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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 of a worker during radiographic inspections

On 18th April 2014, ASN was informed by the DCNS of an incident which occurred during the night of 17th to 18th April 2014 during radiographic inspections on the Nantes – Indret à La Montagne site. A team, consisting of an operator from the OTECMI company’s Plabennec office and an operator from the SGS Qualitest Industrie company’s Harfleur office, was carrying out radiographic inspections using a gamma ray projector containing a sealed radioactive source of iridium 192 with an activity of 1.95 TBq (terabecquerels) in one of the workshops on the DCNS site.

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Safety alert shuts down Torness nuclear reactor

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A nuclear reactor at Torness power plant has been shut down after a safety alert was triggered.

The incident at the plant, which is one of Scotland’s main power stations, happened just weeks after £30 million was spent on the same reactor to get it back online.

The shutdown means the power station is now only pumping out around a quarter of the energy it usually produces as the second reactor is currently working at a reduced capacity ahead of scheduled maintenance work.

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Highly radioactive substance found in Swiss dump

Thursday, June 26, 2014

GENEVA: A highly radioactive substance, emitting in some places radiation 100 times the permitted amount, has been discovered in Switzerland, local media reported on Sunday, adding that authorities had covered it up for 18 months.

Swiss weeklies Le Matin Dimanche and SonntagsZeitung reported that federal, regional and local officials decided not to reveal the fact that they had found radium deposits in an old dump in the town of Bienne so as not to scare the 50,000 local inhabitants.

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UK nuclear clean-up bill rises by £6.6bn

Monday, June 23, 2014

The bill faced by taxpayers for the clean-up of Sellafield and Britain’s other nuclear sites will be £6.6bn more than previously thought, in a sign of the challenges the country faces in dealing with its atomic legacy.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority said it had raised its best estimate for the undiscounted cost of the clean-up over the next 120 years to £110bn, a 7 per cent increase, with Sellafield alone accounting for £79.1bn of that. It also raised its total discounted estimate of the costs by 10 per cent to £64.9bn.

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Common cause mechanical deficiency in control rods

During an outage, on 26 September 2013, NRG reports the discovery of a deficiency in one of the six control rods of the High Flux Reactor (HFR) during an outage. Based on this discovery NRG decided to delay the restart of the reactor until the root cause and necessary measures were established and carried out. During the investigation two more control rods were found to show comparable deficiencies. The deficiencies could be traced back to an unreliable joining method of two main parts of the control rods.

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Deficiency in the determination of the uranium content of liquid waste tanks

On 26 October 2013 NRG reports that the of concentration Uranium-235 in one of the liquid waste tanks in the Molybdenum Production Facility (MPF) appears to be higher than allowed according to the license. Therefore, a criticality incident could not be excluded. The MPF has twelve storage tanks for liquid uranium-containing waste: six for highly radioactive waste and six for waste with a lower activity. The waste is temporarily stored in the tanks awaiting transport to the Dutch processor of radioactive waste, COVRA.

Category: Radioisotope Processing/Handling Facility Netherlands NRG »

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Deficiency in the determination of the uranium content of liquid waste tanks

On 17 October 2013 NRG reports that the of concentration Uranium-235 in one of the liquid waste tanks in the Molybdenum Production Facility (MPF) appears to be higher than allowed according to the license. Therefore, a criticality incident could not be excluded. The MPF has twelve storage tanks for liquid uranium-containing waste: six for highly radioactive waste and six for waste with a lower activity. The waste is temporarily stored in the tanks awaiting transport to the Dutch processor of radioactive waste, COVRA.

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Sberbank to Lend $1.1 Billion to Slovakia's Largest Power Company

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Slovensko Elektrarne Will Have to Buy Russian Nuclear Exports

MOSCOW—Russia's largest lender Sberbank (SBER.MZ +0.11%) has agreed to provide a loan of €870 million ($1.18 billion) to Slovenske Elektrarne, some of which Slovakia's largest power company will have to spend on Russian nuclear exports, the companies said Tuesday.

The deal signed Monday follows a memorandum of understanding the two parties sealed at an international business forum in St. Petersburg in May, which came against a backdrop of cooling relations between Russia and the West over Ukraine crisis.

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German power generators Looking for lifelines

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Embattled E.ON and RWE turn to the government and the courts for help

Jun 7th 2014, BERLIN - RECENT years have brought little but bad news for Germany’s power generators. Having overinvested in gas- and coal-fired plants before the financial crisis, the two largest, E.ON and RWE, ended up with excess capacity in the ensuing downturn—just as lavish subsidies to wind- and solar-power producers were bringing a host of new competitors to the market. After the nuclear accident at Fukushima in Japan in 2011, the German government decided that all nuclear plants in the country must close by 2022, bringing forward the huge costs of decommissioning them. To cap it all, ever more industrial consumers of electricity have gone “off the grid”, generating their own power. Shares in the two power giants have fallen by almost half in the past five years, whereas Germany’s DAX stockmarket index has almost doubled in that time (see chart).

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Russia to Help Kazakhstan Build Nuclear Power Plant

Friday, May 30, 2014

ASTANA, May 29 (RIA Novosti) – Russia and Kazakhstan have signed a memorandum on the construction of a nuclear power plant in Kazakhstan during a Supreme Eurasian Economic Council session in Astana on Thursday.

The agreement was signed by nuclear corporations Rosatom and Kazatomprom in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev.

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