A wildfire near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has finally been extinguished after a 12-day battle waged by firefighters and Self-Defense Force troops in special protective gear left 75 hectares of tainted forest scorched, and local officials scrambling to quash radiation rumors.
A portion of an underground tunnel containing rail cars full of radioactive waste collapsed Tuesday at a sprawling storage facility in a remote area of Washington state, forcing an evacuation of some workers at the site that made plutonium for nuclear weapons for decades after World War II.
The commercial start-up of the first of four nuclear reactors that South Korea’s KEPCO is building in United Arab Emirates is set to be delayed because the local operating company is not ready to run the reactors, a nuclear industry source said.
Last week’s ruling by the High Court in Cape Town that set the procurement of 9.6GW of nuclear right back to square one apparently did little to damp the enthusiasm of the small pro-nuclear lobby. The government is determined to build power plants driven by reactors, but unaffordable agreements and huge costs loom if Russia’s Rosatom wins bid.
A forest fire has been burning in the no-entry zone of Namie in Fukushima since April 29th and has been the subject of many news reports of varying quality. The site is among the most highly-contaminated by the Fukushima disaster, well within the “difficult-to-return” zone.
Japan’s irradiated nuclear fuel: Transfer sites for 610 tons of spent nuclear fuel undecided decommissioning plans may be affected
Background: After the end of WWII, Japan was persuaded by the Allies to embrace nuclear power – partly as a way of expiating the horror of the Atomic Bomb explosions at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but mainly as a way of achieving energy independence. To avoid the necessity of purchasing fuels off-island, the Japanese were urged […]
Today, the uranium mining in the Czech Republic finally ended when the last minecart with pitchblende (or uraninite) was exported from the Rožná I uranium mine. The extraction and processing of uranium ore has caused great damage. The Czech Republic has been forced to spend more than 40 billion Czech crowns on remediation since 1989 and another CZK 60 billion will still be needed . The government pledged to pay CZK 31.3 billion during the next thirty years merely to eliminate the consequences of in-situ leaching (ISL) in Stráž pod Ralskem . The plans of the Ministry of Industry for the future mining of other uranium deposits, as mentioned in the Czech Raw Materials Policy, should be abandoned for good simply for these reasons.
Dong et EnBW, lauréats d’un appel d’offres en Allemagne, vendront l’électricité de leurs parcs au prix de marché.
Reuters By Geert De Clercq A group of activists has filed a legal challenge with the French prime minister’s office against the extension of EDF’s license for construction of the Flamanville nuclear reactor in northern France. The move by Greenpeace and other anti-nuclear groups is in response to safety concerns over the Flamanville reactor and […]
In a major reversal for Eskom’s nuclear plans the Western Cape High Court has set aside the two determinations issued by former minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson which lay the basis for the nuclear procurement.