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The recent assessment by the EU's scientific body, the Joint Research Centre, that nuclear energy does no more harm to human health or the environment than any other power-producing technology considered to be sustainable may be a sign of the green stamp of approval needed for the inclusion of nuclear in the EU Taxonomy on sustainable finance, write Elina Teplinsky, Vincent Zabielski and Victoria Judd, partner, special counsel and counsel, at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Date: Friday, 07 May 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Is-science-and-not-politics-finally-driv

From a childhood fascination with "what small means" to simulating the power of the sun to bring affordable energy to all of mankind. This is the journey described by Sergio Orlandi, head of the Central Engineering and Plant Directorate at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER).

Date: Wednesday, 05 May 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/ITERs-mission-to-fuel-the-future-of-humanity

Nuclear provides a perfect solution for the generation of large quantities of low-carbon and affordable hydrogen, the European nuclear trade body Foratom said today in a position paper. This, it said, will be key as Europe aims to transform all parts of its economy, including transport and industry. The position paper makes a number of policy recommendations aimed at recognising the contribution nuclear energy can make in decarbonising such areas.

Date: Wednesday, 05 May 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Foratom-highlights-nuclears-role-in-EU-hydrogen-ec

The goals of the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) - and the six reactor types that are its focus - remain as important today as they have always been, speakers at an international panel discussion held to mark the organisation's 20th anniversary agreed. Looking to the future, demonstration should become a focus to drive forwards to deployment of the technology.

Date: Wednesday, 05 May 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Generation-IV-Forum-marks-anniversary

The first of the six Poloidal Field (PF) coils has been transported to the Tokamak pit at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) under construction in France, Iter said on 26 April. The 350-tonne coil, 11.2 metres in diameter, is being transported by a crane that can carry a load of 750 tonnes. Once all the Toroidal Field (TF) coils are inserted, this PF coil will be installed in its final position.

Date: Friday, 30 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfirst-poloidal-field-coil-moved-to-iters-tokamak-pit-8708773

The collegium of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) on 22 April issued an operating licence for the ISF-2 dry used nuclear fuel storage facility constructed by Holtec International at the Chernobyl NPP site. The licence permits the loading of used fuel into the containerised dry storage systems.

Date: Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsoperating-licence-issued-for-ukraine-dry-storage-facility-8703015

Thirty-five years on from the Chernobyl accident, Ukraine and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have highlighted their commitment to cooperation in nuclear power. Meanwhile Ukraine’s nuclear regulator has launched the start of operations at a new storage facility for used nuclear fuel at the Chernobyl site.  

Date: Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Title

The US-led Leaders’ Summit on Climate, held on 22 and 23 April as a video conference, attracted 40 world leaders (presidents and prime ministers) including Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Also taking part were some 24 other speakers at ministerial level (environment, defence, economy) in addition to Pope Francis and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, as well as almost 40 heads of environmental organisations, indigenous communities and leading businessmen, including Bill Gates. The event coincided with Earth Day, an annual event first held in 1970.

Date: Tuesday, 27 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsleaders-summit-on-climate-attracts-world-leaders-businessmen-and-environmentalists-8699323

The ISF-2 interim storage facility at Chernobyl. Courtesy EBRD. Ukraine’s nuclear regulator has issued a licence for full operation of the he €400m ISF-2 interim storage facility at the Chernobyl nuclear power station site in Ukraine, Chernobyl NPP 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 European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Hot testing with the first full fuel load at ISF-2 began in September 2020 and at the time the EBRD said the full licence to operate was expected in early 2021. Chernobyl NPP said last week that hot testing had been completed and was successful.

Date: Tuesday, 27 April 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/regulator-issues-licence-for-full-operation-of-isf-2-interim-storage-facility-4-1-2021

The sixth Poloidal Field (PF6) coil of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) was inserted into the fusion machine's tokamak pit on April 21. The milestone marks the beginning of the assembly of ITER's magnet system, which will control the shape and stability of the ITER plasma. First plasma at ITER - in Cadarache, France - is planned for 2025, with deuterium-tritium fusion experiments commencing in 2035.

Date: Tuesday, 27 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Assembly-of-ITER-magnet-system-starts