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All 6 Kyushu Electric reactors shut down for first time in over 30 years

SAGA —Kyushu Electric Power Co said Monday that it has shut down the No. 4 reactor at its Genkai nuclear power plant in Saga Prefecture for routine inspection. The shutdown now leaves Japan…

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Russia admits over 20,000 underwater radioactive waste objects

There are nearly 25,000 hazardous underwater objects containing solid radioactive waste in Russia, an emergencies ministry official said on Monday. The ministry has compiled a register of so-called sea hazards, including underwater objects…

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IAEA Chief Predicts Number of Nuclear Power Stations will triple by 2030

TOKYO –The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano delivered a speech December 19 in Tokyo and presented a forecast that the number of nuclear power plants would increase by 90…

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NRC finds Entergy Safety Commitment Track Record Lacking

Vermont Yankee nuclear plant officials said Tuesday that a small amount of radioactive tritium was found in a Connecticut River water sample, but follow-up samples showed no signs of it and the finding…

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Indian citizens learn to be cautious about nuclear operations after Fukushima

Villagers living within five km radius of the Kaiga Nuclear Power Project look determined to intensify their agitation demanding their rehabilitation.  Presently, five members from each of the six villages of Hartuga, Balemane,…

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Can the Uranium industry really be regulated to the highest standards?

A highly anticipated National Academy of Sciences report on uranium mining concluded Monday that Virginia must overcome “steep hurdles” before it can assure that a rich deposit of the radioactive ore can be…

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Nuclear firms team up in response to nuclear safety – seismic hazards – risk assessment

Veteran Firms in the Nuclear Industry Announce New Venture Combining Expertise, Resources to Address Seismic Hazards & Risk Assessment Two veteran firms in the nuclear industry, Engineering Planning and Management (EPM) and Nuclear…

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Savannah River to harvest and study recently found growths in spent fuel pool

Scientists will fabricate a special piece of equipment to harvest samples of an unidentified white growth appearing in racks of nuclear waste stored at Savannah River Site.  A federal oversight panel, the Defense…

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Judge denies Diablo Canyon request to use ratepayer funds to keep plant operating

An administrative law judge dismissed Pacific Gas & Electric’s application, filed nearly two years ago, to use customer money in its efforts to keep the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant operating for another…

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TEPCO publishes decommissioning plan – Total costs still unreleased

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, did not specify the cost of decommissioning the plant’s reactors in its work schedule announced Dec. 21…

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Nuclear waste piling up faster than solutions can be dreamed

In 1987, Washington unilaterally decided the waste was going to Yucca without seriously considering other potential sites. Not surprisingly, Nevada citizens have railed against the top-down plan ever since.  If the government doesn’t…

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Taiwan to proceed with work on Number 4 Longmen Nuclear Power Plant

The ROC government will continue with efforts to build the No. 4 Longmen nuclear power plant in New Taipei City, Atomic Energy Council Deputy Minister Huang Tsing-tung said Dec. 20. “During the construction…

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission Reform Commissioners Panel – December 14th and 15th

December 14th, 2011 – House Committee Oversight and Government Reform Nuclear Regulatory Commission commissioners testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about recent allegations of mismanagement directed at Commission Chair Greg Jaczko. The…

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Davis Besse Nuclear Station still under scrutiny over cracks and overall plant safety

U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, has indicated he is not satisfied with and does not trust information FirstEnergy has disseminated about cracks in the plant’s shield building. “FirstEnergy continues to try to prioritize…

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EBR-1 Marks 60th Anniversary of Electricity from Nuclear Energy

Sixty years ago today, Experimental Breeder Reactor 1 generated enough electricity to power a string of four light bulbs at what is now the Idaho National Laboratory near Arco. Reid Cameron, who was…

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What to do with almost 70 years worth of Canadian atomic rubbish

At 3:07 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, 1952, the National Research Experimental nuclear reactor, then the most powerful research reactor on Earth, raced out of control, rapidly overheated and then exploded, destroying the…

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Nuclear News Headlines for December 19th, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011 India Today Kudankulam nuclear energy plant to be operational in two weeks: PM Economic Times – ‎Dec 16, 2011‎ MOSCOW: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Friday the first phase of the Kudankulam nuclear…

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Bellefonte Nuclear Station Gets Pulled into NRC Controversy

The year 2011 found Tennessee Valley Authority facing extra hurdles in a year when Japan’s 9.0 earthquake and tsunami put all eyes on nuclear performance. As TVA scrambles to repair recent safety concerns, Nuclear Regulatory Commission records…

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Jaczko claims small victory after failed coup attempt

It was a hearing more fit for Dr. Phil than C-SPAN, but members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission bemoaned the behavior of commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko — as they flanked him in a hearing…

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Finding meaning in the changing face of matter

“When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment,  precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically. In this context…

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