Romanian coal-fired power station demolished

STORY: Locals gathered to watch as a smoke stack and cooling tower in the town of Doicesti, about 55 miles north-west of Bucharest, collapsed after controlled explosions.

The town is a possible site for a proposed new nuclear plant developed in collaboration with the U.S. firm NuScale using Small Modular Reactor (SMR) technology.

The proposal has sparked concerns from locals as well as Greenpeace environmental activists who demonstrated in the town against the project on Nov. 3, saying locals have not been properly consulted and the technology the plant would use has not been proved to be safe.

On its website, NuScale claims high safety standards and a "Triple Crown" safety system which it says shuts down and self-cools a reactor indefinitely, even without operation or power supply.