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The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) has welcomed the reintroduction of the American Nuclear Infrastructure Act (ANIA) last week by five US senators, three Republicans and two Democrats. This represents continued bipartisan support for advanced reactors, the non-profit "think and do" tank said.

Date: Tuesday, 20 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-infrastructure-bill-sends-a-positive-signal-for

A high-level Egyptian-Russian delegation last week paid a working visit to the construction site of the El Dabaa nuclear power plant. The delegation on 15 July was led by Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy of Egypt Mohamed Shaker and Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachov. It followed Rosatom's announcement on 1 July that the Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) of Egypt has applied to the Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority for a construction permit for units 1 and 2 of what will be Egypt's first nuclear power plant. Rosatom said that once the permit has been granted full-scale construction work will start.

Date: Tuesday, 20 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Egyptian-Russian-officials-inspect-El-Dabaa-plant

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said on 6 July that staff had received and was considering an application for the renewal of special nuclear materials (SNM) Licence No. SNM-2500, which currently authorises GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas (GEH), to possess, transfer, and store radioactive material at the Morris Operation. The renewed licence would authorise GEH to continue to store radioactive material for an additional 20 years from 31 May, 2022, the expiration date of the current licence. Any request for a hearing or petition for leave to intervene must be filed by 30 August.

Date: Friday, 09 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsge-hitachi-applies-to-renew-used-fuel-storage-facility-licence-8879366

Egypt’s Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) has handed over the licensing documentation for construction of units 1 and 2 of El Dabaa NPP to the Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulation Authority (ENRRA), Rosatom said on 1 July.

Date: Tuesday, 06 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newslicensing-documentation-submitted-for-egypts-el-dabaa-nuclear-plant-8869397

China has manufactured its first domestically-designed 100-tonne used fuel transportation cask. China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said batch production of the Longzhou-CNSC cask - which can hold 21 used fuel assemblies - will further consolidate its used fuel transportation capabilities.

Date: Saturday, 03 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/China-produces-its-first-used-fuel-transport-cask

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) said on 21 June it had updated its national plan for responsible and safe management of used nuclear fuel and radioactive waste, now and in the future. The first national plan was developed in 2015. Since then, the framework of laws and regulations governing nuclear activities and the handling of radioactive products has changed. There are also changes in the Swedish nuclear power programme that affect the content. 

Date: Friday, 25 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsssm-updates-national-plan-8845353

The US Department of Energy (DOE) on 22 June announced more than $61 million in funding awards for 99 advanced nuclear energy technology projects in 30 states and a US territory. The projects, $58 million of which will go to US universities, will focus on nuclear energy research, cross-discipline technology development, and nuclear reactor infrastructure to bolster the resiliency and use of America’s largest domestic source of carbon-free energy. It will also help to meet the goals of 100% clean electricity by 2035, and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. 

Date: Friday, 25 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmore-us-funding-for-advance-nuclear-technology-8845369

European nuclear trade association Foratom on 14 June released a position paper on, “Medical Uses of Nuclear Technology Role, Challenges & Perspectives”, urging the European Union (EU) to promote new research reactor capacity along with innovation in the sector and the design modification of the current fleet. The 24-page paper, issued jointly with Nuclear Medicine Europe, made a number of recommendations aimed at maintaining the current level of medical radioisotopes supply.

Date: Friday, 18 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsforatom-urges-eu-support-for-nuclear-medicine-8827690

The final 19 used fuel assemblies have been removed from Russia’s floating technical base (FTB) Lepse at the Nerpa shipyard in Kola Bay. On 11 June, the motor ship Serebryanka delivered the assemblies in TUK-18 containers to the special storage site at FSUE Atomflot in Murmansk. Unloading and transportation of the 19 assemblies was funded from the federal budget.

Date: Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfinal-used-fuel-removed-from-lepse-8822807

Russia’s Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC) in Seversk, part of Rosatom’s TVEL Fuel Company on 3 June began pilot production of uranium-plutonium Remix fuel assemblies (TVS) for VVER-1000 light water reactors. Fabrication of the first Remix-TVS was organised in cooperation with the Mining and Chemical Combine (MCC) in Zheleznogorsk, Krasnoyarsk Territory, where the production of uranium-plutonium fuel pellets was undertaken. The first batch of pellets has already been delivered from Zheleznogorsk to Seversk and has successfully passed incoming inspection procedures at SCC. Experimental fuel rods and fuel assemblies using Remix fuel will be manufactured according to the TVS-2M design - this is one of the basic designs for VVER-1000 fuel.

Date: Wednesday, 09 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-begins-pilot-production-of-remix-fuel-assemblies-8803273