Archive for May, 2013

Serious Health Effects From Fukushima ‘Unlikely’, UN Report Will Confirm

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There are unlikely to be any serious immediate or long-term health effects from radiation exposure following the March 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident, a United Nations report to be released later this year will confirm.

The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (Unscear) report, which is currently being finalised, will conclude that radiation did not cause any immediate health effects and is unlikely to cause any in future to either the general population or workers at the nuclear ...

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2013 Nuclear Issues Vol 36 No 5

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Saving lives

Quite contrary to the popular fears that nuclear power poses a threat, the reality is that by far the greatest loss of life comes from air pollution, not only from burning fossil fuels to generate electricity but also from the transport sector. An article in the Guardian (2nd May) on a ruling by the supreme court that the Government has failed in its duty to protect its citizens by keeping within the EU air pollution limits focuses on the ...

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May Newsletter No176

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WILL NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS DIE OF BOREDOM?

Months come and go without the development of nuclear power in the UK. On May 23 the Daily Mail quoted Ed Davey, Energy Secretary, as saying the talks between the Government and EdF on the financing of the proposed “shovel ready” Hinkley Point nuclear power station in Somerset were “near a conclusion.” Others said there might not be a deal until September.
Michael Fallon, the third Energy Minister well within a year, told the Sunday ...

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Turkey Confirms Plans For Third Nuclear Plant

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Turkey has confirmed that it wants to build a third nuclear power plant, but said it hopes to gather the technology and expertise to build the majority of the plant using indigenous components and technology.

Energy minister Taner Yildiz said in a statement that Turkey’s plan is to be able to operate its third plant, and to build the majority of the plant itself. He said the indigenous component could be anything from 60 percent to 80 percent, but a final ...

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Spanish Regulator Supports Garoña Appeal

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Spain’s nuclear regulator says it supports an appeal that could allow the country’s oldest nuclear power reactor to extend its authorisation to operate.

The Nuclear Safety Council (Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear or CSN) said in a statement it had voted 3-2 to support a May 16 appeal to the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism by Nuclenor, the operator of the single-unit Santa Maria de Garoña nuclear plant, to modify a closure order and allow an extension of the plant’s operating ...

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Wano Needs To ‘Ramp Up’ Resources For Corporate Peer Reviews, Says MD

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There will need to be a considerable “ramping up” of activity and resources if the World Association of Nuclear Operators (Wano) is to meet its target of completing a corporate peer review for every member by the end of 2017, the association’s managing director Ken Ellis told the association’s biennial general meeting (BGM) in Moscow today.

Mr Ellis said that all Wano members had committed, at the 2011 BGM in China, to complete a corporate peer review by the end of ...

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Economic Recovery Will Lead To More New Build In US, Says NEI Head

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As the US economy rebounds and electricity demand increases, additional nuclear power plant construction can be anticipated beyond the five reactors already being built in Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee, the Nuclear Energy Institute’s chief executive has told industry leaders.

In his keynote address to the NEI’s annual conference this week, NEI president and chief executive officer Marvin Fertel said 10 applications for construction and operating licences and two for early site permits are under Nuclear Regulatory Commission review.

“We don’t expect ...

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Russia Ready To Finance New Build In Vietnam, Says Rosatom

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Russia says it is ready to offer financial assistance as part of its potential involvement in construction of the first nuclear power plant in Vietnam.

Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom said financing for nuclear construction was discussed during a working meeting in Russia this week between Vietnam’s prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Rosatom director-general Sergei Kiriyenko.

According to Rosatom, the meeting discussed “the possible construction of the first Vietnamese nuclear power plant and cooperation in nuclear technology”.

Rosatom said Vietnam is planning ...

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