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More drones spotted over French nuclear power stations 31.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

French authorities detect drones over two nuclear power plants, the latest in a baffling series of incidents across the country

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At fast-growing Brookings, donors help set agenda 31.10.2014 Washington Post: Politics

Of all the topics the venerable Brookings Institution has examined in recent years, legalizing marijuana was rarely high on anyone’s scholarly agenda.

That changed after a November 2012 visit from a lawyer working with Peter B. Lewis, the late billionaire insurance magnate who had made the legalization of marijuana his personal mission during the last years of his life.

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Hawks rewrite books in Pak province 31.10.2014 Telegraph: International
Peshawar, Oct. 30 (Reuters): A Pakistani province is rewriting school books to make them more Islamic, inserting verses on jihad, removing pictures of unveiled women and changing material on recent history, officials said today.
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French investigate drones spotted over nuclear plants 30.10.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Greenpeace denies involvement in pilotless flight activity over state-owned DF plants and expresses concern Continue reading...
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N-fuel removal from Fukushima power plant postponed 30.10.2014 New Kerala: World News
Tokyo, Oct 30 : The Japanese government and the operator of the crippled Fukushima power plant have decided to postpone for five years the removal of molten nuclear fuel from reactor-1, originally planned for 2020.
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APNewsBreak: Enviros sue over reactor 30.10.2014 AP Washington
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Three environmental groups are suing a state agency over the impacts of the Northwest's only commercial nuclear power plant on the water quality of the Columbia River....
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Environmental groups sue over impact of reactor on Columbia 30.10.2014 Seattle Times: Local
Three environmental groups are suing a state agency over the impacts of the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant on the water quality of the Columbia River.
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Drones spotted over seven French nuclear sites, says EDF 30.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Unidentified drones had flown over seven plants this month by mystery operator as Greenpeace denies involvement

Frances state-run power firm Électricité de France (EDF) on Wednesday said unidentified drones had flown over seven nuclear plants this month, leading it to file a complaint with the police.

The unmanned aircraft did not harm the safety or the operation of the power plants, EDF said, adding that the first drone was spotted on 5 October above a plant in deconstruction in eastern Creys-Malville.

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Fukushima sets off green boom and glut as utilities choke on cost, hope for return of nuclear 30.10.2014 Star Tribune: World
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After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom _ and glut 30.10.2014 AP Business
TOKYO (AP) -- Like other Japanese who were banking on this country's sweeping move toward clean energy, Junichi Oba is angry....
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Exelon behind pro-nuclear website in Illinois 30.10.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Exelon Corp. has stepped up lobbying in its effort to have state legislators reward the company's six nuclear plants in Illinois for producing electric power without emitting greenhouse gases. Three of the plants could be closed because of competition from cheaper forms of generating ...
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Takoma Park liberals at the core of the White House 29.10.2014 Washington Post: Politics

White House domestic policy director Cecilia Muñoz isn’t tempted to check her BlackBerry on her morning drive down 16th Street for this simple reason: She worries about taking out the president’s chief of staff or his labor secretary as they bike in from the same little corner of Maryland.

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Regulators broke quake rules at PG&E nuclear plant, suit claims 29.10.2014 SFGate: Business & Technology
Federal regulators secretly and illegally revised the license for California’s last nuclear power facility — PG&E’s Diablo Canyon — to mask the aging plant’s vulnerability to earthquakes, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by environmentalists. The suit claims that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. last year changed a key element of the plant’s license related to seismic safety without allowing public input as required by law — or even notifying the public at all. Just a few years ago, the industry hoped that concern about climate change would lead to surging demand for nuclear plants, which generate large amounts of electricity without spewing greenhouse gases into the air. The 2011 earthquake and tsunami that crippled Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, causing several reactors to melt down, heightened fears that Diablo could be vulnerable. After filing the motion, however, the group learned that the plant’s final safety analysis report, a document required ...
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Environmental group asks for court review of California nuclear plant license 29.10.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Japan nuclear plant gets approval to restart, over three years after Fukushima 28.10.2014 CNN-IBN: World
A town in southwest Japan became the first to approve the restart of a nuclear power station on Tuesday, a step forward in Japan's fraught process of reviving an industry left idled by the Fukushima catastrophe in 2011.
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Radiation exposure ups aggressive thyroid cancer risk 28.10.2014 New Kerala: World News
New York, Oct 28 : Nuclear power plant accidents could be devastating and researchers have now found that exposure to radioactive iodine is associated with more aggressive forms of thyroid cancer.
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National Grid: no risk of winter blackouts 28.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Operator reassures households that strong electricity and gas supplies can withstand negative surprises such as cold winter or supply disruption

Britain will have enough energy to keep the country running in a cold winter, despite a spate of fires at power plants and shutdowns weakening electricity capacity, National Grid said.

In its winter outlook, the operator of pipes and pylons said that electricity margins the difference between peak demand and available supply had fallen to 4.1% from 5% at peak periods last year because of planned generator closures, breakdowns and delays to new plants.

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Japan edges back towards nuclear power with vote to restart reactors 28.10.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Legislators in Satsumasendai agree to restart Sendai plant, first move in country since Fukushima earthquake disaster of 2011 Continue reading...
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This war on windfarms is the Tories latest sop to Ukip 28.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
David Cameron once fixed a turbine to his roof. Now his government is blocking the cheapest clean energy In his campaign to stamp out onshore wind power, communities and local government secretary Eric Pickles has just halted his 50th  onshore wind project . Accused by Labour and Lib Dems of exceeding his powers, he overrides local planning systems and inspectors, pulling 85% of wind energy capacity out of the standard process for purely political purposes. Just as onshore wind becomes the cheapest renewable energy source , the Conservatives have committed to effectively abolishing it: their manifesto will pledge to remove subsidies , jeopardising future investment and rural jobs. Small local nimby groups find Pickles ever-eager to block windfarms in their back yards. Thats despite overwhelming public support, where poll after poll finds two thirds are in favour of onshore windfarms, including in their own districts, surprisingly resistant to the vigorous climate-change denial and anti-windfarm campaign ...
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Prairie Island tribe challenges new NRC storage rule 28.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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