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UN agency: North Europe radiation likely linked to reactor

Jul. 3, 2020 6:28 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. nuclear agency said Friday that slightly elevated levels of radioactivity detected in northern Europe likely were related to a nuclear reactor that was either operating or undergoing maintenance, but it's still unclear where it is located. Estonia, Finland and Sweden last week...

This photo released Thursday, July 2, 2020, by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, shows a building after it was damaged by a fire, at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility some 200 miles (322 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran. A fire burned the building above Iran's underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, though officials say it did not affect its centrifuge operation or cause any release of radiation. The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran sought to downplay the fire Thursday, calling it an

Analysts: Fire at Iran nuclear site hit centrifuge facility

Jul. 2, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A fire and an explosion struck a centrifuge production plant above Iran's underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility early Thursday, analysts said, one of the most-tightly guarded sites in all of the Islamic Republic after earlier acts of sabotage there. The Atomic...

UN agency: Source of radioactivity in Nordics still unclear

Jun. 30, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. nuclear agency says slightly elevated levels of radioactivity that have been detected in northern Europe pose no risk to human health or to the environment but it's still unclear what the cause was. The Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish radiation and nuclear safety watchdogs said last...

FILE - This Feb.21, 2020 file photo shows the nuclear complex in Fessenheim, eastern France. Nuclear workers lamented the switching off Monday of France's oldest nuclear reactor, a closure celebrated by anti-nuclear campaigners. The last of two 900-megawatt reactors at Fessenheim was being powered down and disconnected from the grid overnight, part of a policy shift to reduce France's world-leading dependence on nuclear power. (AP Photo/Jean-François Badias, File)

Conflicting emotions as France shutters oldest nuclear plant

Jun. 29, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Nuclear workers lamented the switching off Monday of France's oldest nuclear reactor, a closure celebrated by anti-nuclear campaigners. The last of two 900-megawatt reactors at Fessenheim was being powered down and taken offline overnight, part of a policy shift to reduce France's...

Radioactivity hike seen in northern Europe; source unknown

Jun. 27, 2020 10:43 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Nordic authorities say they detected slightly increased levels of radioactivity in northern Europe this month that Dutch officials said may be from a source in western Russia and may “indicate damage to a fuel element in a nuclear power plant.” But Russian news agency TASS,...

In this Sunday, June 21, 2020 photo actress Esti Yerushalmi, a cast member in

New Israeli espionage TV series tackles shadow war with Iran

Jun. 27, 2020 2:03 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel’s latest hit TV series takes the viewers straight into the heart of the country’s archenemy Iran. “Tehran” tells the story of Tamar Rabinyan, a young Mossad operative tasked with hacking into and disabling an Iranian nuclear reactor so the Israeli...

Fire at shuttered Dutch nuclear plant; no radiation risk

May. 21, 2020 8:21 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A fire broke out Thursday at a decommissioned nuclear power plant in the central Netherlands. An emergency services spokesman said the blaze was quickly brought under control and there was no danger of radioactive radiation. “There is no radioactivity involved,”...

The cooling towers of the decommissioned nuclear power plant collapse after being blown up in Philippsburg, Germany, May, 14, 2020. The towers in southwestern Germany were demolished early Thursday in a pair of early-morning explosions whose timing was kept under wraps to prevent crowds from gathering during the coronavirus pandemic. (Sebastian Gollnow/dpa via AP)

Former German nuke plant towers demolished in morning blasts

May. 14, 2020 4:15 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The two cooling towers of a former nuclear power plant in southwestern Germany were demolished early Thursday in a pair of early-morning explosions whose timing was kept under wraps to prevent crowds from gathering during the coronavirus pandemic. Operator EnBW had said ahead of time only...