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Fukushima mothers visit France and the UN to demand their human rights via Beyond Nuclear

By Linda Pentz Gunter, with contributions from Kurumi Sugita and Akiko Morimatsu   When Kazumi Kusano stood in the CRIIRAD radiological laboratory in Valence, France listening to lab director, Bruno Chareyron, describe just how radioactive the soil sample taken from a school playground back home in Japan really was, she could not fight back the tears. “This […]

New Investigative Book Questions Safety of France’s Nuclear Power Plants via French Tribune

In a new book to be published today, investigative reporters Thierry Gadault and Hugues Demeude disclose major deficiencies in the condition of several large nuclear power plants in France. “Today, the question is no longer to know if a serious accident is possible in France but when it will take place,” said a senior executive […]

France accused of ‘nuclear racism’ over atomic tests via RNZ

French Polynesia’s pro-independence leader Oscar Temaru has accused France of nuclear racism for testing its nuclear weapons in the Pacific. Mr Temaru made the comment to Radio 1 in Tahiti at the presentation of his Tavini Huiraatira’s campaign programme for the territorial election in April. He said it was scandalous that France knew about the […]

L’Algérie réclamera des indemnités de la France via TRT Français

[…] La France a effectué entre 1966 et 1996, environ 210 essais nucléaires en Algérie et dans la Polynésie française. Plus de 100 000 personnes ont été affectées par les essais nucléaires qui sont une ‘tâche noire’ dans l’histoire de la France. Les essais nucléaires avaient pris fin durant le mandat de l’ex-président Jacques Chirac […]

France outlines plans to shutter Fessenheim nuclear plant on German border via DW

France is advancing with plans to close its Fessenheim nuclear power plant on the border with Germany. The French environment minister said concerns about job losses can be addressed through opportunities in Germany. France’s environment minister on Friday said the controversial nuclear power plant at Fessenheim along the border with Germany would close at the […]

France backtracks on promise to cut nuclear power reliance via The Local

The French government said Tuesday that it probably would not be able to keep its 2025 deadline for reducing the proportion of electricity generated from nuclear to 50 percent, an admission which angered ecologists. Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot admitted it “will be difficult to keep to the 2025 calendar without relaunching energy from fossil fuels”. In […]

Nobel prize money will no longer be ‘invested’ in nuclear weapons via France 24

OSLO (AFP) –  The Nobel Foundation said Friday its prizes will no longer be funded with investments from nuclear arms producers, just weeks after awarding the peace prize to a nuclear weapons disarmament campaign group. The private institution, based in Stockholm, is responsible for managing the fund left by the prizes’ founder, Alfred Nobel, a Swedish […]

France to decide by end 2018 how many nuclear plants to shut: minister via Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) – France will detail at the end of 2018 how many nuclear reactors will close to meet a target on reducing atomic energy, Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot told French daily Le Monde on Saturday. France aims to cut the share of atomic energy in power generation to 50 percent by 2025 from 75 […]

France’s nuclear spent-fuel pools major security risk: Greenpeace via Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) – The spent-fuel pools of French utility EDF’s nuclear reactors are highly vulnerable to attacks, Greenpeace said in a report published on Tuesday. Written by a group of nuclear experts and delivered to French authorities, the report says that spent-fuel pools, which typically contain the equivalent of one to three nuclear reactor cores, […]

Natural’ quake detected near N. Korea nuclear site via France 24

China said a magnitude 3.4 earthquake detected in North Korea on Saturday was a “suspected explosion”, raising fears the isolated state had conducted another nuclear bomb test just weeks after its last one. An official at South Korea‘s meteorological agency said they were analysing the tremor, which they put at magnitude 3.0, but the initial […]

Video: Returning to Fukushima via France 24

On March 11, 2011, a powerful earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan triggered the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, in 1986. Just like in the Soviet Union, thousands of people were evacuated around the disaster zone. But unlike the Soviet authorities, the Japanese government has worked hard to make the stricken area once again […]

France’s EDF cuts output at two nuclear reactors due to heatwave via Reuters

PARIS, July 18 (Reuters) – French utility EDF cut output at two reactors at its Tricastin nuclear plant in southern France on Tuesday, due to scorching temperatures, to reduce the amount of heated water from the reactors’ cooling system flowing into the Rhone river.  The Tricastin plant has four pressurised water reactors with an installed […]

France could close ‘up to 17’ nuclear reactors by 2025 via France 24

Nicolas Hulot, France’s environment minister, announced on Monday that France could close “up to 17 nuclear reactors” by 2025. Hulot says the move aims to bring policy into line with a law on renewable energy that aims to reduce French reliance on nuclear power to 50 percent. France currently derives close to 75 percent of […]

In France, anti-nuclear activists protest sixth MOX shipment en route to Japan via The Japan Times

PARIS – A cargo of reprocessed nuclear fuel containing highly radioactive plutonium left the French port of Cherbourg for Japan under heavy security on Wednesday as demonstrators protested the transport. The controversial shipment from a plant of the French nuclear group Areva located about 20 km (12 miles) from the port arrived in Cherbourg before dawn […]

MOX fuel shipment leaves France for Japan via World Nuclear News

Two ships carrying mixed oxide (MOX) fuel yesterday departed from the French port of Cherbourg en route to Japan. It is the sixth such shipment of MOX fuel from Europe to Japan. Two ships – the Pacific Heron and the Pacific Egret – are owned by Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd (PNTL) – a subsidiary of International Nuclear Services. They […]

France to close some nuclear reactors, says ecology minister Hulot via Reuters

French environment and energy minister Nicolas Hulot said on Monday that the government plans to close some nuclear reactors of state-controlled utility EDF to reduce nuclear’s share of the country’s power mix. He gave no indication of timing. Hulot told reporters at the G7 environment summit in the Italian city of Bologna that it was […]

Lobby groups file challenge to France’s Flamanville nuclear reactor via Reuters

A group of activists has filed a legal challenge with the French prime minister’s office against the extension of EDF’s license for construction of the Flamanville nuclear reactor in northern France. The move by Greenpeace and other anti-nuclear groups is in response to safety concerns over the Flamanville reactor and is a precursor to elevation […]

Are France’s ageing nuclear plants safe? via France24

Despite heightened surveillance and draconian control measures, the answers from nuclear analysts is far from unanimous. Despite these questions, the French power giant that manages them, EDF, wants to prolong their life by ten or even 20 years. Furthermore, the public utility’s finances are at least €37 billion in debt. What’s more, EDF is due […]

France announces alarm over nuclear power plants via Ansamed

PARIS – Due to technical problems and financial difficulties experienced by energy giants EDF and Areva, the conditions of French nuclear power plants ”has become very worrisome”, Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) president Pierre-Franck Chevet said on Wednesday. Interviewed by the economic insert of Le Figaro, he said that 12 reactors had been shut down for […]

The unexpected dangers of mushroom hunting in France via The Local

[…] A study published on Monday revealed that mushrooms in the Rhône-Alpes region in south west France are still contaminated by radiation, due to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 30 years ago. The news site France Bleu Drôme-Ardèche revealed that scientists had found traces of “Cesium 137” a radioactive element in 36 out of 38 samples. […]

France’s Nuclear Power Stations ‘At Risk of Catastrophic Failure’ via Ecologist

Sizewell B and 27 Other EDF Nuclear Plants A new report finds that 28 nuclear reactors, 18 of them EDF plants in France and one at Sizewell in the UK, are at risk of failure ‘including core meltdown’ due to flaws in safety-critical components in reactor vessels and steam generators, writes Oliver Tickell. The news […]

Tahiti Protestants take France to court via RNZ

French Polynesia’s Protestant church has decided to take France to the International Criminal Court over the legacy of the French nuclear weapons tests. The decision was announced at the conclusion of the Maohi Protestant Church Synod in Tahiti. Its secretary general Celine Hoiore said the case will be filed in The Hague for alleged crimes […]

Theresa May delays China-France nuclear plant at Hinkley Point via Press TV

British Prime Minister Theresa May has personally intervened to delay the construction of a controversial nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C to further review the costly project. May’s predecessor David Cameron promoted the £18 billion project by French energy company EDF with financial backing from China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) as a sign […]

Strikes spread to all nuclear plants in France via PressTV

[…] Members of the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) union voted to down tools at all 19 nuclear power plants on Thursday. “All power production sites voted to strike from Thursday. All 19 nuclear plants voted for the strike. We will start cutting power output tonight from 1900 GMT,” said CGT union official Laurent Langlard. […]

Cops and Protesters Clash in Paris as Strike Shuts Down France’s Nuclear Plants via Vice

Nuclear power plants in France joined the nationwide industrial action this week, as protests against a controversial labor reform law escalated into more violence. A spokesperson for French trade union CGT told AFP that 19 refineries had voted to join the strike. At the Gravelines nuclear power station, in the north of France, disgruntled employees […]

After fuel blockade, French unions threaten nuclear plant walkouts over labour reform via France24

Police broke up a fuel depot blockade in France on Wednesday and France’s hardline CGT union prepared for a strike at a nuclear plant, escalating a standoff over proposed new labour laws. France has also mobilised its emergency motor fuel stocks for the first time since 2010, a spokeswoman for oil lobby group UFIP said. […]

France’s nuclear giant Areva admits to ‘400 irregularities’ in power plant parts via The Telegraph

France’s ailing nuclear giant, Areva, faced a major scandal on Tuesday after the country’s nuclear watchdog confirmed there have been “irregularities” in 400 parts produced in its reactors since 1965, and that “around 50 are currently in service in France’s nuclear power plant fleet”. France’s independent Nuclear Safety Authority, ASN, said the “irregularities” were listed in […]

France to close nuclear power plant after German and Swiss criticism via Deutsche Welle

French officials have announced plans to close Fessenheim power plant by the end of the year. The decision comes after an ongoing dispute with Switzerland and Germany over the plant’s safety. Green minister Emmanuelle Cosse said Monday that France would shut down the nuclear power plant, just days after reports surfaced suggesting a nuclear accident […]

France to distribute iodine tablets near nuclear power stations via RFI

France’s nuclear safety watchdog is to distribute iodine tablets to people living near the country’s 19 nuclear power stations, warning that an accident is possible but not probable. France relies on nuclear power for a large part of its energy needs. In the fifth such distribution campaign since they began in 1997, the Nuclear Security […]

Risk of cancer from occupational exposure to ionising radiation: retrospective cohort study of workers in France, the United Kingdom, and the United States (INWORKS) via The bmj

Abstract Study question Is protracted exposure to low doses of ionising radiation associated with an increased risk of solid cancer? Methods In this cohort study, 308 297 workers in the nuclear industry from France, the United Kingdom, and the United States with detailed monitoring data for external exposure to ionising radiation were linked to death registries. […]

Nuclear waste leaves France for Australia via Sky News

A ship carrying 25 tonnes of nuclear waste has left France for Australia despite protests from environmental campaigners who said they were concerned about ‘deficiencies’ in the vessel. The BBC Shanghai left the northern French port of Cherbourg after getting approval from local officials who carried out an inspection on Wednesday and is due to […]

France tilting toward nuclear phase-out via DW

As the traditionally strong French nuclear power industry continues to be plagued by technical and financial difficulties, the government has sought to cut nuclear power in favor of renewables. French Environment Minister Segolene Royal sparked rebuke Tuesday (08.09.2015) by tying shutdown of the country’s oldest nuclear plant to the opening of an EPR reactor that […]

France law to halve energy use, slash nuclear dependence via Yahoo News UK (AFP)

French lawmakers were set to adopt a new law on Wednesday that will halve the country’s energy consumption by 2050 and slash its reliance on nuclear energy. Under the new law, which was to be put to a final vote in the National Assembly later Wednesday, nuclear energy will provide only 50 percent of France’s […]

Large Fire Erupts at Paluel Nuclear Power Plant in France via Sputnik

According to reports, a large fire occurred at the Paluel nuclear power plant in Normandy, France. MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A large fire occurred at the Paluel nuclear power plant in Normandy, France, Le Figaro reported Friday citing the plant management. According to the newspaper, the fire started at 10:30 p.m. (GMT 20:30) Thursday night at the production unit number two. […]

France Loses Enthusiasm for Nuclear Power via Scientific American

Nuclear’s share of electricty will drop from 75 percent to 50 percent by 2025 due to loss of know-how and requirements for more renewable sources […] However, in fulfillment of a campaign promise, President François Hollande’s government is aiming to pass legislation in July that will cement a nuclear energy drawdown, bringing nuclear’s share of […]

France’s nuclear power giant beset by setbacks via France24

France, which has one of the most advanced nuclear energy systems in the world, is struggling to remain a major player in the nuclear field as its state-owned company Areva leaks cash and faces safety concerns. France’s nuclear security authority ASN (Autorité de surete nucléaire) last week declared that a multi-billion dollar Evolutionary Power Reactor […]

France’s Regulator Criticises Areva Over Waste Management At La Hague via NucNet

22 Jan (NucNet): Deadlines for the retrieval and packaging of legacy radioactive waste at Areva’s La Hague reprocessing facility in northern France have slipped, with the country’s regulator issuing a new decision to compel Areva to guarantee compliance. The French nuclear safety authority ASN (Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire) said in a statement that the waste, […]

Mystery Drones in France Expose Vulnerability of Nuclear Sites via Bloomberg

A series of mysterious drone flights over French nuclear reactors recently is exposing a security threat that has authorities scrambling. There have been more than a dozen sightings so far, including one this week, of small unmanned aircraft. They haven’t inflicted damage nor has anyone publicly claimed responsibility, according to atomic operators and French ministers. […]

Au revoir, nuclear power? France eyes an energy shift of its own via The Christian Science Monitor

France is looking to undo decades of nuclear power growth and instead boost energy sources like wind, solar, and small hydro projects. French President Francois Hollande has promised to limit the growth of the country’s nuclear power, many older reactors have been targeted for decommissioning, and Greenpeace and other environmental groups have been relentless in […]

France to Build 8 Nuclear Reactors in South Africa via International Business Times

France is set to construct eight nuclear reactors in South Africa after signing a $US50 billion ($A54.10 billion) agreement early this week. The deal likewise stated skills development, localisation of nuclear technology as well as research and development in South Africa, according to World Nuclear News. South Africa currently has two operating nuclear power plants. Located […]

France to cut reliance on nuclear power by 2025 via The Local.fr

In his election manifesto President François Hollande had promised to cut France’s reliance on Nuclear power and that move came a step closer on Friday. By 2025 France will have reduced the portion of its electricity produced by nuclear power from 75 percent to 50 percent, after a vote in the French parliament on Friday. […]

South Africa signs nuclear agreement with France via Reuters

(Reuters) – South Africa has signed a nuclear power agreement with France, the government said on Friday, three weeks after it reached a similar deal with Russia as part of Pretoria’s first tentative steps towards building up to 9,600 MW of nuclear power. The Sept. 20 agreement, which Russia touted as a $10 billion contract […]

France bans Muslim worker from nuclear sites via AlJazeera

French court upholds ban citing “religious radicalisation” but his lawyer calls it a case of Islamophobia. A French court has upheld a ban on a Muslim engineer from accessing nuclear sites, citing his links with what it termed as “jihadist networks”, but his lawyer called it a case of Islamophobia. Lawyer Sefen Guez Guez told […]

「子ども脱被ばく裁判」を福島地裁に提訴へ via FRANCE 10 日仏共同テレビ局

ふくしま集団疎開裁判の会は、「子ども脱被ばく裁判」を福島地裁に2014年8月29日、提訴するのをうけて、18日に日本外国特派員協会にて会見し、柳原敏夫・弁護士と郡山から静岡に家族で自主避難している長谷川克己さんが出席した。 目に見えない戦火の中で福島の 子どもたちは閉じ込められている 柳原弁護士は冒頭で 「今年7月に安倍政権が集団的自衛権の行使容認を認めたことにより、日本が戦争への道に進むのではないか……懸念されている。しかし、少なくとも福島は既に戦争状態にある。原発事故による放射能の被曝によって、目に見えない過酷な戦火の中に福島の子ども達は閉じ込められ、命の危機にさらされているからだ。」 と述べた。 チェルノブイリ事故後のベラルーシより 小児甲状腺癌の疑い持つ子が40倍 そして、福島県発表によると、3月21日現在、小児甲状腺癌に関して悪性または悪性の疑いを持つ子どもが89名にものぼったと指摘した上で、次のように述べた。 「チェルノブイリ事故後のベラルーシの小児甲状腺癌が11名だったのと比較すると、40倍も発症している。福島の子どもの人口がベラルーシの5分の1だからだ」と述べた上で、「福島県でも西部地区は原発により近い地区に比べ、甲状腺癌を発症している子どもが4分の1から5分の1と低い」と主張し、精密な検査をしたために甲状腺癌が多くみつかったという説が破綻していると指摘した。そして、国や福島県がとった安全対策が違法であることを司法ではっきりさせるために提訴するという。 また、「見えない戦火の中に生きる子ども達を救おうとしない日本政府の非人道的な行為は、国内だけでなく国際法上も正しい裁きを受けるべきなので、『人道に対する重大な罪』で国際司法裁判所への告発も準備している」と付け加えた。 もっと読む。

France to boost renewable energy, reduce nuclear via RFI

France is to invest up to 10 billion euros to boost investment in renewable energy and cut the country’s oil and gas costs. On Wednesday French Environment and Energy Minister Ségolène Royal presented a long-delayed energy bill to the weekly cabinet meeting. One of the bill’s goals is to reduce the country’s reliance on nuclear […]

France’s nuclear energy costs to soar via RFI

The cost of nuclear energy in France is to increase sharply and continue to increase over the next few years, France’s official auditor says, predicting that investment to prolong the lives of ageing power stations will push up electricity bills. Presenting its report to parliament this week, the Cour des Comptes pointed to the 20 […]

Study finds expectation that nuclear will hang on in France via Nuclear Engineering

A study of French energy experts predicts that France’s plan to reduce its share of nuclear power generation will take three times as long as the government proposes. The French government also aims to decrease the share of nuclear power in its electricity mix from 76% (current) to 50% by 2025. The energy market experts […]

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。

Japan to cap plutonium stockpile to allay U.S. concerns via The Asahi Shimbun

Japan plans to boost measures to curb surplus plutonium extracted from the reprocessing of spent fuel at nuclear power plants, including capping the country’s stockpile of the highly toxic material. The move followed the U.S. and other countries’ calls for Japan to reduce excess plutonium in light of nuclear nonproliferation and the threat of terrorist […]

A Conversation with Helen Caldicott via The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

[…] Dan Drollette: That jumps straight into something I was curious about. I noticed there seem to be a lot of people in the anti-nuclear weapons movement with medical backgrounds. Helen Caldicott: It’s a medical problem. And explaining the medical dangers of nuclear war was a very good way to teach people what the danger […]

Britain’s nuclear U-turn puts us in a very lonely club via The Guardian

Fred Pearce Pumping £5bn into a new plant in north Wales as a way to fight climate change is a solution at odds with the rest of the world For once, ministers have put their money where their mouth is – into taking another stab at nuclear power. This week the business secretary, Greg Clark, […]

Guarded nuclear shipment to secretly depart Sydney via SBS News

Any day now a decade’s worth of heavily guarded nuclear cargo will be secretly transported through Sydney’s streets and sent to France for reprocessing. […] The radioactive cargo is set to be shipped to La Hague, in France, but details about the port, routes and specific timing of the operation remain classified with the Australian […]

Hitachi’s U.K. nuclear project to get guarantees from government via Reuters

TOKYO, May 9 (Reuters) – Hitachi Ltd’sHorizon Nuclear Power unit has received an assurance from the British government that it will guarantee loans for the construction of two reactors in Wales, the Mainichi newspaper reported on Wednesday. […] The British government is seeking new ways to fund nuclear projects after criticism over a deal awarded […]

Leave uranium in the ground via Beyond Nuclear

By Günter Wippel Just over 30 years ago — on April 10, 1988 — seven indigenous activists from different parts of the world set out on a three-week public awareness tour through Germany. They called their tour “Leave Uranium in the Ground.” Its purpose was to bring the detrimental impacts of uranium mining and nuclear […]

Half Life in Fukushima documents life in the “red zone” via International Examiner

Playing this weekend at the Northwest Film Forum, Mark Olexa and Francesca Scalisi’s haunting 2016 documentary Half Life in Fukushima follows Naoto Matsumura, a middle-aged former rice farmer who tends to the animals left behind in the exclusion zone surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Shot five years after the devastating earthquake that rocked […]

For veterans of British nuclear tests, a 60 year fight for recognition goes on via Radio New Zealand

Jamie Tahana, RNZ Pacific Journalist @JamieTahana jamie.tahana@radionz.co.nz On the beach of a remote Kiribati atoll 60 years ago, Paul Ah Poy and hundreds of others were ordered to turn around, crouch and cover their eyes. Huddled together on the beach with hands on eyes and collars popped, Mr Ah Poy listened as a voice bellowed […]

UK ‘yet to properly assess’ nuclear plan’s impact on Ireland via The Irish Times

Activists criticise Government’s failure to engage with public over Hinkley Point C There are “alarming deficiencies” in the UK’s approach to assessing impacts of plans to expand its nuclear power programme on Ireland, according to the Irish Environmental Pillar (EP). In addition, particular risks associated with the Hinkley Point C power station being built in […]

Quiet no more, French village becomes center of anti-nuclear protest via On News Today

BURE, France (OnNewsToday) – The 82 residents of the French village of Bure lived a quiet life until the government began testing the feasibility of storing nuclear waste there. Now Bure is rocked by protests as a final decision on the project looms. A nuclear warning symbol and the word “irradiated” are painted on road […]

Experts fail to find origin of nuclear pollution cloud over Europe via Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) – International experts have not been able to find what caused a cloud of radioactive pollution that spread over Europe last year  […] Monitoring stations recorded high levels of a radioactive isotope in the air over most European cities at the beginning of October. Scientists from France said soon afterwards they thought the […]

How Fukushima turned a nuclear advocate into an antinuclear champion via Christian Science Monitor

APRIL 11, 2018  FLAMANVILLE, FRANCE—Trading “le nucléaire” for renewables is a tough sell in the planet’s most nuclear-dependent nation. Naoto Kan came to France anyway. The once pro-nuclear former prime minister who led Japan through the Fukushima nuclear disaster recently made a swing through one of France’s most nuclearized areas – the tip of Normandy – […]

New nuclear energy and fuel waste storage facilities emerging near Carlsbad? via Carlsbad Current Angus

A repository for spent nuclear fuel rods was proposed to be built in west Texas, even as a southeast New Mexican consortium hopes for a similar facility near Carlsbad and Hobbs. Orano USA, a subsidiary of France-based global nuclear energy company Orano – previously known as Areva, announced a joint venture with Dallas-based Waste Control […]

Fukushima food promoted in Paris via NHK World

The governor of Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture is in Paris to promote farm products that are suffering from a damaged reputation following the 2011 nuclear accident. […] Uchibori organized the “Fukushima Pride” tasting event on Saturday at a shopping mall near Paris. Rice and fruit products were handed out to shoppers. One visitor said she likes […]

French police move in to clear nuclear storage protests via The Telegraph

Hundreds of French police swooped in at dawn to evict about 15 protesters living in treehouses at a site that is due to be developed to store nuclear waste deep under the earth. Two bulldozers accompanied around 500 gendarmes in body armour as they removed the men and women who have been occupying a zone […]

Is Japan moving to renege on no-nuclear weapon policy? via The Nation

Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, was denied a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during her recent visit to Japan. […] It is not difficult to understand why Abe shunned Fihn. She has appealed to the Japanese government to join the nuclear weapons […]

Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program via Telesur

Israel’s nuclear-weapons program was initiated by the founding prime minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion, who stated that Israel could only survive as a newly formed, fiscally poor nation if it possessed nuclear weapons to deter militaries, such as those from then-enemies Egypt and Jordan. Israel made an agreement in 1957 with France, which helped install […]

Nuclear Abolition: A Model for International Youth Activism via Buzzflash

[…] International treaties to reduce nuclear arsenals have been in existence for decades, so why did the Nobel Prize Committee choose to honor ICAN? The organization’s efforts are unique because the campaign reframes nuclear disarmament as a humanitarian issue. Seeing how these outdated, dangerous weapons impact people and the environment underlines the imperative to abolish […]

Troubled French Nuclear Producer Relaunches With New Name via US News and World Report

PARIS (AP) — France’s influential but troubled nuclear company Areva is seeking a new start with a new name. The state-controlled company unveiled its new name — Orano — and logo Tuesday. Areva, originally named after a Spanish abbey, had a roller-coaster history since it was created in 2001 to group together France’s nuclear industry […]

Return of tactical nuclear weapons would send a dangerous signal via CNN

[…] Incorporating tactical nuclear weapons into America’s military planning would undermine 65 years of nonproliferation that goes back to President Eisenhower’s 1953 “Atoms for Peace” speech, which sought to share the benefits of atomic power while containing the risks, and the 1970 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty for preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and associated technologies. Ultimately, […]

EDITORIAL: Japan should not pursue nuke fuel reprocessing despite U.S. OK via The Asahi Shimbun

Japan’s agreement with the United States on bilateral cooperation in civilian uses of nuclear power will be automatically renewed when its 30-year term expires in July. As neither of the two governments sought to renegotiate the deal half a year prior to the expiration date, the current agreement will remain in place as is. All […]

Pope Calls for Dialogue in Korea, Ban on Nuclear Weapons via Reuters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis called on Monday for all nations to support dialogue to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and to work for a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons. […] The pope addressed diplomats a day before North Korea and South Korea are due to hold talks expected to address North […]

Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program via Telesur

The fact that Israel possesses nuclear weapons is not in dispute, but how did it procure them and with whose help? Val Reynoso investigates. Israel’s nuclear-weapons program was initiated by the founding prime minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion, who stated that Israel could only survive as a newly formed, fiscally poor nation if it possessed nuclear […]

French Greenpeace activists in court for breaking into nuclear plant via DW

[… Eight activists and the head of Greenpeace in France were in court on Wednesday for forcefully entering a nuclear power station in the village of Cattenom last October. A court in the eastern town of Thionville accuses the eight defendants of committing willful damage to property. If convicted, they could each face up to five years […]