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ASN sets conditions for Creusot Forge restart

Regulation and Safety

18 April 2017

France's nuclear regulator, the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire, has defined the preconditions for the resumption of forging operations at Areva's Le Creusot forge. The facility has been out of operation since December 2015 following the discovery of quality assurance issues.

French state moves to ensure Fessenheim closure

Nuclear Policies

10 April 2017

Fessenheim (EDF) 72x48The outgoing French government has published a decree to repeal EDF's licence to operate the Fessenheim nuclear power plant. The plant, it said, must be shut down when the Flamanville EPR begins commercial operation, expected by 2020, as EDF has already agreed.

Japanese fuel fabrication plant cleared for restart

Regulation and Safety

06 April 2017

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has approved the restart of Global Nuclear Fuel-Japan's fuel fabrication plant in Yokosuka in Kanagawa Prefecture. Last month the regulator concluded the facility meets revised safety standards.

Nuclear's fate in Japan depends on public acceptance

Nuclear Policies

12 April 2017

Japan's continued use of nuclear power requires the public to be informed about the importance of the energy source and for its confidence in the industry to be restored, according to Japan Atomic Industrial Forum chairman Takashi Imai.

EDF defies Fessenheim shutdown order

Nuclear Policies

07 April 2017

Fessenheim plant - 48EDF's board of directors yesterday voted against the imminent closure of the Fessenheim nuclear power plant in eastern France, as demanded by the current government. The company said it intends to comply with previously announced legal requirements regarding the plant's continued operation.

Bugey 5 containment repairs get regulatory approval

Regulation and Safety

05 April 2017

The French nuclear safety authority has approved EDF's suggested solution to repairing the containment of unit 5 of its Bugey nuclear power plant in eastern France. The containment was found not to be airtight owing to a corroded seal.