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A list of 67 potential sites for a radioactive waste storage facility has been published by Societa Gestione Impianti Nucleari SpA (Sogin), the Italian state-owned company responsible for dismantling the country's nuclear power plants. The publication of the list on 5 January, announced in five national newspapers, started a period of public consultation.

Date: Saturday, 30 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Italy-begins-search-for-national-radwaste-storage

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

As policymakers grapple with the twin challenges of climate change and a post-COVID economic recovery, the benefits of nuclear power are clearer than ever, but the industry still has some way to go in addressing perceptions of its alleged drawbacks with cost, safety and radioactive waste. This was the overriding message of the three panellists in a webinar held last week by Utilities Middle East in partnership with Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Date: Friday, 01 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-barrier-to-nuclear-is-perception,-says-panel

Facility could be operational by 2065 One of the potential sites is at Janoch near the Temelín nuclear power station. The Czech cabinet has approvd a shortlist of four potential sites for a deep geological repository and has rubber-stamped legislation that will set out the “rules of the game” and improve transparency throughout the selection and construction process.

A government statement said a new schedule calls for the site to be selected by 2030, five years later than originally planned. The repository is expected to be operational by 2065.

The statement said the four sites are Hrádek, in the south of the country; Horka, also in the south; Březový potok, in the southwest; and Janoch near the Temelín nuclear power station in the southwest.

The four locations were recommended in June as the most suitable of nine potential sites reviewed by the Czech Radioactive Waste Repository Authority (Surao).

Date: Thursday, 24 December 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/cabinet-approves-four-sites-for-deep-geological-repository-12-3-2020

The Czech Cabinet has approved a shortlist of four potential sites for a deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive nuclear waste. The government also approved a new schedule calling for the site to be selected by 2030, five years later than originally planned. The repository is expected to be operational by 2065.

Date: Wednesday, 23 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Czech-Republic-shortlists-geological-repository-si

Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organisation (NWMO) has begun preparations for the drilling of two boreholes in the South Bruce area prior to site selection for a deep geological repository for the country's used nuclear fuel. The first borehole will be drilled in Spring 2021.

Date: Wednesday, 02 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Preparations-begin-for-Canadian-borehole

"Onkalo is a game changer for the long-term sustainability of nuclear energy," International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said yesterday, referring to the world’s first-ever deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel that is under construction in Olkiluoto, Finland.

Date: Saturday, 28 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Grossi-impressed-by-Finnish-used-fuel-repository

If the world is to win the fight against climate change, it is vital that developing countries, including those on the African continent, adopt low-carbon electricity systems that can also keep pace with increased demand created by population growth. This was the message of Philippe Costes, senior advisor to the director general of World Nuclear Association, to participants in the Power & Electricity World Africa 2020 conference held on 6 November.

Date: Friday, 13 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-power-can-speed-progress-in-the-developing

Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organisation (NWMO) has released a map showing the potential deep geological repository site in South Bruce after signing more agreements with land owners to secure more than1500 acres of land.

Date: Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscanadas-nwmo-secures-more-land-for-potential-repository-8191159