Newsletter of EFN - The association of
Environmentalists For Nuclear Energy

November 29th, 2005

Some news from EFN in Japan, Canada the US, France, and invitation to the next Annual Meeting of EFN INTERNATIONAL and EFN USA, on Saturday 10th December 2005 at 5:00 PM

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Dear friends of clean nuclear energy;

First of all, a few words about our recent lecture tour in Japan. The president of EFN was in Japan between October 25th and November 2nd, 2005, for a lecture trip including a press conference and lectures in different cities around the country. The press conference as well as the lectures which attracted up to over 300 participants were all successful, thanks to the perfect organization of our local correspondents in Tokyo, Matsue, Okayama, Sendai, Tsuruga and Osaka. Several press articles have been published or are in print, as well as a booklet in Japanese, developing the contents of the lecture, presenting the benefits of nuclear energy for the environment. 20 000 copies of this booklet will be distributed in January 2006 in Japan.

See: photo of the speaker.(wide), or close portrait. See: photos of the lectures. Many thanks to Hironobu, Mako, Dr Yumi Akimoto and all our other local correspondents in Japan for their warm welcome and the perfect organization of these lectures. Visit here for : EFN in Japan - Please contact EFN by e-mail if you have any suggestions to help develop EFN in Japan: nuc-jpAecolo.org (spam prevention: replace A by @) - Subscribe to EFN JAPAN.


The President of EFN USA, Berol ROBINSON, gave a successful lecture at the University of Arkansas on November 21 st, 2005 making "The Environmental Case For Nuclear Power". A presentation of this lecture can be seen here. An article was published on the next day November 22nd, 2005, in an Arkansas newspaper: see the article here. Bravo to Berol for this successful lecture !

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Other recent EFN lectures were given in Brussels at the European Parliament, for the Trinity Greens in Dublin (Trinity University), in Sceaux, and Cambrai in France. All were successful.


"Energy supply is under threat. Climate change is producing a sense of urgency." therefore the construction of nuclear reactors in the UK should be "back on the agenda" said British Prime Minister Tony Blair today. This follows dozens of EFN's interviews and participation in debates on the British television and radio and in British media in the past year (about 10 times on the BBC alone). This declaration of Tony Blair today sparked debates and TV presentations on the subject. EFN received numerous phone calls and requests for interviews from journalists in London since last week, and just today, we participated in three different radio debates and news reports on the BBC and BBC WORLD SERVICE.


In France, EFN is now actively participating to both of the ongoing national public debates: one on the future of high-activity radioactive waste, and one on the construction of the new EPR reactor to be built at Flamanville in Normandy (Evolutionary Pressurized Reactor or European Pressurized Reactor). Meetings are held in the various regions of France on both of these subjects. The public is invited to participate in the debates. EFN is one of the major actors of the debate.

The EPR reactor being built in Finland and in France improves both safety and performance, and will provide 1600 MW of clean nuclear power. It is the most powerful nuclear reactor in the world.

Several new EFN documents have been prepared on this occasion, and can be downloaded on the web site. These documents on the EPR reactor and about nuclear waste are available in French for the moment. If some of our local correspondents wish to translate any of them, please do so, this would be useful to inform readers in other countries. Send us the translated versions and we will make them available on the web site.

New EFN document on nuclear waste (in French, 4 pages, illustrated) :: http://www.debatpublic-dechets-radioactifs.org/docs/pdf/cahiers-d-acteurs/aepndefweb.pdf

EFN's general presentation of the EPR reactor (short version - 2 pages) : http://www.ecolo.org/documents/documents_in_french/EPR-debat-synthese-05.doc

EPR - Direct and indirect costs (Coûts directs et indirects) : http://www.ecolo.org/documents/documents_in_french/EPR-debat-couts-05.doc

EPR - Risk management (Maîtrise des risques) : http://www.ecolo.org/documents/documents_in_french/EPR-debat-maitri-risques-05.doc

EPR - Production unit (Outil de production) : http://www.ecolo.org/documents/documents_in_french/EPR-debat-outil-prod-05.doc

EPR - Energy choices (Politique énergétique) : http://www.ecolo.org/documents/documents_in_french/EPR-debat-politi-energ-05.doc

EPR - Industrial project (Projet industriel) : http://www.ecolo.org/documents/documents_in_french/EPR-debat-proj-industr-05.doc

Why the EPR, France's 59th nuclear reactor, is necessary :  http://www.ecolo.org/documents/documents_in_french/EPR-schedule-fr.htm

A free automatic translation system is available at : http://babelfish.altavista.com (for French -> English or other translations)


Some fresh news from Canada : EFN has actively participated since October 2004 in the debate on the refurbishment of the Point Lepreau nuclear power plant. EFN published several papers in the local New Brunswick press since the end of 2004 and in 2005, and was interviewed by CBC RADIO (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). We also sent a last-minute decisive letter to Bernard Lord, Premier of Brunswick, just a few days before he took his decision, which ended up being positive. The 635 MW nuclear reactor at Point Lepreau will therefore continue operating long after 2010 instead of being dismantled and replaced by gas turbines. This will avoid dumping several dozen million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

After the creation of EFN USA last year, EFN CANADA is now organizing itself and will soon be incorporated, thanks to Rodney and our local correspondents in CANADA. Patrick MOORE has accepted to be Honorary Chairman of EFN CANADA. Patrick Moore was one of the historical founders of Greenpeace more than thirty years ago and was the director of Greenpeace international for 7 years. He was also the founder and former President of Greenpeace Canada during 9 years. He left Greenpeace several years ago and now supports clean nuclear energy. "Nuclear energy is the only non-greenhouse gas-emitting power source that can effectively replace fossil fuels and satisfy global demand," Dr Moore said at the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Resources in Washington, DC earlier this year. After our friend Pr James Lovelock in 2000 and late Bishop Hughe Montefiore last year, Patrick Moore is another world-famous figure of the environmental community who has joined EFN in supporting the environmental benefits of clean nuclear energy.

Our best wishes for a long life and lots of success for EFN CANADA. Please contact EFN by e-mail if you can help or if you have any suggestions to develop EFN in Canada nuc-caAecolo.org (spam prevention: replace A by @).

EFN now gathers over 8000 members and supporters in more than 56 countries.

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You are kindly invited to the next ANNUAL MEETING of the ASSOCIATION OF ENVIRONMENTALISTS FOR NUCLEAR ENERGY (EFN) and of ENVIRONMENTALISTS FOR NUCLEAR ENERGY, Inc. (EFN-USA), which will take place this year:

Saturday 10h December 2005 at 5:00 PM
at 55 rue Victor Hugo, 78800 Houilles, France
Click here for maps and instructions on how to come

The Annual Meeting will take place in Houilles, which is located only 15 minutes from Paris by public transportation. It is possible to come from downtown Paris by train (St Lazare station) or rapid metro RER (line A).

All members and correspondents of EFN and EFN-USA are kindly invited to participate in this Annual Meeting. All dues-paying members with a valid membership can take part in the votes for the decisions concerning the future of EFN (and/or EFN-USA).

To become a member or to update your membership:
http://www.ecolo.org/subscri/subscrien.htm (for EFN)
http://www.ecolo.org/subscri/subscrius.htm (for EFN-USA)

Members of EFN having paid their dues (that is: sympathizing, active and donating members), if they cannot be present in person, have the possibility of sending a proxy to be represented, for votes and decisions, by another sympathizing, active or donating member of the association.

The meeting will last until 8:00 PM and will be followed by an informal buffet until 10:00 PM.

The discussions will cover the following topics:

- Review of the year's activities and substantive report by the Presidents of EFN and EFN-USA
- Membership statistics and growth of the association: current number of
members and supporters of EFN
- Election of the Board of Directors.
- The local correspondents of EFN.
- Financial report for the past year.
- EFN presentations at fairs: about a million visitors informed by our booths this year.
- The Communication Group (Gr COM) and lectures given by EFN.
- Visits to nuclear sites.
EFN in Japan.
EFN-USA: development of EFN in the United States.
- EFN CANADA: development of EFN in Canada
- Mailing lists of EFN.
- The web site.
- EFN in the Media.
- Documents on nuclear energy.
- Documents presenting EFN.
- Subcommittees of EFN.
- Orientations and priorities for the coming year.

This event is a great occasion to meet other members and correspondents, share your experience, ask questions, have a pleasant evening, discuss about EFN's activities, and prepare its orientations for the future.

The participation to the Annual Meeting, as well as the buffet dinner are entirely GRATIS. The buffet will offer a variety of ecological fresh fruits, salads, and healthy foods. Participants are invited to bring an edible contribution to the buffet.

Click here to confirm your venue by e-mail if you intend to participate in this Annual Meeting (spam prevention: replace A by @).

Click here to confirm your venue by fax if you intend to participate in this Annual Meeting

Click here to send your proxy if you cannot attend the Annual Meeting, for dues-paying members (sympathizing, active and benefactor members).

If you are not a dues-paying member and if you want to participate in this Annual Meeting: you are cordially invited to join the meeting, but you will not be authorized to take part in the votes and decisions. To participate in the Meeting, you need to be at least a supporting member (that is, to agree with EFN's goals).

If you are not a dues-paying member of EFN or EFN-USA, and you will not participate in this Annual Meeting: there is no need to confirm that you are not coming.

To the attention of the Board of Directors of EFN and of EFN-USA:
The ANNUAL MEETING will be preceded at 4:00 PM, by a meeting of the Board of Directors of EFN and of EFN-USA, to discuss: 1/ current actions of EFN and EFN-USA, 2/ acceptance of new members since the last meeting of the Board of Directors, 3/ preparation of the ANNUAL MEETING which will follow immediately.

The association has continued to grow rapidly this year, and our action is developing in an increasing number of countries.

Many thanks to the volunteers who help us accomplish our task of informing the public about energy and the environment, in various countries.

The ANNUAL MEETING will be held partly in English (for members of EFN-USA) and partly in French (for French speaking members of members of EFN).

To take part in the votes, do not forget to subscribe or to update your membership:

http://www.ecolo.org/subscri/subscrien.htm (for EFN)(dues and donation to EFN gives a right to a tax credit in France amounting to 60% of the amount donated)
http://www.ecolo.org/subscri/subscrius.htm (for EFN-USA)(dues and donations to EFN-USA are 501(c)(3) tax deductible in the United States)


Yours sincerely, 



Bruno Comby.

President of EFN
Association of Environmentalists For Nuclear Energy    


President of EFN-USA
Environmentalists For Nuclear Energy, Inc.    




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