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IAEA is there to help with every global challenge, says Grossi

IAEA is there to help with every global challenge, says Grossi

The fight against the coronavirus pandemic has underscored the important role the International Atomic Energy Agency plays in the major crises the world faces, its director general, Rafael Mariano Grossi, said today in his opening address to the 64th regular session of the IAEA General Conference. These remarks were in addition to his formal statement published by the agency while he was speaking to the conference's participants, both those present at the IAEA's headquarters in Vienna and those watching via livestreaming of the event.

Regulation & Safety 21 September 2020


SKB found to be fit for safe operation of waste facilities

SKB found to be fit for safe operation of waste facilities

Sweden's radioactive waste management company generally meets the legal requirements for ensuring the safe operation of the central interim storage facility for used nuclear fuel (Clab) at Oskarshamn and the SFR repository for low and intermediate-level waste at Forsmark, the regulator said. The Radiation Safety Authority said Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB can therefore continue to operate the facilities until the next overall assessment in 2028.

Regulation & Safety 21 September 2020


Kansai completes upgrade work at two reactors

Kansai completes upgrade work at two reactors

Safety improvement work to enable Mihama unit 3 and Takahama unit 1 - both in Japan's Fukui Prefecture - to operate for an additional 20 years, to 60 years, has now been completed, Kansai Electric Power Company announced today. Work needed to extend the operation of unit 2 of the Takahama plant continues.

Regulation & Safety 18 September 2020


Mühleberg plant enters permanent decommissioning stage

Mühleberg plant enters permanent decommissioning stage

The Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate has announced that the operating licence of the Mühleberg nuclear power plant has been replaced with a decommissioning order issued by the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication. The single unit 373 MWe boiling water reactor began operations in 1972.

Waste & Recycling 18 September 2020


Dominion Energy applies for North Anna licence extension

Dominion Energy applies for North Anna licence extension

Virginia, USA-based Dominion Energy has filed an application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to renew North Anna Power Station's operating licences for an additional 20-year term. Dominion says approval would mean its customers continue to receive safe, reliable, affordable and carbon-free electricity from the plant until 2060.

Regulation & Safety 07 September 2020


Court backs Tihange 2 restart decision

Court backs Tihange 2 restart decision

The Court of First Instance in Brussels ruled on 3 September in favour of a 2015 decision by Belgium's Federal Agency for Nuclear Control to allow Tihange unit 2 to restart following the discovery of hydrogen flakes in its reactor vessel. Plaintiffs from Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg had sought to have the regulator's decision annulled.

Regulation & Safety 07 September 2020


Finnish working group calls for reform of nuclear legislation

Finnish working group calls for reform of nuclear legislation

A comprehensive reform of Finnish nuclear energy legislation is needed, a working group appointed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment has concluded. It highlighted the ambiguity of current legislation, changes in the operating environment of nuclear facilities, and expected developments.

Regulation & Safety 28 August 2020


NRC nears completion of NuScale SMR design review

NRC nears completion of NuScale SMR design review

Following a review by the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff have agreed that the commission's final safety evaluation report for NuScale's small modular reactor should be issued. Issuance of that report with no open items will complete NRC's technical review of the reactor design.

Regulation & Safety 27 August 2020


Japanese reprocessing plant delayed by another year

Japanese reprocessing plant delayed by another year

The expected completion of the reprocessing plant at Rokkasho in Japan's Aomori Prefecture has been put back again, to the first-half of FY2022 (ending March 2023), owing to the implementation of safety measures at the plant, including construction of a new cooling tower, Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited has announced.

Waste & Recycling 25 August 2020


Leningrad II-2 passes WANO pre-start peer review

Leningrad II-2 passes WANO pre-start peer review

Experts from the Moscow Centre of the World Association of Nuclear Operators have completed a pre-start-up peer review of unit 2 of the Leningrad II nuclear power plant in Western Russia. The purpose of review was to assess the readiness of the unit for safe start-up and further operation. Peer reviews are conducted at operating nuclear power plants once every four years, including at the start-up stage.

Regulation & Safety 11 August 2020