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France's nuclear safety regulator, the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire, has announced its conditional authorisation for EDF to commission and use the Flamanville 3 reactor pressure vessel. The EPR is under construction in Normandy, northern France.
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The US Department of Energy has established a new policy framework on civil nuclear cooperation with China, following a government policy review led by the US National Security Council. The policy covers exports of technology, equipment and components, and material to China.
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Idaho National Laboratory has announced nearly .9 million in funding for 13 university-led projects to develop instrumentation and tools needed to monitor and conduct experiments in a proposed fast spectrum test reactor.(read more)
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Westinghouse Electric Company and its customers, China State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC) and CNNC Sanmen Nuclear Power Company Limited (SMNPC) announced Thursday that the world's first AP1000 plant located in Sanmen, Zhejiang Province, China, is now considered "fully operational."(read more)
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The first transfer of radioactive liquid waste from an underground waste tank to a "mega-volume" facility - Saltstone Disposal Unit 6 - has been completed at the US Department of Energy's Savannah River Site.
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The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission yesterday activated its Atlanta regional incident response centre in anticipation of Hurricane Michael's landfall in the south-eastern USA. Southern Nuclear reduced power at the Farley nuclear power plant in Alabama as a precautionary measure.
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Government publish ministerial statement: Euratom exit
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BWX Technologies, Inc yesterday hosted officials from NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate for progress updates and technology demonstrations related to BWXT’s nuclear thermal propulsion programme.
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From 70 to 10 to 1 regional option, Uzbekistan has reportedly opted for Tudakul Lake as the site of its future nuclear power plant.(read more)
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Technicians at the Vogtle nuclear expansion near Waynesboro, Georgia, have placed the first of four reactor coolant pumps (RCPs) into the Unit 3 containment vessel, Georgia Power has announced.(read more)
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The first reactor coolant pumps have been lifted into place at the Vogtle project, marking another major milestone for the USA's AP1000 construction project.
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GE Power said Monday it won the contract to deliver the turbine island equipment for El Dabaa nuclear power plant project in Egypt through AAEM its joint venture with Atomenergomash -- a contract is valued at 0 million. (read more)
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The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and the Vietnam Atomic Energy Agency have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to allow further collaboration between the two organisations.  
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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a final safety evaluation report and standard design approval for Korea Electric Power Corporation and Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power’s Advanced Power Reactor 1400 (APR1400), a step that deems the reactor "technically acceptable," but does not fully certify the design.(read more)
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Switzerland's phased withdrawal from nuclear power presents challenges for maintaining its electricity security, the International Energy Agency says in a report it published yesterday.
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GE Power has won the contract to deliver the turbine island equipment for the El Dabaa nuclear power plant project in Egypt through AAEM, its joint venture with Russia’s Atomenergomash.
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Russia’s Federation Services for Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Supervision, Rostekhnadzor, has licensed Rosatom’s Rostov NPP Unit 4 as approved for commercial operations, the state-owned nuclear plant builder said.(read more)
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Australia's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act could be amended to ensure that uranium mining is treated equitably with other commodities, reducing costs and delays  without lessening environmental protection, a new report prepared for the Minerals Council of Australia has found.  
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