Regulation and Safety rss

Court ruling clears way for Sendai restarts

22 April 2015

Sendai 48A court had ruled against a petition opposed to the restart of units 1 and 2 of the Sendai nuclear power plant in Japan's Kagoshima prefecture. The units now look set to resume operation later this year, becoming the first of the country's reactors to be restarted since the Fukushima Daiichi accident in 2011.

Procedural errors led to WIPP release, say investigators

17 April 2015

The radiological event at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico in February 2014 resulted from shortcomings within both contractor and federal processes, the accident investigation board has concluded. The release, it said, was preventable.

Nuclenor confirms soundness of Garoña vessel

13 April 2015

Garona reactor 48Inspections of the reactor vessel of Spain's shut down Garoña nuclear power plant show that it is in good condition to operate safely when restarted, plant operator Nuclenor recently reported to the country's regulator.

Flamanville construction continues while vessel tests due

20 April 2015

Work is continuing at the construction site of an EPR unit at Flamanville in northern France, French utility EDF said yesterday. Preparations are underway to conduct further tests on the unit's vessel after anomalies were identified in the composition of the steel in certain parts of it.

Court halts restart of Takahama reactors

14 April 2015

The restart of units 3 and 4 of Kansai Electric Power Company's Takahama nuclear power plant, expected by the end of this year, has been blocked by a temporary injunction imposed by the Fukui District Court today. Kansai said it will appeal the ruling.

Chernobyl 1-3 enter decommissioning phase

13 April 2015

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine has officially entered the decommissioning phase, following approval by the country's nuclear regulator. The first phase of decommissioning is the so-called final shutdown and preservation stage, which is expected to take ten years.