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European approval for Salamanca offtake agreement

Uranium and Fuel

21 March 2017

The Euratom Supply Agency, the nuclear watchdog of the European Union, has approved Berkeley Energia's offtake agreement for the sale of the first production from its Salamanca uranium mine under development in Spain. The mine is expected to enter production in late 2018.

Robotic surveys resume at Fukushima Daiichi 1

Regulation and Safety

10 March 2017

PMORPH robot - 48Tokyo Electric Power Company is preparing to insert a Hitachi-developed robot into the primary containment vessel of the damaged unit 1 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Last month, a Toshiba-developed robot was used to survey the vessel of unit 2.

Areva completes Cadarache MOX decommissioning

Waste and Recycling

08 March 2017

ATPu building at Cadarache - 48Areva has completed the clean-up and dismantling of facilities at the former mixed-oxide fuel fabrication plant at Cadarache, in southern France. The company described the project as "one of the largest dismantling projects in the world".

Swiss regulator looks at aging of waste containers

Waste and Recycling

15 March 2017

Waste containers at Zwilag - 48The Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate has called for the systematic management of the aging of containers in the country's interim radioactive waste storage facilities. The requirement follows the completion of a study into container aging and fuel handling in such facilities.

Japanese fuel plant meets revised safety standards

Regulation and Safety

08 March 2017

Global Nuclear Fuel-Japan's fuel fabrication plant in Yokosuka in Kanagawa Prefecture meets new regulatory standards, the country's nuclear regulator has concluded. It becomes the first fuel cycle facility to be confirmed to meet the revised safety standards, introduced in December 2013.

Amano highlights IAEA efforts to bolster safety

Nuclear Policies

07 March 2017

Amano - March 2017 board meeting - 48The International Atomic Energy Agency will look to strengthen its activities to bolster nuclear safety around the world, the agency's director-general Yukiya Amano told its board of governors yesterday. He also informed the board of progress in the IAEA's other work.