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Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organisation (NWMO) said it had completed a full-scale demonstration of the engineered barriers that will safely contain and isolate Canada’s used nuclear fuel in a deep geological repository. This was the culmination of more than eight years of preparation, including the design and fabrication of specialised prototype equipment and components by the NWMO’s team of technical specialists and engineering partners.

Date: Thursday, 16 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscanadas-nwmo-completes-successful-engineering-demonstration-9775500

The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) has listed five key takeaways from DOE’s latest budget request that advance nuclear energy and help support the nation’s ambitious goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

Date: Thursday, 16 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-doe-lists-nuclear-priorities-9775691

Dr Kathryn Huff, recently appointed the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) assistant secretary for nuclear energy, discussed her priorities for the nuclear sector in a lengthy interview published on DOE’s website.

Date: Wednesday, 15 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-assistant-secretary-for-nuclear-energy-discusses-priorities-9772725

This is a "fantastic moment" for the USA to reclaim global nuclear energy leadership and lead in the conversations on energy security and the carbon transition worldwide, says Kathryn Huff, the US Department of Energy’s new assistant secretary for nuclear energy, in a question and answer session for the Office of Nuclear Energy setting out her priorities for the role.

Date: Tuesday, 14 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Q-A-The-US-s-new-assistant-secretary-for-nuclear

Final geological repository will be world’s first Posiva has been working for several decades to develop a concept for final disposal and demonstrate long-term safety. Courtesy Posiva. Finnish nuclear waste management company Posiva announced its encapsulation plant building in Olkiluoto is ready to proceed with the installation of nuclear-related processing systems after construction contractor Skanska Talonrakennus Oy delivered the facility on schedule at the end of May.

The encapsulation plant is part of a €500m final disposal facility, construction of which began in June 2019. The plant is where spent nuclear fuel is received, dried and packed into final disposal copper and cast-iron canisters for final storage.

Posiva said the encapsulation plant will use “unique” nuclear technology which had not seen service anywhere else in the world as of yet.

Date: Friday, 10 June 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/posiva-prepares-for-nuclear-systems-installation-at-onkalo-encapsulation-plant-6-4-2022

During a recent meeting of the Norwegian-Russian Commission on Nuclear Safety it was decided that Norway will put funding for cooperation with Russia on hold. Norway has frozen all payments to projects about nuclear safety cooperation in Northwestern Russia following Russia’s military action in Ukraine as a result of which Russia has suspended co-operation with Norway.

Date: Thursday, 09 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnorway-and-russia-suspend-co-operation-on-nuclear-safety-9759051

Japan’s Sapporo District Court has ordered that the reactors at the Tomari NPP should remain offline. Hokkaido Electric had been hoping to restart the plant, as surging fuel costs for thermal power plants have pushed down its revenues.

Date: Thursday, 09 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsjapanese-court-orders-hokkaido-electric-not-to-restart-tomari-npp-9759292

Skanska Talonrakennus Oy, the contractor responsible for construction of the used fuel encapsulation plant at Olkiluoto, handed over the building to Finnish waste management company Posiva at the end of May for installation of the nuclear systems.

Date: Wednesday, 08 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Finnish-fuel-encapsulation-plant-enters-installati

After more than eight years of preparation, Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has completed a full-scale demonstration of the engineered barriers that will safely contain and isolate the country's used nuclear fuel in a deep geological repository.

Date: Wednesday, 08 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Repository-engineering-demonstration-success-for-N

Slovenia has a "comprehensive, robust and well-functioning system" for used nuclear fuel and radioactive waste management, a team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has concluded. However, it noted areas where it could be further enhanced.

Date: Wednesday, 08 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-assesses-Slovenia-s-radwaste-programme