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Cleaning up Fukushima City

Located in: Regulation and Safety

14 December 2012

Fukushima_City_house_48Decontamination work is accelerating in Fukushima City but a huge task remains with over 100,000 homes still to be treated.

Three Chinese reactor projects underway

Located in: New Nuclear

13 December 2012

Construction of three new Chinese reactors has started since the country's announcement in October that it would approve only a 'small number' of projects in each of the coming five years.

Germany faces multibillion-Euro grid bill

Located in: Energy and Environment

12 December 2012

The massive expansion of Germany's electricity networks to cope with the country's transition away from nuclear to a high share of renewable energy will require investments of up to €42.5 billion ($55.4 billion) by 2030, according to a newly released study.

Hitachi robot to tackle Fukushima rubble

Located in: Corporate

11 December 2012

Hitachi_ASTACO-SoRa 48A new robot is set to join the Fukushima Daiichi cleanup effort. Hitachi's newly unveiled ASTACO-SoRa compact heavy-duty robot will start work removing rubble at the site from 2013.

UN approves radiation advice

Located in: Regulation and Safety

10 December 2012

The United Nations is to adopt advice on radiation that clarifies what can be said about its health effects on individuals and large populations. A preliminary report has also found no observable health effects from last year's nuclear accident in Fukushima.

Japan sees emissions rise

Located in: Energy and Environment

10 December 2012

Futtsu LNG plant (Tepco)_48Increased use of fossil fuels for power generation was the main driving force behind a rise in Japanese greenhouse gas emissions for 2011, even though the country saw a fall in manufacturing output.

Nuclear and hydro the core of sustainability

Located in: Energy and Environment

05 December 2012

The most sustainable national power systems in the world combine nuclear with hydro for mass low-carbon generation, a World Energy Council study shows.

EdF, Enel part company

Located in: Corporate

05 December 2012

Italian power company Enel is to terminate its participation in EdF's French EPR projects including its 12.5% stake in Flamanville 3, citing economic considerations and Italian policy on nuclear energy as reasons behind its decision.

Seven more years for Hinkley and Hunterston B

Located in: Regulation and Safety

04 December 2012

Hunterston B (Richard Webb)-48UK utility EDF Energy is to extend by seven years the life of four of its Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors - two each at Hinkley Point B and Hunterston B.

Flamanville costs up €2 billion

Located in: New Nuclear

04 December 2012

Flamanville Sept 2012 (A Morin/EDF)_48France's first EPR is still on schedule for operation in 2016 but factors including new regulatory requirements and lessons learned from Fukushima have pushed the calculated costs of the project up.


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