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New strategy for Fukushima trench water

Regulation and Safety

24 July 2014

New approaches to removing the contaminated water from trenches around units 2 and 3 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant are being explored after attempts to freeze it failed.

Fukushima ice wall under construction

Regulation and Safety

02 June 2014

Fukushima Daiichi ice wall drilling 48Construction has started of a wall of frozen soil at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to prevent groundwater entering the reactor buildings. The ice wall is expected to take nine months to complete.

Half-way point for Fukushima fuel transfer

Regulation and Safety

14 May 2014

Fukushima fuel transfer cask - 48More than half of the 1533 fuel assemblies have been removed from the storage pond of Fukushima Daiichi unit 4 and transferred to a central storage pool on the site. The remainder should be removed by the end of the year.

Next stage for robotic decontamination

Regulation and Safety

13 June 2014

Fukushima Daiichi 2 cleanup robot (Tepco) 56x48Two robots are cleaning up contamination inside Fukushima Daiichi 2. A new one is wiping down the walls while another continues to scrub the floor.

Fukushima groundwater released to sea

Regulation and Safety

21 May 2014

Fukushima groundwater release 48The first groundwater diverted from the Fukushima Daiichi plant has been released into the sea after tests showed that contamination was well below permissible levels. The bypass system will significantly reduce the volume of contaminated water that Tepco must deal with.

Sellafield and Fukushima link up

Waste and Recycling

02 May 2014

Sellafield, Fukushima signing, May 2014 (72x48)Sellafield Ltd has become the first to sign a cooperation agreement with the Tepco subsidiary responsible for cleaning up the Fukushima Daiichi site. The companies will share their decommissioning experience.