The major risk of the nuclear industry in France tries to be forgotten in the casemates of the factory of La Hague in Normandy at the sea gate of Northern Europe. France thanks to the improvidence of its successive governments and elected officials and despite the warnings of its historic antinuclear is now guardian and heir to 16 tons of plutonium from the reprocessing of 3000 tons of irradiated fuel Japanese.
Robin de Bois 6th July 2018 read more »
Japan’s nuclear policy-setting body on Thursday endorsed a call for stricter management of its fuel recycling program to reduce its plutonium stockpile. The annual “nuclear white paper” approved by the Atomic Energy Commission is an apparent response to intensifying pressure from Washington as it pursues denuclearization in North Korea. It says Japan’s fuel recycling program should continue, but minimize the amount of plutonium extracted from spent fuel for reuse in power generation to eventually reduce the stockpile. Japan has pledged to not possess plutonium that does not have a planned use, but the promise increasingly sounds empty because of the slow restarts of Japanese power-generating reactors that can burn plutonium amid setbacks from the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
Seattle Times 5th July 2018 read more »
The commission of inquiry on the safety and security of nuclear facilities released its report Thursday. But the conclusions of the rapporteur LREM Barbara Pompili, who points a particular risk of dewatering pools of nuclear fuel in case of a plane crash, are disputed by the deputies Republicans.
National Assembly 5th July 2018 read more »