Regulation & Safety

Regulation & Safety
E3 dispute Tehran's justification for uranium enrichment

E3 dispute Tehran's justification for uranium enrichment

Iran has no credible civilian use for uranium metal and must reverse its latest move towards increased enrichment, the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK - the E3 countries - said on 16 January. In response, the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran said it wanted the International Atomic Energy Agency to "avoid mentioning unnecessary details".

Regulation & Safety 19 January 2021


IAEA assists in securing Congolese disused radioactive sources

IAEA assists in securing Congolese disused radioactive sources

Two disused radioactive sources, previously used in cancer treatment, have been transported to safe and secure storage locations in the Republic of the Congo. The relocation of the sources - which are expected to be exported outside the country next year - was supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Regulation & Safety 18 January 2021


India produces first indigenous eye cancer treatment

India produces first indigenous eye cancer treatment

India's Bhabha Atomic Research Centre has developed a process to harvest medical-grade ruthenium-160, allowing the indigenous production of plaques of the material for use in eye cancer therapy. Ruthenium is a fission by-product of the nuclear reprocessing cycle.

Regulation & Safety 15 January 2021


Safety upgrades completed at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa 7

Safety upgrades completed at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa 7

Upgrades to safety measures to comply with new regulatory requirements were completed yesterday at unit 7 of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata prefecture, Tokyo Electric Power Company has announced. Although the utility has already received regulatory approval to restart the reactor, it must still obtain local consent.

Regulation & Safety 13 January 2021


IAEA confined to 'piecemeal' updates from Iran, says Grossi

IAEA confined to 'piecemeal' updates from Iran, says Grossi

The International Atomic Energy Agency cannot judge whether Iran will choose to become only the second country, after North Korea, ever to deny its inspectors access to nuclear sites, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today. Grossi was speaking in an interview with Francois Murphy, chief correspondent of Reuters in Austria, where the IAEA is headquartered. The interview was held on the first day of the Reuters Next virtual summit that is taking place until 14 January.

Regulation & Safety 11 January 2021


UK HPR1000 design opened for public comment

UK HPR1000 design opened for public comment

The UK's Environment Agency has published its assessment so far of the UK Hualong One pressurised water reactor (UK HPR1000) as it invites public comment on this proposed new reactor design. The UK HPR1000 is the Hualong One design that General Nuclear Services - a subsidiary of EDF and China General Nuclear - proposes to use at a prospective new nuclear power plant in Bradwell, England.

Regulation & Safety 11 January 2021


FDA approves novel non-uranium Mo-99 production process

FDA approves novel non-uranium Mo-99 production process

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes, LLC's process to produce molybdenum-99 from concentrated Mo-98 and related software upgrades for its RadioGenix System technetium-99m generator. This will significantly increase US production and capacity for non-uranium based Mo-99, the company says.

Regulation & Safety 07 January 2021


E3 warn of risk from Iran's uranium enrichment

E3 warn of risk from Iran's uranium enrichment

Iran's latest move to increase uranium enrichment poses a nuclear proliferation risk, say the foreign ministers of the UK, France and Germany - the E3 countries. Meanwhile Iran’s ambassador to international organisations in Vienna has written to the International Atomic Energy Agency, stressing the need for Israel's "prompt and unconditional" joining of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Regulation & Safety 07 January 2021


Ukraine's Zaporozhe 5 clear to operate until 2030 

Ukraine's Zaporozhe 5 clear to operate until 2030 

The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine has approved a 10-year extension to the operating licence of unit 5 at the Zaporozhe nuclear power plant. The VVER-1000/V-320 reactor was commissioned in August 1989 and its original 30-year licence expired on 27 May 2020. The new licence extends the operation of unit 5 as well as of the facilities technologically related to it.

Regulation & Safety 06 January 2021


No increase in Tihange 2 hydrogen flakes

No increase in Tihange 2 hydrogen flakes

Belgium's Federal Agency for Nuclear Control has approved the restart of Tihange unit 2 following a maintenance outage after concluding no new hydrogen flakes have appeared and the existing flakes had not increased in size. Operator Electrabel is required to regularly check that the situation has not changed since the flakes were first discovered in 2012.

Regulation & Safety 06 January 2021