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Second-chance in plutonium consultation

Located in: Waste and Recycling

01 March 2012

Prism (GE-Hitachi) 47x48An appeal for "alternative approaches" to managing plutonium has come from the UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, despite extensive consultations on the matter and ongoing support for its inclusion in MOX fuel. The Prism reactor concept was offered last year as one such option.

US, Belgium polls show different stances

Located in: Nuclear Policies

27 February 2012

Support for nuclear energy in the USA has increased slightly in the past five months, but still remains lower than pre-Fukushima levels, a new public opinion poll shows. Meanwhile, a survey in Belgium has found that while most people are in favour of nuclear energy, they want less of it.

Singh: Foreign groups behind anti-nuclear protest

Located in: Nuclear Policies

24 February 2012

Kudankulam 69x48Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh has said that groups protesting the start-up of two new reactors at Kudankulam don't understand the energy situation in India and are based in foreign countries. 

French minister in Fukushima

Located in: Nuclear Policies

22 February 2012

Besson at Fukushima 64x48The revival of the Japanese nuclear sector will depend on the efforts of workers at Fukushima Daiichi, French industry and energy minister Eric Besson said during a visit to the site.

US industry buys more emergency equipment

Located in: Regulation and Safety

22 February 2012

The US nuclear industry has adopted an initiative to procure additional on-site portable equipment so that every commercial nuclear facility in the country can respond safely to extreme events.

Last Kansai reactor goes off line

Located in: Nuclear Policies

21 February 2012

Takahama_(Eunheui)_48Only two of Japan's nuclear power reactors now remain in operation after Kansai Electric Power Company's Takahama unit 3 entered a scheduled inspection outage.

Summit for a Franco-British nuclear industry

Located in: Nuclear Policies

17 February 2012

Britain and France have again reaffirmed their enthusiasm for nuclear power, declaring their desire to see a joint nuclear industry emerge. The European neighbours also plan to cooperate in response to nuclear emergencies and assist other countries to follow their lead.

US committed to nuclear, Chu tells Vogtle workers

Located in: Nuclear Policies

16 February 2012

Chu at Vogtle 71x48The Obama Administration is "committed to doing our part to help jumpstart America's nuclear industry," US energy secretary Steven Chu said during a visit to the Vogtle site in Georgia, where construction of two new reactors is due to start soon. He highlighted the steps that the Administration is taking to restart the country's nuclear industry.

Japanese stress test results approved

Located in: Regulation and Safety

13 February 2012

Ohi 66x48Japan's nuclear safety regulator has endorsed the results of stress tests at two idled nuclear power reactors, clearing the way for their possible restart. Meanwhile, a sharp rise in the temperature recorded in unit 2 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant could be the result of a faulty thermometer.

French players agree terms of engagement

Located in: Corporate

13 February 2012

French nuclear fuel giant Areva and nuclear generator EDF have announced a long-term partnership agreement covering the supply of natural uranium for France's nuclear plants from 2014 to 2030.

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