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Preparations for the environmental remediation of former uranium mining sites at Yangiabad and Charkesar are set to begin following the signing of a EUR2.0 million (USD2.3 million) grant agreement between the Environmental Remediation Account for Central Asia and the government of Uzbekistan.

Date: Tuesday, 26 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Clean-up-set-to-start-at-Uzbek-legacy-uranium-site

Spain’s Official State Gazette (BOE) on 7 October published an Order that grants the Ascó-Vandellós II Nuclear Association (ANAV) renewal of the authorisation for the operation of the Ascó I and Ascó II nuclear plants in Tarragona. 

Date: Tuesday, 12 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsspain-renews-licence-for-asc-i-and-ii-9145984

A renewed call has been made for additional donor funding in order to tackle the most urgent problems caused by radioactive and toxic waste at legacy uranium sites in Central Asia, with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) estimating an additional EUR40 million (USD47 million) is required. The call came as all parties directly involved in the project signed a revised Strategic Master Plan.

Date: Thursday, 23 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/More-funding-needed-to-complete-Central-Asian-reme

Spain’s Council of Ministers has approved a Royal Decree-Law to fulfil a commitment made by President Pedro Sanchez to maintain the final electricity bill for consumers in 2021 at the same level as in 2018. The measure will reduce the monthly bill by 22% until the end of the year or 30% if a recent VAT reduction from 21% to 10% is included.

Date: Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsspains-economic-support-measures-cause-concern-to-nuclear-industry-9095609

Spain's nuclear power generating industry will not be able to continue operating if a draft law approved on 14 September by the Council of Ministers is enacted, according to the country's nuclear industry forum Foronuclear. The law, together with other proposed measures, would impose an "excessive tax burden" on the industry, which Foronuclear says would make the continued operation of nuclear power plants economically unfeasible. Under Spain's nuclear phase-out policy, its nuclear fleet is scheduled to shut down by 2035.

Date: Friday, 17 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Foronuclear-warns-of-early-Spanish-nuclear-exit

The Almaraz nuclear power station in Spain. Courtesy CSN. Spain’s fleet of seven commercial nuclear power plants and other radioactive facilities operated safely and guaranteed the radiological protection of workers, the population and the environment in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the country’s nuclear regulator said.

The Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) said in its annual report (Spanish only) to the Congress of Deputies and the Senate, that the implementation of prevention and contingency plans in relation to the pandemic enabled the correct functioning of nuclear facilities.

CSN president Josep Maria Serena i Sender said 2020 had been “an exceptionally difficult year”, but on 14 March, the day Spain declared a pandemic emergency, the organisation began “a rapid digital transformation” that allowed it to continue carrying out its mission, with 85% of its staff working remotely.

Spain has decided to phase out its fleet of commercial nuclear reactors by 2035, but a May 2021 International Energy Agency report warned this might not be straightforward.

Date: Saturday, 21 August 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nuclear-fleet-operated-safely-in-2020-despite-pandemic-8-5-2021

The Asco nuclear power station in Spain. Courtesy Endesa. An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team that reviewed long-term operational safety at the Asco nuclear power station in Spain has urged the operator to implement a consistent strategy for the use of ageing management and LTO safety standards.

The team said Asco should ensure a comprehensive identification and labelling of structures and components within the scope of safe ageing management and LTO.

It should also should develop and implement a comprehensive equipment qualification programme to preserve fulfillment of safety functions during LTO.

The Salto (Safety Aspects of Long Term Operation) review mission was requested by the plant’s operator Anav (Asociación Nuclear Ascó-Vandellós II).

Date: Tuesday, 03 August 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/iaea-review-calls-for-consistent-strategy-on-ageing-management-and-lto-8-1-2021

European unions on 27 July reiterated calls for the European Commission (EC) to include nuclear power in its green goals. In a joint letter to EC President Ursula von der Leyen, 18 trade unions in the energy sector from 10 countries said nuclear energy must be included in a delegated act of the European taxonomy. The unions - from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, Romania, Sweden, Slovak Republic and Slovenia - called for "a dialogue with the purpose of nuclear energy to play its full potential and build an economically efficient and socially just carbon-free Europe by 2050".

Date: Friday, 30 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newseuropean-unions-call-again-for-nuclear-to-be-part-of-the-eu-taxonomy-8946044

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

Holtec is preparing to increase production of its HI-STAR casks, following the receipt of regulatory approvals and new orders in Europe. The first HI-STAR 150 was loaded at the Cofrentes nuclear power plant in Spain and placed into the storage facility on 23 June. This is Holtec's first dual-purpose metal cask loaded in Europe.

Date: Wednesday, 14 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Holtec-gears-up-HI-STAR-cask-production