Japan raises nuclear alert level to sevenGuardian Unlimited | 12 Apr 2011
Fukushima Daiichi power plant emergency is now on a par with the 1986 Chernobyl warning. Japan is to raise the nuclear alert level at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant to a maximum seven, putting the emergency on a par with the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Nuclear safety officials had insisted they had no plans to raise the severity of the crisis from five - the same level as the Three Mile Island accident in 1979 – according to the international nuclear and radiological event scale.
Japan, in wake of nuclear crisis, orders summer energy cutbacksWashington Post | 10 Apr 2011
The Japanese government ordered businesses and residents last week to cut their energy use by as much as 25 percent this summer to avoid power outages after the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, a decision lawmakers acknowledged could have economic ramifications.
South Korean schools close amid radiation fearsGuardian Unlimited | 08 Apr 2011
More than 100 schools close in Gyeonggi province, despite the PM's office saying radiation levels in rain pose no health risk. More than 100 South Korean schools have cancelled or shortened classes over fears that rain falling across the country may show traces of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. The Education Office of Gyeonggi province said it allowed schools to decide whether to open on Thursday.
China to ban imports of farm products from JapanReuters | 08 Apr 2011
China will ban the import of farm produce, including food, edible agricultural products and feedstuff, from 12 areas in Japan, the country's quarantine authorities said, as concerns about radiation contamination mount.
Japanese nuclear engineers plug Fukushima leakGuardian Unlimited | 06 Apr 2011
Workers stem flow of radioactive water into sea using mixture of sawdust, newspaper, concrete and a type of liquid glass. Engineers battling to contain the crisis at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant appeared to have turned an important corner last night after they stopped highly radioactive water from leaking into the ocean from one of the facility's crippled reactors.
U.S. eyes more rules to prevent oil blowoutsReuters | 05 Apr 2011
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is weighing more safety standards for blowout preventers on oil-drilling rigs, after a probe uncovered a possible design flaw that may have helped to cause last year's massive Gulf oil spill, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said on Tuesday.
Japan to dump 11,500 tons low-radioactive waterReuters | 05 Apr 2011
VIENNA (Reuters) - Japan will need to discharge a total of 11,500 tons of low-contaminated water into the ocean from the site of a stricken nuclear reactor, a senior Japanese nuclear official said in Vienna on Monday.
Germany to phase out nuclear power: deputy ministerReuters | 04 Apr 2011
A German deputy environment minister said the government would phase out all nuclear power in the country before 2020, taking a hard line stance that may not be reflective of the center-right coalition.
Lawmakers probe plan to shelve Yucca nuclear dumpReuters | 31 Mar 2011
Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed the Obama administration on its decision to stop work on a permanent nuclear waste storage site inside Yucca Mountain, Nevada, launching a formal probe and grilling the nuclear regulator on Capitol Hill.
Fukushima soil contains plutonium traces, according to Japanese officialsGuardian Unlimited | 29 Mar 2011
Government says levels are not harmful to human health as anxiety grows over leaks at stricken nuclear power plant. Traces of plutonium have been found in the soil at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japanese officials said on Monday, but not at levels considered harmful to human health. The discovery of plutonium - a byproduct of nuclear reactions - added to anxiety over the stricken plant, 150 miles north of Tokyo.
UK must push on with nuclear plans: scientistsReuters | 29 Mar 2011
Nuclear plants remain one of the safest ways to make electricity, and Britain should not allow Japan's tsunami-provoked problems to delay its new build plans, UK scientists said on Tuesday.
Japanese nuclear firm admits error on radiation readingGuardian Unlimited | 28 Mar 2011
Tokyo Electric Power says initial reports of levels 10m times higher than normal in parts of No 2 reactor were inaccurate. Fresh doubt has been cast on the handling of the Fukushima nuclear crisis after officials admitted wildly overstating levels of radiation, prompting an evacuation of the...
Chernobyl 25 years on: a poisoned landscapeGuardian Unlimited | 27 Mar 2011
As Japan struggles with its nuclear plant crisis, the site of the biggest atomic disaster in history remains a grim, radioactive monument. Yuri Tatarchuk has a disconcerting way of demonstrating Chernobyl's grim radioactive legacy. An official guide at the wrecked nuclear power plant, he waves his...