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Uranium Firm Urged Trump Officials to Shrink Bears Ears National Monument via Washington Post

 uranium company launched a concerted lobbying campaign to scale back Bears Ears National Monument, saying such action would give it easier access to the area’s uranium deposits and help it operate a nearby processing mill, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and top Utah Republicans have said repeatedly that questions of mining or drilling played no role in President Trump’s announcement Monday that he was cutting the site by more than 1.1 million acres, or 85 percent. Trump also signed a proclamation nearly halving the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which is also in southern Utah and has significant coal deposits.

“This is not about energy,” Zinke told reporters Tuesday. “There is no mine within Bears Ears.”

But the nation’s sole uranium processing mill sits directly next to the boundaries that President Barack Obama designated a year ago when he established Bears Ears. The documents show that Energy Fuels Resources (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of a Canadian firm, urged the Trump administration to limit the monument to the smallest size needed to protect key objects and areas, such as archeological sites, to make it easier to access the radioactive ore.

In a May 25 letter to the Interior Department, Chief Operating Officer Mark Chalmers wrote that the 1.35 million-acre expanse Obama created “could affect existing and future mill operations.” He later noted, “There are also many other known uranium and vanadium deposits located within the [original boundaries] that could provide valuable energy and mineral resources in the future.”

Trump instructed Zinke in April to assess 27 monuments designated under the 1906 Antiquities Act, which gives presidents wide latitude to protect federal lands and waters under threat. Conservationists, tribal officials, ranching groups and other interests sought to influence the review’s outcome, unsuccessfully in the case of the two Utah sites.

Gov. Gary R. Herbert (R-Utah) addressed the energy considerations in an interview Monday. “The only thing that smacks of energy is the uranium,” he said. “The uranium deposits are outside the monument now.”

Energy Fuels Resources did not just weigh in on national monuments through public-comment letters. It hired a team of lobbyists at Faegre Baker Daniels — led by Andrew Wheeler, who is awaiting Senate confirmation as the Environmental Protection Agency’s deputy secretary — to work on the matter and other federal policies affecting the company. It paid the firm $30,000 between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, according to federal lobbying records, for work on this and other priorities.

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Company officials “were trying to get a sense of what was going on” with the review because some of their air and water quality monitoring stations and a road leading to the now-dormant Daneros mine all lay within the original monument, Goranson explained.

“The goal of the meeting . . . was not to go and advocate on the boundaries,” he said, adding that the lobbying for that was “on a separate track.” Still, the officials proposed small boundary adjustments to accommodate the monitoring stations as well as the mine, he acknowledged. And they emphasized that the company had cut its workforce by more than half since 2015 because of low uranium prices.

“They heard what we had to say about the job losses, etc.,” he said. Zinke’s deputies “were pretty positively disposed to” the idea of spurring future domestic uranium production.

The Interior Department did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

The price of uranium has recently hovered between $20 and $25 per pound. To justify mining activity, it needs to approach $40 to $50. Michael Heim, a securities research analyst at Noble Capital Markets, said Friday that the current amount “is not a sustainable price” for firms such as Energy Fuels Resources. Given today’s price, Heim said, “the idea of creating more areas to mine wouldn’t have much impact.”

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(人模様) 原発事故の日本を思い続け ポポウィチュ・ぺーテルさん via 毎日新聞

東日本大震災を機に20代を過ごした日本を離れ、欧州に戻ったハンガリー人のポポウィチュ・ぺーテルさん(36)が今年3月、当時の心境を著作「3・11~愛する日本を去る日」にまとめた。欧州人が感じた震災の衝撃が、ハンガリー語と日本語で記されている。

 

 2001年に19歳で来日。個人を重視する欧州に比べて人間関係を大事にする日本が好きになり、日本語も堪能になった。在日のドイツ系企業に就職し、そのまま日本で暮らすつもりだった。

 「あの日」は横浜市の会社で迎えた。頭をよぎったのは出身地に近いウクライナ・チェルノブイリの原発事故だ。当時、娘は生後2カ月。関東地方に放射性物質の飛来が報じられ、帰国を決断した。

 当時の判断が間違っていたとは思わない。だが日本への思いは消えなかった。今年8月、安定した職を捨て、スウェーデンで日欧の企業を比較研究する学生となった。「脱原発」が進まない現状には失望しつつ、「大好きな日本に何らかの恩返しをしたい」と願う。【三木幸治】

 

 

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福島)双葉郡ふるさと創造学サミットが開催 via 朝日新聞

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浪江中は、故郷に伝わる大堀相馬焼の窯元の一人にインタビューをし、地元の文化を考えた。窯元の松永武士さん(29)は元々は跡を継ぐつもりがなく中国で会社を経営していた。しかし、東日本大震災をきっかけに大堀の「誇り」をつないでいきたいという気持ちが強くなり窯元を継いだ。マレーシア三越伊勢丹で販売するなど新しい挑戦を続けている。

松永さんが多くの人にモノづくりの世界を体験してもらおうと考案した「バーチャルろくろシステム」の実演も披露。センサーを使って仮想空間上で好きな形の「陶器」を作ることができる。

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ログイン前の続き富岡一・二小は学校の先生など身近な大人にアンケートをして、「ふるさとはどんな所か」、「富岡とはどんな所か」を考え、クイズ形式で発表した。大熊町の熊町・大野小は地元に伝わる「じゃんがら念仏太鼓踊り」を実演を交えながら紹介したり、大熊町の特産品を使った弁当作りに挑戦したことを説明したりした。

ふるさと創造学は、8町村の小中学校とふたば未来学園高校で行われている地域を題材とする学習活動。故郷の魅力を発見し、新しいふるさとの姿を考えることで主体性・創造性などを伸ばし、自ら未来を切り開く力を育むのが狙いだ。(小泉浩樹

 

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SPECIAL: U-Chicago Atomic Propaganda Orgy Decoded by Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen & NEIS – Errors, Omissions & Lies, Oh My! – via Nuclear Hotsat

The University of Chicago produced a month-long orgy of pro-nuclear self-congratulations to celebrate the first atomic pile, the chain reaction which started our collective nuclear nightmare.  The events culminated in a Symposium, “Nuclear Reaction,”  held on December 1, 2017, featuring relentless pro-nuclear propaganda.

Nuclear Hotseat was there to cover the events through the eyes of those who know enough to oppose nuclear, along with NEIS-sponsored events presented as a counterbalance.

Hear feedback and perspective on the human toll of the Atomic Age from:

  • Arnie Gundersen, Chief Engineer, Fairewinds Energy Education
  • Dave Kraft, Executive Director, Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS)
  • Norma Field, PhD, the Robert S. Ingersoll  Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of Japanese Studies at the University of Chicago
  • NEIS Board Members and Activists, including Gail Snyder, Jan Boudart, Steven Sondheim (NEIS member, Sierra Club Nuclear Free Campaign).

Who Was There for the Pro-Nuclear Self-Congratulations?

  • Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz
  • President and CEO of ExelonChris Crane
  • Representatives of Department of EnergyStanford University, and of course, University of Chicago

Numnutz of the Week (For Nuclear Boneheadedness):

Fireworks?!?  Shaped like a mushroom cloud?!?  Exploded over the site of the first atomic pile, which led to all the rest of the nuclear madness?!?  Someone needs to explain “mixed metaphor” to those numnutz at the U of C!

 

 

 

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泊原発、地震想定が白紙に 「活断層なし」立証できず via 朝日新聞

 北海道電力泊原発1~3号機の再稼働に向けた審査で、原子力規制委員会が、了承していた地震の揺れの想定を白紙に戻す方針であることが7日、わかった。北海道電が敷地内に活断層がない証拠としてきた火山灰の層が、再調査で確認できなかったためだ。審査は振り出しに戻り、再稼働の時期は見通せなくなった。北海道電の経営に影響する可能性もある。

 新規制基準に基づく審査では、約12万~13万年前よりも後に動いた断層を活断層とみなす。活断層原子炉建屋などの重要施設の直下にあれば廃炉が迫られるほか、直下になくても敷地内にあると地震の揺れが大きくなり、建物に高い耐震対策が求められる。

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二審もメーカー責任認めず 原発事故で東京高裁 via 日本経済新聞

東京電力福島第1原子力発電所事故の責任は原発メーカーにもあるとして、国内外の原告約3700人がメーカー3社に1人当たり100円の損害賠償を求めた訴訟の控訴審判決が8日、東京高裁であった。畠山稔裁判長はメーカーの賠償責任を認めなかった一審・東京地裁判決を支持し、原告側の控訴を棄却した。

メーカーは、米ゼネラル・エレクトリック(GE)日本法人、東芝日立製作所の3社。

畠山裁判長は判決理由で、原発事故の賠償責任を電力会社のみに負わせる現行の賠償制度について「政府の援助で手厚い被害者保護を図る仕組みが用いられている」として合理性を認め、メーカーの賠償責任を否定した。

原告側は「メーカーの賠償責任を問えないのは不合理であり、財産権を保障する憲法に違反している」と主張していた。

 

 

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Japan needs more nuclear plants, says Keidanren chair via The Asahi Shimbun

IKATA, Ehime Prefecture–Japan may need to expand existing nuclear power plants or build new ones as it will rely on nuclear power generation in the future, according to Sadayuki Sakakibara, chair of Keidanren (Japan Business Federation).

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“As an important source of energy, we will continue to utilize nuclear power plants,” Sakakibara said after the visit. “We need to explore the expansion of existing facilities and building new plants as future options.”

The Ikata plant’s No. 3 reactor was restarted in September 2016 after five years and four months of suspension.

It went offline in October 2017 for a regular checkup, which is scheduled to last through January 2018.

“It seems (Shikoku Electric) is implementing thorough measures taking in lessons from the Fukushima nuclear plant accident,” said Sakakibara.

“I would like them to put operational safety first.”

 

 

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Russia blames radioactive cloud on falling satellite, denies nuclear plant leak via euronews

Russia has denied that a spike in radioactive levels across Europe was due to a nuclear facility leak, saying the increase was instead caused by a satellite that burned as it re-entered Earth’s atmosphere.  

Greenpeace Russia had alleged that a leak of ruthenium-106 came from a nuclear facility in Mayak, which is 100 km outside the city of Chelyabinsk, in eastern-central Russia. However, state-run Russian news agency TASS on Friday said an inquiry panel found there were no traces of ruthenium-106 at the Mayak Combine.

“Examination of test samples identified no presence of ruthenium-106. The strength of gamma radiation and the intensity of beta rays are at the natural background level,” said the panel statement. 

The nuclear facility also denied involvement in the atmospheric spread of the radioactive material, saying “no sources have been manufactured from ruthenium-106 at the plant in 2017”.

IRSN, a French-based nuclear safety institute, previously said the material detected was more likely to have been released from a nuclear fuel treatment site or centre for radioactive medicine than from an accident in a nuclear reactor.

Questions surrounded Russia after IRSN reported said in November there was a spike in “radioactive contamination” between September 27 to October 13, adding that ruthenium-106 was detected in the atmosphere of the majority of European countries. 

The contamination, however, was not enough to cause environmental or health risks, according to IRSN. 

Traces of ruthenium-106 in Europe were no longer detected in November.

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Russia ready to help Japan clean up Fukushima disaster via RT

Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom is ready to take defective fuel from the Fukushima-1 Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), said Rosatom department’s director Andrei Ivanov on Friday.
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That followed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement that Russia and Japan will start joint efforts to clean up after the accident.

 

The countries’ “cooperation in the sphere of the peaceful atom has been growing, and we expect that by the end of the year we will announce joint projects to eliminate the consequences of the Fukushima meltdown,” Putin said after talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Eastern Economic Forum. The two leaders agreed to exchange information on experiments to get rid of nuclear waste.

 

The decommissioning of the wrecked Fukushima reactors could take several decades and cost $200 billion. Japan plans to restart 16 out of 45 Fukushima-type reactors, while the others will be mothballed. The country intends to reduce the share of nuclear energy from 29 percent in 2011 to 21-22 percent by 2030.

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Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of December 8–10 via Nonesuch

Devendra Banhart is in Japan this weekend, exhibiting new artwork at Vacant in Tokyo tonight and Hotel Anteroom in Kyoto on Sunday, with proceeds to benefit Fukushima relief efforts, supporting Mothers’ Radiation Lab Fukushima, Tohoku Youth Orchestra, and Foster Care for Children in Fukushima.

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