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Netherlands nuclear regulator, the Authority for Nuclear Safety & Radiation Protection (ANVS - Autoriteit Nucleaire Veiligheid en Stralingsbescherming) has granted the final permit to enrichment company Urenco for the construction and operation of a new radioactive waste storage facility at its Almelo site.

Date: Friday, 17 May 2024
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The Authority for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection (ANVS) has granted the final permit to Urenco for the construction and operation of a new radioactive waste storage facility at its Almelo site. The uranium enrichment company was last year granted permission to build the facility prior to the permit being issued.

Date: Thursday, 16 May 2024
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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi had talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a recent visit to Damascus. The Agency said the IAEA and Syria will have a new engagement with a view to providing confidence in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy for the benefit of the Syrian people. The IAEA will also intensify efforts in supporting Syria in terms of cancer care, in line with its Rays of Hope initiative, which provides life-saving equipment and treatment to help cancer patients in countries where the need is greatest.

Date: Saturday, 23 March 2024
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Scientists at UK-based MoltexFLEX have published new research on how graphite interacts with the molten salt to be used in the company’s FLEX reactor design. Together with scientists at the University of Manchester’s Nuclear Graphite Research Group (NGRG), the researchers used x-ray micro CT scanners to investigate how tiny amounts of molten salt infiltrated pores within standard industrial grades of graphite. This was the first time such scanning has been used for this purpose.

Date: Saturday, 10 February 2024
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MoltexFLEX scientists worked with the University of Manchester's Nuclear Graphite Research Group to use X-ray micro CT scanners to investigate how molten salt infiltrates pores within standard industrial grades of graphite.

Date: Wednesday, 07 February 2024
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The first IAEA Occupational Radiation Protection Service (ORPAS) mission to Botswana has highlighted good management system of radiation protection, which fosters a strong safety culture in protecting workers. “The findings from this ORPAS mission demonstrate Botswana’s strong commitment to strengthening the occupational radiation protection infrastructure in line with international safety standards,” said Miroslav Pinak, Head of the IAEA Radiation Safety & Monitoring Section. The also mission identified that Botswana “could further strengthen radiation protection arrangements by developing training and qualification programmes”, he added.

Date: Saturday, 25 November 2023
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The US Department of Energy’s Radiological & Environmental Science Laboratory (RESL) has produced the world’s first lung phantom that contains the entire thorium-232 decay series. The lung phantom will be used to calibrate and test radiation detection systems used by DOE and other federal government agencies.

Date: Thursday, 13 July 2023
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US-based Ultra Safe Nuclear’s (USNC’s) EmberCore technology has been selected by NASA to participate in the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) programme. The Phase 1 study will be on "EmberCore Flashlight: Long Distance Lunar Characterisation with Intense Passive X- and Gamma-ray Source”. It will be led by Dr Chris Morrison, Chief Engineer, Radioisotopes supported by Dr Thomas Prettyman, Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute.

Date: Saturday, 24 June 2023
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An X-ray "flashlight" which would use an energy source based on Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation's (USNC) EmberCore nuclear chargeable ceramic technology to map the lunar surface has been selected for early-stage funding in the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) programme.

Date: Tuesday, 20 June 2023
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