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Pits pose problems at Fukushima

Located in: Regulation and Safety

15 April 2013

Tepco is emptying the three water storage pits that were found to be leaking at Fukushima Daiichi. In around two months the contaminated water should all have been removed to tanks.

US nuclear safety goes from strength to strength

Located in: Regulation and Safety

12 April 2013

Salem-Hope Creek (PSEG)_48Contracts have been signed for the operation of two regional US response centres to manage emergency backup equipment, while newly released performance metrics for 2012 show US plants achieving good safety performances.

Fukushima internal exposures low, study finds

Located in: Regulation and Safety

11 April 2013

Some 99% of residents of Fukushima prefecture and neighbouring Ibaraki have barely detectable levels of internal exposure to caesium-137, a group of Japanese researchers has found. Of the remaining 1%, all showed levels well below the government-set limit.

Positive global outlook for nuclear energy

Located in: Nuclear Policies

10 April 2013

Nuclear power is going through some of its toughest ever years, but retains majority global policy support, the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle conference heard today in Singapore.

Tepco tackles rodent problems

Located in: Regulation and Safety

05 April 2013

Tepco has now suffered two power supply problems at Fukushima Daiichi, both thanks - directly and indirectly - to small animals, while senior managers have had their pay cut over the matter.

Tohoku scraps plan for Namie-Odaka plant

Located in: Corporate

28 March 2013

Long-standing plans for the construction of a new nuclear power plant in Japan's Fukushima prefecture have been dropped by utility Tohoku Electric Power Company. The Namie-Odaka plant was first proposed some 45 years ago.

South Korean nuclear policy unchanged

Located in: Nuclear Policies

27 March 2013

Park Geun-hye 48The new South Korean government of Park Geun-hye looks unlikely to waver from its predecessor's staunch support for the country's nuclear energy program.

Fukushima pool cooling resumes after power loss

Located in: Regulation and Safety

19 March 2013

An electrical failure on the evening of 18 March led to the loss of cooling systems at the fuel pools of Fukushima Daiichi units 1, 3 and 4, as well as the shared pool. However, operation of all the systems was resumed within 30 hours.

Fukushima frame levels up

Located in: Regulation and Safety

14 March 2013

Fukushima Daiichi 4 cover, March 2013 (Tepco) 64x48The frame of a structure to cover Fukushima Daiichi 4 has reached the third level and is now higher than the reactor building. It will enable the removal of used reactor fuel from the storage pool.

EBRD funds Ukrainian safety program

Located in: Regulation and Safety

14 March 2013

South Ukraine (South Ukraine NPP)_48The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is to provide a €300 million ($388 million) loan to bring all of Ukraine's operating nuclear power plants in line with modern safety standards.

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