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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said on 10 August that Ukraine had informed the Agency that a shelling incident on 6 August near the dry used fuel storage facility at the Zaporizhzya NPP (ZNPP) had caused some damage, but that available radiation measurements continued to show normal levels at the site.

Date: Friday, 12 August 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscontinued-concern-about-zaporizhzya-nuclear-power-plant-9920938

Energy commissioner calls for Russia to withdraw from site ‘without delay’ Russian forces captured the Zaporizhzhia facility in early March but it is still run by Ukrainian technicians. Image courtesy Energoatom. Europe’s energy commissioner Kadri Simson has joined condemnation of shelling at and around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station, Europe’s largest commercial nuclear power facility, which she said has “caused significant damage to infrastructure, including near the dry storage of spent nuclear fuel within the nuclear power plant perimeter”.

“This reckless behaviour by the Russian military forces poses a great danger to the plant’s safe operation increasing significantly the risk of a nuclear accident and must not happen again,” Simson said in a statement.

While information obtained from the EU’s radioactivity monitoring systems and international sources does not indicate any increase of radioactivity in Ukraine or the EU nor any immediate radiation threat, military activities around nuclear power plants are “unacceptably dangerous”, Simson said. “The EU calls on Russia to ensure that repair works can be rapidly implemented and that the safety of the workers involved in them and in the operation of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station is guaranteed.”

Date: Wednesday, 10 August 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/eu-joins-condemnation-of-shelling-at-zaporizhzhia-nuclear-power-station-8-2-2022

The vote favouring nuclear in the EU taxonomy was bigger than expected - Nucleareurope’s Jessica Johnson explains why. Jonathan Cobb crunches the numbers on the nuclear industry and the IAEA’s Lisa Lande discusses leadership and why it is so important in the nuclear sector.

Date: Tuesday, 02 August 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Podcast-EU-taxonomy-vote-explained,-and-leadership

Two Soviet-era reactors at the Bohunice V1 nuclear power plant in the Slovak Republic have been fully dismantled and the components decontaminated for safe storage or recycling, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has said.

Date: Saturday, 30 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsslovakias-bohunice-reactors-fully-dismantled-9887465

The two VVER-440 V-230 reactors in Slovakia were decommissioned and disassembled on site, the first time this has happened for reactors of this type, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said.

Date: Saturday, 30 July 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Bohunice-reactors-fully-dismantled-in-decommissioi

Nuclear power imported from Ukraine could avoid consumption of 5-6 billion cubic metres of gas in the EU this winter - more than one-tenth of the total reduction that EU countries agreed when an extraordinary session of EU energy ministers on the energy crisis was joined by their Ukrainian counterpart, Herman Halushchenko.

Date: Thursday, 28 July 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ukraine-offers-to-support-EU-as-continent-braces-f

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project says that the impact of COVID-19 means that its current schedule, of first plasma in 2025 and the start of deuterium-tritium operation in 2035, will need to be delayed, with the new timetable to be finalised and announced after the appointment of a new director general.

Date: Tuesday, 12 July 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/ITER-fusion-project-preparing-to-outline-revised-t

‘Targeted’ investments still needed in nuclear in short-term, says commission From a total of 639 votes, 328 voted against a motion to exclude nuclear energy – and gas – from the taxonomy. The vote by members of the European parliament to support legislation which includes nuclear in the bloc’s sustainable finance taxonomy for green investment is “important recognition” of Europe’s pragmatic and realistic approach to help states on their transition path towards climate neutrality, the European commission said.

The commission said it welcomed the result of the vote on the complementary delegated act on climate change mitigation and adaptation covering certain gas and nuclear activities.

From a total of 639 votes, 328 voted against a motion to exclude nuclear energy – and gas – from the taxonomy. 278 voted for the motion to exclude nuclear and gas and 33 abstained.

The vote means gas and nuclear will now be included in the taxonomy as transitional activities in a limited number of circumstances and under strict conditions. Both are recognised as “stepping stones” in the transition towards more renewables.

The commission said targeted investments in both gas and nuclear are still needed in the medium term.

Date: Friday, 08 July 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nuclear-vote-important-recognition-of-europe-s-pragmatic-and-realistic-approach-7-4-2022

The Foundation Preparation Pallas-reactor has applied to the nuclear regulator for a permit under the Nuclear Energy Act to construct and operate the Pallas research reactor in the Netherlands. It has also applied for a permit under the Water Act for the intake and discharge of cooling water for the reactor.

Date: Friday, 08 July 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Permit-applications-submitted-for-new-Dutch-resear

During a recent working meeting in Istanbul, Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Economic Relations and Foreign Affairs, Peter Szijjarto, and Rosatom Director General, Alexei Likhachev, discussed the current status and further steps for implementation of the Paks-II NPP project, as well as its transition to the start of construction by September. Over the past month key licences have been issued for the project by the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority (HAEA) including for soil stabilisation and the construction of an anti-filtration curtain (PFZ), as well on 30 June for the production of melt trap devices for the plant. Currently, construction and installation facilities are being erected on the site, as well as preparatory earthworks.

Date: Thursday, 07 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newskey-licences-issued-for-paks-ii-9829343