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US regulator seeks to improve efficiency

US regulator seeks to improve efficiency

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed a reduction in the frequency and scope of inspections at the country's more than 90 nuclear power units to help reduce costs and improve efficiency. In response, the Nuclear Energy Institute said "smarter regulations" can help nuclear plant owners and operators allocate time and resources to areas that most impact safety.

Regulation & Safety 19 July 2019


Viewpoint: Japan must avoid over-conservatism in clearance of material

Viewpoint: Japan must avoid over-conservatism in clearance of material

The Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan is considering changes that would make the clearance of radioactive material about ten times stricter than international standards, creating unnecessary confusion and cost, writes Dr Charlotta Sanders, senior project manager, at World Nuclear Association.

Perspectives 23 July 2019


EDF ordered to extend work on canal at Tricastin

EDF ordered to extend work on canal at Tricastin

EDF has been instructed to further reinforce the embankment, or dyke, of the canal supplying cooling water to its 3820-megawatt Tricastin nuclear power plant in southern France by "no later than" the end of 2022, the French nuclear safety authority, Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire, said yesterday. The company is not required to close the plant while it carries out the work.

Regulation & Safety 11 July 2019


Extended operation of Forsmark units approved

Extended operation of Forsmark units approved

Units 1 and 2 of the Forsmark nuclear power plant can be operated safely for a further 10 years, until 2028, taking them beyond their initial 40-year planned operation, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority said yesterday.

Regulation & Safety 25 June 2019


Weld repairs to delay Flamanville EPR start-up

Weld repairs to delay Flamanville EPR start-up

Eight welds in the main steam transfer pipes that penetrate the two walls of the containment of the Flamanville EPR must be repaired before the reactor is commissioned, France's nuclear safety regulator, the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire has told EDF. The utility will assess the decision's impact on the cost and schedule of the project.

New Nuclear 20 June 2019


US regulator completes Clinch River site safety review

US regulator completes Clinch River site safety review

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has published its final safety evaluation report on Tennessee Valley Authority's application for an early site permit for the potential use of a site at Clinch River for two or more small modular reactors. The regulator concluded there are no safety concerns to prevent issuing such a permit.

New Nuclear 17 June 2019


Armenian regulator must address staff deficit, says IAEA

Armenian regulator must address staff deficit, says IAEA

Armenia has made progress in strengthening its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety but still faces challenges, including a shortage of qualified and experienced staff at its regulatory body, an International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts said today, on completion of an Integrated Regulatory Review Service follow-up mission.

Regulation & Safety 17 June 2019


IAEA assesses emergency preparedness in Canada

IAEA assesses emergency preparedness in Canada

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts yesterday concluded an 11-day mission to review Canada's preparedness and response arrangements for nuclear and radiological emergencies. An Emergency Preparedness Review is one of the peer reviews offered by the IAEA to strengthen nuclear safety in Member States.

Regulation & Safety 14 June 2019


Safety upgrade delays could take Japanese units offline

Safety upgrade delays could take Japanese units offline

Nuclear power reactors in Japan that have resumed operation could be forced to temporarily shut down again if back-up safety measures are not in place by specified deadlines under new rules approved by the country's Nuclear Regulation Authority. Operators of restarted units have already said they expect delays in the completion of such facilities.

Regulation & Safety 13 June 2019


Decision approaches on Terrafame uranium extraction permit

Decision approaches on Terrafame uranium extraction permit

There are "no radiation safety-related obstacles" for granting multi-metal company Terrafame a permit to recover uranium as a by-product from its Sotkamo mine, the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority has told the government. The government will now make the final decision on whether to issue the permit.

Uranium & Fuel 11 June 2019