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Tepco begins ice wall activation

Located in: Regulation and Safety

31 March 2016

Fukushima Daiichi ice wall - 48Tokyo Electric Power Company announced that it has today started up the equipment to create a wall of frozen soil at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to prevent groundwater entering the reactor buildings. Regulatory approval to partially activate the ice wall was received yesterday.

Advisory group sees progress at Fukushima Daiichi

Located in: Regulation and Safety

30 March 2016

NRMC at Fukushima Daiichi - 48Members of the Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee yesterday toured the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan and noted progress in decommissioning and working conditions at the site.

Shikoku decides against restarting Ikata 1

Located in: Corporate

29 March 2016

Ikata NPP - 48Unit 1 of Shikoku Electric Power Company's Ikata nuclear power plant in Japan's Ehime prefecture will be decommissioned, the company has announced. Meanwhile, the utility has requested pre-operational inspections at Ikata 3 ahead of its planned restart.

Nuclear growth revealed in China's new Five-Year Plan

Located in: Nuclear Policies

23 March 2016

China's operating nuclear generating capacity will double over the next five years under the country's latest Five-Year Plan. The plan also calls for the preparation for construction of inland nuclear power plants and work on a reprocessing plant to start by 2020.

Regulator approves Ikata 3 safety upgrades

Located in: Regulation and Safety

23 March 2016

Ikata NPP - 48Unit 3 of the Ikata nuclear power plant in Japan's Ehime prefecture has moved a step closer to restarting after the country's nuclear regulator approved Shikoku Electric Power Company's 'construction plan' to strengthen the unit.

Fukushima Daiichi waste incinerator starts up

Located in: Waste and Recycling

22 March 2016

Fukushima Daiichi solid waste incinerator - 48A facility for incinerating miscellaneous solid low-level waste has begun operating at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The incinerator will be used for disposing of items such as used protective clothing and construction waste.

Radiation-detecting drone developed

Located in: Regulation and Safety

15 March 2016

Drone with radiation detectors - 48Spanish firm Escuadrone has developed what it claims is the world's first drone equipped with a system for detecting radioactivity. The drone can be used in the management of nuclear-related emergencies, it says.

Time to look again at radiation safety

Located in: Viewpoint

11 March 2016

Five years after the nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi, the scientific community is ready to assess what the real health consequences have been and put them into perspective with other risks in our lives, Gerry Thomas told the BBC in an interview.

Injunction halts operation of Takahama units

Located in: Regulation and Safety

09 March 2016

Takahama 3 and 4 - 48A district court today imposed a temporary injunction against the operation of units 3 and 4 of Kansai Electric Power Company's Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui prefecture. Kansai said unit 3 will be shut down tomorrow, while unit 4 is currently not in operation.

Amano highlights 2016 activities for IAEA

Located in: Nuclear Policies

08 March 2016

IAEA Board meeting - March 2016 - 48Further enhancing nuclear safety around the world and the verification of Iran's nuclear program will be key activities for the International Atomic Energy Agency this year, its director general has told the organization's board of governors.


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