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The slightly elevated levels of three different radioisotopes recently detected in northern Europe are probably related to a nuclear reactor which is either operating or undergoing maintenance, the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement on 3 July.

The recorded air concentrations of the particles were very low and posed no risk to human health and the environment, the statement said.

However, the IAEA also said the geographical origin of the release has not yet been determined.

Last week, Estonia, Finland and Sweden reported levels of ruthenium-103, caesium-134 and caesium-137 isotopes in the air which were higher than usual.

The IAEA, in an effort to help identify the possible origin of the radioisotopes, contacted counterparts in Europe and asked for information about whether they were detected in their countries, and if any event there may have been associated with the atmospheric release.

Date: Saturday, 04 July 2020
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The main challenges facing the nuclear industry are not in the production and delivery of electricity, but in securing the policy support required for it to expand its contribution of sustainable and low-carbon energy. This was the message of Philippe Costes, senior advisor at World Nuclear Assocation, to delegates at the Nuclear Power Plants Expo & Summit in Istanbul this week.

Date: Friday, 06 March 2020
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A new animation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) shows that global nuclear generation will need to significantly expand beyond its historical markets if the world is to have a reasonable chance at meeting climate change goals.

Date: Tuesday, 11 February 2020
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Russia’s Atomstroyexport, part of state nuclear corporation Rosatom, has opened a credit line RUB10.5 billion ($160m) in Roseximbank JSC for the construction of the Kudankulam nuclear plant in India, according to  Rosatom’s procurement website on 23 October. 

Date: Friday, 26 October 2018
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan today attended via videolink from Ankara a ceremony to mark the pouring of first safety-related concrete for unit 1 of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant. Putin arrived today for a two-day working visit to the Turkish capital.

Date: Tuesday, 03 April 2018
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Bulgaria is seeking private investors to build the Belene NPP, which was cancelled in 2012, Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said on 11 May during a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Reuters reported. Bulgaria cancelled the project after failing to find foreign investors and under pressure from Brussels and Washington to limit its energy dependence on Russia. Since then Bulgaria has opened a gas link with Romania and is working to connect its gas network with Greece, Turkey and Serbia to diversify its suppliers.

Date: Monday, 15 May 2017
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