The restart of Japan's idled nuclear reactors may face local opposition beyond national safety clearances, illustrated by an election victory for an anti-nuclear candidate in a region with several reactors, The Wall Street Journal reports.
HORONOBE, Japan (AP) — Reindeer farms and grazing Holstein cows dot a vast stretch of rolling green pasture here on Japan's northern tip. Underground it's a different story.
Workers and scientists have carved a sprawling laboratory deep below this sleep dairy town that, despite government reassurances, some of Horonobe's 2,500 residents fear could turn their neighborhood into a nuclear waste storage site.
TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake hit Japan's northern coast near the nuclear power plant crippled in the massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The earthquake early Saturday triggered a small tsunami and prompted towns across the northern coast to issue evacuation advisories.
Japan's Meteorological Agency said the 6.8-magnitude quake struck 10 kilometers (6 miles) below the sea surface off the coast of Fukushima, about 250 kilometers (120 miles) northeast of Tokyo.
The prices for liquefied natural gas shipped to Asia next winter may be the lowest for years, according to a Bloomberg analysis, which cites rising supplies in the region and dropping demand in Japan, which is preparing to restart a number of its nuclear reactors.
TOKYO (AP) — Two Japanese farmers whose livelihoods were wrecked by the 2011 nuclear disaster staged a protest Friday at Tokyo's agriculture ministry, scuffling briefly with police as they unsuccessfully tried to unload a bull from a truck.
Masami Yoshizawa and fellow farmer Naoto Matsumura have remained at their farms to care for their own and others' abandoned livestock in areas where access has been restricted due to radiation fears since the March 2011 meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant.
The two drove down from Fukushima, bringing the black bull in the back of a truck, to appeal for help with the livestock, some of which have developed unexplained white spots on their hides.
TOKYO (AP) — A court Wednesday refused to let two nuclear reactors restart operations in western Japan, saying their risk assessment is too optimistic and safety measures insufficient despite lessons from the Fukushima disaster.
The denial by the district court in Japan's nuclear hub of Fukui is the first since the crisis and comes as some Japanese reactors are in the final stages of safety screening before a restart, and plaintiffs and their anti-nuclear supporters say the court ruling could sway local acceptance.
TOKYO (AP) — A former worker is seeking 11 million yen ($110,000) in compensation from the operator of Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant for exposing him to high levels of radiation after the 2011 tsunami.
The worker was part of a team sent to lay electric cables in one of the reactors 13 days after the disaster.
TOKYO (AP) — Experts on Friday expressed skepticism about a plan to build a costly underground frozen wall at Japan's crippled nuclear plant, a development that could delay the start of construction on the project.
The experts and Japanese nuclear regulatory officials said during a meeting in Tokyo that they weren't convinced the project can resolve a serious contaminated water problem at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, which suffered multiple meltdowns following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Rhea Suh -- an Interior assistant secretary who became the target of Republican anger during spring confirmation hearings – is leaving the government to become the president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the environmental group that some in the GOP charge is the driving force behind the administration’s carbon rule, The Washington Post reports.
Adviser John Podesta says President Obama will back initiatives that help countries build their resilience in the face of risks from climate change when he attends the U.N.’s climate summit in New York next week, National Journal reports.
The sanctions package up for a vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday is aimed at companies -- like Exxon Mobil, BP and Shell -- that finance unconventional oil projects in Russia, including drilling in the Arctic, in deep water and in shale, Platts reports.
A report from the Energy Information Administration showing a spike in U.S. inventories last week pressured oil prices Wednesday. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery fell 46 cents to settle at $94.42 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London November Brent dipped 8 cents to $98.97, Bloomberg reports.
Chevron came up empty after investing money and scientists’ time in the search for commercially viable ways to get fuel from feedstocks, CEO John Watson told the Economic Club of Minnesota Tuesday, Bloomberg reports.
Environmentalists are encouraged by a ruling from U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson in Colorado last week, which scrapped Obama administration moves to expand coal leasing on federal lands and also said regulators had to explain why they weren’t using a calculation on the social cost of carbon in making their decisions, E&E reports.
Now that solar modules are cheaper, SolarCity says it will install panels more densely on flat rooftops and put them angled toward each other in an east-west orientation, which should generate more power earlier and later in the day, at times when the electricity demand is higher, E&E reports.
By 2050 the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials could end up as islands in a flooded Potomac River, under a scenario envisioned in a report issued by the Climate Central research group, according to The New York Times.