Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; June 29, 2014

METI will solicit more research work for ways to remove the melted fuel from the Fukushima Daiichi reactors including ways that don’t involve flooding the containment structures.

The mayor of Osaka has threatened to sell off all the stock shares the municipality has in Kansai Electric unless they end their efforts to restart nuclear reactors. Osaka is the largest shareholder in Kansai Electric.

TEPCO admits they don’t know if the groundwater bypass is working.

More evacuees are buying new homes according to the government. There was no mention if they are paying for them with compensation payouts or otherwise.

The Sendai nuclear plant in Japan has submitted an additional safety report. The NRA is expected to have a decision about possible restart in August. No nuclear plants in Japan will be online during the peak energy consumption time over the summer.

Japan’s NRA will investigate and issue a determination on the quake faults beneath Higishidori nuclear plant before considering it for a possible restart.

A recent meeting in Tokyo saw a wide array of US agencies meeting with Japanese officials to discuss cooperation on nuclear power issues. The meeting makes clear how joined at the hip the US nuclear program is to Japan’s industry.

The IOC has warned Japan about changes being made to their Olympic hosting bid.

The UK has declared the clean up of the Sellafield nuclear site will increase by 6.6 billion pounds, making the total for the clean up estimate 110 billion pounds.

Wylfa nuclear power station closed for five months. What started out as a maintenance outage turned into much more.

Commissioner George Apostolakis to leave US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Who will replace Apostolakis and Magwood on the NRC as both are leaving?

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against TEPCO for destroying their homes and making them evacuees visited their former homes briefly to find them mostly destroyed.

Taiwan’s nuclear authority is considering sending spent fuel to France for reprocessing. This would involve the start of a MOX fuel program in Taiwan and would not remove the need to store nuclear waste long term. Oddly enough, the US is involved.

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More investigations are underway in the US related to the barrel explosion at the WIPP nuclear storage facility. Events at Los Alamos are under increased scrutiny while a dispute over the permitting process to change the type of storage barrels used is working its way through the courts.


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