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Two disused radioactive sources, previously used in cancer treatment, have been transported to safe and secure storage locations in the Republic of the Congo. The relocation of the sources - which are expected to be exported outside the country next year - was supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Date: Tuesday, 19 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-assists-in-securing-Congolese-disused-radioac

Unit 2 of the Leningrad II nuclear power plant in western Russia passed 1 terawatt hours of electricity production on 15 January, a milestone in its four months of pilot operation that started in November last year.

Date: Tuesday, 19 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Leningrad-II-2-achieves-1-TWh-milestone

India's Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has developed a process to harvest medical-grade ruthenium-160, allowing the indigenous production of plaques of the material for use in eye cancer therapy. Ruthenium is a fission by-product of the nuclear reprocessing cycle.

Date: Saturday, 16 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/India-produces-first-indigenous-eye-cancer-treatme

Shearwater Energy, which describes itself as a UK-based hybrid clean energy company, is developing a wind-small modular reactor and hydrogen production hybrid energy project in North Wales. Shearwater says it has selected the SMR technology being developed by NuScale and has signed a memorandum of understanding with the US company to further collaboration in advancing the proposed project.

Date: Saturday, 16 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-firm-plans-wind-SMR-hybrid-system-with-NuScale

The challenges the nuclear industry faces are largely external and must be overcome if it is to help tackle the existential threat of climate change, panellists in the Nuclear Energy and its Future session of the Reuters Next conference on 11 January said. These challenges include: the notion nuclear is an out-dated technology; the cost of finance; market design; political changes; perceived competition with renewable energy; and the public's misconceptions about radioactive waste.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-real-challenges-to-nuclear-are-external,-says

Construction has been completed at the first of two sites in South Bruce, Ontario, ahead of the start of borehole drilling, Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organisation (NWMO) has announced. The boreholes are part of the organisation's investigations into the suitability of the site for a geologic repository for used nuclear fuel.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NWMO-on-track-to-start-first-borehole-at-South-Bru

Romanian national nuclear company Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica (SNN) has been awarded a non-refundable grant of USD1.28 million by the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) for use in the identification of potential sites in Romania to host small modular reactors. The USTDA is an independent federal government agency focused on connecting US companies with export opportunities in emerging markets.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-grant-for-Romanian-SMR-siting-assessment

The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) has released a "scorecard" reflecting its accomplishment of the "vast majority" of its 2020 priorities amid the federal government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. EM said it is now positioned for a decade of "transformational progress" in its mission to clean up the environmental legacy from decades of US nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-environmental-cleanup-mission-shares-2020-score

Unit 1 of the nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus reached 100% of its capacity on 12 January, Russia's Rosatom said yesterday. The reactor, near Ostrovets in the Grodno region of Belarus, is of the AES-2006 design, which is the latest version of the VVER-1200 and the first of its kind built outside Russia.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Belarusian-unit-brought-to-100-capacity

Upgrades to safety measures to comply with new regulatory requirements were completed yesterday at unit 7 of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata prefecture, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has announced. Although the utility has already received regulatory approval to restart the reactor, it must still obtain local consent.

Date: Thursday, 14 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Safety-upgrades-completed-at-Kashiwazaki-Kariwa-7