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US budget request reflects nuclear commitments

Located in: Nuclear Policies

03 February 2015

The $30 billion earmarked for the US Department of Energy in the 2016 budget proposal is 9% up on the amount it received for 2015. The $1 billion budget requested by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is nearly 3% down on the previous year as its new reactor workload decreases.

Tepco resumes work after contractor deaths

Located in: Regulation and Safety

03 February 2015

Operations have resumed at all three of Tokyo Electric Power Company's (Tepco's) nuclear power plants in Japan following the deaths of two contractors last month in industrial accidents. The company has introduced measures to improve worker safety at its sites.

Requirements set out for hardening French facilities

Located in: Regulation and Safety

03 February 2015

The French nuclear safety regulator has specified additional post-Fukushima safety measures to be taken at the country's fuel cycle and research facilities.

Roadmap to nuclear future

Located in: Nuclear Policies

29 January 2015

Nuclear power is one of the most important technologies that can help the world to limit global warming to 2ºC, said OECD agencies in a Technology Roadmap for nuclear that spells out some steps to ensure this happens.

Japan will prosper from nuclear restarts

Located in: Nuclear Policies

27 January 2015

A scenario with 25% nuclear power would best suit Japan's policy goals, according to the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ). In the time to 2030 it would be cheaper than a non-nuclear scenario and would help the country return to a positive trade balance.

Swiss plants to be retrofitted for better hydrogen control

Located in: Regulation and Safety

26 January 2015

All five of Switzerland's commercially operational nuclear power reactors are to be retrofitted to increase hydrogen control capabilities, according to new requirements set by the country's nuclear regulator ENSI.

Storage of Fukushima clean-up waste to start

Located in: Waste and Recycling

19 January 2015

The interim storage of contaminated soil and other wastes generated by decontamination efforts at Japan's damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant and surrounding area will begin in March, the environment ministry has said.

Japan joins Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage

Located in: Nuclear Policies

16 January 2015

Japan has submitted its instrument of acceptance to the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage - an important international instrument relating to liability and compensation for damage caused by a nuclear accident - triggering its entry into force.

Robotic system to fix Fukushima leaks

Located in: Regulation and Safety

15 January 2015

RFRM_robotic_arm_(Kurion)_39x48US waste management specialist Kurion has been awarded a contract to develop a new robotic system for the second phase of repairs in the primary reactor containment at Fukushima Daiichi. The Fukushima Repair Manipulator, or FRM, is targeted for deployment in mid-2016.

Robotic technology development centre for Fukushima

Located in: Regulation and Safety

13 January 2015

Naraha_RTDC_(JAIF)_48A new centre will develop and test remote-controlled equipment for use in decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi plant while boosting the local economy in Fukushima prefecture.


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