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Nuclear Monitor #864 - 13 July 2018

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French Parliamentary Commission issues critical report on nuclear industry: A French parliamentary commission has published a critical report about safety and security risks at nuclear plants, inadequate regulation, problems with reprocessing and waste management plans, and inadequate planning and funding for the decommissioning of the country's fleet of aging reactors.

South Korea scraps plans for four power reactors: South Korea has taken steps in line with the government's nuclear phase-out policy ‒ an aging reactor will be closed and plans for four new reactors have been cancelled (in addition to the earlier cancellation of two reactors).

A double first for China as Taishan EPR and Sanmen AP1000 connect to the grid: The World Nuclear Industry Status Report discusses the startup of an EPR and an AP1000 reactor in China ‒ the first startups of these reactor types anywhere in the world. "The startup of these reactors marks an important milestone in the Chinese nuclear program, but they also highlight the overall failure of the nuclear industry's claims and ambitions for the EPR and AP1000 global expansion."

Germany: Renewables hit record high in first half of 2018: Renewable energy sources provided a record 41.5% of Germany's power supply in the first half of 2018.

Nuclear Energy in South Africa: Ramaphosa's mixed messages: Ellen Davies and Saliem Fakir from World Wide Fund for Nature summarize two new WWF reports. The purpose of the studies is two-fold: to understand what can be learned from the push for nuclear energy under the former Zuma administration; and to highlight the potential points of intervention available to those seeking to oppose nuclear energy deployment.

Nuclear News:

‒ Belgium: Engie Electrabel fears more decaying concrete in power plants

‒ Whatever happened to the nuclear renaissance?

‒ International Energy Agency conference ponders nuclear power's bleak future

‒ USA: The vanishing nuclear industry

‒ USA: nuclear power / weapons connections surface again

‒ Taiwan unable to find US company willing to take radioactive waste

‒ India: Court rejects plea to shut down Kudankulam plant