Aug 24, 2013

Strong oversight of Tepco needed

The discovery that about 300 tons of highly radioactive water have leaked from a tank at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant reminds us how far the nuclear crisis is from ending.

Tepco needs public cash to dig deep wall

Aug 7, 2013

Tepco needs public cash to dig deep wall

The public must fund Tepco's effort to freeze the soil around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 reactors to prevent more groundwater from becoming radioactive, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says.

Jul 7, 2013

Tritium soaring in water at No. 1 plant

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Sunday that 600,000 becquerels per liter of tritium has been detected in groundwater at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. It’s the first time such a high level of tritium, an isotope of hydrogen, has been measured in ...

Jul 1, 2013

Cement truck skips decon for trip to Naraha

An excessively radioactive cement truck on Saturday ignored a decontamination order at the Fukushima No. 1 plant and drove to the town of Naraha, the company said. The driver neglected the decontamination order and left the premises at around 1:25 p.m. despite knowing its ...

Jun 18, 2013

NRA denies 3/11 quake damaged condenser pipes at Fukushima No. 1

The Nuclear Regulation Authority denied Monday that the Great East Japan Earthquake damaged piping related to critical cooling equipment in the building housing reactor 1 at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant before the tsunami hit. The NRA made the assertion after inspecting the ...

May 13, 2013

Renewable energy policy

The nuclear power plant problems at Fukushima remind us that one potentially positive effect of the Tohoku disaster was a rethink of Japan's energy policy.

Fukushima springs new cistern leak

Apr 9, 2013

Fukushima springs new cistern leak

Tepco halts the transfer of radioactive seawater from one leaking sunken reservoir to another at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex after a new cistern leak is found.