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Deaths confirmed at Fukushima Daiichi

Located in: Regulation and Safety

03 April 2011

Fukushima devastation (Tepco)Two workers missing since the natural disasters of 11 March have now been found dead in the turbine building of Fukushima Daiichi unit 4.

International nuclear safety pledges and promises

Located in: Regulation and Safety

01 April 2011

Sarkozy and Kan (Image: Cabinet Public Relations Office)The governing body of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) has pledged to maintain a 'safety first' focus following the events at Fukushima. Meanwhile, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called for international nuclear safety standards.

RWE appeals against German moratorium

Located in: Corporate

01 April 2011

Biblis (Areva)RWE Power has today lodged an appeal with the Administrative Court of Appeal in Kassel against the three-month shutdown of its Biblis nuclear power plant ordered by the German government following the Fukushima accident in Japan.

Tepco's plans for water issues

Located in: Regulation and Safety

01 April 2011

Engineers have plans to deal with contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi site, although enacting them will take time. New water storage and treatment facilities are planned for construction.

Concrete pumps to Fukushima

Located in: Regulation and Safety

01 April 2011

Concrete pumps being sent to FukushimaFour more concrete pumping trucks are on their way to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to help the effort to maintain fuel ponds.

Swiss nuclear organisation targeted

Located in: Corporate

31 March 2011

A suspected letter bomb has exploded in the offices of the Swiss nuclear trade organisation, swissnuclear, injuring two people. Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

Further evacuations a possibility

Located in: Regulation and Safety

31 March 2011

Radionuclide disposition, 21 March 2011 (IAEA)Japanese authorities are considering the evacuation of more people in the area around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after a more serious spot of radionuclide disposition was identified. Some restrictions on tap water are being lifted but discharges to sea continue.

Tsunami likely filled trenches

Located in: Regulation and Safety

30 March 2011

Fukushima trenched (Tepco)Analysis of the trenches at Fukushima Daiichi indicates they were probably flooded by the tsunami. Low radioactivity in one trench may result from capture of radionuclides from the air but high levels in another are unexplained.

Future of reactors new and old

Located in: Corporate

30 March 2011

Reactors 1 to 4 at Fukushima Daiichi are highly likely to be written off, Tokyo Electric Power Company has said. The fate of undamaged units 5 and 6 may lie in the hands of local residents as may plans for new units.

IAEA chief proposes nuclear safety meeting

Located in: Regulation and Safety

29 March 2011

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has called for a high-level conference to discuss what lessons can be learned from the accident at the quake- and tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.


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