Is Fukushima still safe after the latest earthquake? The earthquake caused a circulation pump in the used fuel cooling pond of Fukushima Daini reactor 3 to shut down. After checking the system, the pump was restarted after 99 minutes, and operator TEPCO said the plant had suffered no lasting damage. The situation might have been more serious were it not for the fact that Fukushima Daini, like most of Japan’s nuclear power stations, has been out of action ever since the disaster at its neighbouring station prompted Japan to shut down all of its nuclear reactors for safety checking and upgrades. Before the 2011 meltdowns, there were 54 nuclear power reactors operating in Japan. Since then, only three reactors have completed all of the required modifications and safety inspections and returned to operation, and one of these is currently shut down for routine refuelling. Currently 42 reactors will potentially be restarted, 24 of which are slowly going through the restart approval process.
Reaction 23rd Nov 2016 read more »
A former worker at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant filed suit against plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) as well as Kyushu Electric Power Co. at the Tokyo District Court on Nov. 22 demanding 59 million yen in compensation. The 42-year-old plaintiff had been granted work-related compensation after he developed leukemia following his time at the stricken nuclear station. The man from Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture is demanding compensation including consolation money under the Nuclear Damage Compensation Law, citing the high likelihood that his leukemia was caused by radiation exposure at work. It is the first lawsuit of its kind filed by a nuclear plant worker who was granted work-related compensation in the wake of the outbreak of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
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