“We are considering handing over J-Village after cleaning it up through decontamination work,” the Tepco executive said, adding that using the facility as a training camp site would contribute to post-disaster reconstruction.
Although it has yet to be decided exactly when the facility will be returned, sources named 2018 as a possible target.
DOE’s Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) is a partner with several other research institutions on a project to identify, develop and begin testing new fuel concepts. The program is under the auspices of DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy. The overall goal represents a materials science challenge—to identify advanced materials and / or fuel cladding that would improve performance and safety, both during reactor service and during long-term fuel storage.
The shorthand name for the program is accident tolerant nuclear fuels.
Fuels with enhanced accident tolerance are those that, in comparison with the standard UO2—Zircaloy system, can tolerate loss of active cooling in the core for a considerably longer time period (depending on the system and accident scenario) while maintaining or improving the fuel performance during normal operations.
The secretary general of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party has hinted at the possibility of studying building new nuclear power plants in Japan as long as their safety can be guaranteed.
He added that theoretically, it is impossible to accept restarting nuclear plants and reject building new ones.
Ishiba also spoke about the issue of building a final nuclear waste disposal site. Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi cites the absence of such a disposal site in Japan as one of the reasons for his call for the country to abolish nuclear power plants.
Ishiba suggested that the government should take the initiative of designating which area would be suitable for building a final nuclear waste disposal site, rather than wait for a local community to express its candidacy for hosting such a site.
A federal judge on Thursday directed the U.S. Department of Energy to pay Maine Yankee $35.7 million for failing to remove spent nuclear fuel that has been stored at the dormant power plant for 17 years.
TOKYO — Three of the spent fuel assemblies due to be carefully plucked from the crippled Japanese nuclear plant at Fukushima in a hazardous year-long operation were damaged even before the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that knocked out the facility.
BERLIN, Nov 14 (Reuters) - German parties negotiating the formation of a coalition government want to make utilities pay more to dismantle their nuclear power plants and protect taxpayers from billions
"A … fund could be considered to safeguard the financing of the disposal of nuclear assets," the paper from the working group on environmental policies said.
Under the new proposal, the utility companies could be forced to pay into the fund which would be under political control.
"We expect cooperation from the nuclear power operators in the switch to renewable energy and an acknowledgement of their responsibility for the orderly ending of the use of atomic energy," the paper said.
When an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011, knocking out emergency power supplies, crews sprayed seawater on the reactors to cool them — to no avail.
One possible reason: Droplets can’t land on surfaces that hot. Instead, they instantly begin to evaporate, forming a thin layer of vapor and then bouncing along it — just as they would in a hot cooking pan
At least 10 university experts commissioned by the Nuclear Regulation Authority to discuss safety rules failed to report over ¥40 million they received in donations and research funding from the atomic energy industry, sources said Saturday.
TEPCO plans removal of fuel from crippled Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 4
Sales of seafood have plummeted in South Korea with consumers fearing its contamination following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.
Lee Soo-Doo, Director of the Foreign Inspection Division of the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety explained their policy:
“Currently, all fish imports from the eight prefectures neighbouring Fukushima are banned,” he said. ”Fish from regions other than those eight prefectures must have a radioactivity inspection report or certificate of origin attached. Also, we are conducting radioactivity inspections on every import.”
Lee Song-Hyun, a college student in South Korea, spoke of her worries surrounding the safety of the fish sold: “It’s true that I feel more reluctant to purchase seafood now, compared to the past. This is because I don’t think the distribution process is very transparent, so I hesitate before buying fish,” she said.
It started with a few bogus safety certificates for cables shutting a handful of South Korean nuclear reactors. Now, the scandal has snowballed, with 100 people indicted, including a former top state utility official, and Seoul under pressure to rethink its reliance on nuclear power.
The study recommended nuclear power capacity be kept between 22 and 29 percent of the total by 2035, well below existing plans to grow the sector to 41 percent in less than 20 years.
"The workers at the plant are risking their health and giving it their all. They are out in the rain. They are out at night," Niigata Prefecture Governor Hirohiko Izumida said. “The government needs to respect their efforts and address the situation.”
NIIGATA, Japan (Reuters) - Tokyo Electric Power Co must give a fuller account of the Fukushima disaster and address its “institutionalized lying” before it can expect to restart another nuclear station, the world’s largest, said a local government official who holds an effective veto over the utility’s revival plan.
"If they don’t do what needs to be done, if they keep skimping on costs and manipulating information, they can never be trusted," Niigata Prefecture Governor Hirohiko Izumida told Reuters in an interview on Monday.
"There are three things required of a company that runs nuclear power plants: don’t lie, keep your promises and fulfill your social responsibility," Izumida said.
South Korea plans to join Japan and a UN nuclear agency in the monitoring of radioactivity in seawater near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.