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Stress tests take on Fukushima lessons

Located in: Regulation and Safety

19 September 2011

European regulators have been publishing progress reports on the program of stress tests being carried out at nuclear power plants in response to the Fukushima accident.

Siemens quits the nuclear game

Located in: Corporate

19 September 2011

Emsland (RWE)The head of German industrial giant Siemens has said the company will withdraw its remaining nuclear power offerings and leave the industry.

China's pause for thought

Located in: Regulation and Safety

16 September 2011

Yun Zhou"Fukushima made a huge impact on China's nuclear industry," Yun Zhou, a special consultant of Ux Consulting and research fellow at Harvard University, told the WNA Symposium. The country will rethink regulation before returning to full-speed build.

Reactor vendors sign up to code

Located in: Corporate

16 September 2011

The world's reactor vendors have come together to set up a code of conduct to ensure best practice in the export of nuclear power plants, especially to countries that are embarking on their nuclear power programs.

Accident mitigation - be prepared

Located in: Regulation and Safety

15 September 2011

George Felgate (WNA)The post-Fukushima nuclear industry needs to pay more attention to its preparedness to mitigate nuclear accidents as well as to accident prevention, according to the managing director of the World Association of Nuclear Operators.

WNA reports world market post Fukushima

Located in: Exploration and Nuclear Fuel

15 September 2011

Anne Chauvin at WNAWorld nuclear fuel markets are likely to suffer very little noticeable impact from events at Fukushima, according to the latest edition of the World Nuclear Association (WNA) biennial supply and demand report.

Amano: New nuclear remains on the agenda

Located in: Nuclear Policies

13 September 2011

Amano - IAEA board meeting August 2011The worldwide use of nuclear energy will continue to grow despite the Fukushima Daiichi accident, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, told a meeting of its Board of Governors. Non-proliferation concerns remain in some countries, he noted.

Noda promises reactor restarts

Located in: Nuclear Policies

13 September 2011

Frame for Fukushima 1 cover (Tepco)Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda has promised that operations will restart at nuclear power plants currently undergoing safety inspections, but said the country must aim to reduce its reliance on nuclear in the longer term.

Edano takes over at METI

Located in: Industry Talk

12 September 2011

Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda has announced the appointment of Yukio Edano as minister for trade and industry. He replaces Yoshio Hachiro, who resigned after only eight days at the helm of the Ministry for Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) following insensitive comments and jokes made to reporters while visiting the area affected by the Fukushima nuclear accident. Edano was chief cabinet secretary under Japan's previous prime minister, Naoto Kan, and is well versed in nuclear issues having acted as the government's chief spokesman during the crisis at the nuclear plant.

UK nuclear support still growing

Located in: Nuclear Policies

09 September 2011

Support for the use of nuclear energy is increasing in the UK, an independent study has found - but support is stronger amongst men than women.


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