March 2013
Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant in Japan

Japanese utilities face 1.2 trillion yen burden every year nuclear plants shut down

In Japan, a fierce debate is taking place over the future of the nation’s energy supply.  Protests in Tokyo last July held more demonstrators than the 1960s protests against a security treaty with…

Tohoku Electric President Makoto Kaiwa

Plans for new nuclear plant construction scrapped

Tohoku Electric first announced plans to construct the Namie-Odaka nuclear power plant 10 kilometers north of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in 1968.  After the proposed site was one of the areas…

TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan March 2013

TEPCO’s overconfidence and lack of humility blamed for Fukushima Daiichi disaster

On Wednesday, officials from the Atomic Energy Society of Japan discussed the report at their annual meeting held at Kinki University in Osaka Prefecture.  The report released by the Atomic Energy Society accepted…

Oconee Nuclear Power Plant

Is Duke Energy taking a page from the TEPCO playbook?

There have been many flood-related concerns about the safety of nuclear power plants in the United States in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, documents released through the Freedom of Information…

San-Onofre-Nuclear-Generating-Station-1

NRC and Edison to discuss license amendment request for San Onofre Unit 2

On April 3rd, 2013, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and representatives from Southern California Edison will meet in Rockville, Maryland to discuss the utility’s plan to submit…

Governor of Northern Marianas Benigno Fitial

Impeached governor inked secret deal to construct fast breeder reactor

Former governor of the Northern Mariana Islands, Benigno R. Fitial stands alone in history as the first governor of any U.S. territory to be the subject of impeachment, but only the ninth United…

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Logo

Watchdog experts evicted from post-Fukushima conferences

This week Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility attorney John Geesman, seismologist consultant Dr. Douglas Hamilton, and outreach coordinator David Weisman traveled to a three day workshop in Oakland, which was a part of the…

Fukushima Daiichi Reactors from West looking over Pacific Ocean

Japan orders TEPCO to install backup power sources at Fukushima Daiichi

After the power outage at Fukushima Daiichi this week that took over 29 hours to restore, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suge, confirmed at a press conference Thusrday, that Japan’s government had ordered…

Chalk River Laboratory Canada

Atomic Energy of Canada nearly doubles nuclear liability estimate

Around the world, the costs of operating nuclear reactors are continuing to climb almost as much as the additional liability costs are.  The Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd released a statement late Tuesday…

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station California

Edison holding San Onofre open house tonight in Oceanside

Officials from Southern California Edison’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will host an open house on Thursday, March 21, from 4:30-7:30 pm at the Oceanside Public Library, 330 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA….

Small rodent found in power distribution panel at Fukushima Daiichi

Power outage at Fukushima Daiichi blamed on rodents

TEPCO announced yesterday that it had restored the cooling systems for the four spent fuel pools which were knocked out for nearly 30 hours before restoration.  All in all, the outage caused 9…

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 and Cover - Resized

TEPCO still unable to restore power at all affected facilities

Monday night, a power outage at the Main Anti-Earthquake Building at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station suspended operations at three spent fuel pool cooling systems and other critical plant facilities.  TEPCO was…

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station operated by Southern California Edison

New assessment of San Onofre reactor shortens operational lifespan estimates

Today, Southern California Edison released a report conducted by Intertek APTECH that estimates it would be too risky to operate the Unit 2 reactor at full power for more than 11 months, which…

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 Reactor Building

Power outage at Fukushima Daiichi halts spent fuel pool cooling at multiple units

According to TEPCO and the Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority, around 19:00 on Monday night, the seismic building at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant had experienced a power failure.  While the outage did…

Japan Nuclear Energy

Japan’s post-Fukushima energy policy advisory board resumes discussions after purging members

In September 2012, after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Japan elected to support an energy policy which was designed to phase out nuclear power, after government polls in August had found nearly half…

Fukushima Daiichi March 11th, 2011

Two years have passed since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster

This year, on the second anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the author would like to pose the following questions, and invite the reader to do the same. The Fukushima Disaster is…

Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Reactors

Thoughts on nuclear power and nuclear weapons

With the second anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster this week, with North Korea having just threatened a “pre-emptive nuclear attack” against the United States and a U.S. senator saying this would…

San Onofre steam generator root cause analysis report by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Redacted version of Mitsubishi root cause analysis of San Onofre replacement steam generators released

This week, a redacted version of a root cause analysis performed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of the San Onfore Unit 2 and Unit 3 replacement steam generators was released publicly for the first…

Fukushima Daiichi Reactors from West looking over Pacific Ocean

Severity of damage found at Fukushima Daiichi forcing TEPCO to reanalyze approach to disaster

The reactor containment structures which house the nuclear reactors at Fukushima made by GE, Hitachi, and Toshiba, have so many holes in them that they are preventing workers from making any substantial progress…

Hitachi robot Fukushima Daiichi

GE Hitachi robot developed to blast radioactive materials at Fukushima Daiichi

While the Fukushima Daiichi disaster is having a profound impact on Japan’s economy, with over 1,100 companies filing bankruptcy for disaster-related reasons in the last two years, but some companies are working to…

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