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Early closure for Korea's oldest operating reactor

Corporate

15 June 2018

Wolsong 1 - 48Unit 1 of the Wolsong nuclear power plant will be retired prior to the expiration of its operating licence in 2022, Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power announced today as it also cancelled plans for four new reactors. The move is in line with the South Korean government's policy to phase out the use of nuclear energy.

ERA publishes closure plan for Ranger

Uranium and Fuel

06 June 2018

Ranger mine site in 2015 - 48Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) has released its closure plan for the Ranger uranium mine in Australia's Northern Territory. Under the existing authority from traditional land owners, mining and processing activities at Ranger must cease in January 2021, with final rehabilitation to be completed by January 2026.

Germany to compensate utilities for nuclear phaseout losses

Nuclear Policies

24 May 2018

The German cabinet has agreed to grant compensation of up to EUR1 billion (USD1.17 billion) to the utilities forced to shut down their nuclear power plants by the Energiewende, or energy transition, that the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel introduced in response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident in Japan in March 2011. At that time, Germany was obtaining around a quarter of its electricity from 17 nuclear reactors operated by EOn, RWE and Vattenfall.

Tepco likely to decommission Fukushima Daini units

Corporate

14 June 2018

Fukushima Daini NPP - 48The four reactors at the Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant in Japan are likely to be decommissioned, the president of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holding Inc (Tepco) today told the governor of Fukushima Prefecture. However, the company has yet to announce an official decision on the fate of the plant, close to the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Tepco frees up Fukushima Daiichi fuel storage space

Waste and Recycling

05 June 2018

Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has begun transferring some of the fuel assemblies currently stored in the communal fuel storage pool at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan to an on-site temporary dry storage facility. The company aims to clear sufficient space for the fuel assemblies held in unit 3's pool.

UK seeks to improve decommissioning policy

Waste and Recycling

10 May 2018

The UK government has launched an open consultation on the future regulation of nuclear sites in the final stages of decommissioning and clean-up. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said the consultation seeks to enable a "more flexible approach that can optimise waste management, thereby realising environmental benefits and reducing costs".