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Optimism from industry on Fukushima anniversary

Industry leaders remain bullish on nuclear power's prospects in coming decades, in part because of the high priority that has been placed on identifying and addressing potential weaknesses such as were revealed last year at Fukushima Daiichi.

End in sight for Extract buyout

The directors of Extract Resources, would-be developer of the Husab uranium deposit in Namibia, have urged shareholders to accept a buyout offer from China Guangdong Nuclear Power Company subsidiary Taurus Mineral.

Patchy global support for nuclear new-build

World Nuclear News reports a massive worldwide poll with more than than 23,000 respondents has shown widely varying levels of support for the use of nuclear energy. A large majority in countries that use nuclear want to keep doing so, but only a few nations showed strong support for new build. The poll included some 23 countries and gave respondents three options for what should be done regarding the use of nuclear power plants: shut them down as soon as possible; build new ones; or keep using current plants but not build more.

ABWR fit for aircraft impact

American safety regulators have certified an amended version of the Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR), opening the door for its construction at the South Texas Project and other US sites.

Concerns of fission at unit 2

The possible detection of xenon at Fukushima Daiichi 2 has led to questions over ongoing fission, but detection is uncertain and a translation error may have exacerbated anxiety.

Forgemasters’ nuclear loan

UK manufacturer Sheffield Forgemasters has been offered a government loan of up to £36 million ($57 million) "to continue its drive into civil nuclear and steelworks plant production." The money will be fully repaid in time, but should help the compa...
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Funding increased for Yucca Mountain review

An additional $10 million in funding has been approved for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to complete its review of the licence application for the Yucca Mountain repository. Last year, the NRC shelved the review after funding was slashed.