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The European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the republics of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have signed a joint commitment on coordinating efforts to remediate uranium legacy sites in Central Asia, under a newly published strategic master plan.
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Policy-driven market distortions are leading to a loss of diversity in the US electric supply portfolio, which will cause higher costs for consumers as well as a loss of resilience to supply disruptions, according to a new study by IHS Markit. A less diverse portfolio will also likely mean little or no reduction - and possibly increases - in electricity sector carbon dioxide emissions, the report finds.
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A new nuclear fuel cycle providing acceptable and reliable back-end solutions will be essential to sustain dynamic growth in global nuclear energy, Liudmila Zalimskaya, general director of JSC Tenex, told the World Nuclear Association's Symposium in London last week. Proposed approaches centre on reprocessing and recycling of used fuel, allowing uranium and plutonium resources to be used to their fullest extent while reducing the amounts of waste for disposal.
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The District Court of Chiba on Friday ruled that the government of Japan did not have to compensate evacuees form the Fukushima area affected by the 2011 triple meltdown at the nuclear power station there, but that the plant's owner, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) was liable.(read more)
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Following two years of planning, demolition of the West Valley Demonstration Project vitrification facility in New York State began last week. The work is scheduled to be completed in eight months.
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Alexey Likhachev, the head of Russian nuclear power giant Rosatom outlined the company's long range plans at the International Atomic Energy Agency conference in Vienna Wednesday, calling “energy poverty and worldwide inequality,” among the most daunting challenges facing the industry today.(read more)
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SCANA Corporation said Thursday that it had been issued a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney's Office in South Carolina for documents related to the canceled expansion project at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station.(read more)
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Member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have celebrated the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Joint Convention on Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste Safety. The convention has contributed to a significant level of safety in the management of used fuel and radioactive waste, said IAEA deputy director general Juan Carlos Lentijo.
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Rosatom director-general Alexey Likhachov has explained the Russian state nuclear corporation's "long-range agenda" at the 61st Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference being held this week in Vienna. During the event, Rosatom signed a number of agreements with its international partners.
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The Georgia Public Service Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to support the continuation of construction at the Plant Vogtle expansion project, the necessary bureaucratic step required to move the project to a viable, secure status after a dramatic month of decision making.(read more)
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The head of Russian nuclear power giant Rosatom Alexei Likhachev said Tuesday that construction work had begun at Akkuyu in Turkey, a southern city on the Mediterranean Sea that will house the country's first nuclear power plant.(read more)
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The International Atomic Energy Agency has announced a concept for creating qualified technical centres for the long-term management of disused sealed radioactive sources.
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Russia and Paraguay have signed an agreement on cooperation for peaceful use of nuclear power. The document was signed yesterday, in Vienna, during the 61st International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference, by Alexey Likhachov, director-general of Rosatom, and César Cardozo Román, minister and executive secretary of the National Radiological and Nuclear Control Agency of Paraguay.
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The NuScale Power Module design has "some unique features that help with alternative uses of nuclear power", Thomas Bergman, NuScale's vice president for regulatory affairs, told the World Nuclear Association's Symposium, held in London last week. The company has completed five collaborative studies on non-power applications of its small modular reactor (SMR) technology, he said.
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The Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) announced that the second unit at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in India would be restarted on 7 October, about a month later than prior expectations.(read more)
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Fennovoima, the nuclear power consortium of Finland, said Monday that it had postponed expectations for a building permit for a Rosatom-built nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki, North Ostrobothnia on the country's western coast for the year 2018.(read more)
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Seventy-six European leaders from 20 countries have called on the US Administration to preserve the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran. In a statement issued by the European Leadership Network think tank, they also urge the JCPOA's European signatories to make clear their continued support for the nuclear deal.
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China is moving rapidly towards using nuclear power as an industrial heat source and as a direct replacement for coal, Yulong Wu, CEO of Chinergy, told a side event at the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA's) General Conference today.
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FirstEnergy Corp. said it had hired contractors to repair two areas of cracks in the outer layer of concrete of the 296-feet tall containment building at the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Toledo, Ohio, that has been blamed on freezing and thawing conditions during a blizzard in 1978.(read more)
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Unit 4 of the Fuqing nuclear power plant in China's Fujian province has completed commissioning tests and now meets the conditions for entering commercial operation, China National Nuclear Corporation announced today.
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Australia has formally acceded to the Framework Agreement of the Generation IV International Forum, an international task force set up to develop and design the next generation of nuclear energy systems. Accession allows Australia, which has no nuclear power program of its own, to become actively engaged in R&D projects related to Generation IV systems.
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