Regulation and Safety rss

Detector network flags traces of radioactive iodine in Europe

21 February 2017

Small amounts of Iodine-131, well below levels likely to have any effect on human health, were detected in outdoor air last month in a number of European countries. The source of the release has yet to be identified.

Regulator gives conditional approval for Garoña restart

10 February 2017

Garona 48Spain's nuclear safety regulator has given conditional approval for the restart and continued operation of the Garoña nuclear power plant, which has been offline for the past four years. Operator Nuclenor would be required to make a number of safety upgrades.

Finnish regulator approves Loviisa safety assessments

07 February 2017

Loviisa 1 and 2 - 48The continued operation of the Loviisa nuclear power plant is safe and meets legal requirements, the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority has concluded following a review of operator Fortum's first periodic safety assessment of the two-unit plant.

Robot surveys Fukushima Daiichi containment vessel

17 February 2017

Scorpion robot for FD 2 PCV - 48Tokyo Electric Power Company yesterday sent a robot into the primary containment vessel of the damaged unit 2 at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan. Although the robot was unable to reach the part of the vessel directly under the reactor pressure vessel, the company said the information it gathered will help it determine how to decommission the unit.

Delay to safety upgrades at Tohoku units

08 February 2017

Onagawa NPP 48Japan's Tohoku Electric Power Company has pushed back the expected completion dates of construction work to bolster safety at unit 2 of its Onagawa nuclear power plant and unit 1 of its Higashidori plant. The work must be completed before the units will be allowed to resume operation.

Advisory committee reports on Tepco's self-assessment

31 January 2017

Tepco Holdings has made significant progress in its adoption of a stronger safety culture, an advisory body to the company has said. The Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee, which has reviewed the company's self-assessment, made several recommendations for further improvement.