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New system to keep fuel pools cool

Located in: Regulation and Safety

26 May 2011

Spent fuel pool (Westinghouse)A stand-alone emergency fuel pool cooling system developed by Westinghouse would be able to keep spent fuel cool in emergencies including the loss of all plant power, the company claims.

Swiss cabinet goes for nuclear phase out

Located in: Nuclear Policies

25 May 2011

Beznau (Axpo)Nuclear development may be put on hold in Switzerland after a cabinet decision not to allow replacement of existing reactors. If the policy gets through parliament, the last nuclear energy could be generated in the mid-2030s.

Terrorism thrown out of nuclear 'stress tests'

Located in: Regulation and Safety

25 May 2011

Stress testing' of the European Union's 143 nuclear power reactors will not specifically include terrorism after that idea was rejected by national safety regulators.

Water and debris hamper Fukushima work

Located in: Regulation and Safety

23 May 2011

Fukushima Daiichi 1 - 20 May 2011 (Tepco)The accumulation of contaminated water and the existence of radioactive debris continue to hamper work to stabilize the reactors at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Meanwhile, South Korea and China have agreed to greater cooperation with Japan in nuclear safety and disaster control management.

Japanese reactor shutdowns threaten power shortages

Located in: Regulation and Safety

20 May 2011

Japan will face nationwide power shortages during the coming summer months unless reactors currently shut down for regulatory-mandated periodic inspections are allowed to resume operation, the head of the country's electric utility association has warned.

Trillion-yen cost of tsunami

Located in: Corporate

20 May 2011

Tepco share price, 20 May 2011Tokyo Electric Power Company announced the ¥1.02 trillion cost so far of reparations from natural disasters has pushed it to a ¥1.25 trillion ($15 billion) loss for the financial year just ended.

Cold shutdown a must for Fukushima return

Located in: Regulation and Safety

19 May 2011

Naoto Kan at the emergency response room, 13 May 2011The Japanese government has spoken of the future of nuclear power as well as its demands before people evacuated from near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant can return.

Blix: The world will still use nuclear

Located in: Industry Talk

19 May 2011

[AFP] The majority of the world will continue to use nuclear energy, recent events at Fukushima notwithstanding, according former International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general Hans Blix. In an interview with AFP, Blix said that the nuclear industry would adopt changes following on from the experiences at the Japanese plant, struck by the 11 March earthquake and tsunami, and in the process become better and safer. "Fukushima is a bump in the road and will also lead to a further strengthening of the safety of nuclear power," he said.

Images show tsunami impact

Located in: Regulation and Safety

19 May 2011

Tsunami impact 2, Fukushima Daiichi 11 March 2011The most dramatic pictures yet of the tsunami inundation at Fukushima Daiichi have been released today by Tokyo Electric Power Company.

British, Finnish and German nuclear safety reports

Located in: Regulation and Safety

18 May 2011

LoviisaSafety authorities of three European countries have concluded that there is no reason to shut down nuclear plants as a response to the Fukushima accident, despite varying political views on the technology.


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