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Nuclear power down in 2012

Located in: New Nuclear

20 June 2013

Nuclear electricity production to 2012 (WNA) 79x48Nuclear power generation suffered its biggest ever one-year fall through 2012 as the bulk of the Japanese fleet remained offline for a full calendar year.

Japan readies for restarts

Located in: Regulation and Safety

19 June 2013

Power companies in Japan now know the regulations they are required to meet in order to restart nuclear reactors idled as a result of the 2011 Fukushima accident. The first units could potentially come back online before the end of this year.

Japan and V4 pledge cooperation

Located in: Nuclear Policies

17 June 2013

V4+Japan (Image: Government of Japan)_48A summit meeting of the leaders of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Japan has concluded with the prime ministers promising ongoing cooperation in fields including nuclear energy.

EU expands ambitions for regulatory role

Located in: Regulation and Safety

13 June 2013

The European Commission proposed today that European Union (EU) member states repeat comprehensive stress test safety checks at their nuclear plants every six years and ensure that radioactive releases in any accident are "practically eliminated.

Minister calls for new Australian mines

Located in: Exploration and Nuclear Fuel

12 June 2013

Australia must open new uranium mines if the country is to maintain its position as one of the world's leading suppliers, resources minister Gary Gray has warned. National and state governments must work with industry to make this happen.

Areva signs up to support Japanese industry

Located in: Corporate

11 June 2013

Abe and Hollande press conference (Kantei)_48French nuclear company Areva is to work with Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd to bring the Rokkasho-mura recycling plant into commercial operation under a new strategic agreement. Franco-Japanese partnerships have been further strengthened by the signature of a cooperation between Areva and Atox.

Improved venting ordered at US BWRs

Located in: Regulation and Safety

07 June 2013

Operators of most of the USA's boiling water reactors (BWRs) must upgrade their emergency venting systems under a revised order from the country's nuclear regulator.

Contamination dropping in evacuation zone

Located in: Regulation and Safety

07 June 2013

Fukushima radiation survey map thumb 80x48Analysis from Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has revealed the most contaminated areas in the Fukushima evacuation zone have reduced in size by three quarters over the last two years.

Fukushima isolation condensers under scrutiny

Located in: Regulation and Safety

06 June 2013

Fukushima Daiichi 1 isolation condensers 48An investigation is under way to determine whether the safety function of isolation condensers at Fukushima Daiichi 1 was affected by the earthquake of March 2011 prior to the subsequent tsunami that inundated the plant.

Areva venting systems for Japanese BWRs

Located in: Regulation and Safety

04 June 2013

Japanese boiling water reactor (BWRs) will be fitted with Areva-supplied filtered containment venting systems under an agreement with Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy.


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