City Assembly Approves Sendai Nuclear Plant Restart in Japan

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(MENAFN – QNA) A special panel at a city assembly in southern Japan has approved a petition to allow a local nuclear power plant to resume operations.

The panel at the Satsuma Sendai city assembly in Kagoshima Prefecture discussed petitions both for and against the restart of the Sendai plant.

The plant is operated by Kyushu Electric Power Company. Last month it became the first to pass new regulations for nuclear plants introduced after the 2011 Fukushima accident.

Panel members in favor of the restart argued that the local economy has been sluggish since the plant went offline. But others opposing the restart said the screening by the government’s Nuclear Regulation Authority does not guarantee the plant’s safety.

The panel rejected ten petitions against the restart, and adopted one calling for the plant to return online.

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UPDATE 1-Japan’s new METI minister says will restart reactors deemed safe

Reuters
Tue Oct 21, 2014 6:40am BST

No question atomic power is important energy source-Miyazawa

* To visit Kagoshima to meet local authorities near Sendai plant (Adds minister’s quotes)

By Mari Saito and Kentaro Hamada

TOKYO, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Japan‘s newly appointed trade minister, Yoichi Miyazawa, said on Tuesday that he would continue with the policy of seeking to restart nuclear reactors deemed safe by the atomic regulator.

Miyazawa, speaking to reporters, also said he would move towards restarting Kyushu Electric Power Co’s Sendai plant in southwestern Japan.

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Higher Fukushima Radiation Levels Triggered by Typhoons

The International Atomic Energy Agency expert team that is assessing Japanese efforts to decommission the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

19:46 18/10/2014
MOSCOW, October 18 (RIA Novosti), Ekaterina Blinova – Radiation levels at Japan’s notorious Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant jumped after the plant was hit earlier this month by two typhoons: Phanfone and Vongfong.

“The back-to-back weather disturbance typhoons Vongfong and Phanfone had triggered the elevated radiation quantities at the plant,” writes the International Business Times, citing NHK, Japan’s state-run media outlet.

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Japan eyes wind power to generate electricity


Towing of a three-column semi-sub, for the first 7MW wind turbine, from Nagasaki port to Onahama port will commence from November 1 and be completed on November 10.

The Nation

With huge funding, it is carrying out an experimental project amid major tech challenges

A huge amount of electricity supply was lost in Japan when the nuclear power plant at Fukushima was disabled by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011, and compensating for such a loss has required original thinking.

An ingenious solution that is being pursued is to build a network of power-generating systems relying on a freely available source – wind power – in an operational area well within the vicinity, and using floating platforms right off the coast.

How the Fukushima Disaster Made a Name for Nuke Startup Kurion

http://www.xconomy.com/
Martin LaMonica
9/5/14
Nuclear waste startup Kurion went from a tiny company betting heavily on government work to one that overnight became a key supplier to the crippled Fukushima power plant. Having gone through trial by fire in Japan, the company now hopes to sell its waste-removing technology to power plants around the world.

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Heavy equipment falls into nuclear reactor fuel pool at Japan’s Fukushima plant: Operator




The Strait Times

http://www.straitstimes.com

8/29/14

TOKYO (AFP) – A 400kg machine part fell into a nuclear fuel pool at Japan’s crippled Fukushima plant Friday, the operator said.
Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) said it had not detected any significant changes in radiation readings or in the level of pool water at the No. 3 reactor.
Friday’s incident occurred shortly after noon during a remotely controlled operation to remove debris from the fuel pool at the unit where the broken reactor still lies untouched. The pool contains 566 fuel rods, most of which are spent.
The operating console of the fuel handling machine slipped loose and fell into the pool as it was about to be lifted by a crane, Tepco said in a statement. The console weighed 400kg and measured 160cm by 90 cm by 100 cm, a Tepco official said.
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More than 100 youngsters in Japan diagnosed with thyroid cancer after Fukushima nuclear meltdown

MIRROR
Aug 28, 2014 22:58 By Andy Lines

Joseph Mangano, of the Radiation and Public Health Project, said the expected number of this type of cancer would be seven of the area’s 300,000 youngsters

March 2011 Officials in protective gear check for signs of radiation on children who are from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in Koriyama
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More than 100 youngsters in Japan have been ­diagnosed with thyroid cancer after the Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown three years ago .

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