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The demolition of the last remaining large building, the turbine building, at the shut down José Cabrera (Zorita) nuclear power plant has been completed, says Spanish decommissioning and waste management firm Enresa.

Date: Tuesday, 28 June 2022
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The completion of remediation works at the former uranium legacy sites in Shekaftar and Min-Kush, in the Kyrgyz Republic, “brings a major environmental benefit for Central Asia’s most populous region and secures the sustainability of the sites for years to come,” the European Bank forReconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on 28 March.

Date: Friday, 01 April 2022
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Protocols to amend two international instruments strengthening the rights to compensation for those affected by nuclear energy accidents have been formally ratified and will enter into force on 1 January.

Date: Wednesday, 22 December 2021
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Country to phase out nuclear by end of 2022 Germany is planning to shutter its last remaining nuclear plants at the end of 2022, a policy direction set upon a decade ago in the aftermath of the Fukushima-Daiichi accident of 2011. Image courtesy Flickr / i_aoquadrado. A slight majority of Germans see a future role for nuclear energy in the power mix of the country, which has chosen to phase out nuclear by the end of 2022, according to a new survey by international pollster YouGov.

The survey found that 22% of participants want to see nuclear play a “larger” role in power generation at par with that of renewables, while 31% said Germany should still use some nuclear power, but certainly less in comparison with renewables.

Twenty-eight percent of responders were strictly against nuclear power, while another 12% expressed no defined opinion.

Date: Wednesday, 15 December 2021
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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
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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
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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
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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
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