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‘Fire in the sky’: Massive fires force 20,000 people to evacuate in southern California

Thousands of people fled raging wildfires in roasting southern California as flames destroyed homes and triggered evacuations at a nuclear power plant, a military base and an amusement park. The blazes, which also closed a major north-south highway, come amid record temperatures in the western US state, where the annual…

Ukrainian power plant cancelled and turned into disco

One of the most interesting stories from my trip* touring Ukraine’s cleantech projects and initiatives was actually a story about a nuclear power plant in Shcholkine, Crimea. The power plant was nearly completed before it was blocked by local residents……

Groundwater radiation spikes at crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant

Groundwater radiation levels at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have soared near a tank that leaked 300 tonnes of toxic water in August, struggling operator Tokyo Electric Power said. TEPCO said water samples collected from a well on Thursday contained 400,000 becquerels per litre of beta-ray emitting substances, the highest…

Fukushima radioactive plume to hit the U.S. by early 2014

The first radioactive ocean plume released by the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster will finally be reaching the shores of the United States sometime in 2014, according to a new study from the University of New South Wales — a full three or so…  …

Nuclear power plant in South Carolina at risk for shutdown

A nuclear power plant located near Hartsville, South Carolina is at risk for being shut down, according to a research study conducted at the Vermont Law School. However, the plant has a license to operate until 2030 and operators Duke Energy say they…  …

Greenpeace activists break into French nuclear power plant

Several dozen Greenpeace activists broke into a nuclear plant in southern France early on Monday, unfurling banners against atomic power, the organisation and police said. The activists snuck into the grounds of the Tricastin plant in the southern Drome region around 5:00 am, Greenpeace and local police said. They hung…

$1 billion nuclear power project abandoned in Iowa

Plans for Iowa’s second nuclear power plant have been dropped by Mid American Energy. No design has been approved for the type of nuclear plant the company had intended, so they have let the idea go. It was reported that ratepayers will be refunded the $8.8 million they paid for…

California glitch-ridden nuclear plant shut down for good

A California nuclear power plant shut down last year after a radiation leak will be permanently closed, its owners said Friday. Southern California Edison (SCE) has been trying to fix problems which came to light last year after a minor leak in one reactor at the San Onofre plant, north…

Activists tap court to block Japan reactor restart

A group of Japanese citizens said they would file a lawsuit Monday to prevent the restart of a nuclear power plant, a day after the first anniversary of the country’s atomic disaster. The group of 259 citizens are to file the suit in Osaka District Courtseeking an injunction that would block the…

Greenpeace activists sneak into French nuclear plant

Greenpeace activists managed to sneak into a French nuclear power plant on Monday, police have confirmed. In a statement Greenpeace said some members had entered the nuclear site at Nogent-sur-Seine, 95 kilometres (60 miles) southeast of Paris, to “spread the message that there is no such thing as safe nuclear…

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