The March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident prompted regulators around the world to take a hard look at their requirements for protecting nuclear plants against severe accidents. In the United States, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) ordered a “top-to-bottom” review of its regulations, and ultimately approved a number of safety upgrades.
China is expected to make a decision on a 100 billion yuan ($14.5 billion) reprocessing plant for spent nuclear fuel very soon after work on one proposed site was suspended amid protests last year, an executive with France’s Areva said on Thursday.
The United Nations negotiations for a legally binding agreement on the prohibition of nuclear weapons have moved into the next (and possibly penultimate) stage.
With the bankruptcy of Westinghouse and thepending dismemberment of its Japanese parent Toshiba, two ongoing – and way behind schedule and over budget – U.S. nuclear projects are in deep jeopardy.
Swiss voters have backed government plans to replace the power from ageing nuclear reactors with renewable energy. A total of 58.2 per cent of voters supported the phaseout of nuclear energy in a binding referendum on Sunday. Under the Swiss system of direct democracy, voters have the final say on major policy issues.
Procuradores franceses que estiveram no Brasil na semana passada iniciaram conversas com investigadores brasileiros da Operação Lava Jato para saber se o esquema de corrupção que atingiu a Eletronuclear e levou o ex-presidente Othon Luiz Pinheiro Silva à prisão também se estendeu ao contrato para a conversão de urânio usado nas usinas nucleares de Angra 1 e 2.
On this Mother’s Day, I regret to inform you that the trucking of 23,000 litres of highly radioactive liquid material from Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) in Ontario to the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina has begun. The first truckload arrived at SRS last month (see the official communication copied below).
The Department of Energy declared a state of emergency at the Hanford (Washington State) nuclear site after a tunnel storing contaminated radioactive materials collapsed. The collapse, which was discovered Tuesday, forced hundreds of workers to take cover to avoid potential exposure. Hanford is the nation’s most polluted nuclear weapons production site.
A wildfire near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has finally been extinguished after a 12-day battle waged by firefighters and Self-Defense Force troops in special protective gear left 75 hectares of tainted forest scorched, and local officials scrambling to quash radiation rumors.
A portion of an underground tunnel containing rail cars full of radioactive waste collapsed Tuesday at a sprawling storage facility in a remote area of Washington state, forcing an evacuation of some workers at the site that made plutonium for nuclear weapons for decades after World War II.