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Belgium Shuts Down Doel-3 And Tihange-2 After Unexpected RPV Test Results via NukNet

26 Mar (NucNet): The Doel-3 and Tihange-2 nuclear reactor units in Belgium were shut down today after tests related to the reactor pressure vessels (RPVs) showed “unexpected results”, Electrabel, a subsidiary of French energy company GDF Suez and operator of the stations, said. Tests carried out at Belgium’s nuclear research reactor BR-2 in Mol consisted […]

WWI Shell Found At Belgium’s Tihange Nuclear Power Plant, Forcing Partial Evacuation via Huffington Post

BRUSSELS — A Belgian utility says an unexploded World War I shell was found on the grounds of a nuclear power plant but was safely removed by military experts. Electrabel spokeswoman Anne-Sophie Huge said the shell was found during drainage work Wednesday in front of an administrative building outside a reactor’s fenced security perimeter. She […]

Belgium: Possible flaw in nuclear plant via AP

BRUSSELS (AP) – A possible hairline crack in the steel tank containing the reactor at a Belgian nuclear plant poses no danger to the public, the country’s nuclear regulatory agency said Friday. The possible flaw was discovered while the plant was shut for annual maintenance, Karina De Beule, a spokeswoman for AFCN, the Federal Agency […]

Belgium agrees on conditional nuclear exit plans via Reuters

(Reuters) – Belgium’s political parties have reached a conditional agreement to shut down the country’s two remaining nuclear power stations, owned by GDF Suez unit Electrabel, a government spokeswoman said Monday. The plan for a shutdown of the three oldest reactors by 2015 and a complete exit by 2025 is conditional on finding enough energy […]

Belgium Abandon Nuclear Energy From 2015 via Newish info.

Negotiators working on the formation of a new Belgian federal government reached an agreement for the country to abandon nuclear energy from 2015, said Friday night the evening Le Soir in its online edition. The representatives of the six parties held a meeting Friday night dedicated to energy and sustainable development, under the direction of […]

Two Belgian nuclear reactors may be closed permanently: state media via Reuters

(Reuters) – Two Belgian nuclear reactors owned by GDF-Suez unit Electrabel may remain offline until spring and may need to be halted permanently, Belgian state broadcaster VRT reported on Tuesday. The Belgian nuclear regulator ordered production to be stopped at the 1,008 megawatt Tihange 2 reactor and the 1,006 megawatt Doel 3 reactor in 2012 […]

Insight – The cost of caring for Europe’s elderly nuclear plants via Reuters

(Reuters) – Europe’s ageing nuclear fleet will undergo more prolonged outages over the next few years, reducing the reliability of power supply and costing plant operators many millions of dollars. Nuclear power provides about a third of the European Union’s electricity generation, but the 28-nation bloc’s 131 reactors are well past their prime, with an […]

Electrabel confirms Doel 4 nuclear power plant sabotage vian Power Engineering

Belgium has been left without half of its nuclear capacity, as GDF Suez subsidiary Electrabel confirmed that its Doel 4 nuclear reactor has been shut down due to sabotage. Reuters reports that a GDF Suez (Euronext: GSZ) spokesman confirmed Belgian press reports about suspicion of sabotage. “There was an intentional manipulation,” he said, adding that somebody […]

What If China Has a Fukushima? via Caixin Online

(Beijing) — China has never suffered a Three Mile Island-like nuclear power plant accident, much less a Chernobyl meltdown or a Fukushima disaster. But now that the government under Premier Li Keqiang has put the country on a fast-track for nuclear power development, with dozens of new reactors scheduled to launch by 2020, the insurance […]

Covert mission: Plutonium source might be Canada via Ottawa Citizen

 Questions being asked about mystery cargo The nuclear fuel carrier Pacific Egret slipped into the harbour at Charleston, South Carolina, on March 19 and unloaded a top-secret cargo at the port’s Naval Weapons Station. Fitted with naval guns, cannons and extensive hidden means of repelling a terrorist assault, the three-year-old British vessel was purpose-built to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nuclear Materials Report Shows Better Safekeeping via The New York Times

A report issued Wednesday on the security of deadly nuclear materials found steady improvement, with seven countries in the last two years giving up most of their uranium and plutonium that could be readily turned into weapons. Their actions lowered the number of nations with appreciable fuel for atomic bombs to 25 from 32. [...] […]

UNSCEAR members protest against minimising health effects of Fukushima radiation via nuclear-news

Shocked UNSCEAR members in Belgium protest “It even goes back behind the lessons of Chernobyl and other studies.”  Original post: Marc Molitor Les délégués belges indignés: “On minimise les conséquences de Fukushima” by Marc Molitor http://www.rtbf.be/info/societe/detail_les-delegues-belges-indignes-on-minimise-les-consequences-de-fukushima?id=8042566 English translation by Alex Rosen, M.D., Vice-chairman, German IPPNW Shocked UNSCEAR members in Belgium protest “It even goes back behind the lessons […]

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 […]

Obama accused of nuclear U-turn as guided weapons plan emerges via the Guradian

Barack Obama has been accused of reneging on his disarmament pledges after it emerged the administration was planning to spend billions on upgrading nuclear bombs stored in Europe to make the weapons more reliable and accurate. Under the plan, nearly 200 B61 gravity bombs stockpiled in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Turkey would be […]

The “Bright Future” of Japan’s Nuclear Industry via Japan Focus

While the media are rushing to announce the “full stop” of Japan’s nuclear power production 2039, little attention has been paid to two much less publicized moves. The first is the restarting of Japan’s nuclear export industry, especially its targeting of former colonial areas in South East Asia. The second is even more discreet. It […]

Thousands of cracks found in Belgian nuclear power plant via euobserver.com

… The cracks, which possibly date back to the reactor’s construction some 40 years ago, were discovered using ultra-sound during inspections in June and July. Belgium’s nuclear regulator, the federal agency for nuclear control (FANC), said the reactor is in shutdown mode for inspections and its fuel has been discharged. The reactor poses no threat […]

Nuclear Industry Says Back on Track After Fukushima `Speed Bump’ via Broomberg

Within months of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the worst in 25 years, Germany, Belgium and Italy vowed to quit atomic energy. Twelve months on, the nuclear industry says it’s almost back to business as usual. “Fukushima put a speed bump on the road to the nuclear renaissance,” Ganpat Mani, president of Converdyn, a company that […]

50 Years After Test 596 – Nuclear Testing in East Turkestan via Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization

PRESS REMINDER FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Living in the Shadow of an Atom Cloud: The Search for Victims’ Redress after China’s Nuclear Tests Wednesday, 29 February 2012, 9.30 – 12.30 Room P7C050, Paul-Henri Spaak Building, European Parliament 60 Rue Wiertz, Brussels, Belgium Brussels, 24 February 2012 – The nuclear accident at Fukushima, Japan, has once again […]

New Study Ranks Countries on Security of Materials That Fuel Nuclear Arms via The New York Times

Now, for the first time publicly, experts have surveyed the precautions each country has in place and ranked the nations from best to worst. The study is full of surprises and potential embarrassments: for instance, Australia takes first place in nuclear security and Japan comes in at No. 23, behind nations like Kazakhstan and South […]

Study Ranks Countries on Nuclear Security via The New York Times

The 32 nations with materials that can fuel atom bombs are typically mum on security, which looks to the public like a closed world of barbed wire and armed guards. Behind the scenes, atomic insiders have long told horror stories of risky practices and security flaws that might let the crucial ingredients for nuclear weapons […]

Southeast Asian Nations Look at Nuclear Power via The New York Times

By SONYA KOLESNIKOV-JESSOP Published: November 27, 2011 SINGAPORE — The nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant that began in March has led many governments around the world to pause, review safety measures and revise their plans for power development. A few countries, like Germany and Belgium, have even decided to decommission their nuclear plants […]

Nuclear a pawn in Belgian politics via Nuclear World News

16 November 2011 In pursuit of a functioning government Belgium has reversed a 2009 agreement and proposed a crippling tax on nuclear power, leading utilities to threaten court action.   GDF Suez reacted strongly to the moves today with the assertion that the last negotiated nuclear agreement with government was binding on both sides. The […]

Energetic meet points outpost-Fukushima second thoughts via The Hindu

Even as India debates the pros and cons of the Kudankulam nuclear power project, several developed countries have already resolved to scrap their nuclear plants, experts at an energy conclave said on Monday. Addressing the 14th regional conclave of the Madras Management Association (MMA) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) on “Energy as a factor […]

New deal on phasing out nuclear power via Flanders News

Mon 31/10/2011 – 10:24 Update: Mon 31/10/2011 – 12:32 The six parties involved in talks that should lead to the formation of a new Belgian Government have struck a deal on phasing out nuclear energy. Under the agreement Belgium will close all its nuclear power plants when there are sufficient alternatives. Under legislation dating from […]

Kazakhstan reels from impact of nuclear tests, 20 years on via AFP

By Aleks Tapinsh (AFP) – 1 day ago SEMEY, Kazakhstan — The 79-year-old Yevdokia Matushkina struggles to remember. Her memories often fail her. Except one. Sitting in her tiny room at a home for the elderly in the eastern Kazakh city of Semey, Matushkina remembers the days when the loud blasts of nuclear tests several […]

New EU rules for nuclear waste open the door to dumping in Russia via Greenpeace

European countries obliged to develop plans to address waste problem Press release – July 19, 2011 European countries today agreed to develop plans to address the ever-growing problem of nuclear waste. However, the EU also agreed to continue the dangerous practice of transporting radioactive material across great distances to storage plants outside EU borders. In […]