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New strategy for Fukushima trench water

Regulation and Safety

24 July 2014

New approaches to removing the contaminated water from trenches around units 2 and 3 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant are being explored after attempts to freeze it failed.

US debut for Westinghouse fuel pool monitor

Regulation and Safety

14 July 2014

The commissioning of a system enabling remote monitoring of the used fuel pool level at Watts Bar has marked the first use of the Westinghouse technology at a US nuclear power plant. The system has already been deployed at some European plants.

Japan continues to count cost of idled reactors

Nuclear Policies

17 June 2014

Japan's ongoing reliance on imported fossil fuels while its nuclear reactors await permission to restart continues to impact on the country's greenhouse gas emissions and trade deficit.

Safety approval for first Japanese reactor restarts

Regulation and Safety

16 July 2014

Sendai 48Sendai nuclear power plant units 1 and 2 have draft approval to restart and generate electricity again. The final stages in Japan's new licensing regime could be completed before September.

EU updates its nuclear safety rules

Regulation and Safety

08 July 2014

National nuclear safety regulators will have more independence and a new peer-review system under an amended EU Nuclear Safety Directive which was approved today.

Next stage for robotic decontamination

Regulation and Safety

13 June 2014

Fukushima Daiichi 2 cleanup robot (Tepco) 56x48Two robots are cleaning up contamination inside Fukushima Daiichi 2. A new one is wiping down the walls while another continues to scrub the floor.