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U.N. nuclear body says aging reactors create safety concerns

VIENNA — Eighty percent of nuclear power plants are more than 20 years old, raising safety concerns, the UN atomic agency warned in a draft report seen by AFP on Tuesday, a year after Japan’s Fukushima disaster. This “could impact safety and their ability to meet member states’ energy requirements…

Activists tap court to block Japan reactor restart

A group of Japanese citizens said they would file a lawsuit Monday to prevent the restart of a nuclear power plant, a day after the first anniversary of the country’s atomic disaster. The group of 259 citizens are to file the suit in Osaka District Courtseeking an injunction that would block the…

Thousands rally against nuclear power in Taiwan

TAIPEI — Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Taiwan Sunday calling on the government to shut down the island’s nuclear power plants, citing the painful lesson of Japan’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake one year ago. In the capital city of Taipei, the crowd observed a one-minute silence to pay tribute…

Thousands rally against nuclear power in Japan

Thousands demonstrated in Tokyo on Saturday against nuclear power generation, 11 months after a massive earthquake and tsunami sparked reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Kenzaburo Oe, the 1994 Nobel prize winner for literature, told a central rally at Yoyogi Park, “Radioactive waste from nuclear power plants will…

Child leukaemia doubles near French nuclear plants: study

PARIS (Reuters) – The incidence of leukemia is twice as high in children living close to French nuclear power plants as in those living elsewhere in the country, a study by French health and nuclear safety experts has found. But the study, to be published soon in the International Journal…

U.S. approves new nuclear plant design

WASHINGTON — The US approved a new nuclear plant design Thursday, paving the way for the country’s first new nuclear power facilities since 1996 to be built. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave the green light to Westinghouse’s 1,100 megawatt AP1000 pressurized water reactor design, which is slated for use in…

Nuclear inspector gives green light to atomic energy

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s nuclear power plants are safe enough to continue operating and the government’s strategy for building new nuclear plants is adequate, the country’s Chief Nuclear Inspector said in his final post-Fukushima report on Tuesday. “I remain confident that our UK nuclear facilities have no fundamental safety weaknesses (but) no matter…

5 things the media isn’t telling you about human activity and earthquakes

Shortly before midnight Mountain Time on August 23, the largest earthquake in Colorado in more than a century, with a magnitude of 5.3, sent tremors as far away as Kansas. Some twelve hours later, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake centered in Northern Virginia sent shock waves as far away as Toronto.…

Senator calls for utility plant worker background checks

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sen. Charles Schumer said on Sunday he would introduce legislation requiring major utility plants to run background checks on employees to help prevent security threats against power facilities. Citing a recent U.S. Department of Homeland Security report that found insider sabotage at electric, gas, and water utilities was a significant threat…

Japan to fire top nuclear officials in wake of disaster

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan will replace three senior bureaucrats in charge of nuclear power policy, the minister overseeing energy policy said on Thursday, five months after the world’s worst atomic crisis in 25 years erupted at Fukushima. The move comes as Prime Minister Naoto Kan calls for enhanced nuclear safety…

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