Anti-Nuclear Power

Chernobyl disaster site enclosed by shelter to prevent radiation leaks

Reactor No 4 at Chernobyl, the scene of the worst nuclear accident in history, has been enclosed by a vast steel shelter designed to prevent radiation leaks from the site.

The structure covers the reactor and the unstable “sarcophagus”, which was hastily built around it by Soviet authorities in the immediate aftermath of the disaster 30 years ago. The shelter is said to be the largest land-based movable object ever constructed. It took several years to ...

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Rob Edwards – John Ainslie obituary

In 1992, when the first submarine armed with Trident nuclear missiles arrived on the Clyde near Glasgow, John Ainslie was in a canoe. Along with a flotilla of other protesters, he was buzzing the huge dark boat as it cut through the cold water. He had just been appointed as the coordinator of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (SCND), and he was arrested by the Ministry of Defence police.

John, who has died of cancer aged 62, was the quiet, ...

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UN votes to ban nukes despite UK attempts to ‘thwart’ negotiations

UN General Assembly (UNGA) members have defied the British government by voting to ban nuclear weapons.

The UNGA’s First Committee passed an historic resolution last Thursday to begin negotiations for a legally binding nuclear weapons ban treaty next year.

The landmark resolution passed 123 to 38 – with 16 countries abstaining – and succeeded despite smaller states accusing nuclear-armed countries of “pressuring” them to oppose the ban.

Disarmament campaigners welcomed the result, but condemned the UK for ...

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Nadia Prupis – ‘Last Gasp of Dying Industry’: Nuclear Experts Decry First New US Reactor in 20 Years

The first new nuclear reactor in the United States in 20 years went live on Wednesday in Tennessee, in what at least one nuclear expert is calling the “last gasp of a dying industry.”

The Watts Bar 2 reactor, which began construction decades ago but faltered, only picking up again in the last four years, is now producing electricity for 650,000 homes and businesses, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.

At $4.7 billion, the project is “arguably one of the most ...

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Nuclear watchdog eyes standards for reactor shutdown in fear of giant volcanic eruption

The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) held a meeting of a panel of outside experts on Oct. 17 to start considering the formulation of standards for ordering a nuclear power plant to shut down in preparation for a giant volcanic eruption.

Arguing that there is a high possibility of smaller volcanic eruptions occurring ahead of a giant eruption, the expert panel showed a proposal to prepare for a giant eruption after a smaller eruption occurs. But the panel did not show specific ...

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Japanese anti-nuclear candidate wins election at site of world’s biggest atomic power station

An anti-nuclear candidate has been elected in a region of Japan that houses the world’s biggest atomic power station, striking a blow to Tokyo Electric Power’s attempts to restart the plant in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

Ryuichi Yoneyama, a doctor-lawyer who has never held office and is backed mostly by leftwing parties, won the race for governor of Niigata, north of Tokyo, Japanese media projected on Sunday. Shares in Tokyo Electric Power fell 8% on ...

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Anti-nuclear groups remember melting incident 50 years ago

Anti-nuclear groups do not want the community to forget what happened 50 years ago.

On Oct. 5, 1966, a fueling melting incident took place at Edison’s Fermi 1’s fast-breed reactor.
The accident was not known to have released excessive radiation and there were no reports that anyone was injured, according to the Monroe News archives. Yet, the incident was a catalyst for a 50 year debate about nuclear energy.

Instead of being cooled by water, its reactor core was cooled by sodium ...

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DAVE LOCHBAUM – Setting the Nuclear Safety Bar

Disaster by Design/Safety by Intent #52, last week’s commentary, described the timely and effective response by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to the unexpected discovery of cracked control rod drive mechanism (CRDM) nozzles at the Oconee nuclear plant in South Carolina. Soon after being surprised, the NRC determined who needed to do what when in order to properly resolve the safety problem. When the phased actions were taken, the results confirmed that the NRC’s triage was appropriate.

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California Nukes To Shut Down; New York Nukes Troubled: Living on Earth interview with Arjun Makhijani

PG&E has decided to take the aging Diablo Canyon nuclear plant near an earthquake fault in California offline by 2025 and replace its electric power with wind and solar. But the even older Indian Point reactors near New York City continue in service despite defects and opposition. The President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, Arjun Makhijani, joins host Steve Curwood to discuss nuclear energy and its future.

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