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Ranger leach tank investigation closed

12 February 2016

The government of Australia's Northern Territory has decided not to prosecute Energy Resources of Australia over the December 2013 failure of a leach tank at the Ranger uranium mine and has closed its investigation into the incident.

Fukushima Daiichi ice wall equipment in place

10 February 2016

Fukushima Daiichi ice wall - 48The installation of the equipment required for forming a wall of frozen soil at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to prevent groundwater entering the reactor buildings has been completed. Approval from the Japanese regulator must be sought before the creation of the wall itself can begin.

China confident in nuclear emergency preparedness

27 January 2016

China's State Council has today issued its first white paper on nuclear energy, detailing policies and measures to boost nuclear emergency preparedness and promoting nuclear security. Nuclear safety, it says, has been strengthened in parallel with development of its nuclear industry.

EDF faces €100 billion reactor upgrade bill, says audit office

11 February 2016

French utility EDF will need to spend some €100 billion ($113 billion) on upgrading its fleet of 58 nuclear power reactors by 2030, the country's state audit office has said. The upgrades are needed to meet new safety requirements and to extend the lives of the units beyond 40 years.

UK regulator charts progress of event reporting

05 February 2016

The UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation today published a list of events reported to the authority over 14 years and has concluded that "the total number has increased over recent years, but the number of those that are of nuclear safety significance has not".

Fatal rockfall at planned French repository site

26 January 2016

One person was killed and another injured today by a tunnel collapse within an underground laboratory operated by French waste management agency Andra. The laboratory, near Bure in the Meuse/Haute Marne area, is assessing the site for its suitability to house a national radioactive waste repository.