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2 April 2012

REGULATION & SAFETY: Early returns to Fukushima
Restrictions in sizeable parts of Fukushima’s evacuation area have been relaxed, enabling some residents to visit at will and work towards a permanent return. Two towns have opened, and a third will follow in two weeks’ time.

NEW NUCLEAR: Regulator OKs the start of Summer
Two AP1000 reactors at the VC Summer plant in South Carolina have been granted combined construction and operation licences, making them the second US new-build project to receive final regulatory go-ahead.

CORPORATE: Xcel rethinks Prairie Island uprate plan
US utility Xcel Energy has reduced the size and delayed the schedule of a planned uprate at its Prairie Island nuclear power plant in Minnesota following a reassessment of the project’s value to customers.

NUCLEAR POLICIES: UK boosts nuclear liabilities
The UK government is to substantially increase the cap on third party liabilities of nuclear plant operators in the event of an accident, bringing these into line with the 2004 amendments to the Paris and Brussels conventions.

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