The company that owns the Three Mile Island nuclear plant, site of the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history, announced that it plans to shutter the facility in 2019 unless the state of Pennsylvania steps in to keep it open. The plant near Harrisburg, Pa., hasn’t been profitable for the past five years, according to owner Exelon Corp. The company announced last week that it failed to auction off future energy production from Three Mile Island for the third year in a row.
A proposed energy U-turn by South Korea’s new government would put the environment at the center of energy policy, shifting one of the world’s staunchest supporters of coal and nuclear power toward natural gas and renewables.
We’ve heard now about three complete meltdowns that are occurring at the afflicted power plant at Fukushima – but we’ve never heard about the fact that there are actually 6 reactors at the site!
Pigs use their snouts to dig up and eat underground mushrooms, especially truffles and false truffles, which are rich in potassium. These plants are avid collectors of caesium along with potassium, and when the caesium is radioactive, the mushrooms become concentrated radioactive food for the pigs. Thus the bodies of wild boars become highly contaminated with radioactivity, to the point where their meat is unfit for human consumption. In Germany, the government has for many years paid cash to hunters who kill wild boars, to compensate them for the fact that they cannot eat the meat
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.