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Spanish regulator approves post-Fukushima measures

Located in: Regulation and Safety

24 November 2016

Spanish nuclear regulators have approved new post-Fukushima design modifications at the country's nuclear power plants, including final approvals for emergency management centres.

Fukushima earthquake leaves nuclear plants unaffected

Located in: Regulation and Safety

22 November 2016

Tepco found no "abnormalities" at its Fukushima plants following an off-shore earthquake on Tuesday morning. The cooling system in the used fuel pool of Tepco's Fukushima Daini unit 3 automatically shut but was subsequently restarted. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued tsunami warnings following the magnitude 7.4 quake.

Fiscal 2016 mission accomplished for NRC

Located in: Regulation and Safety

21 November 2016

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) met its strategic goals and objectives for safety and security in fiscal 2016 and is in a sound financial position, according to the regulator's newly published annual performance and accountability report.

Mihama 3 cleared for extended operation

Located in: Regulation and Safety

16 November 2016

Mihama NPP 48Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has approved an extension to the operating period for Kansai Electric Power's Mihama unit 3, enabling the plant to operate for up to 60 years.

IAEA and IEEE formalize cooperation

Located in: Corporate

04 November 2016

The International Atomic Energy Agency and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers announced yesterday they had signed an agreement establishing practical arrangements to cooperate in sharing of best practices and documents and standards development in the area of nuclear safety and energy.

Kawamata evacuation order to be lifted

Located in: Regulation and Safety

02 November 2016

The evacuation order for the town of Kawamata in Fukushima prefecture will be lifted next March, allowing residents to permanently return to their homes there, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has announced.

Swiss utility eyes early shutdown costs as referendum approaches

Located in: Corporate

01 November 2016

Leibstadt 48Swiss utility Alpiq estimates it will face economic damages of some CHF2.5 billion ($2.5 billion) if voters back an initiative calling for the early shutdown of the country's nuclear power plants in a referendum later this month. However, it says even if the early phase-out is rejected, it cannot operate its reactors economically under current market conditions.

Russia's Novovoronezh 6 operating at full power

Located in: New Nuclear

27 October 2016

Novovoronezh-II 1 and 2 - 48Unit 1 of the Novovoronezh II nuclear power plant is now operating at full power. Russia's first VVER-1200 reactor was connected to the grid on 4 August and Rosatom announced the latest milestone today, following its new director general's working visit to the plant yesterday.

Eskom outlines importance of nuclear power

Located in: Nuclear Policies

24 October 2016

South Africa is well-equipped to have nuclear power plants and has a nuclear safety culture, with Koeberg having operated safely for over 32 years, utility Eskom said yesterday. The performance of the Koeberg plant has also consistently been one of the strongest within the Eskom fleet, it said, adding that it is also the cheapest energy provider in South Africa's fleet.

Changes proposed to Japanese decommissioning

Located in: Waste and Recycling

21 October 2016

A proposal to change decommissioning rules in Japan could mean that operators will contribute to funds only during operation, and not, as previously, for a decade after final shutdown.

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