About: nuclear accident

Europe's East 14-03-2022

What could be the consequences of Russian acts of ‘nuclear terrorism’?

Russia handed over two nuclear centrals, which require constant professional intendancy, to war dogs, who might not even be aware of the potential disastrous consequences of negligence, write Margaryta Khvostova, Denys Davydenko and Olga Lymar.
Europe's East 12-03-2022

‘Russia plans nuclear terrorism at Chernobyl’

Ukraine warned that if electric power supplying Chernobyl’s cooling systems is not restored, this could create a radioactive cloud that would blow over Ukraine, its neighbours and the whole of Europe. Unfortunately, the UN agency in charge of atomic energy pays no attention, writes Roman Rukomeda.
Europe's East 10-03-2022

Ukraine sees risk of radiation leak at Chernobyl, IAEA sees ‘no critical impact’ on safety

Ukraine said on Wednesday (9 March) there was a danger of a radiation leak at the Chernobyl nuclear power station after electricity was cut off to the plant, but the UN nuclear watchdog saw "no critical impact on security".
Energy 11-03-2021

Ten years on, Japan mourns victims of earthquake and Fukushima disaster

With a moment of silence, prayers and anti-nuclear protests, Japan on Thursday (11 March) mourned about 20,000 victims of the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan 10 years ago, destroying towns and triggering nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima.

Russia nuclear sub fire ‘could have caused global catastrophe’

A fire aboard a top-secret Russian nuclear submarine could have led to a “catastrophe of global proportions” if not for the selfless actions of the crew, a senior navy official was cited by a Russian media outlet as saying.
Electricity 04-06-2019

Iodine tablets to be distributed to 2.2 million French people living near nuclear plants

An additional 2.2 million French people residing close to nuclear power plants will receive iodine tablets and information on how to proceed in the event of an accident. This was announced by the French Nuclear Safety Authority on Monday. EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'environnement reports.
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.
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.
Climate change 20-10-2015

Kerry talks nuclear clean-up and TTIP with Spain

The talking points during John Kerry’s visit to Spain have included cleaning up nuclear contamination, TTIP and the Spanish economy. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Energy 27-04-2012

Nuclear stress tests go over deadline

European states will be given extra time to carry out tests on nuclear plants, to ensure they can withstand natural and man-made disasters, before any laws to improve nuclear safety are proposed, the EU's Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger has said.
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 13-09-2011

Safety fears after explosion at French nuclear site

A Green MEP has called for the Centraco nuclear waste treatment site in Marcoule to be shut down, as the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) begins an inquiry into a blast there yesterday (12 September) that killed one man and injured four others, one with severe burns.
Climate change 05-07-2011

French nuclear power plant explosion heightens safety fears

An explosion sparked a fire at a French nuclear power station on Saturday (2 July), just two days after the authorities found 32 safety concerns at the plant.
Public Affairs 31-05-2011

Ombudsman slams secrecy over Fukushima contamination

Following complaints from citizens, the European Ombudsman has opened an investigation into the EU's permitted levels of food contamination following the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan and their communication to the wider public. Similar complaints are also being heard in France.
Energy 19-04-2011

EU helps finance new Chernobyl sarcophagus

Ukraine is looking to the world today (19 April) to pledge more funds to help it contain the consequences of history's worst nuclear accident. The EU, which has so far committed the lion's share to Chernobyl-related projects, committed another €110 million for a new sarcophagus, sealing the damaged reactor at least until the end of the century.
Health 11-04-2011

Radiation risks from Fukushima ‘no longer negligible’

The risks associated with iodine-131 contamination in Europe are no longer "negligible," according to CRIIRAD, a French research body on radioactivity. The NGO is advising pregnant women and infants against "risky behaviour," such as consuming fresh milk or vegetables with large leaves.
Energy 28-03-2011

EU summit agrees on nuclear stress tests

European leaders agreed on Friday (25 March) to set the "highest standards" of nuclear safety and submit all plants to "stress tests", in the wake of the unfolding crisis at Japan's stricken Fukushima plant.
Global Europe 14-03-2011

Hiroshima nightmare haunts Japan again

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan yesterday (13 March) described the devastating quake and tsunami, which were followed by an ongoing nuclear crisis, as "Japan's worst crisis since World War II," which was when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.