Rokkasho's fuel reprocessing plant nears full NRA approval

National Sep 15, 2018

Rokkasho's fuel reprocessing plant nears full NRA approval

A spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in the village of Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, looks set to gain approval for full operation following the completion of most of its safety review. The Nuclear Regulation Authority checked the remaining safety measures against the risks of earthquakes and ...

Business Sep 29, 2016

Hitachi, Toshiba, Mitsubishi Heavy may integrate nuclear fuel units

Hitachi Ltd., Toshiba Corp. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. are considering integrating their nuclear fuel businesses, sources said Thursday. The tie-up could come in the spring. Their nuclear businesses have been in the doldrums since the 2011 meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power ...

National Jul 10, 2015

Kyushu Electric finishes loading fuel into nuclear reactor

Kyushu Electric Power Co. has completed loading nuclear fuel into a reactor at its Sendai Nuclear Power Station, a step toward rebooting the first atomic facility after meeting stringent safety standards the central government introduced after the 2011 Fukushima meltdowns. The last rod assembly — ...

World Dec 31, 2014

Russia: Ukraine's import of U.S. nuclear fuel poses meltdown risk

Russia says Ukraine's deal to buy U.S.-made nuclear fuel for its Soviet-built reactors could trigger a nuclear accident. Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine announced Tuesday that his nation has reached a deal on nuclear fuel deliveries with Westinghouse to reduce dependence on Russian supplies. The ...

Japan Atomic Energy Agency to close nuclear fuel reprocessing plant

National Sep 29, 2014

Japan Atomic Energy Agency to close nuclear fuel reprocessing plant

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency said Monday it will close its nuclear fuel reprocessing plant because it would cost too much to meet tighter safety regulations adopted following the 2011 Fukushima crisis. Starting full-fledged operations in 1981, the spent-fuel reprocessing plant in the village of ...

Physicist leads effort to image melted cores

National May 11, 2014

Physicist leads effort to image melted cores

by Tatsuya Tsujimura

Haruo Miyadera is spearheading a project to use subatomic particles called muons to peer into the damaged reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant. "Finding out what is happening inside the reactors will be the first step toward dismantling them," said the 36-year-old physicist ...

National Jan 23, 2014

Cosmic rays peer into reactor cores

Researchers say they have developed a system that uses cosmic rays to get images of melted nuclear fuel inside reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 plant.

National Nov 27, 2013

NRA sets new safety regimen for fuel reprocessors

The Nuclear Regulation Authority unveiled new safety standards Wednesday for spent fuel reprocessing facilities and fabrication plants, obliging operators to take measures against severe crises, including hydrogen explosions and criticality incidents. The standards, to take effect Dec. 18, are basically in line with those imposed ...