A leak at a South African Nuclear Energy Corp. plant this month has caused a global shortfall in the supply of isotopes used in millions of medical procedures every year, including treatment and diagnosis of cancer.
Nuclear power plant operators benefited from a slump in uranium prices following the reactor meltdown in Japan’s Fukushima facility. Areva SA, the second- biggest producer of the metal, says that’s about to end.
Nuclear utilities thrust into the spotlight after the Fukushima meltdowns have ordered 20 reactors shut, the most in a three-year span since Chernobyl’s aftermath, saddling the industry with a possible $26 billion in costs.
Diaper liner, sawdust, golf balls and shredded tires -- these are some of the items used to try and contain the oil and nuclear disasters that marked the end of this century’s first decade and the start of the second.
More than a third of Japan’s nuclear reactors will need to apply for license extensions within five years or face decommissioning at a time when the industry’s safety record is in tatters after the Fukushima disaster.
China connected to the electricity grid an experimental nuclear reactor that produces less radioactive waste than current designs, in a move that may help the nation build safer atomic plants after the Fukushima crisis.