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Japan may be ‘momentarily’ without nuclear power

TOKYO — Japan may go “momentarily” without nuclear power next month when the only one reactor still in operation shuts down for maintenance work, the country’s industry minister warned Sunday. Yukio Edano made the comment as the government prepared to restart two offline nuclear reactors amid criticism from media and…

French nuclear reactor shut down after fires

RENNES, France — A French nuclear reactor shut down automatically Thursday after two small fires at the installation in the north of the country that firefighters quickly extinguished, officials said. EDF, the operator of the power plant in Penly on the English Channel near the port of Dieppe, said the…

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…

U.S. approves first nuclear plant in decades

WASHINGTON — The US approved its first new nuclear power reactors in decades on Thursday, despite objections from the country’s top regulator that safety issues raised by last year’s Fukushima meltdown were not fully addressed. Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted 4-1 to approve the construction of two 1,100…

Thousands protest against nuclear power in Japan

About 2,000 demonstrators hit the streets of Yokohama on Saturday calling for an end to nuclear energy in Japan after the March 11 disaster that sparked the worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl. They marched in the port city southwest of Tokyo chanting in chorus: “We don’t need nuclear power. Give…

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…

John McCain Will Stop Some Other Globe From Warming

During the Republican primary, John McCain made a big to-do about how he was going to tackle global warming head-on. “I will clean up the planet,” McCain said. “I will make global warming a priority.” McCain often says that he wants to reduce dependence on foreign oil and that he…

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