Regulation & Safety

Regulation & Safety
Koeberg offline for replacement of steam generators

Koeberg offline for replacement of steam generators

Unit 2 of South Africa’s Koeberg nuclear power plant has been taken offline for refuelling and the replacement of its three steam generators and reactor pressure vessel head. The work is part of plans to extend its operation for 20 years, and scheduled to take five months.

Regulation & Safety 17 January 2022


Nuclear technique cuts mosquito numbers in Cuban trial

Nuclear technique cuts mosquito numbers in Cuban trial

A pilot trial of a nuclear technique in a neighbourhood of the Cuban capital Havana reduced mosquito numbers by up to 90% last year. Early reports show that cases of mosquito-borne diseases were completely eliminated in the last two months of the trial.

Regulation & Safety 14 January 2022


NRC denies Oklo licence application

NRC denies Oklo licence application

UPDATED - The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has denied Oklo Power's application to build and operate an Aurora compact fast reactor in Idaho, saying gaps in the information supplied by the company mean that the regulator's review of the combined licence application cannot move forward. Oklo can submit a "complete application" in the future and can request a hearing on the NRC decision.

Regulation & Safety 07 January 2022


Application submitted for Paks II containment

Application submitted for Paks II containment

An application to build the containment building of the first new unit at Hungary's Paks II nuclear power plant has been submitted. Project company Atomerőmű Zrt said it should be approved within 150 days. Meanwhile, Hungary's nuclear regulator has assumed a new, more independent, legal status.

Regulation & Safety 04 January 2022


Isotope supplies allow USA to stop HEU exports

Isotope supplies allow USA to stop HEU exports

Worldwide supplies of molybdenum-99 made without using highly enriched uranium are now sufficient for the USA to ban exports of HEU material for foreign medical isotope production.
 

Regulation & Safety 23 December 2021


Nuclear liability protocols ratified to strengthen compensation rights

Nuclear liability protocols ratified to strengthen compensation rights

Protocols to amend two international instruments strengthening the rights to compensation for those affected by nuclear energy accidents have been formally ratified and will enter into force on 1 January.

Regulation & Safety 21 December 2021


Opal conducts self-review of safety

Opal conducts self-review of safety

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation has undertaken a review of safety and security performance at the Opal research reactor, saying its future plans are "very much anchored on high standards."

Regulation & Safety 14 December 2021


Safety reviewed at Ostrovets before start up of unit 2

Safety reviewed at Ostrovets before start up of unit 2

Two more rounds of international peer review have taken place at Belarus' Ostrovets nuclear power plant as the power plant's second reactor prepares to start up.

Regulation & Safety 13 December 2021


Finnish nuclear laws to be revised

Finnish nuclear laws to be revised

Finland's Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment announced it is launching legislative preparations aimed at a comprehensive reform of the country's Nuclear Energy Act. It said the future use of nuclear energy - including new technologies such as small modular reactors - requires "appropriate and up-to-date legislation."

Regulation & Safety 10 December 2021


Japanese reactor restarted following prolonged outage

Japanese reactor restarted following prolonged outage

Shikoku Electric Power Company restarted unit 3 of its Ikata nuclear power plant in Japan's Ehime Prefecture yesterday. The reactor - one of the few to have been restarted since the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant - had been offline since December 2019 due to a periodic inspection and a subsequent court injunction.

Regulation & Safety 03 December 2021