Nuclear Power


Japan nuclear regulator clears first reactors after safety checks

TOKYO - Japan cleared the way on Wednesday for a resumption of nuclear power, four years after the world's worst atomic disaster in two-and-a-half decades led to the shutdown of all the country's reactors and fuelled public opposition to the industry.

Japan coalition wants to end most Fukushima evacuations by 2017 - draft 26 May 2015

TOKYO - Japan's ruling coalition will recommend lifting evacuation orders for most people forced from their homes by the Fukushima nuclear disaster within two years in a bid to speed up reconstruction, a draft proposal shows.

Japan Inc not as keen as Abe government on nuclear power - Reuters poll 24 May 2015

TOKYO - Two-thirds of Japanese companies want and expect a lesser role for nuclear power than the government is targeting, a Reuters survey showed, reflecting persistent concerns about safety four years after the Fukushima disaster.

Japan approves third nuclear plant for restart 20 May 2015

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.