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Japanese reactor restarted following prolonged outage

Japanese reactor restarted following prolonged outage

Shikoku Electric Power Company restarted unit 3 of its Ikata nuclear power plant in Japan's Ehime Prefecture yesterday. The reactor - one of the few to have been restarted since the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant - had been offline since December 2019 due to a periodic inspection and a subsequent court injunction.

Regulation & Safety 03 December 2021


MoU aims to produce Co-60 in French PWRs

MoU aims to produce Co-60 in French PWRs

Westinghouse Electric Company and EDF have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to produce cobalt-60 in selected pressurised water reactors owned and operated by EDF in France. The agreement is the first step towards production in Europe of the radioisotope for medical uses, the companies said.

Regulation & Safety 02 December 2021


IAEA finds commitment to safety at Belleville plant

IAEA finds commitment to safety at Belleville plant

EDF has demonstrated commitment to safety at its Belleville nuclear power plant in central France by introducing additional methods to prepare for accident management and using innovative approaches in the training of plant staff, an expert team from the International Atomic Energy Agency has concluded. The team also identified areas for further enhancement, for example in operation, maintenance and operating experience.

Regulation & Safety 02 December 2021


IAEA team reviews Kalinin safety

IAEA team reviews Kalinin safety

Russia's Kalinin nuclear power plant shows a commitment to safety, said a team assembled by the International Atomic Energy Agency, which took some new practices away to share with the global industry.

Regulation & Safety 01 December 2021


Atucha 1 works towards long-term operation

Atucha 1 works towards long-term operation

Nucleoelectrica Argentina has been given feedback on its preparation of Atucha 1 for long-term operation by an International Atomic Energy Agency team. It is the third such mission at the request of the Argentinian government.

Regulation & Safety 30 November 2021


Tehran negotiations 'inconclusive': Grossi

Tehran negotiations 'inconclusive': Grossi

Negotiations to address outstanding nuclear verification issues in Iran have so far been inconclusive, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said yesterday. Negotiations among parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - Iran and five world powers - are expected to resume in Vienna next week.

Regulation & Safety 25 November 2021


NRC 'indicates acceptance' of Kairos safety evaluation

NRC 'indicates acceptance' of Kairos safety evaluation

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a draft safety evaluation report indicating its initial acceptance of Kairos Power's source term methodology for its Kairos Power fluoride salt-cooled high temperature reactor. The topical report, which Kairos submitted to the regulator in June 2020, is the first of its kind to be reviewed by the NRC.

Regulation & Safety 23 November 2021


Czech nuclear security regime is robust, says IAEA

Czech nuclear security regime is robust, says IAEA

An International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts last week completed a follow-up nuclear security advisory mission to the Czech Republic. The two-week International Physical Protection Advisory Service mission included a review of the legislative and regulatory framework for the physical protection of nuclear material and associated facilities and activities, including transport.

Regulation & Safety 23 November 2021


Ukrainian review of NuScale SMR safety assessment

Ukrainian review of NuScale SMR safety assessment

The US Department of Energy is funding an independent review by a technical advisory body to Ukraine's nuclear regulator of the NuScale Power Module Safety Analysis Report. This review will be made available to any utility in Ukraine interested in deploying NuScale Power's small modular reactor technology.

Regulation & Safety 19 November 2021


Rolls-Royce submits SMR design for UK assessment

Rolls-Royce submits SMR design for UK assessment

Rolls-Royce SMR Limited has submitted its 470 MWe small modular reactor design for entry to the UK's Generic Design Assessment regulatory process. The review of the SMR design - based on a small pressurised water reactor - will formally begin once the government has assessed the company's capability and capacity to successfully enter the GDA process.

Regulation & Safety 17 November 2021