Collaborative Research Takes DISTINCTIVE Approach

A multi-million pound four-year research program will combine the expertise of the nuclear industry with 10 universities to focus on some of the key challenges of the industry. The National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and Sellafield Limited are collaborating, along with the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the consortium of UK universities on 30 separate projects which focus on four themes

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LINE Commission’s Report on Budget, INL and Nuclear Power

Release of the Idaho Leadership in Nuclear Energy (LINE) Commission’s final report to Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and impending threats to the Idaho National Laboratory’s (INL) federal funding have made Lane Allgood even more passionate in his defense of the INL in particular and nuclear power in general.

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Yucca Mountain’s Future

The Nuclear Energy Institute’s president and chief executive officer expects a federal appeals court in December to direct the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to continue the licensing process for the controversial Yucca Mountain high level nuclear waste repository in Nevada.

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Instrument Developed in Sweden and Canada to Facilitate the IAEA’s Work

The Digital Cherenkov Viewing Device has mainly been developed for the IAEA and will be used for checking nuclear fuel from the nuclear power plant at Fukushima Dai-ichi, Japan. The instrument is used to enable the IAEA’s inspectors to determine whether the quantity of irradiated nuclear fuel matches the quantity reported by the facilities.

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NRC Issues Final Licensing, Inspection & Annual Fees Rule for Fiscal Year 2012

The NRC estimates that the FY 2012 annual fees will be paid by licensees of 104 nuclear power reactors, 19 spent nuclear fuel storage/reactor-in-decommissioning facilities, 10 fuel cycle facilities, 10 uranium recovery facilities and approximately 3,129 nuclear material users.

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International Review – a Milestone in the Nuclear Waste Issue

An international review team appointed by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and commissioned by the Swedish government has reviewed SKB’s application to build a final repository for spent nuclear fuel at Forsmark. Their conclusion is that the SKB safety analysis provides a satisfactory and credible platform for the licensing process.

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NRC Petitioned to Halt Decisions Post-Waste Ruling

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) must not make final licensing decisions until it has completed a rulemaking action on the environmental impacts of highly radioactive nuclear waste in the form of spent, or ‘used’, reactor fuel storage and disposal…

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