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The development of a national nuclear industry facilitates a country's economic growth while at the same time keeping in harmony with low-carbon and sustainable development, Yaroslav Mozdakov, director  for communications and international affairs at Rusatom Energy International (REIN), said last week during a webinar hosted by the Expert Group on Resource Management of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. REIN is a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Date: Tuesday, 29 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Rosatom-explains-the-multiplier-effect-of-new-nucl

A ceremony has been held to mark the final official acceptance of unit 4 at the Chashma nuclear power plant in Pakistan's Punjab province. Constructed by China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), the unit is China's fourth overseas nuclear power unit.

Date: Tuesday, 29 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Pakistans-Chashma-4-officially-accepted

An extensive EU-funded research project has been launched to investigate the effects of chronic exposure to low doses of radon and other naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) on humans and the environment. The EUR22 million (USD26 million), five-year RadoNorm project involves 56 partners from 22 European countries.

Date: Tuesday, 29 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EU-research-project-focuses-on-radon-and-NORM

The Netherlands is considering the expansion of nuclear power in its energy mix, according to a letter Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy Eric Wiebes submitted to the Dutch parliament last week, together with a report by consultants Enco. The cabinet will now prepare a motion requesting that the country holds a market consultation to assess commercial interest in nuclear new build.

Date: Tuesday, 29 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Dutch-minister-presents-report-on-new-nuclear

The falling costs of renewable energy, such as solar PV and wind, do not give governments an accurate picture of how to invest in low-carbon generation, Michel Berthélemy, a nuclear energy analyst at the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), said last week during a webinar hosted by the Expert Group on Resource Management of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

Date: Tuesday, 29 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Policymakers-must-assess-the-actual-costs-of-d-(1)

Carolina Schmidt and Alok Sharma - respectively, COP25 president and COP26 president-designate - yesterday issued a joint plea for new and enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and net-zero targets ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement. NDCs embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Date: Saturday, 26 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/COP-presidents-call-for-enhanced-NDCs-by-December

The commercial deployment of small modular reactors (SMRs) will bring new supply chain opportunities as well as challenges, panellists at an event to launch a World Nuclear Association report said this week. The World Nuclear Supply Chain: Outlook 2040 analyses the economic value of the nuclear power industry and provides a market-oriented review of the opportunities and challenges for nuclear power plants and their supply chain over the next two decades.

Date: Saturday, 26 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Panellists-address-SMR-supply-chain-challenges

Ontario Power Generation (OPG), its subsidiary Laurentis Energy Partners, BWXT ITG Canada Inc and its affiliates yesterday said they are making "significant progress" towards the production of molydbenum-99 (Mo-99) at OPG's Darlington plant. Darlington will be the first large-scale nuclear power station to produce the medical radioisotope, they said.

Date: Saturday, 26 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canadian-companies-make-progress-on-radioisotope-p

A project to remove the last remaining batch of unirradiated highly enriched uranium (HEU) fuel from Kazakhstan has been completed in a joint effort by Kazakhstan and the USA, the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced. The two nations have also signed a new joint statement reaffirming their intention to continue to work together to support the common goal of minimising nuclear proliferation, ensuring nuclear security and strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Project-to-downblend-Kazakh-HEU-fuel-completed

World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising said today that the changes needed to transition to a more sustainable future will not happen without the participation of a diverse workforce, and the greater inclusion of women. Speaking to participants in a side event to the International Atomic Energy Agency's 64th General Conference, Rising said the energy sector remains one of the most gender-imbalanced, and that the nuclear sector was no exception.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Diversity-is-at-the-heart-of-a-sustainable-future,