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Swiss decommissioning costs rising

Located in: Waste and Recycling

24 November 2011

Switzerland will face costs of CHF 20.654 billion ($22.455 billion) to close down and decommission its nuclear power plants according to newly released figures. The amount is 10% higher than earlier projections.

Fukushima town re-elects mayor

Located in: Industry Talk

22 November 2011

Residents of the town closest to the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan have re-elected a mayor who wants to rebuild the community, rejecting a candidate who advocated permanent relocation. Mayoral and prefectural elections in the Fukushima prefecture were rescheduled from April in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region in March. Two candidates stood for election as mayor in Okuma, which was at the beginning of the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant: Toshitsuna Watanabe, the existing mayor who is keen to rebuild the town, and Jin Kowata, who advocated the relocation of the entire population of 11,500. Watanabe was re-elected by 3451 votes to 2343 in a poll with a turnout of just over 68%. According to the town's website, nearly 8000 evacuees from Okuma are still in the Fukushima prefecture. All evacuees were eligible to vote in the election.

Russia joins forces with France and Vietnam

Located in: Nuclear Policies

21 November 2011

Fillon and Putin ( and French leaders have signed a wide-ranging declaration on nuclear energy cooperation as Russia's first foreign-equity nuclear power plant advances with a construction licence. Meanwhile, Russia also signed a credit agreement for another nuclear power plant in Vietnam.

Hard core safety for French nuclear

Located in: Regulation and Safety

18 November 2011

France's nuclear installations are confirmed as being safe - but nevertheless an expert report submitted to the safety regulator is urging the adoption of a set of 'hard core' safety requirements to ensure facilities remain stable in the event of beyond-design basis external events.

European iodine mystery solved

Located in: Regulation and Safety

17 November 2011

The cause of trace detection of radioactive iodine-131 in Europe has been identified as 'most probably' a release from a Hungarian factory making medical isotopes.

Driving on with Fukushima roadmap

Located in: Regulation and Safety

17 November 2011

Fukushima devastation (Tepco)Six of ten stabilisation goals at Fukushima Daiichi are complete, with official recognition of cold shutdown still outstanding despite low core temperatures.

Nuclear has role in sustainable mix

Located in: Energy and Environment

16 November 2011

A new report by the World Energy Council into countries' energy policies has determined that a mixture of generating technologies and strategies is best for ensuring sustainable energy production.

Nuclear a pawn in Belgian politics

Located in: Nuclear Policies

16 November 2011

Belgian flagIn pursuit of a functioning government Belgium has reversed a 2009 agreement and proposed a crippling tax on nuclear power, leading to threats of court action.

IAEA on Fukushima clean-up

Located in: Regulation and Safety

15 November 2011

Japan has been advised not to be overly conservative in its decontamination of areas affected by the Fukushima accident. Its work so far has been good but it should focus squarely on effective reduction of radiation dose.

Stress test results in for Ikata 3

Located in: Regulation and Safety

14 November 2011

Ikata (Shikoku)Shikoku Electric Power Co has submitted the results of the first part of the two-step stress tests for unit 3 of its Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime prefecture. It is the second Japanese utility to submit a stress test result.

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