Radiation rss

US environmental protection rules are adequate

Regulation and Safety

06 August 2014

The US Environmental Protection Agency's 1977 radiation protection standards for nuclear power operations adequately protect public health and do not need to be updated, the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) has said.

Fukushima groundwater released to sea

Regulation and Safety

21 May 2014

Fukushima groundwater release 48The first groundwater diverted from the Fukushima Daiichi plant has been released into the sea after tests showed that contamination was well below permissible levels. The bypass system will significantly reduce the volume of contaminated water that Tepco must deal with.

DoE concludes WIPP release was preventable

Regulation and Safety

25 April 2014

WIPP (DOE) 48While the cause of the radiological release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico is still being investigated, a preliminary report by the US Department of Energy (DoE) has already identified corrective actions that should be taken.

Fukushima ice wall under construction

Regulation and Safety

02 June 2014

Fukushima Daiichi ice wall drilling 48Construction has started of a wall of frozen soil at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to prevent groundwater entering the reactor buildings. The ice wall is expected to take nine months to complete.

Mystery of WIPP release deepens

Regulation and Safety

02 May 2014

WIPP MgO bag 48Workers investigating the radiological release in the underground Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico have found no evidence of a roof collapse but could not explain the discovery of damage to several bags of backfill.

Extraction of Fukushima groundwater starts

Regulation and Safety

09 April 2014

Temporary groundwater storage tanks 48Tepco has begun pumping groundwater so that it bypasses the Fukushima Daiichi plant, reducing the volume of contaminated water that it must deal with. The water will be stored and tested before being released into the sea.