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Dr Paul Dorfman will be giving a key-note speech at this event: Day 2 panel 2, Emergency Preparedness and Response. Other speakers include the Prime Ministers of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and the Vice President of the European Commission.
A new report finds that 28 nuclear reactors, 18 of them EDF plants in France and one at Sizewell in the UK, are at risk of failure ‘including core meltdown’ due to flaws in safety-critical components in reactor vessels and steam generators, writes Oliver Tickell. The news comes as EDF credit is downgraded due to a growing cash flow crisis and its decision to press on with Hinkley C.
By Oliver Tickell
The Ecologist, 29th September 2016
The clean-up after the February 2014 explosion at the world’s only deep underground repository for nuclear waste in New Mexico, USA, is massively over budget, writes Jim Green – and full operations won’t resume until at least 2021. The fundamental cause of the problems: high level radioactive waste, poor regulation, rigid deadlines and corporate profit make a dangerous mix.
By Dr Jim Green
The Ecologist, 20th September 2016
Biggest-ever statistical analysis of historical accidents suggests that nuclear power is an underappreciated extreme risk and that major changes will be needed to prevent future disasters.
By Prof Benjamin Sovacool et al
University of Sussex, 19th September 2016
Dr Paul Dorfman, BBC World News, Hinkley Point nuclear decision interview
BBC News, 15th September 2016
The French and the Chinese may be celebrating the UK’s decision to press ahead with the Hinkley C ‘nuclear white elephant’, writes Oliver Tickell. But the deal is a disaster for the UK, committing us to overpriced power for decades to come, and to a dirty, dangerous, insecure dead end technology. Just one silver lining: major economic, legal and technical hurdles mean it still may never be built.
By Oliver Tickell
The Ecologist, 15th September 2016
Includes interview with Dr Paul Dorfman.
CNBC, 15th September 2016