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Viewpoint: Collaboration - the key to streamlining nuclear regulation

Viewpoint: Collaboration - the key to streamlining nuclear regulation

The application and interpretation of the same safety objectives into specific national regulatory requirements and guidance result in significant differences between the same reactor design when deployed in different countries, writes Claude Mayoral. A more harmonised approach to regulation will be needed to enable the widespread deployment of small modular and advanced reactor designs.

Perspectives 13 January 2022


Posiva applies to operate used fuel disposal facilities

Posiva applies to operate used fuel disposal facilities

Finnish radioactive waste management company Posiva Oy has submitted its application for an operating licence for the used fuel encapsulation plant and final disposal facility currently under construction at Olkiluoto. The repository - the first in the world for used fuel - is expected to begin operations in the mid-2020s.

Waste & Recycling 05 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


Export support for NuScale to Ukraine

Export support for NuScale to Ukraine

The US Trade and Development Agency announced it will support Ukrainian authorities to assess NuScale's small reactor technology, with a view to future exports. A gap analysis will compare the technology to the Ukrainian regulatory system to identify potential problems and make recommendations.

New Nuclear 17 December 2021


TVO cleared to start up OL3 reactor

TVO cleared to start up OL3 reactor

Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj has today received permission from the country's Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority to bring the Olkiluoto 3 EPR to first criticality and conduct low-power tests. The unit is expected to begin generating electricity at the end of January, with regular electricity production starting in June 2022.

New Nuclear 16 December 2021


Westinghouse prepares for US licensing of eVinci

Westinghouse prepares for US licensing of eVinci

Westinghouse has submitted a pre-application regulatory engagement plan with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for its eVinci microreactor, detailing the planned pre-licensing application interactions with the regulator. An REP helps reactor developers' early interactions with NRC staff and can reduce regulatory uncertainty and add predictability to licensing advanced technologies.

New Nuclear 15 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


TVO applies to start up Olkiluoto EPR

TVO applies to start up Olkiluoto EPR

Teollisuuden Voima Oyj has today applied to Finland's Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority for permission to bring the Olkiluoto 3 EPR to first criticality and conduct low-power tests. The Finnish utility noted the start up of the unit may be brought forward from the previously announced date of January 2022.

New Nuclear 08 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