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EU research project focuses on radon and NORM

EU research project focuses on radon and NORM

An extensive EU-funded research project has been launched to investigate the effects of chronic exposure to low doses of radon and other naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) on humans and the environment. The EUR22 million (USD26 million), five-year RadoNorm project involves 56 partners from 22 European countries.

Regulation & Safety 28 September 2020


Canadian firms make progress with radioisotope production

Canadian firms make progress with radioisotope production

Ontario Power Generation, its subsidiary Laurentis Energy Partners, BWXT ITG Canada Inc and its affiliates yesterday said they are making "significant progress" towards the production of molybdenum-99 at OPG's Darlington plant. Darlington will be the first large-scale nuclear power station to produce the medical radioisotope, they said.

Regulation & Safety 25 September 2020


Project to downblend Kazakh HEU fuel completed

Project to downblend Kazakh HEU fuel completed

A project to remove the last remaining batch of unirradiated highly enriched uranium fuel from Kazakhstan has been completed in a joint effort by Kazakhstan and the USA, the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has announced. The two nations have also signed a new joint statement reaffirming their intention to continue to work together to support the common goal of minimising nuclear proliferation, ensuring nuclear security and strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime.
 

Regulation & Safety 24 September 2020


IAEA is there to help with every global challenge, says Grossi

IAEA is there to help with every global challenge, says Grossi

The fight against the coronavirus pandemic has underscored the important role the International Atomic Energy Agency plays in the major crises the world faces, its director general, Rafael Mariano Grossi, said today in his opening address to the 64th regular session of the IAEA General Conference. These remarks were in addition to his formal statement published by the agency while he was speaking to the conference's participants, both those present at the IAEA's headquarters in Vienna and those watching via livestreaming of the event.

Regulation & Safety 21 September 2020


SKB found to be fit for safe operation of waste facilities

SKB found to be fit for safe operation of waste facilities

Sweden's radioactive waste management company generally meets the legal requirements for ensuring the safe operation of the central interim storage facility for used nuclear fuel (Clab) at Oskarshamn and the SFR repository for low and intermediate-level waste at Forsmark, the regulator said. The Radiation Safety Authority said Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB can therefore continue to operate the facilities until the next overall assessment in 2028.

Regulation & Safety 21 September 2020


IAEA is 'fair and firm' with Iran, says Grossi

IAEA is 'fair and firm' with Iran, says Grossi

The IAEA continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement, and evaluations regarding the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities continue, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today in his opening address to the 64th regular session of IAEA General Conference.

Regulation & Safety 21 September 2020


Kansai completes upgrade work at two reactors

Kansai completes upgrade work at two reactors

Safety improvement work to enable Mihama unit 3 and Takahama unit 1 - both in Japan's Fukui Prefecture - to operate for an additional 20 years, to 60 years, has now been completed, Kansai Electric Power Company announced today. Work needed to extend the operation of unit 2 of the Takahama plant continues.

Regulation & Safety 18 September 2020


IAEA reviews long-term safety of Sweden's Ringhals 3

IAEA reviews long-term safety of Sweden's Ringhals 3

An International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts today completed a review of the long-term operational safety of unit 3 of the Ringhals nuclear power plant in Sweden. The team assessed the plant's preparedness, organisation and programmes related to long-term operation against IAEA safety standards.

Regulation & Safety 18 September 2020


European research project aims to understand concrete degradation

European research project aims to understand concrete degradation

A new research project supported by the European Union aims to clarify, enhance and unify methods of structural integrity assessment of safety-critical concrete infrastructure in support of long-term operation of nuclear power plants. Coordinated by Finland's VTT Technical Research Centre, the collaborative project seeks to improve the understanding of ageing and deterioration of such concrete.

Regulation & Safety 10 September 2020


Dominion Energy applies for North Anna licence extension

Dominion Energy applies for North Anna licence extension

Virginia, USA-based Dominion Energy has filed an application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to renew North Anna Power Station's operating licences for an additional 20-year term. Dominion says approval would mean its customers continue to receive safe, reliable, affordable and carbon-free electricity from the plant until 2060.

Regulation & Safety 07 September 2020