Archive for February, 2016

February Newsletter No209

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NEW PLANTS FOR OLD

First, the good news. EDF is extending the lifetime of the reactors at four of its nuclear power stations in the UK. Now for the bad news. EDF has still not taken a final investment decision on the £18 billion Hinkley Point C project. Not to worry though – a decision on funding for Hinkley is “very close” according to EDF. Mind you, the company has been saying something similar for well over a ...

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European Parliament Report Says Nuclear Can be Vital

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Nuclear energy can make a vital contribution to energy supply in the EU and should be used alongside renewables in countries that want it, a draft report by the European Parliament says.

The committee on industry, research and energy report on transforming Europe’s energy market says for a medium-term transitional period, national responsibility for the energy mix cannot be questioned and both nuclear power, which is largely CO2-neutral, and the use of national energy reserves together with high-efficiency gas-fired power stations ...

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EU Regulation On Radioactive Contamination In Foodstuffs Enters Into Force

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A new Euratom regulation on maximum permitted levels of radioactive contamination in different types of foodstuffs following a nuclear accident or a radiological emergency entered into force on 9 February 2016.

The regulation, which was adopted by the Council of the European Union on 15 January 2016 and published in the EU’s Official Journal on 20 January, repeals three previous Euratom regulations on the same topic. According to the new regulation, in the event of a nuclear accident or a radiological ...

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European Industry Welcomes Plans To Continue Participation In Gen IV Research

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The European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) will continue participating in international collaboration for research and development of Generation IV nuclear energy systems after a recommendation by an EU Council of Ministers working group was published on 29 January 2016.

The final adoption of this decision is expected to follow “imminently”, a statement said. Foratom, the European nuclear industry trade group, commended the recommendation to extend Euratom’s participation in the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) for another period of 10 years, until ...

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