Nuclear Power


Japan prosecutors set to rule on possible Fukushima indictments

TOKYO - Japanese prosecutors must decide this week whether to charge Tokyo Electric Power Co executives for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, in a process that could drag the operator of the stricken nuclear plant into criminal court.


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.

Opposition builds to UK nuclear project in EU executive - sources 04 Oct 2014

BRUSSELS - A landmark deal to use British taxpayers' money to build a 16 billion pound nuclear power station has triggered opposition from a quarter of EU policy-makers, who want to overturn approval from the top European regulator, EU sources said.

China joins nations eyeing India's civil nuclear sector 18 Sep 2014

NEW DELHI - China became the latest nation to line up for a stake in India's civil nuclear energy drive on Thursday, agreeing to open talks on cooperation in a sector that New Delhi sees as the solution to its chronic power problems.