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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。

U.S. would back a rethink of Japan’s plutonium recycling program: White House via The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – The United States would back a change to Japan’s nuclear fuel reprocessing program because there are concerns it may lead to an increase in its ally’s stockpile of unused plutonium, a senior White House official said. If Japan were to change course “they would find the United States to be supportive,” Jon Wolfsthal, […]

An atomic dilemma All latest updates Should Israel close its ageing nuclear reactor? via The Economist

One of the world’s oldest nuclear plants helped build the Jewish state’s secret nuclear arsenal ITS CUPOLA dully glinting in the sun, across kilometres of an exclusion zone in the Negev Desert, the nuclear reactor near the Israeli town of Dimona has for decades been the subject of intense speculation. Its bland official name, the […]

Nuclear concerns in Armenia via The Jerusalem Post

At a press conference on April 29 in Armenia, MP Hrant Bagratyan, a former prime minister, claimed that Armenia has nuclear weapons. […] At a press conference on April 29 in Armenia, MP Hrant Bagratyan, a former prime minister, claimed that Armenia has nuclear weapons. A recording of his talk was later released by the […]

Field Notes from a Nuclear Nerd via Toxic News

Professor Gabrielle Hecht is based at the Department of History at the University of Michigan, where she has also directed the Program in Science, Technology, and Society. She has authored several award winning books about ‘nuclear things’. My obsession with nuclear things began as a teenager. In 1978, my family moved to Zurich, where for […]

Shut Dimona nuclear reactor, urges founding scientist via The Times of Israel

Aging facility ‘may be world’s oldest reactor,’ says Uzi Even, after 1,537 defects found at aluminum core; says Israel couldn’t build new one without international help A scientist who was among the founders of the Dimona nuclear reactor on Tuesday said the 53-year-old facility should be shuttered for safety reasons, after a report detailed over […]

ANALYSIS: The cloudy future of Israel’s nuclear reactor via The Jerusalem Post

It’s a “catch 22”- The very thing that could ultimately afford Israel the tools to build a new reactor would also prevent it from using the reactor as a nuclear deterrent. The moment of truth for Israel’s nuclear policy is nearing. Haim Levinson’s publication yesterday in Ha’aretz regarding the defects in the core of the […]

UN chief says end ‘madness’ of nuclear weapon testing via Tribune

VIENNA, AUSTRIA: UN chief Ban Ki-moon called Wednesday for the US, China and other nuclear-armed states to end the “madness” of atomic testing by finally ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which turns 20 this year. “I call on remaining states, the eight remaining states, to sign and ratify the treaty without further delay,” Ban said in […]

Belgium rejects German call for nuclear plants closure via The Guardian

Belgium’s nuclear safety agency says 40-year-old Tihange 2 and Doel 3 reactors meet ‘strictest possible safety requirements’ Belgium on Wednesday rejected a request by neighbouring Germany to shutter two ageing nuclear plants near their shared border, arguing the facilities met with the strictest safety standards. German environment minister, Barbara Hendricks, earlier on Wednesday requested that […]

Exiled scientist: ‘Chernobyl is not finished, it has only just begun’ via USA Today

Yury Bandazhevsky, 59, was the first scientist in Belarus to establish an institute to study Chernobyl’s impact on people’s health, particularly children, near the city of Gomel, about 120 miles over the border from Ukraine. He was arrested in Belarus in 1999 and sentenced to eight years in prison for allegedly taking bribes from parents […]

Reports: Fessenheim nuclear accident played down by authorities via DW

 An incident at the Fessenheim nuclear facility in France in 2014 was more serious than previously known. German media reports claim the authorities withheld information detailing the gravity of the situation. Both the French nuclear authority, ASN, and the company operating the two Fessenheim nuclear reactors, French energy giant EDF, allegedly did not divulge the […]

G-7 foreign ministers to visit A-bomb memorial park together via Nikkei Asian Review

HIROSHIMA (Kyodo) — Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized countries will visit the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima together on April 11 on the occasion of a ministerial meeting there, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Saturday. Kishida, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers from Britain, Canada, France, Germany and […]

Symposium 2016 Atomic Age III

ATOMIC AGE III DePaul University, Chicago, IL Friday, April 15, 2016 Schedule 5:30 – 6:00 Reception: Slide show of Illinois nuclear reactors, photos taken by Kelsey Haslam (Senior, Honors Program) 6:00 – 6:15 Opening Remarks: Dr. Norma Field, Professor Emerita, University of Chicago 6:15- 6:30 Student Presentation: “Responsibility in the Atomic Age” by Robert T. Johnston […]

Shut old nuclear reactors, says unprecedented alliance of EU cities via The Guardian

Communities and campaigners in Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg lobby for closure of two ageing 40-year old Belgian nuclear reactors close to borders An unprecedented alliance of 30 major cities and districts from three countries has joined forces to try to shut down two ageing Belgian nuclear reactors close to their borders. Cologne and Dusseldorf […]

Five ways to power the UK that are far better than Hinkley Point via The Guardian

These alternatives to the troubled planned nuclear plant will be faster to build and cheaper for energy consumers, say experts […] Energy efficiency Electricity demand is already falling. The Somerset site for Hinkley C was approved in 2010 but since then UK demand has already fallen by more than the plant will produce, about 25TWh […]

Tiny Marshall Islands take on nuclear powers in court via Reuters

A small chain of Pacific islands will face off against Britain, India and Pakistan in court next week to try and get an international ruling ordering them to start work on dismantling their nuclear arsenals. While nobody expects the Marshall Islands to force the three powers to disarm at Monday’s hearing, the archipelago’s dogged campaign […]

All-clear for gourmets: truffles not radioactive via Biogeosciences

Abstract. Although ranging among the most expensive gourmet foods, it remains unclear whether Burgundy truffles (Tuber aestivum) accumulate radioactivity at a harmful level comparable to other fungal species. Here, we measure the 137Cs in 82 T. aestivum fruit bodies from Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, and Hungary. All tested specimens reveal insignificant radiocaesium concentrations, thus providing […]

‘A CITY LOST IN THE DESERT’: A visit to the Sahara’s uranium capital via Business Insider

Niger’s uranium industry is ‘an island’ For decades, the uranium industry has been an island within one of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries, a place which ranks nearly last on the Human Development Index and which will see its population of 17 million explode to over 50 million by mid-century. The benefits of […]

Hollande acknowledges impact of nuclear testing in Pacific via Daily Mail

French President Francois Hollande on Monday acknowledged that three decades of nuclear tests in French Polynesia had had “an impact” on health and the environment and promised to revamp the compensation process.Hollande’s remarks, made on a visit to the French Polynesian capital, are the clearest admission yet of the damage caused by the French testing […]

Ukraine receives first fuel batch from US Westinghouse for NPP this year — minister via Tass

Overall, five such fuel deliveries are scheduled for the Ukrainian NPPs this year […] “Five out of thirteen deliveries will be made by Westinghouse [the other deliveries will be carried out by Russia]. This is far from [energy] independence but gives a possibility to hold talks with confidence on the terms and the price of […]

Marshall Islands sue Britain, India and Pakistan over nuclear weapons via The Guardian

Archipelago where notorious Bikini Atoll test took place tells international court that nuclear powers have not lived up to disarmament obligations The tiny Marshall Islands will seek to persuade the UN’s highest court to take up a lawsuit against India, Pakistan and Britain, which it accuses of failing to halt the nuclear arms race. The […]

Deadly landslide at planned French nuclear waste site via The Local

One person died and another was left seriously injured on Tuesday after a landslide at a planned underground nuclear waste site in France. Security tight at France’s nuclear power plants (25 Nov 15) Job cuts fuel security fears at nuclear plants (21 Oct 15) Nuclear waste ship quits France for Australia (16 Oct 15) Pressure […]

Russia is creating a global nuclear power empire via Global Risk Insights

Russia is moving to create a global nuclear power empire — a bold power play that elicits opportunity and risk far beyond the nuclear reactors themselves. […] The Rosatom Model The strategy has thus far been relatively straightforward. Russia’s nuclear energy program dates back to the advent of nuclear power, and Russia’s state-owned nuclear vendor […]

Belgium angers Germany with nuclear reactor restart via The Guardian

Belgium has restarted an ageing nuclear reactor after a nearly two-year shutdown, angering neighbouring Germany which fears the danger of a Fukushima-style meltdown. Power company Electrabel said it put the Tihange 2 reactor back online “in complete safety”. There had been opposition from officials in adjacent North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state. Belgium has been […]

Paris, Nuclear Weapons, and Suicide Bombing via Huffington Post

France’s 300 nuclear weapons were useless to protect them from the horrendous suicide bomb attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015. And if France ever uses those weapons to attack another country’s cities and industrial areas, France itself will become a suicide bomber. Mutually assured destruction gave way to self-assured destruction years ago when we […]

With a 1.5 Degrees Celsius Target, the Climate-Justice Movement Is Poised to Score a Surprise Win via The Nation

Pressure from activists and vulnerable countries has shifted the discussion away from a 2 degrees C target—a virtual death sentence for millions of people. by Mark Hertsgaard Paris—Here at the Paris climate summit, the big news is that the final agreement governments hope to sign by week’s end may urge limiting temperature rise to 1.5 […]

The nuclear industry is trying to hijack the Paris climate summit via Independent Australia

By Noel Wauchope […] At the Paris Climate Summit (COP21), the global nuclear lobby is in overdrive. The centrepiece of today’s global nuclear lobbying is the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, led by Bill Gates, made public at the start of the conference. Bill Gates announced the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, uniting the efforts of two dozen other […]

Nuclear waste returned to Australia, raising concerns about future dump site via The Guardian

A ship carrying 25 tonnes of radioactive waste arrived in Australia on Saturday, and was met by activists who warned Australia risked becoming a nuclear dumping ground. About a dozen Greenpeace protesters, some carrying signs such as “Don’t waste Australia”, stood near the entrance to Port Kembla south of Sydney as the BBC Shanghai arrived. […]

World Leaders To Debate Role Of Nuclear Power At U.N. Climate Summit via NPR

Listen to the Story NPR’s Robert Siegel talks with Matthew Bunn, a nuclear and energy policy analyst and professor of practice at the Harvard Kennedy School, about the role nuclear power will play in the future. As world leaders meet in Paris for the U.N. climate summit, they discuss if countries are moving away or […]

New French solar farm, Europe’s biggest, cheaper than new nuclear via Reuters

French energy group Neoen on Tuesday inaugurated a 300 megawatt (MW) solar farm, Europe’s biggest, which will produce power at a price below that of new nuclear plants. Built on a 250-hectare site south of Bordeaux, the plant will provide power for 300,000 people and cost 360 million euros. It will sell power at 105 […]

Are mini-nuclear reactors the answer to the climate change crisis? via The Guardian

Industry looks to the UK to develop factory-built reactors ready to provide affordable, low-carbon energy wherever it is needed – but issues around security and waste disposal remain Mini nuclear power plants could be trucked into a town near you to provide your hot water, or shipped to any country that wants to plug them […]

Israel has 115-warhead nuclear arsenal: US agency via aa

Report notes Israel has range of nuke-warhead delivery systems, including ballistic missiles, nuclear-capable cruise missiles and aircraft JERUSALEM   Israel has produced 115 nuclear warheads since it began making them in 1963, according to a new study released by the Washington DC-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS). Israel, the report states, has produced […]

Indonesia to close seas to ship transporting nuclear waste via The Jakarta Post

The government has instructed patrol ships to close Indonesian waters to a ship carrying nuclear waste that has reportedly left France for Australia. Sea Security Coordinating Agency head Vice Adm. Desi Albert Mamahit told thejakartapost.com on Friday that MV Trader, the ship carrying nuclear waste, was currently sailing along the southern coast of Africa. “To […]

Nuclear Waste Ship will be Denied Entry to Indonesian Waters via GIV News

Jakarta, GIVnews.com – Indonesia’s Maritime Security Board (Bakamla) will request the Navy to prevent a vessel carrying 125 tons of nuclear waste from France to Australia from entering the Indonesian waters. “Our investigation has found that the vessel had ever entered our seawaters when sailing to France. And now we are monitoring its travel back […]

Seven locations make nuclear waste dump shortlist via The Sydney Morning Herald

Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg is poised to release a shortlist of sites that could play host to a permanent nuclear waste storage facility in Australia. […] The facility will store low and intermediate-level radioactive waste from Lucas Heights and Australian-produced waste that had been sent to France, the United States and Britain between 1996 and […]

Aboriginal women reaffirm fight against nuclear waste dump in South Australia via ABC Online

The first shipment of Australia’s nuclear waste to be returned from re-processing in France has now left a French port, and will arrive on our shores by the end of the year. The return of the 25 tonnes of nuclear waste is putting renewed pressure on the Federal Government to find a location for a […]

Risks of leukemia in nuclear workers more than double previous estimate via The Ecologist

Are low levels of nuclear radiation good for you? Or merely harmless, as many nuclear advocates want you to think? Sadly not, writes Ian Fairlie. A huge new study finds ‘strong evidence’ of a dose-response relationship between cumulative, external, chronic, low-dose, exposures to radiation, and incidence of leukemia. In 2013, I discussed several epidemiological studies […]

Nuclear power plants in ‘culture of denial’ over hacking risk via The Financial Times

[…] A focus on safety and high physical security means that many nuclear facilities are blind to the risks of cyber attacks, according to the report by think-tank Chatham House, citing 50 incidents globally of which only a handful have been made public. The findings are drawn from 18 months of research and 30 interviews […]

仏首相、原子力セクター再編への関与を安倍首相に提案 via ロイター

[東京 5日 ロイター] – 来日しているフランスのバルス首相は、安倍晋三首相との会談し、仏原子力セクター再編に対する日本の業界の関与を提案したと述べた。 続きは仏首相、原子力セクター再編への関与を安倍首相に提案

INWORKS study: risk of leukaemia from protracted radiation exposure via The Lancet Haematology

[Summary] I am writing in response to the Article by Klervi Leuraud and colleagues reporting the findings of the INWORKS study.1 The authors analysed the association between deaths caused by leukaemia and lymphoma of radiation-monitored workers in the nuclear industry in France, the UK, and the USA, and their cumulative occupational radiation doses using the […]

Fukushima: the World’s Never Seen Anything Like This via Counterpunch

By Robert Hunziker The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant No. 2 nuclear reactor fuel is missing from the core containment vessel. (Source: Up to 100% of No. 2 Reactor Fuel May Have Melted, NHK World News, Sept. 25, 2015.) Where did it go? Nobody knows. Not only that but the “learning curve” for a nuclear […]

Radiation Impact Studies: Chernobyl and Fukushima via Dissident Voice

[…] The short answer to the supposition that a “little dab of radiation is A-Okay” may be suggested in the title of a Washington Blog d/d March 12, 2014 in an interview of Dr. Timothy Mousseau, the world-renowned expert on radiation effects on living organisms. The hard answer is included further on in this article. […]

Australia defends opposition to global push for nuclear weapons ban via The Guardian

Foreign affairs department ‘sees no value’ in a pledge, endorsed by 116 countries to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide Australia has defended its position on nuclear disarmament, saying a push for a global treaty banning nuclear weapons “will not lead to their elimination”. Guardian Australia reported on Wednesday on a cache of diplomatic cables released under […]

David Cameron gives go ahead to build Chinese nuclear reactor in ESSEX via The Express

DAVID Cameron is poised to sign a landmark deal next month to allow China to build a prototype nuclear reactor in Bradwell, Essex – which would become the first Chinese-operated facility in the West. The deal, part of a wide-ranging civil nuclear pact between Britain, France and China, may be sealed in October during the […]

IAEA and Kazakhstan agree to create nuclear fuel bank via World Nuclear News

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Kazakhstan today signed an agreement to set up a low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel ‘bank’ in Oskemen, Kazakhstan. Operated by Kazakhstan and expected to start operations in 2017, the IAEA LEU Bank will be a physical reserve of LEU – the basic ingredient of nuclear fuel – and act […]

Report: Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal Could Become the World’s Third-Biggest via Reader Supported news/The Washington Post

[…]The report by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Stimson Center concludes that Pakistan is rapidly expanding its nuclear capabilities because of fear of its archrival, India, also a nuclear power. The report, which will be released Thursday, says Pakistan is far outpacing India in the development of nuclear warheads. Analysts estimate that […]

Japan’s Plutonium Problem via The New York Times

[…] For this, one can thank a powerful network of utility companies, conservative politicians and bureaucrats in Japan, who peddle the notion that plutonium constitutes a sort of thermodynamic elixir. A byproduct of burning uranium, plutonium itself can be processed in so-called fast-breeder reactors to produce more energy. That step also yields more plutonium, and […]

A Wedge for Nuclear Disarmament via Huffington Post

“Each of the Parties to the Treaty undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith…” What if words like this actually meant something? This is Article VI of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which the United States signed in 1970. It continues: “… on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms […]

Government under pressure to abandon plans to construct UK’s first nuclear reactor for more than 20 years via The Independent

Analysts at HSBC bank said in a report that the creation of the Hinkley Point C plant in Somerset was ‘becoming harder to justify’ The Government is under growing pressure to abandon plans to construct the UK’s first nuclear reactor for more than 20 years, after a damning report into the viability of the project […]

Nuclear Zero Lawsuit by Marshall Islands Appealed to Higher Court via Reader Supported News

By Jane Ayers Desmond Tutu states lawsuit “good for humanity,” and all U.S. mayors agree in Resolution to back the nuclear disarmament lawsuit An interview with David Krieger, President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (Santa Barbara, California), and Consultant to the Marshall Islands Q: The “Nuclear Zero” lawsuit filed by the Republic of Marshall […]