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Europe's East 07-11-2017

Belarus: Atomic power on the EU’s doorstep

A nuclear power plant on the EU’s border with Belarus continues to court controversy due to a number of incidents during its construction and serious concerns raised by neighbouring countries. EURACTIV.com visited the ex-Soviet nation in October to learn more.
Energy 14-09-2017

Report: Nuclear power on the decline

Nuclear power seems on its way out, as construction of only one new nuclear reactor was undertaken in 2017, according to the World Nuclear Industry Report 2017. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 14-09-2017

Parliament rejects bid to lower EU guard on Fukushima food imports

The European Parliament on Wednesday (13 September) warned against easing health controls imposed on food products imported from the Fukushima region in Japan in the wake of the nuclear disaster of 2011.
Agrifood 07-09-2017

MEPs fear exposure to radioactive ‘Fukusushi’ if EU relaxes Japan import controls

The European Parliament’s environment committee (ENVI) adopted on Thursday (7 September) a resolution condemning the Commission’s plans to relax controls on the radioactivity of Japanese food and feed imports following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
Electricity 19-07-2017

German nuclear damage shows atomic and renewable power are unhappy bedfellows

A Germany nuclear plant was damaged because its operators increased and decreased its output to respond to energy grid fluctuations. The incident supports the theory that nuclear and renewable energy generation are incompatible. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
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.
Climate change 22-05-2017

Swiss vote for renewable energy boost, ban on new nuclear plants

Swiss voters backed the government's plan to provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy, ban new nuclear plants and help bail out struggling utilities in a binding referendum yesterday (21 May).
Energy 04-11-2016

Global industry report dispels myth of ‘nuclear renaissance’

Nuclear energy is being outstripped by renewable energy globally, but despite safety risks and rising costs of new generation reactors, there is still no end in sight for nuclear power - also in Europe. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Energy 02-05-2016

Germany’s nuclear providers set to be hit with massive atomic phase out bill

German energy companies should pay €23.34 billion into a state fund to finance the country's phase out of nuclear power. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel 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.
Climate change 16-03-2016

Resignation of EDF finance chief shows new UK nuclear plant ‘a dead duck’

Five years on from the Fukushima, the human and environmental impacts of the disaster  continue to grow in scale, writes UK Green MEP Molly Scott-Cato.
Energy 17-02-2016

EU short of €118bn to dismantle nuclear plants

Europe is short of more than €118 billion to dismantle nuclear plants and manage nuclear waste storage, a European Commission working paper seen by Reuters shows.
Energy 03-02-2016

Environmentalist: Belgium ignoring lessons of Chernobyl and Fukushima

Germany's Minister for the Environment, Barbara Hendricks, has conducted talks with the Belgian government on extending the lifespan of its two nuclear power stations. They agreed to strengthen cooperation on nuclear safety. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 11-01-2013

Flaws make restart of two Belgian nuclear plants ‘hazardous’: Study

Restarting two Belgian nuclear power plants which have been shut since the discovery of micro-cracks in their reactor vessels would be a hazardous move with potentially “catastrophic consequences”, according to a new study commissioned by the Green Party group in the European Parliament.
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Energy 05-10-2012

EU nuclear reactors in need of safety upgrades

Despite the 'hundreds' of defects pointed out by a commission's leaked report, the European Commission on Thursday said that the safety of all nuclear reactors across Europe is 'satisfactory". "The safety situation in the EU is at good level and satisfactory. There is no nuclear power plant which must be shut down immediately for safety reasons', said Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy.
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.
Energy 06-07-2012

Japanese cultural traits ‘at heart of Fukushima disaster’

In his combative preface to the report, Kiyoshi Kurokawa, a medical doctor and professor emeritus at Tokyo University, said the crisis was the result of "a multitude of errors and willful negligence", by the government, safety officials and the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power [Tepco].
Energy 21-03-2012

Ukraine, EU: An incomplete debate on nuclear energy

For some people in Ukraine, it has been striking to see how little awareness and discussion there is in Europe about Kyiv's plans to expand the lifetime of 12 old nuclear reactors, right on the doorstep of the EU and most likely at European taxpayers’ expense, writes Iryna Holovko, an environmental campaigner in Ukraine.
Energy 17-02-2012

Nuclear industry seen emerging from Fukushima shock

European Commission officials and energy experts believe nuclear power has turned the corner following the Fukushima disaster a year ago. Business representatives pleaded in favour of "better communication" to society following the incident, which prompted Germany to immediately close eight nuclear power plants.
Energy 16-02-2012

Greenpeace: ‘Wins’ and ‘black holes’ from EU nuclear stress tests

The stress tests carried out on Europe's nuclear power plants in the wake of the Fukushima disaster last year have already brought "important wins", especially in terms of transparency, says Greenpeace nuclear expert Jan Haverkamp. Speaking to EURACTIV.sk in an interview, he also said the tests had exposed some "black holes" in the emergency responses that need to be addressed.
Energy 16-02-2012

Greenpeace praises EU nuclear stress test ‘transparency’

The stress tests carried out on Europe's nuclear power plants in the wake of the Fukushima disaster last year have already brought "important wins", especially in terms of transparency, says Greenpeace nuclear expert Jan Haverkamp. Speaking to EURACTIV.sk in an interview, he also said the tests had exposed some "black holes" in the emergency responses that need to be addressed.
Climate change 25-11-2011

Interim nuclear stress tests point to safety regime change

The EU’s interim 'stress test' report has begun to flesh out the skeleton of what a new European nuclear safety regime could look like in the wake of the Fuksuhima disaster in Japan.
Climate change 30-09-2011

Swiss to shut down nuclear power plants by 2034

In a move that echoes German measures following the Fukushima disaster, the Swiss Parliament has approved plans to phase out nuclear power plants by 2034.

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