India expands uranium enrichment

Jun 23, 2014

India expands uranium enrichment

India is expanding a covert uranium enrichment plant that could potentially support the development of thermonuclear weapons, a defense research group says, raising the stakes in a regional arms race with China and Pakistan. The revelation highlights the lack of nuclear safeguards in India ...

Industrial heartland faces possible energy crunch

May 30, 2014

Industrial heartland faces possible energy crunch

by Jacob Adelman

The industrial heartland in western Japan is facing the prospect of electricity shortages over the summer in the absence of nuclear power. Electric Power Development Co., better known as J-Power, said Thursday it won’t be able to fully restore a 1,000-megawatt coal-burning generator in ...

May 20, 2014

Tokai No. 2 applies for safety check

Japan Atomic Power Co. on Tuesday applied for the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s safety screening of its Tokai No. 2 nuclear power plant in Ibaraki Prefecture, aiming to restart the facility soon. The plant’s only reactor, which started operations in November 1978, is the oldest ...

NRA raps Sendai plant for lack of safety info

May 2, 2014

NRA raps Sendai plant for lack of safety info

Nuclear regulators said Friday that Kyushu Electric Power Co. has not provided enough information in a document outlining safety measures for two reactors the utility wants to restart. The document was submitted to the Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday so the NRA can confirm ...

Anti-nuke activists plan 100th rally near Diet

May 2, 2014

Anti-nuke activists plan 100th rally near Diet

Activists who have been rallying against nuclear power near the prime minister’s office and the Diet building since 2012 are scheduled to hold their 100th demonstration Friday night. The number of people attending the rallies, however, has declined to several thousand after peaking at ...

Costs keep mounting for idled reactors

Apr 25, 2014

Costs keep mounting for idled reactors

by Aaron Sheldrick and Osamu Tsukimori

Since March 2011, the government has focused on the cost of cleaning up after Fukushima, the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Now, the bill is coming due for another unbudgeted consequence of that calamity — shutting down the nation’s 48 remaining nuclear reactors for ...