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Blix: The world will still use nuclear

Located in: Industry Talk

19 May 2011

[AFP] The majority of the world will continue to use nuclear energy, recent events at Fukushima notwithstanding, according former International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general Hans Blix. In an interview with AFP, Blix said that the nuclear industry would adopt changes following on from the experiences at the Japanese plant, struck by the 11 March earthquake and tsunami, and in the process become better and safer. "Fukushima is a bump in the road and will also lead to a further strengthening of the safety of nuclear power," he said.

Images show tsunami impact

Located in: Regulation and Safety

19 May 2011

Tsunami impact 2, Fukushima Daiichi 11 March 2011The most dramatic pictures yet of the tsunami inundation at Fukushima Daiichi have been released today by Tokyo Electric Power Company.

British, Finnish and German nuclear safety reports

Located in: Regulation and Safety

18 May 2011

LoviisaSafety authorities of three European countries have concluded that there is no reason to shut down nuclear plants as a response to the Fukushima accident, despite varying political views on the technology.

Revisions to Fukushima restoration roadmap

Located in: Regulation and Safety

17 May 2011

While reporting progress made in its restoration of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has amended its roadmap. However, the company still expects the damaged units to be stabilized by the end of the year.

Theory for Fukushima Daiichi 4 explosion

Located in: Regulation and Safety

17 May 2011

Fukushima Emergency Response Room, 13 May 2011A theory has emerged to explain the explosion at Fukushima Daiichi 4, despite no nuclear fuel being damaged there, based on an influx of hydrogen via pipework shared with unit 3.

Fukushima fuel melt confirmed

Located in: Regulation and Safety

16 May 2011

Fukushima Daiichi 1 fuel melt

Investigations at unit 1 at Fukushima Daiichi suggest that most of the fuel in the reactor core melted and dropped to the bottom of the reactor vessel in the early stages of the accident. Work has started on installing a structure to cover the damaged reactor building.

US plants safe in extreme events, NRC finds

Located in: Regulation and Safety

16 May 2011

Surry (NRC/Dominion Energy)Inspections by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) have found that the country's nuclear reactors would be safe even in the event of power losses or extensive site damage following extreme events - although some plants still need to make improvements.

European stress tests still to be finalised

Located in: Regulation and Safety

13 May 2011

The European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG) and the European Commission have failed to agree the specifications for stress tests to be carried out at all of the European Union's nuclear power plants.

Deal struck over Tepco compensation plan

Located in: Regulation and Safety

13 May 2011

The task force discussing the Japanese government's plans for supporting embattled Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) overcame objections from a number of politicians yesterday to draw up a blueprint for the government's assistance to the utility.

Water poses questions for Tepco

Located in: Regulation and Safety

12 May 2011

Radioactivity test results are back on the leak discovered yesterday at Fukushima Daiichi 3, while better data from unit 1 has begun to illuminate the damage there. Off-site, tap water restrictions have all been lifted.


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