nuclear safety regulation News

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Review finds Spain´s nuclear safety regulation positive

    A comprehensive review of Spain´s nuclear safety carried out under the IAEA´s Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) has highlighted positive aspects of the country´s nuclear system and identified areas for improvement. Good practices have been found in areas such as technical competence of personnel and quality of infrastructure. Speaking at a workshop in Seville, Spain, on lessons learned ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • New UK independent nuclear regulator proposed

    “A new era of world class nuclear power demands that we continue to set world class safety standards.” – Lord Hunt A single, easily identifiable, body for regulating the civil nuclear energy sector was proposed by the Government today. The new body would combine responsibility for overseeing safety, security and transport of civil nuclear sites and material. Speaking at a nuclear supply chain ...


  • Texas regulators OK expanding nuclear waste site

    Depleted uranium from federal energy facilities can be buried at a nuclear-waste dumping site in West Texas, state regulators decided Wednesday. The 3-0 vote by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality also will triple the Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists facility's capacity of storing low-level radioactive waste from the majority of U.S. states - going from 2.3 million cubic feet to 9 ...


    By Associated Press

  • Top US nuclear regulator urges storage solution

    The United States' top nuclear regulator said Friday that atomic energy users, including Japan, must figure out how to ultimately store radioactive waste. Allison Macfarlane, head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said in Tokyo that finding an underground repository remains a challenge despite a global consensus on the need for such a ...


    By Associated Press

  • 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

  • Top regulators take important steps to enhance the safety of new nuclear reactor designs

    Top nuclear regulators have met at the OECD, in Paris, with vendors, operators and standards organisations, taking important steps to enhance global nuclear safety. With a growing number of countries planning to build new nuclear reactors, an international initiative called the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP) was launched in 2007 with the aim of developing innovative approaches ...

  • EC welcomes the recommendations presented in the first activity report of the EU Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG)

    European Commissioner for Energy, Mr Piebalgs welcomed the first activity report of the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG), presented today by the group's chairman, Mr Stritar. The broader objective of the Group's work is to contribute to maintaining and further improving the safety of nuclear installations and the safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste. The report ...

  • NRDC Report: U.S. Nuclear Safety Regulators Ignore Severe Accident Hydrogen Explosion Risks Despite Fukushima Tragedy

    Three years after hydrogen explosions wreaked havoc in the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is still not adequately protecting American nuclear reactors from the risk of similar hydrogen blasts in a severe accident, according to a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). As ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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

Need help finding the right suppliers? Try XPRT Sourcing. Let the XPRTs do the work for you