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The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved the transfer of the Indian Point nuclear power plant's licences from Entergy Nuclear Operations to Holtec International, as owner, and Holtec Decommissioning International (HDI), as decommissioning operator. The transfer will help facilitate the sale of the plant from Entergy to Holtec for expedited decommissioning after the final operating unit shuts down in April next year.

Date: Thursday, 26 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NRC-approves-Indian-Point-licence-transfer

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved the transfer of the Indian Point nuclear power station licence from Entergy Corporation to Holtec International, as owner, and subsidiary Holtec Decommissioning International as decommissioning operator.

There are three pressurised water reactor units at Indian Point in New York state. Indian Point-1 and -2 have been permanently shut down, while Indian Point-3 is scheduled for closure by 30 April 2021.

The NRC said in a statement that the license transfer will also include the station’s dry cask spent fuel storage installation.

According to the statement, the approval of the license transfer is effective immediately, but the transfer will not be finalised until after Unit 3’s permanent shutdown and the completion of the transaction between Entergy and Holtec.

Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/us-regulator-approves-transfer-of-licence-to-holtec-11-2-2020

California-based nuclear waste disposal company Deep Isolation has closed its $20 million Series A raise, led by nuclear industry leader NAC International (NAC), which “represents a significant industry milestone for the disposal of nuclear waste”.

Date: Tuesday, 24 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdeep-isolations-signs-agreements-with-nac-and-estonias-fermi-energia-8374302

Nuclear waste disposal company Deep Isolation's raising of USD20 million in funding shows that "socially responsible investors" are willing to support the company's mission to become an integral part of a low-carbon future, the company's CEO has said. Separately, Deep Isolation EMEA has announced it is collaborating with Fermi Energia on a preliminary study into using Deep Isolation's horizontal deep borehole solution in Estonia.

Date: Saturday, 21 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Deep-Isolation-secures-funding,-launches-Estonian

Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organisation (NWMO) is to lead the development of an integrated radioactive waste management strategy, at the request of Minister of Natural Resources Canada Seamus O’Regan.

Date: Friday, 20 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscanada-to-develop-integrated-radioactive-waste-management-strategy-8368905

Canada’s New Brunswick Power (NB Power), Moltex Energy, and Advanced Reactor Concepts, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to find synergies by establishing a small modular reactor vendor cluster in New Brunswick.

Date: Friday, 20 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscanadas-new-brunswick-promotes-smrs-8368871

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced that the first canister of used nuclear fuel had been loaded into the Interim Storage Facilty 2 (ISF-2) at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

Date: Friday, 20 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfirst-canister-of-used-fuel-loaded-at-chernobyl-storage-facility-8369174

Milestone follows 20 years of work at the Ukraine site Courtesy EBRD. The first waste canister of spent nuclear fuel was loaded into the €400m ISF-2 interim storage facility at the Chernobyl nuclear power station site in Ukraine on Wednesday, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development announced.

The milestone represents the culmination of more than 20 years of work at the site, where spent nuclear fuel from reactors 1, 2 and 3 at the destroyed nuclear station will be processed and stored at ISF-2, the world’s largest nuclear dry storage facility.

ISF-2 has been constructed by an international consortium led by the US company Holtec and financed by the international community through the Nuclear Safety Account, managed by the EBRD.

The first loaded double-walled canister contains 93 spent fuel assemblies that have been removed from the site’s ageing storage facility, and processed and packaged in the new ISF-2 facility. In total, more than 21,000 spent fuel assemblies from Chernobyl reactors 1, 2 and 3 will make this journey over the next eight or more years. The ISF-2 is the largest dry spent fuel storage facility in the world and has a lifespan of a minimum of 100 years.

Hot testing at ISF-2 began earlier this year and the full licence to operate is expected in early 2021. “Important work remains to be completed to secure the full operating licence, but the successful testing and loading of the first full fuel load provides all those involved with cause for some celebration,” said Steven White, EBRD associate director, nuclear safety.

Date: Friday, 20 November 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/first-spent-nuclear-fuel-canister-loaded-in-isf-2-storage-facility-11-4-2020

The first canister of used nuclear fuel was yesterday loaded into the Interim Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility (ISF-2) at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine. ISF-2 is the largest dry-type used fuel storage facility in the world and has an operating life of at least 100 years.

Date: Friday, 20 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/First-assemblies-loaded-into-new-Chernobyl-used-fu

The Canadian government has launched an engagement process to "modernise" the country's radioactive waste policy. At the same time, it has asked the Nuclear Waste Management Organisation (NWMO) to lead a dialogue to develop an integrated strategy for Canada's radioactive waste.

Date: Wednesday, 18 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canada-to-modernise-and-integrate-nuclear-waste-ma