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Cooling fuel pools at Fukushima

Located in: Regulation and Safety

13 June 2011

Fukushima Daiichi 2 turbine building (Tepco)

While progress has been made in cooling the used fuel pool at Fukushima Daiichi unit 2, an inspection of the reactor building at unit 4 suggests workers may face problems setting up a similar cooling system there. Meanwhile, tests have confirmed that two workers have received radiation doses of over 650 millisieverts.

Tests soon at Fukushima treatment plant

Located in: Regulation and Safety

10 June 2011

Fukushima rest area (Tepco)Active testing is to begin on a facility to treat and store contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, where some 100,000 tonnes of contaminated water has to be managed.

Coordinated US industry response to Fukushima

Located in: Regulation and Safety

10 June 2011

Three electricity industry organizations have joined forces to integrate and coordinate the US nuclear industry's response to the Fukushima accident in Japan. Meanwhile, a poll indicates that worldwide public support for nuclear energy remains high despite the accident.

Forum finds lessons from Fukushima

Located in: Regulation and Safety

09 June 2011

Regulators and plant operators must strive for continuous improvement of nuclear safety in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, nuclear regulatory authorities from around the world have agreed.

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.


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