In brief

Nuclear Monitor Issue: 

Radioactive flood threat in Central Asia.

(May 17, 2002) On 12 May, a huge landslide nearly 400,000 cubic meters in size has blocked the course of a local river, posing a threat of flooding a radioactive dumping site near the town of Maylisu in the south of Kyrgyzstan. The dumpsite is one of many tailings dumps from Soviet uranium mines abandoned in the 1960s. Local civil defence teams are making all possible efforts in order to stop floodwaters reaching the dump, since a worst case scenario involves radioactive water "tearing through Central Asia all the way to the Aral Sea" according to Anarkul Aitaliev, from the government's department of environmental monitoring. By sheer coincidence, a working group of the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Eurasian Economic Community arrived in Bishkek on 13 May 2002 on a fact-finding mission to Kyrgyzstan's tailings dumps. WISE Uranium web site

Radioactive killer mushrooms.

(May 17, 2002) At another of Kyrgyzstan's tailings dumps, one local resident has died and another five are in intensive care after eating mushrooms. Residents had been picking mushrooms in the restricted zone of the Kara Balta uranium tailings dump, the largest in the country. WISE Uranium web site

Argentina: demonstration against waste import.

(May 17, 2002) Around 3,000 protestors gathered in Buenos Aires on 12 May to protest against plans to import nuclear waste from Australia. The plans form part of the agreement for Argentinean company INVAP to build a replacement research reactor at Lucas Heights in Sydney (see WISE/NIRS Nuclear Monitor 566, "In Brief".), 13 May 2002

Actions in Germany.

(May 17, 2002) A week of anti-nuclear actions in Germany has included protests against a nuclear industry conference in Stuttgart (14-16 May) and actions against Castor transports. On 16 May, nuclear waste transports from Ohu, Krümmel, Mühlheim-Kärlich, Brokdorf and Neckarwestheim took place, and one of the transports was stopped for a time at Nuremberg. The transports are continuing towards La Hague (France) and Sellafield (UK) as this WISE/NIRS Nuclear Monitor goes to press., 16 May 2002

Russia: anti nuclear action camp.

(May 17, 2002) Russian anti nuclear groups will organize protest actions, including an anti-nuclear walk and an action camp, starting 29 June and ending 6 July. The actions will take place near Krasnoyarsk, a Siberian city where Russia plans to store 20,000 tons of imported spent nuclear fuel. The organizers are Ecodefense (WISE Russia), the Krasnoyarsk branch of the Socio-Ecological Union, the Anti-nuclear campaign of the Socio-Ecological Union and Greenpeace Russia. Contact: WISE Russia at

NPP's documents end up in bookstore's trash.

(May 17, 2002) Documents on the U.S. North Perry nuclear power station have been found by a television station in a trash bin of a nearby bookstore. The documents had been dumped there by an employee of GE Power Systems, a company that was responsible for the refueling at the plant. The GE Power Systems company had recently been replaced by Framatome ANP. GE cleared out their office at the plant and the employee made arrangements to dispose of the documents at the bookstore. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said that none of the documents revealed safeguarded information. But it also recognized that such kind of documents would be withheld from public disclosure if it where in NRC's posession. The News-Herald, 9 May 2002