Archive for February, 2013

Fukushima Cancer Risks Are ‘Low’, Says WHO Expert Report

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The risks of cancer as a result of the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident in Japan are low and experts do not foresee any increase in cancer rates above baseline rates, says a report from the World Health Organisation released today.

People exposed to the highest doses of radiation during and after the March 2011 accident may have a slightly higher risk of cancer that is so small it probably won’t be detectable, according to the almost-200-page report.

The WHO said the “comprehensive assessment ...

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Last Fuel Element Removed Ahead Of Schedule From UK’s Chapelcross

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 The last of more than 38,000 nuclear fuel elements has been removed from the decommissioned Chapelcross nuclear plant in Scotland six weeks ahead of schedule, site management company Magnox Ltd has said.

Magnox said that subject to verification work over the next few months, Scotland’s first commercial nuclear power plant will be completely free of fuel for the first time in over 50 years, resulting in “99 percent of the radioactivity being removed from the site”.

Since Chapelcross ceased electricity generation in ...

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Last Fuel Element Removed Ahead Of Schedule From UK’s Chapelcross

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The last of more than 38,000 nuclear fuel elements has been removed from the decommissioned Chapelcross nuclear plant in Scotland six weeks ahead of schedule, site management company Magnox Ltd has said.

Magnox said that subject to verification work over the next few months, Scotland’s first commercial nuclear power plant will be completely free of fuel for the first time in over 50 years, resulting in “99 percent of the radioactivity being removed from the site”.

Since Chapelcross ceased electricity generation in ...

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US Has Made Historic Progress On Nuclear Cleanup, Says Chu

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has made “historic progress” in cleaning up nuclear contamination leftover from the Cold War, reducing the total footprint by nearly 75 percent and permanently cleaning up 690 square miles of contaminated land – an area more than 30 times the size of Manhattan, energy secretary Steven Chu has said.

In a letter to DOE staff Mr Chu, who has said he will not stand for a second term in the job, said despite this progress, ...

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Nuclear Industry ‘Failed After Fukushima’, PIME 2013 Told

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The nuclear industry failed to control or substantially influence the media and public information in the wake of Fukushima-Daiichi, despite being aware that the accident was the result of “relatively simple safety culture questions on several levels in the Japanese nuclear system”, a conference has been told.

In a keynote speech to the PIME 2013 conference in Zurich, Switzerland, Swiss Nuclear Society president Johannis Nöggerath said many questions were raised in the months following the March 2011 accident, such as “where ...

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Long-Term Fundamentals Support Continued Use Of Nuclear, Wall Street Told

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America’s nuclear energy facilities, incorporating significant post-Fukushima safety enhancements, operated safely and reliably in 2012 and “long-term fundamentals” continue to support the use of nuclear as part of the nation’s energy mix, an industry leader told Wall Street financial analysts yesterday.

Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) president and chief executive officer Marvin Fertel told analysts: “The value proposition for nuclear energy is strong and will reassert itself as we move beyond the near term.” He said nuclear energy continues to bring “tremendous ...

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Belene Project Needs Strategic Investor, Says Nuclear CEO

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The project to build a new nuclear plant consisting of two reactors at the Belene nuclear site in Bulgaria could be “unfrozen” if a strategic investor can be found, the chief executive officer of the Kozloduy nuclear plant has said.

Valentin Nikolov, who is also a former member of parliament for the ruling centre-right party Citizens for European Development (GERB), told Bulgarian National Television that GERB has not given up entirely on building two new reactors at Belene, but the plan ...

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Areva-Siemens Accuses TVO Of ‘Not Fulfilling Obligations’ On Olkiluoto-3

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The consortium building the Olkiluoto-3 European Pressurised Water Reactor (EPR) in Finland has criticised Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) after it announced today that the start-up of the unit may be delayed again, with regular electricity production possibly postponed until 2016.

Following TVO’s announcement, Areva-Siemens said it would like to recall the commitment made by the client [TVO] “to take all the measures necessary to contribute to a stable and reliable calendar”.

A statement said the Areva-Siemens consortium and TVO jointly ...

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