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French-US firms create storage JV in Texas


14 March 2018

CISF_rendering_(WCS)_48Orano USA and Waste Control Specialists plan to form a joint venture to license a consolidated interim storage facility (CISF) for used nuclear fuel at the WCS site in Andrews County, Texas. The joint venture will request that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission resume its review of the CISF licence application WCS originally submitted two years ago.

Russia's Rostov 4 enters pilot operation

New Nuclear

20 February 2018

Rostov 4 - 48Russian regulator Rostechnadzor has issued a licence for the final stage of the start-up procedure - pilot operation - at unit 4 of the Rostov nuclear power plant, which is near the city of Volgodonsk.

Swedish repository gets positive regulatory response

Waste and Recycling

23 January 2018

Swedish used fuel repository design - 48Sweden's Radiation Safety Authority today submitted a positive opinion to the government on Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB's (SKB's) application to build a repository for used nuclear fuel, together with a plant to encapsulate the fuel prior to disposal. However, the Land and Environment Court in Stockholm has called for further documentation on the copper capsules in which the fuel will be stored within the repository.

More SMR vendor design reviews for CNSC

Regulation and Safety

20 February 2018

eVinci_micro_reactor_(Westinghouse)-48The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission is to conduct pre-licensing vendor design reviews (VDR) of small modular reactor designs from NuScale Power and Westinghouse Electric Company. The reviews of the NuScale SMR and Westinghouse's eVinci micro reactor will incorporate the first two phases of the VDR process.

Unterweser gets decommissioning approval

Regulation and Safety

07 February 2018

Unterweser - 48German utility PreussenElektra has announced that the decommissioning and dismantling of the Unterweser nuclear power plant can now start, following approval from the Lower Saxony Ministry of the Environment, Energy, Building and Climate Protection. The approval is pursuant to Section 7 (3) of Germany's Atomic Energy Act.

Regulator checks Rostov 4 ahead of start-up

New Nuclear

16 January 2018

Rostov 1-4 - 48Russian regulator Rostechnadzor has started its inspection of unit 4 of the Rostov nuclear power plant ahead of its launch this year. The regulator is checking documentation on the tests carried out when the unit reached criticality and minimum controlled power last month, Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said today.