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Nuclear exports remain Japanese priority

Located in: Nuclear Policies

07 December 2011

Japan's lower house has approved four international nuclear cooperation agreements in a sign of commitment to nuclear exports.

Fukushima water leak plugged

Located in: Regulation and Safety

05 December 2011

Water around evaporative condenser (Tepco)Japanese nuclear regulators have ordered Tepco to investigate the cause of a leak from a plant used to treat contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Earthquake not a factor in Fukushima accident

Located in: Regulation and Safety

02 December 2011

The tsunami of 11 March was the 'direct cause' of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, concluded an official investigation report. It dismissed the idea that earthquake damage was a major factor in the accident.

New analysis of Fukushima core status

Located in: Regulation and Safety

30 November 2011

Click to enlargeA new analysis of the accident at Fukushima Daiichi indicates more extensive melting probably occurred at unit 1 than previously thought, although the predicted status of units 2 and 3 remains about the same.

Qinshan Phase II unit 4 grid connected

Located in: New Nuclear

30 November 2011

Qinshan II 4 grid connection (CNNC)Unit 4 of China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) Qinshan Phase II nuclear power plant was connected to the grid on 25 November – the second Chinese reactor to be connected this year. It is expected to enter commercial operation early in 2012.

Brussels considers nuclear regulation upgrade

Located in: Regulation and Safety

24 November 2011

The European Commission is happy with the progress of stress tests so far, it said in an interim report to the European Council and Parliament, while it has begun to think about recommendations for a "new European nuclear safety architecture.

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.

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