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Spanish regulator sets conditions for Garoña restart

Located in: Regulation and Safety

31 July 2014

Garona 48The operator of Spain's Garoña nuclear power plant, Nuclenor, has until the end of September to provide a schedule to meet a series of requirements set by the country's nuclear regulator for its restart.

Reactor restarts would aid Japanese recovery

Located in: Nuclear Policies

28 July 2014

The prompt restart of Japan's nuclear power reactors would have "big advantages" for the country's economy and environment, according estimates by the Institute of Energy Economics of Japan.

US report urges focus on 'extreme' events

Located in: Regulation and Safety

25 July 2014

A new congressionally mandated report from the National Academy of Sciences has concluded that the "overarching" lesson learned from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident is that nuclear plant licensees and their regulators “must actively seek out and act on” new information about hazards with the potential to affect the safety of nuclear plants.

New strategy for Fukushima trench water

Located in: Regulation and Safety

24 July 2014

New approaches to removing the contaminated water from trenches around units 2 and 3 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant are being explored after attempts to freeze it failed.

Safety approval for first Japanese reactor restarts

Located in: Regulation and Safety

16 July 2014

Sendai 48Sendai nuclear power plant units 1 and 2 have draft approval to restart and generate electricity again. The final stages in Japan's new licensing regime could be completed before September.

US debut for Westinghouse fuel pool monitor

Located in: Regulation and Safety

14 July 2014

The commissioning of a system enabling remote monitoring of the used fuel pool level at Watts Bar has marked the first use of the Westinghouse technology at a US nuclear power plant. The system has already been deployed at some European plants.

Tajikistan to study uranium from rare earth deposits

Located in: Exploration and Nuclear Fuel

10 July 2014

A 22-year hiatus in uranium exploration in Tajikistan may be coming to an end. Dzhumazoda Murod Hall, head of the country's geology administration, told local media on 8 July the government plans to approve a decade-long study of rare earth deposits starting next year.

EU updates its nuclear safety rules

Located in: Regulation and Safety

08 July 2014

National nuclear safety regulators will have more independence and a new peer-review system under an amended EU Nuclear Safety Directive which was approved today.

Four Mile mine opens amid tensions between owners

Located in: Exploration and Nuclear Fuel

26 June 2014

Four Mile mine opening 48The Four Mile uranium mine in South Australia was officially opened on 25 June, but its minority owner wants to sell its stake and is preparing a legal battle against the project operator.

Westinghouse to market fuel rod sensors by 2019

Located in: Exploration and Nuclear Fuel

20 June 2014

Nuclear power plant operators may soon be able to monitor a reactor core by using sensors within fuel rod assemblies that literally scream the type and location of a problem.


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