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Japanese reactors await restart approvals

Located in: Regulation and Safety

16 January 2012

While reviews of initial stress test results for Japanese reactors are progressing, it could still be several months before the first restart approval comes. The shutdown of unit 2 of the Ikata nuclear power plant for a periodic inspection means that only five of the country's 54 power reactors are now in operation.

Stuttgart court upholds nuclear fuel tax

Located in: Corporate

16 January 2012

After two legal rejections Germany's nuclear fuel tax has been supported by a regional court in the latest episode of a complex legal battle that looks set to continue for years.

Post-Fukushima era begins for France

Located in: Regulation and Safety

04 January 2012

EDF's fleet of 58 reactors needs upgrades 'as quickly as possible' to be sufficiently robust in extreme situations, said France's nuclear safety regulator.

Nuclear numbers down despite connections

Located in: New Nuclear

03 January 2012

Control room at Ling Ao II-2 (Image: CGNPC)Six new nuclear power reactors were connected to the world's electricity grids in 2011, adding over 4000 MWe of generation capacity. Thirteen units were closed permanently, all but one as a direct result of the accident at Fukushima Daiichi.

Fault lines in Japanese nuclear regime

Located in: Regulation and Safety

30 December 2011

The Japanese government's response as the Fukushima nuclear accident developed saw flawed organisation and communication, while the site was inadequately prepared and operators made mistakes.

Fukushima units enter decommissioning phase

Located in: Waste and Recycling

21 December 2011

Fukushima debris removal (Tepco)A roadmap setting out the mid- to long-term activities needed for the decommissioning of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi reactors has been released. The plan envisages decommissioning activities being completed within 30 to 40 years.

Japanese study underlines nuclear cost advantages

Located in: Energy and Environment

19 December 2011

New cost estimates for nuclear power generation in Japan are over 50% higher than previous figures, but are still comparable to costs for wind and geothermal generation and competitive with fossil fuels.

Washington airs NRC grievances

Located in: Regulation and Safety

16 December 2011

The leadership issues consuming the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission have been played out in front of American lawmakers over two consecutive days but there is no real resolution in sight.

Cold comfort for Fukushima

Located in: Regulation and Safety

16 December 2011

Fukushima DaiichiCold shutdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has now been officially recognised, bringing to a close the 'accident' phase of events at the plant triggered by the 11 March tsunami.

Last stage of UK reactor licensing

Located in: Regulation and Safety

14 December 2011

Illustration of Hinkley Point CBritish nuclear safety regulators have granted interim acceptance to the Areva EPR and Westinghouse AP1000. About one more year of licensing work remains, however, before new build.

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