Christopher Booker: The UK may soon face major blackouts due to the impending closure of 14 nuclear and coal-fired power stations which currently supply nearly 40 per cent of our peak electricity needs. This disaster would be unique in Europe, because of the blindness of successive governments’ energy policy. But it now seems that Germany may get there before the UK following its government’s decision, in the wake of Fukushima, to shut eight of its 17 nuclear power plants immediately, with the rest to follow.
National Safety Council, James Maynard, Tech Times: The five leading causes of death in the United States as of 2014 are approximately :1) heart disease, 614,000, 2) cancer, 592,000, 3) accidents, 136,000, 4) stroke, 133,100, 5) Alzheimer's, 93,500 for a total of 1,568,600 per year. The annual deaths from radiation exposure at commercial nuclear power plants is ZERO and has been for fifty years. Some deaths are almost inevitable. Others can be minimized. Radiation safety at commercial nuclear power plants always has been a top priority.
Nuclear terrorism: Fear versus reality (Rebecca Terrell, The New American, USA - Bruno Comby, EFN, France)08.Jun.2016
Rebecca Terrell is a writer about nuclear energy and other topics for The New American website. In this article, she addresses nuclear terrorism: fear versus reality. There is a popular misconception that inside every nuclear power plant lies a mushroom cloud waiting to happen. Major media certainly peddles such propaganda. There are myths about risks of nuclear accidents and there is reality. In most fields of technology and science there are real problems that can cause wide spread disruption, sickness and deaths. This article summarizes myths and explains realities that are not receiving enough attention. Bruno Comby is Founder - President of Environmentalists for Nuclear - International in Houilles, France. He has written a message to his readers around the world supporting Rebecca Terrell's article. His message is given in the second half of this article.
Bruno Comby, ingénieur nucléaire, nuclear engineer: L’EPR est le moyen de production d’électricité à la fois le plus puissant (1600 MW), le plus avancé (haute technologie), le plus écologique (pas de rejets atmosphériques, nécessitant le moins de matériaux de construction par kWh), le plus durable (60 à 80 ans), le plus performant au monde (production à pleine puissance plus de 90% du temps). The EPR is the means of electricity production more powerful (1600 MW) , most advanced ( high-tech ), most environmentally friendly ( no air emissions, requiring less per kWh construction materials), most durable ( 60-80 years), most efficient in the world (at full power output over 90% of the time).