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Koeberg 1 cleared for extended operation

Koeberg 1 cleared for extended operation

South Africa's National Nuclear Regulator has granted state-owned utility Eskom a licence to continue operating unit 1 of the Koeberg nuclear power plant for another 20 years until 21 July 2044.

Regulation & Safety 16 July 2024


UN motion calls for Zaporizhzhia plant's return to Ukrainian control

UN motion calls for Zaporizhzhia plant's return to Ukrainian control

The United Nations General Assembly voted by 99 votes to 9, with 60 abstentions, for Russia to "immediately return the plant to the full control of the sovereign and competent authorities of Ukraine". Meanwhile the IAEA warns about the impact of the war on the city where most of the nuclear power plant workers live.

Regulation & Safety 12 July 2024


President Biden signs ADVANCE Act into law

President Biden signs ADVANCE Act into law

The bipartisan Accelerating Deployment of Versatile, Advanced Nuclear for Clean Energy (ADVANCE) Act aims to incentivise and support the development and deployment of new advanced nuclear technologies, including measures to streamline the regulatory approvals process.

Regulation & Safety 10 July 2024


Kansai gets more approvals relating to Takahama units

Kansai gets more approvals relating to Takahama units

Kansai Electric Power Company has been given prior consent by Fukui Prefecture and Takahama Town for the  steam generator replacement plan for Takahama nuclear power plant units 3 and 4.

Regulation & Safety 09 July 2024


Drone attacks continue near Zaporizhzhia plant

Drone attacks continue near Zaporizhzhia plant

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has called for an immediate stop to drone attacks in the vicinity of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant following reports of injuries to plant workers and forest fires being started.

Regulation & Safety 04 July 2024


Novel transistor material shows nuclear potential

Novel transistor material shows nuclear potential

Gallium nitride semiconductors can successfully withstand the harsh environment near a nuclear reactor core, researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory have found. The discovery could enable electronic components to be placed closer to sensors in an operating reactor leading to more precise and accurate measurements with safety and operational benefits.

Regulation & Safety 04 July 2024


French regulatory review of Newcleo SMR progresses

French regulatory review of Newcleo SMR progresses

Innovative reactor developer Newcleo announced it has completed the preparatory stage set up by the French authorities for developers of small modular reactor projects to facilitate, secure and accelerate the review of licence applications.

Regulation & Safety 02 July 2024


IAEA concern at damage to Zaporizhzhia radiation monitoring station

IAEA concern at damage to Zaporizhzhia radiation monitoring station

An external radiation monitoring station was reported to have been destroyed by shelling and fire, with four of the 14 pre-conflict stations currently unavailable, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said.

Regulation & Safety 28 June 2024


Ohi units cleared for another 10 years' operation

Ohi units cleared for another 10 years' operation

Japan's nuclear regulator has approved Kansai Electric Power Company's long-term reactor management plan for units 3 and 4 of its Ohi nuclear power plant in Fukui prefecture, allowing the units to operate beyond 30 years. They become the first reactors to be permitted to operate up to 40 years under new legislation.

Regulation & Safety 26 June 2024


US Senate passes legislation to speed nuclear deployment

US Senate passes legislation to speed nuclear deployment

The bipartisan Accelerating Deployment of Versatile, Advanced Nuclear for Clean Energy (ADVANCE) Act aims to incentivise and support the development and deployment of new advanced nuclear technologies, including measures to streamline the regulatory approvals process.

Regulation & Safety 20 June 2024