Feb 5, 2016

Government OKs multiple-site storage of radioactive waste

The Environment Ministry has allowed Ibaraki Prefecture to continue storing waste contaminated with radioactive substances from the March 2011 nuclear disaster in multiple locations for the time being. The ministry on Thursday supported ongoing use of the multiple-site storage option at a meeting with ...

Fukushima nuclear crisis far from over, Kan says

Jan 28, 2016

Fukushima nuclear crisis far from over, Kan says

Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant is not over five years since a massive earthquake and tsunami triggered the meltdowns. “There is no doubt” radioactive materials have been seeping into the sea after ...

Jan 27, 2016

Fukushima fishermen to expand operations off crippled nuclear plant

Fishermen in Fukushima Prefecture said Wednesday they plan to scale down their self-imposed fishing ban in waters off the damaged nuclear power plant due mainly to a substantial decline in radioactive cesium levels. The Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations is considering narrowing ...

U.S., New Mexico sign settlements over nuclear radiation leak

Jan 23, 2016

U.S., New Mexico sign settlements over nuclear radiation leak

New Mexico and the U.S. Department of Energy signed $74 million in settlements over dozens of permit violations stemming from a radiation leak that forced the closure of the only underground nuclear waste repository in the U.S. The settlements are the largest ever negotiated ...

Jan 11, 2016

Singapore to consider easing restrictions on Fukushima food items

Singapore has agreed to “positively” consider a request to ease import restrictions on food and other farm products from Fukushima Prefecture, according to Japanese officials. Lawrence Wong, Singapore’s national development minister, said in a meeting Sunday with agriculture minister Hiroshi Moriyama that he will ...

Jan 9, 2016

Fukushima nuclear evacuees fall below 100,000

As the fifth anniversary of the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis approaches, the number of residents of the northeastern prefecture who are still living as evacuees has fallen below 100,000, a survey by the prefectural government revealed Friday. According to the survey, 56,463 evacuees ...