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Research hope for 'shadow corrosion' progress

Research hope for 'shadow corrosion' progress

A problem that has affected boiling water reactors for decades could be closer to being prevented after researchers at the University of Michigan managed to emulate shadow corrosion with ion beams.

Regulation & Safety 26 January 2022


Bruce 7 prepares for isotope production

Bruce 7 prepares for isotope production

Bruce unit 7 has become the first nuclear power reactor in the world with installed capability to produce the medical radioisotope lutetium-177. The isotope, which is used in the treatment of cancers such as neuroendocrine tumours and prostate cancer, will be produced from ytterbium targets irradiated in the reactor.

Regulation & Safety 25 January 2022


New method for decontamination

New method for decontamination

Scientists at Russia's Bochvar Institute have developed a more effective way to decontaminate laboratory equipment which will reduce the amount of radioactive waste that is produced, as well as its residual radioactivity.

Regulation & Safety 24 January 2022


Escape room enhances emergency response training

Escape room enhances emergency response training

A training course at the US Department of Energy's Hanford site is using an "escape room" to help employees learn to perform under pressure while using respiratory protection equipment.

Regulation & Safety 21 January 2022


Belgian regulator says reactors could operate beyond 2025

Belgian regulator says reactors could operate beyond 2025

Belgium's Doel 4 and Tihange 3 could continue operating beyond 2025 provided certain safety upgrades are carried out, Belgium's Federal Agency for Nuclear Control has said. However, it said the government must make a prompt decision on their long-term operation and develop a global approach with all the actors involved.

Regulation & Safety 18 January 2022


Koeberg offline for replacement of steam generators

Koeberg offline for replacement of steam generators

Unit 2 of South Africa’s Koeberg nuclear power plant has been taken offline for refuelling and the replacement of its three steam generators and reactor pressure vessel head. The work is part of plans to extend its operation for 20 years, and scheduled to take five months.

Regulation & Safety 17 January 2022


Nuclear technique cuts mosquito numbers in Cuban trial

Nuclear technique cuts mosquito numbers in Cuban trial

A pilot trial of a nuclear technique in a neighbourhood of the Cuban capital Havana reduced mosquito numbers by up to 90% last year. Early reports show that cases of mosquito-borne diseases were completely eliminated in the last two months of the trial.

Regulation & Safety 14 January 2022


NRC denies Oklo licence application

NRC denies Oklo licence application

UPDATED - The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has denied Oklo Power's application to build and operate an Aurora compact fast reactor in Idaho, saying gaps in the information supplied by the company mean that the regulator's review of the combined licence application cannot move forward. Oklo can submit a "complete application" in the future and can request a hearing on the NRC decision.

Regulation & Safety 07 January 2022


Application submitted for Paks II containment

Application submitted for Paks II containment

An application to build the containment building of the first new unit at Hungary's Paks II nuclear power plant has been submitted. Project company Atomerőmű Zrt said it should be approved within 150 days. Meanwhile, Hungary's nuclear regulator has assumed a new, more independent, legal status.

Regulation & Safety 04 January 2022


Isotope supplies allow USA to stop HEU exports

Isotope supplies allow USA to stop HEU exports

Worldwide supplies of molybdenum-99 made without using highly enriched uranium are now sufficient for the USA to ban exports of HEU material for foreign medical isotope production.
 

Regulation & Safety 23 December 2021