In 1957, a massive nuclear accident took place at the top secret Mayak nuclear station in the Soviet Union. At the time, it was the largest nuclear disaster in history. So why has no one heard of it? Despite its size, Soviet authorities managed to keep the accident a secret for almost four decades, and details of the devastating legacy of what is now known as the ‘Kyshtym disaster’ are still only just becoming clear today.
BBC 28th Jan 2021 read more »
Belarus, Turkey, and Uzbekistan.
On January 29th EU Today hosted a conference at the Press Club, Brussels, concentrating on the new and proposed nuclear power plants in Belarus, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. Moderator Natalia Richardson drew parallels between the risks surrounding nuclear energy today, and the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, of which she, as a student in Ukraine at the time, had experience. Keynote speaker Jutta Paulus, a German Green MEP who sits on the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, told the conference that at present nuclear energy supplies around 10% of global demand for electricity. However, to maintain this level, taking into account rising demand and the decommissioning of existing reactors, new-builds will need to come online at the rate of 50 per year. She highlighted in this context the fact that most of the existing 400 plus reactor plants in the world today are more than 30 years old, and now coming to the end of their lives.
EU Today 29th Jan 2021 read more »
German Greens MEP calls for quick phase-out of nuclear energy. The Brussels press club event on Friday was told that while the new nuclear plants in Turkey and Belarus are well advanced “it is still not too late” to halt construction of the plant in Uzbekistan. Paulus, speaking at “The new Chernobyls on Europe’s doorstep,” said she welcomed the chance to discuss “this important subject.”
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