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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。

A-BOMB, NUCLEAR ACCIDENT VICTIMS REMEMBERED via Rafu Shimpo

A commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings on Aug. 5 in Little Tokyo also focused on a more recent catastrophe — the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima — and those still living with the after-effects. The gathering in Frances Hashimoto Plaza included the ringing of a “peace bell” and the release of […]

Challenging Nuclearism: The Nuclear Ban Treaty Assessed via The Asia-Pacific Journal Japan Focus

Richard Falk Abstract On 7 July 2017 122 countries at the UN voted to approve the text of a proposed international treaty entitled ‘Draft Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.’ This article assesses the significance of broad international support for the draft treaty, the opposition to it on the part of all nine nuclear […]

HIROSHIMA DAY: 72 YEARS SINCE U.S. DROPPED ATOMIC BOMB, CAN THE WORLD BAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS? via Newsweek

In the morning of August 6, 1945, the world witnessed the devastating impact of nuclear weapons for the very first time, when a U.S. plane dropped the atomic bomb “Little Boy” on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Around 140,000 people died as a consequence of the bombing—both in the immediate aftermath and because of the […]

Energy Department Scientists Barred From Attending Nuclear Power Conference via Union of Concerned Scientists

Edwin Lyman, a physicist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, was one of 30 U.S.-based scientists scheduled to speak at the quadrennial International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conference on fast breeder nuclear reactors in Yekaterinburg, Russia, in late June. Lyman did not attend the previous two conferences, in Kyoto in 2009 and Paris in 2013, […]

Top nuclear power disasters via EBR

Though nuclear power is one of the high potential energy sources, any accidents at the generation sites can cause severe damage to the nearby places. The vast amount of nuclear waste created by power plants can lead to high radiation and raise temperature levels. Any mishandling of radioactive material used in the nuclear power can […]

Chernobyl nuclear reactor slated for billion-pound solar park despite radiation fears via Independent

Chernobyl was the scene of the world’s worst nuclear accident in 1986 Ukraine is in talks with one of France’s biggest energybusinesses to construct a £969m solar facility at the derelict Chernobyl nuclear reactor plant and its surrounding area. Ostap Semerak, Ukraine’s minister of ecology, said Engie is starting a pre-feasibility survey, bankrolled by the French government, […]

Atom bomb survivors in Japan welcome UN resolution on nuclear weapons via Independent

‘I have been waiting for this day for seven decades and I am overjoyed that it has finally arrived’ says Hiroshima Setsuko Thurlow A United Nations treaty banning nuclear weapons has been welcomed by survivors of the deadly atom bomb attacks on Japan which ended the Second World War.  Setsuko Thurlow, who survived the Hiroshima blast, was a 13-year-old schoolgirl when she […]

Northlanders protest nuclear weapons overseas via Superior Telegram

Two northern Wisconsin residents are heading overseas next week to join in a protest against nuclear weapons on an American air base in Germany. Bonnie Urfer and John LaForge of Luck, Wis., are joining a delegation from around the country to participate in a long-standing campaign July 12-18 at Büchel Air Base, in west-central Germany. […]

How Should We Manage Nuclear Energy? via BBC

The promise of the 1950s, that nuclear energy would supply practically all of our energy, has faded. What’s the future of the expensive, powerful, complicated energy source? […] Nuclear energy has long struggled to convince sceptics, fearful of accidents and the long-term hazards of radioactive waste. But these issues are now compounded with market forces […]

Anti-Nuclear Bomb Activists Arrested at U.S. Mission to U.N. via Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – More than a dozen activists were arrested for disorderly conduct after they blocked the entrances to the United States mission to the United Nations on Monday to protest Washington’s decision to boycott negotiations on a nuclear weapons ban treaty. […] U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced in March […]

Fire at French nuclear reactor extinguished, EDF says via Reuters

A fire that broke out on the roof of a nuclear reactor at the Bugey plant in central-eastern France has been extinguished, operator EDF said on Monday, citing fire brigade officials.  The fire began at the plant’s nuclear reactor number 5, some 35 kilometers from the city of Lyon […] EDF said in a separate […]

Activist in exile says Norway’s nuclear waste support is irresponsible via The Barents Observer

Nadezhda Kutepova was forced to flee Russia after fighting for the rights of the residents in radioactive contaminated villages near Mayak, the site where all spent nuclear fuel from Andreeva Bay will be sent.  On June 27, the first shipment of containers with highly radioactive spent fuel elements will leave Andreeva Bay on the Kola […]

New Zealand 30 years officially nuclear-free via News Hub

It’s an anniversary that looks set to pass without major fanfare, but for Greenpeace campaigner Steve Abel, what happened 30 years ago remains a defining moment in New Zealand history. On June 8, 1987, the country became nuclear-free, after Parliament passed the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament and Arms Control Act. “It’s a hugely […]

Ontario’s proposed plan for nuclear plant emergencies ripped via Toronto Sun

TORONTO – Ontario’s proposed plan for how to respond in the unlikely event of a nuclear emergency falls short, environmental groups say. The province recently released an update to its emergency planning for potential large-scale accidents at the Pickering, Darlington, Bruce Power, Chalk River and FERMI 2 nuclear sites. […] “These proposals do a disservice to Ontarians. […]

Latest Hanford alert is another reminder of nuclear industry’s many challenges via The Seattle Times

Nuclear energy seems custom-made as a solution for providing electricity without adding to climate change. But its downsides are big, and they are not only Americans’ fear of meltdowns and mushroom clouds. […] But that happened this past week when a tunnel containing radioactive waste collapsed, prompting the sheltering and evacuation of 4,800 workers. No […]

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

YURY BANDAZHEVSKY DETAILED CHERNOBYL’S DEVASTATING IMPACT ON PEOPLE’S HEALTH, PARTICULARLY THAT OF CHILDREN, IN BELARUS. NOW HE LIVES IN EXILE WHILE THE GOVERNMENT INSISTS “EVERYTHING’S OK.” 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 […]

Documentary renews debate over renewable energy via The Japan Times

Earlier this month, Kyodo News surveyed 44 companies that started selling electricity to consumers after the energy market was liberalized in April 2016. More than 60 percent of respondents objected to the government’s plan to make them share in costs associated with compensating victims of the Fukushima nuclear crisis and the related cleanup. Since industry […]

False promise: nuclear power: past, present and (no) future via Ecologist

Nuclear power was originally sold on a lie, writes Dave Elliott. While we were being told it would make electricity ‘too cheap to meter’, insiders knew it cost at least 50% more than conventional generation. Since then nuclear costs have only risen, while renewable energy prices are on a steep decline. And now the nuclear […]

Toshiba’s US nuclear problems provide cautionary tale for UK via The Guardian

The roots of Toshiba’s admission this week that it has serious doubts over its “ability to continue as a going concern” can be found near two small US towns. It is the four reactors being built for nuclear power stations outside Waynesboro, in Georgia, and Jenkinsville, South Carolina, by the company’s US subsidiary Westinghouse that […]

“Half Life in Fukushima” documents life in the red zone five years after the nuclear disaster via Asian American Press

“Half-life in Fukushima” is a documentary feature in competition at the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival. It represents a Switzerland and France collaboration, with co-directors Mark Olexa and Francesca Scalisi at the helm. While the production represents a European origin, the subject matter had gained world-wide attention no less than Chernobyl in 1986. […] The […]

Radiation surveillance detects iodine leak in Europe via Euractiv

Nobody knows who released the substance, but radioactive iodine has been detected across Europe in recent weeks. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports. The technicians of Europe’s informal network of radioactivity surveillance experts, the Ring of Five, were the only ones to notice the spike in radiation levels. In the second week of January, the […]

Concerns Grow About A Nuclear “Incident” In Europe After Spike In Radioactive Iodine Levels via Zero Hedge

Concerns about a potential, and so far unsubstantiated, nuclear “incident”, reportedly in the vicinity of the Arctic circle, spread in the past week after trace amounts of radioactive Iodine-131 of unknown origin were detected in January over large areas in Europe according to a report by the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety, the […]

Tahiti welcomes French nuclear compo law amendment via RNZ

The French Polynesian president Edouard Fritch has hailed as historic the French decision to remove the term negligible risk from the nuclear compensation law. The National Assembly unanimously voted to amend the law, drawn up by Herve Morin when he was the defence minister in 2009. Most claims for compensation for ill health because of […]

“No Leak” After explosion at French nuclear plant via NEWSS

An explosion occurred at French utility EDF’s Flamanville nuclear plant on Thursday but there was no associated nuclear risk, a local government official said on Thursday. A report in Ouest France newspaper said there may be some injuries. M6 radio said five people were slightly injured. Officials at the state-backed company’s Paris headquarters had no […]

UK’s Brexit Plans Call for Leaving EU Nuclear Agency via Scientific American

The exit would deal a heavy blow to multibillion-dollar nuclear-fusion experiments Scientists are shocked and angry at the UK government’s sudden confirmation on January 26 that it wants to pull out of  the European Union’s nuclear agency Euratom, as part of its arrangements for Brexit. Depending upon whether and how the UK negotiates a way […]

Groups call for shutdown of Pa. nuclear plant amid concerns about ‘defective’ parts, safety via Penn Live

A self-described “anti-nuclear advocacy group” is calling for operations to be suspended at a Pa. nuclear power plant amid concerns about potentially defective parts and a scandal involving documents falsified by the French manufacturer of those parts. According to the advocacy group, Beyond Nuclear, the concerns involve parts manufactured and imported from Areva’s Le Creusot […]

U.S. lists 17 nuclear reactors with parts from forge under probe via Reuters

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Tuesday unveiled a letter showing that 17 of the country’s nuclear reactors have parts from Areva SA’s Le Creusot forge in France, which is under investigation for allegedly falsifying documents on the quality of its parts. The number of reactors was more than the nine the NRC had […]

U.S. lists 17 nuclear reactors with parts from forge under probe via Reuters

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Tuesday unveiled a letter showing that 17 of the country’s nuclear reactors have parts from Areva SA’s Le Creusot forge in France, which is under investigation for allegedly falsifying documents on the quality of its parts. The number of reactors was more than the nine the NRC had […]

原発の重大欠陥疑惑がありつつも、再稼働容認に転じた三反園・鹿児島県知事 via 日刊SPA!

(抜粋) 再稼働容認に転じた三反園・鹿児島県知事は回答拒否!! 会見する三反園訓知事。就任してから2回、九電に対して川内原発の停止を求めたが、その後は脱原発の姿勢はトーンダウンした 「川内原発の一時停止」を公約にかかげ、今年7月の県知事選で勝利した三反園訓知事。だが、12月8日の川内原発1号機の再稼働は「私に再稼働するしないの権限はない」(今月1日、鹿児島県議会)と事実上容認。「公約違反」との批判が高まっている。 フランスの原発12基停止の原因となった日本鋳鍛鋼の鋼材は、川内原発1号機、2号機にも使用されている。三反園知事は、鋼材の強度不足問題を考慮しなかったのだろうか? 鹿児島県知事室に問い合わせたところ、「(県の)原子力安全対策課と話してください」と丸投げで回答を拒否。原子力安全対策課に鋼材の強度不足問題について聞いたが「本件は原子力規制委員会が問題ないとしている。県としても今後の規制委での議論の推移を見守りたい」とのこと。 また、本件について三反園知事は知っているのかと聞くと「報告はしています」と言うが具体的な回答はなし。 川内原発は国内でも最も火山活動が活発な一帯にある。破局的噴火が起きたら、瞬時に原発は破壊され、溶岩にまみれた現場での収束作業は不可能だ。だが、鹿児島県・原子力安全対策課は「火山活動をモニタリングしている」と九州電力の言い分をそのままオウム返しにするだけ。火山の専門家たちが噴火の予測は難しいと指摘していることを指摘したが、「どうせ破局的噴火が起きたら鹿児島は終わり」と投げやりな態度。川内原発が破壊され大量の放射性物質が放出されたら、西から東に吹く偏西風に乗って、日本全国を汚染していくことになる。 原発事故時の周辺住民の避難も各自治体任せで、その不備を自ら訴える自治体もある。事故時の収束作業の砦である重要免震棟も九電は設置を撤回した。三反園知事が就任する以前と、課題への対応策はほとんど変わらないうえ、新たに鋼材強度の問題が出てきたのに、今回の「事実上の容認」。脱原発を訴え続けている小出裕章・元京都大学原子炉実験所助教は「まったく情けない」と憤る。 全文は原発の重大欠陥疑惑がありつつも、再稼働容認に転じた三反園・鹿児島県知事 当サイト既出関連記事: 原発の重大欠陥疑惑を追う…大問題になったフランス。話題にならない日本 via 日刊SPA!

Ukraine Energy Wars Are Leading To A Fukushima-Chernobyl Debacle In Europe via Nuclear News

(Archives edition Looking back on the dodgy Ukrainian nuclear energy industry a possible source of HEU for Jihadists in our latest report By Yoichi Shimatsu Exclusvie to Rense 1-5-15) Clashes over energy in Ukraine between the West and Russia could prompt another Chernobyl-type accident or a catastrophe on the order of a Fukushima that will […]

U.S. looks for potential issues linked to falsified French nuclear documents via Reuters

<span class="articleLocation”>U.S. nuclear regulators are investigating whether the suspected falsification of documents at French nuclear power company Areva SA, which supplies components for reactors globally, poses any problems at U.S. nuclear plants. Areva notified the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) last week that a review of paperwork “anomalies” at its Le Creusot facility in France […]

French nuclear power in ‘worst situation ever’, says former EDF director via The Guardian

  In the week Britain exports electricity to France for first time in four years, Gérard Magnin says renewable power will match Hinkley Point C on cost. The French nuclear industry is in its “worst situation ever” because of a spate of plant closures in France and the complexities it faces with the UK’s Hinkley […]

Signature campaign against nuclear energy via The Hindu

The People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) on Sunday called upon the youngsters to speak up against nuclear energy. Speaking at an awareness programme after launching the signature campaign against nuclear energy here, Suba. Udayakumar, PMANE coordinator, said that several countries including the United States, France and Japan had given up the policy of installing […]

India signs controversial civil nuclear deal with Japan to export atomic technology via DAWN

Japan and India signed a controversial civil nuclear deal on Friday that will allow Japanese companies to export atomic technology to the South Asian state as the two countries deepen economic and security ties. The pact signed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi is Japan’s first with a nation […]

No justice for Marshall Islands via Ea O Ka Aina

By Tom Arms on 17 October 2016 for Earth Island – […] The residents of the Marshall Islands are the ultimate modern age victims. If they don’t die from cancer inflicted by nuclear testing they will drown from rising sea levels caused by climate change. Like most victims, they sought justice. But the International Court […]