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  1. Swiss reject plan to speed up exit from nuclear power

    BERLIN (AP) — Swiss voters rejected a plan to accelerate the country's exit from nuclear energy in a referendum Sunday, turning down an initiative that would have forced their government to shut the last plant in 2029. The plan promoted by the Green party would have meant closing three of Switzerland's five nuclear plants next year. Polls ahead of the referendum had shown a tight race, but voters shot down the initiative by 54.2 percent to 45.8 percent. Under Switzerland's direct democracy system, proposals need support from both a majority of the country's cantons (states) and of the national vote to pass. Only six of Switzerland's 26 states backed the nuclear shutdown plan. After the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, the Swiss government adopted a gradualist approach toward transitioning the country to renewable energy by 2050. It said nuclear plants should continue to operate as long as they are deemed safe, but didn't set a precise timetable. The government said it needs time to switch to other sources such as wind, solar and biomass energy. If successful, the initiative would have limited the lifespan of nuclear plants to 45 years and meant the closure next year of the Beznau 1, Beznau 2 and Muehleberg reactors. The newest of the plants, in Leibstadt near the German border, started operating in 1984 and would have had to close in 2029. The nuclear plants currently generate around a third of Switzerland's electricity. "We would have liked to win, that's clear, but 45 percent for 'yes' is a good result," Regula Rytz, the Greens' chairwoman, told SRF television. Her party isn't part of Switzerland's broad coalition government. "The problems haven't been resolved with this referendum Sunday," Rytz said. "We will keep at it on safety, on financial security ... and on expanding renewable energies." A group representing Swiss business, economiesuisse, said in a statement that "a hasty exit from nuclear energy would only have brought disadvantages for Switzerland." It welcomed what it described in a statement as "voters' clear signal for a secure electricity supply and strong domestic energy production." Neighboring Germany took a sharper turn away from nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster in 2011. It plans to shut down its nuclear power plants by the end of 2022. The referendum result "is a disappointment for all who had hoped for clarity on when the last nuclear power station in Switzerland will go offline," Rita Schwarzeluehr-Sutter, a deputy German environment minister, said. Nuclear power is "an outdated model in Switzerland, too," she said, adding that the country has some of the world's oldest reactors and "their days are numbered anyway."

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    Mon, 28 Nov 2016

  2. Nuclear Power: Swiss reject plan to speed up exit from nuclear energy

    Swiss voters rejected a plan to accelerate the country's exit from nuclear energy in a referendum Sunday, turning down an initiative that would have forced their government to shut the last plant in 2029.

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    Tue, 29 Nov 2016

  3. Nuclear Power: Federal nuclear inspectors returning to Pilgrim plant

    Federal regulators are returning to Massachusetts' only nuclear power plant for three weeks of inspections.

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    Tue, 29 Nov 2016

  4. Pickering nuclear power station achieves best ever safety performance

    The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has given Ontario Power Generation’s Pickering and Darlington nuclear power stations its highest possible safety ratings.

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    Mon, 22 Aug 2016

  1. Centrica pulls out of new nuclear power station projects in UK

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    Mon, 4 Feb 2013

  2. China Valves subsidiary wins permits for nuclear safety devices, orders for 2 nuclear power stations

    Henan Kaifeng High Pressure Valve Co., Ltd. has received permits for design and manufacture of nuclear safety devices  and two purchase orders from Sanmen Nuclear Power Station in Zhejiang Province and Haiyang Nuclear Power Station in Shandong Province.

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    Mon, 28 Nov 2011

  3. FirstEnergy breaks ground on nuclear power stations new Emergency Operation Facility

    FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating broke ground for a new Emergency Operations Facility in Lindsey, Ohio, for the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station

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    Tue, 30 Aug 2011

  4. Dominion's Kewaunee nuclear power station granted license renewal

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has renewed the operating license for Dominion’s Kewaunee nuclear power station , extending the plant's operation an additional 20 years until 2033.

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    Thu, 24 Feb 2011

  5. CNNC’s Tianwan Unit 2 Completes 9th Refueling

    The overhaul of the plant is the first decade-period maintenance of Unit 2 and set a new record for the shortest refueling and maintenance project duration among national nuclear power stations .

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    Tue, 15 Nov 2016

  6. TVA Sells Bellefonte Nuclear Project to Nuclear Development LLC

    Nuclear Development LLC submitted the winning bid of $111 million for the 1,400 acre property near Hollywood, Alabama.

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    Mon, 14 Nov 2016

  7. Final Contracts Signed for Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Substation

    The signings took place between the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark, EDF group Chairman and CEO Jean Bernard-Levy and CGN Chairman He Yu. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and the Administrator of the Chinese National Energy Administration Nur ...

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    Thu, 29 Sep 2016

  8. UK industry reacts to Hinkley decision

    Stakeholders including energy sector players, trade unions, politicians, analysis firms and trade groups are reacting today to the UK government’s decision to proceed with the construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant.

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    Thu, 15 Sep 2016

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