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Greenpeace: Fukushima Water Has a Lurking Danger

Group says it has an isotope that could damage human DNA, warns against ocean dump

(Newser) - Almost a decade after an earthquake triggered a tsunami that caused a meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, Japan is still grappling with the aftermath of the triple disaster—and with the question of what to do with more than a million metric tons of radioactive water. The government... More »

Arab World's First Nuke Plant Connects to Power Grid

UAE plant went live 2 week ago

(Newser) - A nuclear power plant in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates has been connected to the country's power grid, authorities said Wednesday. The Barakah nuclear power plant in the Emirates’ far western desert near the border with Saudi Arabia began sending out electricity, according to the state-run WAM news agency.... More »

Alert Warns 14M About 'Incident' at Nuke Plant

Ontario residents receive an odd early-morning message

(Newser) - People throughout the Canadian province of Ontario awoke Sunday to an alarming alert of an "incident" at a nuclear plant just east of Toronto—only to later be told the message was a mistake, the AP reports. The initial early morning emergency message popped up on the screens of... More »

Goodbye, Three Mile Island

The Pennsylvania nuclear power plant is shutting its doors

(Newser) - So long, Three Mile Island. The Pennsylvania plant's remaining nuclear reactor shut down at noon Friday—and not because of anti-nuclear activism, the Hill reports. The plant best known for its partial meltdown in 1979 has fallen prey to the economics of modern energy consumption. It's licensed to... More »

Site of Worst US Nuclear Accident Is Shutting Down

Owner has been threatening to close Three Mile Island plant for years

(Newser) - Three Mile Island, site of the United States' worst nuclear power accident, will begin a planned shutdown starting June 1 now that it is clear that it will not get a financial rescue from Pennsylvania, its owner said Wednesday. Exelon Corp.'s statement comes two years after the Chicago-based... More »

Earthquake Felt Countries Away Hits Near Iran Nuclear Plant

It struck 60 miles east of Bushehr

(Newser) - An earthquake hit Iran early Thursday just 60 miles away from the country's only operating nuclear power plant. According to the USGS , the 5.5 magnitude quake struck 6.2 miles below the surface, strong and shallow enough to cause widespread damage, though Iran hasn't reported damage at... More »

Belgium Getting Residents Ready for Nuclear Accident

Country's 7 nuclear plants are aging, cracking, leaking

(Newser) - Over 4 million boxes of iodine tablets have begun arriving in pharmacies across Belgium as the country prepares for a possible emergency involving one of its seven aging nuclear reactors, AFP reports. According to CNN , iodine tablets, which help with radiation buildup in the thyroid gland, will be provided free... More »

Fukushima's Water Issue Is Growing. The Ice Wall Isn't Enough

Experts: It's working, but other methods are also needed to keep groundwater around plant clean

(Newser) - A government-commissioned group of experts concluded Wednesday that a costly underground ice wall is only partially effective in reducing the ever-growing amount of contaminated water at Japan's destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant. The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., says the ice wall has helped reduce the radioactive water... More »

World's Biggest Nuke Plant Gets a Long-Awaited OK

TEPCO gets OK to restart nuclear reactors, to the displeasure of some

(Newser) - The biggest nuclear power plant in the world sits idle, as it has for nearly seven years. But that state is set to change, and not without public trepidation. The Guardian reports that Japan's nuclear watchdog this week gave Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) the green light to restart two... More »

Fearing Nuclear Disaster, German City Hands Out Iodine

It's an unusual move

(Newser) - In an unusual move, a German city is handing out iodine tablets to be used in a nuclear emergency without the justification of an actual disaster going on. The BBC reports Aachen is giving away free iodine tablets to the half a million people who live in the city and... More »

Feds: Hackers Have Hit US Nuclear Plants

Their methods include fake resumes

(Newser) - Hackers have made their way into the systems of American nuclear power plants with methods including malware hidden in fake resumes sent to engineers who control critical systems, federal authorities warn in a report seen by the New York Times . The report from the FBI and the Department of Homeland... More »

High School Grads Don Bikinis for Power Plant Internship

Czech nuclear station apologizes for holding contest, taking pics of girls

(Newser) - The French designer of the bikini may have named his invention after the atoll in the Marshall Islands where the US detonated nuclear devices in the mid-1940s, but a power plant in the Czech Republic is in trouble after drawing too clear a line linking the explosive power source and... More »

False Nuclear Emergency Warning Issued in New Jersey

Not something you want to see while trying to watch TV

(Newser) - Residents in two New Jersey counties were watching television Tuesday night only to suddenly be warned of an emergency at the nation's second-largest nuclear generating facility. The warning, sent out via the state's emergency broadcast system, was a false alarm, albeit one that was—in the words of... More »

Got $36M? This Nuke Plant Could be Yours

Unfinished Alabama nuclear power plant goes on auction block next month

(Newser) - It's not the Brooklyn Bridge, but authorities in Alabama do have a nuclear power plant they want to sell you. Minimum bids for the never-finished Bellefonte nuke plant start at $36.4 million , which is essentially the value of the 1,400-acre patch of land on the Tennessee River... More »

US Has New Nuclear Reactor for 1st Time in 20 Years

It's the 100th commercial nuclear reactor in the US

(Newser) - The first commercial nuclear reactor of the 21st century—and the first in 20 years—was officially declared complete Wednesday in Tennessee, the AP reports. According to CNN , the Tennessee Valley Authority started work on the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in 1973. The first reactor didn't open until 1996.... More »

For Sale: US Nuke Plant. Cheap

TVA unloading $5B Bellefonte plant that was never finished for $36.4M

(Newser) - After spending more than 40 years and $5 billion on an unfinished nuclear power plant in Alabama, the nation's largest federal utility is preparing to sell the property at a fraction of its cost, reports the AP . The Tennessee Valley Authority has set a minimum bid of $36.4... More »

California's Last Nuclear Plant Is Shutting Down

The Diablo Canyon plant will stop producing nuclear power in 2025

(Newser) - The age of nuclear power will come to an end in California in 2025 when Pacific Gas and Electric closes the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reports. Diablo Canyon is California's last remaining nuclear plant after the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating... More »

Cops: Lost Couple Cut Lock at Nuke Plant

'They thought the only way they could get back was to cut the fence'

(Newser) - A couple trying to drive from Baltimore to New York somehow ended up at a nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania, where they decided cutting a chain at a gate to a secure area was the best way forward, police say. Timothy Lee Stewart, 28, and Jenilee Jean Simpson, 33, have... More »

Florida Nuclear Power Plant Is Leaking Radiation Into the Ocean

Study finds tritium levels in Biscayne Bay up to 215 times higher than normal

(Newser) - A nuclear power plant in Florida described by critics as "environmentally fragile" is almost certainly leaking radioactive cooling water into the nearby ocean, the Miami New Times reports. "You would have to work hard to find a worse place to put a nuclear plant, right between two national... More »

Florida Diver Is Pulled Into Nuclear Plant Pipe

It's not the first time a scuba diver has survived the 1/4-mile ride

(Newser) - Florida native Christopher Le Cun was out enjoying a day on the boat with his family and best friend on July 12, 2015, when the two decided to anchor to a buoy and scuba dive down to mysterious structures faintly visible below. Le Cun swam up to one that he... More »

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