Regulators in Japan say two reactors in the southwest that are owned by the Kyushu Electric Power Co. will be getting safety checks, increasing the likelihood nuclear power may be part of the electricity mix for the country during this summer's peak demand season, Bloomberg reports.
TOKYO (AP) — As radiation spewed from Japan's nuclear disaster three years ago, the top U.S. atomic energy regulator issued a 50-mile evacuation warning for any Americans in the area, a response some found extreme.
Gregory Jaczko, who stepped down as chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2012, still believes he was right, and says the events at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant show that nuclear power should be phased out in Japan and worldwide.
OKUMA, Japan (AP) — The radioactive water that has accumulated at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant remains the biggest problem hampering the cleanup process three years after the disaster.
The Fukushima Dai-ichi plant has stabilized substantially since the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami destroyed its power and cooling system, triggering meltdowns. Massive amounts of water are being used to cool the melted cores at three reactors, but some of the contaminated water has seeped through the ground into the Pacific and leaked repeatedly from storage tanks.
Plant chief Akira Ono said Monday that improving water management is crucial not only to the plant cleanup but also decontamination of the area so evacuees can return to their homes.
Though outdoor activity limits have been lifted since the Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster in 2011, some children in the area suffer from muscular weakness, anger issues and lingering fear of going outside, Reuters reports.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan unveiled its first draft energy policy since the Fukushima meltdowns three years ago, saying nuclear power remains an important source of electricity for the country.
The draft presented Tuesday to the Cabinet for approval expected in March, said Japan's nuclear energy dependency will be reduced as much as possible, but that reactors meeting new safety standards set after the 2011 nuclear crisis should be restarted.
The Obama administration's decision to extend agency comment on its final Keystone XL review has inspired backers in Congress, including Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., to mount a new effort to bypass President Obama to approve the pipeline, Bloomberg reports.
Hess Corp. said it would sell $1 billion in its exploration assets in Thailand to PTT Exploration & Production as Hess plans to refocus its efforts on North American projects, Dow Jones Business News reports.
An all-week rally against the Keystone XL pipeline, organized by the Cowboy and Indian Alliance and green groups, drew nearly 200 protesters to the National Mall in Washington on Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Southwestern state officials' plans to manage scarce water resources during an ongoing drought may face legal action from an environmental group that says water siphoning has further threatened the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Tom Steyer, a climate activist spending millions of dollars in the 2014 elections, said his activity differs from that of the conservative Koch brothers because he's pushing the issue of climate change rather than policies he would benefit from, Politico reports.
Canada's Department of the Environment recommended removing humpback whales from its list of "threatened" species months before the government will rule on a pipeline permit that would boost oil shipments through the whales' habitat, Reuters reports.