Tout avait si bien comencé! L’arrivé à Rio sous le soleil, l’êntreinte chaleureuse de son ami Lula, la signature d’un mégacontrat d’armament – 6,7 millards d’euros pour cinq sous-marins, dont un nucléaire – et, pour finir, les fêtes de Noel chez le pater de Carla, à São Paulo… Huit ans et des brouetter plus tard, les couleurs de la carte postale bavent un pen: des juges brésiliens et français enquêntet sur la vente de notre quincaillerie militaire en pleine lune de miel entre Sarko et Lula.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) relied on faulty analysis to justify its refusal to adopt a critical measure for protecting Americans from the occurrence of a catastrophic nuclear-waste fire at any one of dozens of reactor sites around the country, according to an article in the May 26 issue of Sciencemagazine. Fallout from such a fire could be considerably larger than the radioactive emissions from the 2011 Fukushima accident in Japan.
The March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident prompted regulators around the world to take a hard look at their requirements for protecting nuclear plants against severe accidents. In the United States, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) ordered a “top-to-bottom” review of its regulations, and ultimately approved a number of safety upgrades.
China is expected to make a decision on a 100 billion yuan ($14.5 billion) reprocessing plant for spent nuclear fuel very soon after work on one proposed site was suspended amid protests last year, an executive with France’s Areva said on Thursday.
The United Nations negotiations for a legally binding agreement on the prohibition of nuclear weapons have moved into the next (and possibly penultimate) stage.
With the bankruptcy of Westinghouse and thepending dismemberment of its Japanese parent Toshiba, two ongoing – and way behind schedule and over budget – U.S. nuclear projects are in deep jeopardy.
Swiss voters have backed government plans to replace the power from ageing nuclear reactors with renewable energy. A total of 58.2 per cent of voters supported the phaseout of nuclear energy in a binding referendum on Sunday. Under the Swiss system of direct democracy, voters have the final say on major policy issues.
Procuradores franceses que estiveram no Brasil na semana passada iniciaram conversas com investigadores brasileiros da Operação Lava Jato para saber se o esquema de corrupção que atingiu a Eletronuclear e levou o ex-presidente Othon Luiz Pinheiro Silva à prisão também se estendeu ao contrato para a conversão de urânio usado nas usinas nucleares de Angra 1 e 2.
On this Mother’s Day, I regret to inform you that the trucking of 23,000 litres of highly radioactive liquid material from Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) in Ontario to the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina has begun. The first truckload arrived at SRS last month (see the official communication copied below).
The Department of Energy declared a state of emergency at the Hanford (Washington State) nuclear site after a tunnel storing contaminated radioactive materials collapsed. The collapse, which was discovered Tuesday, forced hundreds of workers to take cover to avoid potential exposure. Hanford is the nation’s most polluted nuclear weapons production site.