Radioactive fuel rods removed from first Fukushima nuclear reactor

Japanese energy firm TEPCO said it reached a milestone in the clean-up of the Fukushima power plant, by removing all of the radioactive fuel rods from one of its reactors. The reactor is one of four badly damaged by a deadly earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Over the weekend, the last four of 1,553 […]

Japan court rules TEPCO must pay after suicide

Japanese nuclear energy firm Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) must pay 49 million yen (£285,000) worth of compensation to the family of a woman whose suicide was linked to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, according to reports. A district court in the Fukushima prefecture ruled TEPCO was responsible for the suicide, reported Reuters. The lawsuit was […]

British expert joins Fukushima task force

A British nuclear expert is joining the international task force advising on the clean-up at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant. Fukushima was the site of a nuclear disaster in 2011 when three of its reactors went into meltdown, critically damaged by the deadly tsunami and earthquake. Owner of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant TEPCO has a tough […]

Fukushima worker ‘sues nuclear plant operator’

A former worker at Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant is reportedly suing the operator over radiation exposure. It is believed to be the first lawsuit from an employee against TEPCO following the disaster three years ago. Japanese reports claim the worker believes he was exposed to high levels of radiation due to alleged negligence […]

Fukushima operator given green light to restart nuclear reactor

The owner of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has secured the Japanese Government’s approval to partly open a nuclear power plant. Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (Tepco) 10-year business strategy includes plans to restart two reactors at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant as early as July. The last of Japan’s nuclear reactors was shut down for maintenance […]

TEPCO starts removing fuel rods from Fukushima nuclear plant

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has begun the slow and delicate process of removing fuel rods from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, starting with reactor four. The 1,500 fuel rods contained within reactor four’s storage pool are expected to be removed by the end of 2014. They will be taken out using a crane in […]

Fukushima owner blocked from restarting other reactors

The owner of the Fukushima nuclear plant TEPCO has been blocked from restarting reactors at another plant by Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) according to reports. Japan has been nuclear free since September, when the last of its reactors was shutdown. Referring to a request by TEPCO to restart reactors at the plant for a […]

Six workers exposed to radiation at Fukushima plant

Workers at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan have been exposed to radioactive material following a leak. Plant operator Tepco said one of the employees “took off a joint of a pipe by mistake” connected to a water treatment system, which led to toxic water spilling on him and a few others. A total of […]

International response to Fukushima disaster outlined

Two years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster and with the situation still not under control, the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has published a report outlining the response of its member countries. According to the report, member countries immediately carried out preliminary safety reviews following the accident, before completing “stress tests” to reassess the ability […]

Government to take ‘hands on approach’ to Fukushima clean up

The Japanese government has vowed to take “a more hands on approach” in dealing with the clean up of the Fukushima nuclear plant including the use of public funds. Conditions have been deteriorating at the plant, with the Toyko Electric Power Company (TEPCO) struggling to stop leaks from the growing stores of radioactive water used […]