Atomic Threats Around the Baltic Sea book project/investigations
Assistance for investigations of facts for the book
We will collect references and other useful hints for book article investigations at this point. It is impossible to provide a detailed tutorial of how to investigate the facts needed for the articles on nuclear facilities. However, we hope these notes will help you to gather information on these plants.
- Check wikipedia for the facility. Often it is a good starting point to gather basic information and some frame data on a nuclear plant including references where you could find additional knowledge.
- Visit the operator's websites. There you should also find some basic information like official titles and official facts on the facility. For sure you won't find much connected to safety concerns there. In special fields specific services provide overviews on those companies, e.g.:
- Check the IAEA website for helpful databases. Be aware this authority is the main international lobby organization of the nuclear industry. They were founded to promote and spread nuclear industry around the globe. But they also maintain important "official" databases providing basic facts:
- Have a look at WISE Uranium website. They provide great overviews, detailed information and up-to-date news, mainly connected to uranium.
- Several NGOs provide overviews and some detail information, particularly on European nuclear reactors. Check it out:
- Search the web for the facility - look for the plant's name and location; maybe it is helpful to search also for the names and terms in the local language.
- Look for information in independent archives (paper archives!), some of them have printed materials also on specific plants. In German speaking areas for instance DATASPACE network of independent archives.
- Ask anti-nuclear campaigners in the countries/regions of the facilities you are investigating on for references or good information sources.
- Make Freedom of Information requests to the operators and authorities. In many cases the Aarhus Convention is also a helpful instrument as it is providing certain rights for information to citizens, and many countries signed this international treaty.