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Update issued on UK GDA progress

Located in: New Nuclear

27 October 2011

Illustration of Hinkley Point CUK regulators continue to anticipate issuing interim approvals by the end of the year, according to the latest quarterly report on the progress of the UK's Generic Design Assessment (GDA) for the AP1000 and UK EPR reactors.

New president for WANO

Located in: Industry Talk

25 October 2011

Vladimir Asmolov has been elected as the new president of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO). The Rosenergoatom deputy director was voted in during WANO's biennial general meeting in Shenzhen, China. He succeeds China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Co chairman He Yu in the post, and will serve a nominal two-year term. During the course of the meeting, WANO members have approved a series of wide-ranging new commitments to nuclear safety and pledged support for the recommendations developed by the organisation's post-Fukushima commission. WANO is a non-profit member organisation established in 1989, bringing together every company in the world that operates nuclear power facilities. Its sole mission is to help its members to achieve the highest levels of operational safety and reliability.

TVA to manage Watts Bar 2 project

Located in: New Nuclear

20 October 2011

Watts Bar (TVA)Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is to assume management oversight for the project to complete unit 2 at the Watts Bar nuclear power plant from contractor Bechtel.

Fukushima units on target for cold shutdown

Located in: Regulation and Safety

18 October 2011

Completed Fukushima Daiichi 1 coverUnits 1 to 3 at the Fukushima Daiichi plant are all on track to be declared in cold shutdown by the end of the year, in line with the schedule set in the restoration roadmap, according to plant owner Tokyo Electric Power Company.

IAEA urges pragmatic clean-up

Located in: Regulation and Safety

14 October 2011

An international expert mission has advised the Japanese government to avoid "over-conservatism" in its efforts to remediate large areas of contaminated land around the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

EPC contract signed for Tianwan Phase II

Located in: New Nuclear

13 October 2011

Tianwan (CNNC)The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract has been signed for the second phase of the Tianwan nuclear power plant by two China National Nuclear Corporation subsidiaries.

UK nuclear safety culture strong, regulator says

Located in: Regulation and Safety

11 October 2011

Mike Weightman at Fukushima Daini, May 2011 (Greg Webb/IAEA)The UK's chief nuclear regulator's final report on implications of the Fukushima Daiichi accident has found no fundamental safety weaknesses in the country's nuclear industry but says it can become even safer by learning lessons from Japan's experience.

Clean-up in Fukushima

Located in: Regulation and Safety

05 October 2011

The effort to decontaminate the area around Fukushima Daiichi is gathering pace with the goal of enabling the return of residents evacuated some six months ago.

US support for nuclear power remains high

Located in: Nuclear Policies

04 October 2011

Six months after the accident at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant, two-thirds of those questioned in a new US public opinion poll continue to support the use of nuclear energy.

Evacuation advisories lifted in Fukushima towns

Located in: Industry Talk

30 September 2011

The Japanese government has lifted an evacuation advisory for five municipalities located between 20 and 30 kilometres from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The advisory covers Hirono town, Naraha town, Kawauchi village, Tamura city and Minamisoma city, all within Fukushima prefecture. Although the government had earlier advised people in those areas to be prepared to stay indoors or leave their homes should the situation at the damaged nuclear reactors deteriorate, some 28,500 residents - about half the population - had chosen to leave anyway. The five municipalities have already submitted their respective plans for decontaminating the areas and restoring key infrastructure. The lifting of the advisory marks the first time that the government has revoked an evacuation-related designation since the accident began. With the damaged reactors becoming more stable and radiation levels having decreased, the government aims to allow more people from evacuated areas to return home permanently. At present nobody is allowed to live within 20 kilometres of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, while people living up to 30 kilometres away have been told to be prepared to evacuate. In addition, some other areas, such as Itate village, have been evacuated due to radiation dose rates over 20 millisieverts per year.

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