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Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan

Evacuation models show residents near Hamaoka plant may need up to 46 hours to evacuate

The Shizuoka prefectural government has announced that it could take more than 28 hours to evacuate the 860,000 residents who live within the 30-kilometer radius of the Hamaoka nuclear power plant in the…

A photo provided by the Department of Energy showing workers inside of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for the first time since the radiation release on February 14th.

DOE blames management, safety and oversight for radiation release from WIPP

Investigators from the Department of Energy previewed findings of an investigation of the leak from the Waste Isolation Pilot Project Wednesday night and blamed the radiation release on poor management, ineffective safety and…

Chernobyl Cover - 2014

Chernobyl cover likely delayed by up to two years amid ongoing crisis

In 2010, workers began working on a new containment shield to cover the Number 4 reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant to prevent further leakage of radioactive materials from the crippled reactor. …

Shunichi Tanaka, Chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority in Japan

Nuclear Industry and Regulators at odds in Japan

The Japan Nuclear Safety Institute was founded by utilities in Japan in November 2013 with the goal of improving safety at the nation’s nuclear power plants.  The Tokyo-based institute claims to pursue the…

Imported car from Japan checked for radiation in Russia

Contaminated vehicles from Japan still being rejected by Russian Customs Service

According to a statement provided by the Vladivostok Customs Service, “In the first quarter of 2014, customs officers have sifted out 17 objects [cars or parts] with increased nuclear radiation levels and beta-active…

Gerry Spence - Karen Silkwood

Gerry Spence and Karen Silkwood – Part 2 – Proving Strict Liability and Physical Injury

This is Part 2 of a 2 Part mini-series – Read Part 1 Here The following is the conclusion of a transcript of a speech given by Gerry Spence in Pennsylvania shortly after…

Karen Silkwood - Car Accident

Gerry Spence and Karen Silkwood – Part 1 – Compensation for radiation injury

This is Part 1 of a 2 Part mini-series – Read Part 2 Here The following is the transcript of a speech given by Gerry Spence in Pennsylvania shortly after the Three Mile…

Cars at the port of Mombasa

Kenyan car importers request radiation checks at country of origin

On January 31st, 2013, Kenya Ports Authority inspectors impounded a container holding four used vehicles from Japan after finding it to be contaminated with radioactive materials.  The container was held at the port…

General Motos

Keeping regulators and corporate America separate

By Karl Grossman “U.S. Agency Knew About G.M. Flaw But Did Not Act,” was the front-page headline of the New York Times this week. The article told of a memo released by the…

Kashiwazaki Kariwa Nuclear Power In Japan

Ruling parties in Japan agree on new basic energy plan

The ruling parties in the Japanese government, the Liberal Democratic party and the New Komeito party, are close to agreeing on a new Basic Energy Plan after working to add new revisions which…

Sendai Nuclear Power Plant - Kyushu Electric

NRA inspectors dispatched to Sendai Nuclear Power Plant

Officials from Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority have begun an on-site inspection of the Sendai nuclear power plant operated by the Kyushu Electric Power Company. 15 officials including Commissioner Kunihiko Shimazaki visited the Sendai…

EDF Nuclear Power Plant

France’s nuclear power generation cuts due to increased wind and solar output

The world’s biggest operator of nuclear power plants, Electricite de France (EDF), found itself having to reduce energy production from its nuclear reactors in order to avoid overloading the grid this week. EDF…

Koeberg nuclear power plant - South Africa

Nuclear development in South Africa likely on hold unless funds incorporated from private sector

South African President Jacob Zuma and Energy Minister Ben Martins have continuously committed the nation to build up a nuclear industry. The government has adopted a 20-year Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) which says…

Japan - Fukushima Daiichi - Decontamination - Decommissioning

Japan mulling new credentials for nuclear workers

Members of the Liberal Democratic Party, the ruling party in Japan, are discussing the establishment of new credentials for workers who clean up radioactive debris or decommission nuclear power plants. The discussions revolve…

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant - New Mexico

Former president of contractor operating WIPP demoted

Almost a month after 13 workers were internally exposed to radiation, Farok Sharif, the former president and general manager of Nuclear Waste Patnership, the company contracted by the Department of Energy to oversee…

Sendai Nuclear Power Plant - Japan

Japan to prioritize safety screening of Sendai nuclear power plant

The Nuclear Regulation Authority in Japan said that it will prioritize the safety screening process at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture.  The announcement came on Thursday and implies that the…

Tomari Nuclear Power Plant - Hokkaido Electric

Hokkaido Electric to get second chance at restart screening

In Japan, nuclear reactors found to meet new post-Fukushima safety standards set by the Nuclear Regulation Authority, can be restarted.  The problem is that no reactor has met the new safety standards, which…

Waste Isolation Pilot Project

Thirteen workers internally contaminated by leaking radioactive materials at WIPP

Officials from the Department of Energy confirmed that thirteen workers at the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP) have confirmed positive for radiation exposure after the leak on February 14th from the first deep…

Japans FCA (Fast Critical Assembly) Cross-Section View

Japan finally acquiesces to US request to return weapons-grade plutonium

  After nearly four years of requests from the United States and recent protests from China, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga confirmed on Wednesday that Japan will return its stockpile of highly concentrated…

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…

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