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Outstanding issues delay EPR certification

Located in: Regulation and Safety

31 May 2012

US-EPR 48Areva's EPR reactor is unlikely to receive design certification by the US nuclear regulator before the end of 2014, the agency has told the reactor vendor. Design certification for the EPR had earlier been targeted for June 2013.

Germany moves to bolster grid

Located in: Nuclear Policies

30 May 2012

Net operators submit grid plan 48Germany has announced plans to upgrade and expand its electricity grid over the next decade in order to help renewable energy sources fill the gap left by its phase-out of nuclear power. An investment of some €20 billion ($25 billion) will be needed.

Level heads at Fukushima Daiichi 4

Located in: Regulation and Safety

29 May 2012

Hisono at Fukushima 4 (Tepco)_48

Tepco has published further measurements showing that the used fuel pool at the damaged reactor building of unit 4 at Fukushima Daiichi is not tilting and would be able to withstand a large earthquake.

NRC extends plant licence, COLA review

Located in: Regulation and Safety

28 May 2012

Pilgrim 73x48The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has agreed to extend the operating licence of the single-unit Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Massachusetts for a further 20 years. Meanwhile, the expected completion of the NRC's review of Progress Energy's combined construction and operating licence application (COLA) for its Levy plant in Florida has been revised.

Obama makes his regulatory choice

Located in: Regulation and Safety

25 May 2012

Environmental science and policy professor Allison Macfarlane has been nominated by the US President to replace Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman Gregory Jaczko.

Higher estimate of Fukushima releases

Located in: Regulation and Safety

25 May 2012

Fukushima dispersal dose map, Feb 2012 (77x48)The latest analysis has upped the figures for the amount of radioactivity released during the accident at Fukushima Daiichi, although the estimate for the main long-term contaminant, caesium-137, was actually reduced.

Energy policy key to Tokyo Olympic bid

Located in: Nuclear Policies

25 May 2012

2020 Olympic host selection 70x48Tokyo is on a shortlist of three candidate cities to host the 2020 Olympic Games, but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said that Japan's decision on whether to restart its idled nuclear power reactors could have a significant impact on its chances of hosting the event.

WHO on Fukushima doses

Located in: Regulation and Safety

24 May 2012

A preliminary report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) has estimated the radiation doses that residents of Japan have received in the year following the accident at Fukushima Daiichi. Dose rates in most Fukushima homes were comparable to reference levels for radon.

New energy minister for Germany

Located in: Nuclear Policies

23 May 2012

Merkel, Gauck and Altmaier, May 2012 (72x48)Germany has a new minister for energy, environment and nuclear safety in Peter Altmaier, a CDU/CSU heavyweight who has been charged with making the country's 'energy transition' a reality.

Russia joins NEA membership

Located in: Nuclear Policies

23 May 2012

Russia will become the 31st member of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) following its formal accession to the agency today.


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