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Japan retires more reactors as restarts approach

Located in: Regulation and Safety

18 March 2015

More clarity on Japan's nuclear future came today as the first unit slated for restart gained technical approval, while two further older reactors were announced for retirement rather than being put through the restart process.

Three Japanese reactors to be retired

Located in: Regulation and Safety

17 March 2015

Mihama NPP 48Kansai Electric Power Company and the Japan Atomic Power Company have decided to decommission three nuclear power plants shut down after the Fukushima accident of 2011 rather than applying to restart them.

Tepco reschedules water purification target

Located in: Regulation and Safety

16 March 2015

Water storage tank at Fukushima Daiichi 48More than 90% of the contaminated water stored on the Fukushima Daiichi site will be treated by the end of May, two months later than originally planned, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) announced today.

Energoatom seeks to extend links with Westinghouse

Located in: Corporate

11 March 2015

Energoatom-Westinghouse - March 2015 - 48Energoatom has announced plans to increase its cooperation with Westinghouse that include an expansion in the use of the US-based company's nuclear fuel, a memorandum aimed at familiarising Energoatom personnel with the AP1000 reactor design, and Westinghouse's participation in a future fuel fabrication plant in Ukraine.

No mid-life crisis for NRC

Located in: Regulation and Safety

11 March 2015

NRC_RIC_keynote_2015_(NRC)_48The head of the USA’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has vowed the agency will provide an effective and efficient service for years to come.

Nuclear power at 'pre-Fukushima state', says leading Russian scientist

Located in: Nuclear Policies

10 March 2015

Experts agree that the global nuclear power industry has returned to its "pre-Fukushima state" and pessimistic forecasts of a slowdown in its development have not materialized, Leonid Bolshov, director of the Nuclear Safety Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said in an interview with Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

China resumes new reactor approvals

Located in: New Nuclear

10 March 2015

The Chinese government has approved construction of two more units at the Hongyanhe nuclear power plant in Liaoning province, marking the first approval for new reactors in four years.

Transfer of Fukushima clean-up waste gets go-ahead

Located in: Waste and Recycling

03 March 2015

The transfer of radioactive soil and waste generated from clean-up work following the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant to a provisional storage site has been approved by the governor of Fukushima prefecture and the mayors of Futaba and Okuma.

IAEA team sees improvements at Fukushima Daiichi

Located in: Regulation and Safety

18 February 2015

IAEA team at Fukushima Daiichi 4 48Significant tasks have been completed in the clean-up and decommissioning of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, an international expert mission has concluded. However, it says many challenging issues remain.

Japanese firms struggle with electricity rates

Located in: Nuclear Policies

16 February 2015

Some 90% of Japanese small- and medium-sized enterprises think their business would be adversely affected by any future increases in electricity prices, a survey by the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry has found. Restarting the country's nuclear power plants is seen as one way of reducing prices.

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