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IAEA considers safety of ageing research reactors

27 April 2017

A group of experts has made recommendations to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the sustainable and safe operation of research reactors. "Ageing management and effective utilisation are major challenges for operators of research reactors," the IAEA said.

IAEA aims to strengthen African nuclear security

24 April 2017

The International Atomic Energy Agency this month launched a project to enhance regulatory frameworks for nuclear security in African countries.

ASN sets conditions for Creusot Forge restart

18 April 2017

France's nuclear regulator, the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire, has defined the preconditions for the resumption of forging operations at Areva's Le Creusot forge. The facility has been out of operation since December 2015 following the discovery of quality assurance issues.

US regulators open SMR emergency planning debate

24 April 2017

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission is seeking public comment on a draft regulatory basis for new emergency preparedness requirements for small modular reactors and new technologies such as non-light water reactor facilities. A regulatory basis is an early stage in the NRC's rulemaking process.

Paks II environmental licence decision upheld

21 April 2017

MVM Paks II has received environmental approval to build two new units at the Paks nuclear power plant in Hungary. The company received an environmental licence from the Baranya County Government Office in late September, but this was challenged by Greenpeace Hungary and Energiaklub. The initial licence was then reviewed by Pest County Government Office, which gave statutory approval of the licence on 18 April.

IAEA calls for ‘commitment and vigilance’ on safety

10 April 2017

Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety highlighted the importance of sustaining and enhancing a nuclear safety culture, maintaining effective legal frameworks, and enforcing safety precautions within the supply chain following a two-week review of nuclear power plant safety. Their seventh review meeting was held from 27 March to 7 April at the International Atomic Energy Agency headquarters, in Vienna.