About: nuclear safety

Electricity 26-10-2017

Nuclear agency chief: Small reactors ‘might be a game-changer’ for Europe

The political climate for nuclear energy is "not very positive" in Europe, admits William D. Magwood, and the industry is currently shifting towards Russia and Asia as a result. But the emergence of small modular reactors (SMR) built in factories might slow down the process, he argues.

Brexit 11-07-2017

UK opposition urges government to stay in Euratom nuclear body

Opposition Brexit minister Keir Starmer has urged the UK government to keep Britain in the Euratom treaty and drop its red line on the future role of the European Court of Justice. EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.

Europe's East 06-07-2017

Belarus deflects Lithuanian attempt to mobilise support against nuclear plant

Belarus has avoided a resolution by the European Security watchdog OSCE criticising the construction of the Astravyets nuclear power plant, a project which neighbouring Lithuania strongly opposes on the grounds of nuclear safety concerns.

Energy 26-06-2017

Massive human chain protests ageing Belgian nuclear reactors

50,000 people from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands formed a cross-border 90 km-long human chain on Sunday (25 June) to protest against the controversial Tihange nuclear power plant. Micro-cracks were recently discovered in one of the facility’s reactors.

Brexit 02-05-2017

UK’s nuclear energy in jeopardy after Brexit, MPs warn

The future of the United Kingdom's power supply has been jeopardised by Brexit and the government must act urgently to ensure nuclear power stations stay open, British lawmakers have warned. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.

Energy 16-02-2017

Lithuanian PM: Belarus nuclear plant is a threat to our country

EXCLUSIVE / On his first visit to Brussels, newly-elected Prime Minister of Lithuania Saulius Skvernelis shared his fears with Euractiv.com about the building of a nuclear plant in Belarus, 40 km from Vilnius and of the hybrid war waged by Russia against the former Soviet republic.

Energy 20-12-2016

Germany compromises on Belgian reactor fears

German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks has failed in her bid to get the ageing Belgian nuclear reactors of Doel 3 and Tihange 2 shut down permanently. Instead, Berlin and Brussels have agreed to a better exchange of information on all things atomic. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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Energy 15-12-2016

Europe should harmonise safety requirements for new nuclear build

Applying the key principles of affordability, reliability and value creation for local supply chains, NNWE will continue to watch the nuclear sector to ensure that the right decisions, for all stakeholders, are made, writes Tim Yeo.

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Energy 30-11-2016

Nuclear referendum fails to mollify Swiss energy debate

Given the polarisation of the debate and high share of undecided respondents, it comes as no surprise that politicians went back into campaigning mode after the nuclear referendum in Switzerland on Sunday (27 November), write Rolf Wüstenhagen and Adrian Rinscheid.

Energy 10-10-2016

Hungarian MEP: Nuclear energy’s ‘hidden subsidies’ must end

Atomic energy is not competitive in the energy sector and must not be artificially preserved at the expense of renewable alternatives, Benedek Jávor, Green MEP and member of Nuclear Transparency Watch, told EURACTIV Slovakia.

Energy 20-04-2016

Germany tells Belgium to take two nuclear reactors offline

Germany has called upon the Belgian government to take two of its nuclear reactors temporarily offline, as there are "open safety concerns", according to its environment minister. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Climate change 07-04-2016

Future of former Spanish nuclear site remains unclear

Spain may be committed to phasing out nuclear power, but there are concerns about its older reactors and the alleged lack of transparency when it comes to addressing safety issues. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Security 23-03-2016

Germany reacts to Brussels attacks

Europe has widely denounced the attacks carried out in Brussels yesterday (22 March). EURACTIV Germany reports on Berlin's reaction to the terrorist bombings.

Health 22-01-2016

Nuclear safety now a ‘worrying’ issue

Indebted companies, an overwhelmed safety authority and a complex and muddled caseload show the French have not cracked the recipe for atomic success. Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

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Brexit 26-11-2015

Why Cameron should bother to visit tiny Austria

London and Vienna see eye-to-eye on a range of issues regarding Britain’s demands for EU reform, including limiting child benefits for the families of EU migrants. But the good relations are not enough to reconcile the conflict over another hot topic: nuclear power, writes Dr Melanie Sully.

Energy 03-11-2015

EU urged to make nuclear costs more transparent

Europe needs banking-industry style regulation to bring more transparency to the costs of decommissioning nuclear reactors, consultancy Capgemini said in its annual energy market report.

Energy 23-06-2015

Bavaria up in arms over Hendrick’s nuclear waste plans

The German government has settled with the country's four nuclear companies on four interim storage facilities for radioactive waste that is currently stored abroad, but Bavaria is up in arms over the decision. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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Global Europe 26-03-2014

G7 leaders to hold summit in Brussels, instead of Sochi

Leaders of the Group of Seven nations, who met on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in The Hague yesterday (24 March), said they would convene again in Brussels in early June, instead of Sochi, in Russia, as planned.

Energy 14-06-2013

Brussels mulls mandatory nuclear reviews every six years

The European Commission on Thursday (13 June) published a draft nuclear safety law that includes mandatory EU-wide reviews every six years in response to lessons learnt from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.

Energy 02-10-2012

Nuclear sector needs major safety investment, report says

Europe's nuclear reactors need investment of €10 billion to €25 billion, a draft Commission report says following a safety review designed to avoid a repeat of the Fukushima disaster. EURACTIV obtained an advanced copy of the Commission's 57-page technical report on the stress tests conducted recently.

Climate change 17-07-2012

German researchers say Pacific will dilute Fukushima radiation

Radioactivity in the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima nuclear disaster has peaked and will dilute rapidly, according to a study by Germany’s Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research.

Climate change 09-03-2012

Global accord on nuclear safety needed urgently – World Energy Council

A new international accord on the management and safety of nuclear power plants should be a priority for governments, an influential global energy organisation has said.

Energy 08-04-2011

Bulgarians irked at Turkey’s nuclear power plan

Turkey is planning to build a nuclear power station at ??neada, a small town close to the Bulgarian border on the Black Sea coast. No official Bulgarian reaction has yet been recorded, but Internet forums were overwhelmed with alarmed messages regarding the possible consequences of the decision.

Energy 27-10-2010

EU to propose burying nuclear waste as safest option

The European Commission will promote underground storage as the safest option for storing nuclear waste, according to a leaked proposal which has already irked environmentalists.