Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Denied Intervention in Judicial Review of its Steam Generators Shipping Decision
TORONTO - Today, the Sierra Club Canada and the Canadian Environmental Law Association received notice from the Federal Court of Canada that a Motion by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) for leave to intervene in the Judicial Review of the CNSC’s decision giving Bruce Power a special license to ship 16 steam generators from the Bruce Power facility to Owen Sound and through the Great Lakes to Sweden was denied by the Court.
The CNSC had sought to intervene in the proceeding, seeking leave to file affidavit evidence in the matter, to provide a perspective different from the parties, and to provide its role and expertise to provide context to the issues in dispute and to fully explain its process.... Read more »
Japan Admits 3 Nuclear Meltdowns, More Radiation Leaked into Sea; U.S. Nuclear Waste Poses Deadly Risks
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Topic: Japan Admits 3 Nuclear Meltdowns, More Radiation Leaked into Sea; U.S. Nuclear Waste Poses Deadly Risks
Time: 30 minutes
Date: June 10, 2011
Molten nuclear fuel in three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant is likely to have burned through pressure vessels, not just the cores, Japan has said in a report in which it also acknowledges it was unprepared for an accident of the severity of Fukushima.
It is the first time Japanese authorities have admitted the possibility that the fuel suffered "melt-through" – a more serious scenario than a core meltdown.
The report, which is to be submitted to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said fuel rods in reactors No 1, 2 and 3 had probably not only melted, but also breached their inner containment vessels and accumulated in the outer steel containment vessels.... Read more »
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said a decision to phase out nuclear power by 2022 can make her country a trailblazer in renewable energy.
Ms Merkel said Germany would reap economic benefits from the move.
Germany is the biggest industrial power to renounce nuclear energy, in a policy reversal for the governing centre-right coalition.
Mrs Merkel set up a panel to review nuclear power following the crisis at Fukushima in Japan.
The crisis, triggered by an earthquake and tsunami in March, led to mass anti-nuclear protests across Germany.
The anti-nuclear drive boosted Germany's Green party, which took control of the Christian Democrat stronghold of Baden-Wuerttemberg, in late March.
Analysts say Mrs Merkel may be eyeing a future coalition with the Greens.
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