Biden can rescue the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from industry capture

Over the past two decades, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has been captured by the nuclear power companies it is supposed to regulate. The process of capture and resulting erosion of regulation has been driven in part by the increasingly poor economics of nuclear energy as companies struggle to avoid large costs due to …

Armenian Nuclear Power Plant’s License to Be Extended Until 2026

YEREVAN (Arka) — Armenia’s State Nuclear Safety Regulatory Committee will extend the license for the operation of the Armenian NPP until 2026 after the successful implementation of all activities planned for this year, NPP CEO Eduard Martirosyan said last Friday during a discussion that involved Armenian Territorial Administration and Infrastructure Minister Suren Papikyan, Russian Ambassador …

Bulgarian cabinet approves plan for new unit at Kozloduy

The Bulgarian Council of Ministers, at a meeting on 20 January, approved plans presented by the Minister of Energy to construct a seventh unit at the Kozloduy nuclear power plant using Russian-supplied equipment purchased for the Belene project. The minister noted discussions have been held with Westinghouse of the USA to construct the unit. During …

US grant made for Romanian SMR siting assessment

Romanian national nuclear company Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica (SNN) has been awarded a non-refundable grant of USD1.28 million by the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) for use in the identification of potential sites in Romania to host small modular reactors. The USTDA is an independent federal government agency focused on connecting US companies with export …

Bulgaria becomes the Nuclear Energy Agency’s 34th member

On 1 January 2021, Bulgaria became the newest member of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and its Data Bank. “Bulgaria’s membership will enrich the NEA’s work in areas such as nuclear safety and regulation, decommissioning and radioactive waste management,” said OECD Secretary‑General Angel Gurría. “The accession of Bulgaria to the Agency also underlines the …