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In this issue of the Monitor:
- Francisco Castejón writes about a hard-won victory for the anti-nuclear movement in Spain: the government has decided not to renew the operating licence for the Garoña nuclear power reactor; it will instead be decommissioned.
- Detailed reports on the latest chapter of the Toshiba/Westinghouse crisis: the bombshell announcement that the owners of the V.C. Summer plant in South Carolina have given up on two partially-built AP1000 reactors even though around US$10 billion has already been spent on the project. We also consider the fate of the only other reactors under construction in the US: two AP1000 reactors at the Vogtle plant in Georgia.
- Mary Olson ‒ from the Nuclear Information and Resource Service and the Gender and Radiation Impact Project ‒ writes about the radiation and gender "siren".
- A report on the pitiful state of the global uranium market.
Stop German support for Belgium's Tihange and Doel nuclear plants!
Germany is stepping out of nuclear. Even if the Christian-Democrats of current Prime Minister Angela Merkel win the elections in September there is no way back; Germany is phasing out and closing all their nuclear power stations. This firmly undertaken path to a more safe, sustainable and just energy future gives the country more authority to put pressure on neighboring countries to do the same.
So the German Government calls on Belgium to close down the Tihange 2 and Doel 3 reactors, considered the most dangerous as they are plagued with cracks in the containment vessels. But at the same time Germany still has facilities which are not yet part of the phaseout policy: for instance the uranium enrichment facility in Gronau and the nuclear fuel rod fabrication facility in Lingen. They have dozens of clients (nuclear power stations) all over the globe, including ... Tihange 2 and Doel 3!
The German environment minister Barbara Hendricks keeps saying that the Belgium reactors pose great danger, but she claims that it is not possible to stop sending the fuel rods to keep them running. According to the analysis of German NGOs, supported by legal advisers, German law offers opportunities to prohibit the export of nuclear material if it can cause danger to Germany and its citizens.
On September 9, there will be a demonstration in Lingen, where thousands of people will demand the closure of the fuel rod plant.
More information: http://weltweit.nirgendwo.info/demo/stop-german-support/