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All cool at Fukushima pool

Located in: Regulation and Safety

02 July 2012

Ohi 66x48Tepco workers have dealt with a temporary loss of cooling systems at Fukushima Daiichi unit 4's used fuel pool. Meanwhile, Japan's first reactor to restart after the Fukushima accident has reached criticality.

Bids in for new Temelin units

Located in: New Nuclear

02 July 2012

MIR1200 Temelin bid 48Three previously approved reactor vendors have today submitted their bids to Czech utility CEZ for the contract to build two more units at the Temelin nuclear power plant. A new public opinion poll has found strong support for their construction.

Orders given for 'hard core' France

Located in: Regulation and Safety

29 June 2012

French authorities have laid out the improvements they want to see from the country's nuclear operators to ensure safety in case of extreme natural disasters like those that led to the accident at Fukushima Daiichi.

Utilities reject calls to abandon nuclear

Located in: Corporate

29 June 2012

Japan's nine nuclear power utilities have rejected calls from some of their shareholders to reduce or even eliminate the use of nuclear energy. Tokyo Electric Power Co's shareholders approved a ¥1 trillion ($12.5 billion) injection of state funds which effectively nationalizes the company.

Jaczko probe concludes

Located in: Regulation and Safety

27 June 2012

Gregory Jaczko did not exceed his authority as chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission during the Fukushima crisis, although he intimidated staff and gave 'inconsistent' evidence to a Congressional hearing, an investigation has concluded.

Apec recognition for nuclear role

Located in: Energy and Environment

26 June 2012

Apec ministers (Apec)_48Asia-Pacific countries must work together to ensure that nuclear power can continue its important role in the region's energy mix despite the experiences of Fukushima, according to a declaration from energy ministers.

British businesses remain hungry for nuclear

Located in: Nuclear Policies

25 June 2012

The appetite of UK business leaders for new nuclear generating capacity has not diminished, despite the Fukushima accident, a poll conducted by the Institute of Directors (IoD) of its members shows. The IoD has published a report calling nuclear energy a "clean, cheap and safe" way of generating electricity.

Further protection for Fukushima fuel pool

Located in: Regulation and Safety

22 June 2012

Fukushima Daiichi unit 4 fuel pool cover 48A new cover has been installed over the used fuel pool of unit 4 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The cover will provide additional protection from the weather and prevent debris from the roof of the reactor building falling into the pool.

NRC reactor licensing decisions challenged

Located in: Regulation and Safety

20 June 2012

Pilgrim 73x48The attorney general of the state of Massachusetts has filed an appeal with a US court against the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC's) decision to relicense the Pilgrim nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, environmental groups are calling on the NRC to delay final reactor licensing decisions until it has studied the environmental impacts of its policy for on-site used fuel storage.

Ohi reactors cleared for restart

Located in: Regulation and Safety

18 June 2012

Permission to restart the first two of Japan's idled fleet of nuclear power reactors has been given by the prime minister following approvals from local municipal and prefectural authorities. Units 3 and 4 of the Ohi plant are both expected to be back at full power by the end of next month.

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