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Object: Retrieval of Co-60 orphan source at Genoa port coming from Senegal

On the 30th of July 2014, at the port of Genova Voltri, radiometric investigation revealed abnormal levels of radiation inside the container of metal scraps MRKU8395940, coming from Senegal, shipped by a company based in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates).

Specifically the dose rate on contact with the container result equal to 2,3 microSievert/h and rapidly decrease to a value of 0,15 microSievert/h at 20 cm from the container, and comparable with the local natural background (0,05 microSievert/h) at 1 meter from the container. Spectroscopic analysis revealed the presence of Co-60.

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Start of a fire in decontamination machine of former nuclear manufacturing plant of Bosco Marengo (AL) under decommissioning

On December 22nd 2011 Sogin S.p.A, which operates the former plant Fabbricazioni Nucleari of Bosco Marengo (AL) currently under decommissioning, communicated to ISPRA (Institute for Environmental Protection and Research)-which perform the functions of Nuclear Safety Authority- an anomalous event related to the decontamination machine by \shot blasting\ located inside the plant occurred at 9:25 am local time.

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Co-60 orphan source discovered in a container of metal scraps in the Genova Port

On July 20th, at the port of Genova Voltri, an elevated gamma rate was detected in corrispondence of a container of metal scraps. Radiometric measures revealed the presence of a Co-60 source, with an hot –spot of gamma dose rate of 600 mSv/h at contact with one wall of the container, about 40 mSv/h at one meter and 100 microSievert/h at 25 meters from the container wall. Moreover, radiometric survey around the container showed that from the other sides of the container the dose rate level was in the range from 20 to 80 microSievert/h.

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Energy Solutions rethinks on waste imports

Monday, July 19, 2010

Energy Solutions is adopting a new international business strategy whereby, rather than importing foreign radioactive waste for processing and disposal at its US facility, it will help overseas customers dispose of such waste in their own country.

The company - which has faced strong opposition to its plan to import waste from decommissioned nuclear facilities in Italy for processing and recycling at its facility in Clive, Utah - said that under the new strategy, no internationally generated radioactive waste would be disposed of at the site.

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The great atomic bluff

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Constant hold-ups, skyrocketing costs, faulty construction…Finland’s new Olkiluoto reactor, touted as the great white hope for Europe’s nuclear sector, is looking more and more like a great white elephant – and casting a fat black shadow over the whole industry.

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Eastern Europe to host EU nuclear waste storage facility

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

High-level nuclear waste from across the European Union could be shipped to eastern Europe for burial in a central underground storage facility under plans being considered by EU member states.

The Times has learnt that the project, which comes amid a resurgence of interest in nuclear power, could be given the green light later this year by the European Commission. Ewoud Verhoef, deputy director of Covra, the agency responsible for the storage of the Netherlands´ nuclear waste, said: "The nuclear programme in Holland is small and the cost of building a geological repository is very high. We only have one nuclear reactor in the Netherlands so there would be big advantages to a shared solution."

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The Atomic Berisha

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Albanian Prime Minister, Sali Berisha, has proposed constructing a nuclear power plant in Albania. The Berlusconi government in Italy is the first strategic partner to receive his request for cooperation. Experts and analysts interpret the proposal as a joke; environmentalists again suggest alternative sources.

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Stop-start revival of the nuclear industry

Friday, November 28, 2008

Barely a few days before the collapse of Lehman Brothers, EDF finally clinched its multi-billion pound acquisition of British Energy. At about the same time, the French state-controlled electricity group also tried – and failed – to counter veteran investor Warren Buffett’s bid for control of a US electricity utility, Constellation Energy.

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Berlusconi Blunder Steals the Show

Friday, November 7, 2008

Agreements on cooperation to revive Italy's nuclear sector and give LUKoil a foothold in the European refining sector topped a slew of deals signed Thursday, overseen by President Dmitry Medvedev and visiting Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

But Berlusconi, renowned for impolitic and controversial statements, grabbed the most attention with comments about Barack Obama, describing the U.S. president-elect as "young, attractive and even suntanned."

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Italian Deputies vote to overturn nuclear ban

Friday, November 7, 2008

A government bill overturning Italy's moratorium on nuclear power has been approved by the lower chamber of the country's government and has been passed for approval to the country's Senate.

The bill, approved by the Camera dei Deputati on 4 November, was amended several times after much debate between the right-wing majority and the minority and also within the government itself. The amendments include a new deadline of 30 June 2009 for the government to find sites for new nuclear power plants, revised from the original deadline of December 2008 (the sites of Italy's shut down nuclear plants are no longer considered suitable); the establishment of a Nuclear Regulatory Agency, whose board will be named by the country's president in consultation with the prime minister and the government; and provision for the sites of the new plants to be subjected to military control if necessary.

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