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EDF Energy gets go-ahead to restart Hunterston B Reactor 4

EDF Energy gets go-ahead to restart Hunterston B Reactor 4

The UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation has given permission for EDF Energy to restart Reactor 4 at its Hunterston B nuclear power plant in Scotland. Permission is for up to 16.025 terawatt days, which is about four months of operation, ONR said yesterday. 

Regulation & Safety 21 August 2019


More staff needed for Turkey Point licence review

More staff needed for Turkey Point licence review

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a revised schedule for its review of the first subsequent licence renewal for a US nuclear power plant because it is taking more staffing hours than originally expected. It still expects to complete the process within its original 18-month timescale.
 

Regulation & Safety 21 August 2019


Regulators formalise technical collaboration on SMR regulation

Regulators formalise technical collaboration on SMR regulation

Canadian and US nuclear regulators have signed a first-of-a-kind Memorandum of Cooperation that will see them collaborate on the technical reviews of advanced reactor and small modular reactor technologies. Meanwhile, the US Department of Energy has awarded funds to build SMR simulators at three US universities.

Regulation & Safety 16 August 2019


WANO completes technical support mission at Leningrad II-2

WANO completes technical support mission at Leningrad II-2

Experts from the Moscow Centre of the World Association of Nuclear Operators have completed a technical support mission at unit 2 of the Leningrad Phase II nuclear power plant under construction in northwest Russia.

Regulation & Safety 15 August 2019


US regulator approves latest Holtec transport cask

US regulator approves latest Holtec transport cask

Holtec International's HI-STAR 100MB transport package has been certified by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The company says the cask is "destined to become America's workhorse for transporting used nuclear fuel".

Regulation & Safety 14 August 2019


Nigerian research reactor operator committed to safety

Nigerian research reactor operator committed to safety

The operator of the Nigerian Research Reactor-1, known as NIRR-1, has shown a high commitment to safety following the conversion of the reactor core to use low-enriched uranium as fuel instead of high-enriched uranium, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. It made a number of recommendations to the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission to further enhance safety.

Regulation & Safety 12 August 2019


US regulator invites comment on Peach Bottom licence renewal

US regulator invites comment on Peach Bottom licence renewal

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued for public comment the draft supplemental environmental impact statement on Exelon Generation Company's application for an additional 20 years of operation for Peach Bottom units 2 and 3. This would be a second licence renewal for the Pennsylvania plant and, if granted, would enable it to operate for 80 years.

Regulation & Safety 09 August 2019


Study points to Mayak as source of ruthenium release

Study points to Mayak as source of ruthenium release

A used fuel reprocessing plant in the southern Urals region of Russia is the most likely source of a release of the isotope ruthenium-106 detected across Europe in late 2017, a study has concluded. No incident has, however, been reported at the Mayak facility or any other Russian nuclear facility and Rosatom has always maintained this.

Regulation & Safety 30 July 2019


EU court rules on extended operation of Doel units

EU court rules on extended operation of Doel units

Units 1 and 2 of Belgium's Doel nuclear power plant can continue operating, even though a law extending their operation was adopted without the required environmental assessments or public consultation being carried out first, the European Court of Justice ruled today.

Regulation & Safety 29 July 2019


Three US firms awarded Mo-99 production funds

Three US firms awarded Mo-99 production funds

The US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has awarded cooperative agreements for the production of molybdenum-99 to three US companies. The announcement came as one of the companies - Shine Medical Technologies - submitted an application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to produce medical isotopes at its new production facility in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Regulation & Safety 23 July 2019