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  • Review finds Spain´s nuclear safety regulation positive

    A comprehensive review of Spain´s nuclear safety carried out under the IAEA´s Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) has highlighted positive aspects of the country´s nuclear system and identified areas for improvement. Good practices have been found in areas such as technical competence of personnel and quality of infrastructure. Speaking at a workshop in Seville, Spain, on lessons learned ...

  • Nuclear safety initiative enters new phase

    Heads of the nuclear regulatory agencies of ten countries met this week at the NEA to discuss progress in an important international initiative, the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP). During the meeting chaired by Mr. André-Claude Lacoste, Chairman of the French Nuclear Safety Authority, the regulators agreed to enter a new phase of co-operation and launch a programme of work, ...


    By OECD Nuclear Energy Agency

  • Top regulators take important steps to enhance the safety of new nuclear reactor designs

    Top nuclear regulators have met at the OECD, in Paris, with vendors, operators and standards organisations, taking important steps to enhance global nuclear safety. With a growing number of countries planning to build new nuclear reactors, an international initiative called the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP) was launched in 2007 with the aim of developing innovative approaches ...

  • EC welcomes the recommendations presented in the first activity report of the EU Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG)

    European Commissioner for Energy, Mr Piebalgs welcomed the first activity report of the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG), presented today by the group's chairman, Mr Stritar. The broader objective of the Group's work is to contribute to maintaining and further improving the safety of nuclear installations and the safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste. The report ...

  • NRDC Report: U.S. Nuclear Safety Regulators Ignore Severe Accident Hydrogen Explosion Risks Despite Fukushima Tragedy

    Three years after hydrogen explosions wreaked havoc in the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is still not adequately protecting American nuclear reactors from the risk of similar hydrogen blasts in a severe accident, according to a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). As ...

  • Safety fears rock France’s nuclear power base

    Nearly a third of France’s nuclear reactors have been shut down by industry regulators as revelations emerge about the supply of sub-standard parts. As investigations into falsified documents and excess quantities of carbon in steel continue, more closures are expected. This is not yet a full-blown crisis for the nuclear industry, but it is putting serious strain on the finances ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Ukraine Receives EUR 600 Million for Nuclear Safety

    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will provide a EUR 300 million loan for the comprehensive program of upgrading operating Ukrainian nuclear power plants. In addition to EBRD's loan, the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) will contribute another EUR 300 million to the project, reads ebrd.com. The comprehensive program comprises of a set of measures, which will bring ...

  • Unfinished nuclear plants raise safety doubts

    The future of the world’s biggest nuclear reactor, under construction at Flamanville in northern France, is now in doubt after a serious flaw was found in its steel pressure vessel. Examination has shown that the steel contains too much carbon, which can weaken the vessel’s structure and breaches safety rules. The Chinese, who have two similar 1,600 megawatt ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Korea opens world´s first nuclear safety school

    The International Nuclear Safety School will train safety experts from around the world. A cooperation agreement between KINS and the IAEA was signed by KINS President Won Ky Shin and IAEA Deputy Director General Tomihiro Taniguchi. An IAEA team has recently travelled to Korea to celebrate the opening of a center designed to advance the international education of nuclear safety experts. The ...

  • Nuclear power after Fukushima

    The future of nuclear power was bleak even before the Fukushima disaster, said energy expert Mycle Schneider Wednesday at a press conference in Berlin, where he previewed an upcoming Worldwatch Institute report on the outlook of nuclear power. “The industry was arguably on life support before Fukushima. When the history of this industry is written, Fukushima is likely to introduce its ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • The outlook for nuclear energy

    With the launch today of its first Nuclear Energy Outlook, the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) makes an important contribution to ongoing discussions of nuclear energy’s potential role in the energy mixes of its member countries. As world energy demand continues to grow unabated, many countries face serious concerns about the security of energy supplies, rising energy prices and climate change ...


    By OECD Nuclear Energy Agency

  • Preview: Nuclear Power After Fukushima

    The future of nuclear power even before the Fukushima disaster was bleak, said energy expert Mycle Schneider Wednesday at a press conference in Berlin, where he previewed an upcoming Worldwatch report on the outlook of nuclear power. “The industry was arguably on life support before Fukushima. When the history of this industry is written, Fukushima is likely to introduce its final ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Rebalancing the nuclear debate through education

    Better physics teaching with a particular emphasis on radioactivity and radiation science could improve public awareness through education of the environmental benefits and relative safety of nuclear power generation, according to leading Brazilian scientist Heldio Villar. He suggests that it might then be possible to have a less emotional debate about the future of the industry that will ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • UKTI Civil Nuclear Export Showcase

    Introduction I am delighted to have the opportunity to join you today at the UKTI Civil Nuclear Export Showcase and to talk to you about the UK’s new nuclear programme. These are exciting times for our nuclear industry, and this conference takes place at a pivotal time for nuclear power in the UK. I’m delighted to welcome our overseas delegates to today’s ...

  • Nuclear plants face crisis of ageing

    Life extensions to nuclear plants in Europe and North America are repeatedly being granted by safety regulators. But, according to nuclear plant owners, 25% of parts are now obsolete, so keeping the reactors going is becoming an increasing problem as components wear out. This is the background to the Nuclear Power Plant ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Oconee Nuclear Station Projects Honored with Three Awards by the Nuclear Energy Institute

     Duke Energy's Oconee Nuclear Station has received the Nuclear Energy Institute's (NEI) prestigious "Best of the Best" Award for the first digital upgrade of a nuclear safety-related system in the U.S. The award was presented during NEI's Nuclear Energy Assembly on May 23, 2012, in Charlotte, N.C. ...


    By Duke Energy

  • Is Africa ready for safe nuclear power?

    As Japan's nuclear accidents send shockwaves round the world, Alex Abutu explores whether Africa is ready to provide safe nuclear power. [CAPE TOWN] The disasters that struck several Japanese nuclear facilities in the wake of last week's devastating tsunami have highlighted concerns about whether ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Idle Nebraska nuclear plant cleared to restart

    he Nebraska nuclear plant that has been idle for nearly three years because of flooding and a series of safety concerns was cleared to restart on Tuesday. The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the Omaha Public Power District's Fort Calhoun nuclear plant is ready to generate electricity for the first time since April 2011. NRC ...


    By Associated Press

  • Global Nuclear Power Industry and Demand for Deaerators

    GlobalData’s latest report "Deaerators for Nuclear Power - Global Market Size, Major Players and Key Country Analysis to 2020" provides insight on the development of the global nuclear power industry and market analysis for deaerators used in nuclear power market. The deaerators market analysis include nuclear capacity additions, key drivers and restraints, and market size in terms of ...


  • Energy Northwest Fined for Hazwaste at Nuclear Power Plant

    RICHLAND, Washington, October 5, 2007 (ENS) - The Washington State Department of Ecology issued a $120,000 penalty and administrative order Thursday to the Energy Northwest Columbia Generating Station for violations of hazardous waste management regulations. While Columbia is the only commercial nuclear power plant in the Pacific Northwest, the violations were not related to the ...

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