UK, Japan, and Canada Publish Fusion Regulatory Framework Recommendations
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UK, Japan, and Canada Publish Fusion Regulatory Framework Recommendations

Through the Agile Nations network, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Canada published initial suggestions for a multi-national fusion regulatory framework. The network, consisting of government representatives and technical experts, suggested recommendations on how to develop an appropriate regulatory framework for fusion energy facilities. The group recognized the importance and viability of fusion power as a global opportunity, and recommends that fusion regulations should be pro-innovation, risk-informed, and transparent.

NRC Public Meetings On Proposed Rule Regulatory Framework for Fusion Systems
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NRC Public Meetings On Proposed Rule Regulatory Framework for Fusion Systems

On October 11, 2023, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) held the first of a series of three public meetings to share the staff’s progress and seek public input on the preliminary proposed rule language, preliminary draft guidance (NUREG-1556, Volume 22), and specific topics of the proposed rule that would form the regulatory framework under 10 CFR Part 30 for fusion systems. 

FIA Participates in IAEA Fusion Energy Conference
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FIA Participates in IAEA Fusion Energy Conference

The International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA) is hosting the 29th Fusion Energy Conference (FEC) from October 16-21 in London. The annual conference provides a space for leading fusion developers, policymakers, and scientists to connect and discuss actions to advance fusion R&D and achieve commercial fusion power on a global scale.

Germany holds fusion hearing after funding and strategy announcements
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Germany holds fusion hearing after funding and strategy announcements

On September 27, the German parliament held a public hearing on “Strengthening fusion research at a world-class level” in Berlin, with participation by Germany-based FIA members Focused Energy and Proxima Fusion. The hearing signifies another step in accelerating fusion commercialization in Germany.

UK Science, Innovation and Technology Committee calls for long-term commitment to fusion in new report
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UK Science, Innovation and Technology Committee calls for long-term commitment to fusion in new report

On Monday, July 31, the UK Science, Innovation and Technology Committee published a comprehensive report on delivering nuclear power, concluding that the UK should continue R&D for fusion technologies with fusion as a ‘part of the Government’s long-term energy plan’.

FIA Participates in NRC Public Meeting on Developing a Regulatory Framework for Fusion Energy
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FIA Participates in NRC Public Meeting on Developing a Regulatory Framework for Fusion Energy

On July 12, 2023, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) held a public meeting to update progress on developing a regulatory framework for fusion energy. As the first meeting following the April NRC decision that separated fusion from fission regulations in the United States, it kicks off the progress that will be made as a result of the vote.