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TEPCO to postpone nuclear fuel removal at Fukushima No. 1 reactor
Work starts to dismantle a canopy installed over the No. 1 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Oct. 22. (Pool)
A series of delays will push back by years the start of operations to remove spent and melted nuclear fuel from the No. 1 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, ...
NRA tells TEPCO to reduce radiation exposure at Fukushima plant
Workers operate a nuclear fuel hoist above the storage pool in the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Nov. 18. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Feb. 5 it instructed Tokyo Electric Power Co. to reduce radiation exposure among workers who are removing spent and unspent fuel from a...
Scientists: Cosmic rays can see through nuclear reactor, locate...
The Asahi Shimbun
Japanese scientists have developed a method to use cosmic rays to see through a nuclear reactor, raising hopes for locating and accounting for melted fuel inside the crippled...
TEPCO: Not all pumped-in water reached overheating Fukushima...
The Asahi Shimbun
Fire engines were used in a desperate, and ultimately futile, attempt to pump water to cool overheating reactors during the early phase of the 2011 Fukushima No. 1 nuclear...
TEPCO takes on long, unprecedented mission in decommissioning nuke ...
Workers move nuclear fuel to a cask in the storage pool at the No. 4 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Nov. 18. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
Workers at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant are in uncharted territory, facing the risk of damaging fuel rods and scattering radioactive materials during a yearlong...
TEPCO begins removing nuclear fuel at Fukushima plant
The No. 4 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant Nov. 18 (Jun Ueda)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. started removing nuclear fuel from a damaged reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant for the first time, marking a new stage in the...
TEPCO prepares to remove nuclear fuel at Fukushima plant
A fuel hoist has been installed to remove nuclear fuel from a storage pool in the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Soichiro Yamamoto)
OKUMA, Fukushima Prefecture--The 1,533 nuclear fuel assemblies were lined up in neat rows in the storage pool of the No. 4 reactor building amid new equipment and a clean...
Nuclear watchdog tightening safety regulations on fuel processing...
Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd.'s reprocessing plant and related facilities in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Nuclear Regulation Authority presented its draft outline July 2 for tighter regulation standards for facilities dealing with nuclear fuel, such as the spent fuel...
Removal of nuke fuel debris at Fukushima plant set for 2020
The No. 1 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The extraction of melted nuclear fuel rod debris at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant could begin in 2020, or 18 months earlier than originally anticipated, the central...
TEPCO makes room to store spent nuclear fuel from damaged...
The common storage pool at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is shown to the media on Feb. 5.  (The Asahi Shimbun)
Workers at Tokyo Electric Power Co. removed spent nuclear fuel housed in a common storage pool at the Fukushima power plant and moved it to a temporary storage depot on the...
Another bent rod found in fuel assembly at Kashiwazaki nuclear...
The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture. The No. 1 reactor building is shown in the foreground. Photo was taken  in May 2008. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said March 19 it has uncovered a second instance of fuel rods coming into contact with each other at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in...
Fukushima plant situation 'volatile,' a year after cold shutdown...
The Asahi Shimbun
Workers are nowhere close to determining the state of melted fuel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, a year after the government declared the damaged reactors were in a...
Bent rod found at TEPCO's Niigata reactor
The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Dec. 12 a bent water rod caused two fuel rods to come into contact inside a fuel rod assembly stored in a spent fuel storage pool for the No. 5...
TEPCO moves up schedule to remove nuclear fuel from Fukushima plant
Workers prepare to remove nuclear fuel from the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in Fukushima Prefecture in October. (Pool)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Dec. 3 it will start removing nuclear fuel from a precarious storage pool at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in mid-November next year, ...
Unused nuclear fuel from Fukushima No. 4 reactor pool intact
Officials on Aug. 28 check a bundle of unused nuclear fuel rods removed from the storage pool of the No. 4 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 power plant. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it found no significant abnormalities in a bundle of unused nuclear fuel rods removed from the storage pool of the No. 4 reactor of the crippled...
Ministry to amend law to bury nuclear waste without reprocessing
The Asahi Shimbun
The industry ministry plans to amend legislation to allow for "direct disposal" of spent nuclear fuel, a move away from the nation’s problem-plagued goal of creating a full...
TEPCO floats balloon plan to inspect reactor's top floor
Steel frames of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant's No. 1 reactor building are laid bare on March 12, 2011, following a hydrogen explosion. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, plans to inspect the top floor of the No. 1 reactor building using a balloon equipped...
Outgoing NISA OKs construction of nuke reprocessing plant
The existing uranium enrichment plant in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, operated by Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The soon-to-be-abolished Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency gave the OK on June 26 for work to continue on the construction of a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Rokkasho,...
TEPCO: Water only 60 cm deep in Fukushima reactor
This photo, taken with an industrial endoscope, shows the inner wall of the No. 2 reactor's containment vessel on the left side and a thermometer tube on the right. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
Water was only 60 centimeters deep in a reactor containment vessel at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, a fraction of what was previously assumed, Tokyo Electric...
Three Mile Island offers treasure trove of lessons for Fukushima
The stricken Unit 2 reactor, where fuel removal was completed, at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania (Naoya Kon)
THREE MILE ISLAND, Pennsylvania--When engineers inserted a camera probe into the stricken Unit 2 reactor of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant here more than three...