Court leaves Swedish nuclear tax unchanged

01 October 2015

Sweden can continue to tax nuclear power production following a ruling in the government's favour by Europe's highest court. The European Court of Justice's seventh chamber decided that the tax does not fall within the scope of two European Council Directives and is therefore a national, rather than European Commission, matter.

OKG AB first contested the levy in 2009 in the Swedish courts, which in October 2013 sought the EU's preliminary ruling. The company owns and operates three nuclear power units - Oskarshamn 1, 2 and 3 - which together account for 10% of total electricity generation in Sweden and the nuclear power taxes amount to about 20% of its revenue.

According to lobby group Swedenergy, a ruling in the company's favour could have removed an annual cost of about 4.6 billion kronor ($540 million) for the country's nuclear industry since the Swedish government increased the tax by 17% from 1 August.

Belgian regulator approves Doel life extensions

02 October 2015

Doel plant 48Two Belgian reactors will be able to operate until 2025 after the country's Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) ruled that the units could safely operate beyond their original 40-year design life.

BHP Billiton sees climate opportunities

01 October 2015

Increasing demand for uranium would help commodity producer BHP Billiton to remain strong in a carbon-constrained world, according to a newly published analysis of the potential effects of climate change on the multi-commodity company's portfolio.

Alliance focuses on Chilean uranium

30 September 2015

Alliance Resources is to put funds from the sale of the Four Mile uranium project in Australia towards exploration in Chile, the company said in its annual report.

French regulator expects to report soon on EPR 'anomaly'

02 October 2015

Areva's proposed methodology to demonstrate the strength of the reactor vessel of the EPR under construction at Flamanville is "acceptable", according to a letter French nuclear regulator published on its website yesterday. The ASN (Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire) referred to the recommendations  a group of nuclear pressure equipment specialists (GP ESPN) had made following a meeting with the regulator on 30 September.

Belarusian premier orders preparations for nuclear project

30 September 2015

Andrei Kobyakov, prime minister of Belarus, has signed a decree ordering government ministries and agencies to ensure the required number of construction workers are available for the country's first nuclear power plant project, at Ostrovets.

NRC announces senior staff changes

29 September 2015

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has announced senior personnel changes and office reorganizations as it moves to streamline its operations.

The human side of nuclear safety

The 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan has, as might be expected, led to improvements in equipment at plants around the world that have fortified safety systems and allowed for better protection against rare, extreme natural events.
Equally important to the process of improving nuclear safety is the emphasis placed on implementing quality improvements to the 'human' side of nuclear safety, a crucial element that is often not considered by those outside the nuclear sector, writes William Magwood.


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