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French nuclear reactor authorized for 10 more years

French safety authorities Monday said they had cleared a reactor at a 33-year-old nuclear plant to go on functioning for another decade provided maintenance work is carried out. The number one reactor at Fessenheim, France’s oldest nuclear plant, “is suitable to be used for 10 more years on condition that…

Jellyfish shut down British nuclear reactor

LONDON — A nuclear power station in eastern Scotland had to shut down its reactors after “high volumes” of jellyfish were found on its seawater filter screens, the operating company said Thursday. “Both units at Torness power station were manually shut down on 28 June, due to the high volumes…

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…

Iran to triple capacity to enrich 20% uranium

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran plans to triple its capacity to purify uranium later this year when it transfers the work from the central city of Natanz to the Fordo site, the country’s nuclear chief said on Wednesday. The announcement brought immediate condemnation from France which termed Iran’s plans a “provocation”,…

Japan’s TEPCO admits further nuclear reactor meltdowns

TOKYO (AFP) – The operator of Japan’s tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant on Tuesday said it believed fuel had partially melted inside three reactors, as long suspected by experts. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said new readings on water gauges indicated that the fuel had dropped to the bottom of…

Japan widens evacuations outside plant zone

TOKYO — Japan on Sunday started the first evacuations of homes outside a government exclusion zone after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami crippled one of the country’s nuclear power plants. Some 4,000 residents of Iidate-mura village as well as 1,100 people in Kawamata-cho town, in the quake-hit northeast, began…

Japan shuts down nuke plant near quake zone

TOKYO — Japan shut down the final working reactor at a nuclear plant near a tectonic faultline Saturday as Prime Minister Naoto Kan pledged a new law to help compensate victims of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. Workers suspended the Hamaoka powerstation’s number-five reactor at 1:00 pm (0400 GMT) in a…

At Chernobyl site, Medvedev calls for new nuclear rules

CHERNOBYL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, speaking at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine, called on Tuesday for new world rules to be drawn up on safety at nuclear plants. Medvedev, standing alongside Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich at a ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear…

With an eye to Japan, world pledges cash for Chernobyl

KIEV (Reuters) – The world community, spurred by the nuclear crisis in Japan, on Tuesday pledged 550 million euros ($780 million) extra cash to help build a new containment shell at the site of the 1986 Chernobyl accident. Ukraine had hoped for 740 million euros from world governments and international organizations at a conference…

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…

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