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As Member States of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) gather in Vienna this week for the annual General Conference, they should consider making universal the appointment of a National Focal Point on denials of shipment of radioactive materials to boost security of supply of medical isotopes, write Natanael Bruno and Serge Gorlin, co-chairs of the Transport Facilitation Working Group.

Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Time-to-appoint-a-National-Focal-Point-o

The Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI) has announced that the operating licence of the Mühleberg nuclear power plant (KKM) has been replaced with a decommissioning order issued by the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication (DETEC). The single unit 373 MWe boiling water reactor began operations in 1972.

Date: Saturday, 19 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Muhleberg-plant-enters-permanent-decommissioning-s

Leaders of World Nuclear Association working groups participated in a webinar yesterday to highlight some of the issues of key importance to the global nuclear industry. These include: harmonisation in reactor licensing; energy market design; safety regulation; and, new applications of nuclear energy. The Industry Gamechangers webinar was a pre-event to the Association's Strategic eForum to be held next week.

Date: Friday, 04 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-industry-leaders-discuss-game-changing-iss

Switzerland’s National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (Nagra) has compared the advantages and disadvantages of sites for a used fuel/high-level waste encapsulation plant. The resulting report, “High-level waste encapsulation plant: Advantages and disadvantages of different siting variants”, will serve as a basis for discussion with the regions, Nagra said.

Date: Friday, 21 August 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsswitzerlands-nagra-favours-interim-waste-storage-at-zwilag-8093843

Switzerland's national radioactive waste disposal cooperative Nagra has today released a report on the advantages and disadvantages of siting a used fuel and high-level waste encapsulation plant at the planned deep geological repository site or elsewhere. It says the best solution would be to construct the encapsulation plant at either the repository or at the Zwilag interim waste management facility at Würenlingen.

Date: Tuesday, 18 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nagra-reports-on-siting-options-for-Swiss-encapsul

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on 28 July that work had started in the Kyrgyz Republic to overcome the legacy of uranium mining in Central Asia, a former industrial centre during the Soviet period near the border with Uzbekistan. Despite the global disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic intense project preparations continued in recent months to deliver the start of the construction works on schedule, EBRD noted.

Date: Saturday, 01 August 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswork-begins-in-kyrgyz-republic-to-clean-up-soviet-era-uranium-8055807

Plan is to generate first ultra-hot plasma at €20bn facility in 2025 The €20bn project will replicate the reactions that power the sun and is intended to demonstrate fusion power can be generated on a commercial scale. Photo courtesy Iter. The world’s largest nuclear fusion project began its five-year assembly phase on Tuesday in southern France, with the first ultra-hot plasma expected to be generated in late 2025.

The €20bn Iter (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) project will replicate the reactions that power the sun and is intended to demonstrate fusion power can be generated on a commercial scale.

The steel and concrete superstructures nestled in the hills of southern France will house a 23,000-tonne machine, known as a tokamak, capable of creating what is essentially an earthbound star.

Millions of components will be used to assemble the giant reactor, which will weigh 23,000 tonnes and the project is the most complex engineering endeavour in history. Almost 3,000 tonnes of superconducting magnets, some heavier than a jumbo jet, will be connected by 200km of superconducting cables, all kept at -269C by the world’s largest cryogenic plant.

Date: Wednesday, 29 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/world-s-largest-nuclear-fusion-project-under-assembly-in-france-7-2-2020

Work has started in Kyrgyzstan to overcome the legacy of uranium mining in Central Asia with a ground-breaking ceremony in Shekaftar, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced today. The Shekaftar mining complex includes three closed mines and eight mining-waste disposal areas that contain about 700,000 cubic metres of waste from mining operations.

Date: Wednesday, 29 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Remediation-work-begins-at-Kyrgyz-legacy-uranium-s

The European Commission (EC) on 8 July presented two strategies as part of its Green Deal –  “An EU Strategy for Energy System Integration”, and “A hydrogen strategy for a climate-neutral Europe”.

Date: Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnew-ec-green-deal-strategies-ignore-nuclear-power-8022501

Foratom says it "remains concerned" that the European Commission is paying "insufficient attention" to low-carbon, non-fossil fuel sources of hydrogen, such as nuclear. The EU nuclear trade association was responding to two strategies the Commission released on 8 July for energy sector integration and hydrogen. Foratom said it welcomed the addition of a 'low-carbon hydrogen' category but said its usage should not be limited to the short and medium term.

Date: Friday, 10 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EU-green-strategies-pay-insufficient-attention-t