EU-Iran ink first ever nuclear safety co-operation project

The European Commission has signed the first ever project for co-operation on nuclear safety with Iran. The €2.5 million (£2m) project aims to enhance the capabilities of the Iranian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (INRA) by preparing a feasibility study for the Nuclear Safety Centre under the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). […]

IAEA inspects safety of Japanese nuclear plant

A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency has completed an operational safety review of a nuclear station in Japan. The Japanese Government asked the IAEA to inspect the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station. In a 14-day review, the Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) noted a series of good practices and made recommendations to reinforce some safety measures […]

Investigation into drones over French power plants

A string of small, unidentified drones flew over seven nuclear power plants owned by French energy firm EDF last month, prompting an official investigation. Aircraft are banned from airspace for three miles around nuclear plants and must not fly below 1,000m. EDF reportedly said there were no implications for the “security or the functioning” of […]

Dungeness wants to extend safety limit of nuclear core

The operator of Dungeness nuclear power station wants to extend the safety limits of graphite bricks in its core. EDF Energy wants the graphite to be allowed to lose up to 8% of its weight rather than the current limit which is 6.2%. Opened in 1983, Dungeness has a decommissioning date to stop generating electricity […]