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Why We Fight: Anti-Nuke Victory in Florida Serves as Reminder

14 Aug

by Panagioti / Earth First! News

Rainbow Springs

Two organizers who fought for the waters, plants and creatures of the Nature Coast, enjoying the source springs of Rainbow River.

Geologists estimate that there are more than 700 springs in Florida, representing the largest concentration of freshwater springs on Earth.

Most of these springs are concentrated in the northwestern portion of the peninsula, known as The Nature Coast, the heart of which was poised for clearing thousands of acres of forest and wetlands for one of the first proposals of the nuclear Renaissance. 

When Earth First! activists in Florida joined with local land owners and organizers around the state four years ago, it was hard to envision how victory could actually come about in the face of nukes being presented as the only alternative to fossil fuel.

Today, thanks to social pressure and crumbling economies, there is a renewed trend: from Georgia to California, nukes are on their way out again—even ones that were already under construction.

Let this be a lesson to those who are prone to the dilemma of Albert Markovski. (“Maybe I should quit. Don’t quit. Maybe I should just fucking quit. Don’t fucking quit…”)

Excerpts below from a statement by an organizer with NIRS, who were an “intervening party” on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s permit in Levy, gives a bit more of the nitty-gritty:   Continue reading

Fracking, Climate Change Stressing U.S. Energy Infrastructure

13 Jul

from Root Force

Power lines downed by Hurricane Sandy (Photo: Arlington County/cc/flickr)

Power lines downed by Hurricane Sandy (Photo: Arlington County/cc/flickr)

The combination of fracking and global warming-driven drought is placing an increasing strain on U.S. energy infrastructure, which depends on water for cooling power plants, the Department of Energy has warned. And that’s not all.

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FPL Nuclear Plant Trips Off-Line… Again!?

2 Apr
FPL St Lucie Nuke Plant on Hutchinson Island

FPL St Lucie Nuke Plant on Hutchinson Island

Unit 1 of FPL St. Lucie Nuke Plant experienced another “auto trip” earlier this month.

According to the TC Palm, everything is fine and dandy. How do they know? FPL said so. “Florida Power and Light Co. reported inspections results to the NRC Thursday at the agency’s headquarters in Rockville, Md.”

Supposedly the automatic response turned off electricity to non-nuclear equipment, which occurs when signals indicate equipment is not operating properly. But “the generators are operating safely.” Or so says FPL communications supervisor Doug Andrews.

The TC Palm article, entitled “FPL St. Lucie nuke plant inspections show steam generators safe” doesn’t quite read like news, more like an industry-generated PR piece in a County that you could easily pay off enough politicians and editors to ensure silence surrounding the potential devastation of a coastal reactor perched on the edge of a rising and warming ocean.  Continue reading

Rat May Be Responsible for Outage at Fukushima Nuke Plant

26 Mar
A brown rat. Photo by Brian Robert Marshall

Did a brown rat take down that nuke plant? Photo by Brian Robert Marshall

A rat may have been to blame for a power cut that knocked out cooling systems at the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, the operator said last week, in an episode that highlighted the jerry-rigged nature of the fix.

Equipment keeping used nuclear fuel at a safe temperature in four different pools was out for up to 39 hours from Monday, with Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) admitting their recovery work was sometimes less than perfect.

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Bustin’ through the barricades against nukes in Japan

30 Jul

Protesters hold placards and shout slogans as they march to form a ‘human chain’ around Japan’s parliament in Tokyo, to demonstrate against nuclear power plants. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people protested against nuclear power plants outside Japan‘s parliament on Sunday.

The protesters, including pensioners, were pressed up against a wall of steel thrown around the parliament building. Some broke through the barriers and spilled onto the streets, forcing the police to bring in reinforcements and deploy armoured buses to buttress the main parliament gate.


Another Radioactive Water Leak Reported at Fukushima Plant

6 Apr
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said as much as 12 tons of radioactive water leaked from a pipe at its crippled Fukushima nuclear station, the second such incident in 11 days at the same pipeline, raising further doubts about the stability of the plant.

Part of the water may have poured into the sea through a drainage ditch, Osamu Yokokura, a spokesman for the utility, said by phone. The company known as Tepco stopped the leak from a pipe connecting a desalination unit and a tank today, he said.

“There will be similar leaks until Tepco improves equipment,” said Kazuhiko Kudo, a research professor of nuclear engineering at Kyushu University, who visited the plant twice last year as a member of a panel under the Nuclear and Industry Safety Agency. “The site had plastic pipes to transfer radioactive water, which Tepco officials said are durable and for industrial use, but it’s not something normally used at nuclear plants,” he said. “Tepco must replace it with metal equipment, such as steel.”

Tepco has about 100,000 tons of highly radioactive water accumulated in basements at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear station nearly 13 months after the March 11 quake and tsunami caused meltdowns and the worst radiation leaks since Chernobyl. The tsunami knocked out all power at the station, causing cooling systems for reactors to fail. The utility was forced to set up makeshift pumps to get cooling water to the reactors, with most of it then draining into basements. Continue reading

Bulgarians Protest Nuclear Power Ahead of Fukushima Anniversary

9 Mar

A man with a mask carrying the commonly known symbol for radioactivity joins a demonstration in Sofia, Bulgaria, 09 March 2012. EPA/BGNES

Members of several environmental organizations gathered in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia for a silent protest to mark the upcoming first anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The environmentalists gathered in front of the country’s Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism, stating that nucleart energy is dangerous and that the Bulgarian government should focus on developing renewable energy instead.

“We do not need Belene, neither do we need nuclear energy,” a protester has told dariknews.bg, referring to the Belene nuclear power plant project that could be pootentially fulfilled.

“The alternative is renewable energy, which is many times safer and causes extremely little damage – and which would allow us to achieve something vital: energy independence for the country and for households.

Bulgaria has been haggling with Russia’s state corporation Rosatom and its subsidiary Atomstroyexport for the price of the 2000 MW Belene NPP – and for other issues – for years.

After it was first started in the 1980s, the construction of Bulgaria’s second nuclear power plant at Belene on the Danube was stopped in the early 1990s over lack of money and environmental protests. In 2008, former Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev gave a formal restart of the building of Belene.

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Japan was struck by the 11 March 2011 magnitude-9 earthquake and resulting tsunami, which knocked out power and was leading to the failure of its cooling systems. After fires and explosions, large amounts of radioactivity were spewed into the environment.

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Hudson Valley Earth First! joins fight to close Indian Point Nuke plant

16 Jun

On June 2nd the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) had a meeting to talk about the safety of Indian Point reactors # 2 & 3.  Over 500 people showed up to voice concerns over the deteriorating power plant. Below are excerpts from a statement put out by Hudson Valley Earth First! for the event:

“Our bioregion is under attack! Entergy Nuclear Northeast and its lackeys the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) have plans to rubber stamp a 20 year renewal license of the Indian Point Power Plant in Buchanan, NY.  The Hudson River Valley; the place we call home, is under threat from 20 more years of fish kills, unsafe spent fuel storage and numerous safety violations/exemptions that we cannot predict. If we haven’t learned from the Chernobyl and Three Mile Island disasters, the recent meltdown at Fukushima in Japan should remind us of the inherent risks of Nuclear Power, not to mention that we have NO place to store the radioactive waste from Nuclear energy. WE MUST PERMANENTLY SHUT IT DOWN to protect the water and land we are part of! 

Hudson Valley Earth First! has joined over 50 organizations calling for the PERMANENT SHUT DOWN of Indian Point. For decades; diligent activists and citizens have signed petitions, picketed, protested, filed lawsuits and worked to close the plant down, or at the very least abide by regulations. However, none of these have worked thus far. We are at a pivotal point and must escalate with more creative action and be willing to take risks to defend our home. We are dealing with a powerful industry that prides itself on being “green.” We must expose their lies and take direct action to close it down and prevent anymore plants from being built!”

For more info contact: hudsonvalleyearthfirst@gmail.com

Japan to Release Radioactive Water into the Sea from Fukushima Nuclear Plant

4 Apr

Cross posted from NDT Television

On Monday, Tokyo Electric Power said it will release more than ten thousand tons of contaminated water from its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

The water will be released into the sea to free up more storage space for water that has much higher levels of radioactivity.

The water to be released is about one hundred times more radioactive than legal limits.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary says there is no other choice.

[Yukio Edano, Chief Cabinet Secretary]:
“We came to this conclusion because even though it is water containing radioactive particles, it is inevitable that we release it in to the sea.”

Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency says the decision was taken because it was not harmful to humans and done in order to avert an even bigger danger.

[Hidehiko Nishiyama, Nuclear & Industrial Safety Agcy.]:
“As it is not harmful to people’s health and as it is necessary to avert an even bigger danger, we decided it was inevitable.”

Japanese engineers have been scrambling to prevent a meltdown since an earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

200,000 in Germany protest nuclear power

26 Mar

Anti nuclear demonstrators march in Cologne, western Germany Saturday March 26, 2011 to protest against nuclear power. Poster in front reads: Fukushima warns: Pull the Plug on all Nuclear Power Plants. White banner behind reads : 'Solidarity with the people in Japan'. Some 200,000 people turned out in Germany's largest cities on Saturday to protest against the use of nuclear power in the wake of Japan's Fukushima reactor disaster, police and organizers said. In Berlin alone more than 100,000 took to the capital's streets to urge Germany's leaders to immediately abolish nuclear energy, police spokesman Jens Berger said. Organizers said some 210,000 people marched at the rallies in the countries four largest cities. "We can no longer afford bearing the risk of a nuclear catastrophe," Germany's environmental lobby group BUND said. (AP Photo/dapd/Roberto Pfeil)

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