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IAEA publishes new emergency preparedness standards

27 November 2015

IAEA_GSR7_workshop_(Castillo-IAEA)_48New safety requirements on nuclear emergency preparedness and response published by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) incorporate lessons learned and developments since 2002, including lessons from Fukushima.

Hunterston B 'cracks' appear as expected in unit 3

19 November 2015

Hunterston_B_(EDF_Energy)_48EDF Energy has found cracks in three of the graphite bricks in unit 3 of its Hunterston B nuclear power plant in North Ayrshire, Scotland. Similar cracks were found in October last year in two of the graphite bricks of unit 4. In both cases, the company said the cracks have no safety implications.

Technical cooperation for South African and Chinese regulators

17 November 2015

SA-China_regulator_agreement_(NNR)_48 The national nuclear regulators of South Africa and China have signed a bilateral technical cooperation agreement which will see them share information on regulatory activities.

Japanese regulator approves full reactor licences

20 November 2015

Sendai - 48 (JAIF)Three Japanese reactors have approval to operate for their full licence periods of 40 years after decisions by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA). One of the units - Sendai 2 - is already in operation, the other two - Takahama 3 and 4 - are soon to restart.

Electrabel prepares restart of Doel 3 and Tihange 2

18 November 2015

Belgium's Federal Agency for Nuclear Control yesterday announced it had approved the restart of the Doel 3 and Tihange 2 nuclear power plant units. Operator of the plants, Electrabel, said the regulator had concluded that "it is totally safe" to bring the reactors back into operation, following investigations into manufacturing flaws in their pressure vessels.

Major work required at Rokkasho for new regulations

17 November 2015

Completion of Japan's Rokkasho reprocessing plant and mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel factory have been postponed by around two years as work continues to comply with new safety requirements.