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Inadvertent damage of a Se-75 source

On December the 12th, 2016, a Se-75 source was inadvertently damaged during re-pair work on faulty radiography equipment. The work was performed in Düsseldorf region in North Rhine-Westphalia by a specialized company within a controlled area. The source contained about 1.3 Terabecquerel Se-75. The radioactive substance was released during the repair work and contaminated persons and zones within and out-side of the controlled area. Besides the two workers performing the repair work, other persons were also contaminated.

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Germany demands France shut old nuclear plant near border

Friday, March 4, 2016

Germany demanded Friday that France close down its oldest nuclear plant, Fessenheim, near the German and Swiss borders -- just one of several ageing atomic plants that are unsettling France's neighbours.

"This power plant is very old, too old to still be in operation," said a spokesman for Environment and Nuclear Safety Minister Barbara Hendricks.

"That's why the environment minister demands its closure at the earliest possible date," he said, reiterating Berlin's earlier demands.

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Berlin slams "irresponsible" report on nuclear funds

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

FRANKFURT/BERLIN, Sept 15 (Reuters) - German economy minister Sigmar Gabriel refuted media reports of a provisioning shortfall of up to 30 billion euros ($34 billion) in nuclear exit costs, speaking of "irresponsible speculation," that sent shares in the nuclear plant operators tumbling.

Spiegel Online reported a potential shortfall in provisioning for nuclear waste storage late on Monday, citing the findings of a law firm appointed by the economy ministry.

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German energy firms need to set aside more money for nuclear exit

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

German energy companies are short of as much as 30 billion euros ($34 billion) of the money they need to set aside to build a safe disposal site for nuclear waste as part of the country's exit from nuclear power, Spiegel Online reported on Monday.

E.ON, RWE, EnBW and Vattenfall are due to switch off their nuclear plants by a 2022 deadline set by Chancellor Angela Merkel's government after the Fukushima disaster in Japan in 2011.

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RWE CEO says no Urenco sale before H2, possibly later

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

ESSEN, Germany, March 10 (Reuters) - A sale of uranium enrichment company Urenco won't happen before the second half of 2015, RWE Chief Executive Peter Terium said, adding that a disposal could even take longer than that.

RWE and peer E.ON jointly hold one third of Urenco's shares, with the Dutch and British governments each owning a third, too.

Terium said the stake in Urenco was the last major item on the company's list of disposals.

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Germany says using tax money for nuclear power 'out of the question'

Friday, March 6, 2015

(Reuters) - Using taxpayers' money to fund nuclear power is "absolutely out of the question", German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday, in an apparent swipe at British plans to finance new atomic generation.

Gabriel was arriving for talks in Brussels on the European Commission's proposal for an energy union, which would deepen cross-border cooperation on energy across the 28-member EU.

Previous efforts to harmonize energy policy have faltered as member states have jealously guarded their right to decide on the kind of energy they use.

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Global nuclear decommissioning cost seen underestimated, may spiral

Monday, January 19, 2015

LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) - German utility E.ON's breakup has led to worries that funds set aside for decommissioning reactors will not suffice, but globally the cost of unwinding nuclear is uncertain as estimates range widely.

As ageing first-generation reactors close, the true cost of decommissioning will be crucial for the future of the nuclear industry, already ailing following the 2011 Fukushima disaster and competition from cheap shale gas, falling oil prices and a flood of renewable energy from wind and solar.

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Germany wants to ringfence nuclear plant closure money-paper

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BERLIN, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Germany plans to set up a fund to ringfence 17 billion ($21.2 billion) euros nuclear power firms have set aside to cover the long-term costs of decommissioning plants, Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported on Wednesday.

There has been concern in Germany that taxpayers could foot part of the bill to shut the plants because the money put aside by the firms to cover decommissioning costs could be lost in the event of a bankruptcy, or used for something else.

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Urenco's owners set year-end deadline for indicative bids- sources

Saturday, October 11, 2014

(Reuters) - Britain, Germany and the Netherlands have asked prospective buyers for their jointly-owned nuclear fuel enrichment firm Urenco to submit indicative bids by year-end, sources familiar with the process said.

The governments, which each own a third of Urenco, have agreed to test the market's appetite for the world's second-largest nuclear fuel vendor before deciding whether to kick-start a privatisation process that could fetch up to 10 billion euros ($13 billion), said the sources.

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German Utilities Bail Out Electric Grid at Wind’s Mercy

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Germany’s push toward renewable energy is causing so many drops and surges from wind and solar power that more utilities than ever are receiving money from the grids to help stabilize the country’s electricity network.

Twenty power companies including Germany’s biggest utilities, EON SE and RWE AG, now get fees for pledging to add or cut electricity within seconds to keep the power system stable, double the number in September, according to data from the nation’s four grid operators. Utilities that sign up to the 800 million-euro ($1.1 billion) balancing market can be paid as much as 400 times wholesale electricity prices, the data show.

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