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  • UK Office for Nuclear Regulation publishes annual review of industry performance

    26 October 2021

    On October 19, the UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) published its annual report detailing the performance of Great Britain’s nuclear industry during 2020/21. The Chief Nuclear Inspector, Mark Foy, reports that the industry has performed well overall and the required standards of safety, security and safeguards have been maintained....

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  • UK announces new plan to reach 2050 net zero target

    19 October 2021

    The UK government released a new Net Zero Strategy on October 19, setting out how the country will deliver on its commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050. The plans are laid out in the report ‘Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener’ which has been published 12 days before global leaders meet in Glasgow for COP26....

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  • IAEA increases projections for nuclear power use in 2050

    21 September 2021

    For the first time since the Fukushima Daiichi accident a decade ago, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has revised up its projections of the potential growth of nuclear power capacity for electricity generation during the coming decades....

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  • International Atomic Energy Agency and Japan agree timeline for Fukushima water release safety review

    13 September 2021

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Japan have agreed on an initial mission schedule and other arrangements for the implementation of the Agency’s multi-year review and monitoring of the safety of the planned treated water release at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station....

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  • International Atomic Energy Agency visits Japan to begin monitoring and review of Fukushima Daiichi water release

    07 September 2021

    International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials visited Japan in the week beginning September 6 to officially launch a multi-year review of the planned treated water release at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. It is the Agency’s first mission as part of its review and monitoring assistance to support Japan before, during and after the discharge of treated water, which is expected to start in 2023....

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UK Government progresses demonstration of next generation nuclear reactor 03 August 2021

The UK government’s plan to have the latest nuclear technology up and running within the next decade has moved a step closer as part of the drive to reach net zero emissions. A Call for Evidence, published on July 29, sets out the government’s suggested approach to building the first advanced modular reactor (AMR) demonstrator....

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Jeff Bezos-backed fusion plant to be built in UK 22 June 2021

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and Canada-based General Fusion have announced an agreement under which General Fusion will build and operate its Fusion Demonstration Plant (FDP) at UKAEA’s Culham Campus in Oxfordshire....

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US assesses Chinese nuclear plant after reports of leak, China says no radiation release or environmental concern 17 June 2021

The US government has been assessing reports of a leak at the Taishan nuclear power plant in China after a French company that helped design the plant’s reactor warned of an "imminent radiological threat". The company, which is also involved in the plant’s operations, also accused the Chinese safety authority of raising the acceptable limits for radiation detection outside the plant in order to avoid having to shut it down....

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University of Manchester launches Advanced Nuclear Energy roadmap 15 June 2021

Nuclear experts at The University of Manchester have developed a roadmap detailing the eight key actions required to assess the role of nuclear energy in the UK’s net zero future objectively. The 41-page position paper entitled Nuclear energy for net zero: a strategy for action, sets out the steps needed to examine the possible roles for nuclear energy using an objective, well-developed economic assessment system....

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EDF to move Dungeness B into defuelling phase 09 June 2021

EDF confirmed on June 7 that it would be moving its Dungeness B nuclear power station in Kent, southeast England into the defuelling phase with immediate effect. Since September 2018 the station has been in an extended outage in which EDF has been managing a range of unique, significant and ongoing technical challenges that are not found at the other six AGR power stations, the company said in a statement....

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