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#Nuclear Energy

# nuclear-energy - Tuesday 26 April, 2016

30 years on: The impact of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster

Three decades on from the disaster, we take a look at the effect it had on Ireland – and how we’re facing a much greater threat to our health already.

# nuclear-energy - Friday 7 November, 2014

Opinion: Is it time for Ireland to embrace nuclear energy?

The pros of going nuclear far outweigh the cons, and the overall net benefit is is much greater than continuing to burn fossil fuels.

# nuclear-energy - Wednesday 8 October, 2014

The EU has approved a nuclear plant to be built 240km from Ireland

Hinkley Point is a £16 billion development in Somerset.

# nuclear-energy - Sunday 15 June, 2014

Opinion: Nuclear energy is the cleanest, safest, and cheapest – why do we continue to reject it?

Fossil fuels are messy, costly, dangerous to workers and killing our planet. Nuclear energy could be the answer if we let go of illogical, emotional arguments against it.

# nuclear-energy - Tuesday 3 September, 2013

Japan to spend €359mn to battle Fukushima radioactive water leak

A costly untested subterranean ice wall be constructed in a desperate step to stop the leaks after repeated failures by the plant’s operator.

# nuclear-energy - Wednesday 6 June, 2012

EU-wide nuclear review calls for better communication, coordination

Plants across the EU were stress tested following Japan’s Fukushima crisis.

# nuclear-energy - Monday 7 May, 2012

Head of nuclear energy company shot in Genoa

Nuclear energy CEO was wounded as he left his home this morning.

# nuclear-energy - Friday 17 February, 2012

Govt backs sanctions against Iran on nuclear issues, but not Israel

Speaking in the Dáil this week, Eamon Gilmore ruled out Irish support of military action against Iran.

# nuclear-energy - Wednesday 15 February, 2012

Iran announces advancement of nuclear programme

The reports come as Iranian media says Tehran has warned several EU countries that it will stop their oil supply ahead of the EU ban taking effect.

# nuclear-energy - Monday 23 January, 2012

UN nuclear watchdog to visit Iran

The IAEA says it is heading to Iran next week to clear up “outstanding substantive issues” with Tehran over its nuclear programme.

# nuclear-energy - Friday 9 September, 2011

Planes grounded and nuclear power plant shuts amid major US, Mexico power cut

The power outage has affected over 1 million people and sparked the automatic shut-down of two nuclear reactors.

# nuclear-energy - Saturday 18 June, 2011

Fukushima clean-up suspended suddenly over rising radiation

Plant operators are still working to remove highly toxic contaminated water from the tsunami-stricken plant.

# nuclear-energy - Tuesday 14 June, 2011

Berlusconi's vote defeat dubbed 'Italian Spring'

The Italian electorate have dealt Silvio Berlsuconi a serious blow after overturning laws passed by his government aimed at reviving nuclear energy, privatising the nation’s water supply and helping the Prime Minsiter to avoid prosecution.

# nuclear-energy - Wednesday 8 June, 2011

Iran to triple nuclear output

Iran plans to triple its output of the higher enriched uranium in 2011 and move the entire program to the new, secretly-built facility.

# nuclear-energy - Tuesday 10 May, 2011

Japan scraps plans to build any further nuclear plants

Following the result of the country’s nuclear crisis, the Japanese Prime Minister has announced that Japan needs to “start from scratch” and embrace renewable sources of energy.

# nuclear-energy - Saturday 30 April, 2011

Top nuclear adviser to Japanese government quits over radiation limits

Toshiso Kosako claims the government ignored his advice on safety limits for radiation levels, which he says are too high for children in the area surrounding the Fukushima plant.

# nuclear-energy - Wednesday 30 March, 2011

Japan disaster may mean no new nuclear plants for Britain

A rise in safety standards and costs could see plans to build ten new reactors in the UK axed.

# nuclear-energy - Monday 14 March, 2011

Switzerland puts new nuclear plant plans on hold

Events at Japanese nuclear facilities have raised concerns in Europe about the safety of nuclear energy production.

# nuclear-energy - Saturday 12 March, 2011

Poll: Should Ireland consider nuclear power? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Ireland consider nuclear power?

The events in Fukushima are bringing the safety of nuclear plants back into the public eye – should Ireland still consider it?

# nuclear-energy - Saturday 20 November, 2010

Charlotte Roche offers German president sex for nuclear veto

The ‘Wetlands’ author said that she will sleep with Christian Wulff if he does not sign legislation that would extend the life span of Germany’s nuclear reactors.

# nuclear-energy - Tuesday 26 October, 2010

Iran begins loading fuel into nuclear reactor core

The electricity-generating Bushehr Plant begins key phase in setting up its operations.

# nuclear-energy - Friday 13 August, 2010

RUSSIA HAS ANNOUNCED it will help Iran to get its first nuclear power station up and running by loading low-enriched uranium into the plant next week.

The process of loading the material will begin on 21 August, and should take two to three weeks.

A spokesman for the Russian atomic agency, Rosatom, said today:

The fuel will be charged in the reactor on August 21. From this moment, Bushehr will be considered a nuclear installation. This will be an irreversible step.

Russia built the power station in Bushehr, Iran, on the site of a project begun by Siemens in the 1970s. Under the agreement with Iran, spent fuel rods (which could be used to produce weapons-grade plutonium) must be returned to Russia.

The news is bound to disappoint America, which has been pushing to prevent the development of Iran’s nuclear programme. Two prominent Iranian dissidents have disagreed with international sanctions against Iran, suggesting that they have helped President Ahmadinejad’s regime to grow stronger.

The dissidents, one of whom was the losing candidate in last year’s presidential elections, say that the sanctions are only affecting the most vulnerable members of Iranian society.

The first nuclear reaction at the Bushehr power plant is expected to take place in early October. Iran says that inspectors from the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency will be invited.

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