Regulation & Safety

Regulation & Safety
Released Zaporizhzhia director general 'not returning to role'

Released Zaporizhzhia director general 'not returning to role'

The International Atomic Energy Agency says it understands that Ihor Murashov, who had been director general at Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, will not resume the role after his release from Russian detention.  Energoatom's President Petro Kotin says administration of the plant was transferred to Kyiv following the detention and that he has now taken on the role of its acting director general.

Regulation & Safety 05 October 2022


Licence renewal sought for Comanche Peak

Licence renewal sought for Comanche Peak

Vistra has applied to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a 20-year operating licence extension for the two-unit Comanche Peak nuclear power plant in Texas. The current licences for Comanche Peak units 1 and 2 expire in 2030 and 2033, respectively.

Regulation & Safety 04 October 2022


Grossi welcomes release of Zaporizhzhia's director

Grossi welcomes release of Zaporizhzhia's director

UPDATED International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has welcomed the release by Russian forces of Ihor Murashov, the director general of Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. He had earlier warned his detention was "detrimental to nuclear safety and security" and said he hoped he "will return to his family safely and promptly and will be able to resume his important functions at the plant".

Regulation & Safety 03 October 2022


Final Japanese research reactor to convert to LEU

Final Japanese research reactor to convert to LEU

Japan's last high-enriched uranium-fuelled research reactor is to be converted to low-enriched uranium fuel under a new agreement between the US Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration and Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
 

Regulation & Safety 29 September 2022


Animals 'likely triggered landmines' at Zaporizhzhia

Animals 'likely triggered landmines' at Zaporizhzhia

Three landmine explosions close to Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant this week appear likely to have been set off by animals, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Mariano Grossi has said. Although there was no major damage, it highlights continuing risks faced by the plant and its workers.

Regulation & Safety 29 September 2022


Canadian review of eVinci design begins

Canadian review of eVinci design begins

Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a service agreement with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, initiating a pre-licensing vendor design review of its eVinci microreactor design.

Regulation & Safety 28 September 2022


Early warning system for natural hazards launched by IAEA

Early warning system for natural hazards launched by IAEA

The External Events Notification System seeks to alert nuclear installations to natural hazards and disasters such as earthquakes, volcano eruptions and floods. It was unveiled at the International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference.

Regulation & Safety 28 September 2022


IAEA increases projection of nuclear power growth

IAEA increases projection of nuclear power growth

International Atomic Energy Agency director general Rafael Mariano Grossi says that climate change and the energy crisis has led to more countries seeing nuclear power as a solution, as the IAEA increases its forecast for future nuclear capacity. He also said he hopes to continue detailed talks with Ukraine and Russia about a safety and security zone around Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. He was speaking at the start of the IAEA's general conference in Vienna.

Regulation & Safety 26 September 2022


Grossi holds Zaporizhzhia safety zone talks with Ukraine and Russia

Grossi holds Zaporizhzhia safety zone talks with Ukraine and Russia

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said that his separate talks with the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, and of Russia, Sergei Lavrov, indicate there is a "solid basis" for believing that a safety and security zone around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant can be established.

Regulation & Safety 22 September 2022


Oklo Inc progressing towards licence application

Oklo Inc progressing towards licence application

The California-based company has submitted a Licensing Project Plan to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission outlining Oklo's proposed engagement to support future licensing activities.

Regulation & Safety 20 September 2022