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NEA report considers long-term management of severe accidents

NEA report considers long-term management of severe accidents

Many challenges have to be faced in maintaining safety over the long term in a damaged nuclear power plant following a severe accident, the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency notes in a new status report. The report reviews knowledge and experience gained through long-term management of the Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi accidents, by identifying and ranking main issues and knowledge gaps. It also reviews the existing regulations and guidance, practices, technical bases and issues regarding long-term management of a severely damaged nuclear site.

Regulation & Safety 06 May 2021


Fukushima Daiichi water to be discharged into sea

Fukushima Daiichi water to be discharged into sea

The Japanese government today announced its formal decision that the treated water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi site will be discharged into the sea. Tokyo Electric Power Company is expected to start discharging the mildly-radioactive water in 2023 in line with international standards and regulations.

Regulation & Safety 13 April 2021


Latest data confirms 'indiscernible' impact of Fukushima radiation

Latest data confirms 'indiscernible' impact of Fukushima radiation

Increased incidences of radiation-related health effects among those exposed from the March 2011 accident at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are unlikely to be discernible, the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation said in a new report today. The report's major findings and conclusions broadly confirm those of UNSCEAR's 2013 report on the accident.

Regulation & Safety 09 March 2021


Anniversary: Reflecting on the impacts of Fukushima Daiichi

Anniversary: Reflecting on the impacts of Fukushima Daiichi

The slow-down in the development of nuclear energy globally, as a result of the Fukushima Daiichi accident, poses dire consequences for our fight against climate change, global human health and the resilience of global electricity systems, writes Sama Bilbao y León, director general of World Nuclear Association.

Perspectives 09 March 2021


NEA assesses the cause and impact of Fukushima accident

NEA assesses the cause and impact of Fukushima accident

As work to decommission the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and revitalise the surrounding area continues, there are many ways international communities can learn, assist Japan and support each other, according to a new report from OECD Nuclear Energy Agency. Published today, ahead of the 10th anniversary of the disaster, the report summarises the circumstances of the accident, the current status of the site, and lessons learned. It also considers the challenges that lie ahead and makes policy recommendations.

Regulation & Safety 03 March 2021


Fukushima Daiichi 3 fuel removal completed

Fukushima Daiichi 3 fuel removal completed

The process of removing all 566 fuel assemblies from the storage pool of unit 3 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan was completed yesterday, Tokyo Electric Power Company has announced. Fuel assemblies have already been removed from the pool at unit 4, but such work has yet to start at units 1 and 2.

Waste & Recycling 01 March 2021


Increased rate of water leakage at Fukushima reactors

Increased rate of water leakage at Fukushima reactors

A drop in the water levels in the reactor containment vessels of units 1 and 3 at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan has been detected, Tokyo Electric Power Company has announced. The utility said the decreased levels probably indicate that existing damage to the units' containment vessels has been exacerbated by the recent earthquake that struck the region, allowing more water to leak from them.

Regulation & Safety 22 February 2021


Japanese experts to oversee marine readings for IAEA

Japanese experts to oversee marine readings for IAEA

Three independent Japanese experts are to monitor the collection of marine samples near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on behalf of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The aim is to support the quality assurance of data collection and analysis by Japanese laboratories for radioactivity measurements.

Regulation & Safety 02 November 2020


Tepco completes survey of Fukushima Daiichi 2 fuel pool

Tepco completes survey of Fukushima Daiichi 2 fuel pool

There are no obstacles to the removal of assemblies from the used fuel storage pool of unit 2 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company said today after completing an initial survey of the pool. Removal of the assemblies is scheduled to begin fiscal year 2024.

Waste & Recycling 11 June 2020


Tepco prepares to survey Fukushima Daiichi unit 2 fuel pool

Tepco prepares to survey Fukushima Daiichi unit 2 fuel pool

Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has carried out training in the operation of a submersible remotely operated vehicle that will be used to investigate the used fuel pool of unit 2 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The investigation is scheduled to begin in mid-June.

Waste & Recycling 14 May 2020