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  • Russia`s preparedness for a nuclear accident

    The IAEA has conducted a review of Russia´s preparedness to respond to a radiation emergency in the country´s northwest Murmansk province. The area is of particular concern with regards to environmental challenges posed by an aging fleet of Soviet-era nuclear submarines, stored nuclear waste, and planned decommissioning and dismantlement work. The Emergency Preparedness Review (EPREV) exercise ...

  • Worldwide nuclear accident monitoring network launched

    An IAEA-based international nuclear emergency response network has become operational through receipt of its first pledges of assistance from four Member States. Finland, Mexico, Sri Lanka and the United States have stepped forward to make the initial commitments to the Response Assistance Network (RANET), a global response arrangement designed to coordinate international assistance in case of a ...

  • IAEA to coordinate major exercise to test nuclear accident response

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was set to coordinate a major exercise to test the response to a simulated accident at Mexico´s Laguna Verde nuclear power plant on the 9th July. 74 IAEA Member States and 10 international organizations join the 48-hour drill to evaluate national and international preparedness for a possible nuclear or radiological emergency. As this will only be ...

  • Spain, US sign new accord on nuclear accident cleanup plan

    Spain and the United States signed an agreement Monday to further discuss the cleanup and removal of land contaminated with radioactivity after a mid-air collision in 1966 dumped four U.S. hydrogen bombs near the southern Spanish village of Palomares. Under a statement of intent signed by Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo and U.S. ...


    By Associated Press

  • Nuclear accident in Japan: where to get up-to-date information

    Following the massive earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011, a number of explosions and fires took place at the reactor buildings of Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Japan declared a state of alert and reported leaks of radioactive material. Given the magnitude and the global dimension of the disaster, Japanese authorities and the international community are following the situation very ...

  • Fear of Nuclear Power Plant Accidents Have Americans Concerned

    In 1979, Americans got a wakeup call to the potential dangers from nuclear power plants in the United States.  The Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station in Pennsylvania experienced a core meltdown.  The meltdown resulted in the release of 2.5 million curies of radioactive gases and the release of iodine-131. ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Pennsylvania DEP Releases Impact Report on Fukushima Nuclear Accident

    The Department of Environmental Protection today announced the completion of its Fukushima Nuclear Accident Report, which highlights DEP's response and findings regarding air and water sources, and the public's health and safety after the March 11 nuclear accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi facility in Japan. "The report shows that DEP's Bureau ...

  • Japan`s Nuclear Accident Spreading to Some Parts of the United States

    Universal Detection Technology (OTCBB: UNDT), a developer of early-warning monitoring technologies that protect against biological, chemical, and radiological threats, commented today on a recent study funded by the US Departments of Energy and Homeland Security that linked elevated radiation in US rain water and food to the ...


    By Marketwire

  • NRC publishes survey results on nuclear accident response strategies to protect the public

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has released a publication that provides new insights into how best to protect the public during a nuclear power plant accident. The publication is based on the results of focus groups and telephone surveys conducted in the Emergency Planning Zones (EPZs) around reactor sites. The data will help the NRC review its regulations and guidance related to emergency ...

  • Food contamination after the Chernobyl accident

    The impact of the Chernobyl nuclear accident has been seriously overestimated, while unfounded statements presented as scientific facts have been used to strangle the nuclear industry, according to Russian researchers. Writing in the International Journal of Low Radiation, Sergei Jargin of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia in Moscow, suggests that the health effects of food ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Food contamination after the Chernobyl accident

    The impact of the Chernobyl nuclear accident has been seriously overestimated, while unfounded statements presented as scientific facts have been used to strangle the nuclear industry, according to Russian researchers. Writing in the International Journal of Low Radiation, Sergei Jargin of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia in Moscow, suggests that the health effects of food ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • NRDC Report: U.S. Nuclear Safety Regulators Ignore Severe Accident Hydrogen Explosion Risks Despite Fukushima Tragedy

    Three years after hydrogen explosions wreaked havoc in the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is still not adequately protecting American nuclear reactors from the risk of similar hydrogen blasts in a severe accident, according to a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). As ...

  • No immediate health risks from Fukushima nuclear accident says UN expert science panel

    "Radiation exposure following the nuclear accident at Fukushima-Daiichi did not cause any immediate health effects. It is unlikely to be able to attribute any health effects in the future among the general public and the vast majority of workers," concluded the 60 th session of the Vienna-based United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effect of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR). The effects of ...

  • Feds to clean site of 1976 `Atomic Man` accident

    Workers are preparing to enter one of the most dangerous rooms on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation - the site of a 1976 blast that exposed a technician to a massive dose of radiation, leading to him being nicknamed the "Atomic Man." Harold McCluskey was working in the room when a chemical reaction caused a glass glove box to explode. He was exposed to the highest dose of radiation from the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Media advisory: unscear launches reports in runup to anniversary of chernobyl accident

    Journalists are invited to attend a press briefing on two reports, Radiation exposures in accidents and Effects on non-human biota to be published by the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR). The two reports, which are being launched in the runup to the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident, are detailed scientific annexes to the main findings of ...

  • Nuclear Power’s Uncertain Future

    Global nuclear generation capacity increased by 4.2 gigawatts (GW), or 1.1 percent, to 373.1 GW and the number of operational reactors also increased by two units to a total of 437 nuclear reactors worldwide last year, according to the new Vital Signs Online trend released by the Worldwatch Institute (www.worldwatch.org). The increases are net figures, taking into account ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Canada’s nuclear future

    After decades of inaction, nations around the world are looking to nuclear power as an emission free, cost-competitive alternative to fossil fuels. Budget 2008 released this week is unequivocal in sending a clear signal about Canada’s nuclear future. The federal government stated in 2007 that it was very interested in returning to nuclear power as a source of low emission energy. ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Dounreay workers achieve a year without `lost time accident`

    Dounreay’s workforce has notched up a staggering 3.76 million man hours without an industrial work-related personal injury that results in more than three days off work. This equates to one calendar year without such an injury. Although separate areas of the site have achieved excellent safety records, this is the first time that the site as a whole has reached a year without lost time accident. ...

  • Nuclear power: bruised but not broken

    Earlier this month, an explosion in the energy sector caused immense destruction, costing the lives of more than 40 people ... but most of us barely noticed it. The deaths of the coal miners, up to 4,000 feet below ground in western Pakistan, were eclipsed by the international attention given to the crisis in another energy sector — nuclear power — as engineers working in the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Nuclear electricity: a fallen dream?

    Nuclear power is no magic solution, argues Pervez Hoodbhoy — it's not safe, or cheap, and it leads to weapons programmes. A string of energy-starved developing countries have looked at nuclear power as the magic solution. No oil, no gas, no coal needed – it's a fuel with zero ...


    By SciDev.Net

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