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Regulator approves restart of Shimane 2

Regulator approves restart of Shimane 2

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority today formally accepted a report concluding unit 2 of Chugoku Electric Power Company's Shimane nuclear power plant meets the country's new safety standards. The utility must still obtain local consent before the 789 MWe boiling water reactor can be restarted.

Regulation & Safety 15 September 2021


Monitoring Fukushima radiation on land and sea

Monitoring Fukushima radiation on land and sea

Japanese laboratories monitoring radionuclides in seawater, marine sediment and fish near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continue to produce reliable data, according to a new International Atomic Energy Agency report. Meanwhile, Tokyo Electric Power Company plans to rear fish in treated radioactive water from the plant to demonstrate its safety. A University of Georgia study has shown that radioactive contamination in the Fukushima Exclusion Zone can be measured through its resident snakes.

Regulation & Safety 30 July 2021


Tepco anticipates delay in Kashiwazaki-Kariwa restart

Tepco anticipates delay in Kashiwazaki-Kariwa restart

The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Japan's Niigata Prefecture will not be restarted until fiscal 2022 (ending March 2023) at the earliest, Tokyo Electric Power Company said in a revised business plan. The company submitted the plan yesterday to the government for approval. Tepco is awaiting regulatory approval to restart units 6 and 7 at the plant.

Corporate 22 July 2021


Study highlights Bruce plant's emergency preparedness

Study highlights Bruce plant's emergency preparedness

Measures put in place at Canada's Bruce nuclear plant in the 10 years since the Fukushima Daiichi accident in Japan have made the site safer, stronger and better prepared to deal with even the most unlikely emergency, a new study has concluded. Emergency preparedness enhancements mean that off-site protective actions would not be required even in the most unlikely situation, the study by Kinectrics has found.

Regulation & Safety 01 July 2021


June date set for Mihama restart

June date set for Mihama restart

Kansai Electric Power Co has announced plans to restart Mihama unit 3 in June. The unit will return to full operations in July, but Takahama units 1 and 2 will not be able restart until further facilities are completed at those units.

Regulation & Safety 12 May 2021


Fukushima Daini decommissioning plan approved

Fukushima Daini decommissioning plan approved

Japan's nuclear regulator today approved Tokyo Electric Power Company's decommissioning plan for the four reactors at its Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant, close to the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Regulation & Safety 28 April 2021


Fukui governor approves restart of three reactors

Fukui governor approves restart of three reactors

The governor of Japan's Fukui Prefecture today approved the restart of three reactors owned by Kansai Electric Power Company - Takahama units 1 and 2, and Mihama unit 3. His consent was the final approval needed for the reactors - all aged over 40 years old - to resume operation.

Regulation & Safety 28 April 2021


Mixed court rulings for Japanese reactors

Mixed court rulings for Japanese reactors

The Hiroshima High Court today overturned a temporary injunction against the operation of unit 3 at Shikoku Electric Power Company's Ikata nuclear power plant in Japan's Ehime prefecture. Meanwhile, the Mito District Court has ordered a suspension of the operation of unit 2 at Japan Atomic Power Company's Tokai plant in Ibaraki prefecture.

Regulation & Safety 18 March 2021


Nuclear safety bolstered since Fukushima accident, says Grossi

Nuclear safety bolstered since Fukushima accident, says Grossi

The March 2011 accident at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant "galvanised the international community," International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today. He outlined the work the IAEA and its Member States have done to strengthen nuclear safety in the ten years since the accident.

Regulation & Safety 10 March 2021


Germany agrees compensation for nuclear phaseout

Germany agrees compensation for nuclear phaseout

The German government has reached an agreement with EOn, EnBW, RWE and Vattenfall on compensation for the forced premature closure of their nuclear power reactors. The utilities are set to receive a total of almost EUR2.5 billion (USD3.0 billion) in compensation after agreeing to drop all legal actions against the government related to the nuclear phaseout. The final regulation related to the compensation will be made into law by the end of this year.

Nuclear Policies 05 March 2021