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NPT signatories must enable a renewed vision for nuclear, says Bilbao y León

NPT signatories must enable a renewed vision for nuclear, says Bilbao y León

US President Dwight Eisenhower's 'Atoms for Peace' speech to the UN General Assembly in 1953 is still relevant as the world of today confronts the existential threat of climate change, World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León told delegates at a preparatory event for the Tenth NPT Review Conference that is expected to take place in August. Speaking at the event - titled Industry and Peaceful Applications of Nuclear Technology - Bilbao y León called upon all signatories to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which entered into force in 1970, to support the expansion of civil nuclear power.

Regulation & Safety 07 May 2021


NEA report considers long-term management of severe accidents

NEA report considers long-term management of severe accidents

Many challenges have to be faced in maintaining safety over the long term in a damaged nuclear power plant following a severe accident, the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency notes in a new status report. The report reviews knowledge and experience gained through long-term management of the Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi accidents, by identifying and ranking main issues and knowledge gaps. It also reviews the existing regulations and guidance, practices, technical bases and issues regarding long-term management of a severely damaged nuclear site.

Regulation & Safety 06 May 2021


Surry units cleared for 80-year operation

Surry units cleared for 80-year operation

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved an application by Dominion Energy's Virginia subsidiary for a 20-year extension to the operating licences of the twin-unit Surry nuclear power plant. This will enable the two pressurised water reactors to operate until 2052 and 2053, respectively. 

Regulation & Safety 05 May 2021


Fukushima Daini decommissioning plan approved

Fukushima Daini decommissioning plan approved

Japan's nuclear regulator today approved Tokyo Electric Power Company's decommissioning plan for the four reactors at its Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant, close to the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Regulation & Safety 28 April 2021


Fukui governor approves restart of three reactors

Fukui governor approves restart of three reactors

The governor of Japan's Fukui Prefecture today approved the restart of three reactors owned by Kansai Electric Power Company - Takahama units 1 and 2, and Mihama unit 3. His consent was the final approval needed for the reactors - all aged over 40 years old - to resume operation.

Regulation & Safety 28 April 2021


Moving on from Chernobyl

Moving on from Chernobyl

Thirty-five years on from the Chernobyl accident, Ukraine and the International Atomic Energy Agency have highlighted their commitment to cooperation in nuclear power. Meanwhile Ukraine’s nuclear regulator has launched the start of operations at a new storage facility for used nuclear fuel at the Chernobyl site.  

Regulation & Safety 27 April 2021


Iran begins enriching uranium to 60%

Iran begins enriching uranium to 60%

Iran on 17 April began enriching uranium up to 60%, after previously notifying the International Atomic Energy Agency of its intention to do so. Enrichment to 60% uranium-235 is being carried out in two cascades of IR-4 and IR-6 centrifuges at the Natanz facility.

Regulation & Safety 19 April 2021


Regulator bans fuel loading at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa

Regulator bans fuel loading at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has today issued an administrative order to Tokyo Electric Power Company preventing it from transporting nuclear fuel stored at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant or loading it into reactors. The order - issued in response to a series of security breaches at the site - will delay Tepco's planned restart of unit 7 at the plant in Niigata Prefecture.

Regulation & Safety 14 April 2021


Fukushima Daiichi water to be discharged into sea

Fukushima Daiichi water to be discharged into sea

The Japanese government today announced its formal decision that the treated water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi site will be discharged into the sea. Tokyo Electric Power Company is expected to start discharging the mildly-radioactive water in 2023 in line with international standards and regulations.

Regulation & Safety 13 April 2021


Hunterston B cleared for six months of operation

Hunterston B cleared for six months of operation

The UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation has today provided EDF with permission for Reactors 3 and 4 at the Hunterston nuclear power plant in North Ayrshire, Scotland to return to service for a limited period of operation. This will be the power station’s final period of operation before moving into the defueling phase.

Regulation & Safety 13 April 2021