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More then thirty years of debate, and the controversy remains as polarised as ever. This website (to be fair - whose maintainer is anti-nuclear) collects news about nuclear power in Europe, sorted by nuclear power plant, type of power plant, country etc.

By presenting different (media) angles on current nuclear issues, we hope to be able to cut out some spin, either pro or against, and to allow the reader to make up his or her own mind about today's pro's and con's of nuclear power.

In the menu on the right you can select your country, the nuclear power plant in your neighbourhood, or your favourite company and read latest (most English) news about it.

Latest nuclear news

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Loss and dispersion of radioactive source (Eu-152, 2006)

On May 29th, 2006, the Eu-152 radioactive source with an activity of 25 mCi at 10/1995 was lost when being kept at a temporary storage facility. At this moment, the factory was under repairment. At 10h30 of May 31st, 2006, the police office informed that the the radioactive might be kept at No 628, Bạch Đằng street, Hai Bà Trưng district, Hà Nội (an garbage collection area), The radioactive source container had been broken, causing contamination to the house.

Category: Radiation Source Vietnam »

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Loss of radioactive source (Ir-192, APAVE, 2014)

At 12 am of September 12th, 2014, in Hồ Chí Minh City, staff from APAVE Asia Pacific limited company discovered that an equipment containing a sealed Ir-192 radioactive source with the activity of 20,5 Ci had been lost). After unsuccessful attempts to retrieve the source, the Company had reported to competence agencies on the emergency. By the evening of 18/09/2016, competence agencies has found the stolen radioactive source (remained intact in the projector) after receiving information from a man living in a house nearby.

Category: Radiation Source Vietnam »

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Loss of radioactive source (Cs-137, Song Da, 2006)

On July 28th 2006, the factory temporary stopped production for equipment maintenance. On 30/07/2006, the radioactive source box is removed from the manufacturing line and put in a inox container with a layer of lead lining before putting on a cement pedestal for clinker disposal. The Cs-137 source's activity is 10 mCi. This was a sealed radioactive source, put in an protective lead box. The box's dimension was 100x100x120mm. In 8/8/2016, the company detected that radioactive source was loss. Despite best effort from relevant agencies, the source has not been found.

Category: Radiation Source Vietnam »

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Loss of radioactive source (Co-60, Pomina, 2015)

The loss of radioactive source originated from liquid steel spill accident during steel billet manufacturing process of the factory at the beginning of September, 2014. In the accident, lead layers for radioactive source protection were damaged. The radioactive source was Co-60, its activity at this time was 2,33 mCi. After the damage had been detected, the technical team had removed the box for maintenance. The technical team proposed that the source should be isolated because its safety was not ensured.

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Loss of radioactive source (Cs-137, Bac Kan, 2015)

The lost radioactive source is Cs-137 (sealed source, code number: CS-137DT, made in China) with an activity of 4,5 mCi in July, 21st 2010. The source was installed in the level gauge, used to control the clinker automatic disposal system in the cement manufacturing factory of Bắc Kạn DATC joint stock company (DATC company), at Suối Viền, Xuất Hóa ward, Bắc Kạn city. At 8.30 am in 15/12/2015, legal representative of DATC company informed that the radioactive source had been stolen via telephone.

Category: Radiation Source Vietnam »

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Overdose to Nuclear Pharmacist

The licensee (PETNET Solutions) has confirmed an extremity dose of greater than 0.5 Sv (50 rem) to one of its nuclear pharmacists. Dosimetry results for a ring badge worn on the pharmacist’s right ring finger accumulated a total dose of 0.511 Sv (51.1 rem) for the year as of October 19, 2016. The pharmacist received the dose while working at the licensee's locations in Phoenix, Arizona, and Portland, Oregon. The pharmacist has been placed on work restrictions. The licensee expects to complete a root cause analysis within 2 weeks. NRC EN52350

Category: Radioisotope Processing/Handling Facility United States of America »

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Overdose to Nuclear Pharmacist

The licensee (PETNET Solutions) has confirmed an extremity dose of greater than 0.5 Sv (50 rem) to one of its nuclear pharmacists. Dosimetry results for a ring badge worn on the pharmacist’s right ring finger accumulated a total dose of 0.511 Sv (51.1 rem) for the year as of October 19, 2016. The pharmacist received the dose while working at the licensee's locations in Phoenix, Arizona, and Portland, Oregon. The pharmacist has been placed on work restrictions. The licensee expects to complete a root cause analysis within 2 weeks. NRC EN52350

Category: Radioisotope Processing/Handling Facility United States of America »

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Overexposure of a member of the public

An industrial radiograph test was performed in Sakarya province, Turkey on October 17,2016 after which a serious radiological incident occured.
Test was performed in a normal manner but after the test, the radiological protection officer hurried up and skipped the control that the source was secured. The source, Ir-192 with a 15 Ci activity (category 3 source according to INES manual) at the date of the accident, dropped to the worksite as unsealed. The source was found by a 16 years old visitor (E.B) approximately at 03:40 p.m. (local time) next day. E. B. placed the source to his trouser’s back pocket and travelled to home for two and a half hours. At the house, household members and their guests declared that they touched or saw the source until approximately 09:00 a.m. on October 20, 2016.
The source was reported as lost to Turkish Atomic Energy Authority Disaster and Emergency Management Center by its owner on October 20, 2016.

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Overexposure to Radiographer

The licensee radiographer's dosimetry report for July 2016 recorded a dose of 0.055 Sv (5.5 rem), bringing his total dose to 0.064 Sv (6.4 rem), which is above the statutory limit of 0.05 Sv annually (5 rem) for a radiation worker. The Radiation Safety Officer believes the radiographer may not have been properly distancing himself from the source while performing radiography in an enclosed area. NRC EN52199

Category: Radiation Source United States of America »

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Excessive Deposits of Material Containing Uranium In Scrubber

At a facility authorized to use low-enriched uranium to fabricate commercial nuclear fuel assemblies, excessive deposits of uranium-bearing material were found in the main scrubber and associated ventilation ductwork. The function of the scrubber is to remove gases and particulates from various process exhaust streams. During the most recent planned annual wet scrubber system cleanout, personnel noticed an abnormal amount of material buildup in the inlet transition region and associated ductwork (i.e. elbow). Over the course of the 2-day maintenance evolution approximately 197 kilograms of material were removed from these two sections. These sections are not a favorable geometry from a criticality perspective. Since the facility personnel were under the assumption that this material had a low uranium concentration, operators attempted to break up and wash away the material to facilitate its removal. The facility personnel did not sample the material to confirm the uranium concentration before conducting these activities. After the material was removed, grab samples of the material were taken and analyzed for uranium concentration. The grab sample results indicated that the uranium concentrations ranged from 34wt% – 55wt%, which corresponded to approximately 87 kilograms of uranium. As such, the criticality safety evaluation mass limit of 29 kilograms was exceeded by a factor of 3.

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