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Energoatom's development requires new law: report

Located in: Corporate

18 October 2017

The corporatization of Ukraine's Energoatom requires the development of a special law that will need to take into account all its characteristics as nuclear power plant operator, a consultancy report has concluded. The report was presented last week by a consortium selected by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to advise Energoatom on its restructuring. The consortium consists of the UK's Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC and Ukraine's IMEPOWER.

Mining operations to resume at WIPP

Located in: Waste and Recycling

18 October 2017

WIPP continuous miner - 48The mining of salt from the US Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico is expected to resume in the coming weeks. Mining of Panel 8 was halted in 2014 following separate fire and radiological events that suspended waste emplacement operations at the facility.

UK prepares legislation for Euratom exit

Located in: Nuclear Policies

12 October 2017

The UK government has published in parliament its Nuclear Safeguards Bill to establish a domestic nuclear safeguards regime in preparation for the country's departure from the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). The bill was introduced to the House of Commons and given its first reading yesterday. This stage is formal and takes place without any debate. MPs will next consider the bill at second reading on 16 October.

US group calls for SMR support

Located in: New Nuclear

12 October 2017

US federal and state policymakers and officials should support the development of small modular reactors (SMRs) by US companies to help secure the nation's position as an international leader on nuclear technology for decades to come, according to a new report by the Nuclear Innovation Alliance organisation.

Consolidated figures for New Mexico uranium project

Located in: Uranium and Fuel

12 October 2017

Laramide Resources Ltd has announced a maiden independent mineral resource estimate for its 100% owned Church Rock project in New Mexico. The estimate of over 50 million pounds U3O8 in inferred resources supersedes historical estimates for the purposes of NI 43-101 reporting for the property, which Laramide acquired earlier this year.

EPA takes steps to repeal US Clean Power Plan

Located in: Energy and Environment

11 October 2017

Pruitt_signs_CCP_repeal_rule_(EPA)-48The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday issued a notice of a proposed rule that would repeal the 2015 Clean Power Plan. The EPA asserts that the legislation, which would set emissions standards for US power plants, exceeds the agency's statutory authority.

Olkiluoto 3 commercial operation rescheduled

Located in: New Nuclear

09 October 2017

Olkiluoto_1-3__Jan-Feb2017_(TVO)-48Regular electricity production at Finland's Olkiluoto 3 is now expected to start in May 2019, the first-of-a-kind EPR unit's supplier consortium has told Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj. Regular production had previously been scheduled to begin at the end of 2018.

CNSC publishes amended regulations

Located in: Regulation and Safety

05 October 2017

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has amended three regulations covering nuclear facilities and uranium mines to apply the lessons learned from the Fukushima accident of 2011. The amendments include updates to radiation protection requirements during emergencies, and programs to ensure workers are prepared to respond effectively in emergency situations.

Addressing uncertainties in decommissioning cost estimates

Located in: Viewpoint

03 October 2017

Historical experience of estimating decommissioning costs has not been particularly satisfactory. In response to this, the process of decommissioning cost estimation is evolving, writes Simon Carroll.

Perry acts to support US nuclear

Located in: Nuclear Policies

02 October 2017

Perry_Ohio_29_Sept_27_(Portman)-48US energy secretary Rick Perry has called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to act swiftly to address threats to grid resiliency through market reforms to recognise the attributes of baseload generation sources including nuclear. Perry also announced further support of up to $3.7 billion in loan guarantees to the owners of the Vogtle nuclear construction project in Georgia.

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