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News Extra: Nuclear plants in Ukraine and USA hit by cyberattacks 01 August 2017

Monitoring systems at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine were taken down by the worldwide cyber attack in late June dubbed ‘Petya’. Systems usually used to monitor the area around the power station for radioactivity following the nuclear meltdown there in 1986 were not working, the Ukrainian authorities said, and the area was monitored manually until automated systems were restored a few days later. ...

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EDF says UK nuclear power station project could be £2.2bn over budget and months behind schedule 03 July 2017

French energy group EDF has estimated that the cost of completing the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant will be nearly 8% more than expected. The French state-owned utility, the project's main backer, said the total cost of the power station was likely to rise by £1.5bn to £19.6bn. The group is building two new-design EPR reactors with a combined output of 3.2 megawatts at the Somerset site....

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BP 2017 Statistical Review of World Energy shows long-term shifts underway 15 June 2017

The 2017 edition of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy, published on June 13,  Data in the Review clearly demonstrate the long-term transitions now underway in the markets, with a shift to slower growth in global energy demand, demand moving strongly towards the fast-growing developing economies of Asia, and a marked shift towards lower carbon fuels and renewables as coal use falls....

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Emergency declared at US nuclear site after waste storage tunnel collapse 10 May 2017

Hundreds of workers at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington State were forced to take cover on May 9 after a tunnel collapsed at the giant nuclear weapons and waste facility. Developed in 1943 as a nuclear reactor and processing plant, Hanford is considered to be the most contaminated nuclear site in the USA....

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Future of UK's Moorside nuclear project in question as Toshiba's French partner backs out 05 April 2017

Toshiba has been forced to buy out the French utility Engie from a project to build three nuclear reactors in Moorside, northwest England, adding to uncertainty over the project. Engie said on April 4 it was exercising its right to sell its 40% stake in the NuGen venture to Toshiba following the bankruptcy of the Japanese firm’s Westinghouse nuclear power plant business. ...

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UK carbon dioxide emissions fall 7.4% in 2016 31 March 2017

The UK Government published provisional 2016 greenhouse gas emissions figures on March 30 showing net emissions of carbon dioxide came to 374.1 million tonnes (Mt), 7.4% lower than the 2015 figure of 403.8 Mt. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the main greenhouse gas, accounting for over 81% of total UK greenhouse gas emissions....

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Toshiba nuclear unit Westinghouse files for bankruptcy protection 29 March 2017

Toshiba's Westinghouse Electric (WE) US nuclear division, which was set to provide the reactors for a new power plant in the UK, has filed for bankruptcy protection from creditors. The Japanese group, part of the joint venture behind the Moorside power station project in Cumbria, admitted the financial crisis at WE left the supply of its technology "uncertain", although Toshiba said it remained committed to the project. ...

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News Extra: Fukushima internal radiation levels at highest level since 2011 meltdown 01 March 2017

Radiation levels inside a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station are at their highest since the plant suffered a triple meltdown almost six years ago. On February 3, the facility’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said atmospheric readings as high as 530 sieverts an hour had been recorded inside the containment vessel of reactor No 2, one of three affected reactors....

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French nuclear waste deep storage project faces new hurdles 28 February 2017

On February 28, a local court annulled the transfer of a forest from a local municipality to the French National Agency for the Management of Radioactive Waste (ANDRA), which is building a geological storage facility for high level nuclear wastes under the forest. The project to build the storage facility - called CIGEO – at Bure in the Meuse department of Eastern France will be suspended until this legal hurdle can be overcome....

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Hanford nuclear site in United States still poses threat despite cleanup efforts 15 February 2017

In late November, the US Department of Energy (DOE) published an update on the remediation work being carried out at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeastern Washington State, heavily irradiated after five decades of nuclear weapons production and considered to be the most polluted nuclear site in the USA....

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