Radioactive Waste

Japan Prime Minister urges nuclear-free future

In a televised news conference, Mr Kan said the country should harness renewable energy sources.

The 11 March earthquake and tsunami wrecked the Fukushima plant, which continues to leak radioactive material.

A large section of public opinion has turned against nuclear power.

About 30% of Japan's electricity was nuclear generated before the Fukushima crisis, and the country had targeted raising that figure to 53% by 2030.

But Mr Kan had already said this commitment should be scrapped.

On Wednesday, he went a step further, saying: "We will aim at realising a society which can exist without nuclear power."

He said the country should aim to develop alternative energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass.

But he did not lay out a timescale for his plan.... Read more »

Meltdown: What Really Happened at Fukushima?

It’s been one of the mysteries of Japan’s ongoing nuclear disaster: How much of the damage did the March 11 earthquake inflict on Fukushima Daiichi’s reactors in the 40 minutes before the devastating tsunami arrived? The stakes are high: If the quake alone structurally compromised the plant and the safety of its nuclear fuel, then every other similar reactor in Japan is at risk.... Read more »

Japan nuclear: Radiation halts water clean-up

Operators of Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant have suspended an operation to clean contaminated water hours after it began due to a rapid rise in radiation.

Some 110,000 tonnes of water have built up during efforts to cool reactors hit by the 11 March earthquake and tsunami.


Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Denied Intervention in Judicial Review of its Steam Generators Shipping Decision

Media Release, June 14, 2011

TORONTO - Today, the Sierra Club Canada and the Canadian Environmental Law Association received notice from the Federal Court of Canada that a Motion by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) for leave to intervene in the Judicial Review of the CNSC’s decision giving Bruce Power a special license to ship 16 steam generators from the Bruce Power facility to Owen Sound and through the Great Lakes to Sweden was denied by the Court.

The CNSC had sought to intervene in the proceeding, seeking leave to file affidavit evidence in the matter, to provide a perspective different from the parties, and to provide its role and expertise to provide context to the issues in dispute and to fully explain its process.... Read more »

Japan Admits 3 Nuclear Meltdowns, More Radiation Leaked into Sea; U.S. Nuclear Waste Poses Deadly Risks

Click here to listen to the special Democracy Now interview.

Topic: Japan Admits 3 Nuclear Meltdowns, More Radiation Leaked into Sea; U.S. Nuclear Waste Poses Deadly Risks

Time: 30 minutes

Date: June 10, 2011


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