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Fukushima Daiichi cleanup operations blamed for contamination of rice crops

Officials from the agriculture ministry told reporters on Monday that efforts to clean up debris at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant may have been the source of cesium that contaminated rice crops…

ALPS - Fukushima Daiichi

ALPS system brought back online at Fukushima Daiichi

Tokyo Electric announced that it has resumed full operation of the ALPS system used to decontaminated radioactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The ALPS system is designed to process up…

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Japanese robots working to clean debris from Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 3

Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been using heavy duty remove control decontamination robots to conduct debris removal operations at the Unit 3 reactor building. Radiation levels inside of the…

Fukushima Daiichi Ice Wall Operation

TEPCO’s ice wall operation not meeting expectations

In September 2013, Tokyo Electric announced that it planned to drill freeze wells at three feet intervals to create an ‘ice wall’ nearly a mile long  at the Unit 2 and Unit 3…

Higashidori Nuclear Power Plant Aomori Prefecture

Tohoku Electric seeks screening of Higashidori nuclear power plant

The Higashidori nuclear power plant in Japan is unlike than any other nuclear power station in the country in that two of the four reactors at the station are operated by the Tohoku…

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Vietnam pushed to use Mitsubishi reactors

Officials in Vietnam are near the final stages of selecting the nuclear technologies that will be used for multiple nuclear reactors across the country. Vietnam plans to construct 14 nuclear reactors by 2030 to supply…

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Uranium suppliers forced to cut production due to lack of demand

Uranium prices are being dramatically affected by the shutdown of nuclear reactors in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster as supply overwhelms demand. Japanese nuclear power plants have been kept offline…

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Japanese court orders Kansai Electric to keep Ohi reactors offline

After hearing the claims of 166 plaintiffs who live within 150 miles of the Ohi nuclear power plant, a Japanese court has ordered the Kansai Electric Power Company to not restart two of…

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German government rebukes utilities plan to dump decommissioning responsibilities

After the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan, Germany accelerated its plans to cease using nuclear power to supply the nation’s energy needs.  The seven oldest nuclear power plants in Germany were taken…

Ambassador Kennedy looks out the window of her bus as she tours parts of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan

Ambassador Kennedy tours Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant

Caroline Kennedy, the US Ambassador to Japan, spent three hours visiting the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Wednesday as part of her first trip as ambassador to Fukushima Prefecture. While touring…

Iodine tablets scandal in Niigata Pref.

Japan investigating whether prefectures have sufficient iodine supplies for residents

Last month an official from Niigata Prefecture admitted to pretending to order 1.3 million iodine tablets, which are meant to be distributed to residents 30 kilometers around the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in…

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Japan and France to promote fast breeder reactors

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Francois Hollande met during a summit meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Monday and agreed that the two countries will work to promote…

Tokyo Electric - Japan

TEPCO records profits after dismal losses in previous year

Tokyo Electric has announced annual profits of $4.3 billion USD, compared to a net loss of $6.6 billion USD in the previous year. The utility, which recently found itself on the edge of…

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant - Sept 2013

Enhanced investigation of crippled containment vessels at Fukushima Daiichi planned

Tokyo Electric is planning a more expansive investigation of the damaged containment vessels at Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 1, Reactor 2, and Reactor 3.  The utility hopes that the information gathered during the investigations…

IAEA review mission members examine recovery work at TEPCO's No.4 reactor building at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Japan seeking international assistance with Fukushima Daiichi fuel removal

On Friday, officials from the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) in Japan attending a seminar asked for input from engineers in Japan and across the world on removing melted nuclear fuel…

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…

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…

Groundwater Bypass Plan at Fukushima Daiichi

Radioactivity found in groundwater well at Fukushima Daiichi

Tokyo Electric, operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, is hoping to draw groundwater and release it into the Pacific Ocean before it becomes highly contaminated while passing through the facility. On…

Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant stand by as new storage tanks are hoisted into position.

TEPCO unable to bring contaminated water issues under control at Fukushima Daiichi

While Japan was working to secure an Olympic bid last September, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised the world that the problems of controlling contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant had…

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