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More then thirty years of debate, and the controversy remains as polarised as ever. This website (to be fair - whose maintainer is anti-nuclear) collects news about nuclear power in Europe, sorted by nuclear power plant, type of power plant, country etc.

By presenting different (media) angles on current nuclear issues, we hope to be able to cut out some spin, either pro or against, and to allow the reader to make up his or her own mind about today's pro's and con's of nuclear power.

In the menu on the right you can select your country, the nuclear power plant in your neighbourhood, or your favourite company and read latest (most English) news about it.

Latest nuclear news

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Exposure to Worker in Excess of Administrative Limit

On May 04, 2014, C-1 was in shutdown state and maintenance activities were being performed during refueling outage. A worker belonging to Electrical Maintenance Division entered in restricted area of Reactor Building for a maintenance job on Containment Reactor Coolant Drain System (SRD) pumps. This area was already cordoned off and entry was restricted by Health Physics Division owing to the fact that dose rate was high due to placement of In-Core Neutron Flux Monitoring System Thimbles. The worker received a dose of 8.5 mSv which is above the administrative limit set by the plant i.e.

Category: Power Reactor Pakistan »

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Radiation Leakage from Brachytherapy Machine

The Brachytherapy machine became out of order in September 2009. The Bio-medical Engineering Department of the hospital explored to obtain maintenance support from the manufacturer for the repair of the machine but the same could not be arranged and machine remained out of use and was kept safe and secure in its bunker. In February 2014, during a routine check of the machine condition, the machine showed radiation leakage in the bunker room. It was suspected that the source pellet, while returning from the intermediate safe to the main safe mode, got stuck in the passage.

Category: Radiation Source Pakistan »

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Realizing of maintenance activities without respecting the procedures

During maintenance activities that were conducted on some systems of one of the two irradiators present in the Sterigenic's installations, it was found that some safety-related equipment was unavailable. However, the availability of this equipment is requested as described in the procedure currently in application.

As this equipment was unavailable, Sterigenic's operators carried out those maintenance operations with only one safety device ensuring protection from a potential irradiation by the 60-Co sources that are used in the installations.

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Areva rethinks strategy after ditching targets

Thursday, November 20, 2014

PARIS (Reuters) - Areva must consider radical restructuring options after it abandoned financial targets in the face of continuing delays, writedowns and losses from its nuclear operations, analysts said, after the firm's shares plunged on Wednesday.

The state-owned group issued a third profit warning in four months, said it would review its funding options and dropped its 2015-16 financial targets, blaming delays to its Finnish Olkiluoto reactor, the slow restart of Japan's reactors and a lackluster nuclear market.

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Nuclear plants closure bill to reach $100bn

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The bill for closing down and cleaning up the world’s ageing nuclear reactors will exceed $100bn over the next 25 years alone, the leading energy watchdog has said, warning that governments risk underestimating the cost.

With almost 200 reactors due to be shut down by 2040, the International Energy Agency says in its annual report there are “considerable uncertainties” about decommissioning costs, reflecting governments’ limited experience in safely dismantling nuclear plants. In the last 40 years, only 10 reactors have been closed down.

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Areva-Siemens raises claim to $4.4 billion over Finnish reactor delays

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

(Reuters) - The French-German consortium Areva-Siemens, the supplier of Finland's much-delayed Olkiluoto-3 nuclear reactor, has increased its claim against Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima (TVO), TVO said late on Friday.

TVO and Areva have traded accusations about who is to blame for delays and extra costs, and the International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC) arbitration court is processing a dispute on cost overruns between the two sides.

Areva-Siemens in September said the start date of the reactor, which is planned to be Finland's fifth and biggest nuclear unit, will be pushed back to late 2018 - almost a decade later than originally planned.

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Chinese Company to Build Romania Nuclear Reactors

Monday, October 20, 2014

Nuclearelectrica, the company that runs Romania’s sole nuclear power plant, located in Cernavoda, has chosen China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) as its investor for the development of two new nuclear reactors.

The project is worth of some 6.5 billion euro, according to company sources.

The Chinese company was the only bidder in the tender procedure organised by Nuclearelectrica.

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Exposure of a temporary worker in excess of annual dose constraint during transfer operation of irradiated neutron detector.

At TAPS-4, irradiated Cobalt Self Powered Neutron Detectors (SPND) enclosed in a canister are stored in Interim Storage Facility (ISF). On May 17,2014 job of transfer of a canister from ISF to Solid Waste Management Facility (SWMF) was taken up.

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France ousts pro-nuclear head of power group EDF

Thursday, October 16, 2014

President Francois Hollande ousted the pro-nuclear boss of France's main power utility EDF on Wednesday, replacing him with the head of defence electronics firm Thales a day after a new pro-renewables policy became law.

Outgoing Chairman and Chief Executive Henri Proglio had been seeking to renew a mandate that expires next month.

But his pro-nuclear views and status as a 2009 appointee of conservative former president Nicolas Sarkozy sat uncomfortably with the policy of Hollande's Socialist administration, which pushed through a new law on Wednesday that caps nuclear production at the current level.

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THEFT OF RADIOACTIVE SOURCES

On the night of October 8, armed thieves entered the storage facility at the company and equipment and various electronic ítems were stolen, as well as two sources of Am-Be 185 GBq each (Category 3), within a yellow container.
The company notified the National Police and the IPEN (regulatory body), who sent a team for performing a quick search of the sources in the area.
Local advisory warnings to the public were issued.

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