A day in Fukushima - A week in Japan

Notes from a journey

Accompanied by two Japanese anti-nuclear activists, her policy adviser Silke Malorny and the former head of the Bulgarian Nuclear Regulatory Agency, Gueorgui Kastchiev, Rebecca Harms went on a lecture and research tour to Tokyo, Osaka, Matsuyama City, Yokohama and Fukushima. Based on her notes from ...

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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 4 - 8 March 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include EU bank capital rules, banker bonuses and account transparency, CAP reform: assessment ahead of the vote, GMO-free labelling and animal feed, Fukushima two years on, Zero waste: beyond recycling conference and film screening with Jeremy Irons, Boardroom quotas for women

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Bulgarian nuclear referendum

Government must hold course and oppose senseless Belene nuclear new-build

This weekend's referendum in Bulgaria on whether to allow construction to resume at the Belene nuclear power plant yielded an unclear outcome, as a result of a low turnout (under 22%) and failure to reach the required quorum (60%). The low turnout can in part be explained by the decision of voters t...

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World Nuclear Industry Status Report

Essential News Updates

The annual World Nuclear Industry Status Report is the independent assessment of nuclear developments in the world. Famous US-based energy thinker Amory Lovins called it a "vital public service" and well-known Indian journalist Praful Bidwai values the publication as the "most reliable, strikingly original, comprehensive and penetrating assessment of the global nuclear industry". The frequent updates to the report that we present hereunder cover essential news on reactor cost estimates, construction, startups, shutdowns as well as major program decisions and policy orientations. The World Nuclear Industry Status Report is a Mycle Schneider Consulting Project and the Essential News clips are prepared by the same team that works on the annual publication.


Bulgarian nuclear referendum

Greens/EFA co-president Harms to join campaign in Sofia against nuclear new build

Ahead of Bulgaria's forthcoming referendum on whether to allow construction to resume at the Belene nuclear power plant (27 January), prime minister Boyko Borisov has made a surprising shift, calling on his cabinet and Bulgarian voters to vote "no" (1). European Greens have expressed suppo...

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Belgian nuclear reactor shutdown

EU must put pressure on Belgium for transparency; wider EU issues must be addressed

The Belgian nuclear safety authority yesterday announced that it is postponing a decision on the restart of two reactors (Doel 3 and Tihange 2) that were shut down over the summer due to the discovery of fissures in their cores. The authority has asked for more information before any decision to reo...

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Study on defects in Belgian nuclear reactors

Unresolved safety risks with Doel 3 and Tihange 2 reactors - Restart would be irresponsible

In August and September 2012, cracks were discovered in the reactors at Tihange 2 and Doel 3 nuclear power plants in Belgium and both reactors are therefore still currently closed. The Belgian regulatory authorities are expected to issue their recommendation soon on whether the reactors can be resta...

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Flawed Reactor Pressure Vessels in Belgian Nuclear Plants Doel-3 and Tihange-2

A report commissioned by the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament

In August 2012 the Belgian Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) informed the public about the finding of thousands of flaws in the reactor pressure vessel of the nuclear power plant Doel 3. Similar flaws in the reactor pressure vessel of the nuclear power plant Tihange 2 were revealed in September 2012.

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Vote with no!

Anti-nuclear campaign for the referendum in Bulgaria


EU energy market

Commission looks to give leg-up to nuclear and coal but undermine renewable energy

The European Commission will today publish its communication on the European internal energy market. The Greens hit out at the communication, which fails to address the unfair support for coal and nuclear power, and seeks to undermine renewable energy sources. Commenting on the communication, Green ...

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Nuclear energy questioned by citizens

A debate in European Parliament’s Committee of Petitions

Last week the Committee of Petitions of the European Parliament hosted a debate about the nuclear energy in the European Union, based on some of the petitions received in the last months, concretely four. To start with, a broader debate on the EU’s position and role concerning nuclear energy took ...