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Loss of a device containing radioactive sources

On the 25th of August 2016 the lack of two density gauges containing a category 5 radioactive source each (Am-241 activities 240 MBq and 185 MBq) was discovered at a former barite mining facility. The gauges were not in use and were to be disposed of. The gauges were supposedly stolen but the exact date of the theft is not known due to the licensee’s lack of proper documentation. There is no evidence of possible exposure of individuals.

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Theft of a device containig radioactive source

On the 22nd of July 2015 the device containing radioactive source previously reported stolen has been recovered.

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Stolen radioactive sources

On the 6th of March 2015 total of 22 containers with Co-60 category 5 (activity between 40 MBq and 200 MBq on 2015-03-06) radioactive sources were reported stolen from a storehouse in Poznan. On the 10th of April the licensee informed that 7 of the containers previously reported stolen have remained intact inside the storehouse. Aggregated activity of the stolen sources equals about 1,7 GBq.

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Overexposure of a worker

On the 28th of January 2015, during an inspection of nuclear materials, a radiation worker accompanying the inspectors entered a hot cell containing a source of radiation. Worker remained inside the cell for about 1 minute. Worker’s personal dosimeter recorded an effective dose of 31 mSv which exceeds the annual statutory dose limit for radiation workers (20mSv). Doses received by the 3 inspectors present at the scene probably did not exceed 1 mSv (dose 0.7 mSv measured with personal electronic dosimeter, personal thermoluminescent dosimeters to be read).

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A different Energiewende

Friday, February 7, 2014

Poland moves a step closer to its own nuclear energy

AFTER debating the possibility of nuclear energy for years, the Polish government has at last come up with a scheme. On January 28th the economics ministry presented a detailed 150-page plan paving the way for the construction of two nuclear-power plants. By 2016 the sites of the two plants will be picked. Two areas close to the Baltic coast, Choczewo and Zarnowiec, are on the shortlist. Three years later construction is to begin and, by 2024, the first plant should be producing power. A state-owned energy company, PGE, will manage the project, which will cost an estimated 40 billion-60 billion zloty ($13 billion-19 billion).

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One radioactive source containing Co-60 lost or stolen

In the beaverboard manufacturing plant (in town of Koniecpol, Śląskie region) which is currently under insolvency proceedings (bankruptcy) there has been discovered the loss of one radioactive source containing isotope Co-60. The current activity of lost source is approximately 0,5 GBq. The source was being used in the fill level gauge in the process of beaverboard production. The source was in its shielded container no. PS-5B, weighing approximately 45 kg (please see attached pictures).

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Two radioactive sources containing Co-60 lost or stolen

During the modernization in the „Bełchatów” Coal-Fired Power Plant (Rogowiec, Łódzkie province) there has been discovered the loss of two radioactive sources containing isotope Co-60, that were used as the level gauges. The sources were in their shielded containers (dimensions 30 cm x 35 cm x 22 cm). The details of the sources:
- source no BA469 with current activity of 1,08 GBq, container PRJ 500 no 3010 weighing approximately 180 kg;
- source no BA476 with current activity of 2,43 GBq, container PRJ 1000 no 2740 weighing approximately 240 kg.

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Finance deal agreed for Polish nuclear plant

Friday, October 25, 2013

Poland’s nuclear power ambitions have moved a step forward after four state companies agreed to team up to finance a 3,000-megawatt unit.

State utility PGE, which is coordinating the project, will sell three 10% stakes to utilities Tauron and Enea and to copper and silver producer KGHM. The total cost of the project is likely to be almost €10bn, according to government estimates.

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Four Central European states urge EU to support nuclear energy

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

BUDAPEST, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary want the European Union to support nuclear energy projects and not to over-regulate the area, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Monday after a summit of the "Visegrad Four" countries.

The four also threw their backing behind shale gas extraction in Europe, and agreed to set up a natural gas market forum with the aim of fostering a regional gas market, which will convene in Budapest this month, Orban said.

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Poland's nuclear plant project needs state backing-PM

Monday, April 8, 2013

WARSAW, April 2 (Reuters) - Poland will need to provide some form of state support for its long-awaited nuclear plant that is expected to cost $15 billion, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Tuesday.

Poland, the European Union's largest eastern member, originally planned to launch a 3 gigawatt nuclear plant by 2023 and to double that capacity by 2030 to reduce its dependence on highly polluting coal.

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