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Gradual growth in US support for nuclear

Located in: Nuclear Policies

24 September 2012

Support for nuclear energy in the USA is gradually approaching pre-Fukushima levels, a new public opinion poll shows. Some 65% of Americans now favour the use of nuclear, compared with 71% before the accident.

New Japanese regulator takes over

Located in: Regulation and Safety

19 September 2012

New Japanese regulators at Fukushima 48A new nuclear regulatory regime came into force in Japan today. The Nuclear Regulation Authority has been created in response to shortcomings identified in the country's previous regulatory structure after the Fukushima accident.

Japan puts off nuclear policy commitment

Located in: Nuclear Policies

19 September 2012

The Japanese government has already stalled on its nuclear phase-out policy, with prime minister Yoshihiko Noda explaining that 'flexibility' remains important when facing 'a variety of uncertainties.'

Stronger ties join IAEA and WANO

Located in: Regulation and Safety

18 September 2012

IAEA-WANO MOU (Dean Calma/IAEA)_48Two organizations dedicated to cooperation in the use of nuclear energy have agreed to work more closely together to support the safe and reliable operation of nuclear power plants worldwide.

Data on Fukushima radiation monitoring

Located in: Regulation and Safety

18 September 2012

A mass of data on radioactive emissions from the Fukushima nuclear accident has been made available by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

'Innovative' strategy to end Japanese nuclear

Located in: Nuclear Policies

14 September 2012

Yoshihiko_Noda_14_September_2012_(x48).jpgJapan has confirmed a goal of ending nuclear power generation in the 2030s. The new strategy is based on respect for the will of the Japanese people, but slashes environmental targets to perhaps as little as a 10% reduction in CO2 by 2030.

Tepco launches reformation

Located in: Corporate

13 September 2012

A former head of the US nuclear regulator is to join one of two special advisory bodies tasked by Japanese utility Tepco with reforming the company's management and safety culture.

Restoration plans for Fukushima area

Located in: Regulation and Safety

04 September 2012

Plans to enable residents to rebuild their lives in certain evacuation zones around the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant have been announced by Japan's Reconstruction Agency. In addition to decontamination work and the restoration of infrastructure, the ten-year plan calls for the creation of jobs in the area.

Fukushima lessons discussed

Located in: Regulation and Safety

03 September 2012

Second CNS meeting at IAEA 48Representatives from over sixty countries met at the International Atomic Energy Agency's headquarters in Vienna last week to analyse the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan and to discuss the lessons learned from it. Their findings could lead to amendments to the Convention on Nuclear Safety.

Ownership issues block Unistar licence

Located in: New Nuclear

31 August 2012

Unistar Nuclear Energy is ineligible to obtain a licence to construct a new nuclear power plant at Calvert Cliffs as it remains wholly-owned by a foreign corporation, a licensing board of the US nuclear regulator has ruled. Owner EDF of France has been given 60 days to show progress in its search for a US partner for the project.

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