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Utility head blamed for late mention of Fukushima ‘meltdown’

TOKYO (AP) — An outside investigation team appointed by the operator of Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant said Thursday that an instruction from then-company president to avoid mentioning “meltdown” delayed disclosure of the status of three reactors. Tokyo Electric Power Co. described the Fukushima reactors’ condition as less serious “core damage” for two months after the March 2011 earthquake and ...

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Senate to approve lifting nuclear moratorium

A reactor vessel in a nuclear power plant. The reactor vessel accommodates the fuel in the form of enriched uranium clad in metal tubes. The tubes are arranged in bundles placed in fuel assemblies. (Image: Vattenfall via Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate is poised to pass a bill that would lift Wisconsin’s ban on new nuclear plants. Currently, state regulators can’t approve new nuclear plants unless a federal facility for storing waste exists and such a plant doesn’t burden ratepayers. No federal facility exists, however. The Republican bill would erase the storage facility and ratepayer ...

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Japan restarts nuclear reactor using plutonium-mixed fuel

Japan restarts nuclear reactor using plutonium-mixed fuel

TOKYO — Japan on Friday restarted a nuclear reactor that uses plutonium-based fuel, the first of that type to resume operations under stricter safety rules introduced after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Japan’s large stockpile of plutonium has raised international nuclear security concerns, and the government has come up with the idea of burning it in reactors as it desperately tries ...

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Mini-reactors could crack nuclear industry’s financing problem: Moniz

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz delivers his speech during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 8, 2015. REUTERS/STEPHANE MAHE

PARIS – Mini-versions of current-generation nuclear reactors could be the solution for the industry’s problems in finding financing for new atomic power stations, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said on Wednesday. The construction of new reactors in developed countries has virtually ground to a halt in recent years due to safety fears following the 2011 Fukushima disaster and because nuclear ...

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Editorial: Reactivation of nuclear reactor major step in securing stable supply of power

TOKYO — A period lasting nearly two years in which all nuclear power plants in Japan were idle has finally come to an end. Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture restarted its No. 1 reactor Tuesday. If all goes well, the plant will start generating electricity on Friday. It is the first nuclear power plant ...

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Analysis: Nuclear plant must ensure safety to eradicate people’s fears

TOKYO — With the reactivation of the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s major task is to operate its No. 1 reactor safely and make preparations to deal with possible serious accidents. The Japanese government and electric power companies will be tested over whether they have sufficiently learned the lessons and utilised them in safety measures ...

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Japan’s nuclear plan is bad news for LNG, coal: Russell

Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own. LAUNCESTON, Australia – The rise of China and India as energy importers has largely consigned Japan to the sidelines, but the world’s third-largest economy still exerts significant influence in some markets. That’s why Japan’s long-term energy vision is too important to be ignored, given it is the world’s ...

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Japan nuclear plant obtains final permit needed to restart

TOKYO — A nuclear plant in southern Japan on Wednesday obtained the final permit needed to restart its reactors, paving the way for it to become the first to go back online under new safety standards introduced after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. All of Japan’s more than 40 reactors are currently offline for repairs or safety inspections. The two units ...

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Crisis for Areva’s La Hague plant as clients shun nuclear

BEAUMONT-HAGUE, France – Areva’s nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in La Hague needs to cut costs as its international customers disappear following the Fukushima disaster, and its sole remaining big customer, fellow state-owned French utility EDF, pressures it to cut prices. Located at the westernmost tip of Normandy, La Hague reprocesses spent nuclear fuel for reuse in nuclear reactors and is ...

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