News about nuclear accident in Fukushima in June 2011

Radioactive news 9 June 2011

  • All 54 of Japan’s nuclear reactors may be closed by next April

    All 54 of Japan’s nuclear reactors may be shut by next April, adding more than $30 billion a year to the country’s energy costs, if communities object to plant operating plans due to safety concerns, trade ministry officials said on Wednesday...

    Concern among local authorities has kept nuclear generators from restarting at least four reactors ...

  • Survey: strontium widespread in Fukushima

    Soil samples from around Fukushima Prefecture have revealed concentrations of radioactive strontium.

    Japan's science ministry conducted a survey for radioactive substances at 11 locations in 10 municipalities from late March to mid-May.

    It says strontium-90 was detected in all 11 locations.

  • Switzerland Nuclear Power Phaseout Approved By Lawmakers

    BERN, Switzerland -- Swiss lawmakers approved a proposal Wednesday to phase out the use of nuclear power, a move spurred by election-year politics and growing skepticism over the use of atomic energy.

    A majority of parliamentarians in Switzerland's lower house voted in favor of a gradual plan to shut down the country's five nuclear reactors by 2034.

  • Efforts to delay radioactive water leaks

    The company says the amount is increasing by more than 500 tons daily as fresh water continues to be injected into the reactors in an attempt to lower their temperatures.

  • Federal Regulators: Nuclear Accident Plans Are Lacking

    Many of the country’s nuclear power plants have not adequately updated guidelines aimed at protecting reactors from severe accidents, federal regulators found as part of a wide-ranging review undertaken in the aftermath of Japan’s nuclear crisis.

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, in a report released Monday, stressed that the country’s 104 nuclear reactors are safe.

  • Fukushima doctor shortage

    Fukushima Medical University is launching an intern system for young doctors to work in quake-hit areas while training in radio-therapeutics.

  • Fishermen to Tepco: Don't release water

    Although Tokyo Electric Power Co. told the agency it would release the water after removing radioactive substances to an undetectable level, the agency is not approving the plan, leaving the fate of the 3,000 tons of water accumulated in the nuclear power station, located 15 km south of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant, undecided.

    If the water remains in tanks for a prolonged time, the storage facility may be corroded by salt in the water.

    About 7,000 tons of water accumulated at the Fukushima No. 2 power station when it was hit by tsunami on March 11.

  • Myth of nuclear safety sets back robotic research and development

    he first robot to go into one of the plant's reactor buildings, where high radiation was measured after the accident, was a U.S. PackBot. Japanese-made robots, said to be the best in the world, were not at the vanguard of such a crucial event.


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