Dec 21, 2014

Plan to truck Fukushima radioactive soil, waste is put on hold

The government has given up on an earlier plan, slated to start in January, to transport radioactive soil and other waste from decontamination work following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster to nearby towns, sources close to the matter said Sunday. The move comes as ...

3/11 recovery slow going under Abe

Dec 1, 2014

3/11 recovery slow going under Abe

Efforts to rebuild areas devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami have inched along since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe returned to power in December 2012. Three years and eight months have passed since the natural disasters, which sparked the nuclear crisis at Tokyo ...

Nov 19, 2014

Diet approves bill on collective compensation for nuclear accidents

The Diet on Wednesday enacted a bill that allows Japan to join an international pact on financial liability for nuclear accidents. The Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage requires parties to share part of the compensation in the event of a nuclear accident. ...

Uranium mining stocks jump as Japan clears way to reactors restart

Nov 8, 2014

Uranium mining stocks jump as Japan clears way to reactors restart

Uranium prices and producers’ shares soared after Japan cleared the way for restart of the first of the nuclear reactors shut after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Cameco Corp., Canada’s largest uranium producer, increased 11 percent, the biggest gain since August 2010. Denison ...

Tepco removes all spent fuel rods from reactor 4 pool

Nov 5, 2014

Tepco removes all spent fuel rods from reactor 4 pool

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it had finished removing all used fuel from the storage pool in the reactor 4 building, leaving only less-risky unused material in the pool. But dismantling the entire facility still has to overcome the high levels of radioactive ...

Tepco projects ¥130 billion pretax profit for year

Oct 25, 2014

Tepco projects ¥130 billion pretax profit for year

Tokyo Electric Power Co., manager of the disaster-struck Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant is expecting to log a group pretax profit of ¥130 billion for the business year through March 2015, even without restarting the giant Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant or hiking rates again, sources familiar ...

Taiwan reveals new plans to send nuclear waste abroad

Oct 15, 2014

Taiwan reveals new plans to send nuclear waste abroad

Taiwan on Tuesday unveiled plans to process nuclear waste abroad for the first time as its power plants approach capacity — but environment groups slammed the proposal as “too risky.” The government is under growing public pressure over its unpopular nuclear policy, as concerns ...

Six concepts for the future of nuclear power

Oct 14, 2014

Six concepts for the future of nuclear power

The Generation IV International Forum was created in 2000 to do research on new types of nuclear reactors to replace water-cooled models that make up the majority of today’s global nuclear fleet. The group has chosen the following systems to focus on. Sodium-cooled fast ...