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Japan restarts first nuclear plant since disaster

A nuclear reactor in southern Japan was to begin producing electricity again on Wednesday, its operator company said, in the first restart of a stalled atomic power plant since the Fukushima disaster. Operations at the reactor began late on Tuesday, Kyushu Electric Power said, less than a month after the…

Japan to set up new nuclear watchdog

TOKYO — Japan will set up a new nuclear regulator under the environment ministry in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, in a bid to give the watchdog more teeth, media reported Friday. The existing Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) has been criticised following the March 11 disaster for…

Radiation levels in seawater off Japan at record levels; plants will get safety upgrade

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan ordered an immediate safety upgrade at its 55 nuclear power plants on Wednesday in its first acknowledgement that standards were inadequate when an earthquake and tsunami wrecked a facility nearly three weeks ago, sparking the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986. As operators struggle to regain control of…

Japan reactor radiation spike report ‘mistaken’

OSAKA – Extremely high levels of radiation were detected in water leaking from reactor two of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, forcing the evacuation of workers, its operator said Sunday. A spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said the level of radiation found in the leaked water in the turbine…

Two workers at Japan plant taken to hospital

OSAKA (AFP) – Three workers at Japan’s stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant were exposed to high radiation as they sought to restore power to reactor three, with two hospitalised, the nuclear safety agency said Thursday. “Three workers who were working to lay cables in the basement of the turbine building were…

Japan reports progress at Fukushima plant

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan saw some success in its race to avert disaster at a tsunami-damaged power plant, though minor radiation leaks underlined perils from the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl 25 years ago. Three hundred engineers have been battling inside a danger zone to salvage the six-reactor Fukushima…

GE defends nuclear plant design

WASHINGTON — General Electric defended its 40 year old Mark 1 reactors at the center of Japan’s nuclear crisis Friday, saying that early questions about reactor’s safety had long been addressed. GE rejected recent reports of possible design weaknesses in the Mark 1, which accounts for five of the six…

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