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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.

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.


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