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NuScale SMR licensing schedule outlined

New Nuclear

02 July 2015

The would-be builders and owners of the first NuScale small modular reactor (SMR) have confirmed they plan to submit a design certification application to US regulators by the end of 2016 and an application for a combined construction and operation licence (COL) in late 2017 or early 2018.

US regulators request natural phenomena response data

Regulation and Safety

26 June 2015

The US nuclear regulatory commission (NRC) has asked the owners of nuclear fuel facilities to provide more information on how they respond to natural phenomena. The commission said that apart from the need for this information, it is otherwise satisfied  that "little or no further action" is needed to apply the lessons learned from the Fukushima accident.

Reactor vessel cavity installed at Vogtle 4

New Nuclear

22 June 2015

Vogtle 4 CA04 module - 48Construction of the second AP1000 unit at the Vogtle nuclear power plant reached a milestone with the installation of the module that will house the unit's reactor pressure vessel, Georgia Power announced.

Demolition changes Paducah skyline

Waste and Recycling

30 June 2015

C-420_demolition_(UD_DOE_EM)_48The demolition of a former feed plant complex at Paducah site has dramatically changed the skyline of the former uranium enrichment site.

Vogtle receives final loan guarantees

New Nuclear

25 June 2015

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued the last of three conditional loan guarantees for Vogtle units 3 and 4, meaning that the construction of the first AP1000 nuclear power plant in the USA is now fully financed.

USA and South Korea update cooperation deal

Nuclear Policies

16 June 2015

Yun and Moniz, June 2015 (MOFA) 74x48Nuclear power cooperation between South Korea and the USA has been formalised and extended for another 20 years with the signing of their 123 agreement, which allows South Korea a little more freedom to manage nuclear fuel.