Nuclear events

Fukushima operator admits radioactive leaks while more strong earthquakes strike around the plant

Operator of tsunami stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant (NPP) admitted on Monday, July 22, 2013 that contaminated water had been seeping from damaged reactors into the Pacific (NYT). Though this was long suspected by experts, this is the first time officials have acknowledged the problem.  FukushimaDiary writes: In the press conference of 7/22/2013, Tepco admitted the seawater is coming up and down ...

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Extremely high levels of radioactive tritium detected in a hole at Fukushima NPP

TEPCO, operator of crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant (NPP), reported that high densities of tritium and strontium were found in the observation hole at the east side of the Unit 1-4 Turbine Buildings of the nuclear power plant. In a press release issued on July 29 the readings are as follows: B1-1: Unit 2 water intake power cable trench (seawater piping foundation part)– Sampling ...

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Another radiation release detected at New Mexico nuclear waste dump

Back in February 2014, alarms sounded off at the Nuclear Waste Isolation Pilot Plant outside of Carlsbad, New Mexico. The radiation detection alarms signaled that higher-than-normal airborne radiation was present and could be making its way outside into the environment through the facility’s ventilation system. The only US nuclear waste disposal site has been compromised The federal facility, built in ...

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Miami area nuclear plant in partial shutdown after steam leak

Perhaps the most dangerous nuclear reactor in the U.S. is in partial shutdown following the discovery of a steam leak.   South Florida’s ailing Turkey Point nuclear power station is in the news again, with Unit 4, one of its two reactors, taken offline Sunday due to a steam leak, according to a Dec. 1st update released by Industrial Info Resources online.  ...

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Fresh leak of highly radioactive water detected at Fukushima No. 1

Sensors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant have detected a fresh leak of highly radioactive water to the sea, the plant’s operator, Tepco, announced Sunday, February 22 highlighting continued difficulties in decommissioning the crippled atomic station, The Japan Times writes. The operator said the sensors, which were rigged to a gutter that drains rain and groundwater at the plant into ...

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Explosion hits Doel Nuclear Power Station, Belgium

Doel Nuclear Power Station in northern Belgium was hit by an explosion around midnight UTC on November 1, 2015 (23:00 local time on October 31) which caused a fire in its Doel 1 nuclear reactor. Els De Clerq, spokeswoman of Belgian energy corporation Electrabel that runs the plant, told Het Laatste Nieuws the explosion didn’t cause any threat to the nature and added ...

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Radioactive iodine leak reported at Halden nuclear reactor, Norway

A nuclear reactor at the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) in Halden, southeast Norway leaked radioactive iodine on Monday, October 24, 2016, the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) said. The incident happened at 11:45 UTC (13:45 CET) at the Halden Reactor in Ostfold county, close to the border with Sweden, due to a technical failure during treatment of the fuel in the reactor ...

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Nuclear waste repository WIPP evacuated after rockfall

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico was evacuated on November 3 after a rockfall outside of the closed southern section. This is reportedly the fourth collapse this year and the first since early October. According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), workers in the area of Panel 7 heard a loud noise and ...

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Extreme levels of radiation detected at Fukushima No. 1 reactor

According to Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), the radiation level in the containment vessel of reactor 2 at the damaged Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant nuclear complex has reached a maximum of 530 sieverts per hour which is the highest recorded level since the triple core meltdown in March 2011. The reading means a person could die from even brief exposure, ...

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