response, anti-nuclear activists and other citizens pressed Hyogo to release the entire study.

Hyogo Prefecture resident Juro Yamamoto filed a freedom of information request in February for the release of all simulation data on Fukui, Kyoto and Shiga prefectures. The request was granted, in writing, by Hyogo Gov. Toshizo Ido’s office on March 7.

However, the information has yet to be made public. Yamamoto called on prefectural officials Tuesday to release it immediately.

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