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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts last week completed a nuclear security advisory mission in Belarus, which was carried out at the request of its government. The two-week International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission reviewed the national security regime for nuclear material and associated facilities and activities.

Date: Tuesday, 13 July 2021
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Switzerland has four commercial units at three sites. Image courtesy Flickr/Khairul Abdullah Talks are under way between the Swiss federal administration and the country’s nuclear power operators on the possibility to operate nuclear plants for 60 years instead of a the presently assumed 50 years, local media reported.

Switzerland has four nuclear reactor units in commercial operation at three sites – Beznau-1 and -2, Gösgen, and Leibstadt – which provided about 33% of the country’s electricity in 2020.

According to the Tages-Anzeiger, the Swiss government is worried of power shortages if nuclear power plants close earlier in view of the recently failed negotiations on an agreement on electric power exchange between EU countries and Switzerland.

Date: Friday, 09 July 2021
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Reactors ‘can support’ bloc’s 2030 greenhouse gas emission reduction goals Yves Desbazeille spoke at the Nuclear Europe 2021 online event held from Brussels. Image courtesy Foratom. More effort should be made by European policymakers to help preserve existing commercial nuclear fleets for as long as technical and safety conditions can be met, according to Yves Desbazeille, director-general of Brussels-based nuclear industry group Foratom.

Mr Desbazeille said during an online conference organised by Foratom that the group’s analysis has shown that long-term operation of nuclear plants can support “most of the efforts” needed for the EU to reach its 55% greenhouse gas emission reduction goals by 2030.

Foratom data shows that there are 107 reactors in commercial operation in Europe, including four in Switzerland, but excluding the UK fleet of 13 reactor units (without Dungeness B).

Date: Tuesday, 29 June 2021
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The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) on 18 July released a new study, “Ensuring the Adequacy of Funding Arrangements for Decommissioning and Radioactive Waste Management”. The 239-page document comprises a conceptual framework, 12 detailed country case studies on funding arrangements prepared in collaboration with NEA countries, and some best policy guidelines. It focuses on the interdependence of costs and funding requirements and changes in nuclear policy, such as long-term operation or premature shutdowns, as well as technological progress.

Date: Tuesday, 22 June 2021
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Ukraine's nuclear regulator has issued a permit to SSE Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (ChNPP) for the retrieval of undamaged used nuclear fuel from the ISF-1 interim used fuel wet storage facility. The fuel will be moved into the new ISF-2 dry storage facility. The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) has also issued a licence for the operation of the Liquid Radioactive Waste Treatment Plant at the Chernobyl site.

Date: Thursday, 27 May 2021
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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
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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
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A group of 46 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from 18 countries has written to Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, calling for the inclusion of nuclear energy in the EU taxonomy for sustainable investments. The exclusion of nuclear, they say, would promote a strategy that is "clearly inadequate" to decarbonise the region's economy.

Date: Thursday, 08 April 2021
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Decarbonising heat will be essential for global emissions reduction efforts in the coming years, Aiden Peakman of the UK Nuclear Innovation and Research Office told a high-level joint workshop held by the International Energy Agency and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Current generation light-water reactors and next-generation advanced reactors could significantly help in decarbonising the heat sector, he said.

Date: Saturday, 06 March 2021
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Low-carbon technologies are more competitive than the fossil fuel options for electricity generation, which is good news for governments wanting to move towards low-carbon systems. But electricity is not the end of the story, says Dr Henri Paillere, head of the Planning and Economics Studies Section of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Date: Tuesday, 16 February 2021
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