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Japan to raise worker emergency radiation exposure limits

Regulation and Safety

21 May 2015

Japan's nuclear regulator is to increase the radiation exposure limit for workers in emergency situations from the current 100 millisieverts (mSv) to 250 mSv. The limit was temporarily raised following the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

More seismic studies for US plants

Regulation and Safety

15 May 2015

Columbia_(NRC)_48The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ordered the operators of two of the country's three westernmost nuclear power plants to conduct additional studies into earthquake risks, but says it is confident that the units can continue operating safely while the studies are carried out.

Expert panel discusses Belgian reactor test results

Regulation and Safety

08 May 2015

An international expert panel recently discussed the results of the latest material tests on the reactor pressure vessels of Electrabel's Doel 3 and Tihange 2 power reactors. The panel will soon issue an opinion on the methodology the utility must use in its safety case for restarting the units.

US utilities endorse novel nuclear fuel

Uranium and Fuel

19 May 2015

A group of US electric utilities has formally expressed interest in Lightbridge Corporation's novel metallic fuel design to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Belgian units to remain offline until November

Corporate

13 May 2015

Doel plant 48Electrabel announced today that it now expects its Doel 3 and Tihange 2 nuclear reactors to remain offline until 1 November as the process to potentially restart the units continues. The utility had previously expected the units to restart on 1 July.

Leaner NRC prepares for future

Regulation and Safety

01 May 2015

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is in the final stages of a project to streamline its operations, chairman Stephen Burns said in an update on progress at the agency.