Transfer of Fukushima clean-up waste gets go-ahead

03 March 2015

The transfer of radioactive soil and waste generated from clean-up work following the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant to a provisional storage site has been approved by the governor of Fukushima prefecture and the mayors of Futaba and Okuma.

In August 2014, the then governor of Fukushima Prefecture Yuhei Sato approved a central government plan to construct an interim storage facility on land on the border between the neighbouring towns of Futaba and Okuma.

Governor Masao Uchibori met with Shiro Izawa and Toshitsuna Watanabe - the mayors of the towns of Futaba and Okuma, respectively - on 24 February to discuss the construction of the facility. Both mayors indicated they would permit the transfer of contaminated soil to a provisional site, part of the planned interim facility. Watanabe was cited as saying, "It was a difficult decision to accept the transfer of waste to the site, but there is no alternative."

Khan compensated for Mongolian expropriation

03 March 2015

The Mongolian government must pay Khan Resources $100 million in compensation for its 2009 cancellation of the company's uranium licences, an international arbitration tribunal has ruled.

Australia launches waste site search

02 March 2015

Australian landholders have until 5 May to put forward potential sites for a national radioactive waste management facility under a voluntary site nomination process launched by the Australian government.

Wyoming moves towards self-regulation

02 March 2015

Wyoming_signing_48The state of Wyoming will regulate its own uranium industry following legislation that allows it to apply to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to become an Agreement State.

TVEL signs fuel pellet supply contract for Tarapur reactor

03 March 2015

TVEL, Russia's nuclear fuel manufacturer, has signed another contract with the Indian Department of Atomic Energy for the supply of enriched uranium fuel pellets produced by TVEL subsidiary Elemash.

Investment in nuclear R&D key to UK success

02 March 2015

The UK can only be a competitive player in the global nuclear market if the government commits to a program of research and development (R&D) aimed at advanced reactor and fuel cycle technologies, as well as developing a skilled workforce, the Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board suggests.

Magnox and RSRL to merge

02 March 2015

The UK's Magnox Limited and Research Sites Restoration Limited (RSRL) are being merged into a single site licence company as part of changes being introduced by the new parent body organization Cavendish Fluor Partnership.

South Australia considers nuclear industry potential

Is South Australia's plan to set up a royal commission into the potential for nuclear power a local or national story, writes Ian Hore-Lacy.

The question of nuclear power for Australia has been raised several times over the last 60 years, but usually on the conservative side of politics. Apart from anything else, there has not been a strong need – the country has abundant coal located close to main population centres, and in using this for more than 80% of the electricity, has enjoyed some of the world's lowest power prices. But climate change concerns have changed the outlook nationally, and South Australia has always been less well-off than the eastern states in electricity options. Half its 5.3 GWe capacity is gas-fired, and its average wholesale power prices are one third greater than in the eastern states. Grid connections eastward amount to only 680 MWe.

Now a left-of-centre Labor government in South Australia is setting up a royal commission into the potential for nuclear power in that state, which already produces two thirds of Australia's uranium – all for export.


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