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House Intel Committee seeks names of Obama officials who requested 'unmasking' of Americans picked u

Source: CNN

The leaders of the House Intelligence Committee asked the three leaders of the intelligence community Wednesday about any time during the last seven months of the Obama administration whenever any of its agents and officials improperly named, or "unmasked," and disseminated the identities of American citizens picked up in intelligence collection.

Chairman Devin Nunes, R-California, and Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, wrote that they were concerned that members of the intelligence community have not been sufficiently honoring previously established "robust 'minimization procedures'" to protect the identities of US citizens, including "masking" their names. The letter they sent refers to the disclosure to the public that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had several conversations with the Russian Ambassador.


An informed source told CNN that if Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was being surveilled, Flynn's name should not necessarily have been included on the intelligence report. Rather, "American Citizen 1" or a similar anonymous term should have been used.

"However, as recent news stories, seem to illustrate, individuals talking to the media would appear to have wantonly disregarded these procedures," Nunes and Schiff wrote. The congressmen also asked the names of individuals or agencies who "requested and/or authorized the unmasking and dissemination" of these identities.


Read more: https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/03/15/politics/house-intelligence-committee-unmasking/index.html

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Six years on from Fukushima disaster residents live in 'contaminated communities'

Source: International Business Times

A report has accused the Japanese government of forcing evacuees to return to areas with radioactive contamination at higher levels than internationally recommended safe levels.


Prime Minister Shinzō Abe addressed a national ceremony in Tokyo and bowed his head in silence at 2.46pm local time.


Prince Akishino was also in attendance, in place of his father Emperor Akihito and mother Empress Michiko, and offered his condolences to the dead.


Several hundred demonstrators gathered near Abe's office and in front of parliament to denounce government policy to restart nuclear reactors around the country shuttered after the disaster.


Read more: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/six-years-fukushima-disaster-residents-live-contaminated-communities-1611049

Fukushima nuclear plant work behind schedule

Source: Jiji Press

Work to decommission Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s Fukushima No. 1 power plant has not progressed smoothly, six years after the nuclear disaster began following a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.

In particular, measures to deal with radioactive water, which topped 1.02 million tons early this month, have been delayed.

Observers fear that decommissioning costs may even exceed the current projection of ¥8 trillion, which surprised many when announced last December because it was four times the previous estimate.

Some of the costs are already passed on to consumers. TEPCO started to charge for related costs in September 2012, when it raised power rates.


Read more: http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003570166

Former Prime Minister Koizumi reiterates call for Japans complete exit from nuclear power

Source: Kyodo

Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Saturday reiterated his call for Japan’s complete exit from nuclear energy as the country marked the sixth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

“Nuclear power plants will become a negative legacy for future generations,” Koizumi said at an event organized by a civic group in Sapporo.

The group is seeking the decommissioning of nuclear reactors at Hokkaido Electric Power Co.’s Tomari power station in the village of the same name.


After his speech, Koizumi lambasted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s nuclear policy, which promotes restarting atomic plants — most of which remain offline — and exporting nuclear reactors.


Read more: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/03/11/national/politics-diplomacy/former-prime-minister-koizumi-reiterates-call-japans-complete-exit-nuclear-power/

Offshore windfarms set to become cheaper source of electricity than nuclear power stations

Source: Independent

Offshore windfarms are set to become a cheaper source of electricity than the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant and are also on track to undercut coal-fired power stations.

The Government, which has been trying to support offshore in the hope of turning the UK into a world-leader in the sector, plans to hold an auction next month in which generators will bid for a guaranteed price for their electricity, with the lowest offer declared the winner.


Keith Anderson, chief corporate officer of Scottish Power, one of the main players in the wind industry, told The Independent that he was confident the April auction would see an offshore wind generator bid below the ‘strike price’ given to Hinkley Point.


And Dong Energy, the Danish wind power giant, went even further.

Henrik Poulsen, the firm’s chief executive officer, told Bloomberg that offshore wind could already compete with coal, depending on the conditions.


Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/offshore-windfarms-cheaper-electricity-energy-source-nuclear-power-stations-coal-a7620791.html

The troubled, covert agency responsible for moving the nation's most lethal cargo

Source: Los Angeles Times

The unmarked 18-wheelers ply the nation’s interstates and two-lane highways, logging 3 million miles a year hauling the most lethal cargo there is: nuclear bombs.

The covert fleet, which shuttles warheads from missile silos, bomber bases and submarine docks to nuclear weapons labs across the country, is operated by the Office of Secure Transportation, a troubled agency within the U.S. Department of Energy so cloaked in secrecy that few people outside the government know it exists.


The transportation office is about to become more crucial than ever as the U.S. embarks on a $1-trillion upgrade of the nuclear arsenal that will require thousands of additional warhead shipments over the next 15 years.

The increased workload will hit an agency already struggling with problems of forced overtime, high driver turnover, old trucks and poor worker morale — raising questions about its ability to keep nuclear shipments safe from attack in an era of more sophisticated terrorism.


Read more: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-nuclear-couriers-20170310-story.html

Concerns emerge over guarantee for Toshiba's U.S. nuclear project

Source: Kyodo

Concerns about a potential burden on American taxpayers have emerged as Toshiba Corp. is considering the option of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy for its troubled U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co., according to sources close to the matter.

With the U.S. government having guaranteed an $8.3 billion debt over a nuclear power plant project in Georgia contracted to Westinghouse, the company’s restructuring under Chapter 11 may force U.S. taxpayers to shoulder part of the cost, the sources said Thursday.


Japan’s Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko plans to make a trip to the United States during which he may discuss the Westinghouse issue with a high-level U.S. official in charge of energy.

On Wednesday, Reuters news agency reported that Westinghouse has hired bankruptcy attorneys. Citing sources, Reuters said no decision had yet been taken about filing for bankruptcy.


Read more: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/03/10/business/corporate-business/concerns-emerge-guarantee-toshibas-u-s-nuclear-project/
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