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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

Cernavoda 3&4 construction back on after Candu Energy signs cooperation deal with Chinese state company

Monday, July 28, 2014

SNC Lavalin subsidiary Candu Energy has signed a 'binding and exclusive' contract with China Nuclear Power Engineering Company, Ltd. (CNPEC) for the construction of CANDU Units 3 and 4 at the Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant in Romania in Vancouver. The agreement was witnessed by senior representatives of China's National Energy Administration and Natural Resources Canada.

This agreement follows a letter of intent signed by CNPEC's parent company China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) and Romanian utility Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica (SNN) in November 2013 for investment in and development of two additional nuclear units at the Cernavoda site.

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The EU's nuclear links with Russia

Monday, July 28, 2014

The EU has 18 Russian-designed nuclear power plants

Following the loss of the Malaysian airliner last week, European leaders are once again wrestling with the question of how to respond to Russia over its role in the Ukraine crisis.

They are reluctant to get tough, much more so than the United States.

The EU could easily end up doing itself a lot of economic harm, most obviously if Russia were to respond by turning down the gas.

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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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