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Fukushima a disaster 'Made in Japan'

Located in: Regulation and Safety

05 July 2012

The faults of every player in last year's Fukushima crisis have been laid out by a parliamentary commission. No organisation was singled-out as responsible - but rather Japanese culture itself. For the continuation of nuclear power in the country, regulation must go through an "essential transformation process."

Ohi producing power again

Located in: Regulation and Safety

05 July 2012

Ohi 66x48Japan has generated its first nuclear electricity in two months after unit 3 of the Ohi plant began supplying power to the grid today. While unit 4 of the plant is expected to resume operation by the end of the month, it is not yet known when the country's other idled reactors will restart.

UK nuclear support bounces back

Located in: Nuclear Policies

03 July 2012

Zingy (EDF Energy)_48Support for nuclear energy as part of the UK's energy mix has increased over the last year with 63% agreeing that it has a role to play, an opinion poll commissioned by EDF Energy has found.

Switzerland's 'challenging' energy policy

Located in: Energy and Environment

03 July 2012

Switzerland faces many challenges in its plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions while also phasing out its use of nuclear power, the International Energy Agency said after reviewing the country's energy policy.

All cool at Fukushima pool

Located in: Regulation and Safety

02 July 2012

Ohi 66x48Tepco workers have dealt with a temporary loss of cooling systems at Fukushima Daiichi unit 4's used fuel pool. Meanwhile, Japan's first reactor to restart after the Fukushima accident has reached criticality.

Bids in for new Temelin units

Located in: New Nuclear

02 July 2012

MIR1200 Temelin bid 48Three previously approved reactor vendors have today submitted their bids to Czech utility CEZ for the contract to build two more units at the Temelin nuclear power plant. A new public opinion poll has found strong support for their construction.

Orders given for 'hard core' France

Located in: Regulation and Safety

29 June 2012

French authorities have laid out the improvements they want to see from the country's nuclear operators to ensure safety in case of extreme natural disasters like those that led to the accident at Fukushima Daiichi.

Utilities reject calls to abandon nuclear

Located in: Corporate

29 June 2012

Japan's nine nuclear power utilities have rejected calls from some of their shareholders to reduce or even eliminate the use of nuclear energy. Tokyo Electric Power Co's shareholders approved a ¥1 trillion ($12.5 billion) injection of state funds which effectively nationalizes the company.

Jaczko probe concludes

Located in: Regulation and Safety

27 June 2012

Gregory Jaczko did not exceed his authority as chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission during the Fukushima crisis, although he intimidated staff and gave 'inconsistent' evidence to a Congressional hearing, an investigation has concluded.

Apec recognition for nuclear role

Located in: Energy and Environment

26 June 2012

Apec ministers (Apec)_48Asia-Pacific countries must work together to ensure that nuclear power can continue its important role in the region's energy mix despite the experiences of Fukushima, according to a declaration from energy ministers.


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