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UK's post-Brexit nuclear plans face scrutiny

Regulation and Safety

12 July 2018

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has launched a consultation until 14 September on draft regulations that aim to enable a domestic nuclear safeguards regime following the UK's withdrawal from the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) as part of its departure from the European Union.

Plasma plant starts operations in Bulgaria

Waste and Recycling

10 July 2018

Kozloduy_view_(EBRD)-48A plasma melting facility at Bulgaria's Kozloduy nuclear power plant has started operations, heralding a breakthrough in nuclear waste disposal to boost the decommissioning process, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development announced today.

UK on track with post-Euratom preparations

Nuclear Policies

11 June 2018

IAEA-UK  safeguards agreement - 48The UK last week completed two more milestones in its preparations to leave the European Atomic Energy Community. On 7 June, Parliament passed the Nuclear Safeguards Bill and government officials signed new international safeguards agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Austrian case against Hinkley Point C aid rejected

New Nuclear

12 July 2018

Hinkley Point C CGI - 48The General Court of the European Union today dismissed a lawsuit filed by Austria, supported by Luxembourg, against the European Commission's approval of state aid for the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in the UK. The court said the Commission "did not err" in accepting the UK's stance that construction of the plant is in the British public's interest.

EU must support extended use of reactors, says Foratom

Nuclear Policies

20 June 2018

Foratom, the European nuclear trade body, has called on the European Commission and other EU institutions to recognise and reward the long-term operation of nuclear power reactors in their role to help Europe meet its climate targets.

UK industry welcomes clarity on Euratom R&D

Nuclear Policies

23 May 2018

May at Jodrell Bank - 48The UK's Nuclear Industry Association has welcomed confirmation of the government's intention to seek associate status to Euratom R&D programmes. NIA chief executive Tom Greatrex stressed however that this is just one part of the current Euratom framework, and progress in replicating other vital areas is still needed before the UK leaves the treaty, as part of its exit from the European Union, in March 2019.