There was no avoiding fearful memories of the Japanese nuclear disaster of 2011 on Tuesday morning after a powerful earthquake off the coast of Fukushima caused a cooling system in a nuclear plant to stop, leaving more than 2,500 spent uranium fuel rods at risk of overheating. But this time, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, the utility that operates three nuclear plants, restored the cooling pump at the Fukushima Daini plant in about an hour and a half. The Daini plant is about seven miles south of Fukushima Daiichi, the ruined plant where three reactors melted down five years ago after tsunami waves inundated the power station and knocked out backup generators.
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Thirteen students from Fukushima High School were taken on a tour to the disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant on Nov. 18 to witness decommissioning work, in what could be the first of ongoing tours to the plant for students. The first- and second-graders included members of their school science club. The goal of the tour was to have young people, who will have to watch over decommissioning work in the future, think more about the issues faced in recovering from the nuclear disaster.
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The Nuclear Regulation Authority says potentially weak steel components manufactured by a Japanese company have not been used in domestic nuclear facilities, after its French counterpart ordered reactors that used the company’s parts to be checked. The NRA determined at a regular meeting Tuesday there is no comparable risk at the domestic nuclear facilities of 11 companies as portions of steel with excessive carbon concentrations had been removed from the components manufactured by Kitakyushu-based Japan Casting & Forging Corp. The NRA concluded that the removal of portions with higher levels of carbon was insufficient in the components used in the French reactors. The authority also determined there were no problems with critical parts at domestic facilities that were manufactured by other companies, including Tokyo-based Japan Steel Works Ltd.
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