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News: Archive for March, 2011

China Building Nuclear Reactors With Radically Different Design – NYTimes.com

Friday, March 25th, 2011

‘Rather than using conventional fuel rod assemblies of the sort leaking radiation in Japan, each packed with nearly 400 pounds of uranium, the Chinese reactors will use hundreds of thousands of billiard-ball-size fuel elements, each cloaked in its own protective layer of graphite.’

via China Building Nuclear Reactors With Radically Different Design – NYTimes.com.

Graphic of reactor.

Need for Repairs Stalls Work at Nuclear Plant in Japan – NYTimes.com

Monday, March 21st, 2011

‘TOKYO — Efforts to stabilize the crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima stalled on Monday when engineers found that crucial machinery at one reactor required repair, a process that will take two to three days, government officials said.’

via Need for Repairs Stalls Work at Nuclear Plant in Japan – NYTimes.com.

No quick fix seen at Japan’s nuclear plant – Yahoo! News

Monday, March 21st, 2011

‘FUKUSHIMA, Japan – Officials are racing to restore electricity to Japan’s leaking nuclear plant, but getting the power flowing will hardly be the end of their battle: With its mangled machinery and partly melted reactor cores, bringing the complex under control is a monstrous job.’

via No quick fix seen at Japan’s nuclear plant – Yahoo! News.

France Widens European Nuclear Energy Debate – NYTimes.com

Monday, March 21st, 2011

‘BRUSSELS — The French energy minister on Tuesday strongly defended the use of nuclear energy, highlighting a widening rift in Europe over the future of the technology since the crisis at reactors in Japan.’

via France Widens European Nuclear Energy Debate – NYTimes.com.

Worker at Japanese nuclear plant: We’re putting our lives on the line – Yahoo! News

Friday, March 18th, 2011

‘A female worker at the Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) plant wrote a blog post about the battle to keep the reactors from overheating, saying the brave workers at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant were risking their lives to keep the situation under control.’

via Worker at Japanese nuclear plant: We’re putting our lives on the line – Yahoo! News.

BBC News – Japan earthquake: Fukushima nuclear alert level raised

Friday, March 18th, 2011

‘Japan has raised the alert level at a stricken nuclear plant from four to five on a seven-point international scale for atomic accidents.’

via BBC News – Japan earthquake: Fukushima nuclear alert level raised.

BBC News – Japan earthquake: New fire at Fukushima nuclear plant

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

‘Fire has again broken out at the quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northern Japan.

The blaze has struck reactor four, where spent fuel rods are kept. The plant has already been hit by four explosions, triggering radiation leaks and sparking health concerns.’

via BBC News – Japan earthquake: New fire at Fukushima nuclear plant.

Robert Alvarez: Meltdowns Grow More Likely at the Fukushima Reactors

Monday, March 14th, 2011

‘Japan’s government and nuclear industry, with assistance from the U.S. military, is in a desperate race to stave off multiple nuclear reactor meltdowns — as well as potential fires in pools of spent fuel.’

via Robert Alvarez: Meltdowns Grow More Likely at the Fukushima Reactors.

BBC News – Japan quake: Fukushima plant alarming, says Naoto Kan

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

‘Technicians have been battling to control the pressure and temperature in the reactors for days, pumping in seawater and releasing vapour containing radioactive elements.’

via BBC News – Japan quake: Fukushima plant alarming, says Naoto Kan.

Mass. chemical plant explodes, injuring 4 – Yahoo! News

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

‘MIDDLETON, Mass. – Authorities say a Massachusetts chemical plant exploded, shaking nearby homes and injuring at least four people.’

via Mass. chemical plant explodes, injuring 4 – Yahoo! News.