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Russia Accused of Kidnapping Head of EU's Largest Nukes Plant

Ihor Murashov, director of Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia plant, was said to have been yanked from his car

(Newser) - Ukraine's nuclear power provider said Saturday that Russian forces blindfolded and detained the head of Europe's largest nuclear plant, hours after Moscow illegally annexed a swath of Ukrainian territory in a sharp escalation of the war. The alleged kidnapping comes at a pivotal moment in Russian President Vladimir...

Zelensky Warns: 'One Step Away From Radiation Disaster'

Russian shelling forces plant to be disconnected from Ukraine power grid

(Newser) - Russian shelling on Monday brought down "the last power transmission line connecting the [Zaporizhzhia nuclear power] plant to the energy system of Ukraine," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said, leaving the facility—Europe's largest nuclear plant—"one step away from a radiation disaster." He asked the...

Nuclear Plant Briefly Leaves Ukraine's Grid, Causing Alarm

Blackout renews concerns Russia will take Zaporizhzhia's power

(Newser) - Three lines tying the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant to Ukraine's electric grid already had been cut during fighting with Russian troops. On Thursday, the final one went down temporarily, knocking the plant offline, sending the Nikopol area into a blackout, and raising fears of a nuclear disaster, the Guardian reports....

Is Russia Planning to Steal Ukraine's Electricity?

One expert says it could be 'the biggest electricity heist ever'

(Newser) - Someone shelled the Zaporizhzhia nuclear facility in southern Ukraine on Aug. 5, narrowly avoiding catastrophe. Russia and Ukraine have since traded blame, but the Wall Street Journal has analyzed damage to the plant using available imagery and accounts from locals, and the evidence suggests the shelling may have been part...

UN Nuclear Watchdog Issues Warning on Chernobyl

IAEA says it has lost contact with systems reporting on nuclear material at plant in northern Ukraine

(Newser) - The International Atomic Energy Agency has been keeping tabs on nuclear-linked sites in Ukraine as the war there waged by Russia continues, and recent news is concerning. Per Reuters , the international group that reports to the United Nations on nuclear power and technology worldwide, says it has lost contact with...

Fukushima Has a Plan for Its Tainted Water

Nuclear plant will build an undersea tunnel and pump it out

(Newser) - The Fukushima nuclear plant is going to run out of room soon to store radioactive water that keeps building up. Solution: Japan will build an undersea tunnel and starting pumping the tainted water into the ocean, reports AFP . The water will be treated to remove most, though not all, of...

Iran Nuclear Power Plant Has Emergency Shutdown

Situation is temporary, has not been explained

(Newser) - Iran’s sole nuclear power plant has undergone an unexplained temporary emergency shutdown, state TV reported on Sunday. An official from the state electric company Tavanir, Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, said on a talk show that the Bushehr plant shutdown began on Saturday and would last "for three to four days....

Hong Kong 'Highly Concerned' After Reports of China Radiation Leak

Carrie Lam says currently radiation levels are normal in the city

(Newser) - Hong Kong's leader said Tuesday that her government is “highly concerned” about the situation at a nearby nuclear power plant in mainland China, following media reports that the plant could be experiencing a leak. Still, data from the Hong Kong Observatory and other departments showed that as of...

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...

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....

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...

Goodbye, Three Mile Island
Goodbye, Three Mile Island

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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