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The decision to take unit 1 of the Taishan nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province offline to investigate a fuel failure issue lies with the plant operator, EDF said yesterday. However, it said under its own operating procedures for its French units, operation of the EPR would be temporarily halted to carry out such inspections and take corrective measures. It noted the chemical composition of the primary circuit water at Taishan 1 remains within regulatory threshold limits.

Date: Saturday, 24 July 2021
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An increase in the concentration of noble gases in the primary circuit of the Taishan 1 EPR is related to a few damaged fuel rods, China's National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) confirmed today. It said the increase is "a common phenomenon" and is still in accordance with the requirements of the plant's operating technical specifications. Earlier this week, France's Framatome - which designed the EPR - said the unit was experiencing a "performance issue".

Date: Thursday, 17 June 2021
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The UK, as host of the next round of UN climate talks, must take the opportunity to show how nuclear energy is essential to decarbonisation, Tim Stone, chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association, said at a Westminster Energy Forum conference last week. "In fact, I would go as far as to say: No nuclear? No net zero."

Date: Friday, 19 February 2021
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Scientists at Russia’s DI Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology (MUCTR) have developed a new technology for the manufacture of a sorbent for the elusive form of radioactive iodine - methyl iodide.

Date: Thursday, 21 January 2021
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Belgium’s Institute for Radioelements (IRE) has produced its first commercial molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) low enriched uranium (LEU) batch for the US market.

Date: Friday, 08 May 2020
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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has marked the tenth anniversary of its Network on Environmental Remediation and Management (ENVIRONET) initiative by showcasing projects it has supported, lessons learned and plans to ensure future activities inside and outside the fuel cycle benefit from an integrated approach to remediation.

Date: Wednesday, 02 October 2019
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Uranium and other radioactive materials, including caesium and technetium, have been found in tiny particles released from Japan’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the UK’s University of Manchester announced on 28 February.

Date: Tuesday, 06 March 2018
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The first module Russia's Breakthrough (Proryv) project under development at the Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC) in Seversk will be completed in 2017. Russia has moved from the design phase of the Pilot Demonstration Power Complex (PDPC) with the fast neutron reactor BREST-OD-300 and on-site closed nuclear fuel cycle. The Breakthrough project will include facilities for fuel fabrication and fuel recycling, as well as the BREST-300 lead-cooled fast neutron reactor. Vyacheslav Pershukov, state nuclear corporation Rosatom's head of design and innovation, said that long-lead items had been ordered from SverdNIIkhimmash for fuel module fabrication and re-fabrication. Installation of the equipment of the fuel fabrication module will start in the autumn. Construction of the facility began in August 2014. Contracts to supply equipment for the reactor facility are at the tendering stage, Pershukov added.

Date: Tuesday, 05 April 2016
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Two key post-Fukushima improvements to Slovenia's Krsko nuclear power plant have now been installed, a system to reduce explosive concentrations of hydrogen (passive autocatalytic recombiner, PAR), and a system to filter radiological gases in the event of a Fukushima-type reactor containment overpressurization. Both were part of a suite of measures mandated by the Slovenian nuclear regulator.

Date: Monday, 03 March 2014
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The United Nations is to adopt advice on radiation that clarifies what can be said about its health effects on individuals and large populations. A preliminary report has also found no observable health effects from last year's nuclear accident in Fukushima.  

Date: Monday, 10 December 2012
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