Fukushima plant leaks radioactive water
The operator of Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant says at least 45 tonnes of highly radioactive water has leaked from the facility, possibly into the Pacific Ocean.
The operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant says a rat is probably to blame for a short-circuit which took out cooling systems at the plant.
The glitch knocked out the cooling system at four of Fukushima's nuclear pools, which contain thousands of used fuel rods.
Temperatures in the pools then began to rise gradually, and it took the plant's operator Tepco more than 24 hours to get all the cooling systems back up and running.
The company says it found burn marks on a makeshift power switchboard, and has blamed a "rat-like animal" for short-circuiting it.
The cooling shutdown highlights just how vulnerable the shattered plant remains, two years after the nuclear meltdowns.
“Don’t be a chicken” mayor tells parents who are concerned their children are eating radioactive lunches
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Japanese mayor says students are gaining knowledge by eating radioactive food in school lunches
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Tokyo official blasts parents who want kids to avoid ingesting radioactivity at school: “It is important to share the pain”
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After Fukushima, Japan beginning to see the light in solar energy
... People here tended to support clean energy projects even before the nuclear disaster, but now there is "more interest in natural energy," said Moriaki Yoshikawa, the head of an environmental NGO, Eco Plan Fukui, which has helped build five solar plants in a region of Japan that hosts four nuclear plants.
This year, Japan's total solar capacity – 7.4GW at the end of 2012 – is set to roughly double, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said in a recent report. Such growth would make Japan the second-fastest growing solar market behind China and leave it only behind Germany and Italy as measured by total installed capacity. A gigawatt can supply power to an estimated 250,000 homes.
The feed-in tariff is the legacy of Naoto Kan, prime minister at the time of the Fukushima disaster, who decided after the meltdowns that atomic power was too dangerous for this earthquake prone-country. So Kan made a deal with the opposition party. He'd resign only after Japan's parliament co-operated to pass several bills including a renewable energy bill that established the tariff. Japan, Kan said, should boost renewables to account for about one-fifth of Japan's energy mix by the 2020s. At the moment, they account for about 10%, most of that coming from hydroelectric sources. ...
Steam rising from Fukushima reactor
Kim OHara wrote:Steam rising from Fukushima reactor[/b]
No-one can get any closer to the site to check what's going on because radiation levels around the number three building are so high workers can't get near it.
Nevertheless, the operator of the crippled Fukushima plant, TEPCO, insists there's nothing to worry about.
manas wrote:We really need to phase out this dangerous & outdated form of energy generation.
The extraordinary inability of Japan’s antinuclear movement to make any inroads into national politics has also aided the Liberal Democrats, whose pro-business platform calls on Japan to return to nuclear power.
poto wrote:Nuclear power isn't being phased out. With this recent election, Japan should be restarting the rest of their idled reactors soon.The extraordinary inability of Japan’s antinuclear movement to make any inroads into national politics has also aided the Liberal Democrats, whose pro-business platform calls on Japan to return to nuclear power.
Kim OHara wrote:Scary!
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