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EU Foreign Policy Chief Josef Borrell said during a recent visit to Tehran that the Vienna talks will resume with the aim of reinstating the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). He made the comments at a joint press conference following talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian. Under the JCPOA between Iran the P5+1 group of countries (the USA, UK, France, Russia, and China plus Germany) Iran agreed to limit its nuclear development in return for the lifting of sanctions. After former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal and reimposed sanctions in 2018, Iran began to gradually roll back on the restrictions imposed by the JCPOA after the European parties to the agreement failed to put any measures in place to mitigate those sanctions.

Date: Tuesday, 28 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-talks-set-to-resume-9802344

Reactors could be answer to climate and energy crisis, says letter Image courtesy Bundesregierung (German government). Six leading nuclear industry organisations called today on G7 leaders to support global access to nuclear power and technology as the bloc has committed to move away from fossil fuels but more investment in low-carbon technologies, including nuclear, will be needed.

The six organisations are: the Canadian Nuclear Association, the Japan Atomic Industry Forum, the US Nuclear Energy Institute, the UK Nuclear Industry Association, Brussels-based Nucleareurope, and the World Nuclear Association.

A joint statement said that the combination of an increasingly urgent climate crisis and volatile energy prices, intensified by the war in Ukraine, has shown the “key strengths” of nuclear technologies.

Date: Saturday, 25 June 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nuclear-industry-groups-call-on-leaders-to-support-nuclear-power-and-technology-6-5-2022

The Magnox reprocessing plant at the Sellafield site in Cumbria has reprocessed the final box of used fuel from the UK's fast reactor programme being stored in the plant's ponds. Meanwhile, preparations are being made for the demolition of the iconic Pile One chimney that dominated the landscape over Sellafield for decades.

Date: Saturday, 25 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Sellafield-processes-last-of-fast-reactor-fuel

The leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) large industrialised nations should incentivise the extension of the operating life of existing nuclear reactors and support the restart of others to help achieve the goal of achieving a low-carbon and secure energy supply, the nuclear industry has said.

Date: Saturday, 25 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/G7-urged-to-back-nuclear-extensions-to-tackle-clim

Future fusion energy facilities will continue to be regulated by the Environment Agency (EA) and Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the UK government has confirmed. In October 2021, the government opened a consultation to seek views from the public, industry, academia and other stakeholders after publishing a Green Paper on its proposals for fusion regulation. Its response to the consultation is now available on the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) website.

Date: Friday, 24 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-regulators-of-fusion-rd-to-retain-responsibility-for-fusion-energy-9796690

Decisive and early government action is needed to embrace the power of nuclear-enabled hydrogen (NEH) in delivering net-zero, according to the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (UK HFCA).

Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-trade-body-calls-for-action-on-nuclear-enabled

Future fusion energy facilities will continue to be regulated by the Environment Agency (EA) and Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the UK government has confirmed in its response to a consultation seeking views on the regulatory framework for ensuring the safe and effective rollout of fusion energy. Fission power plants are regulated by the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-developing-regulatory-framework-for-fusion

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has completed a follow-up nuclear security advisory mission to Finland. The International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission included a review of the legislative and regulatory framework for the physical protection of nuclear material and associated facilities and activities.

Date: Saturday, 18 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Finland-has-reinforced-its-nuclear-security-regime

Australia has formally pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 43% below 2005 levels by 2030. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said the government will support a transition to renewable energy, but members of the shadow cabinet are signalling a willingness to include nuclear in the energy debate and a recent poll has found widespread public support.

Date: Saturday, 18 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/New-Australian-PM-makes-climate-pledge

Pre-licensing discussions underway with UK nuclear regulator US-based nuclear company Westinghouse is nearing completion of a conceptual design for a lead-cooled fast reactor (LFR) with eight “state-of-the-art” testing facilities being established in the UK to demonstrate the plant’s features, a conference was told.

Rita Baranwal, chief technology officer at Westinghouse, told the Nuclear Innovation Conference in Amsterdam that LFR tests rigs are being erected at locations including Westinghouse’s own Springfields facility near Preston, reactor technology and engineering company Jacobs’ facility in Warrington and the University of Bangor in Wales. Fuel development is taking place at the National Nuclear Laboratory and the University of Manchester.

Ms Baranwal, a former assistant secretary for nuclear energy at US Department of Energy, said testing is scheduled to begin this summer and the company is engaged in pre-licensing discussions about the LFR with the UK nuclear regulator.

She said first unit of Westinghouse’s new-generation high-capacity nuclear plant could potentially be operating in 2027.

Date: Friday, 17 June 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/company-nearing-completion-of-conceptual-design-for-new-generation-high-capacity-reactor-6-4-2022