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International treaties governing nuclear security serve as frameworks based on shared experience, but they are not a substitute for practical and ongoing cooperation. This was one of the messages from delegates at NP1 - The Nuclear Power Conference Israel - Threats, Challenges, Opportunities.

Date: Saturday, 05 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Extending-nuclear-cooperation-to-the-Middle-East

The first canister of used nuclear fuel was yesterday loaded into the Interim Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility (ISF-2) at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine. ISF-2 is the largest dry-type used fuel storage facility in the world and has an operating life of at least 100 years.

Date: Friday, 20 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/First-assemblies-loaded-into-new-Chernobyl-used-fu

After a three-year delay, the USA on 4 November become the first country to formally withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

Date: Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsusa-formally-withdraws-from-paris-agreement-8354428

A new EU-funded project aims to improve confidence in nuclear safety by advancing the approach to seismic safety assessments for nuclear power plants. The 'methods and tools innovations for seismic risk assessment' (METIS) Horizon 2020 project is being led by France's EDF Group.

Date: Tuesday, 10 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/European-project-to-bolster-earthquake-protection

The UN Climate Change secretariat said yesterday that it "remains committed to working with all US stakeholders and partners around the world" as it noted that the USA's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement three years ago had formally come into effect. In a joint statement with Chile, France, Italy and the UK, it said: "There is no greater responsibility than protecting our planet and people from the threat of climate change".

Date: Saturday, 07 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/USA-formally-withdraws-from-Paris-Agreement

€400m plant, backed by international donors, will provide safe storage for a minimum of 100 years Hot testing has begun at the €400m ISF-2 facility at Chernobyl. Courtesy EBRD. Hot testing has started at the Interim Storage Facility 2 (ISF-2) in Chernobyl where spent nuclear fuel from reactors 1, 2 and 3 at the destroyed nuclear station will be processed and stored in the world’s largest nuclear dry storage once full operations have started.

The start of hot testing on 10 September was approved by the Ukrainian regulator following the successful completion of previous system-wide trials of the facility, constructed by an international consortium led by the US company Holtec and financed by the international community through the Nuclear Safety Account, managed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

The processing and storage of the spent nuclear fuel at Chernobyl is one of the key remaining tasks at the site. While the 1986 accident destroyed reactor 4, the more than 21,000 fuel assemblies used in the RMBK-type reactors 1, 2 and 3 were removed in the following years and provisionally stored in a wet pond facility.

The new ISF-2 will replace the current site storage arrangements, providing safe storage for a minimum of 100 years. A purpose-built special train will transport the spent nuclear fuel assemblies to the ISF-2 facility where they will be cut, dried and packaged into double-walled canisters in the specially designed processing facility and – finally – transferred to the newly constructed onsite storage modules.

Date: Saturday, 12 September 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/hot-testing-begins-at-isf-2-interim-spent-fuel-facility-9-5-2020

Ukraine’s Chernobyl NPP on 7 September received a permit from the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) for commissioning the interim used fuel processing and storage facility (ISF-2).

Date: Friday, 11 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newspermit-issued-for-commissioning-chernobyl-isf-2-used-fuel-storage-8128504