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Swiss energy policy ready for parliamentary debate

Located in: Nuclear Policies

29 October 2014

The first package of measures of Switzerland's proposed new energy policy - including the phase out of the use of nuclear energy - is ready to be debated by the parliament, a committee of its lower house has announced.

Satsumasendai town approves Sendai restart

Located in: Regulation and Safety

28 October 2014

The municipal government of the Japanese town of Satsumasendai has given its approval for the restart of the nearby Sendai nuclear power plant. Approval is still required from the regulator, as well as the prefectural and national governments before the plant can begin operating again.

Sendai restart now in regulator's hands

Located in: Regulation and Safety

27 October 2014

Sendai 48Japan's first reactor restart is moving to the end of the regulatory phase. Kyushu Electric Power Company has now submitted all the documentation to restart Sendai units 1 and 2 and a final decision lies with the Nuclear Regulation Authority.

First US on-site emergency equipment facility completed

Located in: Regulation and Safety

27 October 2014

North Anna Flex dome 48Construction has been completed of a "beyond design" dome at Dominion's North Anna nuclear power plant in Virginia. The dome - which will house emergency equipment and supplies - is the first of its kind in the USA.

Tepco boosts water decontamination capacities

Located in: Regulation and Safety

21 October 2014

High performance ALPS 48Testing of a new high-performance water decontamination system has started at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. When in full operation, the new system should increase water treatment capacity while significantly reducing the volume of waste generated.

A long view of nuclear

Located in: Viewpoint

20 October 2014

More than a century has passed since radiation and nuclear energy were discovered and the image of those energy sources has undergone much evolution with the passing of several cultural waves, each of which left its mark on the public's perception and attitude to nuclear power, writes Jeremy Gordon.

Vattenfall sues Germany over phase-out policy

Located in: Corporate

16 October 2014

Swedish utility Vattenfall is suing Germany at the Washington-based International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes over the closure of the Brunsbüttel and Krümmel nuclear power plants.

New rules in Canada for emergency preparation

Located in: Regulation and Safety

14 October 2014

Canadian nuclear safety regulators have updated regulations for the country's nuclear power plant operators to prepare for and manage emergency situations.

Upgrade ultimatum for Swedish plants

Located in: Regulation and Safety

10 October 2014

A round of safety improvements to ensure core cooling in scenarios similar to those of the accident at Fukushima Daiichi have been announced by the Swedish regulator, which unusually made its statement in a newspaper article.

Nuclear risk centre opens in Japan

Located in: New Nuclear

02 October 2014

A nuclear risk research centre has been established in Japan to carry out research and development necessary for utilities to improve safety on their own initiative.

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