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Japan’s nuclear safety chief raps Tepco’s attitude on Fukushima No. 1 crisis, restarting other reactors via The Japan Times

The head of the Nuclear Regulation Authority told Tepco’s top management he questions their attitude toward decommissioning the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and the company’s ability to resume operating its other reactors. “I feel a sense of danger,” … Continue reading

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Kansai Electric seeks to operate aging reactor beyond 40-year limit via Japan Today

OSAKA — Kansai Electric Power Co has applied to the nuclear regulatory body for permission to operate a reactor in western Japan beyond the government-mandated 40-year service period. The power company asked the Nuclear Regulation Authority for approval to continue … Continue reading

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Fukushima No. 1 still has 7,000 tons of problematic toxic water to be removed via The Japan Times

Some 7,000 tons of radioactive water at risk of leaking into the ground still has to be removed from underground tunnels and other locations at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. Tokyo Electric Power Co. is trying to get rid … Continue reading

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Japan nuclear regulator advisers fear loss of its “essential” independence via Reuters

Feb 18 (Reuters) – International advisers to Japan’s atomic regulator have raised concern a mandatory review of its performance could lead to a loss of independence for the body, which was set up in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima … Continue reading

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Tsunami, not Quake, Seen as Main Cause of Fukushima Accident via Wall Street Journal

Japan’s nuclear regulator said Wednesday that the tsunami following the March 11, 2011, earthquake–not the quake itself–was the main cause of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The conclusion matters because of the implications for other nuclear-power … Continue reading

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TEPCO may consider discharging contaminated water into sea: IAEA Xinhua News Agency via GlobalPost

TOKYO, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) — The head of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission in Japan monitoring the decommissioning process at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station said Wednesday that discharging contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean might … Continue reading

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Lower radiation readings proposed to speed return of Fukushima evacuees via The Asahi Shimbun

The Nuclear Regulation Authority has drafted a proposal to accelerate the return home of Fukushima nuclear disaster evacuees by using radiation readings that tend to be lower than the ones now officially used. The NRA wants residents to take radiation … Continue reading

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Environmental government white paper removes risks of nuclear power via The Asahi Shimbun

In line with the Abe administration’s push for the restart of nuclear reactors, the 2013 government white paper on environmental issues has noticeably removed the warning on the risks of nuclear power, which was included in the 2012 report. In … Continue reading

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NRA team maintains active fault runs directly beneath Tsuruga nuclear reactor via The Mainichi

A Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) inspection team has told Japan Atomic Power Co. (JAPC), operator of the Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant in Fukui Prefecture, it will not accept the power company’s rebuttal of an inspection team report stating there is … Continue reading

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Quake fears rise at Japan’s reactors via Nature

Commissioners say that geological faults make some reactors too dangerous to restart. Plans to restart some of Japan’s 50 nuclear reactors, which have been idle since the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in March 2011, have hit an obstacle — and his … Continue reading

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