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WHO: Low radiation risk from Fukushima

Located in: Regulation and Safety

28 February 2013

Radioactivity released by the Fukushima accident posed a low risk to Japan's population, said the World Health Organisation. It expects no observable health effect in the wider population, but raised estimations of cancer risk for two towns.

New chief for WANO

Located in: Corporate

27 February 2013

Ken Ellis will take over as managing director of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) in April. He comes from a background of operations at Bruce Power in Canada.

Energiewende sees emissions rise

Located in: Energy and Environment

26 February 2013

Unterweser fotogrfiert von der Weser (75x48)German carbon dioxide emissions rose slightly in 2012 as the replacement of politically closed nuclear generation cost the country the opportunity to reduce emissions to a record low.

Shikoku joins rate hikers

Located in: Corporate

22 February 2013

A fifth Japanese nuclear utility has moved to raise its electricity tariffs in order to accommodate the cost of soaring liquid natural gas imports. Shikoku Electric Power company intends to increase household rates by 11% and commercial rates by 17.5%

Clear view in unit 3's pool

Located in: Regulation and Safety

22 February 2013

Fukushima Daiichi 3 pond February 2013 a (64x48)A camera inspection of Fukushima Daiichi 3's used fuel pool has revealed no damage to stored fuel, but a huge amount of concrete sediment on the racks.

New regulations approach in Japan

Located in: Regulation and Safety

21 February 2013

Japan's new nuclear regulations could demand that operators are prepared to avoid an accident even in the case of war or deliberate aircraft impact. Draft rules are at the first public comment stage.

MHI's Super-Giraffe robot reaches new heights

Located in: Corporate

20 February 2013

Super Giraffe 48A remote-controlled robot that enables work to be conducted at heights up to eight metres has been developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). It is the latest to be built to help clean-up work at Fukushima Daiichi.

Trillion-euro cost of German energy transition

Located in: Nuclear Policies

20 February 2013

Germany's plan to transform its energy system to one reliant on renewable power as it phases out nuclear energy could cost up to €1 trillion, German energy and environment minister Peter Altmaier has publicly admitted. Feed-in tariffs supporting renewable energy could account for over two-thirds of the cost.

Japan-Kazakhstan cooperation moves to next level

Located in: New Nuclear

19 February 2013

A new memorandum of understanding signed by two Japanese companies and Kazakhstan's national nuclear centre will see technical cooperation towards the introduction of a nuclear power plant in Kazakhstan taken to the next level.

Bumper uranium year for Areva

Located in: Uranium and Fuel

18 February 2013

Trekkopje 482012 saw French nuclear company Areva achieve record uranium production of 9760 tU, enabling the company to retain its place as the world's second-largest corporate uranium producer.

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