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Canada has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Iter Organisation to explore how Canada can participate in the project to construct the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. The fusion reactor - construction of which began in 2010 - is scheduled to achieve first plasma in 2025.
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The first test simulating an accident situation in a pressurised water reactor has been successfully completed at the CABRI research reactor in Cadarache, southern France. The test was part of an international research programme aimed at improving knowledge of nuclear fuel behaviour during an accident involving a sudden increase of power.
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Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has invited small modular reactor project proponents to evaluate the construction and operation of a demonstration SMR project at a site it manages. CNL aims to have a new SMR constructed on its Chalk River site by 2026.
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U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry in a trip to India this week said that Westinghouse Electric Company was preparing to emerge from bankruptcy and that its financial restructuring would not interfere with the company's ability to supply support and service for six future reactors in India.(read more)
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Israeli-American radiation shielding company StemRad said Wednesday that the last test flight around the moon prior to NASA's first manned deep space missions would include the launching of the company's AstroRad radiation protection vests.(read more)
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Ukrainian nuclear power plant operator Energoatom expects the country's Cabinet of Ministers to approve soon tender documentation to attract a private partner for the 'energy bridge' project. The project aims to make the export of electricity to the European Union possible by disconnecting unit 2 of the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant from the Ukrainian national grid, and to attract funding required to complete units 3 and 4 at the plant.
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Nuclear service company NRG, based in the Netherlands, said that beginning this year it would initiate a collaboration with Swedish company LeadCold on a multi-year arrangement to help develop the SEALER small modular lead cooled reactor that is under development for deployment in remote arctic regions. (read more)
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India and the USA have signed an agreement enabling their scientists to collaborate on the development and construction of different types of neutrino detectors.
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The U.S. Department of Energy confirmed an emergency incident at the Idaho National Laboratory site on Wednesday April 11 that involved a ruptured 55-gallon barrel of radioactive waste, which brought rescue personnel to the scene, but ultimately did not pose any risk to the public.(read more)
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The announced closure of four nuclear power plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania will lead to increased emissions of carbon dioxide and air pollutants, according to a report released by the Brattle Group. The retirement of the Beaver Valley, Davis-Besse, Perry and Three Mile Island plants will also mean higher electricity costs for residents, and the loss of thousands of jobs.
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AEM Technology has completed the manufacture of the bottom of the reactor vessel for unit 1 of the Kursk II nuclear power plant under construction in western Russia. This is the first of the VVER-TOI (typical optimised, with enhanced information) design nuclear reactors.
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Legislators in New Jersey have sent a nuclear power rescue bill to Gov. Phil Murphy after votes in the state Senate and Assembly on Friday moved the bill forward.(read more)
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Estonian-founded cyber security specialist company Guardtime has planned and executed a custom cyber exercise for the UK's civil nuclear sector.
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The Office for Nuclear Regulation in Britain said that AWE pic, which operates the country's Atomic Weapons Establishment program had met the standards set out in two Improvement Notices sent to the company in February 2017.(read more)
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Argentina's nuclear regulator has extended the operating licence of the Atucha 1 nuclear power reactor. The licence extension allows the 44-year-old 362 MWe (gross) pressurised heavy water reactor - the first nuclear power plant in Latin America - to operate until 2024.
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A research firm, The Brattle Group, said Monday that closing four nuclear power plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania would have “severe environmental and economic impacts,” naming plants owned and operated by FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company and Exelon Generation that are on the chopping block due to market forces that have made them unprofitable.(read more)
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New Jersey legislators yesterday passed bills establishing a zero emissions certificate programme that will recognise and compensate eligible nuclear power plants for their zero-carbon attributes and contribution to fuel diversity.
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A demonstration test of a process to decontaminate radioactive soil was successfully carried out last November in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, France's Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission announced on 11 April. The technology was developed by CEA, Orano and Veolia.
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The social and environmental impacts of electricity provision affect individuals, economies and countries in ways that are not captured in market prices, but yet are too important to be neglected, according to a report issued today by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency. Despite their importance, full accounting for these costs remains difficult, it says.
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British Minister Stuart Andrew, a Conservative Party politician from Wales, is visiting a potential Small Modular Reactor development site in Trawsfynydd this week to voice support for the next generation of nuclear power, which is envisioned as including small, factory-built reactors.(read more)
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The chairman of Energy Resources of Australia has called on Australian governments to embrace the potential to expand the country's uranium mining industry and be prepared for an expansion in nuclear power generation worldwide.
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