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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
Original article: nucnet.org/news/elevated-radioisotope-levels-in-nordic-region-likely-linked-to-nuclear-reactor-7-5-2020

A policy and market environment that unlocks the mitigation potential of nuclear power will enable countries to adopt more ambitious targets in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, a paper prepared by Hal Turton, an energy economist in the Department of Nuclear Energy at the International Atomic Energy Agency shows. The paper, Nuclear Power and Climate Change: Scenario Perspectives to 2050, was presented last week at the Vienna-based agency's first international conference on climate change and the role of nuclear power.

Date: Thursday, 17 October 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-untapped-potential-of-nuclear-under-the-Paris

Russia's permanent representative to international organisations in Vienna (including the International Atomic Energy Agency), Vladimir Voronkov, said on 30 June that the Akkuyu NPP project in Turkey could now move forward. The project had been effectively (but not formally) frozen since November 2015 when a Turkish fighter jet shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber over Syria. However, an apology from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan now seems to have ended the stalemate.

Date: Tuesday, 05 July 2016
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsturkeys-akkuyu-npp-may-now-move-forward-4941448


Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom in 2016 will contribute RUB24.6m ($300,000) from its state budget allocation to the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA's) International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO project), according to a Russian government directive published on the official legal information portal. The directive says Rosatom and the Russian Foreign Ministry will monitor the use of the Russian contribution.

Date: Thursday, 28 January 2016
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-contributes-to-iaea-inpro-project-4795612

An international effort has resulted in the successful removal of the all the remaining highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Hungary.

The final 49.2 kilograms of HEU was removed from Hungary via three secure air shipments over a six-week period, the US Department of Energy said 4 November.

The multi-year effort was coordinated between Hungary, the United States, the Russian Federation, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The four participants also returned 190 kilograms of HEU from Hungary to Russia via three shipments in 2008, 2009, and 2012.

"The material will be transported to Russia where it will be downblended into low enriched uranium (LEU) for use in nuclear power reactors," the US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) said.

The recent quantity of HEU removed from Hungary was "enough for nine nuclear weapons," according to NNSA.

Hungary originally procured the HEU from Russia for use in scientific applications in the Budapest Research Reactor at Hungary's Atomic Energy Research Institute. In 2009, NNSA and Hungarian scientists successfully converted the reactor from HEU to LEU use, allowing for the elimination of Hungary's entire HEU inventory.

Date: Tuesday, 05 November 2013
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newshungary-becomes-heu-free