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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


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


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


Wyoming approves first use of low pH ISL uranium production

Wyoming approves first use of low pH ISL uranium production

Peninsula Energy Ltd has completed the regulatory process for the use of low pH in-situ uranium recovery at the Lance uranium projects in Wyoming, becoming the only operator authorised to use the technique in the USA.

Uranium & Fuel 05 August 2019


Tohoku submits decommissioning plan for Onagawa 1

Tohoku submits decommissioning plan for Onagawa 1

Tohoku Electric Power Company has applied to Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority for approval of its decommissioning plan for unit 1 of the Onagawa nuclear power plant in Miyagi Prefecture. The company announced in October 2018 its decision to scrap the unit as it said required safety upgrades would be too expensive and time-consuming.

Waste & Recycling 02 August 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


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