Nuclear Power


Japan prosecutors delay ruling on possible Fukushima indictments

TOKYO - Japanese prosecutors have delayed a decision on whether to charge three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, an official with a special panel that requested an indictment said on Friday.

Japan warns of increased activity at volcano near nuclear plant 24 Oct 2014

TOKYO - Japan warned on Friday that a volcano in southern Japan located roughly 64 km (40 miles) from a nuclear plant was showing signs of increased activity that could possibly lead to a small-scale eruption and warned people to stay away from the summit.


Japan PM's new minister hit by scandal over racy bar bill 23 Oct 2014

TOKYO - Japan's new trade minister on Thursday called his support group's spending at a racy bar "inappropriate," but declined to sell shares in Tokyo Electric Power, the operator of the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant his ministry supervises.


Iran arrests several spies near Bushehr nuclear plant - Fars news agency 21 Oct 2014

ANKARA - Iranian security services have arrested several suspected spies in the southern province of Bushehr where the country's first nuclear power plant is located, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Tuesday.

Japan minister's quitting a hitch, but won't affect reactor restart 20 Oct 2014

TOKYO - Japan's plan to restart nuclear reactors shut down after the Fukushima disaster will not be affected by Monday's resignation of the industry minister, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is losing a convincing advocate of a step most view with suspicion.


As Japan eyes nuclear restarts, renewables get shut out of grid 16 Oct 2014

TOKYO - Japan's biggest utilities are blocking most new solar and other renewable energy from transmission grids, stirring concern among green power advocates that Japan favours restarting idled nuclear plants at the expense of other fossil-free supply.

South Africa signs nuclear agreement with France 10 Oct 2014

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa has signed a nuclear power agreement with France, the government said on Friday, three weeks after it reached a similar deal with Russia as part of Pretoria's first tentative steps towards building up to 9,600 MW of nuclear power.


Insight - Nuclear workers kept in dark on Fukushima hazard pay 07 Oct 2014

HIRONO - Almost a year after Japan pledged to double hazard pay at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, workers are still in the dark about how much extra they are getting paid, if anything, for cleaning up the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

France to weigh costs of maintaining older plants in nuclear policy 05 Oct 2014

PARIS - France's energy minister said on Sunday that the cost of maintaining older reactors would be factored into any decision on the future size of its large and aging nuclear power fleet.


Austria says will sue if EU regulator clears UK nuclear plant plan 05 Oct 2014

VIENNA - Austria will take the European Commission to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) if it approves Britain's plans for a 16 billion-pound nuclear power plant, a spokesman for the chancellor said on Sunday.