Nuclear Energy - News July 17, 2011
Calling the Japan nuclear disaster "unacceptable," an expert task force convened by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has concluded that nuclear power plants in the U.S. need better protections for rare, catastrophic events.
Japan's Kansai Electric Power Co on Saturday shut down one of its reactors due to technical glitches, worsening a tight power supply that is stifling manufacturers.
Kansai Electric Power Co. said Saturday it would halt the operation of a nuclear reactor at its Oi power plant in Oicho, Fukui Prefecture, Japan, due to a problem with a tank used to store water for emergency reactor-cooling functions.
San Onofre nuclear plant. Courtesy Southern California Edison. One of several redundant security systems involved in monitoring the perimeter of the San Onofre nuclear plant stopped working for 45 minutes early Saturday, triggering the declaration of an "unusual event" that is considered the lowest level of emergency.
A fire has broken out at a nuclear plant in western Japan, injuring two people but causing no radiation leak, officials say.
Germany's trouble with abandoning nuclear power (Christian Science Monitor)
Before Germany decided to shutter its 17 nuclear power plants by 2022, few had ever heard of Hotzenwald, a nature preserve at the southern tip of the Black Forest, in the prosperous state of Baden-WA1 4rttemberg .