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NRC issues order to Westinghouse fuel facility

15 August 2017

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a confirmatory order to Westinghouse following the May 2016 discovery of an accumulation of uranium-bearing material at a fuel fabrication facility. The regulator has said it will not issue a civil penalty or cite the company for violations because of the commitments Westinghouse has made under the order.

Ghanaian reactor at full power after fuel conversion

11 August 2017

Ghana research reactor restart - 48Ghana's research reactor has achieved full power operation following its conversion to run on low-enriched uranium instead of highly-enriched uranium. It is the first of five such Chinese-supplied reactors outside of China to be converted.

NRC aims for 'informed decisions' on Yucca Mountain

09 August 2017

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved further actions related to its review of the Department of Energy's application for authorisation to construct a high-level radioactive waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Yucca Mountain has since 1987 been named in the US Nuclear Waste Policy Act as the sole initial repository for disposal of the country's used nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive wastes.

Canadian, US nuclear regulators enhance cooperation

14 August 2017

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission are to expand their existing cooperation. Under a recently-signed memorandum of understanding, they will enhance their exchange of technical information and cooperation in nuclear safety matters.

Operational safety improves at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa

09 August 2017

Kashiwazaki-Kariwa (Tepco)_48Tokyo Electric Power Company has addressed many of the recommendations made following a 2015 assessment of operational safety at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant by the International Atomic Energy Agency. However, the IAEA says work should continue in some areas.

New isotope facility to ease pressure on supplies

04 August 2017

Shine Building One groundbreaking - 48Radioisotope producers around the world are working to meet the capacity lost with the end of production by Canada's National Research Universal reactor in 2016. Construction of a new production facility in the USA will help to meet the growing global demand for medical radioisotopes.