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Trump and Putin have relaunched the arms race. Hug Europe close, Britain | Rafael Behr | Opinion | The Guardian
Europe might feel a bit unstable these days, but at least it is not a hair-trigger away from nuclear Armageddon. One reason is the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. That deal, signed by Washington and Moscow in 1987, banned missiles with a range of 310 to 3,420 miles. Last week, Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the INF, blaming Russian violations. Vladimir Putin reciprocated over the weekend, promising to accelerate development of prohibited weapons. Unless Moscow and Washington unexpectedly rediscover the spirit of detente, the INF treaty is finished. A global monument to the triumph of diplomatic rationality over militaristic paranoia is being pulled down.

The response in Britain has been oddly muted. Politics is mostly taken up by Brexit, but the issues are linked.
nukes  politics  us  russia  eu  uk 
february 2019 by juliusbeezer
US nuclear weapons: first low-yield warheads roll off the production line | World news | The Guardian
The new weapon, the W76-2, is a modification of the existing Trident warhead. Stephen Young, a senior Washington representative of the Union of Concerned Scientists, said its yield had most likely been cut by taking away one stage from the original two-stage, W76 thermonuclear device.

“As best we can tell, the only requirement is to replace the existing secondary, or second stage, with a dummy version, which is what they do every time they test fly a missile,” Young said, adding that the amount of tritium, a hydrogen isotope, may also be adjusted. The result would be to reduce its explosive power from 100 kilotons of TNT, to about five – approximately a third of the force of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

The Trump administration has argued the development of a low-yield weapon would make nuclear war less likely, by giving the US a more flexible deterrent.
nukes  us 
january 2019 by juliusbeezer
Stanislav Petrov - Wikipedia
Petrov declared the system's indication a false alarm. Later, it was apparent that he was right: no missiles were approaching and the computer detection system was malfunctioning. It was subsequently determined that the false alarm had been created by a rare alignment of sunlight on high-altitude clouds above North Dakota and the Molniya orbits of the satellites, an error later corrected by cross-referencing a geostationary satellite.[9][10]

Petrov later indicated that the influences on his decision included that he was informed a U.S. strike would be all-out, so five missiles seemed an illogical start;[1] that the launch detection system was new and, in his view, not yet wholly trustworthy; that the message passed through 30 layers of verification too quickly;[11] and that ground radar failed to pick up corroborative evidence, even after minutes of delay.[12] However, in a 2013 interview, Petrov said at the time he was never sure that the alarm was erroneous. He felt that his civilian training helped him make the right decision. He said that his colleagues were all professional soldiers with purely military training and, following instructions, would have reported a missile launch if they had been on his shift.[2]
nukes  history  error 
january 2019 by juliusbeezer
Belgique: À 80 kilomètres du Nord, la centrale nucléaire de Tihange 1 est «vétuste et dangereuse»
« Tihange 1 est l’une des plus anciennes centrales au monde. Elle a été conçue sur base de principes de sûreté en vigueur au début des années 70 », a pointé M. Mertins. « Les accidents survenus depuis lors à Three Mile Island, Tchernobyl et Fukushima ont démontré qu’une hausse significative des exigences en la matière était nécessaire », a-t-il poursuivi, déplorant à ce titre les nombreux manquements qu’il a constatés à la centrale belge.
nukes  europe  safety 
november 2018 by juliusbeezer
The consensus is clear: there is no upside to a nuclear Brexit | Clare Moody | Opinion | The Guardian
how much is at risk by leaving Euratom, and how complex this process is, given the government’s unnecessary, self-imposed deadline. This government must start listening.

Euratom, among other things, provides safeguarding inspections for all civil nuclear sites in the UK. Inspectors are employed by Euratom and many are EU nationals. It takes five years to train a nuclear inspector and there is currently a limited pool of qualified inspectors from which to recruit. As Sue Ferns, deputy general secretary of Prospect, said in her evidence to the nuclear safeguards bill committee, “this is a highly skilled, very specialist area, which is why there is such a premium on this source of labour” and this is why we must question the wisdom of the government’s actions so far.

The government plans for the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) to take over the role that Euratom currently carries out, but the ONR and the NIA have made clear that new arrangements will not be in place by the time we are due to leave Euratom in March 2019.
nukes  uk  Brexit 
november 2017 by juliusbeezer
Deterrence Believers Shoud Cheer the North Korean Bomb - Craig Murray
If the theory of nuclear deterrence holds true – and it is the only argument the supporters of WMD have got – then we should all be cheering the North Korean bomb. The logic of nuclear deterrence is that it is much better that every state has nuclear weapons, because then we can all deter each other. It is demonstrably true that possession of nuclear weapons is not a deterrent to other nations acquiring them. But it is supposed to deter other nations from using them. In which case, surely the more the merrier, so we can all deter each other.

The madness of the argument is self-evident. We are borrowing hundreds of billions we cannot afford for Trident, yet in all the reams of analysis of what to do about North Korea, Trident never gets a mention. It is a system entirely useless even in the one situation in which it was supposed to be effective.
nukes  politics 
september 2017 by juliusbeezer
Ex-intelligence chief: Trump's access to nuclear codes is 'pretty damn scary' | US news | The Guardian
I worry about, frankly, the access to the nuclear codes,” Clapper told CNN, pointing to the current stand-off with North Korea.

If “in a fit of pique he decides to do something about Kim Jong-un, there’s actually very little to stop him. The whole system is built to ensure rapid response if necessary. So there’s very little in the way of controls over exercising a nuclear option, which is pretty damn scary.”

Clapper did not mention Richard Nixon, who was involved in a tense stand-off with North Korea in 1969, after the regime shot down a US spy plane. Nixon is reported to have gotten drunk and ordered a tactical nuclear strike, which was only averted by his national security adviser, Henry Kissinger.
nukes  us  politics 
august 2017 by juliusbeezer
Media Lens - Racing Towards The Abyss: The U.S. Atomic Bombing of Japan
A stumbling block until recently has been that no historian has been sufficiently fluent in English, Japanese and Russian to investigate the primary archival material – including internal government documents, military reports and intelligence intercepts - in all three languages. This partly explains why historical debate in the West has been so focused on the Truman administration’s motives and policy-making: this, after all, could be pursued on the basis of English-language material...

In 2005, Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, professor of history at the University of California at Santa Barbara, published a landmark study, ‘Racing The Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan.’[4] Hasegawa, born and raised in Japan but now a U.S. citizen, appraised seriously the trilateral wartime relationships between the United States, the Soviet Union and Japan. His study has been critically acclaimed and has generated considerable scholarly, as well as journalistic, debate. Barton Bernstein, professor of history at Stanford University and one of the world’s foremost commentators on A-bomb issues, warmly praised the book as “formidable”, “a major volume in international history” and “a truly impressive accomplishment, meriting prizes and accolades.”[5] The book has also delivered a huge jolt to anti-revisionists.
history  language  japan  russia  us  war  nukes 
august 2017 by juliusbeezer
Bilan carbone d'une éolienne, c'est pas top! - bruno lalouette sur LePost.fr (13:15)
Le calcul du cout carbone d'une éolienne est cependant extrèmement variable en fonction de l'éolienne, notamment à cause de la distance que parcourt l'acier et le béton (les 20km pour le béton me semblent minimalistes, et l'acier parcours au final souvent des milliers de kilomètres), et du facteur de charge, qui a une très grande variabilité.

Au final, ces calculs amènent aux valeurs courantes de cout CO2 par KWh.
Le cout CO2 d'une éolienne est pour EDF entre 3 et 22g par KWh, plus que le cout CO2 d'une centrale nucléaire bien souvent (6 à 10g/KWh), mais effectivement moins que la moyenne globale francaise.
renewables  energy  nukes 
july 2017 by juliusbeezer
The Rokkor Files - Minolta Lens History
The quality of the coatings on these lenses is as a general rule not as good as those on later MC and MD lenses, and in some cases radioactive compounds of thorium and lanthanum were added to the glass mixture to increase the refractive index. This is apparent in some of the faster lenses such as the 58mm f/1.2 and 85mm f/1.7, where some early versions that included this glass have had their radioactive ingredients progressively decay, discolouring the glass, and giving the images taken with the affected lenses a very warm cast.
photography  nukes  history  art 
may 2017 by juliusbeezer
To the next ice age and beyond: How to dispose of nuclear waste | The Economist
The geological part, though the timespan is greatest, is probably the least tricky. Finland began the search for a site in 1983, shortly after it began generating nuclear power, and chose Olkiluoto after reviewing 100 areas. It has mapped faults and fissures in the bedrock, and sited the repository in a seismic “quiet zone”. It says it will avoid burying canisters close to potential pressure points, to minimise the danger that rock movements would crush or tear the canisters and cause radioactive leakage. Finland’s Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) called Posiva’s analysis of the bedrock and groundwater “state of the art”.

Ismo Aaltonen, Posiva’s chief geologist, says that earthquakes cannot be ruled out, especially if the bedrock shifts upwards in the melting period after a future ice age. Olkiluoto is still rising as it rebounds from the pressure of the last one, which ended more than 10,000 years ago.
Finland’s nuclear-waste kitty, collected from the utilities, currently stands at €2.5bn ($2.7bn). By the time it is closed, the price is expected to be €3.5bn. That is reassuringly modest for a 100-year project, partly reflecting the fact that Finland’s nuclear industry, even when the planned total of five reactors are up and running, is relatively small.
nukes  environment 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Asphyxié par le nucléaire, le groupe EDF dans la tourmente - Greenpeace France
C’est d’abord sur la question des coûts liés au démantèlement des centrales et au traitement des déchets que le bât blesse : EDF les sous-estime drastiquement. L’entreprise devrait dès aujourd’hui mettre 50 milliards de côté.

Mais si le groupe ne le fait pas, c’est peut-être parce que cela entraînerait irrémédiablement sa faillite. Ce n’est pas qu’une histoire de chiffres : le groupe en est tout simplement incapable et ne peut pas compter sur l’Etat, et donc sur les contribuables, pour renflouer ses comptes.

Un petit jeu qui lui permet en tout cas de tromper sur sa santé financière – et qui inquiète par son irresponsabilité.
nukes  finance 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
The Atomic Origins of Climate Science - The New Yorker
Reagan was himself persuaded by nuclear winter; a nuclear war, he said, “could just end up in no victory for anyone because we would wipe out the earth as we know it.” In the U.S.S.R., nuclear winter energized dissidents. In 1985, when the Soviet physician Vladimir Brodsky was arrested, one of the charges was “transmitting a letter to the Soviet Academy of Sciences requesting greater publicity about the nuclear winter.” Protesters in Moscow’s Gagarin Square chanted, “Tell the truth about the nuclear-winter phenomenon to our people.” Eduard Shevardnadze, the Soviet foreign minister, talked about nuclear winter in a speech at the U.N., and Mikhail Gorbachev alluded to it on another occasion. In 1985, the Federation of American Scientists presented Sagan with an award honoring him as the “Most Visible Member of the Scientific Community on the Planet Earth.” In 1986, Turco won a MacArthur prize. After that year, the number of nuclear weapons in the world began to decline.
nukes  climatechange  us  ussr 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
Pourquoi il faut parler du nucléaire dans la campagne présidentielle
Mais plus grave encore que l'inconnu budgétaire, il y a l'inconnu technologique et de sécurité... En novembre dernier un tiers des réacteurs français étaient fermés pour contrôles ou travaux, la "situation est très préoccupante" expliquait le président de l'Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire, mais EDF souhaite encore prolonger la durée de vie des centrales... Inversement, on ne sait pas démanteler une centrale... EDF s'y est mal préparé techniquement et financièrement selon un rapport parlementaire publié la semaine dernière...
france  nukes  politics 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
Explosion à la centrale de Flamanville : la préfecture écarte un « risque nucléaire »
Une explosion s’est produite à la centrale nucléaire de Flamanville (Manche), jeudi matin 9 février vers 10 heures, mais « hors zone nucléaire » et sans faire de blessé, selon la préfecture qui assure de « l’absence de tout risque nucléaire » et précise que l’« incident est fini ».

« Un départ de feu entraînant une détonation s’est produit à 9 h 40 dans la salle des machines de la tranche 1 de la centrale, en zone non nucléaire. Il a été immédiatement maîtrisé par les équipes de la centrale », a indiqué EDF dans un communiqué. Les pompiers se sont rendus sur place et ont confirmé « l’absence de feu ».

« Les cinq salariés présents ont été évacués pour une légère intoxication liée à la fumée. Ils sont indemnes », a dit à Reuters le préfet, Jacques Witkowski.

« C’est un événement technique significatif mais il ne s’agit pas d’un accident nucléaire » car l’explosion s’est produite « hors zone nucléaire », a déclaré Olivier Marmion, directeur de cabinet du préfet.

La tranche 1 de cette centrale a été « déconnectée du réseau électrique », précise EDF dans son communiqué.
nukes  france 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
Fessenheim, ou les leçons d'une fermeture impossible, Editos & Analyses
S'il dispose d'un tiers des sièges au conseil d'EDF, ses six administrateurs n'ont pas pu participer au vote sur la convention d'indemnisation sur Fessenheim, l'Etat étant partie à la négociation. Il s'agit de ne pas risquer l'abus de majorité, notent les juristes. Ce sont dès lors les six administrateurs salariés qui se sont retrouvés en tête-à-tête avec le PDG et les cinq administrateurs indépendants, rendant la décision très incertaine.
« Un monstre hybride »

« EDF est devenu un monstre hybride, à la fois bras armé de la politique énergétique française et entreprise obéissant à une logique d'entreprise privée », souligne Yves Marignac, directeur de Wise-Paris, et oeil critique du secteur nucléaire. « Même en gardant une part extrêmement majoritaire, l'Etat n'est pas capable d'y jouer un rôle d'Etat stratège, et c'est une découverte ».
nukes  france 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
http://www.challenges.fr/energie-et-environnement/demantelement-nucleaire-rien-ne-s-est-passe-comme-prevu_451716
Les charges de démantèlement sont vraisemblablement sous-évaluées et sous-provisionnées. EDF estime le démantèlement à 75,5 milliards d’euros, somme qui sera décaissée progressivement au fur et à mesure de la déconstruction des centrales. Quant aux provisions, elles s’élèvent à 36 milliards.

Les homologues électriciens d’EDF provisionnent tous davantage...

Oui. Ça s’explique en raison du parc standardisé d’EDF qui peut générer des économies d’échelle. Pour autant, les chiffres donnés par des pays comme les Etats-Unis et le Royaume-Uni peuvent être pris au sérieux car ils se basent sur des démantèlements effectivement réalisés.
nukes  france 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
Brexit will delay new British nuclear power stations, warn experts | Business | The Guardian
“Leaving Euratom is a lose-lose for everyone. For nuclear proponents, the industry becomes less competitive – and for nuclear critics, safety regulation diminishes,” said Dr Paul Dorfman of the Energy Institute at University College London.

“The UK nuclear industry is critically dependent on European goods and services in the nuclear supply chain and their specialist nuclear skills. Leaving Euratom will inevitably increase nuclear costs and will mean further delays.”
nukes  Brexit 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
Revealed: Thatcher aide wanted to use Prince William to hobble CND | Politics | The Guardian
The press secretary said they needed to consider “whether there was anything useful we can do to neutralise the television appeal of these demonstrations. They will secure less airtime and have less impact if something more newsworthy in television terms occurs – eg (to be brutal) a North Sea blow out; an assassination attempt on the Pope, etc; some awful tragedy.”
On 17 March 1983, Ingham told a Downing Street meeting: “I think that Good Friday is a lost cause. This is the day when the CND chain will (or will not) be formed between Aldermaston and Greenham Common. It is also a day when there is not much sport. However, what would take the trick would be press and TV pictures, for the release on the evening of Good Friday and/or Saturday newspapers of Prince William in Australia.”
attention  media  journalism  uk  politics  nukes 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Japan cancels failed $9bn Monju nuclear reactor - BBC News
Japan is a scrapping an experimental reactor which has worked for just 250 days of its 22-year lifespan and cost $9bn (£7.2bn).

The Monju reactor, in western Japan's Fukui city, was designed to burn most of its own spent fuel, eliminating the need to deal with the nuclear waste.

But it suffered its first problems months after it went live, and has not worked properly since.
nukes  japan 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Trump’s Breezy Calls to World Leaders Leave Diplomats Aghast - The New York Times
m counterterrorism to nuclear proliferation.

In a remarkably candid readout of the phone call, the Pakistani government said Mr. Trump had told Mr. Sharif that he was “a terrific guy” who made him feel as though “I’m talking to a person I have known for long.” He described Pakistanis as “one of the most intelligent people.” When Mr. Sharif invited him to visit Pakistan, the president-elect replied that he would “love to come to a fantastic country, fantastic place of fantastic people.”

The Trump transition office, in its more circumspect readout, said only that Mr. Trump and Mr. Sharif “had a productive conversation about how the United States and Pakistan will have a strong working relationship in the future.” It did not confirm or deny the Pakistani account of Mr. Trump’s remarks.

The breezy tone of the readout left diplomats in Washington slack-jawed, with some initially assuming it was a parody. In particular, they zeroed in on Mr. Trump’s offer to Mr. Sharif “to play any role you want me to play to address and find solutions to the country’s problems.”
us  politics  funny  nukes 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
The European Blackout Risk | Energy Matters
At 2000 hours Central European Time on February 8, 2012 combined electricity demand in the UK, France and Germany peaked at a high of 231GW during a winter cold snap. This caused no serious problems at the time, but the UK, France and Germany could have a combined total of as little as 210GW of capacity on-line this winter, and if another 231GW demand peak coincides with 210GW of available capacity the alternatives will be either large-scale “demand side” management (i.e. paying lots of industries and businesses to shut down) or blackouts.

In this post we will look at how these conclusions were arrived at and also at some of the uncertainties that make it so hard to predict blackout risks. The chief uncertainties in this case are a) how cold might it get, b) will the wind be blowing when and if it does get cold, c) how much of the French nuclear fleet will be down for inspection at the time and d) how many French households will turn their electric heaters up to “high”, as many of them did in 2012.
energy  europe  france  germany  uk  renewables  nukes 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Sûreté nucléaire : Deux lettres accablantes et alarmantes destinées à Electrabel - La Libre.be
Dans sa lettre du 1er juillet 2016 au CEO d’Electrabel, Jan Bens évoque les résultats “pour le moins alarmants” des études “Fire PSA” et “Fire Hazard Analysis”. Ces études sur la résistance à un incendie ont été rendues obligatoires à partir du 1er janvier 2016.

On apprend dans cette lettre qu’une réunion entre Jan Bens et Wim De Clercq, l’ancien directeur nucléaire d’Electrabel, a eu lieu, le 25 mai 2016, au sujet de ces études sur les risques d’incendie. Le patron de l’AFCN y a souligné “les inquiétudes soulevées par les valeurs alarmantes des probabilités de fusion de cœur résultant des études ‘Fire PSA’ pour les unités Doel 3 et 4, Tihange 1, 2, 3” . Pour rappel, la fusion de cœur est considérée comme un accident nucléaire grave avec risque d’échappement des matières fissibles.
nukes  belgique 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
France’s Nuclear Storm: Many Power Plants Down Due to Quality Concerns
With over half of France’s 58 reactors possibly affected by “carbon segregation,” the nation’s nuclear watchdog, the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN) has ordered that preventative measures be taken immediately to ensure public safety. As this story goes into production in late October, ASN has confirmed that 20 reactors are currently offline and potentially more will shut down in coming weeks.

The massive outages are draining power from all over Europe. Worse, new questions continue to swirl about both the safety and integrity of Électricité de France SA’s (EDF’s) nuclear fleet, as well as the quality of some French- and Japanese-made components that EDF is using in various high-profile nuclear projects around the world.

EDF’s nuclear power plants (NPPs) provide up to 75% of France’s power needs. Its NPPs are spread out over 19 sites and include 34 900-MW units, 20 1,300-MW units, and four 1,450-MW units. As the fleet suffered through shutdowns, inspections, and reviews, production fell in September to its lowest level since 1998—just 26.6 TWh, according to French grid operator Reseau de transport d’electricite.
nukes  energy  france 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
US to the World: “We Can’t Eliminate Our Nukes, Because We Rely on Our Nukes" | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
Last week, the United Nations took an historic step towards global elimination of nuclear weapons, in voting to begin negotiations next year on a treaty to ban nukes. The U.S. and other nuclear weapon states, other than North Korea, declined to support the resolution, with the U.S. and its allies lobbying hard to defeat it. The contradictions in the official U.S. statement are myriad, but here are just a few.

“How can a state that relies on nuclear weapons for its security possibly join a negotiation meant to stigmatize and eliminate them?” argued Ambassador Robert Wood, the U.S. special representative to the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. “The ban treaty runs the risk of undermining regional security.”

Taking the first sentence, Ambassador Wood actually has it backwards. With its huge conventional military superiority, the U.S. would be much more secure in a world free of nuclear weapons.
nukes  us  un 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Historic UN vote to negotiate a Nuclear Ban Treaty in 2017 | openDemocracy
a majority of 123 UN Member states have voted to convene a multilateral UN conference in 2017 "to negotiate a legally binding treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination". Led by a broad cross section of nuclear free countries, including South Africa which eliminated its nuclear arsenal in 1991, their objective is to create a nuclear weapons prohibition regime under International Humanitarian Law. Their intention is to accelerate the abolition of today's nuclear arsenals of over 15,000 weapons, reduce the proliferation-driving value attached to these weapons of mass destruction, prevent nuclear detonations and deter further modernization and proliferation.

Building on the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the new multilateral treaty will for the first time provide a comprehensive approach to prohibiting activities such as the use, deployment, production, transporting, stockpiling and financing of nuclear weapons. It will also extend the NPT's nuclear disarmament obligation by creating a clear, unequivocal legal obligation to eliminate existing arsenals that will apply to non-NPT as well as all NPT states.

The UK was among 38 states that voted against negotiating such a treaty, though diplomats privately acknowledged that they were in a weak position to stop negotiations from going ahead.
nukes  eu  UN  politics  uk 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Secret government papers show taxpayers will pick up costs of Hinkley nuclear waste storage | UK news | The Guardian
earlier this month, on the very last day before government officials had to submit their defence against an appeal for disclosure of the information, the department released a “Nuclear Waste Transfer Pricing Methodology Notification Paper”. Marked “commercial in confidence”, it states that “unlimited exposure to risks relating to the costs of disposing of their waste in a GDF [geological disposal facility], could not be accepted by the operator as they would prevent the operator from securing the finance necessary to undertake the project”.

Instead the document explains that there will be a “cap on the liability of the operator of the nuclear power station which would apply in a worst-case scenario”. It adds: “The UK government accepts that, in setting a cap, the residual risk, of the very worst-case scenarios where actual cost might exceed the cap, is being borne by the government.”

Separate documents confirm that the cap also applies should the cost of decommissioning the reactor at the end of its life balloon.
nukes  finance 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Britain’s Nuclear Cover-Up - The New York Times
A painstaking study of obscure British military policy documents, released last month by the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, demonstrates that the government and some of its partners in the defense industry, like Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems, think a robust civilian nuclear industry is essential to revamping Britain’s nuclear submarine program.

For proponents of Trident, civilian nuclear projects are a way of “masking” the high costs of developing a new fleet of nuclear submarines, according to the report. Merging programs like research and development or skills training across civilian and military sectors helps cut back on military spending. It also helps maintain the talent pool for nuclear specialists. And given the long lead times and life spans of most nuclear projects, connections between civilian and military programs give companies more incentives to make the major investments required.
nukes  uk  politics 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Nuclear power is risky and expensive; here's a better idea | UK news | The Guardian
The momentum behind the revolution is straightforward: cost. While renewable energy and other energy technologies are plummeting in price, nuclear power continues its historical trend of getting ever more expensive. Even if the UK negotiates a sharp cut in the subsidies for Hinkley, it still could not be built before 2026 at the earliest. By then, a capacity crunch will have hit the UK as old power stations close.

Hinkley puts a lot of generation capacity in one plan , which is very risky given the financial, legal and technical obstacles it faces. EDF, the French company leading the project, is taking on considerable financial risk, with Martin Young, an energy analyst at investment bank RBC Capital Markets, saying the project “verges on insanity”.
energy  nukes 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
Hinkley C Nuclear Plant: Britain's Biggest Political Scandal | Permaculture magazine - Linkis.com
Nice summary of why new are not a good idea: Insurers' reluctance is most telling, I always think
nukes 
july 2016 by juliusbeezer
Scientists say nuclear fuel pools around the country pose safety and health risks | Center for Public Integrity
The Academies’ conclusions were based in part on its view that – even though the Fukushima disaster forced the hasty evacuation of 470,000 people and the ensuing cleanup costs could reach $93 billion – a more dire economic and health catastrophe was only narrowly averted, largely due to good luck.

In particular, according to the report, one of the spent fuel pools at the reactor site lost a significant portion of its coolant due to evaporation, when pumps bringing in a regular supply of new coolant lost power. If its highly radioactive rods had been uncovered, their heat and exposure to oxygen could have caused a fire, giving radioactive materials and gases from inside and around the rods a way to escape into the environment. The ensuing contamination might have forced long-term relocation of the population of Tokyo, 177 miles to the south.
nukes  fukushima 
july 2016 by juliusbeezer
A former senior U.S. general again calls for abolishing the nuclear forces he once commanded | Center for Public Integrity
Butler’s dramatically changed role in America’s nuclear drama was driven by what he describes as a growing alarm over deficiencies in nuclear war plans and the vested interests of Pentagon officials and the defense industry in maintaining such plans. After participating in monthly drills at the Strategic Air Command headquarters with U.S. officials to prepare for a massive nuclear attack, he learned that then, as today, a president would have just ten minutes “to grasp the circumstances, listen to… the retaliatory options, and make a decision that could mean life or death for tens or hundreds of millions of people.”...
Stepping into the anti-nuclear camp, he writes, “put my reputation in the balance [and] cost me innumerable friends.” At one point, a fellow retired senior officer startled him on the way to a National Press Club speech by asking if he was concerned “that you will give comfort to our enemies and insult the men and women you used to command.” His advocacy failed, in the end, to significantly alter the direction of nuclear policy under three succeeding presidents.

But now, Butler says firmly, “I have no regrets” about staking out that startling position.

Butler says he remains convinced that during the Cold War, “we fell victim to a cascading series of missteps, driven by the visceral fear” of a nuclear-armed archenemy, and reaped as a result “a bitter harvest of worst-case scenarios”
nukes  war  us 
july 2016 by juliusbeezer
Nuclear weapons contractors repeatedly stifle whistleblowers, auditors say | Center for Public Integrity
At laboratories and factories where American nuclear weapons are designed and built, and at the sites still being cleansed of the toxic wastes created by such work, contractor employees outnumber federal workers six to one. That makes them key sentinels when something goes awry, a circumstance that officials say explains why they get legal protections when whistleblowing.
nukes  work  healthcare 
july 2016 by juliusbeezer
Global Nuclear Power Snapshot | Energy Matters
deployment of nuclear power has in the past depended upon a combination of three factors 1) the size and level of technology development of any country (the leading producers in 2015 were the USA, France, Russia and China) 2) the desire to acquire nuclear weapons that may be linked to large advanced countries wanting to defend themselves and 3) a shortage of fossil fuels (France, Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia etc. have the greatest penetration of nuclear in power generation). Let’s begin by looking at the 30 countries that have domestic nuclear power capacity (Figure 1).
energy  nukes 
july 2016 by juliusbeezer
Sûreté nucléaire : un contexte « particulièrement préoccupant », selon l'ASN, Énergie - Environnement
Pierre-Franck Chevet pointe le manque de « ressources nécessaires (à l’ASN) pour assurer pleinement le contrôle » des opérations de remise aux normes rehaussées d’installations vieilles de près de 40 ans.

C’est un aveux inquiétant. Les organismes français responsables de la sûreté nucléaire ne disposeraient pas des ressources nécessaires pour remplir l’ensemble de leurs missions, déclare, Pierre-Franck Chevet, le président de l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN) dans un entretien publié dans "Le Monde".
nukes  france  energy 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Chernobyl poisoned my childhood – POLITICO
My family experienced the Chernobyl disaster from behind the iron curtain.

From the rumors that started to swirl in the days after the explosion, to the first 14-second mention of a small accident on state television in Moscow on April 28. We watched, with equal parts fear and fury, the glowing bulletins on the efforts of rescue workers and engineers in the days following, and the acknowledgement, 18 days after the disaster, by Gorbachev of a “misfortune” that had “painfully wounded the Soviet people and worried the international community.”

We knew, of course, that it was mostly lies. But we listened to it anyway.
nukes  agnotology  ussr 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
German nuclear plant infected with computer viruses, operator says | Reuters
A nuclear power plant in Germany has been found to be infected with computer viruses, but they appear not to have posed a threat to the facility's operations because it is isolated from the Internet, the station's operator said on Tuesday.

The Gundremmingen plant, located about 120 km (75 miles) northwest of Munich, is run by the German utility RWE.

The viruses, which include "W32.Ramnit" and "Conficker", were discovered at Gundremmingen's B unit in a computer system retrofitted in 2008 with data visualization software associated with equipment for moving nuclear fuel rods, RWE said.
nukes  security 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
One Step Closer to Blackouts | Energy Matters
The Scottish supply is now based on nuclear, wind and imports with a little hydro and gas on the side. I think nuclear and wind is likely the worst combination for any grid that no sane power engineer would design. Variable and intermittent wind does not sit well with constant, base load nuclear power...
Clearly, national governments, power generation and distribution companies should do everything they can to safeguard against blackouts. It appears that what is happening in Scotland is the exact opposite where Scottish Power (a subsidiary of Spanish Iberdrola) has made a commercial decision to close Longannet forced by energy policy both N and S of the border. Scottish politicians seem more interested in scoring political points out of this event than safeguarding the best interests of the Scottish people. Had the NE USA blackout of 2003 occurred in January instead of August, the death toll may have been many thousands as old and vulnerable people would have died from the cold.
nukes  energy  scotland  preppers  environment  politics  commenting 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
'Inside Sellafield' and military plutonium - the BBC's nuclear lies of omission - The Ecologist
For example, Al-Kalilili spent considerable time explain the key role of the £2.85bn Thermal Oxide Reprocessing plant (THORP), opened in 1994, once Sellafield's 'jewel in the atomic crown'. But he completely glossed over the severity of the THORP accident that disabled the plant for four years in 2004.

In May 2005, it was first reported that a serious leak of highly radioactive nuclear fuel dissolved in concentrated nitric acid - enough to half fill an Olympic-size swimming pool - had forced the facility's closure.

The highly dangerous mixture, containing about 22 tonnes of uranium and plutonium fuel, in liquid form, with a volume of around 83m3, had leaked through a fractured pipe into a huge stainless steel chamber in the 'feed clarification cell'.

The Nuclear Installations Inspectorate - now the Office for Nuclear Regulation - report on the accident, issued in December 2005, said that 160kg of plutonium was leaked - enough to make more than 30 nuclear weapons. The NII investigation identified that the company had been in breach of nuclear site licence conditions at the Sellafield site.
nukes  uk  military  history  environment 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Incident à Fessenheim : les média allemands mieux informés que les média français ? | Michèle Rivasi
L’omerta sur le nucléaire français a souvent été considérée comme un fantasme d’écologiste pour les pro-nucléaires en France. Il semble malheureusement que la vérité soit tout autre selon une enquête de la Süddeutsche Zeitung et du WDR (West Deutscher Rundfunk) qui évoque une série de défaillances techniques graves et une minimisation d’un incident intervenu en Avril 2014 à la centrale de Fessenheim. Une révélation qui intervient alors même que le Président de l’Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire française rappelait hier dans un entretien à Libération qu’un accident majeur de type Fukushima en Europe n’est pas à exclure.
nukes  france  agnotology  journalism  germany 
march 2016 by juliusbeezer
La Hague : la corrosion de cuves "extrêmement irradiantes" inquiète – metronews
Des cuves préoccupantes. L'autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN), qui assure le contrôle de la sûreté nucléaire en France, a demandé à Areva de "renforcer la surveillance" d'installation de son usine de retraitement de Beaumont-Hague (Manche). Il s'agit d'évaporateurs qui assurent la concentration des produits de fission. Ces équipements, conçus pour une durée de fonctionnement de trente ans, et mis en service entre 1989 et 1994, précise l'instance de contrôle, montrent des signes de corrosion plus rapide que prévu, ont révélé les derniers contrôles effectués dans l'usine. "Ces résultats sont de nature à remettre en cause à moyen terme la sûreté de l’installation", souligne l'ASN, qui pourrait "être conduite à imposer l’arrêt" de l'un des six évaporateurs du site.
nukes  france 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
La Panne Générale
Huit réacteurs nucléaires touchés par une panne la même nuit : j’ai beau avoir l’habitude des petits nuages qui ont tendance à pleuvoir juste au dessus de mes centrales, huit, c’est énorme ! En cliquant sur « voir » dans la colonne de droite, on peut accéder à un aperçu du résumé de la défaillance. Sur les huit indisponibilités de cette nuit, la cause indiquée est la même : « panne »...
Bref, je me demandais : EDF, puisque tu as de belles bases de données, ne pourrais-tu pas ajouter un champ, une valeur, afin de différencier une panne et une grève ? De cette façon, si un jour il y a une panne généralisée des centrales nucléaires, nous ne nous inquiéterons pas inutilement à l’idée qu’il pourrait s’agir, par exemple, d’une grève générale.
nukes  france  funny  satire 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
Call me emotional, but my anti-nuclear arguments are based on evidence | Scott Ludlam | Comment is free | The Guardian
If this new nuclear push is really about climate, it should engage with the real question: what is the fastest, cheapest, safest way to decarbonise the global stationary energy sector? The evidence shows that nuclear is neither fast, cheap, nor safe.
nukes  energy  renewables 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Safety case - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A Safety Case is a structured argument, supported by evidence, intended to justify that a system is acceptably safe for a specific application in a specific operating environment.[1] Safety cases are often required as part of a regulatory process, a certificate of safety being granted only when the regulator is satisfied by the argument presented in a safety case. Industries regulated in this way include transportation (such as aviation, the automotive industry and railways) and medical devices.
safety  nukes  medicine  law 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
Nuclear Risk Insurance | The Energy Collective
It is often said by the anti-nuclearists that the commercial nuclear energy industry “can’t get insurance” against the risks of nuclear or radiological accidents, or that it is “uninsurable”. This is simply garbage, a myth, a load of baloney that gets exclaimed backwards and forwards between the anti-nuclearists, without any of them ever bothering to actually check the facts or do the research.
nukes  finance 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
Nuclear risk insurance | Brave New Climate
It is often said by the anti-nuclearists that the commercial nuclear energy industry “can’t get insurance” against the risks of nuclear or radiological accidents, or that it is “uninsurable”. This is simply garbage, a myth, a load of baloney that gets exclaimed backwards and forwards between the anti-nuclearists, without any of them ever bothering to actually check the facts or do the research...

Nuclear power plants in the United States have literally never harmed anyone. The large liability and insurance pool which the industry provides as it is required to by the Price-Anderson act has almost never been touched at all, and not one cent in Price-Anderson liability has ever been paid out from the government’s liability which might exist, theoretically, if the industry’s own private insurance coverage was entirely exhausted.

The commercial nuclear energy industry in the United States has over 10 billion dollars worth of liability insurance protection provided by the commercial sector, covering them in the event of claims resulting from some kind of nuclear energy-related incident sufficiently catastrophic so as to have a deleterious impact on the community outside the plant boundary.
[err... fukushima compensation for complete indefinite evacuation of a densely populated area has so far proved... incalculable, but north of $200 billion (not $10 billion ya nump ya)]
nukes  finance 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
How Lloyd’s joined the war on global terror - Telegraph
If the fuel depot, a central European nuclear fuel site and a Turkish museum ever come under attack, this will prove an expensive afternoon for Hiscox.
nukes  finance 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
The Fukushima Experiment: A nuclear meltdown survival guide
Insurance companies, which had been trying to assess the feasibility of insuring commercial reactors, were more squeamish than ever. Utilities considering building nuclear power stations discovered their investments could not be insured. Lloyds of London, known for taking risks on just about anything, would not write a policy protecting a nuclear power plant. Insurance companies throughout America began writing nuclear exclusion clauses into homeowners' policies, preventing insurance payments for any nuclear related loss. The entire insurance industry pooled together would provide no more than $65 million worth of coverage for a nuclear power plant. 5

Hoping to win the insurance industry's confidence, the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy authorized the AEC and the Brookhaven National Laboratory to prepare a study on the effects of a major accident at a 100- to 200-megawatt electrical output reactor.

In March 1957, the study, entitled "Theoretical Possibilities and Consequences of Major Accidents in Large Nuclear Power Plants," Or WASH-740, was released. WASH-740 did not make the insurers rest easier. The Brookhaven laboratory estimated that in the event of a worst possible accident, 3,400 people would die, 43,000 would be injured and seven billion dollars worth of damage would be done. Commercial nuclear power production was now at a standstill. 6
nukes  finance 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
Doomsday Clock Moves Closer to Midnight As California's Last Active Nuke Plant Puts Millions at Risk » Page 2 of 2
“Of the 100 reactors currently operating in the U.S., the two at Diablo Canyon top the NRC’s list as being most likely to experience an earthquake larger than they are designed to withstand,” wrote Lochbaum.

He cited figures indicating that “the Diablo Canyon reactors are more than 10 times more likely to experience an earthquake larger than they are designed to withstand than the average U.S. reactor” and he calculated that “the chance such a large earthquake will occur at Diablo Canyon over the 40-year lifetime of the plant is … about 1 in 6—which is a toss of a die.”

“PG&E sought to have the NRC increase the SSE value to a level PG&E believed its reactors could withstand, but that had not been justified by a rigorous analysis meeting the NRC’s regulatory standards,
nukes  finance 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
Nucléaire: EDF tente d’imposer « à tout prix » la relance du nucléaire en France | Michèle Rivasi
« Alors que l’Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (Ademe) a dévoilé hier son scénario d’une France avec une électricité 100 % issue des énergies renouvelables (63 % d’éolien, 17 % de solaire, 13 % d’hydraulique et 7 % de géothermie et thermique renouvelable), il convient de mettre en regard le coût d’un tel scénario avec le coût actuel du nucléaire : l’EPR d’Hinkley Point produira un Mégawattheure (MWh) à 130 euros, le scénario de l’Ademe propose un MWh à 119 €. Cherchez l’erreur… »
energy  france  nukes  renewables 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
La participation chinoise au financement du site nucléaire d'Hinkley Point serait limitée à 30% - L'Usine de l'Energie
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La participation chinoise au financement du site nucléaire d'Hinkley Point serait limitée à 30%
Mis à jour le 05 octobre 2015, à 07h44 - Publié le 05 octobre 2015, à 00h49
Nucléaire, EDF, Royaume-Uni, La matinale de l'industrie
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INFOS REUTERS Alors qu'EDF espère conclure d'ici à la fin du mois un accord commercial avec China General Nuclear Corp et China National Nuclear Corp. en vue de la construction de deux EPR dans le sud-ouest de l'Angleterre, la participation de ces partenaires chinois au financement se limiterait à 30% du projet au maximum, rapporte le quotidien britannique The Times

Les partenaires chinois d'EDF dans le financement du site nucléaire britannique de Hinkley Point souhaitent limiter leur participation au projet à 30% au maximum, rapporte le quotidien britannique The Times.
china  france  nukes 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
Albert Camus sur Hiroshima. L'éditorial de Combat du 8 août 1945 | L'Humanité
Des journaux américains, anglais et français se répandent en dissertations élégantes sur l'avenir, le passé, les inventeurs, le coût, la vocation pacifique et les effets guerriers, les conséquences politiques et même le caractère indépendant de la bombe atomique. Nous nous résumerons en une phrase : la civilisation mécanique vient de parvenir à son dernier degré de sauvagerie.
nukes  camus  français 
september 2015 by juliusbeezer
Fukushima : 300 tonnes d'eau contaminée rejetées chaque jour en mer
Environ 300 tonnes d'eau contaminée se déversent chaque jour dans la mer depuis la centrale nucléaire accidentée de Fukushima. Ce chiffre a été donné par le gouvernement japonais, mercredi 7 août. Pire, l'exécutif est persuadé que les fuites durent depuis deux ans.

L'exploitant de la centrale, la compagnie d'électricité Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), se débat depuis mars 2011 pour faire face aux conséquences de l'accident qui s'est produit à sa centrale nucléaire Fukushima Daiichi, à 220 km au nord-est de Tokyo, endommagée par un séisme et un tsunami géant. Le problème le plus aigu qu'elle rencontre depuis plusieurs semaines consiste à empêcher de l'eau souterraine contaminée par la forte radioactivité du site de fuir dans l'océan Pacifique.

Mercredi, le chef du gouvernement s'est engagé à accentuer les efforts pour limiter ces fuites, et a ordonné au ministre de l'Industrie d'agir en urgence. Le pompage des eaux souterraines devrait débuter au plus tard en décembre, a indiqué un responsable du ministère de l'Industrie. Mais Tepco ne devrait toutefois pas atteindre son objectif à cette date et ne pourrait pomper que 240 tonnes d'eau sur les 300. Le nettoyage du site devrait prendre une quarantaine d'années et coûter plus de huit milliards d'euros.
fukushima  nukes 
august 2015 by juliusbeezer
Japan Geigermap: At-a-glance
Crowdsourced citizen Geiger counter owners
crowdsourcing  japan  maps  fukushima  nukes 
july 2015 by juliusbeezer
Les députés confirment le plafond nucléaire de 63,2 GW
Les sénateurs avaient décidé que la capacité maximale de la production d'électricité d'origine nucléaire serait 64,85 gigawatts, afin que la mise en service de l'EPR de Flamanville (Manche) ne se traduise pas, dès 2017, par l'arrêt de deux réacteurs supplémentaires.
nukes  france  politics 
may 2015 by juliusbeezer
Hollande conservateur nucléaire - Libération
La dissuasion nucléaire, avec 3,5 milliards d’euros, pèse pour 11% dans le budget de la Défense. La France dispose d’un peu moins de 300 têtes nucléaires. Et pour la première fois, un président en exercice vient de lever le voile sur leur répartition. Un secret jusqu’à présent hautement classifié. «La France dispose de trois lots de 16 missiles portés par sous-marins et de 54 vecteurs air sol moyenne portée», a-t-il déclaré. Une volonté de transparence alors que va se tenir du 27 avril au 22 mai, la conférence de révision du traité de non-prolifération à New York. Pour François Hollande, le changement en matière de dissuasion nucléaire ce n’est ni pour maintenant ni pour demain.
nukes  france  politics 
february 2015 by juliusbeezer
Cop 21 : réduire le CO2 pour mieux vendre du nucléaire ? : Reflets
La sales manager d’Areva estime qu’on ne relèvera pas le défi du changement climatique sans le nucléaire. Sans blague ?
energy  nukes  france  français  funny 
february 2015 by juliusbeezer
Défilé fin de règne au salon du nucléaire - Politis
La part du nucléaire dans la production mondiale d’électricité a chuté de 17,1 % à 10,9 % de 2001 à 2012, car des réacteurs vieillissants ferment, ceux du parc japonais sont toujours arrêtés depuis la catastrophe de Fukushima, et les nouvelles mises en service se font au compte-goutte. Le marché consiste essentiellement dans la gestion du parc existant, constate l’association. Même constat de déclin pour Greenpeace, qui souligne que l’éolien a drainé cinq fois plus d’investissements que le nucléaire en 2013 ! Comparaison saignante pour un pays qui loue le pragmatisme économique de son voisin : l’an dernier, les exportations de la France dans le nucléaire lui ont rapporté deux fois moins (5,6 milliards d’euros) que celles de l’Allemagne dans les énergies renouvelables.
energy  nukes  france  français  renewables 
october 2014 by juliusbeezer
Le nucléaire est en train de ruiner la France | Corinne Lepage
Jusqu'à présent, EDF a obtenu de retarder l'obligation qui lui était faite de monter l'assurance de la somme ridicule de 6 M à celle de 700 M. L'exploitant va enfin devoir régulariser cette situation. Mais cette somme est sans aucune relation, pas plus que celle du plafond global actuel de 1,5MDS d'euros pour un accident nucléaire évalué par l'IRSN à 400 MDS d'euros. D'où l'idée de supprimer dans les contrats de RC la clause d'exclusion d'accident nucléaire, ce qui revient à obliger les citoyens à s'assurer et donc à payer pour se couvrir. Sauf que la prime risque d'être colossale ou la couverture minimale!
nukes  france  energy 
september 2014 by juliusbeezer
Transatomic Power's Safer Reactor Eats Nuclear Waste - Businessweek
Transatomic’s design has several advantages over conventional reactors, Dewan says. Molten salt reactors can tap more energy in fuel and use it for decades, compared with four or five years in reactors today. That means they need less enriched uranium, reducing the risk of fuel being stolen to make bombs. Transatomic’s reactor would cost half as much per gigawatt of electricity as conventional reactors, Dewan says.

The company is several years away from generating power and several more from selling it. The next steps are testing materials and building a prototype.
energy  nukes 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
The Fukushima children who have to play indoors – in pictures | Environment | theguardian.com
Meanwhile the Fukushima children who have to play indoors are now tending to overweight – pics
energy  fukushima  nukes 
april 2014 by juliusbeezer
FUKUSHIMA AT THREE FOLKLORE V. FACTS Weinar : Institute for Policy Studies : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
High quality talk marks 3 years post-: compensation $ incalculable: 200km² exclusion zone persists, fish ☹
Fukushima  nukes 
april 2014 by juliusbeezer
Media Lens Message Board: Edward Herman reviews Porter's Manufactured Crisis: the Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare
the United States was highly supportive of the nuclear program of the Shah of Iran, who had plans for 23 nuclear power stations at the time of his 1979 ouster. Following that political change the United States quickly turned from encouraging Iran’s nuclear program to active hostility, going to great pains to discourage any material or technology transfers to the new regime, even browbeating suppliers from fulfilling contracts that would have permitted Iran to complete its single nuclear reactor. There is no reason to disbelieve the Iranian claim that its aims initially were confined to completing its plant at Bushehr and continuing the operation of its Tehran Research Reactor for medical services. Porter makes the important point that the eventual Iranian effort to enrich uranium at home was a result of that Reagan era refusal to allow Iran to import that material. The refusal to allow Iranian imports of nuclear materials was also a denial of its rights under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. In the early years of the U.S. boycott of nuclear materials and know-how there was no suggestion that this was out of fear of weaponization. It was just hostility to a government that had replaced a U.S. puppet and was independent, i.e., no longer a U.S. client.
Iran  nukes  iraq  us  Israel 
march 2014 by juliusbeezer
Untitled (http://www.citizen.org/documents/HotNukesFactsheet.pdf)
I hope you weren't thinking of using that nuclear power station to run your air conditioning...
energy  nukes 
october 2013 by juliusbeezer
Power system reserve - No need to build wind back-up | Windpower Monthly
Trouble with windfarms, obviously, is when the wind drops, the lights go out. Er, no: Nuke outages trickier in fact.
energy  renewables  nukes  grid 
august 2013 by juliusbeezer
Accident nucléaire : l'IRSN lâche le chiffre de 760 milliards d'euros > Nucléaire - Enerzine.com
ces travaux préliminaires ont montré l'intérêt de développer les connaissances dans le domaine de l'économie de la sûreté, qui sont utiles à l'éclairage des processus de décision.
[estimated cost of major nuclear accident €760bn.]
It would be interesting to see the workings of any large insurance organisation approached to cover this risk...
nukes 
march 2013 by juliusbeezer
The man who would stop hurricanes with car tyres | Technology | The Observer
In 1982 Salter invented the idea of a mechanical "duck" which bobbed on the ocean and generated electricity. But the government shut down the UK Wave Energy programme, arguing that his invention would be too expensive to develop further.

It emerged later that civil servants in the nuclear power division of the energy department had "miscalculated" by a factor of 10 the estimated cost of energy production, possibly setting back British wave energy research by 20 years.
energy  politics  agnotology  nukes 
november 2012 by juliusbeezer
MoD's own experts reveal nuclear arms safety flaws | World news | The Observer
Concerns have now been heightened by a series of damning reports from the MoD's nuclear safety regulators. The ministry has been trying to keep the reports secret since 2007, but last week it was forced to release them on the eve of an appeal to the UK Information Tribunal. The reports provide an unprecedented insight into the intensely secretive world of Britain's bomb. They reveal a series of problems with safety across the whole nuclear weapons programme.

The most critical is a 2005 report from Moore listing eight "issues and regulatory risks".
nukes 
october 2010 by juliusbeezer

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