Nuclear plant deactivated during tests

Sunday, November 16, 2008

A Swiss nuclear power plant has been temporarily deactivated as part of routine inspections at the facility.

BKW energy company authorities carrying out checks at the Mühleberg plant near Bern decided to switch off the plant on Saturday as a precaution in between two operational tests.

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Nuclear smuggling case to go to European court

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Swiss brothers Urs and Marco Tinner - suspected of involvement in nuclear smuggling – will file a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights next month.

Their lawyer said Switzerland had disregarded the European Convention on Human Rights by keeping the engineers in custody for nearly four years without an arraignment.

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Atomic energy unpopular despite widespread use

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Nuclear energy provides Switzerland with 40 per cent of its power but more than one in two citizens oppose the technology to some degree, a survey has revealed.

The study, released on Tuesday by the Federal Energy Office, found that just seven per cent of respondents were totally in favour of energy production by nuclear power stations.

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Where Should Germany Store Its Nuclear Waste?

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Germany's environment minister made himself out to be a crisis manager in the scandal surrounding the Asse nuclear waste storage facility. But the problem has not been solved -- and the issue threatens to derail the CDU’s plans to postpone Germany's nuclear phaseout.

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Assessing risk to children from nuclear power

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

A study has been launched in Switzerland to investigate whether children living near nuclear reactors have a higher risk of cancer.

The study - Childhood Cancer and Nuclear Power Plants in Switzerland - follows an analysis by German scientists last year that found a possible link between higher rates of leukaemia in children who live near nuclear power plants.

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CIA used Swiss to thwart foreign nuclear programs: report

Monday, August 25, 2008

WASHINGTON (AFP) — The US Central Intelligence Agency recruited a family of Swiss engineers to help it thwart the Libyan and Iranian nuclear programs as well as an underground supply network of Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, The New York Times reported on its website late Sunday.

The newspaper said the operation involved Friedrich Tinner and his two sons, who have been accused in Switzerland of dealing with rogue nations seeking nuclear equipment and expertise.

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Engineers to remain in jail over nuclear probe

Saturday, August 9, 2008

The two Swiss engineers, Urs and Marco Tinner, suspected of involvement in an international nuclear smuggling network have been refused bail.

The Swiss Federal Court upheld a ruling by the Criminal Court earlier this year which ordered the Tinners to remain in custody pending the outcome of an investigation.

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Swiss to shut down Beznau nuclear plant for 12 hours to replace valve seals

Friday, July 11, 2008

DOETTINGEN, Switzerland - The Swiss atomic energy plant Beznau 1 will be shut down for 12 hours on Saturday so two valve seals in the plant's non-nuclear section can be replaced.

The plant's operating company Nordostschweizerische Kraftwerke AG says the interruption will cause a visible collection of steam to be released from the non-nuclear part of the center.

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Swiss to investigate shredding of files in nuclear smuggling case

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

BERN, Switzerland: A powerful Swiss parliamentary committee is investigating why files in a high-profile nuclear smuggling case were secretly destroyed on government orders last year, officials said Tuesday.

The parliamentary committee charged with overseeing intelligence issues said it will collect further evidence on how the files were destroyed and publish a report before the fall.

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Papers on nuclear smuggling ring shredded

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The government ordered the destruction of documents on an alleged international nuclear smuggling network involving three Swiss engineers, it has been confirmed.

The head of a parliamentary control committee said the material was shredded last November.

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