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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

Slovenia’s Infrastructure Ministry on 19 July issued an energy permit for the construction of the second unit at the Krško NPP, a step that allows permitting procedures to begin. It comes a week after the national climate strategy enshrined nuclear as a long-term energy option. The project will be managed by the state-owned Gen Energija, which submitted its application for such a permit on 31 January 2020.

Date: Wednesday, 21 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newspermit-issued-for-second-unit-at-slovenias-krko-npp-8912242

The International Energy Agency (IEA) today launched its Sustainable Recovery Tracker that monitors governments' fiscal responses to the COVID-19 crisis and estimates their impact on clean energy investments and global CO2 emissions. The new online tool is a contribution to the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Environment, Climate and Energy, which takes place in Naples on 22 and 23 July under the presidency of Italy.

Date: Wednesday, 21 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Sustainable-recovery-receiving-inadequate-attentio

The 70-year decommissioning programme of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), including long-term management of residual waste, provides a good basis for future effective implementation, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has concluded. The team made several recommendations to support JAEA in increasing the effectiveness of its decommissioning activities, including in the area of waste disposal.

Date: Wednesday, 23 June 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-commends-JAEAs-back-end-programme

Iraq is working on a plan to build nuclear reactors in face of widespread blackouts that have sparked social unrest, Bloomberg reported on 8 June. Despite being OPEC’s second biggest oil producer, Iraq is suffering from power shortages and insufficient investment in ageing plants, and needs to meet an expected 50% jump in demand by the end of the decade. Building NPPs could help to close the supply gap.

Date: Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiraq-looks-to-revive-its-nuclear-programme-8822664

The Group of Seven (G7) countries will lead a technology-driven transition to net zero, according to a joint statement at the end of their three-day summit in Cornwall, England. The G7 is an inter-governmental political forum consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the USA. As host of the first in-person G7 Summit in almost two years, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked the other leaders "to seize the opportunity to fight and build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener and more prosperous".

Date: Tuesday, 15 June 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Carbis-Bay-summit-highlights-technology-driven-cle

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
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Permit-issued-for-Chernobyl-used-fuel-transfer

Cyclife Sweden, part of EDF Group’s decommissioning and waste management subsidiary, said on 17 May that it had been awarded a long-term contract for the transport and treatment of 16 steam generators from the German nuclear operator PreussenElektra. These will be transported to Sweden from their operation sites in Germany (the Unterweser, Grafenrheinfeld, Grohnde and Brokdorf NPPs) to be further processed in the melting facility of Cyclife Sweden. Cyclife Sweden is also in charge of the return transport of secondary waste to Germany, ensuring full compliance with local rules and regulations.

Date: Friday, 21 May 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscyclife-wins-contracts-from-preussenelektra-to-dismantle-steam-generators-8757369

Slovakia’s nuclear regulator, the Office for the Supervision of Nuclear Power Plants (ÚJD) on 13 May issued a permit for the commissioning of unit 3 of the Mochovce NPP. UJD said that after verifying compliance with all technical and legislative requirements, it had issued a permit for the commissioning of Mochovce 3, as well as related permits for radioactive waste and used fuel management and early use buildings. Since plant owner/operator Slovenske Elektrarne (SE) applied for the permit in December 2016, ÚJD said it had thoroughly inspected and evaluated all areas proving the technical and qualitative readiness of unit 3 for the introduction of fuel.

Date: Tuesday, 18 May 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsslovak-regulator-issues-permit-for-commissioning-of-mochovce-3-8749322

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
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Title