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Debris investigated in unit 3 pool

Located in: Regulation and Safety

17 October 2012

Fukushima Daiichi 3 fuel pool 48Fuel racks in the pool of Fukushima Daiichi 3 appear undamaged, despite impact by debris including large parts of a 35-tonne fuel handling machine over 18 months ago.

France needs more electricity, not less nuclear

Located in: Energy and Environment

15 October 2012

EDF chief Henri Proglio has positioned electricity as "the energy of the future" while the country prepares to debate an 'energy transition'.

Areva to mothball Trekkopje project

Located in: Uranium and Fuel

12 October 2012

Trekkopje 48The launch of the Trekkopje uranium mine in Namibia will be postponed until market conditions improve, Areva has announced. The project will enter a care and maintenance program at the end of 2012, which would allow it to be restarted at a later date.

Unit 1 containment vessel investigated

Located in: Regulation and Safety

11 October 2012

Fukushima Daiichi 1 - inside PCV 48An investigation is underway into the internal conditions of the primary containment vessel of the reactor at unit 1 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Tokyo Electric Power Company said that the water level in the vessel has been found to be higher than previously estimated.

New reactors still in Chugoku's plans

Located in: New Nuclear

09 October 2012

Chugoku Electric Power Co requested an extension to its licence for carrying out groundwork at the site of its planned Kaminoseki nuclear power plant in Yamaguchi prefecture. Although rejected, the move suggests the company still hopes to move forward with the project, despite the Japanese government recently saying that no new nuclear power plant construction projects would be approved.

Stress tests show room for EU improvement

Located in: Regulation and Safety

05 October 2012

Safety is generally good at Europe's nuclear power plants although nearly all need to make some improvements, according to the European Commission's formally released findings on the results of stress tests. Some regulators are not entirely happy with the way the Commission has drawn its conclusions.

Confusion over reactor restart approvals

Located in: Regulation and Safety

05 October 2012

Japan's newly established Nuclear Regulation Authority aims to have a new safety legal framework in place by July 2013 to enable the country's idled nuclear power reactors to restart. However, it is currently unclear who will ultimately be responsible for authorizing restarts.

Leaked report sparks stress test debate

Located in: Regulation and Safety

02 October 2012

A leaked copy of the European Commission's draft report on the findings from stress tests at all of Europe's nuclear power plants has sparked widespread media coverage.

Swiss energy strategy relies on imports and gas

Located in: Nuclear Policies

01 October 2012

Residents will see their electricity costs rise as Switzerland makes more use of fossil fuels on its way to phasing out nuclear power under the country's proposed new energy strategy.

Construction of Japanese reactor to resume

Located in: New Nuclear

01 October 2012

Ohma 48The Japan Electric Power Development Corp (J-Power) will resume construction of the Ohma nuclear power plant in Aomori prefecture. It will be the first Japanese nuclear construction project to restart since all such projects were suspended following the Fukushima accident.

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