Risks and Accidents

Nuclear : Kafka in the EPR – N°1

22 Jun 2017

The vessel confines nuclear fire. Flamanville’s EPR* vessel in the Manche department in Western France would be subject during its 60 years life time planned by EDF and AREVA to considerable thermal, hydraulic, mechanic, and neutronic stresses. The vessel does not have to be strong; it has to be indestructible.

“The nuclear safety demonstration excludes the breakage of the vessel because no reasonable provision to restrict consequences for the reactor management, for personnel, the population and environment can be defined ” (source: report from Monitoring Group “EPR Vessel” of HCTISN, Haut Comité pour la Transparence et l’Information sur la Sécurité Nucléaire, High Committee for Transparency and Information on Nuclear Safety).

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(Français) Hanford – La Hague, la fratrie nucléaire

10 May 2017

(Français) Hanford – La Hague, la fratrie nucléaire

Only in French.

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(Français) Fukushima / Takahama : la French touch

11 Mar 2016

Only in French.

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(Français) Tchernobyl : 29 bougies et un incendie

29 Apr 2015

Only in French.

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(Français) Crash Test, résisteront-elles ? – 2015

15 Apr 2015

(Français) Crash Test, résisteront-elles ? – 2015
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(Français) A320 Germanwings

9 Apr 2015

Only in French.

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(Français) Le nucléaire s’éclaire à la bougie

7 Oct 2014

Only in French.

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(Français) Marée noire à Diélette / Flamanville

7 Oct 2014

(Français) Marée noire à Diélette / Flamanville

Only in French.

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Towards a new Chernobyl ?

25 Apr 2014

Twenty-eight years following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Ukraine is confronted with political turmoil. In this context, management issues concerning the Ukrainian nuclear industry are dangerously put aside. There are 15 nuclear reactors in Ukraine, all fueled by Russia. They were designed in EX-USSR in the 1960s and 1970s and do not meet safety regulations in place today in Ukraine. However, in 2012 the Ukrainian government decided to implement life extensions of 20 years for 11 of its oldest reactors which were to be decommissioned from 2015. Under the current financial and political difficulties, it is doubtful that necessary funds will be available. Important investments are needed to guarantee the adequate radiation protection of workers responsible for upgrading the sites as well as the safety of the reactors beyond the initial life-span. The reactors life extensions are financed by the international community, notably European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The nuclear life extensions have not been subject to a public Environmental Impact Assessment and are not in compliance with the ESPOO Convention which addresses transboundary environmental and health impacts issued by industrial projects.

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Delivery of nuclear fuel to Japan. Position of Robin des Bois

10 Apr 2013

The new Japanese Nuclear Safety Authority (NRA – Nuclear Regulation Authority) is considered independent. It will publish this summer 2013 a collection of basic safety rules and prescribe generic or specific work to each nuclear site in the archipelago.

These preventive improvements will take several months to a few years. They will be carried out under the precondition that the political decision to relaunch nuclear power is affirmed and accepted by civil society.

The risks of a transoceanic shipping of spent fuel containing plutonium are unacceptable today, particularly because of political, military and nuclear tensions between North Korea, South Korea and Japan.

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