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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。

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 […]

70 years after Hiroshima, nuclear weapons threaten us all via The Guardian

Nearly 70 years ago, on 6 August 1945, the US dropped “Little Boy”, the first nuclear weapon used in warfare, on Hiroshima. “Two thirds of the buildings in the city were destroyed and perhaps 80,000 civilians were killed”, observes Eric Schlosser, in Gods of Metal, a frightening yet moving account of how three Catholic pacifists, […]

Japan nuclear refugees face dilemma over returning home via The Star

[…] After years of decontamination work, where teams remove topsoil, wash exposed road surfaces and wipe down buildings, the government will in September lift the evacuation order and declare it a safe place to live. Other towns and villages will follow in coming months and years, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government aiming to lift […]

Long-term low-dose radiation exposure may increase leukemia risk via Reuters

(Reuters Health) – In a long-term study of more than 300,000 workers in France, the U.S. and the U.K., those with many years of exposure to low doses of radiation had an increased risk of dying from leukemia. Medical workers and even patients are also exposed to much more radiation than was common decades ago, […]

Flaw found in French nuclear reactor via BBC

A weakness has been discovered in a French nuclear reactor of the type set to be built at Hinkley in the UK. France’s nuclear safety regulator told the BBC the flaw in the steel housing the reactor core at the nuclear plant being built in Normandy is “serious”. He added that unless he was satisfied […]

Las 115.000 toneladas de basura radiactiva olvidadas en el Atlántico Nordeste via Materia

Los 223.000 bidones con residuos nucleares lanzados en alta mar hasta 1982 no se controlan desde hace dos décadas, pese a las evidencias de fugas. Los países europeos estudiarán en 2014 si es necesario establecer un nuevo programa de vigilancia A pocos kilómetros de la costa francesa y a sólo 124 metros de profundidad, un […]

Leukemia and lymphoma study recently published in Lancet being strong challenged by SARI via Atomic Insights

A recent study published in Lancet Haematology claims to show that even extremely low doses of radiation increase the risk of leukemia and lymphoma. The study includes several statistical flaws, ignores the effects of medical exposures — which are of similar levels to occupational exposures — that change dramatically over the duration of the study, […]

French nuclear waste will triple after decommissioning: agency via Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) – The amount of nuclear waste stored in France will triple once all its nuclear installations have been decommissioned, which will boost the need for storage facilities, French nuclear waste agency Andra said. In a report released on Wednesday, Andra estimated that final nuclear waste volumes will eventually reach 4.3 million cubic meters, […]

Researchers pin down risks of low-dose radiation via Nature

Large study of nuclear workers shows that even tiny doses slightly boost risk of leukaemia. For decades, researchers have been trying to quantify the risks of very low doses of ionizing radiation — the kind that might be received from a medical scan, or from living within a few tens of kilometres of the damaged […]

Trouble ahead for UK’s nuclear hopes via Reuters

The next generation of reactors in the U.K. has been in the works for a decade, but now a looming challenge in the European Court of Justice attacking nuclear subsidies, growing technical problems and cost overruns are casting doubt on the idea of using nuclear to meet emissions reduction targets. […] Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann […]

Austria to file EU complaint against UK nuclear plant via yahoo!news

Vienna (AFP) – Austria will next week officially file a legal complaint in Brussels against state subsidies for Britain’s planned new Hinkley Point nuclear power plant, the government in Vienna said Tuesday. “We cannot accept that a technology such as this being portrayed through subsidies as being modern, sustainable and future-oriented,” Chancellor Werner Faymann said […]

World Court condemns French nuclear tests via New Zealand History

The ruling by the International Court of Justice was part of New Zealand’s long campaign against French nuclear testing in the Pacific. Though the French ignored the court’s interim injunction and carried on testing in the atmosphere, continuing protests soon forced them to move the tests underground. New Zealanders had actively opposed French nuclear testing […]

Generational Transfer Of Risk via Fairewinds

As most of you, our followers and viewers, know, Fairewinds Energy Education has real concerns about nuclear waste abandonment as nuclear corporations begin the process of decommissioning and dismantling nuclear power plants. Sponsored by the Lintilhac Foundation, Fairewinds issued a major report about decommissioning Vermont Yankee in March 2015.  Beyond Nuclear, Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance, […]

Nuclear states continue to upgrade arsenals: think tank via Daily Sabah

World stockpiles of nuclear warheads dipped to 15,850 this year, mainly due to cuts by the United States and Russia, a Sweden-based peace research institute said Monday. However, the two nuclear superpowers and the seven other countries with nuclear weapons continued to modernize their arsenals, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) reported. The number […]

Alarm Spreads Over Meltdown at French Nuclear Plant via sputniknews

The French nuclear safety watchdog says it has found “multiple failure modes” that carry “grave consequences” on crucial safety relief valves on the Flamanville nuclear plant in northern France, which could lead to meltdown. The new-build facility, that has been beset by problems for years,  will be one of the world’s biggest nuclear power plants. It was designed […]

SA wants six new nuclear power plants via Business Report

Cape Town – South Africa will start the process to procure a nuclear fleet to generate 9 600 MW of power this year, the energy minister said on Tuesday, as Africa’s most advanced economy battles an energy crunch. To meet its targeted nuclear generation capacity, South Africa plans to build six new nuclear power plants […]

French Nuclear Model Falters via The New York Times

PARIS — For decades, France has been a living laboratory for atomic energy, getting nearly three-quarters of its electricity from nuclear power — a higher proportion by far than in any other country. And France’s nuclear companies have long been seen as leaders in building and safely operating uranium-fueled reactors around the world — including […]

Opposition Mounts as Taiwan Plans to Ship Nuclear Waste Offshore via Voice of America

TAIPEI— Taiwanese officials want to ship the island’s nuclear waste offshore as spent fuel accumulates at two older power plants, but the plan faces opposition from activists and the legislature, putting it on hold. The two oldest of Taiwan’s three nuclear power plants are running out of space for spent fuel. The build-up of waste […]

Land acquisition woes may stall nuclear power blitz via The Economic Times

NEW DELHI: Seeking to move aggressively on a low-carbon growth path, India has set a target to nearly double its nuclear power capacity in next four years and increase it by almost eleven times by 2031-32 provided it doesn’t face hurdles like land acquisition. At present, the country – which ranks 13th in terms of […]

COLUMN-Russia building nuclear reactors – and influence – around the globe via Reuters

(Hannah Thoburn is a Eurasia analyst at the Foreign Policy Initiative. She tweets on Russia and Ukraine at @HannahThoburn.The opinions expressed here are her own.) By Hannah Thoburn (Reuters) – Russia has been notoriously brazen in using state-owned companies as instruments of national power. President Vladimir Putin’s natural-gas wars with Belarus and Ukraine made headlines […]

Austria, backed by 159 nations, calls for ban on nuclear weapons via Reuters

(Reuters) – Austria on Tuesday called for banning nuclear weapons because of their catastrophic humanitarian effects, an initiative it said now has the backing of 159 countries. Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz was speaking at the five-year review conference of the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). “The only way to guarantee that nuclear weapons will […]

UK nuclear strategy faces meltdown as faults are found in identical French project via The Independent

A “very serious” fault has been discovered in a French nuclear power station which is at the heart of David Cameron’s strategy to “keep the lights on” in Britain in the next decade. The future of two nuclear reactors planned for Hinkley Point in Somerset has been thrown into doubt by the discovery of a […]

Unfinished Nuclear Plants Raise Safety Doubts via Climate News Network

A new generation of giant reactors, meant to provide fresh hope for nuclear power in Europe, has been found to have a serious safety problem. LONDON, 13 April, 2015 − The future of the world’s biggest nuclear reactor, under construction at Flamanville in northern France, is now in doubt after a serious flaw was found […]

Turkey Wows Plans For Its Second Nuclear Power Plant via Bianet

Turkey’s Parliament ratified an international treaty to establish a nuclear power plant in the northern province of Sinop. Turkey’s Parliament ratified an international treaty to establish a nuclear power plant in the northern province of Sinop. While this became Turkey’s second plan for a nuclear power plant, the ratification of the treaty yesterday coincided with […]

Taiwan’s Anti-Nuclear Rallies Witness 45,000 Protesters via International Business Times

Thousands of people gathered on the streets of Taiwan on Saturday to protest against the island’s use of nuclear energy and its plan to ship nuclear waste abroad. The protests come just days after Japan marked the fourth anniversary of its Fukushima power plant nuclear disaster. Protesters held placards, which read: “Goodbye to nuclear energy,” and “We don’t need nuclear […]

A lesson from Fukushima: A safe, clean energy future will be nuclear-free via Greenpeace

[…] And, how “safe” and “clean” is this energy source, really? If we believe the nuke huggers, it is very safe – one catastrophic accident occurs only once every 250 years, they say. […] Unfortunately, the industry, and many regulators, have continued to tow the “safety” line – while at the same time weakening reactor […]

Earth’s nuclear arsenal revealed: Interactive infographic lets you track growth of the world’s WMDs over 70 years via Daily Mail

There are currently more than 16,300 nuclear weapons in the world – enough to kill everyone on the planet 100 times over. Now an interactive infographic has been created that tracks the number and history of nuclear weapons in the nine nations responsible for many of these warheads. They include the US, UK, Russia, France, […]

UK joins Romanian push for new EU nuclear aid package via The Guardian

UK and seven other EU countries call on commission for increased nuclear aid funding and support to help meet climate targets and energy security objectives […] The letter to the commission’s vice president Sefkovic and climate commissioner Miguel Cañete was signed by the Romanian energy minister, Andrei Gerea, on behalf of ministers in seven other […]

Spineless attacks on nuclear power plants could increase via The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

Nuclear power plants increasingly face a new enemy: the humble jellyfish. These aquatic animals—and algae and other plants—get caught in and block the cooling water intake pipes of nuclear power plants, preventing nuclear reactors from getting the huge amount of water they need every day to cool their reactor cores and associated equipment. Usually, screens […]

Sri Lanka plans to sign n-pact with Pakistan via adaderana

Sri Lanka is in talks with Pakistan to explore cooperation on nuclear energy, Power Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said, days after India and the island nation reached a civil nuclear agreement in New Delhi. The Sri Lankan government has readied a memorandum of understanding to be signed with Pakistan to improve “technical capacities and human […]

No prospect of relief from constant nuclear headache via Climate News Network

Keeping nuclear waste safe costs billions of dollars a year, but what to do with it in the long-term is still no nearer being resolved. LONDON, 24 January, 2015 − A private consortium formed to deal with Europe’s most difficult nuclear waste at a site in Britain’s beautiful Lake District has been sacked by the […]

Paris Terror Spurs Plan for Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants via Bloomberg

Lawmakers in France want to create military zones around its 58 atomic reactors to boost security after this month’s Paris terror attacks and almost two dozen mystery drone flights over nuclear plants that have baffled authorities. “There’s a legal void that needs to be plugged,” said Claude de Ganay, the opposition member of the National […]

Global nuclear decommissioning cost seen underestimated, may spiral via Reuters

(Reuters) – German utility E.ON’s breakup has led to worries that funds set aside for decommissioning reactors will not suffice, but globally the cost of unwinding nuclear is uncertain as estimates range widely. As ageing first-generation reactors close, the true cost of decommissioning will be crucial for the future of the nuclear industry, already ailing […]

Nine French nuclear test veterans to get compensation via Radio New Zealand International

The administrative appeal court in the French city of Bordeaux has given nine former nuclear test veterans the right to be compensated by the state for damage to their health. […] The claimants had served in Algeria and French Polynesia between 1960 and 1996 where France tested its atomic weapons. So far only a handful […]

French energy minister expresses support for new nuclear via Power Engineering International

The French minister for energy, Segolene Royal, has indicated that the government is in favour of building a new generation of nuclear reactors to replace France’s ageing fleet. […] President Francois Hollande promised a makeover in France‘s energy policy during his 2012 election campaign, and lawmakers in the lower house of parliament voted last year […]

Solar, nuclear, climate progress possible on Obama India visit via The Japan Times

GANDHINAGAL, INDIA – There could be progress on U.S.-India civil nuclear cooperation, solar power and climate change when U.S. President Barack Obama visits India in two weeks, U.S. officials said on Sunday. While stressing there were no guarantees that some of the most vexing economic issues between India and the United States would be resolved, […]

World Nuclear Reactor Status as of 1 January 2015 via World Nuclear Industry Status Report

World Nuclear Reactor Status as of 1 January 2015 The Year 2014 is the first one in half a century that no nuclear electricity was generated in Japan. As of 1 January 2015, there were 390 nuclear reactors considered “in operation” in the world, preliminary analysis indicates. Five new reactors started up over the year—three […]

Rosatom set to build Jordan’s first nuclear power plant via PennEnergy

Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation is set to build Jordan’s first nuclear power station, according to a release from the Russian government. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved a draft agreement for the construction and maintenance of the new nuclear station, which will be comprised of two 1,000-megawatt (MW) nuclear reactor units. With approval […]

U.S., UK face nuclear disarmament pressure at Vienna meeting via Reuters

(Reuters) – The United States and Britain took part for the first time on Monday in an international conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and were expected to face pressure to do more to eliminate their atomic arsenals. The three other officially recognized nuclear weapon states — Russia, France and China — shunned […]

South Pacific islands prepare to sue French government for $1billion over nuclear tests via The Independent

The French Polynesia Assembly is preparing to ask Francois Holland’s government for nearly a billion dollars in compensation for damage caused to the islands by nuclear weapons tests. Conservative anti-independence Tahoera’a Huiraatira party committee has apparently taken issue with the French testing regime that saw 210 nuclear tests conducted from 1966 to 1996 off secluded […]

Shale: an overlooked option for US nuclear waste disposal via Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Toss a dart at a map of the United States and, more often than not, it will land where shale can be found underground. A drab, relatively featureless sedimentary rock that historically attracted little interest, shale (as used here, the term includes clay and a range of clay-rich rocks) is entering Americans’ consciousness as a new […]

Hinkley Point nuclear plant ‘threatened by Areva financial crisis’ via The Telegraph

Reactor-maker Areva’s stake in new UK nuclear plant called into question amid financial difficulties Plans for Britain’s first new nuclear plant in a generation could be threatened by a financial crisis at the company supplying the reactor, experts claimed last night. The £25bn Hinkley Point project in Somerset is due to be built by a […]

Nuclear power’s dark future via The Japan Times

Nuclear power constitutes the world’s most subsidy-fattened energy industry, yet it faces an increasingly uncertain future. The global nuclear power industry has enjoyed growing state subsidies over the years, even as it generates the most dangerous wastes whose safe disposal saddles future generations. Despite the fat subsidies, new developments are highlighting the nuclear power industry’s […]

仏原発にまた謎の無人機、東部のビュジェ原発 via AFP

【11月9日 AFP】フランス東部ビュジェ(Bugey)の原子力発電所は8日、正体不明の無人機が6日に同原発上空を飛行したと明らかにした。 同原発のホームページに掲載された発表によると、「原発の監視担当チームが、無人機に類似した機体が原発敷地の境界付近の飛行禁止空域に侵入しているのを確認した」という。 同原発の周辺ではこれ以前にも4機の飛来が確認されているが、これまでのところ原発の稼働への影響は出ていない。 今年10月19日以降にフランス国内の原発周辺で飛行しているのが見つかった正体不明の無人機は、これで19機となった。 続きは仏原発にまた謎の無人機、東部のビュジェ原発 当サイト既出関連記事: Mystery Drones in France Expose Vulnerability of Nuclear Sites via Bloomberg

Seeing a New Future for French Nuclear Site, After the Toxic Dust Has Settled via The New York Times

VAUJOURS, France — On a walk through her garden on a recent afternoon, Lisa Leclerc ran a Geiger counter over her mushrooms. “See, normal,” she said, looking at a reading showing ordinary background levels of radiation. The reading may have been normal, but the situation perhaps was not. The garden was tidy, the hanging baskets […]

US opposes post-Fukushima nuclear safety proposal via RT

Reuters and Bloomberg News both reported this week that Swiss officials are seeking addendums to the 77-nation Convention on Nuclear Safety, or CNS, so that countries around the globe are compelled to upgrade energy facilities in hopes of preventing fallout like the one spawned by the Fukushima meltdown more than three years ago. But while […]

De la gestion des flux migratoires par un État nucléariste dans un contexte de catastrophe nucléaire via Fukushima 福島第一

Par Cécile Asanuma-Brice, spécialisée en géographie urbaine, chercheuse associée au Clersé – Université de Lille I et au centre de recherche de la Maison franco-japonaise de Tokyo (1). Trois années se sont écoulées depuis le tremblement de terre suivi d’un tsunami le 11 mars 2011, qui, faut-il le rappeler, a engendré un accident nucléaire majeur […]

Nuclear Power Costs Billions More Than Promised via Epoch Times

Since the mid-1990s nuclear power has been staging a comeback. The Fukushima reactor disaster in 2011 may have given a moment of pause, but today 14 countries are building new reactors. The United States generates most of the world’s nuclear energy, over 30 percent, but there has been little interest in building new reactors here […]

Akira Mizubayashi : “Le gouvernement japonais minimise Fukushima le plus possible” via metro news

ESSAI – Universitaire et professeur de français à l’université de Tokyo, Akira Mizubayashi dénonce dans son “Petit éloge de l’errance” (Folio/Gallimard) l’irresponsabilité du gouvernement japonais face à la catastrophe de Fukushima, entre souvenirs personnels et évocations artistiques. Akira Mizubayashi écrit directement en français. Photo : HELIE GALLIMARD “Mon épouse m’a dit : tu es allé un peu […]

Vote in Scotland could threaten nuclear deterrent via Albuquerque Journal

[…] The locally governing separatist Scottish National Party has been wooing voters with its promise to use North Sea oil royalties to expand social services, pursue a more Europe-focused foreign policy than that of David Cameron’s Conservative-led coalition government in London and expel the British nuclear deterrent from its base in Scotland. The pro-independence “Yes” […]

Mouvement de grève des salariés de Tnex, chargés du nettoyage industriel à la centrale nucléaire via L’est Eclair

Nogent-sur-Seine – Les salariés de l’entreprise Tnex, l’un des sous-traitants, spécialisé en nettoyage industriel à la centrale nucléaire, ont manifesté mardi devant le site. Agents Tnex en colère », pouvait-on lire mardi matin sur la banderole tenue par quelques salariés devant la centrale nucléaire. Ces salariés, ce sont ceux de la société Tnex, un sous-traitant qui […]