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Japan nuclear watchdog says two reactors at Tepco’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa to stay idle — for now via The Japan Times

The country’s atomic watchdog held off certifying the safety of two idle reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata Prefecture on Wednesday, citing a lack of debate on specific safety measures taken. The Nuclear … Continue reading

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<社説>川内原発停止要求 民意背負う知事に応じよ via 琉球新報

 稼働中の原発の一時停止を知事が求めたのは初めてだ。住民の命、安全を最優先する立場からの要請は当然の行動であり、支持したい。  鹿児島県の三反園訓(みたぞのさとし)知事が、稼働中の九州電力川内原発1、2号機の一時停止と再点検、周辺の活断層調査などを九州電力の瓜生(うりゅう)道明社長に要請した。  一時停止は7月に初当選した三反園知事の公約だ。4月に起きた震度7級の熊本地震を受け、原発を抱える不安を募らせた県民の多くの支持を得て、原発推進の前知事を破った。  立地県の民意を背負う知事が、電力会社に原発停止を直接要請した意義は大きい。  「安全神話」が崩れた福島第1原発事故を受け、原発の存在に不安を抱くのは鹿児島県民だけではない。三反園知事の行動を多くの国民が注視している。 […] 九電は「熊本地震後に安全性について問題はないと確認した」と主張している。原子力規制委の田中俊一委員長は「われわれがきちんと審査してきた原発の何を点検するのか」と、冷や水を浴びせた。  政府と規制委、九電が気脈を通わせる中、九電が一時停止するかについては否定的な見方が強い。  川内原発1号機は10月、2号機は12月に約2カ月間の定期検査に入り、運転を停止するが、検査終了後の運転再開時には地元の同意を得ることが慣例化している。知事は安全性に疑念が残るなら、同意を拒めばいい。九電は、原発稼働には地元の理解が不可欠であることを再認識せねばならない。 もっと読む。

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NRA dismisses former expert member’s Oi plant warning via The Asahi Shimbun

The nation’s nuclear watchdog has dismissed the suggestion by seismologist Kunihiko Shimazaki that the maximum impact of a projected earthquake on the Oi nuclear plant could have been underestimated and should be reviewed. The Nuclear Regulation Authority concluded on July … 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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Japan’s Nuclear Watchdog Sees Ocean Dump for Fukushima Water via Bloomberg.com

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501)’s plan to manage radioactive water at its wrecked Fukushima plant may include a controlled discharge into the ocean once its toxicity is brought within legal limits, Japan’s nuclear regulator said. Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi … Continue reading

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Fukushima Watch: Authority Chairman Not Convinced Level 3 Needed via The Wall Street Journal

Just a week after Japan’s nuclear regulator declared the leak of radioactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant big enough for a Level 3 incident rating, the regulator’s head is wondering publicly if it really deserved that rating after … Continue reading

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Fukushima operator pleads for international help as radiation crisis deepens via RT News

TEPCO, operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, admits it needs overseas help to contain the radioactive fallout, after 18 months of trying to control it internally. It comes after the latest leak at the facility was deemed a “serious … Continue reading

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Japan Races To Contain Worst Fukushima Spill Since Meltdown via the Wall Street Journal

Leak Is Prompting Fresh Scrutiny of Handling of Nuclear Site Japan is scrambling to contain its worst spill of contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant since its 2011 meltdown, drawing fresh scrutiny to its handling of the site. TOKYO—Japan … Continue reading

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Radiation crisis at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant deepens as threat level raised to ‘serious’ via The Independent

“We are in a situation where there is no time to lose,” said NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka today. Operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) admitted this week that one of about 1060 giant storage tanks at the plant had leaked … Continue reading

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Japan’s nuclear crisis deepens, China expresses ‘shock’ via Reuters

The U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Wednesday it viewed the situation at Fukushima “seriously” and was ready to help if called upon, while nearby China said it was “shocked” to hear contaminated water was still leaking from … Continue reading

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