Tepco completes unit 4 fuel removal

22 December 2014

Tepco has completed a major program of clean-up at Fukushima Daiichi - the removal of all nuclear fuel from unit 4.

Removal of the used fuel from the damaged building eliminated the largest radiological hazard at the site, and now removal of the fresh fuel means the entire operation is over.

President and CEO of Tepco Naomi Hirose said, "That this was done safely and without incident is a testimony to the skill and commitment of our engineers and workers at every level, and to the many other organizations, in Japan and from around the world, that contributed their knowledge and resources. I wish to express my personal gratitude, and that of our company, to all of them."

Early safety assessment for Oskarshamn 2

22 December 2014

Oskarshamn_2_(OKP)_48Sweden's nuclear regulator has instructed operator OKG to submit its next safety assessment for Oskarshamn 2 in 2017, three years earlier than scheduled, because of shortcomings in its previous submission.

Government backs Swedish waste fee hike

19 December 2014

The Swedish government has backed the nuclear regulator's recommendation for an almost doubling of the fees paid by utilities into the country's nuclear waste fund over the 2015-2017 period.

NRC publishes Volume 4 of Yucca Mountain report

19 December 2014

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has published Volume 4 of its safety evaluation report on the proposed underground geologic nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

Activists hack KHNP's computer systems

22 December 2014

Anti-nuclear activists have launched a cyber attack on Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP), releasing employee information and various technical documents.

Belgian government approves life extensions

19 December 2014

Doel plant 48The Belgian government has said that two of the country's oldest nuclear power reactors - Doel units 1 and 2 - can operate for a further ten years, reversing an earlier decision that the units must shut down in 2015.

Chinese fast reactor completes full-power test run

19 December 2014

CEFR 48China's experimental fast neutron reactor has successfully been operated at full capacity for the first time, China National Nuclear Corporation announced.

Obstacles to CSC for Nuclear Damage

The New Year will likely bring a sea change to the international regime of financial protection for nuclear incidents, writes James A. Glasgow, partner at Pillsbury Winthrop.

Some governmental and industry stakeholders have great expectations for the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC).

Adopting a more cautious outlook, many nuclear industry participants will likely assess the important gaps in international nuclear liability protection that will remain after the CSC enters into force. Depending on government decisions, nuclear vendors and operators who plan to rely on the CSC's financial protection may face a perfect storm, fueled by a proposed rule of the US Department of Energy, coupled with lawsuits against nuclear vendors and nuclear plant operators and augmented by doubts that the CSC will gain sufficient members to constitute a global regime.

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