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UN approves radiation advice

Located in: Regulation and Safety

10 December 2012

The United Nations is to adopt advice on radiation that clarifies what can be said about its health effects on individuals and large populations. A preliminary report has also found no observable health effects from last year's nuclear accident in Fukushima.

Japan sees emissions rise

Located in: Energy and Environment

10 December 2012

Futtsu LNG plant (Tepco)_48Increased use of fossil fuels for power generation was the main driving force behind a rise in Japanese greenhouse gas emissions for 2011, even though the country saw a fall in manufacturing output.

Nuclear and hydro the core of sustainability

Located in: Energy and Environment

05 December 2012

The most sustainable national power systems in the world combine nuclear with hydro for mass low-carbon generation, a World Energy Council study shows.

EdF, Enel part company

Located in: Corporate

05 December 2012

Italian power company Enel is to terminate its participation in EdF's French EPR projects including its 12.5% stake in Flamanville 3, citing economic considerations and Italian policy on nuclear energy as reasons behind its decision.

Seven more years for Hinkley and Hunterston B

Located in: Regulation and Safety

04 December 2012

Hunterston B (Richard Webb)-48UK utility EDF Energy is to extend by seven years the life of four of its Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors - two each at Hinkley Point B and Hunterston B.

Flamanville costs up €2 billion

Located in: New Nuclear

04 December 2012

Flamanville Sept 2012 (A Morin/EDF)_48France's first EPR is still on schedule for operation in 2016 but factors including new regulatory requirements and lessons learned from Fukushima have pushed the calculated costs of the project up.

More revisions to Fukushima zones

Located in: Regulation and Safety

03 December 2012

Fukushima zones Dec 2012 (METI)_48 Another area in the zone surrounding the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has had its evacuation status revised by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

Fossil costs drive Kansai rate hike

Located in: Corporate

26 November 2012

As all but two of the country's nuclear reactors remain shut down, the Kansai Electric Power Company (Kepco) has today applied to Japan's Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) to raise the region's household electricity prices by 12% and that of commercial users by 19% in order to offset soaring fossil fuel imports.

 

France looks deeper at post-accident management

Located in: Regulation and Safety

23 November 2012

France has published the basic elements of a national doctrine to help the government develop a strategy to address potential health, social and economic impacts in the unlikely event of a serious nuclear accident.

Next step for nuclear robotics

Located in: Corporate

21 November 2012

Tetrapod robot (Toshiba) 48x66Robots have been useful in surveying dangerous areas of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, but a walking robot revealed by Toshiba promises to undertake more complex tasks in future.


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