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Radioactive tritium leaks found at 48 US nuke sites

By Jeff Donn  |  Associated Press  |  Link to article BRACEVILLE, Ill. — Radioactive tritium has leaked from three-quarters of U.S. commercial nuclear power sites, often into groundwater from corroded, buried piping, an Associated Press investigation shows. The number and severity of the leaks has been escalating, even as federal regulators extend the licenses of more […]

Gov. Jerry Brown sees future in massive solar plant near Blythe

By K Kaufmann  |  MyDesert.com  |  Link to article At groundbreaking, governor calls for fiscal responsibility, innovation California Gov. Jerry Brown, just a day after vetoing the Democrat-backed state budget, on Friday used the backdrop of the future site of one of the world’s largest solar plants to issue a call for fiscal responsibility and […]

Germany to Forsake Its Nuclear Reactors

By PATRICK MCGROARTY and VANESSA FUHRMANS  |  The Wall Street Journal  |  Link to article BERLIN—Germany on Monday said it would close all of its 17 nuclear reactors by 2022, a sharp policy reversal that will make it the first major economy to quit atomic power in the wake of the nuclear crisis in Japan. […]

Fukushima Revives The Low-Dose Debate

By Dennis Normile  |  Science (sciencemag.org)  |  Link to article The general public avoided exposure to high levels of radioactivity, but questions linger about the long-term effects of contamination. FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN—At 5 p.m. sharp, Mitsuru Itou watches as a technician steps inside a quartet of orange traffic cones and black-and-yellow traffic bars marking a “keep […]

Tokyo Retreats From Its Nuclear Ambitions

By MITSURU OBE AND MARI IWATA  |  The Wall Street Journal  |  Link to article TOKYO—Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Japan should start over in forming a long-term energy policy, dropping plans to get half its energy needs from nuclear power and instead turning to renewable sources. “The existing energy-policy outline needs to be scrapped, […]

Japan to Cancel Plan to Build More Nuclear Plants

By MARTIN FACKLER  |  The New York Times  |  Link to article TOKYO — Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday that Japan would abandon plans to build more nuclear reactors, saying his country needed to “start from scratch” in creating a new energy policy. Mr. Kan’s announcement came as Japan allowed residents of evacuated areas […]

Japanese plant in harm’s way will suspend nuclear power production

By By John M. Glionna and Kenji Hall  |  Los Angeles Times  |  Link to article The Chubu company’s Hamaoka facility is considered vulnerable in case of a strong earthquake and tsunami. Reporting from Tokyo-A Japanese utility agreed Monday to take its reactors offline at a seaside nuclear power plant, just days after Prime Minister […]

U.S. is increasing nuclear power through uprating

By Alan Zarembo and Ben Welsh  |  Los Angeles Times  |  Link to article Turning up the power is a little-publicized way of getting more electricity from existing nuclear plants. But scrutiny is likely to increase in the wake of Japan’s nuclear crisis. The U.S. nuclear industry is turning up the power on old reactors, […]

Siemens Rethinks Nuclear Ambitions

By VANESSA FUHRMANS  |  The Wall Street Journal  |  Link to article German engineering giant Siemens AG is considering whether to abandon its goal of becoming a major player in the atomic-power industry, according to people familiar with the matter, as Japan’s nuclear crisis continues to unfold. While top executives at Siemens haven’t made any […]