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Confusion over reactor restart approvals

Located in: Regulation and Safety

05 October 2012

Japan's newly established Nuclear Regulation Authority aims to have a new safety legal framework in place by July 2013 to enable the country's idled nuclear power reactors to restart. However, it is currently unclear who will ultimately be responsible for authorizing restarts.

Leaked report sparks stress test debate

Located in: Regulation and Safety

02 October 2012

A leaked copy of the European Commission's draft report on the findings from stress tests at all of Europe's nuclear power plants has sparked widespread media coverage.

Swiss energy strategy relies on imports and gas

Located in: Nuclear Policies

01 October 2012

Residents will see their electricity costs rise as Switzerland makes more use of fossil fuels on its way to phasing out nuclear power under the country's proposed new energy strategy.

Construction of Japanese reactor to resume

Located in: New Nuclear

01 October 2012

Ohma 48The Japan Electric Power Development Corp (J-Power) will resume construction of the Ohma nuclear power plant in Aomori prefecture. It will be the first Japanese nuclear construction project to restart since all such projects were suspended following the Fukushima accident.

Today's the day for Horizon

Located in: Corporate

28 September 2012

Wylfa (Magnox Sites)_48There has been extensive speculation that today is the deadline for bids for the UK's Horizon Nuclear Power, which holds two approved sites earmarked for nuclear new build.

Dealing with debris at Fukushima Daiichi 3

Located in: Regulation and Safety

28 September 2012

Fukushima Daiichi 3 fuel pond debris, November 2011 and September 2012 (84x48)A steel beam slipped into the fuel pond of Fukushima Daiichi 3 during an operation to remove tonnes of debris. Engineers confirmed by inspection that no damage was caused.

Nuclear growth slowing not stalling

Located in: Nuclear Policies

26 September 2012

Growth rates may have slowed but world nuclear energy capacity will nevertheless continue to increase over the coming decades, according to the latest projections from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

New team for nuclear startup reviews

Located in: Regulation and Safety

25 September 2012

An industry team that will review safety of new nuclear power plants before they start up has been assembled by the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) at a new office in Hong Kong.

Fuel deal by French nuclear giants

Located in: Corporate

25 September 2012

Newly signed contracts have seen one of Areva's largest ever uranium orders, which will help to secure over 20 years' fuel supply for EDF's reactors.

Gradual growth in US support for nuclear

Located in: Nuclear Policies

24 September 2012

Support for nuclear energy in the USA is gradually approaching pre-Fukushima levels, a new public opinion poll shows. Some 65% of Americans now favour the use of nuclear, compared with 71% before the accident.


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