This event was intitated at 6:10 p.m. on May 9, 1992 when technicians, while performing the functional testing of pressure instruments of reactor recirculation pumps trip for ATWS, put one out of four switch selectors on "testing position" to verify the functional instrumentation operation and due to a mistake in the procedure application and communication deficiency between technicians, the trip logic was completed and a recirculation pump trip occurred. The operators reduced power to about 35% power according to technical specifications and following the abnormal procedures. At 7:35 pm the event was finished. In accordance with techspecs, the installation declared the event as unusual. All safety functions were fully available. This event was originally classified as "0" according to INES scale; but because of a similar event, which occurred on Nov. 27, 1991, due to a precedure error, this last event was upgraded to level 1.
EPZ, the operator of the Borssele nuclear power plant, has long claimed that it recycles "95 percent" of its nuclear fuel, and that only "5 percent" remains as nuclear waste. Following a complaint by Laka, the Board of Appeals of the Dutch Advertising Authority, ruled yesterday that these are misleading environmental advertisement claims. In its […]
(Nederlandse versie) On Sunday, September 11, the Mikhail Dudin arrives in the port of Rotterdam; a ship carrying Russian uranium. There it will be transferred to trucks that will then transport it across the Netherlands on Monday to Lingen, Germany, where the uranium will be processed into fuel rods. This was announced this morning by […]
(Nederlandse versie) Laka sometimes gets the question that if nuclear power plants in France can be used flexibly, can nuclear power not be used as a intermittent source of electricity, complementing wind and solar? The short answer then is, that if nuclear power plants can be used flexibly, it does not mean that in France […]
New brochure focusing on the uranium enrichment consortium Urenco. The Treaty of Almelo was signed on 4 March 1970 ‒ an agreement between the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and West Germany on setting up a company with the aim of enriching uranium: Urenco. The origin of uranium enrichment is military and until then enrichment was […]
Despite its triumphant press release of the contrary, two years ago, NRG, the operator of the High Flux Reactor in the Netherlands, this week confirmed Laka’s suspicion that NRG is still using weapons-grade highly enriched uranium in its reactor. Therefore, the Netherlands is currently in breach of its agreement with Obama, reached at the Nuclear […]