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Safety approval for first Japanese reactor restarts

Located in: Regulation and Safety

16 July 2014

Sendai 48Sendai nuclear power plant units 1 and 2 have draft approval to restart and generate electricity again. The final stages in Japan's new licensing regime could be completed before September.

US debut for Westinghouse fuel pool monitor

Located in: Regulation and Safety

14 July 2014

The commissioning of a system enabling remote monitoring of the used fuel pool level at Watts Bar has marked the first use of the Westinghouse technology at a US nuclear power plant. The system has already been deployed at some European plants.

Tajikistan to study uranium from rare earth deposits

Located in: Exploration and Nuclear Fuel

10 July 2014

A 22-year hiatus in uranium exploration in Tajikistan may be coming to an end. Dzhumazoda Murod Hall, head of the country's geology administration, told local media on 8 July the government plans to approve a decade-long study of rare earth deposits starting next year.

EU updates its nuclear safety rules

Located in: Regulation and Safety

08 July 2014

National nuclear safety regulators will have more independence and a new peer-review system under an amended EU Nuclear Safety Directive which was approved today.

Four Mile mine opens amid tensions between owners

Located in: Exploration and Nuclear Fuel

26 June 2014

Four Mile mine opening 48The Four Mile uranium mine in South Australia was officially opened on 25 June, but its minority owner wants to sell its stake and is preparing a legal battle against the project operator.

Westinghouse to market fuel rod sensors by 2019

Located in: Exploration and Nuclear Fuel

20 June 2014

Nuclear power plant operators may soon be able to monitor a reactor core by using sensors within fuel rod assemblies that literally scream the type and location of a problem.

New French energy policy to limit nuclear

Located in: Nuclear Policies

18 June 2014

Segolene announces draft energy policy 48France's nuclear generating capacity will be capped at its current level under a long-awaited draft energy policy announced today by energy minister Ségolène Royal.

Japan continues to count cost of idled reactors

Located in: Nuclear Policies

17 June 2014

Japan's ongoing reliance on imported fossil fuels while its nuclear reactors await permission to restart continues to impact on the country's greenhouse gas emissions and trade deficit.

Next stage for robotic decontamination

Located in: Regulation and Safety

13 June 2014

Fukushima Daiichi 2 cleanup robot (Tepco) 56x48Two robots are cleaning up contamination inside Fukushima Daiichi 2. A new one is wiping down the walls while another continues to scrub the floor.

Kudankulam 1 reaches full power

Located in: New Nuclear

09 June 2014

Kudankulam 1 and 2 48The first unit of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu has reached 100% power for the first time. It is due to enter commercial operation next month.


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