Radiation Safety News

  • Nuclear waste problems start gold rush

    There are not many jobs you could take on at the beginning of your working life and know they would still be nowhere near completed by the time you retired. But decommissioning the world’s nuclear power plants is one of them. The estimates of the amounts of money involved in keeping old nuclear plants safe and dismantling them are so large that they are almost beyond comprehension − ...


    By Climate News Network

  • U.S. Senate forwards bill to license advanced nuclear power

    A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators easily advanced a bill last week that will update regulations to help drive advanced nuclear power plants into the market. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted 18-3 to pass the bill, sponsored by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), which is an updated version of a similar bill that stalled in the Senate last year.  The bill would require the ...

  • BAE Systems selects Brüel & Kjær to develop Acoustic Signature Management System for new UK Royal Navy vessels

    BAE Systems has awarded Brüel & Kjær the Design Development Agreement to deliver a Hull Vibration Monitoring System (HVME) for the UK Royal Navy's Type 26 Global Combat Ship (T26 GCS). Reducing a ship’s radiated noise signature is a key element to its tactical deployment, and an HVME system is the ideal means for this - providing self-noise monitoring capabilities ...

  • CERC training courses

    The CERC training team has been busy over the past few months, conducting training courses for industry, regulators, universities, councils and consultancies, both in our Cambridge offices and at locations around the UK. We have provided tailored courses for overseas delegates, including: ...

  • Scientists turn nuclear waste into diamonds for power generation

    Researchers in the U.K. say they have found a way to turn radioactive waste into miniature diamond batteries to produce small electric currents that can last thousands of years. A team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol unveiled the technology at a lecture in Europe late last month.  The technique involves scraping away carbon-14, a radioactive isotope of carbon, from ...

  • Geovariances has been actively involved in EPRI geostatistics guide

    Earlier this year, the American EPRI has published a guide for using geostatistics in developing a site final status survey program for plant decommissioning. This report examines the use of geostatistical approaches that exploit spatial relationships to develop a three-dimensional contamination map based on measurement results from discrete points. The report presents a conceptual ...


    By Geovariances

  • Safety fears rock France’s nuclear power base

    Nearly a third of France’s nuclear reactors have been shut down by industry regulators as revelations emerge about the supply of sub-standard parts. As investigations into falsified documents and excess quantities of carbon in steel continue, more closures are expected. This is not yet a full-blown crisis for the nuclear industry, but it is putting serious strain on the finances ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Europe’s nuclear club slows emissions cuts

    The prospect of using nuclear energy appears to deter European countries from adopting renewable technologies such as wind and solar, and from introducing energy efficiency measures. Researchers say they found that countries in Europe intending to build new nuclear power stations have a poorer record of reducing their carbon emissions than those that have rejected the technology. Europe has a ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Baling technology strengthens National Nuclear Laboratory’s waste reduction programme

    The world’s leading nuclear research organisation National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) has strengthened its waste reduction programme with investment in a heavy duty waste baler. NNL is globally renowned for its nuclear research, technical development, reactor operations support, and the provision of decommissioning expertise for facilities throughout the UK. ...


    By Riverside Waste Machinery

  • Merck Invests € 15 million in Liquid Crystal Window Technology

    Dedicated production unit for liquid crystal window modules to achieve faster market penetration Production is scheduled to begin at the end of 2017 Focus on sun protection and privacy applications in architecture Merck, a leading science and technology company, today announced that it will be establishing a production unit for liquid crystal window modules. The volume ...


    By Merck

  • Nuclear records paper over flaws

    The nuclear industry is celebrating breaking records that have stood for a quarter of a century − but a new update on its successes still fails to disperse the clouds over its future. Ten new nuclear reactors came on line last year worldwide, and more new reactors are being built than at any time since 1990. According to the  ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Nuclear plants face crisis of ageing

    Life extensions to nuclear plants in Europe and North America are repeatedly being granted by safety regulators. But, according to nuclear plant owners, 25% of parts are now obsolete, so keeping the reactors going is becoming an increasing problem as components wear out. This is the background to the Nuclear Power Plant ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Protecting Outdoor Workers from Excessive Sun Exposure and UV Rays

    With summer just a few weeks away, now is an ideal time for employers to remind their workers about the dangers of sunburns and skin cancer associated with excessive ultraviolet (UV) exposure. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is also true in many other countries, especially those with large ...

  • Collimated Beam Device

    The PearlBeam from AquiSense Technologies is a compact collimated beam device employing UV-C LEDs emitting radiation in the germicidal range. Its small size and ease of use allows the realization of a table-top homogenized UV delivery system, which can be operated virtually anywhere in laboratory or even field locations. Unlike mercury-lamp systems, the PearlBeam features a narrow-band ...


    By AquiSense Technologies

  • Big push for small nuclear reactors

    Concerns are being raised about the billions of dollars being spent on research to design and build small nuclear reactors for electricity production The world’s big powers are in a race to build a new series of small reactors, which they believe will combine with renewables to create a low-carbon future for the planet. Small modular reactors (SMRs) have hardly been heard of by the public, ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Introducing a new generation 2016 Triton fridge for high power and enhanced sensitivity in quantum technologies and ultra low temperature physics

    Oxford Instruments is unveiling its 2016 new generation Triton Cryofree® dilution refrigerator at a series of high-profile physics conferences this month. With over 220 systems installed worldwide, Triton is used in world-leading research across condensed matter physics, with a particular focus on advanced computing, quantum technologies, ...


    By Oxford Instruments plc

  • Air quality concerns prompt safety pause at nuke dump

    The manager of the federal government's nuclear waste repository in New Mexico has halted work because of poor air quality in parts of the underground facility. Officials with Nuclear Waste Partnership announced the "safety pause" late Monday after monitoring instruments carried by workers detected elevated levels of carbon monoxide and ...


    By Associated Press

  • National Radon Action Month: What You Need to Know

    January has been designated as National Radon Action Month by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). There are many risks that come from radon, and this consumer information month is designed to inform homeowners, businesses, and schools about ways they can protect themselves. ...


    By EHS Insight

  • Nuclear valve actuator maintenance programme explained

    Since the 1960s Rotork Hiller has been a key supplier of safety-related actuators for the nuclear power industry, with a focus on Main Steam Isolation Valve (MSIV) and Main Feedwater Isolation Valve (MFIV) applications. During this time Hiller’s maintenance programme has been developed, refined and successfully utilised by many commercial nuclear power plant operators. Major benefits ...


    By Rotork

  • JRC-IRMM released its first reference material certified for radioactivity in a food matrix: IRMM-426

    JRC-IRMM developed and released the first fruit matrix reference material (IRMM-426 Wild Berries) certified for the two most important anthropogenic (man-made) radionuclides, 137Cs and 90Sr, and for the natural 40K. This reference material supports the precise measurement of radionuclides in agricultural products. The 2011 accident in the nuclear power plant Fukushima ...

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