• Fri, Aug 29 2008

    TVA keeping Bellefonte 1 and 2 option open

    Tennessee Valley Authority has requested the reinstatement of construction permits for two unfinished reactors at its Bellefonte site in Alabama. It continues to pursue regulatory approval for two further units at the site.
    • Fri, Aug 29 2008

    Kursk workers swap fuel rods for fishing rods

    A fishing tournament organized by the Trade Union and the Youth Organization of Russia's Kursk nuclear power plant was dedicated to the memory of the former director of the plant, Vladimir Gusarov. Current and past employees of the plant were among the 77 competitors who cleaned up the shore of the Semyonovsky pond near Kurchatov before the competition. Viktor Mezentsev from Kursk's decontamination department...
    • Fri, Aug 29 2008

    Areva to put €20 million into Tricastin improvements

    Areva says it will be investing a total of €20 million ($29.6 million) to improve environmental and health monitoring on its Tricastin site and to "settle the balance of its industrial legacy."
    • Fri, Aug 29 2008

    Medical plant shut down after emission

    A medical and industrial isotope production factory in Belgium has been shut down after an unusual release of one of its products, iodine-131, through its chimney stack. Workers at the plant are unhurt, but local residents have been advised not to eat vegetables from their gardens.
    • Thu, Aug 28 2008

    Hutton wants deal soon between BE and EdF

    [Telegraph, 28 August] The UK's business secretary, John Hutton, has said that he wants a deal between British Energy (BE) and Electricité de France (EdF) to be agreed within the next two weeks. An offer by EdF was rejected by major BE shareholders in July for being too low. He said, "It's for the majority of shareholders to come to a view about how they want the future of that company to be addressed."...
    • Thu, Aug 28 2008

    Jordan signs uranium agreement

    An agreement on uranium exploration and mining signed by the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission and French nuclear company Areva has been welcomed by the countries' leaders.
    • Thu, Aug 28 2008

    Medical community eyes reactor shutdowns

    The operating schedules of five research reactors have caused a certain amount of alarm in the nuclear medicine community. It was about nine months ago that a problem at Canada's main production reactor led to the cancellation of thousands of procedures.
    • Thu, Aug 28 2008

    An agenda to integrate

    A new company has been formed to smooth out the lumps and bumps in nuclear fuel supply market. Accord Nuclear Resources will be backed by the First Reserve private equity group and intends to operate fuel cycle facilities in the near term.
    • Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Plans for an AP1000 module factory in America

    Westinghouse and Shaw have signed a letter of intent to create a joint venture for the fabrication and assembly of modules for AP1000 nuclear power plants. Meanwhile, Toshiba is seeking to strengthen its ties with IHI and Doosan.
    • Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Baltic nuclear plant brought forward

    Russia's Rosatom has given approval for construction of the 2400 MWe Baltic nuclear power plant in Kaliningrad, the separate part of Russia west of the Baltic States.
    • Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Coal power to abort the nuclear industry?

    Australia's Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union thinks residents of Queensland would rather work in a coal mine than a nuclear power plant. The union's mining division has begun an advertising campaign featuring glum-looking miners and the slogan, "Nuclear power will kill the coal industry." It intends to persuade voters to support the Labor party, which opposes nuclear power and wants to invest...
    • Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Siemaszko found guilty in Davis-Besse case

    The worker at the centre of the most serious nuclear safety incident of recent years was found guilty yesterday of concealing information from safety regulators. He could now face five years in jail and a $250,000 fine.
    • Tue, Aug 26 2008

    Spanish reactors hit by series of incidents

    [Reuters, 26 August] Spain's nuclear safety regulator, the Nuclear Safety Council ( Consejo De Seguridad Nuclear , CSN) has called for a meeting of the country's nuclear power plant operators following a series of incidents. On Monday, the Garona plant was taken offline following an error in work on high-voltage installations which automatically shut down the plant, which has now been restarted. The previous day...
    • Tue, Aug 26 2008

    Tender launched for new Slovak reactors

    Slovakian utility Slovenske Elektrarne (SE) has launched a tender for the construction of two new reactors at the Mochovce nuclear power plant.
    • Tue, Aug 26 2008

    Kazakh uranium workers compete for gold

    The Beijing Olympics may be over, but Kazakh uranium industry workers are now holding their own mini-Olympics. KazAtomProm announced that its 8th Annual Sports Contest began on 25 August, with almost 1000 workers from the Kazakh uranium industry competing over the next five days at Almaty's Central Stadium. The workers are divided into 22 teams representing various business sub-divisions, affiliates, joint ventures...
    • Tue, Aug 26 2008

    India trade talks set for second round

    Last week's talks at the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) were adjourned leaving a second meeting in early September key to the Indian nuclear trade initiative. Several nations raised objections to US proposals, but these are expected to be resolved in coming days.
    • Tue, Aug 26 2008

    Cameco digs into exploration in Niger

    Canadian uranium giant Cameco has taken a stake in a company exploring for the mineral in Niger, marking its first foray in the country. The strategic alliance could see Cameco invest up to $212 million.
    • Fri, Aug 22 2008

    Major contract for PBMR demonstration

    A deal worth C$253 million ($242 million) was announced today towards the demonstration Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR). It is hoped the unit could begin operation in 2014.
    • Fri, Aug 22 2008

    Nuclear plant saved from swarm

    Nuclear sites are often havens for wildlife, but Britain's Sellafield proved too popular recently when a swarm of 40,000 bees descended on its Waste Encapsulation Plant. The main entrance near where the bees had gathered was immediately closed, and pest control specialists were summoned to neutralise the insect threat. However, the tiny creatures were saved from doom by the quick thinking of Tony Calvin, manufacturing...
    • Fri, Aug 22 2008

    Koeberg maintenance the least of Eskom's tasks

    Recent weeks have seen two unwanted outages at South Africa's Koeberg nuclear power plant. The effects on the fine balance of supply and demand would be unwelcome as owner Eskom struggles to maintain nuclear build plans.
    • Thu, Aug 21 2008

    Areva to 'decaffeinate' ash to remove uranium

    Areva and the University of Idaho have signed an agreement to develop technology - similar to the process used for removing caffeine from coffee beans - for recovering uranium from incinerator ash from Areva's uranium fuel plant in Richland, Washington state.
    • Thu, Aug 21 2008

    First look at damaged Windscale pile

    The first visual inspection of the damaged areas of the Windscale 1 reactor core has been carried out, 50 years since a fire ruined the military unit. The extra data should help in dismantling the unit more quickly.
    • Wed, Aug 20 2008

    Jordan and China sign nuclear agreement

    Jordan and China have signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy, particularly electricity generation and water desalination.
    • Wed, Aug 20 2008

    Gentilly 2's refurbishment for longer life

    Hydro-Quebec will invest some C$1.9 billion ($1.8 billion) to refurbish the Canadian province's sole operating nuclear power reactor, Gentilly 2, thereby extending the unit's operating life to about 2040. The project will also involve the construction of a new waste store.
    • Wed, Aug 20 2008

    New low for US workers' radiation dose

    American nuclear safety regulators said that 2007 saw the lowest ever collective radiation dose to the country's nuclear workers. Regulators said they wanted to keep up the downward trend.