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Bellona

[ 12.12.2013 ]
Movement on dismantlement of decrepit Lepse nuclear service ship finally on horizon
The long delayed dismantling of the Lepse Russian nuclear service ship, brimming with spent nuclear fuel, much of it damaged, has taken a baby-step forward toward dismantlement at the Nerpa shipyard, where it now expected that its dismantlement will finally begin in spring of 2014, Russian media have reported.
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Kremlin.ru

[ 11.12.2013 ]
In self-immolation by Olympic torch, Putin gives NGOs millions and may pardon punkers and activists
Russian President Vladimir Putin over the past several days has engaged in a series of moves that appear to be geared toward earning him some angle’s wings this Christmas season, and would appear to redress some of the bigger human rights botch jobs of his administration.
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Tepco

[ 09.12.2013 ]
Why you shouldn’t care if the IAEA praises Fukushima decommissioning efforts
On Friday the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) sent a cohort to the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant, and headlines trumpeted what seemed to be the first good news emerging from the smoldering wreck since the crisis began: praise for the decommissioning efforts.
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Viktor Teryoshkin/Bellona

[ 03.12.2013 ]
Chernobyl-type reactor survives CPR and goes back online at Leningrad nuclear plant
Workers have repaired swelling and cracking of the graphite moderator at the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant’s No 1 reactor – the world’s oldest Chernobyl-style RBMK reactor – and reconnected it to the power grid, Russian nuclear officials said Monday.
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Courtesy of Thomas Nilsen/The Barents Observer

[ 02.12.2013 ]
Murmansk air conference denounces ‘pseudoscience’ and makes headway on contentious industrial pollution
MURMANSK – Serious questions about the Arctic environment and air quality degenerated into farce at a seminar in Murmansk devoted to the topic last week as officials juggle figures and a phony scientific NGO presented baked data.
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Tepco

[ 29.11.2013 ]
Japan tries to plug leaks about leaks, donning Russia’s mantle of nuclear and Olympic explosions
The Japanese government’s powerful lower house of Parliament passed a stiff new secrecy bill that would visit harsh penalties on bureaucrats who leak information, and reporters who seek it – a move environmentalists fear would allow official collusion and corruption of the kind unearthed during the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster to flourish.
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[ 28.11.2013 ]
NER 300 scrutinized in European Parliament hearing
As CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS) climbs back up the agenda in the EU, the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) held a public hearing on 27 November 2013 addressing the NER 300 funding mechanism for CCS and renewables. The hearing saw the European Commission concede that the inflexibility of the scheme had halted promising European CCS projects.
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[ 28.11.2013 ]
Bellona and CCS community gathers in Brussels
The annual general meeting on the European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants (ZEP), of which Bellona is an active member, was held as a public hearing in the European Parliament in Brussels on 26 November 2013. Bellona President Frederic Hauge addressed a full room of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), industry representatives, environmental organisations and other CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS) stakeholders in Brussels.
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Gazprom

[ 25.11.2013 ]
Atomic energy willing to aid Russia’s crude dreams of the Arctic
MURMANSK – Without any of its own drilling installations in the Arctic, and in the face of constant delays to oil recovery at continental shelf fields, Russia is still champing at the bit to draw Arctic black gold. The venture depends on contemporary technology supplied by foreign partners against a backdrop of ecological outcry over the absence of spill cleanup contingencies, as well as colossal tax subsidies for oil majors willing to tackle the elusive project.
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