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Atucha 1 operating licence renewed

16 April 2018

Atucha 1 - 48Argentina's nuclear regulator has extended the operating licence of the Atucha 1 nuclear power reactor. The licence extension allows the 44-year-old 362 MWe (gross) pressurised heavy water reactor - the first nuclear power plant in Latin America - to operate until 2024.

Council formed to support Canadian isotope production

10 April 2018

Canadian science, health care and nuclear sector organisations have launched an initiative aiming to ensure the country remains a world leader in the production of medical isotopes following the final closure of the National Research Universal reactor. The Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council aims to raise awareness and support long-term policies at the domestic and international level.

Remote reactor monitoring project launched

28 March 2018

Watchman cutaway - 48An international multi-laboratory and university collaboration has been launched to develop detection hardware and algorithms to improve non-proliferation detector capabilities for remote monitoring of nuclear reactors. Its developers say the initial project will be the first demonstration of remote monitoring of individual reactor operations at a significant distance, using scalable water-based technology.

Regulator asks EDF to extend Flamanville weld checks

12 April 2018

Flamanville_EPR - 48EDF should consider extending checks on welds in the main secondary system of the EPR reactor under construction at Flamanville to other systems, the French nuclear safety regulator has said. Welding flaws were not detected during the manufacturing checks performed by subcontractors of Framatome but were identified during pre-service inspections by EDF prior to commissioning.

Canadian isotope reactor enters retirement

03 April 2018

NRU (AECL/Chalk River)_48Canada's National Research Universal - one of the largest and most versatile research reactors in the world - has been permanently shut down. The reactor at the Chalk River site ceased production in October 2016, but had since remained on standby.

France has robust nuclear security regime, says IAEA

27 March 2018

France has demonstrated a strong commitment to nuclear security, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. The Vienna-based agency carried out a two-week International Physical Protection Advisory Service follow-up mission at the French government's request.