The agreement would prohibit Pinehouse from criticizing the companies now or in the future, a measure that amounts to an indefinite “gag order”
- Pinehouse promises to “fully support” Cameco and Areva’s current, proposed and future projects in public, to investors, to regulators and with other groups. Pine-house leaders must make reasonable efforts to ensure community members “do not say or do anything that interferes with or delays” the companies’ operations.
- Pinehouse agrees to not make any future financial requests or claims against the companies.
Uranium firms offer deal to Sask. community Agreement sparks opposition By Jason Warick, The StarPhoenix November 27, 2012 An offer by uranium giants Cameco Corp. and Areva could soon deliver jobs, cash payments and other benefits to the northern community of Pinehouse, but some residents worry it’s a thinly veiled attempt to buy their silence. Read more »
This renaissance is just a fairy tale, THE HINDU, 15 June 12, “…….In India, In Kalpakkam, , the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor was slotted to contribute to the grid in March 2012. In 2005, Baldev Raj, Director of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, boasted that the 500 MW unit will be completed in 2010, 18 months before schedule.
Till date, there is no sign of this happening. The Kudankulam plant, which is now 23 years old since conception, lost only eight months due to protestors. In Jaitapur too, the government has more to worry about than local protestors.
Areva, the technology supplier, is in trouble. Last year, it announced losses of €1.6 billion, and the sacking of 1,200 workers in Germany. Last June, it decided to suspend production at a Virginia reactor component plant due to declining market prospects. Its expansion plans in France, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. may never materialise. Areva expected to sell 50 nuclear reactors this decade. It has not received a single order since 2007.
Now, with a socialist president at the helm in France, Areva’s future looks even more uncertain. French President François Hollande had promised voters a reduction in nuclear dependence from 75 to 50 per cent, and shutdown of an aging reactor in Fessenheim. Whether or not he carries through with these promises, it appears certain that no new
plants will be built or planned during his term. Read more »
But the good news for Areva is the tax paid contract is still bringing in the big bucks with no end in sight.
the waste from these processes all add to the huge amount of waste already stored in leaking tanks at SRS.
Abraham, like so many others in Washington, sells his influence…. And Abraham does not sell influence only in the United States. He sells himself to the entire world.
When is enough, enough? How much money do former government officials have to make before they go home and give back to their communities rather than take money to influence their friends in Washington?
Spencer Abraham Cashes In, DC Bureau, By Joseph Trento, February 2nd, 2012 In January 30 was former U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham’s last day as the non-executive chairman of Areva Enterprises Inc, the French atomic power firm’s American operation. This marked the end of a very lucrative arrangement for both Abraham and the French government own nuclear company – mostly at U.S. taxpayers’ expense.
It all began in the 1990s when the United States’ response to disposing of 34 metric tons of plutonium from shuttered nuclear weapons programs was a proposed mixed oxide (MOX) fuel fabrication facility at the Savannah River Site (SRS) near Aiken, South Carolina. When Abraham became Energy Secretary in 2001, Areva was a key contractor for the MOX plant. According to his DOE calendars, among his first trips were to France to visit their nuclear officials and operations. Abraham maintained a close relationship with the then head of Areva, Anne Lauvergeon. In turn, not long after he left the Energy Department, Abraham cashed in and went to work for Areva and “Atomic Annie,” as she was known. In 2007, DOE broke ground on the MOX plant.
Today, the DOE’s MOX fuel plant is still under construction. It has cost billions of dollars, is over budget and behind schedule. But Spencer Abraham will never be held responsible for the cost overruns and delays. In fact, he has been handsomely rewarded.
Despite spending billions of dollars on the MOX plant, DOE has yet to line up a single customer even with massive government subsidies being offered to buy the fuel. No utility will touch it. DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration has been playing hardball trying to get the Tennessee Valley Authority to use the fuel.
With the MOX plant, Abraham set in motion a program that will create even more high level nuclear waste at SRS with no facility or ability to dispose of it. The need for related facilities that have yet to be built or approved will add hundreds of millions of dollars to the cost. The plant is supposed to produce the MOX fuel from old nuclear bomb pits. This fuel will be more potent than the MOX made from spent fuel from civilian reactors in France. The support facilities to chemically separate plutonium from other warhead elements will cost hundreds of millions of dollars more. While separation and waste facilities await approval and construction, decrepit, giant, crumbling canyons are kept going to support plutonium disposition at enormous annual costs. To make matters worse, the waste from these processes all add to the huge amount of waste already stored in leaking tanks at SRS.
DOE’s MOX plant is the first of its kind with no indication that it will work. Even if it does work and a customer is found, the spent nuclear fuel rods will be more difficult and expensive to store safely.
But the good news for Areva is the tax paid contract is still bringing in the big bucks with no end in sight.
According to the website of The Abraham Group, Abraham started with Areva in 2006. He says he resigned “due to other roles and commitments I have undertaken …I have enjoyed my association with the company and have the highest regard for the management and team at Areva.”
Last year DCBureau published a series of articles about the French-government-owned company and their operations in the United States. At the time, the United States was in the midst of a “nuclear renaissance” and Areva was one of the main beneficiaries. In March, a tsunami swept across the coast of Japan and set in motion a series of events that made the world pause. Three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant exploded.
We reported that Areva had fueled the number three reactor with MOX fuel made in France. The hydrogen explosions spewed plutonium over northern Japan. Plutonium, a byproduct of uranium fission, is also an ingredient in MOX fuel. If inhaled, plutonium can cause cancer. It lingers in the environment for thousands of years. It will take generations to address the damage.
Enthusiasm for the nuclear renaissance in the United States and other countries waned after Fukushima, and Areva’s profits collapsed. Atomic Annie was shown the door by the French government and, as she took her leave, the handwriting was on the wall for her American colleague.
For more than 10 years both Abraham and Lauvergeon dined on their governments’ energy dime.
Abraham, like so many others in Washington, sells his influence. His website says:
“During his four years as Secretary of Energy, Secretary Abraham developed a close working relationship with the corporate leadership of energy companies as well as many energy-intensive companies. He launched several important energy studies involving CEOs and other top private sector leaders on many energy issues including nuclear, oil and natural gas, coal, and hydrogen.”
After he worked for former Vice President Dan Quayle, Abraham became a U.S. Senator from his home state of Michigan. (“The Abraham Group will also provide assistance to clients on issues in which Secretary Abraham was a key Senate leader, such as technology, manufacturing and immigration issues.”)
Six years later, in 2000, when he lost reelection, he did not go home. Instead, he became Energy Secretary. When he left the Energy Department in 2005, he did not go home. Instead, he became an executive to one of the contractors he oversaw while Energy Secretary. And now that he is stepping down from Areva, he is not going home. His group, comprised of his stafffrom the Energy Department and Capitol Hill, is signing contracts for new clients.
One association he sells is his relationship with his former Michigan congressional colleague, Fred Upton. Now the chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce for the U.S. House of Representatives, Upton is a key energy policy player. Upton and Abraham write opinion piecestogether.
And Abraham does not sell influence only in the United States. He sells himself to the entire world. “Another major focus and specialization of our firm is the international energy sector. The energy business is first and foremost a global market. Our aim is to help our clients enter and operate in the international energy market, whether it is a U.S. energy company doing business in the Middle East or a foreign energy company seeking to enter the U.S. market. We provide valuable insight and help to enhance relationships with key stakeholders to meet the business objectives of our clients.”
When is enough, enough? How much money do former government officials have to make before they go home and give back to their communities rather than take money to influence their friends in Washington? Perhaps if we knew that answer, we could save the American taxpayers money. Instead of drafting ethic laws that become jokes before the ink is dry, perhaps we could just cut to the chase, cut them a check, and make them go home. http://www.dcbureau.org/201202026986/natural-resources-news-service/spencer-abraham-cashes-in.html
If the radioactivity from the transport was dispersed in an accident or an attack, Areva would be discharged from almost all liability.
Last Minute information – high-risk transport from France to Germany leaving one day early, 21 Nov 11 Transport of highly radioactive nuclear waste will again cross France from west to east, and part of Germany, exposing people and the SNCF agents to nuclear risks. Originally scheduled this Thursday, 24 November, the train from Valognes railway terminal has been advanced one day by AREVA and SNCF to try to avoid the huge mobilisation that is being prepared. The convoy should leave Valognes on Wednesday 23 at 14:36.The two routes planned by the authorities from Amiens remain unchanged, the convoy could head north towards Arras or south to Reims. Eleven containers carrying 301 barrels of high activity waste “re-treated” at the Areva plant in La Hague (Manche).
A rolling Chernobyl : Europe again under the threat of a nuclear convoy at high risk The official inventory of radioactivity in the transport amounted to 3756.5 peta becquerel (PBq) or 3.75 billion billion Becquerel of Becquerel. For comparison, the convoy will transport many times the radioactivity released during the Chernobyl disaster [i]. Scattered in the environment, the radio-toxicity potential [ii] this convoy would be enough to poison the whole human race [iii]. Read more »
India racing to buy an untried reactor?, The Hindu, 6 Dec 2010, “……….critics point out that the technology, which is extremely capital intensive, remains untried and the EPR has run into trouble wherever it is being built.Started in 2005, the initial completion and commissioning date for the Finnish OL3 reactor was 2009. Over the years and because of repeated delays, the reactor’s budget too has increased from €3 billion to an estimated €5.7 billion with TVO and Areva locked in bitter arbitration. The Finnish company which awarded Areva a fixed price, turn key contract for the project is claiming damages totalling some €2.7 billion. Read more »
French Govt: EDF, Areva In Strategic Nuclear Partnership – WSJ.com-By A.H. Mooradian and Geraldine Amiel, Dow Jones Newswires;PARIS (Dow Jones), 27 July 2010, –The French government Tuesday announced a far-reaching alliance between State-controlled utility giant Electricite de France (EDF.FR) and State nuclear engineering group Areva SA (CEI.FR), which will touch on all areas of common interest, opening the door for EDF to build a stake in Areva and perhaps putting it firmly at the center of France’s nuclear sector. Read more »
Areva models are much larger reactors telegraphjournal.com -Tamsin McMahon, July 27th, 2010“….All three are light-water reactors, which is significant since all of Canada’s nuclear plants, including Point Lepreau, use heavy water. Read more »
EDF engineers had concluded by 2007 that the entire core of the reactor should be reconfigured.
Safety Fears Raised at French Reactor, NYTimes.com, By PATRICIA BRETT July 26, 2010 “……….among the leaked documents, one dated February 2007 — just before the construction of the Flamanville plant was approved — reported that technical studies by EDF had shown that the EPR’s original core design had failed to meet safety criteria for a control rod ejection accident at high power Read more »
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Dakar Newsroom April 16 (Reuters) – Niger’s military rulers said on Friday the government would invalidate contracts in its extractive industries that are “not advantageous” to the west African country.Many deals were signed with foreign investors under President Mamadou Tandja, who was overthrown by soldiers in a February coup.Below are details of companies with mining, oil and industrial projects in Niger, which produces around 7.5 percent of the world’s uranium.
AREVAFrench state-owned nuclear energy group Areva is developing the Imouraren uranium mine in the north of Niger. Due to begin producing in 2012 after initial investment of 1.2 billion euros, Imouraren is expected to be the biggest uranium mine in Africa with eventual production of 5,000 tonnes per year for 35 years.Areva has operated Niger’s two existing uranium mines, Cominak and Somair, since the 1970s.
BAYSWATER URANIUMCanada-listed Bayswater owns eight concessions covering 4,000 sq km, where it intends to explore for uranium.CAMECOCameco, the world’s biggest uranium producer, last year bought an 11 percent stake in Govi High Power Exploration, which owns exploration properties around Arlit and Agadez in Niger.
CHINA NATIONAL URANIUM CORPChina’s state-owned uranium firm, known as SINO-U, will invest $300 million in the Somina uranium mine, at Azelik near Agadez. The mine, due on stream by 2010, will produce around 700 tonnes per year. In April, China extended a $95 million loan to Niger to support the project.
EARTHSTONE GROUPIndonesian mining, energy, construction and infrastructure firm Earthstone Group owns four uranium blocks in Niger.
KOREA RESOURCES CORPSouth Korean state-owned Korea Resources Corp signed a memorandum of understanding in March to buy around 10 percent of its annual uranium needs from Niger.NIGER URANIUMLondon-listed Niger Uranium owns eight prospecting licences in the Tim Mersoi Basin, which it describes as the world’s fifth most important uranium producing district.
NIGER URANIUMLondon-listed Niger Uranium owns eight prospecting licences in the Tim Mersoi Basin, which it describes as the world’s fifth most important uranium producing district.
NUCLEAR POWERNiger plans to build a nuclear power station in the “medium to long term,” an adviser to the minister of mines and energy said in February. Adolphe Gbaguidi Waly said the country had not decided how to implement the plan but would seek help from South Africa, the only African country that has a nuclear power plant.
NGM RESOURCESAustralian-listed NGM Resources owns three uranium exploration concessions in Niger via its subsidiary Indo Energy.
Areva’s La Hague reprocessing plant has annually discharged 100,000,000 gallons of radioactive liquid wastes into the English Channel via an underwater pipeline
Chain reaction: The nuclear debate is among the most pressing of our times.Our Future Planet 2 March 2010 Giles Crosse “………Perhaps the most widely feared question is whether there’s a way to make nuclear safe?“Not really safe, no. Not building any more reactors would help, but we don’t have a safe method for long term storage of the waste we already have. We’ve created a hazard which will remain dangerous for over a million years. The best we can do is to stop making it worse.” Read more »
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