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National incentive for nuclear regulation

Located in: Regulation and Safety

09 August 2013

Greater investment in nuclear regulation will pay dividends for Japan as it moves to restart nuclear reactors. Mobilising more safety review teams could save the country ¥850 billion ($8.8 billion) if it means more reactors can restart sooner.

Decommissioning institute formed in Japan

Located in: Waste and Recycling

09 August 2013

Japan has established a new research body which it hopes will bring together international experience in the decommissioning of nuclear power plants. Plans call for the institute to set up a research facility near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Fukushima zone fully redesignated

Located in: Regulation and Safety

08 August 2013

Fukushima zones August 2013 48Preparations can begin for residents to return to the town of Kawamata near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The town was the final evacuated municipality to be redesignated.

Levy nuclear plant project shelved

Located in: New Nuclear

02 August 2013

Duke Energy has dropped plans to build two new reactors at the greenfield Levy site in Florida blaming regulatory uncertainty. It is the second time in recent months that Duke has shelved a nuclear project.

Three-year delay in Lee licensing

Located in: New Nuclear

01 August 2013

A decision on Duke Energy's application to build the proposed William States Lee nuclear power plant could be delayed by three years, the US regulator has stated.

Climate targets blown in Japan

Located in: Energy and Environment

01 August 2013

Government buildings, Tokyo (Guwashi999) 82x48Carbon dioxide intensity from Japan's electricity industry climbed again in FY2012, reaching levels 39% greater than when the country's nuclear reactors were operating normally, and taking the sector far beyond climate targets.

Ten more years for Bugey 4

Located in: Regulation and Safety

31 July 2013

Bugey (EDF)_48Bugey 4 has successfully completed a major periodic safety review, making it the fifth reactor that French nuclear safety regulators have approved for operation to the age of 40.

Japan revising fuel cycle safety rules

Located in: Regulation and Safety

25 July 2013

Draft safety requirements for nuclear fuel cycle facilities and research reactors have been approved by Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority. Meanwhile, restart inspections are to proceed at four power reactors.

Completion of Fukushima Daiichi 4 cover

Located in: Regulation and Safety

23 July 2013

Fukushima Daiichi 4 cover completion 48Construction work on a structure to cover the reactor building of Fukushima Daiichi 4 has been completed. Equipment to enable used fuel removal will now be installed.

Election win maintains reactor restart policy

Located in: Nuclear Policies

22 July 2013

Plans to restart Japan's idled nuclear power reactors remain on track after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's pro-nuclear ruling coalition secured a majority in the upper house of parliament in elections yesterday.

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