Regulation & Safety

Regulation & Safety
MPC lid welding passes US regulatory inspection

MPC lid welding passes US regulatory inspection

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has for the first time accepted a single dry run inspection of multi-purpose canister (MPC) lid welding representing used fuel loading at multiple nuclear power plant sites. The welding dry run was conducted by Holtec International and Exelon Generation in support of Exelon's implementation of Holtec's dry cask storage systems at its Peach Bottom nuclear power plant. The systems are also planned for use at its Limerick, Ginna, Nine Mile Point and Calvert Cliffs plants.

Regulation & Safety 27 May 2020


Ukraine passes bill to secure Euratom loan

Ukraine passes bill to secure Euratom loan

The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s upper house of parliament, has adopted a draft law on nuclear safety that enables state-run nuclear power plant operator Energoatom to secure a EUR200 million (USD220 million) loan from Euratom. The parliament said yesterday it had approved "in the second reading and as a whole" draft law №2373 On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine on the Safety of Nuclear Energy Use.

Regulation & Safety 20 May 2020


Novovoronezh II-1 passes load following checks

Novovoronezh II-1 passes load following checks

Russian regulator Rostechnadzor has verified load following mode at unit 1 of the Novovoronezh II plant - Russia's first VVER-1200 reactor.

Regulation & Safety 18 May 2020


Regulator confirms safety of Japanese reprocessing plant

Regulator confirms safety of Japanese reprocessing plant

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority today approved a draft report concluding Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited's reprocessing plant at Rokkasho in Aomori Prefecture meets new safety standards. The approval brings the plant, construction of which began in 1993, closer to starting up.

Regulation & Safety 13 May 2020


Belgium starts producing Mo-99 using LEU

Belgium starts producing Mo-99 using LEU

Belgium's Institute of Radioelements has produced its first batch of the medical radioisotope molybdenum-99 using a low-enriched uranium target rather than a high-enriched uranium one. The use of HEU is seen as a potential nuclear proliferation risk.

Regulation & Safety 04 May 2020


Onagawa 2 upgrade faces further delay

Onagawa 2 upgrade faces further delay

The completion of safety countermeasures at unit 2 of the Onagawa nuclear power plant in Miyagi Prefecture, in Japan, will not be completed until March 2023, two years later than previously scheduled, Tohoku Electric Power Company announced on 30 April. Japan's nuclear regulator concluded in February the unit meets revised safety standards, clearing the way for it to resume operation.

Regulation & Safety 04 May 2020


Chernobyl forest fires pose no health risk from radiation, says IAEA

Chernobyl forest fires pose no health risk from radiation, says IAEA

The recent fires in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine have not led to a hazardous increase in air-borne radioactive particles, the International Atomic Energy Agency said on 24 April. The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine has regularly provided information on the fires through the IAEA's Unified System for Information Exchange in Incidents and Emergencies.

Regulation & Safety 27 April 2020


Regulators' forum makes recommendations on safety of SMRs

Regulators' forum makes recommendations on safety of SMRs

New safety recommendations for small modular reactors (SMRs) are now available, following a meeting in Vienna on 25-28 March of the SMR Regulators' Forum, a group of experts working on the development of national standards specific to SMRs. The International Atomic Energy Agency, which hosts the forum, says it does not currently have plans to develop safety standards specific to SMRs.

Regulation & Safety 23 April 2020


JAPC seeks pre-operation inspections of Tokai 2

JAPC seeks pre-operation inspections of Tokai 2

Japan Atomic Power Company has applied to the Japanese regulator for pre-use inspections of unit 2 at its Tokai nuclear power plant in Ibaraki prefecture. These inspections mark the final regulatory stage in the restart procedure for the country's reactors.

Regulation & Safety 20 April 2020


Indian Point faces no risk from gas pipeline, says NRC

Indian Point faces no risk from gas pipeline, says NRC

Entergy's Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York State would remain protected in the unlikely event that a newly-installed 42-inch natural gas transmission pipeline that runs near it ruptures, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has concluded. However, it said Entergy should revisit the assumptions it made in its analysis.

Regulation & Safety 16 April 2020