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French law heeds lessons

Located in: Regulation and Safety

10 February 2012

Sarkozy_Fessenheim_(elysee.fr)_48Lessons learned from the Fukushima accident have been enshrined in a newly updated French law governing safety and security regulations for nuclear installations. Meanwhile, the country's president has assured workers at the country's oldest operating nuclear plant of his support for its continued operation.

Approval for first nuclear new build in America

Located in: New Nuclear

09 February 2012

American safety regulators gave the go-ahead today for the construction of two new nuclear power reactors. The vote by the five-member commission brought to an end a regulatory process lasting almost four years that confirmed the safety of building two Westinghouse AP1000 reactors at the Vogtle site in Georgia.

Atmea1 safety features meet French requirements

Located in: New Nuclear

07 February 2012

Atmea1_68x48Following an 18-month review, the French nuclear safety regulator has given its preliminary approval of the safety options for the Atmea1 reactor design. The decision marks an important step to demonstrate the licensability of the 'mid sized' pressurized water reactor.

Stabilisation after Fukushima cooling change

Located in: Regulation and Safety

07 February 2012

Fukushima Daiichi 2 temperatures February 2012 (Tepco) 64x48Cooling of Fukushima Daiichi unit 2 has been upset by a change in injection rates, leading to a rise in temperature that Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) is working to gradually correct.

Low risk from major accident consequences

Located in: Regulation and Safety

02 February 2012

A severe accident at a US nuclear power plant would not be likely to cause any immediate deaths, while the risks of fatal cancers caused by such an accident would be millions of times lower than the general risks of dying of cancer, a long-running research study has found.

Extending operating lives of French reactors best option

Located in: Nuclear Policies

31 January 2012

BellevilleInvesting in new nuclear generating capacity or any other form of energy would be too expensive and come online too late, France's state audit office has concluded. Extending the operating lives of its existing nuclear power reactors would be its best option.

IAEA reviews Japan's nuclear restart process

Located in: Regulation and Safety

31 January 2012

A team of international nuclear safety experts has reviewed Japan's plans to confirm the safety of its nuclear plants as dire economic conditions grip the country's power industry.

Areva's ups and downs

Located in: Corporate

27 January 2012

A turbulent year for Areva has seen a new CEO, dramatic currency fluctuations and sales impacts from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident but an increase in order backlog and only a fairly minor downturn in overall revenue. 

Poll: New nuclear power 'best for Britain'

Located in: Nuclear Policies

27 January 2012

The results of a nationwide poll show that Britons believe new nuclear power plants would be the best infrastructure investment the country could make. 

Romanian plant gets containment filtering system

Located in: Corporate

26 January 2012

Canadian engineering company SNC-Lavalin has won a contract to install reactor containment filtration systems at the Cernavoda nuclear power plant in Romania. SNC-Lavalin has in turn contracted Areva to supply the equipment.


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