MENAFN – Qatar News Agency – 21/10/2014
(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.
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.
updated 9:16 AM EDT, Wed October 15, 2014
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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.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | 08:32 AM IST
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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.
The Strait Times
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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