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Responding to the Fukushima Accident

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Since 11 March 2011 the World Nuclear Assocation has been actively involved in dealing with press enquiries and requests for interviews, as well as providing our own news service through WNN. We have also produced a new Fukushima Accident information paper, as well as updating our existing information papers on relevant topics, such as the safety of nuclear power plants.

We have collected our news articles and links to relevant pages of the WNA Public Information Service on this Fukushima Portal page.



2nd China International Nuclear Symposium

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CINS 2011

The second China International Nuclear Symposium (CINS) will take place in Hong Kong, China on 20-22nd October 2011. Building on the success first CINS held in Shanghai in 2010, this year's event will provide an unrivalled opportunity for members of the Chinese nuclear industry and the international nuclear community to network. 

The presentations for this year's event will focus on fuel supply, human resources and the supply chain.  

There will also be the opportunity for WNA working groups to meet in Hong Kong.  

More information, including registration details, will be posted on the conference website at


WNA Annual Symposium call for presentations

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Call for presenations 2011

The call for presentations for the 36th Annual Symposium has been announced. The symposium will be held at Central Hall Westminster, 14-16 September 2011, with the theme of "The Future of Nuclear Power: Now It's Down To Us." The theme was chosen before the accident at Fukushima, but continues to apply in its aftermath. 

Presentations are invited on the following themes:

  • What lessons can be learned from Fukushima, and by what measures can the nuclear industry demonstrate that it will avoid such events in the future?
  • How does Fukushima shape the challenges facing nuclear communicators?
  • Is it still possible for Europe and North America to get onto the fast track of new nuclear build?
  • If and as countries proceed with their plans for new reactors, what needs to be done to maximise efficiency in the new-build process while ensuring reliability and safety in new reactors?
  • As regulators and industry come to terms with Fukushima, is it possible to improve the international legal and regulatory framework so as to help the industry to commit with confidence to long-term nuclear projects?

The Symposium will also see the launch of WNA's 2011 Fuel Market Report. 

In a change from previous years presenters will not be required to submit a separate paper for publication. Instead presentations will be made available to delegates online shortly after the presentations are made. 

Those wishing to present at the Symposium should submit an abstract of around 150 words by 15 May 2011. Those accepted will need to submit their presentation to the organizing committee by 31 July.

Uranium Mining Standardization Working Group Launches

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A new working group has been set up by a core group of uranium mine operators to work on a specially funded 3-year work program. The Uranium Mining Standardization Working Group will work on three projects:

Project One: Provide industry leadership associated with the risks of radon in uranium mining, through the following steps:

(a) Develop a protocol for determining dosimetric parameters for practical implementation in uranium mining;
(b) Review epidemiological studies to help ensure that industry understands underlying issues and remains abreast of scientific developments;
(c) Engage with IAEA, ICRP and other organizations to collaborate and cooperate in the development of a practical radon standard.

Project Two: Achieve widespread agreement on indicators that demonstrate adherence to strong sustainable development performance.  This project will bring together major nuclear utilities and mine operators to cooperate on standardization of routine reporting on sustainable development performance. The aim is to produce a valuable, internationally credible source of information that helps nuclear utilities in interacting with stakeholders on uranium supply.

Project Three: Promote universal adherence to the WNA policy document on uranium mining standards through communication with stakeholders and promoting the use of common indicators to encourage compliance. 

The group was officially launched in April 2011. It will be co-chaired by Brent Berg (Cameco) and Frank Harris (Rio Tinto). The staff director of the working group is Sylvain Saint-Pierre.