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Several nuclear power plants are in Florence's potential path

Potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane Florence is barreling its way across the Atlantic and has set its eye on the Carolina coast and Mid-Atlantic region. Two at-risk nuclear power plants are directly in its path.

Japan's 166,000 tons of nuclear waste still waiting to be buried

In a survey conducted last month by the Kyodo News survey, none of the 47 prefectures showed much interest in hosting a nuclear waste dump site, with 14 saying "absolutely no."

First nuclear reactor restarts as Japan resumes nuclear program

On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. local time, Kyushu Electric Power Co. began the process of removing control rods at its Sendai Nuclear Power Plant's reactor No. 1, restarting for the first time in four years, Japan's nuclear power program.

Like the canary in a coalmine, birds tell real story of Fukushima

Like a canary in a coalmine, birds are a good indicator of the quality of an environment. A study has found that Fukushima prefecture has not been friendly to our feathered friends since that fateful day four years ago, and things are not getting better.

Fukushima radiation has been detected in Canada

Ucluelet - Seawater collected at a dock in Ucluelet, a town on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia on February 19, 2015 has tested positive for cesium-134 and cesium-137.

Op-Ed: Fukushima — Nuclear disaster spawns 'dark tourism'

Fukushima - Someone has figured out how to make some money off the misfortune of the people of Fukushima Prefecture. It has been almost four years since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that caused the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant disaster, and now, it's tour time.

Op-Ed: Fukushima disaster — Ignorance is bliss despite the dangers

Little is reported in the media about the clean up after the Fukushima Power Plant disaster. After three years of cover-ups and misleading information, released to quell public fears, there is still reason to be wary. The danger is still very real.

Only one Japanese elementary textbook to mention Fukushima

Teaching sixth graders about the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster is apparently going to be difficult for Japanese educators next school year. Only one science textbook out of six approved by the education ministry met the guidelines.

First geothermal power plant in 15 years to go online in Japan

Japan has been actively seeking alternative energy sources since the Fukushima Daiachii disaster. With the public's resistance to reopening nuclear power plants, utilizing the country's many naturally occurring hot springs may be the answer.

Japan radio host quits, told not to discuss Fukushima disaster

In many countries, the media can sway public opinion on many issues, and if those issues are detrimental to an election, the politicians get nervous. This apparently was the case in Japan this week, when a radio host was asked to change his commentary.

Japan prepares to end nuclear power generation

Japan stands on the threshold of being the first major economy to do without nuclear power. Today, Sunday, sees the start of a process of switching off Japan’s last working nuclear reactor.

TEPCO admits Fukushima nuclear plant leaking radioactive water

Fukushima - The Japanese company that operates the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has acknowledged the likelihood that the disaster-stricken facility is leaking radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.

Fukushima: TEPCO admits link between nuclear disaster and suicide

Fukushima - TEPCO, who managed Fukushima nuclear plant, which was severely damaged by the tsunami which struck Japan’s east coast on March 11 2011, has acknowledged for the first time a link between the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the suicide of a local farmer.

Tens of thousands protest against nuclear power in Tokyo

Tokyo - Tens of thousands of Japanese rallied in their nation's capital on Sunday to protest government plans to resume nuclear power generation.

Fukushima two years on — The plight of 300,000 displaced Japanese

Monday March 11 is the second anniversary of the tsunami which inundated Japan’s eastern seaboard causing an estimated 16,000 deaths and the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a legacy that will last for generations.

Nuclear power opponents host vigil for Fukushima at N.Y. facility

Buchanan - Opponents of nuclear power have planned a vigil in Westchester County, N.Y. this weekend, to coincide with the anniversary of the Fukushima disaster.

Greenpeace says Fukushima radiation monitoring seriously flawed

Fukushima - International environmental campaigning organisation Greenpeace claims that Japanese government radiation monitoring stations in the city of Fukushima are seriously underestimating residual radiation levels and public health risks in and around Fukushima.

NRC approves two new nuclear reactors in Georgia

Washington - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, in a 4-1 vote on Thursday, approved extension of licenses for two new nuclear reactors at the Vogtle nuclear site in Georgia, the first licenses granted in more than 30 years, an approval called “a moral hazard.”

High levels of radioactive water at Fukushima leaking into ocean

Tokyo - The operator at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan announced on Sunday as much as 45 tons of highly radioactive water has leaked through the cracked wall of a treatment facility, possibly entering the Pacific Ocean.

Japan industry minister resigns over 'town of death' comment

Tokyo - Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown continues wreaking havoc on the country's political system, with its new industry minister forced to resign just eight days on the job, after he described the no go zone around the power plant a "town of death."
 

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The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.  Loss of co...
The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Loss of coolant accident followed with nuclear meltdowns and releases of radioactive materials
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Greenpeace activists at an official Japanese radiation monitoring station in Fukushima city
Greenpeace activists at an official Japanese radiation monitoring station in Fukushima city
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