Nuclear Energy

Briefs, November 21, 2012

Pakistani court drops girl's blasphemy case

Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 2:59am

EU threatens to cut funding to dismantle shut plants

Problems at the Ignalina nuclear power plant in Lithuania have prompted threats from the EU to sever funding and raise concerns that the facility will be around for years to come. Photo: AP

The car park outside the atomic power plant is weedy and potholed. Bus stops that once teemed with hundreds of workers are eerily empty.

Yet the stillness at Ignalina, a Lithuanian nuclear plant built in the 1980s Soviet era, belies an unsettling fact: there is still nuclear fuel inside one of its two reactors, three years after it was shut due to safety concerns.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:39am

South Korea shuts two nuclear reactors

Kim Kyun-Seop, CEO of the Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co., South Korea's state-run operator of nuclear power plants during a press conference at the Knowledge Economy Ministry in Gwacheon, south of Seoul, on November 5, 2012. Photo: AFP

South Korea was forced to shut down two nuclear reactors yesterday to replace components provided with fake quality certificates, a minister said, warning of "unprecedented" power shortages to follow.

6 Nov 2012 - 12:19pm

Nuclear energy key to China's development

Fossil fuels still dominate Beijing's energy mix. Photo: AFP

The State Council has partially lifted a ban on new nuclear power stations in China - imposed following the Fukushima nuclear incident - allowing construction to go ahead in coastal areas. Under the new terms, no inland projects will be allowed to be built in the next three years of the current five-year plan.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:58pm

China takes right path for expanding nuclear power

Workers leave a nuclear power plant in Qinshan, Zhejiang province. China is wary of nuclear energy but needs to cut reliance on carbon-intensive coal. Photo: Reuters

From every disaster there is a lesson and China has taken the calamity at Japan's Fukushima plant 19 months ago to heart. Rather than charging ahead with its ambitious programme, it has done what should be expected: stop, check, review and proceed cautiously. Under plans approved by the State Council, safety standards have been raised and construction of reactors will resume "steadily".

11 Jun 2015 - 3:58pm

South Korea shuts down two nuclear reactors after system malfunctions

South Korea shuts down two nuclear reactors after system malfunctions

South Korea shut down two 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactors at separate plants yesterday, following apparently unrelated system malfunctions that triggered calls for a safety review.

3 Oct 2012 - 4:14am

Minister says Japan must quickly phase out nuclear energy

Japan’s industry minister says the country must give up nuclear power plants as soon as possible because they pose too much risk for earthquake-prone areas.

Yukio Edano said last year’s meltdowns after a tsunami hit the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant showed that nuclear power’s cost is too high. He expressed the opinion in his new book of policy views that hit stores Saturday.

29 Sep 2012 - 6:28pm

China to resume nuclear reactor programme

Beijing’s ambitious reactor building programme is set to resume in the fourth quarter following a suspension imposed after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, official media reported on Wednesday.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:58pm

Asia's resolve to seek nuclear energy remains unshaken, post Fukushima

The earthquake and resulting tsunami that damaged part of the Fukushima nuclear power plant a year ago tomorrow caught the Japanese and the rest of the world off-guard.

10 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Fukushima highlights risks of nuclear energy

The radiation leak at the Fukushima nuclear power plant has displaced tens of thousands of Japanese people. The nuclear accident has spread fear across Asia, where people are worried about food contamination. Is nuclear power worth all this trouble?

7 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Letters

Commission could stem tide of child abuse

There has been a great deal of discussion about how to deal with the increase in child abuse cases.

24 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Uranium production adds to the costs of nuclear energy

What perfect timing - to hear about the Daya Bay radiation leak incident and generate further debate at a time when the Hong Kong government is proposing increased use of nuclear energy ('Daya Bay workers exposed to radiation', November 16).

20 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Topics to go

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The most important thing about a debate is the motion. You should choose a topic that will interest everyone taking part. Some people attend a debate to listen and some to speak. Listening is as important as speaking in a successful debate. If your motion is boring, no one will want to take part.

21 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

More countries turn to nuclear energy

Among the many alternative energy sources, nuclear power is gaining popularity.

While advocates say nuclear energy is clean, critics point out many problems - accidents like the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, plutonium theft by rogue states to make nuclear weapons, waste storage and high construction costs.

5 Mar 2007 - 12:00am