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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.

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AUTOMATIC PLANT SHUTDOWN DUE TO AN EARTHQUAKE

At 01.01 when the plant was on full load an earthwuake occurred of a mignitude of 2.7 Richter Scale causing activation of a level switch on the low pressure FW heaters causing their isolation. Due to loss of a suction pressure the main FW pumps A and D tripped followed by manual power reduction. After manually restarting main FW pump B the steam generator level increased and reached high level trip setpont causing turbine trip-reactor trip from 243 MWe at 01.07.
BASIS FOR RATING: There was no on-site or off-site impact.

Category: Power Reactor Krško Slovenia »

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REACTOR COOLANT LEAK ON THE WATER CLEANING SYSTEM WHILE CONNECTED TO THE PRIMARY CIRCUIT

During normal power operation after checking the resin content of the K-filter and connection of the water cleaning system with the primary circuit, a leakage of the seal of the fill-in nozzle at the filter occurred. The nozzle is situated in the reactor hall out of the pressure room system. The personnel violated several operating instructions but the reactor was not shut down as prescribed in such situations.

Category: Power Reactor Germany Greifswald »

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REACTOR COOLANT LEAK DURING ON POWER REFUELLING DUE TO FUELLLING MACHINE DROP

During routine refuelling at full power, a reactor coolant leak of 1.4 Mg/hr developed in the fuelling vault. Operators determined that the east fuelling bridge had dropped 40 cm. The reactor was shutdown and cooled. Coolant pressure was maintained by transfer from other units and recovery from sump. Total leakage was 22 Mg ( approx. 10% of inventory). No safety system operation was required with the exception of containment box-up on high activity after one hour. There was no abnormal release of radioactivity to the environment.

Category: Power Reactor Canada »

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FEEDWATER TUBE RUPTURE DUE TO EROSION CORROSION

One pipe of the feedwater system of Loviisa 1 broke. The ruptured tube was situated in the turbine hall of the unit. Water and steam flew into the turbine hall. The operation of the Unit was stopped by a manual reactor scram immediately after trip of all feedwater pumps. Both auxiliary feedwater pumps started as planned and the transient in the steam generator level was small. The leak was isolated in about twenty minutes. The local damages to nearby cables and smaller pipelines were significant but no important functions were lost besides the main feedwater system.

Category: Power Reactor Finland Loviisa »

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FAILURE OF THE MAIN FEEDWATER PUMP DUE TO ABSENCE OF REQUALIFICATION TEST AFTER MAINTENANCE

During annual plant inspection which had been started in April of this year, the reactor was automatically shutdown due to signal "SG water level abnormally low". This event occurred during preparation of power generation following the reactor restart.

Category: Power Reactor Japan »

Lucens reactor site may return to public use

Wednesday, August 9, 1989

Swiss voters in the region of the dismantled Lucens reactor have passed a proposal to return the site to civilian use. Lucens, Switzerland's first nuclear plant, was permanently shut down only one month after it began operation, after a partial fuel meltdown in 1969. The unit was an 8.5-MWe gas-cooled heavy-water reactor.

Residents of the canton (state) of Vaud approved a proposal for the final phase of decommissioning, ending the legal obligations to monitor the site.

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