Nuclear power plant accidents

FILE - In this file photo taken on Friday April 8, 2016, a sign warns people not to enter the town of Ozersk, Chelyabinsk region, Russia, which houses the Mayak nuclear facility. Mayak is a nuclear complex that has been responsible for at least two of the country's biggest radioactive accidents. Russian authorities denied Friday that a radioactivity spike in the air over Europe resulted from a nuclear fuel plant leak in the Urals, saying their probe has found no release of radioactivity there. (AP Photo/Katherine Jacobsen, File)
December 08, 2017 - 10:40 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities denied Friday that a radioactivity spike in the air over Europe this fall resulted from a nuclear fuel processing plant leak in the Ural mountains, saying their probe has found no release of radioactivity there. Vladimir Boltunov of Russia's Rosatom state nuclear...
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In this Oct. 11, 2017 photo, a lab technician at the Fukushima Agricultural Technology Center, which monitors safety in farm and fisheries products from across the prefecture, places a sample inside a radiation counter to measure cesium levels, in Koriyama city, Fukushima prefecture. (AP Photo/Mari Yamaguchi)
November 24, 2017 - 9:24 pm
ONAHAMA, Japan (AP) — More than six years after a tsunami overwhelmed the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Japan has yet to reach consensus on what to do with a million tons of radioactive water, stored on site in around 900 large and densely packed tanks that could spill should another major...
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This combination of photos show journalists visiting the Tokyo Electric Power Co.,'s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, top photo taken Feb. 28, 2012 while bottom photo taken on Oct. 12, 2017, in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan. Visitors no longer must put on hazmat suits and full-face charcoal-filter masks, or plastic shoe covers, unless they are going to the most contaminated areas. Journalists donned the gear for low-dose areas: a helmet, double socks, cotton gloves, surgical mask, goggles, and a vest with a personal dosimeter. (AP Photo)
November 24, 2017 - 9:02 pm
OKUMA, Japan (AP) — Above ground, the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant has had a major face-lift since the 2011 disaster. Inside and underground remains largely a morass. A stylish new office building was the first thing that came into view during a tour for foreign media last month...
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This Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 photo provided by the Idaho National Laboratory shows the Idaho National Laboratory Transient Reactor Test Facility in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The U.S. Department of Energy says the facility at the Idaho National Laboratory began operating Tuesday for the first time since it went on standby status in 1994. (Chris Morgan/Idaho National Laboratory via AP)
November 15, 2017 - 6:37 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have restarted an eastern Idaho nuclear fuel testing facility amid efforts to boost the nation's nuclear power generating capacity and possibly reduce concerns about nuclear power safety. The U.S. Department of Energy said the facility at the Idaho National...
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Lawyers show banners reading "Victory" following the verdict, outside the Fukushima District Court in Fukushima, eastern Japan, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. The Japanese court has awarded compensation totaling about 500 million yen ($4.5 million) to thousands of former Fukushima residents who demanded damages for their lost livelihood due to the 2011 nuclear crisis, ordering the government to split the cost with the utility. (Kyodo News via AP)
October 10, 2017 - 6:23 am
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court on Tuesday ordered the government and the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant to pay 500 million yen ($4.5 million) to thousands of area residents and evacuees who were demanding compensation for their livelihoods lost in the 2011 nuclear crisis. The Fukushima...
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This Sept. 30, 2017 aerial photo shows the reactors of No. 6, right, and No. 7, left, at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant, Niigata prefecture. Japanese nuclear regulators say two reactors run by the utility blamed in the Fukushima plant meltdowns have met their safety standards, saying the operator has since taken sufficient measures at another plant it owns. The Nuclear Regulation Authority unanimously approved Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, a draft certificate for No. 6 and No. 7 reactors at the plant in northern Japan operated by the Tokyo Electric Power Co. under stricter standards set after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. (Kyodo News via AP)
October 04, 2017 - 2:14 am
TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese utility blamed for safety lapses in the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdowns has received its first approvals to operate reactors under stricter safety standards set since the 2011 disaster. The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday that two reactors in northern Japan...
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September 29, 2017 - 6:48 am
TOKYO (AP) — Contaminated water might have leaked from the damaged Fukushima nuclear reactors after erroneous settings on water gauges lowered groundwater levels nearby, the plant operator said Friday. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the settings on six of the dozens of wells around the reactors were...
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FILE - This October 1970 file photo shows Richard Pyle. Pyle, an Associated Press reporter whose career spanned a half-century of war, catastrophe and other indelible stories has died in New York, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. Richard Pyle was 83. (AP Photo/File)
September 28, 2017 - 7:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Reporter Richard Pyle, whose Associated Press career spanned a half-century of war, catastrophe and other indelible stories, died Thursday at age 83. He died at a hospital of respiratory failure due to lung fibrosis and obstructive lung disease, said his wife, actress-writer Brenda...
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FILE - In this April 11, 2017 file photo, a photographer takes a photo before a press conference at the Toshiba Corp.'s headquarters in Tokyo. Toshiba and a consortium led by Bain Capital Private Equity signed a deal Thursday for the sale of the Japanese electronics company's computer memory chip business, a move long opposed by Toshiba's U.S. joint venture partner Western Digital. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
September 28, 2017 - 5:36 am
TOKYO (AP) — Toshiba and a consortium led by Bain Capital Private Equity signed a deal Thursday for the sale of the Japanese electronics company's computer memory chip business, a move long opposed by Toshiba's U.S. joint venture partner Western Digital. The consortium includes Apple Inc. and Dell...
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CLARIFIES REACTORS, FILE - In this March 11, 2012, file photo, three melted reactors, from left, Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3, are seen at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. Japan's government approved on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 a revision to the decommissioning plan for the Fukushima nuclear plant, delaying by two more years the removal of radioactive fuel rods in two of the three reactors damaged in the 2011 disaster. It still plans for melted fuel to be removed starting in 2021, but the lack of details about the duration raises doubts if the cleanup can be completed within 40 years. (Kyodo News via AP, File)
September 26, 2017 - 9:59 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government on Tuesday approved a revision of its 30-to-40-year plan to decommission the Fukushima nuclear plant, delaying by three more years the removal of radioactive fuel rods stored at two of the three reactors damaged in the 2011 disaster. Six and a half years since a...
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