Nation can trust nuclear power for safety, cleaner environment (26-06-2006) Le Van Hong, deputy chairman of the Viet Nam Atomic Energy Commission, spoke with Dai Doan Ket (Great Unity) newspaper about nuclear power plans in Viet Nam. Do you think thermal power plants are responsible for negatively affecting the environment? Just in the last decade, people have released a huge amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, much more than they have done in the past several hundred years. Currently, 80 per cent of the energy we produce is made from burning coal, oil and gas. A coal-fuelled power plant with a 1,000 MW design capacity releases 320,000 tonnes of ash, excluding other heavy metals. Scientists say that 25 billion of tonnes of carbon dioxide is released into the air annually (as much as 800 tonnes of gas released per second). So many industrial countries in the world use nuclear power, as it is considered cleaner power than burning coal, oil and gas. … [Read more...] about Nation can trust nuclear power for safety, cleaner environment
Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident
The Mayor of Nagasaki on Tuesday urged for increased use of renewable energies in Japan to replace nuclear power at a ceremony marking the 66th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city. "No matter how long it will take, it is necessary to promote the development of renewable energies in place of nuclear power in a bid to transform ourselves into a society with a safer energy base," Tomihisa Taue said in this year's Nagasaki Peace Declaration. Taue told Xinhua in an interview on Monday that Japan once believed the myth of the safety of nuclear power plants, but it has started thinking about other options. The current situation of depending on nuclear power should been changed, he said. Teruo Nakamura, chairperson of the Nagasaki City Council, invoked the radiation leaks at the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant. "We are being affected by very serious contamination throughout the country similar to that of the radiation from the atomic bomb," he said. The nuclear crisis at … [Read more...] about Nagasaki mayor calls for energy shift from nuclear power at A-bomb memorial
In the middle of a vast exclusion zone in northern Ukraine, the world's largest land-based moving structure has been built to prevent deadly radiation spewing from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site for the next 100 years. On April 26, 1986, a botched test at the Soviet nuclear plant sent clouds of smouldering nuclear material across large swathes of Europe, forced over 50,000 people to evacuate and poisoned unknown numbers of workers involved in its clean-up. A concrete sarcophagus was hastily built over the site of the stricken reactor to contain the worst of the radiation, but a more permanent solution has been in the works since late 2010. Easily visible from kilometers away, the 30,000 tonne 'New Safe Confinement' arch will be pulled slowly over the site later this year to create a steel-clad casement to block radiation and allow the remains of the reactor to be dismantled safely. "We've already gone through a number of very risky stages ... We always have fears, we are people, … [Read more...] about Giant arch to block Chernobyl radiation for next 100 years
The UN yesterday/ on Thursday marked the 26 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the worst nuclear accident of the 20th century. At a press conference, UN Chief Ban Ki-moon said of the occasion: “we remember the hundreds of emergency workers who risked their lives in responding to the accident; the more than 330,000 people who were evacuated from surrounding areas with little hope of return; the thousands of children who later contracted thyroid cancer; and the 6 million people still living in the affected areas of Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine”. The Secretary-General once again called on the international community to continue to support the region affected by the nuclear disaster as they continue with their long-term efforts to recover and get back to normal. The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on the 26 of April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine. An explosion and subsequent fire … [Read more...] about The UN remembers Chernobyl 26 years after world’s worst nuclear disaster
Hanoi Times - Scientists have been debating about whether to build one reactor in the immediate future or multiple reactors at the same time. According to the draft plan of the Ministry of Industry and Trade on nuclear power development, Vietnam will build two nuclear power plants in the southern province of Ninh Thuan with four reactors, each with the capacity of 1,000 MW. The reactors will be put into operation between 2020 and 2024. One reactor is a good start Nuclear power proves to be a suitable solution as the world is facing an energy crisis, so the country’s plan to develop nuclear power after 2020 is considered a reasonable strategy. Prof Dr Pham Duy Hien, former Head of the Vietnam Nuclear Energy Institute, said that in the first period of nuclear power development, Vietnam should have one reactor only. It would be able to learn much from the reactor’s operation which would serve the construction and operation of other reactors in the … [Read more...] about Nuclear power: Should Vietnam build 4 reactors at once?