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RWE, EOn pull plug on UK nuclear plans

Located in: New Nuclear

29 March 2012

Wylfa 69x48Following separate strategic reviews, German utilities RWE and EOn have decided not to continue with the development of new nuclear power plants in the UK through their Horizon Nuclear Power joint venture. The partners, citing the cost of Germany's nuclear phase-out as one of the reasons for their decision, said they will seek new owners for Horizon.

IAEA reports on Japan's stress tests

Located in: Regulation and Safety

28 March 2012

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has published its final report on Japan's revised nuclear safety assessment process. It found that the new Japanese measures are "generally consistent" with IAEA safety standards, but outlined several areas for improvement.

World leaders renew nuclear pledges

Located in: Nuclear Policies

27 March 2012

Barack Obama and Lee Myung Bak (White House)_48

The synergies between nuclear safety and security were highlighted at the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, where world leaders concluded that the right to develop and use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes must not be hampered by measures to strengthen nuclear security.

New Japanese regulatory regime as restarts approach

Located in: Regulation and Safety

26 March 2012

Kashiwazaki-Kariwa (Tepco)_48Japan has moved a step closer to restarting the first of its nuclear reactors to be kept off line for tests following the Fukushima accident. Meanwhile, details on the country's revamped nuclear regulatory regime are starting to emerge.

US opinion divided on risks of nuclear energy

Located in: Nuclear Policies

22 March 2012

The Fukushima accident in Japan has led to more Americans now believing that the risks of using nuclear energy outweigh the benefits, according to a new public opinion poll. The poll also found high support for natural gas, despite recent negative publicity about its extraction using hydraulic fracturing.

Pond investigation towards Fukushima fuel removal

Located in: Regulation and Safety

19 March 2012

Fukushima Daiichi 4 pond inspection March 2012 87x48The fuel pond of Fukushima Daiichi 4 will be inspected by an underwater robot this month as an early step in the program of work to remove the used nuclear fuel from the building.

TVA readjusts Bellefonte priorities

Located in: New Nuclear

19 March 2012

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is reducing the number of contractors working on its Bellefonte project as it resets its priorities following recent rescheduling at Watts Bar 2.

Cabinet clears way for Kudankulam

Located in: New Nuclear

19 March 2012

Jayalalithaa (Govt of Tamil Nadu)_48India is looking towards the commissioning of two Russian-designed reactors at Kudankulam after the cabinet of Tamil Nadu gave its go-ahead.

Longer life in theory for Ikata 2

Located in: Regulation and Safety

16 March 2012

Amid controversy on the future of nuclear power in Japan, and while many reactors await permission to restart from inspection, authorities have nevertheless approved ten more years of operation for Ikata 2.

Fukushima water treatment stepping up

Located in: Waste and Recycling

15 March 2012

Fukushima Daiichi absorption tower storage December 2012 74x48Treatment of Fukushima Daiichi's huge inventories of radioactive water is being provided by a range of private companies in an operation of unprecendented scale, which is increasing still further. Over 250,000 cubic metres of water have been processed so far, reducing original radioactivity by 88%.


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