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5.3 Earthquake Hits Fukushima

September 20, 2013 12:28 pm | News | Comments

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake has hit the Japanese prefecture that is home to the nuclear power plant crippled in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck early Friday at a depth of about 13 miles under Fukushima and about 110 miles northeast of Tokyo.

Japan's PM Wants Fukushima Completely Scrapped

September 19, 2013 10:17 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the operator of the country's crippled nuclear power plant to scrap all six reactors at the site instead of just the four already slated for decommissioning. He also told TEPCO officials to concentrate on tackling pressing issues like radioactive water leaks.

Source: Japan Nuke Situation 'Not Under Control'

September 19, 2013 9:11 am | by Euronews | Videos | Comments

A senior official from Tokyo Electric Power Company, which runs Japan's troubled nuclear power plant in Fukushima, recently told reporters that the safety situation at the facility was "not under control," though the company quickly released a statement saying otherwise.

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Susquehanna Nuclear Power Unit Temporarily Closed

September 16, 2013 10:41 am | News | Comments

Susquehanna nuclear power plant operators said Sunday that they found a water leak in one of its units. The plant, located in Luzerne County near Berwick, Pa., is owned jointly by PPL Susquehanna LLC and Allegheny Electric Cooperative Inc.

Analysis: High Costs Keep Japan Focus on Nuclear

September 16, 2013 10:35 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japan is once again without atomic energy as its only operating nuclear reactor went offline Sunday for refueling and maintenance, and other plants remain closed for intensified safety checks following the 2011 meltdowns at the tsunami-stricken plant in Fukushima.

Ex-U.S. Regulator: Fukushima Cleanup Complicated

September 13, 2013 10:55 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lake Barrett, a former U.S. nuclear regulator, says cleaning up Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s wrecked Fukushima plant is a bigger challenge than the work he led at Three Mile Island and that ongoing radioactive water leaks are a minor part of that task.

Nation's Bloated Nuclear Spending Comes Under Fire

September 13, 2013 10:49 am | by JERI CLAUSING & MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Virtually every major project under the National Nuclear Security Administration's oversight is behind schedule and over budget — the result, watchdogs and government auditors say, of years of lax accountability and nearly automatic annual budget increases for the agency responsible for maintaining the nation's nuclear stockpile.

Japan Protests Over French Fukushima Cartoon

September 12, 2013 11:46 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan lodged a protest Thursday against a French newspaper cartoon depicting sumo wrestlers with extra limbs fighting in front of the country's crippled nuclear power plant and linking it to Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics.

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Calif. Utility Asks Public to Pay $808M for Plant

September 9, 2013 10:23 am | News | Comments

The power utility that co-owns San Onofre, the recently shuttered nuclear plant, is asking the California Public Utilities Commission to let it recover its investments by collecting more than $800 million from customers. Regulators are evaluating the request.

Cooper Nuke Plant in SE Neb. Performing Well

September 6, 2013 10:07 am | News | Comments

Federal regulators say the Cooper nuclear power plant continues to operate safely and doesn't need additional oversight. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a mid-year performance update for Cooper and all the nation's nuclear power plants on Thursday.

SKorea Bans Fish from NE Japan on Radiation Fears

September 6, 2013 9:59 am | by EUN-YOUNG JEONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea announced Friday that it was banning all fish imports from along Japan's northeastern coast because of what officials called growing public worry over radioactive water leaking into the Pacific Ocean near the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Japan's Radioactive Water Leaks: How Dangerous?

September 4, 2013 10:43 am | by Mari Yamaguchi | News | Comments

New revelations of contaminated water leaking from storage tanks at the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant have raised alarm, coming just weeks after Japanese officials acknowledged that radioactive water has been seeping into the Pacific from the plant for more than two years,

Japan Regulator Urges Monitoring of Fukushima Sea

August 29, 2013 10:14 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear regulator said Thursday that it is largely unknown what impact radioactive water leaking from the country's wrecked nuclear plant is having on the Pacific Ocean and the situation must be monitored more closely.   

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Regulators Discuss Future of Neb. Nuclear Plant

August 29, 2013 8:08 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The idle Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant is loaded with fuel for the first time in more than two years, and utility officials say it will operate safely if regulators allow it to restart. But the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says they haven't decided whether to allow the plant to restart.

Fukushima Crisis New Blow to Fishermen's Hopes

August 29, 2013 8:04 am | by KOJI UEDA & MIKI TODA, Associated Press | News | Comments

For the last 2 ½ years, fishermen from the port of Yotsukura near the stricken Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant have been mostly stuck on land with little to do but catch fish for radiation testing. There is no commercial fishing along most of the Fukushima coast.

Japan: Nuke Plant Operator Found Leak Too Slowly

August 28, 2013 9:16 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear regulator on Wednesday upgraded the rating of a leak of radiation-contaminated water from a tank at its tsunami-wrecked nuclear plant to a "serious incident" on an international scale, and it castigated the plant operator for failing to catch the problem earlier.

Vermont Yankee Fight Brewing: Dismantling Reactor

August 28, 2013 9:13 am | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The announcement that the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is closing is bringing cheers from nuclear critics and anguish from the plant's defenders, while already a new fight is brewing over how long its owners should be given to dismantle the reactor.

Miss. Nuclear Waste Plan Sparks Early Opposition

August 27, 2013 10:08 am | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mississippi Energy Institute is pushing for more exploration of storing and reprocessing used nuclear fuel in the state at the same time that one of the its congressmen is coming out against it. Leaders of the institute, which promotes energy development, pitched ideas Monday to the state Senate Economic Development Committee.

NJ Nuclear Reactor Back Up After Leak Repaired

August 26, 2013 11:07 am | News | Comments

A nuclear reactor in southern New Jersey resumed operations Saturday after crews repaired a leak in the containment building that was discovered two days earlier. Regulators say the spill was confined to the containment building, and there was never a threat to the public or workers.

Japan Official Vows Help in Resolving Nuke Crisis

August 26, 2013 10:59 am | by KOJI UEDA & MIKI TODA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's industry minister pledged urgent government action Monday to curb leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant. He said lax maintenance by the plant's operator was largely to blame for the series of leaks from storage tanks at the plant.

Radioactive Groundwater Under Fukushima Nears Sea

August 23, 2013 9:57 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Deep beneath Fukushima's crippled nuclear power station a massive underground reservoir of contaminated water that began spilling from the plant's reactors after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami has been creeping slowly toward the sea. 

Water Leaks May Become New Japan Nuclear Disaster

August 22, 2013 8:51 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear watchdog said a leak of highly radioactive water at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant could be the beginning of a new disaster — a series of leaks of contaminated, radioactive water from storage tanks.

Workers at Closed Wis. Nuclear Plant Get Fed Aid

August 22, 2013 8:40 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor is coming to the aid of workers and homemakers affected by the closing of a Wisconsin nuclear power plant last spring. The department has awarded an $807,000 National Emergency Grant to help about 220 people affected by the Kewaunee Power Station shutdown.

Japan Nuke Watchdog May Raise Leak to 'Serious'

August 21, 2013 9:36 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Japanese nuclear watchdog on Wednesday said they are taking the leakage of highly radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant seriously, and proposed raising the rating to describe it from "an anomaly" to a "serious incident."

Radioactive Water Leaks at Japanese Nuclear Plant

August 20, 2013 10:16 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear power plant said Tuesday that about 300 tons (300,000 liters, 80,000 gallons) of highly radioactive water have leaked from one of the hundreds of storage tanks there — its worst leak yet from such a vessel.

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