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Oconee flood protection improvements complete

Regulation and Safety

20 June 2016

Oconee_(Duke)-48Eight years after requesting information on flood protection at the Oconee nuclear power plant, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has concluded that modifications carried out by Duke Energy would adequately protect the plant from a potential failure of a nearby dam.

Injunction remains on operation of Takahama reactors

Regulation and Safety

17 June 2016

Takahama 3 and 4 - 48The Otsu District Court has today upheld an injunction that has kept units 3 and 4 of Kansai Electric Power Company's Takahama nuclear power plant offline since March. The Japanese utility announced it will remove the fuel from the units.

Test run for Fukushima Daiichi 3 cover installation

Regulation and Safety

13 June 2016

Fukushima Daiichi 3 cover test run - 48In preparation for the installation of a fuel removal machine and a protective cover over unit 3 of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan, workers have carried out a practice run of installing roof modules onto the base of the fuel handling machine.

Takahama units cleared for extended operation

Regulation and Safety

20 June 2016

Takahama 48The Japanese nuclear regulator has today approved the operation of units 1 and 2 of Kansai Electric Power Company's Takahama nuclear power plant for up to 60 years. They become the first Japanese units to be granted a licence extension beyond 40 years under revised regulations.

Vattenfall board approves Forsmark upgrades

Corporate

16 June 2016

Forsmark units 1-3 - 48Swedish utility Vattenfall has decided to invest in safety upgrades to enable the three reactors at the Forsmark plant to continue operating beyond 2020. The decision follows the government's announcement last week that it will abolish a tax on nuclear power.

Decommissioning plan submitted for Shimane 1

Waste and Recycling

06 May 2016

Shimane - 48Chugoku Electric Power Company has submitted an overview of its decommissioning plan for unit 1 of the Shimane nuclear power plant in Japan's Shimane prefecture to the country's nuclear regulator. The company expects dismantling of the plant to take 30 years to complete.