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US conversion plant suspends UF6 production

Located in: Uranium and Fuel

21 November 2017

Honeywell is temporarily to suspend uranium hexafluoride production at its Metropolis, Illinois plant pending an improvement in business conditions, the company announced yesterday. The USA's only uranium conversion plant has been in a scheduled outage since October.

IAEA sees continuous improvement in safety at Borssele

Located in: Regulation and Safety

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.

'Anti-nuclear' Germany is Europe's biggest GHG emitter

Located in: Energy and Environment

13 November 2017

Germany's Energiewende policy has made things worse for the climate by shutting down carbon-free nuclear capacity and locking in the dependency on coal burning for decades, despite hundreds of billions in investments and subsidy-schemes. This is the conclusion of the European Climate Leadership Report 2017, Measuring the Metrics that Matter published last week in Bonn, Germany, at Conference of the Parties 23 by the NGO Energy for Humanity.

Integrated Molten Salt Reactor passes pre-licensing milestone

Located in: New Nuclear

09 November 2017

IMSR_facility_(CC-BY-SA)-48The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has completed the first phase of a vendor design review of Terrestrial Energy Inc's Integrated Molten Salt Reactor. The design is the first advanced reactor to complete the first phase of the CNSC's regulatory pre-licensing review.

Upgraded Krško simulator operational

Located in: Corporate

26 October 2017

Krsko plant simulator - 48Canada-based L3 MAPPS has completed an upgrade of the full scope simulator at the Krško nuclear power plant in Slovenia. The upgrade was carried out as part of a safety upgrade programme to modernise the plant.

Swiss ambassador offers UK advice on EU exit

Located in: Nuclear Policies

26 October 2017

The UK may, like Switzerland, have to accept limited influence in EU energy policy post Brexit, Jean-Christophe Füeg, head of international energy affairs at the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, told British parliamentarians last week. SFOE is part of Switzerland's Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications.

Asia remains biggest area for nuclear growth, says report

Located in: Nuclear Policies

24 October 2017

Asian countries continue to dominate the market for new nuclear build, according to a newly-released report from the World Nuclear Association. Of the 10 new nuclear power reactors that started up worldwide in 2016, eight were located in Asia.

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.

Regulator OKs safety report on Kashiwazaki-Kariwa units

Located in: Regulation and Safety

04 October 2017

Kashiwazaki-Kariwa (Tepco)_48Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has today approved a draft report that concludes units 6 and 7 of Tokyo Electric Power Company's Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant meet the country's new safety standards. The draft document has now been released for public comment and could be formally approved by year-end.

Muons suggest location of fuel in unit 3

Located in: Regulation and Safety

02 October 2017

FD3 fuel debris - September 2017 - 48Some of the fuel in the damaged unit 3 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant has melted and dropped into the primary containment vessel, initial results from using a muon detection system indicate. Part of the fuel, however, is believed to remain in the reactor pressure vessel.


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