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The US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) has set out its key priorities for 2022 as it pursues its mission to achieve the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from decades of US nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.

Date: Friday, 14 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-agency-sets-out-2022-cleanup-priorities

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on 6 January issued a determination denying US-based Oklo Power's application to build and operate its Aurora compact fast reactor in Idaho. NRC said gaps in the information supplied by the company presented its review of the combined licence application from moving forward. Oklo can submit a "complete application" in the future and can request a hearing on the NRC decision.

Date: Tuesday, 11 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnrc-denies-oklo-licence-application--9388399

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has denied Oklo Power's application to build and operate an Aurora compact fast reactor in Idaho, saying gaps in the information supplied by the company mean that the regulator's review of the combined licence application cannot move forward. Oklo can submit a "complete application" in the future and can request a hearing on the NRC decision.

Date: Saturday, 08 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NRC-denies-Oklo-licence-application

Kazakhstan has begun to investigate the deployment of small reactors with a memorandum of cooperation signed between NuScale and Kazakhstan Nuclear Power Plants (KNPP), a branch of the government's Samruk-Kazyna National Welfare Fund.

Date: Saturday, 18 December 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kazakhstan-looks-to-small-nuclear-reactors

US Centrus Energy Corp President and CEO Daniel B Poneman on 14 December congratulated Clean Core Thorium Energy and Texas A&M on fabricating the first sample pellets of a next-generation nuclear fuel called ANEEL (Advanced Nuclear Energy for Enriched Life).

Date: Friday, 17 December 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscentrus-welcomes-fabrication-of-sample-aneel-fuel-9326528

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is asking the public for its input on plans to create a new programme to assure the availability of high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) fuel - needed for the demonstration and commercial deployment of advanced reactors - in the USA. Meanwhile, Centrus is working with Clean Core Thorium Energy on advanced fuel using HALEU and thorium.

Date: Thursday, 16 December 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/USA-builds-HALEU-supply-chain

NuScale Power has announced plans to merge with Spring Valley Acquisition Corp to create a new "first of its kind" energy company to accelerate the commercialisation of NuScale's small modular reactor (SMR). The new publicly listed company will be named NuScale Power Corporation and is projected to be 60%-controlled by NuScale's current majority owner Fluor Corporation.

Date: Wednesday, 15 December 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NuScale-merger-to-accelerate-SMR-commercialisation

The US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) is marking thirty years of cleanup work at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) site to ensure the protection and safety of the underlying Snake River Plain aquifer in compliance with state and federal regulations.

Date: Friday, 10 December 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Three-decades-of-cleanup-work-marked-at-US-legacy

NuScale Power's small modular reactor (SMR) power plants are to be named VOYGR, the company has announced. The company is working towards commercialising the technology and aims to be ready to deliver the first VOYGR plant to public power consortium Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems' Carbon Free Power Project by the end of the decade.

Date: Saturday, 04 December 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NuScale-SMR-plants-become-VOYGR

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a draft safety evaluation report indicating its initial acceptance of Kairos Power's source term methodology for its Kairos Power fluoride salt-cooled high temperature reactor (KP-FHR). The topical report, which Kairos submitted to the regulator in June 2020, is the first of its kind to be reviewed by the NRC.

Date: Wednesday, 24 November 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NRC-indicates-acceptance-of-Kairos-safety-evaluati