Conditions and safety the focus at Fukushima site

28 August 2015

Radiation levels have reduced to the point that full-face masks are not needed for 90% of the Fukushima Daiichi site but worker safety remains a high priority following a fatal accident this month.

The reduction in ambient radiation after treatment of contaminated water, the progress of general clean-up and management of dust has meant that workers now only need full-face masks for 10% of the Fukushima Daiichi site. Using only half-face masks represents a significant improvement to the working lives of clean-up staff, which also helps them to work safely by improving their comfort and vision.

However, the complexity of the site, the thousands of workers and the remaining protective equipment combine to add risk to work at Fukushima Daiichi and there have been a number of  fatal accidents. This week, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare dispatched new rules to Tepco to help it maintain worker safety.

Nuclear costs remain competitive, says IEA/NEA report

01 September 2015

The cost of nuclear power is in line with other baseload energy technologies, but new nuclear power plants can generate more electricity and more cheaply over their full lifetime if financing costs are low. This is the conclusion of a recent joint study by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Women in Nuclear for Climate

01 September 2015

Women in Nuclear conf, August 2015 (IAEA - Dean Calma) 77x48Women in Nuclear has leant its support to a civil society campaign for nuclear energy to be recognised as a low-carbon option for fighting climate change.

Dominion institutes corrective actions at Millstone

28 August 2015

Dominion is implementing a "broad range of corrective actions" at unit 2 of its Millstone nuclear power plant in Waterford, Connecticut under a settlement agreement reached with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Russia sells Australian mining arm to Boss Resources

01 September 2015

Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear corporation, has agreed to sell its Honeymoon uranium project in northern South Australia to Boss Resources.

Korean repository officially opens

01 September 2015

Gyeongju repository opening ceremony - 48A ceremony was held on 28 August to mark the official opening of South Korea's underground low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste disposal facility at Gyeongju in North Gyeongsang province.

Paladin narrows its loss, continues to cut costs

28 August 2015

Paladin Energy has reported a net loss of $368.8 million for the 2015 fiscal year, ending 30 June, up from a loss of $336.5 million in fiscal 2014.

The human side of nuclear safety

The 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan has, as might be expected, led to improvements in equipment at plants around the world that have fortified safety systems and allowed for better protection against rare, extreme natural events.
Equally important to the process of improving nuclear safety is the emphasis placed on implementing quality improvements to the 'human' side of nuclear safety, a crucial element that is often not considered by those outside the nuclear sector, writes William Magwood.


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