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Oldbury 1 to shut down in early 2012

Posted October 25th, 2011 In News

After 44 years of operation, unit 1 of the UK’s Oldbury nuclear power plant will be permanently shut down in February 2012, ten months earlier than expected, Magnox Ltd announced. The company said that further operation of the 217 MWe Magnox reactor was “no longer economically viable.” The decision to shut down the unit – […]

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Britain’s new generation nuclear plant delayed

Posted October 18th, 2011 In News

News agency Reuters have reported that; Britain’s first new-generation nuclear power plant is likely to come online in around 2020 at the earliest, two years later than the initial start-up date, after construction risks and costs have risen, French bank Societe Generale said on Tuesday. EDF Energy, owned by French power giant EDF, plans to […]

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EU proposes radiation protection directive

Posted October 18th, 2011 In News

The European Commission has proposed a new comprehensive European Union radiation protection directive that would take account of workers’ exposure to both natural and artificial sources of radiation in a wide range of industries. Brussels has acted upon 2007 recommendations from the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), upon whose expertise Euratom legislation is generally based. […]

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UK nuclear safety culture strong, regulator says

Posted October 12th, 2011 In News

The UK chief nuclear regulator’s final report on implications of the Fukushima Daiichi accident has found no fundamental safety weaknesses in the country’s nuclear industry but says it can become even safer by learning lessons from Japan’s experience. The newly published 315-page report by Mike Weightman, the UK’s chief inspector of nuclear installations and executive […]

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