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Report highlights impact of US nuclear plant closures

Energy and Environment

17 April 2018

Davis-Besse - 48The announced closure of four nuclear power plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania will lead to increased emissions of carbon dioxide and air pollutants, according to a report released by the Brattle Group. The retirement of the Beaver Valley, Davis-Besse, Perry and Three Mile Island plants will also mean higher electricity costs for residents, and the loss of thousands of jobs.

Canadian isotope reactor enters retirement

Regulation and Safety

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.

Shikoku decides to retire Ikata 2


27 March 2018

Ikata plant - 48Unit 2 of the Ikata nuclear power plant in Japan's Ehime prefecture is to be decommissioned, Shikoku Electric Power Company announced today. It becomes the ninth operable Japanese reactor to be declared for decommissioning since the Fukushima Daiichi accident.

Uranium should be on government agenda, ERA says

Uranium and Fuel

12 April 2018

Ranger_uranium_ore_stockpiles_(ERA)-48The chairman of Energy Resources of Australia has called on Australian governments to embrace the potential to expand the country's uranium mining industry and be prepared for an expansion in nuclear power generation worldwide.

Regulator approves Monju decommissioning plan

Waste and Recycling

28 March 2018

Monju FBR - 48The Japanese nuclear regulator has approved the Japan Atomic Energy Agency's plans for decommissioning the Monju prototype fast breeder reactor. JAEA submitted the plan - which had earlier been approved by a government-appointed team - to the Nuclear Regulation Authority in December last year.

Pipe robot aids enrichment plant decommissioning

Waste and Recycling

22 March 2018

RadPiper_launch_(CMU)-48A pair of autonomous robots, developed by Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute to characterise uranium deposits in process pipes, could save tens of millions of dollars in decommissioning costs at the USA's former gaseous diffusion enrichment plants.