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  • 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

  • EC Commissioner Piebalgs underlines the need to reinforce rules on nuclear safety

    At the fifth meeting of the High Level Group (HLG) on Nuclear Safety and Waste Management, Andris Piebalgs, Energy Commissioner highlighted the need for a higher level of nuclear safety. 'While we can see a potential rise in the use of nuclear energy around the globe as well as in the EU, European citizens call for a strong European role in the field of nuclear safety', said the Commissioner. ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Connecting environmental protection and the rule of law

    On the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, 35 human rights groups and WRI call on the presidential candidates to reaffirm the fundamental legal framework that makes environmental protection possible. Constitution Day is Wednesday, September 17th. 221 years after the document’s ratification, the Constitution continues to provide the framework for one of the world’s most stable and ...

  • Nuclear electricity: a fallen dream?

    Nuclear power is no magic solution, argues Pervez Hoodbhoy — it's not safe, or cheap, and it leads to weapons programmes. A string of energy-starved developing countries have looked at nuclear power as the magic solution. No oil, no gas, no coal needed – it's a fuel with zero ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • NRDC, Nine other Environmental Groups File Lawsuits Challenging NRC Failure to Comply with 2012 Court Ruling on Nuclear Waste Storage

    The Natural Resources Defense Council and nine other environmental groups filed separate lawsuits today in the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) decision to proceed with an “extended waste storage rule” and a generic environmental impact statement that fail to comply with a 2012 federal court ruling that ...

  • OSHA announces interim final rule, invites comments on procedures for handling retaliation complaints under Food Safety Modernization Act

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today published an interim final rule establishing procedures and time frames for handling retaliation complaints under the Food Safety Modernization Act. OSHA invites the public to submit comments on the interim final rule. FSMA, signed into law January 2011, provides employees who disclose information about a possible violation of the Food, Drug ...

  • Commissioner Piebalgs underlines importance of common rules for waste management

    Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs has met with the first chairman of the European High Level Group (HLG) on Nuclear Safety and Waste Management, Mr Andrej Stritar, in Brussels. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss nuclear safety and waste management issues, particularly the establishment of common European rules in the field, ahead of the HLG's third meeting in April. 'Citizens main ...

  • OK given to restart nuclear plant in Japan

    A governor gave final approval Friday for a nuclear power plant to restart in southern Japan, the first to resume operations under new safety rules imposed in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi meltdowns caused by an earthquake and tsunami. Kagoshima Gov. Yuichiro Ito said the two reactors at the Sendai Nuclear Power Station would be ...


    By Associated Press

  • Land, water rights needed for Nevada nuclear dump

    The federal Energy Department will need to acquire water and land rights before it gets approval to entomb the nation's most radioactive waste beneath a mountain in the Nevada desert, according to a report released Thursday by an the agency being asked to license the project. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission report said most administrative ...


    By Associated Press

  • The nuclear power plans that have survived Fukushima

    SciDev.Net reporters from around the world tell us which countries are set on developing nuclear energy despite the Fukushima accident. The quest for energy independence, rising power needs and a desire for political weight all mean that few developing countries with nuclear ambitions have abandoned them in the light of the Fukushima accident. Jordan's planned nuclear plant is part of a strategy ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Nuclear plant closures show industry`s struggles

    The decision to close California's San Onofre nuclear plant is the latest setback for an industry that seemed poised for growth not long ago. In Wisconsin, a utility shuttered its plant last month after it couldn't find a buyer. In Florida - and now California - utilities decided it was cheaper to close plants rather than spend big money fixing them and risk the uncertainty of safety reviews. ...


    By Associated Press

  • OSHA announces interim final rules on Seaman’s Protection Act whistleblower procedures

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today published interim final rules that establish procedures governing whistleblower complaints filed under the Seaman’s Protection Act. The Act protects seamen from retaliation for engaging in protected activity under the Act, including providing information to the government about an alleged violation of maritime safety laws or ...

  • Citizens petition to halt flawed US nuclear plant relicensing

    Nine citizens' groups today petitioned the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NRC, to suspend all license renewals for the country's aging nuclear power plants in view of a federal audit showing that NRC staff often did not verify the authenticity of technical safety information submitted by nuclear power plant operators. Riverkeeper, Pilgrim Watch and the New England Coalition have joined with a ...

  • Entergy Corporation Issues Statement on Palisades Nuclear Power Plant

     In regards to the recent media coverage of the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant and the industry topic of pressurized thermal shock, Entergy Corporation issued the following statement from Tony Vitale, Palisades' site vice president: "The Palisades nuclear plant is a safe and secure facility, and we have ...


    By Entergy

  • Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station Completes New Emergency Operations Facility

     FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), today announced that construction of the Emergency Operations Facility for its Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station has been completed. Located in Lindsey, Ohio, the new 12,000-square-foot facility supports overall management of activities related to maintaining public health and safety during the ...


    By FirstEnergy

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