VIDEO: Progress and Challenges to Decommission Fukushima Daiichi

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2019 00:18:48 +0000

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the Japanese utility that took on the behemoth task of controlling and decommissioning the six-unit Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture after the March 11, 2011, accident, recently released a video showing progress at the site.  Source: https://www4.tepco.co.jp/en/news/library/archive-e.html?video_uuid=t820ghcq&catid=61795 The disaster began as a 15-meter (49-foot) tsunami inundated and disabled the […]

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THE BIG PICTURE: Japan’s Nuclear Comeback

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2019 05:00:38 +0000

After the Great Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami, and ensuing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March 2011, Japan issued stringent safety regulations and reviews that affected its entire 50-reactor fleet. It meant that as each Japanese nuclear reactor entered its scheduled maintenance and refueling outage, it could not returned to operation until restart […]

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NRC Greenlights Final Rule Governing Nuclear Plant Mitigation of Severe Events 

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2019 15:19:31 +0000

A final rule the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) plans to publish this spring to replace pivotal actions it issued after the Fukushima accident will require U.S. nuclear generators to ensure they can mitigate severe events at reactors within a two-year compliance timeframe. More than three years after it was proposed, the NRC’s five commissioners on […]

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Japan Program for Reuse of Nuclear MOX Fuel in Doubt

 The Japanese government has pushed for the reuse of mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel in the country’s nuclear reactors, but utilities that finance the reprocessing have not funded those operations since fiscal year 2016, according to financial reports released by the power companies on September 2. Japan’s KYODO News reported that sources said 10 utilities, including Tokyo […]

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