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…

Fukushima-Daiichi-July-2013

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…

Perry Nuclear Power Plant - Ohio

Tritium discovered in groundwater at Perry Nuclear Power Plant

Just after 1:00 pm on Monday, workers identified a leak on a feedwater venturi meter which was leaking into the drainage system. The leaking water was sampled to check for tritium.  That night,…

Fuksuhima Daiichi Reactor 3 Contaminated Water Leak - January 2014

Leak of contaminated water at Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 may have international safety impact

On Saturday, workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan were operating a remote-controlled robot to remove debris on the first floor of the Unit 3 reactor building when they discovered…

Higashidori Nuclear Power Plant Aomori Prefecture

Tohoku Electric reiterates claim that faults under Higashidori nuclear power plant inactive

In February of 2013, a panel assembled by the Nuclear Regulation Authority in Japan found two faults which run under the Higashidori nuclear power plant site in Aomori Prefecture to be highly likely…

Image: Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City, Tenn

Watts Bar supervisor fails fitness for duty test

A contract supervisor at the Watts Bar nuclear power plant in Tennessee failed a random fitness for duty test after confirming positive for alcohol.  The licensee suspended the employee’s access to the facility….

Zion Nuclear Power Plant

Licensed supervisor at Zion nuclear power plant fails for-cause fitness for duty test

A licensed supervisor, who works at the Zion nuclear power plant in Illinois, confirmed positive for alcohol after a for-cause fitness for duty test on January 15th. The licensee terminated the supervisor’s access…

Evaucations in Japan

Study confirms impossible to evacuate all residents before radiation exposure in wake of severe accident

A research project conducted by a research institute on environmental economics in Japan named Kankyo Keizai Kenkyujo has found that in the case of a severe accident at a nuclear power plant it…

Jamaican Customs Agency Major Richard Reese

Jamaica reveals information about contamination on used cars from Japan

In November 2012, a minibus imported from Japan by a used-car dealer in Jamaica was scanned and found to have radiation levels which required it to be moved to a quarantined area. In…

Japans controlled meltdown

Japan plans controlled meltdown to help learn from Fukushima disaster

In 2014, for the first time, Japan will carry out an experiment which will involve allowing a fuel rod to undergo a rapid fission process and meltdown, in order to improve their abilities…

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant - 2011

Former supervisor at Indian Point fighting incarceration in federal court

In July of 2013, we shared a story about Daniel Wilson, a former supervisor at the Indian Point nuclear power plant, who was arrested for deliberately falsifying critical safety records and lying to…

Fukushima Daiichi November 2013 - Lake Barret Visit

TEPCO president promises utility will do its best in 2014 to “not have any problems”

Nearly three years after the onset of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, most readers may be surprised to watch Japan continue a largely unrealistic approach to mitigating the accident and decontaminating the land…

Monju Fast Breeder Reactor in Japan

Computer in control room of Monju fast breeder reactor infected with virus

In November, Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority warned the Japan Atomic Energy Agency that its anti-terrorism measures at the Monju fast-breeder reactor were not sufficient.  The regulatory agency rebuked the JAEA for violating security…

Fukushima Daiichi Workers - December 2013

Restart of nuclear facilities and policy for nuclear waste disposal in Japan unlikely to be settled soon

In Japan, utilities are working to restart idled nuclear power plants across the nation and regain public support post-Fukushima.  The Nuclear Regulation Authority, a newly established regulator, set new safety standards in July…

Fukushima Daiichi workers December 2013

Soil from Fukushima Daiichi found in baggage at airport in Kiev

A Japanese man was stopped by border guards at Kiev’s Borispol Airport after a radiation detector sounded an alarm during routine bag checks on a flight from Frankfurt, Germany. According to the State…

M42024 - BRITTAIN, LANDON E.

Ex-fugitive reactor operator accepts plea deal

Landon Brittain, formerly a senior reactor operator at the Dresden nuclear power plant, pled guilty to one count of Obstruction of Justice/Destruction of Evidence, which carries a three year jail sentence. Just one…

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