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France24 - EU probes Belgian nuclear power deal - 0 views

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    "The European Commission has been looking into whether Electrabel abused its dominant position after reaching a nuclear power plant deal with the Belgian government, a spokesman said on Saturday.

    The preliminary investigation has been underway "for several months," said Amelia Torres, spokeswoman for EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, confirming reports in the Belgian newspapers De Tijd and L'Echo.

    Electrabel, a unit of French utility group GDF Suez, is the leading electricity provider in Belgium."
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The Associated Press: EU probes Siemens, Areva nuclear deal - 0 views

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    "European Union regulators said Wednesday that they are investigating nuclear power non-compete deals between France's Areva SA and Germany's Siemens AG after Areva took over their joint venture.

    This adds another twist to a row between the two companies after Siemens pulled out of the Areva NP unit, the world's largest builder of atomic power plants, and struck a deal with Russia's Rosatom to develop nuclear reactors.

    Areva complained last year that Siemens' new deal broke the terms of a 2001 non-competition clause."
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EU pushes worldwide binding standards on nuke plant builds while France leads way with ... - 0 views

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    The head of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso began a European Union-wide push on Monday to enforce European nuclear safety standards on the building of atomic energy plants to become the binding worldwide standard, while French president Nicolas Sarkozy chastised international banks' reluctance to invest in nuclear power. Charles Digges, 08/03-2010

    The development is seen by analysts as something that could clear the path for France to sell its expensive technology and expertise to other countries. But French environmental groups are warning that the wares its country have on sale are catastrophes waiting to happen.
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AFP: Allied bid for Obama to remove US European nuclear stockpile - 0 views

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    "European NATO allies are to urge President Barack Obama to remove all remaining US nuclear weapons from European soil, as domestic pressure grows to rid its soil of outdated Cold War-era aerial bombs.

    Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Norway will call "in the coming weeks" for more than 200 American warheads, mostly stocked in Italy and Turkey, to be taken back, a spokesman for Prime Minister Yves Leterme told AFP.

    A joint proposal by the five NATO members will demand "that nuclear arms on European soil belonging to other NATO member states are removed," Dominique Dehaene said."
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Interest in reactor cools as construction costs soar  |  Policies  |  Energy ... - 0 views

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    "The European Union is heading for a clash with other major economies over the timetable for building an experimental fusion reactor.

    European governments want to slow down construction of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) because they are paying for the bulk of the construction costs and are concerned that the budget is spiralling out of control. Other countries involved in the ITER project are, however, strongly opposed to any kind of delay.

    The countries participating in the ITER project will hold a special high-level meeting on 23-24 February to try to resolve the dispute. "
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AFP: Soviet-era Lithuanian nuclear plant shuts down under EU deal - 0 views

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    Lithuania Thursday shut down its Soviet-era nuclear plant under an EU deal in a move set to drive up electricity prices amid an economic crisis and leave it counting on ex-master Moscow for power.

    "At 11:00 pm (2100 GMT) everything went offline. It all went according to plan," Viktor Sevaldin, director of the 26-year-old plant, told AFP by telephone.

    The plant, located in Visaginas in eastern Lithuania, provided 70 percent of the Baltic state's electricity. It gradually went offline from 8:00 pm (1800 GMT) Thursday, displaying its decreasing output on its website.

    It is similar to the one that exploded at Chernobyl in then-Soviet Ukraine in 1986, the world's worst nuclear accident.
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    Lithuania Thursday shut down its Soviet-era nuclear plant under an EU deal in a move set to drive up electricity prices amid an economic crisis and leave it counting on ex-master Moscow for power.

    "At 11:00 pm (2100 GMT) everything went offline. It all went according to plan," Viktor Sevaldin, director of the 26-year-old plant, told AFP by telephone.

    The plant, located in Visaginas in eastern Lithuania, provided 70 percent of the Baltic state's electricity. It gradually went offline from 8:00 pm (1800 GMT) Thursday, displaying its decreasing output on its website.

    It is similar to the one that exploded at Chernobyl in then-Soviet Ukraine in 1986, the world's worst nuclear accident.
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The Press Association: EU nations agree on nuclear deal - 0 views

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    European Union nations have agreed to make international nuclear safety standards mandatory across the 27-nation bloc.

    The executive European Commission says nuclear power plants in the EU will now be legally obliged to comply with safety rules set out by the UN' nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.

    EU member governments approved a regulation that made the safety obligations binding.

    EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs says the law will provide better protection for nuclear power plant workers, citizens and the environment by requiring governments to improve their own nuclear safety regulations.

    The EU is the first region in the world to make the standards compulsory. It has the most nuclear power plants of any region.
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Red Alert for nuclear power and energy security - NEW EUROPE - 0 views

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    On the heels of the Russian- Ukrainian gas crisis, which left many EU citizens without heat this winter, European Parliament members in Strasbourg on February 3 adopted a report that calls for strengthening the security of supplies to the 27-country bloc and puts the focus back on nuclear energy and coal. The report by French MEP Anne Laperrouze on the Second Strategic Energy Review, which will be on the agenda for the European Council debate on the EU's future energy strategy on March 19-20, was adopted by 406 votes in favour, with 168 votes against and 87 abstentions. Members of the EPP-ED Group voted overwhelmingly in favour of the report. MEPs asked the Commission and the Czech Presidency to present "a new ambitious and far-sighted diversification plan" to the next meeting of the EU's heads of state.
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Bulgaria - EC Firmly against the Restart of Kozloduy Units 3 and 4 - Standart - 0 views

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    Brussels would not allow Bulgaria to switch on the NPP units in Kozloduy that were traded against the country's accession to the EU in 2007. The European Commission does not believe the re-start of units third and fourth could help Bulgaria solve the gas crisis problems in short terms, Ferran Tarradellas, Spokesman of the EU Energy Commissioner, Spiebalgs told the Bulgarian National Radio yesterday.
    He pointed out that the European Commission was doing the necessary for the real solution of the problem via immediate restoration of gas supplies. The spokesperson also said that by now no official demand had been received in Brussels for the restart of the nuclear units from Bulgaria. Sofia's stand on the reopening of the decommissioned units came in the words of Bulgaria's Prime Minister, Sergey Stanishev who said that the option was being considered closely but all sides of the issue should be taken into account.
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French EDF's industrial contracts are counter competitive: EC - 0 views

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    The European Commission has told French energy giant EDF that its long-term electricity contracts with French industrial customers are counter competitive and could lead to an abuse of its dominant position in the French power market, the utility said in a statement released late on Christmas Eve. In July EDF said it had finalized agreement terms with industrial power user group Exeltium for contracts to supply some 13 TWh/year of power for 24 years.
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Nuclear agency worries fear will block growth - International Herald Tribune - 0 views

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    Nuclear power could provide up to four times more electricity by midcentury than now if the industry can soothe concerns about its safety and the disposal of radioactive waste, a research group for the industry said Thursday.

    The report by the Nuclear Energy Agency, an organization in Paris that advises industrialized countries on nuclear power, said the technology represented a more secure supply of power than oil or gas. But it said that opposition to nuclear power remained strong enough to curtail such an expansion.
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Reuters - Lithuania wants EU aid or will keep nuclear plant - 0 views

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    Lithuania may have to defy the European Union and keep its Ignalina nuclear power plant open beyond 2009 if the EU cannot help it assure energy supplies, the prime minister and economy minister said on Thursday.

    Lithuania agreed under its EU entry treaty to close Ignalina, which has the same kind of reactors as at Chernobyl in Ukraine, where the world's worst nuclear disaster happened in 1986.
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French EDF not to sign BE/Centrica deal until after EC OK: report - 0 views

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    French energy giant EDF's UK subsidiary EDF Energy would not comment Wednesday on press reports that no deal would be reached with UK's Centrica over ownership of nuclear generator British Energy until after the European Commission ratified the French company's takeover bid. State-controlled EDF's Eur15.6 billion ($22 billion) takeover of British Energy was agreed September 24 by the boards of EDF and British Energy and is subject to UK and EC regulatory approval.
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Europe Insight Europe's Nuclear Energy Woes - BusinessWeek - 0 views

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    Rising energy costs and concerns over carbon dioxide emissions have focused minds in Europe's utility sector. The response? A push to build more nuclear power plants that would reduce the amount of fuel (such as natural gas and coal) that's imported and cut CO2 just as governments start to take a hard-line stance towards greenhouse gases.
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Europe.view | Lithuania split by the atom | Economist.com - 0 views

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    As part of the deal to join the European Union, Lithuania agreed to close its perfectly serviceable nuclear-power station at Ignalina. No engineering or safety case for this was ever made: the requirement was a political one, sprouting from a neurotic strand of greenery in western Europe.
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Javno - Croatia - 0 views

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    ZAGREB, CROATIA - Zagreb media have slammed the Croatian government because Croatia was the last to learn about what was going on at the Krsko nuclear power plant which is located in Slovenia, as well as what kind of malfunction it was.

    Despite the fact that a quarter of Croatian citizens live in and around Zagreb, the Croatian Electrical Company (HEP) held back information that there had been a malfunction at the plant for more than three hours, The Earth Times reported.
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AFP: Slovenia under fire for misreporting nuclear plant shutdown - 0 views

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    LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AFP) - Slovenia was caught in a nuclear controversy Thursday after admitting that it wrongly told other countries that a water leak that forced it to shut down a nuclear reactor was only an exercise.

    The shutdown on Wednesday led to the EU raising a Europe-wide radiation alert for the first time since the system was put in place in the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster 22 years ago.
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Weapons-ready plutonium shipped to France in unarmed ferry - Local & National - News - ... - 0 views

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    Plutonium suitable for nuclear bombs was secretly shipped last week from the controversial Sellafield nuclear complex to France on board an old, unarmed ro-ro ferry.

    The shipment - originally due to take place in March, but postponed after an outcry - is the first of several due over the next few years.
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Swedish police release two men after nuclear scare | Reuters - 0 views

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    STOCKHOLM, May 22 (Reuters) - Swedish police said on Thursday they had released two men who had been held on suspicion of planning to sabotage a nuclear power station.

    Police detained two contract workers on Wednesday after one of them was stopped in a security check at the Oskarshamn nuclear plant, on the southeast coast of Sweden, with traces of a highly explosive material thought to be TATP.
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Europeans Split Over Nuclear Power and Energy Strategy | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 22.0... - 0 views

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    Ahead of a two-day European Nuclear Energy Forum meeting, DW-WORLD.DE spoke to both sides of the debate over whether Germany should stick to its total phase-out of nuclear power.

    The European Nuclear Energy Forum was established in 2007 as a platform for discussing issues related to nuclear power -- with an eye toward arriving at common EU policy. It's starting its two-day second session on Thursday, May 22, in Prague.
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