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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has transferred all of the used nuclear fuel from the closed Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBR-II) from wet to dry storage. The target was achieved almost nine months ahead of schedule.

Date: Saturday, 01 April 2023
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Workers at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) have completed the transfer of all the used fuel from the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBR-II) from wet to dry storage, a major milestone under a 1995 agreement with the state of Idaho. The fuel was the last to be retrieved from the water-filled storage basin at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC).

Date: Friday, 31 March 2023
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Reactors shut down as condition of EU membership All spent nuclear fuel including nuclear fuel debris has been safely removed from the fuel pools. Courtesy Ignalina NPP. The recovery of fuel debris from spent fuel pools has been completed at the Ignalina nuclear power station in Lithuania, operator Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP) said.

INPP said the fuel debris recovery is part of the programme of nuclear decommissioning at the two-unit facility. The work was supported by the main contractor, Germany-based Höfer & Bechtel.

The project had financial support from the Ignalina International Decommissioning Support Fund administrated by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Ignalina is the first and only Soviet-era RBMK-type power station to have performed the cleaning of the bottom of fuel storage pools. INPP said all spent nuclear fuel including nuclear fuel debris had been safely removed and stored in fuel storage casks.

Date: Saturday, 18 February 2023
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The project is a collaboration between Deep Isolation, the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, the University of Sheffield and NAC International and aims to engineer canisters that meet UK regulatory requirements for long-term storage of used fuel and high-level waste in boreholes up to 3 kilometres underground.

Date: Saturday, 11 February 2023
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Amended legislation includes major research and development push with SMRs, Generation IV and clean hydrogen The Flamanville-3 EPR is the only nuclear power plant under construction in FRance. Courtesy EDF. The French Senate has adopted an amended bill that aims to reduce bureaucracy around the construction of new nuclear reactors and includes a provision for the removal of a 50% cap on the share of nuclear power in the electricity mix by 2035.

The bill, which still needs to go before the National Assembly, was adopted in first reading on 24 January by 239 votes to 16.

The bill aims to speed up procedures related to the construction of new nuclear facilities near existing nuclear sites and to the operation of existing installations.

Energy minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher hopes to save up to 56 months on construction by simplifying administrative procedures for building new facilities near existing nuclear sites.

The bill says France will pursue research and innovation efforts in the direction of nuclear energy and low-carbon hydrogen, in particular by supporting pressurised European reactors, small modular reactors, Generation IV reactors and the €20bn ($21bn) International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) nuclear fusion plant under construction at Cadarache in southern France.

Date: Saturday, 04 February 2023
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Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has developed a new technology that could play a key role in safeguarding used nuclear fuels. The prototype Robotized Cherenkov Viewing Device (RCVD) is a small robot. In tests it navigated a used fuel pond and provided inspectors with real time data that could be used for safeguards verification. “The test demonstrates that autonomous robots could soon assist with field measurement and analysis of spent nuclear fuel, providing greater protection for human workers,” said Technical Programme Manager, Rosie Attwell.

Date: Saturday, 28 January 2023
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A floating autonomous robot could soon play a key role in safeguarding used nuclear fuel around the world. The Robotised Cherenkov Viewing Device (RCVD) has been created through a collaboration between Australian national science agency CSIRO's data and digital specialist arm Data61, Hungarian robotics company Datastart and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Date: Wednesday, 25 January 2023
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A metal cask for the storage of used nuclear fuel, jointly developed by Doosan Enerbility of South Korea and NAC International of the USA, has received design certification from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Date: Friday, 20 January 2023
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The US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management achieved most of its goals for calendar year 2022, with all but three of the priorities on its mission "scorecard" for the year complete or partially complete. All six of its primary mission areas have received increased funding under the recently enacted budget for fiscal 2023.

Date: Saturday, 14 January 2023
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Russia's NA Dollezhal Research and Development Institute of Power Engineering (NIKIET) has completed the draft design for a research reactor with a circulating molten salt fuel (IZhSR) due to be built at the Federal State Unitary Enterprise Mining and Chemical Combine in Krasnoyarsk region.

Date: Saturday, 07 January 2023
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