Regulation & Safety

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IAEA assesses safety of upgraded Dutch research reactor

IAEA assesses safety of upgraded Dutch research reactor

The Reactor Institute Delft at the Delft University of Technology, the operator of the Hoger Onderwijs research reactor in the Netherlands, has prioritised safety during implementation of significant refurbishment and modernisation of the facility, according to an International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts. The team also found areas requiring further enhancements, including the organisational structure and safety procedures and documentation.

Regulation & Safety 20 September 2021


Regulator approves restart of Shimane 2

Regulator approves restart of Shimane 2

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority today formally accepted a report concluding unit 2 of Chugoku Electric Power Company's Shimane nuclear power plant meets the country's new safety standards. The utility must still obtain local consent before the 789 MWe boiling water reactor can be restarted.

Regulation & Safety 15 September 2021


Iran agrees to continued surveillance of nuclear sites

Iran agrees to continued surveillance of nuclear sites

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said he yesterday had a "very short but very constructive" trip to Tehran. He said Iran had agreed to allow IAEA inspectors to service monitoring and surveillance equipment and replace the digital storage media in cameras at declared nuclear sites.

Regulation & Safety 13 September 2021


IAEA sees improved operational safety at Mochovce 3

IAEA sees improved operational safety at Mochovce 3

Slovenské Elektrárne has strengthened operational safety at unit 3 of Slovakia's Mochovce nuclear power plant ahead of commercial operation, an expert team from the International Atomic Energy Agency has concluded. The team said the plant management had made significant progress in addressing the findings of a previous IAEA review in 2019.

Regulation & Safety 13 September 2021


Nuclear science points the way in rhino conservation

Nuclear science points the way in rhino conservation

"There is an old phrase, 'No buying; no dying", Professor James Larkin of the University of Witwatersrand told the World Nuclear Association Annual Symposium in a presentation today. "We are aiming to use nuclear science techniques to devalue rhino horn and bring an end to poaching," he said, explaining the conservation goals of the Rhisotope Project.

Regulation & Safety 10 September 2021


Robots to guard for fire at Kalinin plant

Robots to guard for fire at Kalinin plant

A firefighting system using artificial intelligence has been tested at Russia's Kalinin nuclear power plant and will be installed in the turbine hall as a pilot project. The head of Rosenergoatom's fire service, Valery Kharevsky, said it is designed for preventative monitoring, automatic fire detection and fire extinguishing without direct involvement of staff.

Regulation & Safety 07 September 2021


IAEA launches review of Fukushima water release

IAEA launches review of Fukushima water release

A team of International Atomic Energy Agency officials are in Japan to officially launch a multi-year review of the planned release of treated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. It is the IAEA's first mission as part of its review and monitoring assistance to support Japan before, during and after the discharge of treated water, which is expected to start in 2023.

Regulation & Safety 06 September 2021


Fortum submits EIA report for Loviisa

Fortum submits EIA report for Loviisa

Finnish utility Fortum today submitted its environmental impact assessment report for the Loviisa nuclear power plant to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. The report assesses the environmental impacts of a potential extension of the operation of the plant's two VVER-440 pressurised water reactors or, alternatively, the decommissioning of the plant, as well as the environmental impacts of the final disposal facility for low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste.

Regulation & Safety 06 September 2021


IAEA helps Beirut use NDT in recovery efforts

IAEA helps Beirut use NDT in recovery efforts

An International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts is conducting a mission to Lebanon to train national authorities and professionals in conducting non-destructive testing to examine the integrity of buildings affected in last year's port explosion in Beirut.

Regulation & Safety 03 September 2021


IAEA and ISO reaffirm cooperation on standards

IAEA and ISO reaffirm cooperation on standards

The International Atomic Energy Agency and the International Organization for Standardization have renewed their commitment to continue working together. The organisations have been cooperating for the past 40 years in the development of international standards that ensure nuclear technology is used in a safe and secure manner.

Regulation & Safety 02 September 2021