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UAE issues license for 1st Arab nuclear power plant

Feb 17, 2020 - 11:17 PM

The UAE has substantial energy reserves, but with a power-hungry population of 10 million it has made huge investments in developing alternative power sources including solar

FIRST IN THE ARAB WORLD. A handout picture obtained from the media office of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant on February 13, 2020, shows a view of the power plant in the Gharbiya region of Abu Dhabi on the Gulf coastline about 50 kilometers west of Ruwais. AFP PHOTO/Barakah Nuclear Power Plant

Indian nuclear power plant confirms North Korean malware on its network

Oct 31, 2019 - 8:23 PM

The malware, Dtrack, affects the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant's administrative network and not the internal network controlling the reactors

MISLEADING: Bataan Nuclear Power Plant 'wasted by Cory Aquino'

Jul 13, 2019 - 10:27 AM

The Cory Aquino administration decided not to open the $2.3-billion project due to safety and corruption concerns. A court ruling in 2012 also ordered the project broker to return $50 million in ill-gotten wealth.

Nuclear fuel removed from crippled Japan plant

Apr 15, 2019 - 4:48 PM

The delicate operation represents the first time the Tokyo Electric Power Company has pulled out fuel from inside a highly contaminated building containing the melted-down reactor, and comes 4 years behind schedule

This handout from Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) taken and released on August 22, 2017 shows workers pouring coolant to freeze the underground ice wall around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture on August 22, 2017.  The Fukushima nuclear plant's operator on August 22 started freezing the last section of a $320 million ice wall designed to cut down on vast amounts of contaminated water at the site of the worst atomic accident in a generation. / AFP PHOTO / TOKYO ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY (TEPCO) / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Fuel removal device installed at meltdown-hit Fukushima reactor

Nov 13, 2017 - 1:57 PM

The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), says it started putting a crane on the roof of unit No. 3 on Sunday to extract a total of 566 rods from its fuel pool

FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI. Storage tanks for contaminated water are seen through a window of a building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan, on February 23, 2017. File photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/AFP

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Jul 07, 2017 - 1:47 PM

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Swiss vote for gradual nuclear phaseout, energy makeover

May 21, 2017 - 11:10 PM

Switzerland will increase reliance on hydraulic power as well as renewables like solar wind geothermal and biomass

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 11, 2016 shows The Goesgen Nuclear Power Plant near Daeniken, Northern Switzerland.  ?Switzerland on May 21, 2017, votes on whether to overhaul its national energy policy, with proposals on phasing out nuclear energy and boosting reliance on renewables, in the latest referendum in the country's direct democracy system. / AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

Explosion at French nuclear plant, 'no radiation risk'

Feb 09, 2017 - 8:33 PM

Senior local official Jacques Witkowski says a ventilator had exploded outside the nuclear zone at the plant Five people suffer smoke inhalation but there were no serious injuries

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 16, 2016 shows the reactor Flamanville 3 in the construction site of the third-generation European Pressurised Water nuclear reactor (EPR) in Flamanville, northwestern France.   An explosion at a nuclear power station in northern France on February 9, 2017 caused minor injuries but happened outside the plant's nuclear zone and posed no risk of contamination, authorities said. / AFP PHOTO / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU

Swiss reject speedy nuclear phaseout

Nov 27, 2016 - 11:30 PM

Voters in Switzerland thumb down a plan to close 3 of the country s 5 nuclear reactors next year

Two cars from the Swiss power production and distribution company BKW block access to the road leading to the Muhleberg nuclear power plant to prevent demonstrations near the Swiss capital Bern on November 27, 2016.  Switzerland is due to vote on whether to speed up the process of phasing out the country's nuclear power plants, in a move that would shutter three of its five reactors next year. / AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

Vietnam scraps huge nuclear power plant projects

Nov 23, 2016 - 12:20 AM

The project was suspended not due to technological reasons but the country s current economic situation the government says on its website

Recto: Don't use Malampaya funds for Bataan nuke plant revival

Nov 22, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto says the funds can instead be used for an independent scientific study on the economic and technical feasibility of completing the plant

REVIVAL. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte approves reopening the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. File photo by Rappler

Consult scientists on Bataan Nuclear Power Plant – Recto

Nov 12, 2016 - 4:20 PM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto makes the suggestion following reports that President Rodrigo Duterte allowed the rehabilitation of the BNPP

NUCLEAR PLANT. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is mulling reopening the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. File photo by Rappler

Vietnam to scrap planned nuclear plants – state media

Nov 11, 2016 - 3:17 PM

The planned nuclear facilities in Vietnam would have been the first nuclear plants in Southeast Asia

BNPP: Not about nuclear; it’s about trust and accountability

Sep 21, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The discussion on the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant should not be equated with the discussion of nuclear power feasibility

REOPENING? The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is mulling reopening the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. File photo by Rappler

DOE: Nat'l consensus needed to reopen Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

Sep 05, 2016 - 10:12 PM

DOE Undersecretary Donato Marcos says Secretary Alfonso Cusi has not issued a direct order to revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

REOPENING? The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is mulling reopening the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. File photo by Rappler

Philippines eyes reviving mothballed nuclear plant

Aug 31, 2016 - 8:28 PM

Spokesman Ernesto Abella: Officials are considering all options for sustainable and affordable energy and reviving the Bataan Nuclear Plant is being considered

BATAAN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT. This photo taken on May 18, 2011, shows the main control room of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, in Bataan. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

France's energy giant to decide on UK nuclear project in September

Apr 24, 2016 - 11:21 AM

Questions are raised about the financial viability of the project as France s energy giant is struggling with a debt pile of more than 37 billion euros 42 billion

NUCLEAR REACTORS. French President Francois Hollande confirms France's engagement in the construction of two nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point in Britain in September

Bataan Nuclear Power Plant impossible to revive – Marcos Jr

Mar 02, 2016 - 6:02 PM

The vice presidential candidate however says that setting up a nuclear power plant in the Philippines is still a viable and practical

Former TEPCO bosses indicted over Fukushima disaster

Feb 29, 2016 - 7:15 PM

If convicted they face up to 5 years in prison or a penalty of up to one million yen 8 850

epa05168008 (FILE) A file picture dated 12 March 2011 shows an overview of the Fukushima I nuclear plant in Japan, shortly before an explosion happened. The fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake will be marked on 11 March 2016. The 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck 11 March 2011 and triggered a tsunami claimed the lives of an estimated 15,000 people, and led to a nuclear accident on a level that had not been seen since Chernobyl in 1986. Japan had not seen such death and destruction since the two atomic bombings of World War II. EPA/STRINGER JAPAN OUT

Japan turns on third nuclear reactor since post-Fukushima ban

Jan 29, 2016 - 6:30 PM

The government and utility firms have been pushing to get reactors back in operation nearly 5 years after the disastrous meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant

GROUND ZERO. An aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone of the damaged units of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, 20 March 2011. EPA/Air Photo Service / Handout / File

Why revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant?

Jan 10, 2016 - 10:57 AM

Pro nuclear energy advocates say reviving the mothballed plant is a cheaper alternative

The facade of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant in Morong. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

First Fukushima worker diagnosed with radiation-linked cancer – Japan official

Oct 20, 2015 - 3:10 PM

2nd UPDATE An official with the health ministry says the ex employee who is in his thirties developed leukemia after working at the plant following the 2011 crisis

GROUND ZERO. An aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone of the damaged units of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, 20 March 2011. EPA/Air Photo Service / Handout / File

Japan ends nuclear shutdown 4 years after Fukushima

Aug 11, 2015 - 10:30 AM

The restart comes more than 4 years after a quake generated tsunami triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima plant

RESTARTED. An undated picture provided by Kyushu Electric Power Company on August 10, 2015 shows the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, south-western Japan. Kyushu Electric Power Company/Handout/EPA

Energy chief Petilla confirms resignation

Apr 29, 2015 - 8:33 AM

UPDATED Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla says no one pressured him to resign Petilla will not leave the agency until his suitable replacement is found

Regulatory body pushed to study Bataan Nuclear Power Plant revival

Apr 20, 2015 - 4:10 PM

The body will also address the safety concerns raised by various sectors against reviving the power facility the energy chief says

Radiation fears still haunt Fukushima

Sep 27, 2014 - 11:00 AM

Three years after the devastating quake and tsunami and the ensuing nuclear disaster residents of Fukushima are still worried about the effects of radiation

THE WORK CONTINUES. Local residents work to decontaminate the rice fields in the Odaka district of Minamisoma city, 20 kilometers from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, in Fukushima prefecture, Japan, 24 February 2014. Everett Kennedy Brown/EPA

Fukushima operator ordered to compensate for suicide

Aug 26, 2014 - 2:47 PM

It was the first time that the operator of the stricken plant Tokyo Electric Power Co TEPCO has been ordered to pay compensation for a suicide linked to the 2011 nuclear disaster

A file picture dated 06 April 2011 of a police officer walking out of the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Franck Robichon/EPA

Japanese get anti-radiation pills ahead of nuclear restart

Jul 28, 2014 - 4:01 PM

The move to distribute the pills started Sunday July 27 for those living within a five kilometer three mile radius of the Sendai nuclear plant

This picture taken on April 28, 2014 shows the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima prefecture. Jiji Press/AFP

Decision over Bataan nuclear plant's fate not happening in 2014

Jun 23, 2014 - 5:31 PM

The energy czar says it will be President Aquino who will decide whether to revive the mothballed power plant or not


Pollution-ridden Bangladesh unveils green tax in budget

Jun 06, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Bangladesh finance minister A M A Muhith says industrial effluent and waste from urban sewage is severely contaminating our rivers and taking heavy toll on the aquatic environment and its surroundings

POLLUTION. A Bangladeshi laundryman washes clothes in the polluted water of the Buriganga river at Hazaribagh in Dhaka. Widespread dumping of industrial, medical and human waste has resulted in the Buriganga River becoming severely polluted. Photo from Abir Abdullah/ EPA

JV Ejercito: Not his brother’s keeper

May 13, 2014 - 1:00 AM

Ejercito surprises allies and the public

Taiwan uses water cannon to disperse anti-nuclear protesters

Apr 28, 2014 - 12:44 PM

Anti nuclear demonstrators blockade one of the busiest streets in Taiwan Sunday forcing the Kuomintang party to yield and halt construction work at the plant

Construction halted at Taiwan nuclear plant after protests

Apr 28, 2014 - 12:04 AM

The ruling Kuomintang party yielded to pressure from anti nuclear demonstrators and promised to stop work at the plant

NO TO NUCLEAR. Taiwanese people carry a flag with the radioactivity trefoil symbol as they take part in a protest march during an anti-nuclear demonstration last March. Another rally was held in April, questioning the safety of nuclear plants. David Chang/EPA

Thousands rally in Taiwan against nuclear plant

Apr 26, 2014 - 8:38 PM

Taiwanese protesters worry about the potential dangers of nuclear plants especially after Japan s nuclear disaster in 2011

Tight supply till 2016 but no power failure

Jan 23, 2014 - 11:17 PM

Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla says there are new plants being put up to meet the demand

Japan approves TEPCO business plan to switch on reactors

Jan 15, 2014 - 8:18 PM

Japan gives TEPCO the go signal to restart idle nuclear reactors in different provinces

INSPECTIONS. This handout picture taken by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on November 2013 shows review mission members of the IAEA inspecting the crippled Tokyo Electric Power CO. (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in the town of Okuma in Fukushima prefecture. AFP File Photo.

Gov't scraps budget for BNPP maintenance in 2014

Aug 14, 2013 - 7:00 AM

The budget department gives zero allocation for the maintenance of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant in 2014 causing the ire of some lawmakers

Fukushima operator pumps out toxic groundwater

Aug 10, 2013 - 4:24 PM

Tokyo Electric Power TEPCO began the work after it admitted last month that radioactive groundwater had been seeping out of the plant

TREADING CAREFULLY. A Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) employee in protective clothing works around water tanks at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan, 12 June 2013. Photo by EPA/Noboru Hashimoto / Pool

Japan: battle to stop Fukushima nuclear leaks 'urgent'

Aug 07, 2013 - 9:17 PM

Tokyo s more prominent role comes as critics slam plant operator Tokyo Electric Power and its handling of the more than 2 year old atomic crisis

A construction worker walks beside the underground water tank and water tanks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture on June 12, 2013. EPA/Toshifumi Kitamura

Sea contamination 'suspected' off Fukushima

Jul 11, 2013 - 4:55 PM

The Nuclear Regulation Authority NRA said it is highly suspected that radioactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station had seeped into the ground and contaminated the sea

A construction worker walks beside the underground water tank and water tanks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture on June 12, 2013. EPA/Toshifumi Kitamura

'Nuclear power to lower electricity costs'

Jun 04, 2013 - 4:15 AM

Nuclear power advocates downplay renewable energy as a cheap and reliable source of electricity

NUCLEAR ENERGY. The mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant was designed to generate 620 MW of power. Photo by Rappler/Lean Santos

Govt urged to act on $1-B Bataan nuclear plant rehab

Jun 02, 2013 - 9:41 AM

The 620 megawatt facility will help with the power supply requirement of the country according to an official of the state power firm

MOTHBALLED. The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP), constructed in 1984, remains idle after 29 years. Photo by Lean Santos/Rappler

No health risk from Fukushima radiation - UN

May 31, 2013 - 10:42 PM

UN scientific committee says radiation leak from Fukushima nuclear power plant is unlikely to cause health problems

SAFE. UN scientific committee says radiation leak from Fukushima nuclear power plant is unlikely to cause health problems. Photo by AFP

Rappler Newscast | May 29, 2013

May 29, 2013 - 8:51 PM

SC stops Comelec from proclaiming rest of party list winners Rappler visits Bataan Nuclear Power plant amid calls for revival A new media rule requiring news websites to obtain licenses angers Singapore’s online community

Nuke power in Taiwan? Thousands against it

May 19, 2013 - 9:52 PM

Thousands of Taiwanese march to urge government to stop the construction of a nearly completed nuclear power plant

Radioactive water may have leaked from Fukushima: TEPCO

Apr 06, 2013 - 12:26 PM

Up to 120 tonnes of contaminated water may have escaped from one of the seven underground reservoir tanks at the tsunami damaged plant

RADIOACTIVE WATER. Workers wearing protective suits and masks are seen near tanks of radiation contaminated water at Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the town of Okuma, Fukushima prefecture on March 6, 2013. Photo by AFP

1 dead, 3 injured in Arkansas nuke site accident

Apr 01, 2013 - 6:37 AM

But the US nuclear power plant did not release any nuclear material according to officials

Japan marks second tsunami anniversary

Mar 11, 2013 - 12:33 PM

The government will host a national ceremony in Tokyo attended by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to mourn 15 881 people who died and 2 668 others who remain unaccounted for

TWO YEARS. Sumiko Yoshida (R, w/glasses) and her sister Katsue Nagano (L) pray at the tomb during the prayers for five of their family members who were killed in the March 11, 2011 tsunami in Rikuzentakata city one day before the second anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disasters, in Rikuzentakata on March 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA

Fukushima 'unprecedented challenge': new Japan PM

Dec 29, 2012 - 7:38 PM

The massive work toward decommissioning is an unprecedented challenge in human history the newly elected Shinzo Abe said Success in the decommissioning will lead to the reconstruction of Fukushima and Japan

Asian bids 'closer' to winning Turkey nuclear plant project

Dec 25, 2012 - 8:41 PM

Asian countries are closer to winning a bid to build Turkey s second nuclear power plant near the Black Sea city of Sinop