ABC News: Radioactive water to be drained from Fukushima reactor
The Tokyo Electric Power company will use hoses to pump 4,000 tonnes of highly contaminated water from No. 3 reactor. The radioactive water will then be shifted to a waste disposal facility to stop it from leaking into the environment. The company says it was forced to pump in extra water after the temperature inside the No. 3 reactor rose to more than 200 degrees Celsius. It is feared nuclear fuel rods have also melted in the No. 2 and 3 reactors, with a meltdown already confirmed in the No. 1 reactor.
Bay Citizen: Diablo Canyon Emergency Plans Plagued with Problems
Parked cars, broken equipment, and a security fence could prevent emergency workers from responding quickly to a disaster at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, federal regulators informed PG&E Friday. Inspectors from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission identified more than 20 problems during an April 11 visit to the plant. By contrast, an April 29 inspection of Southern California Edison’s San Onofre facility, the only other major nuclear power plant operating in California, revealed just a handful of minor deficiencies.
iPolitica.ca: Nuclear shipment on Great Lakes delayed
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – A Canadian power company has withdrawn its request for U.S. permission to ship 16 scrapped steam generators with radioactive contents on three of the Great Lakes, saying it wants to consult further with critics of the plan before moving ahead. Bruce Power Inc. received a license from Canada’s Nuclear Safety Commission for the operation earlier this year but also needed U.S. approval because the vessel would cross into U.S. territory. The company submitted an application to the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration but recently withdrew it. “Bruce Power will not set a date for shipping the decommissioned steam generators, but will take the necessary time to meet with stakeholder groups to answer any questions they may have about the project,” Frank Saunders, vice-president for nuclear oversight and regulatory affairs, said in a letter to the agency.
Times of India: 'People's court' will hear all parties on Jaitapur
MUMBAI: After being criticized for not participating in talks with the government, anti-Jaitapur nuclear power plant activists have organized a "people's court" during May 19-21 at St Xavier's College. Anti-nuclear activists said that the "people's tribunal on the safety, viability and cost efficiency of nuclear energy" will be headed by retired judges. The judges will record depositions of nuclear scientists, doctors, activists and nuclear power project-affected persons over three days on the question of safety and cost efficacy of nuclear energy and N-power plants. "The idea of organizing the people's court is to create a platform for experts, scientists and government bodies to put forth their views on the nuclear issue," said B G Kolse Patil, retired judge of the Bombay high court and one of the organizers of the court, adding, "It will only facilitate a healthy debate on the nuclear issue."