Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant Media Tour

Japan’s new pro-nuclear energy policy facing criticism

  In Japan, how the government defines nuclear power has been an issue of contention since the March 11th nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi. While speaking at a Lower House subcommittee meeting on…

NUMO Waste Storage Facility - Japan

Underground nuclear waste disposal facility locations difficult to locate in Japan

All of Japan’s nuclear reactors are offline, but that is not stemming the debate about what to do with the nation’s stockpile of nuclear waste. Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NUMO) is the organization…

Fukushima Daiichi Leaking Water Tank - February 2014

Tokyo Electric determines human error cause of contaminated leak at Fukushima Daiichi

Last week officials from the Tokyo Electric Power Company announced that extremely radioactive water had leaked from a storage tank at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. According to the utility over 100…

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 - 2012

Fukushima Daiichi workers cripple thermometer at Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2

TEPCO announced that one of two thermometers used to monitor temperatures in the lower part of the Unit 2 reactor vessel has failed. The utility said the problem was caused by workers who…

Japan nuclear restart - February 2014

NRA to accelerate and prioritize reactor restart process

The controversy in Japan swirling around the topic of restarting idled nuclear reactors is showing no signs of simmering down; instead uncertainty and frustration appear to be increasing. In July, 2013, the Nuclear…

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NRA begins seismic survey of TEPCO’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant

Inspectors from Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority began in inspection of the seismic faults on Monday morning at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant which is owned and operated by the Tokyo Electric Power Company. …

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 Damage - Shield Plug

TEPCO finds falling debris damaged shield plug at Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3

This week TEPCO released new photos which show the progress made removing debris off of the top of the Unit 3 reactor building.  These photos show some of the damage to the operating…

A diagram of the Voda Voda Energo Reactor, the reactor design to be used for Turkey's first nuclear reactor constructed by Rosatom.

Turkey’s first nuclear power plant delayed for second time in six months

For nearly five decades Turkey has been developing plans to establish a nuclear power program, but these plans have yet to come to fruition.  There have been multiple factors which have plagued Turkey’s…

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Steam generator replacement project underway at Davis-Besse

Workers at the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Toledo, Ohio have begun a $600 million steam generator replacement project. Steam generator replacement projects are among the most expensive upgrades that a Pressurized Water…

Contribution of human error to the occurrence of events

IAEA safety report shifts focus from human error to organizational processes and cultural values

This week the IAEA released a new report titled Managing Human Performance to Improve Nuclear Facility Operation. The publication shows the need for additional emphasis on the role of human performance in sustaining…

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Worker found dead at Cooper nuclear power plant

Around 7:38 AM on Tuesday, operators in the control room of the Cooper nuclear power plant were informed that a contract radiological technician was found deceased on the refueling floor of the reactor…

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EPA solicits comments from the public on radiation protection standards

The United States Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting public comments while it updates its Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Operations; which was issued before Fukushima Daiichi, Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island,…

Westinghouse Small Modular Reactor

Westinghouse backs out of Small Modular Reactor market

Danny Roderick, President and CEO of Westinghouse announced that the nuclear firm is backing off of research and development of their Small Modular Reactor design.  The Westinghouse design is a scaled down version…

NHK Radio

NHK falls prey to Streisand Effect

It is well known that sometimes, we humans experience unintended consequences for conscious decisions we have made.  Some of these unintended consequences are so frequently encountered that they are named. The Streisand Effect…

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 - 2012

TEPCO confirms hole in Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 suppression pool

On Thursday, officials from the Tokyo Electric Power Company admitted that the suppression pool of the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 reactor may have a 3-centimeter hole in it, allowing the highly radioactive water…

Bruce Nuclear Power - Canada

Canada set to raise liability for nuclear operators from $75 million to $1 billion

Officials in Canada are preparing to introduce new legislation what would increase the liability for civilian damages for nuclear operators from $75 million to $1 billion. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver will introduce…

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TEPCO begins work on underground ice wall at Fukushima Daiichi

Tokyo Electric workers are to begin work at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to create underground frozen walls at the Unit 2 and Unit 3 turbine buildings on Wednesday.  The utility is…

Rokkasho

Japans regulators establish screening items for reprocessing plant

Members of the Nuclear Regulation Authority in Japan are encouraging officials of Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited to explain how they have readied the Rokkasho reprocessing facility for disasters and accidents. The Rokkasho Reprocessing…

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GE Hitachi to pay $2.7 million as part of settlement

General Electric Hitachi Nuclear Energy, a subsidiary of General Electric Company and partially owned by Hitachi, has settled a dispute which alleged that it employees made false statements and claims to the Department…

Nuclear Construction - China

Indiana Senator withdraws bill that would have aided new nuclear builds

In January, James Merritt, a Republican Senator from Indiana, drafted a new bill designed to promote construction of nuclear energy projects in Indiana, a state without any operating commercial nuclear facilities.  Merritt is…

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