Tag: Japan

Time for something different  . . .  from a source you may not be familiar with, at least about energy: hat’s off to National Geographic magazine. Try your own hand at these 10 questions, without searching for the answers. “Great Energy Challenge” 2011 News Quiz questions (answers at the end of this post): 1. How…

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Pinning its hopes on a sustainable recovery from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan’s Upper House of the Diet has enacted feed-in tariffs that take effect July 1, 2012 requiring utilities to purchase electricity generated by commercially available sources of renewable energy for a set price and period. Reuters reports a ruling party lawmakers “expects” the…

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued the following notice of higher-than-normal background radiation detected in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts: “As a result of the incident with the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, several EPA air monitors have detected very low levels of radioactive material in the United States consistent with estimates from the damaged nuclear…

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How will Japan fill the gap left by disabled nuclear power plants? And how will other countries with nuclear power plants react to risks posed by  GE’s boiling water reactors in earthquake-prone regions? The answers may not be known for weeks, or months. But as the earthquake damage assessments become more credible, some implications are…

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The potential meltdown of one or more nuclear power reactors in the tragic wake of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan proves once again how difficult it is to assess and prepare for a disasters that can affect nuclear facilities and the residents living close by. Around 7 p.m. EST U.S., The New York Times…

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