Nuclear Power


Special Report - Tsunami evacuees caught in $30 billion Japan money trap


ISHINOMAKI Japan - Thirty billion dollars (18.7 billion pounds) in funding for roads, bridges and thousands of new homes in areas devastated by the tsunami in Japan three and a half years ago is still languishing unspent in the bank. That means Keiko Abe is heading into a fourth winter of sub-zero temperatures in a cramped, temporary dwelling that is succumbing to the elements.

France investigates mystery drone activity over nuclear plants 30 Oct 2014

PARIS - France has launched an investigation into unidentified drones that have been spotted over nuclear plants operated by state-owned utility EDF, its interior minister said on Thursday.


Japan nuclear plant gets approval to restart, over three years after Fukushima 28 Oct 2014

TOKYO - A town in southwest Japan became the first to approve the restart of a nuclear power station on Tuesday, a step forward in Japan's fraught process of reviving an industry left idled by the Fukushima catastrophe in 2011.

Japan prosecutors delay ruling on possible Fukushima indictments 24 Oct 2014

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.