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UK launches nuclear skills Strategic Plan

The Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG) today launched its Nuclear Skills Strategic Plan to ensure UK nuclear employers can “recruit skilled people at the required rate to meet the sector’s ambitious forward program”. The Strategic Plan was launched at Nuclear 2016, the Nuclear Industry Association’s annual conference in London.

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Construction to start on Finnish repository

The excavation of an underground used nuclear fuel final disposal facility at Olkiluoto, Finland, is set to begin next month. Last week the country’s Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (Stuk) declared waste management company Posiva to be in a position to start construction of the repository.

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Kazakhstan and China further cooperation

Officials from KazAtomProm – the world’s biggest uranium producer – and the Kazakh government have visited China for talks on enhanced cooperation in the uranium mining and nuclear power sectors. The Kazakh delegation was headed by Askar Mamin, first deputy prime minister of Kazakhstan.

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‘Diamond-age’ of power generation as nuclear batteries developed

New technology has been developed that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery. A team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol have grown a man-made diamond that, when placed in a radioactive field, is able to generate a small electrical current. The development could solve some of the problems of nuclear waste, clean electricity generation and battery life.

This innovative method for radioactive energy was presented at the Cabot Institute’s sold-out annual lecture – ‘Ideas to change the world’- on Friday, 25 November.

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Bailing out aging nuclear power plants can impact development of renewable energy technologies

It was nearly 40 years ago that as a journalist I began concentrating on nuclear power.  I hosted a TV program—“Long Island World”—in the 1970s on WLIW/21, Long Island’s PBS station, and was asked to do one on nuclear power. With my crew I visited Brookhaven National Laboratory set up on Long Island in 1947 by the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission to conduct research into atomic science and develop civilian uses of nuclear technology. The labs such as Los Alamos built during World War II as part of the atomic bomb-making program, Manhattan Project, which the AEC succeeded, would continue working on military uses of atomic technology. And here on Long Island this new lab would focus on developing and promoting civilian uses—extending what was done during the war.

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Nuclear energy: who’s advancing and who’s retreating

Like Germany and Japan, Switzerland reached its decision to slowly end its production of nuclear power following the March 2011 earthquake-induced Fukushima disaster.

In a popular vote on Sunday, 54.2 percent rejected the call to accelerate the phaseout, in a move that would have forced three of Switzerland’s five reactors to close next year.

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Fukushima costs to double to nearly $180 bn: report

The estimated cost of dealing with the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis has doubled to some $180 billion, a report said Thursday, underlining the challenge Japan faces in overcoming the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

The Japanese government now estimates that total costs — including compensation, decommissioning and decontamination — could reach 20 trillion yen ($178 billion) or even more, public broadcaster NHK reported Thursday.

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