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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.

German utilities count cost of phaseout

Located in: Corporate

10 November 2011

Isar 2 switchyard (EOn)RWE and EOn have both cited the country's nuclear power phaseout as a major factor behind falling incomes in their third-quarter results, with the curtailed lifespan of German plants plus the government's nuclear fuel tax costing billions of euros.

Bold changes needed, IEA proclaims

Located in: Energy and Environment

09 November 2011

An insecure, inefficient and high carbon energy system will exist in 2035 unless radical changes take place, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warns in the latest edition of its World Energy Outlook report.

Japan, France consider nuclear power costs

Located in: Nuclear Policies

08 November 2011

The cost of generating electricity with nuclear power plants could rise by as much as ¥1.60 ($0.02) per kilowatt-hour if the risk of a serious accident is factored in, according to the Japan Atomic Energy Commission. Meanwhile, a French utility group has warned that cutting France's dependency on nuclear energy would be an expensive option.


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