Fukushima response rss

Wolsong 1 awaits decision

Regulation and Safety

16 February 2015

Wolsong (Konicof) 48South Korea's Wolsong 1 power reactor continues to await permission to restart. The refurbished and uprated unit has laid dormant for two years while discussions continue on renewing its licence.

Two more Japanese reactors approach restart

Regulation and Safety

12 February 2015

Takahama 48Two units at the Takahama nuclear power plant have moved one step closer to restarting following final approval by the Japanese regulator of changes in the reactor installations. They become the third and fourth reactors in Japan to gain such permission.

Tricastin 2 cleared for 40 years of operation

Regulation and Safety

11 February 2015

ASN inspection at Tricastin NPP 48Unit 2 of the four-unit Tricastin nuclear power plant in southern France has been given approval by the French nuclear regulator to operate for a further ten years.

Japanese firms struggle with electricity rates

Nuclear Policies

16 February 2015

Some 90% of Japanese small- and medium-sized enterprises think their business would be adversely affected by any future increases in electricity prices, a survey by the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry has found. Restarting the country's nuclear power plants is seen as one way of reducing prices.

Regulators decide against convention change

Regulation and Safety

11 February 2015

Rafael Mariano Grossi (Dean Calma / IAEA) 72x48Seventy-two countries party to the Convention on Nuclear Safety declared their intention to continuously improve in that area, while a proscriptive proposal to amend the convention did not gain consensus.

Kansai fine tunes Takahama plans

Regulation and Safety

05 February 2015

Takahama 48The restart of two of Japan's idled nuclear reactors has moved a step closer after Kansai Electric Power Company submitted amendments to its work plans for approval by the country's nuclear regulator.