Prevent and anticipate through transparency and participation
Newsletter – Summer 2015
Newsletter – Summer 2015
NOTES – ENEF
OPINION – Hungary
26.05 | Participation of civil society is essential
15.07 | Recent developments on Paks-2
Notes from Michèle Rivasi
Opinion column of Benedek Jávor
This year, Michèle Rivasi, Chair of NTW, was invited as a speaker for the 10th European Nuclear Energy Forum (ENEF) meeting, which took place in Prague on 26-27 May 2015. This invitation shows a willingness to open dialogue with civil society. But future civil society participation in ENEF depends on significant restructuring and inclusion of civil society representatives at all levels.
Benedek Jávor, member of the European Parliament and of NTW, gives an overview of the building of the new Paks 2 nuclear power plant in Hungary. A closer look at this development shows a need for transparency, participation and dialogue. The lack of access to documents on Paks, for example, demonstrates that access to information is a prerequisite to have a productive debate.
CONFERENCE – Nuclear Safety
OPINION – Belgium
29.06 | Third ENSREG Conference on Nuclear Safety
15.07 | Transparency and Nuclear in Belgium
Conference organised by the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group
Opinion column of Jan Haverkamp
On 29-30 June 2015, the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG) organised its third conference on nuclear safety. The role of ENSREG is to help to establish conditions for improvement and common understanding in nuclear safety and radioactive waste management. Three NTW management board members – Jan Haverkamp, Nadja Zeleznik and Michèle Rivasi – made presentations which are available here.
When Belgium decided in 2003 that it wanted to change direction towards a clean energy future and phase out its nuclear fleet after 40 years of operation, it probably had not expected the difficulties it is currently facing. Its government has now decided to extend the lifetime of the 40 years old Doel 1 and 2 reactors, but it threatens to break international rules for transparency.
CONFERENCE – Ukraine/Espoo
INFO – Flamanville EPR reactor vessel
01.07 | MEPs contest EU financial support for PLEX
17.06| Call for an ad hoc pluralistic group of experts
Conference of NTW & Bankwatch on lifetime extension of Ukraine’s reactors
ANCCLI recommends that ASN appoints an ad hoc group of experts
27 Members of the European Parliament have signed a joint letter warning the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Euratom to suspend the loan proceedings for nuclear units’ lifetime extension until a full transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and a public consultation are launched and carried out in accordance with international treaties to which Ukraine is a party.
On 7 April 2015, the French Nuclear Safety Authority has released initial information about the manufacturing defect found on the top and bottom caps of the EPR reactor vessel under construction at Flamanville. To address this issue, ANCCLI recommends the establishment of a pluralistic group of experts dedicated to examine this case. This kind of device has proven in the past.
BOOK – Nuclear power around the world
Interview – Johan Swahn
01.05 | Atlas of nuclear power
19.06 | Nuclear waste time bomb
Book by Corinne Lepage
Interview by Reuters
To address issues related to civilian nuclear energy programmes, Corinne Lepage chose to use the atlas format. This is a compilation of all the relevant facts and figures: Which states are producing nuclear energy? Where are the nuclear power plants? How do we manage nuclear waste? What is the state of current installations ageing? The atlas compares the practices at work in the United States, China, the Middle East and widely in Europe.
The world has 270,000 tonnes of used fuel stockpiled, much of it under water in ponds at nuclear power stations, adding to the urgency of finding a permanent storage solution for material that can remain toxic for hundreds of thousands of years. According to Johan Swahn, to prove a safety case, the most controversial issue is if water molecules, and not only oxygen, react directly with the copper surface.
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