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Inspection sheds light on Fukushima torus

Located in: Regulation and Safety

24 April 2012

Fukushima Daiichi 2 torus April 2012 (Tepco) 63x48The torus suppression chamber of Fukushima Daiichi 2 appears to be intact, ending speculation that it ruptured during the height of the accident sequence.

Fukushima fuel removal buildings

Located in: Regulation and Safety

19 April 2012

Fukushima Daiichi 4 buildings (Tepco) 75x48Plans for the removal of nuclear fuel from Fukushima Daiichi 4 have been explained by Tokyo Electric Power Company.

$33 billion cost of Swiss nuclear decision

Located in: Nuclear Policies

19 April 2012

Switzerland's decision not to build any new nuclear generating capacity will cost the country some CHF 30 billion ($33 billion) up to 2050, according to the country's Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications.

Japanese nuclear fuel cycle under review

Located in: Waste and Recycling

18 April 2012

Goshi Hosano at JAIF, April 2012 125x48Japan is evaluating a wide range of nuclear fuel cycle options as part of the larger review of the future role of nuclear power within energy policy, a government minister told the annaul meeting of the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum.

Close-up on Fukushima pool debris

Located in: Regulation and Safety

16 April 2012

Fukushima Daiichi 3 debris (Tepco)_48Tepco has released images of debris including parts of a crane used for moving fuel in the spent fuel pool at Fukushima Daiichi unit 3. Meanwhile, work is due to begin to cover unit 4's reactor building.

Germany escapes carbon emissions rise

Located in: Energy and Environment

13 April 2012

Germany's emissions of carbon dioxide edged down by 2.2% last year, even while those from its power sector grew in the wake of post-Fukushima reactor closures. The main effects from the shutdowns have been a cut in exports previously supported by nuclear and the financial impact of this on utilities. 

Fukushima impacts global nuclear generation in 2011

Located in: Energy and Environment

13 April 2012

nuclear_2011 48The amount of electricity generated by nuclear power plants worldwide fell by just over 4% in 2011, primarily due to reactors being idled in Japan following the Fukushima accident and Germany's reflex reaction to close its older units.

Japan-UK nuclear cooperation framework

Located in: Nuclear Policies

10 April 2012

Cameron Noda April 2012 74x48British prime minister David Cameron met with his Japanese counterpart Yoshihiko Noda in Toyko today as part of a trade mission. The leaders renewed their commitment to nuclear cooperation as begun in the 1960s.

Restart decisions rest with politicians

Located in: Regulation and Safety

10 April 2012

Japanese cabinet four April 2012 77x48Members of the Japanese cabinet have met publicly to discuss restarting reactors while the country's crisis of confidence in nuclear safety continues. At the centre of debate is the potential restart of two reactors at the Ohi plant.

Chinese reactor enters commercial operation

Located in: New Nuclear

10 April 2012

Qinshan II 4 commop 72x48Unit 4 at China's Qinshan Phase II has begun commercial operation. The announcement marks the successful conclusion of the project to add two more indigenously-designed units at the plant in Zhejiang province.


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