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A Japanese court today acquitted three former Tokyo Electric Power Company executives charged with failing to prevent the March 2011 accident at the company's Fukushima Daiichi plant. The judge ruled they could not have foreseen the massive earthquake and tsunami that led to the meltdown of three of the plant's reactors.
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The final used nuclear fuel has been shipped from the Wylfa site on Anglesey, in Wales, the UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority said today. The milestone marks the end of a programme to defuel all of the country's Magnox sites.
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Cavendish Nuclear, part of the Babcock International Group, said Tuesday it had secured a consulting contract in Canada focused on licensing of a used fuel transportation package and assessment work for long-term storage.(read more)
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The Slovak Nuclear Regulatory Authority (UJD) has mandated more inspections and reassembly of some internal reactor components before Slovenske Elektrarne can load fuel into the Mochovce Unit 3 reactor, which completed hot tests in March of this year.(read more)
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An irradiation test on molten nuclear fuel salts inside the High Flux Reactor has been completed at Petten in the Netherlands. The results will yield new data on the safe operation of molten salt reactors.
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Most of the recommendations made by a mission in 2015 have been addressed, according to a follow-up mission to the United Arab Emirates by an International Atomic Energy Agency emergency preparedness review service team.
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In-service steam generators affected by non-compliance in a stress-relieving heat-treatment process are safe to continue in use, French utility EDF said today. Investigations into the deviation at Framatome's Saint-Marcel site are ongoing.
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Nuclear and renewable generation should be used in combination to make the most of their synergies in integrated systems to help the world meet carbon reduction goals and limit temperature rise, leaders from governmental and non-governmental organisations and industry said yesterday. Innovative nuclear technologies will play their part in integrated systems alongside renewables, with combined uses of heat and power, hydrogen production, desalination and industrial decarbonisation.
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A new small modular reactor (SMR) design has been announced by the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, EDF, Naval Group and TechnicAtome. The Nuward - with a capacity of 300-400 MWe - has been jointly developed using France's experience in pressurised water reactors.
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Acceptance tests were successfully completed yesterday at unit 2 of the Novovoronezh II nuclear power plant in southwest Russia, Rosatom has announced. The VVER-1200 unit was operated at 100% of its capacity throughout the 15-day procedure.
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"Though distinct topics, nuclear safety and nuclear security are interlinked, and they share the same goal: to protect people, society and the environment from hazards or threats that could arise from peaceful nuclear and radiological activities." This was the message to delegates at a forum organised by the International Nuclear Safety Group yesterday.
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An International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts yesterday completed a review of the long-term operational safety of South Africa's two-unit Koeberg nuclear power plant. The team assessed the plant's preparedness, organisation and programmes related to long-term operation against IAEA safety standards.
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Japanese ministries and other organisations are working together - with the support of the International Atomic Energy Agency - to deliver the ultimate decontamination and decommissioning of the former Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Progress is being made to remove all used fuel and debris from units 1-3, while the challenge of removing large volumes of treated water stored at the site is being addressed, speakers told a side event at the 63rd IAEA General Conference.
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The world’s largest crane, known as “Big Carl” is ready for assignments at the Hinkley Point C EPR construction site in Somerset, England, French utility Electrcite de France announced late last week.(read more)
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The use of nuclear science and technology for peaceful purposes is to become more widespread in Southeast Asia following the signing today of Practical Arrangements between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
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UK-based Moltex Energy, creator of the Stable Salt Reactor, has raised GBP6 million (USD7.5 million) in funding through online investment platform Shadow Foundr. The funding will support the company through the pre-licensing process in Canada and will allow the further development of the business in the UK.
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Canada has a committed regulatory body that works for the continuous improvement of nuclear and radiation safety, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) peer review mission has concluded. The team noted areas for further enhancement.
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The world's largest crane is ready to start work at the site of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant under construction in Somerset, England, EDF Energy has announced. Able to stand up to 250 metres high, 'Big Carl' can reach higher than the tallest tower at London’s Canary Wharf and can carry 5000 tonnes in a single lift, the company said.
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Akademik Lomonosov, which Rosatom describes as the world's first floating nuclear power plant and the world's northernmost nuclear power installation, completed its 4700 km journey to its final destination of Pevek on 14 September.
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The last few months have been a testing time for the International Atomic Energy Agency, but with the "steadfast support" of its 171 Member States and the dedication of its excellent staff, it has demonstrated strength and resilience in continuing to fulfil its responsibilities, Cornel Feruta, acting director general of the Vienna-based agency said in his opening address to the 63rd regular session of the IAEA General Conference.
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The European Commission must acknowledge the "critical role" that nuclear energy has to play under its sustainable finance initiative, European nuclear trade body Foratom said yesterday. The Commission, it said, should reconsider its decision to exclude nuclear from economic activities covered by the initiative.
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