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  • The EU Takes the Lead on Nuclear Safety with the Amendment to the Nuclear Safety Directive

    The EU's new Nuclear Safety Directive was adopted today by the Council. It provides more power and independence for national regulatory authorities, a high-level EU-wide safety objective, and a European system of peer reviews. It will also introduce periodic national safety assessments and on-site emergency preparedness and response arrangements. In addition, it increases transparency and ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Nuclear safety´s long horizon

    Potential newcomers to the world of nuclear electricity production got close to the attention this week in India. An international conference in Mumbai on topical nuclear safety issues will help them focus on what IAEA experts describe as 'a hundred year horizon'. 'Many new entrants are embarking on nuclear power,' points out Mamdouh El-Shanawany, Head of the IAEA´s Safety Assessment Section. 'It ...

  • Safety key to UK nuclear expansion

    Nuclear regulators in Britain - and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Environment Agency (EA) - have announced that the first step of ‘Generic Design Assessment’ (GDA) carried out on four designs submitted for new nuclear power stations had found shortfalls at this stage - in terms of safety, security or the environment - that would prevent any of them from ultimately ...

  • India tightens nuclear safety regime

    India has announced that it will set up a new, independent nuclear regulatory authority and invite international experts to conduct safety audits of its nuclear power plants, The steps to allay public fears following Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant breakdown in March were announced this week (26 April) at a joint media briefing by three ministers. It included a minister from the prime ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Nuclear safety in EU gets strong boost by commitment of nuclear regulators

    Nuclear safety regulators from all 27 EU Member States have reached agreement on steps to further strengthen nuclear safety, radioactive waste management and decommissioning arrangements in EU. These areas are under the jurisdiction of individual countries and as part of their continuous self improvement drive they are seeking better ways to learn from each other. At the meeting of the European ...


    By European Commission

  • New thematic report: Science for Nuclear safety and security

    The JRC has released a new report giving a comprehensive overview of its research on nuclear safety and security, including their policy background and context. The nuclear activities of the JRC are aimed at supporting the implementation of EU legislation, giving priority to the highest standards for nuclear safety and security in the Union, and internationally. This work is carried out in ...

  • Unfinished nuclear plants raise safety doubts

    The future of the world’s biggest nuclear reactor, under construction at Flamanville in northern France, is now in doubt after a serious flaw was found in its steel pressure vessel. Examination has shown that the steel contains too much carbon, which can weaken the vessel’s structure and breaches safety rules. The Chinese, who have two similar 1,600 megawatt ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Nuclear regulators to review environmental modelling for radiation safety

    Issues of radiation safety and environmental protection go hand in hand. At the IAEA last week, experts from 40 countries examined the transfer of radionuclides to plant and animal life, to improve how risks are assessed and ultimately reduced. 'All nuclear facilities and uranium mines, in their day-to-day activities, release some amount of radioactive effluents into the environment, transferring ...

  • GEOVARIANCES more than ever involved in nuclear safety

    GEOVARIANCES activity in nuclear sector was initiated in 2004 with the acquisition of several ISATIS licenses by CEA (French Atomic Energy Authority), ONDRAF (Belgian Agency for Radioactive Waste and Enriched Fissile Materials) and JRC Ispra in Italy.Besides, GEOVARIANCES conducted pilot studies, training courses and on-site technical support. Tackled issues have been numerous: characterization ...


    By Geovariances

  • EU presents post-Fukushima nuclear safety rules

    The European Commission proposed tougher nuclear safety rules Thursday, amid international debate about the future of nuclear energy and how to secure aging plants. Stress tests on European nuclear plants prompted by the 2011 disaster at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant showed that almost all of them needed safety improvements. A report on those tests called for more consistency across the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Uneven enforcement suspected on safety at nuclear plants

    The number of safety violations at U.S. nuclear power plants varies dramatically from region to region, pointing to inconsistent enforcement in an industry now operating mostly beyond its original 40-year licenses, according to a congressional study awaiting release. Nuclear Regulatory Commission figures cited in the Government Accountability Office report show that while the West has the fewest ...


    By Associated Press

  • Questions & Answers: Safety standards for nuclear waste disposal

    Why is the Commission proposing the Directive? More than 50 years after the first nuclear power plant become operational (1956 Calder Hall, UK), there are still no final repositories for nuclear waste in the whole European Union. Some Member States such as Sweden, Finland and France are in the planning phase. To minimize the risk of contamination, the EU is proposing high safety standards ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Deputy secretary poneman discusses nuclear safety at the IAEA

    U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman today addressed the plenary session at the International Atomic Energy Agency's Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety.  Deputy Secretary Poneman emphasized the importance of international cooperation and information sharing for developing lessons learned from the Fukushima accident.  The IAEA is leading the process to develop these ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Nuclear safety is number one priority - Huhne

    Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne today set out further detail on the UK Chief Nuclear Inspector’s report into the implications of events at Japanese nuclear reactors on existing and new plants in the UK. This came as Ministers met with representatives from the nuclear industry in London. The Energy Secretary has asked Dr Mike Weightman for an interim report by ...

  • 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

  • Council establishes the instrument for nuclear safety cooperation

    The Council today adopted1 a regulation establishing an instrument for nuclear safety cooperation (16737/13). Under the new instrument, the Union will finance measures to support the promotion of a high level of nuclear safety, radiation protection, and the application of efficient and effective safeguards for nuclear material in third countries. A total of EUR 225 321 000 has been set aside for ...


    By EU Council of Ministers

  • Ukraine Receives EUR 600 Million for Nuclear Safety

    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will provide a EUR 300 million loan for the comprehensive program of upgrading operating Ukrainian nuclear power plants. In addition to EBRD's loan, the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) will contribute another EUR 300 million to the project, reads ebrd.com. The comprehensive program comprises of a set of measures, which will bring ...

  • Nuclear safety initiative enters new phase

    Heads of the nuclear regulatory agencies of ten countries met this week at the NEA to discuss progress in an important international initiative, the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP). During the meeting chaired by Mr. André-Claude Lacoste, Chairman of the French Nuclear Safety Authority, the regulators agreed to enter a new phase of co-operation and launch a programme of work, ...


    By OECD Nuclear Energy Agency

  • India, China, Pakistan review nuclear safety

    India has announced that it will review its nuclear safety standards in light of damage to the Fukushima nuclear reactor in Japan, while one of its former nuclear safety chiefs has made scathing criticisms of India's nuclear safety capacity. The news comes as China announced today (16 March) that it was suspending approval for all new ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • International Experts in Nuclear Power Safety to Convene in Washington, DC for the Knowledge Foundation’s Nuclear Power Safety 2011 Conference

    Leading research organizations from around the world will convene in Washington, DC for the Knowledge Foundation’s Nuclear Power Safety 2011 conference which will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park from December 8-9, 2011. Nuclear power is facing a number of challenges in the near and long-term. Despite the development of new reactor designs, the possibility of a catastrophic accident ...


    By PRWeb

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