Nuclear news and events from recent weeks.
On November 2nd the 3rd release of treated radioactive water began at Fukushima Daiichi.
In August China banned all seafood from Japan over the contaminated water dumping at Fukushima Daiichi.
Hong Kong announced a ban on Japanese seafood from 10 prefectures in July over the contaminated water dumping at Fukushima Daiichi.
Japan criticizes Russian ban on its seafood following the release of treated radioactive water
Seafood prices in Hokkaido dropped by 40 – 50% after China imposed a ban on Japanese seafood over the contaminated water dumping at Fukushima Daiichi.
The US military started bulk buying Japanese seafood to counter China’s ban following the start of Fukushima contaminated water releases.
Japanese locals increased the amount of domestic seafood they purchased in light of the ban from China.
Japan’s NRA gave operation extensions to nuclear reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant. The older units had hit their retirement age and will now be allowed to continue operating.
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has a new report about how to make nuclear power plants safer from bad actors. “Lessons from Zaporizhzhia: How to protect reactors against ‘nuclear piracy’”
Bill Gates TerraPower, Japan’s atomic research agency (JAEA) and Mitsubishi are collaborating on building TerraPower’s sodium-cooled nuclear reactor concept. There is already a demonstration project in the US attempting to create a test prototype of this design. Japan’s program would increase the size of the design, claiming it would be more economical to run.
The US state of Nebraska wants to build small modular nuclear reactors and the state run power district (NPPD) is keen to participate.
The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, and Grid Security approved a bill that would boost domestic uranium mining, production, enrichment, and conversion capacity for nuclear fuel programs. This would allow the DOE to establish the Nuclear Fuel Security Program to increase the quantity of high-assay, low-enriched uranium (HALEU), and potentially low-enriched uranium (LEU) produced by U.S. nuclear energy companies.
Nearly 40 years later, one of Colorado’s longest-running Superfund sites still has no radioactive waste cleanup plan
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