Jul 29, 2014

U.S. energy secretary defends possible German nuclear waste imports

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Monday defended his agency’s controversial move to consider processing spent nuclear fuel from Germany at South Carolina’s Savannah River Site nuclear facility, saying the proposal is consistent with U.S. efforts to secure highly enriched uranium across the globe. ...

Ishihara backtracks on kickbacks

Jun 19, 2014

Ishihara backtracks on kickbacks

Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara on Thursday retracted remarks suggesting that paying off local authorities in cash would ultimately solve the problem of where to store radiation-tainted soil from Fukushima Prefecture, after opposition parties demanded his resignation. Ishihara also said he would visit the region ...

Mar 30, 2014

Solar plant in Kochi trumps nuclear waste plan

A large solar power plant has come online at a site in Kochi Prefecture where a town planned to build a disposal facility for high-level radioactive waste. The move is partly designed to improve the image of the port town of Toyo, which has ...

Feb 25, 2014

Time to shutter Monju

The long-stalled project to commercialize fast-breeder reactor technology has been kept alive by the Abe administration in its plan for the nation's new basic energy policy.

Nov 23, 2013

Fukushima land grab eyed

The state plans to buy 15 sq. km of land around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant to build storage sites for radioactive soil and other decontamination waste.

Jul 6, 2013

METI to set up forum on nuclear waste disposal

A working group from an industry ministry panel has decided to set up a forum for discussing issues related to the disposal of spent nuclear fuel. The new forum will be composed of Cabinet ministers and local government leaders, according to the plan revealed ...