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#Nuclear Power

# nuclear-power - Monday 13 June, 2011

Berlusconi admits Italian referendum on nuclear power may not go his way

The Italian leader has conceded that the government will “probably” be dropping its plans for nuclear energy after the referendum.

# nuclear-power - Saturday 11 June, 2011

Thousands attend anti-nuclear rallies in Japan to mark earthquake and tsunami

The natural disasters sparked the world’s worst nuclear disaster in over 25 years, renewing a national debate on the safety of nuclear power.

# nuclear-power - 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-power - Tuesday 7 June, 2011

Japan doubles radiation leak estimate for Fukushima plant

Early estimates of the amount of radiation released by the accident at the nuclear power plant have been more than doubled.

# nuclear-power - Friday 3 June, 2011

Two Fukushima workers exceeded radiation exposure limits

The workers have not shown immediate health problems, but about 40 other workers are now being tested over fears they too may have suffered high exposure.

# nuclear-power - Monday 30 May, 2011

Two Fukushima workers tested for radiation exposure above safety limits

Officials fear the two men, who were responsible for the control rooms of Units 3 and 4 at the plant, may have surpassed radiation exposure limits.

Germany to ditch nuclear power by 2022

The government has made the decision following safety concerns in light of the Japanese nuclear disaster in March. It is a reversal of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s previously pro-nuclear stance.

# nuclear-power - Wednesday 25 May, 2011

EU's 143 nuclear power stations to undergo stress testing - voluntarily

European Commission says all EU nuclear power plants to undergo stress testing from 1 June – but on a voluntary basis, as the Commission can’t enforce testing.

# nuclear-power - Tuesday 24 May, 2011

UN nuclear watchdog report suggests bombed Syrian site was nuclear reactor

Reports issued by the IAEA today also say it has received information from UN members that Iran has worked secretly on the development of nuclear weapons.

# nuclear-power - Monday 23 May, 2011

EU tightens sanctions on Iran over nuclear programme

The EU is to impose asset freezes and travel bans on additional Iranian officials and companies over the country’s nuclear programme – meanwhile, Iran has announced it is to impose sanctions on the US over its “human rights violations”.

# nuclear-power - Tuesday 17 May, 2011

Earthquake-prone Iran to build nuclear reactor network despite risks

Despite scientists warning of the “incontrovertible risks” of establishing nuclear sites in a country where 90 per cent of the territory is crisscrossed by seismic fault lines, Iran’s leaders have decided to build a network of reactors.

# nuclear-power - Saturday 14 May, 2011

Worker dies at Japan's tsunami-hit nuclear plant

A man has died on his second day working at Japan’s battered Fukushima nuclear power plant, however the plant operator has insisted that harmful levels of radiation were not detected in his body.

# nuclear-power - Tuesday 10 May, 2011

Take 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

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-power - Saturday 7 May, 2011

Japanese plant officials defer decision on request to suspend Hamaoka operations

Officials failed to reach a decision on prime minister’s call to halt operations at central Japanese plant.

# nuclear-power - Tuesday 3 May, 2011

Japan begins repair work on damaged nuclear reactors

Workers are constructing systems around the crippled Fukushima plant in order to begin repairs – however officials have warned that it could take a year to get the plant fully under control.

# nuclear-power - Wednesday 27 April, 2011

Financial supports for wind, wave and tidal energy creation "not appropriate"

ESRI Review of Irish Energy Policy also makes case for bringing Corrib gas field to production “rapidly” – and says nuclear power will not work for Ireland.

# nuclear-power - Tuesday 26 April, 2011

Slideshow: The world remembers Chernobyl Chernobyl This post contains images

Slideshow: The world remembers Chernobyl

People from Ukraine to South Korea gathered today at memorial services to mark the 25th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear accident.

The Daily Fix: Tuesday

Our collection of the day’s news, developments and random tidbits.

# nuclear-power - Wednesday 20 April, 2011

Nuclear energy needs a 'global rethink': UN chief

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that the approach to nuclear power needs to be reconsidered following the disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima.

Authorities may limit access to Fukushima evacuation zone

People with houses within the exclusion zone around Fukushima I have been returning home, against government orders.

# nuclear-power - Sunday 17 April, 2011

Japanese nuclear crisis under control 'within six to nine months'

The operator of the stricken nuclear power plant at Fukushima says it plans to allow some residents to return to their homes once the crisis is over.

# nuclear-power - Friday 15 April, 2011

Fukushima evacuees offered €8,000 compensation

People forced from their homes over radiation leak from nuclear power plant not impressed with initial offers of compensation from plant operators.

# nuclear-power - Monday 4 April, 2011

Take 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

# nuclear-power - Saturday 2 April, 2011

Turkish nuclear plans on Mediterranean raise fears

Turkey is standing firmly by plans to build three nuclear power plants in the years ahead — including one near a fault line by the Mediterranean coast.

# nuclear-power - Tuesday 29 March, 2011

Radiation from Japan detected in Ireland: but what’s the risk?

With radiation from Fukushima being picked up in Glasgow and Dublin, is there a health risk to Ireland? We asked an expert to find out.

# nuclear-power - Monday 28 March, 2011

Prayers for Japan at US nuclear accident commemoration US

Prayers for Japan at US nuclear accident commemoration

The disaster at Three Mile Island on this day in 1979 “taught plant operators many valuable lessons”.

# nuclear-power - Friday 25 March, 2011

EU leaders call for worldwide nuclear stress tests

European leaders have committed to putting their 143 reactors through the toughest security checks possible in the wake of the Japanese nuclear crisis.

# nuclear-power - Monday 21 March, 2011

'No quick fix' at Fukushima nuclear plant

Restoring power to all six units at the Japanese power station is vital – but some of the cooling system’s key pumps now need to be replaced entirely.

Energy ministers fail to agree EU stress tests for nuclear plants

Ministers held emergency met today to discuss nuclear safety and the crisis in Japan – but failed to agree on criteria for nuclear plant safety checks.

# nuclear-power - Wednesday 16 March, 2011

Japanese radiation text warning hoax spreads panic

Philippine authorities have called for investigation into fake text purporting to be from the BBC, as anonymous hoaxer adds names of survivors to list of confirmed dead.

# nuclear-power - Tuesday 15 March, 2011

Germany shutting seven nuclear reactors - temporarily

Japan’s nuclear crisis has sparked international concerns over the safety of older nuclear power plants, as German anti-nuclear protesters take to the streets.

# nuclear-power - Monday 14 March, 2011

What happens in a nuclear meltdown?

Our guide to what happened at Chernobyl in 1986 and what’s going on in Fukushima, Japan, today.

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-power - 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-power - Thursday 10 March, 2011

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The Daily Fix: Thursday

In today’s Fix: Cabinet plans St Patrick’s Day trips abroad; professor calls on government to consider nuclear power; and Charlie Sheen launches a major lawsuit against Warner Bros studio.

Expert calls on government to consider nuclear power

A professor of applied physics has championed the case of Ireland turning towards nuclear energy, saying that it offers a cheap and clean source of fuel.

# nuclear-power - 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-power - Saturday 25 September, 2010

Computer worm could infect Iranian nuclear power plants

Bushehr nuclear reactor could be at risk as Stuxnet worm ravages internal systems in Iranian plants.

# nuclear-power - Monday 6 September, 2010

Iran still enriching uranium, says nuclear watchdog

Atomic agency criticises Iran for failing to adhere to nuclear sanctions.