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Death of Silicosis victim

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Samuben Darbar, 49. succumbed to silicosis on 23rd September,Sunday morning. She never worked as agate polisher but her father-in-law established factory in front of their house in Shakarpur, Gujarat where once upon a time at least 25-30 workers used to work.Business was taken over by her husband and his brothers. One by one all brothers dies but Mansingh, Samuben’s husband.Samuben was diagnosed having silicosis in 2010. The picture was taken on 14 September by medical students of Dhiraj Hospital, Vaghodia visiting Shakrpur, Gujarat.

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Kudankulam row: Protesters to lay siege to Tuticorin Port

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NEW DELHI: The anti-Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) protesters may attempt to hold demonstrations and lay siege to Tuticorin port and government offices on Saturday. They had on Friday threatened to stop all activities at the port. The protest will be led by activist SP Udayakumar, according to media reports.

Shipping minister GK Vasan had on Friday urged the anti-nuclear plant activists at Kudankulam to desist from stalling activity at the VOC Port (formerly Tuticorin port).

The Kudankulam nuclear power plant has not yet been made operational. The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) has begun loading enriched uranium fuel rods in the first reactor of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) in Tamil Nadu following a nod from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB).

India’s atomic energy regulator on Friday said it has given its nod to Nuclear Power Corporation Ltd (NPCIL) to load enriched uranium fuel rods in the first reactor at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) in Tamil Nadu.

“We have given the nod to NPCIL to load the fuel at KNPP on Tuesday. NPCIL has completed the stipulations that we had earlier laid in our Aug 10 sanction to load the fuel,” Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) chairman SS Bajaj said from Vienna, where he is attending the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conference.

According to him, it would take around 8-10 days for NPCIL to complete the fuel loading process.

“NPCIL has fulfilled all the conditions that had been laid by us,” Bajaj said.

The NCPIL, the country’s atomic power plant operator, is in the process of loading the 163 enriched uranium fuel rods in the first reactor at KNPP from Wednesday, sources told IANS.

Senior NPCIL officials were however not available to comment on the issue.

The People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), in a statement on Friday, demanded NPCIL stop the fuelling process immediately.

NPCIL is setting up the KNPP at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli district, around 650 km from Chennai with two Russian-made VVER 1,000 MW reactors.

After the reactor is fuelled, activities to approach first criticality-starting fission chain reaction, for the first time in a reactor, will be taken up.

Then the power generation will be gradually scaled up on AERB’s permission, based on the results of various studies.

Observers from IAEA are expected at KNPP as the reactors fall under the safeguard agreement.

The KNPP is an outcome of the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) signed between India and the erstwhile Soviet Union in 1988. However, the project construction only began in 2001.

Courtesy:Times Of India

Mines ministry’ urbs ore export

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PANAJI: Union mines ministry has directed all states to restrict the sale or export of iron ore across the board invoking Rule 27 (3) of the Mineral Concession Rules 1960.

After Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) announced it was keeping in abeyance environmental clearances of 139 mining leases in Goa, and accompanied it by issuing notices to 46 leases in connection with handling of ore dumps, Union mines ministry issued the circular dated September 19, 2012, to all states.

The circular signed by under secretary Anil Subramaniam invokes the special condition under Rule 27 (3) of MCR, 1960, and states: “The entire ore produced in the mining operation shall be used exclusively for own consumption in iron or steel making and cannot be either sold in India or exported to other countries.” Read more

Weather Report- Book Review

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A valuable compendium of debates and research on science of and policies on climate change in India

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Full cost accounting for the life cycle of coal

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Paul R. Epstein, 1Jonathan J. Buonocore, 2Kevin Eckerle, 3Michael Hendryx, 4Benjamin M. Stout III, 5Richard Heinberg, 6Richard W. Clapp, 7Beverly May, 8Nancy L. Reinhart, 8Melissa M. Ahern, 9Samir K. Doshi, 10and Leslie Glustrom. 1 Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. 2Environmental Science and Risk Management Program, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts. 3Accenture, Sustainability Services, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 4Department of Community Medicine, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia. 5Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, West Virginia. 6Post Carbon Institute, Santa Rosa, California. 7Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts. 8Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, London, Kentucky 9Department of Pharmacotherapy, Washington State University, Spokane, Washington. 10Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont.
11Clean Energy Action, Boulder, Colorado Address for correspondence: Paul R. Epstein, M.D., M.P.H., Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School, Landmark Center, 401 Park Drive, Second Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02215. paul_epstein@hms.harvard.edu Read more

IMG deallocates one more mine

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The government on Monday decided to deallocate one more mine and deduct bank guarantees of two others. Moreover, the inter-ministerial group (IMG) recommended forfeiture of bank guarantee of a block allotted to Hindalco and Tata Power.
The decision to deallocate Gourangdih ABC coal block, jointly given to JSW Steel, a company owned by Sajjan Jindal, brother of Congress MP Naveen Jindal, and Himachal EMTA was taken on the recommendation of the Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG). The block had extractable reserve of 61.54 million tonnes (MT).
The panel is scrutinising 29 out of 58 cases that were served show cause notices for non-development of mines during prescribed timeline.
Meanwhile, the Inter-Ministerial Group has decided to recommend deduction of bank guarantee in the case of a mine jointly allotted to Hindalco and Tata Power due to delays in development of the block, said sources.
The IMG, which met on Monday, will hold another meeting on Tuesday to look into another six of seven cases, which failed to adhere to the timeframe for developing the mines given to them. The panel has so far scrutinised the replies furnished by 19 coal block allottees out of 29. Read more

Deduct bank guarantee of mine given to Hindalco, Tata Power: IMG

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The IMG decided to recommend deduction of bank guarantee in the case of a mine jointly allotted to Aditya Birla Group’s flagship company Hindalco and Tata Power due to delays in development of the block

 New Delhi: Moving ahead with action against erring coal block allottees, the Indian government has decided to deallocate one more mine and deduct bank guarantees of two others even as the ministerial panel recommended forfeiture of bank guarantee of a block allotted to Hindalco and Tata Power, reports PTI.
 
The decision to de-allocate Gourangdih ABC coal block, jointly given to JSW Steel, a company owned by Sajjan Jindal, brother of Congress MP Naveen Jindal and Himachal EMTA was taken on the recommendation of the Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG). Read more

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