Nuclear Power


Japan approves third nuclear plant for restart

TOKYO - Japan's nuclear regulator signed off on the basic safety of a reactor at a third nuclear plant on Wednesday, as the country inches toward rebooting its atomic industry more than four years after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.


Transformer fire causes shut-down of nuclear reactor north of New York City 10 May 2015

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - A nuclear power reactor 40 miles (65 km) north of New York City was shut down on Saturday after a transformer fire, but officials said the Indian Point plant was stable and there was no threat to residents nearby.


Crisis for Areva's La Hague plant as clients shun nuclear 06 May 2015

BEAUMONT-HAGUE, France - Areva's nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in La Hague needs to cut costs as its international customers disappear following the Fukushima disaster, and its sole remaining big customer, fellow state-owned French utility EDF, pressures it to cut prices.

Forest fire threatens Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear zone 28 Apr 2015

KIEV - Emergency services were battling on Tuesday to prevent Ukraine's largest forest fire since 1992 from spreading towards the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said.

Japanese government wants nuclear to be 20-22 percent of power mix 28 Apr 2015

TOKYO - Japan should aim to make nuclear energy account for between 20 and 22 percent of the country's electricity mix by 2030, with renewable energy making up slightly more, the industry ministry said on Tuesday.


Japanese man arrested for landing drone on PM's office in nuclear protest 25 Apr 2015

TOKYO - A Japanese man has been arrested for landing a drone on the prime minister's office with a minuscule amount of radiation in an apparent protest against the use of nuclear power, four years after the Fukushima disaster.


Japan government draft: nuclear to be 20-22 pct of power mix by 2030 - media 24 Apr 2015

TOKYO - Japan's government has proposed making nuclear energy account for between 20 and 22 percent of the country's electricity mix by 2030, with renewable energy to account for slightly more, media reported on Friday.


Costs for Germany's nuclear exit could rise to 70 billion euros 20 Apr 2015

BERLIN - The bill for shutting down Germany's nuclear power plants and building a safe disposal site for nuclear waste could rise to 70 billion euros (50.3 billion pounds), the head of a government commission told daily Frankfurter Rundschau in an interview

Poland's nuclear project pushed back at least another two years: sources 14 Apr 2015

WARSAW - Plans to build Poland's first nuclear power plant will be delayed by at least another two years, sources said, after the decision late last year by state-run utility PGE to take on site research itself and cancel a consultancy contract.


Japan PM Abe's bloc wins two key governor races, bolstering policy push 13 Apr 2015

TOKYO - Candidates backed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc won two key governor elections on Sunday, setting the stage for him to push on with divisive policies to boost defence and restart nuclear reactors shut after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.