Regulation & Safety

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NRC proposes technology-neutral approach for new reactor licensing

NRC proposes technology-neutral approach for new reactor licensing

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission is seeking public comment on a proposed rulemaking that would streamline the environmental reviews for future new nuclear reactors by presenting generic environmental impacts for those designs that fit within certain site and plant parameters.

Regulation & Safety 24 April 2024


IAEA finds improved safety at Dutch research reactor

IAEA finds improved safety at Dutch research reactor

The operator of the Hoger Onderwijs research reactor in the Netherlands has enhanced safety since a previous review mission in September 2021, a follow-up International Atomic Energy Agency mission has concluded.

Regulation & Safety 23 April 2024


IAEA's Grossi explains why blame is not being attributed for Zaporizhzhia attacks

IAEA's Grossi explains why blame is not being attributed for Zaporizhzhia attacks

With a third report of a drone attack in two weeks around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant area, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has urged restraint from all sides - and explained why the agency has not pointed the finger of blame for the incidents.

Regulation & Safety 19 April 2024


Fuel loading to start at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa unit

Fuel loading to start at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa unit

Tokyo Electric Power Company plans to begin loading fuel into unit 7 of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture following approval by Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority. It is not yet known when the reactor will be restarted.

Regulation & Safety 15 April 2024


Further Japanese research reactor free of HEU

Further Japanese research reactor free of HEU

All remaining highly enriched uranium from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency's Japan Materials Testing Reactor Critical Assembly has now been returned to the USA. Japan and the USA have been cooperating for many years to repatriate HEU from Japanese research reactors to the USA.

Regulation & Safety 12 April 2024


Final Zaporizhzhia unit being switched to cold shutdown

Final Zaporizhzhia unit being switched to cold shutdown

International Atomic Energy Agency staff at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant report that they have been told unit 4 is being transferred to cold shutdown - making it the sixth and last unit to do so.

Regulation & Safety 12 April 2024


NRC should assess risks from climate change, report recommends

NRC should assess risks from climate change, report recommends

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission should address potential impacts of climate change–related hazards during the licensing process for nuclear power plants, the Government Accountability Office has recommended.

Regulation & Safety 12 April 2024


Licence issued to test BREST-OD-300 nuclear fuel module

Licence issued to test BREST-OD-300 nuclear fuel module

Russian nuclear regulator Rostechnadzor has issued a licence which will allow the production of mock-ups of fuel assemblies with depleted uranium for the BREST-OD-300 fast neutron reactor.

Regulation & Safety 12 April 2024


Grossi condemns drone strikes at Zaporizhzhia site

Grossi condemns drone strikes at Zaporizhzhia site

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi described three drone strikes at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant site as a serious incident that endangered nuclear safety and security.

Regulation & Safety 08 April 2024


Justification sought for use of Newcleo reactor in the UK

Justification sought for use of Newcleo reactor in the UK

The Nuclear Industry Association has applied to the UK government for a justification decision for Newcleo's lead-cooled fast reactor, the LFR-AS-200. Such a decision is required for the operation of a new nuclear technology in the country.

Regulation & Safety 05 April 2024