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US Spent Nuclear Fuel to Be Sent to Mongolia? PDF Print E-mail
Japanese Update

Reuters reports that "Japan and the United States plan to work together to build a spent nuclear fuel storage facility in Mongolia. The announced purpose of the site would be to take back spent fuel from countries that buy new nuclear reactors from manufacturers in both countries,  As a practical matter, this means exports by GE-Hitachi and Westinghouse (Toshiba) would benefit from the deal if it comes to pass."

You can read the full article here.

Renewable Energy Surpasses Nuclear Power PDF Print E-mail
Japanese Update

According to an article on TIC, "for the first time in 2010 total renewable energy from three specific sources - wind turbines, biomass and waste-to-energy plants, and solar power - exceeded the total global nuclear power generation capacity.  According to the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2010-2011, published by the Washington-based Worldwatch Institute, the combined global installed capacity of wind turbines at 193 gigawatts (or 193,000 MW), biomass and waste-to-energy plants at 65 GW, and solar power at 43 GW reached 381 GW, exceeded the entire global installed nuclear capacity of 375 GW prior to the Fukushima disaster."

You can read the full article here.

Can the US Learn from Fukushima? PDF Print E-mail
Japanese Update

Nassrine Asmi, writing for the New York Times wonders what Fukushima will teach the US.  

"Fukushima — which means “Happy Island” — is stirring renewed introspection in a country that was twice attacked by atomic bombs yet chose to promote nuclear energy as the ultimate triumph of science and technology. So it is to the government’s credit that it has resolved to take a new look at the full range of its energy policy options. News coverage of Fukushima, particularly in-depth work by the national broadcaster NHK, has prompted not just solidarity and empathy with the victims, but a nation-wide conversation about energy. Every dinner gathering seems filled with an exchange of tips on what we can do to reduce our energy consumption (the magical goal being 30 percent, the share of nuclear power in the national energy portfolio). And everyone seems engaged in the debate."

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UN to Convene Summit about Nuclear Safety PDF Print E-mail
Japanese Update

A CNN-IBN article reports that "UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday said he would convene a high-level summit to discuss world atomic safety in New York in the wake of an accident at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant.  'The September 22 high-level meeting will build on the forthcoming IAEA Conference in June in Vienna that will address measures needed to enhance nuclear safety in the wake of Fukushima,' Ban told a UN conference on reducing disaster risk here."

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Japan to Obtain Half Its Energy from Renewable Sources PDF Print E-mail
Japanese Update

Mary Yamaguchi, writing for the Associated Press, reports that "Japan will scrap a plan to obtain half of its electricity from nuclear power and will instead promote renewable energy and conservation as a result of its ongoing nuclear crisis."

You can read the full article here.

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