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Chernobyl nightmare haunts world 25 years on

KIEV – The world next week remembers 25 years since the worst nuclear accident in history at Chernobyl, haunted by fears that the Japan earthquake has shown again the risk of atomic power sparking apocalypse. Chernobyl has become a byword for environmental catastrophe, with the explosion at 1:23 am on…

TEPCO announces 6-9 month plan for Fukushima shutdown

The operator of Japan’s tsunami-hit nuclear plant aims to reduce radiation leaks within three months and to achieve a “cold shutdown” within six to nine months. Japan’s embattled Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) offered the timeline more than five weeks after a giant quake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems…

BP feels fishermen’s fury over Gulf oil spill

LONDON (AFP) – BP faced protests from angry fishermen and disgruntled shareholders on Thursday at its first annual general meeting since the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The meeting took place almost a year since the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers and caused…

BP faces angry protests at first annual general meeting since spill

LONDON — BP was facing angry protesters and disgruntled shareholders on Thursday at its first annual general meeting since a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The meeting in London is taking place almost a year since the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers and…

BP faces angry protests at first annual shareholders’ meeting since spill

LONDON (AFP) – BP was facing angry protesters and disgruntled shareholders on Thursday at its first annual general meeting since a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The meeting in London is taking place almost a year since the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers…

Japan struggles to stabilize crippled nuclear plant

TOKYO (Reuters) – The operator of Japan’s crippled nuclear plant said on Wednesday it was still working on a detailed plan to end the country’s nuclear crisis a month after it began, as tests showed radiation levels in the sea near the complex had spiked. Engineers moved a step closer…

Japan upgrades nuclear emergency to highest level

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan upgraded its nuclear emergency to a maximum seven on an international scale of atomic crises on Tuesday, the first time the highest ranking has been invoked since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. The regrading to a “major accident” with “widespread health and environmental effects” puts Fukushima…

BP asks to resume drilling in Gulf Coast

Less than a year after the Deepwater Horizon disaster that pumped oil into the waters off the Gulf Coast, BP is applying for permission to resume drilling in the area, reports the New York Times. Citing two unnamed sources — “company officials with direct knowledge of the application” — the…

Japan says it may take months to end radiation leaks

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan warned on Sunday it could take months to stop radiation leaking from a nuclear plant crippled by a huge earthquake and tsunami three weeks ago, while voters said a coalition would better handle the crisis and post-quake recovery effort. An aide to embattled Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the…

Japan nuclear focus shifts to cracked reactor basin

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese officials grappling on Sunday to end the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl were focusing on a crack in a concrete pit that was leaking radiation into the ocean from a crippled reactor. Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said it had found a crack in the…

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