TOKYO (AP) — For years, Japan has struggled to find a site to safely store highly radioactive waste from nuclear power plants for as long as 100,000 years.
Tens of thousands of tons of spent fuel stored at nuclear power plants will remain dangerously radioactive for thousands of years — a vexing problem that nuclear-powered nations around the world face. After decades of studies, scientists now agree that underground storage is the best option, but finding a community willing to host a radioactive dump site is difficult.
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.
The vision for Virginia’s energy future, to be made public by Gov. Terry McAuliffe Wednesday, will review the costs and benefits to the state from the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, E&E reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency, which hasn’t updated the list of chemicals it regulates at sewage plants in more than three decades, doesn’t target some 300 labelled as hazardous under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, a report from the EPA Inspector General says, according to The Hill.
Positive consumer spending data helped push oil prices higher early Tuesday, although benchmark crude is looking likely to rack up its largest quarterly drop in some two and a-half years. U.S. prices were 19 cents higher to $94.76 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent gained 32 cents to $97.52, Reuters reports.
Energy market monitor Genscape has been tracking the tanker Polar Discovery, which could hold up to 784,000 barrels of crude, as it heads from Alaska to Yeosu, South Korea, FuelFix reports, having determined from a ConocoPhillips spokesman that the company has made a rare deal to sell a cargo of North Slope crude in Asia in the fourth quarter.
The U.S. imported 569,000 more barrels of crude in July than it did in June, according to data from the Energy Information Administration, which said the figures were still lower than in 2013 and also noted that for the first time, none of the imports came from Nigeria, Platts reports.
Oilfield services giant Schlumberger is having around 20 mid-level and senior managers leave Russia, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg, in the wake of Western sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis.
The partnership between Qatar and Exxon Mobil in plans to export liquefied natural gas from the Golden Pass terminal in Texas is part of the Gulf nation’s strategy to maintain its status as a major player in the industry globally into the future, The New York Times reports.