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New advice for managing nuclear accidents

Located in: Regulation and Safety

07 September 2017

The European Commission-funded Shamisen project has published 28 recommendations to improve the preparedness and response to a nuclear accident. The recommendations follow an 18-month review of the response to previous accidents, particularly Chernobyl and Fukushima.

Last part of Fukushima ice wall being frozen

Located in: Regulation and Safety

23 August 2017

The final part of an ice wall surrounding the damaged Fukushima Daiichi reactors is being frozen, Tokyo Electric Power Company said yesterday. The ice wall prevents the travel of water into or out of the reactor building basements.

Operational safety improves at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa

Located in: Regulation and Safety

09 August 2017

Kashiwazaki-Kariwa (Tepco)_48Tokyo Electric Power Company has addressed many of the recommendations made following a 2015 assessment of operational safety at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant by the International Atomic Energy Agency. However, the IAEA says work should continue in some areas.

Nuclear capacity could more than double by 2050, says IAEA

Located in: Nuclear Policies

08 August 2017

The long-term potential of nuclear power remains high, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency's latest high case projection, which sees global nuclear generating capacity increasing 123% by 2050 compared with its current level.

Japan to benefit from reactor restarts, says IEEJ

Located in: Nuclear Policies

03 August 2017

A total of ten Japanese nuclear power reactors are likely to have been restarted by the end of March 2019, according to the latest estimate by the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ). These restarts will help improve the country's economy, energy security and environment, it says.

Japanese marine sampling data reliable, says IAEA

Located in: Regulation and Safety

02 August 2017

Fukushima marine sediment sampling - 48Analyses by Japanese laboratories of seawater, marine sediment and fish samples taken from near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant produce reliable data, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. The agency compared the results obtained from seven Japanese labs with those from three labs outside Japan.

Garoña licence renewal denied

Located in: Regulation and Safety

01 August 2017

Garona (Nuclenor) 65x48The Spanish government has denied the renewal of Nuclenor's operating licence for the Garoña nuclear power plant. The decision means the reactor - which has been offline for more than four years - will now enter the decommissioning phase.

Japan accepts nuclear policy guidance document

Located in: Nuclear Policies

25 July 2017

Japan's cabinet last week approved the draft Basic Concept on Nuclear Energy Use developed by the Japan Atomic Energy Commission. The concept - which will guide the country's future nuclear energy policy - calls for the promotion of the benefits of nuclear energy while minimising the risks of its use.

Tepco study of unit 3 containment vessel under way

Located in: Regulation and Safety

21 July 2017

Fukushima Daiichi 3 PCV survey - 22 July 2017 - 48UPDATED Tokyo Electric Power Company has confirmed the presence of what could be melted fuel and fallen debris within the lower part of the flooded primary containment vessel of unit 3 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Similar surveys using robots have already been carried out at units 1 and 2 of the plant.

Moon urged to halt South Korean nuclear exit

Located in: Nuclear Policies

05 July 2017

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has been urged to consider the climate and environmental impacts of phasing out the use of nuclear energy in the country. Moon used the permanent shutdown of Kori unit 1 last month to outline his intended nuclear energy phase-out policy.


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