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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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Leak from primary coolant system at Kakrapar Atomic Station-1

On March 11, 2016, Kakrapar-1 was operating at 220 MWe. At about 0852 hrs, primary containment (pump room) pressure high alarm appeared in control room. Both fast acting reactor shutdown systems and liquid poison injection system actuated automatically and brought the reactor to long term sub-critical state. Emergency Core Cooling System (ECCS) actuated as per design and provided cooling to the core.

As per the established procedure, plant emergency was declared at 0910 hrs.

Shutdown cooling loop was taken in service and primary coolant temperature was brought to 45 °C.

Category: Power Reactor India »

Germany demands France shut old nuclear plant near border

Friday, March 4, 2016

Germany demanded Friday that France close down its oldest nuclear plant, Fessenheim, near the German and Swiss borders -- just one of several ageing atomic plants that are unsettling France's neighbours.

"This power plant is very old, too old to still be in operation," said a spokesman for Environment and Nuclear Safety Minister Barbara Hendricks.

"That's why the environment minister demands its closure at the earliest possible date," he said, reiterating Berlin's earlier demands.

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Radiographer Overexposure

On September 08, 2015, Nuclear Regulatory Authority (ARN) was informed about a radiological incident during industrial radiography of a boiler´s manifold in the Thermoelectric Power Station, located in Río Turbio, Santa Cruz.

Category: Radiation Source Argentina »

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Worker Overexposure

During an inspection in January 2016, the State of Florida noted that one of the licensee's employees working with a particle accelerator had exceeded the 50 mSv (5 rem) worker exposure limit for 2015 (overexposure nominally was 52 mSv (5.2 rem)). This employee also had nine high exposure investigative reports for 2015, and the Radiation Safety Officer had failed to take any action to mitigate exposure. Florida plans to conduct a follow up inspection to investigate the circumstances surrounding the worker overexposure. NRC EN51688

Category: Irradiation/Accelerators Facility United States of America »

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Overexposure to Radiographer

After performing a radiograph, the radiographer believed he had cranked the source back inside the camera. However, when he went to retrieve the film, he noticed that his survey meter was reading off-scale, and then he noticed that his pocket dosimeter also read off-scale. The radiographer’s whole body dosimetry was sent for processing, which resulted in readings of 114.5 mSv (11.45 rem) deep dose equivalent and 114.9 mSv (11.49 rem) lens dose equivalent. The total effective dose equivalent accrued by the radiographer for the year was 125.8 mSv (12.58 rem).

Category: Radiation Source United States of America »

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Overexposure of two industrial radiographers

Two industrial radiographers who were involved in an oil refinery projects, overexposed by Gamma radiation of Ir-92, 35 Ci. On 23/09/2015, one of the radiographers dismantled the guide tube without noticing that the source/holder was detached and stocked in the guide tube due to not having survey meter with him. He put the guide tube in the car between the right front chair and back chair. During the night, one of the radiographers slept in the left front chair for about 6 hours while the other slept in the right front chair for about 4 hours in different times.

Category: Radiation Source Iran »

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Bordeaux University: discovery of radioactive sources and incidental exposure of persons

Two radioactive sources were discovered by the Bordeaux University prevention service in a very cluttered and regularly frequented room during a housekeeping operation carried out at the end of June 2015.

As soon as they were discovered, the sources were transferred for safe storage in a room specially intended for that purpose within the university campus.

Category: Radiation Source France »

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Irradiation of a worker during scheduled NNP outage at Le Blayais

On 21st August 2015, ASN was informed by EDF of the accidental exposure of a worker from an EDF contractor to a dose of ionising radiation exceeding the regulation limit.

On 18th August, during the check carried out prior to exiting the limited access area, contamination was detected on the worker’s chin. He had been carrying out maintenance work in preparation for the hydrotesting of an exchanger on the chemical and volume control system in the reactor 4 safeguard auxiliaries building in the Le Blayais NPP.

Category: Power Reactor France La Blayais »

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Contaminated water being transferred to turbine building of unit 3 from 1000 tons notch tank was leaking from the cracked pressure hose

On 29 May, 2015, TEPCO found that contaminated water being transferred to turbine building of unit 3 from 1000 tons notch tank was leaking from the cracked pressure hose.
TEPCO stopped the inappropriate transfer of contaminated water.
The estimated volume of the leaked water is approximately 7 m3.
Although the leaked water flowed into the drainage which led to the port there has been no significant change in radioactivity of the ocean that raises any concern about influence to health and the environment.

Category: Power Reactor Japan »

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Leakages of water from the dikes in tank areas storing contaminated water

TEPCO found that leakages of water accumulated in the dikes due to rainfall in 4 areas storing contaminated water at Fukushima Daiichi NPS between 9 and 14 September 2015.
The dikes are installed in order to prevent contaminated water from spreading in case a leakage from the tanks would occur.

Category: Power Reactor Japan »