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Noda promises reactor restarts

Located in: Nuclear Policies

13 September 2011

Frame for Fukushima 1 cover (Tepco)Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda has promised that operations will restart at nuclear power plants currently undergoing safety inspections, but said the country must aim to reduce its reliance on nuclear in the longer term.

Edano takes over at METI

Located in: Industry Talk

12 September 2011

Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda has announced the appointment of Yukio Edano as minister for trade and industry. He replaces Yoshio Hachiro, who resigned after only eight days at the helm of the Ministry for Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) following insensitive comments and jokes made to reporters while visiting the area affected by the Fukushima nuclear accident. Edano was chief cabinet secretary under Japan's previous prime minister, Naoto Kan, and is well versed in nuclear issues having acted as the government's chief spokesman during the crisis at the nuclear plant.

UK nuclear support still growing

Located in: Nuclear Policies

09 September 2011

Support for the use of nuclear energy is increasing in the UK, an independent study has found - but support is stronger amongst men than women.

Nuclear regulation bill introduced to Indian parliament

Located in: Regulation and Safety

09 September 2011

A bill to set up a new national nuclear authority and other regulatory bodies to oversee radiation and nuclear safety has been introduced to India's lower house, the Lok Sabha.

Spain honours Heroes of Fukushima

Located in: Regulation and Safety

08 September 2011

Fukushima Daiichi workers (Tepco)Spain has recognized the bravery and dedication of the workers who helped bring the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident under control by awarding them the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord.

Fukushima third reactor temperature down

Located in: Regulation and Safety

06 September 2011

Core spray system (Tepco)The operation of a core spray has helped to bring the temperature of Fukushima Daiichi 3 below 100ºC - the benchmark for cold shutdown.

Indian nuclear review selects improvements

Located in: Regulation and Safety

06 September 2011

India's 18 pressurized heavy water reactors have inherent strengths that would help them to cope with the consequences of unexpected natural events, but its two boiling water reactors will need further safety enhancements, according to a report prepared for India's nuclear regulator.

Nuclear still cost competitive in Japan, study says

Located in: Energy and Environment

02 September 2011

The costs of generating electricity using nuclear power plants in Japan, even taking into account the compensation costs related to the Fukushima Daiichi accident, still remain likely to be less than using fossil fuels, according to a new study.

Bolstering emergency preparedness at US plants

Located in: Regulation and Safety

31 August 2011

Davis-Besse (NRC)First Energy Nuclear Operating Company has begun construction of a new emergency operations facility for its Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Ohio. The move comes as the US nuclear regulator makes changes to emergency preparedness regulations.

Hathor holding tight to Roughrider

Located in: Uranium and Fuel

30 August 2011

Roughrider drillCanadian uranium exploration company Hathor Exploration, would-be developer of the Roughrider project, has urged its shareholders not to respond to an unsolicited takeover bid from uranium mining company Cameco.

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