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EDF gets approval to restart nine units

Regulation and Safety

16 January 2017

France's nuclear regulator, the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire, has approved the restart of nine of the 12 reactors affected by the carbon concentration anomaly in the steam generator channel heads manufactured by Japan Casting and Forging Corporation. The approval, which followed ASN's examination of the results of inspections and technical demonstrations provided by EDF for the 900 MWe reactors, was announced on 12 January.

Japan bolsters reprocessing work, reports on Fukushima radiation

Regulation and Safety

05 October 2016

Japan has established a new organisation tasked with managing its reprocessing of used fuel, METI announced on 3 October. The Nuclear Reprocessing Organisation of Japan will be funded by the country's power utilities to cover the cost of the reprocessing work.

Uranium separation resumes at Savannah River Site

Waste and Recycling

24 August 2016

First Cycle at H Canyon - 48A facility for separating uranium from used research reactor fuel at the US Department of Energy's Savannah River Site in South Carolina has restarted for the first time in five years. The extracted uranium will be used in new fuel for nuclear power plants.

Russia loads REMIX fuel into MIR research reactor

Uranium and Fuel

09 November 2016

Russia has started testing its new type of nuclear fuel, REMIX, at the MIR research reactor at the Research Institute of Atomic Reactors in Dimitrovgrad, which is in the Ulyanovsk region. Development of REMIX (from Regenerated Mixture) fuel is part of state nuclear corporation Rosatom's strategy to enable better use of recycled uranium and plutonium on an industrial scale in pressurized water reactors.

Sellafield refutes safety concerns raised in BBC documentary

Regulation and Safety

06 September 2016

Sellafield_aerial_2014_(Sellafield_Ltd)_48The owner and operator of the UK's Sellafield complex, together with the country's nuclear regulator, have dismissed safety concerns raised in a BBC documentary investigating "the shocking state of Britain's most hazardous nuclear site".

Reprocessing plant siting work halted in Lianyungang

Waste and Recycling

10 August 2016

The municipal government of Lianyungang in China's Jiangsu province has announced the suspension of site selection work for a planned Sino-French nuclear fuel reprocessing project. The move follows public protests against the project.