News March 2011

31 March 2011

Japan

Reactors 1 to 4 at Fukushima Daiichi are highly likely to be written off, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has said. The fate of undamaged units 5 and 6 may lie in the hands of local residents as may plans for new units.

World Nuclear News 30th March 2011 more >>

Test results released yesterday showed there was 3,335 times the usual amount of radioactive iodine 300m offshore. The news came as plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) admitted …

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30 March 2011

Japan

Seawater outside the crippled nuclear power plant in north-eastern Japan was found to contain 3,335 times the usual amount of radioactive iodine – the highest rate yet and a sign that more contaminated water was making its way into the ocean, officials said today. The amount of iodine-131 found offshore 300 yards south of the coastal Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant did not pose an immediate threat to human health, but was a “concern”, said Hidehiko Nishiyama, of the Nuclear and …

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29 March 2011

Weightman Report

On 12 March 2011, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, requested Mike Weightman, HM Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations, to produce a report on the implications for the UK nuclear industry of the accident that took place at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station in Japan. The purpose of the report is to identify any lessons to be learnt, taking forward this work in co-operation and co-ordination with national stakeholders and international colleagues. …

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28 March 2011

Japan

Renewed radiation fears at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant sent the Nikkei 0.60% lower on Monday. Shares of Tokyo Electric Power, which operates the nuclear plant, slumped 17% after confused reports about radiation levels inside one of the buildings. On Sunday Tokyo Electric Power said radiation in puddles in the turbine building of reactor two was 10m times higher than normal. The company later corrected the information to say it was 100,000 times higher.

Share Cast 28th March 2011

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27 March 2011

Japan

Japanese authorities evacuated workers on Sunday from a reactor building they were working in after high doses of radiation were detected at a crippled nuclear power plant, the plant’s operator said. Tokyo Electric Power Co said radiation 10 million times the usual level was detected in water that had accumulated at the No. 2 reactor’s turbine housing unit.

Reuters 27th March 2011 more >>

Radioactive iodine in sea-water off Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant rose to 1,850 times …

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26 March 2011

Justification

A LANCASHIRE man who is opposed to Government plans to introduce up to 20 new nuclear reactors across the UK has launched a High Court legal challenge against the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Rory Walker (24), who lives close to Heysham, where one or two new reactors may be built, believes that the Secretary of State has not met his obligations in law and, as a result, is putting the health of local residents at risk.

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25 March 2011

New Nukes

The government is being taken to court in a bid to derail its plans for a programme of new nuclear power stations because of fears that leaking radiation will give children cancer. A 24-year-old community worker from Lancaster has won legal aid to launch an unprecedented High Court action against Chris Huhne, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Lawyers claim the action could delay, or even stop, the nuclear programme. Rory Walker, who lives close to …

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24 March 2011

Japan

The restoration of electricity at the plant, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, stirred hopes that the crisis was ebbing. But nuclear engineers say some of the most difficult and dangerous tasks are still ahead and time is not necessarily on the side of the repair teams. The tasks include manually draining hundreds of gallons of radioactive water and venting radioactive gas from the pumps and piping of the emergency cooling systems, which are located diagonally underneath the …

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23 March 2011

Japan

Radiation at the crippled Fukushima No.2 nuclear reactor was recorded at the highest level since the start of the crisis, Japan’s nuclear safety agency said on Wednesday. An agency spokesman said 500 millisieverts per hour of radiation was measured at the No.2 unit on Wednesday.

Reuters 23rd March 2011 more >>

Parents in Tokyo have been told that the city’s tap water is not safe for babies to drink after radiation from Japan’s earthquake-hit nuclear plant affected the capital’s water …

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22 March 2011

Japan

Rising temperatures around the core of one of the reactors at Japan’s quake-crippled nuclear plant sparked new concern on Tuesday and more water was needed to cool it down, the plant’s operator said. Despite hopes of progress Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said it needed more time before it could say the reactors were stabilized.

Reuters (4.52pm GMT) 22nd March 2011 more >>

Workers desperately battling to contain a meltdown at Japan’s crippled nuclear plant today faced a fresh crisis …

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