NEWS OF: 7/24/2006

Pakistan’s Six Flags Turns Out to Be Plutonium Reactor

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According to the Bush administration, they already knew about Pakistan’s plans to build a large plutonium-production reactor, so when an independent analyst spotted the partially completed plant in commercial-satellite photos, it was no big surprise.

If successful, the reactor could produce enough plutonium to make 50 bombs each year, giving Pakistan the ability to bomb one target a week, while still taking a couple of weeks of vacation time.

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NEWS OF: 7/19/2006

Just for the Record, Governor Baldacci Opposes Radioactive Waste

Governor Baldacci today sent a letter to United States Senate Senator Pete Domenici, Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy & Water Development, to express his opposition to long-term storage of high-level radioactive waste materials at the Maine Yankee site in Wiscasset.

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NEWS OF: 7/16/2006

North Korea: This is My Weapon, This is My Gun…

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North Korea has rejected the UN Security Council condemnation of its latest round of missile launches saying that it constituted “a prelude to the provocation of the second Korean War.” Former President Jimmy Carter offered that U.S.-North Korea war seems ’strong possibility’ - back in 2003

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NEWS OF: 7/11/2006

Poland Radioactive Springs Water?

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First the good news. A nuclear storage and waste reprocessing facility in Maine would mean fewer people would have to work at a casino to earn a living. It might also help keep property taxes low for up to a million years.

Dr. Edwin Lyman, of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Global Security program, said the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership proposal, part of President Bush’s energy initiative, has a catchy, marketable name and a noble-sounding premise of seeking to reduce the amount of nuclear waste that must be stored by recycling it into nuclear reactor fuel. However, what the name doesn’t mention is that it would result in plutonium stockpiles sitting around in Maine for up to a million years.

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NEWS OF: 5/2/2006

Understanding Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions

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Iran and the United States continue to bluster over Iran’s nuclear program, with Iran using the deadlock to advance new compromise proposals of its own.

U.S. officials want a binding Security Council resolution forcing Iran to desist from enriching uranium under penalty of sanctions or even military action. Iran is banking on Russia and China to stop those sanctions.

Other countries are weighing in now. Germany has made clear that a diplomatic solution will require not only that the U.S. talk directly with Iran, but also that the actions threatened for Iran’s defiance are complemented by new incentives offered for compliance - in other words, to curb its nuclear program, the Bush Administration would effectively have to promise not to attack the current regime in Tehran.

And on it goes…

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NEWS OF: 4/28/2006

Intransigence. It’s a big word. Means Not Playin’ Nice…

In response to questions about Iran’s unwillingness to curb their nuclear ambitions, President Bush, took the advice of his Secretary of Vocabulary this afternoon, asserting that while diplomacy has just started, “intransigence is unacceptable.”

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NEWS OF: 4/26/2006

Iran: Enriched Testosterone

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran has offered to “harm US interests anywhere in the world” if the United States makes good on it’s threat to attack the Islamic Republic, adding “The Iranian nation will respond to any blow with double the intensity.”

Threats that are fairly symbolic considering that they are still working to enrich their uranium.

The United States added “diplomatic solutions” as an end note to leaked threats of a nuclear regime change in Iran. But the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator, or RNEP (a.k.a. Bunker Buster) is not a wee little bomb meant to empty an actual bunker of its handful of occupants, but a weapon that can kill hundreds of thousands of people.

The Bush administration’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), completed in 2002, explicitly calls for US nuclear weapons to deter and respond to a “wide range of threats,” including attacks by conventional, chemical, or biological weapons as well as “surprising military developments.”

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NEWS OF: 4/18/2006

Iran: For Whom the Death Tolls

President Bush refuses to rule out nuclear strikes against Iran if threats of being blown to Hades don’t work to curb their atomic ambitions. And from Iran’s leaders? Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warns that Iran will “cut off the hand of any aggressor.” Mmm! Sounds diplomatic to me.

From the rest of the world? China is not just pro-Iran, but offers take out for its nuclear technology, chemical weapons precursors, and guided missiles to Iran. Russia is also pro-Iran, or at least opposed to any sanctions on Iran.

Amidst all this chest thumping and posturing comes the quiet headline that the actual death toll from the Chernobyl nuclear accident is estimated by Greenpeace to be less like 4,000 and more like 90,000. Take a moment to enjoy the pictures in Elena’s Motorcyle Ride through Chernobyl before you either send another letter to your senator, or get drunk.

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NEWS OF: 2/5/2006

Iran: Next Lunatic Nuclear Power?

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Iran has not only ended all voluntary cooperation with the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, it has also indicated that it will no longer tolerate surprise inspections of its facilities. See ABC News

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NEWS OF: 6/2/2005

No Nukes at BRAC Bases

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Closed bases will not be used to store nuclear waste according to Maine’s congressional delegation. The idea was born of a spending bill for energy and water development that included a $15.5 million slush fund for reprocessing nuclear waste from power plants and building an interim nuclear waste dump. The bill doesn’t specify any “temporary dumps,” but an attached report suggested that the Department of Energy investigate other federally owned sites, including closed military bases. See the Union Leader

NEWS OF: 5/31/2005

BRAC: Base as Nuclear Waste Site

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In a small section of a spending bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week, closed military bases could become repositories for nuclear waste. See Aljazeera.com

NEWS OF: 4/20/2005

Maine Yankee: The Dirt

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Maine Yankee’s decommissioned radioactive dirt was turned back by Utah authorities. The stuff was too wet. One car was leaking. Maine Yankee spokesman Howes said the low-level radioactive soil posed no threat (which is why we shipped 48 cars of the stuff on the toxic trolley thousands of miles away.) But Maria Holt, longtime nuclear activist and director of the Citizens Monitoring Network, said any leakage is too much. Mmm. She has a point. See: Lincoln County News.

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