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BKW applies to decommission Mühleberg

Located in: Regulation and Safety

21 December 2015

Muehleberg NPP - 48Swiss utility BKW has initiated the process for decommissioning the Mühleberg nuclear power plant by submitting an application to the government. The plant is due to shut down by the end of 2019.

Approval for four new Chinese reactors

Located in: New Nuclear

17 December 2015

China's State Council yesterday approved the construction of two more units at each of the Tianwan and Fangchenggang nuclear power plant sites.

India, Japan reach agreement on nuclear cooperation

Located in: Nuclear Policies

14 December 2015

India-Japan December 2015 - 48After many years of negotiations, India and Japan have signed a memorandum on cooperating in nuclear energy. However, certain technical and legal issues must be resolved before a final agreement can be signed.

South Ukraine 2 gets green light for life extension

Located in: Regulation and Safety

10 December 2015

South Ukraine (South Ukraine NPP)_48The board of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine has approved the continued operation of unit 2 of the South Ukraine nuclear power plant until the end of 2025. The unit was shut down on 10 May, two days before the expiry of its design lifetime, for major upgrading over 300 days costing $114 million to enable a 10-year life extension.

Bangladesh convinced of Russian reactor safety after tour of nuclear plant

Located in: Nuclear Policies

08 December 2015

Bangladesh plans to "build a nuclear city" in Rooppur using Russian reactors designed with 'post-Fukushima' safety features, Anwar Hossain of the country's Ministry of Science and Technology said this week. Hossain headed a delegation on a technical tour of Russia's Novovoronezh nuclear power plant on 1-3 December.

In the public eye: nuclear energy and society

Located in: Viewpoint

03 December 2015

The UK nuclear industry has published a Concordat on Public Engagement. Andrew Sherry, who has led the work as part of the Nuclear Industry Council, explains why.

IAEA publishes new emergency preparedness standards

Located in: Regulation and Safety

27 November 2015

IAEA_GSR7_workshop_(Castillo-IAEA)_48New safety requirements on nuclear emergency preparedness and response published by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) incorporate lessons learned and developments since 2002, including lessons from Fukushima.

Major work required at Rokkasho for new regulations

Located in: Regulation and Safety

17 November 2015

Completion of Japan's Rokkasho reprocessing plant and mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel factory have been postponed by around two years as work continues to comply with new safety requirements.

NRC updates earthquake risk analysis schedule

Located in: Regulation and Safety

29 October 2015

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) program to analyse earthquake risk at US nuclear plants will be completed sooner than planned after the regulator found that in-depth studies are needed at fewer plants than originally thought.

Watts Bar 2 receives operating licence

Located in: New Nuclear

22 October 2015

TVA CEO Bill Johnson announces WB2 licence - 48The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a 40-year operating licence to the Tennessee Valley Authority for Watts Bar unit 2. The unit is the first to receive NRC authorization since Watts Bar 1 in 1996.

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