Regulation & Safety

Regulation & Safety
Turkey Point licensed for 80 years of operation

Turkey Point licensed for 80 years of operation

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved Florida Power & Light's application for a 20-year subsequent licence extension for Turkey Point units 3 and 4, the first time the regulator has issued licences authorising reactors to operate for up to 80 years.

Regulation & Safety 06 December 2019


US and Canadian regulators select SMR for joint review

US and Canadian regulators select SMR for joint review

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission have selected Terrestrial Energy's Integral Molten Salt Reactor for their first joint technical review of an advanced, non-light water nuclear reactor technology, Terrestrial announced yesterday.

Regulation & Safety 06 December 2019


Regulatory approval for Onagawa 2 restart

Regulatory approval for Onagawa 2 restart

Tohoku Electric Power Company has received initial regulatory approval to resume operation of unit 2 at its Onagawa plant in Japan's Miyagi Prefecture. The plant was the closest nuclear power plant to the epicentre of the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011, but sustained far less damage than expected.

Regulation & Safety 27 November 2019


IAEA completes nuclear security mission in Uruguay

IAEA completes nuclear security mission in Uruguay

Uruguay has a well-established nuclear security regime that incorporates essential elements of the International Atomic Energy Agency's guidance of the fundamentals of nuclear security, an IAEA team of experts has concluded, following an International Physical Protection Advisory Service mission.

Regulation & Safety 25 November 2019


Acting IAEA head urges Iranian cooperation

Acting IAEA head urges Iranian cooperation

Iran should cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency to resolve outstanding issues, including the recent detection of natural uranium particles of anthropogenic origin at an undeclared location, Acting Director General Cornel Feruta told the IAEA Board of Governors yesterday. The IAEA and Iran are scheduled to meet next week in Tehran.

Regulation & Safety 22 November 2019


Kudankulam cyberattack no threat to plant operations, minister confirms

Kudankulam cyberattack no threat to plant operations, minister confirms

Indian Minister of State Jitendra Singh confirmed to the country's parliament this week that a cyberattack discovered in September at the Kudankulam nuclear power plant had been limited to the plant's administrative network.

Regulation & Safety 22 November 2019


OECD/NEA highlights challenges facing isotope supply chain

OECD/NEA highlights challenges facing isotope supply chain

The structure of the medical radioisotope supply chain is impeding the provision of technetium-99m, a new report by an OECD Nuclear Energy Agency high-level group has found. Supplies of the world's most widely used medical radioisotope remain fragile.

Regulation & Safety 20 November 2019


French plant taken offline following earthquake

French plant taken offline following earthquake

EDF has temporarily suspended operation of three units at its Cruas-Meysse nuclear power plant to assess the reactors following a magnitude 4.9 earthquake yesterday in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of south-central France. No damage has been found at any nuclear facilities in the area.

Regulation & Safety 12 November 2019


Egypt completes IAEA nuclear power infrastructure mission

Egypt completes IAEA nuclear power infrastructure mission

An International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts has concluded an 11-day Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review for Egypt. The mission, which was completed on 6 November, was conducted at the invitation of the Egyptian government.

Regulation & Safety 11 November 2019


Japan nuclear shutdown did 'more harm than good', study finds

Japan nuclear shutdown did 'more harm than good', study finds

Increased electricity prices and greater use of fossil fuels have led to more deaths following the Fukushima accident in March 2011 than the subsequent evacuation from the area surrounding the nuclear power plant, a new study shows. No deaths have been recorded as a direct result of the accident itself, but the decision to suspend nuclear power generation in response to it has contributed to loss of life, it says.

Regulation & Safety 29 October 2019