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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.

Jaczko moves on from NRC

Located in: Regulation and Safety

21 May 2012

Gregory Jaczko has resigned his chairmanship of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), saying the time was right to work on public safety in other ways. He will continue as chairman with safety his "paramount priority" until a successor is appointed.

Power shift begins to move German industry

Located in: Nuclear Policies

18 May 2012

Aluminium ready for shipping (Voerde) 57x48Germany's third largest aluminium producer has filed for bankruptcy as trade groups call for affordable power supply equivalent to the nuclear capacity taken off the grid as a response to the Fukushima accident.

Low-dose study finds no effects

Located in: Regulation and Safety

16 May 2012

Mice exposed to low-dose radiation for an extended period showed no signs of DNA damage, said a study from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that challenges existing radiation guidelines.

Critical time for UK government and industry

Located in: Corporate

15 May 2012

One week before the UK government tables its energy market reforms some key aspects of the package are still being decided. Its success will be vital to plans for nuclear new build, including the sale of Horizon Nuclear Power.


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