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US test reactor resumes operations

16 November 2017

TREAT-restart_(INL)-48A test reactor at the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory was restarted yesterday after more than 20 years on standby. The Transient Reactor Test Facility, used to test nuclear fuels and materials under extreme conditions, had not operated since being shut down in 1994.

Regulators start technical assessment of UK HPR 1000

16 November 2017

HPR1000 cutaway - 48The UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency announced today they are progressing to the next phase of their Generic Design Assessment of the UK HPR1000 reactor. This is the Hualong One design that General Nuclear Services - a subsidiary of EDF and China General Nuclear - proposes to use at a prospective new nuclear power plant in England.

China and Vietnam to cooperate on nuclear safety

13 November 2017

Vietnam-China - November 2017 - 48The nuclear safety regulators of China and Vietnam today signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation. The two countries signed an agreement to cooperate in nuclear energy in 2000.

IAEA sees continuous improvement in safety at Borssele

16 November 2017

Borssele NPP - 48Dutch utility EPZ has addressed all the recommendations and all but one of the suggestions that an International Atomic Energy Agency mission to the Borssele nuclear power plant made in 2014, a follow-up Operational Safety Review Team mission has concluded.

IAEA concludes Belgian research reactor safety review

14 November 2017

An International Atomic Energy Agency team of nuclear safety experts has today completed a seven-day mission to review safety at the Belgian Research Reactor 2 (BR2). Requested by Belgium's regulatory body, the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control, the mission focused on ageing management and continued safe operation.

FANR: Globalisation key to regulatory excellence

08 November 2017

Barakah_Sept_17_(ENEC)-48As nuclear vendors and operators have transformed into global players, so have nuclear regulators felt the impacts of globalisation, according to Christer Viktorsson, director general of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation in the United Arab Emirates. International collaborations and agreements between regulators can help to promote the highest global nuclear safety standards, he said.