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New earthquake disrupts grid power

Located in: Regulation and Safety

07 April 2011

Another powerful off shore earthquake has hit Japan's northeast. Diesel generators have replaced grid power at Higashidori  nuclear power plant and the Rokkasho reprocessing facility but there has been no effect on safety at Fukushima Daiichi.

Mega-Float readies for service at Fukushima

Located in: Regulation and Safety

07 April 2011

Mega-Float (Image: trust.org)A vast floating structure dubbed Mega-Float is being prepared to store contaminated water from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Northeast Japan was hit by another earthquake today as the cost of the 11 March disasters was put at up to $290 billion.

Prepare for a new nuclear industry

Located in: Nuclear Policies

06 April 2011

The nuclear power industry will change in the years after the Fukushima accident but the need for the technology will not, said industry leaders today in Chicago at the first major conference since the crisis began.

Fukushima leak plugged; nitrogen approved

Located in: Regulation and Safety

06 April 2011

Tepco has succeeded in plugging a crack in a concrete shaft through which contaminated water from unit 2 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant had been leaking into the sea. Meanwhile, the company is considering injecting nitrogen gas into the reactor vessel of another reactor.

Amano calls for safety improvements

Located in: Regulation and Safety

05 April 2011

As the International Atomic Energy Agency holds its first major international nuclear safety meeting following the crisis at Fukushima, director general Yukiya Amano has called for more to be done to strengthen nuclear power plant safety.

Large release of water

Located in: Regulation and Safety

04 April 2011

Thousands of tonnes of contaminated water are to be discharged from Fukushima Daiichi to give plant operators a better chance to manage more serious contamination. Recent results from food sampling show an improving situation.

Leakage traced to crack in Fukushima shaft

Located in: Regulation and Safety

04 April 2011

Fukushima: Shaft filled with concrete (Tepco)A crack in a system of concrete trenches and tunnels has been identified as a possible route through which water has been leaking to the sea from Fukushima Daiichi unit 2. Work is under way to seal the crack.

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.


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