Browse by Tags

Nuclear Power Industry News

Nuclear Power Industry News
Reports and news on nuclear power industry suppliers, utilities, companies, organizations, and technology.
Results for Japan
  • Blog Post: Japanese Court Blocks Nuclear Restart

    [UPDATED] A court in Japan ruled Tuesday that new, post-Fukushima Daiichi safety standards for nuclear power plants were not stringent enough to guarantee public safety and granted an injunction that blocks, for now, the restart of the country's nuclear power plants. The ruling specifically blocked...
  • Blog Post: Fukushima Isotopes Make It To Canadian Shore In Trace Amounts

    Wood Hole Oceanographic Institution researcher Ken Buesseler said trace amounts of Cesium-134 and Cesium-137 from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster had been found on the shoreline of British Columbia, Canada, for the first time in February. The isotopes were discovered in samples...
  • Blog Post: U.S. Poll: Slim Majority Favor Nuclear Power

    Support for nuclear power has drifted lower since a peak of 62 percent in 2010, sliding to 51 percent, poll taker Gallup said Monday. Poll takers indicated the percentage opposed to nuclear power held steady from 2013 to 2015 at 43 percent. But opposition is in the vicinity of its 20-year peak of...
  • Blog Post: Japanese Regulators Endorse Report That Could Shut Down Tsuruga 2

    Japan's nuclear fleet was shaken this week by the nation's regulator endorsing reports that said the Tsuruga nuclear station's No. 2 reactor in the Fukui Prefecture and the Higashidori nuclear plant in the Aomori Prefecture were both sitting on geological fault lines. The fault line under...
  • Blog Post: Audit Reflects Failed Efforts At Fukushima Daiichi To Contain Contaminated Water

    An audit in Japan found that more than a third of the $1.6 billion of taxpayer funds spend on cleanup efforts at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station has been wasted, much of it because of the inability to control and contain contaminated water that has been the bane of the cleanup efforts...
  • Blog Post: TEPCO Confirms Unit 1 Meltdown

    The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) confirmed Friday that all or nearly all of the fuel at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station's Unit 1 reactor melted during the catastrophic events of March 2011, when a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami event crippled the six-reactor facility...
  • Blog Post: Japan Ticks Closer To First Restart

    Japan's nuclear power regulator on Wednesday said it had approved the construction plans for a Kyushu Electric Power Company reactor that would put it in compliance with ramped up safety standards, the news followed up by sources saying the government had set its sights on a June restart. The...
  • Blog Post: TEPCO Says 90 Percent Of Water Will Be Treated Before June

    The Tokyo Electric Power Company announced Monday a revised schedule for decontaminating water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, claiming it would have 90 percent of the water treated by the end of May. "We are re-evaluating the risks of not just contaminated water, but all factors...
  • Blog Post: Five Of Japan's Reactors To Be Decommissioned

    The number of possible nuclear reactor restarts in Japan is to drop by five, as four utility companies are opting out of bringing five reactors into compliance with new safety standards, say media reports from Japan. Asahi Shimbun reported that the five aging reactors that will be decommissioned are...
  • Blog Post: TEPCO Reports Water Leakage Four Years After Tohoku

    The Tokyo Electric Power Company reported Tuesday that 750 tons of contaminated rainwater may have leached into the ground around a water tank holding area at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, but that the water was unlikely to reach the ocean. On the four-year anniversary of Tohoku or...
  • Blog Post: Fukushima Daiichi Update With IAEA Video Clip

    United Nations inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency released preliminary findings from its latest inspection of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant this week, the same week, near the anniversary of the March 2011 disaster, that Japan was hit with a significant earthquake...
  • Blog Post: TEPCO President Links Nuclear Restart To Profits

    The president of the Tokyo Electric Power Company said that the company was at a crossroads, requiring its first rate hike since 2012 unless it was allowed to restart the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power station, which is one of the world's largest nuclear power plants. TEPCO President Naomi Hirose...
  • Blog Post: Japan's Nuclear Regulator Endorses Restart Of Takahama Reactors

    Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority on Thursday endorsed the restart of two more nuclear reactors, the third and fourth to get a regulatory blessing since the country closed down its 48 reactors in the aftermath of the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Kansai Electric...
  • Blog Post: IAEA Team At Fukushima Daiichi To Focus On Toxic Water

    The head of a United Nations team inspecting the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in eastern Japan said that the issue of toxic water build up at the crippled plant was a top concern for TEPCO's decommissioning and cleanup effort. Juan Carlos Lentijo said that TEPCO (the Tokyo Electric Power...
  • Blog Post: Sources Name June As Target For Japan's Nuclear Restart At Sendai

    A Kyushu Electric Power Company official told Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority that paperwork required for the restart of the mothballed Sendai nuclear power station would be completed by the end of March, while others named June as the target for a restart of the mothballed facility. At an...
  • Blog Post: Japan To Encourage Robotics With Fukushima Economic Zone

    Sometimes a robot just needs to hang out with its own kind. If that is the case, a move to Japan's Fukushima Prefecture might be just what the doctor ordered. This is because the state minister in charge of revitalization of the area surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi Power Station, Wataru Takeshita...
  • Blog Post: Convention On Nuclear Safety Likely To Bark About Tougher Safety Standards

    A compromise proposal for the Convention on Nuclear Safety's February conference puts tougher safety initiatives in the form of a declaration or a statement, rather than a mandated amendment to the convention's treaty. With opposition to an amendment coming from the United States and Russia...
  • Blog Post: Japanese Think Tank Touts Nuclear Return

    A Japanese government think tank, the Institute of Energy Economics Japan, said a 25 percent target for nuclear power would be the most advantageous from an economical point of view, compared to zero percent, 15 percent and 30 percent hypothetical scenarios that were studied. The study envisioned...
  • Blog Post: TEPCO Says Water Clean Up Is Two Months Behind Schedule

    Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said it will need until the end of May to detoxify thousands of tons of water that continues to become contaminated as it seeps into basements areas of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station that was devastated by an 8.9-magnitude earthquake on March 11, 2011...
  • Blog Post: Japan Tips The Scales On Nuclear Damage Compensation Pact

    Japan's signature on the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage makes the international agreement binding after a 17-year pregnant pause in which Japan, despite its problems at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, was hesitant to sign. The deal, which required five countries...
  • Blog Post: Fall Kills Worker At Fukushima Daiichi; Clean Up Crew At 7,000 Strong

    A worker at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant died Tuesday after falling more than 30 feet into an empty water tank just a week after labor regulators in Japan warned the Tokyo Electric Power Company about an increase in accidents at the cleanup site. Safety issues at the devastated plant...
  • Blog Post: Japan And China Represent Industry Dilemma

    Announcements this week show Japan and China headed in opposite directions in terms of nuclear power, the former announcing that five aging reactors would close, the later announcing that there would be five new nuclear power plant construction projects begun in 2015. Japan remains embroiled in the...
  • Blog Post: Kurion To Develop Robot For Fukushima Daiichi Clean Up

    Japanese industrial IHI Corporation, working for the Tokyo Electric Power Company, has turned to California-based radioactive waste innovator Kurion to develop a robot that will be used in clean- up work at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. The new machine, to be named after the power plant for which...
  • Blog Post: TEPCO Reaches Cleanup Milestone at Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4

    [Updated] Cleanup crews at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan reached a post-disaster milestone over the weekend, as the Tokyo Electric Power Company said it had removed all the radioactive fuel from the plant's Unit 4 reactor building. There have been a total of 1...
  • Blog Post: After Abe Sweep, Nuclear Options Move Forward In Japan

    The Nuclear Regulatory Authority in Japan have given the green light for restarting two reactors at the Takahama nuclear power plant, giving their approval three days after pro-nuclear Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a reelection bid with strong voter support. The restarts still require approval from...