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DOE invests $66 million in advanced nuclear technologies

Located in: Nuclear Policies

15 June 2017

The US Department of Energy yesterday announced investments worth over $66 million in projects that will help advance innovative nuclear technologies. A total of 85 projects are to receive a share of the federal funding for nuclear energy research, facility access, crosscutting technology development and infrastructure awards.

IAEA marks 60 years of technical cooperation

Located in: Nuclear Policies

31 May 2017

The International Atomic Energy Agency's Technical Cooperation program has made "a valuable contribution to development", the agency's director-general Yukiya Amano yesterday told a conference to mark the program's 60th anniversary.

GAO identifies key steps for Yucca Mountain licensing

Located in: Waste and Recycling

31 May 2017

The US Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will need to rebuild their organisational capabilities in order to restart the suspended licensing process for the Yucca Mountain high-level radioactive waste repository, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Areva reactor business sale meets European rules

Located in: Corporate

30 May 2017

The European Commission yesterday approved EDF's takeover of Areva's nuclear reactor business under EU merger regulations. The transaction, expected to be completed by the end of this year, is "unlikely to raise competition concerns", it said.

Cover installed over collapsed Hanford tunnel

Located in: Regulation and Safety

23 May 2017

Hanford_tunnel_cover_(DOE_Hanford)-48A protective plastic cover has been installed at the US Department of Energy's Hanford site over the roof of a tunnel that partially collapsed earlier this month. The cover will provide additional protection while longer-term risk mitigation measures are developed and implemented at the site in Washington State.

Mixed progress for Ohio legislation

Located in: Nuclear Policies

19 May 2017

Perry-(First_Energy-NRC)_48The Ohio Senate yesterday held its first hearing on legislation supporting the continued operation of the state's nuclear power plants, while a House committee suspended its own hearings on the same legislation. Meanwhile, business and community leaders, conservationists and scientists have written to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos calling for nuclear to be included in the company's definition of "renewables" to help keep Ohio's nuclear power plants operating.

UK parties make scant reference to nuclear power

Located in: Nuclear Policies

19 May 2017

The manifestos of the three leading political parties in the UK contain few direct references to nuclear power. The documents were published this week as part of Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat campaigning ahead of the general election on 8 June. Their campaigns have been dominated by the prospect of two years of Brexit talks with the European Union.

EDF board approves creation of Edvance

Located in: Corporate

18 May 2017

The board of directors of French utility EDF today approved the formation of Edvance, a new company focused on the supply of nuclear islands. Edvance, of which EDF will hold 80% and Areva NP 20%, will be responsible for the design and implementation of nuclear islands and control systems for new reactors constructed in France and worldwide.

Kazakhstan opens nuclear security training centre

Located in: Regulation and Safety

16 May 2017

Kazakhstan_NSTC_opening_(NNSA)-48Kazakhstan has opened a new facility to provide security training to its nuclear facility personnel. The Nuclear Security Training Centre has been developed with the support of the US National Nuclear Security Administration.

Hanford emergency ends as collapsed tunnel sealed

Located in: Regulation and Safety

11 May 2017

Hanford tunnel filling in - 48The site emergency declared on 9 May at the US Department of Energy's Hanford Site in Washington State has now been lifted. Late last night, workers at the site completed filling in a hole that appeared after the roof of a tunnel containing contaminated material collapsed.


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