Mar 29, 2014

Utility rates to reach record highs in May

All 10 major power utilities and four major gas firms say they plan to raise rates to new records in May to reflect the consumption tax hike and high fuel prices. All 14 announced Friday they will raise rates for a fourth straight month, ...

Utilities eye more non-nuclear power output

Mar 26, 2014

Utilities eye more non-nuclear power output

Tokyo Electric Power Co. and three other utilities are contemplating boosting non-nuclear thermal power generation by either building new facilities or expanding existing plants. Tepco is planning a major increase in capacity by building facilities to generate around 6 million kilowatts, equivalent to nearly ...

Mar 25, 2014

Fukushima fishermen OK water discharge

A local fishermen’s organization decides to allow Tokyo Electric Power Co. to dump groundwater from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex into the sea on condition that the water meets certain decontamination standards.

Mar 25, 2014

Tepco halts Fukushima water cleanup system again

Tokyo Electric Power Co. suspended operations at the advanced radioactive water cleanup system at its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant Monday only some six hours after its resumption. Tepco resumed operations at two units of the Advanced Liquid Processing System, or ALPS, ...

Nuclear waste buildup relentless

Mar 22, 2014

Nuclear waste buildup relentless

In excess of 496,000 cu. meters of low-level radioactive waste would need to be disposed of through burial if every nuclear reactor in the country is decommissioned, according to government officials. It is the first time a specific volume for radioactive waste stemming from ...

Fukushima radiation expected at U.S. West Coast beaches soon

Mar 15, 2014

Fukushima radiation expected at U.S. West Coast beaches soon

Scientists have crowdsourced a network of volunteers taking water samples at beaches along the U.S. West Coast in hopes of capturing a detailed look at low levels of radiation drifting across the ocean since the 2011 tsunami that devastated the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear ...

Fukushima No. 1 workers rally against Tepco

Mar 14, 2014

Fukushima No. 1 workers rally against Tepco

Workers from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant rallied Friday outside the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Co., complaining they are being forced to work for meager pay in dangerous conditions. The group of about 100 demonstrators shouted and pumped their fists in the ...

Jaczko recalls chaos of Fukushima early days

Mar 12, 2014

Jaczko recalls chaos of Fukushima early days

by Kazuaki Nagata

The central government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. fell into chaos when the triple meltdown crisis started at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission also faced a tough crisis-management situation characterized by limited information and mounting pressure to ...