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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.
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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 potentially catastrophic mistake in the construction of an identical EPR power plant in Normandy.
An official of Russian state nuclear firm Rosatom told a Brussels audience that his company could guarantee a levelized price for electricity of $50/MWh from new nuclear plants it builds, if the client chooses the firm's services for their lifecycle. According to EU policies, however, fuel supply should be diversified.
Speaking at an event organised by New Nuclear Watch Europe, Kirill Komarov, First Deputy CEO of Rosatom, said that his company was the only one able to guarantee a low price for electricity, if European countries chose the full package of its services.
On 2 October, 2013, TEPCO found a water dropping from around the top plate of B area (south) tank (No.5 tank at Group A in B area), in where treated water from the desalination apparatus is stored, at Fukushima Daiichi NPS.
The leaked water was not only dropping inside the dike, but also dropping to outside of the dike at B area (south) via the scaffold installed around the tank for inspection.
Because it cannot be denied that the water leaked from the top plate of the tank flowed into the drainage channel via the side ditch nearby, and leaked into the sea, TEPCO performed water-stop measures
Approximately 11 m3 amount of water leakage occurred from a
pipe joint of desalination system (reverse osmosis membrane, RO-3) inside the temporary warehouse on 9 October, 2013.
The water has retained in the dike installed in the warehouse.
The radioactivity concentration of the leakage water was 34kBq/cm3 by totall beta nuclides.
Out of eleven workers who were working in the warehouse, six workers had radioactive material on their bodies, and five workers had no radioactive material on their bodies.
On 6 February,2014, TEPCO found that the water treated by Simplified Active Water Retrieve and Recovery System (SARRY, cesium removal facility) and Reverse Osmosis Desalination Facility (RO) was leaking from the flange of water pressure measuring instrument equipped to the water pipe in which the water was running to the reactors unit 1 to 3 for their cooling.
The leaked water was flowing into the underground nearly under the water pressure measuring instrument.
The water leakage from the flange was stopped by means of closing the valve attached between the flange and the water pipe.
At 23:25 (Japan time) on 19 February, 2014, TEPCO found that water was leaking from the upper part of Tank C-1 in H-6 Tank Area, which has stored the water that was condensed by RO (reverse osmosis desalination facility) after the treatment by SARRY (cesium removal facility), to the dike surrounding H-6 Tank Area and to the outside of the dike through the rainwater drainpipe running from the upper part of Tank C-1 to the ground surface beyond the dike.
At 05:40 (Japan time) on 20 February, 2014, TEPCO succeeded in stopping the water leakage by means of closing the valves installed between Tank
The Central Waste Building at Fukushima Daiichi NPS has been currently used as a storage facility for contaminated water from the Nuclear Reactor Buildings Unit 1 to 4.
On 11 April, 2014, TEPCO found that the level of contaminated water in the Central Waste Building unnaturally fell down although the contaminated water was not transferred to other places, and on
13 April, 2014, it was found by TEPCO that some contaminated water in the Central Waste Building was transferred to the Incineration Building, which has been prepared as an emergency storage facility for contaminated water.
On 2 June, 2014, NRA’s resident inspector found that contaminated water was leaking from the bolt portion of the two tanks in 4,000 tons notch tank group in the contaminated water tank area.
The water leakage was stopped by means of lowering the water level of the leaking tank by transferring the stored water of the leaking tanks to another notch tank.
The amount of the water, which leaked to the outside of dike was approximately 3.5m3.
The concentration of radioactive materials in the leaked water was 72 kBq/L (Total Beta)
There has been no contamination of the ocean that raises any con
On 4 September, 2014, TEPCO found that the concentrated water* treated by Reverse Osmosis (RO) was leaking from a connection valve between A5 tank and A6 tank in the G4 South Tank Area.
On 17 December 2014, TEPCO found that treated water being transferred to the J6 Tank Area was leaking from an open end of a branch pipe connected to the main pipe.
While having an open end, the valve on the branch pipe was open. Closing the valve on the branch pipe stopped the leakage.