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Eskom confident of Thyspunt seismic safety

Located in: Regulation and Safety

28 November 2016

South African nuclear utility Eskom said it is confident its probabilistic seismic safety studies for Thyspunt adequately characterise the site's seismic hazards. It denied allegations by a research institute that it had not shared its findings on the seismic safety of the Eastern Cape site.

Swiss reject rapid nuclear phase out

Located in: Nuclear Policies

27 November 2016

Muhleberg - 48UPDATED The proposal to force older nuclear power plants to close in Switzerland has been rejected in a referendum. The five reactors that provide over one-third of electricity can continue to operate according to their economic lives.

Ukraine applauds WANO's pilot cross-centre review at Rovno

Located in: Corporate

25 November 2016

The head of Energoatom has described the World Association of Nuclear Operators' first cross-regional review, which is taking place at the Rovno nuclear power plant in Ukraine, as a "very useful" exercise that reflects changes to WANO's approach following the 2011 Fukushima accident in Japan.

Spanish regulator approves post-Fukushima measures

Located in: Regulation and Safety

24 November 2016

Spanish nuclear regulators have approved new post-Fukushima design modifications at the country's nuclear power plants, including final approvals for emergency management centres.

Fukushima earthquake leaves nuclear plants unaffected

Located in: Regulation and Safety

22 November 2016

Tepco found no "abnormalities" at its Fukushima plants following an off-shore earthquake on Tuesday morning. The cooling system in the used fuel pool of Tepco's Fukushima Daini unit 3 automatically shut but was subsequently restarted. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued tsunami warnings following the magnitude 7.4 quake.

Fiscal 2016 mission accomplished for NRC

Located in: Regulation and Safety

21 November 2016

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) met its strategic goals and objectives for safety and security in fiscal 2016 and is in a sound financial position, according to the regulator's newly published annual performance and accountability report.

Mihama 3 cleared for extended operation

Located in: Regulation and Safety

16 November 2016

Mihama NPP 48Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has approved an extension to the operating period for Kansai Electric Power's Mihama unit 3, enabling the plant to operate for up to 60 years.

IAEA and IEEE formalize cooperation

Located in: Corporate

04 November 2016

The International Atomic Energy Agency and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers announced yesterday they had signed an agreement establishing practical arrangements to cooperate in sharing of best practices and documents and standards development in the area of nuclear safety and energy.

Kawamata evacuation order to be lifted

Located in: Regulation and Safety

02 November 2016

The evacuation order for the town of Kawamata in Fukushima prefecture will be lifted next March, allowing residents to permanently return to their homes there, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has announced.

Swiss utility eyes early shutdown costs as referendum approaches

Located in: Corporate

01 November 2016

Leibstadt 48Swiss utility Alpiq estimates it will face economic damages of some CHF2.5 billion ($2.5 billion) if voters back an initiative calling for the early shutdown of the country's nuclear power plants in a referendum later this month. However, it says even if the early phase-out is rejected, it cannot operate its reactors economically under current market conditions.

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