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Fukushima Revives The Low-Dose Debate

By Dennis Normile  |  Science (  |  Link to article The general public avoided exposure to high levels of radioactivity, but questions linger about the long-term effects of contamination. FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN—At 5 p.m. sharp, Mitsuru Itou watches as a technician steps inside a quartet of orange traffic cones and black-and-yellow traffic bars marking a “keep […]

Tokyo Retreats From Its Nuclear Ambitions

By MITSURU OBE AND MARI IWATA  |  The Wall Street Journal  |  Link to article TOKYO—Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Japan should start over in forming a long-term energy policy, dropping plans to get half its energy needs from nuclear power and instead turning to renewable sources. “The existing energy-policy outline needs to be scrapped, […]

Japan to Cancel Plan to Build More Nuclear Plants

By MARTIN FACKLER  |  The New York Times  |  Link to article TOKYO — Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday that Japan would abandon plans to build more nuclear reactors, saying his country needed to “start from scratch” in creating a new energy policy. Mr. Kan’s announcement came as Japan allowed residents of evacuated areas […]

Japanese plant in harm’s way will suspend nuclear power production

By By John M. Glionna and Kenji Hall  |  Los Angeles Times  |  Link to article The Chubu company’s Hamaoka facility is considered vulnerable in case of a strong earthquake and tsunami. Reporting from Tokyo-A Japanese utility agreed Monday to take its reactors offline at a seaside nuclear power plant, just days after Prime Minister […]

U.S. is increasing nuclear power through uprating

By Alan Zarembo and Ben Welsh  |  Los Angeles Times  |  Link to article Turning up the power is a little-publicized way of getting more electricity from existing nuclear plants. But scrutiny is likely to increase in the wake of Japan’s nuclear crisis. The U.S. nuclear industry is turning up the power on old reactors, […]

Siemens Rethinks Nuclear Ambitions

By VANESSA FUHRMANS  |  The Wall Street Journal  |  Link to article German engineering giant Siemens AG is considering whether to abandon its goal of becoming a major player in the atomic-power industry, according to people familiar with the matter, as Japan’s nuclear crisis continues to unfold. While top executives at Siemens haven’t made any […]

Gov. Brown signs law requiring 33% of energy be renewable by 2020

By Patrick McGreevy  |  Los Angeles Times  |  Link to article The California law increases a previous mandate of 20% renewable energy. U.S. energy secretary calls the law a model for other states, and an industry group says it could create 100,000 jobs. Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed into law a requirement that California […]

Japanese Declare Crisis at Level of Chernobyl

By PHRED DVORAK, JURO OSAWA and YUKA HAYASHI  |  Wall Street Journal  |  Link to article TOKYO-The Japanese government raised its assessment of the monthlong crisis at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to the highest severity level by international standards-a rating only conferred so far upon the Chernobyl accident. Japan’s nuclear regulators said the […]

California renewable energy gets major boost in new law

By Tiffany Hsu  |  Los Angeles Times | Greenspace: Environmental news from California and beyond  |  Link to article Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Tuesday a mandate that 33% of electricity in California must come from renewable sources by 2020. Executives at solar, wind and other clean energy companies said the new regulations could […]