Eastern Cape to be SA’s energy hub, says Peters

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eskomTHE Eastern Cape is on track to become South Africa’s energy hub, as national power utility Eskom plans its first nuclear plant in the region at Thyspunt, near Cape St Francis, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said on Monday.

Speaking at the Nuclear Africa conference in Johannesburg, Ms Peters said the government was willing to implement a nuclear energy programme with the urgency it deserved.

She acknowledged that the cost of the planned nuclear power programme had escalated but said the authorities had already included a price increase in their plans.

According to the minister, the delay in launching the nuclear power plant construction programme was due to the government’s desire to ensure South Africa obtained maximal industrial participation from the programme, which would help fulfil the objectives of the Industrial Policy Action Plan.

The Department of Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan 2010-30 includes 9.6GW of nuclear power.

“There is political will in this country to use nuclear for peaceful purposes,” Ms Peters said. “The reason we have to include nuclear in our plan is because we want to reduce coal and our economy is energy intensive.” Read More

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Long-term nuclear waste repository ‘not worth it’

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nuclearAboriginal leaders and community members met with representatives from the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) for a session Friday at the Prince Albert Inn to learn more about a plan to potentially store [high level] nuclear waste in northern Saskatchewan.

Sessions were held in Saskatoon and Regina earlier this week to discuss the same topic. The NWMO provided the FSIN with $1 million over three years to fund the nuclear waste sessions.

While Friday’s session was open to First Nations people but closed to the media, participants spoke with the Daily Herald during a break in the day’s agenda.

Bobby Cameron, vice chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN), said the purpose of the meetings has always been the same.

“That’s to inform and educate our First Nations people on nuclear waste management, the storage and transportation,” he said. “We have nothing to hide. We invite our First Nation folks to come out and raise their concerns.”

Twenty-one communities in Saskatchewan and Ontario have expressed interest in accepting the NWMO’s plan to build a nuclear waste repository, with those in Saskatchewan currently in the first phase of step three — an 18-month to two-year process. Read More

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Federal government vows Canada will make HEU-free isotopes by 2016

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canadaflagCanada will produce commercial quantities of medical isotopes without the controversial use of highly-enriched, weapons-grade uranium, the federal government has pledged.

The announcement follows news that Canada will ship 23,000 litres of highly-enriched uranium (HEU) liquid isotope waste to the United States, where President Barack Obama has made global civilian HEU reduction and repatriation one of his administration’s national security priorities.

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, speaking Thursday to an Ottawa gathering of the Canadian Nuclear Association, said $25 million in additional federal funding is being awarded to three promising Canadian projects that use cyclotrons and linear accelerators in the production of life-saving technetium-99m (Tc-99m), the most widely used medical isotope in the world. Read More

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Weapons-Grade Uranium and the Hiroshima Bomb

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uraniumjpgI and many others have long been opposed to the continued
use of weapons-grade uranium at Chalk River.  It is gratifying
that the Government of Canada recently announced they will
be phasing out the use of Weapons Grade Uranium at Chalk
River in 2016, but even that is pushing the envelope.  This
practice should have been discontinued many years ago.  It
sets a terrible precedent for the entire world.  Now, for example,
Iran is justifying the production of HEU (= Highly Enriched Uranium
= Weapons-Grade Uranium) on the grounds that they “need”
HEU for the production of medical isotopes.  And Iran can of
course point to Canada and a few others who are doing
exactly that. Read More

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First Nations, municipalities and citizens unite their voices for a moratorium

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quebecTwo years to the day following the Fukushima disaster in Japan,First Nations, municipalities and Citizen groups unitetheir voices, asking the Quebec government to announce a moratorium on uranium mines. They also ask the Government to quickly act on its promise to hold a generic environmental evaluation on uranium in Quebec.
Uranium is a radioactive metal used in the production of nuclear energy and bombs. Its extraction and use pose significant health and environmental risks. Moratoria are already in place in British-Colombia, Nova Scotia and in the Commonwealth of Virginia. “Quebec must follow these examples. Their decisions were based on strong analysis and despite pressure from industry, they wisely decided to shut the door on uranium mining for health, security and environmental reasons,” confirms Ugo Lapointe from Québec meilleure mine. Read More

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