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Sergii Parashyn is a board member of the Ukrainian Foundation for Democracy “People First” and former director of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. On 26 April, we commemorated another anniversary of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident, which caused irreparable damage to the ecology of ...
While nobody disputes nuclear power's ability to deliver significant quantities of baseload, carbon-free energy, the industry has long wrestled with safety ... exceed the costs of other phases of the life cycle of electricity generation, as well as the costs of major accidents, “by at least one order of magnitude.”.

TOKYO -- Hitachi will ask the U.K. government to take a direct stake in the company that is to build and operate a nuclear power plant in Wales which is ... With its domestic nuclear industry still crippled by the legacy of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident, Japan has been eager to promote nuclear exports.
Environmentalists have slammed the sea-based plant, with Greenpeace calling it a "floating Chernobyl." They have also dubbed it a "Chernobyl on ice," a reference to the 1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl power plant in what was then Soviet-controlled Ukraine. The worst nuclear accident in history ...
On April 26, 1986, reactor number four at the Chernobyl plant, some 100 kilometers north of the capital Kiev, exploded during a botched safety test. The reactor burned for 10 days, sending radioactive elements into the atmosphere that contaminated three-quarters of Europe, according to some estimates.
The relations between two countries deteriorated when Belarus officially started the construction of a nuclear power plant (NPP) on the border with ... This gives the impression that, in the event of an accident at the power station, Belarus would not inform Lithuania (and indeed its own citizens), or will do so ...

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant was the site of one of the worst nuclear disasters in history. As many as 150,000 people in the area were permanently relocated, and an estimated 4,000 clean-up workers got radiation poisoning. Experts say that more than 70,000 people experienced severe poisoning ...
Ukrainian military pilot Mykola Volkozub, who was deployed in a team to fly a helicopter over the reactor to measure the temperature and composition of gases after the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, looks on during a flight inside a Mi-8 helicopter in Kiev Region, Ukraine April 24, ...
Chernobyl, the then-Soviet nuclear power plant near the border between Ukraine and Belarus, was destroyed in a catastrophic meltdown that ... were evacuated from the area immediately after the accident, and the total number of evacuees from severely contaminated areas eventually reached 340,000.
The first lead test assemblies for two different ATF designs from GNF have been loaded into Southern Nuclear's Hatch nuclear power plant, a 876 MWe boiling water reactor in Georgia. Bost also said that, as the operating licences of half or more of the USA's current light water reactor fleet will have expired ...
A South Korean venture with the UAE is edging closer to switching on the Arab world's first commercial atomic-energy plant. Korea Electric Power Corp has completed construction of the Barakah Unit 1 reactor, and Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp's handover of operations at the plant to the Nawah Energy ...
The most tragic example is the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, when the plant's staff, running the reactor in an experimental mode, made gross errors while manipulating the graphite moderators of neutrons. High Risks of a Reactor Accident. The concern is that the North Koreans ...
But it was the following 50ft tsunami that damaged reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant which then spewed out huge levels of radioactive fallout. ... “The nuclear crisis is not over – we are only in year seven of an accident that will continue to threaten public health, and the environment, for decades ...
At the news conference, Yoneyama said with regret, “I really wanted to hold discussions about the future by giving our full attention to the accident at the (Fukushima No. 1) nuclear power plant.” When asked about the next Niigata gubernatorial election, Yoneyama said: “I'm not in a position to talk about it.
Additionally, the Fukushima nuclear accident jolted authorities to frame rules to compel nuclear power plants to have robust safety measures in place to thwart ... by governments and new ones are being designed to lessen the impact of complex accidents, including multiple failures and severe accidents.
Russia is expected to move its floating nuclear power plant, the Akademik Lomonosov, from St. Petersburg through the Baltic and North Seas to Murmansk starting Friday this week. Beyond the usual pollution and accident concerns, this time the Lomonosov will be accompanies by a ship of the Russian ...
Additionally, the Fukushima nuclear accident jolted authorities to frame rules to compel nuclear power plants to have robust safety measures in place to thwart ... by governments and new ones are being designed to lessen the impact of complex accidents, including multiple failures and severe accidents.

The Idaho National Laboratory is a nuclear power facility managed by the US Department of Energy in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where many groundbreaking research ... However, it was also the site of the only fatal nuclear accident in US history on January 3, 1961, when a control rod was pulled too far out of an ...
Some 22 million cubic meters of radioactive soil was removed from the surface of the ground in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, following the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. This was to make areas accessible to residents as soon as possible. The contaminated soil has ...
Though nuclear disasters are rare — there have been only three major disasters in nuclear power's 60-year history, according to the World Nuclear Association — accidents or near-accidents do occur. "The research is very, very limited right now, in part because the industry doesn't want to pay the price tag ...
The resulting hydrogen gas “bubble” caused a hydrogen burn in the Three Mile Island (1979) nuclear power plant accident and explosions in the Fukushima (2011) accident. Weinberg encouraged his researchers to tell the truth about LWRs' safety issues. Chet Holifield, chair of the Joint Committee on ...
Nine months later, Japan's worst nuclear accident confronted him with its greatest crisis since World War II. Kan was a science buff who thought nuclear power was needed in a plugged-in world. After majoring in applied physics at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, he was drawn to '60s activism, and then ...
The nine spheres - depicting magnified iron crystals - a show of faith in science, including the development of nuclear power. ... about the safety of Belgium's ageing plants, while Luxembourg plans to adopt a new law giving citizens the right to sue nuclear operators next to its borders - if there's an accident.
After the Fukushima accident, the mayor of the host village of Tokai called for a phaseout of nuclear power. ... The dissatisfaction of many municipalities that are denied any say in restarting nuclear power plants — even though they face the same risk from possible accidents and the duty of ensuring safe ...
Following a planned outage, Unit 1 at the Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant near Baxley in southeastern Georgia returned to service in early March outfitted with first-of-their-kind accident tolerant fuel (ATF) test assemblies. The development marks a major milestone for the advanced fuel technology, which, ...
Whether or not they push for reactivating the reactors idled in the wake of the 2011 accident, both the government and the power industry are urged to reassess the economics of nuclear power to determine whether they are still worth the cost. The Ikata reactor is the ninth at six nuclear power plants across ...
... put the reactor back online on March 23rd, ending a break of more than 7 years in operations. The reactor began generating and transmitting power 2 days later. The reactor was suspended for a regular inspection after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which triggered the Fukushima nuclear accident.
BUCHAREST, March 29 (Reuters) - Romanian state-owned nuclear power producer Nuclearelectrica said on Tuesday its Unit 2 reactor automatically disconnected from the power grid after a glitch in the electric system. The company halved the reactor's capacity on Sunday to replace a pump engine part, ...
BUCHAREST, March 29 (Xinhua) -- An accident occurred Thursday morning at Romania's Cernavoda nuclear power plant due to an electrical system failure, said the plant's operator Nuclearelectrica. Nuclearelectrica said in a press release that the plant's Unit 2 reactor was automatically disconnected from ...
BUCHAREST, March 29 (Xinhua) -- An accident occurred Thursday morning at Romania's Cernavoda nuclear power plant due to an electrical system failure, said the plant's operator Nuclearelectrica. Nuclearelectrica said in a press release that the plant's Unit 2 reactor was automatically disconnected from ...
Izutaro Managi, a member of a lawyers' group representing some 3,800 evacuees and accident victims in a lawsuit seeking damages from the state and the operator ... New lawsuits could also be filed in the future as more nuclear power plants clear safety assessments by the authority to resume operations.
Before we had any idea about this thing called "fallout," nuclear power made a lot of sense for aircraft, because nothing else can generate the power .... But in October 1956, HTRE-3 suffered a "power excursion"—an accident that resulted in a partial meltdown, damaging all of the fuel rods in the reactor.
"The cause of the arc flash is not understood at this time; an accident investigation has been initiated by TVA," the NRC said in its report on the incident. TVA spokeswoman Malinda Hunter said Monday that TVA is investigating the incident, which occurred in the non-nuclear part of the plant and did not ...
In March 2011, a magnitude-9 earthquake triggered a giant tsunami that crippled the cooling system at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, leading to a catastrophic accident that continues to reverberate seven years later. Science reporter Shizume Saiji surveys the legal fallout from the meltdown, ...
Within these zones, which surround sites at Doel, Tihange, Mol-Dessel, Borssele and Chooz (just over the border in France), residents will receive iodine tablets to protect them against radioactive iodine and prevent thyroid cancer in case of a nuclear accident. Elsewhere, the government is stocking ...
Belgium hands out millions of iodine pills in case of nuclear accident ... Steam rises from the cooling towers of the Doel nuclear power plant. ... Belgium has started to make iodine pills available free to its 11 million citizens in case of an accident at its ageing nuclear plants, while saying there is no “specific ...
We have to turn our attention all the way back to March of 2011 when the magnitude 9 Tōhoku earthquake unleashed a tsunami on the east coast of Japan which, unfortunately, caused an accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. A cascade of issues resulted in three nuclear meltdowns, ...
Money management has some similarities to running a nuclear power station, according to a big note on the funds industry from Alliance Bernstein. That's based on the thesis of "normal accidents" made famous by sociologist Charles Perrow. Perrow's argument is essentially that system failures are ...
'Nuclear Power: Waste Disposal and Accidents' topic of April 24 Shoreline CC program. April 22 ... College, directed by Edmonds resident Larry Fuell, will present a program, “Nuclear Power: Waste Disposal and Accidents,” from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at Shoreline CC's Building 9000, Room 9208.
It has been 39 years since a meltdown at Three Mile Island became the most significant nuclear accident in U.S. history. On March 28, 1979, one of the reactors at that power plant partially melted down, releasing radiation and revealing flaws within both the system and in how authorities respond to ...
A vast majority of citizens remain wary of the safety of nuclear power — just as they were right after the disaster. According to a recent media opinion survey, more than 80 percent of respondents said they remain concerned with the risk of severe accident at a nuclear power plant. More than 60 percent ...
The three worst nuclear power accidents released untold amounts of radioactive material into the environment. At Three Mile Island, the reactor experienced a partial core meltdown in 1979, which vented contamination to the surrounding area for over 12 hours. Onsite radiation instruments quickly went off ...
Nearly seven years after a powerful tsunami caused catastrophic damage to Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power plant, the clean-up and ... from the belongings left behind that the inhabitants had moved out in a hurry following the disastrous earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident that took place in ...
More generally, many nuclear advocates have suggested that SMRs can deal with all the problems confronting nuclear power, including unfavorable economics, risk of severe accidents, disposing of radioactive waste and the linkage with weapons proliferation. Of these, the key problem responsible for the ...
1 nuclear power plant. This marks the third court ruling in a suicide case related to the nuclear accident. All of the three rulings have recognized a causal link between the accident and the different suicides. Fumio Okubo — at the time the oldest person in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture — committed suicide in ...
Two government-affiliated bodies plan to resume financial support for Japanese companies' nuclear power plant exports in fiscal 2018 at the earliest, ... “Information disclosure and the involvement of residents are crucial, as nuclear plant accidents would have extremely large impacts on local people,” a ...
SEABROOK, N.H. — The nonprofit group C-10 expressed concern late Thursday about whether the 2.7 magnitude earthquake earlier that day might have affected concrete at Seabrook Station nuclear power plant that is already stressed by a slow-acting chemical reaction, but the plant's owner said the ...
Accidents at nuclear power plants can cause massive destruction and expose workers and civilians to dangerous levels of radiation that lead to cancerous genetic mutations and death. While the total number of people affected by nuclear incidents is small, every year millions of cancer patients around the ...
Kyushu, they said, had inadequate measures in place against earthquakes at the plant and a serious accident could occur due to degradation in pipe work. However, in a ruling last June, the court said it had found no issues with the plant's earthquake resistance or steps taken against serious accidents.
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) supports a moderate level of Department of Energy (DOE) research funding to make nuclear power safer and more secure—for example the agency's program to develop accident tolerant fuels for nuclear reactors. Conversely, UCS does not support programs that ...


 

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