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Entergy files suit over Indian Point objection

Regulation and Safety

21 January 2016

Indian Point 48Entergy has asked a US federal court to reject New York State's objection to coastal certification of Indian Point, which it says was intended to block a renewal of the nuclear power plant's operating licence.

Kyushu plans further safety enhancements at Sendai

Regulation and Safety

18 December 2015

Sendai 48Although units 1 and 2 of the Sendai nuclear power plant in Japan's Kagoshima prefecture have passed new safety standards and are the only reactors in the country so far to have restarted, operator Kyushu Electric Power Company has applied to the regulator to make additional modifications to increase safety further.

Regulator approves Indian Point 3 operation

Regulation and Safety

11 December 2015

Indian_Point_(NRC/Entergy)_48Entergy can continue to operate Indian Point 3 while it seeks licence renewal, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has told the company. The plant's initial 40-year licence had been due to expire on 12 December.

NRC drafts guidance for 80-year lives

Regulation and Safety

21 December 2015

Prairie_Island_(NRC-Nuclear_Management_Co)-48The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is preparing guidance documents on licence renewal applications to extend reactor operating lives beyond 60 years. The regulator has also approved its sixth licence renewal for a dry cask storage facility for used fuel, at the Prairie Island plant.

Swedish repository application accepted for review

Waste and Recycling

18 December 2015

The application for construction of a used nuclear fuel encapsulation plant and repository in Sweden is now complete, the Land and Environment Court in Stockholm has decided. It will now publish the application and proceed with the review process.

South Ukraine 2 gets green light for life extension

Regulation and Safety

10 December 2015

South Ukraine (South Ukraine NPP)_48The board of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine has approved the continued operation of unit 2 of the South Ukraine nuclear power plant until the end of 2025. The unit was shut down on 10 May, two days before the expiry of its design lifetime, for major upgrading over 300 days costing $114 million to enable a 10-year life extension.