Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup April 24, 2013

So far about 3000 people have reached settlements with TEPCO, the news report does not say if any of these are substantial claims where property loss is involved or if those completed were less complicated claims. The Diet is planning to create a law that would give people more time to file claims or an extended ability to file a lawsuit if talks break down. With about 160,000 people displaced by the disaster this number seems extremely low.

Mayors in Shizuoka that have been against the Hamaoka nuclear plant have been reelected. The mayors have opposed the operation of the plant thought to be one of the most dangerous in Japan.

About 40% of the new radiation monitoring stations in Japan have not been equipped with emergency generators. The stations were designed to have these back up systems. Monitoring stations that had back up power managed to record critical data during the Fukushima nuclear disaster that was later retrieved from the machines.

Residents from part of Iitate Village were allowed to return temporarily for a cherry blossom festival. The area has been off limits due to high radiation levels.

Citizens have filed suit to block the start of a new nuclear plant built in Shimane, Japan. People from the region and around Japan filed the suit to block the plant from ever starting.

EDF has cut jobs at the Hinkley Point nuclear plant build in the UK to save money. EDF is still struggling to finance the project and public subsidy amounts are still being negotiated.

The Ft. Calhoun nuclear plant management met with the NRC this week to discuss progress (or lack of). OPPD admits there are aspects of the plant problems that may require a license amendment but they seem to be pushing for restart permission before that process would be completed. It was not clear if the NRC is going to go along with the idea. A new admission of problems at the plant included substandard tornado and flood protection at parts of the plant

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