IAEA knows more about Iran thanks to JCPOA

17 November 2017

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has led to a significant reduction in Iran's nuclear activities while enabling the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to increase its knowledge of the country's nuclear programme, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said in a speech at Harvard University.

Amano addressed the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs John F Kennedy School of Government on 14 November, at the end of his official visit to the USA. He said the JCPOA had given the Vienna-based agency greater powers of inspection in the country, which is now subject to the world's most robust nuclear verification system.

The JCPOA was signed in July 2015 by Iran and the EU3/EU+3 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the USA - also referred to as the P5+1 - plus the European Union) and implemented in January 2016. Under its terms, Iran agreed to limit its uranium enrichment activities, eliminate its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium and limit its stockpile of low enriched uranium over the next 15 years. The agreement cleared the way for the lifting of nuclear-related economic sanctions imposed against Iran.

Upgrade allows continued operation of Ringhals units

17 November 2017

Ringhals 3 and 4 - 48Some SEK900 million ($107 million) will be invested in installing independent core cooling systems at units 3 and 4 of the Ringhals nuclear power plant in Sweden. The legally-required safety upgrade will enable the two reactors to continue operating beyond 2020.

NASA to test prototype Kilopower reactor

17 November 2017

Prototype Kilopower reactor - 48The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will this month start testing uranium-fuelled Stirling engines for use in possible future missions to Mars. The technology has been developed as part of the Kilopower project.

IAEA sees continuous improvement in safety at Borssele

16 November 2017

Borssele NPP - 48Dutch utility EPZ has addressed all the recommendations and all but one of the suggestions that an International Atomic Energy Agency mission to the Borssele nuclear power plant made in 2014, a follow-up Operational Safety Review Team mission has concluded.

SCE&G proposes gas, solar for Summer replacement

17 November 2017

Summer_2_final_ring_June_2017_(SCEG)_48South Carolina Electric & Gas Company has unveiled a proposal that would see some of the capacity that should have been provided by the VC Summer nuclear power plant project replaced with gas and solar generation. The company's shareholders would absorb the net construction costs of the abandoned nuclear project.

US test reactor resumes operations

16 November 2017

TREAT-restart_(INL)-48A test reactor at the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory was restarted yesterday after more than 20 years on standby. The Transient Reactor Test Facility, used to test nuclear fuels and materials under extreme conditions, had not operated since being shut down in 1994.

Regulators start technical assessment of UK HPR 1000

16 November 2017

HPR1000 cutaway - 48The UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency announced today they are progressing to the next phase of their Generic Design Assessment of the UK HPR1000 reactor. This is the Hualong One design that General Nuclear Services - a subsidiary of EDF and China General Nuclear - proposes to use at a prospective new nuclear power plant in England.

Nuclear community's message to UN Environment

World Nuclear Association asks UN Environment to join other leading international bodies in recognising that nuclear energy is an important part of the solution to climate change. We hope to see nuclear energy represented alongside renewables in future UN Environment dialogues on clean energy, innovation and sustainable development, writes Agneta Rising.

On 30 October, The Australian newspaper ran an article 'UN Energy Forum Excludes Nuclear' that was followed the next day by one in Forbes, 'Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF17) Rejects World Nuclear Association Sponsorship'. There was also subsequent media coverage describing how UN Environment had ultimately rejected our offer to sponsor the Sustainable Innovation Forum, which takes place alongside the annual climate change COP talks in November. As the voice of the global nuclear industry, we wish to take this opportunity to make our position clear.

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