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International

Beyond Nuclear has added a new division -- Beyond Nuclear International. Articles covering international nuclear news -- on nuclear power, nuclear weapons and every aspect of the uranium fuel chain -- can now mainly be found on that site. However, we will continue to provide some breaking news on these pages as it arises.

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Wednesday
Jun162010

Malaysia's radioactive waste danger

Under the threat of new reactor construction, Malaysia is taking stock of its current nuclear waste storage which consists of 80,000 200-liter drums continuing thorium hydroxide and stored above ground in a concrete facility. See the story in The Star.

Saturday
May222010

New UK Minister of Energy and Climate Change: nuclear power a "dead end"

The London Telegraph reports that the new U.K. Minister of Energy and Climate Change, Liberal Democrat Chris Huhne, has previously stated that “No private sector investor has built a nuclear power station anywhere in the world without lashings of government subsidy since Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. The World Bank refuses to lend on nuclear projects because of the long history of overruns. Our message is clear, No to nuclear, as it is not a short cut, but a dead end.”

Wednesday
May122010

Russia to build first nuclear reactor in Turkey

The Mediterranean Anti-Nuclear Watch network has decried today's signing of an agreement between Turkey and Russia to build a nuclear reactor on the Turkish coast. The $20 billion agreement would allow the construction of Turkey's first nuclear plant, a plan the country had previously rejected. For more, read the MANW statement.

Thursday
Mar252010

Irish Greens decry nuclear build

Edie's reports that Irish Green party politician Mark Dearey has called for a debate over plans to build a string of next generation nuclear power stations along Britain's west coast amid concerns over possible design faults. Senator Dearey, speaking in the Irish parliament called for a house debate and investigation by the nuclear safety watchdog the UK Nuclear Installations Inspectorate into "the assertion that this reactor design is fundamentally unsafe". The minister spoke after French anti-nuclear campaigners claimed to have unearthed confidential documents leaked by an insider at French electricity company EDF showing tests on third-generation reactors show defects that could lead to "Chernobyl-type accident". 

Sunday
Jan312010

Push in Ontario for strengthened tritium drinking water health protection standards

Rosalie Bertell is a Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart and Ph.D. in Biometrics. She has been awarded 1986 Right Livelihood (altnerative Nobel Peace Prize) -- and many other environmental and human rights awards -- for her lifelong work to protect human health against the hazards of ionizing radiation and toxic chemicals. On March 1, 2008, Dr. Bertell provided testimony to the Ontario Drinking Water Advisory Council on behalf of the International Institute of Concern for Public Health which she founded. She called for a dramatic strengthening of health protection standards regarding radioactive tritium in drinking water. The Ontario Drinking Water Advisory Council seems to have listened, for in May 2009 it advised the provincial government of Ontario to lower "permissible" levels of tritium in drinking water down from 7,000 becquerels per liter (189,000 picocuries per liter) to 20 becquerels per liter (540 picocuries per liter), a 350-fold strengthening of Ontario health protection standards, and a nearly 40-fold strengthening upon current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency drinking water standards (which allow for 20,000 picocuries per liter of tritium in drinking water).