Nuclear waste

MEPs vote for dumping nuclear waste in third countries and burying the rest underground

The European Parliament energy committee today voted a proposal on EU rules on nuclear waste. The Greens hit out at the vote, which included endorsing the burial of nuclear waste in seismic areas, as well as proposals to export highly radioactive waste to third countries. After the vote, Greens/EFA ...

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Nuclear stress tests

No stress for nuclear industry, as tests set to fall short in key safety areas

Agreement on the content of the proposed EU nuclear stress tests was officially announced this morning by EU energy commissioner Oettinger. The Greens are concerned that the tests will fall short of testing the safety in crucial areas in spite of earlier promises by commissioner Oettinger. Commentin...

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Nuclear stress tests

Oettinger should reject weak ENSREG compromise

Last Friday, ENSREG, the European Nuclear Safety Regulator Group, came to a compromise on the criteria for the planned nuclear stress tests. EU Member states have until today, Wednesday, at midnight, to veto the proposal - if they don't the proposal will be accepted. The Greens in the European Parli...

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The EU must turn the page on nuclear fusion and put its weight behind renewables

The Green MEPs Bart Staes, Isabelle Durant and Michèle Rivasi were in the delegation of MEPs that visited Cadarache, France from 16 to 18 May 2011 to evaluate the progress of the ITER project of an experimental nuclear fusion reactor. A visit which comes at a time of financial tension, the cost hav...

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Plenary Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session in Strasbourg 9-12 May 2011

Highlights for the Greens included the votes of the reports on lobbying transparency and registering lobbyists, on the discharge of the EU's 2009 budget and on investment agreements with 3rd countries. The debates on Schengen, on nuclear safety, on novel foods and on Syria were also our priorities during this plenary week.

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Nuclear stress tests

Energy commissioner Oettinger must ensure stress tests are not a meaningless fig leaf

Tomorrow, a meeting of nuclear safety regulators from all EU member states (ENSReg) will decide on the criteria for the planned EU nuclear stress tests. The Greens last week expressed concern (1) about draft criteria proposed by regulators from member states with nuclear energy (WENRA) and are urgin...

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Nuclear safety

EU nuclear stress tests set to fall short of thorough risk assessment, ignore terror threat

A decision on the proposed EU nuclear stress tests is expected as early as next week, with the draft stress test criteria already in circulation (1). The Greens are concerned that, based on current drafts, the stress tests would fail to thoroughly assess the risk of nuclear reactors, notably excludi...

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Chernobyl (4) Ever


A film by Alain de Halleux

Invitation to a film screening, debate and reception 4 May 2011, 18h30, PHS C 3 0050 The 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl catastrophe raises anew the question of how to handle the consequences of the nuclear catastrophe over time, from generation to generation. The problem is not only technical, bu...


The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2010-11

New independent study

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2010-11 (which was presented to the Worldwatch Institute in Washington on the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster) makes clear that the nuclear industry was in decline even prior to the nuclear accident in Fukushima.

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Nuclear industry

New independent study highlights accelerating decline of the nuclear industry

Preliminary findings of a new independent study on the status of the nuclear industry were presented today in the European Parliament at a press conference hosted by the Greens/EFA group (1). The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2010-11 (the final version of which will be presented to the Worldw...

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EU budget proposal

Commission keeps head in sand and ploughs major new funding into nuclear technologies

The European Commission today presented its proposals for the EU budget 2012. The Greens hit out at proposals for a major increase in funding for the ITER nuclear fusion project, as well as cuts for energy networks among other areas. Green MEP and budgetary spokesperson Helga Trüpel said: "...

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