Belgian government approves life extensions

19 December 2014

Doel plant 250 (Electrabel)

The 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.

Belgium's Council of Ministers announced in July 2012 that Doel 1 and 2 - 433 MWe pressurized water reactors (PWRs) that have been in operation since the mid-1970s - were to close in February and December 2015, respectively, after 40 years of operation.

However, yesterday the Council of Ministers from the new ruling coalition agreed that the two units - operated by GDF Suez subsidiary Electrabel - could continue operating for a further ten years to 2025.

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.

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.

Simulator 'ready for training' at Angra 1

18 December 2014

Angra 1 simulador 48A new full-scope simulator at unit 1 of Brazil's Angra nuclear power plant has passed final acceptance tests and declared "ready for training." It is expected to be commissioned in June 2015.

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.

Westinghouse and EDF sign long-term fuel contract

18 December 2014

Westinghouse has signed a long-term contract to provide several thousand tonnes of fuel to EDF for use in its nuclear reactors in France. The contract will continue an existing agreement between the companies that expires at the end of this year.

Joint declaration on security of supply for molybdenum

18 December 2014

Eleven countries have presented a joint declaration to the Council of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, urging the development of new infrastructure to replace ageing facilities used for the production of the most widely used medical radioisotope, molybdenum-99.

Transparency is a shared responsibility

With a mandate to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) goes to great lengths to ensure that it is being open and transparent in all of its dealings, writes Jason Cameron, vice-president, Regulatory Affairs Branch, CNSC.

This approach is important for increasing public understanding and trust in the CNSC's role of protecting Canadians, their health and the environment.

The CNSC also believes that establishing an atmosphere of openness and trust with the public should be a key priority for all national nuclear regulators and that transparency and proactive communications are a shared responsibility between regulators, facility operators and international organizations involved in nuclear safety and security.

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