Nuclear Accidents

EU threatens to cut funding to dismantle shut plants

Problems at the Ignalina nuclear power plant in Lithuania have prompted threats from the EU to sever funding and raise concerns that the facility will be around for years to come. Photo: AP

The car park outside the atomic power plant is weedy and potholed. Bus stops that once teemed with hundreds of workers are eerily empty.

Monday, 19 November, 2012, 3:39am

Japan nuclear probe head defends report

The head of a major investigation into Japan’s nuclear disaster is defending his report against criticism that his panel avoided blaming individuals and instead blamed elements of the nation’s culture.

Kiyoshi Kurokawa, who headed the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission said he was sticking with his view that the catastrophe was “made in Japan.”

11 Jun 2015 - 3:58pm

Plugging into alternative power

After the March 11 earthquake in Japan that damaged and caused a radiation leak at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Koo Wai-muk - a campaigner for Greenpeace - was suddenly beset by questions concerning the environmental impact of the disaster.

22 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Business should face up to Japan's nuclear threat

The nuclear crisis in Japan is in fact out of control. The way it's being handled and the latest developments have fully exposed the incompetence and dereliction of duty of the Japanese government as well as Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco). Their behaviour contrasts sharply with the resilience and calmness of the Japanese people in dealing with the crisis.

27 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Fear factor

It seems like disasters are rolling in one after another in Japan. First, the deadly earthquake, then the tsunami, and now nuclear threats that have yet to be brought under control. The failure of the cooling systems for reactors at the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant has raised the threat of a serious radiation leak and even an eventual meltdown.

19 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

More countries turn to nuclear energy

Among the many alternative energy sources, nuclear power is gaining popularity.

While advocates say nuclear energy is clean, critics point out many problems - accidents like the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, plutonium theft by rogue states to make nuclear weapons, waste storage and high construction costs.

5 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Hundreds seek radioactive camera missing from bus

Hundreds of policemen and Atomic Energy Commission squads have fanned out in the northeast Indian state of Assam to find a missing radioactive gamma-ray camera.

A red alert was declared after the iridium camera - with a radioactive pellet used for examining oil pipeline weldings - was stolen while being transported from Lakhimpur to Digboi by bus last week.

22 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Nuclear probe

Tokyo: Three officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency met Japanese officials to gather more information about the world's third-worst nuclear accident, which happened at a uranium-processing facility in Tokaimura, central Japan, two weeks ago. Meanwhile, South Korea's state-owned power monopoly sacked two top officials after a radioactive leak at a nuclear plant.

15 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Chain reaction

Even more unnerving than news of the accident at Tokaimura uranium processing plant is the air of complacency with which executives from Japan's nuclear industry have responded to the incident.

5 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Very concerned about accident

I refer to the letter headlined, 'Marine officials must keep public informed', from David C. Anderson (South China Morning Post, May 14).

The Marine Department is very concerned about the accident involving the jetfoil Flores on May 2. This has been a very unique type of accident.

16 May 1998 - 12:00am

Daya Bay contamination to increase during refuelling

CONTAMINATION of the water and air around Daya Bay may leap tenfold during the refuelling process at the nuclear station compared with usual releases, the power company says.

Workers at the station are also likely to face radiation doses of at least 10 times their usual exposure.

10 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Disaster at Daya Bay could mean food rations

FRESH food might be rationed after a major disaster at Daya Bay, the Security Branch warned yesterday at its first detailed announcement of contingency plans.

The territory had up to two months' supply of stored provisions so food rationing was unlikely, but ''I would not rule it out'', said Deputy Secretary for Security Ken Woodhouse.

19 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

Daya Bay exercise will test emergency links

CONTINGENCY plans for a nuclear leak at the Daya Bay power station, 50 kilometres from Hongkong, are to be rehearsed next week by 38 government departments and branches.

Officials will go through a warm-up exercise on Thursday in preparation for the full-scale test.

4 May 1993 - 12:00am

Cracks spark nuclear alarm

DANGEROUS cracks that could lead to a nuclear meltdown have been discovered in French nuclear powerplants identical to the reactors built at Daya Bay, according to an independent report commissioned by Greenpeace International.

28 Mar 1993 - 12:00am