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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…

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…

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…

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…

NUMO Waste Storage Facility - Japan

Underground nuclear waste disposal facility locations difficult to locate in Japan

All of Japan’s nuclear reactors are offline, but that is not stemming the debate about what to do with the nation’s stockpile of nuclear waste. Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NUMO) is the organization…

Japan nuclear restart - February 2014

NRA to accelerate and prioritize reactor restart process

The controversy in Japan swirling around the topic of restarting idled nuclear reactors is showing no signs of simmering down; instead uncertainty and frustration appear to be increasing. In July, 2013, the Nuclear…

Contribution of human error to the occurrence of events

IAEA safety report shifts focus from human error to organizational processes and cultural values

This week the IAEA released a new report titled Managing Human Performance to Improve Nuclear Facility Operation. The publication shows the need for additional emphasis on the role of human performance in sustaining…

Nuclear Power Industry - Radiation Protection Standards

EPA solicits comments from the public on radiation protection standards

The United States Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting public comments while it updates its Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Operations; which was issued before Fukushima Daiichi, Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island,…

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…

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…

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…

Takahama Nuclear Power Plant

Utilities in Japan planning for opportunity to restart nuclear reactors

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority is expected to adopt updated nuclear safety guidelines on July 8th which will require power companies to improve safety measures meant to mitigate severe accidents that up until now…

Akie Abe

Japan’s first lady concerned about exporting nuclear technology

In a speech at an event hosted by the non-profit organization Furusa TV which supports farming communities, Akie Abe, the wife of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that she is not an…

The Pickering Nuclear Power Plant

Canada set to raise nuclear liability cap

In Canada, officials are working to submit legislative plans to increase the amount in damages Canadian operators of nuclear power plants would be responsible for in case of a nuclear accident, as well…

Lungment Nuclear Power Plant - Taiwan

30,000 protestors demonstrate against nuclear power in Taiwan

On Sunday, tens of thousands of Taiwanese marched through the capital city, chanting slogans urging the government to cease the construction of the nuclear power project.  Organizers said over 30,000 people took part…

Michael Buhrman, the infamous former licensed senior nuclear reactor operator turned fugitive is still at large and is believed to have fled the country to evade capture by authorities.  Buhrman was convicted last month of aggravated vehicular hijacking and vehicular hijacking and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Fugutive nuke operator described as “dangerous and evil”

Michael Buhrman, the infamous former licensed senior nuclear reactor operator turned fugitive who is believed to have fled the country to evade capture by authorities, was convicted last month of aggravated vehicular hijacking…

VC Summer

Employee supervisor at V.C. Summer nuclear power plant fails fitness for duty test

An employee supervisor at the V.C. Summer nuclear power plant in South Carolina tested positive for alcohol during a random fitness for duty test.  The individual has had site access terminated. Source: NRC…

ANO stator

Healthy discussion of the Arkansas Nuclear One accident

  Early Easter Sunday morning, an industrial accident at the Arkansas Nuclear Power Plant killed one worker and injured 8 others and left the unit without offsite power.  At the time of the…

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Licensed reactor operator at Grand Gulf fails drug test

A licensed reactor operator at the Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Plant in Mississippi tested positive test for illegal drugs during a random fitness-for-duty test.  The operator has had access to the GE BWR…

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