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The slightly elevated levels of three different radioisotopes recently detected in northern Europe are probably related to a nuclear reactor which is either operating or undergoing maintenance, the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement on 3 July.

The recorded air concentrations of the particles were very low and posed no risk to human health and the environment, the statement said.

However, the IAEA also said the geographical origin of the release has not yet been determined.

Last week, Estonia, Finland and Sweden reported levels of ruthenium-103, caesium-134 and caesium-137 isotopes in the air which were higher than usual.

The IAEA, in an effort to help identify the possible origin of the radioisotopes, contacted counterparts in Europe and asked for information about whether they were detected in their countries, and if any event there may have been associated with the atmospheric release.

Date: Saturday, 04 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/elevated-radioisotope-levels-in-nordic-region-likely-linked-to-nuclear-reactor-7-5-2020

Building new nuclear capacity does not need to be risky or expensive, a new report from the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has found. The organisation has called for government action to support a rapid reduction in the costs of new nuclear capacity by creating policy frameworks that capture and apply the lessons learned and capabilities developed over recent years.

Date: Saturday, 04 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NEA-study-sets-scene-for-reducing-nuclear-costs

US-based  X-energy has teamed with Japan’s Nuclear Fuel Industries (NFI) to be the exclusive counterparty to supply fuel to the Japanese high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR).

Date: Friday, 03 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsx-energy-to-supply-fuel-for-japans-htgr-8007077

France’s EDF and 14 other companies and trade unions have announced proposals for a clean energy hub to be built in Cumbria in the UK, including a new large nuclear power plant.

Date: Thursday, 02 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsclean-energy-hub-proposes-nuclear-development-for-moorside-8004266

Shunsuke Kondo, Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo. The 2020 International Nuclear Societies Council (INSC) global award has been won by Shunsuke Kondo, Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo, for his achievements and contributions to nuclear technology and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, a statement by the council said.

The INSC said the award committee also noted Prof. Kondo for his work as an advocate of current and future nuclear technology.

The award will be formally handed to Prof. Kondo on 23 September 2020 at an INSC meeting in Vienna on the sidelines of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s general conference.

The biennial INSC global award is given to nuclear professionals who have contributed to the development of nuclear innovation and technology and the expansion of peaceful uses of nuclear energy internationally.

Date: Thursday, 02 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/international-nuclear-societies-council-announces-2020-winner-7-3-2020

US company X-energy has announced it is to be the exclusive counterparty to supply fuel to Japan's high-temperature gas-cooled reactor under a teaming arrangement with Nuclear Fuel Industries (NFI) of Japan.

Date: Wednesday, 01 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/X-energy-and-NFI-team-up-to-supply-HTGR-fuel

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released its annual nuclear power status data for 2019 collected by the Power Reactor Information System (PRIS) and issued its Safeguards Statement for 2019.

Date: Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-reports-on-nuclear-plant-operation-and-safeguards-7999314

Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom jointly with the international initiative Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future (NICE Future) on 19 June held a webinar on climate change in Russia and the role of nuclear power in the fight against these changes.

Date: Saturday, 27 June 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussian-webinar-examines-nuclear-and-climate-change-7996684