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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


IAEA supports discharge of Fukushima Daiichi water

IAEA supports discharge of Fukushima Daiichi water

A review of the management of treated water stored at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan has been carried out by the International Atomic Energy Agency. It says the two options under consideration for disposing of this water - discharge into the sea and via vapour release - are both technically feasible.

Regulation & Safety 03 April 2020


Tepco outlines treated water disposal options

Tepco outlines treated water disposal options

Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has released a report on two potential methods for disposing of treated water currently being stored on the site of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The report considers the discharge of the water into the sea and via vapour release.

Regulation & Safety 30 March 2020


IAEA chief commends Japan on Fukushima clean-up effort

IAEA chief commends Japan on Fukushima clean-up effort

Japan has made a "systematic and meticulous" effort in decommissioning the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said after visiting the plant yesterday. The IAEA is ready to provide further support, he said, for the disposal of contaminated water stored on the site.

Regulation & Safety 27 February 2020


Engineers publish new research on meltdown materials

Engineers publish new research on meltdown materials

Engineers at the UK's University of Sheffield have developed materials that they say could be used to help decommission the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear power plants. In the new research published today, they report their development of small batches of low radioactivity materials that can be used to simulate lava-like fuel containing materials. LFCMs are a mixture of highly radioactive molten nuclear fuel and building materials that fuse together during a nuclear meltdown.

Regulation & Safety 30 January 2020


Lifting of Fukushima evacuation orders re-opens rail link

Lifting of Fukushima evacuation orders re-opens rail link

Evacuation orders in the towns of Futaba, Okuma and Tomioka - imposed after the March 2011 accident at the nearby Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant - are to be partially lifted in early-March. The areas include three train stations, allowing a full service to resume on the JR Joban Line.

Regulation & Safety 20 January 2020


Revisions to Fukushima Daiichi decommissioning roadmap

Revisions to Fukushima Daiichi decommissioning roadmap

The trial removal of fuel debris from the damaged reactors at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will begin at unit 2 in 2021, according to the latest revision to the mid and long-term roadmap towards decommissioning the plant. Meanwhile, the removal of fuel from the storage pools at units 1 and 2 has been delayed by up to five years.

Waste & Recycling 30 December 2019


Effectiveness of Fukushima decontamination studied

Effectiveness of Fukushima decontamination studied

Following the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the Japanese government launched decontamination work in the surrounding area. With most of this work now completed, the European Geosciences Union has today published an assessment of the effectiveness of the strategies used, with a focus on radiocaesium.

Waste & Recycling 12 December 2019


Japan nuclear shutdown did 'more harm than good', study finds

Japan nuclear shutdown did 'more harm than good', study finds

Increased electricity prices and greater use of fossil fuels have led to more deaths following the Fukushima accident in March 2011 than the subsequent evacuation from the area surrounding the nuclear power plant, a new study shows. No deaths have been recorded as a direct result of the accident itself, but the decision to suspend nuclear power generation in response to it has contributed to loss of life, it says.

Regulation & Safety 29 October 2019