First Post-Fukushima Nuclear Plant Restart Approved

In a vote of 26 to 4, city assembly members of the town of  Satsumasendai voted to restart the two-reactor Kyushu Electric Power Co.  plant.  This would make it the first nuclear power plant in Japan to be restarted more than 3 years after the Fukushima Dai-ichi catastrophe. The vote came amid protests and petitions […]

International Response – Nuclear Programs Post-Fukushima

Introduction: On March 11, 2011, The Fukushima Prefecture in Japan was struck by a triple disaster:  An  earthquake,  a tsunami and the subsequent  nuclear melt-down at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. It quickly turned into the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986, and just as quickly, it became an international affair, with specialists […]

Japan – Power Companies Seeking To Increase Use of Coal

The Wall Street Journal reports via Fox News: All 48 of Japan’s nuclear-power plants are currently offline…..Imported natural gas is filling some of the gap, but it is costly…..Japan’s coal use has already been edging higher since the Fukushima accident….. While Japan’s government might be wanting to continue (aka “restart”) nuclear power plant operations, two […]