German Leaks Raise More Nuclear Fears

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

BERLIN, July 8 (IPS) - Confirmation that radioactive brine has been leaking for two decades from a German underground deposit for nuclear waste is yet another blow to the idea that nuclear power can safely increase electricity generation and simultaneously reduce emissions.

Radioactive leaks from the nuclear waste deposit Asse II near Braunschweig in Lower Saxony, some 225 km southwest of Berlin, were first discovered in 1988. The state-owned Helmholtz Institute for
Scientific Research, which operates the centre, officially admitted the leaks only Jun. 16, under pressure from the German press.

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German coalition renews dispute over nuclear power as election comes into view

Sunday, July 6, 2008

BERLIN: Germany's research minister said in comments published Sunday that the nation should stop phasing out its nuclear power stations and even consider one day building new ones — fueling a dispute in the governing coalition that could be an issue in next year's election.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's left-right "grand coalition" government has stuck with its center-left predecessor's decision to phase out Germany's 17 nuclear power plants by 2021 — but the plan has caused repeated political friction.

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EnBW's Philippsburg Unit-2 Offline for Maintenance, Systems Upgrade

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

German electricity generator EnBW has reported that Unit-2 of its Philippsburg nuclear power plant has been taken offline for maintenance and technical upgrade.

EnBW has said that extensive inspection and maintenance work will be carried out on the unit, and technical projects will be implemented to ensure that the plant is up to date with the latest technical developments.

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Germany sits alone in G8 on nuclear power

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Germany will be the last of the world’s eight leading industrial nations to oppose the use of nuclear power as a clean and durable alternative to coal and gas when G8 leaders meet in Hokkaido, Japan, next Thursday.

With Italy having joined the pro-nuclear camp since the election of Silvio Berlusconi, Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, will now face seven opponents in her effort to water-down a final communiqué that is set to name nuclear power as a prime weapon in the fight against climate change.

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Flooding nuclear dump "too risky" - German agency

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Sealing radioactive waste at an underground disposal site in Asse, Germany, by flooding is the cheapest of several waste management options but would produce dangerous amounts of radioactive methane in
groundwater within 150-750 years, according to a forthcoming report from the German radiation protection agency (BfS). The findings are significant because the site, an ex-salt mine containing nuclear research waste, is geologically similar to the planned long-term disposal site at Gorleben. The report could influence calculations of nuclear waste disposal costs.

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Inferior concrete reportedly used in German nuclear plant

Friday, May 9, 2008

Prosecutors in the southern German city of Stuttgart are investigating allegations that a company sold low-quality concrete for major building projects including the Neckarwestheim Nuclear Power Station, German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Friday.

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Germany's Glos calls for emission target exemption for nuclear phase-out -report

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

FRANKFURT (Thomson Financial) - Germany's economy minister Michael Glos plans to call on the European Union to loosen the country's emission targets, taking account of its planned nuclear-power phase-out, Handelsblatt said, citing a document it obtained.

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Nuclear Power Debate Heats Up

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

MADRID, Mar 25 (IPS) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown are about to agree on a new generation of nuclear power plants in London this week, and plan to export the technology to the rest of the world, according to unconfirmed reports.

Downing Street has refrained from commenting on news of the deal, which was reported last week by The Guardian, a British newspaper. The move would fly in the face of the opinions of Germany and Spain, which wish to gradually phase out all nuclear plants for safety reasons, and generate electricity from renewable sources instead.

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Fire incident reported at north German nuclear power plant

Sunday, March 16, 2008

A technical glitch was reported at the north German Brokdorf nuclear power plant as a short circuit of a malfunctioning pump caused a fire in the facility, press reports Friday.

According to the nuclear supervisory board, workers at the plant managed to extinguish the fire.

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France's nuclear diplomacy

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The recent war games in the Gulf with France, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are connected to French President Nicolas Sarkozy's nuclear diplomacy. Sarkozy has been leveraging France's leading civilian nuclear technology to gain diplomatic, commercial and military advantages with countries in the Middle East, as well parts of Africa and Asia.

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