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Urenco Stable Isotopes has expanded its stable and medical isotopes facility in Almelo, the Netherlands, officially opening its new Leonardo da Vinci cascade yesterday. The company - a subsidiary of uranium enrichment company Urenco Nederland BV - said the move was in response to growing demand for medical isotopes.

Date: Thursday, 07 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Urenco-launches-new-radioisotope-cascade

The PRISMAP network was recently launched which will see more than 20 European academic institutions and research centres pooling their knowledge, expertise and infrastructure to speed up the introduction of new medical radioisotopes. The network aims to provide a sustainable source of high-purity grade novel radionuclides for medical research.

Date: Thursday, 30 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/European-medical-isotope-network-launched

With 44 days to go until the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, leaders from ten nations plus the European Commission, European Council and United Nations last week joined US President Joe Biden in a closed-door forum at which they underscored the urgency of strengthening climate ambition ahead of COP26 and beyond. The USA and the EU also announced a Global Methane Pledge to cut global methane pollution by at least 30% from 2020 levels by 2030 through collective action.

Date: Tuesday, 21 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Leaders-gather-for-pre-COP-climate-forum

The Slovak government on 8 September approved a total ban on the import of radioactive waste and used nuclear fuel from abroad based on a parliamentary amendment to the Environment Act of 1992.

Date: Tuesday, 14 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsslovakia-to-end-import-and-processing-of-used-fuel-9077913

The opening plenary session of Italy’s National Seminar on 7 September launched three months of discussion on the technical aspects of its planned National Repository for radioactive waste and Technological Park project.

Date: Friday, 10 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsitalys-launches-seminar-to-discuss-national-repository-9067970

Processing radioactive waste or used fuel from other countries has been banned in Slovakia, after a parliamentary resolution yesterday. The move will force the closure of a business unit of JAVYS, potentially leading to job losses once ongoing work is completed.

Date: Friday, 10 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Slovakian-parliament-bans-foreign-waste-services

The opening plenary session of Italy's National Seminar, which aims at deepening the analysis of the technical aspects related to the national repository for radioactive waste and technological park project with all interested parties, was held yesterday. The National Seminar, a series of consultative meetings, follows the publication in January of a list of 67 potential sites for a radioactive waste storage facility.

Date: Thursday, 09 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Italy-launches-national-debate-on-waste-repository

UK-based nuclear technology company Newcleo on 31 August announced its incorporation with the closing of a $118 million initial capital raising and the acquisition of Hydromine Nuclear Energy. Newcleo said its disruptive approach is based on the innovative application of well-developed technologies, including, (1) Lead Fast Reactors (LFRs), which utilise lead as a coolant; (2) Accelerator Driven Systems (ADSs), based on coupling a sub-critical reactor with a particle accelerator; and (3) the use of natural thorium fuel.

Date: Friday, 03 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnuclear-technology-company-newcleo-acquires-hydromine-9051655

Jordan has been operating a "pioneering" processing plant to recover yellowcake from uranium ores since the start of the year, the head of the country's Atomic Energy Commission has announced. Khaled Toukan's remarks were reported by state news agency Petra and shared by the Jordanian Uranium Mining Company (JUMCO), operator of the plant. JUMCO, which is the commercial arm of Jordanian Atomic Energy Commission, was established in 2013 to carry out radioactive elements exploration and development in Jordan.

Date: Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Jordan-declares-uranium-plant-fully-operational

One-third of Italians are in favour of reconsidering the use of nuclear energy in the country, according to the results of a public opinion poll conducted on behalf of Comitato Nucleare e Ragione. More than half of respondents said they would not exclude the future use of new advanced nuclear technologies.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Italians-do-not-rule-out-future-use-of-nuclear-ene