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EnergySolutions not true to its word

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Remember that "The Simpsons" episode where Homer gains so much weight he plugs the cooling tower? Hilarious stuff. Laugh out loud funny.

This joke EnergySolutions is playing on all of us - nuclear regulators, the governor and Utah residents? Not so funny.

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E.ON and CEA research centre agree cooperation in nuclear energy research

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

29 October 2008 - E.ON and the research institute Commissariat à L'Energie Atomique (CEA) located in Cadarache in southern France have agreed cooperation in the field of nuclear energy research.

Cooperation will mainly focus on material research, innovation in reactor technology and safety as well as the development of the next power station generation. The research results will thus contribute to both safe operation of existing plants and the planning and implementation of new power station projects.

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Areva's Flamanville nuclear reactor supply chain 'needs oversight'

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

28 October 2008 - Areva has been told to monitor its subcontractors more closely after it was discovered that one had supplied a pressure system part without properly following testing procedures.

World Nuclear News reported that the parts in question are to be used to form the pressurizer of the water-cooled reactor under construction at Flamanville. The pressurizer is a main component of the reactor's primary coolant loop and as such has important safety role in addition to its function in the operation of the reactor.

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US working with allies to change global rules for nuclear financing

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Platts - The US, France and Japan are working to put international mechanisms into place to help finance construction of nuclear power plants in the US and elsewhere, government officials and financial analysts said this month.

Two principal targets are international financial institutions, such as the World Bank, and national export credit agencies, the sources said.

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Nuclear Waste not passing through

Friday, October 17, 2008

Luxembourg's Minister for Health, Mars Di Bartolomeo, has confirmed that no nuclear waste is, nor has been, transported through the Grand Duchy.

The information was provided in response to a parliamentary question which was raised following an incident this summer when a train carrying nuclear waste was stopped (outside Luxembourg) on its way to the Moselle.

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Tricastin reactor 2 to be off for several weeks

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

PARIS, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Unplanned works at the 900-megawatt (MW) nuclear reactor 2 at the troubled Tricastin plant in southeast France will take another few weeks, EDF said on Monday.

An incident occurred at the reactor 2 on Sept. 8 during the refuelling of the reactor, when fuel assemblies got stuck in the pressure vessel.

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French strike cuts 1,000 MW in nuclear capacity-CGT

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

PARIS, Oct 7 (Reuters) - A 24-hour strike in the energy sector on Tuesday has cut 1,000 megawatts (MW) in nuclear power capacity, a CGT spokesman said.

"Today's strike will only have a limited impact on nuclear availability," the spokesman said, adding that the power capacity cuts were taking place at the 3,600-MW Cruas plant in Southeast France.

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Britain's family uranium is safe in French hands

Monday, September 29, 2008

Vincent de Rivaz, the chief executive of France's EDF Energy, which is now in control of the UK's nuclear energy programme, doesn't laugh when I ask if he has succeeded where Napoleon failed.

"It's not a war," he says, very seriously. "This is an amicable agreement between two companies which will bring good news to everyone involved. Will it bring stability to customers for electricity bills? Yes. Will it bring new jobs? Yes. Will it improve climate change? Yes."

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Tricastin reactor 4 restarts after long outage

Monday, September 29, 2008

PARIS, Sept 26 (Reuters) - EDF said on Friday it had restarted its nuclear reactor 4 at the Tricastin plant on Sept. 25 after a 10-week long outage for refuelling and maintenance.

The reactor 2, which stopped on Aug. 30 due to an incident, was still offline.

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Slovak Premier, French President Agree on Nuclear Cooperation

Friday, September 19, 2008

Paris, 17 September: Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and French President Nicolas Sarkozy today signed an agreement on cooperation in nuclear energy and agreements on strategic partnership which is expected to enhance all-round relations between the two countries.

"France and Slovakia have clearly opted for nuclear energy. It covers 50 per cent of electric energy consumption in Slovakia," the French presidential office said on the meeting.

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