August 2011

Industry/Regulatory/Political Issues

  • Tokyo Electric Power Co. has set guidelines to pay travel, lodging and other expenses for people displaced after the Fukushima Daiichi accident. The company is offering reimbursement for medical fees for injuries and illnesses caused by the government-ordered evacuation of the area surrounding the facility. TEPCO also will cover lost income—small businesses will be paid for lost business and farmers compensated for lost crops. The company will provide compensation for mental distress caused by the accident on a per-month basis.
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Answer:

The evidence indicates that all of the spent fuel pools at Fukushima Daiichi are intact and there are no cracks that contributed to a loss of cooling water for used nuclear fuel assemblies. This is substantiated by observations around the storage pool areas, and the ability to re-establish cooling water levels.

Loss of water in the spent fuel storage pools at Fukushima Daiichi was primarily caused by sloshing of the water during the earthquake and evaporation when the sources of cooling water to the storage pools was temporarily interrupted.  Alternative means of providing cooling water to the storage pools was established to ensure that the fuel was covered with water and safely maintained.

As part of its long-term stabilization plan, Tokyo Electric Power Co. is reinforcing the spent fuel storage pool structure in reactor 4 as a precautionary measure.

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Industry/Regulatory/Political Issues

  • The ruling Democratic Party of Japan has chosen Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda to be its new party leader. The election paves the way for Noda to replace Naoto Kan as the country’s sixth prime minister in five years. The BBC reports that Noda wants Japan’s nuclear reactors restarted and has not backed Kan’s call for a nuclear-free Japan. The Japanese cabinet is expected to resign in the next few days, after which the parliament will elect the new prime minister. Last week, Kan announced his intention to resign as prime minister.
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Industry/Regulatory/Political Issues

  • Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has resigned as head of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, amid growing complaints about his performance. He came to office in June 2010. During his term, he had made unpopular moves, including an early pledge for a tax increase and handling a diplomatic issue with China in September. Most recently, Kan has been criticized about his response to the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant accident. His departure paves the way for Japan’s sixth leader in five years.

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Entergy Nuclear Employees Work to Restore Electricity

Entergy Nuclear Employees Work to Restore Electricity

When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, displacing thousands of people and causing widespread devastation, Entergy’s Waterford 3 nuclear energy facility safely withstood the storm and quickly aided in the local relief efforts.

Hours of training, a focus on continuous safety enhancement and lessons learned from previous events ensured that the facility and Entergy’s employees were fully prepared when Katrina moved onshore on Aug. 29, 2005. Waterford is located 20 miles west of New Orleans. Read More »

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