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New South Korean president vows to end use of nuclear power

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Moon Jae-in speaks at an event to mark the closure of South Korea’s oldest nuclear plant, Kori-1. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Moon Jae-in said he would lead country towards a ‘nuclear-free era’ following fears of a Fukushima-style meltdown

June 19, 2017 — South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, has vowed to phase out the country’s dependence on nuclear power, warning of “unimaginable consequences” from a Fukushima-style meltdown. Continue reading New South Korean president vows to end use of nuclear power

Can our need for a carbon-free future override our fears of nuclear energy

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When Watts Bar 2 is fully operational, it will be the 100th operating nuclear power plant in the US. Photograph: Bechtel

Unlike coal and natural gas plants that emit carbon emissions while producing electricity, nuclear generates none. So why aren’t more states getting onboard?

September 12, 2016 — Nestled between Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tennessee, the Watts Bar 2 nuclear power plant sits on 1,700 acres in an area friendly to nuclear power. It’s near Oak Ridge Continue reading Can our need for a carbon-free future override our fears of nuclear energy

Fukushima mistakes linger as Japan marks 5th anniversary

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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
As officials vow to prevent a repeat, some critics say Tokyo’s push to restart switched-off nuclear reactors is proof that the lessons of the tragedy have not been learned

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Mar. 10, 2016) — The complacency and cozy relationships blamed for the Fukushima nuclear accident are still a problem in Japan, experts warn, even as the country faces the Continue reading Fukushima mistakes linger as Japan marks 5th anniversary

Japan court orders two nuclear reactors to shut down

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ORDERED SHUT. This file photo taken on February 26, 2016 shows Kansai Electric Power’s number 3 (L) and number 4 (R) reactors at the Takahama nuclear plant in western Japan’s Fukui prefecture. Jiji Press/AFP
The order would bring the number of operating reactors in Japan down to two

TOKYO, Japan (Mar. 10, 2016) — A Japanese court on Wednesday, March 9, ordered two regional nuclear reactors to shut down over safety concerns, the plant’s operator said, just days before the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

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