Regulation & Safety

Regulation & Safety
NRC approves Indian Point licence transfer

NRC approves Indian Point licence transfer

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the transfer of the Indian Point nuclear power plant's licences from Entergy Nuclear Operations to Holtec International, as owner, and Holtec Decommissioning International, as decommissioning operator. The transfer will help facilitate the sale of the plant from Entergy to Holtec for expedited decommissioning after the final operating unit shuts down in April next year.

Regulation & Safety 25 November 2020


Iran enters new phase of uranium enrichment, ambassador says

Iran enters new phase of uranium enrichment, ambassador says

Iran has begun a new stage of uranium enrichment activities, the country’s permanent representative to international organisations in Vienna said in an interview with IRNA on 22 November. Kazem Gharibabadi said that, during the discussion of Iran at the recent meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Directors, France, Germany and the UK - the E3 countries - "had expressed regret" over the USA's withdrawal in May 2018 from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and the reimposition of economic sanctions against Iran.

Regulation & Safety 24 November 2020


E3 responds to latest IAEA verification of Iran

E3 responds to latest IAEA verification of Iran

The International Atomic Energy Agency has verified that Iran is feeding uranium hexafluoride into a recently installed cascade of 174 IR-2M centrifuges at the Fuel Enrichment Plant in Natanz. France, Germany and the UK - the E3 - warned yesterday that Iran's further violations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action were "hollowing out" core non-proliferation benefits of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Regulation & Safety 19 November 2020


Turkey grants construction permit for Akkuyu unit 3

Turkey grants construction permit for Akkuyu unit 3

Turkey's nuclear regulatory authority (Nükleer Düzenleme Kurumu - NDK) has issued a construction licence to Russian-owned JSC Akkuyu Nuclear for unit 3 of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Mersin province, in southern Turkey.
 

Regulation & Safety 19 November 2020


Sendai 1 returns to operation with emergency control room

Sendai 1 returns to operation with emergency control room

Kyushu Electric Power Company has restarted unit 1 of its Sendai nuclear power plant in Japan's Kagoshima prefecture having completed construction of a bunkered back-up control centre as required under revised safety regulations. The 890 MWe pressurised water reactor is the first unit to resume operation in the country after building such a facility.

Regulation & Safety 18 November 2020


UAE, Saudi nuclear regulators strengthen cooperation

UAE, Saudi nuclear regulators strengthen cooperation

The UAE's Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation and Saudi Arabia's Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Commission have agreed to cooperate in nuclear and radiation regulatory matters, and to form topical working groups. The agreement follows the signing of a bilateral accord on cooperation in nuclear energy between the two countries in 2019.

Regulation & Safety 16 November 2020


Grossi highlights IAEA's activities for UN General Assembly

Grossi highlights IAEA's activities for UN General Assembly

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly for the first time since his appointment as director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Mariano Grossi spoke of the global impact of COVID-19 and climate change, as well as of the role of nuclear technologies in tackling these and other development challenges.

Regulation & Safety 12 November 2020


CGN's Hualong One design certified for European use

CGN's Hualong One design certified for European use

China General Nuclear's Hualong One (HPR1000) reactor design has been formally certified as compliant by the European Utility Requirements organisation - a technical advisory group for European utilities on nuclear power plants. CGN said EUR's assessment shows the design has a high degree of compliance with its criteria and meets the latest European nuclear power requirements.

Regulation & Safety 12 November 2020


Modernised safety management rule streamlines processes

Modernised safety management rule streamlines processes

A modernised nuclear safety management rule due to come into effect in the USA focuses on safety while minimising unnecessary administrative burden. The Final Rule focuses on improved clarity of requirements and will allow more attention to be paid to safety hazard challenges and less time on redundant efforts or administrative tasks, according to Garrett Smith, director of the Office of Nuclear Safety at the US Department of Energy.

Regulation & Safety 11 November 2020


Local consent clears way for restart of Onagawa 2

Local consent clears way for restart of Onagawa 2

Tohoku Electric Power Company today received approval from Murai Yoshihiro, the governor of Miyagi Prefecture, to restart unit 2 of its Onagawa nuclear plant in the northeastern Japan prefecture. The utility aims to restart the 796 MWe boiling water reactor in fiscal 2022 at the earliest.

Regulation & Safety 11 November 2020