Category Archives: Europe

Welsh nuke shut down following steam leak

Wales Online reported today: An ageing nuclear reactor has had to be shut down due to a “steam leak” only days after it was re-started. Reactor one at Wylfa nuclear power station, on Anglesey, in North Wales, was shut down … Continue reading

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Finnish newspaper puts cost of single new reactor at Olkiluoto at $11 billion‏

The Bellona Foundation, an environmental group based in Sweden, carried a piece this morning on the rising cost of building a new reactor at the Olkiluoto facility in Finland: Woes continue to mount around the construction of Finland’s Olkiluoto 3, … Continue reading

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European Commission: Taxpayer subsidies for British nuke may exceed cost of facility

The Telegraph reported today: British consumers could pay £17bn ($27.8 billion USD) in potentially unnecessary subsidies to fund construction of the country’s first new nuclear plant in a generation, the European Commission has said. The EC said it was assessing … Continue reading

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Escalating concerns may keep Belgian reactor closed; four reactors in Virginia may also be subject to increased inspection

On Thursday, inspectors at the Doel nuclear power plant in Belgium discovered cracks in the Unit 3 reactor vessel. As CBS News reported Friday: The possible flaw was discovered while the plant was shut for annual maintenance, Karina De Beule, a … Continue reading

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Fire closes nuclear power plant in Spain; One worker injured

News reports are kind of sparse on this incident, but the Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch reported this afternoon: An electrical fire forced a shutdown of Spain’s Almaraz I nuclear plant, the country’s nuclear safety authority said Friday. One worker … Continue reading

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Forty year old Swiss nuke shut because of faulty main pump

According to an Agence France-Presse story carried today in the Inquirer News: A reactor at the world’s oldest functioning nuclear plant, in Beznau, Switzerland, has been temporarily shut down because of a problem with its main pump, its operator Axpo … Continue reading

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Safestor: How come I don’t feel Safe?

Last year, TEPCO announced that it was going to build temporary structures over its damaged Fukushima reactors. I derided the temporary shelters as circus tents. Now, it looks as if the tents may be part of a larger worldwide plan. As the … Continue reading

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