Newsletter XIII 2023

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Nuclear Power Accidents

This PDF file contains a list of known accidents and releases of radioactivity. As new information becomes available, this list will be expanded and updated...

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01 March 2006 (INES 2) NPP Kozloduy, BGR

05 March 1969 (INES 3) nuclear factory Sellafield, GBR

06 March 2006 (INES class.?!!) NFS, Erwin, TN, USA

08 March 2002 (INES 3) NPP Davis Besse, OH, USA

10 March 1970 (INES 3 | NAMS 2,6) nuclear factory Sellafield, GBR

11 March 1958 (Broken Arrow) Mars Bluff, USA

11 March 2011 (INES 7 | NAMS 7,5) NPP Fukushima I Daiichi, JPN

12 March 2011 (INES 3) NPP Fukushima II Daini, JPN

13 March 1980 (INES 4) NPP Saint-Laurent, FRA

19 March 1971 (INES 3 | NAMS 2) nuclear factory Sellafield, GBR

22 March 1975 (INES class.?!!) NPP Brown's Ferry, USA

25 March 1955 (INES 4 | NAMS 4,3) nuclear factory Sellafield, GBR

28 March 1979 (INES 5 | NAMS 7,9) NPP Three mile island, PA, USA


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26. March


warming | cooling water | dryness

Nuclear power plants evaporate our precious water

Harsh criticism from the Green anti-nuclear spokesman Martin Litschauer: Cooling of nuclear power plants in the EU devours amounts of water every year in the amount of the entire Austrian annual consumption.

In many regions of Europe, the drought is becoming more and more of a problem and fossil-fuelled power plants with cooling towers are depriving our rivers of the valuable water that we urgently need for agriculture, among other things.


These quantities are considerable: gas-fired power plants in the EU require 530 million cubic meters of water, coal-fired power plants 1,54 billion cubic meters and nuclear power plants 2,44 billion cubic meters of water per year. In total, this corresponds to the water consumption of all households in Germany.


However, the large water requirements of the nuclear power plants are also becoming a problem for the operators, with reactors having to be throttled or shut down more and more often because the cooling water is no longer sufficient. The nuclear industry is not sufficiently prepared for climate change and is itself threatened.


photovoltaics | thin layer | organic solar cell

In the future, solar cells will come off the roll – and out of the 3D printer

How practical it would be if you could simply cover cars, smartphones or entire buildings with solar cells. Then, in the future, batteries could simply be constantly recharged. It's not as far-fetched as it sounds at first. Scientists are already working intensively on so-called solar foils, which are only a few millimeters thick. A British team has now succeeded in producing novel solar cells with a 3D printer. But we also have promising projects.

Will solar cells soon be sold by the meter on a roll? Current research work and up-and-coming young companies suggest that. Because they are working on so-called solar foils – i.e. solar modules that are very thin and very flexible. They are often not as efficient as classic photovoltaic modules, but they score with other advantages. With the help of solar foils, for example, surfaces can be equipped that were previously out of the question for the installation of solar panels ... 


Nuclear phase-out | nuclear waste | Repository

Germany and the long search for a repository for nuclear waste

The age of nuclear power is ending in Germany these days. The exit has been postponed several times. But now the time has come: in mid-April the last three nuclear power plants will shut down. An era ends, but another chapter is still unfinished: the search for a nuclear waste repository.

Germany is looking for the repository: a place that is supposed to offer security from the radiant legacy of the nuclear power plants for at least a million years. Enclosed in granite, salt or clay rock, the waste from 66 years of energy production under German soil should rest forever.

It's not about just any location, explains Steffen Kanitz, Chairman of the Federal Society for Disposal (BGE), but about the best location: "We are looking for the best possible location in a comparative process in all three host rocks."


The radioactive waste is currently distributed throughout Germany in interim storage facilities above ground - monitored by the Federal Agency for Interim Storage. However, the first permits for the waste containers will expire in the next ten years. It wasn't intended to be used for that long. Now they have to stay in operation much longer before we find nuclear power's final resting place.



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Ukraine | Uranium ammunitionradioactive | highly toxic

What uranium ammunition would do to Ukraine

Great Britain wants to deliver so-called DU shells to Kiev. This weapon has already caused enormous suffering. Why this is so little known and what part the WHO may have played in it.

The British Secretary of State for Defense Annabel Goldie, recently stated that uranium shells will also be delivered to Ukraine with the Challenger 2 tanks announced by London. This has caused a stir, especially in Russia, and rightly so.

Because uranium projectiles and bombs are weapons made of depleted uranium 238 or DU for short. Depleted uranium is radioactive and highly toxic. It has a half-life of around 4,5 billion years.

Depleted uranium is a waste product of the nuclear industry and is formed when natural uranium is enriched for fuel rods used in nuclear power plants. If fuel rods weighing one ton are required, around seven to eight tons of depleted uranium are produced as a waste product. And because this by-product is radioactive and highly toxic, it must be safely stored and guarded. That costs money, a lot of money.

There are now around 1,3 million tons of it worldwide and they are constantly increasing.

That's why the nuclear industry was happy when arms manufacturers took an interest in this waste product. Because they had discovered that if you shape depleted uranium into a metal rod, such a projectile penetrates the metal plates of a tank like hot metal through a stick of butter.

When penetrating an armor plate, the uranium projectile is abraded, which ignites explosively at the high frictional heat of around 1.000 degrees. The crew of the tank burns up and the tank is destroyed.

It is because of these two properties - penetrating steel like butter, and self-igniting and acting like explosives - that the nuclear industry's waste product, depleted uranium, has become so popular with the military.

Therefore, tons of these missiles were used in the Iraq wars of 1991 and 2003. But also in the 1999 Kosovo war, in Afghanistan, in Lebanon, in Somalia, in the Libyan war and in Syria in 2015 in the fight against the "Islamic State" terrorist militia.

When I visited Iraq, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo in 2003 for a WDR television documentary, our equipment naturally included a Geiger counter to protect us from the dangers of this ammunition.

Published by Frieder Wagner: Death dust - Made in USA: Uranium ammunition contaminates the world, Promedia Verlag Vienna, 24,90 euros (ISBN: 978-3-85371-452-2). A DVD of the documentary "Death Dust" is included with the book.

Frieder Wagner, born in 1942, is a German journalist and filmmaker. He was awarded the Adolf Grimme Prize for his television work. Since 1982 he has been producing his own television documentaries for ARD and ZDF in personal union as author, cameraman and director. His documentary The Doctor and the Radiated Children of Basra, which he shot for the WDR series Die Story, about the consequences of using uranium ammunition, received the European Television Prize in 2004.

That the dangers can be deadly, we suddenly understood when visiting the hospitals in these countries. Babies with severe deformities were born there even then: Babies without eyes, without legs or arms; Babies who wore their internal organs in a skin sac on the outside. All these creatures lived only a few hours, probably in excruciating pain.

The cause of these deformities and highly aggressive cancers in adults was not the Chernobyl disaster or later that of Fukushima, but the use of uranium ammunition and bombs by the USA and its allies in past wars, most of which were illegal under international law.

This has now been proven by numerous scientists, also from the USA. Because of this, women in Iraq are now refusing to have children. If a woman does give birth, after the birth she no longer asks whether it is a boy or a girl, but whether the child is healthy or deformed.

The problem: Due to the high temperatures at the impact of the uranium bullets, the depleted uranium burns to ceramized, water-insoluble nanoparticles that are a hundred times smaller than a red blood cell.

A "metal gas" is created, so to speak - and it is still radioactive and highly toxic.

US military scientists are now aware of the fact that these particles, whether inhaled or ingested, can migrate anywhere in the human and animal organism: into all organs, into the brain, into egg cells and sperm.

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The map of the nuclear world

Uranium ammunitionWikipedia: While uranium ammunition is known to be stockpiled by 21 countries (USA, Russia, UK, China, Sweden, Netherlands, Greece, France, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Pakistan, Thailand, South Korea and Japan; uranium munitions have been used to combat armored vehicles since the mid-1970s), only one country, the United States, has so far admitted to using these munitions in war maneuvers. Recently, several thousand tons of uranium ammunition were mainly used in the Second Gulf War (320 tons), in Yugoslavia, Bosnia, in the Kosovo War, in the Iraq War and in the Syrian Civil War. During a three-week operation in the Iraq war in 2003 alone, between 1000 and 2000 tons of uranium ammunition were used by the "coalition of the willing".


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Uranium ammunition

Depleted uranium weapons

Uranium ammunition (also called uranium weapons or uranium projectiles) are weapons that contain depleted uranium (DU). Due to the high density of uranium, such weapons have a high penetration power and are therefore used against tanks, for example. In addition, when the target hits the target, intense heat is generated, which can set fuel and ammunition from tanks on fire.

Depleted uranium is a waste product from the production of fuel for nuclear power plants. It is composed of 99,8% uranium-238 and 0,2% uranium-235 and may also contain traces of plutonium-239. Uranium-238 has a half-life of 4,468 billion years...





Uranium ammunition

Uranium ammunition, also DU ammunition (from English depleted uranium), is armor-piercing ammunition whose projectiles contain depleted uranium. Due to the high density (≈19,1 g/cm³) of uranium, these projectiles develop great penetrating power when they hit the target. Compared to natural uranium, the depleted uranium consists to a lesser extent of the fissile uranium isotope 235U and thus mainly of the isotope 238U, which cannot be fissile by thermal neutrons. The radioactivity of the depleted uranium (the α-radiation activity of 15.000 Bq/g is about 40% lower than that of natural uranium) does not serve any military purpose in this case...



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