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*     NukeNews #13 - Anti-Nuclear Information Service      *

0.  Preface
In this release of the international multilingual newsletter of the
Nuclear Heritage Network we cover anti-nuclear activities in Poland
and a few updates from Finland, Germany and Czech Republic.

After the amazing number of anti-nuclear events in context of
Fukushima Day in March, we are expecting many activities for the
second sad commemoration event of an atomic disaster - Chernobyl Day
on April 26th. Feel welcome to send us short reports of your events
as well as an outlook to upcoming campaigns of your groups or in your
region for the next NukeNews - find out more about deadlines and
format of newsletter articles at the end of this e-mail.

If you would like to get an impression of (just an extract of) anti-
nuclear events connected to Fukushima Day from March, have a look at
our special webpage:

Outline of the current NukeNews issue #13
0.  Preface
1.  UK: NDA consultation on nuclear waste dump fails to talk to
    potentially affected communities
2.  Anti-nuclear rally during COP19 meeting in Warsaw
3.  Resistance to the Polish NPP construction plans
4.  Pro-nuclear propaganda bus in Poland
5.  A Poland-overseas media scandal
6.  Nuclear news from Finland
7.  Environmental disaster company Talvivaara close to bankruptcy
8.  International Anti-nuclear Network Gathering in August
9.  PLEX in Ukraine
10. New Czech government: maybe no additional reactors at Temelín, but
    in Dukovany, and plans to open up new uranium mines
11. Anti-Nuke Cooperation in the regions along river Danube:
    International Conference on 25.4.2014 in Lower Austria
12. Call-out for submitting documentation for a monograph on
    Antinuclear campaign in Poland in 1980s
13. Polish Programme for Nuclear Power adopted
14. Do not let energy transition capsize!
15. Conference "Economic Limits of the Nuclear Power Industry"
16. Upcoming events
17. About NukeNews

1.  UK: NDA consultation on nuclear waste dump fails to talk to
    potentially affected communities
Stop Hinkley slammed the 22nd of January Nuclear Decommissioning
Authority's (NDA) consultation on Storage and Disposal plans for
Intermediate Level Waste & Nuclear Fuel Element Debris. So far the
NDA has chosen to talk only to a very limited group of stakeholders
via nuclear power station based site stakeholder groups. The public
haven't been involved at a stage where all the options are on the
table and they can influence the decisions about the waste.

Stop Hinkley would like to encourage the public to reject the NDA
proposals on the grounds that they have failed to fully involve the
public at the appropriate time. "The NDA need to go back to the
drawing board about how they involve the public in consultations about
hazardous radiological and chemical wastes produced here in the UK."

Support the petition against Hinkley C NPP:

2.  Anti-nuclear rally during COP19 meeting in Warsaw
On 16th November, on the 8th day of the UN climate talks (COP19) in
Warsaw an anti-nuclear demonstration was held. 40 activists from
Poland and around the world (Russia, South Africa, Ireland, Germany,
Austria, UK, Belgium, and other countries) stood with banners,
costumes and signs at the entrance to the venue of the climate
negotiations. It was a strong signal to delegates and media entering
the National Stadium and capital's citizens that nuclear power is not
a solution to the climate crisis.

Get an impression:

3.  Resistance to the Polish NPP construction plans
A citizens group from the Mielno gmina (state smallest administrative
district), home to the Gaski village as an official candidate siting
of a first NPP, filed a lawsuit challenging the permit on the siting
of a NPP in Gaski issued by the head (Voivode) of the Western
Pomerania Region (Wojewoda Zachodniopomorski). The permit was
sustained by the Voivode but the citizens want to file a complaint to
the Poland's Constitutional Court.

Furthermore, a delegation of citizens from the Mielno presented, at
the Gmina Hall Council's meeting, a document covering the potential
negative impact of a possible building and operating of an NPP in
their region. Also, in past months, Mielno turned out in local opinion
polls to be in favour of the renewables development (instead of
nuclear power).

4.  Pro-nuclear propaganda bus in Poland
In late November, promoters of nuclear power, again this year, drove a
so-called 'Atomic Coach', performing an 'information' tour along the
coastline of the Northern Poland's regions. It was a pro-nuclear
students' foundation, under the auspices of the Polish Ministry of
Economy, sponsored by the biggest nuclear players, both Polish and
global, including AREVA, EDF, Hitachi, PGE. They stopped at several
towns and villages including the candidate sites for the first NPP and
had meetings with school youth at schools to significantly augment the
attendance rates at their events. Apart from bringing up usual
pro-nuclear myths and arguments in their speeches, they showed simple
physical experiments, most often completely unrelated to NPPs directly
and some of them even unrelated to the fission phenomena (maybe

Last year the nuclear opponents from the local committee 'Nie dla
atomu w Lubiatowie' ('No to the atomic power in Lubiatowo') were
sometimes denied access to the meetings and were verbally assaulted by
the pro-nuclear citizens:

Official website of the pro-nuclear organizers:

5.  A Poland-overseas media scandal
The head of the Polish state nuclear agency (PAA) claimed in an
interview in a magazine published by the Polish embassy in Tokyo that
"Poland wants to implement the nuclear power even should it entail a
Fukushima-like event". Currently the PAA spokeswoman denies the
wording and investigates whether there might have been some mistakes
in the interview's translation from Japanese...

6.  Nuclear news from Finland
February 13th the Finnish Ministry of Industry announced the
Fennovoima environmental report is finished and ready to be published
for public evaluation and comments. This 264 page report was prepared
by Pöyry company, which has been previously criticized for breaking
the European rules of corporate social responsibility.

The Ministry of Industry is the body responsible one for the EIA
process, international EIA (according to the Espoo Convention) is
handled through the Ministry of Environment. The Finnish organizations
against the Fennovoima plant hope there will be critical input through 
the international EIA.

So far, there seems to be several additions to the EIA programme,
suggested by Swedish organizations. The most important seems to be
adding the INES-7 scenario to the EIA. Another one is the effect of
pack ice which is said to be included, but it's actually a description
of the pack ice itself, no analysis on the reactor behaviour if pack
ice prevents cooling etc.

Learn more:

7.  Environmental disaster company Talvivaara close to bankruptcy
Since 2013 Talvivaara Mining Company Plc. has faced serious financial
difficulties. Months after the big spill of about one million cubic
meters of highly toxic process waters from the mine in November 2012
causing an environmental catastrophe for the sensitive water systems
of the Eastern Finland wetlands it turned out that the company
wouldn't be capable of dealing with the costs of their business and
much less for a serious clean-up after spoiling the ecosystems with
uranium, nickel, cadmium, sulfates and other heavy metals. Talvivaara
Mining Company then started to provide more shares to take in
additional financing.

But this attempt to save Talvivaara's finances failed, as outside
Finland hardly any new investors could be found. Last autumn a
procedure to check the company's economical capabilities was started
to decide whether or not the about 450 million Euros in loans
Talvivaara owes banks and investors would be deferred or not. The
results are expected this spring - probably a decision about the end
of this disastrous mining project or its continuation. However, the
Finnish government is strongly interested in saving their prototype
investments of a reputedly "green" mining boom in Finland.

Learn more:

8.  International Anti-nuclear Network Gathering in August
The 2014 Nuclear Heritage Network gathering will take place August
4-8 near Kiel in northern Germany. It will be a platform for
anti-nuclear activists and organizers to meet each other in person,
get to know about each others' topics and struggles, for skill sharing
and exchanging experiences and to improve the tools to support
anti-nuclear activities internationally.

These annual gatherings are an important means of networking of the
international anti-nuclear Nuclear Heritage Network. Here we will
develop new resources to strengthen anti-nuclear struggles and improve
already existing tools. The meeting is supposed to make progress with
the network and to involve new interested activists. Workshops will
include presentations of nuclear situations in the participants'
countries as well as resources like the NukeNews newsletter system,
the International Network Office, multilingual flyer project, etc.

This year we will meet in the same place directly before the
international anti-nuclear summer camp starts - thus, it will be
possible to join the actions and workshops of this event, too. This
will be an opportunity for anti-nuclear activists around the Baltic
Sea to gather and organize campaigns and actions against nuclear
business in the region.

We will try to provide travel costs refunding if you are not able to
cover your travel expenses to the gathering yourself. For that you
should get in touch with us as early as possible. If you are
interested to join the 2014 Anti-nuclear Network Gathering, please
send an e-mail to "contact AT nuclear-heritage DOT net".

More information:

9.  PLEX in Ukraine
Design lifetime of twelve nuclear units in Ukraine is going to expire
by 2020, including three extended ones (two nuclear units at the Rivne
NPP and the unit 1 of the South Ukrainian NPP). In March 2013 the
Implementation Committee of the Espoo Convention, on the basis of
information submitted by Ecoclub concerning the planned extension of
the Rivne NPP, decided to begin a Committee initiative (EIA/IC/CI/4).
Now there is an open case on the matter of lifetime extension of old
nuclear units in Ukraine. Committee's position is that extension of
the nuclear power plants is considered to be major change in the
activity under the Espoo Convention.

In November 28, 2013 the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of
Ukraine decided to extend the lifetime of the unit 1 of the South
Ukrainian NPP up to December 2, 2023, beyond its technical design
lifetime. Procedures under the Espoo Convention while taking this
final decision were not applied. During the Meeting of the Parties to
the Espoo Convention, 2-5 June, 2014, a decision on the necessity to
apply procedures under the Espoo Convention is supposed to be
finalized. And we hope that it will help to develop in Ukraine a
unified mechanism that would bring decision-making on extension of the
nuclear power units in compliance with the Espoo Convention as soon as
possible to prevent more such decisions without environmental impact
assessments and without consultations with potentially affected people
in neighbouring states.

10. New Czech government: maybe no additional reactors at Temelín, but
    in Dukovany, and plans to open up new uranium mines
The new government of the Czech Republic is financially under pressure
and doesn't want to apply the so-called "British model" in the
country, which means a long-term state guarantee for a minimum
electricity price. So the Temelín tender for block 3+4, which should
have been decided on soon and where only a Russian and an American bid
are still fighting, might get buried due to low market prices for
electricity. There are however signals, that the even older nuclear
power plant of Dukovany in Southern Moravia might be expanded. Prime
minister Sobotka also stated that he would not object to new uranium
pits in the south of the Czech Republic not far from Dukovany.

11. Anti-Nuke Cooperation in the regions along river Danube:
    International Conference on 25.4.2014 in Lower Austria
The Project "Anti-Nuke-Cooperation along river Danube", organized by
the Viennese platform Atomkraftfrei, is aiming at a more intensive
cooperation of nuke-critical forces in the countries stretching along
river Danube. Participants are expected among others from Bulgaria,
Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany. Official support for
this conference comes especially from the province of Lower Austria.

Further Info: Paula Stegmüller, "paula.stegmueller AT aon DOT at"

12. Call-out for submitting documentation for a monograph on
    Antinuclear campaign in Poland in 1980s
Veteran protesters against the started-and-later-dropped NPP Żarnowiec
in Poland two and a half decade ago are looking for documentation,
including photographs, documentary footage, films, posters, article
clips, official letters or other forms of testimonies about those
protests and related activities during that time.

They will be used for preparing a publication "Antinuclear campaign in
Poland from 1985 to 1990" by Tomasz Borewicz, to be published later
this year.

More information:

13. Polish Programme for Nuclear Power adopted
On 28th January, the Polish government adopted the Polish Programme
for Nuclear Power, the State's strategic document with intention to
build its first NPPs and implement nuclear power in Poland. While the
administrative, institutional and legal procedures have been
continuing to some extent for the past three years, the nuclear
industry welcomed the document as a firm commitment to the previously
declared plans. At the same time antinuclear campaigners scrutinized
the document and the government's decision for the financial burden it
brings on the public budgets and on the consumers as well as for
potential dangers. The government revealed no concrete idea for the
financing the project, nor solid ideas to deal with radioactive waste.

14. Do not let energy transition capsize!
The energy revolution in Germany is a success. After the federal
government has decided to phase out nuclear power a law for renewable
energy was adopted as a consequence, the EEG. The society has agreed
to it and numerous citizens are part of the energy revolution:
decentralized, socially and environmentally. Now the conglomerates -
EnBW, Vattenfall, E.on and RWE - put pressure on the government.
They want to keep the monopoly of power for the sake of quick money.
Moreover, the four global players of the worldwide nuclear business -
Areva, Westinghouse/General Electric, Hitachi, Rosatom - already fixed
numerous construction plans for nuclear power plants almost everywhere
in Europe, they impatiently wait for the failure of the pilot project:
the energy revolution in Germany. 

The energy revolution must succeed! Let us not permit the governments
to act as puppets of large corporations! Let's not allow the
government to drive the energy revolution into the ground! On 30
November 2013 about 16,000 people demonstrated in Berlin for the
energy transition. On 22 March 2014 about 30,000 people demonstrated
in seven provincial capitals across the country for the energy
revolution. On 10 May 2014 it goes on with a central manifestation in
Berlin: Do not let energy transition capsize! This is just the

15.  Conference "Economic Limits of the Nuclear Power Industry"
The International Conference NEC 2014 "The economic limits of nuclear
energy" will be held on 29th April at the Smetana Hall of the Czech
Automobile Club in Prague. The aim of the conference is to discuss
limitations concerning construction of new and refurbishment of
existing nuclear reactors encountered by governments and investors.

Invitation to the conference was accepted by a lot of interesting
personalities and  experts. Mycle Schneider, energy consultant, will
show us the current state of nuclear energy and its future development
in the world. Professor Stephen Thomas will discuss the British model
designed to support the construction of new nuclear reactors, which
raised hopes also in the Czech Republic. Professor Franz Leidenmühler
will assess the extent to which such subsidy mechanisms are in
accordance with European law.

The economic aspects of the project of construction new nuclear
reactors in the Czech Republic will be presented by economic analysts
Ivan Benes, Michal Šnobr and Jan Ondřich. Professor Claudia Kemfert
will look at the economic opportunities of the German energy
transition. The Upper Austrian councilor Rudi Anschober and Michael
Nagl will speak about the long-term changes to energy policy in Upper

The conference will be moderated by journalist Jan Bumba. There will
be space for discussion in the programme and interpretation will be
provided. Complete program and other details can be found at the

Learn more:

16. Upcoming events
(just an extract, tell us your events for the next newsletter)
more events:

Please feel free to send us your local and international events for
this website and the NukeNews!

23/04/14-26/05/14: Walkatjurra Walkabout - Walking for Country 2014;
                   pilgrimage across Wangkatja country (AUS) 
25/04/14-05/05/14: "Anti-nuclear March for Life" crossing six
                   departments heading to the atomic sites Cadarache,
                   Marcoule, Tricastin and Cruas (F)
26/04/14-03/05/14: Third European Action weeks "For a future after
                   Chernobyl and Fukushima"
26/04/14:          ecological festival "Für eine Zukunft nach
                   Tschernobyl und Fukushima" (D)
29/04/14:          European Anti Nuclear Forum in Prague (CZ)
06/05/14-08/05/14: Atomforum of the German nuclear industry in
                   Frankfurt/Main (D)
10/05/14:          central energy transition mass demonstration in
                   Berlin (D)
11/05/14-15/05/14: European Nuclear Conference in Marseille (F)
13/05/14-14/05/14: Energy Outlook 2014 - Energy Agency's Energy
                   Conference in Stockholm (S)
17/05/14 at 11 AM: international bike rally near Cattenom NPP (F)
25/05/14-29/05/14: Canadian Radiation Protection Association annual
                   conference: "Managing the Risk - Perceptions and
                   Realities" in Vancoucer (CDN)
10/07/14-11/07/14: Professional Development School "Radiation
                   Instruments — New Technology and Developments" in
                   Baltimore, Maryland (USA)
11/07/14-12/07/14: anti-nuclear Benefiz Open Air "e-Ventschau" in
                   Ventschau (D)
summer 2014:       Walk For A Nuclear Free Future from Miami, FL to
                   the Y-12 Nuclear Facility Oakridge, TN 2014 (USA)
04/08/14-08/08/14: Nuclear Heritage Network gathering near Kiel (D)
09/08/14:          Actions against nuclear weapons at AWE Aldermaston
                   & AWE Burghfield (UK)
09/08/14-16/08/14: International Anti-nuclear Camp near Kiel (D)
20/08/14-24/08/14: Anti-nuclear mini camp near Kaplice (CZ)
22/08/14-24/08/14: solar festival in Peckwitz (D)
30/08/14 at 11 AM: nuclear waste conference at Volkshochschule,
                   Wilhelmshöher Allee 19-21, in Kassel (D)
13/09/14-17/09/14: "AFRIRPA 04" - The Fourth Regional African Congress
                   of International Radiation Protection Association
                   in Rabat (MA)
14/09/14-18/09/14: 2014 conference of American Nuclear Society's
                   Radiation Protection & Shielding Division in
                   Knoxville, TN (USA)
15/09/14-17/09/14: OECD/NEA: Constructing Memory - An International
                   Conference and Debate on the Preservation of
                   Records, Knowledge and Memory of Radioactive Waste
                   across Generations in Verdun (F) 
21/09/14-25/09/14: Uranium Mining and Hydrogeology 2014 International
                   Conference in Freiberg (D)
2014:              Probably Castor transport of high level radioactive
                   waste from Sellafield (UK) and of intermediate
                   level radioactive waste from La Hague (F) to
                   Gorleben (D) and protests
01/09/15-30/11/15: (estimated) main hearing on the Environmental Court
                   on SKB's application to build KBS3 final nuclear
                   waste repository at District Court in Nacka (S)

17. About NukeNews
NukeNews is a multilingual newsletter of the Nuclear Heritage Network
to reflect the activities, topics and struggles of anti-nuclear
activists. The articles are written and translated by activists,
additionally to their usual anti-nuclear activities. No- one is paid
for that work, as we want to provide resources like this information
system to the anti-nuclear struggle as independent as possible.

Your contributions to the next issue of the NukeNews are welcome.
Send them via email to "news AT". It
should be brief information in English of not more than one paragraph,
including a concise headline and an optional link to a webpage
providing more information. Deadline for the 14th issue of the
NukeNews will be 22nd of June, 2014.

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