THE POST-FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR INDUSTRY- A CASE STUDY IN INSTITUTIONAL SELF-DECEPTION: At the recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Conference, director general Yukiya Amano repeated the familiar platitudes about Fukushima that deny the heavy responsibility of the IAEA and the Japanese nuclear establishment for having failed to prevent the catastrophe – one that every anti-nuclear group in Japan had been warning about for years - ignoring the responsibility to guarantee safety.
US, Europeans row over post-Fukushima nuclear safety step: The US is lobbying against an amendment to an international nuclear safety pact proposed by Switzerland, which Berne argues could help prevent Fukushima-style disasters but which may also increase industry costs. Atomic energy powers Russia and Canada have also signaled opposition to the measure, which would put pressure on countries to upgrade existing nuclear plants and reach the safety requirements of new-generation reactors.
The Japanese government has admitted that it did not use U.S.-provided maps showing the spread of radiation after the Fukushima nuclear disaster to evacuate residents in areas with spiked radiation levels. Japan's deputy director-general for safety examination of Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has stated that the U.S. provided detailed radiation maps taken by the Energy Department using military planes on three occasions in the week after the Fukushima disaster began on March…
A series of safety concerns have been uncovered at UK's most hazardous nuclear disposal site, leading to fears of a nuclear accident. Radioactive plutonium and uranium have been stored in degrading plastic bottles at the Sellafield site in Cumbria, a Panorama investigation found.
Water woes endanger North Korean reactor: North Korea may have temporarily shut down a plutonium reactor earlier this year as it wrestled with water supply problems that could threaten the safety of its nuclear complex, a U.S. research institute said.
Third reactor restart spurs fears over shaky Kansai evacuation plans
A protester near the Takahama nuclear plant on Friday holds a placard denouncing the restart. “The restart of the Takahama No. 3 reactor came after it met stringent safety standards, and we hope the central government will continue to persuade people of the importance of nuclear power and that Kepco will make safety their top priority. We also hope that, after being offline for so long, the restart will help restore the local economy,” said Takahama town head Yutaka Nose in a statement.
Will Fracking Cause Our Next Nuclear Disaster? "In the last three years, a dozen fracking wells have become operational within five miles of the site [WIPP]," Don Hancock, the director of the Nuclear Waste Safety Program at Southwest Research and Information Center. Given that it is already well known that fracking causes earthquakes, it is clear that the nuclear waste storage site is now in danger of having its structural integrity compromised.
Ikata nuclear reactor to restart on Friday morning
Shikoku Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it will reactivate the No. 3 reactor at its Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture around 9 a.m. on Friday. MATSUYAMA, EHIME PREF. – Shikoku Electric Power Co. said it will reactivate the No. 3 reactor at its Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture around 9 a.m. on Friday. It will be the first time in some five years and three months for the reactor to be switched on, since it was suspended for a routine safety inspection in 20