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Review process for Belgian reactor restarts

30 October 2014

The Belgium's nuclear regulator has outlined a two-step review process for Electrabel's safety case report for the restart of the Doel 3 and Tihange 2 reactors. The reactors have been offline since 2012 because of concerns of defects in their reactor pressure vessels.

Russia's fast reactor project moves forward

28 October 2014

The Volga Interregional Department for Supervision over Nuclear and Radiation Safety, a specialist commission of Russian regulator Rostechnadzor, has completed its checks of information submitted as part of the licence application for building a nuclear research facility with the multi-purpose fast neutron reactor, or MBIR by its Russian acronym.

Leak at Metropolis contained by sprays

27 October 2014

Honeywell's uranium conversion plant at Metropolis, Illinois suffered a leak late on 26 October which plant operators said was contained by prompt action and water sprays.

Satsumasendai town approves Sendai restart

28 October 2014

The municipal government of the Japanese town of Satsumasendai has given its approval for the restart of the nearby Sendai nuclear power plant. Approval is still required from the regulator, as well as the prefectural and national governments before the plant can begin operating again.

Sendai restart now in regulator's hands

27 October 2014

Sendai 48Japan's first reactor restart is moving to the end of the regulatory phase. Kyushu Electric Power Company has now submitted all the documentation to restart Sendai units 1 and 2 and a final decision lies with the Nuclear Regulation Authority.

First US on-site emergency equipment facility completed

27 October 2014

North Anna Flex dome 48Construction has been completed of a "beyond design" dome at Dominion's North Anna nuclear power plant in Virginia. The dome - which will house emergency equipment and supplies - is the first of its kind in the USA.