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Nuclear energy is "a key pillar" of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y Léon said today during the launch of Rosatom's Atoms for Humanity initiative. However, she said the benefits to society of nuclear science and technology beyond that of electricity generation need to be more widely appreciated.

Date: Saturday, 01 May 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclears-contribution-to-SDGs-is-undervalued-says

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

The UK’s First Light Fusion, an Oxford-based research company focusing on inertial fusion, said on 23 December that it had raised $25 million from both existing and new investors. The funding round was led by Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI) and includes IP Group and Hostplus.

Date: Tuesday, 05 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuks-first-light-fusion-raises-25-million-8436421

Atommash has completed hydraulic tests on the first steam generator for the Kursk II nuclear power plant under construction in Western Russia, which will be the first to use the VVER-TOI (typical optimised, with enhanced information) reactor design. Atommash is part of Atomenergomash, the engineering division of state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Date: Saturday, 05 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kursk-II-completes-steam-generator-hydraulic-tests

In line with plans to reduce its stockpile of depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUHF), a waste produce to uranium enrichment, enterprises of Russia’s Fuel Company TVEL (part of state nuclear corporation Rosatom) plans to build a new facility for the treatment of DUHF. The Central Design and Technological Institute (TSPI) and the Ural Electrochemical Plant (UECP) in Novouralsk, Sverdlovsk Region) had signed an agreement for the development a project to create a W-EHF facility in Novouralsk for defluorination of  DUHF.

Date: Friday, 14 August 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-to-build-an-additional-facility-to-process-dufh-8080917

Non-destructive testing specialists at Russia’s Tomsk Polytechnic Institute (TPU) is to develop methods for checking the reliability of seams on components of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) reactor, TPU said on 11 August. The specialists will develop methods and programmes for testing welded joints using ultrasound on important elements of the ITER fusion reactor, under construction in France.

Date: Friday, 14 August 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussian-institutes-develop-welding-quality-control-method-for-iter-8081695

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented demand for personal protective equipment (PPE), part of which must be sterile, i.e. exempt from any microorganism such as bacteria or moulds that can compromise the wearer’s or the patient's safety. It was realised that whilst irradiation is routinely used to sterilise medical products it might also be possible to use the technology to increase the available supply of PPE, writes Paul Wynne, chairman of the International Irradiation Association.

Date: Wednesday, 06 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Using-irradiation-to-treat-PPE

Radiation is an effective and established tool to sterilise personal protective equipment that is in high demand during the current pandemic. However, it should not be used for espiratory face masks as it weakens their filters, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said.

Date: Tuesday, 05 May 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-advises-against-radiation-to-sterilise-respiratory-face-masks-7904001

Radiation is an "effective and established" tool to sterilise personal protective equipment (PPE) that is in high demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, except for respiratory face masks as it weakens their filters, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said yesterday.

Date: Saturday, 02 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Radiation-effective-for-PPE-but-not-masks-says-IAE

The United Arab Emirates' Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) said today it is working with healthcare facilities and authorities at home and abroad to support efforts to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, protect the community and ensure their radiation protection and safety.

Date: Tuesday, 28 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UAE-regulator-outlines-its-role-in-COVID-19-respon