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Nuclear Waste Removal Begins 30 Years After Power Station Closure

The disused Magnox generator, situated on the banks of the River Severn in Gloucestershire, closed in 1989. It was the world’s first commercial power station and its laboratories and many of its buildings have already been dismantled. Work emptying its vast concrete vaults of the nuclear waste Berkeley generated is only now able to safely begin. But it will not ...

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Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Cleanup Delayed

The removal of spent fuel from two of the reactors at the Fukushima Daichii nuclear power plant has been delayed as Japanese public demand end to nuclear energy. This delay comes days after Japan’s government proposed releasing contaminated water from the plant into the ocean. The removal of the spent fuel was planned to begin in 2023, but the process ...

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Study Looks At Effectiveness Of Fukushima Decontamination

Following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March 2011, the Japanese authorities carried out major decontamination works in the affected area, covering more than 9000 square kilometers. With most of this work completed, the scientific journal SOIL of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) on 12 December published a synthesis of approximately 60 scientific papers, that together provide ...

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Shock Treatment Removes Nuclear Contaminants From Reactor Waste Water

A new technique developed by researchers at MIT uses shock waves to remove radioactive contaminants from nuclear reactor wastewater. Called shock electrodialysis, the cleansing process separates waste products from the power plant’s coolant system for disposal, while the water can be recycled instead of replaced. Nuclear waste disposal consists of  items like spent nuclear fuel or irradiated components from decommissioned ...

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Nuclear Waste: Disposal Theories

As the world feels the dire effects of climate change, many prominent scientists are working to provide safe, efficient, and clean alternative fuels and energies. As they scramble to find ways to make solar and wind farms cheaper and more efficient, there are others who know that a safe, relatively cheap, efficient, and clean energy already exists: nuclear power. The ...

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Disposing Of Radioactive Waste: A Concern

African countries looking to invest in nuclear energy as a source of clean electricity should consider Europe’s struggles with disposing of radioactive waste. Seventy years after the nuclear age began, no country has built a place to safely store its waste, a report published this caution, raising concerns for governments mulling nuclear power as an alternative to fossil fuels. More ...

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Lessons From The Cyberattack On India’s Largest Nuclear Power Plant

Indian officials acknowledged towards the end of October that a cyberattack occurred at the country’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant. An Indian private cybersecurity researcher had tweeted about the breach three days earlier, prompting Indian authorities to initially deny that it had occurred before admitting that the intrusion had been discovered in early September and that efforts were underway to respond ...

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Erdogan’s Tough Signals On Nuclear Weapons

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan surprised many in the international community with his declaration that it was unacceptable for nuclear armed powers to prohibit Turkey from acquiring nuclear weapons. While many analysts dismissed Erdogan’s declaration as more rhetorical posturing designed to advance Turkey’s status in the regional security architecture, the president’s remarks reveal the country’s perception of its own deepening ...

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Uranium Traces Detected At Undeclared Site In Iran

The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog has detected uranium particles at an undeclared site in Iran, it said in its report on the country’s nuclear programme. The report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), also confirmed that Iran has ramped up uranium enrichment, in breach of a landmark 2015 deal with international powers.  Britain, France, Germany and the EU said ...

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India’s N-Power Generation Drive Sparks Safety Fears

With the Indian Government launching a massive drive for stepping up the country’s nuclear power generation capacity, the issue of nuclear safety has assumed great significance. Some analysts say there could be cause for alarm, given the non-transparent nature of India’s state-controlled nuclear energy sector – there is no way to estimate whether safety issues will be carefully followed. India ...

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