Regulation & Safety

Regulation & Safety
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


Russia’s Kalinin units resume operation

Russia’s Kalinin units resume operation

All three units that were disconnected from the grid last week at the Kalinin nuclear power plant are now supplying electricity as normal, Russia's Rosenergoatom announced on 20 July. Kalinin units 1, 2 and 4 had lost connection with the network on 18 July after a transformer switch short circuited. The switchgear has since been repaired.

Regulation & Safety 22 July 2019


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


Kalinin and Beloyarsk outages due to non-nuclear faults, says Rosenergoatom 

Kalinin and Beloyarsk outages due to non-nuclear faults, says Rosenergoatom 

Russia's Rosenergoatom has explained the recent unplanned shutdowns at its Kalinin and Beloyarsk nuclear power plants, which have attracted media interest. Rosenergoatom, which is the nuclear power plant operator subsidiary of state nuclear corporation Rosatom, said both incidents were caused by electrical faults unrelated to the nuclear equipment.

Regulation & Safety 19 July 2019


Canada launches environmental assessment of Micro Modular Reactor

Canada launches environmental assessment of Micro Modular Reactor

The Canadian government has issued the notice of commencement of an environmental assessment for a small modular reactor project proposed by Global First Power with support from Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation and Ontario Power Generation. The companies described the move as a significant "first" for the Canadian nuclear industry.

Regulation & Safety 17 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


US research reactor goes digital in licensing 'first'

US research reactor goes digital in licensing 'first'

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has licensed the first entirely digital nuclear reactor instrumentation and control system in the USA, at a university-based research reactor originally built in 1962. The NRC licence also for the first time covers parts certified under standards laid down by a non-US regulatory body.
 

Regulation & Safety 10 July 2019


CNL to refuel Slowpoke reactor

CNL to refuel Slowpoke reactor

The Canadian government of Canada has awarded Canadian Nuclear Laboratories a CAD8.5 million (USD6.5 million) contract to refuel the Royal Military College of Canada's Slowpoke-2 research reactor. The three-year project will enable the reactor to operate for another 30 years.

Regulation & Safety 08 July 2019


First Barakah operators receive regulatory certification

First Barakah operators receive regulatory certification

The United Arab Emirates' Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation has officially certified Nawah Energy's first group of operators for the Barakah nuclear power plant. Certification of operators is a key requirement for the issue of the plant's operating licence.

Regulation & Safety 08 July 2019


IAEA helps cyclone-hit Mozambique prevent animal disease

IAEA helps cyclone-hit Mozambique prevent animal disease

The International Atomic Energy Agency has delivered emergency supplies to help Mozambique fight further outbreaks of animal diseases, such as African swine fever, foot and mouth disease and Rift Valley fever. which could threaten people and livestock in the aftermath of floods caused by recent cyclones.

Regulation & Safety 03 July 2019