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TEPCO shares close up 20% in Tokyo trade

Shares in TEPCO closed up 20 percent in Tokyo trade Monday after Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said he was unaware of alleged meetings between officials over the breakup of the company. Shares in Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant at the centre of an…

Fukushima engineers knew of critical design flaw years in advance

Officials at the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and engineers at the Fukushima nuclear power plant knew for years about a critical design flaw in the plant’s older reactors, but declined to do anything about it, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. An electric switching station the…

Fire at Nebraska nuke plant injures worker

A fire yesterday at an embattled Nebraska nuclear plant sent one worker to the hospital with severe burns, according to reports from local media. The Omaha World-Herald reported that the incident occurred around 2 p.m. yesterday outside a security building on the grounds of the Ft. Calhoun nuclear plant, but…

Nuke plant inspections find flaws in disaster readiness

A special inspection of U.S. nuclear plants after the Fukushima disaster in Japan revealed problems with emergency equipment and disaster procedures that are far more pervasive than publicly described by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a review of inspection reports by ProPublica shows. While the deficiencies don’t pose an immediate risk…

Philippines launches ‘eco-friendly’ nuclear tourism

BATAAN, Philippines (AFP) – In a fresh but ambiguous take on ecotourism, travellers in the Philippines can visit a remote turtle sanctuary and then venture into the heart of a nearby nuclear power plant. If tourists feel too weary to make the three-hour bus drive back to Manila after their…

Fukushima reactors being cooled with recycled water

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan’s TEPCO said it started on Monday pumping in decontaminated runoff water to cool reactors at its crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant, a key step towards stabilising the tsunami-hit nuclear site. The effort to recycle water back into reactors at the power plant had been delayed due to…

Japan hopes to convince public of nuclear reactor safety

TOKYO — Japan began a campaign Sunday to convince communities hosting nuclear reactors to let operations resume, with several local governments blocking nuclear power generation after the atomic crisis in Fukushima. Central government officials held a briefing in Saga prefecture, where two reactors at the Genkai power plant are among…

Nuclear agency head to visit flooded Nebraska reactors

FORT CALHOUN, Neb (Reuters) – The chair of the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission will arrive in Nebraska Sunday to monitor preparations against Missouri River flooding at two Nebraska nuclear power plants, officials said Friday. NRC Chair Gregory Jaczko will visit the Cooper Nuclear Station south of Omaha Sunday and the…

Japan finds radiation traces in whales

TOKYO (AFP) – Japanese whale hunters have found traces of radioactive caesium in two of the ocean giants recently harpooned off its shores in the Pacific Ocean, a fisheries agency official said Wednesday. Two minke whales culled off the northern island of Hokkaido showed readings of 31 becquerels and 24.3…

Japan poll finds 74% support nuclear phase-out

TOKYO (AFP) – Almost three-quarters of Japanese respondents to a newspaper poll published Tuesday favour a gradual phase-out of nuclear energy in the wake of the Fukushima atomic accident. The Asahi Shimbun daily said in its weekend opinion poll that only 14 percent were against such a gradual reduction. The…

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