Skip to content


Search Results for: France

Adieu Free Speech in Nuclear France: Areva Rules via Mining Awareness Plus ~ Critical Information & Awareness

Almost two months ago, the French government condemned a French citizen-NGO for criticizing the almost completely French government owned nuclear company AREVA. (http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Areva) How can a government sue its own citizen for raising a question of possible corruption? Shouldn’t the government provide documents proving that there was no corruption instead? Since when do citizens have […]

France struggles to cut down on nuclear power via BBC News

The Fukushima disaster led many countries to rethink their view on nuclear energy. Germany plans to abandon it altogether, but French President Francois Hollande also wants to cut nuclear output sharply – by a third in 20 years. It’s a big ask in a country that now relies on nuclear for 75% of its electricity. […]

Plastic pad clogs Fukushima water cleaning system via France 24

AFP – A piece of plastic padding which clogged up a drain is thought to have caused the breakdown of a decontamination system at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the operator said Sunday. The Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS), designed to remove radioactive material from contaminated water, is expected to play a crucial role in […]

France’s oldest nuclear plant to shut down by 2016: minister via Global Times

French Environment Minister Philippe Martin on Sunday confirmed the closure of the country’s oldest nuclear plant of Fessenheim by the end of 2016, a local paper reported. In an interview with the weekly Le Journal de Dimanche (JDD), the newly-appointed minister said “Francois Hollande’s nuclear commitments will be held in the five-year period.” “I have […]

Toxic radiation ‘in groundwater’ at Fukushima via France24

AFP – Toxic radioactive substances have once again been detected in groundwater at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, its Japanese operator said on Sunday, the latest in a series of incidents at the tsunami-battered complex. Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said tests showed that tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen used in glow-in-the-dark watches, was […]

Un accident nucléaire en France : mais combien coûte une vie humaine pour l’IRSN ? via Rue89

L’Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire (IRSN) a rendu publiques ses estimations du coût d’un accident nucléaire en France, mais l’étude étant introuvable et les hypothèses, non diffusées, l’ensemble repose sur un socle d’histoires toutes plus discutables les unes que les autres. Patrick Momal, économiste à l’IRSN, auteur de cette étude fantôme, a expliqué […]

Mali: Why France is fighting for West Africa  via The Foreign Report.com

[...] Power from Africa  There are many voices in the European media, which say France is intervening in Mali for the sake of its energy supply. That is not surprising since 80% of France’s electricity is from nuclear power, and the region of West Africa is rich with uranium deposits. Neighbouring Niger, which is the world’s fifth-largest uranium producer, accounts for 33% of France’s uranium supply, […]

France eyes Saudi nuclear reactor sales via Al Arabiya news

A top French minister and the chief executives of French utility EDF and reactor builder Areva are visiting Saudi Arabia this weekend to build a case for selling French nuclear reactors to the oil-rich country. Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg will meet with Saudi officials and with representatives of EDF and Areva, who opened a joint […]

Toronto 2012: Metropolitan Films Take ‘The Land of Hope’ for France via The Hollywood Reporter

The film about impact of the Fukushima disaster on a Japanese family premieres in Toronto on Friday. TORONTO — Metropolitan Films have snached up French distribution rights to The Land of Hope, a drama from Japanese director Sion Sono set in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The film, which Metropolitan secured from Japan’s […]

France to close oldest nuclear plant end-2016: Hollande via Reuters

(Reuters) – France will close its oldest nuclear power plant, Fessenheim, at the end of 2016, President Francois Hollande said on Friday, bringing the closure date forward by a few months. “The Fessenheim power plant … will close at the end of 2016, Hollande said, speaking a few days after a steam leak triggered a […]

Areva Looks to China as France Rethinks Nuclear Power via Bloomberg Businessweek

Areva SA (AREVA) Chief Executive Officer Luc Oursel is seeking fresh talks to sell nuclear reactors to China, halted in the wake of last year’s nuclear accident in Japan and amid questions about the new French government’s energy stance. The Chinese “aren’t worried but they are legitimately asking questions about the continuity of the French […]

France’s Areva strikes back over Czech Temelin tender via actualne.cz

Prague – French company Areva, one of the three bidders for a multi-billion Temelín expansion contract, promised to subcontract 70 percent of the works to Czech firms. The French company signed contracts with 14 Czech firms that will be subcontracted if Areva wins the contract. Areva’s contenders, US company Westinghouse and Russian consortium Rosatom, have […]

Fidel Castro warns of climate change, nuclear threat via France 24

AFP – Cuba’s iconic revolutionary Fidel Castro warned that the world was on an “inexorable” march into the abyss this year because of climate change and the threat of nuclear war. In an article published Thursday — Castro’s first since November 2011 — the 85-year-old retired leader also took aim at the United States and […]

The Fukushima Effect: France Starts to Turn Against Its Much Vaunted Nuclear Industry via Time

Is France’s long, proud, and at times defiant affection for nuclear energy finally beginning to wane in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster? While it’s still too early to pronounce France’s nearly four decade love affair with nuclear power finished yet, there are signs the doubts over atomic energy that arose elsewhere following the Fukushima […]

U.S. Must Mirror France – Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Fission via International Business Times

Readers of this space know that it’s frequently addressed the United States’ multi-faceted energy problem — multi-faceted in that it involves both supply and demand issues. The U.S.’s two biggest energy form problems? We use: 1) too much oil and 2) too much coal. Each has triggered a host of environmental, health, economic and related […]

France still plans to build 60th nuclear reactor via Reuters

PARIS, Nov 25 (Reuters) – France will go ahead with a controversial project to build a 60th next-generation nuclear reactor, President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Friday, as he stepped into a heated pre-election debate over France’s dependence on atomic power. During a visit to Pierrelatte near the Tricastin nuclear power plant in southern France, the […]

India, France discuss military, civil nuclear deals via The Hindu

India and France on Thursday discussed military contracts and civil nuclear safety during an interaction between External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and his visiting counterpart, Alain Juppe. France, which has been awarded a multi-billion contract for setting up nuclear power plants in western India, agreed to step up cooperation between the civil nuclear regulatory boards […]

Post-Fukushima, France breaks silence on nuclear safety via The Hindu

For a country as given to debate and argument as France, there has been a deafening silence surrounding the choice of nuclear as the prime source of energy. With a population of 62 million, France boasts 59 nuclear reactors — the highest per capita in the world, with over 75 per cent of its electricity […]

France still sees nuclear appetite post-Fukushima via Reuters

(Reuters) - France still plans to build a 60th nuclear reactor at home despite delays and is eyeing a raft of possible deals for atomic power plants in Europe and emerging countries, French Energy Minister Eric Besson told Reuters on Monday. The radiation leaks at Japan’s quake-hit Fukushima power plant in March have not ended interest […]

Radioactive tea from Japan detained in France via Voice of Russia

A consignment of radioactive tea from Japan was detained by customs officials in France. The cesium content exceeded the permitted norm twofold. Reportedly, the tea was en route from Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan. Continue reading at Radioactive tea from Japan detained in France

France Doubles Down on Nuclear Power via ieee spectrum

OSTED BY: Dave Levitan This is part of IEEE Spectrum‘s ongoing coverage of Japan’s earthquake and nuclear emergency. For more details on how Fukushima Dai-1′s nuclear reactors work and what has gone wrong so far, see our explainer. French president Nicolas Sarkozy announced a new investment of 1 billion euros (US $1.4 billion) for nuclear power […]

France moves Japan Bastille Day party to Fukushima via AFP

KORIYAMA, Japan — France on Thursday moved its annual Bastille Day celebrations in Japan from Tokyo to Fukushima prefecture, which was hit hard by the March 11 quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. It was the first time France has moved an overseas celebration of its national day to a venue outside the host country’s capital. […]

France Expands Nuclear Capabilities by Opening a Nuclear Institute via Celsias

Instead of abandoning nuclear power, France has opened a nuclear energy institute. France currently generates 78 percent of its electricity from nuclear power plants, the highest percentage in the world. Despite the 11 March nuclear debacle in Fukushima, Japan, France has pressed forward with a government-private initiative, on 27 June opening the l’Institut international de […]

France includes nuclear power exit among options via Reuters

Fri Jul 8, 2011 8:42am EDT * France mulls full exit by 2040-2050, not govt’s choice * Option part of wider study on French future energy mix * Poll showed three quarters of French want full exit PARIS, July 8 (Reuters) – France raised the possibility for the first time of pulling out of nuclear […]

France Announces US$1.43 Billion Investment in Nuclear Energy (via the L.A. Times)

Reporting from Paris—French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced a $1.43-billion investment in atomic power Monday, going against Europe’s antinuclear tide following the Fukushima disaster in Japan. Despite growing safety concern among neighboring countries, Sarkozy said abandoning the development and building of new nuclear reactors made no sense. “There is no alternative to nuclear energy today,” he […]

“Japan Nuclear Crisis Raises Doubts In France” via NPR

The nuclear crisis in Japan is also raising questions in France. The country gets nearly 80 percent of its electricity from nuclear power. That makes it the most nuclear-energy-dependent nation in the world. And until now, nuclear power had broad public support in France. Eleanor Beardsley reports. Unidentified Woman #1: (Speaking foreign language). ELEANOR BEARDSLEY: […]

“France Anti-Nuclear Protest” via NTDTV.com

Several dozen anti-nuclear protesters rally in Paris. Fuelled by the nuclear crisis unfolding in Japan following the country’s most powerful earthquake on record, demonstrators are demanding that France end its dependence on nuclear power. They say the radiation leak at a Japanese atomic power plant shows that safety guarantees cannot be upheld. [Eva Joly, Member […]

福島原発 「東電の罪」と「原子力ロビー」(仏ル・モンド紙報道)via France Media News

仏日刊紙ル・モンドは26、27日版紙面で福島原発の状況と東京電力に関する特集記事を掲載している。「日本人は原子力災害を意識し始めているものの、未だ事故の重大性には気づいていないようだ」と冒頭で同紙の東京特派員は語る。特派員によれば、「新聞、民放テレビ局、インターネットのブログなどで語られる原子力専門家の話を聞いていると、この一連の悲劇の背景に「原子力業界のロビー活動」が見え隠れしている」という。 日本の「原子力ロビー」 この「原子力ロビー」には原子力事業を総括する経済産業省と同省の管轄である原子力安全・保安院、電力各社、電気事業連合会(電事連)、そして発電所を建設する東芝や日立といった産業界の大企業が関与し、「非常に大きな資産と影響力」を誇っているという。また、原子力関連の官庁からの天下り社員が送られることにより、完全な「情報統制」を行うだけでなく、出版やテレビ局を通じて大規模な広告キャンペーンを繰り広げ「原子力は100%安全である」という神話を築いて来た。さらに、現在の与党民主党は原子力エネルギー業界出身の組合員が多い労働組合「連合」を支持層にしているため、2009年の政権交代後もこの状況に変化はなかった。同紙は、「この行政、監督官庁、原発建設企業そして電力会社間の緊密な関係が原発反対派を黙殺し、さらに原子力に関するあらゆる疑問を回避してきた」と指摘。電力各社は「1970年代以降から度重なる原発事象を隠蔽、改ざんし続けて来た。当時最も批判が集中したのは東京電力である」と付け加える。 続きは 福島原発 「東電の罪」と「原子力ロビー」(仏ル・モンド紙報道)  

『仏原子力研究機関見解「福島3号機の燃料格納容器は密閉状態にない」』 via FRANCE MEDIA NEWS 福島原発と東北関東大震災に関するフランスメディア・ニュース

 25日仏ル・モンド紙の報道によれば、福島で最悪のシナリオである「原子炉溶融」が起きようとしている。 東京電力は同日未明「第3号機の燃料棒を搭載している格納容器が破損している可能性がある」と発表し、「放射性物質が遠方に放出された」と日本の原子力安全・保安院は報告している。  仏放射線防護原子力安全研究所(IRSN)のティエリ・シャルル事務局長は「原子炉の格納容器に穴が開いていることが予想される。今後我々はその仮説シナリオに基づいて分析を続ける」と語る。IRSNの危機管理局は、数日前から3号機から発生していた黒煙と原子炉隔離外壁がすでに気密性を失っていることから、「燃料と溶けた金属が混ざり合いコリウムが生成され外壁のコンクリートと化学反応を起こし、原子炉格納容器に亀裂が入っている可能性」を懸念しているという。 続きは『仏原子力研究機関見解「福島3号機の燃料格納容器は密閉状態にない」』から。

U.S. alarmed about plutonium stockpile growing from Rokkasho plant via The Asahi Shimbun

The U.S. government has expressed “grave concern” to Japanese officials over Tokyo’s spent nuclear fuel reprocessing program as it increases Japan’s stockpile of plutonium and the risk of proliferation, according to a joint investigation by The Asahi Shimbun and the Center for Public Integrity, a U.S. nonprofit journalism organization. With the nation’s 48 nuclear reactors […]

CEZ Cancels $10 Billion Nuclear Tender on Unfavorable Economics, EU Policy via The Wall Street Journal

PRAGUE—Czech power company CEZ AS BAACEZ.PR -1.25% Thursday abruptly canceled its $10 billion tender for two new nuclear reactors one year ahead of the planned 2015 deadline to pick the winner, leaving the U.S. and Russian companies that had made it to the final round of bidding empty-handed. CEZ, which is 70% state-owned, said it […]

Highly Enriched Danger via The New York Times

By ALAN J. KUPERMAN and FRANK N. VON HIPPEL The first two summits played a critical role in phasing out the use of highly enriched uranium as fuel in research reactors to prevent its misuse by states or terrorists to make nuclear weapons. But the previous conclaves have failed to address the single largest use […]

Cancer study around nuclear facilities to move forward via Beyond Nuclear

The US NRC has announced that a study examining cancers around NRC-licensed facilities will move forward through the National Academy of Sciences. [...] The Phase I report recognizes many of the shortcomings of prior health studies including the imperfection of relying on data from the atomic bomb exposures in Japan, and investigation of cancer deaths […]

Greenpeace activists arrested in French nuclear break-in via Reuters

(Reuters) – French police arrested 57 Greenpeace activists who used a truck on Tuesday to ram their way into a nuclear power plant operated by EDF in eastern France, the organisation said. The activists hung anti-nuclear banners from the Fessenheim plant, the oldest in operation in France. Greenpeace activists have a history of breaking into […]

Old nuclear reactors can’t save the climate via Greenpeace

Today 240 activists are taking action across Europe to highlight the risk of ageing nuclear reactors. There’s an ongoing action inside Tihange in Belgium. In Switzerland activists have unfolded banners inside the Beznau II, the oldest nuclear power plant in Europe. They also flew over with a paraglider and simultaneously in Sweden a banner was […]

Turkey’s first nuke plant ‘facing further delays’ via Daily News

Turkish authorities’ request for review of a key environmental report will likely cause further delay of construction of the first nuclear plant in the country, that will be built by Russian Rosatom Turkey’s first nuclear power plant has hit further delays that will push back the start of production by almost a year after Turkish […]

Sellafield radiation alert resolved via Financial Times

The heightened radioactivity at the Sellafield nuclear site that forced a partial closure was naturally occurring radon gas, the plant’s operator has confirmed. The site will become fully operational this afternoon. This morning only essential workers were allowed in after a detector recorded elevated levels, raising the alarm. The heightened radiation had been picked up […]

Is Nuclear Experimentation Fascism? via Wake Up World

Definition of Fascism: “Any program for setting up a centralized autocratic national regime with severely nationalistic policies, exercising regimentation of industry, commerce, and finance, rigid censorship and forcible suppression of opposition.” ~ New Collegiate Dictionary based on Webster’s New International Dictionary second edition, copyright 1956. I love that definition. It just goes to show you that […]

Areva’s mining project : a threat to Inuit land ! via Sortir du nucléaire

17 janvier 2014 : The French antinuclear network “Sortir du nucléaire“ hands out a 30,000-signatories petition to French Ministers against Areva’s mining project in Baker Lake, Nunavut Since 2008, Areva has been trying to build a uranium mining complex near Baker Lake, a small town in Nunavut, the Canadian Arctic territory inhabited primarily by Inuit. […]

Mayumi Oda on Energy of Change, Feminization and New Birth of Japan via Kyoto Journal

KJ: You came to Japan several times last year following 3.11. What do you see happening at the moment in Japan? Mayumi Oda: It’s a great opportunity to stop nuclear reactors — and probably we will. It’s an amazing coincidence that the last reactor that is still operating, in Hokkaido, is called Tomari. So we’ll […]

RPT-UPDATE 2-S.Korea curbs reliance on nuclear power, but commitment intact via Reuters

* Nuclear power to make up 29 pct of total by 2035 * Revises down plan for nuclear to grow to 41 pct by 2030 * Cut is least stringent of recommended options * South Korea still looking to export its nuclear expertise By Jane Chung SEOUL, Jan 14 (Reuters) – South Korea formally adopted […]

Washington Leading The Way In The New Nuclear Arms Race via Mint Press News

Plans call for five nuclear submarines, 72 bombers and 240 land-based missile systems to be built from 2024 to 2029. This, in addition to the U.S. nuclear portfolio, would be larger than the strategic nuclear strength of China, France and the U.K. combined. Despite more than 40 years of progress in disarmament talks, the U.S. […]

Japan plans nuclear reactor meltdown to help prevent another Fukushima disaster via NBC News

Nuclear scientists in Japan are planning a controlled reactor meltdown in the hope of learning how to prevent disasters like the one at the Fukushima power plant in 2011, according to local media reports. Using a scaled down version of a nuclear reactor, Tomoyuki Sugiyama, a senior scientist at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, told […]

Virginia Uranium suspends campaign via the Danville Register and Bee

RICHMOND – A company is suspending its campaign to mine one of the world’s largest known deposits of uranium ore in Virginia, concluding that Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe’s opposition presents a significant challenge over the next four years. [...] McAuliffe, a Democrat, had said before his election he would not support lifting the state’s decades-long ban […]

Fukushima Investigator Says Atomic Power Needs Global Black Box via Bloomberg

The global atomic power industry needs to share cross-border information to prevent nuclear accidents, replicating the transparency of international air-traffic control, said the head of the investigation into Japan’s Fukushima disaster. Nuclear plant operators and regulators need an international common language and standard for investigating and preventing disasters, Kiyoshi Kurokawa, who headed the Fukushima Nuclear […]

New-Build Nuclear Is Dead: Morningstar via Forbes

Nuclear reactors are not a viable source of new power in the West, Morningstar analysts conclude in a report this month to institutional investors. Nuclear’s “enormous costs, political and popular opposition, and regulatory uncertainty” render new reactors infeasible even in regions where they make economic sense, according to Morningstar’s Utilities Observer report for November. “Aside from […]

Nucléaire : la prolongation comptable à 50 ans des centrales déjà décidée (Batho) via Connaissance des Energies

La décision de prolonger comptablement à 50 ans la durée de vie des centrales nucléaires françaises d’EDF est “déjà prise”, a assuré mardi l’ex-ministre de l’Ecologie Delphine Batho, dans un entretien au quotidien spécialisé Enerpresse. “Nous devons prolonger de manière comptable notre parc à 50 ans. Cette décision, de bon sens est d’ailleurs déjà prise, […]

Nuclear energy verdict: Costly, slow and very high maintenance via New Economy

The story we published on Friday comparing the costs of new nuclear, now that they have been defined by contract signed by the UK Government for the construction of the $24 billion Hinkley C facility – with clean energy alternatives such as wind and solar, certainly generated a lot of interest, and comment. Since then, […]

Chinese nuclear disaster “highly probable” by 2030 via Chinadialogue

China is heading for a nuclear accident if it continues with current construction plans, says former state nuclear physicist and prominent critic He Zuoxiu Some members of the nuclear power industry rely too much on theoretical calculations, when only experience can provide real accuracy. The lifetime of nuclear reactors is calculated in “reactor-years”. One reactor […]

UK nuclear power plant gets go-ahead via BBC News

Will the new nuclear plant mean cheaper bills? Energy Secretary Ed Davey is challenged at a news conference The government has given the go-ahead for the UK’s first new nuclear station in a generation. France’s EDF Energy will lead a consortium, which includes Chinese investors, to build the Hinkley Point C plant in Somerset. Ministers […]

Fukushima: Life and the Transnationality of Radioactive Contamination via The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus

[...] II Human requirements for safety versus economic health Beyond the concerns of contamination from melted radioactive fuel, public trust in the Government has also been a casualty of the Fukushima disaster. The Noda government (2 September 2011 – 26 December 2012) equivocated over the plan by the Kan administration to shut down nuclear power […]

Germany rebuffs European nuclear power subsidy proposal via Reuters

(Reuters) – Germany on Friday rebuffed draft plans by the European Commission to allow European Union member states to directly subsidise nuclear power. Several European governments, such as Britain and France, plan to build new nuclear power stations, but many companies are shying away from investing in the expensive technology without the safeguard of government […]

Japan PM seeks overseas help on Fukushima nuclear plant via The Sydney Morning Herald

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan is open to receiving overseas help to contain widening radioactive water leaks at the crippled nuclear plant in Fukushima, with leaks and mishaps reported almost daily. Abe made the comments in a speech at an international science forum in Kyoto in western Japan on Sunday. “We are wide open […]

Fukushima Forever via HuffPost

Charles Perrow Fukushima is just the latest episode in a dangerous dance with radiation that has been going on for 68 years. Since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945 we have repeatedly let loose plutonium and other radioactive substances on our planet, and authorities have repeatedly denied or trivialized their dangers. The […]

EDF : Fessenheim Nuclear Plant Dismantlement Not Until 2018 – Report via 4-Traders

PARIS–France’s oldest nuclear plant Fessenheim, in the east of the country bordering Germany, won’t be dismantled until 2018 at the earliest due to the plant’s lengthy closing procedures, the French government mediator for the shut down of Fessenheim Francis Rol-Tanguy said in an interview with French daily Les Dernieres Nouvelles d’Alsace. The closing of Fessenheim […]

U.S. Nuclear Power in Decline via Sustainablog

Nuclear power generation in the United States is falling. After increasing rapidly since the 1970s, electricity generation at U.S. nuclear plants began to grow more slowly in the early 2000s. It then plateaued between 2007 and 2010—before falling more than 4 percent over the last two years. Projections for 2013 show a further 1 percent […]

Can the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty outrun its double standard forever? via Sustainable Security

President John F. Kennedy once said: “You cannot negotiate with people who say what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is negotiable.” However a small group of states (including the state of which Kennedy was President) have done just this in relation to the possession of nuclear weapons for decades. Five of them (China, France, […]

The U.S. relies on foreign uranium, enrichment services to fuel its nuclear power plants via U.S. Energy Information Administration

Owners and operators of U.S. commercial nuclear power reactors buy uranium in various forms as well as enrichment services from other countries. U.S. nuclear plants purchased 58 million pounds of uranium in 2012 from both domestic and foreign suppliers; 83% of this total was of foreign origin. About 38% of the enriched uranium needed to […]

16 nuclear reactors to be ready by 2030 via Arab News

Saudi Arabia intends to become a leader in renewable energy by building 16 nuclear reactors with a combined capacity of 22GW, which is about half of the Kingdom’s current electricity output. The project is estimated to cost of more than $100 billion. Abdul Ghani bin Melaibari, coordinator of scientific collaboration at King Abdullah City for […]

Fukushima: the global fallout via The Guardian

The long, dark shadow cast by the meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station grew longer and darker on Wednesday as the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, Tepco, admitted that 300 tonnes of highly toxic water had leaked from purpose-built storage tanks. The disaster, caused when the tsunami that followed the devastating earthquake […]

Report: Jordan to build first nuclear research reactor via The Jerusalem Post

Commission chief: Project to build capabilities, prepare for constructing future nuclear power plants. Jordan’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission has given the green light for the desert kingdom to develop its first nuclear research reactor as a mechanism for meeting the country’s growing energy needs, AFP reported on Tuesday. Two South Korean firms will construct the five-megawatt […]

Chernobyl’s new protective shell taking shape via DW

The new protective shell over the damaged Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Chernobyl is starting to take shape. But, it’s not meant as a final solution for the site and financing for the project remains uncertain. Several hundred builders are working on a crowded construction site, day and night. The workers come from all around […]

Russia’s Rosatom eyes nuclear contracts in Britain via Reuters

(Reuters) – Russian state nuclear company Rosatom is considering selling reactors in Britain and will soon decide whether to apply for a UK reactor licence, a senior company executive said. Rosatom is now building more atomic power plants than any other vendor and has been marketing the legacy of the former USSR’s own nuclear disaster, […]

French nuclear tests ‘showered vast area of Polynesia with radioactivity’ via Islands Business

PARIS, France —- French nuclear tests in the South Pacific in the 1960s and 1970s were far more toxic than has been previously acknowledged and hit a vast swath of Polynesia with radioactive fallout, according to newly declassified Ministry of Defence documents which have angered veterans and civilians’ groups. The papers, seen by the French […]

Chernobyl’s new protective shell taking shape via DW

The new protective shell over the damaged Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Chernobyl is starting to take shape. But, it’s not meant as a final solution for the site and financing for the project remains uncertain. Several hundred builders are working on a crowded construction site, day and night. The workers come from all around […]

Charles Varnadore, Whistle-Blower at Lab, Dies at 71 via The New York Times

After Charles D. Varnadore complained about safety at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, where he worked as a technician, his bosses moved him to an office containing radioactive waste. When an industrial hygienist recommended that either he or the waste be moved, he was put in a room contaminated with mercury. Mr. Varnadore […]

Sellafield failed by private clean-up firms: Series of expensive mistakes has led to review at nuclear plant via The Independent

The Government is expected to take back control of the clean-up of nuclear waste at Cumbria’s Sellafield, following a string of failures by a private sector consortium of US, French and British engineers. Alarmed by spiralling budgets – £70bn and counting – and a series of delays to crucial projects, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) […]

India’s First Ballistic Missile Sub to Begin Sea Trials via The Diplomat

India’s first indigenously-built, nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, INS Arihant, is set to begin sea trials shortly India’s The Tribune reported on Sunday, citing unnamed Indian officials. “The nuclear reactor that will power the submarine can be formally declared ‘critical’ anytime now, while the nuclear-tipped missiles to be launched from underwater are in place,” an unnamed […]

EDF to exit US nuclear power over impact of shale gas via Financial Times

EDF, the world’s biggest producer of nuclear-powered electricity, is to pull out of nuclear production in the US, citing the “revolution” in US energy markets caused by the advent of shale gas. But Henri Proglio, chief executive of the French group, said the drop in prices caused by shale gas had “no significant impact” on […]

EU draws up plans to allow state aid for nuclear power via Financial Times

The EU has drawn up plans to change state aid rules to make it easier for member countries to subsidise nuclear power, in a move that looks set to trigger a political row across the continent. By exempting all nuclear projects from the general restrictions on state aid – subject to certain conditions – the […]

Greenpeace activists break into French nuclear plant via Reuters

(Reuters) – Around 30 Greenpeace activists climbed fences to break into an EDF nuclear power plant in southern France at dawn on Monday, saying they wanted to expose security flaws and demand its closure. The activists, dressed in red, said they reached the walls of two reactors at the Tricastin plant, one of France’s oldest. […]

French nuclear tests ‘showered vast area of Polynesia with radioactivity’ via the Guardian

French nuclear tests in the South Pacific in the 1960s and 1970s were far more toxic than has been previously acknowledged and hit a vast swath of Polynesia with radioactive fallout, according to newly declassified ministry of defence documents which have angered veterans and civilians’ groups. The papers, seen by the French paper Le Parisien, […]

Protestas en Japón por la llegada de un barco con combustible nuclear via NTN24

Decenas de manifestantes antinucleares protestaron este jueves contra la llegada a la central atómica de Takahama (centro del país) de un barco francés cargado de combustible para abastecer los reactores de la planta, en el primer envío de este tipo tras el accidente de Fukushima en 2011.   Con gritos de “Que regrese el barco”, […]

MOX Fuel Shipment Arrives In Japan For Takahama Nuclear Plant via NucNet

27 Jun (NucNet): The first shipment of mixed oxide (MOX) fuel to Japan since before the March 2011 accident at Fukushima-Daiichi has arrived at a port in Takahama, Fukui Prefecture, for delivery to the Takahama nuclear power plant. Areva said that following their departure from Cherbourg in France, on 17 April 2013, two vessels called […]

French Nuclear Disaster Scenario Was So Bad The Government Kept It Secret via Democratic Underground.com

Catastrophic nuclear accidents, like Chernobyl in 1986 or Fukushima No. 1 in 2011, are, we’re incessantly told, very rare, and their probability of occurring infinitesimal. But when they do occur, they get costly. So costly that the French government, when it came up with cost estimates for an accident in France, kept them secret. But […]

India may have to wait to join sensitive nuclear export body via Reuters

(Reuters) – Some states still appear to be skeptical about letting nuclear-armed India into an influential body regulating sensitive atomic trade, diplomats said on Thursday, suggesting Indian membership may not be imminent. The United States, Britain, France are among countries pushing for allowing India – a growing market for such commerce – to join the […]

Ten Countries Launch Renewables Club to Lead World Energy Transformation via EcoWatch

On the invitation of the German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier, high-level representatives from 10 countries have gathered in Berlin to establish the Renewables Club on June 1. Their common goal is to scale up the deployment of renewable energy worldwide. Founding members of this pro-renewable alliance are China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Morocco, South Africa, […]

The Emerging Japan-India Relationship: Nuclear Anachronism, Militarism and Growth Fetish 新興の日印関係—核アナクロニズム、軍国主義、成長固執 via The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus

[...] 3) Fuelling India’s nuclear energy expansion The bargain legitimizing India’s nuclear weapons in return for its purchase of reactors from the US, Russia, France and now Japan has translated into horror for the common people of India. While the India-US nuclear deal was touted as a convergence of the world’s oldest and biggest democracies, […]

French Debates on Nuclear-Waste Repository Postponed by Protests via Bloomberg

French plans to build a nuclear-waste repository were set back when two public meetings were postponed by local opposition. A debate scheduled for tomorrow in Saint Didier, northeastern France, and another in the nearby town of Joinville on June 6 have been pushed back, organizers said in a statement yesterday. The new dates are yet […]

EDF Slumps After Nuclear Price Concerns Trigger Stock Downgrade via Bloomberg Businessweek

Electricite de France SA, Europe’s biggest power producer, fell the most in five months in Paris trading after Bank of America Corp. cut its rating on the stock on concern earnings from nuclear generation will fall short. EDF (EDF) fell as much as 5.5 percent, the biggest intraday decline since Nov. 29, and was down […]

Brazil and Argentina agree to jointly build two nuclear research reactors via Merco Press

Brazil and Argentina agree to jointly build two nuclear research reactors [...] The atomic agencies of the two countries have closely collaborated since 2008. Argentina provides Brazil 30% of the Molybdenum 99 (Mo99) radioisotopes which are indispensable in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Since 2011 both countries agreed to move forward on greater integration, […]

No Nukes: Anti-Nuclear Activists Condemn Turkey’s Plans To Build Second Atomic Plant via International Business Times

Greenpeace International, the prominent environmental organization, and other activists have condemned a $22-billion deal between Turkey, France and Japan to construct the second Turkish nuclear reactor. The Anatolia News Agency reported over the weekend that Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Japanese leader Shinzo Abe signed an agreement in the Turkish capital of Ankara […]

INS Arihant, India’s N-powered submarine, to be operational soon via NDTV

New Delhi: In a big step towards securing India’s nuclear deterrence capabilities, the reactor on board the indigenously built nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant is set to become operational within three weeks. The submarine, which is over 100 metres long, has been undergoing trials in Visakhapatnam for the last three years . Dr VK Saraswat, the chief […]

MPs point to £2.3bn annual nuclear subsidy via Financial Times

The nuclear industry enjoys a subsidy of at least £2.3bn a year and is in line for more public support under government plans to offer guaranteed prices for low-carbon power, a new report says.The research, commissioned by the environmental audit committee of MPs, risks inflaming the already heated debate about public support for new atomic […]

EDF Faces ‘Uncertainty’ on Nuclear Reactor Life Spans, ASN Says via Bloomberg

Electricite de France SA, Europe’s biggest nuclear operator, faces “uncertainty” about how long it can operate its French reactors, the country’s regulator said. “We are a long way from making a decision,” on whether EDF will be able to operate its nuclear reactors beyond 40 years, Pierre-Franck Chevet, head of the Autorite de Surete Nucleaire, […]

Uncomfortable Questions in the Wake of Nuclear Accidents at Fukushima and Chernobyl via Japan Focus

Anders Pape Møller and Timothy A. Mousseau Twenty nuclear accidents at the official International Nuclear Event Scale of 4 to 7 have occurred between 1952 and 2011 (Lelieveld et al. 2012). The risk of another major accident during the next 50 years is high and it has been estimated that some 30 million people could […]

U.K. Lawmakers See Need for Plan B if Nuclear Boom Fails via Bloomberg

[...] Lawmakers are weighing new energy laws designed to spur 110 billion pounds ($165 billion) of investment in generators and grids by 2020. The draft includes support for low-carbon projects such as nuclear and renewables, and plants that capture emissions. The experience of France and Finland, where new reactors have overshot budgets and schedules, has […]

Nuclear Ships And Subs Pose Huge Risk To Humanity via A Green Road

Nuclear ships and nuclear subs pose a huge risk to all life on the planet. In the video above, we can see a massive nuclear  powered and weaponized Navy carrier being pulled out of harbor, ready to go to sea. [...] Comparing Contaminated Zones Around Chernobyl And Fukushima Ocean Radiation Released; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/05/comparing-contaminated-zones-around.html […]

Ten Urgent Reasons to Reject Nuclear Power Now via truthout

Many citizens do not want nuclear power. They know it is both far too dangerous and far too expensive. UK governments have largely supported nuclear power as well as nuclear weapons. Many citizens do not want nuclear weapons because they know they are insanely dangerous, and they want to live without the constant threat of […]

New York, 12 February 2013 – Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea via the United Nations

The Secretary-General condemns the underground nuclear weapon test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) today. It is a clear and grave violation of the relevant Security Council resolutions. It is deplorable that Pyongyang defied the strong and unequivocal call from the international community to refrain from any further provocative measures. The Secretary-General […]

Un accident nucléaire majeur coûterait 430 milliards d’euros via Le Figaro

INFOGRAPHIE – Pour la première fois, des économistes ont réalisé une évaluation précise des coûts qu’entraînerait en France une catastrophe nucléaire comparable à celle survenue au Japon en 2011. Un peu moins de deux ans après la catastrophe nucléaire de Fukushima, au Japon, l’Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire (IRSN) a publié les conclusions […]

Hollande Draws French Industry Ire as Nuclear Edge Fades via Bloomberg

French industrial groups are up in arms as their once-celebrated nuclear-energy edge evaporates. After decades when their factories churned out everything from steel, glass and chemicals with one of the cheapest power prices in Europe thanks to the country’s 58 nuclear reactors, French companies’ competitive advantage is being whittled away as the U.S. embrace of […]

Nuke the People? via Reader Supported News

By William Boardman Is that a Fukushima in your pants, or are you just hot all the time? In something of a stealth maneuver during the 2012 holiday season, the US Department of Energy set about to give every American a little more radiation exposure, and for some – a lot, by allowing manufacturers to […]

U.S. To Bury Almost All Existing Used Nuclear Fuel; Recycling Deferred At Least 20 Years via Forbes

There’s little hope that the 70,000 metric tons of used nuclear fuel dispersed across the United States will ever be recycled, according to a recent study by Oak Ridge National Laboratory—so nearly all existing waste will go into the earth. In a study completed late last year, Oak Ridge officials determined that the U.S. is […]

Iran denies reports of explosion at Fordo nuclear site via BBC News

Iran has denied foreign media reports of a major explosion at one of its underground uranium enrichment sites. The deputy head of Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) called the reports “Western propaganda” designed to influence forthcoming nuclear talks. Reports in Israeli and Western media said a blast at the Fordo facility near Qom had […]

Australia keen to strengthen UAE relations through nuclear deal via Gulfnews.com

[...] The Australian official pointed out that the UAE is going to require 800 tonnes of Uranium to operate its four reactors by 2020. We export 7,000 tons a year, this accounts for more than 10 per cent of our exports and if we even get one-third of those this will give a boost to […]

New Centralized Nuclear Plants: Still an Investment Worth Making? via Forbes

Just a few years ago, the US nuclear renaissance seemed at hand. It probably shouldn’t have been. Cost overruns from Finland to France to the US were already becoming manifest, government guarantees were in doubt, and shale gas drillers were beginning to punch holes into the ground with abandon. [...] Even without Fukushima, the verdict […]

ヨーロッパ緑の党、福島でのIAEA国際会議に抗議「福島での原子力会合開催は品位を欠く行為」その2/ラ・プロヴァンス(12月15日)via フランスねこのNews Watching

福島を訪問したヨーロッパ緑の党パスカル・ドゥラン事務局長へのインタビュー ●「福島を訪問するのは今回が初めてですか?」 そうです。そして私がヨーロッパ緑の党の事務局長として行う最初の外遊でもあります。フランスでエネルギー政策の転換に関する議論が始まっている今 の時期に福島を訪問することは大きな意味があります。IAEAが日本、それも福島で会合を開いている今この時に、ここ福島にいることが重要なのです。 IAEAが福島で会合を開くなどということは、品位を欠く行為と言わざるを得ません。 ●「今日、何を御覧になりましたか?」 一番に心に思い浮かぶのは、住民関係者が口々に語った(日本政府が福島の住民に対して行った避難の可否等に関する)信じられない内容の決定と、市民 らの口をふさぐ「秘密の掟」です。住民たちの証言によれば、汚職も蔓延しています。お金にものを言わせて一部の人々の口をふさいでいるのです。 私たちは福島で事故が起きて以来、素早く情報を入手していました。だから現状については既に知っていました。しかし関係者からの証言を聞いて問題の 程度があまりにもひどいことに驚いています。福島原発での事故処理作業の開始以来、線量計を取り上げて請負労働者に放射線被曝量を偽るよう要求するという 話を耳にしました。人を殺すというところまでやるとは思いませんでした。 [...] ●元の記事:「ラ・プロヴァンス紙記者による福島同行記録」/ラ・プロヴァンス(12月15日) (« Carnet de bord d’une journaliste de La Provence à Fukushima », La Provence, 2012.12.15) http://www.laprovence.com/article/monde/carnet-de-bord-dune-journaliste-de-la-provence-a-fukushima 続きは ヨーロッパ緑の党、福島でのIAEA国際会議に抗議「福島での原子力会合開催は品位を欠く行為」その2/ラ・プロヴァンス(12月15日) 関連記事 ヨーロッパ緑の党、福島でのIAEA国際会議に抗議「福島での原子力会合開催は品位を欠く行為」その1/ラ・プロヴァンス(12月15日)

Last 24 hours have ‘killed’ French nuclear – analyst via Reuters

MILAN/PARIS, Dec 4 (Reuters) – French power group EDF received a new blow on Tuesday when Italy’s biggest utility Enel announced its has pulled out from a project to build a next-generation nuclear reactor in northern France. The French state-owned utility said earlier this week stricter regulation in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima disaster has […]

「低放射線被ばくで深刻な健康被害」仏米科学者が学術誌に発表/サイエンス・デイリーvia ふらんすふらんす

「たとえ非常に低い放射線レベルでの被ばくであっても、生命体には有害な影響がある」 米サウス・キャロライナ大学のティモシー・ムソ―教授(生物科学、注)と仏パリ南大学のアンダース・ミュラー教授(動物生理学)らは11月8日、過去40年間に出版された5千以上の関連論文を分析した結果、放射線被ばくに関しては「安全レベル」に該当する「しきい値」は存在せず、低放射線による被ばくであっても、免疫機能、生理機能、染色体における突然変異、疾病の発生率等において統計上有意な確度で有害な影響が引き起こされると指摘、『生物学レビュー』(Biological Reviews)に発表した。 [...] 今回の調査は、天然の放射線量が比較的高いイランのラムサール、ケニアのモンバサ、フランス南部のロデーヴ、中国の陽江等で個別に実施された放射線被ばくの影響調査に関する結果を集め、「メタ分析」(過去に行われた複数の研究結果を統合し、より信頼性の高い結果を得るための分析手法)を実施したもの。個々の調査では放射能被ばくによる染色体の損壊、ダウン症を含む疾病の発生率、男女の出生比率等への影響などが分析されている。 「天然の放射線量が高いこれらの地域では、『被ばくによる影響が明らかに目に見える形では起きていない』とか、『影響があったとしても、小さかったり被害者の集中する地域が限られている』、といった理由で、『低放射線量による被ばくの悪影響はおそらくないだろう』と考える傾向があります。」 [...] 「今回のデータは又、被ばくに『しきい値』など無いことを非常に明確に証明しました。そしてもっと本当のことを言えば、このように低レベルの放射線による被ばくであっても健康への悪影響が現れるのですから、被ばくを防ぐための規制を設ける際の考え方を(より厳しい方向に)変えなければならないのです。特に、原発や医療被ばく、飛行場のエックス線検査など、自然界には無い形で出された放射能によって人々が被ばくする場合には。」 全文は「低放射線被ばくで深刻な健康被害」仏米科学者が学術誌に発表/サイエンス・デイリー