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Last decade of German nuclear power

Located in: Nuclear Policies

31 May 2011

Germany's policy reversal on nuclear has been completed with a new push to enter the 'age of renewables' and the accelerated dumping of nuclear technology. Industry has yet to react.

G8 fixed on nuclear safety

Located in: Nuclear Policies

27 May 2011

Nicolas Sarkozy and Naoto Kan in Deauville, May 2011Only ten minutes were allocated for leaders of the G8 countries to discuss nuclear energy at the summit in Deauville, France. Host President Nicolas Sarkozy of France said, "Many among the G8 think that there is no alternative to nuclear power, even if we are convinced of the need to develop alternative energy, renewable energy.

Large scale melt predicted at units 2 and 3

Located in: Regulation and Safety

26 May 2011

Two scenarios for Fukushima Daiichi 3 (thumb)Computer analysis of reactor damage at Fukushima Daiichi has indicated more serious fuel melt has probably occurred than previously thought at units 2 and 3.

New system to keep fuel pools cool

Located in: Regulation and Safety

26 May 2011

Spent fuel pool (Westinghouse)A stand-alone emergency fuel pool cooling system developed by Westinghouse would be able to keep spent fuel cool in emergencies including the loss of all plant power, the company claims.

Swiss cabinet goes for nuclear phase out

Located in: Nuclear Policies

25 May 2011

Beznau (Axpo)Nuclear development may be put on hold in Switzerland after a cabinet decision not to allow replacement of existing reactors. If the policy gets through parliament, the last nuclear energy could be generated in the mid-2030s.

Terrorism thrown out of nuclear 'stress tests'

Located in: Regulation and Safety

25 May 2011

Stress testing' of the European Union's 143 nuclear power reactors will not specifically include terrorism after that idea was rejected by national safety regulators.

Water and debris hamper Fukushima work

Located in: Regulation and Safety

23 May 2011

Fukushima Daiichi 1 - 20 May 2011 (Tepco)The accumulation of contaminated water and the existence of radioactive debris continue to hamper work to stabilize the reactors at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Meanwhile, South Korea and China have agreed to greater cooperation with Japan in nuclear safety and disaster control management.

Japanese reactor shutdowns threaten power shortages

Located in: Regulation and Safety

20 May 2011

Japan will face nationwide power shortages during the coming summer months unless reactors currently shut down for regulatory-mandated periodic inspections are allowed to resume operation, the head of the country's electric utility association has warned.

Trillion-yen cost of tsunami

Located in: Corporate

20 May 2011

Tepco share price, 20 May 2011Tokyo Electric Power Company announced the ¥1.02 trillion cost so far of reparations from natural disasters has pushed it to a ¥1.25 trillion ($15 billion) loss for the financial year just ended.

Cold shutdown a must for Fukushima return

Located in: Regulation and Safety

19 May 2011

Naoto Kan at the emergency response room, 13 May 2011The Japanese government has spoken of the future of nuclear power as well as its demands before people evacuated from near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant can return.


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