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Bitter row throws French nuclear industry into turmoil

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The French nuclear industry is in turmoil as uranium supplies have dried up and the treatment of spent fuel has been blocked amid an increasingly bitter row between the heads of its two main state operators.

EDF, the electricity group that runs 58 reactors in France, said that Areva, the nuclear energy group, had stopped uranium deliveries on January 4 and was refusing to take away spent fuel for reprocessing.

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French radioactive waste to double by 2030

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

PARIS (Reuters) - France's highly radioactive waste will more than double by 2030 mainly as spent fuel derived from nuclear reactors mounts up, the French national radioactive waste management agency (Andra) said on Tuesday.

Andra draws up every three years an inventory of sites polluted with radioactivity and details quantities per waste category as well as volume forecasts.

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Ferry shipments of 'terror-threat' plutonium end

Monday, July 28, 2008

Top-secret consignments across Channel are halted as a result of IoS investigation

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German Leaks Raise More Nuclear Fears

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

BERLIN, July 8 (IPS) - Confirmation that radioactive brine has been leaking for two decades from a German underground deposit for nuclear waste is yet another blow to the idea that nuclear power can safely increase electricity generation and simultaneously reduce emissions.

Radioactive leaks from the nuclear waste deposit Asse II near Braunschweig in Lower Saxony, some 225 km southwest of Berlin, were first discovered in 1988. The state-owned Helmholtz Institute for
Scientific Research, which operates the centre, officially admitted the leaks only Jun. 16, under pressure from the German press.

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Used nuclear fuel shipments start

Thursday, December 20, 2007

20 December 2007

On 17 December the first transport to France of irradiated fuel still present in Italy was completed. The first two special containers, with 34 of the 1243 fuel rods that will be reprocessed at La Hague, left the shut down Caorso nuclear power plant.

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Italy begins shipments of uranium to France: report

Monday, December 17, 2007

ROME, Dec 16 2007 A first shipment of uranium bars left a disused nuclear plant in northern Italy on Sunday bound for France, where they will be reprocessed in Le Hague, Normandy, the ANSA news agency reported.

The 34 uranium bars -- the first 7.5 tonnes of 235 tonnes of waste to be sent to France for disposal -- were first loaded in two casks onto a truck under heavy guard, then placed on a special train for the journey across the Alps.

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The Perils of Pushing Atomic Energy as the Climate Change Panacea

Thursday, May 10, 2007

By Philip Bethge (Der Spiegel)

Is nuclear power on the verge of a renaissance? Its supporters argue that atomic energy is the only way to satisfy humanity’s hunger for more energy without aggravating the effects of global warming. Critics, however, regard the nuclear hype as over-simplistic optimism fueled by an industry in distress.

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OVERFLOW OF A SOLUTION IN THE MAPU WORKSHOP (MEDIUM ACTIVITY PLUTONIM WORKSHOP) AT THE UP2-400 PLANT

On 11 August 1994, approximately 3 litres of a solution containing 11 mg/l of plutionim spilled over a sample containment and spread on the floor of a room of the Medium Activity Plutonium Workshop (MAPu). In this workshop, plutonium oxide, which is etracted from irradiated fuel, is purified and conditioned. This overflow took place following a sampling from a hold-up tank for flushing effluents and was caused by an excessive flow of the pump that is used for feeding the sampling circuit.

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