Oil-rich UAE opens the Arab world’s first nuclear power plant. Experts question why

“Strategically, nuclear power is a big deal for a state that has moved quickly from a doctrine of noninterventionist neutrality to one of active participation in conflicts in the Middle East, North Africa, and beyond,” he wrote in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Philippines takes ‘major step’ toward using nuclear power

As power demand soars in what has for years been among the world’s fastest-growing economies, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi has been passionately advocating use of nuclear power, despite public concern over safety in a country hit frequently by natural disasters.

US Nuclear Power Plants Fast Facts

March 28, 1979 – The Three Mile Island nuclear plant near Middleton, Pennsylvania, partially melts down due to a combination of factors including design flaws, equipment malfunction and human error. The accident remains the most serious nuclear power incident in the United States.

Drone Armada Buzzed US’s Largest Nuclear Power Plant and Authorities Still Have No Clue Why

It remains unclear what the drones were doing at the facility. However, Hambling suggested that it may have been intelligence gathering, because a simple test of the plant’s defences could have been carried out using a single drone. “Surveyors use drones fitted with LiDAR, light-based radar, to build accurate three-dimensional pictures of buildings and landscapes […]

Arab world’s first nuclear plant achieves criticality

“This is a historic milestone for the nation with a vision set to deliver a new form of clean energy for the nation,” he tweeted in English, along with a photograph of technicians raising their arms in celebration.

How true is Chernobyl? Inside the battle to make Sky’s drama as real as humanly possible

On a blazing afternoon in the countryside outside Vilnius, Lithuania, a rack of underpants is twitching in the breeze. Not just any underpants: the specimens hanging here, in the vast shadow cast by a recreation of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, are the drabbest and most saggy of man-briefs, disintegrating at the seams – we’re a […]

Fukushima residents may never go home, say Japanese officials

“Politicians should have specified a long time ago the areas where evacuees will not be able to return, and presented plans to help them rebuild their lives elsewhere,” Toshitaka Kakinuma, a 71-year-old Okuma resident living in nearby Iwaki, told the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.

Fukushima Daiichi begins pumping groundwater into Pacific

The bypass system intercepts clean groundwater as it flows downhill toward the sea and reroutes it around the plant. It is expected to reduce the amount of water flowing into the reactor basements by up to 100 tonnes a day – a quarter – and relieve pressure on the storage tanks, which will soon reach […]

Fukushima Daiichi operator should not handle shutdown, says governing party

Tepco is hoping to receive the go-ahead to restart its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant, the biggest atomic facility in the world, in Niigata prefecture early next year. The firm believes that if all seven of the plant’s reactors were restarted it could save $1bn (£623m) a month on fuel costs.

Chernobyl arch faces €265m funding gap ahead of disaster’s 29th anniversary

“If countries recognise the nature of the problem in Chernobyl and its importance for human security in Ukraine and ecological security in Europe, there is a hope that the gap could be closed at the donor conference on April 29,” Anton Usov, an EBRD spokesman told the Guardian. “Verbally the donors are committed to contribute […]