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Japanese fuel fabrication plant cleared for restart

Located in: Regulation and Safety

06 April 2017

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has approved the restart of Global Nuclear Fuel-Japan's fuel fabrication plant in Yokosuka in Kanagawa Prefecture. Last month the regulator concluded the facility meets revised safety standards.

Decommissioning work set to start at Biblis

Located in: Waste and Recycling

31 March 2017

Biblis plant - 48Permits to decommission Germany's Biblis nuclear power plant are to be issued to RWE Power following approval of its plans by the ministry of the environment in the state of Hesse. The operation to dismantle the two reactors is expected to take about 15 years.

Nuclear regulation is unique: a Canadian perspective

Located in: Viewpoint

30 March 2017

The international nuclear regulatory community is unique among the world's regulatory communities. Through adherence to international conventions and standards, participation in international organisations, peer reviews and benchmarking activities, and continuous lessons learned from best practices, the international nuclear regulatory community is committed to collaboration and transparency in the interests of safety and security, writes Jason Cameron.

Japanese court dismisses call to idle Ikata unit

Located in: Regulation and Safety

30 March 2017

Ikata plant - 48The Hiroshima District Court has today rejected a petition by a group of residents for a temporary injunction against the operation of unit 3 at the Ikata nuclear power plant in Japan's Ehime prefecture. The decision comes days after another court removed an injunction against the operation of Takahama units 3 and 4.

Tepco completes survey of Fukushima Daiichi 1 PCV

Located in: Regulation and Safety

28 March 2017

Tokyo Electric Power Company has completed a five-day investigation of the primary containment vessel (PCV) of the damaged unit 1 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant using a robot. The results of the survey will help Tepco determine the location of fuel debris within the vessel.

Global nuclear safety meeting under way

Located in: Regulation and Safety

28 March 2017

Amano_Jammal_CNS_2017_(Calma-IAEA)-48Significant progress has been made in strengthening nuclear safety across the world, and the need to maintain a robust nuclear safety culture is now universally recognised, delegates to the Seventh Review Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety were told yesterday. The meeting is taking place at the Vienna headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Survey under way of Fukushima Daiichi 1 vessel

Located in: Regulation and Safety

20 March 2017

Fukushima Daiichi 1 PCV robot survey - 48A robot has entered into the primary containment vessel of the damaged unit 1 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant and provided Tokyo Electric Power Company with radiation and temperature measurements within it. The company hopes the data, together with video footage, will enable it to locate the molten fuel in the unit.

Fourth Yangjiang unit enters commercial operation

Located in: New Nuclear

16 March 2017

Yangjiang 4 control room - 48Unit 4 of the Yangjiang nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province has completed commissioning tests and now meets the conditions for entering commercial operation, China General Nuclear announced yesterday.

Robotic surveys resume at Fukushima Daiichi 1

Located in: Regulation and Safety

10 March 2017

PMORPH robot - 48Tokyo Electric Power Company is preparing to insert a Hitachi-developed robot into the primary containment vessel of the damaged unit 1 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Last month, a Toshiba-developed robot was used to survey the vessel of unit 2.

Japanese fuel plant meets revised safety standards

Located in: Regulation and Safety

08 March 2017

Global Nuclear Fuel-Japan's fuel fabrication plant in Yokosuka in Kanagawa Prefecture meets new regulatory standards, the country's nuclear regulator has concluded. It becomes the first fuel cycle facility to be confirmed to meet the revised safety standards, introduced in December 2013.


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