TOKYO (Reuters) – U.N. nuclear experts arrived in Japan on Monday to assess the decommissioning of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant and the operator’s progress in removing fuel rods from a destroyed reactor building and minimizing leaks of contaminated water.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N.’s watchdog for nuclear power, is conducting its second review of plans for decommissioning that may take four decades after the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.
IWAKI (Reuters) – IWAKI, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Tetsuya Hayashi went to Fukushima to take a job at ground zero of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. He lasted less than two weeks.
Hayashi, 41, says he was recruited for a job monitoring the radiation exposure of workers leaving the plant in the summer of 2012. Instead, when he turned up for work, he was handed off through a web of contractors and assigned, to his surprise, to one of Fukushima’s hottest radiation zones.
IWAKI, Oct 25 (Reuters) – IWAKI, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Tetsuya
Hayashi went to Fukushima to take a job at ground zero of the
worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. He lasted less than two
Hayashi, 41, says he was recruited for a job monitoring the
radiation exposure of workers leaving the plant in the summer of
2012. Instead, when he turned up for work, he was handed off
through a web of contractors and assigned, to his surprise, to
one of Fukushima’s hottest radiation zones.
TOKYO (Reuters) – The operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, under fire to put right repeated contamination mishaps, promised on Tuesday to draft in extra workers and improve equipment as part of plans to make the site safe and keep the company solvent.
Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, has been reprimanded twice in as many months by Japan’s nuclear regulator for mismanagement in a cleanup operation more than 2 1/2 years after the Fukushima Daiichi plant was struck by an earthquake and tsunami.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Six workers at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant were exposed to leaking radioactive water after one of them mistakenly removed a pipe to a water treatment system, the plant’s operator said on Wednesday.
Tokyo Electric Power Co, also known as Tepco, has been battling to contain radioactive water at the plant, which suffered triple meltdowns and hydrogen explosions in March 2011. Regulators have criticized the utility for its handling of the problems.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Its stock price has nearly trebled this year, its near-term debt trades at par, banks have extended credit, and an enterprise value of $83 billion – a rough guide to how much it could cost to buy – makes it Asia’s biggest listed electricity utility.
Yet Tokyo Electric Power (9501.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), or Tepco, has lost $27 billion since the 2011 disaster at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and faces massive liabilities as it decommissions the facility, compensates tens of thousands of residents forced to evacuate, and pays for decontamination of an area nearly the size of Connecticut.
TOKYO, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Japan’s nuclear regulator on Friday
ordered the operator of the crippled Fukushima power plant to
draft in additional workers if needed to plug leaks of
radioactive water from its tanks and report within a week on
steps taken to fight the crisis.
The warning was the second in as many months issued to Tokyo
Electric Power Co, or Tepco, after the company found a
second escape of contaminated liquids that probably entered the
TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo Electric Power Co on Friday applied to restart a nuclear plant in northwestern Japan, an initial step on its planned recovery from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
But final approval to resume power generation at the Kashiwazaki Kariwa facility, the world’s largest nuclear plant some 300 km (180 miles) northwest of Tokyo, is uncertain and any decision would take many months at best.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo Electric Power Co took an initial step forward on Thursday in its plan to recover from the Fukushima nuclear disaster by winning approval from a previously reluctant local governor to apply to restart a plant in western Japan.
Getting the green light to seek safety approval for the Kashiwazaki Kariwa facility, the world’s largest nuclear plant, is a core element of the utility’s turnaround plan as it struggles to contain contaminated water at the wrecked Fukushima plant.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the scrapping of two Fukushima nuclear reactors that survived the 2011 tsunami, a write-off that threatens to complicate a turnaround plan the operator has presented to creditors.
He also said he stood by his commitments to the International Olympic Committee of insuring a safe 2020 Summer Games.