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Leaner NRC prepares for future

Located in: Regulation and Safety

01 May 2015

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is in the final stages of a project to streamline its operations, chairman Stephen Burns said in an update on progress at the agency.

First licence for ESBWR

Located in: New Nuclear

01 May 2015

ESBWR_model_ (GEH)_48The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved DTE Energy's combined construction and operation licence (COL) for Fermi 3, the first construction licence to be awarded to GE Hitachi's ESBWR reactor design.

EOn to spin off nuclear assets to Uniper

Located in: Corporate

28 April 2015

Uniper will be the name of the non-renewable company to spin off from EOn. The name means 'Unique Performance' and the company will own stakes in 17 operating reactors across Germany and Sweden.

Court ruling clears way for Sendai restarts

Located in: Regulation and Safety

22 April 2015

Sendai 48A court had ruled against a petition opposed to the restart of units 1 and 2 of the Sendai nuclear power plant in Japan's Kagoshima prefecture. The units now look set to resume operation later this year, becoming the first of the country's reactors to be restarted since the Fukushima Daiichi accident in 2011.

New cooling towers completed at Loviisa

Located in: Corporate

22 April 2015

Loviisa cooling towers - 48 (Fortum)The construction of a new backup air-cooling system independent of seawater cooling has been completed at the Loviisa plant in Finland.

Ground broken for Turkey's first nuclear power plant

Located in: New Nuclear

15 April 2015

Akkuyu groundbreaking ceremony 48Government and company officials yesterday launched construction of Turkey's first nuclear power plant. The Russian-designed Akkuyu plant in Mersin, on the Mediterranean coast, is the first of three nuclear power plants the country plans to build to help boost its economy and reduce its dependence on fossil fuel imports.

Areva looks to consolidate German activities

Located in: Corporate

15 April 2015

Areva's German subsidiary, Areva GmbH, has announced plans to consolidate its activities. The move, in response to Germany's changing nuclear power market, would result in the closure of its engineering services facility in Offenbach.

Economic cost of Japan's nuclear shutdown

Located in: Nuclear Policies

14 April 2015

Nuclear power benefitted the Japanese economy by some ¥33 trillion over the years, said Masakazu Toyoda of the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ), and the country risks wasting this in its slow progress to restart its reactors.

Robot enters Fukushima Daiichi unit 1 containment vessel

Located in: Regulation and Safety

10 April 2015

Snake robot in unit 1 PCV - 48UPDATED A shape-changing robot began surveying conditions within the primary containment vessel of the damaged unit 1 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant on 10 April. However, the robot stopped working before completing its mission.

Fukushima cesium on US coast 'well below' levels of concern, say scientists

Located in: Energy and Environment

08 April 2015

North America cesium 134 2014-15 48Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have for the first time detected the presence of small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant accident in a seawater sample from the shoreline of North America.


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