Nuclear power plant accidents

Eileen DeFrancisco, of Middletown, shoots a video of Three Mile Island, site of the United States' worst commercial nuclear power accident, minutes before the power plant was shut down on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Harrisburg, Pa. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP)
September 20, 2019 - 6:10 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The money-losing Three Mile Island, the 1979 site of the United States' worst commercial nuclear power accident, was shut down Friday by its energy giant owner. The end of the 45-year electricity-producing career of Three Mile Island Unit 1 came after Chicago-based Exelon...
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A group of supporters of the trial shows banners reading "unjust sentence" in front of Tokyo District Court in Tokyo Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. The court on Thursday ruled that three former executives for Tokyo Electric Power Company were not guilty of professional negligence in the 2011 Fukushima meltdown. It was the only criminal trial in the nuclear disaster that has kept tens of thousands of residents away from their homes because of lingering radiation contamination. (Satoru Yonemaru/Kyodo News via AP)
September 19, 2019 - 10:10 am
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court ruled Thursday that three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company were not guilty of professional negligence in the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant because ensuring absolute safety at nuclear plants was not a government requirement at that...
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August 22, 2019 - 7:54 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia and the United States blamed each other Thursday for abandoning a landmark arms control agreement on missiles, with Moscow warning of a new arms race and the Trump administration demanding details of a recent mysterious explosion that killed five Russian nuclear...
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August 22, 2019 - 12:19 pm
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities are increasing their stockpile of iodine tablets as a precaution for the possibility of a nuclear incident. Germany's Federal Office for Radiation Protection confirmed Thursday it has ordered 189.5 million iodine tablets "to ensure a safe and widespread distribution...
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An employee holds a portrait photo of the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano from Japan in Vienna, Austria, Monday, July 22, 2019. The IAEA announced the death of the agency's Director General Yukiya Amano at the age of 72 years. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
July 22, 2019 - 11:25 am
VIENNA (AP) — The Latest on reaction to the death of Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (all times local): 5:15 p.m. President Donald Trump's national security adviser says the death of U.N. atomic agency chief Yukiya Amano is a great loss for Japan, the United States...
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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2018, file photo, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano of Japan addresses the media during a news conference after a meeting of the IAEA board of governors at the International Center in Vienna, Austria. The IAEA said Monday, July 22, 2019, it is announcing with regret the death of Amano. The Secretariat did not say how Amano, who was 72, died. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
July 22, 2019 - 10:06 am
VIENNA (AP) — Yukiya Amano, the Japanese diplomat who led the International Atomic Energy Agency for a decade and was extensively involved in negotiations over Iran's nuclear program and the cleanup of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, has died at 72, the agency announced Monday. Amano, who had...
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June 18, 2019 - 12:36 pm
TOKYO (AP) — A powerful earthquake jolted northwestern Japan late Tuesday, prompting officials to issue a tsunami warning along the coast which was lifted about 2 ½ hours later. Thousands of families lost electrical power and bullet train services were suspended, but there were no reports of...
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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2011, file photo, the Unit 4 reactor building of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station is seen through a bus window in Okuma, Japan. Japan is calling for further efforts to cut carbon emissions by promoting renewables but also nuclear energy despite the 2011 Fukushima reactors meltdowns, according to the energy white paper, adopted by the Cabinet Friday, June 7, 2019. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, Pool)
June 07, 2019 - 1:53 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan is calling for further efforts to cut carbon emissions by promoting renewables but also nuclear energy despite the 2011 Fukushima reactors meltdowns. The energy white paper, adopted by the Cabinet Friday, said Japan faces an "urgent task" of reducing carbon emissions coming from...
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FILE - This Feb. 28, 2017, file photo shows Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, N.Y. A deal announced April 16, 2019, would close the two reactors at Indian Point within two years. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
May 21, 2019 - 4:38 pm
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Companies specializing in the handling of radioactive material are buying retired U.S. nuclear reactors from utilities and promising to clean them up and demolish them in dramatically less time than usual — eight years instead of 60, in some cases. Turning nuclear plants over...
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This image released by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) shows the operation floor above a cooling pool at Unit 3 of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan, Monday, April 15, 2019. The operator TEPCO of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant began removing fuel from the cooling pool at one of three reactors that melted down in the 2011 disaster, a milestone in the decades-long process to decommission the plant. (Tokyo Electric Power Co. via AP)
April 15, 2019 - 6:55 am
TOKYO (AP) — The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant began removing fuel Monday from a cooling pool at one of three reactors that melted down in the 2011 disaster, a milestone in what will be a decades-long process to decommission the facility. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said...
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