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Japan ‘unprepared’ for Fukushima accident

Located in: Regulation and Safety

08 June 2011

Tsunami impact 1, Fukushima Daiichi, 11 March 2011In a report on the Fukushima accident, the Japanese government has recognized deficiencies in preparedness and responses. However, it insists that lessons will be learned from the accident.

Swiss council votes for phase out

Located in: Industry Talk

08 June 2011

Switzerland's National Council has voted in support of the phase out of nuclear energy in the country following a decision by the Swiss cabinet not to replace its existing nuclear plants. 101 members of the 200-seat lower house of the Swiss parliament voted in favour of phasing out nuclear energy by 2034, with 54 against. The proposal must also be approved by the upper house, the 46-member Council of States. Switzerland currently relies on five nuclear plants to generate 40% of its electricity, and up until the accident at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant triggered by the 11 March earthquake and tsunami had been planning to replace its reactors with new units as they reached the end of their operating lives.

Uranium One takes reins at Mkuju River

Located in: Corporate

08 June 2011

Uranium One has become the operator of the Mkuju River uranium project in Tanzania following the acquisition of Mantra Resources by AtomRedMetZoloto (ARMZ) and will manage the development of the project and other Mantra exploration activities.

Germany hastens first reactor closures

Located in: Nuclear Policies

06 June 2011

Rottgen and others at press conference (Image: BMU/Thomas Trutschel)UPDATED Three of Germany's operating nuclear reactors will close before the end of the decade under draft legislation which firms up the arrangements leading to a phaseout of nuclear power.

Two Fukushima workers overexposed

Located in: Regulation and Safety

06 June 2011

Two workers at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant have reportedly been exposed to radiation amounts exceeding the safety limit set by the government.

Cooling success, while water builds up

Located in: Regulation and Safety

03 June 2011

A new cooling system for the fuel pond at Fukushima Daiichi 2 has rapidly reduced water temperature, but operators still struggle with huge volumes of contaminated water.

MHI eyes global growth in nuclear orders

Located in: Corporate

03 June 2011

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is still aiming to reach its goal of doubling its global nuclear power-related orders by 2014. The company's US subsidiary has announced plans for a new engineering centre in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Nuclear issue back on Italian ballot

Located in: Nuclear Policies

02 June 2011

Italy's Supreme Court has ruled that a referendum to be held in the country later this month should include a question on the future development of nuclear power, despite government efforts to avert such a vote.

Talks on cost of anti-nuclear policy

Located in: Corporate

01 June 2011

Isar 2 (WaveCult)EOn is counting the cost of Germany's new energy policies and preparing to put its case to government for a multi-billion euro compensation deal.

First IAEA report on Fukushima

Located in: Regulation and Safety

01 June 2011

Mike Weightman at Fukushima Daini, May 2011 (Greg Webb/IAEA)The handling of the Fukushima nuclear crisis was "exemplary," said a preliminary report from the International Atomic Energy Agency, and could eventually show "what can be achieved in responding to such extreme nuclear events."


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