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Overexposure of a service technician repairing a biplane X-ray system

While repairing a biplane cardiovascular X-ray system in a hospital, a service technician accidentally activated the system’s floor pedal. Moving a mobile lead shield, he did not realize that the shield was jamming the pedal. He continued his work under unnoticed exposure for about 5 minutes until the system alarm was automatically activated. Most of the time, the upper part of his body was very close to the lateral x-ray tube. He wore a lead apron during the exposure but he forgot to wear his dosimeter that day.

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Highly radioactive substance found in Swiss dump

Thursday, June 26, 2014

GENEVA: A highly radioactive substance, emitting in some places radiation 100 times the permitted amount, has been discovered in Switzerland, local media reported on Sunday, adding that authorities had covered it up for 18 months.

Swiss weeklies Le Matin Dimanche and SonntagsZeitung reported that federal, regional and local officials decided not to reveal the fact that they had found radium deposits in an old dump in the town of Bienne so as not to scare the 50,000 local inhabitants.

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EU calls for more nuclear tests after Belgian fears

Friday, August 10, 2012

The discovery of possible cracks in a Belgian nuclear reactor should trigger urgent testing around the EU, but such decisions are for national governments to take, a European Commission spokeswoman said on Thursday.

"National authorities will conduct tests, that seems obvious," said Marlene Holzner, spokeswoman for EU energy commissioner Guenther Oettinger. "The European Commission can make recommendations, but it can't make them binding," she stressed.

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Court: Mühleberg to shut down in 2013

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The controversial Mühleberg nuclear power plant will be forced to shut down in the first half of next year unless it can present an acceptable maintenance plan.

The Federal Administrative Court yesterday ruled in favor of residents around the plant, who challenged an unlimited permit granted to Mühleberg by federal environment officials in 2009.

The justification by federal officials was the fact the plant would be under constant observation of the Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate.

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EU energy chief says nuclear stress tests need time

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

BRUSSELS, March 6 (Reuters) - European Union safety tests on nuclear plants should be completed by around the middle of the year as time is needed to ensure they are thorough enough, EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said.

In comments ahead of the anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on March 11, Oettinger said stress tests would be completed "not later than summer".

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Switzerland opposes building further nuclear power plants

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

BERN — The Swiss government on Wednesday recommended to parliament that the country's five nuclear power plants should not be replaced as they age, leaving them to be phased out by 2034.

The move, to be accompanied by a switch to more renewable energy, follows Switzerland's decision to suspend plans to replace its nuclear power stations in the wake of the Fukushima accident in Japan in April.

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Russia Is Seeking to Build Europe’s Nuclear Plants

Thursday, October 14, 2010

MOSCOW — The Russian nuclear industry has profited handsomely from building reactors in developing countries, including India, China and Iran. Now it is testing the prospect of becoming a major supplier to the European Union, too.

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Exposure of a worker in excess of statutory annual dose limits

On 31 August 2010 during the annual refuelling outage of the Leibstadt NPP, a diver was performing maintenance work in the fuel transfer pool within the fuel building. After completion of this work, he recovered an unidentified object and placed it into a transport basket. While the basket was lifted, before reaching the surface of the water, an alarm of the area radiation monitor was triggered. Therefore, the basket was lowered again.
As a result of the handling of the object, the diver received a hand dose of about 1,000 mSv which is twice the statutory limit of 500 mSv.

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The great atomic bluff

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Constant hold-ups, skyrocketing costs, faulty construction…Finland’s new Olkiluoto reactor, touted as the great white hope for Europe’s nuclear sector, is looking more and more like a great white elephant – and casting a fat black shadow over the whole industry.

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Exposure of two workers in excess of statutory annual dose limits

On 31 July 2009, Unit 2 of the Beznau NPP was shut down for maintenance. As part of the scheduled maintenance, it was planned to test the pressure in the primary circuit – this is done every 10 years – and as preparation for the later use of a camera two employees were installing lamps in the enclosed space beneath the reactor pressure vessel. Running through this space are double-walled tubes through which probes can be fed to measure the neutron flux in the core.

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