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A swathe of energy policies and regulations introduced by the Obama administration was deleted yesterday with the signing of an Energy Independence Policy Executive Order by US President Donald Trump. Among other things, the order repeals the Environmental Protection Agency's 2015 Clean Power Plan.
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Westinghouse filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors today to enable strategic restructuring amid "financial and construction challenges" in its US AP1000 power plant projects. For its Japanese majority owner, Toshiba Corp, the move helps stem further liabilities from guarantees it provided its USA-based unit, which were .8 billion as of December.
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ARMZ, the uranium mining subsidiary of Russia's Rosatom, has started developing the Vershinnoye uranium deposit in the Republic of Buryatia, in southern Siberia. ARMZ said in a statement on Rosatom's website the deposit has 4577 tonnes of uranium reserves and that the first production by in situ leaching would be next year by its subsidiary JSC Khiagda.
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Rosatom and the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran have signed a memorandum of understanding that covers nuclear materials transportation, the Russian company announced Tuesday.(read more)
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Westinghouse Electric Company said Wednesday that it was had filed petitions of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the corporation a various subsidiaries and that it was seeking to restructure its business "as a result of certain financial and construction challenges in its U.S. AP1000 power plant projects."(read more)
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Jordan and Saudi Arabia have signed agreements on cooperation in uranium exploration and carrying out a feasibility study into the construction of two small modular reactors (SMRs) in Jordan.
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Significant progress has been made in strengthening nuclear safety across the world, and the need to maintain a robust nuclear safety culture is now universally recognised, delegates to the Seventh Review Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety were told yesterday. The meeting is taking place at the Vienna headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
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Tokyo Electric Power Company has completed a five-day investigation of the primary containment vessel (PCV) of the damaged unit 1 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant using a robot. The results of the survey will help Tepco determine the location of fuel debris within the vessel.
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The UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation has granted its first consent for the start of construction of a nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C. The consent covers the placement of the structural concrete for the first nuclear safety-related structure at the site. It does not give consent for all elements of construction.
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An appeals court in Japan on Tuesday ruled that the Takahama nuclear plant's Units 3 and 4 in the Fukui Prefecture – about 210 miles west of Tokyo – could be restarted. Local media are...(read more)
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US Energy Secretary Rick Perry yesterday visited the site of the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository and discussed the status of the project with Nevada governor Brian Sandoval. Perry said the meeting was the first step in the process of talking to stakeholders following a presidential budget request to restart licensing proceedings for the repository. Sandoval, who opposes the project, said the meeting was not the start of negotiations.
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The Osaka High Court in Japan has lifted an injunction that has kept units 3 and 4 of Kansai Electric Power Company's Takahama nuclear power plant offline for the past year. The court agreed with the utility that the units, which are in Fukui prefecture, are safe to operate.
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An International Atomic Energy Agency expert team is preparing independent cost estimates to help Tajikistan plan the remediation of uranium legacy sites in the north of the country.
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Britain's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) said it would terminate a .7 billion contract with Cavendish Fluor Partnership (CFP) that calls for decommissioning 12 Magnox nuclear power sites after just five years owing to a wide discrepancy between the work required to complete the work and the contract that was signed in 2014.(read more)
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An international team representing nuclear power regulators from France, Canada, the United States, Finland, Britain and China has warned that the culture of credibility at AREVA's Le Creusot forge remained below expectations for the sophisticated nuclear power industry even two years past the discovery of anomalies at the Flamanville reactor expansion project.(read more)
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AEM-Technology has started the manufacture of the reactor pressure vessel for MBIR – the multipurpose sodium-cooled fast neutron research reactor that is under construction at the site of the Research Institute of Atomic Reactors at Dmitrovgrad, which is in Russia's Ulyanovsk region. Based in Volgodonsk, AEM-Technology is part of Atomenergomash, itself a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.
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The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has decided to terminate its contract with Cavendish Fluor Partnership for the management and decommissioning of 12 redundant Magnox sites, including two research sites. In a written ministerial statement to the House of Commons today, Energy Secretary Greg Clark said there is a big difference between the contract with CFP and the work that is required. Clark also announced that the NDA had settled outstanding litigation claims against it by Energy Solutions and Bechtel.
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Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Unit 2 experienced an unplanned shutdown at 12:15 a.m. Thursday with no threat to the environment or people, according to Tennessee Valley Authority officials.(read more)
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Nuclear professionals from across Asia will be able to use new training facilities at a soon-to-be-opened Indian research centre under extended cooperation between India and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
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Seeking to contain losses attributed to its nuclear power division Westinghouse Electric Co., Toshiba is now working to have the business file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to unnamed sources.(read more)
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Areva NP has recently been awarded three patents for innovations in the fuel operation as well as anticorrosion and maintenance tooling fields. The patents were for innovations developed by Areva employees in the USA.
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