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Uranium producers prepare for market recovery

Located in: Uranium and Fuel

02 May 2017

Some of the world's leading uranium miners last week described major changes they have made in response to the protracted downturn in uranium prices. At the same time, they are positioning themselves for an expected pickup in demand.

Decommissioning plans approved for five Japanese units

Located in: Waste and Recycling

19 April 2017

Decommissioning plans for five Japanese reactors officially taken out of service in April 2015 have today been approved by the country's nuclear regulator. The plans outline the facilities and equipment to be dismantled and a timetable for completing the work.

Nuclear's fate in Japan depends on public acceptance

Located in: Nuclear Policies

12 April 2017

Japan's continued use of nuclear power requires the public to be informed about the importance of the energy source and for its confidence in the industry to be restored, according to Japan Atomic Industrial Forum chairman Takashi Imai.

Civil construction completed at fifth Hongyanhe unit

Located in: New Nuclear

12 April 2017

Hongyanhe 5 dome installation - 48Major civil engineering works have been completed at unit 5 of the Hongyanhe nuclear power plant in China's Liaoning province with the installation of the dome of its containment building. China Nuclear Industry 23 Construction Company Limited (CNI23) has announced that the operation to raise the dome - measuring 37 metres in diameter and 11m in height and weighing about 180 tonnes - and place it upon the containment building was completed at 7.02am today.

EnBW clear to decommission Philippsburg 1

Located in: Waste and Recycling

11 April 2017

Philippsburg plant - 48The Baden-Württemberg ministry of environment has issued German utility EnBW a permit to decommission and dismantle unit 1 of its Philippsburg nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, dismantling of unit 1 at its Neckarwestheim plant has now officially begun.

EDF defies Fessenheim shutdown order

Located in: Nuclear Policies

07 April 2017

Fessenheim plant - 48EDF's board of directors yesterday voted against the imminent closure of the Fessenheim nuclear power plant in eastern France, as demanded by the current government. The company said it intends to comply with previously announced legal requirements regarding the plant's continued operation.

Russia seeks closer nuclear ties with Japan

Located in: Nuclear Policies

06 April 2017

Russia is ready to build "effective and full-scale" cooperation with Japan in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy to harness the innovations of Russian scientists, Alexey Likhachov, director-general of state nuclear corporation Rosatom said this week. Likhachov began a working visit to Japan on 4 April, where he said in an interview with the Japan Times that cooperation between the two countries was "becoming an urgent necessity".

Japanese fuel fabrication plant cleared for restart

Located in: Regulation and Safety

06 April 2017

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has approved the restart of Global Nuclear Fuel-Japan's fuel fabrication plant in Yokosuka in Kanagawa Prefecture. Last month the regulator concluded the facility meets revised safety standards.

Decommissioning work set to start at Biblis

Located in: Waste and Recycling

31 March 2017

Biblis plant - 48Permits to decommission Germany's Biblis nuclear power plant are to be issued to RWE Power following approval of its plans by the ministry of the environment in the state of Hesse. The operation to dismantle the two reactors is expected to take about 15 years.

Nuclear regulation is unique: a Canadian perspective

Located in: Viewpoint

30 March 2017

The international nuclear regulatory community is unique among the world's regulatory communities. Through adherence to international conventions and standards, participation in international organisations, peer reviews and benchmarking activities, and continuous lessons learned from best practices, the international nuclear regulatory community is committed to collaboration and transparency in the interests of safety and security, writes Jason Cameron.

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