While the international community has been focusing on a potential Israeli strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, another much larger issue looms large that should be tackled very urgently. Nobody, except for a few concerned neighbours in the Gulf, is really looking at the possible implications of a potential earthquake in Bushehr, where Iran’s oldest and main nuclear plant is located. Bushehr, a city of about 200,000, in south-east Iran, sits in one of the most active seismic regions in the world, at the intersection of three tectonic plates. Building a nuclear plant in this area should have been a no-no, but construction started in 1975 with the help of Germany. It was stopped in 1979, right before the Revolution that unseated the
Shah. It was resumed in 1996, with Russia then leading the project that took over 15 years to complete because of the very difficult technical issues of merging German and Russian technology.
Two new radioactive waste facilities have opened in the UK. The first two vaults for the disposal of low-level waste have been completed at Dounreay, while the first intermediate-level waste (ILW) has been put into a new interim storage facility at Berkeley.
World Nuclear News
Security at Britain’s nuclear power stations is being breached eight times every month, sparking safety fears. An investigation by The Sunday Post has discovered lapses such as broken CCTV cameras or door alarms, which may have left incredibly sensitive plants open to
trespassers. But the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) which released the data, has been accused of a cover-up after it refused to release details of the breaches. Figures obtained under freedom of information (FOI) laws revealed there have been 398 security breaches since 2010. Experts fear the number could be even higher because the ONR has changed its definition of what poses a security risk to the UK’s nuclear power stations