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Over Sixty Thousand Japanese march against nuclear power in Tokyo

TOKYO (AP) – Chanting “Sayonara nuclear power” and waving banners, tens of thousands of people marched in central Tokyo on Monday to call on Japan’s government to abandon atomic energy in the wake…

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TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Photos September 17th 2011

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TEPCO Official – Pressure and Temperatures inside of Reactor 1 at Fukushima Daiichi exceeded Design Basis

 TEPCO  said Friday most of the detectors lying below the pressure vessel at the No. 1 reactor of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that check the condition of the control rods have been found damaged. The damage – mostly burnt…

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Fukushima Prefecture Bans Wild Mushroom Shipments – Tkahagi and Ibaraki also find contamination

The ban on wild mushroom shipments from 43 Fukushima Prefecture municipalities announced on Sept. 15, paired with widespread radiation fears, is discouraging pickers from their usual mushroom-hunting trips into the woods. The ban…

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TEPCO to ditch faulty Kurion-AREVA equipment to rely solely on Toshiba (and IHI and US’s Shaw)’s SARRY for highly contaminated water treatment.

From Mainichi Shinbun (9/15/2011): 東京電力は15日、福島第1原発事故で生じた高濃度の放射性物質を含む汚染水を浄化して原子炉の冷却に使う「循環注水冷却システム」で、米キュリオン社の装置によって下がった放射性物質の濃度が、続いて仏アレバ社の装置を通すと上がるトラブルが起きたと発表した。アレバ社の装置が処理する高濃度の汚泥が流出した可能性もあり、原因を調べている。現在は、アレバ社の装置は止め、キュリオン社の装置だけで処理している。 TEPCO announced on September 15 that there was a trouble in the reactor cooling system that circulates water treated in the contaminated water treatment system. The density of…

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TEPCO’s secret 40 billion yen donations to local governments near nuclear plants – "We wanted to avoid criticism that we had collusive relations with local authorities"

Tokyo Electric Power Co. has been handing out about 2 billion yen (about $26 million) a year in unpublicized payments to local governments near its nuclear facilities, sources said Sept. 14. Though the large…

The explosion at the French nuclear plant is a timely reminder of the dangers of nuclear energy. It should be another wake-up call for the UK government, says Kate Hudson.

Marcoule blast shows the hazards associated with nuclear waste

What has taken place at Marcoule shows absolutely clearly that the extreme conditions that prevailed in Fukushima are not a precondition for nuclear accidents and potential disasters.   There is no reactor on…

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Areva in financial crisis forced to suspend uranium production at Malvesi and Tricastin for at least 2 months

PARIS — French nuclear giant Areva is suspending uranium production at two plants because of low demand from Japanese power stations in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, a spokeswoman said Thursday. “This…

The test of a new lining that can take the heat of fusion could be crucial for a planned reactor in France.

Europeans Reignite Worlds Largest Fusion Energy Project – Joint European Torus (JET) reactor

A team of researchers has restarted the world’s largest fusion experiment—the Joint European Torus (JET) reactor, near Oxford, U.K. The move is a step forward in the quest for practical nuclear fusion. The…

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Fukushima nuclear disaster causes vacant posts at German Embassy as diplomats and families have reservations about radiation risks

BERLIN–The German Embassy in Tokyo is having difficulty filling up to 10 posts–about one-fourth of its diplomatic staff positions–as German diplomats are reluctant to come to Japan due to radiation fears stemming from…

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Message to Japan and United States – Mongolian President bans external talks on nuclear waste storage plans

ULAN BATOR (Kyodo) — Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj has issued an order banning negotiating with foreign governments or international organizations on nuclear waste storage plans in Mongolia. The order came last Friday after…

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Fukushima to test infants urine for internal radiation

Minamisoma City in Fukushima Prefecture has decided to include infants and small children in tests for radiation taken into their bodies. Parts of the city are designated as evacuation zones following the accident…

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4 Workers Continued Working In Beta Radiation Hotspot Despite Radiation Monitors Warnings – 17 More Workers To Be Checked

At least 4 workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant failed to evacuate even though their radiation monitor indicated levels of beta rays exceeding the set limit. The workers were replacing equipment in…

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Cold Shutdown by January? – Reactor Temperatures Still Trouble Workers At Fukushima Daiichi

The operator of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has begun injecting water directly onto the spot in the No. 2 reactor where the fuel is believed to be located after melting…

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Fukui Gov. calls for ‘responsible’ energy policy and clarification of ‘impromptu’ stress tests

In a written request submitted to Edano, the governor of Fukui Prefecture, which hosts 14 nuclear power reactors, the most among all prefectures, called on the government to promptly share knowledge and data…

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UN Says Japan’s assumptions Fukushima nuclear accident ‘too modest’

The United Nations said Wednesday that Japan was ”too modest” in assuming possible accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant before the earthquake-tsunami disaster crippled the facility on March 11. ”The principal…

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Vermont Yankee Trial Update – Entergy VP admits he wrote a letter 3 years ago acknowledging State permission required to keep plant operating

A vice president of the company that owns the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant says he wrote a letter almost three years ago acknowledging the company needed state permission to keep the plant…

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NRC inspecting Monticello nuclear power plant

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is conducting a special inspection of Xcel Energy Inc.’s Monticello nuclear power plant in Minnesota. That’s after Xcel discovered blockage in part of the fire protection sprinkler system…

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Tokai Nuclear Plant Has Ventilation Malfunction, NISA Says

A Japanese nuclear plant had a malfunction in its ventilation system, the country’s atomic regulator said. There was no radiation leakage outside the reprocessing plant northeast of Tokyo. Tokai was the site of…

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Small children found playing on the freshly installed Radioactive Turf in Nursery School in Akita Prefecture

From Yomiuri Shinbun local Akita version (9/8/2011): 横手市は7日、同市横手町の相愛保育園(園児118人)の園庭に植えられた芝生の上の空間放射線量を測ったところ、県の通常レベルの最大値である毎時0・086マイクロ・シーベルトを上回る同0・135マイクロ・シーベルトが検出されたと発表した。同園は7日休園し、芝生を除去した。 Yokote City in Akita Prefecture announced on September 7 that the air radiation level above the turf in the school yard at Soai Nursery School…

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