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UK addresses regulator funds for safeguards role

12 February 2018

Richard Harrington, parliamentary under-secretary of state at the UK's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has given notice of the department's intention to seek an advance from the Contingencies Fund to provide financial cover to the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

US groups call for regulatory streamlining

26 January 2018

Byron_(NRC-Exelon)-48US industry groups have submitted a white paper setting out recommendations on how the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission can streamline licensing of advanced reactors. Meanwhile, the US Nuclear Energy Institute has hailed an NRC decision that a voluntary industry initiative can effectively address an electrical system vulnerability as a "win" for regulatory streamlining.

Russian regulator approves start-up of Rostov 4

24 January 2018

Rostov unit 4 - 48Rostechnadzor, the Russian regulator, has issued a permit required for start-up operations at unit 4 of the Rostov nuclear power plant, state nuclear corporation Rosatom said yesterday. The unit is currently undergoing tests and a gradual increase in generating capacity, Rosatom said, adding that, based on the test results, a decision would be taken on the date the unit will be connected to the grid.

Unterweser gets decommissioning approval

07 February 2018

Unterweser - 48German utility PreussenElektra has announced that the decommissioning and dismantling of the Unterweser nuclear power plant can now start, following approval from the Lower Saxony Ministry of the Environment, Energy, Building and Climate Protection. The approval is pursuant to Section 7 (3) of Germany's Atomic Energy Act.

Le Creusot to resume manufacture of forgings

26 January 2018

Framatome said yesterday it had received approval from the French Nuclear Safety Authority and EDF to resume the manufacture of forgings for the French nuclear fleet at its Le Creusot site. The approval reflects the improvement plan launched at the site at the beginning of 2016, which Framatome said is now 90% complete and will be fully closed out in the first half of this year.

Tepco surveys interior of unit 2 containment vessel

19 January 2018

FD2 PCV survey - January 2018 - 48An internal investigation of the primary containment vessel of unit 2 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan was completed as scheduled today, Tokyo Electric Power Company has announced. The survey - using a suspended pan-tilt camera attached to a telescopic guiding pipe - identified deposits and fuel assembly components at the bottom of the pedestal area.