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Procedural errors led to WIPP release, say investigators

17 April 2015

The radiological event at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico in February 2014 resulted from shortcomings within both contractor and federal processes, the accident investigation board has concluded. The release, it said, was preventable.

Nuclenor confirms soundness of Garoña vessel

13 April 2015

Garona reactor 48Inspections of the reactor vessel of Spain's shut down Garoña nuclear power plant show that it is in good condition to operate safely when restarted, plant operator Nuclenor recently reported to the country's regulator.

Robot enters Fukushima Daiichi unit 1 containment vessel

10 April 2015

Snake robot in unit 1 PCV - 48UPDATED A shape-changing robot began surveying conditions within the primary containment vessel of the damaged unit 1 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant on 10 April. However, the robot stopped working before completing its mission.

Court halts restart of Takahama reactors

14 April 2015

The restart of units 3 and 4 of Kansai Electric Power Company's Takahama nuclear power plant, expected by the end of this year, has been blocked by a temporary injunction imposed by the Fukui District Court today. Kansai said it will appeal the ruling.

Chernobyl 1-3 enter decommissioning phase

13 April 2015

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine has officially entered the decommissioning phase, following approval by the country's nuclear regulator. The first phase of decommissioning is the so-called final shutdown and preservation stage, which is expected to take ten years.

Takahama 2 cleared for ten more years

09 April 2015

Takahama 48Unit 2 of Kansai Electric Power Company's Takahama nuclear power plant in Japan's Fukui prefecture has been granted a ten-year operating life extension by the country's nuclear regulator.