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Sweden Shuts Nuclear Reactor After Over 40 Years Of Operation

Sweden recently shut down one of four nuclear reactors at its largest power station after over 40 years of operation, with operators citing a lack of profitability and rising maintenance costs. The Ringhals 2 reactor in southwestern Sweden was permanently shut down in accordance with a 2015 decision by its owners — Swedish state-owned energy group Vattenfall and German utility ...

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Russia Starts Work On 2nd Power Unit For Akkuyu Plant

The construction of a new power unit at the Russian-built Akkuyu nuclear power plant (NPP) in Turkey, the first of its kind in the country, is set to start in the first quarter of 2020. Pouring concrete at such sites usually marks the official start of construction. In August, Akkuyu Nuclear, a part of Rosatom charged with implementing the construction ...

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Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Cleanup Delayed

The removal of spent fuel from two of the reactors at the Fukushima Daichii nuclear power plant has been delayed as Japanese public demand end to nuclear energy. This delay comes days after Japan’s government proposed releasing contaminated water from the plant into the ocean. The removal of the spent fuel was planned to begin in 2023, but the process ...

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Germany To Phase Out Nuclear Reactors By 2022

Germany plans to close all its nuclear reactors by 2022 as another nuclear power plant is going offline on December 31. With this, Germany will have six nuclear power plants to shut by 2022. This step has been taken in the wake of the Fukushima disaster that took place in 2011 in Japan. Nuclear power generation in Germany has been ...

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Study Looks At Effectiveness Of Fukushima Decontamination

Following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March 2011, the Japanese authorities carried out major decontamination works in the affected area, covering more than 9000 square kilometers. With most of this work completed, the scientific journal SOIL of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) on 12 December published a synthesis of approximately 60 scientific papers, that together provide ...

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US DOE Awards Clean-Up Contracts For Hanford Site

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a new Hanford environmental cleanup contract worth up to $10 billion over ten years. The winning bidder for the new Hanford Central Plateau Cleanup Contract is at the Central Plateau Cleanup Co comprising Aecom Management Services (Maryland), Fluor Federal Services (South Carolina) and Atkins Nuclear Secured (Tennessee). The contracting team will do ...

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Nuclear Not Excluded From EU Taxonomy Regulation

European Union (EU) lawmakers and member countries on 16 December agreed on a deal to promote environmentally-friendly investment after weeks of discussions on whether to exclude nuclear projects. EU countries were split over the green finance law, which aims to channel money into clean investment, in particular over whether financial products involving nuclear power could be labelled as green and ...

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State Funding For Russia’s MBIR Reactor

Russian State Development Corporation VEB.RF and Gazprombank will finance construction of the MBIR multipurpose fast neutron research reactor being built in at the Russian Institute of Atomic Reactors (NIIAR) in Dimitrovgrad to the tune of RUB80 billion ($1.27bn), Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told a meeting of the VEB.RF supervisory board on 13 December. He said MBIR is being developed together ...

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KHNP Selected As Strategic Investor For Bulgarian Nuclear Power Plant Project

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) has been selected as one of the three strategic investor candidates for a Bulgarian nuclear power plant project. The Bulgarian Energy Ministry selected KHNP of Korea, RosAtom of Russia and CNNC of China as strategic investor candidates for the construction of the Belene Nuclear Power Plant. The Belene Nuclear Power Plant is the second ...

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Shock Treatment Removes Nuclear Contaminants From Reactor Waste Water

A new technique developed by researchers at MIT uses shock waves to remove radioactive contaminants from nuclear reactor wastewater. Called shock electrodialysis, the cleansing process separates waste products from the power plant’s coolant system for disposal, while the water can be recycled instead of replaced. Nuclear waste disposal consists of  items like spent nuclear fuel or irradiated components from decommissioned ...

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