October 27, 2010 |
Iran on Tuesday began loading nuclear fuel rods into the core of its first nuclear power plant, bringing the facility a step closer to producing electricity, Iranian state television reported. The start of the weeks-long process lends credence to Iranian claims that a high-profile computer virus attack this year did not significantly postpone the launch of the nuclear plant near the southern city of Bushehr. After years of delay, the facility, built in part by Russian engineers, is scheduled to produce electricity early next year, after all 163 of its fuel rods are moved into the reactor core and undergo tests.
March 12, 2011 |
Attempts to control a nuclear reactor that exploded after the 8.9-magnitude earthquake in northern Japan continued Sunday using sea water injections and steam releases to cool the reactor, authorities said. Photos: Scenes from the earthquake Friday's quake and tsunami left the No.1 reactor at Tokyo Electric Power Co's Fukushima Daiichi power plant with a crippled cooling system, causing the reactor temperature and pressure to increase. "We are doing the two things at the same time - venting air out of the reactor and supplying water into the reactor," Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said during a Sunday press conference broadcast and streamed live online by NHK. "Radiation released in the process is low enough not to affect people's health," Edano said.
January 10, 2007 |
Japan's Kansai Electric Power Co. said it restarted a nuclear reactor for commercial operation today for the first time since it was shut down after a fatal August 2004 accident. The No. 3 reactor at Mihama Nuclear Power Plant had been shut down after a corroded pipe ruptured and sprayed plant workers with boiling water and steam. Five were killed and six others injured, although no radiation was released.
July 4, 2008 |
France will build a second new-generation nuclear reactor, President Nicolas Sarkozy said, pledging a "new industrial revolution" in an era in which fossil fuels have grown too expensive. France, the country most reliant on nuclear power, has been building its first European Pressurized Reactor, or EPR, on the Normandy coast, and it is expected to go into service in 2012. EPR reactors are intended eventually to replace the aging reactors around the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2003 |
PG&E Corp.'s Pacific Gas & Electric unit, California's largest utility, will extend refueling of a nuclear reactor by five days to check for leaks in steam-generator tubes, a spokesman said. Diablo Canyon 2 was taken out of service for refueling on Feb. 3. The plant, which can produce 1,100 megawatts, or enough power for 900,000 U.S. homes, is in Avila Beach, between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
August 9, 1999 |
A decommissioned 1,000-ton nuclear reactor vessel finished its voyage up the Columbia River in Richland, Wash., docking safely just miles from a burial site for radioactive waste. It took about 36 hours for two tugs to bring the vessel, emptied of its uranium fuel, up 270 miles of river from the dismantled Trojan Nuclear Plant west of Portland, Ore.